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October 2008

  • Richardson Discusses Newspaper's Decision to Abandon Print
    Lexington, Virginia • October 31, 2008 -- The announcement this week that the Christian Science Monitor was ceasing publication of a daily print edition and would appear online only did not surprise Brian Richardson, head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Washington and Lee University.
  • Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution to Speak at W&L
    Lexington, Virginia • October 31, 2008 -- James Ziliak, currently a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss "Human Capital, Social Policy, and the Challenge of Persistent Poverty in America" on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Room A214 in the Science Center at Washington and Lee University.
  • Professor Larry Hurd Named First Herwick Professor of Biology
    Lexington, Virginia • October 31, 2008 -- Lawrence E. Hurd, professor of biology at Washington and Lee University, has been named to the new Herwick Professorship of Biology. Announcement of Hurd's appointment was made by W&L Provost June Aprille.
  • Hansen Babington '09 Wins Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
    Lexington, Virginia • October 30, 2008 -- Washington and Lee University senior Hansen Babington '09 of Mobile, Ala., has been awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to attend either La Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a large public university in Madrid, Spain, or La Universidad Torcuato di Tella, a private school in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Michael Thompson '09 Wins Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
    Lexington, Virginia • October 30, 2008 -- Michael Thompson '09, from La Jolla, Calif., and a senior at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., has recently been awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship which will continue his education for an academic year in one of five cities.
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program Presents a Talk by Thomas Freeman
    Lexington, Virginia • October 30, 2008 -- Thomas Freeman, current research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 4:15 p.m., in Payne Hall, room 21. It is sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.
  • Rough Beauty by Dave Anderson Open Nov. 10 in Staniar Gallery
    Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2008 -- Rough Beauty, an exhibition of photographs by Dave Anderson, will be on view in Staniar Gallery on the campus of Washington and Lee University November 10 through December 12, 2008. The exhibit chronicles Anderson's photographic documentation of the town of Vidor, Texas.
  • Law-Media Symposium to Explore Free Speech on the World "Wild" Web
    Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2008 -- First Amendment scholars and new media journalists will converge on Washington and Lee University on Nov. 14 and 15 to explore issues created by the Internet's impact on society at the 2nd annual Law and Media Symposium, "The Wild, Wild Web: Free Speech, Libel and the First Amendment in the Digital Age."
  • New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt to Speak at Journalism Ethics Institute
    "You Must Be Dumber Than You Look" - My Life Second-Guessing The New York Times
    Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2008 -- Clark F. Hoyt, The New York Times public editor, will deliver the keynote speech at Washington and Lee University's 46th Institute on Journalism Ethics on Friday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
  • Environmental Ethicist Andrew Light to Speak at W&L
    Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2008 -- On Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 4:45 p.m., the Society and the Professions Program in Ethics at Washington and Lee University will sponsor a lecture by Andrew Light, associate professor of philosophy and environmental policy at George Mason University (GMU).
  • Professor William Connelly Discusses the End of Political Partisanship in Richmond Times-Dispatch Op/Ed
    Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2008 -- In an Oct. 28 op/ed, Connelly argues that no matter who wins the Presidential election in November, the partisanship will not end.
  • Professor Mark Rush on WVTF Public Radio on Election Night
    Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2008 -- Mark Rush, professor of politics at W&L, will join a team of political analysts on election night. WVTF Public Radio will begin broadcasting election coverage after the polls close in Virginia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 and continue overnight until Morning Edition, which begins at 5 a.m. the following day.
  • Goldsmith's Research Warns of Psychological Effects of Unemployment
    Lexington, Virginia • October 27, 2008 -- As the current economic crisis and pending recession lead to rising unemployment, research by Arthur H. Goldsmith, the Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University, warns of the devastating, and possibly permanent, psychological effects of joblessness.
  • Strict Enforcement of State Electioneering Laws Problematic
    Lexington, Virginia • October 27, 2008 -- Election officials who interpret their state's prohibitions against electioneering as prohibiting voters from wearing campaign buttons or T-shirts into the polling places on Election Day may be strictly within the law, but a Washington and Lee University expert on the First Amendment believes the interpretation would be unconstitutional.
  • Timothy Jost Discusses Health Reform on NPR affiliate WMRA
    Lexington, Virginia • October 27, 2008 -- Monday, October 27, at 3 p.m., W&L Law Professor Timothy Jost will appear on NPR affiliate WMRA's Virginia Insight show to discuss health reform.
  • W&L's Glasgow Series Presents Lois Beardslee, Native American Writer and Artist
    Lexington, Virginia • October 24, 2008 -- Lois Beardslee, an Ojibwe writer and artist, will give a reading and slide show of her artwork on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in Payne Hall, Room 21, at Washington and Lee University. This event is open to the public.
  • Athletic Complex Named in Honor of Duchossois
    Lexington, Virginia • October 23, 2008 -- W&L has named its outdoor athletic complex in honor of Richard L. Duchossois '44 in recognition of his support for the University. Announcement of the naming was made during ceremonies for the rededication of Wilson Field, during Hall of Fame Weekend.
  • Council on Foreign Relations Fellow to Discuss Politics of Nuclear Energy at W&L
    Lexington, Virginia • October 22, 2008 -- Dr. Charles D. Ferguson, the Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), talks about "The Politics of Nuclear Energy: Its Role in the Energy Policy of Each Presidential Candidate" on Monday, Nov. 3, at Washington and Lee University.
  • Prof. Krzysztof Jasiewicz is Second Holder of Ames Professorship
    Lexington, Virginia • October 22, 2008 -- Krzysztof Jasiewicz, a leading expert on voting behavior and political change in Poland, has been appointed to the William P. Ames Jr. Professorship in Sociology and Anthropology at Washington and Lee University.
  • Greer Examines Climate Change and Coral Reefs
    Lexington, Virignia • October 22, 2008 -- When Lisa Greer, assistant professor of geology, traveled to Houston, Texas, in early October, the impact of Hurricane Ike was still being felt in the region where the storm caused an estimated $31.5 billion in damage.
  • W&L's Campus Kitchen Wins Two National Awards
    Lexington, Virginia • October 22, 2008 -- W&L’s Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) won two major awards at the National Campus Kitchen Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 18. “These are extraordinary accomplishments and speak to the success of the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee,” said Campus Kitchens Project Coordinator Jennifer Sproul ‘08.
  • W&L's Office of Human Resources Announces Two Appointments
    Lexington, Virginia • October 22, 2008 -- Washington and Lee University announces two appointments to the Office of Human Resources, one of whom fills a new position in the office. Jodi Owsley is the new manager of compensation programs and Mary Katherine Snead will fill the new position of assistant director of Human Resources for Work/Life Initiatives.
  • Almost 600 W&L and VMI Volunteers Descend on Rockbridge County
    Lexington, Virginia • October 20, 2008 -- The Rockbridge County community may be small, but when it came to looking for service projects for almost 600 student volunteers to undertake in just one weekend, the community was up to the task.
  • W&L Editor Wins Virginia Poetry Book of the Year Award
    Lexington, Virginia • October 20, 2008 -- Washington and Lee University's R.T. Smith, editor of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, has won the 2008 Library of Virginia Poetry Book of the Year prize. The award was presented Oct. 18 at a gala ceremony at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
  • W&L Transnational Law Institute Produces Guidelines on Treatment of Detainees
    Lexington, Virginia • October 17, 2008 -- The Lexington Principles on the Rights of Detainees proposes a body of international guidelines intended to help guide legislators in the United States and abroad in developing due process standards to govern the treatment of detainees.
  • W&L Professor Earns Rave Reviews for Debut Novel
    Reading and Book Signing October 25
    Lexington, Virginia • October 16, 2008 -- Saturday, Oct. 25, Domnica Radulescu, a professor of Romance languages at Washington and Lee University, will read passages from her debut novel Train to Trieste (Knopf, 2008), which is receiving great reviews nationwide.
  • W&L School of Law Opens Legal Clinic in Childhood Home of Civil Rights Activist
    Lexington, Virginia • October 15, 2008 -- Beginning this fall, students from the Washington and Lee School of Law will offer pro bono legal services out of the childhood home of the late civil rights activist Oliver White Hill.
  • Visiting Philosopher to Speak on the Concept of Tolerance
    Lexington, Virginia • October 15, 2008 -- Angela Smith, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Washington, will discuss the concept of tolerance in a talk at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. She is currently visiting associate professor of philosophy and fellow in the Society and Professions Program in Ethics at W&L.
  • The College Store Magazine Recognizes W&L Employee as Rising Star
    Lexington, Virginia • October 13, 2008 -- K.C. Schaefer, general merchandise manager in the Washington and Lee University Store at W&L, was named one of 21 brightest and most effective young managers in the collegiate industry by The College Store Magazine, published by the national association of college stores.
  • Professor's Play Wins Awards at Pittsburgh Festival
    Lexington, Virginia • October 13, 2008 -- The one-act play "Man Woman Hombre Mujer" was the big winner Oct. 5 as the Pittsburgh New Works Festival announced the winners of its "Donna" awards for its 18th season. The play, written by Chris Gavaler, W&L visiting assistant professor of English, was awarded best playwright, best production, best actor, best actress and best director. The 2008 award is the third year in a row that Gavaler has won the playwright award.
  • W&L Commemorates 138th Anniversary of Lee's Death
    Lexington, Virginia • October 13, 2008 -- Washington and Lee University observed the 138th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s death on Monday, Oct. 13, with a recognition ceremony for donors to the Campaign for Lee Chapel and Museum and a speech by Civil War scholar and author Ken Masterson Brown.
  • W&L Rector Childress Makes $5 Million Gift to the University
    Lexington, Virginia • October 13, 2008 -- J. Donald Childress of Atlanta, Ga., rector of Washington and Lee University’s Board of Trustees, has made a $5 million gift to the University.
  • Duke University Law Professor to Speak at W&L
    "VMI and Co-education: The Civil War Revisited or Defenders of Educational Creativity?"
    Lexington, Virginia • October 10, 2008 -- Thomas B. Metzloff, professor of law at Duke Law School since 1985, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Huntley Hall, Room 327. The title of his talk is "VMI and Co-education: The Civil War Revisited or Defenders of Educational Creativity?" and is open to the public.
  • Linda Hooks to Give Cannan Term Professorship Inaugural Lecture
    Lexington, Virginia • October 10, 2008 -- Linda Hooks, professor of economics at Washington and Lee University, has been named to the new Cannan Professorship of Economics for 2008-2011. She will give her Inaugural Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in Huntley Hall, room 327.
  • W&L's Community Grants Committee Calls for Proposals
    Lexington, Virginia • October 10, 2008 -- Washington and Lee University's Community Grants Committee would like to remind the community of its 2008-09 proposal evaluation schedule. Community Grants Proposals may be submitted at any time but will be reviewed semiannually, at the end of the calendar year and at the end of the fiscal year. Submission deadlines for the 2008-09 fiscal year are November 14, 2008 and June 12, 2009.
  • 10/9: Panel Brought Together by W&L and UVa to Discuss a Post-Partisan Presidency
    "Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet"
    Lexington, Virginia • October 9, 2008 -- Can't we all just get along? That may be the most important question facing President McCain or President Obama. Both candidates have promised to be "post-partisan" presidents. But, given the issues Americans face on the economy, health care and foreign policy, can either one deliver on this promise?
  • W&L Will Host the 25th Annual World Food Day Teleconference
    "Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet"
    Lexington, Virginia • October 9, 2008 -- Washington and Lee University will host the 25th annual World Food Day Teleconference on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 12-3 p.m. in Elrod Commons, Room 345. The teleconference is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The theme for 2008 focuses on the deadly mix of high world food prices and mounting climate change upheaval that affects millions of poor people in developing countries.
  • Author and Harvard Professor Samantha Power to Speak at W&L
    "Human Rights and Globalization in the Age of Genocide"
    Lexington, Virginia • October 9, 2008 -- Author Samantha Power, the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, of which she was the founding executive director, in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will give the first talk this year in the William Lyne Wilson Lecture Series at Washington and Lee University.
  • First and Fourth Amendment Cases Highlight Annual Supreme Court Preview
    Lexington, Virginia • October 8, 2008 -- U.S. Supreme Court watchers have noted that this will be an important year for the highest court in the land. The Justices will decide more cases during the 2008-09 session than they have in the previous ten years combined. In addition, as many as three members of the Court may step down at the end of this session pending the outcome of the Presidential election.
  • W&L's Kahn Participates in Landmark Study on Deforestation in Amazonas
    Lexington, Virginia • October 7, 2008 -- James R. Kahn, the John F. Hendon professor of economics and director of the environmental studies program at Washington and Lee University, was a participant in a landmark study that concluded that economic incentives for manufacturing have been responsible for the low rate of deforestation in the State of Amazonas in Brazil.
  • W&L First-Year Seminar Focuses on the Presidential Campaign
    Lexington, Virginia • October 4, 2008 -- When Washington and Lee University politics professor Robert Strong decided to create a first-year seminar based on the presidential election of 2008, he figured that the topic would be a draw. He was right.
  • New Staniar Gallery Exhibit: Alberto Rey: Life, Death and Beauty
    Opening Talk and Reception October 15
    Lexington, Virginia • October 3, 2008 -- Alberto Rey: Life, Death and Beauty will be on view in Staniar Gallery, on the campus of Washington and Lee University, October 13 through November 5. Alberto Rey, a Cuban-American artist who has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for 25 years, uses paintings and video to explore environmental issues and their connection to a sense of identity.
  • Washington and Lee University Joins Mid-Atlantic Employment Network
    Lexington, Virginia • October 3, 2008 -- Washington and Lee University has taken a leading role in the development of a collaborative employment network for faculty, staff, and administrators at 19 leading higher education and research institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • W&L's Annual Shannon-Clark Lecture Features University of Michigan Professor
    Lexington, Virginia • October 2, 2008 -- The Washington and Lee University Department of English will present the 2008 Shannon-Clark Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in the Elrod Commons. A reception will immediately follow in the Elrod Commons Outing Club Room, Room 114.
  • W&L's Lee Chapel and Museum Presents Remembering Robert E. Lee
    Lexington, Virginia • October 1, 2008 -- The Lee Chapel and Museum at Washington and Lee University presents Remembering Robert E. Lee, a program commemorating the 138th anniversary of his death, on Monday, Oct. 13. The program, a speech by Kent Masterson Brown, a Civil War scholar and author, will be at 12:15 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
  • Law Professor Offers Advice to Parents on Connecting with Their Children in Virtual Worlds
    Lexington, Virginia • October 1, 2008 -- The old model and perception is that children play video games by themselves. But there is a new generation of virtual worlds where both children and parents are playing together on sites ranging from World of Warcraft to Club Penguin and Webkinz.