Schedule subject to change

May 18 to 21, 2017
Classes: 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007
View the Reunion 2017 Program

Reunion Check-in and Registration Hours

Alumnae House Tent
Thursday: 4–9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday: 9–11 a.m.

Checking In
Stop by the Alumnae House registration tent to receive your welcome card with your housing assignment and meal reservations.

New since your last Reunion: you will also receive a key card to access class headquarters and your house for the weekend. Then head over to your class headquarters.

If you arrive after registration closes, call Campus Police at 413-585-2490; they will let you into your house. However, you must stop at the Alumnae House the next morning to check in and get your key card.

Your Class’s Reunion Program
Watch for news from your class Reunion team about the exciting programming they have planned. Check your class website and social media sites for updates.

Thursday, May 18

4:00 p.m. Reunion registration opens
5:30/6:30 p.m. Social Hours & Dinners for all classes
(Separate location for the 50th Reunion class)
Evening Class Programming (Optional)

Friday, May 19

7–9 a.m. Breakfast in college houses
*For alumnae and guests who have purchased housing.
9–10 a.m.
Faculty Presentations
Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending brief lectures by Smith faculty. Free and open to all.

  • Using Smith Campus as a Living Laboratory to Implement Sustainability
    Camille Washington-Ottombre, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Policy
    In the face of the challenges posed by climate change and the limited answers provided by policy makers, this talk explores how students experience real world environmental problem-solving approaches by using our campus as a living laboratory.  In designing a more sustainable Smith, students transform our community.  They learn how to become green leaders and promote change in our society.
  • The Politics of Discontent
    Panel chaired by Linda Leonard Fowler ’67 
    When the class of ’67 graduated, this country was in deep divisions over the Vietnam War, and political discourse in respect to civil rights, and social change, particularly with respect to gender and sexuality.  Now, fifty years later, conflict over economic inequality and identity produced the extraordinarily bitter 2016 election and its aftermath.  This panel will discuss the similarities and differences of the past and present, and lessons from the past to guide us into the future.  The panelists include: Professor Howard Gold, Professor of Government, Brent Durbin, Assistant Professor of Government, and Linda L. Fowler, Class of ’67 and Professor Emerita of Government at Dartmouth College.
  • Leisure & Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii
    Barbara Kellum, Professor of Art
    Expert insights in the featured exhibition. Limited to 40 participants.  Sign-up in the museum lobby starting at 8:45 a.m.
  • How Poems Mean
    Ellen Doré Watson, lecturer, English language and literature; director, Poetry Center

9–5 p.m. Alumnae Oral History Project
The Smith College Alumnae Oral History Project wants to hear your stories! Staff from the College Archives will conduct short oral histories with alumnae about your memories, the impact of Smith and your reflections on women’s education.
Email Kelly Anderson kpanders@smith.edu to sign up.
10:30–11:30 a.m. Smith in the World: Student Panel
Current students will share how their studies at Smith have shaped their off-campus endeavors and how those experiences have enriched their liberal arts education at Smith. Moderated by Julie Ohotnicky, Dean of Students
Noon–1:30 p.m. Reunion Luncheon for all classes
(Separate location for the 50th Reunion class)
1:30–2:30 p.m. College Presentation: Renewing Neilson for the 21st Century
Susan Fliss, Dean of the Libraries and Beth Myers, Director of Special CollectionsLearn the latest on the library renovation and the vision for the new Neilson Library and Alumnae Gym: how will library users experience the intellectual heart of the campus in 2020?
2:30–3:30 p.m. College Presentation: Diversity and Inclusion at Smith
Afternoon Receptions and events
Programming from the Friends of Smith Groups (Museum, Botanic Garden, Libraries, Athletics).
3:30 – 5 p.m. Class Programming (Optional)
5:30/6:30 p.m. Class Social Hours & Dinners
50th Reunion class social hour hosted by President McCartney
Evening Class Programming (Optional)

Saturday, May 20

7–9 a.m. Breakfast in college houses
*For alumnae and guests who have purchased housing.
9–5 p.m. Alumnae Oral History Project
The Smith College Alumnae Oral History Project wants to hear your stories! Staff from the College Archives will conduct short oral histories with alumnae about your memories, the impact of Smith and your reflections on women’s education.
Email Kelly Anderson kpanders@smith.edu to sign up.
9:15 a.m.
(8:45 lineup)
Alumnae Parade and Ivy Day
Don’t forget your whites! Join this moving, time-honored Reunion tradition that reminds alumnae and graduating seniors of the continuing global, generational movement that is Smith College.
Alumnae Parade Assembly (8:45 a.m. line up) Chapin Drive, between the Campus Center and College Lane
Alumnae Parade Alumnae march toward the President’s House and the Quadrangle, through the double lines of the senior class. Alumnae proceed through the Emerson House archway, around the Quadrangle and past the reviewing stand on Martha Wilson House steps.
Disability Accommodations: Anyone with physical disabilities who wishes to be dropped off near the entry to the Quadrangle for the awards convocation should speak to the police officer at the top of Paradise Road.
11:15 a.m. Multifaith Service of Remembrance (immediately following the Ivy Day Ceremony)
11:30-2 p.m. Crew House Dance Studio Open House
Visit the newly renovated Dance Studio in the Crew House on Paradise Pond, made possible by the generousity of Sharonjean Moser Leeds ’67 and Richard Leeds.
Noon–1:30 p.m. Make your own picnic lunch
Lunch will be distributed at Chapin Lawn
Noon-3 p.m. Class Programming (Optional)
Noon-3 p.m. Family Activities
A bounce house and face painting for your young ones.
1:30–4:30 p.m. Discover Smith
Campus activities organized by various departments: Programming from the Friends of Smith Groups (Museum, Botanic Garden, Libraries, Athletics).
2–3 p.m.
Faculty Presentations
Experience the rich intellectual life of Smith students today by attending brief lectures by Smith faculty. Free and open to all.

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases: the Cycle of Disease and Poverty
    Steven Williams, Gates Professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry
    The neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are the major contributor to the cycle of disease and poverty that keeps poor, underdeveloped countries poor.  The “bottom billion” inhabitants of our planet are afflicted with an average of 2.5 NTDs per person.  In this lecture, Professor Williams will discuss the progress that has been made in combating NTDs and the exciting plans for the future.
  • The Symbiosis of Research and Teaching: Bringing the Archives to the Classroom and the Classroom to the Archives
    Andrea Stone, Associate Professor of Literature of the African Diaspora, and English Language and Literature
    Professor Stone’s lecture will discuss the relationship between scholarship and teaching and demonstrate the ways in which she has found it helpful to bring her archival research to her classes and take her classes to the archive.
  • Sexagon: Muslims, France and the Sexualization of National Culture
    Mehammed Mack, Assistant Professor of French Studies and SWG (Study of Women and Gender)
    This lecture will survey immigration debates in Europe, paying particular attention to France’s internal debate involving Muslim immigrants.  Professor Mack will endeaver to explain how sexuality has been politicized within these national debates: and will discuss how immigrants and their descendants, in order to be accepted and integrated, must possess the “right” attitudes about gender and sexuality, or risk being cast outside the national community.
  • Leisure & Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii 
    Barbara Kellum, Professor of Art
    Expert insights in the featured exhibition. Limited to 40 participants.  Sign-up in the museum lobby starting at 1:45 p.m.
  • How Poems Mean
    Ellen Doré Watson, lecturer, English language and literature; director, Poetry Center
3:30–4:30 p.m. Remarks by President Kathleen McCartney
President McCartney has big dreams for Smith and for women. During this special session, she will share her vision for Smith in the 21st century.
5:30/6:30 p.m.
Class Social Hours & Dinners
8:30–10 p.m. Illumination
Stroll the campus as music fills the air and the grounds come alive with the glow of delicate Japanese paper lanterns.
9:30 p.m–midnight Dance Party
For all Reunion classes, featuring a DJ, cash bar, popcorn, photo booth, and glow sticks.

Sunday, May 21

7–9 a.m. Continental Breakfast in college houses
*For alumnae and guests who have purchased housing.
10 a.m. Commencement exercises
Seating at Smith’s Commencement ceremony is limited and is intended for the graduates and their guests. The public is invited to view a simulcast of this year’s event in John M. Greene Hall.Simulcasts for alumnae will be provided at reunion brunches. Additionally, students, parents, alumnae and friends around the world are invited to view the event via live webcast.If Commencement is held indoors due to inclement weather, tickets will be issued to graduates for their families.
10 a.m. Brunch for all classes
(Separate location for the 50th Reunion class)
11:30-1 p.m. Crew House Dance Studio Open House
Visit the newly renovated Dance Studio in the Crew House on Paradise Pond, made possible by the generosity of Sharonjean Moser Leeds ’67 and Richard Leeds.
1 p.m. Residence houses close