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Year on Democracies August 24, 2021

Smith Announces Ticket Procedures for Upcoming Nancy Pelosi Colloquium

Nancy Pelosi
  • Smith College students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated and participating in the college’s asymptomatic testing program may enter a ticket lottery which closes at midnight Wednesday, Sept. 1. Additional information about the lottery is available online.
  • People not eligible to enter the lottery—as well as those who do not receive tickets through the lottery—are invited to watch the event on Smith College’s Facebook page.

These procedures are in keeping with Smith’s evolving COVID protocols, which limit attendance at Smith College events to those within Smith’s asymptomatic testing program. These protocols have been enacted to support health and safety.

About This Event

Nancy Pelosi’s September 8 Presidential Colloquium at Smith will serve as the opening event for Smith’s Year on Democracies and the first event in this year’s Presidential Colloquium series.

During the colloquium, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney will present Pelosi with the honorary degree she had been scheduled to receive at Smith’s 2020 commencement ceremony.

About House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve in that role. Now in her third term as speaker, Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency, the first person to do so in more than 60 years. For 33 years, Pelosi has represented San Francisco in Congress. As speaker, Pelosi has led the Congress in passing the Affordable Care Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and in repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, among other key accomplishments.

About Smith College’s Presidential Colloquium Series

The Presidential Colloquium regularly features influential thought leaders in a wide range of fields—from poets and writers to economists and policy experts—to share their expertise, offer insights and inspire discourse on key social, political and global topics that call for our attention. Upcoming speakers include activist Carol Jenkins, Peabody Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, National Book Award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen, Harvard law and history professor Annette Gordon-Reed, and Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin. All events will be open to Smith College students, faculty and staff in the college’s asymptomatic testing program, and also will be livestreamed to Smith College’s Facebook page.

About Smith College’s Year on Democracies

In 2021–22, Smith College will host an ambitious set of programs and events under the organizing theme “Year on Democracies.” This collegewide initiative is an opportunity to examine democracies around the world, through every aspect of the college’s educational offerings: the curriculum, exhibitions, performances, lectures, special events, and the work of its centers and institutes.