Letter to the Editor

To the editor: 

I am writing to express my exasperation regarding the op-ed “Standing against the right of return: Analyzing the logical inconsistencies in BDS’ arguments,” published in the Record last week. I am a proud Jewish student, and I stand in unwavering solidarity with the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement and the Palestinian Right of Return.

Standing against the right of return: Analyzing the logical inconsistencies in BDS’ arguments

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement — which seeks to impose a total academic, financial and cultural boycott on Israel and Israeli goods — continues to sweep across American college campuses, and its appeal is understandable. One sees the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza in contrast to the economically and militarily formidable Israel, and reasons that economic pressure could force Israel to ease the Gaza blockade and level the negotiating table.

A plea for more “conversation”: On being open to reasonable dialogue

At a time when there is understandably considerable skepticism about the power of reason to adjudicate between competing cultural and social perspectives and values, the philosopher Anthony Laden’s portrait of social reasoning is quite promising. According to Laden, we need a new picture of reasoning if we are to appreciate the role reasoning plays in living together.

Addressing a culture of “cold violence”: On the shortcomings of the College in welcoming faculty of color

Due to the recent events revolving around Kai Green ’07, assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, and Kimberly Love, assistant professor of English, some faculty members have been wondering what the two professors meant by the “violent practices” of the College. I asked myself the same question and tried to seek the answer in their published piece in The Feminist Wire.

Letter to the Editor

April 2, 2019 

From what I have read in The Record, it is clear that two participants in Williams’ Performative Ethics lecture series, Shadi Ghaheri and Catherine Rodriguez, are in need of a lecturing in ethics, themselves. Gharheri directed and Rodriguez served as dramatist for Williams’ recent production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” in which they and the student cast made significant changes to the text.

Building an equitable community: Making change to ensure staff can thrive

Williams College claims as its mission, “to provide the finest possible liberal arts education.”  Achieving this lofty goal depends not just upon the students and faculty, but – crucially – upon the efforts of the College’s administrative and support staff. The College community, before it can engage in any learning, must be safe, well-fed and in clean surroundings.