With Good Reason

Post archive for ‘Arts & Culture’

Behind Bars
August 31st, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Written in another time and in another country, the Russian classics—Tolstoy, Lermontov, and all the rest—are still relevant today.  Andrew Kaufman (University of Virginia) and his students are proving that by teaching masterpieces of Russian literature to incarcerated youth.  The readings prompt discussions: What makes for a “successful” life? How I can be true to […]

Logos: Then and Now
August 24th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

The power of logos and branding wasn’t lost on the ancients. Bruce MacDonald (Virginia Military Institute) says after William the Conqueror defeated Harold, the Saxon king, William wisely combined the crests of the two forces into a new British logo—two winged lions on a yellow field—which helped him unify and govern his new land. Also […]

Jazz and Civil Rights
August 17th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Antonio Garcia (Virginia Commonwealth University) says that the personal and professional lives of musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane cannot be divorced from the struggle for racial equality—they contributed in significant ways to interracial understanding and social progress.  Also featured: The composers of the Civil Rights anthem “Lift Every Voice and […]

Auto Biography
August 3rd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

The lives of thirteen people are featured in a new book–but the real star is a 1957 Chevrolet Townsman wagon.  Auto Biography, tells the true story of the car and its many owners.  Author Earl Swift is a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.  Also featured: “Bath salts” used to conjure up an image of […]

Tomorrow City
July 27th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

In his new novel Tomorrow City, Kirk Kjeldsen (Virginia Commonwealth University) tells the story of an ex-con who is trying to reinvent himself in a new place. The backdrop for the story is Shanghai, a city that has perhaps reinvented itself more than any other city in history. Kjeldsen recently moved to Shanghai, a city […]

From Combat to College
June 29th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

With the end of the War in Iraq, tens of thousands of soldiers have returned home, and many of them are going to college. But the transition to academia can be hard. Alexis Hart and Roger Thompson (Virginia Military Institute) are traveling the country, coaching professors on how to welcome and support veterans. And: Kurt […]

The Kids Are Alright
June 15th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  Have more children, don’t stress out about parenting, and spend less time on activities that you and your children don’t enjoy. This is the advice of Bryan Caplan (George Mason University), author of the new book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than […]

First in the Family
June 1st, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  Nearly a third of college students in the United States are first-generation—meaning their parents and grandparents didn’t go. For many of these students, entering academia can feel like moving to a foreign land. Lee Ward (James Madison University), author of First Generation College Students, says colleges should embrace these students. Also featured: Most writing […]

The Opera Singer
May 18th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  John Aler made his operatic debut in 1977 as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Since then, he’s performed in some of the greatest opera houses in the world and has won four Grammys for his classical recordings. Aler shares his thoughts on voice and the future of singing. Also featured: It’s Mozart meets the […]

Butterfly in the Typewriter
May 11th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

A Confederacy of Dunces, by New Orleans-born John Kennedy Toole, is one of the great stories of American literature. Published almost 12 years after his tragic suicide, the book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and became a modern classic. Cory MacLauchlin’s (Germanna Community College) new biography of Toole, Butterfly in the Typewriter, tells […]