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
Infrastructure Redefined Series, Part 2:
The Future of Innovation & the Workplace
Monday, January 22
Free for members, $10 for guests
As society has evolved from the information economy to the innovation economy, so has the workplace. 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.
Andrew Kao, Williams ’04, is a Product Manager for Capital Improvements at WeWork, as well as a Partner at the design consultancy firm Atelier 1973. While architecture is his central focus, the discipline of design is at the heart of all his endeavors, including jewelry, furniture, urban design and masterplanning, industrial design, and architecture. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Williams College, as well as a Masters degree in Architecture at UCLA.
David Gaspar is a Managing Director at DDG, an innovation consultancy that builds startups inside Fortune 500 companies. He works to generate trend insights, identify future market opportunities, and lead the implementation of digital transformation initiatives for clients including Citibank, DailyCandy & The Economist. David is a graduate of Emory University.
Nicholas LiVigne is a manager of Verizon’s global workplace strategy. By leveraging the confluence of design, place and culture, Nick’s work creates an attractive workplace experience that unleashes the individual and collective potential of Verizon’s employees. Nick holds a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.
Moderator: Yoko Kawai is a lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and the co-founder of Mirai Work Space Alliance. Her mission is to create “space for well-being”, by utilizing Japanese spatial concepts in cities and workplaces. Yoko holds a Ph.D. and Bachelor’s degree from Kobe University, Japan, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.
Event Organizer: Charles Plaisimond, Williams ’07, is an Associate at the boutique commercial real estate firm Vicus Partners. Plaisimond is a graduate from Williams College with a degree in Political Science and Received his MBA from Babson’s F. W. Olin School of Business.
A Taste of Russia through Tastes of Vodka: Understanding a Nation Through its National Drink
Date: Wednesday, January 31
Talk and Tasting: 7:00PM
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
$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 “big band” jazz. Join us as the 18-piece Williams Jazz ensemble presents a program of contemporary works 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.
A Family History of Slavery and Freedom:
Kendra Field’s “Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War”
Wednesday, February 28
Free for members and guests
Join us as we celebrate Black History Month by welcoming Kendra Field, Williams College class of 1999 and author of Growing Up with the Country, the masterful and poignant story of three African-American families who journeyed west after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field traces the journey of her own ancestors out of the South to Native American Territory, where they participated in the development of black and black Native American towns and settlements. Field’s epic family history mirrors a larger piece of our national history, chronicling the westward migration of freedom’s first generation in the fifty years after emancipation.
When statehood, oil speculation, and Jim Crow segregation imperiled their lives and livelihoods, these formerly enslaved men and women again chose emigration. Some migrants launched a powerful back-to-Africa movement, while others moved on to Canada and Mexico. Their lives and choices deepen and widen the roots of the Great Migration. Drawing upon her own ancestry, interweaving black, white, and Indian histories, Field’s beautifully wrought narrative explores how ideas about race and color powerfully shaped the pursuit of freedom.
Kendra Field ’99 is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. Field has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Huntington Library, and Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center in American History. Field received her Ph.D. in American History from New York University. She also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College.
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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