Disappearance, Reappearance

View of the exhibition The invisible enemy should not exist [Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud].

The modern-day dismantling of the 9th century BCE palace of King Ashurnaspiral II began in the mid-19th century, with its excavation by British archeologists. In 2015, the palace was demolished by ISIS. Among the thousands of objects lost, removed or destroyed were 13 limestone reliefs. Two more reliefs from the palace are among the oldest

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Called to the Mountain

Photo of students walking up Stone Hill.

On Friday, oct. 11, the Williams community awoke to an email from President Maud S. Mandel, who wrote: “On a colorful Friday in fall / Nixing classes still takes some gall / But I woke up today / And said to myself: Hey / Let’s get out and go have a ball.” So began Mountain

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Grants for Protons and Proteins

Photo of chemistry professor Katie Hart

Two science professors have received more than $740,000 in combined grants to support their ongoing research in physics and chemistry. With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Protik Majumder, the Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy, continues his research using semiconductor diode lasers to measure with high precision the properties of heavy-metal atoms such

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Recently Published

In her carefully researched memoir My City of Dreams (TidePool Press), Lisa Gruenberg ’76 provides a 21st-century testimony of the Holocaust, interweaving her own life story with those of relatives dead or “lost to darkness.” Anthony Kronman ’68 argues in The Assault on American Excellence (Simon & Schuster) that, in order to graduate as good

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A Place of Peace

Photo of Martin Samuels, Class of 1967, speaking at Convocation

At the start of his Convocation Address, renowned neurologist Martin A. Samuels ’67 told the Class of 2020 that he decided to set aside his prepared remarks, having spent the previous night thinking about all that had happened since his own Williams graduation and that very moment. Reflecting on the campus, he remarked: “And there

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At a Glance

Illustration breaking down the Williams Teach It Forward Campaign

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A Closer Look: Garfield, Reimagined

Photo of the living space of the redesigned Garfield House

Garfield House opened in the fall as the second new residence hall to be built on campus in 40-plus years—and only the second building in Massachusetts to meet “Passive House” criteria for energy performance, considered the most stringent in the industry. Passive houses feature a well-insulated building envelope, high performance windows and passive solar heating.

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Outstanding Educators

Photo of math professor Pamela Harris

A mathematician and an astronomer have been honored by their respective professional associations for their teaching, research and overall excellence. Pamela Harris, assistant professor of mathematics, received the 2019 Henry L. Alder Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The award recognizes distinguished teaching by a beginning college or university mathematics professor. The organization

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Like Minds

Portrait of Nathan Thimothe

Brooklyn native Nathan Thimothe ’22 is the first recipient of the newly created E. Wayne Wilkins Jr. ’41 Community Outreach Fellowship, whose namesake, known as “Wilk,” has spent a lifetime building community. Thimothe, who over the summer worked with nonprofits in Pittsfield and North Adams, spoke with Williams Magazine about his service. What calls you

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Strategic Planning Underway

What is our shared vision for the future of Williams? Eight working groups held about 120 strategic planning conversations with members of the college community in the fall to begin answering that question—one that President Maud S. Mandel says “every responsible educational institution should ask itself once a decade or so.” In September and October,

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In Memoriam

Photo of Marsha Altschuler

In September, the Williams community said goodbye to Marsha Altschuler, professor of biology, emerita, and former chair of the biology department, who died at the age of 69. Altschuler taught at Williams from 1985 until her retirement in 2014. She was active in the college community, teaching in Williams’ summer program for teachers and in

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