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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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Exploring the Past to Understand the Present

By Julia Munemo Students in Dorothy Wang’s Theories & Methods in American Studies class spent the fall applying what they’d learned about conducting research to the very institution they call home. Using the Williams College archives, each student dug into one aspect of the college’s past and wrote a research paper about what he or

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Arizona 5th-Graders Get a Peek at College Life from Williams

The Dean’s Office got a nice surprise this fall in the form of a hefty envelope from Mesa, Ariz., filled with letters from Lowell Elementary School fifth-graders who had plenty of questions about life at Williams. “Do you offer scholarships? Because I want to be a scientist and to make my mom and dad really

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How to Buy Art

By Julia Munemo The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is about to get a new painting. It’s a 19th century landscape called Keene Valley by Hudson River School artist Hermann Fuechsel. But this painting wasn’t selected by the museum’s curatorial team or its director. Instead, it was selected by a group of students. “Acquiring

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