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Presidential Colloquium Series

The Presidential Colloquium regularly features influential thought leaders in a wide range of fields—from poets and writers to economists and policy experts—to share their expertise, offer insights, and inspire discourse on key social, political and global topics that call for our attention. Come discover, learn, ask questions and engage in the conversation. Lectures are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Events

Presidential Colloquium Speaker Mahzarin Banaji

Mahzarin Banaji

Workshop on implicit Bias

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Friday, October 28, 2016, 2 p.m.
Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Mahzarin Banaji is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. With social psychologists Anthony Greenwald and Brian Nosek, she maintains an educational website, Project Implicit, designed to create awareness about unconscious bias. In 2016 the Association for Psychological Science named Banaji one of its William James Fellows, an award given to outstanding contributors to scientific psychology. (Due to limited seating, the workshop is limited to Smith students, staff and faculty.)


Previous 2016–17 Events

Presidential Colloquium Speaker Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Jane Grossman Cecil '50 Memorial Lecture

What I’ve Learned From Children

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 5 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Arne Duncan was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama in 2009 and served in that position until early 2016. He previously served as superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools. He is a managing partner at the Palo Alto–based education group Emerson Collective.

Presidential Colloquium Speaker Patti Saris

The Honorable Patti B. Saris

Constitution Day Lecture

Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room

Patti B. Saris has served as a United States district judge for the District of Massachusetts since 1994 and as chief judge of the district court since 2013. She has been a member and chair of the United States Sentencing Commission since 2010. For Smith’s annual Constitution Day lecture, Judge Saris will speak about the problem of overincarceration in the United States as well as her work on the Sentencing Commission.