Notes from Paradise
Four Smith Alums to be Honored at Rally Day
Four extraordinary alumnae will receive the Smith College Medal at Rally Day next February. The 2020 medalists are HIV/AIDS advocate Suki Terada Ports ’56; neurologist Dr. Frances Jensen ’78; The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows ’88, Episcopal diocesan bishop; and Carolina Miranda ’93, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times.
How Climate Change Became a Feminist Issue Deborah Farrington ’72: Investing in Women Activist Loretta Ross On Why She is Hopeful
Carrie N. Baker, professor and chair of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, contends that the impact of the climate crisis on women and girls is often overlooked. She writes, "On our current path, we face full-scale, climate-induced calamity that will harm us all, but will subject women and girls to particularly acute forms of gendered violence and deprivation. To change course, we need social revolution and female empowerment." Deborah Farrington ’72, co-founder of venture capital firm StarVest Partners, wants to make sure other women have access to funds to fuel their ambitions. Investing in women, she says, is how society will change. For Farrington, the goal is securing women’s economic empowerment. “As women, it is important that we guide our own destinies, gain financial independence and have a real voice for change in society,” she says. Activist and author Loretta Ross is currently a visiting associate professor at Smith. The current times are the focus of Ross’ writing, teaching and speaking—new areas of activity for her after nearly five decades of frontline organizing. Formerly an activist-in-residence at Smith, Ross is completing a book about how the digital era’s “call-out culture,” where people publicly critique each other’s beliefs, affects social justice organizing.
Wanted: Nominations for Honorary Degree Recipients
President Kathleen McCartney, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction for honorary doctoral degrees. Learn more about the award, view a list of recipients, and nominate an outstanding individual.
Alumnae Panel to Discuss Safeguarding Journalism in Age of Misinformation
Can traditional media and social media combat the rise in mis- and dis-information? Alumnae journalists taking part in this timely panel discussion, to be held Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, are Sarah Baker ’03, Carolina Miranda ’93, and Kate O’Brian ’80. Brooke Hauser, editor-in-chief of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, will serve as moderator. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries, Smith Department of English Language and Literature and the American Studies Program.
SSW Five College Circle of Scholars Info Sessions
The Five College Circle of Scholars program is open to students and graduates of the Five Colleges interested in applying to the Smith College School for Social Work MSW program in clinical social work. Applicants qualify for unique benefits, including application fee waiver, consideration for merit scholarships, preference in the geographical location of your field internship and priority in decision notification and SSW grant-funded financial aid. Attend an information session at UMass (10/7), Mount Holyoke (10/8) or Smith (10/17).
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
YAHOO NEWS: College presidents urge U.S. to end probe of Middle East studies program
INSIDE HIGHER ED: Hope Fund helps Palestinian students attend Smith and other colleges
VANCOUVER SUN: Major landscape architecture prize named for Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: Prof. Maryjane Wraga: Seeing Stars
NEW REPUBLIC: Prof. Daniel Gardner: The climate crisis and China
WGBH: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Amateurism and the NCAA
MS. MAGAZINE: Katie Fleisher ’20: Killing us (not so) softly
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