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‘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

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

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

Abby Perce ’24: A Passion for Medicine—and More

Abby Perce ’24—one of 582 new students at Smith this fall—is pursuing her passion for medicine in remote classes and research. Learn more about her in the first of a series of profiles of new Smithies.

  • Campus Life
  • September 15, 2020
Abby Perce

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco Will Offer Colloquium on Mass Migration

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco—chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a leading scholar on topics related to immigration and mass migration—will offer a Presidential Colloquium on “Humanitarianism, Education and Mass Migration: Confronting the World Crisis” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

  • Events
  • September 14, 2020
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

A Fair Shake in a Down Economy

For many members of the class of 2020, finding a job in the midst of a pandemic was difficult, if not impossible. To give new grads a boost, the Lazarus Center for Career Development partnered with the Office of Alumnae Relations and Development to offer $3,000 in Praxis funds for summer internships.

  • Campus Life
  • September 11, 2020
Chioma Chinwuko

Steinem ’56, Taymor to Discuss New Film

Activist Gloria Steinem ’56 and award-winning film and theater director Julie Taymor will discuss their upcoming film, “The Glorias,” in a Presidential Colloquium at 8 p.m. Eastern Thursday, Sept. 17.

  • Events
  • September 9, 2020
Gloria Steinem and Julie Taymor

Presidential Colloquium: ‘Election 2020’

New York Times columnists Gail Collins and Bret L. Stephens will offer their takes on the November election in a Presidential Colloquium on Tuesday, Sept. 15. This event marks Smith's commemoration of Constitution Day. 

  • Events
  • September 3, 2020
Gail Collins and Bret Stephens

Activist Eric K. Ward Will Open Presidential Colloquium Series

Eric K. Ward—executive director of Western States Center and a nationally recognized expert on hate violence and democracy—will open this year’s Presidential Colloquium series at Smith College with a virtual presentation at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

  • Events
  • August 27, 2020
Eric K. Ward

People News August 2020

Scholarship awards, poetry honors and groundbreaking scientific research are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae.

  • Campus Life
  • August 24, 2020
Happy Chase garden

Orientation 2020: A Week of Virtual Engagement

This year, Smith has transported the traditional week of orientation programs into a week of virtual engagement, featuring new and creative ways for students to connect with each other and launch their semester.

  • Campus Life
  • August 19, 2020

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
  • August 17, 2020
Arrest of White House pickets Catherine Flanagan of Hartford, Connecticut (left), and Madeleine Watson of Chicago, 1917

When You Plant a Facebook Seed, What Blooms is a House

What happens when you ask creative Smithies to recreate their favorite houses? You get gorgeous pieces from artists like Rose Metting ’12 and Claire Ma ’13—who take the invitation to paint houses as a way to test their own creativity.

  • Alumnae News
  • August 5, 2020
Grid of four watercolors of Smith houses

Smith Reads Helps Build Community

This year’s Smith Reads selection—Tara Westover’s powerful memoir, “Educated”—offers many avenues for discussion and community building among new Smithies.

  • Campus Life
  • July 31, 2020
Educated: A Memoir. Illustration of the silhouette of a person climbing a mountain that is also the edge of a large pencil

Sarah Dwyer-Shick ’96: Supporting Women in Sports

Why aren’t sports bras considered necessary sports equipment? The Sports Bra Project, founded by soccer coach Sarah Dwyer-Shick ’96, seeks to change that, as well ensure all sports are accessible to girls and women by overseeing donations of new sports bras distributed to organizations around the world. But the story doesn't end there.

  • Alumnae News
  • July 29, 2020
Sarah Dwyer-Shick ’96

A Conversation with Baishakhi Taylor

Baishakhi Taylor, who began work as dean of the college and vice president for campus life on July 1, has been working with other campus leaders to find ways to engage students in the daily life of the college this fall, while maintaining the health of the community.

  • Campus Life
  • July 27, 2020
Baishakhi Taylor

2020 Draper Finals Will Be Virtual Event

The final rounds of the 2020 Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs—a signature Smith event since 2012—will be held virtually on Friday, August 7, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • July 24, 2020
Melisa Parker and Tim Draper smiling during a presentation


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