March 16 - 17, 2018
The Institute for Honor Symposium: Religious Values and Public Policy: Does the Separation of Church and State Also Require Separating Religion from Politics?
From the beginning of colonial America, religion was integral to public life. Religion's special place in the new American nation was enshrined in the First Amendment, which prohibited Congress from enacting laws respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson characterized this language as "building a wall of separation between Church and State." Lively debate has ensued ever since. Was Jefferson correct? If so, what precisely does such a separation mean? In particular, does separating church and state also require separating religion from politics?
April 20-21, 2018
The Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar: In the Kingdom of Ice, featuring the author Hampton Sides
The 15th year of the Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar, W&L's ultimate book club, will feature Hampton Sides and his best-selling novel, In the Kingdom of Ice. Other works by Sides include Ghost Soldiers, Hellhound on His Trail, Americana, and Blood and Thunder.
July 1 - 4 and 4 - 7, 2018
A Family Adventure in Science Outdoors
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 10th year, this program is specially designed for children ages 8-14, their parents, and their grandparents. Due to its popularity, we will offer two sessions this year. The July 1-4 session is designed for first-timers; the July 4-7 session will have a new schedule for veteran participants.
July 8 - 13, 2018
Whodunits: The Art of Detective Fiction
No popular literature has a more dedicated following than the mystery novel. Foremost among the reasons for its popularity is that mystery fiction provides the entertainment of a well-constructed puzzle, one that challenges the reader to discover whodunit. Within that genre, detective fiction offers the dark and gnarled pleasure of a crime at its center, one that requires a detective-the reader's friend and persona-to solve the puzzle. The best examples also tell a good story with provocative dialog, interesting characters, and a clear eye to setting and arresting detail. Most of all, they are simply fun intellectually.
July 15 - 20, 2018
The Eternal City: Rome Through the Centuries
With some 28 centuries of recorded history, Rome is one of Europe's oldest continuously inhabited cities. But what makes Rome venerable is not so much its age but what the Eternal City has witnessed through the centuries. The seat of the Roman Kingdom, Republic, and Empire, Rome was for centuries the unrivaled center of the ancient world. Politically, economically, culturally, all roads led to Rome.
July 22 - 25, 2018
Short Program: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is arguably the most beloved and the most accessible of the Founding Fathers. A printer, publisher, and postmaster by trade and an inventor and scientist by avocation, a keen observer of his times and his fellow citizens, a tireless writer given to wit and sound reasoning, Franklin is especially revered for his service to his countrymen and countrywomen at the time of their greatest need, the founding of the republic.
July 25 - 28, 2018
Short Program: Final Thunder: Beethoven's Late Music
Beethoven, the pivotal composer in musical history, continues to fascinate us despite the two centuries that distance us from his lifetime. Somehow he reaches us emotionally, and his music continues to speak with great power and strength. In 2006 we looked at his entire life and output. This time we will focus on the works of his late period.
October 19 - 20, 2018
Law and Literature Weekend Seminar: Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying
In its unparalleled run of 24 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. Each fall, the School of Law chooses a compelling text, assembles a team of professors, invites participants to Lexington, and clears the way for a unique sharing of ideas and responses.