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Anna Deavere Smith Headlines March 4 Celebration of Women for the World Campaign

Smith students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the successful culmination of Smith’s Women for the World campaign Saturday, March 4, with a day of open houses, a festive all-college reception and a special performance by actress, playwright and social commentator Anna Deavere Smith. Free tickets are available beginning Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Time for Pride: Rally Day Honors Alumnae Smith Medalists

At a Rally Day ceremony Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall, the campus community will honor five extraordinary alumnae named as Smith Medalists.  This year’s medalists are social activist Gloria Steinem ’56, economist Laura D’Andrea Tyson ’69, cardiac pulmonologist and surgeon Vickie Shannon ’79, broadcast news executive Ellen Weiss ’81 and winemaker/winery owner Helen Sebring Keplinger ’94.

Psychologist Robert Kegan To Speak on the Changing Culture of Work

Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan will offer a Presidential Colloquium on “The Deliberately Developmental Organization: A New Social Contract for Work?” on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The talk examines how work settings would be different if they took account of recent breakthroughs in the understanding of adult development and the brain.

A Record Number of Applicants

Smith’s Class of 2021 will be chosen from a record number of applicants, says Audrey Smith, the college’s vice president for enrollment. The college has attracted 5,432 applications, including a record 1,408 international students. The application deadline was January 15.

Emmy Award Winner Laverne Cox Will Speak at Smith

Laverne Cox—the Emmy Award-winning actress, producer and activist perhaps best known for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black—will speak at Smith’s John M. Greene Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Cox’s visit to Smith is organized by the college’s Student Event Committee, and tickets are required. Read on for details.

A Familiar Name for Supportive Housing

A new building providing supportive housing for veterans exiting homelessness in Washington, D.C., has been named for President Emerita Jill Ker Conway and her late husband, John.

‘Writing Words, Building Stories’: Finding Inspiration at MacLeish

On a cold and cloudy afternoon in January, half a dozen Smithies settled into window seats in the Bechtel Environmental Classroom, laptops at the ready. The blond wood floors gleamed in the wintry daylight. Outside, the view stretched across a snowy hillside. If ever there was a “room of one’s own” to motivate writing, it’s the classroom at Smith’s MacLeish Field Station in West Whately, Mass., where students in an Interterm class spent three days being inspired by the setting.