With Good Reason

Archive for January, 2009

Civil War Reconciliation
January 31st, 2009 - (1 Comments)

During the Civil War, the residents Winchester witnessed some of the bloodiest battles for control of the Shenandoah Valley and suffered under Union occupation. Jonathan Noyalas (Lord Fairfax Community College) tells how the return of Union veterans to the Valley in 1883 sparked a spirit of reconciliation between former enemies. Also: Spencer Crew (George Mason […]

Metroburbia, USA
January 24th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Has the American dream evolved from 1950s suburbia to “vulgaria” today?  Urban Planning Professor Paul Knox (Virginia Tech) explores conspicuous consumption and communities of gigantic houses in contemporary upper-middle class suburbia.   His new book is Metroburbia, USA.  Also: While owning a home is still part of the great American dream, most of us are novices […]

"I do solemnly swear"
January 22nd, 2009 - (0 Comments)

More than one million people are expected to descend on Washington, DC for Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20th.  Political Scientists Carol Pretlow and Rudolph Wilson (Norfolk State University) say that, of all the groups watching to see what the president elect will do once he takes office, the African American community has a unique […]

The River in the Atlantic Ocean
January 10th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Winslow Homer’s famous painting (left) shows a sailor wrestling against the Gulf Stream current that pushes water from the Americas to Europe and back with a force three hundred times more powerful than the Amazon River.  Stan Ulanski (James Madison University) explains that the Gulf Stream was essential to the early exploration of the New […]

"So… Beowulf?"
January 3rd, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Beowulf, the most famous epic poem written in Old English, seems to be undergoing a revival. The recent movie featuring Angelina Jolie is just the tip of the iceberg. There have been several new translations, three movies, as well as new Beowulf interactive media. English Professor Kenneth Tiller (University of Virginia College at Wise) explains […]