Future Programming: 

Due to increased Covid-19 positivity rates in our area, the scheduled in-person lecture by retired professor Dustin Griffin ’65 P’93 ’91 will now be presented via Zoom. We hope you  will join us for what is certain to be a fascinating event.
TITLE: The Presidency of Phinney Baxter, President of Williams College, 1937-1961
WHEN:  Tuesday, January 18th  at 6:00 pm
ZOOM LINK: Griffin ’65 is a retired English professor turned local historian. Since he retired from 40 years of teaching, he has published two volumes of essays on the local history of Williams College and Williamstown. Many of the essays have been the basis of public lectures he has given in Williamstown over the last ten years about notable people, places, and events. Having written about Williams presidents Tyler Dennett (1934-37) and John Sawyer (1961-73), he now turns his attention to the president who came between them, James Phinney Baxter, III (1937-61). Dusty is a member of the Williams Class of 1965, and is a former trustee of the college. His lecture will be illustrated.

February 4th Friend Friday; Please join us by the fireplace as Coach Dick Farley will be on hand to do a brief talk about his book: Why I never left Williams College, and do a book signing as well. A limited number of books will be on hand for purchase, so please bring extra cash or your checkbook.

  • Masks are required and proof of vaccination for non- current current Williams faculty and staff is required at the door. Non-member guests will pay $10 at the door.

Here’s the winter warming  menu:

  • Hummus with pita wedges & baby carrots
  • Beer & Cheese Fondue with soft bread cubes
  • Beef Chili
  • Vegetarian Chili served with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese on the side
  • Cornbread
  • Coffee, tea, and decaf
  • Maple Cookies
February 12th, Cupids Culinary Feast.  6:00 pm cash bar, 6:30 pm dinner

Member Cost: $40 • Non-Member Guests $75.00 

FYI – Please note, You will be billed for cancellations if not 24 hours in advanced it will be $75 per non-guest.
Appetizer: Pan-seared Diver Scallop, mint sweet pea puree, local butter sauce
Intermezzo: Blood Orange and Cardamom Granita
Entrée: Surf and Turf: Northeast-raised prime beef tenderloin, local butter and
saffron poached lobster tail – OR – Vegetarian Option: Locally made Mushroom, Spinach,
Artichoke, Roasted Red Pepper Ravioli with Basil Pesto
Accompaniments: Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hasselback Potato & Baby Asparagus
Dessert: Chocolate Espresso Cake with Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Coulis
Beverages: One glass of wine served with meal; Coffee, Tea, Decaf

    • Masks are required and proof of vaccination are required at the door. Non-member guests will pay $10 at the door. Please note you WILL be billed for canellations if before 24 hours of this event! reservations are limited to 60 attendees and each table will be limited to 6 people.
      Masks are required while not eating or drinking. Proof of Vaccination is required.

Previous Events:

  • October 1st, Friendly Friday! Guests are required to wear masks except when eating or drinking. Cash bar.
  • On Sunday, October 3rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm we are hosting a cocktail evening at The Distillery at Greylock Works, ( There will be two sessions due to limited capacity, so stay tuned!
  • On October 26th at 2pm the Club is co-hosting a virtual event with ThinkerAnalytix, (, which will be free and open to the public.

    ThinkerAnalytix Talk: Teaching Critical Thinking with Argument Mapping

    Too often, teaching controversial topics or current events can lead to fraught conversations and breakdowns in communication. Especially given our current political climate, many teachers are, understandably, afraid to address these topics altogether. In many cases, the problem is that students haven’t had the opportunity to develop the requisite skills to discuss these topics with rigor and empathy. The antidote to this problem is formal training in precise, logical reasoning and careful listening. 

    ThinkerAnalytix is an educational nonprofit, 501(c)3, working to revolutionize how students learn critical thinking skills. In partnership with Harvard’s Department of Philosophy, ThinkerAnalytix builds students’ logic and reasoning skills using a research-backed approach called argument mapping.
    This presentation will include a live discussion of a current issue, and expose participants to research-backed resources ThinkerAnalyitx has developed for teachers looking to facilitate these sorts of discussions in their own classrooms in accordance with our mission.
    ThinkerAnalytix is led by Williams alumna, Anne L’Hommedieu Sanderson, (’84) and supported by Content Manager and School Outreach Coordinator, Emily Bleiberg (’22).
    To join the lecture, log on to Zoom using this link after 1:45 pm on October 26th.
  •  The bowling league is currently up in the air, but fingers crossed that we can have at least part of a season.
 Past Events:
June  25, 2021 at 1:30
Faculty Club Mystery Book Club
Where: We are still ZOOMING  (Will update via e-mail if this changes). Use the ongoing Link.
What:: Miriam Grace Montresd’s “North Star Conspiracy”
Introduced in previously read “Seneca Falls Inheritance” Glynis Tyron is still trying to balance her decision to “never marry” with her affection for the local sheriff.. Meanwhile she  confronts her respect for the law and the unpopular Fugitive Slave Law becoming actively involved with run-away slaves, the Underground Railroad,…old and new murders, buried secrets, and much more!

On Friday, April 9, 2021, the Faculty Club co-sponsored a tour of baby animals with Hancock Shaker Village. This event was well attended by people of all ages. Thanks so much to the staff of HSV for sharing the wonder of new life!

On March 5, 2021: Professor Emeritus James Carlton presented a Zoom lecture on: The Age of Plastics Meets the Age of Invasions: How Ocean Rafting, Coastal Development, and Climate Change May All Be Related” 120 people attended this very informative lecture. A recording of this event will be posted soon. Stay Tuned!


On Friday, January 29th Lois Banta, Chair and Professor of Biology presented on From Research Labs to Shots in Arms: What goes into developing a vaccination strategy? During this event, Professor Banta discussed the ongoing effort to vaccinate the public against the Covid-19 virus. At least 90 people attended this webinar.  If you missed it you can view the recording at:

On Saturday, January 16th, The Williamstown Historical Museum had a lecture with Dusty Bahlman on:

This Is Not Our First Pandemic…

  • On October 16, 2020, 4:30PM. Professor James McAllister, Fred Greene Third Century Professor of Political Science continued the Faculty Club tradition by conducting a talk about the 2020 Presidential election. Almost 200 people took part of this lecture. To view a recording of this virtual event go to:
  • Ongoing Events:


Keep an eye out for future events right here and in the Faculty Club Newsletter. If you have ideas about future programming please contact Alison O’Grady at [email protected]

For more Club information go to:

Take a look at recent past events:

February 7, 2020,4:30PM-6:30PM,  Friendly Friday, Celebrating Chinese New Year with the Asian Studies Department was attended by 65 hearty souls who were served delicious coconut shrimp and dumplings to  name a few items on the menu. Special thanks to our friends in the Asian Studies Department who helped sponsor this event!

February 15. 2020, Cupid’s Culinary Feast was attended by 65 guests. Chef Guiden and his staff did an awesome job and the Sea Bass was the star of the meal. Kudos to Chef Guiden and  his staff!

  • Reservation/Cancellation Reminder:
  • When reservations are required for events such as Cupid’s Culinary Feast, Club Policy requires that members be charged for reserved events unless they cancel their reservation 48 hours prior to the scheduled event, unless otherwise noted.
  • January 17, 2020, 4:30PM-6:30PM, Friendly Friday drew @55 cheerful attendees despite it being Winter Study and freezing cold!
  • The December 6th, Friendly Friday, was attended by @ 70 guests and Julia Choi ‘20 played the piano for a short period
  • December 12, 2019, Holiday Buffet Luncheon
  • January 7, 2020,  Abigail G. Wattley. ’05, Managing Director of Williams College Investment Office, provided an update on the Williams endowment – it’s role in supporting Williams’ mission, portfolio construction, and performance.
  • On December 3rd  Peter Low, Professor of Art, lectured about Notre Dame, its  history, significance and renovation, to a crowd of over 50. The Board is grateful for the time Prof. Low put into this amazing lecture and stunning visuals.  
  • November 1st, Friendly Friday, was enjoyed by @70 attendees.  We celebrated the Mexican tradition of All Souls Day ( Dia de los Muertos).  Mexican food was served and members of Ritmo Latino joined us  for a short dance performance.  For more on Ritmo Latio go to:
  • October 23rd (Wednesday), 4:30PM-6:00PM:  Bowling League Open House. Snacks were provided, and bowlers signed up for teams. 
  • October 4th, Friendly Friday, 4:30PM-6:30PM Had an Octoberfest themed menu, and was attended by almost 70 people. Retirees,  faculty, staff and community members enjoyed warm conversation and a fire in the fireplace!
  • May 12th, Mother’s Day Brunch, Sweetwood of Williamstown. We appreciate the willingness of the gracious staff at Sweetwood to participate in programming with the Club.
  • May 10th, Friendly Friday and Annual Meeting, Main Dining Room, featured a talk/food demonstration by Darra Goldstein: Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian, Emerita. Darra demonstrated a recipe from her new cookbook that’s coming out next winter. Read more about Darra and her remarkable career at: Darra showed us how to make 20-minute pickles. The pickles were easy and yummy, and the food selected by Darra that complimented her demonstration were delicious! This was a well-attended and fun event. Thanks Darra!
  • May 7th,  Sam Edgerton, Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, Emeritus, spoke at Sweetwood of  Williamstown on the Murder of Jane McCrea, a young woman who was killed during the Revolutionary War in Fort Edward NY. The Williams connection is James Phinney Baxter who supported the version of events in his 1887 history of Burgoyne’s campaign. The more than 30 attendees were on hand to enjoy this informative talk. Thanks Sam!
  • The April 26th, Friendly Friday featuring Rich King, visiting assoc. prof at Sea Education Association:, formerly at Williams Mystic, who spoke about his forthcoming book about Moby Dick, Ahab’s RollingSea: Rich also showed an awesome power point. Doug Paisley and Andy Burr were also on hand to perform some sea shanties. The Board and the over 70 attendees appreciated their lending their time and talents to this event.
  • The April 8th,  fireside chat with Presidents Mandel and Oakley who spoke on the topic of:  Presidential leadership – now and then, was very well attended with the Downstairs Lounge packed with students, faculty, staff, alums and community members.  The Faculty Club Board appreciates their taking time out of their busy lives to provide insight to the history of Williams over the past 50 plus years.
  • The March 12th lecture by Phil McKnight, Williams Graduate, who spoke on “The Shakespeare Nobody Knows.”  Phil put a nice spin on who might or might not have been the real Shakespeare, and kept the 47 attendees glued to their seats.
  • March 1st,  Irish -themed Friendly Friday featured Trevor Murphy (OIT), Felix Sun (Assistant Coach of Men’s and Women’s Tennis) and Patrick Gray Sr. and Jr. (OIT) provided an evening of lively entertainment with classics like ” Danny Boy”, and “The Man Who  Never Returned” We greatly appreciate this group for lending their considerable talents with us.  This event  was attended by over 90 guests. The food was also excellent and plentiful.  The wait staff was also efficient and helpful. Thanks to all who made this an awesome event! Let’s do this again next year.
  • The February 16th Cupid’s dinner was a great success with attendees enjoying delicious food, excellent service and fun with friends and family.  Join us for this event in 2020!
  • On February 2nd,the Asian Studies Department hosted a Tea Ceremony at  Center Stage in the ’62 Center. It was well attended and a very enjoyable time.  For more information go to: On February 7th we hosted a new Faculty Club Event: Tea and Conversation in the Faculty Club Living Room.  Around 25 attendees had delicious tea and tea sandwiches  and enjoyed gathering around the fireplace for warm conversation. It was a hit.  Look for another one in the next few months!
  • On Dec 4th, Dustin Griffin,  graduate of Williams (Ph. D. Yale). Taught in the English Departments at Berkeley and NYU for 40 years,  lectured at Sweetwood of Williamstown on the topic: “An Introduction to Paradise Lost: the Greatest Poem in the English Language” Between 35 and people attended, both residents of Sweetwood and community members.  The staff at Sweetwood did a great job hosting the talk and provided lovely refreshments.
  •  Faculty Club members had a great time Thursday evenings in July and August 2018 partnering with our colleagues from the Williams College Museum of Art.For more information on WCMA programming go to:

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Reservation/Cancellation Reminder

Club Policy requires that members be charged for reserved events unless they cancel their reservation 48 hours prior to the scheduled event, unless otherwise noted.