Life of the Mind

Intellectual Connector

by Denise DiFulco “I like history on a grand scale. The Cold War. The Vietnam War. I think the bigger the question, the more interesting for students.” The field of leadership studies might be synonymous with James MacGregor Burns ’39, government professor, emeritus, who penned the groundbreaking book Leadership in 1978. But the success of

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Leap of Faith

  by Denise DiFulco “I’ve often worried that if we look at faith scientifically, we might find out that faith is a sham. But now I see that’s not true.” In reporting on the religious faith of others, Barbara Bradley Hagerty ’81 did not expect to have her own tested. It was 1995, and the

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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, click here. “If education was a good enough topic for Plato, John Dewey and William James, it should be good enough for 21st century college professors,” says Susan Engel, senior psychology lecturer and Class of 1959

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From the Bookshelf

Reality Check. By Peter Abrahams ’68. HarperTeen, 2009. A high school football star sets off across the country to find his girlfriend, who disappeared from her boarding school in Vermont. Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories. By Colin Adams, the Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics. American Mathematical Society, 2009. A

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Lunch Dates

“In order to become great teachers, students must experience what it is to be engaged, disciplined and inspired students.” That’s one tenet behind Williams’ Program in Teaching, a combination of coursework, advising, teaching experiences and guest speakers designed to help budding educators. Monthly teaching lunches, a popular aspect of the program, routinely attract 25 to

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