Visualizing Russian Feminism


From December 9-15, 2016, the KnowledgeLab hosted Visualizing Russian Feminism, a multimedia exhibition created by students as a culminating project for RES 236, Contemporary Russian Women Writers, taught by Hilary Fink.


With features of propaganda posters and other printed images, video clips, writing, and a slideshow of Russian feminist photography, the exhibition showcased artistic expressions of female identity in Russia from the early revolutionary days of the Bolsheviks to the twenty-first century.


Thank you to everyone who attended the exhibit!


This project was funded through a KnowledgeLab mini-grant. Mini-grants are available to all Smith students, faculty, classes, and student orgs for projects relating to the themes of knowledge creation, knowledge sharing, and the future of libraries and campus learning spaces, including pop-up installations, events, and more. To learn more, visit

About the Author:

Kim Lu is a senior at Smith College, majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. She is a Libraries Project Assistant for Neilson Library.


Undesign the Redline exhibit coming to the KnowledgeLab February 3- March 9


RSVP to hold a class or group discussion at the Knowledelab.

Starting on February 3, 2017, the Undesign the Redline exhibit will be featured in Neilson Library’s KnowledgeLab. This interactive exhibit “invites participants to learn the history, interact with the stories and invent the future of undoing structural inequities.” The installation includes historical Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) maps, an in-depth timeline, and stories from those affected by redlining,  a set of real-estate practices and related federal policies that were used to discriminate against people of color and immigrants in the mid-twentieth century.

Special events:

  • February 8th – A talk given by historian Nathan Connolly, author of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida and consultant to the Mapping Inequality Project. Sponsored by the History Department and the Lecture Committee and co-sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs and Africana Studies.
  • February 16th – A panel about Race and Place featuring Designing the WE partners Gregory Jost and April De Simone, in conversation with Joseph Krupczynski, Director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning at UMass Amherst and Associate Professor of Architecture at UMass Amherst, Serin Houston, Asst. Prof. Geography and International Relations at Mt. Holyoke College and author of the forthcoming book Making Place in Seattle: The Challenges of Creativity, Sustainability, and Social Justice, and Chris Gilliard, Professor of English at Macomb Community College, author of “Digital Redlining, Access, and Privacy” – pending Lecture Committee support.
  • Tours, talks, screenings, performances, and more. For more information, contact Digital Scholarship Librarian – Miriam Neptune, To schedule a group visit, please complete the RSVP form.

This event is co-sponsored by: Smith Libraries, the Center for Design Thinking, the Wurtele Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of History, and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender.