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 program, reimagined this year for a digital environment and the Society of Alumni Bicentennial, will feature each medalist honoree in conversation with a contemporary.
In this Bicentennial Medalist event, the college honors Bruce Grinnell ’62 who, 60 years ago, took a stand and continued the process that helped move Williams beyond its fraternity era. The Grinnell Petition shared a collective voice and was impetus for creation of the Angevine Committee (Bruce was one of two students on the Committee) which would recommend the college take full responsibility for all aspects of residential life. Joining Bruce in conversation will be Steve Lewis ’60, who served Williams as Professor of Economics, including two terms as Provost, before leading Carleton College as President from 1987-2002. President Maud S. Mandel will welcome these two Williams icons and confer the Bicentennial Medal to Bruce at the close of the program.