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04/20/2021 Digest

Faculty/Staff Notices

Online Book Discussion with Exec Ed - ‘Just Work, Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair’
Wednesday, April 21, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Exec Ed will be leading a one-hour discussion of the book “Just Work, Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair” by Kim Scott on Wednesday, Apr 21 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT. The book “provides a practical framework for respecting everyone’s individuality and collaborating effectively.” We will discuss how leaders and their employees need to “create more just workplaces and establish new norms of collaboration and respect.” You do not need to have read the book to participate. Author Kim Scott will join us at 3:45pm. Register here:

Sherrerd Teaching Arts at Lunchtime Event: How Privilege Manifests in Class Participation
Friday, April 23, 12:30 p.m.

Jennifer Giglielmo, Jen Malkowski, and Will Williams will lead a conversation with faculty and teachers about how privilege manifests in class participation, the need to recognize it, and how it affects the online classroom and teaching and learning. Please visit the google form at, so the Zoom link can be shared with you.

Sams Fund for Middle East Study Summer Deadline
Monday, May 10

Summer proposals for Sams Fund awards are due on Monday, May 10, 2021. The Sams Fund is a restricted fund established by Betty Hamady Sams ’57 and James F. Sams to support the study of Arab history, culture, politics, religion and art. Smith College Faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows and currently enrolled students are eligible to apply. Details about supported activities and the application process can be found on the Middle East Studies web page:, or email

Student Notices

AMA Alum Chat with Arame Tall ’07, Climate Specialist at the World Bank
Tuesday, April 20, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

ES&P hosts an Ask Me Anything (AMA) Series with some of its alums. These events are intended to provide a space for students to chat with alums about their current career and their journey after Smith. Join us for one or all of our AMA events this spring. Arame Tall is a Senior Adaptation & Resilience Specialist in the Climate Change Group of the World Bank. Dr. Tall leads the coordination of the Bank’s work on Adaptation & Resilience and is the team leader for the World Bank Group’s first-of-its-kind Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience. Zoom link:

Policy Update: In-Person Internships During Summer 2021

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue remote internship opportunities during summer 2021. Any student who wishes to use college funding or credit to support an in-person opportunity must submit a Petition for In-Person, Smith-supported Internship with their Praxis, Praxis with Credit or Credit Only application. Forms are available on the Lazarus Center’s website. Any internship that is granted approval must take place in the U.S. or in a student’s home country. Petitions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Lazarus Center and a decision will be made based on the safety of the proposed plan.

Open Hours with Dean Taylor and Dean Ohotnicky
Tuesday, April 20, 2 -3 p.m., Davis Lawn

Join Dean Baishakhi Taylor and Dean Julianne Ohotnicky for open hours under the tent on Davis Lawn, April 20, 2021 between 2 - 3 p.m. Come by to say hello, talk about Smith, talk about life, or just meet us. We look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

Library Peer Mentor Drop-In Hours

Get research help from a fellow student! The Library Peer Mentor will be available to help students with their research, find library resources, and offer advice on finding information. Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. ET drop in over Zoom here:

Study Abroad Information Session for First Years
Wednesday, April 21, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

Are you a first year hoping to study abroad during your time at Smith? Come to this info session to learn about all our exciting study abroad opportunities! Learn about your options, what you need to do to get started, and what a semester or year abroad might look like. This event is designed for first years but is open to all. Students should email to request the Zoom link.

Ada Comstock Class Senior Send-off
Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

The Ada Comstock Class will come together to celebrate the graduating Adas. These Adas will have the chance to share memories and reflect on their time at Smith. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

SMathies in the World Career Panel
Thursday, April 22, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The MTH department has invited back a panel of recent graduates (2005-2020) to share their experiences working out in the world. All students, regardless of intended and declared major, are invited to participate. There will be an open Q & A session at the end of the event. Please RSVP for Zoom Information:

Paid Summer Internship - Help Support Waste Reduction and Redistribution at Smith

The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) is looking for a summer intern to help map and assess the current campus programs for waste reduction and materials redistribution to better connect, structure, and institutionalize campus-wide materials redistribution. The work will include researching current models at Smith and other colleges and universities. This work will aid in the implementation of the Student Common Goods Center for swapping and reusing items in the near future. Apply on Workday:

Smith Student Aid Society 2021 Summer Funding

Requests for summer funding from the Smith Students' Aid Society are managed by the Class Deans Office. Normally, SSAS grants are available to all Smith undergraduate students in financial need for travel and noncredit and credit-bearing programs. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 summer requests for SSAS funding to support credit-bearing programs will be prioritized. Noncredit-bearing programs may be considered if they are connected to a student’s program of study. For more details, deadlines, and the link to the online application, please visit the Class Deans Announcements webpage at

Global Learning Through and Beyond the Pandemic: Brazilian and American Artists of African Descent
Friday, April 23, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Renata Bittencourt will give a virtual lecture in English on “Black Artists in Contemporary Brazil,” open to all members of the campus community. Bittencourt has recently served as Executive Director of Instituto Inhotim (Brazil's renowned contemporary art park and botanic garden) and is currently Coordinator of Education at the Moreira Salles Institute in São Paulo. This lecture is supported by the Lewis Global Studies Center 2020–2021 Global Learning Through and Beyond the Pandemic Curricular Enhancement Program. Email for the zoom link.

Rhythm Nations Screening Party
Saturday, April 24, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Watch your fellow international students perform, wave their flag, and hear from international seniors! It’s a wonderful time to celebrate our amazing community, even virtually! The Rhythm Nations video will go live on youtube and there will also be a zoom screening party Saturday April 24th at 7pm EST. Let us know if you have any questions. Zoom link to Rhythm Nations Screening Party:

Birding with Dano
Thursday, April 29, 8:30 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Learn to identify birds on this casual walk around Paradise Pond and the Mill River with Dano Weisbord, Executive Director of Sustainability. No previous bird knowledge necessary! Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready for spring mud. Space limited, sign up using this link

Megan Hart Jones ’88 Studio Art Prize
Thursday, April 29

Established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones ’88, this prize is awarded annually to one undergraduate for outstanding work in any Studio Art or Architecture class. Each student may submit only one piece of artwork; multipart projects will not be accepted. Winners receive a substantial cash prize. Additional eligibility and entry information is available at: Announced on Ivy Day, winners receive a substantial cash prize. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 29th.

Elizabeth Killian Roberts ’45 Prize
Thursday, April 29

Established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts ’45, this prize is awarded annually for the best drawing. Entries are judged by faculty in the Department of Art. Limited to one entry per student. Winners receive a substantial cash prize. Additional eligibility and entry information is available at: Deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 29th.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Q&A
Thursday, April 29, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Question and answer session for any international students looking to receive Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the ISSO. CPT is required to complete a paid internship or job in the US during Interterm and/or summer break, or to complete a US-based Praxis. CPT is strongly recommended for any unpaid internship in the US. We will review the requirements of CPT, as well as how to apply. Email

Barbara Jordan Award for Study of Law and Public Policy
Friday, April 30, 4 p.m.

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 Friday, April 30th by 4 p.m.

David Burres Memorial Law Prize
Friday, April 30, 4 p.m.

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 Friday, April 30th, by 4 p.m.

Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize for International Relations, Peace Studies or Race Relations
Friday, April 30, 4 p.m.

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. Go to for information on this and other prizes. Deadline is Friday, April 30th by 4 p.m.

Leanna Brown ’56 Fellowship: Apply by May 14

The Smith College Department of Government sponsors the annual competition for the Leanna Brown ’56 Fellowship. This fellowship (normally between $500 and $1,000) is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in organizations focused on issues of particular concern to women. All students are invited to apply. The deadline for 2021 applications is May 14, 2021. Applications and additional details are on the Government Department web page:

Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship: Apply by May 14

The Smith College Department of Government sponsors an annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship. This fellowship of between $300 and $800, is available to students in any major, although priority is given to students majoring in government. It is intended to support Smith students working internationally at summer internships in governmental or nongovernmental organizations that involve a policy focus or involve global issues. See the Government Department web page for the application and details, The deadline for applications is May 14, 2021.

Technology News

Fall 2021 Registration Help Available for Students and Faculty/Instructors

Fall 2021 registration is happening in Workday. Training and drop-in help sessions are available for students, faculty/instructors, and chairs. Register for training or drop-in help here: Help will also be available on the days registration periods open for students: 4/19, 4/22, and 4/26 from 11:00am-1:30pm. The Zoom link for those drop-in sessions is posted on the Workday Help Site ( If you have any questions, please email

Health and Wellness Opportunities

New Podcast: All About Movement!

How do you get started with movement? How do you create a consistent movement routine? Find out all of that and more in the latest episode of Wholeness At Smith. Beti (senior Community Health Organizer) and Kelsey (Coordinator of Student Athletics Development and Enhancement) talk you through why movement is essential to wholeness, how they overcome their challenges to healthy movement and what resources are at Smith to help you create a movement routine that works. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts or

Earth Day Meditation
Thursday, April 22, 4 p.m., Seelye Lawn

Join us for a in person meditation and conversation centered around our relationship with the environment. Brought to you by the Center for the Environment and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Location: Seelye Lawn. Space is limited, register here:

Generating Justice & Joy: An On-Campus Memorial to Mark the Pandemic Year—NEW DATE
Thursday, April 22, 5:30 p.m., Boathouse

A welcoming, in-person community memorial ritual wherein participants will have the opportunity to share and remember loved ones. This event is for any and all of us who have experienced a loss in the last year, or anytime, from Covid or otherwise; and to mark “dreams deferred” from this time of disruption. We will build community and generate hope together. Sign up here:

Mindful Mondays
Monday, April 26, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

This is a weekly forum on Mondays at 12:15 that offers a mindfulness practice or activity, reflection, and conversation drawing on both secular mindfulness and traditional Buddhist teachings. The intention is to build community and grow the capacity to ‘be with what is.’ All are welcome, from the curious, to the experienced, and everyone in between. Facilitation alternates between Matilda Cantwell and Anna Ostow. Email to receive the Zoom link.

Coping with COVID: An Exploration of Creative Expression

Creative expression is just one of the many coping strategies that we use for healing. We would love to know how Smith students used their creativity to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. What kind of art did you lean on for your wellbeing? Did you bake? Do you draw or paint? Write poetry? Send us a picture of any artwork that you have created during the pandemic! Students may opt to have their artwork on display in either a virtual or nonvirtual exhibit through the SCMA & and Schacht Center for Health and Wellness.


Ilya Kaminsky for the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College
Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Born in Odessa in the former Soviet Union, Ilya Kaminsky is a poet, critic, translator, and professor named by the BBC as one of 12 artists that changed the world in 2019. His collection Deaf Republic (Graywolf, 2019), a parable of war that re-envisions disability, has been described as “not merely one of the best, most surprising, beautiful, tragic, gripping, and sadly relevant books of the year, but arguably of the entire decade.” Register via Zoom:

Art Stockings: Dialogues on Art, Gender & Cultural Theory (Visiting Artist Lecture Series)
Wednesday, April 21, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us for an Artist Talk with San Diego-based artist Andrea Chung. Chung received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York, and a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Her recent biennial and museum exhibitions include Prospect 4, New Orleans and the Jamaican Biennial, Kingston, Jamaica, as well as the Chinese American Museum and California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the San Diego Art Institute. To register for this online event, please email

Emerging Technologies: The Future of Finance
Thursday, April 22, 6 p.m.

A fireside chat that will explore how blockchain is being used to shape the financial world featuring Thessy Mehrain (Co-Founder of Liquality at Consensys, Founder of Women in Blockchain) and Stephanie Desanges (Global Market Development, Blockchain, Crypto and Digital Currencies at Paypal ). Moderated by Smith students Chichi Wu ’22 and Adriana Beltran Andrade ’23. Smith students should register via the Smith Social Network. For non-Smith students, please use this link:

Kinstillatory Mappings... Karyn Recollet (University of Toronto) with Emily Johnson (Catalyst Dance)
Friday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

In this public lecture - Kinstillatory Mappings and Speculative Invitations to Otherwise Spaces of Care - women and gender studies scholar and urban Cree Karyn Recollet (Associate Professor, University of Toronto), in conversation with collaborator Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, consider their collaboration through the lens of Recollet’s scholarship of kinstillatory glyphing, which, through dialogic movement-based spaces, imagines consensual, nurturing, respectful, and loving relationships with one another, the lands we occupy, our more-than-human kin on earth, constellations, ancestors, and beings yet to come. Register at or see SmithDanceDept FB event for details.

Getting Out Alive: Scientist to Science Writer
Friday, April 23, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Join CEEDS to hear from Bethany Brookshire, Ph.D. about her career path from the lab bench to the writer’s table, what a day in the life of a science writer is like, and more! There will be an opportunity for Q&A towards the end, as well. Join via the link:

Psychology Dept. Colloquia: Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou ’89
Wednesday, April 28, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Dr. Yann Lambrinidou ’89 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence “Community - Engaged Research, Help or Harm? Three Critical Considerations” Wednesday April 28 at 12:30 pm Please register in advance:

Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

SCMA ‘Open Eyes’ Art Group, virtual event on April 22 at 3pm, Registration Required
Thursday, April 22, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Come together in Zoom Gallery for a close look at one “surprise” work of art. The casual conversation will be facilitated by museum educator Taiga Ermansons. No prior art knowledge is necessary. Register here:

New Play Reading Series: Cordova Bend by Marty Bongfeldt
Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Department of Theatre’s New Play Reading Series presents Cordova Bend by Marty Bongfeldt on April 29. When best friends Maggie and David have their first fight, the road back to peace is as twisted as the bend they live on. David tells it one way, but Maggie remembers something else. Only one of them knows the truth of what happened on Cordova Bend. Directed by James Barry and featuring James Barry, Clarissa Po, Georgia Fowler, Tara Franklin, José Espinosa, Cole Seitz, Wren Gilbert, and Katherine Heyman. Live on Zoom Register at

The Glee Clubs of Smith and Agnes Scott Colleges present Spring Choral Showcase
Thursday, April 22, 5:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith College Glee Club and Chamber Singers are excited to share their recent collaboration with the Collegiate Chorale of Agnes Scott College, one of the Seven Sisters of the South. They will be performing Go Down, Moses composed by Brittney Boykin, director of the Collegiate Chorale. The Chamber Singers will perform Done Paid My Vow to the Lord by R. Nathaniel Dett and the Collegiate Chorale will perform the traditional Las Amarillas and Lineage. The Spring Choral Showcase will premiere live on YouTube Thursday April 22 at 5:15pm. To receive the link, register at:

Bridging the Gap: A Look into African American Hair & Makeup for Theatre
Friday, April 23, 11:30 a.m., Virtual Event

Theatre department presents a workshop taught by Jerrilyn Lanier-Duckworth on Friday, April 23, 11:30-1:30 PM EST. She will lead a zoom mini masterclass on hair and makeup techniques for performers of color. Email to sign up!

Student Voices: Inside SCMA, virtual event, Wednesday April 28 at 12:15pm. Registration required.
Wednesday, April 28, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Spend your lunch break with SCMA students to hear what they have been working on during these unprecedented times. April 28 @ 12:15 SCMA student workers Hannah Gates ‘22 will be discussing what projects they have been working on with with their supervisor Jess Henry-Cross Financial & Systems Coordinator Register here


Walk and Sketch with the Eco-Reps
Wednesday, April 21, 4:30 p.m., Boathouse

Meet the Eco-Reps outside the boathouse. From there, we will walk along Paradise Pond and up the river. Bring a notebook and drawing tool (pencil, pen, crayon, etc.). No experience required! This is a casual meet up for people who are curious about drawing and getting out into nature! Sign up here:

Smithies in Business Speaker Series: Deborah Archer
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Throughout April on Thursday evenings, SIB be hosting three alumnae speaker events. Students will gain insight on career possibilities and experiences in a variety of industries. This panel features previous SIB board members who have graduated and now have careers in business. Deborah Archer graduated from Smith in 1993 and Yale Law School in 1996. Following her education, she has dedicated much of her work to civil rights advocacy. Deborah is currently a tenured professor of clinical law at NYU and serves as the first black-elected president of the ACLU.

Clickable Joy

Asian and Asian American photographs of Love

This series of photo essays explores love among Asian and Asian American families, answering the question “What does love look like in a time of hate?”

Cute animal videos on instagram

thiisanimalsworld on instagram does an excellent job curating videos of our cute fuzzy and feather neighbors:

82-year-old woman’s fancy dress selfies go viral

Dr. La Verne Ford Wimberly of Tulsa has been posting selfies of her fancy church outfits every Sunday since March 29, 2020 and they are amazing:

Redemption song

Powerful and uplifting music by the Kanneh-Mason family: