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‘The New Republic’ praises a translation by Prof. David Ball
THE NEW REPUBLIC    09/26/2014
“Every once in a while…an extraordinary document comes along to remind us that books matter,” says New Republic book critic David A. Bell. One of these books, he writes, is Jean Guéhenno’s Diary of the Dark Years, recently translated by Smith professor emeritus David Ball. Bell writes, “this is a genuinely important and enthralling book, and its publication in English in an excellent, fluid, and expertly annotated translation by David Ball is a welcome and long overdue event.” Ball is professor emeritus of French studies at Smith.
Alumnae News
Alumna brings opportunity, professionalism to dance at L.S.U.
Though she is bringing dance to Louisiana State University, teaching wasn’t Smith alumna Ching-shan “Sandra” Parks’ original plan. After finishing high school in her native Taipei, Taiwan, she moved to New York to become a dancer. To get a work visa so she could dance professionally, she went to N.Y.U.’s Tisch School for her bachelor’s degree. “That’s how I am,” Parks said. “I have a goal for myself, for the program, and I figure out how to get there.” Parks received her M.F.A. degree from Smith in 2007.
Alumna will lead Owyhee Combined School
With 20 years of teaching and administrative experience, Smith alumna Lynn Manning-John ’98 has returned to Owyhee Combined School, this time as principal. Manning-John, a 1994 Owyhee High School graduate, has helped tribal communities since 2005, providing Native American students with resources and opportunities to improve lives through education.
Faculty Expertise
Prof. Zimbalist comments on the FCC and the new blackout rule
MARKETPLACE    09/30/2014
Smith economics professor Andrew Zimbalist comments on the NFL’s reaction to a recent Federal Communications Commission decision to remove a blackout rule that says if 85 percent of professional sports tickets aren’t sold, teams can prevent local broadcasts of games. “The NFL is doing a lot of posturing here,” says Zimbalist, noting that NFL teams can still negotiate to black out games whenever attendance is low. “So we’re unlikely to see any appreciable effect here.”
Smith in the World
Video: Author Jessica Bacal on being brave, making mistakes
THE REPUBLICAN    09/29/2014
Jessica Bacal, director of the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith, spoke recently at Bay Path University about her new book, Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong. Bacal emphasized three main points: “Cultivate self-awareness; try to have a growth mindset; be brave. Know that if you’re brave, you’re going to make mistakes, and dealing with the mistakes will require more bravery.” [Bacal's talk begins at 4:10 in the video.]
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A formula for Mountain Day? It all adds up to fun
Following the college’s annual Mountain Day celebration September 29, we asked some experts in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to weigh in on whether there is a formula for determining when the president will call the surprise day of fun and relaxation each year.
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