The Future of the Libraries

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Smith is entering the planning phase of a renovation of Neilson Library, to consider how the library can best serve the needs and expectations of the next generation of students and scholars. 

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The Power of Storytelling

When Ayla Schlosser ’09, who is Jewish, was 15 years old, a classroom discussion about conflict in the Mideast left her feeling hurt, confused, and misunderstood. Through this experience, she found that finding her voice and sharing her story not only helped to educate others, it empowered her. That is what Resonate is all about. Schlosser is the founder and executive of Resonate, which conducts workshops for women in impoverished countries to help them find their voices, tell their stories, preparing them for leadership roles in their communities. Here Schlosser—a Mary Maples Dunn scholar, who graduated with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish—talks about Resonate and her goals for the organization. 


Home Smith Home: Lamont House

Haley Crockett '15 loves inviting friends to spend time in her room in Lamont House. Her simple, minimalist decor, along with a gorgeous view, makes her room her sanctuary. See all the Home Smith Home videos


Home Smith Home: Comstock House

Yenelsa Duran ’16’s room in Comstock House is a perfect mix of comfortable, pretty and functional. The double education and Portuguese/Brazilian studies major has plenty of mementos of home—including a poster of her hometown of New York City and a Dominican Republic flag, her birthplace—mixed with keepsakes from teaching internships and Smith Latina leadership conferences.  See all the Home Smith Home videos


Smith-Tuck Business Bridge Program

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and Smith College are excited to launch the Smith-Tuck Business Bridge Program, to be held on the Smith campus in May 2015. While primarily for Smith students, the program will also be open to women studying at other institutions. Click here for more information.


The Ada Comstock Scholars Program

The Ada Comstock Scholars Program was established in 1975 under President Jill Ker Conway to enable women of nontraditional college age to complete their undergraduate degree. The program was designed to accommodate women at all stages of life, offering the opportunity to complete their education on a flexible schedule and providing special academic and social supports. Named for Ada Comstock 1897, the first dean of the college at Smith, Ada Comstock Scholars enrich the Smith community in myriad ways. Learn more about this unique program and the diverse women in the class. 


Piper Kerman, Up Close and Personal

The author of Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman '92, talks to book critic Bethanne Patrick '85 about her advocacy work highlighting the conditions of incarcerated women, and how the Netflix series is making this topic a national conversation. This event was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and the Student Event Committee (SEC).


The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell

"The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell," a new video about Smith's first African American graduate, is part of the college's 25th annual celebration in her honor. The video traces Cromwell’s life from her childhood in the 1870s to her emergence as a scholar and author.  Learn more about Otelia Cromwell and the new video here.


Artist in the Wild

The MacLeish Field Station is the perfect studio for botanic sculptor Dan Ladd. Ladd, artist in residence at MacLeish, says that his work with trees and plants is “collaborative.” “I make an unusual art that uses living, growing plant material as an art medium,” he says. Stemming from a lifelong interest in botany and art, Ladd grafts branches of trees to create sculptural forms; fuses metal, glass and plastic inclusions into trees and other plant life; and molds roots to form shapes and written pieces. Here he talks about some of his works at MacLeish and his approach to art.


Putting Ferguson in Context(s)

Panel Discussion Monday, September 8, 2014
Four scholars who are experts in African American history and culture, politics, criminal justice and social protest offer help making connections and show why Ferguson isn’t an isolated situation.

The panelists for “Putting Ferguson in Context(s)” are:
• Christina Greer, assistant professor of political science at Fordham University in New York City. Greer’s research and teaching center on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, campaigns and public opinion. She is currently researching the history of African Americans who have run for executive office in the United States. Greer was a former Mendenhall Fellow in the government department at Smith.
• Samuel K. Roberts, associate professor of history at Columbia University and of sociomedical sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Roberts has taught and written about the history of African Americans, public health and social movements in the United States. In July, he became director of Columbia’s Institute for Research in African American Studies, and he also serves as policy coordinator for a newly launched criminal justice initiative involving several different schools at Columbia.
• James Smethurst, associate professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Smethurst has authored books on African American poetry, the Black Arts Movement and the Harlem Renaissance. His scholarly interests include African American literature, ethnic studies and gender studies. Smethurst is now working on a history of the Black Arts Movement in the American South and is co-editing an anthology with John Bracey and Sonia Sanchez.
• Christopher Tinson, assistant professor of African American studies at Hampshire College. Tinson’s interdisciplinary research and teaching encompasses ethnic studies, media studies and criminal justice. He has served as a youth mentor to high school and juvenile detention centers in the Pioneer Valley. Tinson is also host of TRGGR Radio, a “hip-hop-rooted social justice” radio program.