October 26, 2020

Podcasts on UMW Activism Spell ‘Good Trouble’ for Students

As part of this year’s Common Experience, first-year students are listening to “Good Trouble: UMW,” an 18-episode podcast that chronicles the long history of student activism at Mary Washington. Logo by Peter Morelewicz at Print Jazz.

As part of this year’s Common Experience, first-year students are listening to “Good Trouble: UMW,” an 18-episode podcast that chronicles the long history of student activism at Mary Washington. Logo by Peter Morelewicz at Print Jazz.

Eliza Vegas marched in her first protest this summer for Black Lives Matter. The University of Mary Washington is inspiring her to do more.

“An overwhelming sense of home and community brought me here,” said Vegas, a Mary Washington first-year student who learned of the University’s long history of student activism when she listened to a new podcast on the topic. “Now I have a deeper appreciation for my new school.”

Since 2015, incoming students have read and discussed written works with the UMW community as part of the Common Experience. This year, instead of a book, they’re exploring four timely and topical podcasts about COVID-19 and civil rights, connecting events of the past to the present. They’re also listening to “Good Trouble: UMW,” a new podcast named for the late Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong philosophy, which he shared in his 2011 Commencement address at Mary Washington.

The 18-episode podcast series chronicles Mary Washington student activism throughout the decades, relating back to Lewis’ directive to get in “good trouble, necessary trouble.” Read more.

Rafferty Publishes Essay, Presents at Rappahannock Writers Conference

Associate Professor of English Colin Rafferty

Associate Professor of English Colin Rafferty

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, recently published an essay on Claude Lanzmann’s Holocaust documentary Shoah in the new issue of Wig-Wag, a literary magazine on film edited by UMW graduate Brad Efford.

Rafferty also gave a talk on “Writing the Travel and Food Essay” at this past weekend’s Rappahannock Writers Conference, sponsored by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and held at UMW’s Stafford Campus.

Rafferty Publishes Latest Essay in Presidential Series

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, had his essay on Chester A. Arthur, “Smear Campaign (#21),” to appear last week in the new issue of storySouth. This is the latest in his series of essays devoted to the U.S. presidency and the men who have held that office.

Rafferty Reads at Brigham Young University

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English who specializes in the writing of creative non-fiction, gave a reading at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, as part of their English Reading Series on February 16, 2018.

Rafferty Publishes Latest Essay in Presidential Series

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, had his essay on William Howard Taft, “Judgment (#27),” published in the newest issue​ of The Collapsar.

This is the latest in his series of essays devoted to U.S. presidents.

Rafferty Publishes Graphic Essay on James Monroe

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, recently had his graphic essay on James Monroe, “The Eye of James Monroe (#5),” published in the newest issue​ of Pinball magazine.

Rafferty Publishes Essay Series on U.S. Presidents

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, had “The Imagineer Considers Tomorrow (#45.1)” recently published in the new issue of Waxwing. It joins four other essays published back in October and was commissioned by the editors in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

Rafferty Publishes Essays on Presidents

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, has published three essays on presidents in the newest issue of Juked: “Bully (#26),” “Death Song for Andrew Jackson (#7),” and “18 1/2 (#37).” They can be read here: http://juked.com/2016/11/colin-rafferty-three-presidential-essays.asp.

Rafferty Publishes Quartet of Presidential Essays

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, has recently had a quartet of essays appear in the newest issue of Waxwing: “The Fear (#8),” “Self-Portrait with Slave Ship (#6),” “State of the Union (#11),” and “What They Said About Him (#44).” They can be read here: http://waxwingmag.org/items/issue10/44_Rafferty-Four-Presidential-Essays.php#top​.

Rafferty Publishes Essay, Presents at Conference

Colin Rafferty, associate professor of English, recently had his essay “Four Sentences on Failure (#16)” published in the 2016 issue of The Evansville Review. He also moderated and presented a paper on the panel “Joan Didion and Today’s Essayists” on April 2 at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Los Angeles.