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Eric K. Ward Launches 2020 Presidential Colloquium Series Eric K. Ward Launches 2020 Presidential Colloquium Series
The 2020 Presidential Colloquium series kicks off with Eric K. Ward, executive director of Western States Center and senior fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center. His virtual talk, "Authoritarian State or Inclusive Democracy? What We Can Do Right Now," will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. EDT.
Maliha Quadir ’00 is Among Top Female Start-up Founders A Call for Prints of Smith Houses Plants a Seed Katie Fleischer ’21 on the BLM Activist Facing Charges
Maliha Quadir ’00 is Among Top Female Start-up Founders A Call for Prints of Smith Houses Plants a Seed Katie Fleischer ’21 on the BLM Activist Facing Charges
Maliha Quadir ’00, founder of Shohoz, has been recognized as one of the top female start-up founders in the world by, a leading business finance information website. Shohoz, which launched in 2014, is an app that allows users to order rides, tickets for travel and events, and food. It is the fastest-growing start-up in Bangladesh. Lizzy Zacharias Owens ’01 put out a call on a Smith-alum Facebook group for an artist to create a print of Capen House. Rose Metting ’12 (whose painting of Morris House is pictured here) and Claire Ma ’13 took Owens’ request as a creative challenge. Metting, a watercolor/mixed media artist, said the Facebook thread “planted a seed.” Katie Fleischer ’21, writing for Ms. magazine, tells the story of 20-year-old activist Tianna Arata in San Luis Obispo, California, who organized what was supposed to be a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest that resulted in motorists trying to drive their cars through the crowd of protesters. Arata now faces several years in prison for vandalism, through no fault of her own, Fleischer writes.
President McCartney Heralds the Beginning of the 2020–21 Academic Year
On Monday, President Kathleen McCartney welcomed students, faculty and staff to the beginning of the 2020–21 academic year. "This fall," she wrote, "my highest priority for our all-remote semester is keeping the Smith community strong."
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Tammy Baldwin ’84 Draws on Personal Experience for DNC Speech
For her speech delivered at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Tammy Baldwin ’84, Democratic senator from Wisconsin, reflected on being a child with a pre-existing condition who was raised by her grandparents. She recounted their struggles to pay her medical expenses when she became seriously ill.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE HILL: President Kathleen McCartney: Reopening and the local community
NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS: Prof. Michael Gorra: The Jim Crow South in Faulkner’s fiction
MS. ONLINE: Prof. Carrie Baker: Celebrating protest, power and progress
REUTERS: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Strong ratings boost for women’s sports
THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE: Feeding the Revolution: Gaiana Joseph ’17
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