Black Bodies Matter
As a student at Williams, Chaédria LaBouvier ’07 promised herself that one day she would bring the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat to campus. Back then, she never could have foreseen the ways in which his potent work and her own life would intersect, culminating in the Williams College Museum of Art’s installment this fall of one of Basquiat’s most disquieting and rarely seen paintings, Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart). Here’s how she fulfilled her promise.
Citizen of the World
Three years ago, documentary filmmaker Karin Muller was traveling solo through Egypt. With her SONY PMW-200 camcorder in hand and 60 pounds of equipment and supplies on her back, she spent three months living among Nile fishermen, Bedouin nomads and garbage collectors, capturing their everyday lives.
Food for Thought
Williams Alumni Review
The year was 1976, and words like local, seasonal and organic weren’t exactly front of mind for grocery shoppers. In urban areas and New York City, in particular, where food was shipped, flown and trucked in by necessity, what passed for a tomato was frequently flavorless and mealy. Peaches were small, hard and pea-colored. So when the first Greenmarket opened in a police parking lot at East 59th Street and Second Avenue, just a block away from Bloomingdale’s department store, it was a bit of a revelation for city dwellers—at least for those who had never tasted a fully ripened peach in season. Today farmers’ markets are far more common, especially as consumers have become more culinarily sophisticated and environmentally aware. But when Barry Benepe ’50 launched that first Greenmarket, it was a tough sell.
This Is How She Does It: Leeanne Alonso
If there’s one thing that’s changed about Leeanne Alonso since having her twins, Antonio and Miguel, it’s that she’s no longer as likely to catch snakes with her bare hands. For her boys’ sake, she’s unwilling to chance a poisonous bite. But work like hers is never entirely risk-free. As an international conservationist, she travels deep into the wilds of countries like Ivory Coast, New Guinea and Nepal—locales so remote that it takes days to reach them by trail or boat, places where the wildlife can be dangerous and the human inhabitants sometimes even more so.