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People News September 2021

Prestigious fellowships, award-winning compositions and community service honors are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • September 23, 2021

Meet the 2022 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 Jane Lakes Harman ’66, S. Mona Ghosh Sinha ’88, Deborah Archer ’93 and Jessie Banhazl ’06.

  • News of Note
  • September 22, 2021
Closeup of the Smith College Medal

On Campus, In Person: Students React to a New Year

Five students share their thoughts about the return to in-person learning and living on campus. They are among 2,446 students at Smith for the first in-person semester since March of 2020.

  • Campus Life
  • September 10, 2021

Pelosi Urges Smith Students to Contribute, with Confidence

In a Presidential Colloquium after receiving an honorary degree at Smith College tonight, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Smith students to have the confidence to contribute to their communities, their country and the world.

  • Year on Democracies
  • September 8, 2021
Nancy Pelosi speaks at Smith College

UPDATE: ERA Activist Carol Jenkins Will Speak at Smith September 21

Activist Carol Jenkins—co-president and CEO of The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendment—will give a Presidential Colloquium at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Sage Hall at Smith College. (Please note updated date, time and location.)

  • Year on Democracies
  • September 7, 2021

Democracies Through the Lens of the Liberal Arts

The Year on Democracies will examine the historical, philosophical and global aspects of what President Kathleen McCartney called "notions of democracy around the world." Presidential colloquia, lectures on the fight for racial justice, as well as art exhibitions on America’s political landscape are among the events planned for the year.

  • Year on Democracies
  • August 31, 2021

Shaping Change at Smith: Meet the Advocacy for Equity Council

Smith’s new Advocacy for Equity Council hopes to take student activism on campus to a new level. Here’s what four group members had to say about the council’s plans for the fall.

  • Campus Life
  • August 27, 2021

Author Mohsin Hamid: Your First Reading Assignment

“Exit West” author Mohsin Hamid talks about this year’s Smith Reads selection, Toni Morrison, and his own first-year reading experience.

  • Campus Life
  • August 27, 2021

Smith Announces Ticket Procedures for Upcoming Nancy Pelosi Colloquium

Smith College today announced ticketing procedures for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Presidential Colloquium at Smith College at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8.

  • Year on Democracies
  • August 24, 2021
Nancy Pelosi

Kelly Coons ’22: Building Autism Awareness

Kelly Coons ’22 discusses her new young adult novel, “All Ways,” which aims to paint a positive and accurate picture of autism.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • August 19, 2021

What’s on the Menu for Fall Dining?

More hours. More options. More flexibility. More local food. Those are some of the changes coming to Smith’s dining program this fall, as the college adapts to alterations brought on by the pandemic—and to students’ changing needs.

  • Campus Life
  • August 18, 2021

Retirement Revolution

Many questions people have about retirement have nothing to do with finances. Ida Offenbach Abbott ’69, author of Retirement by Design: A Guided Workbook for Creating a Happy and Purposeful Future—a Wall Street Journal pick for best book on retirement—talks about some of these concerns and how retirement today is very different from what it used to be.

  • Alumnae News
  • August 11, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics: A Sports Economist's View

What’s it like to watch this year’s Olympics through a sports economist’s lens? We talked with Andrew Zimbalist, one of the nation's leading scholars of the business of sports, about this year's Tokyo Games.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • August 4, 2021
Andrew Zimbalist headshot

Colloquia Will Explore Issues of Democracy

Six influential thought leaders will visit Smith during the 2021-22 academic year for a series of Presidential Colloquia exploring ideas related to democracy. The colloquia—a centerpiece of Smith’s Year on Democracies—will be held in person on the Smith College campus, and also streamed to Smith's Facebook page.

  • News of Note
  • August 3, 2021

August 2021 People News

Teaching honors, Magic Grant awards and nominations for diplomatic service are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. 

  • Research & Inquiry
  • July 30, 2021
Yellow flowers alongside the Lyman Conservatory with Chapin Hall in the background

Meeting the Needs: Students Open Resource Center

The new, student-run Common Goods resource center will provide students with toiletries, bedding and other basic-needs items free of charge, and with no questions asked. 

  • Campus Life
  • July 27, 2021
Common Goods banner

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Will Speak at Smith College

Nancy Pelosi—the first woman to serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and one of the foremost voices in American democracy today—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College.

  • Year on Democracies
  • July 12, 2021
Nancy Pelosi

‘Heralding Hope’: Summer at Smith

This summer at Smith is a mix of virtual and in-person activities, including a record number of on-campus student research projects, pre-college and career programs and new humanities and social sciences labs.

  • Campus Life
  • July 8, 2021


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