This message was sent to Students on April 05, 2013 by Suzanne Silitch, Office of Communications.
Don't miss DARING CHANGE tonight!
Imagine Williams 50 years ago -- fraternities, no women on
campus, compulsory chapel. Now learn about Williams' 11th
president -- the man who changed it all. #DaringChange Daring
Change 7:30 pm Chapin Hall A panel discussion moderated by
President Adam Falk Dessert Reception in Paresky follows.
from Suzanne Silitch, Office of Communications
A half-century ago, Williams-led by President John E. Sawyer '39-underwent
a series of changes that transformed the college and set it on a course to
become the Williams of today. From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, the
college phased out fraternities; admitted women and set out to diversify
the student body, faculty, and board of trustees; introduced non-Western
studies to the curriculum; and launched Winter Study, environmental
studies, and the graduate program in art history. The college also did
away with compulsory chapel, built a science center, and completed a
fundraising campaign eight times the size of the one before it.
On Friday, April 5, "Daring Change: The Sawyer Era" honors Sawyer and his
legacy at Williams and in higher education. In a conversation with three
leaders who knew Sawyer and/or experienced the college's transformation in
the decades since his presidency, we'll explore the impacts of decisions
made 50 years ago.