Prior to the widespread production of videos, audio interviews were a popular way for the Smith community to hear directly from alumnae on a wide variety of topics. Click on the archived items below for lively and inspiring interviews.

Alumnae Interviews

The following alumnae interviews were conducted by Karen Brown, radio documentary producer, freelance writer and longtime reporter for WFCR public radio, in Amherst, MA. Brown’s features have appeared on National Public Radio and other national outlets. She has also written for The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. She has been contributing to the Smith Alumnae Quarterly since 2001 and conducted the “Author’s Voice” interviews. She lives in Northampton, Mass. with her family.

Jamie Spooner ’87: A caregiving website

Durreen Shahnaz ’89: Creating the first Asian socially responsible stock exchange

2010 Reunion Alumnae College Lunch Presentations

Danielle Brian ’85

Celinda Lake ’75

Smith Women in the Media

This two-day conference provided a historical overview of the written word and look ahead to what might be in store. With other alumnae and Smith faculty, the conference covered the influence of women as writers and explored some of the contemporary issues in journalism and literature.

Finding Your Voice: Fiction Writing

Freelance Survival: How to Launch Your Career and Be Free of the 9-to-5

2009 Reunion Alumnae College Lunch Presentation

Tori Murden ’85

Smith Women Address the Issues

Toward a Sustainable World

Women’s Health: Tackling Breast Cancer

Giving: Community Engagement and a Fulfilling Life

Women in Law Panel Discussions

Work/Life Balance

Career Paths

Reinventing the Practice of Law

Diversity and Discrimination in the Practice of Law

2008 Reunion Alumnae College Lunch Presentations

Celinda Lake ’75

Howard Gold

2007 Reunion Presentations and Discussions

Mini Classes

Anne Leone: Backyards and Across the Tracks: Why Should We Love the Vernacular Garden?

Martin Antonetti: Contemporary Artists’ Books

Book Discussions

Patricia Skarda: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott; March, Geraldine Brooks; The Little Women, Katharine Weber

H. Robert Burger: Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet, Bill McGuire

Steven A. Williams: The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History (Revised Edition 2005), John M. Barry

Susan Van Dyne: Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood

Michael Gorra: The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James

Michael Thurston: Kyrie, Ellen Bryant Voigt


Jill Ker Conway: The Taste of Reading, and the Spell of Writing

Alumnae College Lectures

Maureen Mahoney: Dimensions of Balance in Women’s Lives

Laura Nash: Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Your Work and Life

Alumnae Education Symposium

Your Best Life: Women’s Health and Well-being

An Author’s Voice: Interviews with Smith Alumnae Authors

Patty Friedmann ’68

Martha Southgate ’82

Amy Bloom, MSW ’78

Ruth Ozeki Lounsbury ’80

Jennifer O’Connell ’90

Robin Keisman Hathaway ’56

Andrea Hairston ’74

Judith Arnold (Barbara Keiler ’74)

Alice Bernstein Low ’47

Jane Yolen ’60

Marissa Walsh ’94

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas ’53

Nina Munk ’88