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News for the Smith College Community | November 3, 2021

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Cromwell Day Speaker LaTosha Brown on Reimagining Democracy

Cromwell Day Speaker LaTosha Brown on Reimagining Democracy

Award-winning civil rights and voting rights activist LaTosha Brown will deliver the keynote address at this year's Cromwell Day celebration on Thursday, November 4. Her talk, “Reimagining American Democracy: The Role of Women, Young Voters and People of Color in American Politics,” will take place at 1:30 p.m. ET in John M. Greene Hall for students, faculty and staff participating in the college’s asymptomatic testing program. The event will also be streamed live on Smith’s Facebook page. Viewers do not need a Facebook account to watch.

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Local Laundry Becomes Art Venue

Local Laundry Becomes Art Venue

Masonic Street Laundry in Northampton recently debuted its first-ever art exhibit, featuring photography, videos, paintings and drawings from about 40 Smith students. Amrita Acharya ’23J, who worked with laundry owner Jason Foster to organize the show, thought the location was perfect for an art exhibit because it's “where people from different walks of life come together.”

Eliminating Student Loans Advances Racial Justice and Equity

Eliminating Student Loans Advances Racial Justice and Equity

In a column for Higher Education Today, President Kathleen McCartney reflects on Smith’s recent historic decision to replace student loans with grants. “Three reasons drove our decision to eliminate loans," she writes. "We sought to recruit and enroll the best students, regardless of family resources; enable graduates to begin their careers or continue their studies with little or no debt; and help advance racial justice and equity."  

Register: Virtual Cooking Class

Register: Virtual Cooking Class

Try something new with those Thanksgiving leftovers. Join cooking instructor Kate Sonders Solomon ’00 on Friday, November 11, at 5 p.m. ET, as she leads the webinar “Stuffing Croquettes with Spicy Cranberry Dipping Compote." Receive the vegetarian, nut-free ingredient list when you register. The webinar is open to the entire Smith community at no charge, but you must register in advance.

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Why It’s Time to Detox From Grind Culture

Live Be Yoga features an interview with Heather Archer ’07, a certified life coach, on detoxing from grind culture. Archer is the host of The Grind Culture Detox podcast and author of The Grind Culture Detox: Heal from Capitalism, Thrive at Work, due out next spring.

Rethinking Carbon Neutrality in Higher Education

An op-ed for Inside Higher Ed, co-authored by Smith professor Alex Barron, Lucy Metz ’22 and Hamilton College professor Aaron Strong, suggests that higher education needs to rethink carbon neutrality. They write, “Our emissions matter and must be eliminated, but institutions can’t be full climate leaders unless we are doing everything we can to collaborate with our communities to help our society meet our climate goals.”

2021 Virtual Mum Show and Opening Lecture

The 2021 Fall Chrysanthemum Show will run November 6–24. In-person visits will be limited to members of the Smith College community in the campuswide COVID-19 testing program; however, the show can be experienced virtually. In addition, the opening lecture, “The Science and Culture of Coffee,” by Sarada Krishnan, director of horticulture and the Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens, will be presented online on Wednesday, November 10, at 5 p.m. ET. Registration is required.

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Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs


Prof. Eric Reeves: Standoff in Sudan is likely to be prolonged


Review: Prof. Elliot Fratkin: “Maasai”


Prof. James Lowenthal: Light pollution threatens millenia-old indigenous navigation methods


Prof. Carrie Baker: As FDA considers easing abortion restrictions, new study finds patients prefer flexibility


Wendy Schmidt ’77: Expanding opportunity


Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: State, counties have little bargaining power in Bills stadium negotiations


Prof. Annaliese Beery: Social motivation in voles varies by species, sex

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