In 2001, businessman and philanthropist John W. Kluge made a gift of historic Morven Farm to the University of Virginia for academic purposes and educational use. Located in southeastern Albemarle County near Monticello and Ash Lawn-Highland, Morven is situated in a remarkable neighborhood with a history of experimentation and innovation.
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Dorothy S. McAuliffe, the First Lady of Virginia, visits Morven during the Morven Summer Institute for a luncheon and discussion on "Bridging the Nutritional Divide".
During the 2016 Morven Summer Institute, students, professors and staff became trailblazers to Morven's first ever hike from Highland and overnight campout. Stories were told, s'mores were roasted and stars were gazed.
On March 29, UVA President Teresa Sullivan presented the inaugural Edward R. Stettinius Jr. Prize for Global Leadership to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
"We cannot take the world that Edward Stettinius helped to build for granted," Albright said.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Tuesday evening that she felt a special kinship with Edward R. Stettinius as she accepted a new award named in his honor.
University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan presented Albright with the University’s inaugural Edward R. Stettinius Award for Global Leadership at a dinner at the Boar’s Head Inn.
“It is an honor to receive an award named for former Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, who also served as America’s first ambassador to the United Nations,” Albright said. “As a key leader in the U.S. government during World War II, Stettinius helped our country defend freedom on a global scale. The country and the world still benefit from his vision and effective leadership and it has been a privilege to serve in the same positions he once held.”
"The Edward R. Stettinius Jr. Prize for Global Leadership is named for the former UVA student who went on to become Secretary of State and became the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, before returning to Grounds to become the University’s rector."
Jeff Legro, Vice Provost of Global Affairs, Taylor Professor of Politics: "Struggling with the war, they realized that they needed to struggle with the peace as well, and that they needed some kind of organization to bring countries together to discuss world problems and to work as hard for peace as you worked for war."
'The award will recognize a person whose life and work reflect the principles of America’s first secretary of state and founder of the university, Thomas Jefferson, as well as Edward Stettinius, who followed in Jefferson’s footsteps,' [University of Virginia President] Sullivan said."
Grace's inspirational song is about all people, regardless of backgrounds, finding their voice to become a catalyst for change.
The Presidential Precinct, a consortium of UVA, William and Mary, Morven Farm, Montpelier, Ash-Lawn Highland, and Monticello, welcomed the second cohort of Mandela fellows to UVA grounds. Keynote speaker Dr. Johnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art delivered a powerful keynote speech during Monday's Opening Ceremonies.
"On March 18th, the Presidential Precinct hosted His Royal Highness Prince Charles at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The Presidential Precinct's Magna Carta 2015: Global Empowerment through Rule of Law Forum brought together the Prince of Wales and emerging leaders from around the globe to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and to discuss its current relevance to issues such as economic development, women's empowerment, and climate change. In total, over 70 people from 20 countries attended the event in Washington D.C., while another 1,500 international leaders joined from 34 countries through the Presidential Precinct Network's livestream. The Forum launched a broader discussion on the Network which has established over 4,000 connections in the past 9 months."
"TEDxUVA is organized around the theme “Leaving the Cave,” a reference to Plato’s iconic allegory. It includes a slate of speakers that draws from both the U.Va. faculty and outside experts. The talks are on a range of subjects, from culture’s effects on behavior to changing the dialogue on sexual assault."
Morven needed a master plan and Hart Howerton, a nationally known architectural firm in New York and San Francisco helped UVA and UVAF develop one. Providing more than $100K in pro bono assistance, consultants ran a three-day planning charette at Morven in February with more than 70 participants. Findings were presented to UVA President Teresa Sullivan and Provost John Simon in May. As a result of the planning process, the Provost created a Morven Programs Committee, chaired by Jeff Legro, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and a Committee on Morven Residential, chaired by Stewart Gamage, Morven Programs Director. The University has approved moving forward with a $150K pre-construction planning effort to determine how overnight and meeting facilities accommodate expanded residential use.