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Defense Day

In the last week of class in each semester, students give presentations on one of their papers from that semester. They then defend their work, responding to questions from the tutor and the audience. Students are required to make a poster to help the audience understand their topic.

After defenses, the tutor awards the Lewis Prize for Excellence in Writing, House Prizes, and any other prizes students have earned that semester.

The event concludes with a reception.

Defense Day also includes a service project. In the past, students have competed by House to bring in canned goods for local food drives and have made Christmas cards for American soldiers overseas.

You can view pictures of previous Defense Days here:

Pictures from the Fall 2017 Defense Day are below – the event concluded with a potluck supper and English country dancing:

A full program!


Students’ posters hang beside the supper tables.


Bags hold 146 Christmas cards for American soldiers made by members of each of the four houses – Clement, Lafayette, Alfred, and Ulma.


A few of the 146 Christmas cards students made for American soldiers overseas

Image: A student presents during Defense Day, Fall 2015