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Horowitz to Give 350th Anniversary Lecture

In 1870, Sophia Smith signed a will that left her estate to “furnish for my own sex means and facilities for education equal to those which are afforded now in our colleges for young men.” The next year Smith College became the first women’s college to be chartered in New England.

From its opening, Smith fashioned itself as distinct from other women’s colleges of the day. Much more than simply a finishing school, Smith set new standards for women’s education as a high-quality liberal arts college that challenged the traditional notions of women’s nature.

On Sunday, October 3, Helen Horowitz, Sydenham C. Parsons Professor of American Studies, will explore the college’s origins and evolution in her lecture “Alma Mater: Smith College and Changing Conceptions of Educated Women.” Her talk will take place at 2 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

Horowitz’s lecture is the 11th in the yearlong series commemorating Northampton’s 350th anniversary. The remaining lectures, also at 2 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, are “The View Through the Eye of a Needle: Gender, Artisanry and Craft Tradition in New England,” by Marla Miller, chair of the public history program at UMass, on November 14; and “The Scarlet Professor: The Newton Arvin Scandal,” by Barry Werth, author of The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin, A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal.


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