Category Archives: Commentary

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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W&L Politics Professor on the Supreme Court's Recent Affirmative Action Ruling (video)

Mark Rush

Professor Mark Rush comments the recent Supreme Court ruling which upheld Michigan's ban on the use of race as a factor in admissions to state universities. Rush is the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law at Washington and Lee University's Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.

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W&L Professor Puts Ukrainian Crisis in Historical Context

Richard Bidlack

Richard Bidlack, professor of history at Washington and Lee University, places the Ukrainian crisis in its historical context.

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W&L's Jon Shapiro Discusses False Confessions on WMRA's Virginia Insight Show

Prof. Jonathan Shapiro

Jonathan Shapiro, defense attorney and visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, will appear on NPR affiliate WMRA's "Virginia Insight" show on Monday, Feb. 3, to discuss the problem of false confessions.

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W&L's Strong on the Tea Party Spirit in Irish Times

Robert Strong, interim provost and William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University

Remembering the courage of Revolutionary Bostonians on the 240th anniversary of the Tea Party.

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W&L Professor Reflects on Mandela's Legacy (Audio)

Tyler Dickovick, associate professor of politics, Washington and Lee University

As soon as he heard about Nelson Mandela's Dec. 5 death, Washington and Lee University politics professor Tyler Dickovick thought back to the moment in 2002 when he had a chance to introduce himself to the revered South African leader — and couldn't.

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W&L's Gavaler on Superheroes and Terrorism in Roanoke Times

Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English, writes about superheroes as role models for terrorists in an op-ed titled "Paul Revere: superhero or terrorist?" in the Roanoke Times on Nov. 30, 2013.

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W&L Politics Professor on Change to Senate Filibuster Rule (video)

Mark Rush

Professor Mark Rush comments on the change to the filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate, why it was considered necessary and the political ramifications for the Senate.

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W&L Law Prof. Jill Fraley on 'Acts of God' in NYT Room For Debate

Jill Fraley, assistant professor of law, Washington and Lee University

Typhoon Haiyan didn't surprise anyone, so should government officials in the Philippines be held responsible for not doing more to prepare the country for the storm's onslaught?

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