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Students Making Posters

Consider this tweet:


1) Whose idea was this? My guess would be one of the more PC of the faculty in Economics. Sarah Jacobson? Tara Watson? Not that there is anything wrong with that! The more that faculty involve themselves with students, the better.

2) What would happen if a different race were substituted for “Black?” Hispanic would be fine, I suspect. But Asian? White? The mind reels.

3) Were students paid for this? I would not have any real objection if they were. The Department has a bunch of students who work for it, they need to spend their time on something. But the presentation of the tweet sure suggests that students were so excited about this topic that they are working based on pure enthusiasm . . .

4) If they weren’t paid, how were they recruited? Not to stereotype or anything, but my guess would be that most Williams economics majors are not overly interested in Black economists . . .

5) Might the Department have recruited students — perhaps mostly African-American students — to do this for free? Sure! There are some charismatic professors in the department. But, then, are they really acting in the best interests of those students? They would be much better off doing something more academic with their time, at least if they plan on graduate school. These cut-and-paste Wikipedia jobs could have been done by Mount Greylock students . . .

6) If these are “prominent scholars,” then everyone with a Ph.D. in economics is a “prominent scholar.” Not that there is anything wrong with that!

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11 Comments To "Students Making Posters"

#1 Comment By Observer On March 7, 2019 @ 9:16 am

Why is everything a conspiracy? I think that this might simply be a space to help more Black students see economics as a viable major and not simply for it to be about finance/business.

#2 Comment By not ddf On March 7, 2019 @ 9:34 am

Dr. Logan is a fucking champ!

#3 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On March 7, 2019 @ 9:43 am

Who said “conspiracy?” When thing X appears, I am curious about who made thing X and why.

#4 Comment By Aidan On March 7, 2019 @ 10:20 am

I’m not a current Williams student, but I do love biography and learning more about interesting people. I think this display is exactly the type of educational enthusiasm the college should encourage – celebrating prominent leaders in a field, not suggesting the field is invalid due to a variety of non-specific societal ills.

#5 Comment By John Drew On March 7, 2019 @ 1:43 pm


#6 Comment By 89’er On March 7, 2019 @ 8:33 pm

Thank you for sharing this David.

I am outraged!

About what exactly, I am not sure.

#7 Comment By fendertweed On March 8, 2019 @ 8:08 am

@John Drew … Pot —–> kettle.

#8 Comment By y r u mad tho On March 9, 2019 @ 4:48 pm

why are y’all so mad about this, talk about being snow flakes. it’s astounding how much energy y’all put into this, don’t u have jobs and families to worry about? honestly it’s kinda sad to see how ur post Williams life seems to be treating u lol

#9 Comment By David Dudley Field ’25 On March 9, 2019 @ 4:52 pm

Who’s “mad?”

If leftist Econ profs want to waste the time of social justice warrior students on nonsense Wikipedia cut-and-paste parties, it is no skin off my nose.

#10 Comment By abl On March 9, 2019 @ 5:21 pm

it is no skin off my nose.</blockquote

It clearly is skin off your nose. See, e.g., this post/thread.

#11 Comment By fendertweed On March 10, 2019 @ 8:21 am

@y r u …

Doing fine here.

Just waiting for the next installment of “As John Drew’s Narcissistic World Turns.”