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Open table discussions

Open Tables at the Corner Studio provide opportunities to discuss questions posed by hosts on a wide range of topics.

We are always looking for new hosts. Please contact us with ideas for new open table discussions.

Grab lunch on the corner and come join the conversation!

Upcoming Open Table discussions

Fall 2014 schedule coming soon!

Spring 2014 Open Table discussions


Transduction is the process by which materials, devices and organisms, humans included, convert of one kind of energy or signal into another.

Transduction is a Page Barbour interdisciplinary lecture series at the University of Virginia, open to all, with an associated course for credit for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Generosity, Care and Mindfulness in Designed Nature Research
with Ram Eisenberg.
February 12, 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Ram Eisenberg is an practicing architect and environmental designer as well as a lecturer of landscape architecture at the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel. Ram's firm REED, is responsible for various scale landscape projects in Israel. Ram specializes in participatory design, community, and urban-nature experience: working with the uniqueness of local narratives, people, places, and found objects, emerging into what he calls considerate designs.

Community Impacts of Chemical Exposures: Are Agencies and Industry Obligated to Tell?
with Wilma Subra
February 26, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm


Maker / Hacker Spaces: Research through making, rapid prototyping
digital craft, sketching with hardware,
with Jason Kelly Johnson.
March 19, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Electro-Acoustic Music Mine: New Methods for preserving electro-acoustic music, with Tae Hong Park.
March 25, 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm
at WallSpace

Energy Experimentation (xENERGY);
the biocharCHA and other explorations towards distributed energy production
, with Natalie Jeremijenko.
April 18, 2014 | 11:30am-1:00pm

US intervention in the Middle East: Perspectives from an Al Jazeera journalist, with Dorothy Parvaz.
April 23, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Undergraduate Research Network

Human Genetic Modification
February 18, 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm

What are the ethical limits associated with modifying the human genome? What advantages can we derive from this alteration? When do these benefits become too costly?

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Genetic Predisposition: Behavioral and Ethical Implications
March 27, 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Join a discussion with Professor Eric Turkheimer and Dr. Emilie Rissman. This Open Table will explore the interdisciplinary nature of predisposition, addressing questions such as "How can our genes influence our thoughts and actions? With an increased knowledge of genetic predisposition for certain behaviors, should we be held fully accountable for our actions?"

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Genes and Business
April 15, 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Who owns our genes? Patent Pending - should companies have full rights to a gene without complete knowledge of its function? With increased ownership of genetic information by large companies, will genetically modified crops affect the interplay between industrial producers and local farmers?

Center for Global Health

Case Competition: Discussion on the Development of Divergent Domains
February 25, 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm

A look at the social context of various refugee settlements on a timescale beyond the UVA 2014 case.

A Conversation with Emily Mendenhall

April 7, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Join CGH Fellow Nicola Bulled and Emily Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service for this exciting conversation.
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures.

"Getting Started at UVA"

A series for new faculty members.

Session 1: Mentoring and Advising Graduate Students.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Session 2: When to Say "Yes"...How to Say "No"
Thursday, December 5, 2013 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Session 3: The Professional Scholarly Writer
A writing and publishing seminar for academic authors
Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Session 4: Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 12:30 – 4:00 pm (two sessions)

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Three girls
Above: Students mingle during an event.
Upper right: Catering provided by A Pimento.
Lower right: Faculty enjoy conversation in the Corner Studio.

Iris Magazine

Bad A** Women in Media
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 12:00 pm

Join us for another BadA** series event that focuses on learning from UVa faculty and discussing some of our society's most influential (and bad a**) women. Bring your lunch and enjoy the free refreshments. Open to everyone but please reserve as space is limited.

Hosted by Iris Magazine, UVA Women's Center

Learn more about our past Open Tables >