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02/22/2018 Digest

Change to Campus Network Gateway

On March 1, ITS will set the campus network gateway to deny externally initiated inbound network sessions, except to subnetworks and devices that provide public-facing services. This change mirrors the behavior of most home networks and is expected to have no impact on normal network activity. It will only change the protection of wired devices as the wireless networks are already configured with this protection in place. For more information, go to the ITS website and click the link provided in the “Service alerts and updates” window.

Xerox MFD Software Updates
February 20-23

CBS will be remotely upgrading the software on Xerox MFDs (Multi-Function Devices) this week to address issues with the MFD login screen freezing. Individual MFDs will be unavailable for up to one hour while the update installs. The installation process will be done on a rolling basis beginning at 6 p.m. each day. MFD should be left on overnight to allow for this update. Note: This only impacts Xerox MFDs, HP printers will not be affected.

Smith Responds to New Round of Proposed PVTA Cuts

Smith, alongside the other members of the Five College Consortium, is again seeking community support in responding to proposed cuts to essential Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Five College bus routes. Several proposed changes will directly affect services between Smith and the Five Colleges. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to voice concerns, either via a survey or by attending a February 28 hearing on the issue at 4 p.m., in Northampton City Council chambers. For more information, visit

2018 Facilities Management Summer Employment Program

This year the number of available job openings in Facilities Management for the Summer Employment is very limited. If there are any vacancies available once returning workers are hired, new applicants will be contacted according to the priority list. On-line applications for new hires must be submitted by Friday, March 16, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, priority for filling positions goes first to eligible returning workers from the previous summer, Smith College undergraduate students, then to undergraduate college age dependents and then to high school age dependents. For information on how to apply, visit

Smith Basketball Hosts NEWMAC Basketball Championship
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 24 & 25, 1 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

The Smith College basketball team will host the NEWMAC Basketball Tournament. The Pioneers will play either MIT or Springfield in the semi-finals on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the championship game on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.

Register Now for Annual Staff Performance Review Workshop
Thursday, March 1, 10:30 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

If you are new to Smith or need a refresher on the staff annual performance review and process cycle, this is a great workshop to attend. Come to learn about the next stage in the performance review process, review the materials, ask questions, and review the new annual performance review form at any of these information sessions. Register by visiting

Register Now for Parent Support Group, Beginning
Thursday, March 1, Noon

Few would argue that parenting is one of life’s great joys as well as one of its significant challenges. The range of emotions that we experience as parents runs deep, often deeper and more intense than we could have ever imagined. Join our parenting support group where you can discuss situations that dedicated working parents face on a day-to-day basis as they raise their children in a complex world. The group meets on the first Thursday of every month. Register by visiting

Juniors Wishing to Student-Teach Next Year; Apply by March 2

Smith offers undergraduates (usually seniors) the opportunity to earn their Massachusetts initial teaching license in elementary, middle, or high school education. More information about prerequisites for this program can be found on our website. Students wishing to student-teach next year should fill out an application and submit it to Gina Wyman ( and Marjorie Postal ( by March 2. Applicants will do a short demonstration lesson for members of the Education faculty in late March. Sophomores and first Years considering earning a teaching license should make an appointment to meet with Gina Wyman, Coordinator of Teacher Education.

Campus Police Outreach Programs Offered at (Teas)

Campus Police offers community outreach programs are available to members of the Smith community. Programs can be scheduled at the common areas of resident halls during student teas. Programs begin at 4 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. Outreach programs is a great way to build community relations and share personal safety information. Programs include Alcohol Awareness, Hall Talks, Self-Defense Workshop, Operation ID Laptop Engraving and Identity Theft. For more information on a program in your area, email Officer Earl Brown at or call campus police at 413-585-2490. Programs are offered on Thursdays and Fridays.

Apply for Summer 2018 Funding for Languages of the Middle East and North Africa; Deadline
Friday, March 9

The Middle East Studies Committee is able to support students who are planning to study one of the region’s languages (e.g., Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Farsi, Berber) during the summer 2018. The support is made possible by an endowed gift by Leila Wilson ’34. Applications can be downloaded from the College’s Middle East Studies website:

Last Week to Guess the February Mystery Map from the SAL

Solve the February Mystery Map from the Spatial Analysis Lab! Submissions close on February 28.

Course Drop Deadline
Wednesday, Feb. 28

Wednesday, Feb. 28 is the last day to drop a full semester course without penalty or use of a free drop. Course drops require the signature of the instructor and adviser on the add and drop form before being submitted to the class deans' office. All deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website:

Applying for Financial Aid for 2018-19

This is a reminder to all students interested in applying for financial aid for next academic year, to view your requirements on Bannerweb and submit your documents by the deadlines. You can view general information about financial aid at

Exploring a Career in Economics with Gillian Brunet
Thursday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 110

A conversation with Gillian Brunet about what it takes to go to Graduate School after Smith will take place in Seelye 110. Gillian Brunet, ’08, is a Smith graduate and a Macroeconomic historian with a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In fall 2018, she will begin as an assistant professor at Wesleyan University.

Outdoors Program Trips This Week
February 22, 24 and 25

Every Thursday the Outdoors Program leads downhill ski/snowboard trips to Berkshire East, leaving at 4 p.m. from the Boathouse. Lift tickets are only $18, and rentals and lessons are also offered at a discount. For Berkshire East trips, no registration is required. Saturday, Feb. 24, there will be an ice skating trip to a local rink. There is a $5/person fee to get in, but the Outdoors program has skates to lend for free. Sunday, Feb. 25, there is a cross country skiing trip. This trip will offer a lesson and an opportunity to explore nearby cross-country ski trails. To register for a trip, email

Night at Your Museum 2018
Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Museum of Art

Go Big. Go Bold. Push your creative limits with provocative art and flavor-bending desserts at SCMA's biggest party of the year. The special exhibition, ? Modern Images of the Body from East Asia, will be featured. Other highlights include: music DJ'd by TEDDY, appetizers and desserts, polaroid pictures, tattoo lounge, collaborative art-making, a student picks exhibition, and the Museum Shop will be OPEN. Free and open to Smith students and their guests only. Enter through the atrium. For mor einformation, visit

Campfire at the Field Station
Friday, Feb. 23, 1-4 p.m.

Looking for a cozy campfire to melt the February cold away? Join us at the MacLeish Field Station for S’mores at the fire pit! Vans will leave Friday from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and return by 4 p.m. Sign up to reserve a spot

Worship Service in the African-American Tradition
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life for a Worship Service in the African-American Tradition followed by a 5:00 pm dinner and fellowship in Bodman Lounge. The service will be led by Senior Pastor The Rev. Dr. R.A. Love and Associate Minister Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks. Music is from Blackappella and the Alden Church Choir. RSVP by email to by Feb. 23 or just come. All are welcome.

Apply Now for Mary Maples Dunn Fund Grants for Summer Language Study and Research; Due
February 26

A limited number of small grants are available to students who are planning to study an East Asian Language (Chinese, Korean, or Japanese) in the Summer 2018 term or conduct advanced research on East Asia through travel to the region. Priority will be given to EAS and EAL majors and minors and to students who have not received previous funding. Grant may not be used for the Ewha Exchange Program. Send a personal statement, itemized budget including other funding and an unofficial transcript as a single PDF file to by February 26, 2018. Students will be notified by mid-April.

Celebrating Collaborations Now Accepting Proposals for Presentations, Performances & Posters

Students in all classes and majors are invited to submit proposals to participate in "Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together," which will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Proposals to display posters, give presentations or exhibition, or do performances will be accepted. Proposals may derive from special studies projects, honors theses, concentration work, research projects, classwork, or any other student-faculty joint work. For more information and to submit a proposal online, visit All proposals are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Contact Patty DiBartolo, Associate Dean of the Faculty with questions or email

Sign Up to Sort Food at the Food Bank of Western MA
Friday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding the community since 1982, distributing food to member agencies in surrounding counties. Volunteer work is a crucial component to the elimination of hunger and is a rewarding experience. On Friday, March 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (transportation time included) we will be sorting donated food in the warehouse for distribution around the valley. Please wear closed- toed shoes and comfortable clothing. Sign up at

Hot Chocolate with Campus Police
Monday, March 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cafe Entrance, Campus Center

We at the Campus Police Department understand the importance of having positive community relations and being available to assist members of our community. This includes having transparency and taking the time to get to know our community, and providing the opportunity for them to meet us as well. Building relationships and strengthening partnerships helps keep us working together in crime reporting and addressing safety concerns. Campus Police will be the Campus Center near the entrance to the cafe to share a cup of Hot Chocolate with friends.

Apply to Become Orientation Leader; Deadline is March 6

If you are interested in serving as a Fall 2018 Orientation Leader you must send an email to Debby Ghezzi at: stating your interest, your class rank as of fall 2018 and why you are interested. Please note that you cannot be an incoming HON, HP, HR, HCA, SAA or a participant in pre-season athletics. You must be attending and in residence at Smith for Fall 2018. You will need to be able to return to campus August 25th, 2018. Deadline to email your interest is March 6, 2018. Interviews will be held after spring break.

Student Leadership Awards - Nominations Due
March 13

Nominations for the 2018 Student Leadership Awards are now being accepted. Join us in recognizing the incredible work that happens in our Smith community. Awards include Outstanding Community Service, Outstanding House President, Outstanding Student Employee, Outstanding Student Leader, Outstanding Student Organization, Pioneer Spirit, Programming Excellence, Social Justice Advocate, Leadership in Environmental Sustainability, Unsung Hero, Adviser of the Year and Supervisor of the Year. For more information, award criteria, and to nominate, visit Nominations are due March 13. The awards ceremony will be held April 17th at 7:00pm in the Campus Center.

'To Live Deliberately': A Symposium on Henry David Thoreau in Honor of Dean Flower
Thursday, Feb. 22, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

This symposium is in honor of Professor Dean Flower. Faculty from the Department of English Language and Literature will speak on different aspects of Thoreau's work life and work. All are welcome to attend.

Economics Faculty Seminar Speaker: Gillian Brunet, '08, Macroeconomic Historian
Friday, Feb. 23, 12:15 p.m., Seelye 106

Gillian Brunet, ’08, will discuss “Stimulus on the Home Front: the State-Level Effects of WWII Spending.” A Macroeconomic historian, Brunet has a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley. For 2017-2018, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In fall 2018, she will begin as an assistant professor at Wesleyan University.

Boris Dralyuk: Translating Isaac Babel
Monday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

"Raising Hell at Your Desk": literary translator and editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books Boris Dralyuk speaks on translating Isaac Babel’s wildly inventive short stories of the 1920s -- every bit as vivid and invigorating today as they were when they first appeared in Soviet Russia -- and the questions they raise. Sponsored by the Lecture Committee, the Program in Jewish Studies and the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Poetry Readings by Bill Porter/Red Pine
Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Red Pine (aka Bill Porter) will read a selection of his favorite Chinese poems from the 1,500 he has translated so far. Accompanying the poems, Porter will show slides of the places where they were written and will read selections from Finding Them Gone: his quest to pour American whiskey on as many Chinese poet graves as possible, the documentary film version of which will be released this May in China. Sponsored by the Ada Howe Kent fund, Smith College Poetry Center, Lecture Committee and Buddhist Studies program.

'Spiny Mice and Complex Tissue Regeneration in Mammals'
Monday, Feb. 26, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Ashley W Seifert, assistant professor of biology, University of Kentucky, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 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.

David Daley: 'Gerrymandering--How Politicians Elect Their Voters'
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

David Daley, senior fellow for FairVote, is author of "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy." He is a frequent lecturer and media source about gerrymandering. A former editor-in-chief of and the former CEO and publisher of the Connecticut News Project, his work has appeared in New York Magazine, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and USA Today. When writing for the Hartford Courant, he helped identify Mark Felt as the "Deep Throat" source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

'Stretching Space, Keeping Time: The Explorative Abundance of Rahul Sankrityayan'
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Maya Joshi, associate professor, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi and currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, traces the life and work of Rahul Sankrityayan,1893-1963, a fascinating polymath born in India who left behind a multi-disciplinary legacy of works. While his remarkable life tempts one to a reading of it as irreducibly unique, Joshi's talk will attempt to locate it within a larger intellectual and political milieu. Made possible by the Fulbright Program and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, South Asia Concentration, Buddhist Studies Program and Kent Fund.

'Bodies in Earth: Postwar Japanese Ceramics, Photography and Installation Art'
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

This talk will be presented by Bert Winther-Tamaki, professor of art history and visual studies, University of California, Irvine. Placing the body in direct contact with earthy matter was a widespread impulse in ceramics, photography, and installation art in postwar Japan. Images and actions that foregrounded the touch of skin to soil evoked thoughts ranging from death and abjection to pastoral nostalgia. A new aesthetics of earth was driven by the historical context of full-throttle economic growth and urbanization, polluting the land. This lecture considers responses to these conditions by photographers, ceramicists, and avant-garde installation artists working in Japan in the 1950s through 1970s.

'Forests: Critical Components for Addressing Long-Term Climate Change'
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A public lecture by William R. Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Moomaw has worked at the intersection of science and policy, advocating for international sustainable development, and has been a long-time contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has conducted diverse research in areas including sustainable development, renewable energy, trade and environment, technology and policy implications for climate change, water and climate change, economics and geochemistry of the nitrogen cycle, biodiversity, and negotiation strategies for environmental agreements. Please register for the event at

Ngugi wa Thong'o: 'Birth of a Dream Weaver, The Pleasures and Perils of Writing'
Thursday, March 1, 4:15 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, world renowned writer and prominent figure of contemporary African literature, tells the story of his creative awakening as a university student as well as a budding writer in the early 1960s, right on the cusp of Kenyan Independence, in his memoir titled Birth of a Dream Weaver. He will discuss the pleasures and perils of writing.

Classics Lecture: Egbert Bakker on THE ODYSSEY
Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Egbert Bakker, professor of classics, Yale University, will present on the theme of the multiple possible endings to THE ODYSSEY, both Homer's surviving version and other versions known from the epic cycle. Prof. Bakker writes on oral poetry, poetic performance, the linguistic articulation of narrative, and the differences between speaking and writing.

'Poe Was Wrong, Aristotle Was Right? On Writing 'Epic' in the Age of Twitter'
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

George Elliott Clarke, the 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto and the 7th Parliamentary /Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-2017), is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays and poetry. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. This event is sponsored by the Smith's Department of English Language and Literature and the Lecture Committee.

'From Bearded Lady to Breathing on Land,' a Kahn Institute Artist Talk with Hope Ginsburg
Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Hope Ginsburg, visual artist, educator and marine invertebrate enthusiast, will present recent works at the intersection of performance art and video and the past projects that underpin them. Focus will be on her "Land Dive Team" body of work, which combines scuba and meditation to train attention on the environment, and which was premiered last year at MASS MoCA as part of the popular exhibit "Explode Everyday"; and of "Swirling," a collaborative work in progress to do with coral restoration. Ginsburg visits in conjunction with the Kahn Institute's yearlong project Destroy then Restore: Transforming our Lands and Waters.

'The Diaries of an Aristocratic Woman in Imperial Russia'
Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

ChaeRan Freeze of Brandeis University explores the diaries of Zinaida Poliakova (1863-1952), a confident product of Russian aristocratic culture, yet state laws, religious practices, and marital choices made her feel her Jewish difference. How did social institutions, gendered norms, and religion shape the writing of Poliakova’s diaries? Freeze is professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Brandeis University. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Religion Department, Study of Women and Gender Program, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program and History Department.

Global Salon: A Conversation With Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Peter Kimani
Thursday, March 1, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, acclaimed novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, memoirist, academic, and social activist returns to the Five College area where he was a distinguished professor in 1991, during his political exile from Kenya. Peter Kimani is a leading African writer of his generation. Born in 1971 in Kenya, he is a faculty member at Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi and is currently the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. At this Global Salon, these two preeminent writers form Kenya will discuss their latest novels. Pizza will be served to the first forty participants.

Bulb Show Opening Lecture: 'Stories About Seeds'
Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Join Tim Johnson, director, Smith College Botanic Garden and former Head of Preservation at Seed Savers Exchange, for a journey through time as we explore the evolution of seeds and the emergence of the angiosperm (“vessel seeded”) plant lineage. These flowering plants arose some 125 million years ago. Learn about how the humble skill of seed saving changed the course of human history and about the current work being done to preserve both biodiversity and cultural identities in seed banks.

Jung Association Lecture: 'The Archetypal Initiations of Childbirth and Death--Symbolic and Embodied'
Friday, March 2, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Penelope Tarasuk, Ph.D., author, analyst and training supervisor, will discuss the processes of childbirth and death, the alpha and omega human experiences. Both totally embodied and often nonverbal, these physical experiences utterly impact our lives. As archetypal initiations, these crucial entries and exits set the stage of life and impress the great humanizing core of who we are.

15th Annual Miller Lecture with Artist Mina Cheon
Saturday, March 3, 4 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

This Smith College Museum of Art program is part of the Mina Cheon artist residency at Smith College March 2–4, 2018 and is offered in connection with the exhibition: "Modern Images of the Body from East Asia" Cheon is a Korean-American new media artist, scholar and educator who divides her time between Korea and the United States. Her political popart, or “Polipop,” draws inspiration from global media and popular culture, intersecting politics and pop art. Cheon’s work ranges from new media, video, installation, performance and public projects to traditional media of painting and sculpture. Free and open to all.

Exhibition: 体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia
February 2-August 26, Museum of Art

Drawing mostly from the Museum’s collection, the exhibition looks at multifaceted representations of the body in East Asia from the 19th century to the present. The character 体, used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, serves as the point of departure. First, it refers to the material existence of a person. In an abstract sense, it also connotes substance, form, and organizing principles, often conceived in collective and national contexts. The exhibition explores not only portrayals of physical appearances in East Asia, but also how these images have come to symbolize identities and challenge conceptions of humankind.

Weaving Voices Open Mic: POC 365
Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

In a society that privileges white, upper-middle class, heterosexual, able-bodied people, dominant ideologies and people write stories about and for us, without ever asking us to speak. Weaving Voices seeks to share the stories written and told by students of color, to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it takes to survive and thrive at Smith. Poets, singers, dancers, musicians, artists - everyone is welcome. We ask that only Smith students of color, traditional and Ada, share their stories as this is a space created specifically for us/them.

SEC Films Presents 'Marshall'
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 23 & 24, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.

THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 23 & 24, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Continues March 1-3. Tickets $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, FREE for Smith students.

Rhythm Nations 2018
Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Rhythm Nations is a chance for the international community at Smith to showcase their many talents and we invite you to join us. This year, we have a vast variety of performances - dancing, singing, poetry - and many more. We hope you will join the celebration. Download the poster

Sage Chamber Music Society: Jiayan Sun
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Pianist Jiayan Sun, Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist and prize winner at the Leeds, Cleveland, Dublin, and Toronto International Piano Competitions. Reflections on Sonata. Music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ferruccio Busoni, Leoš Janácek, and Maurice Ravel. Free and open to the public.

Screening/Discussion: 'Only When I Dance'
Monday, Feb. 26, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 106

Screening of the documentary film "Only When I Dance," followed by a conversation with Brazilian Irlan Silva, soloist for the Boston Ballet, who is featured in the film. Directed by Beadie Finzi (2009), the documentary tells the story of two youths from the favelas of Rio, Irlan Santos da Silva and Isabela Coracy, who pursue their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers. In Portuguese with English subtitles (running time, 78 minutes), free and open to the public.

'The Washing Society': Screening Followed by Discussion with Filmmakers Lizzie Olesker and Lynne Sachs
Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Ainsworth S150

When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who's doing the washing and folding? THE WASHING SOCIETY brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. Inspired by Tera Hunter's To 'Joy My Freedom and her depiction of the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses in Atlanta, THE WASHING SOCIETY investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and sheer math of doing laundry. Collaborating together for the first time, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker observe the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and continual, intimate labor that happens there.

Music in the Noon Hour
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Paradise Wind Quintet, performing Suite Miniature by Poldowski (Irene Wieniawska), and more. Free and open to the public.

Artist Mina Cheon to Perform 'Cleaning Lesson II'
Friday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Mina Cheon aka Kim Il Soon, as a North Korean UMMA, performs her "Cleaning Lesson II" at the Smith College Museum of Art by cleaning the floors of the gallery. Space limited.

JostenLive! Friday@Five: From Dingle to Donegal
Friday, March 2, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Ellen Redman, Irish flute, and Jerry Noble, guitar, play tunes and songs from Ireland’s West Coast. JostenLive! is a patron-driven performance series celebrating the creativity of Josten Library users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Free, brief, and open to all!

EALL Spring 2018 Film Series: 'Your Name'
Friday, March 2, 7 p.m., Seelye 201

EALL Spring 2018 Film Series on Transformations Through Time. "Your Name" will be shown on Friday, March 2, 7pm, Seelye 201. About the film: A teenage boy and girl embark on a quest to meet each other for the first time after they magically swap bodies. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing that keeps them apart? Discussion led by Professors Kimberly Kono and Joannah Peterson to follow the screening. Snacks will be provided! Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Iva Dee Hiatt Memorial Spring Oratorio: Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Saturday, March 3, 4 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Featuring the Pennsylvania State University Glee Club. Christopher Kiver, conductor. With members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, the Smith College Choirs, and Orchestra. Jonathan Hirsh and Amanda Huntleigh, conductors. Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano, Joshua Jeremiah, baritone. $10 General, $ Student/Senior, Free for Smith Students. For tickets please visit:

Monday, March 5, 7 p.m., Acting Studio 2, Mendenhall CPA

Written and directed by Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk ‘18. Linnea and her daughter Heather must navigate a notable shift in their relationship, when the progression of Linnea’s Alzheimer’s prompts Heather to take on a more maternal role. Call backs will be on Tuesday, March 6, 7-10 PM. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, May 2 and 3, AND Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. Roles for two women. No preparation necessary. Sides will be provided from the script. Perusal scripts available in Josten Library.

Performance: 'Fat Skirt Big Nozzle'
Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Created and performed by Ellen Maddow and Louise Smith. Directed by Paul Zimet. Masks and props by Louise Smith. Inspired by the work of surrealist painter James Ensor. It is a comic duet between two women who may be old friends or arch rivals or both. They sing, dance and try to snooker fate with a game of cards. Their lives are entwined like a tangle of snakes- are they really Edna and Roberta, the characters from a book they are reading? Or the wild faced figures from a painting that haunt each other’s lives?

Translation Workshop With Bill Porter/Red Pine
Friday, Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Bill Porter is an American author who translates under the pen name Red Pine. He is a translator of Chinese texts, primarily Taoist and Buddhist, including poetry and sutras. To participate, students may email moderator Professor Carolyn Shread ( their English translation, the poem in its original language, and a word-by-word rendering in English. All languages and all stages of translation are welcomed!

Soup, Salad and Soul
Friday, Feb. 23, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, and questioning or searching individuals are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion.

Pruning Workshop at the MacLeish Apple Orchard
Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-4 p.m.

Learn to prune and care for apple trees at the MacLeish orchard. Come learn the guiding principles of caring for an orchard and help train young apple trees into the best structure for an orchard. Artist in Residence Dan Ladd, whose medium is living trees, will share his expertise in this hands-on workshop. A van will leave the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and return by 4. Seats in the van are limited. To sign up, visit

Info Session: SEA Field-Based Study Abroad Program
Monday, Feb. 26, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

SEA Semester is a field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment. They offer 6 different semester programs that focus on environmental topics ranging from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. SEA semester programs include an on-shore component in Woods Hole, Massachusetts followed by a sailing research voyage in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Caribbean. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply. Pizza lunch provided. There will also be a SEA information table set up in the Campus Center on the same day.

Mindful Mondays: Sit, Eat & Talk with Us!
Monday, Feb. 26, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Mindful Mondays includes free food, short contemplative exercises and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Today's topic: What do you value? Writing your own permission slip to drop a ball (or two), hosted by Benita Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology. Co-sponsored by Jess Bacal, Director of Narratives Project, and Matilda Cantwell, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life. Free lunch with vegan/gluten-free options. No registration required.

Grief Support Group
Friday, March 2, 2-3:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

For students who have lost a loved one. Fridays from 2 - 3:15 p.m. Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. Co-facilitated by Meg Laird and Dean Colpack. Call 413-585-2840 or email to register.

Worship Service in the African-American Tradition
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life for a Worship Service in the African-American Tradition in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary at 3:00 pm followed by a 5:00 pm dinner and fellowship in Bodman Lounge. The service will be led by Senior Pastor The Rev. Dr. R.A. Love and Associate Minister Jacquelyn Smith-Crooks. Music will be provided by Blackapella and the Alden Church Choir. RSVP to by Feb. 23 or just come! Open to all! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Alden Baptist Church.

Jummah Prayer and Lunch
Friday, Feb. 23, 12:10 p.m., Wright Hall 004

Join Muslim students for communal prayer, a group activity, video or discussion in Wright Hall Prayer Space, lower level, Room 004. Bring a Grab n Go lunch. All are welcome.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat
Friday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday. 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.

Weekly Meditation
Monday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend weekly Monday meditation with Ruth Ozeki. This will be a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Meditation instruction is offered at the beginning of the meeting, so beginners are always welcome, and there is time for questions and dialogue. Ruth Ozeki is a novice Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage. The meditation, draws on Zen forms; is secular, inclusive and non-denominational. Ozeki is the author of several novels, including A "Tale for the Time Being" and is a professor of creative writing at Smith.

Cooking Up Compassion
Monday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Campus Center 204

A dinner and discussion series to stir up conversation and fork out the tools to cultivate compassion and kindness. Compelling professional speakers ranging from a life coach to a Buddhist priest will led the discussions.

Learning to Meditate. Practices from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Hosted by Smith College Community Religious Adviser Geshe Ngawang Singey. Bi-weekly meditation sessions will include instruction on and practice of breathing meditation, concentration meditation, blessing meditation, and tong-len (exchange of self and other). Future session dates are March 15, April 5, and April 19.

Soul Food Day 2
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Café

In celebration of the final day of Black History Month, the Campus Center Cafe will be featuring Soul Food Day 2. Carol Kelly, Café cook, has coordinated a special menu that will be featured at the bowl station including collards and smoked turkey, shrimp & grits, baby back ribs, cornbread, stewed okra & tomatoes and banana pudding and other specialties. For more information, visit our Smith College Dining FB page.

Exhibition 'Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat'
March 2-December 21, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Church Exhibition, Lyman Plant House

Extinction is a natural process and over millions of years, innumerable species and countless trees have gone extinct. However, today, human driven processes such as overexploitation, habitat loss and climate change are accelerating the rates of extinction for many species, including trees. Currently, 10% of all tree species are threatened with extinction. Learn what's being done to help trees, and what you can do to make a difference.

Spring Bulb Show
Saturday-Sunday, March 3-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Conservatory, Lyman Plant House

It may still be winter outside, a landscape of bare trees and gray skies, but Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory will soon be ablaze with the colors of spring. A spectacular array of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies, tulips, and more will be in full bloom at the annual Bulb Show. Extended hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. -8 p.m. For more information, visit

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