William and Mary Digest March 17

Staff writer

‘… & Mary’ theater production to highlight women of the past, future

A group of faculty and students crafted William and Mary’s unique upcoming theatrical production “… & Mary,” which will be performed at the Wren Building at 8 p.m. April 17-20. The devised theater piece was written and created this semester as part of the school’s commemoration of 100 years of coeducation.

“The audience will be surprised by the uniqueness of ‘… & Mary,’” said history major Olivia Wilson ’21, one of two dramaturgs and a deviser, as well as cast member. “It is not a normal theater production, but rather an experience which requires the audience to engage with the material and be a part of the history. As they are led around the Wren Building, audiences may be surprised at the boundaries we push and topics we tackle, which will hopefully make them ponder the commemoration of the first 24 women.”

A COLL 400 class produced the material and Professor of Theatre Claire Pamment led the course, which was co-taught by Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Wiley, Professor of Dance Joan Gavaler ’85 and Lecturer of Theatre Mark Lerman.

The result is a journey not only through the historic spaces of the Wren Building but through the 1918-19 time frame when the first women enrolled at William and Mary and on into the future generations of students to come. The performance includes puppetry, dance, physical theatre and intriguing dramatic encounters.

Scholars hope declassified Argentinian documents will bring ‘the disappeared’ back into focus

Silvia Tandeciarz, a professor of Hispanic studies at William and Mary worked with Carlos Osorio from the National Security Archive and student interns to prepare for the April 12 release of thousands of declassified intelligence documents related to Argentina’s “disappeared.”

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero presented Argentina’s minister of justice and human rights with the records during an event at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. Tandeciarz and Osorio attended the event along with two alumni.

“The idea that William and Mary students and I are playing a small part in helping tell the story, helping get at what was known, what was happening during this period and also helping bring those who were responsible for really horrific human rights abuses to justice, that to me is so important,” Tandeciarz said.

As they complete stories, the students will help compile briefing books to be published on the National Security Agency’s website.

In addition to providing answers to the families of those who disappeared and helping the Argentine government bring perpetrators to justice, one of the reasons this work is so important is because there are discrepancies between what human rights agencies and others claim to have happened.

Rowe launches ‘Planning to Plan’ at campus-wide forum

Roughly 100 faculty members, staff and students turned out April 9 for the inaugural campus forum hosted by William and Mary President Katherine A. Rowe.

The workshop was the first in a series of regular conversations Rowe plans to hold with the university community in order to increase transparency, communication, coordination and a sense of shared purpose.

The series builds on Rowe’s strategic listening initiative, “Thinking Forward,” which examined William and Mary’s future in the areas of knowledge, work and service, and laid the groundwork for strategic planning.

Through the coming year of strategic planning, Rowe will host similar gatherings in the weeks preceding each meeting of the Board of Visitors to garner input on emerging issues and ideas. After the board meets, Rowe will report back to the community through campus-wide messages.

The inaugural workshop was devoted to “Planning to Plan:” designing the upcoming strategic planning process.

“There are two high-level goals I think we ought to strive for,” Rowe said. “One is that we ought to produce a plan that advances our excellence — what’s distinctive about William and Mary — in an environment that’s very rapidly changing … The second working goal is to tackle the question of long-term financial sustainability in service to our academic mission.”

School held annual Day for Admitted Students

About 14,670 people applied to be members of William and Mary’s next freshman class and on March 23, more than 5,000 letters of acceptance were sent to applicants. The Class of 2023 is expected to comprise about 1,540 students, including 30 participants in the St. Andrews William and Mary Joint Degree Programme, when the new academic year begins in August.

“As was clear in their applications, this year’s admitted students have much to offer our community,” said Tim Wolfe, associate provost for enrollment and dean of admission. “Each student has a compelling story to share and contribute, and I believe the Class of 2023 will prove to be an excellent fit for William and Mary.”

This year’s admitted students represent 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, along with 60 other countries. Thirty-seven percent are students of color and 7 percent are international. About 88 percent of those accepted ranked in the top 10 percent of their classes.

About 1,000 admitted students, plus 2,000 family members attended Saturday’s festivities, including a campus tour, mock lectures and information sessions about academic advising, diversity, research and other aspects of life at the university.

Items used are from William and Mary news releases.

Martin can be reached at (757)-243-3685, by email at sararose.martin@vagazette.com or on Twitter at @SaraRoseMartin.

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