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Wood ’18 and Lawrence ’77 Testify to Senate, 1

Williams student Zachary Wood ’18 testified (pdf) to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing: “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” (Also testifying (pdf) was former Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence ’77.) Let’s spend two weeks on this topic. Today is Day 1.


Wood is on the left.

1) Will the College acknowledge this event? You can be certain that if Wood/Lawrence were testifying about climate change or some other Williams-approved topic, we would be getting tweets, updates in Eph Notes and even a big spread in the next issue of the Williams Magazine. So far, however, it is internet-silence from Williams. This is petty and embarrassing. Can’t we do better than tweets about Take Your Dog to Work Day? (Not that there is anything wrong with that!) Is Williams an intellectual institution or a finishing school?

2) Who is making the decision to ignore Wood’s and Lawrence’s testimonies? I have a great deal of faith in Director of Media Relations Mary Dettloff and Chief Communications Officer Jim Reisch. I bet that they would not object to at least noting this event. Is my faith misplaced? Has someone else told them to keep silent? Or are they (mistakenly?) assuming that Adam Falk would not want Williams to, officially, acknowledge the event?

3) When was the last time a Williams student testified to Congress? When was the last time two Ephs were testifying at the same hearing? I have no idea! This search does not seem to be what I am looking for. Can Eph historians help us out?

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#1 Comment By concerned eph ’17 On June 26, 2017 @ 6:56 am

Apologies for the double post – this is clearly a hot topic!

#2 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On June 26, 2017 @ 7:27 am

No worries! The more perspectives, the better. (I have pre-written a bunch of posts already, so there may be some duplication, which is OK.)

#3 Comment By Tom Foolery On June 26, 2017 @ 8:38 am

Also an excellent mention of the event in WSJ this morning but no mention of Wood or Williams.

#4 Comment By anonymous On June 26, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Falk also spoke to CNN regarding Wood’s testimony
Key quote: “While at some moments we’ve disagreed on appropriate processes, we share a commitment to free expression of ideas on campus.”

#5 Comment By JCD On June 26, 2017 @ 11:08 am

Zach Wood ’18 was mentioned in an article on the Fox News website. See, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/20/college-students-testify-free-speech-under-assault-on-campuses.html

“In classrooms, liberal arguments are often treated as unquestionable truths,” said Zachary Wood, a 21-year-old student at Williams College in Massachusetts. Other views, he suggested, are not welcome.

This certainly fits my own observations of William’s narrow-minded, leftist, ideological consistency.

#6 Comment By Dracula On June 30, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

JCD — your baseline presupposition is that black students and faculty don’t belong at Williams because they are there because of Affirmative Action (you also believe it is legitimate to be afriad of black males walking together on the street — you have called it race realism.) Amazing how when one agrees with your politics you are full of praise!