What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge, plus Pumpkin Carving
Plenty of things to choose from in our weekly roundup of events in the area (and elsewhere), plus some photos from a recent pumpkin carving event held by Law Families, a law school organization that sponsors activities for students with significant others and children. Thanks to 2L Loren Peck for the photos.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Speaker: Paul Maslansky (W&L undergrad class of ’54) will speak to students about his film industry experiences. 3:30pm in the Johnson Theatre. Maslansky is a noted producer and writer known for “Police Academy: The Series” (1997), “Police Academy” (1984) and “Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment” (1985). Prep for that post-law-school 15 minutes of fame!
Halloween Party & Live Music by the Marla Palma Band at Devil’s Backbone. 5-8pm at Devil’s Backbone. There will be prizes for best Halloween costume, so bring ’em out!
Bluegrass Halloween Bash and Live Music at Sweet Treats with The Ruckus, 8-10pm. Don’t stop the music! Or the costumes.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
HALLOWEEN PARTY! All caps necessary. At the Ruins, 8-11:30pm. Don’t let the MPRE get you down. When darkness falls over the Liberty Hall Ruins, things are going to get weird. DJ Legion of Groove on the ones and twos rocking the tent all night long. Kegs of beer and cider, champagne (for costume contest winners), and Papa John’s pizza will be served. Also, bring a pre-carved pumpkin to the party.
Football vs. Emory & Henry, 1pm, Wilson Field.
Women’s Soccer vs. Randolph-Macon. 2pm, Alston Parker Watt Field.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sunday Night Football at Hillel (ever week from November 2-December 14). 8:30-10pm. Come watch the football game in the Hillel Conference Room. Pizza, drinks, and more pizza for guessing the winning score.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Movie Night: Gideon’s Army at Stackhouse Theater, 5:30-8:30pm. “Gideon’s Army” is a look at the US criminal justice system from the perspective of the accused. The screening will be followed by a panel of speakers representing defense and prosecutorial perspectives. Directed by attorney Dawn Porter and Sundance awardwinner, the movie follows a group of idealistic young public defenders in the deep south, where lawyers face particularly challenging circumstances due to high bonds, minimum mandatory sentencing, and a culture that is generally “tough on crime.”
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Schoolwide Dinner! 6:30-8:30pm. Come enjoy an evening of Indian cuisine and good company in Evans Hall. This will be a great chance to enjoy a meal and hang out together before exam season starts. Dinner is $5 and you can pay with your card swipe #basicallyfree #loanrich Hashtag cred Ryan Redd, SBA President and social media extraordinaire.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Free Cooking Class with Executive Chef Donal Bowman: How to Cook Like an Executive Chef. 3:30-4:30pm in The Marketplace, Elrod Commons. These will continue every Thursday starting November 6, and will feature 45 minutes of hands-on teaching and 15 minutes of conversation. Then you can take a picture of your fancy food and post it online. #eatingfortheinsta #bonappetit
Lecture: Philip Atiba Goff, “Preventing the Next Ferguson: The Science of Bias in Policing,” 4:30pm, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. Part of the Race and Justice in America Lecture series. Dr. Goff is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination as well as the intersections of race and gender. He has conducted groundbreaking work exploring the ways in which racial prejudice is not a necessary precondition for racial discrimination.
Challah Baking Workshop, Hillel Community Kitchen, 4:30-7:30pm. Do you like challah? That’s a dumb question. Everyone likes challah (and challah French toast!!). Now you can learn to make one, and then eat it. Dinner will be provided to all participants! Questions? email@example.com or x8443
Around Lex/Tickets to fun things
The Office of Student Affairs is offering discounted tickets to a number of shows this fall. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Limit two tickets per student.) Interested students should contact Lora Richardson- firstname.lastname@example.org, office number 421.
Lake Street Dive – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville – Saturday, 11/8 (10 Tickets, 2 for $10)
Great Russian Nutcracker – Paramount Theater – Charlottesville –
Sunday, 12/7 (16 Tickets, 2 for $20)
Monticello House Tours Passes – Four passes are available for use on ANY date between now and12/31/14. Purchasing students should indicate the date on which they wish to use the pass(es). Interested students should contact Lora Richardson- email@example.com
On the Ballot
Mid-term elections are upon us, and a story on the OregonLive website features Caitlin Mitchel-Markley, a 2005 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, who is running on the Libertarian ticket for the Oregon legislature.
Her husband is running for office, too, also on the Libertarian ticket. As the article reports, “Kyle is trying to unseat Rep. Joe Gallegos, a Democrat, in House District 30, and Caitlin is looking to upset Sen. Bruce Starr, a Republican, in Senate District 15.”
This is Caitlin’s first time running for office; Kyle tried in 2012, without success. One of their main stumping points is property rights, along with allowing schools to more easily fire teachers, eliminating the state arts and racing commissions and even deleting the regional Urban Growth Boundary. Neither thinks they can win, but they say they hope to bring Libertarian values into the public discourse.
You can read more about Caitlin’s political positions in an essay posted on the Oregon Outpost website.
Author Bruce Holsinger Will Read from his Historical Thriller at W&L
Author and scholar Bruce Holsinger, professor of English at the University of Virginia, will give a Glasgow reading at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Holsinger will read from his historical thriller, “A Burnable Book.” The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment Fund.
“A Burnable Book” is set in the alleys and halls of medieval London, where the poets Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower spent much of their lives.
David Liss, Edgar Award-winning author of “A Conspiracy of Paper” and “The Last Enchantment” said of “The Burnable Book,” “Everything you want in a work of historical fiction: fascinating, rich in period detail, and propelled by a compulsively engaging story. Even better, it’s clever and witty…a superb entertainment.”
In addition to his fiction writing, Holsinger is the author or editor of six nonfiction books, including “Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism and the War on Terror” (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2007); “The Premodern Condition: Medievalism and the Making of Theory” (University of Chicago Press, 2005); and “Music, Body and Desire in Medieval Culture” (Stanford University Press, 2001). He has also written more than 15 articles and five book reviews.
Holsinger’s work has garnered major awards from the Modern Language Association, the American Musicological Society and the Medieval Academy of America. His research has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is the recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies.
He earned his M.A. from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
The Glasgow Endowment was established by the late Arthur G. Glasgow for the “promotion of the expression of art through pen and tongue.” In the past four decades the endowment has hosted authors including Claudia Emerson, Natasha Trethewey and Raphael Campo.
Leanne M. Shank Named Treasurer of NACUA
Leanne M. Shank, general counsel at Washington and Lee University, was elected to a three-year term as treasurer of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).
Leanne has been a member of NACUA, the primary source of higher education law programming for its members and for the higher education community, since 1993, and served as a member-at-large on the NACUA board of directors 2007-2010. She served for 13 consecutive years (2002-2014) on the NACUA Committee on Finance & Audit and on its subcommittee on Investments. She also served as chair of that subcommittee for the past six years.
In the Lexington community, she has served as president of the Rockbridge/Buena Vista Bar Association, president of the local Free Clinic, director and treasurer of the Yellow Brick Road Child Care Center, and president and officer of the United Way of Lexington/Rockbridge County.
Leanne received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before Joining W&L, she served as Rockbridge County attorney; she began her legal career at a private firm in Washington.
Q&A with WLSO Presidents Thayer Case and Madeline Morcelle
Part of our ongoing series of Q&As with student leaders, Thayer Case and Madeline Morcelle, co-presidents of the Women Law Students Organization, discuss the importance of participating in activities outside the classroom and what WLSO has planned for the coming year. Learn more about WLSO at law.wlu.edu/wlso.
Q: How has being on the WLSO board shaped your law school experience? (e.g. did it help with finding a job, organizing time, learning to work more efficiently with other people, doing legal research).
Thayer: Everything I have chosen to participate in outside of class has shaped my law school experience for the better. In terms of helping with jobs, probably the only thing that doesn’t help is preparing for and going to class! Employers choose to care about different things and the person you’re interviewing with may relate to something you have done or not. The more you have to talk about besides what classes you’re taking, the better. Then again, don’t overload yourself if you can’t handle it. No one singular extracurricular experience will necessarily provide more opportunities than the other, so I personally like to focus on a few things that I really care about and I think that looks better to an employer than someone who spreads themselves thin.
Q: Is there anything you think students absolutely must do in their time at W&L Law? (e.g. take a certain class/professor, get involved in Moot Court, etc.).
Thayer: I really don’t think there is one thing that you must do – it’s important to figure out what is important to you, what interests you, what will further your career goals, and what will make you happy. Everyone has a really different law school experience and as soon as you can recognize that and understand that you don’t have to be exactly like your peers, the better off you will be.
Q: How do you find time to balance your different academic, extracurricular, and personal goals/demands?
Maddie: Dr. Stephen Covey compared a person’s time to a wide-mouth jar full of rocks, gravel, sand, and water. A lot can fit in a jar, but if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you will never have room for them. I balance my academic, extracurricular, and personal goals and commitments by figuring out what matters—for me, that is what is value added to my professional and personal development—and then prioritizing these things above the rest so that I can give them my all. When I do this, I find that the white noise—the stuff that gets in the way—clears itself from my schedule.
Q: What advice do you have for succeeding in law school (for new 1Ls and prospective students)?
Maddie: 1) Don’t be afraid to connect with upperclassmen. At W&L, they are frequently willing to give 1Ls the inside scoop about a class and share their outlines. Organizations like WLSO have mentoring programs that connect 1Ls with upperclassmen with similar interests, and host social events to help blow off steam.
2) Get to know your professors outside of class. Our faculty has an open door policy. They are eager to connect with students and are incredible academic and professional resources.
Q: It’s 3L! What will you miss most about W&L/Lexington?
Maddie: Washington and Lee has an incredible sense of place. It isn’t just the beautiful campus, the charming town that envelops it, or Lexington’s quirky history. It’s the community. I knew from the first time that I set foot on campus that to study at Washington and Lee meant to be a part of a community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni that care deeply for each other. It’s true that the community is small—you surrender any hope of anonymity when you move to Lexington—but that is exactly what makes it so great. We know each other. We would go to bat for each other. I know from conversations with alumni that these are relationships that will last for the rest of our lives. Even so, I will miss being here, in the thick of it all, surrounded by a community of bright, brilliant, courageous peers, teachers, mentors, and friends.
Q: We heard WLSO is starting a blog! Tell us a little about that.
Maddie: Forty years ago, the first class of women law students graduated from Washington and Lee. This year, WLSO is honoring their achievements by launching a new blog, Juris Sophia, which will feature articles addressing the advancement of women in the profession and how policy, law and events affect women. We hope that this blog will further WLSO’s mission of providing a forum for issues that interest, concern and affect women, advocating for the success of women in the law, and bringing an awareness of women’s issues to the W&L Law School community.
Q: Give us the best advice you’ve ever received, or the best advice you can give, about law school.
Thayer: Law school is not the end. (Advice from my grandfather who is 89 and sill practices law!)
W&L Board Authorizes Construction of Third-Year Housing Neighborhood at Its Fall Meeting
At its fall meeting, Oct. 24-25, Washington and Lee University’s Board of Trustees gave final approval for the construction of a new on-campus housing neighborhood for upper-division students.
The board also authorized site development for the new housing neighborhood—bulk excavation and fill and new utility infrastructure—plus an adjacent, proposed natatorium. Although actual construction of the natatorium has not been authorized pending completion of fundraising goals, site development performed at the same time would save significant costs.
The new neighborhood would house some 338 students, enabling the University to meet its requirement that all students live on campus for their first three years, beginning with the current first-year class. The $36.7 million project is planned to open in fall 2016. Construction is slated to begin soon after final approval by local governmental authorities.
The trustees on the Campus Life Committee also toured the first-year residential life facilities, including recently renovated Gaines Hall and Graham-Lees Hall, which is currently under renovation. Progress on residential life facilities is the latest development in the University’s strategic plan, adopted in 2007.
In other business, the board received a report from a special trustee task force impaneled last May to explore the impact of national trends in legal education on W&L’s School of Law. Since 2010, law school applications have decreased by more than 35 percent nationally, while the job market for legal professions has also been shrinking. The trustee task force examined the impact those trends are having at W&L and possible responses to the challenges they pose.
After receiving the task force report, the trustees directed the university’s senior administration to devise a detailed plan no later than February 2015 that will strengthen the law school and permit it to achieve financial self-sufficiency by 2018. In addition, the board approved temporary allocations from law school resources to support the school as the plan is being developed and enacted.
The trustees heard reports on the internally managed endowment, which now exceeds $1 billion and when combined with trusts held by others approaches $1.5 billion.
The board also heard an update on the progress of the University’s Honor Our Past, Build Our Future capital campaign, which now stands at $473 million towards its $500 million goal. The campaign concludes in the summer 2015.
Three new trustees were sworn in: Joseph W. Luter IV ’87 of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Laurie A. Rachford ’84L of Houston, Texas; and Lizanne Thomas ’82L of Atlanta, Georgia.
Lee Chapel and Museum to Close for Installation of Fire-Suppression System and Renovations Dec. 12; Will Reopen in Late March
Lee Chapel and Museum on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, will close for the installation of a new fire-suppression system from Dec. 12 through late March 2015, part of W&L’s continuing efforts to preserve its historic buildings.
Additional renovations will include upgrading the museum’s track lighting system with energy-efficient LEDs and creation of a new hall exhibition gallery and text panel.
Washington and Lee’s entire front campus, including Lee Chapel, has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior. Lee Chapel, built in 1868, remains the university’s largest meeting space and is home to many campus events, lectures, concerts and weddings. It is also Lexington’s and Rockbridge County’s foremost tourist venue, attracting some 40,000 visitors each year.
In addition to famous paintings of George Washington and Robert E. Lee and distinctive architectural features, the upper level, or auditorium portion, contains the acclaimed white marble statue, “Recumbent Lee” by Edward Valentine. Robert E. Lee served as the university’s president from 1865-70, saving it from financial ruin.
The lower level houses a permanent exhibition, “Educating to Build and Re-Build a Nation,” which details the contributions of Lee and Washington to higher education in America while showcasing numerous historical artifacts. It also features Lee’s preserved office, his tomb in the Lee family crypt, changing exhibitions and a museum shop. Lee’s famous horse, Traveller, is buried just outside the building.
The university will pay for installation of the fire suppression system. The lighting upgrade and fabrication of the hall exhibition gallery will be provided by the Lee Chapel Endowment Fund.
Why W&L Law: 1L Lizzy Williams Likes to Learn…A Lot
We asked several of our 1L students to discuss their decision to attend W&L Law. Next up is Lizzy Williams, a graduate of Smith College from Austin, Texas.
I’ve always been a nerd. It is a mantel that I proudly wear. In second grade, I stayed up late every Thursday watching BBC mysteries with my mom. I was always late to school the next day, but that never mattered. In middle school, I called the school during the summer to debate with them what the most valuable elective courses to enroll in were. Fast-forward to a small liberal women’s college in the northeast, where intellectual activity was the primary activity. I then took my nerdiness elsewhere, learning German and spending time in Austria as a student and an English teacher. All of these required lots of learning, which I adored. But then came law school.
And, man, is there a lot of work in law school.
It is my first year here at Washington and Lee Law, and I couldn’t be more pleased that I chose to come do all the work here. Before applications, it wasn’t my plan. I’d intended to live in a big, cosmopolitan city with numerous Indian food restaurants to choose from. But I applied to W&L anyway because I knew of the great national reputation of the school, I liked the way the curriculum is divided between all three years giving each one a special purpose, and I’d always wanted to go to Virginia. As a history buff, I loved the idea of attending a school that President George Washington had given the foundational support to, as well as the honor and traditions that come from him and General Lee.
Picking W&L Law was a choice full of little ideas that built themselves up until I couldn’t not choose W&L. I applied to law school while living in Austria, which means I got a lot of acceptance e-mails and not a lot of letters. Washington and Lee sent me a hard-copy of every important piece of paper, in addition to an e-mail. My acceptance letter came via e-mail on a Wednesday night after a long, difficult day teaching English. Opening the attachment, I saw a hand-written congratulatory note, which later came in the mail. This was a small thing, but it illustrated to me the kind of attention and personal care that W&L gives to its students.
Not so long after that, I was contacted by a professor through email, and we made a phone call appointment. Of course, I converted the time incorrectly, so when she called my Austrian cell phone, I was heading home on the local country train, full of the high-school students I taught yelling back and forth to each other throughout the entire compartment. This served to make me anxious, but my anxiety was quickly dissolved by the friendly voice on the other end. As we spoke, every word worked to convince me that W&L was not like the horror stories of law school that I’d heard of from others; instead it was a place where professors had open doors, students were friendly, and opportunities were numerous.
There was a break in the Austrian school schedule, and I had already bought tickets to Massachusetts to visit friends. From Massachusetts, I drove eight hours to W&L Law to see Lexington, meet with professors and chat with students. It wasn’t long before I was sure this was the right place for me. Two professors took significant amounts of time out of their busy weekends to discuss everything W&L with me. I went out for drinks with a group of students and was relieved to see that I couldn’t imagine any of them telling a professor to kick you out of class, as happens to Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.
But in the end, it was the nerd in me that chose W&L. Classrooms are small, and classes are even smaller. My undergraduate institution was also small, and I couldn’t imagine how I’d pay attention in a class with more than 100 students. Here that is not a problem. My largest class, by far, has 68 people, and still somehow manages to feel intimate. There is an honor code here that treats students like responsible members of the community and expects students to be honest and behave with decency. These are important traits for all humans, but for someone going into the legal profession, they are even more valuable.
Using my German language skills is something that appeals to me for my future work, and a large number of the law faculty speak German. Possible venues for career and summer jobs in international law were suggested to me that made a vision of my future solidify from a vague grey haze to a brightly colored painting. Washington and Lee has the German Law Journal, which is one of the top journals on European law. There are professors here with such a wide variety of experiences and contacts to help students figure out what kind of law speaks to them. There are so many sub-fields in our future profession, and at W&L you will jump right in the first day learning the real basis for your legal career. After that, the possibilities are almost limitless.
I chose Washington and Lee Law, because the more I learned the more, I couldn’t not come here for my legal education. The professors, staff, and students are without exception kind, intelligent, open, and helpful.
You’re going to do a lot of work in law school. At Washington and Lee, you will be supported and encouraged. Your friends and colleagues will be smart and interesting, and your classes will not be scary, but instead stimulating and fun.
What Halloween Can Learn from History
What Halloween Can Learn from History
Assistant Professor of History
Michelle Brock is assistant professor of history at Washington and Lee University and teaches the age of the witch-hunts, history of Medieval, early modern and modern Britain, Scottish history and the British Reformations.
Imagine the following scene: An unruly parade of intoxicated men and women ambles down the street. One man dressed as a priest is singing bawdy songs and making obscene gestures at the gathering crowd. A woman in men’s clothing shouts orders and insults at a nearby man, presumably her husband, who happens to be dressed as a woman. At the front of the group is an older, poorer-looking fellow clad in bright, velvety clothes with a crown on his head. Everyone is drunk and jolly, adjusting their costumes and gorging themselves on sugary treats.
No, this isn’t a snapshot of a fraternity party or a downtown pub crawl on Halloween night. This scene would have occurred throughout medieval and Renaissance Europe as part of the carnivalesque festivals that marked an array of yearly events, including the end of harvest season, the New Year and the countdown to Lent. These popular, raucous festivities depicted a world turned upside down. Beggars played kings, women dominated men, and the laity mocked the clergy in deliberate and obvious inversions of social norms.
Halloween was not born of these pre-modern festivals of misrule. The origins of the modern holiday, as far as we know, trace back to the Catholic vigil observed on the eve of All Saints Day, November 1, during the Middle Ages. Popular lore locates the beginning of Halloween with the Christianization of the Celtic celebration of Samhain, but historians can find little evidence for this claim.
Yet the modern shenanigans of October 31 share much in common with the European festivals from centuries ago. People dress up, inhabit new personas, overindulge in sweets and alcohol, and enjoy time with friends and family. An element of escapism is evident in both celebrations. During Halloween, shy girls become rock stars, adults relive their childhood memories, and everyone imagines unseen worlds through ghost stories and horror films. In both, individuals and communities behave in ways that both invert and reaffirm cultural norms. The key difference lies in precisely who is performing which personas, and to what end.
Above all, and as many scholars have argued, the misrule and inversion of pre-modern carnivals reinforced social hierarchies. The unruly woman or empowered beggar was emblematic of a topsy-turvy world rather than an approved alternative. When the festivities ended, everyone expected order to be restored and the status quo maintained. Peasants and women could have their fun, and then go back to toiling in the fields and obeying their husbands. In short, these performances were not only fun and games; they helped to maintain the established order.
At the same time, many scholars suggest that such festivals also afforded the common folk an opportunity to subvert, at least for a moment, the accepted hierarchy. The peasant mocked the noble in a radically unequal society, and the wife cuckolded the husband in a world where women had few legal and political rights. Taboos were broken and stereotypes were flouted. Although these activities occurred within socially sanctioned channels, they nonetheless allowed the powerless to become powerful, the marginalized to take center stage, and everyone to envision, even in jest, a different world. This performance of ritualized disobedience, however brief, could plant in people’s minds the seeds of resistance and rebellion.
This is not the case during Halloween. More often than not, it is the people in positions of power who play—and mock—the disempowered. One only needs a few minutes on Google to find images of young white men outfitted as “thugs” or in blackface, wealthy college students dressed up as “rednecks,” and people of European descent playing Indian for the night. This year’s costume du jour revolves around Ebola, a disease that, while posing an almost nonexistent threat to Americans, is killing thousands of African men and women.
People will argue that these costumes are totally innocuous, all in good fun. But like the festivals of medieval and Renaissance Europe, Halloween celebrations suggest and strengthen social norms. They reflect and reinforce stereotypes. Unlike the pre-modern era, however, they usually offer no positive flipside, no hidden desire to challenge accepted hierarchies or escape the realities of inequality. When people in positions of power dress up and mock minorities or the poor, they are simply embodying their own privilege and disregarding the struggles of others. This is as socially corrosive as it is thoughtless.
So this Halloween, enjoy the candy and the costumes, the frights and the laughs. Dress up as something fantastical or emboldening, perhaps a zombie, a unicorn or a superhero. But don’t further disempower the historically or presently oppressed. Take a lesson from history—play and performance matter in ways seen and unseen, so make your Halloween fun a force for good.
An Anniversary Concert Celebrating 142 years of the Lee Chapel Organ
George Taylor, co-director of Taylor and Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia, will give a talk about the Lee Chapel organ and its history on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Lee Chapel & Museum at Washington and Lee University.
Joining him will be Gregory Crowell, an internationally known organist, harpsichordist, clavichordist and conductor, who will give an organ concert. Taylor’s talk about the organ, accompanied by Crowell’s concert, is free and open to the public.
This year marks the 142nd anniversary of the original installation of the Lee Chapel organ built by Henry Erben, who is considered the father of organ building in America. It also has been 50 years since Taylor gave the dedication concert in honor of its restoration in 1964.
It was Taylor’s senior research project that resulted in the restoration of the organ as part of the 1963 renovation of the Chapel. After graduation from W&L in 1964, Taylor served a three-and-half-year apprenticeship in organ building under Rudolf von Beckerath of Germany. Taylor and Boody has produced 60 tracker-action organs over the last 35 years.
Crowell is the university organist and affiliate professor of music general education at Grand Valley State University and director of music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati and has studied at the North German Organ Academy, as well as at Academia del Organo (Pitoia, Italy) and Musika Hamabostaldia (San Sebastian, Spain).
Crowell has performed in numerous international festivals, including the Boston Early Music Festival and nine national conventions of the Organ Historical Society. Crowell has also published widely on subjects related to early keyboard instruments and their repertoire in such periodicals as The Diapason, The American Organist, The Tracker, among others.
The concert will feature pieces by composers George Frederic Handel, Jonathan Battishill, William Byrd, Charles Zeuner, Carl Phillipp Emmanuel Bach, J. S. Bach, Felix Mendelsshon-Bartholdy and James Woodman, as well as R.E. Lee’s favorite hymn.
West Wing Reports' Paul Brandus to Serve as Executive-in-Residence Nov. 17-19
In partnership with the Department of Journalism, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics will host West Wing Reports’ Paul Brandus as its fall 2014 Executive-in-Residence.
Brandus is an independent member of the White House Press Corps and founded West Wing Reports in 2009. The Knight Foundation’s Digital Media Center calls him “one of the most influential journalists in the White House press corps” and The Atlantic says Brandus is “one of the top Washington insiders you should follow on Twitter.” In 2011, he received the Shorty Award for “Best Journalist on Twitter.”
“We’re excited about bringing Paul Brandus to campus because he marries politics, business and journalism,” said Larry Peppers, the Williams School’s Crawford Family Dean.
West Wing Reports (@westwingreport) is followed on Twitter by more than 200,000 people and delivers national news bytes throughout the day—all in 140 characters or less. In addition, Brandus provides reports on the president’s domestic and foreign policy agenda to television and radio outlets around the United States and overseas, and is a columnist for MarketWatch, The Guardian, and The Week.
An entrepreneur who got his start as a U.S. Senate staffer, Brandus has developed expertise reporting on politics, business, and finance. He’s worked for NBC News, the Fox News Channel, and The American Funds, one of the biggest fund families in the U.S.
Brandus will deliver a keynote address, “News, Business and Politics: How they’re changing, changing each other, and changing us,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Hillel House.
The talk will be broadcast live online.
In addition to his public address, Brandus will visit several classrooms and meet with a number of different student organizations. Reporting on Business, The Presidency, and Parties, Interest Groups, and Media are among some of the classes on which he’ll sit in. Brandus will also spend time with student members of the Student Society of Professional Journalists, Ad Class, and the Venture Club.
Brandus is the author of a forthcoming book, “Under This Roof: A History of the Presidency in 21 White House Rooms,” which is due out in the fall of 2015.
Washington and Lee Elects New Trustees
Washington and Lee University welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees during the fall board meeting, Oct. 24–25.
Joseph W. Luter IV, of the W&L Class of 1987, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, spent 22 years with Smithfield Foods in positions ranging from a product scheduler to president of Smithfield Packing and executive vice president of Smithfield Foods. His responsibilities included P&L responsibility for a $2.5 billion operating company, consolidation and management of international sales, consolidation and oversight of brands within Smithfield Foods, and service on the strategy and M&A senior management team. Luter left Smithfield in October 2013 after its sale to pursue entrepreneurial dreams and control his own time. His current activities include commodity trading, real estate investment, a restaurant start-up and looking for the right operating opportunity. Luter earned a B.A. in history from W&L and is a graduate of the advanced management program at Harvard. He is married to Frances Patteson Luter, and they have two teenage children.
Laurie A. Rachford, W&L Law Class of 1984, of Houston, is general counsel at ExxonMobil Chemical Co. She joined the ExxonMobil Law Department in 1990, and prior to that held a variety of professional and management positions in ExxonMobil’s Law Department, in the Upstream, Downstream and Global Services companies in Texas and Virginia. Before joining ExxonMobil, she was in private practice in Washington and in Houston. She also served as a law clerk to Judge H. E. Widener, W&L Law 1953, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Rachford has served on the W&L Law Council and the reunion committee for the class of 1984L, and is an advisor for the Law School’s Professional Development Program. She earned a B.A. in history in 1981 from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lizanne Thomas, W&L Law Class of 1982, of Atlanta, is partner-in-charge of the Jones Day office and heads the firm’s corporate governance team. While her roots are as an M&A lawyer, Thomas practices, teaches and lives corporate governance. She participates in more than 100 board meetings per year as counsel to a number of public companies. She has lectured on governance to leading business organizations, companies and universities throughout the world. She represents special committees in going private and other control transactions, as well as internal investigations involving issues from financial restatements to allegations of executive misconduct. Thomas is experienced in public and private mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, takeover preparedness and executive compensation as well. She serves on the board of directors of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., where she serves as chair of the governance committee and a member of the audit committee; she previously served as a member of the compensation committee and co-chair of the special committee charged with investigating a variety of allegations. The company has twice won national corporate governance awards for its governance profile and shareholder engagement. Thomas also serves on the board of trustees of the Georgia Research Alliance, where she chairs the audit committee; on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; and as chair of the Georgia Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer. She belongs to the Rotary Club of Atlanta and is a former trustee of Furman University and former president of the W&L Law Council.
How to Succeed in Business
John Case, the CEO of Realty Income and a 1986 graduate of Washington and Lee, recently shared some of his investing secrets in a San Diego Union-Tribune profile, “A REIT for Steady Income in Good, Bad Times.”
John, who majored in economics at W&L, joined Realty Income in 2010, after working for Merrill Lynch and RBC Capital Markets. Over the years, the firm has built a reputation for outperforming the market, and the 2013 numbers tell the story best: it acquired a record $1.5 billion in assets; revenue was up 61 percent; earnings increased 54.7 percent; and dividends were up 19.7 percent.
Earlier this year, the company celebrated its 20th year as a NYSE-listed company by ringing the closing bell on the NYSE on Sept. 11. On this memorable milestone, John said, “On the company’s first day of trading on the NYSE in 1994, our shares closed at $8.00 per share. As of Sept. 4, 2014, our shares closed at $44.62 per share, which, together with the reinvestment of dividends, has resulted in a compounded average annual total return of 17 percent to our shareholders”
In the U-T story, he attributes the firm’s success to “having a disciplined, conservative underwriting approach on the acquisition side. We have an investment strategy that we’ve employed since 1969, when the company was founded. We’re looking for the right types of real estate investments. On the retail side we really are focusing on businesses and properties that are leased to businesses that have a nondiscretionary component, service or low price-point orientation to their business (such as convenience, drug and dollar stores, as well as movie theaters). That allows them to compete in a variety of economic cycles and succeed, and also allows them to compete with e-commerce, which is important.”
He added, “Our own balance sheet is quite conservative. When we went through the Great Recession, we were one of 10 public REITS that didn’t have to cut their dividend. In fact we raised our dividend. We’ve raised it every year since we went public. We’ve been able to withstand the greatest recession our country has seen since the Great Depression.”
With Reality Income’s steady growth, the business has sought new real estate of its own—it will be moving from its current home in Escondido, California, to Carmel Valley, just north of San Diego.
Hon. Robert Payne '63, '67L and W&L Law Dean Named Leaders in the Law
The Hon. Robert E Payne ’63, ’67L, Senior Judge from the Eastern District of Virginia, and Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Nora Demleitner were honored as “Leaders in the Law” on Oct. 23 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
Now in its ninth year, the VLW awards program recognizes lawyers across the commonwealth who are setting the standard for other lawyers in Virginia. “Leaders” are recognized for changing the law, serving the community, changing practice or improving Virginia’s justice system, among other accomplishments.
The honorees were celebrated during a reception at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. During the ceremony, it was announced that Judge Payne received the special honor of “Leader of the Year,” which is voted on by the honorees themselves.
Judge Payne was a litigator at McGuireWoods for many years becoming a judge in 1992. He took senior status in 2007 but continues to hear cases in the Eastern District. During his career, Judge Payne has heard many significant cases, and his decisions often set the parameters of criminal litigation in the district. For example, one of his decisions is cited in the discovery order used in every single case heard in the Eastern District.
Dean Nora Demleitner is a scholar of criminal, comparative and immigration law. She is the editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter and frequently lectures on sentencing and collateral sentencing issues. She is the first woman to serve as dean at W&L in the school’s history.
Virginia Lawyers Weekly is the commonwealth’s top source of legal information for practicing attorneys, providing a traditional weekly newspaper as well as online news. The newspaper reports all decisions issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Virginia Court of Appeals and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. News coverage highlights developments in case law, changes to court rules, verdict and settlement reports, bar-discipline notices and all other news vital to Virginia lawyers.
W&L Magazine, Fall 2014: Vol. 90 | No. 3
In This Issue:
- Education of a New Professor
- Shannon Bell Brings Appalachia to Academia
- A Cut Above the Rest: Paul Trible ’03
- Birthday, Teach for America, Water and SAT Scores
- From the Editor
Along the Colonnade
- The Kind of Community We Wish to Be: Respect, Democracy and Purpose at W&L
- Construction Projects
- Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty
- W&L Music Faculty Play Rare Clementi Grand Piano, Record CD
- Meet the New Trustees
- Speaker’s Corner
- Preparing New Doctors for the Witness Stand
- Two New Accolades for W&L Law
Lewis Hall Notes
- Law School Honors Jack Vardaman ’62 and Darlene Moore
- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Presides Over W&L Moot Court Finals
- Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts the Class of 2014
- Beau Knows — Leadership Starts at the Top
- W&L Traveller: Great Journey Through Europe
- Sturdy Foundations
- Something Great: The Annual Fund
- Young Alumni Weekend, Sept. 19-21
- Gene Pearce III ’65: Teaching and Gift Planning are Crucial to the University’s Future
James W. Jennings Jr. '65, '72L Receives 2014 Excellence in Civil Litigation Award
During this year’s annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, James W. Jennings Jr., a principal at Woods Rogers in Roanoke, Virginia, received the 2014 Excellence in Civil Litigation Award.
After Jennings graduated from Washington and Lee in 1965, he served in the Navy before earning his J.D. from the W&L School of Law in 1972. While at W&L Law, he was editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Coif and graduated magna cum laude. Jennings is an adjunct professor at W&L Law.
He defends personal injury cases in the areas of FELA, products liability and premises liability. He also handles insurance coverage, intellectual property, contract disputes, construction, product failure, municipal and local government, land use and estate administration.
“As a trial lawyer, I am deeply appreciative of this recognition by fellow defense lawyers,” Jennings said. He has practiced with Woods Rogers for more than 45 years.
He is a long-standing member of DRI, has served on its board of directors and received its Exceptional Service Award. He is past president of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and the Virginia Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served as chair of the board of editors of the Journal of Civil Litigation and on the board of editors of the Defense Counsel Journal. Jennings is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Super Lawyers. He also holds a place on Virginia Business’ Legal Elite.
Woods Rogers’ president Tom Bagby said, “We are fortunate to have James as a colleague and friend. His contributions to our firm are great and many and he is well-deserving of this prestigious award.”
Over the years, Jennings has served his alma mater in a number of ways: as a member of the Law Council and the Alumni Board, as a class agent, as an alumni career mentor, on the committees of several capital campaigns, as president of the Roanoke Alumni Chapter, as director of the George Washington Society and on his reunion class committee. In 1992, he received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
He is also active in his community. Jennings serves on Averett University’s board of trustees and has served on the boards of Downtown Roanoke Inc., Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Opera Roanoke and many organizations.
W&L Academy Introduces New Technology into Local Classrooms
by Brittany Lloyd
A $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation has enabled Washington and Lee University’s Teacher Education Program to bring the Educational Technology Leadership Academy to elementary, middle and high schools in Lexington, Rockbridge County and Buena Vista. Through the academy, Haley Sigler, W&L’s assistant director of teacher education, in partnership with instructional technology departments from all three local school systems, helps teachers further their technological knowledge.
One teacher from each of the schools participated in the week-long academy during the past summer on how to efficiently utilize tools such as Edmodo, Near Pod, Microsoft Office and different modes of Digital Storytelling.
During the current school year, Sigler is meeting with the teachers in six follow-up sessions to discuss how the teachers are using the technological knowledge they gleaned over the summer. The teachers also are designing and implementing their own professional development plan.
In order to renew their Virginia teaching licenses, teachers must continually show they are improving their practice and developing new skills. Instead of attending single workshops randomly throughout the year, the teachers involved in the academy “receive feedback and support from Washington and Lee and their within-system technology staff. They receive renewal credits for specific, meaningful work,” said Sigler. Teachers will also receive credit from Dabney Lancaster Community College for attending the academy.
“I think successful models of professional development are those that follow through and support teachers for a sustained amount of time,” explained Sigler. By continuing conversations with the teachers after the summer academy, she hopes to both boost professional development for the teachers as well as sustain relationships between the local schools and Washington and Lee.
Margaret Swisher, a fourth-grade teacher at Waddell Elementary School and participant in the academy, has already put her new knowledge to work in the classroom. “Most of what I’ve used has been for my own organization—class newsletters, presentations for parents using Prezi, an app called Remind that sends reminder texts to families that sign up, and downloading and keeping Youtube videos to show in class,” she wrote. Swisher’s students have also used the computer program Animoto to create movies about Virginia. “The movies turned out well, and the students had a lot of fun creating them,” Swisher continued.
Another participant in the program, Susan Mahood, is a third-grade teacher at Natural Bridge Elementary. She used her new technological information to help her students create digital stories about how rules and laws are implemented in their schools from pictures they took with iPads.
“Academy participants are teaching the same curriculum, just with exposure to options with technologies many didn’t know existed before,” Sigler stressed. “Good teaching is still good teaching, but technology can make life significantly easier and helps in engaging students.”
Feedback about the program has been positive from all three school systems. The Educational Technology Leadership Academy allowed the three local systems to pool their resources and work together, with W&L as a facilitator. In return, Washington and Lee’s Teacher Education Program is confident W&L student teachers placed with participating teachers who attended the academy will get the opportunity to observe technology integration at its best in our local community.
What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge, plus Davis Moot Court Report
3L Hannah Shtein reports on the Davis competition and provides a rundown of upcoming events in the area.
On Tuesday, October 21, students and faculty gathered in the Moot Court Room to watch W&L Law students Aaron Siegrist (’16L), Hernandez Stroud (’15L), Loren Peck (’16L), and Paul Wiley (’15L) compete in the final round of the John W. Davis Moot Court Competition, an appellate advocacy competition which consists of the preparation of an appellate brief and a presentation of oral arguments. Brief winners had already been selected, so this round included only oral arguments, with each finalist playing either a petitioner or respondent role and arguing against another of his peers—Aaron Siegrist argued against Loren Peck, and Hernandez Stroud faced off against Paul Wiley.
Although the Davis competition happens every year, this year’s iteration was an especially momentous (and nerve-racking!) occasion, as Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was the Chief Justice on the panel of judges evaluating the Davis finalists. The panel also included the Honorable Albert Diaz, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Honorable Diarmuid O’Scannlain, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Despite the intense pressure of presenting in front of such a reputable panel of judges (and a room full of students and faculty—although that’s less scary), all four participants maintained their presence and delivered powerful, well-researched arguments.
After listening to all four participants, the panel awarded the Best Oralist award to Aaron Siegrist, with Paul Wiley coming in as runner-up. Congrats, y’all!
Friday, October 24
2014 LSFL Chili Cookoff, 4pm on the Law School Patio. Sports Czars and the Sports, Entertainment, and IP Law Society will be judging law students’ chili cooking skills. Bring an appetite and a discerning palate.
VA Representative Bob Goodlatte at Rockbridge Area Republican Party Headquarters on Main Street (directly across from the Bistro) at 3:00pm! There will be time for questions. Hosted by W&L College Republicans.
Saturday, October 25
VMI vs. W&L Lacrosse, 1:30PM. VMI Drill Field #2, North Post. Go Generals!
Wine tasting at Red Fox Tavern, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, every Saturday. $8. 540-291-2121.
Exhibition: Images of the Rock Bridge from Jefferson to Miley to Today. 1-4PM. Rockbridge Historical Society (across from Lexington Visitor Center). 540-464-1058. FREE! Rockbridge Historical Society celebrates its 75th Anniversary with an Open House and Book Signing to kick off its new exhibit, “Images of the Rock Bridge from Jefferson to Miley to Today.” Featuring Jurretta Heckscher, Digital Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress, and recognized expert and collector of materials regarding the history and art of the Bridge, and Dr. Ernst Kastning (Emeritus Professor of Geology, Radford University), who will be selling and signing copies of his just released volume, Natural Bridge, in Arcadia’s Images of America Series.
Monday, October 27
Lecture by noted hip hop scholar James Peterson, 4:30 pm in the Hillel Multipurpose Room. Professor James Peterson, the noted hip-hop scholar, journalist, and African-American Studies expert will deliver a public lecture titled “A Cover, a Photo and a Playlist: Seeing the Invisible Underground of Hip Hop Culture.” Prof. Peterson is one of the country’s leading experts in hip-hop culture, and will be teaching a course at W&L this coming spring term titled “Concepts of the Underground in Black Literature and Culture.” Any questions can be directed to Marc Conner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture: “Russian-Ukrainian War,” Northen Auditorium, 7pm. Andrei Illarionov, former economic adviser to Vladimir Putin and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Liberty and the Prosperity at the Cato Institute, will speak on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Mr. Illarionov was appointed economic and policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2000 and resigned his position in 2005, after conflicting with President Putin over the economic direction of the country.
Wednesday, October 29
W&L Law Alumni Happy Hour in DC, 6pm at the University Club of Washington. Come mingle with W&L Law alumni in DC! This is a great time to make connections with other Law School Generals, and learn about their lives and career paths. Register here.
Radio Show, 9pm, WLUR 91.5 FM. Don’t miss W&L Law’s very own Richard Doelling (’15L) and Matt Winer (’15L) play old school jams and dole out life lessons (some more valuable than others) on the radio.
Thursday, October 30
Shannon-Clark Lecture, “Punctuation”. 7pm – 8:30pm. Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University. FREE! 540-458-8345. Wayne Kastenbaum, distinguished professor of English at CUNY’s Graduate Center, will deliver this year’s Shannon-Clark lecture on the topic of punctuation. Hopefully a debate on the merits and defects of the oxford comma will follow.
Hocus Pocus showing on the Canaan Green at 8pm. A Halloween (and anytime) classic.
Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews to Speak on “News Ethics in a Time of Terror and Violence”
Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, vice president of CBS News, will give the keynote address at the 58th Institute in Ethics in Journalism at Washington and Lee University on Friday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
The title of Ciprian-Matthew’s keynote talk is “News Ethics in a Time of Terror and Violence.” It is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Knight Program and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.
An Emmy Award-winning journalist who has coordinated the efforts of overseas bureaus, correspondents and producers, Ciprian-Matthews was named vice president of CBS News in March 2011 and organizes all day-to-day news coverage, foreign and domestic.
Ciprian-Matthews previously worked in various places for CBS including senior broadcast producer for “CBS Evening News,” senior producer for CBS News’ foreign coverage and senior broadcast producer for CBS News’ “This Morning” and “CBS Morning News.”
Before joining CBS, Ciprian-Matthews served as the managing editor of CNN’s New York bureau (1990-1993), and as a field producer, assignment manager and assignment editor for CNN (1984-1990). She started her career as a general reporter for the National Public Radio Spanish-language news program, “Enfoque Nacional.”
Ciprian-Matthews was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She earned her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. in journalism from New York University.
Shenandoah Announces the Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets
“Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review” is looking for Virginia poets to submit to the 2014 Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. This annual prize awards $500 to a writer born in or with current established residence in Virginia.
Last year’s winner was Nancy Schoenberger of Williamsburg, Virginia, with “London Foundling Hospital,” which was chosen from more than 150 entries. Schoenberger’s poem appeared in the 2014 winter/spring issue of “Shenandoah” (shenandoahliterary.org).
The submission period for this year’s Graybeal-Gowen Prize extends from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, 2014. “Shenandoah” will accept up to three poems of 100 lines or less, and the 2014 winning poem will be published in March 2015. Submissions are accepted by mail or through the submittable link on Shenandoah’s website (shenandoah.submittable.com/submit). No entry fee is required.
Send one copy of each poem (with contact information in upper right-hand corner), SASE and brief biographical note, which should confirm the basis for eligibility as a Virginian, to:
The Graybeal-Gowen Prize
17 Courthouse Square
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450-2116
Entries should be postmarked between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, 2014.
For more information, visit shenandoahliterary.org/graybeal-gowen.
Andrei Illarionov, Former Economic Policy Advisor to President Vladimir Putin, to Speak at W&L
Andrei Illarionov, former economic policy advisor to President Vladimir Putin, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium.
The title of Illarionov’s talk is “Russo-Ukrainian War.” It is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Russian Area Studies Department.
Illarionov is a senior fellow in the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
On April 12, 2000, Illarionov assumed the office of Putin’s senior economic adviser within the Russian presidential administration, and, in May 2000, he became the personal representative of the Russian president in the G8. He played an important role in introducing the low 13 percent flat- income tax in Russia, in repaying the Russian foreign debt, in creating the petroleum revenues-based Stabilization Fund of the Russian Federation and in bringing Russia’s full-fledged membership in the political G8.
In 2005, Illarionov offered his resignation in protest against the government, saying that Russia was no longer politically free. “It is one thing to work in a country that is partly free. It is another thing when the political system has changed, and the country has stopped being free and democratic,” Illarionov said, according to the BBC News.
Illarionov coauthored several economic programs for Russian governments and has written three books and more than 300 articles on Russian economic and social policies.
He received his Ph.D. from St. Petersburg University.
W&L's Myers Tells Untold Story of Southern Unionists in New Book
Southern Unionists of the Civil War were erased from history by writers of the Lost Cause, who promoted the mythology of a united Confederacy. Now Barton A. Myers, assistant professor of history at Washington and Lee University, tells the story of one state’s Unionists in “Rebels Against the Confederacy: North Carolina’s Unionists” (Cambridge University Press).
Myers “demonstrates the impact of Unionism on the course of the war in North Carolina and provides a model for careful analysis of opposition experience in wartime,” says Aaron Sheehan-Dean of Louisiana State University.
“I was surprised and shocked at the extent of the disruption caused by the Southern Unionists on the home front,” recalled Myers. “For years, Civil War historians have thought that the reason why the Confederacy fell apart in late 1864 or 1865 was primarily due to what was happening on the battlefield in Northern Virginia. Now we’re finding out that there was another military story going on back home that was just as interesting, just as violent and ultimately just as disruptive for the Confederate cause.”
Myers diverges in his ten-year study from earlier studies of Southern Unionists in the scope and depth of analysis he brings to the subject, blending the techniques of social, political and military history. He focused on North Carolina, where Unionists composed between four and six percent of the white male population and 35 out of 90 counties were embroiled in some type of guerrilla warfare.
Myer’s extensive sources included the case files of the Southern Claims Commission. It was set up after the Civil War by the U.S. government to remunerate Southerners who had been loyal to the Union but whose property had been confiscated by the Union Army. He also read memoirs, diaries, and military papers by Unionists and Confederates, and examined hundreds of enlistment and pension records of the 10,000 Union soldiers who were born in North Carolina.
“I was able to take a collection of several hundred of these people and then go deeper into the manuscript collections within the North Carolina Archives and the National Archives, in D.C.,” said Myers. “I was compelled by their stories after I started to read them, and I thought that this story really needs to be told—where the Southern Unionists went, how they ended up resisting and the problems they encountered during the four years of war.”
The Confederates never understood the resistance of the Unionists as a major military problem, found Myers, instead viewing them as criminals and disruptors of local order. “Some of the testimonies I read were very ugly, jarring and depressing,” said Myers. “White Unionists faced constant suspicion, threats of violence, charges of treason, torture and sometimes death.”
One story that struck Myers and that he described as fairly typical, concerned 16-year-old Unionist Willie Barrow. To keep him from being conscripted into the Confederate army, his Unionist stepmother resorted to hiding him in a cave and disguising him in his twin sister’s clothing.
Approximately one third of the people in Myer’s study were, at some point, arrested or imprisoned by the Confederate Army with the hope of taking them to fight in Virginia, such as two Quaker brothers—pacifists—who were captured and tortured by the Confederate Army.
The Unionists fought back in a variety of ways.
Some joined the Union Army, serving in eight regiments, four black and four white. Others created clandestine political networks and secret organizations within the South, such as the Heroes of America, which numbered approximately 10,000 people. They also fought back at the local level, resisting the Confederate draft laws, refusing to use Confederate currency and attacking the Confederate Army.
Myers found that it wasn’t until the 1930s that scholars in the South wrote about the disaffection and disloyalty among white Unionists. “It was then that I started to ask where the Southern Unionists were in the source material. Had someone suppressed this story? Those questions prompted me to write the book,” he said.
With a major economic decline in the South after the war, Southern Unionists continued to be persecuted for their wartime beliefs after the restoration of white democratic government in the South. Many of the Unionists became Republicans and thus targets of the Ku Klux Klan.
“But perhaps the worst thing that was done to these people was that their entire story was erased at the hands of people like Zebulon Baird Vance, the Confederate war governor of North Carolina, who essentially wrote his state’s version of Confederate history, omitting the story of all resistance on the home front,” said Myers.
Myer’s earlier book, “Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861–1865,” won the 2009 Jules and Frances Landry Award for the best book in Southern Studies published by Louisiana State University Press. He has received a fellowship from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, a Russell Weigley grant and an Andrew W. Mellon research fellowship.
Myers teaches the American Civil War, war and society, the U.S. South and public history at Washington and Lee. He received his B.A. from the College of Wooster and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, Athens. He was also a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in military history at Cornell University.
A Toast to Max Shapira '65
Max Shapira, president of Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. since 1996, has been named industry executive of the year by Market Watch, a drinks industry publication.
Over the last couple of years last year, Shapira’s company has added to its operations, building a $9.5 million distillery, tourist attraction and retail shop called The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (named for its core bourbon brand) in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
Shapira, who graduated from W&L in 1965 and was a finalist in Business First’s Business of the Year awards program last year, was honored for taking the family-owned and operated company “beyond its traditional bourbon roots and transforming it into the nation’s sixth-largest spirits player, with a diversified portfolio of whiskies, liqueurs, vodkas, rums and other spirits,” according to a news release.
With the demand for bourbon exploding in the U.S. and around the world—sales of Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams rose 15.3 percent last year, and sales of Burnett’s Vodka rose 15.3 percent—the company is planning to invest $10.2 million to add two new barrel-aging warehouses and another $5.1 million to increase production capacity by 50 percent at its Bernheim Distillery.
“Heaven Hill is a great example of a family-run business,” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, in an article on the Louisville Business First website. He noted that what the Shapira family has been able to do—opening the distillery after prohibition and building it into a global icon—is nothing short of incredible.
Wayne Koestenbaum to Give Shannon-Clark Lecture at W&L
Wayne Koestenbaum, American poet, critic, essayist, librettist, novelist and artist, will give the Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
The title of his talk is “Punctuation.” It is free and open to the public.
Koestenbaum discusses his talk: “What happens when we pay as much attention to punctuation marks (period, comma, semi-colon, and other symptoms of exactitude) as we do to the words themselves? What happens when we treat the punctuation marks as divining rods, leading us to underground springs?
He continues, “In this lecture, I take a tour of my library, from A to Z (Hannah Arendt to Unica Zürn), selecting sentences whose punctuation marks push me toward revelation–all with the goal of making my thinking more strange to itself, more whimsical and more candid.”
Koestenbaum is the author six books of poetry including “Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background” (2012); “Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films” (2006); and “Model Homes” (2004). He has also published a novel, “Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes” (2004) and nine books of nonfiction including “My 1980s & Other Essays” (2013); “The Anatomy of Harpo Marx” (2012), “Humiliation” (2011) and “Andy Warhol” (2001).
Koestenbaum wrote the libretto for Michael Daugherty’s “Jackie O,” which debuted with the Houston Grand Opera in 1997. His first solo exhibition of paintings was at White Columns gallery in New York in Fall 2012.
Koestenbaum received a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1994 and taught in Yale’s English department from 1988 to 1996. He has taught painting at the Yale School of Art since 2003 and is a Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
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.
W&L’s Mayock Explores Careers in the Humanities with New Book
A new volume of essays co-edited by Ellen Mayock, the Ernest Williams II Professor of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University, offers guidance to achieving a career in the humanities in a changed academic landscape. She co-edited “Forging a Rewarding Career in the Humanities: Advice for Academics” (Sense Publishers, 2014) with Karla Zepeda, associate professor of Spanish at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
As the book’s introduction explains, “Humanities are facing challenging times marked by national debate regarding the importance of the humanities in higher education, program and budget cuts, and an ever-decreasing number of tenure-track jobs.”
Mayock thought that the volume, aimed primarily at graduate students and humanities professionals, would be helpful for humanities programs in the United States and possibly beyond. “It gives a little truth in advertising in terms of what the job landscape looks like, where graduate students might land in their careers and advice on how to achieve a career,” said Mayock. “It could also be useful to some undergraduates in the humanities who are thinking about where they are headed and why.”
Following the financial crisis in 2008, many people began to question the value of graduate education when many of those obtaining higher degrees were unable to find jobs, had enormous debt they were unable to pay off, and saw no promise of a career on the horizon.
One of the book’s essays, by Mónica González García, former assistant professor of Spanish at W&L, relates the fate of humanities in Chile under Augusto Pinochet to the 2008 crisis. When Pinochet came to power, he eliminated humanities departments in public universities. In this cautionary tale, Garcia points out that when the humanities are devalued, so is the critical thinking that enables analysis of government.
In addition, the volume offers practical advice on how to think about careers in the humanities and on how to forge a useful, compelling and productive career.
One example is an essay by Katherine K. O’Sullivan, an English Ph.D. who took a job in the Netherlands working with business students, using her skills in a different organizational framework. She found her new career satisfying and advises people to be open to the world, where one might find more opportunities.
Mayock pointed out that for some graduate students who had hoped to be on the tenure track, the right job never worked out, and they either ended up as part-time faculty or as full-time temporary faculty.
The chapter “Tips for Humanities Professional from Humanities Professionals” contains popular advice. “It’s a unique and interesting chapter for people embarking on new careers or considering changing the direction of their careers,” said Mayock.
Works by local humanities scholars are also included in the volume. Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at W&L, contributes an essay that gives examples from the ever-evolving trajectory of her own life, as well as practical advice about how graduates and scholars can be attuned to opportunities and how to make wise choices. “Her essay is somewhat metaphorical, certainly creative, and almost lyrical,” said Mayock. “It’s a bit of a primer to graduate students on what this career can look like.”
Paul Hanstedt, a professor at Roanoke College, and Mary Ann Dellinger, a professor at Virginia Military Institute, also contributed. Mayock and the three local contributors will discuss the essays from the volume at Washington and Lee’s Winter Academy in December, aimed at an audience of assistant professors, adjunct professors and maybe some associate professors early in their careers.
The foreword to the volume is by Stephen Kidd, executive director of the National Humanities Alliance. “He is very encouraging about what a broader humanities landscape can look like, that it’s not necessarily just going for a tenure-track job,” said Mayock. “It may well be that you become the executive director of the Smithsonian, or of the National Humanities Alliance or any type of lobbying organization.
“Kidd argues that your reading, writing, critical-thinking skills and, in many cases, your language skills allow you to bring to the table real nimbleness that maybe other pre-professional programs don’t encourage as much,” she continued. “He is truly forward looking and encouraging, and it’s a nice way to frame the volume.”
Mayock is the author of “The ‘Strange Girl’ in Twentieth-Century Spanish Novels Written by Women” (University Press of the South, 2004) and co-editor (with Domnica Radulescu, professor of Romance languages at W&L) of “Feminist Activism in the Academy. Essays on Personal, Political, and Professional Change” (McFarland, 2010).
Her latest co-edited volume is “Toward a Multicultural Configuration of Spain: Local Cities, Global Spaces” (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014). Mayock has also translated a play, published poetry and written many articles and book chapters. She teaches Spanish language, literature, culture, translation and cinema. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and French from the University of Virginia; an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College; and a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature from the University of Texas.
Her latest monogram is “Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace” (forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan).
Phillip Goff will Lecture on “The Science of Bias in Policing” to Kick Off the Implicit Bias Mini-Conference
Phillip A. Goff, associate professor of social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), will be the keynote speaker at the Implicit Bias Mini-Conference at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
The title of Goff’s talk is “Preventing the Next Ferguson: The Science of Bias in Policing.” It is free and open to the public.
The talk and mini-conference are sponsored by W&L’s Mudd Center for Ethics and is part of W&L’s 2014-2015: Race and Justice in America, a yearlong interdisciplinary symposium. The mini-conference is also open to the public. Anyone who plans to attend the lunch, which is the closing event of the conference, please RSVP to Mudd-Center@wlu.edu.
Goff is the co-author of many articles, including “Not yet human: Implicit knowledge, historical dehumanization and contemporary consequences” (which also won honorable mention as Gordon W. Allport Award for Intergroup Relations) and “Seeing black: Race, representation, and visual perception” both in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Goff is the co-founder and president for research of the Center for Policing Equity at U.C.L.A. He is an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination as well as the intersections of race and gender. He has conducted markedly innovative work exploring the ways in which racial prejudice is not a necessary precondition for racial discrimination.
Goff’s work has been recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. He is also the youngest member of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice advisory board for the Center on Race, Crime and Justice.
Goff has been recognized as a national leader in race and gender discrimination by legal practitioners as well, having served as an expert witness in several prominent regional and national cases. He has been recognized as the emerging leader in research on race, gender and policing. He spent the 2008-2009 academic year as a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, which is devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences.
The speakers at the mini-conference are:
- Robert J. Smith is an assistant professor of law at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He teaches and writes about criminal law and evidence.
- Irena Stepanikova is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Her research and teaching interests are medical sociology, race/ethnicity, social psychology, social stratification and quantitative methods.
- Robin Zheng, (W&L Class of ’09) is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of Michigan. Her research ranges across ethics, moral psychology, social and political philosophy, and she also has strong interests in feminist philosophy of science and philosophy of race.
For more information about the mini-conference and the rest of the speakers during W&L’s yearlong Mudd Center for Ethics’s 2014-2015: Race and Justice in America please see http://www.wlu.edu/mudd-center/programs-and-events/2014-2015-race-and-justice-in-america.
Tulane Professor Jesmyn Ward to Lecture in Race and Justice Series at W&L
Jesmyn Ward, the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University, will give a public talk at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Center.
The title of Ward’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Men We Reaped.”
Her talk is part of the 2014-2015: Race and Justice in America and is sponsored by W&L’s Roger Mudd Center for Ethics. For more information about this series, please go to: www.wlu.edu/mudd-center.
Ward’s latest book, “Men We Reaped” (2013), is a memoir that confronts the five years of Ward’s life in which five young men were lost to her—due to drugs, accidents, suicide and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men.
Besides her latest book, Ward is the author of two other books, “Where the Line Bleeds” (2008) and “Salvage the Bones: A Novel” (2011).
Called a “modern rejoinder to ‘Black Like Me’ ‘Beloved,'” says Kirkus Reviews, “Men We Reaped” is a beautiful and painful homage to her past, her ghosts and the haunted yet hopeful place she still calls home. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography and has been named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and NPR, among others.
Ward’s novel “Salvage the Bones” won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and was honored with the American Library Association’s Alex Award and has been called “fearless and toughly lyrical” by The Library Journal. Her portrayals of young black men and women struggling to thrive in a poverty-ravaged South during the time of natural disasters have been praised for their “graphic clarity” by The Boston Globe and “hugeness of heart” by O: The Oprah Magazine.
Ward received her Ph.D. at Stanford and her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan. She won five Hopwood Awards at Michigan for her fiction, essays and drama. She held a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University from 2008-2010, and served as the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi the following year.
Ward received the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award for “Where the Line Bleeds,” which was also a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and an Essence magazine Book Club Selection. It was also honored by the Black Caucus of the National Book Award.
W&L Law Student Newspaper Wins Top ABA Award for Second Straight Year
The Law News, the student newspaper at Washington and Lee University School of Law, was honored again this year by American Bar Association with the Law School Newspaper Award. This is the second year in a row The Law News has won the award for the finest law school newspaper in the country.
W&L Law is one of only four schools whose student papers have received back-to-back awards. The others are Harvard, Santa Clara and the University of Virginia.
According to Howard Wellons ’14L, who served as editor in chief for two years before his graduation this past spring, the editorial board completely re-imagined the publication over the last two years, with a renewed focus on the stories of the law school.
“By honoring our newspaper for two years in a row, the ABA has actually honored the unique and wonderful qualities that set Washington and Lee Law apart,” said Wellons. “The secret to our success was that we reflected the community we served.”
Current editor in chief Michael Darmante ’16L witnessed the paper’s evolution first-hand, starting as a contributing writer more than two years ago. He notes that the paper has continued to evolve and progress exponentially with the use of complex graphic software programs, high-quality writing and an aggressive process of intense, substantive editing.
“As a board, we are extremely proud of these recent achievements and national recognition,” said Darmante. “Moving forward our goal as a staff is to continue the trajectory of success and progress of the paper, while also finding innovative ways to meet the wants and needs of the W&L legal community both on campus and abroad.”
One of these innovations is a revamped website, which will include more of the print version’s content and mechanisms for readers to comment and provide other kinds of feedback. Darmante expects the new site to launch this month.
W&L Photographer Hinely Unveils Two Exhibitions in Germany
Patrick Hinely, University photographer at Washington and Lee University, has two exhibitions of his work opening in Germany this month that flow from his extracurricular passion—photographing jazz musicians.
The first exhibition is a solo show, from Oct. 24 to Jan. 11, at the prestigious Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, in Darmstadt, Germany, site of the largest repository of historical jazz material in Europe. The show features approximately 30 photographs Hinely took from 1974 through 2012 in Berlin, Warsaw, New York and London, as well as two photographs he shot in Lexington, Virginia (where he lives and works).
Hinely will also participate in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Jazz Festival, one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. Five distinguished jazz photographers will represent each decade of the festival through their work. Hinely also has a four-page portfolio of his photography in the festival’s magazine. The exhibition will be held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.
For a sample of Hinely’s work, scroll to the end of this story.
This year will mark Hinely’s 26th year photographing the Berlin Jazz Festival. His oldest photograph in the Berlin show is from the first roll of film he shot there in 1986, using a 35-millimeter Leica camera. The newest photograph is a digital image from 2013.
Although Hinely, of the Washington and Lee Class of 1973, began his love of jazz in middle school, it wasn’t until he arrived at W&L that he began his long association with the jazz world. He attended a concert at Virginia Military Institute by a jazz band that later morphed into the American jazz and world-music group called Oregon. “That concert was how I learned to appreciate music as a process and not just as a product,” explained Hinely, “and everybody I know in the jazz world emanates from meeting those musicians.”
Since then, Hinely, who has worked at W&L since 1980, has become internationally known for his jazz photography. Many of his images have appeared in magazines and on album covers. In 2010, two of his images of jazz pianist Fred Hersch appeared in the New York Times Magazine. He also published “Jazz Calendiary 2008” (Jazzprezzo, Germany), which featured photographs taken between 1974 and 2007. He won the Grand Prix in the Jazz Photo International Competition in 1984 and was a finalist for the 2012 Photo of the Year in the Jazz Journalists Association Awards.
Among the more than 250 album covers which have included Hinely’s photography and/or liner notes are six by the late Charlie Haden and one by Keith Jarrett.
Today, Hinely is a recognized face to musicians at the Berlin festival. “I have to admit that it does feed my ego a bit when there are 15 photographers and myself taking photographs during sound check—they get you to shoot then so you’ll behave during the actual concert—and well-known musician John Scofield stops his sound check, puts down his guitar, comes over and gives me a hug,” he said.
Hinely also knows many musicians from shooting recording sessions in the 1980s and 1990s. “My ideal situation is a first rehearsal of new music, where the musicians are so involved in making creative decisions that they don’t pay attention to anything else. They’re not posing. I’m able to work around the periphery or insinuate myself into their midst, so that wherever I turn, someone is doing something interesting,” he said.
“Shooting photographs of jazz musicians is my other life away from my alma mater, probably for an audience of about the same size but more worldwide. I feel that shooting for the one keeps me in practice for shooting the other.”
His photograph of guitarist Freddie Green and the Count Basie Orchestra at W&L’s Fancy Dress Ball won first place in the 1985 Jazz Photo International competition in Europe and was published in W&L’s alumni magazine as well as in the 1999 “Come Cheer” book celebrating W&L’s 250th anniversary.
Hinely recalled that the woman at center left of the photograph wrote to him to explain that she wasn’t actually slapping her date. “She asked if I would sell her a print of the picture, but I said no to her money and sent her a copy anyway, inscribed ‘I couldn’t have done it without you,’ ” he said.
Hinely was hired to shoot a recording session that included jazz legend Chick Corea and Dannie Richmond, a drummer best known among jazz fans for his work with Charles Mingus, and among pop fans for his work with Joe Cocker and Elton John.
“This is the sort of reward one can reap from sitting quietly in a room while the tapes are rolling at a recording session,” said Hinely. “It’s also a bit of role reversal with Chick Corea, piano player on the date, taking the drum seat, while Dannie Richmond, drummer on the date, gives him an impromptu lesson.”
Hal Russell set the table for the free-improvisation and free-jazz scene that exploded in the 1990s in Chicago. The group was in town for the Berlin Jazz Festival, and Hinely was hired by a record company to shoot an album release celebration. This photograph became the cover of the ensemble’s next album.
“I’ve always liked the incidental cathedral lighting caused by the smoke in the room, though it came from cigarettes rather than incense,” Hinely commented. “This was long enough ago that many Germans still smoked without guilt.”
Norma Winstone is a British jazz singer and lyricist best known for her wordless improvisations. “I’d been listening to Norma for years,” said Hinely, “and when she was at loose ends in New York because the band she was to sing with cancelled, I asked to photograph her. We had time to sit and talk rather than rush the shoot, and in the middle of our chat the breeze began blowing the curtain behind her, yielding ripples of divine light. I couldn’t have planned it.”
Paul Horn was an American jazz flautist who recorded a solo flute album at the Taj Mahal in India in 1968, arguably giving birth to New Age music in the process. He died this summer. “Taking this photograph was the closest thing to a mystical experience I have had,” recalled Hinely.
“We went to the park for a photo shoot, and he started playing his flute. It was like having a concert just for me. I’d frame a picture and wish he’d turn a little more to the left, but there was no way I was going to interrupt him and ask him to change position. But he turned to the left anyway. Both of my eyes were obscured by the camera, so he couldn’t have been following my eyes. It happened again and again and too many times in a row for it to be coincidence or chance. Paul taught transcendental meditation for 40 years, so maybe he was hearing me on some other level.”
24 W&L Teams Compete in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Tax Challenge Competition
Washington and Lee students competed in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Challenge competition on October 7, marking the first time the university has participated in the nationwide event.
Each year, about 2,500 college students from close to four dozen schools learn about high-level tax policy issues by competing for substantial cash prizes in PwC’s Tax Challenge. PwC offers professional services and is one of the Big Four auditing firms.
The charge was for each of W&L’s 24 teams to create tax policy solutions for a fictitious country struggling with issues related to virtual currency. Each team, made up of four or five students, gave a 12-minute presentation explaining their proposed solutions to a panel of PwC professionals at the manager, director, and partner level.
The uncharted territory of virtual currency proved challenging for students.
“When we first read the case, none of us really knew what Bitcoin was and how much money is actually exchanged using virtual currencies. Before even starting to think about tax recommendations and policies, we each had to spend time on our own figuring out what virtual currencies are and what the potential impacts of this new economy could be,” said Caroline Nixon ’15, an accounting and business administration major and math minor.
The winning team, The Taxmanian Devils, received a cash prize of $200 per student. A video of their presentation was entered in PwC’s national competition. The Taxmanian Devils made it to the semifinal round, where they competed against Bentley University, Brigham Young University and Syracuse University for the most popular votes on Facebook.
“All of our teams worked hard and were well prepared for the judges’ questions,” said Raquel Alexander, an associate professor of accounting who coordinated the competition at Washington and Lee. “I am thrilled that The Taxmanian Devils will be considered for the national competition, but all the students are winners to me.”
In addition to gaining recognition for their critical thinking and communication skills, students credited the competition with helping them connect with PwC professionals who will be able to mentor them as they pursue internships and jobs.
For Paige Hogan ’15, an accounting and business administration and French double major, the PwC Tax Challenge helped her think about her career more clearly.
“I feel like this entire experience gave me a better idea of what I would be doing while working in the field of public accounting. This project was very different from anything I had ever done in an accounting class,” said Hogan. “As I am interning at a public accounting firm next summer, it definitely reassured me that I made the right career choice.”
First Place: The Taxmanian Devils
Caroline Nixon ’15
Lindsey Gilbert ’16
Paige Hogan ’15
Elizabeth Walton ’17
Carley Sambrook ’17
Second Place: Hootie and the Long-term Liabilities
Alexander Cram ’15
Daniel Raubolt ’15
John Jones ’17
Cole Schott ’17
Third Place: Team High Five
Meghan Buell ’15
Elena Dorogy ’15
Isabella Sparhawk ’17
Brooke Donnelly ’17
Amanda Garcia ’16
Washington and Lee Student Set to Compete in Nordic Trading Competition
Christian Zanetis ’16 will represent Washington and Lee University at the Nordic Trading Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark, this November.
When the accounting and business administration major from Long Island, N.Y. decided to study abroad in Copenhagen this past summer, he didn’t let the lure of summer travel interfere with his education. Working through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, he identified two classes that he wanted to take: Emerging Markets and Global Banking and Trading. Both courses transferred back as international business credit.
“I’ve been a numbers guy since my lemonade stand days,” said Zanetis, “When I was young, I was always selling stuff on eBay on the side.”
Zanetis went into his summer coursework with no experience in trading, but that quickly changed. The Global Banking and Trading class was led by Wayne Walker, managing director of Global Capital Market Solutions. In the course, students learned to use instruments such as the Bollinger Band, which measures the market’s volatility, and the RSI (Relative Strength Index) Indicator, which is used to determine whether a stock is being overbought or oversold.
Over the course of three weeks, Walker taught Zanetis and his classmates to look for trends and signals in the market. To create a classroom environment that mimicked live trading, students used SAXO Bank’s Web Trader Simulator, an Internet-based program that traders use to manage real portfolios.
“The great thing about the simulator is that it’s not using fake data,” said Zanetis. “It reflects real life fluctuations in the market.”
In addition to learning to use the simulator, Zanetis began following the news and paying attention to the economic calendar, particularly indexes such as the U.S. Housing Index. Zanetis began to see that if the number of privately owned homes in the U.S. rose, for instance, traders were likely to see that information as positive. Rising home purchases indicate an overall confidence in the market.
During the final week of the Global Banking and Trading class, Zanetis’ instructor took things a step further. Walker divided students into teams of two—Zanetis was paired with a student named Michele Hartmann from the University of Minnesota—and loaded each team’s simulator with $200,000 in fake cash. Then he gave them three hours to make as much money as they could. The competition ran from 1 to 4 p.m. (Central European Time), which gave the class the chance to trade on the Copenhagen, London and New York stock exchanges.
“We were tracking our profits minute by minute. I wanted to be confident in all my positions, so we were doing our research,” said Zanetis.
On the line was a fairly significant prize. The team that ended the competition with the largest profit would win a slot in the Nordic Trading Competition, an international competition that Global Capital Market Solutions runs each year. If Zanetis and Hartmann came out ahead, they’d be invited back to Copenhagen in November to compete amongst teams from Copenhagen Business School, Nanjing University in China, and other universities in Scandinavia.
Zanetis and Hartmann ended Walker’s competition with $207,106, making more than $7,000 in three hours and cinching first place. Back at Washington and Lee, Zanetis is working with faculty in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics to cram for the big competition. This time, he and Hartmann will have $1 million to invest and six hours to turn the largest profit.
It’s hard for Zanetis to believe how far he’s come in such a short time. The junior hopes to spend next summer completing a finance internship.
“If I want to be a financial advisor, these skills will definitely come in handy,” said Zanetis.
What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge: Fall Means Apples and Football
Our weekly roundup of events in the area (and elsewhere) includes not one, but two apple festivals. This is Virginia after all.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Apple Day Festival at Stonewall Jackson House. 11am-3pm. FREE to participate; Tours: $8/adult(18 and older); $6/youth (ages 6-17); FREE/children (under 6); $5/VMI alumni. 540-464-7704. Eat apples, drink cider, listen to music, do crafts. #fallishere
Annual Apple Butter Festival at Wade’s Mill. 10am-5pm. It’s a big day for apple things! Eat apple butter, go to the apple butter luncheon at 1pm (featuring non-apple-related-food!).
Football: W&L vs. Randolph-Macon, 1pm at W&L’s Wilson Field. VMI vs. Gardner-Webb. 1:30pm at VMI’s Foster Stadium
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Fine Arts Series Film at Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. 7-8:45pm. Leo Delibes’ classic romantic ballet COPPELIA: THE GIRL WITH ENAMEL EYES. Complete performance. Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House (1990). Stars Lisa Pavane, Gregory Horsman and the Australian Ballet. One screening only. 107 minutes.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
“Anger and Revolutionary Justice” lecture by Martha Nussbaum, UChicago Professor of Law & Ethics. 4:30pm, Lee Chapel. Part of the “Race and Justice in America” series.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Live Music at Red Fox Tavern, 7-10pm. Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel. 540-291-2121. Live entertainment from various local musicians at the Red Fox Tavern every Thursday night until Thanksgiving.
And if you are up for a drive…
St. Paul and the Broken Bones (a soul band out of Birmingham, AL) at the Jefferson Theater on Thursday, October 23rd at 9pm. Tickets still available here!
Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes) + the Voidz at DC’s 9:30 Club on Friday, October 17th. Get tickets here!
Why W&L Law: 1L Dowin Coffy Gives His Top 6 Reasons
We asked several of our 1L students to discuss their decision to attend W&L Law. Dowin Coffy, a graduate of Andrews University from Miami, gives his top six reasons for coming to W&L.
Choosing a law school is a very time consuming and stressful process. There are many factors to consider and many different sources of information that require careful scrutiny. I chose Washington and Lee University School of Law and I would like to share with you my rationale.
1. The strong academic and historical reputation
This school is one of the oldest universities in the U.S. and a cursory search will show the litany of historical people that have studied at W&L. For a small school, there seem to be many leaders that arise from the ranks here. Congressmen, senators, governors, corporate presidents, Supreme Court justices, and many other people who have contributed immensely to their communities have studied at this school.
2. The third-year curriculum
The legal profession is undergoing massive changes and many people are apprehensive about the quality and substance of a legal education. I was impressed by the fact that Washington and Lee is already getting ahead of the curve and implementing a third-year curriculum that allows students to gain real world experience.
3. Health Law
I am interested in healthcare law. One of the premier health law scholars in America is Professor Tim Jost, who is a faculty member here. For someone interested in becoming a healthcare law expert, there is no better person to learn from than such a distinguished individual.
4. Joint-Degree Program
I am pursuing the joint Master’s in Health Administration and J.D. degree offered in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU has one of the oldest MHA programs in the country, and when two universities with strong reputations come together in order to provide a valuable degree, it will enable you to become a leader in one of the biggest sectors of our economy.
5. Proximity to our nation’s capital
There are distinct advantages with having the nation’s capital within driving distance. There is a huge legal market in DC and being able to drive there for interviews and other factors is a distinct advantage. Also I am far enough from DC to not have to deal with the high cost of living associated with DC living.
6. Small class sizes
The small class sizes at W&L will enable you to truly get to know your professors, and the professors get to know you too. There are distinct advantages when your professors can write a recommendation letter that is not generic and shows that they actually know the person they are recommending. The teachers are very accessible and always willing to assist.
Author and Scholar Martha Nussbaum to Speak on “Anger and Revolutionary Justice”
Author and scholar Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will give a public talk at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
The title of Nussbaum’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Anger and Revolutionary Justice.”
Her talk is part of the 2014-2015: Race and Justice in America and is sponsored by the W&L’s Roger Mudd Center for Ethics. For more information about this series, please visit: www.wlu.edu/mudd-center.
Nussbaum is an associate in the University of Chicago’s Classics Department, the Divinity School and the Political Science Department, a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies and a board member of the Human Rights Program.
From 1986 to 1993, Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women and the Committee for Public Philosophy. In 1999-2000 she was one of the three presidents of the association.
Nussbaum has been a member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. She has received honorary degrees from over 40 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Africa and Europe.
She received the Grawemeyer Award in Education, the Barnard College Medal of Distinction, the Radcliffe Alumnae Recognition Award and the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland.
She has won the A.SK award from the German Social Science Research Council (WZB) for her contributions to social system reform and the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence when she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences.
Nussbaum is the author of 20 books, including “Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice” (Harvard, 2013); “The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age” (2012); and “Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality” (2008). She has also edited fifteen books.
Nussbaum received her B.A. from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University and Oxford University.
Beth Macy, author of “Factory Man,” to Speak at W&L
Beth Macy, author of the Lukas Prize-winning “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town,” will speak at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
The title of Macy’s talk is “Factory Man: Navigating a Difficult Story Line.” It is free and open to the public. The book signing will be held in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library, and the reception in the lobby of Northen Auditorium.
While at W&L, Macy will be a Donald W. Reynolds Distinguished Fellow, and will be a guest lecturer at several W&L classes. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and Friends of the Library.
“Factory Man” traces the aftereffects of globalization in small communities throughout America. Macy tells the success story of John Bassett III (W&L Class of 1959), who used grit and sheer will to compete against China and keep his Galax, Virginia, factory going when almost every other wood-furniture maker in America closed up shop and imported cheaper imports instead.
Roanoke.com reported that Tom Hanks, the Academy Award-winning actor, and his production company, Playtone, will produce a miniseries based on “Factory Man.”
“Factory Man” was published in July 2014 by Little, Brown and Company and immediately hit the New York Times bestseller list one week after its publication. New York Times critic Janet Maslin called the nonfiction narrative “an illuminating, deeply patriotic David vs. Goliath story.”
Macy has had articles published in The New York Times, Oprah magazine, Parade, Salon and Christian Science Monitor. For two decades, she was the families beat reporter at The Roanoke (Va.) Times, where many of her longer pieces originated.
A longtime reporter who specializes on outsiders and underdogs, Macy has won more than a dozen national journalism awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard in 2010. Among the marginalized groups she has chronicled for newspapers and magazines are Hispanic immigrants, African refugees, caregivers for the elderly, veterans with PTSD and displaced factory workers.
John Bassett III, the hero of Macy’s book, is receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award from W&L on Oct. 30, the day following her talk – during Washington and Lee’s Five-Star Generals weekend.
Why W&L Law: For 1L Clint Williams, It Was All About the Visit
We asked several of our 1L students to discuss their decision to attend W&L Law. First up is Clint Williams, a graduate of the University of Utah from Salt Lake.
As a native of the Western United States, I am often asked why I chose to come across the country to W&L Law. For me, the answer is simple; W&L just felt right. Don’t misunderstand me– I engaged in my fair share of research, which included several pros and cons lists, law school blogs, law school rankings, campus visits, etc. My decision was made clear, however, after visiting W&L and experiencing the truly unique atmosphere of Lexington, Virginia.
Since I know most readers don’t make it through the entire article, I will cut to the chase: visit W&L in person and experience it for yourself. There are only so many things you can learn and assess on a school website, but by actually visiting the campus you can experience far more!
I first visited W&L during the spring of 2014. I will never forget driving into Lexington and feeling as though the sites and scenes of the town were directly out of a painting. It was gorgeous! I remember experiencing a feeling of reverence and inspiration in knowing that W&L dated back to our nation’s founding, and that some of our country’s most brilliant legal minds received their education therein.
After soaking that in, I made my way toward the law school, but not before getting lost along the way. I asked the first person I saw for directions and instead of making something up, she personally walked me there. Acts of kindness and hospitality, such as this, are the norm in Lexington. If you don’t believe me, try it. Once I made it to the admissions office I was welcomed and given the “prospective student” rundown, as you would receive at any school. What set this visit apart, however, was my meeting with Dean McShay. Now, at this point in my law school research I had met with several admissions representatives from various law schools, all of who were very kind in answering my questions. The unique thing about this meeting, however, was that Dean of Admissions Shawn McShay had as many, if not more, questions for me as I had for him! He made it clear to me that W&L seeks to truly know their students so they can not only assess what would be best for the school, but also what would be best for the student.
After my meeting, I was able to sit in on a Transnational Law class taught by one of our school’s prominent professors. I was surprised by not only the fact that I was deeply engaged in a subject about which I knew absolutely nothing, but also by the small, intimate setting in which the class took place. Coming from a large school, I was used to seeing classes taking place in large auditoriums filled with students, many of whom browsed Facebook and ESPN. Not at W&L, however. The class sizes are small, giving you no choice but to be involved in class and conversation.
After the end of my official W&L visit, I spent the remainder of the day wandering down the streets of Lexington. As a young (broke) husband, father, and soon-to-be law student, I couldn’t help but notice how affordable rent in Lexington was, even for a two bedroom house! It may sound somewhat insignificant, but to be able to live in a nice, affordable place and still be close enough to walk to town and to school was a big deal for my wife and me. Lastly, the community feel was rich and genuine. Even though Lexington is rather small, there is something for everyone. Whether it’s hiking a trail, a drive-in movie at Hull’s, floating the river, a night on the town (sort of), or a barbeque at school, something is always happening in Lexington.
Though I’m only a few months into my law school experience at W&L, I have been extremely pleased with my decision. Law school isn’t easy no matter where you choose to attend, but there are other factors that can make the experience much more enjoyable. W&L Law offers many of those “other factors” that will make the law school experience one worth remembering.
Taking the High Road
The downtown connector that joins Interstates 75 and 85 at midtown Atlanta and runs south to Hartsfield International Airport has been officially named after one of the city’s most influential citizens, Rodney Mims Cook, Washington and Lee Class of 1946.
Cook, who died in January 2013, was a World War II veteran and graduated from W&L as valedictorian of his class. He also belonged to ODK. He began his involvement in local, state and national politics in the late 1950s. As noted in his obit in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “He played a key role in Atlanta’s development during the pivotal decade of the 1960s as the city grew from a regional center to an international city. At that time, there were few Republicans in the Deep South, and he also became an important figure in the growth of the two-party system in Georgia.” The obit continues, ” battled with the State Highway Department over the many long delays in completing the Downtown Connector … and worked to remove the Peyton Road barricade, a wood and steel wall constructed in 1962 to restrict African American access to a white neighborhood in southwest Atlanta.”
His son Rodney, W&L Class of ’78, said a number of factors played a role in naming the downtown connector after his father. “He was in charge of building it from both his state and city positions, and he was a noted civil rights advocate.” The first Republican elected in Georgia since Reconstruction, “he was known to have quietly choreographed peaceful race relations in Atlanta through some of the most turbulent times in United States history, working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sen. Julian Bond and others. As a result, we had numerous bomb threats and kidnapping threats during my childhood, and the KKK burned a cross in our front yard when I was 6. The downtown connector symbolically represents his joining of the races in peace and friendship.”
The Rodney Cook Road was formally dedicated over the summer, and Gov. Nathan Deal offered his salutations to the committee and family members in attendance in a letter that read in part: “Mr. Cook played a vital role in the State of Georgia while serving as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Atlanta City Council. He demonstrated a continued commitment to the wellbeing of our nation, state and its citizens throughout his life. … It is my hope that the memorialization of this highway will afford future generations the opportunity to know of and appreciate Mr. Cook just as those of us who knew him personally do.”
Motley Fool Column Notes W&L Liberal Arts Grads' Earnings Potential
The Motley Fool, the nationally syndicated personal finance column and website, gives Washington and Lee alumni as an example of liberal arts graduates who earn as much as science, technology, engineering and math graduates by mid-career.
New research quoted in the column’s Oct. 12, 2014, edition says that “even though liberal arts majors take a beating in the job market for the first few years following graduation, they catch up salary-wise with their science and technology brethren by mid-career — sometimes leaving the latter group in the dust.”
The Motley Fool notes that while graduates of the California Institute of Technology recently earned a median starting salary $24,800 higher than W&L’s, Washington and Lee’s grads have nearly caught up by mid-career, earning $124,300 to Caltech’s $126,200, Carnegie Mellon’s $112,000 and MIT’s $128,000.
The column also noted a report issued by the Association of American Colleges and Universities that the average liberal arts major earns around $2,000 a year more than other graduates when they reach the 56-60 age group. The full column can be read on the Motley Fool’s website.
What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge, Fall Break Edition
With undergrad Parent’s Weekend in full swing, Law students are scattering for a short fall break. But if you are staying around LexVegas, here are few diversions.
Friday, October 10
7th Annual “Paint Lexington” Paint-Out Show. 9am – 4pm. Artists paint throughout Lexington & Rockbridge County, All Day. Public Reception, 5pm. Nelson Gallery. 540-463-9827.
Monthly Wine & Wags. 12 noon-6pm, every 2nd Friday of the month (May-Oct). Lexington Valley Vineyard. 540-462-2974. Relax or stroll the vineyards with your pet while enjoying unique Virginia wines. Bring a picnic or snack baskets are available.
Fall Break begins after classes!
Saturday, October 11
2 Day Chinese Cooking Class at Wade’s Mill. Saturday & Sunday, 3pm class/6pm dinner. Wade’s Mill. 1 day: class & dinner $60, dinner only $50; 2 days: classes & dinners $100, dinners only $90. 540-348-1400.
Football: W&L vs. Hampden-Sydney. 1pm. Wilson Field, W&L University. FREE! 540-458-8670.
Wine Tasting at Red Fox Tavern. 4:30pm – 5:30pm, every Saturday. Red Fox Tavern, Natural Bridge of Virginia. $8. 540-291-2121.
Sunday, October 12
Annual Mountain Day Street Festival. 10am-4pm. Downtown Buena Vista (between 20th & 22nd streets). 540-261-1514. Celebrate the culture, history and beauty of our region with a festival focusing on the “lost arts.” Enjoy live demonstrations of traditional arts such as weaving and basket making as well as arts & crafts vendors, continuous live music and entertainment, antique farm machinery, a classic car show, and more!
Accounting Panel Puts Alumni in Front of Students
“People think public accounting is boring,” said Bill Messerle ’97, “But we’re here to tell you, public accounting is never boring.”
Messerle, a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, was one of six alumni who sat on the Williams School’s Oct. 6 Accounting Panel. The annual event, chaired by accounting professor Elizabeth Oliver and hosted by the Department of Accounting and its chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, helps Washington and Lee students evaluate careers in public accounting. Over 100 students attended the evening event.
Greg Hendler ’03, a senior manager with Ernst & Young, kicked things off by defining public accounting, “When you’re with a public accounting firm, you’re providing a company with peace of mind. You’re going in and telling a CEO, a board of directors, or senior management that what they’re doing is okay. To do that, you’ve got to understand the company from top to bottom.”
When Professor Oliver asked the panelists about the benefits of a career in public accounting, panelists were quick to cite travel, job security, the chance to work on tough problems, and significant growth potential.
“You’re highly marketable in a very short period of time,” said Victoria Raabe ’10, a senior associate in CohnReznick’s Baltimore office.
John Oliver ’87 agreed. “Even through the 2008 and 2009 downturn, it was the accounting firms that were still hiring. There are only so many people who can do what we do. There’s a great demand,” said Oliver, looking out into the audience, “and you’re the supply.”
For students just taking their first or second accounting class, it was helpful to hear about the different career tracks within the profession.
“Everyone thinks tax is all accountants do,” said Elizabeth Amoni ’05, a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Amoni started her career in PwC’s McLean office doing compliance work but moved into a consulting role with their D.C.-based mergers and acquisitions division after several years. “We’re providing advantageous advice. It’s exciting. A company might be acquiring a business, changing its operations, or moving some business offshore, and we propose solutions that will help them do it in a tax advantageous way. There’s a lot of problem solving, and also a lot of writing.”
Tom Tagle ’93, a partner at Baker Tilly, also specializes in consulting and has developed a niche working for government contractors, a heavily regulated industry. He credits the CPA credential with opening doors and minds because people tend to trust accountants to be honest brokers.
Messerle, who works in PwC’s risk assurance practice and is a certified information systems auditor, agreed that most people think tax is the only option for would-be accountants, “My entire family has no idea what I actually do.” In risk assurance, Messerle supports external audits and conducts internal ones. Everyone needs accurate data and it’s big, complex systems that provide it. According to Messerle, risk assurance is a little bit accounting, a little bit IT, and a lot of creativity. Messerle and his teams make recommendations on how companies can improve their processes.
John Oliver came up in the audit side of PwC. “When you hear ‘auditor,’ you think IRS agent showing up at your door and wanting to see your tax returns for the last five years. But auditors are what your parents and W&L have taught you to be. We’re your conscience.”
Federal regulations that came about in the 1930s following the Great Depression required companies to hire independent firms to look at their financial statements and confirm that their numbers were right. The introduction of those requirements marks the birth of the audit profession, Oliver explained.
“It requires guts and honesty to sit in an executive’s office and say that, while you know they meant to get it right, they got it wrong,” said Oliver.
The panelists addressed practical concerns like how and when students should sit for the CPA exam and whether to try to meet the 150-credit requirement at Washington and Lee, in a one-year master’s program, or once they’ve started working. Short answer: there’s no one right answer for everyone.
All of the panelists are committed to combating stereotypes surrounding the accounting profession and to seeing more W&L students enter the field.
“We don’t wear green visors anymore,” said Tagle.
“Things change,” said Amoni. “I was definitely not the envy of my friends when I took a public accounting job out of W&L. But my friends see that I’ve had a very stable career where I’ve progressed very quickly. That’s impacted how my peers view my job.”
Mark Bradley '78 Illuminates “Ornery Spy” Duncan Lee
Visiting Washington and Lee University is “always like coming home,” said Mark Bradley, a member of the W&L Class of 1978, former CIA analyst and current Department of Justice attorney. The occasion for his Oct. 8 return: to give a lecture about the subject of his well-reviewed recent book, “A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior.”
Lee, who was born in China in 1913, possessed quite a pedigree: the son of missionary parents, a member of the Lee and Alden families, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale, a Rhodes Scholar, an attorney, an OSS officer—and a Communist and a spy for the Soviet Union. Discovered but never prosecuted, he died in 1988. “He always denied being a Communist and betraying his country,” said Bradley. “The damage Lee did was much more after the fact. It paved the way for McCarthyism.”
Bradley, who participated in Prof. Rich Bidlack’s seminar on Russian history before giving his talk, became intrigued with Lee at the behest of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, for whom he once worked as a legislative assistant for foreign affairs and intelligence matters.
As Bradley explained it, Lee became a spy due to a complex blend of influences and circumstances that included parental religious zeal; immersion in a post-World War I segment of elite British society that found Communism appealing; a fear of fascism; and a 1937 visit to the Soviet Union. Like Lee and his attraction to Communism, “many Westerners wanted to believe in the great experiment,” said Bradley.
In the late 1930s, Lee joined both the Communist Party and a Wall Street law firm headed by William “Wild Bill” Donovan, the founder of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), which morphed into the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Donovan recruited Lee into the OSS, and the Soviets in turn recruited Lee.
In Bradley’s telling, Lee was “an ornery spy.” For instance, rather than hand over classified documents, he’d memorize them and relate their contents to his Soviet contacts. By 1944, he realized that the U.S. would win World War II and feared his discovery, which would have meant execution for treason. Although the U.S. learned of his activities, it did not prosecute Lee for strategic reasons, a decision his biographer finds correct. “This shows how messy and nuanced history can be,” said Bradley, who also folded in such topics as McCarthyism and psychological theory. After the war, Lee styled himself as an anti-Communist and a Cold Warrior.
Bradley, himself a Rhodes Scholar, earned a B.A. in history from W&L, an M.A. in modern history from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He has received the CIA’s Exceptional Performance Award, the Department of Justice’s Outstanding Performance Award and Special Achievement Award, and the 1999 James Madison Prize in History from the Society of History in the Federal Government. In 2005, he gave the convocation talk at W&L.
Writing on the Wall
In the City of Light (aka Paris), W&L professors Rebecca Benefiel and Sara Sprenkle presented their latest project—a searchable web application on ancient graffiti—at the 2014 EAGLE International Conference on Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Digital Cultural Heritage in the Ancient World. The title of their presentation was “The Herculaneum Graffiti Project: Re-envisioning the Ancient City.”
Benefiel, associate professor of classics at W&L, is a supervisor on the EAGLE project (Electronic Archive of Greek and Latin Epigraphy), an international federation of different epigraphic databases that aims to reassess all Latin and Greek inscriptions up to the seventh century A.D., digitize them and make them available online. EAGLE is based primarily in Europe, with two main centers at the University of Rome (La Sapienza) and the University of Heidelberg.
Benefiel and Sprenkle, associate professor of computer science at W&L, began their collaboration when Benefiel’s ongoing research into ancient graffiti highlighted a problem for scholars—the difficulty in visualizing where certain graffiti were located in Pompeii, since most of the wall plaster, and sometimes even the walls themselves, have now crumbled away. Most recordings of graffiti are sparse, with little visual or spatial documentation. This makes it difficult to get a sense of their aesthetics or relationships to each other or their placement in the city. So Benefiel proposed creating a visual interactive model where scholars could, for example, identify all the graffiti that came from a particular location.
In her quest to visualize inscriptions using both both text and images, Benefiel turned to her colleague Sprenkle to create a software program that would allow researchers to search topographically for graffiti. Students from Benefiel’s class prepared and entered the inscriptions during the winter term, and Sprenkle’s Spring Term class built an interface that can search all the inscriptions of one city block of Pompeii. The resulting project draws on both teams’ efforts, and the professors demonstrated the new interface at the LAWDI institute this past summer.
New Play by W&L's Radulescu Wins Award, Staged Reading in New York
The new play by Domnica Radulescu, the Edwin. A. Morris Professor of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University, won an honorable mention in the 2014 Jane Chambers playwriting contest. “Exile is My Home: An Immigrant Fairytale” will receive a staged reading in New York City on Oct. 20 and 21.
The award recognizes plays and performance texts by women that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. The competition was sponsored by the Women in Theater Program and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. Radulescu’s play was chosen from 114 entries and rose through three rounds of adjudication to become one of three honorable mentions. The jury noted the following about the play: “moving, epic, feminist, and comedic, this highly theatrical play evokes the human, social and political complexities of exile with depth, humor and adaptive re-invention.”
Her play will be performed at Theaterlab, an experimental off-off-Broadway theater in Manhattan, as a developed staged reading—a rehearsed performance with elements of a full production such as costumes, props and live music.
The play will be directed by Marcy Arlin, artistic director and founder of the OBIE Award-winning Immigrants’ Theater Project, who has produced or directed more than 200 plays about the American and international immigrant experience.
“Marcy Arlin’s work is very synergistic with my work because several of my plays, including ‘Exile is My Home,’ deal with issues of displacement and exile,” said Radulescu. “In terms of the staged reading, her direction of my play is the most exciting aspect.”
The performance will feature an ethnically and racially diverse cast of well-known professional and Equity theater artists, including Kathryn Kates, known for her recurring role on “Seinfeld,” who has a recurring role in the Netflix/Lionsgate series “Orange Is the New Black.”
Radulescu is a political refugee who fled her native Romania for the United States in 1983. As a playwright, she addresses mainly the immigrant experience. Of her new play, about two women traveling across galaxies, she said: “Their journey is a symbol of the immigrant experience; a sense of loss, yearning and searching for a home. It draws from the present large political issue of refugees, immigration, displacement and loss of home through the very personal and unique stories of these two women and their extraordinary journey.
“It gives me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to be recognized for my playwriting, because I’m building my name as a playwright little by little,” continued Radulescu. “I’ve been writing plays for some time now, and it’s exciting but also very challenging.”
Radulescu’s project was funded by a Lenfest Grant and by the Provost’s Office at Washington and Lee.
Radulescu’s play “The Town with Very Nice People: A Strident Operetta” won recognition as a runner-up for the 2013 Jane Chambers Award. Her other plays include “The Virgins of Seville” (2014), and “Naturalized Woman” (2012).
She has also written two best-selling novels: “Black Sea Twilight” (Doubleday 2010 and 2011) and the award-winning “Train to Trieste” (Knopf 2008 and 2009). She has completed her third novel, “Country of Red Azaleas.”
She has authored, edited and co-edited several scholarly books on theater, exile and representations of women. Her most recent work is “Theater of War and Exile” (forthcoming from McFarland).
Radulescu is the co-founding chair of W&L’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and presently heads the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at W&L. She is the 2011 recipient of the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award. She received her B.A. in English from Loyola University of Chicago, and her M.A. in comparative literature and Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures from the University of Chicago.
Jim Head '64 Wins Prestigious Geoscience Award
Last fall, James “Jim” W. Head III, who graduated from Washington and Lee in 1964 and is the Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of the Geological Sciences at Brown University, received the Norman L. Bowen Award for his outstanding contributions to volcanology, geochemistry or petrology from the American Geophysical Union. The organization’s October issue of its magazine, EOS, publishes the full citation highlighting the significance of Jim’s professional achievements.
The citation, written by Lionel Wilson, a professor at Lancaster University, United Kingdom, reads: “A major theme of Jim Head’s research career has been the unraveling of the volcanic history of the rocky bodies of the solar system, and he has been an investigator on virtually all of the major international planetary investigation missions. Jim is an excellent observer and interpreter of observations. But more than that, as I have observed over our long history of collaboration, he shares the need to understand the basic physical processes controlling volcanism and to interpret observations in a quantitative, as well as qualitative, way.”
As W&L Professor Emeritus Ed Spencer ’53 explained, “Not everyone will recognize the name Bowen, but anyone who ever took Introduction to Geology will likely remember Bowen’s Reaction Series—some with memories of agony, others with delight. For Jim, it was delight. This is one of the highest recognitions for scholarly achievements given among the geoscience societies. Needless to say, everyone in the W&L Geology Department is delighted.”
In his response to the award, Jim said, “N.L. Bowen has been an inspiration to me since the first geology course that I took as an incoming freshman at Washington and Lee University. I had to take a science course for distribution requirements, and I discovered geology, where the laboratories were often outdoors, and the Earth was your laboratory.”
At Brown University, Jim focuses his research on planetary evolution and the role of volcanism and tectonism in the formation and evolution of planetary crusts. He’s involved with several research projects in the field in Antarctica, on the Earth’s seafloor, and in assessing data from planetary surfaces to study climate change on Mars, volcanism on the Moon, Mars and Venus, the geology of the surface of Mercury and the tectonic and volcanic evolution of icy satellites.
W&L Junior Wades into Water-Pollution Study
Gabriella Kitch will be wading in water and loving every minute of it during her junior year at Washington and Lee. A major in geology with a minor in environmental studies, Kitch grew up near the ocean in San Diego, California, and claims a great affinity with any kind of water. Since coming to W&L, she has expanded her interest to include rivers and her career goal to include the environmental field.
Kitch is working on one part of a new project, “From the Mountains to the Sea,” that comprises participants from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and academics from Virginia Commonwealth University, Randolph-Macon College and Washington and Lee. The four-year project is funded by a combined $560,000 grant from MeadWestvaco, Dominion Foundation and Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, and will track pollution from the headwaters of the James River to the Chesapeake Bay.
“We are developing a series of water-monitoring stations to assess the accumulation and progress of pollutants from the headwaters of the James River down to the tidal waters,” explained Robert Humston, associate professor of biology at W&L and part of the academic consortium. “That means we can monitor, in real time—constantly and at regular intervals—levels and turbidity in the tidal region.”
Humston’s biology class has collected water-quality data on local streams for many years. Kitch will expand that effort by measuring the actual amounts of key pollutants—nitrogen, phosphorus, bacteria and sediment—flowing downstream and contributing to the pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.
In preparation, Kitch spent the summer at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Science Center, in Richmond, learning protocols and how to measure pH, turbidity and temperature. She also learned how to calibrate equipment, take samples from rivers throughout Virginia, and process them in the laboratory.
“Sometimes we would take samples by throwing a small bottle off a bridge into the water,” said Kitch. “But the days that were the most fun were when we were waist-deep in the water. It was a small department, and we worked closely with everyone, from the head supervisors to the field technicians. It gave me a lot of great hands-on experience.”
Kitch explained that the scientists at the Water Science Center have been conducting this work for more than 100 years. “They want to get samples that represent the whole river, including the width and the depth. If there’s a faster velocity, the river is going to be moving differently on the bottom than it is on the top, which could mess with the sample,” she said.
“It’s not hyperbole to say that these are among the best scientists in the world when it comes to understanding water quality and the best method for monitoring and measuring it,” said Humston. “Gabriella is now bringing the methods she learned back to the Washington and Lee campus, and she’ll set up a work station in my lab.” As part of the overall grant, Humston’s laboratory will receive new quality-monitoring equipment, including an Acoustic Doppler Current reader, which uses sound-wave-based methods to estimate water velocity.
Once a month, Kitch will take samples to estimate the pollutants and bacteria in Woods Creek (part of the Upper James Watershed) that flow into the Maury River and then into the James River. During the fall term, she will teach and demonstrate her methods to biology classes that are conducting similar work. During the winter term, she will help to train next year’s intern for the Geological Survey.
“One of the reasons we chose Gabriella from among the applicants for this internship was her strong interest in water and hydrology,” noted Humston. “I think the idea of working for the U.S. Geological Survey really appealed to her, plus these internships are difficult to get and create useful connections with the scientists there. Ultimately, I see this project as an opportunity for our students to work in water-quality monitoring with some of the best scientists in the world.”
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito presiding over W&L Moot Court Finals
Samuel Alito, Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, will be one of three distinguished jurists to judge the annual John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy competition at Washington and Lee School of Law.
Joining Justice Alito on the three-judge panel for the competition is Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Albert Diaz from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The competition is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:00 p.m. and will take place in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall, on the campus of Washington and Lee. The competition is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.
The Davis Competition is an appellate advocacy competition held annually at the School of Law. The competition consists of two components: the submission of an appellate brief and the presentation of oral arguments before a panel of judges.
This year’s problem is based on a criminal appeal, United States v. Bryan Buckmyre, set in the fictional town of Lex Vegas in the state of Commonwealth. United States v. Bryan Buckmyre addresses two Sixth Amendment issues: whether the Sixth Amendment right to counsel attaches to a single criminal offense that is prosecuted consecutively by separate sovereigns; and whether an accomplice’s statements to someone other than a state agent that may incriminate the defendant may be suppressed under the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause.
During the competition, students write briefs individually or in teams of two, and all participants argue alone. Competitors advance from the initial rounds based upon their performance on the brief and their oral advocacy skills. Advancement in later rounds is based purely on oral advocacy.
The Davis Competition is named in honor of alumnus John W. Davis, who joined the law school briefly as its third faculty member in 1896. Widely regarded as one of the finest advocates of the 20th century, Davis argued before the U.S. Supreme Court 139 times before his death in 1955. He served as Solicitor General under Woodrow Wilson and was the Democratic nominee for U.S. President in the 1924 election.
W&L's Connelly Quoted on Anniversary of “Contract with America” in CQ Roll Call
Bill Connelly, the John K. Boardman Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, was quoted in the Oct. 6 edition of CQ Roll Call about the 20th anniversary of the Republican ‘Contract with America’ election. Connelly, who co-wrote a book about the so-called Republican revolution, “Congress’ Permanent Minority? Republicans in the U.S. House,” told the Capitol Hill newspaper that he sees differences between that GOP resurgence and the one some pundits forecast for Nov. 2014.
“The conference of the House GOP had gratitude” toward its party leaders, he told Roll Call. ” brought them out of the permanent minority, out of the wilderness.” He said he sees much less unity among Republican candidates in 2014, who lack the common vision of 1994.
W&L Law Review Named Top 10 Journal by Article Submission Service ExpressO
The Washington and Lee Law Review, a student-run journal publishing the work of top legal scholars and its student editors, has made the top 10 list released by ExpressO, one of the leading systems for journal article submission.
The Law Review placed 6th on the list of top 100 most popular law reviews chosen by authors using ExpressO, based on 2013 submission data. The Law Review has capitalized on this ranking with the launch of a new website that greatly expands the journal’s digital offerings, including the second issue of its online companion, the Washington and Lee Law Review Online.
ExpressO’s Law Review Submissions Guide 2014–15, which features the rankings, emphasizes the “online shift” in access to legal scholarship. According to the Guide: “Increasingly, legal scholarship is being discovered through free online sources like law review websites, bepress, or SSRN over web subscription services like Hein, Lexis, and Westlaw.” The Guide also notes that authors benefit significantly from this trend because “ith greater visibility and discoverability, citation rate grows and downloads actually increase dramatically over time.” The full Guide is available online.
The Law Review hopes to be on the leading edge of this online shift. In addition to digital access to the journal’s traditional print content on the new website, the editors of the Law Review Online have created a number of categories for online exclusives that will be published with greater frequency than the print edition. These offerings include articles on new developments in the law, online roundtables arranged around specific topics, and a platform for responses to articles published in the print edition.
The first online roundtable highlights recent changes in the virtual currency realm. Titled “Crypto-Currency 2.0,” the roundtable features pieces by Prof. Edward Castronova (Indiana University), Prof. Shawn Bayern (Florida State University College of Law), Prof. Sarah Jane Hughes (Indiana University Maurer School of Law), and Prof. Joshua Fairfield (W&L), each examining developing issues in the crypto-currency world.
Also contributing to the second online issue is adjunct professor and alumnus Lawrence (Chip) Muir ’03L, who provides a development article on the recurring problem of cybercrime committed by State-controlled cyberunits. According to Prof. Muir, such operations frequently occur with impunity under the present mix of international and domestic law. He proposes that the U.S. shift its cyberlaw enforcement strategy and pursue national interest diplomacy to negotiate a trilateral “cyber-treaty” with Russia and China.
The Washington and Lee Law Review Online’s next publication will feature a response piece by Prof. Mohsen Manesh (University of Oregon School of Law). Prof. Manesh focuses his research and scholarship on the intersection of corporate, contract and LLC law. In this piece, he responds to an article titled “The Dwindling of Revlon” by Prof. Lyman Johnson (W&L Law) and Robert Ricca ’06L, published in the Law Review print edition.
First published in 1939, the Washington and Lee Law Review presents articles contributed by leading scholars, judges and lawyers, as well as essays and student notes. It is published quarterly by students of the W&L School of Law. The Washington and Lee Law Review Online was founded in 2014. It is currently accepting submissions for the Winter 2014 edition. For more information, please visit the “Submissions” page on the new website.
To reach the Law Review’s new site, visit http://law.wlu.edu/lawreview.
What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge, plus Monticello Report
3L Ryan Redd reports on a school-sponsored trip to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Plus, our roundup of upcoming events.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
This past Sunday, fourteen law students (mostly 3Ls) piled into cars, headed up 81N, jumped onto 64E, and converged on Monticello, the principle home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. The Office of Student Affairs and the Student Bar Association subsidized the cost of Monticello day passes that included the main house tour, lawn and garden tours, and the slavery at Monticello tour. Before arriving at Monticello’s main entrance, we passed several vineyards and Carter Mountain Apple Orchard. Soon after arriving, guests at Monticello board shuttles that take a short drive up to the top of the little mountain where the neoclassical house designed by Thomas Jefferson sits.
The tour of Thomas Jefferson’s home on Monticello lasted for about forty minutes and was jammed packed with incredible facts about Jefferson and his home. Without giving too much away for readers who have not yet visited Monticello, the tour guide made sure to address the stories and motivations behind the design of each and every bedroom and space within the house. The guide also pointed out the great irony that Jefferson, the author Declaration of Independence that states all men are created equal, owned over 600 African American slaves over the course of his lifetime. Life at Monticello was built and sustained by the labor of enslaved men and women. Our guide at the “Slavery at Monticello” portion of the tour told the fascinating and tragic stories of slaves who spent their lives in bondage at Monticello. The guide also satisfied the curiosity of the tour group by diving into the story of Sally Hemings and her six children believed to have been fathered by Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson died with a tremendous amount of debt, and Monticello was sold to several different people before the Thomas Jefferson Foundation acquired the property. Monticello has undergone restorations but remains authentic. I would definitely recommend the trip to any student who appreciates history, art, architecture, and nature. The students who took the Monticello trip really enjoyed it. As an added bonus, we stopped for some of the best Thai food in Charlottesville at Lemongrass on the Corner.
Anyone who makes the trip to Monticello will learn what Jefferson thought his greatest life accomplishments were: Author of the Declaration of Independence, the drafter of Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Paw Day! LALSA, APALSA, and The Wellness Group will host their first Paw Day at 4pm on the law school lawn. Humans will get hot dogs, dogs will get treats. Bring your dogs. I think cats are welcome too?
Speaker -“The Great American Scaffold”, Franck Austermuehl. 4-5pm at Leyburn Library. Professor Austermuehl analyzes an extensive electronic corpus of major presidential addresses from 1789 to the present, to show how different forms of intertextuality in presidential discourse have evolved over time and have become an important component of the so-called Rhetorical Presidency. His analysis explains how intertextual relations in American presidential discourse work on five pragmatic levels, satisfying individual, ideological, institutional, systemic, and cultural needs. These five functions of presidential intertextuality are closely interconnected and jointly work to create, affirm, and perpetuate American identity, while at the same time using this identity to promote ideological and political goals.
Pre Yom Kippur Fast Dinner at Hillel. 5:30-7:30pm, Hillel Multipurpose Room. A vegetarian entrée will be provided. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share, potluck-style, and RSVP to email@example.com.
Artists’ Reception: Photography by Michele Fletcher & Ken Hawkins. 5pm – 6:30pm. Sweet Treats Bakery, 19 W. Washington Street. FREE! 540-464-1599.
Arts of Lexington Block Party. 5-7:30pm, downtown Lex. Art from around Lexington, plus wine from Rockbridge Vineyard and music by Greenhouse.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Free DC Trip: This Saturday! Spots are going fast, but it’s not too late to sign-up. The bus will leave Lex from the lower lot at 7am and drop off in DC right on the National Mall. The bus will depart from the same drop off point on the Nat’l Mall at 9pm.
Guest Piano Recital, Jonathan Cook. 8-10pm, Concert Hall, Wilson Hall. Pianist and composer Jonathan Chapman Cook (b. 1984), a native of Michigan and current resident of Lexington, Virginia, will present a diverse and exciting recital featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s jovial Italian Concerto, two études by Frédéric Chopin, Cook’s premiere performance of his first piano étude, and the magnificent and haunting Prelude, Chorale and Fugue by César Franck.
Harvest Festival at Rockbridge Vineyard. 12 Noon – 6pm. Rockbridge Vineyard. $5/taster (includes souvenir glass); $3/non-taster; 888-511-9463. Wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Lexington Science Festival. 2-5pm, Lexington Presbyterian Church, 120 S. Main Street. The Lexington Science Festival will feature an exciting array of physics, chemistry, robotics, and engineering exhibits sponsored by professors, students, and local enthusiasts. Volunteers are needed to direct children and families around the exhibits, and perhaps also man an experiment and participate in STEM demonstrations. Email Ellen Wiencek at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available to volunteer.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Cupcake Kickoff for National Coming Out Days Celebration! 12-1pm, Elrod Commons Living Room. Cupcakes to start off a week of events for National Coming Out Days on the undergrad side. Baked goods make Mondays less terrible!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Field Hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan. 6pm, W&L Turf Field. Go Generals!
Tar Heel Traveler Publishes Second Book
Scott Mason, of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1984, also known to his WRAL viewers in Raleigh, N.C., as the Tar Heel Traveler, has published his second book: “Tar Heel Traveler Eats: Food Journeys across North Carolina” (Globe Pequot Press). Like his first book, 2010’s “Tar Heel Traveler: Journeys Across North Carolina,” it’s based on his travels along the back roads of North Carolina, “where he meets memorable characters, finds out-of-the-way places, and unearths fascinating historical footnotes,” as he notes on his website.
The TV series is so popular that Scott now produces quarterly “Tar Heel Traveler” half-hour specials. He has won dozens of awards for documentaries, writing and feature reporting, including three National Edward R. Murrow awards and multiple regional Emmys. In both 2004 and 2005, the Electronic News Association of the Carolinas named him the North Carolina Television Reporter of the Year.
After graduating from Washington and Lee, where he majored in journalism and communications, Scott worked as a reporter and bureau chief for network affiliates in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Dayton, Ohio. At the PBS station in Richmond, he oversaw and hosted the “Virginia Currents” weekly news show.
In 1997, Scott joined WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., as the station’s documentary producer. He created nine documentaries before moving to the news desk as a features reporter.
He is pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. Scott lives in Raleigh with his wife, Nina, daughters Lane and Genie, and son Scout.
You can read an excerpt from his book at TheTarHeelTraveler.com.
Boxerwood Sponsors Albers Exhibit at W&L's Staniar Gallery in October
Boxerwood Education Association is sponsoring an exhibition of work by abstract artist Josef Albers, Oct. 8 through Nov. 5, in the Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University. “Formulation: Articulation” is a suite of 127 silkscreen prints that display the optical possibilities of color and design.
Elliott King, professor of art history at W&L, will lecture about the exhibit on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall at Wilson Hall, with a reception to follow. Both the lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a painter, poet, sculptor, art theorist and educator who introduced a generation of American artists to European modernist concepts. He taught at Bauhaus, in Germany; Black Mountain College, in North Carolina; and Yale University. Among his most successful students were Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly (a member of W&L’s Class of 1953), Richard Anuszkiewicz, Eva Hesse and John Chamberlain. Through his experimentation with color and shape, Albers produced an alternative to abstract expressionism, inspiring the movements of geometric abstraction, color field painting and op art.
The silkscreens in “Formulation: Articulation” are printed on 66 plates containing one, two, or four images, along with annotations by the artist. It took Albers, while in his 80s, two years of concentrated work to create the prints for the suite. The collection is not a retrospective of past works, although the images represent a compilation of over four decades of the artist’s research, including his iconic “Homage to the Square” series.
Since its release in 1972, the complete suite has been rarely shown in its entirety, with most museums and galleries displaying only selected works. “Exhibition of the complete suite will give our art students a unique opportunity to study how Albers’ color, perception and abstraction have influenced modern art,” said Clover Archer, director of Staniar Gallery.
Lexington’s Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Garden has an environmental education mission. “Art has been part of Boxerwood tradition from the beginning,” said Joe Dinardo, a Boxerwood board member. He and his wife, Joan, own the Albers suite. “Dr. Robert Munger acquired sculpture by local artists for what was then his private garden.” Since becoming an education nonprofit, Boxerwood has opened the woodland garden to the public and offers it as a venue to inspire creativity as expressed through the arts.
“Creativity comes from awareness of our surroundings, the same awareness that inspires us to care for our surroundings, especially the natural world,” Dinardo continued. “This year, as Boxerwood celebrates our 15th year as a community nature center, one of our goals is to step up that aspect of our mission—merging creativity and art with the environment.”
Dinardo, a retired toxicologist, divides his time among various nonprofit endeavors, including revitalizing the arts at Boxerwood. He is developing plans to establish a sculpture garden on the nature center’s 15-acre campus over the next five years.
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.
Mark Bradley '78 to Lecture on His Book “A Very Principled Boy”
Mark Bradley, a former CIA analyst and currently a Department of Justice attorney, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Duncan Lee: Joseph Stalin’s Rhodes Scholar Spy.” A book signing will follow.
Bradley, W&L Class of 1978, and a Rhodes Scholar, is the author of the 2014 book, “A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior,” a study of Duncan Lee’s double-life as OSS executive and Soviet Union spy. (Lee was a descendant of Robert E. Lee.)
“In his swift, absorbing and damning book, Mark Bradley brings the gavel down on Lee’s guilt and explains how he eluded prosecution,” says Peter Finn, national security editor at The Washington Post, says of “A Very Principled Boy.” “Bradley combines a lawyerly ability to build his case with a gift for storytelling to make the life of this cautious, smaller-than-life character more than the footnote it was.”
“Bill Nye the Science Guy” to Speak at W&L
Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor will speak at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theater, Lenfest Center for the Arts.
The event is titled “Contact Presents: An Evening with Bill Nye” and is free and open to the public. Tickets will be available the week of the event (Oct. 6-9) in Elrod Commons at W&L. There will a very small amount of seats available to non-ticket holders; tickets will be the only way to guarantee a seat.
Nye is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society. He wants to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes the world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life.
His early fascination with how things worked led him to Cornell University where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering, after which he worked as an engineer at Boeing. It was in Seattle that Nye began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, where he worked as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night.
Eventually, Nye quit his day job and made the transition to a night job as a comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy” was born.
While working on the “Science Guy” show, Nye won seven Emmy Awards for writing, performing and producing. The show won 18 Emmys in five years. He also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.”
Nye is the host of “The 100 Greatest Discoveries” which airs on the Science Channel and “The Eyes of Nye,” which airs on PBS stations across the country.
Nye, the inventor, has two patents on educational products—a magnifier made of water and an abacus that does arithmetic like a computer. He has a patent pending on a device to help people learn to throw a baseball better, and his next patent is an improved toe shoe for ballerinas.
Nye visits Cornell regularly as part of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Visiting Professorship. He is currently the executive director of The Planetary Society, one of the largest space-interest organizations in the world.