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Tuesday Teas

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Conversations with Williams Faculty about Writing and Publishing

Organized by the library and co-sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty's office, the Tuesday Teas series celebrates Williams authors and honors their writing and creative work. On four Tuesdays after spring break, we gather for tea and listen to faculty- authors talk about a recent publication/production and reflect on the joys and trepidations of the writing, creating and publishing process.  Free and open to the public.  4:00 P.M.  Sawyer Library
For questions or further information, contact Christine Ménard

APRIL 10, 2018

"The Tunnel at the End of the Light: Writing About Movies and Politics"
Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence

APRIL 17, 2018

"Giant Robots, Vampire Schoolgirls, and Other Serious Subjects: Writing About Japanese Animation"
Christopher Bolton, Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature

APRIL 24, 2018

"Periodical cicadas: stories about Santa Fe, synchrony, and an excellent protein source"
Julie Blackwood, Assistant Professor of Mathematics 

Professor Blackwood research interests lie at the intersection of mathematics and ecology with a focus on developing and analyzing mathematical models that describe population-level ecological processes. Her research spans several topics in ecology including invasive insect management, disease ecology (both in humans and wildlife), and coral reef conservation.  Recent publications included: 

  • "Modeling alternative stable states in Caribbean coral reefs", Natural Resource Modeling, 2017 
  • "Zika virus dynamics: When does sexual transmission matter? "Epidemics, 21:48-55, 2017 
  • "Predicting bat colony survival under controls targeting multiple transmission routes of white-nose syndrome. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 409:60-69, 2016, discussed locally in an article in the Berkshire Eagle

In her talk "Periodical cicadas: stories about Santa Fe, synchrony, and an excellent protein source" professor Blackwood will discuss the research and writing of her next article on spatial synchrony of cicadas, forthcoming in 2018. See interview in the American Mathematical Society Blogs

MAY 1, 2018

Who Speaks for Nature? On the Politics of Science
Laura Ephraim, Assistant Professor of Political Science