Williams SoA Bicentennial Events

Upcoming Events

You're officially invited! Join us for digital-first programs celebrating the Society of Alumni Bicentennial. These events are designed to be thematic, organized, relevant and enjoyable—and each month will usher in a new theme for exploration and engagement.

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Expressive Art & Wellness: Connecting to Nature with Chenoweth Stites Allen ’92

Celebrate Earth Day with this interactive workshop that invites you to imagine and express your connection to nature. How has nature informed this past year for you? When have you been restored by the outdoors? Do you, in turn, feel a greater commitment to nurture the earth? We will have time to create, share and dream of healing and wholeness for ourselves and our world.

All you need to participate is a pen or pencil and paper. Colored pencils, markers, crayons, oil pastels or watercolor paints could be a fun addition, but are not needed! No artistic ability necessary – just a willingness to embrace your own creativity.

Chenoweth Stites Allen

WAAAAN Presents A Talk with Harry Yoon ’93, Film Editor of Minari

Grab a tub of popcorn and a glass of champagne, maybe even put on your Red Carpet best! The Williams Asian & Asian American Alumni Network cordially invites you to A Talk with Harry Yoon ’93, Film Editor of Minari, a powerful immigrant tale that has been sweeping up film awards and is nominated for six Oscars!

Join us to hear about Harry’s experiences in Hollywood and with this film and to send him good luck vibes, in our very own virtual Oscar Pre-Party (since the Oscars are the next day). The talk will be moderated by Kevin Lee ’97, Professor of Crossmedia Publishing at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany and Jeongyoon Han ’21, a current Williams senior.

All are welcome, and there will be an opportunity for audience questions. To avoid spoilers during the event, WAAAAN highly recommends you watch Minari before the event. Minari can be rented/streamed through A24, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, Redbox, and Direct TV or through Images Cinema’s Virtual Library.

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QSU x BiGLATA Presents “LGBTQ+ Williams Bicentennial Storytime” featuring Alumni of the ’60s and ’70s

BiGLATA and current QSU students invite the Williams alumni community to a panel discussion featuring LGBTQ+ alums of the 1960s and 1970s: Mike Dively ’61, Stephen Rosenbaum ’69, Rives Kistler ’71, Dan Pinello ’72, Lisa Capaldini ’78, and Lucy Bledsoe ’79.

What are the stories of LGBTQ+ Ephs? When Dan Pinello ’72 came out in the Williams Advocate in October of ’71 and invited fellow LGBTQ+ students to form a Gay Liberation Chapter, what was the response? How has the LGBTQ+ experience at Williams evolved over the decades? Panelists will answer these questions and more, sharing reflections on a variety of subjects including personal journeys since graduation and how our community can continue to make Williams a more equitable and inclusive place.

The conversation will be moderated by Monserrat Muñoz ’09 and Mijon Zulu ’09 with some pre-selected questions before opening up to audience Q&A.

The Art of Aging: Challenges and Opportunities Across Generations

From the moment of birth, everyone is aging. Across the lifespan, as we age, we rely on each other for knowledge, resources, and support, and there are some times when we give more, and other times when we need more. In this conversation, Washington University Professor Brian Carpenter ’86 will discuss the later years of our lives, typical patterns of change, and common sources of stress and uplift as families work together to maximize well being for everyone involved.

Brian D. Carpenter, PhD, is a Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a B.A. in psychology and English from Williams College and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University, followed by postdoctoral training in geropsychology at the University of Pennsylvania and in palliative care at the Portland Oregon VA Healthcare System. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on aging and the end of life. He also directs a research laboratory that studies ways to improve communication between older adults, their family members, and their healthcare providers.

Brian Carpenter

WBAN & WAAAAN Present “Racial Disparities in Mental Healthcare & Wellness”

Bernice Hutchinson ’81, Vidisha Patel ’85, and Michaela Kearney ’15 are joined by Michael Gadson ’79 and Michele Rogers ’79 during National Mental Health Awareness Month to discuss mental health and wellness, barriers to care, and the compounding impact of COVID-19 on mental health nationally.

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1979 Presents a Discussion with Steve Rogers ’79, Author of “A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues”

Please join us on May 6th at 8:00 pm EDT for a talk with Steve Rogers ’79 on his new book, A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues: What You Can Do Right Now to Help the Black Community. Sponsored by the Class of 1979, this topical discussion is open to the entire Williams Community.

Steven Rogers retired from Harvard Business School in 2019 where he was the “MBA Class of 1957 Senior Lecturer” in General Management. He taught Entrepreneurial Finance and a new course that he created, titled “Black Business Leaders and Entrepreneurship.” He graduated in 1979 from Williams College and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. Prior to teaching at HBS, Professor Rogers taught in the MBA and PhD programs at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive MBA Program 26 times and daytime program twice. He received the ‘Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Achievement’ by an alum from Williams College, and Ebony Magazine named him one of the top 150 influential people in America. Professor Rogers has served as a Trustee for Williams College, and the Visiting Committee for HBS.

Bicentennial Medalist in Conversation: Nancy Baker Cahill ’92

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, hear Nancy Baker Cahill ’92, founder and artistic director of 4th Wall — a free augmented reality public art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression — in conversation with media scholar and author Ethan Zuckerman ’93.

Nancy Baker Cahill photo, looking off into distance