Arts & Culture

Factory Man
1:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

And the Factory Girl

For a journalist, there are at times stories that go beyond columns and minutes and have a life that needs hundreds of pages to be told. Journalist Beth Macy of Roanoke found such a story in the Factory Man.

Learn more about the book  at Beth Macy's website.

Tom Hanks Tweets about “Factory Man”:

"Factory Man is great summer reading. I give it 42 stars. No, I give it 142 stars. Yeah, it’s THAT good.”

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Parts 1 and 2
4:11 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Iraqi Kurds in Virginia

Iraqi Kurdistan Rural University Partnership Program

A group of Academics from Kurdistan, visiting Virginia Tech for 3 weeks this month, has watched from afar as their homeland faces attack by ISIS militants.

The group is here studying higher education practices and principles in order to bring them back to their home universities. It’s funded by the U.S. State Department and the Iraqi Embassy. When they left home, Kurdistan was in peace. 

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Celebrating Forestry
9:47 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Art of Smokey Bear

Credit Rudy Wendelin, Trees Give Us Many Things, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Virginia Department of Forestry celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and fans of the forests will mark the 70th birthday of the best known fire fighter – Smokey Bear. 

Since he was introduced to the American public 70 years ago, Smokey’s been portrayed by a number of artists, but it was a Virginia painter, Rudy Wendelin, who made this bear the icon he is today.

“He made him more human, he has fingers, he smiles, he wears blue jeans, he has a shovel, and as we say, a little less bear-like.”

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Fri August 8, 2014

What Would George Do? Revisiting George Washington's Etiquette Guidelines

Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown

Nan Marshall and her daughter Helen Broder think the nation has lost its way when it comes to manners.  Cell phones, e-mails and text messaging all beg for new rules of conduct.  So these two gentile ladies of the South set out to offer guidance with help from America’s original gentleman.  

Nan Marshall is a retired teacher who noticed a paucity of good manners in her midst.  Daughter Helen Broder was a sports agent who thought Americans needed a little coaching when it came to courtesy.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

In the Long Run, Adolescent "Coolness" doesn't Always Pay Off

From the 2004 movie "Mean Girls," photo courtesy of CNN.com
Credit http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/showbiz/movies/mean-girls-where-are-they-now-ew/

If you think back to middle school, chances are you remember some of the cool kids - those who looked older, dated sooner, drank, and got into trouble.  They were the popular students, but a new study from the University of Virginia provides an important lesson for everyone else - the popular kids rarely stay that way. 

“They’re teen royalty!”

It’s been ten years since the movie Mean Girls showed just how hard adolescence can be - with the cool kids lording it over their classmates.  

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