Past Events

In the midst of the current health crisis, we’re facing food insecurity of “biblical proportions,” according to the UN’s World Food Programme. During the next installment of Batten Expert Chats, Batten lecturer Galen Fountain will speak and take questions on how the pandemic is influencing the food supply both domestically and globally. He’ll also offer his recommendations for addressing the situation.

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Young people across the country are experiencing all kinds of loss, whether it’s the death of a loved one or the loss of freedom after moving back home. What can we do about it? During the next edition of Batten Expert Chats, Brooke Lehmann, Batten lecturer, will speak and take questions on heightened anxiety and depression among young people, as well as the path to an appropriate policy response. 

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What constitutes an effective lawmaker? The discourse around members of Congress once focused solely on party affiliations, but the legislative effectiveness scores developed by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. For the latest edition of Batten Expert Chats, CEL co-directors Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman will speak and take questions on the origins of the scores they developed, what they mean for our political system, and how they’re currently being used.
 

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At a moment when our country’s inequalities have come into sharp focus, many colleges and universities are looking to make their institutions more inclusive. But what does a meaningful commitment to diversity actually look like? In this week’s installment of Batten Expert Chats, Dana Laurens (COL ’09, MPP ’10), senior associate for policy and advocacy at Education Reform Now, and her colleague, Michael Dannenberg, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Policy, will speak and take questions on the types of policies needed to hold institutions, including the University of Virginia, accountable for following through on pledges and statements about racial equity and inclusivity.

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With the current health crisis pushing so many of our interactions online, you don’t have to move to the West Coast to start your career in emerging technologies. This week’s edition of Batten Expert Chats will feature two UVA alumni who created their own technological business ventures: Dan Laufer (BS ’06) and Ed Festa (BA ’02, MBA ’10).

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