Hands-on Learning

When the pandemic closed Williams’ campus in the spring of 2020, Allie Campbell ’21 started tutoring elementary and middle school students remotely from her hometown in New Hampshire. She returned to Williams in the fall, eager to connect with young students in a practical, hands-on way. She signed on as a writing fellow with the…

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At the Helm of Himal Southasian

Originally from Nepal, Shubhanga Pandey ’17 studied astrophysics at Williams and stayed up to date on happenings from home by reading Himal Southasian magazine. The 30-year-old print and online publication was known as the South Asian New Yorker, featuring longform pieces on politics that Pandey says kept him connected to a place that is largely…

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Finding Her Yes

Some people want to follow a blueprint for their lives, planning each careful step along the way. Meanwhile, Allison Achauer ’93, tailor to the stars, says she prefers to fly by the seat of her well-made pants. When she signed up for a course in costume design with Williams Lecturer in Theater Deb Brothers, Achauer…

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Blurring the Boundaries

The Global Ocean, taught this semester by the five faculty members who constitute the Williams-Mystic program, is among several new courses introducing Williams students to the interdisciplinarity of the sea.

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Veteran Commitment

Over the summer, Williams hosted the Warrior-Scholar Project, an immersive, intensive, academic boot camp for active duty service members and veterans around the country seeking to attend college. The 15 or so participants studied the American ideal of democracy, federalism and public service, among other topics, guided by several Williams professors, staff, students and community…

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Ephs Pumpkin Carving Stencils

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On Whiteness

I am white. What can I do to help? It’s a question Ali Michael ’00 has returned to again and again in her 15-year career as a racial justice educator and writer focused primarily on whiteness. Michael, who has a master’s degree in anthropology and education and a Ph.D. in teacher education, co-founded the Race…

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Chapin Hall at Williams College is seen from the front and its columns are decorated with banners spelling out V-O-T-E.

Election 2020: Voting Challenge Accepted

In a mid-October letter, President Maud S. Mandel encouraged all members of the campus community to take part in the political process. “No matter which party, candidate or ideology you may support, the state of our national political culture is cause for concern,” she wrote. “It’s the job of a school like Williams to help…

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An aerial view of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia shows a circular brick wall lined by lights all around, with a grassy lawn in the middle.

Building Up Their Memory

History professor Michael Lewis reviews architecture for the Wall Street Journal. In his latest piece, he writes about the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia, which honors the thousands of slaves who constructed the school, many of whom remain unidentified.  You can read the full story on the Wall Street Journal website…

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Two students check in to a temporary testing site by holding their I.D.s up to a plexiglass barrier, on the other side of which a volunteer checks them in.

How a Pioneering Covid Testing Lab Helped Keep Northeast Colleges Open

Melissa Korn of The Wall Street Journal wrote about how the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard processes 45,000 Covid-19 tests a day for more than 100 colleges, including Williams. You can read the full story on the Wall Street Journal website (note that you will need a paid subscription or sign up for a…

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