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10/19/2017 Digest

Save the Date: Staff Discussion With NEASC Visiting Team
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Staff are invited to share their impressions of Smith College with members of the visiting team representing the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Please join them at an open session for staff. Refreshments will be provided. Read Smith’s self-study and learn more about our reaccreditation process at

Neilson Drive Closure
Thursday, Oct. 19, 3-7 p.m.

Because of the Neilson Library Groundbreaking Celebration, Neilson Drive will be closed to traffic between Hatfield/Dewey and Seelye.

Be Wise About Your Prescription Costs

Prescription costs continue to rise. Find out some questions you should be asking your doctor, how to look up what tier your drug is included in, how much your prescription will cost, and whether there is a lower-cost alternative. Visit the Human Resources News & Policy Updates for details

A New Care Option for Behavioral Health

Doctor On Demand has now expanded their services to include behavioral health care. Visit HR's News & Policy Updates for more information at

Textbook Adoption Request for Interterm and Spring Term 2018

With the deadline fast approaching, we are still in need of quite a few textbook adoptions for Interterm and Spring term 2018. Having adoptions in early allows us to source the most affordable books for your students. In a previous e-mail, I had mentioned an online adoption tool and a form that can be filled out. Both of these options work, as well as being able to email me your orders directly at Any questions contact Shari at the Grecourt Bookshop at 413-585-4140.

ISSO Seeking Winter Clothing Donations for International Smithies, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is collecting winter clothing donations to help out students in need of winter clothes. For a number of them it will be the first time experiencing harsh winter weather. ISSO encourages students, staff and faculty to donate any unwanted, gently used warm clothes. Donations can be dropped off at the Lewis Global Studies Center. All clothes will be made available for students on Friday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Lewis Global Studies Center free of charge.

Kids Night Out, Hosted by Smith College Athletics
Friday, Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m., ITT

The Smith College Department of Athletics is ready to take care of your children for the evening.To pre-register, download the form: and drop it off at the main Athletics office. Registration is always welcome at the door.

Google Drive Desktop App Update

Google is introducing a feature called Drive File Stream to replace the Google Drive desktop app, which is scheduled to be discontinued in March 2018. If you use Google drive app now, you may receive a notice from Google directing you to Drive File Stream. While there may be a number of benefits with Drive File Stream, we ask that you not upgrade until we have had the opportunity to test it. We will post in the eDigest and update the ITS Homepage when we have tested it and can support general campus use.

Smith Grant Recipients: Your Story Wanted

Your scholarship is made possible in part by gifts from alumnae and friends of the college. If you've received a Smith grant, share your story through the Scholarship Information Form, found at: Please feel free to contact us at for any additional information.

Conway Center Sponsors the House Sustainability Challenge: Submit Proposals by
Monday, Dec. 4, Midnight

The House Sustainability Challenge invites Smith College houses to develop programs that promote scalable, sustainable practices that can be adopted or implemented by houses campus-wide. Proposals to be developed by teams of two to five students. A house can have multiple teams or work with another house to create a team. If two house join forces, the team member limit still remains. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 4. Please refer to to Conway's webpage for more info :

Sign Up for Now Grinspoon, Garvey and Young Entrepreneurship Conference
Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30 a.m., MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA

This annual entrepreneurship conference is organized by the EI advisors from 14 area schools and sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Open to college students in western Massachusetts, it is an opportunity for attendees to meet like-minded collegiate individuals, pitch ideas, form leadership teams for new ventures, and learn about current industry trends. RSVP here: Free transportation is provided by the Conway Center; vans will depart from JMG Hall at 7:30a.m. Students must bring a $10 deposit to the Conway Center by 10/30 to secure their spot (refundable after conference attendance). Continental breakfast and buffet lunch provided.

Museum Volunteer Program---Be an MVP in the Education Department at SCMA

Have an interest in community engagement, museums, and/or art? Sign up to support public and student programs throughout the year by staffing the events or assisting behind the scenes at Smith College Museum of Art. Engage family audiences in making art and having fun in the Museum. Help connect fellow students to SCMA. Help out at programs like Free Community Days, Second Fridays, Thursday Late Nights for Students, and other public programs for college and community audiences. Mandatory volunteer orientations will be offered in fall and spring semesters. To sign up, visit

Seeking Proposals for Non-Credit Interterm Courses

The Interterm Program is accepting proposals from students, faculty and staff to teach a non-credit class/workshop in January. We are seeking well-developed and creative ideas for teaching useful skills; cultivating creative expression and awareness; encouraging health, well-being and fun; engaging in service projects; expanding cultural awareness; or expanding knowledge of science and technology. Classes/workshops (max. 10 hrs.) will be offered during the Interterm period (January 3 -23). Hours and dates are flexible. For information and a proposal form go to The deadline to submit a proposal is October 20.

Apply to be a Food Recovery Network Board Member

The Food Recovery Network is seeking students to be a part of the FRN leadership. Students who are passionate about food waste diversion efforts, food (in)security and/or simply wanting to learn more about these topics and local initiatives related to food and the environment are encouraged to apply. Please email to indicate interest and learn the available positions.

Information Session: Economics Study Abroad
Thursday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

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. Refreshments will be served.

Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., Hatfield 105

This is a full-language immersion program with one-year and one-semester options available. 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.

Thursday Late Nights @ SCMA — Your Museum Is Open Until 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 19

The Smith College Museum of Art is now open late every Thursday of the month, until 8 p.m. Take a study break and enjoy the museum's new expanded hours. Free for students.

Information Lunch and Tabling: SEA semester
Thursday, Oct. 19

An information session about SEA Semester, a field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment, will take place at noon at CEEDS, Wright Hall, with a pizza lunch served. Can't come for lunch? Stop by to chat at our table at the Campus Center, Garden Level, between 10 a.m-2 p.m. SEA offers six different semester programs that focus on environmental topics ranging from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply.

Volunteer With the Food Recovery Network
Oct. 20, 21, or 22

The Food Recovery Network is in need of volunteers for the three recovery events happening this weekend. The times are Friday Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.; Saturday Oct. 21, at 1:30 p.m.; and Sunday Oct. 22, at 3:50 p.m. RSVP to and receive more information about the recovery locations. All are welcome to volunteer and first time volunteers are encouraged to attend.

Tea with Activist and Peacemaker Avila Kilmurray
Monday, Oct. 23, 4:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright

Avila is founder and active member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, whose creation led to the inclusion of women in the Good Friday Agreement and Northern Ireland peace process. Avila is also the Former Director of Community Foundation of Northern Ireland, and a consultant for the Social Change Initiative, Belfast. The Social Change Initiative works on global refugee and immigration related issues. At this tea you will have the opportunity to ask Avila questions on her work and glean ideas on pathways of engagement. Refreshments to be provided. Questions contact JCCE at; Wright Hall 013.

Smith in Paris Information Session
Tuesday, Oct. 24, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

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, and meet with former and incoming directors Mehammed Mack, Ibtissam Bouachrine, Martine Gantrel, and Christophe Golé.

Psychology Graduate School Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Unsure about what to do after graduation? Don’t know what kind of psychology you want to study? Conflicted if graduate school is for you? Give your questions to psychology faculty members and listen to their experiences. Sponsored by Smith Psi Chi. Pizza provided for the first 25.

Halloween at Your Museum
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Take a festive study break at SCMA. Bring your friends and enjoy hot cider and donuts from Atkins Farms, seasonal decorations, candy, music, a Student Picks pop-up exhibition and more. Wear a costume and be entered into a drawing to win a CC gift card. Free for Smith students. For more information, visit

'How to Quit Overthinking' Workshop by Rachel Simmons
Thursday, Oct. 26, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Come have lunch in the Carroll Room and participate in a valuable workshop on how to quit overthinking. Leadership Specialist Rachel Simmons will conduct the workshop.

Your Voice Counts: Student Discussion with NEASC Visiting Team
Monday, Oct. 30, 3-3:50 p.m. or 4-4:50 p.m, Campus Center Carroll Room

Students are invited to share their impressions of Smith College with members of the visiting team representing the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Please join them at either one of two open sessions for students. Sessions will be held in the Campus Center Carroll Room, and refreshments will be provided. Read Smith’s self-study and learn more about our reaccreditation process at

Women & Gender Studies Study Abroad Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Learn about study abroad opportunities for students majoring in Women & Gender Studies.

Engineering Major
Thursday, Oct. 19, Noon, Ford 240

Engineering Presentation of the Major: Engineering Registration Logistics and Book of Evidence Information Session, presented by Assistant Director Martin J. Green and Professor Kristen Dorsey.

South Asia Concentration
Thursday, Oct. 19, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Join faculty and other interested students, share an Indian buffet lunch, and learn about the South Asia Concentration.

Italian Studies Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., Hatfield 105

Meet the Italian Studies faculty and learn about the major and minor in Italian Studies. Pizza and beverages will be available at the beginning of the session.

Neurosciences Major
Friday, Oct. 20, 12:15 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

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

Art Major and Minor
Monday, Oct. 23, 12:15 p.m., Atrium, Museum of Art

Visual literacy is crucial to negotiating the contemporary world. The three paths (Art History, Studio Art, and Architecture & Urbanism) foster an understanding of visual culture and human expression through images and the built environment. A major and minor are offered in all of the three disciplines. Join faculty and fellow students to learn more about this invigorating area of study. Lunch will be served.

Economics Major
Monday, Oct. 23, 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.

Education and Child Study Major
Monday, Oct. 23, Noon, Campus Center 003

Are you interested in youth development programs? Urban education? Educational policy? Educational research? International education? Connecting education to other fields? Getting licensed to teach? Come learn more about majoring in Education and Child Study.

Logic Minor
Monday, Oct. 23, 12:15 p.m., Philosophy Study, Dewey House

pizza lunch will be provided.

Spanish and Portuguese Majors and Minors
Monday, Oct. 23, Noon, Hatfield 106

Meet faculty from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and learn about our majors and minors. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Latin American Studies Major and Latino/a Studies Minor
Tuesday, Oct. 24, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center 102

Join students and faculty in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program for lunch, learn about the new Minor in Latino/a Studies and the redesigned Major, hear about study abroad, and learning and research opportunities in local communities. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Philosophy Major and Minor
Tuesday, Oct. 24, Noon, Philosophy Study, Dewey House

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

Psychology Major
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Meet the Psychology Faculty, and learn about the major & minor. Pizza will be served!

Middle East Studies Major and Minors
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12:10 p.m., Wright 002

Meet the faculty in Middle East Studies and learn more about the Major and Minors in Middle East Studies. Pizza will be served.

Classics and Classical Studies Major and Minor
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

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

Program for the Study of Women and Gender Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 26, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Meet our faculty and find out about study abroad opportunities and the great courses offered. SWG majors will be there to answer questions.

East Asian Studies Program Major and Minor
Thursday, Oct. 26, Noon, Campus Center 102

Thinking of a Major in East Asian Studies? Please join us for the Presentation of the Major and Minor in East Asian Studies. Sushi, brownies and beverages will be served.

Theatre Major
Thursday, Oct. 26, Noon, Green Room, Mendenhall

Pizza lunch provided.

Mathematics and Statistics Major and Minors
Thursday, Oct. 26, Noon, Math Forum, 3rd Fl, Burton

Learn about the options for majoring or minoring in mathematics and statistics. Lunch will be served.

Theatre Major
Thursday, Oct. 26, Noon, Green Room, Mendenhall

Pizza lunch provided.

American Studies
Monday, Oct. 30, Noon, Wright Hall 238

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

Government Major
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Meet the Department of Government faculty and learn about the many opportunities and programs for government majors and minors.

Author Adrian LeBlanc '86 Presents 'Writing About the Other'
Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Adrian LeBlanc '86, the award-winning author of "Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx" (2003) and recipient of a MacArthur "genius" award, will be speaking about her craft. LeBlanc will be the Lakes Writer-In Residence at Smith College in the spring semester (2018), sponsored by the department of sociology, and will be teaching a seminar, "Writing About the Other" (English 291). Students interested in the seminar are strongly urged to attend her presentation on October 19.

'Compared to What? World Literature in the Future-A Change Maker's Symposium'
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21, Seelye Hall 106 and 201

This two-day symposium will look at the future of comparative literature. Where is the discipline going? How is it distinct from other disciplines? The keynote address, by Princeton University Professor Simon Gikandi, will be on Friday, Oct. 20, 4-6 p.m. in Seelye Hall 201. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the symposium will take place in Seelye Hall 106 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-5 p.m.. Guest speakers will include Kent State University Professor Brian James Baer , New York University; Professor Hannah Freed-Thall, a Smith College alumna; Harvard Professor Karen Thornber; and Dartmouth College Professor Michelle R. Warren. All are welcome to attend.

Global Salon: Nyokabi Kamau
Monday, Oct. 23, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Professor Nyokabi Kamau is currently executive director, Center for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST) in Kenya as well as a social worker and sociologist specializing in gender studies. She holds a Ph.D. and a Masters in gender studies both from the University of London, Institute of Education, an M.A. in sociology and a B.A. in social work from the University of Nairobi. Professor Kamau will read excerpts from her new book "Conversations About Gender: The Reflections of a Kenya Feminist," which will be followed by a Q&A session.

'Proximity Proteomics Reveals the Human Cytoplasmic Dynein Interactome'
Monday, Oct. 23, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

William Bret Redwine, Postdoctoral Fellow, Reck-Peterson Lab, University of California-San Diego, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2017 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. For full lecture schedule, visit

'Translating and Interpreting for Communities at Risk'
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Join Margaret Sawyer from the Immigration Protection Project of the ACLU and Professor Nancy Sternbach from the Spanish and Portuguese Department in a conversation about their experience working as translators and interpreters for families and individuals in need of legal support.

Buddhist Studies: Khen Rinpoche on 'Emptiness'
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Khen Rinpoche is the Abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery and also leads Green Tara meditation sessions at Smith on October 17-19, 23-25. Sponsored by the Smith College Religion Department and the Ada Howe Kent fund.

'From Massacre to Civil Death: 80 Years of Anti-Haitianism & Human Rights Activism in DR'
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 4:30-6 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

This event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Perejíl Massacre in the DR. This panel, moderated by Ginetta E.B. Candelario, features Edward Paulino, Prof. of History at John Jay Community College in NYC and author of "Dividing Hispaniola: The Dominican Republic's Border Campaign Against Haiti, 1930-1961"; Attorney and activist Altagracia Jean Joseph, Executive Director of Jacques Viaux Human Rights Network, Santo Domingo, DR; and Smith College Digital Scholarship Librarian Miriam Neptune's documentary film short "Birthright Crisis." Prof. Paulino's book will be available for sale/signing.

Teach-In on Immigration Law: 'Dreaming Beyond DACA'
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Megan Kludt from Curran and Berger Immigration Law Firm will be speaking about developments in immigration policy over the last four years. The talk will pay special attention to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) from 2012 and its recent repeal. What were the limitations of DACA and what are the possibilities going forwards? This event is co-sponsored by Organizing for Undocumented Students Rights, Smith Chapter ACLU, and the SWG department.

Dorit Rabinyan: 'Forbidden Love--Why Literature (Still) Matters'
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Dorit Rabinyan is a leading voice in contemporary Hebrew fiction. She was at the center of a political uproar in Israel when the Ministry of Education banned her 2014 novel "All the Rivers" from the national high school curriculum. She will speak at Smith about the controversy, and how literature matters even more in an ideological age.

Robert Gottlieb: 'Reversing Roles? China and the U.S. on the Environment'
Thursday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Robert Gottlieb, Emeritus Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Founder and Former Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, CA will speak on "Reversing Roles?: China and the U.S. on the Environment." The talk will compare environmental approaches on such issues as food, transportation and air quality in China and the U.S., and the role of governments, social movements, and popular protests to help us understand what has changed and why, particularly since the election of Donald Trump and the consolidation of power of China's President Xi Jingping.

Nyokabi Kamau: 'Violence and Women's Participation in Electoral Politics'
Thursday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Visiting Scholar Professor Nyokabi Kamau, the executive director, Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST) in Kenya, will present a lecture on the ways that gender-based violence complicates women's participation in electoral politics in Kenya. Hosted by the Department of Education and Child Study and the African Studies Program. Event is co-sponsored by the Lecture Committee, Visiting Scholars Program, Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Study of Women and Gender, Lewis Global Studies Center and the Design Thinking Initiative.

Lewis Global Studies Lunch: 'Fighting a Global Fight--Blackness, Gender and Citizenship in the Americas'
Thursday, Oct. 26, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Altagracia Jean Joseph, Esq is a feminist attorney and activist, working to end violence against marginalized groups in the Dominican Republic. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she has spent over a decade in the movement "Soy Dominicano Como Tú," defending the citizenship rights of people of Haitian descent in the D.R., including herself and her son.

'Gaming Representation': A Symposium on Video Games and Identity
Friday, Oct. 27, 1-6:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

This one-day symposium features scholarship on video games and identity—an urgent topic in the gaming industry and culture—from contributors to the new book, "Gaming Representation: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Video Games." The program begins at 1:00 p.m. with presentations from panelists TreaAndrea M. Russworm, Soraya Murray and Bonnie Ruberg, followed at 3:15 p.m. by a moderated conversation among panelists about the state of identity and games today, and concludes with a 4:30 p.m. keynote lecture from Lisa Nakamura, one of the foremost scholars researching on race and digital media. Free, open to the public, wheelchair accessible.

Concert Conversations: Apple Hill String Quartet
Thursday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Apple Hill String Quartet will discuss and play a work by one of Peru’s leading composers, Celso Garrido-Lecca, who undertook the challenge of creating authentic Peruvian and Chilean music in the classical tradition. This intriguing work will be part of the APSQ program for Valley Classical Concerts on Sunday, October 22 in Sweeney Concert Hall. Free and open to the public.

Portuguese and Brazilian Film Series: 'Mãe Só Há Uma (Don’t Call Me Son)'
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Hatfield 204

Directed by Anna Muylaert ("The Second Mother"), this 2016 Brazilian film is about a young man who is stunned to discover that he was kidnapped as a child by the woman he's called mother all his life. Now he's left to deal with the consequences of her actions and finally meet his biological family. In Portuguese with English subtitles (running time, 82 minutes), free and open to the public.

EALL Gender Film Series: 'Ghost in the Shell'
Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Public-security agency Section 9 hunts for a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. Known as one of the greatest anime films of all time. Screenings will be followed by discussion. Snacks provided. Next screenings: November 10, 7 p.m., Seelye 201: PLEASE TAKE CARE OF MY CAT; and December 1, 6 p.m., Seelye 201: I'M FINE. Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Robert Hass Q&A and Poetry Reading
Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass returns to Smith to celebrate the Poetry Center's 20th Anniversary. In addition to serving as Poet Laureate from 1995-1997, Hass has earned top accolades such as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the MacArthur Genius Grant, and two National Book Critics Circle Awards. His work blends his profound interest in the Earth with memoir, dialogue, Buddhist thought, and an unconventional approach to form. A 4:00 pm Q&A in the Poetry Center is open to the Smith community. Evening reading free and open to the public.

'Creature' by Heidi Schreck, Directed by Isabelle Brown '19
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

After being pestered by devils for more than half a year, Margery Kempe – new mother, mayor's daughter, and proprietress of a highly profitable beer business – is liberated from her torment by a vision of Jesus Christ in purple robes. Visions are hard to come by, even in 1401. Should we trust the new Margery, with her fasting and her weeping and her chastity fixation, or burn her with the other heretics? Continues October 26-28. $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, Free for Smith Students. 413-585-3220

SEC Films Presents 'Spider-Man Homecoming'
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

What happens when Peter Parker returns home after working with the Avengers to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Ushers Needed for CREATURE by Heidi Schreck
October 20-21, 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Usher for CREATURE and see the show for free. Performances are October 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14. Contact the box office for more information or to sign up - or 413-585-3220.

'The Lady in the Book': Film and Q&A with Filmmaker Gesa Matthies
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

"The Lady in the Book" explores Sylvia Plath’s early years and the profound impact she has had on young women who see themselves in her journals and early work, as she comes of age caught between conventional expectations of womanhood and a desire to break free of traditional female roles. Much of this hour-long documentary was filmed at Smith in April 2016 and features a half dozen students reading from Plath’s works and reflecting on their own struggles to define themselves and their futures. Part of the Poetry Center's 20th Anniversary celebrations. Free and open to the public.

Jerry Noble and Friends
Sunday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Featuring Bob Sparkman on clarinet, Kara Noble on acoustic and electric basses, Ellen Redman on flute, Jerry Noble on piano and guitar, and Charles Coe's poetry and vocals. Music from the American Songbook and the tune-rich archive of Traditional Jazz, and the world premiere performances of The Things I Kept, music by Clifton J. Noble, Jr. and text by Charles Coe from his book All Sins Forgiven, and Aeval for piccolo and piano, based on the legend of the banshee. Free and open to the public.

Soul of Banaras Indian Music
Sunday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Two of North India’s best-known classical musicians perform a free concert. Sitarist Rabindra Goswami has been a professional musician for nearly 50 years and is recognized as a senior artist in his musically rich city of Banaras, India. Tablaist Ramu Pandit is a long-time professional performer of classical, semi-classical, folk, and popular music. Sponsored by Smith College’s South Asia Concentration, Religion Department, Music Department, Lecture Committee, Ada Howe Kent Fund, and EKTA. A rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian classical music by two of its finest exponents.

Music in the Noon Hour
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Guest artist Pola Baytelman, piano; works by Hector Villa-Lobos, Alberto Ginastera and Paul Schoenfield. Free and open to the public.

Jittery's Live! Presents Lisa/Liza
Thursday, Oct. 26, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Lisa/Liza is the lo-fi, psych-folk recording project of Maine-based guitarist, singer and songwriter Liza Victoria. Deserts of Youth is her debut LP, after numerous limited edition cassette and CDr releases. Deserts of Youth is an intimate collection of seven original songs, recorded at home by Victoria, using just her voice and her acoustic guitar. Lisa/Liza's jazz-inspired chords, winding melodies and steady fingerpicked guitar technique blend psychedelia, Appalachian folk and dream pop styles, conjuring quiet meditations of song reminiscent of the work of legendary outsider folk artists Karen Dalton, Kath Bloom and Michael Hurley.

Open Reception for 'Recalling,' an Exhibition of Works by Megan Carrera-Raleigh '18
Thursday, Oct. 26, Noon, Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

Can abstraction ever be freed from the concepts, memories and backstories we, as viewers and artists, bring to the work? In her recent body of work, a collection titled "Recalling," Megan Cerrera-Raleigh '18 approaches abstraction without completely discarding figuration, so that recognizable shapes--roofs and landscapes--may refer viewers back to memories, images and thoughts associated with them. The Smith community is invited to join Carrera-Raleigh at the Kahn Institute's Staircase Gallery, 21 Henshaw Ave., for an open reception, at which the artist will discuss her works on display. Refreshments served. Works on display in the Kahn Staircase Gallery through December 15.

Screening of 'Get Out' with Discussion Led by Prof. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The Otelia Cromwell Day 2017 Planning Committee and the Student Event Committee will hold a screening of "Get Out," followed by a facilitated discussion by Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Assistant Professor, History Department. "Get Out", directed by Jordan Peele, is a horror flick with elements of comedy that reveals a series of "increasingly disturbing discoveries," leading to an unimaginable truth. The concepts of race, racism, and white privilege are explored in an unexpected and deep way. Otelia Cromwell Day, named for the first African American graduate of Smith, explores issues of racism, inclusion, diversity and equity. For more information about Otelia Cromwell Day, Thursday, Nov. 2, visit

Soup, Salad and Soul
Friday, Oct. 20, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, and questioning or searching individuals are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion.

Facilitation Training for Soup Salad Soul Discussion Leaders
Friday, Oct. 20, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad and Soul is a weekly group dialogue facilitated by student leaders who enjoy discussing issues of interest in a supportive environment. Two training sessions will be held this Friday to help new leaders get started and more experienced leaders to ask any questions. All faiths, no faiths and questioning or searching individuals are welcome.

Next Mindful Monday: Sit, Eat, and Talk to Us!
Monday, Oct. 23, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Mindful Mondays includes 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: "I Still Don't Know What I Want to Be When I Grow Up!" hosted by Sarah Harebo, Title IX Coordinator and Equity Officer. Co-sponsored by Jess Bacal and Matilda Cantwell. Free lunch - no registration required. For more info visit:

'Race and Abortion: Conversations with Loretta Ross'; Series Begins
Monday, Oct. 23, 7-8:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

The Program in the Study of Women and Gender presents a series of conversations with Loretta Ross, human rights and reproductive justice leader. The topics for these Monday conversations are as follows: October 23, "A Brief Review of Eugenics"; October 30, "Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?"; November 6, "Is Abortion Genocide?"; and November 13, "Black Feminists Respond: Trust Black Women."

Financing Taxes
Tuesday, Oct. 24, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Taxes are complicated! Gain insight to key tax-related terms such as, gross income, tax deductions and tax exemptions. This workshop provides fundamentals for a better grasp of income tax forms and tax taken from personal checks. Free lunch provided by the Conway Center.

Financing Homeownership
Tuesday, Oct. 24, Noon

For the vast majority of Americans, homeownership will be one of the most significant financial decisions they will make. Although home prices vary depending on location, the financial principles are the same. Learn basic terms involved in homeownership like: mortgages, tax benefits, equity and appreciation to be one step closer to owning a home. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. Lunch provided.

Women Entrepreneur Film Screening: 'She Started It'
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Have you ever thought about starting and running your own business? Want some inspiration? Come to the free film screening of "She Started It"! - a feature length documentary film about women tech entrepreneurs across the world. The film aims to highlight successful role models for young women. It is the first film to show the behind the scenes of running a tech start-up as young women. Cosponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, Computer Science, and Engineering. Dinner provided.

Panel Discussion on Breast/Chest Cancer
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

Join a Smith student researcher, trans activist, physician, and breast cancer social worker to learn about breast/chest cancer and how you can check yourself to keep yourself healthy. Light snacks will be provided.

Information Session: Engineering Study Abroad
Thursday, Oct. 26, 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.

Information Session: 'Ireland--Overcoming Divided Histories'
Thursday, Oct. 26, 4:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright

Examine different views of Irish identity and explore how they are represented in the urban landscapes of Belfast and Dublin. The project involves walking the streets of both cities, meeting local activists, artists and writers, Through reflection and dialogue we will explore how the communities respond to and propose alternative futures. Come and learn more about the program at this information session. The deadline to apply to the program is February 5, 2018. For more information, visit

'Graffiti Against Gender Inequality: Rio de Janeiro's Women Arts Collective, Graffiti and the Production of Social Space'
Monday, Oct. 30, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

"Graffiti Against Gender Inequality: Rio de Janeiro's Women Arts Collective, Graffiti and the Production of Social Space" hosted by Professor Jamie Worms (Latin American and Latino/a Studies) and Marguerite Itamar Harrison (Portuguese and Brazilian Studies). Part of the series "Making Place: Conversations on Class, Gender, Race and Social Space in Latin/x America." Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program.

Next Green Tara Meditation Session
Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Khen Rinpoche (Geshe Tsetan), Abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery, leads Green Tara meditation sessions (Nine Steps of Mental Quiessence) Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Sessions continue Monday, Oct. 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. All sessions take place in Dewey Common Room. Sponsored by the Religion Department and Ada Howe Kent fund.

Jummah Prayer and Lunch
Friday, Oct. 20, 12:10 p.m., Wright 004

Join Smith's Muslim community for communal prayer, and a group activity or discussion this Friday in the Wright Hall Prayer Space in the lower level of Wright Hall. As part of the program, students will go to lunch together in a designated dining hall.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat
Friday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat, where students gather together, light Shabbat candles, and sing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. This is followed at 6 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome.

Weekly Meditation
Monday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

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

Trick or Treat Yourself at the Computer Store
Tuesday, Oct. 31, Stoddard 202

Come dressed in your best costume for a chance to win a prize at the Smith College Computer Store Halloween Costume Contest! All participants get 10% off a purchase of $25 or more (In-stock items only, excludes all computer systems, printers, iPads, iPods, software, & gift cards.). Free candy for everyone but a super spooky bluetooth shower speaker for the lucky winner! Stop in between 8:30-4PM to get your picture taken in your costume and the lucky winner will be contacted and posted to the Computer Store Facebook page on November 1.

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