Campus Programs 2015

April 10-11, 2015

The Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar: "Salvage the Bones" Featuring Author Jesmyn Ward

This year marks the 12th annual Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar, W&L's ultimate book club. Sponsored by the W&L Class of 1951 in honor of its classmate Tom Wolfe, the program annually features a distinguished novelist and observer of the contemporary American scene. This year's seminar will feature Jesmyn Ward and the novel that earned her the 2011 National Book Award for fiction, Salvage the Bones.

Short Program: June 24-27

The Musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Who doesn't know a song by Rodgers and Hammerstein? Whether it is the optimistic "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," the inspirational "You'll Never Walk Alone," the romantic "Some Enchanted Evening" or the delightfully didactic "Do- Re-Me," these rich melodies and evocative lyrics are all so deeply embedded in the American memory that it takes only a few notes to bring them to mind. No pair of composers wrote more unforgettable standards in the Great American Songbook than Rodgers and Hammerstein, and none touched so many places in our hearts.

Short Program: June 28 - July 1

Russia Since Gorbachev

Thirty years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He attempted to revive the moribund communism he had inherited in the hope that it could satisfy the essential needs of the Soviet people. Gorbachev's road to reformed communism came to a dead end, and the Soviet colossus collapsed on Christmas Day 1991. The demise of the old regime, however, did not ensure success for the new Russian Republic. Reborn Russia has continued in transition mode, but the journey has been quite turbulent, and the intended destination unclear.

July 5-10, 2015

The Rise and Fall of Mediterranean Civilizations

The ancient world has always been a useful mirror for subsequent civilizations. Still today, we look to the ancients not only as progenitors of some of the most characteristic institutions of Western culture, but also as forebears who wrestled with issues that continue to trouble modern societies.

July 12-17

Shakespeare's Kings

William Shakespeare flourished under the reigns of Elizabeth and James, for each monarch was a great patron of the theater. It is no surprise, then, that Shakespeare became the great imaginative chronicler of the English monarchy, as kingship became a profound source of inspiration for him and a vexing problem upon which he turned his limitless imagination.

July 22-25

A Family Adventure in Science

Come share W&L and Lexington with your children and grandchildren in our special family-oriented campus program, built around amazing explorations and discoveries with the W&L faculty. Now in its seventh year, this program is specially designed for children ages 7-14, their parents and grandparents. See what biologists are doing on the W&L campus as well as some of the exciting new developments in the Science Center.

November 6-7, 2015

Law and Literature Weekend Seminar: Ian McEwan's "The Children Act"

In its unparalleled run of 22 years, the Alumni College's Law and Literature Weekend Seminar has relied on a highly effective model: gathering professors and participants to study a single work of literature from legal, ethical, and literary perspectives. The results can be exhilarating. The 2015 program will focus on The Children Act, a new novel by acclaimed British writer Ian McEwan, author of Atonement, Amsterdam (which won the Booker Prize), Sweet Tooth, and other works.