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Williamstown, MA, United States
January 25th, 2014

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About this event

Williams will host TEDxWilliamsCollege on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Over the course of an afternoon, six Williams faculty members and three students will present short talks on such wide-ranging topics as galaxy collisions, the philosophy of the mind, and pop Orientalism.

For this, our first TEDx event, many of the talks have been inspired by or developed from ideas explored in tutorials at Williams. These distinctly Williams academic courses are deep, semester-long conversations among two students and a professor, in which students develop independent work, as well as their writing abilities and critical thinking skills.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Joe Cruz
    Joe Cruz is a professor of philosophy at Williams College. He specializes in the philosophy of the mind and the theory of knowledge.
  • Rhon Manigault-Bryant
    Rhon Manigault-Bryant is an assistant professor of Africana studies at Williams College. She is a scholar-artist who merges her life as a musician and vocalist with her interdisciplinary specializations in religion, gender, race, music, popular culture, and ethnographic methods.
  • W. Anthony Sheppard
    Tony Sheppard is a professor of music at Williams College. His research encompasses 20th- and 21st-century opera and music theater, film music, vocal timbre, cross-cultural influence and exoticism, and American art and popular music history.
  • Amy Levine
    Amy Levine, a self-proclaimed hipster, is a senior philosophy and English double major at Williams from Rockville, Md.
  • John Kleiner
    John Kleiner is a professor of English at Williams College. He is a scholar of classical and medieval literature whose work has been supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Lois Banta
    Lois Banta is an associate professor of biology at Williams College. Her research explores the ways in which plants protect themselves from diseases.
  • Won-Jun Kuk
    Won-Jun Kuk is a senior at Williams majoring in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. He is from Fairfax, Va.
  • Karen Kwitter
    Karen Kwitter is the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. She studies planetary nebulae, the glowing gas shells ejected by dying sun-like stars.

Venue and Details

62 Center for Theatre and Dance, CenterStage
1000 Main Street
Williamstown, MA, 01267
United States
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