Events

After a year of seven major launch events for Teach It Forward, the focus shifts to two types of campaign events with the goal of connecting alumni to each other and to the college. Teach It Forward: Connect events will feature prominent alumni sharing business wisdom and include time for Ephs to connect with others in their field or industry. Teach It Forward: Engage events will offer Ephs a way to return to the classroom with faculty members speaking on topics directly related to their teaching followed by a chance to mingle with fellow Ephs.  Check back for specifics on upcoming events.

Throughout 2015-16 the college hosted campaign events in six U.S. cities and in London. The events featured faculty and alumni speakers, demonstrating the impact of Williams on the world through the work of our graduates in taking on today’s most pressing questions and issues. Scroll down to enjoy the Teach It Forward talks and videos from our first year of campaign events.

Events

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    New York, NY | January 19, 2017|
    TIF Engage

    WBAN NYC Launch

    Join us for a celebration co-hosted by Ken Alleyne ’88, Mary Moule ’91, and Greg Woods ’91 to kickoff of the WBAN Challenge with a talk by Dr. Rhon Manigault-Bryant and a performance by the Williams Gospel Choir

    As part of Teach It Forward, the college’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, we are launching Teach It Forward: WBAN Challenge, seeking to inspire Black alumni to take up Williams as our cause as we honor the legacy of Williams’ first Black graduate, Gaius Charles Bolin, Class of 1889, and advance the college’s efforts to transform the academy.

    Williams’ Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships are designed to promote diversity on college faculties by encouraging students from underrepresented groups to complete a terminal graduate degree and to pursue careers in college teaching.

    In this campaign, over the next three years, we endeavor to engage the approximately 1,600 alumni who make up the Williams Black Alumni Network to give 750 gifts of any size totaling $500,000 in support of the Bolin Fellowship Program.

    There is no charge for this event. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Attire is business casual. Event limited to the first 100 registrants

    • Rhon Manigault-Bryan

      After completing her undergraduate education at Duke University, LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant received a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a PhD in Religion from Emory’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A proud native of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, she navigates the academy as a scholar-artist, and teaches courses that merge her life as a musician and vocalist with her interdisciplinary specializations in religion, gender, race, music, and popular culture, with a focus on ethnographic methods.

      Professor Manigault-Bryant is currently working on her second, single-authored monograph entitled Pushing Weight: Religion, Popular Culture, and the Implications of Image, which utilizes film theory, womanist/black feminist thought, and ethnographic data to examine how popular culture and contemporary media forms simultaneously influence mass interpretations of the black female “religious” body. Whether investigating religious practices of specific communities or exploring cultural production at the popular level, critical to her research are questions that unearth how African Americans respond to processes of cultural commodification.

      For her creative endeavors, Professor Manigault-Bryant has been the recipient of independent and national grants from the Fund for Theological Education, the Ford Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology, Emory University, Wake Forest University, Williams College, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

      Professor Manigault-Bryant, a former Bolin Fellow, returned to Williams after having taught at Wake Forest University.

      Occasionally, you can find Rhon adding her colorful, critical, commentary to the digital universe via Twitter @DoctorRMB.

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    Charlotte, NC | January 22, 2017|
    TIF Engage

    President Falk and Professor Noah Sandstrom

    Join fellow Charlotte-area alums to learn about research on head injuries in sports from professor of psychology and neuroscience Noah Sandstrom. The talk is followed by a conversation with President Falk. This free event with light fare and beverages will be held at the Charlotte Omni Hotel, 132 E Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

    Business casual attire recommended.

    Event Schedule

    • 3:00 PM
      3:00 PM
      Reception
    • 3:30
      3:30
      Sandstrom talk
    • 4:00
      4:00
      Conversation with President Falk
    • Adam Falk

      Adam Falk, the 17th president of Williams College, has worked tirelessly to strengthen the college and its community, to attract the most talented students from all backgrounds and from every part of the world and put them together with extraordinary faculty, and to provide the finest possible liberal arts education. These days, much of that work involves his leadership of the Teach It Forward Campaign.

       

    • Noah Sandstrom

      Noah Sandstrom received his PhD from Duke University and joined the Williams College faculty in 1999. He teaches courses in psychology as well as in the program in neuroscience. Professor Sandstrom co-authored a 2015 cross-sectional study of NESCAC alumni to examine how sub-concussive blows that occur during collegiate sports affect neurobehavioral measures later in life. He and wife, Marlene, recently returned to Williams after serving for two years as co-directors of the Williams Exeter Programme at Oxford.

Watch videos from past events

  • 1:21

    Teach It Forward

    Teach It Forward

    A showcase of sights and sounds from The Campaign for Williams weekend kickoff event in Williamstown, Oct. 2 and 3, 2015.
    A showcase of sights and sounds from The Campaign for Williams weekend kickoff event in Williamstown, Oct. 2 and 3, 2015.
  • 58:06

    TIF Talks - What Difference Will We Make? A panel discussion

    TIF Talks - What Difference Will We Make? A panel discussion

    A panel discussion on Oct. 3, 2015 featuring: President Adam Falk; Denise Buell, dean of faculty and professor of religion; Edan Dekel, professor and chair of classics and jewish studies; and Protik Majumder, physics professor and director of the Science Center. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A panel discussion on Oct. 3, 2015 featuring: President Adam Falk; Denise Buell, dean of faculty and professor of religion; Edan Dekel, professor and chair of classics and jewish studies; and Protik Majumder, physics professor and director of the Science Center. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 4:25

    Intellectual Capital, Cultural Entrepreneurialism: Williams and MASS MoCA

    Intellectual Capital, Cultural Entrepreneurialism: Williams and MASS MoCA

    The birth of MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) as an arts incubator and economic engine for North Adams and the Berkshires is at its core a story of creativity, collaboration, and the power of the liberal arts. Photograph of Thomas Krens used with permission of the photographer: David Heald©SRGF, NY
    The birth of MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) as an arts incubator and economic engine for North Adams and the Berkshires is at its core a story of creativity, collaboration, and the power of the liberal arts. Photograph of Thomas Krens used with permission of the photographer: David Heald©SRGF, NY
  • 19:37

    TIF Talks - A Holocaust Diary, from Alsace to Washington

    TIF Talks - A Holocaust Diary, from Alsace to Washington

    A presentation by Alexandra Garbarini ’94, associate professor of history, at Williams College on Oct. 3, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Alexandra Garbarini ’94, associate professor of history, at Williams College on Oct. 3, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 14:57

    TIF Talks - Aaron Neville's Voice

    TIF Talks - Aaron Neville's Voice

    A presentation by D.L. Smith, John W. Chandler Professor of English, at Williams College on Oct. 3, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams. Photos provided by Getty Images
    A presentation by D.L. Smith, John W. Chandler Professor of English, at Williams College on Oct. 3, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams. Photos provided by Getty Images
  • 18:54

    TIF Talks - Shining Light on the Neuroscience of Hunger

    TIF Talks - Shining Light on the Neuroscience of Hunger

    A presentation by Matt Carter, assistant professor of biology, at Williams College on Oct. 3, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams. Animations: Dr. Ed Boyden, MIT Media Lab
    A presentation by Matt Carter, assistant professor of biology, at Williams College on Oct. 3, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams. Animations: Dr. Ed Boyden, MIT Media Lab
  • 2:53

    The Arts at Williams, Williams in the Arts: Outsized Impact

    The Arts at Williams, Williams in the Arts: Outsized Impact

    A rich tapestry of opportunities to study visual and performing arts, nurtured by creative collaboration and close mentorship of faculty with students, has helped propel Williams alumni to influential roles in the arts world, shaping the consideration and creation of art today. Permission to use photographs provided by Jill Orschel – photographer: Greg Pliska Abby Dobson – copyright holder: Abby Dobson Lane Faison, Bill Pierson, Whitney Stoddard – William College Archives and Special Collections Julia Foulkes – photographer: Matthew Swanson Thomas Krens – photographer: David Heald©SRGF, NY Stacy Shiff – Publisher: Hachette Book Group Ethan Zuckerman – copyright holder: Ethan Zuckerman Photos provided by Getty Images Glenn Lowry: Photo by Bloomberg Claudia Rankine: Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha John Sayles: Photo by Carlos Alvarez Stephen Sondheim: Photo by Fred R. Conrad Leehom Wang: Photo by ChinaFotoPress
    A rich tapestry of opportunities to study visual and performing arts, nurtured by creative collaboration and close mentorship of faculty with students, has helped propel Williams alumni to influential roles in the arts world, shaping the consideration and creation of art today. Permission to use photographs provided by Jill Orschel – photographer: Greg Pliska Abby Dobson – copyright holder: Abby Dobson Lane Faison, Bill Pierson, Whitney Stoddard – William College Archives and Special Collections Julia Foulkes – photographer: Matthew Swanson Thomas Krens – photographer: David Heald©SRGF, NY Stacy Shiff – Publisher: Hachette Book Group Ethan Zuckerman – copyright holder: Ethan Zuckerman Photos provided by Getty Images Glenn Lowry: Photo by Bloomberg Claudia Rankine: Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha John Sayles: Photo by Carlos Alvarez Stephen Sondheim: Photo by Fred R. Conrad Leehom Wang: Photo by ChinaFotoPress
  • 16:29

    TIF Talks - Rethinking Narrative: From the Personal to the Professional to the Princess

    TIF Talks - Rethinking Narrative: From the Personal to the Professional to the Princess

    A presentation by Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94, Academy Award-winning songwriter and producer, at The New York Public Library on Oct. 25, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94, Academy Award-winning songwriter and producer, at The New York Public Library on Oct. 25, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 16:26

    TIF Talks - Re-envisioning the Art Museum

    TIF Talks - Re-envisioning the Art Museum

    A presentation by Michael Govan ’85, Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, at The New York Public Library on Oct. 25, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Michael Govan ’85, Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, at The New York Public Library on Oct. 25, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 13:03

    TIF Talks - Sonambulo: A Narrative of Storms

    TIF Talks - Sonambulo: A Narrative of Storms

    A presentation by MacArthur Foundation and Guggenheim Fellow Inigo Manglano-Ovalle ’83, professor of art theory at Northwestern University, at The New York Public Library on Oct. 25, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by MacArthur Foundation and Guggenheim Fellow Inigo Manglano-Ovalle ’83, professor of art theory at Northwestern University, at The New York Public Library on Oct. 25, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 2:43

    The Future of Health: Williams’ Role

    The Future of Health: Williams’ Role

    An extraordinary array of alumni throughout public health and medicine who were shaped by Williams’ interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to the liberal arts today are advancing knowledge and exploring questions, issues, and innovations that will help shape the future of health.
    An extraordinary array of alumni throughout public health and medicine who were shaped by Williams’ interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to the liberal arts today are advancing knowledge and exploring questions, issues, and innovations that will help shape the future of health.
  • 13:43

    TIF Talks - From Drapetomania to PTSD: The Socio-Cultural Context of Mental Disorders

    TIF Talks - From Drapetomania to PTSD: The Socio-Cultural Context of Mental Disorders

    A presentation by psychologist and U.S. Army veteran Katherine Sharpe Jones ’79 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 5, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by psychologist and U.S. Army veteran Katherine Sharpe Jones ’79 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 5, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 15:09

    TIF Talks - A Peer to Peer Perspective

    TIF Talks - A Peer to Peer Perspective

    A presentation by Mitchell Besser ’76, founder of mothers2mothers and founder and executive director of AgeWell Global, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 5, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Mitchell Besser ’76, founder of mothers2mothers and founder and executive director of AgeWell Global, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 5, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 14:20

    TIF Talks - Transforming Medical Education

    TIF Talks - Transforming Medical Education

    A presentation by Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Toby Cosgrove ’62 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 5, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Toby Cosgrove ’62 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 5, 2015. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 3:20

    Ephs in Education: Influential Innovation

    Ephs in Education: Influential Innovation

    Through experiences inside the classroom and out, Williams students develop an intellectual framework for understanding the problems and opportunities in education, and as alumni they create communities of educators who have a meaningful impact.
    Through experiences inside the classroom and out, Williams students develop an intellectual framework for understanding the problems and opportunities in education, and as alumni they create communities of educators who have a meaningful impact.
  • 13:15

    TIF Talks - A Liberal Arts Perspective on Common Core

    TIF Talks - A Liberal Arts Perspective on Common Core

    A presentation by Jason Zimba ’91, co-founder of Student Achievement Partners, at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Jason Zimba ’91, co-founder of Student Achievement Partners, at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 15:17

    TIF Talks - Trying to (Hold) Open the Doors to Higher Education

    TIF Talks - Trying to (Hold) Open the Doors to Higher Education

    A presentation by Anna Waring ’78, executive director of the Foundation for a College Education, at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Anna Waring ’78, executive director of the Foundation for a College Education, at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 23:30

    TIF Talks - K-12 Education in America: Management Matters!

    TIF Talks - K-12 Education in America: Management Matters!

    A presentation by Bill Ouchi ’65, author of "Making Schools Work" and "The Secret of TSL: The Revolutionary Discovery That Raises School Performance," at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Bill Ouchi ’65, author of "Making Schools Work" and "The Secret of TSL: The Revolutionary Discovery That Raises School Performance," at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 3:00

    Science and Technology: Ideas and Inquiry

    Science and Technology: Ideas and Inquiry

    Curriculum, community, and opportunity combine to position Williams students for influential roles in academia, industry, and beyond, and as alumni in the world, they're asking the big questions in science and technology and fueling innovation and entrepreneurship.
    Curriculum, community, and opportunity combine to position Williams students for influential roles in academia, industry, and beyond, and as alumni in the world, they're asking the big questions in science and technology and fueling innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • 15:51

    TIF Talks - Star Wars and Other Policy Fantasies

    TIF Talks - Star Wars and Other Policy Fantasies

    A presentation by MIT's Lester Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Physics Daniel Kleppner ’53 at The Bently Reserve in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by MIT's Lester Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Physics Daniel Kleppner ’53 at The Bently Reserve in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 45:52

    The Future of Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Steve Case '80 and Adam Falk

    The Future of Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Steve Case '80 and Adam Falk

    Steve Case ’80, co-founder of AOL and author of "The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future," and Williams College President Adam Falk discussed technology, entrepreneurship, and the future of the Internet before an audience of alumni and friends at The Bently Reserve in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    Steve Case ’80, co-founder of AOL and author of "The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future," and Williams College President Adam Falk discussed technology, entrepreneurship, and the future of the Internet before an audience of alumni and friends at The Bently Reserve in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 3:16

    Justice, Inclusion, and Equity: Changing Williams, Changing the World

    Justice, Inclusion, and Equity: Changing Williams, Changing the World

    Students who come to Williams don't just join the community, they advance it, and they become alumni who are inspired by the experience--and equipped with the knowledge and tools they'll need--to make a difference improving the world beyond Williams.
    Students who come to Williams don't just join the community, they advance it, and they become alumni who are inspired by the experience--and equipped with the knowledge and tools they'll need--to make a difference improving the world beyond Williams.
  • 22:09

    TIF Talks - Claiming Full Citizenship: The Maturing of Black Student Protest

    TIF Talks - Claiming Full Citizenship: The Maturing of Black Student Protest

    A presentation by Williams College trustee Clarence Otis ’77, former CEO of Darden Restaurants, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago on March 19, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Williams College trustee Clarence Otis ’77, former CEO of Darden Restaurants, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago on March 19, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 23:26

    TIF Talks - Learning to Ask, Learning to Tell: On Being Purple and Gay

    TIF Talks - Learning to Ask, Learning to Tell: On Being Purple and Gay

    A presentation by Gene Falk ’75, CEO of PointB Advisors | DGB, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago on March 19, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Gene Falk ’75, CEO of PointB Advisors | DGB, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago on March 19, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 3:32

    Ephs and the Earth: Building a Livable Future

    Ephs and the Earth: Building a Livable Future

    Williams students are passionate about the urgent need to create a livable future; equipped with four years of hands-on experiences and an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, they leave Williams as alumni who are not just problem solvers, but also critical thinkers, and they're rethinking the issue of climate change and reconsidering our relationship to the natural world in ways that will improve lives and sustain the planet.
    Williams students are passionate about the urgent need to create a livable future; equipped with four years of hands-on experiences and an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, they leave Williams as alumni who are not just problem solvers, but also critical thinkers, and they're rethinking the issue of climate change and reconsidering our relationship to the natural world in ways that will improve lives and sustain the planet.
  • 14:31

    TIF Talks - How to Save the World – and Save Yourself, Too

    TIF Talks - How to Save the World – and Save Yourself, Too

    A presentation by Mark Tercek ’79, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Mark Tercek ’79, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 14:51

    TIF Talks - Is the U.S. Military Really Going Green?

    TIF Talks - Is the U.S. Military Really Going Green?

    A presentation by Sharon Burke ’88, senior advisor, New America, speaking at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Sharon Burke ’88, senior advisor, New America, speaking at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 17:29

    TIF Talks - The Paris Climate Agreement: Truly Transformational?

    TIF Talks - The Paris Climate Agreement: Truly Transformational?

    A presentation by Bill Moomaw ’59, professor emeritus of international environmental policy at The Tufts University Fletcher School, at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Bill Moomaw ’59, professor emeritus of international environmental policy at The Tufts University Fletcher School, at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 3:52

    Eph Currency: Bold Ideas, Global Impact

    Eph Currency: Bold Ideas, Global Impact

    Through tutorials, seminars, close faculty mentorship, and the real-world relevance of the Center for Development Economics, a Williams education prepares students to lead in the global economy.
    Through tutorials, seminars, close faculty mentorship, and the real-world relevance of the Center for Development Economics, a Williams education prepares students to lead in the global economy.
  • 15:16

    TIF Talks - Household Saving and the Lure of Gold

    TIF Talks - Household Saving and the Lure of Gold

    A presentation by Tarun Ramadorai ’96, professor of financial economics at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, at The Royal Institute of British Architects on June 25, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Tarun Ramadorai ’96, professor of financial economics at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, at The Royal Institute of British Architects on June 25, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
  • 11:07

    TIF Talks - Why Development Needs Luxury

    TIF Talks - Why Development Needs Luxury

    A presentation by Turquoise Mountain CEO Shoshana Clark Stewart ’02 at The Royal Institute of British Architects on June 25, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.
    A presentation by Turquoise Mountain CEO Shoshana Clark Stewart ’02 at The Royal Institute of British Architects on June 25, 2016. Teach It Forward - The Campaign for Williams.