Notes from Paradise
Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges to Speak at Smith
Ruby Bridges, whose arrival at her New Orleans first-grade classroom was immortalized in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With, will deliver a Presidential Colloquium at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. The event is in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall and is open to the public at no charge.
Kate Soper’s New Opera Explores Medieval Couplets Teaching in Houston After Hurricane Harvey Disaster Design Thinking: The Process and the Results
Read the New York Times story on Iva Dee Hiatt Assistant Professor of Music Kate Soper's latest production of Here Be Sirens and her newest work, an opera based on Romance of the Rose and nearly 22,000 lines of octosyllabic Old French couplets. In August 2017, the New York Times ran a moving op-ed by Lisa L. Daniels ’12, a Houston high-school teacher, who wrote about her concern for her students because of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Find out how she and her students are doing today. Students in “Introduction to Design Thinking” attempted to design the perfect notebook. The 60-minute exercise, done on the first day of the weeklong Interterm course, served as a rapid immersion in the principles of design thinking.
Desiree Akhavan ’07 Takes Top Prize at Sundance 2018
Desiree Akhavan ’07’s film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, in which a teenage girl is sent to a gay conversion therapy center, won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. This is Akhavan’s second feature film. Her first, Appropriate Behavior, in which she played the leading role, received rave reviews.
In the Letters of Sylvia Plath ’55 a Poet’s Voice Shines Through
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.”
Calculus Training Groups Help Students Persist in STEM
Students who are interested in STEM studies but need some brushing up on their math skills are getting help from their peers through calculus training groups. Physics professor Gary Felder, who leads a teaching circle on math readiness at the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, says the groups will help ensure student success across the sciences at Smith.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Review: ‘Pray Me Stay Eager,’ Ellen DorĂ© Watson
WHMP RADIO: Prof. James Lowenthal: God, science and the ‘Big Bang’
DIGITAL JOURNAL: Prof. Paula Giddings: Woodrow Wilson’s legacy of racism
RACER: Mazda Motorsports Profile: Smith College Racing Team
NPR -- MARKETPLACE: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Five things to know about the Super Bowl
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