Notes from Paradise
Smith Athlete Gets Real About Inclusion
The latest installment of the “Voices and Faces Project” features Kimani Freeman ’20, a French major, Smiffenpoof member and volleyball team captain. She talks about acknowledging identity and exploring issues of inclusion: “I don't think we talk about that enough.”
Monica Palacios is New Lakes Writer-in-Residence Tammy Baldwin ’84: Most Electable Democrat in 2020? ‘Meridians’ New Issue Looks at African Feminism
Los Angeles-based writer and comedy performer Monica Palacios has been recognized as an LGBTQ Latinx trailblazer. As the new Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith, Palacios will teach the course Comedy y Cultura, Your Humorous Life and will give a performance on campus this semester. The Spanish and Portuguese department is hosting Palacios during her residency. A recent piece in New York magazine argues that U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin ’84 may be the Democrats' best chance to win the 2020 presidential election. She’s a proven progressive who would also give America the opportunity to elect its first female and its first openly gay president, simultaneously. But there’s one problem: she’s not running, not yet anyway.   For a limited time through March 1, enjoy free access to the online version of the most recent volume of Meridians: feminism, race, and transnationalism, which explores African feminism. This issue, dedicated to N’gendo Mwangi ’61, features the creative and scholarly voices of Wambui Mwangi, Tsitsi Jaji, Charmaine Pereira, Ntokozo Yingwana and Toni Stuart, among others.
Announcing the ‘Together for Smith’ Giving Challenge in February
Show your support for Smith! Throughout the month of February, The Smith Fund is asking members of the Smith community to stand up and be counted. If the Fund can secure 2,019 gifts—of any amount—by Feb. 28, the Smith College Board of Trustees will donate a collective gift of $325,000 for scholarship aid. This challenge is about getting as many participants as possible; it’s about donors, not dollars.
Friends of Smith College Reunion Award
Your class could be the recipient of the Friends Reunion Award on Ivy Day, and you can help make that happen! Alumnae are invited to join one or more Friends groups, including groups for athletics, the botanic garden, the libraries and the museum of art. By being a Friend, you support the amazing resources that make a Smith education so special. The class with the most members in any Friends group will receive the Friends Reunion Award. Boost your class standing and help keep Smith strong. Join a Friends group today!
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Sophy Doub Burnham ’58: At what age is love enthralling?
USA TODAY: Yoo Eun Kim ’16: Teachers need help supporting students
CRAIN'S DETROIT: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Pro sports and tax rate increases
REUTERS: Katharine H. S. Moon ’86: Denuclearizing North Korea
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