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Replay: Listening to Film

How effective would the famous shower scene in Psycho be without the screeching violins? Director Alfred Hitchcock’s own self-doubts led to an intense jealousy of Bernard Hermann, the composer of …

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Depicting Reality: Portrayals of Gay and Bi-Racial Individuals

After garnering public attention in the early 1980s, AIDS began appearing in film and on television. Communications professor Kylo-Patrick Hart (University of Virginia-Wise) says generally AIDS sufferers have been portrayed as either …

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Listening to Film

How effective would the famous shower scene in Psycho be without the screeching violins? Director Alfred Hitchcock’s own self-doubts led to an intense jealousy of Bernard Hermann, the composer of …

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O’Keeffe in Williamsburg

Curators at the College of William and Mary are recreating a little-known exhibition of paintings by Georgia OKeeffe held at the school for six days in 1938. OKeeffe, who lived …

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The History of Screen Violence

Violence on the big screen is as old as film itself. In 1903 The Great Train Robbery featured the on-screen massacre of train robbers, and D.W. Griffiths’ 1916 film Intolerance …

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Creating from Trauma

Some say child sexual abuse is perpetuated by those who know of incest and child molestation but remain silent. Joyce Allen (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities), a survivor of incest, is …

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It’s a Chemical Reaction: The Science of Love

Men and women are not just being superficial when they fall in love with attractive people: they are responding to a combination of voluntary and involuntary neurobiological processes. James L. Olds …

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Bloody Promenade

English professor Stephen Cushman (University of Virginia) reflects on the complexities and contemporary reverberations of the Civil War in his new book on the bloody Battle of the Wilderness, in which as …

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Images of Madness: Media and the Mentally Ill

From The Silence of the Lambs to news coverage of Jeffrey Dahmer case, the media paints a detailed and disturbing picture of mental illness. George Mason University sociologist Otto Wahl, author of Media Madness, …

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Simply Irresistable: The Changing Face of Popular Culture

From cars to computers, from movies to murder trials, pop culture remains a vivid reflection of the best and worst that is America. Marshall Fishwick, Virginia Tech communications professor and author of The …

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Up Against the Mall: The Future of Small Businesses

Huge retail chains and warehouse loss leaders offer variety and low prices that few small retailers can touch. Will small businesses go the way of downtown department stores and drive-in …

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A House Divided: Irish Politics and Society

Centuries of violence, poverty, discrimination and conviction have forged the spirit and history of the two nations we call Ireland. How have these powerful factors influenced Irish politics amd culture? …