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A Physical Connection

Photograph of a large water color painting of the interior of Building 6, an expansion of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, painted by Barbara Ernst Prey, Williams Class of 1979.

Barbara Ernst Prey ’79—whose watercolor paintings hang in private and public collections including the White House and NASA headquarters—was commissioned to paint Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Building 6 ahead of its opening this month. The painting, which depicts the interior of the building before it was renovated into gallery… Continue reading »

The Art and Craft of Subtitles

Lovers of French cinema likely know the names Godard, Audiard, Denis and Desplechin. But the true devotee—the person who stays to the very end to read all the credits—may recognize the name Litvack. Andrew Litvack ’87 is a French-to-English translator who focuses on film subtitling, one of the least glamorous… Continue reading »

Four Alumni Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Robin Broad ’76 Four Williams alumni were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships this year: Robin Broad ’76, a professor at American University’s School of International Service; novelist Fiona Maazel ’97; poet and MacArthur fellow Claudia Rankine ’86; and choreographer Will Rawls ’00. The grants are made freely and with no conditions, allowing… Continue reading »

The Forests of Antarctica

The Forests of Antarctica, a new painting series by Williams Professor of Art Mike Glier ’75, depicts what he calls “a distant future, where the temperature is warm enough to support exuberant life in Antarctica, but it’s life we can’t quite recognize.” Glier, who has been teaching in the art… 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 »

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 »

Making Physics Approachable

By Julia Munemo “It would freak me out if a big pile of dog treats materialized in the middle of my kitchen out of nowhere,” says Chad Orzel ’93, who teaches physics at Union College. “But my dog has been waiting for that to happen for 10 years.” That premise… Continue reading »

A Violinist’s Path: Alicia Choi ’09

By Julia Munemo Violin has always been important to Alicia Choi ’09. As a student at New York’s Stuyvesant High School, she spent every Saturday at Juilliard, where she studied chamber music and orchestra in their pre-college division. She double majored in music and Chinese at Williams, and then returned… Continue reading »

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