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McGrath Lecture by Kory Stamper '96, October 5, 2017

Kory Stamper

Photo Credit: Michael Lionstar

This year's McGrath lecture, In Humility, Knowledge: One Smithie's Journey into our Wild, Lascivious Language, features Kory Stamper '96, the author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. Stamper is a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster where she also writes, edits, and appears in the "Ask the Editor" video series. She blogs regularly on language and lexicography on her blog Harmless Drudgery and her writing has appeared in The GuardianThe New York Times, and on

Read more on the Smith Alumnae website.

Co-sponsored by: Friends of the Smith College Libraries and Mortimer Rare Book Collection, part of Smith College Special Collections

Date & Time Location
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:30 p.m. Alumnae House Conference Hall. A book signing and reception will follow.

View a video from the event on YouTube.


Mary Irwin
Friends of the Smith College Libraries