Apocalypse Now?

Fear of an apocalypse at the turn of the millennium has proliferated. George Greenia (William & Mary), professor of medieval and renaissance studies, has studied similar periods throughout history. He says …

December 11, 1999

Runaways Revealed

Historian Tom Costa (University of Virginia-Wise) says we often speak of slaves and runaways in the collective without thinking of the individuals who made up these groups.  Costa is reconstructing the lives …

November 27, 1999

It’s a Math, Math World

Thought your math teacher was lying when she said math is everywhere? Think again. Mathematician John Adam (Old Dominion University) explains the math of rainbows, clouds, and even animal fur. Daniele Struppa (George …

November 20, 1999

Poetry: The Beat Goes On

More than 40 years after publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” the works of Beat writers and poets continue to captivate readers.  On the Road sells more than …

November 13, 1999

African-American Fortunes and Misfortunes

African-American hospitals have been major caregivers in black communities for most of this century.  Yet, their continued existence in the 21st century is in doubt.  Cassandra Newby-Alexander (Norfolk State University) is …

November 6, 1999

Old Souls Never Die: Reincarnation

Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson (University of Virginia), world-renowned expert on reincarnation, discusses his lifelong research into claims of previous lives.  People from India to Indiana, many of them children, have memories of …

October 30, 1999

Politics in the Old Dominion

We look at the significance of the Nov. 2nd vote—an election that some predict will result in Republican domination of Virginia politics. Why is politics in the Old Dominion described …

October 23, 1999

Wind, Water and Weather

Some have long worried that wind and water are leading to the destruction of Virginian beaches.  What is beach erosion? And is it really a threat?  Environmental engineer David Basco (Old …

October 16, 1999

Replay: Stranger in a Strange Land: English as a Second Language

The term “culture shock” was coined in 1960 to describe the experience of being outside comfortable environs.  Everyone will confront it at one time or another.  For many who come …

October 3, 1999

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 …

September 26, 1999

Darwin On the Hot Seat

The decision of the Kansas state school board last month to make the teaching of evolution optional has sparked widespread public debate.  Some are praising the decision for opening the …

September 5, 1999

Aviatrix Matrix: Building a Future for Women in Flight

Before WWII, women generally flew only stunt planes, while some like Amelia Earhart bravely attempted solo flights across the Atlantic.  Finally, in 1942, the U.S. Army Air Force invited a …

August 29, 1999

Articulate Bliss? Um, Not!

Like, say goodbye to the English language as we know it. With teen phrases such as “whatever,” “you know,” and “as if” encroaching on traditional modes of American speech, scholars …

August 22, 1999

Shoo, Flea

Spending time in the great outdoors may leave you with an itchy sense of wonder at the variety of insect life in Virginia. Along with the dreaded deer-tick, the bloodthirsty …

August 15, 1999