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Backstage Speaker Series

This class is an introduction to Brown Residential College and the University of Virginia and is required of all first-year students newly admitted to the University and to Brown Residential College. Students who are new to Brown College as second-, third-, or fourth-years, however, may also enroll. During the course of the semester, this class will explore the history of Brown College and the University. In class, lectures and discussions will emphasize the many opportunities that exist for Brown College residents to become engaged in activities and events within the Brown, the University, and even the local, national, and global communities. Students will read passages from the writings of the scheduled speakers as well as from selected works.

Instructor: Stephen Plaskon ( Fridays 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 134.

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Brown College Backstage Fall 2017 Speakers Series

Aug. 25: Welcome | Introductions | Getting to Know You & Brown College's Portal Professors
Sept. 1: Jordy Yager, Journalist; KK Ottesen, Author, Photographer, and Journalist.
Sept. 8: Highland Plantation - Sara BonHarper
Sept. 15: Kurt von Daacke, UVA President's Commission on Slavery
Sept. 22: Highland Plantation - Brooks Wellmon, Lighthouse Studios
Oct. 13: Jody Kielbasa, Vice Provost for the Arts; Wes Harris, VFF Programming Director
Oct. 20: William Ferraro, Editor of Washington Papers
Nov 3: Matthew Wheelock - screening and panel discussion of "Southeast 67"
Nov. 11: Film Festival and Brown Sponsored Film
Nov. 11: William Antholis, UVA Miller Center Director


Previous Lectures





  • 11/22/13 Samantha Taggart - Kitchen Garden Manager at UVA's Morven Farm
  • 11/15/13 Brian Weakland - Attorney, author, and screenwriter
  • 11/1/13 Richard Guy Wilson - Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at UVA
  • 10/18/13 Jody Kielbasa - Director of the Virginia Film Festival
  • 10/4/13 Amy Quick and Katherine Davis - Respectively: producer, associate director of marketing at the Paramount Theater
  • 9/20/13 Michael and Valerie Kirkman - Respectively: author, one of the first women who attended UVA
  • 9/13/13 Tony Williams - Author
  • 9/13/13 Catherine Schetlick - Co-founder of "The Movement Party"