• Daring Change invited the college community to learn from its history and imagine together its future. Over one weekend in April 2013, we looked back at the era of President John E. Sawyer ’39 and explored the future in a series of themed talks about who we’ll be, what and how we’ll learn, and what difference we’ll make. We invite you to watch the videos and share your thoughts on Williams’ past, present, and future.

  • 00:59:49

    Jack Sawyer and Adam Falk: A Conversation

    Williams president Adam Falk plays clips from a 1964 interview with former president Jack Sawyer and compares the Williams of a half-century ago to Williams today at Daring Change. April 6, 2013
  • 00:17:09

    The Future of the Past

    Charles B. Dew, Ephraim Williams Professor of American History, looks at Williams' past to explore the possibilities of the future in the Daring Change session "Who Will We Be?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:14:46

    The Porous Cube

    Christina Olsen, Class of '56 Director of the Williams College Museum of Art, talks about museums in the 21st century in the Daring Change session "How Will We Learn?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:15:07

    Changing Country, Changing Campus

    Chris Winters, associate provost, envisions future demographic shifts at Williams in the Daring Change session "Who Will We Be?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:13:28

    Challenging Game Changers

    Ifiok Inyang '11 challenges students to become game changers in the Daring Change session "What Difference Will We Make?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:15:41

    It's Not Easy Being Green (Yet)

    Jeannie Albrecht, assistant professor of computer science, explores the value of a liberal arts education and sustainability in the Daring Change session "What Will We Learn?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:10:51

    Citizen Williams: College as Community Member

    Kairav Sinha '15 discusses the role of Williams as a community member in the Daring Change session "What Difference Will We Make?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:17:41

    Embracing Conflict and Change

    Leslie Brown, associate professor of history, recommends embracing conflict to affect change in the Daring Change session "What Will We Learn?" April 6, 2013
  • 01:17:36

    Daring Change: Panel conversation

    Moderated by President Adam Falk Panelists: Catharine Bond Hill '76, President, Vassar College Stephen R. Lewis Jr. '60, President Emeritus and Professor or Economics Emeritus, Carleton College Francis C. Oakley, President Emeritus, Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas Emeritus, and Senior Oakley Fellow, Williams College April 5, 2013 Chapin Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
  • 00:13:58

    Reaching the Purple Mountaintop: Intentional Community at Williams and Beyond

    Meg Bossong '05 explores intentional community in the Daring Change session "What Difference Will We Make?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:16:23

    The Decline of Disciplines and the Renaissance Revival

    Satyan Devadoss, associate professor of mathematics, discusses one possible future for the Williams course catalog in the Daring Change session "How Will We Learn?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:12:59

    Living as Learning: The Future of Experiential Education at Williams

    Sophia Rosenfeld '15 shares her experience in the Daring Change session "How Will We Learn?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:06:51

    Williams in the Sawyer Era

    A half-century ago, Williams—led by President John E. Sawyer '39—underwent a series of changes that transformed the college and set it on a course to become the Williams of today. From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, the college phased out fraternities; admitted women and set out to diversify the student body, faculty, and board of trustees; introduced non-Western studies to the curriculum; and launched Winter Study, environmental studies, and the graduate program in art history. The college also did away with compulsory chapel, built a science center, and completed a fundraising campaign eight times the size of the one before it. On April 5, 2013, Daring Change: The Sawyer Era http://www.williams.edu/daring-change/ honored Sawyer and his legacy at Williams and in higher education. In a conversation with three leaders who knew Sawyer and/or experienced the college's transformation in the decades since his presidency, we'll explore the impacts of decisions made 50 years ago.
  • 00:19:42

    Six Impossible Things before Breakfast

    Rick Spalding, college chaplain, is practicing six impossible things before breakfast in the Daring Change session "What Will We Learn?" April 6, 2013
  • 00:14:52

    50 Shades of Beige

    Olivia Polk '16 discusses identity in the Daring Change session "Who Will We Be?" April 6, 2013