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09/12/2019 Digest

New Amtrak Service to NYC

Amtrak has announced new service between Northampton and New York City. Beginning Friday, August 30, a new train—the Valley Flyer—will depart Northampton for New York’s Penn Station weekdays at 6:10 and 8 a.m. On weekends and holidays, the Valley Flyer will leave Northampton at 9:40 a.m. Afternoon service from Northampton to New York is still available from Northampton to New York City on Amtrak’s Vermonter line. That train departs Northampton daily at 2:01 p.m. More information is available on the Amtrak website:

Registration Now Open for Fall Learning & Development Workshops for Faculty & Staff
Fall 2019

Fall workshops for faculty and staff with descriptions are now posted on the Human Resources Learning and Development webpage A four-session Supervisor Leadership program is open to supervisors who can attend all sessions. Get organized with Google apps, and learn the new 25Live or how to use Google tools to run effective meetings. Ombudsperson Michael Stephens will offer communication-related workshops. OIE is presenting two-part Identity and Inclusion workshops. Check out financial and retirement planning and actualizing your goals sessions. Wellness topics include: back screening, chair massage and CPR/First Aid.

Free Second Friday @SCMA
Friday, Sept. 13, 4 - 8 p.m., Museum of Art

Second Friday Hands on! art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Visit the exhibition Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry by Munio Makuuchi to see examples of engraving techniques. Then design and ink your own block print inspired by animals in Munio Makuuchi's work!

Christa Clarke Open Lecture, scholar and curator of African Art
Friday, Sept. 13, 1:20 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Open lecture and talk-back with Christa Clarke, scholar and curator of African Art. Members of the Smith community are invited to join this open class lecture for MUX 119: Museums in Society. From 1:20–2:35 in Graham Hall, Christa Clarke, a respected scholar and curator of African art, will present an overview of the history and challenges of displaying African objects in museums. After the talk, participate in an informal talk-back session with Dr. Clarke from 2:45–3:45 in SCMA's African art gallery that will help inform her development of a new installation for that space.

The Sams Fund is accepting applications through Monday, Sept. 16

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

Heating Season Start-up, Monday, Sept. 16

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting on Monday, September 16th. The process of getting steam and heat to all buildings on campus takes approximately two weeks to complete. Thank you for your understanding through this time of transition.

Register now for “Gentle and Restorative Yoga”
Wednesdays, 12 - 1 p.m., Berenson Dance Studios, Mendenhall

Enjoy a restorative break for your body and mind: soothe your neck, shoulders, and eyes; unlock your hips and back; and release stress. Then return to work with more energy, clarity and calm. No special exercise wear is required, but don't wear tight clothing or jeans that day. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you can! Bring a yoga mat, and a small blanket if you wish. Classes run Wed 9/18 thorough Dec 11, noon to 1 pm. Presented by Certified Exercise Coach Judy Messer. Register by visiting

Reception for Tiertza-leah Schwartz: Celebration & Thanks
Tuesday, Sept. 17, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

Colleagues and friends of Tiertza-leah Schwartz are invited to celebrate her many decades of inspired community service leadership and to receive her heartfelt thanks for the camaraderie she has known at Smith and beyond. The luncheon will be held 12:00-1:30 PM on Tuesday, September 17 in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary.

New Staff/Faculty workshop: The Art of Leading Teams
Wednesday, Sept. 18, Noon, Campus Center 204

New Monthly Lunch Series for faculty and staff: “The Art of Leading Teams,” sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership. Come join us for Session 1: ”What Do We Mean By Collaboration within a Team?“ By definition, teams need to collaborate with one another, and yet we rarely define exactly what we mean by the term. Come and learn how other teams across campus collaborate, and gain a tool to help your team define and be more intentional in your collaborative work. Lunch provided! Please RSVP to Janelle Olsen at

Chajara-Tupelo performance
Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:15 p.m., Paradise Pond (rain or shine)

Chajara-Tupelo (2019), A performance by artist Younès Rahmoun Followed by discussion with audience. Location: Paradise Pond (rain or shine) This program is presented in collaboration with The Botanic Garden of Smith College and is part of the scholarly convening, Light, Brick, Jute, Earth: Younès Rahmoun, September 19-21, 2019, organized by Emma Chubb, Ph.D., Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art, SCMA, in collaboration with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute. Supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Seats Still Available for “Conflict Competence” Workshop
Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

Many of the difficult issues we face in the workplace can be traced to ineffective ways of working through the conflicts that naturally arise in our interactions with others at work. Some of us avoid conflict at all costs; others fall into patterns of like intimidation to get our way. In this workshop, we'll raise our self-awareness about our own conflict styles and learn about ways to use conflict as an opportunity to increase the level of communication occurring in the situation. Presented by Michael Stephens, Register for this two-hour workshop by visiting

Register Now for a free Back Screening
Thursday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Campus Center 205

Correct posture can help to prevent injury and undue muscle strain. Licensed professionals conduct brief baseline screenings for posture and symmetry. Postural deficiencies and locations where potential injury can occur are identified. Once individual assessments are completed, each participant is given tailored recommendations to correct posture and avoid potential injury. Postural screenings take approximately 8 minutes per person. Presented by Harvard Pilgrim. Register by visiting

Register now for: Smith Retirement Investment Options - Tips for Smith Employees
Thursday, Sept. 26, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

This workshop will review the investment options available for employees, what to consider and how to decide where to invest your money, and how to best utilize the website tools and information. Mary Ellen will use Smith’s retirement website (Voya) to review the current investment products and demonstrate how to access and use other information and tools to become a more informed and engaged investor. Presented by Mary Ellen Gordon, Voya. Feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages and treats will be provided. Register by visiting

Not Anymore Training for Smith College Employees - Deadline Sept 30

The deadline to complete the online Title IX training, Not Anymore for Employees, has been extended to Monday, September 30th. Questions? Please contact Amy Hunter at or x2141.

HR Lunch & Learn #1: Goal Setting, Workday Functions for Managers, Handbook Changes
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Human Resources invites all supervisors who supervise staff to sign up for the first in a series of Lunch & Learn information sharing sessions. The first Lunch & Learn will be Tuesday, October 1st, from 11 am to 1pm, in the Carroll Room, and will include a discussion of Goal Setting, Workday functions for managers, and news about Handbook Changes. Supervisors should bring their questions and ideas to this informative and interactive gathering. A light lunch will be served. Register at sign)1

Retirement Plan Improvements Automatically Go into Effect Oct 1, 2019

As fiduciaries to the Smith College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, the members of the Retirement Plan Investment Committee and the plan’s advisory firm have an obligation to act solely in the best interests of the plan’s participants. The committee’s duties include monitoring the plan’s investment options, ensuring that all services provided are performed prudently, and determining whether any fees charged are reasonable. As a result of the fiduciaries’ efforts, Voya Financial will be implementing several improvements to the plan that will automatically go into effect on October 1, 2019. For more information, please click here:

Register for Supervisor Leadership Series #1: Managing Diverse Work Styles
Thursday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m. - noon, Campus Center 103/4

This is the first of four leadership workshops for supervisors who supervise staff. Using the Everything DISC Management Profile, participants will identify the impact of their preferred style on individual and team communication. They will explore their ability to provide direction and drive overall performance. Participants will identify strategies for capitalizing on their strengths and interact more effectively with styles that are different from their own. Please note: Attendance at all four Supervisor Leadership workshop sessions is required. Presented by EANE. Learn more and Register for all four sessions by visiting

2020-2021 Kahn Institute Long Term Projects due Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Next year's Kahn Institute long term projects include Imagining Climate Change: From Slow Violence to Fast Hope, organized by Michele Wick, Psychology, and Lily Gurton-Wachter, English Language and Literature, and Technophilia Technoskepticism, organized by Dana Leibsohn, Art and Jon Caris, Environmental Science & Policy. Faculty and staff information sessions will both be held at 5-6pm, 21 Henshaw Avenue, on Tuesday, September 10 (Climate Change) and Wednesday, Sept. 18 (Technophilia). For an extended description of each project and to apply, please go to

Save the Date: Annual HR Fair
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Human Resources will be sponsoring its annual HR Fair on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Carroll Room. Open Enrollment information for benefits-eligible employees will be distributed at the Fair, including how to make Open Enrollment changes on Workday. More information will follow closer to the event.

Join the Conversation and Help Re-Imagine Smith's Landscape Master Plan
Friday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Smith's Landscape Master Plan (LMP) Committee invites you to participate and share your opinions. The LMP will establish an overarching philosophy for the landscape and a mission statement for Smith College for the next 20 years with regard to the landscape's capacity to strengthen and advance social and cultural identity and promote health and well-being; be a teaching and learning environment that fosters stewardship and scholarship; and be resilient to the forces of climate change and prioritizes regenerative ecological function. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the conversation in person or online at:

9/20 Climate Strike organizational meeting
Monday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Organizational meeting for the 12pm Climate Strike at Pulaski Park, as a part of the coordinated Global Climate Strike on 9/20 led by Greta Thunberg in NYC. Information will be provided about the strike and other related events, and how you can help. Come help strike for the climate! Open to all. For those who are not able to make the meeting but would like to participate or collaborate, please go to for more information.

CSO Gardening the Community
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m.

Gardening the Community is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture, and sustainable living. On Sat. Sept. 21st from 9:30 - 2:30 we will go to Springfield, MA and do tasks including weeding, planting, harvesting, and other gardening activities. Transportation, sunscreen, and bug spray are provided. Bring a water bottle and a snack. Meet at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Elm Street. Email with questions. Sign up here

Reduce your Risk of EEE: Avoid Mosquito bites. Learn more here..., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness urges all members of our community to take precautions against Mosquito bites to reduce risks of contracting Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a rare but serious illness. Wear long sleeves, pants, socks, and shoes; apply bug spray, and avoid leisurely outdoor activity during early morning (dawn) and evening (dusk). Learn more about EEE and how to protect yourself here: Learn how to reduce your risk here:

Community of Color Mixer
Thursday, Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

The Smith College Community of Color Mixer is intended to strengthen relationships within the community of color through desserts, dancing, games, and music! This is open to all Smith students, staff, and faculty of color and their guests.

Join First Gen Out Loud! A program for first years

Are you a first-year student? Do you identify as "first gen," meaning that you are the first in your family who will graduate from a four-year college? Apply to participate in First Gen Out Loud! You'll grow through writing and talking about yourself and listening to others. You'll learn WeVideo and craft your own "digital story." For video examples and to apply, visit Questions? Email First Gen Out Loud Program Coordinator Shayla Bezjak Martinez at Sponsored by the Narratives Project!

Study Abroad Talk Back Tea w/ Returned Students
Friday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

First-year and sophomore students are encouraged to come and hear from recently returned study abroad students about their experiences. Not only will the returned study abroad students talk about their “journey” of getting ready to study abroad, they’ll also reflect on their experiences while abroad as well as the impact study abroad has made on their future. A wide variety of study abroad experiences will be represented.

Don't Blink Media General Interest Meeting
Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m., Campus Center 204

Want to make a short film? Don't Blink Media is Smith's only film production club, and each semester we create student short films. We'll walk you through all the stages of production, provide camera, editing, and directing workshops, have field trips and guest speakers, and hold a screening at the end of the semester. Some board positions are open; if you'd like to run, come to our meeting!

Study Abroad Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m., Davis Ballroom

The College's annual study abroad fair will give students the opportunity to get information about study abroad opportunities from representatives from dozens of study abroad programs and host institutions on the College's list of approved programs.

Info Session: SEA Semester
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Are you thinking about studying abroad for a semester or during the summer? SEA Semester offers field-based environmental programs to students of all majors. Students learn how to sail and embark on a research voyage to either the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand or French Polynesia while becoming active crew members on a 134' ship. SEA offers a number of different semester programs focusing on environmental topics such as global climate change, cultural and environmental sustainability, and conservation and marine biodiversity. Come find out more about what we have to offer!

PRESHCO Info Session for EDC Majors
Wednesday, Sept. 18, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Study Education in Spain! This informal presentation will highlight Smith's study abroad program in Cordoba, Spain. Come learn about all the opportunities available in this program, with special emphasis on classes and internship opportunities for those interested in teaching (in the US or abroad) and in comparative educational policy. Pizza will be served.

Jandon Opportunity Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Have you been wanting to engage more with the community around you and looking for ways to volunteer while studying at Smith? Come join the Jandon Center at this year’s fall opportunity fair. This is a great chance to interact with members of the community and find out ways you can become involved while at Smith. This event will be taking place in the Campus Center Carroll Room from 4-5:15pm. There will be pizza and drinks. If you have any questions please email

Info Session: Nicholas School of the Environment/Duke Marine Lab
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Meet Park Watson from the Duke University's Nicholas School to talk about their professional master's degrees in Environmental Management (MEM) and Forestry (MF). Student interested in studying at the Duke Marine Lab (as an undergraduate or graduate student) are also invited to attend. The Nicholas School’s interdisciplinary focus trains our students to be effective practitioners of environmental stewardship and sustainable development. Students are prepared for varied environmental management careers in Federal/State positions, private industry, NGOs, and consulting jobs.

Global FLEX: Interterm in St. Petersburg Info Session
Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Come learn about the Interterm Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia, offered through Global FLEX and REEES.

Dollars & $ense: College Budgeting 101
Thursday, Sept. 19, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

College students face a few financial challenges when they arrive on campus: opening new bank accounts, dealing with credit card offers, budgeting for necessities and fun, and much more. Not sure what you're doing? Don't worry, the Conway Center is here to help! During this workshop, Professor Randy Bartlett will address the myriad personal finance issues facing students, helping to get you and your wallet off to a good start at Smith. Lunch provided.

CSO Community Education Info Session
Thursday, Sept. 19, Noon, Jandon Center, Wright

Are you interested in becoming a tutor? Speak to agency representatives and student fellows over lunch. The programs include Homework House and Springfield School that have after-school placements, Kensington which has in-school placements, Big Brothers Big Sisters Tutor/Mentor Program, and America Reads that has work-study available.

Study Abroad Talk Back Tea w/ Returned Students
Friday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

First-year and sophomore students are encouraged to come and hear from recently returned study abroad students about their experiences. Not only will the returned study abroad students talk about their “journey” of getting ready to study abroad, they’ll also reflect on their experiences while abroad as well as the impact study abroad has made on their future. A wide variety of study abroad experiences will be represented.

Museum Volunteer Program—Be an MVP in the Education Department at SCMA!
Friday, Sept. 20, 3:30 p.m., Museum of Art

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 and 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 Day, Second Fridays, Night at Your Museum, and more! Mandatory volunteer orientations will be offered in fall and spring semesters. Sign up here: *Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply*

Global Salon with Professor Justin Cammy ‘What Next?: Deciphering This Week's Israeli Elections’
Friday, Sept. 20, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Professor Justin Cammy is a member of the programs in Jewish Studies and Middle East Studies at Smith College, and Senior Fellow at the Goldreich Institute at Tel Aviv University. Co-sponsored by the Programs Middle East Studies and Jewish Studies

Spend January in India with the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program
Monday, Sept. 23, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 003

Come to an information session and learn about the Tibetan Studies in India Program at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. The January term program begins on December 27, 2019 and ends on January 25, 2020. You will meet Professor Jay Garfield who directs the program and Professor Karin Meyers who will lead this year's trip. Learn about the course of study in India, the application process and more. Bring your lunch, drinks will be provided. For more information see

‘Jewishness, Historiography, and the Victorian Novel’
Thursday, Sept. 12, Noon, Poetry Center, Wright

Literary lunch talk by Dr. Megan Dent ’11. A discussion of some of the portrayals of Jewish people which feature prominently in many important 19th century novels, with insights into the politics of Victorian identity and ethnicity that studying such representations can reveal. Megan Dent received her D. Phil from Oxford University in 2016 with a thesis on “Disraeli and Religion.” Sponsored by the English Department, the Office of Alumnae Relations, the Religion Department and the Program in Jewish Studies. Lunch available for the first 20 attendees.

Lynda Pickbourn: Does aid work in Africa? The case of aid to the water, sanitation
Monday, Sept. 16, 12:10 p.m., Seelye 201

Lynda Odarkai Pickbourn is Assistant Professor of Economics at Hampshire College. Her work has been published in journals such as Feminist Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development and World Development. Pickbourn received her BA in Economics and History from the University of Ghana and her PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

‘Buddhism and Extinction: Buddhist Perspectives on the Climate Emergency’
Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Seelye 201

Confronted with the climate emergency, Buddhists offer a range of responses, some inclining towards activism and others towards passivity. In this lecture, Dr. Karin Meyers examines these responses in light of a variety of Buddhist philosophical perspectives and the historical development of Buddhism in Asia and the West. She argues that the climate emergency ought to be a central Buddhist (and human) concern which calls for a deepening and evolution of Buddhist practice. Meyers is Visiting Assistant Professor at Smith this semester and received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2010.

Interracial Contact Is Not Enough
Thursday, Sept. 19, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

"Interracial Contact Is Not Enough: How Place and Social Characteristics Help to Explain the Social Construction of Implicit Racial Bias." Implicit racial bias hurts Black life chances by tainting interactions in preschool classrooms, doctor's offices, and many other contexts. In this talk, Kristen Nelson will examine why some white Americans have more anti-Black implicit bias than others. She will describe her research showing that both where white Americans live (i.e., region and proximity to an urban center) and their social characteristics (i.e., education and political ideology) inform how their contact with Black people interacts with their anti-Bias implicit bias.

Colloquium: The U.S. President, Immigration Law and the Constitution
Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Yale professor Cristina Rodríguez—a leading scholar of constitutional law, immigration law, and immigration policy—will open Smith College’s 2019-20 Presidential Colloquium series with a talk on “The President, Immigration Law and the Politics of Constitutional Structure.” The event, which is open to the public at no charge, is being held in conjunction with Smith’s observance of Constitution Day. More information is available online:

Killing Us Softly: Then & Now
Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Forty years ago, Jean Kilbourne first released Killing Us Softly, her pioneering video that examines representations of women in commercial advertising. This event will pay tribute to Dr. Kilbourne's important contributions as well as discuss the role of media representations of gender in today's culture. The event will include a panel discussion facilitated by Sut Jhally featuring Jean Kilbourne, Jackson Katz, Byron Hurt, and others.

Somatics Festival Lectures with Bainbridge Cohen, Stark Smith & Adler
Saturday, Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

"Somatics" references bodies of work that call forth an experience of the intelligent moving/dancing body. 1:30-3:30PM SESSION A "Why Here, Why Then?" a conversation with festival presenters Adler, Bainbridge Cohen, and Stark Smith, hosted by Laurie Sanders and Elizabeth Sharpe, Co-Directors of Historic Northampton. 4:30-6PM SESSION B "Where are we now?" Janet Adler shapes a conversation with Bainbridge Cohen, Stark Smith, and festival curator, Andrea Olsen. FREE to 5 College faculty/students/staff. Pre-register at Cosponsored by the Smith College department of dance.

2019 Kennedy Lecture Series
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House

The English Department is hosting this year's Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies, Mary Baine Campbell, Professor Emerita at Brandeis University. She will give three lectures this semester. All will take place on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 in the Alumnae House Conference Hall. The first lecture, "The Renaissance of Dreams" will be on September 24th. The other lectures are on October 22nd, "Dreaming and Knowing: The Case of Descarte's Dreams" and November 18th "Atlantic Dreaming: Vision and Prophecy in the New World." All are welcome.

Trevor Getz on Unexpected Learning: African Lessons for American Students
Friday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Trevor Getz, from San Francisco State University, will speak on Unexpected Learning: African Lessons for American Students, as part of a keynote address for the 2019 African Network Conference.

Schubertiade: Celebrating the Music of Franz Schubert with Jiayan Sun, piano
Thursday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Schubertiade I - Piano Sonatas 1: C Major, D. 840; G Major, D. 894; C Minor, D. 958. Pianist Jiayan Sun begins a yearlong exploration of Franz Schubert’s music, performing three magnificent sonatas composed during the last three years of his life. The first of an 8 concert series presented by Sage Chamber Music Society: September 12 & 26, October 24, December 5, February 6 & 27, April 2 & 16

Journeys & Visual Poems Exhibition, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. , Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.

Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. On view Sept. 6-Dec. 17. Opening Reception: Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m.

Exhibition Reception for Turmoil and Silence
Friday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

The Oresman Gallery presents an exhibition by the artist Elena Peteva. In this exhibition, Elena Peteva delves deeply into the exploration of our individual and social states to create distilled representations that capture a deeper and more truthful reality. Peteva's works go beyond the surface and draw in the viewer to slow down, look closer, decode and reflect. The exhibition begins on September 4, 2019 and will be on view through October 3, 2019. A reception for the artist and the public will be in Oresman Gallery.

In Living Color: Jerry Noble and Friends
Sunday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

In Living Color - Jerry Noble and Friends. From Blue Horizon to Red Sails in the Sunset, join the Bob Sparkman Trio on a vivid, multi-hued jazz excursion through the American Songbook and beyond. Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Kara Noble, bass; Jerry Noble, piano. Free and open to the public.

Smith College Chamber Singers present Coro Demus from Chile
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Chamber Singers present Coro Demus, from the Metropolitan University of Education Science in Santiago, Chile, with Guillermo Vergara, conductor. The choral concert will feature Chilean poetry set to music by Violeta Parra, Carlos Guastavino, and others. Free and open to the public.

Experiencing the World of Japanese Noh Theater: Featuring Hisa and Hikaru Uzawa
Sunday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Experiencing the World of Japanese Noh Theater: Featuring Hisa and Hikaru Uzawa. Noh theatre combines elements of dance, drama, music and poetry into a dazzling aesthetic form. Tokyo-based Kanze School Noh actors Hisa and Hikaru Uzawa provide a rare opportunity to experience this 650-year-old art. Enjoy a close-up look at the masks, gorgeous costumes and movement forms. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Smith College Departments of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Theatre, Dance, the Program in East Asian Studies, the Ada Howe Kent Fund, the Endowed Lecture Fund and the Japan Foundation.

Identity Theft & SCAM Information Session
Thursday, Sept. 12, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Campus Center 003

Smith College Campus Police & the computer store, will be working in collaboration to share information about fraud and protecting your confidential information. We will be located in the campus center room 003 from 12:30-2:30. Come learn information on protecting your laptops and being aware of Scams and Identity Fraud.

Collaborative Leadership: How to Move a Group Forward With or Without a Title
Tuesday, Sept. 17, Noon, Alumnae House

Are you working as part of a lab team, group project for a class, student organization, committee, athletic team, or some other group that requires collaboration? Join us for lunch and learn how you can help the group go from collaborHATE to collaborGREAT, whether or not you are the group’s formal “leader”. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership. Lunch available starting at noon, workshop begins at 1:10pm, no registration required!

Homework House Orientation
Monday, Sept. 23, Noon, Jandon Center, Wright

The CSO is hosting a Homework House After-School Program orientation for those interested in tutoring children in Holyoke. Are you looking for a chance to volunteer as a tutor and mentor for children in your community? The Jandon Center for Community Engagement is hosting a Homework House Orientation on Monday, Sept. 23th from 12:00-1:00pm! Join us and learn about this great opportunity to tutor boys and girls in grades K-7, any day Monday through Friday 3:00-6:00 p.m. Lunch provided. Contact or the CSO at for more information! America Reads federal work-study positions are also available.

The I in Team: Owning and Telling Your Leadership Story in Three Ways
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Alumnae House

Smithies regularly influence others, move group projects forward, generate innovative ideas, effect big and small change in their community - and then often balk when asked to describe themselves as a “leader.” Come for dinner and learn how to own and tell your leadership story in three distinct ways, depending on the audience. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership. RSVP on Smith Social Network required - limited to 20 students.

Learning to Meditate - Practices from Tibetan Buddhist Traditions
Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Hosted by Smith's Community Religious Liaison Geshe Ngawang Singey. These bi-weekly interactive sessions will include instruction on and practice of breathing meditation, concentration meditation, blessing meditation, and tong-len (exchange of self and other), concluding with Q &A with light refreshments. Future dates - September 26, October 10, 24 and November 7, 21

Muslim Prayer Lunch
Friday, Sept. 13, 12:10 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life for dialogue, student-led communal prayer, a group activity or discussion and a delicious lunch on rotating Fridays in the Chapel sanctuary. All are welcome.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat
Friday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat, where students gather together, light Shabbat candles, and sing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. This is followed at 6:15 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome.

Weekly Monday Meditation
Monday, Sept. 16, Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend weekly mindful meditation in the tradition initiated by Zen priest Ruth Ozeki (led by Naomi Miller and Mary Beth Brooker while Ruth is on sabbatical). A simple relaxed silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction will be offered. All levels are welcome, with time for questions.

Al-Iman's Annual Eid Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Please join us to enjoy a night of celebration filed with food, music, henna, and chai. Our speaker this year is Dr. Celene Ibrahim, accomplished scholar, author, chaplain, lecturer, teacher, and consultant. Dinner will be served. The event will be held in Helen Hills Chapel, September 21st at 5:30pm.

Smith Field Hockey vs Vassar Collage
Saturday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m.

Smith Filed Hockey hosts Vassar College at 1pm on the turf.

Smith Soccer vs Hartwick College
Saturday, Sept. 14, Noon

Smith Soccer hosts Hartwick College at 12pm on the athletic fields.

Smith Volleyball double header vs Western New England University and Regis College
Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m., Ainsworth Gym

Smith volleyball hosts Western New England University at 11am followed by Regis College at 3pm in Ainsworth Gym.

Devorah Heitner Talk at the Campus School
Monday, Sept. 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Campus School

Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, will be speaking at the Campus School (Gill Hall, 33 Prospect Street) on September 16th from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Her talk, which will include time for questions and answers, will focus on how to help children successfully navigate our digital age and landscape. This event is free and open to the public.

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