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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 30, 2015: Reunion 2015 Opening Assembly and Spring ODK Initiation with Bill Hartog
The annual alumni weekend opening assembly will include spring initiation for Omicron Delta Kappa. Bill Hartog, VP for Admissions and Financial Aid, will deliver the keynote address, "A Sense of Where We Are."
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Saturday, May 9, 2015: Law Commencement 2015
The 160th commencement ceremony for the Washington and Lee University School of Law will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. on the Front Lawn of the main campus.
Live at 11:00 AM EDT

Wednesday, May 20, 2015: The Strangest Fruit Radio Hour with Ollin
Ollin is an LA-based world-folk-punk-fusion band. Members Randy Rodarte, Scott Rodarte, Gil DeSoto, Angel Juarez, Vincent Valdez, and Alexander Marchand will perform live in conjunction with Vincent Valdez’s The Strangest Fruit exhibition on view in the Staniar Gallery April 27 - May 29. In this series of paintings, entitled The Strangest Fruit, Valdez links historical treatment of Latinos to present day discrimination. "The Strangest Fruit Radio Hour" is hosted by Ollin, and they will perform live original songs, along with some spoken word pieces and projected images. The event is a collaboration between Staniar Gallery and the Mudd Center for their year-long program Race and Justice in America.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015: Undergraduate Commencement 2015
The 228th undergraduate commencement will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. on the Front Lawn of the main campus.
Live at 10:00 AM EDT

Past Events

2012 | 2013 | 2014

Saturday, March 21, 2015: Institute for Honor 2015 • “Robert E. Lee: Honor in Defeat” with Gary Gallagher
Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Confederate War (Harvard, 1997), Lee and His Generals in War and Memory (LSU, 1998), Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War (UNC, 2008), The Union War (Harvard, 2011), and Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty (Georgia, 2013). He serves as editor of two book series at the University of North Carolina Press ("Civil War America," with more than 100 titles date, and "Military Campaigns of the Civil War," with 10 titles) and has participated in more than forty television projects in the field. Professor Gallagher was the Times-Mirror Foundation Distinguished Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California, in 2001-2002, recipient of the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2010-2012 (the highest teaching award conveyed by the University of Virginia), and the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in 2013. Active in the field of historic preservation, he was president from 1987 to mid-1994 of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (an organization with a membership of more than 12,500 representing all 50 states). He also served as a member of the Board of the Civil War Trust and has given testimony about preservation before Congressional committees on several occasions.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015: Institute for Honor 2015 • “Lincoln and Grant: Achieving the Peace” with H.W. Brands
Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. ~ He taught at Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History. He teaches history and writing to graduate students and undergraduates. ~ He writes on American history and politics, with books including The Man Who Saved the Union, Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. ~ He lectures frequently on historical and current events and can be seen and heard on national and international television and radio. His writings have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Ukrainian.
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Friday, March 20, 2015: Institute for Honor 2015 • “Lincoln and the Founders: Slavery, War, the New Birth of Freedom” with Richard Brookhiser
Richard Brookhiser is the author most recently of Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln (Basic Books, 2014), and of eight books on revolutionary America: Founding Father, Rediscovering George Washington; Rules of Civility—the 110 Precepts That Guided Our First President in War and Peace; Alexander Hamilton, American; America’s First Dynasty: The Adamses 1735-1918; Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution; What Would the Founders Do? Our Questions, Their Answers; George Washington on Leadership, and James Madison. He is author and host of two films by Michael Pack: Rediscovering George Washington (PBS, 2002) and Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton (PBS, 2011). He was the historian curator of “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” a 2004 exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. In 2008 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015: Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation with Katy Simpson Smith
Katy Simpson Smith is the author of the acclaimed 2014 novel, The Story of Land and Sea. She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is an adjunct professor at Tulane University and has published a study of early American motherhood, We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750–1835.
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Friday, March 13, 2015: Science, Society and the Arts (SSA) Keynote with Dr. Rachel Herz, Ph.D.
Dr. Rachel Herz, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist and leading world expert on the psychological science of smell. She has been conducting research on the sense of smell, emotion, perception, motivated behavior and cognition since 1990. Dr. Herz has published over 70 original research papers, received numerous awards and grants, co-authored several college textbooks, and is an adjunct professor at Brown University and part-time faculty at Boston College. She is also a professional consultant to various industries regarding smell, taste, food and flavor, and is frequently called upon as an expert witness in legal cases involving olfaction.

Dr. Herz is the author of The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell which was selected as a finalist for the “2009 AAAS Prize for Excellence in Science Books,” and That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, which received numerous accolades and analyzes the emotion of disgust from culture to neuroscience. Rachel Herz is currently working on a new popular science book exploring our psychology and passion for food.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015: Leland Miller ’98, "Demystifying China's Economy in 2015"
Leland Miller '98, the Williams School Executive-in-Residence, will deliver his keynote address titled, "Demystifying China's Economy in 2015." Investors and policymakers obsess over the growth of China's economy, but what is actually happening across regions and sectors remains a mystery to those who rely solely on official government data. Combining the largest private data operation ever to operate in a closed economy with unrivaled connections to sources on the ground, Leland will demystify the evolving Chinese marketplace and provide unique insight into China's true growth, credit, and labor dynamics -- as well as what Beijing leadership has in store in terms of restructuring and reform in 2015.

Leland R. Miller is President of China Beige Book International and leads the strategic management of the firm. A leading expert on China’s financial system, he is a frequent guest on media outlets such as CNBC, CNBC Asia, Bloomberg TV and Radio, BBC, Monocle 24, FOX News and FOX Business, al Jazeera, and China’s CCTV, among others, and his work is featured regularly in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, TIME, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Forbes, Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, and The Washington Post.
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Monday, March 2, 2015: John Lucian Smith, Jr. Term Professorship Lecture with Deborah Miranda
On Monday, March 2nd 2015, Deborah Miranda will give The John Lucian Smith Jr. Term Professor Lecture in Northen Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. The speech is titled, "In a Constant State of Transition": Mapping the Borderlands Between Scholarship and Poetry.

I am a mestiza. Half Indian, half white. Half poet, half academic. Split between the East and West Coasts of the North American continent, I have spent most of my life negotiating the complexity of in-betweenness, a place where the work of my scholarship often clashes with the work of my heart's passion. Research demands facts, precision, efficiency, respect for deadlines, while poetry demands a suspension of time, ambiguity, messiness, irreverence for rules. As Chicana scholar and poet Gloria Anzaldúa writes, the borderlands are "not a comfortable territory to live in, this place of contradictions ... A borderland is a vague and undetermined place ... it is in a constant state of transition." Is it possible to create a true mestiza work out of these two beloved but very separate cultures? To conceive and give birth to a mixed, hybrid, generative and balanced creativity? What would this kind of research look like? What would this kind of poetry look like? Is it possible to create this new kind of space in the in-between, and how would one keep one's balance on constantly shifting ground? Anzaldúa warns that, "To survive the Borderlands/ you must live sin fronteras/ be a crossroads." This talk is a map of surviving that encounter, that clash, and all its glorious consequences - in a body, a life, and a career.
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Friday, February 13, 2015: ADLIB Conference 2015 • Afternoon Keynote with Courtney Berry ’05
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Friday, February 13, 2015: ADLIB Conference 2015 • Romancing the Brand with Tim Halloran ’91
Tim Halloran has built and directed some of the world’s largest brands. He is has provided guidance to top companies including Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, Delta Airlines, glacéau (vitaminwater and smartwater), Georgia Pacific, the NBA, and Turner Broadcasting System. Prior to consulting, Tim spent ten years at Coca-Cola, leading multiple beverage brands. His successes at Coke include the national launch of Powerade sports drink and its sponsorship of the Olympics, co-development of Dasani bottled water, and the development of Coke’s first Internet marketing initiative with his work on Cherry Coke. He was awarded Innovator of the Year by Coca-Cola and named Max Award Finalist for Innovation by Georgia State University. Tim has also served as an adjunct faculty member of marketing at Emory University and Georgia Tech. His first book, Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Consumers was published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in 2014, named by Forbes as one of “7 Actionable Books for Smart Entrepreneurs,” named 2014 Best Book – Marketing by strategy + business, and won the 2014 International book award in the marketing/advertising category.
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Friday, February 13, 2015: ADLIB Conference 2015 • Tips from Former Smokers - PSA Advertising with Jeff Boal ’84
Jeff Boal Founded Plowshare Group, Inc. in 1994. Mr. Boal has a wealth of advertising and public service advertising experience garnered from 21 years in the industry. He is intimately knowledgeable about social issue communications, PSA media marketing and media distribution opportunities and has spent virtually his entire career working with the federal government and nonprofit organizations on their marketing programs. He established PlowShare’s Creative Services Department, Media Distribution Services Department and Media Outreach Department.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015: The Elmes, John, and Winfrey Term Professorship Lecture by Karla Murdock
Karla Murdock presents the Elmes, John, and Winfrey Term Professorship Lecture on February 4th at 4:30 pm in Northen Auditorium. The title of the talk is "Cellphones in our lives: Psychosocial Implications of the New Appendage."
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Monday, January 19, 2015: Founders' Day / ODK Convocation
James C. Cobb, award-winning author, historian of the American South and University of Georgia professor will be the featured speaker at Washington and Lee University's Founders Day-Omicron Delta Kappa Convocation on Jan. 19, 5 p.m., at Wilson Concert Hall in the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Cobb will speak on the topic, "Would the Past Be Better Off Dead?" a reference to a famous line from the works of Southern author William Faulkner suggesting how bruised and battered the South's troublesome past has become from constant skirmishing about its content, meaning and how it should be represented today. The address will precede the induction of 23 undergraduates, nine law students and four honorary initiates into membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff and administrators founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee. The University Singers will perform.
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2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014: Candlelight Service - Lessons and Carols
An annual tradition at W&L, the Candlelight Service featuring the University Singers weaves together the sacred narration of the Christmas story through music, prayers, lessons, and hymns. The telling of the Incarnation in this manner binds countries and cultures, dating back hundreds of years. Traditional favorites like Michael Praetorius’ Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming and Paul J. Christiansen’s Winds Through the Olive Trees and modern masterpieces like Brent Pierce’s How Still He Rests featuring Joy Putney ’16 on the oboe, and Stanford Scriven’s Christ the Appletree let text and music intertwine for an evening unlike any other.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014: West Wing Reports' Paul Brandus, Williams School Executive-in-Residence
In partnership with the Department of Journalism, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics will host West Wing Reports' Paul Brandus as its fall 2014 Executive-in-Residence. Brandus is an independent member of the White House Press Corps and founded West Wing Reports in 2009. The Knight Foundation's Digital Media Center calls him "one of the most influential journalists in the White House press corps" and The Atlantic says Brandus is "one of the top Washington insiders you should follow on Twitter." In 2011, he received the Shorty Award for "Best Journalist on Twitter." West Wing Reports (@westwingreport) is followed on Twitter by more than 200,000 people and delivers national news bytes throughout the day—all in 140 characters or less. In addition, Brandus provides reports on the president's domestic and foreign policy agenda to television and radio outlets around the United States and overseas, and is a columnist for MarketWatch, The Guardian, and The Week. Brandus will deliver a keynote address, "News, Business and Politics: How they're changing, changing each other, and changing us," on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Hillel House.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014: Beth Macy, "Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local--and Helped Save an American Town"
Beth Macy, author of "Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring,Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town", will speak. "Factory Man" traces the aftereffects of globalization in small communities throughout America. Macy tells the success story of John Bassett III (W&L Class of 1959), who used grit and sheer will to compete against China and keep his Galax, Virginia, factory going when almost every other wood-furniture maker in America closed up shop and imported cheaper imports instead. Roanoke.com reported that Tom Hanks, the Academy Award-winning actor, and his production company, Playtone, will produce a miniseries based on "Factory Man." Co-sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and Friends of the Library.
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Monday, October 27, 2014: Andrei Illarionov, Former Economic Adviser to Vladimir Putin
Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Liberty and the Prosperity at the Cato Institute gave a lecture entitled “Russian-Ukrainian War” in Northen Auditorium on the campus of Washington and Lee University. This event was sponsored by the Russian Area Studies Program, University Lectures Fund, and special thanks to the Pusey Fund. Andrei Illarionov was appointed economic and policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2000 and resigned his position in 2005, after conflicting with President Putin over the economic direction of the country. Illarionov has coauthored several economic programs for Russian governments and has written three books and more than 300 articles on Russian economic and social policies.
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Monday, October 13, 2014: Remembering Robert E. Lee with Noted Historian, Professor and Author Dr. Christian B. Keller
Lee Chapel and Museum presents “Remembering Robert E. Lee” with a speech by noted historian, professor and author Dr. Christian B. Keller. The public is invited at no charge. The title of Keller’s talk is “Robert E. Lee, Great Captain: The Military Education of a Future Civilian Leader.” There will be a book signing of Keller’s book, Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory at 10:30 a.m. in the Lee Chapel Museum Shop. The book will be available for purchase at that time. Along with many scholarly articles focusing on the ethnic experience in the Civil War, Keller is co-author of “Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg” (Stackpole, 2004). He is currently working on a study of Confederate strategy in 1862-1863 and a military history of Pennsylvania (Westholme Publishing, forthcoming). Keller is professor of history in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.
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Friday, October 10, 2014: Family Weekend Choral Concert
Come kick off the choral season at W&L with the University Singers, Men's Glee Club, and Cantatrici. The concert will begin with the Men's Glee Club, including a performance of Mack Wilberg's heartrending arrangement of "The Dying Soldier" transitioning into James Stevens' triumphant modern men's arrangement of "Nearer My God To Thee." Cantatrici will follow with Greg Jaspere's delightful "VoiceDance," and then the Glee Club will join them for Sarah Hopkins' haunting "Past Life Melodies," a work complete with aboriginal chanting and harmonic overtone singing paired with lighting throughout the hall, and "Praise His Holy Name" by renowned gospel composer Keith Hampton. The University Singers will then take the stage, performing the powerful "Kyrie" from Ugis Praulins' "Missa Rigensis" and Pawel Lukaszewski's lovely "Crucem Tuam Adoramus, Domine." The centerpiece of the program will be the University Singers' performance of Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds' "Northern Lights," sung in the round with hand chimes, tuned wined goblets, and lighting telling the story of the warring of the aurora borealis. Also featured will be masterpieces by Dan Forrest, F. Melius Christiansen, and others to round out the evening, finally closing with the W&L tradition, "Shenandoah."
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014: "My Brother's Keeper: Incarceration and African American Men" by Charles Ogletree
Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, will give a talk on "My Brother's Keeper: Incarceration and African American Men," on Oct. 1, 2014 in Lee Chapel.

Professor Ogletree is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree opened the offices of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice in September 2005, as a tribute to the legendary civil rights lawyer and mentor and teacher of such great civil rights lawyers as Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Hill. The Institute has engaged in a wide range of important educational, legal, and policy issues over the past 6 years.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014: "Higher Education's Contributions to Democracy" by President Ken Ruscio
President Ken Ruscio delivers the Fall Convocation address, "Higher Education's Contributions to Democracy," and kicks off a new academic year.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014: Managing Your Student Loan Debt and Focusing on What Matters with Heather Jarvis
Law students and graduates have important decisions to make about managing their finances. This comprehensive workshop covers it all: • Developing a financial plan that works • Strategies for reducing your overall costs • Evaluating when to pay down debt and when to save • Credit reports, credit scores, and credit qualification • Retirement savings and investments • Tax issues you need to know. ---- Heather Jarvis is widely known for her depth of knowledge and accessible teaching style. She has provided student loan education and consultation for universities, associations and professional advisors since 2005. Heather graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 1998 and dedicates her professional efforts advocating on behalf of high-debt student loan borrowers. Heather contributes to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress and has accepted appointment to the American Bar Association Task Force on Financing Legal Education. This session will be of interest both to current students as well as recent graduates adapting to life in the "real world" and working to manage their loans as well as the financial obligations that come with their increasingly complicated professional lives.
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Monday, July 14, 2014: "The Road to War: 1914-1917" with Professor Barry Machado
A presentation by W&L Professor Barry Machado. Barry was born in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1944 and is currently living in retirement in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic history from Northwestern University, where he also taught for a year. His dissertation was directed by Richard W. Leopold. For 34 years, 1971-2005, he taught recent U.S. history, U.S. foreign and military affairs, and the history of American business in the history department at Washington and Lee University. He has served as a consultant and director of research for the Lilly Endowment Program as well as the Marshall Undergraduate Scholarship Program of the George C. Marshall Research Library. From 2003-2005 he was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Military History to which he also contributed book reviews. Throughout his career he was a member of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). He has delivered papers and chaired panels at various professional meetings and conferences on the subjects of the Cold War and American Business Abroad. His most recent publications and professional activities include: "The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis," The Journal of Military History, 67:1 (January 2003), 295-97; "History, Memory and Holes in the Wall," in Malcolm Muir and Mark Wilkinson, eds., The Most Dangerous Years: The Cold War, 1953-1975 (2005); and In Search of a Usable Past: The Marshall Plan and Postwar Reconstruction Today (2007).
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Monday, July 7, 2014: "Charles Dickens and the 19th-century British Novel" with Professor Marc Conner
A presentation by W&L Professor Marc Conner. Marc is the Jo M. and James M. Ballangee Professor of English and the Associate Provost at Washington and Lee. He took degrees in English and Philosophy at the University of Washington (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude), followed by the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English at Princeton University, and has taught at Princeton and at the University of Notre Dame. His books include The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable (2000), Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher (2007), both published by the University Press of Mississippi, and The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered (2012) from Florida, as well as a 24-lecture course for The Great Courses titled How to Read and Understand Shakespeare (2013). In addition, Marc has published dozens of essays and book reviews on American and Irish Modernism. Marc directs a spring term study abroad program to Ireland, which he has run six times since 2000. He is the co-founder of the Program in African-American Studies, and in 2009 received the Anece McCloud Excellence in Diversity Award. His teaching interests include American, African-American, and Irish literature, Shakespeare, literature and philosophy, and the Bible as English literature, and his scholarly interests deal with the intersections of literature, philosophy, and religion. In 2004 Marc received the Ring-Tum Phi Award for teaching excellence at Washington and Lee.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014: "Leonardo da Vinci: A Restless Life" with Professor George Bent
A presentation by W&L Professor George Bent. George is the Sidney Gause Childress Professor in the Arts and Head of the Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University in 1993. He came to Washington and Lee University in that year and has been a member of the faculty ever since. Professor Bent teaches courses in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art history, and specializes in Italian art and culture from 1250 to 1450. He has written about artistic production, the function of liturgical images, and institutional patronage in early Renaissance Florence and in 2006 published Monastic Art in Lorenzo Monaco's Florence, a book that focuses on these subjects. He co-founded Washington and Lee's interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, chaired it (and the Art Department) from 2000 to 2003, and served as Associate Dean of the College from 2003-2006. A two-time holder of Fulbright grants to Italy, he has recently completed a series of lectures on Leonardo da Vinci for The Great Courses Company.
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Monday, June 30, 2014: "George Gershwin: The Man and the Music" with Professor Timothy Gaylard
A presentation by W&L Professor Timothy Gaylard. Gaylard is Professor of Music at Washington and Lee, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1984. He was also Chair from 2000 until 2008, and again in 2012-2013. A native of Ottawa, Tim received his B. A. and B. Mus. degrees from Carleton University in Canada, and has associateship diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and obtained his M. A. and Ph. D. in musicology from Columbia University. He has performed extensively as a pianist in both Canada and the United States.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014: Undergraduate Commencement 2014
The 227th undergraduate commencement will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. on the Front Lawn of the main campus. The Baccalaureate Service will be held the day before, on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., also on the Front Lawn.
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Saturday, May 10, 2014: Law Commencement 2014
The 159th commencement ceremony for the Washington and Lee University School of Law was held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. on the Front Lawn of the main campus.
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Friday, May 9, 2014: Historical Myths About Science with John L. Heilbron
Two dozen historians of science from around the world debunked 26 commonly-held myths of science at a conference at Washington and Lee University May 8 – 11. The keynote address by John L. Heilbron of the University of California-Berkeley took place in Lee Chapel at 6 p.m. on Fri. May 9 and was open to the public. He discusses the master myths of science, history and science and science and religion. According to Heilbron, these master myths, though almost certainly false, contain enough truth to be useful and inspirational. The argument covers a few familiar doubtful stories, such as Columbus and the flat earth, Galileo's tower and torture, Newton's apple, the big bang theory and ends with a surprising appeal to Greek mythology.
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Thursday, May 1, 2014: Reunion 2014 Opening Assembly
The annual alumni weekend opening assembly includes spring initiation for Omicron Delta Kappa. Suzanne Keen, dean of the College, delivers the keynote address, “Lost in a Book: Immersion Reading and Liberal Education.”
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Accepted Students Day 2014
Accepted Students Day kicks off with an introduction by Mr. William M. Hartog, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, followed by welcoming remarks by President Ken Ruscio.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014: Institute for Honor Symposium Closing Lecture, "George Washington and Abraham Lincoln: Honor and the American Presidency," by Class of 1960 Professor Lucas Morel
The inaugural lecture by the new Class of 1960 Professor, Lucas Morel, Professor of Ethics and Politics at W&L, is the closing lecture of the Institute for Honor Symposium’s Saturday session. This year’s symposium is titled “George Washington: Leadership with Honor.” Morel’s talk concludes the program’s examination of how Washington’s leadership was informed by his understanding of honor’s role in establishing and perpetuating self-government. In “George Washington and Abraham Lincoln: Honor and the American Presidency,” Morel addresses how honor shaped Washington’s role as founder and Lincoln’s role as preserver of the American republic.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014: Institute for Honor Symposium, "Rightly to Be Great: Ideas of Honor and Virtue among the American Founders" by Craig Bruce Smith
Craig Bruce Smith, instructor of American history at Brandeis University, speaks on George Washington and the history of honor. His dissertation is entitled "Rightly to Be Great: Ideas of Honor and Virtue among the American Founders."
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Friday, March 28, 2014: Institute for Honor Symposium Keynote Address, "George Washington and the Ethics of Leadership" by David Hackett Fischer
David Hackett Fischer, the University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, delivers the keynote address at the Institute for Honor Symposium "George Washington: Leadership With Honor" at Washington and Lee University on Friday, March 28, in Lee Chapel. The title of Fischer's talk is "George Washington and the Ethics of Leadership."
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014: Robert E. Lee in War and Peace with Dr. Donald Hopkins
Dr. Don Hopkins discusses his book which is a photographic biography of Lee. Dr. Hopkins' book contains all 61 photographs taken of Lee during his lifetime. He also discusses various photographic methods of the period. The event is sponsored by Lee Chapel, the Friends of Preston Library, and the Friends of Leyburn Library.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014: Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation with Lucinda Roy
The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University inducted new members into the prestigious academic honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on Thursday, March 13, at 11:45 a.m. in Lee Chapel. The convocation recognizes and honors 49 members of the junior and senior classes and eight graduates from the Class of 2013, all of whom were accepted into Phi Beta Kappa based on their exceptional academic achievements. The event features Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, who gives the keynote talk, "Lifelong Learning as a Fountain of Youth: A Writer-Teacher's Curious, Cross-Cultural Journey toward Creativity." Roy, who is a poet and a novelist, teaches poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction at Virginia Tech.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014: CONTACT presents Jane Goodall
Washington and Lee's Contact Committee will present Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, who will speak on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The title of Goodall's talk is "Sowing the Seeds of Hope." The event is co-sponsored by SEAL, the Tri-Beta Honor Society and the Johnson Leadership Series.
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Friday, February 28, 2014: 57th Institute on Ethics in Journalism Keynote with John Hazard
John Hazard, director of client services at Contently, gave the keynote address of the 57th Institute in Ethics in Journalism at Washington and Lee University on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Hazard delivers the address on behalf of technology writer Shane Snow, co-founder of Contently, who is unable to attend the event due to illness. The title of Hazard's talk is "What Happens to Ethics When the Advertisers Write the Stories?"
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Thursday, February 27, 2014: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education
Meditation and mindfulness in the classroom? Integrating yoga into the curriculum? Contemplative neuroscience offering unity and coherence to the sciences, humanities and social sciences? A new era for higher education in America? Open Mic discussion with Daniel Barbezat of Amherst College and ACMHE (Association of Contemplative Mind in Higher Education) and David Germano of UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center. Moderated by W&L students, panelists include student and faculty from Religion, Economics, English, Business Administration, a cross section of disciplines at W&L.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014: "'Little Note nor Long Remember': Why Do We Remember the Gettysburg Address?" with Lincoln scholar Allen C. Guelzo
Allen C. Guelzo, one of the nation's most distinguished scholars of Abraham Lincoln, delivers the keynote address for Washington and Lee University's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The title of Guelzo's talk is " 'Little Note nor Long Remember': Why Do We Remember the Gettysburg Address?"
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Friday, January 31, 2014: False Confessions Symposium
This symposium will examine the story of the Central Park Five, the Norfolk Four, and other cases involving false confessions. Speakers include Steve Drizin, a leading researcher in the field; Steve Northup, lawyer from Troutman Sanders who represented Erick Wilson of the Norfolk Four; Gerry Zirken, a Federal Public Defender who represented Earl Washington; Steve Rosenfeld, who represents another Norfolk Four defendant, and interrogation expert James Trainum. Sponsored by Washington and Lee University Law School, the Frances Lewis Law Center, and these Washington and Lee organizations: The Innocence Project, CONTACT, the Student Bar Association, the Black Law Students Association, the Federalist Society, the Criminal Justice Clinic, the National Lawyers Guild, and The Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Celebration Keynote Speaker Donna Brazile
Donna Brazile, the veteran political strategist, delivers the keynote speech of Washington and Lee University's celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel on the W&L campus. Donna Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign. She is the former interim national chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as well as the former chair of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute. She founded and is the managing director of Brazile & Associates L.L.C., a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm based in Washington.
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Monday, January 20, 2014: Founders' Day / ODK Convocation with Professor Lucas Morel
Lucas Morel, the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics, presents the Founders' Day/ODK Convocation Address: “Ever Mindful of the Past: Building an Honorable Community.”
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Thursday, January 16, 2014: Journalist/Author Robert D. Kaplan, "The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate"
Robert D. Kaplan, chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm, delivers his talk, "The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate." This is also the title of his latest book, published by Random House in 2012. Kaplan has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for over 25 years. In both 2011 and 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan among the world's 100 Top Global Thinkers.
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2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013: Candlelight Service: Lessons and Carols featuring the University Singers
Join us on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in Lee Chapel for an annual tradition at W&L, the Candlelight Service featuring the University Singers weaves together the sacred narration of the Christmas story through music, prayers, lessons, and hymns. The telling of the Incarnation in this manner binds countries and cultures, dating back hundreds of years. From traditional favorites like Tomás Luis de Victoria's "O Magnum Mysterium" and Robert Shaw's "Hacia Belén" to modern masterpieces like Brent Pierce's "How Still He Rests" and Dan Forrest's "Entreat Me Not to Leave You," let text and music intertwine for an evening unlike any other.
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Friday, November 8, 2013: 56th Institute on Ethics in Journalism Keynote with Dean Baquet
Dean Baquet, managing editor of The New York Times, delivers the Keynote Address for the 56th Institute on Ethics in Journalism with a speech titled, "Why the Big News Organizations and Their Anonymous Sources Matter." The Ethics Institute keynote is sponsored by the W&L Knight Program in Journalism Ethics and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013: Mudd Center for Ethics Inaugural Lecture with Michael Ignatieff
Renowned author, academic and former politician Michael Ignatieff presents the inaugural lecture for Washington and Lee University's Mudd Center for Ethics. The lecture, titled "American Democracy, Human Rights, and the Use of Force," was filmed in Lee Chapel at 4:30 p.m. to a packed crowd.
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Monday, October 14, 2013: Remembering Robert E. Lee with Civil War Historial Frank A. O'Reilly
Lee Chapel and Museum presents Remembering Robert E. Lee with a speech by noted author and Civil War historian Frank A. O’Reilly on Monday, Oct. 14, at 12:15 p.m. in the Lee Chapel Auditorium. The public is invited at no charge. The title of O’Reilly’s talk is “Adapt, Improvise, and Overcome: Robert E. Lee’s Greatest Victory at Chancellorsville.” O’Reilly will talk about the battle of Chancellorsville from Lee’s point of view as it is usually presented from Stonewall Jackson’s point of view.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013: The State of the University 2013
President Ken Ruscio '76 presents the State of the University.
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Friday, September 6, 2013: The Promise and the Peril of Globalization
Professor of Economics Michael Anderson delivers a talk on "The Promise and the Peril of Globalization" during 5-Star Festival.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013: Fall Convocation with Alston Parker Watt ’89
We are fortunate to have former trustee Alston Parker Watt as this year’s speaker. Alston graduated from W&L in 1989 and in 1996 received a Masters in Health Science from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Alston is the Executive Director and a Trustee of the Williams Family Foundation of Georgia, a family foundation that supports programs focused on children, preservation and conservation with a geographic focus in southwest Georgia. While at W&L Alston was a member of the Student Executive Committee and was a two-sport letter winner at W&L in both swimming & diving and lacrosse. Alston is the first undergraduate woman to serve on the Washington and Lee Board of Trustees (2003-2011).
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Tuesday, July 23: 2013: "George C. Marshall: The Education of a General" with Marshall biographer Mark Stoler
A presentation by Marshall biographer Mark Stoler. Mark A. Stoler earned his B.A. at the City College of New York (1966) and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1971). He joined the University of Vermont faculty in 1970 and became Professor Emeritus in 2007. Stoler's areas of special expertise are U.S. diplomatic and military history and World War II. Included among his many publications are "Allies and Adversaries: the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance, and U.S. Strategy in World War II" (2000), "The Politics of the Second Front: American Military Planning and Diplomacy in Coalition Warfare, 1941-1943" (1977), "George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century" (1989), and "Allies in War: Britain and America against the Axis Powers, 1940-1945" (2005). He also co-authored "Explorations in American History" (1987) with Marshall True, "Major Problems in the History of World War II" (2003) with Melanie Gustafson, and "Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policies" (2005) with Justus Doenecke. Stoler's scholarship earned him the University Scholar Award at UVM (1993) and the Distinguished Book Award of the Society for Military History (2002); his distinguished teaching earned him the Dean's Lecture Award (1992), the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award (1984), and the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2006). Stoler has served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Haifa in Israel, the U.S. Military History Institute, Williams College, and Washington & Lee University. He has also produced an audio/DVD course for The Teaching Company. He is former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2004) and a former trustee of the Society for Military History. Currently he is serving as editor of volumes 6 and 7 of "The Papers of George Catlett Marshall" and completing a book on the World War II Combined Chiefs of Staff.
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Tuesday, July 16: 2013: "The Lion Rampant: Americans, Frenchmen, And All Sorts of Indians" with W&L Emeritus Professor Lamar Cecil
Lamar Cecil is the former William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History at W&L, specializing in European History. He is the author of numerous books and articles and has delivered many papers relating to the history and politics of Germany. He also has a strong interest in British monarchical history and has spent much time working in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. Lamar is a veteran teacher of W&L's Alumni Colleges on campus and abroad, lecturing on a variety of topics from 19th century Europe to the relationship between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. in the post-Cold War world.
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Tuesday, July 9: 2013: "The Symphonies (The Music of Mozart)" with W&L Professor Tim Gaylard
Timothy Gaylard is Professor of Music at Washington and Lee, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1984 and is interim Chairman of the Music Department for 2012-13. He was also Chair from 2000 until 2008, and again in 2012-2013. A native of Ottawa, Tim received his B. A. and B. Mus. degrees from Carleton University in Canada, and has associateship diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and obtained his M. A. and Ph. D. in musicology from Columbia University. Tim has taught in numerous Alumni Colleges and is going on his ninth program abroad in August. On that trip to the Mediterranean he will accompany Scott and Amy Williamson. He has performed extensively as a pianist in both Canada and the United States. His research interests include Mozart's influence on Beethoven, British piano music from 1800 to 1920 and, most recently, the piano music of Liszt.
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Friday, July 5: 2013: "Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address" with W&L Professor Lucas Morel
The Class of 1960 Ethics Professor and head of the Politics Department, Lucas arrived at W&L in July 1999 from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where he had taught from 1994 to 1999 at John Brown University and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He received his education at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Graduate School. His teaching and research interests are American government, political theory, Abraham Lincoln, and black American politics. He also serves as a pre-law advisor for the undergraduate university at large. Lucas is president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. In the 2008-09 academic year, he was the Garwood Visiting Research Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He also teaches in the Summer Masters Program in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he also serves on the board of advisors. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch, and is currently writing a book entitled "Lincoln, Race, and the Fragile American Republic."
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Tuesday, July 2: 2013: "The Loss of Jackson and the Battle of Gettysburg" with Civil War historian James E. (Bud) Robertson
"Bud" is a longtime friend of the W&L family and has spoken often at alumni colleges. He is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, where he taught Civil War history to an estimated 22,000 students over a 44-year period. Bud obtained his B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon College and his graduate degrees from Emory University. His 1997 biography of "Stonewall" Jackson was the base for the Warner Bros. mega-movie, "Gods and Generals." His most recent work, "The Untold Civil War" was published by National Geographic Society. In May of this year, Bud received The Virginius Dabney Award, the highest recognition that the Museum of the Confederacy bestows for excellence in historical contributions.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013: Undergraduate Commencement
The 226th undergraduate commencement will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. on the Front Lawn of the main campus. The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., also on the Front Lawn.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2013: Aerial Dance
In a dazzling display of aerial artistry, the award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company will swoop, spin and flip along the walls of Wilson Hall, May 15&16 @ 5:30pm in Lexington, Va. This playful look at dance features works choreographed and performed by students using aerial rope & harness. Broadway rigging company ZFX will see to the safety of the dancers and the seamless cable transitions. This concert happens only once every four years and builds on a legacy established in 2009 by incorporating music, props and new daring technique and artistry. W&L is at the foreground of the national discussion on aerial dance education. Artistic Director and Dance Professor Jenefer Davies has published and lectured internationally on her specially designed technique classes that prepare dancers for the rigors of aerial work.
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Saturday, May 11, 2013: Law Commencement
The 158th commencement ceremony for the Washington and Lee University School of Law will be held on the Front Lawn in front of Lee Chapel on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013: Accepted Students Day
Accepted Students Day kicks off with an introduction by Mr. William M. Hartog, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, followed by welcoming remarks by President Ken Ruscio. The Student Life Presentation follows afterward. We encourage all students who were not able to join us on campus to tune in!
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Monday, April 22, 2013: Cheech Marin
Cheech Marin, the entertainer who is well known for his work in movies and television, has been acquiring art for more than 20 years, and he has amassed one of the most renowned collections of Chicano/a art in private hands. Staniar Gallery will feature a selection of small paintings from his collection in the exhibition "Chicanitas" which will be on view April 22 through May 24. Marin will be talking about his collection in a public lecture being held in conjunction with the exhibition. The talk will be held in Wilson Hall's Concert Hall at 5:30pm on Monday, April 22. Since the 1960s, artistic expression has been an important agent of political activism for the Mexican-American community; its members marginalized by both law and custom in the United States. As Chicano/a artists garnered public attention and respect, their works have moved from the peripheries of the art world to more traditional museum and gallery spaces while continuing to embrace themes of heritage, legacy and community.
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Saturday, March 16, 2013: President John D. Wilson Memorial Service
John Delane Wilson, the president who led Washington and Lee University during its transition to coeducation, died on Saturday, March 2, in Lexington. He was 81. The Washington and Lee community will come together to remember President Wilson in Lee Chapel.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013: Phi Beta Kappa / Society of the Cincinnati Convocation
The convocation recognizes new initiates into the W&L chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The convocation speaker is Elizabeth R. Varon, the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, talking about "Writing Virginia History: A Journey in the Liberal Arts."
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Friday, March 8, 2013: Dr. Richard Alley, SSA 5 Keynote Luncheon Talk
Studies the history of Earth's climate to aid in the prediction of future changes in climate and sea level. He participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Alley is the host of the PBS miniseries Earth: The Operators' Manual, which presents an assessment of the Earth's problems and possible solution.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013: A Conversation with Bob Goodlatte
Washington and Lee Law School Dean Nora Demleitner leads an Q&A session with Congressman Bob Goodlatte '77L, recently appointed to head the influential House Judiciary Committee.
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2012

Friday, January 18, 2012: Founders Day/ODK Convocation
Andrew Delbanco, the Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, will speak at Washington and Lee University's Founders' Day / ODK Convocation. The title of Delbanco's talk, which is free and open to the public, is "What is College For?"
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Thursday, December 6, 2012: Candlelight Service. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
With music by the University Singers. Conducted by Dr. Shane M. Lynch with Timothy R. Gaylard, organist.
An annual tradition at W&L, the Candlelight Service weaves together the sacred narration of the Christmas story through music, prayers, lessons, and hymns. The telling of the Incarnation in this manner binds countries and cultures, dating back hundreds of years. From traditional favorites like Kenneth Jennings' Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord to modern masterpieces like Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, let text and music intertwine for an evening unlike any other.
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Friday, October 19, 2012: NY Times' David Carr Addresses 54th Institute on Ethics in Journalism
David Carr, the New York Times media and culture columnist, delivers the Keynote Address for the 54th Institute on Ethics in Journalism.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012: A Conversation with the Dean
Prof. Brian Murchison interviews Dean Nora Demleitner for Equal Time, his radio show on WLUR. The interview was simulcast on WLUR and via LiveStream. Prof. Murchison also takes questions from the audience in the Millhiser Moot Court Room.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012: The State of the University 2013
President Ken Ruscio '76 presents the State of the University, as well as responds to an alumni-submitted question.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012: Fall Convocation
Arthur H. Goldsmith, the Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Economics, addresses the annual Fall Convocation. The title of his speech is "Finding Your Path to a Life Well Lived."
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