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This calendar lists each week's notable events with a focus on sustainability and its economic, social and environmental components. To get your event added, contact Joanne Benkley, Assistant Director, CEEDS. To have information about your event or activity sent to all campus e-mail accounts, submit it to eDigest.

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Events at Smith

An Introduction to Landscape Studies
January 28, 2013
with Smith College LSS Professor Reid Bertone-Johnson. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Info session: Botanic Garden internships
January 29, 2013
Join us to find out about paid summer internships here on Smith campus and at Kew, in London; and the Smithsonian, in Washington DC. Pizza and drinks will be served.
Campus Center Room 102
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The Chemist in the Garden: Origins of Natural Products
February 1, 2013
An exhibition of books from the Mortimer Rare Book Room in honor of Lale Burk upon her retirement from the Department of Chemistry. February 1- May 27. Curated by Signe Dahlberg-Wright, '14. More information: 585-2906
Ford Hall Strium

Events Off Campus

The Frontiers of Ethics-
January 30, 2013
a lecture by Dale Jamieson of New York University. This event is one in the series "Climate, Nature and the Frontiers of Ethics" funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science and sponsored by The Department of Philosophy at Amherst College.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, Amherst College
4:30 pm

Exhibit: James Welling-Open Spave
January 31, 2013
This event starts on January 31 and ends May 3. The University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artist James Welling. This exhibition will focus on the photographer’s work in New England from 1970 to 2010. Included are Welling’s earliest experiments in photography, video, and watercolor, all harking back to his formative years in Connecticut. The exhibition concludes with his remarkable Glass House series (2006 – 2010). This architectural landmark by Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT, became a laboratory for Welling’s ideas about transparency, reflectivity, and color. His recent videos, taken at the Glass House at different seasons of the year, will also be premiered in this exhibition. January 31, 2013—May 3, 2013, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 11:00 am-4:30 pm. February 2, 2013—May 5, 2013, Sun/Mon/Sat 2:00 pm-5:00 pmThis event does not occur on: February 18, March 16 to March 24, and April 15. Admission is free.
University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst Campus

CISA Farmer Panel: Looking Forward, Looking back
January 31, 2013
Changing Agriculture in the Pioneer Valley. What has the "local food movement" actually meant for farmers in the Pioneer Valley? As CISA enters its 20th anniversary year, we are looking back on how farming in the Valley has changed over the last generation, and how farmers have led and adapted to those changes. Local farmers Michael Docter of Winter Moon Farm, Nancy Hanson of the Hampshire College Farm Center, Nate L'Etoile of Four Star Farms, and Carolyn Wheeler of Wheel-View Farm will share their stories and talk about how their businesses have changed over the years, and what they see as the biggest opportunities and challenges facing them in the years to come. This panel discussion and the reception to follow are free and open to the public. CSA farmers will also be on hand during the reception to discuss their farms and share options.
Northampton Center for the Arts
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Events at Smith

Part 1: Public Parks and Reassuring Landscape; Part 2: Oasis in the City
February 4, 2013
with Paula Deitz, editor of the Hudson Review and Susan Cohen, Landscape Architect, respectively. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Climate Justice Evening Hosted by Green Team
February 5, 2013
A night of spoken word and a hangout for Climate Justice. Come and get to know students active in Smith's green movement!
CC TV Lounge
7:00 pm

Yestermorrow -info session
February 7, 2013
Learn about opportunities for Smith students to gain tangible skills designing and building a full scale piece of architecture. Program alumni Jenny Cavanaugh will talk about last year’s project with program director Jose Galarza. Free pizza provided!!! An RSVP is not required, but appreciated. Please reply to:
Hillyer Hall 106
12:00 pm

Beyond the Bubble: Speaking Up in the World Workshop Panel
February 7, 2013
"Underrepresented Voices in the Media: Narratives of Speaking Up," will feature Judith Warner, Farai Chideya, and Rinku Sen.
Campus Center, Carroll Room
4:15 pm

Smith Community Garden meeting
February 7, 2013
Join us for the first meeting of the semester. We'll talk about garden planning for spring, summer plans (including an internship opportunity), and workshops that we want to put together this semester. There will be snacks. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested. Can't make it but want to participate next time? Email
Campus Center 003
7:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Lecture: Retrofitting Holdsworth Hall:
February 5, 2013
A whole-systems approach toward major energy savings in a representative building on Campus with Ben Weil, the Extension Assistant Professor of Building Energy in the Building and Construction Technology program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Weil teaches and conducts research in energy efficient building technology, policy and management. This lecture is the first in a 2 part lecture series "Designing for Occupants" brought to you by UMASS's Green Building Committee, a subcommittee of the Chancellor's Sustainability Committee.
UMASS, Amherst, Campus Center Reading Room
4:00 pm

Argument and Political Action: Considering Environmental Ethics
February 7, 2013
with Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia. Part of the lecture series "Climate, Nature and the Frontiers of Ethics" organized by the Amherst College department of philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science.
Paino Lecture Hall, Beneski Building, Amherst College
4:30 pm

Public Engagement in Biodiversity Governance: A Panel Discussion
February 8, 2013
This event has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather.

Featured Event

Meritocracy, Technocracy, Democracy: Understandings of Racial and Gender Equity
February 11, 2013
in American Engineering Education," the first of two talks by Amy Slaton, Professor of History in the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University. Professor Slaton produces the blog, which centers on equity in technical education and workforce issues. Pizza lunch provided. Sponsored by the Picker Engineering Program and the Five COllege Feminist Science and Technology Studies Initiative.
Ford Hall 240, Smith College
12:00 pm

The Civil Conflict in Algeria and Mali
February 13, 2013
The first in a series of Five-College faculty panels on understanding current conflict. A panel discussion with: Prof. Gregory White, Government Department, Smith College, and Abdelkader Berrahmoun, Lecturer in Arabic, Smith College. Sponsored by the Five-College Program in Peace and World Security Studies.
Neilson Library Browsing Room
7:30 pm

Events at Smith

Medicinal Plants in the Landscape: Catalysts for Restoration
February 11, 2013
a lecture by Todd Lynch, Principal of Ecotropy (Landscape Design Studio) Haydenville, MA. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Impossible and Necessary: Crafting a Critical Scholarship of (Dis)ability
February 11, 2013
in Scientific Practice. The second of two talks by Amy Slaton, Professor of History in the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University. Her most recent book is "Race, Rigor, and Selectivity in U.S. Engineering: The History of an Occupational Color Line." Sponsored by the Picker Engineering Program and the Five COllege Feminist Science and Technology Studies Initiative.
Faculty Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College
5:30 pm

Hampshire CSA Winter Farmer's Market
February 14, 2013
Carrots, salad greens, cabbage, beets and much more for sale this Thursday! In front of the library, if you don't see it, check inside the library. Cash or check.
Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

How a Grass Roots Organization Humbled the Army Corps of Engineers
February 14, 2013
with Sandy Rosenthal '79 (MHC), the founder of, an environmental organization with a mission to educate on why the New Orleans region flooded so catastrophically after Hurricane Katrina.
Kendade Hall Room 305
4:30 pm

Beyond the Bubble: Speaking Up in the World Training
February 15, 2013
The OpEd Project will offer a training for students, staff and faculty from Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges. The OpEd Project is a group from NYC that aims to get the voices of women and underrepresented minorities into the mainstream media. The workshop will happen at Mount Holyoke, but we will provide free transportation, snacks and lunch. Students can apply at by February 8th.
Mount Holyoke
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Northampton Winter Farmer's Market
February 16, 2013
Local music, food, and your community.
Basement of Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main Street
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

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