With Good Reason

Post archive for ‘Arts & Culture’

The Art of Giving
December 7th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

As the holidays approach, the pressure’s on to find perfect gifts for your loved ones. Marketing professor Kim Weaver (Virginia Tech) says if you’re thinking about adding a candy bar in with that fancy cashmere sweater you’re sending Mom—think again. Plus: Sometimes translating difficult scientific research to the public is all about presentation. Jenifer Alonzo […]

Adoption in America
November 23rd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

With the success of TV shows like Modern Family and Parenthood, it’s clear that the way Americans think of family is starting to change. Yet, Linda Seligmann’s (George Mason University) new book shows that for transracial and transnational adoptions, there are still many cultural barriers.  Also featured: Longwood University senior Carmen Balogh talks about what it was like growing up in a blended family. […]

The Future of Higher Education
November 16th, 2013 - (2 Comments)

In May of 2012, Harvard and MIT announced a partnership to provide free courses to anyone, anywhere, sparking an intense debate about the future of a bricks and mortar education. With Good Reason shares highlights from University of Mary Washington’s Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference, sponsored by the State Council for Higher Education, including […]

Documenting Arlington National Cemetery
November 9th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

With its rolling green hills and its nearly 400,000 graves, Arlington National Cemetery is one of our nation’s most impressive military tributes. What’s also impressive is the work that goes on behind the scenes to create a meaningful experience for visitors. Debra Lattanzi Shutika (George Mason University) and Kerry Kaleba (George Mason University) spent a […]

Heroes of Medieval Literature
October 26th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Enjoy a lively introduction to the great heroes of Medieval literature. Kat Tracy (Longwood University) reacquaints us with the popular characters—like Gawain, Robin Hood, and Richard the Lionheart—and the lesser-known heroes, like Hengist and Horsa and Havelok the Dane! Also featured: Dan Brown, the author of the wildly popular thriller The Da Vinci Code, has […]

Animals and Grief
October 12th, 2013 - (3 Comments)

An author challenges prevailing notions that grief is an emotion experienced only by humans. In her new book, How Animals Grieve, Barbara King (College of William and Mary) shows there is ample evidence of many species experiencing loss, love, and mourning. Also: Most Americans who own pets treat them like family members and grieve when […]

Let There Be Night
October 5th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  Eight out of 10 children born in America today will never know a night sky dark enough to see the Milky Way. In our modern world, where nights are getting brighter, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard (James Madison University) is the author of the new book “The End of […]

Friend is a Verb
September 28th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

In the age of Facebook, “friend” is now a verb. Dylan Wittkower (Old Dominion University) says the concept of friendship has changed with the advent of social media, but sites like Facebook can facilitate communication and expand the ties between people. Also featured: Radical apocalyptic thinking is often directly related to terrorism. Frances Flannery (James […]

“You sound like you’re not from around here.”
September 21st, 2013 - (2 Comments)

Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and their background, just based on their accent. Linguistics professor Steven Weinberger (George Mason University) explains how and when we develop accents and how they affect our identity. Also featured: Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th century writings may seem impenetrable, with strange pronunciation and incomprehensible […]

STEM vs. the Humanities?
September 7th, 2013 - (3 Comments)

We have a way of talking about STEM fields as the opposite of the humanities–but it’s hard to have one without the other.  Debbie Sterling of Goldieblox believes that combining reading and engineering is the best way to get young girls interested in the subject.  And if you’ve ever tried to put Ikea furniture together, […]