In Memoriam

Photo of Renzie Lamb

The college community said goodbye to Renzie Lamb, retired coach and assistant professor of athletics, who died on Nov. 17, 2018, at the age of 81, and to Charles “Charlie” Fuqua, the Garfield Professor of Ancient Languages, emeritus, who died on Jan. 19 at the age of 83. Lamb coached Williams men’s lacrosse and football

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New Rhodes

Photo of Linda Worden, Class of 2019

Linda Worden ’19, a political economy major from Penticton, B.C., is headed to the University of Oxford next fall as a Rhodes Scholar. Worden plans to pursue an M.Phil. in comparative social policy with an emphasis on social policy reform and its effects—and to pursue her favorite sport, roller derby. Williams Magazine checked in with

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Closing the Gap

Photo of Keshav Goel, Class of 2019

Keshav Goel ’19 will study in Ireland next year as a Mitchell Scholar. He’s the first Williams student to receive the highly competitive scholarship since its 2001 inception. An economics and biology major from Monte Sereno, Calif., Goel is an aspiring physician interested in addressing effects of socioeconomic inequity in the U.S. health care system,

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Beijing Bound

Photo of Kai Cash, Class of 2019

Kai Cash ’19 will take part in a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing next year as a Schwarzman Scholar. An economics major from the Bronx, N.Y., Cash plans to pursue a degree in global studies with a focus on public health. He’ll also explore how China’s culture, politics and economy

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Enormous Acquisition

Detail of a painting called Jerome by artist Titus Kaphar.

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is deepening its engagement with a living artist—and with issues of social and racial justice—with the recent acquisition of Titus Kaphar’s large-scale work, Jerome. A 96-inch x 72-inch oil on canvas, Jerome is the first in a series titled The Jerome Project, inspired by Kaphar’s search for his

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Recently Published

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In The Children You Teach: Using a Developmental Framework in the Classroom (Heinemann, 2018), Susan Engel, senior lecturer in psychology and Class of 1959 Director of the Program in Teaching, weaves together psychological research and real stories of students and teachers to show how looking at children through a developmental lens can transform the craft

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For Such a Time as This

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Fifty years ago this April, Williams’ Afro-American student Association occupied Hopkins Hall and presented the college with 15 demands reflecting the needs and experiences of black students. The occupation ended with the association’s leader, Preston Washington ’70, and Williams’ provost, Steve Lewis ’60, presenting an action plan to address students’ concerns. The seeds of today’s

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Scholarship, Shared

Six professors presented their research to the college community during the weekly Faculty Lecture Series in February and early March. This year’s speakers were Chad M. Topaz, professor of mathematics, on “Patterns, Swarms and the Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics”; Phoebe Cohen, associate professor of geosciences, on “The Evolution of Life before Animals: Building Shields, Dodging

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Newly Tenured

Photo of Professor Anjuli Raza Kolb

In January, six faculty members were promoted to the position of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1. Williams Magazine asked them what stands out most about their time at Williams—so far. You can learn more about their teaching and research at

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Painting With Light

A detail shot from a winter study course showing some pieces of glass and a detail print of an eyeball one student was using as inspiration.

In the Winter Study course Stained Glass Tiling: Quasicrystals and Geometric Solids, Building an Invisibility Cloak, students learned the geometric drawing, design and craft skills needed to build a stained glass window. The course was taught by Debora Coombs, a fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters, who has 35 years of experience

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