Campus Programs 2016

April 21-22, 2017

The Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar: Fates and Furies, featuring the author Lauren Groff

The 14th year of the Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar, W&L's ultimate book club, will feature Lauren Groff and her best-selling novel, Fates and Furies. Other works by Groff include The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Arcadia, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a short story collection Delicate Edible Birds.

June 29 - July 2, 2016

Short Program: The Presidency of Ronald Reagan

In this Alumni College, we'll analyze Reagan’s presidency in both domestic and foreign policy and seek to understand the long-term legacy of the Reagan Revolution. While the majority of the lectures will focus on the 1980s, we'll also examine Reagan's career before the White House and analyze Reagan's relationship to broader political, social, and economic phenomena—including transatlantic neo-liberalism, deindustrialization, and political polarization—at home and abroad.

July 6 - 9, 2016

Short Program: Leonard Bernstein: American Conductor, Composer and Educator

In a few short days, we’ll consider Leonard Bernstein's extraordinary music career with special attention to his Broadway masterpieces West Side Story, Candide and On the Town. We’ll also evaluate his central role as a dynamic performer, an amazing advocate for music, and a beloved mentor who left an impressive legacy in the history of American music and musical education.

July 10 - 15, 2016

The Italian Renaissance

What gave rise to the Renaissance in Italy? The transition from a medieval mentality to its Renaissance alternative developed only gradually across the Italian peninsula.

July 17- 22, 2016

The World of Scott Fitzgerald

In this program, we'll examine Fitzgerald's key works, including The Great Gatsby, the central short stories, and Tender is the Night. We will also engage Fitzgerald's time and place, putting him in the context of other great American writers of the period, such as Ernest Hemingway, his friend and rival.

July 24 - 27, 2016

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.

October 14 - 15, 2016

Law and Literature Weekend Seminar: Shakespeare's King's Lear

In its unparalleled run of 23 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 2016 program will focus on William Shakespeare's King Lear. We all know that Shakespeare is the greatest playwright in the English language. But Shakespeare’s powerful intellect also places him among our most profound thinkers on issues of justice, law,punishment, and history.