Arts & Humanities

Madeline Benjamin
Into the woods…with Thoreau

As a summer counselor at Camp Takodah in the woods of New Hampshire, Benjamin led a group of teenage girls in a non-traditional learning experience that she based off of the theory and thought of perhaps the ultimate camp counselor—Henry David Thoreau.

1977 police record of the capture of Dora Marta Landi
Searching for the ‘disappeared’

A dozen high-level Latin American military officers are on trial in Argentina for their role in Operation Condor, and William & Mary students have been assisting with the prosecution.

Pondering ambiguity

As you walk into William & Mary's Mason School of Business, vanilla-cream tiles catch your eye as the sunlight streams down from the third-story atrium and reflects off the lobby floor.

Student historians (from left) Jack Middough, Sagra Alvarado, Crosby Enright, Tracey Johnson, Jessie Dzura
Spanish court

Domestic violence. Drug smuggling. Priests hauled into court for scandalous behavior. Welcome to Spain in the 17th century.

Barbara King
Animal grief

Animals feel grief; they mourn. And there are enough documented examples of the phenomenon to fill a book.

Timothy Costelloe (left), Adam Potkay (center) and Chandos Brown.
A sublime history

If you were to stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon, or observe the Mona Lisa in real life at the Louvre, you might be lucky enough to experience what Timothy Costelloe calls the Sublime—but only if the experience is literally awesome.

Lu Ann Homza (center) discusses with her students intricate script handwriting of copies of 15th century Spanish manuscripts.
Into the archives...

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.

Lord Botetourt stays above the fray as Confederate raiders clash with Union occupiers of William & Mary’s campus during the Civil War
Life during wartime

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.

Right Church? Right Pew?

It’s a safe bet that more Americans are able to name the nine reindeer of Santa than the twelve apostles of Jesus.

The hunt for the mystery diarist

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.

Muscarelle Museum Director Aaron De Groft (front) and Chief Curator John Spike confer with students
Grand Hallucination: Hanging of art at the Muscarelle

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.’

Science, in 3 to 5 minutes

There are the arts, and then there are the sciences. There is literature, language and film, and then there is calculus, physics and experiments.

Anne Charity Hudley
... it's also how you say it

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.

Pushing their own boundaries

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.

They really drank this stuff?

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.

Translating devotion

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.

Digging up our roots

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.

Triumph of kawaii

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.

Teaching through research

"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.

Ecce Homo

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.

Maryse Fauvel
À vous de voir!

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.

Debunking myths about music and Islam

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.

Dressed for dissent

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.

A is for aha. AA is for aati.

Linguists will tell you that a language can begin to die in a single generation—if it is not passed down to children.

Let's Make a Geopolitical Deal

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.

Anything but a common man

All the reviewers who saw the manuscript asked the same question: Does the world really need another book about Thomas Jefferson?

Beyond the Standard

Department of Education funds texts stressing dialects in Arabic.

Off the map

GIS data-stitching opens new research horizons.

Ruling the runway

Ecofashionista Regina Root to preside over Ixel Moda.

For whom the bell didn't toll

A group of students journey to Spain to trace the twisted threads of the legacy of that country's tragic civil war.

Memories of Strange Fruit

William & Mary's Susan Donaldson spearheads important scholarship on the dark days of lynching...and their present-day echoes.

Ecofashion: We're not only what we wear

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.)

Waiting for the word

Henry Hart hopes that ”appetizer” booklets will spur publication of ambitious post-World War II literary anthology.

The value of working with original documents

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.

Key to a culture

The Middle Eastern Music Ensemble offers a window into a culture that is becoming more and more a part of our own.

Subtleties of subtitles

You, too, can now understand Cuban films, thanks to Anne Marie Stock.

Preston is Fulbright Distinguished Chair

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.

The Museum is a Lab

So how do you put your best face forward when the audience is constantly changing?

A people and a religion

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.


Student playwrights take their plays and their companies to the New York theatre festival.

Conference in Ghana

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.

We call them GIGs

They're Global Inquiry Groups: Interdisciplinary, international...and they incorporate research.

Two professors earn Fulbrights

Two College of William and Mary professors were awarded Fulbright Scholar Program grants this fall to conduct research abroad.

George Greenia
Spain's top honor awarded to Greenia

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.