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W&L’s Annual Spring Term Showcase to be Held May 24 in University Library Students and faculty will summarize and display their Spring Term research and coursework.

DSC01486-600x400 W&L’s Annual Spring Term Showcase to be Held May 24 in University Library
Washington and Lee University will hold its annual Spring Term Showcase on Friday, May 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. in University Library’s main level and lower level I. The event, traditionally held on the final day of Spring Term, is free and open to the W&L community.

The Spring Term Showcase is an opportunity for the university to recognize and celebrate the amazing work undertaken by W&L’s students and faculty during the intense and engaging four-week-long Spring Term courses. The event, which first debuted in 2010 and annually features more than 20 classes, is a joint effort sponsored by Academic Technologies, University Library and the Provost’s Office. Last year’s festival featured presentations from a diverse array of courses, including The Psychology of Magic and Deception, Active Tectonics of the Western U.S., Podcasting and Food Policy and many others.

Among the many faculty who annually take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their Spring Term classes is Don Gaylord, research archaeologist and instructor of anthropology. His Field Methods in Archaeology class will be featuring their work this year.

“I have my students present at the Spring Term Showcase every year because the results of archaeological research need to be shared with a public audience as much as with an academic one,” said Gaylord. “There are a variety of stakeholders with various interests who share a connection to the people who once lived at the archaeological sites we excavate. The broader campus community deserves to see what archaeology can teach us, and this event is the perfect means to achieve that mission.”

The 2024 Spring Term Showcase will be held on two separate levels of the library to reduce crowding and noise. Each level features multiple presentation locations, with each location tailored to the specific type of presentation. Some are classroom-focused, while others are more conducive to poster-based or multimedia presentations.

Classes interested in participating must reserve their specific space and submit their technology requests. This can be performed by visiting the Spring Term Showcase sign-up page.