Family Days 2018, OCTOBER 25 - 28

Family Days is a chance to see for yourself what it’s all about. You’ll be able to attend a Friday class; enjoy student performances, faculty presentations, great meals; and get to know your student’s new friends and their parents.

No registration required! Just come when and if you can. No check-in’s required either, though we invite you to come to our Family Days info desk in Paresky Hall for a tote bag, final events schedule and other print materials, as well as complimentary refreshments.

For a good sense of what’s in store for 2018, view our preliminary program below. All events are free of charge, with very few exceptions indicated.

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Family Days 2018 Weekend Program

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

12:30-1:30 PM – SOUND, SONG AND SYMBOL (A BOOK OF J WORKSHOP), Paresky 201. This program facilitates deeper knowledge of Jewish liturgy through communal music making, text study and conversation. These workshop events are rigorous in their engagement with historic Jewish sounds and classic texts and positive in their affirmation of the value and inherent beauty of all voices. The musical and liturgical skills participants develop can usefully be applied to any creative practice or spiritual community. Please RSVP to [email protected]

4:00 PM – CATHOLIC MASS, Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Lower Level of Thompson Memorial Chapel.6:00-7:00 PM – BOOK OF J, Mabie Room, Sawyer Library. Join us for an intimate musical performance weaving together queer piyutim (sacred, erotic, gender fluid Hebrew poetry), Yiddish gothic chamber-pop freak-folk songs, and the taboo desires of poet Tzilia Dropkin. More info.

7:00 PM – THE W. ALLISON DAVIS ’24 AND JOHN A. DAVIS ’33 LECTURE, Paresky Auditorium
If you get to campus early, you’re cordially invited to addend The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture, delivered each year by a scholar whose work concentrates on some aspect of race, class, or education in the United States. This year’s lecturer is the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Dr. Beverly Wright. Learn more about The Davis Center.

8:00 PM – SEVEN TIMES SALT, Visiting Artists Series. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. More info.

8:00 PM – TRIVIA CONTEST, The Log.  Open to all! Six rounds. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

7:30 AM–4:00 PM – FAMILY DAYS WELCOME AND INFO DESK, Paresky Center, Baxter Hall

8:00 AM–3:50 PM – VISIT OPEN CLASSES
Worth getting to Williamstown early for!  A list of classes that are open to visitors will be posted here in October. 

9:00-10:15 AM –  CAMPUS TOUR, Weston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

10:00 AM–5:00 PM –  LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
From the Founding Documents of the United States of America to Audubon’s Birds of America, and from Williams early student letters to current student newspapers, the College Archives and Chapin Library are well worth a visit.

12:00–1:00 PM – “THIS I BELIEVE,” Faculty House (lower level). A panel of students from a Williams-wide variety of traditions and perspectives reflecting on their experiences with faith, spirituality, morality, and conviction on campus. Join us for lunch and meet our four Williams Chaplains.

12:00–1:00 PM – EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, Catholic Service, Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Lower Level of Thompson Memorial Chapel.

12:30 AM–2:00 PM – TOUR THE CLASS OF 1966 ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, 12:30, 1:00, and 1:30 tour start times.

1:00 PM – JUM’AH PRAYERS, Muslim Prayer Room, Thompson Memorial Chapel (lower level)

1:00 PM – CATHOLIC MASS, Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Lower Level of Thompson Memorial Chapel.

1:00–2:00 PM – TOUR THE WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART WITH STUDENT GALLERY GUIDES.

3:00-4:15 PM –  CAMPUS TOUR, Weston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

3:00-4:30 PM –THE QUEST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE JUSTICE: WHY RACE AND PLACE MATTER, Griffin Hall/Room 3. Learn more.

4:00–5:00 PM – WHAT YOUR STUDENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT INTERNSHIPS, JOBS AND LEVERAGING THE WILLIAMS NETWORK, Weston Hall Presentation Room. Panel discussion with professionals and older students from the ’68 Center for Career Exploration, co-sponsored by The Parents Fund.

4:30–5:30 PM – FAMILIES RECEPTION, Faculty House. A chance to mingle with fellow families and Williams representatives. (Casual dress)

4:30-5:30 PM – CoDA, KUSIKA, AND SANKOFADance Studio,’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Three student dance groups will present mini-demonstrations of their various training styles (which include ballet, modern, African, and step) as well as excerpts of works-in-progress. In addition to department performing ensembles, students from our academic and technique classes will present material from those classes as well.

5:00–8:00 PM  Dining Halls open for students and families.

6:00 PM – SHABBAT SERVICE AND DINNER, Jewish Religious Center. Shabbat evenings at JRC are the heart of the Jewish community at Williams. Every Friday, students lead a service beginning at 6:00 PM and then gather for Shabbat dinner at 7:00 PM. The JRC welcomes the Williams community to its home-cooked kosher Shabbat dinner.

7:30 PM – FRIDAY NIGHT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Griffin Hall 3.

8:00 PM – AIN GORDON: RADICALS IN MINIATURE, MainStage, ’62 Center. Tickets $10.00, $3.00 for students. More info.

8:00 PM – WILLIAMS CHAMBER PLAYERS, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. More info.

8:00 PM – FROSH REVUE 2018: “THE FROSHANK REDEMPTION,” Paresky Auditorium, A comedic, family-friendly celebration of the Williams first-year experience. Appearing annually since time immemorial, Frosh Revue features nine energetic freshman stars and an hour of zany fun in this traditional fall offering. Tickets are required! You can buy them here.

8:00 PM – GOOD QUESTION, OCTET, ACCIDENTALS, EPHORIA, Goodrich Hall.

9:00 PM – TYRA, The Log. Local singer songwriter and R&B artist Tyra performs her originals and covers as part of the Live at The Log Music Series.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

7:30–10:00 AM –  COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST, Mission Dining Hall. (Breakfast is complimentary in Mission Dining Hall only: family members must pay in other dining halls.)

9:00 AM–Noon –  FAMILY DAYS WELCOME AND INFO DESK, Paresky Center, Baxter Hall

9:00-10:30 AM –  CAMPUS TOUR, Weston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

9:00 AM –  PANEL DISCUSSION: INSIDE THE WILLIAMS CLASSROOM, MainStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. What’s happening in the humanities, social sciences, science and mathematics, and interdisciplinary programs? How do tutorials work? What about summer research opportunities? Williams professors will answer these and many of your own questions. Coffee and muffins available before and after.

10:15 AM – EMOTIONALLY EQUIPPING COLLEGE STUDENTS,
MainStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. International speaker and psychotherapist Lynn Lyons will share the skills our students need, what families should know, and why it’s more important than ever.

11:30 AM   PANEL DISCUSSION: OUTSIDE THE WILLIAMS CLASSROOM, MainStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Representatives from the Center for Learning in Action, Davis Center, and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives will showcase some of Williams’ comprehensive extracurricular offerings.

11:30 AM-12:30 PM –  CAMPUS TOUR, Weston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

12:30 – 2:00 PM – COMPLIMENTARY BUFFET LUNCHEON, Paresky Lawn. Sit with your student’s JA’s, entry-mates and their families. (In case of rain, complimentary lunch will be served in all dining halls.)

1:00 PM  LIVESTREAM; WILLIAMS FOOTBALL VS. HAMILTON, The Log.

1:00–2:00 PM   TOUR WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART WITH STUDENT GALLERY GUIDES.

1:00 AM–5:00 PM –  LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
From the Founding Documents of the United States of America to Audubon’s Birds of America, and from Williams early student letters to current student newspapers, the College Archives and Chapin Library are well worth a visit.

2:00-3:30 PM –  THEATER OF THE MATHEMATICALLY ABSURDScience Center, Wege Auditorium/Chemistry 123: Morley Science Labs. Short humorous math theater pieces performed by students and faculty. No equations and few bad puns!

4:00 PM –  FAMILY DAYS ASSEMBLY with Maud S. Mandel, President and Professor of History, and Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology, MainStage, ’62 Center

5:00–8:00 PM – Dining Halls open for students and families

8:00 PM – ZAMBEZI MARIMBA BAND FAMILY DAYS CONCERT, Chapin HallMore info.

8:00 PM –FROSH REVUE 2018: “THE FROSHANK REDEMPTION,” Paresky Auditorium, A comedic, family-friendly celebration of the Williams first-year experience. Appearing annually since time immemorial, Frosh Revue features nine energetic freshman stars and an hour of zany fun in this traditional fall offering. Tickets are required! You can buy them here

9:00 PM – PURPLE RAIN, EPHLATS, SPRINGSTREETERS, Goodrich Hall.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

8:00–9:30 AM – Dining halls are open for continental breakfast.

9:00 AM – PINE COBBLE HIKE hosted by Williams Outing Club. Meet outside on Paresky Center porch. This is a 2.5-hour roundtrip intermediate hike up and down Pine Cobble. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Snacks will be provided. Please sign-up beforehand at the registration table in Paresky Center (during Family Days registration check-in).

10:00-11:30 AM – JEWISH RELIGIOUS CENTER FIRST-YEAR FAMILIES BRUNCHJewish Religious Center. Families are invited to a student-cooked breakfast.

11:00 AM–1:30 PM – Dining Halls are open for brunch.

11:30 AM-12:30 PM – SONG OF SONGS (A WORKSHOP BY BOOK OF J, Hardy House Living Room. This program is a fully interactive text study/collaborative creative experience. The workshop begins on a deep reading of passages from the Song of Songs, delves into commentary and proceeds from there to a unique collaborative song writing experience that involves all participants as equal members in the creative process. Please RSVP to [email protected]

1:00 PM – JOIN IN A MAJOR PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE, The Clark Art Institute. One hundred people will gather to create a massive wave of sound, and you can join us! Learn more.

4:00 PM–FROSH REVUE 2018: “THE FROSHANK REDEMPTION,” Paresky Auditorium, A comedic, family-friendly celebration of the Williams first-year experience. Appearing annually since time immemorial, Frosh Revue features nine energetic freshman stars and an hour of zany fun in this traditional fall offering. Tickets are required! You can buy them here.

4:30 PM – ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS, Thompson Memorial Chapel.

5:30 PM – THE FEAST, St. John’s Church, 35 Park St. A progressive Christian community welcoming people of all perspectives for a home-cooked meal and brief worship service.

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

DINING HALLS:All Dining Halls are open to families, who can pay with cash, credit card, or students points. A complimentary Saturday breakfast will be served in Mission only, and Saturday lunch in Towne Field House is also free of charge.

LOST AND FOUND: Try the registration table in Paresky Center or (after hours) Campus Safety and Security on the ground floor of Hopkins Hall (413) 597-4444.

LODGING, TRANSPORTATION, RESTAURANTS
For driving directions, other transportation information, listings of local restaurants and accommodations, go here.

PARKING
We recommend that you leave your car in the Williams parking garage on Whitman Street (between Park Street and Route 7 in the northwest corner of campus) and walk to events in and around campus.

CAMPUS INTERNET ACCESS: Guest access instructions can be found here.

GOLF
Parents of current Williams students are always welcome to play the college’s historic Taconic Golf Course at reduced fees. Tee times recommended and available five days in advance by calling the pro shop at 413-458-3997. Learn more.

ATHLETIC FACILITIES
Under the age of 13 are not permitted in the Fitness Center, and 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 16 years of age or older. Under the age of 16 cannot use the weight room or upper Lasell; they can use the basketball courts, squash, pool provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years or older.

Lower Lasell Fitness Center
Friday: 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 1pm – 10:00 pm

Upper Lasell Fitness Center
Friday: 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 1pm – 10:00 pm

Muir-Samuelson Pool
Call 413-597-2419 for open hours.

MUSEUMS:

WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART

STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE  (Entrance Fee) 

MASS MOCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) (Entrance Fee)

Questions?  Email [email protected] or call 413.597.4144.

If you can’t reach your student or family member by cell phone, please call (413) 597-4444, and Campus Safety and Security will get a message to the registration desk in Paresky Center.