Notes from Paradise
SSW: 100 Years of Empowering Change
The Smith College School for Social Work is marking its centennial year with a grand celebration featuring lectures, performances and the screening of a new documentary tracing its legacy as the country’s first social work school. Explore the SSW’s history and learn more about itsĀ commitment to anti-racism and empowering individuals.
The ‘Seagrass Lady’ Brings Coastlines Back to Life Making Sense of a Childhood Spent in Foster Care A Generous Gift to Inspire Others to Support Neilson
For nearly five decades, Anitra Thorhaug ’62 has been restoring coastal ecosystems all over the world by creating seagrass habitats, more than earning her nickname, the “seagrass lady,” given to her by colleagues at the United Nations Environmental Programme. In an essay in Longreads, Lara B. Sharp AC ’09 writes about her struggle to gain information about her time in foster care and as a ward of the state in New York. “It never occurred to me that my files and records, the majority of my childhood, simply wouldn’t exist," she writes. "I was ready for Anything, when what I really needed to be prepared for was Nothing.”
Ann Eberly Calvert '69 has pledged $100,000 to Smith if The Smith Fund receives at least 1,000 donations of any size by June 30. Her challenge is part of the fund's Heart of Smith campaign in support of Neilson Library. Please help Smith secure this generous gift by making your own gift of any amount today!
Jill Ker Conway: In Her Own Words
On National Public Radio's Fresh Air, host Terry Gross remembers Jill Ker Conway, Smith College's first woman president, who died on June 1. Included are excerpts from three interviews Gross recorded with Conway in 1989, 1994 and 1998.
Katharine H.S. Moon ’86 on the Recent Singapore Summit
Katharine H.S. Moon ’86, political science professor at Wellesley College, was among the experts asked by CNN to weigh in on the recent summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Moon notes, "The best one can hope right now is that Kim had a wonderful time marveling at Singapore's beauty and high level of economic development, enough to motivate him to pursue economic restructuring and stop his previous focus on militarized power."
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Jill Ker Conway took on the ‘Old Guard’
VOX: Prof. Alexander Barron: The risks of climate change
BBC WORLD SERVICE: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist on the World Cup as holy grail
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