Welcome to the online home of The Washington Society, or “The Wash”, at the University of Virginia. We are an organization dedicated to the pursuit of literary culture and the art of oratory at the University of Virginia. Founded in 1831, the Society has a rich tradition as well as an active membership of more than 100 students from all disciplines.

Weekly meetings consist of several literary presentations, parliamentary-style debate, and an atmosphere of genial friendship. We meet at 8pm on Thursday nights at Jefferson Hall (Hotel C, West Range).


Members of the Society enjoying some snow

Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.

Spring 2019 Provisional Member Class

The Washington Literary Society does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family and genetic information, in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Governor’s Executive Order Number One (2014), and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Virginia prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault, and other forms of interpersonal violence.