Notes from Paradise
Changing the Art World from Harlem
For her extraordinary contributions to the arts, Thelma Golden ’87, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, has been awarded the prestigious J. Paul Getty Medal. “I don’t think you can say ‘African American art’ without saying ‘Thelma Golden,’” said James Cuno, president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, in announcing the award.
Smith Grad and Mom Launch AI-Based Company Memorial Service for President Emerita Jill Ker Conway One Student: Feeling Flamenco’s Powerful Pull
Chessa Eskandanian-Yee ’18 and her mother, Katherine Eskandanian-Yee, launched LeaderEQ just this week. The company's signature service is an artificial intelligence-based executive coaching platform that uses several variables to match executives and coaches. LeaderEQ also hosts virtual coaching sessions. 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, Conway died in June at her home in Boston. She was 83. Dancer Amalyah Leader ’19 fell into flamenco’s embrace at age 13, when she decided it was the perfect fit for her expressive style. At Smith, Leader has received two international experience grants to study the passionate, rhythmic dance in its birthplace of Andalusia, Spain. "Flamenco," she says, "is all about feeling."
Panel Discussion: ‘Publishing for Young Readers’
Join bestselling author Ann M. Martin ’77 and two legendary publishing professionals, Jean Feiwel and Liz Szabla, for a panel discussion, “Publishing for Young Readers: The Success of the Baby-sitter’s Club and Other Publishing Phenomena,” which will look at the past 30 years of children’s publishing. Dean of the College and Vice President for Campus Life Susan Etheredge ’77 will serve as moderator. The panel will be held Thurs., Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. A reception and book signing follows.
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 UMass (10/10) or Smith (10/16).
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO: Prof. Nancy Whittier: Unlikely allies working toward a common goal
WGBY CONNECTING POINT: Elizabeth Myers: Jane Fonda’s collections at Smith
VULTURE: Helen DeWitt ’80’s ‘The Last Samurai’ is the best book of the century (for now)
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Anne Griffin ’83: Creating a spark with solar
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