Notes from Paradise
Fighting for Gender Equality
When Niki Sauvage Tsongas ’68 was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007, she was the first woman in 25 years to serve Massachusetts in Congress. On the eve of her retirement, she offers some advice to women entering Congress now. "Just know that you’re going to bring a voice and attention to issues that may otherwise be neglected," she says.
The Politics of Fighting the U.S. Youth Sex Trade Zoya Azhar ’20: ‘We Need More Opinions’ New Praise for ‘The Last Samurai’ by Helen DeWitt ’80
Carrie Baker, professor of the study of women and gender, blogs about her new book, Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics. Her focus is on the complicated politics behind fighting child sex trafficking in America and the long history of arresting and prosecuting young people involved in prostitution. Zoya Azhar ’20, associate editor of The Sophian, wonders why it's a struggle to find fresh voices for the paper's op-ed section. She writes, “Smith students have a lot of opinions. And yet, we generally don’t hear from our peers about issues they clearly care so much about. ... The passion that we see on Facebook is missing from our pages.” Helen DeWitt ’80’s debut novel, The Last Samurai, was hailed as an instant classic when it was published in 2000. A recent New York magazine article takes a second look at the novel and DeWitt’s work. Critic Christian Lorentzen writes of DeWitt, “If ever an author deserved a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, it’s her.”
New Initiative Seeks to Boost Voter Engagement Among Students
Smith Votes is a new initiative aimed at boosting civic engagement on campus. As part of the effort, Smith has joined the national ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. The goal is to increase the number of students who are registered to vote by informing them about candidates and issues and encouraging them to vote in local, state, and national elections.
Wanted: Nominations for Honorary Degree Recipients
President Kathleen McCartney, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction for honorary doctoral degrees. Learn more about the award, view a list of recipients, and nominate an outstanding individual.
SSW and Five College Circle of Scholars Schedule Info Sessions
The Five College Circle of Scholars program is open to students and graduates of the Five Colleges interested in applying to the Smith College School for Social Work MSW program in clinical social work. Applicants qualify for unique benefits, including application fee waiver, consideration for merit scholarships, preference in the geographical location of your field internship, and priority in decision notification and SSW grant-funded financial aid. Attend an information session at Mount Holyoke (10/2); UMass (10/10), or Smith (10/16).
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
ABC NEWS ONLINE: Prof. Carrie Baker: Standing by your man in the #MeToo era
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Thelma Golden ’87 receives Getty Medal
UNIVERSITY WORLD NEWS: President Kathleen McCartney: Campuses as centers for civil discourse
THE NEW YORKER: Prof. Daniel Kramer and the Chester Theatre Company: A little theatre that might
GOOD MORNING, AMERICA: Good morning, America — and happy birthday, Sara Haines ’02
BOSTON GLOBE: Prof. Carrie Baker: One year after #MeToo
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