Reunion Schedule 2015

Pick up a hardcopy program at the Alumni Center upon checking in.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

9:30AM
50th Reunion Alumni Seminar: Transgenderism – No Longer Just a Caboose on the GLBT Train with Norman Spack '65,
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

10:45AM
50th Reunion Alumni Seminar: The Nine Lives of Journalism with Marc Charney '65
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

2 - 3PM
Faculty Lecture: Countervailing Forces of True Racial Progress with Candis Smith, Assistant Professor of Political Science.
To what extent are young people doing their part to move the U.S. toward its dream of racial equality? There are a plethora of signs that suggest that young people are more racially tolerant than their predecessors, but there are a number of countervailing forces that may prevent them from ushering in a post-racial era. This talk will focus on the steps that we see young people making toward racial equality as well as some of the factors that may set them back.
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

3:30 – 4:30PM 
Faculty Conversation: Why Liberal Arts?
Amid a national conversation about the value of a college degree — and of the liberal arts specifically — the Williams community has been engaged in a year-long effort to discuss the liberal arts experience. What does it mean to today’s students? What do they expect? Faculty discuss some of the themes and questions that have resulted from these conversations. Moderated by Lee Park, Associate Dean of the Faculty & Professor of Chemistry, with Lois Banta, Professor of Biology, David Gurcay Morris '96, Professor of Theater, James Manigault Bryant, Professor of Africana Studies and Jeff Israel, Professor of Religion.
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE


Friday, June 12th, 2015


7:30 –  9:00AM
Ephraim Williams Society Breakfast
President Adam Falk and Ephraim Williams Society Chair and President Emeritus Carl Vogt ’58 will speak at this annual appreciation breakfast honoring alumni, parents, and friends who have included Williams in their estate plans or have funded life income gifts. RSVP: Cheryl.M.Brigley@williams.edu or 1-877-374-7526
FACULTY CLUB

9:30 – 11:00AM 
50th Reunion Alumni Seminar: Perspectives on Elementary and Secondary Education Reform, John Palmer '65 moderator, Mike McGill '65, Bill Ouchi '65, and Susan Engel, Class of 1959 Director of Program in Teaching, panelists.
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

11:15AM – 12:15PM
Mayda Del Valle '00, Bicentennial Award recipient, poet, performer, and original cast member of the Tony Award winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Topic TBD
MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

12:30 – 2:00PM 
FestEPHal - Lunch & Day Party
Members of the Williams Black Alumni Network (WBAN), Williams Latino Alumni Network (WLAN), Williams Asian and Asian-American Alumni Network (WAAAN) and BiGLATA are welcome to enjoy a festive party lunch with the family while enjoying the beautiful mountain view from the New Sawyer Library. This event will be hosted by the Director for Alumni Diversity & Inclusion.
GREEN ROOM, LOWER LEVEL, SAWYER LIBRARY

1:45 – 2:45PM 
25th Alumni Seminar: What's the Big Idea?
Join your fellow Williams grads from the Class of 1990 as they discuss life in the entertainment industry on the east and west coasts. Learn what it's like to work in various aspects of the industry, what it takes to be successful and discuss future trends as they relate to film, television, and the big screen. With Matt Dubroff ’90, Professor of Theatre at Hampden-Sydney College; Hilary Klotz Steinman ’90, documentary film producer; Matt Tarses ’90, television writer/producer; and Will Hong ’90, Assistant Professor of Digital Media & Journalism at SUNY New Paltz.
’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

3 – 4PM
Q&A with Williams President Adam Falk
’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

5:30PM
Shabbat Service followed by Kiddush
JEWISH RELIGIOUS CENTER

6:00PM
Class Dinners and Festivities
Refer to class specific schedules for locations and details.


Saturday, June 13th, 2015


7 – 8AM
Bird Walk with Hopkins Forest Manager Drew Jones
Some binoculars provided. Coffee available!
HOPKINS FOREST

7 – 8AM
Fun Run
Join other reunion attendees for an early morning run in the Purple Valley (Gale Road loop).
CHAPIN STEPS

7 – 8AM
Yoga
’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE (MAIN STUDIO)

8:30AM*
Create a Spectacle
Dress up for the parade by making your own festive sunglasses, hats, and signs to carry and wear! Rain or shine.
PARESKY PORCH

9:30AM*
Parade of Classes
The Class of 1965 will lead the way to Chandler Gym for the Society’s 193rd Annual Meeting. Pre-parade music provided by the Eagles Band of Pittsfield. Find your classmates near class signs on Chapin Lawn. The Greylock Guard (post-50th Reunion classes) should gather outside of the Dodd House for the parade.
CHAPIN DRIVE

10:30AM - 12PM
Annual Meeting, Society of Alumni
The 193rd annual meeting, led by Society of Alumni President Leila Jere '91: trophies, cups, and medals recognizing alumni volunteers; remarks by President Adam Falk; election results; major gift announcements; and traditional Williams songs.
CHANDLER GYM

10:30AM - 12PM*
Wheels! (Ages 2-4)
After the parade, climb the stairs by the old Purple Pub and join other young families to explore a fire engine, police cruiser, ambulance, backhoe, front loader, mowers, and street sweeper! Rain or shine.
MORLEY DRIVE

10:30AM - 12PM*
Soccer Clinic (Ages 5-12)
Join a soccer session for all levels. We'll work on development and refinement, and end with small-sided games. Rain or shine.
LOWER COLE FIELD

10:30AM - 12PM*
Ultimate Frisbee Clinic (Ages 10+)
Come and learn this team sport, led by members of the Williams Ultimate Frisbee Organization. Rain or shine.
UPPER COLE FIELD

NOON*
All Campus Locavore Lunch!
Rain or shine! Enjoy a meal sourced locally and sustainably, highlighting the great food and farms within the Berkshire community.
CHAPIN LAWN/PARESKY

NOON
Joseph’s Coat Luncheon
Alumni in classes ’40-’64
LASELL GYM

1 - 5PM*
Visit the Treetops of the Canopy Walkway
The walkway is a pair of tree platforms set 70 ft. above the ground and originally used for research. Participants are harnessed to safety cables, and aided by guides. No children under 12. (Shuttles leave from Chapin Steps at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. Shuttles return from the Forest at 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15.)
HOPKINS FOREST

1 – 5PM*
The Williams Bead Store
Williams English Professor and avid beader, Alison Case, will provide the opportunity for you to create your own beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more. No experience necessary! Everyone welcome!
CLASS OF 1958 LOUNGE, PARESKY SECOND LEVEL

1 – 5PM
Community Service Projects
1. Trail Work with the Hoosic River Watershed Association
Join Williams students and leaders from HooWRA clearing and updating riverfront trails near Cole Field. Work includes removing invasive species and making and/or installing trail signs.

2. Process Donations from Give It Up! Collection Drive
Help volunteers at the First Congregational Church sort through massive quantities of clothing and housewares, donated by Williams students, to prepare for September sales to benefit local charitable organizations.

1 - 5PM
The Class of 1966 Environmental Center Open House
THE CLASS OF 1966 ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

1 - 5PM
Davis Center Open House
The Davis Center (formerly The Multi-Cultural Center) serves as a nexus, linking communities, galvanizing individuals. It provides a context for incisive, mobilizing, transformative interactions—planned and impromptu—that contribute to the advancement of diverse social identities, particularly those defined by race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, ability and sexual orientation. The Davis Center, which includes the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, will be open to all alumni as we welcome them and their families back to campus and invite them to meet the Davis Center staff and affiliated faculty and learn about the extensive programming that the various Minority Coalition Groups have been executing to promote diversity and inclusion at Williams.
DAVIS CENTER, MORLEY CIRCLE

1 - 5PM*
Toddler and Preschool Playdate (Ages 2-4)
Toddlers/preschoolers and their parents/caregivers are welcome at the Williams Children's Center to play with purple Play-Doh, run around the outdoor play spaces, and enjoy other activities.
CHILDREN'S CENTER, WHITMAN STREET

1 - 5PM*
Plenty of Purple Projects (All Ages)
Get your creative juices flowing and make decoupage frames, boxes, jewelry, stationery, painted cow bells, and more. Materials in Williams' colors, of course!
SCHOW ATRIUM, SCIENCE QUAD

1 – 2PM
The 'Prehistory' of Coeducation at Williams, 1961-69
Dustin Griffin '65 examines the behind-the-scenes efforts of President Jack Sawyer, beginning with his first few months in office in the fall of 1961, to explore various ways to bring women to the Williams campus, and the discussions and meetings that led to the appointment of a joint trustee-faculty committee in 1967, which produced a formal recommendation in May 1969 to go co-ed.
MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER

1 – 2PM
Student-Led Admission Tour
Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to participate.
PARESKY STEPS

1 – 2PM
Diseases Knocking at the Global Door with Stanley O. Foster '55, MD, MPH
BROOKS ROGERS AUDITORIUM

1 - 2PM
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Work at Williams and Beyond
Dean of the College, Sarah Bolton and Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Meg Bossong '05, will share their perspective on the national conversation surrounding sexual assault on college campuses and provide an overview of the work of Williams students, faculty and staff tackling this issue.
GRIFFIN 3

1– 2PM*
Puppet Show (All Ages)

The Puppet Brigade presents "The Storybook" with giant puppets. Fun for the whole family!
PARESKY AUDITORIUM

2:15 - 3:15PM
Can We Reclaim the American Dream? with Hedrick Smith '55, bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, and Emmy Award-winning producer.
BROOKS ROGERS AUDITORIUM

2:15 - 3:15PM
Dwelling of the Gallant: Women of Williams
June 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the graduation of the first fully coed class of Williams College. We take this time to acknowledge the 183 women in the class of 1975, the women who came before them as transfer students and partners as well as the faculty and staff who supported them. This is also the time for the college to recognize and celebrate the over 13,000 Williams Alumnae (including the class of 2015) who have and continue to have an impact on Williams and the world. We are curating a short ceremony of celebration that will include four Eph women, one per decade, telling their story as a Woman of Williams.
MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER

2:15 – 3:15PM*
The Williams Admission Picture

Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to attend this informal, interactive session with Williams admission officers.
PARESKY AUDITORIUM

2:15 – 3:15PM* 
Community Drum Circle (All Ages)

In this musical environment, learn rhythms, playful games, and songs from Africa, South America, and Asia. All instruments provided!
PARESKY PORCH (Rain Location: BAXTER HALL, PARESKY)

2:15 – 3:15PM*
Lee F. Jackson '79 Memorial Track Meet and Family Games (Ages 5-12)

Particpate in races, water games, and more. Ribbons for all participants.
LEE TRACK, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX (Rain Location: Towne Field House)

2:15 - 3:15PM
Physics and Astronomy Reception
The Department of Physics and the Department of Astronomy invite alumni and friends for iced tea and cookies in the David Park Teaching Laboratory.
PHYSICS 215

2:15 - 3:15PM
Campus Tour
If you haven’t been to campus in a while, this tour is for you. A reunion ranger will show you the Paresky Center, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Hollander and Schapiro Halls, Sawyer Library, Weston Field, and The Class of 1966 Environmental Center.
CHAPIN STEPS

3:30PM*
Family Concert
Sing-along with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Alastair Moock '95.
PARESKY STEPS (Rain Location: PARESKY AUDITORIUM)

3:30PM
Williams Rocks
A walking tour of campus, from bedrock to building stones, and the stories they tell with Bud Wobus, Edna McConnell Clark Professor of Geology.
CLARK HALL

3:30PM
Screening of "The Mend"
Independent film screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker John Magary '00.
IMAGES CINEMA

3:30PM
Explore Three Centuries of American Art with curator Kevin Murphy
Familiar favorites along with artwork new to WCMA's collection provide a panoply of American creativity. Edward Hopper's Morning in a City, back on view after its international tour, joins a colorful geometric gouache painting by Stuart Davis. Portrait paintings by John Smibert and Thomas Eakins coalesce with sculpture, decorative arts and beloved works by Maurice Prendergast.
WCMA

3:30PM
Mitigating Climate Change: Challenges and Responsibilities
Can we stay within the 2 degree Celsius rise in global temperature by 2100 and stave off the devastating effects of climate change? This hands-on facilitated workshop and discussion is organized in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Studies. Using a computer simulation developed at MIT (www.climateinteractive.org), participants will assess the forces contributing to climate change as well as the tools available to avert disaster. They will in fact be able to see the impact of their recommendations for mitigation on the spot. Leading the ensuing group discussion will be Gaudino Scholar and Associate Professor of Biology Lois Banta, Student and Environmental Activist Caroline Bruno '15, Provost and Professor of Philosophy Will Dudley '89, and Alumnus Daniel Shearer '04,. Steve Kaagan '65 will facilitate the simulation.

To pre-register for this program as an active participant in, rather than an observer of, the computer simulation, email Steve Kaagan '65 stevekaagan@gmail.com or Laura Winston '75 laurabwinston@gmail.com. No special expertise needed.

To learn more about climate change initiatives at Williams, go to http://ces.williams.edu/more-resources/alumni
THE CLASS OF 1966 ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

3:30PM
Reunion Reading
Prose writers and poets of the 2015 reunion classes read their work. To share your work, contact Vivian Dorsel ’80 editor@upstreet-mag.org.
GREEN ROOM, GROUND FLOOR, SAWYER LIBRARY

3:30PM
Eph Meet-Up @ Reunion
Interested in meeting other Ephs who do what you do? This casual networking reception features industry-specific chat areas where you can make new connections. Career-shifters and other Ephs in professional transition will also find great advice here. Come as you are; business cards optional!
DANCE STUDIO, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

3:30PM
MASS MoCA - Discussion and Tour
Hosted by Joseph Thompson (WC’81), Director of MASS MoCA, and Marko Remec (WC’80). Marko will discuss his 2013 show Totally Totem, of which two works are still installed at MASS MoCA, and Joe will discuss the museum’s direction and give a behind-the-scenes perspective on the transformational $55 million expansion project to increase exhibition space to over 250,000 square feet, which will firmly establish MASS MoCA as the nation’s largest contemporary art museum.
MASS MoCA, NORTH ADAMS (meet in museum lobby)

3:30PM
Take me to the River
A guided hike on Hopkins Forest's Hoosic River Trail
HOPKINS FOREST

3:30PM*
Drawing Class (Ages 5-12)
Enjoy an outdoor drawing session. No experience necessary; come to learn or practice what you already know. Supplies provided.
PARK STREET ENTRANCE TO ALUMNI CENTER

3:30PM*
Ultimate Frisbee Games (Ages 10+)
Practice the skills you learned in the morning clinic! Led WUFO by members. Rain or shine.
UPPER COLE FIELD

3:30PM 
Math-Stats Faculty, Students, Alumni Get-Together
Say hi to the old profs, meet some new ones, see some students, and enjoy one of our famous “Teas.”
BRONFMAN SMALL MATH-STATS LIBRARY (SECOND FLOOR)

6PM
Class Dinners and Festivities
Refer to class specific schedules for locations and details.

6:30PM
Movie at Images (All Ages)
Movie TBD. Rated G
IMAGES CINEMA, SPRING STREET

7:30PM*
Capture the Flag (Ages 10+)
You're never too old for this one. Join Reunion Rangers for this classic summer game.
FARLEY-LAMB FIELD, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

7:30PM*
Drawing Class (Ages 5-12)
Explore your creative side with pastels and paper. No experience necessary; supplies provided.
PARK STREET ENTRANCE TO ALUMNI CENTER

8:30PM*
Movie at Images (All Ages)
Movie TBD. Rated PG
IMAGES CINEMA, SPRING STREET

9PM
Williams Reunion Jazz Band Concert
THE WILLIAMS INN

9:30 – 10:30PM
Songs in the Key of Purple
Join the Ephlats and The Williams Cabaret from the late '70s & early '80s in a very special Reunion tradition. All classes invited for a happy celebration of old songs, new songs, & a sing-a-long!
TBD

10PM*
View the Night Sky (Ages 10+)
See the wonders of the night sky through telescopes at the Hopkins Observatory. Dress warmly; space is limited; rain or low clouds will cancel this event. (If in doubt, call x4455).
HOPKINS OBSERVATORY, PHYSICS ROOF

Sunday, June 14th, 2015


9:30AM
Reunion Service of Gratitude and Remembrance
A multi-faith service to honor the passing of beloved classmates and celebrate the blessings of relationship to the Williams community. Led by Williams chaplains and alumni clergy, with music by The Ephlats and the Original Williams Cabaret from the late '70's & early '80's, Darlingside, and the Reunion Jazz Band.
THOMPSON CHAPEL

NOON
Dorm Checkout Deadline for Post-50th Alumni
Leave your dorm key on the dresser in your room

1PM
Dorm Checkout Deadline for All Other Classes
Leave your dorm key on the dresser in your room

*Family Activities Programming

ATTENTION AUTHORS AT REUNION!  Two opportunities to share your talents during Reunion 2015.

The Author’s Corner on Public Radio daily show, heard on NPR affiliates nationwide, seeks you: During Alumni Weekend, we’ll record you reading a brief compelling passage from your recent book (2012 to date; fiction and non). These recorded 85-second readings will be compiled, then listened-to back-to-back en masse on Saturday afternoon in an auditorium setting (along with projecting photos of authors and book-jackets). It’ll be fun and stimulating — “a flash session of many voices, many views.” Authors enjoy this experience of collaboration — starting with passage selection in April and May, and then in light coaching-for-radio-reading on Alumni Weekend. And you may well be heard on our national show! Open to alumni, their families, professors; but no self-published. You may hear shows at: www.authorscorner.org. Please contact Peter Johnson ’75 by MAY 20: producers@authorscorner.org

Whether your preferred mode of expression is poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, journalism, or some other genre, participate in a Reunion Reading on Saturday at 3:30pm in the new Sawyer Library. To share your work, contact Vivian Dorsel ’80 editor@upstreet-mag.org.