Notes from Paradise
How Smith Can Address Climate Change
On Monday, the Smith College Study Group on Climate Change released its final report, offering recommendations for harnessing Smith’s greatest strengths to address climate change. The board of trustees endorsed the report’s core principle that human activities are having potentially irreversible impacts on the climate.
Remembering a Former Board of Trustees Chair Professor Al Mosley Discusses the Jim Crow South Campaign Impact: Reimagining the Liberal Arts
Former Smith College Board of Trustees Chair Kate Belcher Webster ’46, who died last month, was remembered recently as a well-respected and generous leader in the Seattle, Washington, area. She was also a dedicated Smith volunteer. In 2003, Webster received the prestigious John M. Greene Award for her long and distinguished service to Smith. In this video and story package, Professor of Philosophy Al Mosley discusses his recent paper, “Narratives on the Ethics of Living in the Jim Crow South,” in which he reflects on his childhood, his philosophy of race and the choices that led him to the academy. Thanks to the success of the Women for the World campaign, which raised $486 million, Smith is reimagining the liberal arts, putting particular focus on interdisciplinary courses and launching new majors and initiatives such as design thinking, statistical and data sciences and Middle East studies.
Give to #InclusiveSmith, March 7–31
The strength of the Smith community lies in its diversity. From March 7 to March 31, make a gift to The Smith Fund’s #InclusiveSmith campaign, which will help ensure that Smith supports the intellectual development of talented and ambitious women from diverse backgrounds. The goal is 1,000 gifts in 3 weeks. Each donation will be matched with a $10 contribution from a generous member of the class of 1986! Make Smith stronger by donating today.
Friends of Smith College Award
Alumnae are encouraged to join any Friends group and support the array of opportunities that distinguish a Smith education. The class with the highest percentage of members in any group this fiscal year will receive the Friends Reunion Award, presented on Ivy Day. Boost your class standing and help keep Smith strong—join a Friends group today.
Pushing Boundaries: Women’s Leadership Conference
In today’s world, change is a way of life. This year's Women's Leadership Conference will explore how business leaders manage change and recognize when a shift is needed. Hear from alumnae and others who confronted challenges, pushed boundaries and embarked on exciting new life journeys, reaping great rewards along the way. The entire Smith community is welcome to register for the conference, which takes place on campus March 31 to April 1.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
BOSTON GLOBE: Prof. Lauren Duncan: On the feasibility of a women’s strike
NEW YORK TIMES: President Kathleen McCartney: Calling out sexism
DETROIT NEWS: Meet Ford’s 23-year-old mastermind making waves in the auto industry
REFINERY: How 23-year-old Victoria Schein ’16 is breaking barriers in a male-dominated industry
SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN: Smith earns major grant for life sciences education
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