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10/18/2018 Digest

Protect Your Smith Account from Being Compromised, Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Campus Center 003

Stop by this info session to learn more about the #1 method to protect your Smith network account. Duo Two-Factor Authentication is an easy way to secure your Smith account and protect your online identity. ITS staff will be available to review best practices, answer questions and help you get signed up.

IT Transformation Community Meeting
Friday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Want to know more about IT-related projects and how they relate to the work you do? Join Samantha Earp, VP for Information Technology/CIO, to hear an update on the Workday implementation and to learn about an upcoming project to help us manage and govern college data across our IT systems.

Staff Council Hosts Free Staff Photo Days
October 22 and 23, CMP, Henshaw D

Seeking a more professional looking profile image to use for Google, Linked-In or other social media? Reserve a spot with a photographer, courtesy of Smith Staff Council on Monday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The photo sessions for staff will take place at Center for Media Production, Henshaw D. To make reservations, visit, or contact with questions.

December Lunch & Learn Session Added: 'How to Maximize Your Social Security Retirement Benefits'
Tuesday, Dec. 4, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Though Social Security is a major income source for most retirees, most employees don’t know how to use its feature to maximize their benefits. That could be a costly oversight, costing retirees tens of thousands of dollars over their lifetimes. This session will help employees employ strategies to maximize their benefits by understanding Social Security rules and exploiting them effectively. Presented by David Carboni, DKC Retirement Associates, LLC, CFP. A light lunch will be served. Register by visiting

Register Now for '25Live Demonstration'
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 204

This demonstration will show you how to navigate the 25Live Scheduling System. In addition, it will review tips and tricks for easier use for requesting space and resources for all of your events. Presented by Kathy San Antonio, Events Management. Register by visiting

Sign Up for Staff Council Cookie Contest

Have you been told your cookies are awesome? Want a chance to showcase how good they are? If you answered yes, sign up for the Staff Council Cookie Contest. If interested email Donna Gingras, by October 24 to sign up. You will need to bring 2 dozen cookies with the recipe on December 3 at noon in Campus Center 103/104 to be judged. The two winning cookies will be featured at the Staff Council Soup & Spuds event in January and you will have bragging rights for the year.

Donate to ISSO's Winter Clothes Closet Before Oct. 19

Every year Smith students from warmer climates experience the shock of dropping temperatures in New England. The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), through the generosity of campus partners like you, is able to provide free warm clothes to students in preparation for winter. The ISSO is looking for gently-used winter clothes, coats, and accessories. Any donations you can make will be much appreciated. Drop-off Locations are Lewis Global Studies Center, Class Deans Office, Alumnae House and the Admission Office.All donations will be made available for students on Friday, Oct. 19.

Kid's Night Out
Friday, Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m., ITT

Do you or your kids need a night out?? Bring your children to the ITT from 7-9 p.m. for a night of activities hosted by the Smith College Track and Field Team. To register, visit

Register Now for 'Five to Thrive: Five Strategies to Avoid Burnout'
Monday, Oct. 22, 2-4 p.m., Campus Center 205

When you are at work, do you have to juggle multiple demands on your time, or feel that your attention is pulled in several directions at once? Chronic busyness, combined with other work stressors, can eventually lead to dissatisfaction or burnout. This workshop will offer five strategies to reconnect with what is most meaningful to you about your work, strengthen your focus and replenish your energy. These exercises improve health, engagement and productivity. Presented by Jessical Gifford, LICSW. Register by visiting

Faculty Luncheon-Learn about Grants Funding - Procurement and Facilitation
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Noon, Campus Center 205

This luncheon will provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to meet with staff who can assist with all phases of grant research and proposal preparation. Please RSVP to Melanie Gulow (413) 585-4209 or by October 18.

Help the Homeless in Northampton

Community Service Organization partner opportunity to volunteer for an evening (7:30-9:00 p.m.) shift this fall at the Northampton Homeless Shelter, within easy walking distance from campus. Orientation and training will be offered. For more information: Barbara Blumenthal (

Parking Office Closed
Oct. 15-19; Reopens Oct. 22

The parking office will be closed on Monday, October 15, 2018 through Friday, October 19, 2018. The office will reopen on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM. For any emergencies, please call Campus Police at 413-585-2490.

Flu Shot Clinic
Thursday, Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

All current students, staff, and faculty are welcome to sign up for this free vaccine. Sign up online at: We do NOT provide high-dose formula which is recommended for persons over the age of 65. Persons with medical concerns should contact their primary care provider. We can provide mercury (thimerosal) free product upon request. Flu vaccine is also provided at retail pharmacies without an appointment.

Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:45 p.m., Hatfield 105

Learn about our unique program. One-year and one-semester options available. This is a full-language immersion program. Students live with Italian families, take classes at the Smith Center in many different areas of study; language and culture, art history, sustainable food, immigration, history of fashion. Students choose one or two classes at the University of Florence in many departments, including science/math/social sciences. There are volunteer opportunities. A credit-bearing internship in the Pistoia pre-school system is one of the many highlights. Pizza and beverages will be served.

ISSO's Winter Clothes Closet
Friday, Oct. 19, 4-5:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Feeling nervous about the fast-approaching New England winter? Fear not, the ISSO’s got your back! Come to the Winter Clothes Closet to find free warm clothes, generously donated by other Smithies and the Smith community.

Field Trip: Gleaning with Rachel's Table
Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapin Loading Dock

Gleaning, which dates back to Biblical times, is the gathering of produce after harvest. Farmers are often unable to sell all of their produce either because of imperfections or because they simply cannot harvest it all. Many farmers welcome the opportunity to donate excess produce that would otherwise have been thrown out; others donate salable produce simply out of kindness. We will be taking a van to a local farm to harvest produce and will then deliver the food to a food kitchen. Please email to reserve your spot.

Participate in Smith 'Walk for Water'
Saturday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m., Boathouse

Smith Walk for Water is an event hosted each semester to raise awareness about the Global Water Crisis and funds to save lives through the affiliated org, Water Mission. On this walk, participants are encouraged to carry a bucket of water on a route around campus simulating the trip that many women and children have to make each day for water. This semester's walk will be raising money to help water mission's project rehabilitating victims of the Indonesia earthquake of September 28.

Last Rock Climbing Trip Of the Season
Sunday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Boathouse

Join us for the last rock climbing trip of the season. We will be climbing at Rose Ledge. Free, fun and open to all. No experience or gear is necessary. Please email to sign up. We have lots of openings still.

Sherrerd Teaching Award Ceremony
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

You're invited! Students can help celebrate excellent teaching at Smith on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room at a ceremony honoring three faculty recipients of the 2017 Sherrerd Teaching Awards: David Gorin, associate professor of chemistry; Suk Massey, lecturer in East Asian languages & literatures; and Tina Wildhagen, associate professor of sociology and dean of the junior class. A reception open to all will follow the ceremony. For more information, visit

Fellowships and Study Abroad Info Session
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session will provide a brief overview of study abroad options - semester, academic year, J term, summer - and sources of Smith funding - as well as information about fellowships available before graduation that help fund study abroad (esp. for summer).

Laptop Engraving/Identity Theft Awareness Info
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m., Campus Center 003

Campus Police will be available to to engrave your laptop as an added security measure to help prevent theft. Your student ID will be etched in a small area on the bottom of your laptop and recorded with the department in case of theft. An engraver will be used to etch your ID# into your laptop. It’s harder to resell a stolen laptop with someone else’s name or a big scratched out area plainly visible. Smith College Computer Store will be there as well working along with us to provide security information to students.

Learn & Lunch Series: Financing Life
Tuesdays, Oct. 23-Nov. 13, Noon-12:50, Campus Center 103/4

This learn & lunch series will cover the Basic Language of Personal Finance and provide guidance on building assets, dealing with credit cards and debt, conceptualizing taxes and preparing for financial future. Taught by Professor Randy Bartlett, the workshops aim to shape your understanding of financial terminologies and create an incentive for you to start planning for your upcoming financial “moves." (Four sessions: October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13.) For more info, contact

Economics Study Abroad Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:10 p.m., Seelye 101

Learn about studying Economics abroad during your Junior year at Smith. Info session will be led by Professor Mahnaz Mahdavi, the Economics Study Abroad Adviser, along with students who have just studied abroad on hand to share their experiences. Pizza lunch.

Smith in Hamburg Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Hatfield 204

Learn about the Smith in Hamburg Study Abroad Program.

Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate School Info Session w/Dr. Anne Stewart '05
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Dr. Anne Stewart '05, associate vice president of communication and deputy to the president at Princeton Theological Seminary is on campus and will meet in an informal setting with students who want to learn more about doing a ministry or graduate program at Princeton Theological Seminary. Tea and snacks available.

12-College Exchange Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Are you interested in studying elsewhere in the United States? The Junior and Ada Class Dean, Andrea Rossi-Reder, will present information about the 12-College Exchange Program for those who wish to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year. This program is designed for Sophomores and includes the Williams-Mystic Seaport and the National Theater Institute programs.

'Doin’ The Louvre' (Art Night)
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

"Doin' the Louvre" is a poem by Patricia Smith about the joy of discovering something that people have tried to keep from you. Students of color are invited to an art night at Mwangi, co-hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art, to discover the joys of the museum and impact of people of color in the art world.

Sophomores: Meet your Class Dean
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Noon-1:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Drop by the Campus Center and say hello Sophomore Class Dean Tina Wildhagen. Dean Wildhagen is associate professor in the sociology department We'll have a table of seasonal treats, music, and handouts. We'll be located right outside the Campus Center steps near Chapin Lawn, weather permitting, or inside on the first floor.

Larry Rosenstock: 'The World is Changing. Schools Should Too.'
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Larry Rosenstock, CEO and founding principal of High Tech High, an internationally acclaimed network of public charter schools that incorporates design principles and multidisciplinary learning in service of "work that matters" to students, their teachers and the world outside of school, is presenting this year's Jane Grossman Cecil '50 Annual Lecture in Urban Education. Rosenstock advocates integration of "head and hand" and the marriage of science, literacy, and math through constructivist, applied, expeditionary pedagogy that advances equity and opportunity. Contact the Jandon Center for Community Engagement for more information at

Neuroscience Study Abroad Info Session
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Interested in studying abroad as a Neuroscience major/minor? Then you should plan to attend this study abroad information session where you can learn about the different types of programs available as well as hear from Neuroscience majors who studied abroad last year.

Innovative Strategies Workshop - Mendix
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Campus Center 102

Is the solution to the problem you've identified one best served by developing an app? Do you lack the coding skills required to bring it to life? Have no fear...Mendix is here! Mendix is an online low-code platform that is completely free for students to use. Representatives will be on hand to walk you through using this tool that will help bring your ideas to a marketable solution. Lunch provided.

Study Abroad Engineering Forum
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Ford 240

Come hear about study abroad opportunities available to engineering majors. Engineering students that have already studied abroad will be present to discuss their experiences.

Global FLEX Ireland Information Session
Monday, Oct. 29, Noon, Jandon Center, Wright

Students are invited to attend this information session to learn more about the Global FLEX Ireland program which will examine different views of Irish identity and explore how they are represented in the urban landscapes of Belfast and Dublin. Students who participated on the program last summer will be present. Lunch will be served.

Projects for Peace Info Session
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Davis Foundation provides an opportunity to see to fruition a dream you've had to promote peace and be an agent for change. One Smith project is chosen per year to receive a $10,000 grant to complete a project either domestic or abroad.

Portfolio Review to Declare the Art Major
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Hillyer 204

Portfolio Review is mandatory to declare the studio art major. Please come to Hillyer Hall Room 204 with 10-15 works from studio art classes taken at Smith or other college level studio classes. Documentation of actual work is accepted, but please bring your own laptop or flash drive for viewing. Sign up in the art department office.

Medieval Studies Major
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, Wright Hall 238

Lunch will be provided.

East Asian Languages & Literature and East Asian Studies Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, Campus Center 205

Explore the languages, literatures and cultures of China, Japan and Korea. Meet the faculty and talk with our majors, minors and liaisons. Pizza, salad and beverages provided.

Astronomy Major
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, McConnell 406

Lunch Provided

Religion Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 18, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Join faculty and student representatives of the Religion department to learn about the major and minor over a delicious lunch.

Italian Studies Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:15 p.m., Hatfield 105

Meet the Italian Studies faculty and learn about the Major and Minor in Italian Studies. Following this presentation will be an information session on the Smith in Florence study abroad program. Pizza and beverages will be available at 5:45 p.m.

History Major
Friday, Oct. 19, Noon, Campus Center 205

Pizza will be provided.

Buddhist Studies Minor and South Asian Studies Minor
Friday, Oct. 19, 12:10 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Lunch served.

Monday, Oct. 22, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 106

Meet the faculty in the Department of Economics and learn more about the Economics Major and Minor. Refreshments will be served.

Comparative Literature Major
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Members of the CLT faculty and current majors will be there to answer your questions and tell you about the program. If you are currently considering a major in Comparative Literature, or just want to know more about the program , we encourage you to attend. Snacks and drinks will be served.

Spanish and Portuguese Majors and Minors
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 101

Come and meet faculty from the Spanish & Portuguese department and learn about our majors and minors. Refreshments available.

Middle East Studies Major and Minors
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:05-12:55 p.m., Wright 002

Learn more about the Major and Minors in Middle East Studies. Pizza lunch.

Philosophy Major and Minor
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Dewey Philosophy Lounge

Meet the faculty and hear from some of the current majors. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Statistical & Data Sciences Major
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:15-1:10 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Lunch will be served

Art History, Studio Art, and Architecture & Urbanism Major/Minor
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Come and meet the Art Department Faculty and learn more about the major and minor in the Jannotta Gallery at Hillyer Hall. The Department of Art believes that there is equal weight given to studio practice and historical analysis. Courses focus on images and the built environment and seek to foster an understanding of visual culture and human expression in a given time and place. There is one art major, which may be taken in one of three variations: History of Art, Studio Art, and Architecture. Lunch will be served.

Psychology Major
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Classics and Classical Studies Majors
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 003

Meet the members of the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures and hear from current classics and classical studies majors. Lunch will be served.

Ethics Program Minor
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Philosophy Lounge

Snacks will be provided.

German Studies Major/Minor and Hamburg Program
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Hatfield 204

Smith in Hamburg presentation will be 12:15-12:45 p.m. and the presentation of the German Studies Major and Minor will be 12:45-1 p.m. Pizza and drinks available beginning at 12:15.

Study of Women and Gender Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Campus Center 205

Come and meet the faculty and students who make up SWG. They will be there to tell you about the major and minor and to answer any of your questions. Lunch will be served.

Africana Studies Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Campus Center 204

Join us for pizza and conversation with the AFR faculty about this exciting major/minor.

Mathematics and Statistics Major and Minors
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Math Forum, Burton 3rd Floor

Come learn about the options for majoring or minoring in Mathematics and Statistics. Lunch will be served.

Biochemistry Major
Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Learn about the latest research in the department and meet the faculty. Dinner will be served.

Film and Media Studies Major
Friday, Oct. 26, Noon, Campus Center 205

Join faculty advisers and current majors, learn about course offerings, the major and minor requirements, events and news. Light lunch will be served and the ever popular Halloween candy will be in abundance.

American Studies
Monday, Oct. 29, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Meet the faculty in the American Studies Program and learn more about the major. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Program in Jewish Studies Major and Minor
Monday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., Campus Center 102

Come and meet the faculty and students who make up the Program in Jewish Studies! They will be there to tell you about the major and minor and to answer any of your questions. Tea will be served.

Biological Sciences Major
Monday, Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Learn about the latest research in the department and meet the faculty. Lunch will be served.

'(Don't) Frack Your Mother' with Kristen Abatsis McHenry
Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 110

The process of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") has been linked to health problems, water contamination, and environmental degradation. Gas and oil industries maintain that fracking is a safe practice, yet anti-fracking protesters challenge this claim. This talk outlines the roles women play in anti-fracking activism, the negative health outcomes women experience, and the role gender plays in the debates surrounding fracking. Kristen shows the ways that the industry positions women fracktivists as hysterical, inferior, unreasonable, emotional, and consequently they are attacked in gender-specific ways by the gas and oil industry.

'Project Drawdown' Webinar
Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Since the findings were published in April 2017, "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" has become a New York Times bestseller, prompting hundreds of media reports, events, and new editions worldwide. This online workshop hosted by the Project Drawdown leadership team, including Paul Hawken, will provide an interactive overview and update of "Drawdown" that will be streamed live at no cost. The overview will be followed by a live Q&A session.

'Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora' with Joanna Dee Das, Washington University, St. Louis.
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Dancer, choreographer, author and social activist Katherine Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers of the 20th century. For over thirty years, her company toured the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, bringing her embodied vision of the African diaspora to audiences worldwide. Joanna Dee Das's book Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora argues that Dunham was more than a dancer; she was an intellectual and activist committed to using dance to fight for racial justice on her own terms. Das is an assistant professor of dance at Washington University in St. Louis.

Presidential Colloquium: 'America's Gun Violence Epidemic'
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Pam Bosley and Stasha Rhodes -- leading voices in the movement to prevent gun violence -- will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “America’s Gun Violence Epidemic” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Campus Center Carroll Room at Smith College. The event is open to the public at no charge. More information:

'Vive la Resistance: Evidence that Multidrug Resistance is an Ancient Stem Cell Trait'
Monday, Oct. 22, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Michele Markstein, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

Emer O'Dwyer: 'Ostracism, Boss Rule and the Impossibility of Democracy in Rural Japan, 1948-58'
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Campus Center 205

Emer O'Dwyer is associate professor of history and East Asian studies, Oberlin College. Pizza and beverages provided. Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Free and open to the public.

Dania Francis '01: 'Do School Counselors Exhibit Bias in Recommending Students for Advanced Coursework?'
Thursday, Oct. 25, Noon, Seelye 106

Dania Francis, Smith Alumna ‘01 and Ph.D. Duke ’13, is Assistant Professor of Economics and Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. Her current research involves using experimental and quasi-experimental methods to identify structural causes of racial and socioeconomic academic achievement gaps. More broadly, Dania’s research interests include examining racial and socioeconomic disparities in education, labor markets and the criminal justice system. Dania has taught courses in the economics of education, the history of the education of blacks in the U.S., contemporary issues of race and education, and introductory microeconomics.

Global Salon with Doris H. Gray: 'Women and Transitional Justice in Tunisia--The Forgotten Victims'
Thursday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Seven years after the uprising, who are the winners and the losers? Since the 2011 uprisings, this North African country has taken several major steps to address historic, systematic human rights violations. A Truth and Dignity Commission investigated mass atrocities. Not everyone came forward and testified. The talk investigates the possibilities of justice in the absence of truth telling.

Philosophy Lecture: 'Creating, Preserving and Defending the Paris Agreement on Climate Change'
Thursday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Andrew Light, University Prof. of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences, George Mason Univ. & Distinguished Senior Fellow, Climate Program, World Resources Institute, will review the recent history of the UN climate negotiations, culminating in the Paris Agreement in Dec. 2015. He will cover how the agreement overcame the hurdle of justly assigning responsibilities for hitting global emission reduction targets and look at the stress test that the Paris Agreement is going through now, because of the intention to withdraw by the U.S. He will explain how different communities are prepared to defend the Agreement and continue coordinated action on this urgent problem.

'Queering the Talmud'
Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:15 p.m., Seelye 106

The Talmud is often considered a portable homeland of Jews. But to whom can it provide shelter? Contemporary Jews are establishing communities of talmudic study beyond the traditional academies in order to include women's and queer experiences. Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert, Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University, will lecture on the dynamics of talmudic literature that render it home to queerness. Sponsored by the Religion Department, Jewish Studies Program, SWG Program, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Mount Holyoke College Religion Department.

Freeman A. Hrabowski Will Offer Presidential Colloquium on Promoting Access in STEM
Monday, Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Freeman A. Hrabowski -- president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a leader in science and math education -- will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Promoting Access and Diversity in STEM Education” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Campus Center Carroll Room. More information:

Seeking Artists for 'Healing Through the Arts Festival'
January 25-27

If you're an actor, playwright, and/or director interested in telling stories that promote equity and wellness for the campus community this festival is for you. Priority will be given to highlighting the experiences of current and former Black Smith students. Contact for more details. The festival will take place January 25 and 26. Presented by Black Students' Alliance, Smith African & Caribbean Students' Association, and Smith College Department of Theatre.

Exhibition: 'The Many Faces of Womanhood in East Asia'
Through December 9, Museum of Art

This selection of historical and contemporary works of art from the Smith College Museum of Art’s collection probes into the multifaceted and ever-changing definition of womanhood in an East Asian context. It explores questions such as: How does education affect women’s development and shape their identities? How do female characters inspire a wide array of artistic production, from literature to theater and the visual arts? What opportunities and obstacles do women artists face? What are the reveries, aspirations, and ambitions of women?

Screening 'Belle' (2013)
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Directed by Amma Asante. 1:44 minutes. Rated PG. Screened In conjunction with the special SCMA exhibition "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment." This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait of Lady Elizabeth Murray and her multiracial cousin Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804). Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle, and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray.

'Undetermine': An Evening of Dance and Music Improvisation at the Historic Crew House
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

"Undetermine: An Evening of Dance and Music Improvisation" with Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Dante Brown, Lani Nahele, Leah Fournier, and Shaina Cantino and special guest musician John Cabán. Free, open to public, limited seating at the Smith College newly renovated historic Crew House, Leeds Studio for Dance Research.

A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas II
Thursday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Sage Chamber Music Society presents A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas II. Pianist Jiayan Sun continues his yearlong exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks. Recital II: Sonatas Nos. 5-8 & 19-20.

Artist Lesley Dill MAT '75 at the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs
Thursday, Oct. 18, 5 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Come partake in an informal conversation with artist Lesley Dill, Smith College MAT '75. Lesley Dill is the 2018 Smith College Print Workshop artist (October 17–19). Examples of her prints will be on display in the Cunningham Center.

SEC Presents 'The Incredibles 2'
Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2.” But this time Helen (Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together.

UPDATED: JostenLive! SNEAK PREVIEW of 'Moonlight on the Miskatonic'
Friday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Learn about the inspiration for world premiere musical 'Moonlight on the Miskatonic', based on the novels of H.P. Lovecraft, with Samantha Noble ‘12 (book), Clifton J. Noble MA ‘88 (music and lyrics), director Ellen Kaplan, and performances by Hero Hendrick-Baker '22, Tari Owei '21, Rosemary Ewing '19, and Teva Skovronek ‘22. JostenLive! celebrates the creativity of Josten Library users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Always brief, free, and open to all!

'Moonlight on the Miskatonic'
Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Music and Lyrics by Clifton J. Noble, Book by Samantha Noble. World Premiere Musical Directed by Ellen W. Kaplan. The campus of Miskatonic U is decked out for Illumination Night. Four alums have arrived for their five-year reunion, only to find creepy goings-on hidden behind the ivy-covered walls, and the terrifying disappearances of students keep happening. There’s a snake in Paradise….or something much, much worse. Based on the super-scary stories of HP Lovecraft, this new musical is about love, friendship, and growing up – and about horrors that lurk very near. Tickets available at Free for Smith students.

Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Usher for the world premiere musical MOONLIGHT ON THE MISKATONIC and see it for free! Performances are October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14. To sign up call 413-585-3220 or email

Arabic Folk Dance and Music with Karim Nagi
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian immigrant to the USA, and a true crossover artist uniting the Arab tradition with the global contemporary world. He has has released fourteen CDs, ranging from traditional Arab music to fusion and electronica. This interactive Arabic Folk Dance & Music event is sponsored by the Arabic Program in Middle East Studies and will include some student presentations of study abroad experiences, a Middle Eastern dinner from "Taste of Lebanon," and of course, Arabic folk dancing and music. This event is free and open to all.

Music in the Noon Hour
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Judith Gordon, piano, Charles Huang, oboe, Lynn Sussman, clarinet, Sheffra Spiridopoulos, horn, and Rebecca Eldredge, bassoon will be playing Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Free and open to the public.

Screening: 'Ridicule' (1996)
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Directed by Patrice Leconte. In French with English subtitles. 1:03 minutes. Rated R. Introduction by Hélène Visentin, professor of French studies, Smith College. Set in 1783, the film follows a provincial engineer/aristocrat who heads to the Court of Louis XVI at Versailles to gain support for a local drainage project. The plot unfolds as he learns the manners of gaining favor and prestige through wit and patronage. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Ridicule was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Flamenco Discussion with Filmmaker and Dancer
Friday, Oct. 26, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

A conversation with documentary maker Miguel Angel Rosales and flamenco dancer Yinka ESi Graves on the recovery of historical memory through musical traces in Rosales' internationally acclaimed documentary "Gurumbe." For a preview of "Gurumbe" (Yinka appears at the end of it, dancing),

Free Admission: Museum of Art Welcomes All During Family Weekend
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28, Museum of Art

Admission is free for all during Family Weekend.. Visitors can explore four floors of art that include the current exhibitions: “Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection”; “No Man's Land: Prints from the Front Lines of WWI”; “The Many Faces of Womanhood in East Asia”; “Object Histories: From the African Continent to the SCMA Galleries” and more! Also, not to be missed—artist-designed restrooms; handcrafted gallery benches; and the Museum Shop. Stop by for two gallery talks, Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

Free Gallery Talk
Friday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m., Museum of Art

Everyone is invited to meet Danielle Carrabino, SCMA's new curator of painting and sculpture, for a gallery tour of "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection." The exhibition explores “The Woman Question” (La Querelle des Femmes) that was at the heart of some of the most pressing cultural, philosophical, political and social debates of the 18th-century French Enlightenment. Included are more than 100 works of art created by many of the most prominent male and female French artists of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Free Gallery Talk: 'Study for Migration of the Golden People'
Saturday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m., Museum of Art

Join a 20-minute casual conversation and close look at a single art object. Museum educator Taiga Ermansons will guide the group in exploring "Study for Migration of the Golden People," a contemporary work by American Chicana artist Judy Baca.

Family Weekend Concert: Montage 'Royals'
Saturday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

“Royals” will feature the Smith College Choirs, Handbells, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and the student-led a cappella groups. An eclectic mix of popular music on the theme of royalty. Advanced tickets online at or Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. Tickets will also be sold at the door starting at 3:30 p.m.

Family Weekend Chamber Music
Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A celebration of popular classics alongside intriguing discoveries, featuring Smith student performers collaborating with faculty artists: soprano Katherine Saik, violinist Joel Pitchon, and pianists Judith Gordon and Jiayan Sun. Free and open to the public.

Soup, Salad and Soul
Friday, Oct. 19, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by our student cook. 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.

Mindful Mondays: Eat, Write, and Talk with Us
Monday, Oct. 22, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Enjoy free food, short contemplative exercises and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. This Week’s Topic: Forming Friendships at School and Work with guest hosts: Cornelia Pearsall, Professor of English Language and Literature, and Byron Zamboanga, Professor of Psychology. Co-Sponsored by Jessica Bacal & Matilda Cantwell. Gluten free & vegan options - no registration required!

Web Tools for Creating Fantasy Maps - SAL Fall Workshop Series
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Sabin-Reed 104

Explore tools to make maps of imaginary landscapes in preparation for Halloween. (Sabin-Reed 104)

Wholeness Wednesday: Body Oil Workshop with the Botanical Gardens
October 24, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Are classes atarting to get busy? Are you feeling stressed? Come down join Wellness Services and the Botanical Gardens for a Body Oils Workshop. Learn about and make your own body oil.

Kerianne Panos '98: 'The Future Is Asia--The Life-Changing Experience of Working in Other Languages and Cultures'
Friday, Oct. 26, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 204

Workshop for students pursuing careers in East Asia. About the speaker: After living and working in East Asia for 10 years, Kerianne Panos '98, a speaker of eight languages, returned to Boston in her 30s, where she started her own company, MCML Consulting. Based on her experiences working with people from over 50 countries, she has built a successful consulting firm focused on integrating international professionals and developing high-performing global teams.

Jummah Prayer and Lunch
Friday, Oct. 19, Noon, Prayer Space, Wright Hall Lower Level

Join a student-led Jummah lunch, brief discussion and communal prayer. All are welcome to attend. Bring a Grab N Go lunch or snack.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat
Friday, Oct. 19, 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 6:15 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome.

Weekly Monday Meditation
October 22, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. 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. Ruth Ozeki, a Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage, offers a secular, inclusive and non-denominational meditation. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and teaches creative writing at Smith.

Interfaith Lunch
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join others in interfaith dialogue, faith in action, and social justice works on this campus and beyond. Lunch will be provided with a vegetarian option (gluten-free and vegan options also available with advance requests.) All are welcome!

Memorial Service for President Emerita Jill Ker Conway
Thursday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

A memorial service for President Emerita Jill Ker Conway will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. An acclaimed scholar and author who served from 1975 to 1985 as president of Smith College, Conway died in June at her home in Boston. She was 83. More information:

DATE CHANGE: Star Gazing
Friday, Oct. 19, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see the Moon, Mars, stars, and star clusters. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Bates College
Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Come support the Pioneers as they take on the Bobcats.

Volleyball: Smith vs. Brandeis University
Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m., Ainsworth Gym

Come support the Pioneers as they take on Brandeis.

Volleyball: Smith vs. Plymouth State University
Saturday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Come support the Pioneers as they take on Plymouth State.

Cider Pressing
Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Chapin Loading Dock

The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) is hosting a Family Weekend Cider Pressing event from 10am-2pm at the Chapin Loading Dock. There will be cider pressing, fun apple-themed activities, as well as fresh apple cider and snacks for all to enjoy. In the event of rain, the Cider Pressing event will be canceled.

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