Notes from Paradise
Dismantling Structural Inequality Dismantling Structural Inequality
In a letter to the Smith community, President Kathleen McCartney acknowledged the suffering of Black people in the U.S. and pledged to create a campus that is safe and welcoming to all. “Smith College must change to ensure this,” she wrote.
Smith Community Gathers for ‘Generating Justice’ Studio Art Majors’ Final Exhibition, Spring 2020 Lessons for the Class of ’20 From the Class of ’08
Smith Community Gathers for ‘Generating Justice’ Studio Art Majors’ Final Exhibition, Spring 2020 Lessons for the Class of ’20 From the Class of ’08
More than 400 members of the Smith community gathered on June 2 via Zoom for “Generating Justice,” a virtual event held to demonstrate, as Kim Alston of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life noted, "that we emphatically care for the lives of Black and Brown people in this country." "We are the catalyst for change, so let it begin today," Alston said. Since the shift to remote learning in March, some student artistic projects have continued in new media, some ambitious works remain unfinished in the studio, and other projects needed to change to better reflect the current moment. This exhibition, which does not have a coordinated theme, presents works made in dialogue as students continue to remain connected. Who better to advise the class of ’20 on how to navigate uncertain times and rough economic waters than the class of ’08, which graduated just as the markets crashed. Stacie Hagenbaugh, director of the Lazarus Center for Career Development, created a Zoom panel discussion between the two classes and shares the most important takeaways.
What It Means ‘To Be a Black Woman’ in the United States Today
For the Spring 2019 issue of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly, several alumnae shared stories about their unique experiences as Black women in the United States. Their words—about everyday racism, about their fear of simply walking through their neighborhoods, about their pride and hopes for the future—are worth revisiting today.
Plagues and Art Through the Ages
Danielle Carrabino, Smith College Museum of Art curator of painting and sculpture, talks about the role of art in the time of plagues throughout the centuries. She writes, "Although I never thought I would experience a similarly devastating pandemic in my own lifetime, I am fascinated to find that many of the responses to the plague are not unlike those to coronavirus today."
Class of ’70 Wins Friends of Smith Award
Congratulations to the class of 1970 for winning the Friends of Smith Award for 2020. The award, presented at Reunion, goes to the class with the highest number of members for the current fiscal year in the four Smith Friends groups: athletics, botanic garden, libraries and the Smith College Museum of Art.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEWSDAY: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: The basic economics of an MLB deal
THE ZOE REPORT: Agnes Baddoo ’85: Seven Black-owned fashion brands to support right now
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