Feature Stories

Spring Break: Broadening Horizons

During spring break, Williams students scatter to the four winds. Some train with their teams or tour with performance groups. Others pursue academic research. But for a large number of students, spring break is a time to learn about and serve in communities as diverse as New Orleans, Nicaragua, and even a Navajo reservation. From

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Bringing Medical History to Life

Imagine holding in your hands a piece of the rope used to hang the man who assassinated President James A. Garfield in 1882. Or a handwritten letter Ephraim Williams’ sister wrote after his death in 1755, describing her brother’s wounds in great detail and decrying the French and Indian War. In the Williams College Museum of

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The Human Library

The Human Library Project

This project strives to move our community beyond stereotypes, and to develop a greater understanding of each person’s unique story.

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Taking the Long View

Williams President Emeritus Frank Oakley takes the long view on the pope’s resignation.

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A Grounded Identidad

As a young girl in Chicago’s Puerto Rican neighborhoods, Professor Merida Rua took “field trips” every Sunday after church to study her family’s history. Her father steered their Buick through the struggling neighborhoods of his 1950s childhood to the “places of his aspirations”—the skyline of Lake Shore Drive and the imposing walls of the University

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What Sawyer Said

When CBS News rolled into Williamstown in February 1964 for an interview with President John E. Sawyer ’39 and University of Texas Chancellor Harry Ransom, the college was on the cusp of a decade of transformation. Some elements of Sawyer’s vision for Williams, such as the phasing out of fraternities, were already being implemented. Other

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A 3D Printer Debuts at Williams

Ten students worked with design engineer Michael Taylor to build a 3D printer over Winter Study.

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Nurturing the Creative Spark

Eugene Korsunskiy ’08 and his SparkTruck team spent the summer helping fourth graders learn an essential step in the road to success—failure.

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Winter Study: Reading for Life

“Books possess a magical, elusive quality that we often overlook when we read as scholars,” says Rudi Yniguez ’16. “In a typical class, our time is spent screening sentences for symbolism or analyzing syntax, instead of allowing the natural rhythm of the book to pull or push us along as it’s intended to do.” So

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Gangster Squad, Based on the Book By Paul Lieberman ’71, Now In Theaters

The movie Gangster Squad, based on a nonfiction book of the same name by Paul Lieberman ’71, is now playing in theaters across the country. The movie and book tell the story of a real-life, covert unit of the Los Angeles Police Department created after World War II to crack down on Mickey Cohen and other

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