in the City: Boston
On Saturday, Dec. 1,
alumnae from the Boston area will get to experience all the
intellectual stimulation of a Smith class, this time without
the homework and exams. Smith in the City, a day of
classes taught to alumnae by some of Smith’s most celebrated
faculty, was launched last year in New York, and was so successful
that it now serves as a model for others across the country.
professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department,
who will explore the latest research on the construct of
perfectionism and the mental health implications of trying
to live a perfectionistic life. She will also discuss how
to transform the anxieties associated with perfectionism
into more productive life strategies.
- , associate professor
of American studies, who will present an introduction to
cultural studies through a reading of Peggy Parish’s beloved
1963 children’s book Amelia Bedelia, which offers
a starting point for a debate about the role of mass cultural
texts in shaping American ways of life.
- , professor of
philosophy and Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor
in the Humanities, who will explore the nuances of garbage
when she shares her research on the way we as a society
think about and handle refuse.
- , Gates Professor
of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry, who will discuss
his research focused on eliminating neglected tropical
diseases, which are usually diseases of poverty that disable
and stigmatize millions of people living in the world’s
Carol T. Christ will also be on hand to update alumnae on
the latest news of the college, including the details of
, a new fundraising
campaign that will reimagine the liberal arts for the 21st
The Boston event will be held
from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Boston Marriott Copley Plaza,
and will include lunch. .