The Institute for Honor Symposium: George Washington: Leadership with Honor

March 28-29, 2014

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W&L's fall, winter, and spring weekend seminars continue to be a popular feature of the Alumni College, for the programs offer participants a substantive weekend getaway in the beautiful environs of Lexington and Rockbridge County. Participants stay in local inns, with the program, receptions, dinner, and lunch on campus. The per-person cost of each of these programs is $225. Programs begin on Friday afternoon and conclude after lunch on Saturday.

Established in 2000 at Washington and Lee by a generous endowment from the Class of 1960, the Institute for Honor includes an array of initiatives and specific programs designed to promote the understanding and practice of honor as an indispensable element of society. The Institute for Honor Symposium is dedicated to the advocacy of honor as the core value in personal, professional, business, and community relations.

The theme of this year's symposium is "George Washington: Leadership with Honor." The Friday keynote address will be delivered by David Hackett Fischer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington's Crossing, as well as numerous award-winning books such as Albion's Seed, Paul Revere's Ride, and Champlain's Dream. The University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, Fischer will speak on the ethics of Washington's leadership in the American Revolution, War of Independence, and early American republic.

On Saturday morning, Craig Bruce Smith, instructor of American history at Brandeis University, will speak 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." The closing lecture will be delivered by Lucas E. Morel, Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics. His Class of 1960 Inaugural Lecture is entitled "George Washington and Abraham Lincoln: Honor and the American Presidency." Prof. Morel will examine how honor shaped Washington's role as founder and Lincoln's role as preserver of American self-government. A panel discussion will consider the role of honor in times of crisis and address questions from the audience. The Symposium is fortunate to include a presentation sponsored by the Washington Society: "A Conversation with Alexander Hamilton," portrayed by William G. Chrystal.

Above: Washington and Colonel of the Virginia Regiment, 1772, by Charles Willson Peale