Life of the Mind

The Literary Environment

by Denise DiFulco “At their best, environmental history, philosophy, religion, literary studies and the like engage the underlying assumptions of environmental policy and environmental science.” It’s an inevitable question that Jennifer French is happy to answer: How, as a professor of Spanish, did she come to be named director of Williams’ Center for Environmental Studies

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Along a Long Line

by Denise DiFulco “Maybe it’s time to start thinking about  the world as a shared space divided by scientific measure rather than national boundaries.” Several years ago art professor Mike Glier ’75 bought himself a French easel and, much like the Impressionists of the 19th century, began painting outdoors in Williamstown and near his home

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New Justice

Shortly after President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court in May, the Alumni Review asked two Williams political science professors—both alumni, at very different stages of their careers—five questions about the seat to be vacated by John Paul Stevens. Here’s what we learned: Q. What is the biggest effect that

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From the Bookshelf

Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. By Spencer Quinn (Peter Abrahams ’68). Atria Books, 2010. Canine narrator Chet and his human companion Bernie set out to solve a celebrity dog-napping. García Márquez: The Man and His Work. By Gene H. Bell-Villada, professor of Romance languages. The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

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