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These are examples of Special Offerings last year, 2013-14

In addition to offerings listed below, the Lazarus Center for Career Development, the Wurtele Center for Work & Life and The Jacobson Center all offer great workshops for students during interterm.

Buddhist Studies

January 5-17, 2014

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Mass.

Buddhist Studies is offering Smith students an opportunity to participate in the Nalanda program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Mass, from January 6 to January 18. Places in the program are reserved for 15 Smith students until December 1, when registration will be open to all. See the Buddhist studies website to learn more.


Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century

January 6, 7 and 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Smith College Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS) is offering a three-day workshop on environmental leadership. Participants will engage in training sessions and interact and network with like-minded students and alumnae in a varietyof environmental fields, with the goal of developing a clarity of purpose and skills useful for a lifetime of meaningful and effective environmental action. The workshop will be held at Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately. Transportation between Smith and the field station will be provided, as will a continental-type breakfast and lunch. Open to undergraduate students from the Five Colleges.

Register on the CEEDS website. Email jbenkley@smith.edu for more information.

Workshop on Nonviolence: Strategy and Spirit

January 13-17, from 1 to 3 p.m. , Seelye 102

This course will be an introduction to Active Nonviolence, with an emphasis on its origins as a spiritual practice used to create social change. Active Nonviolence is not characterized by pacifism alone, but is rather a strategic practice based in the belief that "peace is not the absence of tension but the presence of justice" (Martin Luther King). Participants will be introduced to its historical roots through a look at nonviolent social movements, such as the United States civil rights movement, and gain some exposure to the spiritual and religious convictions that were at its foundation. We will see how these strategies can be applied to various aspects of life such as interpersonal communication, community living, leadership and social justice work. Participants will have an opportunity to present their reflections at the annual Northampton commemoration of Martin Luther King on Monday, January 20, and to meet and work with community activitst involved in creating significant social change using nonviolence.

For details and registration, email Matilda Cantwell, Interfaith Fellow in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (mcantwell@smith.edu).

Translation: The Ethics of Interpretation

Friday, January 24, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ford 240

The Lewis Global Studies Center Workshop presents Translation: The Ethics of Interpretation, a one-day multidisciplinary workshop featuring theorists and practitioners of translating, including students working in translation studies. Panelists with a wide array of expertise and interests will discuss the ethics, politics and practice of translating words, thoughts and ideas from one language and culture into another. Free to undergraduate students at the Five Colleges. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Register on the Lewis Global Studies Center website. Email global@smith.edu for more information.


Wilderness First-Aid

January 25 and 26, 2014

Open to everyone. This two-year medical certification is great for anyone planning on spending time outdoors, leading trips or simply interested in learning more about practical skills for handling emergencies in the backcountry. Contact Scott Johnson in the Outdoor Adventure Program at sjohnson@smith.edu to register or for more details. Free if you are a student interested in becoming a 2014 Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leader. All others $150.

What You Need To Know to Hike New England

Monday, January 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Campus Center 003

If you want to learn about local hiking trips while developing valuable leadership skills, join the Smith Outing Club for a one-day outdoor leadership training. After finishing this workshop, you will be comfortable exploring local trails, and you will be eligible to lead trips with the Outing Club. No experience is necessary, and a tasty lunch is included. Enrollment limited to 15. Lunch provided.

Click here to register.

Interm at the Five Colleges

Mount Holyoke College

January 2–17, 2014

Mount Holyoke College's Intersession offers a variety of noncredit classes, from cooking to marketing.

Hampshire College

Seed Savings for Home, Garden and Farm
January 12–17, 2014

Native Seeds/SEARCH Seed School
January 6–17, 2014

For more information about these two programs, contact Professor Winship at ljwNS@hampshire.edu. Registration begins November 11. Five College students register through their own registration process.

Amherst College

See the Amerst Interterm Program for information about their offerings.