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Stanford Professor Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu to Address W&L’s Phi Beta Kappa Convocation

The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Washington and Lee University will induct new members into the prestigious honor society at the Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation on March 18 at 3 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The keynote speaker will be Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Program in Health and Human Performance. His talk is titled “A Heartful Way of Living with Mindfulness, Compassion and Responsibility.” The convocation is free and open to the public.

Shigematsu is a psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard University and training in clinical and community psychology, yoga, meditation and Chinese medicine. He was a professor of education and at the University of Tokyo and director of its international counseling center. At Stanford University, he co-founded the LifeWorks program in contemplative and integrative education.

Shigematsu has been a teacher and counselor for children and adults in schools and universities in Japan and the U.S., from daycare to medical school. He uses storytelling, both written and oral, to enhance whole-person learning and mindful citizenship.

His research includes fieldwork in Okinawa and other parts of Japan in healing and human development as a Fulbright scholar. His current research is in the assessment of mindfulness in promoting personal well-being, leadership and social transformation.

Shigematsu is the author of books, articles and essays in both English and Japanese, he writes about multicultural perspectives on mindfulness, identity and citizenship. His newest book was published last month and is titled “From Mindfulness to Heartfulness, Transforming Self and Society with Compassion.”

The talk will be streamed at https://livestream.com/wlu/pbk-2018.

At the convocation, the chapter will announce the winner of the Phi Beta Kappa J. Brown Goehring Sophomore Award. The award goes to the student with the highest cumulative scholastic average through the end of the fall term of his or her sophomore year.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Its motto is “Love of learning is the guide of life.”

Class of 2017

  • Samuel Thomas Gibson
  • Corinne Ellen Wood

Class of 2018

  • Parker Elizabeth Burrus
  • Mary-Frances Elizabeth Hall
  • Courtney D. Hauck
  • Caroline Ashmore Holliday
  • Truth Iyiewuare
  • Savannah Lynn Kimble
  • Evan Scott Kueffner
  • Emily Elizabeth Limmer
  • Julie Ruth Malone
  • Alex Meilech
  • Nicolas Howard Peck
  • Mary Elizabeth Silliman
  • Natalie Sloane Smith
  • Emily Cordelia Stewart
  • Thomas Hart Thetford
  • Mara Elizabeth Tynan
  • Katrina Michelle Volk
  • Mary Page Welch
  • Jonathan T. Williams

Class of 2019

  • Hammad Ahmad
  • Ryder Tobin Babik
  • Nathan Brewer
  • Hung Viet Chu
  • Natalie Stefanie Dabrowski
  • Alex Farley
  • Joshua Fox
  • Rossella Ivana Gabriele
  • Margaret Grace Kallus
  • Morgan Maloney
  • Julia Mayol
  • Mary Hampton Brown McNeal
  • Katherine Oakley
  • Kathryn Kalady Osowski
  • Henry Carr Patrick III
  • Justin J. Pedersen
  • Lauren Elizabeth Pupa
  • Jackson Arthur Roberts
  • Lisa Amy Roth
  • Brittany Lynn Smith
  • Mohini Tangri
  • Aidan Patrick Valente

Glasgow Endowment Presents Poetry Reading by Anna Lena Phillips Bell

Anna Lena Phillips Bell

Washington and Lee University presents a poetry reading by  Anna Lena Phillips Bell sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment on March 22 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public, with books for sale following the event.

Bell is an old-time musician and square dance caller, as well as a poet. She is the author of “Ornament,” winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, and “A Pocket Book of Forms.”

The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she teaches at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she is the editor of Ecotone and an editor of Lookout Books.

Find more information on both events here.


Glasgow Endowment Presents Poetry Reading by Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor

Washington and Lee University will present a poetry reading by Tess Taylor on March 27 at 12:15 p.m. in Hillel 101. The reading is sponsored by the Glasglow Endowment and is free and open to the public.

“Tess Taylor’s work will be of strong interest to anyone interested in environmental approaches to writing,” said Lesley Wheeler Henry S. Fox Professor of English. “I’m delighted that she’ll be meeting, as well, with the students in my English capstone seminar on Documentary Poetics.”

Taylor is the author of two collections of poetry and a chapbook. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review and The Times Literary Supplement. She has received awards and fellowships from MacDowell, Headlands Center for the Arts and the International Center for Jefferson Studies. She currently chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle and is the on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Read more about the event here.


W&L Concert Guild Presents Roomful of Teeth Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice.

Roomful of Teeth

The Washington and Lee University Concert Guild presents the eight-voice ensemble, Roomful of Teeth on March 23, at 8 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall.

Founded in 2009, Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions around the world, the ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

The singers utilize Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing in their presentations.

Recent projects include “The Colorado,” a music-driven documentary film that explores water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin. The group also appeared at new music festivals in the U.S., Canada and Sweden. Roomful of Teeth maintains partnerships with nearly two dozen higher education institutions across the country.

Tickets are required and available through the Lenfest Center box office at 540-458-8000 or online. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults $20, Senior Citizens $15, W&L Faculty and Staff $10 and Students $5.


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Virginia Tech Professor to Give Keynote for Mudd Undergraduate Ethics Conference

Daniel Wodak

Daniel Wodak, assistant professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech, is the keynote speaker for Washington and Lee’s Mudd Undergraduate Conference in Ethics. His lecture is March 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillel Multipurpose Room.

Wodak will speak on “Fake News and Echo Chambers.” The keynote and conference are free and open to the public.

Wodak received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2016. He works on ethics, metaethics and the philosophy of law, with a special interest in a range of issues at their intersection.

The Mudd Undergraduate Conference in Ethics is the only open undergraduate conference in the country solely dedicated to the academic study of ethical issues.


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Marlbrook Chamber Players to Perform at Washington and Lee The concert will include works from a wide range of 20th-century composers influenced by the blues, jazz and Broadway.

The Washington and Lee Music Department presents the Marlbrook Chamber Ensemble in Wilson Concert Hall, Lenfest Center for Performing Arts, on March 18, at 3 p.m.

The concert, titled “American Treasures,” will include works from the African-American tradition, as well as a wide range of 20th-century composers influenced by the blues, jazz and Broadway.

The core trio features W&L faculty members Jaime McArdle on violin, Julia Goudimova on cello and pianist Timothy Gaylard. The group has been playing together since 2011.

The program will begin with “Amazing Grace” and “Deep River.” Followed by the “Promenade” and “Prelude No. 2” by George Gershwin.

To celebrate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein, the group will play highlights from his famed musical “West Side Story.”

The concert will also feature a piano trio in a jazz style written by Denny Euprasert, visiting professor of composition and head of the W&L Jazz Ensemble.

Paul Schoenfield’s “Cafe Music” will close the show. The piece was inspired by the composer’s stint playing dinner music at a steakhouse in Minneapolis and exhibits a thoroughly American, vaudevillian style.

You can find more information on the concert here.


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W&L University Orchestra Presents “A Pilgrim Vision”

The Washington and Lee University Orchestra.

The Washington and Lee University Orchestra presents an evening of traditional music from various countries around the world on March 22, at 8 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall, Lenfest Center for Performing Arts.

The concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

The orchestra will perform music by Holst, Husa, Tower and Bernstein alongside a performance of John Alden Carpenter’s “A Pilgrim Vision,” which has not been performed since 1921.

This re-premiere is made possible through collaboration with the College Orchestra Director’s Association and the Library of Congress. Professor Chris Dobbins and Ben Whedon ’18 worked on this forgotten musical score over the summer and you can read the story here.

The performance will be streamed live at https://livestream.com/wlu/a-pilgrim-vision.

Find more information about the performance and future concerts here.



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Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program Presents Talk with Leyla Rouhi

Washington and Lee University will present a lecture by Leyla Rouhi, Preston S. Parish ’41 Third Century Professor of Romance Languages at Williams College, on March 15 at 4 p.m. in Payne Hall 201.

Rouhi’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled “A Radical Reassessment of Accepted Wisdom on Miguel de Cervantes’ Fiction on Islam.”

Rouhi teaches and researches a wide range of topics in the areas of medieval and early modern Mediterranean, particularly Islam and Spain, Cervantes, translation history and theory, and Islam in the European Middle Ages. She also pursues interests in contemporary Iranian culture and politics.

She has served as director of the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College, and in 2010 was named Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.

“Rouhi earned her doctorate at Harvard under the guidance of one of the most prominent Cervantists of his generation, Francisco Márquez Villanueva, and to this day is the most engaging teacher of Cervantes I’ve ever had,” said Elizabeth Spragins, visiting assistant professor of Spanish at W&L. “I still remember an economics professor at Williams telling me as a freshman that he had learned more from an hour’s lecture on ‘Don Quixote’ that Leyla gave than in an entire semester’s course on the text.”

This talk is sponsored in part by W&L’s Middle East and South Asia Studies Program, Romance Languages and Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.

Sree Sreenivasan Keynotes 65th Ethics Institute in Media

Washington and Lee University’s 65th Ethics Institute in Media presents keynote speaker Sree Sreenivasan on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theatre, Elrod Commons. The talk is free and open to the public.

Sreenivasan is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, who works with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives from around the world.

The title of his talk is “Common Sense in Uncommon Times: Lessons for the Digital and Physical Worlds.”

He has served as chief digital officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University, where he was a full-time professor of journalism for more than 20 years. Sreenivasan has taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of BuzzFeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau.

Sreenivasan also had an extensive television career, working as an on-air tech expert for the three largest NYC stations and as a freelance U.S. correspondent for NDTV, India’s most influential network.

In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 Most Influential People in Social Media by the Poynter Institute.

He has a B.A. in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.

The talk will be streamed live online at https://livestream.com/wlu/ethics-sreenivasan.

It is sponsored by the Knight Program in Journalism Ethics and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Collin Glatz ’20 to Participate in German American Exchange Internship Program

Collin Glatz ’20

Collin Glatz, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded the opportunity to participate in the German American Exchange Internship Program (GAE).

The program helps American students secure three-month long business internships in Germany. While there, they can work on their language skills while also gaining a better understanding of Germany’s economic and business role within the European Union. Glatz will be working this summer with Fresenius in Frankfurt.

“Collin Glatz is the ideal student for the GAE internship program,” said Paul Youngman, professor of German. “He combines his deep interest in German language and culture with his computer science major in innovative ways and was, therefore, a very attractive candidate for several multinational corporations in Germany.”

The GAE program is an option for students at Washington and Lee thanks to a partnership agreement between W&L and GAE’s U.S. internship office. Students submit their application materials in the fall and learn whether they’ve been selected for the program by March. The students’ materials are posted to an online portal and German companies who participate in the exchange can opt to interview qualified candidates for summer openings.

For more information about the U.S.-German Internship Program, please contact Professor Paul Youngman.