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Humans of OpenGrounds

  An Interview with Kimberley Barker Imagine you’re hosting a party: You spend weeks preparing for the party, choosing decorations and food, and meticulously constructing a party environment. But on the day of the party you realize that you never invited anyone! If you don’t tell anyone about your work, you’re not inviting anyone to … Continue reading

Welcome!

Welcome to OpenGrounds! As this is the first blog post of the 2015-2016 school year, your blog writer would like to introduce herself! I am Angie, a fourth year architecture student who has been an OpenGrounds intern for about two years. Though I study architecture, I find pretty much every field interesting, from mathematics to … Continue reading

OpenGrounds Holds IDEAmixer event

OpenGrounds Holds IDEAmixer event

On Thursday, January 22, OpenGrounds held its first IDEAmixer, an eventful evening comprising of short presentations of projects, research, art, and business ideas from across the Grounds. The series of one-minute pitch-style presentations was followed by a social hour over refreshments and music. Curated by UVA’s unpredictable David Touve, the evening personified OpenGrounds’ very mission by bringing people … Continue reading

Join the Discussion at our Open Table

Join the Discussion at our Open Table

Open Table discussions at the OpenGrounds Corner Studio provide space for University professors, Charlottesville professionals, and visiting speakers to share their expertise and dialogue with the Charlottesville community. These conversations typically last about 1-2 hours, and stimulate interdisciplinary conversation beyond the university classroom. We have had several in the past weeks, including discussions Food Aid … Continue reading

Science in the Lives of Students: A Particle Physicist’s Endeavor

Science in the Lives of Students: A Particle Physicist’s Endeavor

Ajinkya Kamat is a Ph.D. candidate at U.Va. specializing in Particle Physics who has just joined the OpenGrounds Science Straight Up project, a new initiative that OpenGrounds has adopted aiming to promote informal conversation and dialogue about exciting scientific ideas in Charlottesville. Kamat will be speaking at the OpenGrounds studio Nov. 2o at 5:30 pm about the role of particle physics (and other … Continue reading

UVA’s Eileen Chou and the “Coffee Shop Effect”

UVA’s Eileen Chou and the “Coffee Shop Effect”

Eileen Chou, Assistant Professor of Public Policy in the Batten school, has chosen an exciting question to answer in her latest research endeavors: “What is it about coffee shops that induces creativity?” Professor Chou’s research focuses on the organizational, social, and psychological forces that shape individual and group behavior in organizational settings. While living in different parts of the … Continue reading

A Newcomer’s View of OpenGrounds

A Newcomer’s View of OpenGrounds

OpenGrounds is an initiative across the University of Virginia looking to foster new, disruptive, creative, inter-disciplinary, bold, fun, intellectual, and engaging ideas. We occupy a studio on The Corner next to the Women’s Center. Thanks for coming to the blog to discover a little more of what we are all about. As an English Major, … Continue reading

“Float” and Charlottesville Community Church

“Float” and Charlottesville Community Church

OpenGrounds hosted members of Charlottesville Community Church (CCC) for “Float”, an event for people to gather and share their artistic interests. The organizer of the event, CCC worship leader Joseph Holm, transformed the OpenGrounds Corner Studio into a space for aesthetic creation, where both college students and art-minded members of the community could come together. “Our … Continue reading

Renowned Photographer John Shearer Visits Open Grounds

Renowned Photographer John Shearer Visits Open Grounds

John Mason, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Corcoran Department of History, and the organizer of The Fralin Museum of Art’s Gordon Parks exhibit brought his class to OpenGrounds last week for a conversation with renowned photographer, John Shearer. Mr. Shearer spoke about his mentor, Gordon Parks, a seminal figure of twentieth century photography. First year students … Continue reading

Soundscape Architecture Project Presented at OpenGrounds

Soundscape Architecture Project Presented at OpenGrounds

Architecture professor, Karen Van Lengen, presented her collaborative project, Soundscape Architecture, which is designed to explore the intersection of space and sound. Working with the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH), Van Lengen replicated authentic sounds that resonate within major artistic and impressive locations around the world, including  the National Library of Ireland, the Taj … Continue reading