Category Archives: Commentary

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

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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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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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