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8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Registration and Refreshments for Invited Guests

Lobby, Wright Hall

Noon–2 p.m.

Lunch and Volunteer Convocation (invited guests)

Scott Gymnasium

The Volunteer Convocation will celebrate the inspiring work of Smith women to strengthen Smith, to improve communities around the world, and to rally alumnae in support of Smith’s ambitious plans for educating the 21st-century student. Speakers include President Carol T. Christ; Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard ’69, chair of Smith College Board of Trustees; Lynn Fox ’77, president of the Alumnae Association of Smith College; and trustees Janet Wright Ketcham ’53 and Mona Ghosh Sinha ’88.

2:15–5 p.m.

Volunteer Committee Meetings and Gatherings
(invited volunteers)

4:15–5:15 p.m.

Global Engagement Seminars: Experiencing the World

Neilson Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Among Smith’s newest academic innovations, Global Engagement Seminars combine faculty-taught summer sessions with internships at sites around the world. Smith students Josseline Matute ’13, Pranayeta (Shonty) Shroff ’14, Kamilah Weeks ’13, Marie Jones ’14, and Joy Chan ’14 will speak about their recent experiences in Costa Rica, Jerusalem, and Greece. Professor Gregory White will moderate the discussion.

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Fiftieth Birthday Celebration for the Mortimer Rare Book Room

Books Arts Gallery, Neilson Library (Third Floor)

5:30 p.m.

Dinner and Opening Program (invited guests)

Scott Gymnasium

A screening of the Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02 and journalists Shehrbano Taseer ’10 and Trudy Rubin ’65. Farah Pandith ’90 and Jane Harman ’66 will conclude the evening with an update on the Women in Public Service Project, a recent initiative launched by the State Department in partnership with Smith, Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, and Wellesley colleges.

8:30 a.m.–noon

Registration for Invited Guests

Lobby, Wright Hall

9–10:30 a.m.

Smith in the World Conference (open to the Smith community)

Campus Center

The annual Smith in the World conference explores the relationship between formal classroom education and learning that takes place in off-campus programs, such as Praxis internships, study-away experiences, and community service. In panel discussions and during poster presentations, students will speak about how their studies at Smith have shaped their off-campus endeavors and how those experiences have enriched their academic lives.

10:30 a.m.–noon

Open Houses
(open to the Smith community)

  • Botanic Garden (16 College Lane)
  • Center for Community Collaboration (Wright Hall)
  • Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability (Wright Hall)
  • Center for Women & Financial Independence (Neilson Archway)
  • Cogeneration plant (126 West Street)
  • College Archives and the Sophia Smith Collection (Alumnae Gymnasium)
  • Global Studies Center (Wright Hall)
  • Lazarus Center for Career Development (Drew Hall, 84 Elm Street)
  • Neilson Library (including Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library Special Collection, and Neilson Library Archives)
  • Smith College Campus School (33 Prospect Street)
  • Smith College Museum of Art (20 Elm Street)
  • Smith Executive Education (Wright Hall)
  • The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute (Neilson Library)
  • The Poetry Center (Wright Hall)
  • Wurtele Center for Work & Life (Wright Hall)

Noon–2 p.m.

Lunch Program (invited guests)

Scott Gymnasium

Smith College welcomes distinguished economist, educator, and writer Laura D’Andrea Tyson ’69, who will deliver the celebration’s keynote address on the global women’s gender gap. Introduced by Anita Volz Wien ’62.

2:30–3:45 p.m.

Discussion Sessions and Presentations: Section 1

Invited guests and the Smith community are welcome to attend any one of these concurrent sessions.

American Women in Government and Politics

Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Donald Baumer will interview Lile Rasmuson Gibbons ’64, April Hoxie Foley ’69, Shirley Sagawa ’83, and Jane Wilson Messenger ’86 about their impressive careers in public service and the importance of encouraging and empowering a new generation of women to enter politics.

Education Worldwide

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

The education of young women is the key to their social, economic, and political progress. Alison Overseth ’80 will lead a discussion about the value of education with panelists Hoon Eng Khoo ’73, Nano Chatfield ’78, Erinn McGurn ’94, and current Smith student Glendean Hamilton ’13.

Global Women’s Health

Carroll Room, Campus Center

Gates Professor of Biological Sciences Steven Williams will moderate a discussion with Dr. Catherine Webb ’70 and Dr. Shamiram Feinglass ’90.

4–5:15 p.m.

Discussion Sessions and Presentations: Section 2

Invited guests and the Smith community are welcome to attend any one of these concurrent sessions.

Environmental Stewardship In and Out of the Classroom

Carroll Room, Campus Center

At Smith, environmental literacy and sustainability have emerged as powerful principles, driving how the institution operates and educates students. Professor Amy Rhodes ’91, Associate Professor Gary Lehring, Angela Oliverio ’12, and current students Kayla Clark ’14, Emma Kimata ’14, Vannessa Louchart Bustamante ’13, Laura Malecky ’13, Emily Olmsted ’14, Helen Smith ’14, and Alyssa Stanek ’13 will speak about their experiences with Coral Reef Ed-Ventures and the Global Engagement Seminar in Costa Rica. Professor L. David Smith will moderate.

Smith In and Among the World

Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Janet Clarke McKinley ’76, Carol Rodley ’76, and current Smith student Nathalie Youngerman ’14 will speak with Professor Gregory White about Smith’s recent partnerships with CARE, Oxfam, and Among Women, a unique alumnae travel program for the sister colleges.

China as an Economic Superpower

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Alumnae from Asia, along with others who have spent much of their professional lives in China, will discuss the country’s influence on the global economy. Participants include Judith Chen ’73, Xi (Doris) Deng ’10, Associate Professor Suzanne Z. Gottschang, and Caroline Straathof AMS ’85. Ivy Lindstrom Fredericks ’81 will moderate.

6 p.m.

All Campus Reception (open to the Smith community)

Seelye Lawn

For alumnae, faculty, students, and guests.

7 p.m.

Dinner Celebration (invited guests)

Scott Gymnasium

President Carol T. Christ and Chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard ’69 will make a special announcement about the college’s ambitious plans for the future. They will be joined by past Smith presidents Jill Ker Conway (1975–85) and Mary Maples Dunn (1985–95), as well as Rochelle (Shelly) Braff Lazarus ’68 and other special guests, for an evening celebrating Smith and Smith women—past, present, and future.

9–11 a.m.

Brunch (invited guests)

Scott Gymnasium

Current Smith student Yasmine Evans ’13 will interview President Emerita Jill Ker Conway about her tenure at Smith and her vision for the future of women’s education. President Christ will follow with closing remarks to conclude the Women’s Global Leadership Celebration.