James Ricks '21 is spending the summer working for The Oda Foundation in Nepal, where he is researching tobacco use and working with children to create a mural that represents health in their town.
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Green was recently interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition for the bicentennial of American poet Walt Whitman’s birth.
The medical researcher travels, teaches and conducts research to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.
We asked professors to share course materials and discussion questions to offer a sneak peek at the breadth of opportunities available during the best term of the year.
Our favorite term is well underway! Here is a glimpse inside some of the many fascinating courses being taught off-campus this year.
Reese is an English major and studio art minor.
Camp’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Discovering Baghdad: How Writing My Father’s Story Took Me to the Tigris.”
Hiromasa says her time at Washington and Lee and various volunteer opportunities she has participated in have prepared her for this next step in her educational journey.
Christopher McCrackin ’20 has won a $34,000 Beinecke Scholarship to help fund his graduate studies.
Hannah Denham '20 and Maya Lora '20 earned awards for their reporting and writing.
Agrippina has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain.
The weekend’s seminar will feature Delia Owens, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel “Where the Crawdads Sing."
The partnership will bring the company’s national tour and on-site workshops to W&L’s campus.
Leah Naomi Green, visiting assistant professor of English at W&L, was selected by Li-Young Lee as the winner of the 2019 Walt Whitman Award.
MaKayla Lorick '19 is collecting oral histories from African-American alumni, faculty and staff as part of a project that aims to include those missing perspectives in Washington and Lee University's history of desegregation and integration.
The title of McMahon’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Brexit on the Border: What We Know and Don’t Know about Irish/UK Relations.”
The title of Barnett’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Lost (And Found Again) in Translation.”
“An Afternoon with Rebecca Traister,” on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, is free and open to the public.
The title of her talk, which is free and open to the public, is "Exile in Memory."
Studying Arabic in Jordan and Lebanon has given Sierra Terrana '20 a new outlook on Islam and the Middle East—one that she hopes to parlay into a legal career.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil will give a public reading from her work on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. in Northen Auditorium.
Beth Staples reinvents W&L's Shenandoah magazine with a commitment to diverse voices and intensive collaboration.
The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for sale following the reading.
Joel Bernstein ’57 brings his passion for Native American art to W&L with a groundbreaking new exhibition.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Fame and Fortune in the Age of Austen."
Friends and classmates of Jeanne de Saussure Smith ’08 have dedicated an E. E. Cummings painting to W&L in her memory.
James Ricks '21 interviews Dr. Jonathan Wortham '04 about his work with the Centers for Disease Control.
The reading will be Oct. 18 at 8:15 p.m. in Northen Auditorium.
Lunch will be served, and the event is free and open to the public; however, RSVP is required by Oct. 22 to email@example.com.
Her latest novel, "The Great Believers," was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction and was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.
A grant from the Endeavor Foundation allowed Midha Ahmad '21 and Sawera Khan '21 to spend the summer in Pakistan, where they compared alternative medicine to traditional treatment.
The Professor Sidney M.B. Coulling ’46 Scholarship Endowment.
Professor Ricardo Wilson's Spring Term class spent 10 days writing short fiction at Skylark Nature Preserve and Lodge in Raphine.
The spring issue announces the retirement of R.T. Smith and the hiring of new editor Beth Staples.
Shapley Davis '18 produced and premiered his own short film, and he hopes to continue making films as he heads off to USC's film school after graduation.
ODK inducted four honorary and seven student initiates
This reading is sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment and is free and open to the public.
Reese and two friends brought the First-Generation Low-Income Partnership to W&L, where it provides resources and a voice for students.
A reception and book sale will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.
Tom Wolfe '51 will be in attendance.
Smith has edited Shenandoah since 1995 and received a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Arts Award for publishing excellence.
“The Goddess Diaries” is an ongoing theatrical production featuring true-life stories of women.
Gay’s poetry often explores questions of race, as well as his symbiotic passions for gardening and community activism.
Bell is an old-time musician and square dance caller, as well as a poet.
Taylor is the author of two collections of poetry and a chapbook.
Washington and Lee's Special Collections contains a rare volume of poetry by Wheatley, the first published African-American poet.
The British author will deliver the lecture, titled “The Word-Hoard: A Counter-Desecration Phrasebook for The Anthropocene.”
Wheeler will read from her poetry chapbook, “Propagation,” while Senechal De La Roche will read from her poetry collection “Blind Flowers.”
Suzanne Keen, dean of the College and Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, has been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. She will begin her new role on July 1, 2018.
Chris Gavaler discussed the paper he co-authored with professor Dan Johnson, The Genre Effect, with The Guardian.
The best place to research your thesis? Some would say the library, but for Jacqueline Moruzzi '18 that place is the Cambridge University's Medieval Studies Summer Program.
This is Brodie’s third writer’s fellowship this year.
Emily St. John Mandel will read from her most recent book, “Station Eleven.”
Danielle Hughson's honors thesis will be focused on male editorial control and how it affects female writers, within a familial and patriarchal context.
Washington and Lee Spanish professor Seth Michelson has compiled a book of poems written by incarcerated undocumented teens and translated by some of his students and him.
Four Martin Luther tracts housed in W&L's Special Collections were fully restored in time for the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.
Each year Appalachian State honors distinguished undergraduate or graduate alumni from a department within the college.
Vishnuvajjala’s talk is titled “Arthurian Authority: Face-to-Face With the King.”
Huntley taught at Washington and Lee University for 32 years until his retirement in 1994.
W&L's Marc Conner co-chaired a conference on Ellison at the University of Oxford.
Hannah Palmatary '18 spent the summer discovering the ancient ruins of Greece, as well as her own talent and passion for creative writing.
Stewart’s talk will include readings from her poetry collection “Cinder.”
The prize is presented by The Missouri Review for the best short story chosen from their four issues published in the last year.
Through numerous clubs, her classwork and her peers, JoAnn Michel '18 has found a place to grow at W&L.
This summer, Allison Jue '20 dove into the books to learn more about the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and the second Earl of Essex.
This lecture is part of the Alumni College's summer program, "The Ireland of Yeats and Joyce."
Elena Diller '17 and Caroline Todd '17 saw a need for more perspective in academics — so they got to work.
Amirah S. Ndam Njoya ‘17 believes leadership, travelling, service, and scholarship are all vital parts of the W&L experience.
“Duet” is about mountain dulcimer players Jean and Bayliss Ritchie, of Viper, Kentucky, and will be on the website Poetry Daily on May 20
The life mask is perhaps the single most valuable item in a collection of more than 1,000 Dickey items in W&L Special Collections.
WDBJ-7 interviewed Dana Gary '18 and Austin Frank '17 about student-run label Friday Underground Records.
Briggs will speak on “James Dickey and ‘Life’: How Poems Are Made.”
Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street will hold a joint reading and talk on ecological approaches to poetry.
Washington and Lee will host a reception celebrating Paqui Toscano's selection as a Rhodes Scholar on Friday, March 17, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Commons Living Room.
Dana Gary, whose first EP is recorded, produced and publicized by a student-run record label, will present songs at SSA.
An opinion piece by Chris Gavaler, assistant professor of English, appeared in the Mar. 5 2017 edition of the Roanoke Times.
Washington and Lee University has named Marc C. Conner as provost. Conner, the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee Professor of English, has been serving as W&L’s interim provost since January 2016.
R.T. Smith, editor of Shenandoah and the Writer in Residence at W&L, will have his poem, “Maricon,” featured in The Best American Poetry 2017.
Alvin Carl Hollingsworth was a leading African-American artist whose works can be seen in W&L's Leyburn Library.
Professors Marc Conner and Lucas Morel will present the John Chavis Lecture in African-American Studies, titled "The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the 21st Century."
Dr. Mark Rankin, associate professor of English at James Madison University, will give a public lecture on "The Illustrations of Foxe's ‘Book of Martyrs’ and their Publishing History."
Michael Hill, associate professor of English at the University of Iowa, will deliver a public lecture on “‘American Dreamin’: Adolescence in the Black Imagination.”
Poet and author Susan Briante will read from “The Market Wonders,” a lyric investigation into the stock market.
Writer Charles Johnson mentioned two members of the Washington and Lee community in a New York Times piece.
W&L's 8th Annual Writer in Residence Poetry Reading will feature John Hoppenthaler and R.T. Smith.
Ward Briggs ’67 has memorialized his longtime friend, writer James Dickey, with a large donation of Dickey materials to Washington and Lee Special Collections.
Pasquale “Paqui” Toscano, a classics and English double major, is Washington and Lee’s 16th Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Trust announced Sunday that Toscano, 22, of Kettering, Ohio, was one of 32 scholars chosen this year. The scholarships, valued at between $50,000 to $200,000, fully fund two to four years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, will speak on “The Passionate Utterance: Black Women’s Literature and Freedom Dreams.”
Gordon Ball, visiting associate professor of English at Washington and Lee, says Bob Dylan's Nobel recognition is "vindication" after Ball nominated the singer-songwriter for the award 15 years in a row.
MK Asante, bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, rapper and professor, will give the Oct. 15 keynote address for the annual Bonner Congress, held this year at Washington and Lee University. The lecture will be at 9 a.m. in Stackhouse Theater and is free and open to the public.
Lara Farina, an associate professor of English at West Virginia University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 27 at 12:15–1:15 p.m. in Hillel House Multipurpose Room 101.
English major Kassie Scott '18 interns for an NGO focused on human rights and gender equality in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Author and poet Erika Meitner will be reading from her work at Washington and Lee University on Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room (room 101).
Nigel Smith, the William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Kiki Martire is an English major with a minor in women's and gender studies from Baltimore, Md. A member of the Class of 2015, she traveled abroad to the South Pacific during her junior year.
Fort Dauphin, Madagascar.
"In my four years here, most of my 'classrooms' were not in a classroom."
"W&L has allowed me to satisfy my need to wander."
Recipients of W&L's Certificate of International Immersion reflect on their experiences abroad.
Kiki Martire '15 studies challenges to women in political leadership in Samoa.
Margaret McClintock is an English major with a minor in art history from Tunica, Miss. A member of the Class of 2015, she has been president of the Panhellenic Council, and Appalachian Adventure Trip leader, a member of the Contact Committee, the Student Faculty Hearing Board, the Student Affairs Committee and Traveller.
"I have been challenged to step outside my comfort zone, encouraged to pursue my passions, and nurtured as a student, a leader and an individual."
Intern at Grow Marketing in San Francisco.
W&L Students Distill Shakespeare Plays to Their Essence.
English and journalism major Sara Korash-Schiff '15 interns in book publishing in Nashville.
Anna DiBenedetto '15 interns at HGTV magazine.
"College is a place where you will grow no matter how you go through it. The only thing you control is who you grow to be."
"W&L has given me the resources and experiences that I need to continue my intellectual, professional, and emotional growth outside of Lexington."
"Creativity has many meanings, but for me and with regards to my college experience, it means the opportunity to shape my own identity."
"At W&L you'll find the support to pursue anything."
"I am where I am because of W&L."
Johnson Opportunity Grant winner gets a taste of state politics the Tennessee State Capitol.
Charles R. Johnson, award-winning philosopher, novelist, essayist, short story writer, and scholar of black American literature and Buddhism, will address Washington and Lee University’s 2016 Fall Convocation at 5:30pm on Wednesday, September 7.
Paqui Toscano, a member of Washington and Lee University’s class of 2017, has been named a national leader of the year by Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society.
Shenandoah: the Washington and Lee University Literary Review has announced its annual prize winners for 2016. The volume 65 winner of the $1,000 James Boatwright Poetry Prize is David Wojahn, who teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University, for his poem “A Briefe Historie of the Noose in the Colonie of Virginia.”
Matthew Neill Null, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2006, will soon be practicing his craft — fiction writing — in Rome. Last month he won the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
A new Spring Term class has an English professor and an art professor teaming up to guide students through writing and illustrating a comic book.
Jess Quinlan of Staunton, Virginia, is the winner of the annual Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets offered by Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review for the best poem entered by a Virginia poet.
Author Clyde Edgerton, the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will give a presentation at Washington and Lee University on May 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium.
"Ginsberg and Beat Fellows: Photographs 1969-1997,” an exhibit of photographs taken by Gordon Ball, visiting associate professor of English, will be on display from May 4–July 13 in Leyburn Library’s Main Floor Exhibit Space at Washington and Lee University.
Deborah Miranda, the John Lucian Smith Term Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, will moderate a discussion on Native American literature at the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, in Washington, D.C., on May 10.
A dance choreographed by Jenefer Davies, associate professor of dance/theater, will be performed at the Richmond Dance Festival (RDF) this weekend and will include two W&L student dancers.
Pasquale S. Toscano, of Kettering, Ohio, an English and classics double major at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Washington and Lee University’s Staniar Gallery, in conjunction with the Departments of English, History, and Art and Art History, will present an exhibition of original prints and reproductions from the collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.
Quentin Skinner, the Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London and an intellectual historian, will give two lectures at Washington and Lee University on April 4 and April 6. W&L’s Mudd Center is sponsoring both talks.
It’s March, and that means it’s time for the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville — and for two members of the Washington and Lee University literary community to shine.
The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University will induct new members into the prestigious academic honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on Sunday, March 13, at 3 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
Chris Gavaler, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, and Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at W&L, will discuss their latest books on March 15 at 5 p.m. in the Book Nook in Washington and Lee University’s Leyburn Library.
Sidney Mathias Baxter Coulling III, the S. Blount Mason Jr. Professor of English Emeritus at Washington and Lee University, died on Feb. 22, 2016, at Kendal at Lexington. He had celebrated his 92nd birthday earlier this month.
Katharine Maus, the James Branch Cabell Professor of English at the University of Virginia, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillel House, room 101.
Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review is looking for Virginia poets to submit their work for the 2016 Graybeal-Gowen Prize. This annual prize awards $500 to a writer born in Virginia, with current residence in Virginia or one who lived in Virginia for what they consider a substantial amount of time.
Claudia Rankine, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English at the University of Southern California, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Jan. 20, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
Chris Gavaler, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, has published “On the Origin of Superheroes: From the Big Bang to Action Comics No. 1” (University of Iowa Press).
The three-night run of “Dancers Create…” on Dec. 9, 10 and 11 continues Washington and Lee’s year-long celebration of the 400 years of Shakespeare in theatre, music, dance, art and scholarship.
Washington and Lee University’s Glasgow Endowment will sponsor a public reading by fiction writer Matthew Neill Null on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, has published her fourth full-length collection of poetry, “Radioland” (Barrow Street Press).
Philip Fisher, the Felice Crowl Reid Professor of English at Harvard University, will lecture as part of the Questioning Passion series at Washington and Lee University on Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
"I have come to love W&L for . . . the people I have met here and the sense of community we have fostered together."
R.T. Smith, the award-winning author and editor of “Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review,” has published a new work of fiction, “Chinquapins” (Fiction Southeast).
"I have been given incredible opportunities to embrace all that W&L has to offer."
"I had been drawn to W&L by the wide array of courses I would be compelled to take, but was hardly aware of how they could help my desired profession."
James Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will give the Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. His appearance at W&L is sponsored by the English Department and Shakespeare 2016!
Washington and Lee University’s Glasgow Endowment and “Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review” will present a reading by editor and poet William Wright of Marietta, Georgia, on Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Hillel House on the W&L campus.
Ben Crystal, British actor and producer, will give the opening lecture as part of Washington and Lee University’s Shakespeare 2016! on Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. His talk is free and open to the public.
The three-night run of “Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief” Oct. 11–13 kicks off Shakespeare 2016!, Washington and Lee’s year-long celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare in theater, music, dance, art and scholarship.
Deborah Miranda, the John Lucian Smith Professor of English at Washington and Lee, will be talking about her new book, “Raised by Humans” on Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. in Leyburn Library’s Book Nook. “Raised by Humans” was published in April, 2015.
During Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., he held a mass on Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C., to canonize the Franciscan friar Junípero Serra as a saint.
What can you do with an English major from Washington and Lee University? Ben Oddo and Morey Hill, 2012 graduates of W&L, have put their skill with words to use as hosts of a new late-night-talk-show at Centennial Park Black Box Theatre, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Congratulations to Suzanne Keen, dean of the College and the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee University. Her 2014 book “Thomas Hardy’s Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy’s Imagination” (Ohio State University Press) has landed on the short list for the prestigious Christian Gauss Award, given by the Phi Beta Kappa Society to books of literary scholarship or criticism.
The annual winners of “Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review’s” literary prizes in prose are Ashley Davidson’s “A Daring Undertaking” for the “Shenandoah” Fiction Prize and Clinton Crocket Peters’s “Going to a Burn” for the Tom Carter Nonfiction Prize. The winner of the James Boatwright Prize for Poetry is Jane Fuller’s “Conversation with Two-Time All Mid-American Conference Relief Pitcher Douglas Dean Stackhouse on Winning, Losing and Learning to Fiddle.”
“May Apples” by Ellen Birkett Morris of Louisville, Kentucky, won the 2015 Bevel Summers Contest for the short short story, which was sponsored by “Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review.”
Washington and Lee University has received project grants totaling $950,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — one to develop new methods of teaching the humanities using technology and another to study how the lessons of history help us interpret contemporary issues.
“Juliana, 1803” by Deborah Miranda, the John Lucian Smith Term Professor of English at Washington and Lee, is the featured poem of the week on the website of West Trestle Review.
Two seniors at Washington and Lee University have each received a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant. While a W&L senior has won this award each year since its inception, “this is a rare result in the competition and speaks to the quality of both proposals,” said Larry Boetsch, director of international education at W&L.
Washington and Lee University senior Naphtali Rivkin, of Teaneck, New Jersey, has received a Fulbright research grant to Latvia for his project “Anecdotes of Bravery: An Oral History of Latvia’s Popular Front.”
Genelle Gertz, associate professor of English and Writing Program director at Washington and Lee University, has received a short-term fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library to conduct research and write during the 2015-2016 academic year.
A year ago, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1996, received a commission to write a poem inspired by the artist Jacob Lawrence's "Great Migration Series," now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) through September. His paintings cover lynchings, voter rights, riots in St. Louis and the incarceration of black men.
Over the years, Jeffrey Lee and his wife, Ann Martin, have amassed more than 32,000 volumes, centering the collection on Western land, history, industry, writers and peoples. Why? Because they wanted to create a haven for readers like the residential library they once visited in Wales.
Studio art and English major Alee Johnson '15 interns for the non-profit Live Like Jack Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Shakespeare 2016! a year-long celebration of William Shakespeare's legacy, will be observed at Washington and Lee University with a full academic year of special events, performances, public lectures and courses at Washington and Lee University.
The spring issue of Shenandoah: the Washington and Lee University Review, Vol. 64, No. 2, is now available at shenandoahliterary.org. Each issue of the journal contains short stories, flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, reviews and interviews and invites reader participation.
Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward, the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University, will present the keynote address at Washington and Lee University's annual Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar, "Memory and Imagination: Salvaging the News in 'Salvage the Bones' '' on April 10, at 4:00 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
Kellie Robertson, associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 31, at 5 p.m. in the Hillel House. This is the new date, time and place of her lecture which was canceled due to snow.
Washington and Lee University's Glasgow Endowment will sponsor a reading featuring authors Evie Shockley, Asali Solomon and Helena Maria Viramontes on March 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Jackson's concluding film in his Hobbit trilogy is a fitting conclusion to the way he has conceived and rendered J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel.
"Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review" has announced the winner of its three major genre prizes for Volume 63. The prizes in fiction, poetry and non-fiction are given for the best work in each of those genres for a volume year. Each prize is for $1000 dollars.
Author Josip Novakovich, winner of the Whiting Writers Award, will give a talk and reading at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Author and scholar Bruce Holsinger, professor of English at the University of Virginia, will give a Glasgow reading at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
"Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review" is looking for Virginia poets to submit to the 2014 Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. This annual prize awards $500 to a writer born in or with current established residence in Virginia.
Wayne Koestenbaum, American poet, critic, essayist, librettist, novelist and artist, will give the Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Poets Jane Satterfield and Ned Balbo will give a poetry reading at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. They will read from their recent work.
R.T. Smith's new book of poetry, "In the Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems" (Texas Review Press, 2014), reflects the arc of his exploration as a poet for the past 33 years, during which he has been acclaimed as "a 21st-century master" (David Huddle).
In the Ellison Reading Room of the Library of Congress on May 22, W&L professors Marc Conner and Lucas Morel led the library's second Ralph Ellison Seminar for an international cohort of Ellison experts talking about the importance of his writing to 21st-century America.
Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English and dean of the College at Washington and Lee University, has published a new scholarly book: "Thomas Hardy's Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy's Imagination," part of the Theory and Interpretation of Narrative series (Ohio State University Press, 2014).
Marc Conner, Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English and associate provost, discusses the work of the late poet Maya Angelou, her place in American literary history, and her 1999 visit to Washington and Lee.
Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English, added another feather to her cap: the Editors' Prize for "the most inspiring, jarring, outstanding, or just downright brilliant" submission from the journal Switchback, for her poem "Epistolary Art."
"Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir" (Heyday, 2013) by Deborah Miranda, professor of English, has won a gold medal for autobiography/memoir, in the family legacy category, in this year's Independent Publisher Book Awards, or IPPYs.
Washington and Lee University has announced the final round of students who will receive 2014 Johnson Opportunity Grants. The grants cover living, travel and other costs associated with the students' proposed activities, which are designed to help them with their future careers and fields of study.
Author and poet Tim Seibles will be reading from his latest book, "Fast Animal" (2012), on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Poet Anna Lena Phillips will give a reading at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Outing Club Room (room 114), in Elrod Commons. The reading is free and open to the public. She will be reading from her latest work. Phillips is the author of "A Pocket Book […]
The next Writers at Studio Eleven event will be Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Studio Eleven Gallery in Lexington, and after three years of robust and enriching readings, it will be the last event.
The next Writers at Studio Eleven reading series will feature Angie Hogan and Kevin McFadden and will be Monday, Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at the Studio Eleven Gallery in Lexington.
Eric J. Sundquist, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and chair, Department of English at Johns Hopkins University, will give the Shannon-Clark Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Holly Crocker, associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, will give a Medieval & Renaissance Studies Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The title of her talk, which is free and open to the public, is "Grace, Agency and Networks of Virtue: Chaucer's Custance and Late Medieval Saints' Lives."
The next Writers at Studio Eleven reading series will be science fiction and fantasy themed, featuring Sally Rosen Kindred. It will be Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Studio Eleven Gallery in Lexington. The event is free and open to the public.
Washington and Lee alumnus Mike Hughes, of the Class of 1970, died last Sunday (Dec. 15). During the last year of his life, he kept a fascinating blog, which not only featured an autobiographical obituary but also led to a classic W&L story.
Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English, writes about superheroes as role models for terrorists in an op-ed titled "Paul Revere: superhero or terrorist?" in the Roanoke Times on Nov. 30, 2013.
Marc Conner, associate provost and James and Jo Ballengee Professor of English, writes about the limitations of online learning in an op-ed in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Award-winning poet and accomplished librettist Nathalie Anderson will give a reading at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Leyburn Library's Northen Auditorium.
Here's a W&L Halloween tale for you: "Zombies stumble into my class all the time." So writes Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English, in an essay published on Oct. 29 in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
In his inaugural address for the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee 250th Anniversary Professorship, Washington and Lee's Marc Conner presents "The Identities of Ralph Ellison."
Washington and Lee's R.T. Smith remembers Patsy Cline's Lexington days in poetry.
Students readers from Washington and Lee, VMI and Dabney Lancaster will also participate.
Washington and Lee associate provost and English professor will talk on "The Identifies of Ralph Ellison"
Washington and Lee English professor to study work of John Haines.
Blakey Vermeule is an American scholar of 18th-century British literature.
Washington and Lee's Glasgow Endowment will co-sponsor with VMI a public reading by poet Steve Scafidi on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:45 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Washington and Lee Writer-in-Residence R.T. Smith remembers the late Irish poet.
W&L writer-in-residence R. T. Smith has won the 2013 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry awarded each year to a poet with strong connections to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
With a summer research assist from Washington and Lee junior Annie Persons, W&L English professor Lesley Wheeler embarks on a book connecting contemporary poetry and speculative fiction.
Appointment follows a successful year as Interim Dean.
Washington and Lee English professor Lesley Wheeler's recent book has been nominated for the Elgin Award.
Jasmin Darznik was among 79 new Americans who took the citizenship oath at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello on Independence Day.
Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English, writes about the surge of superhero movies since 9/11 in an op-ed titled "Downsizing the super war on war" in the Roanoke Times on June 3, 2013. The terrorist attacks, he writes, are a "transformative accident" that doubled the superhero's powers. Gavaler teaches a Spring Term course on […]
R. T. Smith has been awarded the 2012-2013 Gerald T. Perkoff Prize in Poetry by "The Missouri Review" for his suite of poems, "Mary Lincoln Triptych."
When last we wrote about Rebecca Makkai, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1999, we noted her spot on NPR's "This American Life" and her first novel, "The Borrower." Now she's published a delightful blog over at Ploughshares, a literary magazine from Boston's Emerson College.
Kendré Barnes and Wayde Marsh, 2013 graduates of Washington and Lee University, have been named this year's winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion.
A fine-press, limited-edition collection of six short stories by Barry Lopez, the prize-winning American author, essayist and fiction writer, features an introduction by Jim Warren, the S. Blount Mason Jr. Professor of English at Washington and Lee.
Washington and Lee University senior Kendré Barnes, of Omaha, Neb., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Panama.
Washington and Lee University has announced new appointments in the University administration. Elizabeth Knapp, associate provost and associate professor of geology, will become senior assistant to the president and director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity. Marc Conner, the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee Professor of English, head of the English Department and director of Spring Term, will become associate provost.
The Medieval Renaissance Studies program at Washington and Lee is sponsoring "Commedia Meets Hamlet!? A Really Dumb Show" on Friday, May 3.
A group of faculty and staff at Washington and Lee is focused on promoting the digital humanities at the University.
"My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer," the new book by Washington and Lee alumnus Christian Wiman, of the Class of 1988, was released earlier this month and has been garnering lots of attention in the press.
Marc Conner, the Ballangee Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, discussed the relevance of Shakespeare's works to our lives today in a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee Literary Review has announced prizes given for the best short story, essay and poem in a volume year.
Washington and Lee University senior Max Chapnick of White Plains, N.Y., has received a Creative Writing/Arts Fulbright grant to New Zealand and to the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, following his graduation in May.
Richard P. “Duke” Cancelmo Jr., a partner with Bridgeway Capital, will be the final speaker in Washington and Lee’s yearlong “Questioning the Good Life” interdisciplinary seminar series on Thursday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater of Elrod Commons.
University of Notre Dame English professor Laura Dassow Walls will give the Shannon-Clark lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, March 28, at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Three members of Washington and Lee’s English department will be featured at the 19th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book, produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Deb Margolin, playwright, performance artist and Yale University professor of theater studies, will perform her most recent play on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater.
Fiction writer Danielle Evans will give a reading at Washington and Lee University on Monday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Writers at Studio 11 reading series will feature authors Leah Naomi Green and John Casteen on Monday, March 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Studio 11 Gallery in Lexington.
Shenandoah, the Washington and Lee University Review, will be accepting entries of short short stories for the annual Bevel Summers Prize from March 13 to March 31.
A new book by Washington and Lee University English professor Deborah Miranda's new book is both a tribal history of California Indians and a memoir of her own family's experiences.
Washington and Lee University’s 4th annual Writer-in-Residence Reading, featuring R.T. Smith, Lesley Wheeler and Chris Gavaler, will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in the Leyburn Library.
In his new book of poetry, "The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O'Connor," R.T. Smith gives voice to, if not the actual O'Connor, then a possible O'Connor or even a probable O'Connor.
Edward Adams, professor of English at Washington and Lee, has been awarded the 2013 Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Award by the International Society for the Study of Narrative for his book, "Liberal Epic: The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill."
Washington and Lee English professor Chris Gavaler is featured on the latest Mugglenet Academic podcast.
Jasmin Darznik, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, has received a 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Darznik won a Rising Star Award, which goes to assistant professors who have been teaching six years or less.
Domnica Radulescu, professor of Romance languages at Washington and Lee University, will give the Edwin A. Morris Professorship Inaugural Lecture on Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
Washington and Lee English professor Lesley Wheeler and two W&L seniors served as guest editors of a special edition of "Shenandoah."
Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University will address Washington and Lee University’s Founders’ Day / ODK Convocation on Jan. 19, 2013.
Washington and Lee University students Rachel Urban and Daniel Raubolt were recognized as the Generals of the Month for December during a presentation on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Writers at Studio 11 reading series features author Paul Hanstedt reading from his new book, “Hong Konged,” on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Studio 11 Gallery.
Ann Fisher-Wirth, poet, author and scholar, will give a Glasgow Endowment-sponsored reading on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillel House at Washington and Lee University.
Washington and Lee's English department uses social media to stage a poetry writing contest.
Lev Grossman, The New York Times bestselling novelist and Time magazine book critic, will present a reading at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Genelle Gertz, associate professor of English at Washington and Lee, has just published "Heresy Trials and English Women Writers, 1400-1670."
Southwest Virginia native David Huddle will be reading from his poetry and fiction at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
"Mortify Our Wolves," Washington and Lee alumnus Christian Wiman's essay in The American Scholar, is subtitled "The struggle back to life and faith in the face of pain and the certainty of death."
Eric Wilson, Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University, will be the second speaker in Washington and Lee’s year-long “Questioning the Good Life” interdisciplinary seminar series.
Writers at Studio 11 reading series will present poet, author and scholar Ann Fisher-Wirth on Monday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Studio 11 Gallery.
David H. Sylvester, author of Traveling at the Speed of Life, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
David Carr, media and culture columnist at The New York Times, will present the keynote address of the 54th Institute on Ethics in Journalism at Washington and Lee University on Friday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
Lee Chapel and Museum presents Remembering Robert E. Lee with a speech by Jeffry D. Wert, noted author and Civil War scholar, on Monday, Oct. 8, at 12:15 p.m. in the Lee Chapel Auditorium.
Washington and Lee University students Rachel Pityk, Joni Deutsch and Taylor Gilfillan will be recognized as Generals of the Month for September.
Washington and Lee professors Laura Brodie and Lesley Wheeler will read from their works at Studio 11 in Lexington on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m.
Declan Kiberd, the Keough Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will give the Shannon Clark lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Carol Graham, College Park Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, will open Washington and Lee's seminar series, "Question the Good Life," with a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. The title of the speech, which is open to the public, is “Happiness around the World: Happy Peasants, Miserable Millionaires, and Questions for Policy.”
In an essay for the New York Times' Opinionator blog, Jasmin Darznik, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee, writes about her family's "cluttered, makeshift Iranian house" in California.
The Amazing Spider-Man turns 50 this month, and Chris Gavaler believes the superhero’s abiding popularity can be traced to his origins as, well, a jerk.
Washington and Lee University, in collaboration with Union College, of New York, and Gettysburg College, of Pennsylvania, has received a $230,000 grant over 25 months from the Teagle Foundation, of Philadelphia, to improve learning outcomes on their respective campuses.
"All the Truth," a novel by Laura Brodie, visiting professor of English at Washington and Lee, will be published on Tuesday (July 3) by Penguin's Berkley Books.
Washington and Lee University has promoted eight members of its faculty to full professor, while granting tenure to 14 faculty members who were promoted to associate professor.
Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, reflects on the death of Ray Bradbury in an essay that first appeared in the Roanoke Times.
Thirteen members of the Washington and Lee University faculty have been named to endowed professorships— two each in the School of Law and the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, and nine in the College. W&L currently has 45 endowed full professorships and 10 term professorships, which recognize worthy teachers who have made meaningful […]
As part of his senior thesis in English, Henri Hammond-Paul of Washington and Lee's Class of 2012 conceived and created a Thoreau-like cabin near the campus.
Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, discussed the impact of the Harry Potter series on today's students during an appearance on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show, on Monday, June 4. Suzanne is the author of "Empathy and the Novel" (Oxford University Press) and specializes in contemporary […]
It's been a banner month for Jasmin Darznik, assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee. Just after her memoir, "The Good Daughter," was nominated for two prestigious awards, Jasmin published a piece, "No Place Is Home," in Sunday's New York Times. She writes about her two-year exile from the United States after a run-in with […]
Washington and Lee English professor Jasmin Darznik's celebrated memoir, "The Good Daughter," is a candidate for the Library of Virginia's People's Choice Award for Nonfiction. And even more recently, she received word that the book is on the short list for the 2012 Saroyan Prize for Nonfiction, too. That award is intended to encourage new or […]
As part of their Spring Term class in Poetic Forms, a group of Washington and Lee students will be spending three hours today (Wednesday, May 9) writing haiku poems on demand for anyone who wants to order one. “We’re deliberately doing this around the time people need to send Mother’s Day cards, but the haikus […]
Washington and Lee University seniors Brandon Allred and Katie Shelor will be recognized at the Generals of the Month presentation on Wednesday, May 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Marketplace in Elrod Commons. This is the final CSS presentation of the academic year. They will begin again monthly in September 2012, for the 2012-2013 year. […]
Students in a Spring Term course in Ireland joined an Irish drum corps to march in the annual Festival of Bealtaine Parade in Dingle, Ireland.
The new anthology "Sovereign Erotics: An Anthology of Two-Spirit Literature," co-edited by Deborah Miranda, associate professor of English at Washington and Lee, has received a Silver Medal from the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The IPPY Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to deserving but often unsung titles from independent authors and publishers. Published by […]
When MuggleNet, the world's No. 1 Harry Potter website, decided to open a new section called MuggleNet Academia and to offer a regular podcast with experts in the study of literature, the organizers made their first call to Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee. Back in February, on the 200th anniversary of Charles […]
Author Robert Sullivan, head of the School of Creative Writing at Manukau Institute of Technology in Manukau City, Auckland, New Zealand, will give a public poetry reading at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room.
A new book co-edited by Deborah Miranda, associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University, is a finalist for three awards.
Regina Schwartz, professor of English and law at Northwestern University, will give the Shannon-Clark lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library.
Colum McCann, winner of the 2009 National Book Award, will present the keynote address, “The Art of Knowing the World,” at Washington and Lee's Tom Wolfe Weekend Seminar on Friday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
Alice Te Punga Somerville from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, will present a talk at Washington and Lee University on Monday, March 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Hill House on the W&L campus. Her talk, titled "'I ain't afraid of no ghost': Women Who Haunt Maori Literary History," will be at the Women's […]
The annual Virginia Festival of the Book begins in Charlottesville today, and, as usual, W&L authors will have a presence. This year, both of them appear on Thursday, March 22. At 4 p.m. on March 22 is Jasmin Darznik, assistant professor of English. She’s presenting a session titled “My Mother’s Hidden Life: Three Generations of Iranian […]
R.T. Smith, editor of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, will present the annual Writer-in-Residence Reading at W&L on Wednesday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillel Multipurpose Room.
Washington and Lee will hold a major symposium on March 16-17 in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the publication of Invisible Man.
Shenandoah:The Washington and Lee University Review, has announced its prize winners for works published in the magazine during 2011-12.
Severn Parker Costin Duvall, the Henry S. Fox Jr. Professor of English Emeritus at Washington and Lee University, died at his home in Lexington on March 2, 2012. He was 87. He served on the W&L faculty for 33 years, from 1962 to 1995.
Playwright C. Rosalind Bell her play, “New Orleans Monologues,” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Washington and Lee's Leyburn Library.
Harry Potter is helping a new generation of college students appreciate the work of Charles Dickens, according to W&L Professor Suzanne Keen.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey will give a reading at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library. She will read from her earlier works and from her forthcoming collection Thrall. Trethewey’s reading is free and open to the public. A book signing will be held […]
Two Washington and Lee University faculty members — James R. Kahn, the John F. Hendon Professor of Economics, and Lesley M. Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Jr. Professor of English — have won Outstanding Faculty Awards from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) for 2012. The award recognizes superior accomplishments in teaching, […]
Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review has named Margaret Mackinnon the winner of the 2011 Graybeal-Gowen Poetry Award for her poem, “Writing on the Window.” The 2011 Graybeal-Gowen Poetry Award, a $500 prize, is awarded to a poet born or living in Virginia. This year’s award was judged by the Poet Laureate of Virginia, […]
Lesley M. Wheeler, professor of English at Washington and Lee University, will give the Henry S. Fox Jr. Professorship Inaugural Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library. Wheeler was named to the professorship at the beginning of this past summer. Wheeler’s illustrated talk, which is free and open […]
Chickasaw poet Linda Hogan, internationally known for her poetry, fiction and environmental writings, will give a free public reading of her work on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room. The reading will be followed by a book signing. Hogan’s two newest books are Rounding the Human Corner (Pulitzer nominee) and People of […]
Washington and Lee University alumna Rebecca Makkai presented the Glasgow Reading at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 26, 2011, when she read from her novel, "The Borrowers." A member of W&L’s class of 1999, Makkai is currently a Montessori school teacher in Chicago. She has had a story published in Best American Short Stories […]
“The Widow’s Season,” by Laura Brodie, visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, has become a surprise hit in Germany. The book, which prominently features places around W&L and Lexington, was published by Berkley Books (part of Penguin Books) in 2009. A German translation was published in the summer of 2010 and […]
Students at Washington and Lee University who are stumped by a math assignment can now seek a solution at the University's new Math Center, where trained tutors will be available for assistance. “This is for any student taking Math 101 or Math 102,” said Alan McRae, professor of mathematics and director of the Math Center. […]
Washington and Lee University alumna Rebecca Makkai will be reading from her first novel, "The Borrower," on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room. The reading will be followed by a book signing and refreshments will be served. The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored […]
Author Terry Tempest Williams, an environmental conservationist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, will give a reading with commentary at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Lee Chapel. It is free and open to the public. The reading will be immediately followed by an audience Q&A with a […]
Virginia writers are invited to participate in the annual Graybeal-Gowen Prize sponsored by Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee Review The contest is open to writers born in or with a current established resident of at least one year in Virginia. The writer who submits the best poem will win the $500 prize. Past winners have […]
At first glance, Room 201 in Payne Hall looks much like it did 100 years ago: slate blackboards, plaster walls, large windows. It's only after you step inside that you notice the recent upgrades, which include central air, overhead projectors, a high-definition ceiling-mounted document camera and a recessed screen. It's also fully wired for Internet […]
When a contributor to the Miller-McCune magazine needed an expert, he knew who to call: Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English and chair of the Department of English at Washington and Lee University. Suzanne is quoted at length in an article titled “Teaching Empathy to the ‘Me’ Generation,” by Eric Leake, a […]