Claiming Williams Events, Feb 5, 2015:
Dinner Dialogues: 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
Dodd House, Living Room
Unmasking Empathy: Dinner Discussion
Faculty House Dining Room
You are invited to continue discussion of the staged reading of “Unmasking Empathy: A Staged Reading of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…” (3:30 pm in CenterStage). The play tracks the chaotic attempt by an ensemble of six actors to empathize with the both the victims and perpetrators of a historical genocide without stirring up their own histories of racial prejudice, privilege, and violence. Sponsored by The Department of Theatre, with special thanks to the ’62 Center Staff.
Williams Reads: Henrietta Lacks
Faculty House Sun Porch
Williams Reads selection for this year is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a book that raises compelling questions about medical ethics and scientific research, and about gender, race, and class, privacy and permission. In this way, the book can be approached from the point of view of different disciplines. This session reprieves the First Days’ panel discussion where faculty will encourage the audience to consider questions raised in the book. Participating faculty include Tara Watson (Economics), Julie Pedroni (Philosophy), Gretchen Long (History), and Lois Banta (Biology). Sponsored by Williams Reads and the Robert L. Gaudino Memorial Fund.
A Conversation with Mothers Against Police Brutality
Faculty House, Downstairs Lounge
Join Collette Flanagan and Chaedria LaBouvier ’07 for an informal conversation about their organization, Mothers Against Police Brutality, and issues of law enforcement, policing, and the impact of violence on families, the Williams community and beyond.
Stone Soup: Sharing Stories Across Cultures
Dodd Gibson Room
As the classic story goes, many contributions to one shared pot result in a delicious soup. On Claiming Williams Day, our campus stone soup will reflect the generosity, diversity, and cooperation students, staff, and faculty invest in our community. Come enjoy the soup made with ingredients contributed throughout the day and hear a Williams-specific version of the stone soup story.
The Marginalized Man: Access of Education
in Prisons Discussion
Join the continued conversation from this earlier session, “The Marginalized Man: Access of Education in Prisons” @ 1:45 pm in Paresky Auditorium. Attendance of both sessions is encouraged but not required. Guests include Theo Harris, Ernest Henry, and Hector “Benny” Custodio. Professors Christian Thorne and Keith McPartland will join the panel discussion.
Yakking about YikYak
Do you love YikYak? Despise it? Hate it but can’t stop reading? Come join a student-led conversation about YikYak and its place at Williams. Share your thoughts about the ways that YikYak adds to, detracts from, and/or complicates your sense of community at Williams and beyond.