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hands reaching through prison bars
According to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics, American prisons currently house more than 2.2 million individuals, a population roughly the size of Houston, Texas. This incarceration rate is staggeringly high — no other country in the world jails such a high proportion of its citizenry. ...
In 1920, members of the Overseas Club — Virginia Polytechnic Institute students who fought in Europe during World War One — gathered around The Rock, a stone memorial the Class of 1919 erected in memory of VPI students and alumni lost during the war.
All was quiet on the Western Front — until about one o’clock in the morning of September 12, 1918, when, infantryman Clifford Hubbard later wrote, an artillery barrage nearly drowned out the sound of his voice. It was on the World War I battlefield of Saint-Mihiel in France that Hubbard, ...
Captain Michael Fisher
Captain Michael Fisher — a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Navy — has been named commanding officer of Virginia Tech’s Naval ROTC. When Capt. Fisher was a young boy, he dreamed of one day commanding a submarine, despite growing up more than a hundred miles from the nearest ocean. So it was w...
Monica Kimbrell
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences has launched the university’s first Office for VT-Shaped Learning. The program is intended to help undergraduates excel academically through disciplinary depth, interdisciplinary capacities, experiential learning, and a strong humanistic perspective. ...
School of Performing Arts rendition of the play Waiting for Godot
Performing arts professor Cara Rawlings has used clown techniques to coach an actor in what iconic role? Was it Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Mute in The Fantasticks, or Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? None of the above — it was the HokieBird in Lane Stadium. That detail is on...

Drawing the Line

Anthony Peguero sitting in a classroom
Colin Ryan had always felt awkward in elementary school, and when he started middle school, he figured if he couldn’t be cool, he could at least strive for invisibility. His plan worked, at least for the first two classes of the first day of school. Then disaster struck: his third-period teacher had...
Laptop Orchestra
What if a conductor didn’t have to rely on musicians playing bassoons and violas and timpani? What if the conductor’s very motions—the finger taps and arm flourishes—were what created the symphonic sounds? That question drives my students’ and my own passion for discovery with our unusual ensemble,...

The Art of Immersive Theatre

Kelly Ryner
A 16th-century Chinese kingdom ruled by a mischievous monkey. An Inca-cursed, fire-breathing temple harboring a legendary treasure. The hidden chambers of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These are just a few of the imaginative worlds that Kelly Ryner has helped animate for audiences worl...
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 February 2016 to inspire creative writing students. In his remarks, Bolden talked about NASA’s mission, of...
In 1937, the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation ascribed color-coded values to neighborhoods in Richmond, Virginia. The green areas were deemed the best investments, followed by blue, yellow, and, finally, red — areas considered hazardous.
During the Great Depression, the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation spent nearly $3 billion to rescue the distressed mortgages of more than a million homeowners. The New Deal agency has since been broadly recognized for saving the housing sector. But it has also been vilified for institutionaliz...