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A Comic Opera About Comic Opera's Greatest

As part of her senior honors thesis in theater, which examines the lives and works of Gilbert & Sullivan, Elizabeth Biddle ’13 wrote a full-fledged opera of her own, titled The Ladies of Gilbert & Sullivan, using songs and excerpts from the team’s works, and depicting actual scenes from backstage at the Savoy Theater, which was built in 1881 for the purpose of staging the operas.

  • Smith Arts
  • April 16, 2013

Celebrating 12 Years of Student-Faculty Collaboration

The twelfth annual “Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together” will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. in various campus locations.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 11, 2013

Former U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin To Read at Smith

Smith College will present a reading and conversation with former U.S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.

  • Smith Arts
  • April 11, 2013

Three Faculty Members Honored for Their Teaching

Three faculty members were named recently as winners of the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching.

  • News of Note
  • April 9, 2013

Student Play Questions the Heart of Diversity

When seniors Manqing Cang and Shuyao Kong had some questions around diversity and student culture at Smith based on their observations here, they decided to illustrate their thoughts by writing and producing a play. The resultant theater work, Black Dot, raises questions on what diversity is, and why and how we value diversity, they explain, while not focusing on any cultural group in particular.

  • Smith Arts
  • April 5, 2013

Smith College to Offset Unequal Health Insurance Tax Levied on Same-Sex Partners

This week, Smith College will implement a plan to offset the higher tax rate on health insurance that employees with same-sex partners pay as compared to employees with opposite-sex partners.

  • News of Note
  • April 4, 2013

Gloria Steinem, Ruchira Gupta on Sex Trafficking

Their keynote conversation Thursday, April 18, kicks off a two-day symposium on the human rights issue.

  • Events
  • April 4, 2013

Smith Shines Blue Light on Autism

Autism has become a focal point in the life of Mojdeh Mostafavi ’15.

  • Campus Life
  • April 4, 2013

Students to Compete for the Perfect (Business) Pitch

Seven finalists in the Draper Business Plan Competition will vie for three prizes worth more than $20,000 on April 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Alumnae House. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Events
  • April 4, 2013

Bestselling Children’s Author to Discuss Empowering Young People with Stories at Smith College

Bestselling author and Smith College alumna Ann Mathews Martin, class of 1977, will participate in a panel discussion about “Empowering Young People with Stories” on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Events
  • April 4, 2013

Jane Harman Endows Writer-in-Residence In Her Mother’s Memory

A $1 million gift to Smith College from alumna and former Congresswoman Jane Lakes Harman endowed a writer-in-residence program that will expose students to great writers and mentors in the field.

  • Supporting Smith
  • April 3, 2013

Engineers, Start Your Engines

Half of a Mazda rotary engine was donated to the Mechanics Playground, a classroom full of educational engineering-related miscellanea in Ford Hall.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 2, 2013

Poet Aracelis Girmay to Read at Smith College

Smith College will present a reading by poet Aracelis Girmay at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event, which will also include a short presentation by winners of this year’s Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England, is free and open to the public.

  • Smith Arts
  • March 25, 2013

A Long Way to Travel

An Interview with AMS student Xingpeng Wang, of China

  • Campus Life
  • March 22, 2013

Smith Tennis Wins National Team Sportsmanship Award

The Smith tennis team was honored this month by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) with its National Team Sportsmanship Award.

  • Athletics
  • March 20, 2013

Smith College to Host 11th Annual Five College Student Poetryfest

The 11th Annual Five College Poetryfest will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in Neilson Browsing Room at Smith College. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Smith Arts
  • March 13, 2013

Senior Reflections on Rally Day 2013

It all started at 4 p.m. with a clothes hanger. It was February 20, the day before Rally Day, and I suddenly realized I needed to create something, anything, to put on my head for the celebration—and I had to do it fast.

  • News of Note
  • March 13, 2013

Smith Board Approves Faculty Promotions

At its March meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees approved tenure and promotion recommendations for sixteen faculty members including the appointment of President-elect Kathleen McCartney as professor in the Department of Psychology.

  • News of Note
  • March 12, 2013