Susan Van Dyne, Professor of the Study of Women and Gender
Director of the Archives Concentration
Studying archival photographs from the early days of Smith College, Susan Van Dyne traces the changing styles, attitudes and modes of dress of Smith students, who defied Victorian-era convention to express themselves through academics, athletics and dramatics. These self-consciously crafted and carefully curated images allow us to witness the emergence of modern womanhood.
Part of the Scholars in Studio video series
This is a replay of the Live event.
Christmas Vespers tells the story of Advent through hymns, prayers, and readings. Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters will lead the services, which will include readings by members of the Smith College faculty, staff, and senior class. With Jonathan Hirsh, Grant Moss, and Gregory Brown directing, the music portion of the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra.
Highlights from the 2009 vespers concert. Christmas Vespers tells the story of Advent through hymns, prayers, and readings.
A Smith alumna I met at a concert in my hometown suggested I consider Smith in my college search, and I was so impressed with her that I did some research. When I discovered that Julia Child, Nancy Reagan and Betty Friedan were all Smith alumnae, I thought, a school that produces consistently impressive graduates is definitely worth consideration! Smith has been a great fit for me from the beginning.
I was homeschooled through high school, and I played with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra the year before I came to Smith. I was concertmaster in the college orchestra my first year here. This year I am in a piano trio working on pieces by Shostakovich and Schumann.
I’m considering a career in law or criminal justice and will use my Praxis grant this summer to intern at the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. This semester I worked on a research project with Nnamdi Pole, one of my psychology professors, involving the psychological effects of trauma on police officers and their families. Next year I will be going to Paris to study through Smith’s Junior Year Abroad program.
Smith is both nurturing and tough at the same time. It makes you stretch yourself, while giving you support and encouragement. My professors are always available to talk with me, not just about classes, but about books and articles I’ve read, ideas and research.
I visited Smith the fall of my senior year in high school and fell in love with the campus and the people. There’s such a positive energy about Smith. When I sat in on classes and saw how rigorous the work was and how motivated the students were, I thought, this is where I need to be.
My first year, I took a broad range of subjects. Government emerged as a central theme. I plan to be involved in politics in some way, to be a voice for change, either as an attorney or a state representative or a senator. Smith has taught me that as long as I have tenable arguments and can back them up with coherent and thoughtful statements, I can confidently speak my mind and listen to opposing points of view with an open mind.
I attended the University of South Africa in Cape Town my junior year. I don’t think I would have dared to go abroad if my friends and counselors at Smith had not encouraged me. Living in another culture has given me confidence. I took a course in South Africa called Theater in Education. Being confident onstage and knowing how to present myself are assets that I also use as a Gold Key guide at Smith.
I know I’m on the right path at Smith. I’m broadening my skill set and knowledge, so that no matter what I end up doing, I’ll be prepared.
Donna Riley, Associate Professor of Engineering
Traditionally, engineers have been trained to be “value neutral,” focusing on solving the problem at hand without always considering the social and moral consequences of their work. Donna Riley argues that, with a shift in priorities to emphasize helping people over earning profits, engineers can strive to achieve not only efficient solutions but a more just society as well.
Smith's Smiffenpoofs, the oldest collegiate women's a cappella group in the country, held celebration concert with alumnae on Saturday, Nov. 5, in which they performed selections from their vast repertoire, compiled since 1936. Don't miss the special message from crapappella at the end of the video.
Sam Intrator, Professor of Education and Child Study
It’s widely accepted that higher education leads to better life outcomes, yet college remains an unfulfilled hope for many young Americans. At the same time, the U.S. is falling behind much of the developed world in measures of academic achievement. Sam Intrator considers the merits of three different approaches to narrowing the achievement gap to the benefit of individuals and society.
Jane Hirshfield’s work has been called “passionate and radiant” by The New York Times. Her poetry is an extension of a life both lived and examined, and her carefully crafted poems range from elegiac to joyful, reflective to restive.
The reading took place on October 4, 2011, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. With an introduction by Poetry Center Director Ellen Watson.