On George Washington’s Birthday

In early June of 2021, the Board of Trustees of Washington and Lee University announced its plan to retain the name of the university.  At the same time, it took a number of other steps.  Among these was to discontinue Founders’ Day.  For the past three years, The Generals Redoubt has sought to keep the tradition alive.  This year…

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It’s Not Too Late To Save W&L

The Generals Redoubt is pleased to share the insightful letter below from one of our board members. Judith Conlin provides an interesting perspective as both a W&L parent and an alumna of Harvard. She has witnessed first-hand the dramatic changes at both universities in recent years and holds out hope that W&L may avoid many…

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Founders’ Day:  Back By Popular Demand

W&L’s leadership made the regrettable decision in 2021 to “discontinue” Founders’ Day, for reasons they never made clear.  Without George Washington and Robert E. Lee, W&L would not exist and would never have produced generations of virtuous and honorable alumni.  Lee and Washington deserve to be remembered and honored not only for their contributions to…

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Not too Late for Year-end Gift

Dear Friend,  There is much to celebrate this holiday season!  This month has been record-breaking in terms of fundraising and friend-raising for The Generals Redoubt, and there’s still time to join our cause!    Our recent panel on DEI Policies in Education, featuring Carol M. Swain, PhD. and Marc Lamont Hill, is evidence of what…

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Merry Christmas

Two Timely Book ReviewsBy Dr. Walter Beverly, W&L, Class of 1971  Author John Ellis was recently in the news, in his article “Higher Ed Has Become a Threat to America”, [Wall Street Journal, 12-4-23]. Ellis illuminates American academia’s downward path of socialist mendacity running amok on America’s campuses.   For anyone who has lately come…

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Annual Fund 2023

Dear Valued Friend, We hope this letter finds you well and in good spirits.  As we reflect on what The Generals Redoubt is doing, we are grateful for your ongoing encouragement and support.  Our mission of empowering alumni, students, and parents in the Washington and Lee community to advance our unique history and traditions of…

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What Can the Generals Redoubt Do?

We often hear from our supporters how shocked and dismayed they are by the recent creep of woke culture on campus at W&L.  Many want to know what we are doing to change things. That’s a fair question. The mission of The Generals Redoubt is to empower alumni, students, and parents in the W&L community…

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Revisiting Charlottesville From 2017 to 2023

The journey leading to the creation of The Generals Redoubt began with what the media tagged as the “Unite the Right” rally that occurred August 11-12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Various right of center groups gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a public park.  This incident, resulting in a tragic death…

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Cover Letter for Can a Donor Revolt Save American Universities

To Our Readers:  In my search for reliable reporting on higher education, I have largely abandoned the main street press and current broadcasting outlets.  More than a year ago I subscribed to The Free Press, published on Substack and founded by a New York Times newsroomrefugee, Bari Weiss.  As a subscriber I have the right to share…

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Is Ideological Indoctrination Trumping Academic Integrity?

These pages recently reported some initial thoughts on growing disclosures of questionable behavior by Boston University Professor Ibram X. Kendi’s management of a “Center for Antiracist Research” there.  For additional perspective on this matter, we are sharing with you today a longish, but we believe worthwhile, extract from a recent podcast of The Glenn Show.  The…

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