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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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A Musical Outreach

By Natalie DiNenno ’18 On a recent Saturday, Chapin Hall bustled with excitement, filled with concertgoers looking forward to a Berkshire Symphony performance. But these attendees were not typical symphony fans—children of all ages and their families gathered together for the very first Berkshire Symphony Family Concert. The concert was born out of collaboration with

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A Marvelous Collaboration

By Julia Munemo The sold-out, March 12 “pre-premiere” of the opera A Marvelous Order at Williams’ ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance brings together the creative talents of three Williams alumni. Will Rawls ’00 is the choreographer, Judd Greenstein ’01 is the composer, and Joshua Frankel ’02 is the director and animator in a production

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A Front-Row Seat to History

By Julia Munemo In 2008, while working at Goldman Sachs, Alan Fitts ’00 began volunteering on the nascent presidential campaign to elect Barack Obama. As the campaign gained steam, Fitts left Wall Street to become a full-time member of the senator’s advance team. He traveled through more than 25 states over the course of the

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Passing Along the Joy of Learning

By Julia Munemo For the last seven years, teenagers from Pittsfield have been spending afternoons in January at Williams working on independent projects and connecting with a college student mentor. The program is a Winter Study course called Learning Intervention for Teens (LIFT), and it’s aimed at teenagers in the juvenile court system. Rather than

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Making Physics Approachable

By Julia Munemo “It would freak me out if a big pile of dog treats materialized in the middle of my kitchen out of nowhere,” says Chad Orzel ’93, who teaches physics at Union College. “But my dog has been waiting for that to happen for 10 years.” That premise serves as the foundation of

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Food and Farming in Vermont

By Natalie DiNenno ’18 Mari Omland ’89 stands among a cluster of sparkling, snow-covered trees, shaking a bucket of grain for the 12 goats trotting behind her. Out for some exercise, they’re distracted by the evergreens and adoring Williams students surrounding them. But Omland skillfully coaxes the animals back to the barn. It’s the students’

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The Joys of Teaching and Learning: Peter Thorp ’70

By Julia Munemo Four decades at work in secondary school education may not be the most common path for an art history major to take, but according to Peter Thorp ’70, the connection is crystal clear. “At Williams, I was exposed to an ethic of teaching and learning in partnership,” he says. “I didn’t plan

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