W&L After Class

The Lifelong Learning Podcast

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Your curiosity doesn’t end when you receive your diploma. Washington and Lee’s Office of Lifelong Learning is here to help you explore the many questions that a good education stirs. In every episode, we’ll invite you to join conversations with our expert faculty, giving you another walk down the Colonnade even if you’re hundreds of miles away. You’ll hear from favorite faculty members about topics they know and love and meet new professors who can introduce you to new worlds; it all happens here on W&L After Class, where we invite you to join the kinds of discussions that happen after class every day at W&L. Indeed, curiosity remains not unmindful of the future.

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Upcoming Episodes

The Pursuit of Happiness

Finding Fulfillment with Karla Murdock
Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Science, Karla Murdock, teaches us about the most important thing in life: happiness. From marriage “advice” to smartphone technology, Karla provides insight into her research and the research of other scientists who have studied happiness, positive and negative affect and much more. 

Past Episodes

Enter the Clearing the Mind Abode

A Taste of Tea with Janet Ikeda
The professor of Japanese sheds light on the importance of Japanese tea culture and how this peaceful yet precise process can prepare students (and just about anyone) for the next step in their lives. A fresh cup of tea is suggested to accompany this podcast!

Recorded July 2, 2020
Airs August 4, 2020

Beer, Bacteria and Bison

A Meeting of Microbial Minds with Bill Hamilton
The biology professor regales us with anecdotes from his Spring Term trips to Yellowstone, his long history as a brewmaster in Lexington, and how he’s helping make W&L a more sustainable campus. You’ll learn more about the microbes that make your beer – and your garden – delicious.

Recorded May 19, 2020
Airs July 21, 2020

The New Social (Justice) Network

A Conversation about Justice with Johanna Bond
W&L Law’s Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law dives into the world of human rights, highlighting the justice reforms achieved by nonprofits with which she works. She explains some of the common threads linking violence against women around the world, how social justice compares to other forms of justice, and what work needs to be done to help women and families from the U.S. to Uganda, as well as how we can all get involved.

Recorded May 15, 2020
Airs July 7, 2020

Ralph Ellison Walks into a Jazz Bar

A Literary Chat with Marc Conner
The university provost and Jo and James Ballengee Professor of English talks Ralph Ellison and the writer’s views on America’s complex history. Conner discusses Ellison scholarship at W&L, how he came to co-edit a book of his letters, and how Ellison’s personality emerges in the thousands of his letters preserved in the Library of Congress.

Recorded March 12, 2020
Airs June 23, 2020

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Office of Lifelong Learning
Washington and Lee University
204 W Washington Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450

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'After Class' is a collaboration of Lifelong Learning, Alumni Engagement and University Communications.

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