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.
One hard-and-fast rule exists for writers bringing their works in progress for readings in the Playwrights' Playground: no excuses.
Geologists have a bit of an advantage when it comes to teaching, admits Assistant Professor Greg Hancock. After all, they do have larger classrooms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Stewart's ('84) Commencement Address
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.
When students sought to take control of professor Ann Marie Stock's Hispanic Studies class, she encouraged them to do so.
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.