What a Week

odkIt’s hard to imagine a week filled with more big events than the one coming up, both here at Washington and Lee and beyond. Today is the University’s occasion to commemorate the birthday (202) of Robert E. Lee with the Founders Day/ODK Convocation in Lee Chapel at 11:45 a.m. featuring alumnus Jack Goldsmith.  Listen to audio and download the speech from Founders Day or watch the Goldsmith speech on W&L’s YouTube channel. Of course, it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and there are several major events associated with that holiday today, including a speech by Hilary O. Shelton, director of the Washington bureau of the NAACP, at the School of Law at 1:30 p.m. and a community birthday party from noon to 3 p.m. in the Elrod Commons. Tuesday, of course, is the inauguration of Barack Obama. Some members of the W&L community will be traveling to Washington by chartered bus, and we have established a special blog to capture their thoughts and photos along the way. In addition, the Elrod Center will have big screen televisions in the Living Room and the Marketplace as well as a feed to Stackhouse Theatre for those who want to gather and watch the events. Then on Friday and Saturday, the annual Institute for Honor will discuss sports and honor, which promises to be a fascinating program. Unfortunately, NCAA President Myles Brand, who was scheduled to give the keynote, is unable to attend. Brand announced on Saturday that he is being treated for pancreatic cancer. Wallace Renfro, Brand’s top assistant, will make that presentation. Other speakers include Jeffrey Toobin and Charley Casserly. Stay tuned for video from the Institute.

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