With Good Reason

The Censorship of “Dorian Gray”
July 21st, 2012 - (1 Comments)

When Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890, it was a substantially altered version of Wilde’s original text. Material considered scandalous for its day had been cut out. Nicholas Frankel (Virginia Commonwealth University) is the editor of a new edition that restores Oscar Wilde’s famous novel to its original form—a form that […]

Germany After World War II
March 19th, 2011 - (1 Comments)

New research examines how postwar German history textbooks addressed the traumatic events of the Second World War.  Brian Puaca (Christopher Newport University) explores how the textbooks first depicted Germans as victims and how these books gradually incorporated a frank and honest account of National Socialism and Nazi atrocities. He challenges those who have argued that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dogs, Chimps, and Bats, Oh My!
October 2nd, 2010 - (2 Comments)

Dogs are man’s best friend, but why?  It’s a friendship that goes way back – possibly all the way back to prehistoric times.  Dog-owner and forensic scientist Darcy Morey (Radford University) traces the evolution of dogs back 15,000 years to the present and says ancient dog burials are proof that we’ve always had a soft […]

It’s All Greek To Me
August 28th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

Don Quixote, conqueror of windmills and readers’ hearts, was recently voted the best book of all time in a survey of 100 of the world’s best authors.  It’s the tale of a Spanish knight who reads one too many chivalric romances and takes up a rusty breastplate and sword in search of adventures.  Antonio Carreño-Rodríguez […]

Achieving Love and Intimacy in Marriage
June 26th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

After teaching courses on marriage and family relations to community college students for 40 years, it’s clear to Russ Crescimanno (Piedmont Virginia Community College) that most couples don’t have a clue on how to compromise.  There is, he says, a science to love and intimacy, and many rocky marriages could thrive if couples would just […]

Poetry in a Recession
April 10th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

From Homer to Chaucer to Rita Dove, poetry has plumbed and expressed human strife, love, and everyday realities.  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: Kevin Shortsleeve (Christopher Newport University) is co-editing an anthology […]

Germany after World War Two
February 13th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

New research examines how postwar German history textbooks addressed the traumatic events of the Second World War.  Brian Puaca (Christopher Newport University) explores how the textbooks first depicted Germans as victims and how these books gradually incorporated a frank and honest account of National Socialism and Nazi atrocities. He challenges those who have argued that […]

Ten Cents a Dance
May 30th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

During and despite the Great Depression, the entertainment industry produced what some consider the greatest era of popular music.  Elliot Majerczyk (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) looks at the songs that became the soundtrack of the ‘lost generation’ and helped pull America through hard times. Also: Nigel Sellars (Christopher Newport University) explains that Roosevelt’s New Deal […]