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The Annual Dr. Donald H. Smith Distinguished Lecture

Baruch College has sponsored an annual distinguished lecture in honor of Dr. Donald H. Smith, a former associate provost and professor emeritus of education, for the past twelve years. CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and former Baruch College Provost Lois Cronholm created the series in honor of Dr. Smith, who was a past president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and a passionate advocate of providing access to schooling for people in underserved communities. The lecture is funded by a multicultural grant from the Office of the Provost. Invited scholars generally specialize in aspects of African or African American history and culture.

Traditionally, Baruch College has scheduled the Smith Lecture during Black History Month in February. More recently, the event has been held in either late November or early December.

Read about the 2005 lecture at