Notes from Paradise
Maya Lin Shares Designs for New Neilson
Saying that she wants to "restore the heart of Smith's campus," Maya Lin unveiled designs for a reimagined Neilson Library that nod to the building's historic significance while presenting a compelling vision for a 21st-century library. President Kathleen McCartney called Lin's design "distinctly and uniquely Smith."
Smith Enacts New Parental Leave Policy Jill Ker Conway Center Builds on Entrepreneurship Sherrerd Prize Winners Talk About Teaching
New mom Amanda Huntleigh, a choral director and lecturer in the Smith music department, is happy to take advantage of the college's new parental leave policy, which includes 12 weeks paid leave and, for faculty, a break from administrative duties. President Kathleen McCartney said she hopes Smith's updated policy will inspire other schools to follow Smith's lead. Monica Dean, administrative director of Smith's new Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, describes the center as "an intellectual hub that expands on the financial education and programming offered by the Center for Women and Financial Independence." The Conway Center, launched with an anonymous $5 million gift, will support creative thinking and the development of business and entrepreneurial skills. Patience, humor and a willingness to learn something new are a few of the characteristics of great teachers, say this year's Sherrerd prize recipients. Naomi Miller, professor of English; Payal Banerjee, associate professor of sociology; and Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, assistant professor of history, received their awards at a ceremony on Oct. 13.
Gloria Steinem ’56’s Love Affair with New York
In a New York Times article, “Showgirls, Pastrami and Candor: Gloria Steinem’s New York,” writer John LeLand looks at Steinem’s “rock star schedule” and her passion for New York. "I can't imagine not working," Steinem says.
Fiction and Identity Politics: A Student Voice
In a recent New York Times letter to the editor, Uma Bhagwat Gaffney ’20 responds to an op-ed by author Lionel Shriver. "If [Lionel Shriver] thinks millennials avoid discussing controversial topics, I guess she just doesn’t know a lot of millennials," Gaffney writes.
Smith Donates Computers to Dakin Humane Society
The Dakin Humane Society, a Springfield-based animal shelter, recently received more than a dozen computers and related equipment from Smith College. Dakin spokesperson Lee Chambers said, “This kind of donation is so great for us because we’re 100 percent self-supporting."
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL: Women of Influence: President Kathleen McCartney
FORBES: Luma Mufleh ’97 earns Richard Cournelle award
RADIO CANADA: Prof. Howard Gold on the vice presidential debate
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Kim Yi Dionne on the quality of democracy in Botswana after 50 years of independence
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