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Each academic year the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty offers a variety of lectures, luncheons and faculty development workshops that feature Smith faculty and visiting professors.
Bruce R. Smith, 2022-23 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies

Bruce R Smith, Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies (Fall 2022)

Bruce R. Smith’s interests include Shakespeare, sound studies, Queer studies, and media studies, often in combination. His books include Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare’s England (Chicago, 1991), The Acoustic World of Early Modern England: Attending to the O-Factor (Chicago, 1999), Shakespeare and Masculinity (Oxford, 2000), The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture (Chicago, 2009), Phenomenal Shakespeare (Wiley Blackwell, 2010), and Shakespeare | Cut: Rethinking Cutwork in an Age of Distraction (Oxford, 2016). Smith’s full CV is available.

Fall 2022 Lecture Dates and Information

Renaissance Poetry Across Media

In our own media-savvy time, we realize that what gets communicated is very much a function of how it gets communicated. These three lectures investigate manuscript, print, sculpture, architecture and music as media for communicating 16th and 17th century poems in Shakespeare's England.

Lecture Date Lecture Title
Monday, September 26 Poetry, Media and Across
Monday, October 31 Poetry, Sculpture and Architecture
Tuesday, November 29 Poetry and Music

All lectures will take place in the Neilson Browsing Room and begin at 5 p.m.

This series is hosted by the Department of English and made possible by the Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Endowment for Renaissance Studies.


Liberal Arts Luncheons

Liberal Arts Luncheons are sponsored by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. LALs will be held on Thursdays in the Neilson Browsing Room, unless otherwise noted.  Talks begin at approximately 12:10 p.m.,  a complimentary lunch is offered for the first 40 attendees (first come, first served). 

Date Lecture Presenter(s)

September 21

Paradiplomacy in Hard Times: Cooperation and Confrontation in Subnational US-China Relations

Sara Newland, Assistant Professor of Government 
September 28 The Persistent Presence of Absence Pamela Petro, Lecturer of English Language & Literature, Jacobson Center
October 5

Proust’s Madeleine: To Eat, or not to Eat–That is the Question

Martine Gantrel, Professor of French Studies

October 12 The neurodevelopmental mechanisms linking environmental experience and executive function Maya Rosen, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

October 26

Adventures with Amoebae Laura Katz, Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences 
November 9 The PLACE Lab: Centering community-building, art and justice in the field of plant physiology Jess Gersony, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
November 16 21st Century Soothsayer: Modern Divination in an Uncertain World T. Susan Chang, Lecturer of English Language & Literature, Jacobson Center
November 30 How to swim through goo Becca Thomases, Professor of Mathematical Sciences
December 7 Accountable Datasets: Social Advocacy and the Shaping of Public Interest Knowledge Lindsay Poirier, Mass Mutual Assistant Professor of Statistical and Data Sciences 

Sigma Xi Luncheons

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, meets regularly for talks and a complimentary lunch throughout the year. Talks are open to all faculty, staff and students.

Talks begin at approximately 12:10 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. A complimentary lunch is offered in McConnell Foyer. Please visit the Sigma Xi website for the schedule.

Faculty Development Events

The Office of the Provost offers a variety of faculty development workshops and events throughout the year. Please visit the office’s Faculty Development webpage for the schedule.




Celebrating Collaborations

“Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together” showcases and celebrates the scholarly work of Smith College students. Students present the results of their senior theses, independent study projects, research seminars and other creative work as part of oral sessions, panels, poster sessions, exhibits and performances.