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Hawaiian past and present at Williams College

A young man is singing in a low and carrying voice. He holds long phrases on a breath. He is chanting a Hawaiian oli, and the words are his. Nālamakū Ahsing is a Williams student, class of ’21, and he wrote these verses calling to the people who came before him to speak. He opens…

‘Tartuffe’ tantalizes at the ’62 Center

Leather boots. Falls of curls streaked with color. Women in corsets and men in long hair and silk stockings. Lights dance on the ceiling, and a man in spangled facepaint is doing the limbo under the chandelier — the 17th century has gone clubbing in Paris. And it’s glorious. On Saturday night, David Eppel celebrated his…

Skywatching at Hopkins Observatory

The sky never gets dark in Washington D.C. Growing up, Rebecca Durst would tug her father onto the sidewalk to look for the five stars bright enough to show against the city lights. Two years ago she went to New Zealand to observe Pluto’s shadow in starlight. In the summer after her Sophomore year at…

Robert Hass — Berkeley beat in the Berkshires

Down Addison Street in Berkeley, Calif., between University Avenue and Strawberry Creek Park, steel panels set words under foot. “Let us climb the sugar pines! / We shall move out at dawn. / You will set up camp. …” C’iidaymiya, a Yana woman sang 100 years ago. In the 1890s Gertrude Stein was a teenager…