Williams College Announces Schedule for 2017 Faculty Lecture Series

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

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 20, 2017—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 Feb. 9, 16, 23, and March 2, 9, and 16. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry, and 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. 9. Nate Kornell, associate professor of psychology, will deliver a talk titled, “Productive Struggle: Using Cognitive Science to Enhance Learning.”

Professor of English John Kleiner will discuss “The Hydraulic Wig or What Stage Tricks Tell Us about Emotion” on Feb. 16.

On Feb. 23, Jacqueline Hidalgo, associate professor of Latina/o studies and religion, will present “Our Book of Revelation … Is Serpentine and Regenerative: Rethinking ‘Scriptures’ After the Chicano Movement.”

On March 2, Luana Maroja, associate professor of biology, will talk about “It is Just Not Cricket – Adventures at Species Boundaries.”

Professor of Art Amy Podmore will present “Finding Elsa” on March 9.

The final talk, “Testing Reality with Quantum Physics,” will be presented by Frederick Strauch, associate professor of physics, on March 16.

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.” The current chair of the series is Keith McPartland, associate professor of philosophy.


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