Dr. Richard Kopley
Thoughts on Poe
Tue. Nov. 27 - Richmond, Tue. Dec. 4 - Charlottesville
Join Virginia Humanities Fellow Dr. Richard Kopley, a Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, from Penn State DuBois, for a talk on his research for a critical biography of Edgar Allan Poe. A former president of the Poe Studies Association and a recent recipient of the group’s Lifetime Achievement and Service Award, Dr. Kopley has published […]
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Foundations of the Appalachian Trail as Sacred Landscape
Colonial Demons and Holy Mountains
During the 1960s, academic critique of Christianity presented the Puritans and other American colonists as antagonistic to wilderness. Recent scholarship has, in contrast, described the Appalachian Trail corridor as a pilgrimage route. Virginia Humanities Fellow Susan Bratton, a religious and environmental studies professor at Baylor University, argues that multiple religions have portrayed the Appalachian peaks […]
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.
Eleven Scholars in Residence
at Virginia Humanities for 2018–2019
Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia Humanities is pleased to announce eleven new Residential Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Residential Fellowship program affords scholars the time, space, and access to academic resources required to investigate, research, and share stories important to all Virginians. Eight Fellows will work from Virginia Humanities’ offices in Charlottesville at the […]
Two Weeks Before or 150 Years Later: The 15th Amendment
With just two weeks to go before U.S. voters head to the polls again, Virginia Humanities Residential Fellow Don DeBats, head of the American Studies department at Flinders University and a history and politics scholar, takes to the podium to talk about his latest foray into digital humanities work. DeBats is researching the individual voting […]
On the Tracks
The African American Women of Gordonsville and the Train “On the Tracks” is part of the book manuscript Riding Jane Crow: African American Women and the American Railroad, a social and literary history of nineteenth and early twentieth-century black female train travel. Although the railroad was one of the most significant forms of transportation in […]
Brenda Marie Osbey - Photo by H. Baquet
Virginia Suite: Narrative Poems
Virginia Humanities Fellow Brenda Marie Osbey Presents “Virginia Suite: Narrative Poems” “Virginia Suite” is a historical narrative poem sequence that focuses on interactions of Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans in the earliest years of the Virginia Colony. Part of a larger project, it examines the place of Virginia in the exploration, settlement, and shaping of […]
Book Launch: Chesapeake Requiem
Norfolk | Richmond | DC
Described as “a brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction,” Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island is the culmination of Earl Swift’s longtime fellowship at Virginia Humanities.
Lumpkin's Jail - Courtesy of Special Collections, UVA
Uncovering the Story of an Enslaved Woman at Lumpkin’s Jail
Virginia Humanities Fellow Kristen Green is working on a book that will tell the story of Mary Lumpkin, an enslaved woman who is believed to have given birth to at least five children fathered by Robert Lumpkin.