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Loving Her Fiercely–Remembering a Playwright, Poet, and Author

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose acclaimed 1975 theater piece, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, died on October 28th. Deborah McDowell takes a look at Shange’s influence on the arts and on black women seeking strength and affirmation. Ms. McDowell is the Alice Griffin Professor of English and […]

The Most Famous Vampire in History

Mr. Stanley Stepanic (GSAS ’07, ’12), Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia and professor of the now famous Dracula class, will lead a Digital Book Club discussion on the classic vampire book Interview with the Vampire by Anne […]

Twin Monsters

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Lifetime Learning is re-posting the October 2015 article “Twin Monsters” by Susan Tyler Hitchcock. Hitchcock (GSAS ’78), author of Frankenstein: A Cultural History (Norton, 2007), was formerly a faculty member in the University of Virginia‘s School of Engineering and Applied Science. She […]

Fictional Friends Who Embolden Us to Thrive

In honor of International Day of the Girl (October 11), Abby Palko shares reflections on ways that authors explore the complexities of girlhood. Ms. Palko is Director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia. This article, reprinted with permission, is from the blog PALKO POV: Fictional Friends Who Embolden Us […]

Finding truth

Written by Jeb Livingood, Assistant Professor of English; Associate Director of the UVA Creative Writing Program, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   I served as a reservist in the Coast Guard for twenty-four years, and I’ve been teaching English at UVA for eighteen. Those are two different worlds—the military and academia—and I […]

UVA’s Recommended Holiday Reads: Part 2

Written by Sarah Lawson, Assistant Director, Virginia Center for the Book Whether you’re looking to curl up with a tome or need last-minute holiday gifts, recent and forthcoming books by UVa faculty and alumni promise something for everyone. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to meet these authors at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the […]

UVA’s Recommended Holiday Reads: Part 1

Written by Patsy Goolsby, General Book Department Supervisor at the UVA Bookstore The best part of my job at the University of Virginia Bookstore is serving as the Academical Village’s “caterer of food for thought.” Often I am the person called upon to sell pertinent books at UVA author appearances and lectures. In this way […]

When the Horses Whisper

  Written by Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia Somewhere along the path of my life I must have said, “Yes!” to the Universe, because I keep finding myself in places and circumstances that seem to be outside the realm of possibility. Hearing horses? That gift arose […]

Twin Monsters

Written by Susan Tyler Hitchcock (GSAS ’78), former professor of humanities in the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, current senior book editor at National Geographic and author of Frankenstein: A Cultural History (Norton, 2007). It’s the time of year to think about monsters. Two of the most iconic monsters of our time, Dracula and the […]

Seeing Double Doubled

By: Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English It’s as though a mischievous genie waggishly exaggerated the divine command to Noah:  Bring two of everything.  Not just male and female animals in pairs, but two coffee cups to fill, two doorknobs to grasp and turn, two rows of buttons on a shirt to fumble […]