A collection of songs lyrics they from the early days of the school to celebrate its 65th Anniversary in 1983.
‘I am the Dean’ starts out with a tribute to Dean Katherine Gabel in her final year as dean. Dean Gable comes into the skit part way through. She looks back and captures a lot of the spirit of student life in the 1980s through humorous (and fictional) statistics.
The 1989 B program skit gives a sense of a day in the life of a student. The B program was a one year MSW for people who had had at least three years of supervised clinical experience prior to coming to Smith. The days at Smith for A and B students were very busy, but the B programs surely packed a lot in 15 months of study.
This 1989 Smith College School for Social Work skit was a tribute to the national AIDS Quilt effort to remember and show love for those who died of AIDS and to raise awareness of the need for services for persons with HIV+ and AIDs.
Stress and burnout is not a new concern for SSW students. From the very first days, SSW professors who were also psychiatrists and psychologists sometimes served as therapists for students. By the 1980s, though, faculty and therapists had been separated into two different offices.
In this 1983 essay, delivered as a speech at the 65th SSW Anniversary, Dean Ann Hartman, M.S.S. 1954, examined assumptions and implications with regard to world view and epistemologies. She offered the claim by Carol Gilligan in her book, In A Different Voice that women have a different way of thinking than men and asked what the implications are of that insight.
In her oral history about attending SSW in the mid 1980s, Joanne Frustaci said “the racism course” was a standard part of the curriculum and, in her experience, the only class during which race was discussed. How does her experience fit into the history of the SSW curriculum? Explore this page to find out!
Significant changes instituted by Ann Hartman soon after she became dean in 1986 brought the attention of students on campus, of the Northampton Community and of alumni spread around the world.