With Good Reason

Live at the Paramount!
April 3rd, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Recorded before a live audience at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville at this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book, a distinguished panel of award-winning authors discusses and reads from their books: Lee Smith (Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger), E. Ethelbert Miller (The Fifth Inning), Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge), and Colum McCann (Let the Great […]

African-American Heritage Tourism
March 27th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, and Mt. Vernon are popular destinations for American history tourism.  However, smaller sites are being developed with the help of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities that focus on the contributions of African Americans to early U.S. history.  Larissa Smith Fergeson (Longwood University) discusses the Thyne Institute in Mecklenburg County, Carver-Price High […]

By Definition: The Racial Integrity Act of 1924
February 20th, 2010 - (6 Comments)

Passed at the height of the eugenics movement, the Racial Integrity Act proclaimed the existence of only two racial categories in Virginia—”colored” and white.  The law stripped Native Americans, and members of other groups with dark skin, of their land, voting rights, and legal identity.  David Smith (Longwood University) and anthropologist Helen Rountree (Old Dominion […]

How Philosophy Can Save Your Life
January 9th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

Philosophers from Epicurus to Charlotte Joko Beck offer insights that may change how we view the world and our place in it. In How Philosophy Can Save Your Life, Marietta McCarty (Piedmont Virginia Community College) introduces ideas from the world’s greatest minds, weaving together the various strands as a tapestry for good living.  Also featured: […]

You Sound Like You’re Not From Around Here
June 7th, 2008 - (0 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 these accents affect our identity. Also: Written in early English, Geoffrey Chaucer’s fourteenth century writings may seem impenetrable, with […]