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Archive for 2002

Lewis and Clark and Native Americans
December 28th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

The first Americans to cross the continent knew less about their destination than the first men who landed on the moon. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to find a direct route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, the expedition made diplomatic connections with Indian tribes, encountered […]

Dump Dominion
December 21st, 2002 - (0 Comments)

Last year, Governor Mark Warner proposed a $5 a ton tipping fee for all trash deposited in Virginia landfills. Lawmakers rejected the measure, but the proposal highlighted once again Virginia’s status as the second greatest importer of trash in the U.S. Have we become the Dump Dominion? Geologist Bob McConnell (University of Mary Washington) discusses what makes […]

Invasive Species and Whales
December 14th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

The Russians have invaded! Russian microorganisms and shellfish, that is. With more than 80% of the world’s trade transported by the oceans, forester Mark Huddy (James Madison University) says Virginia’s rivers and lakes have already been infiltrated by foreign species. Ivor Knight (James Madison University) says more has to be done to keep cargo ships from dumping their ballast […]

Smallpox and Community Shielding
December 7th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

It’s a disease that’s nothing short of terrifying. Highly contagious and disfiguring, smallpox once killed about 30 percent of those who fell victim to it. Health officials declared it eradicated worldwide in 1980. But now we worry that smallpox may number among the weapons in the arsenals of biological terrorists. Epidemiologist Dick Wenzel (Medical College of […]

Grasping for Words: Adult Literacy
November 30th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

Literacy is defined by the U.S. government as the ability to read, write and speak in English and to compute and solve problems at levels necessary to function on the job, and in the family and society. But, more than that, it’s the ability for a person to fully communicate their hopes and dreams as […]

In Defense of Schadenfreude
November 23rd, 2002 - (0 Comments)

Gore Vidal once said “Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.” Schadenfreude is a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others. Religion professor John Portmann (University of Virginia) has written an entire book on the emotion and discusses its role in the pantheon of human sins. Also featured: With Good Reason goes to church to […]

The Roots of Islamic Terrorism
November 16th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

Before September 11th, the targets of Middle-East terrorism were mostly outside the United States. But Al Qaeda now plots attacks on American soil. Why has terrorism changed, and what’s the best way to combat it? Kamal Beyoghlow (George Mason University) has spent twenty years in the U.S. State Department fighting terrorism abroad. Lt. Col. Dale Davis (Virginia Military Institute) is […]

Not Your Father’s P.E.
November 9th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

The field of physical education has gone through dramatic changes over the past 25 years. It’s even gotten a new name – kinesiology. While P.E. is still about getting people physically fit, it’s also about the role movement plays in our human experience. John Charles (William & Mary) heads a kinesiology department and uses texts like “Zen […]

Ethnic Impersonators and Carpetbaggers
November 2nd, 2002 - (0 Comments)

Forrest Carter claimed The Education of Little Tree was a memoir of his childhood as a part Cherokee orphan. Some were shocked to later learn that Forrest Carter was, in fact, Asa Carter, a fiery speechwriter for former Alabama governor George Wallace. English professor Laura Browder (VCU), author of Slippery Characters: Ethnic Impersonators and American Identities, says Carter […]

Werewolves and Other Were-Creatures
October 26th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

Tales of humans who transform themselves into animals are common in the myths of many cultures. James Jordan (Longwood University) has researched “were-animal” stories as a historical phenomenon. Mack Swift (Blue Ridge Community College) illustrates the genre by telling a “Jack Tale” about women who turn into cats. Also featured: Perhaps what sets the human race apart from the […]