The writing is cramped, and ink bleeds through the 400-year-old manuscript. There are letters missing or substituted, strange abbreviations and various words that seem to make no sense.
Archaeologists working in the university's Brafferton Yard have uncovered evidence of a time a century and a half ago in which the normally placid Historic Campus was a Civil War battleground.
It’s a safe bet that more Americans are able to name the nine reindeer of Santa than the twelve apostles of Jesus.
When a young doctor’s wife wrote in her diary back in 1902, she couldn’t have known that over a century later, scholars at William & Mary would be reading it—let alone trying to determine her identity.
A visitor walks into a museum gallery. Everything seems perfect: the paintings are grouped; the labels are carefully placed; the texts announce the significant themes; and the lighting entices. All of these aesthetics boast ‘here is something very special, come a little closer.’
There are the arts, and then there are the sciences. There is literature, language and film, and then there is calculus, physics and experiments.
The 30 students in a high school classroom may all speak English, but a mix of factors in each student’s background shapes how he or she speaks it. The same is true for the teacher.
William & Mary students are pushing the envelope when it comes to undergraduate research. Hundreds of them put their research on display when the College hosted the 18th Annual Undergraduate Science Research Symposium.
Geologists at William & Mary are analyzing a possible contributing cause of the deaths at Jamestown Island during the Starving Time of 1609 and 1610—bad drinking water.
The Bhagavata Purana is to some Hindus what the Bible is to some Christians. It is a work of literature encompassing a rich tradition of poetry and drama, as well as a scientific, technical, philosophical and Hindu religious text.
Shelley Svoboda uses a fine surgical blade to take pigment samples from 18th-century paintings.
A piece of stone and a scant double-handful of broken glass. It doesn’t look like much to the uninitiated, but the team of archaeologists working this summer at the base of the Brafferton knows that these artifacts are the richest kind of pay dirt.
She’s an internationally acclaimed superstar who accessorizes with a colorful bow clipped near her left ear. Her image appears on more than 10,000 items.
"We’ve determined as a faculty that our undergraduate students should comprehend the tools of research as an essential part of their future problem-solving and decision-making,” says Joel Schwartz, director of the Charles Center and dean of honors and interdisciplinary studies.
Anne Charity Hudley has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how cultural and social language patterns affect learning and student assessment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classrooms.
How can America be so violent, and yet so sentimental at the same time?
Henry Hart, the Mildred and J.B. Hickman Professor of English and Humanities, was honored for a lifetime of poetic achievement and support last fall, when he was awarded the Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry.
Susan Verdi Webster will never forget the fourth month of 2011.
An academic colloquium is not usually where one would expect to see Hollywood stars.
Since the late 18th century, scholarship on the study of Jesus has moved from faith-based research to a cultural investigation focused on historical probability.
Since the invention of the Cinématographe in 1895, cinema has played a key role in French culture. French filmmaking, in turn, has had a huge influence upon the industry worldwide.
Jes Therkelsen has a B.A. in geology and an M.F.A. in documentary filmmaking, a combination that makes him ideal for an unusual position.
In her new book Women, the Recited Qur’an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia, Anne K. Rasmussen explores the musical phenomenon of qur’anic recitation in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, while taking on several myths about music and Islam.
Couture & Consensus, a new book by Regina Root, offers a history of fashion and its influence on the political climate following Argentina’s revolution of independence in 1810.
Linguists will tell you that a language can begin to die in a single generation—if it is not passed down to children.
When the diplomatic dust had settled following the 1713 signing of the Treaty of Utrecht, officials in Europe’s imperial capitals got back to talking about extending their empires into uncolonized areas of western North America. And they had little idea of what they were talking about.
Elizabeth Mead, assistant professor of art and art history, has four large-scale drawings in an exhibition at Seton Hall University Law School through early January.
Terry L. Meyers, Chancellor Professor of English, has been featured in two national publications recently regarding research of the 18th century Bray School and its possible connection to an old house tucked on the edge of William & Mary’s campus.
Decades ago, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty for a generation of moviegoers and star-gazers.
William & Mary has received a $1 million grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for AidData.
Over the past decade, William & Mary’s students and alumni have been very successful in obtaining Fulbright Scholarships to teach and study in countries around the world.
All the reviewers who saw the manuscript asked the same question: Does the world really need another book about Thomas Jefferson?
Department of Education funds texts stressing dialects in Arabic.
Greg Bowers' work blends the digital with the analog.
Michelangelo exhibit is a U.S. exclusive
GIS data-stitching opens new research horizons.
Haug to probe boundaries of the mental and physical.
GIS reveals medieval land-transfer patterns.
Ecofashionista Regina Root to preside over Ixel Moda.
Eminent musicologist Kitty Preston will use her National Humanities fellowship to finish her book on women managers in 19th Century opera.
A group of students journey to Spain to trace the twisted threads of the legacy of that country's tragic civil war.
William & Mary's Susan Donaldson spearheads important scholarship on the dark days of lynching...and their present-day echoes.
Sophia Serghi's fingers hurtle from one piano key to the next, dashing to form sounds both strident and soothing.
We're also who made what we wear and what it's made from. (And other fashion truisms that will keep green the new black.)
Sharpe scholars walk into an old building, walk out with a cache of lost documents.
Henry Hart hopes that appetizer booklets will spur publication of ambitious post-World War II literary anthology.
"The Story of Joy", by Adam Potkay, was named a co-winner of the Harry Levin Prize awarded by the American Comparative Literature Association.
When the Spanish archivist Peio Monteano produced a 13th-Century ceremonial on the coronation of English kings, Kimberly Bassett knew that this was an opportunity few other researchers-let alone undergraduates-ever get.
The Middle Eastern Music Ensemble offers a window into a culture that is becoming more and more a part of our own.
You, too, can now understand Cuban films, thanks to Anne Marie Stock.
Katherine K. Preston will spend the spring 2009 semester at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, after being named the Walt Whitman Distinguished Chair of American Culture by the Fulbright Center of the Netherlands.
So how do you put your best face forward when the audience is constantly changing?
The Jewish presence in what is now the United States began in 1654, with the arrival of 23 refugees in what was then New Amsterdam, stepping off the boat from Brazil, of all places.
George Greenia was awarded the 2007 Distinguished Editor Award by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).
Our undergraduates conduct research projects in Spain...in Spanish, of course.
Student playwrights take their plays and their companies to the New York theatre festival.
Global Film s-GIG stages the King Kong of all retrospectives at the Kimball Theatre.
The Omohundro Institute hosted a conference in Ghana which drew scholars from around the globe to discuss the history of efforts to end the Atlantic slave trade.
A new, comprehensive work profiles the lives and works of Aristotle, Socrates and other ancient men (and women) of science.
After a quarter century of designing theatre wardrobes, Patricia Wesp’s is one show that must go on.
They're Global Inquiry Groups: Interdisciplinary, international...and they incorporate research.
Two College of William and Mary professors were awarded Fulbright Scholar Program grants this fall to conduct research abroad.
George Greenia, known for his work in medieval studies and on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, received Spain's highest cultural achievement distinction for foreign nationals this fall.