With Good Reason

Archive for 2005

It’s Not ALL Online
December 31st, 2005 - (0 Comments)

World history professor Mills Kelly (George Mason University) won the 2005 statewide Outstanding Faculty Award for creative “teaching with technology.” He uses the internet extensively in homework assignments but chastises fellow professors for their bland in-class PowerPoint presentations. And music scholar Lisa Edward Burrs (Virginia State University) discusses the often unrecognized contributions of African-American composers in the world of […]

Why We Do Good
December 24th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

What makes ordinary people do “good deeds” without expecting anything in return? Why do people give money to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts but far less to earthquake victims in Pakistan? Psychologist E. Scott Geller (Virginia Tech) talks about altruism or “active caring” and our sense of moral responsibility. Also: Robert Vaughan (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) offers a compelling […]

Monticello’s Jewish Hero
December 17th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish American to reach that rank in the United States Navy, is an unsung hero of American history. According to Melvin Urofsky (Virginia Commonwealth University), not only was Levy instrumental in the repeal of flogging in the Navy, he also rescued Monticello, the Thomas Jefferson estate, from ruin. Also featured:  David Metzger […]

The Pleasures of Reading
December 10th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.” With that in mind, best-selling author Sheri Reynolds (Old Dominion University) and Patrick Tompkins (John Tyler Community College) discuss some of their favorite books and writers. These eclectic choices range from Joseph Skibell’s A Blessing on the Moon to I Am Charlotte […]

War Memorials: Who Controls the Past?
December 3rd, 2005 - (0 Comments)

Who decides how to commemorate sites of wars and other horrific events? David Hardin (Longwood University) says that the way we choose to erect monuments to the past often tells us a lot about ourselves in the present. Also featured: George Michael (University of Virginia-Wise) discusses the possible convergence between extremist groups in this country and militant Islamic terrorists.

Mind your Manners
November 26th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

Dining etiquette seems to be a lost art, particularly among college students who tend to eat fast-food while studying or watching TV. But they are in for a rude awakening when potential employers judge their table manners at dinner-time interviews. Don Rieley and Amy McPherson (Virginia Tech) teach students how to handle themselves with grace when a job interview […]

The Best Medicine
November 19th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

Laughter really is the best medicine. Neuroscientist James Olds (George Mason University) says laughter stimulates the immune system, which helps the body ward off disease, and it is just as essential for our mental health. His personal favorites? He guffaws at Mike Meyers and also Monty Python. Also featured: “Frankenfood” or manna from heaven? Biologist Camellia Okpodu (Norfolk State University) thoughtfully evaluates […]

Bienvenidos a Virginia
November 12th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

Four hundred thousand Latinos now call Virginia home. While many are concentrated in Northern Virginia, Laura Zarrugh (James Madison University) and Pablo Davis (South Atlantic Humanities Center) say much of the recent growth has been in rural areas and small Virginia towns, where Latinos are changing the cultural landscape. Also featured: Folklorist Debra Lattanzi Shutika (George Mason University) studies “sense of place” […]

Nature Knows Best
November 5th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

Children today are so often overly-scheduled that they have very little free time to notice and appreciate the natural world around them. Rick Van Noy (Radford University) talks about “nature-deprived children” and offers some practical suggestions to get kids outside and interacting with their environment.  Also: Sheila Ward (Norfolk State University) discusses how African-American women view their body image […]

Virginia Politics After the Shadplanking
October 29th, 2005 - (0 Comments)

The political landscape in Virginia has shifted dramatically during the past 30 years. A panel of political scientists will engage in a round-table, free-wheeling discussion about what these changes mean for the citizens of the Commonwealth in advance of the November 8th election. Stephen Farnsworth (University of Mary Washington), Quentin Kidd (Christopher Newport University), and John McGlennon (The […]