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Artists of the Class of 2021

Cameron Pugh May 19, 2021
In recognition of the graduating seniors in studio art, music, and theatre, the Record created a brief series of artist features. The artists offered their thoughts on their senior projects, recitals, or theses, and their experiences as artists at the College.
“My sense of outrage is triggered again and again and again right now… I wrote this book as an act of activism,” Min Jin Lee said of her decision to write Pachinko. (Photo courtesy of

‘Maybe you and I can share a little bit of a world together’: Min Jin Lee on creating her world

Lindsay Wang May 19, 2021
The mark that both Pachinko and Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires have left on my relationship to storytelling runs bone-deep. So when I answered a call from an unknown number on May 6, my stomach was a knotted mess of nerves and excitement as Lee’s voice sounded from the speakers.
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Record Recs: Surviving finals through music

Destiny Crisp May 19, 2021
In the spirit of celebrating the end of a unique COVID-19 year and getting through the final push of the semester, I compiled a small list of song recommendations to get you to the end of May.
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After a mostly-Zoom year, performance groups put on in-person shows

Tali Natter May 19, 2021
After a year of livestreamed and canceled events, some performance groups have been performing outside, filling sunny campus spots like Chapin steps and Cole Field with vibrant song and dance for the last weeks of the semester. 
One of the most famous plates from Apocalypse, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. (Yuchan Kim/The Williams Record)

A special time with Special Collections: Meeting Dürer’s ‘Apocalypse’

Yuchan Kim May 5, 2021
This past week, staff writer Yuchan Kim had the opportunity to take a look at Albrecht Dürer’s magnificent prints, along with many other astonishing pieces at the College’s Special Collections department.
The Brew & Forge Lecture Series’ poster for the April 19 event. (Photo courtesy of Williams College’s English Department.)

Evie Shockley and Christian Snow discuss poetry, activism, and the Black radical tradition

Destiny Crisp May 5, 2021
The Brew & Forge Lecture Series, created and organized by Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English Franny Choi, held an event on April 19 featuring a virtual reading, presentation, and panel discussion centered on writing and organizing in the Black radical tradition.
The set of Chester Bailey, beginning June 18 and ending July 3. (Photo courtesy of The Barrington Stage Company.)

Theater performances in summer 2021

Kevin Weng May 5, 2021
During the pandemic, shows and events in and around Williamstown halted in-person production and shifted to digital formats. However, with mass vaccination programs now underway, this year’s summer theater season appears promising as the county and country approach a new normal. 
Frances McDormand in “Nomadland,” directed by Chloé Zhao. (Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.)

Reviewing Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland: To no surprise, 2021’s Best Picture winner howls

Jed Peterson May 5, 2021
After over a year of foregoing theatrical releases for home viewing, I was not caught up on the Oscars nominees for this year. But hearing the word “Nomadland” out of Laura Dern’s mouth on Oscars night made me excited to revisit the places in the American West that I had road tripped through when I was younger.
The Milky Way (the galaxy that contains our Solar System) above campus by Josh Picoult.

First-years capture the cosmos above campus

Julia Mariani April 21, 2021
Astrophotography is more than just a hobby for first-years Josh Picoult ’24 and Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24. It is how they share the marvels of the cosmos with others through Instagram and YouTube.
The group included 8 in person dancers and 5 remote dancers whose videos were virtually placed onto chairs in the final production of the film, after the performance was filmed. (Photo courtesy of Brad Wakoff.)

CoDa addresses isolation in Zoom adaptation of Sokolow’s ‘Rooms’

Ella Napack April 21, 2021
CoDa dancers were separated by masks, distance, and often miles as they prepared for their April 10 Zoom webinar in which they exhibited a suite of dances from Anna Sokolow’s Rooms.
Taylor Swift goes ‘headfirst, fearless’ in ‘Fearless’ (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift goes ‘headfirst, fearless’ in ‘Fearless’ (Taylor’s Version)

Audrey Kelly April 21, 2021
For most Williams students, Thursday, April 8, no doubt felt like an ordinary spring day. Yet for students at the College who love Taylor Swift (or, as they are affectionately called, Swifties), it was nothing short of a momentous occasion.
Tasan Smith-Gandy playing his “Pine Cello” composition at the top of Pine Cobble Trail. (Photo courtesy of Jay Corey.)

Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24 takes cello to new heights — literally

Lour Yasin April 14, 2021
Student musician and composer Tasan Smith-Gandy ’24 hiked up Pine Cobble trail, bringing along with him his six-pound cello. Upon reaching the summit of Pine Cobble, he sat down and performed “Pine Cello,” an original piece inspired by the natural beauty around him. 
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