Notes from Paradise
Running for Office to Make a Difference
"I'm running because I have worked my entire career dealing with issues of equal opportunity and access to education," says Brenda Shelton Wolff ’74 of her bid for Montgomery County, MD, school board. Wolff is among dozens of alumnae making their first run for public office this year.
Yale Women Faculty Forum Unveils Portrait of a Pioneer Helen Keplinger ’94 Shines in the World of Winemaking Exhibit Portrays Lives of 18th-Century Women
The Yale Women Faculty Forum recently unveiled a portrait of Otelia Cromwell, Smith College class of 1900, who in 1926 became the first African American woman to receive a doctorate from Yale. Cromwell, the first African American graduate of Smith, went on to become professor of English at Miner Teachers College in Washington, D.C., where she taught until her retirement in 1944. Widely respected as one of California’s most socially responsible entrepreneurs, vintner Helen Keplinger ’94 is known for utilizing classic European methods and environmentally conscious business practices to produce high-quality wines that are expressive of specific vineyards. In 2017, Smith honored Keplinger with the Smith College Medal. Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, currently on display at the Smith College Museum of Art, explores how visual artists in the 18th century depicted women's lives in an effort to define the nature of women and their roles in society. The exhibit runs from Sept. 28, 2018, to Jan. 6, 2019.
Memorial Service for President Emerita Jill Ker Conway
A memorial service for former Smith College President Jill Ker Conway will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. The community is invited. An acclaimed scholar and author who served from 1975 to 1985 as president of Smith College, Conway died in June at her home in Boston. She was 83.
Education Leader Named Superintendent
Jennifer Pallon Byars ’93 has been named superintendent of the top-rated Amity Regional School District in Connecticut. The appointment came after a unanimous vote by the Amity Board of Education. Byars, who started her career as a science teacher and later served as an elementary school principal, will take the helm of the school district on November 15. One board member cited Byars' popularity with parents and staff as well as her collaborative work style.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Rachel Simmons: Testifying while female
WESTERN MASS NEWS: Students monitor Kavanaugh hearing
THE GUARDIAN: Review: ‘The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol 2’
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