Notes from Paradise
Students Put the Pedal to the Metal
Engineering major Gracie Hackenberg ’18 and teammates Alysha de Silva ’18 and Jessica Wert ’18 came in seventh overall in a 40-team field in this fall's Grassroots Motorsport Challenge. They also won the Editors’ Choice award for Grassroots Motorsports magazine’s favorite entry and were the first all-female team to enter the competition.
The Letters of Sylvia Plath ’55: Her Voice Shines Through Sara Haines ’00: ‘This is Just How My Life Looks’ ‘Global Impressions’ Examines the Topic of Immigration
The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1: 1940–1956 (Harper, 2017), co-edited by Karen Kukil, associate curator of special collections at Smith, features many letters that have never been published. Author Anwen Crawford, writing in The New Yorker, notes that Plath’s letters show “her griefs were ordinary; it is what she did with them that wasn’t.” In the latest issue of Glamour, Sara Haines ’00, co-host of The View, writes about finding love in her midthirties and raising kids in her forties. She writes, “When I was 28, I’ll never forget meeting this woman who was carrying her child and saying to me, ‘If I could give you a piece of advice, it’s don’t wait.’ I looked at her and was like, ‘You think this is a choice?’” After Patience Kayira ’20 moved from Malawi to the United States with her family as a child, her parents would encourage her to "practice speaking English. Speak up. Be a leader, not a follower." In her essay for the current issue of Global Impressions, Kayira explores her conflicted feelings over losing what she calls the "syllabic taste of my mother tongue."  
20-Plus Speakers to Present at Women of Color Conference
More than 20 alumnae of color will offer workshops, presentations and discussions at the 2018 “Smith College Women of Color Conference: Persistence, Possibilities and the Power of Our Voices,” being held on campus April 13–15. Keynote speakers are diplomatic entrepreneur Farah Pandith ’90, cultural innovator Verna Myers, author and scholar Juana Maria Rodriguez, and Smith School for Social Work dean Marianne Yoshioka. Register now for this life-changing event and connect with distinguished alumnae, faculty and students of color.
A Children’s Author’s Timeless Lessons
Early in her career, children's book author Barbara Cooney Porter ’38 vowed that she would never "talk down to, or draw down to, children." In the December issue of The Atlantic, writer Nathan Perl-Rosenthal explores how Cooney's books, though written decades ago, still hold lessons about moral courage for today’s youth. Cooney illustrated or wrote close to 100 children's books during her long career, including the classics Miss Rumphius and OxCart Man. Cooney passed away in 2000.  
Journalism at Smith: Understanding Today’s News Media
Journalist Nancy Cohen brings years of front-line experience to Smith’s new journalism class, Journalism: Principles and Practice. Cohen, a lecturer in English language and literature, hopes students in the course come to understand the critical role journalists play in a democracy and develop the tools necessary to reflect critically on current events. “I think the course is sparking with relevance because of what’s going on in our country," she says. "There is a lot to cover, and I hope that students will be inspired to dig deeper into their skills.”
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: Prof. Daniel Gardner: Prioritizing the environment in China
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Kim Yi Dionne: New survey report raises alarms for freedom of speech in Malawi
MS. BLOG: Curator Karen Kukil: Keeper of women’s stories
MS. BLOG: Prof. Carrie Baker: What history teaches us about #MeToo
THE GUARDIAN: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Russian sports, corruption and the Olympics
EDUCATION DIVE: Putting real-world environmental scenarios into the classroom
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