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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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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.

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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.

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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.

1619-2019: From Trauma to Triumph

In late August of 1619, a ship landed in Point Comfort, Virginia with what was recorded as “20 and odd Negars” on board. In the language of the era, the word ‘negar’ meant black, and these men, women and children from West Central Africa had dark skin, burnished by the sun.

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Mite work: Greenhouse uses predatory insects for pest control

The William & Mary greenhouse has started a new program to limit the use of chemicals by relying on predatory insects for pest control. It’s the biological equivalent of fighting fire with fire – and so far it’s working.

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Philosopher receives NEH summer institute grant

Elizabeth Radcliffe, Professor of Philosophy at William & Mary, and Angela Coventry, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University, have received a grant of $185,975 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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How The Kashmir Region Became A Geopolitical Hot Spot

People in Kashmir are hoping that life starts returning to normal in the next few days. Ever since the Indian government revoked the territory's limited autonomy earlier this month, millions of Kashmiris have been cut off from the outside world, living without internet or phone services. But Kashmir is no stranger to unrest. And to give us some history on how we got to this moment, we're joined now by Chitralekha Zutshi. She's a professor of history at the William & Mary.

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Get to know W&M's newest undergraduates

The Class of 2023 will include approximately 1,540 students, selected from more than 14,600 applicants. Additionally, 180 new transfer students are expected to enroll this fall.

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Remembering Toni Morrison

Faculty in the English Department share their thoughts on the passing of one of America's greatest contemporary writers.

NATO was — and still is — absolutely essential

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the most successful alliance in history. In its 70 years, NATO has brought a historically unprecedented period of great power stability to Europe. NATO’s “attack on one is an attack on all” guarantee, underscored by the presence of American military forces on the continent, assures the security of the democratic West’s territory and political institutions. A strong trans-Atlantic alliance was — and remains — absolutely essential to our defense of American national interests.

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W&M to offer Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies

William & Mary will begin offering a Japanese Studies major this fall, becoming the only public university in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in the discipline.

Intern Profile - Patrick Wise, MPP '20

My work at EPA this summer mainly entails sustaining, improving, and translating the Agency's evidence-based performance management policy implementation.

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Allison wins Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award

Lizabeth Allison, Chancellor Professor of Biology at William & Mary, has been awarded the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Rapoport and Mele on the Perot Legacy

Professor Emeritus Ron Rapoport and Nicco Mele, Class of 1999, evaluate the legacy of the late Ross Perot, business entrepreneur and two-time Presidential candidate.

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Gail Williams Wertz ’66, M.A. ’19 digs into new career

Gail is currently a full-time graduate student in anthropology and archaeology at William & Mary, returning to her alma mater after an almost 50-year career in biomedical research.

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A human approach to human anatomy

William & Mary's Human Anatomy Lab is a class that for over 50 years has allowed undergraduate students to gain an understanding of anatomy using actual human cadavers.

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Architecture instructor brings real world to W&M students

Edwin Pease, senior lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History, has taught at William & Mary since 1990 while also working full-time as a partner in Stemann Pease Architecture. His students get the best of both worlds.

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For the Glorious Fourth, the James River eagles have landed (and nested)

The Center for Conservation Biology has compiled 2019 survey results for bald eagles nesting along the James River. The breeding population has increased to 302 pairs, making the James the most significant tributary for eagles throughout the Commonwealth.