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Emeritus Trustee Ray V. Hartwell III ’69, ’75L Dies at 66

Ray V. Hartwell III ’69, ’75L, of Anniston, Ala., who served on the Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009, died on Feb. 7. He was a retired attorney and partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, in Washington.

From 1969 to 1972, Hartwell served in the U.S. Navy as an antisubmarine warfare and nuclear weapons officer on a guided missile destroyer.

At Hunton & Williams, Hartwell was a senior partner in the global competition practice group, specializing in antitrust investigations, litigation and counseling. From 1992 to 1994, he lived in Brussels, Belgium, and managed the firm’s offices there and in Warsaw, Poland.

A former council member of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, he chaired the antitrust sections of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar. He held leadership positions in other bar organizations, including chair of the Compliance and Ethics Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section. Hartwell belonged to the editorial board of The Antitrust Bulletin and served as editor of the ABA Handbook on Antitrust Grand Jury Investigations.

He published op-eds and book reviews in such publications as the Washington Times and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

At W&L, Hartwell chaired the Student Control Committee (now the Student Judicial Council) and belonged to the Student Affairs Committee and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was editor-in-chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review, won the John W. Davis Prize, was a finalist in the Burks Moot Court Competition and belonged to the Order of the Coif and Delta Theta Phi. He belonged to Beta Theta Pi.

Hartwell belonged to the Washington Society, was a former president of the Law School Alumni Association, volunteered with the Alumni Career Assistance Program, served as a class agent, and served on reunion committees for both classes.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne; three sons; and one grandson.


New Knight Professor in Media Ethics Named at W&L

Aly Colón, director of standards and practices at NBC News and assigned to Telemundo Network News, will become the next John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Media Ethics at Washington and Lee University.

Colón is a veteran journalist and former ethics group leader at the prestigious Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he taught and oversaw ethics training for young and mid-career journalists.  He has also consulted for and trained journalists in numerous newsrooms throughout the United States.

“Aly Colón will make a strong program stronger,” said Journalism Department Head Pamela K. Luecke. “Ethics has been a cornerstone of our department for four decades, and we look forward to the rich learning opportunities Aly will offer our students.”

At Washington and Lee, Colón will teach the required Journalism Ethics and Media Ethics, as well as other courses. He will also organize and lead the department’s semiannual Ethics Institutes, at which visiting journalists, other mass communications professionals and students discuss ethics case studies from the professionals’ own careers. Many undergraduates cite the Institutes as among their most rewarding learning experiences at Washington and Lee.

“Aly Colón arrives at Washington and Lee at a perfect moment of convergence,” said Dean of the College Suzanne Keen. “Our University’s emphasis on ethics will receive a boost from Professsor Colón’s teaching and his Ethics Institutes just as the Mudd Center for Ethics opens its doors, and Professor Colón’s considerable international experience will advance W&L’s strategic initiative for global learning.”

The Knight Chair and Program in Journalism Ethics at Washington and Lee was established in 1997 by a generous endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the leading funder of journalism and media innovation. The program’s scope has since been expanded to explore ethical standards in accountability, credibility, privacy and other areas for all mass media professions.

“Knight Chairs advance journalism excellence in the digital age, in the classroom and beyond,” said Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at Knight Foundation. “Congratulations to Aly as he joins two dozen other top journalists in the Knight Chair network.”

In addition to his broad experience teaching, writing and consulting in media ethics,  Colón has served as a diversity coach and consultant at Poynter and for Public Radio International, the American Society of News Editors and several other organizations.

“I am excited about joining the faculty in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute to its fine tradition of outstanding undergraduate teaching and professional outreach,” Colón said. “I am especially eager to work with the University’s new interdisciplinary Mudd Center to explore the connections and challenges of applied ethics in several professions.”

At Telemundo, the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, Colón is responsible for applying ethical decision-making to the news operation, providing ethics training to reporters and producers, and reviewing scripts, video and digital news coverage.

“Journalism and media ethics have been inextricably linked for me in both my professional and educational careers,” Colón said of his work at Telemundo and the Poynter Institute. “Media without ethics become media without trust. I believe that ethical decision-making processes and skills lead to excellence.”

Colón was selected after a nationwide search to succeed Edward Wasserman, who left in January 2013 to become dean of the graduate journalism program at the University of California, Berkeley. The Knight Program has been led this year by interim Knight Chair Arthur Brisbane, former publisher of The Kansas City Star and public editor of The New York Times. Brisbane concludes a one-year appointment in May.

Colón is a native of Santurce, Puerto Rico. He lived in Germany, the Panama Canal Zone and 10 U.S. states growing up. He has traveled through most of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean.

He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University of New Orleans and a master’s in journalism from Stanford University. He began his newspaper career with Fairchild News Service in Seattle and worked at three daily newspapers, including The Seattle Times, where he was assistant metro editor and diversity reporter and coach.

Colón will join the faculty July 1.

W&L Women Gather in Roanoke for Fourth Women's Leadership Summit

Soon after her arrival on campus during her first year, Lucy Wade Shapiro ’15 attended a meeting for students interested in running for a position on the Executive Committee. “Afterwards, a girl came up to me and was like, ‘You know women don’t win?’ And I was like, ‘What?’ ” recalled Shapiro.

Having been president of the honor council at her high school in Memphis, Shapiro never considered her gender a potential obstacle in a college campaign. She ignored the warning, won the election and served as EC class representative her first and sophomore years.

Shapiro shared this experience at Washington and Lee’s fourth Women’s Leadership Summit, a two-day conference held Jan. 31–Feb. 1 at the Hotel Roanoke. An enthusiastic crowd of about 90 women, from the College and the Law School, attended.

What prompted the first summit back in 2009? A noticeable absence of women in campus-wide leadership positions. Sidney Evans, then the associate dean for law student services, zeroed in on the problem after taking a closer look at a poster showcasing the then current members of the EC. Only one woman, Jane Ledlie Batcheller ’03, ’08L, was serving on the 13-member committee.

“The poster caught everyone’s attention. It was a very visible ‘whoa,’ ” recalled Evans, now W&L’s undergraduate dean of students and vice president for student affairs. She and the undergraduate administration began conversations about how to motivate women to run for campus-wide office and to get involved in the bigger conversation.

“There were some issues on campus we wanted to address,” said Evans, “but we also wanted to better equip women for some of the challenges they might face after graduation, whether it be from undergraduate school or law school.”

The result? The first Women’s Leadership Summit. Held at a rustic lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the event may have produced more laughs than actual EC presidents. One participant found a snake in her room, while another, unenthused by the accommodations, slept in her car. The overall response of female students was not as enthusiastic as the administration had hoped.

But the event’s appeal has steadily improved. Students celebrated the most recent summit with tweets and Instagram photos. To meet student demand, the number of attendees was increased from last year’s 70 students to 93 students (77 undergraduates, 16 law students). Even with this increase, some interested women had to be turned away.

“One thing that was a huge change is that they filled out interest forms this time, which allowed me to know what they wanted to talk about,” said Megan Schneider, associate director of leadership. “It wasn’t a summit for 90 women, it was a summit for these 90 women.” Women have grasped the importance of running for office, said Schneider, but they seek more guidance about leadership-related issues, from accepting setbacks to finding the right leadership style.

Motivational quotes from Oprah, Tina Fey and Madeleine Albright set the stage Friday night during an interactive program about leadership identity. On Saturday, students mingled with alumnae, who facilitated 10 break-out groups. These lively and no-holds-barred sessions covered campaigning, leaning in and other hot-topic issues.

One highlight of the weekend was the keynote address by former EC president Helen Hughes Sanders ’04, who shared the highs and lows of her journey through high school, W&L and post-collegiate life. Her talk underscored another goal of the summit—creating an environment that welcomed honest discussion.

A collaborative environment helps leaders learn and ultimately do a better job, said Athletic Director Jan Hathorn, who has attended all four summits. The leadership gathering is valuable, she said, because it provides women a safe place to talk with other women. “I think sometimes that’s still a necessity.”

Rachel Oguntola ’17 left the summit feeling inspired. “My greatest takeaway was how to be yourself and not to shy away from different opportunities, especially leadership opportunities on campus,” she said.

Oguntola and others shared summit highlights on Twitter and Instagram. These can be found at http://storify.com/wluLex.

—by Amy C. Balfour ’89, ’93L

See more about the Women’s Leadership Summit and other efforts to develop student leaders on campus in the Winter 2014 issue of W&L: The Washington and Lee University Alumni Magazine, coming soon to your mailbox.


W&L Law Hosts Panel Discussion on Women Practicing Law

Update: Please note the rescheduled date for this event.

On Monday, March 24 the Washington and Lee Women’s Law Student Organization, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation – Virginia Network will sponsor a panel discussion titled “Women Practicing Law: Lessons and Perspectives Beyond the Textbook.”

The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested.

According to the organizers, the discussion will focus on the aspects of the practice of law not found in a textbook or law school class. Topics to be addressed include work/family balance, gender role challenges to professional relationships, and how women can advance in areas of the law not traditionally geared toward females.

The panelists are Chief Judge Rebecca B. Connelly, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia; C. Kailani Memmer, Shareholder at Guynn, Memmer & Dillon, P.C.; Elizabeth L. Gunn, Counsel at Sands Anderson PC; and Abigail E. Murchison, Associate at Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP. W&L Law professor Beth Belmont will moderate the session.

For more information, please contact Lara Gass at gass.l@law.wlu.edu.

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New Bouldering Wall Debuts at W&L

The new bouldering wall at Washington and Lee University is far from fancy, and it cost far less than the usual models. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped enthusiastic students, faculty and staff at W&L from using the structure.

The wall has been in the works for six years, according to James Dick, director of student programming and outdoor education at W&L. The budget of the W&L Outing Club covered the $2,700 cost.

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing performed without the use of ropes and harnesses and usually less than 20 feet off the ground. Originally a method of indoor training to increase stamina and finger strength for roped climbs, it emerged as a sport in its own right.

“There are different types of climbing walls,” explained Dick. “One type would be the centerpiece of an indoor athletic or recreational facility, and they are beautiful to look at but also expensive and under-used. That’s because most college students don’t want people looking at them while they’re climbing and trying something new.”

In contrast, the bouldering wall at W&L is tucked away into two converted horse stalls in a corner of the Outing Club barn. If the wall continues to be a success, Dick hopes to expand it into a third stall.

“It’s the most basic wall around,” said Dick. “It isn’t pretty or architecturally beautiful, but it’s a tool, and that’s why we built it. This is the type of wall someone would build in their garage to train through the winter. You show up, put on your shoes, try some routes, interact with people and come back. It gets easier. You don’t need training to use the wall because it’s very user-friendly, but we do have students who can give tips and advice.”

The wall is known as a “woody” since it is made of two-by-four studs and high grade laminate plywood. Dick and kayak instructor Randall Stone created the framing over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks and completed it early this year with the help of W&L students.

The plywood is coated with polyurethane, and the holds are plastic with a t-nut behind each one so they can be moved as many times as climbers want. Climbers follow routes marked by different colored tapes, and the routes can be changed to provide different challenges. Mats are provided in case of falls. The wall isn’t very high, however, and a climber can request a spotter.

“It’s awesome. All of us have been waiting for this to happen for a long time,” said Josh White, a sophomore business administration major. “I’m really into climbing, so this is definitely a major addition at this school. Everyone should come out regardless of whether or not they’ve climbed before, because that’s what we want this to be. We want to teach people how to climb and then hopefully, eventually, we can get a bigger wall, and more people can climb.”

Dick estimated that between 15 and 18 students and employees use the bouldering wall during open hours. “We have law school students, undergraduates and employees come during their lunchtime. It’s very popular,” he said.

Open hours are Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and during the lunch hour on Tuesday and Thursday. No entry fee is required, but climbers do need to be members of the Outing Club, which has a fee of $40 for four years.

The club offers a variety of outdoor activities and classes, including a rock-climbing class that Dick teaches each term. The bouldering wall allows him to teach climbing during the winter, when it’s too cold and wet to climb outside. Many of the students who use the bouldering wall have also taken Dick’s class and gone rock climbing in the area.

W&L students lead most of the activities at the Outing Club, which include backpacking, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, skiing and outdoor cooking.

Further information about the Outing Club at Washington and Lee can be found at  http://www2.wlu.edu/x21419.xml.


W&L Lecture on Defending Human Rights in Central Asia on March 5

Bermet Zhumakadyr kyzy of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium.

The title of the lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Working to Defend Human Rights in Central Asia.”

Ms. Zhumakadyr kyzy’s talk will focus on ways that Human Rights Watch aims to promote freedom of expression, protect women’s rights and diminish ethnic conflicts as part of its mission in Central Asia.

Zhumakadyr kyzy studied at W&L in 2010-2011 under the auspices of the John M. Gunn International Scholarship.  The following year, she returned to Bishkek and graduated as valedictorian of the American University of Central Asia.

Last fall, she was hired as a staff member of the new office that the independent monitoring organization Human Rights Watch opened in Bishkek.  This office is the only presence that Human Rights Watch maintains in Central Asia.

Zhumakadyr kyzy’s talk is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Center for International Education.  For further information, contact Professor Richard Bidlack at 458-8912.


Men's Basketball Team Scores Hard-Won Victory

Some of the craziest moments in sports come from the most unlikely of scenarios.  Who saw Wichita State’s run to the Final Four coming last spring?  Or, for that matter, the same runs from in-state programs George Mason and VCU? America loves to pull for an underdog, and that’s exactly what you’d call the 2013–14 Washington and Lee men’s basketball squad.

The Generals have struggled through a rebuilding season, winning just six games and earning a No. 11 seed out of 12 teams entering the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament, which began last night, Feb. 25, with a series of first-round games on various campuses across the commonwealth.

W&L was paired with sixth-seeded Randolph for an opening-round game in Lynchburg, a rematch of a game the two teams played last Wednesday, Feb. 19, in which the WildCats won 80–57 by hitting a program-record 17 three-pointers.

Despite riding a six-game losing streak coming into the game, the Generals grabbed the early lead and held it for much of the first half, before Randolph took its first lead with seven seconds left for a 25–23 advantage heading into the locker room.

The WildCats pushed out to a seven-point lead (36–29) early in the second half, but W&L would retaliate with a 13–3 run that gave the Generals their first lead of the second half (42–39). The Blue & White remained within two possessions of the lead until junior forward Jim Etling (Loveland, Colo.) gave them the lead for good on a three-pointer with 1:26 left in the game.  Another three-pointer with 31 seconds left by first-year guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo.) clinched the win, W&L’s first over Randolph since the 2009–10 season.

With the victory, the Generals (now 7–19 overall) advance to the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament, which will be held at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., on Friday, Feb. 28. W&L will face third-seeded Guilford, which carries a 17–8 overall record into the contest.

The Quakers have defeated the Generals twice this season, 76–65 in Greensboro on Nov. 23, and 64–52 in Lexington on Feb. 8. In their only prior meeting in the ODAC Tournament, in 2009–10, an eighth-seeded W&L team defeated the top-seeded Quakers, 82–76, in double overtime. The win marked the first time a No. 8 seed (the lowest seed at that time) had ever defeated the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

The Generals advanced all the way to the ODAC title game that season before falling just short against Virginia Wesleyan 66–62—and that’s why we love sports.

If you are interested in following W&L’s tournament run, you may purchase tickets at the door for a day or the entire weekend. Day passes are available for $11.00 for adults and $6.00 for students.  Weekend passes are available for $34.00.  You can also watch the games live online at http://odac.tv/ for $7.95.

—by Brian Laubscher, Sports Information Director


Tournées French Film Festival to Take Place March 4 to 13

The Department of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University, in collaboration with the African Society and the Office of Student Affairs, will present the Tournées French Film Festival running from March 4 to 13.

The dates and times are listed below with the title of the film and all films will be shown in the Stackhouse Theater in the Elrod Commons. All films are free and will be shown in French with English subtitles.

  • Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m.
    La Pirogue
    Moussa Traoré
    2012, 87 minutes
    Followed by a discussion organized by the African Society
  • Thursday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
    Le Havre
    Aki Kaurismaki
    2011, 93 minutes
  • Sunday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
    De Rouille et d’Os (Of Rust and Bone)
    Jacques Audiard
    2012, 120 minutes
  • Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m.
    Monsieur Lazhar
    Philippe Falardeau
    2011, 94 minutes
  • Thursday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
    La Grotte des Rêves Perdus (The Cave of Forgotten Dreams)
    Werner Herzog
    2011, 90 minutes

Support for The Tournées Festival is provided by The French Embassy in the United States, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Campus France USA,  The Florence Gould Foundation, Highbrow Entertainment and www.facecouncil.org.

Author Michael Sokolove to Give the Fishback Lecture at W&L

Author Michael Sokolove will give the Fishback Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, March 4, at 5 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater.

The title of the talk, which is free and open to the public, is “You CAN Go Home Again: A journalist’s discoveries–personal, political, sociological–after returning to the once-model suburb of his childhood.”

Sokolove is the author of four books, his most recent being “Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town and the Magic of Theater” (2013).

“Drama High” was chosen by USA Today as one of its top 10 books of 2013, and made end-of-year lists in several other publications and web sites, including The Observer (London) and the website Salon. “Drama High” has been optioned and is being developed by Sony Pictures Television.

Sokolove’s other books are “Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women’s Sports” (2008); “The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw” (2004); and “Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose” (1990).

Since 2001, Sokolove has been a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, where he has written about the science, culture and sociology of sports. He has also written for the Times Magazine about politics and a broad range of other topics.

His stories have included profiles of athletes Michael Phelps and Oscar Pistorius, football coach Pete Carroll and politicians Rick Santorum and Dick Armey; an examination of how elite athletes age; and an exploration of how the nation’s largest casino, Foxwoods in Connecticut, reached the brink of bankruptcy. His work has been included in the Best American Sportswriting and Best American Medical Writing anthologies.

Before joining the New York Times Magazine, Sokolove worked as a newspaper reporter-first at the Trenton Times, followed by the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Second W&L Law Prof Joins Boston Bombing Defense Team

The judge overseeing the case of the accused Boston Marathon bomber has approved the request by attorneys representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to add Washington and Lee law professor David Bruck to the defense team in the case.

Bruck joins fellow W&L law professor Judy Clarke and several members of the federal public defender’s office in Boston on the defense team.

In April of last year, Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender, had requested that both Clarke and Bruck, clinical professor of law at W&L and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, be appointed to the team. The request to appoint Bruck was then denied “without prejudice” to renew it later. The order came last week after the federal defender had again requested that the judge appoint Bruck to assist with the defense.

Bruck joined W&L in 2004 after practicing criminal law in South Carolina for nearly thirty years, where he specialized in the defense of capital cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction stages. Since then, he has directed the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, a clinical program at W&L Law that serves as a resource center for court-appointed defense counsel at the pretrial and trial stages of death penalty cases throughout Virginia.

This is not the first time that Bruck and Clarke, who attended law school together at the University of South Carolina, have worked together on a high profile death penalty case. They served as co-counsel for Susan Smith, who was convicted of drowning her two small children in South Carolina in 1995. Smith eventually received a life sentence.

W&L Law Symposium to Explore Child Welfare Emerging Issues

Next week, the W&L Law Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, in partnership with the Frances Lewis Law Center, the Shepherd Poverty Program, and Themis Bar Review, will host a symposium exploring pressing issues in the area of child welfare.

The symposium, titled “Emerging Issues in Child Welfare,” will take place on Feb. 28 in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the grounds of Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. This event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will focus on several critical issues in society and their impact on child welfare law and practice. One panel will examine how child welfare protections operate within immigrant populations. Another panel will explore how the child welfare system has responded to the evolving rights of the LGBT community.

Another panel will engage definitions of neglect and how far courts can go in determining when abuse has occurred. The symposium will also feature a free discussion between legal practitioners, child welfare activists and legal scholars on the realities of practice in the field of child advocacy.

“Our goal with this symposium was to create a venue where a variety of perspectives could be brought to bear on several important child welfare issues,” said W&L Law Prof. Joan Shaughnessy, who helped organize the event. “We believe this discussion will have immediate application for those working on the ground.”

The symposium is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. A complete schedule for the symposium is available online.

The mission of the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice (JCRSJ) is to explore the intersection of majority and minority culture through discrete legal issues. To that end, the Journal seeks to provide a space for scholars of all persuasions to expand and develop a theoretical, critical, and socially relevant dialogue with the legal community.

Medieval & Renaissance Studies Lecture to be Given by University of South Carolina Professor

Holly Crocker, associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, will give a Medieval & Renaissance Studies Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of her talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Grace, Agency and Networks of Virtue: Chaucer’s Custance and Late Medieval Saints’ Lives.”

In her talk, Crocker puts Chaucer’s “Man of Law’s Tale” into conversation with models of virtue circulated by late Middle English saints’ lives. In exploring overlaps between late virgin martyr legends and conduct books for women, she investigates the power of grace as it potentially enables women’s ethical action.

While admitting the restrictive elements of grace theology, Crocker looks to pre-modern grace as a potential escape from customary conceptions of power and agency. When women are endowed with grace, either spiritual or social, action gathers around them that cannot be accounted for in the discourses that equate ethical power with the exercise of agency, control or sovereignty.

“Thinking about grace as a power that endows Chaucer’s Custance clarifies the networked vitality of late medieval virtue ethics, as well as the alienation that accompanies later models of grace theology,” Crocker says.

Her main areas of research are medieval and early modern literature, with particular emphasis on the relations between gender, philosophy and politics. Crocker is the author of “Chaucer’s Visions of Manhood” (2007), and has edited an essay collection, “Comic Provocations: Exposing the Corpus of Old French Fabliaux” (2006).

Crocker’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in “The Chaucer Review,” “Exemplaria,” “The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies,” “Medieval Feminist Forum,” “Shakespeare Quarterly,” “Studies in the Age of Chaucer,” among others, plus in numerous edited collections.

She is working on “The Matter of Feminine Virtue: Women’s Ethical Action from Chaucer to Shakespeare,” which argues that poets between ca. 1343 and ca. 1623 devise an alternative, anti-heroic model of virtue through their representations of women’s suffering, endurance and forbearance.

W&L’s Blunch and International Team Launch Anti-Discrimination Program in India

A high-profile workshop in India in December officially launched a program whereby an international team including Niels-Hugo Blunch, associate professor of economics at Washington and Lee University, will examine the economic and behavioral impacts of anti-discrimination policies in India’s caste system.

The workshop was held at the Asian Development Research Institute in Patna, in the state of Bihar, and discussed ways to refine interventions targeting low-caste children in Bihar’s public schools.

Among the invited guests from Bihar were the principal secretary of the education department, the principal secretary of social welfare and the joint secretary of education.  “We wanted to make sure that the stakeholders, policy makers and non-government organizations could have a say, and that we didn’t miss anything important,” said Blunch. “This program will study the effects of different anti-discrimination policies, and we can only do the study one time, so we want it to be as good as possible. It’s also important to get all the local stakeholders on board so that it’s not just researchers coming in to schools from the outside.”

The three-year project, which is funded by a grant of $626,000 from the Danish Council of Independent Research, will start with a test to establish a baseline in terms of children’s learning outcomes in school. Then different interventions will be tested to examine the effect on outcomes, and the children will be re-tested.

One of the interventions is to offer a financial incentive to teachers if they can raise the learning outcomes of low-caste children, who tend to be at the bottom of the class. Another intervention will be an informational campaign to explain to teachers the effect of their discrimination on low-caste children.

“The low-caste children get hammered every day,” said Blunch. “It’s in their names and in their placement in the classroom, where higher-caste children sit at the front and low-caste children sit at the back. It’s more prevalent in rural areas, and in some schools low-caste children are not even allowed to drink from the same water fountain as higher-caste children.”

According to Blunch, the researchers targeted the state of Bihar because it is one of the largest and also one of the poorest states in India. “We chose Bihar because we figured that if it doesn’t work there, it won’t work anywhere,” said Blunch.

During the 10-day trip, Blunch also presented his paper “Health Knowledge, Caste and Social Networks in India” at the Ninth Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development. He co-authored it with Nabanita Datta Gupta, professor of economics at Aarhus University in Denmark, who was the Griffith Family Visiting International Scholar at W&L in 2012.

Blunch also presented his paper “Income Convergence and the Flow out of Poverty in India, 1994–2005” at the 55th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics. This paper was co-authored with Professor Gupta and Paola Barrientos Quiroga, a graduate student at Aarhus University (co-supervised by Blunch). Both conferences were held in the capital, New Delhi.

Blunch received his B.A. and M.A. from Aarhus University, his M.Sc. from University of Southampton, and his Ph.D. from The George Washington University. He came to Washington and Lee from the World Bank Headquarters, where he had been a consultant, and teaches courses in econometrics, statistics, health economics and education in developing countries.

Reporting from Ukraine for Russia!

Alumnus Isaac Webb ’13, a Fulbright scholar in Kyiv, Ukraine, has been reporting regularly on the extensive anti-government demonstrations there for the online magazine, Russia! The demonstrations started in November and recently turned violent. He notes that both sides appear prepared to continue the standoff without negotiations.

An independent English-language print and online magazine, Russia! covers people, trends, ideas and events taking place in or around Russia.

Here are some of the most recent dispatches filed by Webb.


Panel at W&L to Examine the State of Contemplative Education

A gathering of W&L faculty and students will be joined by the directors of the Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACHME) and the Contemplative Science Center at the University of Virginia for a panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 27, “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education.”

The event will take place in the Elrod Commons’ Stackhouse Theater, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

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Eduardo Velasquez, professor of politics at W&L and organizer of the event, has offered a contemplative curriculum to students of political philosophy for several years. “Contemplation in the academy means learning the art of observation in a direct and unadulterated way. It’s about creating space to actually see what is before you,” said Velasquez.

“We see through a framework and have certain expectations of what things are supposed to be. In our perception of things, we think that facts are out there, and they just are. But they come framed with a whole mental apparatus, and if we actually want to know what our relationship is to reality, we have to scrutinize the way that we see reality.”

Velasquez cited the example of a scientist who frames an experiment to look at light to measure waves and therefore sees light as waves. If the scientist were to set up an experiment to look at light to measure particles, then he would see particles. So how a scientist sees and interprets the world reflects on the scientist’s mode of interpretation and observation.

Contemplative practices are widespread and diverse throughout the W&L campus, with a campus-wide conversation among scientists, social scientists and humanists about a common enterprise. Velasquez conceived of this event as a way for those involved in contemplative education to explore the subject further.

The panel includes Daniel Barbezat, the director of the ACHME and an economist from Amherst College, and David Germano, director of the Contemplative Science Center at UVA. Velasquez described the UVA program as the most ambitious and thorough contemplative program in the nation. It runs through all the major schools, both graduate and undergraduate, and several students and faculty will attend the event, as will faculty and students from Virginia Tech, where contemplation started in the engineering department.

The panelists will give “lightning talks,” where they each speak for four minutes, giving quick anecdotes about teaching at the frontier of the embodied mind, the conjunction of neuroscience and the humanities, and contemplative practices and contemplative sciences.

Velasquez pointed out that the panelists were invited not because they all agree with each other. “They will be there because they have questions, as many people do, about what is happening in contemplative higher education, because it’s comprehensive. And with the backing of empirical, experimental brain sciences, it is also irresistible,” he said.

Russian Food and Culture Writer to Speak at W&L

The Russian Studies Program at Washington and Lee University is pleased to present Anya von Bremzen, one of the most accomplished food and culture writers of her generation, to speak on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

The lecture is free and open to the public and the title is “Food, History, Memory in the Former USSR.”

Her latest book, “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing,” is a dramatic story of a mother and daughter’s immigration to Philadelphia from Russia, their memories of food and Soviet Russia.

von Bremzen is a winner of three James Beard awards, contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine; and the author of five acclaimed cookbooks.

Contently's John Hazard to Give Keynote Address for W&L's 57th Journalism Ethics Institute

John Hazard, director of client services at Contently, will give the keynote address of the 57th Institute in Ethics in Journalism at Washington and Lee University on Friday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

Hazard will deliver the address on behalf of technology writer Shane Snow,  co-founder of Contently, who is unable to attend the event due to illness.

The title of Hazard’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “What Happens to Ethics When the Advertisers Write the Stories?”

Contently is a media company that empowers journalists and brand publishers. Contently works with freelance writers and companies to produce articles that appear on the companies’ web sites and as native advertising on independent web sites.

Hazard has been a reporter and editor for more than a decade, covering technology, the legal profession, and crime. He served on a team that won the 2004 Selden Ring Award for an investigation of New Jersey elected officials exploiting their positions for personal gain.

Hazard started his career in 2000 on the obituary desk at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, before moving on to work for the metro desk, courts, and the statehouse bureau. He became the managing editor of Night & Day magazine, a local news and entertainment magazine covering suburban New York, where he launched an online edition.

Hazard was also a reporter and later news editor at Ziff Davis, a global digital media company, where he oversaw eWEEK.com, and was Web Editor of American Lawyer. His first foray into brand journalism was TheLadders, a job-matching service and employment website, where he was the news editor on a team of three that turned a weekly email from the CEO into a news and features site that told a compelling story about the plight of American job seekers.

The two day institute is part of a decades-long tradition of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.  The event brings a half dozen journalists and communications professionals to campus to interact with students enrolled in the department’s required ethics course.

The institutes are funded by the Knight Program in Journalism Ethics and are co-sponsored by W&L’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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Another Reason to Appreciate George Washington

As we celebrate Presidents Day this year, alumna Megan Davis ’99 reminds us that W&L’s namesake, George Washington, was not only the country’s first president and an early benefactor of Washington and Lee, but also is credited as one of the nation’s first engineers.

Megan works at Techbridge, a program to expand the academic and career options for girls in science, technology and engineering. As program manager of Girls Go Techbridge, a partnership with Girl Scout councils to bring hands-on engineering challenges to girls in grades 4–12, she wrote a heartfelt blog about Washington’s early work as a surveyor, and how his tinkering in the garden likely mirrored the very process that Techbridge advocates for girls interested in engineering.

She goes on to write:

“George went on to do a great many other amazing accomplishments, but I’m afraid his budding engineering career gets lost amidst his military victories and visionary leadership. However in 1951, the National Society of Professional Engineers recognized an opportune time to celebrate all engineers would coincide with Old George’s birthday (the man collaborated on and contributed to the engineering of our nation, after all!), and they began National Engineers Week to always be celebrated around President’s Day.”

You can read Megan’s full blog post, “I Heart an Engineer,” on the Techbridge website.

Happy Presidents Day!


Cliff Jarrett Named Assistant Dean for Career Planning at W&L Law

Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Nora Demleitner has announced the appointment of Cliff Jarrett as the next head of the School’s career planning office, following a national search. Jarrett joins W&L from the legal recruiting and placement firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), where he is a partner and office leader of the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham office.

Jarrett will lead an office at W&L Law that includes five career planning professionals and support staff. His appointment takes effect Feb. 24.

“Cliff brings deep experience in both law practice and placement at a most critical time for the law school,” said Demleitner. “His many strong relationships with lawyers throughout the country and understanding of their hiring needs will lead to great opportunities for our students.”

Jarrett, who is a 1991 honors graduate of W&L Law, has focused at MLA on the placement of partners, practice groups, and associates with law firms. He has successfully worked with lawyers at international, regional, and local firms and in-house legal departments throughout the southeast and nationally.

Jarrett was selected following a national search. The search committee was chaired by Prof. Sally Wiant and Law Advancement Director Elizabeth Branner. Search committee members included Prof. Mary Natkin, Prof. David Millon, Prof. Margaret Hu, George “Mac” Mackie ’15L, and Law Council Vice-President William Toles ’92 ’95L.

Prior to opening MLA’s North Carolina office, Jarrett was a partner in the Charlotte office of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman (now K&L Gates), where he practiced for nearly 16 years in commercial and intellectual property litigation.

“I am excited to join the team at W&L Law and am looking forward to working with our faculty, alumni and employers to broaden the immediate and long term career opportunities for our students,” said Jarrett. “As an alumnus of the law school, I know W&L is a special place with exceptional students, and I look forward to using my experience and relationships to make that even more evident to the legal market.”

Jarrett graduated cum laude from W&L Law, where he was a member of Editorial Board of the Washington and Lee Law Review. He received an A.B in economics with high honors from Guilford College and was a member of the varsity soccer team.

Jarrett returns to Lexington with his wife, who is a teacher, and his two children. He is an avid runner, and a soccer enthusiast and looks forward to returning to his native Southwestern Virginia.

Essential Personnel Keep W&L Open, Even When Closed

When 10 inches of snow make it necessary to “close” Washington and Lee, not every employee stays home for the day—or the night. Nearly 1,000 people live on campus, depending on the University for food and beverage, health services, security, utilities and, of course, snow removal. Designated essential personnel make their way to campus regardless of the conditions, working as long as necessary to take care of the academic community.

The Feb. 12-13 storm that began late in the afternoon quickly escalated from a few flakes to heavy snowfall by early evening, creating the very conditions that require the special efforts of dedicated workers.

Some 105 facilities staffers are essential personnel. Grounds staff plan to remain on campus for the duration of a major snowstorm and take naps at their shops, if necessary. Grounds staff shifted their Wednesday work schedule from a 7 a.m. start to 3 p.m., intending to remain on campus for the duration of the storm. Other facilities employees adjusted their shifts to remain on campus into the evening to support a number of scheduled events.  After working 22 hours straight, the grounds crew had cleared the campus of snow and were preparing to end their shift when a second wave of heavy snowfall kept them on duty another six hours. All other University facilities employees were required to report for an early shift Thursday, extended into the evening hours, to keep the campus accessible, safe and ready to reopen Friday morning.

Hundreds of campus residents depend on Dining Services for food and beverage, especially when hazardous conditions make travel by car or on foot unsafe and local stores and restaurants shut down. Thanks to Dining Services employees—eight spent the night on campus or close by to ensure service during the storm—The Marketplace remained open through the storm, and Café 77 served until midnight Wednesday and again Thursday from 7 p.m. until midnight. The list of Dining Services employees who worked through the storm and closing is “huge,” says Joe Calicchio, assistant director for dining services.

All Public Safety staff—uniformed and dispatch—are essential personnel, expected to work their normally scheduled shifts around the clock, every day of the year, regardless of conditions. Eighteen professional staff do all the same work they do every day, though it becomes much busier during a weather emergency. They provide transportation to campus for dining services employees who live within Lexington’s city limits, monitor and close down campus areas that become unsafe, and respond to greatly increased numbers of service calls, such as students who need safety transport around campus and people who need assistance with their vehicles. Several staff members worked extra hours, staying late, starting early or coming in on their day off, working shifts lasting as long as 16 hours. Two student workers even worked the snow day.

Nurses staff the Student Health Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for students who might need them. Dr. Jane Horton, center director, says that she and her staff will stay over if needed, sleeping in one of five infirmary rooms with beds, if necessary. “We have a kitchen and a shower, so it’s pretty comfortable,” she says. Horton and physician assistant Matt Crance are always available by phone to consult with the nurses, if they are unable to get to campus.

Leyburn Library is designated as non-essential and closes when the University does. But when the regular overnight staff couldn’t get to campus at the storm’s height Wednesday night, a student staffer stepped in and kept the library open until 7 a.m. Thursday. University Librarian John Tombarge calls her “our hero of the storm.”

Weather closings at W&L are rare—some say fewer than a half-dozen times in University history—but when the snow flies, no one on campus will go  snowbound, hungry, cold, insecure or untreated thanks to essential personnel who sacrifice being safe at home to serve students, professors and fellow staff.


Studio Eleven to Feature Poet Sally Rosen Kindred

The next Writers at Studio Eleven reading series will be science fiction and fantasy themed, featuring Sally Rosen Kindred. It will be Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Studio Eleven Gallery in Lexington.

The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for sale. Refreshments also will be served.  Writers at Studio Eleven is co-sponsored by Washington and Lee’s Glasgow Endowment and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

Kindred will read from her newest work “Book of Asters” (2014), which will be released in February and her chapbook “Darling Hands, Darling Tongue” (2013).

Kindred is also the author of “No Eden” (2011) and the chapbook “Garnet Lanterns” (2006), which won the Anabiosis Press Prize. “Story Hour,” from “Darling Hands Darling Tongue,” has been nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.

Kindred has received fellowships from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her poems have appeared in journals such as “Quarterly West,” “Blackbird,” “Hunger Mountain” and “Verse Daily” and anthologized in “Best New Poets 2009” and “The Moment of Change.”

Washington and Lee professors Lesley Wheeler and Chris Gavaler will read briefly from the new anthology, “Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comics.”

The night will also include short readings by Virginia Military Institute and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College professor Mattie Quesenberry Smith; SubTerra member Ted Duke; Tamra Lipscomb, director of technical services at DSLCC; and W&L juniors Chauncey Baker and Brittany Lloyd.

Studio Eleven is located at 11 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Lexington. The artist exhibiting his work during the Feb. 24 Writers at Studio Eleven’s event is Rex Russell. “New Works by Ryan Russell” will run until March 29.

The Writers at Studio Eleven event is coordinated by Mattie Quesenberry Smith of DSLCC and Lesley Wheeler of W&L.

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W&L BLSA Mock Trial, Moot Court Teams Take Top Spots at Regional Competition

The Moot Court and Mock Trial teams from Washington and Lee University School of Law had a very successful trip to the National Black Law Students Association Mid-Atlantic competition, held this past weekend in Portsmouth, Va.

W&L’s mock trial teams took first and second place in the competition. One of the School’s moot court teams finished in first place as well, with one of its members, Bret Reed ’14L, being named best oralist for the competition.

The W&L mock trial teams faced each other in the final round, which was judged by Portsmouth Chief Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Melvin and Frank Santoro, a preeminent bankruptcy lawyer in Chesapeake, Virginia. The winning team included Samantha Brewster-Owens ’14L, Markus Murden ’16L, Christina Sacco ’15L, and Joshua LaGuerre ’14L. The second place team, which trailed the first place team by only one point, included Tunde Cadmus ’15L, Emelia Hall ’16L, Yasin Amba ’16L, and Ryan Redd ’15L.

Maisie Osteen ’14L, who helped coach the mock trial team along with Dominik Taylor ’14L and Prof. Beth Belmont, reported that Judge Melvin remarked at the end of the final round that the “competition had restored his faith in the quality of today’s legal education and the future of our profession.”

W&L also took first place in the moot court appellate advocacy competition. Competing in the finals for W&L were Bret Reed 14L and Hernandez Stroud 15L. Reed was named “Best Oralist” for the competition with 88 points, besting Stroud by only two points.

W&L’s other moot court team included Hector DeJesus ’16L and Terence Austin ’15L. They were seeded second out of 16 teams following the preliminary rounds, trailing only their W&L counterparts. Unfortunately they were eliminated in the quarterfinal round. The moot court teams were coached by Teressa Campbell ’14L, Brian G. Buckmire ’14L, and Prof. Brian Murchison.

The students received support and guidance from a number of other W&L Law professors including Joan Shaughnessy, David Bruck, Jon Shapiro, J.D. King, Margaret Hu, Tim MacDonnell, Johanna Bond, Victoria Shannon, Jill Fraley, and Sam Calhoun, as well as W&L alumnus and alumni affairs executive director Beau Dudley ’74, ’79L.

The three placing teams now advance to the national competition finals, to be held in March in Milwaukee, WI.

W&L Trustees Adopt Housing Policy, Set Tuition, Approve Global Learning Center

Washington and Lee University’s Board of Trustees has adopted a new housing policy under which students will live in University housing during their first three years.

The trustees’ unanimous decision came during the board’s winter meeting, Feb. 6-8, in Lexington.

In addition, the trustees approved a 2.5 percent increase in tuition for undergraduates, the lowest percentage increase in 50 years, and a 2 percent increase in tuition for the School of Law, while also approving construction of the Center for Global Learning.

New Housing Policy

The new policy will not go into effect until at least the 2016–17 academic year. With the policy determined, the University will now establish a timetable for implementation, including plans for additional housing.

A board-appointed task force comprising trustees, faculty and administrators made an initial set of recommendations on housing in 2012 after studying current housing patterns and gathering input from members of the University community. That report led to the renovation of Gaines and Graham-Lees residence halls, which will be completed this year.

The task force’s report also led the trustees over the past two years to study various aspects of the upper-class housing recommendation. Those studies, undertaken by national architectural and planning firms, provided evidence that there are attractive and financially viable options for a new campus residential community that is based on independent living.

The new policy is intended to preserve and enhance the close-knit, residential character of Washington and Lee while also ensuring that students have access to quality housing.

With the completion of the new facilities, University housing will include the first-year residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses, theme houses and Woods Creek apartments.

W&L will finance the new housing through the sale of bonds, using room fees to defray the cost. The University will not use tuition to underwrite the construction.

Rate of Tuition Increase Lowest in 50 Years

In adopting the 2.5 percent increase for undergraduate tuition, the trustees were following a model that increases tuition by the inflation rate plus 1 percent. The increase is from $43,570 to $44,660.

“Strong philanthropic support from alumni and friends, coupled with prudent financial management, have allowed us to moderate increases in recent years,” said Steve McAllister, vice president for finance and treasurer.

McAllister noted that keeping the percentage increase to the historic low is also significant because W&L has slightly lowered the target for the entering class to 470 students. He added that this was possible only because W&L’s endowment per student has grown more rapidly during the past five years than all but one other of the top 25 national liberal arts colleges.

In addition, the budget that the trustees approved also moderated the increases in room and board, with the board rate moving to $5,895 and the average room rate to $5,721.

Even as W&L has kept these increases to their lowest levels in many years, the trustees also approved an undergraduate financial aid budget of $38.8 million, allocating $8.8 million of the total to awards to first-year students. That represents a 3.9 percent increase over the current year’s awards.

The School of Law tuition will increase 2 percent, while the University’s financial aid budget will increase by 4.5 percent.

Construction for the Center for Global Learning Approved

The board approved the construction of the Center for Global Learning to begin this summer, pending completion of fundraising. It will comprise 8,600 square feet in the renovated duPont Hall and an estimated 17,700 square feet in a new wing.

The center will be the cornerstone of a comprehensive program and an important physical focal point for W&L’s international education initiative.

The plan features demolition of the former one-story studio space at the rear of the existing duPont Hall and the comprehensive renovation of the remaining front portion of the building. Along with the new addition, the building will accommodate the Office of International Education, the Global Media Center, the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, and the German and Russian Department.

The building will feature nine classrooms with the latest academic technologies, numerous small group and study areas, the Media Center and a two-story entry/atrium to accommodate multiple activities.

If the construction can begin in the summer of 2014, the building would be completed for occupancy in January 2016. The trustees set the budget for the building at $13.5 million, $11.5 million of which will come from fundraising, and selected Branch Associates of Roanoke to provide pre-construction services.


New Exhibit to Open at McCarthy Gallery in Holekamp Hall at W&L

“Magnificent Jello,” paintings by artist and teacher Cleveland Morris, will be on display at the McCarthy Gallery in Holekamp Hall at Washington and Lee University from Feb. 14 to May 30.

The exhibit is sponsored by W&L’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics and is free and open to the public.

“Magnificent Jello” features oil paintings of America’s iconic dessert delight. Utilizing a glowing stained-glass palette and a meticulously finished painting style, Morris has sought to elevate Jello to the status of other revered and more traditional still-life subjects.

“How lucky we were as children to be served this feast for the eyes as well as for the taste buds,” Morris reminisced. “It’s an unending source of inspiration.” He has supplemented this visual dessert buffet with an assortment of cheesecake paintings.

“Magnificent Jello” marks Morris’ third show in the McCarthy Gallery of Holekamp Hall at W&L. “I am thrilled to be returning to this most beautiful exhibition space,” he said.  “Although works of differing sizes and styles have always been shown to great advantage in this gallery, there’s no place I’d rather exhibit my small, realistic still lifes.”

Morris has had 21 one-man shows and participated in more than 32 group shows in the last 13 years.  His paintings have won numerous awards and have found their way into major collections.

He has taught drawing at Southern Virginia University and is currently teaching at Stuart Hall School and the Beverley Street Studio School, where he also serves on the Advisory Board.   Additionally, he developed several regional and international tours for Beverley Street Studio School, including two sold-old trips to Sicily in 2011 and 2013, with another Palermo departure scheduled for the spring of 2014.

Prior to redirecting his career to the visual arts, Morris had a long career in the theatre, radio and television.  In recognition of his work as founding artistic director of the Delaware Theatre Company (1978-1998), as well as his other contributions to the arts and humanities in Delaware, he was awarded the Governor’s Award for the Arts, the Joseph P. Del Tufo Award for the Humanities, the Christi Award from the Christina Cultural Arts Center, as well as commendations from the mayor of Wilmington, the Wilmington City Council, the Delaware State House of Representatives, the State Senate and then-U.S. Senator Joseph Biden.  In 2012, he was named one of the Fifty Most Influential Delawareans of the Last Fifty Years by “Delaware Today.”

Morris is a graduate of Yale University, the University of Manchester and the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He pursued additional study in fine art at the West of England College of Art and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.

The McCarthy Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Washington and Lee Elects Two New Trustees

Washington and Lee University added two members to its Board of Trustees on Friday, Feb. 7, during the winter meeting of the board: Dana J. Bolden, of Atlanta, the group communications director, finance, for the Coca-Cola Co.; and Todd L. Sutherland, of Lawrence, Kan., the president and CEO of University National Bank.

Dana Bolden, a 1989 graduate of W&L with a B.A. in journalism and mass communications, has earned the professional designation of Accredited Public Relations (APR) and belongs to the Public Relations Society of America and the Black Public Relations Society. He has worked at Coca-Cola in high-level communications since 2006.

Bolden has taught crisis and financial communications, public affairs and business writing to professional associations and at Clark College, Iona College, Georgia State University and Washington and Lee University.

Bolden was the keynote speaker for W&L’s 51st Media Ethics Institute. He serves his alma mater as a current member of the Journalism Advisory Board and as the former director of the Alumni Board. He belongs to his 25th reunion class committee.

Bolden and his wife, Leslie, have two children, Asa and Celeste.

Todd Sutherland graduated from W&L in 1981 with a B.A. cum laude in politics. He serves on the executive committee of the board of trustees of the KU Endowment at the University of Kansas. He also has also been involved with the University of Kansas through its Alumni Association, the School of Business board of advisors and the National Development Council. He also serves on the board of directors for MercyShips, a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978.

For his alma mater, Sutherland has twice served on his reunion class committees and is a current member of the capital campaign cabinet.

Sutherland and his wife, Laura, have three children: Brooke, a 2012 graduate of W&L, and Libby and Padget, both current students at W&L.

Documentary “Brother Outsider” to be Shown at W&L

A film screening of the documentary “Brother Outsider” on the life and work of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin will be shown on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

The film is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the W&L’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Activities.

“Brother Outsider” documents the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an openly gay civil rights activist and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington.

Rustin, a visionary strategist and activist, has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. He was a disciple of Gandhi and a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. On Nov. 20, 2013, Barack Obama bestowed a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on Bayard Rustin. Walter Naegle, Rustin’s surviving life partner, accepted the award.

The recipient of more than 25 awards and honors, “Brother Outsider” has been shown at The United Nations, The Kennedy Center and for members of Congress, as well as at hundreds of schools, community forums, labor gatherings, faith organizations and film festivals.

There will be a Q&A after the screening with Professor Ted DeLaney and Naegle. A reception will follow the Q&A.


W&L Negotiations Team Headed to National Championships

UPDATEJeb Byrne and Marc Mignault made it to the finals of the ABA negotiations competition, finishing fourth nationally. For an interesting recap of what occurred, read Marc’s write-up below the original story.

The Washington and Lee School of Law team of John Byrne ’15L and Marc Mignault ’15L will compete at the American Bar Association’s 2014 National Negotiations Competition, to be held in Chicago February 7-8.

The ABA-sponsored competition begins in the fall each year with school-based competitions, followed by regional tournaments. The competition tests students’ practical legal skills by emphasizing teamwork and the ability to solve disputes in a negotiation, pre-trial setting.

Byrne and Mignault secured an invitation to Nationals following a second place finish at the regional competition held last November in Williamsburg, Va. At the national competition, the W&L team will face off against law schools spread across the ABA’s ten student division regions.

During the negotiations competitions, teams of students acting as lawyers for opposing parties receive confidential information about how they can best represent their clients’ interests. The teams work together in a limited time frame to find a compromise that is acceptable to both of their clients. The disputes involved in the national competition will center on contract law.

Negotiation is one of several ABA-sponsored competitions that help students develop the kind of practice skills they will employ as professional attorneys. Other competitions include Appellate Advocacy, Mock Trial, Mediation, and Client Counseling.

For more information about Moot Court at Washington and Lee Law School, visit http://law.wlu.edu/mootcourt.

Negotiations Recap, by Marc Mignault ’15L

Now that Jeb and I are back and finished with the competition, I wanted to send a recap of what happened and how we did. To save suspense, we made it through to the finals of the competition, when it was down to four teams, but we eventually lost to the champions. Overall we placed fourth and are recognized as National Finalists.

In the first round, we were matched against a team from St. Johns School of Law. We were representing OCL and Nathan Orloff, a laser technician who contracted with Dunbarton, a medical institute. Nathan had difficulty satisfying Dunbarton’s needs of enhancing their cosmetic laser because his sister recently passed in an accident and was burned, which led him to focus only on the reconstructive lasers. Fortunately we were able to come to an agreement on the hiring of an assistant for Nathan to help with the cosmetic work. Also, we were able to keep the share of royalties of any of Nathan’s patents at a 45-55% basis, in favor of Nathan, and we kept Dunbarton from placing any time restrictions on his work week or any specific time allocation on his work. All were specific needs.

In the second round, later the first day, we faced a team from Samford School of Law. We represented Hival, a web retailer, who had contracted with Allway, a discount retailer with stores around the country. Both clients had altered their respective business plans during the 5yr term contract, which was an exclusive dealing contract. Hival instituted a discount points program in order to attract more customers, but that led to Allway losing sales. Fortunately we were able to break out of the exclusive dealing contract and enabled our client to sell to others on a bit of a higher percentage than we sold to Allway. We also were able to extend the life of the contract to ensure our client remained solvent. We were able to get the contract on a two year extension because our client wanted nothing longer than that, but also nothing much shorter either. We achieved this by raising web prices a minimal amount and also by adding the incentive of fulfilling the store’s exchanges and returns, due to our ability to ship with no cost.

Later that night it was announced that we would move onto the semifinals in the morning on Saturday. So we spent most of the night and the next morning preparing. Then we faced Hastings College of Law. Here we represented Janet Kingsley of USSE, who was installing a new tracking system in a grocery chain. The tracking systems would connect membership customers’ information with what they purchase, what aisles they visit, their emotional information, as well as some minute physical detail such as anger or happiness. RSI had breached the contract by falling out of compliance with NASCIO, of which our client was a founding member. Luckily we were able to extend the contract to fulfill all of the installation in the North American stores, which would provide our client the funds she needs for research and funding an app she is hoping to launch soon that would allow people to block the system if they are not a member of the store. We also retained property rights in the tracking systems to give our client the right to remove the systems if NASCIO was violated again. Then we were also able to restrict the scope of information that the grocery stores were able to record and connect to customer information. Finally we were also able to install a real-time monitoring system in all stores to ensure that NASCIO was complied with. We were able to get this by advocating for a joint ad campaign to show our commitment and promotion of our products along with the store.

After that round, the finalists were announced. 24 teams competed in the first two rounds, 16 in the semifinals, and four in the finals. Luckily Jeb and I were once again chosen to move on. In the finals, we faced a team from Lewis and Clark School of Law (the eventual National Champions). We were representing Carl Denning and CNO who were creating a new fuel for a hazardous waste company, RSI. RSI was nervous with the new expansion of their system due to an ad campaign they planned to start in two months, but we could not finish the expansion for 6-9 months. While we opened strong and came out meeting our clients needs, having RSI agree to our scope of the expansion and getting RSI to agree to a 6 month time on the expansion, we needed to cover a few costs for them in the mean time in order to allow for a bit of a smoother transition. Unfortunately in the end, all though we came out with a great deal for our client, the judges found the other side had executed better than we did.

All in all we were able to take fourth place. From regionals, and a pool of 227 teams and 162 schools, we were able to make it to the final four and put forth a great effort against the national champions and lost in a close nail biter.

Jeb and I each valued this experience for the incredible practical experience and for the opportunity to represent W&L. We truly wanted to show just how great the students here are and how such an outstanding education can provide us the ability to compete with the top schools in the country. We cannot thank the school, the administration, our coach Dominik Taylor and the entire Moot Court Board, and most importantly our fellow students for their support and motivation. We couldn’t have asked for a greater community to have behind us, and we are truly grateful to have had the opportunity to represent this great school.

W&L Students’ Research on Stereotypes of Arab Muslims Wins Psychology Award

Two student researchers and one alumnus at Washington and Lee University have won a Regional Research Award from Psi Chi—the National Honor Society in Psychology—at the Midwestern Psychology Association (MPA) National Conference. The conference organizers also encouraged the students to submit their research for publication in the Psi Chi Journal.

Seniors Eric Shuman and Astrid Pruitt will present their research, “Do Stereotypes and Prejudice against Arab Muslims Serve a Detachment Function?” at the MPA conference in Chicago in May 2014. Their work was chosen from among 630 abstracts submitted to the conference; only a fraction of those submissions received an award. “We had a high-quality pool of abstracts, and it is a genuine achievement to be receiving this recognition,” the MPA said in announcing the award.

Shuman, from Black Mountain, N.C., is the first author of the research and is a dual-degree candidate at W&L in psychology and global politics. He recently received the 2013 David G. Elmes Pathfinder Prize in Psychology, which recognizes a student who has shown extraordinary promise in psychological science through outstanding scholarship in basic or applied psychology.

Astrid Pruitt, a psychology and Chinese double major from Tampa, Fla., who is also a Danish citizen, co-authored the research. The third co-author, Alina Marciniak, graduated from Washington and Lee in 2013.

The research arose in the class of Julie Woodzicka, professor of psychology at W&L, who was extremely pleased with her students’ achievement. “They are both very good students, and it’s very nice when good things happen to good people,” she said.

Woodzicka explained that psychology is research-based, and that W&L’s psychology department teaches students through linked courses. In the first course, students learn all the content and tools they need to carry out research and write a proposal. In the second course, they carry out the research, from recruiting participants all the way through to writing a paper. “That’s rare,” said Woodzicka, “and I think it’s one of the things we do best in this department.”

“We learn so much from actually having to create all these measures and learning how to analyze data and the structure we need to carry out a project,” said Shuman. “It’s not something you can acquire from sitting in a lecture-style course.”

The team recruited 75 W&L students as participants in the study, which centered on the under-researched area of whether stereotypes about Arab Muslims enable people to distance themselves from disturbing events.

Using articles and a video of the aftermath of missile strikes in the Middle East, they demonstrated that when people felt responsible for the violence against Arab Muslims, they activated in their minds stereotypes of Arab Muslims in order to detach themselves from the acts, and thereby lessen their feelings of responsibility.

The research assessed how detached the subjects were by collecting their galvanic skin responses, such as how much electricity their skin conducted or how sweaty their palms were. “Your skin conducts more electricity when you are physiologically aroused,” explained Shuman,” because your palms start sweating a tiny bit more.”

“We found that when people were in the detachment condition and were reading about the United States being mainly to blame for Muslim misfortune, they actually had less of a physiological response when watching the video,” explained Pruitt. “That was exactly what we were looking for.”

Bob Stewart, associate professor of psychology at W&L, showed the students how to use the equipment to collect the data. Tyler Lorig, the Ruth Parmly Professor of Psychology at W&L, demonstrated the best way to analyze the data.

“It’s fairly easy to collect all this data,” said Shuman, “but then analyzing it is a lot more difficult. They both gave us a lot of their time, and we weren’t even in their class.” Woodzicka agreed: “Their help was really instrumental.”

“By learning about biological responses, we got to experience a different side of psychology,” said Pruitt.

“It’s always good to have another tool in your toolbox,” agreed Shuman. “Having another area of expertise when you think about research questions is really valuable, because maybe that’s a better way to answer some questions.”

Tyler Burge to Speak at W&L on “Perceptions: Origins of Mind”

Tyler Burge, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Los Angeles, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

The title of Burge’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Perceptions: Origins of Mind.” His visit is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma of Virginia and the W&L Philosophy Department.

Burge is the author of four books including “Origins of Objectivity” (2010), “Foundations of Mind” (2007) and “Truth, Thought, Reason: Essays on Frege” (2005).  His newest book, “Cognition Through Understanding” (2013), presents a selection of Burge’s essays that use epistemology to illumine powers of mind.

In addition, he has published many papers on philosophy of mind, history of philosophy, epistemology and is perhaps best known for his writings on anti-individualism with respect to mental states, also known as externalism.

Burge has taught at UCLA since 1971. He is a former president of the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the British Academy, the American Philosophical Society and the Institut International de Philosophie.

He has received honors and awards from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has given the Locke Lectures at Oxford, the Dewey Lectures at Columbia and the Nicod Lectures in Paris.

Burge received his B.A. from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

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Tony Mendez, Former CIA Agent and Inspiration for the Film “Argo,” to Speak at W&L

Washington and Lee’s Contact Committee will present “An Evening with Former CIA Agent Tony Mendez” on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Mendez is a retired CIA officer, an author and an award-winning painter with an international reputation. He lives and works in his studios and gallery on his 40-acre farm in rural Maryland.

In 1965, he was recruited by CIA’s Technical Services Division. Born in Eureka, Nev., Mendez led two lives. For 25 years he worked under cover, often overseas, participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. To his friends he was a quiet bureaucrat working for the U.S. military.

Mendez moved into the CIA’s executive rank over the course of his career. He and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, allowing them to move securely around the world.

In January 1980, he was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This rescue operation involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in Los Angeles.

When Mendez retired in November 1990 he had earned the CIA’s Intelligence Medal of Merit and two Certificates of Distinction. Seven years later, on the 50th anniversary of the CIA, he was one of 50 officers chosen from the tens of thousands who had worked at CIA over its first 50 years awarded the Trailblazer Medallion. This honor recognized him as an “officer who by his actions, example or initiative…helped shape the history of the CIA.”

Mendez published his first book, “The Master of Disguise,” in November 1999.  In September 2002, he published his second book with his wife Jonna, entitled “Spy Dust.”

Warner Brothers has made a feature film based on the rescue of the hostages out of the Canadian embassy in Tehran. The film, called “Argo,” which stars and was directed by Ben Affleck, opened nationally in October 2012 and won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Mendez’s new book, “Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History,” was published prior to the film’s release.


Noted Lincoln Scholar Leads W&L's Commemoration of Emancipation Proclamation

Allen C. Guelzo, one of the nation’s most distinguished scholars of Abraham Lincoln, will deliver the keynote address for Washington and Lee University’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

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The title of Guelzo’s talk is ” ‘Little Note nor Long Remember’: Why Do We Remember the Gettysburg Address?”

Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the first double Lincoln Laureate in history. In 2000, he received both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for his intellectual biography of Lincoln, “Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President.” In 2005, he again received both prizes, for his book “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America,” which will be the topic of his lecture at W&L.

Guelzo’s most recent book, “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion” (Knopf, 2013) spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was cited for “an extraordinarily detailed and realistic account” in a Times review.

His articles and essays have appeared in scholarly journals and in major daily publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. A historical commentator, Guelzo has been featured on NPR, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic channel and even “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Guelzo served a six-year term on the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the Medal of Honor of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He is also a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Union League of Philadelphia.

Marc Conner, associate provost and Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English, and Lucas Morel, the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and himself a Lincoln scholar, co-organized the University’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In addition to his public address, Guelzo will participate in a book colloquium with members of the W&L community.

“Although this event is later than many of the observances of the signing that were held last year, we wanted to be able to put together a program that was interesting and meaningful, and setting it on Lincoln’s birth date is entirely appropriate,” said Conner. “I certainly think of the Emancipation Proclamation as one of the seminal events in American history, and it has particular purchase on our current moment in the 21st century, with our first African American president, and as issues of racial divisiveness shift to issues of multiculturalism and new diversities.”

W&L Law Prof Russ Miller Helps Bosch Foundation Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Washington and Lee School of Law professor Russell Miller was invited to participate in a panel discussion in late Jan. as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Robert Bosch Foundation’s prestigious fellowship program for Americans. Miller, who was named Bosch Fellow of the Year in 2012 by the Foundation’s alumni association, served as a Bosch Fellow in 1999-2000.

Miller is one of two fellowship alumni who were asked to serve on the discussion panel at the celebration. He will be joined by the U.S. ambassador to Germany and the London Bureau Chief of the New York Times, among others.

The panel will focus on the question of liberty and security in transatlantic affairs, a topic that Miller has written and presented on extensively in the last year. He was awarded a Security and Society Fellowship at the University of Freiburg, discussing the issue at the University of Freiburg, at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe, and delivering a panel presentation at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s security conference in Bonn. Miller has also commented on this topic in the media, including interviews in Der Spiegel and the Verfassungsblog and op-eds published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The Bosch Fellowship places young American professionals in high level government and private sector internships in Germany where they acquire professional experience in their chosen fields and gain knowledge of Germany and Europe. It’s alumni include the current White House Chief of Staff, current and former Deputy National Security Advisers, a Director of the Bank of England, academics teaching at the Naval Academy and Columbia University, and business leaders across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors.

During his own fellowship, Miller had first-ever placements at the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Following his fellowship, he co-founded the German Law Journal, a highly respected English-language forum for scholarship on developments in German and European jurisprudence. The Journal’s English-language treatment of comparative and international law attracts more than two million site visits from more than 50 countries each year.

Miller has continued his relationship with the Foundation through the years, serving as a member of the executive committee of the Foundation’s alumni association and as a member of the program’s selection committee. In 2011-12 he chaired a committee of fellowship alumni who drafted an advisory report for the Bosch Foundation making recommendations for the reform and rejuvenation of the program.

Along with many other works, Miller is author (with Donald Kommers) of the third edition of the book The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is KoRSE Fellow at the University of Freiburg and a former Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law.

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New Meaning for a Snow Day

When Roger Day heard about grade school students being stranded in their school buildings overnight during last week’s snowstorm that crippled parts of Georgia and Alabama, he decided to help—by singing to the kids.

Day, of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1985, is an award-winning musician and performer who specializes in music for kids and plays concerts in schools around the country. Alumni of that era remember him as half of the popular duo, Heinsohn and Day. We last blogged about Roger’s work in August when his latest project, “Marsh Mud Madness,” was gaining prominence.

As he watched the news reports of stranded school children from his home outside Nashville, Roger began reaching out through his Facebook page and volunteering to provide concerts to keep the kids busy.

According to a story on Al.com, Roger first checked in with his niece, a middle school teacher: “I said jokingly to my niece, ‘Do y’all need any songs?'”

So Roger settled in front of his computer to provide “Skype-certs” for students from three different schools in the Birmingham area.

You can still see the way it evolved by going to Roger’s Facebook page, where you can also read some of the reactions from parents and teachers. One wrote this about the “Skype-certs”: “I’m going to remember this the next time I’m lamenting about how technology is ruining my kids’ childhood.”

Even Roger was taken aback by the way social media works when he got a message from his son, Thomas, a junior at W&L, who saw his father trending on Reddit. That, in turn, led Roger to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. By last Friday, Roger was still doing media interviews about the “Skype-certs.” Here’s one from Birmingham public radio station, WBHM.


W&L's Jon Shapiro Discusses False Confessions on WMRA's Virginia Insight Show

You would never confess to a crime you did not commit… would you? That certainly is what most Americans believe. But why is it that more than a quarter of inmates, later proven innocent by DNA evidence, had in fact once said they were guilty as charged?

Jonathan Shapiro, defense attorney and visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, appeared on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show on Monday, Feb. 3, to discuss the problem of false confessions.

Listen to the segment online: http://myw.lu/1k7tDer

A symposium organized by Shapiro and held at W&L Law on Jan. 30 and 31, discussed the troubling phenomenon of false confessions in the criminal justice system, including some high profile cases.

Also appearing on the show were:

Bruce Cohen, MD – Forensic psychiatrist. Consulting psychiatrist to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, director of forensic psychiatry training, University of Virginia, faculty member of the  Institute for Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at U.Va. He is also the author of “Theory and Practice of Psychiatry”  .

James Trainum – Private consultant on law enforcement techniques and former homicide detective in the Washington, D.C. police department.

Gerald Zerkin, J.D. – Capitol resource counsel, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia and former co-counsel for Earl Washington, exonerated Virginia death row inmate who confessed to rape and murder.

“Virginia Insight,” hosted by Tom Graham, is a live call-in show, and can be found at 89.9 in Lexington, 90.7 in Harrisonburg and 103.5 in Charlottesville.