Arts & Culture

Islamic Worlds Festival
7:35 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Explore the World of Islam in Blacksburg

Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi’s stunning, large-scale photographs of Arab women confront gender and cultural stereotypes in powerful images that explore female identity through both Arab and Western lenses. Her photographs are on display now in the Francis T. Eck Exhibition Corridor through the festival.

Even though Muslims make up nearly a quarter of the world's population, the political, religious, historical, and cultural aspects of Islam are not known or understood by most Americans. The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech is hoping to play a part in changing that with an "Islamic Worlds Festival."

It will be a 360-degree view of the large and diverse world of Islam. Impossible to do, that is unless you focus the lens of the arts on this rich topic. 

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4:34 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

MacBeth in Richmond

Virginia is known as the state for lovers, the location of many historic sites and a national park.  This year, it adds another credit - the place where a new and edgy version of MacBeth is played out on film. 

Angus McFadyen is a Scottish actor and a cast member for TURN, the AMC series about American Revolutionary spies.  That brought him and his ambition to Richmond.

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A Crown On Her Head
8:13 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The Dignity of Cleaning

Despite advancements in gender equality, women still do the majority of housework in the U.S.  It’s known as the ‘Second Shift’ - when they find themselves working late, like some secret, unpaid workforce. But some say it’s time to bring cleaning out of the closet, appreciate it for what it is, and treat it with the dignity it deserves. 

So what’s the secret to getting your house clean? Invite people over.  Something about the idea of company on the way focuses the mind. 

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Arts and Education
9:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Virginia's Traveling African Art Exhibit

Credit Aldine S. Hartman Endowment Fund

When it comes to ethnicity, the largest group of people in Virginia—about 20% -- trace their ancestry back to Africa, but kids in our schools learn relatively little about African history, arts and culture.  Now, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer a lively supplement to the curriculum -- taking children on a virtual trip to Mali, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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Link to the Past, Part of the Future
3:29 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

UVA Looks to History, Italy in Fixing Rotunda

UVA President Teresa Sullivan shows off a Carrara marble capital.
Credit Hawes Spencer

Just as Thomas Jefferson did nearly 200 years ago, restoration experts for the University of Virginia's Rotunda have turned to history to bring this iconic building into the 21st Century.

Besides launching a Revolution in government, Thomas Jefferson launched a revolution in education. When founding the University, he placed at center not a church, as then the custom, but a library. However, the book collection eventually outgrew the space, and a 1970s renovation let the school's governing body, the Board of Visitors, claim nearly half the central floor.

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