Feature Stories

A Semester Unlike Any Other

A student wearing a mask unloads a rubber bin from the trunk of his car while a portrait of Harpo leans up against it.

When the campus closed in mid-March and learning moved online, Williams professors found silver linings, made space for grief and tested ideas that may inform how the fall semester unfolds. Continue reading »

Small Moments

When the campus closed in mid-March and learning moved online, Williams professors found silver linings, made space for grief and tested ideas that may inform how the fall semester unfolds. Continue reading »

Symbols of Hope and Unity

In this essay originally written for a summer issue of Williams Magazine, Cmdr. Caroline Messmer Schlocker ’02 shares her experience aboard the USNS Mercy. The Naval hospital ship was deployed at the Port of Los Angeles from March 27 to May 15, 2020, to serve as a referral hospital for non-Covid-19… Continue reading »

Pandemic Politics in African Countries

In this essay originally written for a summer issue of Williams Magazine, professor of political science Ngonidzashe Munemo addresses the implications of politics on African countries’ response to the pandemic. By Ngonidzashe Munemo Illustration by Gracia Lam   On May 12, the small highland kingdom of Lesotho became the… Continue reading »

The Campus Community Reaches Out

Illustrations by Sol Cotti and Carmen Segovia When the implications of the outbreak of Covid-19 became clear in the spring, Williams stepped in to help support the community’s medical and economic health. The college donated $50,000 to the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County. And, in hopes of mitigating… Continue reading »

Learning Through Uncertainty

When the campus closed in mid-March and learning moved online, Williams professors found silver linings, made space for grief and tested ideas that may inform how the fall semester unfolds. Continue reading »

Pregnancy and birth in the era of Covid-19

In an essay called “Pregnancy, Birth and the Covid-19 Pandemic in the United States” published in May 2020 in the journal Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, Kim Gutschow, Williams lecturer in religion and anthropology/sociology, along with Robbie Davis-Floyd, senior research fellow in the department of anthropology… Continue reading »

The Beauty of Blue Tape and String

A photo detail of a sculpture made from blue table and a wooden chair.

Piece by Josiel Aponte ’21 The focus of Amy Podmore’s Sculpture class this spring was, according to the course description, “the development of technical and analytical skills as they relate to the interplay of form, content and materials.” Podmore expected to teach her 10 students about, for instance, woodworking… Continue reading »

Understanding Anxiety

A photo of Lynn Gerwig Lyons

Psychotherapist Lynn Gerwig Lyons ’87 has been in private practice for 28 years, specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and families. An author and public speaker, she discusses with her audiences the subject of anxiety, its role in families and the need for a preventive approach. Lyons… Continue reading »