Polly Wood Holland, Williams Class of 1975, wearing a hardhat, works on a float at the Hudson Scenic Studio that will eventually travel to Shanghai Disney.

Scene Setter

A love of scenic design forged at Williams has led Polly Wood-Holland ’75 around the globe and onto sets as varied as “Annie,” “The Wiz” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

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Students gathered in Paresky Center for the 2023 Summer Funded Fair.

Summer FUNding

The Williams FUNded Summer Experience Fair helped students find college-funded opportunities for summer internships, travel, research and more.

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Map of the United States from the nonprofit website Wattime, showing the grid emissions intensity by electric grid.

Data, Driven

Students learned how to harness the power of big data to develop climate solutions—and pitched their proposals to industry professionals—during a new, three-week Winter Study course taught by nonprofit founder Gavin McCormick ’05.

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Students gather around a map in the Winter Study course Maps: Past, Present and Future.

Academic Interlude

Winter Study allows students a chance to dig deep into their academic interests or pursue a new area of study altogether.

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An illustration of a microphone, headphones, a record button and speech bubbles denotes the information shared in a podcast created by Professor Joy James' students.

Looking Outwards

A class project connects the “entwined histories of liberation movements against racism, enslavement and imperialism” to the present day through a podcast that features student interviews with alums working in civil rights and human rights.

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Henry Ouellette, Williams Class of 2026, holds a blue crab during a trip with Professor Mea Cook's Oceanography Class to the New England seacoast

Drawn to the Ocean

A field trip to the New England coast and guest speakers bring to life concepts learned in the classroom in the introductory course Oceanography, taught by geosciences professor Mea Cook.

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Students in Professor Dan Barowy's class Computer Science 334: Principles of Programming Languages look closely at the Stuart Davis drawing Study for Allée (1955).

Art Across the Disciplines

In a series of videos, Williams staff and faculty discuss how works of art installed in the college museum’s Object lab enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum.

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On a balcony with brick columns and a carved stone rail, a person sits at an outdoor table set.

Eight Great Study Nooks

When you need a quiet corner of campus but the libraries are full, these off-the-beaten-path locations offer great spaces to focus.

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Williams cross-country coach Pete Farwell, who graduated from Williams in 1973, watches the men's cross country team

Running Strong

During a 44-year Williams coaching career so successful it “bends the known laws of the universe,” Pete Farwell ’73 helped countless runners find their way, writes Stephen Lane ’93 in this essay.

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In Poland, Williams sophomore Diana Sobolieva of Ukraine sets up a video camera for a documentary about Ukrainian and Afghan refugees living in Europe.

Stories from Exile

Anthropology professor David Edwards is working with students from Williams, the American University of Afghanistan and Central European University on a documentary about the lives of Afghan and Ukrainian refugees living in Europe.

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