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In E.M. Forester’s novel, A Room with a View, there's a sign with a quote that hangs outside of a character’s wardrobe. “Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes.” The business world has traditionally been one such “enterprise.” But the days of shoulder pads and oversized blazers—as unforgettable as they were—appear to be drawing to a close. For Melina Flabiano (MPP ’13), this represents an opportunity to reimagine workwear for the modern-day professional woman.
Feb. 21, 2019
For Batten student Ben Stolz (MPP ’20), leadership can mean different things to different people, but the one unifying aspect is that leadership requires a certain level of passion.
Feb. 19, 2019
On the last day of fall classes, while other students prepared for the onslaught of exams, seven student teams from the Batten School traveled to the Pentagon to present their semester-long projects to officials from the Department of Defense (DoD). These 31 undergraduates were part of UVA’s inaugural Hacking for Defense (H4D) course, which provides students the opportunity to work on actual national security problems in close collaboration with DoD sponsors.
Feb. 18, 2019
Batten Professor Bala Mulloth thrives in different cultures. “I was born and raised in Mumbai, studied in New York City, then worked in Budapest, Hungary, and for the past four years, I have lived in Charlottesville,” said the professor of Social Entrepreneurship.
Feb. 14, 2019
In his new book, "The Vanishing Congress: Reflections on Politics in Washington," Bergner explores the history of the legislative branch and offers insight into the madness of the legislative process—from when bills are passed to when bills become laws to when nothing seems to get done.
Feb. 12, 2019
When it comes to discussing issues of policymaking—especially what constitutes good policymaking—Batten students are rarely shy. For the co-founders of Batten’s newest student organization Courageous Conversations in Policy (CCP) Chloe Cohen (MPP’20) and Brandon Velez (BA’19), courage is a necessity when addressing today’s most controversial topics.
Feb. 5, 2019
This week, the Batten School hosted two events as part of UVA’s Community MLK Celebration series to commemorate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Feb. 1, 2019
Andy Pennock is not your typical breed of professor. The father of four young boys (two sets of fraternal twin boys, aged three and five), teaches five courses per year and yet somehow finds the time and energy to publish a leading textbook on writing for public policy and an op-ed on education policy.
Jan. 31, 2019
On Thursday, Jan. 24, the Batten School and UVA’s Center for Politics brought together a diverse group of political figures for the 20th annual American Democracy Conference as part of the ongoing National Symposium Series on Democracy.
Jan. 30, 2019
When it comes to public policy, Batten student Jack DiMatteo (MPP ’19) is drawn to health care, which he views is an area of policy that one can impact directly. It’s this passion (and also optimism) that led him to apply for, and receive, the prestigious David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, a 12-month postgraduate program in Washington, DC.
Jan. 28, 2019
On February 23, the third annual NASPPA-Batten Student Simulation Competition will take place, bringing together a record 585 graduate students from around the globe to tackle policy issues associated with forced migration through computer-based simulated gameplay.
Jan. 24, 2019

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