Syrian Scholar Dr. Issam Eido to Speak at Washington and Lee
Syrian scholar Dr. Issam Eido will deliver a talk at Washington and Lee University about “Scholars of Islamic Law and the Syrian Revolution” on Monday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. in W&L’s Law School Lewis Hall, Classroom C. The talk is free and open to the public.
Eido’s lecture will examine the role of traditionally trained Muslim scholars, called ‘ulama in Arabic, in the recent conflict in Syria. Religion, law and the state have been intertwined in complicated ways in the context of the Syrian uprising. Eido’s talk will offer a map to the complex geography of the ‘ulama and their changing relationship to the state.
Eido is a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he teaches in Islamic Studies and Qur’anic Arabic.
Prior to the uprising, Eido served as a lecturer in the faculty of Shari’a in the Department of Qur’anic Studies and History of Islamic Sciences at the University of Damascus. Eido obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Damascus under the supervision of two internationally renowned scholars of prophetic traditions, Dr. Nur al-Din ‘Itr and Dr. ‘Ajaj al-Khatib.
Joel Blecher, W&L assistant professor of religion, said, “Issam’s doctoral work, ‘Early Hadith Scholars and their Methodology of Hadith Criticism,’ broke new ground in understanding the criteria used by Muslim scholars in accepting or rejecting traditions attributed to Muhammad and the transformations of that criteria from the classical to the modern period. His research has helped change the way both historians and Muslim scholars alike think about the authenticity of traditions attributed to Muhammad, as well their application in Islamic law.”
While undertaking his doctoral work in the mid-2000s, Eido solidified an international reputation among Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies experts across disciplines by working closely with visiting researchers and Fulbright scholars in Damascus through an Arabic and Islamic studies institute he founded the Dalalah Institute.
In 2011, as the political situation in Syria deteriorated, Eido fled to Jordan with his family. He taught at the Qasid Institute in Amman, and, in 2012, he joined the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin as a fellow to work with the comparatively focused research program on Europe in the Middle East/Middle East in Europe.
With the help of the Institute for International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, Eido found his current home at the University of Chicago Divinity School where he continues to explore his current research interests in the Qur’an in late antiquity, Hadith Studies, Sufism and Arabic literature.
While on campus, Eido will be meeting with undergraduates and law students in Blecher’s Profit and Prophecy in Islam and Islamic Law in Society classes to discuss their on-going research projects in Islamic studies.
Appeals Court for Veterans to Hear Case at W&L Law
On Wednesday, April 2, Washington and Lee School of Law will host the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an introduction and remarks from the Clerk of Court. The Court will then convene at 10:00 a.m. to hear a case on its docket involving a veteran’s benefits claim with its origins in World War II.
The session will take place in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The hearing will last one hour and be followed by a question and answer session with the judges. The event is free and open to the public.
During the session, the Court will hear arguments in the matter of Juliet T. Tagupa v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Mrs. Tagupa filed a claim for benefits in 2008, contending that her husband, who died in 1993, had served with the Filipino guerillas in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States during World War II. The Manila, Philippines VA regional office (RO), acting on information from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), denied the claim because there was no record of Mr. Tagupa’s service in the Philippine Commonwealth Army, including the recognized guerillas in service of the United States Armed Forces.
After the RO’s denial, Mrs. Tagupa submitted her husband’s identification card for the Anderson Fil-American Guerillas that noted that he had active participation in the anti-Japanese resistance movement. She also submitted affidavits from comrades testifying to his service and informed the VA that the previous requests for service verification sent to the NPRC used the wrong service number for her husband. The VA then submitted another request to NPRC that included Mr. Tagupa’s Fil-American Guerilla identification card and affidavits from his comrades.
The NPRC responded that this information did not warrant a change of its previous determination. On appeal, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals determined that Mr. Tagupa did not have the requisite active military service for status as a veteran and denied Mrs. Tagupa VA benefits.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is part of the U.S. judiciary and not part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction over decisions of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Court reviews Board decisions appealed by claimants who believe the Board erred in its decision.
The Court’s principal office is in Washington, D.C., but the Court is authorized to sit anywhere in the United States and does so a limited number of times each year.
Transnational Law Institute Hosts Lecture on Post-Genocide Rwanda
On Tuesday, April 1, Washington and Lee School of Law will host Notre Dame professor Luc Reydams, who will speak on his paper “Let’s be Friends: The United States, Post-Genocide Rwanda, and Victor’s Justice in Arusha.
The talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Classroom C, Sydney Lewis Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
In this paper, Reydams examines whether the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was doomed from the start to be a court of ‘victor’s justice.’ He has conducted interviews with (former) U.S. and U.N. ambassadors and examined hundreds of declassified diplomatic telegrams (‘cables’) and intelligence reports of the U.S. Department of State to shed new light on this process. Reydams argues that once Washington entered into a partnership with the ‘new’ Rwanda, it was committed to moving forward – and this implied burying the past and often times also ignoring the present.
Reydams’ talk is sponsored by the Transnational Law Institute and the W&L Politics department. In addition to the talk, Reydams will appear on WLUR with Prof. Larry Boetsch, director of the Center for International Education at W&L, and two W&L law students to discuss the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
Reydams was educated in Belgium and the U.S. He teaches at Notre Dame and the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland). He has published three books: “Universal Jurisdiction: International and Municipal Legal Perspectives” (Oxford University Press 2003), “International Prosecutors” (Oxford University Press 2012), and the “Global Activism Reader” (Continuum Publishing 2011). The paper he will present is part of his new book project “The Politics of International Justice in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (1994-2014).”
W&L Law Alumnus to Discuss Arab Spring
On Friday, March 28, Ahmed S. Younis, a 2004 graduate of Washington and Lee School of Law, will speak at the Law School on the Arab Spring. His talk is scheduled for 12 noon in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall.
Younis’ talk is titled “Revolution and The Law: Ethical Challenges of the Arab Spring.” During his presentation, he will speak on the role of the lawyer of the future and what questions the modern lawyer must answer to bring about global change.
Younis is an adjunct assistant professor and Ph.D. student in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. He has served as a Senior Consultant for the Gallup Organization and Senior Analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies from 2007 to 2012. As part of his work for Gallup, from January 2009 to June 2011 Younis served as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications for Silatech, a youth employment initiative to promote large-scale job creation in the Middle East and North Africa. From 2004-2007, Younis served as National Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
In 2009, 2010, and 2011, he was named as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims globally. In 2011 and 2012, Arabian Business Magazine named Younis as one of the “Power 500” of the Arab world and one of the 500 Most Famous Arabs in the world.
Younis is author of “Gender Justice: The Situation of Women and Girls After the Arab Spring” and “American Muslims: Voir Dire ,” a post-Sept. 11 look at the reality of the debate surrounding American Muslims and their country. With his brother Mohamed, also a graduate of W&L Law, Younis co-authored of “The Role of Entrepreneurship & Job Creation in US-Muslim Relations.”
W&L Magazine, Winter 2014: Vol. 90 | No. 1
In This Issue:
- A Path to Leadership
- “A Redneck Country Boy from Big Island”: Lacey Putney ’50, ’57L
- W&L Videos, Old Recordings of the Hymn, Snow
- ODK Convocation
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Remembering the Gettysburg Address
Along the Colonnade
- Trustees Adopt Housing Policy, Set Tuition, Approve Global Learning Center
- Rise and Shine: Students Help Classmates Set Their Biological Clocks
- Car Accident Claims the Life of Senior Kelsey Durkin
- Fraternity Suspended in Wake of Car Accident
- ODK Welcomes New Members
- W&L Elects Two new Trustees
- Blunch Undertakes Educational Study in India
- Proposal for Car-Buying Site Wins Business Plan Competition
- Books & CDs
- W&L Traveller: A Wildlife Safari in Kenya
- Piranian Phases into Retirement After Stellar Career
- Moot Court Team Competition Results
Lewis Hall Notes
- W&L Law Student Wins Prestigious Skadden Public Interest Fellowship
- From Representative to Lieutenant Governor
- Alumni Weekend 2013
- Alumni President’s Message
- Beau Knows — Leading the Way
- Former Law Dean Randy Bezanson Dies at 67
- Emeritus Trustee Ray V. Hartwell III ’69, ’75L
- President Ruscio’s Message: Something to Talk About
Studio Eleven to Feature Authors Angie Hogan and Kevin McFadden
The next Writers at Studio Eleven reading series will feature Angie Hogan and Kevin McFadden and will be Monday, Monday, April 7, 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.
Hogan’s poetry has been published widely in journals, including “The Antioch Review,” “Ploughshares,” “Bellingham Review” and “The Virginia Quarterly Review,” among others. Her work also appears in “The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee.”
She works in the acquisitions department at the University of Virginia Press and lives near Charlottesville with her husband, the poet Kevin McFadden.
McFadden is the author of “Hardscrabble,” which received the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ George Garrett Award for New Writing and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writing Award. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals, including “American Letters & Commentary,” “Denver Quarterly,” “Fence” and “Kenyon Review.”
He was selected to read in the 92nd Street Y’s Ninth Muse Poetry Series by then United States Poet Laureate Kay Ryan. He works at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
There will be shorter readings by Iyan Roseborough ’16 from VMI and W&L students Jok Asiyo ’16, Walter Ramsey ’14 and Josy Tarantini ’15 and from SubTerra, Peggy McCaulley and Sharon Mueller.
Studio Eleven is located at 11 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Lexington. The artist exhibiting his work during the April event is Rex Russell.
The Writers at Studio Eleven event is coordinated by Mattie Quesenberry Smith of DSLCC and Lesley Wheeler of W&L.
Federal Judge Paul Niemeyer to Deliver Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture
The Twelfth Annual Lewis F. Powell Jr. Lecture will be delivered by Paul V. Niemeyer, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Niemeyer’s topic is “Revisiting the 1938 Rules Experiment.”
The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 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.
Judge Niemeyer was appointed to the Fourth Circuit in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. Prior to that, he sat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, having been appointed to that court by President Reagan in 1988.
Judge Niemeyer received his A.B. degree from Kenyon College in 1962 and his LL.B./J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 where he was on the editorial board of the law review. Following graduation he joined the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury where he practiced in commercial litigation until his appointment to the bench.
Judge Niemeyer chaired the project to rewrite the Rules of Procedure in Maryland and co-authored the Maryland Rules Commentary, which is now in its third edition. For his work he received the Special Merit Citation of the American Judicature Society. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for seven years, chairing the Committee for four. During his term as Chair, he oversaw the 2000 changes to the discovery rules, and the 1998 changes to the class action rule.
In 2006, Judge Niemeyer published a historical and biographical book about his family, A Path Remembered. He has also written for numerous law journals.
Judge Niemeyer is a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was a lecturer on Advance Business law at Johns Hopkins University and currently is a senior lecturing fellow in appellate advocacy at the Duke University Law School.
The students at Washington and Lee University School of Law founded the Lewis Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series in 2002 in honor of Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. ’29A, ’31L, who was appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1972. Justice Powell’s judicial legacy was defined by a respect for both sides in a dispute and a desire to craft judicial opinions that struck a middle ground. This student-run lecture series features nationally prominent speakers who embody this spirit in their life and work.
For more information, visit the Powell Lecture web site.
Two Washington and Lee University Juniors Win 2014 Goldwater Scholarships for Research Careers in Science, Math and Engineering
Washington and Lee University juniors James Biemiller of Lancaster, Pa., and Eric Schwen of Cottage Grove, Minn., have each won a highly competitive 2014-15 Goldwater Scholarship, which promotes research careers in science, mathematics and engineering.
Biemiller, a double major in geology and physics, and Schwen, a physics major, were among 283 winners selected from a field of 1,166 sophomores and juniors nominated by their professors at colleges around the country. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Both students plan careers in research and teaching at the university level, Biemiller in planetary geophysics or global seismology and Schwen in applied physics.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Congress in 1986 to honor the former Arizona senator. The program is the premier undergraduate award of its type. Numerous recipients have gone on to win other prestigious scholarships, including 80 Rhodes, 117 Marshalls and 112 Churchills, as well as National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.
Including Biemiller and Schwen, 16 Washington and Lee students have won Goldwater scholarships since the program’s inception.
Eric Sundquist Will Give the Winter Shannon-Clark Lecture
Eric J. Sundquist, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and chair, Department of English at Johns Hopkins University, will give the Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
The title of Sundquist’s lecture is “The Historian’s Anvil, the Novelist’s Crucible: What Literature Can Tell Us about the Holocaust.” It is free and open to the public.
Sundquist is the author or editor of 13 books, including “King’s Dream” (2009); “Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America” (2005), which received the Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute Book Award; “To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature” (1992), which received the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa and the James Russell Lowell Award from the Modern Language Association; and “Home as Found: Authority and Genealogy in 19th-Century American Literature” (1979), which received the Gustave Arit Award from the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States.
He has edited essay collections devoted to Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and W. E. B. Du Bois and contributed to the “Cambridge History of American Literature” (reprinted as “Empire and Slavery in American Literature, 1820-1865”).
Sundquist has served on the National Council of the American Studies Association and the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association and directed four summer seminars for the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1997, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently serves on its council. In 2007, he was named a recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Shannon-Clark Lectures in English, established by a gift from a Washington and Lee alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous, honor the memories of Edgar Finley Shannon, chairman of Washington and Lee’s Department of English from 1914 until his death in 1938, and Harriet Mabel Fishburn Clark, a grandmother of the donor and a woman vitally interested in liberal education.
Sundquist received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Northwestern University where he was dean of the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences from 1997 to 2002.
W&L's Sarah-Jean Vallon Awarded Fellowship for Study in Germany
by Sally Platt ’14
Sarah-Jean Vallon, a senior mass communications major and studio art minor from Hewlett, N.Y., has received a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship.
Competition for CBYX fellowships is highly competitive. Vallon was chosen from a pool of 700 applicants following interviews in February.
“We spoke some German and were asked questions to gauge how we would cope with culture shock,” Vallon explained.
She will spend a year studying and interning in Germany, where she hopes to immerse herself in German culture while, she said, furthering “positive relations between German and American millennials.” She hopes to bridge the culture gap and promote mutual understanding by, among other activities, participating in the many carnival celebrations in Germany, particularly Oktoberfest. CBYX will place Vallon in her city of residence after her July arrival.
She also plans to travel around the country and to visit its many castles, “especially the Neuschwanstein Castle, because it served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle,” she said.
Vallon, who has studied German for two years at Washington and Lee, is pleased about the chance to improve her fluency in a native setting. In addition, through the internship part of the program, she hopes to use her communications degree.
At Washington and Lee, Vallon serves as president of the Student Association for Black Unity (SABU) and as the Multicultural Advisory Board representative on the Student Activities Committee. In addition, she hosts two radio shows on campus radio station WLUR and is a founding member of the Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG).
W&L's Institute for Honor Keynote Features David Hackett Fischer
David Hackett Fischer, the University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, will deliver the keynote address at the Institute for Honor Symposium “George Washington: Leadership With Honor” at Washington and Lee University on Friday, March 28, in Lee Chapel. The welcome and introductions begin at 4 p.m. and the lecture begins at 4:15 p.m.
The title of Fischer’s talk is “George Washington and the Ethics of Leadership.” It is open to the general public and free of charge.
Later that evening, nationally regarded scholar/performer William G. (Bill) Chrystal, will speak in Lee Chapel at 8 p.m. as Alexander Hamilton, the U.S.’s first Secretary of the Treasury and long-time associate of George Washington. This also is free and open to the public.
As Hamilton, Chrystal will discuss Washington’s views of honor and leadership, as they impacted the Continental cause during the Revolutionary War and in the forming of our national government. Hamilton will also answer audience questions, followed by a brief out-of-character segment with Chrystal.
The Institute for Honor Symposium “George Washington: Leadership With Honor” will examine how Washington’s leadership was formed by his understanding of honor’s role in establishing and perpetuating self-government.
Fischer is the author of 10 books including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Washington’s Crossing” (2004), “Champlain’s Dream” (2009), “Liberty and Freedom” (2005), “The Great Wave: Price Revolution and the Rhythm of History” (1996) and “Paul Revere’s Ride” (1994). He co-authored “Bound Away” in 2000. His most recent book is “Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States” (2012).
Fischer received the 2006 Irving Kristol Award from the American Enterprise Institute and was admitted as an honorary life member of the Society of the Cincinnati in 2006. In 2009 he was decreed a member of “L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” at the highest rank of Commandeur by the Minister of Culture of France. He has received numerous teaching awards.
Established in 2000 at Washington and Lee by a generous endowment from the Class of 1960, the Institute for Honor includes an array of initiatives and specific programs designed to promote the understanding and practice of honor as an indispensable element of society. The Institute for Honor Symposium is dedicated to the advocacy of honor as the core value in personal, professional, business and community relations.
12 W&L Students to be Recognized by CSS for Winter 2014
Twelve Washington and Lee University students are the winter 2014 General of the Month recipients for the Celebrating Student Success (CSS) initiative sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs to inspire engaged citizenship at W&L.
Those students being recognized are Alex Baca ’14, Alexandra Prather ’14, Bryan Mullady ’14, JP Beall ’14, Grace Lee ’15, Emily Warner ’14, Charlotte Collins ’14, Kevin Ortiz ’16, Lauren Mosely ’15, Meredith Roberts ’14, Pasquale Toscano ’16 and Wilson Hallett ’15.
Baca, a senior from McLean, Va., is a computer science major with concentrations in chemistry, engineering and business. He is a team captain for the Appalachian Adventure pre-orientation program, team captain of Relay for Life and co-founder and president of the W&L Association for Computing Machinery Chapter. Baca, a graduate of The Landon School, is a member of the Outing Club, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the W&L chapter of the American Chemical Society, the Chamber Singers and the Washingtones a cappella group.
Prather, a senior from Houston, Texas, is an economics and global politics double major and poverty and human capability studies minor. A graduate of Stratford High School, she is president of Model United Nations, founder of The Pampoyo (Bolivia) Women’s Knitting Cooperative helping the local women sell their knitted goods in the U.S. and president of Engineers Without Borders. She met the Pampoyo women while working on water sanitation projects with Engineers Without Borders.
Mallady, a senior from Williamsburg, Va., is an accounting and business administration major and mathematics minor. He is a resident adviser for first-year students, president of club baseball, a Eucharistic minister at the Catholic Church and records statistics, announces and films athletics for W&L Sports Information. A graduate of the Walsingham Academy, he is a member of Washington and Lee Student Consulting, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Southern Comfort men’s a cappella group, Phi Eta Sigma honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Beall, a senior from Redlands, Calif., is an economics and classics double major. He is a student justice with the Student Judicial Council, co-president of the Polo Club, president and founding member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, opinions editor for the Ring-tum Phi and a Kemper Scholar. A graduate of Redlands High School, Beall is a member of Eta Sigma Phi Classics honor society, Phi Eta Sigma honor society, Lexington Bridge Club, General Admission a cappella group, Concert Guild and Catholic Campus Ministry. He has been listed on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll.
Lee, a junior from Boca Raton, Fla., is a major in biochemistry and a minor in poverty and human capabilities. She is a Bonner Scholar, chemistry chair of Women in Technology and Science, disability chair for the Nabors Service League and undergraduate head honor advocate. A graduate of Atlantic Community High School, Lee is a member of the Shepherd Student Faculty Board. She has volunteered with the Rockbridge Area Health Center and Project Horizon.
Warner, a senior from Lancaster, Calif., is a psychology major and poverty and human capabilities minor. She is an Americorps Service member through the Bonner Scholars program. She does research in Professor Megan Fulcher’s developmental psychology lab and Professor Dan Johnson’s social cognition lab. A graduate of Antelope Valley High School, she is a member of Nabors Service Day, Campus Kitchens leadership staff, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, General’s Christian Fellowship and the first Questbridge scholar chapter at W&L.
Collins, a senior from Dallas, Texas, is a psychology major with a pre-med focus and poverty and human capabilities minor. She is the head peer counselor, president of Active Minds and a tour guide with the Student Recruitment Committee. A graduate of Ursuline Academy, Collins is a member of the Bonner Leaders Program, Phi Eta Sigma honor society, Psi Chi psychology honor society, W&L Mental Health Task Force, W&L Think Tank, LIFE, Nabors Service League: Health Care Impact Area and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She is the G. Holbrook Barber Scholar for 2013-14.
Ortiz, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., is a double major in politics and economics. He is a perspectives co-chair for the First-Year Orientation Committee, alternate justice for the Student Judicial Council, vice president of Model United Nations, statistician and office assistant in the Sports Information Office and a tour guide for the Student Recruitment Committee. A graduate of Cox Mill High School in Concord, N.C., Ortiz is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and club swimming and has been on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll.
Mosely, a junior from Lakewood, N.J., is a double major in global politics and East Asian languages and literatures, with an emphasis on Japanese. She is the head student intern in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, vice president for the Multicultural Student Association, community chair for the Student Association for Black Unity and on the advisory board for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. A graduate of Monsignor Donovan High School, she is a member of Nolza (W&L’s dance crew), Student Association for International Learning (SAIL) and W&L’s Ladies’ Club.
Roberts, a senior from Sequim, Wash., is a psychology major and poverty and human capabilities minor. She is a Bonner Scholar, a Questbridge scholar, president of Student to Student Mentoring, tutor for English for Speakers of Other Languages, and member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Psi Chi psychology honor society and Generals Christian Fellowship. Roberts has done research for Professor Dan Johnson and is a research assistant in Professor Karla Murdock’s lab. A graduate of Sequim High School, she works with the Department of Social Services, Eagles Nest with Rockbridge Area Community Services and Project Horizon.
Toscano, a sophomore from Kettering, Ohio, is a classics and English double major. He is a Johnson Scholar, sophomore justice with the Student Judicial Council, is an interviewer for the 2014 Johnson Scholars, peer tutor and a tour guide with the Student Recruitment Committee. He has been listed on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. A graduate of Fairmont High School, he is a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society and the University Wind Ensemble. He is a research assistant for Professor Rebecca Benefiel.
Hallett, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., is an economics major and Latin American and Caribbean studies minor. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Kathekon and Phi Eta Sigma honor society. He is a peer counselor and vice president of the Squash Club. A graduate of Woodberry Forest School, Hallett is a member of the Williams Investment Society and a recipient of an English-Speaking Union Exchange Scholarship.
CSS seeks to recognize students for the depth and breadth they add to the W&L campus community. Recipients were selected by the CSS Committee, which is composed of students, faculty and staff. Any member of the campus community can nominate a W&L student at any time by going to the W&L website and clicking on the Generals of the Month banner on the Leadership Development page within the Student Life website.
Author of Book on All Known Images of Robert E. Lee to Speak at W&L
Author Donald A. Hopkins will speak at Washington and Lee University on his latest book, “Robert E. Lee in War and Peace,” on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Hopkins’ talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
A book signing will be held for Hopkins on March 25 from 3-5 p.m. in the museum in Lee Chapel. Special Collections will display Lee photographs from the W&L collection outside Northen Auditorium before and after the talk.
Hopkins’ book is the first in seven decades offering every known image of Robert E. Lee (61 in all) including images published for the first time, with extensive commentary on Lee’s life, previously unknown information about these images, antique photography and biographical sketches of all of Lee’s known photographers.
William C. Davis, award-winning Civil War author, said, “In decades of photographic research, I have never seen several of these Lee images. Equally impressive is the background research that Hopkins employs to provide context and enriched meaning to each image. His work deserves to be acclaimed a milestone in Lee biography as well as in the broader field of Civil War photographic history.”
Hopkins, a Mississippi surgeon and lifelong student of the Civil War and Southern history, scoured manuscript repositories and private collections across the country to locate every known Lee image.
In addition to published papers in the medical field, Hopkins has written several Civil War articles and “Little Jeff: A History of the Jeff Davis Legion, Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia” for which he received the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal.
Hopkins’ appearance is co-sponsored by Lee Chapel, Friends of Leyburn Library and Friends of Preston Library (Virginia Military Institute).
W&L Community Honors “A Promise for Kelsey” in D.C. Half Marathon
by Happy Carlock ’15
Washington and Lee students, alumni and parents gathered in Washington on March 15 to celebrate the memory of Kelsey Durkin ’14, who died in a car accident on Dec. 3, 2013.
Durkin’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sisters, pre-orientation group members, fellow Shepherd Poverty students and friends participated in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K in her honor.
Students collaborated with young alumni and members of the W&L administration to form a race team called A Promise for Kelsey. In joining the team, students and alumni pledged not to drink and drive. Camie Carlock ’13 helped organize the event.
“We were all talking this tragedy through, trying to put into words our sorrow, and wanted to be in Lexington so badly to support all of our friends there,” Carlock said. “And Katie Boe ’13 proposed the idea of running the D.C. Half Marathon and 5K as a way to come together.”
Carlock worked with Lauren Jensen ’02, W&L’s assistant director of annual giving, to set up a donation website for the Kelsey Durkin Memorial Fund, which benefits the Shepherd Poverty Program. Students raised nearly $1,400 selling T-shirts in Elrod Commons and online. They also handed out bracelets to remind students of the promise.
“Social media was our main way to get in touch with students, alumni and representatives of the University,” Carlock said. “I was amazed by the people that would reach out to me and say, ‘I can get us a discount for the race registration,’ or ‘I want to help make T-shirts.’ “
Ali Norton ’16 is from Durkin’s hometown of New Canaan, Conn., and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She ran the half marathon in Durkin’s honor.
“I’m really glad that we all could come together and participate, and remember Kelsey and how enthusiastic and supportive of a friend she was,” Norton said. “It was like she was here today with us.”
Alumni from all over the country reunited in Washington to participate in the race or to encourage the team. The parents of Gingy Dixon ’16 set up a W&L cheer station at mile six, and Noel Price ’13 joined most of her Kappa pledge class in running the race.
“When you get with your W&L friends, and when you’re with that community again, it feels like college,” she said. “I think it’s just special that we got to all come and do this together to celebrate Kelsey, and also to celebrate the friendships that we’ve made.”
A Promise for Kelsey had 45 runners and 42 supporters at the race. Eighteen ran the 5K, 24 ran the half, and three ran the full marathon. Members of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta and Chi Omega sororities, ranging from the classes of 2011 to 2016, showed up to remember Durkin.
Runners and supporters gathered after the race to share memories of Durkin and to honor the ways in which she touched their lives. The race provided an opportunity for the W&L community to translate their grief into a celebration of a beloved friend.
“I think it’s a testament to how strong of a community W&L is, that they can take such an unbelievable tragedy, come together as one community and get behind a cause like this,” said Stephen Peck ’13. “I think it’s a great way to honor such a wonderful person.”
Staniar Gallery Exhibits Senior Art Projects
Washington and Lee University’s studio art majors will present their senior projects in an exhibition that opens in Staniar Gallery on March 24. The show will be up through April 8 with an opening reception for the artists in Lykes Atrium, Wilson Hall, on Thursday, March 27, at 4 p.m.
Each spring, Staniar Gallery showcases work by the Art Department’s graduating studio majors in an exhibition that is the culmination of a year-long thesis project. During that year, the students develop a body of work and prepare it for exhibition in a professional gallery setting.
This year’s show features a variety of media by three artists. In prints, drawings and a video installation, Ebony Bailey draws on her training as a dancer to explore the relationship between physical motion and static artistic modes of expression such as painting. Hillary Bontempi’s process-driven body of work pushes the boundaries of traditional printmaking through a rigorous formal and conceptual examination of a single object. Clare Stevenson’s black and white photographs are self-portraits, the double exposures and haunting landscape settings provide a context for her viewer to contemplate their own identity.
Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.
W&L Mourns Loss of Law Student Lara Gass ’14L
Washington and Lee University law student Lara D. Gass, a member of the Law Class of 2014, died in a multi-car accident on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Virginia State Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident, which occurred on Interstate 81.
Gass was a member of the editorial board of the Washington and Lee Law Review, serving as symposium editor and organizer of the Law Review’s annual symposium, which this year focused on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. She was active within the Women Law Students Organization and also served as a Kirgis Fellow, the law school’s peer mentoring group, during the 2012-2103 academic year.
In January, Gass received recognition for her academic achievements, her leadership abilities, her service to the law school and university community, and her character when she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the National Leadership Honor Society.
Originally from Tennessee, Gass graduated cum laude from the University of Washington in 2008, where she majored in political science and also studied law and justice. She was a member of several honor societies, including the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. She served as a Big Sister, tutoring first grade students, and as a volunteer in the King County (Washington State) Bar Association’s Central Legal Clinic.
A candlelight vigil to remember Gass will be held on Wednesday, March 19 in front of Lee Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Additional services will take place in Moon Township, Pennsylvania this weekend.
There will be a visitation at Copeland Funeral Home on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. The address of the funeral home is 981 Brodhead Road, Moon Township, PA., 15108. The funeral service will follow the Saturday visitation. The funeral will take place at Sharon Presbyterian Church at around 2:00 pm. The church address is 522 Carnot Road, Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108.
In lieu of flowers, the Gass family has requested that donations be made in Lara’s honor to the following institutions:
W&L Law Scholarship Fund
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lewis Hall 517
204 West Washington Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450
The Innocence Project
40 Worth Street, Suite 701
New York, NY 10013
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Counselors are available to students at the School of Law and at the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff who wish to speak to a counselor should contact the free, confidential Carilion Employee Assistance Program at 800-992-1931.
W&L’s Foreign Language Futures Receives Braitmayer Foundation Grant
A grant from The Braitmayer Foundation will fund a new initiative at Washington and Lee University to establish Chinese language classes in two area high schools.
The pilot program, Foreign Languages Futures (FLF), will provide high school students with low-cost access to high quality instruction while also providing W&L teacher education students with practicum and licensure opportunities. This is W&L’s first grant from the foundation.
The high schools participating are Rockbridge County in Lexington and Parry McCluer in Buena Vista.
“The fact that both the local school systems and W&L will profit from its implementation is like a dream come true,” said Dick Kuettner, director of W&L’s Tucker Multimedia Center and a professor in the romance languages department and the teacher education program. Kuettner will lead the FLF program with Lenna Ojure, associate professor of education and director of W&L’s teacher education program. James Madison University’s Assessment and Research Services will provide an ongoing assessment of FLF’s progress.
According to Kuettner, the need for a program such as FLF lies in the lack of comprehensive world language instruction in rural schools.
“Early language exposure is critical to mastery,” said Kuettner. “Unfortunately, getting early exposure is often only possible in urban areas and suburbs.”
Kuettner said that the fault lies in a vicious cycle. Schools impacted by budget cuts have difficulty affording classes for even traditional languages such as French, German and Spanish, much less non-traditional languages such as Chinese. University students who seek to be K-12 language teachers must have student teaching experience but, without local K-12 language classes, universities in rural locations struggle to enroll future educators.
“These problems feed into each other. Having fewer language teachers leads to fewer language students, which in turn leads to even fewer teachers down the line,” noted Kuettner. “While it hurts rural schools most, the problem is national.”
Kuettner hopes that the FLF program will be a step in ending this cycle. It will also support the principle that rural towns shouldn’t be second-class communities that offer ever-shrinking advantages to their youth.
The FLF program builds on Washington and Lee’s existing support for schools in the Rockbridge County area. W&L already provides more than 300 elementary and middle school students with free, not-for-credit Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and French language instruction — programs that are offered through local schools’ gifted and enrichment programs.
Due to this previous support, public school administrators approached W&L to help them increase offerings in for-credit, high school-level language classes. In particular, they had a high and persistent demand for non–traditional language instruction — especially Chinese — but no funding. They had tried computerized/online programs that didn’t require a teacher but with poor results.
“When the schools contacted us, I realized we had the ability to help while also solving our own problem,” said Kuettner. “So this is an elegant solution to many problems.”
The Chinese language classes will combine broadcast instructions with in-person mentoring.
In the broadcast portion, W&L will use the latest software technology to telecast a member of W&L’s East Asian languages faculty to the high school classrooms. Classes will be telecast to both high schools interactively and simultaneously from W&L’s Tucker Multimedia Center every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Instead of being lectured by computer programs, the high school students will receive instruction and react to it with their classmates and with the instructor at W&L.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the high school students will work independently at computer lab stations on sophisticated interactive materials under the on-site direction of W&L’s upper-level Chinese language students. Those undergraduates will also provide tutoring sessions.
Kuettner hopes eventually to carry the initiative into other Virginia communities with the aim of setting a national model for other states that find themselves in a similar predicament.
The Braitmayer Foundation is a third-generation family foundation encouraging innovative programs to enhance the quality of education at the pre-college level. It is located in Marion, Mass., and was established in 1964 through a gift from Marian Braitmayer.
W&L's Kerin Receives ACLS Fellowship to Study Tibetan Shrines
Melissa Kerin, assistant professor of art history at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship for a year of supported research leave in 2014-15.
Kerin will document and analyze Buddhist shrines in the Tibetan cultural zone — Tibet, India and Nepal — which she believes to be complex constructions that respond to, and reflect, multiple socio-religious environs. If variations among shrines demonstrate dynamic engagement between a devotee and religious objects, then that might reveal new information about popular religious practice.
Kerin’s ultimate aim is to write a book, “Materiality of Tibetan Buddhist Shrines: Devotional Objects and Ritual Agents in Tibet, Western Himalaya, and U.S.”
“I want to complicate the idea of ‘the’ Tibetan Buddhist shrine — a structure that is often homologized in both scholarly and popular imagination — by turning attention to its complexity as a monument, which manifests in a wide range of forms depending on its geography,” she said.
Kerin will spend time refining her analysis and writing up her findings from her previous research in India and Tibet.
“The fellowship will also enable me to spend additional time expanding my project to examine Tibetan Buddhist shrines in the United States, focusing particularly on new establishments located in Charlottesville, New York City and Boston,” she said.
ACLS makes annual fellowship awards totaling more than $15 million to more than 300 scholars selected from nearly 4,000 submitted applications. Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose. It is a private, nonprofit federation of 71 American scholarly organizations in the humanities and related social sciences that promotes research by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies. Its other activities include support for scholarly conferences, reference works, and scholarly communication innovations.
JECE Spring Symposium on Environmental Justice This Friday
The Washington and Lee School of Law Journal of Energy, Climate and the Environment will hold their spring symposium on Friday, Mar. 21. The topic of the symposium is “Environmental Justice: A Global Perspective.”
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The symposium is free and open to the public.
The major themes that will be explored during the symposium include energy poverty, responsibility to protect civilian populations, the intersection of environmental movements and human rights, food systems, and wetlands.
Panelists include Prof. Lakshman Guruswamy, a globally renowned scholar in the area of energy law, of the University of Colorado Law School and Prof. Linda Malone, well known in the area of science and the environment, of William and Mary School of Law. Prof. Sara Seck of University of Western Ontario Law School is an expert in corporate social responsibility who has been involved at a high level on issues related to the United Nations Ruggie Report. Prof. Monique Segarra of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy will offer a perspective from outside the legal academy.
Several Washington and Lee professors also will participate as moderators and discussants. These professors include Johanna Bond, Mark Drumbl, Joseph Guse and Kish Vinayagamoorthy.
The Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment is a student-edited periodical whose mission is to engage and educate the legal community, policy-makers, and the general public through publications and symposia on climate change, energy, and environmental issues affecting local, national, and global communities. Learn more about the Journal at http://law.wlu.edu/jece.
For more information about JECE or the upcoming panel, please contact Casey Coleman at email@example.com.
W&L Teaches “Science of the Brain” to Local Elementary Students
Keeping the interest of kindergarteners through second-graders at the end of a long day isn’t easy. But an after-school program conducted at Rockbridge County’s Central Elementary School succeeded in doing so, teaching them about parts of the brain, brain development, how the brain impacts behavior and how environment impacts the brain.
Four students from Washington and Lee University led by Megan Fulcher, associate professor of psychology, taught “Science of the Brain” for one hour twice a week in January and February. Seventeen children chose to attend the class from a variety offered as READY enrichment classes, funded by a 21st Century Grant.
“When we saw the list of classes the children could choose from, we thought we had some pretty stiff competition, especially among the girls,” said Fulcher. “My research is in gender development, and one of our objectives was to get them to see women as scientists. But we had six girls in the class, so that was good.”
The W&L team consisted of Kingsley Schroeder and Eliza Parrott, senior psychology majors; Charlotte Magee, a junior neuroscience major; and Randl Dent, a junior psychology and sociology double major.
To keep the children’s interest, the W&L students taught interactively, acting like they were neurons in the brain and playing telephone to understand how the brain hears things. They played games with Lego bricks and used decorated egg cartons to illustrate how helmets protect the skull and brain. They also played Simon Says and discussed how the cerebellum makes it possible to coordinate movements.
“When we were going over the different lobes of the brain, they loved saying the words,” said Magee. “They felt smart being able to say big words, especially ‘occipital,’ and being able to tell us that the temporal lobe is what makes you hear.”
Fulcher’s interest lies in children’s gender role development, so the team showed the children a Barbie doll in a soldier outfit and asked whether boys or girls would play with it. “They were confused because they had gender stereotypical thinking,” explained Randl, “but in the end they decided both boys and girls would play with the Barbie.”
Throughout the program, the W&L team kept parents informed by sending them a link to a blog that detailed what the children had learned each day at http://fulcherlab.academic.wlu.edu/the-science-of-the-brain/.
Fulcher said she was gratified that, at the end of the eight weeks, the children said both men and women could be scientists, and they felt confident that they too could be scientists someday.
Fulcher plans to teach the program again to third- and fifth-graders, on whom she thinks the course may have a bigger impact.
W&L Hosts Third Annual AdLib Conference
Washington and Lee welcomed alumni from the advertising, marketing, public relations, marketing research and social media industries for the third annual AdLib Conference, on March 6 and 7. Sponsored by brand strategy consultant Don Hogle ’75, the conference is designed to introduce students from all majors to creative careers they may not have considered, and to demonstrate how a liberal arts education prepares them for life after graduation.
“AdLib emphasizes the role of liberal arts in advertising and demonstrates the value of liberal arts degrees in the real world,” said Amanda Bower, Charles C. Holbrook, Jr. ’72 Professor of Business Administration and the founder of the event. “There’s a belief that the only way to get a job is to major in business, which is simply untrue. Employers want students who are good critical thinkers, persistent, effective communicators, good at taking criticism and curious.”
The conference began with a dinner attended by over 60 students, faculty and alumni, including Andrew Keller ’92, the CEO of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, who gave the keynote address. Keller spoke about his journey from English major and pre-med student at W&L to his current role as the CEO of one of the most well-known international advertising agencies in the world.
On Friday, AdLib sponsored events throughout the day, including workshops with alumni, informal coffee gatherings, speakers and panel discussions. Will Chamberlin ’08, the head of digital marketing at The New Republic, spoke to students about “Becoming a Job-Conquering Ninja,” and Matt Garcia ’08, a Partner and the Director of Account Management and Business Development at NSG/SWAT, shared his top tips for success in both advertising and in life. A panel of young alums spoke about “How to Break into the Industry” and the different paths they took to land their first jobs. Another panel discussion focused on “ADaptation” and the many changes currently taking place in the marketing field.
This year’s conference drew 208 students, a record number for the event. “We had students from 23 majors and 21 minors attending events, with a 35 percent increase in overall participation from last year’s conference,” said Bridget Rooney ’14, the general chair of AdLib. “AdLib is an exciting chance for students to make alumni contacts and connections, learn about potential job and internship opportunities, and develop a greater understanding of why a liberal arts education is so valuable in these fields.”
You can read more about this year’s conference at http://wluadlib.wordpress.com/.
W&L Board of Trustees Gives Additional $3 Million to Williams Investment Society
The Investment Committee of Washington and Lee University’s Board of Trustees has announced that it will give an additional $3 million to W&L’s Williams Investment Society (WIS), bringing the student-managed portion of W&L’s endowment to more than $5 million.
Based in W&L’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, WIS is a student-run organization that has managed a portion of W&L’s endowment in equity securities since its inception in 1998. Members are divided into nine industry groups designed to mirror the S&P 500.
“The Board approved the additional funds owing to the excellent track record of WIS and the fact that WIS participation has become a vital and differentiating factor for our student body,” said Sarah Nash Sylvester from New York, N.Y., chair of the investment committee and the parent of W&L graduates Alex Appel ’06 and Lizzy Appel ’08.
“Our students are exceptional, and their WIS experience serves to strengthen and enrich their education. We are delighted to acknowledge WIS’ contribution to W&L’s endowment performance in the past years, as well as the faculty support and insight they continue to benefit from. Going forward, the Investment Committee will work more closely with WIS through our advisor and investment manager, Makena Capital, who will assist WIS in thinking through asset allocation issues,” she said.
The announcement followed a presentation to the trustees by the three new directors of WIS, all juniors: Sarah Beth Hampton, executive director of WIS and a business administration and economics double major; Cameron Dabir, associate director for WIS, industry head for healthcare and an accounting and business administration major; and Bayan Misaghi, associate director for WIS and a triple major in business administration, economics and biology.
“I think we were all surprised by the magnitude of the amount,” said Hampton. “We’re also very excited, even though it means putting in some extra work this semester.”
“It’s pretty cool that the trustees, who are very influential both at W&L and in their careers, entrusted us with an extra $3 million of the school’s endowment,” added Dabir.
According to Hampton, the extra money will not affect the society’s strategy of having a well-diversified and strong portfolio. However, it will enable the society to strengthen its diversification and match its industry weightings more closely to those of the S&P 500.
WIS currently has approximately 44 holdings in its portfolio, and Hampton anticipates increasing that by one or two.
“Generally, portfolio theory tells us that once we have between 15 and 20 stocks we’re pretty well diversified because we already are broken up by industry. Within each industry we have four or five stocks,” said Hampton. “So while we don’t think it’s a good idea to add to the number of holdings, we will increase the size of some of them.”
One of the advantages that WIS brings to the management of W&L’s endowment is its lack of fees.
“Whenever we make a trade, it costs $10, so the money the trustees are giving us is pretty much preserved because we’re not taking a percentage fee,” said Misaghi. “WIS is really an incentive for us to keep our eyes on the market and have a great learning experience. But the additional money does add more gravitas to what we’re doing.”
Once a semester, each of the nine industry groups in WIS defends its research on equity that the group thinks is worth buying or selling. The 10 voting members of WIS then decide which shares to hold, buy or sell.
“This is a group of students that takes this very seriously,” said Hampton, “and I’m already seeing people working on their presentations and wanting to discuss them with me four weeks before they are due. The amount of time people put into these presentations is extensive, so I’m very glad that the group as a whole is being recognized for the work it does. It’s not that people do it for the recognition, it’s because they care about how we’re investing the school’s endowment money and want to do well.”
The learning experience is equally important to the students.
“Truly, we do learn so much and now it’s so much more intense because we’re managing an additional $3 million,” said Dabir. “It puts that much more emphasis on performing your job well, learning that much more, and that translates into not only running WIS well, but also to careers after graduation.”
Nicole Porter First W&L Student to Win US-German Internship
Nicole Porter, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, is the first W&L student to be awarded an internship by the US-German Internship Program established by the American Chamber of Commerce and the Bridgehouse law firm in Atlanta, Ga.
The internships with German companies in different industries have traditionally been awarded to students from schools in the Atlanta area. However, due to the work of Paul Youngman, associate professor of German at W&L, the leaders of the internship program agreed to expand the consortium to include Washington and Lee.
The paid internships are competitive and are open to all majors, except for politics, at W&L’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics and to all science majors. Applicants must also have a major or minor in German.
Porter, a business administration and German double major, will spend May through August working at TE (formerly Tyco Electronics) in Bensheim, Germany, after first attending a pre-orientation program for all interns in Frankfurt.
“I’ll be working in the procurement department, and there will be one other intern there and possibly some German graduate students as well. TE wants the internship to fit what I’m interested in, which is management and working with international companies,” said Porter. “I’m really excited about it, and one of the most important parts for me will be immersing myself in the German culture.”
“The future of academia lies in interdisciplinarity,” said Youngman, “and this kind of program that requires something from the liberal arts and something from the Williams School or the sciences is just the type of program that we want to push. Nicole is a very polished student with good grades, she presents well both on paper and in an interview situation, but most importantly she embodies the best of a liberal arts education with her diverse interests.”
The US-German Internship Program enables American students to spend time in Germany during the planning phase of their student lives, gain a better insight into the German economy, sharpen and improve their German language skills and engage with cross-cultural challenges. For more information, visit www.amchaminternship.org/or contact Professor Youngman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preeminent Philosopher Linda Martin Alcoff to Speak at W&L
Dr. Linda Martin Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, will present the Root Lecture for 2014 at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, March 12, at 5:15 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
The title of the lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “The Future of Whiteness.” It is sponsored by the Philosophy Department.
The child of a Panamanian father and an American mother, Alcoff’s work seeks to understand identity and epistemology from the context of different socio-cultural realities.
Florentien Verhage, assistant professor of philosophy at W&L, said of Alcoff, “she is one of this country’s preeminent philosophers. Her writings have focused on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence and Latino issues in philosophy.”
Alcoff has used her philosophical analysis to provide fresh perspectives on national policy debates. Regarding the war on terror, she has examined how minority identities, such as those of American Muslims, South Asian immigrants and Indian Sikhs, can be misconstrued and artificially grouped in response to external threats. With respect to immigration, she is specifically interested in the politics of “mestizo” or hybrid identity. She has taught and lectured on these topics throughout the Americas and Europe.
Alcoff has written two books “Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self” (2006) and “Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory” (1996). She has also edited 10 books, including “The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy” (2006); “Identity Politics Reconsidered” (2006); “Saint Paul among the Philosophers” (2009); and “Feminism, Sexuality and the Return of Religion” (2011).
She is president of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, for 2012-2013 and is a co-editor of “Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.” She has held an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, a fellowship from the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and was named one of Syracuse University’s first Meredith Professors for Teaching Excellence. Alcoff also served as co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.
Alcoff was named the Distinguished Woman in Philosophy for 2005 by the Society for Women in Philosophy, and in 2006 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. In September 2011, she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Oslo. Her book “Visible Identities,” won the Frantz Fanon Award in 2009.
The Root Lecture Fund was established by Robert W. Root (W&L ’42) in 1991 to support guest speakers selected by the Departments of Philosophy, Psychology and Religion.
Alum Presents New Take on Southern Cuisine
Food writer and consultant Brys Stephens ’95 has just published his first cookbook, “The New Southern Table,” with Fair Winds Press. It’s his take on Southern cuisine, centering on traditional ingredients with an international twist. Chapters on Southern favorites such as okra, collard greens, peaches and pecans include Brys’ personal recollections and preparation tips. Recipes like Japanese-Style Okra with Horseradish Soy Dressing, Purple Hull Pea Tabouleh, Coconut Hoppin’ John and Southern Minestrone showcase his approach to fusing traditional ingredients with unexpected flavors.
Brys, who is based in Charleston, S.C., has written for Bon Appetit, Garden and Gun, Charleston City Paper and Charleston Magazine, and is founder and creative director of the food and cooking website Cookthink.com. He traveled extensively after graduating from W&L, developing an interest in the influence of place and climate on food. “The New Southern Table” is a reflection of that interest.
“This cookbook grew from the understanding of the essentially hopeful idea that Southern food today, despite its longstanding reputation as ‘y’all’ cuisine, can, like the best cooking everywhere, be fueled by the quality of local ingredients,” Brys writes in the introduction. “So why not look both to Southern tradition and to those many cuisines around the world that have developed age-old flavor combinations, techniques, and dishes based on the very same ‘Southern’ ingredients I find in markets right here at home?”
Read more about “The New Southern Table” on the publisher’s website. It is available wherever books are sold.
“Shenandoah” Calls for Submissions for 2014 Bevel Summers Prize
“Shenandoah, the Washington and Lee University Review,” will be accepting entries of short short stories for the annual Bevel Summers Prize from until March 31. This year’s judge will writer and “Shenandoah” contributor Nick Ripatrazone. No friends, relatives or students of Ripatrazone’s will be eligible this year.
Up to three previously unpublished entries of less than 1,000 words each may be submitted either via postal mail or through the submissions site accessed through “Shenandoah’s” website (https://shenandoah.submittable.com/submit). Anyone with questions about submissions should email email@example.com.
The prize category will be accessible through this same submissions link on March 10. The winner of the contest will receive $1,000 and will be featured prominently in the next online issue. All finalists for the prize are eligible to be published in “Shenandoah.”
The prize is named for the fictional evangelist Bevel Summers and the also fictional impressionable young boy who adopts his name in “The River” by Flannery O’Connor, the acclaimed writer of short stories.
When the prize began in 2011, there were over 200 entries and in 2012, over 400. The 2011 winner was Marsha McSpadden, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., for her piece “Facsimile in Boots,” and the 2012 winner was Jim McDermott of the Washington, D.C., area for “The Pointer.” Last year’s winner was Seth Brady Tucker of Lafayette, Colo., for his narrative “Jigsaw.”
The 2014 prize winner will be announced on the “Shenandoah” and the Washington and Lee websites as well as in other news media in June.
Postal mail should be addressed to: “Shenandoah,” 17 Courthouse Square, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450.
Lenfest Honored by Dickinson College
Gerry Lenfest ’53, ’55L will receive an honorary doctor of philanthropy degree from Dickinson College at its commencement May 18 in Carlisle, Pa.
Lenfest, benefactor and Washington and Lee emeritus trustee, founded and owned the Philadelphia region’s largest cable television system, Suburban Cable TV, a division of Lenfest Communications, until its sale to Comcast in 2000. Today, he is part owner of Interstate General Media, which publishes The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Through their foundation and personal donations, Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, have given more than $1 billion in philanthropic support of disadvantaged youth, the arts, higher education and the environment. At W&L, the Lenfests made leadership gifts toward the Lenfest Center for the Arts and its Wilson Concert Hall. They have also been strong supporters of the University’s Honor Our Past, Build Our Future campaign, particularly in the area of faculty support. The campaign has raised more than $440 million toward its $500 million goal.
Lenfest chairs the boards of the American Revolution Museum and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. He previously chaired the boards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to W&L, he is a graduate of Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, where he later served as president of the board, and Columbia Law School. He is a past trustee of Columbia University.
W&L Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Welcomes Poet, Professor and Novelist Lucinda Roy
The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University will induct new members into the prestigious academic honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on Thursday, March 13, at 11:45 a.m. in Lee Chapel.
The convocation, which is free and open to the public, will recognize and honor 49 members of the junior and senior classes and eight graduates from the Class of 2013, all of whom were accepted into Phi Beta Kappa based on their exceptional academic achievements.
The event will feature Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, who will give the keynote talk, “Lifelong Learning as a Fountain of Youth: A Writer-Teacher’s Curious, Cross-Cultural Journey toward Creativity.”
Roy, who is a poet and a novelist, teaches poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction at Virginia Tech. She earned her B.A. from King’s College, London, and her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arkansas. In 2000, she received an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Richmond.
Roy has won many writing and teaching awards, including the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award and Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Award. She served as chair of the English department at Virginia Tech from 2002 to 2006. Roy’s books include the novel “Lady Moses,” the poetry collection “The Humming Birds” and a memoir-critique entitled “No Right to Remain Silent: What We’ve Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech.” She is working on her next poetry collection, a novel series for young adults and a series of oil paintings depicting the Middle Passage.
Roy has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, and her work has been widely published and anthologized. She gives keynotes and presentations around the country on campus safety, creativity, diversity and higher education reform.
The chapter will induct as an honorary member Douglas R. Rendleman, the Robert E.R. Huntley Professor of Law at Washington and Lee, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the professions of law and teaching.
The chapter will induct Lucinda Roy as an honorary member as well.
Also at the convocation, the chapter will announce the winner of the Phi Beta Kappa J. Brown Goehring Sophomore Award. The award goes to the student with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of his or her sophomore year. It is named in honor of J. Brown Goehring, a retired chemistry professor at W&L. During his 38 years at the University, he spent 22 years as secretary-treasurer of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Its motto is “Love of learning is the guide of life.”
Class of 2013 Initiates:
Kendre S. Barnes (Thomasville, Ala.), Elizabeth Brassfield (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Audrey Anne Kerr (Dallas), Stephanie N. Malaska (Redmond, Wash.), Mary E. Rodriguez (Arlington, Texas), Benjamin Z. Ruffel (Wilton, Conn.), Rachel Urban (Opelousas, La.) and Nora S. Wallenius (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Class of 2014 Initiates:
Katharine Anne Armstrong (Atlanta), Thomas William Bowen (Fredericksburg, Va.), Mihai Ovidiu Cirstea (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Monica Elizabeth Devlin (Bronxville, N.Y.), Shaun Kelley Devlin (Canton, Ill.), David Neil Fishman (Westfield, N.J.), William Michael Fulwider (Columbus, Ohio), Robert Clark Gerbo (Morgantown, W.Va.), Jena Catherine Glavy (Stafford, Va.), Nicole Samara Gunawansa (Portsmouth, Va.), Douglas Richard Hilbert (Whippany, N.J.), Lauren Nicolle Howry (Menlo Park, Calif.), Brandie Leigh Huffman (Warrenton, Va.), Sophia Kearney-Lederman (New York, N.Y.), Vincent Kim (Grand Blanc, Mich.), Chelsea Burton Kowalchuk (Charlotte, N.C.), James Lewis (Tampa, Fla.), Richard Marmorstein (Aberdeen, S.D.), Isabella Martin (Scottsburg, Va.), Colleen O’Meara Paxton (Paducah, Ky.), Zain Raza (Edmond, Okla.), Kingsley Manning Schroeder (Dayton, Ohio), Wenda Tu (Wuhan, Hubei, China), Victoria Hart Van Natten (Towson, Md.) and Virginia Young (Richmond, Va.).
Class of 2015 Initiates:
Bipeen Acharya (Sunakothi, Lalitpur, Nepal), Syed Ali (Shrewsbury, Mass.), James Burkhardt Biemiller (Lancaster, Pa.), Liza Boldrick (San Antonio, Texas), Michael Vogel Bronstein (Canton, Mass.), Scott Nickle Gould (Nashville, Tenn.), Wilson McGehee Hallett (Charlotte, N.C.), Cort Blake Hammond (Seattle, Wash.), Christopher Hu (Ridgewood, N.J.), Ho Yee Cynthia Lam (Westfield, N.J.), Katherine Helen LeMasters (Abilene, Texas), Shannon Elizabeth Marwitz (Midlothian, Va.), James McCullum (Hallowell, Maine), Garland Neal (Charlotte, N.C.), Caroline Nixon (Atlanta), Alexander Jerome Organ (St. Paul, Minn.), Daniel James Raubolt (Acworth, Ga.), Eric Michael Schwen (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Andrea Valentina Siso (Houston), Haley Smith (Lynchburg, Va.), Scott Anthony Sugden (Circle Pines, Minn.), Patrick Smith Wellborn (Watkinsville, Ga.), Ellen Anka Wiencek (Medina, Ohio) and Lauren Elizabeth Williams (Roanoke, Va.).
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W&L’s Vincent Kim Wins Scholarship to Cambridge University
Vincent Kim of Grand Blanc, Mich., a senior at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for a Ph.D. program in physics at Cambridge University in England. The three-year scholarship provides tuition and a stipend.
Kim is a physics and global politics major and a poverty and human capability studies minor. He is captain of the W&L tennis team.
“I was attracted to Cambridge by its program in optoelectronics, where they are studying solar cells and alternative energy. I really liked that it is focused on developing more efficient solar cells that could be used globally in communities that are off the grid and don’t have access to electricity,” said Kim. “If we work on alternative forms of energy, we can really alleviate poverty. I think it’s one of the aspects of physics that’s very pressing and can affect a lot of people.”
Kim said that the Shepherd Poverty Program convinced him to attend W&L, where learned about different aspects of poverty, some of the causes and how technology can help alleviate poverty.
“The Shepherd Program gives me a great perspective on why we’re studying science and how we can follow our passions for different academic subjects — for me it’s physics — and how we can use that to make the world a better place,” he said.
Irina Mazilu is Kim’s faculty advisor and associate professor of physics at W&L. She and her husband, Dan Mazilu, assistant professor of physics, work together on projects with Irina focusing on the theory and Dan focusing on the experimental side.
“At the core of Vincent’s beliefs is the idea of giving back to the community and making a difference,” said Mazilu. “He lives his life with purpose and urgency and he doesn’t waste time.”
According to Mazilu, Kim’s resume is already that of a seasoned physicist. He has published a paper in a leading peer-reviewed statistical physics journals, “Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment,” with a further two manuscripts submitted and under review.
“Vincent’s involvement in research goes beyond completing the tasks assigned by his research advisor. He is my research collaborator in the true sense of the word, and co-author on physics articles. He is a gifted physicist. Many times during our research meetings, Vincent would present an out-of-the-box solution to experimental or theoretical problems that would move the project further, sometimes in unexpected directions,” said Mazilu.
Kim also had the opportunity to attend two international conferences, the American Physics Society National Conference in Baltimore in 2012 and the 25thInternational Conference of Statistical Physics in Seoul, South Korea, in 2013. At the latter, Kim presented the W&L research and networked with experts in the field.
“The physicists who attended the presentations had a hard time believing that Vincent is ‘just an undergraduate’ because his professionalism and expertise in the field are at the level of an advanced graduate student,” said Mazilu.
During his time at W&L, Kim also has been able to study abroad in Spain, Costa Rica and Japan and has taught English in the Dominican Republic.
“Vincent came back from his travels with a renewed sense of gratitude and responsibility to share with his peers what he learned,” said Mazilu.
Kim received a Johnson Scholarship to attend W&L, which provides full-tuition, room-and-board merit scholarships for up to 44 exceptionally qualified students. The program has recently been expanded to give each Johnson Scholar the opportunity to receive financial support for summer internships, research or independent projects.
“I wouldn’t have been able to attend Washington and Lee without receiving a Johnson Scholarship,” said Kim. “It’s phenomenal. It gave me all the opportunities that have enabled me to get into graduate school at Cambridge.”
W&L Law’s Fraley Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Ireland
Jill Fraley, assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Trinity College in Dublin during the 2014–15 academic year.
During her Fulbright, Fraley will conduct research on the development of property law in colonial Scotland and Ireland. She will also deliver several public lectures.
A legal historian who focuses her research on property and environmental issues, Fraley is currently at work on a book manuscript titled “The Tragedy of the Wastes: A History of Least-Valued Properties and the Making of Nation-States in Eighteenth Century North America.” Her research on England’s colonization of Scotland and Ireland will explore how Great Britain transported its own property law system as it expanded to other territories, including North America.
“By uncovering a history of how English colonists employed the concept of waste within Ireland and Scotland prior to the colonization of North America and other distant lands, this project will elucidate the evolution of their strategy for land claiming, particularly as European powers increasingly competed for territory,” Fraley says.
Fraley is a graduate of Yale University, where she completed dual programs in History and Religious Studies. She received her J.D. from Duke University, after which she practiced law for more than six years, working primarily in toxic torts and premises liability. She eventually returned to the academy, receiving an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School.
Fraley has taught at the University of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Law School and Yale Law School. At W&L, she teaches property, environmental law, law & geography and legal history. Her recent writings focus on the legal history of Appalachia, property, cartography and the development of territorial jurisdiction.
The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange program, and is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grants are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
W&L Students Initiate Spanish Language Creative Writing Magazine
When Victoria Blackstone, a junior psychology and Spanish double major at Washington and Lee University, was looking for an opportunity to write creatively in Spanish, she discovered she was not alone. Ellen Mayock, the Ernest Williams II Professor of Spanish at W&L, informed her that several other students had floated the same idea. Thus was born the new Spanish literary magazine “Pluma,” with the first issue due March 31. The deadline for submissions for the first issue was Feb. 24.
Blackstone is the editor-in-chief and is joined in the editorial committee by W&L senior Evelyn Rupert, a journalism and Spanish double major, junior Austin Pierce, a philosophy major, junior Andrea Siso, a romance languages major with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies and sophomore Juan Cruz Mayol.
Mayock and Ivelise Faundez-Reitsma, visiting assistant professor of Spanish at W&L, are also on the editorial committee for the magazine.
Publication will be two or three times a year and will initially be online. “Publishing online is really nice because it’s a flexible format that allows us to adapt to whatever creative input we have,” explained Blackstone. “Once we have a more solid foundation we’re hoping to branch into a physical copy.”
According to Blackstone, the editorial committee is looking for submissions that will bridge the gap between what it is to speak Spanish and what it is to express oneself creatively. “I definitely found in my own creative work that the things I want to say in Spanish are very different from the things I want to say in English,” said Blackstone. “This is not an equivalent literary publication that just happens to be in Spanish. It’s a completely different perspective on things and provides an outlet to explore the other side of culture that can only be expressed in Spanish.”
The committee has received submissions of poetry, prose and 10-minute plays, up to 1,500 words, from the W&L campus as well as from alumni. It is also accepting any form of artwork for illustrations and people have already shown significant interest in the cultural artwork fundamental to Hispanic culture.
Mayock pointed out that the students’ desire for more creative writing outlets in Spanish has encouraged the department to design an upper-level creative writing workshop. “The course has eight very talented students who have already done literary translations and written 10-minute plays in Spanish. We’ve now moved onto our poetry unit,” said Mayock.
In addition to drawing on the Spanish department at W&L, the editorial committee is planning a broad outreach into different sectors of the community, including Virginia Military Institute, the Rockbridge County high school and Southern Virginia University.
Mayock said that “Pluma” arises from a growing interest across campus in the creative arts, from Romance Languages Poetry night to the English department’s creative writing program to Wilson Hall’s activities and beyond. “This magazine promises to be an ample creative space for Spanish speakers and readers interested in high-quality literary and artistic works based in themes of the Spanish-speaking world,” she said.
Faundez-Reitsma added that “Pluma” is set to become “a meeting point for lovers of Hispanic culture and language in the Shenandoah region. There is an underlying philosophy to all Hispanic culture, best expressed by the quintessential phrase ‘Mi casa es su casa’ (my home is your home). There are scarcely better words to portray the communal vision grounding the “Pluma” project.”
The website for “Pluma,” which is a work in progress, is http://pluma.academic.wlu.edu/
W&L Transnational Law Institute Presents Lecture on Children and International Criminal Law
The Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute will present a public lecture by Prof. Diane Marie Amann of the University of Georgia Law School on Friday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall. The title of Prof. Amann’s lecture is “Children and International Criminal Law.”
Prof. Amann is the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law and Special Adviser to the International Criminal Court on Children in Armed Conflict. She teaches in the areas of the laws of war, international criminal law, public international law, criminal law, and juvenile law.
Since Dec. 2012, Prof. Amann has served as International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s Special Adviser on Children in Armed Conflict, although she speaks at W&L in her personal capacity. Before joining Georgia in 2011, Amann was a professor of law at the University of California-Davis, where she was founding director of the California International Law Center, a visiting professor of law at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Los Angeles, the Irish Center for Human Rights (National University of Ireland-Galway) and professeur invitée at the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
Prof. Amann served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and previously for the late Prentice H. Marshall of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. She is a former vice president of the American Society of International Law, the editor-in-chief of the Society’s Benchbook on International Law (2014) and the recipient of its 2013 Prominent Woman in International Law Award.
Prof. Amann’s lecture will emphasize how the wartime plight of children has formed a keystone of the work of the International Criminal Court. The Court’s first verdict, against a former rebel leader, focused exclusively on the war crimes of conscripting, enlisting, and using child soldiers. Those same crimes featured prominently in other early cases as well.
Outside the courtroom, the ICC Prosecutor joined UN officials and others in condemning a range of wartime offenses against girls and boys, including sexual violence, killing and maiming, and attacks on schools and hospitals. This attention contrasts with the relative disregard of children in the post-World War II tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo.
The lecture will explore both the reasons for this change and the challenges posed by this new institutional focus on children in and affected by armed conflict. Prof. Amann has published extensively on the subject, including an article “Children and the First Verdict of the International Criminal Court.”
The Transnational Law Institute, directed by Professor Mark Drumbl, was established in 2006 to support and coordinate teaching innovations, externships, internships, a speaker series and visiting faculty to help prepare students for the increasing globalization of legal practice.
Jane Goodall to Speak at Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee’s Contact Committee will present Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, who will speak on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
The title of Goodall’s talk is “Sowing the Seeds of Hope.” The event is co-sponsored by SEAL, the Tri-Beta Honor Society and the Johnson Leadership Series.
The event will be ticketed and the talk will be free. Tickets will be distributed free of charge to University faculty, staff and students with W&L ID on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in Elrod Commons. The doors to Lee Chapel will open at 7 p.m. on March 6.
A block of tickets will be reserved for anyone interested in lining up at the doors to Lee Chapel the night of the event. More specific ticketing information can be found at facebook.com/contactcommittee.
The event will be live-streamed on the Washington and Lee website, and an overflow location will be in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. A book signing will follow the event in Evans Hall. Several of her books are available at the University Store for purchase, and will also be for sale at the signing.
In 1960, Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.
In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa.
Goodall also founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991. Today, the organization connects hundreds of thousands of youth in more than 130 countries who take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.
Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, she was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.
For more information about Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit www.janegoodall.org.
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John Folsom '73 Honored for Humanitarian Work
When it comes to community service, John Folsom ’73, a trustee emeritus of W&L and the president-CEO of the commercial real estate firm Colliers International, said, “We all do a better job if we are totally committed to the causes we support.”
That’s what Folsom told the Columbia, S.C., newspaper The State upon being named his region’s 2013 Humanitarian of the Year by the United Way of the Midlands.
Folsom said he tries to work actively for organizations and initiatives for which he has a passion, such as health and human services, education and the arts. His work on behalf of the homeless and recognition of members of the armed forces received special note in his nomination for the award.
As a member of the Midlands Housing Alliance board, he helped secure the property and solicited gifts from individuals and businesses that made possible the construction of the Transitions homeless shelter in Columbia. The shelter helps chronically homeless people make the transition to self-sufficiency. It has helped some 500 people move into permanent housing and another 1,300 to find improved living conditions.
Folsom told The State that he was surprised by the award, noting that many other people have made a significant impact on the quality of life in the South Carolina Midlands. And he added that large financial contributions are not the only way to do so. Thoughtful leadership and devotion of time and energy are also essential.
“For those of us who care about our community and the quality of life of our residents, I believe there is a role for each of us to play,” he told the newspaper.