In a workshop on Sunday, January 15, 2017, Elinor Aishah Holland introduced the participants to the basics of Arabic script calligraphy, its rich cultural context, as well as the techniques involved in this classical art form.
The Williams Japan Club was founded in 2016 by two alumnae, Sara Kang ’14 and Jessy LeClair ’10 with support from Larry Greenberg ’85.
It is a community for graduates living and working in Japan, and for others interested in Japanese language, culture, and related careers. The goal is to create opportunities for fun, friendships, networking, and sharing of wisdom and resources. On August 6, 2016, twenty-three members gathered in Tokyo and enjoyed lively discussion over delicious okonomiyaki.
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.
Current Williams students prepared short language lessons in Hindi, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, French, Chinese, Russian and German for accepted students visiting campus. There was animated participation and exchange about language learning at Williams.
This conference, held on April 16, 2016, invited students to share their research that highlights the ways in which Spanish-speaking communities and the US collaborate, mingle and become intertwined. The program included “Presence and Absence in Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’” by Natalie Wilkinson ’19, “Third Wave of US Colonialism” by Luís Beltrán and “The Future of Terrorism” by Professor Micahel Martínez-Raguso. The Spanish TAs – Laura Álvarez Trigo, Luis Beltrán Álvarez and Dominique Roberts, organized the conference with the goal of promoting the Spanish language and enabling cultural exchange.
Nicaraguan poet Esthela Calderón and Steven White ’77 gave a bilingual reading of environmental poetry in conjunction with Professor Jennifer French’s course, Ecologismo: Environment and Culture in Latin America.
During the Winter Study Program, the beginner students of Spanish worked on a project based on the influence of Spanish in the US. The students went on a field trip to New York, did research on various topics and with the guide of the Teaching Associates Laura Alvarez, Luis Beltrán and Dominique Roberts recorded a radio program as the final project. Here you can listen to the first part, the music section: Ritmos y Raíces.
On October 21, 2015 the German Department hosted the annual Oktoberfest with Bavarian food, drinks, music and dancing. The students in German classes also organized festivities in each of the dining halls. The dining hall with the most beautiful decorations (Paresky – decorated by German 101) received a prize later at the department’s private Oktoberfest in Dodd. The event featured Bavarian/Austrian food, music, drinks and decorations.
Join international presenter and performer Mia Hsieh for her unique blend of Tai Chi and quiet dance. Enjoy this rare opportunity to explore simple dance and movement using concepts such as contraction (Yin) and expansion (Yang), spiraling, rotating, loosening and softening.
This event is free and open to the public. However, online registration is required. Please sign-up, for either participation or observation.
Wednesday, October 7 at 4:10pm
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Main Stage
On April 24th, under the direction of Emmanuelle Delpech of Pig Iron Theatre Company, students from French 326 presented micro-scenes from Molière’s seventeenth-century comedies. The event gathered students of French and French speakers from Williams as well as from Bennington College.