Humanities News

From universities around the world, participants in a summer session gathered to discuss the merits of the philosophy of statistics. Co-director Deborah Mayo, left, hosted an evening for them at her home.
In the heat of a Blacksburg summer evening, the talk on Deborah Mayo’s back deck was of philosophy and statistics. Fifteen innovators in the Virginia Tech Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Statistics were contemplating the beginnings of a new field — Phil Stat. “The overarching goal is that P...
Sylvester Johnson (center) talks with College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students.
Technology once seemed the exclusive domain of technical experts. Today, though, some of the greatest technology challenges involve ethics, policy, culture, and politics. In response, Virginia Tech has launched Tech for Humanity, a university-wide initiative that will take human-centered ap...
Saul Halfon (left) and Lee Vinsel playfully consider an EasyMile electric automated shuttle undergoing testing at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
In Blacksburg, drivers ride amid hybrid electric vehicles, gas guzzlers, pickup trucks, and buses. But as a science fiction–like future looms for autonomous-driving automobiles, the Virginia Tech Choices and Challenges Forum is asking what the outlook for self-driving cars will mean to the local com...
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.
Storied leaders and unsung heroes alike will take the stage during the annual conference devoted to all things Civil War.
Peter Potter
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 — creating and sharing knowledge with anyone who seeks it and representing his alma mater on the national s...
Daniel Thorp, Virginia Tech’s historical adviser to The Smithfield Review, stands on the grounds of the journal’s namesake plantation.
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 late-18th-century life in the region. But its impact is even greater. It fuels inspiration through its...
Sylvester Johnson
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.
Professor Amy Nelson uses digital humanities tools to teach Russian history at Virginia Tech.
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 effectively integrate the arts and humanities with fields in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathema...
nia Tech)
Department of History faculty member Marian Mollin wanted to make her course, A Nation Divided: America in the 1960s, a bit more personal than a broad sweep coverage of American history during that tumultuous decade would normally allow. “I wanted to add a component of local history...
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...