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Alumna Jan Glier Reeder’s exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art runs through August 10.

Kim Yi Dionne, Five College assistant professor of government, is now a regular contributor to The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics at The Washington Post. Dionne studies identity, public opinion, political behavior and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries. Follow her on Twitter at @dadakim.

Jan Glier Reeder ’67 gave a public talk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art June 22 about the exhibit she is co-curating on the work of designer Charles James. The presentation, “A Conversation on Glamour and Charles James,” also included fashion designer Zac Posen. Glier was also quoted in a May article in The New Yorker about James’ work. Glier’s exhibit at the Met runs through August 10.

Michael Gorra, English professor and literary critic, joins Geraldine Brooks and Adam Johnson as one of five fiction judges for the 2014 National Book Award. Gorra’s Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece was a finalist for both the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography. Gorra, Smith’s Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature, also reviews new fiction regularly in both the United States and the United Kingdom.


Smith professor Laura A. Katz (right) receives honors as a 2014 Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology.

Joel Kaminsky, the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion, has co-authored a new book with Joel N. Lohr and Mark Reasoner, published by Abingdon Press. The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible is described as a comprehensive introduction to the various collections of biblical literature used by Jews, Catholics and Protestants. It offers the beginner clear, concise and engaging entries into each book while covering major controversies, reviewers say. The authors show how various biblical books have influenced and continue to have an impact upon western ethics, politics and religion.

Laura A. Katz, Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, has been elected a 2014 Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology (AAM). Katz is one of 88 microbiologists from the United States and around the world recognized this year for their original contributions to the field. She joins more than 2,400 Academy Fellows representing sub-specialities of microbiology.

Gillian Kendall, professor of English language and literature, has written a new young adult novel, The Garden of Darkness, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Rebellion Publishing, Ltd., in June. The book explores the journey of four children who, after surviving a disease that seems to infect all but one adult, join forces with the grown-up who says he possesses a cure.

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