Scene & Herd

Spencer Elected President of Bates

A. Clayton Spencer

A. Clayton Spencer ’77, who has served on the Williams College board of trustees since 2003, was elected president of Bates College in December. Spencer currently serves as vice president for policy at Harvard University and has worked for four Harvard presidents to shape key initiatives over the past 15 years. She also was chief

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Big Thinking

On Nov. 1, the campus was treated to another installment of the Williams Thinking lecture series. Questions explored by faculty this time around were: What was the Greatest Revolution? The Iranian revolution “brought back religion as an entity, as a force to be reckoned with in politics and in government. … It changed how we

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From Hurt Comes Hope

In the days following the discovery of a racist and violent message scrawled on a wall inside Prospect House, more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff came together to support each other and work toward building a stronger, more inclusive community. The crime was still under investigation by Campus Safety and Security, Williamstown Police and

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Chomsky Leads Off Public Affairs Forum

Noam Chomsky

Is there such a thing as humanitarian intervention? It’s a question public intellectual and activist Noam Chomsky pondered during a September lecture that packed the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s MainStage. Humanitarian intervention, Chomsky argued, has become inherently political, rarely carried out without ulterior motives. In the past, he said, the argument was that

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Reading “Fun Home”

Fun Home

Over Winter Study, students, faculty and staff are exploring Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, for Williams Reads, now in its sixth year. Check out for a full schedule of lectures, discussions and other events related to the book.

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Race to First Place

Cross country runner Chiara Del Piccolo ’14 finished the 2011 season with the Div. III NCAA Cross Country Championship title and a 6-kilometer time of 20:52.08. But Del Piccolo didn’t begin the season as the number-one Eph. In fact, over the last year she’s improved from 55th in the nation to number one. Del Piccolo says

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Further Afield

Williams professors in the news Blacks were taught in their homes, churches and schools how to handle discrimination from whites—“how they had to be quiet, how to talk back with their eyes, how to resist or to fight back without actually raising a hand or raising their voices,” history professor Leslie Brown says in a

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