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03/28/2017 Digest

President's All Staff Forum
Wednesday, March 29, 3 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Please join President McCartney and members of her senior staff for an update on important college matters. All staff are encouraged to attend.

Staff Annual Performance Review

April is the month in which we have our staff annual performance review discussions. The time-frame for meeting with employees and conducting performance reviews will be April 1 -21. Managers should submit their written and signed reviews to Department Heads by April 28. Department Heads should return all completed forms to the Office of Human Resources no later than May 12. A compliance notice will be sent to Cabinet members by May 19. Please visit for more information, and to access the new annual performance review form.

Register Now for Human Resources Medicare Supplemental Insurance
Wednesday, April 19, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Did you know that Smith College retirees are eligible for Retiree Supplemental Health Plans offered by MountainOne Insurance (formerly known as True North)? There are two plans available, the "Premier Plan" and the "Value $1000 Plan." Unlike the Medicare Part D Plans available to individuals, these group plans have no deductible and no doughnut hold for formulary drugs. It is important to note that employees may only enroll at the time of their retirement. Come learn more about the plan from a MountainOne representative. Two time slots are offered: 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. To register, visit

Register Now for 'Plan For Your Retirement Income'
Tuesday, April 18, 1 p.m., Campus Center 205

Join Mary Ellen Gordon from Voya Financial to discuss the issues and obstacles that you may face as you prepare for your retirement journey, such as; gathering your retirement income sources, calculating monthly expenses and identifying retirement income gaps. A workbook and other topical materials will be available. To register, visit

Save the Date: Staff Council Presents Food Truck Day
Friday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Staff Council of Smith College hosts an OPEN TO ALL Food Truck Day. More details to come - but mark your calendars now. Bring your lunch money and a blanket or lawn chair.

Preview New Xerox Multifunctional Printers
Wednesday, March 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

All Smith staff and faculty whose departments use Xerox multifunctional printers or are considering adding one, should attend this event. Starting in May, Xerox MFD/Copiers included in the CBS Fleet Lease program will be replaced with new models. CBS staff will be available to discuss new features and accessories, as well as what device is recommended as a replacement. Beginning at 10:15 a.m., hourly presentations will be held throughout the day updating the community about product enhancements, including the introduction of PaperCut, a new print management system. For more information, contact Kerry Connors in Purchasing:

Medical Services Notice

Friday, April 28, will be the last day that Medical Services can perform routine Pap tests. To schedule an appointment, call 413-585-2250. Please call early as appointments book quickly.

Register Now for Five College First Generation Conference
Friday, April 7, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Second Five College First Generation Conference is a forum for students, faculty, administrators and staff to talk about how to support first-generation student success. Workshops will provide a forum to explore the first generation identity and provide tools to effect change on campus. To register, visit There is an option to register only for certain segments of the conference. Registration will close Saturday, April 1. The conference is free for all attendees, and lunch will be provided. For more information, read the Gate story

New Sections of First-Year Arabic Offered Fall 2017

Smith College will offer two sections of first-year Arabic in Fall 2017. We would like to invite you to join us. In addition to learning written formal and colloquial spoken Arabic, you will be exposed to a variety of Middle Eastern traditions and cultures. Our program offers a variety of extracurricular activities for students, including Arabic tables, movie nights, tea and coffee hours, field trips to museums in Boston and cooking classes. Arabic is a popular language, whose speakers are in high demand in public/private sectors. Smith offers several approved Arabic programs, and various grants/scholarships for summer Arabic language study.

The David Burres Memorial Law Prize: Apply by
Friday, April 14

The David Burres Memorial Law Prize is awarded to a senior or an alumna who has been accepted to law school with the intention of practicing law in the public interest, in memory of Attorney Burres’s work for the disenfranchised and in the area of civil liberties. Need is a factor. The prize is a cash award, not a scholarship, and is to be used toward first year tuition in law school. Go to to view details for submitting an application. Deadline is April 14.

Barbara Jordan Award for Study of Law and Public Policy: Apply by
Friday, April 14

The Barbara Jordan Award for Study of Law and Public Policy, established to encourage African-American women to undertake careers in these fields, after the example of the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. The prize is a cash award, not a scholarship, and may be used toward tuition, cost of books, travel, preparation, etc. Go to to view details for submitting an application. Deadline is April 14.

Sign Up Now to Host for Open Campus or Discovery Weekend
April 20 and/or 21

The Office of Admission invites Smithies across campus to host for Open Campus or Discovery Weekend in April. Open Campus and Discovery Weekend give admitted students the opportunity to explore Smith before making a final decision. We hope you can show the best Smith has to offer by becoming a host and highlighting what you love about Smith. The dates for each program are the following: Open Campus April 20 (Thursday, one night) and Discovery Weekend April 20 and 21 (Thursday & Friday, two nights). The deadline for host registration is Sunday, April 16. To sign up, visit

Donuts with the Dean
March 27-April 3, 8-9 a.m., Clark Hall Conference Room

Have you been meaning to let the Dean of Students know about something that is going on for you or around campus and can't seem to find the time to send that email or set up that appointment? During the week of March 27 - April 3 the Dean of Students will be hosting open hours every morning between 8am-9am. Yes, there will be donuts! There will also be some dedicated time to connect with Dean Ohotnicky and share what is on your mind.

Required Info Sessions for Fall 2017 Women's Health in India Seminar (IDP 320)
March 28 and 29

Information sessions on this fall seminar, including the J-term trip to India, will be held 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, and noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. RSVP to as to which session you plan to attend, as pizza will be served. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply.

'Launching Your Career in Japan' with Kerianne Panos '03
Wednesday, March 29, Noon, Campus Center 102

This talk will focus on the personal experiences of international professions working in government offices and company headquarters -- their achievements, challenges and insights into building a global career. Followed by a Q&A session. Kerianne Panos, a Smith alumna, has spent her career navigating multiple cultures and languages. She began her career in Japan, first as a coordinator (CIR) on the JET Program and then as a technical expert/negotiator for the Japanese Government. After returning to the US, she founded MCML Consulting. Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies.

Open Mic: 'My Islam 2017: An Exploration of Identity'
Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

This is an open mic for Muslim Students and students racialized as Muslim which also includes a photo exhibit. The program highlights the diverse experiences of Muslims and aims to center those voices that are not usually heard, including (but not limited to) those of queer Muslims, trans Muslims, disabled Muslims, Latinx Muslims, black Muslims, converts, and women. Come as you are. Come with what you carry. We want you. The program is a student-centered event. For questions or to sign up for the open mic in advance contact Enas Jahangir at You can also sign up during the event.

Enid Silver Winslow ’54 Prize in Art History; Apply by
March 31

Enid Silver Winslow ‘54 Prize in Art History, is awarded annually for the best student paper written in an art history course taught at Smith. To be considered for this prize, submit one clean copy of your paper to the Art Office in Hillyer. Your name should only appear on a separate cover sheet. You may submit a paper written at any point during your time at Smith. The paper must have been written for an art history course taught at Smith. Deadline to enter is 4 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

Elizabeth Schroder Hoxie '69 Memorial Fund Internship Grant; Apply by
March 31

The Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie ‘60 Memorial Fund provides financial support for Department of Art majors and minors (current sophomores and juniors only) who undertake a summer internship consisting of approximately 35 hours of work per week. To apply for Hoxie funds your application should include: your transcript, an updated resume or CV, names of two faculty members who can be contacted for references, a letter of application describing arrangements you have made, or will make, to obtain an internship and what you propose to accomplish through your internship and an itemized budget using the guidelines found here. Bring your application to the Art Office in Hillyer. Deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Friday, March 31.

CORRECTION Biochemistry Tea Discussion on Diversity
Friday, March 31, 4 p.m., McConnell B05

This event is happening on Friday, March 31, not March 24. Join us for a tea time discussion on diversity within the biochemistry major on Friday, March 31. This is a time for students to express their feelings, brainstorm ideas, and mingle with other biochemistry majors. Snack will be provided.

Sign Up by March 31 to Perform at SCMA's First Open Mic , Museum of Art

Are you frustrated by the lack of representation of marginalized groups in museums and in the art world? Seize the opportunity to perform in the open mic forum "Art Slam: Disturb the Comfortable, Comfort the Disturbed" – organized by Celia Calder ’17 and Keara Phillips-Vabre ‘17– and make your voice heard at SCMA. Submissions should include a proposal for a performance responding to an artwork on view in the Smith College Museum of Art. (Your range of movement should be minimal and controlled in front of a microphone in the museum galleries.) E-mail submissions to by 3/30/17. Event takes place on 4/15/17.

The Five College Chinese Speech Contest
Friday, March 31, 2:30-6 p.m., Seelye 106

The Smith College EALL department's Chinese program will host the 9th Annual Five College Chinese Speech Contest from 2:30-6 p.m. (Participants begin arriving at 2:30 pm, speeches begin at 3p.m.), Twenty-four Chinese language students from five colleges will compete in three levels: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced. All are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Five College East Asian Languages Program.

Dig In and Volunteer with CSO at Gardening the Community
Saturday, April 1, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Gardening the Community (GTC) is an intersectional food justice organization based in Springfield. GTC focuses on youth development, community building, and growing healthy food. We will be volunteering on Saturday, April 1, 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (on site 9:30 to 12:30). Transportation is provided. The event will take place outdoors and tasks will include weeding, planting, and other gardening activities. Sunscreen and bug spray are provided. Please bring water and a snack if you need one. To sign up, visit For more information, email Emily at

Rosenthal Internship Funds; Apply by April 1

Students in the Archives and Book Studies Concentrations are encouraged to apply for Rosenthal funds to support summer and fall on-campus or off-campus internships. Rosenthal funds are also available for capstone research support in Archives and Book Studies. Information and application instructions can be found at (with an extended application date of April 1):

Smith Students' Aid Society Tea for Senior Grant Recipients
Thursday, April 6, 2-4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS) invites senior grant recipients to our first SSAS Senior Tea. The SSAS Board hopes that you will join us and tell us how SSAS funds have helped you during your time at Smith. We would love to share tea and treats and hear about your exciting plans for the future.

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize; Apply by
April 14

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize, established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts '45. This prize is award is to an undergraduate for the best drawing as judged by the Department of Art. To submit, students should display their work on the boards in the second floor hallway of Hillyer Hall. Work must be labeled with student name, class, and contact information on the back. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize for International Relations, Peace Studies or Race Relations: Apply by
Friday, April 14

An award for achievement and for plans for further supervised study, work or research in the areas of international relations, peace studies or race relations. Smith undergraduates who have relevant studies or other experience in these fields may apply. Preference is given to seniors as long as they have not enrolled in graduate school. Application is due in the Dean of the College Office by 4 p.m. on April 14. Go to for information on this and other prizes.

Program in the Study of Women and Gender Major and Minor
Wednesday, March 29, Noon, Seelye 207

Study of Women and Gender (SWG) faculty and students will be on hand to talk about all the great opportunities available to SWG majors and minors. Lunch will be served.

Film and Media Studies Major
Wednesday, March 29, Noon, Campus Center 204

Join faculty and current majors and minors for a pizza lunch and learn about the Film and Media Studies Program.

Engineering Majors and Minor
Thursday, March 30, Noon, Ford 240

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

Geosciences Major
Thursday, March 30, Noon-1 p.m., Sabin-Reed 103

Meet the faculty and learn about the courses and research opportunities. Lunch will be provided.

Computer Science Major and Minor
Friday, March 31, 12:15 p.m., Ford 240

Come learn about the computer science major/minor, the department, and Fall 2017 classes.

Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration
Friday, March 31, 12:15 p.m., Wright 013

Calling all Smithies interested in connecting their academic interests with hands-on community experiences. If you're looking for a deeper understanding of local, national, and global community issues, then please join us for a Presentation of the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration. Pizza lunch will be provided.

Education and Child Study Major
Monday, April 3, 5 p.m., Campus School Library

Dance Major
Monday, April 3, 4:15 p.m., 47 Belmont Avenue

You have to breathe and you have to move. Come to the Department of Dance’s Town Hall Meeting and Presentation of the Major. This event will also be an informal “open house” as we celebrate the opening of our new office and community workspace. Learn about training, performing and growing in the Department of Dance, meet fellow dancers and faculty, and enjoy great snacks! Find us in our fun new location, #47 Belmont Avenue (yellow house next to the Schacht Center).

Engel Lecture: Joe O'Rourke Presents 'Unfolding and Folding Polyhedra'
Tuesday, March 28, 5 p.m., Alumnae House

In this year's Katharine Asher Engel Lecture, "Unfolding and Folding Polyhedra," Joseph O'Rourke, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Mathematics & Statistics, will focus on a question that remains unresolved: can every convex polyhedron be cut along its edges and unfolded flat to a single non-overlapping piece? As an added bonus, Joe will also discuss the math behind one beautiful pop-up card design, and a remarkable theorem concerning flat origami. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

A Reading by Novelist Edna O'Brien
Tuesday, March 28, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Internationally-acclaimed novelist Edna O'Brien will read from her latest work, "The Little Red Chairs," followed by a book signing. Beginning with the publication of "The Country Girls" in 1960, O'Brien has brilliantly explored the inner lives and relationships of women in stifling and repressive cultural locations. Her 18 novels and numerous short stories have fundamentally shaped Irish fiction, putting women's experience at the center and demonstrating its value and importance. This reading is in honor of the retirement from teaching of Robert Hosmer, who has taught for the English department for the past 27 years.

Elliot Fratkin: 'Climate Change and the Developing World'
Wednesday, March 29, 5 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

A presentation by Elliot Fratkin, professor of anthropology, Smith College. When most people think about the effects of climate change they tend to think only about how their lives here in the "privileged North" will be affected. What about the millions of people who live in the developing world who don't have many of the benefits we do of protective infrastructure and a variety of safety nets? Dinner will be provided for the first 20 people.

Xánath Caraza on 'What It Means To Be a Bilingual Poet'
Thursday, March 30, 5 p.m., Seelye 207

Xánath Caraza, award-winning author, teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and makes presentations in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. She writes for La Bloga, Periódico de Poesía, Revista Literaria Monolito, The Smithsonian Latino Center, and Revista Zona de Ocio. Her books are "Donde la luz es violeta" (Where the Light is Violet); "Tinta negra" (Black Ink); "Ocelocíhuatl"; "Corazón pintado"; "Sílabas de viento" (Syllables of Wind); "Lo que trae la marea" (What the Tide Brings); "Noche de colibries"; and "Conjuro." Her latest collection, "Pulsación," is in progress.

Filmmaking for Social Engagement: 'On Coal River' Screening
Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

The KnowledgeLab is sponsoring a screening of "On Coal River," a film that takes viewers on a gripping emotional journey into the Coal River Valley of West Virginia — a community surrounded by lush mountains and a looming toxic threat. The film follows a former coal miner and his neighbors in a David-and-Goliath struggle for the future of their valley, their children, and life as they know it. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker. For more information, visit

'Building Bridges Through Language'
Friday, March 31, 2-5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Students across the Five Colleges and across language departments will share their experiences studying foreign languages, both in the U.S. and around the world. It will be live-streamed in the Lewis Global Studies Center. All are welcome.

CORRECTION: Symposium in Honor of Justina Gregory Starts at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 1:30-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Department of Classical Languages and Literatures and Office of the Provost invite you to join us in celebrating the retirement of Justina Gregory. Lisa Kallet, associate professor in ancient history, Faculty of Classics and Cawkwell Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, University College, Oxford, will give the keynote speech “Pericles, Democratic 'Tyrannos' in Peace and War, History and Tragedy” followed by four alumnae, Lisa Larrabee ’99, Isabel Köster ’05, Sarah Allen ’10 and Rebecca Gerdes ’15 reflecting on “The Classics Major and What Comes Next.” Program starts at 1:30 a.m. ending with a reception at 4 p.m.

'Site-Seeing: Aeriality and Objectivity in the Archaeology of Coastal Peru'
Monday, April 3, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Parker VanValkenburgh, assistant professor of anthropology, Brown University, will draw upon his own experiences using aerial imagery - collected from satellites, airborne LiDAR, and UAVs - plus archival research and perspectives from science and technology studies (STS) to consider the potentials and pitfalls of seeing archaeological sites from above. Sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Art, Latin American Latino/a Studies, the Archaeology Minor, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Speaking of Design.. Lilly Irani on 'Digital Labor and the Limits of Design'
Monday, April 3, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Lilly Irani is assistant professor of communication and science studies at University of California, San Diego. She is a co-founder and maintainer of digital labor activism tool Turkopticon. In her lecture, Irani will discuss the lessons learned from designing and running the system, offer implications for how activists approach design interventions, and conclude with reflections on how discourses of “design thinking” can produce rather than address inequality. Learn more at Sponsored by the Design Thinking Initiative.

UPDATED: 'Interpreting Translation: ASL Poetry in an English Poetics' with Meg Day
Monday, April 3, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Meg Day is a stunning biographer of the body’s co-existing selves, and, in the words of D.A. Powell, “a poet whose fearless heart is tethered to the world.” An allegiance to betweenity and borderland spaces is a constant in Day’s poems. A scholar of Disability Poetics (and author of a number of ASL poems), Day’s work in this area raises vital questions about access, interpretation, and reproduction of poems across different modes of composition, and aims to bring the work of Deaf poets to a wider audience. [Note: This event was previously advertised stating that ASL interpreters would be present. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication about the availability of interpreters and they will not be present. Apologies for any confusion or inconvenience.]

Natalie Hanson '91: 'Humanizing Business with Stories'
Wednesday, April 5, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Natalie Hanson '91 presents "Humanizing Business with Stories: Anthropology, Design, and the Corporate Encounter" Hanson is an associate principal at ZS and leads the global sales and marketing firm's User Experience (UX) capability, which provides research and design services for ZS' SaaS solutions as well as custom client applications. A member of the Business Technology practice leadership team, she has been working and researching at the intersection of business strategy, technology, social science, and design for more than 15 years. Her research has focused on the ways that institutions respond to macro-economic, industry, and regional trends, and how the organizational response to those changes affects the lives of employees.

'Muslims in America Citizenship and Community': A Panel Discussion with Michael Wolfe and Suleiman Mourad
Wednesday, April 5, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Join Michael Wolfe, executive producer of "The Sultan And The Saint," a docudrama film about Muslim/Christian peacemaking; and Suleiman Mourad, professor of Religion at Smith, for a discussion about the challenges facing Muslims today. Lunch will be provided for the first 25 attendees. Sponsored by the Smith College Department of Religion, Global Studies Center, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Endowed Lecture Committee Fund.

Nathaniel Comfort: 'In Pursuit of Perfection--Controlling Human Evolution, from Eugenics to CRISPR'
Thursday, April 6, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Nathaniel Comfort, Professor, Dept. of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology, Library of Congress/NASA, will trace the history of efforts to take control of our own evolution. Will new techniques of gene editing such as CRISPR lead to a world of designer babies? It is a story of noble ambitions and unintended consequences, hubris and hype, small victories and rescaled goals. The dangers of genetically engineered human beings are real, but they are not what most people think. Open to the public.

SEC Presents Spoken Word Poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Thursday, March 30, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

SEC is proud to bring Melissa Lozada-Oliva, a spoken word poet and bookstore babe living in Boston. A gap-toothed bruja, Melissa believes in awkward silences, being loud, and saying no. Her poetry tries to capture the feeling her parents get when they meet someone from their home country and the feeling she gets when she’s late to a party. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion (2015) and a Brenda Mosey Video Slam Winner (2015). You can find her in the Bustle, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine, & Electric Cereal.

Poetry Reading by Meg Day and High School Prize Winners
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meg Day is a stunning biographer of the body’s co-existing selves, and, in the words of D.A. Powell, “a poet whose fearless heart is tethered to the world.” An allegiance to betweenity and borderland spaces is a constant in Day’s poems. A scholar of Disability Poetics, Day’s work raises vital questions about access, interpretation, and reproduction of poems across different modes of composition. Day will be joined by the winner and finalists of the 2016-17 High School Poetry Prize. 4 pm Q&A open to the Smith community. 7:30 pm reading free and open to the public.

Bebe Miller: 'Performing Memory, Conjuring Body'
Tuesday, April 4, 5 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Bebe Miller presents a lecture-in-performance in collaboration with Angie Hauser, assistant professor of dance. The events will be followed by a reception in the Green Room. Presented by: the Provost's Office, the President's Office, the Smith College Department of Dance, the Five College Department of Dance, and the Kahn Institute.

Music in the Noon Hour: A Tribute to Smith’s Special Trees
Wednesday, April 5, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Smith’s campus, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is a celebrated arboretum with four state champion trees, and other distinguished specimens. Monica Jakuc Leverett and Mary Hubbell will honor these trees with songs and piano pieces by George Frideric Handel, Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg, Kaeza Fearn, first performance of a new song for the Dawn Redwood by Gregory W. Brown, and more. Smith College’s Tree Committee will provide information about the trees. Free and open to the public.

Screening & Discussion: 'The Sultan and the Saint'
Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A story of Muslim-Christian peace. During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. The commitment to peace of the two people behind this remarkable encounter sucked venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better. Opening remarks by the film's executive producer Michael Wolfe and Professor Suleiman Mourad, historical consultant to the film. Sponsored by the Department of Religion, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Lecture Committee.

Zoe Flowers: 'Our Silence Will Not Protect Us'
Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Zoe's work is centered around how we do love ourselves and others within the landscape of racism, patriarchy, beauty standards and gender binaries and how do those factors influence how we relate to self, others, and community. Her talk will be accompanied by poetry and stories from her book, From Ashes To Angel's Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood, and excerpts from her ChoreoDrama "ASHES." Zoe previously has been heavily involved with work in the domestic violence movement. Join us and embrace your soul requirements! #SpringCleaningfortheSoul Open to staff, faculty, students and the general public.

Jittery's Live! Presents Jenny Owen Youngs
Thursday, April 6, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Singer, songwriter, and natural history enthusiast Jenny Owen Youngs grew up in the forests of northern New Jersey and is now based in Los Angeles. After self-releasing her first album Batten the Hatches in 2005, she went on to put out two albums and three EPs through the Canadian indie label Nettwerk Records. Youngs has since self-released her album AN UNWAVERING BAND OF LIGHT in 2012, a serial song project called EXHIBIT in which each composition is directly inspired by a specific work of art in 2013, and her Slack Tide EP in 2015.

'Intersections of Privilege: Transforming the Trauma of Whiteness and Rank' Parts 1 and 2
March 28 and 30, 5:30 p.m., CC 103/104 and CC 205

A two-part participatory workshop skillfully unpacking the culture of whiteness will be offered as part of the Engaging Identity series. Part One will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in Campus Center 103/104; and Part Two will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Campus Center 205. "Intersections of Privilege: Transforming the Trauma of Whiteness & Rank" focuses on transforming stressful survival patterns into a compassionate approach to find greater ease and agency for effective personal and community change. These workshops, open to everyone, will be facilitated by Dr. Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Smith College Spiritual Life Adviser, Network Chiropractor, and co-founder of Two Streams Zen.

Hands-On Filmmaking for Social Engagement: Videoactivism Workshops
Friday, March 31, 10:30 a.m. AND 4 p.m., Knowledge Lab, Neilson Library, 2nd floor

On Friday March 31, the KnowledgeLab will host two interactive workshops, Hands-On Filmmaking for Social Engagement: Theory and Basic Camera Skills, 10:30a-12p and 4:00-5:30p. These interactive workshops will offer participants basic skills and theory about the many ways video and filmmaking can be used to share knowledge and inspire engagement in a social movement context. We will end the workshop with a brief hands-on camera training, where we will cover filming and interviewing techniques, using participant’s own cell phone cameras. Registration is required for these free workshops. Register at To learn more, visit

Soup, Salad and Soul
Friday, March 31, 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.

'Reporting on Official Homophobia and Global Health in the 21st Century'
Saturday, April 1, 10:45 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

Hear about the challenges, difficulties, and rewards of reporting these important and timely topics. This workshop will provide relevant training, including tips for finding guts and creativity when reporting on your passions. Great journalism is not always financially rewarding, and attendees will have candid conversations about the realities for most journalists. Finally, hear about the Pulitzer Center, Solutions Journalism, and mechanisms for support of great work. As a journalist for 25 years, Nora FitzGerald is passionate about human rights, sexual minorities, migration and global health. Misha Friedman is a documentary photographer with a background in international relations and economics.

Self-Promotion Workshop for People Who Hate to Brag - Hosted by Rachel Simmons
Wednesday, April 5, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Learn why self-promotion isn't necessarily bragging, why we worry that it is, and why it's important to know how to do it. You'll identify some of your own strengths worth sharing and also get a chance to practice. Hosted by Rachel Simmons. No registration required - for more info visit Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life and Lazarus Center for Career Development. Free Pizza wth Gluten-Free/Vegan options.

Queer and Trans* Students of Faith Support Group
Tuesday, March 28, 1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Do you struggle to make peace between your identities? Do you feel that your gender and/or sexuality or your spirituality needs to be sacrificed to honor the other? Is it challenging to navigate participating in a community where part of your identity is alienated? If interested, please contact Hal: Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs or concerns.

Weekly Meditation
Wednesday, March 29, 4:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend a weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki, a novice Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage. Meditation instruction is offered at the beginning of each session, as a simple silent practice, seated in chairs or on floor cushions, along with some walking meditation. The meditation, while based in Zen practice, is secular, inclusive and non-denominational. There will be time for question and answers. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and is currently the Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat
Friday, March 31, 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.

Jummah Prayer
Friday, March 31, 12:20 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for lunch or communal prayer accompanied by an inspirational video or stay for the entire event. The programs is sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome to attend!

'Plants of Pompeii: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants'
April 1-December 15, Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

This exhibit features plant portraits created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson Meyer for the book "A Pompeian Herbal" by Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski. The illustrations portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations of Pompeii and those that still grow in the area today. The text documents the varied ways both the ancient Romans and the modern Pompeians have used these plants. Many of them can be found in the Botanic Garden’s beds and greenhouses, or perhaps in your own garden. On view daily 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn more:

'Activists in the Archives' Pop-Up Exhibition on View Through
May 20, Knowledge Lab, Neilson Library, 2nd floor

"Activists in the Archives" features an intergenerational dialogue between feminist activists, many of whose papers have been donated to the Smith College Special Collections. The Women’s History Month we know today evolved from the efforts of early women’s activists in the mid-20th century. Tracing that history is imperative in having and understanding the national and international conversations surrounding.

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