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Maude Mandel is the new president of Williams College in northern Berkshire County. Formerly dean of the college and professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Mandel was named Williams’ 18th leader in March. While her tenure at the Williamstown, Massachusetts liberal arts college began on July 1st, her official induction is set for today at 4 p.m. Ahead of the ceremony, Mandel spoke with WAMC.

As the president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, Zachary Wood knows all about intellectual controversy. From John Derbyshire to Charles Murray, there's no one Zach refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses and in the media.

But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story, and how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue and free speech. In "Uncensored," he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, in an environment where the only way to survive was to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and their perspectives.

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Williams College in northern Berkshire County recently opened its new science center, a key component of the school’s sweeping overhaul of its science program. WAMC Josh Landes toured the facility.

Today's Panel presents a conversaton about immigration.

Immigration has been a touchstone of the U.S. political debate for decades, as policymakers weigh competing economic, security, and humanitarian concerns. Congress has been unable to reach an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform for years.

Shortly after taking office, President Donald Trump signed executive orders on border security, interior enforcement, and refugees. In mid-2017, Trump rescinded two programs created by President Obama to shield undocumented children and their parents from deportation. Most recently, a “Zero-Tolerance” policy was implemented causing children to be separated from their parents at the border.

Each July and August the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) produces a public program series that offers a playful taste of the academic experience. This summer the series titled "Ologies" is digging into some of the quirkiest fields of study.

Also on WCMA’s summer agenda is the exhibition “Dance We Must: Treasures from Jacob’s Pillow, 1906-1940” which explores the contributions of Jacob's Pillow founder Ted Shawn and the iconic Ruth St. Denis to American modern dance.

Gathering over 350 materials, the exhibition contextualizes the pioneering work of Shawn and St. Denis within the scope of American art history through artifacts that have never been seen before.

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Williams College’s new science center is finished and already filling up with faculty and students.

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Professor Joy Ladin finds herself at the intersection of two identities.

“Both trans and Jewish identity are constantly multiplying and taking new forms,” said Ladin.

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Williams College has a new president. Maud Mandel, currently the dean of the College and a professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University, will be the 18th person to step into the role - and the first woman. 

Williams College Names Next President

Mar 13, 2018
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Williams College has appointed it next president. 

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Campuses have increasingly become ground zero for the battle over speech. And while the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, assembly, petition and religion from government infringement, it faces limitations at private schools like Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In a November opinion piece published in The Washington Post, the college’s then-president, Adam Falk, responded to criticism mainly from Congressional Republicans to resign for not allowing a self-described white supremacist to speak on campus. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with the college’s Interim President Tiku Majumder, who took over this month.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts has reimagined its town hall with the help of a Williams College student with an eye for detail. 

Williams College Names An Interim President

Aug 31, 2017
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The Williams College Board of Trustees has named Science Center Director Tiku Majumder as its interim president. Starting in January, Majumder will replace the Williamstown, Massachusetts private college’s 17th President, Adam Falk. Falk is leaving to head the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Majumder about what he will do come January.

Each July and August the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) produces Summer School, a series of public programs that teases out new ways of thinking about learning, art, community, and museums. This summer, the series offers a playful taste of college culture taking inspiration from unconventional archives and the quirkiest kinds of libraries. It’s a weekly mashup of mini courses, extracurriculars on WCMA’s patio, a lending library, and pop-up programming in the museum’s Reading Room. 

Each week, Williams faculty and local experts lead hour-long mini courses in the galleries. These talks explore the museum’s collection, exhibitions, and spaces through the lens of libraries and archives.

To tell us more – we welcome Nina Pelaez - Assistant Curator of Public Programs at Williams College Museum of Art. 

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Williams College President Adam Falk is leaving at the end of the year. Falk is the 17th president in the private Williamstown college’s history. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen asked Falk about what he will do come January.

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Williams College will host competing lectures about healthcare. 

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A biology professor at Williams College has been awarded a $586,000, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. 

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Williams College will host a film screening and roundtable on the refugee crisis later this month. The discussion will highlight the work of the International Rescue Committee. 

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Williams College hosted a climate change roundtable last night. The focus: to come up with strategies to better communicate climate science. Panelists say in a post-fact world, compassion speaks louder than truth.  

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Williams College will host a climate change roundtable next week to suss out how to communicate climate science in a post-fact world.

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Tomorrow night, Williams College will launch its version of The Campus Kitchens Project. The private college in western Massachusetts will become the 60th school to join the nationwide nonprofit designed to decrease food waste and combat hunger. 

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Could a history lecture be enhanced by allowing students to virtually experience a moment in time? Faculty at Williams College in western Massachusetts think so and WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis went to find out how they intend to do it.

   David Simon is best known as creator of HBO's The Wire which chronicled the story of Baltimore's police department and its gangs. A former reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Simon is also known for his NBC police procedural Homicide: Life on the Streets. The show was based on his book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

This week he spoke at Williams College, presenting a lecture entitled "The Audacity of Despair."

  Novelist and Williams College Professor Alison Case joins us this morning to discuss her reimagining of Wuthering Heights. The new book is Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights - a gripping and heartbreaking novel that re-imagines life at Wuthering Heights through the eyes of the Earnshaws’ loyal servant, Nelly Dean.

Nelly Dean is an inspired accompaniment to Emily Bronte’s adored work. It is the story of a woman who is fated to bear the pain of a family she is unable to leave, and unable to save.

  One Hudson Valley Congressman is trading politics for the classroom.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

  Williams College is getting a new professor.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he decided not to run for governor. 

  Jim Shepard’s new book, The Book of Aron, tells the story of a Jewish boy growing up in poverty and desperation. It begins before the Germans invaded Poland and, through Aron’s eyes, takes us from the Polish countryside into the depths of the Warsaw Ghetto and then into a famous orphanage for destitute children.

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In an unexpected announcement, retiring Congressman Chris Gibson said Monday he will not run for New York governor in 2018. The one definitive plan he mentioned was having accepted a one-term teaching post at Williams College in Massachusetts.

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is scheduled to speak at his alma mater Williams College on Monday.

  Terry Tempest Williams, author and environmentalist, will speak at Williams College on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

A naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech, Williams explores how environmental issues are social issues and ultimately matters of justice. Her next book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, will be published in spring 2016 to honor the centennial of the National Park Service. Tempest is the author of 15 other books including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds. She is a columnist for The Progressive and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Orion Magazine, among others.

Television screens playing the videos on a loop are scattered amongst the pews inside Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus. Multiple recorded voices and a constant drum of music echo throughout the chapel.
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A moving exhibition now on display at Williams College recalls the atrocities of apartheid in South Africa.

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