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Williams College Announces Schedule for 2021 Faculty Lecture Series
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 15, 2021—Williams College will present its annual Faculty Lecture Series online, starting Feb. 25. The series aims to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. Lectures will be offered on Thursdays, Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, and April 1. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. Zoom links are provided on the college’s website at events.williams.edu. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Feb. 25, Matt Carter, associate professor of biology, will present “The Food Network: How Your Brain Makes You Feel Hungry or Full.”
March 4, Mike Glier, Alexander Falck Class of 1899 Professor of Art, will discuss “Answer Music: Observation and Abstraction of the Living World.”
March 11, Jessica Fisher, associate professor of English, will talk about “The Faraway Brought Close: Poetry and the Work of Feeling.”
March 18, Kate Stroud, associate professor of psychology, will speak on “Understanding the Interplay of Stress, Relationships, and Biology: Implications for the Development of Depression and Anxiety.”
March 25, Owen Ozier, associate professor of economics, will present “Improving Learning Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
April 1, Kelly Shaw, associate professor of computer science, will discuss “Smart Home Devices: Why They Don’t Always Work Correctly.”
Organized by the faculty members of the Lecture Committee, 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.
This series was organized by Professor of Art Stefanie Solum along with other faculty members of the Lecture Committee, which is currently chaired by Greg Mitchell, chair and associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.