Aaron Sorkin’s second film as both director and writer, The Trial of the Chicago 7, sheds light on a highly relevant historical event: the trial of eight men charged with conspiracy for inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. While delivering on the snappy “I-wish-I-had-said-that” dialogue and political overtones he is best known for, Sorkin manages to portray the inequalities within the justice system and the most famous parts of the trial with countless thrilling moments and plenty of humor.
According to artist and filmmaker Sandy Williams IV, a candle of Thomas Jefferson should be melting on every mantlepiece. Monuments like Jefferson’s, and the often vexed historical weight they carry, should be interrogated, in Williams’ eyes. Williams spoke on Oct. 21 in the first artist talk in Assistant Professor of Art Pallavi Sen’s “Dream Time Lecture Series.” The series focuses on artists that utilize their work to reimagine the “near present and future.” The “Dream Time” series was originally intended to be for Sen’s students, but now, due to Sen’s desire to reach broader audiences, the series is now open to everyone in the Williams community and beyond. According to his website, Williams, based out of New York City and Richmond, Va., works in “sculpture, cinema, performance, painting, photography, text, and the public.”
Currently situated – or hidden – throughout the landscape of the Clark’s 140 acres of forest and field are the works of half a dozen female artists. One could see this outdoor exhibition, guest curated by Molly Epstein and Abigail Ross Goodman, as particularly apt for this moment, although Ground/work was not intended as a response to the pandemic. Meant to open in late spring, the showcase was in fact pushed back repeatedly by virus related difficulties until finally “opening” in the first week of October.
As the 2020 presidential election approaches, many College students, faculty and staff who are eligible to vote are preparing to cast their ballots in person. In future years, the College should make this process easier by making Election Day a College holiday.
One of the things we hear people grieving the most about the “before” times is the ease, the seamlessness of our interactions with one another: a hug in greeting, the electric excitement of kissing someone, hours passed in study nooks and common rooms conspiring –– etymologically, breathing together –– to bring about our futures.
Now, though, all we can see are the seams and edges of our connections to other people in this community. To say “the pandemic has profoundly shifted how we interact with others” is obvious, but it also elides both the preparation our community had for this moment and the possibility that lies ahead of us.
For the last few years, we have talked extensively with many of you about how essential it is that we move beyond consent conversations as something that happen only moments before sexual intimacy.
It has been 50 years since the first 40 women students transferred to the College, along with 50 women exchange students, blazing the trail as a group of 95 women in a school with about 1,250 men.
When the College first transitioned to remote learning last March and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ordered state schools to close in response to the pandemic, the Record spoke with a number of professors about how they were caring for their children while juggling remote learning. Now that the College has settled into an unconventional fall semester, we followed up with some faculty and staff about how their routines have evolved.
Updated every morning, the Williams College Coronavirus Dashboard reports the numbers of positive test results within the past day, the past week and since Aug. 17, as well as the number of completed tests. But despite the up-to-date information it provides, the College’s dashboard displays fewer statistics than many peer institutions. The College’s dashboard does not show that five students have been transitioned to remote status since the beginning of the semester and two students have faced a formal disciplinary process due to violations of the College’s COVID guidelines.
Three hundred sixty-one students enrolled at the College remotely, according to numbers released this July. And inevitably, for each one of us, there are different COVID-19 restrictions, home environments and learning experiences.
Both Williamstown and the College are preparing for a Halloween unlike any other, this year placing an emphasis on small gatherings and socially distanced activities.