NEWS FROM SMITH COLLEGE :: JULY 8, 2020
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Smith Announces Fall Reopening Plans Smith Announces Fall Reopening Plans
At the heart of Smith’s plan for reopening in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic is the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Titled “A Culture of Care,” the plan, released on Monday, preserves students’ education and the Smith experience through four key actions: physical distancing, free regular testing, disinfection and compliance.
SmithVent Team Wins Design Challenge Five Years Later: Reflecting on Marriage Equality Gaiana Joseph ’17 on Founding Fuel the People
SmithVent Team Wins Design Challenge Five Years Later: Reflecting on Marriage Equality Gaiana Joseph ’17 on Founding Fuel the People
The SmithVent team, a group of engineering alums, staff and faculty, took first place in the CoVent-19 Challenge, a nationwide competition to design an easily manufacturable ventilator for use during the pandemic. The team's device was chosen from more than 200 submissions. "This win speaks volumes about the power of a liberal arts education," said President Kathleen McCartney. Friday, June 26, marked┬áthe fifth anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges—the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage for same-sex couples. Cory Albertson, a lecturer in sociology at Smith and author of A Perfect Union? Television and the Winning of Same-Sex Marriage, talks about what’s changed in the past five years and what challenges remain. Fuel the People, founded by Gaiana Joseph ’17 in New York, is guided by a three-pronged mission: Feed the protestors on the front lines, support local Black-owned businesses, and donate to organizations that support Black liberation. “Food is fuel for revolution. People have to be nourished to keep fighting,” Joseph says. “If you don’t have energy, how can you fight for your rights?"
Supporting our international students
In a letter to campus today, President McCartney vowed to fight for the rights of international students in the face of new federal guidance that she called “both stunningly cruel and xenophobic.”
Smith College Welcomes New Trustees
The Smith College Board of Trustees welcomed seven new members who began their governance duties on July 1. New board members are Abigail Edwards ’20, Anu Aiyengar ’91, Andrea Auerbach ’91, Pamela J. Craig ’79, Lile R. Gibbons ’64, Terry W. Hartle, and Kimberly A. Scott ’91. The board of trustees, currently chaired by Alison Overseth ’80, oversees the endowment, sets the annual budget and determines policies for operation of the college.
Update: The Smith Landscape Master Plan
The college continues to seek input from the Smith community about the landscape master plan for the campus. The third issue of Groundswell magazine presents results from the discovery and vision phases of this important project along with additional opportunities to submit feedback on the plan.
PBS Streams ‘Gloria: A Life’ as Part of ‘A Century of Trailblazing Women’
For a limited time, PBS is streaming Gloria: A Life, without a subscription. Written by Emily Mann, Gloria: A Life is a unique interpretation of the life of feminist icon Gloria Steinem ’56, performed by an all-female cast, starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Steinem appears at the end of the production.
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Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
BOSTON GLOBE: College will be different in the fall; how will pricing change?
FORBES: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: College football 2020—theater of the absurd
TEEN VOGUE: Isabel Fields ’21: College life during the pandemic
CNN.COM: Prof. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor: Everyday words and phrases with racist connotations
GOTHAMIST: Aliyah Logan ’24: Thoughts on Protests
MS. ONLINE: Prof. Carrie Baker: White supremacy in the Trump era: A new course with Loretta Ross
MS. ONLINE: Oliver C. Haug ’20: LGBTQ progress started in the streets, not the courts
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