Graduate Symposium

The Annual Graduate Symposium is the culminating academic event of the Williams MA Program. Every year, second-year MA students present their research publicly by delivering 20-minute conference papers. Presentations are based on a Qualifying Paper (QP) undertaken during a student’s course of study in the Program and further developed over an intense sequence of practice runs before a joint faculty-student committee, with additional training in public speaking and other skills pertinent to critical debate and the arts of persuasion. The Symposium takes place in the Clark Auditorium on graduation weekend and constitutes a significant event for the art history community in Williamstown. Below you may view Symposium programs from the last few years.

Twenty-Eighth Annual Graduate Symposium Program, 2023