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What’s New at the Wurtele Center

Since she became director of Smith’s Wurtele Center for Leadership last July, Erin Park Cohn ’00 has overseen a process aimed at engaging the Smith community in shaping the center’s mission, programs and partnerships.

  • Campus Life
  • February 14, 2020
Erin Cohn against a out-of-focus white board covered with writing in bright marker

CANCELED: Bryan Stevenson: Presidential Colloquium

As part of the college's ongoing response to COVID-19, this event has been canceled. Information about a new date will be posted if and when the event is rescheduled. Activist and attorney Bryan Stevenson—executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award for his work fighting the death penalty—will deliver a talk titled “Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College.

  • Events
  • February 14, 2020
Bryan Stevenson in front of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

People News, February 2020

Entrepreneurship honors, art exhibitions and research for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • February 12, 2020
Heron statue on a frozen pond with red winter berries

CANCELED: Environmental Leader Gina McCarthy on Campus March 24

As part of the college's ongoing response to COVID-19, this event has been canceled. Information about a new date will be posted if and when the event is rescheduled. Gina McCarthy—president of the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the nation’s most respected voices on the environment and public health—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “The Future of the Planet: Climate Change and Environmental Protection” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Campus Center Carroll Room at Smith College.

  • Events
  • February 12, 2020
Gina McCarthy headshot

Interterm Immersive

During Interterm this year, students were offered a new sequence of design thinking and entrepreneurship courses aimed at giving them tools for finding creative solutions to complex problems.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • January 29, 2020
Luca Jacodine standing at a white board speaking to a classroom

New Innovation Challenge Funding

This year’s Innovation Challenge grants will fund a range of programs, including new collaborations, art exhibitions and programming designed to spark discussion and awareness.

  • News of Note
  • January 28, 2020
Detail of the top of the Grecourt Gates in the winter

People News, January 2020

Science outreach efforts, coaching awards and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • January 17, 2020
winter courtyard and blue sky seen through an archway

Kwame Anthony Appiah Will Speak February 4

Kwame Anthony Appiah—philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist well known for his contributions to political and moral theory—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium, “Identity and Identities,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Campus Center Carroll Room.

  • Events
  • January 14, 2020
Kwame Anthony Appiah smiling headshot

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Smith Dining Services thought the sandwich offerings on campus needed a little makeover, so they put a call out to dining staff to come up with some scrumptious ideas—and they delivered! Smith staff from various departments willingly volunteered to be judges.

  • Campus Life
  • January 13, 2020
Row of sandwiches and wraps on a wood shelf with condiments on another shelf behind and above

Exploring ‘Black Refractions’ at SCMA

Springfield High School students—all participants in Smith’s Project Coach program—have led guided conversations about artworks in a new exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art. “Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem” is on view at SCMA through April 12.

  • Smith Arts
  • January 9, 2020
Three students of color seated and smiling at the camera. The middle person holds a copy of the exhibit book Black Refractions

Digging the Collections

The #DiggingTheCollections contest invited students to research a book, image, set of papers or another item of interest from Smith's remarkable Special Collections and post their findings on social media.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • December 12, 2019
Cover of a zine, "Smith rugby through the years"

People News, December 2019

Winning floral hybrids, business idea pitches and scientific research presentations are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • December 12, 2019
Grecourt Gate with winter lights

51 Years Later, It Needed to Be Said

Writer Ingrid Yollick Alpern ’69 recalls a particularly painful encounter she experienced while on an internship in Washington, D.C. in the late 1960s and says there is no statute of limitations for challenging the hurt caused by antisemitic comments.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 9, 2019
Illustration of a person with four people where the eye should be. A person in a red dress stands intimidatingly over the three seated

Breaking Barriers at Sonic Speed

Claudia San Pedro ’91 spent her teen years drinking cherry limeade and eating cheese Tots at her local Sonic drive-in. Now she’s president of the company, leading one of the nation’s most popular—and nostalgic—fast-food franchises back to the future.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 9, 2019
Claudia San Pedro smiling by the menus at a Sonic restaurant

The Haunting Stories of Highway 20

For years, journalist Noelle Crombie ’92 has chronicled the devastating—and often disregarded—stories of victims of sexual assault. In an award-winning newspaper series, Crombie revealed how the brutal rape of one forgotten survivor could have stopped a serial killer in his tracks—if only the victim had been believed.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 5, 2019
Noelle-Crombie headshot by Beth Nakamura

Form, Function and Landscape Design

After a landscape design internship in Manhattan last summer, Tess Abbot ’20 developed a keen appreciation for Smith’s winding pathways and bucolic gardens. As an aspiring designer, she also considers ways to improve how today’s students interact with Smith’s campus.

  • Campus Life
  • December 4, 2019
Tess Abbot in a fall landscape

Overflowing Bathtubs and Leaky Boats

Physics professor Nathanael Fortune deftly explains forces of climate change to nonscientists.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • December 4, 2019
Nathanael Fortune headshot

Putting a Face to Hunger

Sibyl Brown ’14 became passionate about food justice while a student at Smith and founded the Smith chapter of the National Food Recovery Network, which continues today. As an alumna, she continues to work for food equity and wants to clarify some misconceptions about who exactly is going hungry in America.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 3, 2019
Sibyl Brown

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