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02/20/2024 Digest


Faculty/Staff Notices

Refworks Subscription Ending February 2024

Due to low usage and after careful consideration, the Libraries' sponsored Refworks citation management subscription will end on February 29, 2024. To ensure a smooth transition for current Smith Refworks users, librarians (https://libraries.smith.edu/services/faculty/subject-librarians) are available to provide assistance as faculty, staff and students migrate their references to Zotero. The Libraries will also be adding a subscription to Zotero Unlimited Storage, which allows researchers to save as many citations as they need. Please email libraryhelp@smith.edu with any questions.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials and Making Copies

The introduction of the new Toshiba printers on campus has highlighted the need for a refresher on fair use of copyrighted materials. Fair use (title 17, U.S. Code 107) allows certain uses of copyrighted material without permission. Copying media, software, documents, or other intellectual property in violation of contractual agreement, or state or federal laws violates Smith College’s acceptable use of technology and electronic resources policy, which all Smith account holders are required to follow. Learn about fair use (https://bit.ly/scl-copyright) or email libraryhelp@smith.edu with questions. Learn about the Acceptable Use Policy (https://bit.ly/sc-aup) or email ithelp@smith.edu with copier questions.

ACA Forms 1095-C Now Available

Each year employers are required to provide benefit-eligible employees with a 1095-C (also known as ACA) form, which provides information on health care coverage you had or were offered during the previous year. To access a copy of your 1095-C ACA Form electronically, in Workday select the Benefits apps and then under the View section select the My ACA Forms option. If you did not elect to receive your 1095-C ACA Form electronically, a copy will be mailed to your address on record.

Smith Parents of Little Ones February Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright

The Smith Parents of Little Ones group meets monthly and all parents and caregivers of little ones (of any age!) are welcome to join. Please bring your lunch and come to celebrate and commiserate! This spring we will be meeting on Thursdays at lunch in the Jandon Center, Wright Hall 013, on the following days: February 22, March 28, and April 25. Look forward to seeing you! If you are interested in joining our Slack workspace, please email Laura (lgomez@smith.edu) or Nancy (nzigler@smith.edu).

Call for Submissions for SWG Events & Notices
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 11:45 p.m.

The SWG Department is publishing an e-newsletter beginning in the coming weeks. Please submit events, opportunities, announcements, or student/faculty accomplishments to be included in the newsletter. The form to submit events can be copy/pasted: https://forms.gle/SKPZJ5p4fg3rhUK26 You may also email mhinesley@smith.edu with submissions, questions, or suggestions.

Amplify Competition Gallery Website - Now Live! Vote for People's Choice!

The Fourth Annual Amplify Competition Gallery Website is now live and open for all Smith community members for viewing! The Amplify Competition is an opportunity for Smith students to practice public voice as a powerful form of leadership. Check out all of the submissions to this year's competition in the categories of Public Art, Public Writing, Public Speaking, and Multimedia. Vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award of $200! Website link: https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/amplify-2024/home People's Choice Award voting link accessible on the site. All winners will be announced at the Awards Event, March 4, 7-8pm in Neilson Browsing Room.

Employee Survey Focus and Discussion Groups

Seeking your feedback and ideas! We would like your participation in our focus groups to follow up from the 2023 Employee Survey. These groups are designed to dig into key topics and develop solutions. Currently open to staff only, these are one-hour groups taking place in person or on zoom (no hybrid sessions). Upcoming topics include Communication Across Departments, Career Mobility, and staff development. Faculty groups will be announced at a later date. Staff members, please sign-up vy filling out the Employee Engagement Survey Focus & Discussion Groups form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTvwCEoAHbTtoM0IndL7h5fhch6W55yURjRK6r_GNEw3-TKQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Tickets Now Available for Smith Basketball NEWMAC Quarterfinal Game
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Online tickets are now available to purchase for Wednesday's NEWMAC Quarterfinal game against Clark at 7:00pm inside Ainsworth Gymnasium. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR Buy tickets here - https://smithpioneers.com/tickets

Medalist Brenda Ekwurzel '85: Climate Tracker Trekking From Northampton to Syria to the North Pole
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 12:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Special lunchtime talk from Rally Day Medalist Brenda Ekwurzel '85, considered one of the country’s foremost experts on climate change. A senior climate scientist and director of climate science for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Ekwurzel has studied climate variability across the globe, from the Arctic to the desert Southwest. Lunch (from La Veracruzana) provided.

Sherrerd Center Teaching Arts Luncheon: Using Student Reflection to Improve Learning
Friday, Feb. 23, Noon, Neilson Library 102

This presentation with Magdalena Zapedowska, Benita Jackson, Megan Lyster and Jessica Bacal will focus on the role of student reflection in teaching and the broader college experience. What are the benefits of reflection for student learning? How can we best facilitate students' reflection on what and how they are learning and how they could learn better? How can we use these reflections to better tailor our teaching to student needs? Finally, given the growing popularity of ungrading, how can we draw on student reflection in assessment? Lunch available at noon; presentation at 12:20 pm. RSVP at https://forms.gle/Z4Zjsd2ymmdB2MxK8.

Associate Director Candidate Meet and Greet
Friday, Feb. 23

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is interviewing candidates for the position of Associate Director on Friday, February 23. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a meet and greet. If you would like to participate, please use this form to register https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tLZrdxaNhx9LeAwEzskadrdVGmQdYFnFBFvIuc2H4Zc/edit Registration is required.

Balance: A Virtual Panel with Faculty, Staff, and Students
Thursday, Feb. 29, 5:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Join the Wurtele Center for Leadership, Sarah Brickey-Nguyen (Admissions), Jen Malkowski (Chair and Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies) and Destiny Smith '24 (Vice Chair of the Smith College Black Students' Alliance) for an online panel conversation diving into the topic of balance. Panelists will explore what balance means to them, their relationships with the concept, as well as tools and strategies we use to manage it, with time at the end for audience Q&A. Open to all Smith community members. See Social Network for Zoom link: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/9957647

Sherrerd Luncheon: Appraising Smith's Writing & Public Discourse Journey: What the Data Tell Us
Friday, March 1, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Julio Alves (Jacobson Center) and Minh Ly (Institutional Research) will present on grants (Mellon Foundation, Davis Foundation, and Calderwood Foundation) and the data collected over the past four years supporting writing and public discourse at Smith. As part of these grants, faculty were surveyed twice about their pedagogical practices and attitudes in teaching writing, first in fall 2020 (n(equals sign)177) and then again in spring 2023 (n(equals sign)209). This TAL closes the loop on this assessment by reporting the results to the faculty, who invested substantial time in completing the surveys. Lunch at noon; presentation at 12:20 pm. RSVP: https://forms.gle/bE3uLjfSNUsUcJMj6.

Student Notices

Financial Aid Application 24-25
Deadline: May 15

Undergraduate students interested in applying for financial aid for the 2024-2025 academic year should begin the application process now. The deadline is May 15. Go to http://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sfs/financial-aid to view general requirements or visit the Net Partner financial aid portal to view individual requirements. Students who did not apply for financial aid in previous years but are eligible to apply for aid, should write sfs@smith.edu to inform Student Financial Services of your intention to apply for financial aid for the 2024-2025 academic year.

President Willie-LeBreton, Chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, Invites Nominations of Individuals of Distinction

President Willie-LeBreton, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction for honorary doctoral degrees. To learn more about the award, view a list of recipients, or nominate an outstanding individual, please visit: https://www.smith.edu/news-events/events/commencement/submit-nomination

Course Drop Deadline
Wednesday, Feb. 28

Wednesday, February 28, is the last day to drop a full semester course without penalty or use of a free drop. Course drops require the approval of the instructor and adviser on the Course Drop Form. All deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website: https://www.smith.edu/academics/registrar

Get Ready to Rally!
Thursday, Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

The event celebrates the power of the liberal arts, a Smith education, and the remarkable contributions Smith alums have made to the world. A groundbreaking attorney, a renowned psychologist who studies the consequences of objectification, a leading climate scientist, and a change-making human rights advocate will all receive the prestigious Smith College Medal at this year’s Rally Day ceremony. Join the celebration and cheer on the Class of 2024. To get more information about this year's Medalists or to watch the livestream, visit https://www.smith.edu/news-events/events/rally-day

CSO Book Drive
Through March 13, Jandon Center, Wright Hall

Help donate to the CSO Book Drive by bringing books to the pink bins in the Jandon Center! Books must be soft cover and must not contain any violence or nudity. Drive ongoing until Wednesday, 13th March.

Reunion Students Needed! Come Work Reunion 2024!

Current Smith students play a crucial role in the success of commencement and reunions, making these events fun and an essential source of connection. The Office of Alumnae Relations hires 165-200 students annually for approximately 6,000 job shifts spanning from May 11 to May 26. Students completing reunion work can depart campus after 5 pm on Sunday, May 26th. Meals and housing provided. This application is intended for students able to work BOTH weeks of reunion: Reunion 1: May 16th - May 19th Reunion 2: May 23rd - 26th Follow this link if you would like to sign up: http://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeepq81bWax9hj1b2aSwjVD4bjiuOND0_5D_12Hr_rDkEFmQ/viewform

USSW Union Bargaining Committee Nominations

United Smith Student Workers, the union of student dining, catering, and cafe workers, is building a bargaining committee to represent student workers in contract negotiations with the college. We aim to include student workers from all dining halls, cafes, and catering departments. It's important that we have a diversity of concerns and issues represented and have enough people to share the labor of bargaining, so the more the better! To learn more, visit our FAQ page here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SHJKuTubrCztvBJ8EQZcoZehFVH89rjKZ3Cozg7fE0s/edit?usp=sharing or email us at unitedsmithstudentworkers@gmail.com. Fill out the form at this link to nominate yourself or another student dining worker: https://forms.gle/ieVEJ4Tkw9BcKd95A.

Outdoor Adventure Program Spring Break and Semester Trips

Skiing, snowboarding, waterparks and more! Join the OAP on a trip to Vermont this Spring Break! Enjoy activities such as skiing and snowboarding at Jay Peak and Burke Mountain, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and a waterpark! Price is 500 which covers food, lodging, and lift tickets. Email sjohnson@smith.edu for more details and to sign up! In addition, the OAP is running snowshoeing and ice skating trips through February and March. Sign up for those on our website (note that registration will open two weeks prior to the trip date): https://smithpioneers.com/sports/2017/2/14/interterm-spring-break.aspx

INTERVIEW FOR PSYCHOLOGY SPECIAL STUDIES RESEARCH
Through Thursday, March 7, Virtual Event

Interview for a special studies research project on the development of political views and performative activism. Interviews will be in-person and will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. Participants will be entered into a lottery to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Interviews will be conducted until March 7th. Use this link to schedule: https://calendly.com/d/46r-k2q-78h Participation is completely voluntary and your responses will be anonymous. Contact Elizabeth Helm (ehelm@smith.edu) or Olga Kazarov (okazarov@smith.edu) with any questions.

Volunteer to Reduce Food Waste from Catered Events

The Smith Food rescue network (FRN) is are expanding our catered event system and piloting an FRN pickup request to 25Live (Smith's event planning software). In order to make this work we need volunteers for spot jobs to pick up event catering. You can join by filling out this form by March 1 with your general availability to help with pick ups - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyUpTmX-nBjavS8Gh7ixDjczK3PphKWPpFQYhkxwx_ky2Etw/viewform?usp=sf_link Then you will start receiving notifications from the FRN calendar about catering pick ups. Plus for every pick-up you do you will be entered into a raffle to win an FRN cookbook!

Survey: EcoReps Want Your Input on Reusable Dining Containers at Smith

This survey is an attempt to return a reusable to-go program glory to Smith, so that we can reduce our use of single-use items as an institution. Less single-use items keep waste out of landfills - which predominantly affects poor and BIPOC neighborhoods. By filling out the survey, you are providing necessary information on how students would interact with a to-go program, and what elements would make a successful Smith to-go program. This information will, anonymously, go to Smith's dining services in the hopes of designing a new to-go program! Fill out survey by visiting https://forms.gle/e7fspFXsF5T7SxUB9

Amplify Competition Gallery Website - Now Live! Vote for People's Choice!

The Fourth Annual Amplify Competition Gallery Website is now live and open for all Smith community members for viewing! The Amplify Competition is an opportunity for Smith students to practice public voice as a powerful form of leadership. Check out all of the submissions to this year's competition in the categories of Public Art, Public Writing, Public Speaking, and Multimedia. Vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award of $200! Website link: https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/amplify-2024/home People's Choice Award voting link accessible on the site. All winners will be announced at the Awards Event, March 4, 7-8pm in Neilson Browsing Room.

Reunion Students Needed! Come Work Reunion 2024!

Current Smith students play a crucial role in the success of commencement and reunions, making these events fun and an essential source of connection. The Office of Alumnae Relations hires 165-200 students annually for approximately 6,000 job shifts spanning from May 11 to May 26. Students completing reunion work can depart campus after 5 pm on Sunday, May 26th. Meals and housing provided. This application is intended for students able to work BOTH weeks of reunion: Reunion 1: May 16th - May 19th Reunion 2: May 23rd - 26th Follow this link if you would like to sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeepq81bWax9hj1b2aSwjVOD4bjiuOND0_5D_12Hr_rDkEFmQ/viewform

Applications Due: Possible Futures: AI & Human Experience
Tuesday, Feb. 20

Would you like to pursue your own research on AI and the Human Experience with scholars across campus and receive a stipend? This Kahn Institute Project will meet once a week on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Spring 2025. Applications are due February 20. https://bit.ly/ai-human-experience-student-application

Application Due: Vegetal Forms: Knowing Place and Time Through Plants
Tuesday, Feb. 20

Would you like to pursue your own research on "Vegetal Forms: Knowing Place and Time Through Plants" with scholars across campus and receive a stipend? This Kahn Institute Project will meet once a week in Fall 2024 on Fridays, 12:15-3:15 p.m. for lunch, discussion, and field trips. https://bit.ly/vegetal-forms-student-application

Neurodivergent Support Group
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 4:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

The Neurodivergent Support Group is a space for students to join together in community and discuss the experiences, joys, and challenges of a neurodivergent life. This semi-structured group will be run by a clinical intern at the counseling center. Anyone who identifies as neurodivergent is welcome to attend -- no diagnosis is required.

Grief Support Group
Friday, Feb. 16, 12:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

A weekly group for students who have lost someone close to them - recently or long ago. Fridays 12:15 - 1:10. Join anytime! Facilitated by Meg Laird LICSW. To register, call the Counseling Service at 413-585-2800 or email counselingservices@smith.edu.

Gilman March Deadline Essays Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Come meet with other students who are drafting essays for their submissions to the Gilman Scholarship's March 7 deadline. This will be your chance to work on your stories together and build compelling arguments for why you should be considered for funding.

Smith in the World: Government, Int'l Affairs, Law & Policy Panel
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Hear from students who worked in Political fundraising and campaign strategy consulting; Criminal justice journalism; and the New York state judiciary via The Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship program. Panelists: Koki Kapoor ‘25, Rebecca Connor ‘25, Jackie Ochoa Acevedo ‘24 The annual Smith in the World Conference celebrates the incredible off-campus work students achieve through internships, community service, study abroad and research. The conference features presentations by student panelists, who reflect on their experiences and the impact those experiences have had on their academic work and future plans. Upcoming SITW panels and Zoom registration links: http://www.smith.edu/news-events/events/smith-in-the-world

Info Session: NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Do you intend to apply to graduate school to pursue research in a STEM field or in the social sciences? If yes, then you may also want to consider applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The award is open to US citizens and permanent residents and provides financial support for up to three years of full-time study. Join Dr. Alexis Ziemba ‘12 (NSF GRF awardee!) and the Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarships Program for this workshop on Wednesday, February 21 in McConnell Hall 103. Please register using Handshake: https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1493341/share_preview

Smithsonian Internship Program Information Session
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 12:45 p.m., Virtual Event

Join this zoom session to get first hand information on workplace-based guided learning opportunities assured to provide participants with hands-on experience in a wide range of fields. For a link to the information session, email koheneacheampong@smith.edu

Sophomores/Juniors: Apply Now for Smithsonian Internship Program
Deadline: Monday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m.

Applications for the fall 2024 Smithsonian Internship Program are now open and being accepted. This program is intended for sophomores and juniors from any major. The application deadline is February 26, 2024 at 4:00pm. For more information about the program and/or to apply, visit https://www.smith.edu/academics/programs-courses/academic-programs/american-studies/smithsonian-internship-program Email questions to smithsonianprogram@smith.edu

Demystifying Money: The Investment Series addresses investing for your future
Friday, Feb. 23, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Retirement might seem impossibly far away, but the benefits of planning early cannot be overstated. This workshop will address the importance of taxes and all of the nitty gritty about different types of retirement accounts. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. Lunch provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network requested but not required. https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/9626789

Designing for Joy: Prototype, Test, (In)Validate, Repeat
Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

During this workshop (10a.m. - 1p.m.), the Conway Center will help teams to determine whether their chosen approach to a problem is the right solution and best ways to conduct validation tests for that solution. Staff from various prototyping and support spaces on campus will provide guidance and lovingly critical feedback to teams on their design, prototype, and validation journey. *food provided. RSVP on the Smith Social Network requested but not required. https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/9627130

ISO Presents Rhythm Nations!
Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Join the International Smith Community for a celebration of diverse performances at Rhythm Nations. This annual event, hosted by the International Students Organization (ISO), showcases the talents of students from around the world. We have 25 exciting performances from song and dance to poem and instrumental performance representing all over the world! Free of charge, and 5C are all welcome! This is the place to experience the richness of our international community's cultures and talents.

Williams-Mystic Study Away Program Info Session
Monday, March 11, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

Spend a semester with Williams-Mystic, the coastal campus of Williams College, and investigate pressing world issues through the interdisciplinary lens of America's coasts and oceans! Students of all majors come to the Mystic Seaport Museum to conduct impactful original research in history, literature, policy, and science. When you're not in the classroom, you will travel on engaging field seminars in U.S. coastal communities, connecting with stakeholders, scholars, and community leaders in each location. These experiences allow hands-on study of topics like environmental justice, climate change, and food insecurity. Learn more at this casual info session. Lunch provided.

Technology News

Moodle Accessibility Improvement
Beginning Monday, Feb. 19

Based on instructor feedback, ITS has improved the visibility of hyperlinks in Moodle. After Monday, February 19th, hyperlinks in the body of Moodle courses will be underlined by default. If you have any questions, please email ithelp@smith.edu.

Registration Is Open for Workday Help Sessions, Virtual Event

Workday training and help sessions for budget, expense reports, and punchouts are now open for registration. Visit the training article in Workday to see available dates and times, as well as to sign up. More classes and topics will be added soon, so be sure to check back for additional sessions. Log in to Workday for schedule or email workday-help@smith.edu or visit https://www.smith.edu/workday-training

Lectures/Symposia

Medalist Brenda Ekwurzel '85: Climate Tracker Trekking From Northampton to Syria to the North Pole
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 12:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Special lunchtime talk from Rally Day Medalist Brenda Ekwurzel '85, considered one of the country’s foremost experts on climate change. A senior climate scientist and director of climate science for the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Ekwurzel has studied climate variability across the globe, from the Arctic to the desert Southwest. Lunch (from La Veracruzana) provided.

Join Us for Public Talks by the 2024 Smith Medalists
Wednesday, Feb. 21

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the 2024 Smith Medalists will offer the following talks, open to the Smith community. Climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel '85 will discuss “Climate Tracker Trekking from Northampton, to Syria, to the North Pole,” lunch provided, 12:15 p.m., McConnell 103; Professor of Psychology and Author Tomi-Ann Roberts '85 will present “Being Moved--Toward a Feminist Theory of Embodied Aesthetics," 4 p.m., Seelye 201; Cheryl Brown Wattley '75 + Sarah Belal '01 will discuss “Seeking Justice Through the Law,” moderated by Jackie Ochoa Acevedo '24, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/104; And be sure to attend the Rally Day Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall!!

Early Experiences and Brain Development: Leveraging Developmental Neuroscience to Promote Your Mental Health
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m., Ford 240

Join the Neuroscience Department for a lecture with Dylan Gee, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Yale University: "Early Experiences and Brain Development: Leveraging Developmental Neuroscience to Promote Youth Mental Health." "Understanding how the brain develops during childhood and adolescence, and how brain maturation is affected by stress, is critical to identifying risk for mental health disorders... This talk will highlight developmental and stress-related changes in the neural circuitry that supports affective learning and regulation." Tuesday, February 27, 4:30 pm. Ford Hall Room 240. Free, open to the public, wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will be served.

Investigating Threats to Academic Freedom and Governance – Lessons From Florida and Beyond
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Presentation with Afshan Jafar, May Buckley Sadowski '19 Professor of Sociology at Connecticut College. How can faculty respond to the rise in political interference, authoritarian leaders, and weakening faculty voice in governance on college campuses? This presentation will discuss recent examples from Florida and North Carolina and address the specific challenges we face at small liberal arts institutions. It will also lay out possible areas of intervention for faculty moving forward. Free and open to the public.

Dethroning the Kings of Genome Sizes: Genomic Exploration of Amoebae Diversity, Behavior, and Associations
Thursday, Feb. 29, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Yonas Tekle, Professor at Spelman College, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2024 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Please visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

For the Love of Plants: Plant Worlds in the Shadows of Empire
Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Drawing on recent interdisciplinary scholarship in feminist, postcolonial and indigenous studies, Dr. Banu Subramaniam reflects on how gender, race, class, sexuality and nation shape the foundational language, terminology and theories of the modern plant sciences, and how botanical theories remain grounded in the violence of their colonial pasts. Subramaniam wrestles with these difficult origins and lays a roadmap to imagine new biological frameworks that harness the power of feminist thought to reimagine and reinvigorate our love of plants. The lecture will also be livestreamed on the botanic garden's Facebook and Youtube.

History Department's Annual Schwoerer Lecture: 'The Emperor's English: Japan's Imperial Family as Anglophiles and Anglophones'
Tuesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

As part of the History Department's Annual Schwoerer Lecture Series, Professor Hiromu Nagahara (MIT) will present his latest research in a talk entitled "The Emperor's English: Japan's Imperial Family as Anglophiles and Anglophones” on March 5 at 4:30 pm, in the Neilson Browsing Room. Professor Nagahara specializes in the history of modern Japan and is the author of Tokyo Boogie Boogie: Japan’s Pop Era and Its Discontents (Harvard, 2017). Sponsored by the History Department, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

Studio Art 100 Level Exhibition in the Jannotta Gallery
M-F February 19-29, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

The Smith College Department of Art is excited to announce the upcoming student exhibition in the Jannotta Gallery of Hillyer Hall, located within the Brown Fine Arts Center. This exhibition will showcase the talent of our 100 level art students. We cordially invite you to join us in celebrating their creative endeavors. This exhibition is open February 19-29, Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Valley Classical Concerts: Itamar Zorman, violin Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano
Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Zorman and Jokubaviciute perform works by Schubert, Gubaidulina, Bacewicz, and Franck. Tickets required: bit.ly/VCCtickets

House Music Annual Treble A Cappella Benefit for Friends of Hampshire County Homeless
Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Come enjoy our annual celebration of treble music organized by Smith College a cappella. This year's lineup features Smith College's Blackappella/POCAppella, the Amherst College Bluestockings, Smith Groove, Mount Holyoke's Milk and Cookies, Smith Noteables, Amherst Sabrinas, UMass S#arp Attitude, Smith Smiffenpoofs, Smith Smithereens, Smith Vibes, and the Smith College Chamber Singers. Free. Donations will benefit Hampshire County Friends of Homeless Individuals

Religious Life

Jummah
Friday, Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The CRSL invites students to join us for Jummah at the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. The group will meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 pm. The van will leave campus by 12:30 pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 pm. Remember to bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. There are extra prayer rugs in the Blue Room, if you need one! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. To RSVP, email crsl@smith.edu.

Shabbat
Friday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., Kosher K Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community invites you to the “K”, the Kosher Kitchen in Jordan House, for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday nights at 5:30pm! Join together in song and prayer to welcome in Shabbat as a community. Services will often be followed by Kosher vegetarian meals. All are welcome! Please reach out to scjc@smith.edu with any questions.

Soup, Salad and Soul
Friday, Feb. 23, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Come get cozy and enjoy a hot, delicious vegetarian soup made by awesome student cooks while taking part in reflective, student-led discussions on spirituality and life! Students of all religious, spiritual, and non-religious/non-spiritual backgrounds are welcome. The Bodman Lounge is in the basement of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and accessible via elevator from the rear of the building. For details on food and other general accessibility questions, email aostow@smith.edu or mcantwel@smith.edu.

Holy Rosary With the Catholic Club
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

All are welcome to pray the Holy Rosary with Smith's Newman Catholic Club.

Catholic Mass
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Weekly Mass with Fr. Valentine Nworah and Smith's Newman Catholic Club. All are welcome! Contact catholicclub@smith.edu for information on student events and opportunities.

Weekly Meditation
Monday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are invited to come together in person for weekly mindful meditation led by EJ Seibert and Mary Beth Brooker. We will do a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, based on Zen forms. Chairs and floor cushions are available. Meditation instructions will be offered each week. All levels welcome.

Mindful Mondays
Monday, Feb. 26, 12:15 p.m., Neilson Library 102

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice building self-awareness and acceptance with others, come check out our drop-in Mindful Mondays program, every Monday in-person in Campus Center Room 102, 12:15-1pm. With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and connection-building. Absolutely zero experience is necessary, all students are welcome, and lunch is provided. Email aostow@smith.edu with questions.

Meetings/Workshops

Race Positive-Let's Talk!
Thursday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This event will give a space to speak freely about race in relationships, at Smith, with friends, family and all areas of life. It is especially important to hold space for these conversations in Black History Month. This event is a chance to celebrate and share the challenges and joys of race in our lives. Led by therapist Mahajoy Laufer, LICSW. Thursday February 22nd from 4:30-6 pm in the Lewis Global Studies Center lounge in Wright Hall. All students welcome, especially those who identify as BIPOC.  Snacks and tea provided!

How to Pass The Behavioral / Fit Interview
Thursday, Feb. 22, 6-7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Join the virtual exclusive workshop with My Consulting Offer that has helped 700+ students land consulting offers. My Consulting Offer, led by a former Bain manager & a former BCG Recruiter, will be joining us to teach us what the 1% of candidates who land consulting offers with top firms such as McKinsey, Bain & BCG, do differently. We will do a walk-through of a live case interview, so you know what ‘exceptional’ looks like. To register for the Zoom, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8117071724426/WN_JeERPtxOQ2igZqyyHo0Lqw

Other Events and Activities

Participants Required for Blood Vessel Function Study , Scott Gym

The research aims to study the impact of stress, and discrimination on blood vessel health. The study is recruiting individuals in between ages 18-45 who identify as female. To participate in the study, please click the link https://redcapweb.smith.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=F9HXLDF7E9

Contra Dance
Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Smith Social and Contra Dance is back! Dancers of all experience levels are invited to this contra, which will begin with an intro lesson for both new and returning dancers. All dances will be called, which means no prior knowledge of the dances is needed. Come enjoy fantastic live music, meet new people, and get dancing! Masking is still encouraged due to the close proximity of dancers, and bringing water and wearing layers is recommended.