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04/24/2018 Digest


TIME/LOCATION CHANGE: IT Transformation Community Meeting
Wednesday, April 25, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Stoddard Hall Conference Room

Samantha Earp, VP for Information Technology, will update the campus community on a variety of IT projects, including the latest news on the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (replacing Banner).

Sophia Smith House Sale

The Sophia Smith home in Hatfield is being offered for sale at 80% of its appraised value. This offer of sale is limited to Smith College faculty and staff. To learn more about the details on the sale and to view the photo gallery, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sophia-smith-house-sale

Staff Council Elections
April 24-26

All staff are invited to cast their votes in the Staff Council elections. Voting will take place ONLINE from Tuesday, April 24, through Thursday, April 26. In addition, staff members can cast their votes in person (but online) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in Campus Center 103/104. Refreshments provided.

Students and Faculty: Apply Now for Sams Fund; Due
Monday, May 14

The Sams Fund is a restricted fund to support the study of Arab history, culture, politics, religion, and art at Smith College. The intent of the fund is to foster greater understanding among Americans and people of Arab countries. Apply by submitting a project proposal describing the purpose of the project, the specific activities for which support is sought, the contribution of the project to the development of Middle East Studies at Smith College and their intended impact, estimated duration of the project, and the proposed budget. See: https://www.smith.edu/mes/sams-fund.php for more details.

Harvard Pilgrim Coverage for Out-of-Area Dependents

Dependents covered under the HMO or Value HMO plans who live outside of the health plan's network area must be registered with Harvard Pilgrim as out-of-area dependents prior to visiting out-of-area providers, and they must use the United Healthcare provider network. For details, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/news

Voya & TIAA Advisers Available; Schedule Appointment

It’s easy to schedule an individual appointment with a representative of Voya or TIAA for guidance regarding your retirement accounts. All appointments will take place in Human Resources at 30 Belmont Avenue. To choose from available appointment times with Mary Ellen Gordon from Voya, go to smithcollege.beready2retire.com or call 877-645-5206. You may also send questions to Mary Ellen by email at maryellen.gordon@voyafa.com. Scott Magnacca from TIAA is available to meet with participants on Wednesday, April 25. To schedule an appointment, please call 800-732-8353.

Voya Security Enhancements

Voya’s security measures are continuously evolving to anticipate and respond to changes in the fraud landscape. They will be implementing additional security measures throughout 2018 to safeguard participants’ personal information. Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) used to register for online account access and to use Voya phone services have been enhanced. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/news for more information.

Parking Office Closed Beginning
April 27 at 2:30 pm; Reopens May 7

The Campus Police Parking Office will be closed Friday, April 27 at 2:30 PM until Monday, May 7 at 8:30 AM. For assistance with any parking related issues please call 413-538-2514 during office hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Any other issues or after hours please call 413-585-2495.

OIDE Spring Reception for LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty
Monday, April 30, 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity and Provost’s Office are co-hosting a Spring reception for LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty. This will be an excellent opportunity to build community and share thoughts. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Alumnae House Living Room

Workshop: 'Radical Listening--Developing Capacity for Attending and Connecting Within and Beyond Classrooms'
Friday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Oak Room, Conference Center

Workshop facilitated by Alison Cook-Sather, Ph.D. In increasingly tense and divisive times, it can be especially difficult to listen to one another across differences of identity, position, and perspective. In this workshop, which has been well received in classroom, professional conference, and campus community settings, we will consider some theoretical underpinnings of listening, experience practices that prompt critical reflection, and generate takeaways for classrooms and other contexts on campus in which listening to one another is essential to fostering communication, thoughtful engagement, and belonging. Open to all faculty and staff. RSVP by April 30th to sherrerdcenter@smith.edu.

Earn a $7 Gift Card by Participating in Posture Study

Earn a $7 Campus Center Café gift card (or course credit for eligible classes). 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 posture experiment. Email spahlab@smith.edu to confirm your eligibility and schedule an appointment.

Bike Share Station Project Begins April 23, John M. Greene Hall

The Bike Share Station Project will start Monday, April 23, weather permitting. The work is expected to take about two weeks. The station will hold up to 16 electric assist bicycles and is one of many bike share stations being installed in the region. (14 in Northampton, 10 in Amherst, 3 in South Hadley, 9 in Holyoke, 14 in Springfield).

Seeking Ideas for Next Otelia Cromwell Day; Fill Out Survey by
Tuesday, April 24, Midnight

It's not too late to suggest theme and/or speaker ideas for Smith's next Otelia Cromwell Day, November 1, 2018. To share your ideas with the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee, fill out the brief survey at https://goo.gl/forms/nRjdwy1aLKrcRs7f1

Apply Now for Mary Maples Dunn Prize; Due
Thursday, April 26

Mary Maples Dunn Prize, awarded for an essay written within the current or three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question posed by an instructor, the assignment should be submitted with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and semester they were originally submitted. Submit clearly marked PDF document to Kathleen Gauger, kgauger@smith.edu, by Thursday, April 26. Students may submit only one essay per competition year.

'Un/American': Open Mic Night at SCMA
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Let your voice be heard. Explore themes of identity, belonging and culture in visual and written art during an open mic night inspired by SCMA's Un/American installation. The Writer's Flock invites students, faculty, and staff to attend and share stories, poems, spoken word pieces, and other forms of art. Reception and sign-ups begin at 6:30 PM in the Brown Fine Arts Center Atrium, followed by the performances inside the SCMA galleries. Event organized by the Writer's Flock and sponsored by the Smith College Museum of Art.

Apply to be a Community Health Organizer for 2018-19; Due
Friday, April 27, midnight

The Wellness Service is seeking five new members for the peer education family/ Community Health Organizer team. We design health programming, curricula and campaigns on topics such as sexual / reproductive health, alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault/relationship violence prevention, mental health, disordered eating/ eating disorders and wholeness/wellness. All of our health programming is designed with a social justice and equity lens. To apply, visit https://goo.gl/forms/i0VN2xWO27pejB9n2

Dig In with CSO and Gardening The Community: Community Service Project
Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (on s

Volunteer with the CSO for our short-term project at Gardening the Community! GTC is a food justice, youth development organization that grows healthy food for the community in Springfield. Transportation provided. Limited to 6 people. Tasks will include weeding, planting, harvesting, and other gardening activities. Sunscreen and bug spray provided. Please bring water and a snack if you need either. To sign up, visit https://doodle.com/poll/tw6kz3d3bmecd5ry for more information, email dwood@smith.edu

'Museums Today: Reports from the Field with Recent Alumnae'
Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

A panel discussion and Q&A facilitated by Museums Concentration students. Co-sponsored by the Museums Concentration and Smith College Museum of Art. Coffee and cookies provided. Alumnae speakers will include: Candace Kang ‘15, Camille Kulig ‘13, Suzie Oppenheimer ‘11, Sara Ottomano ‘15, Jessica Magyar ‘10, Shama Rahman ‘13, and Leila Tamari ‘11.

Outdoors Program Trips This Week
Sunday, April 29, 9 a.m., Boathouse

The last climbing trip of the semester is here. This trip will leave from the boathouse at 9 a.m. and return mid afternoon. It will go to Rose Ledges - great for the new or intermediate outdoor climber. Email outdoors@smith.edu to register. Additionally, weekly hikes leave from the boathouse each Tuesday at 4:30pm. No registration required, come hike the Holyoke range.

Community Meal in Solidarity with Refugees and Circles of Care
Sunday, April 29, 5:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

A meal on the Smith campus, where community members, students, and local refugees can talk about local efforts and experiences, and meet others working on these issues in Northampton and at Smith. The dinner is designed to foster mutually rewarding connections and a deeper relationship between Smith students and the local community. All are welcome. Please R.S.V.P. to Vivian Nguyen at vmnguyen@smith.edu.or mcantwel@smith.edu. Sponsored by the Center For Religious and Spiritual Life, the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Higher Education for Refugees at Smith (HERS), and the Smith Refugee Consortium Innovation Grant.

Tryon Prize for Art; Apply by
Thursday, May 3, Museum of Art

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. (Photography is not eligible.) You may enter one work, and submit up to five images (jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. Include a cover sheet with your name, year, campus address, email, phone, and title of work, a statement describing the concept and development of the work and if it was influenced by art seen at SCMA, and include the assignment description if the work was created for class. Send submissions to Tryon Art at museduc@smith.edu. Submissions due May 3.

Tryon Prize for Writing; Apply by
Thursday, May 3, Museum of Art

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding writing related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. Writing may take any form including a thesis, essay or poetry. If the work was written for a class, include the assignment description. You must also include a cover sheet with your name, class year, email address, campus address and phone number. Do not include your name in a header on the pages of your submission. Send your submission in a Word document (docx) with your last name as title to Tryon Writing at museduc@smith.edu.

Apply Now for Praxis Summer Internship Funding; Due
Thursday, May 3, 4:30 p.m.

Applications and all supporting materials must be received by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 3. Use the Praxis Application Checklist (https://bit.ly/2v4jiNs) to ensure your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Ready to submit your application? Sign up for a 20-minute Praxis Express appointment for fast, on-the-spot approval.  Stop by the Lazarus Center or call 413-585-2582 to sign up for a time slot. This is the fastest way to ensure your application gets approved and processed ASAP.

Global Salon: A Conversation with Lola Lafon
Tuesday, April 24, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Lola Lafon, an acclaimed and best selling French novelist, has a deep attachment to Smith College, and its archives. She drew inspiration from them for her just-released novel, "Mercy, Mary, Patty" (Actes Sud, 2017), which connects the stories of three women separated in time but united by radical convictions: Mercy Short, Mary Jamison and Patricia Hearst. The first two battled against the oppression of native Americans, and the third espoused Marxist causes: all were judged as “brainwashed” at their respective times, and moreover, were deemed dangerous and contagious influencers. Lafon became interested in these three figures after an extended research trip to the Sophia Smith archives.

Susan Levin to Present Chaired Professor Lecture
Tuesday, April 24, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Susan Levin, professor of philosophy and Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities, will give her inaugural lecture, "Posthuman Bliss: A Combustible Mix of Flaws and Fantasy." All are welcome. For more information about the Chaired Professor Lecture Series, visit http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

'Performing Gender in Putin's Russia'
Tuesday, April 24, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Since his rise to power in 1999, Vladimir Putin has crafted a public persona whose appeal relies on a clearly constructed larger-than-life masculinity. This talk by Williams College Professor of Russian Julie Cassiday investigates several vivid examples of camped-up gender in contemporary Russia. Cassiday is president of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, and in her current book project she anticipates discussing drag, camp, kitsch, and charisma in a study of gender during the Putin era. Sponsored by the Lecture Committee and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program.

David Matsumoto Presents Annual Tai Unno Memorial Lecture in Shin Buddhist Studies
Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

In his talk, "Taking Amida's Vows as Our Own: Toward the Cultivation of a Culture of Compassion," David Matsumoto, president, Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, Calif., will suggest that Shin Buddhism, grounded in the teachings of Shinran (1173-1263), can offer insights that might bring about a transformation of consciousness and cultivate a culture of compassion in ourselves and the world. Everyone is welcome to the reception in Dewey Common room that will follow the talk. Sponsored by the Smith College Religion Department, Buddhist Studies Program and the Ada Howe Kent fund.

Richard Weissbourd: 'Raising Caring and Happy Children in Challenging Times'
Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Richard Weissbourd is currently a senior lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the Kennedy School of Government. He is also faculty director of the Human Development and Psychology master's program. His work focuses on vulnerability and resilience in childhood, the achievement gap, moral development, and effective schools and services for children.

Lecture by Dr. Lina Benabdallah on China's Multilateral Foreign Policy in Continental Africa
Thursday, April 26, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Lina Benabdallah, an assistant professor of politics and international relations at Wake Forest University, will deliver a public lecture at Smith on April 26. An expert on Sino-African relations, Dr. Benabdallah will share research from her book project on China's multilateral foreign policy in continental Africa. The title of her talk is "Do knowledge and skills transfers from China to Africa diffuse Chinese norms, values, and models?"

Location/Time Change: 'Untitled, 2018' by Artist Andrea Fraser
Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Graham Auditorium, Hillyer

Andrea Fraser is an artist best known for forms of performance art, institutional critique, and feminist practice that turn art world conventions on their head. Fraser lives in Los Angeles, where she chairs the UCLA Department of Art. This program is part of Excavating the Image, an annual collaboration between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art. Open to the public.

The Teachings of Lorenzo Milani and The School of Barbiana
Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m., Seelye 106

Join educator Edoardo Martinelli, a former student of educator Lorenzo Milani and author of "Pedagogy of the Adherence" and "Letter to a Teacher" (co-authored with students of the School of Barbiana), for a presentation of Milani's pedagogy and the contributions of the School of Barbiana in Italy. Presentation is in Italian with English projection. A translator will be present for the Q & A session following.

Engineering Design Celebration
Friday, April 27, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

The 15th annual Engineering Design Celebration showcases design project work from Design Clinic, a senior capstone course, and one section of EGR 100 (Sustainable Water Resources). The Design Clinic sponsors for 2017-2018 include Bechtel, the Coleman School/Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Dresser-Rand, FloDesign Sonics, Instrumentation Laboratory, NNE, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, and the Williamsburg Mill River Greenway Committee. Design Clinic presentations will run from 1:00-5:00 PM with refreshments at the intermissions. EGR 100 posters will be on display from 12:00-1:00 PM and again during the first intermission. See http://www.science.smith.edu/designclinic/dc1718-designcelebration/ for more details.

Screening/Q&A of Ai Weiwei's 'Human Flow'
Sunday, April 29, 2:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq. The screening will be followed by a live-stream Q&A with the director Ai Weiwei.

Arbor Day Lecture by Joan Maloof
Monday, April 30, 7 p.m., Conference Center Oak Room

Joan Maloof will present "Nature's Temples: Understanding and Honoring Old-growth Forests." What do you know about the forest cover of the planet, and of Massachusetts specifically? Are we gaining forest land or losing forest land? Are there any untouched forests left? If so, where could you experience one? Why are ancient forests so important and how can we preserve the ones that are left? In this Arbor Day talk we will turn our attention to the silent plants and animals who cannot speak for themselves. For more details, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/event/arbor-day-lecture

'Defiant and Displaced Gardens,' a Kahn Lecture by Landscape Architect Kenneth Helphand
Monday, April 30, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Kenneth Helphand, professor of landscape architecture, University of Oregon, and author of "Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime," will discuss themes outlined in his award-winning book, which explores the meaning of gardens that have been created under the direst of conditions. Now more than a decade since the book's publication, Helphand will address its after-effects while looking at gardens created by contemporary displaced persons and refugees from civil wars globally. Helphand visits as part of a joint event between this year's Kahn Institute yearlong projects, War and Destroy then Restore: Transforming our Lands and Waters. All welcome. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

Molecular and Life Sciences Honors Presentations Spring 2018
Daily, April 30 to May 1, 4 p.m., McConnell 103 and B15 and Sabin Reed 220

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 3:45 p.m. daily; talks to begin at p.m. For full schedule and locations, visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php

'Making a School in Kenya': A Class Presentation
Tuesday, May 1, 10:30 a.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This public presentation will showcase the work of students in EDC 226, The Making of a School. The project that will be presented is the draft document for a new girls’ boarding school in Kenya, created by students in collaboration with Kenyan educators and experts on the ground. Teams of students will discuss their designs for the school building, the curriculum, the mission, schedule, budget, funding plan, hiring strategies and governance structure. In creating this preliminary plan for their school, students used a range of sites and resources at Smith, including the GIS Center, Design Thinking, and the Knowledge Lab.

'Seeing Music: Color Finds Rhythms, Harmonies, and Counterpoints,' Paintings by Lorna Ritz
April 17-May 17, M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Ritz is developing the tradition coming out of cubism and Hans Hofmann’s plastic space. “My painting process is unsettling, passionate, radical, and driven. All together, a body of paintings becomes like the movements of a symphony that take a year or more to fully realize. Each painting has immediacy to it, but takes time to complete; it’s my own personal paradox. The painting is the consequence of technique and skill brought about by the concept. That is how what ends up on my canvas gets said, and how my paintings come to be.”

Favorite Poem Project Reading and Celebration
Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A celebration of poems that we carry with us and that enrich our lives—readers from the Smith community and beyond will share their favorites. Featured readers: Kathleen McCartney, Steve Herrell and Jane Yolen. A reception in the Poetry Center will follow with refreshments, prizes and book giveaways.

Gamelan Spring Concert
Wednesday, April 25, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Maho A. Ishiguro, director, with Darsono Hadiraharjo, artist-in-Residence at Bates College and Tufts University. Free and open to the public.

'Writers Read: A Celebration of Voices and Visions'
Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Voices and Visions is an online journal that welcomes submissions from students and alumnae who attend(ed) women's colleges and high schools around the world. Come hear readings of select submissions from this year's editions. Pizza and snacks provided.

Reception for 'Coals Over Water'
Thursday, April 26, 6-8 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"Coals Over Water" is a senior art exhibition on view from April 25 to May 4. Snacks and beverages will be served at the reception.

Final Weekend: MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus
April 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, free for Smith Students. Smith students can reserve a ticket by emailing: boxoffice@smith.edu

SEC Films Presents 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

Labrys Magazine Launch Party
Friday, April 27, 8 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Labrys is Smith's only student-run publication of art and writing. This event will celebrate the release of this year's issue of Labrys magazine, featuring the work of 33 Smith students. Contributors will showcase their work at the launch and print copies of the magazine will be available. Refreshments will be served.

Ten-Minute Plays: Directing I Showcase
Sunday, April 29, 7 p.m., Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

Ten-minute plays directed by the Directing I class. The performance will take place in Mendenhall Acting Studio 1.

'Taking the Archives Public: Opening Reception for ARX 340 Exhibits'
Monday, April 30, 4 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Come and enjoy the amazing presentations of our ARX 340 students. Snacks will be served.

Music in the Noon Hour: A Musical Tribute to Smith's Trees
Wednesday, May 2, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano, will perform musical tributes to the trees that grace the Smith College Campus Arboretum. Included in the program will be the world premiere of a new song dedicated to the American elm, Ulmus Americana, in front of College Hall. Words by Naila Moreira and music by Gregory W. Brown. Music in the Noon Hour Concerts are a series of half-hour recitals by members of the Smith College Music Department and friends. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/event/a-musical-tribute-to-smiths-trees

'Planet Earth' Screening
Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Come celebrate Earth Week with the Green Team by watching an episode of Planet Earth. There will be snacks provided, in including date and chocolate chip no-bake cookies.

Tree Planting Demonstrations
Thursday, April 26, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Join John Berryhill, Landscape Curator and a Certified Arborist, when he plants a maple tree on the west side of Sage Hall at 1 p.m. and a Pawpaw tree at the bottom of the new Crew House ramp at 3 p.m. The trees will be additions to the collection of the Smith College Campus Arboretum, which is an accredited arboretum and is a recognized member of Tree Campus USA. Learn about the stresses and challenges facing transplanted trees. John will discuss selection of a good nursery specimen, proper timing and techniques, aftercare, pruning and offer tips from his years of experience. Bring your questions and join the conversation. https://www.smith.edu/garden/event/tree-planting-demonstrations

Soup, Salad and Soul
Friday, April 27, 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.

Jummah Prayer
Friday, April 27, 12:10 p.m., Prayer Space, Wright Hall, Lower Level

Join Smith's Muslim community for communal prayer, and a group activity, video or student-led discussion this Friday in the Wright Hall Prayer Space in the lower level of Wright Hall. Bring a Grab n Go lunch with you. All are welcome.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat
Friday, April 27, 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.

Monday Weekly Meditation
April 30, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

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

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

This exhibit brings light to the issue of tree extinctions, shows the incredible diversity of threatened trees, and informs the public on how they can help. Featured in the exhibit are some trees the Botanic Garden of Smith College has in their collection, such as the Serbian Spruce (Picea omorkia), and the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia). For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibit/vanishing-acts-trees-under-threat

Kid's Night Out Superhero Style
Friday, April 27, 7 p.m., ITT

Smith Basketball will be hosting Kid's Night Out, superhero style. Kids grades K-6 will gather together outside, under the lights (weather permitting) in their favorite superhero costume for a night of fun and games. In addition to a costume contest, the night will include carnival games, arts and crafts, field sports and an outdoor movie. The basketball team is looking forward to having a night to remember and we hope to see you there. Please email Devon Quattrocchi at dquattro@smith.edu with any questions .

'Lactuca: An Exploration of Lettuce,' Curated by June Ahn '18
May 1-30, Daily 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Physiology House, Lyman Plant House

This exhibit aims to explore the humble beginnings of what is now a ubiquitous salad green. Although once weedy and quite bitter, the lettuce of today grows worldwide and in many different forms, including romaine, butterhead, stem, and curled. This exhibit is curated by June Ahn ’18 a senior majoring in biology and minoring in landscape studies, with a focus in plants. She has worked at the Smith Botanic Garden since her sophomore year. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibit/lactuca-an-exploration-of-lettuce

'Art in Nature/Nature in Art: Students' Collages and Italian Culture'
May 1-31, Daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House

On exhibit are the final projects for Green Italian (ITL 235), an intermediate Italian conversation course taught by Bruno Grazioli and held at the Lyman Plant House. Through this class supported by the Botanic Garden’s Curricular Enhancement program, students acquire Italian vocabulary on botany and use these terms actively during class to describe plants, flowers, and the landscape. Students created original tableaus highlighting their personal idea of Italian culture using only natural media (wood, leaves, stones etc.) that can easily be found on Smith campus. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibit/art-in-naturenature-in-art-students-collages-and-italian-culture

'Alternate Natures: Architecture and the Botanical World'
May 1-31, Daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Physiology House, Lyman Plant House

This year's advanced architectural design studios (Advanced Topics in Architecture, ARS386 and ARS388) taught by Elisa Kim explore alternative relationships between buildings, culture, and the environment. In collaboration with the Botanic Garden and through a series of interrelated projects, each student began by choosing a plant of her choice, then designing and fabricating a miniature self-sustaining eco-unit intended to support the plant’s life. These small-scale constructions gradually led to architectural proposals for an addition to the Botanic Garden at Smith College. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibit/alternate-natures-architecture-and-the-botanical-world

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