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Imagining Yoko Ono

Image courtesy Flickr user ge’shmally Yoko Ono is best known for her marriage to John Lennon and was vilified by the press in the 1960s for her perceived role in …

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Hip Hop, You Don’t Stop

American-invented hip hop music is now an international phenomenon with rappers in countries like Japan and Senegal. Kevin Kosanovich (College of William and Mary) traces hip hop’s roots, focusing on …

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10 Cents a Dance

   

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Christmas Music and Memories

Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a holiday song from our childhood, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season. The sense of joy, …

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The Art of Giving

As the holidays approach, the pressure’s on to find perfect gifts for your loved ones. Marketing professor Kim Weaver (Virginia Tech) says if you’re thinking about adding a candy bar …

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Adoption in America

With the success of TV shows like Modern Family and Parenthood, it’s clear that the way Americans think of family is starting to change. Yet, Linda Seligmann’s (George Mason University) new book shows that for transracial …

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Documenting Arlington National Cemetery

With its rolling green hills and its nearly 400,000 graves, Arlington National Cemetery is one of our nation’s most impressive military tributes. What’s also impressive is the work that goes …

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Heroes of Medieval Literature

Enjoy a lively introduction to the great heroes of Medieval literature. Kat Tracy (Longwood University) reacquaints us with the popular characters—like Gawain, Robin Hood, and Richard the Lionheart—and the lesser-known …

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Animals and Grief

An author challenges prevailing notions that grief is an emotion experienced only by humans. In her new book, How Animals Grieve, Barbara King (College of William and Mary) shows there …

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Friend is a Verb

In the age of Facebook, “friend” is now a verb. Dylan Wittkower (Old Dominion University) says the concept of friendship has changed with the advent of social media, but sites …

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Replay: Behind Bars

Written in another time and in another country, the Russian classics—Tolstoy, Lermontov, and all the rest—are still relevant today.  Andrew Kaufman (University of Virginia) and his students are proving that …