Notes from Paradise
The Family of Madeleine L’Engle ’41 Donates Her Papers to Smith
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wrinkle in Time author Madeleine L'Engle ’41. In celebration, the late writer's family is donating much of her literary estate of early and unpublished manuscripts, photos and family letters to Smith's special collections archive.
Rethinking Syria’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction Billy Dean Thomas ’14 Challenges Traditional Hip-Hop Poet to Poet: An Interview with Leslie Marie Aguilar
In an essay on the Brookings Institution website, professor Steven Heydemann contends that Assad’s regime is using post-war reconstruction to reimpose its authority and tighten its control over Syria. Heydemann is a Brookings Institution nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and chair of Middle East studies at Smith. Billy Dean Thomas ’14 blends social commentary with music experimentation, writing music about #blacklivesmatter, intersectional feminism and growing up in Harlem. But don't try to fit Thomas in any one category. “People are going to put me in boxes. I’m gonna be so great that you can’t even think about a box.” Poet July Westhale talks with Leslie Marie Aguilar, who is the editorial assistant for Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism at Smith. Aguilar has a master's in fine arts from Indiana University and served as poetry editor of Indiana Review; she also is the author of Mesquite Manual (New Delta Review, 2015).
Pedal Your Way Around the Pioneer Valley on an Electric Bike
Smith students and employees will have discounted access to a new, regional bike-sharing program. ValleyBike is a partnership among Amherst, Holyoke, Northampton, South Hadley, Springfield, the University of Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to bring 500 electric, pedal-assist bikes to 50 stations throughout the Pioneer Valley.
Memorial Set For Former Smith President Jill Ker Conway
A memorial service for former Smith College President Jill Ker Conway will be held at 4 p.m. EST on October 18 at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. The entire Smith community is invited to attend. Conway, who was Smith's first woman president, died on June 1. She was 83.
2018 Friends Reunion Award Goes To …
The Friends of Smith College congratulates the class of ’73, which had the highest number of members in Friends groups, as the winner of this year’s Friends Reunion Award. Membership in the Friends of Smith College (athletics, botanic garden, libraries and the Smith College Museum of Art) is a wonderful way to support special resources on campus and to celebrate all Smithies.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
INSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION: President Kathleen McCartney on expanding access to college
BROADWAY WORLD: Elim Chan ’09 debuts with Houston Symphony
CNN MONEY: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist on World Cup-hosting ‘skedaddle’ effect
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