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.
The Annual Russian Talent Night took place a week ago on Wednesday. Students from all Russian classes participated, as did Russian speaking members of the Community. Everyone who participated received a prize.
The Puerto Rican music ensemble Los Pleneros de la 21 came to Williams for a concert-performance of bomba music and dance. The musicians and singers easily connected with the crowd and the beat of the drums beckoned everyone to dance for the entire evening. Some brave souls even tried a few bomba moves, and the group ended the night with lively plena song about their cariño for Puerto Rico. The performance was a wonderful way to highlight a vibrant culture and musical genre that has a rich transnational trajectory from Africa to Puerto Rico to Spanish Harlem (NYC) to Williamstown!
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.
Members of the class, Spanish in Action: Advanced Culture and Communication for Everyday Life (RLSP 199), and Professor Ringer-Hilfinger invite you to visit the exhibit of the book, La diversidad entre los hispanohablantes en los Berkshires. The display includes a hardcopy version (courtesy of the Publication Studio at WCMA) and a digital copy with sound clips from the oral interviews.
The exhibit is located outside the language lab on the first floor of Hollander Hall, the display is available between February 4th-20th.
The French Program at Williams College is hosting with the Consulate of France, Boston a meeting for area teachers of French. Williams professors Brian Martin, Kashia Pieprzak, Annelle Curulla, Nicole Desrosiers, and Sophie Saint-Just will present “Un tableau des ressources locales pour faire vivre le français.” This Café Français will provide area teachers with resources to help enliven French curriculums and culture in their local environments and an opportunity to network.
On October 21st 2014 the German Department hosted the annual Oktoberfest with Bavarian food, drinks, music and dancing.
Students have been engaged in a wide-variety of cultural activities this semester using their language skills creatively to reenact intellectual debates in 19th century Russia (19th Century Russian Literature class joined with history class Muscovy and the Russian Empire) ; prepare and partake in a typical Egyptian breakfast (Elementary Arabic); celebrate the Oktoberfest with food and dance (all students in German); participate in a workshop with DAM, a Palestinian hiphop group (Pop Culture in the Arab World); present skits in Arabic accompanied by delicious Moroccan and Palestinian food (Intermediate Arabic); learn a few bachata steps in between tastes of Spanish tapas and Argentinian empanadas (all Spanish classes); enjoy each others cooking at the annual Russian potluck feast (all students in Russian); study LaFontaine fables with actress Emmanuelle Delpech (Intermediate French); and relive study abroad in Spanish-speaking countries with a sampling of wine and cheese from Latin America and Spain. The possibilities are endless when studying languages, literatures and cultures. Reach for the challenge of understanding through language and join us!