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Art of Henna Design

Amna Aslam '16
This class offers the opportunity to learn the art of making designs and patterns using henna. Lessons include how to make henna paste from a powder, designing motifs on paper and then eventually designing henna patterns on hands and feet. The designs that will be taught by the end of this course can also be used to adorn various forms of arts and crafts.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $12
Jan. 11-15, from 3-5 pm
Seelye 105

You and the Creative Process: Concepts and Stages

Shaqe Kalaj
Creativity is without a doubt necessary for success in the 21st century. This workshop gives you a framework on how to tap into the creative process through aesthetic experiences—first by diminishing the idea that the practice of art is just for artists. In the workshop, you’ll use drawing in various ways, plus narrative writing, dialog, and presentations, to see aspects of creativity. Four overarching creative concepts will provide a conceptual approach to the workshop. You will leave with creative skills, techniques, and habits that will elicit creativity as part of your life and career.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: $12
Jan. 11-15, from 1-3 pm
Seelye 211

Crochet for Everyday

Heather McQueen, Science Center Administration
Crochet is a rewarding and versatile craft that provides great variety from a single basic technique: wrapping yarn around a hook and pulling the wrapped strand through loops. It doesn't require a lot of tools and is conveniently portable. In this class, students will learn the craft of crochet with 3 fun projects: a small bag, a recycle t-shirt yarn basket, and square motif scarves/headbands. The basic stitches, tools, finishing methods, terminology, and the history of the craft will all be covered. Each project features a different type of fiber, providing a chance to explore different materials, along with a field trip to a local yarn store. Beginning yarn crafters will appreciate the introduction to the craft, more experienced stitchers will enjoy new projects, tips and tricks. All materials will be provided by the instructor at the cost of $15 per student (Hooks, yarn in a variety of colors, and notions are the students' to keep). There is approximately 2 to 3 hours of homework between classes. Photos of class projects are available at https://flic.kr/s/aHsknfevfe.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $15
Jan. 5, 8, 12, 15, from 1-3 pm
Sabin Reed 224


Serial Murder: A Biocultural Phenomenon

Emily Atkinson 'GR
Everyone is fascinated by the figure of the serial killer. We want to view him-- like mass killers and terrorists-- as absolutely beyond the pale, alien, outside our culture and humanity, not a product of it. Yet many scholars, not to mention the media, present serial murder as a recent cultural phenomenon, unique to the present era. Is this true? Or are such tragedies more deeply rooted in human nature? This course will explore these questions and delve into a biocultural understanding of serial murder from an interdisciplinary perspective, using case studies, research, and popular culture representations to analyze this phenomenon.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $5
Jan. 11-15, from 1-3 pm
Seelye 202

Incarceration Nation: The State of Criminal Justice Reform in 2016

Bernadette Rabuy, Prison Policy Initiative, Easthampton
How many people are incarcerated in the U.S.? How many Americans have criminal records? Is the incarceration rate going up or down? With three films, short readings and videos, this class will explain how mass incarceration arose and present areas for reform. The class will present some of the challenges standing in the way of turning this moment of national interest in criminal justice reform into real policy changes.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: 0
Jan. 11-15, from 1-3 pm
Seelye 304

Cantonese 101

Peishan (KC) Chen '16
Cantonese 101 is geared towards students whose Chinese language skills are proficient both in writing and speaking. The writing in both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese are the same. Students who are proficient in Chinese writing can easily be taught Cantonese. The course will begin with a systematic introduction of the language. Students will have discussions about several movie clips or TV shows they will view in Cantonese (with or without subtitles).

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $2
Jan. 4-8, from 1-3 pm
Wright 238

Daughters of Author Charles Waddell Chesnutt: Smith College’s First Black Students

Pamela E. Foster '85 M.S.J.
This innovative course permits participants to expand cultural awareness by joining two daughters of America’s first great black novelist on a pioneering journey as the first black students and father at Smith College (1897-1901). Students read in part and discuss two books: “The Colonel’s Dream” by Charles Waddell Chesnutt and “Charles Waddell Chesnutt: Pioneer of the Color Line” by Helen Chesnutt, Smith class of 1901.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 0
Jan. 11-15, from 1-3 pm
Seelye 306


Recording Electronic Music

James Middlebrook, Art Department
This class will cover basic techniques for recording electronic music. These methods are commonly used to produce music in many popular styles, such as electronica, new age, ambient, trance, house, or hip-hop. Through hands-on experimentation, students will learn about tracking, mixing, equalization, samples, and various effects. Practical tips for optimizing workflow will be discussed, as well as building a composition from audio loops through using DAW (digital audio workstation) software. Previous musical experience can be useful but is not necessary. Students with previous experience can learn about more advanced concepts, such as synthesis, compression, distortion/saturation, and reverb.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: 0
Jan. 11-15, from 1-3 pm
Sage 305

The Basics: Performing and Auditioning

Kiki Gounaridou, Theatre Department
This class is a fun exercise in the elements of performing and auditioning: improvising with or without a text or a story, learning a monologue, and finding a personal method of using body, voice, and imagination in order to make connections with others—either one’s fellow “actors” or one’s audience. This is a chance to learn some fundamentals of theatre, whether one’s goal is to audition and act in a play, to explore performing as a method of communicating with oneself and with others, or simply to better appreciate theatre as an audience member.

Enrollment: 0   Cost: 0
Jan. 19-22, from 1-3:30 pm
Theatre 114

Swing & Blues Social Dance

Greg Perham
Lindy Hop and blues are fun, expressive American social dance forms with rich histories that are danced today all over the world. This crash course will teach you what you need to feel at home on the dance floor. We'll get comfortable with East Coast Swing, go big with the expansive moves of Lindy Hop and Charleston, and connect more intimately with blues. Participants will be encouraged to dance both leader and follower roles. No partner or experience necessary!

Enrollment: 50   Cost: 0
Jan. 4-8, from 1-3 p.m.
Theatre 207A

New Media

Working in the CMP Video Studio

Jeff Heath, Video Technologies Administration
This course is an introduction to the video studio and studio equipment at the Center for Media Production. Much of what we see on television and the internet originates in a studio. The studio and control room are core to the production of news and talk shows, sports, comedy, soap operas, home shopping and many other types of programming. We will take a team approach to producing, directing, writing and being on camera. Members of the class will explore and decide what types of programs will be produced in the class. This workshop will provide you with an overview of how to produce a television show using a multi-camera studio, how to operate the studio lighting, cameras, microphones, teleprompter, audio mixer, video switcher, recorders, monitors, and live green screen. Different methods of devilry including live streaming, cable and the internet will be taught. Students with previous experience in video production are encouraged to enroll.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: 0
Jan. 11-15, from 1-3 pm
CMP Video Studio, Center for Media Production

Science & Technology

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Jon Caris and Scott Gilman, Spatial Analysis Lab
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will lay the foundation to enable more advanced study with spatial data processing, analysis, and visualization. Participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts behind GIS and Map Science. Students will learn basic ArcGIS software operations which will enable them to quickly take advantage of the sofware's powerful display and analysis capabilities.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
Jan. 11-15, from 9:30-noon
Spatial Anaylsis Lab, Sabin Reed 104

Science and Technology

Media Archaeology, Climate Change, and the Digital (Non)humanities

Jeffrey Moro, Art Department
“The end of the world has already occurred,” writes philosopher Timothy Morton in *Hyperobjects*, synthesizing contemporary anxieties around the tenability of industrial capitalism and the fractured relationships between technology, climate, and humankind. This week-long course takes Morton’s ideas as a starting point for exploring the media history, materiality, and infrastructures of digital and network technologies, and asks what a digital humanities practice after climate change might be. No prior experience required.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 0
Jan. 11-15, from 3:15-5:15 pm
Seelye 204

Introduction to Mobile Computing

Dominique Thiebaut, Computer Science Department
This class is offered by Google in the Computer Science department and covers the creation of apps for the Android platform. A final project allows students to integrate their new skills and build their own app. The course is taught by a Google engineer. There will be morning lectures and afternoon labs.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: $0
Jan 4-8, 11-15, 19-22, from 10 am - 3 pm
Ford Hall 241

Database Design and Development

Sarah Moriarty, Julia Keller, Kelly-Jean Huard
Database Design and Development is composed of two modules: database design and interactive SQL development. Each module is presented in a two-hour classroom session with interactive lecture and exercises. Participants follow examples in the lecture by completing the exercises and discussing results. A portion of each class period is dedicated to an exercise in which participants apply the concepts to a mini-project. For instance, participants can design a database architecture with data of their choosing.

Enrollment: 24   Cost: 0
Jan. 12 and 14, from 1-3 pm
Bass 102

Measuring Air Pollution: Low Tech Solutions to Environmental Justice Issues

Brittany Bennett '16
Participants will learn about the local environmental justice issues regarding air quality by designing and deploying their own low-tech air pollution sensor. In addition to learning how to create a simple electronic device, there will be a field trip to a site of the participants' choosing to collect data.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: 0
Jan. 4-8, from 1-3 pm
Green Street Classroom Annex 102

Social/Personal Development

So you want to be a freelance writer?

Jon Adolph
Have you ever wondered how writers get their work published in newspapers, magazines, and online? Do you have ideas of your own that you’d like to see in print? In this class, we’ll demystify the process of getting freelance assignments, learning how to read writer’s guidelines and craft a story pitch that will capture an editor’s attention. Taught by a veteran magazine editor and writer, the class will explore how an article goes from raw idea to published work. Students will brainstorm and refine story concepts with the group, identify potential markets, write a query to an appropriate editor, and finally, write the story itself (500 words, tops!). Best of all, the instructor will not force students to pay him a commission should they receive an assignment!

Enrollment: 12   Cost: $5 to $10 for a sample magazine
Jan. 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, from 1-3 pm
Seelye 102

Submitting & Publishing Short Science Fiction & Fantasy

Suzanne Palmer, Science Center Administration
Are you considering or already writing short Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror stories and want to find out more about how to begin getting your work published? Emphasis will be on readying work and submitting, with some discussion and practice of writing itself.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
Ja. 4-8, from 9:30-11:30 am
Bass 102

Stand Up and Talk - Public Speaking for Everyone

Colleen DelVecchio, Office of Alumnae Relations
Learn to speak with confidence, engage your audience and achieve success in your presentations. Learn to be positive, professional and poised when you speak, knowing how to address an audience with confidence, competence and creativity. This is a hands-on experience - you will stand up and talk in each session.

Enrollment: 24   Cost: 0
Jan. 4-8, from 1-3 pm
Browsing Room, Neilson Library

Useful and Fun Skills

Bike Kitchen's Bike Mechanic Workshop Series

Sam Behrens '16
The Bike Mechanic Workshop Series covers basic and advanced bike mechanic skills. Participants will learn the ins and outs of bike anatomy, braking and shifting systems. You will learn how to true a wheel, adjust a derailleur, tighten brakes, adjust and replace the headset and replace the freewheel. Students are welcome to fix and experiment on their own bikes. The Bike Kitchen has a plethora of bikes and bike parts for students to use and experiment. No prior experience required.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: 0
Jan. 11-15, from 3-5 pm
The Bike Kitchen, Talbot House

Putting Food By: Food Preservation by Canning, Drying, and Blanching

Paul Robert Wetzel, CEEDS
Fall is an abundant time of the year. So much fresh produce that you cannot even begin to eat it all. Winter is very inconvenient. You cannot grow food, but you still get hungry. How do you preserve all that fall produce so that you can eat it during the winter? The class is designed to teach the basics of canning, blanching, and drying food for long term storage. Students will learn tips on buying or picking produce, equipment needed for canning, blanching, and drying, the actual steps of the canning process, safety in the process, and what informational resources are available in books and on the internet. We will emphasize a hands-on approach to the class and you will go home with many “fruits” of your labor.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $15
Jan. 19-21, from Jan. 19 & 20 (8:30 am-12:30 pm), Jan. 21 (8:30-10:30 am)
Parsons House Kitchen

Animal Tracking

Scott Johnson, Outdoor Program Coordinator
Have you ever seen a track in the mud, sand or snow and wondered what it was? Learn to read animal tracks and figure out what kind of animals passed by-and maybe even what they were doing. Practicing these skills is a great way to learn about the natural world and will make even a casual walk across campus into an adventure! This course will start on campus with the basics, and then head out into local wildlife refuges and state forests in search of critters varying from porcupines and weasels to fox and moose! Please dress for hiking outside.

Enrollment: 11   Cost: 0
Jan. 12-14, from 1-5:15 pm
Meet at Paradise Pond Boathouse


Qigong Movement Meditation for Stress Reduction

Makani Freitas, Office of Admission
Qigong is an internal art practice that is a combination of two ideas: Qi (pronounced chee), which means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe and Gong (pronounced gung as in lung) which means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. Relax…Move…Flow… This gentle practice of physical conditioning is an exquisite choreography of flowing standing postures. Qigong fosters balance, awareness, and grace through meditation in motion, with an emphasis on body alignment. Soft and deliberate movements foster sound body and mind, boosts the immune system and creates a more focused, relaxed state of mind and releases stress.

Enrollment: 50   Cost: 0
Jan. 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, from 4:30-5:30 pm
Ainsworth Studio 151

Introduction to Alpine Skiing

Sara Dorsey, Outdoor Program Coordinator
Have you never had the opportunity to try downhill skiing? Now is your chance! In this three day course you will learn everything you need to know to hit the slopes with friends. Learn about ski equipment, how to maneuver on beginner-intermediate terrain, and how to read a trail map to plan your own day on the mountain. Beginners only. No equipment required. Total cost for three days of lift tickets, equipment rentals, and lessons is $105. Students should wear winter weather apparel (additional layers can be borrowed from the gear room as necessary) and bring a to-go lunch each day.

Enrollment: 6   Cost: $105
Jan. 13-15, from 9 am - 4 pm
Meet at Smith College Boathouse (skiing at Otis Ridge)

Rock Climbing-Learning to Lead

Scott Johnson, Outdoor Program Coordinator
As you learn to rock climb, part of getting out on your own might involve learning to lead climb. With lead climbing you place protection along the way, as opposed to top-rope climbing, where the anchor is pre-set above you. This fun gymnastic course will review belaying basics, equipment, lead belaying, anchoring and rappelling on sport rock climbs. Basic experience belaying and climbing recommended.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
Jan. 12-14, from 10 am - 12 pm
Ainsworth 304