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Illustration by Nicolás Ortega
The Power of Narrative
Answering unasked questions.
Letter from Editor-in-Chief Amy T. Lovett
Remaining true to our values.
Letter from President Maud S. Mandel
Williams’ fall 2021 opening, new science facilities and more.
Together at Williams
Highlights from a year unlike any other: a photo essay.
Photographs by Bradley Wakoff
Mapping Ballet’s “Dark Stars”
Students recover the stories of Black artists, schools and influences.
Story by Kate Abbott ’00
More than Medicine
How future physicians benefit from liberal arts learning.
Story by Julia Munemo
An alumni-funded internship fuels a student’s interest in heritage and art repatriation.
Story by Meadhbh Ginnane ’21
From Activism to Action
The new generation of environmental justice warriors.
Story by Vicki Glembocki
Gender dynamics on Juneau’s Icefield.
Essay by Bertie Miller ’18
An Undaunted Spirit
Cancer in the time of Covid-19.
Essay by John Hubbell ’71
A Matrix of Catastrophe
Publishing a fictional account of a pandemic during a real one.
Essay by Jim Shepard
Breaking the Code
Alumnae surface the little-known stories of female codebreakers in World War II.
Conversation led by Soledad Fox Maura
Strength and Resilience
The pandemic clarifies a pediatrician’s place among the Navajo.
Essay by Jessie Kerr ’06
The Myth of the Model Minority
Situating anti-Asian racism within larger histories.
Essay by Danny Jin ’20
An American Tragedy
The double bind of being an Asian woman.
Essay by Jiayang Fan ’06
Claiming Williams: In Conversation
Michelle Alexander discusses community, fierce love and the messy path to justice.
Interview by Kelsey M. Jones ’08
Are we witnessing the death throes of white supremacy in America?
Essay by Charles B. Dew ’58
What Will Liberate Us
Modern policing is broken.
Essay by DJ Polite ’13
Where Economics Failed Us
Rethinking assumptions during a pandemic.
Essay by William E. Spriggs ’77
Post-emancipation African Americans build trust and opportunity in science and medicine.
Book excerpt by Gretchen Long
A More Peculiar Kinship
How violence, activism and an enduring freedom struggle led to a historic U.S. Senate election in Georgia.
Story by Tyran Steward
The Root of Political Violence
Making sense of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Essay by Cathy Marie Johnson
Racial Politics in the Post-Trump Era
Will provocation remain in vogue?
Essay by Matt Tokeshi