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Smith’s wide array of innovative programs and centers, cross-disciplinary initiatives, and internship and service opportunities are designed to enrich the academic experience to help students further explore their passions in real-world pursuits.

News from the Grécourt Gate

The Grécourt Gate showcases the ideas, the people behind the ideas and the original contributions Smith is making to larger intellectual dialogues through the culture of research and the liberal arts at the college, where a vibrant community of scholars and students exhibit a love of discovery. Here are some recent features.

Finding the Right Words

Poetry Center Director Matt Donovan offers a poet’s perspective on America’s gun obsession.

A Lesson in Arabic

Mary-Kate Wilson ’25 on the joys of learning a new language—and winning a medal at this year’s Arabic debate championship.

New Endowed Chair to Honor Gloria Steinem ’56

Smith College is honoring one of the world’s most visible and pioneering advocates for equality and justice with one of its highest academic distinctions. Thanks to a recent anonymous gift of $3 million, the college is establishing the Gloria Steinem ’56 Endowed Chair in the Study of Women and Gender.

The Art of the Pop-Up

Professor Joseph O’Rourke unwraps the mathematical intricacies of paper folding in his new book Pop-Up Geometry, The Mathematics Behind Pop-Up Cards.

Finding New Evidence of Early Animal Life

Professor Sara Pruss and Lexie Leeser ’21 have made a discovery that could change prevailing wisdom about early animal life on Earth. In a paper just published in Science Advances, they present fossil evidence that suggests colonial animals known as bryozoans appeared approximately 30 million years earlier than previously reported.