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Archive for November, 2002

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 […]