With Good Reason

Archive for 2006

Running for Office 101
October 21st, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Everyone complains about politics as usual, but a Virginia organization is doing something about it. Sean O’Brien and Coy Barefoot of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership (UVa) are part of a leadership development program for residents of Virginia interested in becoming more active in public service, whether as community leaders or elected officials. The curriculum includes public policy, ethics and […]

Priscilla’s Homecoming
October 14th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Nearly 250 years ago a 10-year old African girl was kidnapped and transported to South Carolina , where she was named Priscilla and sold into slavery. A group of scholars, including Joseph Opala (JMU), have been able to identify one of Priscilla’s modern descendents; an African American woman living in South Carolina. The South Carolina descendant […]

Sculptor of Sound
October 7th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Stephen Vitiello (VCU) is one of the most prominent members of a small but growing field: sound artists. In one of his most memorable works, he attached microphones to the windows of the 91st floor of the World Trade Center to record the creaking of the building. Vitiello’s outdoor installation piece “Whoosh,” played for two weeks […]

Jamestown: A Primer for the Pilgrims?
September 30th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Some have styled Jamestown in its early years as badly organized and poorly governed–peopled with scum-of-the-earth, quarrelsome, and occasionally riotous settlers. But this terrible reputation is misleading, says Karen Kupperman of New York University. Jamestown was figuring out how to create a working society and effective government, through trial and error, and in part became […]

Harry Potter, Fantasy and Censorship
September 23rd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Banned Books Week will be celebrated September 23-30, 2006. Using the example of the popular Harry Potter novels and some recent attempts to ban them, Warren Rochelle (UMW), talks about the dangers of limiting access to literature. Also: Thomas J. MacDonald (LU) will read his essay “Like Father Like Daughter” from his upcoming book titled Essays to Farmville. […]

Inventions that Changed History
September 16th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

Why did Africans domesticate cattle and donkeys but not zebras? Why did the Aborigines invent the boomerang? What modern piece of office equipment helped foil a coup attempt in the Soviet Union in 1991? Bernard Carlson (UVA) has written seven-volumes on the history of technology that begins with the Stone Age and ends with the global economy. […]

The Selling of 9/11
September 9th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

On Sept. 11, 2000, Wal-Mart sold about 6,000 American flags. The same day a year later, the day of the terrorist attacks, the mega-retailer sold 116,000 American flags — almost 20 times more than the year before. Dana Heller (ODU) examines the role consumer goods, media outlets, and commercial advertising have played in shaping the cultural memory […]

Voices of the Class
September 2nd, 2006 - (0 Comments)

When high school seniors labor over their college essays, they never imagine that their words could end up on stage. The members of Spectrum Theatre (UVA) create skits, monologues, and musical numbers taken from college admissions essays and welcome nervous first-year students with a little theatre based on their own writing. Also: Kathy Hosig (VT) has completed some preliminary […]

Franco and the Seeds of World War II
August 26th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

2006 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War, made famous by Hemingway in his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. Historian Geoff Jensen (Virginia Military Institute) says the conflict was a testing ground for World War II tactics, with the fascist leader Francisco Franco allied with the Nazi regime in Germany. Also: historian Kimberley Phillips (William […]

African Trials
August 19th, 2006 - (0 Comments)

When he was in power, former Liberian president Charles Taylor managed to destroy his own country, as well as de-stabilize the governments of three neighboring countries. Later this year, he will go on trial in The Netherlands for genocide and crimes against humanity. J. Peter Pham (James Madison University), who has met and negotiated with Charles […]