August news for W&L alumni: events, alumni profiles and more
August 2021
As the fall semester approaches, W&L is poised for the return of students and the first in-person alumni gatherings in over a year.
In this issue:
  • New academic center to be named in honor of Ted DeLaney '85
  • W&L expands its friendship family program
  • Young Alumni Weekend returns Oct. 22-23
and other stories of note from W&L.
W&L's New Center of Southern Race Relations, Culture and Politics to be Named in Honor of Ted DeLaney
W&L's new interdisciplinary academic center for teaching and research on Southern race relations, culture, and politics will be named in honor of late professor of history emeritus Theodore "Ted" Carter DeLaney Jr. '85.
The center will explore contemporary racial issues through a variety of disciplinary approaches and theoretical perspectives, and its funding will enable W&L to recruit five faculty members over a short period of time while providing for a director, postdoctoral fellow, and administrative assistant. These new scholars will develop courses that explore racial issues through a variety of disciplinary approaches and theoretical perspectives, benefiting students of all backgrounds and from many majors and minors.
"We are excited to begin recruiting scholars for the DeLaney Center," said Provost Lena Hill. "The DeLaney Center will complement ongoing work in programs more heavily focused on diverse people from around the world. Given W&L's location and history, this new academic hub will provide distinctive opportunities for scholars whose work examines the racial issues that have defined and continue to shape the U.S. South."
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A young family at an outdoor meal at Young Alumni Weekend.
Alumni Engagement
Young Alumni Weekend is back! Graduates of 2010-2021, plan to join us on campus Oct. 22–23.
Alumni in Action
Brooklyn Oliveira '21 on the Colonnade
Brooklyne Oliveira ’21 Awarded Marquand Scholarship to Yale
The award covers full tuition and includes a $10,000 stipend toward living expenses.
Alumni Events
Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning recently hosted an inside view of faculty research into saving our planet, promoting world peace, improving our health, and enhancing our understanding of history. Recordings of all five lectures can be viewed online.

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W&L Traveller
Wild Baja: The Whales of Magdalena Bay, Feb. 2-7, 2022

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W&L Expands Friendship Family Program
The initiative matches participating W&L students with local host families interested in connecting.
Paige Anderson '22 playing the violin.
‘One More Song’
Paige Anderson '22 is spending the summer recording an album of classical violin music in memory of her grandmother.
Side-by-side pictures of a stolen statue of a Nepali deity
Lost and Found
Two presenters who met at a 2017 conference at Washington and Lee joined forces to repatriate a stolen Nepali deity.
Save the Date: Virtual Events
W&L Book Club: 'The Alice Network' by Kate Quinn
The W&L Blook Club's next selection is "The Alice Network," by Kate Quinn, a spy thriller inspired by the real-life Alice Network of spies during World War I and named one of the best books of the year by NPR.
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