2004 News Stories

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Axtell first W&M faculty named to AAAS, Scholar shares vision for higher ed and for W&M

When the university faculties of the nation were getting bludgeoned in the press, in Congress and in America's think tanks during the mid-1990s, William and Mary's Kenan Professor of Humanities James Axtell responded. His 1998 book, The Pleasures of Academe: A Celebration & Defense of Higher Education-one of 16 books he has produced-sought to set the record straight.

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Humanity discovered in the French concentration camps, Cate-Arries’ book seeks the spirit of the Spanish exile

Francie Cate-Arries' first book is not the one she set out to write. Entitled Spanish Culture Behind Barbed Wire, her account of the Spanish exile experience in French concentration camps following Franco's coup in 1939 was to be at most an introduction to her intended celebration of the contributions approximately 25,000 of the exiles ultimately would make in the cultural life of Mexico City.

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On Israel Hill, Black community pursued pre-Civil War freedoms

For roughly three generations, as many as 150 free black people lived, worked and mingled with their white neighbors from their homes on a bluff overlooking the Appomattox River in pre-Civil War Prince Edward County.

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Liberals vs. conservatives, W&M economists say neither play nicer

Popular wisdom may depict liberals as "Santa Claus" and conservatives as "Scrooge" when it comes to contributing to public coffers, but the word from the College's experimental economics laboratory debunks both misperceptions, says William and Mary economics professor Jennifer Mellor.

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Discussion of diversity flows from Schechter's 'Obstinate Hebrews'

To hear associate history professor Ronald Schechter struggle with the question perplexing all post-Enlightenment generations is refreshing. The question, adequately summed up in the 1970s pop song by a band called War, "Why can't we be friends?" begs to ponder when, if ever, the tens of thousands of distinct peoples of the world truly will celebrate differences while embracing a common humanity.

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Moore 'constructs' communities of classrooms

Laurels are nothing upon which to rest. John Noell Moore, associate professor of education, knows that to be the case even as he continues to earn teaching honors.

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For Wednesday Lunch Group it's all about the conversation

For more than 50 years, a dozen William and Mary professors have spiced up a ritual Wednesday lunch by combining broad-ranging discussion of current events with scintillating bits of College gossip and history-all served with only the most subtly-seasoned hint of grandstanding.

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Tuition serves as cover charge in Morreall's class

In an inconspicuous room at the corner of James Blair Hall's third floor, William and Mary professor John Morreall hosts a little-known comedy show on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. His is of a different sort, cleverly disguised as a full-credit religion course, complete with papers, midterms and finals. Tuition is the cover charge.

A healthy workplace is a humorous workplace

William and Mary religion professor John Morreall has been studying humor for more than 25 years. Countless high-level businesses have hired him to speak about the benefits of humor in the workplace.

Jon Stewart ('84) is seriously funny for Class of 2004

Twenty years after he received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, nationally known comedian Jon Stewart returned to his alma mater with some serious advice for 2004 graduates.

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Q&A: Professor Stock encourages a class mutiny

When students in Professor Ann Marie Stock's Hispanic Studies 392 class approached her about taking control of their course, she encouraged them. She tells why.

Braxton exhibition casts light on the Middle Passage

During a research trip to Africa, Joanne Braxton, the College’s Cummings Professor of English, took photographs as visual reminders and notes for research on her performance piece Deep River. Upon her return, however, she found that the images conjured memories hundreds-of-years older than her recent journey—memories foreign to history books but familiar to many.