With Good Reason

Archive for 1999

Unaccompanied Minors
December 25th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

Every Wednesday evening, two student groups meet on the portico of the ancient Wren Building on the campus of William and Mary to give an impromptu concert. Colleges across Virginia are mirroring a national trend; an explosion of interest in student singing groups. Take delight this week as we feature holiday season choral selections from […]

What A Meal!
December 18th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

One result of the international trade that has developed since WW II is the global dinner table. People can now dine on raspberries from Guatemala, strawberries from Mexico and coconut milk from Thailand. But with this trade comes a certain amount of risk—the spread of food-borne disease. Micro-biologist Ivor Knight (James Madison University), a veteran of […]

Apocalypse Now?
December 11th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

Fear of an apocalypse at the turn of the millennium has proliferated. George Greenia (William & Mary), professor of medieval and renaissance studies, has studied similar periods throughout history. He says of all the books of the Bible, none has fired the imagination more than the Book of Revelation by the Christian prophet John. Here we […]

Why Religion?
December 4th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

Karl Marx considered it the “opiate of the masses.” But for countless others it is a source of strength and, for some, lends a dignity to otherwise impoverished lives. Religion professor Susan Kwilecki (Radford University), author of Becoming Religious: Understanding Devotion to the Unseen, discusses her study of believers in south Georgia. How, she asks, can people […]

Runaways Revealed
November 27th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

Historian Tom Costa (University of Virginia-Wise) says we often speak of slaves and runaways in the collective without thinking of the individuals who made up these groups.  Costa is reconstructing the lives of runaway slaves through examination of 18th runaway advertisements, court records, slave ship manifests and planter’s diaries.  He shares the narratives of several runaways, including […]

It’s a Math, Math World
November 20th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

Thought your math teacher was lying when she said math is everywhere? Think again. Mathematician John Adam (Old Dominion University) explains the math of rainbows, clouds, and even animal fur. Daniele Struppa (George Mason University) looks at the links between math and the humanities.

Poetry: The Beat Goes On
November 13th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

More than 40 years after publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” the works of Beat writers and poets continue to captivate readers.  On the Road sells more than 90,000 copies a year, and “Howl” is one of the most widely read and translated poems of the 20th century.  English professor and Ginsberg editor Gordon […]

African-American Fortunes and Misfortunes
November 6th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

African-American hospitals have been major caregivers in black communities for most of this century.  Yet, their continued existence in the 21st century is in doubt.  Cassandra Newby-Alexander (Norfolk State University) is writing a history of black hospitals in Virginia and their impact on health care.  Bill Rodgers (William and Mary) has conducted research that shows fortunes have […]

Old Souls Never Die: Reincarnation
October 30th, 1999 - (0 Comments)

Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson (University of Virginia), world-renowned expert on reincarnation, discusses his lifelong research into claims of previous lives.  People from India to Indiana, many of them children, have memories of experiences before they were born and Stevenson thinks there’s good reason to believe them. Also featured: Clarinetist Gerard Errante (Norfolk State University) explores the world of intermedia […]

Politics in the Old Dominion
October 23rd, 1999 - (0 Comments)

We look at the significance of the Nov. 2nd vote—an election that some predict will result in Republican domination of Virginia politics. Why is politics in the Old Dominion described as conservative? Political scientist Bob Roberts (James Madison University) posits some theories and looks at the future of campaign finance reform in the commonwealth. Political scientist Quentin Kidd […]