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Published August 24, 2016 in News

By: Matt Kelley | University Communications

What could be more appropriate than to teach religion and politics in the University of Virginia’s Rotunda, a building designed by the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom?

UVA founder Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Rotunda returned to classroom duty Tuesday, the first day of the new academic year, after being closed for two years for renovations. A central aim of the work was to return student activity to the Rotunda, and part of that is opening instructional space in the Lower West Oval Room and two classrooms in the southeast wing of the building.

Once the building fully opens in late September, students also will be able to use the Rotunda for study space and for scheduled social activities.

Students return to the steps of the University of Virginia’s iconic Rotunda on the first day of classes.Photo CreditDan Addison/University Communications

While the rest of the building remains closed for another several weeks, the classrooms were in use Tuesday, providing a new experience for students and, in one case, a faculty member.

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