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Year on Democracies September 7, 2021

UPDATE: ERA Activist Carol Jenkins Will Speak at Smith September 21

NOTE: This colloquium, originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Activist Carol Jenkins—co-president and CEO of The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment—will give a Presidential Colloquium at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Sage Hall at Smith College. (Please note updated date, time and location.)

The event, which is part of Smith’s Year on Democracies, is open in person to students, faculty and staff in Smith’s asymptomatic testing program, as well as students from the other Five Colleges. People not in these testing programs are invited to view the event via a livestream on the Smith College Facebook page.

Jenkins’ colloquium at Smith is held in conjunction with the college’s celebration of Constitution Day.

About Carol Jenkins

Carol Jenkins is co-president and CEO of The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment. She is also a writer, media analyst, commentator and speaker on media issues, as well as an Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary producer. Founding president of the Women’s Media Center, she served on the board of The African Medical Research Foundation, the largest health organization on the African continent. Her commentary has appeared in print and digital platforms including

Jenkins is also the co-author, with her daughter, Elizabeth Hines, of “Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire,” which was named Best Nonfiction Book by the American Library Association’s Black Caucus.

About Smith’s Presidential Colloquium Series

The Presidential Colloquium regularly features influential thought leaders in a wide range of fields—from poets and writers to economists and policy experts—to share their expertise, offer insights and inspire discourse on key social, political and global topics that call for our attention. Upcoming speakers include Peabody Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, National Book Award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen, Harvard law and history professor Annette Gordon-Reed, and Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin.

All events will be open to Smith College students, faculty and staff in the college’s asymptomatic testing program, and also will be livestreamed to Smith College’s Facebook page.