Past Events

Design Symposium: Arctic States

Friday, April 17, 2015 to Sunday, April 19, 2015

ARCTIC STATES, a three-day symposium at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, brings together an international consortium of leading designers and colleagues from allied disciplines to posit the role of design in the rapidly transforming region, and generate critical discussions by sharing recent work that will trace, critique and speculate on its past, present, and future. The symposium is sponsored by the Arctic Design Group, including CGII grant recipients Matthew Jull and Leena Cho (Architecture). 

Please visit the full schedule of events and participants here

Visiting Artist: Abderrahmane Sissako and "Timbuktu"

Thursday, April 09, 2015 to Sunday, April 12, 2015

The acclaimed filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako will visit the University, hosted by Alison Levine (French) and sponsored in part by the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation. His 2015 Academy Award-nominated film "Timbuktu" will be screened at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, April 11th, at 7pm, and will be followed by a Q&A session. 

UVA's 2nd Annual World Water Week 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 to Sunday, March 22, 2015

22nd Annual German Studies Graduate Conference at UVA- Schwalbenflug: Migration and Movement in Languages, Arts, and Sciences

Friday, February 20, 2015 to Saturday, February 21, 2015

An annual tradition, the UVa German Studies Graduate conference gives students from all over the world the opportunity to present their research in a professional, constructive environment. The conference begins on February 20, 2015 with a presentation by our keynote speaker, Monika Shafi of the University of Delaware. On Saturday, February 21, graduate students from the University of Virginia will be joined by students from other US universities, as well as from Germany and Norway. With the help of CGII, we are able to help sponsor the travel costs of three international presenters and bring their perspectives to our university community. We are very grateful for the opportunity to engage in an international discussion with international voices.

Please visit our webpage for detailed information:

Information Session for CGII, Spring 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:30- 11:30 am

Dear colleagues,
On Friday, January 30 at 10:30 am, the Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation will hold an information session regarding CGI2 grants and other "global" opportunities for spring semester 2015, looking forward to fall 2015.
It will be very informal, coffee will be served and we will end promptly at 11:30.
I hope you will join me.


Brian P. Owensby
Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation
Hotel A
University of Virginia

Southeastern Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SECAAS)

Friday, January 16, 2015 to Sunday, January 18, 2015

With support from the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, the UVA East Asia Center will be hosting 40 panels, several receptions, and a luncheon with an address from Professor Li-ling Hsiao of UNC Chapel Hill, the current president of the SEC-AAS. Additional highlights include: renowned documentary filmmaker Carma Hinton will be showing a series of short films on the topic "This Old Chinese House: Traditional Village Architecture and its Fate Through Revolution and Reform" at the Harrison Institute Small Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7pm; AAS President Professor Mrinalini Sinha of the University of Michigan will speak on "Indenture, Abolition, and the Nation-State Form” during the noon lunch meeting on Saturday  Jan. 17 in the Jefferson Room of Alumni House; Prof. Michel Hockx of the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London will speak on “The Internet and Contemporary Chinese Culture” in 125 Minor Hall at 7pm on Saturday evening. Finally, we have an outreach session on teaching and learning Saturday morning from 10:30-12:15 in Monroe Hall 134, "The Sword and the Stage: Interweaving Theatre and Premodern Japanese History in the Classroom,” led by faculty of Hampden-Sydney College and Siena College. Please visit the full conference schedule: http://

J-Term ANTH 3559: Diplomacy and the Academy

Friday, January 02, 2015 to Saturday, January 10, 2015

The UVA-US State Department Diplomacy Lab

The Diplomacy Lab provides the opportunity for university students to collaborate with the State Department in addressing real-world challenges.  This Jterm course facilitates the completion of proposals, policy briefs or papers in response to questions posed by the State Department. It provides the support structure for students to refine and polish Diplomacy Lab projects initiated in previous semesters.  Students who have conducted relevant research in other courses or independent studies and wish to develop proposals may also enroll (with the permission of the instructor).  Class meetings will include workshops on the diplomatic process, conducting library research, and writing research papers. Students will also have time to work collaboratively and provide one another with feedback on paper drafts.  Finally, we will discuss a growing body of literature that takes an anthropological perspective on the diplomatic process towards the aim of improving the effectiveness of cross-cultural collaborations and problem solving.

USAID Higher Education Webinar

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:00am


Date & Time: Thursday, October 23 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (EST)
Please register to help us track attendance
Webinar will be hosted at:


USAID’s Global Development Lab and Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment (E3) will host its next biannual webinar with higher education institutions on Thursday, October 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EST)
The purpose of the webinar is three-fold: 1) to bring attention to USAID programs, policies and strategic investment areas that may be of interest to the Higher Education community; 2) to highlight the work of diverse higher education institutions on a range of development and global engagement fronts – with and without USAID funding; and 3) to share upcoming opportunities for engagement with USAID.

Webinar site:

USAID Bureaus/Offices:
Estelle Quain, Bureau for Global Health
Chris Runyan, Bureau for Africa
Maggie Moore, American Schools and Hospitals Abroad
Dr. Clare Muhoro, Partnership for Enhanced Engagement for Research (PEER)
Higher Education Institution Speakers:
Dr. Goulda Downer, Howard University College of Medicine
Dr. Nkem Khumbah, University of Michigan, STEM-Africa
Stephen Feinson, Arizona State University, ASU Global

2014 UVA World Water Day Symposium

Friday, March 21, 2014

Water is essential for all life, but access to water varies greatly across the globe. Water is abundant in some places, but very scarce in others. Sufficient water for everyone will be a critical challenge of the 21st century in a world with an ever growing population, increasing per capita income and consumption, and a changing climate that has profound implications for the water cycle. Tackling water issues will also be a multi-disciplinary task, since water touches all aspects of our lives. It plays a key role in food production, electricity generation, recreation, environmental sustainability, etc.

The World Water Day Symposia (WWDS) at the University of Virginia will bring together multiple disciplines within the academic community, water professionals, and public interest around national and international water challenges which we all face.

Symposium site, see schedule and speakers >


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