Feature Stories


Military personnel sort mail to be delivered to troops.

The Christmas Kathy Sharpe Jones ’79 spent deployed on a remote Iraqi outpost, both she and her children back home received several packages of presents in the mail. The boxes came from Stewart Menking ’79 and other members of their class, who learned that she was serving near the front… Continue reading »

Biggest Little Challenge 2018

Tweets are flying between Williams and Amherst as the two schools head the into their seventh annual Biggest Little Challenge. During the challenge—Nov. 2-Nov. 12—alumni from the 15 youngest classes of each college go toe-to-toe in a friendly philanthropic throw-down. The school with the greatest number… Continue reading »

Breaking the 4th Wall

Still image from an airplane flying to Malawi, using the 4th Wall virtual reality app to project the art of Nancy Baker Cahill, Williams Class of 1992, on the image.

Multidisciplinary artist Nancy Baker Cahill ’92 recently launched an augmented reality (AR) app called 4th Wall that allows users to experience her work anywhere in the world. After downloading her drawings to an iPhone, users can place them as a complement to the scene they’re standing in, walk around inside… Continue reading »

Serious Entertainment

The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, features Kermit the Frog

If you asked Cynthia Sharpe ’94 on her graduation day where she would be 24 years later, she never would have guessed the answer: an executive at a major themed-entertainment design and production agency. Today, Sharpe makes museums and theme parks, designing experiences for millions of people to wander through… Continue reading »

Shifts in the Supreme Court

Photograph of exterior of U.S. Supreme Court by Jeff Kubina

When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced in late June his intention to retire later this summer, the news sparked a flurry of reaction across the political spectrum. Justin Crowe ’03, associate professor of political science and author of Building the Judiciary: Law, Courts and the Politics of… Continue reading »

A Complicated History

Photograph of Sophie Wunderlich, Williams Class of 2018, who helped curate the archives exhibition

As part of the ongoing World War I Centennial, history major Sophie Wunderlich ’18 helped curate an exhibit in the Williams College Special Collections exploring the life and death of WWI veteran and Williams Class of 1905 alumnus Charles Whittlesey. As leader of the troop commonly referred to as “The… Continue reading »

Strength in Numbers

From left: Nohemi Sepulveda ’18, Dalia Luque ’18, assistant professor of mathematics Pamela Harris, and Claudia Reyes ’18.

Claudia Reyes ’18 came to Williams to study math. She loved the subject in high school and heard wonderful things about the department. But when she got here, she started to doubt herself—and her skills. “I felt lost in my math classes freshman year,” she says. “I was one of… Continue reading »

The Licorice Project

Photograph of the Licorice Project logo on a plate of licorice, accompanied by hors d'oeuvres.

In 2012, sisters Katie Kerr Clarke ’87 and Kendra Kerr Olvany ’82 opened the welcome gates to a club no one wants to join. They have been building community among those affected by breast cancer ever since. “The Licorice Project embraces and empowers women by connecting breast cancer patients and… Continue reading »

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 »