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Hærvest of Trēow-lufu

Hana Videen ’07 finds her passion on-lūcan (unlocking) the mysteries of Old English.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 22, 2023
Aya Kakeda illustration of an elf paradise

Not Your Mother’s Music

Phoebe Kallaher ’25 spins the most-loved tunes from decades past.

  • Campus Life
  • March 22, 2023

Faculty Tenure and Promotions Announced

At its meeting in February, the Smith College Board of Trustees approved tenure and promotion recommendations for 20 faculty members, effective July 1.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 1, 2023
The Lanning fountain against a blue sky

A 'Sea Change' in the Sciences

Smith is one of only 11 institutions nationwide participating in a new pilot program that aims to make the sciences more representative and welcoming to students from traditionally marginalized communities.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • February 27, 2023
Alexis Knaub ’06 is project manager for a new diversity program in the sciences

Smith College Announces Commencement Speaker, Honorary Degree Recipients

Reshma Saujani—leading activist and founder of Girls Who Code and Moms First—will deliver the address at Smith College’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21.

  • News of Note
  • February 23, 2023
Reshma Saujani

People News, February 2023

Art exhibitions, scholarship awards and scientific research are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • February 16, 2023
Paradise Pond with a view of the boathouse

Smith College Medalist Tori Murden McClure ’85

Tori Murden McClure ’85, president of Spalding University and the first woman and American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, shares her thoughts on what she knows for sure.

  • News of Note
  • February 16, 2023
Smith Medalist Tori Murden McClure

Smith Medalist Shaharzad Akbar ’09

Human rights activist Shaharzad Akbar ’09 may be in exile from her home country of Afghanistan, but she refuses to give up on the people and place she loves.


  • News of Note
  • February 14, 2023
Smith Medalist Shaharzad Akbar

Smith Medalist Vanessa Daniel ’00

Groundswell Fund founder and Smith Medalist Vanessa Daniel ’00 has been a grassroots organizer and champion of reproductive justice for more than two decades. She says the time to act against the world’s most pressing problems is now.

  • News of Note
  • February 14, 2023
Smith College Medalist Vanessa Daniel ’00

A Theatrical Callout—And a Celebration

Groundbreaking artist Diana Oh ’08 is directing a play at Smith this semester that involves singing, drag, emails, poetry, music—and some foul language. Here’s what Oh had to say about their sendup of the American theater.

  • Smith Arts
  • February 13, 2023
Theater artist Diana Oh holds their dog shovels against a backdrop of shimmering beaded curtains

Love Is All Around

Smith College Library's special collections celebrates Valentine's Day with a unique pop-up exhibit that is bigger and better than ever.

  • Campus Life
  • February 7, 2023
Purple lips

Opening Pathways for Students in Data Sciences

Smith's hands-on approach to teaching data sciences, holds out promise for efforts to open new pathways to the discipline for students who begin their academic careers at two-year colleges.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • February 1, 2023
Aushanae Haller '23 stands behind a banner for the SDS Coalition of Color

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 10, 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