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for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

Emeriti & Retired Faculty

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Emeriti and retired faculty members are valuable participants in the Smith community. They continue to actively contribute to the intellectual and social life of the college through their scholarship and publications, contact with students and alumnae, and their collegial relations with both current and retired faculty members.

Emeriti Advisory Committee

The Emeriti Advisory Committee provides a direct means of communication between emeriti faculty and the administration. The committee serves as a forum for emeriti faculty ideas and concerns; makes recommendations about policy changes relevant to emeriti faculty; and provides advice to the president, provost and planning committees about issues relevant to emeriti faculty. In planning for retirement, faculty members often have questions about their opportunities and choices for shaping the next phase of their intellectual careers. The advisory board can assist with information and guidance.

Events & Activities

Emeriti Talks

Dewey Hall

All talks are held at 4 p.m. in Dewey Common Room, with refreshments beginning at 3:30 p.m. 

Fall 2019

“A Tale of Two Cloth Merchants, or When and How the Roman Church Lost its Way
November 20, 2019, Lester Little

“Pedagogical Opportunities of an Online Textbook?”
December 12, 2019, John Brady

Spring 2020

“The Music of What Happens in Ian McEwan’s The Children Act
March 4, 2020, Dean Flower

“The Film Amateurs, or, How Did That Cinema Screen Get in the Swamp?"
April 8, 2020, Jeff Hunter

Throughout the academic year, the Out But Not Down group generally meets monthly and enjoys a series of speakers and lunches. Membership is automatic. A letter is sent to recent retirees and new members are introduced at the group’s October meeting. Members also gather for an end-of-the-year dinner in May. There is no charge for membership or meals, and spouses or partners are welcome to accompany emeriti.

OBND Schedule 

Meetings are generally held the first Monday of the month in the Smith College Conference Center. Lunches are at 11:45 a.m. followed by talks. The celebratory dinner at the end of the year will be held on Tuesday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. 

October 7, 2019 (Lunch) Andrew Guswa
November 4, 2019 (Lunch)

David DeSwert

December 2, 2019 (Lunch) End of Semester Celebration
February 3, 2020  Cornelia Pearsall
"War Poetry"
March 2, 2020 (Lunch) Susan Fliss
“New Neilson Library”
April 6, 2020 (Lunch) Mahnaz Mahdavi
“Global Economic Outlook”
May 4, 2020 (Dinner) End-of-Year Celebration

Conference Center


OBND Officers 2019–20

President: John Connolly  
Vice-President: Margaret Anderson
Secretary: Ruth Solie
Treasurer: Charles Johnson

Emeriti & Retirement Resources


Provost/Dean of the Faculty

College Hall 206
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3000