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Wurtele Center for Work and Life Workshops

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Past Workshops

 Eat, Write, Talk: A Getaway for Juniors and Seniors1/19/16Smith College & Kripalu in Stockbridge, MAInstructor:
* This workshop must be registered with a different department. See the description for details.
Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

In this selective, three-and-a-half day January-term course, the Women’s Narratives Project takes juniors and seniors on an overnight retreat to talk and write about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success. The workshop is led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters and Jessica Bacal, director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life.

Click here to download and complete the application.

Attach and e-mail completed application to Ally Einbinder '10, Program Specialist, at aeinbind@smith.edu by Monday, November 23 at 9 a.m.
 The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Three Easy Ways to Increase Confidence in Class2/1/16CC 204Instructor: Floyd Cheung, Associate Professor of English Language & Literature
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This workshop is part of the series, The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Be here now. Eat here now. You got this. Come for lunch and a low-key conversation with faculty and administrators. We'll begin and end each session with a very short exercise in contemplative practice. This series is co-sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Wellness Education, and Religious & Spiritual Life.workshop image
 The Feel Good Monday Lunch: What's the relationship between social justice work and righteous anger?2/8/16CC 204Instructor: Matilda Cantwell, Smith College Interfaith Fellow
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

"World peace must develop from inner peace." - Dalai Lama XIV

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice" - Dr. Martin Luther King


Join a conversation about the relationship between social justice work and righteous anger, and about the possibility of letting go and hanging on at the same time.
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 The Feel Good Monday Lunch: An Antidote to Your Inner Critic2/15/16CC 204Instructor: Benita Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This workshop is part of the series, The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Be here now. Eat here now. You got this. Come for lunch and a low-key conversation with faculty and administrators. We'll begin and end each session with a very short exercise in contemplative practice. This series is co-sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Wellness Education, and Religious & Spiritual Life.
 The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Crafty Mindfulness2/22/16CC 204Instructor: Julie Ohotnicky, Dean of Students
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This workshop is part of the series, The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Be here now. Eat here now. You got this. Come for lunch and a low-key conversation with faculty and administrators. We'll begin and end each session with a very short exercise in contemplative practice. This series is co-sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Wellness Education, and Religious & Spiritual Life.
 The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Why You Don't Need To Be Perfect2/29/16CC 204Instructor: Patty DiBartolo, Professor of Psychology
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This workshop is part of the series, The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Be here now. Eat here now. You got this. Come for lunch and a low-key conversation with faculty and administrators. We'll begin and end each session with a very short exercise in contemplative practice. This series is co-sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Wellness Education, and Religious & Spiritual Life.
 The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Go To Sleep - Tips On Getting The Rest You Need3/7/16CC 204Instructor: Emily Nagoski, Director of Wellness Education
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

This workshop is part of the series, The Feel Good Monday Lunch: Be here now. Eat here now. You got this. Come for lunch and a low-key conversation with faculty and administrators. We'll begin and end each session with a very short exercise in contemplative practice. This series is co-sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Wellness Education, and Religious & Spiritual Life.
 On the Move: Practical Applications of Mindfulness 2/8/16CC 103/104Instructor: Ali Cook
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

As school gets busy, do you ever feel like you're on autopilot moving from class to class?

Join fellow Smithie Ali Cook '10, MA, RYT, of OMHSTYLE LIVING, to learn techniques to check-in and get back in the driver's seat. In this workshop, we'll delve into some of the factors that contribute to "autopilot" and explore how they can be redirected by the practice of mindfulness, a non-judgemental awareness of the present moment. Discover how this methodology has has been scientifically proven to boost brain function and expect to leave with simple strategies that help you better manage stress. In just 90 minutes, you'll assemble a personalized action plan for your own practical application of mindfulness. All levels of practitioners welcome, please feel free to email Ali (acook@alumnae.smith.edu) with any questions.
 Picturing Justice: Learn how Photography & Social Justice can work together to catalyze positive change in the world2/23/16CC 204Instructor: Amanda Herman
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Can photography change the world around you? Can it catalyze or inspire social change? In what ways can YOU use photography to stand up and fight for what you believe in?

Over the course of this workshop, participants will learn about the visual language of photography and be shown examples of artists who use images to address the most pressing social justice issues of the day. We'll cover the basics of digital photography, then students will define a core concern that they want to focus on. Through a series of fun and creative photographic assignments, students will use their cameras to create a short photo essay that highlights their chosen issue.

This is a six-part lunchtime workshop series. Students who register for the workshop are expected to attend every session. The first five sessions will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in CC 204 on the following dates:
February 23, February 25, March 1, March 3 and March 8

The final session will be a public art event on March 10 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in CC 103/104.

Lunch is provided. Space is limited, so please register in advance.
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 Powerful, Persuasive Communication2/12/16Carroll Room, Campus CenterInstructor: Barbara Tannenbaum, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Barbara Tannenbaum teaches courses in public speaking and persuasive communication in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and is a faculty member in the Brown/IE Executive MBA Program. She is a recipient of the Brown University John Rowe Workman Award for excellence in teaching in the humanities, the Brown University Undergraduate Teaching Award, and eleven time recipient of the Brown University Senior Citation/Hazeltine Citation for excellence in teaching.

Lunch provided. Space is limited, so please register in advance.
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 How to Quit Overthinking2/3/16Neilson Browsing RoomInstructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Do you replay your missteps in your head at night, thinking endlessly about what you could have done differently? Do you perseverate about your problems, focusing more on the “what if” and “why” instead of how to solve them? “Overthinking” can be exhausting. Research shows it disproportionately affects women and girls, and can lead to anxiety, depression, and loss of motivation. At this workshop, learn why we overthink and how to stop, so you can move on, free your mind and focus on more productive activities.workshop image
 Why We Compare Ourselves to Others & How to (Start to) Stop3/30/16CC 103/104Instructor: Rachel Simmons
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Discover why young women are more vulnerable to comparing themselves to others, online and off.
Comparisons can deplete our motivation, lower our self-worth and undermine our friendships. Join us to learn about the research and practice concrete strategies to stop you and your friends from going down the "why can't I be more like that" road.

Come for the snacks, stay for the hands-on strategies you'll be able to use right away!
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 Aligning Your Passions & Interests With The Need To Make Money4/8/16CC 102Instructor:
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join the Wurtele Center for Work & Life for a moderated panel discussion entitled, "Aligning Your Interests and Passions with the Need to Make Money."

Panelists include:
- Stacie Hagenbaugh, Director of the Lazarus Center for Career Development
- Andrea D. Hairston, Professor, Theater
- Ellen Kaplan, Professor, Theater
- Valerie Joseph, PhD, Mentoring Program Coordinator

The panel will be moderated by WCWL Student Advisory Board members Libby Grant '18 and Cynthia Masai '16.

Cookies, tea and coffee will be provided.
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 Introduction to Digital Storytelling & the Story Circle: Drafting Your Story2/24/16CC 103/104Instructor: Yvonne Mendez
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please register ahead of time. Dinner will be provided.

This workshop will introduce you to digital storytelling. We will watch sample digital stories and learn about the genre, then focus on crafting a story and sharing it aloud.

You will then be able to use your story draft to create a digital story---this will happen during part two of the workshop, held at a separate time that works for you and the other participants.

Workshop leader Yvonne Mendez has been teaching Digital Storytelling since 2009, and works as a consultant for StoryCenter in Berkeley, CA.
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 On the Move: Practical Applications of Mindfulness 4/11/16CC 103/104Instructor: Ali Cook
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 4:15 pm - 5:30 am

As school gets busy, do you ever feel like you're on autopilot moving from class to class?

Join fellow Smithie Ali Cook '10, MA, RYT, of OMHSTYLE LIVING, to learn techniques to check-in and get back in the driver's seat. In this workshop, we'll delve into some of the factors that contribute to "autopilot" and explore how they can be redirected by the practice of mindfulness, a non-judgemental awareness of the present moment. Discover how this methodology has has been scientifically proven to boost brain function and expect to leave with simple strategies that help you better manage stress. In just 90 minutes, you'll assemble a personalized action plan for your own practical application of mindfulness. All levels of practitioners welcome, please feel free to email Ali (acook@alumnae.smith.edu) with any questions.
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 Grab a hot cocoa, get a Wurtele Center winter hat and learn about the WCWL1/26/16Campus Center - Main LevelInstructor:
* This workshop does not require registration - just show up!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for hot cocoa, grab a free hat, and learn about Wurtele Center for Work & Life programs this fall.