The big news in Virginia the past few weeks has come from Charlottesville on the normally stable campus at the University of Virginia. The president, Teresa Sullivan, was forced to resign without clear cause after only two years at her post, a superlatively short term. Leading the effort to oust her was head of the Board of Visitors, Helen Dragas, Virgina Beach real estate developer and UVA alumna. I don't pretend to know what the entire issue entails, but I believe it to boil down to two differing visions for the university. After a chaotic couple of weeks, and an outcry of support for Sullivan, she was reinstated on Tuesday, with pledges of unity from both sides.
I often play a game of what-if while I daydream. What if Mr. Jefferson (it's never Geo. Washington, always Jefferson) was to magically visit the 21st century for an hour or two, and it was my job to chauffer him around answering questions as best I could. First of all he would probably be frightened to death at the speed we travel, he might even get carsick. With all the suburban sprawl and urbanization, I am sure his vision of the United States as an agriculturally based society would be out the window. I think he would also likely find the changes in race and class very uncomfortable. And what would he think about the recent news from his university - I am sure his first reaction would be "women, why are there women here?".
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