Author Talk by Cheryl Suchors, Class of 1972, at Busboys and Poets

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:30pm
Location: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free, but you might wish to have dinner and drinks
More Information:
RSVP: Corrina Sowden ’07 (

Please join us as we listen to Cheryl Suchors ’72 discuss her new book, 48: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, an inspiring adventure story. Connecting with friends and with nature, Suchors redefines success: she discovers a source of
spiritual nourishment, spaces powerful enough to absorb her grief, and joy in the persistence of love and beauty. 48 Peaks inspires us to believe that, no matter what obstacles we face, we too can attain our summits.

Cheryl Suchors began writing at age six, when she wrote a play starring her sister and herself. She continued to write poetry until she took a detour through the business world for twenty years. She holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Smith College. She’s the author of 48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, a book Kirkus Reviews called: “An inspiring yet relatable true story with exciting scenes and plenty of heart.” BookBub has listed 48 Peaks as one of “10 Life-Changing Memoirs to Pick Up This Fall.” The Culturalist selected it as one of the “Top Ten Travel and Adventure Memoirs That Will Leave You Inspired” and Pop Sugar included it as one of “7 New Nonfiction Books for People Who Don’t Really Like Nonfiction,” in company with Michelle Obama’s memoir.

Cheryl’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Writer’s Digest, City Book Review, Limestone, The Distillery, RE:AL, and HerSports, as well as in the anthology My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends. In her business career she coauthored the book Own Your Own Cable System. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and a plethora of plants and wishes their grown daughter lived nearby.

Book Launch with Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith ’90

Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00pm
Where: Politics and Prose (Union Market location)
Event details:
RSVP: Programs Team (

Please join Smith alumna and former first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith at Politics & Prose (Union Market location) on March 20 for the launch of her new book, How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat.

In her groundbreaking new book (released March 12), Farah argues that the solutions to the crisis of recruitment and radicalization are available and affordable. She addresses the urgent need to fight and stop the spread of violent extremism, and hate more generally on a global scale. She lays out a comprehensive strategy that is a call to action for policymakers, tech entrepreneurs, the media, business professionals, and anyone interested in fighting hate, and presents concrete solutions and recommendations for how we can stem the extremists’ toxic message. Drawing upon her experiences at the National Security Council, U.S. Department of State, and USAID, she makes the case that we have the resources right now to defeat the extremist threat.

Join us as we celebrate the launch of her new book and come together to fight hate and create lasting change.

Garrison School International Night

March 27, from 5:30 – 6:45pm
Location: Garrison Elementary School
Contact: Mary Douglas (

Garrison Elementary School will be holding its International Night on the evening of March 27. Garrison would be happy to have two or three SSCW members attend and help out with handing out schedules to parents and reading to children. Please contact Mary Douglas at if you are interested.

Smith College Club of Baltimore: Smithies Seek New Worlds from the McConnell Rooftop Observatory

Friday, March 29, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: The Johns Hopkins Club in Baltimore
Cost: $25.00 for current parents and alumnae of the classes of 2008 and prior; $15.00 for alumnae from the classes of 2009-2018

Join us for our annual reception and faculty lecture featuring James Lowenthal, Professor of Astronomy.

Prof. Lowenthal was recommended to us by this year’s Baltimore area students. View his photographs and then prepare yourself for an exhilarating evening.

Paula Ferris Einaudi at 443-878-8226 or at

Smith College Glee Club Concert

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00pm
Location: Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington DC
Cost: $10 Admission Fee
Contact: Corrina Sowden ’07 (

On Saturday, March 30 the Smith College Glee Club will be performing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in collaboration with the Virginia Glee Club, which is a men’s glee club based at the University of Virginia. Each group will also be performing select works on their own. The concert is taking place at the Church of the Epiphany.

The Smith College Glee Club was founded in the 1880s originally modeled after several men’s glee clubs of its day. The group has a rich and full tradition of singing a variety of music at campus events and music department concerts throughout the year including Opening Convocation, Montage, Vespers, Fall and Spring Serenade, and Commencement.

Next meeting of the SCCW Book Club

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00pm (April is National Autism Awareness Month)
Location: Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free
Contact: Corrina Sowden ’07 (

The club meets at the National Portrait Gallery the first Sunday of each month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

The SCCW Book Club usergroup on Google is the primary means of communication regarding book club updates. If you are interested in joining the book club, please join the Google Group. Check out further upcoming titles we will be reading here. It’s never too late to join!

Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain by Whitney Ellenby (2018) 344 pages

Autism Uncensored goes where no other book dares–revealing the private disgrace and self-blame about having a “defective” child; the near disintegration of marriage; the failure of the traditional behavioral interventions; and the mercenary way in which service providers prey on parents’ desperation for a cure. It is a personal manifesto about how a socially integrated life is attainable regardless of whether a child overcomes the major limitations of Autism, sparking a new conversation which goes beyond simply accepting persons with Autism for who they are, but considers pushing them beyond their comfort zones to learn who they are capable of becoming. An unstoppable ride with jolting twists and turns, Autism Uncensored will leave you exhilarated, informed and still gasping for air.

Upcoming Events

April 7 – Smithies Who Brunch

April 27 – Tree planting hosted by the Anacostia Watershed Society to celebrate Arbor Day

April 30, May 1, or May 2: Smith College Law & Government Networking Breakfast, details will be shared as they become available

May 5, 2019: *rescheduled* Blossom into Spring Fashion Show and Fundraiser at Lord & Taylor

May 19, 2019 – Potluck Brunch to watch the Smith College Commencement live

June 2019 – 19th Amendment Commemoration events; walking tour in DC and an evening reception are being planned

June 25 – White House Historical Association’s lecture, Suffragists at the White House

Upcoming Book Club Meetings

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis by Laurie Winkless (2016) 304 pages

Science and the City starts at your front door and guides you through the technology of everyday city life: how new approaches to building materials help to construct the tallest skyscrapers in Dubai, how New Yorkers use light to treat their drinking water, how Tokyo commuters’ footsteps power gates in train stations. Uncovering the science and engineering that shapes our cities, Laurie Winkless reveals how technology will help us meet the challenges of a soaring world population–from an ever-increasing demand for power, water, and internet access, to simply how to get about in a megacity of tens of millions of people.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Becoming by Michelle Obama (2018) 448 pages

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011) 381 pages

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

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