We Greet Them With a Song

A group of students sing with a mountain vista behind them during Mountain Day.

Friday, Oct. 13, dawned crisp and clear—perfect weather for Mountain Day. President Adam Falk rang the chapel bells to kick off a day packed with outdoor activities, including a performance atop Stone Hill. Watch a video recap of Mountain Day at

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Just Mercy

Writer, lawyer and activist signs a book for a student while being photographed by another student with her phone.

Bryan Stevenson, whose book Just Mercy is this year’s Williams Reads selection, visited campus on Sept. 14 for a talk and book signing. The founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative spoke to a packed Chapin Hall about “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference.” Stevenson’s talk kicked off a year of

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Maroja Receives $137K in Grants

Biology Professor sits on a stool in her office, smiling at the camera.

Luana Maroja, associate professor of biology, received two grants from the National Science Foundation totaling $137,315 to support her research into evolutionary genetics. The grants will help fund two projects Maroja is working on related to speciation and genetics. She and her students are collaborating with colleagues at Cornell University to study the importance of

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Majumder Named Interim President

Protik “Tiku” Majumder, the Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy and director of the Science Center, will serve as interim president of Williams beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The announcement follows news of the upcoming departure of President Adam Falk, who after eight years at Williams will become president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Falk

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In the News

In what news outlets around the world are calling “the largest and longest marine migration ever documented,” nearly 300 species of fish, shellfish and other ocean life rafted across the Pacific Ocean on manmade debris from Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami and washed ashore, alive, on the Canadian and U.S. coasts. That’s according to a

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Octet Takes the Field

A shot of the Williams Octet singing at Yankee Stadium.

The Williams Octet, one of the college’s longest-running a cappella groups, sang the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 27. After rehearsals with Brad Wells, Williams’ Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence and director of choral activities, and a simulation of the two-second feedback over the stadium’s sound system, 20 student and alumni members

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At a Glance

Graphic comic showing the different ways alumni participated in the Teach It Forward: Impact Challenge.

Mark your calendars for the second annual Teach It Forward: Impact Challenge, which will take place from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, 2018. Last winter, 325 alumni participated in the 10-day challenge, which involved making a gift of any size to the Alumni Fund and then performing volunteer work. Ephs were able to multiply their

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Celebrating the Skies

People passing by Schapiro Hall in early October were met with an unusual sight: the construction of a celestial pavilion. The structure was the result of a biennial design competition in the course Architectural Design II, taught by Lecturer in Art Ben Benedict. Students were given two weeks to design a small structure that captured

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$5.5M Mellon Grant Aims to Diversify the Academy

The Creating Connections Consortium (C3) has received a $5.5 million, five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund tenure-track positions in the humanities across 28 liberal arts colleges within the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers consortium (LADO). Williams, with Middlebury and Connecticut College, cofounded C3 in 2012 to address the challenges of diversity in

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In Memoriam

Retired professor John Sheahan and retired hockey coach William McCormick died in August. Sheahan was 93, and McCormick was 88. Sheahan, the William Brough Professor of Economics, emeritus, began a four-decade career at Williams in 1954 as a member of the original faculty of the Center for Development Economics, which he served twice as chair.

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Sustaining Zilkha

A Zilkha intern is seen through the leaves and limbs of a tree as she picks peaches from the orchard near the Zilkha Center.

Since 2012, the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives has selected six to seven students each year for its summer internship program. Interns have worked as food-waste specialists, energy conservation analysts and artists in residence, among the many jobs focused on sustainability that impact the campus community. “Our internship program speaks to the college’s commitment to

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