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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)

February 2

“Jesus Stole My Mistress”: Politics and Reform in the Life of Former Samurai and His Concubine in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Marnie Anderson, Professor of History
February 9 Emergency Poetics: Postwar American Poetry and Culture in an Age of Emergency Melissa Parrish, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature
February 16

 *No LAL this week 2/16

 *No LAL this week 2/16

March 2 Building a Human Rights Institute at Smith Loretta J. Ross, Associate Professor of the Study of Women and Gender

March 9

Looking For Things That Go Bump in the Night: Bringing Light to Dark Matters Will Williams, Associate Professor of Physics
March 23 Magnolias on the Move: Plant Conservation Challenges in the Anthropocene Jesse Bellemare, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and 2022-23 CEEDS Faculty Research Fellow
March 30 Title forthcoming Brianna McMillan, Assistant Professor of Psychology
April 6 Adaptation and Resilience in the Aftermath of the 2020 Alex Storm in Southern France Camille Washington-Ottombre, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
April 13 Plunder: The Exploits and Adventures of the Notorious Pyrates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, a novel-in-progress. Carole De Santi, Elizabeth Drew Professor of English Language and Literature
April 20 Christoforos Milionis, the voice of memory of memory

Thalia Pandiri, Professor of Classical Languages and Literature

April 27 Memoir: A Biracial Woman Tells All

Elizabeth S. Pryor, Associate Professor of History

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.