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2005 News Stories

Q&A with Hahamovitch: Who gets the deportation card?

As the Congress considers expanding the country's guest-worker programs, Cindy Hahamovitch, associate professor of history at the College, urges caution. Recently she went to Washington, D.C., to voice her concerns during a forum sponsored by the Farmworker Justice Fund. In short, her advice is this: As long as employers hold the deportation card, working conditions for international farmworkers in the United States may remain marginal, at best. Hahamovitch, who is writing a history of the H-2 (guest-worker) program in the United States, recently answered the following questions.

Koloski: Teaching as conversation

During her comments at an Alumni Association awards ceremony on Sept. 22, Laurie Koloski, associate professor of history, spoke of "teaching as conversation." Following is the text of her speech.

Van Alstyne appreciates the irony of Constitution Day law

Considered one of the top constitutional legal minds of his time, William W. Van Alstyne, Alfred Wilson and Mary I. W. Lee Professor of Law at the College's Marshall-Wythe School of Law, has given countless lectures and presentations on his favorite subject-the world's oldest Constitution. However, those programs were never part of a law mandated by Congress.

Werowocomoco 2005 More than treasure uncovered during field school

Knee deep in a perfectly rectangular hole, bandana-clad William and Mary sophomore Julia Elkin flings shovelfuls of rich, dark dirt into a suspended sifting box. Hardly a clump misses its target, and as each pile of dirt arrives, Elkin's fellow workers shake and sift the soil through a screen. They coax uncooperative chunks through the sifter with troughs and probe anxiously, hoping to catch an artifact that will uncover some piece of the history they hope to help reassemble.

Pessimism, politics and joy: Q&A with Hans Tiefel

Between his last class as a member of the faculty at the College and his scheduled presentation of the baccalaureate address, Hans Tiefel spoke about teaching, joy and a source of pessimism in his own life.

‘Who are you?’ Sullivan asks 2005 graduates

President Timothy J. Sullivan urged members of the College of William and Mary's Class of 2005 to begin their post-college lives by trying to answer a not-so-simple question.

Fuchs and Tiefel diverge on medical ethics

Frankenstein had every moral right to create the monster in his attempt to advance medical science, Hans Tiefel and Alan Fuchs agreed, as they used Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus to discuss the ethics of stem-cell cloning.

Hans von Baeyer: Primed for conversation

Hans Christian von Baeyer, Chancellor Professor of Physics, is more than primed for serious conversation. Ever since the Einstein centennial in 1979, when he published that little piece about general relativity in the "William and Mary Gazette"-it won the Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics-he has honed wit and wonder to become one of America's most engaging popularizers of physics. During the ensuing three decades, he has made it his work to talk, to write and to explain the nature of things. Today, roughly 70 articles, a couple of television series and five books later, it has proved to be a fitting vocation.

Q&A: Hans von Baeyer on the order of things

Hans Christian von Baeyer spoke to the William and Mary News about his recent book, Information, as well as about what non-physicists need to know about our world. The following partial transcript reflects that conversation.

McCord receives College's highest honor for service

Of all the threads that bind the College and the Williamsburg community, none will prove stronger than those spun by James McCord, chair of William and Mary's Lyon Gardiner Tyler Department of History. Some threads are visible. As a two-term member of the Williamsburg City Council, as the founder of First Night celebrations, as an originator of the Town-and-Gown luncheons and as one of the most-respected chairs in his department's history, McCord's service contributions have been very public for more than 40 years. Yet, far more threads are hidden. They are wound through countless kindnesses quietly extended toward colleagues and friends.

Is Iraq ready for an election? Q&A with Harvey Langholtz

Harvey Langholtz, U.N. peacekeeping expert and associate professor of psychology at the College of William and Mary, responds to questions regarding Iraq's preparedness for national elections scheduled for Jan. 30.

Harvey Langholtz, associate professor of psychology

Harvey Langholtz, associate professor of psychology at the College of William and Mary is a well-known peacekeeping expert. Langholtz specializes in U.N. Diplomacy, the psychology of peacekeeping, and peacekeeping training.

Is Iraq ready for an election? Q&A with Harvey Langholtz

Harvey Langholtz, U.N. peacekeeping expert and associate professor of psychology at the College of William and Mary, responds to questions regarding Iraq's preparedness for national elections scheduled for Jan. 30.

Intravenous knowledge for Sudan, Abdalla gets educational supplies to his war-ravaged homeland

Nearly 20 years of political strife and civil war ensure that images of death and displacement mark Western perceptions of Sudan. Indeed, the nation is known for lostness-the Lost Boys, 1,000 lives lost daily from war-related famine and disease, 4 million citizens forced to flee their homes and their farms. For those same 20 years, Ismail Abdalla has maintained a lifeline.

Hart's restless adventure, English professor follows in the footsteps of his great-grandfather

Henry Hart is restless-restless in the tradition of many writers, restless in the sense of his great-grandfather, the Swedish "Duke of Mongolia," whose celebrated adventures as missionary, diplomat, horse trader, expedition leader and spy made him both subject of admiring international biographers and something of a cult hero within the Hart clan.