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04/16/2015 Digest


SEC Films Presents 'Birdman' , April 17, 18, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

"Birdman" is about a washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play. A free screening offered by SEC.

SEC Films Presents 'Wild' , April 24, 25, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her.

Jittery's Live! Presents Lauren Zettler , Thursday, April 16, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Join us for great live music, delicious snacks, and a great time. Lauren Zettler combines stark, popping electronics, warm, bouncing basslines and airy vocals, to create a sound that's both human and intangible filled with space and feeling. Similar to: Emily Haines and Patty Griffin. Check out her music on Spotify.

SEC Presents: Starlight Ball , Friday, April 17, 7 p.m., Quad or Wilson Steps

In the Quad, on Wilson Steps come listen to some outdoor music, dance and enjoy the start of spring with all of your fellow Smithies. There will be hot cider and snacks provided as well as a simply wonderful concert.

Jittery's Live! Presents Doe Paoro , Thursday, April 23, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Come down to the CC TV Lounge for great live music, delicious snacks, and a fun atmosphere. Doe Paoro is a self-taught pianist and vocalist who trained in Lhamo while traveling alone through the Himalayas. Check out her music on Spotify and YouTube. Similar to: Zola Jesus, James Blake, Adele, and Lykke Li.

Field Station Saturday , April 25, 1-4:30 p.m.

Want to get off campus? Come visit MacLeish Field Station! You can explore the five miles of trails, check out the one-acre vernal pool, or hang out in the building with a cup of tea. It's a great place to study or relax, and there's a collection of board games! The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and return to campus by 4:30 p.m. Space is limited, please sign up here: http://goo.gl/nhrVZF. For more information, contact ewald@smith.edu.

French Animation Film Festival , Sunday, April 19, 4 p.m., Seelye 106

A selection of nine short animated films, each an illustration of today's ills, from the renowned Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France). Running time: 66. Open to the public. All films are in English or have English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a discussion in English. Viewers' discretion advised (some nudity and sexual content). Free and open to the public.

Whalen Insurance Information Table , Thursday, April 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Representatives from Whalen Insurance will be available at an information table on the first floor of the Campus Center, outside the Cafe. No appointment is necessary.

True North Retiree Health Care Information Sessions , Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

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

Book Launch for Christian McEwen's 'Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews' , Thursday, April 16, 4:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Listen to Christian McEwen read from her new book "Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews," and talk about interviewing and play clips from the interview series. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

'The Policy Agenda of Prime Minister Abe and the U.S.-Japan Relationship' , Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

William L. Brooks, adjunct professor of Japanese Studies and Senior Adviser for the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, will deliver a lecture on the implications of the Shinzo Abe cabinet for Japanese security and trade policy as well as for U.S.-Japan relations today. Brooks retired from the State Department in 2009 after a 35-year career as a diplomat, research analyst, and linguist. Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program, Government Department, East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Ken Botnick Presents Enid Mark '54 Lecture on Contemporary Book Arts , Thursday, April 23, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ken Botnick, book artist, teacher, and designer, will present "Diderot Project: Making the Book to Discover the Subject." His April 23 lecture will explore his remarkable new project, a visual and textual meditation on his exploration of Denis Diderot's 18th-century "Encyclopedie." A reception will follow in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson level 3). This is the 2nd annual Enid Epstein Mark '54 Lecture on Contemporary Book Arts, which honors the work of the late artist, writer, and book publisher Enid Mark, Smith class of 1954. For more information: mrbr@smith.edu or 413-585-2906.

Advance Ticket Sales for Ada Monologues , April 16, 17, Noon, Campus Center Garden Level

Advance tickets for The Ada Monologues will be available for sale in the Campus Center, Garden Level, from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17. OneCard access and Ada merchandise will be available. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. The 4th annual Ada Monologues performances are April 17, and 18, 7 p.m., at Graham Hall. As a fundraiser for the Ada Class, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Ada Comstock Scholars, the Monologues highlight Ada stories with humor, music, dance, and more. "Adas are Smithies with a past...and a future!"

Fourth Annual Ada Monologues , April 17, 18, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

"Adas are Smithies with a past... and a future!" Every Ada has a story. Some of these will be featured in the 4th annual Ada Monologues performances. As a fundraiser for the Ada Class, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, the Monologues highlight Ada stories with humor, music, dance, and more. Advance tickets are $3 and are available April 16 and 17 in the Garden Level of the CC (OneCard payment available). Tickets are $5 at the door.

English Department Prizes-Submissions Due , Monday, April 20, 4 p.m.

The Department of English Language and Literature is accepting submissions for the department's prizes through 4 p.m., Monday, April 20. Please see the department's website for the list of prizes, and the details for submissions. You do not need to be an English major to submit a paper for consideration.

Post a Poem: Get to Know the Poetry Center , Thursday, April 16, Noon, Chapin Lawn

Come by and tell us what the poetry of your life is like; maybe it's a math equation, lab technique, or spending time free writing. Pick up a poem to read and share as part of Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students are encouraged to stop by to hear how the Poetry Center's events and readings are engaging for poetry enthusiasts of all majors.

Mary Ruefle Q&A and Poetry Reading , Tuesday, April 21, 4 pm. and 7:30 p.m., Poetry Center

A poet of visionary imagination, Mary Ruefle manages to be adventurous, witty, incisive, and deeply moving all at the same time. As she says, "The human mind is a tool for survival like none other I know." Ruefle's "talky" speakers favor fragments, direct address, questions, misreadings, and conjectures. Even when traversing the territory of grief, her poems sparkle with life and idiosyncrasy. Ruefle's honors include a Whiting Award, and fellowships from the N.E.A. and the Guggenheim Foundation. Q&A at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center open to the Smith community. 7:30 p.m. reading in Weinstein free and open to the public..

Senior Campaign: Celebrating Collaborations! , April 16, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Stop by the Senior Campaign table to learn more about giving back and curricular support on campus. Make your gift in honor of Collaborations taking place on the April 18. Thursdays will feature free coffee, while supplies last.

Admitted Students Are Coming...to Open Campus and Discovery Weekend , April 16-18

The Office of Admission will welcome an anticipated 750 plus students and families who will attend Open Campus on April 16 and 17 for admitted first-year, Ada Comstock, and transfer students. Roughly 100 of these students stay until April 18 to participate in Discovery Weekend, a program that provides admitted students of color additional opportunities to learn about Smith. Our guests visit classes, attend special events, and stay in Smith houses. The main registration/check-in area is at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility on Thursday and Friday. For more information, contact Admission at admission@smith.edu or ext. 2500.

Wailing Banshees Spring Concert , Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Faeries! The Wailing Banshees explore the world of fairies, brownies, leprechauns and other wee folk through tunes, songs and stories. As always, jigs, reels and the best craic on campus!

Smith College Wind Ensemble Concert , Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Danger! Join the Smith College Wind Ensemble for a dangerous evening of Godzilla, Vesuvius and a treacherous new work by Clifton J Noble, Jr. Come at your own risk! Free and open to the public.

'Water by the Spoonful' by Quiara Alegria Hudes, directed by J. Mehr Kaur '16 , April 17-18 , 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Smith College Department of Theatre closes its 2014-15 season with the poignant, uplifting, and funny winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Quiara Alegria Hudes' "Water by the Spoonful" is the story of a trauma stricken sandwich maker, an adjunct music professor, a mother who has retired from her duties of childrearing, and an online family of crack addicts keeping each other alive one day at a time. More information at http://smith.edu/smitharts/waterbythespoonful.php Tickets are FREE for Smith students ($10 General, $5 Students/Seniors).

Spring Orchestra Concert , Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Orchestra presents soprano Patricia Kopko '15, winner of this year's Concerto Competition, performing Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165. The concert will include Dvorak: Symphony #9 "New World" and other works. Free and open to the public.

'Learning from the Library (Without Cracking a Book)' , Thursday, April 16, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Shannon Mattern will explore some recent library designs and interpret them in the context of shared cultural values, learning and community. Mattern is Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her research and teaching revolves around interpreting media, spaces and places. Read more at http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/shannon-mattern

A Conversation with Novelist Meg Wolitzer , Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

New York Times best-selling novelist Meg Wolitzer will talk with literary critic Bethanne Patrick '85 about her work, her time at Smith and the influence of Sylvia Plath. Wolitzer has produced a succession of highly acclaimed novels that include "The Interestings," "The Uncoupling," "The Ten-Year Nap" and "The Position". Her YA novel, "Belzhar," has also garnered excellent reviews. Wolitzer studied creating writing while at Smith and went on to graduate from Brown University. She teaches creative writing at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton's MFA program. Read more at http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/meg-wolitzer

'The Brain Scoop: Communicating Science Through Museums and YouTube' , Monday, April 20, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Emily Graslie, chief curiosity correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago. Part of the Spring 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

"Cyborg Buddha" Lecture Series Concludes , Thursday, April 16, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Toward a Critical Buddhist Neuroethics: The Case of Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement," a lecture by Andrew Fenton, assistant professor of Philosophy, California State University, Fresno. This lecture explores whether in certain expressions of Buddhism, an underlying pragmatic attitude about techniques and technology to transform minds contradicts the view that Buddhism must oppose the use of drugs to enhance human cognitive function. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and the Department of Religion.

"America's Disappeared: Mass Incarceration and 'the Prison Beyond the Prison'" talk by Lois Ahrens , Thursday, April 23, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Lois Ahrens, founder and director of the Real Cost of Prisons Project http://www.realcostofprisons.org), a national nonprofit based in Northampton, will examine the staggering societal costs of imprisoning more than 2.3 million women and men in the United States. The disappeared in America include not only millions of prisoners but more than 5 million others under carceral control, as well as the disenfranchised and families living with the stigma and impoverishment of incarceration. Is the U.S. prison system the best solution? Lunch served, all welcome. In conjunction with the Kahn Institute longterm project The Power of Disappearance.

Panel on "Reframing Rejections in Our Personal and Professional Lives" , Friday, April 17, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

This Work, Life & Reali-tea panel discussion focuses on the topic of rejection. How can we re-frame moments of rejection in our personal and professional lives as experiences of value, rather than as experiences of defeat? Panelists include: Patricia Woods, assistant director Office of Career Development; Stephen George, lecturer in the Neuroscience Department; Greta Stacy '15, SGA president; and Priscilla Semphere '18. Moderated by Dannia Guzman '15. Ice cream sundae bar will be provided. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life: https://www.smith.edu/cwl/events.php

Lecture by Prof. Steven Moga, Landscape Studies , Monday, April 20, 2:40 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Steven Moga, assistant professor of Landscape Studies, will be the guest speaker for the LSS 100 Lecture Series, Monday, April 20, at 2:40 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium. His talk is titled "Down in the Bottoms: Lowland Names and Landscape Change in the Nineteenth-Century American City." All LSS lectures are free and open to the entire college community.

Celebrating Collaborations , Saturday, April 18, 8:30 a.m., Campus Center

Please join us for this 14th annual day-long celebration of student-faculty collaborations on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Poster sessions will be held in the Campus Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Presentation sessions will be held in Seelye Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Support students in all classes and departments as they share their research! A campus-wide lunch will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Scott Gymnasium. Lunch will not be served in campus houses on that day. Full schedule & more info: http://www.smith.edu/events/collaborations.php.

Smith Food Recovery Network Needs Volunteers , Sunday, April 19, 6:45 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

The Smith Food Recovery Network (FRN) collects an average of 100 pounds of food per recovery. Join the effort on Wednesday and Sunday nights to reduce waste and fight hunger. Volunteers sign up for as few or as many recoveries as they like. FRN meets in the Lower Level Campus Center at 6:45 p.m. and recoveries end by 7:30 p.m. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/smith.edu/spreadsheets/d/1urnTtZxgYiAFhFEQaxqSeWkc3XBpC3PLrPA3b1tvn0g/edit

Smith College Jazz Ensemble , Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Join the Smith College Jazz Ensemble for their 15th Anniversary Concert. There will be a free sundae bar, swing dancing and of course, live jazz! This is a free event and will be held in the Campus Center Carroll Room at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

SmiTHrift Spring Sale , Friday, April 17, Noon, Campus Center Garden Level

Join SmiTHrift in welcoming Spring with the Spring Sale. Recycled clothing, footwear and other miscellaneous items will be sold in the Lower Level Campus Center on Friday, April 17, from noon to 1 p.m. Sale proceeds will benefit local charity. SmiTHrift will also be collecting clothing donations at this time.

Campus Police Community Survey 2015

The annual Campus Police Community Survey has been posted at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CampusPolice. To express our appreciation to those who take the time to complete the survey, you can enter to win an Amazon gift card. If you need a paper copy, please contact jtripp@smith.edu.

Recommended update for Mac OS X Yosemite users

If your Mac is running OS X Yosemite, please note that Apple has just released an update (10.10.3) that fixes many network performance and security issues. ITS recommends that all Yosemite users install this update.

Smith Students' Aid Society Deadline for Summer Study Grants , Friday, April 17

The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society applications for summer study grants is Friday, April 17. All applications should be turned into the class deans office for review. Applications and guidelines can be found on smith.edu/ssas. Questions can be directed to Anne White at awhite@smith.edu.

Holocaust Remembrance Vigil , Thursday, April 16, 12:15 p.m.

Neilson Library Steps: A vigil for Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the six million Jews and others who were killed in the Holocaust. This event is co-sponsored by Smith Israel Alliance and Hillel, and all are welcome to meet at Chapin in Front of Campus Center at noon and proceed to Neilson Library steps, where vigil will commence at 12:15.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday, April, 17, Soup, Salad, Soul, student-led conversation over vegetarian-friendly meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman; Al Iman Friday Prayers, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; Smith Christian Fellowship LaFe Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., Bodman; Catholic Ministries, 5:15 p.m., Bodman; Hillel Shabbat in Kosher Kitchen beside Jordan House on Paradise Pond, 5:30 p.m. with Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room. Monday, April 20, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, 5:00 p.m., Chapel.

Stoddard Hall Renovation , April 13-August 21, Stoddard Auditorium

Stoddard Hall renovation starts this week. Site access has been closed between St. Mary's parking lot and Stoddard Hall due to project scope. Anyone who parks in St. Mary's lot and walks up the curving path to Stoddard or Alumnae House will need to take the route between St Mary's Church and the Rectory. Parking in St. Mary's lot has been reduced by two spaces for the duration of the project, April 13 through August 21. There is new signage identifying the two restricted parking spaces. Please notice that violators be towed.

Town Hall-style All-Staff Forum , Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Join your fellow staff members for a conversation about working at Smith. Bring questions in response to the April 15th President's Forum or ideas and concerns you'd like Staff Council to address. All are welcome at this once-a-semester event moderated by Staff Council.

Smith To Do: Picture Frames , Saturday, April 18, 9 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Smith "to do" this week is decorating pictures frames. Stop by the garden level in the Campus Center from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 18th to decorate custom frames for your favorite photos.

Staying Motivated When You're Overwhelmed , Tuesday, April 21, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

As the end of the semester fills with due dates and commitments, it's easy to become overwhelmed and lose motivation. This lunch-hour workshop led by Gail Thomas, learning specialist, offers practical strategies for getting back on track.

First Generation Awareness Day Photo , Friday, April 17, 12:15 p.m., Chapin Lawn

A group photo will be taken on Chapin Lawn at 12:15 p.m. this Friday, April 17, for First Generation Awareness Day. Wear your T-shirts and be proud to be First Gen! Take photos with your shirt and post with the hashtag #1stGenSmithie. In the event of bad weather, the photo will be taken in the Campus Center.

Film Screening, Q&A with Director of "Little White Lie" , Saturday, April 18, 8:15 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Film Screening:"Little White Lie", Stoddard Auditorium Daring to ask questions about her true identity, around which her parents had kept a careful silence throughout her entire childhood, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz gently but firmly pulls back the curtain on matters of race and family secrets in this deeply personal documentary. Post-screening Q&A with director/producer/writer Lacey Schwartz. FREE for Smith students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Film Studies and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival. For more info, visit pvjff.org.

$10 Million Gift Endows Scholarships, Sparks Matching Gifts , April 16

A $10 million gift from an anonymous donor from the Class of 1986—among the largest ever to a women's college—will be used to support endowed scholarships and "shape the lives of generations of Smith women to come," says President Kathleen McCartney.


04/14/2015 Digest


SEC: Student-Professor Open Mic , Wednesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

SEC has collaborated with well known professors on campus and organized an open mic to cultivate a space where students and professors can read from their own work. Among featured professors include Floyd Cheung, Patrick Donnelly, Ellen Doré Watson, Joan Larkin, Maya Janson, and others.

All Staff Forum , Wednesday, April 15, 3-4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Please join President McCartney and new members of her cabinet who will present updates and information from their respective areas. All staff are encouraged to come.

Sayed Kashua Lecture: 'The Foreign Mother Tongue: Writing Between Worlds' , Tuesday, April 14, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Bestselling Palestinian writer Sayed Kashua talks about dual identities and the creative challenge of writing between worlds. Kashua is the author of three novels: "Dancing Arabs," "Let It Be Morning" and "Second Person Singular." He is well known for his satirical column in the leading Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz and for his hit television show Arab Labor, both of which interpret Palestinian experiences for Israeli audiences. Sponsored by the Programs in Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, and Comparative Literature; Smith College Lecture Committee, and the Betty Hamady and James F. Sams Fund of the Kahn Institute.

'Girl in Dior: A Conversation with Annie Goetzinger' , Wednesday, April 15, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Annie Goetzinger, of considerable fame in France, is a best-selling graphic novelist, published in "Circus", "L'Echo des Savanes", "Fluide Glacial", "Metal Hurlant" and "Pilote" among other places. Her latest graphic novel, Girl In Dior, is the sweepingly beautiful docudrama of the life of Christian Dior, starting with the launch of his brand. This conversation will be conducted in English. Free and open to the public.

Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship Opportunity

The Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship. This fellowship of between $300 and $800 is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or non-governmental/profit or non-profit international organizations. Students from all departments are invited to apply, although priority is given to government majors. The amount of the award varies depending on the number of applicants and the amount available in the fund. Application forms available in Wright Hall 226 and on the Department of Government web site. Deadline for application is Friday, April 17.

Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship Opportunity

The Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Leanna Brown'56 Fellowship of between $500 and $1000 to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local governments or in organizations (government or non-government) focused on issues of particular concern to women. Students from all departments are invited to apply, although priority is given to government majors. Applications are available in Wright Hall 226 and on the Department of Government web site. The deadline for application is Friday, April 17.

Next 'Adventure Tuesday' , April 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Boathouse

Join the Outdoor Adventure Program every Tuesday for a different trip each week: April 7: local hike, April 14: Frisbee golf, April 21: mountain biking, and April 28: Frisbee golf (cuz' it's so fun)! We supply the gear-no experience necessary. (Schedule subject to change)

Drop-In Mindfulness Sessions on Wednesdays Through the End of the Semester , Wednesday, April 8, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Free "Drop-in" sessions for mindfulness meditation practice are being held on Wednesdays, beginning April 8, from 12:10 - 12:50 p.m. throughout the spring semester. Each session is led by David Spound. Sessions can include a variety of practices, which can vary by week, with one or perhaps two practices used between sitting, gentle yoga, walking, and body scan. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend and no advance sign up is required. All levels welcome. (Please arrive on time.)

Fulbright Fellowship Expands Country Offerings and Opens Up New Degree Options

Curious about continuing your education with new Fulbright research/study opportunities in Belgium, the UK, Mexico or Brunei? Interested in taking advantage of a greater number of openings for teaching English in the Western Hemisphere and Central Asia after you graduate? Take a moment to learn more about Smith's record-making Fellowships Program: http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/intro.php. Find out how you too can join the top ranks of Student Fulbright producers in the nation http://chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-US/151607/.

Music in the Noon Hour: Works by Erik Satie, Reynaldo Hahn, and Francis Poulenc , Tuesday, April 14, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Judith Gordon, piano, perform works by Erik Satie, Reynaldo Hahn, and Francis Poulenc. A lovely half hour of music to rejuvenate your afternoon. Free and open to the public.

Opening Reception for Suzy Schireson Exhibition , Thursday, April 23, 4 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Show runs April 14 - May 14 in Oresman Gallery.

'Social Bodies' - Senior Art Exhibition , April 8-15, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Social Bodies. A Senior Art Exhibition is on view April 8-15 in Jannotta Gallery.

Vilna Bashi Treitler on 'White Supremacy, Ethnic Projects and the National Imaginary' , Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Graham Auditorium, Hillyer

The remarks by Vilna Bashni Treitler, professor of sociology in the Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College in the City University of New York, derive from The Ethnic Project, in which she traces the ethnic histories of several social groups, illustrating that each was incorporated racially into the U.S. social and economic structures, and showing how they fought back by seeking to improve their racial status.

Jobs for Students on Financial Aid with Work-Study

Students currently on financial aid with Work-Study in their award package and who are applying for aid for 2015-2016 are eligible to begin applying for jobs advertised at this time. Non-Work-Study students may not apply for positions until after October 1 in the fall per College policy. Employers are now beginning to advertise their campus positions for 2015-2016 and will continue to do so over the course of the summer. Please check JobX regularly for listings or consider signing up for JobMail for notifications.

Economics Seminar: 'Does a Ban on Informal Health Providers Save Lives? Evidence from Malawi.' , Friday, April 10, 12:20 p.m., Seelye 106

Presented by Susan Godlonton, assistant professor of economics at Williams College, who has written extensively on health and labor issues pertaining to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Panel Discussion on Internships in Economics , Wednesday, April 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 106

The economics department would like to invite you to a panel on internships in economics-related fields. The panelists are Smithies who have previous experience in management consulting, non-profit private equity, economic think-tank and corporate banking. The panel will be a beneficial and educational opportunity for students who are interested in careers in economics-related fields. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served after the event.

Fort Hill Art Exhibit , April 11-23, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

In celebration of The Week of the Young Child, Fort Hill will have an exhibition of children's art work at the Nolen Art Lounge in the Campus Center, Saturday, April 11 - Thursday, April 23.

Food Drive , Tuesday & Wednesday, April 14 & 15, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

The West Quad ResLife staff is doing a community program promoting awareness and action towards hunger in Western Mass. We are collecting cans and other non-perishable foods. Food will be to distributed to the Northampton Survival Center and St. John's Episcopal Church.

Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Tuesday, April 14, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

Campus Police Offer Community Outreach Programs

Did you know that you may request community outreach programs with Campus Police through e-mail? To request a program, go to the Smith College home page and click "offices." Click "campus police," then click "Community Outreach." On the righthand side of the page, click "programs and workshops." From there, on the left drop-down menu, click "request a program." Programs are available to the college community. We hope to have one at your location soon.

What's at Stake: Diverse Perspectives on Fossil Fuel Divestment at Smith , Tuesday, April 14, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The event will continue the campus discussion about fossil fuel divestment with a panel of college stakeholders. The focus will include the moral, financial and political impact of divestment at Smith. Students Siiri Bigalke and Blythe Coleman-Mumford, professor James Lowenthal, Dano Weisbord, director of Campus Sustainability and Space Planning, and Michael Howard, vice president for Finance and Administration, will engage in an open and robust conversation about how fossil fuel divestment would affect Smith as an institution and community.

Department of Art Honors Presentation , Thursday, April 30, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Presentation: 5:00-6:30 p.m., followed by a reception in Jannotta Gallery at 6:30 p.m. Presenters: Gavriella Levy Haskell (Art History), Abigail Tatarian, Paulina Wake and Qui Ye (Studio Art).

Work Experience Panel for a Variety of Majors , Wednesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

BWSC presents a Work Experience Panel where Smithies who have spent their summers doing cool things discuss what it was like and how they were able to have such experiences. These students have work experience in media, architecture, government, computer science, education, and economics. This is event will be Wednesday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

Figure - A Senior Art Student Exhibit , April 17 - April 24, 7 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"Figure" is a senior art major exhibition featuring the works of Danya Pirie, Paulina Wake, Nic Lashever, Yeu Ryang Choi, Julia Jueun Jo, and Trinity Honaker-Hwang. The works presented feature a wide variety of materials and techniques, including drawing, sculpture, installation, and digital display. The exhibition will be up April 17th - 24 with a closing reception Thursday, April 23, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Smith Energy Conversation Survey , Tuesday, April 14, 5 p.m.

Please participate in an energy conservation survey to help Smith save money on energy uses. This information will be used for a project that some Smith students are working on pertaining to the Cogen Plant at Smith College. Please help out by taking this two minute survey, and pass it along to your friends. Deadline is Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 5 p.m. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JPKSGY6

'Where Poetry Flourishes': Book Launch Celebrates Smith Poetry Interviews

Northampton writer Christian McEwen will be at the Poetry Center on Thursday, April 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m to launch her new book, "Sparks from the Anvil," a collection of interviews she did with visiting poets at Smith.


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Jittery's Live! Presents 1st Klass , Thursday, April 9, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Come down to the CC TV Lounge to enjoy live music, delicious treats, and a great time. We're happy to welcome 1st Klass, the dynamic duo who hail from the shores of Barbados in the Caribbean. It won't be long before they are global phenomena. Whether it is Andre offering up a solo on the steel pan, drums, keyboard or guitar or it is Wesu wooing the audience with the keys, bass, guitar and his voice, this team will keep you spellbound and wanting more.

Vegucated + Q&A w/ Smith alumna director , Saturday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The event is confirmed for 6:30pm April 11th, Neilson Browsing Room. Vegucated screening and live discussion with Marisa Miller Wolfson ’98. Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is an award-winning, guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who go vegan for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their convictions carry them through when times get tough? Free, accessible, and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. More info and RSVP at tinyurl.com/VegucatedAlum Hosted by Animal Advocates of Smith College, Smith College Eco-Reps, and UMass Plant-Based Nutrition Club. Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is an award-winning, guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the

Host for Open Campus or Discovery Weekend, April 16 and/or 17

Open Campus and Discovery Weekend are April 16-17, and the Office of Admission is in need of hosts. The events give admitted students the opportunity to explore Smith before making a final decision. If you're interested in hosting, a representative of the Admission team will be tabling Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays until April 6 on the Main Level of the Campus Center. Smithies will be able to easily sign-up to host during this time. Alternatively, students can submit a one-page form in order to host by visiting http://www.smith.edu/admission/forms/host/login.php

Mary Maples Dunn Prize

Mary Maples Dunn Prize, awarded for an essay written within the current or the three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question or problem posed by an instructor, the stated assignment should be submitted along with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and in which semester they were originally written and should be submitted to Kathleen Gauger, Seelye 210, by April 30.

Free Second Friday , April 10, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Hands-on! 4-6 p.m: Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Make a Mobile: Put your engineering skills to work to create a hanging kinetic sculpture-inspired by Alexander Calder's Mobile, on view now on SCMA's 3rd Floor. Open Eyes 6 p.m.: An informal, guided conversation about an art object. Museum Shop open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Field Station Saturday , April 11, 1-4:30 p.m.

Want to get off campus? Come visit MacLeish Field Station. You can explore the five miles of trails, check out the one-acre vernal pool, or stay cozy in the building with a cup of tea. It's a great place to study or relax ~ and there's a collection of board games. The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and return to campus by 4:30 p.m. Space is limited, please sign up here: http://goo.gl/nhrVZF. For more information, contact ewald@smith.edu.

Forced Displacement, Refugees & Development: Policies, Local Answers to a Global Issue , Friday, April 10, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Focusing primarily on the Dominican Republic as a particular and peculiar site of emigration and deportation, David C. Brotherton will discuss why deportation has become an important political and social problem in the present, highlighting the changes to the law in recent years and the language used in deportation law and its racial and class roots. Ultimately, he will ask what policies can be constructed or advocated to deal with this crisis in the U.S. and in the DR.

New Playreading Series Presents Henrik Ibsen in India: 'The Koyal's Cage'- A Performance , Saturday & Sunday, April 11 & 12, 7:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

How would Ibsen re-write the 19th-century classic "A Doll's House" if he were born and brought up in modern day India? Come take a virtual tour of 21st century Mumbai family life with Ali and Maha, a contemporary Indian-Muslim couple as they struggle to redefine the institution of marriage from a male and female perspective, and through the lens of Islamic laws and patriarchal culture. Written and directed by Afreen Seher Gandhi '15. Advised by Andrea Hairston, Leonard Berkman and Peter Sapira. Performance is free and open to the public

Fmr CIA Spy Robert David Steele: 'Out of Control: Can Public Power Effect a Non-Violent Revolution' , Monday, April 13, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A former spy with the CIA, Robert David Steele has since become the most published critic of out-of-control secret intelligence and the failure of the U.S. government to act in the public interest in gathering and using data. For the past 25 years Steele has advocated nationally for government transparency and broad sharing of information. Steele will pose questions around privacy and government overreach in data retrieval. Part of the Kahn Institute project The Question of Privacy. Free, open to the public; refreshments served.

'Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sumbul the Black Eunuch' , Thursday, April 9, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A production of the DÜnya Ensemble, conceived by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol based on William Shakespeare (1603), Giovanbattista Giraldi (1565), and Resad Ekrem KoÇu (1933), with 16th- and 17th-century music from Europe and Turkey and original music by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol. This is an enduring Mediterranean tale of love and jealousy across racial boundaries, scaled to the intimate and informal setting of a coffee house. The story and the combination of musical styles draws the audience into a reflection on race and slavery, and on the entwined histories of east and west. Free.

New Playreading Series: 'Shake Teeth Shake!' by Darcy Parker Bruce MFA '16 , Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

A super queer swamp adventure about tomboys and meteors, this is a "tail" of finding home, finding love and uncovering the past. Following a ghost gator through the everglades, Fagan and her best friend Annie go for an amazing adventure that defies time and space. Written and directed by Darcy Parker Bruce MFA '16. Free and open to the public.

Lydia Lunch Live Performance, Discussion, and Q & A , Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Lydia Lunch is a writer, musician, actress, and poet; she'll talk about her career as a pioneering member of 1980s NYC punk, No-Wave, and feminist performance art. "Lydia is passionate, confrontational and bold. Whether attacking the patriarchy and their pornographic war mongering, turning the sexual into the political or whispering a love song to the broken hearted, her fierce energy and rapid fire delivery lend testament to her warrior nature. She has released too many musical projects to tally, has been on tour for decades, has published dozens of articles, half a dozen books and simply refuses to shut up."

Spring Serenade , Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College choirs present their annual Spring Serenade, featuring the Smith College Chorus and Glee Club, Groove A Cappella, and special guests the Rutgers University Men's Glee Club. The event is free. For more information, call ext. 3164 or e-mail ensmgr@smith.edu.

Tryon Prize for Writing, Submissions Due , Friday, May 1

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding writing related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. Writing may take any form including a thesis, essay or poetry. If the work was written for a class, include the description of the assignment. Please include a cover sheet with your name, class year, email, campus address and phone number. Do not include your name in a header on the pages of your submission. Send submission in a Word doc. (.docx) with your last name as title to Tryon Writing at museduc@smith.edu. Deadline: May 1. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1CIV0nI or call ext. 2677.

Tryon Prize for Art, Submissions Due , Friday, May 1

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. (Non-digital photography is not eligible.) Submit up to five images (jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. You must also include a separate cover sheet with your name, class year, campus address, email, phone, and title of work, and a statement describing the concept and development of the work. If the work was created for a class, include a description of the assignment. Send your submission to Tryon Art at museduc@smith.edu. Deadline: May 1. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/1EZDyZc or call ext. 2677.

Annual Draper Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs' Competition , Friday, April 10, 3-7:30 p.m., ITT

Fifty teams of women entrepreneurs from New England colleges will be presenting their best business ideas in trade show booths to the Smith Community. Ten or more of those teams will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges to present their business pitch. The first place team will win $10,000. There will be entertainment for everyone: a balloon artist, photo booth with fun props, a professional juggler, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, music from Smith's own radio station WOZQ, fabulous food from Smith College Catering and dancing by the Smith College Bollywood Fusion Dance Team. All free.

'Learning from Mistakes: Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Self-Regulation in Children' , Monday, April 13, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Jennifer Martin McDermott, assistant professor University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the Spring 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Information Session- HSE Summer School in Russian Studies: Identity and Political Culture , Friday, April 10, Noon, Campus Center 102

Interested in studying in Russia this summer? The Office for International Study is hosting an information session for the HSE Summer School in Russian Studies: Identity and Political Culture. This two week course will take place in the town of Pushkin (a few minutes from the Catherine Palace) and St. Petersburg. Students will take intensive Russian language courses and classes in one of two tracks: Russian Culture and Society or Russian Politics and IR. Cultural programs will include a tour of St. Petersburg and various day trips. For more information on the program, please contact Professor Serguei Glebov at sglebov@smith.edu.

Endowed Fund Agreements Now Accessible via Banner INB and Nolij; Training on , Thursday, April 9, 9 a.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Endowed Fund Agreement documents established before 2008 are now available via the magnifying glass icon on Banner INB Form "Organization Budget Status" (FGIBDST). The icon will open documents in Nolij image server (login to Smith College's portal with your Network ID). Access to documents is based on your Banner Fund/Org privileges. Fund agreement documents established after 2008 will be added over the next two months. A presentation of this new feature is being held on Thursday, April 9th at 9:00 AM in Stoddard Hall Auditorium, Room G2. Questions: contact Elizabeth Britt ebritt@smith.edu or Bill Sheehan wsheehan@smith.edu

SWAG Does Praxis , Monday, April 13, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

"SWAG Does Praxis" is a panel of SWAG-affiliated students who are interested in discussing their experiences doing unpaid internships in the real world. Come join the panel discussion in order to deliberate the complicated nature of being swaggy in the real world.

Chaired Professor Lecture: Dennis Yasutomo , Monday, April 13, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Dennis Yasutomo, Esther Cloudman Dunn Professor of Government, will give his inaugural lecture, "'Proactive Pacifism': The Rise of Japan, Part Trois?" All are welcome. http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

So You're Going to Study Away/Abroad? , Thursday, April 9, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Class of 2016 and 2017 Cabinets are teaming up for this panel and group session about studying off-campus and abroad. Come meet four Smith students who have recent personal experiences studying away/abroad. There will be a panel for general questions and then smaller breakout groups for questions specific to programs or places of study.

Freedom Seder - A Discussion on Liberation and Understanding , Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Passover is the story of oppression and liberation. This multicultural, interfaith event aims to open a space to speak about current issues of oppression and discuss pathways to liberation and understanding. Kosher for Passover snacks will be served (please get dinner at a dining hall).

Become Braver in 75 Minutes with Rachel Simmons , Thursday, April 9, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Bravery is a vital ingredient of a well-lived life. Brave helps you speak up, put yourself out there, make change and face down failure. At this workshop, youâ??ll pull up at the drive-through brave window for a quick shot of brave strategies, along with a powerful new way of thinking about how and why to be brave. This workshop is led by best-selling author and educator Rachel Simmons. Snacks, coffee and tea provided. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life: http://www.smith.edu/wcwl

The Story Behind the Writing of 'Come as You Are' with Author Emily Nagoski , Monday, April 13, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Did you know that your Smith College Wellness Education Director just published a book that people are calling "one of the most important books about sex"? Join Emily in the Carroll Room, in a discussion about writing this book, which is called "Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life." First attendees will receive a free copy of the book and it will also be available for purchase on-site during a reception following the talk. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life.

Smith Food Recovery Network Is Looking for Volunteers , Tuesday, April 7, 6:45 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

The Smith Food Recovery Network (FRN) collects an average of 100 pounds of food per recovery. Join the effort on Wednesday and Sunday nights to reduce waste and fight hunger. Volunteers sign up for as few or as many recoveries as they like. FRN meets in the Lower Level Campus Center at 6:45 p.m. and recoveries end by 7:30 p.m. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/smith.edu/spreadsheets/d/1urnTtZxgYiAFhFEQaxqSeWkc3XBpC3PLrPA3b1tvn0g/edit

STEM Alumnae Panel Presentation , Friday, April 10, 12:15-1 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Are you interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? Get advice from four alumnae working in various STEM fields about opportunities during and after your time at Smith. The panelists are: Amy Rhodes '91, professor of geosciences, Smith College; Amy Raudenbush '95, optical engineer, MIT Lincoln Labs; Debra Kendall '77, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at University of Connecticut; and Laurie Sanders '88, radio journalist and environmental consultant. Pizza will be provided for the first 25 students. Panelists will be also available to chat with students from 1 to 2 p.m. in McConnell 104.

Designer Maya Lin and National Design Firm Shepley Bulfinch Chosen to Redesign Neilson Library

Acclaimed designer Maya Lin—whose balance between art and architecture is evident in her very first project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and throughout her three-decade career—and the national design firm Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to partner on the re-imagining and redesign of Smith College’s Neilson Library.

'Crown of India: British Empire as Audio-Visual Experience' , Monday, April 13, 5 p.m., Graham Auditorium, Hillyer

In his talk"Crown of India: the British Empire as Audio- Visual Experience" Timothy Barringer of Yale University, traces the interaction of sound and image in the relationship between Britain and India from about 1760 to the present. Opening with the fascination of orientalist scholars for traditional Indian artistic traditions, he moves on to examine the use of sound and vision in the large-scale ceremonials--durbars--promoting the ideology of the British Raj. He concludes his lecture with the deployment of both art and music against the Raj in nationalist circles, followed by a short postscript, focusing on the role of artists of South Asian origin in contemporary British culture.

POOF of the Loom: Smiffenpoofs Spring Jam , Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

The Smiffenpoofs Spring Jam is this Friday. Come see them for a "grape" performance featuring the Brown Derbies.

Apple Educational Series, One-Hour Sessions , Friday, April 10, Campus Center 103/4

Recommended for staff, faculty, and students using Mac-based computers and applications. Attend one of four hour-long education sessions on the following topics: The Power of OS X in Education, iOS 8, Accessibility, and Hardware Overview, hosted by Lars Ljungholm, Apple Systems engineer. Contact the Smith College Computer Store at cstore@smith.edu for more information. Event times are 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon; 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Senior Campaign: Study Abroad Week , Thursday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Stop by the Senior Campaign table to learn more about giving to financial aid, study abroad, sustainability, and more. Free coffee available, while supplies last.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday, April 9, Black Campus Ministry, 6:30 p.m., Reading Room. Friday, April, 10, Soup, Salad, Soul, student-led conversation over vegetarian-friendly meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman; Al Iman Friday Prayers, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; Smith Christian Fellowship LaFe Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., Bodman; Catholic Ministries, 5:15 p.m., Bodman; Dinner in honor of Passover, 5:30 p.m., Cutter-Ziskind, Services in Kosher Kitchen beside Jordan House on Paradise Pond, 7:00 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room. Monday, April 13, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 p.m., Chapel.

'Understanding and Healing War's Deepest Wounds' , Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Three authors of recent books who examine war trauma and healing share their work and join our moderator to discuss the challenge that faces us all: How can war Veterans come back whole to themselves, their families, and their community? Speakers are Robert E. Meagher, author of "Killing from the Inside Out"; Mark I. Nickerson, author of "The Wounds Within"; and Edward Tick, author of "Warrior's Return: Restoring the Soul After War." Moderator: Kathryn Basham, Ph.D., LICSW, Professor and Co-Director of the Ph.D. Program at the Smith College School for Social Work. Her research and therapy practice address the effects of deployment, combat stress and re- integration on Veterans and their families. Presented by Smith College School for Social Work and the Veterans Education Project.


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Garissa Massacre Teach-In , Thursday, April 9, 5-6:30 p.m., Seelye 201

One week following the attack on Garissa University College in Kenya, faculty and students will hold a teach-in, providing background and context for the massacre during which 147 students lost their lives. Some questions we will raise include: Why did the attack happen? What went wrong in the response? What can we learn from the political-historical context in northeastern Kenya? What shapes the decision-making around response to crises in Kenya? What role has the West played in shaping the contemporary context? Panelists will be Katwiwa Mule, Kim Yi Dionne, Frank Holmquist, Elliot Fratkin, Elsie Odhiambo '17 and Thatcher Mweu '15.


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SEC BFTN: DIY Flower Crowns , Thursday, April 9, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Come make a DIY flower crown to wear on your head in honor of spring. Supplies and instruction will be provided. Perfect to make for a break from studying, for photo shoots, or just because.

Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs Offers Presidential Colloquium , Wednesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Jeffrey Sachs is a renowned economist and one of the world's leading thinkers on sustainable development and the fight against poverty. In this Presidential Colloquium, he will offer thoughts on "The Age of Sustainable Development." Sachs' work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, and fighting hunger and disease prompted The New York Times to describe him as "probably the most important economist in the world." Author of "The End of Poverty" and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he also serves on the faculty, Sachs is also a senior adviser to the United Nations. More information: http://jeffsachs.org/about/.

Poetry Reading and Q&A: Natalie Diaz and H.S. Poetry Prize Winners , Tuesday, April 7

Natalie Diaz writes with a "dancer's grace and a mechanic's oil-stained hands" (The Rumpus). Pima and Mojave, and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community, she played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to the states for graduate work in poetry. Her debut collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, chronicles life on the reservation with tenderness, anger, and rhythmic tenacity. At 4 p.m. Q&A in the Poetry Center open to the Smith community. At 7:30 p.m. reading features our H.S. Prize Winner and Finalists alongside Diaz in Neilson Browsing Room. Reading free and open to the public.

'Gender and Neoliberalism: The All-India Democratic Women's Association and Globalization Politics' , Thursday, April 9, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Elisabeth Armstrong, professor of the study of women and gender and author of "Gender and Neoliberalism: The All India Democratic Women's Association and Globalization Politics," and Payal Banerjee, assistant professor of sociology. Armstrong's book focuses on the response of the All India Democratic Women's Association to the growing neoliberal policies in India between 1991 and 2006. By organizing women most vulnerable to these policies, the AIDWA built its socialist, opposition strength. For more globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

Interactive Exhibit: 'Dialogue: A Decade of Smithies on Sustainability' , Through May 1, Common Spaces, Neilson, Hillyer, Young Libraries

A collection of 65 works from various disciplines, by students who have sought to address issues of food, waste and landscapes on campus and in the Pioneer Valley. Do underline the books, write on the margins, comment on the back, take our survey and enjoy.

Weaving Voices: Seniors of Color Monologues , Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The Weaving Voices Monologues seek to share the stories written and told by senior Smith students of color; to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it took to survive and thrive within the last four years; and to pass on their lived experiences as knowledge to future generations. This is not an open mic event. Free and open to students, faculty, staff and members of the Five College Community. For more information, visit http://on.fb.me/1aaTOin

Test Prep, Anxiety and Test-Taking Workshop , Tuesday, April 7, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

With finals approaching, Gail Thomas gives practical advice on how to prepare for tests, handle anxiety, and take exams with more confidence.

Apple Educational Series , Friday, April 10, Campus Center 103/4

Recommended for staff, faculty, and students using Mac-based computers and applications. Attend one of four hour-long education sessions on the following topics: The Power of OS X in Education, iOS 8, Accessibility, and Hardware Overview, hosted by Lars Ljungholm, Apple Systems engineer. Contact the Smith College Computer Store at cstore@smith.edu for more information. Event times are 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon; 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Smith to Join Amherst, UMass in Hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In collaboration with the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute, Smith will join Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts in hosting a three-day visit by Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.


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SEC Films Presents 'Into the Woods' , Friday & Saturday, April 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join SEC for a free movie screening of Into the Woods on Friday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 4th. Both screenings are at 7:30 PM in Weinstein Auditorium. Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize, established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts '45. The award is made to an undergraduate for the best drawing as judged by the art department. Students interested should submit and display their work on the second floor hallway of Hillyer Hall by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Work should be labeled with student name, class and contact information on the back.

Global Salon: Language Revitalization—Working with the Last Mojave Speakers , Tuesday, April 7, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Natalie Diaz, an award winning Mojave-American poet and member of the Gila River Indian Community. Diaz works with the last native speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program at Fort Mojave. Diaz will discuss her experiences with this program and the importance of reviving and enriching endangered Native American languages with the intent of preserving precious native culture. For more globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

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

Lunch will be provided.

Neilson Lecture: 'Bad Girls and Gender Trouble in the 13th-Century Mediterranean' , Monday, April 6, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Neilson Professor Sahar Amer will focus on the life and legacy of Shajarrat al-Durr, the first woman sultan of Egypt, and the ruler responsible for the defeat of Saint Louis during the 7th crusade. This is the third and final lecture in the 2015 Neilson Professor Lecture series, "Gender, Justice and the Arab World." Neilson Professor Sahar Amer is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Free and open to the public; refreshments provided.

Senior Dance Concert , Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Nine choreographers present new work as the finale of their undergraduate education. This concert, hosted by the Smith College Department of Dance, features original choreography by Lily Altreuter, Jessica Goudreault, Hannah Klales, Aleah Lazar, Twyla Marr, Jessie Owens, Sophie Steinberger, Danielle Tekut and Molly Tupper. $10 General, $5 Students and seniors. Call (413) 585-3220 for tickets.

Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture , Thursday, April 2, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Elizabeth Schmidt, professor of history, Loyola University, Maryland, will give this year's Frank and Lois Green Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture. Her talk is titled "Cold War and Decolonization in Africa: The Uneasy Meeting of East, West, and North in the Global South." Sponsored by the Department of History.

Fulbright Fellowship Seeking Superb Smithies from All Academic Disciplines

Spend a fulfilling year building bridges to cross-cultural understanding in one of 155 countries as a jump-start to your post-baccalaureate life. Fulbrighters from all fields of study conduct research or teach English in schools and universities, and get involved in their host communities through service projects, sports and cultural endeavors. Juniors and sophomores (U.S. citizen with 3.4+ GPA) register your interest in applying now by answering Enquiry Questions at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/intro.php. Get up to speed on how you can join Smith's winning tradition at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php.

Senior Class Wine & Cheese , Thursday, April 2, 8-9:30 p.m., Alumnae House

Smith Seniors are invited to a free Wine & Cheese gathering. This event will celebrate the Class of 2015 and give Seniors the opportunity to connect with faculty members and learn more about this year's Senior Giving Campaign. There will also be a drawing to win two pairs of Senior Ball tickets. Please bring a photo ID with date of birth--we'll be carding--and a few dollars to throw into the Senior Campaign "tip jar" as your gift. For more information, contact Katie Averill in the Smith Fund at kaverill@smith.edu.

CSO Community Ed Lunch with Treehouse , Thursday, April 2, Noon, Wright Hall 013 (lower level)

The CSO is holding its last Community Ed Lunch of the year on April 2nd. Kerry Homestead from Treehouse will be talking about their program and recruiting tutor/mentors for the fall. Treehouse is a multi-generational community that brings together families who have been involved in adoption and foster care with senior citizens to create an atmosphere of support within a system that has been historically characterized by instability.

Special Hours for Café , Sunday, April 5

The Cafe will open at noon on Sunday, April 5. For additional information on hours or menus, visit our website http://www.smith.edu/cafe

Field Station Saturday , Saturday, April 4, 1-4:30 p.m.

Want to get off campus? Come visit MacLeish Field Station. You can explore the five miles of trails, check out the one-acre vernal pool, or stay cozy in the building with a cup of tea. It's a great place to study or relax--and there's a collection of board games. The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and return to campus by 4:30 p.m. Space is limited. To sign up, visit http://goo.gl/nhrVZF. For more information, contact ewald@smith.edu.

'Student Picks' Exhibition by Niyati Dave '15 , Friday, April 3, Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

In "Camera Exotica: Cliches, Counter-Narratives and Cultural Clashes" curated by Niyati Dave '15, colonialist images are set side by side with contemporary works that confront narratives of race, empire and the Other. Featuring art by Willie Cole, Kara Walker, Saira Wasim, and more. Don't miss this one-day show.

'A Feminist Biological Perspective on Ovarian Follicular Dynamics' , Monday, April 6, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Kathryn Clancy, assistant professor of anthropology, University of Illinois. Part of the Spring 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Arabic and Hebrew Languages , Friday, April 3, Noon, Campus Center 102

Information about the Arabic and Hebrew language programs at Smith. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

'In Pursuit' - A Senior Art Exhibition , March 30-April 6, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

On display are works by Smith seniors Cora Lee Drew, Shannon Johnson, Ellen Monroe, Caryn Moon, Diana Mutino and Jamie Williams. Show runs March 30 - April 6.

Guest Lecture on Korea , Friday, April 3, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 301

Sinwoo Lee, visiting lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA, will give a lecture on "Blurring Boundaries: The Issue of Mixed Residence in Seoul: 1876-1910." Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies. Open to the public.

VSA Pho Workshop , Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

The Vietnamese Students Association is proud to present our annual pho workshop. Pho is a well known Vietnamese noodle soup that consists of rich broth, linguine shaped noodles, fresh herbs, and served with either meat or vegetarian ingredients. Come join us for a bowl of heartwarming pho and learn how we make this authentic dish! This is a free event, but donations will be welcomed.

Cancelled: Shirin Nezammafi Lecture 'The Encounters and Possibilities of Cross-Border Literature' , Thursday, April 2, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

The April 2 lecture by author Shirin Nezammafi has been cancelled.

A Conversation with Janet Mock , Monday, April 6, 7 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Writer, cultural commentator and transgender rights activist Janet Mock is the author of the bestseller "Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More." She hosts "So POPular!" on MSNBC's Shift network and serves as a contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine. The conversation will be moderated by Kevin Quashie, Professor of African American Studies. The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Book signing to follow.

Hands-On Banner Finance Training , Monday, April 6, 2:30-4 p.m., Seelye B-2, Computer Lab

This course offered by Smith accounting staff is an introduction to Banner Finance and is intended for new-to-Banner users, or staff who have shifted job duties and need a review of Banner Finance navigation. Space is limited. Register for the class by emailing Elizabeth Britt at ebritt@smith.edu.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, April 1, Wednesday Weekly Vigil, focus on divestment, noon, Campus Center. Friday, April, 3, Soup, Salad, Soul, student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; Al Iman Friday Prayers, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; Smith Christian Fellowship LaFe Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., Bodman; Smith Christian Fellowship Catholic Ministries, 5:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat in Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House, followed by Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room; Monday, April 6, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary.

Five College Disability Studies Conference , April 3 and 4, all day

Five College Disability Studies Conference organized by Smith College Disability Alliance will offer Workshops throughout the day beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday and from 10-11:30 a.m. and 3:15-3:45 p.m. on Saturday. Sessions held at several locations in Seelye Hall both days. Keynote speaker will be author and performer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, who will read from her new book "Body Map" in Weinstein Auditorium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. Open to the entire Five College community. This is a scent-free event. Contact dsa@smith.edu for more information.

Candle Light Labyrinth: Walking in Darkness and in Light , Friday, April 3, 10 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The labyrinth is an archetype found in many religions and in various forms around the world. It has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds around and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. The program will be led by Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life. All are welcome. Dropping in and wearing comfortable socks are encouraged.

The NEW English Major , Thursday, April 2, Noon, CC 103/104

If you are interested in becoming an English major, or if you are already an English major and want to hear some exciting news about the major, we invite you to this lunch presentation. Please come and enjoy pizza and cake with us.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag Series , Friday, April 3, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Dr. Rebecca Cochrane is a local dentist and owner of Cochrane Dental Associates. Dr. Cochrane has both a DMD and a PhD in immunology from a combined program at the University of Connecticut. Please join us to hear her speak about her career path in research and general dentistry. Pizza will be provided for the first 20 people.

Faculty/Staff: Apply for Kahn Institute Short-term Project with Film Producer David Weisman, by , April 3, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute invites Smith faculty and staff to apply for fellowships for the short-term project "Cross-Cultural Collaboration: A Seminar with Film Producer David Weisman," April 29-30, including screening of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and discussion with the producer. The project, organized by Alexandra Keller, professor of film studies, and Malcolm McNee, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will take place Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 5 p.m. (film screening), and Thursday, April 30, 3-5 p.m. Apply online by April 3 at http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_kissofthespiderwomanAPP.php . View a description of the project at http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_kissofthespiderwoman.php

Easter Service Resources for Smith Students , Sunday, April 5

The Northampton community and surrounding areas have many Easter services for Smith students to attend. To find out more about local services and celebrations, go to the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life website at http://www.smith.edu/religiouslife/images/EasterList_2015.pdf. For more information, contact Kim Alston at kalston@smith.edu or Maureen Raucher at mraucher@smith.edu.

People News

A Student of Vision nomination for achievement in high-tech, election to the National Latina/o Studies Association and a Woodrow Wilson fellowship for junior faculty are among the recent accomplishments of campus community members. Read more about them in the latest People News column.


03/31/2015 Digest


Computer Science Major and Minor , Tuesday, March 31, Noon, Ford Hall Atrium

The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the department, the major and minor requirements, upcoming department events, teaching assistant positions, and the classes being offered in the fall semester. Chinese food will be served.

Get Rid of the Waste. Get on with a Better Life. , Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

With our society now driven by a 'throwaway' mentality, and recycling and composting leveling at 34% recovery rates, the time is now for action to reduce waste and change the consumption paradigm causing it. This highly interactive workshop facilitated by Jacquie Ottman '77, nationally recognized expert in green marketing and sustainable consumption, explores practical lifestyle-enhancing steps to reduce, reuse, share, repurpose and repair, beyond recycle and compost. Key discussion points include: the waste we generate - and why, shifting from a 'throwaway' society to align with a 'No Waste Mindset,' and influencing family, co-workers, businesses, and government to reduce waste.

Retirement Party for Janet Hukowicz , Wednesday, April 1, 2:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Join us in honoring Janet Hukowicz as she retires from Information Technology Services after 41 and a half years of service to Smith. All are welcome.

'Cyborg Buddha' Lecture Series Continues , Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Contemplative Sensors and the Democratization of Contemplative Practice, with Muse: the Brain Sensing Headband", a lecture and demonstration by Ariel Garten, CEO, InteraXon, and Michael Apollo, mindfulness instructor, University of Toronto. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and the Department of Religion.

Apply Now: Be an Orientation Leader for Fall 2015

Orientation Leader applications are now available for the Fall 2015 Orientation. Becoming an Orientation Leader is an excellent way to connect with incoming Smithies, gain leadership experience, and meet new people. No program planning experience necessary and all first-years, sophomores, and juniors are welcome to apply. To learn more and/or apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/firstyear/orientation_leaders.php

Education Major and Minor , Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Seelye 101

Regardless of major, anyone interested in preparing to teach should attend this meeting.

Screening of 'Food Chains: The Revolution in America's Fields' , Tuesday, March 31, 7-9 p.m., Seelye 107

In support of National Farmworker Awareness Week, The SGA Sustainability Committee and Real Food Challenge (RFC) is screening Food Chains: The Revolution in America's Fields. "Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger â?? earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this."

El 'Amor Liquido' en la Narrativa Breve de Quim Monzó , Wednesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

A lecture in Spanish by Professor Marta E. Altisent of the University of California/Davis. Quim Monzó’s stories shed light on the impasse political corruption, economic disenchantment, and nationalist self-doubt have created in Catalonia. His mood is melancholic, perhaps dictated by the disappearance of the warmer, more communally centered Barcelona of his youth, a city that was less transparent and globalized. One of the greatest Catalan prose writers of the twentieth century, Quim Monzó’s journalistic, narrative oeuvre embodies the modernization of Catalan letters. Monzó speaks to us in a universal literary idiom that brings Catalan culture into the twenty-first Century.

'Light Distance Wave': Poetry and Performance by Sueyeun Juliette Lee , Tuesday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Light Distance Wave explores the psychological impact of human movement and environmental change through the motifs of light, memory and landscape. Drawing from East Asian shamanic and Western contemporary dance forms, author, teacher and poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee will weave narratives of family and national histories with environmental studies and astrophysic rhetorics to suggest the fragility and tenaciousness of life. Sponsored by the Smith College Departments of Art, Dance and English Language and Literature; the Programs in American Studies and East Asian Studies; the Poetry Center, the Lecture Committee, and the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program.

Study of Women and Gender Major and Minor , Tuesday, March 31, Noon, Seelye 207

Information concerning the major and study abroad options will be discussed. Come and meet our faculty and students. Lunch served for first 25.

Master Class: 'The Female Voice Through the Lifetime—Profound at Every Age' , Tuesday, March 31, 4 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Illustrious mezzo-soprano and vocal pedagogue, Karen Brunssen will discuss the female voice and present her own research, which details nuances of the voice from three months to 103. Free and open to the public.

Fulbright Spring Blast-Off , Tuesday, March 31, 7-8 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Come meet some of Smith's 31 Fulbright Finalists at the Fulbright Spring Blast-Off, Tuesday, March 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall lower level! A panel of Fulbright Finalists will speak about their experiences with the application process and hold a Q&A session afterwards. Join the hundreds of other Smithies (U.S. citizen with 3.4+ GPA) who have jumped on the Fast Track to Success Express and became part of a winning Smith tradition http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php. Seize this chance to ask Fulbright Finalists about their projects http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php and start planning for your own.

La 'Sécurisation des Frontieres' dans les enclaves de Ceuta et Melilla , Wednesday, April 1, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center welcomes Mustapha Machrafi, Fulbright scholar and Professor at the African Studies Institute, University of Mohamed V- Souissi--Rabati. His Fulbright project is entitled "Governance of Immigration: A Comparative Study of the American and Moroccan Immigration Policies". His lecture will discuss the immigration and movement of Sub-Saharan Africans in the Melilla and Ceuta Enclaves and its impact on immigration politics in Morocco. The lecture will be held in French. For more globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

Community Engagement & Social Change Concentration , Wednesday, April 1, 12:15-1 p.m., Wright 013, Lower Level

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

Brazilian Film Series: 'Moro no Brasil' ('I Live in Brazil') , Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Journeying through Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and Pernambuco, Mika Kaurismaki's 2002 documentary presents a richly textured and passionately inspired portrait of traditional and contemporary music and performance cultures in Brazil, from samba, forro and frevo, to funk and hip-hop. Kaurismaki, an award-winning Finnish documentary and feature filmmaker, brings to the screen interviews and performances by more than forty musicians--young and old, professional and amateur, famous and unknown alike --as a sort of open love letter to his adopted home. This film is in Portuguese with English Subtitles. Free and open to the public.

Lydia Lunch Live Performance, Discussion, and Q & A , Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Lydia Lunch is a writer, musician, actress, and poet; she'll talk about her career as a pioneering member of 1980s NYC punk, No-Wave, and feminist performance art. "Lydia is passionate, confrontational and bold. Whether attacking the patriarchy and their pornographic war mongering, turning the sexual into the political or whispering a love song to the broken hearted, her fierce energy and rapid fire delivery lend testament to her warrior nature. She has released too many musical projects to tally, has been on tour for decades, has published dozens of articles, half a dozen books and simply refuses to shut up."

Education Major/Minor , Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m., Seelye 101

Regardless of major, anyone interested in preparing to teach should attend this meeting.

Smith To Do: Wrap Bangles , Saturday, April 4, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Stay on trend this season by making your own wrap bangles. Stop by to make your own.

Physics Major , Wednesday, April 1, 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. On the same day at 5 p .m. students interested in learning more about the faculty research can get a guided tour of our research labs. Ice cream sundaes will be served.

Transgender Rights Activist Janet Mock Will Speak on Campus

Author and activist Janet Mock first told her story of growing up as a trans girl in 2011 in Marie Claire, a magazine where she now serves as a contributing editor. In an event sponsored by the Class of 2015, Mock will speak on campus at 7 p.m. Monday, April 6, in John M. Greene Hall. The event is free and open to the public.


03/26/2015 Digest


SEC Films Presents 'Annie' , Friday & Saturday, March 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

This film is about Annie, a foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

Jittery's Live! Presents Hanging Hills , Thursday, March 26, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Come down to the CC TV Lounge to enjoy live music, delicious treats, and a great time. Jittery's Live! Presents Hanging Hills, a folk rock band from Willimantic, Conn. Check out their bandcamp or YouTube page to hear some of their music.

Seniors: Apply for Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award

Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award, established in 1979 by friends and former students of Professor Lehmann. The prize is awarded to a senior (or seniors) majoring in the history of art, with preference given to students interested in pursuing the study of art history, especially classical art, at the graduate level. Students wishing to apply should submit to the Department of Art office, Hillyer Hall, by 4 p.m. on April 10, a transcript and a written proposal describing the travel plans and budget for which the grant is to be used.

Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize , Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize, established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones '88. The award is made to an undergraduate for a judged work in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts or architecture. Students interested should submit and display their work in the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer Hall, Monday, April 6, and Tuesday April 7. Work should be labeled with student name, class, and contact information.

Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History

Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History, awarded annually for the best student paper written in an art history course taught at Smith. Students may submit one clean copy of a paper to the Department of Art office, Hillyer Hall. The name of the student should be typed on the cover sheet only. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. Monday, April 6.

The Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie '60 Memorial Fund

The Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie '60 Memorial Fund can help provide financial support for majors and minors (current sophomores and juniors) in the Department of Art who undertake a summer internship involving approximately 35 hours of work per week. To apply for Hoxie funds, prepare one or two page(s) typed statement in which you describe any arrangements you have made or will make to obtain internship; explain what you propose to accomplish through your internship; describe a brief schedule and budget; and provide the names of two faculty members we might contact for references. Applications are due Friday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m.

'International Relations in Theory and Practice: Observations from a Diplomatic Career in Eurasia' , Thursday, March 26, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a talk with Robin S. Brooks '95, Chief of Staff in the State Department's Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Brooks will cover the shift in United States foreign policy from the Cold War to the War on Terror, the changing perceptions of U.S. interests abroad, and the role of human rights and development in U.S. policies. A reception will follow. For more information and events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

Global Salon: A Reading and Conversation About 18th-Century Swahili Poet Mwana Kupoma , Tuesday, March 31, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Geoffrey Kitula King'ei, professor of Kiswahili and African Languages at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. As well as being an accomplished translator, King'ei has written several children's books, including an adaptation of an 18th-century Swahili classic, Utendi wa Mwana Kupona (Mwana Kupona: Poetess from Lamu; Sema Publications). In addition to Poetess from Lamu, his recent translations include Wole Soyinka's famous play, Simba na Lulu (The Lion and the Jewel; forthcoming Oxford University Press). For more globally-themed events, visit smith.edu/world/

Info Sessions on IDP 320 Fall 2015 Seminar: Women's Health in India , March 31 and April 1, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Information sessions on this fall seminar, including the J-term trip to India, will be held on: March 31, noon-1 p.m. and April 1, 5-6 p.m. RSVP to epeters@smith.edu as to which session you plan to attend, as pizza will be served. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply.

Smith Women in the Environment Alumnae Panel , Monday, March 30, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

ES&P has invited four alumnae with diverse environmental careers talk about their careers and how their education at Smith helped set them on their professional path. This year's panelist are: Alana Miller '10, Policy Manager, Transportation Alternatives; H. Hanh Chu '07, Emissions Data Analyst, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Beth Callaghan '04, Senior Education Specialist, Monterey Bay Aquarium; and Jacquelyn Ottman '77, J.Ottman Consulting, Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Brands. Our panelists are eager to share their advice and reflections; bring your questions for the discussion to follow the panelists' introductory comments.

Poetry Concentration and Salon , Thursday, March 26, 6:30-8 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Want to learn more about the Poetry Concentration? We will make a short presentation about the Concentration and host our regular monthly salon after. Feel free to stay for the concentration salon and buffet. Please email Jen at jblackbu@smith.edu for RSVP link.

Karlheinz Stockhausen Retrospective: 'Hymnen,' Festival of Sound and Space , Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Offered as part of the celebration of the current special exhibition, "Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade" <http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/On-View/MARY-BAUERMEISTER-The-New-York-Decade> Karlheinz Stockhausen's monumental "Hymnen" (1966-67) is a large-scale electronic work focusing on national anthems from around the world. The piece is divided into four sections, or regions -- each dedicated to a different composer. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear an important piece of electronic music in its full four-channel version. Smith College Festival of Sound and Space artistic director Gregory Brown will serve as sound projectionist. Free and open to the public. For more information on the March 24-26 Karlheinz Stockhausen Retrospective, visit http://smith.edu/smitharts/stockhausen.php

Screening of 'Girl Rising' , Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

In order to dispel stereotypes regarding Islam's view on education, Smith's Muslim students are bringing the film, "Girl Rising," to the campus community. The purpose is to bring students and faculty together to enlighten and sit under the same roof while doing so.

Fundraising Dinner for Peshawar Attacks , Saturday, March 28, 5:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Muslim students of Smith, in collaboration with EKTA, the South Asian Students Organization, are hosting a fundraising dinner for the 141 lives taken in the terrorist attack in Peshawar, India last December. The dinner will commemorate the lives lost with a fundraising video made by Smith students as well as a few words from a Pakistani Smith Junior. Entrance to the dinner is $3 per person.

College Standing Committee Nominations

Staff: There is still time to nominate yourself to serve on a College Standing Committee. These committees are comprised of faculty and staff members and help advise the College on important decisions. To read more about the work of each committee and to nominate yourself for open positions, please visit http://goo.gl/qZcGSe Nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Conbust 2015 , March 27-29, Seelye Hall

Conbust is a weekend-long, multifandom convention running from March 27 to March 29, 2015 in Seelye Hall. Featuring panels, workshops, local vendors, games, and more, Conbust strives to empower women in the science-fiction and fantasy fan communities. This year's convention is bound to have something for everybody. For more information, visit the official Conbust website at http://sophia.smith.edu/conbust/index.html.

Athletic Clearance Sale , Wednesday & Thursday, March 25 & 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Great deals on Oold and new merchandise being sold in the foyer of Ainsworth Gym. Cash or checks only.

After the Show Bulb Sale , Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29, Lyman Conservatory

Member-Only Hours are Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m.-noon (please bring your membership card). General public hours are Saturday, March 28, Noon-3 p.m., and Sunday, March 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m (while supplies last). Please bring your own trays or cardboard flats. $2-5 a pot.

'Disappearance and Its Repeats' Diana Taylor, Founder, Hemispheric Inst. of Performance and Politics , Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Diana Taylor, author of "Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War,'" will engage in personal, interpersonal, social and political reflection on the legacy of torture and disappearance at Villa Grimaldi, the notorious prison and extermination camp in Santiago, Chile, operated by the secret police during the Pinochet regime. Taylor, who has visited Villa Grimaldi on several occasions guided by survivors of the atrocities committed there, will consider the power of disappearance and its repeats as it pertains to Chile's "disappeared." In conjunction with the Kahn Institute project "The Power of Disappearance." Open to all; refreshments served.

Reminder: Facilities Mgt. Summer Job Applications Due March 27

This year the number of available job openings in Facilities Management for the Summer Employment is very limited. If there are any vacancies available once returning workers are hired, new applicants will be contacted according to the priority list. On-line applications for new hires must be submitted by Friday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, priority for filling positions goes first to eligible returning workers from the previous summer, Smith undergraduate students, then to college age dependents and then to high school-age dependents. For information on how to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/career_summer.php

Save the Date for the All-Employee Picnic: June 8

Make sure your summer plans include being on campus on Monday, June 8, the day of the All-Employee Picnic. This popular event will take place earlier this year this to allow more employees to attend. New menu items as well as fun, new activities will make this even more of a "can't miss" event! More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

'Bargaining with Normativity: Queer Kinship in Contemporary China' , Thursday, March 26, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Elisabeth Engebretsen, associate professor of anthropology, Shandong University, China, will deliver a lecture that will explore the types of queer kinship relations that have manifested as individuals navigate the powerful patrilineal kinship system that continues to shape notions of gender, sexuality, filial piety and reproduction in contemporary China. Englebretsen is the author of Queer Women in Urban China: An Enthnography (2013), winner of the 2014 Ruth Benedict Honorable Mention Book Prize from the Association of Queer Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. She is one of only a few anthropologists working on the lives of queer women in China.

'Cyborg Buddha' Lecture Series Continues , Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Videogame as Mandala, Enlightenment as Novelty". Robin Arnott, creator of the virtual reality experience "SoundSelf," explores the potential for video games as a tool for inducing trance states, meditation states, and "peak" experiences. The talk will cover modern techniques for inducing meditation states in players who may have no experience meditating, and the cultural business of using novelty to leverage ancient technologies for a modern audience. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion.

'Say What? Speech Rights, Learning Communities and Academic Freedom' Panel Discussion, Conversations , Monday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a roundtable discussion about speech on campus (4:30-6 p.m.), followed by small-group facilitated conversations over dinner (6-7:30 p.m.). For the roundtable, five panelists will explore historical and present-day disagreements on speech protections and limits, and the role of educational institutions. Katherine Rowe, provost and dean of the faculty, will serve as moderator. The panelists are Carrie Baker, associate professor for the study of women and gender; Ambreen Hai, professor of English language and literature; Dwight Hamilton, chief diversity officer; Marc Lendler, professor of government; and Marilyn Schuster, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and professor of the study of women and gender. Submit a question to the panelists in advance to campusdiscourse@smith.edu. At 6 p.m., audience members are invited to reflect and talk about speech on campus. There will be several small-group facilitated conversations at various locations in Wright Hall using the Ask Big Questions model of Ask-Share-Learn-Do http://www.askbigquestions.org/ This is the second of a series of conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse this semester intended to strengthen campus discourse on challenging issues. Future conversations will be organized around the theme of Gender Matters. For more informaiton on the Working Group, visit http://www.smith.edu/discourse/index.php

East Asian Studies Lecture: "Reconsidering Time in the 'Now' of Modernity" , Friday, March 27, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 110

Ellie Choi, assistant professor of Korean studies at Cornell University, will deliver a lecture on "Reconsidering Time in the 'Now' of Modernity: 1917: Memories of Hometown." Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies. Open to the public.

Smith Crew Ergathon for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts , Friday, March 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Chapin Lawn

This Friday the Smith Crew team will be rowing outside the Campus Center to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The team will collect dollars and change from and will guarantee at least a $1,000 donation to the charity. The Food Bank supports over 300,000 people in Western Mass, through it's support of local agencies and families. Please help us by coming by, donating, and cheering on the team. Contact Coach Klinger at ext. 2717 with questions.

Info. Session on One-Year MS Nutrition Program , Thursday, March 26, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a health professional? Dr. Sharon Akabas, director of the MS in Nutrition program at The Institute of Human Nutrition, will be on hand to discuss the program. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Dr. Akabas at sa109@columbia.edu. The Institute of Human Nutrition trains students to become competent in nutrition science as well as in clinical and public health nutrition; understand the importance of nutrition in health and disease prevention; and develop writing, critical thinking, public-speaking and leadership skills through our focus on professional training.

'We Are All Lichens: How Symbionts Are Changing Our Views of Development and Evolution' , Monday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Scott Gilbert, Swarthmore College. Part of the Spring 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, Mar. 25, Wednesday Weekly Vigil, for contemplation and solidarity, noon, Sanctuary. Friday, Mar. 27, Soup, Salad, Soul, student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; Al Iman Friday Prayers, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; Smith Christian Fellowship LaFe Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., Bodman; Smith Christian Fellowship Catholic Ministries, 5:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat in Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House, followed by Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room; Monday, March 30, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary.

Poetry and Yoga Workshop , Sunday, March 29, Noon-3 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Sign up for this limited-opportunity poetry and yoga workshop, titled "Unleashed and Uncaged: Cultivating Compassion Through Movement, Stillness," by March 25, if possible. Free transportation from Smith College for those who need it. As with ALL AASC events, this event is free, accessible, and open to the public. See you there. https://www.facebook.com/events/1560268150925881/

Sage Chamber Music Society: Volcy Pelletier, Cello , Sunday, March 29, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Sage Chamber Music Society presents Volcy Pelletier in a faculty recital. Pelletier will perform a solo cello work by Penderecki, the heroic sonata for cello and piano by Richard Strauss and the richly romantic and beguiling Serenade for string trio by Dohnanyi. She will be joined by Judith Gordon, piano; Joel Pitchon, violin; and Ronald Carbone, viola. Free and open to the public.

Musical Shabbat with Cantor Shoshana Brown '80 , Friday, March 27, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Cutter-Ziskind

Cantor Shoshana Brown ('80) and her guitar will be leading Kabbalat Shabbat services at the K this Friday, in the Kosher Kitchen. She is on campus for the Smith Women's leadership Conference and is a panelist for the workshop "The Life I Didn't Expect". After services she will share her work. Cantor Brown is dedicated to making psalms more accessible to everyone, Hebrew speakers or not, Jewish or not. She has been working on setting psalms to a wide variety of folk melodies from around the world and to her own compositions.

Stargazing , Friday, March 27, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, planets, galaxies, and a region of active star formation at the astronomy department's open house. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, ext.3935).

Senior Architecture Exhibition, Closing Lunch and Q & A Session , Friday, March 27, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Smith Built Environment is a student-run org for students interested in architecture, landscape design and urbanism. This event will provide a space for students to ask seniors questions about school, architecture and their work that is currently exhibited in the Jannotta Gallery. Lunch and tea will be provided. Contact odaddi@smith or psriwahyuni@smith.edu for more information.

Asking Big Questions: March 30 Roundtable Event Will Focus on Free Speech

In the second in a series of forums organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse, Smith community members are invited to take up the issue of free speech on college campuses. The event, to be held Monday, March 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, features a panel discussion followed by small-group conversations over dinner.


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SEC and Spitfire Present Spoken Word with Imanni Cezanne , Tuesday, March 24, 8:30 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Imani Cezanne is a highly acclaimed writer, performer, workshop facilitator, community organizer and poetry slam coach. Rooted in her experiences as young, Black, woman, Imani Cezanne's work digs deep into the silenced themes of race, gender, sexuality and privilege in order to become a catalyst for social justice and change. Cezanne's work has been featured on esteemed websites such as Upworthy, Button Poetry, The Huffington Post, and All Def Digital, Russell Simmons' most recent Spoken Word YouTube channel.

All About Adas: Ada Comstock Appreciation Week with the Senior Campaign , Tuesday-Thursday, March 24-26, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Want to support Ada Comstock Scholars at Smith? Learn how to by giving back through the Senior Campaign and directly to Ada scholarships. The Senior Campaign will be tabling to talk about the Ada scholarship designation and student philanthropy in general.

'Migration, Forced Migration and Displacement in South Africa' , Wednesday, March 25, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

As part of the Global Scholar lecture series, the Lewis Global Studies Center presents a lecture by Katherine Newman, professor of sociology and provost of UMass Amherst. She will discuss South Africa's often ignored role in both internal, "economically inspired" migration, and forced migration across international borders that concludes in South Africa. Drawing on field work from 2007-2010, Newman will discuss the political problems that have emerged in post-apartheid South Africa as a consequence of these population flows. For more information and events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

Works by Andrew Maurer , March 3-31, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

In this subtle and playful collection of video projections and works on paper, artist Andrew Maurer explores themes of pictorial space, structure, and impermanence. He creates a meditative environment in which precise digitally-created form is contrasted with the texture and lightness of traditional Japanese papers. Maurer lives and works in Northampton and holds an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University. Closing reception is Thursday, March 26, 4-6 p.m., Oresman Gallery.

Bruce Jennings on 'Creatures Who Create: Should We Bring Back Lost Species?' , Tuesday, March 24, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Human activities now fundamentally shape the world we live in, and advances in biotechnology enable humans to manipulate the conditions of life in unprecedented ways. This talk will address what is "natural" and what is "artificial," asking, what should humans accommodate and what should we enhance? Jennings' talk will explore the relationship between humans and nature through the lens of "de-extinction," or bringing back extinct species through genetic engineering. Do science and technology teach us to see ourselves as trustees of a fragile web of life or instead as engineers of a world that serves only human interests and needs? For more information, visit smith.edu/philosophy/news.php

Law School/Public Policy Prize: Barbara Jordan Award for Study of Law and Public Policy

The Barbara Jordan Award for Study of Law and Public Policy was established to encourage African-American women to undertake careers in these fields after the example of the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Seniors or alumnae who have been accepted to law school or graduate program in public policy are eligible to apply. The prize is a cash award, not a scholarship, and may be used toward tuition, cost of books, travel, preparation, etc. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes to view details for submitting an application. Deadline is April 10.

Stephen Mitchell Q&A and Poetry Reading , Tuesday, March 24

The Wall Street Journal proclaimed Stephen Mitchell the "rock star" of the world of translation, which he describes as "falling in love with a book or a consciousness." His work has illuminated the lyric intensity, fluency, and reach of such greats as Pablo Neruda and Yehuda Amichai, but he is perhaps best known for his translations of Rainer Maria Rilke--which The Chicago Tribune called "a miracle." A Q&A at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center is open to the Smith Community. Mitchell's 7:30 p.m. reading in Stoddard Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Mystery Map Answer and Winner Revealed

The Spatial Analysis Lab sorted through piles of submissions to the winter mystery map challenge and has found its winner. To see who was rewarded this honorable prize and to learn about the answer to the map challenge as well as the process we went through to produce it, visit http://www.smith.edu/gis

Karlheinz Stockhausen Retrospective: The Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen , Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

In celebration of the current special exhibition, "Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade," <http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/On-View/MARY-BAUERMEISTER-The-New-York-Decade> this evening's program spans the years 1950-1977 in the composer's output with a special focus on two works created during the time of Stockhausen's influential personal and professional relationship with the distinguished German artist Mary Bauermeister whose work is currently on view at SCMA. The Music Department is thrilled to welcome Bauermeister as a special guest performer for this event to present a vocal improvisation in duet with Smith faculty, composer and soprano Kate Soper. Free and open to the public. For more information about the March 24-26 Retrospective, see http://smith.edu/smitharts/stockhausen.php

Documentary Film Screening of 'Bauermeister' , Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Timed to coincide with the artist Mary Bauermeister's residency at Smith (March 23–29), and part of the celebration of the current exhibition, "Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade," <http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/On-View/MARY-BAUERMEISTER-The-New-York-Decade> this is the U.S. premiere of 'Bauermeister' by Johann Camut, approximately 66 minutes. The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion with artist Mary Bauermeister and Johann Camut. Free and open to the public. For more information about the artist and other programming during her residency visit http://smith.edu/smitharts/stockhausen.php

Festival of Sound & Space Featuring the Nakatani Gong Orchestra , Wednesday, March 25, 8 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Nakatani Gong Orchestra is a non-traditional music orchestra, directed by Tatsuya Nakatani, an acoustic sound artist and percussionist. Nakatani aims to create a rich harmony using a large collection of gongs. The Nakatani Gong Orchestra is the only bowing-based gong orchestra in the world. These gongs are played by people from the community who gather before the show to receive instruction in performance techniques. This orchestra is an ongoing and growing project. It tours regularly and has given over 60 performances since 2011. An accomplished improvisor, Nakatani also plays solo on drums and an assortment of instruments.

Peace Meal: 'Does Religion Incite Violence?' , Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life will convene its first Peace Meal. With so much violence associated with religion, it is easy for some to wonder if organized religion is inherently divisive. A panel will speak to this question, followed by conversation facilitated by leaders from different faith traditions while we "break bread" together; using a shared meal as an act of solidarity across difference. Conversation groups will practice dialogue, compassionate listening, and work together to create a space where all perspectives can be heard. Vegetarian meal prepared by student cooks. RSVP to kalston@smith.edu or mcantwel@smith.edu.

'Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Illness,' Annual Engel Lecture by Steven Williams , Tuesday, March 24, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Steven Williams, Gates Professor of Biological Sciences, will explore the strategies and the stakes involved in eradicating neglected tropical diseases in "The Global Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): Diseases of Poverty That Afflict the Bottom Billion," this year's Katharine Asher Engel Lecture. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/news/breaking-the-cycle-of-poverty-and-illness-engel-lecture-focuses-on-neglected-tropical-diseases/. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wednesday Weekly Vigil , March 25, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

Wednesday Weekly Vigil is designed as a space of contemplation, dialogue, and solidarity for the campus community. It reflects how we strive to "be the change we wish to see in the world" and how the contemplative conditions we create help spread peace throughout the world. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. The vigil will be led by students and Interfaith Fellow Matilda Cantwell. Students are encouraged to bring a grab and go lunch. If you would like to propose a topic or lead a vigil, contact Matilda at mcantwel@smith.edu

Community Service Opportunity: Volunteer at Kate's Kitchen , Wednesday, March 25, 4:30-7 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Smith's Food Recovery Network is looking for volunteers to serve dinner at Kate's Kitchen, a shelter in Holyoke, this Wednesday night. Volunteers will leave campus together around 4:30 p.m. and be back by 7 p.m. Sign up at http://goo.gl/X10S4U Feel free to contact Beverly Lipsey ’18 at blipsey@smith.edu with any questions.

Closing the Gender G(app): Students Host Smith's First Hackathon March 28-29

Julia Edwards '15 and fellow members of Smithies in Computer Science are hosting the college's first hackathon from 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29 in Davis Ballroom. The creative marathon aims to draw first-time programmers and shine a light on the existing gender gap in computer and information sciences.

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