Since its founding in 1925, Virginia Quarterly Review has enjoyed a storied history at the University of Virginia that includes its emergence as one of the most important literary quarterlies in the country and, more recently, its transformation into one of the boldest magazines in American publishing. This month, we begin a new phase, one that promises to extend this legacy as part of the Center for Media and Citizenship, a project of the Department of Media Studies at UVA, the fastest-growing department of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Center was created to ask the question, What do citizens of a democratic republic need to perform their duties responsibly in a rapidly changing media environment? Toward that end, the Center produces media, fosters conversation, and sponsors research. It has a local public-affairs television program and will launch several podcast series in the coming months. It will also soon begin broadcasting a weekly radio talk show. All these efforts serve to connect the university to a larger public, involving students in every aspect of media production so that they can break down the barriers between what they learn in the classroom and its application in the world.
VQR now joins these efforts, both as a magazine and through its multimedia endeavors, bolstered by its own well-earned reputation, expert and devoted staff, and loyal readership. The magazine has long featured the finest journalism, fiction, poetry, and photography—all packaged in a format that is both inviting and worth keeping. The staff has ensured through many internal changes that VQR fulfills its role to connect committed readers to exciting work.
The Center for Media and Citizenship promises more of the same, adding energy, outreach, promotion, and harmony with the larger mission of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. VQR will continue to be VQR—but bolder and more secure with its role in the world and on grounds.
The mission and format of VQR will change gradually as the world changes and as the technology of delivering content changes. And while its home has changed, its voice will remain true to its mission.
VQR and the staff of the Center are grateful for the support and careful attention shown to us by President Teresa A. Sullivan, Provost Thomas C. Katsouleas, Interim Vice President for Research Phillip Parrish, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Ian Baucom, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences Leonard Schoppa, and Media Studies Department Chair Hector Amaya during this transition.
In the coming months, you will hear more about the exciting initiatives we have planned to forge partnerships between VQR and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Thank you for your continued interest in VQR. We will not disappoint.
Director, Center for Media and Citizenship
The University of Virginia