The College of Virginia has introduced a $27.5 million reward from alumnus John L. Nau III (’68) to assist advance the examine and instruction of the historical past and ideas of democracy.
Awarded by way of the Nau Basis, the most important reward ever to the Faculty and Graduate College of Arts & Sciences will assist UVA’s lately launched Democracy Initiative and its Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy. The reward will assist an endowment for the initiative’s Core Lab and analysis on the historical past, ideas, and philosophy of democracy; the creation of ten endowed school positions throughout a variety of departments, together with historical past, politics, classics, and philosophy; and as much as 4 visiting positions. As well as, $2 million of the reward will likely be put aside for the dean of Arts & Sciences to make use of at his discretion. Coupled with matching presents totaling $17 million, the reward could have a complete affect of greater than $44 million.
A longtime supporter of the college, the muse beforehand dedicated $16.6 million to determine and endow the John L. Nau III Heart for Civil Struggle Historical past, and awarded $11 million for the development of Nau Corridor, house of the Corcoran Division of Historical past.
“UVA was established on the idea that an informed citizenry is significant to the success of democracy,” stated Ian Baucom, the Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts & Sciences. “Due to John and the Nau Basis, we’ve the assets to convey the Core Lab to life because the nerve heart for the initiative and to gasoline our well-established Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy. His reward secures our potential to assemble nice minds to analysis elementary questions on the coronary heart of democracy, from historic occasions to the current, within the U.S. and across the globe, to have interaction our college students in that pursuit, and to share that data with the world.”
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