Scene & Herd

Inch by Inch, Row by Row

Just outside Parsons House, a garden grows. The work of Williams Sustainable Growers (WSG), a student organization formed last spring and now totaling more than 100 members, the 12 raised beds are a continuing source of vegetables, ranging from lettuces and tomatoes to culinary herbs, kale, squashes, beans and heritage wheat. The project has provided

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CDE 50th Anniversary

The Center for Development Economics (CDE) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its master’s degree program with “A Half Century of Searching and Learning,” a series of public panels and lectures to be held Oct. 12-15 on the Williams campus. The principal speakers will be Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and University Professor at Columbia University,

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New Majors Offered

Under the auspices of the Center for Environmental Studies, Williams now offers majors in environmental policy and environmental science. A third new major, Arabic Studies, was also approved in April. According to the program description, the environmental policy major “combines scientific literacy with an understanding of the economic, political and cultural structures involved in institutional

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Williams Student Dies in Swiss Alps

Henry Lo, a 20-year-old junior at Williams, died on a hiking trip near Frutigen, Switzerland, on June 6. A student in the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford University, he was swept off a 100-meter cliff by an avalanche of snow, ice and rocks. According to Bern police, the avalanche appeared to have been caused by a

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Professor and Author on Autism Clara Park Dies

Clara Claiborne Park, senior lecturer in English, emerita, at the College and an internationally recognized voice on autism, died in Williamstown on July 3. She was 86. In the Williams classroom, Park was noted for her early work on female authors and characters; in the larger world, her reputation was based on two books she

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Williams Wins 14th Directors’ Cup

According to ESPN commentator Bob Ryan, Williams “is the greatest small college program in America.” He offered this assessment after Williams’ scholar-athletes once again won the Directors’ Cup awarded by the U.S. Sports Academy. The cup is given annually to the best all-around athletics program in NCAA Division III competition for team performance in 18

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Bassett, Cochran and Mandjes Named Trustees

In July, the Board of Trustees welcomed new term trustees Patrick F. Bassett ’70 and Eric L. Cochran ’82 and alumni-elected trustee Robin Powell Mandjes ’82. Bassett has been president of the National Association of Independent Schools since 2001. Previously, he was a teacher at Woodberry Forest and head at both Stuart Hall and Pomfret.

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Sculptor’s Archives Arrive at Chapin

The archival collections of Chesterwood, the Stockbridge, Mass., home of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) and his family, have been transferred to the Chapin Library by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. French, whose best known pieces include the seated “Abraham Lincoln” (1922) at the Lincoln Memorial and “Minute Man” (1875) in Concord, Mass., resided for

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Now Coaching for Williams

“I’ve been preparing for this for a long time,” says Aaron Kelton, who, after spending a dozen years as a college assistant and five more coaching high school, is now head football coach at Williams. His last job, as defensive coordinator at Columbia University, was perfect preparation, Kelton says. “Columbia was a great place for

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