Notes from Paradise
The Politics of Julia Child ’34
In the latest issue of The New Yorker, Helen Rosner ’04 writes about how, after the incredible success of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child ’34 cultivated an apolitical persona. But over the years she changed and began to speak more openly about her political beliefs, especially her support for Planned Parenthood.
‘I am not black or a woman. I’m a black woman.’ SCMA Exhibition Looks at Both Sides of Plastic How Safe is American Tap Water?
Caroline Clarke ’85 explains why she defines herself in terms of both ethnicity and gender. She writes, “My experience in the world is unique to black women." Her essay appears in the Spring 2019 Smith Alumnae Quarterly series “To Be a Black Woman: Alumnae Share Stories of Racism, Sisterhood, Strength and Pride.” The Smith College Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials,” uses drawings, photographs and sculpture to tell the story of our past, present and future entanglements with plastic. The artworks emphasize otherworldly beauty but also reveal a trail of environmental degradation. In an op-ed for Newsday, Audrey Menarndt ’08 asks if the tap water in America is safe to drink, considering a recent EPA study showing that the levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS, are prevalent in the U.S. water supply. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to heart disease and cancer.
G. Gabrielle Starr to Speak on the Value of the Arts in Education
Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr, also a highly regarded scholar of English literature, will deliver a Presidential Colloquium titled “On Value: Arts, Education, Aesthetics and Policy” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Students from ‘About a First Year’ Video Series Look Back
Four years ago, three students agreed to have their first year at Smith documented by video. Now, those students are preparing to graduate. In a final video, they revisit their first-year selves and talk about their many experiences at Smith.
Draper Competition Goes Bigger, Better
Each year the Draper Competition celebrates women entrepreneurs as students from across the country compete for cash and scholarship prizes. This year’s event will be held Friday, April 5, from 2 to 6:30 p.m., in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility, and include the Food Innovators Challenge, a Battle of the Bands and local food trucks.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
WGBY "CONNECTING POINT": Rachel Simmons: Millennials and careers
NPR: Farah Pandith ’90: Why young Muslims need to hear from former extremists
WGBY: Prof. Alex Barron: The effect of rolling back fossil fuel regulations
NBC NEWS: A surge in applications to women’s colleges
TEXAS OBSERVER: ‘Raise hell: The life and times of Molly Ivins ’66’
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