Notes from Paradise
Smith to Honor Four Alumnae on Rally Day
Four extraordinary alumnae will be presented with the Smith College Medal at Rally Day on Feb. 20, 2019. Medalists are Congresswoman Niki Sauvage Tsongas ’68, Rutgers University–Camden¬†Chancellor Phoebe Haddon ’72, television/film producer Lydia Tenaglia-Collins ’88, and symphony conductor Carolyn Kuan ’99.
More and More Smith Alumnae Are Jumping Into Politics Novelist Ruth Ozeki ’80 Settles Into Teaching at Smith Nancy Weiss Malkiel ’65: The Struggle for Coeducation
Women are running for political office in record numbers, and many are Smith alumnae like Kim Janey AC ’98. In her first race last fall, Janey was elected to the Boston City Council. The community organizer names her key issues as affordable housing and addressing the achievement gap in public schools. Learn more about what motivates Smith alumnae to run for office. In 2015, novelist Ruth Ozeki ’80 returned to Smith as a writer-in-residence. Ozeki enjoyed it so much that she recently accepted a permanent position as the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities. “I love the teaching," Ozeki says. "I didn't think I would love it as much as I do. I'm teaching something that I love, and I only teach students who want to do it.” Distinguished scholar Nancy Weiss Malkiel ’65 will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on the turbulent era in the 1970s when elite colleges and universities were embracing coeducation. Malkiel is professor emeritus of history at Princeton University and a 20th-century American scholar. The free, public event is at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Campus Center Carroll Room.
President McCartney: Social Media Can Create ‘Sense of Inadequacy’ in Teens
In a letter published in Sunday’s New York Times, President Kathleen McCartney notes the impact of social media on the mental health of teenagers. “Social media has enabled the sharing of carefully curated lives,” she writes, “leading some teenagers, as well as adults, to experience a sense of exclusion or inadequacy relative to peers.”
‘GMA’ Co-Host Sara Haines ’00 Celebrates a Birthday—Smith Style
Sara Haines ’00, co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America, got an on-air surprise visit from a contingent of special guests from Smith College, including her volleyball coach, Bonnie May, associate director of athletics, and five of her former Smith teammates. Haines, who played basketball and volleyball at Smith, served as emcee for Smith's first Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2012.
Jane Yolen ’60 Sets Standard for Children’s Books About the Holocaust
Mapping the Bones is Jane Yolen ’60’s third book about the Holocaust—this one written for young adults. Yolen’s pioneering work in writing about the Holocaust for children is explored in the July 23 issue of The New Yorker. “Yolen’s latest work has points in common with her previous Holocaust novels, but it is also different, in a way that reflects how the genre she helped to create has changed.”
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
USA TODAY: Prof. Steven Heydemann: How to prevent a massacre in Syria
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Martha Minow opens 2018-19 Presidential Colloquium series
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Steven Heydemann: The U.S. can stop a looming catastrophe in Syria
FORBES: Prof. Benjamin Baumer: The data on the Denver Nuggets
BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: End of the NFL era?
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