Williams grants tenure to eight assistant profs

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams College has awarded tenure to eight assistant professors: Monique Deveaux, political science; William Dudley, philosophy; Roger Kittleson, history; Marc Lynch, political science; Karen Merrill, history; Peter Pedroni, economics; Lara Shore-Sheppard, economics and Thomas Smith, chemistry. Deveaux is author of the recent book, “Cultural Pluralism and Dilemmas of Justice.” Her research deals with the challenges and difficulties that cultural-group rights may pose for individual rights and liberal norms in democratic states. She received her B.A. in political theory in 1989 and her master’s in political theory in 1991 from McGill University. She earned a master’s in philosophy in 1993 and her Ph.D. in 1997 at Cambridge University. Dudley specializes in 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy and Kant. His book, “Hegel, Nietzsche, and Philosophy: Thinking Freedom,” is a comparison of the theme of freedom in the writings of the two philosophers, demonstrating a significant convergence in their thought. Dudley received his B.A. from Williams in 1989 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1998. Kittleson’s research focuses on the politics of culture in modern Brazil. He is completing his first book, “A New Regime of Ideas: Transformations of Political Culture in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1845-1895,” and starting a second project on race, region and masculinity in Brazilian soccer. Kittleson received his B.A. from Northwestern University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Lynch studies the role of deliberation and public spheres in international relations, focusing on the Middle East. His most recent article, “Taking Arabs Seriously” was published in Foreign Affairs, one of the most influential foreign policy journals in the world. Lynch is the author of “State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan’s Identity.” Another book, “Iraq and the New Arab Public Sphere,” is forthcoming. Lynch received his B.A. in political science from Duke University in 1990 and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. Merrill researches 20th-century American politics and political economy, the American West and environmental history. She is the author of “Public Lands and Political Meaning: Ranchers, the Government and the Property Between Them” and edited “The Modern Worlds of Business and Industry: Cultures, Technology, Labor.” Another book, “The Oil Crisis” will be published by Bedford/St. Martin's Press. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1986, her master’s in creative writing and English from the University of Denver in 1988, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1994. She taught at Princeton University and the University of California at Irvine. Pedroni specializes in macroeconomics, international finance, time-series econometrics and empirical explanations of the divergent growth processes experienced among countries. He has written a number of articles for economic journals, including Advances in Econometrics, the Journal of Business Economics and Statistics and the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. He received his B.A. from Miami University in Ohio in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He taught at Indiana University. Shore-Sheppard is interested in health economics, labor economics, poverty and welfare policy and wage distribution. Her recent work, “Medicaid and Crowding Out of Private Insurance: A Re-examination Using Firm-Level Data,” delves into the relationship between expanded Medicaid eligibility and falling private health insurance coverage, combining individual and firm-level data to investigate possible responses to the Medicaid expansions by both firms and workers. Shore-Sheppard received her B.A. from Amherst College in 1991 and her Ph.D. in 1996 from Princeton University. She taught at the University of Pittsburgh from 1996 to 2000. Smith works within the broad category of organic synthesis. His current focus is the development of new methods of increased efficiency in organic synthesis and their application to molecules of biological importance. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation. He has published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters and Heterocycles. Smith received his B.A. in chemistry from Williams in 1988 and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1996. He was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 1996 to 1998.
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 2-8

Enjoy 18 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long! 
In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host HAPPY, an abstract art show by Jesse Tobin McCauley for the month of August. There will be an opening reception during First Fridays Artswalk from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit runs through August 31.
Kids and teens, pick up the August 2nd Scavenger Hunt flyer for a chance to win a prize! Grab yours at the Artswalk table in Crawford Square, 137 North St., during the Artswalk or print one from the website.
Berkshires Jazz brings five of the most popular regional bands to the stage for the 2019 Berkshire Jazz Showcase, on the Pittsfield Common from 12-5 p.m. The wide-ranging lineup for this jazz extravaganza includes Gina Coleman and Misty Blues, Paul Green and Two Worlds, Andy Wrba's Berkshire Jazz Collective,
First Take with Mary Ann Palermo and the Kyle Murray Quintet. FREE.
Hancock Shaker Village welcomes Berkshire Opera Festival as they pay homage to American opera by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Carlisle Floyd. The recital, "Ain't it a Pretty Night," will feature soprano Caroline Worra, tenor John Riesen and pianist Lynn Baker will explore this essential part of the musical fabric of our country. 7:30 p.m. $18-$25.
FRI WordXWord Festival: Crosstalk at Tyler Street Lab | FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Anthony Luchi at Rusty Anchor | FRI Sawyer Country at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | SAT WordXWord Festival: Accomplice[d] at Berkshire Museum | SAT Orin Swift Cellars Wine Tasting at Hotel on North | SAT Melissa Brinton at Rusty Anchor | SAT Jason & Trev at J. Allen's | SAT Uncensored Comedy Show at Uncorked | SUN Country Dance w/Spurs USA at Italian American Club | SUN-MON Marilyn Maye at Barrington Stage | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Wintergreen at Springside Park | TUE Open Mic Night at O'Laughlin's | WED Live on the Lake: Generation X at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Deja Again at Mazzeo's | THU Abandoned Building Brewery Beer Dinner at Hotel on North | THU The Picky B's at Mission

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and a side-splitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to the stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. The Colonial Theatre through August 9. $35 and up.
ONGOING Hansel & Gretel at Berkshire Museum FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum FRI Yoga for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT Health & Wellness Fair at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum SAT Child & Family Yoga at Onota Lake SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum MON Kindergarten Countdown at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Star Lab at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Cones with a Cop on The Common MON Stardust Cafe at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Swan Lake Dance Intensive at Cantarella School of Dance MON Auditions for Magic Tree House Kids at The Colonial MON+ KidsAct! at Barrington Stage TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum TUE Princess Songs & Popsicle Party at The Whitney TUE Project SpaceCRAFT: Planet Pinch Pots at Be TUE Screening of Monsters vs Aliens at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Little Gardeners of the Galaxy at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Uncharted Wild Animal Show at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Tie Dye on the Terrace at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Creative Healing Workshop w/Funky Phoenix at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum
SAT Outdoor Yoga & Zumba at Onota Lake
Join Rachael from Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness every 1st and 3rd Saturday (June through August) for outdoor yoga and Zumba classes at Burbank Park on Onota Lake. Yoga begins at 9 a.m. and Zumba at 10:15 a.m. Come to one class or both! $10 suggested donation per class. Rain cancels.
FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Family YMCA | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness FRI-THU Various Classes at Radiance Yoga | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Salsa FRI-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit | SAT Sunrise Yoga on the Deck at Rusty Anchor | SUN Guido's Great 8 Road Race | TUE Summer Fit Training at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | THU Outdoor Yoga at Onota Lake
ONGOING If I Forget at Barrington Stage
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