Laura Belmonte

Laura Belmonte ‘Hits the Jackpot’ with Her New Role as Dean

Historian Laura Belmonte began her new position as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences on Aug. 1. Lee Friesland, a content creator on the University Relations team, caught u...
Valarie Johnson McCullar stands in front of the Fraction Family House at Solitude.

Family Visits Home Dedicated to Once Enslaved Relatives

Valarie Johnson McCullar felt mixed emotions during her recent homecoming in Blacksburg. “I was expecting to feel more triumphant than enraged,” said the Minnesota resident. “I’m both.” In...
Battery F. 60th Regiment Coast Artillery, Fortress Monroe, Virginia, March 1918

The Transformational Effects of War

World War I marked a great juncture in history, ending the Gilded Age and making way for the modern era. The conflict forever altered the nature of warfare, with industrialization producing...
Nick Anthony and Jillian Doerr

Website Offers Insights into the History of African American Perspectives on the Fourth of...

The slight sulfuric scent of lit matches, the flaring-up of sparklers, and the sudden loud bang of firecrackers are as familiar to the Fourth of July as are the admonishments to use caution when h...
A portrait of Andrew Pregnall in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland

Andrew Pregnall Named 2019 Undergraduate Student of the Year

While pursuing a dual degree in microbiology and history at Virginia Tech, Andrew Pregnall has also made it his goal to improve health care for the LGBTQ community. Raised in one of the w...
Laura Belmonte

Laura Belmonte Named Dean of the College

Following a national search, Virginia Tech Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke has appointed Laura Belmonte as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Belmonte will begin...
The Virginia Dares team gathers in and around a tree. Top branches: Nicole Dietze and Matt Iglesias; lower branches: Erika Koekkoek and Charles Dye; in front of the tree, from left: Talisha D. Mack, Kartik Rustagi, Beth Christiansen, Vasia Ampatzi, Sam Cook, Ed Falco, Trent Neely, Allison Lee Craft, James Gaffee, and Virginia Gray.

Faculty, Staff, and Students Honored

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences community consistently earns university recognition for excellence in research, teaching, advising, and outreach, and this year is no exception, with a d...
Emily Wild, a history graduate student, visits the American Civil War Museum in preparation for the installation of “Enacting Freedom: Black Virginians in the Age of Emancipation.”

JUMP Campaign to Exhibit Reconstruction-Era History

The silhouette is more than a shadow in a current crowdfunding campaign. Its voice, in the form of a quotation floating on the wall above its female profile, is a revelation of what it meant t...
Several of the graduate students who received awards at the Graduate School Awards Dinner gathered for a quick photo after the evening event.

Graduate Students Receive Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service

The Virginia Tech Graduate School honored master’s and doctoral degree students from across the university at the school’s annual awards dinner during Graduate Education Week. Students rece...
Ann Pamela Cunningham, seated fourth from the right, gathers with other members of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, an organization she created to help save George Washington’s home during the Civil War era.

Exploring the Essence of Leadership During the Civil War Weekend

Storied leaders and unsung heroes alike will take the stage during the annual conference devoted to all things Civil War.
Peter Potter

Peter Potter Advocates for Open Access Initiative

Peter Potter, publishing director for the University Libraries at Virginia Tech and a 1984 history graduate of Virginia Tech, has stepped into the spotlight to advocate for two of his passions — creat...

Tunnel Vision

Once a picturesque village in northeastern France with views of lush fields extending several miles to the edge of the Argonne Forest, Vauquois was transformed into a devastated World War I battlegrou...
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...
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...
The Beatles arrive at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on February 7, 1964.

History Class Publishes Book about the Beatles

Virginia Tech history students recently got published with a little help from their friends at VT Publishing. A group of 18 students organized, authored, and edited a book, “Welcome to the Beat...
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 ...
Nikole Hannah-Jones

Award-Winning Journalist to Give Aims of Education Address

An award-winning journalist whose reporting on racial segregation in housing and schools has received wide acclaim will speak this Sunday for an annual Virginia Tech address to kick off the school yea...
Rebecca Williams with her father, Philip Williams, in the stacks in Special Collections.

Hokie Time Travel

For Rebecca Williams, working in Newman Library’s Special Collections meant traveling through time to meet her parents as mid-80s college students. On her first day, Rebecca intentionally sou...
Professor Amy Nelson uses digital humanities tools to teach Russian history at Virginia Tech.

Study Urges Integration of Arts and Humanities with Science, Engineering, and Medicine

In May, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a public briefing to release a new report that analyzes the benefits of undergraduate and graduate experiences that effective...


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