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Robert Cox, Biology

While advising Biology majors at UVA, I’ve come to realize that relatively few students have seriously considered career paths outside of medical and dental school, veterinary school, clinical research, and graduate school. When I ask students whether they have thought about secondary science education as a career choice, I find that many view this option […]

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Andre Cavalcante, Media Studies

As someone whose scholarship explores media, culture, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues, my Dream Idea is an integration of these interests.  I would like to host an “LGBTQ Dinner Series in Charlottesville”.  I will invite 6 students and 1 other professor to a series of 4 dinners at local restaurants in […]

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Todd Sechser, Politics

TODD SECHSER POLITICS One of the unique features of International Relations as a discipline is that its source material is continuously changing. The landscape of world politics is constantly being reshaped by new conflicts and bargains among nations. Yet traditional university courses have difficulty keeping up with this rapid pace of change. Most international relations […]

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Sybil Scholz, German

SYBIL SCHOLZ GERMAN I will be teaching a German Conversation & Composition class in the spring term of 2015. In this class, I would like to realize a project with a group of students (15 max). The project is centered around creating an internet presence for perspectives of a Young Germany which will be linked […]

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Eric Ramirez-Weaver, Art

ERIC RAMIREZ-WEAVER ART Thank you for inviting my participation in the Mead Endowment Dream Idea program. Ever since I first received the invitation, I have been contemplating ways to make a new colloquium scheduled for spring 2015, Medieval manuscript Illumination, come alive. One of the perennial difficulties at the University of Virginia is to find […]

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Simone Polillo, Sociology

SIMONE POLILLO SOCIOLOGY Maps of Knowledge Knowledge is created as much through disagreement, debate and conflict, as through consensus, introspection, and dispassionate assessment of the rationale behind one’s arguments, and the evidence one can gather in their support. Yet, when teaching a discipline, emphasis is often on already-made knowledge and not on knowledge-in-the-making, and so […]

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Emily Ogden, English

EMILY OGDEN ENGLISH In “Sex and Sentiment,” my course on nineteenth-century American novels and advice literature, we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the expectations for (primarily) young women in nineteenth-century America. The novels we read raise questions about how women should behave, whom they should marry, and what the proper limits […]

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Joshua White, History

JOSHUA WHITE HISTORY Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Mead Endowment Dream Ideas program. One of the great pleasures of my job is working closely with students in small, discussion-based seminars, so my first instinct was for my Dream Idea to intersect with my first-year seminar “Pirates of the Mediterranean.” This course, […]

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Elena Loutskina, Darden

ELENA LOUTSKINA DARDEN SCHOOL The recognition by the Mead Endowment is a high honor that I am very proud to receive. A number of my colleagues at Darden are members of the Mead Honored Faculty and I am very proud to maintain this tradition for the institution. I have been at Darden since 2006 and […]

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Carrie Heilman, Commerce

CARRIE HEILMAN COMMERCE This proposes my “Dream Idea” for the Jack Lindgren Mead Endowment Award. I currently run the Advertising and Promotions Program in the McIntire School of Commerce. This nine-credit program spans the entire academic year (fall and spring) and is open to students in the Commerce School and in the College. The program […]

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