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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. 


Two From the Kahn Institute Named Honored Professors

Alex Keller, Director of the Kahn Institute and professor of film and media studies, and Rick Millington, Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of English Language and Literature and a fellow in the 2021-22 project Democracies Redux: Resumptions, Resilience, Reconciliation, and Restoration, received honored professor awards at this year's commencement ceremony on May 15, for their "long and distinguished faculty service to the college."

Kahn Student Fellow Charlie Diaz '22 Named Inaugural Smith Alliance for Justice and Equity Fellow

Charlie Diaz '22, a fellow in the Kahn yearlong project Democracies Redux: Resumptions, Resilience, Reconciliation, and Restoration, was recently selected as one of 14 inaugural Smith Alliance for Justice and Equity Fellows partly in recognition of his activism in promoting educational opportunity and equity for students with disabilities. Read more...

Kahn Fellow Erin Oppel '22 Profiled on the Gate

Erin Oppel '22, a fellow in the 2021-22 Kahn project Coping with Democratic Precarity, was recently profiled on the Gate. Oppel is bound for a year in Taiwan for intensive study of Mandarin.


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