Piercing the Veil

Piercing the Veil

What would Neil Armstrong have tweeted in 1969 after he set foot on the surface of the moon?  How would each of the astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission — Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Col...
A 1615 painting of Barbary pirates confronting a French ship

From Piracy to Poetry

Buccaneers in search of Spanish doubloons had home lives, too. That’s the conclusion of a Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences alumna who spent years studying the private lives of ...
Mary Tackett

Reading Between the Lines

The stories were raw and honest. Charged with emotion, words pooled out from the study participants, who were parents and teachers involved with educating students with autism in remote, rural Appalac...
Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed Offers Insights from her ‘Wild Life’

Author Cheryl Strayed discusses her experience hiking more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail — a trip that inspired her New York Times–bestselling memoir, Wild — during a talk at the M...
The head of a man connected to exterior by threads

Interdisciplinary Scholars Awards Represent Meetings of the Minds

Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences are collaborating in three of the six teams receiving 2017–18 Scholars Awards from the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture an...
Su Fang Ng

Su Fang Ng Named Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor of English

Su Fang Ng, who will join the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech this fall, has been named the Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor of English by the Virg...
Captain Kidd's House

Pirates Were People, Too

In late March 1717, as part of a gang of nearly 250 pirates who’d spent the year raiding ships in the Caribbean, Captain Paulsgrave Williams sailed north up the coast of New England in the Marianne,...
Steger Poetry Prize winners joined several of their champions following the awards ceremony, from left: Sarah McCliment, third-place winner; Donna Treacy, supporter; Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English; Aidan Kincaid, second-place winner; Janet Steger, supporter and wife of Charles W. Steger, president emeritus of Virginia Tech, who could not attend; Dennis Treacy, supporter; and Leilani Kassandra Padilla, first-place winner.

Nikki Giovanni Announces Winners of 2017 Steger Poetry Prize

In a demonstration of the creative confluence of art and science, a microbiology major has won the 2017 Steger Poetry Prize. Leilani Kassandra Padilla, of Los Angeles, a sophomore in the College of...
Lucinda Roy

Lucinda Roy Honored for Helping Young Women of Color Advance in Academia

Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, has received the first annual Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award. The award was created in memory of Zenobia Lawrence Hik...

Poetry Reading to Celebrate Diversity

Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, will give a multimedia reading from Fabric, her new collection of poems, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cube in the Moss Art...
Recipients of the college's 2017 faculty awards

Awards Ceremony Celebrates Faculty Throughout College

The 2017 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Faculty Awards ceremony took place in the Owens Banquet Hall on March 14. Presenting this year’s awards were Rosemary Blieszner, interim dean of ...
Justin Cronin

Best-Selling Author Justin Cronin to Offer Performance and Craft Talk

On the heels of releasing the final book in his popular trilogy The Passage, New York Times best-selling author Justin Cronin will take part in a multiday residency at Virginia Tech, which will includ...
Lynda Barry

Creativity Unbounded

“The original digital device is this,” cartoonist Lynda Barry said, holding up a hand and waggling her fingers. “Plus! It’s wireless and biofueled.” As part of the Virginia Tech Department of Englis...
Bobbie Allen

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

How should Bobbie Allen’s music be characterized? Stumped, she turns to Wikipedia. “It says here I’m an indie-pop alternative artist,” she says, laughing. “I guess that’s about right.” Allen’s hesi...

Poets as Astronauts of the Future

When the head of NASA visits a university founded in the polytechnic tradition, you might expect him to be addressing aerospace engineers. Instead, Charles Bolden, Jr. visited Virginia Tech in Februar...
Katrina Powell (right), coordinator for VT Stories, reviews the website with Tarryn Abrahams, a graduate research assistant, with Jessie Rogers working in the background.

VT Stories Captures Alumni Experiences

Every Hokie has a story. Whether attending as a cadet in the years following World War II, breaking ground as one of the first African American women to be accepted as a student, or using tim...
Thomas Gardner

Reflections on Poverty Creek

Eighteen months, and little else, separated Thomas Gardner and his younger brother, John. They shared a bedroom, instant understandings, even a name: They were simply called “Tom-John.” Tom became ...
Ariana Mollers (left) is welcomed to the orientation stage by Gwen Coleman.

Keystone Fellow Ends Her Student Experience by Serving Those Just Starting

“This recent grad’s got Georgia on her mind, but Virginia Tech is never far behind. From Chantilly, Virginia, it’s Ariana Mollers!” This booming introduction prompts Mollers to run across the stage...
Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni to Be Honored for Lifetime Contributions to Literature

Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English in Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will receive the 2016 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Li...
The Virginia Tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team took second place overall in this year’s EcoCAR 3 competition. The team’s communications manager, Sara Lepley, is pictured third from right.

Public Relations Major Races to First-Place Finishes

As the Virginia Tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team recently repeated a second-place performance at the EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC), its communication manager, Sara Lepley, e...

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