2012 Williams College Faculty Lecture Series

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 16, 2012 – During February and March, Williams College will sponsor its annual Faculty Lecture Series. The aim of these lectures is to share ideas that are interdisciplinary in nature. The six lectures in the series will occur on Feb. 9, 16, and 23 and March 1, 8, and 15. All lectures will take place at 4 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry. Receptions will follow in Schow atrium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

On Feb. 9, Janneke van de Stadt, associate professor of Russian, will present the first lecture of the series. Her talk is titled “Worth His Salt: Isaac Babel and Craftsmanship.

The second lecture, scheduled for Feb. 16, is titled “The Genetic Engineer in Your Own Backyard.” Associate Professor of Biology Lois Banta will deliver the lecture.

David Tucker-Smith, associate professor of physics, will present a talk on Feb. 23 titled “Searching for the Higgs at the LHC.”

On March 1, Associate Professor of Music Marjorie Hirsch will give a lecture titled “Gothic Tales of Horror and the Music of Franz Schubert.”

Tara Watson, associate professor of economics, will give a lecture on March 8 titled “Immigrants and Public Health Insurance.”

The final lecture in the series will take place on March 15. Associate Professor of Political Science Nicole Mellow will deliver a talk titled “Barry Goldwater and the Legacies of Loss.”

The Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by the spouse of a faculty member whose goal it was to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.”

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