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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. 


Focus on Fellowship: Espy Thomson ’21

Espy Thomson ’21, a fellow in Technophilia/Technoskepticismhas spent much of her final spring semester at Smith researching the reproductive technology industry, including interviews with some of her 65 half-siblings. Read more.

Focus on Fellowship: Amanda Jiang ’20

Amanda Jiang ’20 has been working on a new protocol to explore the efficacy of an alternative-based intervention to reduce stress and improve the quality of life for COVID-19 healthcare workers. Read more.

Kahn News & Events

Read about what's happening and what's coming up at the Kahn, view videos of past events, and more. All at News & Events.


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