This Student's Clothing Company is Dyed in the Wool of Ancient Cusco

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In 2015, University of Virginia student Kris Cody came back from a trip through the Andes Mountains with an alpaca wool sweater – and the seed of an idea for a clothing company. Two years later, he’s built a production line for Paka Apparel and raised more than $127,000 in a week on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

Making Connections: Undergrads Help International Newcomers Learn the Culture

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When Başak Özaslan first came to the University of Virginia from Turkey in 2014, she had three objectives: earn a Ph.D. in systems engineering, improve her English and get to know people from other cultures. Today, Özaslan is in her fourth year of the systems engineering program, she regularly meets with English-speaking undergraduates through the organization Volunteers with International Students, Staff and Scholars, or VISAS.

Leffler: Trump Upends 100 Years of U.S. Foreign Policy

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U.S. foreign policy has remained mostly consistent for most of the modern era, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, based upon a few core principles, Melvyn Leffler, the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of History at the University of Virginia, told a recent “American Forum” audience at the Miller Center.

Then came Donald Trump.

Broadcasting Peace, From Ghana to Charlottesville

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Radio Peace, the station that Kwesi Ghartey-Tagoe directs, worked with UNICEF to sponsor a session earlier this year that brought Gomoa Adam residents and government officials together to draw attention to the problem and brainstorm solutions. 

Introducing Some of Darden's New (Global!) Faculty

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With the start of a new school year came new faculty to Darden! Darden welcomed six new faculty members from all over the country and world into our community earlier this summer. Here are some of the international backgrounds and experiences they bring to Darden’s global community.

Chris Holstege's Poisonous Career Choices

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In the fall of 2004, University of Virginia medical toxicologist Chris Holstege found himself in the thick of an international political mystery. 

UVA's Lewis House Renamed Yen House to Honor Noted Chinese Graduate

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A dormitory in the University of Virginia’s International Residential College has been renamed for a pioneer. The former Lewis House is now Yen House, in honor of Yan Huiqing, who is also known as W.W. Yen. He is the first international student to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University.

Oxygen-Deficient Dwarf Galaxy Hints At Makings of Early Universe

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A recently discovered dwarf galaxy in the constellation Lynx may serve well as a proxy for better understanding the developing chemistry of the early universe, according to a research team that includes University of Virginia astronomers. Their new finding shows that the oxygen level in the little galaxy is the lowest yet discovered in any star-forming galaxy.

Chong Xu (MBA '14) Shares Global Health Care Career Experience

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Double Hoo Chong Xu (MBA ’14) is using his global background, Ph.D. in cell biology (2009) and MBA from Darden to make a difference in the health care field, which he notes is “a fascinating industry that is going through a lot of changes and needs a lot of talent both in the U.S. and Asia.”

Global Food Festival 2017

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One Darden Week ended on Sunday with Darden’s largest global event, the annual Global Food Festival. Sponsored by the Global Business and Culture Club and supported by the Center for Global Initiatives and many of Darden’s affinity clubs, this year’s festival attracted nearly 600 attendees who enjoyed cuisines from 21 different cultures and countries.

So Long, Cassini: UVA Astronomer Celebrates The Successes of Saturn Explorer

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The Cassini spacecraft is slated to end its phenomenally successful 20-year, 4.9 billion-mile mission in spectacular fashion Friday morning, breaking up and burning like a hurtling meteor toward the multi-ringed planet it has orbited for the last 13 years. University of Virginia planetary astronomer Anne Verbiscer, a participating scientist with the mission, is attending this week’s end-of-mission celebration at the California Institute of Technology.

One Darden Week 2017

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This week Darden celebrated its diverse global community through various events, workshops and discussions, and with lots of free food! Many of Darden’s affinity clubs hosted the events of the week. See below for pictures from the week and a recap of some of the global events of One Darden Week!

Meet the UVA Alumnus Who Brought Pablo Picasso Back to America


In 1921, Sameul Kootz graduated from the University of Virginia with a law degree. He went on to become one of the 20th century's most famous American art dealers. Kootz, who died in 1982, is perhaps most famous for his relationship with Pablo Picasso. He mounted the first post-war exhibition of Picasso’s work in America at The Samuel Kootz Gallery in New York City.

Julian Forero (Class or 2018) Shares Global Internship Experience and Advice

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Julian Forero, a second-year student from Wellington, Florida, interned for McKinsey & Company in Bogotá, Colombia this summer. Julian is a Consortium Fellow and is involved in the Latin American Student Association, Consulting Club, and Soccer Club at Darden. Julian took a few minutes to share about his global internship experience this summer.

Virtual Reality Can Make a Remote Crisis Real - and Spur Effective Responses


In Gyumri, Armenia, about 4,000 survivors of a 1988 earthquake that destroyed their city are still living in uninsulated shipping containers. Engineers a half a world away can help solve these problems through virtual reality, according to Bethany Gordon, a first-year Ph.D. student in civil engineering at the University of Virginia.

Ghost Nets to Art: Exhibition Raises Awareness of Ocean Litter

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Seventeen large, intriguing sculptures of sea animals fashioned by indigenous artists in northern Australia hang from the ceiling of the University of Virginia’s Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library. The exhibit, “Defending the Ocean with Art,” sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum and UVA’s Department of Environmental Sciences, will be on view through Jan. 7.

Here's What We Can Learn Today From Empires of Yesterday

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University of Virginia sociologist Krishan Kumar has devoted his recent research to analyzing five empires: the Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian/Soviet, British and French empires. Kumar says European empires of the past can shed light on how societies could accept being multicultural and inclusive. 

How One Darden Alum is Using His MBA to Improve India's Notorious Roads


University of Virginia alumnus Krishnan Srinivasan graduated from UVA's Darden School of Business in 2001 and is using his MBA to bring order to India’s notoriously complex roads. His first post-graduation position involved working in Kazakhstan with the MBA Enterprise Corps, where he saw firsthand the impact he could have working in the developing world.

Meet Sergi Pereira (Class of 2018), President of the European Society

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Sergi Pereira, originally from Barcelona, Spain, is a second-year student at Darden. Sergi holds two bachelor degrees in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration. At Darden, he serves as an admissions ambassador and as the President of the European Society.

Darden Welcomes Fall 2017 Exchange Students

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Darden welcomes 11 exchange students from leading business schools around the world during the fall 2017 semester. While at Darden this semester, these students will take various elective courses and will be involved in Darden’s community and co-curricular activities.