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04/18/2019 Digest

Apple Faculty & Staff Appreciation One Day Only Sale!
Friday April 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Stoddard Hall 202

The Apple ONE DAY Employee Appreciation Event is this Friday. Quick reminder that in addition to the Apple Academic Discount, we are offering an additional 8% off all current Apple Laptops, iMacs, & iPad Pros. Discounts don't stop there! Get 10% off all new Apple accessories, when you buy a computer PLUS a free carrying case with any Dell laptop purchase. If you would like to pre order any current model please contact us via email at or phone at 413.585.3027

Voya Letter Confirming Address Change

Many employees recently received a letter from Voya confirming an address change. This letter was sent erroneously by Voya in response to Smith’s first integration with Voya from Workday. You may disregard this letter, and we apologize for any confusion it created. If you have any questions, you can contact Voya customer service at 1-800-584-6001 or login to You may also contact Human Resources at x2270.

Self-Paced Online Mini-Course: Design Thinking Concepts For Success

A design-thinking/human-centered approach to problem-solving can vastly improve your ability to identify the right problems, frame them effectively, and come up with successful long-lasting solutions. In this self-paced online mini-course, you will work through a real-life challenge of your choosing using a design-thinking approach. When: April 24–May 24 (roughly 5 hours of work, at your own pace + one live session with faculty on May 7, 2 – 3 p.m.) Smith Executive Education is pleased to offer this program at a significant discount to staff, faculty and students. Learn more:

Teaching Arts Luncheon - Connecting Students of Color with Faculty and Teaching Staff Through Conversation
Friday, April 19, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Led by Valerie A. Joseph (AEMES Mentoring Program Coordinator) and Kevin Shea (Director of the Science Center). The goal of this presentation is to bring together students of color, faculty, and teaching staff for conversation about teaching and learning at Smith. We hope to provide a venue for serious, informal, small group discussions around questions like: What don't faculty and staff know about being a student of color at Smith? How does racism work to impede students' progress? and How can faculty and staff help students of color thrive? No RSVP needed. Lunch provided.

Upper College Lane Closure
Monday April 22, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please note that we will be closing College Lane to traffic from Elm Street to Greene St starting at 7AM and lasting until 4PM on Monday April 22 to allow for a crane to hoist equipment onto the roof of Sabin Reed roof as part of the on-going HVAC project.

2019 Facilities Management Summer Employment Program, Apply by
Friday, April 26, 4:30 p.m.

We are accepting applications for summer positions in Facilities Management. We have a limited number of opening available. 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, April 26, 2019 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. Apply on-line at

CORRECTION: Drop off Unused Medication at Schacht Center by
Friday, April 26, Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

The Schacht Center is proud to participate in this year’s “Drug Take Back Day.” Do you know unused medications are a leading factor in accidental poisoning, overdose, addiction, and death by suicide? Bring us your unused medications in an opaque sealed bag or envelope and remove labels to protect your privacy. We will dispose of them for you, no questions asked. Drop off your unused medications any time during our office hours before Friday, April 26. Learn more HERE

Tie Dye a T-Shirt to Wear in the NoHo Pride Parade
Friday, April 26, Noon, Chapin Lawn

The annual Northampton Pride Parade is just around the corner! In preparation, Smith College Staff Council Diversity Committee and Smith’s Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender will be sponsoring a t-shirt tie dying event. We will be passing out free t-shirts to be dyed on Chapin lawn on 4/26, in time to be worn in the parade. We will also have popcorn and popsicles! While supplies last, come get a t-shirt and tie dye with us! If you would like to receive more information about the march on May 4th please use the following link:

Deadline Extended! Institutional Change Partner Application
Friday, April 26, Noon, Capen Annex

The Institutional Change Partners Program is an opportunity for teams of Staff and/or Faculty to bring a project, animating question, challenge, or change initiative to an immersive one-week Human-Centered Design deep-dive in June. The experience will culminate with an evening of presentations in March 2020 where each team will showcase its work. Partners must be able to commit to attending all Cohort sessions (TBD) in addition to the June deep-dive (June 3-7, 9-11 a.m. AND 1-4 p.m.), and the final presentations next year. Email Emily Norton with questions and completed applications by April 26.

Summer Field Archery
Monday, May 13, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Field House

Faculty and Staff Field Archery will be offered May 13, 20, June 3, 10 and 17th from 12:30-1:30 for $25. All equipment is provided. Meet outside the hill by the field house. Email Rachel Cook for registration.

How Well Do You Know Smith Words?
Monday, June 17

Test your savvy (and your eyes) at the All-Employee Picnic by playing the word search puzzle to find hidden Smith words. Maybe the building you work in is in it. Or a past College president. Or perhaps neither of those is! You'll work from a set of clues for fifteen terms that you probably know--but whether or not you can find them is something else. Play alone or in a team. Prizes will be awarded to the top five scorers. Just don't spill any hand-scooped Maple Valley Creamery ice cream on your answer sheet!

SENIORS: Print Out Your Immunization Record Before May, Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

SENIORS: Congratulations! Before you leave campus in May, be sure to print out your immunization records from the patient portal. You will need them if you apply for internships, graduate school, and other opportunities in the future. Access the portal here:

MEASLES outbreaks spreads to Massachusetts. Are you protected?

In light of this week's Measles outbreak in Massachusetts, The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness again strongly urges students, staff and faculty to check their vaccination status and that of their families. As we approach commencement and high-travel season of summer internships, vacation, summer camps, and adventure, risk of contagion is heightened. Students may receive vaccine at the Schacht Center. Learn more about the April, 2019 Massachusetts case at Learn more about Measles at

Campus Police Advisory Committee

The Campus Police Department will be currently looking for students to form a Community Advisory Committee to ensure that the department is both aware of and actively engaged in working on issues of importance to the college community. The main goal is to serve as a liaison group between students and campus police. The committee will meet once a month to discuss overlapping issues and concerns and work together toward solutions. If you would like to submit interest in joining the committee or want more information please contact Earl Brown at or 413-585-2496

OPT Information Session
Thursday, April 18, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

International students interested in applying for post-graduation work authorization using Optional Practical Training (OPT) are required to attend at least one OPT info session prior to scheduling an OPT application appointment with the ISSO.

Double Dutch PlayFest
Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Learn how to Double Dutch with sister tag team duo Jade and Lay (former competitive Double Dutchers). Enjoy this study break featuring playground games, a photo booth, and fun "throwback" snacks. This event is free and designed for Smith students of color and their guests. For additional accommodations, please call (413) 585-2071 or email at least 10 days in advance.

Interested in participating in a research study and earn more CC cafe cash?

Interested in participating in a research study and earn more CC cafe cash? Earn a $7 campus center café gift card (or course credit for eligible classes) when you complete a study about postures, located in Bass Hall. You may be eligible if you: Are a female college student; Are between the ages of 18 – 27 years old; Have no injuries to your extremities; Have not previously participated in a SPAH lab postured experiment. Email to confirm your eligibility and schedule an appointment!

Mirror, Mirror: Building Community through Self-Love, Expression, and DIY
Friday, April 19, Noon, Jandon Center, Wright

Learn about mirrors in goddess lore, participate in a mirror meditation, and take the 30-day mirror challenge with a DIY project. Come craft with us! Session led by Pittsburgh writer and artist Hannah Eko. You can find Hannah's work in B*tch and Bust magazines and on Buzzfeed.

Body Positivi-TEA
Friday, April 19, 4:30 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

Meet Hannah Eko for a body positive workshop inspired by the work of Toni Morrison, exploring the Divine Feminine, intersectional feminism, and the pleasure principle. Hosted by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

World Cafe
Friday, April 19, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

The World Cafe is designed to serve as an engaging venue for authentic small group discussions about inclusion in the classroom between students of color with faculty and staff. Lunch is provided for 40 students that RSVP to

Rock Climbing Trips
Sunday April 21, 9 a.m - 5 p.m., Boathouse

Rock Climbing Trip open to all level of climbers. Want to enjoy the warmer weather? Want to rock climb? Sign up for this super fun trip. No experience or gear is required! Email to register of if you have any questions. Rock Climbing Trip to Farley, Saturday April 27 from 9am-5pm: This trip is geared towards more advanced climbers. We'll be leading a few climbs but also setting up some top ropes too. Must be belay-certified in order to attend. Email to register

Study Abroad Information Session
Monday, April 22, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Attention first-years. In the Lewis Global Studies Center, there are Study Abroad Information Sessions for students who want to begin navigating their study abroad process. During the session, peer advisers will overview the study abroad planning process including: how to select a program(s), how to apply, important deadlines, how to make finances work and more. There is also time for students to share why they are excited to study abroad and to brainstorm about potential locations and programs. This is the LAST session available this semester. Come through and start planning about your abroad dream.

Earth Week: Green Team Tabling
Monday, April 22, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Visit the Green Team to learn more about the org and kick off Earth Week!

CPT Q&A Sesssion
Wednesday, April 24, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

International students interested in applying for work authorization in order to accept summer internships and other employment opportunities can attend to learn more about getting work authorization through Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Dining Services Job Fair for Fall Shifts
Wednesday, April 24, 3 - 5 p.m., Campus Center 204

Smith Dining Services is Hiring for the Fall. Join us for a Dining Job Fair with food and prizes. Sign up for fall shifts before April 26 and receive a $25 gift card to the Campus Center Cafe. You do not need to be on work study to sign up. For more information contact Rick Rubin,

Conversations About Misuse
Wednesday, April 24, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

This event allows an opportunity for students to join Community Health Organizers from the Schacht Center and folks from Res Life to talk about navigating difficult conversations with friends about misuse of cannabis and alcohol, as well as other substances, and resources regarding misuse that are available for students on campus.

AFR Special Film presentation of ‘The Fits’
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m., Seelye 101

THE FITS is a psychological portrait of 11 year-old Toni--a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni's desire for acceptance is twisted. THE FITS is a fascinating film, and open to all free of charge.

Come Back Early and Work for Dining Services

Returning Students: Come Back Early In August and Work for Dining Services. Smith Dining Services is looking for students who are interested in working for us any time during orientation (August 19th-September 7th). Room and Board included. For more information contact Rick Rubin.

Jane Hirshfield student seminar
Thursday, April 25, 3 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Part of this year's Buddhist Studies series on writing and Buddhism, a two hour seminar for students to meet with Jane Hirshfield. Hirshfield is the author of 14 books -- eight of them award-winning collections of poetry -- and a practitioner of Soto Zen since 1974. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2012-2017. Participants will be sent two short essays written by Hirshfield to read in advance of the meeting. Tea will be available. To attend, please RSVP at

2019 Mary Maples Dunn Prize, Apply by
Friday, April 26

Mary Maples Dunn Prize awarded for an essay written within the current or the three preceding semesters in a regular course cross-listed in East Asian Studies regardless of course prefix. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. All essays should indicate for which course and in which semester they were originally written. Send submissions via email as a clearly marked pdf document to Kathleen Gauger, Students may submit only one essay for the competition per year.

CORRECTION: Clean Out Your Medication Cabinets for Drug Take Back Day
Friday, April 26

The Schacht Center is proud to participate in this year’s “Drug Take Back Day.” Do you know unused medications are a leading factor in accidental poisoning, overdose, addiction, and death by suicide? Bring us your unused medications in an opaque sealed bag or envelope and remove labels to protect your privacy. We will dispose of them for you, no questions asked. Drop off your unused medications any time during our office hours before Friday, April 26. Students: you can continue to bring us your unused medications during our normal office hours until Friday, May 17. Learn more HERE

Museums Concentration Capstone Presentations and Alumnae Panel
Friday, April 26, 1:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Museums concentration seniors will present their capstone presentations on various topics relating to museums, collections, and education. Prior to presentations, a panel, Museums Today: Post-Grad Pathways with MUX alumnae, will be mediated by students. Reception to be held in Museum Atrium at 5:00 pm following presentations.

The Daffodil Run with Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Sunday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.

Come volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters' annual 5K run/walk & 10K run on Sunday, April 28th from 9:30 am-12 pm! This is one of their biggest fundraising events, over 1,000 participants are expected on race day, and they need help making this day great! All volunteers receive a free lunch that day and transportation will also be provided. Sign up at Email for any questions.

CORRECTION: President McCartney's Monthly Open Office Hour
Tuesday, April 30, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

The President's door is open to all students and staff to drop in anytime between 4 and 5 p.m.

Enid Silver Winslow ’54 Prize in Art History, Apply by
Tuesday, May 7, 9 a.m.

The Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History is awarded annually for the best student paper completed for an art history course taught at Smith. Papers are judged anonymously by a committee of art history faculty. Students may submit a paper written at any point during their studies. Apply online at: Announced on Ivy Day, winners of the Winslow prize receive a substantial cash award.

John Sinton, ‘The World As Seen From Paradise Pond’
Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Paradise Pond is one of Smith College’s iconic images and perhaps its most seductive. Students of science, nature and beauty are drawn to its banks, and pairs of lovers see their reflections in its waters. Searching its depths, however, we will discover that Paradise Pond is far more than it seems, for there is a machine in this Arcadian pool. From the crest of the hill above the pond search the playing fields for ghostly images of the corn-hills of the Nonotuck. Come share this privileged perch with John Sinton, co-moderator of the Mill River Greenway Initiative. A Landscape Studies Lecture Series Presentation

Dr. Kami Fletcher, ‘Baltimore's Mount Auburn Cemetery and the African American Funeral Directresses’
Thursday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Dr. Kami Fletcher, Associate Professor of History, Delaware State University, will speak on "Baltimore's Mount Auburn Cemetery and the African American Funeral Directresses of Baltimore". Dr. Fletcher will trace the burial ground from its early origins through to the mid-20th century using death and burial as a dual lens to also discuss the emergence of the 19th century Black undertaker. Nineteenth century gendered norms shaped early Black undertaking often omitting Black women from this history. This talk inserts Black women back into the very narrative of undertaking that they helped to create and sustain. Sponsored by the Anthropology department.

‘Family Matters: Intersections of Family & Gender in Criminal Court’
Thursday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

In her Sociology Honors Thesis, Katharina Geppert explores how judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys utilize the family ties of criminal defendants to make detention and sentencing decisions in court. It examines how gendered roles, norms and expectations for the family, parenthood and childhood in American society shape perceptions of criminality, culpability, dangerousness and sociability.

Presents Stephanie Hicks, Addressing Open Challenges in Genomics and Data Education
Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m., Seelye 106

Statistical and Data - Presents Stephanie Hicks, Addressing Open Challenges in Genomics and Data Education

Mary Allen Wilkes, Women and the LINC to Modern Computer
Thursday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Ford 240

Computer Science Presents - Mary Allen Wilkes, Women and the LINC to Modern Computer Technology.

Abdellah Taïa: Homosexuality Between Morocco and France: A Writer's Perspective
Thursday, April 18, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Taïa is a Moroccan writer and filmmaker who has been based in Paris since 1998. In 2007, he became the first Moroccan writer to publicly come out as gay in a country where homosexuality is still considered a crime. Lecture in English. Presented by the Department of French Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Five College Faculty Seminar in French.

Mary Allen Wilkes - Women and the LINC to Modern Computer Technology
Thursday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Ford 240

The Laboratory Instrument Computer (LINC), created in the early 1960s at MIT, constituted a sea change from computing using large, off-line, remote, centrally-controlled computers to computers that were small, interactive and operated under the direct control of their individual users.  The LINC revolutionized biomedical research, and was the gateway to personal computing. 

Five College REEES Undergraduate Research Symposium
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

This third annual symposium showcases student research in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies. Andrew Roth, Moscow correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, lectures at 10:15 am on “Life After Russiagate: What the Kremlin and Russian Learned from 2016.” Student panels based on student papers submitted in advance follow, with an awards presentation and closing remarks beginning at 3:15 pm. Lunch and refreshments available. Sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc. and the Smith College Lecture Committee. Free and open to the public.

‘Chewing the Fat: An Oral History of Italian Foodways,‘ a Kahn Lecture by Karima Moyer-Nocchi
Tuesday, April 23, 3:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Karima Moyer-Nocchi, Professor of Food Studies at the University of Rome, will present her book “Chewing the Fat: An Oral History of Italian Foodways from Fascism to Dolce Vita,” as part of the Kahn Institute yearlong project Food. Moyer-Nocchi's book is based on oral history interviews carried out with Italian women in their 90s. This visually driven presentation will examine the socio-political influence that the fascist era exerted on the formation of the Italian culinary identity, and the role it played in the conceptual development of Italian cuisine as we know it today. All welcome.

Syrian Asylees Speak Out
Wednesday, April 24, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Join Ph.D. candidates Katty Alhayek and Basileus Zeno as they discuss their experience coming to America from Syria seeking asylum and their research on Syrian refugees. Catered dinner will be served.

Don't Blink Media Presents: Bri Castellini
Wednesday, April 24, Noon, Campus Center TV Lounge

Don't Blink Media will be hosting guest speaker Bri Castellini. Come see the award-winning filmmaker and web series producer speak about topics such as "Defining and marketing to your audience" and "Faking high production quality on a budget."

‘A Branch of Yellow Leaves: Buddhism, Poetry and the World’
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Jane Hirshfield will speak of her own “teahouse practice,” both in her poems and as a lay-ordained Soto Zen practitioner, and offer a window into the point where the practice of Zen, of poetry, and of being an attentive human being intersect. Hirshfield has written 14 books, including eight award-winning collections of poetry. Part of this year's “Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature” series sponsored by the Buddhist Studies program, Kent fund, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, English department, Kahn Institute, Poetry Center, Religion department and Five College Consortium.

Reducing Our Plastic Footprint: Experiences from the European Union
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Did you know that the EU parliament recently approved a sweeping ban on single-use plastics and unveiled a plan to make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030? Join Connecticut River Conservancy and the Smith College Museum of Art for a conversation with Guiliana Torta, Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the EU Delegation to the U.S. in Washington DC. Giuliana will discuss the political context in Europe that led to this widespread plastic legislation, compare similarities and differences in the U.S. political environment, and share strategies we can implement.

Developmental Science Initiative Special Lecture
Friday, April 26, 3:30 p.m.

Special Lecture by Harvard Medical School Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, Dr. Charles Nelson: “Sensitive Periods in Human Development: The Effects of Early Profound Deprivation on Brain-Behavioral Development.” Experience is the engine that drives much of postnatal brain development. When children are deprived of key experiences, particularly during critical periods of development, brain and behavioral development can be derailed. Location: Commonwealth Honors College, 160 East Events Hall (Next to Roots Cafe), UMass Amherst campus. This event is co-sponsored by Smith College & UMass Developmental Science Initiative

Engineering Design Celebration
Friday, April 26, 12:30 - 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The 16th annual Engineering Design Celebration showcases design project work from Design Clinic, plus EGR 270 and one section of EGR 100 (Sustainable Water Resources). The Design Clinic sponsors for 2018-2019 include Collins Aerospace, Facebook, FloDesign Sonics, Honda, Instrumentation Laboratory, the Mill River Greenway Committee, the Northampton Department of Public Works, Pelican, and Sanderson MacLeod. Design Clinic presentations will run from 1:00-5:00 PM with refreshments at the intermissions. EGR 100 posters and EGR 270 prototypes will be on display in the Wilson Atrium from 12:30-1:00 PM and again during the first intermission. See for more details.

'The Mill River Runs Through Us' Landscape Studies Lecture Series
Monday, April 29, 2:40 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Reid Bertone-Johnson will present "The Mill River Runs Through Us," the final lecture in the Spring 2019 Landscape Studies Lecture Series which is free and open to the public. For the full schedule, visit

A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas with Jiayan Sun Final Recital
Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Sage Chamber Music Society presents: A Beethoven Cycle: The complete Piano Sonatas Recital VIII: Sonatas 30-32. Jiayan Sun concludes his traversal of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks with the last three sonatas. Join us after the event in the Conference Center to celebrate the conclusion of this remarkable year-long series. Free and open to the public.

SEC Films: Sorry to Bother You
Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

This screening is free and open to the entire community. Synopsis: In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green's career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift, a CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.

EALL Film Series: Bandhobi (Korea, 2009)
Friday, April 19, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

EALL Film Series on Hometown and Identity. Friday, April 19: Bandhobi (Korea, 2009), 7:00 p.m., Seelye 106. Snacks provided! Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Opening Reception for ‘Other Worlds’: An Exhibition of Senior Art Majors
Friday, April 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Jannotta & Oresman Galleries, Hillyer

‘Other Worlds’ features the work of ten Smith College senior art majors. Rosalie Biffis, Caitlin Blanding, Alana Kepler, Cassidy Lewis, Lauren Mitchell, Abbey Pechman, Nina Sajankila, Dana Smith, Mia Taj, and Raegan Thomas will be exhibiting in the Jannotta & Oresman Galleries located in Hillyer from April 17-22nd, 2019. Their featured artwork includes installation, painting, photography, sculpture, and sound. It broadly explores the theme of world building in both personal and political realms. Please come share refreshments and celebrate with the artists at the opening reception.

JostenLive! presents ‘I Sing the Earth and the Earth Sings Me!’
Friday, April 19, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

What if we are all voices of the universe? What if the world listens, watches, thinks, sings and dances through us? What if our bodies are the musical instruments of life itself? Andrea Hairston, Pan Morigan, and Sheree Renée Thomas, also known as Dangerous Women Inc, mix new, original poetry and song with vocals, guitar, banjo, hunters harp, and percussion. JostenLive! is a performing arts library makerspace, inviting its community of performers and scholars to experiment with music, dance, theatre, sound, space, and audience. Josten Library Mezzanine. Free of charge and open to all.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
April 19, 20, 25, 26, & 27, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

A girl named Rosalind is in love with a boy named Orlando, which is convenient because they’ve been banished to the same forest. Orlando is in love with Rosalind. Orlando is also very attracted to a boy named Ganymede. And what does it mean to be a girl or a boy anyway? Or to play one? Come to the Forest of Arden, and find answers for all your questions. Or questions for all your answers. Seating is general admission on risers on the stage. Fully accessible. No late seating. Free for Smith Students. Tickets:

Usher and see AS YOU LIKE IT for free!
April 19, 20, 25, 26, & 27, 6:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Volunteer to usher for a performance of AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare and see the show for free! Performances are April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM - ushers will come an hour early to set up and help out with the box office for each performance. For more information or to sign up, send an email to

SEC Films: Blindspotting
Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

This screening is free and open to the entire community. Synopsis: While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend.

Special Noon Hour Concert: Chamber Music Class Performs Piano for Four-hands
Monday, April 22, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Johannes Brahms: 16 Waltzes, Op. 39 for Piano Four-Hands performed by pianists from MUS 901: Chamber Music: Allison Ahern, Jenny Huo. Chenhui Jia, Kristiana Labuga and Yena Li, Emma Ning, Georgia Pharris, Jessie Wang. Free and open to the public

Jane Hirshfield Poetry Reading
Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Jane Hirshfield’s poetry reveals her total exuberance for life in this world. Interesting and interested, the scope of Hirshfield’s poetry is stunning in both breadth and depth; Hirshfield’s thoroughly impressive career as an essayist, translator, and editor has given us ten books of poetry-- most recently The Beauty: Poems-- as well as two books of essays and four anthologies. She has received numerous awards for her poetry, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. Q&A open to the Smith community at 4 pm in the Poetry Center. Evening reading free & open to the public.

Earth Week: Film Screening
Tuesday, April 23, 8 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Come join Green Team in watching a movie to celebrate Earth Week!

Music in the Noon Hour: Beethoven's Sonata in A Major, Op. 47
Wednesday, April 24, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Ronald Gorevic, violin, and Tae Kim, piano, perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 47, Kreutzer. Free and open to the public.

Smith Gamelan Ensemble Spring Concert with Shadow Puppet Performance
Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Smith Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble is proud to present a wayang kulit (shadow puppetry) performance, in collaboration with dalang (puppeteer) Darsono Hadiraharjo from Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia. Combining shadows, music, storytelling, and song, Darsono and the Smith College Gamelan will bring to life a local Javanese version of the ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata. Directed by Maho A. Ishiguro. Free and open to the public.

art babes @ scma: Plastic Play
Thursday & Saturday, April 25 & 27, 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m., Museum of Art

Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. In April, mark Earth Month with an exploration of the special exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Participate in a plastic toy swap and an activity inspired by Aurora Robson's sculptures Ona and Isla. | Register by emailing

Re: Senior Studio Art Exhibition
Friday, April 26, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Jannotta & Oresman Galleries, Hillyer

Final Studio Art major exhibition centers on Re: imagining, discovering, casting, presenting, creating, membering, construct, defining, and examining. Through the lens of nine student works, exploration relates towards [un]doing, working with memory, the body, and space. Refreshments provided!

Don't Blink Media: Final Screening
Friday, April 26, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Come to Weinstein Auditorium on April 26th from 5pm-6pm where we will be having our end of the year screening for short films made by fellow Smithies! Snacks will be provided.

Re: -- Senior Studio Art Exhibition
Friday, April 26, 6:30 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Final Studio Art major exhibition centers on Re: imagining, discovering, casting, presenting, creating, membering, construct, defining, and examining. Through the lens of nine student works, exploration relates towards [un]doing, working with memory, the body, and space. Opening reception is Friday, April 26th from 6:30-8:00pm in the Brown Fine Arts Center’s Jannotta & Oresman Galleries. Refreshments provided!

Smith College Orchestra Spring Concert
Saturday, April 27, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Jiayan Sun performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23, paired with an exploration of Romeo and Juliet themes in Prokofiev’s Suite No.2 and in Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Jonathan Hirsh conducts. Free and open to the public.

Spitfire Open Mic
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Join Spitfire, Smith College's Spoken Word Org, as they close out the semester with a night of electrifying poetry. Bring your first drafts and master pieces. Share the stage and listen to some fresh verse. Guaranteed to be a lit(erary) night. Free and open to the public.

‘Taking the Archives Public: Opening Reception for ARX 340’ Exhibits, Performances and Refreshments
Monday, April 29, 4 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

Asian International Students Speaking up
Thursday, April 18, 4 p.m., Unity House

A tea inviting Asian international students to discuss our difficulties that may come arise on campus, especially in classroom settings. With Dean Yoshioka as our guest. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

Earth Week: Call Your Senator
Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m., Campus Center 102

In this workshop with Green Team, call your senator to urge them to support environment-related measures.

Soup Salad Soul
Friday, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Engage in a soulful conversation over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by student cooks. All are invited for discussion on various topics introduced by student leaders. Come for the food; stay for the conversation!

Muslim Conversation Group
Thursday, April 18, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Discuss real-life experiences, opportunities and disappointments. The floor is open to examine successes, frustration and one's vision for the future. A light lunch will be served or bring a grab-n-go lunch to the meeting. Led by Kim Alston, Muslim Student Adviser.

Spaces for Prayer on Campus

The Blue Room, located at Room B5 in the lower level of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and the Wright Hall Prayer Space, located in the lower level of Wright Hall offer quiet contemplative spaces for prayer, reflection, contemplation and meditation. These sacred spaces are available on a first come, first-served basis and are open to the Smith community. The Blue Room is accessible whenever the Chapel doors are open. Contact or to gain access to the Wright Hall Prayer Space.

Good Friday Candle Labyrinth
Friday, April 19, 8 a.m., Chapel Sanctuary

A self guided space for reflection and contemplation. The labyrinth is used in religions around the world to act as a mirror by which we ground ourselves. All are welcome to visit and contemplate the high holy days of the Christian calendar.

Muslim Prayer Lunch
Friday, April 19, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

This week, the Muslim Prayer Lunch will be held in the Chapel Sanctuary and will include a spiritual discussion and delicious food followed by Zhur Prayer. All are welcome!

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

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend weekly mindful meditation in the tradition initiated by Zen priest Ruth Ozeki (led by Naomi Miller and Mary Beth Brooker during Ruth's absence on sabbatical in the spring semester.) A simple relaxed silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction will be offered. All levels are welcome, with time for questions.

LGBT Bible Study
Sunday, 4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

A group of LGBTQ identifying/affirming people interested in studying the Bible through the lenses of queer theology. Meet once a week and discuss relevant Biblical texts over snacks and tea!

SCJC Shabbat
Friday, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Join the Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) for lighting Shabbat candles and singing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. Following this at 6:15 pm there will be a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome. 

Interfaith Lunch
Tuesday, April 30, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join others in interfaith dialogue, faith in action, and social justice works on this campus and beyond. Lunch will focus on building community and unity in the wake of the New Zealand mosque attacks. Lunch will be provided (gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options available with advance notice).  All are welcome!

4/20 Outdoor Sober Hangout
Saturday, April 20, 1 - 4 p.m., Boathouse

This event is meant to provide a space for anyone and everyone to come and enjoy Smith's beautiful boathouse in the spring. There will be snacks, games, and water activities, as well as the opportunity to enter to win a raffle. Students can stop by anytime between 1 and 4 PM on 4/20.

Clothing Swap
Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Kick off earth week, with this FREE clothing exchange hosted by the Eco-Reps! Stop by and pick up some new clothes without feeding the exploitative fashion giants and/or drop of some unwanted clothes (seniors, we are looking at you). Open to the Smith Community.

Pet-a-Pet Day
Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Students can come pet many pets!

DIY Body Scrub Night
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

As a part of the earth week program the Eco Reps are hosting a DIY Body Scrub night. BYO jar if possible. Hope you can stop in!

Smith Athletics Giving Day Set For April 24, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m., Ainsworth Gym

Smith is ready for the 2019 Athletics Giving Challenge and we hope you are too! On Wednesday, April 24, the Department of Athletics and Recreation will launch a 24-hour period of giving with a goal of $100,000. You can donate to the team of your choice or to the Friends of Athletics general fund. DONATE HERE:

Earth Week: Pop-Up Smith2Do
Thursday, April 25, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Join the Green Team in making reusable bags in this event to celebrate Earth Week!

Star Gazing
Friday, April 26, 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall roof

Come see stars, planets, galaxies, and star clusters at the Astronomy Department open house. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

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