Can Religion Be Explained? [past event]


Lecture:  Can Religion Be Explained?

Speaker:  Johannes Bronkhorst

Tuesday 17 March, 5:30 pm in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library

Professor Bronkhorst’s talk is part of the the Root Lecture Fund series, which was established by Robert W. Root (W&L ’42) in 1991 to support guest speakers selected by the W&L Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion.

Our speaker has concentrated on the history of Indian thought and published on a range of topics, including indigenous grammar and linguistics and the interaction among Brahmanism, Buddhism and Jainism in their philosophical schools and religious practices.   One of the possible explanations he will explore in his talk on the explanation of religion draws from cognitive science and neuroscience.

Professor Bronkhorst earned a B.S. from the Free University in Amsterdam, an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pune (India).  He returned to the Netherlands and earned a second doctorate from the University of Leiden and taught Sanskrit and Indian studies at the University of Lausanne until his retirement.   He has published 190 research papers, all in specialized journals, and more than 15 books.   A few of his recent books are “Tradition and Argument in Classical Indian Linguistics: The Bahiranga-Paribhasa in the Paribhasendusekhara” (2013); “The Buddhism in the Shadow of Brahmanism (Handbook of Oriental Studies)” (2011); and “Absorption” (2012).



SSA Poster Sessions [past event]

SSA Poster Sessions

Friday 13 March

Leyburn Library will host two poster sessions which are part of the Science, Society, and the Arts (SSA) events on Friday.   Both sessions will take place on the Main Floor, with the first session running from 8:45 to 10:00 am and the second from 3:15 to 4:30 pm.

Students who want some last-minute help with poster preparation should schedule an appointment with Instructional Design Specialist Emily Cook.

Here is the detailed SSA schedule.

Welcome to Johnson Scholarship Candidates


The University Library joins the rest of the Washington and Lee community in welcoming to campus about 150 Johnson Scholarship candidates who will be here from Sunday to Tuesday (March 8 – 10).

We hope all the candidates will feel welcome in Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library while visiting W&L. If you have questions, please feel free to ask any members of our staff.    W&L’s interactive campus map highlights Leyburn Library and Telford Science Library.

Other information for your visit:

* Free hot drinks (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) will be available to all of our visitors, from Sunday evening through Monday night. The libations are available in the “Book Nook” area on Leyburn Library’s Main Floor.

* There are several “guest” computers, allowing password-free access to the Internet, located in front of the Information Desk in Leyburn Library. Among other purposes, Johnson candidates can use one of these computers to print airline boarding passes, without any charge.

* If you are interested in wireless access from your own machine, please follow these instructions from the W&L ITS: “Find the wireless network named wlu, connect, open a Web browser, and then enter your e-mail address.”

* A current student ID is needed to enter our library buildings after 10:00 PM.


Please let us know if you have questions.   Good luck and have a great time!