Anthony ‘Kwame’ Harrison

Anthony ‘Kwame’ Harrison Reappointed Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies

Anthony “Kwame” Harrison, an associate professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Black Studies by...
Professor James Ivory extends his arm to snap a photo with his students.

Why the Obsession with Selfies?

Advancements in technology and the popularity of social media have propelled self-taken portraits, also known as selfies, to status as a cultural phenomenon. The word itself has become so popular it w...
Kelly Avery

Residential Property Management Advisory Board Professor Named

Kelly Avery, an associate professor of practice in property management in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the Residential Property Management Advisory B...
The “Electing the House of Representatives, 1840–2016” website offers the option of viewing a map (western half of the graphic) or a cartogram (eastern half of the graphic). Red and blue are not the only color options; moving the cursor back in time reveals, for example, the Whig Party, illustrated in orange.

Interactive Website Reveals the History of Political Boundaries

What if you could look at a digital map and see how your hometown voted in the last election? What if you could also see how its voting history changed over the past century? A recent web project makes this possible.

In June 1945, Private Elias Friedensohn of Bronx, New York, was photographed while working for the U.S. Army at a supply distribution center in Paris.

On Veterans Day, Volunteers to Transcribe the Candid Views of World War II Soldiers

In honor of Veterans Day, Virginia Tech and the National Archives will host a transcribe-a-thon to make accessible an unusual collection of wartime documents — 65,000 pages of uncensored reflections w...
Jody Russon

Faculty Spotlight: Jody Russon

Jody Russon joined the Virginia Tech Department of Human Development and Family Science after completing a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in family intervention science in Philadelphia. S...
Virginia Tech welcomed the Class of 2022 in August 2018.

Rosemary Blieszner Named Co-Chair of Sesquicentennial Steering Committee

In September, President Tim Sands asked Charles D. Phlegar, vice president for Advancement, to launch the planning for Virginia Tech’s sesquicentennial. Together, they have invited Rosemary B...
Katie Carmichael

Grant to Enable Research on the Linguistic Effects of Hurricane Katrina

The impact of Hurricane Katrina on the language and culture of New Orleans informs Katie Carmichael’s research. Her grant will allow her to collect the largest and most diverse linguistic data sample ever assembled in the Big Easy.
The Cube in the Moss Arts Center provides the setting for “Badstar,” a melding of music, architecture, and immersive audio and video. The architecture, which resembles a stalactite cathedral unfurling from the ceiling of the Cube, is constructed of massive cut-paper hangings.

‘Badstar’ Offers an Immersive, Experimental, and Visually Rich Concert

The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts will present “Badstar,” a one-of-a-kind musical and visual experience, in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center on Oct. 11–13 at 7:30 p.m. The collabo...
Koeun Choi

Faculty Spotlight: Koeun Choi

Koeun Choi joined Virginia Tech’s Department of Human Development and Family Science in the fall of 2018 as an assistant professor. After receiving an undergraduate degree in family and child studies/...
Dean Rosemary Blieszner experiences virtual reality at the Cube in the Moss Center for the Arts.

The Dean’s Vision

As college leader, Rosemary Blieszner wears many figurative and literal hats, including the occasional virtual-reality headset and hard hat. Now she’s donning yet another one: advocate for a worthy su...
Janell Watson

Janell Watson Named Chair of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Languages extend beyond grammars and vocabularies; they also encompass the cultures and histories of the people who speak them. This is the cornerstone of Janell Watson’s philosophy, which guides her as department chair.

Matthew Gabriele

Department of Religion and Culture Welcomes Matthew Gabriele as Chair

How can engineers work better in cultures that differ from their own? Are religions now the same as they’ve been throughout history? What does it mean to be Appalachian? These are just a few o...
Daniel Thorp, Virginia Tech’s historical adviser to The Smithfield Review, stands on the grounds of the journal’s namesake plantation.

Department of History Becomes Co-Publisher of The Smithfield Review

Smithfield Plantation is many things — a treasured property commemorating the beginnings of Virginia Tech, a landmark rich in the history of Southwest Virginia, a museum dedicated to portraying la...
Paul Quigley

Paul Quigley Reappointed Robertson Associate Professor in Civil War Studies

Paul Quigley, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech and director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, was reappointed as the James ...
Patricia Lavender

Patricia Lavender Honored with Emerita Status

Patricia Lavender, associate professor of theatre arts in the School of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate pr...
Angela Scarpa (left) and Jen Pollard Scott, both part of the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, will present at the fourth annual Northern Virginia Autism Research Symposium.

Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research Hosts Symposium in Northern Virginia

The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research will host its fourth annual Northern Virginia Autism Research Symposium Sept. 21 in Falls Church, Virginia. The symposium brings together scientis...
Sylvester Johnson

Center for Humanities Celebrates Its Official Launch

Led by Sylvester Johnson, the newly approved center reflects Virginia Tech’s commitment to elevating the presence and profile of humanities disciplines across the university.
Megan Dolbin-McNab

National Honor Recognizes Dedication to Gerontology

Megan Dolbin-MacNab, a human development professor at Virginia Tech, was recognized for her advocacy and research on aging, such as issues facing grandparents during the opioid crisis.
Nicholas Copeland holds limes and sugarcane grown on an agroecological parcel on a visit to Ilom, an Ixil Mayan village in the northwest highlands.

Nicholas Copeland Uses Fulbright to Advance Food Sovereignty in Guatemala

Nicholas Copeland, a Virginia Tech anthropologist who studies rural communities in the Central American country, hopes his research will help farmers create sustainable food resources and land practices.



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