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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/.

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.

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 , 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.

'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.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Lunch will be provided.

'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.

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.

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/

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


03/24/2015 Digest


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.

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

In 2009, author Shirin Nezammafi won the Bungakukai Prize for her second published novel "Shiroi kami" ("White Paper"), which was also nominated for the prestigious Akutagawa Prize the same year. Through a discussion of her writing in Japanese, Nezammafi will explore ideas about translation, national identity and literature. A reception will be held afterwards at 6 p.m. in the Museum Atrium. Download the poster at http://www.smith.edu/eall/

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.

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.

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.


03/19/2015 Digest


Facilities Management Summer Employment Program; Applications Due , Friday, March 27, 4:30 p.m.

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 College 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

Retirement Tea for Jinny Mason , Thursday, March 19, 3-5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A fancy tea party is planned from 3 - 5 p.m. to honor Jinny Mason as she retires from the Libraries. All are welcome.

Smith College Women's Leadership Conference: Taking the Right Risks , Friday & Saturday, March 27 & 28

The Office of Alumnae Relations will host this two-day event at which alumnae presenters and participants will share stories of how taking calculated risks led to new adventures and made them stronger leaders. All panel discussions will be open to students. Visit the conference website for a schedule and panel descriptions: http://alumnae.smith.edu/events/womens-leadership-conference/

CMP Strategic Planning Proposal Deadline March 23

Spring Break is right around the corner, and so is the deadline to submit your brief strategic proposals. The Committee on Mission and Priorities, which is serving as the strategic planning steering group, invites proposals for innovative ideas and investments, as well as alignment of existing programs, from faculty, staff and students. Deadline is March 23. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/planning/.

Mail Services Price Changes Beginning July 1

As of July 1 the cost of "Address Checks" will increase to $0.03 per address and the cost of Staff/Faculty Distributions will be $40 per distribution.

'Plant Conservation and Climate Change' , Monday, March 23, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Jesse Bellemare, assistant professor of biological sciences, Smith College, will present 'Plant Conservation and Climate Change: Insights from Biogeography, Ecological Experimentation and Horticulture." 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.

Student Financial Services Will Be Closed , Friday, March 20

Student Financial Services will be closed so that the staff can produce financial aid letters for the admitted Class of 2019. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, March 23.

Chaired Professor Lecture: Jamie Hubbard , Monday, March 23, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Jamie Hubbard, professor of religion and Yehan Numata Professor in Buddhist Studies and Jill Ker Conway Chair in Religion and East Asian Studies, will give his inaugural lecture, "Buddhism and the Happiness Industry, or What I Learned From Dr. Phil." All are welcome. For more information on the Chaired Professor Lecture Series visit http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

Collaborations in Sound and Space: Artist Mary Bauermeister Headlines ArtsFest at Smith

German artist Mary Bauermeister helped inspire many of her former husband Karlheinz Stockhausen's pioneering 1960s electronic music compositions. Bauermeister, whose inventive sculptures, drawings and assemblages are on exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art, will be on campus next week for a residency and a series of musical events celebrating her collaborations with Stockausen, who died in 2007.


03/17/2015 Digest


'Sleep and OCD' Presented by Alan Seigel, LICSW , Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

There is increasing evidence that sleep disruption is associated with OCD and may exacerbate symptoms and prolong the disorder. This talk will review the evidence regarding the relationship between sleep problems and OCD symptoms. Part One of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & Related Disorders Smith College Lecture Series.

'Staff Schmooze' Networking Op with Colleagues, Presentation on Library Resources, and Snacks , Wednesday, March 18, noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Staff Council is hosting its first-ever Staff Schmooze event on March 18. The event will allow colleagues from across campus to get to know one another in an informal setting over a brown-bag lunch (drinks and snacks provided). The highlight of the event is a presentation from library staff intended to inform Smith employees about the ways in which they can access free library resources (staff members will learn how they can borrow popular DVDs, access online encyclopedias, stream video on demand, and more). There will also be an opportunity to bring your questions and concerns to Staff Council members.

Smith Employee Group Discount for Auto and Home Insurance

Smith has partnered with two local agencies to offer employees a group discount on automobile insurance rates. Employees have a choice between Whalen Insurance and Webber & Grinnell Insurance. Employees are eligible for a variety of options and discounts. For more information, visit the Human Resources website at http://www.smith.edu/hr/benefits_other.php

Are You a Foodie? Thinking About Social Justice? Join an Environmental Concentration

The environmental concentrations give students a way to organize a combination of intellectual and practical experiences (internships/service learning) around an environmental area of interest (currently sustainable food and climate change). A concentration allows for more flexibility than is possible within a minor, and students can pursue a concentration alongside a minor or a second major. More information and the application are on the Center for the Environment website: http://www.smith.edu/ceeds/concentrations.php Deadline to apply is March 27th.

'Urban Landscapes: Scenes of Brighton Beach' a Kahn Gallery Photo Exhibit by Abraham Ravett , Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

In the early 1980s, Abraham Ravett, professor of film/photography/video at Hampshire College and a Faculty Fellow in the Kahn Institute project "The Power of Disappearance," used an 8-by-10-inch view camera to photograph street and boardwalk scenes in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York, where many newly arrived Soviet immigrants lived and where he grew up during his teenage and young adult years. The resultant photographs, an intimate collection depicting scenes outside apartment buildings, under the elevated train, and views from balconies, are on display in the Kahn Gallery, inside the entrance to the Kahn Institute, through April. Open to all.

Law School Prize: David Burres Memorial Law Prize

The David Burres Memorial Law Prize is awarded to a senior or an alumna who has been accepted to law school with the intention of practicing law in the public interest, in memory of Attorney Burres's work for the disenfranchised and in the area of civil liberties. Need is a factor but not a requirement. The prize is a cash award, not a scholarship, and is to be used toward first-year tuition in law school. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes to view details for submitting an application. Deadline is April 10.

Prize for International Relations, Peace Studies or Race Relations

The Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize is awarded to a Smith student who has done substantial academic work or has had equivalent experience in international relations, peace studies or race relations. The award is a cash prize, not a scholarship, and is to be used for further supervised work or research in these areas during this year or next. Preference given to seniors, but not those enrolled in graduate school. The prize may not be used for graduate school expenses. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes for details. Deadline is April 10.

Cafe Hours- Spring Break

The Cafe will be open with reduced hours during Spring break offering continental breakfast, grab and go salads, soup, pizza, deli and grill. The Cafe will be open Monday to Friday, March 16 to 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and will be closed Saturdays March 14 and 21. It will be open Sunday, March 22, from noon to 11:30 p.m. For more information about the cafe, visit http://www.smith.edu/diningservices/cafe.php

Workshop On Enhancing Student Learning And Engagement Through Moodle , Tuesday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Seelye B4

The Five College Blended Learning Program invites faculty, staff, and students across the five campuses to participate in its upcoming workshop featuring blended learning presentations and hands-on activities using Moodle. Participants have the option to attend the event at Amherst College, or via live videoconferencing at Smith and Hampshire College. There are multiple locations for this event: Amherst College- Webster 102 (Main Location), Smith College- Seeyle Hall B4, Hampshire College- Faculty Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall. Space is limited at each campus, so register today at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/blended/Spring2015_BLWorkshop

A New Look at Ancient Wisdom: Prof. Susan Levin's Book Links Plato and Bioethics

What can Plato teach us about current bioethics? Plenty, says professor of philosophy Susan Levin. Plato’s views of human nature and political community are valuable right now, as bioethicists aim to move forward on such issues as medical error, transparency, accountability and physician incentives. A story in the latest "Insight" reveals more about Levin's work linking Plato and modern bioethics.


03/12/2015 Digest


Stargazing , Thursday, March 12, 8:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Join the astronomy department for an open house and viewing of stars, planets, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

Free Second Friday at SCMA , March 13, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

4-6 pm: Make your own Looking Box. 6 pm: Informal gallery conversation. Light refreshments by Tryon Common.

Smith Wind Ensemble Invites New Members , Mondays, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Smith College Wind Ensemble invites students, faculty and staff to join them as they prepare for their spring concert. All instruments welcome, especially brass and percussion. No audition necessary. Works include Ticheli's "Vesuvius" and Whitacre's "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas". Rehearsals are Mondays from 7-8:30pm in Sweeney Concert Hall. Contact Ellen Redman (eredman@smith.edu) for more info.

Call for New Judicial Board Members: Applications Due , Friday, March 13, 4 p.m., Clark Hall

Are you interested in promoting social justice and education on campus? Have you ever wondered how the student Code of Conduct impacts lives at Smith? Would you like to support your fellow Smithies? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should consider applying to be a member of the College Judicial Board. The board hears cases of student misconduct, adjudicates on such matters, and helps to provide opportunities of growth and reflection for fellow Smithies. You must be a rising junior or senior. If you are interested, submit an application by March 13 to Clark Hall.

'Gender Justice, Human Rights and the Problem of Culture' , Thursday, March 12, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Dorothy L. Hodgson, professor of anthropology, Rutgers University, and vice president of the African Studies Association, will make the case that the problem of culture is really a problem of power, that a historical perspective is essential to understanding contemporary gender dynamics, and for the importance of a more expansive understanding of gender justice that recognizes alternative approaches to framing and seeking justice by, for and on behalf of women and men.

New Playreading Series: 'And The Sun Stood Still' by Dava Sobel , Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

The New Playreading Series presents: And The Sun Stood Still by Dava Sobel, directed by Andrea Hairston. A dramatization of the events leading astronomer Nicholas Copernicus to publish his crazy idea that the Earth moved. Free and open to the public.

'Leadership and Governance in Africa--Women and the Devolution Process in Kenya' , Thursday, March 12, 4 p.m., Seelye 106

The Center for Community Collaboration, the Office of the Provost, and the Lewis Global Studies Center Present a public lecture on Leadership and Governance in Africa with Hon. Anne Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution and Planning in Kenya. Refreshments will be provided. See the Global Salon - Women and (Political) Leadership in Kenya listing above for more information on Waiguru.

'Principles of Investing' , Thursday, March 12, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

What better way to get ready for spring break than to have a delicious lunch while learning about how to get your real investments off the ground? Professor of Economics Roger Kaufman will be discussing bonds and interest rates in with his typical clarity-meets-comedy approach. And, as a thank you, WFI will be giving away six WFI travel mugs with a surprise inside! Lunch will be provided for the first 70 attendees.

Women's History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon , Thursday, March 12, 6-8 p.m., Hillyer Art Library classroom, 1st Fl, BFAC

The Smith College Libraries will host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon that is open to everyone interested in improving women's history coverage on Wikipedia. Learn how to add authoritative references, citations, and images to enhance existing articles and the basics of creating new articles on notable American women scholars, activists, artists, researchers, cultural figures. Bring your laptops, snacks will be provided. For more information see http://libguides.smith.edu/wikipediaeditathon

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, Mar. 11, Wednesday Weekly Vigil, for contemplation and solidarity, noon, sanctuary, Chapel. Friday, Mar. 13, 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 at 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room, Chapel.

CLASS OF 2017 TALENT SHOW - LOOKING FOR TALENT! , Friday, April 17, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Class of 2017 is presenting a TALENT SHOW! We want YOU to show off your talents! Singing, dancing, juggling, comedy, open to interpretation! This event is open to all grade levels and bring your friends on down for an awesome night full of different talent! Can't wait to see you there! Sign up clicking the link below!! http://goo.gl/forms/pN5QMHDI31

Spaces in Parking Garage Closed March 16 , Monday, March 16, Midnight

Select parking spaces on the main level of the Smith Parking Garage will be closed on Monday, March 16, while new security cameras are installed. Please plan accordingly. For questions, call Facilities Management, X2400.

Some Parking Garage Spaces Closed March 16

New security cameras are being installed in the college parking garage. Part of the installation requires a row of parking spaces be closed for the day on Monday, March 16, while the contractor installs overhead electrical conduit. To see the the location of the affected parking spaces, visit http://goo.gl/agRK6B

Sing Out: Spring Alumnae Quarterly Celebrates Campus Culture of Song

It's hard to imagine a stronger tradition at Smith than that of women's voices raised in song. Examples abound, from The Glee Club to rowdy renditions of Gaudeamus Igitur at Convocation to operatic voices emanating from Sage Hall practice rooms. Check out the newest Smith Alumnae Quarterly for a multi-genre collection of alumnae music makers who've put song at the center of their lives.


03/10/2015 Digest


Date Change: Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Thursday, March 12, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

The President's Open Office Hour has moved from Wednesday, March 4, to Thursday, March 12, at 4 p.m.

'Disappearing Christianity in the Middle East: Analyzing the Scholarly and Policy Response' , Tuesday, March 10, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon featuring Elizabeth Prodromou, Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution. She will discuss the decline of indigenous Christian communities, which can be traced back to the early 20th century and the formation of states in the Middle East. Why have policymakers, media actors, and, scholars demonstrated remarkably little interest in the disappearance of Christianity in the Middle East? Prodromou will deconstruct myths that have shaped perceptions about Middle East Christians, and how the global response to the violence against them offers insight for the recent experiences of the Yazidi population in Iraq.

Apply Now for the 2015-2016 CSO Executive Board

Consider applying for a position on the 8-member Community Service Office (CSO) student board if you are interested in: increasing your leadership skills by organizing volunteer events for other students; helping Smithies make a difference in our local communities; strengthening your commitment to and knowledge of our local communities; and working with other amazing Smithies on the CSO Executive Board. Click Here for the application: http://goo.gl/fhgRQV

All Smith Box Accounts Expiring May 31: Time to Switch to Google Drive

Smith's subscription to the Box file-storage service will expire on May 31, 2015, at which time Box will delete all Smith Box accounts and any files they contain. As a first step, starting April 15, Smith Box users will be restricted to downloading and copying files out of Box. Uploading new files to Box and editing or deleting existing Box files will be blocked. If you use Box and have not yet copied all your Box files to Google Drive, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/cloudstorage/box-to-drive.html. If you have any questions, call the User Support Center at x4487 or send email to 4its@smith.edu.

WHAW: 'The Israeli Elections and the Promise of Peace?' , Tuesday, March 10, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a WHAW (What's Happening Around the World) on the upcoming Israeli elections. The event will feature a conversation between Justin Cammy, associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature and specialist in modern Jewish literature and culture; and Donna Robinson Divine, professor emerita of government and Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies. For more information and events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

SGA Sustainability Committee Dinner , Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m., Duckett House Dining Rooms A & B

This is an informal dinner for all members of the Smith community to discuss the events and activities addressing issues of sustainability on campus. Come late and/or leave early. For more information, email cpowell05@smith.edu

'Religion and Politics During Italian Fascism: The Fascist St. Francis' , Tuesday, March 10, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Amanda Minervini, young scholar and professor of Italian language and literature at Colorado College, will examine the fascist regime's appropriation of the figure of Saint Francis, who becomes the saint patron of Italy during the fascist period.

Test of Emergency Notification System , Wednesday, March 11, 2 p.m.

Any changes to your emergency contact information should be made by 5 p.m. on March 10. To receive emergency messages via cell phone, text or voice, please update your information. Students and employees can log in to the Smith Portal at http://portal.smith.edu using their network username and password. When the portal page opens, click on BannerWeb, select Personal Info Menu, then Emergency Information Review and

Music in the Noon Hour: Brahms and Joachim , Tuesday, March 10, 12:30-1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Edward Klorman, viola, and Liza Stepanova, piano, perform a short afternoon program of works by Brahms and Joachim. An Intimate Portrait, perfect for your lunch break. Free and open to the public.

'What Is Veiling?' a Gallery Discussion by Neilson Professor Sahar Amer and Alex Dika Seggerman , Wednesday, March 11, Noon, Museum of Art

In conjunction with her lecture, "Muslim Women, Veiling and Human Rights," 2015 Neilson Professor Sahar Amer, Chair of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney, along with Alex Dika Seggerman, Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Art, will discuss works from the Smith College Museum of Art collection around the theme "Veiling," during a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, March 11, at noon in the museum's Teaching Gallery. Free with museum admission.

Global Salon - 'Women and (Political) Leadership in Kenya' , Thursday, March 12, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Hon. Anne Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution and Planning in Kenya. Waiguru became Cabinet Secretary in April 2013. She holds a Masters in Economic Policy from the University of Nairobi, and has specialized experience in public finance, public service reform and governance. Waiguru was nominated by Business Daily as one of their Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya. For more globally-themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.

Button-Making (Garden-Themed) , Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., Campus Center 205

De-stress with the Smith Community Garden. Feel free to drop by between 7-8 p.m. & unwind from the stress of midterms.

Faculty Members Approved for Tenure and Promotions

Seven Smith faculty members have been approved for tenure and promotions by the board of trustees in disciplines ranging from computer science to the study of women and gender.


03/05/2015 Digest


Apply for Funding for Intensive Summer Language Study

The Offices of the Provost and Dean of the College are once again offering the Intensive Summer Language Study Grant to support intensive summer language study by Smith students. Priority is given for the study of non-European languages for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. There are a limited number of grants and the selection is very competitive. The application and information for funding is now available on the Class Deans' web site under the Announcements section (http://www.smith.edu/classdeans). The application is due in the Class Deans Office no later than Monday, March 16, 2015.

Free Family Day @ SCMA , Saturday, March 7, 12:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Experience the artist's glittering optical lens boxes and rocking canvases in the exhibition "Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade," and join us for a day of art inspired by the experimental use of found and natural objects in her assemblages. Specific activities of artistic expression, production, and reflection to be announced.

CMP Multimedia Workshops , March 5 and 9, 7 p.m., CMP Digital/Video Lab

Monday, March 2: Adobe Photoshop Basics; Thursday, March 5, Final Cut Pro Basics; Monday, March 9, iMovie Basics

Staff: 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, visit http://goo.gl/qZcGSe . Nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Next Drop-In Mindfulness Session , Wednesday, March 11, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

"Drop-in" sessions for mindfulness meditation practice are being held on Wednesdays from 12:10 - 12:50 pm throughout the spring semester. Each session is led by either David Spound or Adi Bemak. 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. Please arrive on time.

Now on Sale: Bradley Airport Spring Shuttle Tickets , 206 Campus Center

SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to and from Bradley Airport for Spring Break. The cost of a one-way ticket, which are on sale now, is $15 and $25 for round-trip. We accept OneCards and checks, no cash. To purchase your ticket(s) come to the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to http://goo.gl/tVFWAB for the shuttle schedule. Contact the SGA Office at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.

'Conceptualizing Patriarchal Capitalism' , Thursday, March 5, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 106

Presented by Nancy Folbre, feminist economist and professor of economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the "alternate economics" events organized by Smith College Department of Economics. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served after the event.

Bulb Show Opening Lecture: 'Places for the Spirit; Traditional African American Gardens' , Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Photographer Vaughn Sill will speak about her photographic odyssey which began in 1987 with a visit to a garden in Athens, Georgia. For 20 years, Sills traveled through the Deep South photographing African-American folk gardens that reflect in form and organization some of the earliest African-American religious and cultural traditions. Her book, "Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens," is a compilation of more than eighty photographs from her journey. Followed by a reception and book signing at the Lyman Plant House where the Bulb Show will be on view in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory. More information is online: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

Spring Bulb Show: A French Impression , March 7-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House

The 2015 Smith College Spring Bulb Show will draw its inspiration from the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet's renown garden at Giverney. Design elements, plants and color schemes from the garden will be scrutinized and recreated in our glasshouses. Take a trip to the French master's garden and get inspired to paint...or garden. The Smith College Spring Bulb Show, a spectacular array of over 5,000 bulbs that have been coaxed into blooming simultaneously, awaits you in this long-standing Smith College tradition, dating back over 100 years. More info is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

Final Teach For America Deadline , Friday, March 6, 11:59 p.m.

Friday, March 6th will be our final deadline for seniors to apply for the 2015 TFA corps. As with previous deadlines, seniors and master's students (from any academic background) are eligible, as long as their cumulative undergraduate GPA is 2.5 or above and they are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have proof of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).The March 6th deadline is also open to juniors and co-terming seniors (those who will not graduate by June 2015) who wish to apply early for the 2016 corps. More information can be found on the Teach For America website.

'The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood & Family Relationships in the Digital Age' , Friday, March 6, 6:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, will lecture about her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Dr. Steiner-Adair will be talking about ways in which technology and media are impacting children at every stage of development, while challenging what it means to be a family. This lecture will be of interest to parents, educators, college students, and those interested in understanding how chronic technological distractions are shaping how we learn, teach, and relate to each other. This event is free and open to the public.

Second Event in 'Cyborg Buddha' Series , Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Transformative Technology: An Evolution of Contemplative Practice." Mikey Siegel, BioFluent Technologies. Meditation research has made extraordinary progress in mapping out the underlying mechanisms of the states and traits associated with various contemplative practices. In the same way that our understanding of biological science led to the eradication of the smallpox virus, can our understanding of contemplative science lead to the eradication of the underlying causes of human suffering? This talk explores how modern technology might work to transform human experience from the inside out. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion.

Carina Ahuja '12: 'Women's Global Public Health--What Is It and My Journey to It' , Thursday, March 5, Noon, Room 218, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

An informal discussion with Carina Ahuja '12, MPH in Global Public Health, Kings College, London; currently a Global Health Corps Fellow, Planned Parenthood. Lunch provided for the first 30 students.

'In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)' by Sarah Ruhl , March 5, 6, 7, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Set at the dawn of the electric age, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) examines Victorian marriage, intimacy, and electricity in provocatively comic fashion. Dr. Givings has created a wonderfully effective new device for treating "hysteria" in women. The success of this new invention and its popularity forces the doctor and his young wife to examine the nature of their own marriage. Tickets for the play can be purchased through the box office by phone at 413-585-3220 or online at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 Students, FREE for Smith students.

Spring Oratorio: Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' , Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m., John M. Green Hall

The Smith College Choirs, Jonathan Hirsh and Joseph Baldwin, Directors, welcome the Pennsylvania State University Men's Glee Club, Christopher Kiver, Director. Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Justina Golden, mezzo-soprano; William Hite, tenor; Jonathan Lasch, bass-baritone. Tickets available at http://www.elijah.brownpapertickets.com. Free for Smith students.

Concert Conversations: Jennifer Morsches '90 , Sunday, March 8, 4 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

In this Concert Conversation, "Refractions of the Baroque Cello," Smith alumna Jennifer Morsches takes us on a journey highlighting composers who made an indelible mark on the cello, and contributed to its development as an instrument of expression and authority. Jennifer Morsches, baroque cello, Grant Moss, harpsichord. Free and open to the public.

Lecture and Master Class: Edward Klorman , Monday, March 9, 4:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Music theorist and violist Edward Klorman presents, "Mozart and the Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works," a lecture that explores the possibility of using norms of cultured social conversation in late 18th-century Austria as a model for interpretation of Mozart's chamber music. Free and open to the public.

CSO Community Ed Lunch with Big Brothers Big Sisters , Thursday, March 5, Noon, Wright Hall 013

The March CSO Community Education Lunch at the Center for Community Collaboration will have Ruth Harms from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County to recruit volunteers for the 2015-2016 academic year. Big Brothers/Big Sisters aims to assist children to achieve their potential through one-on-one relationships with committed volunteers. Be a companion in the Kids to Campus Program Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., or be a Community Companion. Pizza and salad will be served. Questions cso@smith.edu

'German Picture Albums—Visual Art at the Intersection of Commerce, Culture & Politics (1924-1940)' , March 5-June 19, Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, 3rd Fl

Students in the Smith College course “Exhibiting the Visual Art of Interwar Germany 1924-1940” have curated an exhibition of German picture card albums, produced in the 1920s and 1930s. These albums were first conceived as advertising tools in the late 19th century, but took on additional educational, recreational and political functions after World War I, thanks to new methods of mass producing color and photographic images. Opening reception is Thursday, March 5, at 4:15 p.m.

'Student Picks Exhibition' by Samantha Page '17 , Friday, March 6, Noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

In "Clutter + Collage: Mixed Media on Paper" curated by Samantha Page '17, layer after layer of assemblages come together to create a new whole. With art by Lesley Dill, Anne Ryan and others, this exhibition lays bare the forms that make up a collage. Don't miss this one-day show.

Take a Guess at the New Mystery Map from the Spatial Analysis Lab

The Winter Mystery Map has been released by the Smith Spatial Analysis Lab. The map challenge invites you to exercise your spatial savviness and Pioneer Valley knowledge by identifying the mystery event mapped. Visit our website to view the map and submit a guess by Friday March 6. The winner will be announced soon after. http://bit.ly/1FXTssm

Eduroam Is Now Campus Standard Wireless Network; SmithSecure Gone March 9

The SmithSecure wireless network will be turned off in all remaining campus buildings on Monday, March 9. To avoid any loss of service, all SmithSecure users should establish an Eduroam connection on their device before that date. Note that your Eduroam username is your Smith email address and your Eduroam password is your Smith network password. Windows users, you must make your first connection to Eduroam using the Aruba QuickConnect Wizard at http://www.smith.edu/eduroam. For full Eduroam connection instructions, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/smith_network/eduroam.html

Deadline for 2015-2016 Kahn Institute Student Fellowships , Friday, March 6

The deadline for students to apply for a Kahn Institute fellowship during the 2015-2016 academic year is fast approaching. To apply for both "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility" and "Play", send materials to kahninstitute@smith.edu or via mail to: The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Neilson Library, 3rd floor south by Friday, March 6. For more information on applying visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php or call 585-3721.

'Action and Perception at the Level of Synergies' , Monday, March 9, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Presented by Michael Turvey, professor of psychology, University of Connecticut. Hosted by the Department of Dance, Department of Psychology, and Neuroscience Program. Reception starting at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Maple Tapping at MacLeish Field Station , Saturday, March 7, 1-4 p.m.

Sugaring season is about to start! Here is your chance to experience the traditional tapping of maple trees that New England is known for. Join us for maple tapping at the MacLeish Field Station on Saturday, March 7th, 1-4pm. Be sure to wear gloves and warm layers and be prepared to walk in some snow! No experience necessary. Vans will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1pm. Sign up at http://goo.gl/2PQCXJ

Principles of Investing , Thursday, March 5, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Do you have the tools you need to start saving for tomorrow? Do you understand the vocabulary of stocks or know how to evaluate the market? If not, then you can learn all about the basics of investing with the help of Economics Professor Roger Kaufman at WFI's weekly workshop on the Principles of Investing. Enjoy Professor Kaufman's fun, easy-to-follow advice over a delicious lunch (lunch provided for the first 70 attendees only). This lunch series is designed for Smithies from all majors with no prior knowledge about investing and is open to faculty and staff.

Computer Store Now Offering GoPro Cameras

Start documenting your unique Smithie experience. Record your memories with a GoPro camera, now available at the Smith College Computer Store. Not sure what a GoPro camera is? Let us educate you about action cameras. Come by Stoddard Hall 22 to watch the demo video and take one home today.

'Muslim Women, Veiling and Human Rights' by 2015 Neilson Professor Sahar Amer , Monday, March 9, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

This lecture will discuss lesser known aspects of veiling in order to highlight some of the human rights violations that veiled Muslim women continue to experience around the world, including veiling and feminism, Islamic fashion, beauty pageants, and Muslim dolls. This is the second talk 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. Her third and final lecture will take place on April 6. Free and open to the public; refreshments provided.

Global Scholars Panel: Immigration Policy , Monday, March 9, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a panel discussion on "Immigration Policies and Local Answers to a Global Issue, Resettlement Experiences and Challenges of Displaced People." Members of the panel will include Susannah Crolius, coordinator of outreach and resource development for the Western Massachusetts Refugee and Immigrant Consortium, and Jeff Napolitano, executive officer at American Friends Service Committee of Western Mass. Snacks will be provided. For more information, visit smith.edu/world/

'The Duke University Haiti Lab: Its Structure, Mission and Achievements' , Monday, March 9, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon focused on the Duke University Haiti Lab. Speaking will be Jacques Pierre, a visiting lecturer in French, Haitian Creole, and Culture at Duke University, and core affiliated faculty in the Haiti Lab. The Haiti Lab brings undergraduate and graduate students together in a discovery-driven environment, where they work with specialists in Haitian culture, history, and language. The Lab, in addition to being a resource for media seeking knowledge of Haiti, also works on projects which feature vertical integration of Duke's expertise across different disciplines and schools. For more info, visit smith.edu/world/

Smith To Do: Luggage Tags , Saturday, March 7, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Just in time for Spring Break, stop by the Davis Ballroom to decorate luggage tags for your travels this Spring Break.

Free and Confidential HIV Testing-No Needles Required , Monday, March 9, 1-4 p.m., Campus Center 003

VOX will be hosting free and confidential HIV testing. The tests take 20 minutes and are being taken by Tapestry Health. The tests do not require needles. Add your HIV status to the list of things you learned this semester.

Weekly ADHD Motivational Group Begins , Monday, March 9, 3-4:15 p.m., Schacht Wellness Center

A practical hands-on group for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), will meet for 7 weeks starting Monday, March 9, in Counseling Services at the Schacht Wellness Center. If interested, contact Jeannette Landrie, jlandrie@smith.edu or Elena Volpe, evolpe@smith.edu

Health & STEM Lunchbag: 'Learn About Public Health' , Friday, March 6, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

A discussion about the field of public health with panelists Suzanne Gottschang, Ph.D., MPH (Smith College, Anthropology); Benita Jackson, Ph.D., MPH (Smith College, Psychology); Soloe Dennis, MS in Public Health (Regional Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Western Regional Health Office); Smith alumna Donielle Sliwa ’04, MD, MPH (Internal Medicine Resident). Pizza will be provided for the first 25 people.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, Mar. 4, Wednesday Weekly Vigil, for contemplation and solidarity, noon, sanctuary, Chapel. Friday, Mar. 6, 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; 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, Chapel. Monday, Mar. 9, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Buddhist priest Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 p.m., sanctuary; Five College Common Cup and W(holy) Queer, discussing nuances of faith, religion, 8:00 p.m., Bodman.

Drop-in Clinic on Zotero or RefWorks: Make Organizing and Citing Research Less Stressful , Monday, March 9, Noon, Electronic Classroom, Level 1 N, Neilson Library

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

2nd Annual Smith College Rock Climbing Competition , Saturday, March 7, Noon-4 p.m., Ainsworth 304

Join us at the 2nd Annual Indoor rock climbing competition (smith students only). Climb for any two-hour period between noon and 4. Self-select your level of climbing. Prizes for beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers. Event is free and no preregistration required.

'Radical Listening: A Doctor's Experience Saving Lives and Rain Forest in Indonesian Borneo' , Monday, March 9, 4:30 p.m., Sabin-Reed 220

Presented by Kinari Webb, physician and founder of Health in Harmony. Webb went to Borneo as a young researcher, meaning to understand the orangutan and the dwindling environment that endangers the species' survival. She discovered there the intimate connections among poverty, logging, poor health, substandard education, unsustainable farming practices, and, of course, the orangutan. She returned to the U.S., became a physician, and returned to Borneo, where she has established a community project that -- amazingly -- addresses every aspect of this spiral of poverty and erosion of life.

POSTPONED: March 6 Ergathon for the Food Bank

The Smith Crew Ergathon--originally scheduled for Friday, March 6--to raise funds for the Food Bank of Western MA will be postponed to Friday, March 27, due to weather concerns.

Purim Party , Friday, March 6, 10:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Come celebrate Purim with music and dancing. Stop by for the costume contest at 11:30 p.m. Holiday-themed snacks served.

Smith Staffer Jen Blackburn to Compete on 'Jeopardy' , Monday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., ET

Watch our fellow Smith College community member Jen Blackburn compete on the popular quiz show, "Jeopardy." Blackburn is administrative assistant for the Poetry Center and Department of French Studies. "Jeopardy" airs locally weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on WWLP-TV.

'A French Impression': Spring Bulb Show Evokes Monet's Garden

This year's spring bulb show, which opens Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. at Lyman Conservatory, evokes the vivid colors of impressionist painter Claude Monet's famous garden in Giverny, France. The show's opening lecture on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center, will explore a different form of garden art: African American gardens of the American South.


03/03/2015 Digest


Apply for Alumnae Scholarships

If you are a senior or an alumna beginning your first year of graduate studies, you are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are competitive and are based on merit as determined by your record, letters from faculty and a recommendation from your department. Students who receive awards are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. The application deadline is March 15 and is available for download at http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php.

'Ecocritical Euclides, or Sustainability Avant la Lettre' , Tuesday, March 3, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

In this Five College Afro-Luso-Brazilian faculty seminar, Aarti Madan, Professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will present on the visions of sustainability and social ecology in the early 20th-century Amazon writings of journalist, engineer, and ethnographer Euclides da Cunha. For Euclides, there is a direct correlation between settlement of the land and its preservation, populating the forest while valuing its alterity. Untangling the political, racial, and economic dramas that develop in Euclides's Amazon, Professor Madan considers ways in which his essays critique global economic forces while illuminating fault lines between society and ecology in the Global South. Open to the public.

Bettina Judd Q&A and Poetry Reading , Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Singer, artist, scholar, teacher and poet, Bettina Judd takes an interdisciplinary approach as she weaves together history and experience to examine the use of black women's bodies in research. Her book, "Patient.", winner of the Hudson Prize, navigates this complex moral landscape with lyrical grace, alliteration and mysterious rhythm. Judd is the recipient of three Cave Canem fellowships. Q&A for the Smith Community at 4:00 pm in the Poetry Center. The reading is free and open to the public.

Smithsonian Program Applications Due , Friday, March 6

In the Fall 2015 Smithsonian Internship Program, students spend the semester in Washington D.C. earning school credit and interning in one of the 19 Smithsonian museums where students assist in creating exhibitions and programming, conduct research with archival and museum materials, and work side by side with preeminent curators and scholars of American culture. Visit the website for internship opportunities available for the fall and and application details: http://www.smith.edu/ams/smithsonian/apply.php.

Fellowships Program Better Equipped to Help You

The Smith Fellowships Program has a reconfigured Fulbright website and application system for students seeking post-baccalaureate fellowships, based off its Fulbright website at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright. All top post-bacc fellowships sponsored by Smith operate off the basic Fulbright process because most prestigious post-bacc fellowship elements are common to all such fellowships. Inquire today with an email to dandrew@smith.edu to see how Fellowships advisers can support you!

March 9 Budget Call Workshop, RSVP by March 4

Are you new to the Budget Call process at Smith? Were you assigned an Excel budget worksheet and are unsure how to complete it? This workshop, which takes place Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m., may be for you. The Budget office will review the Budget Call process and how to complete your budget worksheets and supporting documents. Individual PCs available in a computer lab setting, so that your specific worksheet questions can be answered. Please RSVP to budget@smith.edu by Wednesday March 4th, so that we can reserve a computer for you to use as we walk you through your individual Budget Call question areas.

'Photographing Ottoman Modernity,' a Kahn Institute lecture by Zeynep Celik , Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Scholarship on the history of photography in the Middle East has commonly focused on Orientalist and exotic representations. This lecture will offer another perspective, examining the modernity of the late Ottoman Empire through photographs. Documentation of infrastructure projects, urban renewals, and public buildings throughout the region will define the greater framework for the discussion; focus on a woman's hospital in Istanbul will open more detailed issues. Zeynep Celik is a distinguished professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her lecture is part of the Kahn longterm project The Power of Disappearance. Open to the public; refreshments served.

Exhibit--'Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens' , March 6-September 30, Daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Conservatory

For 20 years, photographer Vaughn Sills traveled through the Deep South capturing images of African-American folk gardens that reflect in form and organization some of the earliest African-American religious and cultural traditions. A selection of 30 photographs from her book, Places for the Spirit; TRADITIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GARDENS, will be on view. Vaughn Sills has exhibited widely and has received several significant awards. Vaughn is associate professor emerita at Simmons College and lives and works in Cambridge, Mass. Full information is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibits/exhibitions.html

Celebrate Facilities Week with the Senior Campaign , Thursday, March 5, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Learn more about student philanthropy at Smith and how giving back supports the facilities department. Coffee available on a first come first serve basis.

'Commercial Drones in Our Backyards and Communities' , Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., John M. Green Hall

How the new FAA rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UAVs, Drones, etc.) could impact the Pioneer Valley and why the next 50 days are important to our future. The evening will include a drone flight demonstration and drone petting zoo. Presentations by Paul Voss, Associate Professor, Engineering, Bob Newton, Professor, Geoscience, and Jon Caris, Director, Spatial Analysis Lab. For more information, visit http://smith.edu/kahninstitute/chronicle/winter2015/news.php

Global Books--'Queen of Flowers and Pearls: A Novel' , Wednesday, March 4, 12:10 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Giovanna Bellesia, Professor of Italian, and Victoria Offredi Poletto, Senior Lecturer Emerita in Italian. They will discuss their translation of a novel by Gabriella Ghermandi, about Mahlet, a young Ethiopian girl with a gift for storytelling, who becomes the keeper and teller of her family's stories. Bellesia served as the faculty director for the Smith Program Abroad in Florence fall 2014. Poletto is serving in this role and will join the conversation via Skype. Pizza lunch will be served to the first 25 participants.

Speaking and Presentation Tips , Tuesday, March 3, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Learn how to give more effective speeches and presentations at this Jacobson Center lunch-hour workshop. Peter Sapira will give advice about crafting a speech, using gestures, overcoming nerves, and using PowerPoint. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Opening Reception for Senior Architecture Exhibit , Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Featuring design studio work by the graduating class of architecture majors and minors over their four years at Smith. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Exhibit is open March 3-27.

Smith Splash Volunteer Meeting , Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., Campus Center 102

Smith Splash is an event on Saturday, March 7, where middle and high school students can take classes taught by college students. Anyone who is available anytime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. can volunteer to help out. The commitment can be as short as a couple hours or as long as all day. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more and meet other volunteers. Find out more and sign up in advance at smithsplash.learningu.org/volunteer/index.html. Email spring@smith.edu with any questions.

'What Language Do You Think In?' - Interest Meeting , Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

What language do you usually think in? Did you learn English after learning another language? If so, do you consider the other language as your first language? This is the first general interest meeting about creating a space to address these linguistic issues in a variety of ways. For a more detailed invitation, email Linh Le at lale@smith.edu

'Understanding Khartoum, Understanding Sudan: Consequences of Impunity' , Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Eric Reeves, professor of English at Smith College and author of the recent book, 'Compromising with Evil: An Archival History of Sudan, 2007-2012.' In this talk, Professor Reeves will focus on the international failure to hold the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime responsible for its serial atrocity, and how civilians perceived as supporting the rebels have been systematically targeted on the basis of ethnicity.

Location Change: Social Security Collecting Strategies Workshop

The Social Security Collecting Strategies workshop scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, noon-1:30 p.m., has been changed to the Conference Center Oak Room. There's still time to register for this workshop.

Recipes from 'The Bombay Cafe' Featured at Cafe and Selected Dining Locations , Tuesday, March 3

Recipes from the cookbook "The Bombay Cafe" by chef Neela Paniz, who will be visiting campus, willl be featured with lunch specials at the Campus Center Café and dinner specials at Lamont, Chase, King-Scales and Comstock-Wilder dining halls. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/diningservices/index.php

Discussion: 'Pushing Back Against Islamophobia' , Wednesday, March 4, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

What are the common stereotypes that contribute to negative attitudes towards Muslims in the United States? What is the role of the media in perpetuating how the United States views Islam? These are some of the questions that we hope to address during this event. We invite you to take part in a discussion on Islamophobia, and to listen to some of our faculty and students' perspectives on the issue. Following the speeches, we will have three minutes of silence for the victims of the UNC murders, and then open the floor for a facilitated Q & A.

Wednesday Weekly Vigil , March 4, 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.

Admission Policy Review: A Conversation with Study Group Co-Chairs

Since its formation last fall amid national discussion of transgender students at women's colleges, the Admission Policy Study Group has heard from more than 1,500 members of the Smith community on the issue. Here is an update on the committee's plans.


02/26/2015 Digest


Register Your Middle or High School Student for Smith 'Splash' , Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m., Seelye 101

Splash is an all day event for middle and high school students to come to Smith and take classes taught by college students on March 7. Classes cover a wide range of academic and creative subjects. All 6th-12th grade students are welcome. Register at smithsplash.learningu.org, or for any questions email spring@smith.edu. Reserve a spot soon.

Snowshoe Trips with the Outdoor Adventure Program , March 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Explore our New England forests on snowshoes. Register now. We have space on our March 1 trip. Depart the Boathouse at 10 a.m. and return by around 2 to 3 pm. Snowshoes are provided. No experience needed. Email outdoors@smith.edu to register. Free.

'Using Stories to Create Change' Workshop with Smith Alumna Ayla Schlosser '09 , Thursday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

How do you tell your story? How can you use your story to connect with others? What does your story have to do with social impact? These are the questions that Smith alumna Ayla Schlosser '09, Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Resonate, will help you think through in this workshop. Resonate teaches leadership skills to women and girls through a training program rooted in storytelling. The confidence gained from developing a personal story, as well as the ability to articulate it eloquently, are essential tools for emerging female leaders. Desserts, coffee and tea provided.

Drop In Hours for Room Draw Questions , Fridays, 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 , Clark Hall 101

Students are invited to "drop in" with questions about the Room Draw and Housing Lottery process until Friday, March 27. Staff from residence life will be on hand in Clark Hall during these hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Students attending "drop in" hours should check in at the front desk in Clark Hall 101. No appointment is required.

'Is She Really a Musician? Navigating Identity and Authenticity in Music and Media' , Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This moderated panel will explore issues of gender, identity and "authenticity" in music and media. Panelists include: Meredith Graves, writer and singer of the critically acclaimed band Perfect Pussy; Mitski Miyawaki, Brooklyn-based musician who performs under her first name, Mitski; Suzy X, writer and illustrator for Rookie Magazine; and Imogen Binnie, music writer and author of the novel Nevada published in 2013 by Topside Press. The panel will be co-moderated by Smith alumnae Ally Einbinder '10 and Sam Chaplin '10. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life. This event is free and open to the public.

Weekly Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma, Begins , Friday, Feb. 27

Weekly support group for survivors of sexual trauma meets Fridays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. starting February 27. Please call the Counseling Service before February 27 to register as space is limited: (413) 585-2843. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW, in the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness.

Brown-Bag Lunch to Discuss 'The Tortilla Curtain' for Staff Council's 'Between the Lines' Program , Thursday, Feb. 26, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in a brown-bag lunch to discuss "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch; snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information, visit smith.edu/staffcouncil/bulletin.php. Synopsis: The Rincons have come to California from Mexico to make a better life for themselves. Living in a makeshift camp, the Rincons are quite different from the Mossbachers, Los Angeles liberals living in a gated hilltop community. A freak accident brings the couples into intimate contact and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.

Support Financial Aid Week with the Senior Campaign , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 26, 10:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Learn more about student philanthropy and supporting financial aid here at Smith while enjoying candy and post cards from the Senior Campaign. We will be talking about supporting our community through student giving and how to make your first gift to the community as a graduating Senior.

Register Now for Travel Writing Workshop , Friday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Jaclyn Mishal, co-founder of Pink Pangea, the community for women who love to travel, will be hosting a travel writing workshop. Mishal has traveled to the Middle East, Europe, and Central America, working with academic, internship, and volunteer programs, as well as writing. For more information, visit http://www.pinkpangea.com/. Registration required, send an e-mail to global@smith.edu.

Rhythm Nations Cultural Performance , Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Hosted annual by Smith's International Student Organization, students from Smith and the Five College community have teamed up to treat the audience to performances displaying the rich cultural diversity on all the campuses of the Five Colleges-- Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Presentation: 'Memorializing Northampton State Hospital' , Saturday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Seelye 110

Students from First-Year Seminar 121, "The Evolution and Transformation of the Northampton State Hospital," will report on its Fall 2014 class project. The Northampton State Hospital, adjacent to Smith College, was in operation from 1858 to 1993. Students in the class were involved in projects intended to help memorialize the history of the hospital. These projects contribute to and complement the work of the Northampton State Hospital Memorial Committee. This Northampton community group was awarded $75,000 by the City's Community Preservation Act committee to create a Memorial Park on the site of Village Hill. FYS 121 students will describe their projects and how they will contribute to memorializing Northampton State Hospital. All are welcome; refreshments will be provided.

Spring Semester Volunteer Opportunity with High School Students in Holyoke

Provide high school level tutoring at the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School on Mondays or Wednesdays, 3:45 to 7 p.m. Smith vans available for transportation between Smith and Paulo Freire. For more information, come to the pizza lunch meeting on Tuesday, February 24, at 12:15 pm. in the Center for Community Collaboration (Wright Hall 013, lower level). Questions? Send e-mail to Liz Lindley, elindley@smith.edu.

Staff Council Spuds and Soup Event , Friday, Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Beat the winter blues with your Staff Council: Join colleagues for a warm soup (gluten-free option available upon request) and a baked potato bar lunch. For fun there will be a photo booth and caricaturist on hand. Take a few minutes out of your day to grab lunch, take a photo, and meet your Staff Council representatives.

CANCELLED: Logbona Olukonee: 'Black Feminist Activism in Cuba's Hip Hop Culture' , Monday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Because of travel restrictions from her home in Cuba, Olukonee will be unable to present the scheduled talk.

'Beyond the Stacks': Harvard Library's V-P, Sarah Thomas '70, Talks to Provost Katherine Rowe , Friday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m., Seelye 106

In her current position, alumna Sarah Thomas has overall responsibility for the Harvard University Library. From 2007 to 2013 she served as Bodley's Librarian, overseeing the University of Oxford's libraries, and prior to that, Thomas spent a decade leading the Cornell University Library. Whether at Cornell, Oxford or Harvard, Thomas has stayed in close touch with Smith: she served for many years as an executive committee member, then chair of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries, and recently she has served as a consultant to the Board of Trustees. Her many honors include ALA's Melvil Dewey Medal received in 2007.

Ada Class Merchandise and Bake Sale , Thursday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

The Ada Comstock Class will be having a Merchandise and Bake sale. All merchandise will be marked down at clearance prices, and baked goods will be available. Don't miss out on your chance to stock up on Ada Merchandise; and goodies baked with Ada Love.

"'You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em': Neural Circuits Controlling Motivation and Executive Function" , Monday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by David Moorman, assistant professor, psychology, 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.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday, Feb. 27, Soup, Salad, and Soul, student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad, Bodman, Chapel; Friday Prayers led by Al Iman, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; at 5:30 p.m. Hillel will hold Shabbat in the new Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House, followed by Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room, Chapel; Monday, Mar. 2, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Buddhist priest and teacher Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 pm., sanctuary, Chapel; Five College Common Cup and W(holy) Queer, discussing the nuances of faith and religion, Bodman, Chapel.

Take the Otelia Cromwell Day Survey

The Otelia Cromwell Day Committee is looking for feedback from students, faculty, and staff to improve 2015 programming. Participants can go onto the Otelia Cromwell Day website at http://www.smith.edu/events/otelia-cromwell-survey.php to fill out the survey. Otelia Cromwell Day honors the first African American graduate of Smith College with a annual slate of workshops, lectures, and cultural events that provide an opportunity for education and reflection on issues of racism and diversity.

Principles of Investing , Thursday, Feb. 26, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Learn all about the basics of investing. Learn the tools you need to start saving for your tomorrow. This week Professor Kaufman will be explaining the meaning of stock indices, index funds and ETF's and we all need to know what those are! To make this class an even better tool, be one of the first 25 people to attend and win a free flash drive! A great lunch is provided free to the first 70 attendees. It's a win, win! Brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence, Neilson Archway.

Deadline for Intent to Participate in the Draper Competition , Monday, March 2, 11:59 p.m.

Calling all innovators, disruptors, & dreamers! Submit your intent to participate including your name, venture name, and faculty sponsor to draper@smith.edu by the deadline for a chance to win your share of $25,000 in cash and prizes at the 2015 Draper Collegiate Undergraduate Women Entrepreneur's Competition on April 10th. For more information: http://www.smith.edu/wfi/draper.php.

Health & STEM Lunchbag Talk: 'Health Care for Underserved Populations' , Friday, Feb. 27, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Rashad Collins, Director of Workforce Development at Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) and Kim Tran (Smith '13), Business Improvement Project Assistant will provide an overview of CHCACT and talk about the different professional opportunities available at community health centers. CHCACT is a nonprofit service organization that works with Connecticut's federally eligible health centers to provide access to the highest quality health care and social services to the underserved residents of Connecticut. The center also offers Community HealthCorps/AmeriCorps program that provides its members with an opportunity to work at qualified community health centers.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop: Alumna Stories with Elizabeth Crowell '96 , Monday, March 2, 12:15-1:05 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Join WFI at the last of 5 entrepreneurship and business workshops in preparation for the Draper Collegiate Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs' Competition. Elizabeth Crowell '93, CEO of BPeace, Owner of Sterling Place, and Founding Member of Astia Angels NYC, will provide insider tips on what an Angel Investor looks for in a good business pitch. Lunch is provided.

Smith To Do: Spoon Mirrors , Saturday, Feb. 28, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Create and decorate mirrors using colorful plastic spoons.

Jerry Noble and Friends , Saturday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A generous bouquet of love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. Bob Sparkman, clarinet, and Jerry Noble, composer and pianist, will be joined by Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano, Teri Lafleur, soprano, and Erin Pratt '17, soprano and violist, among others. Standards from the American Songbook rub shoulders with compositions by Noble (one on a classic Greek text!) and Zeke Hecker.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Feb. 27, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad and Soul is a student-led Friday discussion group that focuses on a variety of interesting topics such as life at Smith, current events, social justice questions, and spirituality. Conversation occurs over a home-made, vegetarian and vegan-friendly lunch prepared by student cooks. Participants can come to as many or as few discussions as they want, even if they are running late. Students, faculty and staff are invited. For those who are interested in leading a discussion, a facilitator training, led by Interfaith Fellow Matilda Cantwell, will be held this Friday, February 27, 11:15-12:15 p.m. in Bodman Lounge.

McConnell Roof Top Observatory Renovation Starts , Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.

A new "dome" will replace the sliding shed roof on the astronomy department's south observatory. The observatory floor will be raised over 5 feet allowing the telescope to view the horizon for the first time. The dome arrives March 2 and will be assembled in the small parking lot next to McConnell. Four parking spaces will be fenced off on Saturday, Feb. 28, to prepare the dome for hoisting during spring recess.

'Four Decades of Change': Panel Honoring Prof. Ackelsberg Offers Window on Smith History

A recent panel discussion in honor of retired professor Martha Ackelsberg explored efforts launched at Smith in the 1970s to make the campus a more inclusive place for women and people of color—including work that led to the creation of the women and gender studies program.


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Lecture by Desiree Akhavan '07, Screenwriter, Director and Actor , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire have sounded Smith alumna Desiree Akhavan's arrival as a feature filmmaker with the release of her film, "Appropriate Behavior." This year, Akhavan is appearing in Season 4 of "Girls." Joining Desiree Akhavan during the lecture will be the editor of "Appropriate Behavior," Sara Shaw '00. On Sunday, February 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Graham Hall, there will be a free public screening of Akhavan's film "Appropriate Behavior".

Classics Department Lecture by Peter T. Struck , Thursday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Peter T. Struck, Evan C. Thompson Term Associate Professor, Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, will lecture on "Divination and Intuition: Thinking Differently about Signs in the Closing Books of the 'Odyssey.'" The talk will investigate Homer's use of divinatory messages as a way to express the subterranean messages that Odysseus and Penelope pass back and forth. The speaker will present a reading of their reunion as one that happens not just on the level of conscious awareness but also at a level of unselfconscious intuition, framing this as another way of thinking about divination in ancient Greece.

International Experience Grant (IEG) Proposals for Summer Due , March 9

The deadline to apply for an International Experience Grant (IEG) is approaching. The Office for International Study oversees the award of IEGs which provide partial funding ranging from $500 to $3,500 toward study, research, internships or volunteer projects outside of the United States during J-Term or the summer. For more information, and to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/funding_ieg.php

Travel Writing Workshop , Friday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Jaclyn Mishal, co-founder of Pink Pangea, the community for women who love to travel, will be hosting a travel writing workshop. Mishal has traveled to the Middle East, Europe, and Central America, working with academic, internship, and volunteer programs, as well as writing. For more information, visit http://www.pinkpangea.com/. Registration required, send an e-mail to global@smith.edu.

Make Your Education Count: Join the Sustainable Food or Climate Change Concentration...

... to explore with like-minded peers the many complex issues that spark your interest related to climate change or sustainable food. Get academic credit for your internships that let you put theory into practice. Leave Smith with skills to take action and make a difference in the world. Spring application deadline: March 27, 2015. Visit http://www.smith.edu/ceeds/concentrations.php for more information and to apply.

'Being a Student and Immigrant at Smith' , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

As part of the Global Lecture Series "Security, Immigration, Forced Displacement, Refugees, and Development," the Lewis Global Studies Center presents a workshop: "Being a student and immigrant at Smith College: Adapting to administrative, cultural, religious and weather differences". Facilitation will be led by Giovanna Bellessia, Professor of Italian Language and Literature at Smith, and Caitlin Szymkowicz, Associate Dean for International Students & Scholars. This workshop is closed to the general public. All Smith students are welcome, as are invited faculty, staff, and community members. (If interested, contact Alfred Babo at ababo@smith.edu.)

'Elusive Unity: Factionalism and the Limits of Identity Politics in Yucatan, Mexico' , Thursday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Smith faculty Fernando Armstrong-Fumero, associate professor of anthropology, and Pinky Hota, assistant professor of anthropology. Armstrong-Fumero will discuss the research that led to his book, "Elusive Unity: Factionalism and the Limits of Identity Politics in Yucatan, Mexico," in which he examines 20th-century peasant politics and 21st-century indigenous politics in the rural Oriente region of Yucatan. For more globally-themed events, visit smith.edu/world.

Student Teaching Applications Due February 27

Smith offers seniors the opportunity to earn their Massachusetts initial teaching license. More information about pre-requisites for this program can be found at http://smith.edu/education/licensure_educator.php. Juniors who wish to student teach next year need to fill out a student teaching application online and do a demonstration lesson for members of the Education Department faculty in early March. Here is the link to the application: http://smith.edu/education/licensure_application.php. If you have questions, contact Coordinator of Teacher Education, Gina Wyman, at gwyman@smith.edu.

CMP Multimedia Workshops , Feb. 19, 23 and 25, 7-8 p.m., CMP Digital/Video Lab

Thursday, Feb 19, "Digital Using Zoom H4n Recorder and Audio Recording and Music Composition with GarageBand"; Monday, Feb 23, "Video Production Using Canon Vixia Camcorder"; Wednesday, Feb 25, "Canon Rebel Basics"

Financial Aid for 2015-2016

Domestic students on financial aid should begin applying for financial aid for next year. Please check Bannerweb for your individual financial aid requirements. Deadlines can be found at http://www.smith.edu/sfs/apply_current.php. Domestic students who are not currently on financial aid but would like to be considered for financial aid next year should contact the SFS Office for more information.

Looking for Submissions for Global Impressions Online Journal , Friday, April 3

The editors of Global Impressions invite Smith students and alumnae to submit a short essay for our next issue, Activism, which aims to highlight Smith College's long history of involvement. Please write about international experiences with social activism, whether as an American participating in activism abroad or as an international student experiencing activism in the United States. Submissions are being accepted until Friday, April 3. For more details, see our submission page at http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/impressions/submissions-issue-4/. Our most recent special photo issue, Up Close / From Afar is also online at http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/impressions/ .

Bookstore To Open at Noon , Wednesday, Feb. 25, Campus Center Garden Level

The Smith College Bookstore will open at noon on Wednesday, February 25.

Student Info. Session for Spring '16 Kahn Long Term Project 'Play' , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

An information session will be held for the Spring 2016 project "Play," organized by Michael Thurston (English Languages & Literature). All students in the class of 2016 and 2017, who are interested in being in a Kahn long term project, are invited to learn more about the Kahn Institute. We will answer all your questions about being a Kahn Student Fellow, the application process and more. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php

Student Info. Session for 2015-2016 Kahn Long Term Project 'Memory: Form, Function & Fallibility ' , Wednesday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

An information session will be held for the 2015-2016 project "Memory: Form, Function & Fallibility," organized by Dawn Fulton (French Studies) and Adam Hall (Biological Studies). All students in the class of 2016 and 2017, who are interested in being in a Kahn long term project, are invited to come learn more about the Kahn Institute. We will answer all your questions about being a Kahn Student Fellow, the application process and more. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php

Smith Community Garden: General Interest Meeting , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Campus Center 204

Find out what's happening this spring in the community garden.

Hands-On Banner Finance Training , Thursday, Feb. 26, 2:30-4 p.m., Seelye B-2, Computer Lab

Hands-On Banner Finance Training, taught by Bill Sheehan and Beth Bone. This course 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. Please register for the class by emailing Elizabeth Britt at ebritt@smith.edu. Class will be held in Seelye B-2 computer lab.

Music in the Noon Hour: Stravinsky and Takemitsu , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Joel Pitchon, violin, and Judith Gordon, piano, perform works by Stravinsky and Takemitsu. Spend a relaxing half-hour warming up with this free concert in the beautiful Sweeney Concert Hall.

Box Office Now Open for 'In the Next Room' Tickets , Mendenhall CPA, Upper Level, Outside Theatre 14

"In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Lee Sunday Evans opens February 27, but you can get your tickets today. The box office is open Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m.. Tickets are $10 General, $5 Student/Senior and ABSOLUTELY FREE for Smith College Students. Come pick yours up or call 413-585-3220 to order by phone. http://www.smith.edu/smitharts for more information.

26th National African American Read-In , Wednesday, Feb. 25, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

In celebration of the 26th National African American Read-In, Smith College students, faculty and administrators will be reading short selections of work by African American authors. Drop by anytime between noon and 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by Afro-American Studies Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Students' Alliance and Smith African Caribbean Students' Association.

Deadline for Shark Tank Pitch Competition , Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11:59 p.m.

Submit your 90-second written pitch for a chance to enter the Shark Tank. Just like the TV show, student entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a distinguished panel of judges, business owners, and mentors who will provide valuable feedback and networking opportunities. Winner takes a $250 cash prize! How can you get in on the action? Send your written pitch along with your name, venture name, and the names of any other team members to draper@smith.edu by the deadline.

Vigil for Peace: Responding to Islamophobia , Wednesday, Feb. 25, Noon, Campus Center Steps

A vigil to remember and memorialize the three Muslim students killed in Chapel Hill North Carolina in particular and speak out about Islamophobia in general. This Interfaith vigil will emphasize the need to support Muslim students on the Smith campus and to take action against propaganda and bigotry. Participants will meet on the Campus Center Steps at 12:10 and then gather in CC 103/104 for reflection. Lunch provided to the first 50 participants. Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Advisory Board, The Interfaith Alliance, and Residence Life Staff. For more information contact mcantwel@smith.edu

School for Field Studies (SFS) Study Abroad Information Session , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

The Office for International Study presents an information session with James Cramer, the President of the School for Field Studies (SFS). SFS incorporates hands-on learning experiences and independent research into their study abroad programs, which are located around the world. Four of these programs, Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos, Australia, and Kenya, are Smith approved. For more information on SFS and other study abroad programs, visit http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad.

Screening of 'Underwater Dreams,' Presented by Teach For America , Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

STEM fields are largely white and male - more diversity is needed and more opportunities are needed for all kids to engage in rigorous science and math starting at young ages. This film does an incredible job of putting this issue front and center. "Underwater Dreams" is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts and defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. Featured on the Colbert Report as "astonishing, already a contender for the best documentary of 2014" There will also be free food.

Save the Date: Jennifer Finney Boylan, April 30

Best-selling author, activist and New York Times contributor Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English at Barnard College, presents “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders,” 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in John M. Greene Hall. Boylan’s talk, one in a series of Presidential Colloquia, is part of the “Gender Matters” conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse. http://www.smith.edu/discourse/index.php

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