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Inside the CDE

Conf Historical Persistence in Comparative Development Conference

henry bruton The passing of Professor Henry Bruton

Meet the Class of 2015: 30 students from 22 different countries

rc2Brochure: General information about applying to the CDE program

rc3aWorking Papers: On economic development topics

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wirelessAll students live in the CDE building or other College buildings, unless they are accompanied by family. The CDE building provides fellows with a place to learn from classmates representing more than a dozen countries annually. It is a comfortable home away from home; a serious, yet relaxed atmosphere conducive to intellectual pursuits and intercultural exchange.

Living Areas
dormDormitory Rooms

Each student is assigned an individual room with a bed, bureau, desk and chair, bookcase, desk lamp, reading chair, standing lamp, and telephone. Bed linens and towels are provided for the year, as well as blankets and pillows. For students who have their own computers, each room is equipped with a data port that connects directly to the College network and the building is equipped for wireless access which requires a network card. Smoking is not permitted in any college buildings: Williams College smoking policy


All rooms have shared bathroom facilities with no more than 7 rooms sharing one bathroom. Bathrooms are cleaned once a week by the CDE custodial staff.


Coin operated washers and dryers are located in the basement. Students are responsible for doing their own laundry.

diningDining Room

Weekday (Monday-Friday) breakfast and lunch are prepared by the CDE cook and served buffet style in a large dining room. Dinner and weekend meals are served at the other nearby campus dining halls. All CDE fellows are required to participate in the CDE Meal Plan.

CDE faculty often join the fellows at meals and it is a valuable opportunity to exchange thoughts and information with everyone.

Communal Kitchen

Although a full meal plan is required of fellows living in College housing, a fully equipped communal kitchen is available in the CDE building for students to prepare meals when the College dining facilties are not open. It includes storage bins, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher, as well as dishes, eating utensils, pots, and pans.


Living Room

The CDE house includes a large living room equipped with a TV, VCR and DVD player. In addition to the movies available from the College library, the town’s public library, the Milne Library is next door to the CDE and loans out a wide variety of VCRs and DVDs. 

The living room also offers a piano for impromptu concerts.

Recreation Room

A recreation room in the basement is equipped with a pool table, ping-pong table, darts, and a TV. Other sporting activities occur outside: volleyball, soccer, and basketball.


Academic Areas
Computer Labs

Two rooms are equipped with at least 18 computers and two high-volume laser printers. These are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. A student support desk is also a phone call away and open until midnight most nights. The main computer center is just a couple of blocks from the CDE building and contains extensive equipment and technical assistance. Wireless access is also available throughout the building.


Most classes take place in the CDE classroom, which is located in the same building as the CDE dormitories and dining hall.

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