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We Wield the Hammer

In the Making: We Wield the Hammer

Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Live streamed from NBSS
Free event

While training with a master goldsmith in Senegal, Karen Smith was greeted daily by a young girl who would come to watch them at work. The girl had never seen a woman do this kind of trade and was mesmerized. This life-changing experience led Karen to wonder how she could create greater representation for young girls and women in the field.

Enter We Wield the Hammer (WWTH), which Karen founded to offer young women of African descent opportunities for artistic equity, economic empowerment, and access to a vocation through metalsmithing. The field is traditionally unavailable to women and girls, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds both In the U.S. and abroad. WWTH exists to identify, train, track, and support these women in their paths, most of whom might not have otherwise chosen such a career.

Join us in conversation with Karen and our own Ann Cahoon JM '02, Jewelry Making & Repair Department Head. Together they'll discuss WWTH's important mission and work.


This conversation is part of In the Making, a public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more about In the Making, and view a full list of participants, at the series homepage here.