On Wednesday, October 3, 46 members of CFLLC faculty, staff, Teaching Associates and Language Fellows mixed and mingled in the Chapin and Schow Galleries in Sawyer Library, enjoying some well-deserved relaxation time with friends and colleagues after a very busy start to the academic year. Prof. Soledad Fox, Chair of the CFLLC Executive Committee, welcomed everyone to the event. We took a moment to think about our much-missed colleague from the French Department, Prof. Nicole Desrosiers, who sadly passed away at the end of August, and we sent our best wishes to Jane Canova, Administrative Director of the CFLLC, who is currently on leave. Also speaking at the start of the event were Profs. Helga Druxes and Brian Martin, both of whom, along with Jane, have worked hard to organize a program of speakers to complement the fascinating and multi-faceted exhibition in the Chapin and Schow Galleries: “The Great War at 100: Williams College and Beyond,” – it being the centenary this year of the end of WWI. On display are many items from the College Archives that illustrate the wartime contributions of Williams students, faculty, and alumni including Professor J. Norton Cru, who with his brother Albert left Williams to fight for their native France.
Helga and Brian thanked library staff members, Lisa Conathan and Wayne Hammond, who curated the exhibition. Also, Sylvia Kennick Brown who returned from retirement last spring to co-curate the exhibition and to guide our French/German students, Andrea Rodas and Sophie Wunderlich, as they worked on some of the exhibition displays. Soledad took the opportunity to formally introduce our new group of 11 Teaching Associates and two Language Fellows who have made a great start in their work with CFLLC students.