Williams College Announces Schedule for 2019 Faculty Lecture Series

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 10, 2019—During February and March, Williams College will sponsor its annual Faculty Lecture Series. The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The lectures will be offered on February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7 and 14. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry and will be followed by a reception in Schow Atrium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture in the series is scheduled for Feb. 7. Chad M. Topaz, professor of mathematics, will present “Patterns, Swarms, and the Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics.”

On Feb. 14, Phoebe Cohen, associate professor of geosciences, will discuss ” The Evolution of Life before Animals: Building Shields, Dodging Snowballs, and Gasping for Breath.”

On Feb. 21, Maria Elena Cepeda, professor of Latina/o studies, will talk about “Latina Feminist Moments of Recognition: A U.S. Colombiana Encounter with Bomba Estereo’s ‘Soy yo.'”

On Feb. 28, Guy Hedreen, Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, will present “The Origin of Species in Empedocles and the Visual Representation of Monsters: A Tale of Two Theories.”

Neil Roberts, associate professor of Africana studies, will speak on March 7. His talk is titled “How to Live Free in an Age of Pessimism.”

The final talk, “Authorizing Nelly: Female Narrative Authority, Wuthering Heights, and Me” will be presented by Alison Case, Dennis A. Meenan, ’54 Third Century Professor of English, on March 14.

The Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” From these humble and lighthearted beginnings, the Faculty Lecture Series has grown to become an important forum for tenured professors to share their latest research with the larger intellectual community of the college.

The current chair of the series is Greg Mitchell, associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map