Silo Songs

Detail shot from the inside of a silo.

A historic wooden silo in Pittsfield is the site of a new, immersive sound installation. Silo Songs, a collaboration between Hancock Shaker Village and Brad Wells, Williams’ Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence, is inspired by hymnals and song sheets from the college’s Shaker Collection and the library at Hancock Shaker Village. “To be invited

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A Future in Physics

Portrait of Bingyi Wang, Class of 2018, in laser lab.

Bingyi Wang ’18 has been named among the inaugural class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, the largest fully endowed scholarship program in the world. The scholarship supports up to 100 high-achieving students from around the globe in their pursuit of any graduate degree at Stanford University. A physics major from Xuzhou, China, Wang says she plans to

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Trustees Join Board

On July 1, Williams welcomed Mariam Naficy ’91 and Gretchen Howard ’95 to its Board of Trustees. Naficy is the founder and CEO of Minted, an online marketplace that crowdsources prints, stationery and other high-end paper goods developed by independent artists and designers and then sells their work. In 2013 she received a Bicentennial Medal

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Williams Wins Directors’ Cup

21: Number of times, including this year, that Williams’ athletic teams have won the Directors’ Cup in the award’s 23-year history. Six Williams teams finished fifth or better nationally, 10 finished in the top 10, and 15 finished in the top 20. Overall, Williams finished 125 points ahead of second-place Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The

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New Direction

Portrait of Rhon Manigault-Bryant

Africana studies professor Rhon Manigault-Bryant will use a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship to attend film school. The fellowships allow faculty to seek training outside their discipline. Manigault-Bryant has long been interested in how some black, male filmmakers represent black women, often by playing the roles themselves. “I was teaching Introduction to Religion, the year

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At a Glance: The Williams Reunion Jazz Band

Graphic illustration of the history of the Williams Jazz Band

A look at the Williams Reunion Jazz Band, which has been making music for nearly half a century in a variety of incarnations.

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A Closer Look: It’s Something

Photo of Phoebe Mattana in her studio.

For the senior exhibition It’s Not Nothing at the Williams College Museum of Art, English and studio art major Phoebe Mattana ’18 says she focused on the idea of “the camera as a gun—a tool of oppression in modernist consumerist culture used to sell not only products and services but also a set of cultural

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Catching Up With Watson Fellow Rob Hefferon ’18

Headshot of Rob Hefferon

Rob Hefferon ’18 is among the select few to win this year’s Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The $30,000 stipend enables the Spanish and political science major to spend a year traveling the globe and examining important societal issues as they relate to coffee. Williams Magazine caught up with him before he headed overseas. Why coffee?

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Williams Names Chaplain

A photo of the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer

The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer joins Williams in July as chaplain to the college. She has more than 11 years of college chaplaincy experience, nearly a decade in ordained ministry and strong foundations in experiential education and social justice. “I am inspired by how the chaplains, faculty, staff and students are engaged in issues of

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Recently Published

A photo of four books stacked on a table.

In his survey course The Modern Middle East, history professor Magnus T. Bernhardsson covers topics including cultural diversity, radical religious groups, the impact of imperialism and the discovery of oil. His book Mið-Austurlönd (which means Middle East in Icelandic and was published by Eymundsson in 2018) is based on the class, and “each chapter is

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In Memoriam

Photo of H. Ganse “Binks” Little

H. Ganse “Binks” Little, who joined the Williams faculty in 1963, died on March 14. He was 85. Little served as chair of the religion department for 20 years during a time that witnessed the development of a landmark introductory religion course. He also was chair of the Committee of Undergraduate Life, paving the way

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