"You can do a lot with them pedagogically because they’re such well-known stories. But mostly American students know the Disney versions which are very different from the original," he said. "So when they read, for example, in ‘The Frog Prince,’ that the princess actually doesn’t kiss the frog, she throws him against the wall and tries to kill him, and then he turns into a prince and he crawls into bed with her. That’s the original Grimm Brothers’ version. There’s a lot there you can talk about."  - Robert Godwin-Jones, Ph.D., a professor of German and international studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences' School of World Studies, is taking a deeper look at the Grimm’s Brothers fairy tales

“I think art is a great way to express yourself. You don’t have to be straightforward with it, and it can be interesting and beautiful and different. I don’t know. I just connect with it.” - Sydney Vick, a member of Art 180’s Teen Leadership Group.

This week we talked to members of the Richmond creative community to get their take on the forthcoming Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) and the impact it will have on our city and university.

[Lead photo of Sydney Vick c/o Art 180]

Richard Godbeer, director of the Humanities Research Center, said he is “delighted that the center’s inaugural event will celebrate the work of this enormously talented Southern poet and in general the power of poetry to sustain and transform our lives. Trethewey’s poetry has engaged movingly with recent events such as Hurricane Katrina as well as more distant and yet still resonant tragedies such as the American Civil War, events both personal and communal in their impact.” Former U.S. poet laureate to speak at VCU.

Richard Godbeer, director of the Humanities Research Center, said he is “delighted that the center’s inaugural event will celebrate the work of this enormously talented Southern poet and in general the power of poetry to sustain and transform our lives. Trethewey’s poetry has engaged movingly with recent events such as Hurricane Katrina as well as more distant and yet still resonant tragedies such as the American Civil War, events both personal and communal in their impact.” Former U.S. poet laureate to speak at VCU.