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

 

Building a Dream:

From war-torn Africa, to homeless in Manhattan, to Columbia U
& a return to save lives in Burundi

Wednesday, November 29
6:30 pm wine reception, 7:00 presentation
$10 for non-members of the Williams Club

The phenomenal story of Deogratias Niyizonkiza (“Deo”) began in rural Burundi when the outbreak of a catastrophic civil war led the young medical student to escape to the United States, with just $200 and facility with English.  He found himself homeless in Central Park; yet Deo overcame the hurdles of destitution and illness, surviving as a grocery store delivery boy before eventually being accepted into Columbia University, where he studied biochemistry and philosophy.  He went on to pursue public health at Harvard and then Dartmouth, and ultimately resolved to return to Burundi, with the goal of creating a model healthcare system in a particularly remote region in one of the poorest countries in Africa.

This dream was realized with the opening of Village Health Works.  With no money but with a vision that turned former enemies into collaborators and friends, community members started making bricks, building a road, and creating the nation’s first medical facility.  In the process of opening this health center, VHW helped a community heal from the trauma of war.  Today, VHW has grown to include close to 400 employees in Burundi, and a small staff in the U.S.  It conducted 30,000 patient consultations last year and continues to expand its services and infrastructure.

Deo’s remarkable journey was the subject of Tracy Kidder’s book, Strength in What Remains, which was hailed in a NY Times book review: “Kidder’s rendering of what Deo endured and survived [in Burundi] just before he boarded the plane for New York is one of the most powerful passages of modern nonfiction.”  “…inspiring account of one man’s remarkable American journey & the ordinary people who helped him–a brilliant testimonial to the power of will and second chances...”–Good Reads

We are proud to present Village Health Works Founder and CEO Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Williams College Honorary Doctor of Laws ’13, who will relate his incredible personal journey and founding of VHW.  Joining Deo will be VHW’s Clinical Programs Director Dr. Cathryn Christensen, Williams ’01, and moderator Robert Jackall, the Willmott Family Professor of Sociology & Public Affairs at Williams College.

 

Infrastructure Redefined Series, Part 2:
The Future of Innovation & the Workplace 

Monday, January 22
6:30 pm
Free for members, $15 for guests

As society has evolved from the information economy to the innovation economy, so has the workplace. From the rise of co-working and co-living, to changes in social trends and values, a new need has emerged to better define, and perhaps redefine, the idea of innovative infrastructure in the spaces where we work.

Join us in a conversation about the evolution of creative and flexible workspaces, and the future of working and co-working.As companies look for new ways to build a competitive edge and create value, new possibilities are emerging to embrace office space as a vehicle to communicate brand and culture to employees and clients.

We will explore trends and new standards that have emerged as companies look to maximize the potential of their spaces in a rapidly changing workplace paradigm. The panel will discuss the innovative future of workplace infrastructure, garnering insights from Verizon’s VP of Workplace Strategy; Metlife’s SVP, Customer Experience & Design; WeWork, and others.

Panelists:

Yoko Kawai is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture, where her research examines the influence of information communication technology on urban and architectural forms in the United States and in Asian countries.

Nicholas LiVigne is Manager of Workplace Strategy at Verizon, in which capacity he is responsible for managing the experience of employees and partners in Verizon’s Global real estate portfolio.

More panelists and bios to come!

 

A Taste of Russia through Tastes of Vodka: Understanding a Nation Through its National Drink 

Date: Wednesday, January 31
Talk and Tasting: 7:00PM
Cost: 75++

Vodka is uniquely and seemingly universally linked to Russia, but why? What can we learn about Russian history and culture that will teach us about this extraordinary connection between a nation and a drink? Darra Goldstein, Willcox B. & Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Emerita at Williams College and Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, will provide a guided tasting and presentation to help us understand the respect Russians have for vodka and learn about its meaning in their society. Goldstein is also the author of five cookbooks, including A Taste of Russia and The Georgian Feast.

Price includes caviar tasting of Trout, Salmon, Paddlefish, White Fish and Bowfin paired with a vodka tasting of Finlandia, Chopin, Stolichnaya Cristall, Tito’s, and Polugar. The Williams Club and The Princeton Club of New York proudly co-sponsor this event.

 

The Williams Jazz Ensemble: Contemporary Big Band

Friday, February 23
8:00-10:00 pm
$10 for Williams Club members, $20 for non-members (includes 1 glass of wine)

Over the past 2+ years, our series of live jazz performances has not only become a Club favorite, but has given a forum for Williams College alumni and faculty to showcase their talents in the city that Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and countless others once called home.  Now, we welcome with great excitement a group of exceptionally talented students from the College, who will be appearing at the Club on February 23 for an evening of contemporary “big band” jazz.Join us as the 18-piece Williams Jazz ensemble presents a program of contemporary works for big band by some of the jazz world’s most exciting composers and arrangers, including Maria Schneider, Ayn Inserto, Darcy James Argue and Jimmy Greene among others.  Directing the band is Williams College’s Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence and Lecturer in Music Kris Allen, who appeared alongside fellow faculty member Avery Sharpe at our November performance.

Frozen: Composing & the Creative Process 

Tuesday, April 10. Featuring Kristen Anderson-Lopez, ’94 and Husband Robert Lopez, composers of music & lyrics for Frozen: The Musical

Reclaim Childhood: Bringing the Experience of Sports to Young Middle Eastern Women

Tuesday, April 24.  A project of Anouk Dey ’09, Molly Hunter ’09, and Katherine Krieg Fischer  ’08

Infrastructure Redefined Series: Community & Affordability

Monday, May 14. Moderator, Charles Plaisimond ’07

Check out our Events Calendar for these and many other interesting Club events.  In order to register for these events, please visit our events registration web page.

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