On January 21st, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) spent the afternoon at the Darden School of Business, meeting with administrators, faculty, and students as part of a trip to the region. In particular, he met with IBiS Academic Director Mary Margaret Frank‘s students who are part of her groundbreaking course on the national debt. In this cross-disciplinary seminar, graduate students from seven different departments and professional schools at UVA explore the broad topic by engaging with guest speakers, learning problem-solving approaches from various disciplines, directing their own reading and research, and collaborating on a final project. For the course project, the students are creating a short video to educate young adults about the size, growth, sources, and consequences of the debt.
Following Senator Warner’s meeting with the students from the national debt seminar, he spoke to a larger audience of graduate students about innovation and politics, answering a number of questions about crowdfunding, immigration, and taxes.