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Unexpected path brings Army vet to W&M

After a medical retirement from injuries sustained during his service, Charles “Chuck” Williamson ’21 found himself at a crossroads.

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W&M professor chronicles journey of grief, renewal in choreo-ritual

William & Mary Associate Professor Omiyẹmi Artisia Green's "Dance of the Orcas," which she has termed a choreo-ritual that incorporates dance, music and prose, will be performed Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Commonwealth Auditorium.

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Meet this year's Faculty Fellowship awardees

Each year, the Alumni Association honors five professors in the early stages of their careers who exemplify teaching excellence at William & Mary.

Rachel Oberman stands inside the server room of William & Mary’s High Performance Computing cluster.
geoLab: Students use satellites & AI to make a better world

Rachel Oberman got a call one Thursday evening during her sophomore year. A presentation for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation needed corrected boundary maps for all countries in the world. By Monday.

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Dr. David Gushee: Moral Leadership in a Divided Age

David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, gave a lecture drawing from material in his recent book, Moral Leadership for a Divided Age.

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Campaign to Save the New Deal Mural

Professor of art history, Charles Palermo, helped craft a petition that played an important part in the fight to save a '30s fresco cycle from destruction in San Francisco.

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First history of African Americans at W&M published

“Building on the Legacy: African Americans at William & Mary,” an illustrated history, was written by Jacquelyn McLendon, professor of English, emerita, and was released this month.

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Wiipongwii and Keilitz meet up in Kazakhstan

Recently Troy Wiipongwii, MPP '18, and Ingo Keilitz, visiting Professor of Public Policy, travelled to Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan for the International Association of Court Administrators at the Supreme Court.

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Eight weeks in Asia: W&M students get real-world experience a world away

Twenty William & Mary students departed for internships in Asia this summer through the Freeman Intern Fellowship Program. They returned with souvenirs in their suitcase, professional work experience on their resume and a better understanding of the career path in their future. The Freeman Intern Fellowship program places undergraduates in structured summer internship opportunities throughout East Asia. Locations include Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, the Philippines, and many more. Each student receives around $5,000 to defray living and travel expenses.

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Jane Austen fans visit William & Mary

More than three dozen women and men donning bonnets and top hats visited Swem Library last week in search of new insights into their favorite author, Jane Austen.

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W&M unifies diversity and inclusion initiatives

William & Mary is taking a university-wide approach to diversity and inclusion following task force reports by each of its five schools: Arts & Sciences, the W&M School of Education, W&M Law School, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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Why is impeachment in the Constitution?

With impeachment in the news, W&M News sat down with historian Karin Wulf to discuss the origin of the impeachment process outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

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William & Mary American Bosnian Collaboration

The ABC project is a unique international research opportunity for students interested in making a difference in the world and getting to know another culture in depth and up close. Students focus on testing educational approaches to teach English and media skills to help bridge cultural differences in the region.

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So Many Ways to Ken the Past

We can learn a lot from excavating archaeological sites. But that's just one of many ways our students and faculty reveal the past.

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Morse to explore novel 'Black Beauty' in Tack Faculty Lecture

English faculty member Deborah Morse will give fall Tack Lecture, “Liberating Black Beauty: A narrative on animal rights, gender, race and nation,” on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.

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Ferrão receives Fulbright Award

R. Benedito Ferrão, an assistant professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to India in the field of literature.

Xu Liu receives IEEE award

Xu Liu has received a 2019 IEEE Computer Society TCHPC Early Career Researchers Award for Excellence in High Performance Computing.

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A passion for dance and justice

When Leah Glenn first considered designing a study abroad program to Cape Town, she knew dance would be more than a physical activity to complement coursework.

Advisor of the Year 2019

Professor Anya Lunden is the 2019 Monica Potkay Advisor of the Year.

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The Opening of a Child Language Lab

Dr. Kate Harrigan and research assistants announce the completion and opening of new Child Language Lab at William & Mary.

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W&M faculty, students excavate Sanctuary of the Great Gods

William & Mary Classical Studies Lecturer Andrew Ward and Assistant Professor Jess Paga took three students to excavate the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the Greek island of Samothrace from June 23 through Aug. 11.

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Department Hosts First Archaeology Day

On September 21 the department hosted the first W&M Archaeology Day, at which students and faculty of several departments shared news of their research and excavations.

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25 years after genocide, Rwandan survivors teach students about forgiveness

William & Mary students went on a soul-searching trip through Rwanda this past summer to explore the country’s efforts at peace education and forgiveness since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that killed more than 1 million people.

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William & Mary’s freshman phage lab goes viral for the 12th straight year

A new lab of select William & Mary freshmen takes on the study of bacteriophages each fall. It’s a program supported by the Science Education Alliance of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute called the Phage Hunters Advancing Genomic and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) project.

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The 1619 anniversary: Where does the American story begin? | Opinion

Four hundred years ago, in August of 1619, more than 20 African captives arrived by ship to the English colony of Virginia, predating the Mayflower journey that brought English Pilgrims to what is now Massachusetts by a year. As recently explored in the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, this anniversary reignites questions about American history, including: Which stories has it prioritized, and which has it left out?

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An Artist's Gift

Alumnus Dr. William H. Sterling leaves a gift that would benefit the university's Department of Art & Art History

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Q&A: Robert Trent Vinson on the history, legacies of 1619

W&M News recently talked with Robert Trent Vinson, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of History and Africana Studies, about 1619, its significance and its part in the upcoming ASWAD conference.

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LGBT Children's Book in 20 Languages

Jonathan Branfman, visiting assistant professor in FMST and GSWS, has published the LGBT children's book: "You Be You! The Kid's Guide to Gender, Sexuality & Family".

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Lemon Project fosters historical discussion, will host campus symposium

As the new academic year begins, the Lemon Project is celebrating its ninth year of working towards discovery and reconciliation for African Americans enslaved by the College of William and Mary in the early days of its history. As it nears the completion of its first decade in operation, the Project continues to build scholarship and awareness of these untold stories through research, open dialogue and community engagement.

William & Mary Ph.D. student Shuangli Du and staff scientist Dr. Doug Beringer working in front of computers inside William & Mary’s Ultracold AMO Physics Laboratory.
Using ultracold atoms to find WMDs

Seth Aubin, associate professor of physics at William & Mary, recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new type of instrument capable of detecting hidden infrastructure for weapons of mass destruction.

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Doctoral research details Magruder neighborhood history

In his William & Mary doctoral dissertation, Travis Harris Ph.D. '19 details how residents of the predominantly African American neighborhood of Magruder were displaced when the Navy took over their property to build Camp Peary in the early 1940s.