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All Smith students are invited to submit proposals to participate in "Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together," due by February 21, 2014. Students are encouraged to talk with faculty members about potential proposal ideas. The event will take place on April 12, 2014. Proposal forms and more information are available online: http://www.smith.edu/events/collaborations_applicants.php
Three candidates for the Associate Dean for International Students and Scholars will be on campus this week. The search committee has scheduled an open forum for the candidates—each beginning at 4:15 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 9, in Campus Center 103; Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Campus Center 205; and Wednesday, Dec. 11, also in Campus Center 205—at which they will speak about their work and ideas for Smith, and answer questions. All are welcome.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a new concentration in Translation Studies, which encourages and guides students to link their work in a discipline or major with a deep understanding of another culture and language. This concentration may appeal to students who want to refine their knowledge of two or more languages and cultures (including English). It will also appeal to students who want to create a bridge between two majors, one of which is in a foreign language and culture and the other in a different discipline. Visit http://www.smith.edu/translation/index.php for more information.
Smith undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Davis United World College Scholars Program's Projects for Peace. The project encourages student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation for a sustainable peace. The program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including the United States. The most promising project will be awarded $10,000 for implementation. The first deadline for intent to apply is December 13, and the final proposal is due January 17. Applications must be submitted through Smith: http://www.smith.edu/world/opportunities_peace.php.
Members of the Advanced Poetry Workshop will host a public reading of poems they wrote during the Fall semester. Poet Joan Larkin will introduce the 11 participants.
The non-credit Interterm classes offered in January 2014 are now open for registration. Go to http://www.smith.edu/interterm to see a list of classes and to access the registration form. (Registration is not done on Banner.) Special events and workshops are also listed on the site.
Seniors and alumnae beginning their first year of graduate study are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are highly competitive and are based on merit as determined by the student’s record, letters of recommendation from faculty and the recommendation of the student's department. Students who receive an award are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. The application deadline is March 15, 2014 and is available for download at http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php.
Celebrate the last day of classes with games, prizes and entertainment by the Sikos, The Notables, The Poofs, and Kid's Choice. Sponsored by the Athletic Association.
The C3 Summer Research Fellowship offers paid opportunities to conduct research at UC Berkeley and Columbia University. Benefits include mentored graduate-level research opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, and Social and Physical Sciences, GRE preparation, a substantial stipend ($4000 at Berkeley; $5000 at Columbia), campus housing, some meals, and transportation to the college. See http://C3TransformHigherEd.org for more information. Open to US citizens or permanent residents who are sophomores and juniors, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups and first generation college students. Application deadline: February 17, 2014.
This course will be an introduction to Active Nonviolence, with an emphasis on its origins as a spiritual practice used to create social change. Participants will be introduced to past nonviolent social movements such as the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and also see how nonviolent strategies can be applied to various aspects of life. A two-hour course in Seelye 102, it will include speakers, reading material, documentary, and activities. For more information, see http://www.smith.edu/interterm/special.php and to register, email Matilda Cantwell, (email@example.com) with “Register” in the Subject Line.
MISC (Multiethnic Interracial Smith College) will hold a study break on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Unity House—chilling, hanging out, playing board games, and eating yummy food from Teapot! Take a break from finals!
Suzi Q. has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, and her poetry has been sampled and remixed all over the world, earning both high acclaim and controversy. Her single 'Moments', in collaboration with Psy'Aviah, received International attention after being a finalist in the BBC's 'Next Big Thing' contest. She has appeared on FreeSpeech TV, ManiaTV, Poets on the Loose, and many other live television broadcasts. Her work has also been featured on countless radio stations throughout the world. Suzi Q. is also well-known as an activist working with civil rights organizations, victims advocate organizations, arts organizations and peace organizations.
The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse star in this non-stop action film with comedy twisted in. Enojy this action-filled comedy on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.
Is the stress of finals bringing you down? Stop by the Campus Center for a pick-me-up! Free hot chocolate, toppings and all, brought to you by SEC.
The Astronomy Department is holding an open house Friday, Dec 6, 8:30-9:30 p.m. View star clusters, the moon, and Jupiter through the telescopes at the observatory on the McConnell Hall roof. All are welcome—dress warmly!
James McWilliams, professor, historian and author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown) and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (Columbia University Press), will speak on plant-based living in the 21st century. His writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's, The Washington Post, Slate, Forbes, and many more publications. Free, accessible, and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Animal Advocates of Smith College. RSVP and questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
An introduction to animals used in research experiments and product testing. Who funds it, and who is affected? How are animals treated during experiments? Learn about USDA violations, misuse of tax payer dollars, missed opportunities for true research, deadly medications, and other dangers, as well as positive news: current successful campaigns, happy liberation stories, safer alternatives, and simple things you can do to help! Q&A discussion will follow the presentation.
Tea and light refreshments will be served. Accessible, free, and open to the public. Hosted by Animal Advocates of Smith College. RSVP or questions: email@example.com.
A J-term course designed for students with some programming experience and wanting to learn the Java Programming Language. Topics include: syntax, object oriented programming, debugging, inheritance, and good programming practices. Classes will be held 1-3 p.m. three times a week during the first two weeks of J-term. Class time will include a combination of lecture and programming exercises. This course not for credit. Register on Smith Interterm website. Taught by fellow students and TAs Naomi Long and Jessica Mann. For questions and more information, contact Naomi and Jessica at, firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com.
From 4–8 p.m. everyone is welcome to the December 13 Free Second Friday at the Museum of Art. 4–6 p.m. Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). 6 p.m. is Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. for holiday shopping! All activities are free and open to all.
"Legitimate Coercion: The Key to the Universe," presented by Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mansbridge will argue that human beings need the formal coercion of government to solve the problems created by "free access" goods, which are ubiquitous and are particularly salient in matters of climate change. Sponsored by the Department of Government.
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 2014 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. Submit your nomination using the online nomination form: http://www.smith.edu/events/sherrerd_nominations.php.
An informal and exciting concert of undergraduate choreography and guest artist work. $1 at the door, no reservations, general admission. Limited seating. Recommended: arrive early. More information: http://www.smith.edu/smitharts/index.php.
This annual fall performance, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., will showcase original dance works by first-year Master of Fine Arts candidates in choreography and performance: Mary Joy Davis, Eleanor Grace, Stephanie Maher and Anne Rudnik. $1 at the door. No reservations. General Admission. For more information, http://www.smith.edu/smitharts/
Campus Police offers a Ride Along Program for members of the Smith College community. Participants are authorized to ride in a patrol vehicle in a passenger/observer capacity only. The purpose is to create an opportunity to understand police duties and strengthen community relationships. Rides can be arranged for 2 hours Thursday-Saturday, starting at 6 p.m.. To make arrangements contact the Outreach Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is by appointment only.
Agustin Rayo, associate professor of philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. His talk, "Logicism Reconsidered," is the 15th Annual Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz-Thomas Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture. He will extract some of the main theses in the philosophy of mathematics from his book "The Construction of Logical Space," and will show that there are important limits to the availability of nominalistic paraphrase-functions for the language of arithmetic, and suggest a way around the problem. Free and open to the public.
Mom Baby God, the new one-woman show based on undercover research of the pro-life movement, has struck a nerve, and the response from the anti-choice movement is clear: we're scared, so back off. Created by Smith and Hampshire College alumnae, Mom Baby God presents an unforgettable hometown performance at Easthampton’s Flywheel on December 7 at 7 p.m. Sharing the stage will be JD Samson & MEN. Tickets: mombabygod.com/schedule
Athletic Department Clearance Sale. Reduced prices on new merchandise. Limited sizes-don't wait. T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, mesh shorts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cash or checks payable to Smith College. Shop for the Holidays.
Enter a world of shifting psychology where a 10-foot judge presides in the University Dancers 2013 Concert. The UMass Dance Department faculty presents thought-provoking work by guest artists Sidra Bell and Jennifer Hart and UMass Amherst dance faculty Billbob Brown and Erica Wilson-Perkins. The concert will be held December 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium, UMass, Amherst. For tickets call 413- 545-2511 or visit http://www.umasstix.com.
Recent Smith alumnae Katie Hoyer '13 and Alicia DePaolo '10 present a thrilling program of well-loved and lesser-known classical arias and duets from Monteverdi to Bizet, accompanied by Clifton J. (Jerry) Noble, Jr. on keyboard. First Fridays @ Five is a performance series dedicated to the creative lives of Josten Library patrons and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Free of charge and open to all.
In her art practice, Sharon Harper, professor of visual arts and visual and environmental studies, Harvard University, takes a group of cameras and experiments with them to find ways to engage a particular space and transform it into metaphor. The work seeks modes of 'knowing' embedded in photographic language and looks for ways human consciousness is connected through technology to our broader surroundings. This talk will consider her work as a way to perceive, process and generate meaning in response to particular sites. Presented by the Kahn Institute project Placing Space. Free and open to the public. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/chronicle/fall2013/events.php#harper
Take a break from studying and go bowling at Northampton's own Spare Time! Three hours of unlimited bowling, shoes provided and a special sound and light show! All completely free, 9:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m.
Whether you’re going abroad next semester or planning to go abroad in the next 1-2 years, this budgeting info session is for you! Come and learn about the costs of studying abroad, how to manage stipends and spending money, and talk to students who have just returned from abroad about how they made their money work for them!
Informational meeting for Plant Science Summer Internships at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, England; the Museum of Natural History Botany Dept., Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Smith College Botanic Garden Summer Internship. Meet and talk to past interns. A pizza lunch will be served. For deadline information and application forms, visit: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Academics/students.html.
Enjoy holiday music selections performed by the Smith Campus School Chorus. The event will be held in the Campus Center Carroll Room Atrium. All are invited!
For information about delayed openings, early closings, cancellation of classes, curtailed operations at Smith or weather emergency information, call the Smith Information Line at 585-INFO, the college’s only official weather source. An updated announcement of storm delays or closings will be available beginning approximately at 6:30 a.m. on the affected workday. If possible, an announcement will also be posted on the Smith website. For news on delayed openings or cancellations, tune in to: WHMP (Northampton) 1400 AM/99.3FM; WFCR (Amherst) 88.5; WHYN (Springfield) 93.1; WWLP-TV Channel 22; or WGGB-TV Channel 40. Please note: classes will continue to meet except in the most inclement weather, in which case a message will be on the Smith Information Line. Individual faculty members may cancel classes because of stormy weather at their own discretion, though those cancellations will not be publicized on the INFO line or the above mentioned media stations. Also note: the Smith Campus School has its own procedures for closing and follows Northampton Public School snow day calls. Notification of a Campus School closing is submitted to television stations by the Campus School principal and is not put on the Smith Information Line.
30 Poems in November! is a celebration of literacy. Writers use their literary gifts to raise funds to benefit immigrant literacy at Center for New Americans. After writing one poem each day in November, sponsored financially for their effort, writers will read their work at a community celebration. Free and open to the public.
On Friday, Dec. 6, noon–4 p.m., visit the Cunningham Center at the Museum of Art for the Student Picks exhibition entitled “Interior, Exterior: Parisian Harmony vs. Discord, 1876-2009,” by Meredith Shanoski ’16. This one-day student-curated show of works on paper from the Museum's permanent collection explores indoor and outdoor space within the Parisian milieu. Works by artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and René Magritte will be represented. Everyone welcome.
Get into the holiday spirit! A fun family event! All instruments (including your voice) are welcome! Donations will be accepted for Typhoon Haiyan Relief. Co-sponsored by Forbes Library and the Smith College Libraries. Seasonal songs from The Daily Ukulele will be projected on screen with permission of Jim Beloff and Fleamarket Music so that all can participate.
Wilderness First Aid Course: Sign up now for this Interterm course held January 25-26, 2014. Open to everyone! Cost: $150 or free if you are a student and interested in becoming a 2014 Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leader. This 2-year medical certification is great for anyone planning on spending time outdoors, leading trips, or those interested in learning more about practical hands-on skills for dealing with emergencies in the backcountry. Contact Scott Johnson in the Outdoor Adventure Program, email@example.com, to register or for more details.
As you prepare homes and hearts for Christmas, make some time to connect with your Smith community at this annual Advent celebration. Enjoy the Smith College hand bell ringers, carol singing, advent wreaths, candle lighting, a delicious festive dinner and one another. You are welcome to invite spouses, partners, children, and friends to join. Respond by December 6 to Maureen Raucher at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure a place is set for you.
$5 for five minutes. Fill a bag with clothes, books, accessories, and more on December 5 at 7 p.m. in the basement of John M. Greene Hall. Bring a grocery bag (or a larger bag) of clothes to donate for $2 off your entry fee.
CEEDS invites you to the second in a series of campus conversations about divesting from the fossil fuel industry. This week's confirmed guests include the Reverend Dr. Andrea Ayvazian, Senior Pastor of the Haydenville Congregational Church, and social and political change activist and educator; Lauren Ressler, National Organizer, the Responsible Endowment Coalition; and Eric D. Johnson, Director, External Affairs ISO New England, Inc. Send in your questions ahead of time to email@example.com or bring them to the event and ask them in person. Refreshments served.
Stop by the Staff Council information table on the main level of the Campus Center on Thursday, Dec. 12, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Staff Council volunteers will answer questions, listen to comments, and offer materials about Staff Council (such as information about "Between the Lines" and other activities, Staff Council committees, a suggestion box, etc.). Comments and suggestions are always welcome via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or anonymously on the website http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil). This is the final Staff Council tabling session this semester; the next tabling will be on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
Seeking ushers for all performances of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire! Ushers must arrive at the theatre by 7:15 p.m. (for an 8 p.m. show). Ushers will receive a complimentary ticket to that night's show. Email email@example.com to sign up.
Thursday, Dec.5, 8 a.m.: Mindfulness, Blue Room. Learn techniques to de-stress. Friday, Dec. 6, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad, Soul, Bodman Lounge, Chapel. A soulful, student-led discussion with a home-made meal. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, led by Buddhist priest Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, Sanctuary, Chapel. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://www.smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Facebook.
This year’s Between the Lines program features U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World. The nation’s first Latina Supreme Court Justice shares wonderful stories about her life and determined spirit to succeed. Join two discussions in January 2014. Week I discussions (Jan. 8-9) will focus on general themes; Week II (Jan. 15-16) will focus on the themes relevant to Smith. If you have not already signed up, choose your preferred discussion sessions (one from each week) as a participant and/or facilitator online: http://doodle.com/p2b24binnuz9wvm7.
Ms. Claus Holiday fundraiser, Monday, Dec. 9: baked goods, secret santa gifts, and more available for purchase. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome.
Varsity Track & Field hosts Smith College Winter Classic, Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m., Indoor Track and Tennis facility.
Nominate Smith alumnae athletes into the Athletics Hall of Fame, online:
An annual tradition at Smith, the Christmas Vespers is an occasion for the college and community to enter into the spirit of Advent and Christmas through choral music, carols, and scripture. Both services will be led by the dean of religious life, with readings by members of the college. The music portion will feature the Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, and Chapel Handbell Choir. A free-will donation will be collected for the Friends of Hampshire County Interfaith Winter Shelter Program. The programs are free of charge and open to the general public.
President Kathy McCartney will host a winter solstice celebration for Smith staff on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m., in the Conference Center. Enjoy seasonal treats and beverages and visit with friends and fellow employees.
Do your holiday shopping for friends and family on December 11, and help reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Do you have an elderly relative that is difficult to shop for? Buy CFL or LED lightbulbs and install them as a gift. Also, lots of small items great for stocking stuffers. All items available are at subsidized prices.
Do your holiday shopping for friends and family on December 11, and help reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Treat yourself to low-cost energy efficient lightbullbs to reduce your electric bill. Do you have an elderly relative who is difficult to shop for? Buy CFL or LED lightbulbs and install them as a gift. Also, many small items great for stocking stuffers. All items available are at subsidized prices.
This world-class performance celebrating the visionary voice of Sylvia Plath 50 years after the poet’s death is the creative outcome of Danäe Killian’s postdoctoral research at the University of Melbourne. Killian pairs Plath’s late domestic poems, from “Kindness” to “Balloons,” with Bach’s Goldberg Variations (inward as a dream, expansive as sunlight) and the post apocalyptic world of Schoenberg’s Klavierstücke. Sylvia Plath in the Domestic Sublime, a unique performance of piano and spoken word, Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Free and open to the public.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Translation: The Ethics of Interpretation, a one-day multidisciplinary workshop featuring theorists and practitioners of translating, including students working in translation studies. Panelists with a wide array of expertise and interests will discuss the ethics, politics and practice of translating words, thoughts and ideas from one language and culture into another. Free to undergraduate students at the Five Colleges. The event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided. Registration is required. Sign up online: http://www.smith.edu/world/announcements_interterm.php
Interested in singing with Glee Club or Chorus? Auditions, by appointment, will be held through December 13. To audition for the Chorus (generally for first-year students), email Joseph Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org). To audition for the Glee Club, email Jonathan Hirsh (email@example.com).
From 4–8 p.m. everyone is welcome to the January 10 Free Second Friday at the Museum of Art. From 4–6 p.m., Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). 6 p.m. is Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and all activities are free and open to all.
Interested in sustainable living? Curious about where our food really comes from? Professor James McWilliams, historian and writer on food, agriculture, and animals, offers "Veganism for Omnivores," an informative lecture and discussion on how our food choices impact our world. Free, accessible, open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Animal Advocates of Smith College. RSVP and questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Memories: Winter is now upon us, summer just a memory. These paintings are reminiscences of the luxurious warmth, the hazy white sun that fills the atmosphere of a summer day. Time slows, and we are allowed a long moment to bask in our own world of dreams and reflections. The exhibit is open to the public December 4-April 24, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Opening reception during Arts Night Out in Northampton, Friday, Dec. 13, 5-7 p.m.
For 10 years in the mid-17th century, England was governed by radical extremists. Fueled by unshakeable religious conviction, soldiers killed the king believing that Christ would come to replace him. To the established order, it must have seemed the future was now in the hands of terrorists. Written in 1976, Caryl Churchill's play speaks directly to our own political moment. It tells the story of a group of men and women who thought they had glimpsed a spark of unspeakable, transcendent glory.
The Community Outreach Department has a team of officers that act as liaisons to various campus residents and faculty/staff to help build relationships, increase trust and provide important information about law enforcement and the Campus Police Department. If you have questions or concerns you would like addressed, don't hesitate to contact the Outreach Coordinator, Officer Earl Brown, at email@example.com or 413-559-6981. Working together to keep the lines of communication open.
The Interterm non-credit classes and special workshops have been posted. Go to http://www.smith.edu/interterm to view what is being offered this January. Registration for some workshops is happening now. Registration for most non-credit classes begins December 6 on the interterm website registration page.
Carolyn Creedon AC ’06 won the 2011 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize with her astonishing debut collection Wet. Edward Hirsch called the book “fiery and fervent,” admiring how it “treats experience as sacred.” Laurie Ann Guerrero AC ’08 won the 2012 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize for her powerful first book, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, which delivers us to the potent ferocity that lies between languages, allegiances, spiritualities, and ancestors. Q&A at 4 p.m. in Poetry Center; Reading at 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.
Looking for a gift this holiday season? On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., students from the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship will be selling raffle tickets in the Campus Center for gift certificates to stores and a local restaurant in Northampton. Tickets for the store raffles are 50 cents and tickets for the restaurant raffle are $1. All proceeds will go to buy school supplies for a school in a South African township that one member of the cohort will be visiting during J-term.
Are you doing an independent project abroad or participating in a study abroad program over J-term? The Lewis Global Studies Center invites you to ask questions, share your experiences, and learn what tools and support Smith offers while you are abroad. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments provided.
Interested sophomores and juniors are invited to submit applications for the Museums Concentration by December 3. The application and additional information is available here: http://www.smith.edu/museums/application.php
The student organization Active Minds will host a talk by Dr. Georgia Ede, Smith College Counseling Services’ new psychiatrist, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. Dr. Ede has special interest and expertise in nutrition, and will be discussing the connection between diet and mental health. Free and open to the public.
Sample some delicious pies in the Alumnae House Living Room at the kick-off event for the 2013 Between the Lines staff reading program. This year's reading: "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor, United States Supreme Court Justice. In honor of Sotomayor's title, you are invited to "judge" delicious pies while learning more about the book and mingling with colleagues. You do not have to have read the book in order to participate! This is a drop-in event, noon-2 p.m.
Bradley Airport Shuttle Tickets! SGA is again sponsoring commercial bus rides to Bradley Airport for Winter Break. The cost of a one-way ticket is $10. Only OneCard or checks accepted; no cash. Purchase your ticket in the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to http://www.smith.edu/sga/docs/2013WinterBreakFlyer.pdf to see the schedule. Tickets cannot be purchased at the bus. Please note: there are no return trips from Bradley Airport during J-term. Contact Sharon at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.
Eat and decorate fresh warm Gingerbread cookies with friends and housemates! Free for all.
Adam Schreiber is a Chicago-based artist and Assistant Professor in DePaul University's department of Art, Media, and Design. "Structures for Reading" is an exhibition that looks closely at the way photographic rendering generates a context for heightened attention. The included works, made primarily in research libraries, take remedial aim at objects of study and instruments for learning. The characteristic large-format photographs present ambiguities between material and image, position and repetition, eye and mind.
Over the Thanksgiving break, all administrative systems must be disabled so ITS can upgrade the college's data storage technology. The downtime will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, with all services expected to be restored by 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. The following services will be unavailable during the downtime: Banner INB, BannerWeb, Cognos, NOLIJ, Intellicheck, and all systems connected to these services. Smith Mail, Box cloud storage, and Smith network drives (H:, P:) will remain available. Note that payroll time entry can be done on Tuesday, Nov. 26, or Monday morning, Dec. 2.
Smith College Hillel is hosting its annual Hanukkah party, serving homemade latkes (with plenty of sour cream and applesauce available), lighting the menorah and dancing like dreidels all night long. Join in for some chocolate coins or a Hanukkah yo-yo!
The deadline for applying for Tuition Exchange for the 2014-15 academic year is December 2, 2013. 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. If you have questions, please contact Lynn Cocco at ext. 2273 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Health Services will close on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at noon. After that, students should seek emergency care at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital until Health Services reopens on Monday, Dec. 2, at 8:30 a.m.
The Campus Center is now hiring Work Study Students to be Campus Center Service Associates for the Spring 2014 Semester. Applications are due by Tuesday, Nov. 26. Apply on Job X and submit a cover letter and resume to Sara McGuire, email@example.com, or Campus Center Room 106.
Because of its background links to the Banner system, the Smith Portal will be unavailable during the administrative downtime that begins at 4:30 p.m. on November 26. This means that users who normally use the Portal to access their Smith Mail, Moodle, or Box accounts should instead go directly to http://mail.smith.edu, http://moodle.smith.edu, or http://box.smith.edu.
President Kathy McCartney welcomes Smith students, faculty and staff members to stop by her office to discuss college issues during this open hour.
An exhibition by Look for the Good Project Founder Anne Kubitsky and Artist Diana Lyn Cote, celebrates the power of gratitude through art and the written word. Kubitsky’s question, “What makes you grateful?” has turned into a multimedia series of exhibitions and installations displaying responses from people of all varieties, backgrounds and locales. One notable result of Kubitsky’s question was a partnership with Diana Lyn Cote, who responded to the query with painted depictions, then set out to paint one postcard-sized piece every day. Imagine walking through the gratitude door as you read gratitude cards and soak in the creativity.
Pianist Monica Jakuc Leverett will present Treesong (Meditations and Color Correspondences-Arboreal Night Music V), a new work for piano & pre-recorded soundscape by Michael Gatonska.
There will be no campus mail delivery or pick up after noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Mail Services will be closing at noon Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will reopen Monday, Dec. 2.
“Understanding the role of B cells in multiple sclerosis," by Kevin C. O'Connor, Yale School of Medicine. Part of the Fall 2013 Life Sciences Colloquium Series: http://www.smith.edu/biology/colloquium.php. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk begins at 4:30 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with creative Turkey making! Take a break from the norm and get crafty with the Student Event Committee.
Open enrollment forms including Flexible Spending Account Enrollment Forms and Health Care Expense Subsidy forms (which were mailed to those who may qualify) are due to be returned to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Open Enrollment packets were mailed to campus addresses for those who did not pick them up at the HR Fair. If your packet has not arrived, the open enrollment form is available at http://www.smith.edu/hr/whatsnew.php.
The Facilities Management Co-generation Plant will be testing some electrical circuits on Wednesday, Nov. 27, beginning at 7 a.m. There should be no interruption of power to any portion of the campus. If you do experience any electrical issues between 7 and 8 a.m., please call customer service, ext. 2400.
Basketball vs. Wheaton, 6 p.m., Ainsworth Gym.
Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who impact their journey indelibly. Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart star in this drama. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1:30 p.m.
The Lewis Global Studies Center and the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability present this Global Salon on the effects of inadequate sanitation infrastructure. Clair Null '01, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Emory University, will present her research, which explores issues related to water, sanitation, and hygiene in sub-Saharan Africa. A Global Salon is an opportunity for the Smith community to gather to discuss global issues and meet with special guests from around the world. Refreshments will be served.
Patricia Treib received her MFA from Columbia University in 2006 and her BFA in 2001 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work was recently exhibited at Tibor de Nagy in New York and Wallspace, also in New York. The work she will be discussing was created in preparation for her upcoming exhibition in New York. Treib has had residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation in Brooklyn. She teaches at the Cooper Union in New York, RISD, and is a guest critic at Columbia University.
SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to and from Bradley Airport for Thanksgiving break. The cost of a ticket will be $10 one-way or $15 round-trip. Only OneCard or checks accepted, no cash. To purchase your ticket come to the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to http://www.smith.edu/sga/docs/2013-14BradleyShuttleSchedule.pdf for the schedule. Contact Sharon at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.
The CSO will be hosting Safe Passage fellow Kara Auclair ’14 at its next community education lunch. Safe Passage provides support and shelter to a diverse group of women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence. Kara will discuss the challenges and rewards of working with survivors of domestic abuse as well as the opportunities for Smith students to become a part of Safe Passage. A pizza lunch will be provided.
The application deadline for the summer 2014 Global Engagement Seminar (GES 303: Greek History and Archaeology in their Geological Context) is Monday, Dec. 2. Global Engagement Seminars are credit-bearing summer seminars taught by a team of Smith faculty. The seminar is followed by an internship or service-learning experience. The full application, as well as instructions, can be found at http://www.smith.edu/world/seminars_current.php.
Interested in becoming a professor? Apply for the University of North Carolina Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP), a paid summer internship intended to increase the presence of underrepresented groups in academia. Twenty rising juniors and seniors will be chosen. Benefits include a stipend, travel, housing, food, weekly seminars, GRE review course, professional development, and the opportunity to be mentored by faculty. For more information and to apply, go to murap.unc.edu or email Marissa Garcia, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Studies Department offers 2 scholarships of $1000 each for AMS majors to fund J-Term Internships of 35–40 hours per week for 3 weeks over J-Term. To apply, submit a 1- to 2-page statement describing 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 December 2, to Sherry Wingfield in Wright 224. More information: http://www.smith.edu/ams/news.php.
Smith alumnae who majored in psychology, government, anthropology and English will talk about their career paths and how the liberal arts supported their success. Tea will be provided. Sponsored by the Office of Alumnae Relations and the Lazarus Center.
Pablo Martin Ruiz, Professor of Romance Languages, Tufts University, and an expert in the work of Jorge Luis Borges, will venture into the fascinating, imaginative and hilarious rewriting of Don Quijote by Borges, an iconic short story that explores the essence of literature. In English.
Ever thought about studying abroad in the UK? The Office for International Study will be hosting an information session, led by Peer Adviser Jasmine Setoodehnia, regarding programs in England, Ireland and Scotland. Having recently returned from the London School of Economics herself, Jasmine can offer helpful advice and tips about living and studying in the UK. Learn more at the Global Studies Center, Friday, Nov. 22, 4-5 p.m.
The must-see dance event this autumn, the Faculty Dance concert will feature original choreography by Chris Aiken, Candice Salyers and Rodger Blum. This sell-out event will also feature guest choreography from award-winning performers Sidra Bell and Kathleen Hermesdorf. Tickets can be purchased online at smith.edu/smitharts, over the phone at (413) 585-ARTS (2787), or at the Box Office during the week of the show from 1-4 p.m. and an hour before curtain. General admission is $9, and students and seniors pay $5. Purchase your tickets soon—these shows always sell out fast!
Open informational meetings about the Value HMO plan are scheduled for the following dates and times: Friday, Nov. 22, noon, Campus Center 103/104; Monday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m., Campus Center 103/104.
The Lewis Global Studies Center will host a WHAW (What’s Happening Around the World) in response to the recent typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines. This discussion will include panelists Richard Chu, associate professor of history, UMass, Amherst, with expertise in South Asia; and Josh Miller, associate dean and professor, Smith School of Social Work, with a specialty in psychosocial disaster response; with opening remarks given by President McCartney. A WHAW is an open forum to learn about and discuss global issues. Pizza will be served.
Do you still have piles of leaves or wood to stack? Or just want to get that garage cleaned out before the snow flies and the holidays begin? Let Smith Crew help with athletes who are willing and eager to work for you. $50 for 2 rowers for 2 hours; scheduling the last "official weekend" this Saturday and Sunday November 23-24 (however, rowers are available to work all year). Contact Karen Klinger, x2789 or email@example.com, to schedule your job. All funds go toward the crew spring break training trip and new racing boats.
Vietnamese Students Association is hosting its annual spring rolls workshop on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Unity House, 1-3 p.m. Spring rolls are a traditional Vietnamese delicacy, consisting of fresh vegetables, noodles, shrimp, meat or tofu wrapped in rice paper. Come to this workshop to enjoy not only tasting this traditional Vietnamese dish but also learning how to make it. Vegetarian option is included. Spring rolls are 1 for $2, 2 for $3.
Diane Lillo-Martin, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, University of Connecticut, and Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, will speak on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. in McConnell 103. Her talk, "Role Shift, Quotation, and Constructed Action in American Sign Language" will discuss the phenomenon known as 'role shift' in sign languages—a device for presenting a scene from the point of view of a particular character. It encompasses quotation and constructed action, touching on long-standing questions of how the interpretation of such structures takes place. Free and open to the public.
The Interterm non-credit classes and special workshops have been posted. Go to http://www.smith.edu/interterm to view what is being offered this January. Registration for some workshops is happening now. Registration for most non-credit classes begins December 6 on the interterm website registration page.
Music of Aaron Copland, Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, and John Harbison's Piano Concerto, in honor of the award-winning composer's 75th birthday. Judith Gordon, piano, is the featured soloist for the concerto. Jonathan Hirsh conducts.
Barkha Dwivedi, the Five College Hindi Mentor, will lead a drop-in information session, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., on the Five College Language Center Hindi program. The session will take place in the Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall. Stop by, have some cookies, and learn more about this incredible program.
Friday, Nov.22, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad, Soul, Bodman Lounge, Chapel. A soulful, student-led discussion on consumerism and religious holidays with a home-made meal. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, led by Buddhist priest Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, Sanctuary, Chapel. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://www.smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Facebook.
Astrid Schween has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and received the profession’s highest honors as a member of the Lark Quartet, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. She made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta.
Kamala is a play written by Vijay Tendulkar, to be staged as a theatre department main stage production in Spring 2014. Auditions are in class room T207, Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts, on Green street. Rehearsals are not during Jterm. It is a one-act play for six actors. Contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. All are welcome to audition, you do not have to be South Asian or know any foreign language to audition.
Summer opportunities in STEM and prehealth: Smithies will share their summer experiences and offer tips on seeking and applying for opportunities. Panelists will be Jackie Ekins '15 (Hospital internship in Mexico), Chelsea Hinds Charles '15 ( SURF engineering research), Maribel Santos AC '15J (UMass medical Biology research), and Victoria Von Saucken '16 (Stem cell research in Spain).
Pizza will be provided for the first 40 people.
Thirty Poems Thirty Days is a literary celebration to benefit literacy at the Center for New Americans, a Northampton non-profit that provides community-based education and resources for new immigrants in the area. The "30 Poems" project helps with the center’s financial support. One poem is produced by the Smith team each day in November. Please support the work of Smith students as they support the crucial work of the center. Visit: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/matilda-cantwell/30poems. To read the team's poems, visit: http://www.smith.edu/religiouslife/blog.php. For more information, email email@example.com.
Enjoy stain glass decoration for your room with friends and housemates. All supplies provided for free! This week only: location change to Campus Center Carroll Room. All are welcome.
Members Days, Thursday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 24, during museum hours. Shop. Relax. Renew. Make the most of your museum. Members-only perks: Double Discount Days at the Museum Shop, 20 percent discount off of all purchases with current membership card, discount available in store, by phone or online, enjoy 10 percent discounts at Tryon Commons. Gallery Talk: "What’s Your Art Story?" Thursday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m., with Jessica Nicoll, director and chief curator, and Taiga Ermansons, education program planner. Bring a friend for free! (guest must be accompanied by a current member). Reservations suggested: SCMAmembers@smith.edu, 413-585-2777.
Join the Office for International Study, the returned director and students to learn more about the Smith in Geneva study abroad program and the program tracks available. Pizza will be served.
Thirty Poems Thirty Days is a literary celebration to benefit literacy at the Center for New Americans. This workshop is for people who want to write with others or who have not written much poetry before, or who have never attempted a single poem. Lunch is provided. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register. For more information about the celebration, visit http://www.smith.edu/religiouslife
Audition for dancers interested in being cast in the Smith Senior Dance Concert (April 3-May 14, 2014), Sunday, Nov. 24, 4-5:30 p.m. in Berenson Dance Studio 3, Mendenhall Center.
Seeking ushers for three nights of the Faculty Dance Concert, November 21, 22, & 23. Ushers report to the theater by 7 p.m., dressed in black and white. All ushers receive a complementary ticket to that night's performance. If interested in ushering (for any or all of the nights), email email@example.com.
An exhibition by Look for the Good Project Founder Anne Kubitsky and artist Diana Lyn Cote, celebrating the power of gratitude. Kubitsky’s question, “What makes you grateful?” has turned into a multimedia series of exhibitions and installations displaying responses from people of all varieties, backgrounds and locales. One notable result of Kubitsky’s question was a partnership with artist Diana Lyn Cote, who responded to the query with painted depictions, then set out to paint one postcard-sized piece every day for a year. On display through December 1.
The Committee on Educational Technology announces that MATLAB is now available for all Smith students to install on their personal computers (along with Mathematica, KaleidaGraph, and ChemDraw.) Networked versions of MATLAB are already installed on classroom computers, and stand-alone versions are available to faculty and staff under a separate license. Enrolled students will be required to renew their MATLAB license once a year. For installation instructions, click the MATLAB link at the top of the Smith software page: http://www.smith.edu/smithsoftware.
It's Pecan Time again! The Hampshire County Smith Club and the Franklin County Smith Club will be selling pecans at the Campus Center, Garden Level, every Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through December 6. Pecans are excellent for holiday baking, giving as gifts, or just eating yourself. Every bag sold raises money for the Smith College Scholarship Fund. Plain and fancy pecans will be available again this year: mammoth pecan halves, milk chocolate covered pecans, caramel cluster pecans, and more.
Two research psychologists, Robert Emmons and Jeffrey Froh, will offer back-to-back presentations about their research on the practice of gratitude as a way to build character in children and improve the well-being of individuals and communities. Emmons, an author and professor at the University of California, Davis, is a leader in the positive psychology movement. His research focuses on personal goals and purpose, spirituality, and well-being. Froh, an associate professor at Hofstra University, is the recipient of a multi-year Templeton Foundation grant to study gratitude in children and adolescents. Part of the Look for the Good Project. All are welcome.
The U.S. wastes about 35 million tons of food each year and only 3 percent of that food is composted or donated, while 1 in 6 Americans face hunger. Join the movement to fight waste and help those in need. Smith is starting a chapter of the Food Recovery Network, a program that will work with dining services to recover food that would otherwise go to waste, and bring it to local pantries and shelters. The interest meeting is for anyone who wants to learn more about the program or wants to get involved.
An opportunity to share your relationship to the environment, whatever your connection is: farming, the effects of natural disasters, sustainability, climate change, or something else. Listen to the stories of other members of the Smith and Pioneer Valley communities. This event is open to the public and free. Refreshments will be provided.
The Smith Center for Community Collaboration welcomes Angela M. Ordoñez, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2:15-3:15 p.m. at the center, Wright 013, as part of the series Conversations on Leadership for Social Change. A graduate of the Northeastern School of Law, Ordoñez is the first Hispanic and openly gay member of the Massachusetts judiciary. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities she has encountered on her professional path. The Probate and Family Court hears and resolves legal matters related to children and families. All are welcome.
Do you need help with the end of semester crunch? Learn some time management strategies to avoid procrastination at this lunch hour workshop led by Gail Thomas. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 12:15-1 p.m., Jacobson Center. You're welcome to bring a grab and go lunch.
Street kid Ali Zaoua lives by the harbor in Casablanca, begging, stealing and hustling. He dreams of leaving behind the poverty, glue-sniffing and constant danger; of becoming a sailor and journeying far from Morocco to an island with two suns. After his untimely death, his pals Kwita, Omar and Boubker must brave the rough streets of Casablanca to give him a proper burial while evading Dib, the ruthless gang leader. In Arabic with English subtitles. Wednesday, November 20, McConnell B05, 7 p.m.
A fun, relaxing night filled with great music and delicious snacks, at 10 p.m. in the Campus Center TV Lounge. !Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston's The Grownup Noise have evolved into a rousing and innovative pop-music outfit, bridging the gap between americana and indie. All five members of The Grownup Noise are multi-instrumentalists and equal contributors to an umbrella of styles. The quartet came together in 2005 at the famous Berklee College of Music.
A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker star in this comedy. Enjoy a laugh-filled R.I.P.D. on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.
Decorate paper lanterns with friends and housemates! All decoration supplies and paper lanterns provided.
The Astronomy Department is holding an open house Thursday, Nov 14, 8:30-9:30 p.m. View stars, clusters, and the moon through the telescopes at the observatory on the McConnell Hall roof. All are welcome—dress warmly!
The Office of Student Affairs invites Smith faculty and staff to participate in its fourth annual Thanksgiving Day Match program, in which students and hosts are matched up to share a meal at your family gathering on Thanksgiving Day. With a global outlook, the program aims to serve as a cultural and educational opportunity for everyone, while filling a need for students who remain on campus. If you would like to participate as a host for the day, sign up here: http://bit.ly/ThanksgivingMatchSignUp. For more info, email Jan Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DML program is an accelerated, interactive two-week, two-credit J-Term 2014 course that provides training in a broad range of media technologies, including digital photography and imaging, audio podcasting and digital video production. Acceptance into the program is by competitive application only, with 12 seats available for Smith undergraduates only. Sessions for the DML program will be held in the Center for Media Production (CMP), January 6-10 and January 13-17, 2014, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Online applications will be accepted November 4-20: http://media.smith.edu/ets/2014.php
Are you interested in writing for drama? Welcoming writers of all skill-levels and interests. This bi-monthly informal writer's meeting will be a chance to learn handy writing tips, get writing prompts, and receive feedback on your work. The group will encourage all kinds of work, from stage, screen, and radio plays, to dramatic poetry and stories that are adaptable to dramatic interpretation. If you don’t have any work written, this is the perfect place for you. Beginners welcome. There will be coffee and pastries served.
Edward S. Buckler is a research geneticist at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service for Maize Genetics and Adjunct Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University.
Corn, like many crops, has an amazing genetic diversity, especially when compared to our own lineage—that of mammals. So, now we know there are more than 100 million common points of genetic variation distributed across corn’s genome, which makes any two varieties far more different genetically than humans and chimpanzees are from one another. More information is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html
In association with the Smith College Student Theatre Committee, these interdisciplinary workshops will demonstrate the ways in which theatre and performance can work hand-in-hand with archaeological/historical methods, economic theories, and governmental systems to further international development strategies put forth by the European Union, the United Nations, and other organizations. November 18 and 19, 4-6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room, and November 20, 4- 6 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall Center.
An opportunity for students to meet Cornell corn geneticist Edward Buckler, one of the scientists involved in the development of the Maize exhibit currently on view at the Botanic Garden. He would be delighted to meet Smith students interested in plants and genetics and talk about research and career choices. Dr. Buckler is a research geneticist for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Lab for Maize Genetics and Diversity, and an Adjunct Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. Cookies, coffee and tea will be served.
More information is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html
Dr. Mitchell Bard,the director of the Jewish Virtual Library and the Executive Director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), will read from his new book, After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine, which follows Sholom Aleichem’s timeless character, Tevye the milkman, from Fiddler on the Roof, as he moves his family from Russia to Palestine. Tevye, the wisecracking, Bible-quoting man of God, tells the story of his family’s new life against the backdrop of the conflict between Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land prior to the establishment of the State of Israel.
The Smith College Wind Ensemble will present this year's Fall Concert, on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Sweeney Auditorium, Sage Hall. Playing music of Holst and Ticheli and selections from Les Misérables and Game of Thrones. Directed by Ellen Redman, Smith music department. Free and open to the public.
Thirty Poems Thirty Days is a literary celebration to benefit literacy at the Center for New Americans, a non-profit agency in Northampton that provides community-based education and resources for new immigrants in the area. The "30 Poems" project helps with the financial support for the center. One poem will be produced by the Smith team each day in November. Some of the team's work will be posted on Smith's Center for Religious Life's website. If you would like to join the Smith team, contact email@example.com. To view the team's poems or for more information about the celebration, visit http://www.smith.edu/religiouslife.
Everyone at Smith talks so much about leadership, but what does "leadership" even mean? The Wurtele Center for Work & Life (WCWL) will host a student-moderated "Work, Life & Reali-tea" panel discussion on the topic of deconstructing the notion of "leadership" at Smith. Panelists are: Maureen Mahoney, Dean of the College; Minh Ly, assistant director for assessment; and Sara McGuire, assistant director for leadership development, Office of Student Engagement. Q&A will follow. Tea, coffee and desserts will be served. Open to the public.
“Neuropeptide systems and the development of social behavior in the prairie vole," by Catherine Barrett, Emory University. Part of the Fall 2013 Life Sciences Colloquium Series: http://www.smith.edu/biology/colloquium.php. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.
The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology invites students to an interactive information session, to learn about career options in mental health with Nilda Clark, Chair of Counseling, Psychology Department; and Stacey Lambert, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Interim Chair, Clinical Psychology Department.
Seats are still available for the New York City bus trip on Saturday, Dec. 7, for a day on your own in the Big Apple. Enjoy the sights in the city, shop, or take in a show. Cost: $40 per seat. The bus will leave Smith at 7 a.m. and then leave NYC to return to campus at 7 p.m. To hold a seat, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; your seat will be officially reserved when payment is received. Tickets are non-refundable. This bus trip is open to current Smith College employees and guest(s).
Richard J. Tarrant, Pope Professor of the Latin Language & Literature, Harvard University, will give a talk, "Witness to Catastrophe: The Chorus in Senecan Tragedy," on Monday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. in Dewey House Common Room. He will contrast Seneca's use of the chorus with the use of the chorus by his Greek predecessors. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures and the Smith College Lecture Committee.
The Wailing Banshees are Smith's Irish/Celtic music ensemble, complete with harp, fiddles, flutes, mandolin, concertina and guitar. Listen (or dance!) as they perform a series of jigs and reels on November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall.
Adobe has suffered a major security breach, exposing over 153 million account records. ITS has confirmed that exposed records include 783 Smith addresses with their Adobe passwords. To keep yourself safe, remember that you should never use your Smith password for any other account. If you have used your Smith password for your login at Adobe, or any other site, ITS recommends that you change your Smith password immediately. More information from Adobe can be found at http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/customer-alert.html. If you have additional questions, email email@example.com.
What's more sustainable than wind turbines? The general idea is that once the world can perfect the design and implementation of wind turbines (and solar), it will be free from it's fossil fuel dependence! But how can the world, and more specifically, America, move toward the "best" use of wind turbines to generate, store, and provide access to the energy that they capture? In addition to learning a little bit about how wind turbines work, the attendees will start to ask some of the crucial questions surrounding wind turbine use and maybe even come up with some answers!
Join this year's Blumberg Fellows as they present their research projects completed during interterm or summer of their study abroad experience on one of the four Smith Study Abroad Programs: Florence, Hamburg, Geneva and Paris. Projects that will be presented include “Observing the Culture of the Opera,” “Chinese Artists in Paris (1919-1938),” “Travels in Search of Arrighi,” and “Italy’s Southern Question.” The Blumberg Travelling Fellowship allows students studying abroad on a Smith Study Abroad program to augment their study abroad experience with faculty-mentored research projects. Lunch will be served.
A cappella fans are invited to attend the Smithereens' fall concert this Friday, Nov. 15, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Songs that will be performed include popular music of today as well as traditional pieces that have been in the group's repertoire for decades. The event will feature lots of plaid as well as a guest appearance by the Wesleyan Spirits and Berklee CharlieChords. Admission is free.
Weaving Voices seeks to share the stories written and told by students of color, to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it takes to survive and thrive at Smith. Since the fall of 2010, it has acted as a space to bring together different narratives in hope of building a critically conscious and understanding community. Weaving Voices believes that through self-expression and creative art forms, all lives are interconnected. Poets, singers, musicians—everyone is welcome! Share, listen, and discover how our voices are interwoven as one. Featuring Natalia Veloz '15.
Join Anne Kubitsky, founder of the Look for the Good Project, and artist Diana Lyn Cote to discuss their work, the artistic process and how you can contribute to this important campaign. No experience necessary, just bring an open mind; materials provided. Everyone is welcome.
Celebrate the power of gratitude. Join Look for the Good Project founder Anne Kubitsky and artist Diana Lyn Cote for an opening reception and book signing, 7-9 p.m., and an after-party with contra dancing, 9-10 p.m. Experience the power of gratitude and how it is beautifully expressed through art.
In association with the Smith College Student Theatre Committee, these interdisciplinary workshops will demonstrate the ways in which theatre and performance can work hand-in-hand with archaeological/historical methods, economic theories, and governmental systems to further international development strategies. "Archaeology and Theatre," November 18, 4-6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room; "Economics and Theatre," November 19, 4-6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room; and "Government and Theatre," November 20, 4-6 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall.
Kimberly Nolan Budri, O.D. of Optical Studio in Northampton, with the New England College of Optometry, will talk about her educational path to becoming an optometrist and her life as an optometrist. Budri will also talk about the requirements for applying to optometry schools and the career path in optometry. Pizza for the first 20 people.
The Class of 2016 cabinet presents Vent Fest, a time and place for sophomores to come learn how to make the most of their sophomore year and provide an update for the class cabinet. The first half of the event will be a panel discussion. Four panelists from the senior class will be answering questions and providing tips on avoiding the "Sophomore Slump" and other topics. The second half of the event is a time for sophomores to "vent" to their cabinet and provide a progress report. Special surprise for all attendees.
Students from NSC 230 are studying chocolate preference as a final project and need participants to taste milk chocolate candy and fill out a quick survey. Those interested in participating may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Enjoy some free candy. (Please note: Individuals with food allergies, sensitivities, or other dietary restrictions involving any ingredients in milk chocolate should not participate in this study.) The study will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, 7-8:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, 1-2:30 p.m., both in Bass 210.
Have you ever thought, "Is the pattern shown on this map actually significant?" Just as statisticians might evaluate their data using a statistical test, geographers evaluate the significance of map data using a spatial statistical test. This workshop will cover how and when to apply several common spatial statistical tests, and participants will use an interactive tool to explore spatial relationships in a geographic dataset. To learn more and sign up, visit: (left tag)http://bit.ly/spatial_stats(right tag). Open to all Smith/5-College students, faculty, and staff.
Thursday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m.: Mindfulness, Blue Room. Learn techniques to de-stress. Friday, Nov. 15, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad, Soul, Bodman Lounge, Chapel. A soulful, student-led discussion with a home-made meal. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, led by Buddhist priest Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, Sanctuary, Chapel. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://www.smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Facebook.
The Smith College Quidditch Team is holding its annual Quidditch Carnival this Friday, Nov. 15, in Davis Ballroom, 7-11 p.m., with all sorts of activities, such as trivia, paint throwing, Butter Beer pong, house sorting, tarot card reading, and more. Come by to enjoy these awesome events, food, and the company of your fellow Harry Potter fans. It's guaranteed to be a fantastic time.
See what's cooking in the Noteables' kitchen! The Noteables are proud to present their fall concert, featuring Wheaton College's The Blend. The Noteables and their guests will sing, dance, act and behave inappropriately in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary. Tigger may also make an appearance.
Smith Interfaith Council meeting Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge (the basement of Helen Hills Hills Chapel). The Smith Interfaith Council offers a safe space to explore inter-faith issues and connect with fellow students interested in inter-faith work in a welcoming and affirming environment. For Smithies of all (or no) traditions and faiths. This event is sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.
The Department of Art presents the work of William Brayton, on display in the Oresman Gallery November 4-26. Brayton, professor of art at Hampshire College, received his B.A. in studio art from the University of New Hampshire and a M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. His current related research interests include Polynesian nautical stick charts, wind patterns, complexity theory, and invasive plants.
Al Iman, the Smith chapter of the national Muslim Students Association, hosts its annual community Eid Celebration. Admission of $3 ($1 for students) includes a dinner of Middle Eastern cuisine, henna art, Arabic calligraphy, and more. Guest speaker Suheil Laher (the MIT Muslim Chaplain) will discuss this Islamic holiday and how it is celebrated around the world.
Smith’s annual Autumn Serenade will be Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. Located in Sweeney Concert Hall, this concert showcases the music department's singing ensembles, including the Glee Club, Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Groove a cappella. Admission is free and college students and community members alike are welcome to attend.
Aaron Kominos-Smith has been seen on MTV, national television commercials, and at colleges in the Northeast. His down-to-earth style helps audiences connect instantly with his charming wit. While studying to become an architect at Cornell University, he was a troupe member and director of The Whistling Shrimp Improv Comedy Group, DJ on 93.5FM WVBR, and regular opener for professional comics who visited the school. Needless to say, the thought of becoming an architect (and having a steady income) could not tear him away from his true passion: comedy. Aaron now performs throughout New York City, from headlining at Gotham Comedy Club to hosting various charity events. At just 5’2” there are always big laughs from this little guy.
Images are being produced and shared in record numbers. Because photography is used by so many people and for so many reasons, it is impossible to tell any single or simple story about the medium. Curator, writer & editor Marvin Heiferman suggests it will take less traditional and more interdisciplinary approaches to photography to understand imaging's history, impact, and possibilities. Heiferman will address photography's power and malleability, exploring how it is now more experiential than documentary, and examining why it is both harder to describe and to control. Presented by the Kahn Institute project Regarding Images. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/chronicle/fall2013/events.php#heiferman
One of the leading poets of Brazil, Adélia Prado burst on the poetry scene when Carlos Drummond de Andrade announced in his weekly newspaper column: “Adélia is lyrical, biblical, existential; she makes poetry as naturally as nature makes weather.” Carolyn Forché dubbed her “a major poet of the Americas.” This bilingual reading with Prado’s long-time translator Ellen Doré Watson celebrates the publication of Ex-Voto. 4 p.m. Q&A open to the Smith community. 7:30 p.m. reading free and open to the public.
"Highlife Saturday Night: Popular Music and Social Change in Urban Ghana," presented by Nate Plageman, assistant professor of history, Wake Forest University. Thursday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room.
Apple will present a session designed to help faculty members learn about the design and use of Macs in an educational setting. Delivered by Lars Ljungholm, Apple Systems Engineer. Hear from the experts about how easy it is to use a Mac and learn about the built-in tools and related Apple technologies that you can use to enhance your personal and professional life. Don't miss this opportunity to get your Apple related questions answered. Bring your Mac and a friend for this fun, informational and highly engaging session. Campus Center 103-104 To respond or ask questions: email@example.com
The education landscape is undergoing a fundamental shift. Students are growing up in—and graduating into—a connected, information-rich world that presents both challenges and opportunities for educators. With the incredibly powerful and versatile mobile learning tools we now have available, faculty have the ability to truly personalize learning, engage and motivate students, and practice authentic assessment. This information will discuss and demonstrate the use of iPad and various apps that you can use to enhance your personal productivity and professional work both in and out of the classroom. Campus Center 103-104.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Barkha Dwivedi, the Five College Hindi Mentor, will lead a drop-in information session on the Five College Hindi language program. The session will take place in the Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall. Stop by, ask questions, and learn more about this incredible program!
Information will be presented for sophomores and juniors about spending the fall semester in Washington, D.C., earning school credit 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 Rosetta Cohen, and last year’s interns will share details about the program and answer questions on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Seelye 207, 5-6 p.m. The application process for the Smithsonian Program takes place in February.
The Lewis Global Studies Center and the Poetry Center present the Global Salon "Life on this Tumultuous Planet: A View from Brazil through the Lens of Poetry & Faith," with Brazilian poet Adélia Prado. Carlos Drummond de Andrade described Prado as "...lyrical, biblical, existential; she makes poetry as naturally as nature makes weather." Hear this incredible leading Brazilian poet as she uses poetry and faith to explore understandings of life in Brazil. A Global Salon is an opportunity for the Smith community to gather to discuss global issues and meet with special guests. Pizza lunch will be served.
In honor of National Philanthropy Day, on November 15, Smith students are invited to write a thank you note to one of the fabulous alumnae that help make the Smith experience possible! The Smith Fund, Donor Relations and local alumnae will be tabling at the Campus Center all week, November 11-15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop by for a snack, a pin, and to say thank you!
"Politics and Hermeneutics: John Jewel's 'Great Challenge,' 1559," a lecture by Torrance Kirby, is the third in this year's three-part Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies public lecture series. Professor Kirby is visiting Smith this fall as the 2013-14 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. He is a Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Centre for Research on Religion at McGill University and a scholar of Reformation thought. The series is hosted by the Smith College Department of Religion and made possible by the Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Endowment for Renaissance Studies.
Do you over-study or cram the night before a test? Do you freeze, forget what you thought you knew, or make careless mistakes? Learn how to use effective strategies to study for tests, avoid cramming, and reduce test anxiety. Join a lunch hour workshop led by Gail Thomas at 12:15 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 13, at the Jacobson Center. Feel free to bring a grab and go lunch.
Exhibition of student work from advanced studio classes. On display in Jannotta Gallery through November 15.
Stop by the Staff Council information table on the main level of the Campus Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Staff Council volunteers will answer questions, listen to comments, and offer materials about Staff Council (such as information about "Between the Lines" and other activities, Staff Council committees, a suggestion box, etc.). Comments and suggestions are always welcome via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or anonymously on the website http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil). The final monthly tabling session this semester will be on Thursday, Dec. 12. Staff Council wants to hear from you!
The film will be shown in Seelye 311. The first documentary film to explore in-depth the role of Israeli and Palestinian women peace activists dealing with one of the world's oldest conflicts. They come together in their bereavement over the loss of loved ones and to demand a better future for their children and grandchildren. There is bonding, there is friction, there are differences of opinion. Most of all it is a story about women who have hope and keep on trying to hear each other and do not give up their work for peace.
Music in the Noon Hour: Joel Pitchon, violin, and Judith Gordon, piano, playing Beethoven.
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