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Elisha Smith Arrillaga ’01 Leads Education Initiative 500 Rare Items Make Up New Chaucer Collection ‘Inclusive Teaching’ at the Heart of Sherrerd Center
Elisha Smith Arrillaga ’01, executive director of The Education Trust–West, has been named co-chair of California's statewide Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative. Smith Arrillaga will apply her¬†experience advancing educational justice and advocating for students of color toward the initiative’s goal of improving educational outcomes in all of California's public schools. Judith Raymo ’53 has donated a large collection of rare Chaucer materials to the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Smith College Special Collections. The donation features nearly 500 rare items, including early editions from the 16th century and fine press editions with distinctive illustrations. Raymo's late husband, Robert, began assembling the Chaucer collection in the 1960s. Sara Pruss, professor of geosciences, is the new director of Smith’s Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning. Here she talks about Smith's themed Year on Climate Change, the "Great Dying," and her new video at the Smithsonian. She also talks about leading the Sherrerd Center, saying, "There’s a motto we have at Sherrerd that good teaching is necessarily inclusive. I want to keep that at the heart of what we’re doing.”
‘Meridians’ Wins Prestigious Media Award
A recent edition of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism was named a winner of the 2019 National Women’s Political Caucus award for exceptional merit in media. Meridians¬†is a peer-reviewed, feminist, interdisciplinary journal that provides a forum for the finest scholarship and creative work by and about women of color.
Potty Mouth Members Bonded at Smith Over Love of Punk
The band Potty Mouth formed in Northampton in 2011 when punk music lovers Ally Einbinder ’10 (bass), Phoebe Harris ’11 (guitar), Victoria Mandanas ’12 (drums) and Abby Weems (vocals/guitar) got together. Now a trio (Harris left in 2015) with a fair amount of national recognition, Potty Mouth is on tour to support their latest album, Snafu.
Natalie Heacock ’23: One of Smith’s New Faces
Natalie Heacock ’23 is one of the 640 new students coming to Smith this fall. Heacock is from Fort Collins, CO, and is a STRIDE Scholar planning to major in STEM. “As someone who wants to major in STEM, I’ve been in classes where I’m the only girl,” Heacock says. “Seeing how the boys acted, I realized I needed to go to a women’s college. And Smith is such a great collaborative community.”
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Prof. Loretta Ross: The call-out culture is toxic
MS. MAGAZINE: Prof. Carrie Baker: On New York’s new Child Victims Act
PBS NEWSHOUR: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: U.S. women’s soccer coach faced unequal pay
AUSTRALIA RADIO: Prof. Steve Waksman: 50 years after Woodstock
NBC NEWS: Prof. Paula Giddings: Remembering Toni Morrison
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