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The best way to celebrate W&L's enduring commitment to lifelong learning is by experiencing it personally. You, too, can share in the life of the University with an educational adventure on campus or abroad. You'll find the companionship of exploring the world with compatible minds rewarding as well. As travelers, we delight in the history and culture of foreign lands, places wholly apart from the familiar customs and routines of our neighborhoods, places that open our eyes and all our senses to what is new and different, that rekindle the wonder of discovery and the good will that naturally comes with it.

The W&L campus is a shorter journey for most travelers. Through the Alumni College, we encourage you to satisfy your enduring curiosity about the world, to think with us about history, philosophy, literature, the arts and sciences, and current events. As always, the journey involves a lot of fun. At W&L, it begins with our delight in one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, the traditional warmth of its hospitality, and the engaging expertise available in and through the W&L faculty.

Many adventures await you in 2014-2015, the next chapter in a lifetime of learning. Please take a few minutes to peruse our website. Prepare yourself for some tough choices, both on campus and abroad! We look forward to welcoming you to a continuing exploration of our changing world.

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A Good Education Is, Above All, a Habit of Mind

Marc Connor, Jo M. Ballengee Professor of EnglishTeaching in the Alumni College has been one of the great joys of my professional life for the past 15 years. I've learned so much from my colleagues and their superb lectures, and the courses are put together with such care and foresight that I'm constantly impressed with how well everything matches up and builds into a coherent whole. The entire format is so enriching-bringing top scholars together to focus on all the elements of a topic, and interacting with the alumni themselves to bring us all to a greater understanding.

That's the real kick, of course—listening to and talking with the alumni collegians, building our knowledge, and sharing the learning experience that is the goal of every true teacher. It's been a great part of being at Washington and Lee, and to me it exemplifies the best of the W&L character.

--Marc C. Conner, Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English