Is there any truth in the fantasy world of Game of Thrones? A look at how the women of Westeros gain and lose power in that fictional world of dragons and warfare.
Stephen Prince teaches film history, criticism, and theory in Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts and has authored more than a dozen books on various aspects of cinema and cinema history. Here he chats with Les Sinclair about Hollywood’s propensity to remake, rather than produce, more original content.
Excerpt: A. Roger Ekirch, historian at Virginia Tech, uncovered our segmented sleep history in his 2005 book At Day’s Close: A Night in Time’s Past. There’s very little direct scientific research on sleep done before the 20th century, so Ekirch spent years going through early literature, court records, diaries, and medical records to find out how we slumbered. He found over 500 references to first and second sleep going all the way back to Homer’s Odyssey. “It’s not just the number of references—it is the way they refer to it as if it was common knowledge,” Ekirch tells BBC.
Fashion and Merchandising students at Virginia Tech prepare for their work to hit the runway. Preview their annual fashion show event and get a sneak peak at some of the fashions that will be on display.
The director of Virginia Tech’s Race and Social Policy Center was scheduled to have a meeting with Dr. King in the spring of 1968. That never happened.
Excerpt: “A new addition to this work is a five-year, $5-million study led by the Washington D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR) that promises to be a groundbreaking examination of school safety in California schools. Virginia Tech University’s Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality is partnering with AIR.” Anthony Peguero is director of the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice.
For his podcast, ”The World’s Fastest-Growing Sports Media Podcast with @SportsTVRatings,” Robert Seidman interviewed Bill Roth about his sports media and analytics courses at Virginia Tech. Seidman noted, “Bill Roth has a broadcasting career that spans 30 years, including an impressive 27 of them consecutively calling Virginia Tech football. Bill has transitioned to calling some national games on ESPN & CBS Sports Network but Bill is back in Blacksburg helping Virginia Tech launch its academic curriculum that has a concentration on sports media and analytics. It was a lot of fun talking to Bill about his career in broadcasting and what it’s been like/some of the challenges launching a new sports media-related curriculum at Virginia Tech.”