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Williams Students Travel to Israel to Participate in Archaeological Excavations

The temple at Omrit, 4:30 A.M.

In June 2013, eight Williams students traveled to northern Israel to excavate at a 1st century B.C. Roman temple site there. This was Williams’s second season of involvement in the project, initiated in the late 1990s by archaeologists from Macalester, Carthage, and Queens Colleges. Although there is some evidence of habitation around the temple as more »

Confino Connects Holocaust Anti-Semitism to Nazis' Anxiety about History and Origins

Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin after Krystallnacht, November 9-10, 1938.

Alon Confino, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, discussed his work on the connection between acts of racial violence against Jews during the Holocaust and the Nazis’ reinvention of their understanding of time and history in his lecture on Monday, April 15. The talk was sponsored by the Class of 1960 Scholars and more »

Klier Presents Documentary on 1953 Uprisings in the GDR

A Soviet tank in Leipzig on June 17, 1953.

On Monday, April 8, German social activist Freya Klier showed her film We Want to Be Free! East Germans Rise Up, 1953 at Images Cinema. After World War II, Soviet forces remained in East Germany and only slowly transferred power to the Soviet-backed Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED). Soviet forces continued to help the more »

Majd Explains Iranian Perspective on U.S. Foreign Policy

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On Sunday, April 14, Iranian-born Hooman Majd illuminated the misconceptions that have formed the basis of U.S.-Iran relations since 1953. Now a journalist for magazines such as The New Yorker and Newsweek, Majd is the son of an Iranian diplomat and grandson of an ayatollah, but attended school in the U.S. and the U.K. He more »

Valerie Hansen Redefines Silk Road

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During a talk entitled, “The Silk Road: A New History,” Valerie Hansen, a professor of history at Yale, questioned the accepted idea of the Silk Road as a long-distance trade route between the Roman and Chinese Empires. During her research, Hansen has looked at the history of the Silk Road through an archaeological perspective, in more »

Klier Explains Social Context of the Neo-Nazi Murder Series in East Germany

Freya Klier, German political activist and documentary filmmaker.

On Wednesday, April 3, Freya Klier, a German activist and documentary film-maker, discussed the recent series of murders committed in the former GDR by a trio of self-proclaimed Neo-Nazis. From 2000 to 2011, two men and one woman committed a series of ten murders targeted at non-Germans in east Germany. After the two men committed more »

Log Lunch: Invasive Species after the 2011 Tsunami in Japan

A dock from Misawa, Japan, washed up on the shores of Olympic National Park last December, carrying 400 pounds of Japanese plant and animal matter.

Williams Mystic Professor of Biology James Carlton discussed the dangers posed by debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan on the western coast of the U.S. during a Log Lunch on Friday, April 12. After thirteen-foot waves hit coastal Japan in the wake of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, much debris was washed off more »

Micaela Díaz-Sanchez on Gender Roles in "Traditional" Puerto-Rican Bomba

A Puerto-Rican bomba group.

Micaela Díaz-Sanchez presented her work on Puerto Rican bomba dancing in a short lecture on Tuesday, April 2. Diaz-Sanchez is an assistant professor in the Departments of Spanish, Latina/o Studies, and Latin American Studies at Mount Holyoke College. Bomba is a Puerto-Rican musical tradition that integrates percussion, song, and dance. The art form, which originated more »

International Events, April 2013

A Soviet tank in front of protests in Berlin, June 1953.

The Rising Resilience of Emerging Markets and Developing Economies Monday, April 1, 4:00 P.M. CDE Classroom, Center for Development Economics Petia Topalova is a lecturer at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She is taking a leave year this year from the IMF, where she works in the World Economic Studies division of the more »

Topyalova Traces Rising Resilience of Developing Economies

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On Monday, April 1, Petia Topalova, a visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an economist at the IMF, presented her research identifying permanent positive trends in the resilience of emerging market economies. In recent years, almost all of the world growth in GDP per capita was focused in developing economies, said more »