Iranian-Born Scholar Lectures on Iran’s History Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2009 -- Thirty years after Iranian students, in the aftermath of the revolution of 1979, occupied the American Embassy and took American hostages, Hossein Sheiban, a professor of history and visiting scholar at Washington and Lee University, will give a talk that looks back over Iran's history and examines the country's situation today at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in W&L's Northen Auditorium in the Leyburn Library.
Home Cooking on Parents & Family Weekend Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2009 -- This Saturday, Washington and Lee's Dining Services will provide students and their families with a taste of home cooking when they prepare three recipes submitted to the Recipes from Home contest by parents of W&L first-year students.
MOMIX Ultimate Date Event and the Best of MOMIX at Lenfest Center Lexington, Virginia • October 29, 2009 -- The Lenfest Center for the Arts at Washington and Lee University will present the MOMIX Ultimate Date event on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre, Lenfest Center. During this performance the audience will have the unique opportunity to be on stage with the dancers. The Best of MOMIX will be Nov. 11 at 8:30 p.m. also in the Keller Theatre.
Law Professor’s New Book Chronicles Execution of Juvenile Offender Lexington, Virginia • October 28, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University law professor Todd C. Peppers is co-author of a new book that relates the story of Chris Thomas, one of the last juvenile offenders put to death before the U.S Supreme Court ruled that the execution of juveniles constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
The 2009 Flournoy Playwright Festival Presents Where We're Born Nov. 5-7 Lexington, Virginia • October 27, 2009 -- Lesbians, sex and incest, oh my! The 2009 Flournoy Playwright Festival features the works of Lucy Thurber, including Where We’re Born, which focuses on life in a small, working-class town, where “family relationships are maintained by a delicate balance between desire and dependency.” Where We’re Born runs from Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 5-7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre.
Sally Lawrence Elected to W&L Board of Trustees Lexington, Virginia • October 27, 2009 -- Sally P. Lawrence, of Greenwich, Conn., joined the Board of Trustees of Washington and Lee University on Oct. 22, 2009, during the board's fall meeting.
Former New York Times Reporter Jayson Blair to Address W&L Journalism Ethics Institute Lexington, Virginia • October 26, 2009 -- Jayson Blair, who was at the center of a major journalism scandal as a New York Times reporter in 2003, will be the featured speaker at Washington and Lee University’s 48th Journalism Ethics Institute on Friday, Nov. 6. The title of Blair’s talk is “Lessons Learned.” The public is invited to the presentation at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
Law Symposium to Explore Violence on College Campuses Lexington, Virginia • October 24, 2009 -- A symposium at Washington and Lee University’s School of Law will explore recent violence on college campuses from the perspective of psychology, medical science and the law.
Award-winning Playwright Teaches his Art to W&L Students Lexington, Virginia • October 24, 2009 -- Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, has won the outstanding playwright award at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival for the fourth year in a row for his one-act play "Vows."
Visiting International Scholar at W&L, Yumiko Mikanagi, to Give Public Lecture Lexington, Virginia • October 23, 2009 -- Professor Yumiko Mikanagi, a senior researcher at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute and currently the Robert S. Griffith Jr. '52 Visiting International Scholar in Politics at Washington and Lee University, will give a public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
Elsa Friis '11 and Mike Kuntz '11 Recognized by Celebrating Student Success Lexington, Virginia • October 19, 2009 -- Elsa Friis and Mike Kuntz will be recognized at the Celebrating Student Success (CSS) monthly reception on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. in the Elrod Commons Living Room. The reception is open to anyone in the campus community. Free food and beverages will be available beginning at 2 p.m. with a brief presentation taking place at 3:45 p.m.
W&L Journalism Professor's New Book Examines Southern Press Lexington, Virginia • October 20, 2009 -- In his new book, The Southern Press: Literary Legacies and the Challenge of Modernity, Washington and Lee University journalism professor Doug Cumming argues that what distinguishes journalists who got their start in the South is their primary motivation: less a matter of an informed citizenry and more a question of finding a literary outlet.
Law School Launches New Criminal Defense Clinic Lexington, Virginia • October 14, 2009 -- The School of Law at Washington and Lee University has launched a new legal clinic focusing on misdemeanor criminal defense. Law students working in the Criminal Justice Clinic will represent in district and circuit court indigent clients facing criminal charges including assault, driving while intoxicated, shoplifting, and marijuana possession.
The New York Times’ Gretchen Morgenson to Speak at W&L Lexington, Virginia • October 13, 2009 -- If you do a Google search for the phrase “trenchant and incisive,” five of the top 10 results concern Gretchen Morgenson. The assistant business and financial editor at The New York Times and author of the weekly “Fair Game” column, Morgenson will speak at Washington and Lee University on Monday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.
W&L Co-Sponsors Seminar on Reporting on the Economy Lexington, Virginia • October 14, 2009 -- Pam Luecke, the Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism at Washington and Lee University, will address a workshop for journalists on covering economic issues on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Richmond.
Poverty Law Scholar David Super to Lecture at School of Law Lexington, Virginia • October 13, 2009 -- David Super, professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law and a leading scholar in the field of anti-poverty law, will speak at the Washington and Lee School of Law on Monday, Oct. 19, at 7:00 p.m. in Classroom A, Sydney Lewis Hall.
Annual Supreme Court Preview Highlights Variety on Supreme Court Docket Lexington, Virginia • October 11, 2009 -- U.S. Supreme Court watchers will have much more to keep them busy this year than the introduction of new Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The 2009-10 docket is full of interesting cases, including another exploration of the Second Amendment and its application to state gun laws, the free speech protections related to images depicting animal cruelty, and corporate malfeasance.
Conflict over Water in Peru Has Lessons for Climate Change Lexington, Virginia • October 8, 2009 -- This is the story of a small community in the Andes and its fight with a major energy company over access to water. No one knows how the conflict will end. But, as Washington and Lee University history professor Mark Carey observes, the battle offers lessons for other communities threatened by the early effects of climate change.
W&L Student Presents Research at Computing Conference for Women Lexington, Virginia • October 1, 2009 -- Washington and Lee University sophomore Camille Cobb will present research that she has done with W&L computer science professor Sara Sprenkle at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Tucson, Ariz.