With Good Reason

Archive for 2006

Re: Joyce
December 30th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

James Joyce’s masterpiece, Ulysses, follows its main character, Leopold Bloom around Dublin during the course of one day. Every June, fans around the world gather for “Bloomsday” to celebrate the works of Joyce. Jolanta Wawrzycka (Radford University) speaks about the life of Joyce, his writings, and her experiences attending “Bloomsday” celebrations. Also: Irish author, poet and broadcaster Theo Dorgan discusses the […]

Healing Through the Psalms
December 23rd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

The experience of pain involves the body, the mind, the spirit and our relationship to community. Kristen Swenson (Virginia Commonwealth University) discusses how the book of Psalms may be a timeless resource in helping us cope with pain in the modern world. Also: English professor Martha Cook (Longwood University) examines the literature and legacy of John Dos Passos, one of the greatest—and […]

Old World Beat
December 16th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world. Many of the roots of American Jazz and Broadway music can be traced to Klezmer. Joel Rubin (University of Virginia) is both a historian of Klezmer music and a clarinetist who has just released […]

What Bugs Bunny Said to Red Riding Hood
December 9th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

“What Bugs Bunny Said to Red Riding Hood” is the provocative title of a poem by Tim Seibles (Old Dominion University) who says there should be more grown-up erotic poetry. In his latest collection, Buffalo Head Solos, Seibles writes about sex and race with a certain amount of comfort and familiarity in a culture that is not too […]

Hidden Persuasion
December 2nd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Many companies are now hiring “actors” to strike up conversations with unsuspecting customers in order to convince people to buy their products according to Vince Magnini (Longwood University). This growing use of undercover sales agents along with ‘product placement’ in the movies and television raises ethical and legal questions. Also: We think of the Holidays as a time […]

Crude Awakenings
November 25th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

This summer, oil prices reached record high levels and many wondered whether we were headed towards another 1973-style oil shock. Steve Yetiv (Old Dominion University) believes that the world market in petroleum products is far more stable and predictable than what is portrayed to us by the media and lawmakers. Also: Nathan Busch (Christopher Newport University) says the global […]

Why We Do Good
November 18th, 2006 - (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 (VFH) offers a compelling personal story of one […]

Historically Black Colleges
November 11th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Historically black colleges are facing competition for minority students from predominantly white colleges that are trying to become more diverse. In addition, more and more African American students are opting to learn in an integrated environment. Elsie Barnes (Norfolk State), Julian Bond, Christina Draper (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) and Lucious Edwards (Virginia State) all give their perspectives on the […]

Into the Light
November 4th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

People experiencing out of the body near death experiences have been depicted in movies and even television shows like the Sopranos. Bruce Greyson (University of Virginia) is one of the first researchers to gather empirical data near-death experiences using scientific methods. He has documented clear patterns in the long-term health of those who have experienced near-death phenomena. […]

Art: Where Do You Draw the Line?
October 28th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Today, artists and designers use new digital technologies to create images. Does this mean the days of teaching drawing by hand to art students are numbered? Colin Ferguson (JTCC) argues that basic instruction in drawing is crucial for young artists’ ability to see the world around them. Also: Suzanne Adams-Ramsey (UVa-Wise) talks about unraveling women’s history as she works […]