Virginia Foundations for the Humanities (VFH) is a statewide non-profit organization that focuses on promoting and producing cultral, civic, local, and global educational programs for a vast public audience and address issues of broad public concerns.
VFH collaborates with other University Units on the following projects:
BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to colonial times and earlier, revealing the connections (and disconnections) between past and present. With its passionate, intelligent, and irreverent approach, BackStory is fun and essential listening no matter who you are.
Last fall a VFH grant helped Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions at The Fralin Museum of Art, support a symposium held on October 26, “In the Shadow of Stalin: African American Artists and Intellectuals in Soviet Russia.” Two UVa faculty members participated in the symposium as discussion moderators: Carmenita Higganbotham, Associate Professor of Art and Dariusz Tolczyk, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature. The Exhibit was composed of painting, film, posters, and archival materials thatl examined the Patterson family's history in order to engage larger issues, such as the remarkable journey made by these artists and intellectuals and artistic production under Stalin.
Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization
A VFH Grant to the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization supported a photographic exhibit that will be published as a book by the University of Virginia Press;
Magnificent Militancy: The African American Revolution of 1963
Thomas F. Jackson, affiliated also with the Miller Center for Public Affairs, is the Edna and Norman Freehling Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, working on Magnificent Militancy: The African American Revolution of 1963. He delivered this talk Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Charlottesville City Council Chambers as part of a series of talks by VFH fellows. Debra Nystram was also a Fellow in the Fall.
With Good Reason
The public radio show With Good Reason has media partnerships with Public Affairs, the Curry School, and the College at Wise and featured interviews with Aniko Bodroghkozy, Michelle Prsyby, and John Simon within the past month.
Encyclopedia Virginia works routinely with Special Collections to publish content and recently received contributions from Maurie McInnis (“Eyre Crowe Slave Trade Images”) and Bonnie Gordon (“Sound in Early Virginia,” cowritten by Emily Gale, forthcoming).
Senior Scholar Jerome Handler’s “The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record” website is co-sponsored by UVA Library and is housed by the digital media center.
Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Virginia Arts of the Book Center continues to develop staff and faculty expertise in classes that are UVa-Education Benefit eligible. Recent VABC Certification classes include “Papermaking from Flax” and “Book Binding: Library Case Binding.” Dean Dass of the Art Department is conducting a printing class with students this spring called “Melancholia,” which will produce a bound collection of the students’ work in collaboration with VABC printers
Our edUi conference for digital and web professionals has a planning team with two UVa staff Joel Pattison (McIntire) and Valerie Harness (Darden)
Virginia Festival of the Book
VFH undertakes numerous school and departmental collaborations with the Virginia Festival of the Book, including programs with the English Department (Gregory Orr, Jeb Livingood), Spanish Department (Fernando Opere), Environmental Sciences (Steve Macko, Hank Shugart), Anthropology Department (Fred Damon), Classics Department (John Miller), Medical Center Running Clinic (Robert Wilder), Religion Department (Larry Bouchard), Institute for Global Humanities (Michael Levenson), Hereford Residential College, Brown Residential College, Drama Department, Women’s Center, VQR, Darden School, University Press, UVA Book Store, and many others.
Documents Compass has funded and hired interns from the Institute for Public History for the past three years and plans to hire again this coming summer; employed nearly 100 graduate students year-round from departments of History, French, English, and Art History since 2009; provided training in digital humanities for graduate students through free workshops and on-the-job experience; worked with faculty at IATH in collaborative projects, including Daniel Pitti’s Social Networks and Archival Context Project; and published two major digital projects with UVA Press including People of the Founding Era and Founders Online Early Access. The former project has generated more than $143,000 income for UVA Press since 2008 in four different grants.
- As many as ten UVA student Interns are involved each year in VFH projects and programs.
- Ellen Ramsey at Libra is helping our Digital Initiatives staff navigate or negotiate a digital repository, potentially with the Academic Preservation Trust. The result could be a partnership on an emerging data repository for VFH program content.
- Our development office is working with the UVa Library donor stewardship on a second bus trip of common interest to our donors