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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.

Information regarding the Neilson Lecture Series for Fall 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 in the lower level room of the Conference Center, unless otherwise noted.  Talks begin at approximately 12:10 p.m., a complimentary lunch is offered for the first 50 attendees (first come, first served). Spring 2022 dates are forthcoming.

Date Lecture Presenter(s)
September 16 Full Meddle Jacket: Making and Marketing Ernest Hemingway Michael Thurston, Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature
September 23

Freedom, Society, and Childrearing in the Arab World

Susanna Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies
September 30 Using the VAST Challenge in the Undergraduate Classroom: Lessons from the Trenches Jordan Crouser, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
October 7

Data Science Corps - Wrangle, Analyze, Visualize: Experiential Learning in Community Organizations

Ben Baumer, Associate Professor of Statistical & Data Sciences

Denys Candy, Director, Jandon Center for Community Engagement

October 14 What if some UFOs are aliens? James Miller, Professor of Economics

October 21

Small But Mighty Neighbors of the Sun: Exploring Abundant Star Systems Vastly Unlike Our Own  Kimberly Ward-Duong, Assistant Professor of Astronomy
October 28 Family, Empire, and Ethnicity in Exemplary Biographies of the Early Qing  Jessica Moyer, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
November 11 Post-9/11 Fiction from The Perspective of the Feared: H.M. Naqvi’s *Home Boy* Ambreen Hai, Professor of English Language and Literature
November 18 Everything I Need to Know About Mistakes and Feedback I Learned from Kindergarten Maleka Donaldson, Assistant Professor of Education and Child Study
December 2 Plant-insect interactions under global environmental change  Mariana Abarca, Assistant Professor of Biological 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.