Feature Stories

Animals, Art, and Philosophy

Detail from “Circus,” 1950. Tempera and gold leaf on incised, gessoed masonite. By Charles Prendergast.

What does it take for a being to have moral standing in the universe? That’s the question philosophy professor Joe Cruz ’91 posed to his students on the first day of his course, Philosophy of Animals. As a supplement to the course, the Williams College Museum of… Continue reading »

Hudson Bohr ’18 Photography Show

From left: Alex Jen, Williams Class of 2019, curated an exhibition of black and white photographs by Hudson Bohr, Williams Class of 2018, inside Cable Mills residential apartments.

In a new series of film and digital photography, Hudson Bohr ’18 documents his own life and those of close queer friends between Williamstown and New York. Bohr grew up with his father in rural Tiros, Brazil. He knew from a young age that he was gay, “but in deeply… Continue reading »

Equal Access

Izzy Lowell ’02 didn’t set out to establish the only medical clinic in the southeast that exclusively treats transgender patients. She didn’t even set out to become a doctor. An English and art history major in college, she went to medical school only after working in the art world for… Continue reading »

Music and the Internet

Click on the image above to visit a musical website created by Diego Gonzalez ’18. How is the internet shaping music today? That’s the question music professor Zachary Wadsworth explored with his students in his new course, Music and the Internet. “While it has granted listeners access to broad… Continue reading »

Positive Pathways

A detail photograph of a student inmate's hands at the Berkshire County House of Corrections, where Williams students are tutoring inmates who are about to be released and are taking a high school equivalency exam called HiSET.

A partnership between the Williams College Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) and the Berkshire County House of Corrections offers tutoring in writing, reading and math to inmates planning to take the HiSET, a high school equivalency exam, in preparation for their upcoming release. The Positive Pathways Partnership (P3) is… Continue reading »

Droplets of the Sun

photograph of urns being filled with water supplied by a solar-powered well in rural Pakistan, a project developed by Hamza Farrukh, Williams Class of 2015.

As a Williams junior, Hamza Farrukh ’15 won a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace grant, which funds grassroots initiatives that promote peace by addressing the root causes of conflict among parties. His project: to bring water to his ancestral village in Pakistan, where the closest source was a four-hour walk… Continue reading »

Understanding the Gut-Brain Axis

Bacteria virus and germs microorganism cells green inversion seamless pattern vector illustration

Sarah Becker ’18 has had an interest in the microbiome—the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microscopic organisms that live in our guts—since she was in eighth grade. That’s when she came back from a family trip to Cambodia with a bad case of intestinal parasites. The doctor put her on… Continue reading »

Making an Impact

Illustration of two people planting a tree with the words How Will You Teach It Forward written above them.

One thing that unites Williams alumni across generations is their commitment to making a difference in their communities. Last January and February, for 10 days during the Teach It Forward: Impact challenge, 325 alumni amplified their impact to both their communities and to Williams by… Continue reading »

No Agenda

Photo of Alex Jen, Williams Class of 2018, center, who curated the exhibition

How does place influence art? That’s the question Alex Jen ’19 posed with “No Agenda,” an exhibition he curated in Williamstown’s Municipal Building, featuring works by five visiting art professors. Jen got the idea for a site-specific installation in the building—which was once a college fraternity house and now home… Continue reading »