Alexandra Macdonald has been looking into the 18th-century “theatre of consumption” that was Samuel Abbot’s shop and the retail culture of colonial America, where even the residents of Puritan Boston were interested in consumption.
New exhibitions, events and programming are planned at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art this spring, including a student-curated exhibition.
William & Mary faculty members who created a new dance and music work themed around tarot cards will premiere the piece next week when Aura CuriAtlas performs "The Fool and the World" March 9-10 at the Kimball Theatre.
Ronald Schechter, professor of history at William & Mary, will deliver the spring 2019 Tack Faculty Lecture, “The Secret Library of Marie Antoinette: Revealing the Inner Life of a Conflicted Queen,” on March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.
Liz Barnes, Erin Minear and Erin Webster of the W&M English department picked up the pieces of deceased colleague Paula Blank's manuscript and stitched together a unique book on how to read Shakespeare.
Victor Haskins, instructor of trumpet and director of the Jazz Ensemble at William & Mary, would like listeners to experience music as a story, picture or emotion that can’t be limited to being called jazz — or even music.
Silvia Tandeciarz, chair of modern languages and literatures and professor of Hispanic studies at William & Mary, will be awarded the 2019 Thomas Jefferson Award at a Jan. 31 ceremony.
William & Mary Professor of Theatre Laurie Wolf is re-examining William Shakespeare's plays for a new book.
There's something for everyone in the spring semester's cultural offerings at William & Mary.
Steve Prince, well known as a visiting artist at William & Mary, has joined the Muscarelle Museum of Art as its first director of engagement and distinguished artist in residence.
Disparate methods involving pencils and computer software each had their place as students explored new ways of studying artifacts.
Combing through volume after volume of archival records, the lives of artists in colonial Quito, Ecuador, started to take shape. That’s how Susan Verdi Webster, Jane W. Mahoney Professor of Art and Art History and American Studies at William & Mary, did the groundbreaking research for her new book.
Shelle Butler is going to Amsterdam this summer to work with some of the world’s most highly valued works of art. “But I won’t be actually touching the Rembrandts,” she said, affecting a little wide-eyed shudder of horror. “I’ll be back over there in the corner with my lasers.”
Chuck Bailey says it is some of the ugliest stone he’s ever seen. Bailey has looked at a lot of stone. He’s professor and chair of William & Mary’s Department of Geology.
The methods of inquiry for science and philosophy may be different, but sometimes their questions align. And if there were a Venn diagram of both, two William & Mary philosophers would be settled smack in the middle.
The peer-review process does for science what the checks and balances system is supposed to do for American government.
There is a bit of a mystery surrounding a book at William & Mary.
Environmental change is nothing new in Polynesia. For centuries, the inhabitants of the volcanic, sea-battered islands have been employing a variety of strategies to adapt to their changing landscapes.
All signs indicate that a brew house once stood in the shadow of the Wren Building, but those inclined to toast the rediscovery of a facility that slaked thirsts at William & Mary 300 years ago should really wait until the lab results are in.
Archaeologists have a month to find the smoking lunchbox of the Bray School, and Terry Meyers has lost none of his optimism.
The hyper-rational world of science has always made a bit of room to accommodate legend and William & Mary will soon be home to a living piece of one of the most well known scientific legends: a descendant of Isaac Newton’s apple tree.
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.
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.
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.
Domestic violence. Drug smuggling. Priests hauled into court for scandalous behavior. Welcome to Spain in the 17th century.
Animals feel grief; they mourn. And there are enough documented examples of the phenomenon to fill a book.
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.
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.
What do horses, movies and math have in common? They’re all subjects of research conducted over the summer by William & Mary undergraduates.
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.
The Earl Gregg Swem Library is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War in a very special way, and with a little help from their friends.
Administrators, educators, and students from Korea came to Williamsburg to exchange ideas about teaching and learning through a variety of scientific and mathematical curricular concepts.
Two alumni who are noted legal scholars—Board of Visitors member and William & Mary Law School graduate Robert E. Scott and his wife, Elizabeth S. Scott, a graduate of the College of William & Mary—were honored at a Sept. 22 reception in the Wren Building for their generosity in creating a new research chair in law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On October 14-15, William & Mary Law School's Property Rights Project will host the law school's first international conference at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
How can America be so violent, and yet so sentimental at the same time?
Susan Verdi Webster will never forget the fourth month of 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
William & Mary has received a $1 million grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for AidData.
All the reviewers who saw the manuscript asked the same question: Does the world really need another book about Thomas Jefferson?
Thirteen students and alumni from the College of William and Mary have been selected to receive 2010-11 scholarships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, setting a new record for the College.
GIS reveals medieval land-transfer patterns.
Department of Education funds texts stressing dialects in Arabic.
Ecofashionista Regina Root to preside over Ixel Moda.
Michelangelo exhibit is a U.S. exclusive
Greg Bowers' work blends the digital with the analog.
Haug to probe boundaries of the mental and physical.
GIS data-stitching opens new research horizons.
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.
Linda Malone, the Marshall-Wythe Foundation Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School, has been awarded the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in International Environmental Law for 2009-2010.
Sophia Serghi's fingers hurtle from one piano key to the next, dashing to form sounds both strident and soothing.
Tracy L. Cross started the fall 2009 semester with a new job and the surprise of a lifetime.
Andy Allen '11 is preparing to relish everything the old world has to offer. As the first recipient of the Timothy J. Sullivan Scholarship, he will spend the fall semester of his junior year at the University of Nottingham in England.
Our Murray Scholars, under the leadership of Dan Cristol, each year take a trip to the farm of the program's benefactors.
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.
Graduate students from the College of William and Mary were joined by students from several other advanced programs for the College's eight annual Graduate Research Symposium.
"The Story of Joy", by Adam Potkay, was named a co-winner of the Harry Levin Prize awarded by the American Comparative Literature Association.
Two William & Mary faculty members received the state's highest honor for professors from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
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.
One of William and Mary's strengths is the involvement of our students in research...and it's about to get stronger.
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.
Great libraries make great research and scholarship possible.
A gift from an alumna and her husband will help keep William and Mary's libraries first-rate.
So how do you put your best face forward when the audience is constantly changing?
"Kenya literally felt like The Lion King every day, with a big sunrise behind the acacia tree and lions and elephants everywhere," said Patel.
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.
William and Mary's seventh annual Graduate Research Symposium was held March 28 and 29, 2007 at the University Center.
George Greenia was awarded the 2007 Distinguished Editor Award by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).
Glenn George and Trotter Hardy of William & Mary Law School will lecture overseas in 2009 in China and Portugal, respectively, as part of the Fulbright Scholars Program.
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.
The surprising depth of controversy about a new museum in Paris--plus joy, the Supreme Court and a rain-forest philosopher.
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.