Notes from Paradise
Remembering Jill Ker Conway
Friends and members of the Smith community filled Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Oct. 18 to celebrate the life of Jill Ker Conway, acclaimed scholar and Smith’s seventh president. Smith College President Kathleen McCartney said, “Jill modeled leadership for women as necessary for modern feminism.”
Kew Gardens is a Training Paradise for Young Botanists Freeman A. Hrabowski Speaks on Access in STEM Volha Charnysh ’09 Studies Aftermath of Violence
For 25 years, England’s Kew Gardens internship has seeded the careers of alumnae botanists, like Elizabeth McCarthy ’06. Today she is an assistant professor of biological sciences at SUNY Cortland in upstate New York and continues her research studying the evolution of Nicotiana (tobacco). Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will deliver a Presidential Colloquium titled “Promoting Access and Diversity in STEM Education” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The event is free and open to the public. Volha Charnysh ’09, assistant professor of political science at MIT, focuses on the political and economic consequences of large-scale conflict and how interactions at the community level make a positive impact. Charnysh conducted her research using data from countries in Eastern Europe.
Smith College Dining Team Among Winners of New England Food Vision Prize
The Henry P. Kendall Foundation has awarded a New England Food Vision Prize to Smith College, Westfield State University, Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College, who will work with The Hotchkiss School, Whippoorwill Farm and Adams Farm to develop a replicable model for upscaling the procurement of whole animals for nose-to-tail utilization in campus dining.
Creativity and the Creature: Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ at 200
The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute invites the Smith and Five College communities and the general public to Creativity and the Creature: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at 200, an anniversary celebration of one of literary history's most iconic and durable novels. The two-day symposium kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a 7 p.m. screening of the 1935 version of The Bride of Frankenstein.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Remembering President Emerita Jill Ker Conway
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Claire Haug ’20: This is 18
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Coral Davenport ’98: A new climate tipping point
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