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OLLI at UVA Online: Social Science
We've come to the end of our email series of online resources for each of our eight course categories – Arts, Health and Wellness, History, Humanities, Lifestyle, Public Affairs and in this email, Social Science. Read on for online resources on economics, psychology, sociology and anthropology with a special section of resources to inform and educate about the significant and intense equity, justice and civil rights issues our country is currently experiencing.
Special Presentation in Partnership with The History Club of Charlottesville

Pandemics, Past and Present

Thursday, June 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

In this Zoom webinar, Professor Christian McMillen, Professor of History at UVA and Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, will discuss ideas from his book,  Pandemics , published by Oxford University Press. He will provide an account of pandemics throughout human history, illustrating how pandemic disease has shaped history and, at the same time, social behavior has influenced pandemic disease. His presentation will include some unexpected, broader insights into culture and politics.  McMillen will, of course, attempt to apply lessons from the past to the current situation related to Covid-19. Our speaker will welcome your input and questions.
Understanding this moment

  • A Legacy Unbroken: The Story of Black Charlottesville, this locally produced documentary draws on interviews with community leaders and ordinary residents, as well as archival photographs from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA to show "how the black community achieved success despite all the obstacles that Southern racism placed in their path."

Other current OLLI at UVA programming
The Sinking of the Titanic: What Really Happened and Why?
Vivid descriptions of the doomed maiden voyage and sinking of the Titanic, of the ship's conception and construction, and of the trans-Atlantic shipping industry and Edwardian British and American societies of the period, will "put you on the ship" in 1912 to help experience what its passengers did. We will also explore the finding and exploration of the Titanic wreckage since 1985, and the sinking's portrayal in popular movies and literature. And the highlight of this course will be marine engineering and technical analysis over the last 20 years of why the ship sank the way it did. Register here .
Discussion Group: Religion & Spirituality: Tribalism vs Universality
An open discussion of religious and spiritual concerns, seeking to be open to all perspectives. The main "ground rule" is to treat one another with respect, being humble enough to realize that no one of us has all the answers to the mysteries of the universe. An opening question for discussion: Is it reasonable to believe in a compassionate God in the midst of a pandemic? Register here .
Member Coffee Chat
Join us on Zoom every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to connect with other members. We also see this weekly chat as a great way for members to get comfortable on the Zoom platform so you are ready as we roll out online courses. Register here online to receive the Zoom link the morning of the chat. It really is as easy as clicking on the link in the email! NOTE: Registration limited to current Spring 2020 members.
OLLI at UVA Instructors in the news

UVA Commonwealth Professor Emeritus of Architectural History, Richard Guy Wilson, was recently appointed to serve on the National Historic Landmarks Committee . Dr. Wilson is teaching Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau in England, Europe and America, 1870s-1914 for OLLI at UVA this Fall.

Check out this article from UVA Today for an overview of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA and the community growing around it. Descendant Project Researcher and genealogist, Shelley Murphy, is teaching It’s Really Not Missing: Rebuilding Your 1890 Census for OLLI at UVA in the Fall.
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