In its selective January term course, the Women's Narratives Project takes juniors and seniors on a grant-funded retreat to talk and write about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success. The workshop is led by Dean of the College Maureen A. Mahoney and Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters.
Dar Williams, Lenelle Moise MFA ‘04 and Carolina A. Miranda ’93 will speak about creating unconventional lives. The panel is co-sponsored by the Women’s Narratives Project and will be followed by a reception. CDs and other merchandise will be available for sale.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
This diverse panel of students will talk about the connection between pursuing their passions and developing as leaders. Panelists include Cristina Santarosa '11, who is a mentor to peers in the chemistry lab, Phoebe Harris '11 and Grace Miceli '11, who created a Smith literary magazine called Swimming Lessons, and Dana Elliot '13 and Colby Singleton '11J, who help run Smith's successful "Bicycle Kitchen." Sponsored by the Women's Narrative Project and Center for Work & Life.
January 17-20, 2010
Twenty juniors and seniors joined dean of the College Maureen A. Mahoney and dean of religious life Jennifer Walters for a grant-funded retreat at the beautiful Trinity Conference Center in West Cornwall, CT. They talked and wrote about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success.
November 5, 2009
Three Smith alumnae, all current or former members of the Obama administration, spoke about making a life in politics.
October 24, 2009
A panel of Smith mothers and daughters reflected on navigating
work, friendship and love.
September 24, 2009
From Chapter One: “[On] Orientation Day, Celia wept in the backseat of her father’s Lincoln Town car all the way out to Smith. The family had to pull over in a Taco Bell parking lot so she could get herself together before meeting her housemates. By the time she arrived at the front door of Franklin King House, she was fixed with a big fake smile and half a tube of her sister’s Maybelline concealer. . ."
In this non-graded, five-day January term course, juniors
and seniors began to develop a habit of reflection about their own values and goals.
They talked and wrote about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism,
risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success. The workshop was
led by Maureen A. Mahoney, Dean of the College, and Jennifer Walters, Dean of Religious
Friday, June 22, 2007
Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college and Jennifer Walters, dean of religious
life, led a workshop entitled “Narratives of Life’s Success” as
part of a spring alumnae program, Your Best Life: Women’s Health and Well-being.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, led this lunchtime panel together
with Barbara Brehm-Curtis, Professor of Exercise and Sports Studies, and Carolyn
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Our third annual panel discussion brought together the
writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc '86, the writer Lorene Cary, and the playwright and
actor Anna Deavere Smith. They discussed how social class has figured in their lives,
and what compels them to create work that is, at least in part, about class.
We chose this topic because it’s an important
one for Smith’s socio-economically diverse student body. Students feel the
impact of social and economic class differences as they negotiate friendships, career
aspirations and work, yet class difference is a taboo subject among friends and classmates.
During this panel, Dean Walters facilitated an open and complex discussion among
three remarkable women
Lorene Cary's talk on class.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Three Smith daughters and their mothers participated in a panel discussion
about work, friendship and love. The mothers and daughters were: Esther Mobley ’11
and her mother Page Kelley ’81; Ashley Brickhouse ’11 and her mother,
Mitchelin Brickhouse; and Bridget Reutener ’01 and her mother, Mary Reutener ’70.
The panel was moderated by Jennifer Walters, Dean of Religious Life.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Heather Abel, Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien '57, Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick,
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Martha Southgate '82 discussed their experience of
the connections and conflicts between ambition and friendship. Maureen A. Mahoney,
Dean of the College, introduced the panel and Jennifer L. Walters, Dean of Religious
Life, moderated. A reception followed.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Suggesting "balance" as a life goal can produce anxiety because the truth
is that most of us feel out of balance most of the time. We are often given
advice to solve the "balance" conundrum by being clear about who we are
and what we want. Achieving this clarity, however, is easier said than done. Deans
Mahoney and Walters discussed the possiblity that tolerance of imbalance and continued
reflection about life goals may be a better approach than setting the unreachable
goal of a perfectly balanced life.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
A panel of Smith mothers and daughters (pictured below) reflected on navigating
work, friendship and love. The panel discussion was moderated Maureen Mahoney, dean
of the college. Read
a transcription of "Mothers and Daughters Talk About Getting a Life."
Elvetra Cossie, Afiya Williams
'08, Maureen McCadden, Molly McCadden '07, Ashley Varner SCSSW '99, Chilton Varner
Monday, October 23, 2006
Mary Catherine Bateson, Liz Phair, Betsy Stark
and Rebecca Walker shared their own narratives of success at our inaugural event.
The panel discussion was moderated by
Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, with
opening remarks by Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college.