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Ann Martin ’77 Donates Papers to Smith

In April, author Ann M. Martin ’77 donated her literary papers to Smith College. Martin is the creator of one of the most successful series of all time—“The Baby-sitters Club,” which spawned a television show and feature film and was named one of the “Books of the Century” by the New York Times Book Review in 1998. Martin’s donated papers include story outlines, illustrations, maps and correspondence from “The Baby-sitters Club,” as well as the “The Baby-sitters Club: Little Sister” and “Main Street.” Here Martin talks about her days at Smith and why she chose to give her papers to the college, and Rare Book Room staff discuss the cataloging process.

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First Womens's Collegiate Basketball Game Held at Smith

Learn how one educator's decision to incorporate basketball into her curricula revolutionized the world of women's sport and redefined women's societal role at the turn of the 20th century.
The story of the first March Madness for women's collegiate basketball, held at Smith College in 1893. Some people paid $15 for a ticket - $2,000 in today's market. Find out more here:
http://media.smith.edu/smithvideo/1892.html

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Jane Harman '66

Jane Harman '66 spoke recently at Smith about the importance of women in public service and the vital role Smith plays in educating women leaders. During her long public career, Harman has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues. A former nine-term member of the U.S. Congress, Harman is currently the director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Then and Now: Clara Rankin ’38

In May 2013, eight members of the class of ’38 celebrated their 75th Reunion, one of whom was Clara Taplin Rankin, who traveled from her native state of Ohio to attend the event. She reminisces about her days on the Smith campus, providing a vivid glimpse into college life in the 1930s.

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2013 Commencement Senior Class Address

Sarah Hussain, president of the Class of 2013, delivered the student speech at Smith College’s 135th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

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Arianna Huffington's Commencement Address

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize–winning online news website that bears her name, was the speaker at Smith College’s 135th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2013. View all commenencent coverage.

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2013 Ivy Day Expression of Student Gratitude

Shuyao Kong, a member of the Class of 2013, delivered the student speech at Smith College’s Ivy Day celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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2013 Ivy Day 25th Reunion Speaker

Sharmila “Mona” Ghosh Sinha ’88 delivered the 25th Reunion Address at Smith College’s Ivy Day celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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Three Seniors Reflect on the Value of a Smith Education

With Commencement approaching, three graduating Smith seniors – Shuyao Kong '13, Luvana Chowdhury '13 and Jane Ramsey AC '13 – take stock of their time at the college and reflect on the value of their Smith education.

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Elizabeth Pols ’75 Sees Beauty in Mystery

Artist Elizabeth Pols ’75 talks about her new exhibit, “At Water’s Edge,” which is now showing at the Alumnae House Gallery. Pols paints real and invented landscapes inspired by her native state of Maine and her formative years in Italy. Working with the techniques of classical Renaissance painting, she uses light, color and atmosphere to enhance reality with a touch of mystery. Recent sculptural pieces are housed in antique traveling desks and incorporate narrative panel paintings with found and altered objects, and, says the artist, are “part Renaissance devotional, part Joseph Cornell.” The exhibit runs through September 26, 2013.