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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. 


Important COVID-19 Information

All events on campus have been canceled for spring 2020. For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page.

Call for Proposals for Democracies (2021-22)

The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute is partnering with the Provost’s Office for the next campus-wide themed year in 2021-22, focusing on democracies. The Kahn Institute invites ideas, suggestions and proposals from Smith faculty this spring for yearlong and short-term projects. Contact Director Alexandra Keller (akeller@smith.edu) to suggest a project and schedule a meeting for further discussion.


 

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

Contact

Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

21 Henshaw Avenue
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3721
Fax: 413-585-4294
Email: kahninst@smith.edu