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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.
Ballad Keepers of Appalachia’s Musical Crossroads
The author of African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia, a cultural history of the gourd “banjar” and later American five-string banjo in the South, Virginia Humanities Fellow Cece Conway will discuss her current book project and how she traces the earlier musical history of the ballad singing genre, the arrival of the fiddle and its influence upon […]
Katherine McNamara at the exhibit opening
Making the Digital Physical
Exhibit by Virginia Humanities Fellow tells the story of early online publishing
In 1996, Virginia Humanities Fellow Katherine McNamara started one of the earliest online literary journals, Archipelago. She recently partnered with UVA’s Rare Book School to produce an exhibit — An Archipelago of Readers: Forming a Literary Culture in Digital Media — that tells the story of this pioneering digital publication.
An Archipelago of Readers
Forming a Literary Culture in Digital Media What did it mean to found a literary journal on the web at the dawn of online publishing? And what kinds of archives and physical objects tell the story of digital publishing? Join VFH Fellow Katherine McNamara for a discussion of the Rare Book School’s exhibition in the […]
We Face the Dawn
We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow
Join VFH Fellow, author, and retired journalist Margaret Edds for a public presentation about her latest book, We Face the Dawn, which offers the first comprehensive account of the South’s most significant grassroots legal team and how it successfully challenged racial separation in the 1940s and 1950s.