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Science National Humanities Medal Awarded
Smith President Emerita Jill Ker Conway and historian Natalie Zemon Davis '49 were among the recipients of the 2012 National Humanities Medal presented by President Barack Obama at a recent White House ceremony. Conway was cited as a "trailblazing academic leader" and Davis for her "insights into the study of history and her exacting eloquence in bringing the past into focus."
Women in Public Service Pathway to Change
In a blog post from Pakistan's Express Tribune, Ayesha Sadaf Khan '16 writes that the town of Ibrahim Hyderi, home to 50,000, has been "deserted by the government and abandoned of literacy." Amid such poverty, hunger and helplessness, Khan suggests, there can be only one pathway to change. She writes, "What is the impetus that arms humans with desire and hope? Education."
The Dark Side of Retail Counseling Post-Disaster
New in Insight: Joshua Miller, associate dean and professor at the Smith School for Social Work, has had extensive experience working in post-disaster mental health, but traditional Western approaches to counseling don't always work. Psychosocial Capacity Building recognizes cultural differences in helping people and communities recover from events that turn their lives upside down.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Interning with Dr. Judy
Attending a gala at the United Nations, doing research for a last-minute commentary on a breaking news story for CNN—all in a day's work for Dr. Judy's student interns. Judy Kuriansky '68—widely known as Dr. Judy—has mentored dozens of Smith students over the past 10 years, including Shuyao Kong '13, who feels a special connection with the psychologist, humanitarian and TV/radio commentator.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Cutter-Ziskind Renovation
Renovations to the Cutter-Ziskind student-housing complex are underway. Built in 1957, Cutter-Ziskind represents "a utopian phase of 20th-century cultural history, when designers attempted to break with historic styles of the past," said John Davis, Smith professor of art. The renovations will preserve the architectural integrity while updating interiors and improving energy efficiency.
From China to Art to Women's Rights College Sports Pioneer
Aggie Kurtz '62 launched women's sports at Dartmouth College more than 40 years ago with a budget of $500. "When women came to Dartmouth, they didn't have anywhere they could go and be together except in the gym," she says. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), her former student, mentioned Kurtz in a New York Times article: "She understood the importance of athletics in developing women."
Elizabeth Eveillard '79 Elected Chair The Smith College Ring
What better way to show your Smith pride than by sporting the Smith College ring? Featuring a simple, elegant design, the ring is embossed with an image of the Grécourt Gates and the words "Smith College, 1871." Wear the ring as a symbol of your treasured days as a student and the legacy of Smith in your life as an alumna. Click here for more information and to order.
The Dark Side of Retail Save the Date
Join Smith alumnae, faculty and students on campus November 1-2 for Narratives of Women's Dress: What Can a Garment Say?, a symposium that will examine the role and importance of dress in the study of women, culture and history, as well as the value of studying dress when researching the lives of women over time. For details, please contact Theatre Professor Kiki Smith at
Women in Public Service Calling All High School Teachers
As an alumna you know the many benefits of attending Smith—its expert faculty, beautiful campus and a student body comprising talented young women from around the world. If you're a high school teacher, you're in a perfect position to spread the word. Click here to register with the Office of Admission, which can assist you in helping your students imagine themselves at Smith.
The Dark Side of Retail Alumnae Insurance
For Smith alumnae of all ages and their families, the Office of Alumnae Relations sponsors insurance programs, including auto, health, homeowners, life, travel and long-term care, all at discounted rates. There is even a special affordable health insurance plan for alumnae in New York City and a pet insurance program. Click here for more information.
The Inauguration of Kathleen McCartney
Video Spotlight
President Kathleen McCartney speaks to the Smith community on her first day in office.
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On campus for her 75th Reunion, Clara Rankin '38 reminisces about her days at Smith.
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Former U.S. Representative Jane Harman '66 talks about the need for women in public service.
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