Williams Students Present on Major Topics in the Field

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—On Friday, June 2, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art will host its 28th Annual Graduate Symposium at the Clark Art Institute, featuring scholarly presentations by the program's graduating Masters students. 
The presentations, timed in conjunction with Williams' 2023 Commencement weekend, will address topics in the history of art, from the Caribbean influence on fashion in the age of Josephine and Napoleon to abstraction in American landscapes; and from the history of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board to "Action Plastique" and the work of Moroccan artist Mohamed Melehi. All presentations are free and open to the public.
Presentations will be twenty minutes each, in groups of three, with discussion following each group of presentations. Presenters include:
Talia Abrahams
Nick Beischer
Meghan Considine
Destinee Filmore
Max Gruber
Jordan Horton
Libby Kandel
Delaney Keenan
So Jeong Lim
Anthony Ortega
Luiza Repsold França
Manolis Elijah Sueuga
At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, the public is also invited to attend the Program's annual hooding ceremony, honoring the students' accomplishments.
The symposium and hooding ceremony will both take place in the auditorium at the Clark Art Institute's Manton Research Center, 225 South St., Williamstown, MA.

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North Adams Man Arrested in Williamstown Armed Robbery

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A North Adams man was arrested Wednesday night and charged with armed robbery in an incident at the Cumberland Farms on Main Street, police said in a news release.
Joshua Piantoni, 41, of Whittesly Avenue, was held overnight and transported to court on Thursday morning, police said.
At about 11:30 on Wednesday night, police received a call from the clerk at Cumberland Farms reporting, "the store had just been robbed at gunpoint and the suspect had fled down Main Street towards North Adams in a four-wheeled ATV," the WPD news release reads.
The Williamstown Police notified North Adams, and police from both departments located a "male party" on an ATV, the news release read. After a short chase, police arrested Piantoni near the Ashton Avenue rail crossing in North Adams.
"Money taken from the store as well as a pellet gun were recovered on the suspect at the time of his arrest," police said.
Piantoni was charged with armed robbery, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, unsafe operation of recreational vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and a recreational vehicle helmet violation, according to the news release.
"We are thankful for the quick, professional actions of the involved officers of WPD and NAPD that this subject was taken into custody without incident," Williamstown Police Chief Michael Ziemba said in the news release.
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