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On Biodiversity: Six Questions for Desiree Narango

The opening lecture for this year’s annual Bulb Show—all online this year—will focus on the connection between plant choice and conservation. Wildlife ecologist Desiree Narango will discuss “The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers and the Trees: Why Native Plants Matter for Wildlife Conservation,” on Thursday, March 4, at 4 p.m.

  • Campus Life
  • March 1, 2021
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‘The Poem I Wish I Had Read’

The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center has launched “The Poem I Wish I Had Read,” a video series that features poets discussing works they wish they had been exposed to as teenagers, in the hopes of connecting local high school students with contemporary poetry.

  • Smith Arts
  • February 24, 2021
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‘Disclosure’: Transgender Representation in Media

Mona Sinha ’88 and Sam Feder—executive producer and director, respectively, of the Netflix documentary “Disclosure”—will discuss their film in a Presidential Colloquium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2.

  • Events
  • February 24, 2021
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Soft Touch

If mass-produced grocery store marshmallows are the only ones you’ve ever tasted, Alexx Shuman ’12’s version might just be a revelation.

  • Alumnae News
  • February 23, 2021
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Plant-Powered Families

The Vegucated Family Table, co-authored by Marisa Miller Wolfson ’98 and plant-based chef Laura Delhauer, is the first cookbook made specifically for parents of vegan babies, toddlers and little kids.

  • Alumnae News
  • February 23, 2021
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Faculty Approved for Tenure and Promotion

At its meeting in February, the Smith College Board of Trustees approved tenure and promotion recommendations for 14 faculty members, effective July 1.

  • News of Note
  • February 23, 2021
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Exploring ‘Black Futures’

“Black Futures” co-editors Kimberly Drew ’12 and Jenna Wortham will present a free, online, public conversation about their book at 7 p.m. EST Monday, March 1. The event will be co-moderated by Studio Museum director Thelma Golden ’87 and Smith’s inaugural artist-in-residence Amanda Williams.

  • Smith Arts
  • February 18, 2021
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U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Will Deliver Commencement Address

Joy Harjo—the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, and the first Native American named to that role—will deliver the address at Smith's commencement in May. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Deborah Bial, president and founder of The Posse Foundation; Joanne Campbell, longtime executive director of Valley Community Development; and Audra McDonald, award-winning singer and actor.

  • News of Note
  • February 18, 2021
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‘A Lot of Faith and Hope’: Returning to Campus

From podcasts to long walks to talks with career advisers, four Smith students describe how they’re navigating the return to campus, and what they are looking forward to most about spring semester 2021.

  • Campus Life
  • February 15, 2021
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Challenging Assumptions About North Africa West Asia

A new, student-run journal aims to address misconceptions and prejudices surrounding a critical region of the world.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • February 5, 2021
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A Digital ‘Julius Caesar’ Speaks to the Present Moment

Close to 60 Smith students have been involved in a digital production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” as actors, directors, costume designers, sound engineers, animators—and more. The show will premiere live on YouTube at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 15 (The Ides of March).

  • Smith Arts
  • February 1, 2021
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Jill Lepore Will Speak February 23

Historian Jill Lepore—a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Affiliate Professor of Law at Harvard University—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “This America | That America” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.

  • Events
  • February 1, 2021
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People News January 2021

Business venture grants, teaching awards and a nomination to serve in the Biden Administration are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • January 25, 2021
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A Big Welcome to Little Sibs

This year, the pandemic forced Sib Week, a beloved Smith College tradition in which upper-class students secretly adopt incoming first-years for five days of gift-giving and identity guessing, to take place remotely. Even with the added challenges, most participants felt “enthusiastic,” “excited” and “connected.”

  • Campus Life
  • January 22, 2021
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National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy to Speak

Gina McCarthy—President Joe Biden’s nominee to the post of National Climate Advisor, and former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Climate Change and Social Justice: Strategies for Meaningful Progress” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

  • Events
  • January 21, 2021
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Building Connections to Nature

How do you take your class on a science field trip when your students are living all over the world? Marney Pratt, a laboratory instructor in biological sciences, came up with a semester-long project designed to help students become skillful observers and feel more connected to the natural world—no matter their location.

  • Sustainability
  • January 14, 2021
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Exploring the Wonders of the Night Sky

Smith College astronomer Meg Thacher wants to introduce you—and your children—to the wonders of the night sky. And now is a great time to go outside and look up!

  • Research & Inquiry
  • December 18, 2020
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Video: Holiday Wishes

In a special video, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney reflects on the good work of the past year.

  • Campus Life
  • December 18, 2020
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