On December 6, 2016, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented Age-Old Truths at the University of Idaho Malcom Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. In Age-Old Truths, Professor Sanders discussed Williams v. New York, a 1949 U.S. Supreme Court case that held un-cross-examined evidence could be considered when fixing felony sentences. The Williams Court theorized that sentencing judges have always been trusted to “make the right calls” when fixing felony punishment. But for decades, legal scholars have doubted whether U.S. colonial judges (and their English counterparts) actually possessed any such authority.  Ironically, Williams provides a cautionary tale on the dangerousness of denying defendants the ability to cross-examine sentencing evidence. Professor Sanders pondered whether the dark undercurrent of racial bias and prejudice towards Williams may be the only “truths” that Williams has to offer about the U.S. criminal justice system. Professor Sanders reflected upon Williams in light of the racial inequality that continues to permeate the administration of criminal justice in the U.S. The Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium is a series of lectures by distinguished members of the University of Idaho faculty and staff who present and describe their approaches to teaching and/or research in their respective disciplines. These lectures explore the specific subjects and methodologies that define the disciplines within which the speakers work. Substantive interdisciplinary work requires an appreciation for the nature of the disciplines involved.