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Chad Wellmon

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-26-20-pmSeason 1 – Episode 1
ABC Broadcast in Charlottesville on Sunday, September 11, 2016
WVPT-PBS Broadcast on Thursday, Septmber 15, 2016.

Host Coy Barefoot talks with University of Virginia Professor Chad Wellmon about the multi-event celebration this week in Charlottesville commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wellmon helped to organize the event, and joins Barefoot in conversation about why the humanities are still a critical component in higher education— despite being under assault by opponents who don’t see enough “return on investment” when students study things like philosophy, anthropology or art. Wellmon also explores a new initiative at UVA to reinvent the First-Year curriculum.



CoyBarefootShowThe Center for Media and Citizenship, in cooperation with Gray Television’s Newsplex of Charlottesville, proudly produces The Coy Barefoot Program. The show is broadcast each Sunday morning at 10am on ABC16 in Charlottesville and on Thursday evenings at 9pm on WVPT-PBS.  Hosted by award-winning journalist and best-selling author Coy Barefoot, the program offers exclusive, extended conversations exploring the news, issues and ideas in Charlottesville and beyond. The show’s Executive Producers are Coy Barefoot and Siva Vaidhyanathan. You can watch the Sunday morning premiere each week live online at this link.

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