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09/23/2014 Digest

Memorial Service for Professor Emerita Patricia Skarda, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m., Sanctuary, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

A memorial service for Professor Emerita Patricia Skarda, who died September 2 in Northampton at age 68, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Skarda taught at Smith from 1973 until her retirement in 2013. Her courses in the English department were extremely popular, as were her lectures at alumnae reunions. For a copy of her obituary with information about donations in her name, visit

Teach an Interterm Class

The Interterm Program is accepting proposals from faculty, students and staff to teach a non-credit class or workshop in January. We are seeking well-developed and creative ideas for teaching useful skills; cultivating creative expression and awareness; encouraging health and well-being; engaging in service projects; expanding cultural awareness; or deepening understanding of the sciences and technology. Classes will be offered in either the week of January 5 to 9 or January 12 to 16. Visit for information and a proposal form. The deadline for proposals is October 17.

Learning and Development Workshops Underway for Fall

Human Resources' Fall 2014 Learning and Development program workshop series is underway. Walk and box, Oct. 1, or learn about the best retirement plan for you, Oct. 2. Securing your computer or personal devices are always a must, so check out this workshop, Oct. 3. If you are interested in other professional development, life enhancement, financial and managerial topics, visit, to view full course listings, and to register for these and upcoming workshops.

Announcing Staff Representatives on Standing College Committees

Thank you to everyone who stepped forward to volunteer their time and energy to serve on a College Committee. We are grateful for your willingness to represent your colleagues in this important way. Staff (full list: have recently been appointed by the president to serve on the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, the Campus Planning Committee, the College Council on Community Policy, the Committee on Mission and Priorities, and the Committee on Sustainability. If you missed the opportunity to participate in the nominations and elections process and wish to get involved, contact Staff Council at

Apply for Kahn Institute Short-Term Project: 'Contested Cosmologies' Deadline is , October 6, Campus Center Carroll Room

All faculty and staff are invited to apply for the Kahn Institute short-term project "Contested Cosmologies: Our Place in Space," organized by Suzan Edwards, Astronomy, and Cornelia Pearsall, English, that will take place October 31 to November 1. The project seeks faculty with diverse disciplinary perspectives to consider ways in which prevailing world views may be challenged in any field of inquiry. How is our understanding of humanity shaped by our conception of our literal or metaphorical "place in space?" How might the continuous unfolding of new scientific evidence be reflected in literature, art, philosophy, religion, history or other disciplines? For a detailed description, schedule and to apply, visit

Faculty/Staff Pick-up Basketball , Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Noon, Scott Gym

Seeking other interested faculty and staff for lunchtime full-court pick-up basketball game. Join other staff and faculty members for this long-standing tradition. Games are generally M-W-F starting at noon. If interested or would like other information please email Sam Rush ( Depending on turnout, teams are chosen and rotated often so everyone gets a good workout. Bring your Smith ID and a red and non-red shirt (for team distinction.)

Information Session for Spring 2016 Kahn Institute Project: 'Play', Tuesday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications from faculty and staff for its Spring 2016 semester-long project, "Play," organized by Michael Thurston, English language and literature. This project will explore play from multiple disciplinary perspectives to enrich understanding of what play is and what we might gain through new definitions of play. Organizing faculty and Kahn staff will discuss content and structure of the project and fellowship opportunities. Beverages and appetizers will be served. For more information visit To apply, visit

Health Services Open on Mountain Day

On Mountain Day, whenever it falls in 2014, Health Services will operate at normal hours.

Workshop Series: "Nuts and Bolts of Social Justice Organizing", Tuesday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Register now for one or all of Sophia Smith Collection Activist-in-Residence Sara K. Gould's workshops for student activists. The series of five workshops, "Nuts&Bolts of Social Justice Organizing," begins Tuesday, Sept 23, 4-6 in Neilson Browsing Room, with "Add Gender, Build Power," looking at two case studies to demonstrate how organizing around race, class AND gender deepens popular understanding, expands movements and increases accountability of public officials. Register by e-mail to For more information, including guest activists, go to

Applications for Student Advisory Committee, Lewis Global Studies Center, Due, Monday, Sept. 29

The student advisory committee for the Lewis Global Studies Center is a liaison between the center and the student body. The committee advises and supports the center by providing student feedback on programming initiatives, outreach and engagement, and awareness on global issues as they pertain to the mission of the center. To learn more, visit To apply, visit this link and click "apply now":

Note Date Change for CWL Workshop 'Write a Song in an Hour' , Friday, Oct. 3, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The CWL workshop "Write a Song in an Hour (and Learn What It Has to Do with Leadership Development)," originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, will now take place Friday, Oct. 3, at 4:15 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The workshop will be led by Smith alumna Ally Einbinder, who in 2010 had just graduated from Smith and had never played an instrument before, but decided to pick up the bass. With two other Smith women, she formed a band called Potty Mouth, and they agreed to take risks and learn music by playing music. Today, Einbinder continues to build her musical career with Potty Mouth, as well as to work as a program specialist at Smith's Wurtele Center for Work and Life. Come and spend an hour with her in a low-pressure, songwriting environment! For more info, visit:

Sophian Collecting Questions for Alumna Author Piper Kerman

The Sophian invites Smith students to submit their questions for its upcoming interview with author, activist and Smith alumna Piper Kerman. Ask her anything about her memoir, her activism, her fame, or the hit Netflix show her work inspired. Each student can submit up to three questions and submissions will be accepted until October 1 at noon at the following link: sign)send_form

Smith Students' Aid Society Deadline for Fine Arts Supplies, Friday, Sept. 26

Applications with instructors' signatures must be turned into the Art Department Office. Decisions will be made before Friday, Oct. 3, and students will be notified about the status of their application by Monday, Oct. 6. Application guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions are available on our webpage: Students should contact Anne White at if they need any further assistance.

Call for New Judicial Board Members: Applications Due , Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Clark Hall

Are you interested in learning more about the Smith College Code of Conduct? Would you like to create a better Smith community? If your answers are "yes," then consider applying to the Smith College Judicial Board. The board is looking for new members who are juniors and seniors. To apply, complete the application and reference form found at For more information, contact the Judicial Board chair, Andrea Lahlum.

Weekday Trips with the Outdoor Adventure Program Begin , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Boathouse

Weekday adventures are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:30 p.m. through October. On Tuesdays Hannah will lead a variety of activities including mountain biking, slacklining and disc golf. On Thursdays Elana will lead local hiking trips along the Holyoke Range. No pre-registration required. Meet at the Boathouse.

Study Abroad with SEA Semester: Information Table, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Looking for adventure? Want to study abroad? Learn about SEA Semester. SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the summer or semester in the Caribbean, Europe, Polynesia, and New Zealand. Students spend half the semester in Woods Hole, MA in preparation for the second half voyage as a full-working crew member aboard one of two tall sailing ships. Email with questions.

Study Abroad Fair, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Students interested in gathering information about study abroad opportunities are invited to attend the annual Study Abroad Fair. Meet representatives from programs and host universities, and chat with students who have participated in these programs. In the event of inclement weather, the fair will be moved to the Campus Center Carroll Room.

Interfaith Alliance General Interest Dinner Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Spirituality in Action:The Interfaith Alliance is an informal student led group for all those interested in bringing religion into the discussion about social justice and identity, or who are seeking spiritual community. The first meeting of the semester will focus on building community and generating ideas for the upcoming year. People of religious and non-religious affiliations all encouraged to attend. Community Service and community engagement projects as well as opportunities for important dialogue will be offered.Dinner served, contact Jessa Fries or staff advisor Matilda Cantwell for more information, RSVP strongly encouraged but not required.

Lunch and Learn About Studying Abroad with SEA Semester, Wednesday, Sept. 24, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the summer or semester in the Caribbean, Europe, Polynesia, and New Zealand. Students spend half the semester in Woods Hole, MA in preparation for the second half voyage as a full-working crew member aboard one of two tall sailing ships. Lunch provided.

Become Braver in 75 Minutes with Rachel Simmons, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Bravery is a vital ingredient of a well-lived life. Brave helps you speak up, put yourself out there, make change and face down failure. At this workshop, you'll pull up at the drive-through brave window for a quick shot of brave strategies, along with a powerful new way of thinking about how and why to be brave. Rachel Simmons is an educator, leadership consultant, and author of the best-selling books "Odd Girl Out" and "The Curse of the Good Girl." For more information, visit

Information Session on Tibetan Studies in India , Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Campus Center 205

Apply to the Five College Tibetan Studies Program and spend J-Term at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. An additional information session will be held at Hampshire College, Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall No previous experience or prerequisites required. You must have a valid passport to apply. First-year students are not eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is Thursday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Constance Kassor at or 413/585-3429.

Financing Life, Thursday, Sept. 25, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Life costs money. How will you pay for it all? Come to "Financing Life," our popular lunchtime workshop series that is open to everyone, not just students. It covers everything you need to know from how to budget to saving for a car, house or business. Finally understand how taxes work, the best way to pay off debt, how to choose a credit card and much more! Free lunch is provided for the first 70 attendees. Presented by Professor Randy Bartlett and brought to you by the Center for Women and Financial Independence at Smith.

Open House: Tea with the Cutter Francophone Residential Community, Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Cutter House

All are welcome to learn more about living in Francophone housing and enjoy some special French treats.

Fall Career Fair , Friday, Sept. 26, 3:30-6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Meet with recruiters from more than 40 corporate and non-profit organizations to discuss a broad range of internships, full-time jobs and graduate/professional school opportunities. The fair is free for students; No registration is required. Bring copies of your resume. Attire is business casual. For a list of participating employers and graduate programs, visit

Become a Smith College Gold Key Tour Guide, Applications Due, Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m.

Are you passionate about Smith? Do you want to share that passion with prospective students? Be the reason somebody chooses Smith by becoming a Smith College Gold Key Tour Guide. Gold Key Central Board invites anyone who has been on Smith's campus for at least one semester to apply. As a guide you will lead a weekly tour, host overnights, and help out with special events. Applications due by Friday September 26th at 4pm in the Admissions Office. Applications are now available online via the following link:

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: College of Pharmacy, Western New England University, Friday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Smith alumna Bonnie Mannix ’06, director of pharmacy admissions and recruitment at Western New England College of Pharmacy, will speak about the admission requirements and provide information about their pharmacy and four-year professional programs. Pizza will be available for the first 25 people.

Join the Discussion on Justice, Identity and Social Change , Friday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life launches a year-long initiative to continue the conversation started by "Putting Ferguson in Context(s)" and invite other conversations around social injustices. Justice, Identity, and Social Change aims to promote reflective discussions, resource-sharing, inspiration and further action steps with respect to social injustice. All are welcome. Refreshments served.

Volunteer with Nuestras Raices at their Annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.

Volunteer with the CSO at Nuestras Raices' Annual Fall Harvest Festival in Holyoke. Help set up booths and enjoy music, entertainment, food, and more! Support a local urban grassroots agri-cultural organization. Transportation and snacks will be provided. To sign up, go to: For more information, contact or

Smith To Do: Safety Pin Jewelry Making, Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Smith To Do invites you to come make fantastic jewelry out of bare safety pins and to de-stress and bond with friends every Saturday night from 9-11pm. Amazing new beads, threads and bands in exciting new colors will be provided. Over 60,000 beads to choose from. You can personalize your jewelry with different decorative items and create your own Smith to do necklaces, bracelets, friendship bands, ear rings and much more. Free and open to all.

Informational Meeting: Study Abroad in Japan with AKP (Associated Kyoto Program) , Monday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Seelye 207

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 Language and Literatures and the Office of the Provost.

Piper Kerman, Up Close and Personal, Thursday, Oct. 2, 4:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

"Orange is the New Black" author Piper Kerman '92 will talking with book critic Bethanne Patrick '85 about her life, the Netflix series and Kerman's work on behalf of women inmates. Free Smith student tickets and $5 tickets for faculty, staff and the public are available in Campus Center 106, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while supplies last. Proceeds will be donated to the Women's Prison Association. Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and SEC.

BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen on the Gossip Industry, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., Ford 240

"The Gossip Industry: Mediating Celebrity from Clara Bow to Jennifer Lawrence" will be the topic of this talk by Anne Helen Petersen, who received her Ph.D. in Film/TV/Radio from the University of Texas, Austin, where she wrote her dissertation on the industrial production of celebrity gossip. Her book, 'Scandals of Classic Hollywood,' based on a column that began on 'The Hairpin,' is due out from Plume later this fall. She recently taught at Whitman College and is currently a feature writer at BuzzFeed in New York.

'Intersections of Justice: Disability, Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality', Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Activist, writer and educator Mia Mingus will discuss embracing the wholeness of our identities and building community at the intersections of disability, race, class, gender and sexuality as essential conditions for engaging in the work for transformational and liberatory justice over the long term. Mia currently works at Gen5 in Oakland, Calif., whose goal is to end sexual violence against children in five generations. Learn more about Mia Mingus at This event is wheelchair accessible and will be ASL interpreted.

Sociologist Madonna Harrington Meyer to Discuss 'Grandmothers at Work', Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Seelye 106

Madonna Harrington Meyer will talk about Grandmothers at Work and her research on grandmothers juggling families and jobs. She is the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Professor, and Chair of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also a Faculty Associate at the Aging Studies Institute, and Senior Research Affiliate at the Center for Policy Research. She is an author, editor, co-author, and also is co-editor of the Baywood Series on Aging.

Global Books: 'Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944', Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Global Books: Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944. After Germany defeated France in June 1940, Jean Guehenno wrote in his diary, "I think of all our young people. It was cruel to see them leave for the war. But is it less cruel to force them to live in a country that has lost its honor?" David Ball, professor emeritus of French and comparative literature at Smith, will discuss his acclaimed translation and annotation of Guehenno's diary. More information, including information on additional events with global themes can be found at

'Penelope's Craft: Finding Home in the 21st Century' , Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Corinne Pache, associate professor of classical studies at Trinity University, will examine the motif of Penelope's weaving (and unweaving) in the "Odyssey" and in recent rewritings of the poem, including Carol Ann Duffy's "Penelope" and Gail Holst-Warhaft's collection, "Penelope's Confession." Open to the public.

"Meditation in Context: From Ancient Buddhist Monastery to Modern Psychologist's Office", Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A lecture by David McMahan, Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin and Marshall College. Buddhist meditation has become extremely popular in recent years, not just in traditional settings, but studied by neuroscientists and practiced as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Few people realize, however, that the mass mindfulness movement is a recent Burmese development. This is the first in the fall lecture series "Mindfulness: Burmese Roots and Mass(achusetts) Branches" hosted by the Smith College Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion. Support provided by the Smith College Lecture Committee and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

NOAA Internship Presentations Summer 2014, Friday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., McConnell B05

A presentation on marine ecology, Great Lakes conservation, and estuary ecosystem research and policy projects. Jessica Lillquist '15 will speak about her internship at NOAA's Pacific Services Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; Catherine Aguilar '15 will talk about her internship at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab at Lake Michigan Field Station, Muskegon, Michigan; Katie Moshofsky '17 will present on her internship at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA; and Florence MacGregor '15 talk about her internship at NOAA/Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, Maine. Lunch provided.

'1940s Women in Labor: Then and Now', Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Academy of Music will present a panel discussion, 1940s Women in Labor: Then and Now, as a pre-production event to their newly commissioned work, "Nobody's Girl," which will premiere October 17 and 18 at the historic venue. Panelists include Daniel Horowitz, Ivette Hernandez, Debra J'Anthony, and Dale Melcher, and will be facilitated by women's historian Jacqueline Castledine. For further information, contact Academy of Music executive director, Debra J'Anthony at, or 413/584-9032 ext. 102.

Robert Seydel Panel Discussion and Reception, Monday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Curators of the Neilson Library exhibition "Robert Seydel: The Eye in Matter" will discuss Seydel's life and art. Seydel (1960-2011), writer and artist, taught at Hampshire College; his artwork combines collage, drawing, photography, and text. Reception to follow in Neilson Book Arts Gallery (3rd floor). For more information:

'(Epi)genomics of Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Targets to Mechanisms', Monday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by James Stafford, Junior Fellow, Simons Society of Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellow, Reinberg Lab NYU Langone Medical Center. 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 for the full schedule.

Documentary Film 'Wisconsin Rising' and Discussion Led by Filmmaker Sam Mayfield, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

In February 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed to the legislature that collective bargaining rights for state employees be ended. This provoked one of the most intense and publicized labor conflicts of the last 30 years. Some state legislators fled the state to prevent a quorum needed to enact the bill. State employees rallied and sat in at the state capitol and began a recall petition for Walker. It became a national rallying cry for the labor movement and also catapulted Walker into being a contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Both sides came away feeling their cause had been strengthened.

Sean Dorsey Lecture: 'Dancing Transgender and Queer Histories', Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

After his "trailblazing" performance in John M. Greene Hall on September 30, choreographer Sean Dorsey will discuss transgender issues and perspectives in contemporary dance. The lecture is free and open the public.

SEC and Spitfire present Zora Howard , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 8-10 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Zora Howard is a Harlem-raised writer, spoken word artist, actress and activist. Learning the balance of writing for personal expression and performing for a theatre audience, she found spoken word at the age of thirteen. She began slamming the same year and won the Urban Word NYC Grand Slam finals, the youngest poet ever to do so. Her work with filmmaker Lisa Russell on the short film Biracial Hair, based on her original poem of the same title, won an Emmy for Outstanding Advanced Media Interactivity in 2009. Her work has also been showcased on HBO, PBS, NBC.

Music in the Noon Hour: Ronald Gorevic, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Ronald Gorevic, violin and Jounghoon Song, viola will perform works by J. S. Bach and W. A. Mozart. A relaxing half-hour of music in the beautiful Sweeney Hall - the perfect way to spend your lunch break.

SEC Films Presents 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 2, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A concierge teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. Sponsored by the Smith Student Events Committee.

Stuart Fuchs aka 'Stukulele' in Concert, Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ukulele master Stu Fuchs makes a return engagement to Smith College after a successful, standing-room-only performance in 2013. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 10:00 - noon, he will also be teaching Uke Foundations 101: An All Levels Workshop, at Josten Library. If you don't have a ukulele, email, and we'll see what we can do.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Strauss Piano Quartet , Sunday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The first of three concerts celebrating the anniversary of C.P.E. Bach (300 years) and Richard Strauss (150 years). Come hear a sonata written collaboratively by J.S. and his son C.P.E. Bach, a selection of songs by R. Strauss and R. Strauss's rarely heard Piano Quartet. Liza Stepanova, piano; Laura Strickling, soprano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Ronald Carbone, viola; and Volcy Pelletier, cello. Free and open to the public.

Sean Dorsey Dance: 'The Secret History of Love', Tuesday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., John M. Green Hall

"The Secret History Of Love" is a dance that reveals the underground ways LGBT people managed to survive and find love in decades past, despite tremendous obstacles. 1920s speakeasies, wartime love affairs, police raids, and steamy underground cabarets explode onstage in this powerful work by transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey.

'The Vote' Film Screening and Discussion with Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 5:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Filmmaker Pankaj Kumar screens his 2003 documentary "The Vote", an examination of the democratic process and its challenges in India, one of the world's largest democracies. Indian democracy was again in the news when the country went to the polls earlier this year. Questions and answers with the director follow the screening. Reception preceding the screening begins at 4:30 pm in Seelye 207. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Film Studies Program, the South Asia Concentration and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Members' Preview of Tara Donovan's 'Moire', Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2-3 p.m., Museum of Art

Linda Muehlig, associate director for curatorial affairs/curator of paintings and sculpture, will offer a members-only gallery talk on Tara Donavan's installation, "Moire." Composed of adding tape paper spread in gentle plateaus across the gallery floor, "Moire" will be on view at the Museum for the first time since it was received as a gift from a private donor. Admission for members is $5; Student Members get in free. Members may bring up to 2 guests; space limited. Please RSVP by September 29 by contacting or 413/585.2777.

Free Second Friday at Smith College Museum of Art , Friday, Oct. 10, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Reinstalled galleries will be open. Tara Donavan's "Moire," a modern installation on view for the first time since a private donor gifted it to the Museum, will be on display in the first floor gallery. Hands-on! Art making for ages 4+ with adult (while supplies last). At 6 p.m., Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Factory Farm Simulation, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Enter a state-of-the-art virtual reality simulation of what a chicken on a factory farm experiences. This project allows us to connect with animals as individuals and actually get a glimpse of their experiences from their point of view. Each participant will wear a virtual reality headset and become the chicken; sensors will allow the participants to move as if they were the chickens themselves. This has been designed as an education tool and does not include anything overtly graphic. Sponsored by Animal Advocates of Smith.

STEM Grad School Application Workshop: Deciding Which Grad Schools to Apply To, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sabin Reed 220

Designed for STEM students applying for grad school, short presentations by faculty members will be paired with discussions and hands-on workshops (bring your laptop and relevant documents in progress!) where you can work on specific parts of your application with advice. If you RSVP in advance to we can try to ensure an expert from your area will be present to address ideas specific to the field. Part I will address methods for finding and deciding which graduate programs to apply to. We will also briefly discuss preparing for the GRE.

Social Justice Organizing Workshop: The Audre Lorde Project, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Register now for one or all of the remaining four workshops led by Sara K. Gould, the Sophia Smith Collection's Activist-in-Residence. The series, "Nuts&Bolts of Social Justice Organizing," continues Tuesday, September 30, 4-6 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, with, "Add Gender, Build Power," a look at The Audre Lorde Project, which organized lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender non-conforming immigrants of color to mobilize for comprehensive immigration reform. Community organizer Trishala Deb will join Sara to discuss her experience on the project. Register by email to More info on the complete series at

Global Salon with Independent Filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Meet Pankaj Rishi Kumar, an independent filmmaker from India, whose documentaries have been featured in film festivals across the world. His filmography includes: "In God's Land," "Seeds of Dissent," and "Kumar Talkies". During this salon, Kumar will lead an informal discussion revolving around his experience filmmaking in India on various topics: elections and power struggles, religious injustice, land seizure, the cinema in rural communities, and more. Pizza will be provided. His documentary "Mat" (or, "the Vote") will be screened Tuesday, September 30. For more events from the Lewis Global Studies Center, see:

A New School of Public Policy in Budapest: Recruitment Event with Dean Wolfgang Reinicke, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Dean Wolfgang Reinicke is the founding dean of the School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest, and president of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. During this info session, Dr. Reinicke will discuss his School of Public Policy, a, "global institution dealing with global problems," whose MPA program is known for giving its students practical knowledge of and engagement with: public policy, quantitative and qualitative skills, and analytical frameworks; all building towards giving students the tools to make the world a better place. For more events from the Lewis Global Studies Center, see:

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Wednesday, Sept. 24: Weekly Vigil, a gathering for guided contemplative exercises and quiet respectful conversation, Sanctuary; Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, focusing on the Book of John, 7 p.m., CC 102. Friday, Sept. 26: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal prepared by student cooks, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge. Sunday, Sept. 28: Smith Soka Buddhist Club, 2 p.m., Bodman Lounge. Monday, Sept. 29: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon H.C. Baldoquin, sensei, a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, 5 p.m., Sanctuary. Contact Ryumon for an introductory session at

Rosh Hashanah at Smith College, September 24 and 25

Erev Rosh Hashanah service will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the sanctuary, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae House Conference Room. The following day, Thursday, Sept. 25, Rosh Hashanah service begins at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available in the Bodman Lounge immediately following services. Tashlich will take place at 1 p.m. on Paradise Pond (rain location: Bodman Lounge). Services will be led by Smith's Jewish Student Adviser Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser. All members of the Smith community are welcome.

'Opening to the Now: Accepting All that Arises in the Midst of Stress', Tuesday, Sept. 30, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Our everyday life is filled with indiscriminate moments, each colored by our perceptions of how things are "supposed to be." It is this "supposing" that gets us in trouble. In this Buddhist conversation we will explore how to transform our idea of what is stressful into the reality of just what is. The lunch talk will be led by Ryumon H. G. Baldoquin Sensei, a Zen priest, teacher, and Smith Community Religious Adviser. All are welcome.

Heating Season Start-Up Begins , Monday, Sept. 22

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting September 22. 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.

Register For Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge Week, September 22-26

Each year, Massachusetts travelers strive to improve air quality by choosing more sustainable transportation options during the Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge. This year, Massachusetts challenges you to explore your commuting options and Shift Your Mode from September 22 to 26. Walk, bike, carpool, vanpool or take the public transit to work. Register at

Campus Tree Removal

A Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) located near Alumnae House will be removed soon. The top of the tree was lost in a storm, the trunk has some scarring and limbs overhang the building. It's also situated in a probable excavation site for storm water management repairs.

Open Office Hour with President McCartney, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4:15 p.m., President's Office

Odd Jobs: Lacrosse Fundraising

The Smith Lacrosse team is fundraising for their program. If you need work done around the house, hire a player to get it done for you. Painting, cleaning, yard work, etc. $35 for 2 workers. For more information or to reserve your workers, call 413/585-4986 or email

Smith Soccer to Offer Youth Soccer Clinics This Fall Beginning, October 5

Smith College head soccer coach Mark Platts will be offering youth soccer clinics to area children, ages 5-13. The dates for the clinics are October 5, 12, 19 and 26, with each session running from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The cost for each session is $15, or $50 for all four sessions. To register, visit or visit the sidebar link on the right side of the Smith Soccer page on

Maintenance Work at Lyman Estate

In the coming weeks, Smith College will complete an exterior painting project at the Lyman Estate House on Fort Hill. The painting is part of the college’s regular maintenance, and will help prevent any deterioration to the property. Smith is still operating on a timeline that aims for a sale of the Lyman Estate no sooner than the Fall of 2015, and the project does not signal a change in that timeline. The college and its contractors will, as always, follow lead safe paint practices throughout the project - even though the main body of the Lyman Estate House has previously been made lead-free. All material will be collected and disposed of off-site in full compliance with best practices, and the college will ensure that the property is fully protected throughout the work. As part of these safety practices, a large amount of the scraping work will take place on weekends. The project will be completed by the end of October.

Stargazing, Thursday, Oct. 2, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, clusters and the moon. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher, ext. 3935.

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