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Smith Votes: ‘Engaging Students in Democracy’

Emily Paule ’22 and other members of Smith Votes, a nonpartisan student-led effort, are using the “power of personal connections” to boost participation in the election.

  • Campus Life
  • October 19, 2020
Smith Votes three boxes

Tracy K. Smith Will Read at Poetry Center Naming

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will read from her work at the dedication of the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center.

  • Smith Arts
  • October 16, 2020
Tracy K. Smith

Thursday: Sherrerd Awards Ceremony

Three faculty members chosen for this year’s Sherrerd teaching awards share their thoughts about the rewards and challenges of teaching at Smith. The campus community is invited to celebrate the honorees at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • October 7, 2020
metal globe and sundial

Smith Receives Largest Gift in College's History

Smith College has received a $50 million gift to its endowment to transform and support financial aid and career development programs. The gift—from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous—is the largest gift from an individual donor in Smith’s history. 

  • News of Note
  • October 7, 2020
Grecourt Gate emblem against blue sky

Building Virtual Community at Smith

From virtual scavenger hunts, to remote studio tours to a new Campus Life Connections program offering one-on-one support to students, the Smith community is finding myriad ways to come together while physically distant this fall.

  • Campus Life
  • October 2, 2020
student (blurry) holding a phone (in focus) that shows Smith's Instagram page

Neuroscientist Pens (Really Fun!) STEM-Adventure Books for Children

Neuroscientist Theanne Griffith ’08 is the author of The Magnificent Makers, a series of children’s books that feature Black and people of color characters having the ultimate in STEM adventures, while learning life lessons along the way.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 30, 2020
Theanne Griffith

Sophie Friend ’24: Delving into Design

In high school, Sophie Friend ’24 not only took all of the available classes in architecture, she also co-taught an architecture class in her senior year. Friend brings her passion for the discipline to Smith, where she is already delving into design and art history.

  • Campus Life
  • September 28, 2020
Sophie Friend near Bryant Park in NYC

‘A Role Model in the Pursuit of Justice and Equality’

Phoebe Haddon ’72, chancellor emerita of Rutgers University-Camden, reflects on one of the greatest highlights of her career in education and law—receiving the 2019 Association of American Law Schools Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 28, 2020
Phoebe Haddon and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Girl Power

Henry Sleeper, a popular music professor at Smith, founded a summer camp for girls that promoted leadership and was a haven for budding feminists.

  • Campus Life
  • September 25, 2020
Map of camp Marbury

‘She Was My North Star’

Susan Mussey Huffman ’61 celebrates Ellen Spencer Mussey, her great-grandmother and a pioneering champion for the rights of women and children.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 25, 2020
Ellen Spencer Mussey and gold sketchy drawn stars on top

Because They Persisted

Victoria Foster Van Voorhis ’90 and Susan Colodny ’85 created Voices for Suffrage, a learning tool that uses primary sources to present the history of suffrage.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 25, 2020
Victoria Foster Van-Voorhis and Susan Colodny

Meet the 2021 Smith College Medalists

Four extraordinary alums will receive the Smith College Medal at Rally Day in February, in recognition of contributions to their communities and the world. This year's medalists are Anne Angen Gershon ’60, Mitsuru ‘Claire’ Chino ’88, Clare Coleman ’92 and Kimberly Drew ’12.

  • News of Note
  • September 24, 2020
Closeup of the Smith College Medal

‘A Life Outside my Village’: Phounam Pin AC

New Ada Comstock Scholar Phounam Pin’s journey to Smith included stops around the world as a circus acrobat touring with a troupe from her home country of Cambodia.

  • Campus Life
  • September 23, 2020
Phounam Pin smiling broadly on a stage

100 Years of Suffrage

A century after the ratification of the 19th amendment, the struggle for equal representation continues. Here, alumnae and faculty reflect on how the vote changed our democracy, what women gained and what remains worth fighting for.

  • Campus Life
  • September 21, 2020
A woman in white carrying an American flag in the 1913 parade on Washington

Global Hunt for COVID-19 Clues

Biology prof Steve Williams warns that the next pandemic could be worse if we fail to learn from COVID-19. 

  • Research & Inquiry
  • September 21, 2020
Steve Williams

Kristina Chiu ’24: A Way With Words

Kristina Chiu ’24 brings an award-winning record as a debater and a passion for literature and languages to her first year at Smith.

  • Campus Life
  • September 21, 2020
Kristina Chiu smiling in the foreground. In the background is a field of yellow flowers

Smith College Welcomes New Faculty Members

Seven new tenure-track professors have joined the Smith faculty this year.

  • News of Note
  • September 21, 2020
Open Grecourt gate in early fall

Reflections on 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Alumnae and faculty reflect on the impact of 100 years of women’s suffrage and the issues that remain worth fighting for.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • September 17, 2020
Illustration of a face with a hand holding up a ballot in front of the eye


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