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Virginia Tech Humanities Week Schedule

All events will be open to the general public and accessible to a variety of audiences, including the full university community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni; local residents; and prospective students, both graduate and undergraduate.

To register for events, follow this link.

   

Monday, Feb. 7

Fall Beans, Shucky Beans, Soup Beans

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | McBryde Hall Room 209, 225 Stanger Street 

Registration Option: Attend In-Person

"Fall Beans, Shucky Beans, Soup Beans: Perspectives in Song and Story" will focus on the cultural meanings of dried beans in Appalachia. The event is organized by the Virginia Tech Food Studies Program with Assistant Professor Danille Christensen (Department of Religion and Culture) along with community leaders Victoria Ferguson (American Indian and Indigenous Community Center) and chef and guest Ashleigh Shanti

Disability Culture

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Goodwin Hall Room 155, 635 Prices Fork Road

Registration Options: Attend In-Person or Virtually

A workshop and discussion by undergraduates related to disability culture, led by Associate Professor Ashley Shew (Department of Science, Technology, and Society), undergraduate students Grace Farnie, Amanda Leckner, and Hannah Upson, and New River Valley community member Theo Rogers

Guest Lecture by Trudier Harris: "Ever-Elusive Literacy: It Hugs Us, Then Runs, Hides, and Jumps Out to Shock Us"

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. | McBryde Hall Room 129, 225 Stanger Street

Registration Option: Attend In-Person

University of Alabama Distinguished Research Professor Trudier Harris will draw on literature, science, culture, rhetoric, and film across time and languages in her guest lecture at Virginia Tech 

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Nikki Giovanni Celebration of Poetry

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Moss Arts Center: Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, 190 Alumni Mall

Registration Options: Attend In-Person or Virtually

Annual poetry prize ceremony will feature Nikki Giovanni along with the announcement and reciting of winning poems by undergraduate winners of the Giovanni-Steger Poetry Prize | Reception to follow at 6 p.m.
 

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Pop-Up Reading Group 1

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Wallace Hall Room 407, 295 West Campus Drive

Registration Option: Attend In-Person

A pop-up reading group led by Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Professor and Chair of the Department of English, that will include a discussion of Arthur C. Clarke’s Hugo Award-winning short story “The Star.” The story will be made available at the event but attendees may wish to read it before they arrive

Ethics Bowl Demonstration

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Assembly Hall, Holtzman Alumni Center, 901 Prices Fork Road

Registration Options: Attend In-Person or Virtually

The Virginia Tech Ethics Bowl team, comprised of undergraduate students, will showcase their debate skills following a presentation by team coach and Assistant Collegiate Professor Justin Horn

Thursday, Feb. 10

Keynote Address by Kwame Anthony Appiah: “Living Well: The Humanities as a Preparation for Life”

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Moss Arts Center, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, 190 Alumni Mall

Registration Options: Attend In-Person or Virtually

Keynote address delivered by Kwame Anthony Appiah | Reception to follow from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11

Visualizing Virginia Tech History

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Solitude, 705 West Campus Drive

Registration Option: Attend In-Person

A multimedia exhibition on Virginia Tech’s hidden histories, including a projection mapping display, digital exhibits, and an Extended Reality tour of the Solitude grounds. Drop in as you wish. Funded by the Council on VT History and led by Paul Quigley, an associate professor in the Department of History and the interdisciplinary History Lab team

Pop-Up Reading Group 2

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Major Williams Hall 434, 220 Stanger Street

Registration Option: Attend In-Person

A pop-up book reading group led by Shoshana Milgram Knapp, an associate professor in the Department of English, that will include a discussion of Susan Glaspell’s short story “The Last Sixty Minutes,” a timely tale about partisan politics and the importance of public service. Copies of the story will be distributed at the event but attendees may read it ahead of time if they wish

Student Panel: Researching the Holocaust as It Unfolded

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | McBryde Hall Room 113, 225 Stanger Street

Registration Options: Attend In-Person or Virtually

A group discussion of undergraduate research on the Holocaust led by Anndal Narayan, instructor of modern military history in the Virginia Tech Department of History

Virginia Tech Humanities Week Events


The celebration will include the annual Nikki Giovanni Celebration of Poetry on Feb. 8, and a keynote on Feb. 10 by Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of philosophy and law at New York University and author of the New York Times column “The Ethicist.”

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Virginia Tech Sesquicentennial

The entrance to Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, with banners announcing the 150th anniversary of the university.

From July 2021 through December 2022, Virginia Tech is marking the 150th anniversary of its founding with ongoing celebrations that will extend across the commonwealth, nation, and world. For more information about #VT150, follow this link.