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The Town of Williamstown Massachusetts was founded in 1765 and is located in Berkshire County in the northwestern corner of the state.

Williamstown is home of the Sterling and Clark Art Institute which houses one of the worlds largest collections of Renoir as well as other impressionists. The Williams College Museum of Art has fine collections as well. Williamstown Theatre Festival which operates during the summer months brings marvelous Broadway and Hollywood performers to the town.

The town is acknowledged by Norman Crampton in his book The 100 Best Small Town in America which ranked Williamstown as the 18th best American Small Town, the only community in Massachusetts included in the top 100!!

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Sankofa

Sankofa is Williams Colleges step team, completely student run since its founding in 1996. Stepping is a percussive dance form brought into being by black fraternities in the mid-1900s. It is heavily influenced both by hip-hop and by traditional West African dance. In fact, the word Sankofa loosely translates to reaching back in order to step forward, and reflects the organizations mentality of drawing upon West African roots to create fresh, fly, tight urban dance. Sankofa has been known to incorporate everything from pop music and spoken word to break dance and gymnastics in its completely original choreography, making for loud, high energy, and incredibly exciting performances.



When: May 9, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 09 May 2014 20 )
Latina/o Studies Pre-Registration Open House
Hollander Hall, Room 101 85 Mission Park Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

All are warmly invited to an Open House with coffee, tea and sweets hosted by the Latina/o Studies Program--not just for concentrators and potential concentrators but also for anyone interested in learning more about Latina/o Studies at Williams. Please join us, and bring your friends!



When: Apr 28, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16 )
Completions of Local Rings by Byron Perpetua '14
Bronfman Science Center, 106 18 Hoxsey St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Completions of Reduced Local Rings with Prescribed Minimal Prime Ideals

Mathematics and Statistics Department Thesis Defense

Abstract: A central question in commutative algebra asks when a complete local ring T is the completion of a local subring A, subject to a given set of conditions on A. Arnosti et al. answer the question when T is assumed to contain the rationals and A is required to be a reduced local ring with a finite number of maximal elements in the formal fiber at each of its minimal prime ideals. In this thesis, we construct A so that the number of maximal elements in the formal fiber at each minimal prime ideal is countable instead of finite, and we introduce a new set of necessary and sufficient conditions for T to be the completion of such a ring A, which weaken the requirement that T contain the rationals.



When: Apr 22, 2014 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13 )
Foreign Bank Subsidiaries' Default Risk: What Factors Help Insulate Affiliates from their Parents?
Center for Development Economics, CDE Classroom 1065 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267

Maria Soledad Martinez-Peria from the World Bank will present on "Foreign Bank Subsidiaries' Default Risk: What Factors Help Insulate Affiliates from their Parents?"

She is the Research Manager of Finance and Private Sector Development team of the Development Research Group. Her published research has focused on currency and banking crises, depositor market discipline, and foreign bank participation in developing countries. Currently she is conducting research on financial sector outreach, on the impact of remittances on financial development, on bank competition and on the impact of the global crisis. Prior to joining the World Bank, Sole worked at the Brookings Institution, the Central Bank of Argentina, the Federal Reserve Board, and the International Monetary Fund. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Stanford University.



When: Apr 24, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16 )
Songwriting Studio Recital with students of Bernice Lewis
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Renowned musician Bernice Lewis hosts a concert of Williams student songwriters. They present their latest works. All welcome.



When: May 14, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 14 May 2014 16 )
Softball vs MCLA (home)
Cole Field Stetson Road, Williamstown, MA

MCLA vs Williams

When: Apr 28, 2014 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15 )
Softball vs MCLA (home)
Cole Field Stetson Road, Williamstown, MA

MCLA vs Williams

When: Apr 28, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17 )
Baseball vs Hamilton (home)
Cole Field Stetson Road, Williamstown, MA

Hamilton vs Williams

When: Apr 26, 2014 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13 )
BOOK SALE
BOOK SALE: Friends of Milne Public Library annual sale Friday, April 25, 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday, April 26, 9 am to 4 pm. Silent auction, caf, bake sale, raffle of an iPad Mini, and over 25,000 used books at Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St. Info: milnelibraryfriends.org or 413-458-4639.

When: Apr 26, 2014 9 AM to Apr 26, 2014 4 PMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09 )
Baseball vs Hamilton (home)
Cole Field Stetson Road, Williamstown, MA

Hamilton vs Williams

When: Apr 26, 2014 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15 )
Chamber Choir in the Rotunda
Williams College Museum of Art, Rotunda 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

The Williams Chamber Choir is a mixed, sixteen-voice group. Williams College has a long tradition of choral music performance and the Chamber Choirs performances in this venue are especially memorable. The Williams Chamber Choir presents these concerts in the museum's historic Rotunda -- a serene setting with impeccable acoustics.



When: Apr 25, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16 )
Berkshire Symphony Soloists Gala
Chapin Hall 62 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert. There is a pre-concert talk with guest conductor Andrew Massey and student soloists before the concert at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

This gala concert in magnificent Chapin Hall is the final performance of season for the Berkshire Symphony and features some of Williams finest music students. The soloists were selected in February by a panel of judges during the annual competition, which is open to Williams music students who have been recommended by their teachers to audition. The orchestra tops off the celebration with a performance of Symphony No. 7 in D minor, 0p. 70, B. 141, by Antonn Dvork.



When: Apr 25, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20 )
Clarinet Choir Studio Recital
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Artist Associate Susan Martula really knows the secret to making the clarinet sing. Every semester she passes this precious knowledge to a choir of young musicians. The result is a concert of delightful woodwind music.



When: May 8, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 08 May 2014 17 )
Judith M. Lenett Lecture
The Clark, Hunter Studio, Stone Hill Center 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267

Melissa Horn, MA '14



When: May 7, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 07 May 2014 17 )
Violin Studio Recital with Students of Joana Genova
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Artist Associate in Violin Joana Genova presents her violin studio of talented Williams music students performing great works from the classical violin repertoire.



When: May 7, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 07 May 2014 19 )
Men's Golf NESCAC Spring Opener (home)
Taconic Golf Course

NESCAC Spring Opener

When: Apr 20, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00 )
Men's Tennis vs Amherst (home)
Hunt Tennis Center Lynde Lane, Williamstown, MA

Amherst vs Williams

When: Apr 20, 2014 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13 )
World War I Legacies: Worlds of New Relationships
Griffin Hall, Room 3 844 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267

A panel discussion with Dietmar Rothermund, University of Heidelberg; Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge. Chaired by Daniel Gorman, University of Waterloo. This conference is sponsored by the Stanley Kaplan Program in American Foreign Policy and the journal, Diplomatic History. All panels are free and open to the public.



When: Apr 19, 2014 1:45:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:45:00 )
World War I Legacies: The World Reconfigured
Griffin Hall, Room 3 844 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267

A panel discussion with Erez Manela, Harvard University; Matt Jacobs, University of Florida; Klaus Schwabe, Aachen Historical Institute. Chaired by Nicole Phelps, University of Vermont. This conference is sponsored by the Stanley Kaplan Program in American Foreign Policy and the journal, Diplomatic History. All panels are free and open to the public.



When: Apr 19, 2014 10:45:00 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:45:00 )
Student Fiction and Poetry Reading
Griffin Hall, room 3 844 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267

Annual student fiction and poetry reading featuring the work of the winners of the The Bullock Poetry Prize and the Benjamin Wainwright Fiction Prize. Both prizes are awarded each year by the English Department.



When: May 5, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 05 May 2014 16 )
Senior Recital with Sarah Rosemann '14 and David Burns '14
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Violinist Sarah Rosemann '14 and cellist David Burns '14 present a program of classical works.



When: May 2, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 02 May 2014 16 )
The Flavors of South Asia: Introduction to Indian Cooking

This course will introduce you to the flavors and techniques of Indian cuisine. We'll cover some of the history and culture of Indian food, the range and uses of spices, and general techniques. Most important, we'll make a number of delicious Indian dishes with locally available ingredients -- things that you can easily reproduce at home. The recipes will cover a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, with most easily adaptable to vegetarian and vegan diets.

The class will be held on Wednesday evenings, and will last for 2-2.5 hrs. You'll have a chance to eat the food we cook, too. If you register individually the cost is $45 per session; if you register for all four sessions the cost will be $150 and will include a starter kit with some of the most-used Indian spices and ingredients.


Register using this online form; payment may be made at the beginning of each session.





When: Apr 30, 2014 7 PM to Apr 30, 2014 10 PMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
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Men's Tennis vs TBA (home)
Hunt Tennis Center Lynde Lane, Williamstown, MA

TBA vs Williams

When: May 2, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 02 May 2014 00 )
Senior Piano Recital with Frank Zheng 14
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Frank Zheng '14 performs works for piano.



When: May 18, 2014 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 18 May 2014 15 )
Williamstown Theatre Festival

Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival is a summer-long celebration of theater that brings together a vast and impressive array of artists and ...



When: Jul 2, 2014 12 AM to Aug 12, 2014 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00 )
Color Me...


When: May 24, 2014 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 24 May 2014 18 )
Jazz Guitar Studio Recital
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Jazz Guitarists get a date all their own with Artist Associate, Robert Phelps. Mr. Phelps accompanies his students as they demonstrate their newest licks playing choice blues, jazz, and standard tunes.



When: May 20, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 20 May 2014 19 )
Class of 1960 Lecture: "Harmontology: diverse conceptions of the nature of harmony, with implications for its presence or absence in several musical styles."
Bernhard Music Center, 30 54 Chapin Hall Dr, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Professor William Benjamin of the University of British Columbia offers a lecture titled "Harmontology: diverse conceptions of the nature of harmony, with implications forits presence or absence in several musical styles."

Beginning in the eighteenth century, a dominant strain of musical thought held that to understand (European) music was to recognize its chords and appreciate the key-making character of their progression in time. In the early 20th-century, important theorists began to question this view, and proposed that primacy ought instead to be attach to line, melody, and the traditional system for combining melodies known as counterpoint. The most radical of these proposals was Heinrich Schenker's. He acknowledged harmony as an apparent motor of musical continuity, but viewed it as a supervenient property, one that arises as a by-product of the contrapuntal interaction of a bass and a leading melodic voice, each obeying its own rules of melodic construction as well as the motivic demands of a specific work.



When: Apr 29, 2014 4:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:15:00 )
Baseball vs Union (N.Y.) (away)
Away Game

Williams vs Union (N.Y.)

When: Apr 29, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16 )
Chasing the Tiger and Emulating the Dragon: Sex Work and Finance Capital in Vietnam's New Global Economy
Schapiro Hall, 129 24 Hopkins Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

International Studies Colloquium with Kimberly Hoang, Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Boston College.



When: Apr 29, 2014 2:45:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:45:00 )
Men's Golf at NESCAC NCAA Qualifier (away)
Away Game

Williams at NESCAC NCAA Qualifier

When: Apr 26, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00 )
Women's Tennis vs Bowdoin (away)
Away Game

Williams vs Bowdoin

When: Apr 26, 2014 10 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10 )
Men's Tennis vs Bowdoin (away)
Away Game

Williams vs Bowdoin

When: Apr 26, 2014 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14 )
Softball vs Middlebury (home)
Cole Field Stetson Road, Williamstown, MA

Middlebury vs Williams

When: Apr 26, 2014 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14 )
Softball vs Middlebury (home)
Cole Field Stetson Road, Williamstown, MA

Middlebury vs Williams

When: Apr 26, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12 )
Awkwafina
Goodrich Hall 863 Main St, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Queens rapper Awkwafina has titles guaranteed to make the entire Upper East Side cringe. With songs like "My Vag," "Yellow Ranger," "NYC Bitche$" and "Queef," she tackles sexuality, race and negative stereotypes. She's still relatively unknown, but not for long. Her music videos have big numbers on YouTube bothbecause they're hilarious. Her satire is like the X-rated version of The Daily Show, and you'll find yourself laughing and memorizing the lyrics all in one go. Her first album dropped this month, and with a slew of live performances lined up, Awkwafina is on the verge of hitting it big.Brought to you by AASiA and ECOMM.



When: Apr 18, 2014 9 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21 )
Spanish Language Table
Driscoll Dining Hall, Lounge 49 Driscoll Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Join Spanish faculty, Teaching Associates, and students in lively conversation over lunch on Mondays. All are welcome, from beginners to advanced.



When: Apr 21, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12 )
Ajay Dhaka, PhD., University of Washington, Seattle
Thompson Biology, 112 59 Lab Campus Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

Biology Department Seminar

Investigating Temperature and Pain: TRP Channels and Beyond

Temperatures ranging from innocuous to noxious activate ThermoTRPs, a family of nonselective ion channels required for temperature sensation. In the Dhaka lab, we are using ThermoTRPs as an entry point to the study of somatosensation with a focus on temperature and pain sensation. In this presentation this work will be discussed as well as recent studies where we have developed the zebrafish as a model system to develop unbiased high throughput assays for the discovery of novel small molecule analgesics.



When: Apr 18, 2014 1:10:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:10:00 )
Yoga Class


Open vinyasa yoga class in Currier Ballroom by Williams Yoga!



When: Apr 21, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20 )
Williams Percussion Ensemble: "Sextet"
Chapin Hall 62 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

The Williams Percussion Ensemble led by Matthew Gold explores the nearly limitless universe of music that can be performed on percussion instruments including masterworks of the twentieth century, experimental music, music of many of the worlds traditions, and the most up-to-date works by contemporary composers.

Sextet features two recent works for percussion trio, and Steve Reich's masterpiece Sextet for percussion and keyboards. Brazilian born composer Alexandre Lunsqui's SHI is a rhythmic thrill ride performed with chopsticks and metal rods on instruments found in the kitchen and the recycling bin. Young Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir's aura, subtitled Three sides of the same being, is a quiet and haunting work featuring delicate scrapes and shimmers. The work is performed in the dark with lights attached to the musicians, bringing focus to their intricate choreography. The second half of the program is given over to Steve Reich's landmark Sextet from 1984, a seminal work by one of America's most influential and vital composers.



When: Apr 19, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20 )
Visiting Artist, Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Hailed by critics as a thinking musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his 35 year career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles. The London Financial Times eloquently sums him up as a virtuoso with formidable fingers and a musician with fiercely original ideas about the music he plays.



When: Apr 18, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20 )
Modern Greek Language Table
Paresky Center, 112 39 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

Native speakers, language students, and Greek language and culture enthusiasts are all welcome to join us for conversation over lunch on Thursdays at this student-initiated language table.



When: Apr 17, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12 )
Swahili Language Table
Mission Park, Bistro 101 Lynde Ln, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Join us for conversation in Swahili over lunch on Thursdays. Native and non-native speakers and enthusiasts ofSwahili language and culture are invited to share in listening, speaking and socializing in Swahili. Any proficiency level is welcome!



When: Apr 17, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17 )
Japanese Language Table
Mission Park, Dennett Room 101 Lynde Ln, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Join Japanese faculty and students in lively conversation over lunch on Wednesdays. All are welcome, from beginners to advanced.



When: Apr 16, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12 )
Italian Language Table
Paresky Center, 114 39 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

Join students, native speakers and other enthusiasts of Italian language and culture over lunch on Fridays. All are welcome to attend this student-initiated language table.



When: Apr 18, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12 )
German Language Table
Paresky Center, 207 39 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

JoinGerman faculty, Teaching Associates, and students for lively conversation over lunch on Wednesdays. All are welcome, beginners to advanced.



When: Apr 16, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12 )
French Language Table
Mission Park, Bistro 101 Lynde Ln, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Join French faculty, Teaching Associates, and students for lively conversation over lunch on Tuesdays. All are welcome, beginners to advanced.



When: Apr 22, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12 )
Winter/Spring Planetarium Show
Milham Planetarium 829 Main Street

Please join us each Friday evening at 8PM starting February 7th. The show runs for about an hour and is given by Williams students. Reservations are required for small and large groups. Fun for all ages. If it is a clear night, guests are taken back to the main Observatory on campus to look through the main telescope. Please call Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 for reservations or email at mcr4@williams.edu. Happy star gazing!



When: Apr 18, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20 )
Chinese Language Table
Mission Park Dining Hall, Dennett Room 101 Lynde Ln, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Join Chinese faculty, Language Fellows, and students for lively conversation over lunch on Mondays and Thursdays. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to advanced.



When: Apr 21, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12 )
Center for Learning in Action Open Office Hours
Paresky Center 39 Chapin Hall Dr, Williamstown, MA 01267

Every Thursday from 11:30am-1:30pm, the staff from the Center for Learning in Action will be in Paresky to answer your questions, promote a wide variety of opportunities, and share information about our office and what we do. Come talk with us and also enjoy some free treats!



When: Apr 17, 2014 11 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11 )

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