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02/09/2016 Digest


Library Sign Lab Open House, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1-4 p.m., Neilson Library, Second Floor

The Neilson Library Sign Lab will hold an Open House for students, faculty, and staff. The Sign Lab, located on the second floor of Neilson Library, is an experiment in transforming library spaces through community-driven signage, naming and icons. Participants will be able to learn about getting involved with the Sign Lab, see a vinyl cutter in action, and make an adhesive vinyl decal or sign. Learn more at http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/librarysignlab/

Staff Forum, Lunch Provided for First 50 Guests, Wednesday, Feb. 10, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Staff Council is hosting a Staff Forum, open to all Smith staff. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. Bring questions and ideas for Staff Council, meet others from around campus, and hear updates pertinent to staff.

Staff Council Wine and Cheese, Thursday, Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

A great opportunity to meet members of Staff Council and other colleagues from across campus.

Register Now for 'Slow Looking' Workshop, Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Museum of Art

For most of us, such clarity of focus has become increasingly rare. Simply looking has become a luxury. This two hour workshop will give us the time to do just that~ exploring the glories of the SCMA at our own slow pace, writing and making notes~ and then gathering to share what we've discovered. Lead by Christian McEwan, author of World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, now in its sixth edition. Register at: http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_registration.php

Smith Succeeds at Highest Levels

Twenty-eight remarkable Smithies have been named Finalists for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship (). Of these 28 hoping to impact 21 countries, 13 seek Research/Study Fellowships while another 15 aim for English Teaching Assistantships. The Fulbright Fellowship represents a significant contribution that Smith makes to societies around the world and is a keystone in Smith's global leadership drive. To learn more about these Finalists and their numerous faculty/staff supporters, please visit http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php. To learn how you can help the Fellowships Program identify and cultivate potential fellowships candidates, please contact Don Andrew (dandrew@smith.edu) or Ryan Lewis (rlewis@smith.edu).

Sign Up Now to Donate Blood at the Spring Blood Drive, February 23 and 24, Campus Center Carroll Room

The CSO spring 2016 Blood Drive is just around the corner on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1-7 p.m. One pint of blood can save up to three lives, so share the love this Valentines. Sign up today to be a donor on this doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/pcpi5hmz92bxdftu For more information contact the Community Service Office: cso@smith.edu

Sign Up Now for Staff Council Bus Trip to Bronx Zoo/Botanic Gardens, April 16

The trip is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, leaving at 7 a.m. and returning to Smith around 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $68 and include transportation AND a ticket to either the Zoo or New York Botanical Gardens. Discounts available for seniors and children. Bring the whole family. RSVP by March 28. Questions or reservations: email aletizia@smith.edu

ITS Service Interruption Notices

ITS posts information on known service outages on the ITS homepage at http://www.smith.edu/its . During regular business hours we post status updates on known issues, as well as other useful information.

House Banner and Hat Competitions for Rally Day

Two prizes each will be awarded for hats and house banners: Most Creative and Best Use of Theme. Each winning house will receive $100 for its treasury. Winners of the hat contest will receive a $50 Dining Dollars credit. As for the judging, volunteers from the Smith Fund will identify 10 hat contest finalists from among seniors gathered at the Campus Center to march to John M. Greene Hall. At the start of the ceremony, faculty will vote for their favorites. President Kathleen McCartney will announce the winners at the end of the celebration. House banners will be judged by a group of faculty and staff. All banners must be hung by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in order to qualify. (Banner kits are available in the Office of Student Engagement, Campus Center 106.) Read more about Rally Day events at http://goo.gl/Uy4HYw For more information, contact Office of Student Engagement or SGA.

Smithies Plan to Make a Difference Around the World

You too can plan to join the 28 super Smithies recently named Finalists for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. Of these finalists hoping to broaden themselves in 21 countries, 13 aim to earn Research/Study Fellowships while another 15 seek English Teaching Assistantships. The Fulbright Fellowship can be key to unlocking a world of wide possibilities and is a real boon to an impressive resume after college. Read here what the Finalists propose. To learn more about Smith's record-setting Fulbright track record, or to become a candidate yourself, visit the Fellowships Program at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php http://www.smith.edu/fulbright.

Apply to Become a Bridge Leader

Want to make a difference at Smith? Apply to become a Bridge Leader. Applications for the 2016 Bridge Leader Staff are now online. Get all the important dates and details by visiting http://www.smith.edu/oma/bridge_leader.php. Completed application materials are due February 22, 2016. For more information, contact L'Tanya Richmond at lrichmon@smith.edu or stop by Clark Hall.

Seniors/Alumnae: Apply for an Alumnae Scholarship,

If you are a senior or an alumna beginning your first year of graduate studies, you are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are competitive and are based on merit as determined by your record, letters from faculty and a recommendation from your department. Students who receive awards are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. The application deadline is March 25, 2016 and is available for download at http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php

Gold Key Accepting Applications For New Guides

Gold Key, the org of amazing students who give prospective students their first tours of campus, host them overnight, and show them what it's really like to be a Smithie, is welcoming applications for new guides this Spring. Being a guide is one of the most fun and rewarding things you can do on campus and we encourage anyone to apply! The Gold Key Google Form Application link is here: http://goo.gl/forms/JIZeEEzg7o. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Emily Bae, Head of Selections and Training (ebae@smith.edu) or Sakshee Chawla, Chair (schawla@smith.edu).

Menstrual Product Drive to Benefit Safe Passage Through March 10

Sponsored by the Class of 2018 Cabinet and Class Reps. Collection boxes will be in every house and SGA Office in the Campus Center. Safe Passage is committed to creating a safe environment for women when they leave their abusive homes. As a part of this commitment, they provide menstrual products for them in their shelters. Our cabinet believes that it makes sense to run this drive at a women's college, as many people on campus already have spare boxes of pads and tampons that they could easily donate.

Learn How to Complete a Business Model Canvas: Next Workshop is, Tuesday, Feb. 9, Noon-12:50 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Interested in competing in the Draper Competition on April 18th? The Center for Women and Financial Independence wants to help to prepare you and your application. Learn the iterative process of completing a Business Model Canvas through the three remaining workshops: February 9 - Key Activities, Resources and Partners; February 16 - Cost Structures and Revenue Streams; February 23 - Putting it all Together. Lunch will be provided for the first 20 attendees.

Valentine's Day with The Smith Fund, Tuesday & Thursday, Feb 9 & 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Show your love for Smith in honor of Valentine's Day. Stop by The Smith Fund table in the Campus Center and make a valentine for someone special, pick up a sweet treat, and make your gift to The Senior Appreciation Program. Visit our table in the CC.

Time Management and Study Strategies, Tuesday, Feb. 9, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Start the semester with a better sense of how to use effective study and time management strategies in this informal workshop. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Pitch your Big Idea: Join the WFI and Valley Venture Mentors, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5-8 p.m., VVM World HQ, 1500 Main St., Springfield

Get connected to the largest and fastest growing entrepreneurial network in the Pioneer Valley. Pitch your startup (2 minutes) to the community of other local college students, industry leaders, budding entrepreneurs and business mentors at Valley Venture Mentors - if enough mentors commit to help you, you're in. Register to audition at https://goo.gl/WJ9Lyn. The WFI will be providing transportation to and from VVM. To sign up for transportation, visit https://goo.gl/JySfBf

BFTN: Cookie Decorating , Thursday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Decorate heart-shaped cookies and make Valentines Day cards for your special valentine in honor of the month of love.

Make a Difference by Volunteering: Learn How at Community Ed Lunch, Thursday, Feb. 11, Noon-1 p.m., CCC, Wright 013

Interested in bettering the lives of others via education and wellness? Then attend Community Service Organization's Community Ed Luncheon which highlights volunteer opportunities with Connections After School Program and Fit Together. Agency representatives will be there to talk about the work that their agencies do and how Smith students can get involved. Connections After School Program Tutors mentor underprivileged young students. Fit Together offers personalized wellness advice and services to people in Western Massachusetts. Pizza and salad will be served. Questions, contact CSO cso@smith.edu ext. 2793.

I Love My Library Day, Thursday, Feb. 11

Make time for some Valentine fun in the Libraries. http://smith.edu/libraries/info/news/love-my-library Enjoy rolling afternoon teas in all four campus libraries, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Get distracted with valentine making, photo booths, button making, and coloring books - display your work in Neilson. Check out the love-themed exhibitions in Hillyer and Josten libraries.

PRESHCO Spain Information Session, Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., Campus Center 204

Learn more about the Smith-Wellesley College semester study abroad program in Cordoba, Spain, which combines academic courses with a rich cultural program. The Program Administrator will give highlights from the program, talk about the application and visa process and answer questions. There will also be former Smith participants present to talk about their own experiences.

Smith To Do: Manicure Night and DIY Hair Scrunchies, Saturday, Feb. 13, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Bring your friends to do nail art and make hair scrunchies.

Summer International Opportunities Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

Interested in studying abroad this summer but unsure of where to start? The Lewis Global Studies Center is hosting a summer abroad fair! You will be able to talk with representatives from nearly 20 different program providers about their various programs located around the world.

Learn About Ewha Woman's University, Smith College Summer Exchange Program Informational Session, Thursday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Each year, Smith College selects up to ten students to attend Ewha Womans University's International Summer College in Seoul, South Korea. Students who are interested should attend the info session for more information about the program and the application process.

Night at Your Museum, Friday, Feb. 19, 7-10 p.m., Museum of Art

Come to SCMA's party-of-the-year for a night to remember. Celebrate yourself in the museum by connecting with great friends, captivating art, and your own unique identity. Featuring: South Asian-inspired appetizers, desserts, and mocktails; the Smiffenpoofs; WOZQ; SC Masti; hands-on art-making; a photobooth; and more. Your recently redesigned museum includes the new Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery, featuring "Dislocation/Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia." Smithies are encouraged to dress to express (and impress). Free and open to all Smith students. Enter through the Brown Fine Arts Center atrium.

Ticket Information for Viola Davis Talk, Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Viola Davis -- the Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor perhaps best known for her current work starring in ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" -- will speak at Smith at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in John M. Greene Hall. The evening will be moderated by Andrea Hairston, the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith. Tickets are required and are available now. For information, go to: http://bit.ly/1SHaCzp

Israel and the Middle East Conflict: Themes and Variations , Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Smith Israel Alliance welcomes Professor of Government Emertia Donna Divine and Dr. Asaf Romirowsky Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East as panelists. Their talk will give a historical context for past and current Middle East conflicts as they pertain to Israel and the challenges it faces. The event is open to the public.

Chaired Professor Lecture: Patricia DiBartolo, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Patricia DiBartolo, Caroline L. Wall '27 Professor of Psychology, will give her inaugural lecture, "When Brilliance Backfires: Perfectionism's Cutting Edge." All are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

WHAW: 'Spain in Crisis', Wednesday, Feb. 10, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Center presents a What's Happening Around the World (WHAW) event on the changes in Spain's political climate. Reyes Lazaro, Professor of Spanish, Pau Atela, Professor of Math, and Abel Castano Bravo, AMS Diploma student from Cordoba, will participate in the panel discussing the recent elections and ensuing political upheaval. Pizza lunch will be served.

Panel Discussion and Exhibition Inauguration: Accounting for Torture in Syria - The "Caesar" Photographs, Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Panel Discussion and Inauguration of an exhibition of photographs of victims of torture by the government of Syria collected secretly from May 2011 to August 2013 by an official photographer for Syria's military police. Known as "Caesar," he defected from the military and was smuggled out of Syria with his digital archive of photographs which have been authenticated by the U.S. government and Human Rights Watch, and are among the most compelling evidence of the Assad regime's systematic and widespread use of torture and complicity in war crimes. Panelists: Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria; Mouaz Moustfa, Executive Director, Syria Emergency Task Force; Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch. Moderator: Steven Heydemann, Janet W. Ketcham 1953 Professor of Middle East Studies, Smith College. The panel discussion and exhibition include graphic content.

Kristie Dotson: 'Thinking Black Feminist Decolonial Thought', Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

The Departments of Philosophy and Africana Studies sponsor this talk by Kristie Dotson, associate professor of philosophy, Michigan State University. Dotson will offer a way to understand the much-contested notion of "identity politics," specifically black feminist identity politics, and discuss its important relationship to decolonization projects in U.S. settler colonial society.

Domesticating Social Tensions, Thursday, Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

"Soviet Animation Movies of the 1960s-80s", a lecture by Maria Maiofis, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Looking at ways West European notions of family and domesticity served to shape beloved Soviet animation classics, this talk raises questions emerging from the cultural history of the Cold War and demonstrates the methods a literary scholar might use to work with the cultural products of the age of television and electronic media. The first in the "Russia in the World" spring lecture series organized by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program.

Dr. Cornel West at Smith College, Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., John M. Green Hall

This event will be a lecture on Black History Month delivered by Dr. Cornel West. He will broadly touch upon themes/topics of racism, African-American history, Black spirituality, democracy, and intersectional feminism. More specifically, he will address the events of Ferguson, Baltimore, New York and police brutality in the public eye as well as institutional racism, the prison-industrial complex and his experience as an activist on the front lines. Hosted by Smith Association for Class Activists. Seating cannot be reserved. Doors at 6 p.m. In case of a full house, the talk will be live-streamed to Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall

Open Discussion with Sarah Leah Whitson, Director of HRW's Middle East Program, Friday, Feb. 12, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division, oversees the work of the division in 19 countries, with staff located in 10 countries. She has led dozens of advocacy and missions throughout the region, focusing on issues of armed conflict, accountability, legal reform, migrant workers, and political rights. Lunch will be provided to the first 25 attendees.

'Climate Change, Conflict, and Migration: The Intersection', Friday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

What exactly is the role of climate change in the current refugee crisis? How do our investments in fossil fuels exacerbate global violence and civil war? Christian Parenti, journalist and professor at New York University, will discuss these and other questions drawing from his current research and book "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change in the New Geography of Violence." Event presented by Divest Smith College, CEEDs, and Green Team. Snacks provided.

'Eyes on the Prize: The Pursuit of a Life Less Cluttered', Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7-8 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Lee Shuer of ServiceNet and sponsored by the psychology department and School for Social Work.

Liz Cheney: A Powerful America , Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Former State Department leader on Middle East foreign policy discusses her experience as a woman in politics, her new book with former Vice President Dick Cheney, the war on terror and the future of American leadership.

Save the Date: SEC Hosts Dream Junkies for Spoken Word, Monday, Feb. 15, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Hip hop group Dream Junkies will perform at spoken word hosted by Student Event Committee and SpitFire. Dream Junkies is a hip hop group from Southern California featuring critically acclaimed artists Beleaf, John Givez and Ruslan. They have respectively opened for Snoop Dogg, Yelawolf, Wu-Tang Clan, Lecrae and more.

'MOTHERS' ARMS Kathe Kollwitz's Women and War' Exhibit, On View Through May 29

The works of Kathe Kollwitz offer testimony concerning the ravages of both World Wars on her life and the socio-political realities of Germany's role in this history. Kollwitz's diary, used in the exhibition, offers insights into her internal struggles as a German female artist and social activist during both World Wars. The personal circumstances of her life and work offer an incisive perspective on the complexities of wartime experience. Drawn from the Museum's collections of prints with loans from private and public collections, the exhibition locates Kollwitz's works in their political, historical, and cultural context.

Auditions for 'Under Paradise Valley,' a Play by Lakes Writer Pamela Petro, February 10 and 11, 7-9 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Auditions for the experimental play/art installation "Under Paradise Valley," Directed by Maria Bell '16. No acting experience is necessary. Scripts will be provided for you to read, and perusal scripts are available in the Josten Library. For more information, contact mbell@smith.edu and/or ppetro@smith.edu. The performance will take place March 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Poetry Center in Wright Hall.

Jittery's Live Presents Calico Blue, Thursday, Feb. 11, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Calico Blue, an Amherst "blues dream astro rock" band will be playing at Jittery's Live. Come out for free coffee, cookies, and some incredible jamming. Bandmates Eli Ayres, Sarah Addi, John Bergin, and Billy Hickey make a soulful beach-pop that has a dreamy yet raw sound. The band is influenced by Grizzly Bear, the Cults, Fleet Foxes, The Velvet Underground, Real Estate, and The Growlers among others. Their first self-titled LP was released in July 2015. To hear Calico Blue's sound: http://calicoblue.bandcamp.com/releases

MFA Thesis Dance Concert, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 11-13, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Featuring the distinct choreographic perspectives of Barbie Diewald, Emily Lukasewski, Bronwen MacArthur and Kate Seethaler, Hue: a continuum is the culminating performance aspect of each artist's thesis research. The performance calls on a diverse spectrum of classical, contemporary, post-modern and experimental forms that represent the breadth of the graduate program at Smith. Performers include Smith graduate students and undergraduate dancers from the Five College Dance Department, as well as several excellent local professional dancers. Tickets available at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts or 413-585-3220.

SEC Films Presents 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', Friday & Saturday, Feb. 12 & 13, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

SEC invites students to a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Based on Truman Capote's novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's follows a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building. He is with an older woman who is very wealthy, but he wants to be a writer. She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry.

Reception for 'Correlations, New Works by Julie Shapiro', Friday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Julie Shapiro received her BA in art from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in painting/printmaking from Yale School of Art. She also attended the Yale Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT. She received tenure from SMU in Dallas, TX. Shapiro has had numerous exhibitions including solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle and Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA and various group shows. Show runs February 2-28. The gallery is open M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

EAL Film Series: 'Miss Chinatown USA' + 'Seeking Asian Female', Friday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

The East Asian Languages Department will be hosting the documentaries "Miss Chinatown USA" and "Seeking Asian Female", both of which explore the identity of Asian women today. The latter film was also produced by the aunt of a current Smithie, so come show some support. These films will be followed by a discussion of their commentary on the female identity. There will be popcorn.

'Iskra!' Folk Opera Previewed for Josten Live! Fridays@Five, Friday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Jessica L. Marlor '16 and a Smith cast preview her newly composed folk opera Iskra!, based on the little-known 1897 Lattimer massacre of immigrant mine workers in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania. Lush Polish folk melodies underscore the workers' Eastern European origins. This is a work in progress, with an outdoor premiere performance slated for the Mendenhall Courtyard on May 13. Comments and suggestions welcome during the talkback. Free and open to all.

Jerry Noble and Friends, Sunday, Feb. 14, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Jerry and his musical friends Bob Sparkman, clarinet, and Joel Pitchon, violin, present love songs of various kinds in honor of St. Valentine's Day. Old tunes will be heard in new ways, featuring student friends, Jerry's new film-noir adventure for violin and piano, Fiddle in the City, will be premiered, and Bob and Jerry will deliver a jazzy bouquet from the American Songbook. Free and open to the public.

Survivors of Sexual Trauma Support Group Begins, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

The group meets weekly on Wednesdays. New members may join February 10 and 17. Please register with the Counseling Service by calling 413/585-2840. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese, L.I.C.S.W., and Margot Reilly, M.S.W. intern.

What's Happening Around the World: 'Spain in Crisis', Wednesday, Feb. 10, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a What's Happening Around the World event on the changes in Spain's political climate. Reyes Lazaro, Professor of Spanish, Pau Atela, Professor of Math, and Abel Castano Bravo, AMS Diploma student from Cordoba will participate in the panel discussing the recent elections and ensuing political upheaval. Pizza lunch will be served.

'Principles of Investing' with Prof. Kaufman, Thursday, Feb. 11, Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Do you understand the basics of investing? Would you like to learn? This lunch series taught by Professor Roger Kaufman is designed for Smithies from all majors, staff and faculty with no prior knowledge about investing. Learn the tools you need to start saving for tomorrow, whether it's vocabulary about stocks or tips on evaluating the market. As an extra bonus at this week's class, there will be a raffle to win a copy of 'A Random Walk Down Wall Street,' a must-read before starting your own portfolio. Brought to you by the Center for Women and Financial Independence.

Can You Drink This Cup?

The season of Lent begins on February 10. During Lent we are invited to reflect on Jesus' ministry and his suffering in a way that slowly, year after year, molds us more and more into imitators of Christ. Henri Nouwen, a Catholic theologian and priest, saw Christ's challenge to imitate and follow summed up in the question, "Can you drink this cup?" Join with other students on Sunday evenings during Lent to read Nouwen's short book, "Can You Drink This Cup?" Email Abigail Kromminga at akromminga@smith.edu if you're interested in joining! Participants will receive a free copy of the book.

Religious Life Staff Can Help Plan Vigils Important to You

We live in a diverse community where major world events can affect some of us deeply. The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life strives to honor the impact of a wide variety of important events that occur, and supports students in creating a contemplative space where urgent human rights are honored and calls for justice are voiced. If you would like to hold a vigil to help raise awareness of any issue on campus or beyond that matters to you, we can help. We encourage students to meet with CRSL staff to plan the vigil. Contact Matilda Cantwell at mcantwel@smith.edu.

Zazen Practice, Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Zazen (seated Zen) is deeply rooted in Buddhist spiritual tradition and is foundational to the path of awakening. This weekly meditation is led by Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing practitioner, and a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, who serves as a Buddhist Community Religious Adviser in Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome. No experience is needed.

Soup, Salad, Soul, Friday, Feb. 12, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over delicious homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad (often with homemade bread), prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, contemplative issues, and interesting topics presented by student leaders in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Shabbat Dinner, Friday, Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) holds its Shabbat Dinner every Friday at 5:30 p.m at the Kosher Kitchen adjacent to Jordan House. Enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and you don't have to be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Fencing Team Fundraiser: Fudge Sale--Explore Over Ten Flavors, February 9, 11, 12, 13 & 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

With nationals and scrimmages coming near, Hell's Belles, Smith College's fencing team is doing a fund-raising for the team. Flavors include chocolate, heath, mocha, mint chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate orange, chocolate raspberry, cookies and cream, vegan chocolate, and vegan peanut butter. The price for 1 bag(about 1/4 lb.) is $4; the price for 2 bags is $7. Come to support the college's team and enjoy delicious fudges.

Ada Valentine's Day Bake Sale, Thursday, Feb. 11, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Heart-shaped cookies, chocolate lollipops, cupcakes baked with Ada LOVE, and Ada Merchandise will be available.

Free Second Friday, Friday, Feb. 12, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Enjoy additional programs related to the exhibition: "Mother's Arms Kathe Kollwitz's Women and War. 4-6 p.m. "Printed with Love" - Try out printmaking and create Valentines for loved ones. 6-6:30 p.m. Open Eyes - Join a guided conversation about one work of art in the exhibition. 6-7 p.m. Book signing for the exhibition catalogue. 7 p.m. Film screening "Kathe Kollwitz: Images of a Life." Museum Shop open 11 a.m.-8 p.m and light refreshments.

Stargazing and Astronomy Open House, Friday, Feb. 12, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, planets, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

Pa'lante Afro-Latinidad: Regresando a Nuestras Raices, Saturday, Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Join Nosotr@s for its annual spring showcase with performances and food.

Sign Up for Smith Lacrosse Winter Clinic, Saturday, Feb. 27

Open to all high school players graduating in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Join the Smith Lacrosse Team for a fun-filled day of lacrosse. The day is designed to help players improve their individual skills and lacrosse knowledge all while experiencing a highly competitive Division III environment. The event takes place 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Turf Field, Cost is $50 (bring check or cash). Please bring goggles, stick, mouthguard, and sneakers - Goalies bring own equipment. For more information and to reserve your spot please email mwolford@smith.edu before Tuesday, February 23.

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