Just days after the United Nations suspended peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war, Smith will host a panel of leading scholars and activists—including outspoken former U.S. ambassador Robert Ford—for a discussion of war crimes and human rights issues related to the Syrian conflict. The Thursday, Feb. 11, panel will inaugurate the opening of an exhibition of the “Caesar” photographs—a powerful and striking collection of images, photographed in Syria between May 2011 and August 2013 and then smuggled out of the country, documenting victims of torture by the government of Syria. (Both the panel discussion and exhibition include graphic content.)
Cornel West—a prominent civil rights activist and scholar perhaps best known for writing Race Matters and Democracy Matters—will speak in John M. Greene Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. The event is open to the public at no charge, and no tickets are required. Doors will open at 6 p.m. (In case of a full house, the talk will be live-streamed to Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall.)
Planning to attend Viola Davis' March 2 talk at Smith? Here's how to get your tickets.
To gain a more accurate picture of commuting by Smith employees, with an eye to further reducing the college's carbon footprint, the Office of Campus Sustainability is surveying staff and faculty about their daily travel to campus. The deadline for submitting the anonymous survey is February 12.
The way you hear about Smith news is changing. A new email newsletter, Notes from Paradise, is designed to bring Smith’s most important stories to people on and off campus. The new Notes will arrive in email inboxes weekly beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Smith senior Charnice Charmant is equally at home in a science lab and a dance studio. In an interview in the Winter Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Charmant talks about her double major in chemistry and dance and her research on black dance as a link between higher education, race and class.
MOTHERS' ARMS, a new exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art, explores the life and work of German artist and anti-war activist Käthe Kollwitz. Drawn from SCMA’s collection of works on paper, with loans from private and public collections, the exhibition includes more than 50 objects that place Kollwitz’s work in political, historical and cultural context.