• from Greek to Arabic: Highlights of the History of Foreign Languages at Williams

    from Greek to Arabic

    Language education at Williams has a rich history of steady progression, constantly evolving to reflect the circumstances of each time period. The exhibit traces the trajectory of language study at the College from its earliest beginnings to its most recent developments, as outlined in the wall timeline. The table display cases delve into further detail and highlight a few professors, students, the curriculum, activities, and location in the different time periods. The wall monitor features quotes from five of the twenty remaining alumni who majored in languages before 1954. The computer terminal presents the timeline of language study at the College, offers additional visual information on language-learning tools, and features our current language programs.

    September 15—December 20 | Steven Schow ’81 Gallery (Sawyer 455)

  • Immigrants: German & Austrian Film Festival

    WADA’ / PREDICTION. Khaled Mzher

    The 3rd German-Austrian Film Festival in collaboration with Images Cinema in Williamstown takes place on Monday, September 26th, Monday, October 3rd, and Monday, October 17th.

    This year, our Film Festival, entitled IM/MIGRANTS, addresses through a selection of recent documentaries and short films the migrant and refugee crisis that continues to plague Europe.

    The festival kicks off on Monday, September 26th with the US Premiere of a documentary from Austria called "Mama Illegal” by journalist and filmmaker Ed Moschitz, which depicts the life of three women from a small town in Moldavia, who are living illegally in Austria as cleaning women.

    The Filmmaker will be present to introduce his documentary and to answer questions from the audience after the screening.

  • Fiona Sze-Lorrain: Poetry Readings

    Fiona Sze-Lorrain

    On Wednesday, October 5th (4:00 p.m. in Hollander Hall 241), Fiona Sze-Lorrain will read from her latest book of poetry, The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016), chosen by Library Journal as one of the “Best Books 2015: Poetry” and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2016, as well as her two earlier collections, My Funeral Gondola (2013) and Water the Moon (2010). In addition, she will read from her translations of contemporary Chinese and American poets, including Mark Strand and Yi Lu's Sea Summit (Milkweed, 2016), shortlisted for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award.

    October 5th, 4:00 p.m. | Hollander Hall 241

  • Fulbright Teaching Assistant Joins Williams College

    María Pía Maiti

    María Pía Maiti from Argentina has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grant to serve as a teaching associate in Spanish and take courses at Williams College for academic year 2016-17. While in the United States, Maiti will share her language and culture with U.S. communities to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas, and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad.

  • “That’s Not the Only Reason We Love Him”: Queer Politics and Chaikovsky Reception in Post-Soviet Russia


    Professor Philip Ross Bullock, who is a professor of Russian Literature and Music at Oxford University's Wadham College, will be giving a talk on Queer Politics and Chaikovsky Reception in Post-Soviet Russia. Professor Bullock's talk will explore questions surrounding the writing and reception of Tchaikovsky's biography in Russia, especially in the light of the 2013 legislation outlawing the propaganda of so-called 'non-traditional' sexualities. He will examine tensions between documentary approaches to the composer's life on the one hand, and popular responses that have frequently resisted scholarly narratives on the other. Analysis of the popular reception of Tchaikovsky's biography allows us to ask whether the Russian internet represents a site of resistance to official politics, or whether it can also magnify an officially legitimated homophobia.

    ✽ Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, 4:15pm | Griffin 7
    Sponsored by: The Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Department of German and Russian, Global Studies, The History Department, the Music Department, the Program in Comparative Literature, and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • “What’s the matter with Romantic Sculpture?”

    Catriona MacLeod

    In her recent research, Catriona MacLeod (University of Pennsylvania) examines the question of why sculpture is both intensively discussed and yet rendered immaterial in German literature. She focuses on three forms of disappearance: sculpture’s vanishing as a legitimate art form at the beginning of the nineteenth century in German aesthetics, statues’ migration from the domain of high art into mass reproduction and popular culture, and sculpture’s dislodging and relocation into literary discourse.

    Thursday, October 13, 2016, 4:30 PM | Hollander #241

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  • Feasting and Fasting in Russian Culture

    Patrick Johnson '16 and Piroune Balanchandran '16 with the four different types of mead they created for their final project in Professor Goldstein's class, RUSS 206: Feasting and Fasting in Russian Culture.