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20th Anniversary Event Series


Thank you for joining us for a wonderful 20th Anniversary Celebration!

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

Took place: Wednesday, May 12, 2021


Nicole Lynn Lewis ’03 joined the W&M community virtually as she discusses her recently published book  “Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families.” This discussion was 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. 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 is sponsored by the W&M Washington Center and W&M Libraries.

Data Privacy

Took place: Thursday, June 3


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.

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

Took place: Wednesday, June 23


Listen to the W&M Washington Center's 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 government center of excellence. Listen to Alice and Will as they discussed the books they have written or co-written and the process for writing books on politics.


QAnon: How It All Began

Took place: Tuesday, July 13

Recording unavailable at this time.

Is QAnon a cult, a conspiracy, or a movement? Let’s take a look at QAnon’s beginnings to help us better understand its current impact on our society. Listen as Candice Benjes-Small, W&M Libraries head of research, discussed this topic.

W&M Writers of Washington: Military Service Leadership

Took place: Thursday, September 23


Join us virtually for our third W&M Writers of Washington event, which focuses on military leadership during and after active duty service. Listen to a discussion with retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni D.P.S. '03 moderated by Michael Dick J.D. '06, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and W&M visiting professor of the practice, about military service leadership through the lens of Gen. Zinni's books.

This event is being sponsored by the W&M Washington CenterAssociation of 1775Office of Student Veteran EngagementWhole of Government Center of Excellence, and W&M's Military & Veterans Affairs.

Homecoming: W&M Washington Center Advisory Board Tailgate

Took place: Saturday, October 9

The W&M Washington Center and the W&M Washington Center Advisory Board were on campus during Homecoming for a meet and greet tailgate.

20th Anniversary Celebration

Took place: Thursday, November 4, 2021, 7-9 p.m., D.C. Bar Building, 901 Fourth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The W&M Washington Center thanks everyone who could attend our 20th Anniversary Celebration! Thank you for making our 20th anniversary so special!

In Gratitude: Thank you from the W&M Washington Center

Took place: Tuesday, December 14, Noon-1 p.m., Zoom 

The W&M Washington Center closed out our 20th Anniversary with this event. We expressed our thanks for your engagement this year with our last event, focused on gratitude. W&M's Martha Rouleau, adjunct lecturer of mindfulness meditation, lead a discussion on gratitude. 

In this presentation, participates were introduced to some strategies that support your resilience and well-being. By pausing purposefully for even a few moments, the mind and body can shift and reset. Through breathing techniques, experiencing nature and taking part in everyday activities, they saw that small, intentional actions can bolster your resilience on the path to well-being.