One look at one card can provide an overview of an entire life. Multiply that times thousands of cards contained in the archive of class notes published in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly, stored in files in the Alumnae House, and you have a comprehensive historical trove of Smith alumnae, from 1906 to the early 2000s. "The archive could be useful to someone looking to write the ultimate history of women's lives," notes John MacMillan, who once edited SAQ class notes.
Safe drinking water, Asian art, foster care, status of the teaching profession, and art and colonialism are a few of the topics addressed by Smith faculty during a series of lectures during both reunion weekends. The free lectures, which continue this Friday, May 24, are open to alumnae and others on campus. Read excerpts from lectures on May 17.
Money and power are not in themselves suitable measures of success, noted commencement speaker Arianna Huffington to a crowd of thousands gathered in the Quad on May 19. Equally important are pursuit of the three Ws: "well-being, wisdom, and wonder." Read transcripts of Commencement 2013 speeches, and view videos of key moments.
What is it about live music that brings people from different backgrounds, tastes and demographics together? Steve Waksman, professor of music, is attempting to answer that and other questions in his book tentatively titled Live Music in America: A History, 1850-2000, which kicks off with details about an American tour in 1850 by world renowned opera singer Jenny Lind.
Through a range of topics addressed in a series of free lectures by Smith faculty during both reunion weekends (May 17-19 and May 24-26), alumnae are afforded a glimpse of today's student academic experience. This year's reunion format is a shift from past years, when class groups organized their own activities.
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The Smith campus mourns the loss of Paul Alpers, who died on Sunday, May 19.