Campus Programs 2017

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 25-30, 2017

La Belle Époque: France and the Rise of Modernism

Between the Franco-Prussian War and World War I, 1871- 1914, much of Europe enjoyed a period of peace, prosperity, optimism, rapid developments in science and technology, and relative political stability. It was "the beautiful era," a golden age, a time best characterized by the expression joie de vivre (from the title of a book by Émile Zola). With this prosperity and the ascension of the Third Republic in France, La Belle Époque also sponsored a remarkable renaissance in the visual arts. Impressionism laid the groundwork in the 1870s and 1880s in works by Monet, Renoir, and Sisley. By the 1890s, such Postimpressionist masters as Cézanne, Matisse, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec had found their patrons. These artists were the vanguard of modernism in painting, a new freedom within the medium that inspired similar experimentation in all of the arts.

July 5-8, 2017

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 ninth year, this program is specially designed for children ages 8-14 and their parents and grandparents. If you're curious and love adventure, this is the program for you. We'll learn some basic outdoor skills, such as knot-tying and how to read a map with a compass, while out on one of our local river trails. Build a model of a pack boat, paddle a kayak (or ride a raft) on either the James or the Maury as we learn about the history of the James River Canal System, and collect stories to tell your friends back home, along with lots of useful knowledge for your next adventure.

July 9-14, 2017

The Ireland of Yeats and Joyce

At the turn of the last century, Irish culture underwent a renaissance often referred to as "the Irish Revival." After centuries of colonial oppression by Great Britain, Ireland regained a sense of its heroic and legendary past, saw anew the value of its language and its landscape, and began to create some of the greatest literature in modern European history. At the same time, Ireland's political struggle against Great Britain intensified, climaxing in the War of Independence that resulted in Ireland's limited freedom from British rule, as well as the tragic civil war that followed. The result was the creation of the Irish Free State, as well as the long century of strife in Northern Ireland.

July 16-19, 2017

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age

With the founding of the Dutch East India Company in 1602 and the establishment of largely peaceful relations with its Catholic neighbors, the Netherlands became arguably the world's foremost maritime and economic power. The construction of a massive fleet of trading ships and burgeoning trade with the East and the Baltic states gave rise to a very wealthy aristocracy and merchant class. With the flood of Protestant immigrants from Belgium and France occurring throughout the 17th century, the small port city of Amsterdam grew into one of Europe's most important commercial centers. Through corresponding developments in nance, technology, and science, combined with the rise of religious tolerance and a newly a uent middle class, the Netherlands flourished like no other nation in Europe. This was the Dutch Golden Age.

July 19-22, 2017

Camelot Reconsidered: JFK’s Presidency

John F. Kennedy, whose administration was tragically abbreviated by his assassination in November 1963, continues to be the subject of considerable controversy. On our youngest president and his legacies, historians disagree largely on four important distinctions: between myth and reality, style and substance, rhetoric and actions, and idealism and realism. The overriding purpose of this reconsideration of JFK will be to distinguish one from the other.

October 27-28, 2017

Law and Literature Weekend Seminar: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations

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.