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Williams Senior Named Watson Fellow

Hefferon, a Spanish and political science major from McLean, Va., will use his fellowship to pursue a project titled "Brewed Awakening: Ethical Dilemmas in Coffee Culture." His project aims to explore the inner workings of the coffee business, from farm to shop. Furthermore, Hefferon intends to use coffee as a looking glass into societal issues such as socioeconomic inequality, racism, elitism and climate change.

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Williams College Admits 1,163 Students to Class of 2022

Of the admitted students, 103 are international students representing 53 different nationalities. Among American students, 50 percent identify as students of color: 220 students are Asian American, 187 are black, 165 Latino and 13 Native American. Thirty-six percent identify as white and 4 percent opted not to identify.

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Williams Senior Chosen For Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

A physics major from Xuzhou, China, Wang is planning to use the scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford. While at Williams, she participated in the Kusika dance ensemble, the Chinese Music Ensemble, and the Women and Gender Minorities in Physics group.

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Williams Economics Major Named Global Citizen Finalist

The IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award is the first student-focused study abroad award of its kind, recognizing six U.S college students who studied with IES Abroad in 2017, positively impacted their communities through academic, philanthropic, or personal efforts while abroad, learned from their cross-cultural experience, and continued to better their communities, at home and abroad.

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Williams Names Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies

Roberts has been a member of the Williams faculty since 2008 and is affiliated with the political science and religion departments in addition to Africana studies. He has served as chair of the religion department and college lecture committee, and is president of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, an international organization.

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Williams College Appoints Director of Oakley Center

As director, McWeeny will oversee the events and activities of the Oakley Center during his three-year term. The center hosts a variety of conferences, colloquia, reading groups and annual lectures. Along with continuing these events, McWeeny hopes to focus on and think about the arts in relation to scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences during his tenure as director.

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'Claiming Williams Day' Aims to Foster Inclusivity, Equality

Claiming Williams invites the community to acknowledge and understand the uncomfortable reality that not all students, staff and faculty can equally "claim" Williams. By challenging the effects of the college’s history of inequality that are based on privileges of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion, we can provoke individual, institutional and cultural change.

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title that gives a snapshot of their story:

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Williams College Awards Tenure to Four Faculty Members

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January, and the promotions will take effect July 1, 2018, for Phoebe Cohen, geosciences; Laura Ephraim, political science; Eric Knibbs, history; and Gregory Mitchell, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

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Williams College Alumnus Named Schwarzman Scholar

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master's program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. Davis was among more than 4,000 applicants from around the world to compete for 140 spots in the class.

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English Professor Named First Williams-Mystic Faculty Fellow

As the faculty fellow, Rosenheim will reside at the Mystic campus, participate in field seminars, contribute guest lectures and seminars, and incorporate aspects of the Mystic pedagogy back into his own teaching.

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs New Williams Dorm

The Planning Board on Tuesday gave the OK to Williams College's plan for a new dormitory and discussed zoning bylaw changes the board may bring to town voters in May. The college was before the board to seek a parking determination and a finding of functional equivalency for the planned 40-room residence hall to replace Garfield House on South Street.

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Williamstown Culvert Replacement Project Begins

Williams College on Tuesday began the long process of replacing the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River.

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New Williams College Inn Clears Final Regulatory Hurdle

On Thursday night, Williams College received the final regulatory approval it needed to build a 64-room, 60,000-square foot inn at the bottom of Spring Street to replace the current 100-room inn at the Field Park rotary at the junction of Routes 2 and 7.

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Williams Inn Project's Approval Pushed Back a Week

The Conservation Commission on Thursday heard feedback from the town's consulting engineer on Williams College's application to build a new Williams Inn and decided to continue the hearing on the project for at least one more week.

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Williams College Astronomer's Photo Has Left the Solar System

Each of the Voyagers contains a golden record that contains 115 photographs, greetings in many languages, and samples of music from Bach to Chuck Berry. The images are encoded in analog form.

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Williams College Names Interim President

Majumder will replace current President Adam Falk, who announced in June he would leave Williams at the end of December to become president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Public Invited to Comment on Williams College Accreditation

Williams College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Oct. 22–25 by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Williams College Class of 2021 to Arrive on Aug. 28

The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college through meetings with academic advisors and opportunities to learn about academic departments and get to know the campus. Students will also take placement exams and the college's mandatory swimming test. In between the scheduled events, students will settle into their dorms and get to know their classmates.

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Culvert Replacement

The Conservation Commission on Thursday OK'd Williams College's plan to replace the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown, and the panel took its first look at the final plans for the new Williams Inn. The culvert replacement project will replace an existing, undersized pipe with a conduit that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet and hopefully eliminate the flooding that occurs during heavy rain events.

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As Eclipse Nears, Williams College Crew Prepares

Pasachoff will be viewing his 66th solar eclipse, the most of anyone ever. He serves as chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Solar Eclipses, and as such is also helping coordinate visitors from China, Japan, Bulgaria, Venezuela and other countries to the U.S. for eclipse observing.

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Williams Professor Wins Grants to Study Evolutionary Genetics

The grants, totaling $137,315, were recently approved by the NSF.

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Williamstown Zoning Board Weighs College's Hotel, Parking Lot Plan

The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday continued its hearing on Williams College's applications for special permits to allow construction of a new inn and the reconfiguration of the public parking lot at the bottom of Spring Street.

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Inn Project; Zoning Board Next

Williams College's plans for a new Williams Inn on Spring Street cleared one regulatory hurdle on Tuesday and face another test on Thursday at Town Hall. The Planning Board on Tuesday gave its blessing to the 64-room inn, which the college hopes to have online by the spring of 2019.

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Williams College to Shut Down Electricity Three Days This Summer

Williams College's campus will undergo a total blackout for three days this summer while the school installs two large generators.