The Washington Society is an organization dedicated to the pursuit of literary culture and the art of oratory at the University of Virginia. One of the oldest such institutions in the nation, the Society has a rich history dating back to the early days of the University. The preamble to our Constitution describes this somewhat more eloquently, as does the Society’s motto: “Quam fluctus diversi, quam mari conjuncti” (“Though the waves are many, the sea is one.”)
Currently, weekly meetings consist of several literary presentations and serious or humorous debate in the style of the American Parliamentary Debate Association. Meetings are held on Thursday nights at 8:00 PM in Jefferson Hall (Hotel C, West Range). Other activities include annual oratory and literary contests and bi-annual debates with the Jefferson Society.