With Good Reason

Archive for August, 2008

Children Seen and Heard
August 30th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Historians have long held that children of 17 th and 18 th century Europe were thought of as incomplete adults who were not yet worthy of love or compassion. However, historian Michael Galgano (James Madison University) says actually children were understood to be in a different stage of life, and they were celebrated and loved. […]

Autism in Contemporary Film, Literature – and Life
August 23rd, 2008 - (3 Comments)

One in every 150 American-born children is diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder. Christofer Foss (University of Mary Washington) has examined how autism is portrayed in contemporary literature and film and says it is time to re-think difference, dignity, discrimination, and other disability issues. Also: Nicole Myers (University of Mary Washington) says with proper training, teachers […]

Sisters of Mercy
August 16th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

The contributions that Irish nuns made to help destitute immigrant Catholic children in New York City were instrumental in developing modern American social institutions like foster care and welfare. Maureen Fitzgerald (College of William and Mary) says before the nuns aided these children, they were being sent to live with Protestant families outside NYC, often […]

What’s Your Best Guess?
August 9th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Have you ever wondered just how big your feet would need to be to allow you to walk on water, or how about the amount of time lost in a person’s life for every cigarette smoked? Physicist Lawrence Weinstein (Old Dominion University) answers these brain teasers and many others by using a process called “guesstimation.” […]

A Musical Bridge to China
August 2nd, 2008 - (0 Comments)

What do you get when you combine 150 singers from five American choral groups with an 55-piece/member Chinese orchestra and put them under the direction of  Virginia Commonwealth University conductor John Guthmiller? Answer: a musical tribute to the 2008 Beijing Olympics that deeply moved the Chinese audiences who heard it as well as Guthmiller, himself.  […]