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This calendar lists each week's notable events with a focus on sustainability and its economic, social and environmental components. To get your event added, contact Joanne Benkley, assistant director, CEEDS. To have information about your event or activity sent to all campus email accounts, submit it to eDigest.

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March 21-27

March 28- Apr 3

April 4-10

Featured Event

Farmland and Fortification: Continuity and Change in the Native American Cultural Landscape
March 26, 2013
Part of the Environmental Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge Lecture Series. A talk by Elizabeth S. Chilton, professor of Anthropology at UMASS Amherst, on the rich archaeological record of Native American land use and history in Deerfield, MA. Tea and refreshments will be served.
Campus Center, 103/104
4:30 pm

Events at Smith

“Cutting-Edge Research and the Art of Nanotech” Film Screening
March 25, 2013
Ingo Johannsen, from Hamburg's Institute for Technology, presents “Cutting-Edge Research and the Art of Nanotech”. Mr. Johannsen will show and discuss his clever short video that won a prize in October 2012. Lunch will be provided.
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Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Black Faces, White Spaces: African-Americans and the Great Outdoors
March 25, 2013
Lecture presented by Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California-Berkeley. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

“Technology and Self-Representation: Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Media, 1888 - 1914”
March 25, 2013
Margarethe Jarchow, professor and art historian at Hamburg's Institute for Technology, presents “Technology and Self-Representation: Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Media, 1888 - 1914.” Margarethe is the founder of the research group on Art and Technology.
Seelye 201
4:30 pm

Green team- Fossil Fuel Divestment Committee meeting
March 26, 2013
Can't make it to our lunchtime Green team meetings but want to make a difference in the future of our planet? One way we are working to fight climate change is by trying to get Smith to divest its endowment investments from the fossil fuel industry. We'd love your help! All welcome.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability
6:30 pm

“The Fusion of Art and Technology into Research: Technology in Dystopia and the Power of Materials”
March 27, 2013
Marthe Kretzschmar and Dominik Orth, members of a research group on Art and Technology at Hamburg's Institute for Technology, present “The Fusion of Art and Technology into Research: Technology in Dystopia and the Power of Materials.” Lunch will be provided.
Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Walkable Town Centers Workshop
March 22, 2013
Please join us to learn how we can transform Hampshire County village and city areas for greater walkability. Presenters will include Wendy Landman, WalkBoston; Jason Schrieber, Nelson/Nygaard; Steve Cecil, The Cecil Group. Workshop is free, but registration is required. To RSVP email scairn@collaborative.org
97 Hawley Street, Northampton
9:15 am to 12:30 pm

Eric Toensmeir: "Paradise Lot"
March 27, 2013
In Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, Eric Toensmeir tells the story of how he transformed a barren urban lot into an edible paradise. This case study of permaculture design and edible landscaping follows the nine years it took to develop the site, which now features over forty species of fruit and seventy perennial edible leaves on a tenth of an acre. Besides authoring Paradise Lot (which features contributions by Jonathan Bates), Toensmeier wrote the award-winning Perennial Vegetables and co-authored Edible Forest Gardens. He will sign copies of Paradise Lot following his reading.
Gamble Auditorium, Art Museum, Mount Holyoke
7:00 pm

Reading and Book Signing with Eric Toensmeier,
March 27, 2013
author of Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, which explains the principles and practice of permaculture and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process.
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
7:00 pm

Featured Event

Liquid Futures: Sustainable Design in a Globalized Setting
April 2, 2013
Interdisciplinary event with artists and designers from The Netherlands, Italy, the Five Colleges, and the local region. At the Smith Conference Center: panel discussion 2-4 p.m.; reception with low water footprint buffet, River of Words Art, and water-themed music 4-5 p.m.. At 205 Hillyer: Film Screening of "Tambien La Lluvia" (2010) by Iciar Bollain, 7-9 p.m. This is a low carbon footprint event. If you are able, walk, cycle, or take public transport to the venue. For pedicab ride from JMG bus stop, e-mail nrothmueller@smith.edu.
Smith Conference Center
2:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Events at Smith

Film screening and discussion: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
March 28, 2013
We hope you will join us for the first PVGrows “Race and the Food System” working group event. In this session, we hope to provide participants with a better understanding of the internal biases, social determinants, and structural powers that inform racism in the United States. The event is open to anyone interested in creating a healthier Pioneer Valley food system, regardless of her or his familiarity with racial justice frameworks. Facilitated by: Kamilah Weeks (PVGrows, CISA, Smith College) & Anne Richmond (Gardening the Community, Undoing Racism Organizing Collective)
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CEEDS, Wright Hall
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Panel on the Art and Design Industry
March 28, 2013
earn about the panelists' career paths and hear their advice on getting started on your own career trajectory in the art and design industry. Alumnae panelists include Michelle Babyok '98, exhibit designer; Cassandra Holden '12, custom clothing designer; Donna Abelli '98, design & marketing strategist; Kate Cholakis '10, landscape designer; Mollie Babize '69, land use planner; and Scout Cuomo '06, multimedia designer/artist. Pizza will be served 5-6 p.m. in Hillyer Lounge for the first 20 students.
Graham Hall, Hillyer
6:00 pm

Earth Week Planning Meeting
March 28, 2013
Are you in an org/club that wants to host an event during Earth Week? Are you a student interested in teaching your peers about something green? Are you good at organizing events and want to have fun? Then come to the Earth Week planning meeting.
CEEDS, Wright Hall
7:00 pm

Star Gazing
March 28, 2013
The astronomy department is holding an open house on Thursday, March 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m. View stars, galaxies, and planets through the telescopes at the observatory on the McConnell Hall roof. All are welcome. Dress warmly. Contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, x3935) with any questions or special needs.
McConnell Roof Observatory
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Maverick Impossible: James Rose and the Modern American
April 1, 2013
lecture given by Dean Cardasis, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Rutgers University; Director James Rose Center for Landscape Architecture Research and Design, Leverett, MA. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Green Team meeting!
April 2, 2013
Green Team is Smith's student-led coalition dedicated to fostering sustainability at Smith. Green Team meets every other Tuesday in CEEDS, which is on the garden-level of Wright Hall. Bring your lunch and join us! All members of the Smith Community are welcome.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability
12:00 pm

Green team- Fossil Fuel Divestment Committee meeting
April 2, 2013
Can't make it to our lunchtime Green team meetings but want to make a difference in the future of our planet? One way we are working to fight climate change is by trying to get Smith to divest its endowment investments from the fossil fuel industry. We'd love your help! All welcome.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability
6:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Merging Art and Nature in Designed Landscapes: Lecture
March 28, 2013
Darrel Morrison, FASLA, is a long-time advocate of using native vegetation and natural processes in designing landscapes.His lecture on Merging Art and Nature in Designed Landscapes is sponsored by The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, along with co-sponsor Library of American Landscape History. Light refreshments will be served. This is a free and public event.
UMASS Amherst, Procopio Room, 105 Hill North.
4:00 pm

Northampton Winter Farmer's Market
March 30, 2013
Local music, food, and your community.
Basement of Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main Street
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

People and Plants: Illustrations by Blanche Cybele Derby
April 1, 2013
Forbes Library will be displaying illustrations by Blanche Cybele Derby from April 1st to April 30th. There will be a reception on April 6th, 2-4pm. Gallery Hours: Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.
Hosmer Galley, Forbes Library, Northampton

Lecture: Silent Spring and the Gift of Good Land
April 2, 2013
Craig Nicolson presents "Silent Spring and the Gift of Good Land." The talk places two authors in conversation, he says, comparing the far-reaching impact of Rachel Carson's 1962 book "Silent Spring" with the essays of author-farmer-novelist Wendell Berry, whose "influence is very significant, but not nearly as widely known."
Campus Center Auditorium, UMASS Amherst
6:30 pm

Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects
April 3, 2013
Part of the Spring 2013 Architecture Through Film Series. Vincent Scully is an art historian who has influenced architecture for years. This film explores his life and considers the connections between his love of art, literature, and architecture. The film will be followed by discussion. Free and open to the public.
Room 113, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College
6:30 pm

Events at Smith

Permaculture at UMass-Amherst
April 8, 2013
with Helena Farrell, MLA Ecological Landscape Planning & Design, Regenerative Design Group, Greenfield, MA. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Green team- Fossil Fuel Divestment Committee meeting
April 9, 2013
Can't make it to our lunchtime Green team meetings but want to make a difference in the future of our planet? One way we are working to fight climate change is by trying to get Smith to divest its endowment investments from the fossil fuel industry. We'd love your help! All welcome.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability
6:30 pm

Events Off Campus

People and Plants: Illustrations by Blanche Cybele Derby
April 4, 2013
Forbes Library will be displaying illustrations by Blanche Cybele Derby from April 1st to April 30th. There will be a reception on April 6th, 2-4pm. Gallery Hours: Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.
Hosmer Galley, Forbes Library, Northampton

Workshop: Thinking Critically About Knowledge, Power and Food Activism
April 8, 2013
A Half-Day Workshop with Panels, a Light Meal, and Lively Conversation Food activists broadly agree that there is an intimate relationship between the political system of corporate capitalism and the dominant forms that agriculture and food distribution take in the contemporary United States, which are characterized by monoculture, reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and glaring inequities in access to nutritious foods. If problematic political systems produce unsustainable and inequitable agriculture and food systems, what are the alternatives? Can changes in political and social relations produce better agricultural practices and access to food? And from the other direction, might novel approaches to farming and food distribution actually foster more democratic and equitable social relationships? This workshop will offer presentations from local scholars and activists engaged in answering such questions using cases from afar and from right here at home.
Cape Cod Lounge, UMASS Amherst Campus Center
10:00 am to 1:30 pm

2nd Annual MA Student Sustainability Roundtalbe
April 9, 2013
Join students from colleges and universities across the state sharing the work they have been doing in collaboration with faculty, staff and administration to increase campus sustainability! Welcome address by Hampshire President Jonathan Lash (former Director of World Resources Institute) Interactive Student Poster Presentations Discussion of Proposals from the Five College Blue Sky Brainstorm Networking Opportunities Internships and Resource Table Keynote Speaker: Kevin Doyle, President of Green Economy Tour of Div III Student Nara Williamsʼ On-Campus Tiny House Organized by: MA Schools Sustainability Coordinators Roundtable (MSSCOR), Second Nature, and Hampshire College Contact Rick Reibstein (rick.reibstein@state.ma.us) or Beth Hooker (bhooker@hampshire.edu) for additional information.
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Red Barn, Hampshire College
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Public and Private Ethics of Climate Change
April 10, 2013
with John Broome, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Part of the lecture series "Climate, Nature and the Frontiers of Ethics" organized by the Amherst College department of philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, Amherst College
4:30 pm