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09/29/2016 Digest

UPDATED: Elm Street Access to College Lane Closed Again, Friday, Sept. 30, 8-10 a.m.

The temporary closure of one lane of College Lane near Elm Street has been extended and will be closed again tomorrow morning, September 30 from approximately 8-10 a.m. In addition, Friday, Sept 30, the Northwest bound lane of Elm Street will be temporally closed from approximately 10am-2pm to access a manhole in Elm Street for associated sewer work. Police will be present in these locations to manage traffic.

Registration Still Open for Fitness Program

Registration is still open for faculty and staff fitness program. More information may be found on the ESS website at

Apply by Sept. 30 for Kahn Institute Short Term Project, 'Robed Warriors', Beginning October 15, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Faculty and staff are invited to apply to Robed Warriors, a four-part short-term project, starting Saturday, Oct. 15. Part II begins February 11; Part III begins March 4, and Part IV begins April 8, 2017, organized by Jay Garfield, Philosophy. "We will explore the impact of Buddhist monastics on health care and hospice services, the design of charitable NGOs, cognitive science, values education, feminism and on the envisioning of of religious life. All four parts will include a prominent Buddhist monastic whose work has transformed both contemporary Buddhist practice and the world beyond." Application deadline is September 30. For more information and application visit

President McCartney's Open Office Hour, Monday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

President McCartney welcomes anyone in the Smith Community to spend a brief one-on-one with her anytime during the one hour time slot.

Alert re Apple's OS X 'Sierra' Release

Apple has released the latest version of their operating system macOS X 10.12 (aka Sierra) to the public. At this time, ITS recommends that you do NOT upgrade to Sierra for any computer used to access Smith College systems. ITS is in the process of testing Sierra on all College applications. Once Sierra is an approved and supported operating system, a notice will be posted in e-Digest. If you have any further questions, call IT Support Center at x4487.

Committee for Honorary Degrees, Chaired by President McCartney, Invites Nominations

The Smith College Committee for Honorary Degrees, chaired by President McCartney, invites nominations of individuals of distinction for honorary doctoral degrees. To learn more about the award, view a list of recipients, or nominate an outstanding individual, visit

Blog for 'Smith by Smithies'

Blog for "Smith by Smithies" , a blog for prospective students to learn about life at Smith. Looks great on a resume and only one post a week required, plus you get to answer prospie's creative questions. To apply, visit

Free Flu Shot Clinics, Oct. 3 and Oct. 18

Free flu shot clinics will be offered at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness on Monday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Current students, faculty, and staff may sign up at For more information about the flu and flu vaccine, visit

Traditions Party Raffle Winners

Thanks to all students who attended the recent Traditions Party in the Alumnae House to learn more about Smith’s lasting legacies. Your Smith Fund poker chip votes resulted in a $500 gift for Essential Smith, which will support financial aid and campus life. The three raffle winners are: Elaona Lemoto ’20, Shannon Nicholls ’19, and Haleigh Anderson ’19. Winners will receive an email with information about collecting their prizes. To view photos from the event, visit

Smith College Fall Career Fair 2016, Thursday, Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., ITT

Meet with recruiters from corporate and non-profit organizations to discuss a broad range of internships, full-time jobs and graduate/professional school opportunities. The fair is free for students; No registration is required. Bring copies of your resume. Attire is business casual. Over 50 Participating Organizations - visit

Spanish & Portuguese Study Abroad Information Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 29, 4:30-6 p.m., Seelye 106

Learn more about studying in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country for one semester or a full year. Attend this presentation by department faculty members. Refreshments will be served.

Global FLEX in Israel Information Session, Friday, Sept. 30, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Come learn about this exciting opportunity to travel to Israel with Smith's Global FLEX program this coming J-term. This Global FLEX program will address how ongoing disputes over borders, access to natural resources, and human security complicate the kinds of cooperative environmental projects that could otherwise bring peoples together.

Smith To Do: Washi Tape Mugs , Saturday, Oct. 1, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Decorate your own mug with washi tape. Supplies provided, while they last.

Interest Meeting for Weaving Voices and Student Theatre Committee Project, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

Seeking students of color to participate in a devised theatre project—a play collaboratively created by an ensemble of performers. The theme of this project is race, identity, and language. This encompasses all the ways that language is racialized—what kind of language is legitimized and valued, and why that is and what that means. The aim is for the project to be truly collaborative such that every performer has the chance to incorporate their experiences and perspectives within a cohesive piece. Performance dates will be December 2 and 3.

Associated Kyoto Program Information Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Seelye 207

For students interested in studying in Kyoto 2017-2018 and beyond, attend this meeting and learn about the application process for study abroad in Japan with the Associated Kyoto Program as well as the different aspects of this program based at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Japanese refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Office of the Provost.

ADHD Motivational Group, a Practical Hands-On Group for Individuals with ADHD; Weekly Meetings Begin, Thursday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Schacht Center for Wellness

ADHD Motivational Group forming. Over 6 Thursdays we will share stories as well as strategies that work. The first meeting is on Thursday, October 6 at 3:00 pm, upstairs in the Schacht Wellness Center. If interested, contact Jeannette Landrie, and Elena Volpe,

Environmental Concentrations in Sustainable Food and Climate Change, Monday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

The environmental concentrations engage students in an interdisciplinary and hands on exploration of the many issues involved in the topics of sustainable food and climate change. Find out more about requirements and get answers to your questions. Lunch provided.

'Old Lesbian Memory Quilt Story': An Oral History Reading, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Alumnae Gym

“The Old Lesbian Memory Quilt Story” is Edie Daly’s story and part of the “Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project” (OLOHP). An oral history project which began in 1997, OLOHP focused on lesbians 70 and older. Theirs are the stories of women who lived through a unique period in our history. Nine Old Lesbians from the Valley will read Edie's story at the Sophia Smith Collection in the Alumnae Gymnasium. In the Q&A section of the evening, those in attendance will be encouraged to share their own memories. For more info, contact or

Principles of Investing: Week 3, Thursday, Sept. 29, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Professor Roger Kaufman introduces students, faculty and staff to the fundamental concepts of investing. This week, Professor Kaufman will cover an introduction to fundamental analysis and a case study on Apple. Lunch will be provided for the first 70 attendees; no registration required.

'Practice. Practice. Practice.' A Kahn Institute Lecture by Lisa Leizman, Dancer, Choreographer, Yoga Teacher, Friday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

What is practice? Local dancer, choreographer and Yoga instructor Lisa Leizman, whose work extends across several kinds of practice, will discuss the subject of practice. Free and open to all. Is "practice" regular preparation for some future event? The application of thoroughly proficient training? A method or discipline? Is it a set of customs, traditions or observations? Or is it a common yet elusive experience in human life and activity? Of the many dimensions and purposes of practice, what do you practice and why? Part of the Kahn short-term project "Practice." For more information, visit

BSA and VOX Present Dr. Dineo Khabele, Friday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Dineo Khabele is a physician and surgeon who diagnoses and treats women with gynecologic cancers. As a physician and scientist, she conducts clinical and translational research studies funded by federal grants and foundation awards including the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. She is a co-founder and leader of the Vanderbilt Ovarian Cancer Alliance, whose mission is to advance translational, multi-disciplinary research collaborations to develop personalized approaches to diagnose and treat ovarian cancer and collaborate with ovarian cancer survivors and advocates to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. She will be presenting on her work during this lecture.

Andi Zeisler: 'From Riot Grrrl to Marketplace Feminism: Selling—and Selling Out—Feminism', Friday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Student Events Committee will host a talk by Andi Zeisler from feminist news organization Bitch Media. In the space of a few short years, feminism—an ideology debated, derided, and declared dead by mainstream media for decades—has suddenly become a hot media commodity. Celebrities love it; advertisers want it; fashion designers praise it. But what is this new feminism, and is it really about equality—or just commerce? This talk discusses the slow shift from the insurgent, collective power of Riot Grrrl to the new market-friendly feminism, and questions what we can learn from both.

'Neuroimmune Interaction and Its Implications for Autism and Other Neurodevelopment Disorders' , Monday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Jared Schwartzer, assistant professor, Program in Neuroscience and Behavior, Department of Psychology and Education, Mount Holyoke College, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2016 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 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

Global Salon: 'Living Between Cultures', Monday, Oct. 3, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Amie Song '16 will screen and discuss her film "In-Between," which profiles three Chinese undergraduates at Smith College and the tension they feel as students who are proudly Chinese, yet shaped by an American education. "I'm not a tourist anymore", says one. "But sometimes I feel like I'm just a guoke - a passenger in the United States." Pizza will be provided to the first 25 attendees.

Gillian Thomas: 'Sex Discrimination on the Job: Then and Now', Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, Gillian Thomas will speak about past and current legal cases against sex discrimination on the job. For her recently-published book, Because of Sex, Thomas interviewed women who brought ten precedent-setting cases and their attorneys about the struggles they encountered in challenging workplace pregnancy discrimination, sex stereotyping, sexual harassment, and other issues. Thomas, who has litigated sex discrimination cases for the last two decades at the EEOC, Legal Momentum as well as the ACLU, will talk about how these historic cases relate to current issues in law and culture for working women.

Annual Miller Lecture: Professor John Pinto, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

John Pinto, Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of Art and Archaeology Emeritus, Princeton University, will deliver a lecture entitled "Rome: The Greatest Theatre in the World." This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Smith College Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition, "When in Rome: Prints and Photographs, 1550–1900." Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Mary Skelton Roberts: 'Addressing Climate Change' , Thursday, Oct. 6, 4:30 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

Mary Skelton Roberts, Senior Program Office, Climate Change at the Barr Foundation, will address broad trends related to climate change, critical levers for reducing greenhouse gas emission including transportation and land use, and the role higher educational institutions can play in addressing these topics.

Global Salon: 'Transitional Justice in Guatemala', Thursday, Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Alejandra Castillo, deputy director of the Guatemalan human rights NGO Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH), will discuss transitional justice, which are human rights cases that occurred during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict from 1960 to 1996. CALDH was founded in 1985 and works on access to justice; collective memory; and fights against racism, discrimination and all forms of oppression. This is a bilingual Spanish-English event. An interpreter will be present.

Buddhist Studies Lecture by David Loy, Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

In his talk "Awakening From the Illusion of Our Separation: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-Crisis" David Loy will ask the question whether the eco-crisis is as much a spiritual challenge as a technological and economic one. If so, does Buddhism point the way to any resolution? Loy is a professor, writer and Zen teacher. Before the talk, a reception with refreshments begins at 6 p.m. in Bodman Lounge. Sponsored by the Ada Howe Kent fund.

Reception: 'At the Gate of Memory' Paintings and Sculpture by Elizabeth Pols '75, Friday, Sept. 30, 5-7 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery

The exhibit focuses on the contemporary Venetian lagoon and recovered images of Palmyra from the 1950s. The work explores the nature of permanence in both our physical and metaphysical worlds. The exhibit is open to the public daily Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through December 19.

'When in Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900', September 30-December 30, Museum of Art

"When In Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550–1900" examines the many ways the city of Rome has been pictured. From sixteenth-century engravings to nineteenth-century photographs, the works in the exhibition document the changing face of Rome and its architecture using a variety of techniques and stylistic approaches. Including more than 50 engravings, etchings, and photographs, the exhibition focuses on a number of emblematic monuments—such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain—which have come to represent Rome in the popular imagination. For more information, visit

SEC Presents 'StarTrek: Beyond', Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The Student Event Committee will present "Star Trek: Beyond." The film follows the team of the U.S.S. Enterprise after they crash land on a hostile planet. Surrounded by enemies, Kirk, Spock, and Scotty must work to survive and save their crew.

Sage Chamber Music Society Faculty Trio, Sunday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello; and Judith Gordon, piano will explore classical, classically romantic and neo-romantic works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Joan Tower. Free and open to the public.

'The Naked I: Self-Defined', Sunday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

"The Naked I: Self-Defined" is a brand new play from 20% Theatre Company in Minneapolis that explores queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming experiences through monologues, short scenes, and spoken word poems. The Naked I: Self-Defined had its full-length, sold-out world premiere in Minneapolis in February 2016 and involved over 75 LGBTQ and allied artists. This performance will be approximately 75 minutes, followed by a Q&A with the artists! Warning of adult language and sexual content. Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity and Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Smith College.

Gail Mazur '59 Poetry Reading, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Paradise Room, Conference Center

Gail Mazur’s attention to the din and detail of life is transformative, a kaleidoscopic recasting of fragments from the everyday world. Her poems refuse to accept the familiar at face value. As she says, her mind is in “a constant argument with the self.” A graduate of Smith College ’59 (B.A. English Literature), Mazur has served as founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Center and Reading Series and as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. A 4 p.m. Q&A in the Poetry Center is open to the Smith community. Evening reading free and open to the public.

Toolkit for the First Year Soul - Workshop for First Years with Rachel Simmons, Thursday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Truth: It’s hard to know what college will be like until you actually try it. There might be some things you didn’t expect, know about, or, okay, want anything to do with at Smith. We got you. In this workshop, learn a few tricks to navigate the first waves of college life and ask that question that dogs you right before you go to bed. Plus, Rachel Simmons will make you laugh and remember that you’re not as crazy, or alone, as you might suspect. Coffee, tea, & dessert served! No registration required, for more info visit:

Soup, Salad and Soul, Friday, Sept. 30, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup Salad and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade vegetarian-friendly soup and salad prepared by student cooks every Friday at noon. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality and topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All are welcome.

Olga Naumovich '98: 'How to Do Well at the Investment Bank Interview', Monday, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

This interactive presentation with Smith alumna Olga Naumovich '98, managing director for investment banking (IB) at Goldman Sachs, will provide helpful tips and useful strategies for acing the IB interview.

Life Sciences Study Abroad Info. Session, Monday, Oct. 3, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Are you majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science & Policy, Marine Sciences, or Neuroscience and are interested in studying abroad? This session will cover which programs offer the best international setting for your academic development. Come learn where to apply and how to best use the opportunities available to you!

'Handling the Reading Load', Tuesday, Oct. 4, Noon-1, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

This lunch-hour workshop led by Gail Thomas offers strategies for reading more efficiently, skimming, selecting the main idea, and participating in discussions.

MBA Information Session, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

At this panel discussion, admissions representatives from Yale School of Management, Columbia Business School, MIT Sloan Management, and Harvard Business School will answer questions and share knowledge about what it takes to earn an MBA. Students will learn about what careers are possible with an MBA, how to choose the best business school for their interests, and when to apply. Light supper will be provided; no registration required.

Susan Daniels: 'How to Use Professional Acting Skills for Public Speaking', Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Using the same skills professional actors practice to relax, focus, and engage, this 90-minute workshop will take your speech from a "loud reading" to a dynamic performance. Led by Susan Daniels and co-sponsored by the Lazarus, Wurtele and Jacobson centers. No registration required - coffee, tea, and desserts served!

Rachel Simmons: 'How to Quit Overthinking', Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Do you replay your missteps in your head at night, thinking 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. No registration required - coffee, tea, and dessert served! For more info visit

Community Vigil Honoring Black Life, Thursday, Sept. 29, Noon, Chapin Lawn

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Justice, Identity, and Social Change Student Advisory Board invite theSmith community to a vigil to acknowledge the deaths of two black men in a context of national violence and inequality. This space will hold up the lives of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott in particular but acknowledge and remember the many others. All are welcome. Co-sponsored by The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

Jewish Community Shabbat, Friday, Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday at the Kosher Kitchen, at Jordan House. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat, where students gather together, light Shabbat candles, and sing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. This is followed at 6 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome.

Rosh Hashanah with Smith Jewish Community Begins, Sunday, Oct. 2

Rosh HaShanah services will be led by Smith’s Jewish Student Advisor, Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser. Services are a combination of Conservative, Reform, and creative practice. Orthodox students are invited to contact the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life or Rabbi Shapiro-Rieser with questions regarding available services or transportation information. Erev Rosh Hashanah services will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Chapel, followed by a kosher dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae House. On Monday, Oct. 3, Rosh Hashanah services begin at 10 a.m. Lunch and a Tashlich ceremony will follow. All students are welcome.

Meditation--Give It a Try, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Virtually all religious traditions have a contemplative, meditative practice as a facet of their faith expressions. Words like meditation, mindfulness, and contemplation are now very much part of campus life and the media. But what are these practices? The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL) is offering a series of meditation sessions beginning on October 5. Come and learn about meditation. Experience different forms of meditative practice and see how they can benefit your own individual spiritual practice. Smith Community Religious Adviser Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser, who has training as an interfaith meditation and mindfulness leader, will facilitate the sessions.

2016 Clery Report Available

In compliance with federal and state laws, the Campus Police Department compiles an annual crime and fire report. This report, which provides crime and fire statistics for the three previous calendar years, as well as safety-related policies and procedures, is available online at: If you wish to receive a paper copy of the report, please contact the Campus Police Department at x2490 or stop by our office at 126 West Street. You can also email to request a copy.

Design After 5 - The Design Thinking Initiative Open House , Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30-7 p.m., Capen Annex

The Design Thinking Initiative invites you to an open house at Capen Annex. Join us for an evening of wine and conversation about design, where we unveil our focus themes for the year and ways that the Smith College community can get actively involved in reimagining the campus through design thinking. For more information, visit

How to Heal a Hurting Community Vigil & Talk, Thursday & Friday, Sept. 29 & 30, Campus Center 103/4

Our community has collaborated to provide spaces to begin healing and allow for processing and expressing emotions in the wake of tragedy. At noon on Thursday, Sept. 29, there will be a vigil at the Campus Center steps from noon to 1 p.m. to acknowledge the recent deaths of two black men in a context of national violence and inequality. On Friday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. in CC 103/104 there will be a discussion on race, self-love, wellness and social justice featuring Dariana Guerrero 17' of Beyond Injustice; Nnamdi Pole, professor of psychology; and Kris Mereigh, associate director of wellness education.

Computer Store Closed for Inventory in Morning; Reopens at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30

The Smith College Computer Store will be closed this Friday morning, September 30th for Inventory. We will open at 1pm. If you need help or have questions please feel free to knock and we would be happy to help.

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