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TODAY is Otelia Cromwell Day-Classes Canceled After 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m., Sage Hall


Otelia Cromwell Day, an annual slate of workshops, lectures and entertainment, celebrates Smith's first African-American graduate, Otelia Cromwell, Class of 1900, and is an opportunity for the campus community to reflect on issues of diversity, racism and appreciation of difference. For this year's event, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, Julianne Malveaux, labor economist and noted author and commentator, will deliver the plenary keynote address, at 1 p.m. in Sweeney Auditorium, Sage Hall. Long recognized for her progressive and insightful observations, Malveaux has been described by Cornel West as "the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country." Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st-century America. Her address, "Ain't I a Woman," will address the importance of women's colleges in developing leaders. Related workshops will follow. Open to all in the Smith community. Afternoon and evening classes are canceled at Smith after 1 p.m.