All Welcome to This Year’s ‘Double Take’ Storytelling Event Featuring Dean Ian Solomon

Double Take. Est. 2018. Tell your story.
Double Take. Est. 2018. Tell your story.

One of the centerpieces of the University of Virginia’s 2018 inauguration celebration of Jim Ryan, the University’s ninth president, was a program near and dear to his heart: Double Take, a community storytelling event.

Based on Ryan’s theme of building bridges, Double Take returns Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and will take place under a tent on the large veranda at Carr’s Hill, UVA’s presidential home.

The topic of the fourth annual, hourlong event is “Life Lessons Learned.”

Seven speakers  including Batten School Dean Ian Solomon  will share stories of resilience, finding belonging, learning from adversity and forging meaningful connections, all in the context of lessons they’ve learned throughout life. 

They are:

  • Ian Solomon, dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
  • Jonathan Bartels, palliative care liaison nurse at UVA Health.
  • Olivia Egge, student.
  • Ken Elzinga, Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics.
  • Anh Nguyen, student.
  • Rawan Osman, student.
  • Lily West, CEO of the UVA Alumni Association.

All of the stories will be told in front of a live audience and the program will be followed by a light reception.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP online.

Double Take Through the Years

Ryan himself spoke at the first “Double Take” in 2018, sharing the moving story of his adoption and how he later met his birth mother, Anne, who was raised in Ireland and later moved to the United States. In fact, Anne attended Ryan’s inauguration celebrations.

The second “Double Take” event, in 2019, featured, among others, Provost Liz Magill, who spoke of her upbringing in Fargo, North Dakota, and her identity as a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, an aunt and a provost. 

Last year, “Double Take” was a virtual event and featured, among others, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer J.J. Davis and a father-son duo. In 1997, Paul C. Harris Sr. was the first African American Republican elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates since Reconstruction. His son, Paul C. Harris Jr., earned a degree in English from UVA’s College of Arts & Sciences in 2013 and another from the School of Law in 2016.

Garrett Hall at Sunset

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