Sushmita Mazumdar (left) and Sughra Hussainy. Photo by Susan Sterner.
The Road from Afghanistan
Thou Art: The Beauty of Identity
By David Bearinger Sughra Hussainy’s dark eyes sharpen when she says, “the body needs food to sustain itself, but the soul needs art to survive.” Sughra knows about survival, and she knows about the power of art to connect people across time and space, especially when a work of art reflects and carries within itself […]
Matthew Gibson (center) captures images of Poplar Forest for use on Google Street View
VFH Announces New Executive Director Matthew Gibson
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew S. Gibson as executive director. With deep knowledge of and passion for the public humanities, experience leading diverse and innovative programs, and extensive relationships with humanities scholars and partners across Virginia and the nation, Gibson will lead […]
Letters About Literature winners Samantha Kiss (Chesapeake, VA; left) and Jocelyn Yee (Ashburn, VA; right) at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book opening ceremony on 3/22/17. Photo by VFH/Pat Jarrett.
Virginia Center for the Book Announces 2017 Letters About Literature Contest Winners
The Virginia Center for the Book, a program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, announces the 2017 winners of the Letters About Literature contest in Virginia. Now in its 24th year, the contest encourages students in grades 4-12 to read a book, poem, or speech and write to that author about how the book affected […]
The Underground Railroad: Levi Coffin Receiving a Company of Fugitives in the Outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio, Citation: Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
VFH Receives $596,301 in Federal Funding for Public Humanities Projects
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) has been awarded three recent grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) totaling $596,301 for new public humanities projects: “Slavery and the African American Experience in Virginia”— $366,373 to disseminate location-specific, digitally interactive resources through VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia for the public and school classrooms to explore slavery […]
Catch Members of Team BackStory at 2017’s Tom Tom Founders Festival
Hosts of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ popular American history podcast, BackStory, join University of Virginia’s Miller Center for “Innovations in Democracy: The First 100 Days of Trump” on April 13, and BackStory staff members hold a workshop on podcasting on April 15, both during this year’s Tom Tom Founders Festival. The three-part program features […]
A self portrait of Camille Pissaro - 1873 - via Wikimedia Commons
The Art of Emancipation
Throughout the mid to late 19th century, Europe was in a state of social upheaval. Political changes, from the Revolutions of 1848 to the Franco Prussian war of 1871, swept the landscape while a wave of abolitionist movements emancipated slaves throughout the European colonies in America. VFH Fellow, Jon Sensbach, professor of history of the […]
Kitty Amaral Apprenticeship with Linda Lay and Scott Freeman - Photo by Pat Jarrett/VFH Staff
Virginia Folklife Program Announces Apprenticeship Class of 2017-2018
The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces the 2017-2018 class of Master Artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Master Artists are selected through a competitive process in all forms of Virginia’s expressive cultures. The ten new teams join more than one hundred pairs of masters and apprentices who have […]
Rob Vaughan - Photo by Dan Addison
A Tribute to Rob Vaughan
Send Robert C. Vaughan off with your well-wishes.
Help Us Celebrate Rob Vaughan’s Four Decades of Leadership During his 43 years at the helm of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Rob’s work has had a profound impact on the Commonwealth and its citizens. From sparking early public discussions across the state to championing our latest digital initiatives, Rob has made the humanities central […]
The Abduction of Pocahontas (1619, Johann Theodor de Bry)
Prisoners of History
Pocahontas and American Indian Women in Cultural Context
On Friday March 17, 2017 Karenne Wood, director of Virginia Indian programs at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, delivered the keynote lecture at a conference in London marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas. The conference, Pocahontas and after: historical culture and transatlantic encounters, 1617-2017, was organized by the Institute for Historical Research at the University […]