With Good Reason

Archive for 2010

Poetry in a Recession
December 25th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Poetry has long been used to celebrate love and family, but it has also always documented the dark times in human life.  Bob Hicok (Virginia Tech) worked for twenty years in the automotive industry.  His poems explore the lives of family and friends coping with economic devastation in Michigan.  Also: Many scholars have believed that […]

‘Tis the Season!
December 18th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season.  The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music.   Poet Tim Siebles (Old Dominion University), ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen ( […]

This Old House (of Representatives)
December 11th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

America has elected 44 different presidents, but more than 12,000 people have served in Congress.  Matthew Wasniewski (James Madison University alum) was recently appointed as the fourth official historian of the U.S. House of Representatives.  He says that while much has changed in the House since its first session (members no longer carry weapons on […]

Mad About Mannequins and Fashion
December 4th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

You’re not wrong if you’re noticing men and women sporting clothing influenced by 1950s styles.  Yes, the popularity of the TV program “Mad Men” has a lot to do with it, but Karen Videtic (Virginia Commonwealth University) an expert on fashion forecasting, says it also reflects changing roles of men and women in the workplace.  […]

Seeing the Bigger Picture
November 27th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

In the late 19th century, the art of creating visual effects for film began with frame by frame animations of moving pictures.  Now, effects-men like Matt Wallin (Virginia Commonwealth University) are creating life-like icons in movies like King Kong, Jurassic Park 2, and Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.  Wallin tells us about his visual […]

The 100-Mile Thanksgiving
November 20th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

With Good Reason invites you to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but nearly everything on the table is grown, made, or brewed, within 100 miles of Charlottesville, Virginia.  The dinner host, Tim Beatley (University of Virginia),  introduced the 100-mile Thanksgiving idea to his students after reading The 100-mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating.  About 95 […]

Will There Ever Be Peace On Earth?
November 13th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Give peace a chance.  Teaching kids about peace might be just as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Elavie Ndura-Ouedraogo (George Mason University) believes peace-building should be a part of school curricula and is using her country of Burundi to show how such programs can work.  Also featured: A game that encourages students to change the […]

iCheat: Technology and Dishonor on Campus
November 6th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

Cell phone cameras, Wikipedia, and Google – today’s technology makes it easier for students to cheat.  Psychologist David Rettinger (University of Mary Washington) used to believe that teaching right from wrong was enough to deter it.  But his recent research suggests that’s not enough.  He says old-fashioned guilt, shame, and fear of getting caught are […]

Chamber Punk and Laptop Orchestras
October 30th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

It’s Mozart meets The Clash.  Pianist and composer Sophia Serghi (The College of William and Mary) draws on the heavy metal and grunge of her youth to take classical music where it’s never been before.  Her original string compositions have been performed all over the world – at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and even […]

Tours for the Chills, Tours of the Hills
October 23rd, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Halloween is just around the corner.  Haunted houses, graveyards, and ghost walks – paranormal tourism is more popular than ever.  Teresa O’Bannon (Radford University) is an expert on what she calls “dark side tourism.”  Then, With Good Reason will also do a little ghost-busting of its own.  Also featured: The Shenandoah Valley is prehistoric home […]