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11/20/2014 Digest


Jittery's Live! Presents Elizabeth and the Catapult , Thursday, Nov. 20, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The Student Events Committee presents Elizabeth and the Catapult, a Brooklyn-based indie rock and pop artist. Elizabeth Ziman, the band's sole member, has toured with Sara Bareilles, Greg Laswell, Lenka, and Kishi Bashi. In the last year, she played drums in Kishi Bashi's band, and sang backgrounds for The Waterboys and The Shins. To listen to her music, go to http://elizabethandthecatapult.com/ Drop by for coffee, treats, and live music.

SEC and Spitfire Present Spoken Word Artist Phil Kaye , Tuesday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Raised in a California beach town to a Japanese mother and Jewish-American father, Phil first fell in love with spoken word poetry at age 17. Since then he has had the privilege of touring around the globe as a celebrated performer, writer, and teacher. He has appeared on NPR, performed at Lincoln Center, and coached and performed on the 2011 Providence National Poetry Team, ranked third in the nation. His first book, A Light Bulb Symphony, was published in 2011, and his work can be found regularly in CHAOS Magazine.

SEC Films Presents 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' , Friday & Saturday, Dec. 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Field Station Saturdays at MacLeish , Saturday, Nov. 22, 1-5 p.m.

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

Work, Life and Reali-tea: 'Deconstructing Perceptions of Confidence at Smith' , Friday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

A moderated panel sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life.

Bradley Airport Shuttle Tickets On Sale Through November 25

SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to and from Bradley Airport for Thanksgiving Break. The cost of a one-way ticket is $15 and $25 for round-trip. We accept OneCards and checks, no cash. To purchase your ticket(s) come to the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note these are the new hours that tickets will be available for sale. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to http://goo.gl/m2ofht for the shuttle schedule. Contact the SGA Office at (413) 585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions. Staff and faculty are welcome to purchase the tickets as well.

Honors Thesis Artist Talk - Taylor A. Barrett , Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Honors Thesis Artist Talk: What We Keep, Taylor A. Barrett

'What We Talk About When We Talk About Privacy' by Martin Kaste, NPR National Correspondent , Friday, Nov. 21, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Martin Kaste, a national NPR correspondent since 2000, has primarily covered news around privacy and law enforcement in the United States. In his years writing about privacy, he has witnessed mass shifts in the public's understanding of the word, and countless uses and conceptions of "privacy" in 21st-century America. Kaste will refer to his NPR storiesâ??and public reactions to themâ??in attempting to sort out what "privacy" means to Americans today, and whether the public's contradictory feelings about privacy can be synthesized into a new, workable, ethical standard. Part of the Kahn Institute long-term project "The Question of Privacy." http://smith.edu/kahninstitute/privacy.php

Tuition Exchange Deadline , December 1

The deadline for applying to Tuition Exchange for the 2015-16 academic year is December 1. If you have a high school senior thinking about college, the application is on the Human Resources website, http://www.smith.edu/hr/docs/tuition_exchange_policy.pdf You'll also find information on the Tuition Exchange website, http://tuitionexchange.org. For more information, contact Lynn Cocco at ext. 2273 or email lcocco@smith.edu.

Drop-in Clinic: Use Zotero or RefWorks to Make Research More Fun (or at Least Less Stressful) , Thursday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m., Electronic Classroom, Level 1 North, Neilson Libra

The Smith Libraries are holding this clinic for students, faculty and staff to learn how to use Zotero or RefWorks to organize and edit research references, save resources in one place and access them from (almost) anywhere, and sync on many devices. Librarians will get you started, or you can come with questions and they will show you how. Bring your laptop; (it is helpful, but okay if you do not). For more information and other clinic dates, visit http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/zotero-refworks.

Update: Seats Available for Dec. 6 NYC Bus Trip; Purchase Tickets by , Saturday, Nov. 22, 5 p.m.

Staff, faculty, students and friends are invited to purchase seats on the Staff Council-sponsored NYC bus trip on December 6. The coach bus will depart from Ainsworth Gym at 7 a.m. and leave NYC at 7 p.m., returning approximately 10:30 p.m.; purchase no later than Saturday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. by sending checks ($45 per person, payable to Smith College) to Nikki Beck, Mendenhall T113. Reservations will be confirmed once payment is received. If you have questions, call ext. 7974 or contact staffactivities@smith.edu.

Call for Holiday Recipes for Posting on Grécourt Gate

What dishes bring the holidays to mind? Grécourt Gate is issuing a call for answers to that question. Send us a description of a festive dish and the holiday it celebrates in 250 words or less (along with the recipe) by December 5. Online submission form can be found at http://www.smith.edu/news/food-for-thought-for-the-holidays/ We'll publish the most delectable items on the Gate over the winter holiday break. A select one or two dishes will be chosen by experts in Dining Services to serve over Interterm in January.

Vibes Mystery Jam: Whodunit? , Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Enjoy an evening of intrigue and a cappella music at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, featuring the Smith College Vibes and guest group the Bowdoin College Meddiebempsters.

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Film Series , Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Hatfield 206

Brazil's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 87th Academy Awards, "Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho" is a 2014 coming-of-age drama by acclaimed writer and director, Daniel Ribeiro. Leonardo is a blind teenager feeling overprotected by all of those around him. Struggling towards a more independent life, he has to overcome the vulnerability orbiting his condition. Leonardo considers an exchange program hoping for a fresh start. Things take an unexpected turn when Gabriel, a new student in town, arrives at school. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

Vox Screening of '12th & Delaware' A Documentary About Reproductive Access , Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

VOX, Smith College's reproductive justice org, and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life will be hosting a documentary screening of '12th & Delaware,' which is about crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). Anti-choice groups created CPCs to look like comprehensive health clinics, but many are generally unregulated and unlicensed. The documentary provides a truly unbiased look at the experiences of clients at both an anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center (CPC) and a women's health clinic that provides abortion. Pizza and drinks are provided for the first thirty people.

Global Salon: 'Kremlin Propaganda, Can Putin Control It?' with Anna Arutunyan , Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Vladimir Putin has confounded world leaders and defied their assumptions as they tried to figure him out, only to misjudge him time and again. To discuss Forbes magazine's "most powerful man in the world", the Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Anna Arutunyan. Arutunyan is an editor and senior correspondent at The Moscow News. She will discuss her book, The Putin Mystique, a vivid and revealing exploration of the way in which myth, power, and even religion interact to produce the love-hate relationship between the Russian people and Vladimir Putin. For more events, see http://www.smith.edu/world/calendar.php

Survey for Five-College Students of Color Mentorship Program

Two students at Smith are trying to create a Five College mentorship program for students of color. If you are a student of color in the Five Colleges, fill out this survey so that the organizers can gauge what people want and how to structure the program so that it will be most beneficial to the community.

Alex Lubin on 'History of Afro-Arab Political Imaginaries' , Monday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Alex Lubin, professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico, will discuss "A History of Afro-Arab Political Imaginaries: Militarized Policing and the Carceral State in the U.S. and Palestine." Sponsored by the Department of History, Afro-American Studies, Lewis Global Studies Center, Middle East Studies and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

'Forging the Moon or, How to Spot a Fake Galileo': Lecture by Nick Wilding , Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Nick Wilding will recount the fascinating story of his recent discovery of a forged copy of Galileo's "Sidereus nuncius" (Starry Messenger). His lecture will reveal how he uncovered the deception by brilliantly detecting and interpreting scientific, art historical, and bibliographical evidence. For more information: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/nick-wilding. Co-sponsored by the Book Studies Concentration, Kahn Institute, Department of Astronomy, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

CSO Third Community Luncheon: Safe Passage , Friday, Nov. 21, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

Learn about Safe Passage, a nonprofit organization focusing on issues of domestic violence. This group provides shelter, peer-support, counseling, education, and advocacy to many women and children. It is located here in Northampton, and there are many ways to get involved. Pizza & Salad will be provided.

Fall Faculty Dance Concert , Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Always a compelling highlight of the Valley dance season, the Faculty Concert features original choreography and performances by Chris Aiken, Candice Salyers, Katie Martin, and Rodger Blum. This year's concert also features work of internationally known contemporary choreographers Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum of Delfos Danza (Mexico) with dancers from the Five College Dance Department. November 20, 21, 22 at 8pm. Tickets available at smith.edu/smitharts. $10 general, $5 students/seniors. 413-585-ARTS.

Fall for Beethoven: Orchestra Concert , Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

On Saturday, November 22, prepare to "Fall for Beethoven" at Smith College Chamber Ensemble's fall concert, a beloved annual tradition. The concert will feature works by Grieg, Gonoud, and of course the titular Beethoven. One of this year's most anticipated performances will be Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto featuring soloist Liza Stepanova, celebrated pianist and a recent addition to the Smith Arts community. Jonathan Hirsh, conductor. Free and open to the public.

Reading the News with Lisa Lowe and Jack Halberstam , Friday, Nov. 21, Noon, Seelye 201

As academics Lisa Lowe and Jack Halberstam are well known for their scholarship on policing the borders of nation-states and gender regimes. From Lowe's Immigrant Acts to Halberstam's Female Masculinity, their work challenges how we think about race, about sexuality and gender identity. Together they have edited the Duke University series called Perverse Modernities for over 10 years, publishing books that explore the economies of race, colonialism and sexuality They will join us in a conversation about their own work as it meets the news seen fit to print. Lunch served in Seelye 207 for first 20 people.

Political Psychology Survey for Faculty and Staff

Political Psychology students invite faculty and staff members to participate in a survey about the 2014 Commencement events: the appointment of Christine Lagarde as commencement speaker, forms of protest for and against her appointment, and her later withdrawal as speaker. Participating in this study involves taking a survey about involvement in and opinions on the events surrounding the 2014 Commencement. It will take approximately 5-15 minutes. There will be an opportunity to express interest in an interview, which would take approximately 20 minutes. The survey can be found at: https://smithcollege.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID(equals sign)SV_5yWzCI5Rq4MUObj. Any questions about the study can be emailed to abowling@smith.edu.

'Leave No Trace' Workshop , Saturday, Nov. 22, 1-4:30 p.m., Boathouse

Learn about sustainable practices for hiking, camping, and living outside in this interactive workshop with a Leave No Trace trainer. Discuss and practice basic principles and learn about future events. Wear warm clothes and bring water as some games and discussions will be outdoors. Sponsored by the Smith Outing Club.

Survey for ENV 312 Capstone Project: 'Energy Education in Olin Gym' , Friday, Nov. 28

The Environmental Science and Policy capstone class needs your help. Please fill out this quick survey regarding cardio equipment use in Olin Fitness Center. Thank you for your time. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XRMW62F

Open Enrollment Forms for Staff/Faculty Due , Tuesday, Nov. 25, 4:30 p.m., Human Resources, 30 Belmont

All benefit-eligible staff and faculty must complete an Open Enrollment Election Form for 2015 benefits. The open enrollment packets that were not picked up at the recent HR Fair and Health Care Expense Subsidy Applications for those who may be eligible have been mailed to campus addresses. If your packet has not arrived, all of the forms are available at http://www.smith.edu/hr/forms.php.

Music in the Noon Hour: Latin-American Thanksgiving , Tuesday, Nov. 25, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music by Alberto Ginastera, Silvestre Revueltas, and Reinaldo Moya. Liza Stepanova, piano and Francesca Anderegg, violin. Free and open to the public.

Today is Julia Child Day

Julia Child Day is today, Nov. 20. A reception will be held on Chapin Lawn, 3 to 4 p.m., where tables of fruit, cider and an assortment of cheeses, almost all locally produced, will be set up (rain location is upstairs in the Campus Center). Read more about the special day at http://www.smith.edu/news/cest-francais-menus-for-julia-child-day-feature-chefs-famous-french-dishes/

Peer Sexuality Educators Present Mollena William: 'Can Consensual Kink Save The World?' , Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

In a world where "50 Shades of Gray" has made discussion of BDSM and power exchange relationships deceptively easy, we now are faced with the conundrum of folks exploring the far reaches of sexual exploration in ways that can be titillating...and terrifying. Even more risky: the question of consent. This discussion will focus on what kink, BDSM and Power Exchange relationships are, and are not, how you can up your chases of having hot and safer sexy encounters and why the ability to give and obtain (enthusiastic! And! Ongoing!) consent can change your life and the world around you.

Reception for Global Encounters Photo Exhibit , Friday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The jurors for the Global Encounters Photo Exhibit, hosted by the Lewis Global Studies Center, will present the winners of the Center's annual photo contest. Categories include: Learning Moments, Cultural Opposition, Close Up, and more. Photos come from Asia to Europe to Africa, wherever Smithies have studied. Jurors will briefly discuss the winning photos, displayed through November 21, and then present them to the winners. Refreshments will be served. For more events from the Center, visit smith.edu/world.

Smith in Geneva Meet and Greet , Tuesday, Nov. 25, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Interested in studying abroad in Geneva for a semester or academic year? Come meet the new associate director, Elsie Chantre, and learn more about the program. Past participants will also be on hand to answer questions about their experiences in the city that headquarters many of the agencies of the United Nations. Pizza will be served.

Edmond Chang: 'Queerness and Straightwashing in Digital Games' , Friday, Nov. 21, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

The Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series presents Edmond Chang, assistant professor at Drew University. Chang explores the problematic (im)possibility of queer games beyond queerness as window dressing, as simply LGBT-skinned plot, character, or subtext. Through a close reading and close playing of Zs FrontierVille and Blizzard's World of Warcraft, the lecture will interrogate the ways that gender and sexuality in games is both narratively and algorithmically normative and subversive. Campus Center Carroll Room, Nov. 21st at 12 PM. All are welcome.

Interterm Program of Non-Credit Classes

The January 2015 Interterm Program of non-credit classes and workshops is now posted at http://www.smith.edu/interterm. Smith students, staff and faculty may register for the classes beginning December 5. Some workshops are already taking registrations. Most classes and workshops are also open to students at the other four colleges and to the Northampton community. To register for the non-credit classes go to http://www.smith.edu/interterm/register.php. (Note: Registration is not done on Banner.) To register for workshops, see the contact information for each workshop on the interterm page of Special Offerings.

You've Got Chores? We've Got Workers--Smith Lacrosse Fundraiser

This season let the Smith Lacrosse team do the work for you.-yard clean up-window washing-house cleaning-painting-snow shoveling...and much more. $35/ hour for 2 workers. For further information or to reserve your workers, call (413) 585-4986 or email mwolford@smith.edu

Smith Quidditch Carnival , Saturday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m., Davis Ballroom

The Smith Quidditch team is delighted to invite you to their annual fundraising carnival. There will be a variety of activities such as tarot readings, trivia, quaffel tossing, paint throwing, butter beer pong, raffles, and more. There will also be plenty of treats ranging from chocolate frogs to cauldron cakes and, of course, butter beer. The team would love to see you there, so come out and support them while having a cavalcade of fun.

Sign Up for 'No Boundaries Northampton': 5km Training and Wellness Ed Workshops Beginning , January, Ainsworth Gym

No Boundaries Northampton offers the opportunity to train for a 5k under the guidance of Smith College Graduate Assistant Coaches Joanna Johnson (cross country/track & field) and Kristina Williams (Basketball) alongside others like you, while also learning new ways to incorporate fitness and wellness practices into your daily life. Weekly 5k training sessions from January 26 to April 12 consist of group track workouts tailored to varied abilities and goals, one-on-one advice from coaches, and a weekly training plan designed to help you work toward your personal running goals. Weekly workshop sessions will include fitness activities, presentations by local fitness and wellness specialists, films, and more. Visit http://goo.gl/NqNM3r for more details and to register.

Presentations by Chief Diversity Officer Finalists Begin , Friday, Nov. 21, Noon-1 p.m., Alumnae House

Chief Diversity Officer finalists will make a brief presentation to the Smith Community on how their experience and vision will help Smith's efforts to build a diverse and inclusive community. The forums are in the Alumnae House conference room and will have ample time for questions from students, staff or faculty. Lunch will be served for the first 30 participants. Dates/times are Friday, Nov. 21, noon-1 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 24, noon-1 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 2, noon-1 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1-2 p.m.

Sasha Rudensky on 'Ten Years in the East: Photographs from Russia and Ukraine' , Monday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Sasha Rudensky - 10 Years in the East: Photographs from Russia and Ukraine Oresman Gallery-Brown Fine Arts Center-Smith College December 1 -January 31 2014 The artist will be giving a lecture on her work on Monday December 1, 2014 at 5pm in Graham Hall. This lecture will focus on a series of photographic projects completed in Russia and Ukraine between 2004 and 2014 that focus on the slow dissolution of Soviet consciousness, the ideological vacuum left in its wake, and reconstitution of new post-Soviet Ukraine and Russian Identities.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: 'Applying to Health Profession Schools' , Friday, Nov. 21, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Required for anyone intending to request a committee letter for their application to medical, dental, podiatry or optometry school for fall 2016 entrance. Seniors who will apply in a future year are also strongly encouraged to attend, since in future years you will likely not be able to come to this presentation in person. Pizza will be provided for the first 30 people.

Panel Discussion on Student Mental Health , Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Student panelists will share their personal experiences with mental health treatment and address related issues and topics, including the effects of stigma, obstacles to access, building social support, and maintaining progress after a course of treatment. Hosted by Active Minds and moderated by a member of Counseling Services.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Nov. 21: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 12:30 p.m., Al-Iman Friday Prayers, Blue Room; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (B13), SCF International Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, Dawes House. Sunday, Nov. 23: Soka Buddhist Club, 2:00 p.m., Bodman Lounge. Monday, Nov. 24: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, sensei, 5 p.m., Sanctuary.

Exhibit Reception: 'The New View' by David Andrews , Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

Meet artist David Andrews and talk to him about 'The New View,' his exhibit on view at Nolen Art Lounge through November 22. Refreshments provided.

New Information Regarding USPS Express Mail

Mail Services has been informed by the Northampton Post Office that they cannot guarantee any Express Overnight Mail received after 2 p.m. The Northampton Post Office picks up mail from the College Monday thru Friday around 3:30 p.m. Any Express Mail processed by the Northampton Post Office before 2 p.m. will receive the Express Mail money-back guarantee. However, Mail Services offers UPS Next Day Air for all your overnight mailing needs, which is guaranteed. For more information please contact Jerine Blissett at jblisset@smith.edu.

SEC Presents Hypnotist Jim Spinnato , Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Jim Spinnato is returning to Smith once again. Be sure to join SEC for a fun night of laughter and hypnosis.

Are You a Financial Aid Recipient?

If so, you should complete the Scholarship Recipient Information Form at http://goo.gl/forms/yXgRPHFPri or from a link on your student portal page. Your response is a critical part of engaging alumnae and friends who have made gifts to support the Smith's scholarship funds. For more information, email DonorRelations@smith.edu.

Lazerowitz-Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture by James M. Joyce, University of Michigan , Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

James M. Joyce, Cooper Harold Langford Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Statistics at the University of Michigan will discuss "Predictive Accuracy and the Bayesian Approach to Inductive Inference." This is the 16th Annual Alice Lazerowitz-Thomas Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture and it is free and open to the public.

'Eliot's Words and Beethoven's Music' , Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

In this collaboration between the music department and the Poetry Center, John Farrell, of Figures of Speech Theatre, recites from memory T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets. Farrell's recitation affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in poems that explore humankind's relationship with time and with experience itself. Performed alternately, Eliot's words and Beethoven's A-Minor String Quartet (Opus 132) amplify one another in an infinitely stimulating artistic dynamic. Opus 132 will be played by distinguished musicians Joel Pitchon (violin), Katherine Winterstein (violin), Ronald Carbone (viola) and Volcy Pelletier (cello). A 4:30 Q&A with Farrell is open to the Smith community. Performance free and open to the public.

New Play Reading: 'I And You' by Lauren Gunderson , Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

On the night before a class assignment is due, Caroline and Anthony plumb the mysteries of a Whitman poem... unaware that a deeper mystery has brought them together. A new play reading by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Yoshi Makishima '15 and Suzu Sakai '16. Free and open to the public.

Lunch Conversation with Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director at the NRDC , Monday, Nov. 24, Noon, CEEDS, Wright 005

China is now the largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. Do other members of the global community have a voice in changing this behavior? What can the global community do practically speaking? Within the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Finamore promotes policy development in China that focuses on climate change reduction and clean energy solutions and currently leads NRDC's green ports project which aims to reduce air pollution in southern China caused by marine port-related activities. Join us in an informal setting for a conversation about her work with the NRDC. Wright 005.

Gamelan Concert , Wednesday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

A concert of traditional music from Central Java. Sumarsam, director. Free and open to the public.

Health Services Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday , November 26-30

Smith's Health Services will close on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at noon. After that, students should seek emergency care at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital until Health Services reopens on Monday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 a.m.

Smith College Computer Store--Adobe Creative Cloud Promotion Ends December 3

Treat yourself to a little creativity this holiday season with Adobe Creative Cloud, now 20% off at only $192 for a limited time. For more information, visit our online store at computerstore.smith.edu, or send an email to cstore@smith.edu.

Celebrate Holiday Break by Contributing to our First Tofurkey Destination Map

Mark out your travels near or far with the Spatial Analysis Lab's first (and probably last) Tofurkey Day Adventures Map at http://bit.ly/SmithTday14

'Global Impressions' Online Journal Seeks Submissions , November 20- January 16

The recently founded Global Impressions online journal http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/impressions/ has just released its second issue titled, "Adapting." Through Smith student and alumna written essays, the issue explores the idea of adapting in numerous international situations. The journal is also currently accepting submissions for its third issue, "Up Close/From Afar," featuring photographs from the Lewis Global Studies Center International Photo Contest. Photographs not in the contest are also welcome. The editors of Global Impressions are interested in reflections about how the image influenced the photographer's understanding of another culture. See our submissions page for details. http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/impressions/submission-fall-2014/

'A Time for Change: Network-Level Plasticity in Circadian Clock Function' , Monday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Jennifer Evans, assistant professor, Marquette University. Part of the Fall 2014 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

People News

A regular sampling of recent accomplishments of Smith faculty, staff, students and alumnae in fields ranging from vaccine science to marketing. Read about grants, conference presentations, career promotions and more.

Please Wait to Install Yosemite on Smith-Owned Macs

Mac users, please be advised that you should not install Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) on a Smith-owned computer at this time. ITS is in the process of testing Yosemite for compatibility with campus systems and licensed software. Once Yosemite is an approved and supported operating system, a notice will be posted in eDigest. If you have already installed Yosemite and are experiencing problems, please call User Support at x4487.


11/19/2014 Digest


Stargazing , Friday, Dec. 5, 8:30 p.m.

The astronomy department will be holding an open house Friday, December 5, 8:30-9:30pm on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see stars, clusters, and the moon. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).


11/18/2014 Digest


SEC Presents Break from the Norm: Hot Chocolate Bar , Thursday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m., Campus Center Garden Level

SEC will be providing some free hot chocolate to ease the stress of classes.

Digital Media Literacy J-Term 2015 Two-Credit Course Accepting Applications Through , November 21

Educational Technology offer an accelerated Digital Media Literacy course January 5-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Center for Media Production, Alumnae Gym. The course includes modules on digital audio and podcasting, digital imaging, digital video, motion graphics and the creation of an online portfolio. Acceptance into the course is by competitive application, with 12 seats available for current undergraduate Smith students only. Apply online at: http://media.smith.edu/ets/2015.php. Applications will be accepted between 8 a.m. November 6 through Friday, November 21, at 5 p.m. Notification of acceptance or wait-list status will be sent December 2. Contact Kate Lee (klee@smith.edu), course director.

Sign Up for Spring Break Trip to Utah Canyon Country

The Smith Outdoor Adventure Program is leading an amazing backpacking/canyoneering trip in the Grand Staircase canyons of Escalante National Monument in Utah-it's a trip of a lifetime. Expect beautiful desert southwest canyons with natural arches and really incredible scenery. We'll also visit Zion and/or Bryce Canyon National Parks. Spaces fill quickly, so contact us asap. Cost is $600 for airfare and $270 for van, hotels and food. Early sign up is recommended. $250 deposit holds your spot. Email Katrina O'Brien at kobrien2@smith.edu for details.

Smith Pecans on Sale Tuesdays/Fridays at Campus Center Through , December 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Nothing beats pecans for holiday baking, gift giving or just eating yourself. Even better, each bag sold provides a contribution to Smith Scholarship funds. The Smith Clubs of Hampshire and Franklin Counties will be selling pecans beginning November 11. Plain and fancy pecans available: Mammoth pecan halves (16 oz) $10/bag; Milk chocolate covered pecans (10 oz) $9/bag; Dark chocolate covered pecans (10 oz) $9/bag; Caramel cluster pecans (10 oz) $9/bag; Cinnamon glazed pecans (10 oz) $9/bag; Glazed praline pecans (10 oz) $9/bag.

Galileo in Perspective: Books by Galileo, Shakespeare on Display in the Kahn Gallery , Through November, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), one of history's preeminent scientists, who changed the way humans regard the world beyond earth, turned 450 this year. In honor of the anniversary (and that of his contemporary, William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, also 450), the Kahn Gallery presents "Galileo in Perspective," an exhibit featuring original books by Galileo and Shakespeare (courtesy of the Mortimer Rare Book Room). In conjunction with the exhibit will be visits by Galileo and Shakespeare and their contemporaries (portrayed by Smith faculty in full costume!) during the Kahn Institute 15th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. All are invited. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

'Teaching, Culture and Respect: Comparing the Profession of Teaching Across Three Countries' , Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Rosetta Cohen, Professor of Education and American studies, who will discuss how high school teachers in Finland, Taiwan, and Greece experience their daily work in the classroom. Cohen will consider their place within the larger culture and how teacher prestige affects student outcomes. For more information and other globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world/calendar.php.

Poetry Reading: Annie Boutelle , Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

With astonishing ease and clarity, Annie Boutelle's poems manage to be elegant, fierce, gorgeous, and spare-- all at once. This reading celebrates the release of How They Fell, her fourth and most recent collection, which draws from her Scottish girlhood, Adam and Eve's experiences when they are expelled from the Garden, the love between a man and a woman, and horrific events in both Scotland and London. Retired from teaching since 2013, Annie Boutelle founded the Poetry Center at Smith. Free and open to the public.

Accounts Payable Voucher and Invoice Reviews , November 17 and 19, Campus Center 102

Not sure how to submit a request for a vendor to be paid? Want to know how to look to see if your payment has been processed? Just want an overview of what the Controller's Office is looking for when you submit your payment requests? This Accounts Payable review will cover detailed instructions on how to properly submit a payment request for vendors and individuals (reimbursements will be discussed at a later date). Choose between Monday, Nov. 17, 2-3 p.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10-11 a.m.

Hoxie Scholarship Applications for AMS Majors to Fund J-term Internships Due , December 2

Scholarships of about $1,000 for AMS majors to fund j-term internships of 35-40 hours per week for 3 weeks are available. To apply, submit a 1-2 page statement; including name, 99#, campus box #, home address, phone #, and indicate if you have Smith direct deposit. Describe your internship and how it will apply to your academic studies and how it fits in with your career goals. Include a brief schedule of your internship, a budget, and the names of 2 faculty references by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to Sherry Wingfield in Wright 224. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/ams/news.php

Exhibit: 'The New View' by David Andrews , November 9-22, Campus Center Arts Lounge

In his series of drawings, Andrews tackles his family matters and personal challenges that inspired him to take a critical view steeped in emotion. Come walk on Andrews' road of "perfect imperfections" and see how these have given him "the new view" on life.

Splash Interest Meeting , Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Come learn about how you can share your passions with middle and high school students by becoming involved with Smith's Splash, a day when college students lead classes and workshops for middle and high school students. There will be snacks.

Vote on Senate Representation Restructure

The SGA is looking for your input on how Senate should be elected. Please read the proposals below or attached and vote for which one you prefer. The results of this poll do not serve as a formal student election, but rather a gauge of campus opinion. Follow the link to vote. https://docs.google.com/a/smith.edu/forms/d/1mfpYjm05xHUJYSXcwZ7gnV7ApgIFTvakMENczC0LlGw/viewform?c(equals sign)0&w(equals sign)1

Fall Jazz Ensemble Concert , Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

The Jazz Ensemble presents their annual fall concert. Genevieve Rose, director.

Information Session: 2015 Global Engagement Seminars (GES) in India and Kenya , Tuesday, Nov. 18, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents an information session on the 2015 Global Engagement Seminars (GES). A GES is an intensive, credit-bearing seminar taught by a team of Smith faculty. It includes a spring semester pre-departure course, an intensive summer seminar taught on location, and a required internship or service learning. The 2015 GES are "India in Transition: Contrast, Complexity, Creativity" with Nalini Bhushan and Charles Staelin; and "The Gender Politics of Participatory Democracy and Development" with Katwiwa Mule, and Lucy W. Mule. Learn more at http://www.smith.edu/world/seminars.php.

Test Prep and Test-Taking Workshop , Wednesday, Nov. 19, 12:15 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Strategies for studying, reducing test anxiety, and taking tests will be offered by learning specialist Gail Thomas. Students are welcome to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Christmas Vespers , Sunday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

An annual tradition, Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings. The services will be led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters with readings by members of the faculty, staff, and senior class. The music portion of the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. Traditional hymns and carols will also be sung by the choirs and congregation. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Winter Cot Shelter Program. The programs are free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion: 'Narendra Modi, A Unifying Force in South Asia?' , Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m., Seelye 106

Three professors will address the statement "Narendra Modi as a unifying force in South Asia." We are hoping to get a range of viewpoints- both hopeful and critical and not focusing solely on India, but on the politics and relations of South Asia as a whole. This will be followed by a Q&A session. Pizza will be provided. Sponsored by EKTA, the South Asian Students of Smith organization.

Seats Available for Dec. 6 NYC Bus Trip , Ainsworth Gym

Staff, faculty and friends are invited to purchase seats on the Staff Council-sponsored NYC bus trip on December 6. The coach bus will depart from Ainsworth Gym at 7 a.m. and leave NYC at 7 p.m., returning approximately 10:30 p.m.; reserve by sending checks ($45 per person, payable to Smith College) to Nikki Beck, Mendenhall T113. Please make reservations no later than Saturday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. Reservations will be confirmed once payment is received. If you have questions, call ext. 7974 or contact staffactivities@smith.edu.

Team-Building to Meet your Department Goals , Tuesday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 205

During this lively, interactive workshop, participants discuss the common elements of high-performing teams and develop crucial team skills. You will also increase awareness of both your strengths and areas for development, as well as practice some important team behaviors and skills. When you have completed this workshop, you will be able to apply what you have learned to your current team. To register, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_registration.php.

J-Grad Seniors: Celebration Dinner , Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m., Alumnae House

The J-Grad Celebration Dinner will have guest speaker Rachel Simmons. J-Grad seniors, please RSVP to Lindsey Venne at ext. 2030 or lvenne@smith.edu

Last Chance for Rent-a-Rower , November 22 and 23

Tripping over that cord of wood in your driveway? Staring a the leaves in your yard, hoping they will blow away? Have a project that only needs a couple of sets of hands to finish up? Call the Crew Team. November 22nd and 23rd are the last days of the Rent-a-Rower fundraiser for the Smith Crew team and their Spring training tip. Hire 2 rowers for 2 hours for $50, and your work is done! Contact Karen Klinger at kklinger@smith.edu or ext. 2717 to get scheduled and everything done before the holidays.

Global Outreach Course Enhancement Grants , Deadline January 15, 2015, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center invites proposals to revise existing courses in ways that support the Lewis center's mission of enriching the college's curricular offerings with global perspectives. See examples at http://www.smith.edu/world/documents/callforproposals2014_000.pdf. Grants will be offered on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 15, 2015. Please submit your application to global@smith.edu. Please contact Janie Vanpee (jvanpee@smith.edu) if you have any questions. More information is available at http://www.smith.edu/world/faculty.php.

C'est Français: Menus for Julia Child Day Feature Chef's Famous Dishes

The college's annual Julia Child Day celebration is meant to capture the indomitable spirit of the famous Smithie, chef, author and TV personality—as well as her love of French cuisine. This year's event on Thursday, Nov. 20, will feature special meals in the Campus Center Café and campus dining locations in honor of Julia Child '34. Find out which of her dishes will be on the menu and where on campus you can enjoy them.


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SEC Films Presents 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' , Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A mechanic and his family join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world.

Stargazing , Thursday, Nov. 13, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Join the astronomy department for this viewing of stars, clusters, and galaxies. All are welcome - dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher mthacher@smith.edu, ext. 3935.

Free Second Friday , November 14, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

4-6 .pm. Hands-on. Art-making for ages 4+ with adult (while supplies last); 6 p.m. Open Eyes: an informal, guided conversation about an art object. Light Refreshments by Tryon Common. Museum Shop open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. On View: "Tara Donovan Moire." Redesigned galleries now open.

Field Station Saturdays at MacLeish Field Station , Saturday, Nov. 15, 1-5 p.m.

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

Donations Sought for 'Winter Clothes Closet' Sponsored by Office of International Students

The Office of International Students and Scholars is organizing a winter clothes closet on Friday, Dec. 5, 2-5 p.m. in our office, at the Lewis Global Studies Center. From Monday, Oct. 27 until Friday, Dec. 5, we would kindly accept any donations. We are looking for clean winter clothes, for example sweaters, jackets, scarfs, gloves, trousers, hats, all in a good condition. They can be dropped off in the donation bin at the Lewis Global Studies Center.

Richard Neer: 'The Invisible Acropolis: Democracy and the Senses in Classical Athens' , Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

25th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture and The Archaeological Institute of America, Western Massachusetts Society, presents Richard Neer, professor of art history, cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago. A reception will follow in the atrium of the Brown Fine Arts Center. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Seeking Nominations for Sherrerd Teaching Award; Due December 11

Do you know a Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students? Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the 2015 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. Submit your nomination using the online nomination form: http://www.smith.edu/events/sherrerd_nominations.php

Global Salon: David Goldblatt , Thursday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

David Goldblatt will discuss Brazil's national identity and how it has been shaped by soccer. Brazil's style of play and its victories and defeats are deeply seared into global soccer culture and have contributed to making it the most successful country in World Cup history. Long before the rest of the world came to consider futebol the exemplar of Brazilian national identity, Brazil had done so itself. David Goldblatt is the author of "Futebol Nation? Soccer and Society in Contemporary Brazil" and the bestselling book "The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer."

Reception for 'What We Keep': An Exhibition by Taylor A. Barrett ’15J , Monday, Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

All are welcome to the opening reception for the exhibition 'What We Keep," an honors thesis project by Taylor A. Barrett ’15J on view Nov. 17-25 in the Jannotta Gallery, Brown Fine Arts Center. Barrett will also give a talk discussing her work on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. in Graham Hall, Hillyer.

New Playreading Series: 'Koel Black, Mango Sweet--Theater, Feminism, Islam, India and Henrik Ibsen' , Thursday and Friday, Nov. 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

How would Henrik Ibsen re-write the 19th-century classic "A Doll's House" if he were born and brought up in modern day India? Take a virtual tour of Mumbai family life with Ali and Maha, a contemporary Indian-Muslim couple, as they struggle to redefine the institution of marriage from their perspective, and through the lens of Islamic laws and patriarchal culture. The 21st century Indian ending will surprise you.

Galileo and Shakespeare to Visit Campus for Kahn Institute 15-Year Anniversary Celebration , Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Galileo, Shakespeare and the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute will come together to celebrate notable anniversaries of their births with an evening of reflection, conjecture and whimsy. "Liberal Arts in Depth: The Kahn Institute at 15" is an evening celebration with two engaging panel discussions: one featuring faculty members (in full costume) taking on the roles of Galileo, Shakespeare and their contemporaries, and a gala reception in the Kahn Gallery. Panel I begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Kahn Institute, Neilson Library, third floor. Panel II, at 7:15 p.m., will be in Neilson Browsing Room. All are invited. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

Global Books: Malcolm McNee , Friday, Nov. 14, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Malcolm McNee, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, and environmental artist and writer Pam Petro. They will discuss how the imagery of landscape and nature in art and literature have shaped Brazil's national identity and the way that Brazil is perceived by outsiders. Examining work by contemporary artists and poets in Brazil, McNee's book considers a range of artistic responses to environmental change and vulnerability, including efforts to link art with environmentalist activism and more conceptually oriented interrogations of ideas and perceptions of nature and the environment at large. For more information, visit: http://www.smith.edu/world/calendar.php.

Blumberg Award Presentations , Friday, Nov. 14, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The Janet Mitchell Blumberg Traveling Awards are awarded each year to Smith students who enhance their Smith study abroad program with independent, faculty-mentored, research projects. The three winners for the 2013/2014 academic year, Aneesha Wagh (Geneva), Saikun Shi (Hamburg), and Isabelle Ross (Paris), will present their research on the Wage-Productivity Gap, Stand-up Comedy in Paris and Berlin, and A Comparison of German and Polish War Memories. For more information about the Blumberg Award, visit: http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/funding_blumberg.php.

Fun Fulbright Tea with Song , Thursday, Nov. 13, 4:15 p.m., Alumnae House

Please join Dean of the College Donna Lisker and the Class Deans Fellowships Program in congratulating our record 43 Fulbright candidates and celebrating staff and faculty efforts at the Fun Fulbright Tea with Song. All faculty and staff are invited and welcome to join our candidates and their faculty supporters. For a full listing of Smith candidates, mentors, recommenders, foreign language evaluators and consultants, please see http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php. We thank you again for your generous support of the Fulbright Candidates. The hours you volunteer in helping our students throughout the Fulbright process are greatly appreciated.

'Stuff in the City: Community Responses to Hoarding' , Thursday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., McConnell B-15

Christiana Bratiotis, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W., assistant professor, University of Nebraska's Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work. Part of the Psychology Colloquium Series. Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m., talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.

President's Open Office Hour , Monday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

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

Smiffenpoofs 'Space Jam' , Friday, Nov. 14, 7:15 p.m., Seelye 106

Join the Smiffenpoofs, the oldest female a cappella group in the country, for their fall jam. Free and open to the public.

Class of 2017: JYA Information Session , Thursday, Nov. 13, Noon, Seelye 106

This session will provide information about JYA, including Smith programs, non-Smith programs, study-away programs, summer programs, and senior-year programs. There will be a Q&A session with Assistant Dean Lisa Johnson and peer advisors. Lunch will not be served, so please plan accordingly. To submit questions or points of interest, visit our form: http://goo.gl/forms/kAH6vkcT6K

Wailing Banshees Fall Concert , Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

The Wailing Banshees present their annual fall concert. Jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus. Ellen Redman, director.

Roundtable: 'Modern Choral Composition and Commissioning' , Friday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Guest composer Dominick DiOrio will be the featured panelist at this roundtable; his newly commissioned piece "Leave My Heart Its Songs" will premiere at Autumn Serenade. Dominick will be joined by prominent area composers Lewis Spratlan, Ron Perera, Eric Sawyer, Greg Brown, and Clifton J. Noble, who will also offer their insights on the creation of new choral music; the event will be moderated by Baldwin and Smith composer and assistant professor of music Kate Soper.

Autumn Serenade , Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

This annual Fall concert celebrates the Smith Music department choral groups, and the wonder that is choral music. Performances will include the beautiful Groove A Cappella, the Smith College Glee Club, and the Smith College Chorus, who will showcase the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for women's voices, Leave My Heart Its Songs by Dominick DiOrio. This concert will also feature some very special guests; The Children's Chorus of Springfield! Jonathan Hirsh and Joseph Baldwin, conductors. Children's Chorus of Springfield conducted by Marcos Carreras. Free Admission.

'Giving Life: Managing Intimacy and Regulating Affective Circuits Among Malagasy Marriage Migrants' , Thursday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Jennifer Cole, professor of comparative human development and anthropology and chair of the African Studies Council at the University of Chicago, draws on her research on the migration increasing numbers of Malagasy women from Madagascar who marry French men, and the transnational families formed in the process. In a context of tightening immigration laws and increased xenophobia, she investigates the complex ways that these marriage migrants participate in new patterns of belonging and new kinds of exclusion in rural areas of France, shedding light on the intersection between state regulatory policies an migrants' efforts to build affective circuits.

Juan Haro from Movement for Justice in el Barrio Speaks on Gentrification , Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

Juan Haro comes from Harlem and from the community organization Movement for Justice in el Barrio that works against gentrification and violence against marginalized communities in all forms. He will be discussing modes of anti-capitalist, anti-neoliberal resistance through urban Zapatismo and how Movement for Justice in el Barrio connects its work on local housing issues to other international issues of displacement.

Basic Budgeting for College Students , Monday & Wednesday, Nov. 17 & 19, Noon-12:50 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The ultimate mystery - what exactly happened to your hard-earned cash? Find the answer. Smith's Center for Women and Financial Independence and the UMass/Five College Credit Union are partnering to bring you two workshops on basic budgeting for college students. Lunch will be provided. Please note: the workshops are identical so only sign up for ONE. Reserve your seat by emailing wfi@smith.edu.

Fireside Chat with President McCartney , Monday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

President McCartney will host a fireside chat for students to talk about the Commencement speaker and honorary degree tradition at Smith. How can students propose candidates for honorary degrees? How are speakers selected? Do other colleges have graduation speaker traditions that Smith should consider? Student leaders and members of the Honorary Degrees Committee will join the conversation, which will include ample time for Q & A.

Labrys Art and Literature Magazine Submission Deadline , November 15

Labrys is currently seeking submissions of student art and literature for our next issue! To submit art, please send your work as a high-quality jpg; all scans must be 300 dpi or higher. We accept any still medium. For literature, we accept submissions of prose and poetry. Any single prose piece may not exceed 10 pages. Please send your work as a Word document, but do not include your name in the document's text. You may submit up to five pieces.

Spring 2015 Courses Available to Instructors on Moodle

Faculty should now be able to see their spring 2015 courses on Moodle. Student enrollments will run closer to the start of the spring semester, sometime in January. More details can be found on the Smith Moodle home page. http://moodle.smith.edu

'Climate Justice and Indigenous Peoples: Moral, Cultural and Environmental Issues' , Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Kyle P. Whyte, assistant professor of philosophy, Michigan State University, will speak on key dimensions of the history and current state of Indigenous responses to climate change in relation to justice, based on his experience and research as a Tribal member, scholar and organizer. He will highlight current theories that connect anthropogenic climate change and settler colonialism and will argue for the importance of Indigenous self-determination, resilience and ecological knowledge in conversations about adaptation and mitigation. Open to the public.

'The Varieties of Contemplative Experience: An Empirical Study of American Buddhist Meditators' , Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

The Fall Buddhist Studies Lecture Series continues with Willoughby Britton, assistant professor, Brown University Medical School, who will discuss an interdisciplinary Brown University research study of more than 100 well-known meditation teachers, practitioners, and Buddhist scholars about the range of contemplative experiences that can arise in the context of meditation practices. Buddhist scholars, teachers, clinicians and neuroscientists offer different frameworks for interpreting these experiences. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion. Support provided by the Smith College Lecture Committee and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

'The Prayers of a Child: Piety, Virtue and Cuteness in Muslim Societies' , Friday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., Seelye 201

Jamal J. Elias, professor of religious studies and South Asia studies, University of Pennsylvania, will use a variety of visual materials from Turkey, Iran and Pakistan -- picture books, comics, posters, stamps -- to examine moral and religious constructions of children. Issues examined include the relationships between cuteness, helplessness, innocence and virtue; the construction of childhood as a singular stage of life; and adult anxiety regarding childhood agency and subsequent processes of infantilization and control. Sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

Google Drive Now Offers Unlimited File Storage Space

ITS is happy to announce that your Smith Google Drive account now offers unlimited storage space for all the files and folders you wish to store there. In addition, individual files can now be up to 5 TB in size. For more information about using Drive, visit http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/googleapps/drive.html

'Ecological Novelty in Two Easy Steps' , Monday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Abrupt climate change, ice age extinctions, and no-analog plant associations. Presented by Jacquelyn Gill, assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology, University of Maine. Part of the Fall 2014 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Panel Discussion: Graduate Schools in Education , Monday, Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m., Reese 302, Mount Holyoke College

This event is open to all Five College students interested in pursuing graduate level work in the field of education. Students at any point in their undergraduate work are encouraged to attend. This event will have a panel format with the opportunity to have individual discussions with graduate school representatives. Graduate programs represented include Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Brown University, Bank Street, Teacher's College, Boston Teacher Residency and Lesley University.

Drop-in Clinic: Use Zotero or RefWorks to Make Research More Fun (or at Least Less Stressful) , Friday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Electronic Classroom, Level 1 North, Neilson Libra

The Smith Libraries are holding this clinic for students, faculty and staff to learn how to use Zotero or RefWorks to organize and edit research references, save resources in one place and access them from (almost) anywhere, and sync on many devices. Librarians will get you started, or you can come with questions and they will show you how. Bring your laptop; (it is helpful, but okay if you do not). For more information and other clinic dates, visit http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/zotero-refworks.

Thank-a-Smithie Week, Daily , Through November 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Share your appreciation for the support Smith receives from alumnae and friends of the college. Fill out a thank you card, have your photo taken at our photo booth, and collect limited-edition pins. For more information, email DonorRelations@smith.edu

Labrys Open Mic , Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Come celebrate Labrys magazine's submission deadline (11/15)! Hear original student pieces (music, poetry, prose, whatever) or come to perform your own. Watch friends put their art out there and support the magazine! Food and drink will be provided.

Smith Students' Aid Society Deadline for January Study , November 17

Applications for Smith Students' Aid Society grants for study and other opportunities during January term are due by Monday, Nov. 17. Applications should include description and budget for your January term study. When complete, applications should be dropped off in the Class Deans Office. For more information, contact Anne White, awhite@smith.edu.

Hour of Power Swimming Relay for Sarcoma Cancer Research , Saturday, Nov. 15, 10-11 a.m., Dalton Swimming Pool

Come support the swimmers and divers as they "leave it in the pool" in their first Hour of Power Relay to raise awareness and funds for sarcoma research at the University of Chicago. This nationwide event is in honor of Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, and also for all who are fighting or fought cancer. For more information about the Hour of Power, how you can get involved, or how to buy a "Cancer Sucks" t-shirt, email msocha@smith.edu

Advocacy & Activism: Using Your Voice - Alumnae Panel , Thursday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Join Smith alumnae who will discuss their experience, ideas and lessons learned about how to make a difference using their voice and words. Q&A will follow. Panelists include Danielle Brian '85 (Government), 2010 Smith College Medal Recipient, Executive Director, Project On Government Oversight; Clare Coleman '92 (Government), President & CEO, National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association; Claudia Chan '97 (Government), Founder SHE Global Media /The Women's Empowerment Media Company; Moderator: Sara Gould, Smith College Activist in Residence, Former President and CEO of the Ms Foundation for Women.

Ford Hall Power Transfer , Friday, Nov. 14

As part of the Medium Voltage project a feeder power transfer is scheduled at 6:30 a.m. and is expected to last only a few minutes. The transfer of this feeder that powers Ford Hall will allow for additional work scheduled for the Thanksgiving break. There will be Facilities Management and Campus Police personnel, as well as an electrical contractor on site for this transition. For more information, contact Facilities Management at ext. 2400 or Campus Police at ext. 2490.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: 'What Should I Write About in My Personal Statement?' , Friday, Nov. 14, 12:15-1 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

This workshop is strongly recommened for anyone intending to enter any type of health profession school in the fall of 2016. Join us this Friday for information, advice and tips for writing that highly important personal statement for health profession school applications. Daryl Gehman works in the Lazarus Center for Career Development and will explain this vital written piece...what works and what may not! Pizza will be provided for the first 30 people.

Spatial Analysis Lab Releases New Mystery Map Challenge

To celebrate the final part of a wonderful fall season, the Spatial Analysis Lab brings you a new Mystery Map Challenge. View the map linked below and use spatial clues to determine the mystery variable, then submit your guess using the form found on the same page. Prizes rewarded to the first to submit a correct answer, email SAL@smith.edu for details and questions. Happy guessing. http://bit.ly/mm_1114

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Nov. 14: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 12:30 p.m., Al-Iman Friday Prayers, Blue Room; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (B13), SCF International Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, Dawes House. Monday, Nov. 17: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, sensei, 5 p.m., Sanctuary.

Smith Wind Ensemble Presents: 'British Invasion' , Monday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A concert celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Beatles coming to the United States. The program includes classics like Holst and Vaughn Williams as well as compilations of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Smith To Do: Tie-Dye Bandanas , Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Using sharpies to make your own creative designs, Smith To Do is crafting bright and colorful tie-dye bandanas this Saturday night! Explore how sharpie tie-dye works and make your own one-of-a-kind bandana to take home. Smith to Do is open to all and all supplies are provided free.

Funding Application for Insight Dubai Conference Due , Monday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.

To access the application and read more information about the conference, visit http://smith.edu/cwl/leadership_conferences.php Frequently asked questions about the conference can be found here: http://smith.edu/cwl/InsightDubaiFAQs.php For more information, contact Ally Einbinder '10, Program Specialist at the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, at aeinbind@smith.edu.

Juniors and Seniors: 'Eat, Write, Talk' Applications Due , Monday, Nov. 17

In this selective, three-and-a-half day January-term course, the Women's Narratives Project takes juniors and seniors on a retreat to talk and write about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success. The workshop is led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters and Director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life Jessica Bacal. Workshop dates are January 18-21 with two nights spent at an off-campus country retreat site. To watch a short video about the workshop and apply, visit the WCWL homepage: http://www.smith.edu/cwl

Lunch Talk with Ted Ames on Commericial Fisheries , Monday, Nov. 17, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

If you were studying the population dynamics of the most important fishery in the world would you think to ask commercial fishers about that fishery? Ted Ames, a commercial fisherman with training in science did just that. Through these interviews, Mr. Ames identified lapsed breeding grounds and discrete populations of ancestral fish along the Maine coast when the prevailing view was that cod simply aggregated as one monolithic population. He will also will be speaking on the cod fisheries in ENV 100.

'Open Enrollment' Informational Meeting , Thursday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

A Human Resources rep will review Smith's health insurance options for staff and faculty as well as changes to the dental and long term disability plans. (A reminder: Open Enrollment forms are due in Human Resources by November 25.)

Funding for the Future: An Update on Smith's Women for the World Campaign

Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith is making strong progress toward a $450-million fundraising goal to support financial aid, academic programs and unrestricted giving to the Smith Fund. The Smith Fund issued a special one-day challenge on Wednesday Nov. 12, that included opportunities for donors to have gifts matched by alumnae sponsors.


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Archives as Activism: Elizabeth Myers' Vision for Special Collections , 0000-00-00

As Elizabeth Myers sees it, college library archives are meant to be used. "I don't believe in roped-off history," says Myers, who is the new head of special collections at Smith, including the Sophia Smith Collection on women's history, the College Archives and the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

'The Punk Singer': Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker , Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

"The Punk Singer" is a documentary film about feminist singer Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the Punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre. Sini Anderson directed and wrote this documentary about the central figure in the "riot grrrl" movement from July 2010 to early 2013, and the film premiered in March of 2013.

Elevator Pitch Contest , Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m.

WFI's annual elevator pitch contest is now in its twelfth year. This year, again, students will convene to present some of their ideas in 90 seconds or less to a panel of judges, entrepreneurs and presentation experts. Come have dinner, get some great ideas, and have an evening of fun. The winner will receive $100 and the chance to compete for a $1,000 prize at the regional Grinspoon Foundation Elevator Pitch Contest in the spring. Email Judy Fountain at jfountai@smith.edu to reserve your seat. Brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence. http://www.smith.edu/wfi

Rachel Hope Cleves: 'Same Sex Marriage Is Hardly New' , Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Rachel Hope Cleves, University of Victoria in British Columbia, is the author of "Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America" (Oxford University Press, 2014). Everyone who lived in Weybridge, Vt., during the early decades of the 19th century knew that the local tailors, Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, "were married to each other." This talk explores the history of same-sex sexuality, and reveals how the mechanism of the "open secret" enabled Bryant and Drake to be recognized by their community as a married couple two centuries before Windsor.

Information Meeting: Smith's Internship Program at the Smithsonian Institution , Wednesday, Nov. 12, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Information will be presented for sophomores and juniors about spending the fall semester in Washington, D.C., earning 16 Smith credits and interning in one of the 19 Smithsonian museums where students assist in creating exhibitions and programming, conduct research with archival and museum materials, and work side by side with preeminent curators and scholars of American culture. The director of the program, Professor John Davis will share details about the program and answer questions. The application process for the Smithsonian Program takes place in February.

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

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

ACC (Associated Colleges in China) Study Abroad Information Session , Thursday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 102

Are you considering study abroad in China? Are you interested in Smith College's consortium program, ACC (Associated Colleges in China)? Explore your options. Enjoy good conversation and learn useful information from past students from ACC in China, and other study abroad programs. Zarah Sikora, Smith College alumna, Class of 2013, will talk about her experiences as a participant in the ACC Program. For more information visit http://www.hamilton.edu/china. Refreshments will be served.

Ada Class T-shirt and Bake Sale , Thursday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center, Outside the Cafe

The Ada Comstock Scholars will be selling fresh, home-baked goods made with Ada love and Ada merchandise from sweatshirts to totes. Sweeten up your day and get a start on your holiday shopping.

Erg Club, Mondays and Wednesdays Through January , Erg Room, Scott Gym

The Erg Club is a great way for athletes in off season to keep in shape and for students who want to get into shape or learn a new way of exercising. Erging is both a cardio and strength workout. It is a great way to work out in a group and stay motivated in the cold winter days. If you have no previous experience on an erg, there will be students willing to teach the basics. For more information, email jbagiens@smith.edu

'White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack' , Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

American feminist and anti-racism activist Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, will give this public lecture. Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Are You a Financial Aid Recipient?

If so, you should complete the Scholarship Recipient Information Form at http://goo.gl/forms/yXgRPHFPri or from a link on your student portal page. Your response is a critical part of engaging alumnae and friends who have made gifts to support the Smith's scholarship funds. For more information, email DonorRelations@smith.edu.

Open House: New Digital Media Classroom and Imaging Center , November 12 and 13, Noon-1 p.m., Hillyer 324

The Imaging Center and ETS would like to invite all faculty and staff to a lunch and open house that will include a tour of the newly completed multidisciplinary Digital Media Classroom and digital image capture demonstrations including digital copy stand, multi-format scanning, 3D scanning/printing and digital photography.

Art Box Lunch Series Continues with Shama Rahman ’13 , Thursday, Nov. 13, Noon, Hillyer 204

Rahman and three other members of the class of 2013 curated a public park exhibit as part of the annual ArtPrize competition Sept. 24-Oct. 12 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Rahman and Elizabeth Esposito, Seneca Gray and Hailey Hargraves showcased Candy Chang’s "Before I Die" and Jenny Ustick’s "Metanoia: You Are Here" in their exhibit space in Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

STEM Graduate School Application Workshop: 'Personal/Research Statements and Cover Letter' , Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., McConnell 404

This 4-part workshop series will address issues pertinent to graduate school applications in STEM fields. Short presentations by faculty members will be paired with discussions and hands-on workshops (bring your laptop and relevant documents in progress!) where you can work on specific parts of your application and get immediate feedback and advice. It is designed especially for senior students currently applying for grad school, but any students interested in learning more about the process are welcome. Part 3 will address writing your personal/research statements and cover letter. Wednesday, November 12 from 6:30-8:30pm in McConnell 404.

'What Does the Future Hold for the Past? Envisaging Smith's Special Collections' , Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meet Beth Myers, Smith's new director of special collections, and learn about the place of Special Collections in the scholarly world of tomorrow. How will the Sophia Smith Collection, College Archives, and the Mortimer Rare Book Room respond to the shifting learning landscapes of the future? What will their long term impact be on scholarship in the Humanities? A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries.

Smith in the World Conference , Tuesday, Nov. 11, 3:45-6 p.m., Campus Center, Various Locations

This annual conference features Smith students whose off-campus work with internships, international study and/or community service has transformed their educational goals. They will speak about how their liberal arts education informed their off-campus experience and how they have integrated their off-campus work into their studies. To view the program and read the presenters' abstracts, visit http://www.smith.edu/events/intheworld.php. Reception at 3:45 p.m.. Session I at 4:30 p.m.; Session II at 5:20 p.m.

Admission Hosts Fall Preview and Ada Open House , Tuesday, Nov. 11,

The Office of Admission holds two visit programs on Tuesday, November 11: Fall Preview and the Ada Comstock Scholars Fall Open House. For more information including schedules and registration, visit http://www.smith.edu/admission/visitcampus. Guests are invited to attend classes on the 11th. Thank you in advance for helping us welcome prospective students and their families to campus.

Housing Advisory Committee Interest Lunch , Wednesday, Nov. 12, 12:15 p.m., Clark Hall Conference Room

The Office of Residence Life is looking to bring together a group of students that can advise us on housing processes! We would love to have students help our department think about exciting new ways to coordinate room draw, first-year roommate matching, room changes, assignments for students who are studying abroad, TBA assignments, and many more! We want to hear from YOU!! Email reslife@smith.edu to confirm your participation or just come. We welcome your voice and thoughts.

Parking Not Available , Wednesday, Nov. 12, Between Drew Hall and 76 Elm St.

There will be two deliveries of equipment at the Elm Street substation project between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. During this time the three parking spaces and the driveway between Drew Hall and 76 Elm Street will be unavailable. Parking is available behind John M. Greene Hall on a first come, first serve basis. The driveway along the Campus Center side to the loading dock will not be impacted, but large deliveries would need alternate delivery methods. Contact Facilities Management at ext. 2400 with inquiries.

Arabic Film Screening: 'Wadjda' , Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., McConnell B05

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Wadjda was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director.

CSO Volunteer Opportunity Thanksgiving/Winter Break/Jterm

Volunteers are needed for the Northampton Homeless Shelter during Smith vacations. If you will be on campus during Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and/or J-term, please consider volunteering one or more nights per week, from 7:30-9 p.m., at the Northampton Emergency Winter Shelter (easy walking distance from campus). Please contact Barbara Blumenthal: bblument@smith.edu or x2906.

Wilson House Water Shutdown , Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Facilities Management will be performing a necessary water shutdown at Wilson House to repair a sewer line in the basement. This repair is expected to last 6-8 hours. During this shutdown there will be no water in the sinks, showers, toilets and dining areas. Students should use the facilities in Morrow and Gardiner Houses during this time. Contact Facilities Management at ext. 2400, if you have questions.

Vonnegut Birthday Celebration Reading , Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., The Roost, Main St., Northampton

Join a group of your peers, colleagues, and community members in an homage to the late great Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The event will be an informal reading of various Vonnegut texts -- attendees are encouraged to bring their own favorites to read from or join just to listen. Meeting will be 7pm Tuesday night at The Roost on Main Street. Contact vbeckley@smith.edu with questions


11/10/2014 Digest


Bradley Shuttle Tickets for Winter Break Now Available

SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to Bradley Airport for Winter Break. The cost of a ticket is $15. There are no return trips due to J-term. We accept OneCards and checks, no cash. To purchase your ticket come to the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note these are the new hours that tickets will be available for sale. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to http://www.smith.edu/sga/docs/2014-15ShuttleSchedule.pdf for the shuttle schedule. Contact the SGA Office at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.


11/06/2014 Digest


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

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

SEC Films Presents 'Maleficent' , Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

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

A memorial service for Professor Emerita Patricia Skarda, who died September 2 in Northampton at age 68, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Skarda taught at Smith from 1973 until her retirement in 2013. Her courses in the English department were extremely popular, as were her lectures at alumnae reunions. For a copy of her obituary with information about donations in her name, visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pntonline/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-l-skarda&pid=172431110

Memorial Service for Ann Musser of Smith Museum of Art , Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m., Chapel Sanctuary

A celebration of the life of Ann E. Musser will take place at Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Saturday, November 8, at 11 a.m. There will be a moment in the service for those wishing to do so to share a story or recollection. A member of the Smith staff since 2002, Musser died on September 29. Since earlier this year, Musser had served as interpretive strategist for the Smith College Museum of Art. Prior to that, she was associate director for academic programs and publications at the college. Donations in her name can be sent to Turning the Tide Ovarian Cancer retreat.

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

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

Field Station Saturdays at MacLeish Field Station Continue , November 8, 1-5 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Otelia Cromwell Day's 25th Anniversary Begins November 3 with Exhibit Opening

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

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

"Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race" by Michele Norris, award-winning journalist. Welcome by President Kathleen McCartney; poetry reading by Andrea Hairston, '74, L. Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor, Theatre; and premiere of the video "The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell." Workshops follow see http://www.smith.edu/events/otelia-cromwell.php for descriptions, locations and times. Named for the first African-American to graduate from Smith College, in 1900, Otelia Cromwell Day reflects upon issues of diversity and racism in the United States. The author of three books and many articles, Cromwell received an honorary degree from Smith in 1950. Attendees who need disability accommodations or sign language interpretation should call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY), or send email toODS@smith.edu

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

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

Senior Campaign House Challenge Throughout November

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

Smith Crew Rent-a-Rower Through November

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

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

Water flows, rages and drips in these photographs. With works by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and others, this student-curated show features stunning representations of the world around us, and water in all its forms. On view one day only. Read more about Kyle and the student picks exhibition in the Grecourt Gate at http://goo.gl/RtX9ld

Chief Diversity Officer Search Update

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

Nominations for Honorary Degrees

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

Upcoming Learning and Development Workshops for Managers and Supervisors

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

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

Ellie Grace and Kelly Bosworth in a twilight concert of rootsy Americana and original songs. Noted performer Ellie Grace, second-year Dance MFA candidate, brings deep musical roots as singer, instrumentalist, body percussionist, and member of a family of travelling musicians. Branching out with cousin Kelly Bosworth, here from Oregon on an East Coast debut CD tour. Free and open to all, under an hour, in the acoustically brilliant Josten Mezzanine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Changes to the Smith Network

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

Exhibition: 'The Identity Project' , Through November 7, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

To commemorate Otelia Cromwell Day, "The Identity Project" features the photographs of participants who provided descriptions of their self-identity in their own handwriting. Organized by the student organization MISC (Multi-ethnic Interracial Smith College), it is an event to commemorate Otelia Cromwell Day and explores issues of race and ethnicity at Smith; answering the question "who are you?"

'How the Disconnected Actions of Molecules Create Long-Range Order' , Monday, Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Ethan Garner, Harvard University, will discuss mechanical feedback between cell shape and enzymatic activity. Part of the Fall 2014 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: Student Panel on Summer Experiences , Friday, Nov. 7, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Panelists are Meti Aberra '15 (HHMI EXROP student), Michelle Zhang '16 (Research internship at Fermilab) and Meadeshia Mitchell '16 (PRAXIS internship in Hungarian Hospital). Pizza will be provided for the first 25 people.

Conversation with Reproductive Justice Activist Loretta Ross and Smith alumna Anna Holley '12 , Monday, Nov. 10, 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Loretta Ross is the founder of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and part of the Sophia Smith Collection Voices of Feminism Project. Smith alumna Anna Holley interned with Loretta at Sister Song to help prepare their papers for donation to the Sophia Smith Collection. Come hear their thoughts on archives and activism. Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks, chips and desserts provided. Please RSVP to Rachel Siegel at rsiegel@smith.edu

Information Session on Smith Graduate Programs , Monday, Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

Are you thinking of going to graduate school after Smith? Well, you donâ??t have to go far! Learn more about what Smith has to offer after graduation. Come and speak to Smith alumnae who are now taking classes with Smithâ??s graduate programs to earn masterâ??s degrees in teaching, dance, theater, biology, and exercise studies. Ask about their experience and learn why they think 4 years at Smith is not enough. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Nov. 7: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 12:30 p.m., Al-Iman Friday Prayers, Blue Room; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (B13), Smith Christian Fellowship International Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, Dawes House. Sunday, Nov. 9: Smith Soka Buddhist Club, 2:00 pm. Monday, Nov. 10: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary, Chapel.

Babka and Rugelach Baking with Smith Hillel , Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Dawes

Bake chocolate desserts with the Smith College Hillel. For more information, email Anna Steckel (asteckel@smith.edu) or Kayla Blum (hillel@smith.edu). All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation.

'The Real Hunger Games: Refugee Yeonmi Park Shares Her Story' , Friday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector who escaped the regime at the age of 13. She will be giving a talk on the oppressive North Korean Regime, the horrors North Korean citizens face on a day basis, and how the black market influenced her decision to leave. Presented by Smith College Liberty in North Korea, the East Asian studies department and the economics department.

Flavors of Southeast Asia , Saturday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m., Unity House

We all may come from different cultures and backgrounds but there is one thing that brings all Smithies together and that's food. Come join Southeast Asian Alliance as we have our annual food event. Members of the organization will prepare dishes from various Southeast Asian countries for you to enjoy.


11/04/2014 Digest


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

Human Resources will be sponsoring its annual HR Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Open Enrollment packets for benefit-eligible employees will be distributed at the fair. Employees will also have the opportunity to find out more about benefits, provider organizations, and services, and to win a prize by entering the drawing. Please mark your calendar!

2015 Lewis Leadership Program Applications Are Now Available

The Lewis Leadership Program's January Leadership Intensive will help you develop the skills you need for successful leadership in college and long afterward. Program participants spend two weeks attending all-day workshops led by Smith faculty members, professionals, and community leaders. You will learn about group dynamics, public speaking, techniques to manage conflict, and more, and work with community members to address real community issues. This year's program runs January 5-16. Applications are due by noon, Friday, Nov. 7. To learn more, visit: http://www.smith.edu/leadership/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CSO Recruitment Lunch for Tutor/Mentoring at Connections in Holyoke , Friday, Nov. 7, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

Do you enjoy teaching youth new activities? Are you interested in being a tutor/mentor for middle school students? If yes, then come learn about becoming a tutor/mentor for the Connections Program, an after-school program that offers academic support and enrichment activities for students in Holyoke public schools. Pizza and salad will be served. Email tbreitbart@smith.edu with any questions or for more information.

Campus School Book Fair , Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 4-6, Campus School Library, Gill Hall, 33 Prospect Stre

Come discover wonderful children's books carefully curated for readers young and old. Stock your bookshelves and purchase holiday gifts for family and friends. The Book Fair is a Smith College Campus School PTO-sponsored event that benefits the school library and is open to all members of the Smith College and wider community. Please bring cash or checks; we regret that we are unable to accept credit cards this year. Tuesday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday, 8-10:00 a.m. (coffee hour 8:30-9:30 a.m.)

Think! Play! Love! Engaging with Story , Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m., Campus School Gym, Gill Hall, 33 Prospect St.

Image, word and the power of story. In this interactive presentation, Susan Etheredge, professor of education and child study, and JennyKate Marble, Smith College Campus School librarian, will discuss how the use of visual thinking strategies as well as storytelling can build young children's literacy skills and encourage deep thinking and engagement with story of all kinds. Smith students will read books to children and snacks will be provided.

'Bridging' Abroad Lunch , Wednesday, Nov. 5, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This study abroad info session is specifically designed for Smith Bridge participants as well as any students on Smith's campus that identifies as a student of color. The session will provide basic information about the study abroad process but will also cover special considerations of these student populations.

Physics Major , Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4-5 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Meet the department, come see the fun demos, learn about the major in physics, the opportunities as well as the many career paths from physics. Ice cream sundaes will be served. From 5-5:30 p.m., guided tours of faculty research labs will be conducted.

Jacobson Workshop: Speaking and Presentation Tips , Wednesday, Nov. 5, 12:15 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

An informal lunch-hour workshop will be given by Debra Carney. Students are welcome to bring a grab and go lunch.

Archaeology Minor , Wednesday, Nov. 5, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Lunch will be provided.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lunch will be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are You a Financial Aid Recipient?

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

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

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

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

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

Elm Street Substation Project, Week of October 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Brian Bacskai, professor of neurology, Harvard Medical School. Part of the Fall 2014 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week's Outdoor Adventure Trips

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

Book Studies Concentration Applications Due , Monday, Nov. 3

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

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

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

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

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


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Economics Major , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

An MBA Information Session hosted by WFI & the Business Women of Smith College Club will immediately follow. Refreshments will be served.

Portfolio Review - Required for Students Planning to Declare a Major in Studio Art , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m., Hillyer 204

Required for all students planning to declare a major in studio art who have completed a 100 and 200 level Studio Art Course. Reserve a time for your portfolio review in the Art Department Office, Hillyer 101.

Museum Members' Bus Trip to New York City , Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m., Museum of Art

The Museum is pleased to offer a Fall bus trip to New York City. Participants can explore the city and art fairs on their own for the day. Drop-offs at the Park Avenue Armory, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met). Light snack, bus fare, and 1 IFPDA Print Fair ticket included per person. Bus departs promptly at 8 a.m. in front of SCMA. Return trip leaves from the Met at 7 p.m. $55 for Members; $40 for Student Members; $65 for Non-Members (space permitting). Reserve by October 31 by contacting SCMAmembers@smith.edu or 413/585-2777.

Kennedy Lecture: 'The Matter of Miracles--Inventing Corpses in Baroque Naples' , Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Helen Hills, the Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies, will offer the final lecture in the 2014 Kennedy Series, "The Matter of Baroque." For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/kennedylecture.html

'Women, the Bulwark of Democracy?' Presented by Molly Tambor '96 , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

This talk by Tambor, professor of History, University of Long Island, is sponsored by the departments of History and Italian, the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Government Department Picker Semester-in-Washington Program; Applications Due , November 3

The Government Department offers a Picker Semester-in-Washington program designed to give students an opportunity to participate in political processes and study the operation of public institutions. Intended for first-semester juniors and seniors with appropriate backgrounds in social sciences, it runs from June through December. Open to all majors. Student interested in public policy, foreign policy, and international relations are encouraged to participate. Fourteen credits are awarded. Director: Brent Durbin, Assistant Professor of Government. Applications available in Wright 226 and on the department web site. Information meeting: Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 PM Seelye 109.

Global South Development Studies Minor , Tuesday, Oct. 28, Noon, Seelye 207

Pizza will be served.

Classics and Classical Studies Majors and Minors , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 003

Come and meet the members of the department and hear from current Classics and Classical Studies majors. Lunch will be served.

Philosophy Major and Minor , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m., Philosophy Study, Dewey House

Meet the faculty and hear from some of the current majors. Lunch will be provided.

Open House: Schacht Center for Health and Wellness , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 21 Belmont

Student Affairs is hosting this open house for the new Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. The building is located at 21 Belmont, between Josten Library and Scott Gym.) All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served (vegan & gluten-free options available).

MBA Information Session , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Are you thinking of getting an MBA after Smith? What is an MBA? What kind of careers do MBAs have? Which school is right for me? When should I apply? What are the qualities of a successful application? To find out attend this panel talk by admissions representatives from Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, Yale School of Management and Columbia Business School. A question and answer session will be held afterward. Pizza, salad, drinks & dessert provided. Brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence and the Business Women of Smith College Club.

Staff Council Open Forum , Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Come for lunch and share your ideas about how we can build a better community with Staff Council. We want to hear from you what is on your mind, both the good and the bad. Can't make it? Submit a question or raise an issue ahead of time that will be addressed at the Forum: http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil/contact.php. Lunch provided for the first 100 attendees.

Biological Sciences Major , Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Come meet the biology faculty and majors. Here about all of the wonderful reasons to be a biological sciences major. Dinner will be served.

Neuroscience Major , Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Come meet the faculty and majors of the Neuroscience program. Lunch will be served.

Poetry Concentation , Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Come hear faculty and current students discuss the Poetry Concentration. Light refreshments will be served.

Math and Statistics Majors and Minors , Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Burton Math Forum, 3rd Floor, Burton

Lunch will be provided.

Journal Entries To Be Paper-Free - Journal Entry Review Workshops , October 29 and 30, Campus Center 102

No need to mail paper copies of journal entries any more. The Controller's Office is implementing a paper-free journal entry submission process. Journal Entry Review Workshops will cover this new process, proper journal entry preparation, required supporting documentation, and general accounting questions. Choose from Wednesday, Oct. 29, 10-11 a.m. or Thursday, Oct. 30, 2-3 p.m.

Smith Fulbright Program Class of 2015 Attains New Summit with Record 43 Applicants

Smith students have a tradition of winning Fulbrights. A staggering 43 Smithies, a new Smith record, have just applied http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php to spend an amazing year after graduation working with others around the world. Whether through research or teaching English-- in 155 different countries-- this incomparable experience sets the stage for an inspiring future. Juniors and sophomores (U.S. citizens, 3.4+ GPA) seize the day. Prepare yourself to be among this acclaimed group, learn from them, and brush up on the opportunities to learn more: http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php.

Box File-Storage Service To Be Discontinued March 31, 2015

Since 2012, Smith has provided every Smith user with cloud-based file storage accounts on both Box and Google Drive. However, since recent changes to Google Drive (including enhanced file encryption, an improved user interface, and native editing of Microsoft Office documents) have made Box unnecessary, we are discontinuing our Box subscription next spring. Smith Box accounts will be inaccessible after March 31, 2015, so Box users are strongly advised to move files stored in their Box account to Google Drive before that date. For more information, see: http://www.smith.edu/tara/cloudstorage/leaving_box.html

Sociology Major and Minor , Tuesday, Oct. 28, Noon, Dewey Common Room

A pizza and salad lunch will be provided.

American Studies Major , Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Meet the faculty in the American Studies Program and learn more about the Major. A pizza lunch will be provided.

AMS Fall Social: Join the Conspiracy , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207

American studies students and faculty will gather for an AMS-hosted professorial recitation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," followed by cider and doughnuts and casual sharing of favorite villains of American history. Students are invited to stop by and chat; this is an opportunity to get together outside of academics.

'Free Speech?...What Would the Buddha Say?' , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

In the Fourth Noble Truth, the Buddha taught the Eightfold Path to end suffering. Right Speech is one of the roads on the Path. When practicing Right Speech, careful consideration is given to how we engage in this body practice. The most important consideration is whether our words will bring forth wholesome or unwholesome consequences. This Buddhist lunch talk, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, Sensei, a Zen priest, teacher and Community Religious Adviser at Smith, will explore the practice of Right Speech in a world of differences.

Music in the Noon Hour: The Deerfield Quintet , Tuesday, Oct. 28, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Ellen Redman, flute; Kirsten Lipkens, oboe; Lynn Sussman, clarinet; Rebecca Eldredge, bassoon; and Sheffra Spiridopoulos, horn. Free and open to the public.

Deconstructing Civilian Drones: An Open DIY Workshop , Thursday, Oct. 30, 12:15 p.m., Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

What makes a civilian drone? How are they built? How are they used? And what possibilities do those technologies hold for the sciences, humanities, and arts? Spatial Analysis Lab director Jon Caris will lead an open workshop in how civilian drones work, what technologies go into them, and how they are used in academia. This workshop is sponsored by the AIRLab, a Five College Digital Humanities program, and is open to all Five College community members. Learn more at http://projects.5colldh.org/airlab.

Art Major and Minor: Art History, Studio Art and Architecture , Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon-1 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Information on the three Art plans will be offered along with pizza, beverages and a chance to meet the Art Department faculty!

SGA Sustainability Committee Dinner--All Invited , Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6-7 p.m., Chase/Duckett Dining Room C

Take this opportunity to chill, eat dinner, chat, and meet the chair and other members on the committee. They want to meet you and hear about how the committee can improve or become more apart of the lives of Smithies. There will be a raffle for cool and exciting items, so if you come you might have a good chance of winning something totally neat. The committee looks forward to seeing you there.

Theatre Major , Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Green Room, Mendenhall

Come learn about all that the exciting Theatre Department has to offer while enjoying lunch.

Jacobson Center Workshop on How to Stay Focused , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15-1 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

An informal lunch-hour workshop about how to deal with issues that affect academics like procrastination and distraction. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch. Led by Gail Thomas, this workshop is part of the Center's Academic Success series.

Meeting re ORC Changes , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

All student organization presidents and treasurers are required to attend an information session regarding changes to ORC budgeting. The second of two sessions is offered Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Campus Center 205.

Religion Major and Minor , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Meet the faculty and hear from some of the current majors. Sandwiches and salad provided.

'Nirvana in Everyday Life: The Shin Buddhist Path' , Tuesday, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A lecture by Reverend Patti Nakai, associate minister, Buddhist Temple of Chicago. Reception will follow the talk in Seelye 207. Support provided by the Department of Religion and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

STEM Graduate School Application Workshop, Part 2: 'Crafting a C.V.' , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., McConnell 404

This 4-part workshop series will address issues pertinent to graduate school applications in STEM fields. Short presentations by faculty members will be paired with discussions and hands-on workshops (bring your laptop and relevant documents in progress!) where you can work on specific parts of your application and get immediate feedback and advice. It is designed especially for senior students currently applying for grad school, but any students interested in learning more about the process are welcome to attend.

Buddhist Studies Lecture , Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Khen Rinpoche (Geshe Tsetan), Abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery, lectures on "Emptiness (Sunya)". Sponsored by the Ada Howe Kent Fund, the Department of Religion and the East Asian Studies Program.


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SEC Films Presents 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' , Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

SEC Presents...Family Weekend Live Band Karaoke , Friday, Oct. 24, 9 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Bring a friend, a family member and your voices for a night of music and laughter.

Stargazing , Friday, Oct. 24, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, clusters, and galaxies. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

Economics JYA Info Meeting , Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Study abroad info session for Economics majors.

Weekly Grief Support Group Meets Fridays, Beginning , Oct. 24, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, 21 Belmont

Counseling Services offers a weekly support group for students who have lost a loved one. (Bring a lunch). For more info. and to register, call the Counseling Service at ext. 2840 or email counselingservices@smith.edu.

Major in History and the Annual History Fair , Monday, Oct. 27, Noon, Seelye 207

Pizza will be provided for the first 25 in attendance.

Ancient Studies Minor , Tuesday, Oct. 28, Noon, Philosophy Study, Dewey Hall

A pizza lunch will be provided.

Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Thursday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., President's Office

Field Station Friday , October 24, 1-3 p.m.

Celebrate Friday or Family Weekend with a trip to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately. Go on a guided hike, relax outside, or explore the College's greenest building- the Bechtel Environmental Classroom. Space in the vans is limited. Email macleish@smith.edu or call 413-585-3352 to reserve your spot. Vans leave at 1 p.m. from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center and will return by 3 p.m.

Third Annual Cider Pressing , Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m., Chapin Annex Road

Students and staff from the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) and Dining Services will be facilitating a family friendly and tasty New England tradition: cider pressing. Help to press fresh, Ashfield-grown apples into cider and then have a cup together with a Hadley-made cider donut or some cheese and crackers from local farms.

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain on Oral History, Contemporary Culture and the History of Punk , Thursday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain are the co-authors of "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk," a classic contribution to the history of that movement in music and culture. They are also the co-authors of the newly released "Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose," and they are working on two new oral histories. McNeil was a key figure in the life of the influential 'Punk' magazine and is a nonfiction writer; McCain is also a poet.

Chaired Professor Lecture by Katherine Rowe , Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Katherine Rowe, provost and dean of the faculty and Sophia Smith Professor of English Language and Literature, will give her inaugural lecture, "A Walking Guide to Virtual Shakespeares." All are welcome. For more information on the 2014-15 Chaired Professor Lecture Series, visit http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php For more information about Katherine Rowe, read the April 14, 2014, Gate announcement of her appointment at http://www.smith.edu/news/smith-college-appoints-katherine-rowe-as-provost-and-dean-of-faculty/

East Asian Languages and Literatures , Tuesday, Oct. 28, Noon, Campus Center 205

Meet the faculty and talk with current majors and minors studying Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Learn more about the literatures and cultures of East Asia. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Jewish Studies , Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Schmooz it up with the faculty of the the Program in Jewish Studies. Learn about the program and the Study Abroad options in Israel and Europe. Meet the students and enjoy a nosh.

Afro-American Studies , Thursday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Campus Center 102

Refreshments served.

Landscape Studies Minor , Thursday, Oct. 23, 12:15 p.m., Green Box, Room 202

Refreshments served.

Campus School Open House , Saturday, Oct. 25, 9:30-11 a.m., 33 Prospect Street

Prospective kindergarten through second-grade students and their parents are invited to tour the school, meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information contact the Campus School admission office at 585-3270 or visit http://www.smith.edu/sccs.

Symposium: 'Edward Taylor: Discovering a Poet' , Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

This is a symposium celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Poetical Works of Edward Taylor," edited by Thomas H. Johnson. Taylor, of Westfield, Mass., is the finest poet writing in the 17th and 18th centuries. Speakers at the symposium include Francis Murphy and Martin Antonetti of Smith College, Kevin Sweeney of Amherst College, and Joshua Lane from Winterthur Museum. The lectures will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.historic-deerfield.org/event/seminars/smith-deerfield-symposium-poetical-works-edward-taylor/

Faculty Chamber Music Concert , Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

J.S. Bach's beautiful E Major Sonata for violin and keyboard, the brilliant Mephisto Waltz by Liszt, Duo for violin and cello by Gliere, and songs by Rachmaninoff. Karen Smith-Emerson, soprano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello; and Liza Stepanova, piano. Free and open to the public.

SmiTHrift Clothing Sale Family Weekend , Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Great gently-used and super affordable clothing and accessories on sale for every taste & style. Donate a grocery bag full of good used clothes and receive 50% off of your total purchase. Bring your family shopping. All proceeds to benefit local charities. For more information about the SmiTHrift Club and the great work they do, visit http://www.smith.edu/wfi/involvement_smithrift.php

CSO Community Ed Lunch with MANNA and Northampton Survival Center , Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, CCC, 013 Wright Hall

Diane Drohan from Northampton Survival Center and Bob Saalfrank from MANNA Soup Kitchen will discuss their organizations and volunteering opportunities for students. The Northampton Survival Center is a non-profit organization in Northampton, which provides food for low income individuals and is seeking pantry volunteers. MANNA Soup Kitchen is a soup kitchen in Northampton, which provides hot meals for hungry people. Pizza and salad will be served.

Environmental Science and Policy Major and Minor and Marine Science and Policy Minor , Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, Bass 102

Meet ES&P and MS&P faculty and staff. Lunch provided.

Happy Birthday, Jill Ker Conway , Monday, Oct. 20, Campus Center 103/4

Thursday we celebrated Jill Ker Conway’s 80th birthday. Conway began her tenure as Smith’s first woman president in 1975, at a time when women’s rights and ascension into the professions were reshaping society. Thursday we celebrated Jill Ker Conway’s 80th birthday. Conway began her tenure as Smith’s first woman president in 1975.

'Noncoding RNAs, Centromeres and the Conflict Underlying Genome Stability' , Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Rachel O'Neill, Director, Center for Genome Innovation, University of Connecticut. Part of the Fall 2014 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php. for the full schedule.

Sign Up Now for CSO Fall Blood Drive

Campus blood drive sponsored by Smith's Community Service Organization and Red Cross on Monday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1-7 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Sign up for an appointment at this Doodle poll: https://doodle.com/za3nhs48kzvs49fa or http://smith.edu/cso/ You can also sign up to volunteer at the drive. Sign up to volunteer at this Doodle poll: https://doodle.com/xkhdw4spkuc2ah79 For more information, email mkim21@smith.edu.

Translation Studies Concentration , Thursday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents the concentration in Translation Studies. Concentration directors will discuss the requirements, application process, and opportunities associated with the concentration in Translation Studies. The concentration builds upon language study and study abroad, as well as Smith's network of international students and faculty. For more information on the concentration, visit http://www.smith.edu/translation.

'Financing Life' , Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Only 2 more Financing Life workshops for this year. This weeks topic will be "Why you need insurance," and its for all ages. WFI will also be having a raffle for two attendees to win a gift card to Barnes & Noble at the end of the workshop, so make sure to attend! Free lunch is provided for the first 70 people. And they're great lunches! Presented by Professor Randy Bartlett & brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence at Smith. http://www.smith.edu/wfi

Al Iman's 25th Eid Celebration , Saturday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Al Iman hosts its annual community dinner in celebration of Eid Al Adha, a Muslim holiday, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. The celebration, which marks Al Iman's 25 year on campus, promises to be a fun and festive night featuring a delicious halal meal of Middle Eastern cuisine, live performances of naat/nasheeds, henna art, Arabic calligraphy, and many other exciting activities. The event, open to both Muslims and non-Muslims, also features guest speaker Tahera Ahmed, associate chaplain of Northwestern University and a recent White House honoree. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at aliman@smith.edu.

Engineering Majors and Minor , Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, Ford 240

Picker Engineering Program Director Susan Voss will be on hand with information and thoughts about Smith's engineering program and our majors and minor. Lunch will be served and students are invited to bring their own beverage.

CANCELLED: Health & STEM Lunchbag: Stanford University School of Medicine , Friday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

The talk by William Houder, of Stanford U. Medical School has been cancelled.

'The Sophian' Seeks Assistant Editors

The Sophian, Smith's campus newspaper, is currently looking to fill the following vacancies: assistant photo editor, assistant web editor, assistant sports editor, copy staff, layout staff, and writers. Interested students should send an email to sophian@smith.edu for more information about specific positions and how to apply.

Asian Tea House , Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Asian Students Association and the Korean American Students of Smith present the annual Asian Tea House event. Students from Smith and other colleges will come together to showcase their talents; be it dancing, singing, or a traditional fan dance show, these performances will present to you a taste of Asian culture. Refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held.

Mirta Yanez on 'Escritoras Cubanas Contemporaneas' , Thursday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

A talk in Spanish by Cuban writer and poet Mirta Yanez on contemporary Cuban writers. Yanez will be talking about several women Cuban writers and will also be reading poems from her published book.

SGA Sustainability Committee @ Fall Fest , Friday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Chapin Lawn

The SGA Sustainability Committee will be tabling at Fall Fest from 11-3. Take this opportunity to learn about the committee and the activities the committee hopes to bring to campus this year. There will be a business called HEROES & VILLAINS: Vintage Goods, based out in Amherst, who will be there to sell vintage clothing at affordable prices. This is to encourage reusing items of clothing as a way of decreasing one's environmental impact. There will also be a company called SRide to promote their ride sharing app, a network of ridesharing opportunities to accommodate daily commutes and unplanned trips.

'Leni Riefenstahl's Fantasy Gypsies and Sacrificial Others' , Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Anjeana Hans examines how the notorious filmmaker re-imagines the genre of the "Zigeunerdrama" (gypsy-drama) in her first and final feature films - The Blue Light (1932) and Lowlands (produced 1940-45; released 1954). In her staging of herself as the exotically erotic "gypsy," Riefenstahl positions herself at the nexus of transgressive sexuality, ethnic difference, and a "mystical" power coded as feminine. Yet despite her appeal to these works as evidence of her independence from the Nazi regime, such self-staging both before and after the Third Reich only further solidifies her association with national socialist ideology.

Fulbright New Season Launch , Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

U.S. citizens with 3.4+ GPA meet at the Weinstein Auditorium to discover a whole new world with a Fulbright Fellowship for an amazing year in one of 155 countries -- an unforgettable experience to inspire the rest of your life and open doors to a meaningful future. This year's Fulbright Candidates will be speaking and taking questions at the New Season Launch. Seize this chance to join http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php. Juniors act quick. Sophomores position yourself. First-years (3.6+ high school GPA) plan now. Brush up on this incredible opportunity and become part of this winning Smith tradition.

Social Mapping Night and Dinner: Ebola First Responder Project , Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

Join us for a follow-up workshop on Ebola First Responder Mapping with a brief presentation by Dr. Leslie Jaffee, Smith College physician and director of health services. Jaffe will talk about the current state of the Ebola virus, as well as an open lab time for students to work collaboratively on the OpenStreetMap humanitarian aid mapping project. No previous mapping experience is needed. Feel free to bring your laptop or use the lab computers. See attached flyer for additional details. Pizza and drinks provided http://www.science.smith.edu/wordpress/sal/?p(equals sign)4375

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Wednesday, Oct. 22: One Hour for Peace, a weekly vigil with guided contemplative respectful conversation, noon, Sanctuary: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, focusing on the Book of John, 7 p.m., CC 103; Friday, Oct. 24: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 12:30 p.m., Al-Iman Friday Prayers, Blue Room; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (B13), SCF International Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, Dawes House. Monday, Oct. 27: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, sensei, 5 p.m., Sanctuary.

Arduino Learnathon , Friday, Oct. 24, 3-5 p.m., Ford 241

Come learn about the Arduino platform at this beginner-friendly workshop hosted by Smithies in CS. Arduinos are hardware and coding platforms that that can make interactive electronic projects. Microcontroller kits will be provided--get hands-on experience building circuits and coding in the C/C++-based programming language! This workshop is great preparation for Mount Holyoke's upcoming hackathon (HackHolyoke(makerJam)), or for anyone who just wants to get started with microcontrollers. No experience necessary.

Smith To Do: Mug Decorating , Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Fun for families, friends and students, Smith To Do offers mug decorating this Saturday night. Spruce up a free Smith To Do mug with color and creativity. Mugs can be personalized with stickers, mugs, ribbons and more. All supplies are provided free; this event is open to all.

Montage: Takin' It to the Streets , Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., John M. Green Hall

The annual Family Weekend extravaganza with performances by the Smith College Glee Club and Chorus, Groove, the Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Handbell Choir, Orchestra and student a cappella groups. Features the title track by the Doobie Brothers and other "street"-related songs. Grant Moss, Joseph Baldwin, Ellen Redman, Genevieve Rose, and Jonathan Hirsh, conductors. Tickets: $5 general; $2 students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in the Campus Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25., and 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

EKTA Presents Mehndi Night , Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

EKTA, the Smith South Asian Student Association, presents a night of music, dance and culture from South Asia. There will be food, henna ( Mehndi) for those who want followed by performances which start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available for the function at the Campus Center, main level vending, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (pre-sale), and at the door at the time of the function. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and at the door tickets are $7.

Looking for a Few Good Ghosts... , Alumnae House

Have you every wanted to be part of a haunted house? Now's your chance. We are seeking a volunteer cast members for the Alumnae Haunted House on the evening of October 30 (7-9 pm, with a 6 p.m. call to get ready). If you're interested, send a note to amoscaritolo@smith.edu..

Donations Sought for 'Shelter Sunday' , October 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Seeking donations for Northampton's 23rd Annual Shelter Sunday. Drop off your donations in the Campus Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 26. Donations from Shelter Sunday help hundreds of individuals and families who use services provided by six different organizations in the area including Grace House, Interfaith Emergency Shelter, Grove Street Inn, Safe Passage, MANNA, and the Single Room Occupancy Project. Sponsored by the Smith Interfaith Alliance. Check out http://www.northamptonsheltersunday.org/ for more information.

Free Flu Shot Clinic , Monday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, 21 Belmont

Thanks to support from the Office of the President, Health Services will offer an additional, free flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, and to sign up, visit http://www.timecenter.com/smithcollegehealth. Sign up begins Friday, Oct. 24.

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