Dining and Dance

For three days in February, more than 50 members of Williams’ dining services staff were in the spotlight, performing live at the Paresky Center in Served, a show based on their everyday movements. The production was developed and choreographed by Forklift Danceworks, which seeks to give voice to people whose work sustains daily lives and

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Positive Pathways

Detail of a man’s hands as he uses them to gesture over his notebook.

A new partnership between Williams’ Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) and the Berkshire County House of Corrections offers tutoring in writing, reading and math to inmates planning to take the HiSET high school equivalency exam in preparation for their upcoming release. The Positive Pathways Partnership (P3) is coordinated by Sharif Rosen, a CLiA assistant

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In The News

What’s the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation? LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant, associate professor of Africana studies, considered the question in a Feb. 7 HuffPost article published when Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad drew criticism for using Native-American imagery at Couture Fashion Week in Paris. “Imitation is the best form of flattery,” Manigault-Bryant stated. “Most people believe that

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Davis Named Schwarzman Scholar

Headshot of Newton Davis, Class of 2012

Newton Davis ’12 has been selected to pursue a master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing as part of the highly selective Schwarzman Scholar program. Now in its third year, the program funds a year of study and is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. Davis

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At a Glance

Current Research Williams psychology professor Nate Kornell and fellow researchers have shown that monkeys can make fairly accurate judgments about their own memories. “We thought monkeys might be less sophisticated than [humans] are, and, ironically, this would make them less prone to certain mistakes,” he says of the study, published in Proceedings of the Royal

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A Closer Look: Claiming Williams

Activist and writer Janet Mock sits on stage with a microphone in her hand, turned toward Professer Kai Green as they chat during Claiming Williams.

On Feb. 1 the Williams community took part in Claiming Williams, a day of conversations and questions around the theme Stand With Us Now. Julissa Arce, a writer, CNBC contributor and advocate for immigration rights and education, gave the morning address. She shared her experiences growing up as an undocumented immigrant and the challenges DREAMers

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Four Professor Receive Tenure

Four Williams faculty members have been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1. They are: Phoebe Cohen, geosciences; Laura Ephraim, political science; Eric Knibbs, history; and Gregory Mitchell, women’s, gender and sexuality studies. A paleontologist, Cohen researches the co-evolution of life and environments throughout earth’s history, with a focus on life before the

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In Memoriam

Headshot of deceased professor Thomas McGill—he dons glasses, a beard, corduroy jacket and dark tie and smiles at the camera.

Thomas McGill, Hales Professor of Psychology, emeritus, died on Nov. 26, 2017, at the age of 87. McGill began his career at Williams immediately after receiving his Ph.D. in psychology at Princeton in 1958. At Williams, he was noted for his ability to secure federal grants that typically went to larger research universities. He received

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Williams-Mystic Names First Faculty Fellow

Photo of Professor Shawn Rosenheim sitting at his desk in the front of the classroom, hands clasped under his chin, looking at the students in the class, a chalkboard is behind him.

A new program allows Williams faculty to spend a semester at the Williams-Mystic Program in Mystic, Conn. Shawn Rosenheim, professor of English, is serving as the first resident faculty fellow. At Mystic this semester, Rosenheim is participating in field seminars and contributing guest lectures and seminars. He is particularly interested in exploring the links between

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