Brandon Hilfer ’20 writes opera for senior music thesis

Podcast Editor Tali Natter sat down with Brandon Hilfer ’20 to learn more about his music thesis, an original opera titled “Actaeon, or the Hunter,” adapted from a story in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” The piece will be performed May 9 at 7:30 pm in The Directing Studio.

Music professor Zachary Wadsworth’s album nominated for JUNO Award

At this year’s JUNO awards, Assistant Professor of Music Zachary Wadsworth’s album When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio has been nominated for the category “Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral.” The album comes at the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I, and it was recorded live at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.

The Clark invites students to special opening of “Arabesque” exhibition

Last Friday, the Clark Art Institute held an exclusive student opening of its “Arabesque” exhibition. This opening demonstrated the strong connections between the Clark and the student body and underscored the unique relationship the two institutions have. The exhibition gave room for students to appreciate art outside of the campus, allowing for a coming together of students interested in art.

Box Office Hours: “Fantastic Fungi” with Katya King

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.

Sawyer art piece showcases experiences of black students

KIMBERLEAN DONIS/THE WILLIAMS RECORD Kyle Scadlock ’19 drew several black students and created an exhibition to display these drawings along with a quote selected by the students. Studio art major Kyle Scadlock ’19 created 42 digital prints of black Williams students that were temporarily exhibited on the front of Paresky Center last spring but are now located on the third floor of Sawyer Library.

“American Factory” raises questions about the history of unionization

PHOTO COURTESY OF IFCCenter “American Factory” details the struggles of industrial workers at the Moraine Assembly Plant and the impact of lost jobs to the workers. Last Thursday, The Massachusets Museum of Art  screened “American Factory,” the first documentary of “What’s At Stake,” which is a spring film series showcasing documentaries about the issues that defined 2020, from voting rights to climate change.

Purple Box: Ivy Sole

KARA R. HADDEN ’22 “I was told there was going to be a hot gay rapper coming to campus, so I had to go. And in short, she delivered.

“Restless Collection” Winter Study course curates art collection in response to VP Pence’s politics

Jordan Stein taught students such as Clarissa Dominguez ’22 about how to curate art with a political purpose, engaging with Mike Pence’s political views as their class’s case study.(Photo courtesy of Olivia Demuth ’23.)

Mother. Mothership, motherland, mother nature, mother Mary; the word has countless uses, including being the term of choice for Mike Pence  when referring to his wife.

Students participate in Oscars-watching festivities

Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite walked away with  four Oscar wins, including Best Picture. Students watched the awards ceremony from various locations on campus and in town. (Photo courtesy of IMDB.)

During the airing of the 92nd Academy Awards this past Sunday, many waited expectantly for results in front of live streams on their computers and the small televisions in their common rooms. Few, it seemed, were more excited, however, than the various students, faculty and town residents in attendance at one of the two viewing parties that took place Sunday evening.