“Ukraine in Crisis: A Witness to Revolution, War, and Reform” [past event]


Talk: “Ukraine in Crisis: A Witness to Revolution, War, and Reform”

Speaker: Isaac Webb, Washington and Lee alumnus, ’13

Wednesday 1 April, 4:30 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

Mr. Webb lived a year in Kyiv, Ukraine as a Fulbright scholar, watching the Ukrainian Revolution unfold. He spent part of the 2013-14 academic year traveling in eastern Ukraine and observed armed conflict around the Donestk airport, returning to Kyiv last month to see how the city had changed over the past year.

He has published numerous articles on Ukraine in the Kyiv Post, The Atlantic, Vice, and other print and online publications. Mr. Webb currently is a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

This lecture is sponsored by the W&L History and German and Russian departments, and the University Lectures Fund.

“Edible Book Event” [past event]


The W&L University Library is organizing its inaugural Edible Book Event, set to happen on Wednesday 1 April. (No fooling.)

You are invited to represent a favorite book through food.

  • Entries can be created out of anything edible — cake, grapes, pickles, whatever. (Of course, you can transport your item on something inedible — such as a plate. If you use any other inedible materials, please note that upon submission.)
  • All entries must be “bookish,” representing a book either thematically, through a character, via the depiction of the cover or the physical form, or any way you see fit. (Maybe you should avoid Silence of the Lambs. Or not.)
  • Entries may be submitted by members of the W&L community (faculty, staff, students, departments, student organizations), as individuals or as groups.

Entries must be dropped off at Leyburn Library’s Information Desk by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday 1 April.
Judging of the entries will begin at 5:30 p.m on the Main Floor, but anyone can vote for their favorite entries with dollars from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, with all donations going to Campus Kitchens.

For more information, and to sign up, go to http://library.wlu.edu/ediblebooks/

“Coping with Chaos: When Simple Systems Show Complex Behavior” [past event]

Talk: “Coping with Chaos: When Simple Systems Show Complex Behavior”

Speaker:  David Sukow, Robert Lee Telford Professor of Physics and Engineering

Tuesday 31 March, 4:30 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

Professor Sukow will deliver the Telford Professor Lecture.

Simple physical systems can display surprisingly complicated behavior that is best described in the language of nonlinear dynamics and chaos. In this talk, he will discuss some of the optical and electronic systems displaying such dynamics that he has studied in the laboratory. The common characteristic among them is their use of time-delayed feedback to create – and control – their behavior. In addition to describing these systems and their dynamics, he will discuss how we can cope with their complexity by devising elegant methods to control it, or even to make use of it through synchronization and random number generation.

“A Helping Hand for Linguistic Explorers: Audiovisual Translation” [past event]


Talk: “A Helping Hand for Linguistic Explorers: Audiovisual Translation”

Speaker: Professor Nuria Mendoza

Monday 30 March, at 7:30 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

Professor Nuria Mendoza of the Universidad Nebrija in Madrid will give a public lecture on the state of the field of audiovisual translation. The talk will be of interest to students and faculty of languages and cultures, film studies, and journalism.

This presentation is sponsored by the Class of ’63, the Provost’s Office, the Dean of the College, the Center for International Education, the Department of Romance Languages, and ESOL.

“Morality and the Self” [past event]


Talk: “Morality and the Self”

Speaker: Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the City University of New York

Monday 30 March, 5:00 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

Professor Prinz’s research focuses on the perceptual, emotional and cultural foundations of human psychology. He is also interested in the philosophy of psychology, the philosophy of the mind, cognitive science, consciousness, moral psychology and aesthetics.

He argues, based on findings in psychology and experimental philosophy, that values are central to personal identity. Morals (and religion and politics) are more important for continuity of self over time than memory, agency or other things philosophers have traditionally emphasized.

Professor Prinz’s lecture is sponsored by the Philosophy Department’s Root Lecture fund. There will be a book signing after the public lecture. For more information, see this page.

“I Love the Female Orgasm” [past event]


“I Love the Female Orgasm”

Friday 27 March, 5:00 PM in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

Speakers:  Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg

Join sex educators Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg to laugh and learn about the “Big O.”

Orgasm aficionados and beginners of all genders are welcome to come learn about everything from multiple orgasms to that mysterious G-spot.  Whether you want to learn how to have your first orgasm, how to have better ones, or how to help your partner, Marshall and Kate cover it all with lots of humor, plenty of honesty, and an underlying message of sexual health and women’s empowerment.

Presented as part of Sex Week by W&L’s Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG), SPEAK, and the Avon Foundation for Women.

“W&L Sexual Culture” [past event]


Panel:  “W&L Sexual Culture”

Wednesday 25 March, 7:00 PM in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

It’s not news that Washington and Lee University has above-average college rape statistics and a problem with gender relations.

But why is this and what can we do to try to change our university culture?   How are virgins, sexually-active students, and LGBTQ students impacted by the W&L sexual culture on a daily basis?

Come listen to a panel of students give their opinions on the matter and then share your opinion as well. All students and faculty are welcome to come discuss how to make our community a safer and sexually healthier place.

Presented as part of Sex Week by W&L’s Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG).

“Latinos and Civil Rights” [past event]


Talk: “Latinos and Civil Rights: Lifting the Cloak of Invisibility”

Speaker: Juan Cartagena, civil rights attorney

Wednesday 25 March, 5:30 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

Mr. Cartagena is president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a New York–based civil rights organization. He has represented Latino and African American communities in areas of litigation such as voting rights, access to public education, discrimination in the workplace, and language rights.

As the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act take hold on the national consciousness the role of Latino communities in both the expansion of civil rights and as victims of state-sponsored, state-ignored violence and exclusion has yet to receive full attention. This lecture will explore both historical and contemporaneous examples of this invisibility, with a particular focus on voting rights and criminal justice.

“The Memory of Silence” [past event]


Talk: “The Memory of Silence”

Speakers: Uva de Aragón, author, and Jeff Barnett, Professor of Spanish at Washington and Lee University

Tuesday 24 March, 6:00 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

This is a dual reading, with Barnett reading from his English translation of Aragón’s Spanish-language novel, a work exploring the lives of two sisters separated at the outset of the Cuban Revolution and their reunification after 40 years.

For more information on their bilingual collaboration, see this article.

Light refreshments and book signing will follow the reading, which is part of the University Library’s Author Talk Series.

Wednesday — “Leningrad Blockade” [past event]


Talk: “The Leningrad Blockade and Why It Matters”

Speaker: Richard Bidlack, Martin and Brooke Stein Professor of History, Washington and Lee University

Wednesday 18 March, 4:30 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

Professor Bidlack will discuss the nearly 900-day blockade of Leningrad by German and Finnish armies during the Second World War that resulted in the death of close to one million Leningraders. Based on his extensive research in formerly top-secret Soviet documents, he will explore several topics, including the tense relationship that existed between Stalin and Leningrad’s political bosses, how ordinary residents tried to endure hunger and extreme cold, as well as how the populace regarded their political leaders and the enemy. He also will show how the blockade history affected post-war Soviet life and politics and has helped shape President Putin’s portrayal of Russia and its place in the world