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.

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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.

Williams vs. Amherst Football; Homecoming Game Screening & Reception – Saturday, November 11

Hosted at Calico Jack’s Cantina (800 2nd Ave) and coordinated by the Williams Club.  Kickoff at noon!

A Tragic Fate: Ethics & Law Behind Nazi Looted Art – Tuesday, November 14

Join us for a fascinating lecture with Nick O’Donnell, Williams ’97, author of A Tragic Fate – Law and Ethics in the Battle of Nazi Looted Art. O’Donnell will explore the historical, ethical, and legal consequences of Nazi stolen art in Europe before and during WWII, and the aftermath decades later. With the Cold War coming to an end in the 1990’s, the conference of Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art was held in 1998, and focused on finding “fair and just solutions” for victims and their heirs. Through extensive research, O’Donnell will describe the strategic path chosen by claimants and museums, and the consequences of their choices. Shortly after A Tragic Fate went to press, O’Donnell served as counsel for claimants to the famed Guelph Treasure in Berlin and secured the first ruling in history finding jurisdiction over Nazi-looted art claims against Germany in a U.S. court. 

Nick O’Donnell is a Partner at Sullivan and Worcester and the Director of their Art and Museum Law Practice which represents collectors, dealers, auction houses and museums. O’Donnell is also the Vice Chair of the International Bar Association’s Art, Cultural Institutions, and Heritage Committee, and a member of the Art Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association. O’Donnell holds a Bachelors in Art History from Williams College and a JD from Boston College School of Law.

When Former Enemies Become Friends: How Deo Niyizonkiza established a model community health NGO in Burundi – November 29

The true story of Deo Niyizonkiza, Dr. Cathryn Christensen, & Village Health Works (“VHW”)

Join us for a first-hand exploration of the compelling story of Deo Niyizonkiza, 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.”

We are proud to present Village Health Works Founder and CEO Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Williams College Honorary Doctor of Laws ’13, who will relate the remarkable formation of VHW, which Niyizonkiza began by mobilizing community members in his village of Kigutu, Burundi. With no money but with a big vision that turned former enemies into collaborators and friends, community members started making bricks, building a road, and laying the foundation of the first medical facility. A year later, VHW opened a health center, whose building process had already helped a community heal from the trauma of war. With close to 200 full time and over 200 half time employees based in Burundi, and a small staff in the United States, VHW conducted 30,000 patient consultations last year and continues to expand its services and infrastructure.

This exceptional story will be told first-hand, as Deo Niyizonkiza, 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 engage in a fascinating conversation about the power of hope and vision to bring real change to developing parts of our world.

Infrastructure Redefined Series  The Future of Innovation & the Workplace – Monday, January 22

Monday, January 22; Moderator: Charles Plaisimond, Williams ’07

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

Our Friday Night Jazz Series continues with this 18-piece ensemble on February 23 

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

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