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News for the Smith College Community | March 22, 2023

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Leaving Apartheid to Attend Smith College

Leaving Apartheid to Attend Smith College

Where I Became is an award-winning documentary produced by Tandiwe Njobe ’94 and  Jane Dawson Shang ’82 about 14 South African women who left apartheid in the ’80s and ’90s to attend Smith. Register for this free virtual event on Friday, March 24, which includes a screening of the film and a webinar with the producers and scholars from the film. Registration lets you watch the film anytime from March 18 to 25.

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Presidential Colloquium: Kaira Jewel Lingo

Presidential Colloquium: Kaira Jewel Lingo

Kaira Jewel Lingo will deliver a presidential colloquium talk titled “We Were Made for These Times: Moving Through Change, Loss and Disruption” on Monday, April 3, at 5 p.m. EDT. The event will also be livestreamed.

Becoming a TikTok Star

Becoming a TikTok Star

Read this New York Times article about Sabrina Brier ’17, a rising star on the social media platform TikTok. She currently has over 400,000 followers, and her own real-life roommate is often the person behind the camera.

Studying Dangerous Diseases

Studying Dangerous Diseases

Angela Rasmussen ’00 is interviewed on this episode of NPR’s Morning Edition about the origin of COVID-19. She is a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization.

Markers of Adulthood for Frum Girls

Markers of Adulthood for Frum Girls

Therapist Shira Kessler M.S.W. ’19 writes this article about the unique road to adulthood faced by frum girls. She also includes a primer for parents—what she wishes every parent of an “emerging adult” knew.

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Smith Medalist To Deliver UConn Law Keynote Address

Deborah N. Archer ’93, president of the ACLU and co-faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law at the New York University School of Law, will deliver the keynote address at the UConn School of Law’s 100th commencement on May 14.

Reaching the Summit of Excellence

Kate Cronin ’87 was recently included on the list of the “Twenty Women Leaders In Healthcare Industry” by PharmaShots. Cronin is the chief brand officer for Moderna and previously served as global CEO for Ogilvy Health.

Alum’s Comedy Show Raises Funds for Haitian Students

Cathy Morgado ’85 is helping raise funds for the BRITE Initiative with a comedy show in Chicopee, Massachusetts, on Friday, April 14. BRITE is a nonprofit that provides education and medical care for over 200 students in a remote area of southern Haiti.

New Role for Former Smith President Ruth Simmons

On June 1, Ruth Simmons—president emerita of Smith College and current president of Prairie View A&M University—will take on the role of senior adviser to the president of Harvard University on engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Smith NewsTracker

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


Prof. Steve Waksman on high price of concert tickets


Prof. Ibtissam Bouachrine: What’s special about Mahsa Amini?


Smith’s Matt Donovan aims his poetry at stalemate over guns


How Smith basketball built a Final Four contender


Prof. Loretta Ross: Defining reproductive justice

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