Feature Stories

A Classical Uprising

Headshot of Classical Uprising founder and conductor Emily Isaacson.

By Kate Abbott   Emily Isaacson ’04 remembers attending classical concerts as a teenager, feeling the music viscerally, connecting with the sound. The music was exciting, passionate—it made her want to move her body. It let her tap into feelings she could not put into words. Yet there was a… Continue reading »

Connected to Learning

Rebecca Haile with a student from The Haile-Manas Academy in Ethiopia.

By Regina Velázquez   Forty-five years after fleeing Ethiopia with her family, Rebecca Haile ’86 has founded a co-ed boarding school there aimed at re-envisioning high school education—and her homeland’s future. The Haile-Manas Academy (HMA) opened its doors in January to an inaugural class of 35 ninth-graders. Named for Haile… Continue reading »

The Show Goes On

Students in the Sound and Sculpture courses at the Clark Art Institute in October

“For most students, music is a source of escape from the stress of pandemic life on campus.” So says Ed Gollin, chair and professor of music, whose department, like many in the performing and visual arts, found creative ways to connect students with audiences at a time when venues were… Continue reading »

Creating Options and Opportunities

Tafara Makaza '22 in his room in Morgan Hall.

By Regina Velázquez   Even with his feet solidly on the ground in Williamstown, Tafara Makaza ’22 is helping to improve economic opportunities in his home country of Zimbabwe, inspired by the technology that’s a part of many students’ everyday lives. In just a few short years—and mostly from his… Continue reading »

More than Medicine

Headshot of Laura Wang '21.

By Julia Numeno   The daughter of two physicians and the sister of a medical resident, Laura Wang ’21 wasn’t planning to follow her family’s career path. She came to Williams for the liberal arts. In her freshman year, she took chemistry and math classes as well as… Continue reading »

A Tribute in Song

Student singing in an outdoor recording booth.

Williams students contributed vocal tracks for the opening number of a virtual tribute concert for the late Adam Schlesinger ’89. Adam Schlesinger: A Music Celebration will stream on Wednesday, May 5, at 8 p.m. EDT on the Rolling Live platform, with ticket proceeds benefiting MusiCares and New York’s Bowery Electric. Continue reading »

“Pine Cello” by Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24

  Very early on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24, Scott Lewis, Director of the Williams Outing Club, and a few friends made the 1.6 mile hike to the top of the Pine Cobble trail in Williamstown. As the sun rose above the distant hills, Tasan performed his… Continue reading »