Writings and Remarks

Starting the Weston Field Project

To the Williams Community, I write with the great news that the Weston Field renovation project is now going ahead. Those of you who were at Williams in 2008 recall that one of the first steps the college took in response to the global financial crisis was to suspend two… Continue reading »

What Goes Around Comes Around

To the Williams Community, In this case, what’s coming around again is the wonderful cycle of the academic year. Welcome to those of you who are joining our campus for the first time, and welcome back to all the rest of you. This semester, even more than usual, will be… Continue reading »

Learning: 2,500 Miles From Home

From the July 2012 Alumni Review We’ve probably all experienced how leaving home can help us to see it more clearly. That’s what happened when my travel schedule enabled me to join part of a spring break service trip, one of several around the country… Continue reading »

Technology in Education: Revolution or Evolution?

Presented at “The Future of the Liberal Arts” Conference Lafayette College April 10, 2012 It seems that you can’t pick up a newspaper or magazine–the New York Times education section, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the EDUCAUSE Review–without encountering the passionate assertion that information technology has changed everything… Continue reading »

On Our Devotion to Teaching

From the March 2012 Alumni Review Here’s a quiz. If, walking down a corridor, you pass two Williams faculty members in conversation, they’re mostly likely to be discussing: A.     Their most recent grant proposals B.     The U.S. presidential race C.     The state… Continue reading »

On Sexual Assault at Williams

Sexual assaults profoundly affect students in every part of their experience at college – academically, socially, and in the community. And, of course, those effects often continue well beyond their college years. Continue reading »