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Year on Climate Change

Illustration showing three students engaged in different sustainable activities

The Year on Climate Change is a college-wide initiative to critically examine the complex and urgent issue of climate change. As a college of and for the world, this program is an invitation to the entire Smith community, no matter your background or passion, to engage in a manner that is uniquely liberal arts—through deep and authentic collaboration, critical thinking, listening and action. All students, staff, faculty and alumnae are encouraged and invited to create and attend events throughout the year.

News

Would you eat a 'steak' printed by robots? BBC News

Can technology sustainably satisfy carnivorous cravings? 

Black Farmers Are Embracing Climate-Resilient Farming

Communities of color are on the frontlines of climate change. These farmers are also on the frontlines of climate solutions.

Overflowing Bathtubs and Leaky Boats

Physics professor Nathanael Fortune helps to visualize the buildup of carbon in our atmosphere. 

Climate Change Protesters Disrupt Yale-Harvard Football Game - The New York Times

Demonstrators stormed the field during halftime, causing the game to be delayed for about an hour. The Yale police issued 42 summonses for disorderly conduct.

Leah Penniman on Farming While Black - Video Lecture

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm on African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice - Lecture filmed at Williams College

Studying Climate Change

In the first semester of Smith's themed Year on Climate Change, relevant course offerings range from contemporary poetry to green energy policy, giving students of all academic backgrounds a chance to engage in learning about climate change and environmental sustainability. 


Event Calendar

February 2020

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Lecture Series: Celebrating 20 Years of Landscape Studies at Smith College
Lectures & Presentations

Emma Silverman (Art Department, Smith College) will be presenting as part of the Spring 2020 Landscape Studies Lecture Series, Landscape, Design, and the Environment, in honor of 20th year of Landscape Studies at Smith College. 

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Complex
 
“Healing Climate Grief … and fear, despair, and other feelings”
Training & Workshops
A free group for all those concerned about climate change, Led by: Eunice Torres and Russ Vernon-Jones. Sponsored by Climate Action Now of Western Mass and Sustaining All Life* First Mondays, Feb-June, 2020. Are you grieving for our planet and its inhabitants? Are you worried? Or are you avoiding thinking about climate change because you don’t want to face what you might feel? Are you discouraged or fearful? We can help. We can all help each other. Please join us for a warm and connected opportunity to be together and share laughter, tears, and what’s most in our hearts. Come to one session; come to all of them; or come as often as you want. We’d love to know ahead to time that you are coming, but you are also welcome to drop in without advance notice. For more information, or to let us know you are coming, please contact Eunice Torres at 413-695- 8667, eunicejwtorres@gmail.com or Russ VernonJones at 413-687-4080, russvj@gmail.com.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
At First Church, Amherst, 165 Main St. (enter from parking lot behind church)
 
Kahn Insitute Info Session: Imagining Climate Change
Training & Workshops
For current sophomores and juniors! This is a great opportunity to learn about the coming projects and fellowships, meet the organizers and see the Kahn. All are welcome. If you are interested in joining one of the projects it is time to apply for a Student Fellowship! Come to one of the info session, and apply soon! Apply online at: https://form.jotform.com/KahnLiberalArtsInstitute/2020-21 no later than Friday, February 14.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kahn Institute
 
Lecture by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Lectures & Presentations

British-Ghanaian philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist well known for his contributions to political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium, “Identity and Identities."

The event is open to the public at no charge, and no tickets are required.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Campus Center Carroll Room
 
Sunrise Smith Interest Meeting
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Want to take action against the climate crisis but not sure where to start? Come learn about the Sunrise Movement and how you can get involved, and connect with other Smith students who are ready to take climate action.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CC 205
 
Ocean Plastic Pollution from Sources to Solutions
Lectures & Presentations
Kara Lavendar Law, PhD, Research Professor of Oceanography at Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA. Free and open to the public.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dwight 101, Mount Holyoke College
 
Maple Tapping
Interactive & Maker Experiences
Experience a native tradition European New Englander-style with folks from CEEDS. We'll give you a ride to the MacLeish Field Station, you just dress for the weather the day of. Meet up at the Chapin Loading Dock at 1 p.m.; we'll return to campus between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Chapin Loading Dock
 
 
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Anti-racism Training for Climate Activists
Training & Workshops
with Russ Vernon-Jones. Sponsored by Extinction Rebellion.
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Smith College Campus Center
 
Lecture Series: Celebrating 20 Years of Landscape Studies at Smith College
Lectures & Presentations

Julie Brigham-Grette (Department of Geosciences, UMass, Amherst) will be presenting as part of the Spring 2020 Landscape Studies Lecture Series, Landscape, Design, and the Environment, in honor of 20th year of Landscape Studies at Smith College. 

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Complex
 
Sunrise Smith Meeting
General
Be a part of the incredible Sunrise Movement with a soon-to-be new org on campus! If you're looking for ways to get more involved in climate solutions and make a difference, this is the place to be. 
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CC 205
 
Put Together Your Own Landscape Puzzle
Training & Workshops

As a result of the community input and research collected during the Discovery phase of the project,
the Landscape Master Plan team created a variety
of alternative designs for the future of the campus landscape. Focusing on particular locations, such as Quad, Seelye Lawn, College Lane, Chapin Lawn, Athletic Fields and others, and on the campus overall. These design alternatives represent how significantly the landscapes could change in the future, including light, intermediate and intensive interventions.

We would like to invite you to share your perspective on how these design could change your experience of the campus by putting together your own Smith’s landscape and using different designs as puzzle pieces.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 102 | Campus Center
 
Share Your Perspective - Walk-In Activity
Interactive & Maker Experiences

Walk-in any time, learn about the proposals for
the campus outdoor spaces and share your perspective on how these changes would influence your experience of the campus.

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Campus Center
 
Sunrise Western Mass Coalition meeting
Training & Workshops
Meet other Sunrisers in Northampton and the Pioneer Valley, and get looped in on planning around Earth Day, campaigns, and more.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Seelye 101
 
Put Together Your Own Landscape Puzzle
Training & Workshops

As a result of the community input and research collected during the Discovery phase of the project,
the Landscape Master Plan team created a variety
of alternative designs for the future of the campus landscape. Focusing on particular locations, such as Quad, Seelye Lawn, College Lane, Chapin Lawn, Athletic Fields and others, and on the campus overall. These design alternatives represent how significantly the landscapes could change in the future, including light, intermediate and intensive interventions.

We would like to invite you to share your perspective on how these design could change your experience of the campus by putting together your own Smith’s landscape and using different designs as puzzle pieces.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 102 | Campus Center
 
Share Your Perspective - Walk-In Activity
Interactive & Maker Experiences

Walk-in any time, learn about the proposals for
the campus outdoor spaces and share your perspective on how these changes would influence your experience of the campus.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Campus Center
 
Conversations with Sonia Guajajara, an indigenous, Brazilian climate activist
Conference & Symposia
Lewis Global Studies Center hosts a salon-style conversation with Sonia Guajajara, an indigenous, Brazilian female climate activist.
5:00 pm
Paradise Room, Conference Center
 
Put Together Your Own Landscape Puzzle
Training & Workshops

As a result of the community input and research collected during the Discovery phase of the project,
the Landscape Master Plan team created a variety
of alternative designs for the future of the campus landscape. Focusing on particular locations, such as Quad, Seelye Lawn, College Lane, Chapin Lawn, Athletic Fields and others, and on the campus overall. These design alternatives represent how significantly the landscapes could change in the future, including light, intermediate and intensive interventions.

We would like to invite you to share your perspective on how these design could change your experience of the campus by putting together your own Smith’s landscape and using different designs as puzzle pieces.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 102 | Campus Center
 
Share Your Perspective - Walk-In Activity
Interactive & Maker Experiences

Walk-in any time, learn about the proposals for
the campus outdoor spaces and share your perspective on how these changes would influence your experience of the campus.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Campus Center
 
 
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Lecture Series: Celebrating 20 Years of Landscape Studies at Smith College
Lectures & Presentations
Steven Moga, Assistant Professor, Landscape Studies, Smith College will be presenting as part of the Spring 2020 Landscape Studies Lecture Series, Landscape, Design, and the Environment, in honor of 20th year of Landscape Studies at Smith College. 
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Complex
 
 
Rally Day Hat Making w/Design Thinking
Training & Workshops
Calling all seniors! Improve, add to, and make the hat of your dreams at the Design Thinking Initiative. 
9:00 am
Capen Annex: Design Thinking
 
 
Social Ecology: Rethinking the Interdependence of Individuals, Communities and the Environment - Kahn Institute Short-Term Project
Conference & Symposia
Kahn Short-Term Project called Social Ecology, which originates with the theories of radical ecologist Murray Bookchin, considers the political organization of societies in relation to the natural world.
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TBD
 
 
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Lecture Series: Celebrating 20 Years of Landscape Studies at Smith College
Lectures & Presentations

Niall Kirkwood (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) will be presenting as part of the Spring 2020 Landscape Studies Lecture Series, Landscape, Design, and the Environment, in honor of 20th year of Landscape Studies at Smith College. 

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Complex
 
Syntropic Materials Lecture with designer Eugenia Morpurgo
Lectures & Presentations

Eugenia Morpurgo is an independent designer interested in researching the environmental, economic, social and cultural impact that production processes have on society. Come to hear about her work exploring the social and cultural impact that production processes have on environments and economies. (50-minute lecture with 10-min for Q&A, lunch provided)

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm
Campus Center, Carroll Room
 
Sunrise Smith Meeting
Training & Workshops
New people are always welcome - Come and see what the Sunrise Movement is about, with Smith's newly-formed chapter. At this week's meeting, strategy for recruiting Smith students to participate in an Earth Day climate strike, using a version of Sunrise National's "Strike Circles" structure will be discussed. 
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
 
Digital Wax Print Presentation with Eugenia Morpurgo
Training & Workshops
Eugenia Morpurgo is an independent designer interested in researching the environmental, economic, social and cultural impact that production processes have on society. Join us for a 45-minute introduction with 15-min for Q&A to the Digital Wax Print project, an open-source hot wax drawing machine for digital textile design that is currently being built and tested at the Design Thinking Initiative by a group of EGR and CS Special Studies students. 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Design Thinking Initiative, Capen Annex Classroom (25A Henshaw Ave)