The classroom experience has been hindered, athletics have been canceled, final performances have been nixed, lives have been uprooted and, yet, some continue to sing in spite of their separation from nearly every semblance of campus life.
“Wherever people feel safe … they will be indifferent,” Susan Sontag writes in her 2003 essay “Regarding the Pain of Others.” How, then, might government officials or other privileged individuals above the net of danger, come to sympathize with the stories of those who are currently in a state of danger, whether that be through the implicit violence acted upon minoritized peoples, war-toiled peoples, or refugees whose flight was hastened by their home countries, terrorist groups, foreign invasions? Narratives, in their evolving forms, offer a potential to bridge this gap, to make those at the peaks of power structures understand more vulnerable and disenfranchised persons.
Katya King, Director of Fellowships at the College, grew up foraging for mushrooms in what was then Czechoslovakia. The activity followed Katya’s familial lineage – her grandfather taught her mushroomer lessons, a skillset she practiced often as a child but lost touch with in the U.S. In South Hadley, MA., where King lives, she’s fostered a new relationship with mushrooms, one that’s encouraged her to reflect upon her past and grow her understanding of the expansive study of mushrooms. She now considers herself an amateur mycologist – an expert on mushrooms.
“The invisible enemy should not exist” continues a necessary discussion, asks for institutional responsibility and change
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART. WCMA transfromed one of its galleries into an exact replica of the Room Z of King Ashurnasirpal II’s ninth century palace.
Nov. 30 marked the 103-year anniversary of Images Cinema.
Mia Lisette performed a stripped down, R&B influenced set. PHOTO BY SOPHIA SHIN
On Saturday evening, dozens of students filtered into the dimmed Currier Ballroom to watch four College bands perform in the All-Campus Entertainment and WCFM 91.9 Battle of the Bands.
PHOTO COURTESY OF IMDB Parasite (2019) explores class dynamics, reliance and disposable labor in an intricately crafted narrative subverting the commercial film sector. Parasite is seemingly familiar.
Last Friday, Museum Town began showing at Images. While the College community may be familiar with the film’s focus, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), many are not familiar with the institution’s history.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE GLIER Mike Glier ’ 76 recently returned from his residency in Somerset, UK. Mike Glier ’76, an accomplished artist, alum, father and professor of studio art at the College, has spent decades honing his craft.
PHOTO COURTESY OF IMAGES One Cut of the Dead, a special screening hosted by Images, provides a meta-take on the horror genre by using tropes and cliches.
Last weekend, Images showed One Cut of the Dead, a 2017 Japanese horror film directed by Shin’ichirô Ueda for two nights. I decided to catch the Saturday night showing at 11:30 p.m., knowing I wouldn’t be missing out on the lackluster going out scene that I experience almost every weekend night.