Feature Stories

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

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… Continue reading »

Where Policy and Health Care Intersect

Binney McCague ’03 says she’s known since middle school that she wanted to be a doctor. What she didn’t know until she came to Williams was that public policy was as important to her as working with patients. “It all started in an introductory political science course my freshman… Continue reading »

A Violinist’s Path: Alicia Choi ’09

By Julia Munemo Violin has always been important to Alicia Choi ’09. As a student at New York’s Stuyvesant High School, she spent every Saturday at Juilliard, where she studied chamber music and orchestra in their pre-college division. She double majored in music and Chinese at Williams, and then returned… Continue reading »

From Navy SEAL to Student

When Jake Bingaman ’19 started college for the first time, in 2004, the U.S. had recently invaded Iraq. Although he wanted to earn a college degree—and had a scholarship from Miami University to do just that—Bingaman also felt a growing sense of commitment to his country. “We as a… Continue reading »