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This calendar lists each week's notable events with a focus on sustainability and its economic, social and environmental components. To get your event added, contact Joanne Benkley, assistant director, CEEDS. To have information about your event or activity sent to all campus email accounts, submit it to eDigest.

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October 31- Nov 6

Featured Event

October 20, 2017
Robert Hass has earned top accolades such as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the MacArthur Genius Grant, and two National Book Critics Circle Awards—one each for Poetry and Criticism. Judge Stanley Kunitz selected Field Guide for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1972, praising the debut collection as “a big, strong-hearted, earthy book,in the American epic tradition of Whitman and Neruda.” Subsequent works such as Praise, Human Wishes, and Sun Under Wood experiment with memoir, dialogue, Buddhist thought, and unconventional form but stay true to Hass’ profound interest in the earth. In 1995 he was selected as the United States Poet Laureate, serving two terms that were seminal in locating that role at the nexus of art and activism. Together with writer and activist Pamela Michael he founded River of Words, a nonprofit organization for eco-literacy education that provides poetry and art competitions for youth. Hass’ most recent books are The Apple Trees at Olema (New & Selected Poems) and A Little Book on Form. In addition to his teaching at the University of California at Berkeley and elsewhere, Hass has served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Today he lives in California with his wife, the poet and antiwar activist Brenda Hillman. Sponsored by the Poetry Center as part of its 20th Anniversary celebration with support from CEEDS.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
7:30 pm


Events at Smith

October 17, 2017
with Kevin Shea (chemistry). Lunch is served in the Foyer at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at 12:10 p.m. and are open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students.
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McConnell 103
12:00 pm


October 17, 2017
with Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology, Harvard University. Second in the Fall 2017 Neilson Professor Lecture Series: Design Matters: Landscape Practices, Pedagogy, Projects for the New Environmental Reality. Hosted by the Landscape Studies Program and the Picker Engineering Program, with support from the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
5:00 pm


October 17, 2017
Join us for our 1st meeting! There will be some mingling, some laughs, and talk about how people want the community garden to grow (get it)! Can't wait to see everyone's shining faces!
CC 103/104
8:00 pm


October 18, 2017
Listen to the experiences and adventures of returning ES&P majors and discover which of the several environmental study abroad programs might be a good fit for you. Lunch provided.
McConnell 103
12:15 pm


October 19, 2017
SEA Semester is a field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment. They offer 6 different semester programs that focus on environmental topics ranging from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. SEA semester programs include an on-shore component in Woods Hole, Massachusetts followed by a sailing research voyage in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Caribbean. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply. Pizza lunch provided.
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CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm


October 19, 2017
a lecture by Joan Iverson Nassauer, FASLA, Professor University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. This lecture is part of the Landscape Studies LSS 100 Lecture Series.
Weinstein Auditorium
3:00 pm to 4:50 pm


October 19, 2017
Can't make it to lunch? We hope you will stop by to talk with us some other time to find out more about SEA Semester, a field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment. Our program offers 6 different semester programs that focus on environmental topics ranging from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. SEA semester programs include an on-shore component in Woods Hole, Massachusetts followed by a sailing research voyage in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Caribbean. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply.
Campus Center lower level
10:00 pm to 2:00 pm


October 20, 2017
Botanical illustrations created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations of Pompeii. Come explore the varied ways both ancient Romans and modern Pompeians have used these plants. Exhibit on view through December 15, 2017.
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Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House


October 20, 2017
Get off campus and reconnect with nature at MacLeish! Our field station has it all- scenic views, miles of hiking trails, sites for research and a state-of-the-art living building with tea and wifi. Vans leave from Chapin loading dock at 1, and will be back in time for tea. Sign up with the link below.
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Meet the van at Chapin Loading Dock and head to MacLeish
1:00 pm


October 22, 2017
This show is the result of a series of creative re-inventions. Esther Pullman '64 trained as a graphic designer but made a self-directed mid-career transition to photography which itself morphed from a hands-on, craft-based discipline to a computer-based digital process. This series of large-scale greenhouse images, began as an intuitive and visceral effort to bring light and life into my own home, as I anticipated the darkening seasons, gradually took on a more symbolic and metaphorical meaning in the face of our increasingly imperiled home planet. Exhibition open to public Monday-Friday, Sept. 8 to Jan. 8, 2018
Alumnae House Gallery
8:30 am to 4:30 pm


October 23, 2017
Learn how to make interactive online maps with ArcGIS online. Open to all Smithies. Register on the SAL website- link below.
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SAL
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Events Off Campus

October 20, 2017
October 21, 2017
The Royal Frog Ballet celebrates a DECADE of The Surrealist Cabaret with shows in VT and MA this fall. Giving a nod to their anniversary with this year's theme 'At The Root' the performance explores origins, legacy, and all metaphors rooted in greater meaning! The Cabaret is a walking performance and installation event that travels audiences through farm landscapes at autumnal sunset. Along the way they encounter a surreal collection of short stories, dance, sculpture, poems, music, and roving characters that explore and celebrate themes of season, place, and what it means to be human in these times. Performances at Park Hill run Friday-Sunday, October 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21, 22. A folky, comedic and ritualistic evening for all ages. Check the link below for more information on dates, locations, and tickets!
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Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton, MA
5:00 pm


October 21, 2017
Join us at the Conway School for an information session at our Easthampton campus! The session will include a presentation about Conway from faculty, presentations by two current students, and presentations from alums. The three-hour event includes a tasty lunch. The event is free, and it is o.k. if attendees are not considering applying for next year. However, the school is accepting applications for the September 2018-June 2019 year if you are interested. Students graduate from our 10-month program with a Master of Science in Ecological Design. They work on real landscape design and planning projects, such as green infrastructure designs, food security plans, habitat restoration plans, landscape designs for college campuses, and flood resiliency plans. Consider taking a break from your studies to join us for a fun and informative morning! Find more information about the event and the registration form at the link below:
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Mill 180, 180 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA
10:00 am to 1:00 pm


Featured Event

October 26, 2017
A public screening of an episode from the acclaimed National Geographic series Years of Living Dangerously featuring the Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization that works on national policies, such as carbon pricing, to address climate change. A discussion about carbon pricing, bi-partisan lobbying strategies, and a brief presentation from members of the local chapter of the CCL will follow the film. All welcome.
Campus Center room 103/104
7:00 pm


Events at Smith

October 24, 2017
with Jill de Villiers (psychology). Lunch is served in the Foyer at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at 12:10 p.m. and are open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students.
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McConnell 103
12:00 pm


October 24, 2017
Avila Kilmurray, is an activist and peacemaker. She is a co-founder and active member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, a party to Northern Ireland's 1998 power-sharing agreement. From 1994-2014, she was Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, an independent charitable grant-making organization whose mission is “to drive social change.” She is a consultant to the Social Change Initiative (Belfast). She will address how local activists can build positive social change despite divisions. This public lecture is free. Sponsored by Jandon Center for Community Engagement with the Community Foundation of Western MA.
Seelye Hall 201
5:00 pm


October 25, 2017
Learn how to make interactive online maps with ArcGIS online. Open to all Smithies. Register on the SAL website- link below.
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SAL
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


October 26, 2017
with Charles Marohn, Founder and President of Strong Towns, Brainerd, MN. Lecture Title TBA.Part of the Landscape Studies LSS 100 lecture series
Weinstein Auditorium
3:00 pm to 4:50 pm


October 26, 2017
with Robert Gottlieb, Emeritus Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Founder and Former Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College, CA. This talk will compare environmental approaches on such issues as food, transportation and air quality in China and the U.S., and the role of governments, social movements, and popular protests to help us understand what has changed and why, particularly since the election of Donald Trump and the consolidation of power of China's President Xi Jingping. Open to the Public
Seelye 201
5:00 pm


October 30, 2017
Get your creative juices flowing before Halloween by exploring imaginary landscapes and making your own maps from your favorite fictional work. Open to all Smithies. Register on the SAL website- link below.
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SAL
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Events Off Campus

2017-11-28
Come hear about how women entrepreneurs are creatively revolutionizing our farms and food system. Each month this fall, women entrepreneurs will share the successes ans challenges of their journey in food system entrepreneurship. 9/28: Amanda Brown, UMass Amherst Student Farm; Maida Ives, Book and Plow farm. 10/24: Annie Myer, Myer Produce; Susan Pincus, Sawmill Herb Farm. 11/28: Tucka Saville, Anarchy Apiaries; Julia Coffey, Mycoterra Farm. Light refreshments will be provided. Free!
Conference Room, Paige Lab, UMASS AMherst
5:30 pm to 6:45 pm


October 29, 2017
A Halloween outdoor adventure for all ages! Food trucks, pumpkin picking and more...buy tickets at farmtheater.com
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Valley View Farm, Haydenville, MA
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Events at Smith

November 1, 2017
with Fatou Ndoye, United Nations Environment Programme. Part of the National Climate Seminar series hosted by Bard College's Center for Environmental Policy. Lunch provided. Hosted by CEEDS and the Environmental Science and Policy Program.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


November 3, 2017

Lyman Plant House
10:00 am to 4:00 pm


November 3, 2017
Interested in environmental or marine science and policy? Join us to find out more about how you can study these topics at Smith. Lunch provided.
TBD
12:15 pm


November 3, 2017
Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture by Margaret Smith, PhD., Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University. Genetically engineered crops (so-called “GMOs”) have generated much controversy in recent years. The goal of this lecture is to help listeners better understand genetically engineered crops and to provide clear, objective, and factual information that they can use to form their own opinions.
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Campus Center Carroll Room
7:30 pm


November 4, 2017
Each fall as colors fade outdoors, a riot of color erupts indoors in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. This year's show runs from Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, November 19. The show is open daily 10 am-4pm, and on Fridays until 8 pm.
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Lyman Conservatory
10:00 am to 4:00 pm


November 5, 2017
Botanical illustrations created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations of Pompeii. Come explore the varied ways both ancient Romans and modern Pompeians have used these plants. Exhibit on view through December 15, 2017.
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Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House