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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.

Fall 2021

Information regarding the Neilson Lecture Series for the fall of 2021 is forthcoming.

Lecture Dates and Titles

Information is forthcoming.

Liberal Arts Luncheons

Liberal Arts Luncheons are sponsored by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and in 2021-22, we are rebooting the series in response to faculty interests. LALs will be held on Thursdays via Zoom until after spring break. When we return from spring break, we will reassess and plan to resume in person, in the Neilson Browsing Room, unless otherwise noted.  Talks begin at approximately 12:10 p.m., when in person, a complimentary lunch is offered for the first 40 attendees (first come, first served). This spring, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Liberal Arts Luncheons.

Date Lecture Presenter(s)
February 10

#ilivewhereyouvacation: Covid, Curfews, and Ocean views

Traci-Ann Wint, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
February 17 Some Reflections on Piano Playing and Teaching Jiayan Sun, Assistant Professor of Music
March 3

Carbon Neutrality in US Higher Education: What Does Leadership Look Like?

Alex Barron, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

Lucy Metz '22, Engineering

March 10 “Lying flat," Slackers, and "Buddha Chill" Sabina Knight, Professor of World Literatures

March 24

Space Invaders: How Satellite Swarms are Changing the Sky James Lowenthal, Professor of Astronomy
March 31 Brought to Life: Painted Wooden Sculpture from Europe, 1300-1700 Danielle Carrabino, Curator of Painting & Sculpture, SCMA
April 7 Learning the laws of nature through AI: System identification through neural networks Luca Capogna, Professor of Mathematics
April 14 Creating a season at Chester Theatre Company Daniel Kramer, Professor of Theatre
April 21 Degrees of Freedom: The Art of Citizenry Chris Aiken, Associate Professor of Dance
April 28 What if? Meister Eckhart and the 14th century Reformation that wasn't John Connolly, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Provost Emeritus

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.