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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

Farm-to-Smith Eating

Smith is on the leading edge of sustainability initiatives in college and university dining.

Goal: Net Zero

From solar power to ground-source heat exchange technology, Smith is forging a path to carbon neutrality.

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.


Event Calendar

April 2020

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Making an Eco-Socialist Garden at Smith College: A Faculty Workshop with Artist Zheng Bo
Lectures & Presentations, Training & Workshops
Conversation and workshop with Zheng Bo, a conceptual eco-artist from Hong Kong.
5:00 pm
 
 
International Film Series on Climate Change: When Two Worlds Collide
Lectures & Presentations

In April of 2009, indigenous communities in Peru joined together in protest of oil development laws threatening their way of life on the Amazon. The protests culminated in bloodshed on June 5th, when military intervention led to a violent two-day struggle in which 23 police and 10 natives and civilians were killed, leaving over 150 native wounded. No settlement was ever reached. When Two Worlds Collide follows these events through the lense of Alberto Pizango, an indigenous environmental activist forced into exile and facing 20 years in prison for resisting the big businesses that are destroying the Amazonian lands.

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center
 
 
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Lecture Series: Celebrating 20 Years of Landscape Studies at Smith College
Lectures & Presentations

Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT, 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
 
Climate Change and Psychological Wellbeing: Risk and Resilience
Lectures & Presentations
A Sigma Xi talk by Susan Clayton, Psychology, Wooster College.
Talks begin at approximately 12:15 pm in McConnell 103 and are open to all faculty, staff, and students. 
A complimentary lunch is offered in McConnell Foyer. 
12:15 pm - 1:10 pm
McConnell 103
 
International Film Series on Climate Change: Two films from Brazil
Lectures & Presentations

Amanhã é Hoje (Tomorrow Has Come) and Sob a pata do bói (Grazing the Amazon): These films deal with the natural disaster effects of climate change across Brazil, and the mass deforestation of the Amazon for the sake of cattle raising, respectively. 

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center
 
 
 
 
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Lecture Series: Celebrating 20 Years of Landscape Studies at Smith College
Lectures & Presentations

The Mitia S. Sawhill Lecture Fund presents: Randolph Hester and Marcia McNally,  Professors Emeritus Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California – Berkeley, CA; Directors, The Planning Laboratory. 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
 
 
International Film Series on Climate Change: Landraub (Land Grabbing
Lectures & Presentations
The world's farmland is at risk. After the financial crisis of 2008, the fields of the world became the next biggest business area, and since then they have become increasingly valuable and rare, with millions of acres of agricultural land lost through sealing each year.  With the "land grab," the richest people in the world are securing access to the most valuable resources in the world. Landraub (Land Grabbing) gives an inside look into the international agro-business and its consequences for families kicked off their land. This film is a grim warning that we are rapidly on our way to displacement, enslavement, and the loss of a global economic basis.
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Lecture Series: Celebrating 20 Years of Landscape Studies at Smith College
Lectures & Presentations

Lynden Miller, Public Garden Designer;  Director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, New York, NY, will be presenting a new documentary film “Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes” 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
 
International Film Series on Climate Change: 看見台灣 (Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above)
Lectures & Presentations
Beloved Taiwanese film-maker Chi Po-Lin made his name in 2013 with Beyond Beauty, the highest-grossing documentary in Taiwanese history. This stunning cinematic gem documents Taiwan from the aerial perspective of a helicopter, admiring the country's natural beauty while also exploring the effect of urbanization on our environment. In 2017, Chi Po-Lin and his 25-year-old assistant photographer, and his pilot all tragically died in a helicopter crash while getting footage that was meant to be used for a sequel. He and his team are remembered for risking everything, including their own lives, in order to share an unconventional yet beautiful and poignant perspective on the environment.
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Lecture Series: Celebrating 20 Years of Landscape Studies at Smith College
Lectures & Presentations

LSS 100 Annual Lecture in Honor of John Burk-Emeritus Biological Sciences presents: Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of American History, emerita Smith College. This lecture, "Traces of J.B. Jackson," is 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