Notes from Paradise
Lori Tharps ’94 Explores Race, Pop Culture in New Podcast
In 2006, award-winning journalist and author Lori Tharps ’94 launched her blog My American Meltingpot, where she explored issues of race and cultural intersection that weren’t being covered in mainstream media. Her new My American Meltingpot podcast brings her work to a wider audience.
‘Queer Eye’ Star Tan France to Speak at Smith Here Comes Spring: The Smith College Bulb Show Ann Martin ’77’s ‘Baby-sitters Club’ on Netflix
Tan France has been a successful fashion designer behind the scenes for more than 15 years. In 2018, he stepped into the spotlight as the star of the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye. France will speak at John M. Greene Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The event is open to the public; advance tickets are required. Ticket prices range from free to $15. The Smith College Spring Bulb Show runs from now through March 17 at the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden. The annual event features a spectacular array of blossoming crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips, providing a much-needed glimpse of spring. If you can't make it to campus, no problem—enjoy the live cam. Netflix is producing a new series based on Ann Martin ’77’s classic tween book series The Baby-Sitters Club. Martin said in a statement, “I’m amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years ... I’m very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere.”
Together We Did It! Participation Challenge a Resounding Success
A big thank you to all the donors who participated in Smith's February challenge Together for Smith. Thanks to you, we soared past our goal of 2,019 gifts for the month, receiving a record-breaking 2,374 donations and raising $962,543, which includes a collective gift of $325,000 from the board of trustees.
Faculty Members Approved for Tenure and Promotion
At its February meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees approved tenure and promotion recommendations for 16 faculty members.
Looking for a Good Book? Check Out WordSmith
Some of our most influential and iconic authors have been Smith alumnae. From A Wrinkle in Time writer Madeleine L’Engle ’41 to debut novelist Erin Morgenstern ’00, author of The Night Circus, Smith women have made their mark in literature. So, if you’re looking for a good book to get lost in, check out WordSmith, a listing of books by alumnae authors.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
FINANCIAL TIMES: Prof. Steven Heydemann: Can Syria rebuild with Assad still in power?
C-SPAN: Prof. Paula Giddings: Ida B. Wells
WGBY : Rachel Simmons: Millennials and careers
HARTFORD COURANT: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Empty promises, empty seats
BOSTON.COM: Flower, bulb shows will put spring in your step
THE NEW YORK TIMES: More students are choosing women’s colleges
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