An innovative resource for engaging and educating, UR Downtown enables all academic departments, offices, and programs of the University of Richmond to connect with the Greater Richmond community. From January through May 2016, 150 University and community-sponsored events were held at UR Downtown. This e-newsletter features UR Downtown program and event highlights from the spring semester, as well as upcoming summer events. Thank you for your continued interest in and support of UR Downtown.
UR Downtown E-NewsletterSummer 2016
Spring 2016 in Review
Tax in Action
Accounting students build connections at UR Downtown’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site (VITA) site.
Greetings from Richmond
Greetings from Richmond, Virginia tells the story of Richmond through the eyes of visitors like Sidney Poitier, Gertrude Stein, and Bruce Springsteen. The exhibition, curated by Nicole Sackley's American Studies Capstone Seminar, runs through the end of the summer at UR Downtown.
Head Downtown Ambassadors
Colleen Egan, '17,and Miriam McBride, '17, lead efforts to connect University students to experiences downtown.
Regina Cavada, '16
San Diego native Regina Cavada, ’16, came to UR to explore the world, and ended up discovering the city of Richmond.
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- Thanks to Richmond Forward for the RVAGOV shout-outs in your recent blog entry! RVAGOV is a student-led effort to provide information about our local government and post recaps of Richmond City Council and School Board meetings. If you're not following it already, check it out: http://www.rvagov.com
- Welcome to Richmond, Alternate ROOTS, and thanks for bringing so much artistic energy to our spaces yesterday!
- Students in the Spatial Analysis Lab, inspired by University of Richmond-Bonner Center for Civic Engagement senior fellow John Moeser's "The Politics of Annexation," created this incredible video on Richmond's 1970 annexation of Chesterfield County. It's worth a few minutes of your time tonight!
- Students, check out this great summer opportunity with Partners in the Arts!
- Our downtown neighbor 1708 Gallery is currently seeking summer interns! Interns receive hands-on experience and resume-building skills in all aspects of 1708 Gallery's operations. Applications are due April 30.
- We will miss you in the office, John, but we know you will never be a stranger and continue to do important work in our city!
- When the weather is this beautiful, we start thinking about being outside and exploring our amazing city! Did you know that The Valentine is offering cool new tours in neighborhoods across Richmond? There's a great one coming up this weekend in Scott's Addition!
- What a great RVA First Fridays and exhibition opening last night! Congratulations again to Dr. Derek Miller's "Archaeology in the City" students, and thanks to all who joined us!
- Thank you to Dr. Susan Cohen, assistant professor of management at the University of Richmond's Robins School of Business, Duane Anderson, CEO of JuggleBear, and Stephanie Hepp, ’14, co-founder and senior associate at Squarespace, for facilitating a great lunch conversation on entrepreneurship in Richmond today – and chatting with students before and after! Quick summary: it’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in RVA.
- We hope to see you at the opening of "UncoveRVA: Archaeology for Our Past, Present, and Future" tonight! Congratulations to Dr. Derek Miller's "Archaeology in the City" students on a fantastic exhibition! BONUS: RVA Trolley will be offering free rides up and down Broad Street, so after stopping by our gallery and grabbing a bite at Richmond on Broad Café, you can explore the rest of RVA First Fridays!
- DuVal Pottery was Richmond’s first stoneware manufacturer. Sadly, the site was completely destroyed in 2002. Today, we’re unpacking sherds of DuVal Pottery recovered from the construction site and loaned to us by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for our upcoming exhibition, “UncoveRVA: Archaeology for Our Past, Present, and Future,” curated by University of Richmond students in Dr. Derek Miller's “Archaeology in the City" class. Join us for the RVA First Fridays opening celebration this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.!
- Registration is open for the incredible Joan Oates Institute!
- "Every day, I talk to people who are victims of abuse. Many are immigrants. Their abusers might say, 'If you report, the police are going to deport you, because you’re the one who’s here illegally.'" https://www.richmondjustice.org/susheela Susheela, staff attorney at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, is one of 52 powerful Richmond Justice stories and portraits that have been on view in our gallery these last few months. Today is the last day of the exhibition, and if you haven't seen the exhibition yet, we hope you'll come by.
- Dr. Derek Miller's "Archaeology in the City" students are busy putting the finishing touches on their exhibition which is set to open during RVA First Fridays next week!
- Tara Casey, director of the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service, recently taught University of Richmond School of Law's inaugural poverty law course over spring break in our gallery, where students also enjoyed hearing from guest speakers like Rachael Deane, L'10, an attorney at Legal Aid Justice Center: "Attorneys are uniquely suited to help out when someone’s housing, health care, education, or employment is on the line. It’s also important for lawyers to think about how our justice system perpetuates poverty and to lead efforts to address poverty on a systemic level."
- Thank you to our friends at Richmond Justice for such a powerful gallery talk.
- Happy first day of spring! We're excited for the tulips to bloom on campus and downtown!
- "The prospects for regionalism may be higher than any other time since I moved to Richmond in 1970,” says John Moeser, a senior fellow at University of Richmond-Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and professor emeritus of urban studies and planning at Virginia Commonwealth University. “The new county managers and some of the newly elected officials talk about the importance of cooperation."
- We're honored to be hosting the Virginia Association of Economists's annual meeting today and tomorrow. For more information about our spaces and how you can reserve them, visit http://downtown.richmond.edu/space/index.html.
Upcoming Summer Events
There are no events currently scheduled.
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