Notes from Paradise
Head First: Goodbye Fashion, Hello Psychology
Early in her career, fashion retailer Ana Buenaventura ’90 appeared on society pages, handled premium brands and worked the social set. Then she pivoted, turning her curiosity about people into a career as a psychologist and advocate for self-care.
Yoko Kawai Opens Smith College Mum Show on Friday Foreign Influence a Concern for U.S. Founders Storm Lewis ’21: Raising Awareness About Food Justice
Smith’s annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show opens with a free talk by Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture, who will discuss the mind-body-space relationship found in Japanese gardens. A reception and a preview of the show in Lyman Plant House follow. The opening lecture takes place Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The mum show runs through Nov. 18.   In a recent Washington Post article, Jordan E. Taylor, a visiting history professor at Smith, writes about why the first generation of American leaders went to great lengths to prevent foreign governments from influencing the U.S. electoral process. He notes, "The first generation of American political leaders understood the danger of foreign involvement in their elections because they lived through it." Storm Lewis ’21, an environmental science and policy major with a minor in studio art and a concentration in sustainable food, is committed to addressing issues related to food justice and climate change. For her Mellon Mays project, she’s researching farm-share programs and food initiatives. She’s also helping to plan programming for Smith’s designated Year on Climate Change.
Smith Rejects Hate
Following the discovery last week of multiple swastikas drawn on the walls of three academic buildings on campus, President Kathleen McCartney condemned "this act of hatred and cowardice." In a message to the campus, she wrote, "these are not just marks on a wall but attacks on our community and the values we hold central to our shared humanity. Hate has no place at Smith." An investigation is ongoing.
Gloria Steinem ’56 is Notable Guest on ‘The Ron Burgundy Podcast’
Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy interviews Gloria Steinem ’56. Yes, it’s true. On The Ron Burgundy Podcast, Ferrell inhabits his persona as ’70s anchorman Ron Burgundy and interviews the feminist icon on such topics as liberal arts education, feminism and her time spent studying at Smith.
Generations of Smithies Embrace the ‘Smith Chop’ Phenomenon
In The Sophian, Phoebe Lease ’21 explores the significance of the inevitable major hair change—from buzz cut to radical dye job—after students come to Smith. She writes, “Whatever the motivation or inspiration, the ‘Smith chop’—when Smithies dramatically change their hair sometime after enrolling—is a phenomenon that rests near and dear to the hearts of several generations of Smithies.”  
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Smith moves to reduce fossil fuel allocation
FACTCHECK.ORG: Prof. Steven Heydemann: Checking the facts on Syria
NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS: Prof. Michael Gorra: ‘The heritage of evil’
NEW ENGLAND TODAY: Best winter town in Massachusetts: Northampton
MS. MAGAZINE: Isabel Fields ’21: The fight for menstrual equity
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