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Commencement 2009

What does it take to fulfill our leadership obligation?” Clarence Otis Jr. ’77 asked the 512 undergraduates and 35 graduate students receiving their degrees during Williams’ 220th commencement exercises June 7. “I’ve come to believe it takes three things: sustained curiosity, the ability to dream big dreams and meaningful expertise, or know-how.” In his address,

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Shades of Blue

With human impacts creating a “perfect storm” for the world’s oceans, Williams alumni are working to chart a new course. By Jennifer Weeks ’83 Williams sits well inland, but oceans powerfully impact our lives even in landlocked places. They produce much of our oxygen and food. They shape weather and climate patterns. And while it’s

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Follow the Fish

By Ellie Winninghoff ‘75 Photos by Samuel M. Beebe Spencer Beebe ’68 is helping to build the 21st century deep-green economy in the Pacific Northwest. If rainforests are so important, why doesn’t anybody worry about the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest? That’s a question that plagued Spencer Beebe ’68 when he attended the Earth Summit

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Unplanned Lessons

by Zelda Stern Professors impart knowledge; students receive it. That’s the basic contract at any institution of higher learning. But sometimes, without anyone being immediately conscious of it, the flow of learning reverses and students teach something to their professors. We asked Williams faculty members to share what they’ve learned from students—and their stories provide

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