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Buddhist Responses to the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

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On the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Asian Studies Department and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures showed the 2012 documentary Souls of Zen: Buddhism, Ancestors, and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. The documentary was filmed and produced by Tim Graf and Jakob Montrasio. Graf, a more »

Andrew Bacevitch: Washington Rules

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On Sunday, March 4, Andrew Bacevich discussed trends in American foreign policy in the years after World War II until the present. Bacevich is a retired army officer and professor of international relations at Boston University. Pointing out that discussions of foreign policy often focus too much on the idiosyncrasies of individual administrations, Bacevich addreseds more »

Images Cinema Hosts "Moloch Tropical"

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In the last installment of the Caribbean Francophone Film Festival, the French Department and Images Cinema screened Moloch Tropical, a 2009 film produced by Haitian-born Raoul Peck. The event was co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department. Moloch Tropical takes place on a fictional island in the Caribbean, where President Jean de Dieu is preparing to more »

Diane Purkiss Defends British Culinary Tradition

A typical British Christmas pudding, as featured at St. John Restaurant in London.

During her presentation on Thursday, February 28, Diane Purkiss, professor of English literature at Keble College, Oxford, defended British food against its traditionally bad international reputation. Purkiss first addressed why British food has received such a bad reputation, especially in America. While Michelin guides often pour their praises on French and Italian restaurants for their more »

Tracey Hucks Discusses Legacy of Yoruba Religion in 20th-Century America

Tracey Hucks, Chair of the Religion Department at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, February 13, Tracey Hucks, Chair of the Religion Department at Haverford College, discussed her work on the legacy of Yoruba traditions among African-American communities in the New World. Hucks was a classmate of Williams Religion Department Chair Denise Buell at Harvard’s Ph.D. program in Religion. She began her talk by reading “What is more »

Second Installment of Caribbean Francophone Film Festival Presents "Aliker"

Communist party leader and journalist André Aliker in the 2009 film "Aliker."

As the second part of the Francophone Film Festival hosted by the French Department every February, Images Cinema and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures screened the 2009 movie Aliker. Produced by Guy Deslauriers, the film is based on the life of André Aliker, an early 20th-century journalist in Martinique. In Martinique as well more »

Intercultural Night Highlights CDE's International Diversity

This year's class of students at the Center for Development Economics.

On Saturday, February 16, students at the Center for Development Economics presented the cultures of their home countries during the Center’s annual Intercultural Night. Williams College students and faculty, as well as townspeople affiliated as host families to the CDE students, milled around the CDE classroom discussing daily life in the CDE students’ home countries, more »

French Department Shows Francophone Films from the Caribbean

An 1802 engraving of Toussaint L'Ouverture, a black leader in the Haitian Revolution.

In the first installment of the annual Contemporary Francophone Film Festival, the French Department and Images Cinema showed the 2012 film Toussaint L’Ouverture on Monday, February 18. This year’s theme for the series was “Power, Freedom, and Madness”. Neil Roberts, professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate of the Political Science Department, introduced the film, more »

Williams Worldviews Looks at Recent Georgian Political and Economic History

The Black Sea coast in Georgia.

Just returned from the Caucasus as a part of Williams’s annual Winter Study trip to Tbilisi, Gabrielle McPhaul-Guerrier ’15 discussed politics and economics in Georgia. During her time in Tbilisi, McPhaul-Guerrier interned at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies. She focused on Georgia’s fraught relationship with its northern neighbor, Russia. Although Georgia has more »

Christian Thorne Searches for Transnational Narratives in 18th-Century Novels

A first-edition illustration of Robinson Crusoe, the castaway protagonist of Daniel de Foe's 1719 novel.

Leading the second Faculty Lecture Series on Friday, February 15, Professor of English Christian Thorne discussed the absence of novels from the 18th and 19th centuries that function effectively on a global and international scale. He titled his talk, “The Sea Is Not a Place: Putting the World Back in World Literature.” In the past more »