Notes from Paradise
A Car, A Race, And An Engineering Lesson
Gracie Hackenberg ’18 and a team of students are prepping a race car for the 2017 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge, an industry-sponsored competition to be held in October in her hometown of Gainesville, Fla. Hackenberg and her team are retrofitting a 1999 Mazda Miata that she and a professional driver will drive together.
Alumna Heads MoMA Archives, Library, Research Collections President McCartney: ‘Smith Is United Against Hate’ Carolina Miranda ’93 Nabs Prize for Visual Arts Journalism
The Museum of Modern Art has named Michelle Elligott ’93 chief of archives, library, and research collections. In 1999, she was appointed the Rona Roob Senior Museum Archivist, and since 2014 she has served as chief of archives. In her new position, Elligott will also provide leadership to the library, succeeding Milan Hughston, who retired in 2016. In a statement to students, faculty and staff following the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., President Kathleen McCartney called the actions of white supremacists “deplorable to all people of good will and conscience.” Saying that the Smith community is “united against hate,” she reaffirmed the college's commitment to “diversity, inclusion and the dignity and worth of all people.” Carolina Miranda ’93, a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, is among eight winners of the inaugural Rabkin Prize for Visual Arts Journalism, a $50,000 grant to identify and celebrate the country's most vital visual-arts journalists. At the Los Angeles Times, Miranda has specialized in covering both high and low culture.
Five Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Julia Child ’34

Legendary chef and author Julia Child ’34 would have been 102 on August 15. In celebration, Child was duly honored in the media, including this story in Vogue that featured some little-known facts about the beloved French Chef.

Smith Astronomy Professor Researches Rare Galaxies
The solar eclipse may be over but there’s still a lot happening out there in the universe. When astronomy professor James Lowenthal and his research colleagues began reviewing new images from the Hubble Space Telescope earlier this year, they couldn't believe their eyes. Their calculations helped NASA's telescope capture images of some of the brightest galaxies in the universe—rare views that could advance scientific knowledge.
Author Cristina Henríquez To Discuss Smith Reads Selection
Cristina Henríquez will be on campus to read from her novel The Book of Unknown Americans, the story of a young girl from Mexico who comes to the United States after a terrible injury. The book is this year’s Smith Reads selection. Henríquez will give a public address Monday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Book discussions in Smith houses will follow on Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEW YORK TIMES: Prof. Marnie Anderson: On effective diplomacy with North Korea
USA TODAY: How colleges across America are celebrating the eclipse
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE ONLINE: Hundreds gather at Northampton eclipse-viewing events
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Kim Yi Dionne reviews book by Miroslava Prazak ’79
WASHINGTON POST: Dean Deb Shaver: Important support
ATLANTIC COUNCIL: Emelie Chace Donahue ’18: Options for reconstruction in Syria
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