Please stay tuned to the Alumni Relations Online Calendar of Events to see Expedition-related events around the country.
Dates, times and other details may be subject to change.

Note:  Please check back often as details will be added daily.

Tuesday, July 7th, 9 a.m. – View photos from the Departure From Williamstown!

Tuesday, July 7th, p.m. – Buffalo, NY

Wednesday, July 8 – Pittsburgh, PA

Thursday, July 9 – Cleveland, OH

  • 6:00 p.m. – Reception and Lecture by Joe Cruz ’91, Professor of Philosophy. $10 per person includes hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. Located at the Cleveland Skating Club, 2500 Kemper Rd, Shaker Heights, OH. Cash bar.
  • Map and directions available here.
  • RSVP to Rob Swann ’90 @ or 413-597-4056.
  • Payment by check to “Williams College” can be mailed to: Rob Swann, Williams Alumni Relations Office, 75 Park Street, Williamstown, MA, 01267.

Friday, July 10 – Columbus, OH

Saturday, July 11 – Cincinnati, OH

Monday, July 13 – Chicago, IL

  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lecture by Will Dudley ’89, Professor of Philosophy.
  • Hosted at the Union Leauge Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL. Buisiness attire.
  • This event will be free for the class of 2009. $20 per alum in the class years 2004 – 2008. $40 per alum in the class of 2003 or older.

Tuesday, July 14 – Milwaukee, WI

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Reception at the home of Todd ’83 and Elizabeth ’83 Krieg (Parents ’08, ’10, ’13). 2500 West Fairy Chasm Road, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Lecture by Will Dudley ’89, Professor of Philosophy. This event will also serve to welcome the local incoming class of ’13 members.
  • Please RSVP to by July 8.

Wednesday, July 15 – Minneapolis, MN / St. Paul, MN

Thursday, July 16 – Des Moines, IA

  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Coffee and Conversation at Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure, 2723 Ingersol Avenue, Des Moines, IA.  (515) 244 5239
  • Zanzibar’s is owned by Julie McGuire ’88. Stop by to connect with fellow Ephs!

Friday, July 17 – Kansas City, MO

Saturday, July 18 – Kansas City, MO

  • 10:00 a.m. tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
  • Please meet at the information desk in the Bloch Building Lobby (the new wing easily accessible from the parking garage).
  • No charge but garage parking is $5.
  • For those interested, we will stop for lunch in the Rozzelle Court Restaurant after the tour ends.

Saturday, July 18 p.m. – St. Louis, MO

Sunday, July 19 – Nashville, TN

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pot-luck supper at the home of Bill and Lois Bruce P’08, 4325 Wallace Lane, Nashville, TN 37215.
  • Please RSVP by Friday, July 17 with number in your party and what you plan to bring at or (615) 269-4265.

Monday, July 20 – Little Rock, AR

  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. event at the Flying Saucer on the water in Little Rock.
  • 323 President Clinton Ave @ Markham

Wednesday, July 22 – New Orleans, LA

  • 7:30 p.m. Regional sendoff party, hosted by Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin ’95 and Tim Lupin’93. 535 Arabella St. New Orleans, LA.
  • RSVP to

Thursday, July 23 – Birmingham, AL

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Williams Expedition stop and gathering with members of the Williams family in Birmingham at Dram.

Friday, July 24 – Atlanta, GA

Saturday, July 25 – Greenville, SC

Sunday, July 26 – Raleigh, NC / Durham, NC

Monday, July 27 – Richmond, VA

Wednesday, July 29 – Washington, DC

Thursday, July 30, a.m. – Baltimore, MD

  • 12:00p.m. Lunch Event: lecture by Ed Burger, Professor of Mathematics. $10 per person. Gourmet bag lunch included.  See bold Word Document link below for more details.
  • Check payment information document download located here.
  • Located at the Johns Hopkins University Downtown Center, 10 North Charles St. Baltimore, MD.
  • Members of the new class of 2013 and their parents attend free!
  • Please RSVP by July 20 to WCAM President Sarah Platman Baird ‘93. (410) 561-0682 or

Thursday, July 30, p.m. – Philadelphia, PA

  • Dinner Event

Friday, July 31 – Williamstown, MA


“The Philosophy and Economics of Higher Education.”
Will Dudley ’89, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Williams College

Students compete ferociously for the opportunity to pay large sums of money for the privilege of attending Williams College. The value of the educational experience they receive is usually taken to be self-evident. Less obvious, however, are the nature of education, and the factors that determine how much it costs, who has access to it, and how successful it is. This talk, derived from a course team-taught by Will Dudley and Morty Schapiro, will explore some of the issues where the philosophy and the economics of higher education intersect.

“Science Of Mind, West and East”
Joe Cruz ’91 Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Williams College

Our capacity for thought, sensation, perception and emotion is at the center of philosophical reflection and scientific research. In this discussion, Cruz will consider some of the ways philosophy and science understand the mind. Alongside computation or brain activity, there is now a prominent role for our embodiment. Our bodies are calibrated to the environment and our cultural and technological worlds are reflections of our bodies. Recognizing this has opened new avenues of research on the traditional mind/body problem. Remarkably, this anti-Cartesian rapprochement between mind and body can be found both in some of the most current science on the brain as well as in Indian and Buddhist meditative traditions. Cruz’s work is informed as much by cross-cultural intellectual traditions as it is by the cognitive studies lab, so, along the way, he will share some of his anecdotes and images from recent travel in Pakistan, India, Tibet, and Nepal.

“An Evening with Ed Burger”
Professor of Mathematics and Gaudino Scholar, Williams College

Edward Burger is the author of 12 books, and has taught at Williams for
nearly 20 years. He has won numerous awards, including the Mathematical
Association of America’s most prestigious writing prize. Before coming to
Williams, Burger performed stand-up comedy and briefly worked as an
independent writer for Jay Leno.