January at Williams is Winter Study, an intentional break between the fall and spring semesters that allows students and professors time to stretch their intellectual muscles in ways they might not during the regular academic year. Ways that include studying the art and science of glassblowing in a converted chemistry lab. Or making a group exercise of reading War and Peace in its entirety.
When CBS News rolled into Williamstown in February 1964 for an interview with President John E. Sawyer ’39 and University of Texas Chancellor Harry Ransom, the college was on the cusp of a decade of transformation.
Hoping to equip first-year students with the collective wisdom of Ephs past, the Office of Alumni Relations asked writer/illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr (both Class of 1997) to create an illustrated “map” of the things a student must do before graduation.