Notes from Paradise
Legendary Poets: A Part of Smith’s Legacy
As the Smith College Poetry Center celebrates its 20th anniversary, center director Ellen Doré Watson reflects on the myriad poets—some world-renowned, others just starting to gain notice—who have shared their words with the campus over the past two decades.
Conway Center Dedication and Talk Breaking Ground for the New Neilson Alumna Filmmaker Snags Fourth Emmy
Next week's dedication of Smith’s new Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center will include a talk by entrepreneur Diane Hessan, who will explore the benefits of risk-taking. The presentation takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Campus Center Carroll Room, following an open house at the Conway Center (146 Elm St.) that begins at 3:30 p.m. Members of the Smith community are invited to attend the groundbreaking for the new Neilson Library at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, on Seelye Lawn. The event will feature remarks from architectural designer Maya Lin, President Kathleen McCartney, Board of Trustees Chair Deborah L. Duncan ’77 and Provost Katherine Rowe. A reception will follow. Oscar-winning Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02's A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness won the outstanding documentary award on Oct. 5, at the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. She previously won an Emmy for her documentary Children of the Taliban and two Emmy Awards for Saving Face.
Meg Chren ’74 to Head Vanderbilt Dermatology
Meg Chren ’74, professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, has been named the inaugural chair of the Department of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, TN. She will join the faculty in January 2018.
Cooking with Grandmothers: Recipes with Meaning
Preparing Slovak dishes with her grandmother led Tori Greco Hiranaka ’19 to a unique internship at Cooking With Grandmothers, a website that shares the stories and recipes of grandmothers. Hiranaka says, "Cooking With Grandmothers’ mission is close to my heart because my grandmother is a woman I admire greatly, and I wanted to find a way to share this with the world."
What’s Ahead for Smith’s Botanic Garden
Since becoming director of Smith's Botanic Garden this summer, Tim Johnson has been focusing his attention on three key areas listed on a whiteboard in his office under the headline "Big Stuff": sustainability, climate change education and landscaping for the new Neilson Library. "We’re talking about ways the Botanic Garden can play a role in building a more just, inclusive and equitable world," he says.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE STREET: Anu Aiyengar ’91: Leading JPMorgan’s North America M&A group
AUSTRIAN BROADCAST SYSTEM: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Sports events and sustainability
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Kim Yi Dionne: The Liberian elections
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Review: Diana Oh ’08’s {my lingerie play}
FORBES: Shelly Lazarus ’68: Insights on success
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