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10/16/2018 Digest

MacOS Mojave (v10.14) Update in Review

Due to known software compatibility issues with the new macOS, Mojave (v10.14), we are asking that faculty and staff not upgrade any Smith-owned computers to Mojave at this time. If prompted to update click on “Details” and then just quit the App Store app. Once compatibility between Mojave and Smith software/systems has been confirmed another notification will be posted with recommendations. For questions, please contact the IT Service Center at ext 4487 or

Windows 10 October Update Notice

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 October update (1809), which will be downloaded to computers on a rolling basis over the coming weeks. This is a large update that could take over ½ an hour to install. You can minimize any interruption from this process by restarting your computer and installing updates at the end of each day.

Protect Your Smith Account from Being Compromised, Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Campus Center 003

Stop by this info session to learn more about the #1 method to protect your Smith network account. Duo Two-Factor Authentication is an easy way to secure your Smith account and protect your online identity. ITS staff will be available to review best practices, answer questions and help you get signed up.

Parking Office Closed
Oct. 15-19; Reopens Oct. 22

The parking office will be closed on Monday, October 15, 2018 through Friday, October 19, 2018. The office will reopen on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM. For any emergencies, please call Campus Police at 413-585-2490.

Donate to ISSO's Winter Clothes Closet Before Oct. 19

Every year Smith students from warmer climates experience the shock of dropping temperatures in New England. The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), through the generosity of campus partners like you, is able to provide free warm clothes to students in preparation for winter. The ISSO is looking for gently-used winter clothes, coats, and accessories. Any donations you can make will be much appreciated. Drop-off Locations are Lewis Global Studies Center, Class Deans Office, Alumnae House and the Admission Office.All donations will be made available for students on Friday, Oct. 19.

Register Now for 'Small Steps, Great Strides: Reaching Your Retirement Goals'
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Retirement may feel like it is a long way off but it's often closer than you think. Are you doing what you can to have the retirement you envision? Please join Voya Representative Mary Ellen Gordon, CRPC, CIS, CEBS, CFS for a discussion on the small steps you can take today to reach your retirement goals. Presented by Mary Ellen Gordon, Voya. Register by visiting,

Staff Council Cider and Donuts Event
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9-11 a.m., Lilly Hall, outside

Socialize over a hot or cold cup of Atkins cider and an Atkins cider donut.

Inclusion Council Open Office Hours
Oct. 17, 23 & 29, Noon-1 p.m.

An important element of the mission of the newly constituted Inclusion Council is to engage with the Smith College campus community to gather everyone’s best thinking, in order to make it a more inclusive community. To that end, members of the Council will be holding three “open office hour” sessions in October. The Council invites staff, students and faculty to stop by one of these sessions to share your ideas and reflections. No appointment is necessary. Pizza will be served. Each session will be held noon-1 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 17, Campus Center 205; Tuesday, Oct. 23, Campus Center 204; and Monday, Oct. 29, Campus Center 003. We encourage all members of our community to take advantage of these opportunities to inform the Council and help shape its work.

Application Deadline Reminder, Kahn 2019-20 Longterm Projects, 'Fear' and 'TranslationS'
Thursday, Oct. 18

Kahn Institute longterm projects for 2019-2020: Fear, organized by James Lowenthal, Astronomy, and Kevin Rozario, American Studies, and TranslationS, organized by Janie Vanpee, French Studies, and Nalini Bhushan, Philosophy. Application deadline of Thursday, October 18, 2018. For more information and to apply, see

Participate in Smith 'Walk for Water'
Saturday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m., Boathouse

Smith Walk for Water is an event hosted each semester to raise awareness about the Global Water Crisis and funds to save lives through the affiliated org, Water Mission. On this walk, participants are encouraged to carry a bucket of water on a route around campus simulating the trip that many women and children have to make each day for water. This semester's walk will be raising money to help water mission's project rehabilitating victims of the Indonesia earthquake of September 28.

Register Now for 'Five to Thrive: Five Strategies to Avoid Burnout'
Monday, Oct. 22, 2-4 p.m., Campus Center 205

When you are at work, do you have to juggle multiple demands on your time, or feel that your attention is pulled in several directions at once? Chronic busyness, combined with other work stressors, can eventually lead to dissatisfaction or burnout. This workshop will offer five strategies to reconnect with what is most meaningful to you about your work, strengthen your focus and replenish your energy. These exercises improve health, engagement and productivity. Presented by Jessical Gifford, LICSW. Register by visiting

Faculty Luncheon-Learn about Grants Funding - Procurement and Facilitation
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Noon, Campus Center 205

This luncheon will provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to meet with staff who can assist with all phases of grant research and proposal preparation. Please RSVP to Melanie Gulow (413) 585-4209 or by October 18.

Outdoor Adventure Program Trips This Week, Boathouse

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Weekly bike ride. Meet at boathouse at 4:30 p.m. Don't have a bike? No problem. We provide you with a bike and helmet. Back on campus by 6:30 p.m. at the latest. No need to register for this trip. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20: Camping trip at Macleish Field Station Depart 4 or 5 p.m. - Return 11 a.m.) No gear or previous experience is required. Please email in order to register. Sunday, Oct. 21: Rock Climbing Trip to Rose Ledge. No experience or gear is necessary. Email in order to register.

Smith in Geneva Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Learn about the exciting opportunities offered by the Smith in Geneva program. Home to the United Nations, Geneva is a cosmopolitan city located on the beautiful Lac Léman. Study at the University of Geneva and its affiliated institutes. International internship opportunities are available with human rights, security, global health and development organizations.

Empowerment Trail Breakfast with Northampton GirlTrek Group
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7-8 a.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

Start your morning on the empowerment trail with the Northampton GirlTrek group. GirlTrek’s mission is to pioneer a health movement for African-American women and girls grounded in civil rights history and principles through walking campaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy. Free breakfast for participants. Free to attend. Open to Smith College students. Designed for students of color.

RSVP for Norman Fischer Student Seminar (Rescheduled Date)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Seelye 106

Interested in poetry, Buddhist Studies, writing or some combination of the three? Come to an evening seminar for students with visiting writer Norman Fischer. This event has been rescheduled and will take place Wednesday, October 17 from 8 - 9:30 pm in Seelye 106. Fischer, a Zen priest and author of more than 25 books of poetry and nonfiction, will ask what's the point of writing and what are we trying to do when we write. Snacks served. For more information on Fischer and his events at Smith, go to To attend the seminar, RSVP at

Pet a Pet Day
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.

Feeling stressed? Feeling overwhelmed? Like adorable animals? Wellness Services is here for you! Come down to the Schacht Center for Pet a Pet Day and meet some wonderful animals to help you relax and reduce your stress.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 18, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

International students interested in applying for post-graduation work authorization using Optional Practical Training (OPT) are required to attend at least one OPT info session prior to scheduling an OPT application appointment with the ISSO.

Flu Shot Clinic
Thursday, Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

All current students, staff, and faculty are welcome to sign up for this free vaccine. Sign up online at: We do NOT provide high-dose formula which is recommended for persons over the age of 65. Persons with medical concerns should contact their primary care provider. We can provide mercury (thimerosal) free product upon request. Flu vaccine is also provided at retail pharmacies without an appointment.

Smith in Florence Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m., Hatfield 105

Learn more about the exciting opportunities available on the Smith in Florence program. Get to know students who studied in Florence last year and have your questions answered.

Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:45 p.m., Hatfield 105

Learn about our unique program. One-year and one-semester options available. This is a full-language immersion program. Students live with Italian families, take classes at the Smith Center in many different areas of study; language and culture, art history, sustainable food, immigration, history of fashion. Students choose one or two classes at the University of Florence in many departments, including science/math/social sciences. There are volunteer opportunities. A credit-bearing internship in the Pistoia pre-school system is one of the many highlights. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Field Trip: Gleaning with Rachel's Table
Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapin Loading Dock

Gleaning, which dates back to Biblical times, is the gathering of produce after harvest. Farmers are often unable to sell all of their produce either because of imperfections or because they simply cannot harvest it all. Many farmers welcome the opportunity to donate excess produce that would otherwise have been thrown out; others donate salable produce simply out of kindness. We will be taking a van to a local farm to harvest produce and will then deliver the food to a food kitchen. Please email to reserve your spot.

Sherrerd Teaching Award Ceremony
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

You're invited! Students can help celebrate excellent teaching at Smith on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room at a ceremony honoring three faculty recipients of the 2017 Sherrerd Teaching Awards: David Gorin, associate professor of chemistry; Suk Massey, lecturer in East Asian languages & literatures; and Tina Wildhagen, associate professor of sociology and dean of the junior class. A reception open to all will follow the ceremony. For more information, visit

Fellowships and Study Abroad Info Session
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session will provide a brief overview of study abroad options - semester, academic year, J term, summer - and sources of Smith funding - as well as information about fellowships available before graduation that help fund study abroad (esp. for summer).

Economics Study Abroad Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:10 p.m., Seelye 101

Learn about studying Economics abroad during your Junior year at Smith. Info session will be led by Professor Mahnaz Mahdavi, the Economics Study Abroad Adviser, along with students who have just studied abroad on hand to share their experiences. Pizza lunch.

Smith in Hamburg Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Hatfield 204

Learn about the Smith in Hamburg Study Abroad Program.

Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate School Info Session w/Dr. Anne Stewart '05
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Dr. Anne Stewart '05, associate vice president of communication and deputy to the president at Princeton Theological Seminary is on campus and will meet in an informal setting with students who want to learn more about doing a ministry or graduate program at Princeton Theological Seminary. Tea and snacks available.

12-College Exchange Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Are you interested in studying elsewhere in the United States? The Junior and Ada Class Dean, Andrea Rossi-Reder, will present information about the 12-College Exchange Program for those who wish to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year. This program is designed for Sophomores and includes the Williams-Mystic Seaport and the National Theater Institute programs.

'Doin’ The Louvre' (Art Night)
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

"Doin' the Louvre" is a poem by Patricia Smith about the joy of discovering something that people have tried to keep from you. Students of color are invited to an art night at Mwangi, co-hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art, to discover the joys of the museum and impact of people of color in the art world.

Sophomores: Meet your Class Dean
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Noon-1:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Drop by the Campus Center and say hello Sophomore Class Dean Tina Wildhagen. Dean Wildhagen is associate professor in the sociology department We'll have a table of seasonal treats, music, and handouts. We'll be located right outside the Campus Center steps near Chapin Lawn, weather permitting, or inside on the first floor.

Neuroscience Study Abroad Info Session
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Interested in studying abroad as a Neuroscience major/minor? Then you should plan to attend this study abroad information session where you can learn about the different types of programs available as well as hear from Neuroscience majors who studied abroad last year.

Innovative Strategies Workshop - Mendix
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Campus Center 102

Is the solution to the problem you've identified one best served by developing an app? Do you lack the coding skills required to bring it to life? Have no fear...Mendix is here! Mendix is an online low-code platform that is completely free for students to use. Representatives will be on hand to walk you through using this tool that will help bring your ideas to a marketable solution. Lunch provided.

Study Abroad Engineering Forum
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Ford 240

Come hear about study abroad opportunities available to engineering majors. Engineering students that have already studied abroad will be present to discuss their experiences.

Applications for Five College Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities Due
November 15

The Five College Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Junior and senior undergraduate students (and exceptional sophomores) at any of the five colleges are invited to submit proposals for creative and/or scholarly projects that draw together the humanities and substantial work with digital resources and/or technologies. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. The Fellowship includes a $1000 educational stipend and support for research expenses (up to $500). Final projects will be presented at our spring symposium. All applications are due by Thursday, Nov. 15, at 9 p.m. (EST). Details:

Ancient Studies Minor
Tuesday, Oct. 16, Noon, Dewey Philosophy Lounge

Lunch will be provided.

Theatre Major
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon, Green Room, Mendenhall

Come discover what the exciting Theatre Major holds. Pizza lunch provided.

Computer Science Major and Minor
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon-1 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Lunch will be served.

Poetry Concentration
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon, Poetry Center, Wright

Have lunch with us and learn about what Poetry Concentrators do. An RSVP to Jen Blackburn ( is helpful, but not required.

French Studies Major
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Light refreshments will be served.

Education and Child Study Major
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon, Campus Center 102

Are you interested in youth development programs? Urban education? Educational policy? Educational research? International education? Connecting education to other fields? Getting licensed to teach? Come learn more about majoring in Education and Child Study. Pizza provided.

Physics Major and Minor
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Are you interested in learning more? Come meet the faculty, tour our research labs, see the fun demos, learn about the major, and the many opportunities and career paths from physics. Ice cream sundaes will be served.

Landscape Studies Minor
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 12:10 p.m., Burton 406

Learn about the unlimited possibilities within the Landscape Studies program. Lunch will be served.

Engineering Majors
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, Ford 240

Come learn the ins and outs of the AB and BS engineering majors from our director, Andrew Guswa. The discussion will touch upon departmental, interdepartmental, and curriculum requirements of both the majors . This is a wonderful opportunity to get all your questions answered, even the ones you didn’t know you had. Open to everyone. First- and second-year students are highly encouraged to attend. *Lunch will be provided. Please bring your own beverage.

Medieval Studies Major
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, Wright Hall 238

Lunch will be provided.

East Asian Languages & Literature and East Asian Studies Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, Campus Center 205

Explore the languages, literatures and cultures of China, Japan and Korea. Meet the faculty and talk with our majors, minors and liaisons. Pizza, salad and beverages provided.

Astronomy Major
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, McConnell 406

Lunch Provided

Religion Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Join faculty and student representatives of the Religion department to learn about the major and minor over a delicious lunch.

Italian Studies Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:15 p.m., Hatfield 105

Meet the Italian Studies faculty and learn about the Major and Minor in Italian Studies. Following this presentation will be an information session on the Smith in Florence study abroad program. Pizza and beverages will be available at 5:45 p.m.

History Major
Friday, Oct. 19, Noon, Campus Center 205

Pizza will be provided.

Buddhist Studies Minor and South Asian Studies Minor
Friday, Oct. 19, 12:10 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Lunch served.

Monday, Oct. 22, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 106

Meet the faculty in the Department of Economics and learn more about the Economics Major and Minor. Refreshments will be served.

Comparative Literature Major
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Members of the CLT faculty and current majors will be there to answer your questions and tell you about the program. If you are currently considering a major in Comparative Literature, or just want to know more about the program , we encourage you to attend. Snacks and drinks will be served.

Spanish and Portuguese Majors and Minors
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 101

Come and meet faculty from the Spanish & Portuguese department and learn about our majors and minors. Refreshments available.

Middle East Studies Major and Minors
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:05-12:55 p.m., Wright 002

Learn more about the Major and Minors in Middle East Studies. Pizza lunch.

Philosophy Major and Minor
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Dewey Philosophy Lounge

Meet the faculty and hear from some of the current majors. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Statistical & Data Sciences Major
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:15-1:10 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Lunch will be served

Art History, Studio Art, and Architecture & Urbanism Major/Minor
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Come and meet the Art Department Faculty and learn more about the major and minor in the Jannotta Gallery at Hillyer Hall. The Department of Art believes that there is equal weight given to studio practice and historical analysis. Courses focus on images and the built environment and seek to foster an understanding of visual culture and human expression in a given time and place. There is one art major, which may be taken in one of three variations: History of Art, Studio Art, and Architecture. Lunch will be served.

Psychology Major
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Classics and Classical Studies Majors
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 003

Meet the members of the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures and hear from current classics and classical studies majors. Lunch will be served.

Ethics Program Minor
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Philosophy Lounge

Snacks will be provided.

German Studies Major/Minor and Hamburg Program
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Hatfield 204

Smith in Hamburg presentation will be 12:15-12:45 p.m. and the presentation of the German Studies Major and Minor will be 12:45-1 p.m. Pizza and drinks available beginning at 12:15.

Study of Women and Gender Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Campus Center 205

Come and meet the faculty and students who make up SWG. They will be there to tell you about the major and minor and to answer any of your questions. Lunch will be served.

Mathematics and Statistics Major and Minors
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Math Forum, Burton 3rd Floor

Come learn about the options for majoring or minoring in Mathematics and Statistics. Lunch will be served.

Curator's Tour: 'Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment'
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art

Join us as the organizing curator of the special exhibition "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment," Melissa Hyde, professor of art history and director of graduate studies at the University of Florida, provides a close-up look at the images and themes of the exhibition. Hyde's research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France.

'Hoarding Disorder', Randy Frost. Ph.D.
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder & Related Disorders Lecture Series 2018-2019 Sponsored by the Massachusetts Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation

Omar Dahi: 'Roots and Aftermath of the Arab Spring in Syria and Prospects for Recovery'
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2:40 p.m., Seelye 110

Omar Dahi, associate professor of economics, Program in Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College.Dahi's research and teaching interests are in the areas of economic development and international trade, with a special focus on South-South economic cooperation, and on the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa. He is the author, along with Firat Demir of the 2016 book, "South-South Trade and Finance in the Twenty-first Century: the Rise of the South or a Second Great Divergence."

Women and Same-Sex Domestic Violence Seminar
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon-1 p.m., Wesley House Basement

Delve into dialogue with Lena Zairis on the sensitive and not widely discussed topic of women and same-sex domestic Violence. The conversation will explore cultural erasure, societal oppression, and clinical work.

'(Don't) Frack Your Mother' with Kristen Abatsis McHenry
Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 110

The process of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") has been linked to health problems, water contamination, and environmental degradation. Gas and oil industries maintain that fracking is a safe practice, yet anti-fracking protesters challenge this claim. This talk outlines the roles women play in anti-fracking activism, the negative health outcomes women experience, and the role gender plays in the debates surrounding fracking. Kristen shows the ways that the industry positions women fracktivists as hysterical, inferior, unreasonable, emotional, and consequently they are attacked in gender-specific ways by the gas and oil industry.

'Project Drawdown' Webinar
Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Since the findings were published in April 2017, "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" has become a New York Times bestseller, prompting hundreds of media reports, events, and new editions worldwide. This online workshop hosted by the Project Drawdown leadership team, including Paul Hawken, will provide an interactive overview and update of "Drawdown" that will be streamed live at no cost. The overview will be followed by a live Q&A session.

'Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora' with Joanna Dee Das, Washington University, St. Louis.
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Dancer, choreographer, author and social activist Katherine Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers of the 20th century. For over thirty years, her company toured the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, bringing her embodied vision of the African diaspora to audiences worldwide. Joanna Dee Das's book Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora argues that Dunham was more than a dancer; she was an intellectual and activist committed to using dance to fight for racial justice on her own terms. Das is an assistant professor of dance at Washington University in St. Louis.

Presidential Colloquium: 'America's Gun Violence Epidemic'
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Pam Bosley and Stasha Rhodes -- leading voices in the movement to prevent gun violence -- will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “America’s Gun Violence Epidemic” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Campus Center Carroll Room at Smith College. The event is open to the public at no charge. More information:

'Vive la Resistance: Evidence that Multidrug Resistance is an Ancient Stem Cell Trait'
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Michele Markstein, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

Emer O'Dwyer: 'Ostracism, Boss Rule and the Impossibility of Democracy in Rural Japan, 1948-58'
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Campus Center 205

Emer O'Dwyer is associate professor of history and East Asian studies, Oberlin College. Pizza and beverages provided. Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Free and open to the public.

Dania Francis '01: 'Do School Counselors Exhibit Bias in Recommending Students for Advanced Coursework?'
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Seelye 106

Dania Francis, Smith Alumna ‘01 and Ph.D. Duke ’13, is Assistant Professor of Economics and Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. Her current research involves using experimental and quasi-experimental methods to identify structural causes of racial and socioeconomic academic achievement gaps. More broadly, Dania’s research interests include examining racial and socioeconomic disparities in education, labor markets and the criminal justice system. Dania has taught courses in the economics of education, the history of the education of blacks in the U.S., contemporary issues of race and education, and introductory microeconomics.

Global Salon with Doris H. Gray: 'Women and Transitional Justice in Tunisia--The Forgotten Victims'
Thursday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Seven years after the uprising, who are the winners and the losers? Since the 2011 uprisings, this North African country has taken several major steps to address historic, systematic human rights violations. A Truth and Dignity Commission investigated mass atrocities. Not everyone came forward and testified. The talk investigates the possibilities of justice in the absence of truth telling.

Philosophy Lecture: 'Creating, Preserving and Defending the Paris Agreement on Climate Change'
Thursday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Andrew Light, University Prof. of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences, George Mason Univ. & Distinguished Senior Fellow, Climate Program, World Resources Institute, will review the recent history of the UN climate negotiations, culminating in the Paris Agreement in Dec. 2015. He will cover how the agreement overcame the hurdle of justly assigning responsibilities for hitting global emission reduction targets and look at the stress test that the Paris Agreement is going through now, because of the intention to withdraw by the U.S. He will explain how different communities are prepared to defend the Agreement and continue coordinated action on this urgent problem.

Seeking Artists for 'Healing Through the Arts Festival'
January 25-27

If you're an actor, playwright, and/or director interested in telling stories that promote equity and wellness for the campus community this festival is for you. Priority will be given to highlighting the experiences of current and former Black Smith students. Contact for more details. The festival will take place January 25 and 26. Presented by Black Students' Alliance, Smith African & Caribbean Students' Association, and Smith College Department of Theatre.

'No Man’s Land: Prints from the Front Lines of WWI', Museum of Art

Drawn primarily from a generous donation of prints by Gladys Engel Lang and Kurt Lang, No Man’s Land: Prints from the Front Lines of WWI features some fifty works on paper made by German, American, English, Scottish, and French artists. This installation commemorates the centennial of the end of the War, and offers insight into the changing perceptions of artists’ wartime experience.

Norman Fischer Q&A and Poetry Reading
Tuesday, Oct. 16

Presented as part of the Putting Pen to Palm Leaf Series. Norman Fischer has written more than 25 books of poetry and nonfiction. A Soto Zen priest, he initially envisioned poetry and Zen as two separate practices. After a time, he realized that writing had unintentionally become a way of describing an intimate religious experience. His work, both experimental and spiritual, is essential to the field of language-centered poetics. Q&A open to the the Smith community at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center, evening reading open to the public at 7:30 p.m. in the Carroll Room.

Screening 'Belle' (2013)
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Directed by Amma Asante. 1:44 minutes. Rated PG. Screened In conjunction with the special SCMA exhibition "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment." This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait of Lady Elizabeth Murray and her multiracial cousin Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804). Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle, and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray.

'Undetermine': An Evening of Dance and Music Improvisation at the Historic Crew House
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

"Undetermine: An Evening of Dance and Music Improvisation" with Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Dante Brown, Lani Nahele, Leah Fournier, and Shaina Cantino and special guest musician John Cabán. Free, open to public, limited seating at the Smith College newly renovated historic Crew House, Leeds Studio for Dance Research.

A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas II
Thursday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Sage Chamber Music Society presents A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas II. Pianist Jiayan Sun continues his yearlong exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks. Recital II: Sonatas Nos. 5-8 & 19-20.

SEC Presents 'The Incredibles 2'
Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2.” But this time Helen (Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together.

UPDATED: JostenLive! SNEAK PREVIEW of 'Moonlight on the Miskatonic'
Friday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Learn about the inspiration for world premiere musical 'Moonlight on the Miskatonic', based on the novels of H.P. Lovecraft, with Samantha Noble ‘12 (book), Clifton J. Noble MA ‘88 (music and lyrics), director Ellen Kaplan, and performances by Hero Hendrick-Baker '22, Tari Owei '21, Rosemary Ewing '19, and Teva Skovronek ‘22. JostenLive! celebrates the creativity of Josten Library users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Always brief, free, and open to all!

'Moonlight on the Miskatonic'
Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Music and Lyrics by Clifton J. Noble, Book by Samantha Noble. World Premiere Musical Directed by Ellen W. Kaplan. The campus of Miskatonic U is decked out for Illumination Night. Four alums have arrived for their five-year reunion, only to find creepy goings-on hidden behind the ivy-covered walls, and the terrifying disappearances of students keep happening. There’s a snake in Paradise….or something much, much worse. Based on the super-scary stories of HP Lovecraft, this new musical is about love, friendship, and growing up – and about horrors that lurk very near. Tickets available at Free for Smith students.

Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Usher for the world premiere musical MOONLIGHT ON THE MISKATONIC and see it for free! Performances are October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14. To sign up call 413-585-3220 or email

Arabic Folk Dance and Music with Karim Nagi
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian immigrant to the USA, and a true crossover artist uniting the Arab tradition with the global contemporary world. He has has released fourteen CDs, ranging from traditional Arab music to fusion and electronica. This interactive Arabic Folk Dance & Music event is sponsored by the Arabic Program in Middle East Studies and will include some student presentations of study abroad experiences, a Middle Eastern dinner from "Taste of Lebanon," and of course, Arabic folk dancing and music. This event is free and open to all.

Music in the Noon Hour
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Judith Gordon, piano, Charles Huang, oboe, Lynn Sussman, clarinet, Sheffra Spiridopoulos, horn, and Rebecca Eldredge, bassoon will be playing Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Free and open to the public.

Free Admission: Museum of Art Welcomes All During Family Weekend
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28, Museum of Art

Admission is free for all during Family Weekend.. Visitors can explore four floors of art that include the current exhibitions: “Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection”; “No Man's Land: Prints from the Front Lines of WWI”; “The Many Faces of Womanhood in East Asia”; “Object Histories: From the African Continent to the SCMA Galleries” and more! Also, not to be missed—artist-designed restrooms; handcrafted gallery benches; and the Museum Shop. Stop by for two gallery talks, Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

SACSA Careers Info Session
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Rescheduled from Mountain Day.

Five College Digital Humanities Mixer
Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m.

Learn about the 2018-19 Five College Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities, meet others interested in digital humanities, and find encouragement for your ideas. The mixer will be Thursday, October 18, 4:30-6:30pm at the Five Colleges offices (97 Spring St in Amherst). We will be serving pizza and soft drinks. Gluten free and vegan options available upon request; email The building is wheelchair-accessible and other accommodations can be provided upon request.

Mindful Mondays: Eat, Write, and Talk with Us
Monday, Oct. 22, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Enjoy free food, short contemplative exercises and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. This Week’s Topic: Forming Friendships at School and Work with guest hosts: Cornelia Pearsall, Professor of English Language and Literature, and Byron Zamboanga, Professor of Psychology. Co-Sponsored by Jessica Bacal & Matilda Cantwell. Gluten free & vegan options - no registration required!

Web Tools for Creating Fantasy Maps - SAL Fall Workshop Series
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Sabin-Reed 104

Explore tools to make maps of imaginary landscapes in preparation for Halloween. (Sabin-Reed 104)

Growth Group Meetings
Oct. 16, 23 & 30, 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Learn about the resources available for starting or maintaining your Christian faith during your time at Smith. Some features of the meeting will include learning how to pray, finding places of worship in the Pioneer Valley, and the weekly Bible study. Tea and snacks provided.

Field Hockey: Smith College vs. WPI
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m., Smith Turf Field

Support the Pioneers as they take on WPI.

Volleyball: Smith vs. U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Support the Pioneers as they take on the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Bates College
Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Come support the Pioneers as they take on the Bobcats.

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