Danna Agmon and Pablo Tarazaga

New Faculty Principals Bring Dedication to Student Learning

East and West Ambler Johnston residence halls will welcome two new faculty principals this summer. Pablo Tarazaga, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and principal faculty in the Myers-L...
Kelly Cooper

Kelly Cooper named 2017 Outstanding Senior for College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Kelly Cooper’s first glimpse of the Great East Window of York Minster was otherworldly. The moment she approached the historic stained-glass window, sunlight broke through the clouds. The ange...
Mark Barrow holds an antique postcard of the American alligator

Mark Barrow Receives Diggs Teaching Scholars Award

Mark Barrow, professor and chair of the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2017 Diggs Teaching Scholars Award. Sponsored ...
Edward Gitre

Edward Gitre Receives XCaliber Award

Edward Gitre, visiting assistant professor in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2017 XCaliber Award. Established in ...
Kathleen Jones, Associate Professor and Director Graduate Studies, History

Kathleen Jones Receives Award for Excellence in Advising

Kathleen Jones, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2017 Alumni Award for...
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.

Alumni Who Fought in France During World War I

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 s...
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 ...
Painting of Stonewall Jackson

Civil War Weekend to Explore Turning Points in the War

When did the end of the Civil War begin? Was it the release of the Emancipation Proclamation, or Stonewall Jackson’s death? A decisive battle, or Abraham Lincoln’s reelection? The ...
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...

Virginia Polytechnic Institute’s Service During World War I Remembered

As part of its 2016 Veterans Day commemoration, Virginia Tech launched an online exhibit, Men Who Served: VPI in World War One, celebrating the university’s service during World War I. During...
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.

Maps Reveal Persistence of Damaging Effects of Historic Redlining Practices

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...
Sun Parlor in Soldiers Hospital

History of Tuberculosis in the United States Explored in Depth

When Howell Edmunds Jackson, a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice, died in 1895, his death drew national attention, in part because of the recency of his impassioned defense of the constitutio...
Morgan Sykes

Everyday Ambassador

As an undergraduate Morgan Sykes worked with prospective Hokies, was at the table when major university decisions were made, and spearheaded an effort to bring young students to Virginia Tech fo...
An 1861 celebration of the Fourth of July at the Union-controlled Camp Hamilton in Hampton, Virginia

Fourth of July Revealed Differences in Latitude and Attitude During the Civil War Era

At sunrise, three dozen cannons fired across the northern tip of Roanoke Island, North Carolina. To one soldier, their boom “sounded very much like war times, and appeared to arouse the very fis...
An elderly patient at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., circa 1917

Program to Explore Race and Mental Health in History and Literature

W.E.B. DuBois, the historian and civil rights activist, famously alluded to the “two souls, two thoughts, unreconciled strivings” that African Americans may experience as people of African desc...
Clara Barton

Cokie Roberts to Tell Stories of Civil War-Era Women

Cokie Roberts titled her most recent book with an illuminating pun — the titular capital dames were not just women living in the nation’s capital during the Civil War; they were also, in Roberts...
Sleeping Beauty

Interdisciplinary Conference on Sexual Violence

The earliest rendition of “Sleeping Beauty” culminated not in a chaste kiss, but in a violent deflowering. That historical and literary insight will be one of many presented at the Interdisciplinary a...
Morgan Sykes

Morgan Sykes Named Recipient of 2016 Outstanding Senior Award

Morgan Sykes, a history major with a minor in psychology, received the 2016 Outstanding Senior Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Sykes, who plans to pursue a career in t...
Two nurses join a doctor in modeling the electrical treatment and x-ray room in King George Military Hospital, London, England, in 1915.

Virginia Tech Offers Medical History Workshop

Members of the Department of History in Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will lead a national workshop on emerging approaches to the analysis of medical images and text...
Modern sleuthing has revealed that an iconic recruitment poster for the Union Army was based not on the artist’s imagination, as had been assumed for nearly 150 years, but on an actual photo

Civil War Weekend to Explore Methods for Uncovering Historical Clues

Why did Abraham Lincoln tip his stovepipe hat to a terrier? What role did weather play in determining Civil War battle outcomes? And what sleuthing techniques exposed the truth behind an iconic Union ...

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