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Since its founding in 1998, one fundamental principle of the Kahn Institute is that it supports faculty development without the requirement of a concrete "product." In the true spirit of liberal arts inquiry, faculty in Kahn seminars are invited to read, talk and think without the pressure to show a tangible outcome. This open-endedness sets the Kahn apart from other forms of research support available to faculty.

We all know, however, that Kahn projects have inspired and/or nurtured a range of work: books, articles, performances, art projects, new courses, and new curriculum units within courses. It seems appropriate to celebrate that work when participants themselves share it with us. Below is a list of some of the rich and varied activity that has been developed as a result of faculty engagement in Kahn long-term seminars.


Rethinking Childhood
  • Peter Pufall, Professor Emeritus, Psychology
    Richard Unsworth, Professor Emeritus, Religion

    Rethinking Childhood. Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers University Press. 2004.

    Contributing Faculty:
      Susan Etheredge
      Brenda Allen
      Alice Hearst

"More than putting out a book, we learned a great deal about the Kahn Mission and how it could practice the goal of cross-disciplinary study and get the input of senior students whose interest and creativity was an essential part of the whole project."
Richard Unsworth

  • Bill Peterson, Professor, Psychology
    "Guarding the next generation: The politics of generativity." In The generative society, E. de St. Aubin, D. P. McAdams & T. Kim Eds.., (pp. 195 - 209). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 2004.


Star Messengers
  • Paul Zimet, Associate Professor Emeritus, Theatre
    Star Messengers. A musical theater work about Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler. Written by Paul Zimet, music by Ellen Maddow. E-Published by the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Libraries, August, 2011.

  • Collaborative Project, Faculty Fellows, Kahn Institute, and Neilson Library
    Development of an electronical publishing system the play Star Messengers to allow this play and other research outcomes associated with Kahn Institute projects to be shared with the greater academic community.

  • Ellen Kaplan, Professor, Theatre
    Developed a Special Topics Acting Class on Bertolt Brecht that included a performance of Brecht's Galileo.

  • Andrea Hairston, Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor in Theatre
    MIndscape. Novel published by Aqueduct Press. 2006.


The Dispossessed: The Anatomy of Exile
  • Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritius of Sociology and Anthropology
    The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile. Edited by Peter I. Rose. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005.

  • Ongoing: Five College Seminar on Immigration, Nativism, and the 'Limits of Tolerance,' a continuation of discussions developed in An Anatomy of Exile and the Kahn Institute short-term project that served as the source of seminar Fellows. The editor of the journal SOCIETY has agreed to publish a collection of papers derived from this three-year ongoing Kahn project turned Five College Seminar.
"One of our most outstanding Student Fellows in An Anatomy of Exile, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, was turned on to the idea of documenting the experience of exile and, after getting two Masters' degrees at Stanford — one in Political Science, one in Journalism — she went on to become one of the world's outstanding documentary film makers. Among her films are portraits of refugees in her native Pakistan, women's roles and rights in Saudi Arabia, Muslim migrants in Sweden and others, several of which she primiered back here at her Alma Mater. I would certainly add a set of her DVDs to the list of Kahn 'products.'"
Peter Rose

  • Thalia Pandiri, Professor, Classics
    "Driven Out of Eden: Voices from the Asia Minor Catastrophe." Published in The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile. Edited by Peter I. Rose. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005: 44-69.

  • "Narratives of Loss and Survival: Greek Voices from the Asia Minor Catastrophe." The International Literary Quarterly. Issue 1, November 2007.

  • "Divergent Experiences of Exile: Voices from the Asia Minor Catastrophe" (Greek and Turkish). Conference paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Greek Studies Association; Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 16-18 2003 [Nov. 17, 2003]

"Participating in Kahn Institute projects over the years has been and continues to be fruitful and a wonderful opportunity not only to build on and pursue my own research interests but to grow, broaden my perspective, and interact productively with colleagues and students in a wide range of fields. The Kahn Institute is central to the intellectual life of the College. I have learned not only when I was a participant, but from open events. For example, in connection with the project on Bourdieu, I met the eminent Berber scholar Tassadit Tacine. We subsequently corresponded and she generously contributed her work to the first special Arab World issue of Metamorphoses, the five-college literary translation journal of which I have been editor-in-chief since 1999. Both that issue and the forthcoming (2011) second special Arabic issue received generous support from the Sams Fund, administered through the Kahn Institute."
Thalia Pandiri

  • Gertraud Gutzmann, Professor Emerita, German Studies
    "Acculturation, Transfer, ad Integration: Exiled Scholars and Writers in Western Massachusetts." Published in The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile. Edited by Peter I. Rose. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005: 44-69.

  • Special Studies Project: "Narrating the Lost Homeland: East Prussia, Masuria, Pommeriania in the Prose Fictions of Siegfried Lenz, Günter Grass, Johannes Bobrowski, Christa Wolf."

  • Senior Seminar (Spring 2012): "Brave New Worlds: The Experience of Exile and Migration in Twentieth Century German Literature and Film."

  • Ellen Kaplan, Professor, Theatre
    Wrote and performed the play Homelands/Homeless. Performed at Smith College on February 22, 2001. Also performed at Holyoke Community College.

  • Lale Burk Senior Lecturer, Chemistry
    "Fritz Arndt and His Chemistry Books in the Turkish Language," Bull. Hist. Chem. 2003, 28 (1), 42-53)

  • "An Open Door: German Refugee Professors in Turkey" in Peter I. Rose, Ed., The Dispossesed: An Anatomy of Exile, University of Massachusetts Press, 2004, 235-257.

  • Lecture: "German Scientists from Hamburg at the University of Istanbul, 1933-1955: Fritz Arndt (Chemistry) and Curt Kosswig (Biology)" University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 25 June 2009.

  • Work in progress: Ongoing research on the life and exile experiences of Leonore Kosswig (1904-1973), the wife of Curt Kosswig and a biologist herself, who remained active in anthropological research until the end of her life in Turkey.

Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine
  • Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Professor, Government
    Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine. University of Texas Press. 2009.

  • "Next Year in Jerusalem: Exiled in the Homeland." Published in The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile. Edited by Peter I. Rose. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005: 44-69.

"It would be extremely difficult to sort out what the "outcomes" were from my...Kahn (The Anatomy of Exile), now quite a few years ago and focused in displacement/refugees/migration. All of these subjects have continued to preoccupy me in my work on Sudan, which has entailed extensive publication, academic presentations, news interviews. I think the simplest thing is for me to attach my Sudan "C.V"; again, my working during the Kahn project and following has been deeply intertwined."
Eric Reeves


The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse: Emotion, Social Movements and the State
  • Nancy Whittier, Professor, Sociology
    The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse: Emotion, Social Movements, and the State. Oxford University Press, USA. 2011.

  • Martha Ackelsberg, William Kenan, Jr. Professor, Government
    Slide show (initially created with students) on cross-border organizing, presented at Smith and local schools; and later to other campuses and to various Smith clubs.

  • Organized a number of short- and longer-term residencies/workshops at Smith (including students as active participants/helpers) with community activists from New York and the greater Springfield area.

  • Joined Sophia Smith Collection Feminist Oral History Project, and did oral history interviews with two activists from the National Congress of Neighborhood Women (NCNW).

  • "Women's Community Activism and the Rejection of 'Politics': Some Dilemmas of Popular Democratic Movements" in Women and Citizenship, ed. Marilyn Friedman (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 67-90.

  • Thinking and discussions of research/writing contributed to a number of articles in my book, Resisting Citizenship: Feminist Essays on Politics, Community and Democracy (Routledge: 2010).


Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds
  • Mary Ellen Birkett, Professor, French Studies
    Conference paper: "Confronting Intolerance: The Case of Hawaii in 1837." Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2003.

  • Conference paper: "Representing Tolerance in the Pacific." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, Austin, Texas, 26-30 October 2005.

  • Conference paper: "The French Legacy in Early Nineteenth-Century Hawaii." Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2005.

  • Conference paper: "France in the Pacific: A Case Study." French Colonial Historical Society 32nd Conference "Colonization and Culture in the French Empire," Dakar, Senegal, 17-20 May 2006.

  • Conference paper: "Dupetit-Thouars and the Culture of Colonial Conquest in the Pacific." Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, University of Southern Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, 18-20 October 2007.

  • Religious Tolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds. Edited with Dennis Hudson. Kahn Institute Occasional Papers, vol 1. Northampton, MA: Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, 2007. Pp. 238.

  • "Confronting Intolerance in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii." Religious Tolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds. Pp. 153-174 in Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds. Northampton, MA: Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, 2007.

  • "Forging French Colonial Policy in the Pacific." French Colonial History. 8 (2007): 155-169.

  • Margaret Sarkissian, Professor, Music
    "'Religion Never Had It So Good': Contemporary Nasyid and the Growth of Islamic Popular Music in Malaysia." Yearbook for Traditional Music 37 (2005):124-52.

  • "Religion in the Charts: Contemporary Nasyid and the Growth of Islamic Popular Music in Malaysia." In Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds, ed. M.E. Birkett and D.D. Hudson, pp. 121-52. Northampton, MA: The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College, 2007.

  • New Course: MUS 220: Topics in World Music: Popular Music of the Islamic World.

  • Joel Kaminsky, Professor, Religion
    "Some Biblical Reflections on Religious Tolerance and Intolerance." In Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds, ed. M.E. Birkett and D.D. Hudson, pp. 121-52. Northampton, MA: The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College, 2007.

  • Vera Shevzov, Professor, Religion
    "Between Purity and Pluralism: The Icon and the Anathema in Late Imperial Russia." In Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity, Douglas Greenfield and Jefferson Gatrall, eds. (Pennylvania State University Press, 2010), 50-73.

  • "Scripting the Gaze: Liturgy, Homilies and the Kazan Icon in Late Imperial Russia." In Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia, Mark D. Steinberg and Heather Coleman, eds. (Indiana University Press, 2007), 61-92.


  • Reyes Lázaro, Spanish & Portuguese
    "Words and Worlds. Hitzak eta Biz(H)itzak." Edited by Reyes Lázaro. Metamorphoses, Spring/Fall 2004.

  • Jonathan Gosnell, French Studies
    "France, Empire, Europe: Out of Africa?" Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. (Duke UP) Vol. 26, No. 2 (2006): 203-12.

  • Kiki Gounaridou, Associate Professor, Theatre
    Staging Nationalism: Essays on Theatre and National Identity. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Publishers. 2005.

  • Martine Gantrel-Ford, Professor, French Studies
    Development and submission of a proposal for a European Studies concentration at Smith that was submitted to Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) in the spring of 2011.

  • Janie Vanpée, Professor, French Studies
    "Etre(s) sans papiers et sans domicile fixe: la femme comme figure de l’étranger chez Graffigny." In Françoise de Graffigny, femme de lettres: écriture et réception, Studies on Voltaire and Eighteenth Century. 2004:12, Oxford, 2004 : 328-336

  • New course (taught with Anna Botta) in Comparative Literature: CLT 285: Europe on the Move: Recent Narratives of Migration.

  • Greg White, Professor, Government
    "La migración laboral marroquí y los territorios Españoles de Ceuta y Melilla," Revista Internacional de Sociología 36, Septiembre-Diciembre, 2003, 135-168. (RIS is a journal of the Spain’s Council for Scientific Investigations.)

  • "Free Trade as a Strategic Instrument in the War on Terror? The Limits of the 2004 U.S.-Moroccan Free Trade Agreement," Middle East Journal 59:4, Fall 2005.

  • "Sovereignty and International Labor Migration: The 'Security Mentality' in Spanish-Moroccan Relations as an Assertion of Sovereignty," Review of International Political Economy 14:4, October 2007, 690-718.

"Most fundamentally, both (of my Kahn) projects influenced my move into the "Mediterranean space." They encouraged me to challenge conventional area studies (African, Middle East, and European Studies), to rethink borders, and to embrace the in-betweens. Both projects also helped me deepen my understanding of migration studies, an area that I had not explored prior to receiving tenure. In fact, although my recent book on climate-induced migration emerged more immediately from a Mellon grant, the two Kahn projects most definitely influenced it.

Quite apart from a mere listing of "products" or "outcomes," the two projects afforded me the opportunity to play. It affected subsequent course syllabi, including a course I developed in the early '00s on "Immigration." At bottom, I made invaluable contact with colleagues from other departments and programs. I'm not sure how or where I would have had the opportunity to learn with (and from) the Lazaros, the Bottas, the Roses, the Vanpees, etc. "

Greg White


  • Andrea Hairston, Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor in Theatre
    Soul Music. Play produced by Chrysalis Theatre 2002-2003

  • Albert Mosley, Professor, Philosophy
    Seminar (with Vicky Spellman): Affirmative Action as a Form of Reparations


TransBuddhism: Transmission, Translation, Transformation
  • Nalini Bhushan, Professor, Philosophy & Jay Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor, Philosophy
    TransBuddhism: Transmission, Translation, Transformation, Edited by Nalini Bhushan, Jay Garfield, and Abraham Zablocki. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press. 2009

  • Tom Rohlich, Professor, East Asian Studies
    "Two Monks and the Mountain Village Ideal", Published as Chapter 6 in TransBuddhism, Transmission, Translation, Transformation, edited by Nalini Bhushan, Jan Garfield, and Abraham Zablocki. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA. 2009. pp. 105-117

  • Also published in revised form as "Two Monks and the Mountain Village Ideal: On Translating the Transmission of Buddhist Ideas Through Poetry." In Toward the Fusion of Language, Culture and Education From the Perspective of International and Interdisciplinary Research. Edited by Namai Kenichi and Fukuda Yoshiaki. Kaitakusha, Tokyo. 2009. pp. 81-100.

  • Peter Gregory, Professor, Religion & East Asian Studies
    The Gate of Sweet Nectar: Feeding Hungry Spirits in an American Zen Community, With Producer, with Lesley Jo Weaver. (Los Angeles: Lightning Bolt Pix, 2004). Student-faculty collaborative film documenting the ritual performance of the "Gate of Sweet Nectar" at the Zen Center of Los Angeles interspersed with interviews with three American Zen teachers and practitioners. The ritual and liturgy for the "Gate of Sweet Nectar" was developed by Roshi Bernie Glassman, a leading American Zen Buddhist teacher and social activist. It creatively adapts a traditional rite for feeding hungry ghost (Kanromon) used in the Soto tradition of Japanese Zen.


Town Meeting: Practicing Democracy in Rural America
  • Donald Robinson, Charles N. Clark Professor Emeritus, Government
    Town Meeting: Practicing Democracy in Rural New England, University of Massachusetts Press in 2011.

  • Sam Intrator, Professor, Education & Child Study
    Developed and started Project Coach, a program that attempts to use sports as a means to engage, connect and empower adolescents and youth living in Springfield, Massachusetts.

"Participation in the Kahn Institute project helped advance my ideas about the role of youth activism in community development. The ideas around youth leadership became central to my future work in founding Project Coach, a youth leadership out-of-school program that prepares youth to coach elementary-aged children in underserved communities."
Sam Intrator


  • Darcy Buerkle, Associate Professor, History
    "Caught in the Act: Norbert Elias, Emotion and The Ancient Law," Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (March 2009) 83-103.

  • "Affect in the Archive: Arendt, Eichmann and The Specialist." In Visualizing the Holocaust: Aesthetics — Documents — Memory, eds. David Bathrick, Brad Prager, and Michael Richardson (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2008).

  • "Points of Departure." In Matthew Buckingham, Everything I Need. Camden Arts Centre, London, 2007.

  • "Gendered Spectatorship, Jewish Women and Psychological Advertising in Weimar Berlin," In Women’s History Review 15:4 (2006).

  • "Facing Charlotte Salomon." In Reading Charlotte Salomon, Monica Bohm-Duchen and Michael Steinberg, eds., Cornell University Press, 2006.

"I would like to highlight the relevance that the Kahn had for me as a junior member of the faculty because, first and foremost, the Kahn did a great deal to socialize me as a Smith faculty member. There are very few...opportunities for faculty to regularly interact outside organizational, departmental or College-level, meetings. ...The...Kahn (provided) a formal space in which I could interact with others as an intellectual, on the basis of ideas with such regularity that it was simply impossible to think of it as an evaluative experience in the least—a rare gem in this regard for the untenured."
Darcy Buerkle


  • Marjorie Senechal, Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science and Technology
    Book in progress: Writing a biography of Dorothy Wrinch, a controversial British scientist who was the first Valley joint appointment (1941-42) and then taught at Smith for thirty years. It is tentatively titled I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science.

  • Pau Atela, Professor, Mathematics & Statistics
    Expanded the course Mathematical Sculptures (MTH 227: Topics in Modern Mathematics, Mathematical Sculptures) to include students majoring in Art

  • Co-taught the Art/Math Studio Presidential Seminar, PRS309, in which students created a series of 3-D models dealing directly with aspects of mathematics.

  • Developed and implemented the concept for a space that has become MathStudio (Sabin Reed, third floor).

  • Directed and participated in "X = ," an art plus math participation and installation involving 16 artists and mathematicians working in four designed studio spaces to explore the creative process and communicaiton between art and math. December 16-19, 2008.


  • Lucy Mule, Associate Professor, Education & Child Study
    Teacher Education, Diversity, and Community Engagement in Liberal Arts Colleges. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2010.

  • Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Professor, Government
    Work in progress: Project titled "Mapping the Arab State," to explain why and how the Arab countries created regimes and not modern, institutional states.

  • Ellen Kaplan, Professor, Theatre
    Wrote the play Soul of the City, which became an MCC Playwrighting Award finalist. Workshop productions in Omaha, Nebraska by the St. Fortune Theatre Company at the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

  • Martha Ackelsberg, William Kenan, Jr. Professor, Government
    Developed slide show that became basis for “Who’s Political? Whose Politics?” (Chaired professor lecture, February 2010); earlier versions delivered to National University of Ireland, Maynooth, March 9, 2009, and to various Smith Clubs.

  • Inspired further collaboration with Myrna Breitbart, leading to a joint presentation at the International Interdisciplinary Social Science Conference, University of Granada, July 2007: "Challenges and Rewards of Campus/Community Partnerships."

  • Contributed to the formulation of my thinking for the panel on "Rethinking Leadership," Smith College Fiftieth Reunion Plenary, May 20, 2006.

  • Contributed to rethinkings and revisions of articles that were published in Resisting Citizenship: Feminist Essays on Politics, Community and Democracy (Routledge, 2010).

  • Town Meeting: Practicing Democracy in Rural America
  • Daphne Lamothe, Associate Professor, Afro-American Studies
    Inventing the New Negro: Narrative, Culture, and Ethnography. University of Pennsylvania Press. June 2008.

  • Conference paper: "Walking the Creole City: Paule Marshall’s Novels of the African Diaspora." Presented at the American Comparative Literature Association's (ACLA) Conference in April 2010.

  • Conference panel: "The Creole City." At the American Comparative Literature Association's (ACLA) Conference in April 2010.

  • Work in progress: Editing a collection of essays from the April 2010 ACLA conference, working title "Life Stories from the Creole City." Publication pending in the academic journal Biography in Winter 2011 or Spring 2012.


  • Lois Dubin, Professor, Religion
    Work in progress: Rachele and Her Loves: Marriage and Divorce in a Revolutionary Age. Under contract with Brandeis University Press, University Press of New England.

  • Marsha Pruett, M. B. O'Connor Chaired Professor, School for Social Work
    An ongoing collaborative relationship with Alice Hearst (Associate Professor, Government) that resulted in the development of a Presidential Seminar on Women and Child Trafficking.

  • "An approach to preventing co-parenting conflict and divorce in low-income families: Strengthening couple relationships and fostering fathers’ involvement." Family Process, 46 (1), 109-121, 2007. (with C.P. Cowan, P.A. Cowan, & K.D. Pruett)

  • "The hand that rocks the cradle: Maternal gatekeeping after divorce." Pace University Law Review,27(4), 709-739, 2007. (with L. Arthur & R. Ebling)

  • "Children of divorce: New trends and ongoing dilemmas." In James H. Bray and Mark Stanton (eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of family psychology (463-474). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2009. (with R. Baker)

  • Adrianne Andrews, Lecturer, Afro-American Studies
    "Black Women in Academe: Reflections on Marriage, Children, and Career." In Dilemmas of Black Faculty at Predominantly White Institutions in the Ubited States: Issues in the Post-Multicultural Era. Moore, Sharon E., R. Alexander, Jr. and A. Lemelle, Jr. (Eds.), Lewiston, ME: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010, pp. 197-216.

  • Augmentation of First-Year Seminar (FYS124) "African American Folk Culture."


  • Bill Peterson, Professor, Psychology
    "Third culture kids and the consequences of international sojourns on authoritarianism, acculturative balance, and positive affect." With L. T. Plamondon. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 755 – 763. 2009.

  • "Four TCKs, One Portrait." With L. Plamondon. In Writing Out of Limbo: The International Childhood Experience of Third Culture Kids and Global Nomads. Sichel, N., & Bell-Vilada, G., Eds. Publication pending from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Redwood and Wildfire
  • Andrea Hairston, Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor in Theatre
    Redwood and Wildfire. Novel published by Aqueduct Press. 2011.

  • Rosetta Marantz Cohen, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor, Education & Child Study
    "What it Takes to Stick it Out: Portraits of Veteran Teachers." In Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice Vol. 15, 4, 471-488.

  • Sujane Wu, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Literatures
    Concert and lecture, "Chinese Poetry in Performance: the Tang and Song Dynasties," October 28, 2009 at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire

  • Poetry reading, "Solitude, Chinese Poetry in Performance," The reading included a brief discussion on the theme, "Solitude in Chinese Poetry," and followed by a Q/A session. March 10, 2009, Poetry Center, Smith College.

  • Concert/performance, "The Floating Seasons in Chinese Poetry," A musical interpretation of poetry written for the Kahn Institute's Narrative: Identity project. Performance was followed by a Q/A session. March 2, 2007, Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College.


  • Susannah Howe, Senior Lecturer & Design Clinic Director, Engineering
    Collaborated with Michelle Wick (Psychology) to develop the structure of a first-year seminar titled "Creativity, Innovation, and Environmental Change."

  • Collaborated with Michelle Wick (Psychology) on initial planning of an endeavor called "Einstein's Challenge," an online collaborative community co-thinking solutions to the world's most pressing environmental problems.


  • Kevin Rozario, Associate Professor, American Studies
    Work in progress: Book manuscript, working title Whatever Happened to the Underground?: The Culture of Capitalism and the Art of Dissent, in communication with prospective publishers.

  • Conference paper: "The Underground Idea in the Flatworld: Imagining Dissent in an Age of Networks." Presented at the American Studies Association Conference, October, 2011.

  • Ongoing research: Research on African American uncerground cultures at the Beinecke Library at Yale University and at the Library of Congress.

  • Bosiljka Glumac, Associate Professor, Geosciences
    Lackovic;, D., Glumac, B., Asmerom, Y., and Stroj, A., 2011, "Evolution of the Veternica cave (Medvednica Mountain, Croatia) drainage system: insights from the distribution and dating of cave deposits" Geologia Croatica, v. 64/3, p. 213-221.


  • Elisabeth Armstrong, Associate Professor, Study of Women & Gender
    Work in progress: Gender and Neoliberalism: The All-India Democratic Women's Association. Publication pending, Routledge Press.

  • Work in progress: A project on the Women's International Democratic Federation in Asia between 1945 and 1990. Archival research in progress, one life history interview completed.

  • Donna Riley, Associate Professor, Engineering
    Journal article: Riley, D. and Claris, L. "From Persistence to Resistance: Pedagogies of Liberation for Inclusive Science and Engineering." International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology 1(1) 2009.

  • Book pending publication: Engineering Thermodynamics and 21st Century Energy Problems: A textbook companion for student engagement. Morgan and Claypool. Expected publication: 2011.

  • Conference presentation: "Toward a critical praxis for engineering, social justice, and peace." With K. Haralampides. Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace conference, London, August 2010.

  • National Science Foundation Grant: "E-Book Dissemination of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovations in Thermodynamics" National Science Foundation." $145,993 (2011-2013)

  • Hennebach Visiting Professor in the Humanities, Colorado School of Mines, February 2011. Taught and observed courses and gave a lecture on "Energy and Justice" that built in part on the work from the Kahn.

  • Course and Seminar taught at University of Rhode Island Chemical Engineering Department, April 2011. Seminar title: "Innovation for a Crowded Curriculum: A Textbook Companion for Thermodynamics," drawn in part on the work from the Kahn.

  • Albert Mosley, Professor, Philosophy
    An Introduction to Logic: From Everyday Life to Formal Systems by Albert Mosley & Eulalio Baltazar (Textbook currently in use in the Smith course LOGIC 101). Revision currently in progress.

  • Seminar: Victim of a Thousand Lynchings (unpublished)


  • Patricia Jackson, Vice President for Development
    Several presentations at various meetings of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and with communities of practice and vice presidential peers on the rhetoric of advancement.

  • Work in progress: Co-editing a CASE book (with Michele Minter, vice president for development at the College Board) on donor education, publication projected in the spring of 2012.

"Though I realize my output is slightly different from most Faculty Fellows, there is no question that my year as Faculty Fellow at the Kahn Institute has improved my own work as an advancement professional and, perhaps, even as a pseudo-scholar. I believe the experience has had direct benefit on Smith's own fund-raising operations as we pay even greater heed to the importance of donor education and transparency as well as the role that rhetoric plays in all of our communications with our various audiences."
Patricia (Trish) Jackson

"In the past few years I have had the fortunate opportunity to participate in two long term and two short term Kahn seminars. In each case the seminars have been instructive on a number of levels. Since I have retired from full time teaching, the Kahn seminars have been (and I hope will continue to be) intellectually stimulating. It is difficult to pinpoint the influence, but the ideas and presentations continue to percolate into my own work and into the lectures I have given and in the occasional courses I have taught. On another level, the structure of the Kahn seminars exhibit the best of a democratic system, i.e. all participants—students, faculty, emeriti, staff—have equal input. Because the participants are from a variety of fields, the seminars are notable examples of 'Liberal Arts.' "
Chester Michalik (Art)

TELLING TIME (2009-2010)

Time Capsule Label
  • Collaboarative Project, Participating Project Fellows, Kahn Institute, Neilson Library, Facilities Management
    Planned, prepared, and installed a time capsule that was sealed in the wall of the new Friends of the libraries Reading Room on the first level of Neilson Library in August 2010. The label to the left appears on the actual time capsule.

  • Bosiljka Glumac, Associate Professor, Geosciences
    Glumac, B., 2011, "High-resolution stratigraphy and correlation of Cambrian strata using carbon isotopes: An example from the southern Appalachians, USA" Carbonates and Evaporites, v. 26, 287-297.

  • David Dempsey, Associate Director of Museum Services
    Collaboration with Facilities Management, the College Archives, the Art Department and the Computer Sciences Department on the restoration of the "Peacock Bench" and sundial (near Lawrence and Morrow Houses) donated to the college by the Class of 1883.

The restored face of the sundial donated to Smith College by the Class of 1883.
  • Restoration of the contemporary art piece Wide-banded slab — 1969 by American artist Ronald Wendel Davis (1937 - ) with input from Visiting Kahn Fellow Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (Whitney Museum, Harvard Art Museums).

  • Restoration of the contemporary art piece Modern Head Relief by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) with input from Visiting Kahn Fellow Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (Whitney Museum, Harvard Art Museums).

  • Work in progress: Restoration of the contemporary art piece Mrs. Lichtenstein by Italian artist Michaelangelo Pisoletto (1933 - ) with input from Visiting Kahn Fellow Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (Whitney Museum, Harvard Art Museums).

"My Kahn project gave me the opportunity to do a lot of research and thinking about conservation and how it has changed with the need to treat contemporary art, which very often incorporates deliberate temporal elements that embrace the very type of decay that art conservators have been trained for centuries to resist. It was particularly helpful to have fellows from other disciplines to bounce my ideas and discoveries off of so that I could come to a more complete understanding of how conservation practice needs to change to accommodate this new reality. This new thinking has been incorporated into my lectures for the Museum Concentration lecture course, my Chemistry of Art Objects course and the Summer Institute for Museum Studies."
David Dempsey

  • Sara Pruss, Assistant Professor, Geosciences
    "Drilling predation and taphonomy in modern mollusk death assemblages, San Salvador Island, Bahamas." In review at Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

  • Darcy Buerkle, Associate Professor, History
    Nothing Happened: Charlotte Salomon and an Archive of Suicide. University of Michigan Press. Publication pending in December 2011.

  • Nancy Bradbury, Professor, English Language & Literature
    Ongoing: Developed and augmented material on medieval ideas into classes on Chaucer and Arthurian legend.

"...It was a publication that drew me into the yearlong project, Telling Time: Its Meaning and Measurement. With Carolyn Collette at Mount Holyoke, I edited and contributed an article to a special issue of the journal Chaucer Review: Time, Measure, and Value in Chaucer's Art and Chaucer's World (vol 43, no. 4, 2009, pp. 345-474).... Moving from the specialist focus of the journal issue to the heady interdisciplinary breadth of the Kahn seminar was for me at least as intellectually stimulating as producing a publication afterward, and the enrichment of my teaching will be an ongoing legacy of a truly rewarding Kahn project."
Nancy Bradbury


  • Mary Harrington, Tippit Professor in Life Sciences, Psychology
    Grant proposal: "Building foundations for a neurobiology of fatigue: validating an animal model," submitted to the National Institutes of Health in March 2011

  • Invited Lecture: "Internal circadian desynchrony and health." Latin American Symposium on Chronobiology, Natal, Brazil, 2009

  • Invited Lecture & Symposium Chair: "Models of circadian disruption in disease." Society for Research in Biological Rhythms, Sandestin, Florida, 2010

  • Invited Lecture: "Cytokines acting on suprachiasmatic nucleus pathways: A model for cancer-related fatigue." Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 2010

  • Invited Lecture: "Approaches to reduce internal circadian desynchrony following shifts of the light:dark cycle in PER2::LUC mice." Harvard Medical School Sleep Grand Rounds, January 3, 2011

  • Invited Lecture: "Desynchronization of Clock Genes." Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado at Boulder, February 21, 2011

  • Invited Lecture: "Circadian clock disruption and health." University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March 11, 2011

  • Benita Jackson, Associate Professor, Psychology
    "Social status, self-determination, and stress dysregulation: Testing a new conceptual model." With Richman, L. S., & Twenge, J. M. Invited manuscript for a special issue “Theoretical Innovations in Social and Personality Psychology: Implications for Health” at under review Health Psychology.

  • Low social status promotes ruminative coping. With Twenge, J. M. Souza, C.*, Chiang, J.*, & Goodman, E., Journal of Applied Social Psychology. In press. (* denotes Smith College undergraduates)

  • "Low social status markers: Do they predict depressive symptoms in adolescence?" With Goodman, E., In Race and Social Problems, 3, 119-128. 2011.

  • National Institutes of Health Research Grant: "Telling Our Stories Digitally." Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Phil Peake) $180,720 (2010)

  • Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA), Pilot Project Proposal, National Institutes of Health: "Social Status, Self-Determination, & Stress Response in Low-Income Women of Color." Principal Investigator. $16,403 (2010)

  • Susan Levin, Professor, Philosophy
    "The Doctor-Patient Tie in Plato's Laws: A Backdrop for Reflection," scheduled to be published in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

  • Beginning work on a book on Plato and medicine that will include further exploration of ties between Plato's handling of medicine and contemporary bioethics.


  • Susan C. Bourque, Esther B. Wiley Professor, Government and Rosetta Marantz Cohen, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor, Education & Child Study
    "Collaborating Across Disciplines on Global Women's Education," On Campus with Women: Higher Education and Global Gender Equity, Volume 40, Number 2, Fall 2011. American Association of Colleges and Universities.

  • Susannah Howe, Senior Lecturer & Design Clinic Director, Engineering
    Taking advantage of the unique networking opportunities afforded by this Kahn project to work on coordinating a cross-national, cross-institutional design project to be implemented in the future; Kahn involvement made it possible to connect with educators at engineering programs around the world as potential collaborators.

"Overall, one of the best aspects of Kahn Institute projects that I most value is the opportunity to learn about a topic (new or familiar) in-depth and aided by the perspectives and expertise of a range of colleagues. Being part of a Kahn is like being in an elective class with a group of friends, where we collectively get to set the direction and structure. I consider it part of my own professional growth and intellectual development."
Susannah Howe

  • Tina Wildhagen, Assistant Professor, Sociology
    Work in progress: Writing an article on the changing role of marriage and family aspirations in women's and men's decisions to attend college over the last thirty years.

  • Janie Vanpée, Professor, French Studies
    Work in progress: Developing a new course whose working title is The Gender/Culture Divide:Women’s Education in France .

NOTE: In the list above, the initial entry for a Fellow is marked with a solid-color cirle; additional outcomes for the same Fellow are indented and makred with an outlined circle. The same individual may have outcomes for more than one project.

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Index of Contributors

Ecologies of Childhood

Star Messenger

The Anatomy of Exile

From Local to Global

Religious Tolerance & Intolerance

Other Europes/
Europe's Others

The Question of Reparations


Problems of Democracy

Visual Languages

Form and Function

City Lives and City Life

Marriage and Divorce

Narrative : Identity

Sustainable Houses, Homes, Communities

Undergrounds and Underworlds

A Festival of Disorder


Telling Time

Wellness and Disease

Why Educate Women?

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