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Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute

The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute supports collaborative research among Smith and Five College faculty, Smith students, and visiting scholars 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 members of the Smith College faculty.

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Architect, Artist Michael Singer to Visit Smith

"Regenerative Design in the Built Environment"
Thursday, April 20, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Michael Singer, an internationally renowned artist and designer whose groundbreaking work has helped transform concepts of public art, architecture, landscape and planning projects into models for urban and ecological regeneration, will speak on "Regenerataive Design in the Built Environment," in conjunction with the Kahn yearlong project Modes and Models of Making.

All are welcome; refreshments served.

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Kahn Faculty Fellow's Documentary Film in Local Festival


A documentary film, Holding Hands With Ilse, by Abraham Ravett, professor of film and photography at Hampshire College and a participant in the Kahn yearlong project "The Power of Disappearance" (2014-15) will receive its Pioneer Valley premiere when it is screened on Wednesday, April 19, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Isenberg School of Management as an entry in the school's annual Multicultural Film Festival.

The film documents Ravett's search for his childhood nanny and friend using only her first name and a photograph. Read more...