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Archived Events

WW1The Road to War: 1914-1917
Monday, July 14, 2014
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).

Charles DickensCharles Dickens and the 19th-century British Novel
Monday, July 7, 2014
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.

Da VinciLeonardo da Vinci: A Restless Life
Thursday, July 3, 2014
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.

Gershwin HeadshotGeorge Gershwin: The Man and the Music
Monday, June 30, 2014
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.

The first photo of Abraham LincolnInstitute for Honor Symposium Closing Lecture, "George Washington and Abraham Lincoln: Honor and the American Presidency"
Saturday, March 29, 2014
The inaugural lecture by the new Class of 1960 Professor, Lucas Morel, Professor of Ethics and Politics at W&L, will be 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 will conclude 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 will address how honor shaped Washington’s role as founder and Lincoln’s role as preserver of the American republic.

John Trumbull's painting, Declaration of Independence Institute for Honor Symposium, "Rightly to Be Great: Ideas of Honor and Virtue among the American Founders"
Saturday, March 29, 2014
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."

Peale portrait of WashingtonInstitute for Honor Symposium Keynote Address, "George Washington and the Ethics of Leadership"
Friday, March 28, 2014
David Hackett Fischer, the University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, will deliver 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 welcome and introductions begin at 4 p.m. and the lecture begins at 4:15 p.m. The title of Fischer's talk is "George Washington and the Ethics of Leadership."

Etching of the battle of GettysburgThe Loss of Jackson and the Battle of Gettysburg
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
A presentation by 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.

Lincoln's portraitLincoln and the Gettysburg Address
Friday, July 5, 2013
A presentation by W&L Professor Lucas Morel. The Lewis G. John Term 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."

Portrait of MozartThe Symphonies (The Music of Mozart)
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
A presentation by 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.

Painting of the governor of India.The Lion Rampant: Americans, Frenchmen, And All Sorts of Indians
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A presentation by 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.

George C. Marshall portraitGeorge C. Marshall and the Invasion of Europe
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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.