Feature Stories

Accession Number: 1960-62

The 290 objects in Accession Number, a new exhibition at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), line the gallery walls in the order in which they were acquired by the museum between mid-January 1960 and mid-December 1962. They represent about three-quarters of the 396 objects acquired in those years. Continue reading »

‘The World to Come,‘ Stories by Jim Shepard

Reviews are coming in for Jim Shepard’s new book of short stories, The World to Come. A review in The Washington Post calls Shepard, who is the J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature and Eloquence, “an outrageously versatile and gifted fiction writer who is deeply at home in a… Continue reading »

Age of Consequences

The new documentary Age of Consequences approaches climate change from a different angle than most films on the subject. “The U.S. military thinks about climate change as a threat multiplier and an accelerant to instability,” says the film’s executive producer, Sophie Robinson ’11. “Our film tells the story of climate… Continue reading »

Is This Los Angeles’ $600 Million Man?

Michael Govan ’85, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is featured in a New York Times article about “his provocative vision for his museum and his adopted city.” By ADAM NAGOURNEY JAN. 18, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Michael Govan stood in a third-floor gallery… Continue reading »

Microeconomics: From Billsville to the Beltway

By Julia Munemo What happens when someone steeped in economic research and theory spends some time in Washington D.C. developing policies? Associate Professor of Economics Tara Watson found out when she served as the deputy assistant secretary of microeconomics at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from August 2015 to… Continue reading »

Environmental Impact

In high school at St. Andrew’s in Delaware, Luke Baumann ’19 led a student task force in developing a proposal to install a small solar array on campus. They succeeded—researching the technology, meeting with contractors, presenting to the board of trustees, and securing funding through grants and donations—and the experience… Continue reading »

Welcome, Everyone, to Computer Science

By Julia Munemo It’s a play on words—or rather on acronyms. UnICS is the name of a student-led group, and it stands for Underrepresented Identities in Computer Science. The pun is that its homophone, UNIX, is an operating system some of those students have learned to master. “UnICS was created… Continue reading »

From Williams to Africa

By Julia Munemo A friendship born at Williams in the early 1990s has had a tremendous effect on health care in rural Africa. In December, a nonprofit founded by the two classmates announced the first winner of the Gerson L’Chaim Prize, a $500,000 award given to someone who moved to… Continue reading »

Leehom Wang ’98 Wows Williams

Leehom Wang ’98 delighted a Williams audience during his free concert in Chapin Hall Monday night, beginning the show by singing a bit of the alma mater song “The Mountains.” Over the course of the intimate, 90-minute show, he performed a mix of old and new hits, including some he… Continue reading »

Physics’ Newest Hires

By Julia Munemo With the departure of three long-time members of the physics department and the arrival of three newcomers, physics at Williams is in the midst of a transition. Physics professor and former dean of the college Sarah Bolton was named president of the College of Wooster, a post… Continue reading »