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03/31/2015 Digest


Retirement Party for Janet Hukowicz , Wednesday, April 1, 2:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Join us in honoring Janet Hukowicz as she retires from Information Technology Services after 41 and a half years of service to Smith. All are welcome.

Hands-On Banner Finance Training, Monday, April 6, 2:30-4 p.m., Seelye B-2, Computer Lab

This course offered by Smith accounting staff is an introduction to Banner Finance and is intended for new-to-Banner users, or staff who have shifted job duties and need a review of Banner Finance navigation. Space is limited. Register for the class by emailing Elizabeth Britt at ebritt@smith.edu.

Apply Now: Be an Orientation Leader for Fall 2015

Orientation Leader applications are now available for the Fall 2015 Orientation. Becoming an Orientation Leader is an excellent way to connect with incoming Smithies, gain leadership experience, and meet new people. No program planning experience necessary and all first-years, sophomores, and juniors are welcome to apply. To learn more and/or apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/firstyear/orientation_leaders.php

Fulbright Fellowship Seeking Superb Smithies from All Academic Disciplines

Spend a fulfilling year building bridges to cross-cultural understanding in one of 155 countries as a jump-start to your post-baccalaureate life. Fulbrighters from all fields of study conduct research or teach English in schools and universities, and get involved in their host communities through service projects, sports and cultural endeavors. Juniors and sophomores (U.S. citizen with 3.4+ GPA) register your interest in applying now by answering Enquiry Questions at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/intro.php. Get up to speed on how you can join Smith's winning tradition at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php.

Senior Class Wine & Cheese, Thursday, April 2, 8-9:30 p.m., Alumnae House

Smith Seniors are invited to a free Wine & Cheese gathering. This event will celebrate the Class of 2015 and give Seniors the opportunity to connect with faculty members and learn more about this year's Senior Giving Campaign. There will also be a drawing to win two pairs of Senior Ball tickets. Please bring a photo ID with date of birth--we'll be carding--and a few dollars to throw into the Senior Campaign "tip jar" as your gift. For more information, contact Katie Averill in the Smith Fund at kaverill@smith.edu.

Field Station Saturday, Saturday, April 4, 1-4:30 p.m.

Want to get off campus? Come visit MacLeish Field Station. You can explore the five miles of trails, check out the one-acre vernal pool, or stay cozy in the building with a cup of tea. It's a great place to study or relax--and there's a collection of board games. The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and return to campus by 4:30 p.m. Space is limited. To sign up, visit http://goo.gl/nhrVZF. For more information, contact ewald@smith.edu.

Smith To Do: Wrap Bangles, Saturday, April 4, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Stay on trend this season by making your own wrap bangles. Stop by to make your own.

Computer Science Major and Minor , Tuesday, March 31, Noon, Ford Hall Atrium

The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the department, the major and minor requirements, upcoming department events, teaching assistant positions, and the classes being offered in the fall semester. Chinese food will be served.

Education Major and Minor, Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Seelye 101

Regardless of major, anyone interested in preparing to teach should attend this meeting.

Study of Women and Gender Major and Minor, Tuesday, March 31, Noon, Seelye 207

Information concerning the major and study abroad options will be discussed. Come and meet our faculty and students. Lunch served for first 25.

Education Major/Minor, Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Seelye 101

Regardless of major, anyone interested in preparing to teach should attend this meeting.

Physics Major, Wednesday, April 1, 4-5 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Meet the department, come see the fun demos, learn about the major in physics, the opportunities as well as the many career paths from physics. On the same day at 5 p .m. students interested in learning more about the faculty research can get a guided tour of our research labs. Ice cream sundaes will be served.

Community Engagement & Social Change Concentration, Wednesday, April 1, 12:15-1 p.m., Wright 013, Lower Level

Combine any area of academic study with social justice and community work through the Community Engagement and Social Change concentration. Pizza will be provided.

Geosciences Major, Thursday, April 2, Noon-1 p.m., Sabin-Reed 103

Lunch will be provided.

Arabic and Hebrew Languages, Friday, April 3, Noon, Campus Center 102

Information about the Arabic and Hebrew language programs at Smith. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

'Cyborg Buddha' Lecture Series Continues, Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Contemplative Sensors and the Democratization of Contemplative Practice, with Muse: the Brain Sensing Headband", a lecture and demonstration by Ariel Garten, CEO, InteraXon, and Michael Apollo, mindfulness instructor, University of Toronto. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and the Department of Religion.

El 'Amor Liquido' en la Narrativa Breve de Quim Monzó, Wednesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

A lecture in Spanish by Professor Marta E. Altisent of the University of California/Davis. Quim Monzó’s stories shed light on the impasse political corruption, economic disenchantment, and nationalist self-doubt have created in Catalonia. His mood is melancholic, perhaps dictated by the disappearance of the warmer, more communally centered Barcelona of his youth, a city that was less transparent and globalized. One of the greatest Catalan prose writers of the twentieth century, Quim Monzó’s journalistic, narrative oeuvre embodies the modernization of Catalan letters. Monzó speaks to us in a universal literary idiom that brings Catalan culture into the twenty-first Century.

La 'Sécurisation des Frontieres' dans les enclaves de Ceuta et Melilla, Wednesday, April 1, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center welcomes Mustapha Machrafi, Fulbright scholar and Professor at the African Studies Institute, University of Mohamed V- Souissi--Rabati. His Fulbright project is entitled "Governance of Immigration: A Comparative Study of the American and Moroccan Immigration Policies". His lecture will discuss the immigration and movement of Sub-Saharan Africans in the Melilla and Ceuta Enclaves and its impact on immigration politics in Morocco. The lecture will be held in French. For more globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture , Thursday, April 2, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Elizabeth Schmidt, professor of history, Loyola University, Maryland, will give this year's Frank and Lois Green Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture. Her talk is titled "Cold War and Decolonization in Africa: The Uneasy Meeting of East, West, and North in the Global South." Sponsored by the Department of History.

Cancelled: Shirin Nezammafi Lecture 'The Encounters and Possibilities of Cross-Border Literature', Thursday, April 2, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

The April 2 lecture by author Shirin Nezammafi has been cancelled.

Guest Lecture on Korea, Friday, April 3, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 301

Sinwoo Lee, visiting lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA, will give a lecture on "Blurring Boundaries: The Issue of Mixed Residence in Seoul: 1876-1910." Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies. Open to the public.

Five College Disability Studies Conference, April 3 and 4, all day

Five College Disability Studies Conference organized by Smith College Disability Alliance will offer Workshops throughout the day beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday and from 10-11:30 a.m. and 3:15-3:45 p.m. on Saturday. Sessions held at several locations in Seelye Hall both days. Keynote speaker will be author and performer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, who will read from her new book "Body Map" in Weinstein Auditorium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. Open to the entire Five College community. This is a scent-free event. Contact dsa@smith.edu for more information.

Neilson Lecture: 'Bad Girls and Gender Trouble in the 13th-Century Mediterranean' , Monday, April 6, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Neilson Professor Sahar Amer will focus on the life and legacy of Shajarrat al-Durr, the first woman sultan of Egypt, and the ruler responsible for the defeat of Saint Louis during the 7th crusade. This is the third and final lecture in the 2015 Neilson Professor Lecture series, "Gender, Justice and the Arab World." Neilson Professor Sahar Amer is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Free and open to the public; refreshments provided.

'A Feminist Biological Perspective on Ovarian Follicular Dynamics', Monday, April 6, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Kathryn Clancy, assistant professor of anthropology, University of Illinois. Part of the Spring 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

A Conversation with Janet Mock, Monday, April 6, 7 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Writer, cultural commentator and transgender rights activist Janet Mock is the author of the bestseller "Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More." She hosts "So POPular!" on MSNBC's Shift network and serves as a contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine. The conversation will be moderated by Kevin Quashie, Professor of African American Studies. The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Book signing to follow.

Global Salon: Language Revitalization—Working with the Last Mojave Speakers, Tuesday, April 7, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Natalie Diaz, an award winning Mojave-American poet and member of the Gila River Indian Community. Diaz works with the last native speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program at Fort Mojave. Diaz will discuss her experiences with this program and the importance of reviving and enriching endangered Native American languages with the intent of preserving precious native culture. For more globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

'Gender and Neoliberalism: The All-India Democratic Women's Association and Globalization Politics', Thursday, April 9, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Elisabeth Armstrong, professor of the study of women and gender and author of "Gender and Neoliberalism: The All India Democratic Women's Association and Globalization Politics," and Payal Banerjee, assistant professor of sociology. Armstrong's book focuses on the response of the All India Democratic Women's Association to the growing neoliberal policies in India between 1991 and 2006. By organizing women most vulnerable to these policies, the AIDWA built its socialist, opposition strength. For more globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

Screening of 'Food Chains: The Revolution in America's Fields' , Tuesday, March 31, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 107

In support of National Farmworker Awareness Week, The SGA Sustainability Committee and Real Food Challenge (RFC) is screening Food Chains: The Revolution in America's Fields. "Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger â?? earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this."

'Light Distance Wave': Poetry and Performance by Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Tuesday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Light Distance Wave explores the psychological impact of human movement and environmental change through the motifs of light, memory and landscape. Drawing from East Asian shamanic and Western contemporary dance forms, author, teacher and poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee will weave narratives of family and national histories with environmental studies and astrophysic rhetorics to suggest the fragility and tenaciousness of life. Sponsored by the Smith College Departments of Art, Dance and English Language and Literature; the Programs in American Studies and East Asian Studies; the Poetry Center, the Lecture Committee, and the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program.

Master Class: 'The Female Voice Through the Lifetime—Profound at Every Age' , Tuesday, March 31, 4 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Illustrious mezzo-soprano and vocal pedagogue, Karen Brunssen will discuss the female voice and present her own research, which details nuances of the voice from three months to 103. Free and open to the public.

Brazilian Film Series: 'Moro no Brasil' ('I Live in Brazil'), Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Journeying through Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and Pernambuco, Mika Kaurismaki's 2002 documentary presents a richly textured and passionately inspired portrait of traditional and contemporary music and performance cultures in Brazil, from samba, forro and frevo, to funk and hip-hop. Kaurismaki, an award-winning Finnish documentary and feature filmmaker, brings to the screen interviews and performances by more than forty musicians--young and old, professional and amateur, famous and unknown alike --as a sort of open love letter to his adopted home. This film is in Portuguese with English Subtitles. Free and open to the public.

Reception for 'In Pursuit' - A Senior Art Exhibition , Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

On display are works by Smith seniors Cora Lee Drew, Shannon Johnson, Ellen Monroe, Caryn Moon, Diana Mutino and Jamie Williams. Show runs March 30 - April 6.

Senior Dance Concert, Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Nine choreographers present new work as the finale of their undergraduate education. This concert, hosted by the Smith College Department of Dance, features original choreography by Lily Altreuter, Jessica Goudreault, Hannah Klales, Aleah Lazar, Twyla Marr, Jessie Owens, Sophie Steinberger, Danielle Tekut and Molly Tupper. $10 General, $5 Students and seniors. Call (413) 585-3220 for tickets.

SEC Films Presents 'Into the Woods', Friday & Saturday, April 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join SEC for a free movie screening of Into the Woods on Friday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 4th. Both screenings are at 7:30 PM in Weinstein Auditorium. Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

'Student Picks' Exhibition by Niyati Dave '15, Friday, April 3, Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

In "Camera Exotica: Cliches, Counter-Narratives and Cultural Clashes" curated by Niyati Dave '15, colonialist images are set side by side with contemporary works that confront narratives of race, empire and the Other. Featuring art by Willie Cole, Kara Walker, Saira Wasim, and more. Don't miss this one-day show.

Poetry Reading and Q&A: Natalie Diaz and H.S. Poetry Prize Winners, Tuesday, April 7

Natalie Diaz writes with a "dancer's grace and a mechanic's oil-stained hands" (The Rumpus). Pima and Mojave, and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community, she played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to the states for graduate work in poetry. Her debut collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, chronicles life on the reservation with tenderness, anger, and rhythmic tenacity. At 4 p.m. Q&A in the Poetry Center open to the Smith community. At 7:30 p.m. reading features our H.S. Prize Winner and Finalists alongside Diaz in Neilson Browsing Room. Reading free and open to the public.

New Playreading Series Presents Henrik Ibsen in India: 'The Koyal's Cage'- A Performance, Saturday & Sunday, April 11 & 12, 7:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

How would Ibsen re-write the 19th-century classic "A Doll's House" if he were born and brought up in modern day India? Come take a virtual tour of 21st century Mumbai family life with Ali and Maha, a contemporary Indian-Muslim couple as they struggle to redefine the institution of marriage from a male and female perspective, and through the lens of Islamic laws and patriarchal culture. Written and directed by Afreen Seher Gandhi '15. Advised by Andrea Hairston, Leonard Berkman and Peter Sapira. Performance is free and open to the public

Weaving Voices: Seniors of Color Monologues, Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The Weaving Voices Monologues seek to share the stories written and told by senior Smith students of color; to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it took to survive and thrive within the last four years; and to pass on their lived experiences as knowledge to future generations. This is not an open mic event. Free and open to students, faculty, staff and members of the Five College Community. For more information, visit http://on.fb.me/1aaTOin

Get Rid of the Waste. Get on with a Better Life., Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

With our society now driven by a 'throwaway' mentality, and recycling and composting leveling at 34% recovery rates, the time is now for action to reduce waste and change the consumption paradigm causing it. This highly interactive workshop facilitated by Jacquie Ottman '77, nationally recognized expert in green marketing and sustainable consumption, explores practical lifestyle-enhancing steps to reduce, reuse, share, repurpose and repair, beyond recycle and compost. Key discussion points include: the waste we generate - and why, shifting from a 'throwaway' society to align with a 'No Waste Mindset,' and influencing family, co-workers, businesses, and government to reduce waste.

Fulbright Spring Blast-Off, Tuesday, March 31, 7-8 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Come meet some of Smith's 31 Fulbright Finalists at the Fulbright Spring Blast-Off, Tuesday, March 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall lower level! A panel of Fulbright Finalists will speak about their experiences with the application process and hold a Q&A session afterwards. Join the hundreds of other Smithies (U.S. citizen with 3.4+ GPA) who have jumped on the Fast Track to Success Express and became part of a winning Smith tradition http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php. Seize this chance to ask Fulbright Finalists about their projects http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php and start planning for your own.

CSO Community Ed Lunch with Treehouse, Thursday, April 2, Noon, Wright Hall 013 (lower level)

The CSO is holding its last Community Ed Lunch of the year on April 2nd. Kerry Homestead from Treehouse will be talking about their program and recruiting tutor/mentors for the fall. Treehouse is a multi-generational community that brings together families who have been involved in adoption and foster care with senior citizens to create an atmosphere of support within a system that has been historically characterized by instability.

VSA Pho Workshop, Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

The Vietnamese Students Association is proud to present our annual pho workshop. Pho is a well known Vietnamese noodle soup that consists of rich broth, linguine shaped noodles, fresh herbs, and served with either meat or vegetarian ingredients. Come join us for a bowl of heartwarming pho and learn how we make this authentic dish! This is a free event, but donations will be welcomed.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, April 1, Wednesday Weekly Vigil, focus on divestment, noon, Campus Center. Friday, April, 3, Soup, Salad, Soul, student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; Al Iman Friday Prayers, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; Smith Christian Fellowship LaFe Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., Bodman; Smith Christian Fellowship Catholic Ministries, 5:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat in Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House, followed by Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room; Monday, April 6, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary.

Candle Light Labyrinth: Walking in Darkness and in Light, Friday, April 3, 10 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The labyrinth is an archetype found in many religions and in various forms around the world. It has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds around and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. The program will be led by Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life. All are welcome. Dropping in and wearing comfortable socks are encouraged.

Interactive Exhibit, 'Dialogue: A Decade of Smithies on Sustainability', Through May 1, Common Spaces in Neilson, Hillyer and Young Librar

A collection of 65 works from various disciplines, by students who have sought to address issues of food, waste and landscapes on campus and in the Pioneer Valley. Do underline the books, write on the margins, comment on the back, take our survey and enjoy.

Special Hours for Café, Sunday, April 5

The Cafe will open at noon on Sunday, April 5. For additional information on hours or menus, visit our website http://www.smith.edu/cafe

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