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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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Summer Drawing Studio at Field Farm


When: Jun 18, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members: TBD; Nonmembers: TBD

(Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09 )
Bryn Reinstadler '15 & Jennifer Helinek '15, sopranos

SeniorBryn Reinstadler 15sings is joined by sopranoJennifer Helinek 15. They present a recital of works for classical voice, including arias fromThe Marriage of FigaroandMessiah, Schumanns song cycleFrauenliebe und -leben, and otherworks by Handel, Porta, and Bizet.



When: May 10, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sun, 10 May 2015 15 )
Art & Architecture Tours


When: Jun 13, 2015 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: FREE. Nonmember: $5

(Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00 )
Drawing the Views of Summer


When: Jun 18, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members $180 Nonmembers $210

(Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09 )
Birding Beyond Your Backyard


When: Jul 11, 2015 7 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

(Sat, 11 Jul 2015 07 )
Morning Botanicals with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires


When: Aug 15, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members: $110 Nonmembers $125. For drop-in session: $50 each (no member rate)

(Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09 )
Morning Botanicals with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires


When: Aug 8, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members: $110 Nonmembers $125. For drop-in session: $50 each (no member rate)

(Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09 )
Morning Botanicals with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires


When: Aug 22, 2015 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: TTOR & IS183 Members: $110 Nonmembers $125. For drop-in session: $50 each (no member rate)

(Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09 )
Butterfly Walk at Mountain Meadow


When: Jul 12, 2015 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

(Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00 )
Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band

Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band were founded to provide a place for students, faculty, and the community of artists interested in the study and performance of ideas and material from Africa and the Diaspora to grow collectively. We are inspired by the deep traditions and innovation that is a hallmark of Africas global impact in the areas of music, dance, literature, fashion, and spiritual practice. The challenges people continue to face on the continent and the diaspora often inform the themes reflected in new work created for our spring performances. Throughout the year Kusika and Zambezi perform on and off campus featuring a repertoire of dance, music, and story telling that currently includes the countries of Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Haiti. Legendary masters Obo Addy, Kweyao Agyapon, Alport Mhlanga, and cofounders Gary Sojkowski and Ernest Brown have mentored us. Recent guest artists include Bashir Shakur, Robert Michelin, Mickie Davidson, Yalani Bangoura, Sulley Imoro, Danys La Mora Perez, Franciso Mora Catlett, and Nia Love. Our community welcomes you to join us!



When: May 8, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $3 (Fri, 08 May 2015 20 )
Williams Concert Choir and Chamber Choir

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Concert Choir and the Williams Chamber Choir.The concert is held in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

About Williams Concert Choir and Chamber Choir
Williams College has long had a fine tradition of music performance in its choral ensembles. Director Brad Wells has helped that tradition flourish. The choral program has much to offer students interested in singing with performances throughout the year and a wide range of repertoire, as well as recordings and tours.

About Brad Wells
Conductor, singer, and composer Brad Wells directs the choral program, oversees and teaches studio voice, and leads courses in conducting, arranging and voice science and style. Mr. Wells is also founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to creating new music and 2014 winner of a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.



When: May 8, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 08 May 2015 20 )
Ethan Borre '15, clarinet

Senior Ethan Borre '15 offers a concert of solo works for clarinet.



When: May 8, 2015 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 08 May 2015 17 )
Make A Wish


When: May 23, 2015 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 May 2015 18 )
Make A Wish


When: May 23, 2015 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 May 2015 14 )
Scott Daniel '17, violin

Violinist Scott Daniel '17 presents a concert of jazz.



When: May 5, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 05 May 2015 19 )
Katherine Hrach '16, violin

Violinist Katherine Hrach '16 presents a concert of classical works.



When: May 5, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Tue, 05 May 2015 16 )
Baseball vs Suffolk (away)
Williams vs Suffolk

When: May 2, 2015 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 May 2015 13 )
Baseball vs Suffolk (away)
Williams vs Suffolk

When: May 2, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 May 2015 15 )
Voice Studio Recital

Kerry Ryer-Parke hosts a studio recital for her voice students, who will light up the afternoon with beautiful works for classical voice.



When: May 18, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 18 May 2015 16 )
Cello Studio Recital

Cello students of Nathaniel Parke offer a concert of classical works for cello.



When: May 18, 2015 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 18 May 2015 18 )
Library Tuesday Teas with Amy Holzapfel

Amy Holzapfel, Associate Professor of Theatre discusses the story behind her book "Art, vision, and nineteenth-century realist drama: acts of seeing", Routledge, 2014.

http://communications.williams.edu/news-releases/4_21_2015_tuesdayteas/



When: Apr 28, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16 )
Computer Science Pizza Info Session - Fall 2015 Preregistration

Learn about Computer Science courses offered Fall 2015. Talk to professors about their classes. Meet other Computer Science students. Most importantly... EAT PIZZA!



When: Apr 27, 2015 9 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21 )
Patrick Gray Jr.
Join me while I host OPEN MIC night every Tuesday from 8pm to 11pm covers and originals welcome!

When: Apr 28, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20 )
Math/Stat Snacks

Come join us for snacks and meet fellow math/stat majors.



When: Apr 30, 2015 9 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 21 )
Insights from a Curator

Walk through Warhol by the Bookwithwith Kathryn Price, Curator of Collections



When: Jul 13, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15 )
Warhol & Pop

C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies, Williams College Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, and Associate Provost for the Arts, New York University

Chavoya and Crow discuss the rise of Pop Art and Warhols place at its center. Theyll share views on 1960s counterculture, the folk revival, Woody Guthrie, the Factory, the Velvet Underground, and more.

Talk at 4, drinks and mingling on the patio to follow.



When: Jul 9, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16 )
Tour WCMA with Williams Students

See the galleries with Williams students as they share their favorite works.



When: Aug 15, 2015 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14 )
Work in Progress: Forming Future Programs

Get a glimpse of what were up to in the Rose Study Gallery. See works of art pulled from storage, chat with WCMA staff and Williams students about their current projects, and join in discussions that will shape future programs. Preview our fall exhibitions, including highlights from the American and European collection and contemporary works from the recent Peter Norton Foundation gift.



When: Jun 26, 2015 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13 )
Lessons From Ferguson: A community's response to race and racism

Tracey Benson and Veronica Benavides, doctoral students at Harvard and educational leaders with years of experience, have joined forces to create and teach a case study about how school and community leaders in Ferguson, MO responded to the Michael Brown shooting and what other leaders can learn from each organizations responses.

This case study presentation explores the circumstances that informed the organizational response of three school districts in St. Louis County to the civil unrest following the shooting of Michael Brown by a local police officer. How should organizations, particularly education organizations, respond to incidents involving racial tensions? This case brings to the forefront the racialized context in which educators operate, but often do not acknowledge.

Sponsored by Leadership Studies.



When: May 4, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 04 May 2015 16 )
Work in Progress: Forming Future Programs

Get a glimpse of what were up to in the Rose Study Gallery. See works of art pulled from storage, chat with WCMA staff and Williams students about their current projects, and join in discussions that will shape future programs. Preview our fall exhibitions, including highlights from the American and European collection and contemporary works from the recent Peter Norton Foundation gift.



When: Jun 23, 2015 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13 )
Warhol & the 1950s

Nina Schleif, Terra Foundation Senior Fellow, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Blake Gopnik, Warhol biographer and New York Times contributor

Schleif and Gopnik explore Warhols career as a commercial artist in New York in the 1950s. They will highlight recent discoveries made in their research about his experimental early work.

Talk at 4. Drinks and mingling on the patio to follow.



When: Jul 23, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16 )
Insights from a Curator

Walk through the exhibition with curators Max Boersma and Christopher Borschel, Williams Graduate Students in the Art History Program.



When: Aug 1, 2015 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14 )
French Language Table

Whatever your level of French, you are welcome to join the French faculty, Teaching Associates, and students in lively conversation over lunch onThursdays in Mission Bistro. There you will find everyone is eager to share enthusiasm for French language and cultures.



When: Apr 30, 2015 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12 )
Insights from a Curator

Walk throughThree Centuries of American ArtandWhistler: Close Upwith Kevin Murphy, Eugenie Prendergast Curator of American Art.



When: Jul 1, 2015 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15 )
Immigration, Endogenous Technology Choice and Welfare Analysis

Gonca Senel, Assistant Professor of Economicsat Bowdoin College, will present a CDE seminar, "Immigration, Endogenous Technology Choice and Welfare Analysis."

A link to the paper, if and when one is available, will be posted at <http://econ.williams.edu/seminars-events-2>.



When: May 1, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 01 May 2015 16 )
Fredholm Theory and Optimal Test Functions for Detecting Central Point Vanishing Over Families of L-Functions by Jesse Freeman '15

Mathematics and Statistics Department Thesis Defense

Abstract: We can associate L-functions to a wide array of objects. In general, the zeros of these L-functions give information about those objects. The Riemann Zeta-Function is the most studied L function its zeros give information about the prime numbers. For arbitrary L-functions, the order of vanishing at the central point is of particular importance. For example, the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture states that the order vanishing at the central point of an elliptic curve L-function is the rank of the Mordell-Weil group of that elliptic curve.

The Katz-Sarnak Density Conjecture states that this order vanishing (and other behavior) are well-modeled by random matrices drawn from the classical compact groups. In particular, the conjecture states that an average order vanishing (over a family of L-functions) canbe essentially computed using only a given weight function and a chosen test function. The conjecture is known for many families when the test functions are suitably restricted.

It is natural to ask which test function is best for each family and for each set of natural restrictions on f. Our main result is a reduction of an otherwise infinite-dimensional optimization to a finite-dimensional optimization problem for all families and all sets of restrictions. We explicitly solve many of these optimization problems and compute the improved bound we obtain on average rank. While we do not verify the density conjecture for these new, looser restrictions, with this project, we are able to precisely quantify the benefits of such efforts with respect to average rank.



When: May 6, 2015 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 06 May 2015 13 )
From Enheduanna to Dunya Mikhail: Iraqi Poetry, Exile and Translation

Dunya Mikhail, celebrated Iraqi poet, will read and discuss her poetry. With irony and subversive simplicity, Mikhail addresses themes of war, exile, and loss, using forms such as reportage, fable, and lyric. Before immigrating to the States in the mid- 1990s, she worked as a Literary Editor, translator and journalist for the Baghdad Observer until being placed on Saddam Husseins enemies list. Mikhail speaks and writes in Arabic, Assyrian and English. Her work includes several collections of poetry: The Iraqi Nights, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard, and has appeared in numerous poetry journals and anthologies.

Her honors include the Kresge Fellowship, Arab American Book Award, andthe United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. The War Works Hard was shortlistedfor the Griffin Poetry Prize and named one of the New York Public Librarys Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005. She is the co-founder of Mesopotamian Forum for Art and Culture in Michigan and she has taught at Michigan State University. For more info,http://www.dunyamikhail.com



When: May 5, 2015 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 05 May 2015 17 )
Financial Innovation, Collateral and Investment

Ana Fostel, an associate professor at George Washington University, will present an Economics Class of 1960 Scholars Seminar, Financial Innovation, Collateral and Investment.

A link to the paper, if and when one is available, will be posted at <http://econ.williams.edu/seminars-events-2>.



When: May 5, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 05 May 2015 16 )
Chinese Language Table

Whatever your level of Chinese, you are welcome to join the Chinese faculty, Language Fellows, and students in lively conversation over lunch on Mondays and Thursdays in Mission Bistro. There you will find everyone is eager to share enthusiasm for Chinese language and culture.



When: Apr 30, 2015 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12 )
Chinese Language Table

Whatever your level of Chinese, you are welcome to join the Chinese faculty, Language Fellows, and students in lively conversation over lunch on Mondays and Thursdays in Mission Bistro. There you will find everyone is eager to share enthusiasm for Chinese language and culture.



When: Apr 27, 2015 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12 )
Arabic Language Table

Whatever your level of Arabic, you are welcome to join the Arabic faculty, Teaching Associates, and students in lively conversation over lunch on Mondays in Paresky 114. There you will find everyone is eager to share enthusiasm for Arabic language and culture.



When: Apr 27, 2015 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12 )
Analysis of Technical Stock Trading Strategies by Thomas Beaudoin '15

Mathematics and Statistics Department Thesis Defense

Abstract: Technical analysis has been used by traders for decades, but it has been difficult to examine it with the same level of rigor as fundamental analysis due to its highly subjective nature where two traders could see the same data and do two different actions. In this paper, I evaluate the effectiveness of a few technical strategies that are less subjective and thus could be used algorithmically. I apply these strategies to the 1500 largest US stocks over the period of January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2007. By comparing the gains when testing the strategy over the time period versus the gains when purchasing and holding the stocks for the time period and by comparing the success rate on a stock to stock basis, I find that over the 10 year period some strategies are successful, others unsuccessful yielding potential shorting opportunities, and others yield no difference.



When: May 4, 2015 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Mon, 04 May 2015 13 )
German Language Table

Whatever your level of German, you are welcome to join the German faculty, Teaching Associates, and students in lively conversation over lunch onWednesdays in Paresky207. There you will find everyone is eager to share enthusiasm for German language and cultures.



When: Apr 29, 2015 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12 )
Domestic Politics and the Credibility of U.S. Pressure over Chinas Currency "Manipulation"

Jessica Chen Weiss, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University presents her current research on how domestic political pressures affects international monetary relations, specifically in relation US complaints about PRC currency "manipulation."



When: Apr 30, 2015 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16 )
Warhol & Infiltrated Publishing

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015, 6 pm
Drinks and mingling to follow

Lucy Mulroney, Interim Senior Director and Curator of Special Collections atSyracuse University Libraries
Christopher Cerf, Author, composer, producer, and former Warhol collaborator

Stories from the publishing world invoke a Warhol who infiltrated mainstream channels with his counterculture spirit. Mulroney and Cerf share Warhols proclivity for co-opting the rigid structures to produce books like hisIndex (Book),a pop-up childrens book for hipsters.



When: Apr 28, 2015 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18 )
Turbo CBT Workshop

Learn skills to challenge faulty thinking that gets in the way or your success in this dynamic five week workshop.



When: Apr 28, 2015 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18 )
Spanish Language Table

Whatever your level of Spanish, you are welcome to join the Spanish faculty, Teaching Associates, and students in lively conversation over lunch on Wednesdays in Mission Dennett. There you will find everyone is eager to share enthusiasm for Spanish language and cultures.



When: Apr 29, 2015 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:15:00 )
Violin Studio Recital

Students of Joana Genova present a Studio Recital featuring music for classical violin. Enjoy works by Saint-Saens, Bach, Kabalevsky, Brahms, Barber, and others in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall



When: Apr 30, 2015 6 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18 )
Tour WCMA with Williams Students

See the galleries with Williams students as they share their favorite works.



When: Jul 25, 2015 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14 )
Work in Progress: Forming Future Programs

Get a glimpse of what were up to in the Rose Study Gallery. See works of art pulled from storage, chat with WCMA staff and Williams students about their current projects, and join in discussions that will shape future programs. Preview our fall exhibitions, including highlights from the American and European collection and contemporary works from the recent Peter Norton Foundation gift.



When: Jun 25, 2015 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13 )

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