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Droplets of the Sun

photograph of urns being filled with water supplied by a solar-powered well in rural Pakistan, a project developed by Hamza Farrukh, Williams Class of 2015.

As a Williams junior, Hamza Farrukh ’15 won a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace grant, which funds grassroots initiatives that promote peace by addressing the root causes of conflict among parties. His project: to bring water to his ancestral village in Pakistan, where the closest source was a four-hour walk… Continue reading »

Making an Impact

Illustration of two people planting a tree with the words How Will You Teach It Forward written above them.

One thing that unites Williams alumni across generations is their commitment to making a difference in their communities. Last January and February, for 10 days during the Teach It Forward: Impact challenge, 325 alumni amplified their impact to both their communities and to Williams by… Continue reading »

GallopNYC

GallopNYC, founded in Queens, N.Y., 12 years ago by Alicia Kershaw ’75, offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children with disabilities and special needs. Kershaw started riding when she was 5 and fox hunting when she was 8, but as time went on she had less time to devote to formal… Continue reading »

Zipline: A Lifeline for Rwanda

Photo of a Zipline International drone delivering blood to a village in Rwanda.

Emma (Lehman) Schott ’10 with a Zipline drone that delivers blood to doctors in Rwanda. Emma (Lehman) Schott ’10 is putting her aerospace and satellite operations background to use helping make drones that save lives every day. Thanks to Zipline International, when doctors in Rwanda are treating a postpartum hemorrhage… Continue reading »

A Longstanding Commitment

Fred Clifford ’58 says he is “connected to Williams at the hip,” and it seems he’s not far off. He’s the planned giving chair for his class, a former President of the Society of Alumni, a founding member and onetime leader of the 63 year-old Williams Reunion Jazz Band (he… Continue reading »

Two Scoops of Ephs

Elissa Brown ’09 and Robyn Goldman Fisher ’01 are each making a living making ice cream—one in a seemingly unusual place and the other with a seemingly unusual technique. Elissa Brown ’09, owner of Wild Scoops ice cream company in Anchorage, Alaska Brown first started making ice cream when she was… Continue reading »

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 »