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"I'm trying to make this light...because after all, the world's going to end in a year and three months."

Anthony Aveni, professor of astronomy and anthropology at Colgate University and author of The End of Time, in a Kahn Institute presentation this past fall on the major theories of 2012 end-of-the-world predictions—particularly the popular belief in a Mayan calendar forecast for a cataclysmic event.

"If you can't count the toes, you check the patterns in the tracks. There's a little bit of galloping going on here!"

Scott Johnson, Smith's outdoor adventure coordinator, leading a January Interterm class on how to read animal tracks.
Photo gallery of J-Term 2010 >

"If a warlord says, 'I want this woman to leave,' you can't just say 'Oh no, I want to stay, sir, sorry!'"

Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy '02, offering advice on breaking into the journalism profession

"You WILL pay taxes."

Smith economics professor Randall Bartlett describing in a lecture the financial obligations and issues Smith students will face in their personal and professional adult lives

"Among the Seven Sisters, there are more than a combined thousand years of experience in women's leadership. Why would you go anywhere other than a women's college?"

Farrah Pandith '90, special representative to Muslim communities for the U.S. Department of State, who joined Julianna Smoot '89, chief of staff, Office of the United States Trade Representative, in discussing idealism and compromise in politics and life for a presentation of Smith's Women's Narratives Project

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