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Brooks Hefner (James Madison University)

A lot of the day’s popular shows like Lovecraft Country and Watchmen have their roots in Black newspapers. Brooks Hefner says these stories imagined futuristic solutions to issues of Jim Crow and racism.

15 mins

A Change of Scenery

Jonathan Crimmons (UVA Wise)

Literature influences a lot of how we interpret history. Jonathan Crimmons says the short lived genre of comedic theater, harlequins, opens the door for new historical interpretations.

13 mins

Racism in Virginia College Yearbooks

Stephen Poulson (James Madison University)

When Northam’s yearbook photos went public, Stephen Poulson and his students began looking through digital archives of Virginia yearbooks. What they found shocked him.

11 mins

Newton’s Annotator

Caitlin Dolt (William & Mary)

For centuries, William & Mary has held a copy of Isaac Newton’s Philosphiae — his document expanding on his theories of space and time. And they couldn’t figure out who wrote the Latin notes. Caitlin Dolt is an undergraduate student. She found out who wrote the notes within a week. Now, she’s looking to uncover why.

13 mins

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