Humanities News

Soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 77th Infantry Division listen intently to the news of Germany’s surrender on May 8, 1945, thereafter known as Victory in Europe Day. Despite the good news, their faces remain battle-hardened, as they stand several yards behind the frontlines of continued fighting in Okinawa, Japan. Just minutes after the photograph was taken, the men were back at their posts.
“If an industrial concern were run as the Army is being run, it would be bankrupt in six months,” one U.S. soldier wrote on a World War II survey. “I think the whole nation should be asked to sacrifice as much as the soldier,” another scrawled. Still another concluded his handwritten remarks w...
The finalists gather in the lobby of the Moss Arts Center. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Shalini Rana, third-place winner; Katherine Louis, second-place winner; and Jillian Mouton, first-place winner. In the middle row, from left, are finalists Mara DePena, Jessica Mardian, Allison Lee Craft, and Nima Trivedi. In the back row are H. H. Hsueh; Alison Miller; AnnRea Fowler; Fintan Kelly; Donna and Dennis Treacy, supporters of the competition; Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English; and Taylor Thackaberry.
One of the world’s oldest art forms was recently celebrated in one of the most technologically advanced performance spaces, when the ceremony honoring Steger Poetry Prize winners was, for the first time, held in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center. Now in its 13th year, Virginia Tech’s annual poetry...
Michael Moehler
Anticipation, adrenaline, confidence, hope, and a touch of anxiety fill the waiting room. A dozen well-suited, well-educated college graduates wait for an interview at a major Wall Street firm. But one candidate stands out among the intense competition, showcasing high-level critical thinking that a...
Amartya Sen
When Michael Moehler was an undergraduate at the London School of Economics, the work of Amartya Sen was already considered so classic that Moehler assumed the man behind the theories had long ago departed the earth. Imagine his shock, then, when he learned that Sen was scheduled to speak on cam...
Alexander Dickow
The words create instant visuals. One imagines the clandestine African migrants traveling in small, unreliable vessels across the Mediterranean in search of a better destiny. This may sound like a story on the evening news, but with Alexander Dickow’s 2018 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, the ta...
Danna Agmon
Virginia Tech is one of only a dozen universities across the nation to be invited to participate in a pilot initiative, Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME), to provide greater access to scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences. Faced with dwindling buyers for printed monographs...
Pamphlets and newspaper articles are arranged in stone as a monument to Hans and Sophie School and the White Rose resistance movement against the Nazi regime.
The German Program and the University Libraries will host a traveling exhibit, “The White Rose: The Student Resistance against Hitler, Munich 1942/43,” March 13–30 in the fourth-floor commons of Newman Library. The exhibit opening includes a guest lecture on March 13 at 7 p.m. by University o...
Cast members Catherine McMullan (left) and Mary Pat Gilliam, both theatre arts majors, record sonnets for “Shakespeare’s Garden.”
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts will present a theatrical installation, “Shakespeare’s Garden: An Immersive Sound Stroll Through His Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Scenes,” on March 22–24 at the Moss Arts Center. The installation, which uses the spatial audio capabilities of the Cube, ...
A contemporary shot of the McLean House, the site of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, overlays a photograph of the McLean family sitting on their porch soon after the Civil War ended.
The stillness of a long-ago battlefield, the suffering of soldiers in a prison camp, and the unexpected origins of a historic cemetery will all be explored at the 27th annual Civil War Weekend. This year’s event — to be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on March 16 to 18 — will focus on significan...
An engraving depicts bubonic plague victims in Marseilles, France, in 1720
Medieval data on the bubonic plague, the gradual adoption of statistics in clinical best practices, and a social-network analysis of women’s health care across a century are just a few examples of the interplay between the digital humanities and the history of medicine. They’re also topics th...