2010 Claiming Williams event
“Everyone does it” – The Alcohol Culture at Williams
Using specific student comment cards about Williams alcohol culture, we will discuss how this culture relates to issues of sexism, classism, racism and homophobia on campus. We plan to highlight these as well as have an open conversation about how alcohol is seen as a natural and necessary part of the Williams culture. For some, the use of alcohol has prevented students from being able to ‘claim’ Williams; for others, alcohol use has enhanced students’ experience of Williams. We would like to explore the wide breadth of opinions between them.
Film: The Philosopher Kings
In search of wisdom found in unlikely places, The Philosopher Kings takes us on a journey through the halls of the most prestigious colleges and universities in America to learn from the staff members who see it all and have been through it all: the custodians. This thought-provoking, feature-length documentary interweaves the untold stories of triumph and tragedy from the members of society who are often disregarded and ignored, and seeks out the kind of wisdom that gets you through the day and the lessons one learns from surviving hard times, lost loves, and shattered dreams.
From the producers of the multiple-award winning Flight from Death, The Philosopher Kings gives us the opportunity to learn from eight incredible individuals whom we would never have otherwise taken a moment out of our day to acknowledge.
Standing Together: Williams Voices
Through audio recordings inspired by the national StoryCorps project, several pairs of Williams community members will share short stories about how their relationships bridge differences in gender, class, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and/or religion.
Poet and social activist Muriel Rukeyser said, “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” The power of stories cannot be understated, and Williams stories are no exception. By listening to a collection of short audio recordings made by Williams duos whose relationships have dealt with differences in gender, class, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and/or religion, we will learn more about “who” is Williams.
CenterStage, ’62 Center