To commemorate the 277th anniversary of George Washington’s birth, Washington University in St. Louis scholars will examine the legend versus the real man, and consider whether the philosophical and moral ambiguities he wrestled with during his lifetime have modern connotations.

Panelists are David Konig, Ph.D., professor of history in Arts & Sciences and professor of law in the School of Law; Linda Nicholson, Ph.D., the Susan E. and William P. Stiritz Distinguished Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and History, both in Arts & Sciences, and Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in political science in Arts & Sciences.

Konig teaches colonial American history and civilization. His research interests include the development of constitutional and legal institutions in early America, Anglo-American legal history, and American culture studies.

Nicholson specializes in feminism, gender studies, relationships, women, men, and social identity.

Rehfeld’s research interests include modern political thought, democratic theory, American political development, and public policy. He has a joint appointment in social thought & analysis.

The event will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 18 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge. For information about George Washington Week visit http://george.wustl.edu/.

Following the talk at 7:45 p.m. in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge, The Political Science Student Association (PSSA) will host and moderate “Red vs. Blue,” a trivia competition between the College Republicans (CR) and the College Democrats (CD). The event will last one hour and will feature questions on current events, political science, law, history, and odds ‘n ends. It is informal and fun. Students are encouraged to come out and cheer on either CR or CD. A reception will precede the event from 7:15-7:45.