Save the Small Sums
In 1865, the Freedman’s Bank was written into law by President Lincoln to help newly freed enslaved people save money and buy land. But the bank collapsed less than 10 years after it was established – throwing many Black Americans into financial ruin. Justene Hill Edwards says the racial wealth gap can be traced back to the rise and fall of the Freedman’s Bank.
Our Biggest Technological Challenges Require Humanists to Find the Answers
Op-Ed by Sylvester Johnson – I often ponder the future of the humanities in higher education. Humanities and liberal arts departments have long been compared to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) programs and found wanting. Ironically, the rise of technology and the success of STEM education are creating a steep demand for humanist leaders in every sector.
The Future of Journalism, the Fate of Democracy – Part 2
Part Two: A roundtable conversation featuring nonprofit journalism organizations, moderated by Karen Rundlet of the Knight Foundation.
The Future of Journalism, the Fate of Democracy
Part One: Leading journalism experts will discuss one of the predominant threats to a functioning democracy: the viability of journalism in 21st century America.
Homeland Elegies with Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies) discusses his latest novel, a deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams.
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America’s Sunday Supper featuring Stacey Abrams
Danville’s annual America’s Sunday Supper takes place virtually this year and will feature a keynote address by former Georgia House Representative and Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. The event marks the …
What makes a leader decide to go to war? We take a look at the beginning of United States imperialism as we consider why leaders do the things they do.
Humanities Fellowships Go Virtual
The Virginia Humanities Fellowship program is operating entirely remotely for the duration of the 2020-2021 academic year. The Fellowship program initially moved online in accordance with the statewide stay-at-home orders …
Witnessing the Dawn of Black Voting
The 15th Amendment became part of the US Constitution 150 years ago on February 3, 1870. In this special election-season Fellows talk, presented on October 27, 2020, Virginia Humanities’ Fellow …
The Pandemic Election
This election has a lot of people worried about voting–how to do it and how to make it count.