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The Office of Admission will welcome 750 plus students and families to Open Campus Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21. Open Campus includes admitted first year, Ada Comstock, and transfer students. Approximately 120 participants will stay through April 22 for Discovery Weekend, a program with opportunities for African American, Asian American, Latina, and Native American students. Open Campus guests visit classes, attend special events, and stay in Smith houses. Registration/check-in is at the Indoor Track and Tennis facility Thursday and Friday. For more information, email email@example.com or call ext. 2523.
Each spring The Office of Human Resources hosts a celebratory Spotlight Awards Reception for the honorees that invites the entire college community to gather and congratulate all of the Spotlight Award recipients for the year. Recipients are eligible to participate in a special grand-prize drawing. Please join us in celebrating this year's recipients.
Final jog of the month led by Charlie (woof!), Rachel Simmons and the Smith basketball team. Move your body, chase squirrels with Charlie and enjoy early Spring with an easy 5k jog through the woods near Smith - ALL LEVELS WELCOME. Meet in front of Clark Hall at 8:15 a.m., we'll be done by 9. Plus, Charlie will be available for petting at 9 a.m. for those who are not able to run (light snacks will be available as well). For more information, visit Wurtele Center website, http://www.smith.edu/cwl.
All staff are invited to cast their votes in the 2017 Staff Council elections. Candidates’ bios can be previewed on the Staff Council page at https://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil/ under “Staff Council Elections,” and the ballot will be available on election days by visiting https://goo.gl/forms/xrAvqp1oNWvK9BBR2 Staff can also vote at the polling station in Campus Center 102 on Wednesday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments provided.
Dining Services is rolling out a new catering program called CATERTRAX. Please join us for a brief training on the new program on either Tuesday, April 25, at 1 p.m., in Campus Center 208, or Thursday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m., in Campus Center 103/104. Session runs 45-60 minutes. This will be a virtual training with Tom Frost from CATERTRAX. The training will cover menus, packages, managing accounts, ordering catering services as well as changing an existing order. Administrative assistants and staff who currently book and manage events for their departments or organizations are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
Peg Dawson, co-author of "Smart but Scattered," presents "Executive Skills: What Are They? Why Do Kids Need Them? and How Can We Help Them Get Them?." Dawson will discuss strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students, including how to structure the environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills, how to teach executive skills, and how to use incentives to get kids to practice these skills. Space is limited, so please arrive early to ensure seating. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/n9Tveo
Students, faculty and staff are invited to presentations at 11 a.m. by the four finalists for the director of religious and spiritual life position. Monday April 24, Bass 103; Tuesday April 25, McConnell 404; Wednesday April 26, Bass 103; and Thursday April 27, McConnell 404.
The following is a short survey to better understand current student, staff, and faculty interest and use of financially accessible clothing, etc. outlets, specifically second-hand clothing (and other items). The results of the survey will inform a collaborative project among students, staff and faculty, concerning solid waste management, thrifting and improving student resources on campus.
To take the survey, visit https://goo.gl/forms/llT7wbvQqprDcVqE2 It will take 5 minutes or less to complete this survey. The SmiTHrift working group thanks you in advance.
Mary Maples Dunn Prize, awarded for an essay written within the current or the three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question or problem posed by an instructor, the stated assignment should be submitted along with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and in which semester they were originally written and should be submitted to Kathleen Gauger, Seelye 210 by Thursday, April 27.
The Schacht Center for Counseling and Wellness invites you to stroll by and de-stress on our lawn. Come scratch a fuzzy head. Rain or shine.
Come celebrate spring on Chapin Lawn and tie-dye your own custom SEC shirt.
The Office of Alumnae Relations is hosting a pancake breakfast to celebrate the Senior's homestretch to graduation. Free pancakes, bacon, games, and study prizes (to be delivered during reading period). All members of the class of 2017 are welcome. Alumnae House Conference Hall. Friday, April 21 from 7:30am-9:30am.
Leave your mark and be a part of the Class of 2018 Time Capsule. Juniors are encouraged to participate in the event by dropping off a contribution to the time capsule in the CC during lunch. Letters, pictures and small memorabilia are welcome. No perishables.
To participate, you must be a female college student between 18-27 years old; have no injuries to your extremities (such as sprains to the wrists, ankles, shoulders or other joints); and have not previously participated in SPAH lab postures experiment. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday April 21, and schedule a lab session. In addition to the gift card, your participation will earn you a chance to win one of two $25 VISA gift cards.
Student Event Committee presents an outdoor event in the Quad. Come listen to some live music and dance with fellow Smithies under the stars. There will be food and mocktails provided for all (along with custom engraved glasses for everyone to remember the night).
The Smith College Tango II Class and Smith Social Dance Organization (SSDO) are collaborating to host a tango social. The event is open to Five College students and the surrounding community. Bring your dance shoes or socks and learn about Argentine Tango with Smith Lecturer in Dance Daniel Trenner. The lesson will be from 7-8 p.m. and dancing from 8-11 p.m. The event is free. No partner needed. Come and go as needed. There will be light food and refreshments.
Join Rachel Simmons from the Wurtele Center and Smith College Department of Athletics and Recreation for Stress Olympics Bingo Study Break and Ice Cream Party on the Chapin Lawn (rain location - lower level of Campus Center). Make your own ice cream sundaes, discuss stress culture at Smith and get concrete strategies to deal with it. Excellent prizes abound. For more info, visit http://www.smith.edu.cwl
A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet or interactive art (photography not eligible). Include 1) A cover sheet with your name, class year, campus address, email, phone, and title of work; 2) A statement describing concept and development of work and if it was influenced by art seen at SCMA; and 3) If created for a class, include description of the assignment. One submission per student allowed. Document work with up to five images (.jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. Send submission to Tryon Art at email@example.com by April 28. For more information, call 413-585-2677.
A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding writing in any form (including a thesis, essay or poetry) related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. You must include 1) A cover sheet with your name, class year, campus address, email, and phone and 2) If the work was written for a class, include the description of the assignment. Send submission as a Word document (.docx) with your last name as the title to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not include your name in a header on the pages of your submission. Submit by Friday, April 28. For more information, call 413-585-2677.
Volunteer with the CSO at the 7th annual Big Brothers, Big Sisters Daffodil Run. The event will take place on Sunday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (including transportation) and volunteers can sign up for partial shifts or the whole day. Volunteer duties include cheering on and directing runners, providing water for participants, and helping clean up the site. Transportation is provided. Please sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/FXKVKSwBHw1HwpKJ2 and email email@example.com with any questions.
President McCartney welcomes anyone within the Smith Community to spend a brief one-on-one with her during this one-hour time slot.
The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender. The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies is awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for excellent work in queer studies. All submissions are due electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org on May 1 by 4pm. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/swg/prizes.php
Architect and artist Michael Singer's groundbreaking work has helped transform concepts of public art, architecture, landscape and planning projects into models for urban and ecological regeneration. Singer will speak on "Regenerative Design in the Built Environment" on Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. Singer is an innovator of functional design, known for his sculptural gardens such as two atria at the Alterra Institute for Environmental Research in The Netherlands, which provide environmental interactions with the building's air, water and climate control systems. In conjunction with the yearlong project "Modes and Models of Making." Refreshments served. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute
"Caucasus in Revolution 1917-1922: Nations and Religions Exploded and Reframed," a lecture by Alex Agadjanian, professor of religious studies, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow. The Caucasus, a tightly compressed area of tribal, ethnic and religious passions and ambitions, exploded with an unheard power in 1917, at the critical final phase of the Great War and the outburst of the Russian Revolution. This lecture will address the major events and trends of this fateful time. Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Religion Department and Lecture Committee.
Harold Koda, retired curator-in-chief of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will respond to a presentation of women's suits selected from the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection by students in last semester's THE 154 "'Reading' Dress: Archival Studies of Clothing."
At the Met, Koda curated many exhibits ranging from "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" to "Schiaparelli and Pradar: Impossible Conversations." He is a renowned scholar of dress and co-author of over 20 books and catalogues. Before his tenure at the Costume Institute, he curated exhibits at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Guggenheim.
As an African American food and health scholar, Dr. A. Breeze Harper will talk about key strategies to identify conscious and unconscious racism, “white fragility” and the health and nutritional consequences of “racial battle fatigue.” Dr. Harper will creatively use real-life examples of how systemic racism and white fragility operate, how to intervene, and how to create intersectional anti-racism for empowerment within the ethical food-scape and beyond. Most importantly, even though Dr. Harper’s focus is on food, ethics, and race, this talk will be of interest to anyone who desires to gain literacy and action around health, food and racial justice.
Please join us for the 16th annual day-long celebration of student-faculty collaborations. Poster sessions will be held in the Campus Center beginning at 8:30 a.m.. Presentation sessions will be held in Seelye Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Come support students in all classes and departments as they share their research. A campus-wide lunch will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Scott Gymnasium. Lunch will not be served in campus houses on that day. For the full schedule and more information, visit https://goo.gl/dFuwvG
Jesse Bellemare, biological sciences, Smith College, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2017 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 http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.
Dr. Yonten practices traditional Tibetan Medicine and is the director of the Tibetan Healing and Wellness Center in Bangalore, India. He has been awarded the Gold Medal by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine.
VOX will be hosting a conversation about how the Israeli occupation of Palestine impacts reproductive healthcare for people on the ground. Sera Bonds, founder and CEO of Circle of Health International, will speak about her experiences as an activist midwife and organizer of Midwives for Peace.
Based in Accra, Ghana, the web TV series “An African City” has gained international attention, and called “Africa’s Sex and the City” by the BBC. The show follows five African women who return to Ghana to look for love after being raised abroad. Creator, writer, co-director and executive producer Nicole Amartefeio has been lauded for her entrepreneurship and listed as one of 2015’s “Top 25 Africans to Watch” by The Financial Times.
Katy Eiseman is coming to CEEDS to talk about the role that states can play in terms of dealing with the Trump administration and its push for more fossil fuel infrastructure and fewer regulations that protect the public trust. Come with questions, comments, concerns, and an open mind.
Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour was the co-chair of the 2017 Women's March, held the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, and of the recent Day Without Women protest on International Women's Day. Sarsour was, until recently, the executive director of the Arab Association of New York and has been part of a host of other progressive movements, including Black Lives Matter and Respond with Love.
How are refugees welcomed and helped in settling into their new home and country after their arduous journey fleeing conflict and violence? Gary Felder, professor of physics, will talk about his experience in a “circle of care” that is helping two Congolese brothers, who arrived after years in a refugee camp, to adapt to their new life in the Valley. Annie Bissett, co-chair of the Edwards Church "circle of care," who are welcoming an Iraqi family, will join the conversation.
John Bidwell will present the 4th annual Enid Mark Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts and Poetry. The title of his talk is "Good Cop, Bad Cop: Matisse and His Publishers," and a reception will follow. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/NWG3LY
The screenwriter for THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, CHLOE, and SECRETARY will discuss the related crafts of writing for stage and for film. From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Erin and Len Berkman will be conversing about her work, her juggles of film, stage, and academia, in Graham Hall at a College-wide gathering open to the general public. Among conversational triggers, they will screen scenes from Erin's film SECRETARY. Read the MassLive story at https://goo.gl/qdXqzc
"The Girl on the Train" screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson '85 joins Leonard Berkman, Anne Hesseltine Hoyt Professor of Theatre, for a conversation about her work. Erin is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and author, whose most notable projects include the films "The Girl on the Train" (to be screened in Weinstein Auditorium, Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.) and "Secretary." Reception to follow in Brown Fine Arts Center Atrium. Read more about Wilson in MassLive at https://goo.gl/qdXqzc
The 14th annual Engineering Design Celebration showcases design project work from Design Clinic, a senior capstone course, and two sections of EGR 100 (Challenges in Human Health and Sustainable Water Resources). The Design Clinic sponsors for 2016-2017 include Dresser-Rand, HeartFlow, Instrumentation Laboratory, Medtronic, the Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability, Stantec and Sterling Rope. Design Clinic presentations will run from 1:10-4:00 p.m. with refreshments at intermission. EGR 100 posters will be on display from 12:30-1:10 p.m. and again during intermission. For more information, visit See https://goo.gl/ioq78e
Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life. He once wrote that the poet loves the pine tree as his own “shadow in the air.” In this illustrated talk, Richard Higgins explores Thoreau’s deep connections to trees. Lunch provided. Followed by a book-signing. A former longtime staff writer for the Boston Globe, Richard Higgins’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, and Smithsonian. Sponsored by the Smith College Tree Committee. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/T2PtTj
Have you wondered about the new seats in the KnowledgeLab? Join designer and entrepreneur Martin Keen for an in-depth discussion of these and other questions about the future of furniture and the design of spaces for knowledge creation and work. Come try out the KnowledgeLab's new leaning seats and experience the designed result of the studies that sparked the global "sitting is the new smoking" conversation. Tea and snacks will be provided.
The Jandon Center is pleased to support the first annual Holyoke Food Justice Conference. The conference will host a diverse group of nationally-recognized food movement leaders who will share their experiences working towards food justice and their visions for the work ahead. Register now at https://goo.gl/YWa7jN
"00:00," an exhibit featuring senior studio art work, will be on view from April 15 to 24. Closing reception will take place Friday, April 21, 4:30-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Over the span of one year, Sam Davis ‘17 interviewed 40 current Smith students and alumni who identify as trans and/or non-binary to create the first trans archive at Smith College. This film is a collection of footage from these interviews, examining the relationship between Smith and their trans students. "Reflections of a Boi" asks--how do these trans students fit into Smith’s vision of “Women for the World?” The film surveys various views about trans students within the faculty, administration, and the student body while exploring the ongoing debate of who does and does not “belong” at Smith.
A reading to celebrate the release of Gail Thomas's "Odd Mercy" (Winner of the 2016 Charlotte Mew Prize, Headmistress Press) and Naila Moreira's "Water Street" (Finishing Line Press, 2017.)
Marilyn Chin, the Grace Hazard Conkling Poet in the English department will give a farewell poetry reading. Chin is an award-winning poet and the author of "Hard Love Province"; "Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen"; "Rhapsody in Plain Yellow"; "The Phoenix Gone"; "The Terrace Empty"; and "Dwarf Bamboo." Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally.
"Adas are Smithies with a past... and a future." The Ada Monologues features Ada Comstock Scholars telling their own stories in their own words in order to remove the stigma associated with being an older student. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. Advance tickets will be sold at the Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 17 and 19 on the main level, and April 13 on the Garden Level. Proceeds benefit the Ada Comstock Scholars Program.
Featuring senior major studio art work. Refreshments will be served. Show will run from April 15 to April 24. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Smith alumna Elisabetta Franchini Chaudruc's paintings feature the varied 'faces' of Italy--then and now--rich with living history and accented by centuries-old topiary, weather-worn statues or soaring cypress trees. For Chaudruc, the villages of Pienza, Portofino, Positano--each with a distinct palette unique to their region.... create a never ending source of inspiration.
Directed by Emma Laube '17, this play a powerful new translation of the Greek classic by award-winning classics scholar, poet, and writer Anne Carson. Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. Euripides' electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, human and god. Featuring new music by Clifton J. Noble. $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors. Free for Smith students. Tickets available at 413-585-3220 or http://www.smith.edu/smitharts. Continues April 27-29.
Jonathan Hirsh will be conducting the performance, which will feature Caroline Shaw's violin concerto, Lo. Shaw herself will be performing as the soloist in her concerto. This concert will be the last of three events at Smith featuring work by Shaw, who in 2013 became the youngest ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music. The Orchestra will also perform Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome and excerpts from Claude Debussy's Nocturnes. Free and open to the public.
The story follows commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) who catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers' home. This film is a precursor to Smith College's conversation with Smith alumna Erin Cressida Wilson '85, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, Graham Auditorium, lower level of Hillyer Art Library. Read more about Erin Cressida Wilson in Masslive https://goo.gl/ihjb6z
Travel around the globe with music from lands near and far. Works by Balmages, Grainger, Hazo, and others. Conducted by Ellen Redman. Free and open to the public.
Robert Pinsky served for an unprecedented three terms as Poet Laureate of the US, founding the Favorite Poem Project to “celebrate, document and encourage the role of poetry in Americans’ lives.” Widely recognized as a major figure in the art and winner of its highest honors, Pinsky has authored eight dazzling books, translated Dante’s Inferno, and represented poetry widely, including on “The Simpsons” and “The Colbert Report.” A 4 p.m. Q&A in the Poetry Center is open to the Smith community. Evening reading free and open to the public.
Traditional music from Central Java performed by the Smith College Gamelan Ensemble and friends. Directed by Maho Ishiguro. Free and open to the public.
Celebrate the opening of the senior art exhibition "One to Many," featuring artwork from Amy Kemper, Anchi Long, Claire Horne, Erika Yoshii, Kylie Power-Sullivan, and Sam Luangkhot. This exhibition features work from a diverse range of mediums, themes and practices. Delicious refreshments will be served. Exhibition will be on display from Thursday, April 27, to Friday, May 5.
Body as Archive: regarding the persistent essential friction of gesture, attention, and memory. Bebe Miller discusses the human capacity for embodied reference and recall, and the choreographic potential in these dynamic vectors of perception. Free and open to the public.
An interdisciplinary workshop in the fields of lived religion and religious and philosophical thought regarding the atrocities and crimes associated with the Soviet regime--symbolized by the forced labor camps of the Gulag--and the ultimate questions that post-traumatic societies confront. Panel discussions throughout the day by leading international scholars. For a complete schedule and topics, please go to https://www.smith.edu/reees/news.php. Sponsored by the American Academy of Religion, Smith Lecture Fund, Religion Department, REEES Program, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Five College REEES Program and Five College Innovative Language Pedagogy Grant.
Try out for yourself the printing operations of Smith's Harnish Graphics Studio. Attendees will explore the six different presses in Smith's very own print shop, learn the fundamentals behind printmaking practices, and have the chance to print from an antique block on our American French Tool Press. All artistic skill levels welcome, just come with a desire to learn something new.
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. Hosted by Rachel Simmons - free lunch/no registration required. More info at www/smith.edu/cwl.
Join us for communal prayer or lunch accompanied by an inspirational video and a community building activity; or stay for the entire time. The program is sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. A vegetarian option is always available. Everyone is welcome.
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.
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.
All are invited to take part in the vigil to formally recall the murder of six million Jews and the splendor of their lives. Following the vigil, there will be space for reflection in Bodman Lounge in the lower level of Helen Hills Hills Chapel for students who would like time to process.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to come and create your own ice cream sundae for free, using all your favorite toppings. A non-dairy option will also be available! The event is sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and offers an opportunity to hang out with CRSL staff and members of its Student Advisory Board.
New markdowns have been added to the clearance section at the Smith College bookstore at the Lower level of the campus center. We are getting rid of the old so we can bring in the new. Stop by while supplies last.
It's that time of the year again! The Smith African and Caribbean Students' Association Presents Night Market- our annual showcase of African & Caribbean culture through delicious food, music, fashion, crafts, games and so much more.
The exhibition features the artwork of children enrolled at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill. The exhibit is in celebration of the National Week of the Young Child.
The astronomy department will be holding an open house as part of International Dark Sky Week. Come see the moon, stars, planets, and galaxies. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (email@example.com, 585-3935).