Pics from Spring Term Festival


The #wluspring hashtag in Twitter includes some great pictures from the Spring Term Festival in Leyburn Library.


The Washington and Lee Spring Term concludes each year with a two-hour Spring Term Festival, at which faculty and students have the opportunity to present or perform the work and projects they accomplished during the four-week Spring Term.

This year’s event will take place on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library on Friday 22 May from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm.   This celebration of the amazing work done during our unique Spring Term will include posters,  slide shows or other visual demonstrations, performances — and refreshments!

Over 30 classes will present their work, with eleven classes using multimedia presentations.   And, like they say on TV, there’s more:  “More” in this case includes both flying robots and soliloquies from Hamlet — not from the same class, so they will not “fly at any thing we see.”   (Act 2, Scene 2)     Should be safe.

100+ Years of the Ring-Tum Phi Now Online


The Washington and Lee University Library is pleased to announce that its painstaking digitization of the student newspaper The Ring-tum Phi is now complete through the spring of 2013, with all available issues accessible online through the University’s Digital Archive.

You can view the digitized Ring-tum Phi via the University Library’s link to the Digital Archive or by finding the Ring-tum Phi entry in the library catalog.

The Phi probably is the longest-running record of life at W&L, and the latest additions extend our online coverage to include 1897 through 2013.  For various reasons, some issues of the Phi are missing from the database — Volume 18 (1914-1915), Volume 22 (1919), Volume 31 (1927-1928),  and Volume 32 (1928-1929).   The Phi was not produced in 1944-45.
Those of you looking ahead to the 2016 Mock Convention might be interested in the Phi‘s coverage of the 2012 convention (and more).

If you have questions about this project or about the Digital Archive program, please feel free to contact Digital Scholarship Librarian Alston Cobourn at or 458-8657.

“Climate Change: Should We Worry?” [past event]


Lecture: “Climate Change: Should We Worry?”

Speaker:  Sir Crispin Tickell

Tuesday 5 May — 5:30 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library

Sir Crispin Tickell, a former British diplomat with particular interest in the relationship between the environment, politics and business, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on May 5, at 5:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.

“Over the last 250 years human activities have accelerated change, with wide regional variations and multiple effects,” said Tickell. “It is already the subject of widespread debate, especially on future energy policy and management of changes in atmospheric chemistry, whether caused by humans or natural, sometimes catastrophic, events.”   In answer to the title of his talk, he said, “Yes, we should worry, and we should do something about it.”

Tickell served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for Overseas Aid, and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, among other things. He was also warden (or president) of Green College, Oxford, and chancellor of the University of Kent. He is now on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University.  He has connections with a number of universities in the United States, including Harvard, Columbia and Arizona State, where he is adviser at large to the president of the university. He has advised a wide range of governments and international agencies, and published extensively on environmental and related issues, especially climate change.

The lecture is sponsored by W&L’s Johnson Endowment and the Class of ’63, in cooperation with the Center for International Education.