With Good Reason

Archive for February, 2009

No Longer in Black and White
February 28th, 2009 - (1 Comments)

Arthur Knight (William and Mary) has made a career of studying African-American film, from biographies of its stars to the viewing patterns of its audiences. In the new Obama era, he questions whether the term “African-American cinema” is relevant anymore. Also: Drawing on the stories of one-hit-wonders, lottery winners and ponzi-schemers, Sam Riley (Virginia Tech) […]

The Steel-Driving Man and the Man of Steel
February 21st, 2009 - (1 Comments)

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale. Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried […]

Obama to Muslims: "I’m listening"
February 7th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Between his words to Muslims in his inauguration address and granting his first television interview as president to an Arab language network, President Obama is clearly signaling a new approach to easing tensions with Muslims nations.  To help build relationships, the president is seeking advice from experts on the region, such as Abdulaziz Sachedina (University […]