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Events at Smith

'Carrying Capacity' An Exhibition by Gaye Chan
April 18, 2024
This exhibition is a durational project Gaye Chan began in 2012 that stemmed from a chance encounter at a produce distribution company. As commodities move across the globe, baling straps are used once and discarded into the waste stream. Chan gave herself the task of figuring out how to reuse them. Eleven years and over a thousand weaved baskets later, she continues to extend the life of this ‘waste’ material. "Carrying Capacity" will be on display in the Oresman Gallery, March 28 - May 9, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Hillyer Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cities of Hope: Adaptation to Climate Change in Massachusetts
April 18, 2024
Camille Washington-Ottombre, CEEDS Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy and Una Fonte'26 will share the results of work that they have conducted on the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, an innovative policy that facilitates adaptation to climate change throughout the state. Learn how cities will be confronted with climate change and how this policy applies principles of participatory planning and climate justice to enhance local resilience in Massachusetts and beyond. Refreshments provided.
CEEDS
4:15 pm

Lights Out!
April 18, 2024
Join the Eco Reps for this popular Earth Week event! We will be turning off all the exterior lights on the Quad. Enjoy beautiful stargazing, pizza, and s'mores with us! All students welcome-- bring a friend!
Quad
9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

All Our Relations: Listening to Stories with the Land
April 20, 2024
Join an Earth Day walk on land historically stewarded by the Norwottuck (MacLeish) with Rich Holschuh and Tom Wessels. Rich Holschuh is a resident of Wantastegok (Brattleboro, VT) and is immersed in the stories layered within this landscape. He serves as Chair for the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and is a public liaison and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Elnu Abenaki, members of the contemporary northeastern Native community. Rich is founder and co-director of the Atowi Project. His work draws upon history, linguistics, geography, and culture to share beneficial ways of seeing and being in relationship with place. Tom Wessels is a terrestrial ecologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University where he founded the master's degree program in Conservation Biology. He has conducted programs and workshops on ecology and sustainability throughout the country for over three decades. Tom is the author of six books, including his latest, New England's Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region's Unique Natural Areas. Members of the Smith community can get more information and sign up to join the event at the link.
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MacLeish Field Station

Lecture with Maura Coughlin, Art Historian, Northeastern
April 22, 2024
Part of the spring semester Landscape Studies LSS 100 speakers program.
Hillyer Art Complex, Graham Hall
3:05 pm to 4:45 pm

The Himalayan (m)Anthropocene
April 22, 2024
Ritodhi Chakraborty’s research explores the promises and pitfalls of Ecological Masculinity in the Indian Himalayas. Working through more than a decade of engagement with rural communities in Uttarakhand state, using feminist and radical epistemic perspectives, he draws upon interviews, oral histories, visual ethnographies, social media data, surveys and participatory mapping to ask questions such as: Is Ecological Masculinity a sustainable and inclusive response to the (m)Anthropocene? Does it support or challenge historical (ongoing) mobilizations towards environmental and social justice in the region? And what are the ways in which the production of regional climate knowledge mirrors the existing intersections of elite and non-elite patriarchy? Sponsored by Environmental Science & Policy with support from Study of Women and Gender.
CEEDS
6:00 pm

Geothermal Project Tour
April 23, 2024
Would you like to know more about what all the construction around campus is about? Have you wanted to know more about what the college is doing to mitigate its carbon footprint? This is your chance to get answers to these questions and more during one of our student-run Geothermal Project Tours! Rain date is 4/25 at the same time. Open to all Smith community members.
Meet at the Elm St entrance to the Campus Center
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Film and Q&A: Inhabitants:Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring our World
April 24, 2024
All are welcome at this screening of an essential film for everyone concerned about our environment. The film follows five Native American communities as they restore their traditional land management practices in the face of a changing climate. As the climate crisis escalates, these time-tested practices of North America's original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Ben-Alex Dupris, enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. A featured speaker in the film, Dupris has worked in commercial entertainment, tribal language preservation, youth media training, and most recently, documenting front-line environmental activism. Co-sponsored by the American Studies department, the Environmental Science & Policy program, the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
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Weinstein Auditorium
6:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Lunch & Learn session: Your Health and Your Environment
April 18, 2024
Learn about "Water IS Life" - water contamination from "Forever Chemicals" especially those in fracking operations, lead from water supply pipes, and what people can do to mitigate the harms from these contaminants. Hosted by Chatham University in partnership with the Black Appalachian Coalition and the Ohio River Valley Institute. Register at link
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Online
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) Indigenous & Local Coral Scientists Panel
April 23, 2024
The International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) Student and Early Career Chapter (SECC) Skills and Professional Development (SPD) and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committees are excited to present the ICRS Indigenous & Local Coral Scientists Panel. This workshop aims to explore and celebrate the contributions of scientists who are indigenous and local to coral reef-inhabited regions, and learn about the consequences of parachute science.
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Webinar - register at link above
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Events at Smith

'Carrying Capacity' An Exhibition by Gaye Chan
April 25, 2024
This exhibition is a durational project Gaye Chan began in 2012 that stemmed from a chance encounter at a produce distribution company. As commodities move across the globe, baling straps are used once and discarded into the waste stream. Chan gave herself the task of figuring out how to reuse them. Eleven years and over a thousand weaved baskets later, she continues to extend the life of this ‘waste’ material. "Carrying Capacity" will be on display in the Oresman Gallery, March 28 - May 9, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Hillyer Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

What Museum Specimens Tell Us About the Living World
April 25, 2024
Mason Heberling is an Associate Curator of Botany at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. His talk is the third of a three-part botany talk series in honor of John Burk as part of the Spring 2024 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
4:30 pm

Field Station Friday: Freestyle Friday with Optional Guided Hike
April 26, 2024
Enjoy a gorgeous spring day up at MacLeish Field Station! Study, picnic, bring a book, or join us for an optional guided hike. Meet at 4:15 pm at Sage Hall Circle for pick up; sign up for a spot in the van at the link below.
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MacLeish Field Station - Meet at Sage Hall Circle
4:15 pm to 6:30 pm

Lecture with Carolina Miranda '93, Journalist, Arts and Culture, LA Times
April 29, 2024
Part of the spring semester Landscape Studies LSS 100 speakers program.
Hillyer Art Complex, Graham Hall
3:05 pm to 4:45 pm

Geothermal Project Tour
April 30, 2024
Would you like to know more about what all the construction around campus is about? Have you wanted to know more about what the college is doing to mitigate its carbon footprint? This is your chance to get answers to these questions and more during one of our student-run Geothermal Project Tours! Rain date is 5/2 at the same time. Open to all Smith community members.
Meet at the Elm St entrance to the Campus Center
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Protecting Foundations of Critical Infrastructure in Permafrost Regions
April 25, 2024
The Permafrost Discovery Gateway invites you to join the next webinar of our monthly series. This spring, our webinar series addresses using big geospatial data and remote sensing for community planning applications across permafrost regions. Speaker: Natalie Wagner, PE, USDA.
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Webinar - link above
1:00 pm

Climate Adaptive Gardening Series: Adaptation for your own garden
April 28, 2024
Join climate scientist and community gardener Laura Hilberg of EcoAdapt to explore the realities of climate change in western Massachusetts and the impact on farmers and gardeners in our local landscape. This workshop will introduce community gardeners and other interested participants to climate change adaptation, which focuses on how to cope with and respond to climate change. We will also outline the changes that we are most likely to experience in western Massachusetts and how they might impact our community garden, and provide some resources for participants who are interested in exploring these topics in greater detail. Finally, we will leave ample time for questions. FREE, donations accepted. Sign up at link.
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Grow Food Northampton Community Garden, 140 Meadow St, Florence, MA
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Film screening: Crooked Arrows
April 29, 2024
Learn about the Indigenous roots, history and lasting cultural impact of Lacrosse from the point of view of world-renowned coach and player Neal Powless. This event is inspired by recent conversations and collaborations between Amherst College's Native and Indigenous Students Association (NISA) and the Women's and Men's Lacrosse Teams. Find your way using the interactive campus map of Amherst College at the link.
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Pre-Screening Reception: 5 pm, Science Center Lobby; Screening and Q&A: 6:15 pm, Lipton Lecture Hall
6:15 pm

Events at Smith

'Carrying Capacity' An Exhibition by Gaye Chan
May 2, 2024
This exhibition is a durational project Gaye Chan began in 2012 that stemmed from a chance encounter at a produce distribution company. As commodities move across the globe, baling straps are used once and discarded into the waste stream. Chan gave herself the task of figuring out how to reuse them. Eleven years and over a thousand weaved baskets later, she continues to extend the life of this ‘waste’ material. "Carrying Capacity" will be on display in the Oresman Gallery, March 28 - May 9, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Hillyer Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Campus Decarbonization: The Geothermal Energy Project
May 2, 2024
Find out how the continuing work on the Geothermal Energy Project will affect campus operations this summer! Plus learn about the Davis Lawn Restoration and a little bit more about the project's background and goals. Tasty snacks provided!
CEEDS
3:30 pm

Campus Decarbonization: The Geothermal Energy Project
May 8, 2024
Find out how the continuing work on the Geothermal Energy Project will affect campus operations this summer! Plus learn about the Davis Lawn Restoration and a little bit more about the project's background and goals. Lunch provided.
CEEDS
12:15 pm

Events Off Campus

Spring Birding at the Farm
May 4, 2024
Drop in anytime from 8 – 10 am, all levels welcome! Bring your own binoculars!
Grow Food Northampton Community Garden, 140 Meadow St, Florence, MA
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Climate Adaptive Gardening Series: Philosophy of Permaculture
May 4, 2024
This workshop will offer reflections on the principles and philosophy of permaculture from Claudia Murray, a graduating senior in the Sustainable Food and Farming program at UMass. We will look at the relationship between farming and European colonization, and learn how permaculture offers a shift in perspective to address these crises. We hope to think through new approaches to engaging with food, farming, and our connections to the land. Finally, we will consider different ways of integrating permaculture at the community garden or in your own home garden! All gardening experience levels welcome. Free, limited space available; sign up at link.
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Grow Food Northampton Community Garden, 140 Meadow St, Florence, MA
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm