One of W&L's signature programs, the Washington Spring Term Program introduces students to Capitol Hill, up close and personal.
As a candidate on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, Rush is now eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in over 150 countries globally.
Special Topics in American Politics: Minority Rights and Gerrymandering challenged students to redraw the Virginia House and Senate districts to improve the election process.
Krista Camp ’13 is on the front lines of one of America’s most contentious issue — immigration.
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.
In Case You Missed It
Our favorite term is well underway! Here is a glimpse inside some of the many fascinating courses being taught off-campus this year.
Gastañaga's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Racial Justice at the Ballot Box: Moving Beyond Restoration of Rights."
Washington and Lee University senior Kathryn McEvoy ’19 has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain for summer 2019.
Washington and Lee University senior Jackson Ellis ’19 has won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany for summer 2019.
Garrett Clinton '20 says attending W&L is "like being dropped into a pool of opportunities.''
Minson is a politics major, with a minor in women’s gender and sexuality studies.
At W&L, a combination of incredible courses, extracurricular opportunities and a warm community made for an experience Will Shannon '19 calls "uniquely mine."
Olubunmi is an entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people. Her talk, free and open to the public, is entitled “When Lions Write: Innovations in Advocacy.”
Mark Rush's piece was published Feb. 13 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Zainab Abiza '19 interviews Morten Wendelbo '12 about his research focusing on economic development, humanitarian aid and food security.
In the Feb 5. op-ed, Strong examines Trump's "norm-shattering presidential behaviors."
Short's lecture is part of the broader Washington Term Speaker Series, “From the Colonnade to the Capitol… and Back.”
In her speech, which is free and open to the public, Mourao will discuss the role news organizations play, not only in spinning news, but also in legitimizing topics and people.
Abiza will receive a master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in China.
Ben Capouya '20 interviews Victoria Kumpuris Brown '98 about her career in food policy and health at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Zainab Abiza ’19 studied at Princeton and spent time in Rabat, Morocco, with a Davis Projects for Peace grant. This semester, she's working to expand her Davis project.
Dannick Kenon '19, who plans to attend law school and devote his career to positive social change, has co-founded a new student publication at W&L called The Vigil.
The talk is free and open to the public and the discussion will also be streamed live.
Washington Term, study abroad opportunities and internships—including one with the Philadelphia Eagles—have helped to shape Jason Renner's plans for the future.
She will speak on the electoral shift that supported Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 and reflect upon the 2018 elections.
In their discussion, the duo will address "Transatlantic relations between Poland and the United States."
Alexander explains why we should expect to see more rule-breaking in Congress from now on.
O’Neil’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled, “How Big Data Promotes Inequality and Threatens Democracy.”
Professor Stuart Gray examines the Mahabharata with fresh eyes.
In the article Strong argues that "Now, more than ever, we need to take George Washington’s warnings to heart."
In his talk, which is free and open to the public, Mounk will discuss the rise of populism around the world.
A philanthropic twist on AirBnB, W&L's Habitat Hotel raises thousands for much-needed affordable housing in Rockbridge.
Anton's talk about constitutional self-government and the Trump presidency will be held in Northen Auditorium on Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.
The Critical Language Scholarship Program has allowed Riley Ries '19 to strengthen his Russian and learn more about politics and culture in Kyrgyzstan.
Jackson Ellis '19 is working with a German consulting agency to help international student-athletes navigate the college application process.
In the Roanoke Times piece, Strong investigates the meaning behind the term "tabloid presidency."
Students in the Cape Town Summer Internship Program gain professional experience and a better understanding of South Africa’s culture.
Mark Rush, Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law at W&L, has recently discussed constitutional amendments, 3D-printed guns and electoral maps.
Ali Greenberg ’13 has opened a flexible workspace and social club in Richmond that emphasizes community for women and gender minorities.
Strong is the William Lyne Wilson Professor in Political Economy at Washington and Lee.
Elizabeth Oliver will assume the role of associate dean beginning July 1.
Elizabeth McDonald heads to Japan, Emily Austin to Indonesia and Riley Ries to Kyrgyzstan.
Senior Stephanie Williams '18 says W&L's First-Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) gave her support to overcome obstacles and mentor other low-income students.
Rush's piece was published in The Virginian-Pilot
ODK inducted four honorary and seven student initiates
Hannah Falchuk '18 hopes to improve her cultural understanding and language proficiency in the country.
She will attend the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton followed by a service project in Morocco.
From Lexington to London, Faith E. Pinho '18 has had a vast array of experiences.
Strong's opinion piece was published by NBC News THINK.
Harleigh Bean ’18 studied in Paris, spent a summer at one of Middlebury's competitive language schools and attended the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University.
Jordan Goldstein's Washington and Lee journey can be followed through her love of music, her adventures on the stage — and the length of her hair.
Monica Musgrave '18 is already double-majoring, but that didn't stop her from spending six-weeks in England studying two completely different subjects.
Skyler T. Zunk ’19 was an intern at the White House's Office of Political Affairs.
The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship will allow Spiezio to attend the American University in Dubai during Winter Term 2018.
Laura Stagno '18 saw the faces of America's future leaders, including her own, through an internship on Capitol Hill.
Written on the occasion of the passing of Lew John
Professors share the inspiration for their first-year seminars, and what they hope students will take away.
Strong's piece was published in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution will give a lecture titled “Unpresidented: Governing in the Age of Chaos.”
At W&L, Handelman taught popular courses in comparative politics, Chinese politics, Japanese politics, and U.S. foreign policy.
John Bovay ’07, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut, focuses on the economics of food and agricultural policy
Both speakers have extensive experience as special investigators in high profile investigations involving both public and private sector work.
Fahrenthold’s talk, titled "Journalism in the Time of Trump,” is free and open to the public.
Zainab Abiza '19 spent the summer analyzing two Islamic State magazines in a timely project with Professor Seth Cantey.
Op-ed: What Dick Gregory taught me in a chance conversation
After spending Spring Term in Ethiopia, Jack Kaelin '19 is in Austin, Texas, helping refugees find a place to call home.
Approval numbers rise and fall, but a few patterns persist, explains Strong.
Jason Renner ’19 interned this summer for two lobbying firms in Washington, D.C.
W&L's Mark Rush talks to USA Today about Russia sanctions.
This lecture is part of the Alumni College's summer program, "Camelot Reconsidered: The Presidency of John Fitzgerald Kennedy."
Joelle Simeu '20 is working this summer on "The Politics and Poetics of Space in the Works of Martin Luther King Jr. and Leopold Senghor," a project with Professor Mohamed Kamara.
The following opinion piece by politics professor Bob Strong appeared in Newsweek.
TeachingAmericanHistory.org interviewed Morel about teaching Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel The Underground Railroad.
Rush's piece on legislative terms appeared in The Hill.
Participating in Mock Trial required loads of time for Avery Field '17, but he wouldn't trade the experience and relationships for a whole case of trophies.
Steven Yeung '17 has been in classrooms from Lexington to Ghana to Shanghai and back — and now plans to run a classroom in Japan.
Zachary Taylor '17 and Austin Piatt '17 believe leadership, collaboration and responsibility are the keys to a successful conference.
Amirah S. Ndam Njoya ‘17 believes leadership, travelling, service, and scholarship are all vital parts of the W&L experience.
What can you do in four years at W&L? How about manage a radio show, start a service organization, found a club, or publish an EP? Austin Frank ’17 has done them all.
Alora Martin, who is participating in an intensive language program for Arabic in Amman, Jordan, sees studying abroad as a necessary part of a modern education.
James W. Ceaser, the Harry F. Byrd Professor of Politics at U.Va. and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, will speak on “The First 100 Days: Reflections on the Trump Presidency.”
Tyler Grant ’12, a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law, is a regular editorial contributor to several national publications.
LaPointe, who says his personal motto is "being genuine goes a long way," is a world traveler, professional debater, and Johnson Scholar.
An opinion piece about the presidential selection process by W&L's Bill Connelly appeared in The Hill.
Hannah Falchuk's passion for journalism has her reporting both in New York City and local Rockbridge.
Meet Yolanda Yang ‘18, who has traveled to China and back to discover the true purpose of cinematic censorship. Yang and study partner Savannah Kimble ’18 conducted research on this project in 2017 under the auspices of a grant from the Endeavor Foundation.
Bren Flanigan ’16 shares his economic skills and American culture as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Meet Ashley Faulkner ‘18, a University Ambassador with a passion for showing others why she loves W&L
Sahar Akhtar, assistant professor in the department of philosophy at U.Va., will speak on "Why Religious and Racial Immigration Bans are Wrong."
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, associate professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University and director of The Hamilton Project, will speak on “The Causes and Consequences of Food Insecurity.”
A multi-disciplinary Community-Based Research project gave Washington and Lee University students a chance to help local organizations take a closer look at access to affordable healthy food.
Lucas Morel, professor of politics at Washington and Lee, recently participated in a scholarly exchange with UCLA professor Melvin L. Rogers, on Starting Points, an online journal of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri.
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."
Students were motivated to travel to the presidential inauguration in D.C. to observe democracy in action.
Kara Karcher '11 is parlaying her studies in poverty and women's and gender studies into a law career dedicated to helping women and children.
Witt Hawkins ’18, a global politics major and mass communications minor from Memphis, Tennessee, received a William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to attend the American University in Dubai.
Bob Strong's reflection on Somalia's 1992 Thanksgiving appeared in Newsweek on November 23.
Mark Rush's "A Thanksgiving Prayer" was published in The Roanoke Times on Thanksgiving day.
Washington and Lee faculty participated in a panel discussion on Thursday, Nov. 17, discussing the 2016 election from a variety of perspectives.
The following opinion piece by Mark Rush, Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law and director of international education at Washington and Lee, appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on November 6, 2016.
Seth Cantey, assistant professor of politics at W&L, talks about Iraq's historical significance in a story for BBC Travel
What do college students think about the very unusual 2016 presidential election? Read on to find out.
The following opinion piece by Bob Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on October 29, 2016.
The Center for International Education at Washington and Lee University will present a panel discussion on “Brexit and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe” on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons at W&L. The discussion is free and open to the public.
Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the U.S., will speak on “German Policy Toward the European Refugee Crisis” at W&L's Institute for Honor Symposium.
Steven Yeung, who turned 21 in June, was one of the youngest members of the Virginia delegation — and one of the youngest delegates nationwide — at the Democratic National Convention in July.
Bebe Goodrich '07 doesn't own a drip coffee maker, but she has built a fast-growing business cold brewing coffee in the tradition of her native New Orleans.
Dr. Gregory Kulacki, the China project manager and senior analyst in the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists, will lecture at Washington and Lee on Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. in Elrod Commons 345. The title of the talk, which is free and open to the public, is “The Risk of Nuclear War between the United States and China.”
Denis “Pepe” Estrada Hamm and Jason Renner, both sophomores at Washington and Lee University, spent Sept. 13-15 at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Sophomores Pepe Estrada and Jason Renner participate in public policy discussions at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Shepherd Intern Hannah Falchuk '18 works for the Bowery Residents' Committee in New York City.
Steve Bragaw, visiting professor of politics at Washington and Lee, was interviewed on VA Talk Radio's "Mari and Brian in the Morning" about what to expect from the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Seth Cantey, assistant professor of politics at Washington and Lee, was interviewed on VA Talk Radio's "The Weekend Show With Pattie Martin" on the 2016 presidential election.
The Departments of Journalism and Mass Communications and Politics at Washington and Lee University will host a mayoral debate on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room of Lewis Hall, W&L’s Law School. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
The following opinion piece by Bob Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, appeared in The Roanoke Times on September 23, 2016, and is reprinted here by permission.
Co-directors of W&L Student Consulting keep their teams organized to deliver for the client.
Lessons learned from W&L and the Marine Corps helped John Warren ’03 create Lima One Capital to make positive impact on neighborhoods.
Hit Show Inspires Spring Term Course on the Politics of Race and Gender.
The Constitution Day lecture at Washington and Lee University, featuring Dr. William B. Allen, emeritus professor of political philosophy at Michigan State University, will be Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
"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.
Connor Chess '17 spends a summer studying, working and teaching in Costa Rica, thanks to a Wooley Fellowship.
Johnson Opportunity Grant Winner Kayla Sylvester '17 Volunteers with a Local Literacy Council in South Dakota.
Politics and Spanish major Noelle Rutland '17 interns for the Department of Defense.
Cynthia Cheatham '07 finds purpose in a variety of settings as she advocates for underrepresented communities.
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"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."
Rising senior Steven Yeung was one of the youngest members of the Virginia delegation — and one of the youngest delegates nationwide — at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
An excerpt from "Mock Con," a documentary funded by W&L's Class of 1953 and narrated by author and former CBS newsman Roger Mudd '50, on the drama and inspiration of the first 25 Mock Conventions at Washington and Lee University.
Amber Cooper '12 brings her passion for creativity and communications to her marketing career.
"I will always remember my time at Washington and Lee because it has helped me to grow and realize my interests."
Johnson Opportunity Grant winner dives into local politics in Nashville.
Katie Baird '10 connects with students interested in consulting careers.
Politics Professor Bob Strong reflects on the educational experience of Mock Convention.
A Spring Term course helps students grasp the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution.
Johnson Opportunity Grant winner gets a taste of state politics the Tennessee State Capitol.
"This university can open many doors for its students, most of them unexpected."
"Both my academic and extracurricular involvement have fostered an interest in entrepreneurship, which has led me to work for a startup through Venture for America next year."
Kate LeMasters is a politics and economics major with a minor in poverty and human capability studies from Abilene, Texas. She studied global health and development policy in Geneva, Switzerland and Rabat, Morocco, with SIT Study Abroad.
Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, the first speaker of Washington and Lee’s 2016-18 Center for International Educational Colloquium on “Borders and Their Human Impact,” will give a lecture on Sept. 14 at 5:15 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
The return of students in the fall elicits mixed emotions. We feel the absence of those who have moved on even as we welcome the fresh and eager, first-year (FY) students.
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