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10/01/2015 Digest

Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan Release: Do Not Upgrade Yet

Apple has released the latest version of their Mac Operating System OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) to the public. At this time, ITS recommends that you do NOT upgrade to El Capitan for any computer used to access Smith College systems. ITS is in the process of testing El Capitan on all College applications. Once El Capitan is an approved and supported operating system, a notice will be posted in eDigest. If you have any further questions, call User Support at ext. 4487.

Gentle and Restorative Yoga Begins Oct. 5, 12:05-12:55 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Enjoy a restorative break for your body and mind: soothe your neck, shoulders, and eyes; unlock your hips and back; and release stress. Then return to work with more energy, clarity, and calm. No special exercise wear is required, but don't wear tight clothing or jeans that day. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please. Instructed by Judy Messer, Certified Exercise Coach, Mondays, October 5 - December 7 (except October 12) All full-time and part-time staff and faculty at Smith along with the other Five Colleges are encouraged to enroll in these programs. Send email to to register.

Walk and Box Begins Oct. 7, Noon-1 p.m., ITT

Walking and boxing are both wonderful ways to connect with your breathing, alleviate stress, and gain strength. In this class you'll combine self-paced speed walks with upper-body training. You'll also involve your core and the lower body to balance and stabilize your stance. You'll progress with the basic boxing upper-body strikes to achieve physical and emotional strength. Equipment needed: sneaker and fabric speed bag boxing glove wraps or traditional fabric boxing wraps. It is not necessary to come to every session. Sessions are Wednesdays through December 9. No session 10/14 and 11/25. Instructor: Judy Messer, Certified Exercise Coach. All full-time and part-time staff and faculty at Smith along with the other Five Colleges are encouraged to enroll in these programs. Send email to to register.

Important Change in P-card Accounting

As part of a quarterly financial reporting effort in Finance, Smith College Corporate Card transactions which are not yet expensed and completed in JP Morgan SmartData or fed to the general ledger via Banner FAAINVT, will be temporarily posted to the cardholder's default FOAPAL as of September 30th. This entry will be reversed as of October 1st. The description on these transactions will begin with the letters ACCR. Similar entries will be posted as of the end of each fiscal quarter (September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30). Since these entries will be reversed, cardholders must still expense these transactions via SmartData or FAAINVT as usual.

Mountain Day Yoga with President McCartney and Get Fit Smith, 10 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Strike the Mountain Pose with Get Fit Smith and President McCartney on Mountain Day--whenever it is called. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to this Get Fit Smith event. Start your Mountain Day on the right foot with a fun and exciting yoga class. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@Get_Fit_Smith) for reminders and alerts.

Faculty and Administrators: Hear What Makes a Creative Campus from Steve Tepper, Herberger Institute, Friday, Oct. 2, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Steven J. Tepper, dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, will discuss tactics for immediate implementation, strategies for longer term planning in the liberal arts context. What are the opportunities for placing creativity at the center of campus life? What strategies might we pursue to elevate creativity and the role of the arts on campus? What are the challenges? How do we measure our success? How do we take advantage of the unique assets and culture of our institutions? Open to Five College administrators and faculty.

Faculty/Player Softball Game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., Ainsworth Gym

Hosted by the Smith softball team, the first pitch for this game is scheduled for 10 a.m. This will be a family-friendly event and faculty members are encouraged to bring their children. T-shirts, fun competitions/small clinic for any kids interested in participating, and pizza will all be provided free of charge. No experience necessary and all equipment will be provided. If interested, RSVP with our Faculty Liaisons Michael Thurston (, Kevin Shea ( or to the Head Coach Kelly O'Connell (

Apply by Oct. 14 for Kahn Institute Short Term Project, 'Refugees'

Organized by Darcy Buerkle and Greg White, this short term project will focus specifically on the value (and challenges) of first-person accounts and related cultural production of displaced persons and refugees for this short-term project which takes place Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-noon in Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson. Additionally, we will concentrate on individual/collective experiences of refugees and forced migrants through a range of ego documents, which may include experimental writing and documentary film. In our discussions, we hope to move beyond thinking of refugees as victims, security threats, and alien others. This would also involve close examination and critique of the of the "macro" categories often used to describe refugees - national, regional, religious, class, and so on. Additional information: Application deadline October 14.

Sign Up Now for Free Flu Shots: Clinics on Oct. 1, 2 & 16

Due to the generosity of the Office of the President, Health Services will offer free flu shots at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon; Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-noon. Current students, faculty, and staff may sign up at For more information, and to sign up, visit Sign up begins immediately.

2015 Campus Security and Fire Safety Report Now Available

In compliance with federal and state laws, the Campus Police Department compiles an annual crime and fire report. This report is also available online at: If you wish to receive a paper copy of the report, email

Heating Season Start-Up, September 28

Facilities Management turned on the steam to the campus Monday, Sept. 28.. The process of getting steam and heat to all buildings on campus takes approximately two weeks to complete. Thank you for your understanding through this time of transition.

Apply Now for JED Foundation Opportunity

The JED Foundation is pleased to announce the third year of its Student Advisory Council. They are excited to continue to connect with current students to bring the student voice and input into our work. They are recruiting passionate students who have shown an interest in mental health and promoting community on campus. If there are any students who are interested in this opportunity, instructions can be found at:

What Are You Grateful For? Photo Hunt

Throughout October the Office of Donor Relations is hosting a photo hunt. Submit photos to and join us on October 30 to celebrate gratitude. Submit 8 of 12 photos to receive a special edition Gratitude Journal from Look for the Good Project Founder Anne Kubitsky '05. First Clue: Snap a selfie while tickling the keys of one of these, located in every house living room.

Phoebe Reese Lewis Leadership Program 2016 Application Now Available

Do you want to be a more effective leader? The Lewis Leadership Program January Leadership Intensive will help you develop the skills you need for successful leadership in college and long afterward. Program participants spend two weeks attending all-day workshops led by Smith faculty members, professionals, and community leaders. You will learn about group dynamics, public speaking, techniques to manage conflict, and more, and work with community members to address real community issues. This year's program runs from January 4th to January 15th. Applications are due by noon, Friday, October 30th, 2015. To learn more, please visit:

Calling All Smith Grant Recipients

Your scholarship aid is made possible in part by gifts from alumnae and friends of the college. Help Smith show these donors the impact of their support by sharing your story. If you've received a Smith grant, it takes just a few minutes to complete the Scholarship Information Form at: Contact with any questions.

Japanese Tea Hut To Be Removed in Late October

Over the past several years, the college has become increasingly concerned with issues of safety and vandalism at the Japanese Tea Hut near Paradise Pond. At the same time, the structure of the Tea Hut itself has been affected by natural weathering, bringing it to the end of its usable life span. In consideration of the challenges, both environmental and otherwise, the Campus Planning Committee has elected to remove the Japanese Tea Hut. Removal is scheduled for late October. More information can be found at

Mountain Day Yoga with the President

When Mountain Day is called, President McCartney invites students, faculty and staff to join her on Chapin Lawn at 10 a.m. for Mountain Day yoga.

International Student Drop-In Support Group Begins , Thursday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m., Schacht Wellness Center

Drop-in Support Group for International Students takes place on Thursdays 4:10-5 p.m. Come share stories with students who understand. Join the group just once, or come every week-- all are welcome.

Global Impressions Deadline, Friday, Oct. 2, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Global Impressions publishes short reflective essays (500-750 words) by members of the Smith College community that address what it means to be a global citizen today. Tastes come in many forms: a favorite dish, a meaningful work of art, a song that conjures up memories of a cherished moment. For the next issue of Global Impressions, we welcome you to submit a reflection on a taste of your own and how it developed and changed. For more information and to apply, visit:

Lewis Global Studies Center Student Advisory Committee (G-SAC); Applications Due, Friday, Oct. 2

The purpose of G-SAC is to advise and support the center on programming initiatives, student outreach and engagement, and awareness of global issues relevant to the mission of the center. To this extent, student members of G-SAC serve as a liaison between the center and the Smith College student body. The committee will work to uphold the Lewis center mission. Deadline for Applications: October 2, 2015. For more information and to apply, visit:

Got Milk? Come Bake and Decorate the Kosher Kitchen, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Come bake babka and decorate the new K. We will be rearranging furniture to make way for movie screenings happening soon. Vegan and gluten free options available.

Fireside Chat With President McCartney: 'What Does the Administration Do?', Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4-5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

All students are invited to join President McCartney and Donna Lisker, dean of the college, at a Fireside Chat on the topic of "What Does the Administration Do?" Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the SGA and the Office of the President.

PRESHCO Information Meeting for Study Abroad in Cordoba, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Hatfield 206

Students may choose to attend for the full academic year, or for either semester. Applications are being accepted now until October 15 for spring semester 2015 (be there for the feria in May). Students who were in Cordoba this past academic year will also be present to answer questions.

Fall Break Backpacking Trip, Saturday-Monday, Oct. 10-12, 9 a.m., Boathouse

Backpack along the Long Trail in Vermont during Fall Break. Expect moderately difficult backpacking through beautiful mountains with a few great summit views. Leave early on the 10th and return the afternoon of the 12th. Some experience preferred. email us at to register. Cost is $10.

Environmental Concentration: Climate Change, Monday, Oct. 5 , 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Learn how the Climate Change Concentration can compliment your major and add meaningful hands-on experience to your academic goals. Learn more at Raindate, Oct. 7, if Mountain Day is called.

Environmental Concentration: Sustainable Food, Tuesday, Oct. 6, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

The Sustainable Food Concentration lets students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of food and the many issues involved in sustainability. Come explore your interests! Learn more at Raindate on Thursday, Oct. 8, if Mountain Day is called.

'SWG Reads' Lecture: Saidiya Hartman on 'Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route', Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Saidiya Hartman is the author of two important books about transatlantic slavery, memory and loss: "Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-making in 19th C. America," published in 1997, and "Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route," published in 2007. Hartman will talk about writing her second book which combines the personal voice of travel writing with meditations on racialized humanity and the fraught legacies of slavery in Ghana and the U.S. Sponsored by The Program in the Study of Women and Gender and the Lecture Committee.

A Global Books Event: 'Plato's Rivalry With Medicine: A Struggle and Its Dissolution', Thursday, Oct. 1, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Author Susan Levin, professor of philosophy, and Jill de Villiers, Sophia and Austin Smith Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, will discuss Levin's book, which investigates Plato's relationship to medicine and considers Plato's importance to contemporary bioethics. Pizza lunch will be provided to the first 25 attendees.

'A Look at Immigrant Youth in Italy' by Author Fabio Geda, Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Fabio Geda, a well-known writer and a teacher at the famous Scuola Holden in Turin, Italy, will discuss his bestselling book, "In the Sea There Are Crocodiles". His book is based on the real-life story of a ten-year-old child from Afghanistan, Enaiatollah Akbari, who after being abandoned by his mother at the border with Pakistan traveled on his own for five years across Asia and Europe to finally find political asylum in Italy.

'LGBTQ Activism in the Digital Age' Featuring Everyone Is Gay and Jenny Owen Youngs, Friday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Come join the co-founders of the LGBTQ advice website Everyone is Gay, as they talk about activism in the digital age. Kelly Anderson will also host a moderated Q&A, where Everyone Is Gay co-founders Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid will address topics of sexuality, gender expression, and being a queer adult, all as they relate to activism and social media. Following the talk will be a performance from indie musician Jenny Owen Youngs, a chance to ask Kristin and Dannielle YOUR questions, and a book signing.

'I Did the Write Thing: A Panel of Alumnae in Journalism', Monday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Ever thought about going into journalism after graduation? Join the Lazarus Center, the Center for Work and Life and The Sophian for a panel with four alumnae who will discuss their paths to successful careers in journalism after Smith: Laura Crimaldi, reporter for the Boston Globe and Associated Press; Emily Liebert, author and Editor-in-Chief, Westchester Wag; Elizabeth Seymour, Executive Features Editor, Washington Post; and Amy Traverso, Senior Lifestyles Editor at Yankee Magazine. This panel will be followed by a brief networking reception with complimentary refreshments.

'Flowering Plants Mediating Bumble Bee Disease Transmission', Monday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Lynn Adler, department of biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the Fall 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. For full schedule, visit for the full schedule.

Lehmann Lecture: 'Hatshepsut--How A Woman Ascended the Throne of Ancient Egypt', Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Dr. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA, will present the 26th Annual Lehmann Lecture. Specializing in craft production, coffin studies, and economies in the ancient world, Cooney received her Ph.D. in Egyptology from Johns Hopkins University. Almost no evidence of successful, long-term female leaders exists from the ancient world and in the Mediterranean, Near East, Africa, Central Asia or East Asia. Only the female king of Egypt, Hatshepsut, was able to take on formal power for any considerable length of time, and even she had to share power with a male ruler.

'Hey! You Took That Out of Context!' Biblical Interpretation on the Floor of Congress, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Margaret M. Mitchell, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago, will critically analyze recent examples of biblical passages being cited on the floor of Congress and then explore how citizens might assess these arguments and arrive at informed judgments about whether or how the Bible might contribute to these public debates. Sponsored by the Department of Religion, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Program in Jewish Studies and the Lecture Committee.

Sigma Xi Talk: 'Child Care, Child Outcomes and Child Policy' Presented by President McCartney, Tuesday, Oct. 6, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Sigma Xi talks take place in McConnell Foyer and Auditorium (room 103). Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at 12:00 p.m. and are open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students. The full schedule of Sigma Xi luncheons is available online at Thank you.

Artist Talk by Josh Smith , Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

In a New York Times review of "The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World" at The Museum of Modern Art, Roberta Smith praises Josh Smith's "no-holds-barred attitude, tripping the light fantastic with works variously monochrome, gestural and figurative." His work has been described as"by turns aggressive, playful, repetitive and oblique." Josh Smith has previously worked with Sanchez at the latter's Derriere L'Etoile Studios, a New York City lithography workshop which since 1978 has been a crossroads of artistic talent, cultural heritage, and dedication to both innovative and traditional printing techniques. Smith's talk is In conjunction with the Smith College Print Workshop

'The Other Iran' Film Screening: 'Offside' , Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Wright 127 & 128

Six Iranian girls disguise themselves as boys in order to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifier between Iran and Bahrain. However, their presence is discovered and they are arrested one by one. (Jafar Panahi, 2009) Introduced by Chris Shelton, professor of exercise and sport studies.

SEC Films Presents 'Pride' , October 2 and 3, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

"Pride" is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Friday screening is at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday screening is at 7:30 p.m.

Student Picks Exhibition: 'She' by Yu Yan '18,, Friday, Oct. 2, Noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

This academic year's first Students Picks Exhibition, "She," organized by Yu Yan '18, includes photography which captures how women interacted with themselves, their environments, and the camera over a wide range of locations and time periods. Works by artists such as Imogen Cunningham, Andy Warhol, and Joel Meyerowitz will be represented.

Screening of 'Specks of Dust' , Saturday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Premier screening of "Specks of Dust," a documentary film on Guria, an NGO in Varanasi, India, that fights human trafficking. Azza Cohen ('16, Princeton), the filmmaker, will introduce her movie and lead a discussion after. To raise money for Guria, food and scarves will be available for purchase.

Senegal Calling...At the Crossroads of Hip Hop, Youth Culture, and Islam, Sunday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Gohk-bi System, an innovative hip hop crew from Senegal, were part of the early wave of West African rappers who addressed Islamic principles while criticizing their government's outdated and sometimes corrupt practices. They will be joined by the two founders of The Senegal-America Project: Massamba Diop, master of the tama or talking drum of Senegal, and American-born percussionist Tony Vacca.

Auditions: Studio Productions of 'Stop Kiss' and 'Yellow Face', Sunday & Tuesday Oct. 4 & 6, 7-10 p.m., TV Studio

Auditions for the December Studio Productions. STOP KISS by Diana Son, directed by Jennifer Sturley, and YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang, directed by Megumi Lee. Auditions will be held Sunday and Tuesday, October 4 and 6. Callbacks for YELLOW FACE on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7-10 p.m. Callbacks for STOP KISS on Thursday, Oct. 8, 7-10 p.m. No preparation required. Sides from the script will be provided. Production dates: December 10, 11, 12, 13 For more information email

'Untamed Southern Kudzu: Beset, Entwine, & Cloak' Photographs by Kai McBride, October 5-30, M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

An exhibit of photographs by Kai McBride.

'Pierre Bourdieu: Sociology Is A Combat Sport,' a Documentary Film by Pierre Carles, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

A well-known French film maker followed the celebrated French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu for over three years, in his work place and in a variety of public settings. Bourdieu, who died in 2002, often called sociology a "martial art", or a means of self-defense against the forces of domination and mystification. This film demonstrates how one of the most important intellectuals of the past half-century actually worked, and in the process reveals his commitments, his vulnerabilities, and his human-ness. 150 minutes/French with English sub-titles/2007. Free and open to all. Offered by the Department of Sociology.

2015 Smith College Print Workshop, Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 7-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Harnish Print Studio, Hillyer L08

During the 2015 Smith College Print Workshop, New York artist Josh Smith and master printer Maurice Sanchez will collaborate on a series of monotypes in the Smith College Harnish Print Studio. Josh Smith's work has been described as "by turns aggressive, playful, repetitive and oblique." He has previously worked with Sanchez at the latter 's Derriere L'Etoile Studios, a New York City lithography workshop which since 1978 has been a crossroads of artistic talent, cultural heritage, and dedication to both innovative and traditional printing techniques. Please join us for three exciting days of collaborative printmaking. For more information about the Smith College Print Workshop, visit

Reception with Artist Anne Kubitsky '05, Founder of the Look for the Good Project, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

What makes you grateful? All are invited to a reception with artist Anne Kubitsky '05 for her Kahn Gallery exhibition, "What Makes You Grateful?" on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. in the gallery at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Neilson Library third floor. Listen to Kubitsky talk about her adventures growing a nonprofit to international renown and meet some of the extraordinary people she has encountered around the world and close to home (including some Smithies!). Delightful refreshments and drinks served. Exhibit on display till December 1.

'The Other Iran' film screening: 'No One Knows About Persian Cats', Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert - and the visas that allow them to leave Tehran to do so. As they visit different underground rock bands and venues we meet a diversity of Iranian musicians struggling for self-expression in the face of strict oversight and censorship. Introduced by Margaret Sarkissian, professor of music and chair of the department.

SEC Films Presents 'Tangerine' , Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, STARLET, "Generation Kill") hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. Weinstein @ 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10/9 and Saturday 10/10

Music in Deerfield: Quartetto di Cremona, Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

From the home of Stradivarius and Guarnerius comes a quartet "as sleek and elegant as an Armani suit" (The Strad). Their concert will include Mozart's "Dissonance" and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" quartets, and works by Viennese avant-gardist Anton Webern. More information and tickets at

Study Abroad in Japan: Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) Informational Meeting, Monday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Seelye 207

Are you interested in studying abroad in Japan 2016-2017 and beyond? Explore your options. Learn more about the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) and other programs in Japan. Japanese refreshments will be served. Professor Maki Hubbard is the Smith Campus Representative. Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Office of the Provost.

How to Quit Overthinking: A Workshop With Rachel Simmons, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Do you replay your missteps in your head at night, thinking endlessly about what you could have done differently? Do you perseverate about your problems, focusing more on the "what if"and "why" instead of how to solve them? "Overthinking" can be exhausting. Research shows it disproportionately affects women and girls, and can lead to anxiety, depression, and loss of motivation. At this workshop, learn why we overthink and how to stop, so you can move on, free your mind and focus on more productive activities. Led by best-selling author and educator, Rachel Simmons. More info at:

Soup, Salad and Soul, Friday, Oct. 2, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup Salad and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad prepared by student cooks every Friday from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, Smith issues of interest, and topics posed by student leaders in a safe and welcoming environment.

All Invited: Eid Dinner- Linda Sarsour on Faith & Activism , Saturday, Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Please join Al-Iman for their annual Eid Dinner. Free entry and delicious Mediterranean Food including chicken kabobs, hummus, rice, baklawa, and more. Linda Sarsour, the keynote speaker, will be speaking on faith and activism. Linda is a racial justice and civil rights activist. She serves as the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and Senior Strategist for the Campaign to Take on Hate. Following the murder of Mike Brown, she also co-founded Muslims for Ferguson. She has been featured on multiple media outlets including PBS, Yahoo news, the Guardian, and Al Jazeera.

Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Monday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, MS.Ed., holds a weekly Zen meditation, welcoming all members of the Smith community. A Buddhist Community Religious Adviser for Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Ryumon serves as co-founder of Two Streams Zen and operates Contemplative Somatic Wellness, which is dedicated to working with young adult social change advocates. The Monday session is a drop-in sitting meditation. If you are new to the practice of meditation and would appreciate an orientation prior to entering the class, contact Ryumon at

Emergency Notification System Test, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m.

Campus Police will test the college's emergency notification system. Any changes to your emergency contact information should be made by 5 p.m. on October 6. To receive emergency messages via cell phone, text or voice, please update your information. Students and employees can log in to the Smith Portal at using their network username and password. When the portal page opens, click on BannerWeb and update your emergency contact information.

Free October Second Friday, October 9, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

Friday, October 9, 2015 Museum of Art, 4-8 PM. Hands-on! 4-PM: Art making for all ages inspired by works on view. This month: Marvelous Megacities - create a metropolis collage of your own design, inspired by contemporary photographs of urban life in East Asia as we celebrate SCMA's new Carol T. Christ Gallery for Asian Art. Open Eyes 6 PM: Join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. The Museum Shop is open 11AM-8 PM. Light refreshments served at 4 PM.

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