In reality, Odom and Ryan hit topics both heavy and light, talking about everything from when Odom first discovered “Hamilton” – the Broadway megahit that rocketed him to stardom as Aaron Burr – to his first visit to UVA in October 2017, when he performed at UVA’s Bicentennial Launch Celebration just a few months after the Aug. 11 and 12 white supremacist rallies.
Odom opened the conversation by saying how much UVA students and the UVA community impressed him on that first trip.
“I couldn’t wait to get here because I wanted to meet you, I wanted to see who you were, face to face… and you guys showed up. You showed me who you were,” he said. “I could say the same for this invitation. I couldn’t wait to come back, to see how you are doing, how you are healing, where those conversations are now.”