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The Moment is the Movement: A History of the BSU at W&J

March 11, 2021
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The 2020s WASHINGTON, PA (March 11, 2021)-The year 2020 brought clarity of vision to many Americans in examining the racial inequities that still persist in our country, and W&J College is no exception. Today, students in the BSU are still facing many of the same cultural difficulties that affected the students that came before them. …  

A Cultural Renaissance: A History of the BSU at W&J College

March 11, 2021
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The 1990s WASHINGTON, PA (March 11, 2021)-The 90s were a time for getting the groove back-which is exactly what the W&J Black Student Union did. There was a renewed interest in cultural representation on campus, first heralded by Will Thomas’s ’91 organization CASE (Cultural Awareness Support Enrichment group) in the late 80s. “When I came …  

Bringing a Chair to the Table: A History of the BSU at W&J College

March 11, 2021
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The 1970s WASHINGTON, PA (March 11, 2021)-Women may have been new to the W&J campus in 1970, but Black students weren’t. It was curious, then, to students like Phyllis Glover Cucchiani ’74-one of the first black women on campus-that there was no sign of an organization dedicated to students of color, creating an invisible barrier …  

Symposium on Democracy Breakout Sessions Highlight W&J Student, Faculty Research

March 8, 2021
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Washington & Jefferson College’s fourth annual Symposium on Democracy included breakout sessions hosted by W&J’s students and faculty members.

W&J senior presents work at NASA conference

March 3, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 3, 2021)—Washington & Jefferson College neuroscience and Spanish major Julia Schaffer ’21 recently presented research at the 2021 NASA Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop—and she did it from the comfort of W&J’s campus. Prior to the virtual conference, Julia connected with the Office of Residence Life to set up a safe space …  

Leadership in Unprecedented Times: Mich. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Speaks During Symposium on Democracy

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—As election officials across the country have ensured the integrity of the 2020 general election, they have faced intense political pressure and threats on their and their family members’ lives. Through all of this, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has been a thoughtful and leading voice in the national conversation …  

Understanding White Supremacy: Author and historian Kathleen Belew reviews history of the white power movement in U.S. during Symposium on Democracy

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—To say we’re living in divisive times is putting it mildly. In an examination of recent history incorporating her research as a “historian of the present,” Kathleen Belew discussed the recent rise in prominence of the white power movement in the United States and the history of the fringe movement from …  

Freedom on the Net: Adrian Shahbaz Shares Global Overview of Human Rights in the Digital Age

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—“Freedom on the Net – A Global Overview of Human Rights in the Digital Age” was the topic of a talk by Adrian Shahbaz, Director of Technology and Democracy at Freedom House, during Washington & Jefferson College’s fourth annual Symposium on Democracy, held Feb. 17, 2021. Shahbaz presented findings from Freedom …  

Capturing History: Symposium on Democracy speaker Pat Benic ’70 reflects on career, recalls experience at Jan. 6 insurrection

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—It was supposed to have been the easy job. At least, that’s what Pat Benic ’70 thought when he went to work on Jan. 6, 2021, to photograph congress certifying the votes in the 2020 Presidential Election. On Feb. 17, Benic retold his experience from that day to a virtual audience …  

Going Underground: Nathan Law returns to W&J Symposium on Democracy to talk about Hong Kong updates, his exile, and the next steps for the Umbrella Movement

March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2021)—What a difference a year makes. In his second appearance at Washington & Jefferson College’s annual Symposium on Democracy, activist Nathan Law noted some of the changes that have taken place in Hong Kong and in the world since his 2020 talk—global pandemic notwithstanding. “Last year, I came to W&J’s campus …