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‘An Extraordinary Time to Be a Scholar at Smith’

The new Neilson was built for both the production and presentation of knowledge, provost and dean of the faculty Michael Thurston says.

  • New Neilson
  • October 4, 2021
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‘A Setting Worthy of Their Excellence’

Smith’s collections finally have the home they deserve, says recently retired English professor Nancy Mason Bradbury '74.

  • New Neilson
  • October 4, 2021
Illustration of a white student reading near the Neilson sunken courtyard.

‘The Library as a Microcosm of the Campus’

A research library is a hub that generates and distributes intellectual currents, associate dean of the faculty Hélène Visentin says.

  • New Neilson
  • October 4, 2021
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Prof. Loretta Ross: Powerful Testimony

In testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Thursday, Sept. 30, Professor Loretta Ross joined other prominent women in sharing stories of their experience around abortion and in urging continued access to health care and reproductive rights.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • October 1, 2021
Loretta Ross

Centering Intersectional Feminist Scholarship

Sitting at the juncture of women’s studies, critical race theory, and global studies, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism is a double-blind, peer-reviewed academic journal founded at Smith under the leadership of former president Ruth J. Simmons.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • September 30, 2021
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The Insider’s Guide to the Lewis Global Studies Center

In this, the first of a series of stories about the academic centers that help shape the intellectual life of the college, the Smith Alumnae Quarterly spotlights the Lewis Global Studies Center.

  • Campus Life
  • September 28, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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