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What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge, It's Barrister's Ball

Here’s the next installment of our roundup of events in the Lexington and Rockbridge area, compiled by 3L Hannah Shtein. Feb Club comes to a close with “Law Prom.”

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lexington Restaurant Week (through the 28th). DAILY, 8:00am-11:00pm, Downtown Lexington & Surrounding Area. Dozens of restaurants and food-related retail shops in Lexington will be participating in our Winter Restaurant Week. The theme this year is “Knock the Chill Off!”, with dining and shopping offerings focusing on all things warm, cozy, and delicious. Pick up a postcard listing all the specials and discounts — and enter to win one of over two dozen gift certificates in our Restaurant Week Sweepstakes! Come out of your winter hibernation and join us for a week-long celebration of food.

Feb ClubAround the World: Join the residents of the Hess and Co. apartments for a global adventure. There will be a different country represented in each home.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Live @ the Lab – 6:00pm, Blue Lab Brewing Company, 123 S. Randolph St., (540) 458-0146, Enjoy a pint while listening to acoustic rock and roll. Live @ The Lab with Alex Shreve!

Feb Club – Jarty: All. Jean. Everything. Hosted by Rai, Tina, and Laura (Feb Club Hall of Famers). Denim.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Feb Club – BARRISTER’S BALL!! 8-11:30pm in Evans Hall. This is the party we’ve all been waiting for. Bring out those evening gowns, tuxedos, and suits for the most formal party of the year. Barrister’s Ball aka “Law Prom” is sure to be a blast this year. Open bar all night. Heavy hors d’oeuvres. Music by In Full, the same band that killed it at Over the Hump. All law students are invited regardless of Feb Club status–so be there! There will, however, be an official Feb Club late night at Laura, Tina, and Rai’s house!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Artist’s Talk & Reception: Louis Markoya – Strange Attractors – 5:30pm, Concert Hall, Wilson Hall, Washington & Lee University. Louis Markoya, former protege of legendary Surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989), invites viewers to enhance their neural networks with works the he describes as “a look into the fractal nature of life and mind.” Using technological advances in 3D printing and animation as well as traditional media such as painting and sculpture, Markoya explores a contemporary expression of Surrealism. The exhibit will also feature original works by Dali from Markoya’s own collection, which are being exhibited for the first time.

Weekly Growler Grab Day at the Devils Backbone Outpost (MAR) – Every Wednesday, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Outpost Tap Room, 50 Northwind Lane, Lexington, (540) 462-6200. Visit the Tap Room and fill up your 64 oz. growler for $5 on Wednesdays. Each week you can fill up your growler with an Outpost brewed beer at this special price!

Weekly Lexington Indoor Farmers Market – 9am-1pm, 18 East Nelson Street. Every Wednesday the market will bring you locally produced vegetables, eggs, baked goods, fruit, cheese, honey, chestnuts, and more. For information contact Mitch Wapner at 463-9234.

Executive-in-Residence Leland Miller '98 to Give Talk on China's Economy on March 10

Leland Miller ’98, CEO of China Beige Book International, will give a talk, “Demystifying China’s Economy in 2015,” at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 10 in Stackhouse Theater. This event is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live online.

Investors and policymakers obsess over the growth of China’s economy, but what is actually happening across regions and sectors remains a mystery to those who rely solely on China’s official government data.

Combining the largest private data operation ever to operate in a closed economy with unrivaled connections to sources on the ground, Miller will explain the evolving Chinese marketplace and provide unique insight into China’s true growth, credit and labor dynamics—as well as what Beijing’s leadership has in store in terms of restructuring and reform in 2015.

Tired of unreliable data provided solely by the Chinese government, Miller founded the China Beige Book in 2012. Adapted from methodology used by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book,” China Beige Book relies on its own independent data, collected quarterly, which includes survey data from over 2,000 Chinese firms and in-depth interviews across each of its regions and sectors.

Miller was a history and Chinese major at W&L. He also holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Chinese history from Oxford University. A leading expert on China’s financial system, he is a frequent guest on media outlets such as CNBC and CNBC Asia, Bloomberg TV and Radio, BBC, Al-Jazeera and China’s CCTV, among others. His work is featured regularly in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, TIME, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Forbes, Foreign Policy and The Washington Post.

W&L’s Deborah Miranda to Lecture on the Constant State of Transition: Mapping the Borderlands between Scholarship and Poetry

Deborah A. Miranda, professor of English at Washington and Lee University, will give her inaugural lecture marking her appointment as the John Lucian Smith Jr. Memorial Term Professor on Monday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

The title of her lecture is “In a Constant State of Transition: Mapping the Borderlands Between Scholarship and Poetry.” It is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live online.

“I am a mestiza,” said Miranda. “Half Indian, half white. Half poet, half academic. Split between the East and West Coasts of the North American continent, I have spent most of my life negotiating the complexity of in-betweenness, a place where the work of my scholarship often clashes with the work of my heart’s passion. Research demands facts, precision, efficiency, respect for deadlines, while poetry demands a suspension of time, ambiguity, messiness, irreverence for rules.

“Is it possible to create a true mestiza work out of these two beloved but very separate cultures, to conceive and give birth to a mixed, hybrid, generative and balanced creativity? What would this kind of research look like? What would this kind of poetry look like? Is it possible to create this new kind of space in the in-between, and how would one keep one’s balance on constantly shifting ground? This talk is a map of surviving that encounter, that clash and all its glorious consequences—in a body, a life and a career.”

Miranda earned her B.S. in teaching moderate special needs children from Wheelock College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. Before joining the W&L faculty in 2004, she taught at Pacific Lutheran University.

Her books include “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir” (2013); “The Zen of La Llorona: Poems” (2005); and “Indian Cartography: Poems” (1999). She co-edited “Sovereign Erotics: An Anthology of Two-Spirit Writing” (2011). Forthcoming is “Raised by Humans” (2015) and under contract is “The Hidden Stories of Isabel Meadows and other Lacunae of California Indian History.”

Her poetry has been published in over 100 journals, and she has over 20 published articles.

Miranda has appeared in various media such as television, radio and stage. She has had more than 25 publications in anthologies and literary journals including “Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st-Century;” “Women Write Resistance;” “En esa redonda nacion de sangre.” She also is the author of six academic articles.

She has won the Gold Medalist from Independent Publishers Association (“Bad Indians”); Pathfinder Award from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers (“Sovereign Erotics”) and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, among others.

The John Lucian Smith Jr. Memorial Term Professorship was established in 2010 through the generous support of friends of Smith. It is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member in the English Department or the School of Law who is judged to be excellent in teaching and in professional contributions. The award recognizes a different professor every three to five years.

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, to Lecture at W&L

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, will give a public lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater of Elrod Commons.

The title of Lipstadt’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving.”

Lipstadt’s most recent book is “The Eichmann Trial” (2011). Her earlier book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier” (2005) is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist. The judge found Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist and an anti-Semite.

She is also the author of “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory” (1993), which is the first full-length study of those who attempt to deny the Holocaust; and “Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust” (1986), which is an examination of how the American press covered the news of the persecution of European Jews between the years 1933 and 1945.

Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and helped design the section of the museum dedicated to the American response to the Holocaust. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council on which she served two terms. She was a member of its executive committee and chaired the Educational Committee and Academic Committee of the Holocaust Museum.

She has been called upon by members of Congress to consult on political responses to Holocaust denial. From 1996 through 1999, she served as a member of the State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. In this capacity she, together with a small group of leaders and scholars, advised Secretary of State Madeline Albright on matters of religious persecution abroad.

Lipstadt has appeared on CNN, “60 Minutes,” “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” NPR’s “Fresh Air,” the BBC and is a frequent contributor to and is widely quoted in a variety of newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and the New York Times.

At Emory she created the Institute for Jewish Studies and was its first director from 1998-2008. She has received numerous teaching awards, including Emory’s student government association’s award for being the teacher most likely to motivate students to learn about new and unfamiliar topics and the Emory Williams award, for her courses on modern Jewish and Holocaust studies.

Lipstadt received her B.A. from City College of New York and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She has taught at UCLA and Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Brant Hellwig Named Next Dean of W&L Law

Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio has announced the appointment of Brant Hellwig, professor of law at Washington and Lee University and an expert in the field of federal taxation, as dean of the W&L School of Law, effective July 1, 2015.

Hellwig succeeds Nora V. Demleitner, who announced earlier this week she would step down as dean at the end of the academic year.

Hellwig joined the W&L law school faculty in 2012. He teaches a variety of tax courses, including Federal Income Taxation of Individuals, Partnership Taxation, Corporate Taxation, and Estate and Gift Taxation. His scholarship in the field is similarly broad, ranging from the income tax treatment of deferred compensation arrangements to the estate tax treatment of closely held business entities employed as trust substitutes.

At W&L Law, Hellwig has served on a number of critical committees, including two years as chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee. He also was a member of the Board of Trustees task force working group that developed the recently announced strategic transition plan, which positions the law school to maintain its distinctive mission while adapting to the changing environment of both legal education and the legal profession.

“I am delighted that Professor Hellwig has agreed to accept this appointment and have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the law school during this critical time,” said Ruscio. “I look forward to working with Professor Hellwig and the entire law school community to ensure that the School of Law remains a defining feature of Washington and Lee.”

Provost Daniel A. Wubah noted that Hellwig’s appointment ensures a seamless transition over the coming weeks.

“Professor Hellwig has a clear understanding of our law school’s mission, character and goals,” said Wubah. “Both he and Dean Demleitner will have the full support of the faculty and administration during the transition.”

Hellwig received his B.S. summa cum laude and J.D. magna cum laude from Wake Forest University. After practicing with the firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he pursued his LL.M. in taxation at New York University School of Law, where he received the Harry J. Rudick Memorial Award for distinction in the tax program.

After serving as law clerk to the Hon. Juan F. Vasquez of the U.S. Tax Court, Hellwig began his academic career at NYU as an acting assistant professor. He then accepted a permanent appointment to the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the faculty for 10 years. During his tenure at South Carolina and W&L, Hellwig has received a number of institutional awards recognizing both his teaching and his scholarship.

“W&L School of Law is a truly remarkable place. We have a small, collegial student body that regularly interacts with a faculty comprised of engaged scholars and committed teachers,” said Hellwig. “The place has a feel that is both comforting and invigorating. It is a joy to be a part of this intellectual community, and it will be a privilege to lead the school.

“I look forward to working with Dean Demleitner in the months ahead so that the school may continue to build on her many accomplishments.”

In addition to numerous law review articles, Hellwig has published a casebook on Federal Estate and Gift Taxation with W&L law professor Robert Danforth and recently completed a manuscript commissioned by the U.S. Tax Court. “The United States Tax Court: An Historical Analysis” is an expanded revision of the seminal text published in 1979 by Harold Dubroff on the Tax Court’s evolution as a judicial body and its statutory jurisdiction.

In announcing the appointment, Ruscio also paid tribute to Demleitner for her efforts on behalf of the school during her three-year tenure as dean.

“I would like to express on behalf of the entire Washington and Lee community our deepest appreciation to Dean Demleitner for her contributions these last three years,” said Ruscio.

Among her accomplishments, Demleitner worked to improve the school’s bar passage rates and placement rates, revamped the Career Services Office, led renovations of Lewis Hall and nearly completed the law school capital campaign target of $35 million. She increased diversity in the law school faculty and student body and enhanced the school’s innovative third-year curriculum by adding the Washington D.C. semester. Following her sabbatical leave, Demleitner intends to bring her expertise as a criminal law scholar to the W&L Law faculty.

W&L Team Wins Inaugural Global Antitrust Invitational Moot Court Competition

A team of third-year law students from Washington and Lee University participated in the inaugural Global Antitrust Invitational Moot Court Competition, held Feb. 20-21 at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington.

David Johnson, Kyle Virtue, and Matthew Hale were awarded first place in the competition. The team also won the award for best brief.

Eight teams in all participated in the invitation-only competition, including teams from the University of Michigan Law School, Notre Dame Law School, George Washington University Law School, and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

The problem for the competition involved a dispute between two cellular phone service providers. Johnson, Virtue and Hale wrote a brief on behalf of appellant Dominion Telecommunications, Inc. arguing that the company did not violate Section 2 of the Sherman Act. The district court found that Dominion had illegally monopolized the cellular services market by using its dominant size to force an upstart cellular company out of the market. The smaller upstart cried foul, but the ultimate question was whether consumers were actually harmed by the loss of one, small company from the market.

During the competition, the team went through five rounds of arguments before four different panels of judges. The final round was judged by the two top antitrust enforcement officials in the U.S. – the Asst. Attorney General in charge of the DOJ Antitrust Division, William Baer, and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez – as well as a highly respected federal court of appeals judge and antitrust expert, Douglas Ginsburg.

The Global Antitrust Institute Invitational is the only moot court competition devoted exclusively to antitrust law. Competing teams have the chance to not only compete in a federal circuit court, but also attend a private reception and network with an extensive list of litigation and antitrust professionals from the Washington, D.C. area.

W&L Law professors Jeff Miles ’73L and David Eggert, both of whom have extensive antitrust practice experience, helped prepare the team for this first ever competition.

Washington and Lee Politics Professor to Speak at Lincoln Memorial on March 7

Lucas Morel, the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics at Washington and Lee University, will make remarks at the Lincoln Memorial as part of the sesquicentennial of President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Speech. He will be joined by Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd and Howard University history professor Edna Green Medford. The event takes place on Saturday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m., and is free and open to the public.

Author of the recently released Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, Morel is the university’s preeminent Lincoln scholar. He is a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association and a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute.

What's Up in Lexington/Rockbridge, Mardi Gras?

Here’s the next installment of our roundup of events in the Lexington and Rockbridge area, compiled by 3L Hannah Shtein. It maybe below zero outside, but Mardi Gras-Lexington Edition-is on! And it’s restaurant week!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park”, a new musical. Southern Virginia University (through Saturday, February 21). 7:30pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Southern Virginia University, Chandler Hall, Buena Vista (540) 261-8464 $10adults, $7 seniors and children 12 and under, $32 family rate. A new musical based on Jane Austen’s novel. Impoverished Fanny Price is raised by her wealthy relations at Mansfield Park. When sophisticated siblings Mary and Henry Crawford move into the neighborhood, Fanny finds the normally predictable Mansfield Park turned upside-down with messy love affairs and moral dilemmas.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ballet: Swan Lake & Other Contemporary Works, 3pm & 7:30pm. Lenfest Center, W&L University. $12.adult | $7/student. 540-463-3436. Come out and enjoy a classic as portrayed by the ballet dancers of the Rockbridge Ballet as they celebrate 30 years of performing in the Rockbridge area.

Live @ The Lab with Brett Twitty & Ryan Russell, 6:00pm, Blue Lab Brewing Company, 123 S. Randolph St., (540) 458-0146.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, 8:00pm, The Robert E. Lee Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 30 South Main Street, Lexington, (540) 461-8484. Advance Tickets: $30/person, $55/couple. Tickets at Door: $35/person, $65/couple. Wear your best mask and join us for a night of reverie with live music and dancing. A decadent horsd’oeuvres buffet including muffaletta sandwiches, beignets and traditional king cake, and cash bar. Prizes for best costumes and the person who finds the baby in the king cake! RSVP by calling the hotel at (540) 461-8484. Be safe – Rooms are available for after the party! Ask our reservations specialist when you call.

Lexington Restaurant Week
DAILY (through February 28th), 8:00am – 11:00pm, Downtown Lexington & Surrounding Area. Dozens of restaurants and food-related retail shops in Lexington will be participating in our Winter Restaurant Week. The theme this year is “Knock the Chill Off!”, with dining and shopping offerings focusing on all things warm, cozy, and delicious. Pick up a postcard listing all the specials and discounts — and enter to win one of over two dozen gift certificates in our Restaurant Week Sweepstakes! Come out of your winter hibernation and join us for a week-long celebration of food.

Wednesday, February 25

Growler Grab Day at the Devils Backbone Outpost, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Outpost Tap Room, 50 Northwind Lane, Lexington, (540) 462-6200 (every Wednesday). Visit the Tap Room and fill up your 64 oz. growler for $5 on Wednesdays. Each week you can fill up your growler with an Outpost brewed beer at this special price!
WEEKLY Lexington INDOOR Winter Farmers Market, 18 East Nelson Street. Every Wednesday the market will bring you locally produced vegetables, eggs, baked goods, fruit, cheese, honey, chestnuts, and more. For information contact Mitch Wapner at 463-9234.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Trivia Night in the Tap Room Devils Backbone Outpost, 6-8pm, Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery & Tap Room, 50 Northwind Lane, Lexington, (540) 462-6200. Test your knowledge as DB team member Ann leads Trivia Night in the Tap Room. Enter as individual or team up for a great night of beers and friendly competition at the Outpost!
Think n’ Drink Trivia @ Blue Lab Brewing Company, 6:00pm, Blue Lab Brewing Company, 123 S. Randolph St., (540) 458-0146 (every Thursday).

Friday, February 27, 2015

Live @ The Lab, 6:00pm, Blue Lab Brewing Company, 123 S. Randolph St., (540) 458-0146. Enjoy a pint while listening to acoustic rock and roll. Live @ The Lab with Alex Shreve!

A Distinguished Friend of Oxford University

“Honored, flattered and absolutely floored” is how Ralph Smith, a 1973 graduate of Washington and Lee University, described his reaction to being named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University (DFO). The awards ceremony will take place in June.

In his congratulatory letter to Ralph, Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton noted that the DFO Award “was initiated in 1997 as a way to formally recognize individuals who have acted as exceptional volunteers for the benefit of the university, its colleges and departments.” Ralph was nominated in recognition of his “extraordinary support of the Rhodes Trust and the American Trust for Oxford.”

After graduating from W&L, Ralph attended Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, where he received an M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.

He has been an officer, director or trustee of numerous educational, charitable and civic organizations, including Rotary International and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He is the administrator of the Eastman Trust and the American Trust for Oxford University and is also responsible for the Rhodes scholarship selection process in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

In 2013, Ralph was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II to the Order of St. John, an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown, with historical roots in the 11th century Knights Hospitaller and Knights of Malta.

Ralph is president and CEO of The Ralph Smith Group, which provides management consulting services to business and higher education institutions worldwide. He is also special counsel to the law firm, Jones Walker L.L.P., in Birmingham, Alabama.


Executive-in-Residence Leland Miller ’98 to Give Talk on China’s Economy on March 10

Leland Miller ’98, CEO of China Beige Book International, will give a talk, “Demystifying China’s Economy in 2015,” at 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 10 in Stackhouse Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

Investors and policymakers obsess over the growth of China’s economy, but what is actually happening across regions and sectors remains a mystery to those who rely solely on China’s official government data.

Combining the largest private data operation ever to operate in a closed economy with unrivaled connections to sources on the ground, Miller will explain the evolving Chinese marketplace and provide unique insight into China’s true growth, credit and labor dynamics—as well as what Beijing’s leadership has in store in terms of restructuring and reform in 2015.

Tired of unreliable data provided solely by the Chinese government, Miller founded the China Beige Book in 2012. Adapted from methodology used by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book,” China Beige Book relies on its own independent data, collected quarterly, which includes survey data from over 2,000 Chinese firms and in-depth interviews across each of its regions and sectors.

Miller was a history and Chinese major at W&L. He also holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Chinese history from Oxford University. A leading expert on China’s financial system, he is a frequent guest on media outlets such as CNBC and CNBC Asia, Bloomberg TV and Radio, BBC, Al-Jazeera and China’s CCTV, among others. His work is featured regularly in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, TIME, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Forbes, Foreign Policy and The Washington Post.

Playing the Blues

Blues guitarist and historian Scott Ainslie, a 1974 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has released a new album, “The Last Shot Got Him,” featuring songs by Robert Johnson, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin and even Disney.

On his website, he explains, “The guitar (1934 Gibson archtop) that spawned this recording came to me out of the blue. A dear friend in Louisiana played it in front of me about five years ago. Eventually, she sold it north. I have allowed this guitar to choose the songs it plays well, songs from when it was young, and songs that sit well in that larger context.”

Scott’s been playing the guitar and singing for more than 40 year and “still finds singular power and beauty in what two hands, one guitar and one voice can accomplish in service to the human spirit.” This CD is Scott’s eighth, and he says, “There is music here that is robust, joyful, humorous, and tinged with a sense of the fragility of human joy, as well as the temporary nature of our tenure here below.”

In a profile in the Charlotte Observer, he recalls his introduction to the blues occurred while living in the D.C. area in the 1960s. He attended concerts featuring blues guitarist John Jackson and Pete Seeger’s brother Mike.

His education in the genre continued at W&L when he traveled with a geology professor into the countryside and interviewed “old-time, folk and blues musicians like West Virginia’s Hammons Family and Tommy Jarrell of Toast.”

For Scott, it was the perfect opportunity to study turn-of-the-century music. “We found Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Leadbelly and Muddy Waters. The Hammons and Etta Baker were still around. We could go and see how they used their hands, talk to them and get stories and a sense of what it was like for them before radio, electricity and indoor plumbing.”


A Beautiful App

Who has time to call around to get an appointment to the spa or salon? Not Kathleen Baird Jennings, a 2002 graduate of Washington and Lee University, who took matters into her own hands and created an app (similar to OpenTable or Kayak.com) so customers could make reservations on their smartphone.

Her app, BeautyNow, allows customers to schedule a salon or massage appointment directly through a businesses’ scheduling system. The app was designed and developed by Houston-based website design shop Poetic Systems and has built a national user base of more than 5,000 salons and spas since its initial launch in February 2014.

Kathleen’s app caught the attention of John Paul DeJoria, the billionaire entrepreneur behind John Paul Mitchell Systems, a popular hair care brand, and Patron Spirits. In an interview with the Houston Business Journal, she said, “We had a few phone calls, and I went to Austin (to meet DeJoria) for a meeting. He realized that this is the direction the beauty industry was going.” He was impressed enough to place a $500,000 equity seed investment in BeautyNow in December.

The app is not just for women. Kathleen has created partnerships with the barber salon The Boardroom so men can schedule appointments, too. Kathleen, who is married to James Jennings ’93, said, “I imagine this becoming the way people make their beauty appointments.”


Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to be Held at Washington and Lee University School of Law

Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, will be the Friday luncheon keynote speaker at a symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Voting Rights Act of 1965: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Feb. 19-20 at the Millhiser Moot Court Room in the Washington and Lee School of Law.

W&L School of Law’s Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics are sponsoring the symposium. Admission is free and it is open to the public, except for the invitation-only dinner and program on Feb. 19.

“Part of the motivation for the Mudd Center’s focus on race and justice in America this year was the fact that 2014-2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act,” said Angela Smith, director of the Mudd Center for Ethics and Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics. “We wanted to do something to celebrate these historic pieces of legislation, and also to critically reflect on the civil rights and voting rights challenges that we still face in this country 50 years after these momentous legislative achievements.”

The ACLU’s National Security Project, of which Shamsi is director, is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties and human rights. She has litigated cases upholding the freedoms of speech and association, and challenging targeted killing, torture, unlawful detention and post-9/11 discrimination against racial and religious minorities.

Shamsi’s work includes a focus on the intersection of national security and counterterrorism policies with international human rights and humanitarian law. She previously worked as a staff
attorney of the National Security Project and was the acting director of Human Rights
First’s Law and Security Program. She also served as senior advisor to the U.N. Special
Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.

Shamsi appears regularly in the media and has served as a national security expert for news outlets including The New York Times and Reuters, and has appeared on ABC News, NPR and the BBC. She is the author or co-author of publications on targeted killing, torture and extraordinary rendition, and has monitored and reported on the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay.

She is also a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches a course in international human rights.

The symposium will bring together leading experts in the fields of law, political science, sociology, philosophy, history and others to discuss the history and current status of civil rights legislation.

There will be four panel discussions and a dinner keynote talk. The panel topics will cover 50 Years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965; Brown v. Board of Education and Affirmative Action in a Post-Racial America; Immigration Rights and Citizenship Rights as Civil Rights; and The Future of Civil Rights.

The dinner keynote talk on Feb. 19 will be delivered by Guy-Uriel Charles, associate dean of Duke University Law School and founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics.

Feb. 19 Panel Discussion:

4:15 p.m.: “50 Years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965”
Moderator: Mark Rush, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law, Williams School, W&L

Participants:

  • Margaret Hu, assistant professor of law, W&L School of Law
  • Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, associate professor of law, Maurer School of Law-Indiana University Bloomington
  • Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of Africana studies and political science and faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame
  • Josh Sellers, political science fellow, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Guy-Uriel Charles, senior associate dean, Duke Law School; founding director, Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics
  • Justin Weinstein-Tull, Thomas C. Grey Fellow, Stanford Law School

Feb. 20 panel discussions:

8:45–10:15 a.m.: “Brown v. Board of Education and Affirmative Action in a ‘Post Racial’ America”
Moderator: Ann Massie, professor emeritus, W&L School of Law

Participants:

  • Lawrence Blum, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and professor of philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Sheryll Cashin, professor of law, Georgetown Law
  • Ted DeLaney, chair and associate professor of history, W&L
  • Lia Epperson, professor of law and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs, Washington College of Law, American University
  • Paul Finkelman, senior fellow, Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism, University of Pennsylvania; Scholar-in-Residence, National Constitution Center; President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and senior fellow, Government Law Center, Albany Law School

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.: “Immigration Rights and Citizenship Rights as Civil Rights”
Moderator: Noah Pickus, director, Kenan Institute for Ethics; associate research professor of policy studies, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Participants:

  • David Baluarte, assistant clinical professor of law, director of Immigrant Rights Clinic, W&L School of Law
  • Elizabeth Cohen, associate professor of political science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Dan Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science and senior faculty fellow, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, University of Oregon
  • Juliet Stumpf, professor of law, Lewis and Clark Law School

2:15–3:45 p.m.: “The Future of Civil Rights”
Moderator: Suzanne Shanahan, associate director, Kenan Institute for Ethics, associate research professor in sociology, Duke University

Participants:

  • Al Brophy, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Trina Jones, professor of law, Duke Law School
  • Richard Myers, Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and director, Program in Family Law and Policy, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Suzette Malveaux, professor of law, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University

Before I Die

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Feb. 12, 2015

What is the Goal of the Before I Die Wall?

Have you seen it—The Before I Die Wall? A public art project currently sitting on the east side of the Elrod Commons at Washington and Lee University, the wall was planned, built, painted, stenciled and installed by students and staff. During the rest of the school year, it will move to different locations on campus.

Members of the W&L community are invited to write a message about what they hope to achieve in life.

Amelia Murcott ’16, the student behind the concept, first began thinking about the project when she saw photos on the Internet of the movement around the world. “All of the walls look essentially the same,” she said, “despite some being in different languages, in different communities and made with different materials.”

Her main goal with the project is to unite the campus community around a different kind of conversation. “Our University has long been characterized by the academic and professional success of its students, and while we take rightful pride in these accomplishments, there are times I have felt that a broader perspective of life is lost,” she explained. “I feel that the wall will serve as an opportunity for the community to regain a bit of perspective that can be lost in the daily stress that comes with various academic, athletic and social responsibilities. As we continue to devote ourselves to academic excellence, it is important to remember that there are things to work toward after we pass our finals or complete our summer internship. My hope is for the wall to achieve just that.”

After researching ways that other communities had installed the wall and logistical details, such as size, location, timeframe, etc., Murcott sent proposals about the wall to President Ken Ruscio, Dean Sydney Evans and other members of administration who were receptive of the idea.

James Dick, director of Student Activities and Outdoor Education, offered his help in facilitating the construction and installation of the wall, and Murcott worked with Jeff Wines, facilities management carpentry supervisor, to determine the project’s dimensions and structure. Kathleen Olson, professor of art, directed Murcott to senior Eileen Small who made the stencils for the wall. Sophomores Camille LeJeune and Alice Cannon oversaw the wall’s installation, with the help of Lucy Raney, campus utility supervisor.

“I am not an art student, so this collaboration of various students and members of the W&L administration was invaluable,” said Murcott.” I have been incredibly interested in art since my first exposure to art history in my sophomore year, and as I began to pursue a minor in the subject, I noticed that there was a lack of exposure to art on The Hill, and that students of other majors, who rarely have cause to visit Wilson, do not encounter art on a daily basis. Given this, I hope for the wall to act as an interactive, public art piece. Students and faculty from all departments will have access to the wall, and complete freedom to manipulate the piece the way they see fit.”

Feedback has already begun. “Although I like the intent of the wall, I believe it is ineptly named,” said Ulemj Enkhbold ’17. “I feel like the goal should be not to mark death as the endpoint of life, but rather to celebrate life. Therefore, I would have liked to see the name of the campaign be ‘While I’m alive,’ or ‘While I live.’ “
“I think that the wall is a really great way to learn about the true passions of W&L students,” said Bishop Snedden ’18. “You may know someone on an academic or social level, but I feel like the Before I Die Wall allows students to share a random aspiration that is part of their deeper self. This board is a good step towards getting students to think about things they would like to achieve in their lifetime. Write it on the board, and it may happen!”
“I saw a lady on a walk with her dog stopped in front of the Before I Die Wall, so I stopped and asked her what she thought of it,” said McKenna Quatro ’18. “She said it was really great to be reminded how deeply some college kids think about life.”

“I feel that the installation of the Before I Die Wall on campus will serve as a way for students and faculty to consider what is truly important to them,” said Murcott. “My hope is that the wall will serve as an opportunity to preserve the ideals of trust, respect and community at Washington and Lee, and that it will encourage our community to embrace what makes us unique—our hopes and dreams—rather than what makes us different—our skin color, our hometown, our Greek affiliation. As we anonymously share our goals, we will begin to remember what makes us whole, what makes us united, what makes us Generals.”


W&L to Premiere Documentary on Its Presidential Mock Convention Feb. 12

A procession of the country’s political stars, including presidents, cabinet officials and campaign strategists, has traveled to Lexington, Virginia, every four years since 1908 to participate in Washington and Lee University’s presidential Mock Convention.

“Mock Con,” as W&L’s students refer to it, has correctly picked the eventual nominee of the party out of power 19 of the past 25 presidential elections, and the candidates or their campaign leaders have taken notice. Bill Clinton played saxophone after his address in a gym-turned convention hall. Former President Harry S. Truman keynoted the 1960 event. Barry Goldwater, Andrew Young, Tip O’Neill, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, Mario Cuomo and George W. Bush (on tape) have spoken.

Mock Con 2016’s student organizers will premiere a documentary, funded by W&L’s Class of 1953 and narrated by author and former CBS newsman Roger Mudd, on the drama and inspiration of 25 mock conventions Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at Stackhouse Theater on campus.

Historic footage and photos chronicle everything from balloon drops to the collapse and death of Alvin Barkley, U.S. senator from Kentucky, former vice president and 1956 Democratic candidate, as he completed an impassioned speech to the assembled student body. The history of Mock Con takes the viewer on a journey through a century American history featuring its key players.

Seth McCormick-Goodheart and Lisa McCown of W&L’s Special Collections archive joined senior Wilson Hallett in leading the careful retrieval of historical records and film. Mudd, a 1950 graduate of W&L, contributed his personal knowledge, journalism experience and narration. Executive producer Bill Parks of digital media company Dominion Post, a 1982 alumnus, and lead writer Joe Fab supervised the production.

“It is the most authentic and accurate collegiate political convention in America, providing an engaging, real-life, educational experience for countless W&L students,” said Beau Dudley, W&L executive director of Alumni Affairs, and a Mock Con participant as a member of the Class of 1974.

Inspired at least in part by Mock Con, numerous W&L students have gone on to become political leaders, including 29 U.S. senators, 60 members of the House of Representatives, 300 executive branch officials, a Supreme Court associate justice, plus governors and mayors.

W&L BLSA Moot Court Teams Compete at Regionals, Advance to Nationals

The Moot Court and Mock Trial teams from Washington and Lee University School of Law had another very successful trip to the National Black Law Students Association Mid-Atlantic competition, held recently in Tyson’s Corner, Va.

W&L teams took second in the moot court appellate advocacy competition and third place in the mock trial competition. Both teams will advance to the national competition to be held in March in Portland.

The advancing moot court team includes Richard Zhang ’15L and Ariel Wossene ’16L. The team of Feyi Fasuyi ’16L and Vincent Smith ’16L also competed in the regional competition. 3L Hernandez Stroud served as student coach for the moot court teams.

Ryan Redd ’15L, Emelia Hall-Tuisawau ’16L, Imani Hutty ’15L and Brian Lyew ’16L made up the third place mock trial team that will advance to nationals. In addition, Redd was named “Best Advocate” for the competition.

Another mock trial team, including Yasin Amba ’16L, Laura Iheanachor ’15L, Markus Murden ’16L and Cristina Sacco ’15L advanced to the semifinals of the regional competition. The mock trial teams were coached by Prof. Beth Belmont.

This is only the fourth year teams from W&L have competed in the BLSA moot court and mock trial competitions. W&L teams have advanced to nationals every year.

W&L Named a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Washington and Lee University has been named to the list of American colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright Scholars.

Three scholars from W&L won Fulbright grants for 2014-15, making the university one of only six bachelor’s institutions nationwide to produce that many.

The Fulbright Program is the federal government’s flagship international education exchange program, sending more than 1,100 American professors, administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and independent scholars to other countries to teach or conduct research each year.

All three of W&L’s Fulbright scholars this year are professors at the School of Law. Johanna Bond is studying access to legal aid in criminal proceedings in Africa while teaching a course in human rights at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Jill Fraley, is conducting research on the development of property law in colonial Scotland and Ireland at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. J.D. King spent fall 2014 studying the evolution of criminal defense in Chile at Universidad Viña del Mar in Chile.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar program operates in more than 125 countries around the world. It is funded by an annual Congressional appropriation to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in the U.S. and other countries also provide direct and indirect support. The Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars administers and coordinates Fulbright activities on behalf of the Department of State, including selecting the scholars in the annual competition.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American college students and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas, while bringing some 4,000 students and scholars from other countries to the U.S. to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach languages.

W&L Wins Sixth VFIC Ethics Bowl

Washington and Lee University won its sixth VFIC Ethics Bowl championship Feb. 9, when its four-member student team successfully devised and presented solutions to ethical dilemmas affecting hypothetical families.

Teddy Corcoran, a junior philosophy major from Rochester, New York; Cynthia Ho Yee Lam, a senior English and business administration double major from Westfield, New Jersey; Connor Perkins, a senior religion and philosophy double major from St. Louis, Missouri; and Austin Peterson, a junior philosophy and business administration double major from San Diego, California — defeated Mary Baldwin College, Shenandoah University, Virginia Wesleyan College and Lynchburg College before besting Randolph College in the final round.

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and Wells Fargo sponsored the annual Ethics Bowl, now in its 16th year, at Marymount University in Arlington Feb. 8-9. VFIC is a nonprofit, fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading private colleges and universities in the commonwealth.

The two-day event focused on ethics and the family. The final round case study involved a woman who had to decide if she should let her emotionally abusive mother live with her and her two sons, or move the mother into an assisted living community.

Randolph presented first, arguing that the woman should send her mother to the assisted living community. W&L argued that the woman should forgive her mother, allowing her to move in and develop a relationship with the grandsons.

While the judges complimented both teams on their presentations and arguments, they praised W&L for teamwork and presentation skills as a group.

James Mahon, chair of the philosophy department, coached W&L’s team.

“Their responses to questions from the other teams and the judges were exceptional,” Mahon said. “They defended the positions they believed in, and they were consistent from round to round. They impressed everyone they debated against, as well as the judges.”

Roger Mudd, a 1950 graduate of W&L, met with the team after the first day of the competition.

W&L professors Angela Smith, Mudd Professor of Ethics, and Sandy Reiter, who teaches business ethics in the Department of Business Administration, served as debate moderators.

VFIC is a nonprofit, fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading private colleges and universities in the commonwealth.

by Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy ’16

Washington and Lee Honors Richard L. Duchossois with Washington Award

Richard L. Duchossois, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 1944, received the University’s prestigious Washington Award on Feb. 6, at a banquet held during the winter meeting of the W&L Board of Trustees, in Lexington, Virginia.

Duchossois, the chairman of the Duchossois Group, Elmhurst, Illinois, is only the fifth recipient of the award, which the W&L trustees established in 2001 to recognize extraordinary acts of philanthropy in support of W&L and other institutions, and distinguished leadership and service to the nation.

“To know Dick Duchossois is to know a person devoted to noble causes, to the service of others and to family,” said W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio. “His humility, combined with his sense of decency and good humor, endear him to all. We are forever indebted to him for his commitment and support.”

At his alma mater, Duchossois has supported the Duchossois Athletic Complex, which comprises Wilson Field for football, lacrosse and track; the fields for soccer, field hockey and baseball; the cross country course; and the outdoor tennis courts and the indoor Duchossois Tennis Center. He also has provided a named scholarship fund.

He serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Arlington International Racecourse, the horse-racing facility in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and on the board of Churchill Downs Inc., which oversees the racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky.

His many philanthropic interests include the Beverly T. Duchossois Cancer Laboratory at the University of Chicago Hospital, named for his late first wife, and the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Duchossois served in World War II as a second lieutenant in the Army, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and receiving a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.

In 2014, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Duchossois was inducted into the French Legion of Honor. His other honors include the American Jockey Club Medal, three Eclipse Awards and induction into the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame. Last year, he and his wife, Judi, received the Sword of Loyola award from Loyola University Chicago for their exceptional dedication to philanthropy and humanitarian service.

At the W&L ceremony on Feb. 6, Duchossois also received a tribute — and a W&L letter sweater — from two student-athletes, senior Austin Eisenhofer (captain of the football team) and senior Sonja Meighan (co-captain of the women’s tennis team).

Duchossois’ daughter Kimberly T. Duchossois is a trustee emeritus of W&L, and her son, Tyler R. Lenczuk, is a member of the Class of 2008.

Previous recipients of the Washington Award are Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest (Classes of 1953 and 1955 Law), former U.S. Senator John Warner (Class of 1949), Maryellie and Rupert Johnson (Class of 1962) and Roger H. Mudd (Class of 1950).


G. William Whitehurst ’50 Named Norfolk’s First Citizen in Civic Affairs

Former U.S. Rep. G. William Whitehurst, a 1950 graduate of Washington and Lee University, will receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Medal as Norfolk’s First Citizen in Civic Affairs. The award will be presented March 7 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.

Bill, a Norfolk native, served in the Navy during World War II and received a bachelor’s in history from W&L. The following year, he earned a master’s in history at the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in American diplomatic history at West Virginia University in 1962.

He began his teaching career at the Norfolk Division of William & Mary in the History Department. In 1963, he was appointed dean of students and held the job until he was elected to Congress in 1968 as Representative for the 2nd District of Virginia. He was the first Republican to represent the Hampton Roads area since the Civil War. He was reelected eight more times, retiring in 1987. For most of his tenure in Congress, he served on the Armed Services Committee. Bill kept a diary of his Congressional activities and subsequently published two volumes of excerpts covering the years 1972 to 1981. They are “Diary of a Congressman” and “Diary of a Congressman: Abscam and Beyond.”

After retiring from Congress, Bill returned to teaching and is the Kaufman lecturer in Public Affairs at Old Dominion University, focusing on history and political science courses.


Protégée of Salvador Dalí to Exhibit at Staniar Gallery

Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery is pleased to present “Strange Attractors,” an exhibit of recent work by Surrealist-style artist Louis Markoya. The show will be on view February 16 – March 20.

Markoya will give a public artist’s talk on March 4 at 5:30pm in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception for the artist.

This exhibition marks the first solo exhibition in forty years for Louis Markoya who worked as a studio assistant in the early 1970s for legendary Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. The experience had a profound effect and continues to influence his work, which he sees as an extension of Dalí’s vision.

“I feel I have some unique opportunities in that I have known Dalí and his love of science/technology well and can utilize some of these advances in artworks Dalí may have done if he had the opportunity,” said Markoya.

Drawing on his background in fractals and mathematics, Markoya begins his paintings digitally, working on the computer to visualize his ideas, which he then transfers to canvas where he often works in oil.

For the show in Staniar Gallery, Markoya has also created Surrealist inspired sculptures and lenticular prints, a process that gives the illusion of depth as the image is viewed from different angles.

The exhibition will include original Dalí works from Markoya’s collection as well as a 3-D animated video created at Washington and Lee’s Integrative and Quantitative (IQ) Center. The IQ Center, located in the Telford Science Library, is home to sophisticated imaging and computational equipment and serves as a state-of-the-art teaching and learning space that fosters interdisciplinary research. The artist describes the video as a “3D journey inside the brain to witness the geometry of the thought process.”

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.

Washington and Lee Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members

Washington and Lee University added two members to its Board of Trustees on Feb. 6, during its winter meeting, in Lexington.

James R. Small, of Midland, Texas, is the president of Icon Petroleum and a founding partner of Element Petroleum. He graduated from W&L in 1981 with a B.S. in geology and has been employed in the oil and gas industry since 1981. He has been an active volunteer both at W&L and in his community. For W&L, he is the past president of the W&L Alumni Association, a class agent, the AAP chairman for West Texas, on the Capital Campaign Committee, on his 25th reunion committee, on the Parents Leadership Council, and the chairman of the Science Advisory Board. He is the president of the board of trustees of the Museum of the Southwest, in Midland; a trustee of Midland Community Theatre; and on the board of visitors for the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas. He and his wife, Alison, have two children, Eileen, a senior at W&L, and Patton, a sophomore at Carleton College.

Christopher H. Williams, of Richmond, Virginia, is the managing director and co-founder of Harris Williams & Co. He graduated from W&L in 1985 with a B.S. in business administration, magna cum laude, and also earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Williams has nearly 25 years of transactional experience focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions assignments. He worked with Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co. before co-founding Harris Williams & Co. in 1991 as a national investment banking firm focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Since then, he has led it to become one of the largest and most influential mergers and acquisitions boutiques in the country. His board service includes the board of governors at St. Catherine’s School, Richmond; the board of advisors of the W&L Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics; the Elk Hill School for troubled youth, Goochland, Virginia; the Boys and Girls Club of Richmond; and The Community Foundation, which serves charitable organizations throughout Virginia. Williams lives in Richmond with his wife, Claire, and their three children, Emma Claire, 17, Terrell, 17, and Grace, 14.


Africana Studies Program at W&L to Host Actor and Author Charles Reese

The Africana Studies Program of Washington and Lee University will host actor, author and intellectual Charles Reese on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Theater of the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts.

Reese will engage his audience in a public conversation called, “James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire.” He established this program in 2014 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Baldwin’s birth. The event is free and open to the public.

James Baldwin was a major literary figure and civil rights activist who wrote numerous books, essays, plays and stories. He is the author of “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Notes of a Native Son,” “The Fire Next Time” and “Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone.”

A talented writer and passionate advocate of equality during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, Baldwin came of age as a black, gay youth in Harlem, New York.

Reese’s interest in Baldwin began when he had a chance encounter with the author on the Clark-Atlanta University campus during the early 1980s. Reese, then a freshman at Morehouse College, noticed a familiar professor walking along with a man he did not know. As they approached the man looked at Reese and said, “You have eyes like mine.” Reese thanked him, and hours later realized that the man was James Baldwin.

This brief encounter inspired him to learn much more about Baldwin and to read his works. Later Reese played James Baldwin in a critically acclaimed Broadway play, “James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire” by Howard B. Simon.

More recently, Reese has published “James Baldwin: Artist as Activist and the Baldwin/Kennedy Secret Summit of 1963” in “James Baldwin: Challenging Authors” (edited by A. Scott Henderson and P.L. Thomas).

Baldwin’s performance is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, the History Department, the University Lectures Fund and the LGBTQ Resource Center.

Sarah Feinberg ’99 Named Acting Federal Railroad Administrator

Sarah Feinberg, who graduated in 1999 from Washington and Lee University with a degree in politics, has been named acting head of the Federal Railroad Administration, which regulates freight and passenger service on the national network. At the time of the announcement, she was serving as chief of staff for Secretary of Transportation Andrew Foxx, providing strategic advice and counsel to the secretary regarding operational and legislative initiatives across all modes of transportation.

Before joining USDOT, Sarah served as the director of corporate and strategic communications at Facebook, where she managed the Washington-based outreach and communications, as well as the company’s political and crisis communications. She was also previously Bloomberg LP’s director of communications and business strategy.

In 2008 she served in the Obama Administration as special assistant to Rahm Emanuel, the President’s chief of staff. As the WH liaison to the Obama economic team, the national security team and the press and communications departments, she worked on the White House’s strategic communications response to the country’s fiscal and economic crisis, the H1N1 flu pandemic and the mine disaster in West Virginia.

Prior to serving in the White House, Sarah was the communications director for the House Democratic Caucus, the press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the national press secretary to former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschl


AdLib Conference to be Held Feb. 12-13

Washington and Lee University will host its fourth annual AdLib Conference on Feb. 12-13, 2015. The conference brings alumni who work in advertising, marketing and public relations together with students interested in careers in those industries.

The conference begins on Thursday evening with a dinner at the R. E. Lee Hotel in downtown Lexington. Ted Hissey ’78, a senior vice-president with Louisville-based Brown-Forman, will give the keynote address, “What Brands Must Do Today, and What it Means for Your Career.”

“The conference emphasizes the power of the liberal arts experience in this industry,” said Amanda Bower, the Charles C. Holbrook, Jr. ’72 Professor of Business Administration. “We want students to know that they can study psychology or sociology or English literature and not just get jobs in advertising, marketing and PR, but excel in those jobs, precisely because of the academic experiences they’ve had.”

On Friday, presenters take the stage beginning at 10:10 a.m. Three of the day’s sessions will be streamed live online. For a detailed schedule of events, visit wluadlib.wordpress.com or pick up a program at the registration table, which will be located in the Elrod Commons Living Room.

Morning sessions include:

Tips From Former Smokers (live online at 10:10 a.m.)
Jeff Boal ’84, president of the PlowShare Group, will talk about how non-profits and public health organizations can craft messages that get results. Boal was part of a team that created a historic campaign for the Center for Disease Control to combat one of the country’s biggest health problems—premature death and disease caused by tobacco use. The campaign relied on powerful messages and evocative images to provoke its audience to quit smoking. The CDC saw record numbers of smokers visit its website and call its smoking cessation hotline and Boal demonstrated that advertising can literally save lives.

Playing Nice: How to Get PR and Journalism on the Same Page
Jeremiah McWilliams ’05 will discuss the ways in which his eight-year career as a newspaper journalist has informed his career in public relations. He advocates for a better working relationship between journalists and PR practitioners, makes the case for finding the right mentor and emphasizes the importance of maintaining high ethical standards, no matter the industry. Alison Giblin ’13 will contribute.

Romancing the Brand (live online at 11:15 a.m.)
Branding Expert Tim Halloran ’91 takes a page out of his book, “Romancing the Brand,” to share step-by-step instructions on how to start, grow, and maintain the relationship between a brand and its customers and establish a mutually beneficial “romance.” Drawing on exclusive, in-depth interviews with managers of some of the world’s most iconic brands, Romancing the Brand arms you with an arsenal of classic and emerging marketing tools—such as benefit laddering and word-of-mouth marketing—that make best-in-class brands so successful.

Creating an Experience
Jonathan Hoffman is president of experience creation at the media agency Starcom MediaVest Group, where he leads Dot Zero, which plans and designs immersive, transformative experiences for innovative brands, blurring the lines between print, digital and the real world. Prior to joining Starcom, Hoffman spent a decade in creative agency management, including a stint as chief creative officer at Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis. A graduate of Vassar College, Hoffman has been putting a liberal arts degree to good use since 1984.

McWilliams, Boal and Halloran will also host Q&A sessions during the morning.

Courtney Berry ’05 will give an afternoon keynote following a closed networking lunch for students and alumni. Berry is a senior vice president and account director with Grey NY, where she runs the billion-dollar Pantene North America account. The title of her talk is “Things I Know That I Wish I Knew Then.” Her talk will be streamed live online at 2:20 p.m.

The rest of the afternoon will be devoted to panel discussions featuring a range of senior- and junior-level professionals. Rich Weinstein ’91, Jeff Boal ’84, Fred Moore ’80, Tim Halloran ’91, Courtney Berry ’05 and Britten Matthews ’10 will discuss ways the industry is changing and how advertising, marketing and PR professionals are adapting to those changes. Kate Brennan ’14, Colleen Paxton ’14, Drew Martin ’13, Allison Giblin ’13, Kathryn Risi ’14 and Callie Deddens ’14 will focus on how they launched their careers.

Both students and alumni can register to attend AdLib at wluadlib.wordpress.com.

Questions about AdLib? Contact Ian Hooley ’15 at hooleyi15@mail.wlu.edu.

Women and Gender Studies Program to Host Series of Events on Title IX

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program will host, “Entitled! A Series of Talks and Events Exploring the Promise and Challenge of Gender Equality in University Life,” on Feb. 9-11.

“These talks will address both directly and indirectly the impact of Title IX on universities, but they are not simply talks about responses to sexual assault,” said Robin LeBlanc, professor of politics and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. “Instead, we will step back to look at the aims and uses of Title IX over a longer history and in a broader sense, certainly looking at sex on college campuses, but also at sports and even at the campus as a workplace.”

The events are as follows:

Monday, Feb. 9
12:20 p.m., Elrod Commons 216: Lauren Kozak, Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Director of Career Development, will give a talk, “Title IX: An Evolving Legal Landscape”

4:00 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room: Melanie Boyd, assistant dean of student affairs and director of the Office of Gender & Campus Culture at Yale University, will talk about “Preventing Sexual Violence through Positive Cultural Change”

Tuesday, Feb. 10
4:00 p.m., Hillel Multipurpose Room:
Shana Levine, ’01, Director of Physical Education & Athletics at Lewis and Clark College, will give a talk, “Women and Sport: Separate but Equal?” The talk will be followed by the W&L Women’s Basketball Game Rally. The game versus Randolph-Macon starts at 7 p.m. in Warner Gymnasium. Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with pizza on the gym balcony at halftime.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
4 p.m.,  Hillel Multipurpose room: Ellen Mayock, Ernest Williams II Professor of Spanish, and Stacey Vargas, professor of physics and astronomy at VMI, will present “All in a Day’s Work,” featuring poetry and dramatic readings.

The series is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Office of Student Affairs, the Athletic Department, and the University Lectures Fund. All events are free and open to the public.

Energy Journal Symposium Looks at Water Resources and Corporate Responsibility

Few resources on earth are as valuable and as endangered as water. In March, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that “approximately 80 percent of the world’s population already suffers serious threats to its water security.”

This trend appears to be a lasting one – by 2030 it is estimated that demand for fresh water will exceed supply by as much as 40 percent. In light of these discoveries, companies have put forth a renewed effort in the area of water security.

On February 13, 2015, the Washington and Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment will host a symposium to address the role of corporate social responsibility in protecting water sources. This topic holds particular local relevance as West Virginia and North Carolina have experienced water contamination crises in recent months.

The symposium, titled, “Protecting Water Sources: Are Corporations Responsible?” will run from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public.

One highlight of this event will be the Keynote address, to be delivered by Washington and Lee School of Law’s own Professor David Millon. He plans to explore the concept of shareholder responsibility, which asserts that the success of corporate social responsibility relies on shareholders maintaining a patient investment outlook.

This symposium will also feature three panels throughout the day, with topics ranging from the legal protections afforded to water to the drawbacks of utilizing corporations in water resource protection. Panelists will also examine international practices of encouraging sustainable water programs.

“What is really exciting about this symposium is that it explores a range of strategies for protecting water,” says W&L Law Prof. Kish Parella, the faculty adviser for the symposium. “The panels highlight the important roles that different actors can fulfill according to their capacities. As a result, the symposium offers a comprehensive examination of one of the world’s most urgent issues.”

Further information about the symposium participants can be found online at law.wlu.edu/water. For questions about the symposium contact jece@law.wlu.edu.

W&L Athletics: If You Can Play, You Can Play

The Washington and Lee Generals proudly join the effort to support and spread the message of the You Can Play project by embracing and promoting all areas of inclusion and diversity within its athletics program, including sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity and religion.

The Generals’ You Can Play video is an example of the pride that the students have in their school, their teams and their teammates, along with the love and support that they show each other through whatever challenges they face.

Among the sentiments expressed in the video are:

“Everyone is accepted here for who they are, no matter what they believe in, no matter their sexual orientation, no matter what they look like – we all accept you for who you are and if you can play, you can play.” – Jok Asiyo ’16, Men’s Basketball

“What earns my respect is someone who is not afraid to be themselves, but also not afraid to stand up for others.” – Lindsay DeMuth ‘17, Women’s Lacrosse

“We love each other regardless of who we are, we are all there for each other all the time and it doesn’t make a difference, your sexual orientation, we don’t look at that. We see you as a teammate and we love you for who you are.” – Tommy Thetford ‘18, Swimming

Washington and Lee supports 24 varsity athletics teams featuring more than 480 student-athletes. The Generals are a member of the NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and they have maintained a tradition of success on the field, having claimed the ODAC’s Commissioner’s Cup as the top overall athletic program in the conference 18 of the 20 years it has been presented.

“At W&L, the entire campus works to let students know we welcome them and accept them for who they are. That same message is true in athletics,” said Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn. “We want student athletes to feel free to be themselves, and know that we accept and respect them for exactly who they are and what they add to our teams.”

Founded in 1749, W&L is among the oldest Universities in the United States, and is a school that is rooted in a variety of traditions among them the Honor System and a top-notch athletics program. The Honor System has as its central theme that all students behave honorably in all they do.

To that end, Washington and Lee students embrace and promote inclusion in the student body and especially within the department of athletics, where being part of a team means embracing everyone towards the achievement of one common goal – to be the best you can be. At W&L, if You Can Play, You Can Play!


Paying it Forward

Kendré Barnes, a 2013 graduate of Washington and Lee University, is living and teaching English in David, Panama, as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at La Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui. She chose Panama for a variety of reasons. “I have a particular academic interest in questions concerning race, identity, poverty and the experience of diaspora and marginalized communities in the literature of the Spanish-speaking world. Panama seemed like the perfect place for me to pursue my intellectual interests while gaining teaching experience.”

She’s met a number of Panamanian students in her Intensive Reading course who have overcome steep socio-economic hardships to continue their studies. Many come from the Ngobe-Bugle ethnic community and live in the comarca, Indian reservations where quality of life, access to education and overall development outcomes are very low.

Their struggles have motivated her to start an Indigogo fundraiser to help them with a few bare necessities, such as textbooks, transportation, matriculation fees and meals.

She said, “In a globalized society, English is, for many people, the language of opportunity.” Her students “are determined to take their knowledge of the English language back to the comarca in an effort to prepare the next generation of their community with the skills to compete and thrive today, while maintaining the integrity of their traditions, visions and dreams.”

She added, “I personally know the importance of financial support in one’s academic career: from 2009 until 2015, I have been blessed with the opportunity to study, volunteer, teach and sing abroad thanks to the financial support and donations of many kind and generous benefactors who were willing to take a chance on my potential. I would not be where I am without their support.”


Sally Stone Richmond Named Next VP for Admissions and Financial Aid at Washington and Lee

Sally Stone Richmond, dean of admission at Occidental College in Los Angeles, has been named the next vice president for admissions and financial aid at Washington and Lee University.

A Virginia native, Richmond previously served in admissions positions at Davidson College, her alma mater, and taught and worked in college counseling at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. She holds a master of education degree from Harvard University.

Richmond will succeed Bill Hartog, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year after 44 years of admissions work, 37 of them as W&L’s chief admissions officer. She was chosen after an extensive national search chaired by Sidney Evans, W&L’s vice president for student affairs.

“Sally’s extensive experience and success in her previous positions ensure she will build upon W&L’s existing strengths, while preparing us for the opportunities and challenges facing us in the future,” said W&L President Ken Ruscio.

Richmond said she is “humbled by the opportunity to return to my home state to join the Washington and Lee family.”

“The university’s impressive enrollment initiatives, notably the Johnson Scholarship and W&L Promise, reflect the institution’s commitment to addressing a critical issue in American higher education — accessing and affording an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience,” she said. “Further, the community’s sincerity, ambition and integrity inspire me.

“I am convinced that a liberal arts education is essential in our increasingly complex and multinational world,” Richmond said, “and I look forward to joining the efforts to introduce W&L’s transformative experience to future generations.”

Richmond joined Occidental as associate dean of admission in 2006. She was subsequently promoted to director in 2010 and dean in 2012. As a member of the senior admission and financial aid leadership team, she worked in close consultation with the division’s vice president and other senior staff to produce the most diverse classes in the college’s recent history.

Her accomplishments there have included implementation of Occidental’s first student recruitment management system; re-envisioning the campus visit program; orchestrating a multi-stage application evaluation system; and shifting work flow from individual tasks to a team approach toward all major admission initiatives.

Richmond oversaw her division’s integration of social media, management of vendors, creation of a marketing plan and collaboration with the campus web team and communications office. She was responsible for all facets of recruitment in several major markets, including evaluating applications, rendering admission decisions and awarding merit scholarships within the overall applicant pool of 6,000.

Within the college, she was a member of the financial aid appeals committee and residential life task force, and she championed an annual college admission and financial aid workshop for faculty and staff. Professionally, she has been a presenter and panelist at conferences held by the College Board Western Region Enrollment Leadership Academy and the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, and she has been a guest speaker at high school college nights across the country. Her community activities include serving as a PTA volunteer and board member, on Occidental’s child development center board, on the Coca-Cola Scholarship selection committee, on Davidson’s alumni executive committee, and with the joint girls’ mentoring program of Harvard GSE and the Cambridge (Massachusetts) public schools.

Before joining Occidental, Richmond was associate dean of admission and financial aid at Davidson College, one of three members of the office leadership team responsible for meeting enrollment goals, increasing selectivity, administering a select group of merit scholarships and meeting 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need. She revitalized Davidson’s Alumni Recruitment Team, recruiting more than 100 members.

As associate director of college counseling and faculty member at Episcopal High School, Richmond coordinated the college application process for some 80 juniors and seniors, including individual counseling, writing letters of recommendation and hosting visits from nearly 100 selective colleges each year. She also taught one section of Advanced Placement U.S. government and one of U.S. history. Additionally she coordinated a longitudinal research and consulting project on coeducation and gender relations and managed a girls’ residence hall.

Richmond began her career as an admission counselor at Davidson, rising to assistant dean, coordinating all merit scholarship programs among the advancement, athletics and admission offices. She then served a year as a research assistant with the American Political Science Association’s Women’s Caucus for Political Science, where she compiled archives and wrote a comprehensive history of the caucus for its 30th anniversary presentation.


Four W&L Students to Compete in Ethics Bowl Feb. 8-9

Four Washington and Lee students will compete in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ 16th annual statewide collegiate Ethics Bowl, sponsored by Wells Fargo, February 8-9, at Marymount University in Arlington.

W&L’s team of seniors Cynthia Lam and Connor Perkins and juniors Edward Corcoran and Austin Peterson will discuss and debate case studies of ethical dilemmas with teams representing 14 other Virginia independent colleges and universities. James Mahon, professor of philosophy, serves as their faculty coordinator.

Business, legal, education, finance, journalism and other leaders will observe the teams’ presentations and discussions and offer their reactions. First- and second-place teams will be selected, but the overarching purpose of the Ethics Bowl is student learning and networking. Former CBS News reporter and W&L alumnus Roger Mudd ’50 helped establish the Ethics Bowl and serves on VFIC’s board.

The event takes place at Marymount’s Rowley Hall, with an opening session Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m. First and second round matches will follow. Rounds 3 and 4 are scheduled for Feb. 9, beginning at 8:45 a.m. A final round between the two top-rated teams will take place at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited and admission is free.

Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading independent Virginia colleges and universities: Bridgewater, Emory & Henry, Hampden-Sydney, Hollins, Lynchburg, Mary Baldwin, Marymount, Randolph, Randolph-Macon, Roanoke, Shenandoah, Sweet Briar, Richmond, Virginia Wesleyan and Washington and Lee University. For additional information, visit www.vfic.org.

W&L to Host Millennial Prison Reform Kickstart Event on Feb. 5

Washington and Lee University will host a Millennial Prison Reform Kickstart event, “Look Behind the Wall of Incarceration in America,” on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5:00 p.m., in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability and StrongReturns.org, is designed to build a bridge between the campus and prison communities through encounters with the prison system and the individuals affected by it.

The evening will feature a video interview with Bill Smith, a formerly incarcerated individual from the Lexington community, as well as remarks from Strong Returns co-founders Pete Davis and Scott Johnston, W&L professors Caleb Dance and Kelly Brotzman, Strong Returns student ambassadors Emma Swabb and Brett Bauer and Gary Wilson of Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), an organization that provides reentry services to incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders.

“It’s an unfortunate reality that many students here are in no way connected to the greater Lexington and Rockbridge community, especially to our most disadvantaged members,” said Swabb. “It’s often hard to convince people why they should care about prisons and the individuals in them, but I think hearing Bill’s truly inspirational, honest story will help open some eyes and some hearts, and help people realize that our criminal justice system and issues surrounding it, such as addiction and poverty, touch the lives of people all around us every day.”

The event will conclude with a panel discussion on prison reform featuring Bill, Brotzman and Wilson, as well as Lynn Murphey, of Blue Ridge Court Services, Mary Reinman, of the Virginia Department of Corrections and Sam Coles, of the Total Action for Progress Virginia CARES Program.

StrongReturns.org is an organization working to make prison reform the millennial generation’s issue in the 2016 elections, joined by ex-prisoners, reentry experts, prison reform organizations, prison system scholars and student advocates. Bauer chose to join the organization as a student ambassador because he believes that prison reform is a pressing issue that needs more attention.

“After spending my Shepherd Internship with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and writing my poverty thesis on mass incarceration, I consider myself well versed in the area of prison reform,” he said. “Having witnessed many of the problems and flaws within the criminal justice system firsthand, I believe this must become a central issue in the 2016 political cycle.”

An Urban Legend

While all eyes were focused on the Super Bowl this past weekend, James Urban, a 1996 graduate of Washington and Lee University and the Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach, was involved with a more modest sporting event.

On Saturday, he attended the Trinity High School (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania) Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony, where he was one of 44 individuals inducted into the inaugural class.

James, who was captain of the W&L football team, said in an interview with The Patriot-News, “The inaugural class is a very special thing. I’m very proud of Trinity High School and what it’s meant to me and my wife, Patrice (also a Trinity High School alum).” He added, “It’s such a rich history at Trinity. I’m honored and humbled that I was considered for the first class.”

This weekend, however, was not just a celebration of his high school football career. Patrice’s brother, Dan Waeger, was inducted into the Hall of Fame, as well. Dan, who was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 22, was honored for his work with young adults (18-35) who have cancer. He founded the National Collegiate Cancer Foundation, which distributes financial assistance to those pursuing higher education throughout their treatment. He also worked as a development manager for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and volunteered with the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Although Dan died in 2009, his foundation continues to assist hundreds of students each year. James is a long-time member of the board, and he noted, “We just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Waeger C.U.P. golf tournament, started by our friends to raise money. We’re so proud of what he accomplished.”

James started his coaching career at Clarion University before joining Al Bagnoli’s staff at the University of Pennsylvania. He then worked for the Philadelphia Eagles as a quarterback coach to Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick before making the switch to his current position.


Myrlie Evers-Williams to Speak during African American History Month on Feb. 10

Myrlie Evers-Williams, author, civil rights activist and past chair of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will be the keynote speaker for African American History Month at Washington and Lee University. Her talk will be Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with a reception to follow.

The title of Evers-Williams talk is “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Their Voices, Our Journey.” It is free and open to the public.

Evers-Williams was the first female to chair the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. She helped the NAACP at a time of debt and poor image from a scandal involving former executive director Benjamin Chavis’s use of funds to get rid of a sexual harassment lawsuit. Her frankness and optimism helped the organization begin anew.

She met Medgar Evers, then Mississippi state field secretary for the NAACP, when they were in college. They worked to organize voter-registration drives and civil rights demonstrations. In 1963, Evers was shot by a sniper in front of their home.

Evers-Williams earned her bachelor’s degree at Pomona College and in 1967, she co-wrote a book about her murdered husband, “For Us, the Living.” She continued to make numerous personal appearances on behalf of the NAACP.

She remained active in civil rights work and politics, running unsuccessfully for Congress in 1970 and serving as commissioner of public works for Los Angeles in 1987. She also worked for an advertising agency, and she was the director of community affairs for a Los Angeles corporation. In 1988, she became the first black woman to be named to the five-member Board of Public Works by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, where she helped oversee a budget of nearly $1 billion.

After her term as NAACP chair ended in 1998, Evers-Williams decided to establish the Medgar Evers Institute to promote education, training and economic development.

In 1999, she published her memoir “Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be,” which charts her journey from being the wife of an activist to becoming a community leader in her own right.

Evers-Williams has continued to preserve the memory of her first husband with one of her latest projects, serving as editor of “The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed through His Writings, Letters and Speeches” (2005).