Karenne Wood gives a blessing in the Monacan language in front of the Rotunda during the UVA bicentennial celebration. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Celebrating Native American Heritage
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Karenne Wood, director of VFH’s Virginian Indian Program, gave a series of talks examining and celebrating the deep history of American Indians in what is now Virginia.
Infantrymen of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, make their way through five-foot-high elephant grass during Operation Meade River on November 20, 1968. Photo courtesy of Department of Defense, U.S. National Archives.
Long Shadows of War
New Vietnam Series Explores Stories of Triumph and Trauma
A new eight-part special series by VFH’s With Good Reason explores the unresolved tensions in our understanding of the Vietnam War and the perspectives and people it forever changed.
Civil Rights Leader Ruby Sales to Speak in Charlottesville
Civil rights leader Ruby Sales will visit Charlottesville at the end of November to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). The event, “Every One of Us: A Conversation with Ruby Sales on Race, Spirituality, and Public Life,” will take place on Wednesday, November […]
Lenneal Henderson - Photo by Pat Jarrett
Meet VFH Board Member Lenneal Henderson
Lenneal Henderson is a professor emeritus of public affairs and international affairs at the University of Baltimore and a visiting instructor at the College of William and Mary. Recently, Lenneal sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about his time serving on VFH’s sister humanities council in Maryland and what drew him to Virginia.
Women sang and danced with their comparsa during Los Picaflores carnival party in Arlington, Virginia on February 20, 2016. Photo by Carey Averbook.
Only the Bridge Matters Now
Solo el Puente Cuenta Ya
By David Bearinger Virginia is home to the largest Bolivian community in the U.S. and one of the largest Bolivian communities in the world, outside of Bolivia itself. An estimated 150,000 Bolivians live in Annandale, Springfield, Arlington, and Falls Church. Many of them are from the region known as Valle Alto (literally High Valley), a […]
Hank Dobin in the studio with Elliot Majerczyk.
Meet VFH Board Member Hank Dobin
Hank Dobin is a professor of English at Washington & Lee University. He’s served at three universities including University of Maryland College Park and Princeton University. Recently, Hank sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about his interest in Robert Devereux, the second Earl of Essex and the power of the humanities to bring people together.
Woodland Union Church Cemetery. Photo courtesy Alison Bell
Front Porches of the Dead
VFH Residential Fellow Alison Bell teaches anthropology at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Bell has been studying cemeteries in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and says that in the 1980s a shift started happening in these spaces where the living and the dead come together.
Bell recently sat down with Trey Mitchell, director of web communications at VFH, to discuss her work.