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ARTS & SCIENCES brings together people who value discovery, engagement, and action. Tell us what you're curious about, and we'll help you make your mark:

From Earth and Planetary Sciences:  students learn about the structure and history of the Earth on a field trip to the Southwest.

19thC Japanese book

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From the Libraries: scholars examine the content and material construction of 19th-century Japanese Stab Stitch binding (Credit: J. Byard)

Clock tower on South 40

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From Campus: students cross the South 40 residential area on their way to class


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With graduation just around the corner, some familiar faces wanted to say congratulations and share their advice and best wishes for the graduates. Congratulations, #WashU18, from all of us in Arts & Sciences

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Student Spotlight: Jasmine Brown and Mimi Borders

Jasmine Brown, a biology major, and Camille "Mimi" Borders, a history major, are Washington University's newest Rhodes Scholars. The Ervin Scholars and sorority sisters leaned on each other during the intense application process for Rhodes and now are best friends. Here, the two show off their British slang, scholarly research and reflect on what it means to be role models.

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Professor Rebecca Messbarger, a cultural historian of early modern medicine and director of medical humanities, discusses the importance of the medical humanities as well as her own research into the life and work of Anna Morandi Manzolini (1714-1774). The history of medicine is “embedded in the DNA of contemporary medical science and medical practice,” she says. “In order to know who we are and what we’re doing, we absolutely have to know where we came from.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Jason Green

Ervin Scholar and alum Jason Green, AB '03, who majored in political science and finance as an undergraduate, reflects on the influence of the program's founder, the late Dean McLeod, to his personal growth and commitment to public service. Green would later go on to work as associate counsel to President Barack Obama, whom he advised on legal, economic and domestic policy matters. Today, he is co-founder, senior vice president and general counsel of SkillSmart, a platform that connects job seekers with the right skill sets and experiences.

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Back in January 2016, psychologist Tim Bono offered up some research-proven tips for how to successfully build willpower. In honor of the release of Bono's debut book, we're giving the episode another listen.

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Carrying the Banner: Meet the 2018 Student Marshals

At Commencement, special students are chosen to serve as marshals and carry the banner for their school. Meet this year’s marshals for the College, the Graduate School, and University College.

Never Done Learning: Robert Hegel on a career in Chinese literature

Robert E. Hegel, professor of Chinese language and literature and Liselotte Dieckmann Professor of Comparative Literature, retires at the end of this semester. We sat down with Hegel to talk about his love of Chinese literature, watching students become colleagues, and the joy of sharing the stories you love with students.


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Due to collection moves, there will be limited access to some collections in University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections during summer 2018, starting May 22. Among other things, all visits to Special Collections at Olin Library and at West Campus will be by appointment only during the summer; allow at least two weeks’ notice.

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University College is launching a mentorship program to support students working to earn degrees and certificates. The new Mentor Collective is an online program that matches students with University College alumni and others in the university community to help them achieve academic and personal goals.

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Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton encourages others to support students through Our Washington, the annual faculty and staff campaign component of Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University. By making gifts and commitments, colleagues across campus can enhance their already valuable impact on the programs that mean the most to them. Such philanthropy provides critical resources such as new scholarships; facilities that advance learning and support research; and resources that support academic and scientific initiatives.

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