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Poet Rita Dove Will Deliver Commencement Address

Rita Dove—recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and two-time U.S. Poet Laureate—will deliver the Commencement Address at Smith’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 20, and will receive an honorary degree. Honorary degrees also will be awarded to Carol T. Christ, chancellor of the University of California Berkeley, and president emerita of Smith College; Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a leading authority on civil rights and Black feminist legal theory; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy '02, an Academy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, and Robert L. Pura, who is retiring this year after nearly two decades as president at Greenfield Community College.  

Combining Performing Arts and Athletics

Until this semester, Pioneers soccer team member Aisling Keane ’19 had never acted in a play.  Zoe Margolis ’19 had appeared in campus theater productions and also likes to run and work out. But before this semester, she had never been a member of a Smith athletic “team.” As cast members of The Wolves—which opens Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, the students have been able to delve into those previously untried experiences in a play that seamlessly combines performing arts and athletics.

A Transformative Gift of Rembrandt Prints

The Smith College Museum of Art has received a transformative gift from Mary Gordon Roberts '60 of two impressions of one of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn’s most famous prints, The Three Crosses, Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves. The two prints will add significantly to SCMA’s ability to study and share information on the working methods of one of the most influential printmakers in the history of western European art.

After the Storm: A Semester at Smith for Students from Puerto Rico

Eighteen-year-old Alanis Rodriguez had hardly begun her college education at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) when Hurricane Maria plunged the island into darkness last September. Rodriguez responded to Smith’s offer of a semester’s free tuition and room and board and is one of three UPR students who enrolled for the spring semester. They arrived in January for orientation—just in time for a fresh coat of snow.

Bodily Images Reveal Varied Cultures of Modern East Asia

A new exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art explores what artistic representations of the body reflect about East Asian culture and history from the 19th century to the present. On view through August, 体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia features artworks drawn mainly from the SCMA’s collection that evoke the region’s changing identities, socio-political realities and artistic movements.

Smith Responds to New Round of Proposed PVTA Cuts

Smith, alongside the other members of the Five College Consortium, is again seeking community support in responding to proposed cuts to essential Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Five College bus routes. Several proposed changes will directly affect services between Smith and the Five Colleges. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to voice concerns, either via a survey or by attending upcoming hearings on the issue.  

A New Record for the Class of 2022

Smith’s Class of 2022 will be chosen from a record 5,780 applicants—a 6 percent increase over last year and a 31 percent increase over 2013. All members of the Smith community are invited to celebrate the incoming class at a Cupcake Celebration being held Friday, Feb. 23, at noon in the Campus Center Atrium.