Kathleen McCartney conferred her first degrees as Smith’s 11th president to graduates of the School for Social Work during commencement exercises on August 16, 2013. In her address, President McCartney emphasized her support for the school, noting how closely its mission aligns with her own work and values. It is up to the school’s graduates and other social workers, she said, to address the “deep undercurrent of inequality in our society.”
Best-selling author J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 dropped by to give some writing and publishing tips to students in the Young Women’s Writing Workshop held on the Smith campus over the summer. Smith's Young Women's Writing Workshop allows high school girls to explore their writing talents in a variety of mediums, all in a creative and supportive environment. Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named a “Best Book of the Year” by Time magazine, and a Washington Post “Notable Book for 2011.” Her latest novel is The Engagements, which Glamour magazine called “as shiny as a diamond itself.” Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Allure, Men’s Vogue and the New York Observer. Here Sullivan explains why she feels it’s important to nurture young writers, how writing fit into her life as a teenager and how she honed her writing skills at Smith.
In April, author Ann M. Martin ’77 donated her literary papers to Smith College. Martin is the creator of one of the most successful series of all time—“The Baby-sitters Club,” which spawned a television show and feature film and was named one of the “Books of the Century” by the New York Times Book Review in 1998. Martin’s donated papers include story outlines, illustrations, maps and correspondence from “The Baby-sitters Club,” as well as the “The Baby-sitters Club: Little Sister” and “Main Street.” Here Martin talks about her days at Smith and why she chose to give her papers to the college, and Rare Book Room staff discuss the cataloging process.
Learn how one educator's decision to incorporate basketball into her curricula revolutionized the world of women's sport and redefined women's societal role at the turn of the 20th century.
The story of the first March Madness for women's collegiate basketball, held at Smith College in 1893. Some people paid $15 for a ticket - $2,000 in today's market. Find out more here:
Jane Harman '66 spoke recently at Smith about the importance of women in public service and the vital role Smith plays in educating women leaders. During her long public career, Harman has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues. A former nine-term member of the U.S. Congress, Harman is currently the director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
In May 2013, eight members of the class of ’38 celebrated their 75th Reunion, one of whom was Clara Taplin Rankin, who traveled from her native state of Ohio to attend the event. She reminisces about her days on the Smith campus, providing a vivid glimpse into college life in the 1930s.
Sarah Hussain, president of the Class of 2013, delivered the student speech at Smith College’s 135th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize–winning online news website that bears her name, was the speaker at Smith College’s 135th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2013. View all commenencent coverage.
Shuyao Kong, a member of the Class of 2013, delivered the student speech at Smith College’s Ivy Day celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2013.