Today is Claiming Williams. Here is the schedule. (Copied below the break for future historians.) Here are our recommendations for which sessions to attend. Comments:

1) Who made this schedule? It is incompetent! Here is the committee, and the chairs are Karen Swann and Annie Valk. Are they to blame?

The main trick to ensuring high attendance at Claiming Williams is to schedule a first event that hundreds of students will want to attend (or be cajoled into attending by their JAs). That event should feature people/items that are popular with students. Everyone loves singing groups! Invite several to perform. Everyone loves honeybuns! Serve them for free. In past years, the organizers have done exactly this, thereby getting lots of students out of bed and engaged. Once they attend the first event, it is easy to get them to go from that to another.

2) What a narrow selection of topics! Claiming Williams has always been (and will always be) filled with leftist sessions. Nothing wrong with that! But, in past years, other sessions, appealing to a different cross-section of the community, have generated large audiences. How about something about athletics at Williams and the athlete/non-athlete divide? What about a session on the drinking culture? A more competent committee would have created such sessions. (To be fair, there are plenty of interesting events. See our recommendations.)

3) Could the Record please do a minimal amount of reporting and tell us, approximately, how many students attend at least two events? My sense (commentary welcome) is that the College likes to pretend like a large majority of students (1500?) attend more than one event. I bet that the actual number is closer to 500.

Claiming Williams: Examining the Williams Way

Claiming Williams events are intended for the campus community.

Use #ClaimingWilliams to tag the day’s events!
February 3, 2016

Film: Out in the Night, Paresky Auditorium
February 4, 2016
9 -10:45 A.M. Community Forums

How to Explain White Privilege to Skeptics in One Hour, Schapiro 129

Cooking Ancient Grains with Chef Michael, Paresky Bake Shop (pre-registration required)

Inequality for All Film Screening, Paresky Auditorium

No history, no self. Know history, know self. A Workshop with Poet Michael Lee, Hollander 40

Religion, Violence, and Restoration, Hopkins B002

Queer Futures: What’s Next After Marriage Equality? Griffin 3

Internationalism at Williams, Library Forum

10:50 A.M. – Noon Keynote Event

The Half Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today
Jelani Cobb, Chapin Hall

12:15-1:45 P.M. Lunchtime Dialogues

Game Face Film Screening, Paresky Auditorium

Critiquing Institutionalization: Looking to the Past to Find a Way Forward, Dennett Room, Mission

The Williams Way and the Search for Spiritual Life, Paresky Quiet Room

Inside the Classrooms, Outside of Williams: Secondary School Experiences in Developing Countries, Dodd Living Room

Inequality for All Discussion, Faculty House Lounge

2:00-3:15 P.M. Community Forums

Game Face Discussion, Paresky Auditorium, and Paresky Quiet Room

Break the Cycle Performance, CenterStage, ’62 CTD

Palestine, the Global South, and Reacting to the Neoliberal Present, Griffin 3

Who are Museums For? WALLS and Diversity at WCMA, WCMA

Immigration at Williams, Griffin 4

Back to the Queer Future: Queer Life on Campus, Henze Lounge, Paresky

Making Empanadas with Chef Miguel, Paresky Bakeshop (pre-registration required)

3:30-4:45 P.M. Community Forums

Break the Cycle Workshop, CenterStage, ’62 CTD

Controversy @ Williams, Goodrich

Road Less Traveled: Taking Time Off from Williams, Baxter Hall

Claiming the Art World, The Clark

Relationships to the Environment around the World, Dodd Living Room

CLICKERS! What Do You Think?, Brooks-Rogers

Challenging the Williams Way: Alumni Activists Talk about Making Change, Paresky Auditorium

Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: Really?, Griffin 4

5:30 – 7 P.M. Dinner Dialogues

Let Me Tell You a Really Fast Story, Driscoll Lounge

Student Narratives: Underrepresented Identities in STEM+, Paresky Quiet Room

Step Into the Circle Activity, Faculty House Lounge

Conversation with Alumni Activists, Faculty House, Old Private

The Williams Classroom, Main Dining Room, Faculty House

Controversy @ Williams Discussion, Dennett Room, Mission

8 – 9:15 P.M. Evening Events

Racism and Homophobia in Criminal Justice System: NJ Four, Griffin Hall, room 3

Uncomfortable Conversation at Williams: Is it Possible? Paresky Center, Lee Snack Bar

Michael Lee, Spoken Word Performance, Goodrich

9:30 P.M. Pizza Party!
Baxter Hall, Paresky

Special Event: All Day
MinCo Exhibit: A Brief History of Coalitions at Williams, Library Forum

Print  •  Email