Hell and Gone Over

1,021 nuclear detonations occurred at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992. Until the 1960s, most of these tests were atmospheric, above ground. In response to protests, one of which led to the arrest of Carl Sagan, President Kennedy signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty forbidding the atmospheric detonations. In response, the testing went underground. On January 19th, 1968, Project Faultless, one of the few tests that happened outside of the Nevada Test Site, was detonated 3,200 feet underground in the rural Hot Creek Valley.

After 12 miles on a dirt round trailing off the already desolate Highway 6, you know you’re approaching the site of Project Faultless when the earth suddenly sinks 16 meters lower. The land looks wrinkled. Fissures in the desert floor span off into the distance. In the center of the crater, a 9 ft steel pipe covered with graffiti punctures the dust. This is ground zero.

A nuclear test hasn’t been conducted in Nevada since the 90s, but the state is still home to the elite U.S. Navy Topgun program, the Tonopah Missile Test Range, the Hawthorne Army Depot, and the U.S Air Force facility, Area 51. With it’s unique high-desert geography, it’s also been a favorite spot for testing the drones and stealth aircrafts that are sent to the Middle East where the climate is similar. 

If you want to understand the underbelly of America’s military, you have to understand what has been done and what is being done in Nevada. Nevada is America’s test site, and if the Downwinders are any metaphorical indicator, the cancerous roots of these tests will long outlive the initial impacts.

Foolish Orchard

Photos from Shawn Rosenheim’s documentary short film production, Foolish Orchard, which chronicles the life of Sheafe Satterwaite, aged 79, as he strives to develop a commercial cider orchard on his estate in Salem, New York

Courtney Barnett at MASS MoCA

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Artist Steve Levin in his studio.

Jordan Jones

Artist Jordan Jones in her studio working on her senior thesis show at Williams College. Birds snuck into the studio the night prior. She cloaked her paintings in tarps to avoid any damage from the birds.

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Rashida Braggs' Explorations in Embodying Diaspora

Performance artist, scholar, and Williams Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative Literature, Rashida Braggs performed "Explorations in Embodying Diaspora" during the Dance/Performance in Interdisciplinary Perspective Symposium in Spring 2018 at Williams College.

Williams College Campus Call for Sanctuary Space

In the wake of the US 2016 Presidential Elections, many cities across the country renewed their commitment to protecting undocumented immigrants--these cities are called sanctuary cities. College campuses across the country have likewise made a call to make their schools sanctuaries for their undocumented peers.

Williams students organized a march from Paresky Student Union to Hopkins Hall to demand that Williams declare itself a sanctuary space. The march ended in the occupation of Hopkins Hall, a historically loaded space that was occupied by students in prior decades to demand Africana Studies and Asian Studies. This has been the first time this space has been occupied since these events.

Anti-Trump Rally in Williamstown, MA

Locals, students, and activists gathered the Saturday after the 2016 US Presidential election to voice their discontent and anger regarding Trump's election.

People carried signs concerned with a diverse spectrum of issues including LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, Black Lives Matter, and environmental justice.

Marchers convened at the traffic circle outside of the Williamstown Inn and then proceeded to close down Spring Street in the center of town.