When the collaborative effort of two theatre professors from two universities couldn't be presented live, the professors enlisted colleagues to help their students create a whole new paradigm of social justice theatre.
Voices of Virginia is a freely available collection of first-person stories of Virginians who witnessed and changed U.S. history, as told by Virginians and recorded over the past 70 years. The project was funded by the University Libraries' Open Education Faculty Initiative Grant program and recently released in VTechWorks.
“Music can serve as an essential catalyst in connecting people and have a profound impact on our well-being. This is particularly true during these trying times,” said Ivica Ico Bukvic, a School of Performing Arts professor of composition and multimedia.
To support COVID-related research and provide immediate support for Virginia Tech researchers, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation collaborated with Virginia Tech institutes and colleges to establish a COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund. As a result, nine projects were selected for funding.
Faculty members and students will research connections between the Juneteenth holiday and contemporary struggles against institutional racism, the exposure of structural inequality, and support for vulnerable populations.
Students in a Virginia Tech history course presented in-depth research on the 1918 flu pandemic in a National Library of Medicine videocast as part of the library’s ongoing partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
When Peter Velz took a poetry class, he never dreamed it would inspire him to become both a skilled editor and a running enthusiast. Nor did he know how important the confidence he gained would help him along a career path that took him through the Obama administration to an assistant vice chancellorship.
Continuing protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement will bring heightened attention to Juneteenth – an annual June 19 commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States and a growing celebration of the black experience, says a Virginia Tech's Wornie Reed.