With Good Reason

‘Tis the Season!
December 22nd, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music. Poet Tim Siebles (Old Dominion University), ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen ( College […]

Is This Place Great or What?
July 28th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Brian Ulrich’s (Virginia Commonwealth University) new book Is This Place Great or What is a decade-long photographic study of consumerism in America, post 9-11. His pictures, which were taken across the United States, portray shoppers and employees in “Big Box” stores and small thrift stores. He also documents abandoned shopping malls on the brink of […]

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 […]

The Rise of Santa Muerte
May 12th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Over the past decade, Mexican drug traffickers trying to get their products to the U.S. have had a spiritual “protector.” Her name is Santa Muerte, and she’s a Mexican folk saint for not just drug traffickers, but prostitutes too. R. Andrew Chesnut (Virginia Commonwealth University) is the author of a new book about Santa Muerte, […]

Jazz and Civil Rights
April 9th, 2011 - (1 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 […]

‘Tis the Season!
December 18th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season.  The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music.   Poet Tim Siebles (Old Dominion University), ethnomusicologist Ann Rasmussen ( […]

Mad About Mannequins and Fashion
December 4th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

You’re not wrong if you’re noticing men and women sporting clothing influenced by 1950s styles.  Yes, the popularity of the TV program “Mad Men” has a lot to do with it, but Karen Videtic (Virginia Commonwealth University) an expert on fashion forecasting, says it also reflects changing roles of men and women in the workplace.  […]

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 […]

The Controversy Over International Adoptions
September 4th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

Inter-country adoptions gone awry have a way of capturing headlines.  A missionary group lands in jail after trying to remove children from Haiti.  An American woman puts her seven year-old adopted son on a one-way flight back to Moscow.  Karen Rotabi (Virginia Commonwealth University) has studied this issue in Guatemala and beyond for decades and […]

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 […]