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11/30/2015 Digest

SEC Films Presents 'Mad Max Fury Road' , Friday & Saturday, Dec. 4 & 5, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot's five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.

Panel Discussion on COP21 , Wednesday, Dec. 9, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Panel and discussion on the climate change talks at COP21 led by Professor Camille Washington-Ottombre and Siiri Bigalke '16J, with Alyssa Johnson-Kurts '16 on the ground in Paris joining to share her impressions via Skype. Pizza lunch will be provided.

Smith To Do: Watercolor Mugs , Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Decorate a mug with watercolors.

Annual Community Celebration of Advent , Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m., Alumnae House

Enjoy a festive catered dinner with candlelight, hand-bells and carol singing - as well as a special visit from a 4th-century bishop. Smith students, staff, faculty, friends and family are welcome. Please rsvp by December 4 to

20th Anniversary Gamelan Concert , Wednesday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

In celebration of their 20th anniversary at Smith, the Gamelan Ensemble presents a short excerpt from a Javanese wayang kulit (shadow puppet play). The Javanese wayang kulit or wayang purwa (shadow-play with flat leather puppets) is one of the great dramatic forms of the Southeast Asia. A gamelan (orchestra), using various combination of instruments, is traditionally and essentially accompaniment to puppet shows, dances, feasts, and ceremonies in Java. With special guest I. M. Harjito. Sumarsam, director. Free and open to the public.

'From Waste to Resource' , Friday, Dec. 4, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Smith College generates approximately 1,560 tons of organic material annually. The ENX 301 class has explored different composting methods that would take advantage of this organic material by turning it into a resource while reducing Smith's carbon footprint. We invite you to join us at this lunch time presentation to hear our recommendations and have a conversation about compost on campus. Lunch will be provided for the first 25 people.

Campus School Holiday Concert , Thursday, Dec. 10, noon-12:30 p.m., Campus Center

The Smith College Campus School Chorus, comprised of students in Grades 4,5, and 6, will perform a choral concert of music for winter and the winter holidays. The students will sing from the balcony in the Smith Student Center. The concert is free and open to the community.

11/24/2015 Digest

Health Services Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Beginning , Wednesday, Nov. 25, Noon

Smith's Health Services will close on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at noon. After that, students should seek emergency care at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital until Health Services reopens on Monday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 a.m.

Franklin County Smith Club Pecan Sale , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

The Franklin County Smith College Club will be selling pecans at the Campus Center Tuesdays and Fridays on the following days: Dec. 1, Dec. 4, Dec. 8, Dec. 11, Dec. 15 and Dec. 18. Stop by say hello, and get your pecans. Proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund.

Sign Up Now for Kahn Project Excavating the Image 2016: 'Factum (Tremblay)' by Candice Breitz , Thursday-Friday, Jan. 14-15, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Focus will be on a recent acquisition of video art by South African artist Candice Breitz called "Factum (Tremblay)" (2009). Featured will be in-depth video interviews with identical twins on hanging plasma screens, side-by-side. Natalyn and Jocelyn Tremblay recollect their experiences growing up in rural Ontario and coming out to each other as gay. Responding to the same questions, they describe the challenges and joys of finding an individual path while staying closely bonded to each other. Project dates are Thursday-Friday, Jan. 14-15. For more information and to apply, please go to: The application deadline is December 4, 2015.

Sherrerd Nominations Due , Tuesday, Dec. 15

Do you know a Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students? Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the 2016 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. Please submit your nomination using the online nomination form:

Sign Up Now for Wilderness First Aid Course , Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24, Ainsworth Gym

Staff, faculty and students are invited to participate. Cost is $150 or free if you are a student and interested in becoming a 2016 Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leader. This two-year medical certification sponsored by the Smith College Outdoor Program (and certified by SOLO) is great for anyone planning on spending time outdoors, leading trips, or is just interested in learning practical hands-on skills for dealing with emergencies in the backcountry. Contact Scott Johnson in the Outdoor Adventure Program at to register or for more details.

Adobe Creative Cloud 12M Subscription On Sale for $191.88 Through , November 27

The Adobe Creative Cloud 12 Month Student and Teacher Edition is on sale for $191.88 until November 27 and available at the Smith College Computer Store in Stoddard Hall 202. It gives you access to Adobe's latest versions of Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, In Design, Photoshop and many more applications.

Enroll Now: Spring 2016 Fitness Program Beginning , January 11, Ainsworth Gym

M,W Pilates with Jean 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M,W,F Yoga with Lisa 12:10-12:50 p.m.; T,TH Cardio Blast with Rosalie 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M,W,F Yoga with Doug 1:10-1:50 p.m.; HIIT with Joan M,W 5-5:50 p.m.; Tai Chi w/ Richard T, TH 12:10- 12:50 p.m. Print Forms from ESS website: OR request more information from

Tony Scherman Lecture and Exhibition , Monday, Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Canadian encaustic painter Tony Scherman will lecture on his work, including the recent series "Difficult Women," which will be on view December 4, 2015 - January 30 in the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer, Brown Fine Arts Center. Scherman, born in Toronto in 1950, received an M.A. from the Royal College of Art in London, England, in 1974. Since then he has had his work in various corporate and public collections and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in both North America, Europe and China. Scherman's encaustic method of painting combines pigment and wax to create works with multiple

Global Salon with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera , Tuesday, Dec. 1, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Known for his activism and writings that bring attention to oppression and injustice, Juan Felipe Herrera turns to stories of genocide and hope in Sudan in one of his latest books of poems, Senegal Taxi. Join him as he discusses what poetry can hope to do to influence people and events. Pizza provided for the first 25 participants. He will offer a public reading later in the day, at 7:30 p.m., in Weinstein Auditorium.

Be an Exam Worker; Sign Up on JobX

Exam worker positions are now posted on JobX. Sign up for any shifts you are available for. You do not need to be on work study to work exams. Assignments for exam workers will be sent out a couple weeks before exams.

Apply for Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award by , Tuesday, Dec. 1

Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. Giva will award $1000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions: "How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?" Visit the Giva website for more information:

Ada Comstock Scholars: Apply to an Ada-Only Pilot Workshop of 'Eat, Write, Talk' by , Friday, Dec. 6

Wurtele Center for Work and Life is piloting an Ada-only version of the popular Women's Narratives Project workshop "Eat, Write, Talk." This Ada-only workshop will be conducted over two days: January 12 and 13. Both days will be spent off-campus at the Ashfield Lake House in Ashfield, Mass. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and there is no overnight stay. Meals and transportation will be provided both days. We will need at least 10 participants, so tell your friends. For application and additional information, visit

Humanities Lab Film Series: 'Which Way Home' (2009) by Rebecca Cammisa , Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

The documentary film follows several children who are attempting to get from Mexico and Central America to the United States, on top of a train that crosses Mexico, known as "La Bestia" (The Beast). The director, R. Cammisa, received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to make the documentary in 2006. The film will be introduced by Professor Velma Garcia and Billy Peard, an immigration attorney at Central West Justice Center in Springfield focusing on marginalized Hispanic communities.

Interterm 2016 Classes Have Been Posted

The January 2016 Interterm Program of non-credit classes and workshops (January 4-22) is now available at Smith students, staff and faculty may register for the classes beginning December 1. Some workshops are already taking registrations. Most classes and workshops are also open to students at the other four colleges and to the Northampton community. To register for the non-credit classes go to (Note: Registration is not done on Banner.) To register for workshops, see the contact information on the Interterm page of Special Offerings.

November 25Live Tip of the Month

Most of the answers to questions you might have about your event (especially about the space reservation or resources requested) are easy for you to find. See for screen shots with instructions showing you where to go and what to do. This tip will save you from having to contact the space scheduler or service provider if you need to check on the details of your reservation.

Next President McCartney Open Office Hour , Monday, Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

Spend a brief one-on-one with President McCartney.

'Plant Life Through the Ages: A Mural of Plant Evolution' , Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The Botanic Garden is proud to unveil a 60-foot mural, consisting of eight panels depicting great moments in plant evolution. The stunning paintings were created by muralist Robert Evans who specializes in natural history, ethnography, and history. His work can be found at the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, and numerous museums, zoos, and aquaria. This is his first installation at a botanical garden. To celebrate the opening of Plant Life Through the Ages, paleobotanist James W. Walker will speak about plant evolution and the mural. Followed by a reception and viewing of the mural at the Lyman Plant House.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Public Reading , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Juan Felipe Herrera is the current U.S. Poet Laureate--the first Latino to be appointed to the post. A prize-winning author of 29 books, Herrera's honors and awards are legion. Borrowing from both ends of the contemporary spectrum of poetics, he demonstrates an interest in experimental, language-centered texts, as well as a dedication to message, writing passionately about social justice issues. [Earlier in the day, Herrera will participate in a Global Salon, at noon, in the Lewis Global Studies Center, and at 4 p.m. a Q&A in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall. Both events are open to members of the Smith community. His evening reading is free and open to the public.]

Screening of 'Most Likely to Succeed' , Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today's innovative world. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named "among the best edu-documentaries ever produced" by Education Week. "Most Likely to Succeed" is an official selection of many of the nation's top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Jon Papernick: 'The Terrorist Mind' , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Canadian novelist and short story writer Jon Papernick will discuss his new novel "The Book of Stone" about cell of extremists in New York and what motivates people to turn to political violence. The Jewish Book Council calls it "a terrifying novel that illuminates dark corners of those souls who will give their life for a cause without regard for their own suffering or that of astounding exploration of morality and madness." Co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of English. For more information on Jon Papernick see the author's website at

Spatial Analysis Lab Unveils Second Mystery Map Competition of the Year

After Sam Masinter correctly guessed all of the building profiles in our LiDAR Mystery Map - his third time coming out on top in our Mystery Map series - the Spatial Analysis Lab revealed the second Mystery Map of the year. Check out the SAL blog to test your spatial literacy!

Music in the Noon Hour: Hindemith and Schubert , Wednesday, Dec. 2, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Henry Kramer and Judith Gordon perform works by Hindemith and Schubert for piano duet. Free and open to the public.

Smith College Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert , Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Join the Jazz Ensemble, led by Genevieve Rose, for a delightful evening of toe-tapping jazz. The sounds of classic to contemporary big-band arrangements in a casual, family-friendly setting. Free and open to the public.

New Playreading Series: 'Dust' by Susanna Apgar AC '13 , Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

In this dark comedy, three grown children and their partners (or decided lack of partners) come home to their widowed mother's increasingly dirty house for Thanksgiving. As the wine flows, and clever gibes give way to real vulnerabilities, layers of relationships are peeled back, and a family digs at what lies underneath all of that mess. Also, there is a kitten named Mailbox. Featuring actors Jeannine Haas AC '88, Julie Waggoner, Jaz Tupelo AC '14, Michael Bird, Ash Malloy, Tim Cochran, Robyn Sutton-Fernandez, and Susanna Apgar AC '13. Free and open to the public.

Bare Bones Dance , Thursday & Friday, Dec. 3 & 4, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

Bare Bones features Smith College undergraduate choreographers in a low-tech performance setting. Solitude, intimacy and adaptability are explored in an evening of self-discovery through movement. Tickets are $1 and are available at the door. Please arrive early, as seating is limited. Featuring works by Ella Ansell, Julia Antinozzi, Sophia Arnall, Sofia Engelman, Aubrey Johnson, Maya LaLiberte, Janis Luke, Koko Tetsuka, and Molly Tupper

Christmas Vespers , Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and features the Chorus, Chamber Signers, Glee Club, Handbell Choir and Orchestra. The services will be led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters with readings by members of the Smith College faculty, staff and senior class. Jonathan Hirsh, Grant Moss and Amanda Huntleigh will direct the choral and instrumental groups.The programs are free of charge and open to the public. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program. For more information, call (413) 585-2754.

Sign Up Now for Ed Tech Workshop: 'Moodle, Google Docs and More' , Wednesday, Jan. 6, 9 a.m.

Is there an educational technology you've been wanting to get a taste of? Are you wondering which tools can help maximize student learning? Just want to know what's new and have some fun? Educational Technology Services is hosting a new series of interterm workshops. From using Moodle for the first time to honing your Google Docs skills, these workshops will help you think about how you can integrate new technologies in your course and get firsthand experience with using them. All workshop meet in Hillyer 320. Refreshments will be served. Read workshop descriptions at or Sign up now at

People's Institute Snow Day/Vacation Week Program

Smith College sponsors two subsidized child care programs through the People's Institute for children of benefit-eligible employees when the Northampton Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, as well as during the February and April Vacation Weeks. The Snow Day program subsidized cost is $10/day. The 4-day vacation week program subsidized cost is $40. An annual $20 (per child) registration fee, payable to The People's Institute, is required upon enrollment. Registering through the Office of Human Resources is required prior to enrollment into the Smith subsidized programs. Please contact Lynn Cocco at ext 2273 or

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Contributing to Second Annual Tofurkey Map

Got travel plans for Thanksgiving Break? Or maybe you're just spending a few quiet days on campus? In either case, we hope that you'll contribute to the Spatial Analysis Lab's Tofurkey Map, a tradition started by former post-bac fellow Victoria to document where and how Smithies are spending the holiday. See our blog post:

'Manifesto': Senior Studio Art Exhibition Reception , Friday, Dec. 4, 4:30-6 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"Manifesto" is a presentation of the various visions and ideas that have been explored by the senior studio art majors throughout the semester via the act of making. Among them are painters, printmakers, performers, thinkers, and all of the other adjectives and identities that make up a complex and passionate group of people. Join us for the opening of Manifesto on Friday, Dec. 4, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Jannotta GalleryHillyer.

Weaving Voices Open Mic , Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Weaving Voices seeks to share the stories written and told by Smith students of color, to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it takes to survive and thrive at this institution. Poets, singers, writers, dancers, musicians, artists, all are welcome. Come share, listen, learn and discover how are voices are interwoven as one. We ask that only Smith students of color share their stories, as this is a space prioritizing us/them. There will be a sign-up sheet passed around throughout the event for those interested in performing.

Smith Ukes Presents Julia Nunes in Concert , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Singer-songwriter and ukulele phenomenon Julia Nunes is coming to Smith campus to perform songs off her new album, Some Feelings, and the Smith College ukulele club will be opening for her. Nunes is a self-made ukulele artist, who got her start on YouTube, and has built her brand from the ground-up. She has launched two successful Kickstarter campaigns, garnering over $200,000. Julia has built her career around a positive internet/social media presence and around the strong relationships she forges with her fans, along with her desire to do a little good in the world through her musical platform.

Apply Now for J-Term Opportunity: Teach, Learn, Coach in NYC , Monday-Friday, Jan. 4-8

Twelve Smith students will spend five days in New York City where they will learn how to develop leadership-themed elementary school physical education lesson plans. The Smith students will teach their lessons at the Pre-K-12 Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), observe and assist in classrooms, and lead college Q&A panels for middle and high school students. Monday-Tuesday will be dedicated to learning about lesson plan design, and orientation to WHEELS. Wednesday-Friday will be spent at WHEELS. Cost: $352, housing/meals included. For more information and to apply, email Lara-Jane Que, or Joanna Johnson,

Faculty Lunch: Collections Scenarios Feedback , Monday, Dec. 7, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

The Neilson Library Program Committee and redesign project architects will gather feedback from faculty on the proposed scenarios for library collections in the new building.

Athletics Facilities Thanksgiving Hours

Athletic's Facilities will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday and re-open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. Regular hours to resume on Saturday.

'Mindfulness, Inc.: Buddhist Practice Beyond Religion' , Friday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Jeff Wilson is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College and author of "Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture." His lecture is on the topic of Buddhist meditation in America. Sponsored by the Buddhist Studies Concentration, the Ada Howe Kent Fund and the Lecture Committee.

'Filming with Nepal, or How Not to Make a Documentary' , Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Speaker and Smith alumna Stephanie Spray '01, now completing her PhD in anthropology at Harvard University, is a filmmaker whose work has been described as "breathtakingly intimate", a characteristic that grows directly from 16 years of engagement with a single community of so-called "untouchables" in Nepal who have been cast in most of her films. This lecture is the third in a year-long series featuring Smith alumnae who do academic work related to the study of South Asia. Sponsored by the South Asia Concentration, the Department of Religion and the Lecture Committee.

Josten Live! Fridays@Five: Judith Gordon and Students in a Toy Piano Recital , December 4, 4 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Toy piano is enjoying a revival on the concert stage. Really! Come see what all the fuss is about when Judith Gordon and her class of '16 students bring Bartok, Cage, Stravinsky and more to the soaring Josten Library Mezzanine. Josten Live! celebrates the creative lives of library users and the near-universal urge to make noise in the library. This time, more of a plunk, really. Brief, free, and open to all. Schroeder attire optional.

New: Apple iPad Pro at the Smith College Computer Store

The new iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch Retina display making your video viewing experience epic and immersive. With better CPU performance than its predecessors, users can be even more creative and productive. Try out the Demo iPad Pro and play with all of the cool apps like AutoCAD, StarWalk 2 which are even better with the iPad Pro's large screen, or play games like Alto, and BB racing, with iPad Pro's multi-touch screen. Computer Store Hours 8:30-4:00pm M-F, Stoddard Hall 202.Like our Facebook Page @Smith College Computer Store and our Instagram @sccomputerstore

Smith Lacrosse Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

The Women's Lacrosse team is selling wreaths as a fundraiser for the upcoming holiday season. Please contact Margaret Wolford at for further questions or to place an order.

'Language of Color: Paintings by Nava Grunfeld' Extended to December 18 , Alumnae House Gallery

Nava Grunfeld's large vibrant watercolor and acrylic paintings are about light, color and pattern. She sees the still life objects, flowers and fruit that she paints as simply shapes of color. She arranges them by a window to capture the way natural lights falls and creates new shapes of shadows. What she paints is simple. How she puts them together is not. Come see this beautiful exhibit, extended to December 18th. Gallery hours are open to the public Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Vigil for Self Care During the Days of Increased Work and Decreased Light , Wednesday, Dec. 2, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

In preparation of the end of the semester and the advent of diminishing light during winter, the Wednesday Weekly Vigil will focus on activities around self care. Enjoy snacks and warm drinks, walk the labyrinth, and share reflective poetry and simple meditative exercises, or just sit in silence. Participants are encouraged to come anytime over this hour. Bring lunch if you need it. For more information contact

Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group , Monday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, MS.Ed., holds a weekly Zen meditation, welcoming all members of the Smith community. A Buddhist Community Religious Adviser for Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Ryumon serves as co-founder of Two Streams Zen and operates Contemplative Somatic Wellness, which is dedicated to working with young adult social change advocates. The Monday session is a drop-in sitting meditation. If you are new to the practice of meditation and would appreciate an orientation prior to entering the class, contact Ryumon at

Campus Town Hall Addresses Race Issues

During a listening session on racism held Monday afternoon, President Kathleen McCartney acknowledged what she called the “slow pace of progress” toward making Smith a more diverse and inclusive community and affirmed her commitment to being a “supportive and steadfast ally” to students of color pushing for institutional change.

11/19/2015 Digest

SEC Special Event: Hypnotist Show , Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

A fun event where Smithies, by choice, get hypnotized and do hilarious things. It also allows other Smithies a chance to laugh and be entertained by fellow classmates in a stress-free and non-threatening manner.

SEC Films Presents 'Smoke Signals' , Friday & Saturday, Nov. 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, SEC Films is proud to present "Smoke Signals." Arnold (Gary Farmer) rescued Thomas (Evan Adams) from a fire when he was a child. Thomas thinks of Arnold as a hero, while Arnold's son Victor (Adam Beach) resents his father's alcoholism, violence and abandonment of his family. Uneasy rivals and friends, Thomas and Victor spend their days killing time on a Coeur d'Alene reservation in Idaho and arguing about their cultural identities. When Arnold dies, the duo set out on a cross-country journey to Phoenix to retrieve Arnold's ashes.

SCMA Members' Double Discount Days , Nov. 19-22, Museum of Art

Find unexpected treasures in the Museum Shop and receive a 20% member discount on everything Thursday, November 19 Sunday, November 22. Bag Day is Saturday, November 21st and everyone gets 20% off one item. Regular museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4, Sunday 12-4; Second Fridays 10-8; Closed Mondays and major holidays.

WOZQ Presents Radio Awareness Week , Through November 21, Campus Center, Various Locations

Learn more about Smith Radio through these fun events: Make Your Own Mix, Nov. 16, 6:30-8 p.m., CC TV Lounge; Learn How to Edit Your Music, Nov. 17, 1-2:30 p.m., CC 103/104; Podcast Workshop, Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m., CC TV Lounge; Learn More About Vinyl, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., CC 102; Open Mic Night, Nov. 19, 9 p.m., CC TV Lounge; Button Making and Arts & Crafts, Nov. 20, 1-3 p.m., WOZQ; WOZQ DJ Showcase Party, Nov. 21, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., CC Carroll Room.

Free Flu Vaccine Still Available at Health Services

Current students, faculty and staff can still get a free flu vaccine. Flu shots may be scheduled by calling ext. 2811. For questions regarding the Seasonal Flu Vaccine, please call the nurses station at ext. 2813 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Staff/Faculty: Open Enrollment 2016 Reminder

For benefit-eligible staff and faculty, please note that the open enrollment process has changed. Packets will not be distributed this year. The forms can be filled out at Human Resources or you can find them online at 2016 Health and Dental: Required only if you are new electing or changing health and dental for 2016. 2016 Certification of Eligibility for Dependent Benefit Coverage: Required only if you are covering a spouse, ex-spouse or children on your elected benefit plans. 2016 Flex Spending Accounts: Required required only if you are electing to establish a Health Care Reimbursement and/or Dependent Care Assistance Flexible Spending Account for 2016. Forms are due November 24.

Smith Israel Alliance Welcomes Pnina Agenyahu, an Ethiopian Israeli , Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ethiopian Israeli Pnina Agenyahu has raised attention to racial issues in Israel, as well as the necessary improvement of higher education in Israel. In this talk, she will discuss her pro-Israel activism and why it is so critical. The discussion will also include Israel's relations with minority groups, and her experience as an Ethiopian Israeli. Agenyahu is the Jewish Agency senior shlicha of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She previously served as director of the Hillel Center at Tel Aviv University.

Smith Grant Recipients: Your Story Wanted

Your scholarship aid is made possible in part by gifts from alumnae and friends of the college. Help Smith show these donors the impact of their support by sharing your story. If you've received a Smith grant, it takes just a few minutes to complete the Scholarship Information Form at: Contact with any questions.

Fall Faculty Dance Concert , Thursday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

This years Faculty Concert will premiere new works by dance faculty member Rodger Blum. Artists in Residence Jennifer Nugent and Pamela Newell will also present original choreography. The evening will close with a Five College Dance Department joint project: a resetting of Pilobolus Dance Theater's Megawatt, choreographed by one of that company's founders, Jonathan Wolken. Set to music by Primus, Radiohead and Squarepusher, dance critic Margaret Fuhrer claims that, " pure adrenaline rushes go, Megawatt is first-rate... [you] leave the theatre fist-pumping."

Fall Orchestra Concert , Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Featuring a repertoire of Romantic composers, the orchestra will perform such pieces as the rousing Academic Festival Overture by Brahms and Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake Suite." Special guest Lynn Sussman will join the orchestra for Weber's "Clarinet Concertino." The Smith College Orchestra is directed by Jonathan Hirsh. Admission is free.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Faculty and Friends , Sunday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Joel Pitchon, violin, Ronald Carbone, viola, and Volcy Pelletier, cello, welcome special guests Marcus Thompson, violist and Director of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Basil Reeve, former Principal Oboe of the Minnesota Orchestra, Michael Sussman, clarinet, Lilit Gampel, violin, and Salvatore Macchia, bass. The program features the exuberant Mendelssohn Viola Quintet and the lush Bliss Oboe Quintet. Free and open to the public.

Celebrate National Philanthropy Week with The Smith Fund , Through November 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Learn more about how philanthropic support powers Smith College during National Philanthropy Week, Nov. 15-21. Visit The Smith Fund table in the Campus Center for treats, giveaways, and more information, and check out the installation on Neilson Library lawn with facts about the importance of charitable giving to Smith.

New Spring Course: FLS 236 Soundless Specters--The Life, Death and Afterlife of Silent Cinema

This course charts the life and death of silent cinema from film's beginnings to the coming of sound (and after). We'll exhume the cinema's prehistory in motion studies, optical toys, and popular entertainments such as magic lantern shows and wax museums; then survey the critical reception of early cinema and major theoretical debates about the specificity of the film medium. The second half of the course addresses reception in more depth. Topics to include non-Western exhibition practices; African-American filmmaking and spectatorship; gender, sex and censorship; historical and contemporary silent film music; and the afterlife of silent cinema in contemporary art.

Julia Child Day , Thursday, Nov. 19

Dining Services will be offering special Julia-style dishes in the houses for students, and the Campus Center Café will be featuring special Julia recipes for lunch and will run a crepe bar in the evening. Celebrate Julia Child Day (JCD) enjoying one of her favorite dishes. For café lunch, visit For café evening crepe menu, visit For house menus, visit Bon appetit!

Annual International Photo Contest and Exhibit Reception , Friday, Nov. 20, 3:45 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center would like to invite all those who submitted photos for the LGSC Photo Contest to attend the Annual International Photo Contest Reception. Those who submitted photos will have the opportunity to listen to the jurors explain what they look for when evaluating photos, as well as receive feedback and tips for future submissions. Editors from Global Impressions will also be attending the reception to discuss using the photos for their next issue.

New Spring Course: IDP 260 Making Knowledge/Sharing Knowledge

This colloquium examines the life cycle of knowledge-making: studying what it means to produce knowledge, how one decides how (and with whom) to share one's knowledge, and the implications of having the privilege to engage in such projects. Through traditional reading and research and creative work, we study big, messy questions like what it means to preserve knowledge, who desires knowledge, and why? Students work collaboratively and independently on public scholarship projects, develop expertise in digital critique and seminar-style discussion, and present work to a range of different publics. Enrollment is by application and instructor permission.

Celebrating Adas: 40th Anniversary Tea , Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Come celebrate the Ada Comstock Scholars 40th anniversary. A special tea open to all will include a presentation by Nanci Young from the Archives. Ada Merchandise will be on sale including the Ada 40th Anniversary commemorative poster. For more information, visit

Otelia Cromwell Day Revisited , Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

This year's Otelia Cromwell Day speaker Dawn Porter's keynote address, entitled "Defending America in the Age of Mass Incarceration" along with her award-winning documentary "Gideon's Army" will be re-broadcast for the Smith community. Porter, a lawyer-turned filmmaker, former ABC News executive, and founder of Trilogy Films offers an eye-opening, interactive, and critical analysis of America's incarceration problem. "Twelve million people are arrested in the United States each year." In "Gideon's Army" she follows three young public defenders in the South as they challenge the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to its breaking point.

Queer Feminist Writing: A Conversation with Amber Hollibaugh , Thursday, Nov. 19, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

A well-known activist, artist, public intellectual and community organizer, Amber Hollibaugh is the Senior Activist Fellow at the Barnard Center for Research for Women. She is the author of "My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home" (Duke University Press) and the director and co-producer of "The Heart of the Matter," a documentary film focusing on women's sexuality, denial and risk for HIV and AIDS. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work and Life and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. Snacks provided.

Faculty Tea: 'The Youth Movement in Japan' , Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Sazanami is hosting a faculty tea with distinguished professors and students about the youth movement in Japan. This tea is meant to inform about the influence and use of politics in post-modern Japanese youth culture and movements. Each guest will share a topic relating to the movement and how it has shaped current political and social affairs in Japan. Q&A will be taken after the presentations, so come prepared. Refreshments will be served.

Weekend Administrative Systems Shutdown Starting , Friday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.

The Administrative Systems will be unavailable for a weekend upgrade of Oracle products. The systems will be available at the start of the business day on Monday, Nov. 23 . The following administrative systems are impacted: Smith Portal, Banner, BannerWeb, Touchnet, Cognos, Nolij, and 25 Live. Thank you for your understanding during this critical upgrade.

Giant Free-Box Event , Thursday & Friday, Nov. 19 & 20, Noon-4 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Is your wardrobe looking pretty slim? Did you not get what you were looking for from trunk room clean-out? Look through some new options to your wardrobe and learn about some of the problems and setbacks that Smith deals with when handling clothing left by students. For more information, contact Jo Harvey or Emily Volkmann at or

Sign Up for Eco Poetry at the Field Station , Saturday, Nov. 21, 1-4 p.m.

Poet Margaret Babbott will facilitate a part outdoor, part indoor nature-inspired writing workshop influenced by Pablo Neruda's "Book of Questions." No experience necessary. Transportation and tea provided. Sign up at

ITS Tip of the Week: Using Time Machine on a Mac

If you save files to your Mac hard drive, we recommend you back-up your computer. Time Machine is the built-in feature in OS X that helps with that process. The entire process can take an hour or more and you will need external storage location, such as an external hard drive. If you don't have an external hard drive, they can be purchased at the Computer Store. Step-by-step instructions for using Time Machine are available on the ITS TARA page at

Updated: Pre-Registration Closing , Friday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.

Due to a system upgrade, pre-registration for the spring semester will close at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20. Any changes to Spring registration can be made during add/drop at the beginning of the spring semester.

Reminder: Sign Up for Thanksgiving Match Program by November 20

A final reminder that the Office of Student Affairs is seeking hosts for our 6th annual Thanksgiving Day Match program where students and hosts are matched up to share a meal at your family gathering on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. With a global outlook, we hope this program will serve as a cultural and educational opportunity for everyone, while filling a need for our students who remain on campus. If you would like to participate as a host for the day, please copy and paste this link into the URL address field:

Apply To Be Outdoor Adventure Student Leader for Orientation 2016, by , Friday, Nov. 20

Smith Outdoor Adventure Program is looking for enthusiastic leaders for Orientation 2016. Leaders must demonstrate excitement for outdoor adventures, willingness to learn essential wilderness skills, and commitment to providing a warm (and adventurous) welcome to the 2020 Smithies. Contact Sara ( for more information on our orientation programs or to submit an application today.

Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group , Monday, Nov. 23, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, MS.Ed., holds a weekly Zen meditation, welcoming all members of the Smith community. A Buddhist Community Religious Adviser for Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Ryumon serves as co-founder of Two Streams Zen and operates Contemplative Somatic Wellness, which is dedicated to working with young adult social change advocates. The Monday session is a drop-in sitting meditation. If you are new to the practice of meditation and would appreciate an orientation prior to entering the class, contact Ryumon at

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Nov. 20, 12:15-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup Salad and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad (often with fresh baked bread) prepared by student cooks every Friday. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, Smith issues of interest, and topics posed by student facilitators in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. Topics are generated by student questions, experiences and interests such as last week's discussion focus on "What is a Safe Space?" Soup, Salad, Soul is a great place to meet friends and discuss important concerns.

Classics Lecture: 'How Lawyers Became Villains at Rome' , Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Seelye 110

Christopher van den Berg, assistant professor of classics at Amherst College, will present "How Lawyers Became Villains at Rome: The Historiography of Delation from Cicero to Tacitus." The lecture will explore how some lawyers were depicted as villains at Rome. In particular, it examines how prosecutors were depicted in the literature of the late Republic and early Empire. Sponsored by the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures and the Smith College Lecture Committee. Open to the public.

Smith To Do: Body Scrubs & Manicures , Saturday, Nov. 21, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Create your own body scrub and decorate your nails with polishes and nail art.

'Time Travel: Logic, Physics and Freedom' , Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The 17th Annual Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz- Thomas Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture "Time Travel: Logic, Physics, and Freedom" by Kadri Vihvelin, Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California. The lecture is open to the public.

Learn About Safe Passage and How You Can Volunteer to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m., Community Collaboration Center, Wright

Join CSO for a presentation by a Smith volunteer for Safe Passage and learn more about how you can help survivors of domestic violence. Through hearing firsthand volunteer experience, you will get a picture of what Safe Passage offers, and the numerous ways you can get involved while maintaining a healthy balance between school, work, and extracurricular commitments. On Tuesday, December 1, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, bring your questions and concerns and hear from volunteers about working in this intense (and rewarding!) field. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Questions contact the Community Service Office at or ext. 2793.

Otelia Cromwell Day Evaluation Survey and Feedback Meeting , Monday, Nov. 23, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Members of the Smith community are invited to attend the next OCD Planning Committee meeting on Monday, November 23, noon, Bodman Lounge of the Chapel to provide feedback on this year's programming. The OCD Planning Committee is evaluating this year's events and will soon begin the task of developing programs, events and activities for next year. The committee values your feedback to make improvements in content, logistics and programming such as holding the plenary session in a larger venue. Take the OCD Evaluation Survey at and share your constructive feedback with the committee.

Tuition Exchange Application Deadline , Tuesday, Dec. 1

The deadline for applying to Tuition Exchange for the 2016-17 academic year is December 1. If you have a high school senior thinking about college, the application is on the Human Resources website, You'll also find information on the Tuition Exchange website, If you have questions, contact Lynn Cocco, at ext. 2273 or by e-mail,

Julia Child Day Memories Shine Brightly at Hubbard House

Today is Julia Child Day at Smith, a time to celebrate the famous chef and member of the Smith class of 1934. Child's memory shines especially brightly at Hubbard House, where she lived during her time as a student. Former house resident Anisha Tyagi '18 shares some Julia Child lore—along with menus for this year's celebration.

11/18/2015 Digest

Free Second Friday , Friday, Dec. 11, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Hands-on! - Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view from 4-6 p.m. This month: Paint Outside the Box - experiment with shaped canvases to create a colorful, non-rectangular painting inspired by Frank Stella's 40 foot shaped canvas painting, Damascus Gate (Variation III). Open Eyes - join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month at 6 p.m. The Museum Shop will be open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. for holiday shopping and light refreshments will be served. The event ends at 8 p.m.

11/17/2015 Digest

Seniors and Juniors: Apply to Participate in January-Term Workshop 'Eat, Write, Talk,' by , November 23

In this non-credit, three-and-a-half day January-term workshop, the Women's Narratives Project takes Smith seniors and juniors on a retreat to talk and write about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success. The first day, January 19, will be spent on campus. The next two days (and nights) will be spent off-campus at Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA. For more information and to download the application, visit: The deadline to apply is Monday, November 23 at 9 a.m. Please send completed applications to Ally Einbinder '10, WCWL Program Specialist, at

Bradley Airport Shuttle Tickets On Sale Through , November 23

SGA is sponsoring wheelchair accessible commercial bus rides to and from Bradley Airport for Thanksgiving Break. The cost of a one-way ticket is $20 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to for the shuttle schedule. Contact the SGA Office at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.

'Playback' Sessions on Library Program Begin , Wednesday, Nov. 18, Neilson Browsing Room

How have students, faculty and staff reimagined Neilson Library? Join members of the Library Program Committee and the design firm Shepley Bulfinch Wednesday, November 18 for a "playback" session of the major themes and ideas that have emerged from this fall's engagement events. Additional sessions will be held Wednesday, December 16 and Tuesday, January 19. For more information, visit

25th Anniversary of the A.D.A.: A Screening of 'Lives Worth Living' , Tuesday, Nov. 17, Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act - A Legislative Triumph for Civil Rights. Following the screening of this documentary on the origins of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there will be a question and answer session with Smith's Disability Services Director Laura Rauscher and Independent Living Resources Founder Chris Palames. Please bring a lunch. Dessert and refreshments will be offered.

Keynote and Panel: International Education Week and the 25th Anniversary of the A.D.A. , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m.

Keynote via Skype by Judy Heumann, U.S. Department of State Special Adviser for International Disability Rights, on "International Disability Rights: Opening Doors to Global Education for All." Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion featuring five disability educators discussing their on-the-ground experience collaborating with other disability educators in Azerbaijan. Panel moderated by Laura Rauscher, Disability Services Director. All events are free and wheelchair accessible. For disability access information or accommodations requests, please call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter, call (413) 585-2071 or email at least 7 days before the event. Conference Center, Paradise Room 102.

Learn About Local Poverty Issues and Volunteer Opportunities at the CSO Community Ed Lunch , Wednesday, Nov. 18, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

Learn how the Smith College Food Recovery Network works to improve food security and Interfaith Cot Shelter works to provide shelter in the Northampton area. Chat with agency representatives about poverty issues and find out how to get involved. Pizza and salad plus gluten free options will be served. Sponsored by the Community Service Office. For more information, contact the CSO at ext. 2793.

Music in the Noon Hour: J.S. Bach , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A free afternoon half hour of music to relax and refresh your day. Selections from J.S. Bach, Art of Fugue presented by Arcadia Viols - Robert Eisenstein, Jane Hershey, Douglas Kelley, Alice Robbins. Open to the public.

When the Female Dancer Awakes: Women Re-Stage and Perform 'The Sleeping Beauty' , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Laura Katz, assistant professor of dance, Temple University, debunks the prevailing historical narrative that ballet's evolution has been linear and dominated by male choreographers and directors. Free and open to the public.

New Courses in Exercise and Sport Studies (ESS)

The following ESS courses are new for Spring 2016: "Topics in College Athletics," which covers leadership and management principles from scholarly literature infused with personal insights of a variety of leaders in the field. Complex issues such as pay to play, concussion management, youth sport specialization, athlete violence and other contemporary topics will be explored. Th 1-2:50 p.m. with Lynn Oberbillig. And "Primitive Outdoor Skills," through a hands-on approach the class will provide authentic lessons in wilderness living and survival. Tu 1-2:50 p.m. with Frank Grindrod.

Sign Up for Digital Media Literacy J-Term 2016 Two-Credit Course

Educational Technology Services will be offering an accelerated two-credit, two-week Digital Media Literacy course during J-Term 2016. The course will run Monday-Friday, January 4-15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center for Media Production. Acceptance into the course is by competitive application, with twelve seats available for Smith College undergraduate students only. Apply online at All applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance or wait-listed status by December 4, 2015. Please write directly to Kate Lee (, Digital Media Literacy Course Director, if you have any questions regarding the course.

Edward Plimpton, Ph.D.: 'The Book Club Solution for OCD' , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

This talk is part of the OCD Massachusetts Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Smith College Department of Psychology and School for Social Work.

'16-Hour Energy: How to Make the Most of Your Sleep' , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Presented by Jennifer Prichard, associate professor of psychology, University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Prichard is nationally recognized for her research in understanding the negative effects of inadequate sleep on college students and how to improve it. Refreshments will be served.

WFI's 13th Annual Smith College Elevator Pitch Contest , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

In today's world strong presentation skills are more important than ever. You need to be able to convince someone that your passion is relevant in the shortest amount of time possible. WFI is providing a safe space where you can practice your presentation skills that you'll need to distinguish yourself. Come and pitch an idea of your own or as an applauding audience member. Come, feel inspired, and see what it takes to make your pitch in 90 seconds or less. All ideas are welcome, from business plans to activism speeches. The winner will receive $100 dollars. Dinner provided.

Seeking Committee Members for College Council on Community Policy , Wednesday, Nov. 25, 4:30 p.m.

The College Council on Community Policy is looking for two more at large members. Please contact the Elections and Appointments Chair, Madeline Elwell ( for more details.

Rescheduled: Map-a-thon for Afghanistan and Pakistan Earthquake Relief Efforts , Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., Sabin-Reed 104

The Spatial Analysis Lab will host a map-a-thon to aid ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan following a large earthquake that occurred on Oct 26. Volunteers will identify features such as dwelling, paths, and roads using aerial imagery to help responders on the ground identify where relief is needed and how to get there. This event, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18, requires absolutely no knowledge of mapping technologies! It is a very easy way to help the affected regions recover. It's especially great for those interested in learning more about GIS or remote sensing. Dinner will be provided! Registration and more info:

Volunteer with the CSO at this year's Hot Chocolate Run to benefit Safe Passage! , Sunday, Dec. 6

The Hot Chocolate Run is an annual race meant to support the Safe Passage organization. Throughout the year, Safe Passage supports victims of domestic violence with a variety of services. You don't have to run, just come support! Please help out on Sunday December 6. Volunteer opportunities include: Greeters (7:30 to 10:00 a.m.) and Hot Chocolate Clean Up (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) This event is within walking distance; just down the hill in Downtown Northampton. Please RSVP to Vanessa Roberson at For questions about this or other volunteer opportunities contact the Community Service Office (CSO) at

Retirement Planning for Women , Thursday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m., Campus Center 205

Join Mary Ellen Gordon from Voya Financial to learn about the unique challenges that women face when planning for retirement. You will learn ways to take stock and work toward your goals, all while preparing for the future. Register at

Social Justice Event: 'A Peace Meal' , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

"A Peace Meal" is a social justice event with facilitated conversations by members of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life staff. The premise is to create dialogue, learn how to have difficult conversations about things that matter and share a meal in the context of difference. The Smith community is welcomed to share a meal and responses to questions such as What are the limits on free speech with response to religious belief? Where, when and how should we use the word "terror?" These dialogues serve as training exercises to build one's capacity to engage in difficult conversations.

Otelia Cromwell Day Survey

"Incarceration: Intersections of Criminal Justice, Social Justice and Activism" was the 2015 Otelia Cromwell Day theme. The Otelia Cromwell Day Planning Committee is evaluating this year's events and will soon begin the task of developing programs, events and activities for next year. Your feedback is important to make improvements in content, logistics and programming. Take the Otelia Cromwell Day Evaluation Survey at and share your constructive feedback with the committee.

Test Prep and Test Taking Workshop , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:15 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

This Jacobson Center workshop will focus on making realistic study plans and being better prepared to take both objective and essay tests. Learn practical strategies to deal with text anxiety to improve performance on any type of test. Gail Thomas leads this lunch hour workshop.

Register Now for Hack@Smith , February 6-7

Register now through February for Smith's second hack-a-thon February 6-7 in Davis Ballroom. You can create whatever you'd like, whether programming or hardware, and first-time hackers are welcome. There will be mentors to help you with anything, as well as plenty of free food and swag. Register (at no cost) at

Kick the Stress Habit , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5-5:45 p.m., Upstairs, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

A one-time workshop full of information and strategies to kick your stress habit--It doesn't have to feel so bad! RSVP via email or phone to Shauna Pevato at

Vigil to Honor Bangladeshi Journalists , Wednesday, Nov. 18, Noon, Chapin Lawn

Honor the memory of four Bangladeshi journalists who were murdered for speaking out against religious extremism. The Smith community will gather on Chapin Deck in remembrance of them and others who have lost their lives in an atmosphere of censorship. All are encouraged to attend. The vigil is sponsored by the South Asia Unity Organization (EKTA) and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

A Mindset and a Set of Tools: Five Things to Know About Design Thinking at Smith

The college's new Design Thinking Initiative offers numerous entry points for interested students, faculty and staff. From lectures to courses to campus design challenges, the pilot program aims to spark dialogue about the role of design in shaping our lives. Read on to find out what Co-Director Zaza Kabayadondo has to say about design thinking at Smith.

11/12/2015 Digest

Jittery's Live Presents Jeff LeBlanc , Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Jeff LeBlanc is a soulful pop-artist, who wears his heart on his sleeve; his sound is an R&B meets "smooth pop." The event offers free coffee, cookies, and music.

SEC Films Presents 'The Age of Adaline' , Friday & Saturday, Nov. 13 & 14, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline's long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis' parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.

'Migrant Categories in Crisis, State Responses to Asylum Seekers' , Thursday, Nov. 12, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

This is fifth event in the Humanities Lab series focused on issues of Forced Displacement, Immigration, Refugees, and Security. Presented by Rebecca Hamlin, assistant professor of legal studies, University of Massachusetts.

Joint B.A./M.A. Program in Geneva Information Session , Thursday, Nov. 12, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Smith College and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva have established a new program that will enable a small number of students to complete a BA from Smith and an MA from the Graduate Institute in five years, instead of the usual six years.

Kahn Short Term Project 'Futurisms Part I, The Ten Thousand Year Collection,' Apply by , November 13

Now accepting applications for "Futurisms Part I," co-organized by Nancy Bradbury, English, and Martin Antonetti, Mortimer Rare Book Room, that takes place December 10-12. The colloquium begins with a public lecture by Elizabeth Merritt, VP of Strategic Foresight and Founding Director for the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Alliance of Museums. Through the chronological frame of 10,000 years, Merritt will consider what preservation and interpretation could really mean across Millennia. The application deadline for Part I is November 13. For more information, visit (Note: Futurisms Part II is scheduled for February 2016.)

Five-College Social Justice Intensive Course; Applications Due , November 14

Grassroots Community Organizing is a peer-facilitated social justice course limited to around 15 students per section. The focus of the class is building a supportive community, digging into hard topics such as privilege and oppression, and making real change through community organizing. There is also an alternative spring break component where students travel with their class to work with and learn from community organizers in places like Springfield, Boston, and Virginia. Applications can be found at!apply-/sg8a8

'The Role of Play in Human Development,' a Kahn Institute Lecture by Anthony Pellegrini , Thursday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Anthony Pellegrini, professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota, will speak on "The Role of Play in Human Development," examining the development and putative functions of different forms of play (social, object, locomotor, pretend) and exploration, as well as policy implications. Pellegrini has written extensively on children's development and play, social dominance and aggression. This lecture is in conjunction with the Kahn Institute long-term project Play, taking place in spring 2016. Refreshments served, all invited.

Faculty Recital: Kirsten Hadden Lipkens , Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Kirsten Hadden Lipkens, oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn, and frame drum, with Clifton J. Noble, piano and frame drum, Fred Cohen, English horn. A lively mix of contemporary music for oboe that includes a work by Robert Levin and the premiere of the newly commissioned Share for English horn by Belinda Reynolds. Free and open to the public.

Wind Ensemble: 'Forever Broadway' , Monday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Wind Ensemble, directed by Ellen Redman, delves into well-loved Broadway tunes of yesterday and today. Come sing along to your favorites. Free and open to the public.

Submit Concerns or Suggestions to the Classroom Committee

The Classroom Committee, which oversees classrooms across campus, encourages all members of the community--students, faculty, and staff--to notify us of needed repairs or other classroom issues, including questions or suggestions, via our webpage feedback/suggestion form. The form, along with information about the Committee and about Registrar-scheduled campus classrooms, may be found at the main classrooms page,

Sponsor a Child for the CSO Winter Gifts Project; Sign Up by , November 12

Every year the Community Service Office works with the Hilltown Churches Food Pantry on the Winter Gifts program. Sponsorship ($50-$80 per child) can be done as an individual or department or colleagues. Parents or guardians designate the type of gifts and clothing their child needs so you know that your gifts will be meaningful. Since these gifts may be the only ones that the children will receive this holiday season, your commitment to the Winter Gifts project is extremely important. Contact Tziona Breitbart at to sign up by November 12 or have any questions.

November 12: Mail Services Shipping Window Closed

The Mail Services Mail & Package Shipping Window will be closed November 12.

New Spring Courses in East Asian Studies

EAS 216 Colloquium "Gangnam Style: Seoul and Its Layered Histories" with Ellie Yunjung Choi (T Th 1-2:20 p.m.); EAS 217 "Modernity and Contested Traditions in Korea" with Ellie Yunjung Choi (T Th 3-4:20 p.m.); and EAS 270 Colloquium "The Art of Chinese and Japanese Gardens" with Daniel Greenberg (M W 7:30-9:30 p.m.). For details, visit

The Hot Seat: 'Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces' , Thursday, Nov. 12, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Do trigger warnings threaten free speech? Should professors label potentially troubling content in their syllabi? What does creating a "safe space" mean? These are some of the questions that will be explored during the fall edition of the Hot Seat: a conversation about choices, decisions and ethics. Jennifer Walters, Associate Dean of the College for Community Life will moderate the panel consisting of Alexandra Keller (Film Studies), Elizabeth Pryor (History), Matilda Cantwell (Center for Religious and Spiritual Life), and Laura Rauscher (Disability Services.)

'COP21 Paris Climate Negotiations: Essential Information' , Thursday, Nov. 12, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Hearing about the COP21 meeting and not sure what it is all about? Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) is sponsoring a faculty panel and question and answer discussion about COP21 and the United Nations efforts to address Global Climate Change. ES&P Professors Camille Washington-Ottombre and Alexander Barron will highlight key events leading up to the COP21 meeting, review the goals and expectations for COP21, outline US environmental policy and participation at UN Climate Change meetings, and note next steps after COP21. Come learn the essential information about the history, expectations, and promise of COP21 and bring your questions! Lunch provided.

EAL Film Series: 'Pushing Hands' , Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201

The EAL Department is hosting the Chinese film "Pushing Hands" as a part of its Past Meets Present film series. The movie explores the contradictions between traditional Chinese and modern American culture and how the two compromise. There will be a discussion after the movie regarding its themes and Chinese culture. Popcorn and other snacks will be provided.

Sharon Holland: 'Vocabularies of Vulnerability--Human, Animal, Blackness' , Monday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Visiting Scholar Sharon Holland, professor of American studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is the author of "Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity" (Duke University Press, 2000), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association in 2002. Holland's most recent book, "The Erotic Life of Racism" (Duke University Press, 2012), is a theoretical project that explores the intersection of Critical Race, Feminist, and Queer Theory. Sponsored by the History Department.

Volunteer with CSO at Gardening the Community's Annual Harvest Fundraiser and Pancake Breakfast , Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Gardening the Community (GTC), located in Springfield, Mass., is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture, and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. Volunteers will enjoy delicious pancakes and performances and help with clean-up at the annual fundraiser breakfast event. Your support in this event will help GTC expand their programming and engage more community members to participate in their programs. Sign up at and email Aixin Li for questions. Time commitment: 10:15 a.m. to 2: 45 p.m. (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on site) Transportation provided.

'How to Activate, Erase and Incept Memories' , Monday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Steve Ramirez, doctoral candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present the next event in the Fall 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 for the full schedule.

Business Panel Discussion: Female Founders @Smith , Friday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Lorraine Dorrow, search consultant at Maverick + ICONYC; Liz Entin, founder & CEO of Runway Passport; Danielle Kayembe, cofounder of GreyFire Impact; Shannon Giordano, president and founder, Serendipity Social Media. Inc.; Dawn Quaker, cofounder and COO of Dreamers // Doers. Each of the business women will discuss how she went from idea to innovation to entrepreneurship. A networking event for students with the panelists will follow the discussion. Please dress business casual and bring resumes and/or business cards. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Financial Independence and the Lazarus Center for Career Development.

'ABCs of Sustainable Time Management' , Friday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m., Campus Center 205

Most time management tips feel like just more items on the To Do List. Sustainable Time Management, on the other hand, addresses fundamental issues at the core of the trouble. Learn how to cultivate the ABCs of Sustainable Time Management: Attention that's flexible or focused as needed, Boundaries that both protect you and connect you to others, and Choices made in tune with your truest values. Register by visiting

Susan Cohen '62: 'The Inspired Landscape' , Monday, Nov. 16, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Susan Cohen '62 , landscape architect and author of "The Inspired Landscape: 21 Leading Landscape Architects Explore the Creative Process" will be joined by Stephen Stimson, FASLA, and will be discussing the initial spark of landscape creativity and trace it through the stunningly innovative landscape designs that result. A lecture not be missed. Book sale and signing will follow lecture sponsored by Broadside Bookshop.

Shabbat Dinners with the Smith College Jewish Community , Friday, Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

The Smith College Jewish Community provides Shabbat dinner for anyone who is interested in being a part of the ever-growing Jewish community. Food is vegetarian and can accommodate vegan and gluten free restrictions. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm every Friday in the Kosher Kitchen in Jordan House (the front door is on Paradise Road and is labeled). If you are not already on the email list and would like to be added to receive more information please email

Film Screening: 'The Devil Strikes at Night' (Nachts, Wenn Der Teufel Kam) , Sunday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Film screening with comments by Professor Jennifer Kapczynski, associate professor of German, Washington University at St. Louis. A discussion of the film will be held on the following day at noon, Monday, Nov. 16, Campus Center 205, with Jennifer Kapczynski.

Jennifer Kapczynski: 'Making of the Postwar (German) Man' , Monday, Nov. 16, Noon, Campus Center 205

Jennifer Kapczynski, associate professor of German, Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss the film, "The Devil Strikes at Night" (Nachts, Wenn Der Teufel Kam), which will be screened the previous day at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, Seelye 106. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 in attendance.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Nov. 13, 12:15-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup Salad and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad (often with fresh baked bread) prepared by student cooks every Friday. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, Smith issues of interest, and topics posed by student facilitators in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. Topics are generated by student questions, experiences and interests i.e. empathy, grief and anger. Soup, Salad, Soul is a great place to meet friends and discuss important concerns.

Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group , Monday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, MS.Ed., holds a weekly Zen meditation, welcoming all members of the Smith community. A Buddhist Community Religious Adviser for Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Ryumon serves as co-founder of Two Streams Zen and operates Contemplative Somatic Wellness, which is dedicated to working with young adult social change advocates. The Monday session is a drop-in sitting meditation. If you are new to the practice of meditation and would appreciate an orientation prior to entering the class, contact Ryumon at

Value HMO Informational Meeting , Thursday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Choose the right plan for you. Come and find out more about the Value HMO health plan option.

Sign Up for Nightime Visit to Field Station , Sunday, Nov. 15, 6:30-9 p.m.

Join us for a nighttime trip to the MacLeish Field Station for a campfire, stars, and cozy times. Leaving from outside Chapin House at 6:30 p.m., returning at 9 p.m. Sign up at

Physics Seminar: 'Next-Generation Photovoltaics from Unconventional Semiconductors for Low-Cost, Large-Scale Electricity from the Sun' , Friday, Nov. 13, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Alexi Arango, Ph.D. physics department, Mount Holyoke College, will present the next event in the Physics Fall Seminar Series. "Next-generation photovoltaics from unconventional semiconductors for low-cost, large-scale electricity from the sun." Refreshments served at 4 p.m.; talk begins at 4:15 p.m.

Sigma Xi Lunch Talk: 'Flexible Models of Handwriting' , Tuesday, Nov. 17, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Nicholas Howe, professor of computer science, will present the next Sigma Xi Lunch talk. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at noon and is open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students. The full schedule of Sigma Xi luncheons is available online at

Health & STEM Professions Lunch: 'Getting Ready to Apply to a Health Profession School?' , Friday, Nov. 13, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

This session is required for applicants intending to enter medical, dental, optometry and podiatry schools in the fall of 2017. Learn more about the application process and requesting a committee letter of evaluation from the Board of Prehealth Advisers. Pizza will be provided for the first 40 people.

Workshop: 'Finding Jobs and Internships in East Asia' , Friday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m., CCD Workshop Room, Drew Hall, 84 Elm St.

Looking for a job or internship in East Asia? Want to use your skills in Chinese, Japanese or Korean? Janice Schell, assistant director of the Lazarus Center for Career Development (CCD), will discuss how to use the resources at the CCD to find jobs and internships in the U.S. or East Asia that will draw upon your linguistic and cultural knowledge of China, Japan and Korea. Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures.

Ada Merchandise & Bake Sale , Thursday, Nov. 19, Noon, Campus Center Main Level Table

The Ada Comstock Scholars are hosting an Ada Merchandise & Bake Sale. Stop by for baked goods made with Ada Love and a preview of new Ada merchandise.

Thinking on Their Feet: Annual Elevator Pitch Contest Spotlights Student Ideas

Got an idea for an innovative business or product? The annual Elevator Pitch contest, hosted by the Smith College Center for Women and Financial Independence, is the perfect chance to try it out before a panel of judges. This year's pitch contest will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Campus Center 103/104. No advance signup is required. All you need is an idea and a willingness to share it—in 90 seconds, that is.

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Staff and Students Invited to BFTN: Hot Chocolate Bar , Thursday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Enjoy some hot chocolate during this busy period. It will be in the CC accessible for all students and staff to sweeten their day.

Kennedy Lecture: Lynn Staley on 'The Merchant' , Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

The Smith English department is hosting the 2015-16 Kennedy Lecture series with speaker Lynn Staley, Drake Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University. These lectures will appeal to those with an interest in intersections between literature and history and in ways of moving across the longstanding division between medieval and early modern culture. For more information, visit

Global Salon: 'Midtown Is Not the Center of Town--Challenges of Literary Translation' , Wednesday, Nov. 11, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Writer and translator Assaf Gavron has published five novels, a collection of stories and a collection of Jerusalem falafel reviews. He has also translated, among others, J.D. Salinger, Philip Roth, Franz Kafka, Jonathan Safran Foer, and J.K. Rowling into Hebrew. Pizza will be provided to the first 25 people.

'The Wild West Bank: A Novelist's Exploration of the Most Burning Topic in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict' , Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Award-winning Hebrew writer and translator Assaf Gavron will be at Smith College to talk about his novel The Hilltop, set in a fictional West Bank Jewish settlement. It is one of the first Israeli novels to explore the inner world and motivations of the settler movement, allowing audiences into a corner of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is often a core issue of contention between the sides. Gavron will talk about the challenging intersection of art and politics in contemporary Hebrew literature, and especially the ways in which writers can help us better understand hot-button issues on the international agenda.

New Playreading Series: 'Photograph 51' by Anna Ziegler, directed by Kitty Lixin Lin '16 , Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Anna Ziegler's "Photograph 51" illuminates the life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great and under-recognized female scientists of the 20th Century, whose passionate mapping of the contours of the DNA molecule has had untold consequence. The NY TIMES heralds Ziegler's refusal to smooth Franklin's edges "by making her anything other than formidably, even self-sabotagingly, intelligent." Free and open to the public.

Smith College Internship Program at the Smithsonian Institution Information Meeting , Wednesday, Nov. 11, Noon, Seelye 207

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

'Early Buddhism for Secular Times' , Tuesday, Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Stephen Batchelor is an internationally known Buddhist teacher and writer. In this lecture he will reconsider the "four noble truths" as "four great tasks" and focus on those aspects of the teachings of the Buddha that support a task-based ethics rather than a belief-based metaphysics, thereby presenting Buddhism as a way of life rather than a world religion. This is the first in a three part lecture series collaboration between the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Smith College Buddhist Studies Concentration, sponsored by Ada Howe Kent Fund.

Paintings and Drawings by Anthony Fisher , November 3-30, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

The Smith College Department of Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of artist Anthony Fisher's work. Fisher's main focus is painting; his current work explores various themes of the self through metaphors in the still-life and portrait. Mr. Fisher currently exhibits at Galerie Mourlot, New York City, NY. Fisher currently has an exhibit of paintings and drawings as part of a large two-person retrospective show at the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University through March 4, 2012.

Senior Major Open Studios , Wednesday, Nov. 11, Noon-1 p.m., Senior Studios, Basement, Hillyer

The Studio Art Seminar is having open studios to showcase what it is to be a Senior art major at Smith, the projects we are working on, and the new renovations to the studios in Hillyer. Pizza will be served.

The Prospies Are Coming...Admission Fall Preview , Wednesday, Nov. 11

Get ready to welcome hundreds of prospective students and family members for Admission's Fall Preview Open House. See a visitor who needs directions? Perhaps offer some words of wisdom. Encounter a prospie in one of your Wednesday classes? Introduce yourself if you like. Fall Preview registration will be held in the Conference Center. Morning and afternoon events take place in Wright, the Campus Center, Scott Gym, Sage, and Ford. For more information visit

Nutrition Talk with Nancy Clark , Friday, Nov. 13, 4:45 p.m., Seelye 201

Nutritionist Nancy Clark will present "Food, Sports, & Smith: Fueling for High Energy, Good Health, and Top Performance." High carb? Low carb? No carb? Fasting? Loading? How much protein? Nancy Clark will answer your questions and offer sound guidance on making friends with food and fueling for peak performance. Come for snacks at 4:30.

United Way Campaign Now Underway

The 2016 Smith College United Way Campaign is under way. Smith College has a long history of supporting the community by being one of the largest donors to the United Way in Hampshire County. Your donations allow the United Way to continue to focus on education, income, and health in the surrounding community. A gift of any size will enter you into the Smith College United Way raffle, which includes prizes such as year-long reserved parking spots. Visit to donate. Thank you for supporting the United Way.

Volunteer at the Food Bank of Western Mass , Friday, Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Gain hands-on experience on how the Food Bank supports the local community. Help out by sorting donated food in the warehouse which is then distributed to local emergency food pantries and programs. Transportation will be provided to their site in Hatfield. Sign up by November 11. For more information and to sign up, contact Brianna Halasa at at the Community Service Organization (CSO). To learn more about the Food Bank's mission and activities, visit For information about this and other volunteer opportunities contact CSO at ext. 2793 or

Volunteer Math Tutors Needed at Local Elementary School

Miss Cowhey at Jackson Street School in Northampton would love to have more volunteers help out during her Morning Math Club on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8:00 to 8:50 a.m. Please contact Marlene Pearson, Coordinator, Volunteers in Northampton Schools at 413.587.1332 or Tutors who are also certified drivers are needed! Or get in your daily exercise by walking the approximately 3 miles round trip. A paid position for federally eligible work-study students through American Reads is also available. For more information about this and other volunteer opportunities please contact CSO at ext 2793 or

Staff/Faculty: No Mail Pick Up or Drop Off Veteran's Day , Wednesday, Nov. 11

Due to the Veterans' Day holiday, there will be no mail pick up or drop off service for staff/faculty. Departments that would like to send college business mail or pick up mail, may do so by visiting Mail Services, located in the Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that any mail dropped off for processing cannot be sent until Thursday, Nov. 12.

'What's in a Word?' , Thursday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m., Campus Center 205

Here's a class to educate and surprise you with a host of words you should know (like "acumen" and "jejune"), words typically misunderstood and misused (like "bemused" and "nonplussed"), and phrases suddenly popping up everywhere in today's communication. Test your ability to recognize foreign expressions, eliminate obvious redundancies, and pronounce words correctly. Emerge from the class with expanded knowledge of words, confidence in how to use them and fascination with our ever-evolving language.

ServeUp Interest Meeting , Wednesday, Nov. 11, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Every year, Smithies go down to New Orleans with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to engage in the ongoing recovery effort after Hurricane Katrina. While we are there, we also take time to learn about complex issues facing the city and discuss the meaning of justice and faith in the context of New Orleans, our own lives, and the Christian worldview. Students of all backgrounds are welcome and invited to be a part of this team! Attending an info session is required to attend the trip.

Diwali and Tihar 2015 , Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Diwali is an ancient festival of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. Come celebrate the Festival of Lights and victory of light over darkness with puja (prayers), dinner (Indian food) and sparklers. The program is a collaboration of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, EKTA, and residents of Cushing House. All are welcome.

'Financing Life': WFI's Online Course Draws Broad Interest

"Financing Life," a free, noncredit online course launched in 2014 by the Smith College Center for Women and Financial Independence, has enrolled more than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumnae—and others. The course features popular economics professor Randy Bartlett in a series of online lectures and learning activities aimed at demystifying personal finance.

11/09/2015 Digest

Mail Services Shipping Window Closed , Thursday, Nov. 12

11/06/2015 Digest

CANCELED: Nov. 9 Archaeological Institute of America of Western Mass Lecture with Kathleen Lynch

The lecture will be rescheduled at a later date.

11/05/2015 Digest

SEC Films Presents 'Selma' , Friday & Saturday, Nov. 6 & 7, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) of Western Mass Lecture: Kathleen Lynch , Monday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

AIA lecturer Kathleen Lynch, interim department head and associate professor of classics at the University of Cincinnati, is a classical archaeologist with a research interest in ancient Greek ceramics. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and has worked on archaeological projects at sites in Turkey (Gordion, Troy), Greece (Athenian Agora, Corinth, Pylos), Italy (Morgantina), and Albania (Apollonia). Kathleen's research considers what ancient ceramics can tell us about their use and users. Presented by the Department of Archaeology.

Human Resources Open Session , Monday, Nov. 9, 2-3 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Larry Hunt, associate vice president for human resources, and Kevin Kerwood, associate director of human resources, will be available to answer questions about policies, benefits, and any other Human Resources-related topics.

Free Second Friday , Nov. 13, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Hands-on! 4-6 p.m.: Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. This month: Talk Back! - Experience SCMA's new space for focused interaction with a single work of art - Talk Back: Art in Conversation - by creating your own response. Open Eyes 6 p.m.: Join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. The Museum Shop is open 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Light refreshments served at 4 p.m.

Smith in Geneva Study Abroad Information Session , Thursday, Nov. 5, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Come learn about the exciting opportunities offered by the Smith in Geneva program. Home to the United Nations, Geneva is a cosmopolitan city located on the beautiful Lac Leman. Study at the University of Geneva and its affiliated institutes. International internship opportunities are available with human rights, security, global health and development organizations.

Smith AIT Budapest Computer Science & Software Engineering Program Information Session , Thursday, Nov. 5, Noon, Ford 241

The AIT program has a first-rate faculty, an innovative curriculum including courses such as "Computer Vision Applications for Digital Cinema", Design Workshops, and a guest lecture series that brings prominent speakers to campus. The information session will be held in Ford Hall 241.

Middle East Studies Minor , Thursday, Nov. 5, Noon, Seelye 101

Pizza will be served.

Poetry Center Presents Perugia Poets , Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

The 2015 PERUGIA PRESS PRIZE winner, Jenifer Browne Lawrence of Poulsbo, Washington, will read with local poet, Markie Babbott, for an evening of poems about watery landscape, father-daughter relationship, and how the two inform each other. Lawrence's award-winning collection, Grayling, moves through the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough Alaskan country of her upbringing. And Babbott's book, Into the Great Swamp, is a poetry and photography collaboration with her 93-year-old father, Edward Babbott. Together they explored the Great Swamp nature refuge in New Jersey. Booksigning and refreshments will follow the reading.

Free Family Day , Saturday, Nov. 7, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Explore themes of identity in contemporary art and discover all that's new on every floor of the museum. Free admission for everyone all day. Free hands-on activities for all ages including free button-making, face-painting, photo booth and collage figures.

Smith Students' Aid Society Deadline for January Study , November 13

Applications for Smith Students' Aid Society grants for January term study must be submitted to the Class Deans office no later than November 13 to be considered for funding. (If you are a student participating in the Tibetan Studies trip, applications were due October 26.) For questions, contact Anne White at

Brown Bag Lunch with Jessica Moyer: 'Genre, Ideology and the Household Lives of Women in Quing China' , Friday, Nov. 6, 12:15-1 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies Jessica Moyer will present a behind-the-scenes look at her current research comparing portrayals of women's kin and household relationships across literary and non-literary genres of the 17th and 18th centuries, along with a discussion of the purposes and accidents that shaped the research project.

Ed Baptist: 'Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism' , Thursday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ed Baptist, professor of history, Cornell University, will give a lecture based on his new, award-winning book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism."

Smith College Campus School K-1 Open House , Saturday, Nov. 7, 9:30-11 a.m., Campus School, 33 Prospect St.

Explore classrooms and try a variety of activities. Meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information contact the admission office at 585-3270.or

Yuliya Komska: 'How Cold War Radio Lost Its Sound' , Thursday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

The German Studies and History Departments invite you to a lecture by Prof. Yuliya Komska who is currently professor of German Studies at Dartmouth College. Professor Komska is a recognized scholar in the field of Media Studies with a particular expertise in radio. Her current project, "Cold War Radio in the Golden Age of Television, 1950-1967," is the first transatlantic visual history of Radio Free Europe. The station served as an important interface between radio and television content and technologies.

'The Dictator's Granddaughter' by David Desola , Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Having just returned to the unnamed country where her grandfather ruled as absolute ruler, his innocent Granddaughter finds him on his death bed, his cronies held for crimes which she finds unimaginable. Estela Harretche and Ellen W. Kaplan perform in English and Spanish, alternating scenes as the character changes and develops over time. Free and open to the public.

Autumn Serenade , Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Glee Club, Chorus, Chamber Singers, Groove and special guests the Campus School Chorus, directed by Cindy Naughton. Jonathan Hirsh and Amanda Huntleigh conduct the annual fall choral concert. Free and open to the public.

Auditions: 'Orlando' by Sarah Ruhl , Sunday & Monday, Nov. 8 & 9, 7-10 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Auditions for the spring 2016 production of ORLANDO by Sarah Ruhl, directed by J. Mehr Kaur '16. Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday, Nov. 8 and 9, with Callbacks on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7-10 p.m. No preparation required. Sides from the script will be provided. Production dates: February 26, 27, March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. More information available at

Jesse Bellemare Presents Mum Show Lecture on Plant Conservation and Climate Change , Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Jesse Bellemare, assistant professor of biological sciences at Smith, will open this year's Chrysanthemum Show with a talk on "Horticultural Insights into Plant Conservation and Climate Change," Climate change is predicted to be a major threat to biodiversity. How will plants tolerate new climatic conditions in their native ranges? Will they be able to migrate as climate zones shift northward? Native plant horticulture provides a trove of data that is helping to guide the development of new conservation approaches. A reception at the Lyman Plant House with a preview of the Chrysanthemum Show follows. For more information, visit

Fall Chrysanthemum Show , Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 7-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House

Featuring Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging) by Smith College Students. Special expanded hours on Fridays, Nov. 13 and 20: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Suggested donation $5. As fall colors fade to gray, a rainbow of blossoms unfurl inside the Smith College Botanic Garden's Lyman Conservatory. A popular college and community tradition since the early 1900s, Smith's annual chrysanthemum show features a variety of multi-color flower cascades, over-sized mum standards and flowers resulting from hybrids made by the previous year's horticulture class. Visitors vote for their favorite.

Calling All Smith Grant Recipients

Your scholarship aid is made possible in part by gifts from alumnae and friends of the college. Help Smith show these donors the impact of their support by sharing your story. If you've received a Smith grant, it takes just a few minutes to complete the Scholarship Information Form at: Contact with any questions.

Faculty Conversation: 'Urban Experience in Contemporary East Asia' , Thursday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

This interdisciplinary conversation regarding the current exhibition "Dislocation/Urban Experience: Contemporary Photographs from East Asia" at the museum will be moderated by exhibition curator Sam Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell, Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College.

Bus Trip to New York City , Saturday, Nov. 7, Museum of Art

Explore the city and art fairs for the day. Drop-offs at the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met). Light snack, bus fare, and 1 IFPDA Print Fair ticket included. The bus will depart at 8 a.m. in front of SCMA on Elm St. Bus departs for the return trip at the Met. at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive by 11 p.m. (depending on traffic). Reserve by October 31, 2015. Members: $60, Student Members: $40, Non-Members: $75 (space permitting). Details and registration:

Astronomy Major and Minor , Tuesday, Nov. 10, Noon, McConnell 406

Come meet the current majors, minors, and faculty for food and conversation. Lunch will be served.

'Pre-Olympic Rio de Janeiro: Mega-Events and the Dynamics of Urban Change' , Monday, Nov. 9, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

After decades of stagnation, by 2010 Rio de Janeiro was one of the fastest growing cities in the Americas. Pricier than New York, Rio was eager to take advantage of its selection as host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics to constitute itself as a "global city." How are the mega-events intersecting with the city's infamous levels of inequality, historic segregation, and disparities in access to housing and public services? Hear the answers to this and other questions from Dr. Theresa Williamson, Founder and Director of Catalytic Communities, a non-government organization in Rio de Janeiro.

Museums Concentration , Friday, Nov. 6, Noon, Seelye 207

Museums Concentration faculty and current students will discuss requirements of the concentration, the application deadline, course offerings, and practical experiences - including, but not limited to, the Smithsonian program. Pizza will be served. All interested students are welcome!

'Genome Doubling and the Plant Tree of Life' , Monday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Douglas Soltis, distinguished professor, Florida Museum of Natural History. Part of the Fall 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 for the full schedule.

Stargazing at the New McConnell Rooftop Observatory , Thursday, Nov. 5, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, star clusters, galaxies, and the moon in Smith's newly refurbished observatory dome. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

'Art Box' Lunch Series: Internships , Tuesday, Nov. 10, Noon, Hillyer 204

In the second edition of Art Box, several students from the department of art will informally share their experiences with various internships they have had during their Smith career. Students will also be available to answer questions about how to find internships, successfully land them, and complete them! Lunch will be provided.

2015 W-2 Earnings Statement Will Reflect an Additional Payday

January 1, 2016 Payday Will Be Issued on December 31, 2015; 2015 W-2 Earnings Statement Will Reflect this Additional Payday. A calendar anomaly will result in an extra payday in 2015. Since New Year's Day is a national holiday and banks are not open to process direct deposits, Smith will pay employees one day in advance on December 31, which becomes the 27th payday in calendar year 2015. Employees' 2015 W-2 will include this payday and therefore will be higher than a normal 26 payroll year. Questions, please contact Payroll at x4401 or x2213,

MacLeish Campfire Trip , Sunday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.

A sunset drive to the field station, to enjoy the cozy eco-building with board games and hot cocoa, and if weather permits, watch stars while making s'mores at the campfire. Reserve your spot at:

Fencing Six-Weapon Open Tournament: The Big One , Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., ITT

The Big One is a Fencing six-weapon open tournament hosted by New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference and Smith College Fencing Club - Hell's Belles Fencing. Fencers compete as individuals, but represent a member institution. Over 200 fencers from MIT, Boston University, Brandeis University, Middlebury college and other ten colleges will fence during the day. This event is open to public.

'How Do I Pitch the Big Idea?' Workshop , Monday, Nov. 9, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Learn how to present your big idea and sell it to investors at WFI workshop. "How do I Pitch the Big Idea?" is a fun, interactive workshop which will help you figure out the components of an elevator pitch, designing a financial summary, finding solutions to problems, who's your competition and what is your target market. All majors are welcome and lunch is provided. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Financial Independence @Smith College.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: 'What Should I Write About in My Personal Statement?' , Friday, Nov. 6, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

This discussion is strongly recommended for anyone intending to enter any type of health profession school in the fall of 2017. Join us for information, advice and tips for writing that highly important personal statement for health profession school applications. Daryl Gehman works in the Lazarus Center for Career Development and will explain this vital written piece...what works and what may not. Pizza will be provided for the first 30 people.

ITS Tip of the Week

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Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group , Monday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, MS.Ed., holds a weekly Zen meditation, welcoming all members of the Smith community. A Buddhist Community Religious Adviser for Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Ryumon serves as co-founder of Two Streams Zen and operates Contemplative Somatic Wellness, which is dedicated to working with young adult social change advocates. The Monday session is a drop-in sitting meditation. If you are new to the practice of meditation and would appreciate an orientation prior to entering the class, contact Ryumon at

Buddhist Lunch Talk , Tuesday, Nov. 10, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

"Health and Wellbeing: Simple Practices for Transforming Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm into Ease, Joy and Possibilities." A lunch-hour session covering basic understanding and practices of how we can take charge of challenging physical and emotional states impacting our day-to-day experiences. Led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin Sensei, MS.Ed, SEP®, a Community Religious Advisor with Smith's Religious and Spiritual Life Center, and co-founder of Two Streams Zen. Ryumon has a private practice in trauma resolution in Northampton. A vegetarian lunch will be served.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Nov. 6, 12:15-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup Salad and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad (often with fresh baked bread) prepared by student cooks every Friday. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, Smith issues of interest, and topics posed by student facilitators in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. Topics are generated by student questions, experiences and interests i.e. empathy, grief and anger. Soup, Salad, Soul is a great place to meet friends and discuss important concerns.

Josten Live! Fridays @ Five Features SIKOS Improv Comedy and Groove A Cappella , Friday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

A twilight twin bill features SIKOS improv and Groove grooves. Designed to drive the dark away, or a least make it sparkle. A brief pause between tea and dinner. In Josten Library's soaring Mezzanine. Free of charge and open to all.

Seeking Donations for ISSO Winter Clothes Closet , Thursday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is collecting winter clothes donations to help out students in need of winter clothes. For a number of them it will be the first time experiencing harsh winter weather. ISSO encourages students, staff and faculty to donate any unwanted, gently used warm clothes. Donations can be dropped off at the Lewis Global Studies Center. All clothes will be made available for students on Thursday, November 12th at 4 p.m. in the Lewis Global Studies Center free of charge.

Annual 'Taste of Latin America' , Friday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Join Nosotr@s for a free event with performances and food cooked by Nosotr@s members. Food will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. This event is wheelchair accessible.

Student Picks Exhibition: 'The Human Spectrum' by Amalia Leamon '18 , Friday, Nov. 6, Noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

"The Human Spectrum" is a one-day student-curated show of works on paper from the Museum's permanent collection and includes prints, drawings, and photographs which capture the "complexity and fragility of the human condition." Works by artists such as Andreas Vesalius, Anne Noggle, and Kristin Capp will be represented.

Weekend Trip to MacLeish , Saturday, Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m.

Want to get off campus and enjoy the outdoors? Take a van to MacLeish field station this weekend to hike, connect with nature or get some work done. Boardgames and wifi included. The van leaves from Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and returns by 4p.m. Reserve space at

Brooke Hauser: 'From Paper to People--A Journalistic Approach to the Archives' , Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Author and journalist Brooke Hauser will discuss her forthcoming biography, "Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Girl." Through extensive research at the Sophia Smith Collection where Brown's papers are housed, and through interviews with those that worked with her, Hauser uncovers the woman behind the public persona of the sophisticated Cosmo editor and media icon.

Smith in the World: President McCartney Travels to Asia

Smith’s presence in Asia will be stronger than usual this month, as President Kathleen McCartney travels to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kyoto and Seoul for a series of events with alumnae and others interested in Smith.

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Anthropology Lecture: 'The Disappearance of the Corpse and the Rise of Tattoo Memorials' , Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 206

"Put Some Windex On It: The Disappearance of the Corpse and the Rise of Tattoo Memorials." Dr. Candi Cann, assistant professor, Baylor University, Interdisciplinary Core and Religion, will discuss tattoo memorials in cross-cultural perspectives (Japan, China, Argentina and the United States). Sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Religion, the Ada Howe Kent Fund, and the Smith College Lecture Committee

Government Major , Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Meet the faculty and government department student liaisons. Learn about the courses offered in the department and the opportunities available to government majors. Refreshments will be served.

Drop-In Mindfulness Session , Wednesday, Nov. 4, Noon-12:50 p.m., Room 218, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Every Wednesday mindfulness meditation practice is open to students, staff and faculty. All levels welcome. Sessions may include a variety of meditation practices including sitting, gentle yoga, walking, and body scan. Each week, perhaps one or two of these will be utilized. Practice begins at 12:10 pm. If possible, please arrive a few minutes early in order to start on time. Sessions conclude at 12:50 pm. The facilitator will stay for an additional 15 minutes for an optional discussion and for any questions.

Save the Date: Five College Reception for Faculty/Staff of Color , December 10

Five College End of Fall 2015 Reception for faculty members and staff members of color at the Hampshire College Red Barn in South Amherst off Route 116 (behind the Hampshire College Admissions Office) will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. Please come for food and drink, meeting old friends and new colleagues, networking and discussions. Please share this invitation with others.

Otelia Cromwell Day Ceremony and Keynote , Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Incarceration: Intersections of Criminal Justice, Social Justice and Activism, this year's Otelia Cromwell Day theme, will be highlighted by a keynote address by Dawn Porter, documentary filmmaker and award-winning directory/producer of "Gideon's Army." Workshops will follow the plenary, see for complete schedule. Named for the first African-American to graduate from Smith College, in 1900, Otelia Cromwell Day reflects upon issues of diversity and racism in the United States. The author of three books and many articles, Cromwell received an honorary degree from Smith in 1950. Attendees who need disability accommodations or sign language interpretation should call (413) 585-2071 or email Read the Grecourt Gate story about Dawn Porter and this year's Otelia Cromwell Day celebration at

Smith Picker Semester-in-Washington Program

The Department of Government offers a Semester-in-Washington Program designed to give students an opportunity to participate in political processes and to study the operation of public institutions. Intended for first-semester juniors and seniors with appropriate backgrounds in social sciences, the program is open to all majors, providing students with the opportunity to study processes by which public policy is made and implemented at various levels of government. Fourteen hours of academic credit are awarded upon completion. Application form and further information available on the government department web site. Application deadline: Friday, November 5.

Advocates for Change - Otelia Cromwell Day Panel , Tuesday, Nov. 3, 4:10 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

In the efforts to change incarceration, a broad continuum ranges from individual and local involvement to state programs to federal institutions and guidelines. These panelists represent a variety of programs along that continuum and are committed to improving the policies and resources available to help those within the criminal justice system. Lucinda Brown '73, coordinator of the Franklin County Reinventing Justice Project; Marianne Bullock AC '12, co-founder of the Prison Birth Project; Sister Mary Quinn, who does Restorative Justice and Reentry work; Freda Raitelu AC '16, the inaugural Steinem intern, with the Humanities Action Lab called "Global Dialogues on Incarceration." Read more about this year's Otelia Cromwell Day programs at

Jewish Studies Major and Minor , Wednesday, Nov. 4, Noon, Seelye 207

Meet the faculty of the Program in Jewish Studies and learn more about the major and minor as well as interesting study abroad options. Lunch will be served.

Smith in the World Conference , Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 3:45-6 p.m., Campus Center, various locations

The annual Smith in the World Conference was established nine years ago to explore the relationship between formal classroom education and experiential learning. Fifty students, nominated by faculty members, will describe how their studies shaped their off-campus pursuits and educational experiences through Praxis internships, study abroad and community service. Smith in the World is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, the Lazarus Center for Career Development and the Committee on Academic Priorities.

Music in the Noon Hour: Bach Sonata , Wednesday, Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Guest artist Christopher Krueger, flute, with Judith Gordon, piano, will perform Bach Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030. Free and open to the public.

South Asia Concentration , Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Learn about rich cultures, complex economies, diverse religions, profound philosophies, and modern sciences. The study of South Asia will thrill you, challenge you, and expand your mind. Join the faculty for chai and snacks to learn more.

Smith Crew Rent-a-Rower Fundraiser 2015

Smith Crew is once again beginning its Rent-a-Rower Fundraiser for the fall of 2015. Two rowers for two hours for a $50 contribution to the team. The athletes will rake, haul, weed, stack, clean and help with whatever you need. Official dates are weekends in November (11/7, 11/8, 11/14, 11/15, 11/21, 11/22,) The team finishes racing on Nov. 1, so other times and days may work as well. Please contact Head Coach Karen Klinger at or x2717 with your questions and to schedule athletes. The funds will be used to send the team on it's Spring Training trip.

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

Open Enrollment information for benefit eligible employees will be distributed at the Fair. Employees will also have the opportunity to find out more about Smith benefits, provider organizations and services, win a prize by entering the drawing and relax with a seated chair massage provided by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Look to the HR Update sent by campus mail for new information on Open Enrollment forms.

Lunchbag: Eco-Feminism in Latin America , Wednesday, Nov. 4, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

A lunchtime talk with Lucia Delbene, a feminist biologist from Uruguay, visiting Smith as part of the State Department's Professional Fellows Environmental Sustainability Program. In Uruguay, Delbene runs a gender, ecology and sustainability program that aims to explore how women are linked to the environment and why they are so affected by its destruction. Lunch provided.

What Makes a Sustainable Library? A Campus Conversation , Thursday, Nov. 5, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Bring your ideas and help frame our thinking about library programming as it relates to sustainability. Join students, faculty and staff in a conversation about sustainability and the Neilson Library with members of the library programming sustainability subcommittee, the design firm Shepley Bulfinch, and the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability. Lunch provided for the first 50 participants.

Social Justice Through Programming Otelia Cromwell Day Workshop by Smithies in CS , Tuesday, Nov. 3, 4:10 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Smithies in CS is hosting an hour-long Learnathon during Otelia Cromwell Day. Teams will write programs that will make a positive difference in somebody's life. They will teach you how to make a basic website using web development tools such as HTML and CSS. The website you will make would follow a social-justice theme to both showcase your newly-learned computer science programming skills and connect computer science with the goal of Otelia Cromwell Day -- to raise awareness about issues of racism and diversity. No prior programming background is necessary. Please bring your laptops.

Wednesday Tutor Volunteers Needed for Homework House

CSO is seeking more Wednesday volunteers for Homework House. (And Tuesdays may be an option with an added driver!) Help a Child at Risk for Academic Failure Succeed by tutoring children in grades K-6. Time commitment is 2:45-5:30pm. A paid position for federally eligible work-study students through American Reads is available AND volunteers are encouraged as well. Drivers needed! To find more information about Homework House email or contact the Community Service Office at Also, check out the Homework House website: And Just Remember - You Can Make a Difference!

SCMA Members' Extra , Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m., Museum of Art

"The Case of the Peddled Painting and Its Journey "Home": In 1942, Ramesseum at Thebes, by Lockwood de Forest, was removed from SCMA's collection in a sale of 15 paintings to a dealer in Pennsylvania. Following a carefully coordinated, sustained research effort, the painting is now "back home" at SCMA in an installation placing the work in historical and aesthetic context. This event is co-presented by Linda Muehlig, Diana Wolfe Larkin, and Alex Dika Seggerman. Members: $5 and Student Members: free. Members may bring one guest. Space is limited. Reserve by November 2: or 413.585.2777.

Otelia Cromwell Day Workshop: 'My Mothering Aunt--A Discussion with Adelaide Cromwell '40' , Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2:45 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Adelaide McGuinn Cromwell, niece of Otelia Cromwell, will discuss how Otelia Cromwell's family, the issues defining education, and the Smith College environment before World War I affected the life and values of Otelia Cromwell, Class of 1900, as a person. Ms. Cromwell is a Boston University professor emeritus and author of several books on social stratification.

Gallery Talk 'Women of Color Artists as Activists' - Part of Otelia Cromwell Day Program , Wednesday, Nov. 4, Noon, Museum of Art

Join a facilitated discussion of the pioneering art of women of color such as Emma Amos, Lorraine O'Grady and Ana Mendieta and their role as activists. Presenter: Taiga Ermansons AC '03, artist and associate educator at the Smith College Museum of Art. Meet in Museum Lobby.

Theatre Performance: 'Someone Is Sure to Come' - Part of Otelia Cromwell Day Program , Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Reading of a new play by Ellen W. Kaplan and death row/LWOP inmates around the U.S. Monologues and poetry (Hymns) written by people currently on Death Row or serving Life Without Parole (Death-in-Prison), many of whom have been in solitary confinement for decades are woven into a lyrical play that looks at life "inside" and "out." Featuring professional actors from across the Valley, and Smith alums Monique Robinson and Carissa Dagenais. Presenter: Ellen W. Kaplan, Professor, chair, Smith College theatre department.

'Oral Histories and the Shaping of Domestic Workers' Activism' , Thursday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

Monique Nguyen Belizario and Julie Beebe from MataHari, the Boston-based organization that helped to bring the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to the state of Massachusetts this year, will speak about their current organizing work. They'll address the intersection of immigration status, race and gender in the experience of domestic workers and the strategies MataHari utilizes, especially with oral history, to build individual and community-level capacities for advocacy, self-representation and labor justice.

Students Share Real-World Challenges at 10th Annual Smith in the World Conference

Prenatal care in Nepal, theater in China, disaster preparedness in New Zealand—these are just some of the off-campus learning experiences students will share at the annual Smith in the World Conference Thursday, Nov. 5, from 3:45 to 6 p.m. in the Campus Center.

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