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Still Unequal

Two generations of Smithies discuss the current state of the Equal Rights Amendment and why it matters now more than ever.

  • Alumnae News
  • January 11, 2023
Collage of faces, a pink silhouette, and the start of the constitution

Pull Up a Chair

Olivia Petty ’26 argues that the free speech debate has created space to challenge traditional pillars of thought.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • January 10, 2023

The Plant House as Studio

‘Into the Glasshouse,’ a unique exhibit inspired by student explorations of plant life and studio art, opens Friday, Jan. 20, in Lyman Plant House.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • January 10, 2023
A student creates a sculpture using plant materials.

Who Needs Journalism?

Naila Moreira, director of the new journalism concentration at Smith, describes the connections between the press, democratic practice— and the liberal arts.

  • Campus Life
  • January 9, 2023
Collage of torn paper, including Who, Where, When, What and Why along with a female silhouette

Prof. Steve Waksman: The Power of Public Performance

Professor Steve Waksman shares his love of live music and its impact on popular culture.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • January 9, 2023
Steve Waksman playing guitar with his long curly hair flying

Sarah Willie-LeBreton:"The Transformational Power of Education"

Sarah Willie-LeBreton on her appointment as Smith College's 12th president, the global impact of Smith alums, what brings her joy, and the power of the liberal arts.

  • News of Note
  • January 8, 2023
Sarah Willie-LeBreton smiling in front of a bookshelf with her arms crossed

Big Moves

Smith has long punched above its weight in the fight against climate change. Here’s how.

  • Sustainability
  • January 7, 2023
An aerial view of the Smith campus from fall of 2020

No Small Feat

In Big Girl, the acclaimed debut novel from Mecca Jamilah Sullivan ’03, 8-year-old Malaya “dares to defy the compulsion to shrink,” as reviewer Janet Mock writes, “and in turn teaches us to pursue our fullest, most desirous selves without shame.”

  • Smithies Create
  • December 20, 2022

People News, December 2022

Mathematics education awards, poetry readings and published research are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • December 20, 2022
Three students creating snow angels

Bold, Brave Women

Academy Award–winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade ’89 had the experience of a lifetime directing three episodes of Gutsy, Apple TV+’s celebration of brave women. Here, she shares things she learned about gutsiness when directing Hillary and Chelsea Clinton in the series.

  • Smithies Create
  • December 19, 2022

New Office of the Arts Takes Center Stage

Leigh Fagin, the inaugural Jean and David W. Wallace Foundation Director of the new Office of the Arts at Smith, says the arts help educate the “whole person.” Under Fagin’s leadership, the office will serve as a hub for information about the arts at Smith.

  • Smith Arts
  • December 9, 2022

Cacao In The Greenhouse

Botanic garden staff and student interns set out to discover if they could make one of the most beloved substances on earth.

  • Sustainability
  • December 6, 2022

Expressions of Gratitude

From exceptional colleagues to the beauty of the campus, members of the Smith community say they have much to be thankful for.

  • Campus Life
  • November 21, 2022
Grecourt Gate signs with white twinkle lights

Smith College Campus Center to be Named in Honor of Julia McWilliams Child ’34

The 60,000-square-foot Campus Center includes flexible meeting spaces, the Campus Center Cafe, and areas for studying and socializing—all activities that reflect Child's spirit of hospitality, purpose and bonhomie.

  • News of Note
  • November 17, 2022
Julia Child tasting a dish on the stove alongside two photos of the Smith College Campus Center


The debate over what constitutes “appropriate” content jeopardizes the open exchange of ideas. A continuation of our special series on the threats facing democracy today.

  • Alumnae News
  • November 15, 2022
BANNED with red fire around the "E"

Big Little Lies: How Smithies are Fighting Disinformation

Disinformation is degrading our democracy. Smithies are striving to shore it up. A continuation of our special series on the threats facing democracy today.

  • Alumnae News
  • November 14, 2022
Big Little Lies

My Book Was Banned. Here’s My Story.

In setting out to achieve what we thought were noble goals, we had no idea that we would create such an uproar.

  • November 14, 2022
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    Empowering Tweens

    Social scientist and author Claire Nader ’50 says the tween years are a perfect time to develop critical thinking skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.

    • Alumnae News
    • November 14, 2022
    Claire Nader and cover of You Are Your Own Best Teacher!


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