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Project on Women & Social Change

The Smith Project on Women and Social Change is an interdisciplinary faculty research group. Founded in 1978, the project draws together faculty from a range of disciplines including anthropology, political science, sociology, education, history, exercise and sport studies, literature, psychology, religion and economics.

Upcoming Events


Conference: Gabriela Mistral in the 21st Century

Saturday April 21, 2018, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
McConnell Hall 103, Smith College


Gabriela Mistral (1889–1957), born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, was a Chilean poet, essayist, schoolteacher, diplomat and activist for the rights of women, children and indigenous peoples. The first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in literature (1945), she remains the only female Nobel Laureate in literature in the Spanish language. Eleven years ago, upon the death of her partner and executor, Doris Dana, a large collection of Gabriela Mistral’s previously unknown papers and audio recordings were made public. This new archive was then donated to the National Library of Chile by Dana’s niece, Doris Atkinson. These materials have now contributed to a re-interpretation of the poet’s life and work. This conference, Gabriela Mistral in the 21st century, brings together the top Mistral scholars from Chile and the United States. The invited participants will discuss the significance of this new trove of papers and recordings, recent publications that have relied on these new materials, and future scholarship on the life and work of Gabriela Mistral.

Confirmed Participants

  • Doris Atkinson, Gabriela Mistral’s last literary executor (Mount Holyoke College ‘80)
  • Marjorie Agosin, Wellesley College
  • Elizabeth Horan, Arizona State University
  • Soledad Falabella, Universidad de Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile
  • Maria Elena Wood, Chilean documentary filmmaker

The conference is free but will be limited to 60 registered participants.

Registration is required. Please go to the Women & Social Change Conference registration form.