Features

Rural Health

Alumni are working to improve health care in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. By Michael Blanding ’95 In the shadow of shiprock, a dramatic volcanic butte rising over the plain in the northwest corner of New Mexico, stands the Northern Navajo Medical Center. It serves nearly 81,000 patients, mostly Navajo, and is located

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The (Un)Making of a Racist

In his compelling new memoir, Professor Charles Dew ’58, one of America’s most respected scholars on the history of slavery, shares the story of his childhood growing up white in the Jim Crow South and how his consciousness—and conscience—were raised at Williams. “How did someone as white as you come to study our history?” The

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Sixth Extinction

There have been five major extinction events since the evolution of complex animals. Each time, the planet underwent changes so acute and so rapid—in geological terms—that most living things were killed off before they could adapt. As our understanding about the so-called “Big Five” events has grown, we’ve come to realize that we’re now in

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Colorful Collections

Among the images featured in Williams’ new Special Collections Coloring Book is a plate from Urbain Dubois’ Grand livre des pâtissiers et des confiseurs (Great Book of Pastry Chefs and Confectioners), published in 1883. Dubois was one of the most important figures in the literature of French cuisine, serving as personal chef to the Russian

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