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Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center in the UMass Campus Center. Davis spoke at Smith College for its Black Student Alliance biennial conference in February titled “Young, …

Hampshire Regional eighth-graders explore intersection of art and science during Smith College field trip

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly 60 eighth-graders from Hampshire Regional Middle School descended on the Smith College campus Wednesday to spill water, melt plastic and spin on office chairs until dizzy — all in the name of science. The field trip was just one step in the students’ exploration of the intersection of science and …

After a brutal winter, Spring Bulb Show visitors take refuge amid color, soothing fragrances at Smith College

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After the winter we’ve endured, the long-running annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College with its display of 7,000 colorful bulbs no doubt will be a bigger draw than ever this year. By way of verification, you might ask any of the 30,000 to 40,000 visitors expected to stream through the …

Former Smith College leader Jill Ker Conway honored for longtime support of humanities

Friday, July 19, 2013

After 10 years serving as Smith College’s first woman president beginning in 1975, and a lengthy stint as a visiting professor in the sciences at MIT, Jill Ker Conway decided she wanted to do something that would “reach …

UMass lecturer launches first Massive Open Online Course

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AMHERST — Large classes aren’t unusual at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. But a new one launched this week sets a record. “Building a Basic Website,” taught by a leader of the school’s online journalism program, counts 1,000 …

Paul Alpers, husband of Smith College President Carol T. Christ, dies of cancer

Monday, May 20, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Paul J. Alpers, the husband of Smith College President Carol T. Christ and an unofficial ambassador for the school, died Sunday night after a battle with cancer. Alpers, 80, died the same day that the college …

Arianna Huffington at Smith calls for ‘third women’s revolution’

Sunday, May 19, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the news website that bears her name, challenged Smith College graduates Sunday to redefine the meaning of success and lead what she called “the third women’s revolution.” In her commencement …

Smith engineering students help solve run-off problem

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When Smith College senior Monique Gagne can find the time to think past graduation, one image that comes to mind is a garden. Not the vegetable kind. As an engineer, she and a team this year sprouted plans …

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper shares stories of life in journalism during talk at Smith College

Monday, April 15, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Swimming with crocodiles in the Nile, interviewing the late Walter Cronkite and being sung to by Dr. Conrad Murray were among the many topics discussed during a lecture given Sunday night by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper …

Transgender applicant’s rejection by Smith causes stir

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has rejected a male-to-female transgender applicant, sparking controversy at the college and an outpouring of support for the student online. “It’s important to recognize transwomen as women” and admitting transwomen to women’s colleges is …

Human trafficking in US topic for Mount Holyoke panel

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SOUTH HADLEY — Few issues could seem further from the quiet Mount Holyoke College campus than human trafficking. But as experts will discuss Thursday at a panel on the topic, the sale of people for sex work or …

Klemens Wilhelm von Klemperer, Nazi regime historian who taught at Smith College, dies at 96

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Klemens Wilhelm von Klemperer, a German refugee who wrote extensively about the rise and fall of the Nazi regime has died in Massachusetts. He was 96. Von Klemperer was an emeritus professor of history at Smith College in Northampton. His Dec. 23 death of natural …