Notes from Paradise
Women’s Colleges Ascending
Booming applications at Smith and other women's colleges reflect a growing belief among high schoolers that in the current political climate a women's college is the best place for them. This year, Smith received the second-highest number of applications in its history. Meanwhile, early decision applicants, who select Smith as their first choice, are up 32% over the past five years.
How Gendered Violence Limits Women’s Rights Prize Honors Pioneering Landscape Architect Patience Kayira ’20 Finds Her Voice at Smith
“Are you a feminist?” That is the opening question Natasha Behl ’04, assistant professor in the school of social and behavioral sciences at Arizona State University, poses in her TEDx Talk. Recounting the tragic 2012 attack on Jyoti Singh in Delhi, India, Behl explores the contradictions in paradoxical democracies, where gendered violence inhibits women’s participation in democratic societies. The Cultural Landscape Foundation is recognizing Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44 as one of the world’s great landscape architects by naming a major international award in her honor. The Oberlander Prize will be conferred biennially starting in 2021. Some of Oberlander's major projects have included the Canadian Chancery in Washington, DC, and the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. Smith’s Here for Every Voice initiative has a goal of $75 million for scholarship support for students like Patience Kayira ’20, who credits the college’s generous financial aid program for making it possible for her to take full advantage of her Smith experience. “Financial aid gives students with different backgrounds the opportunity to be part of Smith College’s tradition,” Kayira says.
Award-Winning Filmmaker to Present on ‘Women’s Rights in a Volatile World’
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02 will deliver a Presidential Colloquium, “On Arts and Activism: Women’s Rights in a Volatile World,” Thursday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The event—which is free and open to the public—will feature excerpts from Obaid-Chinoy’s latest film project, Fundamental, a series of five 15-minute episodes that profile women activists from around the world who are working on a range of issues, including child marriage, sex education and racial justice.
Examining How Advertising Influences Society’s Perception of Women
In a recent article for Ms. magazine, women and gender studies major Katie Fleischer ’20 examines how advertising continues to negatively influence how society views women 40 years after Jean Kilbourne's pioneering film Killing Us Softly exposed sexism in the media. These days, with the proliferation of ads on Facebook and Instagram and the popularity of so-called social media influencers, Fleischer writes, "Now, more than ever, we need to be aware of how advertising shapes and distorts our view of women and girls."
Register for 2020 Smith Travel Trip to Iceland
Join fellow Smith alumnae and friends of the college on this five-day escape February 20-25, 2020, to Iceland, also known as the Land of Fire and Ice. Immerse yourself in Iceland’s rich culture and Viking heritage beginning with two nights in the bustling capital city of Reykjavík, followed by two nights exploring the vast countryside.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
MS. MAGAZINE: Prof. Carrie Baker: ‘Killing Us Softly’ then and now
CNN: Prof. Steven Heydemann: A timetable for Syria
NEW YORKER: Prof. Loretta Ross: Fighting for abortion access in the South
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Jordan Taylor: What the Founding Fathers knew about foreign interference in U.S. elections
INSIDE HIGHER ED: Hope Fund helps Palestinian students attend Smith and other colleges
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: Prof. Maryjane Wraga: Seeing Stars
WGBH: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Amateurism and the NCAA
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