is a private alumni club operating out of The Princeton Club of New York. Nestled between Grand Central Station and Times Square, The Williams Club provides its members with access to affordable hotel rooms, meeting space, private dining, athletic facilities including two squash courts, invitations to exclusive events, and the opportunity to visit over 200 additional clubs included in our reciprocal network. Membership is open to all NESCAC schools as well as grads of another 26 institutions.
Be Stimulated at the Williams Club’s Own Events in May, June & July
Clandestine Ops: Past, Present & Future — May 23
During this fascinating evening, we’ll learn from two experienced “spies” something of what really constitutes undercover work. What’s a workday like for an intelligence officer? How effective are clandestine operations? What is the future of human intelligence, given the rise of the less risky–electronic-based information gathering–and is it less risky?
After 33 years in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, John Bennett rose to the #3 position at the Agency. Among many senior assignments, Mr. Bennett became Director of the National Clandestine Service, and served 17 years overseas, with four tours as Chief of Station. Hank Crumpton was selected to lead the CIA’s invasion of Afghanistan 2 weeks after 9/11. He later went to the State Department where he worked on Counterterrorism, and still holds the title of Ambassador, although he is retired from the Agency–as is Mr. Bennett.
This panel discussion will be moderated by Robert Jackall, the Willmott Family Professor of Sociology & Public Affairs at Williams College. Professor Jackall is working on a book about intelligence.
New York Art Deco Architecture–June 13
Of all the world’s great cities, perhaps none is so defined by its Art Deco architecture as New York–architecture that recast New York as the world’s modern metropolis.
During an illustrated presentation at the Club, followed by a walking tour, the lively and informative Tony Robins ’72 makes this distinctive architectural history of monuments of the 1920s and ’30s come alive.
Conversation with MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson ‘81–June 14
MASS MoCA, the contemporary art museum founded in North Adams, Massachusetts in 1999, opens its newly restored Building 6 space in May. The expansive renovation adds 130,000 square feet of exhibition space, nearly doubling the institution’s current gallery footprint while adding art fabrication workshops, performing artists’ support facilities, and music festival amenities.
The centerpiece of Building 6 is a series of long-term installations with artists Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell, Louise Bourgeois, and Robert Rauschenberg.
MASS MoCA Founding Director, Joseph Thompson ’81, will discuss the museum’s evolution into one of the largest centers for visual and performing arts in the country. Joining him will be renowned watercolor artist, Barbara Prey ’79, whose commissioned, large-scale work will be featured in the space.
Cole Porter in Paris A Bastille Day Celebration–July 14
Enjoy a Bastille Day celebration on the Club’s terrace with an evening inspired by F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s time in Paris. This event is part of the The Gatsby Series, which honors the centenary of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time at Princeton University.
The evening will transport you back in time to the height of the Jazz Age with music by Cole Porter performed by the Club’s Friday Night Jazz veteran, Jonathan Dely (Williams ’15) and his ensemble, including Parisian drummer Raphael Pannier. Price includes beer and wine, a French cheese display, and passed desserts.
Observing the Great American Eclipse–July 24
The path of “totality” of the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse, will sweep across the United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years–since 1918
In an illustrated talk, Williams Astronomy Professor Jay Pasachoff will describe to Club members how & why they & their families and friends would be dazzled if they travel into the zone of totality. This important swath across the continental United States is only 70 miles wide, and reaches from Oregon to South Carolina. We’ll learn why that is it that only within that band will the excitement of the eclipse be substantial. He will also tell us how to observe the eclipse safely and how to avoid overstating the hazards, and we’ll learn a little about the many “citizen science” projects taking place around our nation.
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