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Exploring the Past to Understand the Present

By Julia Munemo Students in Dorothy Wang’s Theories & Methods in American Studies class spent the fall applying what they’d learned about conducting research to the very institution they call home. Using the Williams College archives, each student dug into one aspect of the college’s past and wrote a research paper about what he or

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Burns and FDR: A Conversation

Williams professor Susan Dunn and presidential historian Michael Beschloss ’77 are paying tribute to the late James MacGregor Burns ’39 and his deep knowledge of the life and presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt at the FDR Presidential Home and Library in Hyde Park, N.Y. Burns, Williams’ Woodrow Wilson Professor Emeritus of Government, drew powerful lessons

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The Gritty Side of Historical Research

Frank Pagliaro ’14 and history professor Alexandra Garbarini are developing a digital archive of images to illustrate history.

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A Living Reminder of an Ancient Civilization

A curious artifact at the Williams College Museum of Art regains its humanity and its place in history.

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Bringing Medical History to Life

Imagine holding in your hands a piece of the rope used to hang the man who assassinated President James A. Garfield in 1882. Or a handwritten letter Ephraim Williams’ sister wrote after his death in 1755, describing her brother’s wounds in great detail and decrying the French and Indian War. In the Williams College Museum of

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Taking the Long View

Williams President Emeritus Frank Oakley takes the long view on the pope’s resignation.

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