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.
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.