December 2005

Her world’s the stage
Melissa Crespo isn’t a year out of U.Va., and she’s already working behind the scenes at a major theater.

Give ‘War and Peace’ a chance
Andy Kaufman wants you to lose your fear of the Russian novel.

A life of achievements
Merrill Peterson remains an avid writer and reader in retirement.

It’s history
Andy Mink helps bring U.Va.’s databases to Virginia’s schools.

Letter from Buenos Aires: Coffee versus café
Leah Klass ordered coffee to go and got much more than she asked for.

Did You Know?

The 18th annual Virginia Film Festival, themed IN/JUSTICE, drew 13,087 ticket holders to venues throughout Charlottesville, topping last year's tally of 11,074 and the Film Festival's previous record high attendance of 12,764 in 1993.

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Of Special Note

After 14 years of teaching civil rights history at the University, Julian Bond, civil rights activist and current chairman of the NAACP, will retire in May.

Read the full story from the current issue of the Arts & Sciences magazine and join in an online discussion in our Conversations forum.  Civil rights scholarship has a long history at U.Va. A look around the Grounds reveals many faculty and alumni working on various aspects of civil rights studies and the role of race in America.