With Good Reason

Chamber Punk and Laptop Orchestras
October 30th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

It’s Mozart meets The Clash.  Pianist and composer Sophia Serghi (The College of William and Mary) draws on the heavy metal and grunge of her youth to take classical music where it’s never been before.  Her original string compositions have been performed all over the world – at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and even […]

Viruses That Target Bacteria
September 25th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

They are everywhere you look — in the soil, in the ocean, in your backyard.  Bacteriophages.  They’re viruses that infect bacteria, and they could one day be used to fight off drug-resistant strains of bacteria like tuberculosis.   Mark Forsyth, Margaret Saha, and Kurt Williamson (College of William and Mary) lead a group of students into the field […]

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 […]

More College Women are Drinking Hard
June 12th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

The last decade has seen an increase in the rate of college women who engage in high risk drinking, especially among sorority women when they drink at fraternity parties.  Jill Russett (College of William and Mary) is studying the trend.  Also featured: Much has been written about the way our culture raises girls.  But what […]

Autobiography as AutoFiction
March 6th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Marc Lee Raphael (College of William and Mary) says our identities are formed by a narrative that we construct about ourselves that is part fiction and part fact.  In Raphael’s most recent book, Diary of a Los Angeles Jew, 1947-1972: Autobiography as Autofiction, the facts are his diary entries. The fiction is how Marc interprets […]

A Government Out of Sight
January 16th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Many historians say the United States government of the nineteenth century did little to improve the lives of its citizens. But Brian Balogh (University of Virginia) argues the federal government was quite active even before the era of big government, and laid the groundwork for America to become a superpower in the twentieth century.   Also: Chris […]