Category Archives: Commentary

Rob Straughan Featured in International Business Times Articles on Big Food and Corporate Social Responsibility

Rob Straughan

Rob Straughan, an expert on corporate social responsibility, is quoted in two recent articles in The International Business Times on the new push by major food companies to address shortfalls in their corporate social responsibility, sustainability/environmental and organic/natural programs and offerings.

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W&L's Hooks Comments on Portuguese Bank and Debt Crisis on "Marketplace"


Washington and Lee economics professor Linda Hooks was interviewed about a Portuguese bank and debt crisis on "Marketplace," the daily public radio show focused on national and international business news.

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Jost: Courts Won’t Void the Affordable Care Act Over Semantics

Timothy Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University

Timothy S. Jost, the Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law at Washington and Lee's School of Law, published a guest column in the July 10, 2014, Washington Post about lawsuits asking the courts to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. Jost concludes the lawsuits will not succeed.

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Muddying Waters of Religious Protection

Mark Rush

Mark Rush, the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law at W&L's Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics, published an op-ed about the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision in the July 1 edition of The Virginian-Pilot, Virgnia's largest newspaper.

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Worrying for the Class of 2014

Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio

Washington and Lee President Kenneth P. Ruscio cites the benefit of seeing the world from a wider perspective in a Richmond Times-Dispatch op-ed.

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W&L's Massie Discusses Separation of Church and State on WMRA's "Virginia Insight" Show

Ann Massie

Ann Massie, professor emeritus at W&L's School of Law, has long been fascinated by the phrase "the separation of church and state"—both by the history of the concept and its practice in American law. Since a recent Supreme Court decision has added new urgency to the issue, she shared her scholarly findings on NPR affiliate WMRA's "Virginia Insight" show on Thursday, May 29.

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Maya Angelou Remembered

Mark Conner, associate provost and Ballengee Professor of English, Washington and Lee University

Marc Conner, Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English and associate provost, discusses the work of the late poet Maya Angelou, her place in American literary history, and her 1999 visit to Washington and Lee.

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A Moderate's Manifesto


Bob Strong discusses the challenges of political moderation in the May 22, 2014, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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On Prayer, Court Abandons Practicality

Mark Rush

Mark Rush discusses the Supreme Court's recent decision on prayer at local government meetings in the May 13, 2014, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Did an Apple Inspire Newton’s Law of Gravity? Not So!

Nicolaas Rupke, Johnson Professor of The College, Department of History, Washington and Lee University

Scientific historian Nicolaas Rupke discusses the scientific myths that form one of the biggest obstacles to improving public understanding of science.

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