Teaching Right-Wing Populism

Members and supporters of France's far-right Front National (FN) party hold French flags as they attend a speech by FN president Marine Le Pen on the Place de Opera during the party's annual rally in honour of Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) on May 1, 2015 in Paris.

A New Political Science Course Examines the Roots of Brexit, Trump and Le Pen. Political science professor Darel Paul’s research focuses on how class-based ideologies manifest in public policies. He applies this lens to the rise of right-wing populism in a new 300-level seminar, Right-Wing Populism. The course compares the U.S. to other countries in

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On the Gut-Brain Axis

An illustration of bacterium shapes in bright green on a black backdrop.

Sarah Becker ’18 has had an interest in the microbiome—the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microscopic organisms that live in our guts—since she was in eighth grade. That’s when she came back from a family trip to Cambodia with a bad case of intestinal parasites. The doctor put her on round after round of antibiotics,

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What Does it Mean to Believe?

A portrait of Zaid Adhami. Dark hair, beard, glasses, wearing an orange button down shirt and black pants and sitting on an orange couch. A white wall is behind him and he looks straight at the camera, hands clasped in front of him.

Can faith and doubt coexist? If not, where does that leave American Muslims, for instance, who question many religious doctrines despite their commitment to religious tradition? To answer these questions and others, religion professor Zaid Adhami is combining ethnographic research on the Muslim community in Boston with the study of religious texts and contemporary theory

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Through Ancient Eyes

A photo showing some of the pieces in Seeds of Divinity exhibit at WCMA.

Stepping into the dimly lit Faison Gallery at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) feels like taking a step back in time. Masks, sculptures depicting animals and gods, and human-like figurines line the walls and populate the exhibition cases. As visitors follow the carefully illuminated pathway of ancient objects, a deeper understanding of Pre-Columbian

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