2023 CDS Showcase

Welcome to the Spring 2023 CDS Showcase! Check out this great work from our students over the week of April 17-21:

Monday, April 17, 2023

“The Little Things” – Premieres at noon

A film by A.J. Gluchowski Film and Cultures

(Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh,

Scotland) Study Abroad in Spring 2023

“The Little Things” is a short film that I and a few classmates put together for our Film and Culture final project at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. The film features a friend and classmate, Katya Lammey, going through the motions of life in university. I am responsible for the majority of the filming, editing, and production. I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Ethics of the Aesthetics – Premieres at noon

Presenters: Addy Reeher, Brian Wolf, and Lauryn Taylor COMM 460:

Seminar in Digital Rhetoric

This presentation will discuss the class digital literacy project completed in COMM 460. We will discuss the process and final product created. Our goal was to create entertaining and informative content that informs the target audience about social media–specifically, the role and impact of algorithms, social media dependency, connection, and visual rhetoric.


Wednesday, April 19, 2023

“That Dragon Cancer” and Catharsis Via Video Games – Premieres at noon

Presenter: Sonia Joshi DGST 491 Honors Individual Study Although video games are still just a leisurely activity for many, narrative-based games can also provide a therapeutic and beneficial catharsis for players who have experienced trauma. For this video essay, I will share one of the three examples I discussed in my larger paper. I’ll talk about That Dragon, Cancer, and how it was not only cathartic for the family who developed it for their dead son but other players— including myself as I attempted to cope with the loss of my grandfather.


Fixing the Bechdel Wallace Test: An Analysis – Premieres at 1pm

Presenter: Pearl Lee DGST 395: Applied Digital Studies The Bechdel test is a way to “measure” how feminist a film or other media but the rules of passing the Bechdel test is too simple and was never intended to use in a widespread setting. I want to create a new Bechdel test that not only solves the current criticisms of the original test but also pushes the boundaries of the original test.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

UMW Debate Presents a Public Debate on Freedom of Expression – April 11, 2023 – Premieres at noon

Avery Dover and the UMW Debate Team

This is a researched and performed public debate on the freedom of expression on college campuses!


Nyc Gal N X – Available at 1pm

Thembi Costa

Journalism Study Abroad  Website






Friday, April 21, 2023

Shaping Solar in Southwest Virginia – Premieres at noon (coming soon)

Emily Hemphill

JOUR 491

In my article, told through the lens of local activist Crystal Mello, I study the multifaceted issue of energy corporations seeking to construct solar farms in rural, low-income communities in Appalachia.