Notes from Paradise
Climate Change, Food Justice and Immigration
Gabriella Della Croce ’11 and Andrea Schmid ’17 are co-directors of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a collective that aims to better the lives of immigrant workers in western Massachusetts. Della Croce and Schmid note that their work intersects with issues related to immigration, climate change and food justice.
Introducing Geothermal Technology to Smith Award-winning Filmmaker Talks Arts and Activism Smith Fund Announces Smith Star Day
The initial phase of a pilot project to install a geothermal exchange system began in September, with a large drill rig boring a 1,000-foot-deep vertical hole near the Field House. Geothermal technology works by harnessing the stable temperatures found below the Earth’s surface. Faculty and students are using this first phase to study the sediment and groundwater beneath the campus. Award-winning activist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02 recently spoke on campus. Her speech, titled “On Artist Activism: Women’s Rights in a Volatile World,” combined clips from her various films with personal accounts of her life experiences to explore what the modern female activist looks like. Obaid-Chinoy began filmmaking as a student and says, "I found my voice at Smith." Smith has an amazingly loyal cadre of supporters known as Smith Stars. These donors give consistently to the college and have done so for five or more consecutive years. In recognition of their dedication, Smith has declared November 21 to be Smith Star Day! All members of the Smith Constellation are encouraged to let their star shine by using the Smith Star Facebook profile picture frame #smithstar #whyigive.
Inaugural Student Poetry Translation Slam
Smith's first student Poetry Translation Slam will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Poetry Center in Wright Hall. The slam, co-sponsored by the Poetry Center and the Lewis Global Studies Center, features three poems in Chinese, Italian and Spanish that students can choose to translate. Organizers hope to make the slam an annual event.
Power Up: A Summit for Smith College Women in Business
Power Up, exclusively for Smith alumnae, will bring together alumnae business leaders, entrepreneurs and strategists for an incredible day and a half of discussions, workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities. Power Up takes place April 23–24, 2020, in New York City. Space is limited, so register today.
Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2019
This fall seven individuals and one team were inducted into the Smith College Athletics Hall of Fame. This year's honorees include skier Kelley Duran ’04, the 1987–88 Smith tennis team and former Smith president Thomas Mendenhall, who is credited with allowing the beginning of intercollegiate athletics at Smith.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS: Prof. Michael Gorra: ‘The heritage of evil’
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Prof. James Lowenthal: ‘The night sky would never be the same’
THE JAKARTA POST: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Should ASEAN bid for the World Cup?
WBUR: How Erin Morgenstern ’00 uses her theater background in storytelling
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