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10/20/2016 Digest

Neilson Library KnowledgeLab Open House, Friday, Oct. 21, 1-4 p.m., Neilson Library, Second Floor

Students, staff and faculty are invited to The KnowledgeLab open house, a new experimental and participatory space designed to spark campus conversation about making knowledge, sharing knowledge, and the future of libraries. Participants will be able to learn about getting involved with the KnowledgeLab, play with our typewriter, make a button, and more. For more information, visit

2017 Smith College United Way Campaign

The 2017 Smith College United Way Campaign is underway. Need in the community is greater than ever, and we need your help. Your donations allow the United Way to continue its focus on education, income, and health in our community. Donations of any size by December 16 enter you into the Smith College United Way raffle, with prizes including year-long reserved parking spots. All first-time donors will also receive a $5 GoBerry gift card. To donate online, visit or send paper checks via campus mail to Jad Davis, Alumnae House, 33 Elm Street. Thank you for supporting the important work of the United Way.

Now Accepting Donations for ISSO's Winter Clothes Closet, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The International Students and Scholars Office is collecting donations for their annual Winter Clothes Closet. They ask for lightly used, clean clothes, winter coats, winter accessories, freshly laundered comforters. The ISSO are also accepting textbook donations. The Winter Clothes Closet will be open to all students on Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Lewis Global Studies Center.

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

Seeking Proposals for Non-Credit Interterm Classes; Deadline is, October 21

The Interterm Program is accepting proposals from students, faculty and staff to teach a non-credit class or 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 or workshops (max. 10 hrs.) will be offered during the Interterm period (January 4 -24). Hours and dates are flexible. For information and a proposal form go to The deadline for proposals is October 21.

Register Now for Emotional Wellness Workshop: 'Dealing With Difficult Personalities', Friday, Oct. 21, Noon, Campus Center 205

E4Health, Smith College EAP, presents this critical workshop to help manage difficult personalities, as you pursue both personal and professional success. However, before you can deal effectively with a difficult person, you must understand your personal communication style, which influences how you perceive and respond to different personality types. Participation in this workshop will help deepen your self-awareness and empathy in interactions with difficult coworkers, clients, managers and family members, and teach you techniques for avoiding potential and unnecessary conflict. Register now at

Memorial Service for Malcolm "Barry" Smith, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

A memorial service will be held for Malcolm “Barry” Smith in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:00pm. Barry was a member of the Philosophy Department from 1967 until his retirement in 2002. A reception will follow in the Smith Conference Center from 3 to 5 p.m.

All Staff Forum, 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.

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

Banner Finance Training, Tuesdays, Nov. 1 and 15, Seelye B2

The Controller’s office will be putting on a Banner finance training session to answer all those questions that you may have on the ins and outs of Banner INB Finance. The training will cover the basics of banner, journal entry process/preparation/documentation, FOAPAL element review, and any general accounting questions. There will be two training sessions to choose from: Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. To sign up, contact Amanda Zajac ext. 2211 or email .

Ransomware - Software That Takes Your Files Hostage

Ransomware is computer software that takes your computer files hostage. It uses encryption to block access to files on local drives, memory sticks, and network storage, and then it demands payment to decrypt your files, usually around 1 Bitcoin (about $600). The most common method of infection is through email attachments. Protect yourself: back up your files regularly, and download with caution. A recent backup will let you restore your files without paying the ransom. Stop, think, keep your files secure. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information, email

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.

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

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.

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).

Smith Grant Recipients: Your Story Wanted

Your scholarship aid 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.

12-College Exhange Information Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 105

Interested in studying elsewhere in the United States? Dean Andrea Rossi-Reder will present information about the 12-College Exchange Program in the U.S. for 2017-2018 academic year. A current Smith student who participated in the program last year will be on hand to answer questions.

Environmental Science & Policy Study Abroad Q&A Session, Thursday, Oct. 20, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Want to know more about studying abroad as a Environmental Science & Policy major? This session will cover how to best use your academic experience in an international setting. Come learn how to best use the opportunities available to you!

Fall Fest 2016- Skill Share, Friday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Want to learn how to change a bike tire, make veggie sushi, sew your clothing, or reduce your food waste? Come learn from fellow Smithies and help us build a strong community of sharing. Plus, there will be free cookies from Woodstar Cafe. Free and open to the public.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: Duke University School of Medicine, Friday, Oct. 21, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Brenda Armstrong, M.D., dean of admissions, Duke University School of Medicine, has been a regular visitor to the Smith campus and provides important insight into Duke as well as the medical school admission process in general. Her visit is not to be missed.

Smith To Do: Homemade Ice Cream, Saturday, Oct. 22, 9-11 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Make your own homemade ice cream. Family and friends welcome. Dairy-, gluten-, and egg-free options available. *While supplies last.

Innovative Strategies: Start-a-Thon, Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Davis Ballroom

In just seven hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. If you have an idea, come and pitch. If you don’t have an idea, come and join a team. Either way, learn the ropes of how to define problems and generate ideas for solutions that create value. **Food, fun, and cash prizes! **Co-sponsored by the Design Thinking Initiative. Contact for more information.

Innovative Strategies 2016: Start-a-Thon, Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Davis Ballroom

Students will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas for generating valuable and innovative solutions to problems. Those without an idea are encouraged to join a team and attend anyway. Students are welcome to bring family and free to leave early if need be. Cash and prizes are as follows: $100 in "Northampton Bucks" to every member of the winning team; wireless earbuds for every member of the 2nd place team; and $25 Amazon gift cards for the 3rd place team. Bags of swag given to the first 50 students who pre-register at However, registration is not required.

Be a Superhero! Donate Blood at the Fall CSO Blood Drive, Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 24 & 25, Campus Center Carroll Room

The CSO Fall 2016 Blood Drive is just around the corner. Sign up today to be a donor by visiting Remember, one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Unable to donate blood, but still want to help? You can volunteer to help the nurses at the blood drive by visiting For more information contact Dana Wood ( or the Community Service Office

Economics Study Abroad Information Session, Monday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Study abroad session for Economics majors to learn about programs and schools abroad. Professor Mahnaz Mahdavi will guide the discussion and students returned from abroad will talk about their experiences. Refreshments provided.

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.

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.

Medieval Studies Major and Minor, Thursday, Oct. 20, Noon, Dewey Common Room

A pizza lunch will be provided. We hope you can join us.

Economics Major and Minor, Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Biochemistry Major, Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Learn more about the biochemistry major.

Latin American & Latino/a Studies, Portuguese-Brazilian Studies and Spanish Majors and Minors, Thursday, Oct. 20, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Meet faculty from Latin American & Latino/a Studies and the Spanish & Portuguese Department to learn about our Majors and Minors. Pizza and beverages will be served.

Religion Major and Minor, Thursday, Oct. 20, Noon, Seelye 207

Meet the faculty and some of the current students in the Department of Religion and learn more about the Religion Major and Minor. Lunch will be provided.

French Studies Major, Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:30 p.m., Hatfield 106

Light refreshments will be served.

Engineering Majors, Thursday, Oct. 20, Noon, Ford 240

Come learn the ins and outs of the AB and BS Engineering Majors from our Director, Andrew Guswa. There will also be an introduction to the Engineering Minor. The discussion will touch on departmental, interdepartmental, and curriculum requirements of both the Majors and Minor. This is a wonderful opportunity to get all your questions answered, even the ones you didn’t know you had! Open to everyone. First and second-year students are highly encouraged to attend. *Lunch will be provided. Please bring your own beverage.

Comparative Literature Major, Monday, Oct. 24, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Many of the faculty in the Comparative Literature department will attend, and you'll hear from some of the current majors as well. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. All are welcome.

Logic Minor, Monday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Philosophy Study, Dewey House

Meet the Logic faculty and hear from our current Logic minors. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Philosophy Major and Minor, Monday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m., Philosophy Study, Dewey House

Meet the faculty and hear from some of the current majors.

Psychology Major and Minor, Monday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Meet the faculty, and learn more about the psychology major and minor. Pizza will be served.

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.

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.

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.

Biological Sciences Major, Monday, Oct. 31, 12:10 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

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

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.

Russian Art and Revolution Lecture, Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:15 p.m., Seelye 201

"'Hurry! For Tomorrow You Will Not Recognize Us': Russian Avant-Garde Art and the 1917 Revolution", a lecture by Tim Harte, Associate Professor of Russian, Bryn Mawr College. Harte will discuss the role revolution played in pre-1917 art by Russia’s avant-garde. Championing a new, non-figurative world through their creative work, poets and painters heralded a transformation of modern life that emphatically materialized in the dramatic events of February and October 1917. Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program and the Lecture Committee.

Flint Water Crisis: Talk by Smith Alumna Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou '89, Thursday, Oct. 20, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Yanna Lambrinidou '89 will discuss her experiences in the D.C. lead-in-water crisis of 2001-2004, the gaps in the spirit vs. implementation of the current federal lead-in-water regulation and the regulation’s role in the Flint lead-in-water crisis. She will also share ideas for fostering citizen science that is equitable and that helps affected communities tackle environmental discrimination and social injustice. Lambrinidou serves on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee, which aims to develop long-term solutions to Flint’s drinking water crisis. This event is organized by the Picker Engineering Program and CEEDS.

Principles of Investing: Week 6, Thursday, Oct. 20, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Professor Roger Kaufman introduces students, faculty & staff to the fundamental concepts of investing. This week, Professor Kaufman will address stock indices, index and exchange traded funds, and the efficient market hypothesis. Additionally, the CIEC will raffle off four books at this week's lecture: Guide to Personal Finance; Guide to Money & Investing; How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any; and Why Didn't They Teach Me This In School? 99 Personal money management principles to live by. Lunch will be provided to the first 70 attendees; no registration required.

Brownbag Lunch Talk with Joannah Peterson 'Looking In On the World of the Shining Prince', Friday, Oct. 21, Noon-1 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Brownbag lunch talk with Joannah Peterson, lecturer in Japanese, "Looking In On the World of the Shining Prince: A Journey in the Study of Japanese Text and Image." Lunch provided for the first 25 attendees. Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Symposium: 'Frontiers of Environmental Anthropology', Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

This daylong event will consist of a series of roundtable discussions of the role of ethnographic research and emergent digital media in anthropological studies of ecological change. We have invited four distinguished scholars who will bring their methodological and theoretical expertise, as well as the distinct geographical perspectives derived from their field projects: Amelia Moore (University of Rhode Island), Mark Moritz (Ohio State University), Michael Paolisso (University of Maryland) and Colin West (University of North Carolina). A morning roundtable and afternoon question session will both be open to the Five College Community. For more information, contact Fernando Armstrong-Fumero

'Sing Me Home' Alumna Author Reading & Signing, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Join newly published author, Shannon O'Brien '13, for a book reading and signing. The novel, partially inspired by the a cappella scene at Smith, follows two students as they try to balance their senior year, extracurriculars, and a budding romance. There will be a short Q&A about the world of publishing and finding your footing after graduation, something both Shannon and her main characters had to face after leaving the college bubble. Sponsored by SEC.

'Sustainable Employment Through Agriculture: Developing Agricultural Jobs for People with Disabilities', Monday, Oct. 24, 2:40 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

A lecture by Shawn Robinson, Program Director of Prospect Meadow Farm. Part of the Environment and Sustainability Lecture Series sponsored by CEEDS.

'The Book of Joshua: Then and Now', Monday, Oct. 24, 4:30 a.m., Seelye 201

In this lecture, Rachel Havrelock (University of Illinois at Chicago) will explore how the Bible's presentation of the conquest of Canaan reflected and shaped ancient Israelite identity. She will also look at how the book of Joshua has been read in modern Israel, reflecting and shaping modern Israeli identity. Professor Havrelock is the author of River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Sponsored by the Department of Religion, Program in Jewish Studies, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Lecture Committee.

'Collective Behavior of Molecular Motors in the Active Materials that Drive Cell Division', Monday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m., Ford 240

Maria Kilfoil, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 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 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.

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.

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.

SEC Presents 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2', Friday & Saturday, Oct. 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The film follows Toula Portokalos's navigation of parenting and marriage with her husband Ian and a family secret that comes to light.

'Steel Magnolias' by Robert Harling, directed by Jennifer Sturley '17J, October 21-22, 27-29, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

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. $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, Free for Smith students.

Josten Live! Presents Gráinne Buchanan: Songs about the Universe and You, Friday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Hear Gráinne Buchanan and friends sing -- in the library where she works. Gráinne has self-released an EP and two full length albums, and opened for Erin McKeown, Frazey Ford, Tall Heights, Lady Lamb, and more. Her recent side project, SPRING CAPES, is an experiment in electronic music and courage. Her latest release, "Wash It Off," is available for free download on Bandcamp. Josten Live! celebrates the creative lives of Josten library users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Free of charge, and open to all.

Montage: 'That 70s Show', Saturday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

The annual Family Weekend Concert features music from the '70s by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and others. Performances by the Music Department ensembles as well as student-led a cappella groups. Conducted by Ellen Redman, Genevieve Rose, Anita Cooper, Amanda Huntleigh, and Jonathan Hirsh. For advance tickets ($2-$7), visit Tickets $5-$10 at the door.

Asian Teahouse. A Night of Performances, Saturday, Oct. 22, 7-9:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The members of Asian Student Association (ASA) and the Korean Students Association (KSA) from Smith College co-host Asian Teahouse annually during Family Weekend. This is a cultural performance event that aims to promote awareness of Asian culture and diversity to the community. In the past, students, faculty, and family members from the Five College Consortium and local community have gathered to enjoy an evening filled with lively performances from various talented groups. Tea and cookies are served as refreshments. The event is free of charge.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Faculty and Friends Family Weekend Concert, Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Joel Pitchon, violin, Volcy Pelletier, cello, and pianist Judith Gordon will be joined by distinguished guest violist Michelle LaCourse for the expansive Piano Quartet in A Major by Johannes Brahms. This program will also feature Kirsten Lipkens in an early work by Elliot Carter, Pastoral, for English Horn and piano. Free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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

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.

Introduction to Laser Cutting, Friday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Capen Annex

Introduction to laser cutting. Learn the basics of laser cutting from start to finish. This workshop will begin with creating a project using Adobe Illustrator and end with a laser cut finished product you can take home. All materials will be provided, just show up with a desire to learn something new. No previous experience required, space is limited. (If you are not familiar with where the Capen Annex is located, please meet Natasha in the Imaging Center, Hillyer 324 at 9:50AM.)

Soup, Salad and Soul, Friday, Oct. 21, 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. Come for the food, stay for the discussion!

Mindful Mondays: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us - with Zaza Kabayadondo (Design Thinking Initiative), Monday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 204

This workshop includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. This weeks topic: What happens when things go differently than hoped? How design thinking can you help manage disequilibrim. Zara Kabayadondo, Co-director of the Design Thinking Initiative, leads the discussion with Matilda Cantwell, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jess Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center co-facilitating. No registration required!

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.

Jewish Community Shabbat, Friday, Oct. 21, 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.

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:

'Enter': A Pop-Up Library, October 12-31, Neilson Library Core, ground floor

"Enter" has been created in parallel to the Meridians sponsored symposium (#WAWIE). Browse a selection of books that cite Gddings' groundbreaking work "When and Where I Enter," and a small exhibition on the history of Meridians. Tag @SmithLibraries with #Enter, a photo, and your suggestion of books that make women of color more visible. Contact Amanda Ferrara or Miriam Neptune for more information.

Star Gazing: Change of Date, Friday, Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

The Astronomy department's open house has been changed to October 21, 8:30-9:30pm, for Family Weekend. Come see stars, planets, clusters and nebulae through the department's telescopes. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

Smith Signs On to the Real Food Challenge; Celebration, Friday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Alumnae House

Smith Students for Food Justice invites you to celebrate Kathy McCarthy signing on to the Real Food Challenge commitment to have 20% of their food be "real" by 2020. "Real" refers to passing a criteria of coming from either local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound or humane food sources. The nation-wide campaign has the overarching purpose of shifting 1 billion dollars in the food industry towards more real sources. Smith joins a myriad of colleges who have already signed the commitment, but is the also the first women's college to do so. Please join us for tasty local food as we celebrate.

De-Stress and Relax, Monday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

You deserve a break! De-stress, relax and learn techniques for getting through challenges and rough times. Join us for an informal relaxation experience. Fully accessible and all are welcome. Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

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.

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!

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