George Will addressed a standing-room-only crowd at R-MC.
On Thursday, March 4, 2010, Randolph-Macon College hosted “An Evening with George
Will” at 7:30 p.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, in the R-MC Center for Performing Arts,
as part of the Arthur McKinley Reynolds Lecture Series. Will spoke to a standing-room-only
crowd as he presented “The Political Argument Today,” which focused on the Washington
political scene and offered a glimpse into what the future holds for public affairs,
public policy and American society.
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R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren welcomed Will to the college, and Jessee Perry
’11 introduced him to the audience. Perry is a politics editor for the R-MC Yellow
Jacket newspaper and debater for the college’s Washington Franklin Debate
Will’s lecture, laced with humor, touched on current issues, trends and forecasts
regarding politics, the economy, education and the environment. He also talked about
his passion for baseball and, in particular, for the Chicago Cubs. After the lecture,
R-MC Political Science Professor Brian Turner addressed Will with questions that
had been collected from the audience.
Will’s visit to the college also included an informal session earlier in the day
with a group of R-MC students; the group discussed economics, the political process,
the current political climate and challenges in Washington, and baseball. In addition,
a reception/book-signing attended by alumni, parents and friends was held prior
to Will’s evening presentation.
Will is a columnist for The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine.
His syndicated news column, which has run since 1974, appears in about 400 newspapers
throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, eight collections of his Washington
Post and Newsweek columns have been published. Will has also published
four books on political theory, Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does
(1983), The New Season: A Spectator's Guide to the 1988 Election (1987),
Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and The Recovery of Deliberative Democracy
(1992) and One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of our Singular Nation
(2008). In 1990, Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which
topped The New York Times best-seller list for two months. In 1998, Scribner
published Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball,
a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Will on baseball.
On television, Will can be seen every Sunday on the ABC Network television program
This Week. He became a founding panel member of the program in 1981.
Will was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University
and earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University. He has taught political philosophy
at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Harvard University.
Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972. From
1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine.
“An Evening with George Will” was the second event sponsored by R-MC’s Arthur McKinley
Reynolds Lecture Series. The first guest speaker was former Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich, who spoke to a standing-room-only audience.
Arthur McKinley Reynolds is a retired ophthalmologist who earned a bachelor’s degree
in physics from R-MC in 1947 and a degree in medicine from VCU School of Medicine.
He is a member of the Randolph-Macon Presidents and Heritage Societies, serves on
the Boydton Society Executive Committee and previously served on the Society of
Alumni Board of Directors.