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Nuclear Digital Library "Mushrooms" Globally

Lexington, VA -- November 5, 2008 • For all things nuclear visit http://alsos.wlu.edu. It is the Web site for the Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues, which received 172,000 visits from 163 countries (38% of the total visits) accessing 500,000 pages during the past year, according to the latest reports from Google Analytics and local server data.

Department of Journalism Covers Election Night

Lexington, VA -- November 5, 2008 • At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 5, Brian Richardson, head of W&L’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; Michael Todd, digital media specialist; and journalism student Jane Lee ’09 finally left W&L’s election night newsroom.

Goldsmith Inaugural Winner of VFIC Teaching Award

Lexington, VA -- November 5, 2008 • Arthur Goldsmith, the Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University, has won the new H. Hiter Harris Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC).

Tom Wolfe Elected to Virginia Legends Walk

Lexington, VA -- November 5, 2008 • Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Wolfe, Class of 1951, has been elected to the Virginia Legends Walk, a monument created to honor Virginians and located one block from the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Wolfe is one of three new members of the Walk. The others are Katie Couric, anchor of the CBS Evening News, and Pulitzer Prize winner William Styron.

Tune in to Rockbridge Report for Local Election Coverage

Lexington, VA -- November 4, 2008 • Rockbridge Report, the award-winning multimedia Web site produced by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, will launch its election-day coverage at 4 p.m. Tuesday with preview stories and accounts of voter turnout in the area. The site will be updated throughout the evening, and a new comprehensive site will be relaunched at about 8 p.m. and then again when the results are final.

News Director Sarah Tschiggfrie Shares Observations of a First-Time Voter in Staunton News Leader Op/Ed

Lexington, VA -- November 3, 2008 • The Following Op/Ed from W&L News Director Sarah Tschiggfrie Appeared in the Staunton News Leader on Saturday, Nov. 1

Journalism Professor Discusses Newspaper's Decision to Abandon Print

Lexington, VA -- 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.

Hansen Babington '09 Wins Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

Lexington, VA -- 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, VA -- 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.

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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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.

Timothy Jost Discusses Health Reform on NPR affiliate WMRA

Lexington, VA -- 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.

Professor's Research Warns of Psychological Effects of Unemployment

Lexington, VA -- 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, VA -- 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.

W&L's Glasgow Series Presents Lois Beardslee, Native American Writer and Artist

Lexington, VA -- October 27, 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, VA -- October 23, 2008 • Washington and Lee University has named its outdoor athletic complex in honor of Richard L. Duchossois of the Class of 1944 in recognition of his support for the University.

Prof. Krzysztof Jasiewicz is Second Holder of Ames Professorship

Lexington, VA -- 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.

W&L's Campus Kitchen Wins Two National Awards

Lexington, VA -- October 22, 2008 • W&L’s Campus Kitchen Project (CKP) won two major awards at the National Campus Kitchen Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., on Saturday, 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, VA -- 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.

Greer Examines Climate Change and Coral Reefs

Lexington, VA -- 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.

Almost 600 W&L and VMI Volunteers Descend on Rockbridge County

Lexington, VA -- 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, VA -- October 17, 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, VA -- 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, VA -- October 14, 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, VA -- October 17, 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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.

Gavaler's Play Wins Awards at Pittsburgh Festival

Lexington, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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.

Panel Brought Together by W&L and UVa to Discuss a Post-Partisan Presidency

Lexington, VA -- 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, VA -- 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 Oct. 23

"Human Rights and Globalization in the Age of Genocide"
Lexington, VA -- 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, VA -- 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.

Kahn Participates in Landmark Study on Deforestation in Amazonas

Lexington, VA -- 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.

First-Year Seminar Focuses on the Presidential Campaign

Lexington, VA -- October 3, 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.

Staniar Gallery to Feature Alberto Rey: Life, Death and Beauty

Opening Talk and Reception October 15
Lexington, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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, VA -- 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.

Protecting Children Online the Topic of W&L Law Symposium

Lexington, VA -- September 30, 2008 • Academic psychologists, economists, and lawyers gather at Washington and Lee School of Law to discuss the future of children's virtual worlds.

Dean Rodney A. Smolla Named to Steinheimer Chair in Law

Lexington, VA -- September 29, 2008 • Washington and Lee University Provost June Aprille has announced that Dean Rodney A. Smolla of the School of Law has been named to the Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr., Professorship in Law.

Student Scholarship Honored at Law Review Notes Presentation

Lexington, VA -- September 26, 2008 • On October 2, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, third-year law students Michelle L. Evans and Allen C. Myers will present their winning law review notes during the annual event recognizing the best student articles produced by Washington and Lee Law Review staff writers.

Memorial Service for Law Professor Louise Halper to Take Place Oct. 3

Lexington, VA -- September 25, 2008 • On Friday, October 3, the law school will celebrate the life of Professor Halper. The memorial service will be held from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room in Sydney Lewis Hall.

Business Journalism Expert Gives High Marks to Crisis Reporting

Lexington, VA -- September 25, 2008 • As the biggest financial story in United States history has unfolded in recent days, financial journalists have done a generally solid job of reporting in spite of the fact that recent layoffs at major newspapers have left many newsrooms depleted. That is the assessment of Pamela Luecke, the Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism at Washington and Lee University.

Washington Post's Nationally Syndicated Personal Finance Columnist to Speak at W&L

Lexington, VA -- September 24, 2008 • Nationally synidicated personal finance columnist for the Washington Post Michelle Singletary will speak in the Stackhouse Theater at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Her subject is "Borrowed Out and Flat Broke: What Now for America?" Her talk, beginning at 4:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Michelle Obama Biographer Liza Mundy Discusses her Book at W&L

Lexington, VA -- September 24, 2008 • Liza Mundy, an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and author of "Michelle: A Biography" about Michelle Obama, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 345 of the University Commons.

Former Va. Governor Linwood Holton '44 Joins W&L Seminar on 2008 Elections

Holton will also Give Talk on "Opportunity Time-Again"
Lexington, VA -- September 24, 2008 • Washington and Lee University will host a seminar on the 2008 elections on Friday, Oct. 3, featuring W&L Politics Professors Mark Rush and Bill Connelly, as well as former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton. It will take place in Lee Chapel from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Scientific Evidence and the Courts: Solving a Puzzle

Lexington, VA -- September 24, 2008 • For Rebecca Harris, the puzzle begged an answer. Why, she wondered, was scientific evidence, ranging from DNA to lie detectors, admitted by the courts in some states and not others?

Winners of 2008 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations Competition Announced

Lexington, VA -- September 23, 2008 • The team John Sorock and Shannon Sherrill won top honors at the 2008 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations competition at Washington and Lee University School of Law

Campus Sustainability Week at W&L Kicks Off with Concert

Lexington, VA -- September 22, 2008 • Campus Sustainability Week at Washington and Lee University, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, is an educational and awareness event to bring sustainability to the forefront of the consciousness of W&L students, faculty and staff and the Lexington/Rockbridge community. All events are open to the public.

Ambassador Constance Morella to Offer Insights on the U.S. in the Global Community

Lexington, VA -- September 22, 2008 • On the eve of the presidential election, Ambassador Constance A. Morella will discuss "Global Expectations for the Next Administration" at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 in Lee Chapel. Her talk is the first in the new Francis McNulty Logan Lewis Annual Lecture Series, sponsored by the George C. Marshall Foundation.

Carey Receives NSF Grant to Study Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Lexington, VA -- September 19, 2008 • Between 1941 and 1970, retreating glaciers in the Peruvian Andes caused three floods and two avalanches that resulted in the deaths of about 30,000 people.

Poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers Reads from her Works at W&L

Lexington, VA -- September 18, 2008 • Poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, will read from her work on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Staniar Gallery in Wilson Hall at Washington and Lee University.

Jamie Ferrell '08 Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Chile

Lexington, VA -- September 18, 2008 • 2008 graduate Jamie Ferrell has recently received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Chile. Ferrell was named the alternate last May but learned of her award in August.

Lee Chapel & Museum at Washington and Lee Opens New Exhibition, Renovates Other Features

Lexington, VA -- September 18, 2008 • Washington and Lee University's Lee Chapel & Museum opened a new exhibition, "Martha Custis Washington: The Indispensable Woman," on Sept. 12. It includes objects associated with George Washington and the Custis family, on loan from The Mount Vernon Ladies Association. The small changing exhibition runs through May 17, 2009.

Mahon Draws Distinction Between Lies and Exaggerations in Political Campaigns

Lexington, VA -- September 4, 2008 • Charging political candidates with lying is an extremely serious charge, and judging them to be telling lies rather than exaggerating requires meeting a very high standard, according to a Washington and Lee University philosophy professor who has defined lying for the "Encyclopedia of Philosophy."

Law Professor Russell Miller Discusses his Book on National Security on NPR Affiliate WMRA

Lexington, VA -- September 12, 2008 • Monday, September 15, at 3 p.m., Russell A. Miller, associate professor of law at W&L, appeared on NPR affiliate WMRA’s Virginia Insight show to discuss his new book. Titled "U.S. National Security, Intelligence and Democracy: From the Church Committee to the War on Terror," it examines the recent history of the secret world of national security.

W&L Announces Expansion of Schlegel Prize on 9/11 Anniversary

Lexington, VA -- September 12, 2008 • On the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, Washington and Lee University has announced the restructuring and expansion of the Schlegel Prize for International Studies, which was created to honor Commander Robert Allan Schlegel, a 1985 alumnus of W&L who was killed at the Pentagon.

W&L's Online Newscast, "The Rockbridge Report," Wins Another National Award

Lexington, VA -- September 10, 2008 • For the second time in three years, "The Rockbridge Report," the multimedia local news Web site produced by Washington and Lee's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, has been recognized as one of the top three in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Former Va. Governor Linwood Holton Joins W&L Seminar on 2008 Elections

Lexington, VA -- September 5, 2008 • Washington and Lee University will host a seminar on the 2008 elections on Friday, Oct. 3, featuring W&L Politics Professors Mark Rush and Bill Connelly, as well as former Va. Governor Linwood Holton. It will take place in Lee Chapel from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Singer Awarded Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers

Lexington, VA -- September 5, 2008 • Margot Singer of Granville, Ohio has been named recipient of the 2008 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, awarded annually by Shenandoah and Washington and Lee University, for her book The Pale of Settlement from the University of Georgia Press (2007).

Ambassador David Scheffer to Address the Future of the International Criminal Court

Lexington, VA -- September 5, 2008 • The Washington and Lee University School of Law Transnational Law Institute presents Ambassador David Scheffer, who will discuss "The Future of America and the International Criminal Court" Monday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room in Sydney Lewis Hall.

Law Professor’s New Book Explores Conflict between Religious Liberty and Same-Sex Marriage

Lexington, VA -- September 5, 2008 • A new book co-edited by Washington and Lee University law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson explores the religious freedom implications of defining marriage to include same-sex couples.

Author Richard Brookhiser to Speak at W&L

Visit Sponsored by Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity
Lexington, VA -- September 4, 2008 • Richard Brookhiser, author and senior editor with the National Review, will speak at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. He is the first speaker sponsored by W&L's Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity.

W&L Opens 259th Academic Year with Reminder of the Power of Words

Lexington, VA -- September 4, 2008 • Addressing the annual Fall Convocation at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Sept. 3, Suzanne Parker Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at W&L, reminded members of the community that their words carry both power and responsibility.

W&L Professor and Filmmaker Explores Her Indian Heritage

Lexington, VA -- September 3, 2008 • Like most second-generation ethnic Americans, Indira Somani, newly-arrived assistant professor of journalism at Washington and Lee University, has struggled with identity issues. Being born and brought up in the Midwest, Somani led an American life, but at home her world was Indian because of her father's immense love for India and Indian culture.

Grant Increases Internships in Arkansas Delta

Lexington, VA -- September 2, 2008 • The Delta Bridge Project—a community-development initiative of Phillips County, along the Mississippi River in Arkansas, spearheaded by Southern Financial Partners—has awarded a $90,000, three-year grant to Washington and Lee’s Shepherd Poverty Alliance to form the Shepherd Delta Alliance.

Professor Shows Relationship Between Lower Wages and Poor English is Larger than Previously Shown

Lexington, VA -- September 1, 2008 • Arthur H. Goldsmith, Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Economics at W&L, has co-authored an article on "Measuring the Wage Costs of Limited English" which was published in the August issue of the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science.

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