Jean Corrie Poetry Prize winner reflects on meaninglessness and sacred human connection in poem ‘Psalm for Claire Fisher’

For Jean Corrie Poetry Prize winner Maya Nylund ’23, poetry hasn’t always been her preferred medium. Yet she finds that when compulsive feelings arise, she cannot ignore the organic words that simmer out of her. These compulsive moments, over which she said she has no control, are her “most painful and frustrating and important [ones],” […]

Emily Raboteau discusses the role of literary writers in the fight against climate change

For author Emily Raboteau, the climate crisis is urgent—and literary writers have a place in the fight against it. This past Tuesday, Raboteau spoke to participants over Zoom and read an excerpt from her work as part of the fourth event in the Closs Virtual Reading Series. Raboteau is an author and a professor of creative […]

Williams Center’s Virtual Performance Series kicks off with an examination of artists Klimt and Schiele, through film

Many people believe that art has the ability to transcend time and space to bring people together in impactful ways. In this time of separation, the college’s virtual Performance Series is working to achieve just that, even from a virtual setting. This past Sunday, the Williams Center for the Arts kicked off this semester’s virtual […]

A College Hill take on a 15th century play: Student-adapted production of ‘The Summoning of Everyman’ premieres next Thursday

A student-directed and adapted live production of “The Summoning of Everyman” will premiere next Thursday, marking the first time a student has directed a show for the college’s theater department in the last decade, as well as the first time the department has put on a virtual production. Director Sarah Frankel ’21 decided to modernize the […]

Professor Mary Armstrong speaks on the ‘persistence of bias’ in STEM

“What would it mean to say that many aspects of science, technology, and engineering are inherently biased?” Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and English professor Mary Armstrong asked her audience over Zoom.  Armstrong addressed this open-ended question in her talk this past Tuesday, entitled, “Gendered by Design: The Secret Life of Things”. Armstrong began […]

‘When it comes to what we should believe, morality’s got some bite’: Professors Rima Basu and Joseph Shieber explore the ethics of belief

Imagine an elite country club in which all of the staff members are black and very few of the guests are black. Two wealthy white women mistake one of the black guests for a member of the staff. Though it was not a “straightforward” mistake, professor Rima Basu of the Claremont McKenna philosophy department urges […]

Tori Schoen ’20 provides illustrations for new children’s book ‘Why Can’t I Play With My Friends?’

It is difficult to imagine what is going through the mind of a child living through the pandemic with all of the restrictions and risks it has imposed on everyday life. This past Monday, Tori Schoen ’20 and her former tutor Sherry Lottero, published their picture book, “Why Can’t I Play With My Friends? A […]

A new way to experience Shakespeare: Student-run virtual production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ premieres this Friday

2020 has been a tough year for the theater world. For some Lafayette students, however, all the world truly is a stage—even the box of a Zoom screen. A student-produced production of “Much Ado About Nothing” opens this Friday night for its first of three live-streamed shows. Co-sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega and the Arts […]

Five new student groups bring opportunities for virtual semester and beyond

Being hundreds of miles apart has not stopped Lafayette students from coming together. Five new student-led organizations that debuted last spring just prior to the coronavirus shutdown or over the summer are back and ready to make an impact after receiving official recognition by the college this fall. The organizations cover a wide range of […]

Irvin Weathersby discusses the power of art in a reading of his forthcoming book ‘In Open Contempt’

While many people find themselves amazed by the beauty of art and monuments, they may not take the time to truly understand the history or symbolism behind them. Author Irvin Weathersby’s forthcoming book, “In Open Contempt,” takes its readers on this journey of education and recognition. Weathersby, the Brooklyn-based author and professor, read an excerpt […]

‘These issues will not go away’: Professors Wendy Wilson-Fall and Vanessa Wills discuss anti-black racism in America

The realities and consequences of anti-Black racism have taken center stage over the last few months. Black Lives Matter protests, company rebrandings, and recent strikes from professional sports leagues, sparked by multiple instances of deadly police violence toward Black people captured on video, have led to a summer of unease and unrest, leaving many to […]

Award-winning author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discusses her novella ‘Many a Little Makes’ and her reasons for writing

For Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, writing is a way to think through relationships and dynamics and to make sense of things she “cannot rationalize consciously.” This past Tuesday, Bynum read an excerpt from her novella “Many a Little Makes.”  The reading marks the first event in the Closs Virtual Reading Series, organized by English professor Jennifer […]