Town, Gown, and Native land

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians livedinwhatisnowknownas Berkshire County prior to the tribe’s forced relocation west. On its website, the tribe has documented its history in a project titled “Many Trails.” The website reads, “The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians were pushed from the Eastern seaboard across half a continent, forced to uproot and move many times to our present Land in Wisconsin.

Statement addresses inquiry, inclusion

A statement published last Wednesday by the Faculty Steering Committee (FSC) emphasizes inquiry and inclusion as dual priorities for the College. 

President Maud S. Mandel tasked the FSC with creating the statement in June, after the ad hoc committee on inquiry and inclusion recommended as part of its report that the College “publish and affirm a statement on expression and inclusion.” Mandel had chartered the ad hoc committee in November in the wake of campus debates over the Chicago principles. She has accepted the ad hoc committee’s nine recommendations in full.

A look back on historic ’89 football season

Football finished 1989 with a perfect 8–0 record after a 17-14 homecoming victory over Amherst. (Bill Tague/The Berkshire Eagle.)

Thirty years ago, a homecoming bout with Amherst was all that stood in the way of football’s first perfect season. 

In then-head coach Dick Farley’s third season at the helm, the Ephs dominated the conference on defense, led by Ted Rogers ’91.

Blackhawk gives 2019 Davis Lecture

Ned Blackhawk discussed the narratives surrounding Indigenous people in American history. (Nicky Wu/The Williams Record)

While historical narratives of the American Revolution have centered colonists’ opposition to British taxation, these accounts have neglected the role of Native Americans in early U.S. history, historian Ned Blackhawk argued on Thursday in this year’s Davis Lecture. 

The Seven Years’ War  and Pontiac’s War led colonists to fear a third “Indians’ war,” according to Blackhawk, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University and a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada.

Miguel A. López to speak on queer artistic interventions

PHOTO COURTESY OF INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL Miguel López’s work as a curator, museum director, writer and researcher has worked to expose alternative histories through queer and feminist lenses. An internationally renowned curator whose work focuses on queer artistic interventions is delivering a lecture at the College next week.

College’s expression policies met with skepticism

Changes to the College’s policies have impacted the guidelines for posting fliers and banners, among other aspects of student activism. (Nicky Wu/The Williams Record)

Campus leaders have raised concerns over a breakdown in communication between students and administrators after policies concerning campus expression were published online over the summer.