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Filmmaker and Philanthropist Abigail Disney to Visit Simmons College on April 9th

April 2, 2014

Simmons College is proud to host filmmaker, philanthropist and activist Abigail Disney as the College's 2014 Eileen Friars Leader-in-Residence. Ms. Disney will be the featured guest speaker in a public conversation taking place on Wednesday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. in SOM 501. For more information about her visit to Simmons, please contact

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Join Us For A Panel Discussion and Screening of "Pray The Devil Back To Hell"

April 1, 2014

Join panelists Benjamin R. Cole, Dan Honig, Makeda Kamara and Benjamin J. Spatz for a special screening and panel discussion of Abigail Disney's Pray the Devil Back to Hell on April 7th at 6:30pm.

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Simmons College to Host "Healing the HeART" in Remembrance of Boston Marathon Tragedy

March 31, 2014

On April 15, 2014 at 6pm in the Linda K. Paresky Center, members of the New England Philharmonic, the Colleges of the Fenway Chorus and COF Jazz Band Combo, and various Simmons College performative groups will come together for a community celebration through the healing power of art and music in remembrance of the Boston Marathon Tragedy.

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Join Us For A Celebration of Kingsley Tufts Award Winner Afaa Michael Weaver

March 29, 2014

Join us on April 14th at 4:30pm in the Trustman Art Gallery as we celebrate Professor Afaa Michael Weaver's win of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press).

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Mary Ellen Iskenderian Presents "There's Nothing Micro about One Billion Women"

March 3, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25th at 5:00pm, Mary Ellen Iskenderian will present the Spring Warburg Lecture, There's Nothing Micro about One Billion Women.

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A Memory of Nelson Mandela

December 9, 2013

Warburg Professor of International Relations, Ambassador Mark Bellamy (ret.) shares a memory of Nelson Mandela and reflects upon his time in South Africa during the early 1990's.

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The Green Chemistry Commitment is a 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Finalist

October 23, 2013

Simmons College is one of the co-developers and original signatories of The Green Chemistry Commitment, which has been named one of five 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Finalists.

The Green Chemistry Commitment is an initiative to transform chemistry education, led in part by Associate Professor and Department Chair Rich Gurney, who is on the Advisory Board.

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Join Us for the New England Philharmonic's "Dreams and Legends" at the Tsai Performance Center

October 22, 2013

Join us on Saturday, October 26th at 8pm at the Tsai Performance Center for the New England Philharmonic's performance Dreams and Legends. Simmons students, faculty and staff can attend free with Simmons ID.

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StreetSafe Boston and Mothers for Justice and Equality Speak to Simmons Students

October 18, 2013

On October 16th, Simmons World Challenge (SWC) Coordinator Ben Cole and SWC faculty Hugo Kamya and Kathy Wisser welcomed representatives from StreetSafe Boston and Mothers for Justice and Equality to discuss the realities of urban and gang violence in Boston.

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Martín Espada and Lauren Schmidt Reading A Successful Close As Afaa Michael Weaver Transitions to Director Emeritus of ZNH

October 17, 2013

On October 16th, Martín Espada (The Trouble Ball) and Lauren Schmidt (Two Black Eyes and A Patch of Hair Missing) read to a packed Trustman Gallery.

The reading was the last programmed event for Founder and soon-to-be Emeritus Director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center, Professor Afaa Michael Weaver.

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Simmons College Student Wins Top Undergraduate Prize at 15th Annual TECHCON Conference

October 15, 2013

Simmons College student Kris McDonough (B.S. Chemistry and Physics, '13) took first prize in the Undergraduate Research Competition at the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) 15th Annual TECHCON conference held in Austin, Texas.

McDonough presented his research, "Evaluation of the Photodimerization of 4 Vinyl Thymine Ammonium Chloride Polymers and Copolymers Induced by Ultraviolet Light," under the direction of Debora Martino, Rich Gurney & Nancy Lee. His impressive work garnered the Intel provided Lenovo Yoga top prize. Nina Chen (Chemistry, '15) also attended the conference.

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Professor Marlene Fine Publishes "The Interracial Adoption Option"

October 12, 2013

Professor Marlene Fine and spouse Fern L. Johnson have co-written The Interracial Adoption Option, which was published this August by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

"The book is the personal story [of adopting their sons] but it's not an autobiographical book," Fine said. The book is meant to help parents who are thinking about the decision to adopt a child of a different race.

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Applications for the 2014 Simmons World Challenge Are Now Available

September 23, 2013

Applications for the 2014 Simmons World Challenge are now available!

Simmons World Challenge (SWC) is a program exclusively for sophomores and is designed to empower students with the knowledge and skill set necessary to tackle social problems facing local, national and global communities. This is a student-led experience where you will work in teams, with support from faculty, community partners and special guests, to collaboratively design an actionable solution to a pressing social issue.

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Simmons Co-Sponsors the 2013 ICSD Conference in Kampala, Uganda

September 16, 2013

The International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) held its 18th Biennial Conference in Kampala, Uganda this summer. The conference, co-hosted by Simmons College and Makerere University in Kampala, was attended by twelve Simmons students and five faculty members, including Assistant Professor Benjamin R. Cole from the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor Hugo Kamya of the School of Social Work, who co-chaired the conference.

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Activist and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Martín Espada To Read At Simmons College

September 11, 2013

On the eve of the Mass Book Awards, poet and activist Martín Espada will read from his book, The Trouble Ball on October 16th at 6:00pm in the Trustman Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

The Trouble Ball is described as a collection that "crosses the borderlands of epiphany and blasphemy." Included in the work are poems that pay homage to the tomb of Frederick Douglass, explore the color barrier in baseball, and question what it means for a person to be "illegal."

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Join Us for "Is Law School Still Relevant? Simmons Alumnae Count the Ways"

September 9, 2013

Join us on Wednesday, September 25th, to hear how law school changed the lives and careers of several successful Simmons alumnae. Refreshments will be served. All undergraduates and alumnae/i are welcome. 

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Around Campus: MFA's Hippie Chic Exhibit Open Until November 11

September 9, 2013

The Museum of Fine Arts hosts Hippie Chic until November 11, 2013. Hippie Chic explores how the cultural revolution of the 1960's insects with fashion -- eschewing the trend-makers on the runways and instead looking to the youth on the street for inspiration.

Simmons College is affiliated with the University Membership Program at the MFA. Students receive free admission to all of the MFA's exhibits with their college ID.

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Lecturer Kate Larson Featured As Harriet Tubman Expert in New Documentary

May 15, 2013

History Lecturer Kate Larson was filmed as "the world's expert on Harriet Tubman" for Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s documentary, Many Rivers To Cross.

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Assistant Professor Benjamin R. Cole Joins Scholars In Taiwan

May 7, 2013

Assistant Professor Benjamin R. Cole is one of a small group of scholars picked to spend a week in Taiwan through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China.

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Simmons Sends Three Teams to Clinton Global Initiative University Conference

April 30, 2013

Associate Professor Mindell Nitkin led three teams of Simmons students to the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference in St. Louis.

In order to attend the conference, attendees must make a Commitment to Action in either Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, or Public Health.

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Letter From Dean Renée White In Response To The Marathon Bombings

April 18, 2013

Participating in the community gathering on Wednesday in Common Grounds, I was reminded of a central truth: Simmons is a community ready to be introspective, offer support, remain inclusive, and work through challenges. I have witnessed all of those traits and more since the tragic bombing on Monday. I have seen Simmons students, faculty, and staff build a circle of protection, support and care around each other. Even as we push through sadness, it is heartening to know that we are in such a community.

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Professor Kirk James Beattie Awarded Fulbright to Study in Egypt

April 15, 2013

Chair of the Political Science and International Relations Department, Professor Kirk Beattie has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to examine the impact that different educational tracks have on an Egyptian student's later political involvement.

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Sociology Lecturer Shelley White and Dean Renée White Attend the First US We Day

April 4, 2013

Lecturer of Sociology Shelley White and Dean Renée White attended the first We Day in the United States on March 27th. "[We Day] is to create the spark…get students pumped up about being the change-makers," said Shelley White.

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Economics Department Hosts 13th Annual Student-Alumnae Networking Dinner

March 22, 2013

On March 21, 2013, the Economics Department welcomed 43 alumnae and 35 students to the 13th annual Economics Student-Alumnae Networking Dinner. Attendees came from diverse fields of expertise, including entrepreneurship, management consulting, investment finance, banking, law, nonprofit development and government administration.

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Simmons College Radio Wins "Most Creative Show" at IBS International Radio and Webcasting Conference

March 20, 2013

Simmons College Radio was recognized nationally at the 73rd Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) International Radio & Webcasting Conference with three awards, including "Most Creative Show."

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Associate Professor Judith Aronson's Photo Included in the National Portrait Gallery

March 2, 2013

Associate Professor Judith Aronson's photograph of Robert Lowell has been included in the exhibition "Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets" at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian.

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Renée Bergland's Philosophies of Sex Reframes Discussion of 19th Century Literature

February 15, 2013

English Professor and Hazel Dick Leonard Chair Renée Bergland has co-edited a new anthology of critical work on the "lost" manuscript of Julia Ward Howe entitled Philosophies of Sex: Critical Essays on The Hermaphrodite.

Many are familiar with Julia Ward Howe as the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and inventor of Mother's Day. But a previously unpublished manuscript — The Hermaphrodite — changes the way that nineteenth century literary scholars can look at Howe.

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Senior Lecturer Edie Bresler Awarded Spring Residency at Boston Center for the Arts

January 10, 2013

Senior Lecturer Edie Bresler has been awarded a Spring Artist Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) for her project Exchange Economies.

Exchange Economies explores the relationship between how value is set and what that actually means. While in residency, Bresler will roam the neighborhoods around the BCA and ask strangers if they'd be willing to sit for a portrait. Photos will be taken using everything from a 19th century view camera to an iPhone, and participants will receive a voucher that can be exchanged for any of the portraits on display during a BCA community day.

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