Category Archives: Commentary

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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Confrontational Education vs. Content Delivery

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

Marc Conner, associate provost and James and Jo Ballengee Professor of English, writes about the limitations of online learning in an op-ed in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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W&L Politics Professor Evaluates Gubernatorial Election Results (Audio)

Mark Rush, professor of politics and law

Mark Rush, the Waxburg Professor of Politics and Law at Washington and Lee, thinks pundits need to be cautious in drawing connections between the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia

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W&L Law's Russ Miller Discusses German Reaction to NSA Spying (Audio)


What are the differences between the German and United States views of surveillance?

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Clearing a Path for Ethics in the 21st Century

Roger Mudd '50

Roger Mudd, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1950, writes about ethics and the new Roger Mudd Center for ethics in an op-ed in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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