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10/25/2016 Digest

All Staff Forum Today, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3-4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

All staff are encouraged to attend the Fall All Staff Forum. President McCartney, members of her cabinet, and others will share important updates.

Sign Up to Host for 7th Annual Thanksgiving Match Program, Thursday, Nov. 24

The Office of Student Affairs invites you to participate in our 7th annual Thanksgiving Day Match program where students and hosts are matched-up to share a meal at the host’s family gathering on Thanksgiving Day. We hope this program will serve as a cultural and educational opportunity for everyone, while filling a need for our students who remain on campus. If you would like to participate as a host for the day, visit Submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 21. For more info, email Jan Morris

HR Update Fall 2017

The new edition of the HR Update is available with news and information about 2017 benefit additions, changes, the HR Fair and Open Enrollment. Download the latest issue at

Make a Positive Impact this Holiday Season through CSO’s Winter Gifts Project

Participate in Winter Gifts with the Community Service Office (CSO) by sponsoring a child in need in rural Western Massachusetts during this holiday season. To be paired with a child, email CSO Board Chair Brianna Halasa before November 10. You will be able to pick out two toys and two clothing items for him or her to enjoy.

Smith Crew Rent-a-Rower Fundraiser on Weekends in November

Smith Crew will again be stacking wood, raking, planting bulbs, gardening, polishing, cleaning, or whatever you need. For $50 you will have two athletes for two hours, and all proceeds go to support the Crew Team's Spring Training trip to Georgia. We will be scheduling for weekends, November 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. Weekdays and other day/times may be available. Contact Coach Klinger at Ext. 2717,, to arrange for workers.

Register Now for 'Understanding Social Security' , Wednesday, Nov. 16, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Join us for this educational seminar with Nick Cantrell, Financial Advisor, CUSO Financial Services, LP, UMassFive College Federal Credit Union. We will learn key facts about the Social Security Retirement program including, how benefits are calculated, full retirement age and choosing the right time to file, receiving benefits while working, provisional income and tax implications, and options for spouses and ex-spouses. REGISTER HERE:

Sign Up for Staff Council Bus Trip to New York City, Saturday, Dec. 3, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tickets are $45; get $5 off if you sign up before November 2. Registration deadline is November 16. For more information, email

Updated: LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Social , Thursday, Oct. 27, 4-5:30 p.m., Museum Atrium

Smith College Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity invites you to the LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty Social Thursday October 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm in the Museum Atrium, Boeckman Sculpture Court. For any questions contact Mariana Estrella at

Campus School Halloween Parade, Friday, Oct. 28, 12:45 p.m., Chapin Lawn, Campus Center Steps

Dare to be delighted by the Smith College Campus School's Halloween Parade. The cutest ghosts and ghouls at Smith College will parade around Chapin Lawn, and will stop on the steps of the Campus Center to sing a song or two about witch's brew. Our Kindergarten through grade 6 students are sure to send you off for the weekend with a smile.

Blood Pressure Screening, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m., Campus Center 204

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When detected and treated properly, it can be controlled, and the risk for disease and stroke greatly reduced. At this screening, participant blood pressure will be checked and results will be explained by a health professional. This physical wellness program is offered by Harvard Pilgrim, organized by SC Learning & Development.

Human Resources Benefits Fair , Wednesday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Open Enrollment information for benefit eligible employees will be distributed at the fair. Employees will also have the opportunity to find out more about Smith benefits provider organizations and services, win a prize by entering in the HR Drawing and relax with a seated chair massage provided by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Look to the HR Update sent by campus mail for more information.

Sign Up for 7th Annual Thanksgiving Match Program

The Office of Student Affairs invites you to participate in our 7th annual Thanksgiving Day Match program where students and hosts are matched-up to share a meal at the host’s family gathering on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. With a global outlook, we hope this program will serve as a cultural and educational opportunity for everyone, while filling a need for our students who remain on campus. If you would like to participate as a guest for the day, please copy and paste this link into the URL address field: Submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 21. For more info, email Jan Morris

Schacht Health Center 2nd-Floor Open Space

Now the Schacht Health Center 2nd floor has officially opened as a space where students can visit to just be reflective or hang out. Come, chill on a beanbag and do some arts and crafts. Color, draw, make a stress ball, post a note of encouragement on the wall or decorate a link to add to the paper chain project. Feel free to stop by and participate or just sit quietly and hang out. All are welcome.

Sign Up Now for Free Flu Shot , Friday, Oct. 28

A free flu shot clinic will be offered at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness on Friday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m to noon. Current students, faculty, and staff may sign up at For more information about the flu and flu vaccine, visit

Register Now for Five College First Generation Conference, Friday, Nov. 4, Noon-4 p.m., Conference Center Meeting Room

The aim of this conference is to facilitate a space for students, faculty, and staff to come together to reflect on issues faced by first generation college students on the Five College campuses. The conference will begin with a lunch. Attendees will then break out into affinity and interest groups for the second and third hours. Finally, the conference will close out with a panel of two students and two administrators. Please go to to register. The conference is scheduled to take place from 12-4 pm, but there is an option to register only for selected segments.

Volunteer Through CSO to Help the Homeless in Northampton

Spend time with guests at the Northampton Homeless Shelter (Center Street, a short walk from campus), and assist the staff and others, by volunteering from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. once a week (or as an occasional sub). The Shelter opens for the season on November 1. An orientation session will be held beforehand. For more information, please contact Barbara Blumenthal ( or x2906).

Coming Soon to the Schacht Center: Group Acupuncture

Acupuncture will be offered for students free of charge at the Schacht center. Acupuncture is a complete and independent system of medicine for prevention and treatment of a wide range of conditions such as stress, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, acute injuries, chronic pain, sleep disturbance and migraines. Updates will be coming soon on how to access services.

Now Accepting Applications: Smith Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leaders

Smith Outdoor Adventure Program is currently filling leadership positions for the 2017 orientation program and trips. This exciting opportunity offers free wilderness skills training, including: first aid certification, backcountry navigation, camping, cooking, paddling, conservation principles, and more! Apply online before November 15th (Athletics: OA Orientation Training). Email for more information.

Sign Up Now for Wilderness First Aid Course, January 21-22, Ainsworth Gym

Sign up now for this Interterm course held January 21-22, 2017. Open to everyone. Cost is $150.00 or FREE if you are a student and interested in becoming a 2016 Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leader. This 2-year medical certification sponsored by the Smith College Outdoor Program (and certified by SOLO) is great for anyone planning on spending time outdoors, leading trips, or is just interested in learning practical hands-on skills for dealing with emergencies in the backcountry. Contact Scott Johnson in the Outdoor Adventure Program at to register or for more details.

Informational Lunches: Smith SSW Five College Circle of Scholars Program, October 6, 12, 26

Smith College SSW has provided nationally-recognized excellence in clinical social work education since 1918. The 27-month graduate program in clinical social work has a unique commitment to anti-racism and provides access to exceptional internship sites across the country. Our students become extraordinary clinical social workers, dedicated to social justice and to creating change in the world. Join us at an informational lunch at Smith Thursday, Oct. 6; Mount Holyoke Wednesday, Oct. 12; or UMass Wednesday, Oct. 26. All lunches open to any Five College student or graduate, regardless of campus affiliation. More details about scholarships, benefits and more visit:

Smith in Paris Information Session, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Come learn about what the Smith in Paris Study Abroad Program has to offer, including the Sciences à Paris program and studies at Parisian universities such as the Sorbonne, the Université Paris Diderot, the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, the Institut d’Études Politiques.

Pet-A-Pet Day, Wednesday, Oct. 26, Noon, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness Lawn

Counseling and Wellness invite you to stroll by and de-stress. Come scratch a fuzzy head at the Schact Center for Health and Wellness Lawn. Rain or shine. Last year there were alpacas, this year you never know what you might encounter.

Smith in Paris Study Abroad Information Session, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Come to the Smith in Paris information session to learn about the wide variety of courses and cultural activities the program has to offer. Information about the Les Sciences à Paris and the Architecture and Art History at Val de Seine options will also be available. Students who participated on the program last year will be available to answer questions and share their experiences. Pizza will be served.

Engineering Study Abroad: Q&A Information Session, Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon, Ford 240

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

Engineering Study Abroad Q&A, Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon, Ford 240

Engineering majors who are interested in studying abroad are invited to attend this Q&A session! Lewis Global Studies Center staff as well as Engineering majors who have successfully studied abroad will be on hand to answer your questions and talk about study abroad.

Student Town Hall Meetings on Academic Freedom and Inclusivity , October 27 and November 1

Join the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Freedom and Inclusivity to discuss how the Smith community can unite concerns for academic freedom and free expression with making academic spaces fully inclusive. Two sessions will be offered: Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, and Friday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Campus Center Carroll Room. These are listening events during which the Committee seeks input from students about classroom situations that have felt unwelcoming or uncomfortable and solicits suggestions for improving inclusion in the classroom. Committee members are Alice Hearst, government (Chair); Robert Newton, geology; Ambreen Hai, English and SWG; Christen Mucher, AMS; Elizabeth Pryor, history; Nicholas Howe, computer science; Dwight Hamilton, VP for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; and Dorie Klein '17

Lunch With Campus Police Officer Steve Mish, Friday, Oct. 28, Noon, Cutter/Ziskind Dining Room

Campus Police and the Department of Residence Life will be hosting its second lunch conversation in a series of four. Officer Steve Mish will discuss what to do if you see a campus police officer in your house as well as address any other questions you might have. For more information, contact Hannah Durrant at

Smith To Do: Caramel Apples, Saturday, Oct. 29, 9-11 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Stop by the garden level of the Campus Center to decorate and eat locally grown apples with caramel and toppings. *While supplies last.

Diwali and Tihar at Smith, Sunday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Diwali and Tihar are cultural and spiritual celebrations in South Asia and among South Asian populations. Celebrations include Rangoli (South Asian art form) outside the Chapel at 5pm, Puja (Prayers) at 5.30pm, dinner at 6pm and candle lighting at 6.30pm. This is intended for all audiences and will result in a sign up list for students interested in planning events around Hindu, Sikh and Jain spiritual and cultural traditions through a recognized student organization. Feel free to join us for set up and clean up. Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and EKTA. All Welcome!

Rosenthal Internship Funds; Apply by November 1

Students in the Archives and Book Studies Concentrations are encouraged to apply for Rosenthal funds to support January or spring on-campus or off-campus internships. Rosenthal funds are also available for capstone research support in Archives and Book Studies. Information and application instructions can be found at

History Major and Minor, Tuesday, Oct. 25, Noon, Seelye 207

Come meet faculty and students in the History Department to learn more about the major. Pizza will be provided for the first 25 in attendance. Hope to see you there.

Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration, Tuesday, Oct. 25, Noon, Wright 013

The Jandon Center for Community Engagement invites you to the presentation of the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration. Pizza will be provided.

Translation Studies Concentration, Tuesday, Oct. 25, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

At a time of intensive globalization, when cultures and languages seek common understanding, one could argue that Translation is an indispensable discipline. Come and learn more about the Translation Concentration at Smith. Students studying a foreign language and culture and who want to refine their knowledge of the foreign language through translation, and students who want to create a bridge between two majors, one of which is in a foreign language and culture, are all encouraged to attend.

Middle East Studies Major and Minor, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Meet the faculty in Middle East Studies and learn more about the new major in Middle East Studies, as well as the minors in Middle East Studies and in Arabic. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Classics and Classical Studies Majors and Minors, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 003

Come and meet the members of the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures and hear from current Classics and Classical Studies majors. Lunch will be served.

Italian Studies Major and Minor, Wednesday, Oct. 26, Noon, Hatfield 107

Meet the Italian Studies Faculty and learn about the Major and Minor in Italian Studies. Pizza and drinks will be served.

East Asian Studies Major and Minor, Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Thinking of a Major in East Asian Studies? Join us for the Presentation of the Major and Minor in East Asian Studies. Meet our faculty, and hear from our current majors and liaisons. Lunch provided.

Neurosciences Major, Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Meet faculty and current students in the program. Lunch will be served.

Mathematics and Statistics Major and Minors, Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon, Math Forum, Burton, 3rd Floor

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

African Studies Minor and New Student Reception, Thursday, Oct. 27, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

Faculty and students will share information. Refreshments will be available.

Anthropology Major, Thursday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Meet the anthropology faculty, learn what you can do with a major in anthropology, and what programs and opportunities the department offers.

Deadline for Book Studies Concentration Applications, Friday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.

Deadline for applications to the Book Studies Concentration is Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 pm. For more information about the concentration and to apply online, visit or contact Barbara Blumenthal at

American Studies Major, Monday, Oct. 31, Noon, Seelye 207

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

Geosciences Major, Monday, Oct. 31, 12:10-1 p.m., Sabin Reed 103

Meet the faculty and learn about the courses and research opportunities. Lunch will be provided.

Ancient Studies Minor, Tuesday, Nov. 1, Noon, Philosphy Lounge, Dewey Hall, 1st Floor

A pizza lunch will be provided.

Theatre Major and Minor, Tuesday, Nov. 1, Noon, Green Room, Mendenhall

Learn about the theatre major and minor, meet faculty, staff, and current majors. Pizza lunch provided.

Government Major, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Meet government faculty and current students to learn what you can do with a major in government and what programs and opportunities the department offers.

Jewish Studies Major and Minor, Wednesday, Nov. 2, Noon, Campus Center 102

Faculty and students will be on hand to talk about fabulous opportunities on campus and for study abroad. Lunch will be provided.

The Program for the Study of Women and Gender , Wednesday, Nov. 2, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Meet the faculty and students from the Program in the Study of Women and Gender. Learn about all the wonderful opportunities. Delicious lunch provided.

Global Salon: Translation of 'Sphinx' by Anne Garreta, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

"Sphinx," the first genderless novel ever written, is a modern classic of experimental, feminist and queer literature. Emma Ramadan will lead a reading and discussion of Anne Garreta's novel.

Tamara Wittes: 'After Obama: The Future of U.S. Policy in the Middle East', Thursday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Tamara Wittes is the director of the Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution, and is among the most prominent and visible Middle East policy specialists in the U.S. and has served in senior positions in the Department of State under President Obama. She will discuss the future of U.S. policy in the Middle East in a post-Obama era.

Global Salon: 'The Ethics of Travel Photography', Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Panelists will lead a discussion on how to think about taking photographs from a culturally sensitive and ethical perspective. Learn how to select the best photographs to submit to the Global Encounters Photo Contest. Panelists include Anna Lee, postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in history of photography; Charlene Chang Miller, associate educator for academic programs, Smith College Museum of Art; Alex Seggerman, Five-College Post-Doc in Islamic Art and Architecture; and Fraser Stables, associate professor of art. Pizza will be provided for the first 25 attendees.

Alan Blinder: 'What If the 2016 Election Was Decided on Economic Issues?', Thursday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Alan Blinder, a Princeton professor has served in the U.S. government; first as a member of President Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers, and then as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In addition to his academic writings and his best-selling introductory textbook, he has written many newspaper and magazine;columns and op-eds and, in recent years, has been a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He also appears frequently on television on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and others.

Lera Boroditsky: 'How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think', Thursday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Lera Boroditsky is associate professor of cognitive science at UCSD and editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. She previously served on the faculty at MIT and at Stanford. Her research is on the relationships between mind, world, and language (or how humans get so smart). She has been named one of 25 Visionaries changing the world by the Utne Reader and is also a Searle Scholar, a McDonnell scholar, recipient of an NSF Career award, and an APA Distinguished Scientist lecturer.

Freedom University: Student Activist Panel, Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 a.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Learn from the activism and experiences of Freedom University's executive director and student activists, who are working tirelessly to overturn the bans on undocumented students in public higher education in Georgia. Freedom University is inspired by the legacy of the Southern freedom school tradition. They provide tuition-free education, college application and scholarship assistance, and social movement leadership training to undocumented students banned from public higher education.

Principles of Investing: Week 7, Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Professor Roger Kaufman introduces students, faculty and staff to the fundamental concepts of investing. This week, Professor Kaufman will discuss bonds and interest rates. Lunch will be provided to the first 70 attendees; no registration required.

Reading by Ruth Franklin, Author of 'Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life', Friday, Oct. 28, 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ruth Franklin is a book critic, a former editor of the "New Republic" and a contributor to various publications. She has been the recipient of many prestigious fellowships, and her first book, "A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction," was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Books will be available for purchase and signing.This lecture is sponsored by the Smith College Department of English Language and Literature.

Register Now: Smith Alums Connecting Art + People , Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Smith alumnae join in conversation about the work of connecting people with art in deeply meaningful ways, both within art museums and through the activist work of other community-based organizations. They will reflect on their own motivations and challenges in this work, while also sharing personal perspectives on integrating art in our lives and communities today. Free and open to the public. Advance registration required. For more information, visit

'The Responsible Global Fork: Growing Fair Trade Cacao in the Dominican Republic', Monday, Oct. 31, 2:40 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Leslie Cerier, organic gourmet chef and cookbook author, will present this talk. Part of the ENX100 Environment and Sustainability Lecture Series sponsored by CEEDS.

'Molecular Mechanism of Cytokinesis', Monday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m., Ford 240

Thomas Pollard, Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2016 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 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

Global Books: 'The Mosaic of Islam', Tuesday, Nov. 1, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Suleiman Mourad, Smith professor of religion, will discuss his book, (published November 1, 2016) which traces the history of the Qu’ran and the religion it begat, drawing out how and when the Qu’ran was composed, the nature and history of the faith, and the complexities of its situation in the modern world. Pizza will be provided to the first 25 attendees.

Film Screening: 'In Our Son's Name' , Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

"In Our Son's Name" is the story of Orlando and Phyllis Rodríguez whose son was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and how they transformed their grief into a struggle for social justice and peace. The documentary is followed by a discussion with Julia Rodriguez, Associate Professor of History, UNH and Ann Zulawski, emerita professor of History and Latin American Studies.

Quadrennial Economics Department Election Debate, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Professor Roger Kaufman and Professor Jim Miller will have a rousing election debate from the perspectives of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on some of the most important issues of the election.

Prof. Grace Musila: 'Gender and the Criminal State in the Julie Ward Murder' , Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Julie Ann Ward, a British tourist and wildlife photographer, went missing in Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Reserve in 1988 and was eventually found to have been brutally murdered. Her death and the protracted search for her killers, still at large, were hotly contested in the media, generating 3 trials, several "true crime" books, and much speculation and rumor. Why would this young woman's death be the subject of such strong contestations of ideas and multiple truths? And what does this reveal about cultural productions of truth and knowledge in Kenya and Britain?

Otelia Cromwell Day Ceremony and Keynote Address Featuring Poet Sonia Sanchez, Thursday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Keynote address by writer and poet Sonia Sanchez; introduction by President Kathleen McCartney. Sanchez's contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century. For more information, visit

Eric Wolf: Recent Paintings, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Here Wolf presents works made recently in 2013, 14, 15. These are tonal brush and ink landscape paintings, a major shift in approach that Wolf took in 2011. The works are generally representative, but are also composites, made over the course of several hours and are generated on outdoor paintings excursions. For Wolf the landscape appears as a link between representation and abstraction. He is inspired by inventive masters like Burchfield and Van Gogh, Ike Taiga, and ancient Chinese paintings. On view through October 28.

Gerald Stern Poetry Reading, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

At 91, rather than slowing down, Gerald Stern is speeding up. As the San Francisco Chronicle put it, Stern’s work “crackles with his exuberance, impatience and apparently consuming need to get his stories down.” An American master, he has published eighteen books of poetry that ponder the weight of history and the buoyancy of memory, the casual miracles of relationships, and the endless possibilities for joy. A 4 p.m. Q&A at the Poetry Center is open to the Smith community. The evening reading at 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium is free and open to the public.

HERS and LGSC Film Screening: 'White Helmets', Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

When bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defense rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function, these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need, regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets, these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth. The White Helmets were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016. Introduced by Steven Heydemann, Professor of Middle East Studies. Part of a three-part film series Perspectives on the Continuing Refugee Crisis, sponsored by Higher Education for Refugees at Smith (HERS) and Lewis Global Studies Center.

Jittery's Live! Presents Tica Douglas, Thursday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Singer-songwriter Tica Douglas is from Portland, Maine, and now lives in Brooklyn. After years of releasing bedroom recordings, Tica took a collection of songs to a farm in Maine and recorded "Joey" in a week during the summer of 2014.

'Steel Magnolias' by Robert Harling, Directed by Jennifer Sturley '17J, Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 27-29, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Three more chances to catch this show. A story about the powerful friendship between six women in a small Louisiana town, who love each other with strength, humor, and courage through good times and bad. "Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving." —NY Daily News. Tickets $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, free for Smith Students., 413-585-3220 or for tickets.

Sage Chamber Music Society Presents Wet Ink, Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The New York-based ensemble Wet Ink presents Smith faculty member Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit, an evening-length work exploring the intersections of music, language, and meaning through blistering ensemble virtuosity and extended vocal technique, with texts by Aristotle, Lydia Davis, and others. Ipsa Dixit blends elements of monodrama, Greek theatre, and screwball comedy to skewer the treachery of language and the questionable authenticity of artistic expression. Free and open to the public.

SEC Presents 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The story follows a newly engaged couple who have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Film Screening: 'In Our Son’s Name' , Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

When Phyllis and Orlando Rogríguez’s son, Greg, dies in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, they choose reconciliation instead of revenge. This moving portrait of a positive response to violence challenges conventional concepts of healing and justice. A discussion will follow the film screening with Julia Rodriguez, associate professor of history, UNH, and Ann Zulawski, emerita professor of History and Latin American Studies.

Opening Reception: 'Valueland Reconsidered,' Works by Christine Reynolds, Tuesday, Nov. 1, Noon, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

All are invited to an opening reception for "Valueland Reconsidered," an exhibition of artworks by Smith staff member Christine Reynolds, on display October 17 through December 1 in the Kahn Gallery, Kahn Institute, Neilson Library third floor. Refreshments served. Works in "Valueland Reconsidered" use historical images of American landscape, nostalgic advertising signage, manipulated and appropriated images, popular culture and samples from Reynolds' past work, in juxtaposition with painting and mark-making to demonstrate conflict and tension created between the fallibility of historical and personal memory. Developed from the Kahn yearlong project Memory: Form, Function, and Fallibility

Film Screening: 'BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez' , Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Otelia Cromwell Day keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez's life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. The film examines Sanchez's contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.

Music in the Noon Hour: Samuel Barber, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Judith Gordon and Henry Kramer perform Souvenirs for piano 4-hands by Samuel Barber. A free and relaxing half hour of music over lunchtime.

Imaging Center Fall Workshop Series

The Imaging Center is proud to announce our fall 2016 workshop schedule. Our workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff. This semester we have exciting sessions including 3D modeling, 3D printing, laser cutting, photographic and artistic workshops. Workshops are held almost every Friday and are 45 minutes in length, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit Imaging Center website.

CMP Multimedia Workshops , October 20, 25-27; November 1- 3, 7-8 p.m., CMP C/04, Alumnae Gym

Come to CMP Peer Workshops Thursday, Oct. 20, Adobe Premiere Basics; Tuesday, Oct. 25, Video Production Basics; Wednesday, Oct. 26, Canon DSLR Basics; Thursday, Oct 27, Adobe Photoshop; Tuesday, Nov. 1, Wordpress Basics; Wed, Nov. 2, iMovie Basics; and Thursday, Nov. 3, Audio Recording Basics.

Smithies in Business Present Q&A with Angela Lussier, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

Smithies in Business will host a Q&A with Angela Lussier, who is the founder of the Speaking School for Women where she trains creative, entrepreneurial women to become paid speakers who inspire audiences as well as the founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, a new network of speaking clubs for women and the host of Claim the Stage: a public speaking podcast for women. Come and learn about her experiences with starting a consulting business and being a two-time TEDx presenter.

Public Speaking with Susan Daniels: Giving Constructive Feedback, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Tonight's topic is: "Essential Ingredients for Giving Constructive Feedback." This 90-minute workshop led by Susan Daniels shows you how to give positive, productive feedback to anyone within 60 seconds of their oral presentation, an essential leadership/life skill. Free refreshments! Brought to you by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life and The Lazarus Center for Career Development - no registration required.

A Taste of Color Theory: Workshop and Discussion for Everyone (Beginner-Friendly), Friday, Oct. 28, 1-2 p.m., Hillyer HL08, Printmaking

The aesthetic choices made by creators of commercial and fine art influence the way we feel about the advertisements or master paintings we see as we move about the world. This 1-hour workshop is for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge in the ways color relationships influence our interpretation of the images before us and how we might use them in the works we create. We will discuss the fundamentals of hue, temperature, saturation, value, color harmonies, and mixing. We will also look at several examples in advertising and fine works of art.

Soup, Salad and Soul, Friday, Oct. 28, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup Salad and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade delicious vegetarian-friendly soup and salad prepared by student cooks every Friday at noon. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and diverse subjects posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, questioning, and searching individuals are welcome. Last week a vibrant discussion centered around the election. Come for the food, stay for the conversation, and bring your curiosities! Sponsored by the Center for Religious Life.

Poetry Crawl and Writing Workshop Led by John Elder, Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

John Elder, professor emeritus of environmental studies/English lit at Middlebury College, will lead a walk, open to the public, following key features of Robert Frost's poem "Directive" that reflect the landscape at MacLeish. Lunch and a writing workshop with Elder will be offered for students later in the day. Interested? Email to sign up for spots. A CEEDS and Arts AField event. Public Poetry Walk: 9 a.m. Student lunch: noon-1 p.m. Student writing workshop: 1-4 p.m.

Poetry Workshop with Sonia Sanchez, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2:45 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Sanchez's contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century. As such she is more than qualified to conduct a workshop about poetry.

Jewish Community Shabbat, Friday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday at the Kosher Kitchen, at Jordan House. 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.

Fall Meditation Series, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

This will complete contemplative practice sessions in the Abrahamic traditions this fall. Contemplative traditions include meditation in silence, heart and mind focus on a section of sacred text, chanting, and melody. Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser, who is a trained mindfulness leader and facilitator, will focus on interfaith contemplative traditions and how they deepen one's spiritual foundation. If you have never meditated before or have lots of experience, you are welcome to drop in. The meditation series will continue in November with an offering in the Zen tradition. Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

SAL Releases First Mystery Map of the Year

The Spatial Analysis Lab has just released the first Mystery Map in the 2016-2017 series of the campus-wide competition. Think you're up to the challenge? Visit the SAL blog to view the map and submit your best guess:

Gleaning with Rachel's Table, Sunday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.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. Join CEEDS in taking a van to a few farms to harvest the produce, and then help donate the food. Email to reserve your spot!

Join the Smith College Swimming and Diving Team During the Hour of Power, Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m., Dalton Swimming Pool

The Smith College Swimming and Diving Team is hosting the Hour of Power to help raise awareness of sarcoma: a rare form of cancer affecting a disproportionate amount of youth. Ted Mullin was a former captain of the Carleton College swimming team, who died from Sarcoma in 2006. The Hour of Power is a 60-minute practice set of all-out sprint relays and maximum number of flips, and was Ted’s favorite practice. We welcome you to come cheer us on as we honor Ted by leaving it all in the pool.

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