Williams College Announces 2018 Faculty Lecture Series

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 8, 2018—During February and March, Williams College will sponsor its annual Faculty Lecture Series. The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The lectures will be offered on February 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8, and 15. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry and be followed by a reception in Schow Atrium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture in the series is scheduled for Feb. 8. Rashida K. Braggs, associate professor of Africana studies, will discuss “Diasporic Research through Embodied Performance.”

On Feb. 15, Mea Cook, associate professor of geosciences, will present “Carbon Dioxide and Ice Age Cycles.”

On Feb 22, Jon Bakija, professor of economics, will talk about “Tax Policy in the Age of Trump (and Beyond).”

Bernie Rhie, associate professor of English, will present “Zen and the Art of American Literature” on March 1.

Professor of Statistics Bernhard Klingenberg will discuss “How to (Not) Lie With Statistics” on March 8.

The final talk, “Telling Tales in Medieval China” will be presented by Sarah Allen, associate professor of comparative literature, on March 15.

The Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” The current chair of the series is W. Anthony Sheppard, professor of music.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map


Published January 8, 2018