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Interterm 2014

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Skills for Living

001 Intro to Bicycle Mechanics

Colby Singleton '11 and The Bike Kitchen
Have you ever spent a whole bike ride crossing your fingers and hoping that nothing went wrong with your bike? This class will lay the foundation for understanding the basics of bike mechanics! We will cover flat fixing, braking and shifting systems, and rotational systems. No experience necessary. Come prepared to get your hands dirty and get active with the Bike Kitchen!

Enrollment: 12   Cost: None
January 13-17, from 3 to 5 p.m.
The Bike Kitchen, Talbot

002 Putting Food By: Canning and Drying Food

Paul Wetzel, CEEDS
Fall is an abundant time of the year. How do you preserve all that fall produce so that you can eat it during the winter? This course is designed to teach the basics of canning and drying food for long-term storage. Students will learn tips for buying or picking produce, equipment needed for canning and drying, the actual steps of the canning process, safety in the process, and what information 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. January 13 and 14: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. January 15: 9 to 11 a.m.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $15
January 13, 14 and 15, from See description above
Unity House

Art & Design

101 3D Computer Modeling for the Complete Beginner

Andrew Maurer, ITS, Art Department
Using free software, participants in this course will learn simple techniques for getting started with 3D computer modeling as a way to visualize ideas, plan projects, make art, or prepare digital models to be sent to a 3D printer. The course is appropriate for artists, crafters, tinkerers, or anyone with a non-technical background who wants to quickly become acquainted with the creative possibilities of 3D modeling. No experience necessary. Register for this class with the instructor: amaurer@smith.edu.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: 0
January 13-17, from 3-5 p.m.
Hillyer 218

102 Drawn to Art History

Ellen Monroe '15
Students in this course will gain a basic understanding of a broad range of artistic movements across multiple cultures and time periods. Students will be engaged in facilitated discussion and encouraged to sketch and discuss work they feel a particular connection to. In addition, students will be taught techniques relevant to the styles discussed and create original works of art inspired by the pieces viewed in class. Bring your own pencil and sketchbook. Colored pencils optional. No experience is necessary.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 0
January 13-17, from 1-3 p.m.
Hillyer 205


201 Practicing Digital History: A Critical and Creative Workshop

Jeffrey Moro, Art Department, Five College Digital Humanities
This is a week-long, collaborative workshop designed to help students develop new or existing critical or creative projects in the digital arts and humanities. Students will work collaboratively to critique each others’ projects and identify potential interdisciplinary resources. In order to open students to new possibilities in their work, sessions may include video screenings, work with interactive computer programs, or readings across media history and the digital humanities. Five College students are especially encouraged to attend. Register for this class with the instructor. Interested students should email Jeffrey Moro (jmoro@smith.edu) with a sentence or two about themselves and a short description of their current project. Accepted students will be notified by December 14.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: $0
January 13-17, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Hillyer 109

203 Post-9/11 Pop Culture: Patriotism, Paranoia and Star-Spangled Pasties

Cornelia Beckett
Where were you on 9/11? This class will explore the limits of taste and sensitivity that US culture has pushed since the definitive event that ended the '90s and began the War on Terror. We'll watch TV, documentaries and music videos; read cartoons, articles and short stories; and dissect the culture that's surrounded us for the past 12 years.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $20 for course packet
January 13-17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Seelye 310

204 Introduction to the Ancient Board Game of Go (Weiqi)

Yezhezi Zhang '16
This course is designed to introduce the ancient board game Go (Weiqi). Students will explore the Chinese military classics with specific Go strategies. Through the lens of Go’s strategies and culture, students will gain a deeper understanding of Chinese philosophies, and have fun.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: 0
January 6-10, from 3-5 p.m.
Seelye 202

The Winter Landscape

301 Landscape Interpretation: Get to Know and Learn to Share your New England Landscape

Reid Bertone-Johnson, CEEDS and Landscape Studies, et al
Spend one week of your J-term at the Smith College Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station. We will spend our mornings learning about the natural and cultural history of the New England landscape with the MacLeish Field Station as our site. In the afternoons we will explore ways of sharing the significance of MacLeish (and the broader New England landscape) with a variety of audience types. The two significant goals of this course are to gain deep knowledge about the Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station and learn how to engage visitors in understanding and enjoying natural and cultural history. Transportation provided. Register for this class with the instructor: rbertone@smith.edu

Enrollment: 20   Cost: $0
January 13-17, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30p.m.
MacLeish Field Station (transportation provided)

302 Introduction to Animal Tracking

Scott Johnson, Outdoor Program
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 figure out what they were doing. These skills will make even a casual walk across campus an adventure. We will start on campus with the basics, and then head out into local wildlife refuges and state forests in search of critters from porcupines and weasels to fox and moose. Please dress for hiking outside.

Enrollment: 11   Cost: 0 - All equipment and transportation provided
January 14, 15, 16, from 1-5 p.m.
Meet at Paradise Pond Boathouse

Science & Technology

401 Introduction to GIS

Jon Caris, GIS Specialist, Environmental Studies, and Cory Keeler, Spatial Analysis Lab Fellow
Participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts underpinning Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Map Science. The course will cover basic ArcGIS software operations and enable participants to quickly take advantage of the software's powerful display and analysis capabilities. Project work is designed for participants to create, edit, display, query, and analyze geographic data. Cartographic design principals are reviewed and students will learn how to create map products suitable for publication or conference posters.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
January 13-17, from 1-3 p.m.
Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

402 Database Design and Development

Sarah A. Moriarty, Administrative Technology Services, and others
The course is composed of two modules: database design and interactive SQL. Each module will be taught in a two-hour classroom session and include interactive lecture and capstone exercise. Participants will follow along with examples in the lecture by completing the examples on their desktop or on a piece of paper. The remainder of the class period is dedicated to a capstone exercise in which participants apply the concepts they learned to a mini-project. For instance, participants will be asked to lay out a database architecture with data of their choosing.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
January 7 and 9, from 1-3 p.m.
Ford 241

403 Introduction to Java

Naomi Long '15 and Jessica Mann '15
A programming-intensive course that seeks to prepare students for CSC212. Teaches basic Java syntax, object-orientation in Java and meta-programming concepts like how to debug well and how to design good programs. Format will include live coding demonstrations and daily lab sessions. Work will include small coding assignments and short readings from a Java textbook. Some experience necessary, either through CSC111 or equivalent basic programming knowledge. This is a 2-week course.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
January 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 and 17, from 1-3:30 p.m.
Ford 241

404 Hydroponics Design Workshop

Maya Kutz '15 and the Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
Participants will learn about the design process through planning and building a single-chamber hydroponics system to take home. The scope of the course spans learning the science of hydroponics to choosing and buying supplies from a local specialty store. On the last day, everyone will turn on their fabricated designs and plant Sprout Pencils.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $10
January 13-17, from 3:15-5:15 p.m.
Green Street Annex, Classroom 101

405 Beginning Photoshop

Freda Moore '14
This course will introduce students to the basics of how to use Adobe Photoshop, including: tool functions, types of filters and image adjustments and when to use them, layers, layer masks, and basic photo editing. Students should be familiar with how to use Mac operating systems but no Photoshop experience is presupposed. This will be a hands-on course with all materials supplied, and handouts summarizing each day’s topics.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $2 for printed handouts
January 13-17, from 1-3 p.m.
Seelye B2


501 Improv for Everyone

Elise Parisian '16
Do you like to laugh? Do you enjoy making other people laugh? This course is for anyone who has interest in improvisational comedy and wants a low-pressure and fun environment in which to learn or practice the basics of improv. All experience levels welcome. Just bring your open mind and enthusiasm.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
January 13-17, from 3-5 p.m.
Seelye 107

Wellness & Sport

601 Yoga for EveryBody

Emily Carroll '16
Students will learn about the foundations of yoga through philosophy, basic anatomy and led practices built specifically for their needs and interests. Each day will include a discussion component and a practice created to emphasize and illuminate the discussion. Topics covered include alignment, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, inversions, backbends and restorative poses. No previous yoga experience required. NOTE: You must have a valid Smith College ID to enroll in this class.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: $5 photocopies
January 13-17, from 3-5 p.m.
Ainsworth Studio 151

602 The Body as a Teacher : Awareness Through Movement

Anne Rudnik, GR
Moshe Feldenkrais has said “When you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want.” In this course we will study our own movement patterns and, more broadly, how we move through life. Using the Feldenkrais Method®, students will be led though mindful movement exercises and discussions about habits, health, intentions and actions. We will investigate the movement of the spine while standing, sitting, and lying down, and how that movement affects breath, spontaneity, and emotions. By studying how we move, we can discover how we want to move. This course is especially useful for actors, athletes, dancers, scientists, musicians and anyone seeking a new way to learn. Bring your own mat or blanket

Enrollment: 25   Cost: 0
January 13-17, from 1-3 p.m.
Crew House Dance Studio

603 Winter Fitness: Fun Ways to Keep Fit No Matter What the Weather

Lisa Ritchie, GR
This 2-week class will introduce you to a variety of ways to stay fit and have fun this winter. No experience is necessary--just a desire to be active and try something new. Week 1 -- January 6-10 Monday: Indoor track and weight room workout Tuesday: Spinning in Studio 151 Wednesday: Hydro Fitness in the pool Thursday: Indoor climbing in Studio 304 Friday: Outdoor adventure-hike or snowshoe Week 2 -- January 13-17 Monday: Indoor track and weight room workout Tuesday: Squash and British raquetball Wednesday: Pool workout & stretching Thursday: Indoor climbing or spinning Friday: Outdoor adventure, hike or snowshoe NOTE: You must have a valid Smith College ID to enroll in this class.

Enrollment: 11   Cost: No cost. Snowshoes provided by Smith Outdoor Progr
January 6-10 and January 13-17, from 1-3 p.m.
See course description for schedule

604 Lead Sport Climbing

Scott Johnson, Outdoor Program
As you learn rock climbing, part of venturing out on your own might involve lead climbing, where protection is placed along the way instead of top-rope where the anchor is pre-set above you. This fun gymnastic course will review belaying basics, equipment, lead belaying, placing protection and anchoring on sport rock climbs. Previous experience with belaying and climbing highly recommended. NOTE: You must have a valid Smith College ID to enroll in this class.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: 0
January 14, 15, 16, from 10 a.m.-noon
Ainsworth 304

605 Meditation through Movement: QiGong/Tai Chi for Stress Release and Relaxation

Makani Freitas, Admission Office
The class will draw from ancient traditions and make them relevant to modern life. Among the goals are healing, growth, opening, connecting, working toward embodied wholeness and relaxation while feeling grounded and centered. We will honor our individual spiritual journey, work toward joy and peace and foster presence through compassionate self-discovery. No experience necessary. Bring your own mat. NOTE: You must have a valid Smith College ID to enroll in this class.

Enrollment: 25   Cost: 0
January 6-10 and 14, 16, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Jan. 6-10 in Ainsworth 151. Jan. 14 & 16 in Ainsworth 304


701 Kick Start Your Fiction

Peter Sapira, Jacobson Center
This workshop is based on Bonnie Friedman’s quote, “Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing.” In keeping with this sentiment, this workshop will use a variety of texts and video clips as jumping off points to create new stories. The goal of this workshop is to give students an inspiring, effective approach to create new writing, along with the tools to revise their own work.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
January 21, from 1-2:30 p.m.
Seelye 307

702 Everything you always Wanted to Know about Grammar but Were Afraid to Ask

Holly Davis, Jacobson Center
If you suffer from grammar phobia--if you are unsure about grammatical usage and terms--this workshop will ease your fears. In this workshop you will learn the ten most frequent grammar and usage errors made by student writers and tips on how to avoid them.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
January 22, from 9-10:30 a.m.
Seelye 307

703 Eight Days a Week: Time Management Strategies

Gail Thomas, Jacobson Center
Is your life running away with you? This workshop offers effective strategies for managing time, organizing course work, and planning projects. Topics will include achieving balance, changing habits, and facing procrastination.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
January 22, from 10:30-noon
Seelye 307

704 Reading Graphic Novels

Sara Eddy, Jacobson Center
More and more Smith professors assign graphic novels and memoirs as course readings, such as "Maus," "Fun Home" and "Abina and the Important Men." Most Smith students love these works, but few feel prepared to engage them intellectually in the same way they do a standard academic text. Your professors expect you to regard them as serious, rigorous work, but how do you read them? Is it the same process as you use for other class readings? What do the pictures mean? What do you need to know, in order to analyze a graphic novel or history or memoir? We’ll look at samples from several different graphic texts together, using Scott McCloud’s "Understanding Comics" as a guide. You will also try your hand at producing a few panels of a comic strip yourself.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
January 23, from 9-10:30 a.m.
Seelye 307

705 Writing from Experience: Personal Essay and Memoir

Naila Moreira,Jacobson Center
What is the best way to tell your own story? Mining your personal experiences to create written work offers both prizes and pitfalls. The manipulation of character, setting, and emotion to match real events can be delicate work, but can also provide a special poignancy. In this age of “I,” we’ll discuss effective memoirs and essays by well-known authors, then try our hand at our own personal writing.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
January 23, from 10:30-noon
Seelye 307

706 Write it Again--In Plain English

Brian Turner, Jacobson Center
In this workshop, we’ll review techniques to clarify and strengthen sentences. We’ll look at some poorly written sentences, take those sentences apart, and then put them together again – in plain English.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: 0
January 23, from 1-2:30 p.m.
Seelye 307

707 Make Your Case: Become a Stronger Public Speaker

Debra Carney, Jacobson Center
This workshop will present techniques for writing and delivering effective public presentations. We’ll discuss how to structure speeches, handle stage fright, rehearse, and use visual aids—among other speech-related topics. Participants will receive a public speaking assignment (a brief elevator pitch-style speech) prior to the workshop.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: 0
January 24, from 10:30 a.m.-noon
Seelye 307