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Media Leader Oprah Winfrey Will Deliver Smith College Commencement Address

Oprah Winfrey will deliver the Commencement Address at Smith's graduation ceremony in May. Winfrey will receive an honorary degree at commencement, as will Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action in Northampton; Michelle KwanOlympic medalist and world champion figure skater; Henrietta MannNative American education and tribal leader; and Erin O’Shea '88president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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.

'Lead With Love': A Conversation With Smith's Activist-in-Residence

When Miriam Yeung tells people that she is this year’s activist-in-residence at Smith, “their reaction,” she says, “is ‘Wow! There’s a place where that’s actually a position?!’” Yeung, a longtime women's rights, LGBT and reproductive justice organizer, says such innovation is what drew her to Smith for the month-long residency sponsored by the college's Steinem Initiative.

SCMA's Annual Night at Your Museum Has a Mediterranean Twist

Looking for a special night out with fellow Smithies? Look no further than the annual Night at Your Museum hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA). This year's student-only event on Friday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m., features an after-hours reception with mocktails, appetizers, music and art-making on the museum’s lower level.

People News

Life sciences grants, new publications and a record number of patents are among the recent achievements of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read more about them in the latest People News column.

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.

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.

‘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.