Professor Melina Bell’s article is titled "John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle and Free Speech: Expanding the Notion of Harm."
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Tanner Hall ‘21 was recently awarded a fellowship to the Center for Arabic Study Abroad program at the American University in Cairo.
On May 23, Chad Thomas’21 will present a graduation piano recital featuring George Gershwin’s monumental work, “Rhapsody in Blue,” and other pieces.
The professor of philosophy emeritus taught at W&L from 1968 to 1996.
Philosophy Professor Melina Bell explains what policies could be adopted to help close the gap.
Studying philosophy and Arabic, traveling to Morocco and Beirut, and working with Professor Anthony Edwards to translate a Beiruti book have helped Tanner Hall '21 understand and appreciate other cultures.
Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg have published “Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith: A Philosophical Account”
Six students from Washington and Lee University participated in The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ 21st annual statewide collegiate Wells Fargo Ethics Bowl in February.
Shaun Soman '17, was appointed assistant news director of WORT, a community radio station in Madison, Wisconsin.
Chaisson’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Cosmic Evolution.”
The duo will be discussing their new book, “Superhero Thought Experiments.”
The event, which is free and open to the public, is titled "The Future of the Amazon Rain Forest."
Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg published “Superhero Thought Experiments.”
The Cape Town Program, a partnership between the Williams School and the Shepherd Program, provides students with an interdisciplinary experience they'll never forget.
Ben Peeples '21 is enjoying a chemistry internship at Brown University while training for the World Canoeing Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.
Luban’s lecture, which is titled "The Ethics of Professional Identities in Law and War,” will explore facets of professional identity.
McGowan’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “The Politics of Sacrificial Enjoyment: Freud and the Death Drive."
The two-day event focused on ethics and social justice issues.
Late professor emeritus Harry Pemberton is the first W&L faculty member to be recognized as an Honored Benefactor.
The panel, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Kavanaugh, SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings, and #whyididntreport.”
Bob Chandler ’92 charts his own course as co-owner of omnichannel retailer Tactics.
The scholarship will be the first awarded in the 2018-19 academic year.
Kathelen and Daniel Amos made the gift in memory of her son, John Kyle Spencer, a 2013 graduate of W&L. Professor Robert Humston (pictured) will be the new director.
Bob Chandler ’92 charted his own course as entrepreneur co-owner of omni-channel retailer Tactics
Her talk is titled "Does it Make Sense to Blame Corporations?"
The title of her talk is “Epistemic Equality as a Condition of Well-Functioning Blame.”
Majo Bustamante '18 was a marketing and communications intern for NASA Automotriz, the company that owns the rights to sell Ford and Volkswagen in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The W&L team will compete head-to-head against other highly qualified student teams from Virginia’s 15 leading independent colleges and universities.
Charles Montgomery, urban design consultant and award-winning journalist, is the fourth speaker in the Questioning Intimacy Series.
Professors share the inspiration for their first-year seminars, and what they hope students will take away.
Quincy Springs '02 is set to open a Chick-fil-A that will also serve up a helping of civil rights history.
Maggie Little, director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) at Georgetown University, will speak on “Research With Pregnant Women: A Moral Imperative.”
As a summer counselor with the nonprofit Camp Fire Alaska, Chase Wonderlic '18 got in touch with his inner child and his adventurous spirit.
The sculptor's latest exhibit runs through Dec. 8 at Davidson College’s Van Every/Smith Galleries.
Scanlon will speak on “Further Reflections on Tolerance (and Some Implications for Immigration).”
Melina Bell discusses “2017’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality in a recent WalletHub article.
Professor Angie Smith's spring term class grapples with the question of just war theory in an age of terrorism.
Zachary Taylor '17 and Austin Piatt '17 believe leadership, collaboration and responsibility are the keys to a successful conference.
Melina Knabe was inspired by her own bilingualism to study the effects of knowing two languages on the brain.
Shaun Soman ’17 has found an unlikely home at Common Ground, an intentional community where he did his environmental service learning placement.
Quincy Springs ’02 didn't think college was in his future — until he spent a summer at W&L.
Three nationally acclaimed journalists will participate in a discussion of the challenges facing the news media in covering the Trump administration.
Sahar Akhtar, assistant professor in the department of philosophy at U.Va., will speak on "Why Religious and Racial Immigration Bans are Wrong."
Meet Lenny Enkhbold '17, a computer scientist with a passion for the outdoors, who isn't afraid to have a good laugh.
Shepherd Intern Zach Taylor explores a holistic approach to middle school education at the Washington Jesuit Academy.
The neuroscience major and philosophy minor will use her $500 research grant to fund her senior honors thesis.
Neeti Nair, associate professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, to speak on "The Historian as Judge: Free Speech Case Laws in Postcolonial India and Pakistan.”
American students traveled abroad with international students for summer projects they created together. .
Philip Kitcher, the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will give a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The title of the lecture is “The Case for Secular Humanism.”
Business administration and philosophy major Gordon McAlister '17 interns on the tech team at Sands Capital Management in Washington, D.C.
Seniors Teddy Corcoran and Stephanie Foster get students from around the country talking about ethics.
"All around me, I was exposed to ideas and opinions I had not considered before."
ODK National Leader of the Year Paqui Toscano talks about his approach to leadership.
"W&L has certainly taught me to expect the unexpected in a community of unique individuals."
"It is the strength of community and society that really makes W&L more than simply another great university."
"My W&L experience is defined by a multitude of activities, academics, and opportunities."
"This university can open many doors for its students, most of them unexpected."
Shepherd Intern Zoe Stein '17 interns with Monster Slayers on the Navajo Nation reservation.
Last year, Lenny Enkhbold, a rising junior at Washington and Lee University, was selected as one of 13 founding members of the Merrell College Ambassadors. His charge was to develop and implement a semester-long strategy to engage campuses and communities in outdoor recreation. With the $1,000 that Merrell provided to W&L’s Outing Club, Lenny created a Merrell nature scholarship.
Susan James, professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College in London, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on April 7 at 5 p.m. in Huntley Hall 221.
The 2016 Mudd Undergraduate Ethics Conference, with keynote address by Matthew Talbert, associate professor of philosophy, West Virginia University (WVU), will be March 5 from 12:45–4:10 p.m. and March 6 from 9 a.m.–12:10 p.m. in the Hillel House, room 101.
Dale Jamieson, professor of environmental studies and philosophy at New York University (N.Y.U.), will lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 17 at 5 p.m. in the Hillel House, room 101.
Mazviita Chirimuuta, assistant professor in history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 4 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Sofia Sequeira works as an intake paralegal for Legal Services NYC, a non-profit organization that offers free legal services to low-income NYC residents.
Lars Svendsen, professor of philosophy at the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway, will lecture on Jan. 14, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons, as part of Washington and Lee University’s year-long Questioning Passion series.
Psychology major Maya Epelbaum worked as an intern at Henry's Fork Foundation in Ashton, Idaho.
Rives Granade, a 2001 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has an exhibition of his work on display at Ochi Projects in Los Angeles through Dec 19.
"Here in Lexington I found a home away from home."
"I have been given incredible opportunities to embrace all that W&L has to offer."
Joseph Carens, professor of political science at the University of Toronto, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
Pia Antolic-Piper, professor of philosophy at James Madison University, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. in Huntley 327.
Melissa S. Lane, the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Barbara Fredrickson, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at UNC, will give the inaugural lecture in the Questioning Passion interdisciplinary seminar series at Washington and Lee.
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.
Tracy Lupher, professor of philosophy and religion at James Madison University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Huntley 327.
Jesse Prinz, a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and director of Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the City University of New York, Graduate Center, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on March 30 at 5 p.m. in the Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
After carefully reviewing the history of Washington and Lee University, the achievement and training of its students in philosophy, and the training and accomplishments of its faculty, the Phi Sigma Tau, an international philosophy honor society for both undergraduate and graduate students, has authorized the establishment of a chapter of the society at Washington and Lee University, to be known as Virginia Mu. Ten members will be initiated on March 5, 2015.
Johannes Bronkhorst, professor emeritus at the University of Lausanne, will deliver the Root Lecture at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The title of Bronkhorst's lecture is "Can Religion Be Explained?" It is free and open to the public.
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.
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.
While Tony Walker '64 visited campus this past fall for his 50th reunion, he stopped by the University's art collection in the Kamen Gallery in the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts. The Western theme struck a chord with him, and he decided to give W&L a contemporary painting of a Western landscape by Vermont-based artist David Brewster.
Tommie Shelby, professor of African and African American studies and professor of philosophy at Harvard University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Phillip A. Goff, associate professor of social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), will be the keynote speaker at the Implicit Bias Mini-Conference at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
Jesmyn Ward, the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor of Creative Writing at Tulane University, will give a public talk at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Center.
Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard University, will give the Mudd Distinguished Lecture in Ethics for 2014-2015 at Washington and Lee University. Ogletree's talk will be Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
To ignite serious inquiry and thoughtful conversation about the complex issue of racial justice in America, the new Mudd Center for Ethics at Washington and Lee University will host a year-long lecture series, "Race and Justice in America."
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.
Dr. Linda Martin Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, will present the Root Lecture for 2014 at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, March 12, at 5:15 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
Tyler Burge, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Los Angeles, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.
Thomas Carlson, religion professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will give a public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium.
Morris Berman, cultural historian and social critic, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. in Leyburn Library's Northen Auditorium. Berman is currently serving as Class of '63 Scholar in Residence.
Washington and Lee University's Department of Philosophy will present a lecture by Chauncey Maher, assistant professor of philosophy at Dickinson College, entitled "Varieties of Minds," at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Huntley Hall 327. Sponsored by the William W. Morton Endowment for Philosophy and Religion, the lecture is free and open to the […]
Jackie Yarbro '15 from Suwanee, Ga., has been selected as the winner of this year's Decade Award. The award is given to a rising junior who has shown involvement and leadership at W&L, and has furthered discussions of women's issues on campus and beyond.
Angela M. Smith, director of the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics and associate professor of philosophy at Washington and Lee University, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct research this summer.
Two Washington and Lee University juniors — Kathryn E. Driest, of Davidson, N.C., and Andrew Seredinski, of Flourtown, Pa. — have received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
Washington and Lee University seniors Alicia Bishop and Scott Diamond were named the Generals of the Month for April.
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.
Angela M. Smith, associate professor of philosophy at Washington and Lee University, has been named the first Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics and the first director of the University's new Roger Mudd Center for Ethics.
Alia Al-Saji, associate professor in the department of philosophy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, March 25, at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Richard J. Davidson of the University of Wisconsin will present the next lecture in Washington and Lee’s yearlong “Questioning the Good Life” interdisciplinary seminar series on March 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater of Elrod Commons.
As the son of one of America's most famous preachers, John S. Peale, of Washington and Lee's Class of 1958, saw a side of his father, the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, that few others ever glimpsed. John has written about his experiences in a new memoir, "Just How Far From the Apple Tree?: A Son […]
Shelly Kagan, the Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on March 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium of Leyburn Library as part of the Living Philosophy Series sponsored by W&L’s Philosophy Department.
Matthew C. Bagger, the Goodwin-Philpott Eminent Scholar in Religion at Auburn University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, March 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Washington and Lee's 2013 VFIC Ethics Bowl team finished second in the 14th annual event this week.
Charles Taylor, emeritus professor of philosophy at McGill University is the third speaker in Washington and Lee University’s year-long “Questioning the Good Life” interdisciplinary seminar series.
Antonia LoLordo, associate professor in the Corcoran Department of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, will give a public lecture on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library as part of the Locke Workshop.
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.
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.”
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.
Washington and Lee University will introduce a new, year-long interdisciplinary seminar series that will examine our national obsession with happiness during the 2012-13 academic year
Matthew J. Lister, a visiting assistant professor at Villanova University School of Law, will give a lecture on Monday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in the Hillel Multipurpose Room. The talk is free and open to the public. The title of Lister’s lecture is “Who Are Refugees?” He will discuss the definition of refugees, what […]
Andy Clark of the University of Edinburgh will lecture on "Messy Minds" as the first visitor in Washington and Lee's new Living Philosopher Series.
Lydia Patton, an assistant professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. in Huntley Hall 327. The lecture is free and open to the public. The title of Patton’s talk is “Kant’s Neglected Anti-metaphysical Arguments.” About her talk Patton says, “Principles, […]
Mark LeBar, associate professor of philosophy at Ohio University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. in Huntley 327. The talk is free and open to the public. The title of LeBar’s lecture is “Eudaimonism and Accountability.” LeBar commented on the abstract of his talk saying, […]
In Swedish author Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium Trilogy, the primary protagonists — computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist — engage in deception on numerous occasions as they deal with psychotic villains and the authorities. Are their actions justified? Can they be excused? Or are some of their activities simply unacceptable, morally or […]
Richard Dien Winfield, Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy, University of Georgia, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Is Phenomenology Necessary as Introduction to Philosophy?” In his talk, Winfield […]
Michael Blake, associate professor of philosophy and public policy at the University of Washington, will give a lecture on Friday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. in Huntley Hall 327 at Washington and Lee University. The title of his talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Equality without Documents: Political Justice and the […]