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04/28/2016 Digest


SEC Films Presents 'The Intern' , Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert DeNiro) has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).

Divestment Open Forum , Tuesday, May 3, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

What is the role of faculty and staff in the fossil fuel divestment campaign? How can we build a movement that unites the entire Smith community? Divest Smith College will lead a presentation followed by round table discussion that will focus on the concerns that faculty and staff have about divestment as well as the unique contributions that they could make to this campaign. This event is co-sponsored by the Study Group on Climate Change, CEEDS, and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. All Smith community members are welcome. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 people.

The Magic Groove Bus: Groove A Cappella's Spring Jam , Friday, April 29, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Seat belts, everyone! Groove a cappella presents the Magic Groove Bus! Celebrate the last day of classes by seeing Groove's spring jam featuring the UMass Vocal Suspects.

Last Day for Staff Council Elections , Thursday, April 28

Today is the last day of the Staff Council Election. To vote online or to read short bios of candidates, visit http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil/

Important Dates re Summer Storage

Box kit pick-up dates: Clark Hall - Tuesday April 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, April 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Friday, May 6, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Storage and Shipping pickup dates: May 3-7 and May 15-16. Options available for additional pickup and delivery dates. For more information, visit http://www.boomerangstorage.com

Smith To Do: Peep Houses , Friday, April 29, 8 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Stop by the campus center from 8-10pm for the last smith to do of the semester - peep houses. They're fun to make, cute looking, and a yummy treat to eat.

Study Group on Climate Change Fireside Chat , Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m., Goldstein Lounge, Campus Center

What should Smith College do to respond to climate change and promote a just, sustainable future? Come make your voice heard. The Study Group on Climate Change (SGCC) has been meeting throughout the semester and now is your chance to meet the members of the SGCC, hear about their progress and share your feedback and ideas. Refreshments provided.

Enroll Now for ESS Summer Fitness Program Beginning , June 6

Summer Fitness Program for faculty and staff is now enrolling. All classes are in Ainsworth Gym. M,W Pilates with Jean 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M,W Yoga with Lisa & Doug 12:10-12:50 p.m.; T,TH Cardio Blast with Rosalie 12:10-12:50 p.m.; Bootcamp with Joan M,W 1:10-1:50 p.m.; Tai Chi with Richard T,Th 12:10-12:50 p.m.. To request more information: rcook@smith.edu or print the flyer: http://smith.edu/ess/fitness.php

Studio Productions: 'Mad Forest' by Caryl Churchill, Directed by Kitty Lixin Lin '16 , Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

This timely drama resulted from a trip to Romania. Developed with students from London's Central School of Drama, this is an incisive portrait of society in turmoil that focuses on two families to reveal what life is like under a totalitarian regime and what results when the regime collapses. The play's brief scenes are almost cinematic in their presentation of events as seen by ordinary people trying to live in peace. Free and open to the public.

Studio Production: 'The Winter's Tale' by WIlliam Shakespeare, Directed by Samantha Biatch '16 , Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Tragedy, comedy, love, betrayal, disguised identities, redemption and reconciliation - all rolled up in one play. "The Winter's Tale," written towards the end of Shakespeare's career is a sweeping saga that spans sixteen years and possesses one of the Bard's most famous stage directions, "Exit, pursued by bear." Free and open to the public.

Spring Grad Dance Event , Friday, April 29, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The annual performance showcasing new solo work by first year MFA dance candidates Nicole DeWolfe, Rowan Salem, Stephanie Turner, and Whitney Wilson. $1 at the door, reservations recommended: danceproduction@smith.edu

Fridays@Five Season Finale: Elton John Sing-Along , Friday, April 29, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Your Song! Smith's versatile and beloved Jerry Noble leads an Elton John sing-along. This stress-reducing serenade -- a postlude for the last day of classes -- will generate a warm nimbus of well-being. Free of charge and open to all.

Senior Class Giving Challenge with Mount Holyoke College , Monday, Wednesday, Friday , 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

It's on: The Smith senior class has challenged Mount Holyoke's senior class to a giving challenge. By making a gift to the Senior Appreciation Program, you can help to support your fellow Smithies on campus and help us win bragging rights. Please make your gift today so we can take down MoHo. Make your gift online at https://goo.gl/OouhVB or stop by our table in the CC.

MMD Prize for Best Work in East Asian Studies; Submissions Due , April 28

Mary Maples Dunn Prize: Awarded for an essay written within the current or three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies. Essays originally submitted in seminars, special studies or honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question or problem posed by an instructor, the stated assignment should be submitted along with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and semester they were originally written and should be submitted to Kathleen Gauger, Seelye 210, by Thursday, April 28. Only one essay per year accepted.

Did You Win a Fellowship This Year?

If you've won a Fellowship of any type this academic year, whether it's for the summer, study abroad or a part of your post-graduations plans, please take a moment and fill out our Report a Fellowships Winner form at http://goo.gl/Nx6obA. Your accomplishment should be recognized and your success acknowledged at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php.

Sign Up Now for Workshops on Google Docs, Apps, Wordpress and More , Monday, May 2, 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? From creating a digital narrative to honing your Google Docs skills, these workshops will help you think about how you can integrate new technologies in your course and get some firsthand experience with using them. Sign up for one or many. Refreshments will be served. Read workshop descriptions at https://goo.gl/hPbok5 or sign up now at http://goo.gl/forms/PnGnFfpYfS

Student Composition Recital , Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

New works by Smith composition students, performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble. Free and open to the public.

Design Celebration: Presentations of Capstone Engineering Projects , Friday, April 29, 1:10-4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

In Design Clinic, senior engineering students collaborate in teams on projects sponsored by industry and government. Project sponsors for 2015-2016 include Baystate Health System, Dresser-Rand, Medtronic, the Mill River Greenway Initiative, Schneider Electric, Stantec, and Under Armour/PSI91. Refreshments will be served at intermission and the end. For more details, visit http://goo.gl/DNGS9I

Reception for 'Taking the Archives Public' Exhibition , Monday, May 2, 4 p.m., Alumnae Gym

Opening Reception for Archival Exhibits from our Archives Capstone Seminar in the Special Collections in Alumnae Gym.

SWG Annual Prizes Due May 6 at Noon

The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender. The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies is awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for excellent work in queer studies. For more information, visithttp://smith.edu/swg/prizes.php

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

From 4-8 p.m. Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. This month: Artful Abstraction - experiment with unusual tools (no paintbrushes allowed!) to make your own abstract painting. At 6 p.m. Open Eyes- join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. The Museum Shop will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

'Breaking the Silence: Serving in the Occupied Palestinian Territories' , Thursday, April 28, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

J Street U Smith is hosting Avner Gvaryahu of Breaking the Silence. Avner, a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, will talk about his experiences as a soldier stationed in the occupied West Bank. Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military and have taken it upon themselves to expose the public to the reality of serving in the occupied territories. Join us to engage with this powerful and challenging narrative. All are welcome.

End-of-the-Year Celebration , Friday, April 29, 4-7 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Join Dining Services, Athletic Association and the House Presidents Association for an afternoon of celebrating the last day of classes. From 5-7 p.m., enjoy tasty food prepared by celebrated Chef Mai Pham. Also enjoy great music by WOZQ, fun activities and the fabulous company of your fellow Smith students. Students over 21 with a valid ID can enjoy a beer garden starting at 4:30 p.m. (Two free drink tickets per person, cash required to purchase additional drinks; Gluten-free hard cider also available). Activities include juggling and acro-yoga with The Bearded Ladies, craft tables and lawn games. Read more in the Grecourt Gate about Chef Mai Pham's visit to Smith at http://goo.gl/A9jSjs

'Raising the Race': A Discussion on the New Book by Riché Daniel Barnes , Friday, April 29, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A discussion on the occasion of the publication of Riché J. Daniel Barnes' book "Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood, and Community", with Whitney Battle-Baptiste (UMass), Patricia Banks (Mount Holyoke College) and Anthony Kwame Harrison (Virginia Tech). Barnes is assistant professor of Africana studies at Smith. A reception will follow the discussion. The entire Smith College Community is welcome. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/africana/

Do You Know Where You'll Be on May 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.?

Of course you do--you'll be at the All-Employee Picnic on Chapin Lawn with your colleagues, having a blast. What can you expect at this year's picnic? Well, great food, of course, including hand-scooped ice cream from Maple Valley Creamery; the chance to improve your golf game, guided hula-hooping with Alotta Hoopla, plus some new surprises. Any employee can help make this a great event by volunteering for a 30-minute shift. Details about how to sign up for this will be available soon, as will information about how you can do good and have fun at the same time.

Arbor Day Event , Friday, April 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Please join the Smith College Campus Tree Advisory Committee and students as we celebrate our Champion Trees on campus during Arbor Day. The committee has selected four large trees on campus to highlight. Three of these are the largest specimens for that species in the State of Massachusetts. For locations and details, please click the link below to the Botanic Garden web page. http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

New Annual Performance Review Process Begins July 1, 2016

Smith College is implementing a new staff performance management process beginning July 1, 2016. The new process involves managers and staff working together to plan, monitor, and review staff contributions and accomplishments at Smith in a three phase cycle. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/whatsnew.php

May Mystery Map - Last of the Semester

The Spatial Analysis Lab just revealed the final Mystery Map of the Academic Year. Head over to our blog for more details: http://bit.ly/FinalSpring2016MM. Congrats to Michael Madole, Tracy Whelen, Sara Kirk, Miriam Neptune and Jess Carboni, who solved our April Mystery Map portraying results from the Democrats Abroad Global Primary.

Zazen Practice , Thursday, April 28, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Zazen (seated Zen) is deeply rooted in Buddhist spiritual tradition and is foundational to the path of awakening. This is the last meditation class of the semester taught by Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing practitioner, and a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, who serves as a Buddhist Community Religious Adviser in Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. It is a great relaxing practice during this hectic time of year. Even one class is beneficial in managing stress. No experience is needed. All are welcome.

Shabbat Dinner , Friday, April 29, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) will hold its last Shabbat Dinner this Friday for the semester at the Kosher Kitchen adjacent to Jordan House. Enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and you don't have to be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Seniors Only: Backpack to Briefcase , Tuesday, May 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Wondering how you are going to manage paying rent, student loan and credit card debt, or whether you'll be able to take advantage of the tax benefits of retirement savings after you graduate? Then join the Center for Women and Financial Independence for our personal finance bootcamp available only for the Class of 2016. Professor Randy Bartlett will cover all the basics of managing your financial lives once you move beyond the Smith "bubble." ***Space is LIMITED*** RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/HT1yyMNt9m

Spring Clean-Out Nights: Recycle and Receive a Free Farm-to-Table Dessert , Tuesday-Thursday, May 3-5

Each year as students move out they leave behind tons of clothing and recyclables. Students can help reduce move-out waste by bringing out their used clothing for donation, and paper/containers for recycling during Spring Clean-Out Nights. A recycling truck will be traveling to different parts of campus on May 3, 4, and 5, followed by the Wheelhouse Farm food truck. Students who donate clothing or recycle will receive a free farm-to-table dessert from the food truck. For truck schedules, visit https://goo.gl/dZFP7z

International Students: I-20 Signature and Pick Up , Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Before you leave campus for the summer, make sure your I-20 signature is valid. If you have the old style I-20, please collect your new I-20 from the Lewis Global Studies Center. If you already have the new I-20 format, make sure your signature is in date for when you expect to return to the US. Note: signatures are valid for 12 months. If you need an updated signature, stop by the Lewis Global Studies Center for Dean Caitlin or Nathan Hammond to sign. Email interstu@smith.edu with any question.

ISSO Clothing and Textbook Donations , 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is collecting donations for the annual Winter Clothes Closet in the fall. We accept lightly used clean clothes, winter coats, winter accessories and freshly laundered comforters. This year we will also be accepting textbook donations to create an ISSO library where international students can borrow books from ISSO for the semester. If you have any donations, drop them off at the Lewis Global Studies Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Get More Out of Your All-Employee Picnic Experience by Volunteering

The success of the All-Employee Picnic relies in part on the support of volunteers who pitch in for a 30-minute shift to help out on such important such jobs as helping distribute beverages, staffing the donations table, and directing people through the buffet lines. While you do this, you get to see many more of your colleagues, and you'll enjoy the delicious lunch even more knowing that you did good. This year's picnic will be on Wednesday, May 25, so sign up now for a 30-minute shift during the picnic by sending an email to ksananto@smith.edu

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 29, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over delicious homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and a creative salad, prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, contemplative issues, and interesting, sometimes controversial subjects presented by student leaders in a welcoming and supportive environment. This is the last Soup, Salad, Soul of the semester and will be led by Micah Collins-Sibley '16. Lunch preparation will follow kosher guidelines for Passover but would not have been prepared in a kosher kitchen. Fresh latkes will be part of the meal!

Reading Week Hospitality and Quiet Spaces , April 30-May 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

The spaces in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel will be deemed quiet spaces for students to study, reflect, research and contemplate. Students are welcome to use the upstairs sanctuary, Bodman Lounge (B2), the Reading Room (B13), the Blue Room (B5) and Student Room (B4) for these activities. Yummy study snacks and drinks will be available in Bodman Lounge in the Chapel's lower level.

Celebrated Chef Mai Pham To Host End-of-Year Celebration for Students

Dining Services, the Athletic Association and the House Presidents Association are hosting an outdoor event for students Friday, April 22, to celebrate the last day of classes. The event includes a special menu created by acclaimed chef and cookbook author Mai Pham, featuring tasty and authentic Thai and Vietnamese flavors.


04/26/2016 Digest


Tryon Prize for Writing Submissions, Due May 2

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding writing related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. Writing may take any form including a thesis, essay or poetry. If the work was written for a class, include the assignment description. You must also include a cover sheet with your name, class year, email address, campus address and phone number. Do not include your name in a header on the pages of your submission. Send your submission in a Word document (docx) with your last name as title to Tryon Writing at museduc@smith.edu. Submissions due May 2. http://goo.gl/35XCV

Tryon Prize for Art, Submissions Due May 2

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. (Photography is not eligible.) You may enter one work, and submit up to five images (jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. Include a cover sheet with your name, year, campus address, email, phone, and title of work, a statement describing the concept and development of the work and if it was influenced by art seen at SCMA, and include the assignment description if the work was created for class. Send submissions to Tryon Art at museduc@smith.edu. Submissions due May 2. http://goo.gl/8SWv6E

Miller Lecture: Candice Breitz--'From A to B and Back Again' , Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Candice Breitz (born in Johannesburg, 1972) is a Berlin-based artist known internationally for her moving image installations exploring popular culture and media's effect on the contemporary identity. In 2013, SCMA acquired Breitz's "Factum Tremblay," a part of her "Factum" series. "Factum Tremblay" explores, among other experiences, questions of gender and sexual identity while growing up with a twin. "Factum Tremblay" is on view at SCMA until August 28th, 2016. Reserved seating for SCMA Members only. RSVP by April 25. The Miller Lecture series was established at SCMA in memory of Dulcy Blume Miller, class of 1946.

"STEMing the Tide: How Female Experts, Peers Act as 'Social Vaccines' to Protect Young Women's Self Concept in STEM" , Wednesday, April 27, Noon, Ford 240

Presented by Nilanjana Dasgupta, director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion, and professor of psychological and brain sciences, College of Natural Sciences, UMassAmherst.

Staff Council Election Day , Tuesday, April 26

Vote in person 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Campus Center 102. Light refreshments will be provided. Or you can vote online today through April 28 using the link at the Staff Council website http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil/). Short biographies from each candidate can also be found at the Staff Council website.

Molecular and Life Sciences Honors Presentations , April 25-29, 3:45 p.m., McConnell B05

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 3:45 p.m. daily; talks to begin at 4 p.m. in McConnell B05 and B15. For full schedule, visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php

Chaired Professor Lecture: Steven Heydemann , Tuesday, April 26, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Steven Heydemann, Janet Wright Ketcham 1953 New Century Professor in Middle East Studies, will give his inaugural lecture, "Explaining Poverty in the Middle East: The Economics and Politics of Solidarity." All are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

Sallie McClure Stanley '74: 'AHA! Capturing Moments' Exhibition , April 25-August 8, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery

Having summered in northern Michigan since birth, I have been entranced for many years by the mysterious beauty and light of the Leelanau peninsula. I have found endless inspiration for watercolor landscape paintings both in Michigan and in subsequent travels. It has been a total joy and lifelong passion to try and capture that exact moment when light, color and composition coalesce into a perfect "AHA!" exhibition. [Note: Beginning May 31, hours change to 8-4 p.m. Smith College Alumnae House, 33 Elm St. The event is free and open to the public.]

House Meditations During Reading Week

In preparation for finals, the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is offering meditation sessions during Reading Week for students in their houses. Sessions are meant to accommodate four or more students, and will require a spacious room. The meditations are 30-45 minutes long; and can be scheduled at a varierty of times between Friday, April 29 and Thursday, May 5. If you would like to schedule a guided meditation for members of your house or student organization to destress and relax, contact Kim Alston at kalston@smith.edu.

Tabling with The Smith Fund for the Last Week of Classes , Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

The last week of classes is here, and The Smith Fund wants to celebrate with you. Visit our table to play trivia, win a cool prize, grab some coffee and a snack, and make your gift to the Senior Appreciation Program. Every gift counts, so make sure to support your fellow Smithies and make your gift.

'Blended Learning: A Bryn Mawr Perspective' , Tuesday, April 26, 4 p.m., Seelye 201

Join Jennifer Spohrer director of educational technology services at Bryn Mawr College, as she discusses her college's approach to blended learning. Faculty there are using online tools to provide students access to content outside of class and then gathering data to gauge how well they understand the material. Faculty are then able to adjust instruction based on that data. Jennifer will discuss strategies for incorporating this blended learning approach, and present examples from different types of classes (based on discipline, class size, and others).

'Transgender Experiences and the Struggle for Justice': A Conversation with Jes Grobman , Tuesday, April 26, 3:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Transgender artist and activist Jes Grobman will share her experiences as a transgender woman balancing advocating for her community with coping with mental health issues and will discuss the pressing issues currently facing the transgender community.

Environmental Science and Policy Capstone Presentations , Tuesday, April 26, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

ES&P students in the capstone course for the major (ENV312) will be giving presentations about their research projects focusing on campus sustainability: "How heating systems in residential houses affect the health and wellness of students at Smith College" by Laurel Bryggman '16, Jessenia Preciado '16, Ava Sharma '17J, and Emma Swartz '16; "Advancing the Mill River Greenway Initiative: Creating a Social and Ecological Space along the Mill River" by Grace Peralta '16, Julia Graham '16, Bryn Gingrich '16; and "First Year Sustainability Workshops" by Areej Jahangir '16, Claire Shope '16, and Alice Huh '16. Lunch provided.

Dialoguing Differences , Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m., Campus Center 205

Dialoguing Differences provides a forum for discussing social issues in an open environment with the help of student facilitators. All members of the Smith community and their thoughts are welcome. A pizza dinner with gluten-free options will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own meals.

Vigil to Honor Those Affected by Earthquake in Ecuador , Wednesday, April 27, Noon, Chapel

Gathering to support community members, offer acknowledgement and share resources. Meet on Chapel Lawn. Pizza lunch for first 20 participants.

Today: Artist Candice Breitz Will Deliver Annual Museum Lecture

Candice Breitz, a Berlin-based artist whose moving-image installations explore how media and popular culture shape identity, will present the Smith College Museum of Art's annual Miller Lecture, Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium. Breitz's talk is free and open to the public.


04/22/2016 Digest


Spotlight Awards Reception , Thursday, April 21, 3 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The 9th annual Spotlight Awards Reception will be held on Thursday, April 21st at 3 p.m. in the Carroll Room at the Campus Center. The entire Smith College community is invited. President Kathleen McCartney will personally congratulate each of this year's Spotlight Award recipients. Smith College Catering will be providing desserts and fresh fruit. The Spotlight Award recipients will be eligible for a grand-prize drawing to be held during the reception. Please don't miss this opportunity to honor some of your colleagues! For more information about the Spotlight Awards Program, or to see the list of 2015/2016 recipients, please visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/recognition_spotlight.php.


04/21/2016 Digest


BFTN: Cotton Candy , Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Come enjoy some delicious cotton candy.

SEC Films Presents 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II' , Friday & Saturday, April 22 & 23, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

After being symbolized as the "Mockingjay," Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

Outdoor Adventure: Canoeing Around Elwells Island, Connecticut River , Tuesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Boathouse

Weekday outdoor trips with the Outdoor Adventure Program take place every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Meet at the Paradise Pond Boathouse for a quick and fun local outing (no preregistration is required). April 19 and 26, Canoeing around Elwells Island, Connecticut River.

President McCartney's Open Office Hour , Monday, April 25, 4-5 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

This is your opportunity to spend a brief one-on-one with President McCartney.

'Time Travel: Logic, Physics and Freedom' by Kadri Vihvelin, Univ. of Southern California , Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Kadri Vihvelin, professor of philosophy, University of Southern California, will present the 17th Annual Lazerowitz-Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture. Philosophers who defend the logical possibility of time travel typically think it important to show that the freedom of the time traveler is not constrained in any way; a time traveler is as free to kill a helpless sleeping baby as we are, even if that baby is the time traveler's younger self. Vihvelin argues that this is a mistake and that we can learn much about freedom, counterfactuals, and physical possibility by thinking carefully about what time travelers can and cannot do.

'The Taiwan Tangle: A Dilemma in America's Asia Policy,' Annual Engel Lecture by Steve Goldstein , Monday, April 25, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Steven M. Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, will trace the development of the American posture on the Taiwan issue, discuss the present challenges, and speculate on the future directions that this triangular relationship might take in "The Taiwan Tangle: A Dilemma in America's Asia Policy," this year's Katharine Asher Engel Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://goo.gl/fR60dR

Seeking Feedback on Student Learning Goals

The Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) and the Assessment Subcommittee (ASC) are surveying the college community on newly proposed student learning goals. These goals provide the framework for the college's open curriculum, serve as a guide for students as they navigate the offerings of a liberal arts education, and provide a set of expectations for what all Smith students should be able to do after they graduate. Please take a moment to review and enter any feedback at the following link by April 25th: https://goo.gl/VqJLQL

'Out Here: A Queer Farmer Film Project' - Screening and Panel , Thursday, April 21, 4:15 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Four years in the making, the documentary Out Here looks at the experiences of queer farmers across the country, and asks- what does it mean to be a queer farmer, is agriculture a safe space for queer people, and what are the relationships between food production and queerness? Panelists include Director and Farmer Jonah Mossberg, '07; Farmer Danielle Smith, of Wild Rose Farm, Easthampton; Farm Manager Aaron Drysdale of Greenfield Community Farm/Just Roots, Greenfield; Stina Soderling, '06; and moderator Emmett Wald, '15. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Sponsored by CEEDS

Adventures At MacLeish: Chestnut Fever , Sunday, April 24, 12:30 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Take a break from studying and help us plant American chestnuts on this last trip of the semester. (This is part of the 40-year-long effort to bring back these trees.) This is a hands in the dirt event. Dress according to the weather--MacLeish is generally cooler than Northampton or it could be hot. Please RSVP to pwetzel@smith.edu so we can contact you if it rains and we must cancel.

April Mystery Map Released by Spatial Analysis Lab

The Spatial Analysis Lab is pleased to announce the latest iteration of our popular Mystery Map Competition series. Check out our blog to see the map and to guess what it portrays: http://bit.ly/AprilMysteryMapBlog

Maris Boyd Gillette '89: 'Deindustrialization and Heritage in the World's Crockery Capitals' , Friday, April 22, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Smith alumna Maris Gillette will discuss the rise and fall of the ceramics industries in Jingdezhen, China, Stoke-on-Trent, England, and East Liverpool, Ohio in a lecture on Deindustrialization and Heritage in the World's Crockery Capitals. A sociocultural anthropologist and filmmaker, Gillette is Des Lee Professor of Museum and Community History Studies and director of the Museum Studies Graduate Program at the University of Missouri-St Louis. http://www.fivecolleges.edu/fcceas

Opportunity to Participate in a Documentary About Sylvia Plath

Are you interested in Sylvia Plath? Would you like an opportunity to reflect on the poet and her work? Gesa Matthies, a French filmmaker, will be on campus April 19-22; she's interested in interviewing people with an interest in Plath for a documentary she is making. Interviews can be done at your convenience between April 19 and 22. Interested? Contact sschmeidel@smith.edu or email the filmmaker at m.gesa@free.fr. (An earlier, shorter version of Matthies' film is at https://vimeo.com/144724367 password: SP at Smith College).

Wailing Banshees Spring Concert , Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Blackbirds and Thrushes and Larks, Oh My! The Banshees offer tunes and songs inspired by the birds. Directed by Ellen Redman. Jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus. Free and open to the public.

MFA Dance Studio Performance , Friday, April 22, Noon, Scott Gym Dance Studio

For their final presentation of work as Smith College graduate students, choreographers Barbie Diewald, Emily Lukasewski, Bronwen MacArthur, Kate Seethaler share four new dance pieces in this lunch-time showing. Free and open to the public.

'Concepts and Practice of Tibetan Medicine' , Thursday, April 21, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Professor Lobsang Tenzin is Dean, Faculty of Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan Medicine) and Tibetan Astro Science, at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnoff, Varanasi, India. He is a visiting scholar at Smith College.

Build an Interfaith Sundae , Thursday, April 21, 3:45 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Create your own free ice cream sundae masterpiece complete with a variety of delicious toppings including gummy bears, whipped cream, cherries, oreo cookies, m&m's, reese's pieces, caramel, fudge and more! This is a great opportunity to take a study break, indulge in high quality ice cream from Mt. Tom's, and chat with friends and staff from the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome and ecouraged to hang out.

Staff Council Elections Coming; Read Candidate Bios

Staff Council Elections will take place Tuesday, April 26. To learn more about the candidates before you vote, read short biographies from each candidate at the Staff Council website http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil/). Come vote in person on April 26 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.in Campus Center 102 or vote online April 26-28.

Panel: 'Domestic Workers on the Front Lines of Women's Labor and Immigrant Rights Movements' , Sunday, April 24, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Matahari is a Boston-based organization that was a founding affiliate of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Come meet the organizers who helped bring the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights to Massachusetts (in effect as of April 2015). Learn how the movement for domestic workers is at the forefront of the contemporary women's, labor and immigrant rights movements, winning improved working conditions and working for respect, dignity, and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States - nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers of the elderly - most of whom are women of color. Free and open to public.

Boat House Repairs Begin April 18

The Boat House will be insulated using "pourable" foam insulation starting on Monday, April 18. The work will take a week during which time the building will be closed. The deck will be resurfaced next week while the building is closed. Following the insulation work new windows will be installed. The building will be remain open during window installation.

Logan Lee: 'Do Men Matter to Female Competition Even When They Don't?' , Thursday, April 21, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Logan Lee, assistant professor, Grinnell College, received a B.A in economics and government from Augustana College and an M.S. and Ph.D in economics from the University of Oregon. Professor Lee teaches courses in labor economics, the economics of crime, and econometrics. Much of his research focuses on prisoners' responses to policy changes designed to improve prisoner behavior and reduce recidivism rates. In addition, Professor Lee studies labor market discrimination and arenas not traditionally studied by economists. In recent projects, these have included marathons, horse racing, and Somali piracy.

Dig In and Help Grow 'Gardening the Community' in Springfield , Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the Community Service Office (CSO) and Gardening the Community for their Ground Breaking & Volunteer Impact Day in Springfield. Dig in and help grow the Walnut St. Farm that will eventually allow GTC to double the amount of food they grow for their community. Transportation provided. To RSVP, contact Vanessa Roberson Vroberson@smith.edu for more information about this organization visit http://www.gardeningthecommunity.org/

'Sustainable Smith' Tabling for Earth Week with The Smith Fund , April 20 and 22, 11:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

For Earth Week, join The Smith Fund in celebrating and supporting Sustainable Smith. Help our campus stay green and find new ways to make Smith even more sustainable. Visit our table to play some trivia for a prize, get an energy boost with a cup of coffee and a snack and make your gift to the Senior Appreciation Program.

Smith To Do: Perler Bead Accessories , Saturday, April 23, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Stop by to create keychains, necklaces, pendants and more with perler beads.

Senior Art Exhibition: 'Inhabit' , Monday, April 25, 4:30-6 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Opening reception for the last senior art exhibition. The show will feature works by Diana Barnett, Elana Brooks, Carolyn Brown, Yingying Deng, Lucy Gouvin, Sophie Leetma, and Maddi Wyda. There will be refreshments.

Final Weekend: 'Our Lady of Kibeho' by Katori Hall; directed by Nicole Watson , Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Set in 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe her, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for Smith students. 413-585-3220 or smith.edu/smitharts for tickets. Read more about the production at Smith in the Gate by visiting http://www.smith.edu/news/our-lady-of-kibeho/

DIY Magazine Baskets and Beads , Friday, April 22, 7-9 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Come join Smith To Do and the Eco Reps to learn how to make all kinds of beads and baskets out of recycled magazines and newspaper! Stop by, and bring your friends.

Rescheduled: Earth Day Festival , Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Chapin Lawn

[Due to rain forecast for Friday, this event has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 21.] Bring a picnic lunch to Chapin Lawn and help celebrate Earth Day. At noon there will be a big Smithie collection of performances including singing, dancing, and circus moves. Tabling and sports will be going on all afternoon, and ice cream if you stick around. For full schedule of activities, visit CEEDS green calendar at http://smith.edu/ceeds/calendar.php Visit http://goo.gl/ikiRoV to read more about Smith's Earth Day events and sustainability student interns Eleanor Adachi ’17, Claire Shope ’16, Siiri Bigalke ’16J and Julia Graham ’16.

Weaving Voices Senior Monologues , Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Weaving Voices Monologues seek to share the stories written and told by students of color; to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it took to survive and thrive within the last four years; and to pass on our lived experiences as knowledge to future generations. These are our stories, our experiences and our knowledge shaped not only by race/ethnicity, but also by class, gender, sexuality, ability, and many other facets of our lives. Join us to hear Smith seniors of color share their stories. This is not an open mic.

Buy and Sell: Senior Tag Sale , Sunday, April 24, 1-3 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

Seniors: are you looking to sell clothes, books, and small item (please, no furniture) before graduation? Come to the Carroll Room on Sunday, April 24th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with what you would like to sell. Tables will be provided. You must take any items not sold back to your house with you. Everyone else: come see what you can score at the Senior Tag Sale. Payment is cash only.

Zazen Practice , Thursday, April 21, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Zazen (seated Zen) is deeply rooted in Buddhist spiritual tradition and is foundational to the path of awakening. This weekly meditation is led by Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing practitioner, and a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, who serves as a Buddhist Community Religious Adviser in Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. This is a great relaxing practice during this hectic time of year. Even one class is beneficial in managing stress. No experience is needed. All are welcome.

Shabbat Dinner , Friday, April 22, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) holds its Shabbat Dinner every Friday at the Kosher Kitchen adjacent to Jordan House. Enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and you don't have to be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 22, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over delicious homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and a creative salad (often with homemade bread and gluten-free choices), prepared by our illustrious student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, contemplative issues, and interesting, sometimes controversial subjects presented by student leaders in a welcoming and supportive environment. Topics have included joy, friendship, courage and symbols. If you would like to lead a discussion, contact Matilda at mcantwel@smith.edu. If you are curious or just want a delightful lunch with good company, come by.

EAL Film Series: 'Millennium Actress' , Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

The East Asian Literatures and Languages Department will be showing its final film of the semester, the Japanese animated work "Millennium Actress". Loosely based on the lives of actresses Setsuko Hara and Hideko Takamine, the film explores the different eras of Japanese history through the life of a retired actress. There will be a discussion following the movie and plenty of snacks, so take a break this Friday and join us for a great movie.

Seeking 2016-17 SGA Committee Appointments , April 20-24

The SGA is currently appointing students to committees. The committees are an important feature of the college, for they allow student feedback on a number of issues. The form to apply is now open and will end on Sunday April 24 at midnight. For application, visit https://goo.gl/u9A7No For descriptions of the committees, visit https://goo.gl/3W8L60

Discussion: 'What Is the Responsibility of White and White Passing People in Racial Justice? , Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m., Seelye 110

Join a discussion on what it means to have white privilege, how to educate each other about race, and how to hold ourselves accountable to dismantling racism on this campus and beyond. It is the responsibility of white and white passing people to educate each other when it comes to issues surrounding racial justice. We are trying to create a space for individual and communal work. While this event will be discussing white and white passing identities, it is open to anyone on campus. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/HJfjT3

Earth Day Festival Today: Smithies Work for Sustainability on Many Fronts

This year's Earth Week celebrations on campus—including a festival today on Chapin Lawn (originally scheduled for Friday)—will focus on sustainability topics ranging from herbal medicine to tree science to urban planning. Here, five Smithies share their thoughts about what inspired them to become active on environmental issues.

Mapathon for Ecuador and Japan Earthquake Relief , Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sabin-Reed 104

The Spatial Analysis Labis hosting a drop-in mapathon to aid with the ongoing humanitarian response to major earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan over the past week. Participants will identify and trace dwellings, roads/paths, medical facilities and more using aerial imagery in the OpenStreetMap platform. This data will then be immediately available to humanitarian organizations working in the region. No experience required. Feel free to come for all or just part. Register here: http://bit.ly/MapathonEcuador


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Divestment Open Forum , Tuesday, May 3, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Divest Smith College will lead a presentation followed by round table discussion that will focus on the concerns that faculty and staff have about fossil fuel divestment as well as the unique contributions that they could make to this campaign. This event is co-sponsored by the Study Group on Climate Change, CEEDS, and Environmental Science and Policy. All Smith community members are welcome, but faculty and staff will be prioritized. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 people.

Brighten the Day of Senior Citizens with a Smile and Some Time , Friday, April 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Join fellow CSO volunteers and get to know the senior citizens who live at the Easthampton Housing Authority. We will bring coloring utensils to color with them and socialize. For more information or to sign up, contact Brianna Halasa at bhalasa@smith.edu by April 20. Transportation provided. Questions regarding this or other volunteer opportunities through the Community Service Office (CSO) contact us at cso@smith.edu.

Ellen Bass Q & A and Poetry Reading , Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Ellen Bass's poems pulse with sex, humor and compassion-- as they zero in on life's essential question: How do we go on? In addition to her three books of poetry, she also co-edited the groundbreaking early feminist anthology No More Masks! and is author of The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, which sold over a million copies and has been translated into ten languages. Q&A in Poetry Center at 4:00 pm open to the Smith Community. Reading at 7:30 pm in Weinstein Auditorium. Evening reading free and open to the public.

Presidential Colloquium: Lawrence Lessig , Wednesday, April 20, 5-6 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium

Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons (https://creativecommons.org/) and a former candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, will speak at Smith College at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20. His talk, called “Equal Citizens,” is part of Smith’s Presidential Colloquium series, “Thinking in Public in a Networked World.”

New Playreading Series: 'All We Know Is Not Enough' by Darcy Parker Bruce MFA '16 , Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio 1 (T100) Mendenhall CPA

Romeo and Charlie are in flight, staying at a run down pay-by-the-hour motel. When Romeo uses his sister Charlie's ham radio, he makes contact with Nasrin, a young woman in a boat. All We Know Is Not Enough is a play which explores what it means to be a refugee, as well as the limitations of our access to immediate information and communication. Free and open to the public.

Gamelan Ensemble Spring Concert , Wednesday, April 20, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

The Smith College Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Sumarsam. Free and open to the public.

Passover Seder and Meals , Friday, April 22, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join the Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) for the first night seder. Reserve a meal for the seder and other days at http://goo.gl/2Uevk0 Make reservation by Wednesday, April 13. Other Kosher meals will be served in Cutter-Ziskind, starting with lunch on Friday, April 22, until dinner on Saturday, April 30. All dining halls will have matzah and hard boiled eggs. Gluten-free matzah at Cutter-Z and Dawes. SCJC will email information to the community before Passover. If not already on email list, contact: scjc@smith.edu.

Toni L. Griffin: 'Design for the Just City' , Tuesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Tony L. Griffin is the founder of Urban Planning for the American City, based in New York. Through the practice, Toni served as Project Director for the Detroit Work Project Long Term Planning Initiative, and released Detroit Future City, a comprehensive city-wide framework for urban transformation. Toni was recently appointed Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she will both teach and develop research related to design and the just city and legacy city design.

Retirement Reception for Charles Eric Reeves, Professor of English Language and Literature , Wednesday, April 20, 3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Please join Eric's colleagues in the English Department in honoring him on the occasion of his retirement. There will be remarks by faculty, friends, and alumni followed by a reception. All are welcome.

'Medication Q&A' , Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Ken Jaffe, M.D., Holyoke Hospital. Sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the Smith College School for Social Work.

Zika Goes Viral: An Update , Wednesday, April 20, Noon, Campus Center 204

Students in the Seminar on Epidemiology and Public Health update the community on the spread of the Zika outbreak, and examine some of the important issues raised by this latest emergent disease outbreak.

Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig to Speak April 20 at Smith

Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons and a former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, will speak on campus Wednesday, April 20.


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Forum Outlining Ideas for New Neilson , Monday, April 18, Noon, Campus Center 205

With the programming phase of the Neilson Library renovation project now completed, members of the design team will host a forum for the campus community from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, April 18, in Campus Center 205 to hold a conversation on designing a reimagined library.


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SEC Films Presents 'Sisters' , Friday & Saturday, April 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

SEC invites students to a screening of the film "Sisters." Looking to recapture their glory days, two siblings (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler) throw one final party before their parents sell the family home.

SEC Hosts Neil Hilborn for Spoken Word , Monday, April 18, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

His poem "OCD" went viral with more than 10 million views. Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing. His debut full-length book, Our Numbered Days, is now available, as well as his chapbook, Clatter. He co-coached the 2012 Macalester Poetry Slam team, leading them to a second place finish nationally. He was also a member of the Minneapolis adult National Poetry Slam team in 2011, which placed 5th out of 80 teams from cities across the country at the adult National Poetry Slam.

Stargazing , Thursday, April 14, 8:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, planets, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - dress appropriately. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

ISP 2016 T-shirt Design Competition; Entries Due April 29 , Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

We want your ideas for the ISP 2016 T-shirt. International students, U.S. permanent residents and U.S. citizens abroad are invited to participate. Submit your entry by 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, via email to interstu@smith.edu. Get creative and show us, and the next class of International Smithies, what you've got. The winning entry will receive a $20 Faces gift card. Guidelines: Acceptable submission files: Adobe Illustrator, EPS, PNG, or PDF. T-shirts will be printed on the front-side only. All submissions must be in black and white, and include the following information: Smith College & ISP 2016

Mark Gelber: 'Kafka, China and Jews' , Tuesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Mark H. Gelber, professor of comparative literature and German-Jewish Studies at Ben-Gurion University (Beer Sheva), discusses one of Kafka's most fascinating short texts, written during the First World War in 1917, and entitled (in English translation) "The Great Wall of China." China represented for him a special imaginative space within which his creativity as a writer of fiction blossomed. His preoccupation with China (and the Chinese) reflects spectrally his intellectual engagement with the history and possible future of the Jews, as well as the project of building a Jewish national State.

Register for One-Credit Course to Improve Learning Strategies by , April 15

The new fall one-credit course, IDP 136: Applied Learning Strategies, is designed to support learning in all courses. Students will learn how to set realistic goals, maintain focus and motivation, adapt study skills, and move forward with confidence. Taught by learning specialist Gail Thomas, the course is graded S/U and will be offered for the first six weeks of fall semester. Enrollment is limited to 15, so students are encouraged to register April 4-15.

Join the CSO at the Daffodil Fun Run to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters , Sunday, April 24

Do you want to feel part of a team or enjoy a fun run/walk? Come out on Sunday, April 24, at 11 a.m. and support the work of Big Brother Big Sister of Hampshire County (BBBS). BBBS matches adults with children who need community mentors and healthy role models. All proceeds will go to BBBS. There will be a free BBQ for all volunteers and participants post-fun run. For more information, https://www.runreg.com/5420 To sign up to volunteer or run/walk with the Smith College team in the BBBS annual Daffodil run please contact Tziona Breitbart at tbreitbart@smith.edu. Transportation provided.

Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship Opportunity' Applications Due , April 15

The Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship. This fellowship of between $300 and $800 is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or non-governmental/profit or non-profit international organizations. Students from all departments are invited to apply, although priority is given to government majors. The amount of the award varies depending on the number of applicants and the amount available in the fund. Application forms available in Wright 226 and on the Department of Government web site. Deadline for application is Friday, April 15.

Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship Opportunity; Applications Due , April 15

The Department of Government announces the annual Leanna Brown'56 Fellowships competition, to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or organizations (government or non-government, domestic or international) focused on women's issues. Students from all departments may apply, although priority is given to government majors. The amount of the award varies depending on the amount available in the fund during a given year. In the last few years, the average award has ranged from $500-$1000. Applications are available in Wright 226 and and on the department's web site. Applications are due Friday,April 15

Spring Boathouse Canoe and Kayak Sale , Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m., Boathouse

Canoes starting at $200, kayaks starting at $350. For more information email sjohnson@smith.edu.

Teaching Workshop: Happiness Matters--Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom , Monday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Given the distractions of modern life, including high levels of anxiety and the pressure to succeed, how can faulty skillfully open new doors to learning for students? Fiona Cheong adapts and applies a combination of Zen pedagogic exercises and group work in the classroom. She will discuss how this approach can successfully support students in any discipline in uncovering and honing their artistic voices. Sponsored by the Jandon Center for Community Collaboration and other campus partners, the workshop is open to faculty, students, and Pioneer Valley residents.

#Unplugged #Quiet #Meditate #Write #JoinUs: A Writing Workshop for Students , Monday, April 18, Noon-1 p.m., Wright 013

Hannah Eko and Nancy Garcia will be facilitating a workshop on how to support students in their exploratory and expressive writing to enhance work and life experiences. Open to all students, with lunch provided. Using group support and an approach aimed at creating a psychological and physically nurturing environment, students will learn skills that allow and encourage the discovery and expression of new insights. Hear how these can insights can reverberate into multiple aspects of work and life.

Panel: 'Race and College Admission--The Upcoming Supreme Court Decision on Fisher vs. Texas' , Monday, April 18, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center 208

Moderated by Audrey Smith, vice president for enrollment, panelists will discuss the implications for Smith of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Will this change the admission process at Smith? Does the fact that Smith is a private institution make a difference? Panelists are Dwight Hamilton, chief diversity officer--The Importance of Racial Diversity at Smith; Alice Hearst, professor of government--Affirmative Action and the Constitution; Debra Shaver, dean of admission; How Race is Considered in Admission Decisions at Smith. Lunch will be provided.

2016 Summer Student Wage Rates and Hiring Procedures

The 2016 Summer Student Wage Rates and Hiring Procedures memo has been posted to the Controller's Office Web Page. To access the memo, visit http://www.smith.edu/controller/payroll.php You will find the memo at the bottom of the page. For more information, contact Payroll at ext. 4401 or payroll@smith.edu

Senior Art Exhibition: 'I, Stranger' , April 14-20, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

The show will feature works from artists Piper Hayden, Alejandra Garcia, Kyle Anne Gouchoe-Hanas, Cas Psallis, Evanleigh Davis, Deidre Lightman, Mariel Bell. Reception is Friday, April 15, 3:30-5 p.m. with snacks and beverages.

'Memory of the Future: An Evening of Dance' , Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Known for their ability to inspire audiences with their physicality and imagination, award-winning dancers and choreographers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser present a new suite of dances, "Memory of the Future." In these works, Aiken and Hauser bring together an ensemble of internationally recognized dancers and musicians including Andrew Harwood, Peter Jones, Jennifer Nugent, Mike Vargas, and Bebe Miller. Tickets available at smith.edu/smitharts or by calling 413-585-3220.

'Contemporary Collaborations' , Friday, April 15, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Students and faculty explore new sounds for small and large ensembles, curated by Judith Gordon, Amanda Huntleigh, and Kate Soper. Free and open to the public. For the full Celebrating Collaborations schedule, visit http://goo.gl/FKeiFe

Smith College Orchestra: Spring Concert , Saturday, April 16, 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

The Wheaton College Orchestra, Delvyn Case, conductor, and the Smith College Choirs, Jonathan Hirsh and Amanda Huntleigh, directors, join the Smith Orchestra for a performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets. Also featured is the Flute Concerto by Otar Gordeli, with 2016 Concerto Competition winner Sunnie Ning '18. Free and open to the public.

Smith College Wind Ensemble Spring Concert , Monday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Splash! Take a musical journey over rivers, lakes and oceans. Featuring Handel Water Music, Smetana The Moldau, Grainger Spoon River and Loch Lomond, along with pirates and mermaids. Directed by Ellen Redman. Free and open to the public.

Does Your House Want to Win $300? Participate in Draper House Competition

Want to win $300 for your house? Participate in the Draper House Competition. Your house can win $300 if it has any of the following: the most amount of semi-finalist competitors in the Draper Competition; the most attendance at the Draper Competition; a Top-3 competitor in the Draper Competition. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Draper Competition on April 18 at the ITT, 3:30-7 p.m. There will be lots of fun activities, food, and super cool ventures that will be featured.

2016 Draper Competition , Monday, April 18, 3:30-7 p.m., ITT

The annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is hosted and organized by the Center for Women and Financial Independence, Smith College's initiative devoted to the support of innovation and entrepreneurship. This event will feature start-up ventures from schools all around New England. And food will be served: Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, cake pops, and a candy bar. Other fun activities include door prizes, photo booth, and business model canvas game. Come, have fun, and support your fellow Smithies and other competitors at the competition.

HR Staff Forum , Thursday, April 14, 2 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Human Resources will offer an update on the new performance development program, employee benefits, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

5th Annual Ada Monologues , Friday & Saturday, April 15 & 16, 7 p.m., Graham Auditorium, Hillyer

"Adas are Smithies with a past... and a future!" Every Ada has a story. Join us for this special event and hear our stories. Tickets are $5 at the door; $3 in advance. Tickets on sale Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, noon-2 p.m., Campus Center Main Level. Ada merchandise will also be available for purchase. For more details, visit https://goo.gl/HhHsbv

'Architecture of Slave Ports in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Colonies of 18th-Century France' , Thursday, April 14, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

A conversation with Dwight Carey on the role of imperial commerce in fostering architectural interconnections between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean colonies of France during the eighteenth century. In engaging towns as diverse as Port Louis (Mauritius) and New Orleans (Louisiana), we will think through the continuities that characterized the built environments of one of the largest empires of the early modern world.

'Gba-Gbo' - Say Something, Tell the Story (of ) Smith's Humanities Lab , Friday, April 15, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

A reflection on the work done in this year's Humanities Lab on "Forced Displacement, Immigration, and Refugees" led by Visting Global Scholar Alfred Babo.

South Asia Alumnae Lecture Series: Natasha Behl '04 , Thursday, April 14, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Politics in Unusual Places: Understanding Gendered Citizenship in Indian Public Space." Natasha Behl '04 is assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. She graduated with a B.A. in government from Smith in 2004, and in 2010 completed her Ph.D. in political science at UCLA. Her research and teaching examine the relationship between democracy, citizenship, and difference. Sponsored by the South Asia Concentration, the Department of Religion and the Lecture Committee.

True North Supplemental Medicare Plans Informational Sessions , Tuesday, April 19, 10 a.m. and noon, Campus Center 103/4

Representatives from True North will be holding two informational sessions, one at 10 a.m. and one at noon. True North offers supplemental health insurance that works with Medicare. This session is for Smith faculty and staff who will be retiring soon, are considering retirement, or who have questions about retiree health insurance options. No registration is required. If you have any questions, contact Tina Benoit at ext. 2275. Feel free to bring your lunch.

'Diversity of Reproduction in Mammals: A Female Perspective' , Monday, April 18, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Virginia Hayssen, professor of biological sciences, Smith College. Part of the Spring 2016 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

'What's Race and Social Class Got To Do With It? A Model Minority Stereotype Panel' , Thursday, April 14, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

What's Race and Social Class Got to Do With It? What the Model Minority Stereotypes says about Asian Americans, Blacks, Latinos, Whites and Native Americans. This panel discussion with Prof. Richard J. Reddick and Dr. Vivian Louie calls into question three key ideas about the Model Minority Stereotype forced upon racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Lunch will be provided to participants.

Hygiene Product Drive for Refugee Women: Support West Quad Residence Life Team; Discussion , Thursday, April 14, 8:30 p.m., Wilson House Living Room

The West Quad ResLife staff is involved in a community service program focusing on raising awareness about women's access to hygiene products for Syrian refugees. There is an ongoing a hygiene product drive (boxes are located in each house), and the collected goods will be given to NuDay Syria Organization. A panel in Wilson living room will also be held at 8:30 p.m. April 14 regarding the lack of access for women, most specifically refugees and their access to hygiene products. Please consider donating.

15th Annual 'Celebrating Collaborations' , Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center and Seelye Hall

Come support students in all classes and departments as they share their research. Poster sessions will be held in the Campus Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Presentation sessions will be held in Seelye Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. A campus-wide lunch will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Scott Gymnasium. Lunch will not be served in campus houses on that day. For full schedule and more information, visit http://goo.gl/41Yd8M

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 15, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over delicious homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and a creative salad (often with homemade bread or cornbread), prepared by our illustrious student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, contemplative issues, and interesting, sometimes controversial topics presented by student leaders in a welcoming and supportive environment. Last week the discussion centered on joy, other topics have included friendship and courage. If you would like to lead a discussion, contact Matilda at mcantwel@smith.edu.

Zazen Practice , Thursday, April 14, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Zazen (seated Zen) is deeply rooted in Buddhist spiritual tradition and is foundational to the path of awakening. This weekly meditation is led by Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing practitioner, and a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, who serves as a Buddhist Community Religious Adviser in Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome. No experience is needed.

William Friedman: 'Five Tales of Plant Obsession in a Botanical Garden' , Thursday, April 14, 4:30 p.m., Ford 240

Dr. William Friedman, director of Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum, will present a special guest lecture on the role of botanical gardens in science and education in honor of the upcoming retirement of Smith Botanic Garden Director Michael Marcotrigiano. Followed by a reception at the Lyman Conservatory in the early evening. Open to the public.

Shabbat Dinner , Friday, April 15, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) holds its Shabbat Dinner every Friday at the Kosher Kitchen adjacent to Jordan House. Enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and you don't have to be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Retirement Reception for Botanic Garden Director Michael Marcotrigiano , Thursday, April 14, 5:15 p.m., Lyman Conservatory, College Lane

A public reception in celebration of Michael Marcotrigiano's retirement.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: NY Chiropractic College , Friday, April 15, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Michelle Grasek, Admissions Counselor at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) will discuss the variety of study topics offered by NYCC in addition to chiropractic. Other degree-awarding programs include Clinical Nutrition (MSACN), Diagnostic Imaging (MSDI), Anatomy (MSCA), and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM or MSA).

Urban Gardening Afternoon , Sunday, April 17, 12:30 p.m.

Volunteering at Gardening the Community, an amazing youth and community empowerment organization in Springfield, is a great way to kick off Earth Week. Get excited to get a little dirty in the gardens. We'll be leaving campus at 12:30 p.m. and getting back by 4 p.m.! Email sakim@smith.edu to RSVP.

EAL Film Series: 'Shinjuku Boys' , Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

The East Asian Literatures and Languages Department will be showing the documentary "Shinjuku Boys", which follows three hosts at the New Marilyn night club in Tokyo. These hosts are women choosing to live their lives as men, and are courted by female guests of the club. This closer look into their lives explores the social pressures they face, ideas of love and gender and their relationships. Join us for a discussion afterwards on love, gender and sexuality. There will be snacks.

Test Prep and Test-Taking Workshop , Tuesday, April 19, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

The end of the semester can be a stressful time for those anticipating final exams. In this lunch-hour Jacobson Center workshop, Gail Thomas will review strategies for efficient study, reduced test anxiety, and effective test-taking. Students may bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Travis Laplante: Smith College Festival of Sound and Space , Friday, April 15, 8 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Our final series offering features southern Vermont and Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer Travis Laplante. Known for his solo saxophone work and his longstanding ensemble Little Women, Laplante also leads acclaimed tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance. Laplante has recently performed and/or recorded with Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Peter Evans, Gerald Cleaver, So Percussion, Buke and Gase, and Matt Mitchell among others. He has toured his music extensively and has appeared at many major international festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Laplante is passionate about the intersection of music and medicine and is a qigong student of master Robert Peng.

Ada Monologues Tickets on Sale , Thursday & Friday April 14 & 15, Noon-2 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Advance tickets for The Ada Monologues, which takes place April 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. Graham Auditorium, will be available for sale. Ada merchandise will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door.

Evelynn Hammonds: 'Being Color Brave Not Color Blind--Creating an Inclusive Academy in the 21st Century' , Thursday, April 14, 4:30 p.m., McConnell 103

Talk by Evelynn Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Hammond's visit to Smith is sponsored by President McCartney, Provost Rowe, Chief Diversity Officer Hamilton, and the Clark Science Center Committee on Diversity.

Celebrating Collaborations: April 16 Annual Showcase of Work by Students and Faculty

The 15th annual event, to be held Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center and Seelye Hall, features poster sessions, exhibits and performances on the results of independent study and research by Smithies in collaboration with faculty.


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Global Books--'A Superstitious Valuation: Henry James Between Europe and America' , Thursday, April 14, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Author Michael Gorra, Professor of English Language and Literature, will discuss Henry James' sense of the limits--and the limitations--of national identity in an age when cultural power was starting to shift from one continent to another. Pizza lunch will be served at each event for the first 25 attendees.

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize

The Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize was established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts '45. The award is made to an undergraduate for the best drawing as judged by the Department of Art. Interested students should display their work on the second floor hallway of Hillyer Hall by 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016. Work should be labeled with student name, class and contact information on back.

Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History

The Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History is awarded annually for the best student paper written in an art history course taught at Smith. Students may submit one clean copy of a paper to the Department of Art office, Hillyer Hall 101. The name of the student should be typed on the cover sheet only. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. Friday, April 15.

Kollwitz Lecture by Wellesley Curator Claire Whitner , Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Kathe Kollwitz's groundbreaking print series, "Krieg" (War) was published nine years after her son was killed on a WWI battlefield in October 1914. Claire Whitner, associate curator, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, explores Kollwitz's artistic development alongside her process of mourning - one that proceeded from very devastating, personal grief to an insightful meditation on war and its cost to society in her lecture "Finding the Krieg Cycle: Kathe Kollwitz, World War I, and the Creation of an Iconic Print Series."

Admitted Students Are Coming ... to Open Campus and Discovery Weekend , April 14-16

The Office of Admission will welcome an anticipated 750 plus students and families to Open Campus on Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 for admitted first-year, Ada Comstock, and Transfer students. Roughly 100 of these students stay through Saturday, April 16 to participate in Discovery Weekend, a program that provides admitted students of color additional opportunities to learn about Smith. Our guests visit classes, attend special events, and stay in Smith houses. The main registration/check-in area is at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility on Thursday and Friday. Questions? Contact Admission at admission@smith.edu or x2500.

Fort Hill Art Exhibit , April 10-21, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, artwork of children enrolled at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill will be on display.

'Understanding Financial Aid Awards and Paying the College Bill' , Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Seminar for parents who are going through the college admission process. Once you have received your acceptance letters, the next step is to select a school and figure out how to pay for it. And while this is an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming. This seminar is designed to help you examine and compare financial aid awards, calculate the balance due at each school, and develop a plan to pay the bill at your selected college. Presented by David Belanger, Director of Student Financial Services.

Conduct Board Seeking New Members for 2016-17 Academic Year

The Smith College Conduct Board is actively seeking new members for the 2016-17 academic year. Students must be entering their junior or senior year; Ada Comstock Scholars must have completed one semester at Smith and have 64 credits. Application materials and instructions can be found here: http://www.smith.edu/sao/jb/members.php. The deadline for new applicants is Monday, April 18. Students are encouraged to contact the current Chair, Maggie King, with questions about the process (mking39@smith.edu).

Music in the Noon Hour: Oboe Quartets , Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Music Department welcomes special guest Fred Cohen, oboist and faculty member at the UMass, Amherst, School of Music. Mr. Cohen will be performing two classics of the oboe quartet literature: Benjamin Britten's "Phantasy" for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello as well as Mozart's exuberant quartet k. 370 for the same instrumentation.Mr. Cohen will be joined by violinist Joel Pitchon, violist Ron Gorevic and cellist Volcy Pelletier. Free and open to the public.

Smith Jazz Ensemble , Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Join the Smith College Jazz Ensemble for an evening of toe-tapping enjoyment. Directed by Genevieve Rose. Free and open to the public--all ages.

'History of Tibetan Medicine' , Wednesday, April 13, 4 p.m., McConnell 103

Professor Lobsang Tenzin is Dean, Faculty of Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan Medicine) and Tibetan Astro Science, at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnoff, Varanasi, India. He is a visiting scholar at Smith. Free and open to the public.

Buddhist Studies Lecture: Akincano M. Weber , Tuesday, April 12, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Progressive Arisings: a Spiral Way to Freedom" by Akincano M. Weber, Buddhist teacher and contemplative psychotherapist, Bodhi College, Cologne, Germany. This is the third in a three-part lecture series collaboration between the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Smith College Buddhist Studies Concentration, sponsored by the Ada Howe Kent fund.

Islamic Studies Lecture: Devin Stewart , Tuesday, April 12, 5:15 p.m., Seelye 106

"The Moriscos in Spain and the Islamic Doctrine of Dissimulation ("Taqiyyah"), a lecture by Devin Stewart, associate professor, Emory University, will focus on the Islamic practice of dissimulation in Spain after the fall of the Islamic states in 1492. Professor Stewart will argue that taqiyyah, or dissimulation, was part of the learned tradition of Islam in Spain and North Africa and that the Moriscos' performance of dissimulation was at least in part informed by this doctrine. Sponsored by the departments of religion, medieval studies, Spanish and Portuguese, and the Lecture Committee.

Amy Ellis Nutt '77: 'Transformations—Writing and Understanding Transgender Lives' , Thursday, April 14, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Smith alumna Amy Ellis Nutt '77 will discuss her recent bestseller, "Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family," about a transgender twin. A Smith Medalist (2013) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Nutt writes about health and science for The Washington Post. She is also the author with Frances Jensen (Smith '78) of the New York Times bestseller "The Teenage Brain." A light lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries.

Presidential Colloquium: Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe , Tuesday, April 12, 5 p.m., Alumnae House

Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, will talk about women in the tech industry. Over the past decade the participation of women in the tech industry has declined, rather than increased. This is unfortunate for young women -- because the industry offers incredible career opportunities; for the tech industry -- because of the loss of incoming talent; and for society -- because of the loss of diversity of perspective among tech teams. In this talk, Klawe will discuss possible solutions to this problem. For more information about the Presidential Colloquium, visit http://www.smith.edu/colloquium

Profiles in Excellence: Three Faculty Members Named Recipients of 2016 Sherrerd Teaching Prize

Three outstanding faculty members have been named recipients of the 2016 Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and John J.F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching: Payal Banerjee, assistant professor of sociology; Naomi J. Miller, professor of English language and literature; and Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, assistant professor of history.

Global Smith Tabling With The Smith Fund , April 13 and 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Did you go abroad during your Junior year? Do you want to? Are you an international student who found their second home here at Smith? Join The Smith Fund in supporting Global Smith! Show your support and appreciation for our incredible Global Studies Center and the experiences it provides, as well as support for international student scholarships that help to keep our community vibrantly diverse. Visit our table, play some trivia for a prize, warm up with a cup of coffee and a snack, and make your gift to the Senior Appreciation Program.

Athens Guitar Duo: Smith College Festival of Sound and Space , Wednesday, April 13, 8 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The two virtuosi who make up the Athens Guitar Duo, Dusty Woodruff and Matthew Anderson, met while studying at the University of Georgia with renowned teacher and Segovia student, John Sutherland. Formerly a part of the Athens Guitar Trio, Woodruff and Anderson have performed together for nearly a decade. They both play guitars built by master luthier Kenny Hill; these included an extremely rare 11-string guitar that extends the ensemble's range. With this unique combination, the AG explores the expressive capabilities of their instruments through diverse repertoire selections and creative and entertaining arrangements.

Animal Sanctuary Trip for Smithies , Saturday, April 16

How many people have really had a chance to meet a turkey or a cow? "VINE is an LGBTQ-led farmed animal sanctuary in Springfield, VT. While caring for more than 500 animals at our solar-powered site, we work to undermine the social and structural sources of animal abuse and exploitation, working from within an ecofeminist understanding of intersectionality." It'll be a fun day! Email Shelby at sakim@smith.edu for details!


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Jittery's Live Presents Lux Delux , Thursday, April 7, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Hear tunes from Northampton's own Lux Delux, and relax with free coffee and cookies. Lux Delux has been playing since 2009 and released their first full-length album, "It's a Girl," in May of 2015. Pitchfork calls their music "catchy, straight-ahead rock'n'roll influenced by the likes of Wilco and the cult-favorite band NRBQ." Lux Delux has played alongside Deer Tick, the Sun Parade, among other indie-rock groups. Check out their music by visiting https://luxdeluxe.bandcamp.com/

SEC Films Presents 'Carol' , Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Set in 1950s New York City, a department store clerk (Rooney Mara) who dreams of a better life, falls for an older, married woman (Cate Blanchett).

SEC and SpitFire Present Spoken Word with Melissa May-Dunn , Monday, April 11, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Melissa May is a writer, reformed preacher, and youth advocate from Norman, Oklahoma. Until recently, she was the Slam Master of the Red Dirt Poetry Slam in Oklahoma City, where she mentors young writers. She's been on a couple national final stages and she's won a few regional and local slams, but her real accolade is the fact that she is a fierce and dedicated lover of people. She believes nothing changes until hearts change, and then sets about changing hearts. She is a queer-identified, big hearted body empowerment and feminist activist.

Film Screening: 'Belle and Sebastian' , Sunday, April 10, 12:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

This lavish adaptation of the beloved 1965 children's book is the inspiring story of an unshakeable bond between a boy and his dog set amidst the snowy French Alps during World War II. A heartwarming tale that will thrill all ages. Free for Smith students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Film Studies, and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival. For more info, visit pvjff.org.

Global Salon: 'Translating Pantalones a la luna' , Tuesday, April 12, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Smith students Abel Castano Bravo and Tiffany Wilt will talk about their work translating "Pantalones a la luna" (2013), a documentary directed by Paula Garcia-Pozuelo Ahijon, created to reveal the hidden atrocities of the Spanish Civil War. The students will discuss the process they used, challenges they encountered, and advice they have for other students who might want to work on a similar project.

Host for Open Campus or Discovery Weekend , April 14 and 15

The Office of Admission invites Smithies across campus to host for Open Campus or Discovery Weekend this Spring! Open Campus and Discovery Weekend give admitted students the opportunity to explore Smith before making a final decision. We hope you can show the best Smith has to offer by becoming a host and highlighting what you love about Smith. The dates for each program are the following: Open Campus April 14th (Thursday, one night) and Discovery Weekend April 14 and 15 (Thursday-Friday, two nights). If you are interested, sign up at http://goo.gl/5P4Qhi

Xuno Lopez Intzin: 'Senti-pensar el genero. Perspectivas desde los pueblos originarios' , Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Author Xuno Lopez Intzin will discuss Tzeltal understandings of gender in historical and cosmological perspectives in the context of current struggles for political and cultural autonomy in Chiapas, Mexico. Lopez, a Tzeltal intellectual, is a central collaborator in the community-based collective Kol-lek-tivo Snajtaleletik, that promotes political autonomy and women's rights in highland communities of Chiapas. She is also a member of the collective Bats'il K'op in San Cristobal de Las Casas. Welcome reception at 4 p.m.; lecture at 5 p.m. (The lecture is in Spanish; English translation is available.)

Outdoor Adventure: Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking , Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10, 9 a.m., Boathouse

Saturday, April 9, is whitewater rafting, and Sunday, April 10, is whitewater kayaking. To register, email smithoutdoors@smith.edu

Join CSO for Spelling Bee to Support Homework House , Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m., Gateway City Arts, Holyoke

Homework House is hosting a Spelling Bee to support the students they work with. Join Community Service Office (CSO) volunteers on Thursday, April 14th, 5:30 p.m.at Gateway City Arts in Hoyoke for an evening of good company, good food and lots of fun! There will be hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and an auction with an array of items. To join the Smith team, cheer on the contestants and BEE part of the BUZZ contact Emily Boerger EBoerger@smith.edu. CSO can provide financial support to students who want to participate but don't have the funds. Transportation provided.

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

From 4-6 p.m.: Hands On! Art-making for all ages, inspired by works on view. This month: "Superheroes of Art and Nature," create an Earth Day superhero, drawing inspiration from Rufino Tamayo's mural "Nature and the Artis." Starting 6 p.m.: Open Eyes, join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

John Eisele: 'Shooting Egypt--Melodramatic Realism and the Making of an Egyptian Imaginary' , Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Professor John Eisele from the College of William and Mary has written many articles about Arab films. He has analyzed the way in which Arabs are often portrayed in cinema and what the implications of this are. He is one of the first film historians to shed light on the way in which Arabs are portrayed in Hollywood, and he has also studied the Arab filmography and will discuss how Arab film has started and how it has evolved over the years.

Student Ambassador Program Application Due , April 8, 5 p.m.

Applications for Smith Student Ambassador Program open now on the Social Network on the Office of Alumnae Relations page. Applications are due at 5 p.m. April 8. For more information, email mdelvicario@smith.edu.

'Threshold': A Senior Art Exhibition (April 4-11); Reception , Friday, April 8, 5 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

A senior art exhibition that explores the liminal space and sense of a threshold. A threshold is a boundary, a dividing presence of the in-between and the unknown. It is a doorway to a new beginning, but also a lasting archive of our ever-changing work. Here, we delve into a sense of self-reflection through collecting, sensing, longing and remembering, as we grapple with this complicated space of the threshold. The work exhibited features Ika Chang, Evie Golden, Liz McGrady, Elli Palmer, Elise Parisian, Clara Rosebrock, Kate Scrimshaw-Hall and Baillie Vensel. Closing reception on Friday April 8, 5:00-6:30 pm.

Welcome Gathering for Bekezela Mguni, Activist-in-Residence , Monday, April 11, 4 p.m., Community Collaboration Center, Wright

The Steinem Initiative will hold an informal welcome gathering for Bekezela Mguni, Smith's Activist-in-Residence. Bekezela describes herself as a a radical librarian, reproductive justice activist, and cultural worker who explores the relationship between literacy and liberation. She participated in the first delegation of Librarians and Archivists to Palestine in 2013; co-founded New Voices, Pittsburgh; and launched the Pittsburgh POC Zine distro. Bekezela combines art and activism and honors storytelling of Black women through the Black Unicorn Project, a Black, queer, feminist library and archive. She will offer a brief presentation on her work, entitled "Reclamation as Resistance: Fighting Cultural Erasure."

New Playreading Series: 'An Exorcism in Cambridge by Emily Atkinson MFA '17' , Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio 1 (T100) Mendenhall CPA

In the year 1632, Dr. Henry Bury, vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge and suspected necromancer, hangs himself on Easter Sunday. Despite the efforts of his dear friend (and perhaps more) James Somerville, the death is ruled a suicide. Three centuries later, in 1913, Charles Cooley, an Irish student, moves into Henry's old rooms in Corpus Christi College. Separated by hundreds of years, the two outsiders find themselves connected-haunted-by similar questions of identity and concerns about marginalization. Free and open to the public.

Spring Oratorio: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle , Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

The Virginia Glee Club, Frank Albinder, Director, joins the Smith College Choirs for the 2016 Spring Oratorio, Gioachino Rossini's late masterpiece, the Petite Messe Solennelle. Originally scored for two pianos and harmonium, small choir and four soloists, Rossini later orchestrated the work to save it either from oblivion or from a second rate orchestration by another composer. The choirs welcome the Rossini Festival Orchestra and soloists in a performance of the rarely heard orchestral version. Inna Dukach '94, soprano; Chrystal Williams, mezzo-soprano; Alan Schneider, tenor; Joshua Jeremiah, baritone; Amanda Huntleigh and Jonathan Hirsh, conductors. Tickets available at rossini.brownpapertickets.com.

Wayang Kulit: Balinese Shadow-Puppetry and Music , Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

The wayang is a form of traditional shadow-puppetry from Bali, Indonesia that brings together elements from the island's rich cultural traditions: narrative, theatre, ritual, design, music, movement, and comedy. Putu Rekayasa comes from a long line of puppeteers on Bali's north coast-he was steeped in the art form from birth and now works to push its technical and thematic limits. For this special event, Rekayasa will be joined by theatre artist Sam Gold and the Boston-based ensemble Gamelankemana. Free and open to the public.

'Women Pilgrims to the Holyland from the Russian Empire' , Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Nikolaos Chrissidis, professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University, presents a lecture that draws from rare archival sources which are only now being tapped for the first time. Far from pliable or obedient followers of constituted authority, women pilgrims coming from the Russian Empire in the 19th and early 20th century asserted their presence, stood their ground, and safeguarded their autonomous experiences in the face of government officials as well as clergymen. Part of the "Russia in the World" lecture series sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program and the Lecture Committee.

'Towards Gender Equality In Humanitarian Action': Global Salon with Dr. Sarah Costa , Monday, April 11, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Dr. Costa is Executive Director of Women's Refugee Commission, where she oversees the organization's research and advocacy to protect and empower displaced women and girls. Sarah Costa's career has been dedicated to women's rights, reproductive health, gender and youth development. She was a professor at the National School of Public Health in Brazil, and a regional director of Global Fund for Women.

Staff Council Bus Trip - Bronx Zoo and N.Y. Botanical Gardens , Saturday, April 16

There are still a few spots available on the Staff Council Bus Trip to the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Gardens. The trip is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, leaving at 7 a.m. and returning to Smith around 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $68 and include transportation AND a ticket to either the Zoo or Botanical Gardens. This is a great deal. Discounts available for seniors and children. Bring the whole family. Make your reservation ASAP as reservations received after noon on April 1 may be subject to a higher ticket price. Contact aletizia@smith.edu to reserve your spot today!

Open Climate Café: Dineen O'Rourke on Local Action , Friday, April 8, 4:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Join CEEDS for an informal conversation over tea and cookie. We'll welcome questions, a discussion of current news, recent events or issues related to climate change, and whatever else is on your mind. Today's Cafe will have a local (action) focus and will be "hosted" by Dineen O'Rourke '17 (Hampshire College) of Climate Action Now.

First Generation (F1GS) Visibility Week , April 4-8

F1GS, Smith's first generation student alliance, will be hosting a Visibility Week to spotlight first-generation college students at Smith. First-generation students are students who do not have informed support from their families on the road to and through college. This often means that they are the first in their family to go to college. The events this week aim to spotlight the first generation identity and spark conversations in the community. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join us for our events, which are open to everyone. A list of all events will be available later today on Facebook https://goo.gl/R8LwI0

First Generation Visibility Day , Thursday, April 7

As part of First Generation Visibility Week, F1GS will be hosting a Visibility Day throughout the day Thursday. Students, faculty, and staff who are first generation or allies are encouraged to wear t-shirts or pins to showcase their first generation pride. Pins will be available for pickup at First Generation Visibility Week events throughout the week and by emailing f1gs@smith.edu. The goal of this event is to be a visible presence on campus. We hope this will spark conversations about the first generation identity and the journey through college. For a full list of F1GS Visibility Week events, visit https://goo.gl/R8LwI0

F1GS Visibility Week: Ice Cream Social , Friday, April 8, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

As part of First Generation Visibility Week, F1GS will be hosting an ice cream social to close out the week. We will be talking about the impact of visibility day and talking about the first generation experience. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join us for this event, which is open to everyone in the Smith community, including those who want to learn more about the first generation identity. For a full list of F1GS visibility week events, visit https://goo.gl/0jHPci and Smith Social Network https://goo.gl/13x7Bf

'Can We Detect and Treat Alzheimer's Disease a Decade Before Dementia?' , Monday, April 11, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Reisa Sperling, professor of neurology, Harvard Medical School; director, Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Memory Disorders Unit. Part of the Spring 2016 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Orientation Leader Applications Available- Deadline Extended to , April 8, midnight

Orientation Leader applications are now available for the fall 2016 Orientation. Becoming an Orientation Leader is an excellent way to connect with incoming Smithies, gain leadership experience, and meet new people. No program planning experience necessary and all currently active first-years, sophomores, and juniors are welcome to apply. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/firstyear/orientation_leaders.php. Please note, we have extended the application deadline to Friday, April 8th at midnight.

Mandelle Road Parking Lot Closed , April 3 - May 6

The Mandelle Road Parking Lot will be closed beginning Sunday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Re-construction of the lot will start on Monday morning April 4. The 12-car student parking lot will be reconstructed by Facilities and is also a student project site studying permeable pavement through the Geosciences Dept. [Read the Gate story at http://goo.gl/mXQnNk ] Other student parking is available at the Stables Lot on West St, or along the Tennis Court access road. To view this an other campus construction projects, visit https://goo.gl/hi7NRE

Smart Smith Tabling with The Smith Fund , April 5-7, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Do you have a favorite professor? A class you love? Join The Smith Fund in supporting Smart Smith. Show your appreciation for our world class faculty and outstanding curriculum. Visit our table, play some trivia for a prize, grab a snack and make your gift to the Senior Appreciation Program.

Neilson Professor Workshop: 'The Environment and Vulnerability' , Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9 , Neilson Browsing Room

Panel presentations by the Neilson Professor Martha Fineman, other Smith faculty and members of the Vulnerability & the Human Condition Project, Emory Law School. Friday, April 8, 4-6 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/aXlOyD

Zazen Practice , Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Zazen (seated Zen) is deeply rooted in Buddhist spiritual tradition and is foundational to the path of awakening. This weekly meditation is led by Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing practitioner, and a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, who serves as a Buddhist Community Religious Adviser in Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome. No experience is needed.

Shabbat Dinner , Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) holds its Shabbat Dinner every Friday at the Kosher Kitchen adjacent to Jordan House. Enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and you don't have to be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 8, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over delicious homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad (often with homemade bread and cornbread), prepared by our illustrious student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, contemplative issues, and interesting, sometimes controversial topics presented by student leaders in a welcoming and supportive environment. If you would like to lead a discussion, contact Matilda at mcantwel@smith.edu.

Panel: 'Aligning Your Interests and Passions with the Need to Make Money' , Friday, April 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

WCWL Student Advisory Board members Libby Grant '18 and Cynthia Masai '16 will moderate a discussion with panelists including, Stacie Hagenbaugh, director of the Lazarus Center for Career Development; Andrea D. Hairston, professor of theatre; and Ellen Kaplan, professor of theatre. Cookies, tea and coffee will be provided. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work and Life (WCWL).

Help 'Gardening the Community' Grow: Volunteer through CSO , Saturday, April 9, 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The CSO is looking for volunteers to help the Springfield group, Gardening the Community, with planting seeds and landscaping. Transportation provided. To RSVP, go to http://goo.gl/forms/MCeXmjZ9Cd or contact Vanessa Roberson at Vroberson@smith.edu. For more information about this or other volunteer opportunities through the Community Service Office (CS) contact cso@smith.edu or ext. 2793.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: 'Looking for an Educational Support Program?' , Friday, April 8, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

If you are considering pursuing a graduate degree in a professional health care provider program and have a desire to serve in the U.S. Navy following graduation, come and meet Jennifer Gabbard, a Navy Medicine coordinator in the New England area. Pizza will be provided for the first 25 people.

Five Tales of Plant Obsession in a Botanical Garden , Thursday, April 14, 4 p.m., Ford 240

A public lecture in honor of Smith Botanic Garden Director Michael Marcotrigiano's retirement. Dr. William Friedman, director of Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum, will present a special guest lecture on the role of botanical gardens in science and education. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a reception at the Botanic Garden.

DIY T-Shirt Crafts , Sunday, April 10, Noon, Campus Center 205

Bring an old t-shirt or use one of ours, to unleash endless possibilities. We'll be teaching you how to turn a humble t-shirt into things like tote bags, handkerchiefs, reusable menstrual pads, yarn, rugs, fun tank tops, pillows, and more! Bring your friends for an after-brunch activity. No sewing needed.

Senior Ball 2016 , Saturday, April 9, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Campus Center

The Senior Class Cabinet invites all seniors and their guests for an evening of food, dancing, and fun. There will be a cash bar, so bring your ID if you are drinking. All seniors and guests will need a ticket to enter. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from the Office of Student Engagement (CC106) any day this week and at the door.

Raising the Number of Women in Tech: Harvey Mudd College President Speaks at Smith

Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and a researcher whose work aims to break down barriers between women and the sciences, will speak on women and the tech industry in a Presidential Colloquium at Smith at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in the Alumnae House Conference Room. The event is open to the public at no charge.


04/05/2016 Digest


Poetry Concentation , Tuesday, April 5, Noon, Poetry Center, Wright

Join this gathering of current concentrators to learn more about the concentration. Lunch from Veracruzana (for those who RSVP to jblackbu@smith.edu by Sunday, April 3.) Bring a favorite poem you've discovered recently to share.

Information Session: Safe Passage and Volunteering Opportunities to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence , Wednesday, April 6, Noon-1 p.m., Community Collaboration Center, Wright

Drawing from her own volunteer experience, a Smith College volunteer for Safe Passage will discuss what the program offers and the numerous ways students can get involved while maintaining a healthy balance between school, work, and extracurricular commitments. Lunch will be served. For more information, contact the Community Service Office at cso@smith.edu or ext. 2793.

Dance Studies Panel: 'Women's Corporealities and Choreographies of Authority--From Antiquity's Learned Ladies to Entrepreneurial Modern Ballerinas' , Wednesday, April 6, 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Panelists are Zoa Alonso Fernandez, Harvard University, who will present "Dancing Bodies, Learned Ladies, and Elastic Moralities in Ancient Rome," and Laura Katz, Temple University, who will present "International Transmigration of Ballet: American Matriarchs Awaken Sleeping Beauty." The event is sponsored by Smith College's Lecture Committee, Departments of Dance, Classical Languages and Literatures, and Program in the Study of Women and Gender and the Five College Dance Department.

Poet Eleanor Wilner on 'Book Artist as Muse' , Thursday, April 7, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Award-winning poet Eleanor Wilner will discuss what it is like to work with an artist, in this case Enid Mark, to create a book that combines word and image. Mark's ELM Press issued books of poetry, designed by her and paired with her illustrations. This is the annual Enid Mark Lecture on Book Arts & Poetry, presented in honor of the memory of Enid Epstein Mark, class of 1954. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/WTYfT3 Reception will follow in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson Library, third floor). An accompanying exhibition, "Eleanor Wilner: Finely Printed," is on view outside the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

Star Parker: 'Lies of the Left' , Wednesday, April 6, 8 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

From firebombing a teacher's car to becoming a nationally recognized black conservative leader, Star Parker has come a long way. Parker experienced a period of life filled with irresponsibility, drugs, and crime. From these experiences, she developed opinions on issues, such as abortion and welfare, that are contrary to what would be expected. Emerging from these struggles, she has become a writer, a syndicated columnist, the founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, and a prominent conservative political activist. Star Parker has a unique story that is worth hearing and a perspective that is worth considering.

Amr al-Azm: 'Saving Syria's Cultural Heritage' , Tuesday, April 5, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Professor Amr al-Azm is a prominent Syrian archaeologist and historian who is leading a major international network to preserve the cultural heritage of Syria. He will discuss the impact of Syria's conflict on archaeological sites that are considered among the most important in the world. The looting and destruction of these sites, including the destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra by ISIS, and damage inflicted as a result of indiscriminate attacks by Syrian government and opposition forces, has been condemned by the UN and by governments around the world.

'The Compiler's Moment: Fontane and the Industrialization of Print' , Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

Petra McGillen, assistant professor of German studies at Dartmouth College, will present this talk. Anyone who would like to have dinner following the lecture should get in touch with Jocelyne Kolb (jkolb@smith.edu) by April 1.

Register Now for 'Collaborative GPS with Fulcrum' , Thursday, April 7, 4-5:15 p.m., Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

Are you working with a team to collect GPS data? Interested in using GPS in a class you teach? Curious about how cloud technology can simplify the standard GPS workflow? Come learn about Fulcrum, a user-friendly, cloud-based GPS collection app which allows users to design data collection forms, collect GPS points, and share forms and data with other users from a smart phone, tablet, or web browser. Participants will learn how Fulcrum makes GPS less time-intensive and more accessible while gaining hands-on experience with the app. To register, visit http://bit.ly/SALFulcrum

Win $300 for Your House

Do you want to earn $300 for your house? Then participate in the Draper House Competition. Your house can win $300 if it has any of the following: the most amount of semi-finalist competitors in the Draper Competition; the most attendance at the Draper Competition; a Top-3 competitor in the Draper Competition. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Draper Competition on April 18 at the ITT, 3:30-7 p.m. There will be lots of fun activities, food, and super cool ventures that will be featured.

Story Circle: Feeling In Between , Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Is sense of belonging important to you? What does it mean to belong Where/What/How do you belong? Share your stories with other students at the story circle. This event will be facilitated by Project Resonate, a project that promotes self-reflection and empathy in personal and community development among women. To participate, email International Students and Scholars Office at interstu@smith.edu.

Panel: First-Generation Science Faculty at Smith , Wednesday, April 6, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

As part of First Generation Visibility Week, F1GS (First Generation Student Alliance) and AEMES (Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences) will be co-hosting a panel on the experience of first-generation faculty in the sciences. The panel will be moderated by Valerie Joseph, who is the AEMES mentoring coordinator. We will be discussing the issues first generation students face in scientific academia and reflect on the interplay between their experiences and their identities. There will be cookies and ice cream to go along with a great discussion. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join us for this event, which is open to everyone in the Smith community. For a full list of F1GS Visibility Week events, visit https://goo.gl/R8LwI0

F1GS and Nosotr@s Present Documentary: 'Why Not Us?' , Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

As part of First Generation Visibility Week, First-Generation Student Alliance off Smith (F1GS) and Nosotr@s will be screening the documentary "Why Not Us?" The documentary follows four first generation college students as they travel across the United State to interview fellow first generation college students. We will be screening the film, which is an hour long, and engaging in discussion afterwards. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join us for this event, which is open to everyone in the Smith community.

People News

Athletic competitions, conference presentations and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.


03/31/2016 Digest


SEC Films Presents 'Dope' , Friday & Saturday, April 1 & 2, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Film Screening: 'A Tale of Love and Darkness' , Saturday, April 2, 8:15 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman makes her debut as writer and director with this newly released adaptation of the best-selling memoir by celebrated Israeli author Amos Oz. Introduction by Justin Cammy, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature. FREE for Smith students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Film Studies, Hadassah, and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival. For more info, visit pvjff.org.

Global Salon: 'Government Illegals--Deportation and the Rule of Law' , Thursday, March 31, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Jacqueline Stevens '84, professor of political science at Northwestern University and author of "States Without Nations," will discuss the actions of the U.S government regarding immigration law and immigrants' rights. The event is sponsored in part by the government department and the Office of Alumnae Relations and is part of the Humanities Lab series on "Forced Displacement, Immigration, and Refugees."

2016 Facilities Management Summer Employment Program

This year the number of available job openings in Facilities Management for the Summer Employment is very limited. If there are any vacancies available once returning workers are hired, new applicants will be contacted according to the priority list. On-line applications for new hires must be submitted by Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, priority for filling positions goes first to eligible returning workers from the previous summer, Smith College undergraduate students, then to undergraduate college age dependents and then to high school age dependents. For information on how to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/career_summer.php

Learn More About Women's Health in India Seminar; Information Sessions , March 30 and 31, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Information sessions on this fall seminar, including the J-term trip to India, will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 5-6 p.m. and Thursday, March 31, noon-1 p.m. RSVP to epeters@smith.edu as to which session you plan to attend, as pizza will be served. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply.

Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize

The Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize was established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones '88. The award is made to an undergraduate for judged work in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts or architecture. Interested students should submit their work to the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer Hall by 4 p.m. Friday, April 1, or by noon Monday, April 4. Work must be labeled with student name, class and contact information on the back and must be removed by noon Friday, April 8.

Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award

The Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award was established in 1979 by friends and former students of professor Lehmann. The prize is to be awarded to a senior(s) majoring in the history of art, with preference given to students interested in pursuing the study of art history, especially classical art, at the graduate level. Students wishing to apply should submit a transcript and written proposal describing the travel plans and budget to the Department of Art office by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

Archaeology Minor , Friday, April 1, 12:15-1 p.m., Hillyer 109

Archaeology is a method for learning about the human past through the study of artifacts and other material remains. The interdepartmental Archaeology Program is offered as a minor to supplement work in a major field such as art, classical language and literature, geosciences, anthropology and history.

Climate Café: Performance of 'Dr. Keeling's Curve' , Friday, April 1, 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

In this one-man play, George Shea will play Dr. David Keeling, the scientist whose research on CO2 gave the world its first early warnings of global warming. The play brings to life the quirky and brilliant man who created the Keeling Curve, the iconic chart that illustrates the rise in atmospheric CO2 levels from 1958 to the present. The story combines Keeling's personal journey with the insights of atmospheric scientists who, hundreds of years earlier, made discoveries that laid the foundations for Keeling's own extraordinary work. George Shea is an environmental activist and journalist.

Kathe Kollwitz Gallery Talk by Curator Henriette Kets de Vries , Friday, April 1, 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art

Curator and Manager of the Cunningham Center at SCMA Henriette Kets de Vries draws upon Kathe Kollwitz's diaries to place her work within an historical context.

Senior Prizes for the Study of Law and Public Policy

The David Burres Memorial Law Prize is awarded to a senior or an alumna who has been accepted to law school with the intention of practicing law in the public interest, in memory of Attorney Burres's work for the disenfranchised and in the area of civil liberties. Need is a factor. The prize is a cash award, not a scholarship, and is to be used toward first year tuition in law school. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes to view details for submitting an application. Deadline is April 8. Barbara Jordan Award for Study of Law and Public Policy, established to encourage African-American women to undertake careers in these fields, after the example of the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. The prize is a cash award, not a scholarship, and may be used toward tuition, cost of books, travel, preparation, etc. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes to view details for submitting an application. Deadline is April 8.

Almost an Alumna Day , Thursday, March 31, 4-6 p.m., Alumnae House

Seniors, network with alumnae and find out how to get, and stay, connected to Smith after graduation. Enjoy some tasty food and fun giveaways. The first 150 seniors will receive a Smith t-shirt.

Neilson Library Redesign Additional Playback Session , Monday, April 4, Noon-1 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room

This presentation will walk through the Smith Neilson Library Draft Program Playback <http://goo.gl/Mr5nmI> It will cover the evolution of the vision for the Neilson Library Complex, process and methodology for developing the program, progress on the development of program components, progress on the development of the collection scenarios, and an overview of Brightspot's findings about the Smith learning and research ecosystem from their fall user engagements. A light lunch will be available, first-come, first served. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/libraries/redesign

President's Fireside Chat: 'Commencement Traditions at Smith' , Monday, April 4, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Join President Kathleen McCartney for a fireside chat about commencement traditions at Smith, including the nomination and selection of honorary degree recipients and commencement speakers.

Daniel L. Schacter: 'Memory and Imagination: Functions of Episodic Simulation and Retrieval' , Thursday, March 31, 5 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Studies of memory have mainly focused on remembering the past, but an important function of memory is to allow individuals to simulate or imagine future experiences. In this talk, renowned psychologist and memory scientist Daniel L. Schacter, professor of psychology, Harvard University, will discuss neural, cognitive, and functional aspects of episodic simulation in identifying or enhancing the contribution of episodic memory to a range of cognitive tasks. Open to all. Refreshments served 4:30-5 p.m. Part of the Kahn Institute longterm project "Memory: Form, Function, and Fallibility."

'Predicated Internationalism: "Peripheries" and the Global Work of Art' , Thursday, March 31, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Large-scale exhibitions (i.e. world's fairs, biennials) have stimulated "predicated internationalism"--linguistic constructions such as "Brazilian Rodin" and "Pakistani Picasso." Yet when such conjunctions are drawn together to enforce an international art world system of values, cultural differences begin to pull them apart. Caroline Jones, professor of history theory and criticism at MIT, will explore how such predication happens, with examination of case studies involving Sao Paulo cosmopolitans, Parisian patrons of Cold War modernists and contemporary art programmers in the Arab Emirates. Part of the Kahn Institute short-term project "Future Fields: 'Global' Methodologies and Art of the Middle East." Reception follows.

Senior Dance Concert: 'Between Worlds' , Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Select works of outstanding choreography by graduating seniors Sarah Achartz, Ella Ansell, Jessica Beliles, Taina Bey, Charnice Charmant, Victoria Gonzalez and Ali Naranjo. $10 General, $5 Students and Seniors.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Judith Gordon and Christopher Krueger , Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Judith Gordon, piano, with special guest Christopher Krueger, flute. 10th Anniversary program, featuring solo keyboard music of J.S. Bach and, in an arrangement for flute and piano, Arnold Schoenberg's exuberant and scintillating Wind Quintet, Op. 26. Free and open to the public.

Susan Kart '96 and Jennifer Pruitt '97: 'Globaling Pedagogy, Globaling Research' , Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Join a workshop led by Smith alumnae Drs. Susan Kart '96 and Jennifer Pruitt '97, discussing the way the category of the 'global' has shaped their teaching and research on African and Islamic art at Smith and beyond. This workshop is designed to bring students, alumnae and scholars together to share perspectives on art historical research and careers in a global contemporary moment. Open to all in the Smith community; breakfast will be served. Part of the Kahn Institute short-term project "Future Fields: 'Global' Methodologies and Art of the Middle East."

April 6 Memorial Gathering for Noemi Collazo '16

The community is invited to gather in memory of Noemi Collazo, Class of 2016, on Wednesday, April 6, at 5 p.m. in Lyman Conservatory. Noemi, a biological sciences major, passed away on December 18, 2015. We will gather in the reception area of the conservatory and then move to the Campus Center to view an exhibition of Noemi's photographs in the Nolen Art Lounge, on view from March 22 to April 7. Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters will lead the gathering alongside other members of the Smith community.

Student Picks Exhibition: 'Mundane Particulars--Locating the Extraordinary in Ordinary Moments' by Beryl Ford '17 , Friday, April 1, Noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

A one-day student-curated show of works on paper from the Museum's permanent collection. Beryl Ford's "Mundane Particulars" examines how photographers arrest the casual, vernacular and humdrum moments of everyday lives to heighten the viewer's understanding of their subjects' individuality. Works by artists such as Joel Meyerowitz, Glenn Ligon and Lorraine O'Grady will be represented.

Student Music Week: Open Mic Night , Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., Seelye 201

Smith's Music Collective (SMC) invites you to bring your musical talent to SMC's open mic event. Sing some acoustic jams with your friends, read a poem, or do some standup. This event is first come, first serve.

How to Survive Room Draw Open Hours , Friday, April 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Clark Hall, 1st Floor

Residence Life staff will be in the office during open hours to answer any questions regarding the new housing process and special lotteries. Residence Life will also offer test lotteries to help students familiarize themselves with The Housing Director for Room Draw. Refreshments will be provided. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to attend.

Toner Scam

This notice is regarding what is known as the "phoner toner" scam. Posing as a Smith College primary supplier, the scammer contacts an employee and asks for the model number of the copier or printer and/or says that you are about to run out of toner. Please remember, never to disclose information to a vendor calling on the telephone. Smith's primary supplier for toner does not call Smith offices regarding toner. If your office needs toner, please call CBS Xerox directly at 1-800-842-0009.

Sick Leave Bank Policy Update

The Sick Leave Bank policy in the Staff Handbook has been updated. To view the updated policy along with the balance of hours in the Sick Leave Bank, visit http://goo.gl/aA7aMq

SGA Elections Information Meeting , Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The SGA Elections and Appointments Committee will be distributing information about the upcoming election for the 2016-17 school year. This meeting is not mandatory but it may be helpful for those new to the elections process who are considering running. The Candidate Registration can be found on the Elections and Appointments Smith Social Network page now.

Now Open: SGA Election Registration, Until , Monday, April 4, 4:30 p.m.

Candidates for SGA Cabinet and Committee Chairs can register by visiting https://goo.gl/gsccKq. Senior and Junior senators can register by visiting https://goo.gl/f9NNb8

Flexible Spending Account Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submitting receipts for reimbursement from your 2015 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is March 31. Receipts must be submitted on line by the end of that day or postmarked March 31 if mailed. If you have any questions, contact Lynn Cocco at lcocco@smith.edu or at ext. 2273.

Senior Architecture Exhibition , March 24-April 1, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Seniors Asrie Karma, Natalie Belkov, Geneva Strauss-Wise, Rebecca Flores, R Isabel Ontaneda and Sylvia Mosiany display their design work for the Senior Architecture Exhibition from March 24 through April 1. An opening reception will be held at Jannotta Gallery on Thursday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m.

Smith Splash Is Seeking Students; Registration Closes , Friday, April 1

Smith Splash is a day-long program for middle school and high school students that will be held in Seelye Hall on Saturday, April 9. Smith students will teach fun classes about a wide variety of subjects. To view the course catalog, visit http://goo.gl/3Tj0zA To register, visit https://goo.gl/iAZW2b For more information, email eop@smith.edu.

Juliana Barbassa: 'Life and Politics in Rio in the Context of Hosting Summer Olympics' , Thursday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Juliana Barbassa is a brilliant international journalist who has recently published a very well reviewed and received book on "Rio de Janiero: Dancing with the Devil in the City of God." She'll discuss life and politics in Rio in the the context of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics.

'Zebrafish Models of Autism Risk Genes as a Path Towards Drug Discovery' , Monday, April 4, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Ellen J. Hoffman, assistant professor, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. Part of the Spring 2016 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Raise Awareness of Issues Important to You

We live in a diverse community where major world events can affect some of us deeply. The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life strives to honor the impact of a wide variety of important events that occur, and supports students in creating a contemplative space where urgent human rights are honored and calls for justice are voiced. If you would like to hold a vigil to help raise awareness of any issue on campus or beyond that matters to you, we can help. We encourage students to meet with CRSL staff to plan the vigil. Contact Matilda Cantwell at mcantwel@smith.edu.

Zazen Practice , Thursday, March 31, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Zazen (seated Zen) is deeply rooted in Buddhist spiritual tradition and is foundational to the path of awakening. This weekly meditation is led by Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing practitioner, and a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, who serves as a Buddhist Community Religious Adviser in Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome. No experience is needed.

Shabbat Dinner , Friday, April 1, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) holds its Shabbat Dinner every Friday at the Kosher Kitchen adjacent to Jordan House. Enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and you don't have to be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 1, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over delicious homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad (often with homemade bread), prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, contemplative issues, and interesting topics presented by student leaders in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Fidelity Talk About Technology Internships/Full-Time Offers , Friday, April 1, 12:15 p.m., Ford 241

Two representatives from Fidelity, including a recruiter from Leap, Fidelity's technology program, will be talking about internships/full-time offers, and tips for resumes, interviews, and networking. Catering will be sponsored by Fidelity.

Folk Music at the Field Station , Saturday, April 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

A lively group of musicians will be having a fun concert/open jam session in the field station, with fiddles, banjos, a standup bass, and more. There will be cozy seating, tea, snacks, and maybe even an opportunity to learn some dance moves, if you wish. This was the most popular field station event last year, all Smithies are welcome! Vans leave Smith at 6:30 p.m. and arrive back at 9:30 p.m. To sign up, visit tinyurl.com/MacLeish-Vans

Computer Store Closed for Inventory , Friday, April 1

The Computer Store will be closed for Inventory. If you need any help, you're welcome to call or email. We will re-open on Monday, April 4, at noon.

EAL Film Series: 'The Girl Princes' , Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Join the East Asian Literatures and Languages Department this Friday in learning about Korea's female gukgeuk, a form of musical theater in which women played all roles. The documentary "The Girl Princes" not only explores the history of this form of theater but the women in it, some of whom still perform today. This film explores Korean identity, womanhood and gender performance, which we will be discussing after the showing. Come for a good time and snacks, including popcorn.

Open Climate Cafe: Environmental Justice in Latin America , Friday, April 15, 4:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Join us at CEEDS for an informal conversation over tea and cookies. We'll welcome questions, a discussion of current news, recent events or issues related to climate change, and whatever else is on your mind. Today's "hosts" are Blythe Coleman-Mumford '17 and Sarah Hines (history). Possible topics? Environmental issues in Latin America, social justice questions and more.

From Papers to Team Practice: Smith Professors Support Student Athletes

The athletic department's faculty liaison program matches professors with sports teams to help create stronger links between athletics and academics at Smith. The support goes both ways, says English professor Michael Thurston, who is a liaison to the softball team, noting, "I have found myself part of a whole new community at Smith."

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