• Chinese Comedy Performance and Lecture

    Jesse Appell

    Chinese-English Bilingual stand-up comedian, Jesse Appell, will be in Williams college for a comedy performance, presentations, and cultural Q+As.

    After graduating from college, Jesse Appell went to Beijing as a Fullbright Scholar to study with a Xiangsheng (a traditional form of Chinese “crosstalk” comedy) master. He has since expanded his repertoire to include writing a comedy column in the South China Morning Post, producing and acting in a number of hit viral music videos, and performing stand-up comedy in English and Chinese.

    5:30pm | April 27 Goodrich Hall

    Sponsored by the Chinese program in the Department

  • Bomba music by Los Pleneros de la 21

    Los Pleneros de la 21

    From Puerto Rico to El Barrio in New York City to Williamstown, the LP21 Bomba Ensemble perform a concert of traditional and contemporary Bomba music and dance. Their concert includes a mix of regional styles from Puerto Rico, engaging the audience with rare chants, intense drumming, and enigmatic dances that characterize this iconic Puerto Rican genre. Audience participation is encouraged!

    April 30 – 8PM | Greylock, 2nd floor
    Audience participation is encouraged!

    The Puerto Rican Music Project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Williams College sponsorship includes Department of Romance Languages, the Lecture Committee, the Programs in Africana and Latina/o Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

  • From Enheduanna to Dunya Mikhail: Iraqi Poetry, Exile and Translation

    Dunya Mikhail (Poster)

    Dunya Mikhail, celebrated Iraqi poet, will read and discuss her poetry. With irony and subversive simplicity, Mikhail addresses themes of war, exile, and loss, using forms such as reportage, fable, and lyric. Before immigrating to the States in the mid- 1990s, she worked as a Literary Editor, translator and journalist for the Baghdad Observer until being placed on Saddam Hussein’s enemies list. Mikhail speaks and writes in Arabic, Assyrian and English. Her work includes several collections of poetry: The Iraqi Nights, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard, and has appeared in numerous poetry journals and anthologies.

    Tuesday, May 5 | 5:00pm to 6:15pm
    Sawyer Library, Sawyer 307, Mabie Room

    Organized by Willams College Arabic Studies with generous sponsorship from the Lecture Committee and the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Program in Comparative Literature.
  • Grammar, Logic, and Computation

    Yusuke Kubota

    Yusuke Kubota, Assistant Professor at University of Tsukuba, will give a special lecture on grammar, logic, and computation, and will discuss the underlying connection among the three areas of study. The talk is intended for everyone with or without a particular background in those areas, but for those who are interested in linguistics, philosophy, and computer science may find it particularly intriguing. The talk will be followed by dinner at a dining hall on campus (place to be announced). All are welcome to join.

    Thursday, May 7 | 4:15-5:45PM
    Hollander 241

    Sponsored by the Japanese program

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  • Chinese and Japanese Previews

    Chinese and Japanese previews (2015)

    Students during Previews 2015 attended Chinese and Japanese language tables in Mission Park Dining Hall. Current students and professors answered many questions prospective students had about studying Chinese and Japanese at Williams, over a tasty lunch that included dumplings and spring rolls.