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Kahn Institute Alum Wins an Oscar
On Sunday, February 26, 2012, Smith and Kahn Institute alum Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02, won an Oscar for the documentary Saving Face, a film chronicling a London-based plastic surgeon who travels to Pakistan to treat women who have been doused with acid in attacks often carried out by spurned lovers or angry husbands.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Obaid-Chinoy was the first woman in her family to receive a western education. She graduated from Smith in 2002 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and government, and completed master’s degrees in international policy studies and communication at Stanford University.
During 2001, she was a Student Fellow in the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute’s long-term project titled Anatomy of Exile, organized by Peter I. Rose (Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology), which investigated the causes and consequences of forced migration, the dependency of the dispossessed, the sociology of alienation and the politics, and the morality of refugee policies. The Kahn Institute provided funding for her first film, Terror’s Children, a report on Afghani refugee children in Pakistan, in 2002.
Obaid-Chinoy has produced numerous award-winning documentary films about the people of Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, including The Lost Generation, a film about middle-class Iraqis who have been driven from their homes by war and sectarian bloodshed, and Reinventing the Taliban, which explored the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan. She adds her Oscar to a long list of prestigious awards recognizing her work as a filmmaker, including the Overseas Press Club Award, the American Women in Radio and Television Award, and the South Asian Journalist Association Award. She was the first non-American to win the Livingston Award, and the youngest recipient of the One World Media “Broadcast Journalist of the Year” Award.
Obaid-Chinoy co-directed Saving Face with Daniel Judge.
Kahn Institute Faculty Fellowships Awarded for 2012-2013
The following Smith and Five College faculty and staff have been awarded fellowships in connection with the Kahn Institute's two long-term projects for the 2012-2013 academic year. Fellows in the project Altering Bodies & Minds will investigate efforts to modify minds and bodies and the spectrum of practices meant to improve mental and physical health and functioning. The project Mothers & Others: Reproduction, Representation, and the Body Politic will juxtapose representations of actual and mythic mothers in different mediums, societies, and historical periods. Its Fellows will investigate the spectrum of maternal roles and responsibilities, and the perceptions and outcomes of them.
Detailed descriptions of both projects can be found on the Kahn Institute Web site at www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php.
Altering Bodies & Minds
Nicholas Horton, Organizing Fellow
Chris Aiken, Dance
Mothers & Others
Ginetta Candelario, Organizing Fellow
Riché Barnes, Afro-American Studies
Students Invited to Apply for Fellowships in 2012-2013 Projects
Students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 are invited to apply for student fellowships in the Kahn Institute's two long-term collaborative research projects for 2012-2013; those projects are Mothers & Others: Reproduction, Representation, and the Body Politic, which is being organized by Ginetta Candelario (Sociology and Latin American Studies) and Naomi Miller (English Language & Literature) and Altering Bodies and Minds, which is being organized by Barbara Brehm-Curtis (Exercise & Sport Studies) and Nicholas Horton (Mathematics & Statistics).
Students interested in applying can learn more about what Kahn Fellowships are and the application process on the Institute's Web page for Student Fellows at www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php. They can learn more about the two projects for 2012-2013 on the Web page for upcoming projects at www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php.
Information sessions for interested students will be held at the Kahn Institute on the following schedule:
All student fellowship applications must arrive at the Kahn Institute no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2012.