In Memoriam

Photo of deceased professor William Grant

Williams said goodbye to William “Bill” Chase Grant Jr., the Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of Biology, Emeritus, in November 2019. He was 95. During his 35 years at the college, he served as chair of the biology department and chair of the Science Executive Committee. He also spent a year at Oxford University as a

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Grants that Advance

Portrait of professor Shikha Singh

Two faculty members have received a total of more than $250,000 in grants to support their ongoing research in computer science and in climate change research and advocacy, respectively. With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Shikha Singh’s research looks at the problem of verifying that computation outsourced to

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At A Glance: Seeking Alumni Stories

Illustration of prompts for alumni story ideas.

The Williams College Society of Alumni is turning 200 next year, and alumni will be celebrating throughout 2021 in ways large and small. As part of the early planning, a team of alumni volunteers is seeking stories about the ways Ephs connect with each other and with Williams. The stories will become part of a

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On Inquiry and Inclusion

In November, President Maud S. Mandel and the Faculty Steering Committee, chaired by Professor of Classics Amanda Wilcox, released a statement on inquiry, expression and inclusion at Williams. The statement was informed by recommendations from the Ad Hoc Committee on Inquiry and Inclusion and reviewed by the entire faculty. The statement affirms Williams’ commitment to

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Zaki Named Dean of the Faculty

Photo of Safa Zaki

Professor of Psychology Safa Zaki will become Williams’ next dean of faculty, starting July 1. She succeeds Cluett Professor of Religion Denise Buell, who announced she is returning to teaching and research in July. Zaki is chair of the cognitive science program and teaches courses including Experimentation and Statistics; Concepts: Mind, Brain and Culture; and

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Momentous and Timely

Pages from a notebook with two black and white photographs attached showing Sterling Brown as a student at Williams.

Note: Williams College Archives and Special Collections has organized a small celebration on April 30, 2021, in honor of Sterling Brown’s 120th birthday. Register for the virtual events here. The Chapin Hall columns are immediately recognizable behind a young Sterling Allen Brown, who strikes a contemplative pose in the black and white photograph—hands in his

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Recently Published

Cover of Suiyi Tang's books American Syphony

American Symphony Suiyi Tang ’20 was about to leave Williams for a year on a Wilmers travel fellowship when her advisor, Professor of American Studies Dorothy Wang, made a suggestion. “She remarked that I should write something for others who were also trapped in the empty parking lot of queer Asian American womanhood,” Tang says.

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Newly Tenured

Portrait of music professor Corinna Campbell

In January, seven Williams faculty members were promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective July 1. Williams Magazine asked what they enjoy most about their role as educators. Learn more about their teaching and research at                     “I have seen my students succeed in the

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Sheer Greatness

Black and white photo of Coach Dick Farley walking through his players as they celebrate a win.

Last fall, published its list of the 150 greatest coaches in college football’s 150-year history. Coming in at number 138 was Williams’ own Dick Farley, who led the team to a 114-19-3 record from 1987 to 2003. This photo, taken by Berkshire Eagle photographer Bill Tague, captures the moment Farley capped his first perfect

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