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  1. Dec 2017
    1. Certainly not with the Alphabet for reasons of expediency & impracticability

      I appreciate the fact that the board clarified that the alphabet would not be taught at the university. It seems so obvious to me that it wouldn't, especially because those attempting to go into college, in my mind, would have already known how to read and to write so would already have a fundamental understanding of the alphabet. Maybe they mention this in the event of foreign students who might not know English but excel in their respective language. All and all, statements like this remind me of the distinctions between our culture and that of the previous generations -- some things like not teaching the alphabet at a university seem obvious to me, but I do not know why they felt the need to state it, demonstrating that I do not completely understand their culture and their mindset for everything. It is refreshing to in a sense be put back in my place, as sometimes when I read documents from the 17th/18th century I feel that I know everything : how they viewed people, how status and wealth and money applied, how they treated one another. But when such instances like this happen I realize that I cannot judge and assume everything about a culture from a few (important) aspects. Everything and everyone in history is complex, more complex than our brains can even comprehend, and it is refreshing to be reminded of such complexity.

    2. for altho the act authorised & required them to receive any voluntary contributions whether conditional or absolute, which might be offered thro them to the President & Directors of the literary fund, for the benefit of the University, yet they did not consider this as establishing an auction, or as pledging the location to the highest bidder

      The morals of the university are shown here clearly: donations of any sort were not considered bribes or in a sense contracts for the university to make its home anywhere. The University founders held their own, creating a truly revolutionary place at the time as even its location was to be free of corruption or bribery. I find the juxtaposition of such morals in the past and the morals of today very intriguing, as the board and many members involved in the government of UVa often times are secretive and sometimes even corrupt. Many people have been heavily disappointed with President Sullivan's public persona and how she and the government of UVa handle protests and other political incidents, especially in regards to their own students. It is interesting to think that the founders of UVa prioritized the school itself over community, while now it seems that UVa is wishy-washy in who it values -- the students, the public, or the immediate Charlottesville community.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. each of these was unexceptionable as to healthiness & fertility.

      The focus on healthiness and fertility reminds me sickeningly of the treatment of slaves and of women throughout history, as land, a place for a school to be built, was regarded in the same way that human beings were -- property; only worthy of life if they met specific criteria. A slave was only useful if it was healthy enough to perform the work necessary of its existence (as the slave owners thought). If a slave could not work in a field or in the home, they were a useless slave and often times killed for their inability to perform. The fertility of a slave and it's ability to reproduce was profitable as slave owners were able to buy a slave (if they raped their females) or two (male and female), and have their slave continue to produce more slaves and therefore more bodies able to do the slaveowner's biding. Such is similar to the view of women, as health and fertility were the most important aspects of a woman to society, besides obedience. Women's fertility could be manipulated and used for gain of both men and society. In some instances, women were only considered worthy of life if they produced male offspring. Such is seen in royalty, as King Henry vehemently believed that Catherine "was condemned by God not to have a boy and that Anne would provide him with one". This belief that the only worth of a woman is their ability to produce male heirs was carried into society for a long time after the Tudor times. And although the thoughts towards women are not as strict in modern society, the stigma towards women unable to have children or who do not want children has continued into modern society.

      source link : http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/tudor-england/henry-and-divorce/

    2. “the branches of learning,

      I find this phrase "branches of learning" interesting, as it implies that learning stems from a singular object, which in essence is a university. It is a very remarkable way to think of learning, as the university is the foundation for learning, but the different branches (topics) stem from not only what is taught officially at the university in classrooms, but also from the experiences that occur here and people that call this place home. I know that this statement did not mean what I think it means now back when it was written, but I still find it a beautiful way to talk about learning. The metaphor of a tree implies that roots in the university - the land it was built on, the people who built it, the people who used to live on this land - can affect the university and the way students learn from it and on it. Such is so applicable to today as we are attempting to embrace the rotten roots of our dear university, attempting to learn from the injustisces against humanity that occurred on and before our university.