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Voices & Visions: A Creative Forum for Young Women

In 2010-2011, the Kahn Institute's yearlong project Why Educate Women? Global Perspectives on Equal Education brought together faculty and students at Smith and the Five Colleges for an interdisciplinary consideration of educational problems and opportunities impacting women around the world. They structured the project to engage international colleagues with local counterparts, building on the scholarly interests of Smith faculty and putting them in touch with scholars in Women’s Education Worldwide ®, a consortium of 60 women's colleges and universities in 15 countries.

Many Fellows from the Kahn project concluded the year by attending the spring 2011 biennial WEW conference, which was jointly hosted by Smith and Mount Holyoke. In 2013, a number of them also traveled to Dubai for the most recent WEW conference.

Voices & Visions: An Online Journal for Women's Education Worldwide

One goal arising from both the Kahn project and those subsequent conferences was to extend the reach of women's voices and to build awareness of and appreciation for the varied lives of young women around the world. To realize that goal, faculty from Smith and Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi have founded Voices & Visions, an annually published online journal of creative work by women students. The new publication is designed to provide a forum for young women to express themselves creatively and to share insight into their lives.

The first call for submissions to Voices & Visions was sent out in the spring of 2013, and it generated submissions from institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. As an exclusively online publication, the journal can accept and publish creative work in a broad range of genres and formats, including not only written prose (fiction and nonfiction) and poetry, but also video, photography, digitized artwork, audio, and other multimedia works. The first issue, whihc is devoted to the theme "self-portraiture," has an official publication date of September 30, 2013. It includes work from 29 undergraduate and graduate students representing seven colleges and universities in the WEW consortium.

A link to the first issue will be added here upon its publication.


Fall 2013: In This Issue

A Note From the Director

2013-2014 Short-Term Projects:

Debates in the Digital Humanities

Excavating the Image: The Belchertown State School

Collective & Historical Memory

Traditional Eastern Medicine

2014-2015 Long-Term Projects: Faculty Fellowship Opportunities

The Power of Disappearance (Yearlong project, 2014-2015)

The Question of Privacy (Semester-long project, Spring 2015)

Calendar of Upcoming Events:

October 2:
   Book Launch, Reading and Signing

October 21-23:
   Narratives of Dress:
   Student Photo Shoot

November 1 & 2:
   Narratives of Dress:
   What Can A Garment Say?

November 8:
   Anne Knowles Lecture

November 13:
   Marvin Heiferman Lecture

December 5:
   Sharon Harper Lecture

News & Announcements

2012-2013 Project Final Report:

Mothers & Others: Reproduction, Representation and the Body Politic: Final Report

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