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A party thrown by students on the campus of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts Friday has raised concerns about COVID-19 spread and violations of public health measures.

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The student journalists at Williams College in northwest Massachusetts are continuing to provide coverage of campus life through the turmoil of 2020.

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Berkshire Community College says after a positive COVID-19 test earlier this semester, it now has no active cases of the disease.

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Positive COVID-19 tests remain low at Berkshire County higher ed institutions.

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COVID-19 cases have been reported at two of Northern Berkshire County’s major cultural institutions: MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts and Williams College in Williamstown.

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Williams College has released strict new guidelines for students who plan to return to campus for the fall semester.

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The Williams Record is the independent student newspaper at Williams College, the private liberal arts college in northwest  Massachusetts. This week, it published a report analyzing the demographic trends in college data on fall enrollment, which indicates that more students of color are opting to not return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC spoke with Editor-In-Chief and rising senior Jeongyoon Han about what the disparities mean for the college community.

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Williams College President Maud Mandel says the liberal arts college in northwest Massachusetts will reopen its doors this fall. The school sent more than 2,000 undergrads home in March to finish the spring semester remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC spoke with Mandel to find out more about how Williams plans to safely carry out classes and student life under the threat of a second wave.

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Williams College has canceled June’s commencement and reunion events due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Patricia Manning is in her 30th season as head coach of the Williams College Women’s Basketball Team. With more than 400 victories, she is described as the winningest coach in Williams history, and has taken 9 teams to the Division III NCAA tournament. This season, the team has won 11 of its first 12 games. Before back to back matchups this weekend, Manning spoke with WAMC about her coaching style and what is fueling her team’s dominant performance.

The amount that the American killing of Iran’s Qassim Suleimani on January 3 will escalate confrontation between the two countries remains to be seen.

For history and perspective, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes spoke with Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College Galen Jackson.

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A celebrated educator who once led the University at Albany, New York passed away this month. She also co-hosted this program for about a decade. Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we remember Dr. Karen Hitchcock.

You can find some of Dr. Hitchcock's commentaries for WAMC here.

We’ll also have a conversation about freedom of speech on campus with the president of a college in Massachusetts…and we’ll spend an Academic Minute trying to define meat.

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Like many college campuses around the country, Williams College has struggled with how to balance campus concerns about free speech and open inquiry with fears of promoting hate speech and violent ideologies. Williams President Maud Mandel assembled an ad hoc committee to explore the issue at the private liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Mandel spoke with WAMC about the findings.

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For decades, Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe has kept a close eye on the Celtics. Over the weekend, Ryan headed to the opposite end of the state to check in on a local rivalry.

Three weeks after Election Day, a Republican Congressman from upstate New York will be in Berkshire County tomorrow to talk about bipartisanship.

Williams College President Emeritus Francis Oakley, author of the new book "From the Cast-Iron Shore," will present a free book talk and signing on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 PM at the Clark Art Institute auditorium.

"From the Cast-Iron Shore," part personal memoir and part participant-observer's educational history, details the progression of Williams from a fraternity-dominated institution in the 1950s to the leading liberal arts college it is today.

Oakley relays his experiences growing up in England, Ireland, and Canada, his time as a soldier in the British Army, and his years as a student at Yale University. He combines this account with reflections on social class, the relationship between teaching and research, the shape of American higher education, and the challenge of educational leadership in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.

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A Massachusetts lawyer is involved in a public dispute with the current Berkshire District Attorney and his predecessor over the handling of sexual assault cases at Williams College.

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A new exhibition at Williams College explores the institution’s archives for a new look at its own history.

Michael Pisaro’s “A Wave and Waves” performance on Sunday at 1p.m. at The Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, MA is a rare, deep listening experience in which listeners are immersed in an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers of imperceptibly soft sounds: sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells; which form a textural landscape bristling with detail. The 74-minute work employs 100 performers, arranged on a grid, with the audience embedded within.

There will be two separate performances at The Clark on Sunday -- the first is a 74 minute performance. It will be conducted by Matthew Gold and features performers including members of the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, the Williams Percussion Ensemble and guests from the community. The second is a performance by Talujon.

Matthew Gold is the Artist in Residence in Percussion and Contemporary Music Performance at Williams College and will be conducting Sunday’s performance. 

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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. 

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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. 

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