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Christine Sweeney ’07: A Bridge in Intelligence

But as she was returning from a semester abroad at the University of Oxford, Sweeney learned that all outgoing flights from Heathrow Airport in England had suddenly been ca

  • Alumnae News
  • July 22, 2019
Christine Sweeney at the CIA

People News

Engineering awards, historical research and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • July 11, 2019
students on campus in summer

Jim Gray: Caring for Smith’s Landscape and Hardscape

Jim Gray, the new associate vice president for facilities and operations, talks about his role overseeing an area with more than 300 employees.

  • News of Note
  • July 2, 2019
Jim Gray

Video: The Year at Smith

In her year-end message to the college community, President Kathleen McCartney reflects on the many initiatives, programs and ideas that made 2018-19 stand out.

 

  • Campus Life
  • July 2, 2019
2019 graduates throwing hats

Smith Welcomes New Trustees

The Smith College Board of Trustees welcomes five new members who will begin their governance duties July 1.

  • News of Note
  • June 28, 2019
Detail shot of the top of the Grecourt Gates

A Conversation with Provost Michael Thurston

In his new role as provost and dean of the faculty, Michael Thurston says he hopes to be an advocate for “a vision of liberal education where people develop their capacities through exploring their passions.”

  • News of Note
  • June 28, 2019
MIchael Thurston

‘The Times that Art is Made’: Amanda Williams

Renowned artist Amanda Williams is the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Smith College Museum of Art. She says the June residency is a time to take stock, take a break, and to get back to making things at an intimate scale.

  • Smith Arts
  • June 26, 2019
Amanda Williams

Video Class Visit: Art and Math

Art and math intersect in this unique Smith class taught by Prof. Pau Atela.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • June 25, 2019
geodesic sphere

Telling a Story Onstage About Autism

As a person with autism navigating a neuro-typical world, Sunshine Schneider ’22 was thrilled to learn that she’d been cast as the lead in the Smith production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The award-winning play about a boy with autism will be performed on campus in October.

  • Smith Arts
  • June 21, 2019
Sunshine Schneider

‘What I Wish My Professors Knew’

Maddie Wettach ’20 plans to spend more time in her professors’ office hours. Here's why.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • June 19, 2019
a Smith classroom

Video: Books as Artifacts

Explore Smith’s rare editions of the Nuremberg Chronicles in “The Art and History of the Book.”

  • Research & Inquiry
  • June 18, 2019
Teaching the Nuremberg Chronicles

Lyn Gillespie Brakeman ’60: ‘The Power of Me’

Lyn Gillespie Brakeman ’60 says Smith took her beyond academics. “I learned to think, to ask questions without fear and, most of all, to use my imagination and intuition alongside my intellect,” she writes.

  • Alumnae News
  • June 11, 2019
Illustration of a person's profile in front of a church

Learning to ‘Be Navy’

During World War II, the campus transformed itself into U.S.S. Northampton, the official training ground for the country’s first women naval officers.

  • Campus Life
  • June 11, 2019
WAVES standing in the shape of USNR and an anchor

What’s in a Name? It’s Complicated

Do our names define us? That’s debatable. But what isn’t up for debate is that there are dozens of solutions to what name to take after marriage, and plenty of complications, as these Smith women demonstrate.

  • Alumnae News
  • June 11, 2019
Illustration of identity documents

Cannabis as Cure: Promise vs. Legality

Anthropologist Caroline Melly’s research into medical marijuana as a treatment for neurological disease focuses on a growing network of people who are experimenting with cannabis.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • June 11, 2019
Caroline Melly headshot

‘A World of Possibilities’: Smith’s Interdisciplinary Approach

This year, the newly revamped Diploma in Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Studies program (formerly known as the American Studies Diploma Program) opened its doors to STEM fields.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • June 11, 2019
Rosetta Cohen and Lane Hall Witt

People News, June 2019

Prestigious fellowships, Smithsonian Institution exhibits and new publications are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • June 11, 2019
Students in the lounge in the campus center

Taking it to the Ice: Sophie Guthrie ’21

Sophie Guthrie ’21 talks flying across the ice, switching majors, and leading through the outdoors.

  • Campus Life
  • June 7, 2019
headshot of Sophie Guthrie

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