People

Jamie Baik ’14 in South Korea

Jamie Baik ’14 is an Art Studio major from Glen Rock, New Jersey. After spending a semester abroad in Siena, Italy, Baik decided to apply for the Lawrence Fellowship, which supports student projects that encourage self-reflection and personal development in contact with another culture, without necessarily a specific research orientation. The fellowship brought her to

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Tyler Aveni ’13 in Beijing

Tyler Aveni ’13 spent the summer of 2012 in Beijing studying the relationship between calligraphy, tradition, and modern Chinese culture.  Aveni’s summer research came on the heels of a study abroad semester in Beijing through the Associated Colleges in China program.  He is a Chinese and Economics major. Why did you decide to go to

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International Student Yoonsang Bae ’15 Settles into Life at Williams

Yoonsang Bae ’15 is a first-year international student from Seoul, South Korea.  When Bae stepped on the Williams campus in late August for First Days, he had never visited Williams before, and had spent only one week in the United States during his senior year of high school.  In fact, Williams was his first organized

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Gene Bell-Villada, Professor of Romance Languages

Gene Bell-Villada has been a professor of Spanish at Williams since 1975.  Having spent his childhood in Puerto Rico, Bell-Villada, whose mother was Philippine-Chinese, moved first to Cuba and Venezuela, and then to the United States for college.  At the University of California, Berkeley, he became interested in Spanish and Latin American literature.  His specialties

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Magnus Bernhardsson, Professor of Middle Eastern History

Magnus Bernhardsson is an Associate Professor of History at Williams and is Chair of the International Studies Program. He came to the United States from his native Iceland in 1990 to receive a Master’s degree in comparative religion at Yale, later receiving a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history, also from Yale. He specializes in the

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Christopher Bolton, Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature

Christopher Bolton, Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature and Chair of the Comparative Literature Department, specializes in 20th and 21st century Japanese literature and animation.  In 2012-2013, he will teach a course on the end of the world in Japanese literature, as well as a tutorial on postmodernism and a team-taught course on traditional Japanese

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Michael Brown, Professor of Anthropology

Michael Brown, Lambert Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, specializes in ritual and religion, medical anthropology, and the native peoples of North and South Americas. In 2012-2013, Brown will teach an introductory Anthropology class, as well as a seminar on the indigenous peoples of Latin America and a tutorial on cultural evolution.   What,

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Julie Cassiday, Professor of Russian

A Professor of Russian who wishes to travel to Iran! Read on to find out why.

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María Elena Cepeda, Associate Professor of Latino/a Studies

“To understand me completely, Spanglish proficiency is a must,” according to Professor María Elena Cepeda. Growing up speaking both Caribbean Spanish and English at home (her parents are immigrants from the Columbian Caribbean), Professor Cepeda prefers to live in the mix. Read on to find out what other languages Professor Cepeda speaks–and why she is thrilled to be a part of Williams’s burgeoning Latino/a Studies Program.

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Yasmine Goelzer ’13 in Chile

Yasmine Goelzer ’13, Spanish major and native of Peoria, Illinois, spent the spring semester of 2012 in Santiago, Chile. Where did you go?  How long did you stay?  How did you decide to stay in that country? I was studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, from the end of February through early July. The program there

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