African American photojournalist Ernest Withers at the King Memorial March in Memphis 1968 - Photo by Jack Hurley, Courtesy Univ Memphis Special Collections
Telling Untold Stories
These three fellows—of the dozen typically in residence at VFH during an academic year—are each at work on a biography of a relatively unknown figure whose story illuminates an era.
Jaranas of different sizes - Courtesy of Zenen Zeferino
The Stars On My Grandfather’s Face
By David Bearinger Zenen Zeferino is a master of the musical and poetic tradition known as Son Jarocho that is native to the Gulf-coast and southern plains of Veracruz, Mexico, where he was born and raised. It’s the first week of December, 2016. Zenen has come to Charlottesville, along with his musical collaborator Julia del […]
Retiring VFH President Robert C. Vaughan is honored at the Virginia General Assembly. - Photo by Pat Jarrett/VFH
Thanking our Legislators
Approximately thirty-five VFH Staff, Board Bembers, and Resident Fellows visited the Virginia General Assembly on Thursday, January 19, 2017 to thank Virginia’s lawmakers for their continued support of the humanities. VFH received approximately $1,200,000 from the state in FY 2016 to support our efforts to document, preserve, and celebrate Virginia’s diverse history and culture. Our state […]
Paula Vogel's "Indecent"
By Brendan Wolfe “What I love about the Pulitzer project,” says Sarah McConnell, host of VFH’s With Good Reason (WGR) radio program and podcast, “is that it lets us talk to so many amazing people we would never otherwise get a chance to.” That’s because WGR, an award-winning weekly public radio program and podcast, generally […]
The Story Behind Hidden Figures
In 2014, VFH awarded a grant to support the documentation and make accessible the stories of the women—black and white—who served as “human computers” at NASA. That story has since been turned into a major motion picture, Hidden Figures.
If You Like the Truth
Lieutenant General George Crocker says that when he was first introduced to Rick Atkinson he was told, “If you like the truth, you’ll love Rick.” Over his long career as a journalist and historian, Atkinson has won four Pulitzer Prizes for work that he has either written or contributed to. As part of the Pulitzer […]
Historians Joanne Freeman and Nathan Connolly Join BackStory
BackStory with the American History Guys, produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is pleased to announce that Joanne Freeman of Yale University and Nathan Connolly of Johns Hopkins University will join BackStory in 2017.
Natasha Trethewey on Native Guard
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, where she confronts the complex racial legacy of her native South. Tretheway was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, the daughter of a mixed-race marriage, which was illegal in the Mississippi of that era. Her mother was an African […]
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The Legacy of Kepone
Gregory Wilson, professor of history at the University of Akron, is researching the history of the Kepone disaster that took place in Hopewell, VA in the 1970s. Wilson recently sat down to talk with us about what he’s learned during his fellowship at VFH.