Part of a page from the graphic novel Himawari House, due out in October 2021

Stories that Connect

It sounds like a panel from a comic book hero’s story: One moment in time changed everything for Kiara Valdez ’16. It was 2015, the summer before she graduated from Williams, and an editor placed a copy of In Real Life in Valdez’s hands during an informational interview. The graphic novel, by Cory Doctorow and…

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Joey Lye, Williams Class of 2009, in an official Team Canada Softball photo, slides onto a base

Joey Lye ’09, Bronze Medalist, on Williams

Joey Lye ’09 helped Team Canada Softball to capture the Bronze Medal on July 27 at the Tokyo Olympics. With the 3-2 win over Mexico, Lye became the first Williams athlete to medal since Leslie Milne ’79 won bronze in field hockey in 1980. Lye has been a member of Team Canada for 12 years…

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Headshot of Classical Uprising founder and conductor Emily Isaacson.

A Classical Uprising

Emily Isaacson ’04 remembers attending classical concerts as a teenager, feeling the music viscerally, connecting with the sound. The music was exciting, passionate—it made her want to move her body. It let her tap into feelings she could not put into words. Yet there was a disconnect between the way the music made her feel…

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Rebecca Haile with a student from The Haile-Manas Academy in Ethiopia.

Connected to Learning

Forty-five years after fleeing Ethiopia with her family, Rebecca Haile ’86 has founded a co-ed boarding school there aimed at re-envisioning high school education—and her homeland’s future. The Haile-Manas Academy (HMA) opened its doors in January to an inaugural class of 35 ninth-graders. Named for Haile and her husband, Jean Manas, cofounders of Ethiopia Education…

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Students in the Sound and Sculpture courses at the Clark Art Institute in October

The Show Goes On

“For most students, music is a source of escape from the stress of pandemic life on campus.” So says Ed Gollin, chair and professor of music, whose department, like many in the performing and visual arts, found creative ways to connect students with audiences at a time when venues were closed to the public. Their…

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Tafara Makaza '22 in his room in Morgan Hall.

Creating Options and Opportunities

Even with his feet solidly on the ground in Williamstown, Tafara Makaza ’22 is helping to improve economic opportunities in his home country of Zimbabwe, inspired by the technology that’s a part of many students’ everyday lives. In just a few short years—and mostly from his room on campus—he has worked to help people in…

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Headshot of Laura Wang '21.

More than Medicine

The daughter of two physicians and the sister of a medical resident, Laura Wang ’21 wasn’t planning to follow her family’s career path. She came to Williams for the liberal arts. In her freshman year, she took chemistry and math classes as well as introductory economics and psychology. She decided to major in economics, but…

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Student singing in an outdoor recording booth.

A Tribute in Song

Williams students contributed vocal tracks for the opening number of a virtual tribute concert for the late Adam Schlesinger ’89. Adam Schlesinger: A Music Celebration will stream on Wednesday, May 5, at 8 p.m. EDT on the Rolling Live platform, with ticket proceeds benefiting MusiCares and New York’s Bowery Electric. Schlesinger, who died in April 2020 from…

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People who are eligible and registered wait in line to get COVID-19 vaccine at NYC Health Department Vaccine Hub at Hillcrest High School in Queens.

Vaccinations and Connections

Jonathan Landsman ’05 writes about his experience volunteering at a vaccination center in his hometown of Queens.

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A black and white photo of dancer Arthur Mitchell leaping in mid-air.

Mapping Ballet’s “Dark Stars”

A student project helps recover the stories of Black artists, schools and influences in ballet.

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