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W&L to Induct 54 into Phi Beta Kappa at March 12 Convocation

Washington and Lee University will induct 54 new members into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati convocation on Wednesday, March 12, at 11:40 a.m. in Lee Chapel.

The convocation, which is open to the public without charge, also will recognize and honor 53 members of the classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009 who were recently accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa society based on their exceptional academic achievements. The organization also will induct one alumnus, Kenneth P. Ruscio, president of Washington and Lee and a member of the Class of 1976.

The event will feature James A. Arnold, Professor of French Emeritus at the University of Virginia, as convocation speaker. The title of the talk is “Piracy as One of the (IL)liberal Arts.”

Arnold was a visiting exchange professor in Littérature Générale et Comparée at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris and a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge University among other places. He received over 15 major research grants including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

Arnold is a prolific author, editor and translator of books, monographs and journal articles and reviewer of books and videos. Arnold received his A.B. from Hamilton College (1961) and his M.A. (1964) and Ph.D. (1968) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also received certificates in French language and literature from the Universite de Paris (1960).

W&L students being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa:


Rubab Kaur Bhangu of Jalandhar, India; Dane Ethan Boston of Dunedin, Fla.; Alexandra M. Chafey of Baltimore, Md.; Megann Louise Daw of Phoenix, Md.; Alexander James Gould of Rocky Mount, N.C.; William Hartmann of Williamsburg, Va.; Adam Tyler Hockensmith of Hagerstown, Md.; Robert Hayne Hollis IV of Dothan, Ala.; Sarah Stansbury Johnson of Atlanta, Ga.; Kathryn Dorothy Krall of Kogan Station, Pa.; Sean Krogh of Richmond, Calif.; Rebecca Susan LeMoine of Byhalia, Miss.; James Arthur Madden II of Dallas, Texas; Blair Kristen McCartney of Dallas, Texas; and Timothy James McGlaston of Attleboro, Mass.

Also Katherine Elizabeth Perry of Birmingham, Ala.; Rohan Poojara of Pune, India; Steven Henry Rivoir of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Amy Ellen Roberson of Nacogdoches, Texas; Lauren Jane Sapikowski of Alexandria, Va.; Kathryn Shellnutt of Virginia Beach, Va.; Alice Shih of Austin, Texas; Mark Christopher Snoddy of Atlanta, Ga.; Chun-Yi Sum of Hong Kong; Lilla Wyman Theus of Columbia, S.C.; Erin Lally Thompson of Richmond, Va.; Grayson Brice Wallace of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; and Hamilton Parker Thompson Wolf of University Park, Texas.


Victoria Louise Christmas of Richmond, Va.; Kehvon Marie Clark of Boone, N.C.; Richard S. Cleary Jr. of Louisville, Ky.; William Henry Covington of Centreville, Md.; Kristin Elizabeth Del Padre of West Warwick, R.I.; Jacob Henry Dwight Geiger of Overland Park, Kansas; Thao Le of Hanoi, Vietnam; Bobby Ray Martin of Pittsville, Md.; Brynlee McGhee of Ocala, Fla.; Mariya Nedelcheva Miteva of Sofia, Bulgaria; and Wesley Ben O’Dell of Millwood, W.Va.

Also Matthew Ford Price of Kenova, W.Va.; Lisa Jeanne Reppell of Boise, Idaho; Dmitry Slavin of Flushing, N.Y.; Paul Sinton Stack of Baltimore, Md.; William Richard Taing of Kent, Wash.; Rebecca Lynne Taylor of Hamilton, Ohio; Elizabeth Gates Webb of Middleburg, Va.; Alexander William Weber of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Robin Zheng of Duluth, Ga.

Recently graduated members of the Class of 2007:

William Sutton Ansley, of Charlottesville, Va.; Heather Hart, of Cambridge, Mass.; Jennifer Hau, of Houston; Alex Kraus, of Cumberland, Md.; and Molly Potekhen, of Richmond, Va.

Alumnus Member, Class of 1976:

Kenneth P. Ruscio, of Lexington, Va.

The Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Award winner is Josiah W. Davis, Warrenton, Va. The organization gives the award to the sophomore with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of the sophomore year.

Robert M. Veatch to be Medical Ethics Institute Keynote Speaker

Robert M. Veatch, professor of medical ethics and the former director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, will deliver the keynote address at the Washington and Lee University Medical Ethics Institute on Friday, March 14, at 4:30 p.m in Huntley Hall, room 221.

The title of Veatch’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Hippocratic, Religious, and Secular Medical Ethics: The Points of Conflict.”

He served as an ethics consultant in the preparation of the legal case of Karen Ann Quinlan, the woman whose parents won the right to forego life-support (1975-76) and testified in the case of Baby K, the anencephalic infant whose mother insisted on the right of access to ventilator support.

Veatch also holds appointments as professor of philosophy and adjunct professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical Center. He is the senior editor of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal and a former member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association. He was formerly director of the research group on Death and Dying at the Hastings Center in New York.

Veatch is the author and co-author of over 35 books and over 60 journal articles, the latest of which are “Patient, Heal Thyself,” (New York University Press, 2008) and “Implied, Presumed, and Waived Consent” in the American Journal of Bioethics (2008).

He received a B.S. in pharmacy from Purdue University (1961), an M.S. in pharmacology from the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco (1962), and a Ph.D. concentrating in medical ethics from Harvard University in 1970.

The Medical Ethics Institute is sponsored by the W&L Society and the Professions Program in Ethics.

W&L to Host Representatives from Colleges Across Country in Second Annual Sexual Assault Summit

Washington and Lee University will host its second annual Sexual Assault Summit on Saturday, March 1, in the John W. Elrod Commons on its campus in Lexington, Va.

The summit, which will provide a forum for students, professionals and administrators from a range of college campuses to collaborate about efforts to address sexual misconduct, is co-sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the W&L student groups SPEAK, One in Four and Gender Relations Committee. It will include over 75 student and administrative representatives from 12 colleges and organizations.

“The Summit is an excellent opportunity for students and administrators to learn about sexual assault,” said Bill Larson, co-chairman of One in Four, a student organization whose purpose is to prevent sexual misconduct by educating men, and to prepare men to support women who are victims of assault. “I hope participants will come away with a better understanding of how sexual assault affects college campuses and Washington and Lee students in particular.”

“This year’s Summit will be another excellent opportunity for us to collaborate with other schools about their efforts in the prevention, education and adjudication of sexual misconduct cases,” added Jennifer Sayre, licensed clinical psychologist and university counselor at W&L. “This is sure to be an energizing and educational weekend that will help us at W&L build on our existing efforts to eradicate sexual misconduct on our campus.”

The program will kick off with a continental breakfast and an opening talk by Robert Franklin, male outreach coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health. Franklin has worked on issues of sexual and intimate partner violence since the early 1990’s. He has appeared on CNN’s America Morning, CBS’s Evening News, and Voice of America discussing a statutory rape campaign in Virginia that targets men with the slogan “Isn’t She a Little Young? Sex with a Minor, Don’t Go There.”

Franklin was awarded the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s 2007 National Award for Outstanding Response to and Prevention of Sexual Violence.

Following the opening talk, the summit will break into two discussion-based interest sessions focusing on ideas about prevention, intervention and community outreach programs submitted by participating institutions.

The interest sessions will be followed by a lunchtime talk by Gary Pavela, lecturer at the University of Maryland. Pavela teaches in the honors program at the University of Maryland and writes law and policy newsletters to which over 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada subscribe. Identified by the New York Times as an “authority on academic ethics,” Pavela has been a consultant on law and policy issues at many leading universities. He is the author of Questions and Answers on College Student Suicide: A Law and Policy Perspective.

The day will conclude with a third interest session and a panel discussion on “The Adjudication of Sexual Misconduct Cases” in the Stackhouse Theater of the Elrod Commons. Panelists will include Margaret Elkins, student chair of W&L’s Student-Faculty Hearing Board; Jennifer Sayre; Robert Franklin; Tamara Futrell, associate dean of students at W&L; Jennifer Underwood, victim services outreach coordinator at Virginia Tech; and Gene Zdziarski, assistant vice president of student affairs and dean of students at the University of Florida. The panel will be moderated by Dawn Watkins, dean of student affairs at W&L.

“I’m excited that W&L students and staff are at the forefront in higher education of pro-actively confronting issues of sexual violence through programs such as the Sexual Assault Summit,” said Watkins. “It takes courage and commitment to frankly discuss these issues, and it’s within the W&L spirit of student self-governance that our students are taking hold of a serious problem that affects college students across the country. I remain grateful to Dr. Sayre and others for the time and attention they give to this important and timely topic.”

The Summit is part of a week-long series of sexual assault awareness activities at W&L, including a public lecture by Michael Kimmel, author and professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater of Elrod Commons.

Kimmel’s talk, ” ‘Mars and Venus,’ or Planet Earth: Women and Men on Campus in a New Millennium,” will be followed by a Take Back the Night Rally at 8:30 in the Cohen Amphitheater.

SPEAK, a student organization aimed at decreasing and preventing sexual misconduct and assault on campus through awareness and education, will also distribute pink rubber bracelets bearing the slogan “Snap! Women Supporting Women” to the campus community. The bracelets are available in the sorority houses and at the security desk in the Elrod Commons.

“I am extremely excited about the week’s events,” said Paten Hughes, president of SPEAK “I can’t tell you how much I look up to the courageous women who are allowing their stories to be shared at the Take Back the Night Rally on Thursday, and the “Snap!” bracelets are going to be back on campus–the bright pink bands women and men will be wearing to show support of women. Basically, the idea is that every time you catch yourself disparaging yourself or another woman’s sexual choices, you ‘snap’ yourself out of it. It’s a way of reminding yourself that you should be supporting other women, not degrading them.”

“The Summit is a wonderful opportunity for Greek and non-Greek members of our campus to stand up and express concern about such a huge problem,” Hughes continued. “It is our problem and it’s time for us to take responsibility for it.”

If you are interested in attending part or all of the Summit but have not yet registered, please contact Dr. Sayre at sayrej@wlu.edu or register online. Registration is $35 for students and $75 for professionals.

Shenandoah Announces Annual Prize Winners

Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review announces the winners of its annual fiction, essay and poetry prizes for 2007. The annual prizes are given for the best short story, essay and poem or group of poems published in Shenandoah during a volume year. There is no application process.

Pam Durban of Chapel Hill, North Carolina won the $1,000 Goodheart Prize for Fiction for her story, “The Jap Room,” published in Shenandoah 57/2. The Goodheart Prize is made possible by a generous gift of Harry G. Goodheart, III ’66, of Tryon, North Carolina in memory of his mother, Jeanne Charpiot Goodheart, who wishes the prize to reflect Jeanne Goodheart’s enthusiastic interest in well-crafted fiction and her affection for Washington and Lee University. James Lee Burke of New Iberia, Louisiana was the judge. Durban is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and an NEA Individual Artist Fellowship. Her stories have been widely anthologized, and her books include the novels So Far Back (2002) and The Laughing Place (1993), both from Picador. Her short story “Soon” was included in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the Doris Betts Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina.

Joy Passanante won the $1,000 Thomas H. Carter Prize for the Essay for her work, “Visitations,” published in Shenandoah 57/3. The Carter Prize, judged this year by Paul Crenshaw of Greensboro, North Carolina, is given in honor of the late Thomas H. Carter, an early editor of Shenandoah. Passanante is the Associate Director of Creative Writing at the University of Idaho and has published work in The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. Her collection of stories is The Art of Absence (Lost Horse, 2004); her novel, My Mother’s Lovers, was published by Nevada in 2002.

David Bottoms is winner of the $1,000 James Boatwright Prize for Poetry for his poem, “First Woods,” which appeared in Shenandoah 57/3. The $1000 prize for poetry is made possible by gifts from friends of the late James Boatwright, former editor of Shenandoah. Eavan Boland of Stanford, California was the judge. Bottoms has received the Walt Whitman Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the founding editor of Five Points and has been since 2000 the Poet Laureate of the State of Virginia. Bottoms is the author of two novels, and his collections of poetry include Armored Hearts (1995), Vagrant Grace (1999) and Waltzing through the Endtime (2004), all from Copper Canyon Press.

Executive in Residence at W&L to Speak on March 6

Scott Miller, chairman of Zyman Group, a marketing and strategic communications firm headquartered in Atlanta, will speak on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Huntley Hall, room 327.

Miller is the Williams School Executive in Residence at W&L from March 6-7. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is entitled “The Underdog Advantage.”

After graduating from W&L in 1967, Miller began a career in advertising and political consulting with McCann-Erickson in New York, working for such clients as Coca-Cola, Miller Brewing and Exxon. In 1979, he founded Sawyer/Miller Group, a strategic consulting group that developed communications strategy for many political campaigns, corporations and institutions.

In 1988, Miller founded Core Strategy Group with Sergio Zyman. At Core he has worked on developing communications, marketing and branding strategies for McDonald’s, Verizon, CitiGroup, Microsoft and Google, among many others. Z Group’s clients include Dow Chemical, Alcoa and Miller Brewing among others.

Miller provides commentary on political and corporate communications on the major television networks, and often lectures on communications, branding and insurgent strategies. He wrote Building Brandwidth with Sergio Zyman and The Underdog Advantage with David Morey for McGraw-Hill. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

W&L Contact Speaker Gen. Anthony Zinni (ret.) to Talk about War in the Middle East

The fourth and final talk in Washington and Lee University’s Contact-sponsored Spotlight on the Middle East, a series of speakers giving highlights on different areas of the Middle East, will be Gen. Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.), speaking on Spotlight on War in the Middle East. Zinni, former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command, will speak on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public.

Currently, Zinni is the Terry Sanford Lecturer in Residence and visiting professor of public policy studies at Duke University. He has written numerous articles, op-ed pieces and monographs and has co-authored with novelist Tom Clancy a New York Times best seller on his career titled Battle Ready. He also co-authored a foreign policy book entitled The Battle for Peace, also a New York Times best seller.

Zinni’s military career has taken him to over 70 countries including Japan, Germany and two tours in Vietnam. From 1997 to 2000, he served as commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command, overseeing U.S. military activity in the Arab Gulf and Central Asia. Operational experiences included Turkey, Iraq, Somalia and the Persian Gulf among others and noncombatant evacuation operations included Liberia, Zaire and Sierra Leone.

After Zinni retired from the Marines in 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him the U.S. special envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. During that time, Zinni became concerned with the policy the administration was taking on Iraq. In the months immediately prior to the war, he concluded that U.S. government leaders were ill-prepared to launch a military campaign in the Middle East and did not support the decision to go to war in Iraq.

He also is involved in the corporate world, currently as executive vice president of Dyncorp International. He has served as president of international operations of M.I.C. Industries, Inc., has his own consulting company and served on several boards of directors and advisors of major companies.

Zinni has lectured at more than 30 universities and holds chairs at several institutions including, the Virginia Military Institute, the University of California at Berkeley, the Joint Forces Staff College and the College of William and Mary.

R.T. Smith’s Short Story and Poem Selected for “Best” Anthologies

A short story by R.T. Smith, editor of Washington and Lee University’s Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, will appear in this year’s New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. This is the fifth volume of that journal, out of the last seven, that has included Smith’s work.

Smith’s short story, “Wretch Like Me,” which was published last spring by Virginia Quarterly Review, is a Civil War story about a cavalry unit under Confederate General Fighting Joe Wheeler and opposing Union General William Tecumsah Sherman during Sherman’s march to Savannah.

The series editor of New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best picks about 100 stories out of those published in the year, and the guest editor chooses 20 out of those 100 for publication in the book. The name of the guest editor is not made public until the selection process is completed. This year’s guest editor was Z.Z. Packer, known for her book of short stories, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.

Smith also has a poem in this year’s Best American Poetry. “Pentecostal” was published in Notre Dame Review, and was selected by guest editor Charles Wright to be included in Best American Poetry. The anthology is published every year by Simon and Schuster and will appear this summer.

Three-part Reeves Center Lecture Series Begins March 10

The fifth annual Reeves Center Lecture Series, titled “Silk Road to Clipper Ship,” presented by Washington and Lee University’s Reeves Center, Art department and East Asian Languages and Literatures department will begin on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The series accompanies the current Watson Pavilion exhibit, Silk Road to Clipper Ship, a exhibition on loan from the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Ron Fuch II, ceramics consultant and Washington and Lee Porcelain Collections visiting curator, will give the first lecture on March 10. The title of the lecture will be “Beyond the Silk Road: Maritime Trade Routes to the West.”

All parts of the series are free and open to the public.

The two subsequent lectures in the series, all in W&L’s Northen Auditorium, are:

  • “Islam Along the Silk Road,” by Dr. Morris Rossabi, professor of Chinese and Central Asian History at Columbia University in New York, on Monday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.;
  • “Pots Along the Silk Road,” by Dr. Maribeth Graybill, curator of Asian Art at Portland Art Museum, Oregon on Monday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit at Washington and Lee’s Watson Pavilion Silk Road to Clipper Ship: Trade, Changing Markets, and East Asian Ceramics contains more than 50 exemplary objects on display and vividly demonstrates the impact of the exchange of goods, people, and ideas on Chinese potters and their counterparts in Japan over nearly 2,000 years. It is on display until April 12.

“The Silk Road to Clipper Ship exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to view ceramics other than what is on display at the Reeves Center,” said Peter Grover, director of Washington and Lee University Collections. “Our collection focuses on examples of the European and American trade; this exhibit concentrates on internal and regional trade of ceramics throughout China, Japan and the Middle East.”

The Silk Road to Clipper Ship exhibit in the Watson Pavilion is available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. When no one is viewing the exhibit, the building is locked. To gain admittance, ask at the adjacent Reeves Center.

Duke Professor to Talk About Alcohol’s Interaction with the Brain

Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. The title of his talk is “Dude, Where’s My Car?: Alcohol, Memory, and the Brain.” The talk is free and open to the public.

Swartzwelder, a senior research career scientist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is a clinical neuropsychologist who studies the ways alcohol and other drugs interact with the brain, and particularly with brain mechanisms of learning and memory during adolescence and early adulthood.

He has published more than 100 scientific papers. He also has written four books, including “Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy” (1998, the third edition published in 2008); “Just Say Know: Talking with Kids about Drugs and Alcohol” (2002); and “The Kids are Alright” (forthcoming in 2008).

Swartzwelder has created and taught several innovative college courses on brain mechanisms of memory and drug effects, and has consulted extensively with a number of national institutes and departments including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), as well as with numerous public education and policy organizations.

In addition to his research, teaching and clinical consultation, he lectures and consults to promote effective education about the developing brain, alcohol and other drugs. This will be his fifth visit to W&L.

He received his B.S. from Towson State University, his M.A. from Loyola College and his Ph.D. from American University in Washington, D.C.

Reading and Panel Discussion to be Held In Celebration of New Anthology

Poetry and Community in the South: A Reading and Panel Discussion will be presented by Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Elrod Commons room 345. The event is in celebration of a just-published anthology, Letters to the World: Poems from the Women’s Poetry Listserv, edited by Moira Richards, Rosemary Starace and Lesley Wheeler, professor of English at W&L.

The event is free and open to the public.

Participants include Jean Anaporte-Easton, Julie Enszer, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Sally Rosen Kindred, Cheryl Pallant, Susan Settlemyre Williams and Susan Williamson and will be moderated by Lesley Wheeler.

Letters to the World is the first anthology of its kind – a feminist collaboration born from The Discussion of Women’s Poetry Listserv, a vibrant, inclusive, electronic community founded in 1997 by Annie Finch. The book presents a rich array of viewpoints and poems and provides a remarkable example of how the Internet has radically rearranged associations among poets, editors and readers. It includes 259 contributors from 19 countries and five continents.

Anaport-Easton, a professor of English at West Virginia State University, has published most recently in Poiesis and 13th Moon, and has taught poetry in universities, schools, prisons and mental health facilities. Enszer, a writer and poet living in Maryland, has been published in Room of One’s Own and The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, among other journals. Fisher- Wirth, the author of two poetry collections, Five Terraces and Blue Window, teaches at the University of Mississippi where she specializes in poetry and the environment and Chatham University’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

Kindred is the author of Garnet Lanterns, winner of the 2005 Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest, and received the 2007 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Spoon River Poetry Review, Poetry Southeast and Passages North, among other journals. Pallant is the author of several books, including Contact Improvisation: An Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form. Her most recent poetry collection is Into Stillness. A writer, dancer and performing artist, she teaches at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Williams, the author of Ashes in Midair, is the winner of the 2007 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Book Contest. Her poem “Lighter” won the 2006 Diner Poetry Contest and was selected for Best New Poets 2006. She is book review editor and associate literary editor of Blackbird and lives in Richmond. Williamson’s work has appeared in Three Candles, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Story South. She is assistant director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and editor in chief of Streetlight magazine and lives in Charlottesville and Boca Raton, Fla.

The reading and panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment, which was established by the late Arthur G. Glasgow for the “promotion of the expression of art through pen and tongue,” W&L’s Women’s Studies Program and University Lectures.

Michael Kimmel to Speak at W&L on Male-Female Relationships on Campuses

Michael Kimmel, author and professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is speaking at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The title of his talk is ” ‘Mars and Venus,’ or Planet Earth: Women and Men on Campus in a New Millennium.” Kimmel’s lecture assesses the state of male-female relationships on campuses today. In particular he will discuss a variety of issues such as work, family, friendship and sexuality and the ways men and women are together facing these issues in the 21st century.

The event is open to the public without charge.

Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He is the author or editor of more than 20 volumes and his book, Manhood in America: A Cultural History has been hailed as the definitive work on the subject. In addition to being a well-known educator concerning gender issues, Kimmel has also served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice in the VMI and Citadel cases.

Kimmel received his B.A. from Vassar, his M.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

The talk is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University Lectures Fund, Office of Leadership Development, Office of Health Promotion, Office of Religious Life, Gender Relations Committee, One in Four, SPEAK and KEWL.

Mellon Grant to Support Faculty Development at Washington and Lee

Washington and Lee University received a $50,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to examine the role of faculty at liberal arts colleges. The grant will enable W&L to focus specifically on the relationship between teaching and scholarship.

W&L, like many of its peer institutions, recruits faculty who are actively engaged in their academic fields and equally committed to teaching. “The current teacher-scholar model assumes there is a seamlessness between scholarship and what is taught in the classroom,” said President Ken Ruscio ’76, who will oversee this study, along with Provost June Aprille. He noted that the teacher-scholar model is in the midst of a fundamental redefinition. Faculty at liberal arts colleges pursue a particular form of scholarship that is in some ways more creative, more interdisciplinary, than their counterparts at research-intensive and graduate-level universities. “We hope to highlight the unique professional opportunities faculty enjoy in a liberal arts setting,” Ruscio added.

Over the last year, W&L held several on-campus discussions among faculty to discuss such questions as:

  • How can a liberal arts college encourage and foster a distinctive kind of scholarship?
  • Does scholarship improve student learning and does it help faculty teach their subjects?
  • What policies and procedures can promote what is best about the teacher-scholar model?

The Mellon grant will allow W&L to continue exploring the teacher-scholar model through additional faculty discussions among related departments. The study will also help the University consider professional development policies for the faculty and those at other liberal arts colleges.

A second phase of the grant will invite outside experts on faculty issues and student learning to campus. Finally, W&L will hold symposia for colleagues at peer institutions to address the difficulty of balancing the breadth often required by the demands of teaching and the depth often required by the need to specialize in a particular field.

“Through this grant, we would like to clarify the teacher-scholar model, particularly for our institution, and in doing so provide potential best administrative practices that would help other similar liberal arts institutions hire, support and effectively develop their faculty,” said Ruscio.

W&L’s Mark Carey, an Environmental Historian, Wins Leopold-Hidy Prize

Mark P. Carey, assistant professor of history at Washington and Lee University, has received the Leopold-Hidy Prize for 2007. The prize is awarded by the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Environmental History to the author of the best article published in the journals during that year.

Carey, an environmental historian, is the author of  “The History of Ice: How Glaciers Became an Endangered Species,” published in Environmental History (July 2007). Currently, he is working on a book manuscript on the social history of climate change and glacier retreat in the Peruvian Andes and how glaciers have affected all levels of Peruvian society.

“The Leopold-Hidy Prize is a tremendous honor to receive,” said Carey. “I appreciate the editorial board’s endorsement of my writing and research, as well as it’s recognition that issues related to global warming and worldwide glacier melting need to be contextualized with historical scholarship.”

Carey will be traveling to Boise, Idaho, in March to receive the Leopold-Hidy Prize at a ceremony during the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History.

Carey joined the W&L faculty in 2006, and he teaches Latin American history, environmental history and climate history, among other courses. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York College at Potsdam, his B.A. from the University of Montana, Missoula; and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

Watson Pavilion Exhibit Explores Great Traditions of East Asian Ceramics

Silk Road to Clipper Ship: Trade, Changing Markets, and East Asian Ceramics, a special exhibition of more than 50 exemplary objects on display at Washington and Lee’s Watson Pavilion, vividly demonstrates the impact of the exchange of goods, people, and ideas on Chinese potters, and their counterparts in Japan over nearly 2,000 years.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). All of the works are from UMMA collections. It is on loan to W&L and will be exhibited until April 12. It is open to the public free of charge.

Distant markets–from ancient Persia to early modern Europe–as well as the demands of influential tastemakers at home, continually inspired these craftsmen to reinvent their repertoire of shapes and decorative techniques. The result is a ceramic tradition of unparalleled beauty, creativity and technical excellence.

Throughout recorded history, the technical and material superiority of Chinese ceramics has made them prized commodities. Foreign trade–as well as the occasional influential individual–played a key role in shaping the history of this art form. The works in this exhibit have been chosen to illustrate three historical phases in East Asian ceramic production.

Exchanges along the Silk Road

The first section explores the exchange of ideas and goods between China and Iran and the Mediterranean on the overland route known as the Silk Road, from the 1st through the 10th centuries of the Common Era. The Silk Road trade impacted Chinese art through the introduction of new subjects to the artists’ repertoire, exposure to new materials–such as cobalt from Iran–and technical experimentation, especially in the development of new glaze effects. At the opposite end of the trade route, Rome and Persia eagerly sought out Chinese ceramics, which were far more durable and beautiful than the pottery available locally.

Tea Wares and the Ceramics Trade within East Asia

This section focuses on the beginnings of a certain type of black glaze and its lasting importance for tea bowls and other wares associated with the tea ceremony. The Chinese Song dynasty emperor Huizong (reigned 1100-1126) declared that black-glazed bowls were best for drinking tea, giving instant prominence to the thickly glazed black stonewares from southeastern China. Another individual who greatly influenced the history of tea wares was the Japanese tea master Sen no Rikyž (1522-1591), who advocated the use of simple materials and found objects. He is credited with nurturing the creation of Raku ware.

Asian Porcelains for Foreign Markets

The largest section of the exhibition presents the vividly colored porcelains of Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasty China and their Japanese counterparts. Beginning in the 14th century, Chinese potters mastered an extraordinary range of colors for ceramic glazes, from chicken fat yellow and peachbloom to teadust green, deep reds and all shades of blue. Blue-and-white wares were made possible when the Mongols reopened trade with Central Asia in the late thirteenth century and came to be cherished and imitated throughout the civilized world.

The Silk Road to Clipper Ship exhibit in the Watson Pavilion is available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. When no one is viewing the exhibit, the building is locked. To gain admittance, ask at the adjacent Reeves Center.

W&L Appoints New Human Resources Executive Director

Washington and Lee University announced that its new executive director of human resources is Amy Diamond Barnes. She will join the University on April 1.

Barnes joins W&L from Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., where she has served as the associate vice president for human resources for the past 14 years. Before that, she was the director of human resources at New England College for five years. She has spent her entire career in academic human resources, also working at Franklin Pierce College, Vassar College, Barnard College and George Washington University Medical Center.

She belongs to a number of advisory groups and boards, including, among others, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium and TIAA-CREF’s Retiree Health Care Task Force.

“Her arrival comes at a perfect time for us, and her background is a perfect match as well. As outlined in our strategic plan, we seek a supportive and professional work environment for all faculty and staff, and she will help us meet that goal,” said President Ken Ruscio. “Kim and I look forward to welcoming Amy and her family to the W&L community.”

“I am very excited about coming to work at such a prestigious and beautiful institution with such talented and dedicated faculty and staff,” said Barnes. “To me, this position represents a great opportunity to work with an administration that recognizes the importance of its Human Resources and the critical importance of staff to the mission of the university.” She added, “This is a great time for Washington and Lee and I look forward to working in support of President Ruscio’s vision for its future.”

Barnes holds a B.A. in French from William Smith College and is certified as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR). She and her husband, Davis, a professional chef, have a son, Jared, a second-year law student at Tulane University, and a daughter, Katie Bishop, who lives with her family at Fort Eustis in Newport News, Va.

“Ms. Barnes’ technical and interpersonal skills, along with her knowledge of small colleges and their operations, are an ideal fit for W&L,” said Steve McAllister, vice president of finance and university treasurer, who chaired the search committee. “We are very fortunate to have found an individual with the breadth and depth of experience that she brings, and no search could have yielded a more fitting candidate.”