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New Williams College Science Center Opens

Jun 13, 2018
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Williams College’s new science center is finished and already filling up with faculty and students.

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Professor Joy Ladin finds herself at the intersection of two identities.

“Both trans and Jewish identity are constantly multiplying and taking new forms,” said Ladin.

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Williams College has a new president. Maud Mandel, currently the dean of the College and a professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University, will be the 18th person to step into the role - and the first woman. 

Williams College Names Next President

Mar 13, 2018
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Williams College has appointed it next president. 

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Campuses have increasingly become ground zero for the battle over speech. And while the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, assembly, petition and religion from government infringement, it faces limitations at private schools like Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In a November opinion piece published in The Washington Post, the college’s then-president, Adam Falk, responded to criticism mainly from Congressional Republicans to resign for not allowing a self-described white supremacist to speak on campus. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with the college’s Interim President Tiku Majumder, who took over this month.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts has reimagined its town hall with the help of a Williams College student with an eye for detail. 

Williams College Names An Interim President

Aug 31, 2017
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The Williams College Board of Trustees has named Science Center Director Tiku Majumder as its interim president. Starting in January, Majumder will replace the Williamstown, Massachusetts private college’s 17th President, Adam Falk. Falk is leaving to head the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Majumder about what he will do come January.

Each July and August the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) produces Summer School, a series of public programs that teases out new ways of thinking about learning, art, community, and museums. This summer, the series offers a playful taste of college culture taking inspiration from unconventional archives and the quirkiest kinds of libraries. It’s a weekly mashup of mini courses, extracurriculars on WCMA’s patio, a lending library, and pop-up programming in the museum’s Reading Room. 

Each week, Williams faculty and local experts lead hour-long mini courses in the galleries. These talks explore the museum’s collection, exhibitions, and spaces through the lens of libraries and archives.

To tell us more – we welcome Nina Pelaez - Assistant Curator of Public Programs at Williams College Museum of Art. 

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Williams College President Adam Falk is leaving at the end of the year. Falk is the 17th president in the private Williamstown college’s history. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen asked Falk about what he will do come January.

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Williams College will host competing lectures about healthcare. 

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A biology professor at Williams College has been awarded a $586,000, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. 

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Williams College will host a film screening and roundtable on the refugee crisis later this month. The discussion will highlight the work of the International Rescue Committee. 

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Williams College hosted a climate change roundtable last night. The focus: to come up with strategies to better communicate climate science. Panelists say in a post-fact world, compassion speaks louder than truth.  

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Williams College will host a climate change roundtable next week to suss out how to communicate climate science in a post-fact world.

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Tomorrow night, Williams College will launch its version of The Campus Kitchens Project. The private college in western Massachusetts will become the 60th school to join the nationwide nonprofit designed to decrease food waste and combat hunger. 

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Could a history lecture be enhanced by allowing students to virtually experience a moment in time? Faculty at Williams College in western Massachusetts think so and WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis went to find out how they intend to do it.

   David Simon is best known as creator of HBO's The Wire which chronicled the story of Baltimore's police department and its gangs. A former reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Simon is also known for his NBC police procedural Homicide: Life on the Streets. The show was based on his book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

This week he spoke at Williams College, presenting a lecture entitled "The Audacity of Despair."

  Novelist and Williams College Professor Alison Case joins us this morning to discuss her reimagining of Wuthering Heights. The new book is Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights - a gripping and heartbreaking novel that re-imagines life at Wuthering Heights through the eyes of the Earnshaws’ loyal servant, Nelly Dean.

Nelly Dean is an inspired accompaniment to Emily Bronte’s adored work. It is the story of a woman who is fated to bear the pain of a family she is unable to leave, and unable to save.

  One Hudson Valley Congressman is trading politics for the classroom.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

  Williams College is getting a new professor.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he decided not to run for governor. 

  Jim Shepard’s new book, The Book of Aron, tells the story of a Jewish boy growing up in poverty and desperation. It begins before the Germans invaded Poland and, through Aron’s eyes, takes us from the Polish countryside into the depths of the Warsaw Ghetto and then into a famous orphanage for destitute children.

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In an unexpected announcement, retiring Congressman Chris Gibson said Monday he will not run for New York governor in 2018. The one definitive plan he mentioned was having accepted a one-term teaching post at Williams College in Massachusetts.

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is scheduled to speak at his alma mater Williams College on Monday.

  Terry Tempest Williams, author and environmentalist, will speak at Williams College on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

A naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech, Williams explores how environmental issues are social issues and ultimately matters of justice. Her next book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, will be published in spring 2016 to honor the centennial of the National Park Service. Tempest is the author of 15 other books including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds. She is a columnist for The Progressive and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Orion Magazine, among others.

Television screens playing the videos on a loop are scattered amongst the pews inside Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus. Multiple recorded voices and a constant drum of music echo throughout the chapel.
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A moving exhibition now on display at Williams College recalls the atrocities of apartheid in South Africa.

Republicans are standing firm, saying the next president should nominate the person to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, not President Obama, who is in his final year in office.

Morgan McGuire is an associate professor of computer science at Williams College.
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A lecture today at Williams College will delve into the world of virtual reality and what’s ahead for the emerging technology.

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With a little more than a year left in President Obama’s second term, a panel at Williams College tonight will discuss how his presidency should be viewed. New York magazine contributing editor Annie Lowrey, Bowdoin College’s Andrew Rudalevige and Alvin Tillery Jr. of Northwestern University make up the panel. Williams College political science professor Justin Crowe will moderate the talk. Crowe spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about President Obama’s time in office.

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A Williams College alum returned an honorary degree he received from the private university in protest of the school’s climate action plan.

  The Williamstown Film Festival is now in its 17th year, but this year’s festival will reflect some major changes. The festival is complete with new faces, a new name, and new programming focus.

The festival runs from October 15-18. Now called: WFF presents: Wind-Up Fest. It is a nonfiction festival with documentary film as its core. Other forms of nonfiction will be in conversation with documentaries, including long-form journalism, radio podcasts, photography, and social practice art.

The festival’s new artistic director Paul Sturtz, new managing director Sandra Thomas (the former executive director of Images Cinema) and board Member Joe Finnegan join us.

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