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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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March 8-14 March 15-21 March 22-28

Featured Event

Portfolio Workshop
March 8, 2013
12 to 1p.m., an introduction to portfolio design (pizza included); 1 to 2p.m., a discussion about applying to graduate programs and internships pertaining to design of the built environment; 2 to 3p.m., an introduction to software and photography relating to portfolio design; 3 to 4p.m., the afternoon will conclude with the opportunity for students to have their own portfolios and work sample pages in-progress individually critiqued. Discussion will be led by Stephanie Brown, architecture course instructor at the University of Massachusetts and Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges. All students are invited to attend any or all of the sessions. The lunch session will include pizza, courtesy of the Department of Art.
Architecture Studio, Hillyer 106
12:00 pm

Field Station Friday!
March 8, 2013
Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! Hike the trails, relax outside, or explore the newly opened environmental building. Space is limited. The van leaves from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center at 12:30 p.m. Friday and returns from the MacLeish Field Station to Smith College at 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.- depending on the day's participants. Sign up using the link below!
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MacLeish Field Station
12:30 pm

Events at Smith

Star Gazing
March 8, 2013
The astronomy department is holding an open house on Thursday, March 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m. View stars, galaxies, and planets through the telescopes at the observatory on the McConnell Hall roof. All are welcome. Dress warmly. Contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, x3935) with any questions or special needs.
McConnel Roof Observatory
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Community Garden Workshop
March 10, 2013
The Smith Community Garden is holding its first workshop of the semester. Come help prepare the garden for the Spring and learn more about how you can help reap the Spring harvest.
at the Smith Community Garden, between Lamont and Northrup Houses
1:00 pm

Mail Order Main Street and the Making of Small Town America
March 11, 2013
LSS 100 Annual Lecture in Honor of John Burke-Emeritus Biological Sciences Presents: Kirin Makker, Assistant Professor, Architectural Sciences, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Green team- Fossil Fuel Divestment Committee meeting
March 12, 2013
Can't make it to our lunchtime Green team meetings but want to make a difference in the future of our planet? One way we are working to fight climate change is by trying to get Smith to divest its endowment investments from the fossil fuel industry. We'd love your help! All welcome.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability
6:30 pm

Earth Week Planning Meeting
March 14, 2013
Are you in an org/club that wants to host an event during Earth Week? Are you a student interested in teaching your peers about something green? Are you good at organizing events and want to have fun? Then come to the Earth Week planning meeting.
CEEDS, Wright Hall
7:00 pm

Events Off Campus

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

Events at Smith

The Botanic Garden of Smith College Spring Bulb Show
March 17, 2013
A spectacular array of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, and tulips provide an early glimpse of spring. View the magic of 5000+ bulbs blooming simultaneously in the Lyman Conservatory!
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Lyman Conservatory
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Featured Event

Farmland and Fortification: Continuity and Change in the Native American Cultural Landscape
March 26, 2013
Part of the Environmental Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge Lecture Series. A talk by Elizabeth S. Chilton, professor of Anthropology at UMASS Amherst, on the rich archaeological record of Native American land use and history in Deerfield, MA. Tea and refreshments will be served.
Campus Center, 103/104
4:30 pm

Events at Smith

“Cutting-Edge Research and the Art of Nanotech” Film Screening
March 25, 2013
Ingo Johannsen, from Hamburg's Institute for Technology, presents “Cutting-Edge Research and the Art of Nanotech”. Mr. Johannsen will show and discuss his clever short video that won a prize in October 2012. Lunch will be provided.
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Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Black Faces, White Spaces: African-Americans and the Great Outdoors
March 25, 2013
Lecture presented by Carolyn Finney, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California-Berkeley. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

“Technology and Self-Representation: Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Media, 1888 - 1914”
March 25, 2013
Margarethe Jarchow, professor and art historian at Hamburg's Institute for Technology, presents “Technology and Self-Representation: Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Media, 1888 - 1914.” Margarethe is the founder of the research group on Art and Technology.
Seelye 201
4:30 pm

Green team- Fossil Fuel Divestment Committee meeting
March 26, 2013
Can't make it to our lunchtime Green team meetings but want to make a difference in the future of our planet? One way we are working to fight climate change is by trying to get Smith to divest its endowment investments from the fossil fuel industry. We'd love your help! All welcome.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability
6:30 pm

“The Fusion of Art and Technology into Research: Technology in Dystopia and the Power of Materials”
March 27, 2013
Marthe Kretzschmar and Dominik Orth, members of a research group on Art and Technology at Hamburg's Institute for Technology, present “The Fusion of Art and Technology into Research: Technology in Dystopia and the Power of Materials.” Lunch will be provided.
Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Film screening and discussion: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
March 28, 2013
We hope you will join us for the first PVGrows “Race and the Food System” working group event. In this session, we hope to provide participants with a better understanding of the internal biases, social determinants, and structural powers that inform racism in the United States. The event is open to anyone interested in creating a healthier Pioneer Valley food system, regardless of her or his familiarity with racial justice frameworks. Facilitated by: Kamilah Weeks (PVGrows, CISA, Smith College) & Anne Richmond (Gardening the Community, Undoing Racism Organizing Collective)
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CEEDS, Wright Hall
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Panel on the Art and Design Industry
March 28, 2013
earn about the panelists' career paths and hear their advice on getting started on your own career trajectory in the art and design industry. Alumnae panelists include Michelle Babyok '98, exhibit designer; Cassandra Holden '12, custom clothing designer; Donna Abelli '98, design & marketing strategist; Kate Cholakis '10, landscape designer; Mollie Babize '69, land use planner; and Scout Cuomo '06, multimedia designer/artist. Pizza will be served 5-6 p.m. in Hillyer Lounge for the first 20 students.
Graham Hall, Hillyer
6:00 pm

Earth Week Planning Meeting
March 28, 2013
Are you in an org/club that wants to host an event during Earth Week? Are you a student interested in teaching your peers about something green? Are you good at organizing events and want to have fun? Then come to the Earth Week planning meeting.
CEEDS, Wright Hall
7:00 pm

Star Gazing
March 28, 2013
The astronomy department is holding an open house on Thursday, March 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m. View stars, galaxies, and planets through the telescopes at the observatory on the McConnell Hall roof. All are welcome. Dress warmly. Contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, x3935) with any questions or special needs.
McConnell Roof Observatory
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Walkable Town Centers Workshop
March 22, 2013
Please join us to learn how we can transform Hampshire County village and city areas for greater walkability. Presenters will include Wendy Landman, WalkBoston; Jason Schrieber, Nelson/Nygaard; Steve Cecil, The Cecil Group. Workshop is free, but registration is required. To RSVP email scairn@collaborative.org
97 Hawley Street, Northampton
9:15 am to 12:30 pm

Eric Toensmeir: "Paradise Lot"
March 27, 2013
In Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, Eric Toensmeir tells the story of how he transformed a barren urban lot into an edible paradise. This case study of permaculture design and edible landscaping follows the nine years it took to develop the site, which now features over forty species of fruit and seventy perennial edible leaves on a tenth of an acre. Besides authoring Paradise Lot (which features contributions by Jonathan Bates), Toensmeier wrote the award-winning Perennial Vegetables and co-authored Edible Forest Gardens. He will sign copies of Paradise Lot following his reading.
Gamble Auditorium, Art Museum, Mount Holyoke
7:00 pm

Reading and Book Signing with Eric Toensmeier,
March 27, 2013
author of Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, which explains the principles and practice of permaculture and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process.
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
7:00 pm

Merging Art and Nature in Designed Landscapes: Lecture
March 28, 2013
Darrel Morrison, FASLA, is a long-time advocate of using native vegetation and natural processes in designing landscapes.His lecture on Merging Art and Nature in Designed Landscapes is sponsored by The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, along with co-sponsor Library of American Landscape History. Light refreshments will be served. This is a free and public event.
UMASS Amherst, Procopio Room, 105 Hill North.
4:00 pm

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