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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

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Since 1998, the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute has supported collaborative research among Smith and Five College faculty, Smith students and visiting scholars—all without regard to the traditional boundaries of departments, programs and academic divisions. Each year the institute supports long- and short-term projects that are proposed, planned and organized by Smith College faculty. 


A Note from the Director: The Kahn Institute’s Role in Changing Times

Where are institutes like the Kahn amid today’s pandemics, of both coronavirus and global systemic injustice and inequity? The Kahn Institute has worked beautifully in its usual way for a long time, but these times are unprecedented, and our support response must match it. The Kahn is ready to reshape itself to meet the needs of the faculty and the Smith community however it can. Read more on the News & Events page.

Current Projects

The Kahn Institute’s 2020–21 projects, Imagining Climate Change and Technophilia/Technoskepticism, will begin in September as scheduled. Read more details. The Kahn is accepting proposals for short-term projects for 2020-21.


Research Without Boundaries

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“The Kahn Institute is unique. No other college has anything quite like it—an incubator for cross-disciplinary research, debate and colleagueship, and a haven for free speech.”
Marjorie Senechal, Kahn Institute founding director

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“Being a Kahn student fellow had a huge influence on me and ultimately inspired me to pursue a doctorate in history.”
Rachel Johnson ’12



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“As a first-generation college student, the Kahn gave me an inside view into the scholarly process that I may not have gotten otherwise, and it was an incredibly valuable experience.”
Maric Kramer ’04


Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

21 Henshaw Avenue
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3721
Fax: 413-585-4294