Notes from Paradise
The ‘Code Girls’ of Smith College
In 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, mysterious messages were sent to certain Smith seniors inquiring about their interest in learning to decode cryptograms. Those recruited met for evening instruction and were told to keep the work secret. They eventually played a significant part in the war effort.
A Design Thinking Exercise That Led to a Quiet Revelation Amanda Williams is Smith’s First Artist-in-Residence YWCA Archival Materials Available Online
In an essay for Thrive Global, President Kathleen McCartney describes how five questions in a design thinking workshop led her to realize what she truly values in life and why. She writes, "I went from describing a rug purchase to identifying an existential practice that matters deeply to me, all in five seemingly simple questions." Distinguished visual artist Amanda Williams is the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Smith College Museum of Art. Williams is taking advantage of all that a Smith summer offers, exploring the Botanic Garden, visiting downtown, and spending time with the museum’s expansive collection. In 2003, the YWCA began donating records to the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History, which now includes more than one million photos, pages and rolls of microfilm. Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Council on Library Information and Resources, these records are now available online at no charge.
Smith Welcomes New Trustees
Meet the five newest members of the Smith College Board of Trustees, all of whom began their governance duties on July 1. The board is custodian of the college's endowment, sets the annual budget and determines policies for operation of the college.
Register for Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action
Smith is kicking off its Year on Climate Change with the Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action conference on campus, Oct. 4–6. The conference will bring the Smith community together to frame the crisis of climate change as a social justice problem and to explore and investigate models of just and equitable solutions in action. Through multi-format workshops and sessions, participants will engage with experts who are activating effective and promising solutions to address climate injustice and vulnerability.
Learning to Fail Well Takes Practice
Learning to fail is a skill everyone should have, says Rachel Simmons, director of the Phoebe Lewis Leadership program at Smith. She also is co-founder of Girls Leadership and the author, most recently, of Enough as She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE HILL: Prof. Alex Barron: Lessons learned from Congress’ last big climate battle
THE CONVERSATION: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: What makes a good World Cup game
SALON: Sarina Prabasi ’95: Activism that’s hopeful, organized and energized
INSIDE HIGHER ED: First-year students: What are they reading?
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