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.
Learn about the August 21st “Great American Solar Eclipse” in the recorded talk given by Williams Prof of Astronomy, Jay Pasachoff, that took place at the Williams Club. There are many wonderfully interesting & informative slides in this Powerpoint lecture. Please note that due to a technical problem, the first 8 minutes of audio in the presentation are limited visually to the first slide.
Be Stimulated at the Williams Club’s Upcoming Events
This African-American Life with Hugh Price–September 19
Hugh Price’s recently published autobiography, This African-American Life, provides an exceptional insight into the past 60 years of race relations. During this informative evening Mr. Price will relate a story that begins with the segregated Washington, DC community he grew up in, and continues on to fraternity life & being one of four black students on Amherst’s campus in the late ‘50‘s/early 60‘s; to the Civil Rights movements of the ’60’s; through a challenging period of difficult relations between the Black and Jewish communities; to the emergence of Black Lives Matter.
Hugh Price, Amherst ’63, served as interlocutor this past February at our well-received and well-attended event, “The Making–and Unmaking–of a Racist”, which was a revealing conversation with Williams History Prof & alum, Charles Dew ’58, about his book. Price’s bio reflects an extraordinary range of professional experience: from urban organizer to civil rights attorney; from NY Times Editorial Board member to the Rockefeller Foundation and to the Presidency of the National Urban League, not to mention six years teaching at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.
Measures of Brilliance: A Jazz Tribute to an American Icon–November 3
The Club continues its Friday Night Jazz series with an exclusive evening featuring two veteran jazz musicians and faculty members from Williams College’s Music Department – Avery Sharpe and Kris Allen. Sharpe and Allen will give a special performance featuring compositions and arrangements inspired by the life and work of George Washington Carver. This session will use America’s most original art form – interwoven with anecdotes – to celebrate one of America’s great icons.
Avery Sharpe has played electric and acoustic bass with jazz legends such as Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny and McCoy Tyner, playing in Tyner’s sextet and trio from 1980 through 2002. He has also played as a sideman with Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cab Callaway. Currently, Sharpe is an Artist Associate at Williams College where he coaches jazz combos and the gospel choir.
Kris Allen, alto saxophonist, has enjoyed a long career as a sought-after sideman, working in the groups of Illinois Jacquet, Gerald Wilson, Andy Gonzales, Jimmy Greene, Helen Sung, Winard Harper, and Andy Laverne, among others. Allen is a founding member of the collaborative Jazz Samaritan Alliance and the Hartford Legacy Big Band, and as a composer has been honored with numerous awards and commissions. A dedicated educator, Allen is currently the Lyell B. Clay Artist-In-Residence in Jazz at Williams College.
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