Jul 31, 2020
Nine years ago, Congressman John Lewis delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Mary Washington, exhorting them to get into Good Trouble, but UMW has a long history of doing that work already. Did you know that in 1998, students kept the university from changing its name to Washington and Monroe University? Or that the school had its own Occupy movement in 2011? Or that an organization that had its first office in a Mary Wash dorm closet has now had over 7,000 volunteers? As part of this year’s first-year experience, Good Trouble: UMW, a podcast, will launch its first episode on Tuesday, August 4. The podcast looks at the history of student activism at UMW, with interviews from students, alumni, and faculty who worked to change the university, the state, and the world.