Fishback Fund for Visiting Writers (advisory)
Fishback Fund for Visiting Writers Committee selects the Fishback Visiting Writer. The Fishback Program for Visiting Writers was begun in 1996 thanks to a generous gift from Sara and William H. Fishback Jr. '56 in memory of Margaret Haggin Haupt Fishback and William Hunter Fishback. The program brings an outstanding writer to the Washington and Lee campus annually. In selecting the visiting writer, the committee's first consideration is to men and women who have written with distinction about public affairs, nature and the environment, history and the theatre -- all special interests of the Fishbacks, who believe deeply in W&L's liberal arts mission. The Fishback Visiting Writer meets with students in the classroom and delivers a public lecture to the Washington and Lee, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington and Rockbridge County communities. The Fishback Fund is administered by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. The committee, of up to seven members and chaired by a faculty member in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, is appointed by the head of the Department. At least two members should be from departments in The College outside of Journalism and Mass Communications. Each member's term will be for three years and may be renewed once.