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Camille Bacon ’21: Smith’s First Cromwell Fellow Camille Bacon ’21: Smith’s First Cromwell Fellow
As the first recipient of Smith's Cromwell Fellowship, Camille Bacon ’21 is spending her summer conducting research for an honors thesis exploring how art reflects and shapes attitudes about race, culture and identity. The Cromwell Fellowship was created last year to honor the legacies of Otelia Cromwell, class of 1900, and Adelaide Cromwell ’40.
Alum Named Interim Director of Healing Racism Institute ‘A Dust Bowl of Dog Soup: Picturing the Great Depression’ Why Activist Loretta Ross is Hopeful for the Future
Alum Named Interim Director of Healing Racism Institute ‘A Dust Bowl of Dog Soup: Picturing the Great Depression’ Why Activist Loretta Ross is Hopeful for the Future
Vanessa Otero AC ’03 has been named interim director of the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley through 2020. She is currently director of Smith College's Urban Education Initiative and serves on state and regional boards, including the Governor’s Latino Advisory Commission. She is chair of the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission and most recently was asked to join the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Health Equity Advisory Group.
Henriette Kets de Vries, exhibition curator and assistant curator of prints, drawings and photographs, leads a virtual tour of the Smith College Museum of Art’s exhibition "A Dust Bowl of Dog Soup: Picturing the Great Depression.” The exhibition ran through May 24, 2020, and featured 50 photographs and prints from the museum’s permanent collection. Artists included Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Marian Post Wolcott, Martin Lewis and Peggy Bacon. Visiting associate professor, author and activist Loretta Ross believes the coronavirus pandemic has provided people more time to reflect on systemic injustices and what is truly important. “COVID has provided everybody in society more time to be thoughtful about our relationships—our relationship to work, our families, our communities,” Ross says. “We have had to slow down and take a pause, and we benefit so tremendously from taking more time to think things out.”
Encouraging a ‘Culture of Care’ Among Students
President Kathleen McCartney responds to Laurence Steinberg’s New York Times op-ed “College Kids Can’t Resist Risk.” She writes, "We need to educate students about the effectiveness of masks, social distancing and proper hygiene ... especially in dormitories; and encourage student influencers to model safe behaviors. Only a culture of care will stop the spread of this deadly virus."
The Smithereens: 75 Years of Song
This year marks the 75th anniversary of one of Smith's best known a cappella groups—the Smithereens. As with all major events this spring, Smithereens alumnae from around the globe celebrated virtually, with a Zoom performance of the group's most loved song, "Softly."
Smith to Establish New Campus Safety Department
On July 1, Smith College will launch a new model for campus safety, informed by a yearlong process of community engagement and outreach. After 11 years of sharing a campus police operation with Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges, Smith will open its own Department of Campus Safety with a mandate to provide a safe, inclusive environment for the Smith community.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
BOSTON GLOBE: President Kathleen McCartney: On the Supreme Court’s DACA decision
NEXT: Prof. Alex Barron: Climate action after the pandemic
BROOKINGS: Prof. Steven Heydemann: A path out of conflict in Syria
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Prof. Courtney Lannert: Bizarre quantum matter in space
MS. ONLINE: Violet Rawlings ’22: Secret emails expose anti-abortion influence
BBC RADIO: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Modern Olympics?
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