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A Culture of Care >> Read Smith’s plans for the fall 2021 semester.


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Throughout the 2021–22 academic year, the Smith community will examine democracies around the world through the curriculum, exhibitions, performances, lectures, special events and the work of the college’s centers and institutes.

Year on Democracies News

Pelosi Urges Smith Students to Contribute, with Confidence

In a Presidential Colloquium after receiving an honorary degree at Smith College tonight, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Smith students to have the confidence to contribute to their communities, their country and the world.

UPDATE: ERA Activist Carol Jenkins Will Speak at Smith September 21

Activist Carol Jenkins—co-president and CEO of The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment—will give a Presidential Colloquium at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Sage Hall at Smith College. (Please note updated date, time and location.)

Democracies Through the Lens of the Liberal Arts

The Year on Democracies will examine the historical, philosophical and global aspects of what President Kathleen McCartney called "notions of democracy around the world." Presidential colloquia, lectures on the fight for racial justice, as well as art exhibitions on America’s political landscape are among the events planned for the year.

Smith Announces Ticket Procedures for Upcoming Nancy Pelosi Colloquium

Smith College today announced ticketing procedures for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Presidential Colloquium at Smith College at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Will Speak at Smith College

Nancy Pelosi—the first woman to serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and one of the foremost voices in American democracy today—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College.

Democracies Redux: Resumptions, Resilience, Reconciliation, and Restoration (2021-22)

Democracies Redux is an invitation to open up what democracies might mean, carry, and create, when reconsidered as ways of knowing and being that upheld inter-relationships, inclusivity, and the work of restitution and renewal. Democracies in this project centers itself in investigative commitments that reimagine democracies’ polyvalent manifestations and vital possibilities in the passageways of life, matter, ideas, and their mutuality. This project is as much about generativity as it is productivity. In this vein, the project is also a physical address from which the work of resumptions and restoration can be carried out.