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ODU Professors Featured in Encore Presentation of Public Radio Program Broadcast of Mapping Lambert's Point Profile

An encore presentation of an interview with Old Dominion University faculty members Avi Santo and Tom Chapman is being broadcast Jan. 13-19 on the Charlottesville-based public radio show With Good Reason.

The broadcast, which originally aired in March, 2017, features a discussion of the groundbreaking Mapping Lambert's Point project, which saw Old Dominion communication and geography students create a living, social history and geography of the historic neighborhood adjacent to the University.

Tom Chapman, associate professor of geography; and Avi Santo, associate professor of communication were interviewed for the show that airs on WHRV 88.9 FM in Hampton Roads.

The show also airs in different timeslots on nearly 75 public radio stations from coast to coast. Broadcast times are posted on the "With Good Reason" website. Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville since its inception, "With Good Reason" features the research of Virginia Public Universities.

Chapman and Santo discussed how students have collected the untold stories of Lambert's Point, a historically black neighborhood which was one of the first in Norfolk where people of color could buy homes.

In addition to the radio program, there is also a news feature interview with the two ODU professors.

The University and Lambert's Point have a shared experience forged through geography. The neighborhood at one time extended almost to 48th Street. Much of the current Old Dominion campus was built on what was formerly Lambert's Point.

A dozen students with the Institute for the Humanities and Department of Political Science and Geography have collected oral and written histories of current and former residents of Lambert's Point, which are compiled on the website for the project.

Hosted by Sarah McConnell, "With Good Reason" has twice won the Gabriel Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs Program. It also is the recipient of top honors from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and a second-place award in the Public Radio News Directors competition.

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