Upcoming Williams events at the Club

All our events require prior registration.  For details on how to do this for these following events, please visit our registration page via this link.

FROZEN: From the Silver Screen to Broadway 

Tuesday, April 10
Program: 7:00 pm
Reception: 8:00 pm
$15 for members, $25 for guests (includes wine)

Join us for an evening with Williams College alum Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94 (Grammy, Oscar) and husband Robert Lopez (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony winning co-creator of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon).  Kristen and Robert are the songwriting team behind the blockbuster smash FROZEN – including the Academy and Grammy-award winning song “Let it Go” – and were most recently honored with an Academy Award for their work in Disney-Pixar’s COCO, which won both Best Original Song (for “Remember Me”) and Best Animated Feature.  Watch them accept the award here.

Williams professor W. Anthony Sheppard (Princeton GS ’96) will join them to discuss their magical transformation of FROZEN into the new hot ticket musical which opened on Broadway in March.  In addition to delving into their creative process and extensive experience in both film and musical theater, Kristen and Bobby will perform examples of songs we already know by heart, as well as new numbers from their Broadway musical.  The talk will be followed by a reception where attendees will have the chance to speak with Kristen, Robert, and Professor Sheppard.


Inspiring Hope Through Sports: Reclaim Childhood Empowers Young Women in the Middle East

Tuesday, April 24
Reception: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
Free for members, $10 for guests

Join us for the remarkable story of Reclaim Childhood, the organization founded by two Williams College alumni to bring the experience of sports to young women in the Middle East. Founder Anouk Dey will tell us how they addressed the many obstacles involved in bringing their vision to life.  We will also learn firsthand about the power of sports to inspire confidence, hope, and ambition in young women.

As lifelong sportswomen, founders Anouk Dey ’09 and Katherine Krieg Fischer ’08 knew the impact that athletics could have on the lives of young women, and they were struck by how their Jordanian and refugee peers lacked access to coaching, equipment, and basic facilities. In 2008, together with a group of aspiring Iraqi refugee athletes from Zarqa, they applied for and won a Kathryn Davis Peace Grant to run a summer sports camp.  Overcome by the outpouring of support for their programming from within the local community, Anouk and Katherine knew they needed to do more. Upon returning to the U.S., they founded Reclaim Childhood with the goal of running year-round programming for marginalized girls and women of the Middle East.  Since then, RC has been running summer camps, year-round leagues, and coaching clinics in two cities. RC provides programming for refugees from more than eight countries as well as at-risk Jordanian women and girls, bringing together refugees, host communities, and volunteers from around the world.

Anouk will be joined in conversation by RC board member, Robert Jackall, Williams College Professor of Sociology & Public Affairs, as well as RC’s US Operations Director Maddie Ulanow.  Maddie graduated from Carleton College in 2015 with concentrations in Arabic and Education Studies; in the following year she came to Jordan on a Fulbright teaching fellowship and became RC’s Director of Jordan Operations.


Infrastructure Redefined, Part 3: Community & Affordability

Monday, May 14
Reception: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
Free for members, $10 for guests

As rapid urbanization reaches a new phase, both the public and private sectors have been compelled to find creative and responsible ways to respond to unprecedented population density.  It is increasingly evident that traditional approaches to urban infrastructure may be outdated and insufficient, leading to new initiatives encompassing innovations in technology, city planning, real estate, and more.  This panel will look at the models currently being developed that redefine “affordable housing” in a manner that reflects ongoing lifestyle change.  Join us as panelists with a diverse range of expertise and experience explore how changes in our values have impacted the private space we occupy, and discuss the constraints and opportunities for new housing infrastructure.


Brad Hargreaves is the founder and CEO of Common, a company dedicated to making housing better by providing convenient, community-minded shared homes. Previously, he co-founded General Assembly, a global education institution with campuses in more than 15 cities worldwide.  Brad has been named to Vanity Fair’s “The Next Establishment”, Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, and Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100”.

Julia Ramsey, Williams ’07, is the CEO and co-founder of Joinery, a peer-to-peer apartment rental marketplace. She spent the majority of her career prior to Joinery at Google, where she worked in marketing and analytics for large advertisers.

Bob Kandel, Williams ’69 is a former Commissioner of NYC’s Office of Economic Development, Chairman of the Board of Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, and an active real estate attorney and investor.

Moderator: Louise Harpman is a full-time faculty member at NYU and is also the founder and principal of Louise Harpman PROJECTS, whose work focuses on architectural design, design research, and urban design.  Her current projects center on micro-unit dwellings and net zero energy buildings.  She has also been on the faculties of the Yale School of Architecture, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, and the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she was Associate Dean.

Organized by Charles Plaisimond, Williams ’07


Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya

A conversation with Matthew H. Ellis ’03 and Magnus Bernhardsson, Williams College Professor of History

Monday, May 21
6:30 reception, 7:00 program
Free for members, $10 for guests

How should we think about the politics of national borders in the modern Middle East, especially when that border is made of ever-shifting sands?  Particularly since the emergence of ISIS, it has been all too common in the media to draw attention to the so-called “artificial” and colonial nature of political boundaries in the region.  In his new book, Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya, Matthew H. Ellis–Williams ’03 and holder of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs at Sarah Lawrence College–shifts the focus to the complex processes through which the Egyptian-Libyan borderland was constituted in the decades before WWI. 

In his book, Ellis illuminates the little-known history of the Egyptian-Libyan borderland, and challenges prevailing notions of how Egypt and Libya were constituted as modern territorial nation-states, revealing how political identity was transformed in the easternmost reaches of the Sahara Desert. 

Ellis will speak in conversation with Magnus Bernhardsson, Williams College Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in Arabic Studies, Leadership Studies and Religion.

Books will be available for purchase and signing immediately following the event.


Friday Night Jazz with Jonathan Dely

Date: Friday, June 15
Time: 8:00PM
Cost: $10 for members; $20 for guests;
Price includes one (1) drink ticket. Cash Bar will be available for additional purchases

Trumpeter Jonathan Dely, Williams ’15, returns to the Williams Club of New York for a diverse, high-energy concert featuring a world-class band. With unexpected twists and turns, special guests, and a dynamic repertoire, Dely’s concert is designed for audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds. While rooted in the jazz tradition, the program will also draw on the classical and pop genres, spanning a wide range of styles and time periods.


Williams Club Annual Meeting & Dinner, Tuesday, July 10

Featuring keynote speaker Adena Friedman, Williams ’91, CEO & President of NASDAQ; named the “3rd Most Powerful Woman in Finance” by Forbes.

We are naturally very pleased that our featured dinner speaker is President & CEO of the NASDAQ, Adena Friedman, who Forbes named as the “3rd Most Powerful Woman in Finance,” and was recently profiled by the NY Times.  She will be in conversation with Tom Morgan, Williams ’91, Head of Strategic Capital at Magnetar Capital & Williams Club board member, about the past, present & future of stock exchanges & American business.

During the Annual Meeting, we will report on the state of the Club; welcome questions from members; and vote on trustees and officers.

  • 5:00: Annual Meeting
  • 5:30 – 6:15: Reception
  • 6:15 – 7:15: Adena Friedman in conversation with Tom Morgan, Williams ’91, Head of Strategic Capital at Magnetar Capital, about the past, present & future of stock exchanges & American business
  • 7:15 – 8:15: 3-course dinner with wine

$65 for members; $85 for non-members; $55 for ’10 grads and younger