You might think Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English, would feel her schedule these days is quite full enough, what with her July 1 appointment as the interim dean of the College. But when an esteemed scholarly journal asked her to serve as a co-editor, she couldn’t say no. Contemporary Women’s Writing […]
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Nico Gioioso of Baltimore, Md., a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee University, recently received a U.S. English language teaching assistantship to Austria for the 2012-2013 academic year. While at W&L, Gioioso was a Johnson Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He was also a […]
George Kester, the Martel Professor of Finance in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington and Lee University, recently returned from teaching a workshop on the case method of teaching at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) in China.
Kathryn Marsh-Soloway, a Washington and Lee senior from Woodbridge, Conn., has been named the Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Regional Honoree by the Sodexo Foundation for her work on hunger issues, including with the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee. Kathryn is majoring in art history and business administration with minors in museum studies and poverty […]
Errors in the initial reporting by two cable news networks aren't a new phenomenon, but the megaphone of social media amplified the mistakes.
Washington and Lee alumna Emily Ecton's fourth book for middle schoolers is called "Project Jackalope."
James Morton Turner, a 1995 graduate of Washington, has published his first book, "The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964."
To say that Stacy Donovan Zapar is plugged into the world of social media is to understate the matter considerably. After working as a recruiter for a number of Fortune 500 tech companies, Stacy, a 1995 graduate of Washington and Lee, has her own firm that specializes in social media recruiting. So she clearly has a […]
Friday (June 22) marks the end of a storied career at the University of Virginia, where Washington and Lee alumnus Rich Murray, of the Class of 1971, retires after 29 years promoting Cavalier athletic programs, and especially its basketball teams. A journalism major at W&L, Rich was news director of WAYB radio in Waynesboro, Va., […]
The family of I-Hsiung Ju, the award-winning professor of art and artist-in-residence emeritus at Washington and Lee University, has established an endowment for traditional Chinese art studies in his honor with an initial gift of $50,000.
Washington and Lee University will host three Virginia Governor’s Language Academies this summer with 165 of the Commonwealth’s top high school language students coming to campus for a three week full-immersion residential program beginning June 23 and continuing through July 14. After hosting a successful French Academy last summer, the German and Spanish academies have been […]
Washington and Lee University's Shepherd Poverty Program has named six members of the Class of 2012 to John and Mimi Elrod Fellowships. The fellowship gives recent W&L graduates the opportunity to develop a lifelong commitment to civic engagement and to prepare for civic leadership. The competitive program connects young alumni with innovative public service organizations […]
Barry A. Kolman, professor of music at Washington and Lee, was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in Music Theory. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Readers are […]
Washington and Lee University economics professor Jim Kahn participated in the parallel scientific sessions of the Rio+20 United Nations Environmental Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June. Kahn, the John F. Hendon Professor of Economics at W&L, presented the results of joint research between Washington and Lee University and the Federal University of Amazonas in […]
Ben Long, of Washington and Lee's Class of 2007, writes about his travel as a Watson Fellow on a National Geographic blog.
David McDannald, a 1994 alumnus of Washington and Lee, is the co-author of a fascinating new book, "The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of the Continent."
Howard Sanborn, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 2001, has been recognized for outstanding teaching at Virginia Military Institute, which awarded him the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award. Howard is an assistant professor of international studies and political science at VMI. He holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of […]
Patricia Hobbs, associate director/curator of University Collections of Art and History at Washington and Lee, is one of only 32 academic museum and gallery leaders from throughout the United States attending the inaugural Leadership Seminar of the Association of Academic Museums and Gallery (AAMG). She will be the only person from Virginia to attend the […]
Harlan Beckley, director of Washington and Lee's Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability, and W&L senior Joe Landry discussed poverty issues on WMRA's call-in talk show, Virginia Insight, Monday (June 18) on WMRA, the National Public Radio affiliate in Harrisonburg. Harlan is the Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Religion at […]
Washington and Lee University has promoted eight members of its faculty to full professor, while granting tenure to 14 faculty members who were promoted to associate professor.
Washington and Lee law alumnus Terry Brooks and his fantasy novels were the subject of a New Yorker essay recently.
The tradition of turning music from Broadway shows into jazz recordings is far from new. According to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, the first such example was 1944, when Charlie Spivak, a trumpeter and bandleader, turned "Porgy & Bess" into jazz. So Washington and Lee music professor Terry Vosbein was following in a honored […]
More than 70 students from 14 colleges and universities will be spending their summers in internships where they will learn about the nature of poverty as part of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.
Suzanne H. Keen, the Thomas Broadus Professor of English, has been appointed to a two-year term as interim dean of the College at Washington and Lee University, effective July 1. Keen succeeds Hank Dobin, who served as dean of the College for seven years.
The late artist Cy Twombly, of the Class of 1953, left Washington and Lee after only one year because Marion Junkin, who had founded the Department of Art at W&L, made it clear there wasn't much he could teach Cy because the young man possessed such an advanced talent. So Cy left Lexington for New York and the […]
Washington and Lee University’s Community Grants Committee has made nine grants totaling $23,160 to non-profit organizations in Lexington and Rockbridge County. They are the second part of its two rounds of grants for 2011-12. The committee chose the grants from 17 proposals requesting more than $96,000. W&L awarded grants to these entities: Blue Ridge Autism […]
Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, reflects on the death of Ray Bradbury in an essay that first appeared in the Roanoke Times.
The Atlanta home of Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee Robert Balentine, of the Class of 1979, and his wife, Betty, was featured last week as the Wall Street Journal's "House of the Day." The online version of the Journal features a dozen photographs of the 10,500-square-foot stone house — a replica of a classic […]
Thirteen members of the Washington and Lee University faculty have been named to endowed professorships— two each in the School of Law and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, and nine in the College. W&L currently has 45 endowed full professorships and 10 term professorships, which recognize worthy teachers who have made meaningful […]
Suzanne H. Keen, the Thomas Broadus Professor of English, has been appointed to a two-year term as interim dean of the College at Washington and Lee University, effective July 1. Keen succeeds Hank Dobin, who served as dean of the College for seven years and will return to the faculty in the 2013-14 academic year […]
Washington and Lee art historian Pamela Hemenway Simpson, who died in October after four decades at the University, has been honored by her alma mater, Gettysburg College. Pam received a posthumous Distinguished Alumni Award from Gettysburg's Alumni Association. It is the highest honor that the association bestows and is awarded for "extraordinary personal accomplishments, professional achievements, or humanitarian […]
As part of his senior thesis in English, Henri Hammond-Paul of Washington and Lee's Class of 2012 conceived and created a Thoreau-like cabin near the campus.
Summer travelers in the vicinity of Augusta, Ga., should enter the Morris Museum of Art into their GPS. In addition to exhibitions of English watercolors and paintings of the American frontier, the museum is currently featuring work by a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1969: “Office: Sculpture by Bob Trotman.” As the Augusta (Ga.) […]
Congratulations to Bermet Zhumakadyr kyzy, who studied at Washington and Lee as an exchange student during 2010–2011. She recently graduated from the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as the valedictorian. Bermet, a member of the Class of 2011, attended W&L as the John M. Gunn International Scholar. During her year here, she co-chaired the […]
Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger III, of Washington and Lee's Class of 1969, was honored with another major award when the Association for Psychological Science named him the winner of its 2012 William James Fellow Award during the APS annual convention in May.
Courtney Miller Santo, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1998, is the subject of a fascinating profile in the Memphis (Tenn.) Commercial Appeal. The reason for the story? Her first novel, “The Roots of the Olive Tree,” is coming out this August, from William Morrow. Courtney, who teaches fiction and literature at […]
Washington and Lee's year-old Energy Education Program aims to change habits of the University community in order to conserve energy.
Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, discussed the impact of the Harry Potter series on today's students during an appearance on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show, on Monday, June 4. Suzanne is the author of "Empathy and the Novel" (Oxford University Press) and specializes in contemporary […]
As Britain celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II from June 2 to June 5, the Reeves Center at Washington and Lee University is displaying teaware commemorating her coronation. Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth 60 years ago, after her father, King George VI, died on Feb. 6, 1952. The actual coronation was delayed until June 2, 1953, to […]
Last December we blogged about the Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co., owned by Washington and Lee University alumnus Matt Bevin. The company, which makes 200 varieties of bells, and Matt had been featured on a National Public Radio story. Matt, of the Class of 1989, was back on NPR again this week. But this was no holiday […]