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04/17/2014 Digest


SEC Films Presents 'Philomena' , Friday, April 18; Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Basket Making and Decorating , Saturday, April 19, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Come make baskets for Easter. All supplies free and provided.

Admission Is Hiring Interns for the 2014-2015 Academic Year; Applications Due , April 18

The Office of Admission is currently accepting applications for the following (paid) positions: Transfer Intern, Programs Intern, Multicultural Intern, Ada Comstock Intern, and Social Media Intern. For more information or to access the application, visit http://www.smith.edu/admission/jobs.php.

Artist Talk: Josphine Halvorson , Monday, April 21, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Josephine Halvorson makes paintings on-site, face to face with an object in its environment. Often no more than an arm’s length away, she detects variations in texture, light and temperature. Transcribing these perceptions through the medium of paint. The result is an intimate portrait of the object, capturing a natural likeness as well as the often-unseen character of her chosen subject. Halverson holds a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University. The talk is free and open to the public.

'Arts for the Earth' Event hosted by Celebrations Dance Company , Friday, April 18, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Hosted by Celebrations Dance Company, this event is the fourth in the interdisciplinary series, Arts for the Earth. A collaboration by the tinydance project, Celebrations Dance Company, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and the Smiffenpoofs, Arts for the Earth examines the relationship between the arts and sustainability. This event features a combined music and dance performance, as well as a presentation/discussion surrounding sustainability. The event will take place at noon on Friday, April 18 in the Campus Center, rooms 103/104 and the Nolan Arts Lounge.

William Mazzarella: 'Who The Hell Do Censors Think They Are?' , Thursday, April 24, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

William Mazzarella, professor of anthropology, University of Chicago, will ask by what right or qualification can one group of people decide what their fellow citizens may or may not see at the movies. Why do images that supposedly injure one group leave another unaffected? This lecture situates these persistent questions vis-a-vis the longer history of film censorship in India, showing how a set of colonial debates around the force and meaning of mass mediated images continues to animate present day controversies over the power, promise and danger of film.

Laura Markham: 'Peaceful Parent, Happy Child' , Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Laura Markham, clinical psychologist and author of "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting," will discuss research on how children develop self-discipline, describe why yelling, bribes, threats, and punishment actually cause more misbehavior, and offer strategies for parents and teachers to create the relationships they want with children. The lecture is sponsored by the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education and the Smith College Campus School. Markham's talk is free and open to the public.

Faculty/Staff Poetry Reading: Maya Janson and Naila Moreira , Thursday, April 17, 4 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Maya Janson and Naila Moreira will read in the second annual Faculty and Staff Reading Series at the Poetry Center at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. Light refreshments will be served. Books will sold following the reading. Free and open to the public. This series celebrates the diverse and exciting work of faculty and staff poets in the Smith community. If you're interested in participating in a future reading, please contact Jen Blackburn at jblackbu@smith.edu.

Forum: 'The Future of Libraries at Smith' , Friday, April 18, Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Smith community is invited to discuss the future of libraries at Smith, as well as models for possible renovation. The architectural firm Shepley/Bulfinch will present concepts for re-configuring Neilson and the Alumnae Gym. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 people.

Smith Wind Ensemble Spring Concert , Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music of America, featuring saxophone soloist Lynn Klock in the world premiere of Clifton J. Noble's Locomotive Dreams for tenor sax and wind ensemble. Works by Bernstein, Ticheli, Sousa, Jenkins and Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” Ellen Redman, director.

Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group , Monday, April 21, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group is led weekly by Zen priest and teacher Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, a Smith Community Religious Adviser. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend and no previous experience is needed. If you would like one-on-one formal meditation instruction, please contact Ryumon at temples@twostreamszen.org.

Tryon Prize for Art Deadline May 2

The Smith College Museum of Art awards monetary prizes for installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. Submit up to five images (jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. Also include 1) a cover sheet with your name, class year, campus address, email, phone, title of work; and 2) a statement describing the concept and development of the work. If the work was created for a class, include a description of the assignment. Send your submission to Tryon Prize for Art at museduc@smith.edu.

Apply for Fall 2014 OSE/Campus Center Work Study Positions , Through April 20

The OSE is now hiring for the Fall 2014 Semester. Apply Now for Campus Center Service Associate, Smith To Do Programming Associate and Nolen Art Lounge Coordinator positions. http://www.smith.edu/ose/employment.php

History - Honors Thesis Presentation , Monday, April 28, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

You are invited to attend the History Honors Thesis Presentation by Nazpari Sotoudeh, '14, Stalinist Orientalism: Images of Soviet Central Asians and Deterritorialized National Identities in USSR in Construction, 12: 15 p.m., Monday, April 28, Campus Center 103/104. Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

'We Put Our Bodies at the Gate: An Intergenerational Conversation on Environmental Activism' , Monday, April 21, 6:45 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

An intergenerational panel discussion to demonstrate vision and inspire hope, featuring 95 year old Frances Crowe from the “Shut it Down” Vermont Yankee Affinity Group featured in the “Bodies at the Gate” exhibit in Nolen Arts Lounge. Moderated by Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Staff, other panelists will include Smith students and local environmental activists working on both the grass roots and the national level. Part of Smith's Earthweek events.Opening and meet and greet panelists, with refreshments and tea/coffee at 6:45 pm, panel begins at 7:15 pm.

Five College Digital Humanities Student Symposium , April 18, 2-6 p.m., Seelye 201

Smith student Gavriella Levy Haskell, Art History & Computer Science, will be among the students presenting. The Five College Digital Humanities Student Symposium will feature talks and presentations by current undergraduate fellows, workshops for interested students, staff, and faculty, and a catered reception for the Five College digital humanities community. For schedule visit http://5CollDH.org/events,

Staff Council 2014 Elections: Nominate Yourself or a Colleague by April 18

Staff Council is currently seeking nominations for the 2014 election. Now is your chance to get involved or nominate a colleague. Look for a nomination card in your campus mailbox, or submit a nomination using the anonymous online comment box: http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil. Since its inception in 1992, Staff Council has provided a comprehensive communication network for the exchange of information between staff and administration, organized college-wide programs to facilitate personal and professional growth, promoted college-wide discussion of issues through public meetings and forums, and planned extracurricular activities. There has never been a better or more exciting time to join Staff Council.

'Zombies, Inmates, Queers: The Social Life of Capital' by Camilla Fojas, LGBTQ Studies, DePaul Univ , Monday, April 21, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The zombie is an overarching metaphor for our most abiding fears, particularly about the end times, the apocalypse, and the current state of capitalism in ruins. Zombies and inmates are part of intermingled social discourses about the undead or the figure that turns "unnatural" and queer passions into regenerative efforts at a "comeback" or a revival during times of crisis. Camilla Fojas, professor of Latin American and Latin studies and director of LGBTQ Studies at DePaul University, will explore these ideas across popular culture examples, including 'The Walking Dead,' 'Orange is the New Black,' and 'World War Z.' Refreshments served.

Smith Jazz Ensemble Presents 'Jazz is in Bloom' , Wednesday, April 30, 7:30-9 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Smith College Jazz Ensemble invites you to an evening filled with jazz. Free and open to the community.

Smith College Earth Week April 14-18

Featuring lunch-time tabling on Chapin Lawn, trash audits, conversations with author Elizabeth Kolbert and activist Donna Branham, an open mic at the MacLeish Field Station, a Friday evening festival on Chapin Lawn, and much more. For more details, visit http://www.smith.edu/ceeds/earthweek.php

Earth Fest , Friday, April 18, 4-7 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Activities include live local music, a dance and music performance by Celebrations dance company, the Tinydance Project, and the Smiffenpoofs, arts and crafts projects, a campus wide free box, bicycle hay rides, and free food from Hungry Ghost Bread and Maple Valley Creamery. Please see http://www.smith.edu/ceeds/earthweek.php in case of rain.

'Arts for the Earth' Continues with Celebrations Dance Company , Friday, April 18, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Hosted by Celebrations Dance Company, this presentation is part of Smith Arts for the Earth, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the tinydance project and Smith student groups Engineers for a Sustainable World, Celebrations Dance Company, and the Smiffenpoofs. Each event in the series offers dance and music performances and a presentation/discussion related to sustainability. Visit https://www.facebook.com/smithartsfortheearth for more information.

Take Back the Night , Thursday, April 17

Come join in a rally, march, speak out and a candlelight vigil (sponsored by Smith College's Students Against Sexual Assault) to protest rape and other forms of sexual assault. Meet at the Campus Center Steps at 7 p.m., and after the march, the rest of the events will occur there unless otherwise noted. 7-7:45 p.m. Rally and March through Northampton; 7:45-9 p.m. Speak Out; 9-9:30 p.m.; Candlelight Vigil; 9:30-11 p.m. Decompression Space in the Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize in Drawing, Submission Deadline , Friday, April 18, 4 p.m.

The Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize is awarded for the best drawing as judged by the Art Department. Students interested should submit and display their work on the second floor of Hillyer Hall, by 4 pm on Friday, April 18th. Work should be labeled with the student's name, class, and contact info on the back of the work. All work must be removed by Monday, April 21, 5pm.

Community Service Day Opportunity , Friday, April 18

The Staff Council Activities Committee is connecting staff with non-profit Nuestras Raices for a day of service on April 18th, which is also part of Smith's Earth Week. As a full time staff member, the College will pay you one day of volunteer work a year. You must get prior approval from your supervisor to attend. This will be a full day, with a van leaving Smith at 9 a.m and returning at 5 p.m. We will be helping bring the community gardens in Holyoke back to life. Space is limited to 12 staff members. Sign up: http://doodle.com/ng7xhi287kgxmtai

New Playreading Series: Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre , April 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

It's the not too distant future. Public gatherings (including theatre) have been banned supposedly for public health and national security. Bennie, an old actor, sneaks into The Next World Theatre on a dangerous mission to catalogue resources and gather precious artifacts. A second performer shows up and challenges Bennie to face a past he'd like to forget and a future he wants to give up on. Written and directed by Andrea Hairston; Music by Pan Morigan, Jerry & Sylvia Johnson; Performed by James Emery, Joy Voeth, Greg Alexander, and Ama Patterson; Sound Design by Jaz Tupelo

'Earth Week' Through , April 18

Come celebrate with the rest of our community during Earth Week. Featuring lunch-time tabling on Chapin Lawn, trash audits, conversations with author Elizabeth Kolbert and activist Elise Keaton, an open mic at the MacLeish Field Station, a Friday evening festival on Chapin Lawn, and much more. For more details, visit http://www.smith.edu/ceeds/earthweek.php

MacLeish Field Station Open Mic , Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Celebrating the intersections of science, activism, and performance. Bring your instruments, art, poetry, and science! Refreshments will be provided. The Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station is a 240-acre patchwork of forest and farmland located in West Whately, MA that provides opportunities for faculty and students to pursue environmental research, outdoor education, and low-impact recreation. The open mic will be a chance to explore the station and its environmental classroom. Meet at Chapin loading dock at 6:40 p.m., email edixon@smith.edu to reserve a space in a van.

'April Showers' Campus-Wide House Water-Consumption Competition Continues Through , April 18

April Showers is a house competition hosted by the House Sustainability Representatives to reduce water consumption in houses. This competition will run from April 7-18 during which time students will reduce their shower time to under 7.5 minutes or simply shower less. Reps for each house will calculate the reduction rate for their house and, at the end of two week the house with the greatest percent reduction will win a neat prize.

'Arts for the Earth' Event with Celebrations Dance Company , Friday, April 18, Noon, Nolen Art Lounge and CC 103/104

Hosted by Celebrations Dance Company, this event is the fourth in the interdisciplinary series, "Arts for the Earth." A collaboration by the tinydance project, Celebrations Dance Company, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and the Smiffenpoofs, "Arts for the Earth" examines the relationship between the arts and sustainability. This event features a combined music and dance performance, as well as a presentation/discussion surrounding sustainability.

Students and Faculty: Call for Online-Learning Proposals Deadline is May 5

The Online-Learning Task Force is inviting proposals for summer and fall of 2014 to enhance existing courses, or create new courses, that include significant use of online-learning components to improve pedagogy. The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, 5 May 2014, but the Task Force will review submissions on a rolling basis up to that date. The call will be renewed in early fall 2014 as well. Proposals can be submitted via email to Joseph O’Rourke, chair of the Task Force (jorourke@smith.edu). Please see the following link for more information: http://cs.smith.edu/~orourke/OLTaskForce/CallProposalsSummerFall14.html

Elise Keaton: 'The True Cost of Coal' , Thursday, April 17, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Keeper of the Mountains activist and Appalachian native Elise Keaton will discuss how people are fighting back against the destruction and social injustice caused by fossil fuel companies. Event Co-Sponsored by Smith College Green Team and Divest Smith College as a part of Earth Week.

Pre-Departure Preparation for Independent Summer Programs Abroad , Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Are you doing an independent project abroad or participating in an a study abroad program over the summer? The Lewis Global Studies Center invites you to ask your questions, share your experiences, and learn what tools and support Smith offers while you are abroad. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to global@smith.edu.

Stargazing , Thursday, April 17, 8-10 p.m., McConnell Roof

Sponsored by the Physics and Astronomy Club. Hot chocolate provided.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, April 16, 12:10 p.m.: One Hour for Peace, Sanctuary. Quiet place to reflect and dialogue. Thursday, April 17, 8:00 a.m.: Mindfulness, Blue Room. Learn techniques to de-stress and relax. Friday, April 18, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion with a homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 4 p.m.: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Reading Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House. Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, April 21, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Sanctuary; 7 p.m.: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Bodman Lounge.

Exhibit: 'We Put Our Bodies at the Gate--Environmental Activism and Nuclear Power' , April 21-May 2, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

Documenting both the history of the closure and decommissioning of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, including the civil disobedience campaign, "Shut it Down." The exhibit will open on Monday, April 21 and run until May 2 in the Campus Center Nolen Art Lounge.

Candlelight Labyrinth at Midnight: Walking in Darkness and in Light , Friday, April 18, Midnight, Chapel Sanctuary

Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters will lead this event. The labyrinth is an archetype found in many religions and in various forms around the world. It has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds around and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. All are welcome.

Build an Interfaith Sundae , Wednesday, April 23, 3:45 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Create your own free ice cream sundae complete with a variety of yummy toppimgs such as chocolate, butterscotch, whipped cream, strawberries, cherries, gummy bears, M&M's and more. Something for everyone. The event is sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Now Online: Inaugural Issue of Journal About International Experiences

"Global Impressions," a journal by Smith students "in and for the world," is pleased to announce the online publication of its first issue. This issue includes essays reflecting on students' photographs from the Lewis Global Studies Center's International Photo Contest, and can be found at http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/impressions/. Global Impressions is also currently accepting submissions for its next issue, which will focus on the theme of "Adapting." More information can be found on the journal page.

Landscape Studies Lecture Series presents Julian Agyema April 21

Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University will speak on "Just Sustainabilities: Re-Imagining e/quality: Living Within Limits" on Monday, April 21 at 2:40 pm in Weinstein Auditorium-Wright Hall. His lecture is part of the LSS100 lecture series and is open to the entire Five College Community.

RESCHEDULED: "How to Change a Tire" workshop with Hannah Durrant , Thursday, April 24, 4:30 p.m.

You are Smithies. You can travel half way around the world, complete higher level math, speak more than one language, meet with world leaders -- but can you change a wheel on a car? Come and learn how to change a tire -- and we will throw in a bonus of learning how to jump start a car. This might be the easiest thing you do all week! Pizza dinner included. Registration encouraged but not required. Please meet in circle driveway in between Clark Hall and JMG. For more info, visit: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport

How to Stay Motivated When You're Overwhelmed , Tuesday, April 22, 12:15 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

The end of the semester can be a time when motivation lags because of what remains to be done. Being overwhelmed can make starting and completing tasks more difficult. An informal workshop with tips on "How to Stay Motivated When You're Overwhelmed" will be given by Gail Thomas, Learning Specialist, at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Jacobson Center. Students are welcome to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Enrolling for Summer Fitness Program , Ainsworth Gym

Sign Up for Summer Staff/Faculty Fitness Program. June 2nd-July 16th, Prices range from $44- $48 per class. Tuesday and Thursday Aerobics with Rosalie. Monday and Wednesday Pilates with Jean. Yoga with Doug and Lisa. Forms may be requested from Rachel: rcook@smith.edu or on the ESS website: http://www.smith.edu/ess/resources

Keeping Public Schools in Public Hands , Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Join us for a discussion of issues regarding standardized testing, common core, and the importance of teaching for students. Taking It Back is a non-profit organization that is trying to "take back" the public school system from corporate hands. The organization is based in Holyoke, Mass., and began officially on Feb. 3, 2014. Gus Morales, who has a Masters Degree in English and is working towards his doctorate, is a teacher in the Holyoke school system and is the head of "Taking It Back." A small reception will be held afterwards.

French Films Series: "Camille Redouble" , Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., McConnell B15

"Camille Redouble" tells the unlikely story of Camille, a 40-something unsuccessful actress who has recently divorced from her high school sweetheart. After a New Year's Eve party, Camille wakes up the next morning as her 16-yea-old self in the 1980s, with the opportunity for a complete do-over. As she begins to relive her teenage years and meets the boy that she knows she will eventually divorce, Camille must decide what course she wants her life to take. French with English subtitles. All are welcome!

Wireless Network Downtime on Sunday, April 20, 6-8 a.m.

Dear Smith Students, Faculty, and Staff: Please note that the wireless network may be down Sunday morning, April 20, from 6 to 8 a.m. while we perform required maintenance. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Regards, ITS

Final Viewing of Alumnae House Gallery Exhibition "Gatherings" by Lousie Peabody '63 , April 16-24, 8:30 a.m., Alumnae House Gallery

"Gatherings," paintings by Louise Peabody '63, features large, crowded compositions of noisy, glass clinking, costume wearing revelers, and landscapes. Last chance to view this exhibition; April 16-24. Alumnae House Gallery is located at 33 Elm St. Open to the public during regular Gallery hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closure of Pedestrian Passage at Scott and Ainsworth, April 21-May 4

The plaza in front of Scott Gym and the exterior stairs between Ainsworth/Scott Gym and Sage Hall are scheduled to be temporarily closed to pedestrian circulation April 21–May 4. This closure is scheduled to allow the installation of an underground electrical ductbank from the Sage Hall transformer to the new Health Services Building.

Real Food Challenge Workshops , Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m., Campus Center 204

The Real Food Challenge is coming to Smith College to lead workshops about food justice and organizing skills. After the workshops, we'll cook and eat dinner together on campus. It's going to be a great opportunity to connect with networks of student real food leaders and make plans to bring more real food to campuses in the Pioneer Valley. If you have any questions about the workshops or real food challenge, feel free to email Maya at mkutz@smith.edu.

10 Minute Plays: Everything's Better with Muntjacs , Sunday, April 27, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Come enjoy an evening of exciting 10-minute plays! The plays represent a variety of playwrights and genres, and are all directed by this semester's Directing 1 students.


04/16/2014 Digest


'Iphigenia and Other Daughters' , April 18-19 and 24-26, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

In her brilliant new adaptation of a familiar tale, playwright Ellen McLaughlin revisits the fall of the House of Atreus, telling the classic stories originally told by Euripides and Sophocles through a contemporary feminist lens. Directed by Emma Kelley ’14. Tickets are $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, $3 Smith Students with ID. All tickets are $1 on April 18. Read more at https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/from%3Ancbeck%40smith.edu/145189e7477e0289


04/15/2014 Digest


SEC Presents Starlight Ball , Friday, April 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Quadrangle

Come enjoy an outdoor evening celebration to welcome the beginning of Spring and the end of the school year. Relax and take advantage of spring weather with the Student Event Committee with live music from Darlingside.

Earth's Turn Film Series: 'Earth Days' , Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m., Seelye 106

The final film in the Earth's Turn series is 'Earth Days,' which is shown as part of the Earth Week Celebration. A discussion after the film will be led by the Smith College Sustainability Reps. Sponsored by CEEDS, Sustainability Reps, Green Team, Divest Smith College, SGA Sustainability Committee, Climate Action Now, 350 MA, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, with support from the SGA. Free and open to the public.

Opening Reception for Margot Glass 'Lucent Measures: Moths and Music' , Wednesday, April 16, 5-7 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

This show combines two ongoing series of work: drawings on paper of sheet music and a oil paintings on panel of moths. The drawings document a rapidly deteriorating collection of my mother’s sheet music, which dates back to the early decades of the 20th century. Glass is interested in the transparency of the paper, and how it allows bleed through of reverse writing and music from the back of the paper, when visible. Free and open to public. The exhibit will be up April 16-May 23.

Seniors: Admission Interviewer Jobs -- Summer and Academic Year; Deadline April 17 ,

If you will be a senior in the fall of 2014 and you're interested in working for the Office of Admission as a Senior Interviewer, apply now! What's the job? Interviewing prospective students and interacting with their families. We need two interviewers for the summer and five for the academic year. Summer schedule is full-time and will include occasional Saturday morning shifts. Academic year schedule is 2 to 8 hours per week and includes two Saturdays per month. See JobX for application. Questions? Email Deborah Doulette: ddoulett@smith.edu, by April 17.

Next Weekly Hike , Wednesday, April 16, 4 p.m., Boathouse

Join the Outdoor Adventure program for a quick summit hike along the Holyoke Range. Get some great exercise, great views and great friends. Leaving from the Pond Boathouse every Wednesday at 4 p.m., back by 6 p.m. A new hike every week.

Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship Opportunity; Applications Due , April 18

The Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship, of between $500 and $1000, to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in organizations (government or non-government) focused on issues of particular concern to women. All students are invited to apply. Applications are available in Wright Hall 226 and on the Department of Government web site.

Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship Opportunity; Applications Due , April 18

The Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship. This fellowship, of between $300 and $800, is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or non-governmental/profit or non-profit international organizations. All students are invited to apply. Applications are available in Wright Hall 226 and on the Department of Government website.

PoemPourri , Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Interested in sharing your poetry with fellow writers and poetry enthusiasts? All are welcome to participate in this student poetry open mic night for poems of all genres, styles, and imaginations.

CSO Event: Volunteer at Nuestras Raices , Saturday, April 19, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at Nuestras Raices in Holyoke to garden at a grassroots non-profit organization that promotes personal, economic, and community development in urban communities through urban agricultural programs such as community gardens and an urban farm program. Bring your energy and your love for gardening to help a local garden. To sign up or ask questions email tbreitbart@smith.edu by April 16.

'Native Orchids: Models for Ecological Interactions, Conservation and Education' , Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Dennis Whigham, Senior Botanist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, will discuss orchids, one of the three most species-rich families of flowering plants. Whigham will describe orchid life cycles with an emphasis on interaction with mycorrhizal fungi. He will also discuss native orchid ecology, the current status of orchids in North America, and new efforts to ensure their long-term survival. Followed by a reception at the Lyman Plant House with the exhibit "'Theaurus Woolwardiae': Orchid Paintings by Florence Woolward" on display in the Church Exhibition Gallery. More information is online at http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

Riva Lehrer: 'Beauty in Exile' , Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Seelye 207

What does it mean to be told that you're beautiful, after a lifetime of feeling like a monster? Disabled bodies are rarely seen as locations of desire. Art, theory and personal narrative intertwine in this discussion of loved and despised bodies. Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer, and teacher, whose work focuses on issues of disability, sexual identity, and the socially challenged body. Lehrer is currently adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, visiting artist in Medical Humanities at Northwestern University, and co-chair of the Chicago Bodies of Work Festival 2013. Sponsored by the Study of Women and Gender.

Elizabeth Kolbert Lecture; Location Changed to Weinstein Auditorium , Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m.

*Note location change.* A lecture and book signing about her latest book, 'The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,' with Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker and award winning author of 'Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.' Over the past half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

'Your First Five Years After Smith: Life Lessons from Recent Smith Alumnae' , Thursday, April 17, 4:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join a panel of four recent Smith alumnae as they offer their tidbits of wisdom, advice and most valuable learned lessons for navigating your first five years out of Smith. Topics to be discussed will include: budgeting and personal finance, grocery shopping and cooking, renting an apartment, understanding insurance (all kinds), free time and making friends, managing yourself, and more. Dinner included. Registration encouraged but not required. More information at http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport

'Report from the Front Lines: Gender, Sexuality and Immigration Reform' , Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Marielena Hincapie of the National Immigration Law Center and Miriam Yeung of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and SSC Activist-in-Residence Sara K. Gould consider the uses and abuses of history and memory, and the role of gender in today's struggles around citizenship status and the sustainability of immigrant communities. The evening kicks off with Spitfire, Smith's Spoken Word Poetry Team, exploring themes of race, feminism, activism and immigration. Proudly sponored by the Sophia Smith Collection and the Smith Association of Class Activists.

Global Medical Brigades: General Interest Meeting for Health Service Trips Next Year , Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Interested in volunteering abroad next year, gaining valuable leadership experience, and learning more about international medicine? All students are welcome to attend, as we are not limited to students interested in medicine or the sciences. Email vprabhakar@smith.edu for more information.

Student Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dessert Reception , Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Student Leadership Awards, co-hosted by the Office of Student Engagement and the Student Government Association, recognize and honor the contributions that student leaders, student employees, recognized student organizations, club sports, house communities and faculty/staff advisers make to student life at Smith and the global community. Please join the OSE and SGA to celebrate all award nominees. All award recipients will be announced at the ceremony.For a full list of nominees, please visit http://www.smith.edu/ose/leadership_awards.php

History - Honors Thesis Presentation , Wednesday, April 30, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

You are invited to attend the History Honors Thesis Presentation by Jennifer Guerin '14, "Let Us Sing Our Victory, Long Live Sound!" The Atlantic Cultural Revolution and the Making of Republics through Song, 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, Dewey Common Room. Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

2014 Draper Business Plan Competition , Wednesday, April 16, Starting at 3 p.m., Campus Center

Come watch student entrepreneurs from Smith, Bay Path, Mt. Holyoke and Barnard face off in front of a panel of distinguished alumni judges as they compete for over $20,000 in cash prizes. Live DJ from Smith's WOZQ, great munchies all day, self-service candy “bar,” a free photo booth, fun prizes for attendees and the Smith house that shows the most spirit. 3-5 p.m. Student trade show booths - Wilson Atrium; 5-7 p.m. Students “pitch” their ideas to judges - Carroll Room; 7-8 p.m. Celebration reception - Carroll Room. Open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Financial Independence. Read the Gate story about the competition at http://www.smith.edu/news/?p=8166

Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award Applications Due , Friday, May 2, 4 p.m.

The Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award, established in 1979 by friend of the former students of Professor Lehmann. The prize is to be awarded to the senior(s) majoring in the history of art, with preference given to students interested in pursing the study of art history, especially classical art, at the graduate level. Students wishing to apply should submit a transcript and a written proposal describing the travel plans and budget to the Art Department, by 4pm on Friday, May 2, 2014.

The Alice Williams Carson '34 Endowed Internship at the Toledo Museum of Art Applications Due , April 30

The Toledo Museum of Art and Smith College offer a summer internship for qualified Smith students interested in exploring a career in art museums. The Alice Williams Carson '34 Endowed Internship for 2014 is a curatorial internship dedicated to several projects connected to research about the collection and upcoming exhibitions. This is a fabulous opportunity to work with an outstanding museum collection and an exemplary organization. To apply send a resume and transcript to Professor Kellum by April 30, 2014.

2014 Mary Maples Dunn Prize Applications Due , April 30

The Mary Maples Dunn Prize is awarded for an essay written within the current or the three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. All essays should indicate for which course and in which semester they were originally written and should be submitted in hard copy to Kathleen Gauger, Seelye 210, by April 30, 2014 and clearly identified as submissions for the Dunn Prize competition. A student may submit no more than one essay for the competition per year.

Professors Share Their Economics Graduate School Experience , Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Professors Taraz (Ph.D. from Yale) and Halliday (Ph.D. from University of Siena) give a firsthand account of applying to and attending graduate programs for economics. All majors welcome. Food will be provided.

Cultural Festival: Smith Around the World , Friday, April 18, 3-5 p.m., Davis Lawn

Taste the diverse culture at Smith with a festival organized by the International Students Organization. Free food and fun activities like henna; a " Write your name in different languages" stall; music from WOZQ; and some surprise performances.

Summer Fitness Program--Enrolling Now

Sign up for the summer sessions that run from June 2 to July16. Tue/Thursday 12:10-12:50 p.m. Areobics with Rosalie $48; Mon/Wednesday 12:10-12:50 p.m. Pilates with Jean $44; Mon/Wednesday 12:10-12:50 p.m. Yoga with Lisa $48; Mon/Wednesday 1:10-1:50 p.m. Yoga with Doug $48. For more information: http://www.smith.edu/ess/resources or email Rachel at rcook@smith.edu

Sunset Hike and Poetry: Views of Spring , Saturday, April 26, 6:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

This popular Smith event will be the last hike of the semester--seniors especially invited. This will be a moderate uphill hike of about 60 minutes round-trip. Transportation to the hike is available on a first-come first served basis and pre-registration is required. Please email chapstu@smith.edu with your class year. Yummy snacks will be served. Optional: bring your own poem or a favorite poem.

Dean Young Poetry Reading , Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Dean Young is the author of 11 books of poems and has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. His leaps and audacious juxtapositions allow us to inhabit a world that exists between eye blinks, each poem creating a newly astonishing conundrum. His is a poetry in which the words ”hark” and “dumbass” can live alongside one another. As he says, “I want to put everything in.” Young will give a Q&A open to the Smith community at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center. Reading free and open to the public.

'Transnational Labor Print Culture: The Case of Sociedades Hispanas Confederadas (1939-1977)' , Thursday, April 17, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Maria Montserrat Feu-Lopez, on faculty at Sam Houston State University and a specialist on exiled writers of the Spanish Civil War, will speak on 20th-century Spanish-language newspapers in the United States as transnational repositories of people's political struggles with particular focus on the Spanish Civil War.


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SEC Films Presents 'American Hustle' , Friday, April 11; Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Jittery's Live! Presents Anais Mitchell , Thursday, April 10, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Great music, delicious snacks, hot coffee and tea that no one can resist. Anaïs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. As a Vermont- and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell recorded for Ani Difranco's Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. If there's a common thread in Mitchell's work-- from her earliest acoustic records, to the opera, to this new chapter-- it's that she's as interested in the world around her as the one inside her.

Anne Balay on Her Book 'Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Steelworkers' , Monday, April 14, 4 p.m., Seelye 207

Often, working-class queer folks are invisible, partly because they want to be, and partly because traditional scholarship doesn't know where and how to look for them. Balay's book Steel Closets weaves together oral histories she did of 40 gay, lesbian and transgender steelworkers with queer theory and history, widening our understanding of what it means to be queer in 21st century America. Balay's talk at Smith will focus on the gay women, letting them tell their stories, alternately humorous, tragic, and brave, in their own words.

April 11 Free Second Friday , Friday, April 11, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

From 4–8 p.m. everyone is welcome to the April 11 Free Second Friday at the Museum of Art featuring "The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn". From 4–6 p.m. is Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). 6 p.m. is Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10–8 p.m. and all activities are free and open to the public.

Nina Munk ’88: 'The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty' , Monday, April 14, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Smith alumna Nina Munk ’88 will talk about her critically acclaimed book, 'The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty.' Munk, a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, is a journalist and author whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Fortune. The Idealist chronicles the initial success and eventual disappointment of the Millennium Villages Project, an ambitious development project intended to validate Sachs’s formula for ending extreme poverty in Africa.

Su Meck AC ’14: 'I Forgot to Remember' , Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m., Mortimer Rare Book Room

Su Meck AC '14 will read from her book “I Forgot to Remember: Living with Amnesia" about her total memory loss following an accident at age 22. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room and the Friends of the Libraries.

Tryon Prize for Writing, Submissions Due , May 2

A jury awards prizes for outstanding writing related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. Writing may take any form including a thesis, essay or poetry. If the work was written for a class, include the description of the assignment. You must also include a cover sheet with your name, class year, email address, campus address and phone number. Send your submission online in a Word document format (.doc) to Tryon Prize at museduc@smith.edu.

Global Salon: 'Obsession with China, Obsession with Nobel Prize?' , Friday, April 11, 12:10 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents this Global Salon with Shelley Chan and Howard Choy, Professors of Chinese Language and Cultural Studies at Wittenberg University. The two speakers will provide some background on modern Chinese literature and Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel winner. Professor Chan and Professor Choy will additionally be leading a lecture entitled What Makes Mo Yan a Noble Prize Winner in Literature? In the Neilson Library Browsing Room, Friday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m.

'Arts for the Earth' Event hosted by Engineers for a Sustainable World , Thursday, April 10, Noon, Ford 240

Hosted by Engineers for a Sustainable World, this event is the second in the interdisciplinary series, Arts for the Earth. A collaboration by the tinydance project, Celebrations Dance Company, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and the Smiffenpoofs, Arts for the Earth examines the relationship between the arts and sustainability. This event features a combined music and dance performance, as well as a presentation/discussion surrounding sustainability. The event will take place at noon on Thursday, April 10 in Ford Hall, room 240.

'Arts for the Earth' Event hosted by the Smiffenpoofs , Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m.

Hosted by the Smiffenpoofs, this event is the third in the interdisciplinary series, Arts for the Earth. A collaboration by the tinydance project, Celebrations Dance Company, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and the Smiffenpoofs, Arts for the Earth examines the relationship between the arts and sustainability. This event features a combined music and dance performance, as well as a presentation/discussion surrounding sustainability. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 in the Hillyer Atrium.

'Consuming to Extinction: Africa, Asia, America and the Ivory Trade' , Thursday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Stephanie Rupp, assistant professor of anthropology, City University of New York, will present a talk tracing elephant ivory trade from Congo and East Africa to Thailand, China and America, looking at points of production, illegal export and consumption. The lecture addresses the current situation of elephant poaching in Africa. Sponsored by the Smith College Departments of Anthropology, East Asian Studies, African Studies, the Environmental Science & Policy Program and the Smith College Endowed Lecture Committee.

'Weaving Voices' Monologues , Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Each year there is an increase of domestic students of color entering Smith College. But what have been their individualized and shared experiences during the last four years? What are their stories? The Weaving Voices Monologues seek to share the stories written and told by students of color; to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it took to survive and thrive within the last four years; and to pass on our lived experiences as knowledge to future generations. It is not, however, our responsibility to represent all students of color; we can only speak for ourselves.

'Spontaneous Giving and Calculated Greed: the Automatic Psychology of Cooperation' , Thursday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Yale Professor of Psychology and Economics David Rand describes two cognitive systems: one that is fast, automatic, intuitive and emotional; the other slow, deliberative and reflective. He asks whether people are predisposed towards selfishness, behaving cooperatively only through active self-control; or whether they cooperate intuitively, and only after reflection and reasoning do they choose ‘rational’ self-interest. In a series of brilliantly designed experiments, he explores how learning, environment, context and social support can encourage people to adopt cooperation as their default behavior and helps to explain the basis of cooperation with strangers that is crucial for successful societies.

CLPP Conference: 'From Abortion Rights to Social Justice' , April 11-13, Hampshire College

The Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program's annual conference, "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom," features more than 160 reproductive and social justice speakers from across the country and 80 workshops, panels, plenaries and trainings geared towards student and community activists. Free for area students. For schedule, visit http://clpp.hampshire.edu/conference/2014-conference. Registration will also be available on-site, but skip the lines and register online by April 7. The event is co-sponsored by Smith's Program for the Study of Women and Gender and Smith students are among those presenting.

New Evening Hours at Lewis Global Studies Center

Are you interested in learning about study abroad options at Smith, but can't find time during the school day? Every Wednesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. the Lewis Global Studies Center is open for after hours. Stop by Wright Hall and browse our resource room where you can gain information about approved study abroad programs, as well as read program evaluations from Smith students. This is a wonderful (and less stressful) way to explore international opportunities at Smith.

French Films Series: 'The Women on the Sixth Floor' , Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m., McConnell B15

Set in Paris in the 1960s, "The Women on the 6th Floor" follows a bourgeois French family and the Spanish cleaning women who live on the 6th floor of their apartment building. The patriarch, Monsieur Joubert, a stockbroker bored with his mundane and austere lifestyle, begins an unlikely friendship with the women, who help him to rediscover his own joie de vivre. French with English Subtitles.

Now Available: Employee Retirement Information Survey

Human Resources and ING would like to know whether the retirement-planning information and tools we’re making available are helpful, and whether there are any gaps. Our survey is designed to take only a few moments to complete. All responses will be confidential, and used only in combination with those from others who reply. To take the survey, please visit https://smithcollege.prepare4myfuture.com and find the link under “Plan Information” at the top, right side of the page or choose “Online Survey” from among the scrolling messages in the center of the page, and click on "Take the Survey Now!" Thank you!

Opening Talk for New Installation: 'First Generation of Chinese Artists in Paris and Their Legacy' , Saturday, April 12, 1:30 p.m., Museum of Art

An installation opening talk with Jennifer Wong, granddaughter of artist/architect Liu Jipiao, and Joan Lebold Cohen '54, acclaimed historian of Chinese modern art. Growing out of the Blumberg Fellowship and the capstone project of Museum Concentration student Fu Ji '14, this multimedia installation explores the history of Chinese artists in Paris during the interwar years, as well as their legacy in modernizing China and promoting cross-cultural exchange. The installation and the opening will be held in the Teaching Gallery at the lower level of the Museum of Art.

Spring Serenade , Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Annual spring choral concert featuring the Smith College Chorus in Tarik O’Regan’s Triptych for chorus & string orchestra; Joseph Baldwin, conductor, with performances by the Glee Club, Chamber Singers and the a cappella group Groove.

Collaborations Recital , Saturday, April 12, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The annual concert of teachers and students performing chamber works together. Works by Bellini, Borodin, Handel, Pergolesi and Tulev, featuring Jonathan Hirsh, Violin; Katherine Lipow '14, Soprano; Mehr Kaur '15, Soprano; Grant Moss, Organ and Harpsichord; Liza Stepanova, Piano; Erin Pratt '17, Soprano; and Smith College Chamber Singers.

DIY Sociology Department Apparel , Friday, April 11, Noon, Chapin Lawn

Sociology department liaisons will bring paint supplies as well as apparel (T-shirt or tote bag) and ice cream for the first thirty people. Anyone interested is encouraged to bring their own apparel to paint as well, 12-2 p.m. on Chapin Lawn, Friday, April 11.

Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together, April 12 , Saturday, April 12

Support your peers and professors by attending this event, designed to highlight the variety of research and collaboration with faculty members done by Smith students. Takes place at multiple locations on campus; the Science Poster Session in the Campus Center from 8-10:30 a.m. and academic presentations in Seelye beginning at 9:30 a.m. The schedule can be found at http://www.smith.edu/events/collaborations_schedule.php has the full listing of the day's events including the campus wide lunch. We hope to see you there to support your peers and professors.

'The Neglected Tropical Diseases and Blue Marble Health' , Monday, April 14, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Peter Hotez, M.D. Ph.D., National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. Part of the Spring 2014 Life Sciences Colloquium Series. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php.

Staff Development Workshop: 'Working on Team Dynamics' , April 11, 9 a.m.-noon

To learn more about these sessions and to register, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_catalog.php

Work, Life & Reali-tea: 'What's Next?: Ways to Approach Life Transitions' , Friday, April 11, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The Wurtele Center for Work and Life presents panelists Beth Berg, Executive Assistant to the President, President’s Office; Prof. Eleanor Grace, Teaching Fellow, Dance Department; and Frances Steinert AC ‘15. They'll discuss various perspectives on life transitions. Q&A to follow. Tea and desserts will be served. This event is open to the public.

'Thesaurus Woolwardiae' Orchid Paintings by Florence Woolward , Friday, April 11, 8:30 a.m., Church Exhibition, Lyman Plant House

British botanical illustrator and author, Florence Woolward (1854-1936) was commissioned by the Marquis of Lothian to paint his extensive orchid collection. On display in this exhibit are prints from Thesaurus Woolwardiae, a compilation of the commissioned paintings. Florence Woolward's botanical artistry brings to life the orchids' natural beauty and the spellbinding range of orchids she was tasked with portraying. Join us on this journey into Orchidelirium. Also featured in the exhibition, is information about the Smith College Botanic Garden orchid collection. Exhibition Curated by Stride Scholar Karen Yu '16. Online information: http://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibits/exhibitions.html

New Playreading Series: 'Lindy Luck' by Jes Tom , April 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Lindy is just your average teenager-adopted-from-China-into-a-suburban-American-family. You know, except for the midnight knitting. And the psychic twin best friends. And the fact that she's getting hate notes written on bananas. Who is sending the notes? Will Lindy ever do her homework? And what is quinoa anyway? This is LINDY LUCK, an epic tale of mystery, romance, and organic produce! Free.

'Place of Dance': Book Celebration Performance , Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

Middlebury College dance faculty member Andrea Olsen will present a concert of works by artists who are featured in her new book The Place of Dance. Performers will include: Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas, Paul Matteson, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Peter Schmidts, Lisa Gonzales and Andrea Olsen. Free performance, no reservations.

Donna Gohr Zieminski Memorial Service , Sunday, April 13, 1:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Smith community is welcome to attend a memorial service for our colleague, Donna Gohr Zieminski. A reception immediately follows at the Alumnae House.

Sofia Quintero: 'The Adventures of Writing While Latina' , Monday, April 14, 5 p.m., Campus Center 205

Under the pen name “Black Artemis,” Sofia Quintero wrote “Explicit Content” (2004), the first hip-hop novel that featured female protagonists. She also wrote “Picture me Rollin’” (2005), and her third novel, “Burn” hits bookstores this year. Refreshments from Campus Center Catering. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Smith College Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Afro-American Studies, Department of History, American Studies, the College Lecture Committee, and TRGGR Radio-Media Group.

'What's Next? Ways to Approach Life Transitions' , Friday, April 11, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Join the Wurtele Center for Work & Life for a tea-time panel discussion entitled, "What's Next? Ways to Approach Life Transitions." Panelists will be speak about how they've navigated big transitions in their own work and personal life, followed by a Q&A. Panelists include: Beth Berg, Executive Assistant to the President; Professor Eleanor Grace, Teaching Fellow in the Dance Department; and Frances Steinert AC '15. Tea, coffee and desserts will be served.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday, April 11, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion with a homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 4 p.m.: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Reading Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House. Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, April 14, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Sanctuary; 7 p.m.: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Bodman Lounge.

Sage Chamber Music Society Presents Katie Lipow ’14, Young Artist Competition Winner , Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Featuring the first Student Chamber Music Competition winner, Katie Lipow '14

The Noteables Present: Superhero Spring Jam , Saturday, April 12, 8 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Smith College Noteables will be hosting their Superhero-themed Spring Jam. Attendance is free for all.

"Reens in Submarines" Smithereens A Cappella Jam , Friday, April 11, 8 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Smithereens are holding their senior jam, "Reens in Submarines!" Enjoy an hour long concert of a cappella songs with guest group Stuck in the Middle from Middlebury. Admission is free.

Environmental Activism and a Call to Action: An Exhibit in Nolen Art Lounge , Monday, April 21, 6:45 p.m., Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

We Put Our Bodies at the Gate: Environmental Activism and Nuclear Power An exhibit documenting both the history and calling attention the urgency of issues related to the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vermont. Including a visual account of the civil disobedience campaign of the “Shut It Down” Affinity Group; displayed along with information and a call to action.

Panel Discussion: 'Open Access: Perspectives from Publishing, Faculty and MIT' , Monday, April 14, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 110C

The Faculty Focus Group on Open Access presents Ellen Finnie Duranceau, MIT’s scholarly publishing program manager; Kevin Davies, VP, American Chemical Society; and John Drabinski, professor of black studies, Amherst College. The panelists will discuss the adoption of open access policies at U.S. universities and colleges and the effects of such policies on scholarly communication. To read the draft policy proposed for Smith and read an FAQ about the policy see: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/open-access.

A Weekend with Isaac Marion; Film Screening April 13 and Talk April 14

Isaac Marion--author of the novel "Warm Bodies," dubbed by the Seattle Times as "gruesome, yet poetic"--will discuss where he finds inspiration for his works, his future projects, and his experiences with publishing. A Q&A session will follow. On Sunday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium there will be a screening of the film “Warm Bodies” in honor of Marion’s visit.


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Open Campus and Discovery Weekend , April 10-12

The Office of Admission will welcome an anticipated 750-plus students and families to Open Campus April 10-11 for admitted first-year, Ada Comstock, and transfer students. About 120 of these students will stay until April 12 to participate in Discovery Weekend, a program that provides admitted students of color additional opportunities to learn about Smith. Our guests visit classes, attend special events, and stay in Smith houses. The main registration/check-in area is at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility on Thursday and Friday. Questions? Contact Admission at admission@smith.edu or x2500.

Symposium on What Makes Mo Yan a Nobel Prize Winner in Literature , Friday, April 11, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

After Mo Yan, a Chinese novelist, won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2012, numerous debates have arisen on the issue of whether or not he deserves the honor. This symposium will bring together two leading scholars and their research on modern Chinese literature and the issues around it. Shelley Chan, Assoc. Professor of Chinese Language and Cultural Studies in the Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Wittenberg University will address the issue on why Mo Yan has been scrutinized in the context of political reason. Howard Choy, Assoc. Professor of Chinese Literature in the Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures and East Asian Studies at Wittenberg University, will do a comparative study on Mo Yan and Gao Xingjian, recipient of the Nobel Prize in 2000.

Andrew Wilson to Give Lehmann Lecture in Archaeology , Thursday, April 17, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Andrew Wilson, Distinguished Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, Oxford University, will give the 24th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture in Archaeology. His talk, titled "Water, Nymphs and Palm Grove: The So-Called 'South Angora' at Aphrodisiacs," will be followed by a reception and is free and open to the public.

Poetry Reading: Alicia Ostriker and H.S. Prize Winners , Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Alicia Ostriker expertly intertwines the personal and the political, challenging received concepts of identity and authority in fifteen books of poems and eight of ground-breaking critical prose. In the words of Joyce Carol Oates, Ostriker’s work “is essential to our understanding of our American selves.” Ostriker will give a Q&A open to the Smith community at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center, and will read with our High School Prize winner & finalists at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. The 7:30 p.m. reading is free and open to the public.

Ada Monologues: Smithies with a Past...and a Future , April 11 and 12, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Every Ada has a story. Come and find out what unique and winding paths some of us took to get here, and the surprising, bizarre, heart-breaking, hilarious, courageous stories we gathered along the way in the 3rd annual Ada Monologues. Tickets on sale in the Campus Center April 7, 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 in advance, $7 at the door.

Room Draw , April 8-10, Campus Center Carroll Room

Room Draw will take place between April 8 and April 10 in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Times will vary based on class year and house. Many questions about room draw can be answered on the Residence Life website: smith.edu/reslife/. If you have any questions that cannot be answered on our website, please contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@smith.edu or call the office at extension 4940.

Inaugural Enid Mark’54 Lecture: 'Single Voice, Many Hands' , Thursday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

In this lecture, Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, will explore the nature of vision and collaboration in contemporary Book Arts. He is the inaugural speaker in an annual lecture series that will honor the memory of Enid Epstein Mark, Smith class of 1954. A Reception will follow.

Sign Up for April 18 Day of Service

The Staff Council Activities Committee is connecting staff with non-profit Nuestras Raices for a day of service April 18, which is also part of Smith’s Earth Week. As a full-time staff member, the College will pay you for one day of volunteer work a year. http://www.smith.edu/hr/handbook_521.php. You must get prior approval from your supervisor to attend. This will be a full day, with a van leaving Smith at 9 a.m and returning at 5 p.m. We will be helping bring the community gardens in Holyoke back to life. Space is limited to 12 staff members. Sign up: http://doodle.com/ng7xhi287kgxmtai.

Workshop: 'How to Be a Smith Alumna--Making Good Use of Smith Resources and Connections' , Tuesday, April 8, Noon, Alumnae House

Ally Einbinder '10, Program Coordinator at the WCWL and Meri Hoverman, Assistant Director of Clubs and Undergraduate Programs, will offer helpful information and first-hand tips for navigating and reaping the benefits of your (forthcoming OR current) status as a Smith alumna. Current students and alumnae welcome. Pizza lunch included. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Alumnae House Conference Room. Registration encouraged but not required: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport

Fort Hill Art Exhibit , April 5-18, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

The Nolen Arts Lounge at the Campus Center is featuring the artwork of children enrolled at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill. The exhibit is open April 5-April 18 in celebration of the National Week of the Young Child.

Interfaith Awareness Week Continues with Hunger Banquet , Wednesday, April 9, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The final event of Interfaith Awareness Week is the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, an interactive simulation of hunger and poverty throughout the world and locally. Where will you sit? All are welcome. Interfaith Awareness Week is designed as a bridge of cooperation by people of different faiths. Organized by Spirituality in Action, a student group sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, it included cooking for a shelter and thought-provoking dialogues

'Writing the Sciences' with Authors Dava Sobel and Andrea Barrett , Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

This event brings together two of America's most distinguished and imaginative science writers. Dava Sobel is the award-winning author of "Gailileo's Daughter" and "Longitude," among other works and is also the Jacobson Visiting Nonfiction Writer at Smith. Andrea Barrett is the National Book Award-winning fiction writer of "Ship Fever," "Servants of the Map," "The Air We Breathe" and "Archangel." This joint reading and conversation will focus on the challenges and excitement of bringing literature and science together into compelling works of fiction and nonfiction.

Community Service (CSO) Luncheon , Thursday, April 10, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

The CSO will be hosting Diane Drohan from the Northampton Survival Center for the final Community eduction luncheon of the year. Come and learn about food insecurity in the Pioneer Valley, and volunteering opportunities with the center. Pizza will be served.

Community Ed Luncheon with the Northampton Survival Center , Thursday, April 10, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

The CSO will be hosting Diane Drohan from the Northampton Survival Center for the final Community Education Luncheon of the year. Come and learn about food insecurity in the Pioneer Valley, and volunteering opportunities with the center. Pizza will be served.

REEES Informational Meeting , Wednesday, April 9, 12:30 p.m., Campus Center 204

Presentation of the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Come talk to the faculty in the program, learn about the majors, and explore how the study of Russia and Eurasia can enhance your career.

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

From 4–8 p.m. everyone is welcome to the Free Second Friday at the Museum of Art featuring “The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn.” From 4–6 p.m. is Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). 6 p.m. is Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10–8 p.m. and all activities are free and open to the public.

American Studies Trivia Night , Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Join the American Studies department in their annual trivia night! This event is open to ALL students and faculty, regardless of major. Form a team of a few friends and your favorite faculty member to compete for sugary prizes and bragging rights -- refreshments provided!

Health and STEM Professions Lunchbag Series , Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Meet Dr. Isabel Jurk, MSpVM, Diplomate ACVO, Veterinary Ophthalmologist and owner of Animal Eye Care of New England.

Commemorating the Rwandan Genocide , Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m., Seelye 106

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, the Black Students Alliance and Matilde Mukantabana, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States, will present "Twenty years later: The Role of Rwandan Women in Rebuilding a Nation." The program will examine the progress Rwanda has made since the genocide and the significant role women have played in rebuilding the nation.

'Arts for the Earth' Event hosted by Engineers for a Sustainable World , Thursday, April 10, Noon, Ford 240

Hosted by Engineers for a Sustainable World, this event is the second in the interdisciplinary series, Arts for the Earth! A collaboration by the tinydance project, Celebrations Dance Company, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and the Smiffenpoofs, Arts for the Earth examines the relationship between the arts, engineering, and sustainability. This event features the unveiling of the newly constructed tinydance stage, a combined music and dance performance, a great lunch, and a presentation/discussion surrounding sustainability.


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SEC Films Presents 'Thor: The Dark World' , Friday, April 4; Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.

Diary Decoration , Saturday, April 5, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Come decorate free diaries in Davis Ballroom.

'Democracy and Theocracy in Jewish Political Thought: From Baruch Spinoza to Michael Walzer' , Thursday, April 3, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Political theorist Julie Cooper, assistant professor of political science, University of Chicago, will explore the legacy of Baruch Spinoza's critique of theocracy for contemporary projects, spearheaded by Michael Walzer, to establish Jewish political thought as an academic field. Cooper's first book, "Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought," is a study of the political philosophies of Hobbes, Spinoza and Rousseau. Her lecture, part of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute long-term project "Placing Space," will be of particular interest to scholars of political theory, philosophy, religion and Jewish and Middle East studies.

True North Retiree Health Insurance Information Session , Thursday, April 3, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Campus Center 102

True North offers a supplemental health insurance that works with Medicare. This session is for Smith faculty and staff who will be retiring soon, are considering retirement or who have questions about retiree health insurance options. No registration is required. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Cocco at ext. 2273.

Join the Student Museum Advisory Council , Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art

The Student Museum Advisory Council (SMAC) functions as a representative of SC students to the Museum of Art. SMAC’s mission is to make the Museum more accessible and welcoming to students of all disciplines. Meetings are open to all students. Thursdays at 12:15 in the Museum on the following days: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 and 4/24. Meet in the lobby. More info: talksmac@smith.edu or http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Education/Just-for-Students/SMAC or SMAC tumblr blog: http://smithsmac.tumblr.com/

Arts for the Earth Kickoff: tinydance Project Featured in Josten First Fridays @ Five , Friday, April 4, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Kelly Silliman’s tinydance project kicks off Arts for the Earth, a cheerfully apocalyptic monthlong celebration of sustainability and the arts, in Josten’s First Fridays @ Five series. Featuring Kelly Silliman, Celebrations Dance Company, the Smiffenpoofs, and a tiny dance stage designed and built by Smith’s Engineers for a Sustainable World, each event will focus on sustainability and the arts. Off-grid, unplugged, and analog: a bike pedals up hauling a tiny stage and magic unfolds!

Global Books: Black Ethnics - Race, Immigration and the Pursuit of the American Dream , Friday, April 4, 12:10 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Chrissie Greer, assistant professor of political science (Fordham University) and discussant Daphne Lamothe, associate professor of Afro-American Studies (Smith College). Greer's new book explores the political significance of ethnicity for new immigrant and native-born blacks from from Africa and the Caribbean in the USA. Please join us for the final segment of the Global Books series, an opportunity for authors to present their work and examine larger global issues with the Smith community. Pizza lunch will be served to the first 25 participants.

'El Milagro de Candeal: The African Roots of Cuban and Brazilian Music' , Thursday, April 3, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Rafael Benvindo Figueiredo Galante will lecture as part of the Smith College Spanish & Portuguese Department's series "Fusions and Diffusions" exploring the concept of cultural transference (in particular between Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and Spain) through examples of musical, political, and national interactions. Rafael Galante is a professional musician, educator, and student of ethno-musicology, specializing in the African roots of Brazilian and Caribbean music, at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Senior Dance Concert , April 3, 4 and 5, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

The Senior Thesis Concert, presented by the Smith College Department of Dance, represents the culmination of eight undergraduate students' work. This thesis concert features original choreography by senior undergraduate students from the Smith College Department of Dance and four guest choreographers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Dance. Work will be presented by Brandy Neary, Mary Sue Sheppard, Hope Wilson, Liv Fauver, Tommy Seibold, Nicholas Galatis, Annie Heath and Gabby Carmichael. Tickets are available online at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts or at 413-585-ARTS.

Senior Class Wine and Cheese Gathering , Friday, April 4, 7-8:30 p.m., Atrium, Museum of Art

This event will celebrate the Class of 2014 and give Seniors the opportunity to learn more about this year’s Senior Giving Campaign. There will also be a raffle to win President McCartney’s Rally Day hat. Please bring a Photo ID with date of birth–we’ll be carding–and a few dollars to donate to the Senior Campaign so you can enter the hat raffle. Questions? Contact Katie Averill in the Smith Fund at kaverill@smith.edu

Volunteer with CSO at Gardening the Community , Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Springfield

Come welcome spring with Gardening the Community, a youth focused urban agriculture program in Springfield. You will help weed and prepare gardens for spring planting as well as learn about organic farming and healthy eating! Gardening materials and transportation will be provided. Email Michelle Kim at mkim21@smith.edu or cso@smith.edu for more information or to sign up by April 2nd.

Auditions for 'Seven': A Documentary Play , April 5

Audition times are Saturday, March 29, 6-9 p.m. (T207A, Mendenhall CPA) and Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., TV Studio, Mendenhall CPA. No preparation is necessary. A collaborative piece of documentary theatre, this play follows the experiences of seven women from different places and backgrounds. We see the true stories of their struggles and triumphs unfold, as they navigate worlds of oppression, and strive to bring about groundbreaking change to their home countries of Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, and Afghanistan. 'Seven' will be directed by Mehr Kaur '16 and Emma Kelley '14 and presented as part of the Seven Sisters Conference.

New Sexual Assault Website and Resources

Calling your attention to an important new website resource offering information about sexual assault (http://www.smith.edu/sao/sexualassault.php). In light of recent guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Julie Ohotnicky, Dean of Students, established a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) to ensure regular review of policies related to reporting and responding to sexual assault. The team included students and staff from around the college. I encourage you to review this website, which includes an on-line reporting form. Should you have any questions or feedback regarding the website and reporting form please contact Julie Ohotnicky.

'Is Mindfulness Buddhist, and Does It Matter?' , Friday, April 4, 6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Robert Sharf, Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, lectures on mindfulness practice and similar reform movements in Asian Buddhist history. His talk opens "A Bright Mirror Illuminating the Mind", a weekend symposium held to celebrate Peter Gregory's contributions to Buddhist Studies. Peter Gregory, Jill Ker Conway Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies, will retire after this semester. Sponsored by The Ada Howe Kent Fund, the Smith College Department of Religion and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Festival of Sound and Space: Gross/Beck Piano and Cello Duo , Thursday, April 3, 8:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Smith College Festival of Sound and Space celebrates the reopening of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel sanctuary with a concert of 20th and 21st Century chamber music. The concert space was recently reconfigured to allow for more flexible seating and staging, and we are pleased to welcome the piano/cello duo of Steven Beck and Christopher Gross playing music of Elliot Carter, Morton Feldman, Milton Babbitt, Jonathan Dawe, and Charles Wuorinen. The concert is free and open to the public.

Buddhist Studies Symposium Panel Discussions , Saturday, April 5, Neilson Browsing Room

Panel discussions with 15 leading academics in the field of Buddhist Studies, with a focus on participants' critical reflections on their path through the study of Buddhism. Panels of six members each take place from 10 am to noon, 1 to 3:30 pm and 4 to 6 pm. Part of the weekend symposium, "A Bright Mirror Illuminating the Mind", held to celebrate Peter Gregory's contributions to Buddhist Studies. Peter Gregory, Jill Ker Conway Professor of Religion and East Asian Studies, will retire after this semester. Read the Grecourt Gate story about Gregory and the symposium at http://www.smith.edu/news/buddhism-symposium-to-honor-retiring-professor/ For the symposium schedule, visit http://www.smith.edu/buddhism/docs/Gregory_Poster.pdf

Volunteer with the Smith College Food Recovery Network

Come volunteer with the Smith College Food Recovery Network. We recover leftover food from our dining halls that would otherwise go to waste. We package up the food and transport it to local homeless shelters and food pantries. Volunteering takes less than an hour and you don't even have to leave campus. For more information on recoveries, such as time and dates, please email sdbrown@smith.edu.

Striate: Improvised Dance/Sound , Saturday, April 5, Chapel Sanctuary

Festival director Gregory Brown will be creating a soundscape from two year's material of previously recorded festival concert music. Local improvisational dancers will collaboratively create the movement of the piece inspired by: Brown's soundscape, a simple score, and their own creative impulses. The dancers come from the Five College Dance program and beyond under the direction of Troy David Mercer. In addition, we celebrate the reopening of Helen Hills Hills Chapel's sanctuary space, newly renovated with chairs in lieu of pews.

Spring Orchestra Concert Featuring Concerto Competition Winners , Sunday, April 6, 4-7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Featuring the winners of the 2013-14 Concerto Competition: Katie Lipow, soprano, and Alvina Zhang, piano. Directed by Jonathan Hirsh.

Auditions for 10-Minute Plays: 'Everything's Better with Muntjacs' , Sunday, April 6, 7 p.m., TV Studio, Mendenhall CPA

The final show will be on April 27, so there will only be 3 weeks of rehearsal required for those cast. This is a great way to be involved in theatre without a huge time commitment. All are welcome to audition. You do not need to prepare anything, but please come with a list of all scheduling conflicts, including re-occurring things such as classes or work.

Register Now for the Retirement Conference for Employees , Monday, April 14, Campus Center Carroll Room

Human Resources is pleased to offer “Prepare for Your Future: A Retirement Conference for Employees.” This conference will be broken down into three sessions, and employees are encouraged to sign up for any or all of them. The goal is to help you with your retirement planning, whether you’ve just started to think about it or are approaching the big day. After each session, you’ll have the opportunity to begin voluntary contributions, increase them, or register for an individual meeting with Mary Ellen Gordon, our ING U.S. representative. Light refreshments will be served. For details and to register, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_catalog.php.

Second Annual Spin-A-Thon to Support Project Coach , Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m., Ainsworth Gym

Join Project Coach for our second Annual Spin-a-Thon, a fun-filled day of spinning to benefit Smith College's Project Coach at Ainsworth Gym from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To register, email projectcoachspin@gmail.com. The first 100 spinners to sign up will receive a Project Coach water bottle and be entered into a raffle to win prizes donated by Northampton merchants. All riders receive a FREE Project Coach Water Bottle! http://www.smith.edu/news/spin-for-change-on-april-5-for-project-coach/

JHALAK , Friday, April 4, 7:15 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Jhalak is Ekta’s biggest annual spring event, bringing South Asian cultural performers from across the five colleges and beyond. This event is free to the public and a dinner will be provided prior to the show at 5:30 p.m. in Davis Ballroom. Jhalak is an excellent way for students to network with each other and explore the diversity that is within South Asia.

Student Picks Exhibition: 'Mother and Child,' by Marion Gajonera ’14 , Friday, April 4, Noon, Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

'Mother and Child' is a student-curated show of works on paper from the Museum's permanent collection. Works by Childe Hassam, Henri Matisse, and other artists reflect on the tender and sometimes romanticized relationship between a mother and her child. Noon–4 p.m., on view one day only!

Work, Life & Reali-tea: 'Dealing With Uncertainty in College and Beyond' , Friday, April 4, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The Wurtele Center for Work and Life presents panelists Ally Einbinder '10, WCWL Program Coordinator; Sam Ruhmkorff, Philosophy Department Lecturer; and Matilda Cantwell, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Multi-Faith Fellow. They'll discuss how to grapple with the ever-present unknown in our lives. Q&A to follow. Tea and desserts will be served. This event is open to the public.

'Achieving Balance in Coral Reef Fish Populations: It Sounds a Little Fishy to Me' , Monday, April 7, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Paulette Peckol, Louise C. Harrington Professor, Biological Sciences, Smith College. Part of the Spring 2014 Life Sciences Colloquium Series. http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Artist Andrea Geyer: 'Three Chants Modern' , Thursday, April 3, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Andrea Geyer’s work addresses the construction and politics of time in the intersection of politics, culture and history. With a particular focus on women, her works engage specifically potent social and political situation, events and conditions and create spaces of critical, collective reflection on the politics and ideologies of temporal translations. The talk is free and open to the public.

'Navigating Genre, Tweaking Type: Romance, Cusack Style' by Chris Holmlund, 2014 Neilson Professor , Monday, April 7, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Neilson Professor Chris Holmlund will explore the work of actor John Cusack, looking in detail at seven of his films (six independents), assessing his performances in light of his acting training at the Piven Theatre Workshop and the generic conventions that guide acting in romance—the meet cute, for example, the wrong/right partner, the kiss, the fight and the finale. "Like many of his characters, [John Cusack's] a risk taker," noted the LA Times about Cusack, one of only a few Hollywood leading actors who regularly take on independent projects. "He's an icon of the indie film world." Refreshments served.

Kate Eichhorn book talk , Friday, April 4, 4 p.m.

Kate Eichhorn, writer, social critic, and Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies at The New School of Liberal Arts, will talk about her 2013 book 'The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order.' Eichhorn's work investigates the role of print cultures in contemporary social movements and the aesthetic and political use of archives. Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives Reading Room, Alumnae Gym

Speak Out at SASA's Take Back the Night; Submissions Due , April 7

Do you want to speak out? Students Against Sexual Assault are looking for poems, rants, manifestos and all kinds of words about surviving and combating rape culture and sexual assault, to be performed at this year’s annual Take Back the Night rally. Submissions are due by April 7, should be about 5 minutes long, and should be sent to sasaspeakout@gmail.com.

Alumnae Panel on STEM Careers , Friday, April 4, 12:15 p.m., McConnell 104

Smith's Health and STEM Professions Lunchbag Series continues with a discussion of STEM careers with the following alumnae: Dianne Rees, '78, Director of Science, Braintree Public Schools; Rouwenna Lamm, '08, National Program Director, Alliance for Climate Education; Marcia Lazo, '97, Lead Artificial Intelligence Engineer, MITRE Corporation; Monique Fischer, '86, Senior Photograph Conservator, Northeast Document Conservation Center. Pizza will be provided for the first 40 people. Small group conversation 1-2 p.m., McConnell 104. Snacks provided.

Stargazing , Friday, April 4, 8 p.m.

The Physics and Astronomy Club is hosting stargazing on McConnell roof Friday April 4th, 8:00pm-10:00pm. Come one, come all! Hot chocolate and hand warmers provided.

Disability Visibility Day, Speaker at 4 p.m. , Thursday, April 3, Chapin Lawn

A day-long exhibit on Chapin Lawn of 400 chairs representing students with disabilities at Smith with facts, images, and stories about disability issues. Students, staff, faculty, and allies are invited to take a seat at 4 p.m. to make disability visible. At that time, Jen Matos, Ed.D., a Smith alum with a disability and a social justice educator, will speak on the intersection of disability and other social justice issues like race, class, and gender. At 7:30 p.m. in Carroll Room, Campus Center, students will present poems, works of prose or songs to help others understand their experiences. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/ods/events.php

Disability Visibility Performance Night , Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Poems, stories, music, and discussion. Students with disabilities may submit a piece to be performed personally or read by a volunteer from the organizing group. Please submit your piece on the Office of Disability Services Website by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1. Refreshments provided.

College Democrats of Mass. (CDM) Convention; Gubernatorial Discussion at 2 p.m. , Saturday, April 5

The CDM Convention will include a variety of speakers and events including: A gubernatorial siscussion featuring all five Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor at 2 p.m., Davis Ballroom; A Women in Politics Panel at 3:15 p.m., Seelye 106; and an Internships and Jobs Fair at 4:15 p.m., Davis Ballroom. Smith students may attend these events without registering for the Convention.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday, April 4, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion and homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Reading Room, 4-6 p.m. On Monday, April 7, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Sanctuary; 7 p.m.: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Bodman Lounge.

Lunch-hour Workshop on Public Speaking , Tuesday, April 8, 12:15 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Practical tips for delivering effective presentations and speaking in public by Peter Sapira.

Department of Dance 'Town Hall Meeting'/Presentation of the Major , Friday, April 4, 4:30 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

We will break at 5 p.m. to go upstairs for the kickoff of the Arts for the Earth Celebration, featuring Celebrations Dance Company and the Smiffenpoofs in Kelly Silliman’s tinydance project.

Kate Eichhorn: The Archival Turn in Feminism , Friday, April 4, 4 p.m., Alumnae Gym

Eichorn will discuss her 2013 book "The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order." Her talk is sponsored by the Archives concentration, the SSC and College Archives and will take place in the Sophia Smith Collection & Smith College Archives reading room.

SWG Annual Prizes Call for Papers Submissions Due , Thursday, May 1, 4 p.m.

The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender. These awards are for not exclusively for SWG Majors. See SWG website for required cover sheet for all submissions. http://www.smith.edu/swg/prizes.php Papers are due by electronic submission to rsiegel@smith.edu. Items that cannot be submitted electronically may be submitted in hard copy to the program office, Seelye 207b.

Senior Art Exhibition: 'What do YOU think it means?' , Friday, April 4, 7-9 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

The show is on view through April 12 and features the work of Rebecca Schilling, Elena Terhune, Nensi Kostallari, Oliver Coley, and Kira Romano. Light refreshments will be served.


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Latin American and Latino/a Studies , Wednesday, April 2, Noon, Campus Center 102

Pizza and beverages will be served.

Earth's Turn Film Series Continues with 'Chasing Ice' , Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m., Seelye 106

A discussion after the film will be led by the Smith College Green Team. The film series is in anticipation of Earth Day in April. Sponsored by CEEDS, Sustainability Reps, Green Team, Divest Smith College, SGA Sustainability Committee, Climate Action Now, 350 MA, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, with support from the SGA. Free and open to the public.

Earth's Turn Film Series: Students and Goliath , Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Students and Goliath is the fourth in the Earth's Turn film series planned as a lead up to Earth Day. A discussion after the film will be led by Divest Smith College. Sponsored by CEEDS, Sustainability Reps, Green Team, Divest Smith College, SGA Sustainability Committee, Climate Action Now, 350 MA, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, with support from the SGA. Free and open to the public.

Looking for Art and Poetry for [CEEDS] Magazine Deadline is , Friday, April 4, 5 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Calling all artists and writers. The [CEEDS] Magazine is looking for your poetry, prose and art submissions on the theme IMPACT(ED): how we impact the earth and how the earth impacts us. Top entries will be featured in our online magazine. Please email submissions to Sara Kirk at skirk@smith.edu or drop them by CEEDS (garden-level Wright Hall).

South Asia Concentration , Thursday, April 3, Noon, Seelye 207

Focusing on different disciplines at Smith, study the amazing and rich area of South Asia, home to one-fifth of the world's population. Indian lunch available.

'Public Art in China: Stretching the Canvas' , Tuesday, April 1, 4:45 p.m., Seelye 106

A multimedia presentation of the many forms of art found in Chinese public spaces. Pushing the boundaries of art---from classic statuary through airbrushed motor scooters. Includes paintings, calligraphy, heroic monuments, commercial art, signage, window displays, sculpture, architectural features and lighting, garden elements, found-objects, tattoos, graffiti, façade laser projection, pyrotechnics, and more. Presented by Professors Janice Moulton, Philosophy Department and George Robinson, Psychology Department. Sponsored by CISCO, Department of East Asian Languages & Literature, and the Kahn Institute Regarding Images Project. Visual delights and refreshments provided.

SEC and Spitfire's Poetry Night : Open Mic and Alysia Harris , Tuesday, April 1, 8 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Alysia Harris is a wordsmith. Currently as a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in linguistics at Yale University, she busies herself studying the internal workings of the grandfather clock we call the English language. As a linguist she approaches the uses of language from an analytic perspective, however as a poet she uses language as a creative probe to explore the emotional, spiritual, and social realms of the human experience. Alysia is a two-time national spoken word champion, being a member of the winning BNV 2007 and CUPSI 2007 teams.

Health and STEM Professions Lunchbag Series , Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m., Kendade 305, Mount Holyoke College

Ford Barnett, admissions counselor at the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, will present an overview of the school and talk about the application and admission review process. For transportation email klipp@smith.edu

Health Services Notice

Because of the turnaround time on Pap tests, none will be done at the Health Services after May 2. Pap tests will resume in September. Please schedule your Pap test before May 2.

Major in Physics , Wednesday, April 2, 4-5 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Refreshments will be served.

Talk to the President During Open Office Hour , Tuesday, April 1, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

President McCartney welcomes Smith students, faculty and staff members to stop by her office to discuss college issues and projects during open hour.

History , Wednesday, April 2, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Listen to students Freda Raitelu AC, Elaine Speer '14 and others reflect on their journey through the history major at Smith. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Lyn Minnich at lminnich@smith.edu.

Major in Geosciences , Wednesday, April 2, Noon-1 p.m., Sabin-Reed 103

Lunch will be provided.

Major and Minor for the Study of Women and Gender , Friday, April 4, 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Lunch will be provided.

ESW Round Table: 'GMOs: Yes or No?' , Tuesday, April 1, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

Calling all majors. Engineers for a Sustainable World is hosting a Round Table discussion about genetically modified foods. Learn about the latest technology and hear both sides of this controversial issue. Come think critically about the agricultural, environmental, and social implications of GMOs and their potential to advance or hinder progress towards sustainable food systems. Lunch will be provided.

Information Session: Institute for Curatorial Practices at Hampshire College , Wednesday, April 2, Noon, Lower Level Lounge, Hillyer

An information session regarding summer opportunities at Hampshire College's Institute of Curatorial Practice will be held at Smith. The session is a chance to find out about the program, meet the directors, and ask questions about housing, internships, etc. The session will take place in the Lower Level lounge near Graham Hall. Pizza will be served.

Presentation of the Computer Science Major and Minor , Friday, April 4, Noon, Ford Hall Atrium

Presentation of the Computer Science Major and Minor - Ford Hall Atrium - Noon on Friday, April 4, Ford Hall Atrium, Chinese Food will be served. Learn more about: Classes in 2014-2015, Department Events and the Major and Minor


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SEC Films Presents 'The Hobbit the Desolation of Smaug' , Friday, March 28; Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Wooden Mirror Decorating , Saturday, March 29, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

All supplies provided at no cost.

Lisa Gossels’ 'My So-Called Enemy': Screening and Q&A with the Director , Monday, March 31, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Emmy winner Lisa Gossels will screen her documentary, "My So-Called Enemy" (2010), a film about six young women (Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim) and their relation to the conflict in Israel and Palestine and its potential resolutions. Gossels will hold a documentary master class, a lunchtime salon at the Global Studies Center Tuesday, April 1, noon-1 p.m., and a series of workshops on gender and conflict resolution. Gossels is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University and is member of the Selah Leadership Network. More information can be found at http://mysocalledenemy.com/

'Cultural Tradition in Pakistan: The Politics of Sufi Music Within the Islamic Tradition' , Friday, March 28, 4 p.m., Wright Hall

The Lewis Global Studies Center and the Asian Arts & Culture program at UMass Amherst present a Global Salon on the politics of Sufi music within the Islamic tradition. This conversation will be led by the well-known qawwal singer Asif Ali Khan and his group of musicians from Pakistan. Asif Ali comes from a famous Pakistani musical family that traces its musical ancestry back more than 350 years. Light refreshments will be served.

Info. Sessions on IDP 320 Seminar: Women's Health in India , April 1 and 2, 5-6 p.m., Health Services

Information sessions on the fall 2014 seminar, including the J-term trip to India. RSVP to epeters@smith.edu as to which session you plan to attend, as pizza will be served. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply.

A Poetry Reading for Peace and Justice in a Time of War and Discrimination , Tuesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

A talented and diverse group of poets--Martin Espada, Adrie Kusserow, Bunkong Tuon, Afaa Michael Weaver, and Teresa Mei Chuc--will read from their work on this theme. United by a common interest in promoting peace and justice, these poets write about the struggles of the world's outcasts, immigrants, and working classes--those mistreated and forgotten as empires clash and wage relentless war. Their work will be included in the forthcoming anthology, "With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century," edited by Douglas Valentine.

'The Future Has a Past: Histories of Black & Brown Solidarity' , Thursday, March 27, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Black studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, discusses her book "Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity," on shared struggles between African Americans and Chicano freedom seekers and cultural workers in Los Angeles. Sponsored by the History department.

Apply for an Alumnae Scholarship; Deadline Extended to , March 31

Alumnae Scholarship: Seniors and alumnae beginning their first year of graduate study are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are based on merit as determined by the student’s record, letters from her faculty and the recommendation of her department. Students who receive awards are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. The application is available for download at http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php

'The Naked I: Monologues from Beyond the Binary' by Tobias K. Davis , March 28, 29 and 30, Chapel Sanctuary

Tender and heart wrenching, deeply funny and erotic, this play boldly explains and explores the land beyond 'male' and 'female.. There will be a talkback after Sunday's show about the intersections of faith, gender and sexuality. Performances are Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m. at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Directed by Tobias K. Davis and Arjuna Greist. Sponsored by Transcending Gender. More information: http://bit.do/tni Please note that this play contains nudity, strong language and sexual situations.

Microbiologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff to Discuss Her Life in Science , Friday, April 4, 4 p.m., Room 221, Integrated Sciences Building, UMass Amhe

STEM Diversity Institute and Five Colleges, Inc., present a talk by molecular biologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff, only the third Mexican-American woman to earn a doctorate in science in the United States. Her talk, “From Bench to Boardroom: A Life in Science,” will be be followed by a reception. Register early for the opportunity to meet with her before the lecture. For more information and to register, go to https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1701788-HbhpdabmOi

Christian McEwen to Lecture on Her New Book, 'Sparks from the Anvil' , Thursday, March 27, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Poet and writer Christian McEwen will be speaking on “Listening to Poets/Poets Listening.” Sponsored by the Project on Women and Social Change, the Poetry Center, Department of English, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Smith College Lecture Committee. Free and open to the public. For more info, go to http://www.smith.edu/wsc

Larry Summers: 'The American Economic Growth Challenge' , Monday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Larry Summers, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University; Board Chair of the Center for Global Development; Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001); Director of the National Economic Council (2009-10). This event is free and open to the public.

Prize for Work and Research in International Relations, Peace Studies or Race Relations; Application , April 11, 4 p.m.

The Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize for International Relations is awarded for achievement and for plans for further supervised study, work or research in the areas of international relations, peace studies or race relations. Prize funds are for use during the current year (2013-14) or next year (2014-15) and may be used toward housing, travel or other fees. Smith undergraduates of any nationality, with any major, are eligible as long as they have not enrolled in graduate school. Email sbriggs@smith.edu for details and an application form. Deadline for applications is April 11 by 4.m.

Poetry Reading: James Sacré and David Ball , Thursday, March 27, 4:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

James Sacré and David Ball, both award-winning poets and Professors Emeritus of the College, will read at the Poetry Center. Sacré's poems have appeared in every major French literary journal, and he has won two major literary prizes for poetry and three smaller ones. He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. David Ball is a poet in his own right and a practicing translator. He has published nine book-length collections from French (five with collaborator Nicole Ball.) This reading will primarily be conducted in French-- David Ball will read selected translations in English.

Upcoming Changes to Student Cable TV Service

Because of the decline in students' use of traditional cable TV in favor of online viewing and the increasing cost of cable TV subscriptions, Smith will be discontinuing cable TV service in student rooms after May 2014. Cable TV service will be maintained in Residence House common rooms, the Olin Fitness Center, and the Campus Center. The resulting savings will be used to improve Internet performance on campus, as recommended by the SGA and House Presidents. For students who wish to use a streaming player, such as Roku or Apple TV, information about supported consumer devices is available here: http://www.smith.edu/tara/smith_network/supported_devices.html

Smith and PVJFF Present 'The Escape' March 29 and 'Mabul' ('The Flood') March 30

"The Escape," which will be screened on Saturday, March 29, at 8:30 p.m. in Stoddard Auditorium, follows a group of Israeli teenagers who set out on a fascinating adventure following the original “Bricha Movement,” which was set up to help Jews escape post-war Europe and get to Israel. An intergenerational panel discussion will follow the screening with Henny Lewin, Sara Weinberger and Lily Eriksen, moderated by Miri Talmon, Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies. 'Mabul' ('The Flood'), a powerful coming-of-age film about an autistic son’s return home to the place where his troubled family lives, will be screened on Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in Stoddard Auditorium. Post-screening talk with Smith religion professor Joel Kaminsky and Smith Visiting Professor of Israel Studies Miri Talmon. Both events free to Smith students, faculty and staff with valid Smith I.D.

'Meditation and Its Effect on the Brain' by Barry Kerzin, Physician to the Dalai Lama , Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Barry Kerzin, an ordained monk and physician to high lamas, including the Dalai Lama, will explore exciting new research on meditation and how it affects the brain, as part of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute short-term project, "Traditional Eastern Medicine." The traditional medical dogma has been that there is 'communication' or 'coordination' across parts of the brain that are adjacent and only millimeters away. New findings with long-term meditators suggest a global synchrony across the whole cortex. This lecture is of particular interest to scholars of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, religion, and those interested in wellness and spirituality.

'Change of Subject: From the Individual to the Collective (and Back Again)'--Artist Penelope Umbrico , Monday, March 31, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Renowned photo-based artist Penelope Umbrico will discuss her installations, video and digital media works that explore the ever-changing technologies of image-making, and the ever-increasing production and consumption of images on the Internet. Utilizing photo-sharing and consumer websites as an expansive archive, Umbrico navigates between producer and consumer, and the individual and the collective. For Umbrico, all images within this emergent environment are evidence of something other than what they depict. Umbrico is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim and a Smithsonian Fellowship. Her lecture is part of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute long-term project "Regarding Images."

Important Notice for Windows XP Users

All laptop and desktop computers running Windows XP will be blocked from the Smith network after March 31, 2014. If you have a Smith-owned Windows XP computer but do not have a Windows 7 upgrade date, please contact Barbara Pliska (bpliska@smith.edu) with the following information as soon as possible: the Smith fixed asset number on the white label on the computer (typically begins with ITS00), Dell model number (e.g., Optiplex 960), building and room where the computer is located, and assigned owner, if known. Note that eligible computers must meet minimum specifications to be upgraded. For more information, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/winxp_upgrades.html

Jorge 'Fabel' Pabon: 'Hip Hop and the Aesthetics of Afro-Latinidad Identity' , Saturday, March 29, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Jorge “Fabel” Pabon is a Hip Hop culture historian and activist. He is president of the Hierophysics crew, senior vice president of the Rock Steady Crew, member of Magnificent Force and an honorary member of the Electric Boogaloos. Fabel is also co-founder of GhettOriginal Productions, Inc. Event sponsored by the Smith College Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Afro-American Studies, Department of History, American Studies and the College Lecture Committee. Free and open to the public.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday, Mar. 28, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion with a homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Reading Room, 4-6 p.m. On Monday, Mar. 31, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Sanctuary; Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, Bodman Lounge, 7-8:30 p.m.

Conversation: 'We Are Not Who We Think We Are--Buddhist Perspectives of Identity' , Monday, March 31, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Each morning, when looking in the mirror, we think we know who is there. What if who--and what--we think we are is not so? How would that make a difference in our lives? In our communities? In our world? The Buddha's teachings offer us an alternate view of this ever changing phenomena known to us as "Me." Come join the conversation.

'Investigating Molecular Mechanisms in Mental Health' , Monday, March 31, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Brad Carter, postdoctoral associate, Sive Lab, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT, will discuss molecular mechanisms in mental health, from glucocorticoid mRNA regulation in mouse astrocytes to neuro-developmental disorders in zebrafish. Part of the Spring 2014 Life Sciences Colloquium Series. Coffee, tea and light snacks at 4 p.m.; followed by talk at 4:30 p.m. http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php.

Islam Awareness Week Through March 30

Activities hosted by Al-Iman feature interactive booths sharing information about Islamic culture, dress and food as well as student performances, a documentary screening, guest speakers, Nasheed (spiritual chant), and more. See full schedule at https://www.facebook.com/events/1402919743304876/ Thursday, March 27, Screening of "Girl Rising" 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Weinstein Auditorium; Friday, March 28, Global Salon Dialogue with Asif Ali Khan about the politics of Sufi music within the Islamic tradition, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center; Friday, March 28, "Muslim Monologues," Filled with performances, fun and interactive games, delicious food and panel discussion with both Muslim students and prominent Muslims from the Pioneer Valley, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room; Saturday, March 29, Sufi Soul with Asif Ali Khan, Pakistan's "reigning prince" of Qawwali music. 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall (UMass-Amherst) Purchase tickets here: https://fac.umass.edu/Online/AsifAliKhan; Sunday, March 30, MSA Entertainment Night, hosted by Mount Holyoke College with Nasheed and Naat artists as well as comedians. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Blanchard Campus Center, Mt. Holyoke College.

French Films Series: 'Les Saveurs du Palais' , Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., McConnell B15

Inspired by a true story, "Les Saveurs du Palais" follows Hortense Labroie, a cook from the French countryside who is plucked from obscurity to become the personal chef to President François Mitterand. Facing jealousy and resentment from her colleagues at the Elysée Palace, Hortense perseveres to become one of the President's most trusted and respected employees. In McConnell B15 at 7:00pm. Film in French with English Subtitles. All are welcome.

Smith to Host College Democrats of Mass. Convention , Saturday, April 5, All Day

The College Democrats of Massachusetts Convention will be held at Smith College April 5th and 6th. During the weekend, the Smith Democrats will host college democrats from across the state and a wide range of prominent democratic speakers. On Saturday at 2:00pm in Davis Ballroom, the Smith Democrats will host the Democratic candidates for Governor in a discussion between students and the candidates. Students and Faculty are welcome to attend this event, as well as all the events during the weekend. Details will be posted on the Smith Democrats Facebook page.

Health and STEM Professions Lunchbag Series , Friday, March 28, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

From interviews to telling Grandma what you're working on - this interactive seminar will help you prepare for conversations and will discuss the importance of communicating about science effectively. Drs. Allison Anacker, David Bonsall and Mary Harrington will share their experiences and advice. Pizza for the first 40 people.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Lysander Piano Trio , Friday, March 28, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Lysander Piano Trio is a winner of multiple awards including the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Pre-concert talk is at 7 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall. Hear them one week before they give their Carnegie Hall recital debut in a varied program of works by Schubert, Brahms, Shostakovitch, John Musto, and Jakub Ciupinski. Liza Stepanova, piano, Itamar Zorman, violin, Michael Katz, cello.

Civil Disobedience Training: Learn Strategies for Creating Social Change Using Active Nonviolence , Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center 205

A Five College workshop sponsored by the Smith Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and led by the American Friends Service Committee. Workshop offered for anyone who would like to learn about strategies for creating social change using active nonviolence. This training will have a particular focus on environmental justice, but it is appropriate for a wide range of interests.Trainers have extensive involvement in both domestic and global peace work and social activism, and there will be opportunities for networking. Staff, faculty and students welcome.

Flexible Spending Account Deadline , Monday, March 31, Midnight

The deadline for submitting requests for reimbursement for plan year 2013 from your medical or dependent care flexible spending account is Monday, March 31, 2014. Reimbursement requests must be submitted online or by fax no later than midnight March 31 or postmarked March 31. If you have any questions, contact Lynn Cocco at lcocco@smith.edu or at extension 2273.

WOZQ 91.9FM Presents Sun Parade with Who Da Funk It , Friday, March 28, 9:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Enjoy a rad night of local music with two killer Northampton bands, Sun Parade and Who Da Funk It, and WOZQ your favorite radio station. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m. Davis Ballroom. No Tickets. Free for 5 College Students with student I.D. and $5 at the door for the general public.

Global Salon: Don’t Make Any Assumptions , Tuesday, April 1, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with award-winning filmmaker Lisa Gossels on the vital role of listening in resolving conflict. Gossels, a member of the Selah Leadership Network, will discuss her film about young Jewish, Christian and Muslim women and their relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its potential resolutions. More information can be found at http://mysocalledenemy.com/. Pizza lunch provided for the first 50 people. Also, join Gossels for a screening of her film, "My So-Called Enemy," on 3/31 at 5 p.m. in Seelye 201.

Anthropology Club Open Meeting , Monday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 109

Light tea and trivia game offered. Open to all students, faculty and staff.

SmiTHrift Fashion Show , Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

SmiTHrift is hosting its annual fashion show and auction. Come see a few of the items we have and bid on the ones you like. Admission is $3 (or $1 if you bring a bag of clothes to donate). Proceeds will go to a local charity.

Sugar Shack Saturday with CEEDS , Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m.

Sign up for an outing to a local sugar shack to see how maple syrup is made and enjoy a delicious New England pancake breakfast. RSVP to Sara Kirk, Administrative Assistant, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (skirk@smith.edu) to secure your spot. Space is limited! Vans will leave the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center at 9 a.m. and return around lunch time. Dress for the weather.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Kate Soper & The Mivos Quartet , Sunday, March 30, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Composer and vocalist Kate Soper teams up with Mivos, an “accomplished, admirably broad- minded young string quartet” (The New York Times) to present a concert of contemporary and 20th century works exploring the link between the voice and the string instrument. Program to include Berg’s Lyric Suite with reconstructed soprano part, Soper’s cipher for soprano and violin, and a world premiere for string quartet and voice.

Five College DataFest , Friday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Undergraduate students from across the Five Colleges will compete in a data analysis competition this weekend at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. DataFest is a national competition that challenges teams of students to develop insights into a large and complex data set. On Sunday afternoon they will present their findings to a panel of judges that will award prizes in Best Insight, Best Data Visualization, and Best Use of External Data. For more information, visit http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/math/datafest/

Multiplicity of Identities with Rev. Allyson Szabo , Monday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

As part of Interfaith Awareness Week, Rev. Allyson Szabo, a Wiccan High Priestess with over 20 years of experience, will give a presentation on the multiplicity of identities in our lives. Szabo has been involved in interfaith work for many years, but only recently embraced her call to active ministry. She is a trained Alexandrian Wiccan, has spiritual roots in the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalists, and works with people of many faiths, and of none to create meaningful rituals and religious services to celebrate crowning moments in their lives. She is founder of Patchwork Ministries.

Landscape Studies Series Presents Fernando Armstrong-Fumero , Monday, March 31, 2:40 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Fernando Armstrong-Fumero, assistant professor of anthropology, Smith College, will discuss "The Agricultural Landscape as Intangible Heritage, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Destruction of Archaeological Sites (sort of)." Weinstein Auditorium, 2:40 pm. This event is open to the entire Five College community.

Ada Awareness Week , April 6-12

Trads, the Adas have new merchandise with a t-shirt designed especially for you. Be the first to get yours in the Campus Center April 7, 9 and 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. And while you’re at it, pick up your tickets to the 3rd annual Ada Monologues. On Wednesday April 10, show your Ada love/Ada pride by wearing your Ada t-shirts, or saying hello to an Ada on campus.


03/25/2014 Digest


Campus Police Survey 2014 Open Through March 31

Help campus police evaluate their services to our communities by completing the online survey. Students can enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CampusPolice2014 to give us your feedback.

Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize , Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

The Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize was established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones '88. The award is made annually to an undergraduate for a judged work in drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, and graphic arts. Interested students should submit and display their work in the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer Hall, Friday April 4 and Saturday, April 5.

Edin Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History , Deadline Monday, April 7

The Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History is awarded annually for the best student paper written in an art history course taught at Smith. Students may submit one clean copy of a paper to the Art Office. The name of the student should be typed on the cover sheet only.

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize , Deadline Friday, April 18, 4 p.m.

The Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize is awarded for the best drawing as judged by the Art Department. Interested students should submit and display their work on the second floor hallway of Hillyer Hall, by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 18. Work should be labeled with student name, class, and contact information on the back of the work. All work must be removed my Monday, April 21, 5 p.m.

Reception for Senior Architecture Show , Thursday, March 27, 7-9 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Senior architecture majors present a show of their work through March 27. The closing reception will feature music by WOZQ Party DJs.

All Student H: (Home) Drives Moving to Student2 Server Over Spring Recess

ITS will be moving all student H: (Home) drives to the Student2 server over the spring recess. Mac users, after the recess, you must connect to student2.smith.edu to access any files stored on your Home drive. Windows users, when you log on the network in a Smith lab, your H: drive will automatically open in the correct location. All students who use a secure FTP program (such as CoreFTP, Fetch, Fugu, or Secure Shell) to transfer files to and from their H: (Home) drive will need to connect to student2.smith.edu after the recess.

'Archiving the African Revolution: Kwame Nkrumah and the Women in Question' , Tuesday, March 25, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A lecture by Jean Allman, J. H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities and professor of history, Washington University in St. Louis. Sponsored by the History department. For more information visit the History web site, http://www.smith.edu/history. Free and open to the public.

A Conversation with Hip Hop Legend Chuck D and Award-Winning Author Gaye Theresa Johnson , Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A conversation on music, social justice, and the importance of critical situated knowledge in the 21st Century. As founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D is one of the most significant figures in the history of Hip Hop and its most respected public intellectual. As an artist and activist, he redefined Hip Hop as music with a revolutionary political message. Gaye Theresa Johnson, Associate Professor of Black Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, geographies of freedom and political economy. Sponsored by the History department.

Looking for Student Artists for Smith Self Campaign, March 29-30

Healthy Body, Healthy Smith is looking for volunteer student artists for the Smith Self Campaign. Several student portraitists are needed on Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center 102. If interested, please contact kfreitas@smith.edu

Community Engagement and Social Change (CESC) Concentration , Wednesday, March 26, 12:15-1 p.m., Community Collaboration Center, Wright

Connect your academic work to practical work in communities by declaring a concentration in Community Engagement and Social Change (CESC). Learn more about the concentration at this presentation . Pizza will be provided.

Hillel at Noon , Thursday, March 27, Noon, The K, Dawes House

Have lunch and chat with someone from the Jewish community. Lunch provided.

Barbara Jordan Prize for the Study of Law or Public Policy , Applications Due April 11

Students and alumnae are invited to apply for the Barbara Jordan Prize for the Study of Law or Public Policy, established to encourage African-American women to undertake careers in law and public policy. Funds may be applied toward academic loan forgiveness or help meet the cost of tuition and books. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College no later than April 11. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes for details or email sbriggs@smith.edu.

David Burres Memorial Law Prize , Application Deadline April 11

Students and alumnae who will be attending law school are invited to apply for the David Burres Memorial Law Prize. The prize may be used toward first-year tuition at law school. Preference is given to those aspiring to practice law in the public interest, in honor of Attorney Burres's work in the area of civil liberties. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College no later than 4 p.m. on April 11. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes for details, or email sbriggs@smith.edu.

Earth's Turn Film Series Continues with 'Carbon Nation' , Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., Seelye 106

The second in the Earth's Turn film series planned as a lead-up to Earth Day is "Carbon Nation." A discussion after the film will be led by the Smith College Green Team. Sponsored by CEEDS, Sustainability Reps, Green Team, Divest Smith College, SGA Sustainability Committee, Climate Action Now, 350 MA, Office of Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy Program, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, with support from the SGA.

Wage Rates for Summer Student Workers and Student Academic Year 2014-15

The wage rates for summer student workers and student academic year 2014-15 are now available on the Controller's Office web site http://www.smith.edu/controller/payroll.php . Questions or concerns, please contact the Payroll Office at payroll@smith.edu or x2213 or x4401.

Painter Aliza Nisenbaum to Discuss Her Recent Work in Talk Titled 'The Ethical Gaze' , Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Mexican, Brooklyn-based artist Aliza Nisenbaum makes paintings. Taking the route of a big, brushy and ethereal abstraction after graduating from The Art Institute in Chicago in 2005, her work has seen a recent turn to figuration. Nisenbaum depicts flowers, textual material, and predominantly indigenous Mexican and Latin American immigrants. Her painting style is variously reminiscent of New York intimists like Alice Neel and Fairfield Porter while her bright, galvanic palette is liable to bring to mind native heroes such as Dr. Atl and the muralists. Open to public.

Curator Christa Clark to Discuss 'Representing Africa in American Art Museums' , Monday, April 7, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

In anticipation of the Fall 2014 opening of the first permanent gallery of African Art at the Smith College Museum of Art, Christa Clarke will be discussing her approach to curating African Art at the Newark Museum. Co-editor of the "Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display," Clarke has transformed the permanent galleries of African art and organized acclaimed temporary exhibitions at the Newark Museum of Art. The lecture and following reception are free and open to the public.

Film Screening and Lecture: 'Memory of Forgotten War' , Friday, March 28, 12:15 p.m., Seelye 106

Lecture and Q&A to follow with Ramsay Liem, professor emeritus of psychology and visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College. Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies, departments of American studies and history, the Lecture Committee and the Connections Fund. Free and open to the public. For more info, visit http://www.smith.edu/eas

Health Professions Panel , Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m., Ford 240

Five local health care practitioners will visit Smith for this spring panel, jointly hosted with Mount Holyoke College's prehealth office: Acupuncturist James Moran, Chiropractor Mindi Palmer Fried, Massage Therapist Pamela Smith, Occupational Therapist Dale Murphy and Physical Therapist Linda Sharkey. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from the experts about health careers not regularly discussed in the prehealth world.

Try a Hijab Day! , Wednesday, March 26, 11:30 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Come try on a hijab (a Muslim headscarf) and take photos in the photo booth. Get to keep the hijab and be featured in a multicultural video! Part of Al Iman's Islam Awareness Week.

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