A rare set of 19th-century volumes depicting images of ancient monuments and ordinary street life in the Middle East is now part of the Mortimer Rare Book Room collection. Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, describes how "The Holy Land" volumes came to Smith in this first in a series of stories about notable items from library special collections.
An innovative exchange program created by Smith School for Social Work Professor Joshua Miller recently brought nine community leaders from Africa to campus to explore strategies for healing communities traumatized by armed conflict and genocide.
Working with the Clark Science Center's outreach office, a team of Smith students created a lab activity about cancer cells for adult learners at Holyoke Community College. The project was inspired by the group's reading of a book about an African American woman whose cancer cells—taken without her permission—became the source of the first human immortal cell line for medical research.
Kathy Zieja, who is retiring later this month as head of dining services at Smith, says her 38 years at the college have been all about the students. "If we weren't responsive to students, we would fail," says Zieja, whose department has been named one of the top 50 college food operations in the country. Here's what else Zieja had to say about her time at Smith.
Ada Comstock Scholar Dianne Jester-Wieland says alumnae of the college's 40-year-old program for nontraditional students share the same pioneering spirit as the earliest classes of Smithies. Jester-Wieland shared her research on the history of the program with alumnae at Reunion II.
The world of book publishing is undergoing change and challenge at a time when reading is increasingly limited to tweets and texts. The latest issue of Insight offers essays by Smith professors on how books continue to influence their teaching, research and scholarship. Hear what faculty members from six diverse disciplines have to say about books that have "ignited their imaginations" and transformed their lives.
Smith launched its Picker Engineering Program 15 years ago, promising to bring more women—who are educated in the liberal arts along with their technical training—into the male-dominated field. The Summer Smith Alumnae Quarterly features engineering alumnae who are delivering on that promise. Read about them, along with other news.