James C. (Jim) Cobb, historian of the American South and award-winning author, will speak at Washington and Lee University on May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
History examines the past through various lenses –– social, political and intellectual; textual and material –– enriching us as individuals and preparing us to engage the complexities and ambiguities of the contemporary world. Join us!
Our department of a dozen faculty members offers a variety of courses and perspectives on the remote and recent histories of the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia. It supports programs in Africana Studies, East Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Russian Area Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, and offers courses in the history of science. History courses emphasize careful reading and analysis of original sources in order to approach the past on its own terms. But we also stress that studying history is an interpretive process requiring attention to methods, theories, and scholarly debates. The training students receive in research skills, critical analysis, and expository writing prepares them to pursue careers in business, education, law, public service and a variety of other professions. The History major is compact enough that many students choose to double major, add a minor, or just sample broadly the rest of the W&L curriculum.
Molly Michelmore, associate professor of history at Washington and Lee University, wants historians and policy makers to have a productive working relationship. To that end, she chairs the Historians on the Hill Advisory Council, part of the National History Center, and she recently explained her role to "AHA Today," a blog of the American Historical Association.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery, in conjunction with the Departments of English, History, and Art and Art History, will present an exhibition of original prints and reproductions from the collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.
The Lee Chapel Spring Lecture will be held at Washington and Lee University on March 29 from 12-1 p.m. in Lee Chapel Auditorium. Speaking will be Dr. Andrew Levy, the Edna Cooper Chair in English at Butler University and author of the award-winning biography, "The First Emancipator" (2005).
Washington and Lee University will present several short lectures on March 22 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. It is sponsored by University Collections of Art and History (UCAH).