With Good Reason Special on the WCVE Forum this Sunday 4/15/12
The WCVE Forum this week (Sunday 4/15/12, 6:00 - 7:00 PM) features two episodes of With Good Reason, the award-winning program from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Join host Sarah McConnell for insightful interviews on using the web to learn about the Victorian Era and also some fascinating background on the Godfather Saga.
During the Metropolitan Opera season from December to May, sometimes the length of certain operas make it necessary for us to preempt With Good Reason at its normally scheduled time, Saturdays at 4:30 PM. The two episodes we are airing on the WCVE Forum this week were preempted on March 3rd and 10th, so we are pleased to air them back-to-back this Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. Here are more details on the episodes:
6:00 PM: “Victorians Get the Google Treatment”
How many Victorian books would you have to read to know the Victorians? What if you could read all 1.7 million? Fred Gibbs (George Mason University) co-created a project that does just that. Using digital tools, he can search and then chart how frequently certain words—like “God,” “love,” and “science”—appear in all of 19th-century British literature. His new approach to literary analysis provides some fascinating insights into the minds of the Victorians.
Also featured: Juggling school, work, and family can be a challenge for people seeking higher education. Increasingly, students are getting classroom instruction in front of their home computers instead of at desks. Ed Banas (Northern Virginia Community College) and Terry Whisnant (Southside Virginia Community College) both teach college students remotely. Their experiences highlight some of the benefits and challenges of distance learning.
6:30 PM: “The Offer He Couldn’t Refuse”
Ed Falco (Virginia Tech) is the author of the latest installment in the Godfather saga, a prequel to Mario Puzo’s original. In The Family Corleone, Falco answers questions that have burned in fans’ minds for years – like Vito Corleone’s rise in the criminal underworld and how he became the Godfather. It seems like an offer you could not refuse, but Falco did the first time.
Also featured: Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense. His films like Psycho, The Birds, and North by Northwest still thrill audiences today. Mark Padilla (Christopher Newport University) believes that the reason Hitchcock’s movies seem so timeless is that they are invested with the archetypal symbols and motifs of classical Greek myths.
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