Feature Stories

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Ilvermorny on Greylock

The next time clouds gather at the peak of Mount Greylock, hiding it from view of the residents below, there could be magic happening. At least in the world of J.K. Rowling. Through her website Pottermore.com, Rowling recently introduced Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and announced that it’s located in North America on top

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Foreign Affairs Journal

By Julia Munemo The inaugural issue of the Williams Journal of Foreign Affairs came out just before finals in the spring. Student contributors wrote pieces that delve into topics we might read about in the newspapers—such as China’s support for the Paris Agreement and the role of the U.N. in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They also contributed

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Round Trip: The Life of Jorge Semprún

The first comprehensive biography of Jorge Semprún (1923-2011), whose sprawling life includes exile during the Spanish Civil War, working for the French Resistance in World War II and being nominated for Academy Awards, is receiving a lot of attention in Spain since its May release there. Written by Soledad Fox, professor of Romance languages, and

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A Supreme Stalemate

By Julia Munemo Associate Professor of Political Science Justin Crowe ’03, whose book Building the Judiciary: Law, Courts, and the Politics of Institutional Development examines the development of the federal judiciary, says the current stalemate between the Senate and President Obama over the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland has no historical precedent. But, he

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Linking Faith, the Academy, and Activism

By Julia Munemo Earlier this year, Ahmad Greene-Hayes ’16 was awarded a two-year fellowship by the Just Beginnings Collaborative (JBC) to support his work to end child sexual abuse in the black church community. “I grew up in the black church and have dedicated much of my life to the central role the church plays

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Envirothon 2016

Note: Jeffrey Rubel ’17 and his team of Mount Greylock students came in fourth place statewide in their first-ever appearance at Envirothon. By Julia Munemo On May 12, a group of local high school students will compete in a statewide environmental science competition called Envirothon. The event—which takes place at Hopkinton State Park in eastern

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Religion and Science

By Julia Munemo In the fall of her first year at Williams, Ranana L. Dine ’16 took a 300-level course called American Medical History with professor Gretchen Long. For her final project, she wrote a paper about abortion rights in colonial New England. An edited version of that paper recently won the Undergraduate Paper Award

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Building a Country, One Film at a Time

By Julia Munemo “Each of us had help getting where are today,” says Renee Robinson ’02, who recently became Film Commissioner of Jamaica, her homeland. “Anyone who’s gotten anywhere had support from someone.” The person Robinson credits with her launch into the film industry is an executive producer for whom she volunteered in Canada a

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Sharing the First-Gen Experience

by Julia Munemo Students, faculty, and staff from 30 colleges and universities came to Williams April 9 to share their experiences of and delve into issues related to being a first-generation college student. The theme of the fourth annual First Generation College Student Summit was cultivating institutional change. Events scheduled throughout the day included a presentation about creating

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AMPED: Connecting to Art

By Julia Munemo Sixty local high school students toured the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) last fall as part of their U.S. History course. They divided into small groups and rotated through four different galleries. In each, they found a Williams student gallery guide who walked them through a close-looking exercise with a piece

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