Reminder of a ‘Last Man’

With the Oscar-nominated film, 1917, out in theaters, World War I is a hot topic of conversation among history buffs. C. Brian Kelly remembers Edouard Izac, WWI’s last surviving Medal of Honor recipient and one-time resident of Gordonsville, Virginia–near Charlottesville–who died thirty years ago on January 17. Mr. Kelly is Assistant Professor, Department of English […]

We can celebrate religious freedom by keeping religion separate from government

January 16 is Religious Freedom Day and John Ragosta discusses how Thomas Jefferson offered guidance for today’s difficult questions about religion and the law. Mr. Ragosta is the lead faculty for Lifetime Learning‘s Summer Jefferson Symposium and a historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. The following article by […]

A Personal Reflection: Remembering Our “World House”

With a few winter holidays behind us and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coming up on January 20, Reverend Mildred M. Best encourages us to pause and ponder the “universal themes of love, hope, freedom, and peace.” Reverend Best is the Chaplaincy Services Manager in the Department of Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education at the […]

Creche: Epiphany

As the holiday season comes to a close, the journey continues. Lifetime Learning shares the final poem in a seasonal series by Lisa Russ Spaar: “Creche: Epiphany.” Ms. Spaar is Professor and Director of Creative Writing and Director, Area Program in Poetry Writing in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of […]

New Year’s Eve

2020 is here and so are reflections about where we’ve been and where we are going. Lisa Russ Spaar gives us another thought-provoking poem for this holiday season: “New Year’s Eve.” Ms. Spaar is Professor and Director of Creative Writing and Director, Area Program in Poetry Writing in the Department of English in the College […]

The House of Hospitalities

Hospitality is a hallmark of the holiday season, and Kiki Petrosino describes a “hospitality that moves, in language and memory, across generations” in her commentary on Thomas Hardy’s poem, “The House of Hospitalities.” Ms. Petrosino is a Professor of Poetry in the Department of English Creative Writing Program in the College and Graduate School of […]

Advent Madrigal

It’s a season of anticipation as UVA faculty poet Lisa Russ Spaar illustrates in her poem, “Advent Madrigal.” Ms. Spaar is Professor and Director of Creative Writing and Director, Area Program in Poetry Writing in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. Lifetime […]

Seasons Change Before We’re Ready

Just as autumn wanes and winter draws near, so do the seasons of our lives ebb and flow. Debra Nystrom, Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, gives us the poem, “Seasons Change Before We’re Ready.” We welcome […]

Books for the holidays: To give, and to get you through

The holiday shopping frenzy is in full swing! For the readers on your gift list, or for your own escape from the noise, check out these book recommendations by Sarah Lawson, Assistant Director, Virginia Center for the Book with Virginia Humanities. We welcome your comments below!   It’s the time of year when you’re searching […]

Man of Action

November 30 marks 145 years since Winston Churchill, British military leader and statesman, was born. C. Brian Kelly, Assistant Professor,  Department of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, presents the daring, youthful side of Churchill in his article. Mr. Kelly teaches news writing at UVA […]