Smith in summer: far from quiet
After students leave for internships, other studies, and summer jobs, the campus welcomes groups of different ages who share interests in art and science.

The Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies is a six-week program designed to give students a behind-the-scenes look at the world of art museums, to help them understand the basic functions of these institutions. The program combines classroom instruction, visits to numerous museums, conversations with museum professionals, reading, and hands-on experiences to introduce liberal arts students to the world of art museums at a time when they are exploring next steps after college. At the end of the course, students create an exhibition for the Smith Museum of Art that employs all the skills gained in their studies. Several alumnae participate in the program as teachers and mentors, and students see a broad range of museums throughout the Northeast from a vantage point seldom afforded non-employees. Details about the program and a complete course outline can be found at .

In July, more than 100 high school girls will arrive at Smith for four weeks of study in engineering, robotics, genetics, and other science projects. For sixteen years, Smith's Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) has welcomed girls from across the country and around the world who are passionate about science and engineering. Through intensive courses and small-group mentoring, the program aims to boost the girls' confidence in those fields by engaging them in hands-on, real-world problem solving. During their month at Smith, the girls elect two two-week research courses or one four-week course, totaling more than 120 hours of study with Smith faculty. Their choices range from "Telescopes and Astronomical Imaging" to "Math that will Help You Prosper," a course that examines the applications of logical reasoning in law, economics, computer science, and beyond. Expanded information about the program and course offerings is at .

The Smith School for Social Work continues its summer courses and lecture series for professionals throughout the nation. Of special interest are lectures on children’s forced involvement in armed conflicts and the social ecology of the Sri Lankan tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. A full schedule of conferences and presenters can be viewed at .

Acclaimed landscape architect honored
Earlier this month, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander '44 received the prestigious Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Lifetime Achievement Award, which was created in 2005 to recognize a landscape architect whose contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and on the environment. Oberlander, a pioneer of socially conscious and sustainable landscape design, has collaborated with internationally acclaimed architects, and her work, which includes the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C., and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, can be seen around the United States, Canada, and Israel. Her interest in landscapes was nurtured by her mother, who wrote gardening books for children. After graduating from Smith, Oberlander was among the first class of women to graduate from Harvard with a degree in landscape architecture. Her early work with playgrounds and low-income housing continues with public spaces such as libraries and government centers. Smith College honored her in 1982 with a Smith College Medal and in 2003 with an honorary degree.
A family-friendly business model
For a while, Liann Bartlett Eden '86 thrived on the fast pace of her marketing career. But after returning to work following the birth of her first child she realized that the business world wasn't set up to meet her needs as a mother. "I decided it wasn't going to fit anymore," she told the Financial Times of London. Instead of leaving her career behind, though, Eden, along with her friend Dena McCallum, decided to create a new business that would play off their talents and take into consideration their desire to spend time with their families. The result is the London-based consulting firm, Eden McCallum, which links a network of more than 200 freelance consultants with businesses around the world.
Since its launch in 2000, the company has worked with more than 300 clients and has expanded its staff from five to twenty-four employees. More important, though, is the culture they've created. Most of their employees, for example, work flexible hours. For information about Eden McCallum, visit
Award recognizes contributions of author Jane Yolen '60
Author Jane Yolen '60 was recently honored with the 2006 Roots in Writing Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of women in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Yolen is the author or co-author of more than 275 children's books and science fiction and fantasy novels, including The One-Armed Queen, Sister Light Sister Dark, and Owl Moon. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. The award is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Female Writers Association, which honors recipients with bouquets of roses or trees as symbols of "something beautiful that springs from strong roots." For more about Jane Yolen, visit
New post for Foley
The new US ambassador to Hungary, April Hoxie Foley '69, will take up her post this fall. Foley is the first vice president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank board of directors and succeeds George Herbert Walker III, who has been serving as US ambassador to Hungary since October 2003. Foley received a master's in business administration from the Harvard Business School, where she met and became friends with President George Bush. Early in her career, Foley served as director of business planning for corporate strategy with Pepsico, Inc. and later worked at leading drug maker Pfizer.
Pages from a printing press' history
In Out of the Cellar, local bibliotect David Bourbeau traces the history of the Cantina Press, which is largely credited for beginning the tradition of printing and typography at Smith. Founded in 1936 by Clarence Kennedy and his wife Ruth Wedgwood Kennedy--both Renaissance scholars and teachers at Smith--the press was one of many printing ventures to emerge at the height of the private press movement in England and America. The book, which was produced locally, features an introduction by Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books at Smith, as well as book pages printed or designed by Clarence and a portrait of the Kennedys by Ansel Adams. A limited number of books are on sale through the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Regular copies are $35; deluxe copies (in special bindings and featuring the Ansel Adams portrait as an original photogravure print) are $75. To order, visit
An inspiring mathematician
Evelyn Boyd Granville '45 was awarded an honorary degree in science at this year's graduation ceremonies at Spelman College in Atlanta. Granville, professor emerita at California State College and University System, is considered the second African American woman in U.S. history to receive a doctorate in mathematics--from Yale in 1949. She's long been a pioneer in applied mathematics and computer technology, having joined the staff of IBM in 1956 to work on projects for NASA. Since retiring from teaching in 1984, Granville has spent her time inspiring young people to seek careers in mathematics. "Math," she says, "opens doors."
'Ethical Dilemmas in Medicine' the focus of alumnae seminar
"Matters of Life & Death: Ethical Dilemmas in Medicine" will be discussed at the 27th annual Fairfield County Alumnae Seminar, scheduled for October 18 at the Italian Center in Stamford, CT. Speakers at the half-day program will address current challenges in medicine, including doctor/patient relationships and patient autonomy; how medical research (e.g., stem cell experimentation) is conducted and how the results are used; and issues in physician/industry relationships. Panelists are Maud Chaplin PhD, professor of philosophy at Wellesley College; Ruth L. Fischbach, PhD, MPE, director, Center for Bioethics, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons; Dr. Donald W. Hoskins, recently retired senior vice president of medical affairs at Beth Israel Medical Center; and Dr. Edward C. Jones, chair, Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell University Medical Center.
The seminar, which is open to the public, is an annual event presented by Fairfield County alumnae from the original Seven Sisters colleges--Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley. Cost for the seminar, which includes lunch, is $35. For more information, please contact Susan Stern at 203-869-6456 or
An academic honor
Lakesia Johnson '91 was one of seven academics nationwide to be named a 2006 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow. Johnson, a PhD candidate in women's studies at Ohio State, received a $3,000 award that may be used for research-related travel, data work, and supplies. Her dissertation is titled "The Iconography of the Black Female Revolutionary and New Narratives of Justice." The Woodrow Wilson Women's Studies Fellowships, now in their 32nd year, remain the only national fellowship for doctoral students writing on women's issues in various humanities and social science fields.
Applauded for aiding artisans
Clare Brett Smith '49, president emerita of Aid to Artisans, was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters by Clark University at the May 21 commencement ceremonies there. Smith was president of Aid to Artisans for twenty years until 2005. Before that, she was a professional photographer and successful entrepreneur. Under her leadership, Aid to Artisans grew from a small nonprofit organization assisting artisans in a handful of places to a world-renowned organization that benefits thousands of artisans throughout the developing world each year. In her remarks, Smith cited the social benefits of artisans' work. "Artisan skills are assets that deserve more respect," she said. "Artisans, however poor their situations, are not the 'poorest of the poor,' nor are they helpless; they're clever, they know how to make things, they are productive, inventive, self-reliant. Their work is easy on the environment.
It's artistic. It's based on local culture. It's useful!" For more information about Aid to Artisans, visit

AASC marks its 125th anniversary with yearlong celebration

The Alumnae Association of Smith College is marking its 125th anniversary with a yearlong celebration featuring special programs, enhanced services, prize giveaways, and new online initiatives--all meant to bring alumnae closer to Smith, each other, and the association. "This is an exciting time in our history," said Carrie Cadwell Brown, Ed.M. '82, executive director of the Alumnae Association. “This celebration gives us a unique opportunity to honor our past and also plan our future and consider what we can do to best serve the needs of our alumnae. We're looking forward to a fun celebration and a great year." For more information about the Alumnae Association and the 125th anniversary, visit the association's Web site at

Protecting the rights of victims' families
For her pro bono work on behalf of families affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, attorney Debra Brown Steinberg '76 was recently awarded the prestigious American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award. Steinberg, who is a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York, played a leading role in the creation of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest 9/11 Project and drafted comments on the interim and final regulations for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. She also took a leading role in advocating at the state and national level on behalf of victims' families. "Debra and the attorneys on her team have certainly demonstrated the capacity for bettering the world through the legal profession," said Robert Link Jr., chair and managing partner of Cadwalader.
This isn't the first time Steinberg has been honored for her work. She was twice recognized by the House of Representatives as well as by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on behalf of the City of New York.
Reunions planned for JYA alumnae
Alumnae who spent their junior year abroad in either Geneva or Florence will have a chance to reconnect with some of their JYA classmates later this year. The Alumnae Association is hosting two reunions to celebrate the 75th anniversary of JYA in Florence and the 60th anniversary of the JYA in Geneva program. The Florence event, which is scheduled for October 6-8 in that city, will include current students, former JYA directors, and faculty from the Department of Italian Language and Literature. At the Geneva event, which is planned for October 12-15 in Switzerland, and is coinciding with the Smith in Europe reunion, President Carol Christ will speak about Smith today and participants will have plenty of opportunities to rediscover Geneva with alumnae, current students, and Smith faculty. For more information on either event, call 800-526-2023, ext. 4, or visit
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Get Away With Smith Travel

Smith Travel is currently accepting reservations for the following 2007 trips: Timbuktu and the Rivers of West Africa, January 26-February 10, 2007; New Zealand by Land and Sea, February 9-21, 2007.
Spaces are still available on the following 2006 trips:

ENCHANTMENT ALONG THE RHINE AND MOSELLE RIVERS, June 9-24, 2006. Due to a last-minute cancellation we have one double cabin available in category B. Call Smith Travel at 800-225-2029 for details. Join Michael Gorra, professor and chair of Smith's English department, on this delightful riverboat cruise through the heart of Europe.

SCANDINAVIA - From Copenhagen to the North Cape, August 10-22, 2006. Enjoy this splendid journey through stately cities, charming Hanseatic towns, and sublime Norwegian fjords. Craig Davis, Smith professor of English, will share his expertise in medieval literature and his extensive knowledge of this area.

TREASURES OF THE PHARAOHS - Egypt and the Nile aboard the Sun Boat III, October 17-30, 2006. This comprehensive itinerary includes behind-the-scenes access to current archaeological research. Travel with Karen Pfeifer, professor of economics and expert on economic development in the Middle East and North Africa.

COLONIAL CITIES OF MEXICO, November 6-12, 2006.
Explore the abundant cultural and artistic heritage of Mexico's Colonial
Period in Morelia, Patzcuaro, and San Miguel de Allende with Dana Leibsohn, associate professor of art and director of Smith's interdepartmental program in
Latin American and Latino Studies.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 2007 - Join Sherley Young '61, veteran of the Global Village program, on a house-building mission in Costa Rica from March 17 to Sunday, April 1, 2007. Sherley will also be leading a group to Kyrgystan in September/October. Email Sherley at for further details.

For details, visit our updated Smith Travel Web site, where you will find full descriptions and prices on all of our trips: Questions may be directed to Liz Bigwood at Smith Travel, 800-225-2029, or e-mail

Exclusive content at SAQ Online
The online version of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly offers a variety of content you won't find in the print version of the magazine. Online now are stories about this year's Commencement ceremony and an on-campus panel discussion featuring several acclaimed alumnae scientists, as well as an extended interview with Alex Prud'homme, who co-authored with his aunt Julia Child '34 the new book My Life in France. Be sure, too, to check out "Stories From Our Past," which features articles from the Quarterly's vast archive. The newest addition is Pauline Kael's 1973 Commencement address.

Benefits for Smith alumnae
Just because you've graduated from Smith doesn't mean you're forgotten. The Alumnae Association offers a variety of services to make your post-Smith life a little easier. Alumnae are eligible for various insurance options, including medical, life, and liability insurances, as well as a credit card that benefits Alumnae Association programs. For information on all Alumnae Association benefits and services, visit and browse the drop down menu under "Benefit."

Keep in touch
Wondering whatever happened to that Smith housemate who used to keep you company while you studied all night for a midterm? The Alumnae Association's Online Directory makes it easy for you to catch up with your Smith friends. You can search by name, location, profession, and even Smith house. Just visit the Alumnae Association's Web page at, and log in directly from the home page under "Alumnae Directory and E-mail." While you're there, be sure to update your personal information. The directory is most effective when the information is kept up to date. To ensure that your information is correct, log into your alumnae directory account at and then click on "Personal Information" at the top of the screen.

Life insurance
Looking for a dependable life, liability, or temporary health insurance? The Alumnae Association's insurance program offers reasonable and critical protection for alumnae. Details are available at (click on "Life Insurance Services" under "Benefit"). Or for more information, call the AASC's broker, Meyer and Associates, at 800-635-7801. Identify yourself as a Smith alumna.

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