Can You Learn This Month?
The weather may not feel
like it, but the calendar says it’s January. At Smith,
that means another Interterm Program, a month-long series
of non-credit courses taught by Smith community members --
students, staff, faculty, alumnae and associates.
The , now in its ninth year, offers courses on a range
of topics and techniques. This year’s program, which
begins Monday, Jan. 8, and runs through Friday, Jan. 26, offers
nearly three dozen weeklong courses and several workshops
that might entice the curiosity of those still on campus.
As part of the Interterm
Program, the Career Development Office offers several job-search
workshops, and the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and
Learning hosts a series of its own workshops.
And from January 9 through
26, the Interterm Film Series offers a lineup of thought-provoking
screenings, each preceded by a discussion led by a Smith faculty
member or administrator.
News & Events will profile
a few Interterm 2007 courses as they approach on the calendar:
January 8-12, 3:15-5:15 p.m., Wright Hall 200
Instructor: Huelo Dunn ’07
Huelo Dunn learned to knit from
her grandmother when she was 7 years old, she says, “but
it didn’t become an obsession for me until college.”
As an obsessive knitter, Dunn
has fielded countless questions on the various techniques
of knitting hats, gloves, socks, sweaters and scarves. She
chose to focus her Interterm course on knitting legwarmers,
she says, “because they’re simple and cute, and
they give students the opportunity to learn to knit on circular
needles, or ‘in the round,’ as most knitters call
Knowing how to knit in the round
is necessary to create hats, gloves, socks and other such
garments, explains Dunn, as opposed to the back-and-forth
technique using two straight needles to create a scarf, for
example. “Knitting in the round is the most important
technique that students will learn in my class,” she
Though she has not taught a knitting
class before, Dunn has taught knitting one-on-one to many
friends and family members. And as a sales representative
at Webs, America’s Yarn Store, a popular retail outlet
on Pleasant Street in downtown Northampton, she greatly bolstered
her knitting knowledge.
Dunn plans to maintain a fun,
mellow atmosphere in her class, she says, “where students
can enjoy knitting, and can feel confident asking questions.”
And when they’re finished,
says Dunn, they will come away with a new knitting technique,
confidence to try other techniques, and the ability to create
a small wardrobe of winter regalia -- that, and at least one
pair of snappy legwarmers.