With Good Reason

Trickster Heroines
April 25th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

During the Vietnam War, many young Vietnamese women moved from country villages to bigger cities to become bargirls. Some later came to the United States as refugees. Mai Lan Gustafsson (Christopher Newport University) has been talking to these women for over ten years. They proudly consider themselves to be “tricksters:” smart and cynical manipulators who […]

Obama to Muslims: "I’m listening"
February 7th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Between his words to Muslims in his inauguration address and granting his first television interview as president to an Arab language network, President Obama is clearly signaling a new approach to easing tensions with Muslims nations.  To help build relationships, the president is seeking advice from experts on the region, such as Abdulaziz Sachedina (University […]

Ten Cents a Dance
December 20th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

During and despite the Great Depression, the entertainment industry was working overtime.  The roughest years in American history produced what many 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 the hard times. […]

Trickster Heroines
December 13th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

During the Vietnam War, many young Vietnamese women moved from country villages to bigger cities to become bargirls.  Some later came to the United States as refugees.  Mai Lan Gustafsson (Christopher Newport University) has been talking to these women for over ten years.  They proudly consider themselves to be “tricksters”: smart and cynical manipulators who […]

Do Negative Political Ads Really Work?
October 18th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Paul Freedman (University of Virginia) says negative political ads actually help to educate and engage voters. Television viewers may instinctively reach for their remote controls when yet another negative ad airs during a commercial break, but those who stay tuned might reap some surprising benefits. Also: Quentin Kidd (Christopher Newport University) examines the likely impact—or […]