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Family Days 2017, OCTOBER 26 – 29

Dear Students,

I hope this note finds you well.  As you may know, Family Days begins this Thursday evening with a wonderful Davis Center talk by Dr. Monique Morris.

If your own family plans to visit this weekend, we greatly look forward to having them here at Williams and expect it will be a great opportunity for them to gain a better sense of your own undergraduate experience.

And if your parents won’t be attending, please know that you’re in good company with the vast majority of your fellow students. While many families enjoy family days, a great many more don’t attend. For some, the time and expense to travel to Williamstown are too great. (And let’s face it: though Williams is a beautiful place, it’s far away from where most people live!) For others, there are other points in their students four years at Williams—from a special sports event or musical performance to Commencement—when a visit make more sense.

In any case, it’s a great weekend packed with lots of things to do, with family members or just with fellow students. View the entire weekend program here and enjoy!

All best,
Dean Sandstrom

Marlene J. Sandstrom
Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology
Williams College
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#1 Comment By DDF On October 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Back in the day, there was “Freshmen Parents Weekend” at this time each year and then a generic “Parents Weekend” in the spring (April) designed for all parents.

1) Are non-first year parents invited to this weekend?

2) Is there still a parents weekend in the spring?

#2 Comment By JCD On October 24, 2017 @ 4:07 pm

When I taught at Williams College, family days was a great relief for me. It was my opportunity to meet the parents of some of the conservative students and to commiserate about the madness we all saw on a typical New England liberal arts campus, particularly the virulent anti-American ideology professed by so many of my leftist, Marxist colleagues.

What surprised me the most about the parents was their youth. Many of them were not much older than me. They tended to be professionals, at least the ones I met, mainly attorneys and college professors just like myself.

It was an honor for me to meet those parents. It inspired me to do my best work for their children.

Ideally, it would be nice for those parents to speak up and ask questions regarding the safety of their children in the highly charged, mob mentality, now being created at Williams by the campus left. At the very least, parents should be asking how, if at all, the administration plans on protecting students who – if they do not go along with the leftist orthodoxy – will find themselves accused of promoting actual violence and murder.

#3 Comment By Healthy Eph On October 25, 2017 @ 1:19 pm

Sure you did, John. I am certain that when parents went to Williams for Parents Weekend in the mid-1980s they went there to commiserate with a very junior faculty member on the political climate on liberal arts college campuses in a way that just happens to track with your 2017 self.

This is either some of the least self-aware nonsense or some of the geratest perforance art I have ever seen.