The Williams Forum

The Williams Forum The Williams Forum creates space at Williams College for community members to compassionately engage with each other about campus and national issues.

The Williams Forum is a student-run political debating society at Williams College established to promote meaningful conversation built on compromise and compassion in an age of increasing political polarization. As such, the Forum is driven to bring influential thinkers, change-makers, and experts to Williams College and to host public debates on issues of national and international significance. These debates provide a platform in which guest speakers, Williams professors, students, and alumni can meaningfully participate and engage with one another.

BREAKING NEWS (but this time the good kind): Williams College First MOCK Debate Tryouts — 7pm Thursday (1/9) and Friday ...
01/07/2020

BREAKING NEWS (but this time the good kind): Williams College First MOCK Debate Tryouts — 7pm Thursday (1/9) and Friday (1/10) @ Greylock Makepeace!
No prep needed, all we ask is desire to make people LEARN & LAUGH 🙌🏻

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12/06/2019

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11/19/2019

We're projecting Wednesday's Democratic Debate at 9pm in Baxter! Stop by, grab some pizza, and watch the ten candidates face off. All community members are welcome!

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11/19/2019

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Click the link below to read our feature in the Williams Record and to learn more about our goals, values, and concerns ...
11/11/2019
Williams Forum aims to “pop the Purple Bubble” – The Williams Record

Click the link below to read our feature in the Williams Record and to learn more about our goals, values, and concerns at the Forum!

https://williamsrecord.com/2019/11/williams-forum-aims-to-pop-the-purple-bubble/

The atmosphere was oddly tense. It was a Friday night in the Sawyer Mabie Room, and about 30 students sat on tables, eyeing each other. Some students had just explained the logic behind a supposed Joe Biden cocaine scandal, and others were beginning to question the claim’s validity, despite at fir...

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11/01/2019

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We're discussing the electoral college and alternatives tonight! 7:30pm. Mabie. Bring your laptop! Questions to think on...
11/01/2019
Election Methods: The College & Alternatives – THE WILLIAMS FORUM

We're discussing the electoral college and alternatives tonight! 7:30pm. Mabie. Bring your laptop!
Questions to think on until then..

How do we evaluate the Electoral College?
What are good alternatives to the Electoral College
What would it take for a national election system to change? Local?
How has our country changed since the Electoral College was created? How has (or hasn't) the Electoral College changed with it?

https://sites.williams.edu/thewilliamsforum/meetings/election-methods-the-college-alternatives/

Election Methods: The College & Alternatives Posted on October 31, 2019October 31, 2019 by David Morse At 7:30pm this Friday, we’ll be discussing the electoral college and thinking about alternatives. Our aim will be to figure out which methods are best for elections of different scales (Williams ...

Join us for an informational meeting tomorrow night, the 18th, at 7 pm in Greylock D. Hope to see you all there!
09/17/2017

Join us for an informational meeting tomorrow night, the 18th, at 7 pm in Greylock D. Hope to see you all there!

04/19/2017

Opposition: Mariama Ndiaye '17 and Sam Crane, Professor of Political Science

04/19/2017

Proposition: Nicholas Goldrosen '20 and Keith McPartland, Professor of Philosophy

04/19/2017

Debate motion for tonight: This Forum Believes That the Primary Effect of Elite Colleges is the Perpetuation of Economic Inequality.

Note: Applications for the 2017-18 Board and Planning Committee are due by this SUNDAY at 11:59 pm. Please email wbs1 wi...
04/12/2017
Williams Forum Interest Form

Note: Applications for the 2017-18 Board and Planning Committee are due by this SUNDAY at 11:59 pm.

Please email wbs1 with any questions!

Positions on the 2017-18 Forum Board (the organization's primary administrative body) and Planning Committee (a body that helps to organize debates) are now open.

02/16/2017

FAKE NEWS IS COMING. TEASER TRAILER TIME.

11/14/2016
Senator Chris Murphy Addresses the Williams Forum Filibuster

Thank you to everyone who participated in our filibuster last Friday! We were moved by all of the student speakers who spoke about the issues, causes, and ideas that matter most to them. It was incredibly enlightening and inspiring, to say the least. Thank you.

And thank you for the encouraging message, Senator Chris Murphy (Williams College Class of 1996), the inspiration for our 14 hour and 50 minute filibuster. We can't thank you enough for your activism and for energizing ours.

11/12/2016

A special thank you to our inspiration, and @WilliamsCollege alum, Senator @ChrisMurphyCT

11/12/2016

And we're done! A big THANK YOU to all our participants - you made this possible.

11/12/2016

Quess Green '20 now speaking on issues of identity and the power of words.

11/12/2016

Entering the last hour and just got pizza! Come join to watch our final speakers and a recorded statement from Senator Chris Murphy!

11/12/2016

Devyn Hèbert '17 speaking now on climate change refugees and apathy.

11/12/2016

Vincent Gudenus '20 now speaking on Transatlantic Relations in the Brexit and Trump era.

11/12/2016

Lucas Elek '17 now "reading comforting bedtime stories in response to these tumultuous political times"

11/12/2016

Will Sager '17 currently speaking on judicial reform.

11/12/2016

José Rivera-Aparicio '17 now speaking on the act of voting as a Puerto Rican.

11/12/2016

José Rivera-Aparicio '17 now speaking on the act of voting during this recent election.

11/11/2016

(Also we just got fresh Dunkin' Donuts and coffee/hot chocolate)

11/11/2016

Catherine Tan '17 now speaking on Mike Pence and women's reproductive rights.

11/11/2016

Lina Worden '19 currently speaking on "democracy: the state is not your friend"

11/11/2016

While we were gone:
Ayami Hatanaka '18 on Japanese-American internment
Landon Marchant '20 spoke
Sam Alterman '18 on liberal culpability

11/11/2016

We have moved the filibuster to Paresky Auditorium. Please join us downstairs!

11/11/2016

Molly Bodurtha '17 back on deck speaking on 'normalization'

11/11/2016

Michael Gordon '20 now speaking on the state of queer rights in the United States.

11/11/2016

Zoë Taylor '17 now speaking about sexual assault on college campuses

11/11/2016

Brandon Hilfer '20, now reading poetry.

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