Notes from Paradise
Board Approves Climate Change, Endowment Recommendations
The Smith College Board of Trustees recently approved a series of recommendations designed to support the college’s commitment to environmental sustainability while ensuring the continued health of the college's endowment.
Roxane Gay to Keynote Otelia Cromwell Day Neilson Groundbreaking: ‘The House of Ideas’ Kory Stamper ’96 on the Pulchritude of Words
Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay will deliver the keynote address at this year’s celebration of Otelia Cromwell Day at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in John M. Greene Hall. Gay’s work, which includes her essay collection Bad Feminist, has garnered international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. Gay’s talk is free and open to the public. On Oct. 19, the Smith community gathered on Seelye lawn to mark what President Kathleen McCartney called a "milestone moment in Smith's history"—the groundbreaking for the new Neilson Library. In addition to McCartney, the event featured remarks from Board of Trustees Chair Deborah L. Duncan ’77, Provost and Dean of the Faculty Katherine Rowe, and lead architectural designer Maya Lin, who called Neilson "the house of ideas." Kory Stamper ’96 is an associate editor at Merriam-Webster and author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. Her “Ask the Editor” videos and popular blog Harmless Drudgery prompted The New York Times to call her “part of the vanguard of word-nerd celebrities.” On a recent visit to Smith, she shared her thoughts on some of her favorite—and not-so-favorite—words and definitions.
On View Around the Country: The Art of Maya Lin
Renowned architectural designer Maya Lin, whose most recent project is the renovation of Smith’s Neilson Library, has generated an impressive body of work that can be seen around the country. From a memorial to civil rights in Montgomery, Ala., to the high-profile Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., writer Noel Rubinton lays out an itinerary of where to view some of Lin’s most celebrated designs.
‘Gaming Representation: A Symposium on Video Games’
This one-day symposium, on Oct. 27, features scholarship on video games and identity. The program begins with presentations at 1 p.m., followed at 3:15 p.m. by a panel on the state of identity and games today. The event concludes with a 4:30 p.m. keynote lecture by Lisa Nakamura, one of the foremost scholars conducting research on race and digital media. The symposium, which is being held in Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall, is free and open to the public.
Smith People in the News
New honors, awards, scholarships and promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News.      
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE ONLINE: Smith holds groundbreaking for Neilson Library project
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Smith President Emerita Ruth J. Simmons finds a third act
NEW YORK TIMES: Books of the Times: Sylvia Plath’s letters reveal a writer split in two
WASHINGTON POST: Book review: What Plath’s letters reveal about the poet we thought we knew
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