Arts & Culture

Part 4 of 4
5:22 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Islamic Worlds Festival: The Language of Music

It’s been said music is the language of the heart, something able to break down barriers between people with different politics, cultures or beliefs. WVTF/Radio IQ’s Robbie Harris visited a rehearsal of a unique ensemble learning to play Arabic music, in Blacksburg. It will debut at the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech later this month.

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Age of Distraction
5:09 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

The World Beyond Your Head

Matthew B. Crawford

Virginia’s Festival of the Book recently wrapped up in Charlottesville, but one of its featured authors didn’t go far.  Matthew Crawford returned to his workshop in Richmond, where he produces custom motorcycle parts and meditates on the distractions of modern life. 

If you knew Matthew Crawford in high school, you might be surprised to hear that he got a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Chicago - a school deeply committed to scholarship.  At age 16, scholarship was the last thing on Crawford’s mind.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Virginia Students Discover Cuba

A group of thirty students from the University of Virginia were among the first Americans to visit Cuba after President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with the island nation. The group from UVA’s Darden School of Business made some surprising discoveries.

Professor Greg Fairchild has been to plenty of Third World countries, and arriving at their airports can produce culture shock.

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Roots Music
7:15 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Outsider Artists: Musicians Explore Their Roots at Radford University

Credit http://www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/news/calendar.html/a_night_of_roots_mus/66197E47-7DD5-467A-96E3-61604CEFC362

There’s a sound some musicians have that comes from deep inside, but falls outside formal artistic boundaries.  They do their own thing, their own way. They do their own thing, their own way. They’re known as “Outsider Artists,” and their work can be challenging, disturbing and fascinating.   

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

An Enslaved Woman And Her Dressmaker Daughter

Lizzie Bolden

Because much of our history comes from written documents and valuable possessions made from durable materials, much of what we know about the past involves wealthy, literate people.  Less is known about the poor and illiterate, but one historian has found stories of an African-American family written in fabric. 

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