Notes from Paradise
Celebrate Otelia Cromwell Day 2019
Deborah Archer ’93, associate professor of clinical law at NYU and co-faculty director of the university's Center on Race, Inequality and the Law, will deliver the keynote address at the Otelia Cromwell Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. EST at John M. Greene Hall. Archer's talk will be streamed live via Smith's Facebook page.
Failure is Not Only an Option, It’s Desirable Prof. Michael Gorra Looks at ‘A Heritage of Evil’ Student Exhibit Explores Natural Dyes
Smith faculty are finding creative ways to help students see failure as a necessary part of the learning process and an inevitable side effect of taking risks. In her classes, Benita Jackson, professor of psychology (center, with two students), shares scientific research showing the benefits of framing problems as opportunities. In his essay for the Nov. 7 issue of The New York Review of Books, “A Heritage of Evil,” Michael Gorra uses three recently published books to illustrate the connection between the Holocaust and slavery and racism in the South. Gorra is the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith. Hannah Asofsky ’21, pictured above (right) with Sarah Loomis, manager of education at the Smith Botanic Garden, created the current exhibit at the Lyman Plant House, The Art and Science of Dyeing. The exhibit delves into the history of natural dyes and identifies the many dye-making plants in campus gardens.
#SmithRejectsHate Resonates With the Smith Community
The Smith community responded with words of support following the discovery on Oct. 24 of multiple swastikas drawn in campus buildings. One alumna wrote, “At a time when these hateful acts are occurring on far too many campuses, I remain confident Smith’s response will be thorough, steadfast and righteous. We need beacons leading the way to confront hate.” For the latest on the college’s response, read the FAQ.
Landscape Master Plan Survey: Your Input Wanted
Smith is currently developing a new landscape master plan—the first in 20 years—and is seeking input from all members of the community, including alumnae. What are your favorite places on campus? What views inspire you? How can the landscape evolve to become more inclusive? Contribute to the online survey, or attend one of the on-campus discussion sessions Nov. 6–8.
Register for the 2020 Smith Travel Trip to Israel
Join Smith alumnae, faculty and friends for the Smith Travel trip "Israel: Land of Cultural Treasures," April 19–28, 2020. Experience the stirring beauty of Tel Aviv’s White City, Old Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. This tiny nation, a fascinating focal point for three of the world’s major religions, exudes spirituality while brimming with treasures and religious milestones.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Jordan Taylor: What the Founding Fathers knew about foreign interference in U.S. elections
MS. MAGAZINE: Isabel Fields ’21: The fight for menstrual equity
ROLLING STONE: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Don’t cheer the NCAA’s player compensation just yet
GEORGIA PUBLIC RADIO: Luma Mufleh ’97: Accomplishing the impossible through Fugees Academy
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Prof. Carrie Baker: Sisters in the brotherhood
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