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Published December 10, 2013

VFH Board member Maurie McInnis is an art historian studying the ways images of slavery helped to shape the political discussions about slavery.

Maurie is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia and a former Resident Fellow at VFH. While at VFH she worked on her book Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade.

She recently sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about the importance of scholarship and value of the humanities.

The study of the humanities is about understanding the joy of human expression and the pain of human experience.

The best way to understand cultures is through a study of languages, literatures, religions, and cultural difference.

The vast array of programming at VFH touches the lives of so many people, not only in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but throughout the nation and the world.

Maurie McInnisMaurie McInnis is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and a Professor of American art and material culture at the University of Virginia. She received her BA from U.Va. and her MA and PhD in art history from Yale University.

McInnis is the author of two award-winning books; the most recent, Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Book Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum for outstanding scholarship in American art, and the Library of Virginia Literary award for nonfiction. VFH is pleased to welcome her to our Board of Directors.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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