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W&L’s Robert Strong to Lecture on Jimmy Carter in the Civil Rights Era

Robert A. Strong, the William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University, will give a lecture at W&L on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5:00 p.m. in Huntley 327.

The title of the talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Politics and Principle: Jimmy Carter in the Civil Rights Era.” Strong’s 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 visit the Mudd Center website.

Strong’s talk will look at the changes that took place in American politics, and particularly in the south, during and after the civil rights movement by providing a biographical sketch involving Jimmy Carter. He made no claim to leadership in the civil rights movement, but the early stages of his public life were profoundly affected by it.

Carter famously announced that the era of segregation was over shortly after he was elected governor in 1970. Before that date he was caught in circumstances where politics and principle were often at odds and one or the other played a dominant role in his actions.

“These biographical details are important to scholars who try to understand Carter’s career on the national and international stage,” said Strong. “But they are also important for giving context and texture, and perhaps some complexity, to conversations about the importance and the impact of the civil rights era.”

Strong, who earned his B.A. from Kenyon College, his M.A. from Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, joined the W&L faculty in 1989. He also has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, Oxford University and the University College, Dublin. Strong was associate provost and interim provost at W&L from 2008-2013.

He is the author of three books including “Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making” (1992; second edition 2005) and “Working in the World: Jimmy Carter and the Making of America Foreign Policy” (2000). Strong also is the author of many articles, book chapters and review essays and op-eds.

Among other professional activities, Strong has participated in oral history interviews with Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, James Baker, Tony Blair, John Major, James Woolsey, Samuel Berger, Richard Haass, Hamilton Jordan, Jody Powell, and other officials in the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton presidencies.

Former NSA Director’s Keynote at W&L Law Symposium on Mass Surveillance, Cybersecurity Draws Analysis from The Atlantic

Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, told a Millhiser Moot Court Room audience Jan. 23 that the totality of circumstances at a given time can change the interpretation of constitutional protections under the law.

Hayden described how the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York and Washington made reasonable what had been unreasonable national security tactics the day before. And, he suggested that the line between a citizen’s privacy and responsibility to society cannot be hard and fast.

“Privacy is the line we continuously negotiate between ourselves as unique creatures of God and ourselves as social animals. In the first category we have a right to keep things to ourselves. And in the second category we have a responsibility to reveal things about ourselves to the community for the greater good,” he said.

The Atlantic Magazine’s Conor Friedersdorf has published an analysis of Hayden’s keynote address at the symposium. Hayden’s complete speech can be viewed online.

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Karla Murdock to Deliver Her Inaugural Lecture Marking Appointment as the David G. Elmes Term Professor of Psychology

Karla K. Murdock, professor of psychology at Washington and Lee University, will give her inaugural lecture marking her appointment as the David G. Elmes Term Professor of Psychology on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of her lecture is “Cellphones in our Lives: Psychosocial Implications of the New Appendage.” It is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live online.

Murdock joined the W&L faculty in 2005 and taught previously at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Indiana University and her M.S. and Ph.D. both in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia.

Murdock has been awarded over 15 grants and awards including “Technology and Health Lab: Data Management and Analysis” (2014); “Adolescent Stress, Cell Phone Use and Well-Being” (2013); and “Adolescent Technology Use, Co-Rumination and Well-Being” (2012). She was principal investigator or co-investigator in seven research programs.

The author or co-author of 31 refereed articles and three book chapters, Murdock has, since 2005, been an ad hoc reviewer for seven journals.

Murdock has served W&L on many and various elected and appointed programs and committees, including having served on the Shepherd Program Advisory Board since 2010 and since 2013, on the Shepherd Program Faculty Advisory Committee.

The Elmes, John and Winfrey Term Professorship was established by an anonymous trustee and his wife to honor Professors David G. Elmes, Lewis G. John and John C. Winfrey. The professorship is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member in the College or the Williams School.

Future Generals

It’s never too early to start talking to kids about college, and Sarah Catherine Welch, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2011, introduced her students at St. Peter Claver School in Decatur, Georgia, to her alma mater via a virtual tour on Smartboard.

She tweeted: “It’s college day in second grade, and we are a class of future Generals!”

Sarah Catherine is one of many W&L alumni who joined Teach For America. Over the last few years, Washington and Lee has become one of the top producers of graduates participating in the TFA program, placing it among the top 20 small colleges and universities in the country.

Sarah Catherine joined the Metro Atlanta 2011 corps right after graduation. She said, “I taught first grade for two years in the Atlanta Public Schools system, which was recovering from a massive, nationally publicized cheating scandal. While I honored my two-year commitment, I knew that I needed a change for my third year of teaching.”

She moved to St. Peter Claver School, a Catholic school that offers students free or greatly reduced tuition through scholarships funded by the Archdiocese of Atlanta or religious groups, such as the Missionaries of Charity.

“I joined TFA because I wanted to provide low-income students with expanded opportunities, opportunities that were readily available to me as a child,” she said. “After taking poverty classes with Professor Harlan Beckley and education classes with Professor Haley Sigler, I knew that teaching in an urban environment was exactly what I needed to do.”

She added, “The best part of my four years of teaching has been witnessing the joy that my students experience when they reach academic success. Their hugs, smiles and high fives make everything about the job more than worth it.”


Inside the 3L Year: Access to Justice Class Visits Israel

Law students in the Access to Justice practicum traveled to Israel and Palestine in late November to explore the Palestinian and Israeli legal systems. In the final post in this series, 3L Hannah Shtein discusses the Israeli public defender system and the barriers, both literal and figurative, to Israeli and Palestinian lawyers working together for justice.

Tuesday, December 2 – Wednesday, December 3

Our time in Israel is divided between two cities, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. We arrive in Jerusalem on the early evening on Tuesday and drive to Hebrew University, where Professor Rice has arranged for one of the criminal law classes to have a Skype discussion with the Criminal Justice Clinic at W&L. We observe as some of our classmates in Lexington talk with the Hebrew U students about the criminal justice system, and specifically what to do to prevent wrongful convictions. Professor Rice is hoping to create a continued relationship between W&L and Hebrew University, similar to what he has done with the Palestinian schools.

After the video session, we debrief with the class professor, meet some of the students, and head back to our hotel.

We spend the next day exploring Jerusalem, with a tour of the Old City and its four quarters: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Armenian. The Old City reflects each of the different cultures, with Armenian churches, the Western Wall (where many devout Jews pray), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Arab Shuk, among—of course—many other sites.

Thursday, December 4

Today is our Tel-Aviv day. Professor Rice has arranged for us to meet with the Israeli Public Defender to hear about the Israeli criminal defense system and to meet some of the lawyers. Israel’s public defense system is, unsurprisingly, much larger and more organized than that of Palestine.

The public defenders we speak to are very aware of this disparity and of the difficulty of improving conditions on the Palestinian side, especially with the presence of the West Bank wall. (Later, I ask Professor Rice whether Israeli and Palestinian lawyers can engage in bilateral projects, and he tells me that they cannot do so unless they are brought together by a third party, such as an educational institution. This is perhaps a long-term goal for our program—to bring Israeli and Palestinian students, at the very least, together for discussion.)

The lawyers elaborate on some of the challenges they face, including the racial and national tensions that color the criminal justice system, since the defenders deal with Jewish and Arab Israelis, as well as Palestinians.

We also discuss the similarities and differences between the Israeli and American systems, such as the status of the right to counsel and the difficulty of providing effective indigent defense. We finish with a tour of the courthouse and hurry to get last-minute presents for our friends and families before returning to the hotel to take our things and get ready for our flight home.

What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge, PAD Auction and More

Here’s the next installment of our roundup of events in the Lexington and Rockbridge area, compiled by 3L Hannah Shtein. You’ll have choices to make, with live music at the local breweries and the always popular law school charity auction. Plus drones!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Speaker – Math for Drones: Miniature Aerial Vehicles Under the Hood. Robinson Hall 105, 4:40pm-5:40pm. Simon Levy will give a talk on the mathematical methods underlying the rapid development of drone technology. Talk at 4:40, refreshments at 4:20 in Robinson foyer.

Think n’ Drink Trivia at Blue Lab Brewery, 123 S. Randolph St, at 6pm (every Thursday!)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lara Gass Memorial Charity Auction, hosted by Phi Alpha Delta. Cocktail Hour from 5:30-7:30, live auction starting at 7:00pm. The Lara Gass Memorial Charity Auction is hosted by Phi Alpha Delta.

Live @ the Lab – East Lex Boys. The East Lex Boys, a Richmond based band, will play their inaugural Lex Vegas performance at Blue Lab at 6pm. An eclectic mix of bluegrass, rock, jam, Latin, and everything inbetween.

Live Fridays at Devil’s Backbone. Bring your favorite snacks and carry-out food to the Tap Room and enjoy honest pints of beer with family and friends while listening to local music on select Friday nights. 5:30-8:30, featuring Crowded Pond (bluesy acoustic rock).

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Interviewing Seminar with Moira Roberts, 9-10am in Classroom C in the law school. Moira Roberts ’93L worked for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for about thirteen years, and was most recently a Senior Advisor to the director of the office charged with investor education and advocacy. Before that, she was an Assistant Director in the Commission’s Enforcement Division where she ran investigations and civil prosecutions. Before joining the Commission, she was a commercial litigator for six years in two top-tier laws firms, and she was clerk to a renowned federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia. As a member of the SEC Division of Enforcement’s lawyer hiring committee, she reviewed hundreds of applications, conducted numerous interviews, and participated in the closed-door committee discussions of each candidate’s interview performance. She comes to campus to tell you how to deliver a strong interview performance. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the other side of the interview desk! RSVP or place your name on the Waiting List in Symplicity Events. This event will be moved to a larger classroom if interest warrants. Contact: Jane McDonald (mcdonaldj@wlu.edu)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Movie Screening – To Kill a Mockingbird (W&L Law Reads). 5-8pm in the Moot Court Room. In conjunction with the inaugural W&L LAW READS program, the Law Library welcomes you to a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film “To Kill A Mockingbird,” adapted from the classic 1960 novel by Harper Lee. After the film, stay to join members of the W&L faculty for a discussion of this influential American story and its legal, cultural, and historical aspects.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Indoor Farmers Market at 18 E Nelson St, 9am-1pm, including locally produced vegetables,eggs, baked goods, fruit, cheese, honey chestnuts, and more!(will be held every Wednesday before the summer market opens!).

Growler Grab Day at Devil’s Backbone, all day. Every Wednesday, Outpost Tap Room, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, 50 Northwind Lane, Lexington, (540) 462-6200. Vist the Tap Room and fill up your 64 oz. growler for $5 on Wednesdays. 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25. Each week you can fill up your growler with an Outpost brewed beer at this special price.

W&L's Miranda Quoted in New York Times on Canonization of Junipero Serra

Deborah Miranda, the John Lucian Smith Professor of English at Washington and Lee, was quoted in a New York Times article Jan. 21 about Pope Francis’ plans to canonize Father Junipero Serra. “Serra did not just bring us Christianity. He imposed it, giving us no choice in the matter. He did incalculable damage to a whole culture,” Miranda said in the article.

She expanded on her opposition to Serra’s sainthood in a short post on her blog, Bad NDNS, on Jan. 24, which was subsequently picked up by the Indian Country Today Media Network.

You can read the full New York Times article, “To Some in California, Founder of Church Mission is Far From Saint” online.

Picture Perfect

While Tony Walker, a member of the Washington and Lee University Class of 1964, visited campus this past fall for his 50th reunion, he stopped by the University’s art collection in the Kamen Gallery in the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts. The Western theme struck a chord with him, and he decided to give W&L a contemporary painting of a Western landscape by Vermont-based artist David Brewster (davidbrewsterfineart.com).

Tony, who studied philosophy with Professor Emeritus Harry Pemberton, believes the content of the painting is “so poignant and right for the school.” He described the subject as “a violent storm where all the elements are present: heat, sun, dryness.” The landscape reminds him of the abandoned Rockbridge County farms he encountered as a student at W&L in the 1960s, when he hiked all over the countryside within a 50-mile radius. He described the farms as “down and out” and said, “That suffering and toughness to live through the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s is in contrast to Washington and Lee University and the environment now.”

Tony was inspired to give this painting “as a reminder to what we have” and offered it “in honor of my friend and mentor Harry Pemberton.”

Professor Marc Bregman to Give Weinstein Memorial Lecture at W&L

Marc Bregman, the Bernard Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will give the Weinstein Memorial Lecture of 2015 at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in Hillel 101.

The title of the lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “The Sacrifice of Isaac in Art and Jewish Legend.” The lecture will be given with slides.

“The story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son is foundational for the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” Bregman said. Also, the presentation will explore how this well-known narrative has been interpreted not only in texts but also in artistic images.”

Bregman is the co-author of various books including “Flesh Off the Bone: Dream Descent Through Past Life Trauma” (2011); “Dreaming Metaphysical” (2011); and “The Deep Well Tapes” (2006). He is the author of “Tanhuma Yelammedenu Literature: The Studies in the Evolution of the Versions” (Hebrew Edition, 2003).

Bregman was awarded the Nancy S. and Laurence E. Glick Teaching Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, among other awards.

He received his B.A. in Judaic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968, his M.A. from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in 1971 and his Ph.D. from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1991.


Roger Mudd '50 Accepts Philanthropy Award from the Council of Independent Colleges

Roger H. Mudd, a 1950 graduate of Washington and Lee University and an award-winning journalist, received the Award for Individual Philanthropy from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) at its annual awards banquet Jan. 6 in San Diego, California. Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest ’53, ’55L received the award in 2008.

CIC presents the award to honor “an individual who demonstrates the love of humankind through consequential giving and who provides an example of the philanthropic spirit.”

The video and transcript of his acceptance speech follow:

Carmen Twillie Ambar, president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, presented the award on behalf of the CIC:

“Our second and final award celebrates an individual who demonstrates the love of humankind through consequential giving to independent colleges and universities. CIC honors Roger Mudd with the 2015 award for philanthropy.

“A 1950 graduate of Washington and Lee University, Roger Mudd presented a four million dollar gift to his alma mater to establish a new center for the study of ethics. Today, the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics advances dialogue, teaching and research about issues of public and professional ethics across all three of the University’s schools: The College, the Williams School, and the School of Law. In addition, the endowed Roger Mudd Professorship in Ethics supports a distinguished senior scholar.

“Roger donated papers documenting his distinguished career at CBS and NBC, as well as his work with the History Channel and on PBS News Hour to Washington and Lee’s Leyburn Library. He also donated his collection of 20th century Southern fiction to the College.

“In 2011, Washington and Lee awarded him its Washington Award in recognition of his distinguished leadership and service to the nation and extraordinary acts of philanthropy in support of Washington and Lee and other institutions.

“Roger is also a member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Foundation for independent colleges. Upon joining the VFIC board in 1997, he quickly made his mark as he co-chaired the committee that created the organization’s Ethics Bowl. The purpose of the Ethics Bowl is to enrich and enliven the discussion of ethical issues among students at VFIC’s 15 member colleges. Since its creation, Roger has been actively involved in all aspects of the planning and the implementation of the Ethics Bowl, and he continues to serve as its co-chair. The Ethics Bowl–that model–has now been adopted by four additional states.

“Roger began his career as a reporter for the Richmond News Leader and later joined the CBS News Bureau in Washington, D.C., where he covered Congress and national politics. He moved to NBC, co-anchoring the NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press before moving on the Macneil-Lehrer News Hour on PBS. He was primary anchor for the History Channel and has taught as a visiting professor at Princeton and Washington and Lee University.

“Roger has received the Peabody Award, The John Shorenstein for Distinguished Washington Reporting and five Emmy awards. His memoir, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News,was published in 2008.

“Through his care and support, he has inspired, enriched and enhanced many colleges, universities and their students. Tonight, CIC is pleased to honor Roger Mudd.”

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Roger Mudd:

“They didn’t tell me that this was going to be called ‘This is Your Life.’

“When Rich Echman briefed me on tonight’s program, he said that I would be following a cocktail party, and so I better be funny. As you may know, I come here from Washington, D.C. where I was born, raised and worked for about 50 years, but there are very few jokes in Washington these days. The closest thing to a joke came out after the midterm elections when the voters said they wanted to legalize pot, raise the minimum wage, permit same sex marriages, legalize abortion, reform immigration policy, and then they picked the Republicans to bring it all home.

“I’m delighted to be with you this evening, and to accept, most happily, the CIC’s Philanthropy Award. I do not regard myself as a philanthropist but as an amateur historian-turned-journalist–two fields which are related, in that historians need twenty years to get it wrong; journalists need only 8 hours.

“It may come as a surprise to some of you that the press tries very hard to get things right, although many of our sources succeed in misleading us. It may also surprise you that we do have a code of ethics, an agreed upon set of standards. We do not make up stories. We do not fabricate quotations. We attribute information that is not self-evident. We do not use obscene words unless we write for The New Yorker. And we acknowledge that every individual has a right to privacy.

“But, alas, our code of ethics is voluntary. Sometimes toothless. And its enforcement depends. Do we go through the garbage of public figures? It depends. Do we entrap? It depends. Do we lie about who we are in order to invade someone’s privacy? It depends. And what it depends on, of course, is whether the story is worth the ethical compromise it requires, and whether the competition is onto the story also. But having lived with that code for the last 50 years in my professional life, I began to wonder about the millions of students who will go through four years of college without ever being exposed to a code of ethics, or an honor system, never pushed into thinking about right and wrong, never taught about how elevating the ethical life can be.

“About 15 years ago, as you’ve been told, I got the chance to help fill that gap. I helped establish the Ethics Bowl, managed and promoted by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Once a year at different campuses, each year, the teams from fifteen private liberal arts colleges in Virginia gather to debate the ethics of our contemporary society. The ethics of war. The ethics of politics. The ethics of civil liberties. Early next month we will gather again for two days, this time at the Marymount University campus in Arlington, Virginia, and this time to debate the ethics of family life.

“This gathering is unique in that the judges and moderators are all from the community. Lawyers, doctors, journalists, academics, CEOS, financiers, business men and women who believe that an ethical life is the life worth living. Next year, I dare say the topic of the Ethics Bowl will come right out of the headlines. I mean, pick up the paper any morning and read the headlines. “Virginia Governor Accepts $177 Thousand in Gifts and Money,” and today he got two years in prison. Not the ten years the prosecution wished for. “Detroit Mayor Sentenced to 28 Years for Bribery and Extortion,” “Fixing Scandal Hangs over Nascar,” “JP Morgan, Chase Fined $13 Billion for Mortgage Practices,” and two other governors, Rod Blagojevich of Illinois and Don Siegelman of Alabama, are still in prison.

“And the second thing I did after 60 years was to repay the gift that my alma mater, Washington and Lee, had given me. I endowed a Center for Ethics on the campus to promote the study of ethics across the curriculum. The Center is now up and running, as a fine director and an endowed professorship had began the first year studying the ethics of racial justice. Next year the theme will be the ethics of citizenship.

“But now I must acknowledge my intellectual debt to Washington and Lee, where I studied history, English, and philosophy. The very courses now listed by The Daily Beast as the three most useless majors. So what has happened to our culture in the last 50 years that makes them so useless, and produces such headlines as “Liberal Arts Majors are Screwed.” (Screwed as being defined by my Webster’s 18-pounder as “bilked or cheated.”)

“Can it be true, according to the Business Insider, that only two percent of American companies are hiring liberal arts majors? And what would have caused Robert Reich, President Clinton’s secretary of labor, to declare that “college is a ludicrous waste of money,” and to propose combining the last year of high school with a first year of community college to create a new curriculum for our economy to train technicians? More technicians to develop more devices to keep us from looking at, and listening to each other.

“What’s happened to our culture, I believe, is that it’s been taken over by the demands of instant gratification. And that flies directly into the face of serious education. The humanities and the liberal arts are what give the sciences their meaning. Humanities and the liberal arts help discover what it means to be human. To know the joy of using the beautiful English language. To discover what it means to be an American in the 21st century. And to give our lives meaning in that we are serving things beyond ourselves, to quote David Brooks in the Times this morning.

“And, finally, may I also take issue with those who believe that college is just for getting a job, and that earning power is the best way to be the judge of college courses. May I pass on to these people a list of distinguished Americans and their college majors. Mitt Romney, English. Ted Turner, the classics. Conan O’Brien, history and American literature. Carly Fiorina, medieval history and philosophy. Steven Spielberg, english. And Summer Redstone, the classics and government.

“Well, I’m about finished. I want to close by telling you about the very first day I began as a broadcaster in Richmond, Virginia, 1953. I was assigned to do the noon news on station WRNL, and I was moving along pretty well when I hit an item about the deteriorating health of Pope Pius the Twelfth. To my horror, I heard myself saying, “The condition of Pipe Po-us has grown steadily worse. And they have summoned to the Pipe’s bedside his doctor and two specialists.” Well I began laughing, so I lunged for the cut-off switch on the cough box. But being new and untrained, I hit the wrong switch, and what happened for the next ninety minutes is the audience heard silence, followed by 30 seconds of my insane laughter.

“I moved on to Washington soon after that, and one of my first assignments came during the Eisenhower Inauguration. I was assigned to cover one of the D.C. commissioners, a Republican, as he made the rounds of the inaugural parties. This particular commissioner was fascinated by my relationship to Dr. Samuel Mudd, the doctor who had set the broken ankle of John Wilkes Booth after he had shot President Lincoln. I tried to tell him that we were distantly related. Sam and I were probably related to the fifth degree, he being an uncle five-times removed. But that didn’t stop him. So when we began to go from party to party he would introduce me, and the relationship between me and Dr. Mudd got closer and closer. So we began and he said, “Come over here and meet Roger Mudd. His great grandfather fixed John Wilkes Booth.” And then we’d go to the next one and “Come on over here, his great uncle fixed John Wilkes Booth.” And finally at the end of the evening, he said, “Come over here, meet Roger Mudd, his father shot Lincoln.”

“Well, I think I’ve said enough. And I’m grateful for your attention, and I’m proud to accept your award. Thank you.”


W&L's Mayock Provides Advice Academic C.V.s on Inside Higher Ed

Ellen Mayock, Ernest Williams II Professor of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University, provides advice for on structuring, revising and tailoring an academic curriculum vitae (C.V.) in the Jan. 23 edition of Inside Higher Ed.

You can read her essay, “Writing and Rewriting the C.V.,” on the Inside Higher Ed website.

George Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Alumnus and Honorary Degree Recipient, Dies at 97

George Evans Goodwin Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and public relations executive who received an honorary doctor of letters from W&L in 1997, died on Jan. 21 at his home in Atlanta. A member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1939, he began his career as a newspaper reporter with The Atlanta Georgian and eventually moved to The Atlanta Journal. In 1947, he wrote a series of articles on voter fraud in the Georgia governor’s race, which won him the first Pulitzer Prize in the category of Distinguished Local Reporting. The award was also the first Pulitzer for The Atlanta Journal.

Goodwin left the newspaper business and served as executive director of Central Atlanta Improvement Association, now Central Atlanta Progress, from 1952 to 1954. From 1954 to 1964, he served as a vice president of The First National Bank of Atlanta.

In 1965, Goodwin opened the Atlanta office of Bell and Stanton Public Relations, headquartered in New York. Later Manning, Selvage & Lee, and now known as MS&L Worldwide, it was Atlanta’s first national public relations firm, and continues to serve many prominent Atlanta companies. Goodwin was a member of the Public Relations Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and in 2012 was inducted into the Atlanta Press Club’s Hall of Fame. His contributions to the PR industry are memorialized by two awards in his name: MS&L’s grant for community service and the award for volunteer service from the Georgia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Goodwin was an active civic leader, instrumental in forming the Atlanta Arts Alliance, chairing the city’s observance of the nation’s bicentennial, and championing the racial integration of the public libraries in 1959. He led the Forward Atlanta project to revitalize the city’s downtown in the 1960s, and was one of the sponsors of the historic Atlanta dinner honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after King received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. Goodwin also played a major role in creating MARTA, Atlanta’s public transit system. As noted in an obituary prepared by his family, “Be it planning for growth and development; sustaining libraries and the arts; promoting philanthropy; improving education; advancing race relations or encouraging civic responsibility, George Goodwin was a force for progress and understanding.”

You can read more about the extraordinary life of George Goodwin Jr. in the obituaries in The Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

A New Record for Scholar-Athlete Awards

by Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy ’16

Washington and Lee University’s athletic teams set a new record when 224 students earned scholar-athlete awards during fall term of last year. The number of award recipients increased by more than 30 compared to previous fall terms.

The student-athletes achieved a GPA of at least 3.50, and 24 had a GPA of 4.0.

The women’s soccer team had the highest GPA, with a 3.612, and the men’s golf team had the highest men’s team GPA with a 3.534. All of W&L’s varsity athletic programs achieved a team GPA of at least 3.0.

Together, the fall sports teams combined to post a 66-30-3 (.682) overall record, while the volleyball team claimed an ODAC title.

See a list of all the Scholar-Athlete award recipients >


Christian Wiman '88: On the National Book Critics’ Shortlist

With his newest, and fourth, book of poems, Christian Wiman, a 1988 graduate of Washington and Lee University, is a finalist for the 2014 poetry award from the National Book Critics Circle.

The Farrar, Straus & Giroux website describes “Once in the West” as “intense and intimate as poetry gets—from the ‘suffering of primal silence’ that it plumbs to the ‘rockshriek of joy’ that it achieves and enables. Readers of Wiman’s earlier books will recognize the sharp characterizations and humor—’From her I learned the earthworm’s exemplary open-mindedness, / its engine of discriminate shit’—as well as his particular brand of reverent rage: ‘Lord if I implore you please just please leave me alone / is that a prayer that’s every instant answered?’ But there is something new here, too: moving love poems to his wife, tender glimpses of his children, and, amid the onslaughts of illness and fear and failures, ‘a trace / of peace.’ “

Christian, the editor of Poetry magazine from 2003 to 2013, teaches religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.

We’ve blogged about Christian several times before, covering both his Guggenheim fellowship and his memoir, “My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer,” chronicling his struggles with cancer.

The National Book Critics Circle will present the awards on March 12 at the New School, New York City, in a free ceremony that is open to the public.

Innovations: The Souper Bowl

The third annual Souper Bowl to benefit the Campus Kitchen Backpack Program will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Evans Hall. Local restaurants will contribute soup and sweets for sampling at the event, which features live entertainment by W&L’s General Admission and Southern Comfort.

The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee’s Backpack Program started in 2009 and has expanded to cover all seven elementary schools in Rockbridge County and the Head Start programs. The Souper Bowl is a major fundraiser for the program, which delivers backpacks filled with non-perishable food to over 700 local children. Children are guaranteed lunch Monday through Friday; by sending food home in backpacks on Friday night, CKWL ensures they have food over the weekend.

Restaurants providing soup include: Bistro on Main, The Brief Stop, Brix, Cool Springs Cafe, The E. Café, Full Circle Catering, Haywood’s Restaurant, Healthy Foods Co-op, Kind Roots Café, The Marketplace, Pronto, Pure Eats, The Red Hen, The Sheridan Livery Inn, Sorority Dining, The Southern Inn and W&L Catering.

Cinnamon Sugar donuts will be provided by Pure Eats, and desserts will be provided by Sweet Treats Bakery and Mary’s Cookies. The event is sponsored by Davidson and Garrard.

The suggested donation for the event is $10 for students, $15 for adults and $40 per family.


Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion to Have Official “Opening”

Washington and Lee University’s Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion will have an official “opening” on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 5-7 p.m. They will now be open to the public on a regular basis and their new hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

There will be guided tours of the galleries and a drawing for a reservation at the next public tea ceremony will be held.

The Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion hold the fourth-largest collection of Chinese porcelain in the United States, the paintings of 20th-century painter, Louise Herreshoff, the Custis-Lee paintings, the tea room and a student-curated exhibit on armorial porcelain replacements.

There also is a temporary museum shop in the Watson Pavilion where books, busts and Lee Chapel plates, as well as other items, can be purchased.

After the renovations are completed in Lee Chapel, the Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion will remain open to the public at the above-mentioned hours. The temporary museum shop will close and move back to its regular spot in Lee Chapel.


W&L Presents Paintings by Artist Tania Karpowitz in McCarthy Gallery

“Holding History,” paintings by artist and teacher Tania Karpowitz, will be on display at the McCarthy Gallery in Holekamp Hall at Washington and Lee University from Jan. 23-May 30, 2015.

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

Karpowitz’s exhibition features portraits and still lifes. The paintings began with the painter’s memories of her grandfather. The objects and reflections tell stories about family relationships from the past and into the future.

Karpowitz earned her B.A. at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. After painting for two years in Rome, she returned to the U.S. to earn her M.A. at Indiana University, where she studied with painters Robert Barnes and Barry Gealt. She studied in Madrid for two years on a Fulbright grant.

Her work has been exhibited in New York, Madrid, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities. One of her paintings hangs in the permanent collection of the Borowsky Gallery in Philadelphia, while many others hang in private collections.

Karpowitz has taught painting and drawing at Moore College of Art and Design, Montgomery College and the Washington Studio School. She currently teaches at the Art League School of Alexandria and offers private classes.

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

Information about attachment: “Holding History,” 2014, 54″ x 44″, oil on canvas.

W&L Law Review Symposium to Explore Mass Surveillance and Cybersecurity, Fallout from Snowden Revelations and NSA Spying

Edward Snowden’s disclosures of the National Security Agency’s spying and surveillance programs shocked the world, both because of the scale of the operation and sophistication with which the massive data hauls were gathered and analyzed. Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and other countries were strained, and the disclosures launched an important international debate as citizens questioned just how much privacy they were willing to give up in exchange for security.

On Jan. 23-24, Washington and Lee School of Law will host a first of its kind symposium taking a 360 degree look at the legal, social, political and economic issues spawned by Snowden’s revelations. The two-day event is titled “Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age” and will be held in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to preregister for the event online.

Law professor Margaret Hu, an expert in the intersection of cybersurveillance and civil rights, a faculty co-organizer of the symposium, explained that this event will bring together many of the nation’s leading experts on national security, cybersecurity and mass surveillance, international law and terrorism law, and data privacy.

“We are thrilled and humbled to have this opportunity to host such a critically important conversation,” says Hu. “This symposium event aims to foster a deeply informed dialogue on the cybersurveillance debate through an impressive gathering of nationally and internationally renown experts, including leading scholars, government leaders, journalists, policymakers, litigators, and technologists.”

One of the event highlights will be an opening keynote address on January 23 by General Michael Hayden, former director of both the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency. The lunch keynote panel on January 24 will feature Bart Forsyth, Chief of Staff, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), an expert on the USA FREEDOM Act and the post-Snowden statutory reform effort; and David Medine, Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act.

The symposium will conclude on January 24 with closing keynote presentations from Ben Wittes, senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings Institution, and co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare national security blog; and Shane Harris, author of the recently published book “@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex,” senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, and an ASU Future of War Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Among the topics covered during the panel sessions, speakers will address the architecture of cybersurveillance tools at the disposal of the NSA and other agencies in the midst of a big data revolution. They will also examine various policy and legislative proposals that have been recommended in the aftermath of these leaks.

In addition, participants will consider the potential impact of government and corporate responses to the Snowden disclosures, including executive action and compliance approaches and corporate and technological adaptations. A schedule of events and registration information can be found on the symposium website.

“This symposium event will support a range of highly sophisticated and critical vantage points from leaders who are extraordinarily informed,” says Hu. “This unique gathering of distinguished voices will facilitate an exciting and essential discussion on the Snowden disclosures and the future implications of rapidly expanding surveillance technologies.”

The annual Law Review Symposium is named in honor of Lara Gass, a member of the Law Class of 2014 who passed away in an automobile accident in March of 2014. Gass served as Symposium Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review, organizing the Law Review’s 2014 symposium focused on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Citizen of the Year

Over the years, Marie Washington, Washington and Lee School of Law Class of 2003, has made her mark on her hometown of Warrenton, Virginia. Her efforts as an attorney, advocate for mental health services, animal lover and volunteer to numerous non-profits secured her the honor of Citizen of the Year as bestowed by the Fauquier Times.

It’s easy to see why the newspaper thinks she deserves that accolade. A profile about her noted: “Whether it’s running a marathon to raise funds for a charity, bringing a mob of guests to a Fauquier Chamber of Commerce event, representing her clients before the court, or decorating her front yard to the delight of Halloween trick or treaters, Washington is woven into the heart of the Fauquier community.”

She served on the Mental Health board 2009–2011 and on the board of directors for the Fauquier Health Senior Living and Association. A volunteer for the Warrenton United Methodist Church, she has worked as legal counsel for the church on a pro-bono basis, helped with fundraisers for mission trips and assisted with the church’s effort to send care packages to the troops around Valentine’s Day. She’s also volunteered on the board for Fauquier Faith Partners and the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier. She helps out at various food drives, and participates at law camp and career-shadowing days with local high schools.

Among her many other honors, Marie has received awards and nods from the Mount Zion Baptist Church; Virginia Lawyers Weekly; Piedmont Business Journal; Virginia Living Magazine; the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce; the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar; and the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce.

Her law firm, which she opened on Lee Street in Warrenton a few years ago, represents clients on matters involving collections, contracts, business law, criminal and traffic violations, domestic relations, estate planning and probate, and landlord-tenant issues.

Marie is an active member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense, the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association and both the Fauquier and Prince William County Bar Associations. She served on the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board from 2011 to 2014 and serves on the board of governors for the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Ringing in the New Year

Chris Volk, a 1979 graduate of Washington and Lee, rang in the new year—literally. He visited the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 2 to ring the opening bell of 2015 and to celebrate the recent listing of his company, STORE Capital Corp., on the exchange.

STORE is an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust that invests in single-tenant operational real estate. It is the third company Chris has taken public since 1994.

“Ringing the first opening bell of the New Year is an exciting way to celebrate the beginning of an important new chapter in STORE Capital’s history,” said Chris. “We were gratified by Wall Street’s enthusiastic response to our IPO and strong interest in our company. In partnering with our middle market and larger customers, we have built a remarkable value proposition that provides tailored real estate lease solutions that create value for them by improving their capital efficiency. Going public was an important step in our long-term strategy, giving us more opportunity to help our customers as we grow.”

In an interview on the Benzinga website, he noted: “We’ve done $1.1 billion worth of investments. It’s a significant number. The fact that we’ve done the kind of buying we have shows that we are hitting a nerve. We’re meeting a need in the marketplace and we’re looking forward to this year with great excitement.”


Inside the 3L Year: Access to Justice Class Visits Ramallah

Law students in the Access to Justice practicum traveled to Israel and Palestine in late November to explore the Palestinian and Israeli legal systems. In this post, 3L Hannah Shtein discusses the class visit to Ramallah for a U.S. trial demonstration and visit a juvenile detention center.

Tuesday, November 25

We leave our hotel to travel to Ramallah, where our next trial demonstration will be, by way of Bethlehem. On the way, we stop at a traditional scarf-making factory, the only factory in Palestine where traditional Palestinian scarves, called “kafiyas” (such as the black and white checkered one often seen on Yasser Arafat) are still made—many of the other factories that make them are now in China. The factory is fairly small, with one room for the machines that make the scarves, and one room where the finished creations are sold.

We spend some time walking around the machines, watching them quickly turn loose, colorful threads into intricate designs, and then move to the finished, packaged scarves to find souvenirs for our families and friends. The owner of the factory greets us in the store with tea and cookies, and talks to us about the history of the factory and the scarves. We learn, for example, that different scarf designs can stand for different political parties in Palestine.

Leaving the factory with handfuls of scarves, we drive to Bethlehem, our next tourist point. Here, we visit the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born. Because of the church’s history, is has special significance for both Muslim and Christian faiths. The church is beautiful, and I hear at least five different languages around me as we walk around its interior—this is clearly a destination for travelers from all over the world.

Our next stop in Bethlehem is one of my favorites on the trip. There are several places around Bethlehem where Banksy, a prominent graffiti artist, has created artworks opposing the Israeli occupation. An Israeli-built wall (sometimes called the West Bank barrier) separates Israel from the West Bank, and part of it cuts through Bethlehem. Banksy’s artworks, as well others around the city, express opposition to the wall. We drive to see all three of the works, and walk along the wall itself, which is also covered in graffiti.

We finish off this leg of the trip in Ramallah, where we will meet students at Modern University for another trial demonstration, and visit a juvenile detention center.

Wednesday, November 26-Monday, December 1

Wednesday morning starts with another trial demonstration and Q&A at Modern University in Ramallah. Afterward, we spend some time chatting with the students on a more casual basis, and they tell us some of their favorite places to shop and eat in Ramallah.

Next, we head to the International Legal Foundation offices in Ramallah to meet some of the attorneys. One of the ILF lawyers, Kiyomi Bolick is a W&L alum who has been playing the role of the accused in our trial demonstrations, and is on a Public Defender fellowship with the ILF.

The ILF functions as the Public Defender service in Palestine, and consists of mostly Palestinian attorneys, with a couple of Americans who are doing fellowships like Kiyomi. There is also a recent law graduate who is doing an internship with the ILF office before she enters practice—this training period is a requirement for Palestinian graduates before they can work on their own. Aya, the intern, takes us with her to court, and we are able to observe a couple of Palestinian hearings in action. It’s difficult to fully understand what’s happening without a translator, but we are able to observe the presentation of witnesses and evidence. Additionally, despite Palestine’s reputation (at least by some accounts) as a socially conservative country, there is a relatively high number of female judges and attorneys.

Thursday is Thanksgiving, and we arrange to do a traditional American celebration at Kiyomi’s house. I love Middle Eastern food, but I don’t hide my excitement and pumpkin cheesecake and mashed potatoes. We also spend a little time exploring Ramallah, and visit one of Professor Rice’s favorite tourist traps, a coffee shop called Stars & Bucks (see what they did there?). Because Palestine has not yet been officially recognized as a state, trademark enforcement is much weaker, so Stars & Bucks can get away with their nod toward a certain Seattle-born coffee franchise. I buy my dad a Stars & Bucks mug.

On Friday and Saturday, we visit Taybeh, a Christian village in Palestine, as well as the Dead Sea and Jericho (we don’t pass up the opportunity to slather ourselves in Dead Sea mud). We finish our time in Palestine with a visit to a juvenile detention center, and a final trial demonstration in the town of Jenin. Our next stop is Israel, where we will meet with the Israeli public defender.

W&L's Richard Marks to Deliver His Inaugural Lecture Marking Appointment as Jessie Ball duPont Professor

Richard G. Marks, professor of religion at Washington and Lee University, will give his inaugural lecture marking his appointment as the Jessie Ball duPont Professor on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of his lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “The Other’s Religion: How Medieval Jews Imagined Hinduism.”

Marks will analyze views of Hinduism held by four medieval Jewish authors. These views reflect ideas circulating in the Muslim culture in which they lived, biblical concepts of history, Aristotelian science and philosophy, and each author’s own perception and purposes. The lecture will raise questions about what religion is and how we go about comparing other people’s religions with our own.

Marks joined the W&L faculty in 1984. He received his B.A. in liberal arts from Raymond College, University of the Pacific, his M.A. in Judaic studies from Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in Jewish history (secondary concentration in the history of religions) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

His writings include “Jacob Sapir’s Journey through Southern India in 1860: Four Chapters on Indian Life from Even Sapir, Translated, Annotated and Introduced,” in “Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies,” (2013); “Hinduism, Torah and Travel: Jacob Sapir in India,” in “Shofar” (Winter 2012); “Letters to a Buddhist Jew,” in “Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies,” (2007); and “The Image of Bar Kokhba in Traditional Jewish Literature: False Messiah and National Hero,” (Penn State Press, 1994).

Marks’ primary area of scholarship is Jewish intellectual history. In addition, Marks has taught courses at W&L in God and the Holocaust, Perspectives on Death and Dying, Travel and Transformation, Judaism, Modern Jewish Literature in Translation and Introduction to Religion, Introduction to Islam and Judaism and Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, among others.

The Jessie Ball duPont Professorship in Religion was established in 1983 by the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund in memory of duPont and in recognition of her support of higher education.

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Christian Martine, a 2014 graduate of Washington and Lee University, landed his first job out of college at Facebook.

A life-long computer geek, Christian works at Facebook’s Austin, Texas, office as an ads integrity analyst, where he helps make sure ads comply with Facebook’s policies. In an interview with the Charleston Daily Mail, he said, “One thing told me from day one was that we want you to use your ‘n00b eyes’ to call out things that don’t make sense. See if there are ways you can do better. That’s what excited me about Facebook. Precedent is important in that it teaches you something about things have been done but it’s not the law. It’s not something you cite and say, ‘we’ve always done it this way, so we should do it that way.’ If you find a better way to do it, then find a way to put it in place today.”

Christian, who grew up in Beckley and in nearby Daniels, West Virginia, majored in business and global politics at W&L. He said his college education helped him land his job at Facebook. “I work very closely with advertisers and policy where you’re guided by regulations, laws and the sentiment of people who use Facebook,” he said. “I’m drawing from my policy and business background and bringing that nexus into place.

“I believe what I’m doing is making a difference, giving resources to connect people with each other,” he added. “I believe a world connected is one that is better.”


Five Seniors Receive CFA Exam Scholarships

Five seniors, Vincent Gennaro, Sarah Beth Hampton, Eduardo Olondriz, Bayan Misaghi, and Cathy Wang, have received scholarships to study for level one of the exam to become a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

As a university recognized by the CFA Institute, Washington and Lee can offer up to five scholarships a year to reduce the exam price for students from $1,400 to $350. Additionally, the CFA Institute will send scholarship recipients books on six topics, including finance, accounting and ethics.

A highly sought after designation, a CFA charter gives students a distinct advantage on the job market. Annually, 150,000 people worldwide sit for the CFA exams, which comprise three levels. Students may retake a failed exam, but must pass all three levels to become a CFA. Approximately one in eight people who start the program will become a chartered financial analyst.

Q&A with Actor Kevin McClatchy '85

The Columbus Monthly magazine interviews veteran actor Kevin McClatchy, Washington and Lee University Class of 1985, on playing Prospero, portraying characters outside his comfort zone and working with his theater students. You can read the December 2014 interview online.

Kevin, who is an assistant professor of theater at Ohio State University, has a long list of T.V. credits to his name, including “The X-Files,” “That ’70s Show,” “NCIS,” “ER,” “General Hospital” and “Guiding Light.” His recent film roles include “Love and Other Drugs,” starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, and “Unstoppable,” starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.

In 2006, Kevin and his wife, Lisa, launched Carrickmacross Productions, which is dedicated to Irish theatre and the Irish-American experience on stage and in film.

The Art of Translation: Professor Jeffrey Barnett Publishes the “The Memory of Silence”

In mid-November 2014, Jeffrey Barnett, professor of Spanish and director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Washington and Lee University, flew to Miami for the launch of his new book, a translation of Uva de Aragón’s “The Memory of Silence” (Chico: Cubanabooks, 2014).

He was one of 450 authors reading from and discussing his work at what is widely considered the nation’s finest literary festival, the Miami Book Fair International. Miami, with its large Cuban-American population, was a particularly fitting venue for the book’s début, which explores the lives of two sisters separated at the outset of the Cuban revolution. The book contains De Aragón’s original novel in Spanish, along with Barnett’s English translation. At the launch, she read from one chapter and Barnett from another. “It’s not often an audience has the experience of a joint reading,” noted Barnett. “It emphasized how much of this project has been a collaboration between the two of us.”

De Aragón, a Cuban-American journalist, poet and professor who lives in Miami, published her novel in 2002, and Barnett began working on his translation in 2008. “There is a vast amount of literature being produced on and off the island, but Uva’s novel stands apart in many respects,” said Barnett. “First and foremost, the underlying theme of reconciliation is a refreshing message and, most importantly, a timely one. As a story that intertwines two simultaneous histories, ‘Memory’ serves as a cultural and historical window into a formative era that has defined, in many ways, both the United States and Cuba. For English readers, this novel offers a unique and convincing voice about a life left behind and life forged ahead.”

He added, “While it is true that the novel most forcibly speaks to those interested exclusively in Cuban matters, its English translation, in my opinion, will transcend that scope and also be of interest to students of Latin American and Caribbean studies, women’s and gender studies, literature in translation, and diaspora studies.”

De Aragón gave a lecture at W&L shortly after publishing “Memory,” and asked Barnett, who had translated one of her short stories, to work on the translation of her novel. “Originally, when the novel was published in Spanish, it had a limited audience in America,” explained Barnett. “Many younger Cuban-Americans are more likely to read it in English, and that’s why she wanted it to be translated.”

Barnett has translated a diverse selection of Latin American authors, ranging from the short stories of Carlos Fuentes to the epic poetry of Martín del Barco Centenera. “This is the first time I had translated anything of this length,” said Barnett. “Not only is it a huge undertaking, but there are so many elements in this book that were not meant for a rookie.” Among the challenges were capturing the voice of each sister, as well as translating the realia—the newspaper stories, political speeches, poems, even an aria that De Aragón included to shape her narrative. “In parts of the novel, I was able to translate several pages a day, but on some sentences or phrases it took me days until I was satisfied I had captured the emotion of the original text. For example, the novel includes several speeches by Castro. He was a great orator, and the fun part of translating him was capturing his cadence, his rhythm.”

Barnett noted that translators are often invisible, but “Uva has been more than gracious in acknowledging my efforts. She has magnanimously emphasized that these are two original works and promotes me as a co-author.” He added, “It’s a great leap of faith for an author to trust someone else with a translation of their work. She generously gave me free rein, and it has been a great working relationship.”

Barnett and De Aragón have several upcoming joint readings in the U.S., including Miami, Puerto Rico, New York, and on the W&L campus in March. But first, they will travel to Havana in February. “In light of the recent diplomatic developments between the U.S. and Cuba, it will be interesting to see what chapters we choose to read from the book,” said Barnett. “Uva is well known in Cuba and has a big following there. I think the book will have an even greater reception than it did in Miami.”

Duke University Professor to Give Talk about Feminism in Islam

miriam cooke (sic), the Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures and director of the Middle East Studies Center at Duke University, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. in the Hillel House.

The title of the event, which is free and open to the public, is “Feminism in Islam.” It is sponsored by W&L’s Department of Politics, the Department of Religion and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

cooke, who intentionally spells her name with only lowercase letters, is the author of “Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism” (2010) and “Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature” (2001), among others.

Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism. She earned her Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1980 and has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and at Dartmouth College.

Christina Lowry ’14 2nd Lt. Begins Active Duty in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps

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Six months after graduating from W&L, 2nd Lt. Christina Lowry ’14 is looking for an apartment near Fort Drum, about an hour north of Syracuse, New York, and just a few miles from the Canadian border. “I’m willing to pay a couple of hundred more per month for a garage just to make sure the car will start in the morning,” she said. The week she began her search there was seven feet of snow on the ground, so a garage seemed particularly appealing.

Lowry is preparing for life in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps at Fort Drum, where, for the next two years, she’ll be a chemical officer for a helicopter unit. “At 22, the Army has put me in charge of $1 million worth of equipment and 20 to 30 people,” said Lowry. “My job is to train my unit to respond to a chemical, biological or nuclear attack, but since no one has hit us with any of those in decades, I’ll be sitting in a corner doing paperwork. Most of that will include assisting with plans and operations, as well as keeping the unit’s status report up to date. I’m responsible for every person and every piece of equipment under my command. I have to hope 18-year-old Private Snuffy doesn’t lose his canteen or rifle in the woods, because I have to account for all of it.”

It seems a long way from the ivy-covered walls and white columns of her alma mater, but Lowry says her double major in German and religion, as well as the many politics classes she took, primed her well. “So much of my W&L education was learning how to analyze, how to think critically, to make the connections.” She referred to Gen. George C. Marshall’s maxim that the U.S. must always be prepared for the next war. “As an officer, as a leader, I need to be looking ahead at both the global picture and my unit. If I sense there’s something not right with one of my men, I need to solve it before it becomes a bigger problem. When I watch the news, I’m paying attention to any country that’s showing signs of economic, religious or political unrest and thinking about the terrorist group that’s most likely to react to that situation. Will this become a problem for us now or in 10 years?”

Lowry grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, where her parents were teachers for the Department of Defense at the U.S. Army base. She joined high school JROTC so she could compete with the rifle team. “I ended up doing so well I became second in command of my unit. My instructors encouraged me to apply for an ROTC scholarship, and getting one made it possible for me to attend W&L.”

At W&L, she joined Pi Beta Phi; won a 2013 American Translators Association Award for her translation of the German musical “Elisabeth”; wrote an article for W&L’s Political Review on the political tension surrounding Muslim immigrants in Germany; wrote a paper for her capstone course on chaplains in the military; and worked in Lee Chapel. At VMI, she fired M-16 rifles; flew in a UH-60 Black Hawk; navigated obstacle courses; took classes on leadership; traveled to Tanzania and Germany on ROTC summer programs; and served on the Dining In committee.

“It was bit of a challenge, bouncing back and forth between the two different worlds,” Lowry admitted. “My sorority sisters always cracked jokes when I came to dinner in a sweaty uniform after I’d been out in the field, and at VMI, the cadets eventually stopped staring at the girl in the sundress walking through the dining hall. It was a transition, but that’s what being in the Army is all about — your success depends on how well you can roll with the punches and how quickly can you adapt.”

Lowry is required to serve in the Army for four years and can then move into the reserves or the National Guard for another four years, unless she chooses to stay in the military. “I’m a little bit jealous of my National Guard friends who have homes and families. They have more stability in their lives. Right now, I don’t know how I’ll feel about staying in the Army. There are a lot of ifs — if I get married, if I have kids, where I’m stationed. But this is a great way for me to begin life right out of college. I get a lot of training, I get to see the world, and I have access to educational opportunities that the Army will pay for. I’m just getting started.”


Roy L. Steinheimer Jr., Former W&L Law School Dean, Dies at 98

Roy Lee Steinheimer Jr., the dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law from 1968 to 1983, and the Robert E.R. Huntley Professor of Law Emeritus at W&L, died on Thursday, Jan. 8, in Lexington. He was 98.

“Roy Steinheimer’s deanship was a pivotal one for Washington and Lee’s Law School,” said W&L President Ken Ruscio. “He left a genuine legacy, and more than any other individual shaped the Law School that exists today. His contributions were profound, and we shall be forever grateful for his service and dedication to the University.”

During Steinheimer’s landmark tenure as dean, the Law School moved into its current headquarters, Lewis Hall, welcomed its first women students, further diversified its student body, and strengthened its national profile.

“Dean Steinheimer made the Law School a truly national institution and provided it with a vision for teaching, scholarship and professional service,” said Nora V. Demleitner, the dean of the W&L Law School and the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law. “Personally, I consider it the greatest honor and a powerful responsibility to be the Steinheimer Professor. It is not only his vision as a dean but also his impact as a teacher that lives on through our graduates.”

Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. was born on Dec. 2, 1916, in Dodge City, Kansas, to Roy L. Steinheimer Sr. and Nettie E. Steinheimer. He grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas. He received his A.B. in economics in 1937 from the University of Kansas and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1940. He practiced law with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City for 10 years before returning to the University of Michigan, where he taught from 1950 to 1968.

“Early on, I was interested in what lawyers did,” he told W&L Law magazine in 2002. “When I was in high school, I would slip into the courtroom in town and sit in on trials.”

Steinheimer came to W&L in 1968 as dean, and after his 1983 retirement from that post continued to teach at W&L. In 1984, he spent a semester at the University of Alabama as the first occupant of the John Sparkman Distinguished Professorship. In 1985, he was named the Robert E.R. Huntley Professor of Law at W&L and taught commercial transactions and consumer protection. He retired from W&L in 1987. From 1989 to 1999, however, he served as an adjunct professor of law.

When he took the dean’s post, Steinheimer told Robert E.R. Huntley, then president of W&L (and his predecessor as dean of the Law School), that the school needed to admit women. Four years later, seven women began their legal education at W&L. “I think it is fair to say that the whole climate in our law school and the spirit in our law school and the educational process in our law school has benefited substantially from the presence of women in our little law school community,” he told the W&L alumni magazine in 1985. He made the active recruitment of minority students another one of his main goals.

Steinheimer also nurtured the personal atmosphere of the Law School. “I thought we could turn out finer professional people if we got to know them and were in constant contact with them,” he told W&L Law in 2010, “so that the professionalism that we as professors had could rub off on them.”

Huntley, who served as law dean from 1967 to 1968 before becoming president of W&L, in 1983 lauded Steinheimer’s deanship. “Our faculty, our curriculum, and our student body have been strengthened in every dimension,” he wrote in the W&L Law Review. Huntley also called him “one of the finest teachers” and “one of those rare persons who is able to combine toughness of mind with compassion of spirit.”

Another signal accomplishment of Steinheimer’s tenure as dean was the construction of Lewis Hall, the spacious, up-to-date headquarters for the Law School that opened in 1977.

Steinheimer’s primary field was commercial law. He served on the Uniform Commercial Code committees of the American and Michigan state bar associations and lectured widely on the code. He belonged to the American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association and American Law Institute. In 1970, he headed a White House task force that investigated ways to explain the American legal system to children.

He also belonged to the honorary societies of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Order of the Coif.

Steinheimer wrote many articles and books, including the two-volume “Uniform Commercial Code Forms with Practice Comments” (1969) and the two-volume “Desk Reference to the Uniform Commercial Code” (1964).

In addition to his professional accomplishments, he had a reputation for fair and caring leadership at W&L. “When he was playing pool with you, or golf, he could be perfectly one of the fellows,” said Sam Calhoun, W&L professor of law and associate dean, in 2002. “But as dean there was some distance there. I think that’s the style of some gifted leaders.”

“He had the instincts of a builder,” said Lewis “Lash” LaRue, the W&L Class of 1958 Alumni Professor of Law Emeritus, in 2002. “He came to the Law School with a vision, and he won support very quickly. The faculty trusted him to do what needed to be done. He was persuasive and impressive.”

As a tribute upon his retirement from the deanship, the law faculty established the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Commercial Law Award, which W&L gives each year to the graduating law student who has compiled the most outstanding record in commercial law. In 1984, alumni and friends created the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professorship in Law.

Sally Wiant, professor of law at W&L and one of the first women to enroll at W&L’s Law School, called him in 2002 “a man bigger than life, a man with unquestioned integrity, a man willing to take risks for the good of the school, a man of strong convictions, and a man of such warmth.”

He received yet another honor when he stepped down from the dean’s post: Law students commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of Steinheimer, which now hangs in Lewis Hall.

“He has led by his unerring commitment to integrity,” Andrew W. McThenia Jr., the James P. Morefield Professor of Law Emeritus at W&L, wrote in the W&L Law Review in 1983. “Credibility, coherence and certainty are words he uses often. The base element of each of those and the glue that holds them together is his integrity. His tenure has been in the best sense of the word, that of a gentleman.”

In addition to his teaching and administrative reputations, Steinheimer was as well known for his colorful sportcoats as he was for his oft-repeated answer to faculty requests, “My hands are tied,” and for the well-known slogan that an unknown law professor coined after hearing that answer: “I’ve been Royed.”

Known as “The Sky Dean,” he piloted a Beech Bonanza airplane until he was 76 years old over the skies of the East Coast on recruitment trips. He also flew in Alaska, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. And he raised sheep both in Michigan and Virginia.

Steinheimer married Jane Powell Patchett in 1949; she died in 1982. He married Frances Pugh in 1988; she died in 2008. He is survived by Frances Pugh Steinheimer’s daughters, Sarah Pugh Dicks ’86L and Susan Pugh Morten.

Per Steinheimer’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.


ODK to Initiate Four Honorary and 32 Student Members during 2015 Founders Day/ODK Convocation

Washington and Lee University’s Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, will welcome four honorary and 32 student initiates at W&L’s annual Founders Day-ODK Convocation on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall.

The convocation is free and open to the public. The program and ceremony will be streamed live online at https://new.livestream.com/wlu/founders-odk-2015.

James C. Cobb, award-winning author, historian of the American South and University of Georgia history professor, will speak on the topic, “Would the Past Be Better Off Dead?” a reference to a famous line from the works of Southern author William Faulkner suggesting how bruised and battered the South’s troublesome past has become from constant skirmishing about its content, meaning and how it should be represented today.

ODK honorary initiates are: Marylin Evans Alexander, property manager of Rockbridge Area Housing Corporation, and three members of the W&L university community: Dennis W. Cross, vice president for university advance¬ment; Mark E. Rush, the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law, who was recently named the next director of the Center for Global Learning; and Julie A. Woodzicka, a professor of psychology.

Alexander serves as property manager for the Rockbridge Area Housing Corporation. She manages operations for the multifamily property, oversees eligibility requirements for rental assistance, and prepares the budget, government contracts and grant proposals. Previously, she worked as a recruiter on the human resources staff at Target Distribution Center in Fishersville, Virginia. She also worked for 20 years as an employment interviewer, counselor and account representative for the Virginia Employment Commission. Alexander received her B.A. in sociology with a minor in history from Virginia State University. She has been involved in volunteer organizations including Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the VSU Alumni Association and the NAACP. She was a founding member of the Rockbridge YMCA Board of Directors and has served on the board of directors for Fine Arts in Rockbridge. She is a member of the Kendal board of directors and is involved in the Lylburn Downing Alumni Association. She is treasurer for the Lexington First Baptist Church. Alexander is an influential leader in local government. She served on the Lexington City School Board for 10 years, including as its chair. She was recently reelected to a second term as a member of the Lexington City Council, where she has served as liaison to Threshold housing and as a member of the social and economic services committee, and led the finance and physical services committee and the city manager search committee.

Cross is the vice president for University advancement at Washington and Lee. He oversees alumni affairs, communications and public affairs, development, the campaign, law school advancement, special events, special programs and the University collections of art and history. He earned a B.A. in philosophy with a minor in English, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, at Vanderbilt University in 1976, and an M.Div. and a Th.M. with a concentration in philosophy of religion from Harvard University Divinity School. He started his career at First American National Bank in Nashville in 1982, where he completed a year-long management training program at the largest bank in Tennessee and one of the 100 largest in the United States. He served as director of alumni and development for Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science from 1986 until 1992; senior associate dean and executive director of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Arts and Sciences Foundation from 1992 to 2000; and vice president for university development at the College of William and Mary from 2000 to 2004. He planned and initiated successful $2 billion and $500 million campaigns at Carolina and William and Mary. He joined Washington and Lee as vice president in 2004. He conceptualized and is serving as the managing director of the $500 million Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee, the second-largest campaign ever publicly announced at a liberal arts college. Since 1994, he has been a vice president or a senior manager and advancement officer at institutions recognized 12 times with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Circle of Excellence Award in Educational Fundraising, a top honor awarded to a small number of colleges and universities each year. He has been active in numerous community activities in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. In December 2014, he completed a term on the vestry at R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, where he served as senior warden for the past two years. He is the chairman of the board of governors of Stuart Hall School in Staunton (pre-K through 12) and a member of the board of trustees of the Church Schools of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

Rush is the Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law at Washington and Lee and a member of the Politics Department, where he has served since 1990. He has taught law and undergraduate courses in constitutional law, election law, western democracy, science and religion, American government, global politics and statistics. At Washington and Lee, he has served in numerous capacities, including head of the Department of Politics and director of the Program in International Commerce and the New York Internship Program. Beginning July 1, 2015, he will serve as director of International Education and the Center for Global Learning. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins and his B.A. from Harvard. His publications include “Does Redistricting Make a Difference?” (1993), “Fair and Effective Representation” (2001) and “Judging Democracy” (2008), and numerous articles and op-eds on politics and law in the United States and around the world. In his spare time, Rush writes baseball columns. He spent three years overseas as dean of arts and sciences at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. There he oversaw the expansion of the Performing Arts Program, the creation of an honors program in writing and the establishment of new relationships with numerous international institutions. He has long been involved with community athletic efforts. He serves on the board of Friends of Rockbridge Swimming and volunteers as a youth swimming official for the Virginia High School League and USA Swimming. He is married to Florinda Ruiz, and they have two sons, William and Alex.

Woodzicka is a professor of psychology at Washington and Lee University. She earned a B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an M.A. in clinical psychology at the University of Dayton, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Boston College, spending the last two years of her program in residence at Yale University. She began teaching at Washington and Lee in 2000, and co-taught W&L’s inaugural women’s and gender studies introductory course. Woodzicka’s research explores the interpersonal and social consequences of subtle prejudice and discrimination, most recently the effects of sexist and racist humor. She is certified in the Facial Action Coding System, allowing her to examine nuanced facial expressions. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Council on Undergraduate Research and the American Psychological Foundation. Woodzicka has served as chairperson for W&L’s Science, Society and the Arts undergraduate research conference and the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects. She has been a member of the Faculty Executive Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Student Faculty Hearing Board and various committees and advisory boards dedicated to making W&L a more inclusive community. W&L committees to which she provides active service include the President’s Advisory Committee, Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Committee and Faculty Athletics Mentor Program (swimming). Woodzicka is a USA Swimming certified coach and promotes swimming by volunteer coaching the Rockbridge STORM swim team and teaching swimming in the Make-a-Splash program. She also has served as a local and district chairperson for the national PTA Reflections Program, designed to encourage participation in the arts.

Undergraduate Initiates:

Class of 2015

Syed Haider Ali (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts) is majoring in biochemistry. A Johnson Scholar, he is also president of the Red Cross Club, a peer tutor, a member of Rockbridge Dog Rescue and editor-in-chief of The Political Review. Ali belongs to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, the American Chemical Society and the American Association of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has worked as a student researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School.

Victoria Elizabeth Blackstone (Roseville, Minnesota) is majoring in Spanish and psychology. A member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, she is president of Catholic Campus Ministry and co-teacher of the parish confirmation class. Blackstone also serves as the assistant head resident adviser and co-chaired the Orientation Week activities. She received a Wooley International Fellowship for her internship in Lima, Peru, working at La Fundación Peruana de Cáncer.

Elizabeth Blair Davis (New Orleans, LA) is majoring in art history. A Johnson Scholar, she is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society and the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society and is a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship and the Harvard Book Award. Blair is a member of the Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society, the W&L Repertory Dance Company (she serves as president), and she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, the American College Dance Festival Association and the Cucalorus Dance and Film Festival.

Anna Olivia Dorsett (Greensboro, North Carolina) is majoring in biochemistry. A member of Beta Beta Beta and Alpha Epsilon Delta, she has worked as a Summer Research Scholar and served as a Volunteer Venture leader. Dorsett is a Bonner Scholar and has served the community at Head Start, the Rockbridge Area Health Center and Project Horizon women’s shelter. She is minoring in the Shepherd Program for Poverty and Human Capability Studies, and was named Alpha Delta Pi National Collegiate Volunteer of the Year for 2013.

Bailey Elizabeth Ewing (Dallas, Texas) is majoring in accounting and business administration. A recipient of the L.K. Johnson-Rosasco Scholarship and a Johnson Opportunity Grant, she is active in Lifestyle Information For Everyone, General Development and Reformed University Fellowship.

Mary Lynn Gabe (Mequon, Wisconsin) is majoring in mathematics (B.S.) and economics (B.A.). A Johnson Scholar, she is president of Pi Mu Epsilon (the Mathematics Honor Society) and a member of Phi Eta Sigma. Gabe is captain of the W&L women’s swim team and a member of the Campus Ministry Team at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She serves as executive director of Washington and Lee Student Consulting.

Wilson McGehee Hallett (Charlotte, North Carolina) is majoring in economics. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma, he is the co-chair of Kathekon. Hallett serves as a peer counselor and is a leader in the Williams Investment Society, where he is the industry group leader for technology.

Cort B. Hammond (Seattle, Washington) is majoring in chemistry-engineering. He is the president of W&L’s Engineers Without Borders and participated in building water-filtration systems at elementary schools in Guatemala. Hammond is a leader of W&L’s Student Environmental Action League.

Sarah Elizabeth Hampton (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is majoring in business administration and economics. A member of Phi Eta Sigma, she is the executive director of the Williams Investment Society. Hampton volunteers at Waddell Elementary School.

Ashley Renee Humbert (Somerset, Pennsylvania) is majoring in English with a minor in women’s and gender studies. A resident adviser, she is an Outing Club key staff member and served as the First-Year Orientation Committee Activities Co-Chair. Humbert is also the Sexual Health Awareness Group committee chair.

Sara Joanna Korash-Schiff (Hadley, Massachusetts) is majoring in English and journalism and mass communications. She had an internship at the Hachette Book Group in Tennessee, and has served on the W&L Library Committee. Korash-Schiff writes for the W&L Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

Casey Ables Mackintosh (Marietta, Georgia) is majoring in business administration. A co-captain of both the cross-country team and the track and field team, she is a two-time ODAC athlete of the week, four-time First-Team All-ODAC and the ODAC 10K champion. MacIntosh is a Panhellenic delegate, and she has served as both the executive vice president and president of the Venture Club.

Anne Laura Persons (Atlanta, Georgia) is majoring in English with a minor in creative writing. Anne received the Maxwell P. Wilkinson Scholarship in English and the George A. Mahan Award in creative writing. She is a Writing Center tutor, a volunteer tutor at Lylburn Downing Middle School and a volunteer at Project Horizon. Persons serves on the Glasgow Endowment Committee and is head editor at MUSE.

Katherine Cook Rush (Cornelius, North Carolina) is majoring in mathematics. She is the W&L varsity women’s soccer team captain. Rush was named to the All-ODAC First Team in 2012 and 2013. She is a LAUNCH mentor and a head of the Promise Committee and active in the Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society.

Eric Michael Schwen (Cottage Grove, Minnesota) is majoring in physics. A Johnson Scholar, Eric has received the prestigious 2014 Goldwater Scholarship, which promotes careers in science, mathematics and engineering. Schwen has attended international physics conferences in Paris and Madrid and is a teaching assistant in W&L’s physics laboratory. He is an academic peer tutor in introductory physics and calculus and a member of W&L’s Outing Club.

Brandon Elliot Taylor (Petersburg, Virginia) is majoring in computer science and physics-engineering. He is the captain of the W&L football team, a member of Phi Eta Sigma and a graduate of the Generals Leadership Academy. Taylor serves as vice-president of internal affairs of the Russian Club, and is the co-editor of the Journal of Slavic Studies.

Class of 2016

Chris Jihyun Ahn (Fairfax, Virginia) is majoring in business administration, with minors in poverty and human capability studies and education policy. He serves through the Bonner Program, primarily at Project Horizon and as an ESOL tutor, leads a Volunteer Venture Pre-Orientation trip and serves as the aging chair for the Nabors Service League. Ahn sings in the University Singers, the General Admission a cappella group and the Robert E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church choir.

Jacqueline Elizabeth Carson (Williamsburg, Virginia) is majoring in biology and economics, with a minor in poverty and human capability studies. A Johnson Scholar, she is a Nabors Service League volunteer and secretary of the College Democrats. Carson is a resident adviser, vice president of SPEAK and is active in Model United Nations. She belongs to Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society and Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Preprofessional Honor Society.

Andrew John McCaffery (Santa Barbara, California) is majoring in chemistry-engineering. He is the general chair of Mock Convention 2016 and founder and president of the W&L Men’s Volleyball Club. McCaffery also leads the first-year Pre-Orientation backpacking trip and belongs to the Southern Comfort a cappella group.

Alice Caitlin Moore (Greencastle, Indiana) is majoring in economics and math. A Johnson Scholar, she belongs to the Bonner Program and is overall student coordinator for Volunteer Venture. Moore is co-president of SPEAK and is active in Panhellenic Council. She is a client services intern at Project Horizon, the education chair of Community Financial Freedom and a resident adviser, and last year was named RA of the Year. She received the W&L Decade Award for 2014.

Emma Maria Swabb (Erie, Pennsylvania) is majoring in psychology, with a minor in poverty and human capability studies. A member of Phi Eta Sigma, she was named ODAC Rookie of the Year for the swim team in 2012-13 as well as Outstanding First-Year Female Athlete. Swabb is a Panhellenic Scholarship recipient and co-president of SPEAK. She serves as an Outing Club Appalachian Adventure trip leader. She is a Campus Kitchen volunteer leader and chair of 24 Publications.

Anna Russell Thornton (Nashville, Tennessee) is majoring in English and politics, with a minor in education policy. A Johnson Scholar, she serves on the Reformed University Fellowship Ministry Team and is a peer counselor. In 2013-14, she was secretary of the Executive Committee of the Student Body. Thornton is the web chair for the 2016 Mock Convention.

Pasquale Stellianos Toscano (Kettering, Ohio) is majoring in English and Classics. A Johnson Scholar, he has received the James McDowell Scholarship and the James M. Davidson Memorial Fund Scholarship. He belongs to Phi Eta Sigma and serves as a justice on the Student Judicial Council. Toscano is a peer tutor and University Big Brother and a member of the University Wind Ensemble. He has received the Dabney Stuart Prize in English and the Sidney Coulling Prize in English.

Inga Louise Wells (Upper Arlington, Ohio) is majoring in accounting, with a minor in dance. She belongs to Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society and is co-president of the W&L Repertory Dance Company. Wells serves as chair of domestic projects for the General Development Initiative Inc. Microfinance 501(c)(3). She is a Washington and Lee Student Consulting Project Leader and a writer for inGeneral Magazine.

Law School Initiates

Class of 2015

Terrence Anthony Austin (Richmond, Virginia) is a graduate of Virginia Tech (2012). He is a Kirgis Fellow and Burks Scholar and serves as a research assistant. Terrence belongs to the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse Clinic, where he assists criminal defense attorneys with their clients and caseload. Upon graduation, he will move to Baltimore, Maryland, to clerk with Judge Pamela J. White ’77L of the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Stephen Robert Halpin III (Rockville, Maryland) received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia (2010), where during his final year, he received the James Hay Jr. Award for exceptional service to the Honor System. Steve is editor in chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review and a member of the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series Board, and has served as a research assistant. Next year he will clerk for Judge Robert B. King on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Brendan P. McHugh (Sicklerville, New Jersey) is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (2012), where he was an all American swimmer and graduated magna cum laude. Brendan is on the USA Swimming National Team and holds the U.S. Open record in the 50-meter breaststroke. He is the lead articles editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review.

Ryan Christopher Redd (Charlotte, North Carolina) is a graduate of the Uni-versity of North Carolina at Greensboro (2012), where he majored in music and political science. Ryan belongs to Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. He is the president of the Student Bar Association at Washington and Lee.

Richard Garrett Rice (Mercersburg, Pennsylvania) is a graduate of Lafayette College (2012), where he graduated magna cum laude. He is the senior articles editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and received the Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award for Best Note. Garrett serves as a law ambassador and is active in the Christian Legal Society.

Meg E. Sawyer (Columbia, Maryland) is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park (2011), where she majored in Spanish language and literature. She is an executive editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review and received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for Best Note. She has served as a judicial intern for a senior United States district judge in the Eastern District of Virginia and upon graduation will work as an associate for K&L Gates in Charleston, South Carolina.

Class of 2016

Aria Bianca Maria Allan (Montgomery, Alabama) is a graduate of Washington and Lee University (2012), where she majored in English and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies. She belongs to ADPi Housing Corp. and the Latin American Law Students Association. Aria won the the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Brief Writing Competition.

Julianne Catherine Freeman (Goshen, New York) is a graduate of Cornell University (2012), where she majored in industrial labor relations. She spent this past summer as a legal intern at Major League Baseball Properties Inc., and is a staff writer for the Washington and Lee Law Review. Julieanne serves as the treasurer for the Latin American Law Students Association. Next summer, she will work at Norfolk Southern Corp. in Norfolk, Virginia, as a law clerk.

Emily Elaine Tichenor (DeLand, Florida) is a graduate of Baylor University (2013), where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in linguistics and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. She is a staff writer on the Washington and Lee Law Review and serves as secretary for the Public Interest Law Student Association. She is also a Kirgis Fellow, assisting first-year law students with their transition to law school.


Sentencing and Immigration among Topics for W&L Law MLK Day Observance

Washington and Lee University School of Law will hold a number of activities on Monday, January 19 in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Events include panels exploring issues related to sentencing and immigration policy and an address by Harvard professor Kenneth Mack.

Mack is the inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University and the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History. His research and writing have focused on the legal and constitutional history of American race relations. His 2012 book “Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer” (Harvard UP) was selected as a Top 50 Non-fiction Book of the Year by the Washington Post, was awarded honorable mention for the J. Willard Hurst Award by the Law and Society Association, and was a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Book Award.

During W&L’s MLK event, Mack will deliver a talk titled – “Rethinking the Role of Law in the Civil Rights Movement.” He will speak at 4:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall. Preceding Mack’s talk are two panel discussions, both in the Millhiser Moot Court Room.

Beginning at 1 p.m., W&L Law professor Jon Shapiro will moderate at panel on sentencing and race. He will be joined by Margareth Etienne, Professor and Nancy Snowden Research Scholar in Law, University of Illinois College of Law; Michael Nachmanoff, Federal Public Defender and United States Magistrate Judge (Designate) ; and Wornie Reed, Professor and Director, Race and Social Policy Center, Virginia Tech.

This session will be followed by a panel at 2:30 p.m. on immigration and civil rights, moderated by W&L Law professor and Immigrant Rights Clinic director David Baluarte. Participants include Mary Bauer, Executive Director, Legal Aid Justice Center; Claudia Cubas, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition; and Joseph Montano, American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia.

In addition to the law school events, Washington and Lee University has a full slate of activities planned to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr, including a keynote address by NAACP chairman Roslyn McCallister Brock. The complete schedule of events for Washington and Lee’s annual “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” are available at http://go.wlu.edu/MLK-15.

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Inside the 3L Year: Access to Justice Class Visits Hebron

Law students in the Access to Justice practicum traveled to Israel and Palestine  in late November to explore the Palestinian and Israeli legal systems. In this post, 3L Hannah Shtein discusses the class visit to Hebron University, where they conducted a mock U.S. trial.

Saturday, November 22

We arrive at the Tel-Aviv airport at 3pm Israeli time, and are promptly greeted by our cab driver, who drives us to Hebron, which takes about an hour. Our taxi driver explains to us, however, that he can travel freely between Israel and Palestine because he has a “yellow plate” taxi—an Israeli cab. Green-plated, Palestinian taxis take a much longer trip when they carry passengers between Israel and Palestine, because they must stop at checkpoints controlled by the Israeli military, which often adds an hour or more to their journey.

We then check into our hotel in Hebron (helpfully called Hebron Hotel), and grab a quick dinner at King of Schwarma, a local joint where we have (predictably) schawarma, a wrap made with seasoned grilled meat and a selection of toppings (including French fries that go inside the sandwich—a win in my book). Our jet lag is starting to set in, so we decide to time it to our new Palestinian sleep schedule, and call it an early night.

Sunday, November 23

Palestinians have school on Sundays, so Sunday is our first day at Hebron University. We’ve been Skyping with a class of law students over the course of the class, but we haven’t met any of them in person yet. The morning is a little bit of a whirlwind, because we end up speaking with a handful of different classes in a row. Each of the students on the trip had to prepare a brief (5 minute) presentation about a constitutional issue, and a case that illustrates it. One of my classmates, for example, discusses Texas v. Johnson, a seminal First Amendment case. We present these cases to the first class we meet with, a constitutional law class. We then do a quick Q&A with the Palestinian students about our respective legal systems. The students are incredibly warm and enthusiastic, and have plenty of questions for us. They’re especially curious about the United States jury system (how can people who are not trained in law decide the outcome of cases?), and the dual sovereignty system. My SparkNotes version of dual sovereignty definitely needs work.

We also share with the Palestinian students our reasons for attending law school, and they discuss theirs. Many students mention the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as their motive for obtaining a legal education—it’s a part of daily life here, so even though we are not here with the goal of studying it, it is impossible to speak of it as a separate subject.

Next, we meet briefly with the dean of the university, who talks with us about the Palestinian legal system, and the difficulty of creating a unified code of law in the region, because Palestinian law consists of laws from various jurisdictions (British law, Egyptian law, Israeli law, Jordanian law, etc.), which still remain in effect. Thus, understanding the law in a particular part of Palestine requires an understanding of how all the different laws in effect in the region interact with (and perhaps contradict) one another.

We leave exhausted but eager for the rest of the trip—tomorrow, we’re slated to come back to the university to do demonstration of an American trial for the Hebron students.

Monday, November 24

After getting our first feel of Hebron on Sunday, we returned to the University to do a trial demonstration for a group of students there.

Before the trip, we were given a problem, based on an actual Palestinian case. We split into defense and prosecution, and prepared opening/closing statements, and direct and cross-examination questions to present at our mock trial. The Palestinian students had received the same problem, but worked with Palestinian law to prepare their trial demo. The goal was for the American class and the Palestinian class to each get a feel for what a trial in the other country looks like.

We went through our trial demonstration, watched the Hebron students do theirs, and then paused for questions. Using a translator, we discussed some of the differences between the American and Palestinian systems, such as our use of the jury system, and the differences in the American and Palestinian ways of presenting evidence to the judge.

After our presentation, we have lunch with Hebron professor Diab al-Sheikh, the professor we’ve working with throughout the semester, and Dr. Mutaz M. Qafisheh, the law school dean, who is a friend of Professor Rice. We meet at the school cafeteria, and are greeted with a spread of freshly-baked pita, falafel, schawarma, and several colorful salads—a complete surprise, and one of the many gestures of generous hospitality we receive in Palestine. Over lunch, we swap stories of life in the US and Palestine. Dr. Qafisheh and Mr. al-Sheikh discuss the way the news media misrepresent the range of opinion in Palestine, because only the extremist views receive coverage, and their hopes for the future of the region.

After lunch, Dr. Qafisheh and Mr. al-Sheikh walk us to our taxi, and Dr. Qafisheh introduces us to his wife and (adorable) son on the way. We leave wishing we had more time to spend in Hebron. Tuesday, we’re headed to Ramallah.

James C. Cobb, Historian of the American South, to Speak at W&L Founders Day/ODK Convocation

James C. Cobb, award-winning author, historian of the American South and University of Georgia professor, will be the featured speaker at Washington and Lee University’s Founders Day-Omicron Delta Kappa Convocation on Jan. 19, 5 p.m., at Wilson Concert Hall in the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

Cobb will speak on the topic, “Would the Past Be Better Off Dead?” It is a reference to a famous line from the works of William Faulkner, suggesting how bruised and battered the South’s troublesome past has become from constant skirmishing about its content, meaning and how it should be represented today.

The address will precede the induction of 23 undergraduates, nine law students and four honorary initiates into membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff and administrators founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee. The University Singers will perform.

Admission is free and the public is invited. The program also will be streamed live online at http://new.livestream.com/wlu/founders-odk-2015.

Cobb plans to address recent debates at W&L and elsewhere about Confederate iconography, revised historical markers, schools named for slaveholders, and others related to Southern history. He will incorporate what he calls “the turf war in Southern historical memory between adherents to the Old South, Lost Cause and African Americans seeking appropriate representation of their struggle with slavery and Jim Crow, culminating in the Civil Rights Movement.”

“The talk will conclude with an emphasis on the importance of learning to see these differing historical perspectives not as competitive, but as mutually integral to a more comprehensive — and ultimately more helpful — understanding of both the South’s and nation’s past,” Cobb said.

Cobb holds the B. Phinizy Spalding Professorship in History at Georgia and has written widely on the interac¬tion between economy, society and culture in the American South. A former president of the Southern Historical Association, he is the author of several books, including “The Selling of The South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936–1990” (1993); “The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity” (1992); “Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity” (2005); and “The South and America Since World War II” (2010).

A native Georgian, Cobb received his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He previously taught at the University of Tennessee and University of Mississippi. Among his many honors are a stint as Senior Visiting Mellon Scholar at Cambridge University; the McClemore Prize, awarded by the Mississippi Historical Society for the outstanding book in Mississippi history; two Green-Ramsdell Awards by the Journal of Southern History; the Georgia Historical Quarterly’s E. Merton Coulter Award; and an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship.

The four ODK Alpha Chapter honorary initiates will include Marilyn Evans Alexander, property manager of Rockbridge Area Housing Corporation, and three members of the W&L university community: Dennis W. Cross, vice president for university advancement; Mark E. Rush, the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law, who was recently named the next director of the Center for Global Learning; and Julie A. Woodzicka, a professor of psychology.

There are 290 active circles, or chapters, of ODK at colleges and universities across the country. Headquartered in Lexington, Virginia, ODK nationally awards annual scholarships and leadership development initiative grants and holds a national day of service each April. Individual circles conduct additional leadership development activities.

Roger Mudd Receives Philanthropy Award from the Council of Independent Colleges

Roger H. Mudd, a 1950 graduate of Washington and Lee University and an award-winning journalist, received the Award for Individual Philanthropy from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) at its annual awards banquet Jan. 6 in San Diego, California. Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest ’53, ’55L received the award in 2008.

CIC presents the award to honor “an individual who demonstrates the love of humankind through consequential giving and who provides an example of the philanthropic spirit.”

Richard Ekman, CIC president, said the annual award is “an important way for CIC presidents to celebrate and honor individuals and organizations who have contributed generously to independent higher education — through their professional expertise, philanthropic generosity, or both.”

“CIC is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to recognize the individuals and organizations who stand as role models for philanthropists and college trustees everywhere and who have strengthened independent higher education and provided opportunities and access for students,” Ekman said.

W&L President Ken Ruscio, who represented the University at the presentation, said, “There can be no doubt that one of Roger’s most lasting legacies to higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia has been his interest in ethics and his involvement with the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Through both his financial support and his volunteerism, Roger has demonstrated the best of the philanthropic spirit, and in so doing serves as a beacon for others to follow.”

In accepting his award, Mudd said, “I do not regard myself as a philanthropist, but as an amateur historian turned journalist — two fields that are related in that historians need 20 years to get it wrong, but journalists need only eight hours.” He noted, that journalists do have a code of ethics and a set of standards within which they strive to provide accurate information. He added, “Having lived with that code for the 50 years of my professional life, I began to wonder about the millions of students who will go through four years of college without ever being exposed to a code of ethics or an honor system.”

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After graduating from W&L in 1950, Mudd embarked on a successful career in journalism, first as a reporter at The Richmond News Leader and radio station WRNL in Richmond. He went on to become a congressional and national affairs correspondent for CBS, chief Washington and political correspondent and co-anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press,” an essayist and correspondent for PBS’s “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” and a documentary host for The History Channel. Mudd’s outstanding contributions to journalism have been recognized with two George Foster Peabody Awards, five Emmys and the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Distinguished Washington Reporting. His memoir, “The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News,” was published in 2008.

Following his 2004 retirement from The History Channel, Mudd dedicated himself to supporting the annual Ethics Bowl competition among the 15-member Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and has served on the Ethics Bowl task force since its inception in 1998. He has been an integral part of each year’s competition — judging debates, annually writing and editing debate cases and speaking on VFIC campuses.
“The more I got involved with this , the more I began to think about how I could give back as recompense for what my Washington and Lee education had done for me,” said Mudd.

In 2009 the Roger Mudd Ethics Bowl Fund was established to preserve the extension of Ethics Bowl program. The project has since developed into a prestigious statewide intercollegiate competition.

“Roger has given considerable personal resources and time to W&L and to the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges because he cares about young people and the education they need to be thoughtful contributors to and participants in society,” said Ruscio.

Over the years, Mudd has been an active alumnus, serving as a visiting professor and donating his collection of 20th-century collection of Southern literature and his papers to W&L. His recent gift of $4 million established The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics at W&L, which, this year, is addressing race and justice.

Ruscio said, “At Washington and Lee, we believe we have an obligation to teach students how to think about ethical and moral questions and how to recognize an ethical dilemma when they see it. We want our students to develop habits of the mind as well as habits of the heart. The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics will put Washington and Lee in an unusually strong position to be able to both educate our own students and to serve as an example that other institutions will want to follow.”

As well as his support of W&L, Mudd has been active on a number of educational and non-profit boards, including Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, the National Portrait Gallery and the Eudora Welty Foundation. He was the inaugural recipient of both the Sydney Lewis Award from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy (1999) and Marymount University’s Marya McLaughlin Lecturer in Media Communications (2000). In 2011, W&L awarded Mudd its Washington Award in recognition of his distinguished leadership and service to the nation and “extraordinary acts of philanthropy” in support of Washington and Lee and other institutions.

Play Ball

Tom Gage, a 1970 graduate of Washington and Lee University, received the 2015 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which makes him the first W&L alum to be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, NY.

Tom, The Detroit News’ Tigers beat writer since 1979, has covered countless Hall of Famers in his career, and he’ll be joining them onstage this summer when he accepts his award in Cooperstown. The Spink Award, considered the top recognition in the nation for sports journalism, has been held by such writers as Ring Lardner, Red Smith and, most recently, Roger Angell.

A story about him in The Detroit News quoted the paper’s publisher and editor, Jonathan Wolman: “We’re thrilled for Tom to win this honor. He’s been a master storyteller from the ballparks of America, and he’s made the Tigers come alive for our readers. We tip our Olde English D to his terrific coverage.”

Tom is known for his wearing his trademark baseball cap in the press box and for his creative leads. He estimates he’s covered more than 5,000 games—including five no-hitters—in 54 ballparks and written more than 11 million words. The article noted: “In 1989, he famously wrote only an act of God could save the San Francisco Giants in the World Series against the Oakland A’s. The next day, an earthquake suspended play for 10 days.”


Mudd Ethics Lecture by Harvard Professor Tommie Shelby on The Case of Disadvantaged Black Men

Tommie Shelby, professor of African and African American studies and professor of philosophy at Harvard University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of his talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Procreation and Parental Responsibility: The Case of Disadvantaged Black Men.”

Shelby is the author of “We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity” (Harvard, 2005) and coeditor (with Derrick Darby) of “Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason” (Open Court, 2005).

Shelby’s recent publications include “Race” in “The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy,” (Oxford University Press, 2012); “Justice, Work and the Ghetto Poor,” in “Law & Ethics of Human Rights;” “The Ethics of Uncle Tom’s Children,” in “Critical Inquiry;” and “Justice and Racial Conciliation: Two Visions,” in “Daedalus.”

Forthcoming publications include “Racism, Moralism and Social Criticism,” in “Du Bois Review;” “Impure Dissent: Hip Hop and the Political Ethics of Marginalized Black Urban Youth,” in “From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age” (University of Chicago Press); and “Liberalism, Self-Respect and Troubling Cultural Patterns in Ghettos,” in “The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth” (Harvard University Press).

He is also the coeditor of the journal “Transition.”

Shelby’s main areas of research and teaching are African American philosophy, social and political philosophy, social theory (especially Marxist theory) and philosophy of social science.

Shelby earned his B.A. from Florida A&M University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to Harvard, he taught philosophy at Ohio State University.

NAACP Chairman Keynotes Washington and Lee's Multi-Day King Celebration

Roslyn McCallister Brock, chairman of the national board of directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will highlight a series of lectures, panel discussions and performances as Washington and Lee University holds its annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this month.

Brock will present the keynote address for W&L’s King celebration on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in Keller Theatre on the W&L campus.

Her speech and all other events in the multi-day program, “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” are open to the public at no charge.

In addition to Brock’s keynote, this year’s events will include the popular Remembrance Concert at Lexington’s First Baptist Church; lectures by several distinguished scholars, including a Mudd Center for Ethics Lecture by Harvard professor Tommie Shelby; the annual children’s MLK Birthday Party; and the Reflections Dinner.

A complete schedule is below.

When Brock was elected to succeed Julian Bond in 2010 as NAACP chairman, she became the youngest chairman and the fourth woman to hold the position.

Brock is vice president of advocacy and government relations for Bon Secours Health System Inc., in Marriottsville, Maryland. Prior to Bon Secours, she worked for 10 years in health programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

A graduate of Virginia Union University, Brock earned a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University, an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a master’s of divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union. In May 2010, she received an honorary doctorate from Virginia Union.

Brock has been active with the NAACP for more than 27 years, joining during her first year at Virginia Union. She has held several statewide, regional and national offices. From 1999 to 2010, she led the NAACP’s National Convention Planning Committee and was vice chairman of the NAACP national board. In 2005, she created the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit, which has a goal to “recruit, train and retain a new generation of civil rights leaders for the NAACP.”

The National Urban League presented Brock with its Women of Power Award in 2010, the same year that she was recognized by Essence Magazine as one of “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who Are Changing the World” and was featured on BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” program.

The complete schedule of events for Washington and Lee’s annual “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” follows. Additional details are available at http://go.wlu.edu/MLK-15.

Thursday, January 15
4:30 p.m., Northen Auditorium
Panel Discussion: Race and Justice on America’s Streets
Members of W&L’s law and undergraduate faculty and W&L students will discuss the recent tragedies in Ferguson and New York City, and explore the role that race plays in the nation’s justice system.

Saturday, January 17
7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Lexington
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Concert
The W&L University Singers, Cantatrici, the Men’s Glee Club and the MLK Combo are featured in a program that combines music with a reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Sunday, January 18
7 p.m., Keller Theatre
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Address
Speaker: Roslyn McCallister Brock, chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors. Reception follows.

Monday, January 19
11 a.m., Elrod Commons
MLK Day Birthday Party
Children from Rockbridge County and the Lexington community are invited to attend a birthday celebration in honor of Dr. King.

1 p.m., Moot Courtroom, Lewis Hall
Panel Discussion: Sentencing and Race
Moderator: Jon Shapiro, visiting professor of law, Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Panelists: Margareth Etienne, Professor and Nancy Snowden Research Scholar in Law, University of Illinois College of Law; Michael Nachmanoff, federal public defender and United States Magistrate Judge (Designate); Wornie Reed, professor and director, Race and Social Policy Center, Virginia Tech

2:30 p.m., Moot Courtroom, Lewis Hall
Panel Discussion: Immigration and Civil Rights
Moderator: David Baluarte, assistant clinical professor of law, and director, Immigrant Rights Clinic, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Panelists: Claudia Cubas, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition; Joseph Montano, American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia

Sponsored by the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the Washington and Lee University School of Law

4:00 p.m., Moot Courtroom, Lewis Hall
Lecture: “Rethinking the Role of Law in the Civil Rights Movement”
Lecturer: Kenneth Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Tuesday, January 20
12:20 p.m., Northen Auditorium
Brown-Bag Lecture: Beyond America: Maya Angelou, Malcolm X and West Africa in the Civil Rights Era, 1960–1966
Lecturer: T.J. Tallie Jr., Assistant Professor of African History, Washington and Lee University
Food will be provided.

Wednesday, January 21
4:30 p.m., Northen Auditorium
Mudd Center Lecture
Procreation and Parental Responsibility: The Case of Disadvantaged Black Men
Lecturer: Tommie Shelby, Professor of African and African American Studies and Philosophy, Harvard University

Sunday, January 25
5:30 p.m., Evans Dining Hall
Reflections Dinner
Leaders from the W&L campus community and the Lexington community offer their views of King’s legacy. This event is open to the public, and a meal will be provided. RSVP at http://myw.lu/1BHUiDP


Visit the Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion During Lee Chapel Renovations

During the Lee Chapel renovations, the Lee Chapel staff would like to invite the community to visit the Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion to explore their galleries.

The Watson Pavilion will host the portraits from the Washington-Custis-Lee Collection, a student curated ceramics exhibit, a Japanese tea room and a pop up museum shop.

The Reeves Center houses the 4th largest ceramics collection in the United States. The Reeves Center not only displays ceramics but also exhibits work by Louise Herreshoff, who with her husband Euchlin, gave the first gift of ceramics to start Washington and Lee’s collection in 1967.

Visitors wishing to visit the two buildings may park in the Lee Chapel visitor lot located at 100 N. Jefferson St. off of BUS. 11. From there, follow the campus path up and past the Lee Chapel until you reach Washington Hall. Turn right and follow the walkway until it splits. The Reeves Center is to the right and the Watson Pavilion to the left.

For more information you may call 458.540.8034 or email reevescenter@wlu.edu

HOURS: Monday-Saturday: 9-4 p.m. Sunday: CLOSED

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Who will run for president in 2016?

The following opinion piece by Mark Rush, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law, appeared in the Jan. 4, 2015, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and is reprinted here by permission.

Who will run for president in 2016?

by
Mark Rush
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law

As Washington prepares for the seating of the new Congress and President Obama enters into the lamest part of any lame-duck presidency, pollsters and pundits set their sights on the most burning political question of the day: Who will be the presidential candidates in 2016?

The pollsters are already busy. Check the virtual polling sites, and you will see upward of a dozen names mentioned and possible Republican nominees: Christie, Bush, Ryan, Paul … the list goes on and on. Not one cracks 15 percent of voter support.

That sort of division in the Republican Party represents an astonishing reversal of fortune and strategy. Under Ronald Reagan (and Lee Atwater), the GOP courted moderate Democrats and made inroads into the black vote. Hence the term “Reagan Democrat” became part of our vocabulary, and Lee Atwater — Republican strategist extraordinaire — was seen visiting James Brown in prison. How times have changed.

Under Reagan, the GOP had a focus: fight the Cold War, keep government out of people’s bedrooms and maintain a moderate domestic agenda. It worked. Under Reagan, the Republicans demolished Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. The Democrats were in a tailspin. Democratic primaries were populated by numerous aspirants who whipped one another in bloody primary campaigns while the GOP sat back and waited for the general election.

Fast forward some three decades and the roles are reversed. The GOP is split 12 different ways. The party has no ideological center. Its recent leaders and standard bearers have names such as McCain, Palin, Huckabee, Romney, Paul, Christie — Stephen Hawking couldn’t find the party’s ideological center.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are quietly centered on the prospect of Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. Polls indicate that she has an overwhelming margin of party support. Her favorable ratings hover around 60 percent. Her — and the Democrats’ — greatest threat is the absence of any coherent party message. With the president fighting a Republican Congress and a Democratic Party licking its wounds from the beating it suffered in last November’s elections, the one thing a Clinton candidacy lacks is a firm partisan foundation.

What the Democrats do not lack is opportunity. This still is the party of the New Deal, Civil Rights and equality of opportunity. In an era punctuated by class tensions and the Occupy movements, heightened racial tensions, increasing economic inequality and so forth, the time is ripe for a truly progressive Democratic ticket to seize — if not reclaim — the mantle once worn by Roosevelts, Johnsons and, indeed, Reagans.

The Democrats are poised to reclaim this mantle in historic fashion. Never before has either party had two powerful frontrunners who were women. A Clinton-Warren ticket would devastate the GOP. The Republicans would have no answer to it.

Certainly, the Democrats would need to work hard to tailor the message of a Clinton-Warren ticket. The Clintons have ties to Wall Street, while Warren is making a career out of challenging the denizens of lower Manhattan. Clinton and Warren would have to agree early on to manage a primary system that is designed to divide political parties, not unite them. The party leadership would have to do what it once did best: pull the party together and focus on a coherent message of populism, equality and opportunity.

There is no question the Democrats could do it. They forged winning tickets from rivals in the past, such as Kennedy-Johnson and Clinton-Gore. A unified Clinton-Warren ticket would protect both candidates from the ravages of the primaries and strengthen Warren for what seems to be an inevitable run for the presidency in the future.

Our political system is designed to divide parties and force candidates to spend extraordinary sums to discredit their rivals. The Democrats have an opportunity to transcend those destructive forces and present a powerful, history-making ticket to the American people.