Emily Norton, the new co-director of Smith's Design Thinking Initiative, grew up in Warren, Vt., in a “design build” community founded by architects interested in environmentally sound development. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she says she's excited about being part of Smith’s Design Thinking Initiative as it moves from a multi-year pilot phase into a long-term partnership with the college’s Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and Wurtele Center for Leadership.
Michael Thurston—the Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College—has been named the college’s next provost and dean of the faculty. His appointment is effective July 1, 2019. A member of the Smith faculty since 2000, Thurston is an authority on American literature and American studies, with a primary research interest in modern and contemporary poetry. He received the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching in 2010.
Actor/writer/producer/director Jake Lipman ’00, founder of Tongue in Cheek Theater, explains what led to her latest production, "Relentlessly Pleasant," a look at women navigating the complexities of today’s work environments. Though the play deals with tough and topical issues, it’s also an entertaining comedy.
Sustainability awards, published research and prestigious civic and cultural honors are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.
Two student unity organizations are co-hosting a November event at the Smith College Museum of Art to explore indigenous people’s resilience in the context of museum and archival work. “illumiNATIVE: exposing colonialism and embodying sovereignty” will examine the ways in which museums have acquired, collected and continue to display indigenous cultural resources—often against the will of indigenous communities and without their voices represented. The Thursday, Nov. 29, event in Graham Hall will feature a 6 p.m. keynote address by Jaime Arsenault, a tribal historical preservation officer for the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa.