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By Cheryl Dellecese   Date: 11/29/12 Bookmark and Share

Smith in the City: Boston

Calling All Alumnae in Greater Boston—Class is About to Begin

On Saturday, Dec. 1, alumnae from the Boston area will get to experience all the intellectual stimulation of a Smith class, this time without the homework and exams. Smith in the City, a day of classes taught to alumnae by some of Smith’s most celebrated faculty, was launched last year in New York, and was so successful that it now serves as a model for others across the country.


Smith in the City: Boston will feature:

  • Patricia Marten DiBartolo ’89, professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department, who will explore the latest research on the construct of perfectionism and the mental health implications of trying to live a perfectionistic life. She will also discuss how to transform the anxieties associated with perfectionism into more productive life strategies.
  • Kevin Rozario, associate professor of American studies, who will present an introduction to cultural studies through a reading of Peggy Parish’s beloved 1963 children’s book Amelia Bedelia, which offers a starting point for a debate about the role of mass cultural texts in shaping American ways of life.
  • Vicky Spelman, professor of philosophy and Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities, who will explore the nuances of garbage when she shares her research on the way we as a society think about and handle refuse.
  • Steven Williams, Gates Professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry, who will discuss his research focused on eliminating neglected tropical diseases, which are usually diseases of poverty that disable and stigmatize millions of people living in the world’s poorest countries.

President Carol T. Christ will also be on hand to update alumnae on the latest news of the college, including the details of Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith, a new fundraising campaign that will reimagine the liberal arts for the 21st century.

The Boston event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Boston Marriott Copley Plaza, and will include lunch. Read more information or register online.

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