Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Juniors and Seniors

January 18 – 21, 2014

The Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY

In this selective, three-and-a-half day January-term course, the Women’s Narratives Project takes juniors and seniors on a retreat to talk and write about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success.  The workshop is led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters and Director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Jessica Bacal.

Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Juniors and Seniors

January 19 – 22, 2014

The Cornell Inn in Lenox, MA

In this selective, three-and-a-half day January-term course, the Women’s Narratives Project takes juniors and seniors on a retreat to talk and write about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success.  The workshop is led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters and Director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Jessica Bacal.

Underrepresented Voices in the Media
Narratives of Speaking Up

February 7, 2013

A moderated panel discussion with . . .

  • Farai Chideya, novelist,
    multi-media journalist and radio host
  • Rinku Sen, author and activist, Executive Director of the Applied Research Center and editor of Colorlines Magazine
  • Judith Warner, bestselling author of Perfect Madness and We’ve Got Issues

Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Juniors and Seniors

January 20 – 23, 2013

The Guest House Conference & Retreat Center in Chester, CT

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Back row (from left to right): Maureen Mahoney, Jennifer Walters, Margaret Barthel ’13, Ayelet Reiter ’13, Abigail Azari ’13, Lucy Chikwetu ’13, Linnea Yeazel ’13, Katherine Horning ’13, Ally Einbinder ’10, Maddie Forden ’14. Front row (from left to right): Hannah Hurvitt ’13, Camile Kulig ’13, Rebecca Raymond-Kolker ’13, Marissa Hall ’14, Emily Peake ’13, Mohini Banerjee ’13, Caitlin Dubois ’13, Rebecca Narum ’13, Isabel Lopez ’13, Rachel Smith ’13. 

Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Juniors and Seniors

January 15 – 18, 2012

Smith College and the Trinity Conference Center in West Cornwall, CT

 Back row (from left to right): Leah (Lily) Jacobs ’12, Jessica Bacal, Jenna Zukswert’ 13, Alexandra Frizzell ’12, Eileen Wangai ’12, Chinelle Andrew ’12, Monika Valecic ’12, Ilana Teitelman ’12, Emma Krautheim ’12, Jacquelyn Runholt ’12, Marie Schenk ’12. Middle row (from left to right): Liliana (Lily) Farrell ’13, Kristen Rosa ’12, Adina Bianchi ’12, Dylan Farrell ’12, Megan Yee ’12, Nhung Bui ’12, Alison Yong ’13. Front row (from left to right): Ariella Frishberg ’12, Kendra Danowski ’12, Neelma Qureshi ’12, Maureen Mahoney, Ally Einbinder, and Barbara Dakota AC.

Beyond the Smith Bubble: True Stories of Life After Smith

October 27, 2011

The Women’s Narratives Project hosted a tea and discussion with four recent alumnae who talked about how their lives have taken shape in the few years since graduating from Smith.  Panelists included Ka’Neda Ellision ’06, Lauren Marcous ’08, Lauren Kaelin ’10, and Luisa Tsang ’10.

Making Time to Write: A mini-writing retreat with local author Christian McEwen

September 24, 2011

On Saturday, September 24, local author and “Finding Time to Write” orientation co-leader Christian McEwen led a mini-writing retreat for students in the Poetry Center. Christian McEwen is the author of World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down.

Finding Time to Write: A Smith College Orientation Group for First Year Students

September 4 and 5, 2011

Jessica Bacal, director of the Smith College Wurtele Center for Work & Life, and local author Christian McEwen led incoming first-years in a workshop that encouraged them to think about how to continue a personal writing practice at college. The group discussed finding balance and “down time” within a busy schedule, and explored ways to connect with other writers at Smith.

Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Juniors and Seniors

January 16–19, 2011

In its selective January-term course, the Women’s Narratives Project takes juniors and seniors on a grant-funded retreat to talk and write about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success. The workshop is led by Dean of the College Maureen A. Mahoney and Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters.

Resisting Convention: Narratives of Passion and Purpose

Thursday, November 4, 2010

In this panel discussion, Dar Williams, Lenelle Moise MFA ’04 and Carolina A. Miranda ’93 spoke about creating unconventional lives. The panel was co-sponsored by the Women’s Narratives Project and Wurtele Center for Work & Life.

Watch a full length video of the panel discussion on iTunesU

Watch the panel in five short clips on YouTube

Resisting Convention – Introduction

Resisting Convention – Carolina A. Miranda ’93

Resisting Convention – Dar Williams

Resisting Convention – Lennele Moise MFA ’04

Resisting Convention – Q&A

“Thinking Creatively About Leadership” Family Weekend Panel

Saturday, October 23, 2010

This diverse panel of students talked about the connection between pursuing their passions and developing as leaders. Panelists included Cristina Santarosa ’11, who is a mentor to peers in the chemistry lab; Phoebe Harris ’11 and Grace Miceli ’11, who created a Smith literary magazine called Swimming Lessons; and Dana Elliot ’13 and Colby Singleton ’11J, who help run Smith’s successful “Bicycle Kitchen.” Sponsored by the Women’s Narrative Project and Wurtele Center for Work & Life.

Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Juniors and Seniors

January 17–20, 2010

Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Juniors and Seniors January 17-20, 2010

Twenty juniors and seniors joined dean of the College Maureen A. Mahoney and dean of religious life Jennifer Walters for a grant-funded retreat at the beautiful Trinity Conference Center in West Cornwall, Conn. They talked and wrote about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success.

Idealism and Compromise in Politics and Life

November 5, 2009

Three Smith alumnae, all current or former members of the Obama administration, spoke about making a life in politics.

Smith Mothers and Daughters Talk About Getting a Life

October 24, 2009

A panel of Smith mothers and daughters reflected on navigating work, friendship and love.

J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 read from her novel, Commencement

September 24, 2009

From chapter one: “[On] Orientation Day, Celia wept in the backseat of her father’s Lincoln Town car all the way out to Smith. The family had to pull over in a Taco Bell parking lot so she could get herself together before meeting her housemates. By the time she arrived at the front door of Franklin King House, she was fixed with a big fake smile and half a tube of her sister’s Maybelline concealer…”

Narratives of Life’s Success

Friday, June 22, 2007

Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college, and Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, led a workshop entitled “Narratives of Life’s Success” as part of a spring alumnae program, Your Best Life: Women’s Health and Well-Being.

A Question of Balance: Lifestyle and Health

Friday, June 22, 2007

Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, led this lunchtime panel together with Barbara Brehm-Curtis, professor of exercise and sports studies, and Carolyn Jacobs.

Narratives Across Class: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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Our third annual panel discussion brought together the writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc ’86, the writer Lorene Cary, and the playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith. They discussed how social class has figured in their lives and what compels them to create work that is, at least in part, about class.

In Smith’s socio-economically diverse student body, students feel the impact of social and economic class differences as they negotiate friendships, career aspirations and work–yet class difference is a taboo subject among friends and classmates. During this panel, Dean Walters facilitated an open and complex discussion among three remarkable women.

Read Lorene Cary’s talk on class (DOC)

Family Weekend Panel: Smith Mothers and Daughters Talk

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Three Smith daughters and their mothers participated in a panel discussion about work, friendship and love. The mothers and daughters were: Esther Mobley ’11 and her mother Page Kelley ’81; Ashley Brickhouse ’11 and her mother, Mitchelin Brickhouse; and Bridget Reutener ’01 and her mother, Mary Reutener ’70. The panel was moderated by Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life.

Watch video of the panel discussion (part 1, 31 minutes)

Watch video of the panel discussion (part 2, 27 minutes)

Watch video of the panel discussion (part 3, 26 minutes)

Ambition and Friendship: Narratives of Conflict and Support

Thursday, November 8, 2007

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Heather Abel, Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien ’57, Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Martha Southgate ’82 discussed their experience of the connections and conflicts between ambition and friendship. Maureen A. Mahoney, dean of the college, introduced the panel and Jennifer L. Walters, dean of religious life, moderated. A reception followed.

Beyond Balance: Work & Family Reconsidered

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Suggesting “balance” as a life goal can produce anxiety because the truth is that most of us feel out of balance most of the time. We are often given advice to solve the “balance” conundrum by being clear about who we are and what we want. Achieving this clarity, however, is easier said than done. Deans Mahoney and Walters discussed the possibility that tolerance of imbalance and continued reflection about life goals may be a better approach than setting the unreachable goal of a perfectly balanced life.

Mothers and Daughters Talk About Getting a Life

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A panel of Smith mothers and daughters (pictured below) reflected on navigating work, friendship and love. The panel discussion was moderated Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college.

Read a transcription of “Mothers and Daughters Talk About Getting a Life.” (DOC)

Creating a Life: Anticipated Paths and Unexpected Turns

Monday, October 23, 2006

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Mary Catherine Bateson, Liz Phair, Betsy Stark and Rebecca Walker shared their own narratives of success at our inaugural event. The panel discussion was moderated by Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, with opening remarks by Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college.