Notes from Paradise
Remembering Jill Ker Conway, Smith’s Seventh President
Friends, colleagues, fellow scholars and the global Smith community remembered Jill Ker Conway, who died on June 1 at the age of 83, as a trailblazer, role model and champion to women everywhere. Conway, Smith’s first woman president, served from 1975 to 1985.
President McCartney on the Value of College Kimberly Drew ’12: ‘The Future of the Art World’ A Generous Gift to Inspire Others to Support Neilson
In The New York Times, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney responds to an op-ed questioning the value of higher education, especially for low-income students. “Demography is not destiny,” she writes. “If it becomes so, it will be the end of the American dream.” Paper magazine calls Kimberly Drew '12 "a thriving creative at the top of her game." As the social media manager for the Met, Drew has broadened the museum's scope and, in particular, its Instagram presence to include both contemporary and historical works by black artists.
Judy Hershey Melly '64 will donate $85,000 to Smith if The Smith Fund receives 850 contributions by 4 p.m. Eastern on Friday, June 8. Melly's gift is part of the fund's Heart of Smith campaign to support Neilson Library. Please help Smith secure this generous gift by making your own gift of any amount today!
The Smith Bond: Alumnae Celebrate Reunion
Over the Memorial Day weekend, close to 1,000 alumnae from nearly every state and 16 countries, including Denmark, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, came together on campus to celebrate Reunion. Enjoy highlights from the weekend with this Reunion 2018 photo gallery.
Smith College Museum of Art Acquisitions
The Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) has acquired Morning in the Bowl of Night, 1973, a painting by American artist and teacher Alma Thomas (1891–1978), who lived and worked in Washington, D.C., and was active in the art movement known as the Washington Color School. In addition, SCMA will steward the personal art collections of feminist artists and longtime friends Nina Yankowitz and Joyce Kozloff.
SSW Announces Summer Lecture Series
Poet and playwright Lenelle Moïse and Dr. Karina Walters are among the scholars and experts taking part in this year's Smith College School for Social Work summer lecture series. Lectures are open to the public free of charge and professionals can earn 1.5 continuing education credits per lecture at $15 each.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
BOSTON GLOBE: President Emerita Jill Ker Conway dies
THE NEW YORK TIMES: In Memoriam: Jill Ker Conway
WASHINGTON POST: Obituary: Jill Ker Conway
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