Parents and Family Weekend 2020

Thank you to all the parents and family members who joined us virtually for Parents and Family Weekend 2020. We hope you enjoyed the sessions and we look forward to you joining us next year.

Future Parents and Family Weekend dates have not yet been finalized but will be posted here as soon as they are set.

**Updated: September 22, 2020**

Thursday, September 24

4 - 5 p.m.
Acclimating to College During COVID  
An opportunity for First-Year parents to ask questions and hear how academics, extra-curricular activities, and student life are adapting to a unique educational year. Panelists include Lena Hill, Dean of the College, David Leonard, Dean of Student Life and Elizabeth Oliver, Interim Provost.

Please submit questions in advance here.

5 - 6:15 p.m.
Mudd Distinguished Lecture in Ethics: Ambassador Reuben Brigety   **NEW**
Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of the South: Sewanee and former ambassador to the African Union during the Obama administration, will deliver the keynote address for the 2020-2021 ethics series, "Global Ethics in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities" at 5 p.m. This series is co-sponsored by the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics and the Center for International Education. There will be a 15-minute Q&A following the lecture.

For more information, please visit

7 - 7:50 p.m.
Contact & GAB Present: Seth Meyers, Emmy Award-winning writer and the host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers"
Join the Contact Committee and Generals Activity Board for our annual Parents and Family Weekend guest speaker event! Past Contact speakers have included Anthony Scaramucci, Scott Kelly, Loretta Lynch, and Mia Hamm.

This virtual event will be open to the entire W&L community, including parents and families. The conversation will be moderated by Alecia Swasy, Donald W. Reynolds Professor of Business Journalism.

Save your seat by registering at, and submit any questions in advance by using the registration form.
**Please note additional registration is required for this event.**

Friday, September 25

10 - 11 a.m.
Student Affairs: Life Beyond the Classroom
This session is primarily for parents of first-year students and panelists will discuss the start of the academic year and various resources available to students and families.

1 - 2 p.m.
Panel Discussion about Fall Term Course: Perspectives on a Pandemic
In this session, Professors Mikki Brock and Drew Hess will discuss the design and purpose of their interdisciplinary course, "Perspectives on a Pandemic." This course exposes students to a wide variety of perspectives on our current crisis, involving guest lectures by W&L faculty working in areas ranging from religion to economics to biology. The goal is to equip students with a liberal arts approach to understanding and solving global problems.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Election 2020
Students enrolled in special topic classes on the 2020 election will present the results of their research on the topic: Which presidential election in American history helps us understand what is happening in 2020?

4 - 5 p.m.
Global Learning at W&L: Panel Discussion
This session will provide an overview of opportunities for global learning and how it may relate to a student's overall W&L education. A student panel will share what they gained through their experiences abroad.

Saturday, September 26

9 - 10 a.m.
President's Address

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Academic Life
COVID-19 has caused many changes in the academic experience, yet other parts remain the same. Join the undergraduate deans and provosts as they discuss this extraordinary year.

More information will come following your registration.

For any questions, please contact the Office of Special Events at