With Good Reason

Jazz and Civil Rights
May 15th, 2010 - (5 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 […]

Entrepreneurs: Born, not Made
April 17th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Are you an entrepreneur? Plenty of books claim that you can be one if you set your mind to it. But James Koch (Old Dominion University) believes such claims are false. Entrepreneurs, he argues, consistently exhibit distinct, innate personality traits that set them apart from the pack, taking some of the gamble out of entrepreneurial […]

Hope for Back Pain Sufferers
January 30th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Back pain is the leading cause of disability among Americans who are less than forty-five years of age. A new therapy offers what could be the answer to the prayers of many suffering from the pain of degenerating discs. Micheal Depalma (Virginia Commonwealth University Spine Center) is participating in cutting edge research involving the use […]

Cinematography: Grace Behind the Lens
June 13th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Rob Tregenza (Virginia Commonwealth University) is a cinematographer who has written, directed, and photographed award-winning films and television commercials.  He’s also the founder and director of the Tampa International Film Festival.  Now he’s teaching the next generation of cinema students the art and craft of narrative filmmaking.  Also featured: We’ve entered the summer season of […]

To Test or Not to Test?
May 16th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Genetic testing of our risks for disease is the latest trend in medicine. The technique offers hope for some, but also raises medical, ethical, psychological, and practical concerns for many, including whether genetic information is worth acquiring. Doris Teichler Zallen (Virginia Tech) is the author of a new book, To Test or Not To Test, […]

The Steel-Driving Man and the Man of Steel
February 21st, 2009 - (1 Comments)

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale. Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried […]

"So… Beowulf?"
January 3rd, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Beowulf, the most famous epic poem written in Old English, seems to be undergoing a revival. The recent movie featuring Angelina Jolie is just the tip of the iceberg. There have been several new translations, three movies, as well as new Beowulf interactive media. English Professor Kenneth Tiller (University of Virginia College at Wise) explains […]

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 […]

You’re Starting to Show…
November 8th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

While the media may cover mega-celebrity Angelina Jolie’s pregnancy with loving attention to every detail, mere mortal women still face prejudice and even outright hostility in our society during pregnancy. Eden King (George Mason University) says this is not only counter-productive; it’s illegal. Also, Nicole Karjane (Virginia Commonwealth University) offers insights into pregnancy and labor […]

The Steel-Driving Man and The Man of Steel
November 1st, 2008 - (0 Comments)

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale.  Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried […]