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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.

Faculty Development Workshops

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, in partnership with academic leaders, is offering the following faculty development workshops throughout May 2018.

Please note some workshops may require an application process. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia DiBartolo, at

May 4, 2018

Radical Listening: Developing Capacity for Attending and Connecting Within and Beyond Classrooms

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Conference Center Oak Room
Hosted by the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning

Please RSVP to by April 30.

In increasingly tense and divisive times, it can be especially difficult to listen to one another across differences of identity, position, and perspective. In this workshop, which has been very well received in classroom, professional conference, and campus community settings, we will consider some theoretical underpinnings of listening, experience practices that prompt critical reflection, and generate takeaways for classrooms and other contexts on campus in which listening to one another is essential to fostering communication, thoughtful engagement, and belonging.

Focus: Teaching
Intended Audience: Faculty and Staff

Workshop Leader

Alison Cook-Sather

Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education at Bryn Mawr College, Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges

May 7, 2018

Three Simple Technology-Enabled Strategies that Enhance Classroom Learning

12-4 p.m.
Seelye Hall 301
Hosted by the Ad-hoc Faculty Working Group on Learning and Technology

Enrollment limited to 25. Please RSVP to by noon on May 4th.

Are you interested in assessing how well your students are synthesizing course knowledge throughout the semester? Eager to connect your students to outside experts in your field? Exploring collaborative feedback and writing mechanisms to strengthen students' written voice and understanding of texts? Join Michael Barresi, Simon Halliday and Kevin Shea as they share three easy-to-use, technology-enabled practices to accomplish these pedagogical goals. You will have time to try out these practices and talk with peers about how to plan, implement and assess the effectiveness of their use, with support from Smith IT staff. Faculty should bring a technology device (laptop, tablet) and are welcome to bring a course syllabus. Lunch will be provided. Facilitated by Lauren Duncan, Professor of Psychology, and Samantha Earp, Vice President for Information Technology.

Focus: Teaching
Intended Audience: Faculty

Workshop Leaders

Michael Barresi

Professor, Biological Sciences

Simon Halliday

Assistant Professor, Economics

Kevin Shea

Professor, Chemistry

May 8 & 9, 2018 (both days)

Now What? A Design Thinking Approach for Mid-Career Faculty

May 8: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 9: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Capen Annex
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, the Design Thinking Initiative

Enrollment limited to 16. Please RSVP to Borjana Mikic ( by May 4th.

The shift from Assistant to Associate Professor represents a big career transition for faculty. At this rank, faculty can experience some trepidation as they wonder about big questions, including what life should/might be like post-tenure and how to layer in more robust service expectations. Too often, faculty do not take the time to think holistically about this transition or how the various pieces of our professional lives might act more synergistically with one another and with who we are as individuals beyond the world of work. Design Thinking provides a framework for actively designing this next career phase and reframing vexing problems and sticking points. If you are an Associate Professor and could use some dedicated time and space to thinking more holistically about your professional work, please join Patty and Borjana for this workshop. Participants will be asked to do a short preparatory assignment (ungraded, we promise!) as well as an assignment between days 1 and 2 of the workshop. All participants will receive a copy of the Dave Evans and Bill Burnett book, Designing Your Life, at the end of the workshop.

Focus: Holistic
Intended Audience: All Associate Professors (including those Assistant Professors who received tenure this year and will be promoted to Associate next year)

Workshop Leaders

Borjana Mikic

Faculty Co-Director, Design Thinking Initiative

Patricia DiBartolo

Associate Dean of Faculty, Dean for Academic Development

May 9, 2018

Publishing Workshop: From Proposal to Shelf (or the Cloud)

12-1:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall Common Room
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Please RSVP by May 4th.

Lever Press provides workshops for faculty on aspects of the scholarly publishing process, focusing on monograph-length scholarship. In this general overview workshop, we will cover the nuts and bolts of going from proposal to bookshelf (or the cloud). We will address the three main areas of book publishing that are of interest to scholars: acquisitions, production, and marketing, although there will be an emphasis on the acquisitions process. Attendees will learn how to know what you can and can’t use from a dissertation in a book manuscript, write an effective proposal, know when it’s time to make contact with a publisher, find the right publisher for them, distinguish the roles of the acquisitions editor and editorial assistant, understand the peer review and board processes, handle rejection, negotiate a contract, prepare their projects for production, approach ideas for a cover, make suggestions for marketing, and promote their books. There will be ample time for questions at the end of the workshop. For more information on Lever Press, see this recent article from Inside Higher Ed.

Focus: Scholarship
Intended Audience: Any faculty member who is planning a book proposal. May be particularly relevant to first-time authors as well as the chairs/directors or senior colleagues who mentor them.

Workshop Leader

Beth Boukoulos

Senior Aquisition Editor, Lever Press/Amherst College

Beth Bouloukos attended Hamilton College and received her doctorate from Cornell University where she researched Latin American literature, film, and culture through a feminist lens. Before beginning at Amherst College and Lever Press, she acquired books in education, Latin American/Latinx studies, and gender and sexuality studies at SUNY Press for seven years. She is particularly interested in projects that link theory to praxis and that give a platform to historically marginalized voices. She has also served as a visiting assistant professor at Fairfield University and the University at Albany, SUNY.

May 9, 2018

Accessible Instructional Materials

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Seelye Hall Room B2
Hosted by Educational Technology Services

Enrollment limited to 15. Please RSVP to Tom Laughner ( by May 4th.

Participants in this workshop will review the simple tools available at Smith to help assure students have full access to text, images, audion, and video materials for use in their courses.

Focus: Teaching
Intended Audience: Faculty

Workshop Leaders

Jo Cannon

Associate Director, Information Technology Services

Laura Rauscher

Director, Disability Services

Dominique Tremblay

Circulation Associate, Smith College Libraries

Lisa Roberge

Administrative Assistant, Disability Services

Rob Eveleigh

Five College Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Coordinator

May 15, 2018

Faculty Development Strategic Planning Playback Session

12-2:30 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Please RSVP by May 4th.

In order to understand faculty lives across the arc of their academic careers using a holistic view, the Associate Dean of Faculty (ADOF) has gathered feedback and input about the college's faculty development efforts throughout this past academic year. This playback workshop will share all of the gathered feedback and ask participants to help explore the themes, challenges, and solutions that emerged (as well as any important missing elements). In this way, faculty are invited to help give shape to, and provide critical input into, the white paper that will create a roadmap for the college's future efforts.

Focus: Holistic
Intended Audience: Faculty

Workshop Leader

Patricia DiBartolo

Associate Dean of Faculty, Dean for Academic Development

May 18, 2018

Liberal Arts Advising Workshop

10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Class Deans Office

Please RSVP to Kayla Cheneba ( by May 14th.

This workshop is aimed at new and newish Liberal Arts Advisers as well as those of us who advise students informally outside that framework. We will go over the basics of Liberal Arts Advising – what it is and how to do it, including time to discuss specific questions that came up this past year for first-time advisers. We will also discuss some case studies to help you anticipate the kinds of situations you might encounter as an adviser, and to start developing strategies for addressing them. This workshop is being offered in response to feedback from new advisers that they would like more preparation than was available through the fall Adviser Orientation meeting.

Focus: Teaching/Advising
Intended Audience: Any faculty or staff interested in advising are welcome to attend this workshop, and all new Liberal Arts Advisers are encouraged to attend. 

Workshop Leaders

Scott Bradbury

Director, Liberal Arts Advising

Jane Stangl

Dean of the First-Year Class

May 21, 2018

Breaking into the Conversation: Helping Students Write with Authority in the Disciplines

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Campus Center 205
Hosted by the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning, the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Writing and Public Discourse

Enrollment limited to 25. Please RSVP by May 7th.

This workshop will offer Smith faculty ideas about how they can help their students compose complex arguments that actively participate in the conversations scholars are currently having about a text or topic in their discipline. Some college students don’t understand how professional scholarship relates to their own academic writing, while others are intimidated by it, fearing that their exposure to scholarship will threaten their own voice and point of view. The workshop will give you tools to present published scholarship to students as instead the springboard for their own arguments and original thinking. We’ll address strategies that students can use to relate their opinions to published scholarly arguments, and how they can open a space for their own arguments in ongoing scholarly debates. We’ll also address how design thinking can be applied to the teaching of writing, and whether design’s interdisciplinary outlook can give students new ways to transport writing skills from one course or discipline to another. Participants are encouraged to bring to the workshop a course syllabus or writing assignment that they would like to discuss or revise.

Focus: Teaching
Intended Audience: All faculty, especially instructors of writing-intensive and writing-rich courses, as well as faculty interested in the intersection of design thinking and writing studies.

Workshop Leader

Mark Gaipa

Mark Gaipa teaches in the Writing Program at Northwestern University, where he teaches the first-year Design Thinking & Communication course in the Segal Design Institute. After receiving a doctorate in English Literature from Brown University, Mark taught writing and literature in the Expository Writing program at Harvard, where he developed the ideas that appear in his article “Breaking into the Conversation,” which provides the foundation for this workshop. Mark is also a founding member of the Modernist Journals Project, where he currently serves as senior editor. His scholarship includes essays on little magazines, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Martin Luther King, and he recently co-edited The Little Review Ulysses, a new edition of Joyce’s novel based on its 1918-1920 serialization in The Little Review.

May 21, 2018

Outside the Box: Integrating Courses and Research with the Development of the Landscape Master Plan Over the Next Academic Year

10-11:30 a.m.
Seelye Hall Room 301
Hosted by the Botanic Garden, Sustainability and Campus Planning

Please RSVP to by May 4th.

Smith is launching a new landscape master planning process this summer and we are seeking curricular collaboration on this momentous project throughout the next academic year. We believe that key areas for update in a new plan will focus on the role of the landscape in academic success across disciplines, as well as considerations of wellbeing, operations, aesthetics, history, bio-productivity, ecosystem services, and climate change. Whether you are already using the unique offerings of our campus landscape in your teaching and research, or you are looking for a new opportunity for students to address real-world challenges in their own front yards, members of the landscape planning committee want to hear from you about how your work can be integrated into the landscape planning process and how we can facilitate deep, meaningful student engagement.

Focus: Holistic
Intended Audience: Faculty

Workshop Leader

Tim Johnson

Director, Botanical Garden

Dano Weisbord

Director of Sustainability and Campus Planning, Vice President of Finance and Administration

May 22, 2018

The Op-Ed Project

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Conference Center
Hosted by the Office of the President

Enrollment limited to 20. To apply, send a letter of interest to by May 7th. In it, describe: 1) any public or mainstream writing you done in the past; and 2) what you might consider as topic/s for an op-ed. Enrollment will be confirmed by May 1st.

In an era when public debate is increasingly fractious, news editors are eager to publish opinions by informed and innovative thinkers. At the same time, we know that there is a desire among the Smith faculty to shape the national conversation around important issues. To that end, Smith is again partnering with the Op-Ed Project on a one-day workshop designed to help Smith faculty develop opinion pieces for use in the media. The goals of the Op-Ed Project align strongly with Smith’s. One of the organization’s fundamental efforts is to increase the number of under-represented voices — including those of women — in key commentary forums. Further, the Op-Ed Project aims to connect knowledgeable sources with key editors in a range of traditional and new media. The workshop is designed to ensure that each participant ends the day with a strong outline of an op-ed suitable for submission to media. Op-Ed Project consultants and college staff can provide further guidance and information on possible submission outlets. Enrollment is limited due to the interactive nature of the workshop.

Focus: Scholarship/Leadership
Intended Audience:  Faculty eager to share their opinions in order to shape the national conversation around timely issues.

Workshop Leaders

The Op-Ed Project

May 22 & 23, 2018 (both days)

Summer Institute: Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnership

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Campus Center 204
Hosted by the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning

Enrollment limited to 10. While applications were due April 1st, there are a limited number of spaces left. If you are interested, please contact for further information.

A maximum of 10 Smith College faculty members will spend two full days on the following:

  • Reading and discussing relevant publications on student-faculty partnerships.
  • Focusing on the potential of partnerships to interrupt bias, to support the development of classrooms more welcoming to a diversity of students, and contribute to the design of inclusive curricula.
  • Hearing from students at Smith and elsewhere about their experiences and perspectives on learning, teaching and partnership.
  • Preparing to participate in a partnership during the 2017–18 academic year.

Each faculty participant will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the institute’s intensive, two-day interactive workshop.

For more information about the program, please refer to our Pedagogical Partnership Page.

Focus: Teaching
Intended Audience: Faculty

Workshop Leader

Alison Cook-Sather

Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education at Bryn Mawr College, Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges

May 23, 2018

Open Educational Resources: Cutting Costs, Not Quality

1-3 p.m.
Location TBD
Hosted by the Library Committee and the Library Open Educational Resources Team

Please RSVP to Jack Loveless ( by May 4th.

Concerned about the ever-increasing cost of textbooks for your courses? Interested in exploring the best available online instructional materials? The Open Educational Resources project seeks to increase the adoption of free to low-cost materials in courses, addressing a concern about the high cost of textbooks voiced by many students in last year's Campus Climate survey. Please join us for a workshop designed to help faculty members discover and put to use — and perhaps to contribute to — the rich array of freely accessible educational materials now available to us. Brendan O'Connell and Elisa Lanzi, who are leading the Libraries' OER team, will offer insight into ways in which we can work with the Libraries and Information Technology Services to incorporate existing OERs into teaching, as well as develop and distribute resources created by Smith faculty.

Focus: Teaching
Intended Audience:  Faculty interested in learning more about reducing the cost of textbooks for students through usage and development of freely available resources.

Workshop Leaders

Jack Loveless

Associate Professor, Geosciences

Brendan O'Connell

Instructional Technology Librarian, Smith College Libraries

Elisa Lanzi

Director, Digital Strategies and Services, Smith College Libraries

May 24, 2018

Microresistance: A Powerful Antidote to Microaggression

1-4 p.m.
Davis Ballroom
Hosted by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, Human Resources

Enrollment limited to 50. Please RSVP to by May 14th.

We often discuss ways to lead difficult dialogues amongst our students, and even ways to serve as allies to students experiencing classroom-based microaggressions. However, what do we do when we ourselves are the targets of microaggressions or when we witness colleagues who are the targets of microaggressions? This workshop will examine ways in which microaggressions particularly impact women of all races and ethnicities, faculty and staff of color, and LGBT faculty and staff in academia. In response, we can use constructive tools to help ourselves and to serve as allies to our colleagues. This focus on empowerment allows us to take action in our local environments, thereby lessening the impact upon colleagues when microaggressions occur and potentially shifting the culture around us.

Focus: Holistic
Intended Audience: Faculty and Staff

Workshop Leaders

Floyd Cheung

Director, Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning

Tasha Souza

Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Communication, Boise State University

Cynthia Ganote

Associate Professor of Sociology, Saint Mary's College of California

May 29, 2018

Launching into a Summer of Productive Scholarship

9 a.m.-4 p.m. (workshop from 9-10 a.m., write-on-site to follow until 4 p.m.)
Ford Hall 240 (Picker Case Study Room)
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning

Please RSVP by May 15th.

This workshop will begin with a brief presentation on the concept and practices of writing groups as a means of accomplishing regular scholarly writing. We will highlight the range of groups currently established here and provide space for faculty at the workshop to indicate their interest in establishing/joining a writing group. The remainder of the workshop will be a write-on-site opportunity, modeling one approach to writing groups at its start, with a quiet space and refreshments provided.

Focus: Scholarship
Intended Audience: All Faculty

Workshop Leader

Floyd Cheung

Director, Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning

Patricia DiBartolo

Associate Dean of Faculty, Dean for Academic Development

May 30, 2018

Tenure and Promotion Workshop

9-11 a.m.
Dewey Hall Common Room
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Please RSVP to Hayley Spizz ( by May 4th.

The Office of the Provost invites faculty members to attend a workshop on the Tenure and Promotion process. This session will provide an opportunity for anyone approaching tenure and/or promotion reviews to meet with former members of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, Bill Peterson, Patricia DiBartolo, and Hayley Spizz. The presenters will share information about tenure and promotion review processes, offer advice on preparing materials, and answer questions. This workshop is offered each January and May and faculty members may attend as often as they wish.

Focus: Holistic
Intended Audience:  Tenure-track and tenured faculty approaching tenure and/or promotion reviews

Workshop Leaders

Hayley Spizz

Faculty Policies Specialist

Patricia DiBartolo

Associate Dean of Faculty, Dean for Academic Development

Bill Peterson

Associate Provost

Andrew Guswa

Professor of Engineering, former member of the Committee on Tenure and Promotion

May 30 & 31, 2018 (both days)

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Core Workshop

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Theatre 114
Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability, Clark Science Center

Enrollment limited to 16. Please RSVP to James Lowenthal ( by May 11th.

Want to advance your public communication skills a giant leap forward? Please consider joining this first-ever May Faculty Workshop at Smith that is open to all faculty — not just scientists. On Wednesday and Thursday, May 30 and 31, facilitators from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science will lead an intensive two-day workshop for up to 16 participants. The Alda Center has developed a highly successful curriculum combining public speaking exercises and interactive assessment with theater improv techniques to enhance connection with any audience. They have reached thousands of professional scientists and other academics as well as industry leaders hoping to improve their communication skills. You will leave with many new and effective techniques and rich experience in sharing your scholarship with students, colleagues, and the public. Open to all faculty — not just scientists. Funded by the Provost’s Office, CEEDS, the Science Center, the Sherrerd Center, and the Wurtele Center.

Focus: Teaching
Intended Audience: Faculty (all ranks)

Workshop Leader

Alda Communication Training Company, LLC

Liberal Arts Luncheons

Liberal Arts Luncheons are sponsored by the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) and take place from 12:00-1:00 in the Paradise Room of the Smith College Conference Center, uness otherwise noted.

Date Lecture Presenter(s)
February 1, 2018 The Risks and Rewards of Public Scholarship in Contemporary America Carrie Baker, Study of Women and Gender
February 8, 2018 Politics and Poetry in the Translation of Swiss-French Plays Kiki Gounaridou, Theatre
February 15, 2018 Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa Kim Dionne, Government
February 22, 2018 Dusk at MacLeish: Graphic Poems and the Arts Afield Initiative Pamela Petro and Naila Moreira
March 1, 2018 Queer Men's Desire and the Digital Life of HIV Prevention Technologies Rory Crath, School for Social Work
March 8, 2018 Short-term, Faculty-led Study Abroad and Global Citizenship Identification Lucy Mule, Shannon Audley, Education & Child Study, and Kate Aloisio, Institutional Research 
March 15, 2018 No Liberal Arts Luncheon (Spring Break)  
March 22, 2018 The Poetry of Medieval Healing Charms Nancy Bradbury, English
March 29, 2018 Setting the Tone: Preparation for Perception and Action Chris Aiken, Dance
April 5, 2018 The Italian Approach to Recycling Food and Land: Massimo Bottura and Libera Terra Giovanna Bellesia, Italian Studies
April 12, 2018 Educating for Servitude: Indigenous Children and the Indian Boarding School Movement Alice Hearst, Government
April 19, 2018 Translating Vichy and the Nazi Occupation of France:
Why do it? And what are the problems? 
David Ball, French Studies (Emeritus)
April 26, 2018 Quantum Computing Joseph O'Rourke, Computer Science

The Katharine Asher Engel Lectureship at Smith College was established in 1958 by the National Council of Jewish Women to honor the memory of Mrs. Engel, its onetime president, a graduate of Smith College, 1920. Mrs. Engel's life was one of generous participation in educational, civic, religious and welfare activities. In endowing the lectureship, the council hoped to "create a bond between a remarkable woman, her college, and the organization to which she was devoted." Under the terms of the grant, the holder of the annual lectureship must be a member of the Smith College faculty who has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge in his or her field.

In 2018-19, the 61st annual Engel lecture will be presented by Michael Gorra, Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language & Literature.

Photo of Michael Gorra
Michael Gorra came to Smith in 1985, and works primarily with 19th- and 20th-century fiction.

His most recent book, Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of An American Masterpiece (2012) was a finalist for several prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Earlier books include The Bells in Their Silence: Travels through Germany (2004); After Empire: Scott, Naipaul, Rushdie (1997); and The English Novel at Mid-Century (1990).

As editor Gorra has put together volumes of stories by Joseph Conrad and Henry James for Penguin, along with the Norton Critical Editions of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, including a Public Scholar Award, and a National Book Critics Circle award for his work as a reviewer. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Review of Books, the TLSThe Atlantic, and The New York Times Book Review, among others, and his travel essays have twice been included in the annual volumes of Best American Travel Writing. In 2014 he was a judge for the National Book Award in fiction.

Gorra's current book-in-progress is William Faulkner’s Civil War.

All lectures are free and open to the public.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Singing With Your Pants On Fire: Musical Lies in a Post-Truth World

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Kate Soper, Iva Dee Hiatt Assistant Professor of Music

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Misconceptions about conception and other fallacies: historical bias in reproductive biology

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Virginia Hayssen, Mary Maples Dunn Professor of Biological Sciences

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Borrowing Time: Inscriptions of Class and Memory

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Lynne Yamamoto, Jessie Wells Post Professor of Art

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Playing for Change: Out-of-School Programming's Quest to Close Opportunity Gaps

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Sam Intrator, Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Education and Child Study

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Engineering & Hearing:  Sound transmission through the ear

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Susan Voss, Achilles Professor of Engineering

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Posthuman Bliss: A Combustible Mix of Flaws and Fantasy

5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106
Presented by Susan Levin, Professor of Philosophy and Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities

This fall, Niall Kirkwood joins the Smith College community as the 2017 William Allan Neilson Professor. Hosted by the landscape studies and engineering departments, Kirkwood will deliver three public lectures in a series called Design Matters: Landscape Practices, Pedagogy and Projects, which will address the changing nature of the contemporary environment and the role of design, planning and engineering in confronting alternative forms of practice, pedagogy and project types. Kirkwood will use materials from three of the current courses he teaches at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to draw out principles and precedents. Videos of the lectures will be available on the Kahn Institute website following each lecture.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Design Matters: Practices

"Flying Toilets and Oyster Shells: Landscape Design Practices for the New Environmental Reality"
3-5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, hosted by the Department of Landscape Studies

Emerging modes of practice by young designers in landscape design and engineering to address the changing nature of environmental problems and conditions are introduced along with their ambitions and directions to address informal settlements and topics in climate change. The Offices of KDI in Kibera, Kenya, and Scape in New York, led by graduates from the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University GSD, are highlighted. The material of this lecture is taken from Kirkwood’s graduate lecture/workshop GSD 7241: The Practices of Landscape Architecture.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Design Matters: Pedagogy

"Fifth Industrial Revolution: An Index of Current Landscape and Engineering Teaching and Research"
5–6 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, hosted by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

The City of Ulsan in the Republic of Korea is introduced as a laboratory of industrial ecology and a locale of shifting economies and inventive environments addressing energy, waste and metabolism. In particular the so-named 'Fifth Industrial Revolution' is discussed as a systematic transformation combining new methods of manufacture with changes to resources identity and the meanings of nature and the natural. Recent design studios based in the Republic of Korea will address a range of alternative futures for the modern industrial city at a time of changing environmental, economic and social realities. The material of this lecture is taken from Kirkwood’s graduate advanced studios GSD 1406: Seoul Remade and GSD 1409: Ulsan Remade as well as research from the Center for Technology and Environment (CTE) at the Harvard Design School.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Design Matters: Projects

"Poetics of Construction: Seeing, Judging and Thinking in the Contemporary Landscape"
5–6 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, hosted by the Department of Engineering

Design in landscape architecture constructively engages in the making and remaking of cleared or reused sites either through development, regeneration, preservation or conservation. This engagement has environmental, social and expressive aims. Among these are the ideas of 'soft' engineering, the development and application of traditional and emerging technologies in landscape architecture, and the concerns of durability, weathering and resilience of material and assembly over time. A range of projects addressing microclimate, soil erosion, pollutants and water control will illustrate the role of the planner and designer in shaping the contemporary world. The material of this lecture is taken from Kirkwood’s graduate lecture/workshop GSD 6242: Ecologies, Techniques and Technologies IV.

Niall Kirkwood
Niall Kirkwood is a landscape architect, technologist and tenured professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has taught full-time since 1992. He holds the Dr. Gerard O’Hare Visiting Chair at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and has held faculty appointments at Beijing University, China Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Korea University, Seoul, and was on the advisory council, School of Architecture University of Hong Kong (2010–14). He is the founding professor and dean of landscape architecture, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Beijing University (BUCEA), and a member of the senior advisory board of the Rural Planning Center, China and a member of the academic advisory board of Beijing Advanced Innovation Center of Urban Design for Future Cities.

He teaches, carries out research and publishes on a range of topics related to design, the built environment and the sustainable reuse of land including urban regeneration, landfill and post-mining site reclamation, brownfields, environmental site technologies, site construction and project management and international urban development and infrastructure. His applied design concepts on brownfield lands ‘Manufactured Sites’, ‘China Brown’, ‘Phyto’ and urban water management ‘Sponge Cities’ are currently adopted by research centers and government agencies in China.

His English language publications include Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape (Taylor Francis/Routledge); Principles of Brownfield Regeneration (Island Press); PHYTO: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design (Taylor Francis/Routledge); Weathering and Durability in Landscape Architecture (John Wiley); and The Art of Landscape Detail (John Wiley). He has also published these books in Chinese, Arabic and Korean. He is currently editor-in-chief of Nakhara journal, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; advisory editor of Worldscape Journal, Beijing; and Landscape Architecture Journal, South China University of Technology (SCUT) Guangzhou.

Prior to joining the GSD faculty, Kirkwood was a registered and licensed architect and landscape architect with 16 years of experience carrying out land reclamation and urban development projects in Scotland, the European mainland, the Middle East and the United States. He is a member of the Harvard University Committee on the Environment, the Harvard Committee on Health and the Global Environment and a member of the faculty steering committee of Harvard Institute for Global Health. He holds degrees from the University of Manchester, University of Ulster, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

The Smith College Department of English is pleased to host Mihoko Suzuki as the 2016-17 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. Suzuki will give three public lectures in the series "Antigone's Example: Women's Political Writings in Times of Civil War." This series is hosted by the Department of English Language and Literature and made possible by the Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Endowment for Renaissance Studies.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Christine de Pizan and the Origin of Early Modern Women's Political Thought

5 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Political Writing High and Low: Women of the French Fronde

5 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The English Civil Wars: Margaret Cavendish and Her Contemporaries

5 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Mihoko Suzuki is director of the Center for the Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Miami. Her scholarship focuses on early modern literature and culture, English and European, with an emphasis on gender and authorship. Her publications include: Metamorphoses of Helen: Authority Difference and the Epic; Subordinate Subjects: Gender, the Political Nation and Literary Form in England, 1588-1688; Volume 3 of Palgrave History of British Women's Writing (1610-1690); Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1700 (with Cristina Malcolmson); The Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe (with Anne J. Cruz); and the four-volume Women's Political Writings, 1610-1725 (with Hilda Smith and Susan Wiseman). She is co-editor of the award-winning Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

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.