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Learning to Think Like a Physicist

Williams College Physicist

For physics majors at Williams, the core curriculum isn’t delivered in a lecture hall or around a seminar table. It’s far more intimate than that. Juniors and senior take three essential classes—classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics—as tutorials. A signature experience at Williams across all the academic disciplines, a typical tutorial brings together

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Words and Music

Composer John Harbison & Sato Matsui '14

During a master class with acclaimed composer John Harbison in April, three seniors had the chance to share portions of compositions they were working on for their theses. the group delved into harmonic movements and pitch progressions. Then the conversation took a literary turn. Describing the experience of listening to a difficult piece of music,

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On Writing: Tuesday Teas

Tuesday Teas

History professor Leslie Brown developed her new book, African American Voices: A Documentary Reader from Emancipation to the Present, out of extensive conversations with Williams students about what primary source material to include. Meanwhile, the seeds of political science professor Sam Crane’s latest book—Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern

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All Those Vanished Engines

Paul Park

Acclaimed science fiction writer and Williams lecturer in English Paul Park grew up in Williamstown as the child of two professors. He returned to the college to teach while raising his family in North Adams. In All Those Vanished Engines, published by Tor books in July, he draws on these experiences in the three novellas.

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Other Books

"The Map Thief" by Michael Blanding

The Map Thief. By Michael Blanding ’95. Gotham Books, 2014. The incredible story of E. Forbes Smiley, a respected dealer of antique maps who made millions stealing and re-selling them until he was caught in the Yale University Library. Talking to the Dead. By LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant, Williams assistant professor of Africana Studies. Duke University

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New Luce Research Scholars Program Encourages Women in Science

Luce Scholars Laura Stamp ’16 & Mary Ignatiadis ’16

Seven female science majors will spend the summer conducting research alongside their professors as part of the new Luce Research Scholars Program. Established by the college in January with the help of a $246,440 grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation, the research scholars program funds fellowships for up to

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Brown to Lead School for Advanced Research

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, the James N. Lambert ’39 Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Williams, has been named president of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M. The author of six books and numerous articles and reviews, Brown researches indigenous intellectual property rights, magic and ritual, the New Age movement and the native

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A Stitch in Time

Chasuble Fragment

A few fragments of deep crimson silk velvet in the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) have opened the door to understanding the history of ecclesiastic ceremonies, trade routes and the relationship between economics and religion during the Renaissance.

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