One of the coolest new traditions at U.Va. is the “flash seminar.” Sort of like “flash mobs,” they are one-time, mini-courses held around the University and Charlottesville area “that seek to bring together faculty, students, and community members in small, informal settings to explore ideas and issues outside the formal classroom,” according to the Flash Seminar website. It’s a great way to engage with the University, as either a student or community member.
Flash seminars are announced about a week in advance, so you need to sign up for the newsletter to be in the know. The first couple are already posted: “Universities of the 21st Century,” led by Associate Dean and Art History Professor Maurie McInnis (Sept. 10, 5 p.m.), and “The London Olympics: Symbolism of the Opening Ceremony,” led by Art History Professor Douglas Fordham (Sept. 13, 4 p.m.)
If you want to receive information about future flash seminars, or lead one, or even bring the concept to your school, email firstname.lastname@example.org.