Letters from the President

Standing with Charlottesville, and against racism

To the Williams Community, As many of you know, this weekend violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists staging a “Unite the Right” rally and anti-racist counter-protestors. Many people were injured and one counter-protestor was murdered. The violence occurred on and near the University of Virginia campus. The events… Continue reading »

Creating Community

To the Williams Community, On this first day of this new semester, I’m reflecting on the meaning of community, both the one here at Williams and the many communities, local and national, that we’re a part of. Recent events are testing that sense of community—of cohesiveness and mutual collegiality. Especially… Continue reading »

Considering the Log Mural

Last semester, I convened a committee to consider historical representations on campus, chaired by Professor of History Karen Merrill. I asked the group to bring recommendations about what principles should guide us as we think about portrayals of our history and, more specifically, what, if anything, should be done about particular pieces that may be of concern. Continue reading »

Provost Appointment

It’s my great pleasure to share with you the news that economics faculty member David Love, whom we all know as Dukes, will serve as the college’s next provost. The board has now approved his appointment, which will begin September 1. Continue reading »

John Derbyshire’s Scheduled Appearance at Williams

Today I am taking the extraordinary step of canceling a speech by John Derbyshire, who was to have presented his views here on Monday night. The college didn’t invite Derbyshire, but I have made it clear to the students who did that the college will not provide a platform for him. Continue reading »

Dean of the College Appointment

I’m delighted to report that, after consultation with the Faculty Steering Committee, I have asked Marlene Sandstrom, Hales Professor of Psychology and last year’s director of the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford (WEPO), to serve as dean of the college, and she has accepted. Continue reading »

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