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10/30/2014 Digest


Upcoming Changes to the Smith Network

Last summer, ITS began migrating the Smith network from our legacy Novell-based system to a new architecture that uses Microsoft ActiveDirectory (AD). The final step in the Novell-to-AD migration requires moving all files on our Novell servers to new servers and converting every Smith-owned computer to AD. As the project continues, every academic and administrative department will receive detailed information and assistance from ITS when it is time for their computers and files to be migrated to the new system. For more information, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/initiatives/network_changes.html

Smith Crew Rent-a-Rower Begins in November

Smith Crew is available for work this November - stacking wood, raking leaves, winterizing gardens, cleaning out basements....if you need help, we have workers. Two athletes, 2 hours, $50. More athletes or hours available upon request. We are scheduling for November 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 and 22/23, with weekdays if needed. Please contact Head Crew Coach Karen Klinger at ext. 2717 or kklinger@smith.edu for more information or to schedule a job. Thanks in advance for supporting the Smith Crew in their efforts to fund raise for their Spring Training trip.

Chief Diversity Officer Search Update

A search committee, comprised of faculty, students, staff and alumnae, has been working since June with an executive search firm on a national search for a Chief Diversity Officer at Smith. An initial group of candidates will be interviewed next week, and a small group of finalists will be identified for campus visits in late November- early December. The campus visits, which will include open forums will provide opportunities for members of the Smith community to meet potential finalists. Dates of open forums will be posted in mid-November.

Otelia Cromwell Day's 25th Anniversary, Week-long Programming Begins November 3 with Exhibit Opening

Otelia Cromwell Day celebrates its 25th anniversary with a week-long series of events including an interactive exhibit in Nolen Art Lounge featuring Smith's version of Michele's Norris' "Race Card Project." Other events include on November 4 a talk by writer Sheree R. Thomas and a poetry reading by renowned poets Elizabeth Alexander and Nikky Finney; on November 5, a conversation on race by Alexander and Finney; a museum gallery talk about race; and a cultural performance at Helen Hills Hills Chapel featuring historic black women; and on November 7 a closing celebration with a potato bar, cupcakes and music from three Smith student choirs. For full schedule, visit http://www.smith.edu/events/otelia-cromwell.php

Upcoming Learning and Development Workshops for Managers and Supervisors

HR's Learning and Development presents two exciting workshops for managers and supervisors: the Manager as Coach, Friday, Nov. 7, and Giving and Receiving Feedback, Thursday, Dec. 4. For workshop descriptions and to register, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_registration.php, or contact Marquita Dulan at ext. 2268.

International Students Day, Monday, Nov. 3, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

International Students' Day is the most exciting and delicious international event of this semester. 27 dishes from 22 countries will be represented. Tickets are on sale today, noon-1 p.m., Lower Level of Campus Center. Tickets are $1 each and dishes will range from 1 to 5 tickets.

Sherry Poirrier, Ada Comstock Alumna and Imaging Center Curator, Set to Retire; Reception , Thursday, Nov. 6, 4-5 p.m., Hillyer 3rd Floor Lounge

We are at once delighted and disheartened to announce that Sherry Poirrier is retiring from her position in the Imaging Center, November 14th. Sherry has been a tremendous resource for the Art Department and Libraries for over forty years. We will honor Sherry for her contributions in a farewell reception. We invite everyone to extend their good wishes to Sherry in her new endeavors.

All-Staff Forum with President McCartney, Friday, Nov. 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Along with new members of the administration and cabinet, President McCartney will be joined by the president of Staff Council to offer updates on key initiatives throughout the college. All staff are encouraged to attend and take part in the conversation.

Senior Campaign House Challenge Throughout November

Attention Seniors: Are you competitive? Full of house pride? Want to raise money for a good cause? The Senior Campaign is excited to announce the official 2015 House Challenge. Beginning on November 1 and lasting until 11:59 p.m. on November 30, the House Challenge will give you an opportunity to engage in friendly competition and show a little house pride while raising money for a good cause--Smith students. Visit the Smith Fund table in the Campus Center between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4; Thursday, Nov. 6; and during Thank-A-Smithie Week from Monday, Nov. 10-Friday, Nov. 14. Questions? Email kaverill@smith.edu or cbarfiel@smith.edu

Nominations for Honorary Degrees

The Honorary Degrees Committee is seeking names of individuals for consideration as honorary degree candidates. Eligibility for an honorary degree is defined as follows: "The college will consider women who are exemplars of excellence in a wide range of fields, both academic and non-academic. The college will also consider women and men who have had special impact on Smith College, on the education of women, or on women's lives." Please send nominations, along with a brief statement of why each individual is qualified to receive an honorary degree, to: rlindsey@smith.edu

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2015

The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Contest, now in its 26th year, challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. For information about eligibility and submission please go to http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org or contact Elizabeth Spelman at espelman@smith.edu

Are You a Financial Aid Recipient?

Smith grants are made possible, in part, by alumnae and friends who have made gifts to support the college's scholarship funds. These donors give back to Smith to help educate and empower young women of promise and are eager to learn about the recipients. In some cases, their donations are contingent upon hearing from the recipients each year. It is very important for these generous donors to hear from you. Please take a few moments to complete the Scholarship Recipient Information Form at http://goo.gl/forms/yXgRPHFPri. This is a great way to thank our generous donors. For more information, email DonorRelations@smith.edu.

Ebola Q&A: Current State of the Outbreak, October 29 and 30, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, 21 Belmont

What is the ebola virus? How did it spread to the United States? Join Dr. Leslie Jaffe, College Physician and Director of Health Services, for an open Q & A regarding the epidemic. Bring your thoughts, questions, and concerns. Two sessions will be offered: Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., and Thursday, Oct. 30, at noon; both sessions will be held in the 2nd floor Classroom. Lunch will be provided at the October 30 session for the first 30 people.

The Haunting of Alumnae House..., Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Alumnae House

Join the Office of Alumnae Relations for the spookiest tour of Alumnae House you'll ever experience. Come in costume or come as you are - but be ready to meet some of the ghosts of Smith College along the way...

Urban Education Initiative J-Term 2015: Application Due , Thursday, Oct. 30

Curious about teaching? Interested in urban issues or social justice? Apply for the Urban Education J-Term Fellowship 2015! J-Term fellowships are a chance to engage deeply in urban and educational issues by assisting in the classrooms of Smith College alumnae who work on the leading edge of school reform in Springfield, Boston and NYC. Applications are due Thursday, Oct. 30. For more information and an application, email jdilorenzo@smith.edu.

This Week's Outdoor Adventure Trips

Hiking trip on Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Meet at the Boathouse. Then Saturday-Sunday, Nov 1-2, an overnight camping trip to Macleish Field Station. Warm sleeping bags, campfire, s'mores, what else could you ask for? Leaving later afternoon and return before lunch. To register, email smithoutdoors@smith.edu.

Trick or Treat at the President's House, Friday, Oct. 31, 6-7 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to stop by the President's House for a special Halloween treat. Costumes are encouraged.

Halloween Costume Contest at the Bookstore, Friday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Come by the Smith College Bookstore Halloween week in your best costume. We will take your picture, display it in the store windows and it will be up to you and your friends to vote for the best costume. The winner will receive a sweatshirt of their choice. If you decide not to dress up, come by and cast your vote.

Smith To Do: Henna Calligraphy, Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Intricate patterns, the company of your friends and housemates, and materials for henna are all at this week's Smith To Do. With henna as this week's event at Smith To Do, students can create complex and enthralling designs. Patterns for henna work will be provided. All supplies are provided free; everyone is invited to attend.

Book Studies Concentration Applications Due , Monday, Nov. 3

Students in the Book Studies Concentration learn to read in a new way; each book becomes an archaeological site for exploring the history of its design, production, promotion and dissemination, as well as the sources of its craftsmanship and beauty. Applications are due on Monday, November 3. For more information, contact Martin Antonetti (x2907 or mantonet@smith.edu), director of the concentration, or Barbara Blumenthal (x2906 or bblument@smith.edu), administrative assistant for BKX. Or, stop by the Mortimer Rare Book Room in Neilson Library. Please also consult the BKX website for information and the application itself: http://www.smith.edu/bookstudies/index.php

Smith College Judicial Board Presents: 'A Discussion of Bullying at Smith College', Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7-8 p.m., Campus Center 101 (Red Room)

The Smith College Judicial Board will be hosting a Fireside Chat on bullying at Smith and its presence on campus. Please join fellow Smithies in some stimulating conversations about this important issue. There will also be an ice cream sundae bar at this event.

Urban Education Initiative J-Term 2015: Application Due, Wednesday, Nov. 5

Curious about teaching? Interested in urban issues or social justice? Apply for the Urban Education J-Term Fellowship 2015! J-Term fellowships are a chance to engage deeply in urban and educational issues by assisting in the classrooms of Smith College alumnae who work on the leading edge of school reform in Springfield, Boston and NYC. For more information and an application, email jdilorenzo@smith.edu.

Jittery's Live! Presents Rachel Platten, Thursday, Nov. 6, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The Student Events Committee presents Zerbin, a Canadian band that makes and plays melodic symphonic alternative indie rock music. Its songs have been featured in Degrassi, America's Next Top Model, The band has opened for acts such as The Flaming Lips, FUN., Said The Whale and AWOLNATION. Come by for live music, coffee, and treats.

Sign Up for 10th Annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference, Friday, Nov. 7, 8:15 a.m., Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, Mass.

Students and entrepreneurs will gather at the Mass Mutual Center in downtown Springfield, Mass., at the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Friday, Nov. 7, for a day of innovation, inspiration, and fun. This is a purely informational event that helps students learn more about how to come up with a great idea, and the steps to take to translate their ideas into reality. Attendees will be able to visit past award winners' business exhibits and listen to inspirational keynote speakers. Signup is free, but the deadline is 10/31 (sign up at https://2014entrepreneurship.eventbrite.com) Smith's Center for Women and Financial Independence will provide transportation, visit http://www.smith.edu/wfi/grinspoon for more information.

Anthropology Major, Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Meet the faculty and learn about the courses offered at Smith, the Five-College Anthropology programs and opportunities for students who major in anthropology. Refreshments will be served.

East Asian Studies Major, Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Come meet the East Asian studies faculty and hear from our current majors. Sushi, brownies, and beverages will be served.

French Studies Major, Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Come hear faculty and current students discuss the major in French Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

Geosciences Major , Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon-1 p.m., Sabin-Reed 103

Lunch will be provided.

Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Portuguese-Brazilian Studies and Spanish Major and Minors, Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Come meet our faculty and hear from our current majors. Pizza, salad, and beverages will be served.

Music Major and Minor, Thursday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., Green Room, Sage

If you enjoy music - performing it, composing it, listening to it, learning about it - come meet Music faculty and students and discover what a Music major or minor has to offer you. Pizza included.

Concentration in Community Engagement and Social Change, Friday, Oct. 31, 12:15 p.m., CCC, Wright 013

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

Computer Science Major and Minor, Monday, Nov. 3, 12:10-1 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

In addition to learning about the computer science major and minor, learn about the department, department events and Spring 2015 classes. Chinese food will be served.

Buddhist Studies Concentration, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Meet the faculty, ask questions and enjoy snacks from India House.

Astronomy Major and Minor, Tuesday, Nov. 4, Noon, McConnell 406

Come meet the faculty and current majors and minors. Lunch will be served.

English Language and Literature Major , Wednesday, Nov. 5, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Come and hear more about the department from our great faculty and student liaisons. A pizza lunch will be served.

Women's Education Concentration, Wednesday, Nov. 5, Noon, Campus Center 205

Come hear faculty and current students discuss the Women's Education Concentration. Concentration directors will discuss the requirements, application process, and opportunities associated with the concentration in Women's Education. The concentration provides students with a framework for exploring the range of issues associated with the education of women and girls, both in the United States and internationally. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Dance Major, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:10 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Students interested in majoring in dance will have an opportunity to attend a short rehearsal of a repertory dance piece that will be performed in the Faculty Dance Concert, November 20-22. The showing will be followed by a short information session with Rodger Blum, Chair of the Department of Dance, who will explain the dance major, and answer questions about majoring in dance at Smith College.

Museums Concentration , Friday, Nov. 7, 12:15 p.m., Hillyer Lounge, next to Graham Hall

The Museums Concentration supports the study of material culture within a broad range of scholarly disciplines and allows students to explore areas of professional practice through meaningful connections with museums locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. At the presentation, staff and current students will discuss the requirements, application process, and opportunities associated with the Museums Concentration. Pizza will be served. For more information, visit: http://www.smith.edu/museums

'No More Paternity...No More Property: Legitimacy, Law and the Matronym in 19th-Century France', Thursday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Presented by Carolyn J. Eichner, professor of history and women's and gender studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Sponsored by the Department of History, The Program for the Study of Women and Gender, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

'Food Security: A Journey Toward Sustainability', Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon, Bass 102

Richard (Dick) White, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, Smith College, will talk about his current work on food security, including describing his journey from astronomy to public policy and writing on food security. Presentation will be in Bass 102 and is sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Lunch Provided.

Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture, Friday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

"Wild Collected," presented by Rob Nicholson, conservatory manager, Botanic Garden of Smith College. We take for granted that the natural world is still a cornucopia of plants that can be collected and used for human needs. Every species grown in cultivation has a collection story as somebody, somewhere, pulled seeds or plants from the wild and brought them into cultivation. Experience a botanical travelogue with Conservatory Manager, Rob Nicholson, as he shares images and stories from 30 plant collecting expeditions around the world. More info at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

'Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time,' Presented by Photographer Michael Benson, Friday, Oct. 31, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Artist, photographer and filmmaker Michael Benson, author of "Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time," will give a lecture of the same title in which he will discuss graphic representations of the universe through time, using images dating to the early 17th century, also depicted in his book and in a recent article in the New York Times. Benson will also discuss his work converting raw image data from interplanetary missions into large-format photographic prints. Pizza served to first 50 attendees. Free and open to the public, this lecture is part of the Kahn Institute short-term project "Contested Cosmologies: Our Place in Space," October 31-November 1. kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_contestedcosmologies.php.

Learn to Pitch the 'Big Idea', Monday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Do you have a good business idea? Or just a good idea in general? How well can you articulate it? Putting together a convincing 90-second summary or "Elevator Pitch" for your idea is part art, part science. Come to this fun and informative lecture presented by seasoned entrepreneurs to learn how to put together the perfect pitch for your idea. No ideas or experience required to attend. Simply come, listen, be inspired and energized. Dinner is provided. Brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence. Details at http://www.smith.edu/wfi/entrepreneurship.php

'Using Mouse Models to Peek Inside the Brain in Alzheimer's Disease', Monday, Nov. 3, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Brian Bacskai, professor of neurology, Harvard Medical School. Part of the Fall 2014 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.

Otelia Cromwell Day Ceremony and Keynote, Thursday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

"Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race" by Michele Norris, award-winning journalist. Welcome by President Kathleen McCartney; poetry reading by Chinyere Davis '16. Workshops follow see http://www.smith.edu/events/otelia-cromwell.php for descriptions, locations and times. Named for the first African-American to graduate from Smith College, in 1900, Otelia Cromwell Day reflects upon issues of diversity and racism in the United States. The author of three books and many articles, Cromwell received an honorary degree from Smith in 1950. Attendees who need disability accommodations or sign language interpretation should call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY), or send email to ODS@smith.edu

'Dedication to a Diverse Community: From Crisis to Celebration' with Farah Pandith '90, Thursday, Nov. 6, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Lewis Global Studies Center, as part of Otelia Cromwell Day, presents Farah Pandith '90, the first U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities. Pandith first encountered the political press as a Smith student. After a racist note was found pinned to a student's door, she was asked as Student Government President to lead an all-college meeting for students, staff, faculty, and national television stations and reporters. Pandith will discuss the impact the note left on the Smith community and her own professional path. For more information and other Otelia Cromwell Day events, visit http://www.smith.edu/events/otelia-cromwell_schedule.php.

'Postcolonial Migrants Lost in Absence of Translation: The Metro as Labyrinth', Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

How do we know that we have "arrived" or that we "belong"? What kind of social, political and cultural methodologies do we mobilize when we say that we live in Paris or that we are traveling to Paris? These are just a couple of the questions Professor Mireille Rosello (University of Amsterdam) will explore in her talk about Boudjedra's novel "Topographie ideale pour une agression caracterisee," the story of an illiterate Berber migrant lost in the Metro.

'Formas de captacion del presente en la literatura' ('Grappling with the Present in Literature'), Friday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m., Seelye 106

Argentinean novelist, poet and literary scholar Florencia Abbate will give a lecture (in Spanish) on how she attempts to represent both social and political events, as well as diverse "structures of feeling", through her narrative and poetic texts. Sponsored by Smith Lecture Committee, Smith Spanish & Portuguese, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts. Open to the public.

'Speciesism: The Movie' followed by Q&A with Director Mark Devries, Sunday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre "factory farms," hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories and flying in airplanes above their toxic "manure lagoons." Free, accessible and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Laleh Khalili: 'The Hidden Sinews of Counterinsurgency Count' , Monday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

U.S. military manuals describe the tactics of winning hearts and minds over using the full force of its military weaponry in battles like the Vietnam War to the Iraq War. Khalili, author of numerous books and articles on war and its lived aftermath, will discuss the gendered ways that this asymmetric warfare is being waged in today's context by analyzing the constant reminder about female Peshmerga, and the emphasis on women ISIS fighters as behind-the-scenes. Khalili's most recent book is "Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies" (Stanford 2013).

'Taming of the Shrew' by William Shakespeare directed by Portia Krieger '03, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1 , 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Adorable Bianca has her pick of suitors, but no man wants to go near her fierce and acid-tongued older sister Kate. Their wealthy father Baptista won't give his blessing for Bianca's marriage until "shrewish" Kate has a fiancé too and he's beginning to doubt that possibility. Enter swaggering Petruchio, with a unique plan to win Kate's guarded heart. This will be no ordinary Shrew. It promises to be a bold and bawdy evening of theatre and the perfect toast to the Bard's 450th birthday. Tickets free for Smith students - boxoffice@smith.edu or 413-585-ARTS(2787).

SEC Films Presents 'Life After Beth', October 31 and November 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join the Smith College Student Events Committee for a special screening of the new release "Life After Beth." A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

'Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret', Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Animal Advocates of Smith College are hosting this groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as "Blackfish" and as inspiring as "An Inconvenient Truth", this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet. This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. Contact aadvocates@smith.edu with any questions or concerns. 1 Elm Street,

An Extraordinary Multimedia Performance: 'Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions', Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

"Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions" is an innovative multimedia performance program featuring Galileo's Daughters--Dava Sobel, storyteller; Marc Wagnon, video artist; Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba; Sarah Pillow, soprano; Ronn McFarlane, lute--about the interconnections between music and astronomy in the context of Renaissance-era discovery, featuring music from Galileo's time, spectacular images from space, and cosmological readings and narration. This event, free and open to the public, is part of the Kahn Institute short-term project "Contested Cosmologies: Our Place in Space": http://www.kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_contestedcosmologies.php. Also sponsored by the departments of English and music.

Poetry Reading by Elizabeth Alexander and Nikky Finney, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Two of the leading voices in contemporary African-American poetry, Elizabeth Alexander and Nikky Finney read as part of this year's Otelia Cromwell Day celebrations. A 4 p.m. Q&A in the Poetry Center is open to the Smith Community. The 7:30 p.m. reading in Weinstein Auditorium is free and open to the public. Also: Wednesday, Nov. 5, Alexander and Finney will hold a conversation about Otelia Cromwell Day, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room. Free and open to the public.

Music in the Noon Hour: Concord Sonata with Conor Hanick, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Music Department welcomes back the 2011-13 Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano Conor Hanick for a performance of Charles Ives' monumental Concord Sonata. Free and open to the public.

Master Class: Conor Hanick, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 5 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Distinguished pianist Conor Hanick, former Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist and Lecturer 2011-2013, presents a piano masterclass. The event will feature select Music Department piano students and is open to the public.

Opening Reception for Charles Kanwischer: 'Surface, Place, Time - Drawings and Photographs', Tuesday, Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Ohio based artist Charles Kanwischer will present an exhibition at the Oresman Gallery November 4 - 30 2014. The exhibition presents three series: Photo-based drawings, executed in graphite on gessoed panels, depicting homes in various states of repair in an inner-city neighborhood of Toledo, Ohio. Silver gelatin photographic prints from the Palatine Hill and Forum in Rome. A series of color ink-jet prints documenting the home and studio of painter and sculptor Edmond Kanwischer, the artist's father. Free and Open to the Public

MacLeish Field Station Music Jam, Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:45-10:15 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to bring instruments and voices to share, or to just come and listen. We are delighted to feature Charlie Conant and Leslie King, along with a few of their musical friends. Light refreshments provided, and campfire, weather permitting. To get a taste of what's to come, watch this time lapse video of the construction of the field station http://youtu.be/2ZrwD1iKKEo Bus leaves from Chapin Loading Dock at 6:45 p.m. and returns at 10:15 p.m. To reserve spaces in a Smith van, email Emily at edixon@smith.edu.

Student Picks Exhibition: 'Breaking Waves' by Kyle Boyd '15, Friday, Nov. 7, Noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Water flows, rages and drips in these photographs. With works by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and others, this student-curated show features stunning representations of the world around us, and water in all its forms. On view one day only.

Josten Library Fridays@Five: Root and Branch Americana, Friday, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Noted performer Ellie Grace, second-year Dance MFA candidate, has deep musical roots as singer, instrumentalist, body percussionist, member of the Grace Family traveling band, and duo partner with her sister, Leela. Flying under the musical radar at Smith to focus on dance, Ellie emerges with cousin Kelly Bosworth, here from Oregon on an East Coast debut CD tour. Josten is lucky to snag them. Free, open to all, under an hour, and musically infectious.

Master Class: Sarah Pelletier, soprano and Lois Shapiro, piano, Friday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro will work with Smith College voice and piano students on collaborative performance techniques. This event is free and open to the general public.

New Playreading: 'Forgive Us Our Trespasses' by Jeffrey Stingerstein M.F.A. ’12, Saturday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

A new play by Jeffrey Stingerstein MFA '12, directed by Jesse Kane-Hartnett. In April 1989, Claire Stukel was brutally raped and beaten while jogging in the park. When she wrongly identified the attacker, an innocent man, Gene Shephard, spent 12 years in prison, only to be released on DNA evidence in 2002. His release forces Claire to reconsider all that she believes, including how to raise her son, Justin. But as Claire struggles to make things right with Gene, the past comes back to victimize her anew, and Gene's innocence isn't as clear as it was the day he was released.

Computer Science Lunch Talk on Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon, Ford 241

Beste Feliz Yuksel, a Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University will discuss her research on Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), which use the cognitive state of the user as part of the interface's input. Her current project uses machine learning classification of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to get real-time brain signals, based on which the BCI adds or removes harmonies as a pianist improvises. Pizza and gulten-free pizza will be served.

JYA Paris Information Session, Thursday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This session will provide information about the Smith in Paris study abroad program including the wide range of courses that can be taken in the humanities and arts, social sciences, sciences and math. Courses are taught at Parisian universities as well as at the Smith Center and through consortium colleges. Next year's directors, Professor Peter Bloom and Professor Martine Gantrel, will also be available to answer questions. For more information about the program visit http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/spa_paris.php.

'Financing Life', Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

The final Financing Life workshop for 2014. This weeks topic will be on the basics of saving and investment for all ages. And this will be the last raffle for 2 attendees to win a Barnes & Noble gift card, so make sure to attend. Free lunch, too! Presented by Professor Randy Bartlett and brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence. http://www.smith.edu/wfi

Art Box Lunch Series, Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon, Hillyer 204

Calling all current and prospective Studio Art and Art History majors: come to the introductory meeting of the Art Department's new lunch series. This series will offer an opportunity for both prospective and current majors to learn about the department, meet with faculty and other professionals and learn about how to apply to graduate school and other career opportunities for life after Smith. Lunch provided.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: Community Health and Leadership Fellowship, Friday, Oct. 31, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

John A. Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A., director of Project Horseshoe Farm will speak about the Project Horseshoe Fellowship. This is a non-profit organization that offers a unique gap-year opportunity for graduating students who are interested in community health, education, and non-profit leadership. Pizza will be provided for the first 25 people.

Smith Program Abroad in Geneva, Switzerland Information Session, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This session will provide information about the Smith in Geneva study abroad program including a description of the Geneva International Internship Semester (Track A) and the University Studies in French or English (Track B) options. Program directors will discuss the wide range of courses available at the University of Geneva, the eligibility requirements for the program, and Smith College's new joint 5-year BA/MA program with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/spa_geneva.php.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Oct. 31: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 12:30 p.m., Al-Iman Friday Prayers, Blue Room; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (B13), Smith Christian Fellowship International Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, Dawes House. Sunday, Nov. 2: Smith Soka Buddhist Club, 2:00 pm. Monday, Nov. 3: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, sensei, a Zen Buddhist priest and Smith Community Religious Adviser, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary.

Elm Street Substation Project, Week of October 27

Facilities Management will be conducting a project at the Elm Street substation (located between the Campus Center and J.M. Greene Hall) during the week of October 27. There will be some noise disruption and possibly some restricted access during this project. Please see the Facilities Management website for more detailed information. http://www.smith.edu/facilities/

Albright and Baldwin Houses - Access Road Project

Due to unforeseen weather conditions, the work scheduled along the access road between Albright and Baldwin Houses is expected to continue through Tuesday, November 4th. Only a portion of the access road will be shut down on the side between the two houses off of Bedford Terrace. For safety reasons, all foot traffic in and out of Baldwin House will need to enter and exit through the front doors. During this project there will be noise from excavation equipment.

Time Correction: Halloween Fun at the Alumnae (Haunted) House, Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Alumnae House

The Office of Alumnae Relations invites Smith families to a frightfully fun time at the Alumnae (Haunted) House. Come in costume or come as you are - and be ready to play some tricky games, have some tasty treats, and hear spooky stories about some of the ghosts of Smith College.

Free Family Fun , Saturday, Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m., Museum of Art

Free admission all day Free snacks | Wheelchair accessible Once Upon a Painting Enjoy a day of art-making, art-looking and collaborative storytelling inspired by global tales and works of art on view at SCMA. Create your own fairy tale book with story elements drawn from works on view. Hang on to that Halloween costume and come dressed as your favorite storybook character. Listen to fairy tales--familiar and fractured--read aloud by students from the Smith College Campus School and pick up a little something bound for your library, at their Pop-Up Book Fair.

Fall Chrysanthemum Show , November 1-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Conservatory

Every fall almost every shade of the rainbow can be seen inside the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. At the annual Chrysanthemum Show over-sized blooms reach eight inches across, and floral walls of color fill the greenhouses with brightly colored chrysanthemums.Dragons is the theme this year. The centerpiece for the show will be a dragon sculpture made by 2014 Smith College graduate Hyun-Jung Oh. The Fall Mum Show also showcases the hybridizing experiments of the horticulture class. The public is invited to view the results and vote for their favorites. Hours and information at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

Next Field Station Saturday, November 1, 1-5 p.m.

Visit the MacLeish Field Station in Whately Explore the 5 miles of hiking trails, relax outside, or study in the Bechtel Environmental Classroom (one of the greenest buildings in the world). The van leaves at 1 p.m. from the loading dock between Chapin and the Campus Center and returns to campus around 5 p.m. For more information and to sign up, visit http://goo.gl/xcYcWN.

Weekly Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma Begins , Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, 21 Belmont

Ongoing Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma, facilitated by Michelle Marchese, L.I.C.S.W., will meet weekly on Tuesdays. The group is open to new members for the first and second meeting and then is closed to new members. Please contact the Smith Counseling Service at (413) 585-2843 before attending the group.

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