The Quest Continues

Nearly 10 years after their graduation, some members of Williams’ first class of QuestBridge scholars talk about how far they have come and how they got there. To read about Williams’ connection to the QuestBridge program—and all of the college’s work to expand access to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—see Begins the Quest. Kenny Yim ’09 Where

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Making Friends With the Enemy

CIA agent Jack “Cowboy” Platt ’58 was assigned to recruit KGB operative Gennadiy Vasilenko to spy for the United States. Instead, the Cold War enemies forged a secret and remarkable friendship that lasted the rest of their lives.

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The Face of Sacrifice

A photograph of a muslim man covering his face with his hands. A small part of his eye is still visible. Taken after he chose not to blow himself up in a vehicle but turned himself into police instead.

Before you can understand ISIS, you need to understand the evolution of martyrdom over 13 centuries of Middle Eastern history and culture. Plus: Take a look at some of the key historical moments that shaped Afghan history and the changing definition of martyrdom “The central question that has arisen out of my preoccupation with the war

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Begins the Quest

Portrait of Jonathon Burne, Class of 2017, with his arms crossed and looking off into the distance.

On the occasion of the graduation of Williams’ 400th QuestBridge scholar in June, the magazine looks at the college’s work to expand access to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. To read about the first cohort of QuestBridge graduates, see The Quest Continues. By Michael Blanding ’95 “I feel like I can literally go anywhere in the

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