Notes from Paradise
‘My American Meltingpot’
Journalist Lori Tharps ’94 recently launched a podcast related to her 12-year-old blog, which reflects on “a multicultural mix of pop culture + parenting + identity politics.”  Tharps says, “As a Black woman, married to a Spanish man raising three biracial children ... I want to create content that reflects the world the way I see it in colors beyond black and white."
Class Explores the ‘Nuremberg Chronicles’ Desiree Akhavan ’07 Debuts New TV Show on Hulu Student Earns All-American Field Hockey Honors
Students in “The Art and History of the Book,” taught by English lecturer Barbara Blumenthal ’75, examine two original copies of the “Nuremberg Chronicles,” which are both owned by Smith. The 15th-century illustrated books tell the history of the world and are among the most technically advanced examples of early printing. Desiree Akhavan ’07’s debut TV show The Bisexual, which originally aired in England, is now available in America on Hulu. Akhavan, who took top honors at Sundance this year for her film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, created The Bisexual and also stars in the series, which addresses myriad issues of female sexuality. Beatrice Chaudoin ’19 has been named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American Second Team—the fourth field hockey player in Smith history to earn the award. The Pioneers field hockey team finished the 2018 season in a historic way as the Pioneers captured the NEWMAC title for the first time in program history.
Innovation Challenge Grant Recipients Announced
Fourteen projects, from a Black healing arts festival to public events with children’s book creators of color, are being funded through a series of Innovation Challenge grants. Established in 2016 by President Kathleen McCartney, the grants support research, teaching and learning programs built around inclusion, diversity and equity.
Arianne Abela ’08 Leads Holiday Concert She Loved as a Student
Arianne Abela ’08, new director of the Amherst College choral program, will lead the annual "Hodie" benefit concert, which raises donations for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. Abela says it was her participation in the fundraising concerts as a student that not only led her to a career in music but also helped her overcome insecurities because of physical challenges. The concert is Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall and will feature singers from local choruses and the five colleges.
Challenge: $3.1 Million in 31 Days
Throughout the month of December, you can help ensure that Smith remains accessible to the best and brightest students. Support The Smith Fund’s scholarship aid challenge: $3.1 Million in 31 Days. Every gift counts, no matter its size. There are some generous matching gifts on the line, so please give today!  
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEW YORKER: Culture Desk: The letters of Sylvia Plath ’55
NEW YORK TIMES: Prof. Daniel Gardner: China must step up to lead on climate change
NEW YORK TIMES: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02: Have we left something important behind?
NEW YORK TIMES: Eunice Hunton Carter, Class of 1917: A real-life heroine who inspired a character on ‘Boardwalk Empire’
MASSLIVE/SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN: Perryne E. Vega ’22 earns Girl Scout Gold Award
FORBES: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Time for a new business model for the IOC
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