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10/24/2014
 
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Smith, Tuck will partner on new program for Smith students
ASSOCIATED PRESS    10/23/2014
Women, business; Smith, Tuck! This summer, for the first time ever, Smith and the Tuck Bridge Program are partnering in a new program that will offer business-skills courses for women—especially Smith students. The program, which was announced this week, will be held at Smith in May and June.
Alumnae News
Worms or spaghetti? Alum examines history of Italian food
METROPOLI, ITALY    10/17/2014
In this article and in an upcoming book, Gaia Cozzi Am.S.Dipl ’14 examines how the image of Italian food changed in America during the 20th century. “If I hadn’t gone to Smith,” Cozzi notes, “I would have never been able to write the book. It was only at Smith, where I had the chance to research food at a supportive women’s college, that I decided to devote my writing career to food.” [For a copy of the article (in Italian), email Marti Hobbes.]
Laurie Ann Guerrero ’08 named poet-in-residence
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS    10/20/2014
Laurie Ann Guerrero ’08 has been named the first poet-in-residence at Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges, in San Antonio, Tex. Guerrero, who grew up on San Antonio’s South Side and attended Palo Alto before graduating from Smith, is becoming widely recognized for her work; last year, Poets & Writers magazine named her one of its top 10 emerging poets.
Smith and the making of Wonder Woman
BOSTON GLOBE MAGAZINE    10/24/2014
Harvard professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore talks to the Boston Globe about how her new book on Wonder Woman was shaped in part by a visit to ….
Faculty Expertise
Prof. Gardner on China’s ‘Xi Bigbig’
THE NEW YORK TIMES    10/22/2014
Increasingly, the Chinese people and state media are referring to their president, Xi Jinping, as Xi Dada (习大大), or Xi Bigbig. The phrase translates as Uncle Xi or Daddy Xi — and the leader may welcome the familial, personalistic term, Smith professor Daniel Gardner told The New York Times. ‘‘By embracing the nickname… Xi Jinping is allowing himself to be likened to an imperial ruler who governs by dint of wisdom, compassion and deep familial affection for the people,” Gardner said. Gardner is the D.W. Morrow Professor of History at Smith and author of Confucianism: A Very Short Introduction.
Prof. Zimbalist: does hosting the Olympics really pay off?
THE CONVERSATION    10/24/2014
The competition to host the Olympic Games has typically been fierce, but an increased awareness of the associated costs is convincing some cities to think twice. Smith professor and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist examines the value of hosting the Olympics in this essay for The Conversation.
On Campus
Portia Krieger ’03 brings “Smithie swagger” to Shakespeare’s “Shrew”
VALLEY ADVOCATE    10/24/2014
Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew has always been a tricky play for modern audiences—what are we to make of the swaggering fortune hunter who marries a volatile and headstrong heiress and bullies her into being a submissive wife? In a production she’s directing at Smith this fall, Portia Krieger ’03 says she wants to honor both what is “thorny and uncomfortable” in the play, as well as “a lot that is perversely witty, sexy, and hilarious–while bringing our own special brand of Smithie swagger.”  
Smith in the Community
Meet Calvin McFadden, Smith’s new Ada and sophomore dean
THE REPUBLICAN    10/23/2014
Calvin McFadden is Smith’s new dean of Ada Comstock Scholars and of the sophmore class — and he’s also been a pastor since he was 15 years old. Read more about McFadden in this Springfield Republican profile.
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Geek is glam!
Geek is glam! So say the Girl Scouts – and the 12 Smith students who spent all day Saturday working with 170 4th-8th graders at the Girl Scouts STEM Expo in Worcester, Mass. The Smithies presented workshops on rocks and minerals, balloon-powered cars, and learning cell biology with cookies. (Were they Thin Mints?) We’ll just bet they inspired some geeky and glamorous future scientists and engineers.
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