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The Project on Women & Social Change brings to Smith local and international scholars in various forums, including work-in-progress seminars, lectures, conferences and workshops. Following is a representative list of past events.


Legal Tender: Women and the Secret Life of Money

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright Hall
Christian McEwen will read a selection of her original stories based on her interviews with more than 50 women about their relationship to money. That project culminated in a play as well as numerous presentations and events.

"Listening to Poets/Poets Listening"

March 27, 2014, 5 p.m., Seelye 106
Poet and writer Christian McEwen interviewed over 30 poets, including Gwyneth Lewis, Matthew and Michael Dickman, Chase Twichell, Ko Un, Maxine Kumin, Rita Dove, Ella Voigt and Yusef Komunyakaa. The poets discuss their personal histories, habitual writing practices and their literary influences and development.

Educating Women Course (IDP 140)

Offered in the fall of 2012, this one-credit course was built around a lecture series addressing the following topics:

September 12, 2012. Why Educate Women?: An overview of the course and a discussion of access and inequity in American education. Speakers: Susan C. Bourque (Government Department, Smith College) and Paula Giddings (African American Studies Department, Smith College).

September 19, 2012. Higher Education for Women and the History of Smith College. Speaker: Carol T. Christ, President of Smith College.

October 3, 2012. From Jean Jacques Rousseau to Edward Clark: The Impact of European Ideas on American Women's Education. Speakers: Rosetta Cohen (Education and Child Study, Smith College) and Jennifer Hall-Witt (History Department, Smith College).

October 10, 2012. Education for Girls and Women in Developing Countries. Panelists: Cris Smith (Center for International Education, UMass Amherst), Beth Murphy (Film Producer); Sharmila Ghosha Sinha (Smith Trustee), and Hoon Eng Khoo (University of Singapore and Smith Trustee).

October 17, 2012. Gender Differences? Education and Women's Underrepresentation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Speakers: Susannah Howe (Picker Engineering Program, Smith College) and Donna Riley (Picker Engineering Program, Smith College).

October 24, 2012. Gender Equity, Education, Law and the Lives of Girls in the aftermath of Title IX. Panelists: Carrie Baker (Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College), Christine M. Shelton (Department of Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College), and Kim Gandy (Feminist Majority and NOW, Activist-in-Residence).

Women's Education Worldwide (WEW) Meetings

For more information, visit Women's Education Worldwide.