Family Days

Family Days 2021: October 22-24 

By late October, you will have heard a lot about Williams from your first-year student.

Family Days is a chance to see for yourself what it’s all about. No registration required! Just come when and if you can.

You’ll be able to attend a Friday class; enjoy student performances, faculty presentations, and great meals; and get to know your student’s new friends and their families.

While we’re still assembling the 2021 Family Days program (and will present full details here in late September), a glance below at our last in-person Family Days (in 2019) will give you a good sense of what’s in store. For now, feel free to save the date and make travel arrangements.

And just to put Family Days in context…while many families enjoy this particular campus weekend, a great many more actually don’t attend. For some, the time and expense to travel to Williamstown are too great. (And let’s face it: though Williams is a beautiful place, it’s far away from where most people live!). For others, there are other moments in their students’ four years at Williams—from a special sports event or musical performance to Commencement—when a visit makes more sense.

Whether or not you attend Family Days this fall, we look forward to seeing you at Williams at some point during your student’s time with us.

 

 


FAMILY DAYS 2019

THURSDAY

10:00 AM-5:00 PM  –  WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LASHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European ArtThe invisible enemy should not exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), and more.

12:00 PM – ZEN PRACTICE GROUP, Thompson Memorial Chapel (lower level). Led by Luke Valadie ’22 in the Meditation Room. Everyone is welcome!

7:00 PM – THE W. ALLISON DAVIS ’24 AND JOHN A. DAVIS ’33 LECTUREBrooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center (adjacent to Chapin Hall). The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture is 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 Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University.

8:00 PM – A CAPPELLA CONCERT: EPHORIA AND GOOD QUESTIONGoodrich Hall.

8:00 PM – TRIVIA CONTESTThe Log. Open to all. Test your smarts, win big! Six rounds. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.

FRIDAY

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!  Please visit only the classes that are on the list provided at the Paresky Info Center, and please ask your student to help you find your way to class on time. Feel free to attend classes that your own student may not be taking.

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

10:00 AM–5:00 PM –  LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, Sawyer Library
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.

10:00 AM-5:00 PM  –  WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LASHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European ArtThe invisible enemy should not exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), and more.

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, and morality on campus. Join us for lunch to meet our three Williams Chaplains and Tracy Finnegan, program coordinator to Williams Catholic students.

12:00–1:00 PM – LOG LUNCH,” The Log. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Sonya Auer presents “A Gift from the Grave: How Salmon Parents Nourish Their Children Even After Death.” Reservations required! Buy them at bit.ly/2p6KRUe.

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

1:00 PM – JUM’AH PRAYERSMuslim Prayer Room, Thompson Memorial Chapel (lower level). Followed by a social gathering in the Interfaith Common Room, also located on the chapel’s lower level.

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

3:00-4:00 PM –  ELEMENTAL POWER–HOW SCIENCE WILL DEFINE OUR TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY, Physics 203, The Science Center. Third annual Geosciences Environmental Justice lecture by Saleem Ali, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware.

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 – DANCE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSEDance Studio,’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The Dance Department invites you to our annual sharing of work in process in academic classes and performing ensembles. Students will share research, and CoDA, Kusika and Sankofa will perform in the genres of ballet, contemporary modern, African dance and percussion, and step. All are welcome!

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

6:00 PM – SHABBAT SERVICE AND DINNERJewish 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.

7:00pm — THE WILLIAMS FORUMGriffin Hall Room 4, The Williams Forum invites students and students’ families to a conversation about climate change and how we should address it. We will try to uncover how different generations view the issue. All are welcome!

7:30 PM – WILLIAMS CHAMBER PLAYERS, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center (adjacent to Chapin Hall).

8:30 PM – A CAPPELLA CONCERT: SPRINGSTREETERS AND PURPLE RAINGoodrich Hall.

8:00 PM – FROSH REVUE 2019: “SNAR WARS: THE FROSH AWAKENS,” 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 required! Buy them at froshrevue2019.bpt.me.

8:00 PM – ZEISS PLANETARIUM SHOW/OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKYOld Hopkins Observatory, Fitch-Prospect Quad.
Space is limited. Please note that doors remain closed for the entire program (approximately one hour). Immediately following, you will be invited to observe the night sky (weather permitting), Rooftop, Thompson Physics and Astronomy Lab, 33 Lab Campus Drive. All spaces for this event have now been reserved.

8:00 PM – COMBO ZA COMEDY SHOWCurrier Ballroom

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

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

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

9:00 AM –  PANEL DISCUSSION: INSIDE THE WILLIAMS CLASSROOMMainStage, ’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.

10:00 AM-5:00 PM  –  WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LASHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European ArtThe invisible enemy should not exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), and much more. Join us for Spark Talks created and led by WCMA’s Agents for Creative Action at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM.

10:15 AM   PANEL DISCUSSION: OUTSIDE THE WILLIAMS CLASSROOM, MainStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Representatives from the Center for Learning in ActionDavis Center, and Physical Education will showcase some of Williams’ comprehensive extracurricular offerings.

11:30 AM –  FAMILY DAYS ASSEMBLYMainStage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Maud S. Mandel, President and Professor of History, and Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College and Hales Professor of Psychology.

11:30 AM-12:45 PM –  CAMPUS TOURWeston Hall. Led by student admission guides.

12:30 – 2:00 PM – COMPLIMENTARY BUFFET LUNCHEON, Towne Field House. Sit with your student’s JA’s, entry-mates, and their families.

1:00 PM–5:00 PM –  LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONSSawyer Library
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.

3:00-4:00 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; few bad puns!

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

5:30 – WILLIAMS SECULAR DISCUSSION, Driscoll Lounge. Meet members of Williams Secular and their families.

7:30 PM – ZAMBEZI MARIMBA BAND FAMILY DAYS CONCERT, Chapin Hall.

8:00 PM –ZEISS PLANETARIUM SHOW/OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKYOld Hopkins Observatory, Fitch-Prospect Quad.
Space is limited. Please note that doors remain closed for the entire program (approximately one hour). Immediately following, you will be invited to observe the night sky (weather permitting), Rooftop, Thompson Physics and Astronomy Lab, 33 Lab Campus DriveAll spaces for this event have now been reserved.

8:00 PM – FROSH REVUE 2019: “SNAR WARS: THE FROSH AWAKENS,” 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 required! Buy them at froshrevue2019.bpt.me.

8:00PM – TREESTYLE COMEDY SHOW, Currier Ballroom

9:30 PM – A CAPPELLA CONCERT: ACCIDENTALS, OCTET, AND EPHLATSGoodrich Hall.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

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

9:00 AM – PINE COBBLE HIKE hosted by The 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 Paresky Center Welcome Desk. Questions? Email slewis​@williams​.edu.

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

10:00 AM-5:00 PM  –  WILLIAMS COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART: Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LASHIFT: New Interpretations of American and European ArtThe invisible enemy should not exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), and more.

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

2:00 PM – FROSH REVUE 2019: “SNAR WARS: THE FROSH AWAKENS,” 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 required! Buy them at froshrevue2019.bpt.me.

4:30 PM – CATHOLIC MASSChapel of the Blessed Sacrament, Lower Level of Thompson Memorial Chapel.

5:30 PM – THE FEASTSt. John’s Church, 35 Park St. A progressive Christian community welcoming people of all perspectives for a home-cooked meal and brief worship service. Come when you can, leave when you must!