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," 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.
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.
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.
Smith College's experienced tour guides give their best tips for making the most of your college tour. Tours are often an overview, and colleges can blur together. Dig deeper and experience each college's unique aspects.
This year’s Summer Science and Engineering Program at Smith had its largest group ever — 116 high school girls took courses with faculty in physics, computer science, biology, neuroscience and geology. In the “The History of Earth and Life,” led by Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences, students explored Mount Tom, composed of volcanic rock formed toward the end of the Triassic Period, some 200 million years ago.
Under an innovative initiative called Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences (AEMES), Smith reaches out to students who have expressed interest in those fields to increase their chances of success. AEMES scholars are selected as first years and are supported by the program all four years of their college experience. During those years, the scholars conduct research with a faculty adviser and participate in a peer mentoring program. Here's what two members of the research team have to say about the lab work they are doing with Laura Katz, Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences. Learn more about the AEMES program here
Capen Garden is designed as a series of outdoor garden rooms. The largest is bisected by a rustic pergola supporting old varieties of climbing roses.