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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? hillel@wlu.edu 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- richardsonl@wlu.edu, 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- richardsonl@wlu.edu

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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What Halloween Can Learn from History

What Halloween Can Learn from History
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Michelle Brock
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.

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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.

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