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Lissack Forums

November 2004 - April 2006

Nov. 17, 2004 Who Do You Think You Are? And Who Do You Think I Am? Discussion about how we talk -- and don't talk -- about who we are at Williams.
Dec. 1, 2004 Sex Education in a World with AIDS Discussion about the politics and ethics of sex education and AIDS education here and around the world with Kiaran Honderich, Department of Economics.
Dec. 7, 2004 How Do You Handle Stress?
Jan. 19, 2005 Emotional and Spiritual Effects on the Williams Community of the Tsunami with Williams Chaplain Rick Spalding and Craig Clemow, Director of the Counseling Center of the Berkshires.
Jan. 26, 2005 Liberal Education ... Community Change: The Missing Link with Alex Willingham.
Feb. 9, 2005 Open Forum on 'Minority Status' Clue in the clueless about what it's like to be someone like you at Williams.
Feb. 16, 2005 Morty and Diversity Ask President Schapiro anything about diversity initiatives.
Feb. 23, 2005 Affirmative Action with Dick Nesbitt and members of the Admission staff.
March 2, 2005 Diversity Into Students' Lives How Well Does the First Year Build Community -- First Days, Football Training, WOW, SPARC, Summer Humanities, Entries, Summer Science, WOOLF, Where Am I?
March 9, 2005 What are the Implications of Increasing Socioeconomic Diversity at Williams? with Cappy Hill, Provost.
March 16, 2005 Diversity in the Classroom Picture this: You're the only African-American in your American history class, and the syllabus just got to slavery ... Your professor expects everyone in the class to contribute to an expensive field trip to New York City ... The book you planned to teach makes a statement about homosexuality that just won't fly.
April 13, 2005 Who's the Boss? Power at Williams!
April 20, 2005 Is a Williams Education a Moral Education? With Francis Oakley, Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas Emeritus and President of the College Emeritus.
April 27, 2005 Anger!! What is good for you? How do we marshall the force of anger in the service of productive change? What role does anger play -- and not play -- in our lives at Williams? With College Chaplain Rick Spalding.
May 4, 2005 How Do I Get Out of Here? Come talk with Williams seniors about making connections beyond the confines of the college. How does intellectual life relate to practical concerns? To what extent does the way we think and work at the college encourage links to the larger world?
May 7, 2005 Teach for America Edlyn Smith '02 will discuss her work with Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta.
Sept. 27, 2005 Living with Displacement Ever felt like where you are isn't where *you* are *you*? Has a new you ever emerged in a new place? Hurricane Katrina has made us all think hard about the role of place in our experience.
Oct. 4, 2005 How Safe is Your Classroom? Talk about how faculty and students can make the classroom a place where we can take intellectual risks without it exploding in our faces.
Oct. 15, 2005 What's on Your Mind? Share your ideas for future Lissack Forums.
Nov. 9, 2005 Can Williams be Home? Do you wonder if you'll ever feel at home here? Or is Williams the first place you've ever really felt like yourself?
Nov. 16, 2005 Come Celebrate First-Generation College Students! With Prof. Lovett, Prof. Vargas, Ron Gallagher and students from all classes to celebrate being the first in your family to go to college.
Nov. 30, 2005 Lifting the Burden of Representation What is the burden of representation? Who carries it and why? What can we do about it?
Dec. 7, 2005 Is There Such a Thing as 'Williams Values'? What guides our policies, our curriculum, our interactions with each other in the community?
Dec. 13, 2005 The Williams Values Project Brainstorm the details for the new project.
Feb. 8, 2006 Privilege What do I have that you don't have?
Feb. 15, 2006 Who do You Love? How do You Love? With Williams health educator Donna Denelli-Hess.
Feb. 22, 2006 Are You an A- or a B+? What's Your Educational Value? With Professors Bolton and Bolton and some savvy students leading discussions on what evaluation has to do with who we are.
March 1, 2006 What Can (and Can't) You Say in Class? In the Record? In the Blogs? And -- not insignificantly -- *Who* can say what, and where?
March 8, 2006 Are There Limits to Freedom of Expression? The furor surrounding the Danish cartoons has pointed up how complicated our seemingly straightforward right to free speech really is. What does "freedom" really mean?
March 15, 2006 Is There a 'Liberal Bias' at Williams?
April 19, 2006 Michael Lissack '80 discusses his own life-changing experiences.
May 3, 2006 Where do You Imagine Yourself in Five Years? And what kinds of things drive your thinking about where you'll be?