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Michael Thurston Named Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Michael Thurston, the Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College, has been named the college’s next provost and dean of the faculty. Thurston will begin his new role on July 1, 2019.
Caitlyn Shea Butler ’04 Talks Engineers Who Teach ‘Masks Fall Away’ in ‘The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. 2’ Ijeoma Oluo Delivers Talk on Accountability
In the latest “How I Got That Job,” Caitlyn Shea Butler ’04 discusses her work as an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She explains how her passion for teaching and research led her to pursue an engineering career in academia. Butler was in the first class of engineers to graduate from Smith. The New York Times reviews The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. II, co-edited by Karen Kukil, associate curator of Special Collections at Smith. This Sylvia Plath ’55 image was taken by Judy Snow Denison ’57, who owns the copyright, and was discovered by Carl Rollyson, author of American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath. Proceeds from the use of the photo go to Smith. The Sophian covers writer Ijeoma Oluo’s Nov. 13 campus talk, which was part of the Presidential Colloquium series. Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, focused on issues of solidarity and accountability. A Seattle-based writer and speaker, Oluo has written for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Time, and The Guardian.
‘Without College Access There is No Equity’
In a letter to The New York Times, President Kathleen McCartney describes the importance of scholarship aid. She writes, “In today’s knowledge economy, without college access there is no level playing field, there is no equity, there is no American dream.”
Smith People in the News
New honors, awards, scholarships and promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News.      
Watch Christmas Vespers Live on Facebook
Christmas Vespers, an annual tradition at Smith, tells the story of Advent through music and readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season. Vespers, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at John M. Greene Hall. The 4 p.m. EST performance will be streamed live on the Smith College Facebook page.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
HECHINGER REPORT: Veterans at selective colleges
MEDIUM: Prof. Alex Barron: Why your smartphone should give you hope about climate change
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: Audrey Smith: What international applicants should know
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