Williamstown: Faculty lecture series kicks off Feb. 7

Monday February 4, 2013

Williams College will sponsor its annual Faculty Lecture Series during February and March. The aim of this year’s series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries.

The six lectures will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 7 through March 14, in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry, with a reception to follow in Schow Atrium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 7: "Participatory Memory and Casablanca’s Forgotten Neighborhoods" by Katarzyna Pieprzak, associate professor of Francophone and French literature and language.

Feb. 14: "The Sea Is Not A Place: Putting the World Back in World Literature" by Christian Thorne, associate professor of English.

Feb. 21: "Why Does Nature Like the Square Root of Negative One?" by William Wootters, Barclay Jermain professor of natural philosophy.

Feb. 28, "A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago’s Puerto Rican Neighborhoods" by Merida Rea, associate professor of Latino/a studies.

March 7: "When Pretty Good is Good Enough: A Tour of Approximation Graphics" by Brent Heeringa, associate professor of computer science.

March 14: "Insuring the Uninsured Before and After the Affordable Care Act" by Lara Shore-Sheppard, professor of economics.


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