Richmond Schools, Choice, and Diversity with Leslie Martin

How do parents make decisions about their children’s education? How do adults view children’s experience of diversity? And how do communities share (or not share) their public institutions? Sociologist Leslie Martin talks to The Source about her research on African-American and white parents’ views on school choice and diversity in Richmond schools.

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Temporary Immigration and American Identity with Krystyn Moon

U.S. National Archives

Krystyn Moon is the author of Yellowface: Creating of the Chinese in American Popular Music and Performance, 1850s-1920s and lead historical researcher on the project “Immigrant Alexandria: Past, Present, and Future.” She spoke with The Source about immigration policy in the early twentieth century and its creative responses to the demands of business, bureaucracy, and American identity.

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Where Are We Going Today? Jon Pineda on Writing the Novel

Jon Pineda is the author of the novel APOLOGY, winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. His memoir SLEEP IN ME was a B&N Discover selection, a Library Journal “Best Books of 2010” selection, and a Publishers Weekly “Indie Sleepers” pick. His poetry collections include THE TRANSLATOR’S DIARY, winner of the 2007 Green Rose Prize for Poetry, and BIRTHMARK, winner of the 2003 Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. His third poetry collection LITTLE ANODYNES was recently selected by Nikky Finney, winner of the National Book Award, for the Palmetto Poetry Series and will be published in March 2015.

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The Showgirl, the Shortstop, and the Shooting: Jack Bales on Violet Valli and the Chicago Cubs

Jack Bales, the longtime reference and humanities librarian at the University of Mary Washington, has written about the Chicago Cubs for various baseball publications, as well as for his website, He is researching a documentary history of the team’s early years and spoke to us about sex, sport, and scandal in this period.

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Reading Between the Lines with Maria Isabel Martínez-Mira: Women’s Wills in Early Modern Spain

Ordinary women’s lives in early modern Spain are often poorly documented, but many of the last wills and testaments that they left have survived. Maria Isabel Martínez-Mira has been reading these sources and shares what they reveal about their writers’ lives. When not deciphering bad handwriting and archaic legal abbreviations, Dr. Martínez-Mira is also a linguist and professor of Spanish at the University of Mary Washington.

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Fast, cheap, and out of control: Colin Rafferty on the Presidents

Colin Rafferty is professor of creative non-fiction at the University of Mary Washington and author of Hallow This Ground (Break Away Books, Indiana University Press), a collection of essays on monuments and memory. He is now at work on two new books: a study of fake memoirs from Colonial America to James Frey, and a collection of forty-four short essays on the presidents of the United States. He sat down to talk with The Source about this most recent project.

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