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10/13/2015 Digest

Attention Banner INB Users; Upgrade Java by , Wednesday, Oct. 14

In preparation for a web server upgrade, all Banner INB users must be running Java version 7 update 79 by Wednesday, Oct. 14. If you are unsure of your Java version, follow the instructions on the Smith software site to install the supported version: If you are not running Java 7 update 79 after the web server upgrade, you will not be able to run Banner. Contact the USC with any further questions at ext. 4487

Guest Wireless Access

Guests can now connect to our wireless network by selecting the Connect2Smith network on their computer or mobile device, and entering sophiasmith when prompted for a password. For more information on connecting to the wireless network for Smith students, faculty and staff, visit For questions or assistance contact the User Support Center at ext. 4487.

Sign Up Now for Kahn Short-Term Project, 'Cotton,' Organized by Kiki Smith, April 29

Cotton has been the stuff of conflict and controversies in all parts of the globe for over 5500 years. It is woven into the histories of cities from Lowell, Massachusetts, to Xinjiang, China. Indeed, it is a topic with extraordinary interdisciplinary resonance, drawing as it does on history, biology, chemistry, economics, government, anthropology, and many other fields. This early call for applications (deadline October 30) is for participants to receive a copy of and read in its entirety, the "Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert." For more information and to apply, visit The project will take place Friday, April 29, at 9 a.m. in the Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor.

Apply by Oct. 14 for Kahn Institute Short-Term Project, 'Refugees' , Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Focus will specifically be on the value (and challenges) of first-person accounts and related cultural production of displace persons and refugees. Additionally, we will concentrate on individual/collective experiences of refugees and forced migrants through a range of ego documents, which may include experimental writing and documentary film. We hope to move beyond thinking of refugees as victims, security threats, and alien others... For additional information and to apply, go to Application deadline October 14.

Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery Opening Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 15, 5-7 p.m., Atrium, Museum of Art

Celebrate the opening of this new gallery dedicated to President Emerita Carol T. Christ. There will be a reception for the Smith community from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Brown Fine Arts Center; the entire Museum will stay open for special hours until 7 p.m. The new gallery, located on the lower level of the SCMA, provides a state-of-the-art dedicated space for the display of the Museum's evolving collection of Asian art. For more information, contact Ashley Keedy, ext. 2688, Read more about the event in the Grecourt Gate at

Teach an Interterm Class; Proposals Due, October 16

The Interterm Program is accepting proposals from students, faculty and staff to teach a non-credit class or a workshop in January. We are seeking well-developed and creative ideas for teaching useful skills; cultivating creative expression and awareness; encouraging health, well-being and fun; 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 4-8 or January 11-15. Go to for information and a proposal form. The deadline for proposals is October 16.

Deadline for 2016-2017 Kahn Institute Long-Term Projects, Monday, Oct. 19, Midnight, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Next year's Kahn Institute long-term projects are "Modes and Models of Making," organized by Alex Keller, Film Studies, and Dana Leibsohn, Art; and "Shaping Perception," organized by Daphne LaMothe, Africana Studies, and Chris Aiken, Dance. The deadline to apply for both of these projects is midnight Monday, October 19. For an extended description of each project and to apply, visit

Staff Council Cider and Donuts Event , Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9-11 a.m., Front Lawn, Lilly Hall

The Staff Council Activities Committee will host their annual Staff Appreciation event with free Atkins Donuts and cider. Please come enjoy a fall morning socializing over a cup of warm (or cold) cider and a donut.

Sherrerd Teaching Prize Ceremony, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The campus community is invited to a celebration of this year's Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and John J.F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching. The 2015 prize recipients are Justina Gregory '67, Sophia Smith Professor of Classical Languages and Literature; Sara B. Pruss, associate professor of geosciences; and Alan N. Rudnitsky, professor of education and child study. The awards are given annually to Smith faculty members in recognition of their stellar teaching. A reception will follow the ceremony. Read more about this year's honorees at:

HR Fair, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

Join Human Resources for its annual HR Fair. Employees will have the opportunity to find out about Smith benefits, provider organizations and services; and to win a prize by entering in the drawing.

What Are You Grateful For? Photo Hunt

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

Looking for Hosts for Women of Distinction Weekend: October 16-18

Women of Distinction is a fly-in program for high school seniors, designed to highlight opportunities for students of color at Smith. The Office of Admission is looking for students who want to share their love for Smith with prospective students. To register to host, visit Direct questions or concerns to Multicultural Recruitment Interns at:

Smith To Do: Floral Hanging Balls, Saturday, Oct. 17, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Create floral hanging balls to hang in your room as decoration.

Gleaning With Rachel's Table, Sunday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.

Gleaning, which dates back to Biblical times, is the gathering of produce after harvest. Farmers are often unable to sell all of their produce, either because of imperfections or because they simply cannot harvest it all. Many farmers welcome the opportunity to donate excess produce that would otherwise have been thrown out; others donate salable produce simply out of kindness. We will be taking a van from the Chapin Loading Dock to a few farms to harvest the produce, and then we will be donating the food. Email to reserve your spot.

President McCartney's Open Office Hour, Monday, Oct. 19, 4-5 p.m., President's Office

This is your time to spend a brief one-on-one with President McCartney.

'Look For the Good' with the Senior Appreciation Program, Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 19-21, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Stop by The Smith Fund table to 'Look For the Good' at Smith and learn more about the Senior Appreciation Program, sponsored by The Smith Fund. All students are invited to stop by for candy, giveaways, and fun photo opportunities.

History Major/Minor and Annual History Fair, Monday, Oct. 19, Noon, Seelye 207

Come meet professors in the history department, learn about spring courses, and hear from several history majors who will briefly share their journey through the major, including their experiences working in archives, connecting study abroad to their seminar and thesis work, and the range of internships that their work in history has inspired. Pizza will be provided for the first 25 in attendance. We hope you can join us! All are welcome.

Logic Minor, Monday, Oct. 19, 12:15 p.m., Philosophy Study, Dewey House

Meet the Logic faculty and hear from our current Logic minors. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Art Major, Thursday, Oct. 22, Noon, Atrium, Museum of Art

Combining historical study and studio practice, we are committed to cultivating visual literacy and to understanding artistic production in different cultures throughout time and in our own media-saturated present. The major has three paths-art history, studio art, and architecture-and each develops critical skills of thinking, speaking, reading and writing. The department offers courses in digital media, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and typography. The presentation will include information about requirements and structuring the major/ minor. Information about study abroad and honors will also be provided. Professors and students from the department will answer questions. Lunch will be served

Global Salon: 'The Arab Spring and Its Regional Implications, An Israeli Perspective', Wednesday, Oct. 14, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Dr. David Govrin is a diplomat in Israel's foreign service. His postings have included the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Israel's permanent mission to the United Nations, and director of policy planning for the Department of Islamic Affairs. He is currently director of the Jordanian and North Africa Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. Dr. Govrin will be focusing on Israel's shifting strategic and political relationships in light of the Arab Spring. Pizza lunch will be provided for the first 25 people.

New Women on the Startup Block: Entrepreneurship @Smith, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Annual kick-off lecture for WFI's entrepreneurial activities. Are you a budding entrepreneur? Do you dream of launching your own startup? You are invited to listen to and meet with Smith Alumna Debby Farrington '72, general partner and co-founder, StarVest Partners and one of the judges for the 2016 Draper Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs Competition. She'll talk about entrepreneurship and help WFI start off another activity-filled year designed to ignite your entrepreneurial passion. Of course, all activities will culminate with the 4th Annual Draper Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs Competition on April 18, 2016.

A Global Books Event: Engaging With a Japanese Reader, Thursday, Oct. 15, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Part of the Global Books Series. Author Yuri Kumagai, Senior Lecturer of Japanese and Maki Hubbard, Professor of East Asian Languages will focus on Japanese language teaching as an example. Kumagai will address the importance of broadening the scope of foreign language education to include learning how to read various meaning-making systems within and beyond "language" in order to critically engage with the world. Pizza lunch will be served.

'Bucking Political Stereotypes', Monday, Oct. 19, 2:40 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Philip Warbug, author of "Harness the Sun and Harvest the Wind," speak about "Bucking Political Stereotypes: A New England Environmental Advocate Looks at Wind Power's Ascent in the American Heartland." This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

'Social Economics: The Costs and Benefits of Social Behavior', Monday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Timothy Hackenberg, professor of psychology, Reed College. Part of the Fall 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

'Design Thinking in the Artist Book,' by Ken Botnick, Monday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Graham Auditorium, Hillyer, BFAC

Ken will discuss his own work and some exciting student projects from his multi-disciplinary courses. Ken's students have investigated ways that digital technologies and design thinking can transform the traditional shape and content of the book. Exploring questions about the form, content and role of the book is especially engaging now, as we imagine the library of the future at Smith. Ken is a professor at Washington University's School of Architecture and College of Art, where he also directs the Kransberg Book Studio. Co-sponsored by the Design Thinking Initiative, Book Studies, Landscape Studies and the Art Department

'A Visit to Terezin,' a Kahn Institute Lunch Lecture by Artist, Filmmaker Daniel Blaufuks, Tuesday, Oct. 20, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Blaufuks will present this talk as part of the Kahn Institute long-term project "Memory: Form, Function, and Fallibility." Terezin, also known by its German name "Theresienstadt," was a large concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic during World War II. Blaufuks' presentation will include screenings of his film and video works, and discussion around images and illusions of memory. Lunch will be served. Open to the public.

Susan George '56: Climate Change and Conflict, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

A Smith alumna, activist and author, Susan George '56 has devoted her energies to combating global issues such as hunger, poverty, inequalities and injustices. Part of a series of events related to this year's COP21 talks in Paris. Presented by the Department of French Studies. See the LGSC, French Studies and CEEDS websites for more info on additional events. Free and open to the public.

Lunch Talk: 'Trade, Development, Economics and Climate Change: A Conversation with Susan George', Wednesday, Oct. 21, Noon, Campus Center 204

Susan George, '56, a social scientist, activist and writer who addresses global justice, poverty, development and debt, will provide an informal, open-ended discussion of her work. Free and open to the public. Light lunch provided.

Jazz Ensemble Looking for Trumpet Players

The Smith College Jazz Ensemble is looking for trumpet players to join the ensemble. Some jazz experience is preferable, but all levels are welcome! Email if interested in joining.

'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night': Contemporary Film Screening Series , Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Introduced by Janie Vanpee, Professor of French and Comparative Literature.

Music in the Noon Hour: Muller and D'Rivera, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Deerfield Wind Quintet performs works by Muller and D'Rivera for half an hour in Sweeney Concert Hall. Free and open to the public.

Jittery's Live Presents Katie Costello, Thursday, Oct. 15, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Jittery's Live welcomes Katie Costello, a self-proclaimed "rebel-pop singer songwriter." Event hosts free coffee, cookies and music. Costello, who started composing at the ripe age of 13, approaches her original songs with a unique, lyric sound. Hailing from Los Angeles, she now lives and works in Brooklyn where she takes inspiration from the city, environmental activism, and artistic creativity.

Screening of 'Illegal' by Oliver Masset-Depasse (2010), Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Part of the Humanities Lab on Forced Displacement: Tania is a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested. Mother and son are separated and Tania is placed in a detention center. She will do anything to be reunited with her son but won't manage to avoid threats of deportation. Introduced by Professor Mlada Bukovansky.

Poetry Reading by Amy Uyematsu, Thursday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The poetry of Amy Uyematsu is drawn from her personal experience as a third-generation Japanese American woman, activist, and high school math teacher. Author of multiple books of poetry, including most recently, "The Yellow Door," she is considered one of the founding lights of the Asian American movement. Sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature and the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program, with support from the Smith College Lecture Committee. This event is free and open to the public.

New Playreading Series: 'Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner', Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

New Playreading Series presents Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner, written and directed by Darcy Parker Bruce MFA '16. A SUPER queer time travel adventure. With Dinosaurs. A cross between Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Fried Green Tomatoes. Free and open to the public.

SEC Films Presents 'Jurassic World' , Friday & Saturday, Oct. 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.

Guest Ensemble Concert: Revere Piano Quartet, Sunday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Tae Kim, piano, Jin-Kyung Joen, violin, Ronald Gorevic, violin & viola, Eugene Kim, cello. This dynamic new Boston-based group will present a rarely heard work by Korngold and the Faure Piano Quartet no. 1 in C Minor. Free and open to the public.

Concert Conversation: Beethoven on Period Instruments, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Guest artists Hilary Metzger, cellist, who teaches at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Villeurbanne and Universite de Poitiers, and Greg Hayes, pianist, of Dartmouth College, will explore performance practice, historical context, and the influences of both on interpretation. Works include Variations on a Theme from Judas Maccabeus and the Sonata No. 2 in G Minor. Free and open to the public.

'Untamed Southern Kudzu: Beset, Entwine & Cloak': Photographs by Kai McBride, Through October 30, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

This presentation, sponsored by the Smith Department of Art, includes images taken by photographer Kai McBride (b. 1972, Lihue, Kauai) over ten years, in North Carolina and Georgia, and looks at the unstoppable Kudzu vine, most prominently found in the southern landscape.

Special Jacobson Workshop for Transfer Students, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12:15 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

How are you handling the academic transition to Smith? Managing the reading and writing load, planning study time, and adjusting to academics can be challenging. The Jacobson Center will offer a special workshop/discussion for transfer students on Wednesday, Oct. 14, during the lunch hour. Gail Thomas and Julio Alves will lead the discussion and share practical advice. Feel free to bring a grab and go lunch, and the Center will provide cookies.

Estate Planning Workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Join David Carboni, DKC Retirement Associates, LLC, CFP, in a free 90-minute workshop that will provide you with the resources you need to answer your estate planning questions, and to help you better understand estate planning and the process involved. To register, visit

SEA Semester Info Session/Lunch, Friday, Oct. 16, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

SEA Semester is a field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment. They offer 6 different semester programs that focus on environmental topics ranging from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply.

Community Ed Luncheon on Food Security, Thursday, Oct. 22, Noon-1 p.m., Wright 013

Learn how the Manna Soup Kitchen works to improve food security in the Northampton area. Chat with agency representatives about food security issues and find out how to get involved. Pizza and salad plus gluten free options will be served. Sponsored by the Community Service Office. For more information, contact the CSO at ext. 2793.

Wednesday Weekly Vigil, October 14, 12:10 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

"For We Were Strangers Once..." - Deuteronomy 10:19. Come light candles, be in silence, share resources, and commit to one action step in solidarity with refugees and migrants of the world. Lunch will be provided for the first 10 attendees. Wednesday Weekly Vigil, a space of contemplation, dialogue and solidarity for the Smith campus community, will focus on this topic Oct. 7 & 14. The vigil reflects how we strive to "be the change we wish to see in the world" and how the contemplative conditions we create help spread peace throughout the world. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Monday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

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

Emergency Notification System Re-Testing, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m.

Due to technical difficulties with the emergency notification system test that was ran on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Campus Police is going to run another test. Any changes to your emergency contact information should be made by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. To receive emergency messages via cell phone, text or voice, please update your information. Students and employees can log in to the Smith Portal at using their network username and password. When the portal page opens, click on BannerWeb and update your emergency contact information.

Stargazing at the New McConnell Rooftop Observatory, Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see the moon, stars, clusters, and galaxies at the College's newly renovated observatory. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, ext. 3935).

Register Now for Sexual Trauma Survivors' Support Group Beginning, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Support Group for Survivors' of Sexual Trauma meets weekly on Tuesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m., beginning October 20. Join other students to give and get support. Call the Counseling Service at (413) 585-2843 to register before the first meeting. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW and Denise Goitia.

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