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The following Smith and UMass students have been awarded fellowships in connection with the Kahn Institute's two long-term projects for the 2012-2013 academic year. Fellows in the project Altering Bodies & Minds will investigate efforts to modify minds and bodies and the spectrum of practices meant to improve mental and physical health and functioning. The project Mothers & Others: Reproduction, Representation, and the Body Politic will juxtapose representations of actual and mythic mothers in different mediums, societies, and historical periods. Its Fellows will investigate the spectrum of maternal roles and responsibilities, and the perceptions and outcomes of them.

Detailed descriptions of both projects can be found on the Kahn Institute Web site at

Nicholas Horton, Organizing Fellow
Mathematics & Statistics

Barbara Brehm-Curtis, Organizing Fellow
Exercise & Sport Studies

Katherine Dymek '14, Biological Sciences
Samantha Floyd '14, Linguistics, Government
Kaja Katamay AC, English Language & Literature
Rachel McDonald '14J, Sociology
Alexandra Russell-Oliver '14, Classical Studies
Dana Sherwood AC, Psychology

Ginetta Candelario, Organizing Fellow
Sociology and Latin American Studies

Naomi Miller, Organizing Fellow
English Language & Literature

Jena Andres '13, English Language & Literature
Marianne Bullock AC, American Studies
Camille Kulig '13, English Language & Literature
Laura Malecky '13, Study of Women and Gender
Rebecca Raymond-Kolker, Latin American Studies

Saving Face

On Sunday, February 26, 2012, Smith and Kahn Institute alum Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02,  won an Oscar for the documentary Saving Face, a film chronicling a London-based plastic surgeon who travels to Pakistan to treat women who have been doused with acid in attacks often carried out by spurned lovers or angry husbands.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Obaid-Chinoy was the first woman in her family to receive a western education. She graduated from Smith in 2002 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and government, and completed master’s degrees in international policy studies and communication at Stanford University.

During 2001, she was a Student Fellow in the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute’s long-term project titled Anatomy of Exile, organized by Peter I. Rose (Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology), which investigated the causes and consequences of forced migration, the dependency of the dispossessed, the sociology of alienation and the politics, and the morality of refugee policies. The Kahn Institute provided funding for her first film, Terror’s Children, a report on Afghani refugee children in Pakistan, in 2002.

Obaid-Chinoy has produced numerous award-winning documentary films about the people of Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, including The Lost Generation, a film about middle-class Iraqis who have been driven from their homes by war and sectarian bloodshed, and Reinventing the Taliban, which explored the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan. She adds her Oscar to a long list of prestigious awards recognizing her work as a filmmaker, including the Overseas Press Club Award, the American Women in Radio and Television Award, and the South Asian Journalist Association Award. She was the first non-American to win the Livingston Award, and the youngest recipient of the One World Media “Broadcast Journalist of the Year” Award.

Obaid-Chinoy co-directed Saving Face with Daniel Judge.


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