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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 29- Nov 4

November 5-11

November 12-18

Events at Smith

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


October 30, 2017
Adriane Herman is an interdisciplinary artist and professor from Maine College of Art. She has been described as "artist, educator, and maverick impresario..a bit of a shape-shifter," and her work as "sometimes serious, sometimes silly, and sometimes with a hint of the trickster, but always focused on two central aims: honing a critique of contemporary culture's fascination with consumption (art, food, experience, human memory, nostalgia, everyday commodities) and navigating new and unplanned routes for the intersection of contemporary art and a very public, sometimes unsuspecting audience." Adriane will discuss her recent work dealing with the material and emotional cycles of accumulation and letting go. She will also introduce opportunities for public involvement with her work on campus taking place on 10/31 and 11/1.
Graham Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center
5:00 pm


October 31, 2017
Led by Adriane Herman with a presentation by Sustainability Coordinator Emma Kerr. This informal discussion is an opportunity to learn about how waste is addressed on the Smith campus and to speak candidly about our relationships with the materials we produce, keep, and discard. Issues surrounding sustainability can be enormous and overwhelming, but how can we make progress proactively rather than reactively?
Hillyer 207D
12:10 pm to 1:00 pm


October 31, 2017
What on EARTH should you do for a major?! Lunch provided.
Sabin-Reed 103
12:10 pm


October 31, 2017
Experience the power of witnessing to help you in the process of letting go! Join self-described experience broker Adriane Herman (and Visiting Artist) for the opportunity to rid yourself of an object before a group of cheering spectators. Bring an item you wish to discard, and gather with us at the dumpsters and recycling bins behind Hillyer. This is a perfect way to feel unburdened before your Halloween festivities. Open to the public.
At the dumpsters behind Hillyer Hall
4:30 pm


November 1, 2017
Mary Ellen Hannibal '81 author of the "Citizen Scientist: Searching for heros and hope in an age of extinction" will talk about her research and participation in citizen science efforts focusing on biodiversity conservation. Hannibal notes, "For me the most compelling reason to do citizen science is the sixth mass extinction of plants and animals currently underway. In the book I do a lot of reporting and research on this scourge, but contextualize what’s happening within a broad framework."
McConnell 103
12:15 pm


November 1, 2017
With visiting artist Adriane Herman. Adriane will share her method od printing monotypes using cut papre and water-soluble crayons. Visitors are welcome to observe, discuss, and participate in the process. Adriane is an interdisciplinary artist and professor from Maine College of Art. She has been described as "artist, educator, and maverick impresario..a bit of a shape-shifter," and her work as "sometimes serious, sometimes silly, and sometimes with a hint of the trickster, but always focused on two central aims: honing a critique of contemporary culture's fascination with consumption (art, food, experience, human memory, nostalgia, everyday commodities) and navigating new and unplanned routes for the intersection of contemporary art and a very public, sometimes unsuspecting audience." Open to the public.
Printmaking studio, Hillyer L08
1:10 pm to 4:00 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.
Ford 240
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


Events Off Campus

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


November 1, 2017
Noam Chomsky, who spent time interviewing many people who bring insight to growing inequality in the United States is featured. The film gives viewers a background on the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. What does this have to do with climate justice? Come and watch the film and join the conversation afterwards, which will be led by Professor Tim Downs of Clark University. Please call the library at 978-249-9515 to reserve a spot. This is the second film in the "Reverence, Resistance, Resilience" series.
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Athol Public Library
7:00 pm


Events at Smith

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


November 6, 2017
The Case of Argentina, 1920-1960, by Yovanna Pineda, University of Central Florida. Sponsored by the Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies and the History Department.
Hillyer 319
12:15 pm


November 8, 2017
Learn about our professionally-oriented Master’s programs in Environmental Science and Policy, Sustainability Management, and Sustainability Science at Columbia University. The session will cover admissions, fellowships, and careers after graduation. RSVP with the link below:
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Lazarus Center- Group Meeting Room
12:15 pm


November 9, 2017
A lecture by Janet Milne, Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Tax Policy Institute, South Royalton, VT. This lecture is part of the LSS 100 lecture series, and is open to the public. All welcome.
Weinstein Auditorium
3:00 pm to 4:50 pm


November 9, 2017
Curious about what GIS and spatial analysis can do for you? Explore diverse datasets from different disciplines and put your spatial thinking hats on for your research. Open to all Smithies. Register on the SAL website- link below.
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SAL
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


November 11, 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


November 11, 2017

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


November 11, 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 11, 2017
Enjoy a beautiful fall evening at MacLeish Field Station! There will be a campfire in the fire pit and s’mores (ingredients provided). In case of bad weather, the event will be moved inside to the Bechtel Environmental Classroom. Sign up for a spot in the van at the link below . Van will leave from Chapin loading dock at 6:30 p.m. and be back at Smith by 9:30 p.m.
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MacLeish Field Station
6:30 pm


Events Off Campus

November 6, 2017
During this event Yaku Perez Guartamble asks the question: Is gold more valuable than water? Ecuador’s paramos are fragile ecosystems rich in water. Yet these waters often run above mineral reserves rich in gold. The state pursues mineral extraction in the name of development. Indigenous peoples, in turn, claim rights to self-determination to protect their waters from extraction industries. This happened in Kimsacocha, where Ecuador’s government granted concessions to Canadian mining companies without consulting the local population. As an Indigenous leader, lawyer and scholar, Yaku Perez Guartambel will contribute insights onto sustainable worldviews to face today’s climate crisis. Through his experiences and analysis, he explains the value of indigenous resistance through the notion of rights of nature, first established by the 2008 Constitution of Ecuador and now common across the world. Indigenous approaches to nature are vital in the era of climate change; their claims to self-determination are a valuable tool to promote world peace.
Beneski Museum of Natural History, Paino Lecture Hall (Amherst College)
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


November 7, 2017
How does the world imagine Amazonia? Sarah Sarzynski shows what Amazonian discourses were circulating immediately before the global environmental movement recognized “tropical deforestation” and the burning of the Amazon as a global emergency, and creates environmental-indian alliances. Her analysis focuses on visual representations of peoples in the region to understand broader politics of the Cold War in the region. This talk on global representations of indigenous peoples, the environment and sexuality and relates to popular culture theory. This presentation is based on a peer-reviewed article on representations of the Amazon in popular culture in the 1970’s.
Porter Lounge, Converse Hall (Amherst College)
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm


November 9, 2017
Disaster anthropologist, Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith, will present "Before and Beyond the Disaster Movement: Anthropology & History of Disasters." The talk will explore how the traditional focus in disaster research is expanding beyond the extremely limited time and space scales of impact. Disasters now are understood to involve far more than spatially delimited, temporally demarcated physical triggering events. Rather they are systemic processes that unfold over time. Their causes are deeply embedded in societal history, structure and organization, and human-environment relations. As such, the longitudinal and holistic approach of anthropological theory and method are now moving toward the forefront of disaster research, policy and management.
Room E24, Machmer Hall, UMass Amherst Campus
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm


Featured Event

November 13, 2017
Join Jamie Worms (visiting cultural geographer in Latin American and Latin@ Studies), Jon Caris (SAL director), and Tracy Tien (PostBac SPatial Analysis Fellow) for a discussion over lunch. Pizza lunch provided. Sponsored by LALS.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


November 18, 2017
Looking for a new and refreshing study break? Join us for an artsy afternoon at the MacLeish Field Station! Take some time to capture this beautiful New England fall weather before it’s too late. Sketching, painting, doodling… all is welcome! No art background is necessary and all art supplies will be provided. We will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1pm. Sign up for a spot in the vans at the link below. Hope to see you there!”
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MacLeish Field Station
1:00 pm


November 17, 2017
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is presenting a student-led Sustainability Discussion Series, featuring Breanna Parker '18, who will be talking about carbon pricing as a market-based strategy for mitigating carbon emissions. What should the price of carbon be? And what is Smtih College doing to put a price on carbon?
Ford Hall 240
12:10 pm to 1:00 pm


Events at Smith

November 13, 2017
An art exhibit by students in Sedimentary Geology (GEO 232) course in now on display through December 1. The art is inspired by our local landscapes and communicates information about their geological origins.
McConnell Foyer


November 13, 2017
with Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology, Harvard University. The final 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


November 14, 2017
with Marney Pratt (biological sciences). 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


November 15, 2017
The highly anticipated day of year is here! Open house of all things GIS—including edible ones. Open to all Smithies. Register on the SAL website- link below.
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SAL


November 15, 2017
Show your love for Geography Awareness Week over coffee and donuts, with story maps and printmaking. Celebrate the mappiest day of the year with the Spatial Analysis Lab!
SAL, Sabin-Reed 104
10:00 am to 10:50 am


November 15, 2017
Hear from Cindy Li '18 (EGR), Rachel Moskowitz '18 (ENV), and Tracy Whelen (GIS Specialist at UMASS Amherst, Microwave Remote Sensing Lab) on the various facets of GIS. Celebrate the mappiest day of the year with the Spatial Analysis Lab!
The SAL, Sabin-Reed 104
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm


November 15, 2017
Be a visual observer to a flight mission (weather permitting), make your own chocolates with SAL's special molds, or color in antique maps. Celebrate the mappiest day of the year with the Spatial Analysis Lab!
The SAL, Sabin-Reed 104
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


November 15, 2017
Contribute to disaster repsonses by identifying infrastructure in satellite imagery for effective relief efforts. Celebrate the mappiest day of the year with the Spatial Analysis Lab!
The SAL, Sabin-Reed 104
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm


November 15, 2017
Unleash the Ken Jennings in all of us to conclude the day; snack on treats and your competitors' tears. Celebrate the mappiest day of the year with the Spatial Analysis Lab!
The SAL, Sabin-Reed 104
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


November 16, 2017
a lecture by Jungyoon Kim, Founder and Principal of PARKKIM, Landscape Architects, Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Visiting Design Critic, Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Design School, 2017-2018. This lecture is part of the LSS 100 series, and is free and open to the public.
Weinstein Auditorium
3:00 pm to 4:50 pm


November 16, 2017
Organized by Smith Students for Food Justice and Organizing for Undocumented Students' Rights with support from CEEDS, Dining Services, Religious and Spiritual Life, ES&P, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, and ORC.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
7:00 pm


November 17, 2017
Come see stars, galaxies, and star clusters. All are welcome to this astronomy department open house - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher @smith.edu).
McConnell Hall Roof
8:30 pm


Events Off Campus

November 13, 2017
Join this weekly collaboration between Talking Truth and Paperbark Magazine (a new UMass Amherst environmental-humanities publication). The sessions include art-making, readings, reflective writing, discussion, contemplative exercises and more. [Mondays: September 11 — November 27, 2017]
Lederle Lowrise, Science and Engineering Library, UMass Amherst Campus
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


November 16, 2017
Spencer Smith, Assistant Professor of Physics, Mount Holyoke College
Art Museum, Art Museum Exhibit Hall
4:30 pm


November 18, 2017
Learn to save your own garden seed, get answers to your seed saving questions, and exchange seed that you’ve saved with your friends and neighbors! This year's event will feature an opening talk by Amy Pulley of Wing and A Prayer Pollinator Nursery in Cummington. Amy is actively working to restore pollinator habitats throughout the area and educate gardeners, children and families about how to support pollinators by planting more pollinator plants (and saving their seeds!). There will be plenty of time to browse and help yourself to the dozens of home grown varieties of tomatoes, beans, kale, wildflowers, and many other crops. We appreciate seeds that come labeled with variety name, source, and year or date saved. Please note that you don’t have to bring seed to come to this event. We welcome people at all levels of experience, including those who have never saved seed before. As always, we encourage everyone who is bringing seed to the event to list it online using our Virtual Seed Bank. Once you have registered (a quick and easy process at the link below), you will be able to browse varieties that other people in the Hilltowns are saving and bringing to the Seed Exchange. The suggested donation for this event is a sliding scale: $5 – $10. Visit https://hilltownseeds.wordpress.com for more info, or contact Sadie at 413- 475-2692.
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Cummington Community House, 33 Main Street, Cummington
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm