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The Lewis Global Studies Center is launching a new program to host leaders-in-residence who will participate in a series of events. Please see the Leaders-in-Residence website for detailed schedules and associated news.

Leaders-in-Residence: Climate, Activism and the Work of Global Change Agents

This spring, the Lewis Global Studies Center will host two leaders-in-residence, both internationally renowned figures who address the crisis of climate change through activism and the arts.

Headshot of Sônia Bone Guajajara
Sônia Bone Guajajara

February 11–15, 2020
Sônia Bone Guajajara is an Indigenous environmentalist and political activist who advocates for indigenous rights in Brazil and is a leading voice for progressive change. 

Image of artist Zheng Bo in a garden
Zheng Bo

CANCELLED: April 1–7, 2020
Zheng Bo is a Hong Kong-based conceptual artist committed to human and multispecies equality by looking at the past and future from the perspective of marginalized communities and plants.


The Lewis Global Studies Center had planned to host the artist Zheng Bo as our Spring 2020 Leader-in-Residence. Though that residency was necessarily postponed, the artist agreed to co-create a video interview, discussing his art, his activism and his unique vision of what he calls “our inter-species relations” with the world. A self-described “eco-socialist conceptual artist,” Zheng Bo has created award-winning installations and workshops throughout Asia and Europe, highlighting the impact of climate change and offering an alternative, responsible strategy for living on earth. Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, talks with Zheng Bo about art, climate, sexuality, and other subjects in this image-rich interview.



Celebrating Collaborations

The annual Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together conference showcases and celebrates the scholarly work of Smith College students. Students present the results of their senior theses, independent study projects, research seminars and other creative work as part of oral sessions, panels, poster sessions, exhibits and performances. Projects are developed as a result of associations with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute or Praxis, for example, and fall into categories ranging from science and technology, social, cultural and literary studies to the performing arts.

Smith in the World Conference

The annual Smith in the World Conference explores the relationship between formal classroom education and learning that takes place in off-campus programs, such as Praxis internships, study abroad and community service.