Flash Seminars

Flash Seminars are one time mini-classes that seek to bring together faculty, students, and community members in small, informal settings to explore ideas and issues outside the formal classroom. Seminars are announced a week in advance and held in locations around the University of Virginia and the surrounding Charlottesville area. Sign up below to attend a seminar!

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Seminars this Week: 
What Is Bitcoin?
Co-Sponsored by CommonCents at UVa
Led by Computer Science Graduate Student Tadge Dryja
Tuesday, April 15th @ 5:30 p.m.
Bitcoin, a new type of money, has been increasing in popularity. But what is exactly is bitcoin, and how does it work? This flash seminar will cover the basics of the innovative bitcoin protocol, a brief history of its operation, and a discussion of its future potential.
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Flash! Dinner: “Let's Get Dinner and Talk About Death"
Led by Nursing Professor Susan Bauer-Wu
Tuesday, April 15th @ 6:30pm
"The statistic that broke my heart was this: Nearly 75% of Americans want to die at home, yet only 25% of them do." -- Michael Hebb, founder of DeathOverDinner.org. Drawing from her experience in contemplative practice and palliative and end-of-life care, please join Professor Susan Bauer-Wu of the School of Nursing to talk about how we as patients, clinicians, loved ones, and community members think about death and dying. Dinner will be served.
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Flash! Screening: Thing With No Name
Led by Dr. Scott Heysell, Dr. Tania Thomas and Professor Christian McMillen
Wednesday, April 16th @ 6:00 p.m.
OpenGrounds Studio
Join the Center for Global Health, OpenGrounds, and FACE AIDS for a screening of Thing With No Name, which follows the story of two Zulu women with AIDS in South Africa and their struggle to access the life-saving medicines that will suppress the virus. Thing With No Name will be followed by a panel discussion led by Dr. Scott Heysell, Dr. Tania Thomas and Professor Christian McMillen. Dinner provided.
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Working 9 to 5: Grassroots Activism and Women’s Leadership
Led by Darden Researcher Allison Elias
Thursday, April 17th @ 11:00 a.m.
This seminar will focus on the activism of women office workers in the 1970s and 1980s, many of whom challenged gender-based inequities through organizing channels such as 9to5, the National Association of Working Women. Collective action required that women cultivate confidence in themselves and others to confront and negotiate with employers. What strategies did organizers use to build networks? How does this type of leadership, cultivated from below, square with how you envision yourself as a leader in your current/future workplace? What makes activism different from leadership? Join Allison Elias in exploring these questions and more!
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Food Waste Management at U.Va.
Led by Sustainability Manager Chris Stevens
Thursday, April 17th @ 5:00 p.m.
Runk Dining Hall
Join Sustainability Manager Chris Stevens for an inside look at how U.Va. Dining manages pre- and post-consumed food waste at one of their three dining rooms. This seminar will offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on how food waste is handled, processed and ultimately repurposed as a useful soil amendment. An informal discussion will follow our tour of the facility.
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How Can We Help Adults With Autism Succeed?
Co-Sponsored by Autism Speaks
Led by Speech Pathology Professor Jane Hilton
Thursday, April 17th @ 5:30 p.m.
An increasing number of people - currently, 1 in 68 - are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Though there many programs designed for children that focus on early identification, improving communication skills and reducing behaviors, the story is very different for adults diagnosed with ASD. There are a paucity of services available to assist this population with educational/employment issues and healthcare concerns, among others. Director of Clinical Services in the U.Va. Speech-Language-Hearing Center will discuss how we can develop programs to support adults diagnosed with ASD.
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