In the Spotlight


Isabel Pena’ 19 attended the ” Biennial Urban History Conference” in Columbia, South Carolina to present her poster on ” The New O.C. : Race, Space, Immigration and the Making of Postsuburban California” Congrats Isabel!!






Vickie Vertiz ’98 had her book  ” Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut” just won the 2018 PEN America Prize in Poetry! PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide.  Congrats Vickie!!

Gabriella Carmona’18 had her article: “The Kebab Truck: A study of the turkish and Moroccan ethnic economy in Oxford” accepted by the MMUF Journal in its 2017 issue. Congrats Gabby!!

Eilin Perez’14 has advanced to candidacy at the University of Chicago, where he is pursuing a PhD in history.  Eilin was just awarded the prestigious Council on Library and Information Resources-Mellon Fellowship for his project The Half-Life of Sovereignty: North Korea and Solidarity Movements of the Global South, 1960- 1989.”  Congratulations, Eilin!


2018 Yale Writing & Research Symposium
Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program


Carlos Malache Silva ’18 (Philosophy & German) presenting “World Formation and World Collapse: A Hermeneutical Account of Symbolic Violence in Coloniality”
“The 2018 Yale Writing & Research Symposium was a great opportunity for intellectual development. It allowed to me to understand how my research in phenomenology and theories of translation may fit into the broader field of post-colonial studies. Besides this substantial academic aspect, the experience of sharing my research with fellows of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (and associated programs) was inspiring; I witnessed a community of undergraduate students from underrepresented demographic groups devoted to utilising the resources centralised in academia for a critical engagement with the canons that it disseminates. I was proud to be part of this community, a group of spirited students devoted to a transformation not only of each of their academic institutions but the social realities beyond them as well.” – Carlos Malache Silva



Williams College MMUF Presenters:

  • MarChé Daughtry (WGSS & American Studies): “Investigating Labor Practices Through Representational Detective Work”
  • Naomi Francois (Religion & Africana Studies): “The White Christian and BLM”
  • Daniel Maes (Mathematics & Statistics): “Creating Predictive Models for Undergraduate Affirmative Action Policies in the U.S.: Are Collegiate Demographics Shifting Toward a ‘Critical Mass’?”
  • Carlos Malache Silva (Philosophy & German): “World Formation and World Collapse: A Hermeneutical Account of Symbolic Violence in Coloniality”


Warm Form
New Paintings by Beverly Acha

February 16 – March 25, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, February 16, 6-9 pm
Artist Walkthrough: 
Sunday, February 18, 4pm

Beverly Acha, ’09

Underdonk is pleased to present Warm Form, an exhibition of new paintings by Beverly Acha. In her first New York solo exhibition, Acha introduces us to a language of abstraction that explores  structures of space and perception. Responding to shifts in her physical environment and landscape, Acha uses light and color to capture the ways in which place changes how we see and move through space.

In her paintings, Acha pulls from the systems that shape space and reality, from the forces that propel the earth’s spin and revolution around the sun, to dark matter’s role in the universe, and then back down to the architecture of our built environment, words, numbers, atoms, energy transferred in waves and particles. Each of these are associated with various types of formal abstractions: lines, grids, concentric circles, etc. In using these visual structures, Acha creates pictorial spaces that are at once shallow and infinite. Grids measure intervals, create rhythm across the surface, mark time. Gradations of color, intensity, and tone both open and collapse space, pull us in and out. To view Acha’s paintings is to access how they were made: we move through, within, and across, following their vibrations, wobbles, and breaks. Subtle asymmetries give us multiple points of entry. Inconsistencies and irregularities in the structure become tactile, haptic, and physical experiences of subjectivity. By engaging in questions of existence, experience, reality, and structures of space, time, and causality, her paintings give physicality to the intangible.

Beverly Acha (b. Miami, FL) holds an MFA from Yale University in Painting and Printmaking and a BA in Studio Art and American Studies from Williams College. Recent exhibitions include Mutualities, a solo show at the Roswell Museum and Art Center in Roswell, NM, Noonlight at Blackburn 20|20 Gallery, UPROOT! at Smack Mellon, No Regrets at LeRoy Neiman Gallery, and Museum Starter Kit at El Museo del Barrio. Acha is the recipient of awards and residencies including a Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Wassaic Project Residency and Education Fellowship, Roswell Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, and Peyser Prize in Painting. She was interviewed for Maake Magazine Issue 4 (2017) and currently teaches painting and drawing at University of California at

Acha currently has a series of monotypes, “Vibrations and Waveforms,” on view in Noonlight curated by Kenny Rivero at the Blackburn 20|20 Gallery323 West 39th Street, 5th Floor, NYC 10018. On view January 18 to February 25, 2018, Tues. to Sun., 10am – 6pm.