Reunion Schedule

THE SCHEDULE BELOW IS FROM 2023. STAY TUNED FOR THE UPDATED SCHEDULE IN MARCH.

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  • 1:30 - 2:45PM
    Faculty Lecture
    "Disentangling Empathy: Opposing Contributions of Different Facets of Empathy to Interpersonal Accuracy" with Associate Professor of Psychology Jeremy Cone

    What is it that provides us an accurate window into the thoughts and feelings of others? Recent research has suggested that different facets of empathy—emotional contagion, on the one hand, and empathic concern, on the other—are psychologically distinct and result in different behavioral tendencies. In this talk, Prof. Jeremy Cone will discuss how disentangling empathy in this way can help to provide a more nuanced understanding about how the strategies we use to step into the emotional shoes of others can make different contributions to our ability to accurately envision others' inner emotional lives.
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    3:00 - 4:15PM
    Class of 1973 Seminar: Leveraging Genomics, Cell Therapy and Gene Therapy to Cure Blood Cancers with Dr. John DiPersio ’73
    Cancer afflicts us all – our families, our friends, and ourselves. While rudimentary treatments remain, the last fifty years have seen great advances in stem cell transplantation and gene therapy to extend lives and even cure people. These breakthroughs have occurred in our lifetime because of the dedication of people like Dr. John DiPersio. Introduction by Robert Koegel ’73.
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    7:00PM
    Trivia Night
    Come on down to The Log and show your smarts! Enjoy five competitive Rounds of trivia for you and your friends. Trivia is always FREE and open to ALL!
    THE LOG, 78 Spring Street


  • 6:00AM
    Sunrise(n) Hike Up Pine Cobble with Director of the Williams Outing Club, Scott Lewis
    This is a 3-mile round trip hike with one thousand foot elevation gain to get your blood flowing and endorphins coursing through your veins!! Dress for the weather and wear good footwear for a trail that will be muddy and rocky! Meet on the Paresky Steps (Baxter lawn side) at 6:00AM. Bring a filled water bottle. Return to campus by 9:30AM. Click here to let us know you're coming!
    PARESKY STEPS

    8 - 9:30AM
    Ephraim Williams Society Breakfast
    Join us as we honor alumni, parents, and friends who have established legacy gifts for Williams. Remarks by President Maud Mandel and Trustee Emeritus and Legacy Society Chair Paul Neely ’68. Registration required. Contact Cheryl Brigley, 413-597-3538 or [email protected] with questions.
    THE WILLIAMS INN, 101 Spring Street

    9AM - 5PM
    Pickleball
    Pickleball is America’s fastest-growing sport. Whether you are a beginner, competitive player, or a first timer, you and three of your friends can play pickleball on one the three indoor courts (paddles and balls are available thanks to the Physical Education Department).
    LANSING ICE HOCKEY RINK

    10:00 – 11:15AM
    Class of 1973 50th Reunion Alumni Seminar: Changing the Course of
    Climate in the Next 50 Years
    Using the climate knowledge and experience of four present and former faculty, we will explore the causes and consequences of a changing climate, and the multiple solutions available to slow and eventually reverse global temperature. Panelists include Professors William Moomaw ’58, Thomas Jorling, Mea Cook and Allison Gill. Moderated by Michael Jones ’73.
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    11:00AM - 2:00PM
    Lunch on your own
    LEE SNACK BAR AND SPRING STREET

    Skip the line and order online: Blue Mango, The Log, Pera Mediterranean Bistro, Purple Pub, Spice Root, The Spring Street Market & Cafe & Water Street Grill. For more restaurants, click here.

    11:30AM – 1:30PM 
    FestEPHal - Lunch & Day Party
    Members of the Williams Black Alumni Network (WBAN), Williams Latinx Alumni Network (WLAN), Williams Asian and Asian American Alumni Network (WAAAAN), Williams Firsts Alumni Network (WFAN) and the Williams Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Alumni Network (BiGLATA) are welcome to enjoy a festive party lunch with the family.
    DANCE STUDIO, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Free ice cream
    Courtesy of the Williams Legacy Society while supplies last!
    PARESKY STEPS

    1PM
    Jumuah,
    Join us for he Muslim Friday prayer service. All are welcome.
    MUSLIM PRAYER ROOM, LOWER LEVEL THOMPSON CHAPEL

    2PM
    Davis Center Building Project
    Walk through the new Davis Center building with staff from Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (OIDEI) and Scott Henderson, Senior Project Manager, Williams College. Must be able to navigate stairs. Closed toed shoes required.
    MEET AT MORLEY CIRCLE

    2:45-3:45PM
    Dwelling of the Gallant: Women of Williams
    In honor of 50+ years of coeducation at the college, join us for a special ceremony of celebration featuring four Women of Williams across the decades telling their stories: Vivia Chen ’78, Lee Kiechel Koles ’93, Sharifa Wright ’03, and Aliza Shatzman ’13. This is a moment to recognize the over 13,000 Williams Alumnae (including the class of 2023) who have and continue to have an impact on Williams and the world!
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    3:00 - 3:45PM*
    Admission 101
    Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to join this informal, interactive session with a Williams admission officer.
    WESTON HALL

    4:00 – 5:00PM
    A Conversation with Williams President Maud S. Mandel
    Details to come.
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    5:00 - 7:00 PM
    GEOS Alumni Reception & Bud's Retirement Celebration
    Connect with other GEOS alumni and celebrate the career of Professor Bud Wobus. Beer and wine reception organized by the Geosciences department. Families welcome!
    GEOS ROCK GARDEN (Southern Wachenheim Science Center entrance, off Hoxsey St.)

    5:15PM
    Shabbat services
    Welcome in Shabbat with Friday night services at the JRC. Everyone is warmly welcome as we sing, pray, and shmooze. We hope to see you there!
    JEWISH RELIGIOUS CENTER,  24 Stetson Ct.

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

    8:00PM
    YOU BETTER CALL YOUR MOTHER
    Actor/chef Mitchell Anderson ('83) spent his early adulthood trying to live partially in and out of the Hollywood closet. His spontaneous decision to "come out" at the 1996 GLAAD Media Awards changed his life. Told in a series of monologues with songs, YOU BETTER CALL YOUR MOTHER, is the story of how he went from the closet to the kitchen and wound up finding happiness, true love, and respect along the way.
    ADAMS MEMORIAL THEATRE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE


  • 6:45 - 9:45AM
    Reunion Bike Rides - Choose your own adventure
    Join your fellow reunion attendees for 3 different bike route options.
    18-Mile road rides -
    Co-led by Elliott Sohn '98 and Tim Goggins '12. Experienced bicyclists are welcome on a fun ride around Williamstown and the surrounding area. There will be two route options available. Both groups will start out together and will split up about 8 miles into the ride. Participants can join either group. The longer ride will get you back to campus in time for the Alumni Parade. Meet at Chapin steps. Click here for more information and to sign up.
    32 mile gravel ride - Join Fred Harris '73 and other members of the 50th Reunion class on a 32 mile gravel ride through Pownal and Bennington.
    MEET AT CHAPIN STEPS

    7:00 AM
    Bird Walk with Hopkins Forest Manager Drew Jones
    Some binoculars provided. Coffee available! Shuttles leave from the parking lot behind Chapin Hall starting at 6:30AM.
    HOPKINS FOREST

    7:00AM
    Hike Through Hopkins Forest
    Join other reunion attendees for a brisk morning hike through Hopkins Forest. This 4.5 mile hike, traversing a large stretch of the Forest, begins with some stunning views from atop the crest, then descends the Birch Brook trail to the Loop trails, before finishing at the Rosenburg Center. Sturdy shoes recommended. This hike will keep a quick pace to ensure attendees make it back for the Annual Meeting. For a ride to the trailhead, meet behind Chapin Hall in the parking lot for a van ride to Petersburg Pass on Route 2 at 7am.  Vans will shuttle hikers back to campus from the Rosenburg Center at about 9:30 AM.
    HOPKINS FOREST

    8:00AM
    Fun Run
    Join other reunion attendees for an early morning run in the Purple Valley (Gale Road loop).
    CHAPIN STEPS

    8:00 - 9:00AM
    All-Levels Yoga Class
    Join North Adams Yoga in a morning yoga class as you prepare for the day.
    GREYLOCK HALL, 2ND FLOOR

    9AM - 5PM
    Pickleball
    Pickleball is America’s fastest-growing sport. Whether you are a beginner, competitive player, or a first timer, you and three of your friends can play pickleball on one the three indoor courts (paddles and balls are available thanks to the Physical Education Department).
    LANSING ICE HOCKEY RINK

    9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Williamstown Farmers Market
    Stroll. Snack. Shop local.
    SPRING STREET PARKING LOT

    9:30AM*
    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 STEPS

    10:00AM*
    Parade of Classes
    The 50th Reunion class will lead the way to the Society’s Annual Meeting. Pre-parade music provided by the Eagles Band of Pittsfield. Find your classmates near class signs on Paresky Lawn. The Greylocks (post-50th Reunion classes) should gather outside of Dodd House for the parade.
    PARESKY LAWN

    10:30AM - 11:30AM
    Annual Meeting, Society of Alumni
    The annual meeting, led by Society of Alumni President: trophies, cups, and medals recognizing alumni volunteers; election results; major gift announcements; and traditional Williams songs.
    WILLIAMS QUAD (rain location: CHAPIN HALL)

    10:30AM - NOON*
    Wheels! (Ages 2 and up)
    After the parade, join other young families to explore a fire engine, police cruiser, ambulance, backhoe, front loader, mowers, and street sweeper! Rain or shine.
    WESTON GATE, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    10:30AM - NOON*
    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.
    FARLEY-LAMB FIELD, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    10:30AM - NOON*
    Ultimate Frisbee Clinic (Ages 10+)
    Come and learn this team sport, led by members of the Williams Ultimate Frisbee Organization. Rain or shine.
    WILLIAMSON FIELD, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    10:30AM - 2:00PM*
    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.
    WILLIAMS COLLEGE CHILDREN'S CENTER, 44 WHITMAN STREET

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

    1:00 – 2:00PM
    WCMA Building Project

    Interested in learning more about the college’s plan to create a new home for the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)? Join us for a presentation from  Florian Idenberg, principal of SO-IL, the firm selected to design the first stand-alone building for the museum. In discussion with WCMA’s Class of 1956 Director, Pamela Franks, they will share information and welcome questions about how the project fits into a broad vision for excellence in arts and education at Williams.
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    1:00 – 2:00PM
    Campus Tour Led by Admission Tour Guide

    Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to participate.
    PARESKY FRONT STEPS

    1:00 – 2:00PM*
    Magnificent Monster Circus (Ages 5+)

    Come one, come all, to a circus like no other! Encounter magnificent creatures from the wilds of your imagination as their quirky human caretaker tries to teach them new tricks. Kids can lend a hand to Eustice the Unicycling Unimonster, make friends with a Fiery Fanged Worm, cheer for Agnes the many-legged Acropod, and more! This colorful, silly, multi-sensory show full of friendly monsters is a perfect match for young audiences. Show length- 40 min. plus Q&A after the show.
    PARESKY AUDITORIUM

    1:00 – 2:30PM
    Math/Stat Tea
    Come catch up with other math/stat faculty and alums!
    FRANK MORGAN LIBRARY, WACHENHEIM

    1:00 - 5:00PM*
    Visit the Treetops of the Canopy Walkway (Ages 12+)
    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 the parking lot behind Chapin Hall 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

    1:00 - 5:00PM*
    Plenty of Purple Projects (All Ages)
    Get your creative juices flowing and make decoupage frames, jewelry, stationery, painted cow bells, and more. Materials in Williams' colors, of course!
    FALK SCIENCE QUAD (Rain Location: Wachenheim 113)

    1:30 – 2:30PM*
    Forest Critter Exploration (Ages 5-12)
    Come out and search for some of the small creatures, including centipedes, slugs and salamanders, that dwell on the forest floor.
    HOPKINS FOREST

    2 - 4:00PM
    Williams Christian Fellowship Alumni Gathering
    READING ROOM, SAWYER LIBRARY

    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 Sawyer Library, Hollander and Schapiro Halls, Weston Athletic Complex, The Class of 1966 Environmental Center, Horn Hall and the Hopper Science Center.
    PARESKY STEPS

    2:15 - 3:15PM*
    Admission 101
    Families with children beginning to think about college are encouraged to join this informal, interactive session with a Williams admission officer.
    WESTON HALL

    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 STEPS

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

    Participate in races, water games, and more. Ribbons for all participants.
    LEE TRACK, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    2:15 – 3:30PM
    25th Alumni Reunion Seminar: Creating A Life In Art
    The panel will feature ’98 classmates Kai Collins, Vicky Fang, Reed Lindsay, Veronica Roberts and Tui Sutherland and will be moderated by classmate Lizzie O’Leary.
    MAINSTAGE, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    3:30 – 4:30PM
    Book Signing with Children's Books Authors Vicky Fang '98 and Tui Sutherland '98
    Come meet these renowned children's books authors! Bring your favorite Layla and the BotsFriendBots, and Best Buddies books for Vicky and your beloved Wings of FireThe Menagerie and Pet Trouble books for Tui to sign. A selection of their books will also be available for purchase.
    MAINSTAGE LOBBY, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    3:30PM
    Eph Meet-Up @ Reunion
    This casual networking reception features industry-specific chat areas where you can meet other Ephs who do what you do - or would like to do someday! Career shifters and other Ephs in professional transition are welcome, as are non-Eph spouses and guests. Come as you are, business cards optional!
    CENTERSTAGE LOBBY, '62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

    3:30PM*
    Take Me to the River  (Ages 10+)
    A guided hike on Hopkins Forest's Hoosic River Trail.
    HOPKINS FOREST

    3:30PM*
    Family Yoga
    Infants, toddlers, kids of all ages are welcome to practice yoga with Devin Raber of North Adams Yoga! Games, silliness, zen, and movement with your loved ones.
    WILLIAMS QUAD

    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 by WUFO members. Rain or shine.
    FARLEY-LAMB FIELD, WESTON ATHLETIC COMPLEX

    3:30PM*
    Preview “BUILDING 6 PORTRAIT INTERIOR” with artist Barbara Ernst Prey ’79
    MASS MoCA commissioned Prey to paint the largest watercolor in the world for the opening of their new building. Come see the painting and hear Prey discuss the monumental commission. Meet at the painting in Building 6. Transportation not provided.
    BUILDING 6, MASS MOCA, 1040 MASS MOCA WAY, NORTH ADAMS

    3:30 - 5:30PM*
    Rod Puppet workshop with CactusHead Puppets
    Drop in and create your own rod puppet character! Participants will use paper, ribbon, and basic craft materials to make a rod puppet character of their own. Recommended for ages 5 and up, all ages welcome!
    SCHAPIRO 129

    4-6:00PM
    Eph Pride Reunion with BiGLATA
    Meet, share, and celebrate Pride with Williams LGBTQ+ alums and members of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Alumni Network (BiGLATA) attending Reunion. Light appetizers will be provided with a cash bar. No RSVP required for this casual event.
    THE LOG, 78 Spring Street

    5:00-6:15PM
    RBG: One Step At A Time starring Jackie Oliveri ’73
    Written and directed by Michael J. Tobin, founder of the Footlights Theatre in Falmouth, Maine, this single-actor play tells the story of Ginsburg’s legal journey via excerpts of essays, opinions, interviews and letters since her teenage years. The title comes from her quote: “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.
    MAINSTAGE, ’62 CENTER FOR THEATRE AND DANCE

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

    6:30PM*
    Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse
    Enjoy free admission to this showing at Images Cinema! Make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to ensure a seat.
    IMAGES CINEMA, SPRING STREET

    7:00PM*
    Planetarium Show
    Join us in the Milham Planetarium of the historic Hopkins Observatory for an exploration of the night sky! We will cover a wide range of topics from mythology of the constellations to the way our universe began and anything in between! Come with curiosity and wonder for what our night sky has to offer!
    Space limited to 25 people - arrive early to ensure your spot.
    MILHAM PLANETARIUM, HOPKINS OBSERVATORY

    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 10+)
    Explore your creative side with pastels and paper. No experience necessary; supplies provided.
    PARK STREET ENTRANCE TO ALUMNI CENTER

    9:15PM*
    Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse
    Enjoy free admission to this showing at Images Cinema! Make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to ensure a seat.
    IMAGES CINEMA, 50 SPRING STREET

    9:30PM
    Ephlats and The Williams Cabaret
    Celebrate the 70’s with a delightful performance of music, memories, and laughter featuring the 70’s & 80’s Ephlats and The Williams Cabaret. Cash bar. All classes invited.
    THE LOG, 78 Spring St.


  • 9AM - Noon
    Pickleball
    Pickleball is America’s fastest-growing sport. Whether you are a beginner, competitive player, or a first timer, you and three of your friends can play pickleball on one the three indoor courts (paddles and balls are available thanks to the Physical Education Department).
    LANSING ICE HOCKEY RINK

    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.
    THOMPSON CHAPEL

    NOON
    Dorm Checkout Deadline
    Leave your dorm key and name tag on the dresser in your room

*Family Activities Programming

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