Douthat is the author of “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream”.
Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at NYU, Dale Jamieson, spoke about the many causes leading to the lack of action to address climate change.
Franklin Odo spoke about Japanese Internment during World War II, the subsequent redress, and how Japanese Americans have been affected by discrimination.
As a guest of Smith College’s Poetry Center, prized American poet Gerald Stern read from a collection of his works.
Palagummi Sainath spoke about how inequalities between the elite and poor have increased over the last 25 years in India.
Dennis Childs spoke about the past and present incarceration of the poor and people of color as a continuation of the modern practice of slavery in the U.S.
Harvard University Paleoanthropologist and biology professor, Daniel Lieberman, spoke about his work studying human athletic behavior and performance.
As part of their celebration for the new Jandon Center for Community Engagement, former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was invited to speak at Smith College.
Social media specialist danah boyd looks at the ways in which society and technology intersect in the lives of young people.
Nilanjana Dasgupta, a social psychologist and professor at UMass Amherst, discussed her studies on the constraints women face in their pursuit of academic and professional careers.