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.
"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.