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Under Construction

The college’s cutting-edge project to convert its aging fossil-fuel-fired steam heating system into a state-of-the-art, electricity-fueled geothermal system took some big steps over the summer, moving Smith closer to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

  • Sustainability
  • September 30, 2022

New Endowed Chair to Honor Gloria Steinem ’56

Smith College is honoring one of the world’s most visible and pioneering advocates for equality and justice with one of its highest academic distinctions. Thanks to a recent anonymous gift of $3 million, the college is establishing the Gloria Steinem ’56 Endowed Chair in the Study of Women and Gender.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • September 26, 2022

Get to Know the 2023 Smith Medalists

Four exceptional alums whose leadership and contributions have lifted their communities and pushed the world forward will receive the Smith College Medal at Rally Day in February.

  • News of Note
  • September 19, 2022
Closeup of the Smith College Medal

‘She Will Do Really Great Things’

At the reception following President-elect Sarah Willie-LeBreton's first address to the Smith community, current students expressed their joy at the news of her appointment.

  • News of Note
  • September 16, 2022

Smith Trustees Announce New College President

The Smith College Board of Trustees today announced that Sarah Willie-LeBreton has been named the 12th president of Smith College.

  • News of Note
  • September 15, 2022
Detail shot of the top of the Grecourt Gates with spring flowers

Art for All

Maya Durham ’23 develops more inclusive opportunities for children to experience the joys of art and express their creativity

  • Campus Life
  • September 12, 2022

Jericho Brown on Poetry, Podcasting and Emily Dickinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, who will be on campus Thursday, Sept. 29, for a Presidential Colloquium, shares his thoughts on the relevance and influence of Emily Dickinson.

  • Events
  • September 9, 2022

Smith College Welcomes New Faculty Members

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

  • News of Note
  • September 8, 2022
Grecourt Gate emblem against blue sky

Meet the New Students: ‘A Diversity of Voice and Experience’

The class of 2026 includes scientific researchers, climate justice organizers, athletes, social service volunteers, poets, pianists—and more. Here’s what three entering Smithies had to say about what they are looking forward to this fall.

  • Campus Life
  • August 24, 2022

The Art of the Pop-Up

Professor Joseph O’Rourke unwraps the mathematical intricacies of paper folding in his new book Pop-Up Geometry, The Mathematics Behind Pop-Up Cards.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • August 17, 2022
Illustration of orange hands opening a book with impossible geometric shapes popping out. X and y axes flank them.

‘Novels as collaborations’

Award-winning author and Smith English professor Ruth Ozeki ’80 shares insights into her fourth novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, which recently received the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction and is this year's Smith Reads selection.

  • Alumnae News
  • August 16, 2022

The Insider’s Guide to the Jandon Center for Community Engagement

In this, the fourth of a series of stories about the academic centers that help shape the intellectual life of the college, the Smith Alumnae Quarterly spotlights the Jandon Center for Community Engagement.

  • Campus Life
  • August 1, 2022
Illustration of a school building embracing a diverse group of people under a bright yellow sun

What Price History?

On the shelves of her popular Brooklyn-based collectibles shop, BLK MKT Vintage, Jannah Handy ’08 has curated a home for Black artifacts and ephemera.

  • Alumnae News
  • August 1, 2022
Jannah Handy in her store BLK MKT Vintage, surrounded by African American historical items

My Body, But Not My Choice

Navigating a post-Roe world with Candace Gibson ’07 of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice and Genevieve Scott ’06 of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Alumnae News
  • August 1, 2022
Hundreds participate in the May 14 Bans Off Our Bodies rally in Northampton.

People News August 2022

Awards for student-athletes, groundbreaking research, and leadership in the arts, health care and sustainability are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • July 20, 2022
Purple flowers along College Lane frame someone running by Paradise Pond

Monday, Sept. 5: Author Talk with Prof. Ruth Ozeki

This year’s summer reading choice for first-year students is a prize-winning new novel by professor Ruth Ozeki ’80. Here’s what some members of the book selection committee had to say about Ozeki’s book—and the college’s first-year reading program.

  • Events
  • July 6, 2022
Cover of Ozeki's novel The Book of Form and Emptiness

Nine Smithies Earn 2022 Fulbright Fellowships

Seven members of the class of 2022 and two recent alums have received prestigious Fulbright awards, which support teaching, study and research abroad.

  • News of Note
  • July 5, 2022
students studying on the lawn in front of the Campus Center and JMG on a bright summer day

Block the Vote

Voter suppression laws are on the rise. But Smithies are fighting back, working to expand political participation by eliminating ballot restrictions and empowering disenfranchised voters.

  • Alumnae News
  • July 1, 2022
Collage--Cut out of Camille Wimbish speaking into a microphone. Behind her are cut-outs of other people's faces and a judicial scale


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