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 […]

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, […]

Travel for Transformation
January 21st, 2012 - (0 Comments)

The Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage trail in northern Spain, continues to attract tens of thousands of travelers each year. Among those are George Greenia (William & Mary, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities), who for years has walked the 500-mile route with his students. George studies the relationship between medieval and modern pilgrimages. He […]

Travel for Transformation
April 16th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

The Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage trail in northern Spain, continues to attract tens of thousands of travelers each year. Among those are George Greenia (William & Mary, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities), who for years has walked the 500-mile route with his students. George studies the relationship between medieval and modern pilgrimages. He […]

Spoken Soul: Black English in the Classroom
January 8th, 2011 - (5 Comments)

Accents can be endearing – but they can also limit chances for professional and academic success.  Southern students and African-American students are often marginalized in the classroom because of their dialects.  Anne Harper Charity Hudley (College of William & Mary) is the co-author of a book to help educators work with language variations – to […]

‘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 ( […]

No Longer in Black and White
February 28th, 2009 - (1 Comments)

Arthur Knight (William and Mary) has made a career of studying African-American film, from biographies of its stars to the viewing patterns of its audiences. In the new Obama era, he questions whether the term “African-American cinema” is relevant anymore. Also: Drawing on the stories of one-hit-wonders, lottery winners and ponzi-schemers, Sam Riley (Virginia Tech) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remarkable Trees—and Birds—of Virginia
October 11th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

Despite what many people believe, fall leaf color in Virginia is remarkably consistent every year. Dendrologist John Seiler (Virginia Tech) has been studying fall leaf color for decades. Also: biologist Dan Cristol (William & Mary) says mercury pollution in waterways is not only bad for fish-eating birds, but for songbirds as well, who are absorbing […]