Life of the Mind

Failing to Learn

“While we can debate if creativity is an actual ‘skill,’ I strongly believe we can all be more creative by intent: we need only—just as these students did—journey in the right direction.” by Zelda Stern Mathematics professor and Gaudino Scholar Edward Burger wants more Williams students to fail. Not to flunk, of course, but rather

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Writing the West

“I always have ideas, and I’ll die with a number of uncompleted ideas—and that’s all right, too. At age 73, that’s not a bad life: to still be excited by ideas.” by Denise DiFulco While researching the papers of his latest subject, Wallace Stegner, author Philip Fradkin ’57 was surprised to come across a file

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In the News

Williams professors and others weigh in on the issues of the day. For a complete listing of media appearances, visit www.williams.edu/admin/ news/inthenews A Feb. 1 New York Times Magazine article on the growing number of women who choose to be single mothers includes research by economics professor Lucie Schmidt, who says, “What’s striking is how

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From the Bookshelf

Organizing for Good: What it Takes to Achieve Sustainable Excellence. By Michael H. Annison ’65. Outskirts Press Inc., 2008. A summary of what it takes to achieve sustainable success by rethinking the way we approach management. Amazing Kitchen Chemistry Projects You Can Build Yourself. By Cynthia Light Brown ’83. Nomad Press, 2008. The complexities of

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Art Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder what it would be like to examine a Rembrandt etching through a magnifying glass? Or analyze different states of a Whistler print? Or pore over sketchbooks that reveal the creative process of Maurice Prendergast? This summer, you can, thanks to “Behind the Scenes at the Museum,” a series of workshops presented by the

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