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20th Anniversary Event Series

Join the Center for a variety of events in 2021! 

Upcoming Events
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W&M Writers of Washington: ‘Pregnant Girl‚’ A Book Discussion With Nicole Lynn Lewis ’03

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 6-7:30 p.m.

Join Nicole Lynn Lewis ’03 virtually as she discusses her book coming out May 4, “Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families.” This discussion will be moderated by Chon Glover M.Ed. ’99, Ed.D. ’06, W&M’s chief diversity officer, and Mariana Eraña Salmerón ’21, Center peer ambassador and a former Study in D.C. student, as they explore Nicole’s personal experience of being a teen mom and becoming a successful founder and CEO of a nonprofit, Generation Hope.

This event will be a virtual Zoom Webinar.

This event is sponsored by the W&M Washington Center and W&M Libraries

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Data Privacy

Thursday, June 3, 3-4 p.m

Save the date! Join Michael Lewis, department chair of computer science, as he moderates a virtual discussion with data privacy leaders.

This event is sponsored by the W&M Washington Center, Alumni Career Management and Professional Networks, and Computer Science Department.

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W&M Writers of Washington: The Politics of Writing About Politics

Wednesday, June 23, 5:30-7 p.m.

Join the W&M Washington Center for our second Writers of Washington book talk with Alice McKeon '04 and Will Payne '01 moderated by Kay Floyd '05, W&M's director of the whole of goverment center of excellence. Listen to Alice and Will as they discuss the books they have written or co-written and the process for writing books on politics.


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Thank You Celebration for all 2021 Washington Center Donors

Anyone who gives in 2021 to the Center will automatically receive an invitation to the signature 20th Anniversary event. Check out our private giving page to learn more about how your gift can help increase Study in D.C. program accessibility for all W&M students! We are planning this event to be in-person (if we are safely able to do so)!

Thursday, November 4, 2021, Time TBD

Past Events
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W&M Washington Center 20th Anniversary Kickoff Event: A Look Back at the Beginning

Took place: Thursday, January 14, 2021


This virtual event looked back at the beginnings of the W&M Washington Center with some of the people who helped establish it, including:

  • Stewart H. Gamage ’72, former W&M Vice President for Public Affairs, 1994-2008
  • Mitchell B. Reiss, former W&M Director of the Reves Center and Dean of International Affairs, 2002-2003
  • W. Taylor Reveley III L.L.D. ’18, Hon. ’18, 27th President of W&M, 2008-2018
  • Timothy J. Sullivan ‘66, 25th President of W&M, 1992-2005
  • Susan Hall Wayland ‘68, inaugural Washington Office Director, 2001-2003
Saving Justice: A Book Discussion with James Comey

Took place: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

W&M and Study in D.C. professor Chris Nemacheck and former Study in D.C. alumnus Will Goncher ’19 interviewed James Comey ’82, LL.D. ’08, former FBI director and former Study in D.C. professor, about his recently published book "Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust."

In conjunction with this exciting event, James Comey offered 10 personalized signed copies of his book to the top 10 donors on February 3. Donors donated to either the Study in D.C. Scholarship or the James and Patrice Comey Washington, D.C. Scholarship Endowment. This opportunity was limited to U.S. mailable addresses only. The Center will reach out to the top 10 donors within the coming weeks.

Thank you to James and Patrice for their ongoing support of the W&M Washington Center!

This event was not recorded.

State of Modern Teaching in D.C.

Took place: Wednesday, February 10, 2021


This event was a virtual discussion highlighting the unique experiential learning model used in all of W&M Washington Center's Study in D.C. opportunities. Our professors discussed how they were are able to take advantage of all that our nation’s capital has to offer through connections to D.C.-area institutions, our robust D.C.-area alumni base and more!

Featured faculty included:

  • Adam Barger Ph.D. '16, W&M Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation
  • Claire McKinney, Department of Government
  • Anne Rasmussen, Department of Music
  • Alison Scott, Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences
  • Drew Stelljes Ph.D. '07, School of Education
The Race to April 30: Presidential Administrations and the First 100 Days

Took place: Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Policy leaders in national security, diplomacy and international development held a discussion about the first 100 days of presidential administrations. This panel event was followed by breakout sessions facilitated by W&M faculty.

This event is sponsored by the Global Research Institute, W&M Washington Center and the W&M Alumni Association.

The Future Is Bright in D.C.

Took place: Wednesday, April 7, 2021


This event was a virtual discussion on how nonprofits have leveraged the pandemic in positive ways to advance their missions. BOV member S. Douglas Bunch '02, J.D. '06 explored this topic with Shelley Goode of the Kipp Foundation, Scott Gemmell-Davis '17 with the Armed Services Arts Partnership, Jane Knott Powell '85 of The Dream Project and Will Smith '14 with LEAD Africa.

Experiential Teaching & Learning in Washington, D.C.

Took place: Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Join the W&M Washington Center and current Study in D.C. Faculty and Staff as they discuss what experiential teaching and learning looks like in the nation’s capital. This event showcase will offer attendees a chance to listen and ask questions of our guest panelists in a discussion moderated by Washington Center Director Roxane O. Adler Hickey M.Ed. ’02:

  • Adrienne Petty, History Associate Professor
  • David Trichler, Global Research Institute Director of Programs & Outreach
  • Caro Rivera ’23
  • Astrid Garcia ’23