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RFA Programs for 2021 – 2022

13 September, 4:00 pm: Teaching and Learning During Covid,
Steve Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English (and students)

4 October, 12:00 noon: Building an Academic and Competitive Athletics Department,
Craig Littlepage, Emeritus Director of Athletics

8 November, 12:00 noon: Confederate Monuments and the Lost Cause,
Caroline Janney, John L. Nau III Professor of History

6 December, 12:00 noon: The Evolution of American Musical Theater (with Backstories), Robert Chapel, Professor Emeritus, Musical Theater, Directing

10 January, 12:00 noon: Ethics in the Time of Covid-19, James Childress, Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies (This presentation will be followed by four subsequent seminars on Covid-19 topics conducted by Emeritus Professor Childress. See details below.)

7 February, 12:00 noon: Threshold Literature and Iranian Women Writers,
Farzaneh Milani, Raymond J. Nelson Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality

21 March, 12:00 noon: President James Ryan

April TBA: Garden Party

Seminars on “Ethics in the Time of Covid-19” Emeritus Professor Childress

17 January, 12:00 noon: Respecting Liberty and Protecting Public Health: Securing Compliance with Public Health Directives
31 January, 12:00 noon: Fairly Allocating Ventilators and Vaccines, and Other Scarce Resources
14 February, 12:00 noon: Attending to Religious and Global Perspectives and Conflicts
21 February, 12:00 noon: Making Meaning and Value through Stories: Narrative Ethics in the Pandemic

Miller Center Events for 2021

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and strives to apply the lessons of history and civil discourse to the nation’s most pressing contemporary governance challenges.” They have a list of webinars that RFA can attend on their website.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UVA

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA (OLLI at UVA) is a membership organization that has been providing university-level short courses for active adults in our community. There are no grades, no credit, no tests. We offer two semesters per year, Spring and Fall. You are welcome to submit a course proposal at anytime and indicate the future semester that would best fit your schedule.”

If you have any questions about the Course Proposal form or would like to discuss course ideas, please contact the OLLI office by email at or by phone at 434-923-3600 or 877-861-9207 (toll free).