Colleges & Universities

Virginia is one of the most highly educated states in the country.  A new report, however, shows an uneven nature to that education, with some communities left behind.

Jeff Auth at English Wikipedia

When Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race, many Democrats worried that college students – an important voting block for Barack Obama – might not vote this time around, but Sandy Hausman found strong interest when talking to students in Charlottesville and Richmond.

Whatever your thoughts on fashion, it seems clear that what a woman wears can speak volumes about her, before she ever utters a word. 

In part three of our series on the upcoming Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, we explore the message of the hijab: the headscarf worn by Muslim women here and all over the world.

“From what I see as someone that wears a headscarf is, I walk with my religion on my head. So it is a little bit harder.”

The arts have a unique ability to embrace complexity; to hold a variety of ideas at once. They can foster exploration not always possible through other routes. That’s the idea behind the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, which opens next month. 

"There’s such a cultural clinging to tradition that is both admirable and sometimes problematic, but that’s in every culture; if you hold too strongly to tradition."

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Many of Virginia’s colleges are back in session this week. Classes at Virginia Tech started Monday, the University of Virginia’s began today -- and Virginia Commonwealth University kicks things off tomorrow.

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