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In celebration of “National First-Generation College Celebration Week,” the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, along with the broader UVA community, is recognizing its first-gen students, the challenges they face, and bringing awareness to the resources available to them.
Nov. 9, 2018
This semester, Robert Bruner, David Smith and David Leblang teamed up to teach “The Financial Crisis Ten Years Later: Politics, Markets and Institutions.” All three professors have done significant individual research on the crisis and the factors that contributed to it. Together they were able to create a course that is much more than the sum of its parts.
Nov. 8, 2018
Professors Christine Mahoney and Philip Potter were selected as UVA’s only nominees from a University-wide applicant pool.
Nov. 7, 2018
On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3, the Virginia Film Festival screened the documentary film Charlottesville during a premier event hosted by the Batten School and UVA Center for Politics. The film, created by the Center for Politics and Community Idea Stations, focuses on the violent white supremacist demonstrations that occurred at UVA and Charlottesville in August 2017. As part of the festival’s focus on racial conflict in America, the premier came at an apt time.
Nov. 6, 2018
Earlier this week, Social Entrepreneurship @UVA (SE@UVA), an initiative of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, welcomed Lisa Hamilton of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to kick off the annual SE@UVA Speaker Series. The event was attended by members of the Presidential Precinct and 21 participants in the Global Leadership Forum, comprised of emerging leaders from 16 different countries.
Nov. 5, 2018
The Batten School and UVA’s Applied Research Institute announced that the Honorable George W. Foresman will join the Batten School’s National Security Policy Center (NSPC) as a senior advisor. In this new role, Foresman will support U.S. national security leadership and engagement activities. Foresman’s hiring is part of larger partnership between the Batten School and ARI to elevate UVA as a leader in national security education, research, and outreach.
Nov. 2, 2018
The University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the UVA Center for Politics today announced a new Batten School undergraduate course that will be taught by Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato and Center for Politics Chief of Staff Ken Stroupe this spring. The course, titled “Lessons in Leadership: JFK and the Most Personal Office,” is the first-ever Batten School course to be taught by Sabato and will introduce students to the history, politics, and leadership legacy of John F. Kennedy.
Oct. 30, 2018
On Friday, Oct. 26, Batten’s Office of Student Services hosted the annual undergraduate leadership retreat at the Boar's Head Resort. During the retreat, Batten students majoring in public policy and leadership sharpened their culinary skills during an Iron Chef cooking competition and learned about the pitfalls of the foster care system with their keynote speaker, Sixto Cancel.
Oct. 29, 2018
During Global Week at UVA, it was only fitting that a diplomat made a cameo in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. Earlier this week the Batten School, together with the Center for Politics and the International Residential College, hosted Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Armando Varricchio as part of “Democracy in Perilous Times: Unprecedented Challenges and Controversies,” an ongoing program series organized by the Center for Politics and Batten for the 2018-19 academic year.
Oct. 26, 2018
Professor Gelsdorf was selected to support the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Grand Challenges Canada in advising them on projects to be a part of their multi-million Fund for Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. This Fund seeks to accelerate solutions that enable life-saving or life-improving assistance to reach the most vulnerable in conflict.
Oct. 25, 2018
Last Saturday, Oct. 21, as many hit snooze on the alarm, students gathered at the University’s Aquatic Fitness Center to experience what it might be like to live in poverty. Not your typical Saturday exercise class, the Poverty Simulation, organized and curated by Batten Professor of Public Policy Jeanine Braithwaite, challenges students to think about what it’s like to be poor and how they might get out of the poverty cycle.
Oct. 24, 2018

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