BiGLATA Current Events
Remarks from Rainbow Graduation
The full text of Daniel R. Pinello's Rainbow Graduation address is available for download in PDF format:
You can also read his 1971 Advocate article online at http://www.danpinello.com/Williams.htm.
May 1-3 BiGLATA Reunion!
BiGLATA is planning a Williamstown reunion the weekend of May 1–3. Catch up with old friends, faculty and staff, meet the new Queer Life Coordinator (Justin Adkins), and experience the Rainbow Graduation for this year's seniors, including the presentation at Rainbow Graduation of an honorary award to Daniel R. Pinello '72 for his work as a student on campus, through his coming out story published in the Williams Advocate in 1971, and for all his work and writings on behalf of the LGBT community since he graduated.
Please contact Teddy Welsh '95 with any questions.
The currently scheduled events for the reunion weekend include the following. Keep checking the BiGLATA Web site for more info and a full schedule of events, as it continues to develop:
Friday, May 1st:
Friday evening reception at Hardy House. For those BiGLATA members and guests in Williamstown on Friday evening, BiGLATA will be hosting an on-campus reception at Hardy House from 5 to 7 p.m. Various hors-douvres, wine and other beverages will be served at this catered event (covered by the reunion registration fee).
Saturday, May 2:
Saturday morning scheduled events.
A number of scheduled events are available on Saturday morning for visiting alums and guests.
Hike to Pine Cobble. Teddy Welsh '95 will be leading a 1.6 mile hike to Pine Cobble. Pine Cobble (1,894 feet), to the northeast of Williamstown, offers one of the finest panoramic views of the Hoosic River valley. Within easy walking distance of the Williams College campus, this hike is a favorite with many Williams College students. The word "cobble" refers to the exposed outcropping of quartzite bedrock that is the destination of most of those who use the trail. On a clear day, the outcrop is easily visible from the valley floor, several miles away. Meet on Chapin Steps at 9:30 a.m.
Tour of Various Exhibits at WCMA. Professor Ed Epping, who is also faculty director of the College's Multicultural Center, will be leading a tour of various exhibits at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), one of the finest college art museums in the country. WCMA houses 13,000 works that span the history of art. Within the broad range of time periods and cultures represented, the collection emphasizes modern and contemporary art, American art from the late 18th century to present, and the art of world cultures. Admission to the museum is always free. Meet on Chapin Steps at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday lunch will be hosted by BiGLATA at Greylock Dining Hall – Makepeace Room and Classroom A (11:30 am-2pm). The lunch costs are included in the reunion registration fee.
Saturday afternoon's Rainbow Graduation and Honorary Award to Daniel R. Pinello '72: Goodrich Hall, 3:30 p.m.
The centerpiece of this year's BiGLATA May 1-3 alumni weekend is the "Rainbow Graduation," an annual event to celebrate the achievements of the College's LGBT graduating seniors. Rainbow Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at 3:30 pm in Goodrich Hall.
Starting this year, "Rainbow Graduation" will also include the presentation of an honorary award to an alumna or alumnus who either made a significant difference for the Williams LGBT community and/or the wider LGBT community once they graduated.
This year, the on-campus queer community will be honoring Daniel R. Pinello (BA, Williams College (American Studies), 1972; J.D. New York University School of Law, 1975; and PhD., Yale University (Political Science), 1991) for his work as a student on campus, through his coming out story published in the Williams Advocate in 1971, and for all his work and writings on behalf of the LGBT community since he graduated. Dan currently is a professor of government at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City of New York and has also taught at Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of New Orleans, and Yale University. His recent scholarship includes America's Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and Gay Rights and American Law (Cambridge University Press, 2003). As part of this year's Rainbow Graduation ceremonies, Dan will be addressing the audience for approximately 15 minutes on a topic of his choosing.
Saturday dinner hosted by BiGLATA at Mezze Restaurant: BiGLATA will be hosting a dinner for registered LGBT alumni and guests, graduating LGBT seniors, and invited faculty and guests at Mezze Restaurant in Willliamstown. The dinner at Mezze will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the costs are covered by the registration fee.
Saturday evening party at the Log, with DJ: BiGLATA will be hosting a party at the Log for BiGLATA members and guests, Williams LGBT students and faculty, and other invited guests. The Log party, with DJ, will begin at 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3:
Sunday Brunch: Sunday brunch will be available for registered BiGLATA members and guests at Mission Park Dining Hall – Dennet Room (11am – 1pm). The costs are covered by the registration fee.
All-Ivy/Seven Sisters Mixers Sponsored by Princeton BTGALA
Princeton BTGALA holds various monthly regional events in cities across the country. All of these events are open alums from the Ivy League and Seven Sisters schools, Stanford, Oberlin, Denison, Williams, MIT, Brandeis, UVA, University of Michigan, Kenyon and Duke.
Visit the Princeton BTGALA Web site for a listing of all upcoming events.