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.
BackStory hosts Joanne Freeman, Nathan Connolly, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh at "BackStory Live" at the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, Oct. 5, 2017.
BackStory Celebrates Ten Years
Since 2008, BackStory, Virginia Humanities’ American history podcast, has provided listeners with a weekly deep-dive into the past, using current events as an opportunity to offer lively historical views of today’s headlines in the context of history. In honor of their tenth anniversary, we asked hosts Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, and Joanne Freeman […]
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 […]
On the Beat: Local Journalism, Truth, and Democracy
Regional journalists and authors Monica Hesse (The Washington Post) and Beth Macy (The Roanoke Times) join Pulitzer Prize recipient Eric Eyre (Charleston Gazette-Mail) in a discussion of important issues impacting communities nationwide—including the opioids crisis and the effects of economic decline on rural communities—and the vital role of local journalism to an informed citizenry. Community questions follow the panel discussion, moderated by […]
Book Festival Tickets
On sale now at VaBook.org
At long last, tickets to our Virginia Festival of the Book’s Read & Lead Lunch with Barbara Ehrenreich, the Literary Luncheon with Lisa See, and the Crime Wave Brunch with Don Winslow are now available for purchase on VaBook.org.
What happens when we stand up for what we think is right? A new podcast explores dissent in America.
Today (Monday Sept. 17) is Constitution Day, and to honor the occasion we’re launching a new podcast series from With Good Reason and James Madison’s Montpelier called American Dissent. Hosted by Kelley Libby, the series is about “We the People, pushing back, in the pursuit of a better America.” American Dissent aims to educate and […]
Explore the Art of Masquerade
at the 14th Annual Richmond Folk Festival
Charlottesville, VA— Virginia Humanities joins the Richmond Folk Festival in announcing the Virginia Folklife Area theme for the 2018 Richmond Folk Festival: “Masquerade.” When: The Richmond Folk Festival takes place Friday, October 12, beginning at 6:00 PM, through Sunday, October 14 at 6:00 PM. The Virginia Folklife Area will be open Saturday, October 13 and […]
African, Native American & European Foods Come Together
at Film Discussion in Danville on September 18th
Danville, Va. – Filmmaker Jamie S. Ross will show clips from her latest film, At the Common Table, at the Danville Public Library on Tuesday September 18, 2018. The screening and discussion are the last in a series produced by History United, a program of Virginia Humanities, called Our Civil Rights: A Common Table. The […]
Photo by Robert Llewellyn
Free Lunch Exploring Native Foodways
To Be Served at UVA Symposium on Food Sovereignty
Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia Humanities’ Food & Community project and Virginia Indian Programs are collaborating with the University of Virginia Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force on a two-day Bicentennial Symposium event, Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty. This public, free symposium will take place at the University of Virginia (UVA) October 17-18 2018, featuring […]
Matthew Gibson - Executive Director, Virginia Humanities
Reflections on Aug. 11-12, a Letter From Matthew Gibson
Friends of Virginia Humanities, This weekend marks the anniversary of last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. But there was nothing right about the events that transpired on August 11 and 12, 2017. Three people lost their lives. State troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates died in a helicopter crash while conducting […]
Summit to include remarks by Brent Leggs.
Virginia Black Cultural Preservation Summit to Take Place in Hampton
Hampton, Virginia – The Virginia General Assembly’s African American Cultural Resources (AACR) Task Force will hold its first public event—the Virginia Black Cultural Preservation Summit—on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. In May 2017 then governor Terry McAulliffe signed HB 2296, calling for a task […]
Eddie Bond at the Fries Theater in Fries, Virginia on 6/14/18. Photo by Pat Jarret/Virginia Folklife Program
Eddie Bond Awarded Highest Honor Bestowed Upon Traditional Artists
The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities is proud to announce that Eddie Bond, celebrated old-time fiddler from the small southwestern Virginia town of Fries, has been honored with the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. The National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), highlights the […]