Alumni Talks

  • 11:07

    Bethany McLean '92: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2011

    Bethany McLean '92: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2011

    An English and mathematics double major from the Class of 1992, Bethany McLean gained international prominence as the first journalist to question the financial dealings of Enron with her 2001 Fortune magazine article "Is Enron overpriced?" After the company's collapse, she collaborated with Peter Elkind to write The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, which was later made into an Academy Award-nominated documentary. She is also co-author, with Joe Nocera, of All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, which was celebrated for both its rigorous bird's eye view of the crisis and its gripping style. Formerly an editor-at-large and columnist for Fortune, McLean moved to Vanity Fair in 2008, where she serves as contributing editor. At Vanity Fair and in her regular columns for Slate, she continues to examine financial phenomena in reader-friendly articles. McLean returned to Williams to speak at the fall Convocation in 2002 and at the opening of the inaugural Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science Mini-Conference in 2008.
    An English and mathematics double major from the Class of 1992, Bethany McLean gained international prominence as the first journalist to question the financial dealings of Enron with her 2001 Fortune magazine article "Is Enron overpriced?" After the company's collapse, she collaborated with Peter Elkind to write The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, which was later made into an Academy Award-nominated documentary. She is also co-author, with Joe Nocera, of All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, which was celebrated for both its rigorous bird's eye view of the crisis and its gripping style. Formerly an editor-at-large and columnist for Fortune, McLean moved to Vanity Fair in 2008, where she serves as contributing editor. At Vanity Fair and in her regular columns for Slate, she continues to examine financial phenomena in reader-friendly articles. McLean returned to Williams to speak at the fall Convocation in 2002 and at the opening of the inaugural Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science Mini-Conference in 2008.
  • 57:16

    Get It?: Cartoonist Dave Sipress

    Get It?: Cartoonist Dave Sipress

    Williams College Alumni Reunion 2008 lecture. Illustrator and cartoonist David Sipress, Class of 1968, discusses the art of cartooning and The New Yorker. Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
    Williams College Alumni Reunion 2008 lecture. Illustrator and cartoonist David Sipress, Class of 1968, discusses the art of cartooning and The New Yorker. Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
  • 12:31

    Dean Cycon '75, founder of Dean's Beans fair trade coffee

    Dean Cycon '75, founder of Dean's Beans fair trade coffee

    2008 Bicentennial Medalists Panel Discussion. Established in 1993 on the occasion of Williams College's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.
    2008 Bicentennial Medalists Panel Discussion. Established in 1993 on the occasion of Williams College's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.
  • 1:17:10

    Williams Alumni in the Military

    Williams Alumni in the Military

    Perspectives from the Ground and Air in Iraq. Reunion 2008 lecture by Paul Danielson, MD 88, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve; Lt. Col. John Wily Rahill 88, F-16 pilot, The Green Mountain Boys, Vermont Air National Guard; and Warren Bunge Cook 98, Major, U.S. Marines, Infantry Company Commander, Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expedition Force. http://alumni.williams.edu Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
    Perspectives from the Ground and Air in Iraq. Reunion 2008 lecture by Paul Danielson, MD 88, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve; Lt. Col. John Wily Rahill 88, F-16 pilot, The Green Mountain Boys, Vermont Air National Guard; and Warren Bunge Cook 98, Major, U.S. Marines, Infantry Company Commander, Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expedition Force. http://alumni.williams.edu Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
  • 13:40

    U.S. Senator from Colorado Mark Udall '72

    U.S. Senator from Colorado Mark Udall '72

    2009 Bicentennial Medalists Panel Discussion. Established in 1993 on the occasion of Williams College's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.
    2009 Bicentennial Medalists Panel Discussion. Established in 1993 on the occasion of Williams College's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.
  • 12:22

    Erin Burnett '98: Convocation 2012 Address

    Erin Burnett '98: Convocation 2012 Address

    Erin Burnett '98, host of CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront gives the keynote address at Williams College convocation. Until her move last fall to CNN's primetime lineup, Burnett was a highly visible business journalist at NBC. At CNBC she anchored Street Signs and co-anchored Squawk on the Street. She also appeared regularly on Today and Nightly News with Brian Williams and was a contributor on MSNBC's Morning Joe. She anchored CNBC's first live programs from the Middle East and India. Burnett has hosted a number of documentaries produced overseas, including India Rising: The New Empire, The Russian Gamble, and Dollars & Dangers: Africa, the Final Investment Frontier. She has also focused on the Middle East, reporting live from across the region and hosting documentaries, including On Assignment: Iraq, Big Money & The Middle East, City of Money and Mystery and The Forbidden Zone. Before joining NBC she anchored two hours of daily programming for Bloomberg TV.
    Erin Burnett '98, host of CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront gives the keynote address at Williams College convocation. Until her move last fall to CNN's primetime lineup, Burnett was a highly visible business journalist at NBC. At CNBC she anchored Street Signs and co-anchored Squawk on the Street. She also appeared regularly on Today and Nightly News with Brian Williams and was a contributor on MSNBC's Morning Joe. She anchored CNBC's first live programs from the Middle East and India. Burnett has hosted a number of documentaries produced overseas, including India Rising: The New Empire, The Russian Gamble, and Dollars & Dangers: Africa, the Final Investment Frontier. She has also focused on the Middle East, reporting live from across the region and hosting documentaries, including On Assignment: Iraq, Big Money & The Middle East, City of Money and Mystery and The Forbidden Zone. Before joining NBC she anchored two hours of daily programming for Bloomberg TV.
  • 1:4:02

    Hedrick Smith '55 - Who Stole the American Dream?

    Hedrick Smith '55 - Who Stole the American Dream?

    Hedrick Smith '55, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy Award-winning producer/correspondent, talks about his new book, Who Stole the American Dream? October 13, 2012
    Hedrick Smith '55, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy Award-winning producer/correspondent, talks about his new book, Who Stole the American Dream? October 13, 2012
  • 13:28

    Challenging Game Changers

    Challenging Game Changers

    Ifiok Inyang '11 challenges students to become game changers in the Daring Change session "What Difference Will We Make?" April 6, 2013
    Ifiok Inyang '11 challenges students to become game changers in the Daring Change session "What Difference Will We Make?" April 6, 2013
  • 51:46

    Perspectives on Healthcare and Public Education in America

    Perspectives on Healthcare and Public Education in America

    Perspectives on Healthcare and Public Education in America: Essential Levers for Change and Improvement. Toby Cosgrove '62, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic, and Tom Payzant '62, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education; former superintendent of Boston, San Diego, and other urban school districts. Moderated by Kit Jones '62. Emmy Award-winning television correspondent, commentator, and documentarian. Williams College 50th Reunion Alumni Seminar June 8, 2012
    Perspectives on Healthcare and Public Education in America: Essential Levers for Change and Improvement. Toby Cosgrove '62, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic, and Tom Payzant '62, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education; former superintendent of Boston, San Diego, and other urban school districts. Moderated by Kit Jones '62. Emmy Award-winning television correspondent, commentator, and documentarian. Williams College 50th Reunion Alumni Seminar June 8, 2012
  • 55:44

    Cut. Suture. Close. Behind the scenes of Grey's Anatomy

    Cut. Suture. Close. Behind the scenes of Grey's Anatomy

    Williams College Alumni Reunion 2009 lecture. Film editor Susan Vaill, Williams Class of 1994, takes us through the process of making an episode of of a hit TV show. http://alumni.williams.edu Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
    Williams College Alumni Reunion 2009 lecture. Film editor Susan Vaill, Williams Class of 1994, takes us through the process of making an episode of of a hit TV show. http://alumni.williams.edu Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
  • 14:45

    Frederick Rudolph '42: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2011

    Frederick Rudolph '42: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2011

    One of the most celebrated historians of American undergraduate education, Frederick Rudolph's scholarly achievements and civic contributions to Williams span more than seven decades. As a member of the Class of 1942, Rudolph was a house officer, junior advisor, member of College Council and the Gargoyle Society, and editor of The Williams Record. After serving as a captain in the U.S. Army, he returned to Williams in 1951 to teach history. He continued in that role until 1982 and is currently the Mark Hopkins Professor of History Emeritus. During his tenure on the faculty, he pioneered the interdisciplinary program now known as American Studies and wrote two classic texts on higher education, The American College and University: A History and Curriculum: A History of the American Undergraduate Course of Study Since 1636. Rudolph is also author of Mark Hopkins and The Log. In addition, he has served as class president, chair of his 50th reunion, Tyng administrator, college marshal, and member of the Bicentennial Commission, the Bicentennial Committee, and the Williams College Museum of Art Visiting Committee. He received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1953.
    One of the most celebrated historians of American undergraduate education, Frederick Rudolph's scholarly achievements and civic contributions to Williams span more than seven decades. As a member of the Class of 1942, Rudolph was a house officer, junior advisor, member of College Council and the Gargoyle Society, and editor of The Williams Record. After serving as a captain in the U.S. Army, he returned to Williams in 1951 to teach history. He continued in that role until 1982 and is currently the Mark Hopkins Professor of History Emeritus. During his tenure on the faculty, he pioneered the interdisciplinary program now known as American Studies and wrote two classic texts on higher education, The American College and University: A History and Curriculum: A History of the American Undergraduate Course of Study Since 1636. Rudolph is also author of Mark Hopkins and The Log. In addition, he has served as class president, chair of his 50th reunion, Tyng administrator, college marshal, and member of the Bicentennial Commission, the Bicentennial Committee, and the Williams College Museum of Art Visiting Committee. He received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1953.
  • 29:23

    Poet Mayda Del Valle '00 delivers the Convocation Address

    Poet Mayda Del Valle '00 delivers the Convocation Address

    "Life is Usually Untitled" Convocation 2008 ceremonies at Williams College in Williamstown MA
    "Life is Usually Untitled" Convocation 2008 ceremonies at Williams College in Williamstown MA
  • 49:07

    A "Besser" Way to Approach Public Health

    A "Besser" Way to Approach Public Health

    A Williams College 2011 Reunion Weekend lecture by Brothers Dr. Richard Besser '81 and Dr. Mitchell Besser '76. Dr. Richard Besser '81, Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News and former Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will talk about using mainstream media to promote public health. He'll reflect on how his experiences at CDC during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic led him in this direction and will talk about his ABC News global health initiative. Dr. Mitchell Besser '76, Founder and Medical Director of mothers2mothers and former left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, will talk about his public health experiences in Micronesia, San Diego and South Africa and reflect on mothers2mothers, an organization now reaching 20% of the HIV infected pregnant women in the world.
    A Williams College 2011 Reunion Weekend lecture by Brothers Dr. Richard Besser '81 and Dr. Mitchell Besser '76. Dr. Richard Besser '81, Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News and former Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will talk about using mainstream media to promote public health. He'll reflect on how his experiences at CDC during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic led him in this direction and will talk about his ABC News global health initiative. Dr. Mitchell Besser '76, Founder and Medical Director of mothers2mothers and former left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, will talk about his public health experiences in Micronesia, San Diego and South Africa and reflect on mothers2mothers, an organization now reaching 20% of the HIV infected pregnant women in the world.
  • 9:38

    Mika Brzenzinski '89, TV news journalist

    Mika Brzenzinski '89, TV news journalist

    2009 Bicentennial Medalists Panel Discussion. Established in 1993 on the occasion of Williams College's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.
    2009 Bicentennial Medalists Panel Discussion. Established in 1993 on the occasion of Williams College's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.
  • 58:36

    "A Life Writing"

    "A Life Writing"

    On Feb. 17, 2011, a group of distinguished Williams College alumni gathered for "A Life Writing," an evening that included this panel discussion on life in the literary world with Jay McInerney '76, Gary Fisketjon '76, and Carrie Ryan '00. Karen Shepard '87, lecturer in English at Williams, moderate the discussion introduced by Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence. McInerney, a 2010 Williams honorary degree recipient, was the commencement speaker for the class of 2010. Since his acclaimed first novel, "Bright Lights, Big City," in 1984, McInerney has had continued success with six additional novels: "Ransom," "Story of My Life," "Brightness Falls," "The Last of the Savages," Model Behavior," and "The Good Life." Founder of the Vintage Contemporaries series, Fisketjon is editor-at-large at Knopf, famous for his editing talent and his association with work of acclaimed authors such as Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Annie Dillard, Cormac McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, and Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence at Williams. Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of two critically acclaimed novels set decades after the zombie apocalypse: "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" (Delacorte Press, 2009) and "The Dead-Tossed Waves" (Delacorte Press, 2010). The third in the trilogy, "The Dark and Hollow Places," will be released in Spring 2011. Her first novel, "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," was chosen as a Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, a Best of the Best Books by the Chicago Public Library and a finalist in the Borders Original Voices program. Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
    On Feb. 17, 2011, a group of distinguished Williams College alumni gathered for "A Life Writing," an evening that included this panel discussion on life in the literary world with Jay McInerney '76, Gary Fisketjon '76, and Carrie Ryan '00. Karen Shepard '87, lecturer in English at Williams, moderate the discussion introduced by Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence. McInerney, a 2010 Williams honorary degree recipient, was the commencement speaker for the class of 2010. Since his acclaimed first novel, "Bright Lights, Big City," in 1984, McInerney has had continued success with six additional novels: "Ransom," "Story of My Life," "Brightness Falls," "The Last of the Savages," Model Behavior," and "The Good Life." Founder of the Vintage Contemporaries series, Fisketjon is editor-at-large at Knopf, famous for his editing talent and his association with work of acclaimed authors such as Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Annie Dillard, Cormac McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, and Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence at Williams. Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of two critically acclaimed novels set decades after the zombie apocalypse: "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" (Delacorte Press, 2009) and "The Dead-Tossed Waves" (Delacorte Press, 2010). The third in the trilogy, "The Dark and Hollow Places," will be released in Spring 2011. Her first novel, "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," was chosen as a Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, a Best of the Best Books by the Chicago Public Library and a finalist in the Borders Original Voices program. Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
  • 21:00

    With their Eyes-September 11th: The View from a High School at Ground Zero

    With their Eyes-September 11th: The View from a High School at Ground Zero

    Annie Thoms '97, English teacher and editor of "With their Eyes-September 11th: The View from a High School at Ground Zero," presents "The Complex Truth of Many Voices." Delivered June 9, 2012 as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.
    Annie Thoms '97, English teacher and editor of "With their Eyes-September 11th: The View from a High School at Ground Zero," presents "The Complex Truth of Many Voices." Delivered June 9, 2012 as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.
  • 19:14

    John S. Wadsworth, Jr. '61: Williams College Center for Development Economics 10.14.10

    John S. Wadsworth, Jr. '61: Williams College Center for Development Economics 10.14.10

    John S. Wadsworth, Jr. '61, Advisory Director of Morgan Stanley, speaks on "The Financial Crisis of 2007-09: Lessons from Developing Countries for the U.S." The panel is part of the Williams College Center for Development Economics' 50th Anniversary, October 2010. More on the event and CDE here: http://cde.williams.edu/50th-anniversary/agenda
    John S. Wadsworth, Jr. '61, Advisory Director of Morgan Stanley, speaks on "The Financial Crisis of 2007-09: Lessons from Developing Countries for the U.S." The panel is part of the Williams College Center for Development Economics' 50th Anniversary, October 2010. More on the event and CDE here: http://cde.williams.edu/50th-anniversary/agenda
  • 24:32

    Stacy Schiff '82, Baccalaureate 2013

    Stacy Schiff '82, Baccalaureate 2013

    On Saturday, June 1, biographer Stacy Schiff '82 gave the Baccalaureate Address to the Class of 2013 during Commencement Weekend.
    On Saturday, June 1, biographer Stacy Schiff '82 gave the Baccalaureate Address to the Class of 2013 during Commencement Weekend.
  • 8:34

    Steve Lewis '60: Williams College Center for Development Economics 10.14.10

    Steve Lewis '60: Williams College Center for Development Economics 10.14.10

    Steve Lewis '60, former President of Carleton College, speaks on "Whither the Washington Consensus? Perspectives on Development Strategy." The panel is part of the Williams College Center for Development Economics' 50th Anniversary, October 2010. More on the event and CDE here: http://cde.williams.edu/50th-anniversary/agenda
    Steve Lewis '60, former President of Carleton College, speaks on "Whither the Washington Consensus? Perspectives on Development Strategy." The panel is part of the Williams College Center for Development Economics' 50th Anniversary, October 2010. More on the event and CDE here: http://cde.williams.edu/50th-anniversary/agenda
  • 13:58

    Reaching the Purple Mountaintop: Intentional Community at Williams and Beyond

    Reaching the Purple Mountaintop: Intentional Community at Williams and Beyond

    Meg Bossong '05 explores intentional community in the Daring Change session "What Difference Will We Make?" April 6, 2013
    Meg Bossong '05 explores intentional community in the Daring Change session "What Difference Will We Make?" April 6, 2013
  • 18:32

    William E. Spriggs '77: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2010

    William E. Spriggs '77: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2010

    William E. Spriggs '77 Assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, eonomics professor at Howard University, former chair of the healthcare trust for Ford Motor Company's United Auto workers retirees. Here he shares thoughts upon receiving a Williams Bicentennial Medal "for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor."
    William E. Spriggs '77 Assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, eonomics professor at Howard University, former chair of the healthcare trust for Ford Motor Company's United Auto workers retirees. Here he shares thoughts upon receiving a Williams Bicentennial Medal "for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor."
  • 26:49

    Journey Into the Soul of Japanland

    Journey Into the Soul of Japanland

    Filmmaker, author, photographer Karin Muller, Williams Class of 1987, explores the differences between Japanese and Western cultures in "Japanland: Journey Into the Soul of an Ancient Land." Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
    Filmmaker, author, photographer Karin Muller, Williams Class of 1987, explores the differences between Japanese and Western cultures in "Japanland: Journey Into the Soul of an Ancient Land." Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
  • 13:20

    William H. Eddy, Jr. '49: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2010

    William H. Eddy, Jr. '49: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2010

    An environmental educator and advocate, Bill Eddy has raised awareness and helped preserve natural habitats in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Here he shares thoughts upon receiving a Williams Bicentennial Medal "for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor."
    An environmental educator and advocate, Bill Eddy has raised awareness and helped preserve natural habitats in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Here he shares thoughts upon receiving a Williams Bicentennial Medal "for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor."
  • 13:10

    Daniel Kleppner '53: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2010

    Daniel Kleppner '53: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2010

    Lester Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT and co-director of the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms, he was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2006. Here he shares thoughts upon receiving a Williams Bicentennial Medal "for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor."
    Lester Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT and co-director of the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms, he was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2006. Here he shares thoughts upon receiving a Williams Bicentennial Medal "for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor."
  • 57:11

    Chan Lowe '75: "Editorial Cartoons in the 21st Century"

    Chan Lowe '75: "Editorial Cartoons in the 21st Century"

    "Stepping Right, Stepping Left, Standing Still: Editorial Cartoons Since the Turn of the Twenty-First Century" — Chan Lowe '75, Editorial Cartoonist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Tribune Media Services — In the past ten years, the country has experienced watershed events leading to political upheaval: the disputed presidential election of 2000, the tragedy of 9/11, the invasion of two countries, the greatest economic crisis of our lifetimes, and the election of the first African American president, to name just a few. Through it all, Lowe has chronicled daily events as they unfolded for the editorial pages of his and other publications through "The Ungentlemanly Art." While intended for immediate consumption, his body of work, when examined in retrospect, comprises a contemporary history of our times and a window into how one American journalist interpreted events with wit and satire at the moment they occurred. While sharing examples of his work with his audience, he will comment both on his cartoons and on the events that spawned them. Lowe has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was named Cartoonist of the Year by the National Press Foundation. He spent a year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, and he writes an award-winning blog: The Lowe-Down. Chan was a Williams Bicentennial Medalist in 1996. Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
    "Stepping Right, Stepping Left, Standing Still: Editorial Cartoons Since the Turn of the Twenty-First Century" — Chan Lowe '75, Editorial Cartoonist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Tribune Media Services — In the past ten years, the country has experienced watershed events leading to political upheaval: the disputed presidential election of 2000, the tragedy of 9/11, the invasion of two countries, the greatest economic crisis of our lifetimes, and the election of the first African American president, to name just a few. Through it all, Lowe has chronicled daily events as they unfolded for the editorial pages of his and other publications through "The Ungentlemanly Art." While intended for immediate consumption, his body of work, when examined in retrospect, comprises a contemporary history of our times and a window into how one American journalist interpreted events with wit and satire at the moment they occurred. While sharing examples of his work with his audience, he will comment both on his cartoons and on the events that spawned them. Lowe has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was named Cartoonist of the Year by the National Press Foundation. He spent a year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, and he writes an award-winning blog: The Lowe-Down. Chan was a Williams Bicentennial Medalist in 1996. Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
  • 1:1:56

    What Will it Take to Create a Sustainable Future?

    What Will it Take to Create a Sustainable Future?

    Williams College Alumni Reunion 2009 lecture by Bill Moomaw, Williams Class of 1959, of the Center for Environment & Resource Policy, Fletcher School, Tufts. We are leaving a huge set of challenges to future generations. Can a future world be truly sustainable? http://alumni.willliams.edu Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
    Williams College Alumni Reunion 2009 lecture by Bill Moomaw, Williams Class of 1959, of the Center for Environment & Resource Policy, Fletcher School, Tufts. We are leaving a huge set of challenges to future generations. Can a future world be truly sustainable? http://alumni.willliams.edu Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
  • 47:09

    Herb Allen '62, Gaudino Dialogues 2008

    Herb Allen '62, Gaudino Dialogues 2008

    Herbert A. Allen, Williams Class of 1962, presents the third of four live, unscripted, one-on-one interviews with alumni about their failures, their triumphs, and their creativity in the "Failing to Succeed" series. Allen has been a director of The Coca-Cola Company since 1982. Mr. Allen is president and chief executive officer and a director of Allen & Company Incorporated, a privately held investment firm.
    Herbert A. Allen, Williams Class of 1962, presents the third of four live, unscripted, one-on-one interviews with alumni about their failures, their triumphs, and their creativity in the "Failing to Succeed" series. Allen has been a director of The Coca-Cola Company since 1982. Mr. Allen is president and chief executive officer and a director of Allen & Company Incorporated, a privately held investment firm.
  • 16:22

    Fulfilling Our Leadership Obligation

    Fulfilling Our Leadership Obligation

    Clarence Otis Jr., Williams Class of 1977, chairman and chief executive officer of Darden Restaurants, delivered the Commencement Address at Williams College's 220th Commencement on June 7, 2009 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Full text: http://www.williams.edu/home/commencement/2009/otis.php
    Clarence Otis Jr., Williams Class of 1977, chairman and chief executive officer of Darden Restaurants, delivered the Commencement Address at Williams College's 220th Commencement on June 7, 2009 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Full text: http://www.williams.edu/home/commencement/2009/otis.php
  • 1:1:19

    Running Into Remarkable People

    Running Into Remarkable People

    Williams College Alumni Reunion 2009 talk by David Willey, Class of 1989, editor of Runners World. Running means different things to different people. In its most universal sense, Willey believes running is about transformation and overcoming adversity. http://alumni.williams.edu Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
    Williams College Alumni Reunion 2009 talk by David Willey, Class of 1989, editor of Runners World. Running means different things to different people. In its most universal sense, Willey believes running is about transformation and overcoming adversity. http://alumni.williams.edu Produced by Bill Matthiesen '70, Berkshire Film & Video, www.bfv.com
  • 15:07

    Changing Country, Changing Campus

    Changing Country, Changing Campus

    Chris Winters, associate provost, envisions future demographic shifts at Williams in the Daring Change session "Who Will We Be?" April 6, 2013
    Chris Winters, associate provost, envisions future demographic shifts at Williams in the Daring Change session "Who Will We Be?" April 6, 2013
  • 6:51

    Williams in the Sawyer Era

    Williams in the Sawyer Era

    A half-century ago, Williams—led by President John E. Sawyer '39—underwent a series of changes that transformed the college and set it on a course to become the Williams of today. From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, the college phased out fraternities; admitted women and set out to diversify the student body, faculty, and board of trustees; introduced non-Western studies to the curriculum; and launched Winter Study, environmental studies, and the graduate program in art history. The college also did away with compulsory chapel, built a science center, and completed a fundraising campaign eight times the size of the one before it. On April 5, 2013, Daring Change: The Sawyer Era http://www.williams.edu/daring-change/ honored Sawyer and his legacy at Williams and in higher education. In a conversation with three leaders who knew Sawyer and/or experienced the college's transformation in the decades since his presidency, we'll explore the impacts of decisions made 50 years ago.
    A half-century ago, Williams—led by President John E. Sawyer '39—underwent a series of changes that transformed the college and set it on a course to become the Williams of today. From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, the college phased out fraternities; admitted women and set out to diversify the student body, faculty, and board of trustees; introduced non-Western studies to the curriculum; and launched Winter Study, environmental studies, and the graduate program in art history. The college also did away with compulsory chapel, built a science center, and completed a fundraising campaign eight times the size of the one before it. On April 5, 2013, Daring Change: The Sawyer Era http://www.williams.edu/daring-change/ honored Sawyer and his legacy at Williams and in higher education. In a conversation with three leaders who knew Sawyer and/or experienced the college's transformation in the decades since his presidency, we'll explore the impacts of decisions made 50 years ago.
  • 1:18:39

    The Rise and Fall of Fraternities at Williams

    The Rise and Fall of Fraternities at Williams

    Former Williams president John Chandler, Dee Gardner '57, Tony Smith '57 and Bruce Grinnell '62 share thoughts on this pivotal era in Williams history in an October 2012 alumni weekend panel discussion.
    Former Williams president John Chandler, Dee Gardner '57, Tony Smith '57 and Bruce Grinnell '62 share thoughts on this pivotal era in Williams history in an October 2012 alumni weekend panel discussion.
  • 5:29

    Williams seniors on the future...and how they're getting there

    Williams seniors on the future...and how they're getting there

    Williams College seniors talk about their plans and turning ideas into realities.
    Williams College seniors talk about their plans and turning ideas into realities.
  • 19:54

    Norman P. Spack '65: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2012

    Norman P. Spack '65: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2012

    Pediatric endocrinologist Norman Spack co-founded the Gender Management Service at Boston Children's Hospital, a groundbreaking clinic that serves young people who are physically intersexed or transgender, and their families. He is one of the first and only doctors in the world to provide hormone replacement therapy to minors. Spack's interest in transgender youth began in 1974 when he worked as a volunteer for Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an organization in Boston and Cambridge that serves street youth, many of whom are the victims of sexual and domestic abuse. In 1985, while working in the first private practice of adolescent medicine in New England, which he co-founded in 1978, a transgender graduate student was referred to him. Spack saw an opportunity to learn from a population that had been underserved by the medical profession. He was named clinical director of the Endocrine Division at Children's in 1998 and more recently became director of the model Gender Management Service in the Endocrine Division. Since 1992, he has served as a clinical instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and in April 2004 he was named senior associate in endocrine history. He is celebrating his 40th year at Boston Children's Hospital and is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medial School, where he has introduced the topic of transgenderism into the second-year curriculum. Introduction by Dennis O'Shea '77, President, Society of Alumni.
    Pediatric endocrinologist Norman Spack co-founded the Gender Management Service at Boston Children's Hospital, a groundbreaking clinic that serves young people who are physically intersexed or transgender, and their families. He is one of the first and only doctors in the world to provide hormone replacement therapy to minors. Spack's interest in transgender youth began in 1974 when he worked as a volunteer for Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an organization in Boston and Cambridge that serves street youth, many of whom are the victims of sexual and domestic abuse. In 1985, while working in the first private practice of adolescent medicine in New England, which he co-founded in 1978, a transgender graduate student was referred to him. Spack saw an opportunity to learn from a population that had been underserved by the medical profession. He was named clinical director of the Endocrine Division at Children's in 1998 and more recently became director of the model Gender Management Service in the Endocrine Division. Since 1992, he has served as a clinical instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and in April 2004 he was named senior associate in endocrine history. He is celebrating his 40th year at Boston Children's Hospital and is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medial School, where he has introduced the topic of transgenderism into the second-year curriculum. Introduction by Dennis O'Shea '77, President, Society of Alumni.
  • 14:07

    Kathleen Merrigan '82: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2012

    Kathleen Merrigan '82: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2012

    Deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the author of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, Merrigan is widely regarded as the moving force behind the development of federal organic standards. She is an outspoken advocate of moving federal farm policies toward conservation and sustainable land use. After receiving a Fulbright fellowship to study pesticide use in Poland, Merrigan joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in 1987. She then earned her Ph.D. at MIT, where she also worked as a senior analyst for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture. From there she was appointed to the National Organics Standards Board. In 1999, Bill Clinton appointed Merrigan to head the USDA's Marketing Service. At the end of Clinton's presidency, Merrigan moved to Tufts University, where she directed the Center on Agriculture, Food, and Environment.  In 2009, President Obama tapped her to become the deputy secretary of agriculture. Introduction by Dennis O'Shea '77, President, Society of Alumni.
    Deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the author of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, Merrigan is widely regarded as the moving force behind the development of federal organic standards. She is an outspoken advocate of moving federal farm policies toward conservation and sustainable land use. After receiving a Fulbright fellowship to study pesticide use in Poland, Merrigan joined the staff of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in 1987. She then earned her Ph.D. at MIT, where she also worked as a senior analyst for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture. From there she was appointed to the National Organics Standards Board. In 1999, Bill Clinton appointed Merrigan to head the USDA's Marketing Service. At the end of Clinton's presidency, Merrigan moved to Tufts University, where she directed the Center on Agriculture, Food, and Environment.  In 2009, President Obama tapped her to become the deputy secretary of agriculture. Introduction by Dennis O'Shea '77, President, Society of Alumni.
  • 14:45

    David S. Paresky '60: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2012

    David S. Paresky '60: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2012

    David Paresky is considered the man who largely made the travel industry what it is today. As a scholarship student from Bennington, Vt., at Phillips Academy, Paresky ran a travel concession, organizing spring break trips to Bermuda. He continued the business successfully while at Williams and then at Harvard, where he earned a J.D. in 1963 and an M.B.A. in 1965. He and his wife Linda then started Crimson Travel, which quickly grew to become the largest travel agency in New England. In 1988, Crimson merged with Heritage Travel to become the sixth-largest agency in the nation. In 1993, the Pareskys merged again with Thomas Cook Travel to become the third-largest travel company in the U.S. As CEO, he grew Thomas Cook's sales to $2 billion annually by acquiring the corporate travel accounts of industry giants such as Ford Motor Company, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., Hewlett Packard, and Fidelity Investment. He is also known widely for his visionary philanthropy. Introduction by Dennis O'Shea '77, President, Society of Alumni.
    David Paresky is considered the man who largely made the travel industry what it is today. As a scholarship student from Bennington, Vt., at Phillips Academy, Paresky ran a travel concession, organizing spring break trips to Bermuda. He continued the business successfully while at Williams and then at Harvard, where he earned a J.D. in 1963 and an M.B.A. in 1965. He and his wife Linda then started Crimson Travel, which quickly grew to become the largest travel agency in New England. In 1988, Crimson merged with Heritage Travel to become the sixth-largest agency in the nation. In 1993, the Pareskys merged again with Thomas Cook Travel to become the third-largest travel company in the U.S. As CEO, he grew Thomas Cook's sales to $2 billion annually by acquiring the corporate travel accounts of industry giants such as Ford Motor Company, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., Hewlett Packard, and Fidelity Investment. He is also known widely for his visionary philanthropy. Introduction by Dennis O'Shea '77, President, Society of Alumni.
  • 23:57

    Charles Waigi '72: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2012

    Charles Waigi '72: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2012

    Charlie Waigi is the founder, director, and general contractor of the Jeremy Academy in his hometown of Limuru, Kenya. After graduating from Williams and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, he returned to Kenya and worked in various finance and development organizations. In 1999, he retired and, with his wife Teresia, founded the Jeremy Academy. From its beginning with just nine students, the school has become a top-ranked institution serving 469 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. With the support of many of his Williams classmates and in partnership with the Asante Africa Foundation, he continues to expand the school's facilities toward the goal of serving 500 students, 200 of whom will board. In addition to directing the school, Waigi has overseen the planning of this expansion and managed its construction. Introduction by Dennis O'Shea '77, President, Society of Alumni.
    Charlie Waigi is the founder, director, and general contractor of the Jeremy Academy in his hometown of Limuru, Kenya. After graduating from Williams and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, he returned to Kenya and worked in various finance and development organizations. In 1999, he retired and, with his wife Teresia, founded the Jeremy Academy. From its beginning with just nine students, the school has become a top-ranked institution serving 469 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. With the support of many of his Williams classmates and in partnership with the Asante Africa Foundation, he continues to expand the school's facilities toward the goal of serving 500 students, 200 of whom will board. In addition to directing the school, Waigi has overseen the planning of this expansion and managed its construction. Introduction by Dennis O'Shea '77, President, Society of Alumni.
  • 19:57

    Home Field Advantage: What Sports Teach Us About Limiting Financial Crises

    Home Field Advantage: What Sports Teach Us About Limiting Financial Crises

    Gerard Caprio Jr. '72, Chair of the Executive Committee for the Center of Development Economics and William Brough Professor of Economics at Williams, presents "Home Field Advantage: What Sports Teach Us About Limiting Financial Crises." Delivered June 9, 2012 as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.
    Gerard Caprio Jr. '72, Chair of the Executive Committee for the Center of Development Economics and William Brough Professor of Economics at Williams, presents "Home Field Advantage: What Sports Teach Us About Limiting Financial Crises." Delivered June 9, 2012 as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.
  • 18:42

    Notes from a Big City in the 'Occupy' Era

    Notes from a Big City in the 'Occupy' Era

    Mike McGinn '82, Mayor, City of Seattle, presents "Notes from a Big City in the 'Occupy' Era." Delivered June 9, 2012 as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.
    Mike McGinn '82, Mayor, City of Seattle, presents "Notes from a Big City in the 'Occupy' Era." Delivered June 9, 2012 as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.
  • 51:58

    The New Global Landscape

    The New Global Landscape

    Williams College Reunion Seminar, June 2012 with Professors Jerry Caprio and Magnus Bernhardsson and Class of 1962 alumni Steve Telkins and Jay Tompkins
    Williams College Reunion Seminar, June 2012 with Professors Jerry Caprio and Magnus Bernhardsson and Class of 1962 alumni Steve Telkins and Jay Tompkins
  • 46:20

    Sea Change: Stephen S. Clarey '62, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.)

    Sea Change: Stephen S. Clarey '62, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.)

    From Desert Storm to Bangledesh and the Arab Spring: Naval Operations in a Changing World. Williams College Class of 1962 50th Reunion Seminar June 2012.
    From Desert Storm to Bangledesh and the Arab Spring: Naval Operations in a Changing World. Williams College Class of 1962 50th Reunion Seminar June 2012.
  • 58:17

    Covering Terrorism and National Security Issues

    Covering Terrorism and National Security Issues

    Eric Schmitt '82, Pulitzer Prize-winning senior writer for The New York Times, shares knowledge and deep perspective at Williams College Reunion Weekend 2012.
    Eric Schmitt '82, Pulitzer Prize-winning senior writer for The New York Times, shares knowledge and deep perspective at Williams College Reunion Weekend 2012.
  • 53:27

    Life in the '62 Center

    Life in the '62 Center

    Deborah Brothers (costume director and lecturer in theatre), David Morris '96 (assistant professor of theatre), Amanda Keating '12 share their experiences of Williams' center for theatre and dance. Moderated by Bill Wagner, Brown Professor of History.
    Deborah Brothers (costume director and lecturer in theatre), David Morris '96 (assistant professor of theatre), Amanda Keating '12 share their experiences of Williams' center for theatre and dance. Moderated by Bill Wagner, Brown Professor of History.
  • 58:20

    Fighting Terrorism with a Liberal Arts Education

    Fighting Terrorism with a Liberal Arts Education

    Fighting Terrorism with a Liberal Arts Education Amy Jeffress '87, Department of Justice attache, U.S. Embassy in London, former national security advisor to Attorney General Eric Holder, former federal prosecutor. 25th Reunion Alumni Seminar, Williams College June 2012.
    Fighting Terrorism with a Liberal Arts Education Amy Jeffress '87, Department of Justice attache, U.S. Embassy in London, former national security advisor to Attorney General Eric Holder, former federal prosecutor. 25th Reunion Alumni Seminar, Williams College June 2012.
  • 57:36

    Ephs in Music

    Ephs in Music

    Ephs in Music Panel discussion and performances by Abby Dobson '92, Kris Delmhorst '92, commercial composer Eric Kaye' 92, violinist and mandolinist Auyon Mukharji '07, and Darlingside lead vocalist David Senft '07. Moderated by Bernice Lewis (who teaches the popular Winter Study singer/songwriter course). Williams College Reunion Weekend 2012
    Ephs in Music Panel discussion and performances by Abby Dobson '92, Kris Delmhorst '92, commercial composer Eric Kaye' 92, violinist and mandolinist Auyon Mukharji '07, and Darlingside lead vocalist David Senft '07. Moderated by Bernice Lewis (who teaches the popular Winter Study singer/songwriter course). Williams College Reunion Weekend 2012
  • 41:11

    On the Jenny Holzer Table

    On the Jenny Holzer Table

    The Jenny Holzer Table and the Late Prof. J. Hodge Markgraf '52. Jay Thoman '82, J. Hodge Markgraf '52 Professor of Chemistry. Williams College Reunion Weekend 2012
    The Jenny Holzer Table and the Late Prof. J. Hodge Markgraf '52. Jay Thoman '82, J. Hodge Markgraf '52 Professor of Chemistry. Williams College Reunion Weekend 2012
  • 19:10

    In Search of the Center

    In Search of the Center

    Justin Crowe '03, assistant professor of political science at Williams College, presents "In Search of the Center." Delivered March 12, 2012, as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.
    Justin Crowe '03, assistant professor of political science at Williams College, presents "In Search of the Center." Delivered March 12, 2012, as part of the Williams Thinking lecture series.
  • 19:05

    Bicentennial Medals 2011: Q and A

    Bicentennial Medals 2011: Q and A

    Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor. The college awarded 23 Bicentennial Medals in 1993 and has added five to seven in each year since.
    Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college's 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor. The college awarded 23 Bicentennial Medals in 1993 and has added five to seven in each year since.
  • 17:58

    Michael F. Roizen '67: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2011

    Michael F. Roizen '67: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2011

    Co-founder of 12 companies, co-inventor of a drug recently approved by the FDA, and co-writer of a daily column syndicated in more than 70 newspapers, Michael Roizen is a distinguished anesthesiologist and internist. Currently chief wellness officer at the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Roizen's previous positions include dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Upstate, president designate at the Biotechnology Research Corp of Central New York, and professor and chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago. He has also served as an editorial voice on a number of medical publications. In addition to his extensive record of scientific papers, textbook chapters, and assorted writings, Roizen has published several books, including the YOU series and RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? Many of these works became New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into more than 40 languages. Roizen's advocacy for health and wellness includes more than 1,400 lectures to professional medical groups; regular columns and radio shows, often with colleague Mehmet Oz; numerous features in magazines such as Fortune and Glamour; and multiple television appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. He also holds more than a dozen U.S. patents. A member of the Class of 1967, Roizen received his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco in 1971.
    Co-founder of 12 companies, co-inventor of a drug recently approved by the FDA, and co-writer of a daily column syndicated in more than 70 newspapers, Michael Roizen is a distinguished anesthesiologist and internist. Currently chief wellness officer at the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Roizen's previous positions include dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Upstate, president designate at the Biotechnology Research Corp of Central New York, and professor and chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago. He has also served as an editorial voice on a number of medical publications. In addition to his extensive record of scientific papers, textbook chapters, and assorted writings, Roizen has published several books, including the YOU series and RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? Many of these works became New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into more than 40 languages. Roizen's advocacy for health and wellness includes more than 1,400 lectures to professional medical groups; regular columns and radio shows, often with colleague Mehmet Oz; numerous features in magazines such as Fortune and Glamour; and multiple television appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. He also holds more than a dozen U.S. patents. A member of the Class of 1967, Roizen received his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco in 1971.
  • 12:35

    Navjeet K. Bal '84: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2011

    Navjeet K. Bal '84: Williams Bicentennial Medalist 2011

    In 2008, Navjeet K. Bal became the first ethnic minority and the second woman to serve as commissioner of revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As commissioner, she oversees the Department of Revenue's approximately 2,200 employees who work in tax administration, child support enforcement, and municipal finance across the state. In 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts appointed her to the Access to Justice Commission, where she co-chairs the administrative justice working group. Prior to joining the Department of Revenue, Bal was a public bond lawyer in the public finance division of the Boston-based firm Mintz Levin. During her 17 years there, she co-founded the firm's Domestic Violence Project and served on the pro bono committee. Bal served as a trustee for the Gaudino Fund at Williams from 1996 to 2002 and as chair of the board of the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, a legal services hotline for low-income Massachusetts residents. She was honored with the 2008 Cornerstone Award from the National South Asian Bar Association. Bal graduated from Williams in 1984 and received her J.D. from Northesatern University in 1989.
    In 2008, Navjeet K. Bal became the first ethnic minority and the second woman to serve as commissioner of revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As commissioner, she oversees the Department of Revenue's approximately 2,200 employees who work in tax administration, child support enforcement, and municipal finance across the state. In 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts appointed her to the Access to Justice Commission, where she co-chairs the administrative justice working group. Prior to joining the Department of Revenue, Bal was a public bond lawyer in the public finance division of the Boston-based firm Mintz Levin. During her 17 years there, she co-founded the firm's Domestic Violence Project and served on the pro bono committee. Bal served as a trustee for the Gaudino Fund at Williams from 1996 to 2002 and as chair of the board of the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, a legal services hotline for low-income Massachusetts residents. She was honored with the 2008 Cornerstone Award from the National South Asian Bar Association. Bal graduated from Williams in 1984 and received her J.D. from Northesatern University in 1989.

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