Women, Gender and Representation

General

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Program Description

Important COVID-19 update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith College on-campus programs have been cancelled for the 2020 summer season to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff. Please visit our website or connect with us on social media (@summeratsmith) to be in touch. We wish you wellness and peace at this time and hope to hear from you during our 2021 application season.

Smith College and the surrounding area are home to unparalleled collections and cultural heritage institutions that offer an immersive experience in women's history.

During your time at Smith, we will explore women's lives through archival research, visits to local museums and tours of historic sites. With a focus on women and social change, you will be introduced to women who have altered the course of American history through reform, mobilization, cultural interventions and outright rebellion.

Curriculum

In Smith's special collections we will look at the letters, diaries, photographs, and manifestos that chronicle personal and political revolutions over the past 150 years. We will get to know the first generation of college women through the institutional archives of Smith and Mt. Holyoke. And we will explore feminist art in the Smith College Museum of Art.

In neighboring Amherst, we will immerse ourselves in the world and poetry of Emily Dickinson. In the nearby village of Florence, we will learn about the abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth. We may also travel further afield to Boston, Hyde Park, or Seneca Falls to dig deep into the history of women and politics.

Through field trips, walking tours and primary research, we'll gather insights about women who've made a difference—what inspired their passion and dedication to women's equality, and how their words and actions changed the possibilities for women. You'll get a chance to play historian, discover a new role model or two, and find out more about what matters to you and what you can do about it.

Our Faculty

Jennifer DeClue

Jennifer DeClue is an assistant professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. She moved to Western Massachusetts from Los Angeles two years ago and thoroughly enjoys all of the seasons. She is a filmmaker as well as a professor and is excited to begin making documentary films from her now hometown, Northampton.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Smith College Precollege Programs welcomes international students each year from around the world into our programs. You'll find that our small classes, similar to the undergraduate experience at Smit ... Read More

Smith College Precollege Programs welcomes international students each year from around the world into our programs. You'll find that our small classes, similar to the undergraduate experience at Smith, offer exceptional learning in an environment where women are taken seriously and inspired to excel as leaders. Smith is located in the northeastern region of the United States, an area with some of the highest concentrations of international students anywhere in the country. Read less