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‘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
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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

Smith Reads: Addressing the Present Moment

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

Smith College Welcomes New Trustees

The Smith College Board of Trustees welcomes seven new members who will serve four-year terms on the board. Their appointments are effective July 1, 2022.

  • News of Note
  • June 30, 2022
College Hall front drive

Ka’Neda Bullock ’06: Reimagining Wealth

Certified Financial Planner Ka’Neda Bullock ’06 is spreading the word about the benefits of money management, teaching young people and underserved groups the value of investing.

  • Alumnae News
  • June 30, 2022
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Meet Audrey Cho ’24: Smith’s Udall Scholar

Audrey Cho ’24 is one of 55 college students selected nationally this year from more than 380 applicants for a prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.

  • Sustainability
  • June 23, 2022
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People News, May 2022

Teaching awards, cutting-edge research and national service are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • News of Note
  • May 27, 2022
Swimming goose parents and babies in front of a bridge

College Bids Farewell to Retiring Faculty

At a celebration on campus May 12, nine retiring faculty members were honored for a combined 341 years of service to Smith.

  • News of Note
  • May 17, 2022
Yellow flowers alongside the Lyman Conservatory with Chapin Hall in the background

‘Change is Possible’

Speaking at Smith’s 144th Commencement on May 15, author and education leader Beverly Daniel Tatum told graduates that ‘change is possible,’ despite challenging times. The college awarded degrees to 598 undergraduates and 51 graduate students.

  • Events
  • May 15, 2022
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Liam Knight AC ’23J and Vivien Qiao ’23: Goldwater Scholars

Liam Knight AC ’23J and Vivien Qiao ’23 are Smith’s latest winners of the prestigious Goldwater scholarship, which highlights students in STEM fields.

  • News of Note
  • May 10, 2022
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Congratulations, Seniors! Commencement is May 15

Some 651 members of the class of 2022 will receive their degrees at Commencement on Sunday, May 15. The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Quadrangle, is the first fully in-person graduation since the start of the pandemic.

  • Events
  • May 4, 2022
student in a hijab with her family at commencement

Finding New Evidence of Early Animal Life

Professor Sara Pruss and Lexie Leeser ’21 have made a discovery that could change prevailing wisdom about early animal life on Earth. In a paper just published in Science Advances, they present fossil evidence that suggests colonial animals known as bryozoans appeared approximately 30 million years earlier than previously reported.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • May 3, 2022
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‘Modeling What Carbon Neutrality Really Means’

Smith is acting in the face of the climate crisis. In mid-May, the college will break ground on a bold new infrastructure project—one that will allow Smith to realize its pledge of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

  • Sustainability
  • May 2, 2022
aerial view of Smith College

Smith to Break Ground on Project That Will Enable College to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030

Smith College will break ground in May on a bold geothermal campus energy project that will lower the college’s carbon emissions by 90 percent, allowing Smith to become carbon neutral by 2030.

  • News of Note
  • May 2, 2022
aerial view of Smith College

Smith’s Geothermal Energy Project: Frequently Asked Questions

In summer 2022, Smith will begin work on a bold geothermal campus energy project that will lower the college’s carbon emissions by 90 percent, allowing the college to become carbon neutral by 2030. Learn more about the project in this FAQ.

  • News of Note
  • May 2, 2022
aerial view of Smith College

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