SMITH COLLEGE

A scene from rehearsals of The Scarlet Professor opera.
Daniel Keller

In 1960, a famous literature professor at Smith College was arrested for having gay pornographic materials in his Northampton, Massachusetts, apartment. Four decades later, that scandal was the basis of a nonfiction book. Now the story is getting a new telling -- an operatic one -- on the very college campus where the original events took place.


Steve Waksman
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Steve Waksman, Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College, gave a historical view of the movement of jazz from “lowbrow” popular music, to “highbrow symphonic art”. Waksman focused on the people that influenced this movement, and how it changed cultural perceptions and expectations of jazz.

Ginetta Candelario
Raquel Obregon / NEPR

Tertulia’s guest on February 19, 2017 was Ginetta Candelario, Associate Processor of Sociology and of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She spoke about the book “Cien Años de Feminismos Dominicanos”, a collection of documents related to the birth and development of feminism in the Dominican Republic collected from archives that date from 1865 and compiled by the authors Elizabeth Manley, April Mayes and Ginetta Candelario.

Republican political commentator and strategist Ana Navarro was recently invited to speak as part of Smith College’s Presidential Colloquium Series. Navarro shared why she has been a lifelong Republican and spoke on the political values she feels have been challenged by the Trump administration.

Rachel Maddow at Smith College
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Rachel Maddow is a political commentator, author, and host of MSNBC’s Emmy Award-winning The Rachel Maddow Show.

She was recently invited to speak at Smith College’s Presidential Colloquium, which “regularly features influential thought leaders in a wide range of fields to share their expertise, offer insights, and inspire discourse on key social, political and global topics.”

Readings of Collected Works by Gerald Stern

Jan 26, 2017

As a guest of Smith College’s Poetry Center, prized American poet Gerald Stern read from a collection of works that included poems from: “American Sonnets”, “Last Blue: Poems”, and “Galaxy Love”, which will be released in early 2017.