With Good Reason

Monticello’s Jewish Hero
September 11th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish American to reach that rank in the United States Navy, is an unsung hero of American history.  According to Melvin Urofsky (Virginia Commonwealth University), not only was Levy instrumental in the Navy, he also rescued Monticello, the Thomas Jefferson estate, from ruin.  Also featured: David Metzger (Old Dominion […]

Bible Babel
June 5th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

In her new book “Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time”, Kristin Swenson (Virginia Commonwealth University) explains what the Bible is, where it comes from, and shows how people use the Bible to argue today’s most controversial issues.   She also speaks about the Bible’s universality and relevance in our […]

Old World Beat
December 27th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world.  Many of the roots of American Jazz and Broadway music can be traced to Klezmer.  Joel Rubin (University of Virginia) is both a historian of Klezmer music and a clarinetist who regularly […]