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From ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Star Wars,’ How Hollywood Cashes in on China’s Box Office

Published February 16, 2017 in News
China’s current import quota of 34 films per year is posing industry challenges for Hollywood. Media studies assistant professor Aynne Kokas has a new book that demystifies the business dealings.

Novelist Junot Díaz Draws Crowds at Kapnick Events

Published February 15, 2017 in News
The fourth Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence earned glowing reviews for his three weeks on Grounds, which included well-attended events and intimate, one-to-one talks with aspiring writers.

These Alumni Are Fighting for Peace, One Cup of Coffee at a Time

Published February 14, 2017 in News

Good Grounds Coffee Co., founded by alumni Huw Rees-Jones and Mary Lansden Brewbaker, helps former fighters and war widows in the Congo lay down their weapons and make a living by farming and selling coffee.

Women, Gender & Sexuality Becomes UVA’s Newest Academic Department

Published February 14, 2017 in News
In 2015, the Arts & Sciences faculty voted unanimously to support the program’s move for departmental status. This year, the approval of the interdisciplinary program as a University department marked the culmination of a nearly two-year process.

Dreams and Goals: Leah Smith Reflects on Her Journey to Olympic Gold

Published February 9, 2017 in News
Before UVA honored her on National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the standout swimmer offered advice to youngsters who swim in her wake.

Award Winning 'Les Misérables' Creators to be Artists-in-Residence at UVA

Published February 3, 2017 in News

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, creators of the award-winning “Les Misérables” musical, will be artists-in-residence at the University from Feb. 22 to 24.

UVA Summit on Liberal Arts & Sciences Education

Published February 1, 2017 in News
When the first two cohorts of College Fellows convened together for the first time to continue preparing the new undergraduate curriculum to be piloted this fall, they got to brainstorm with and receive feedback from prominent academic leaders who helped guide similar efforts at five other elite universities and colleges.

The Eyes Sometimes Lie: Study to Focus on Perils of Eyewitness Identification

Published January 30, 2017 in News
A $1.4 million foundation grant will help researchers from UVA and the University of Utah investigate ways to improve eyewitness identification procedures.

Astronomers’ Discovery Backs Theory of Galaxy Formation

Published January 27, 2017 in News
The detection of a group of gravitationally bound dwarf galaxies lends support to the idea that large galaxies are formed by the merger of smaller ones.

What’s So Funny? New Professor Explores What Comedy Tells Us About Ourselves

Published January 25, 2017 in News
“Comedy allows us to talk about really hard things,” said Katelyn Hale Wood, an assistant professor of theater studies who joined the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama this fall. She’s teaching “Performing Race and Citizenship in 21st Century USA” this semester, as well as courses on theater history and modern drama, and “Comedy and Protest” next fall.


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