Archive for December, 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.