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Center for Foreign Languages Addresses the Art of Translation at First Annual Conference

Capturing the nuances of language requires more than substituting vocabulary and conjugating verbs. Translation is an art, with variations and beauties all its own. To recognize and further the efforts of translators, the Williams College Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is sponsoring an international conference, “The Translator Speaks: Literature, Language and the Art of Translation,” Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The conference will focus on the relationship between translation and literature at key moments in world history. Continue reading »

Economic Historian to Look at the 20th Century

Joel Mokyr, the Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and professor of economics and history at Northwestern University, will give a talk “The Wondrous Century: Europe in the World Economy 1900-2000” on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. in Thompson Physics, room 203, on the Williams College campus. Continue reading »

James Madison, Topic of Lecture

Jack Rakove, the Coe Professor of History and American Studies at Stanford University, will discuss James Madison, the father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, in Griffin Hall, room 3, on the Williams College campus. The talk is titled “Reading Madison’s Mind.” The public is invited to attend. Continue reading »

Williams College to Host Family Weekend

Williams College will welcome approximately 800 hundred parents to campus for First Year Family Days, October 24-26. The annual gathering introduces the families of first year students to student life at the college and community life in Williamstown. Continue reading »

Former Senator Bill Bradley to Speak at Williams

Three-term U.S. Senator and former candidate for the Democrat nomination for president of the United States Bill Bradley will conduct a Q & A session on current events Friday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in Payne Hall, which is in the Goodrich Hall building on the Williams campus. The session is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

Engel to Discuss Play and Reality in Sigma Xi Lecture Series

Susan Engel, senior lecturer in psychology, will present this year’s Sigma Xi Lectures at Williams College. The first of the two-part lecture series, "Piaget’s Children: Play and Reality," will be held Thursday, October 23, and the second, "The Fancy Ladies of North Poo Poo: Play and Reality Revisited," will be held on Friday, October 24. Both lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Wege Auditorium of Thompson Chemistry. The lectures are intended for a general audience and the public is cordially invited to attend. Continue reading »

Brown Looks at Cultural Privacy, Public Responsiblity with “Who Owns Native Culture?”

When the need to protect cultural traditions clashes with the free flow of information in a liberal democracy, which side should prevail? Michael F. Brown, professor of anthropology at Williams College, explores the challenges of defending cultural heritage in his new book, "Who Owns Native Culture?" Brown illuminates the influence of indigenous culture on modern society and focuses on recent efforts by native peoples to claim their customs as communal property. Continue reading »

John Wilkinson to Give Poetry Reading

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected] WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Oct. 7, 2003 — John Wilkinson, author of “Reverses,” will give a poetry reading on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in room 3 of Griffin Hall. Reviewers for the online magazine Jacket say that Wilkinson’s poetry… Continue reading »