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Mr. Turner and the Industrial Revolution
William Rodner, Tidewater Community College
The critically acclaimed film Mr. Turner examines the life and work of the British Romanticist painter J.M.W. Turner, whose style earned him the informal title “the painter of light.” Rodner is the author of J.M.W. Turner: Romantic Painter of the Industrial Revolution. He says Turner was one of the first major artists to depict the Industrial Revolution.
Sisterhood Against Slavery
Stephanie Richmond, Norfolk State University
In the 1830s, thousands of women were involved in the movement to abolish slavery. The presence and activity of women in the abolitionist movement laid the framework for another important movement: women’s suffrage.
Logos Through the Ages
Bruce MacDonald, Virginia Military Institute
The power of logos and branding wasn’t lost on the ancients. After William the Conqueror defeated Harold, the Saxon king, William wisely combined the crests of the two forces into a new British logo—two winged lions on a yellow field—which helped him unify and govern his new land.
Writing in Cherokee
Ken Smith, Radford University
Sequoyah, or as he signed his name, (ᏍᏏᏉᏯ Ssiquoya, is the great Cherokee Indian who invented the Cherokee alphabet that made reading and writing in Cherokee possible. One teacher is having the students in his typography and design class create new typeface designs for the Cherokee language.
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