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  1. Dec 2017
    1. Architecture

      I think Jefferson's explicit inclusion of architecture is very interesting. Obviously, Jefferson valued architecture as its own subject because of his own passions. Moreover, it is so cool to see how the university has evolved to have its own separate School of Architecture for students to study in. I cannot help but wonder what Jefferson would think about the school and its creation and its curriculum. While I am not a student in the Architecture school, I would still love to learn about his opinions of the fact that the university has created a separate school and whether or not he believes their mission to be successful.

    2. In conformity with the principles of our constitution, which places all sects of religion on an equal footing, with the jealousies of the different sects in guarding that equality from encroachment & surprise, and with the sentiments of the legislature in favor of freedom of religion manifested on former occasions, we have proposed no professor of Divinity

      I really like this portion of the document because it speaks to how connected Jefferson believed UVA and the United States to be. I think this speaks to how Jefferson really sought to create a public university that coincided closely with the US and its newfound beliefs. And, as a current student here who is very passionate about history, I love knowing that this school's basic ideology coincides so closely with the basic ideology of our country. Also, this highlights Jefferson's efforts to create the first secular university in the nation which was unprecedented in itself.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. Loos works the border between high and popular culture, neverfully identifying herself with either.

      never really high or low brow, walking the line between the two somewhat isolating both groups and not appealing to either

    2. This testifies to the extentto which the 1953 musical film version has eclipsed the novel,detaching it both from its author and from its period. Th

      total change from her initial purpose/message

    1. we present the following tabular statement of the branches of learning which we think should be taught in the University, forming them into groups, each of which are within the powers of a single professor.

      This concept is very interesting when comparing it to the New College curriculum that UVA has now adopted. In this guideline, the founders are clearly emphasizing the separation of subjects and the independence of their material. Their hope is that each subject taught at the university is very singular and separate from other departments. However, currently with the New College curriculum, we see a change from the independence of subjects to the overlapping interdependence of them. With the Engagements classes and regular classes covering different requirements, there is an obvious change from the extreme degree of separation at the start of the university to now.

    2. At the District schools or colleges boys should be rendered able to read the easier Authors, Latin and Greek. This would be usefull and sufficient for many not intended for an University education.

      This stated value of an original University of Virginia education is very interesting. Firstly, it is interesting because it shows how times have greatly changed from education standards at the time of this document's authorship. Nowadays, Latin and Greek are not very popular languages, and we see the UVA student body leaning more towards languages like Spanish and French. This fact demonstrates not only how the interests of the student body has changed, but also how the world has changed from valuing dead languages to valuing the ability to speak foreign languages and the importance of becoming a global citizen. Also, this quote is interesting because they call the knowledge of Latin and Greek "usefull and sufficient" even for people not pursuing a higher level of UVA education. Now, these languages are seen very difficult for any student pursuing a four-year degree. So, this idea really makes me think the students on campus must have been incredibly smart at the time the university opened if people not even seeking degrees were still encouraged to take difficult classes.