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03/08/2021 Digest


Social Media House Zero Waste Challenge , March 10-17, Virtual Event

Do you want to help win a cash prize for your house? Do you care about promoting zero-waste on campus? If yes, you should participate in The Center for the Environments’ Social Media House Zero Waste Challenge, an exciting challenge with cash prizes for the three houses happening March 10th till the 17th. View the guidelines and more details here (https://bit.ly/302BTpU) and ask your house president and/or email Sophia Botrán if you have questions! All Smithies are welcome and encouraged to participate! !

LEAD Scholar Program Info Session , Wednesday, March 17, Noon, Virtual Event

The Wurtele Center for Leadership will be hosting an info session for students interested in applying for the LEAD scholars program. Students should register on the Smith social network to get the zoom link for the info session. Any questions should be directed to Annie DelBusto Cohen at atcohen@smith.edu.

LEAD Scholar Program Info Session , Friday, March 26, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Wurtele Center for Leadership will be hosting an info session for students interested in applying for the LEAD scholars program. Students interested in attending this session should register on the Smith social network. Any questions should be directed to Annie DelBusto Cohen at atcohen@smith.edu.

LPN and ‘ICE Whistleblower’ Dawn Wooten Speaks About Sterilization Abuse , Friday, March 12, 2 p.m.

Sterilization abuse is still a serious issue in the U.S. for reproductive justice activists and scholars. Hear from Dawn Wooten, the brave nurse who last year became a whistleblower about sterilization abuse at an ICE Detention center in Georgia, for which she was fired from her job for telling the truth. Also speaking is Smith College Visiting Associate Professor Loretta Ross who was sterilized when she was 23 years old. Professor Carrie Baker will moderate the program that is jointly sponsored by Smith College's Program for the Study of Women and Gender and Amherst College. Register at http://bit.ly/StopSterilizationAbuse

Crochet a Coral Reef! Be a part of the Radical Fiber: Art and Science Project , Friday, March 12, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us and crochet a coral figure that will become part of the Tang Teaching Museum’s major community art project Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science. Spend a late-winter afternoon with Smith groups to crochet, learn, and chat. Virtual sessions, led by various campus groups, will be held on February 26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26th from 2 - 3:30 PM EST and can be joined via the Zoom link. For more info, see https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6947627

Alice Williams Carson ’37 Endowed Summer Internship at the Toledo Museum of Art , Monday, March 22

The Toledo Museum of Art and Smith College offer a paid summer internship for two qualifying students interested in exploring a career in art museums. Recipients work in the Collections area of the Toledo Museum of Art on the development of major curatorial projects. All students are eligible; however, coursework in art history is required. Art and Museum Concentrations students are encouraged to apply. Internships generally run for six weeks; the exact start and end dates may vary. Apply online at: https://www.smith.edu/academics/art/prizes-opportunities. Deadline: Monday, March 22nd.

Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie ’60 Memorial Fund Internship , Monday, March 29

The Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie ’60 Memorial Fund provides financial support for Department of Art majors and minors (sophomores and juniors only) who undertake a summer internship of approximately 35 hours of work per week. The award cannot be combined with the Praxis fund. To be considered for the prize, students must submit the names of two faculty member references, a letter of application, a current CV or resume, a copy of their transcript, and an itemized budget. Apply online at: https://www.smith.edu/academics/art/prizes-opportunities. Deadline for applications is Monday, March 29th.

Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award , Monday, March 29

The Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award was established in 1978 by friends and former students of Professor Lehmann. The prize is awarded annually to seniors majoring in the history of art to support educational travel opportunities. Preference is given to students interested in pursuing the study of art history, especially classical antiquity, at the graduate level. Classical studies majors and archaeology minors are also encouraged to apply. Students must submit a written proposal describing their travel plans, a copy of their transcript, and an itemized budget. Apply online at: https://www.smith.edu/academics/art/prizes-opportunities. Deadline: Monday, March 29th.

Enid Silver Winslow ’54 Prize in Art History , Friday, April 16

The Enid Silver Winslow ’54 Prize in Art History is awarded annually for the best student paper completed for an art history course taught at Smith College. Papers are judged anonymously by a committee of art history faculty. Students may submit a paper written at any point during their studies. Announced on Ivy Day, winners of the Winslow prize receive a substantial cash award. Apply online at: https://www.smith.edu/academics/art/prizes-opportunities. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 16th.

Megan Hart Jones ’88 Studio Art Prize , Thursday, April 29

Established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones ’88, this prize is awarded annually to one undergraduate for outstanding work in any Studio Art or Architecture class. Each student may submit only one piece of artwork; multipart projects will not be accepted. Winners receive a substantial cash prize. Additional eligibility and entry information is available at: https://www.smith.edu/academics/art/prizes-opportunities. Announced on Ivy Day, winners receive a substantial cash prize. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 29th.

Elizabeth Killian Roberts ’45 Prize , Thursday, April 29

Established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts ’45, this prize is awarded annually for the best drawing. Entries are judged by faculty in the Department of Art. Limited to one entry per student. Winners receive a substantial cash prize. Additional eligibility and entry information is available at: https://www.smith.edu/academics/art/prizes-opportunities. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 29th.

Presidential Colloquium—Bryan Stevenson: ‘Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption’ , Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Activist and attorney Bryan Stevenson—executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award for his work fighting the death penalty—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11. This virtual event is open to the public at no charge. Members of the campus community are invited to participate via Zoom; members of the general public may join via a livestream on Smith’s Facebook page. Details about the colloquium—and about related events sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion—are available online: https://www.smith.edu/news/2021-pres-col-bryan-stevenson

Data Science Corps-Wrangle, Analyze, Visualize Program. Applications for Fall 2021

The application period for the fall semester of the DSC-WAV program will begin March 12th. DSC-WAV is an National Science Foundation-funded project that pairs teams of data science students with nonprofit organizations to address the data science needs of the organization. Stipended positions are available for both data science and community engagement focused students. More information, eligibility requirements and a link to the application are available at: https://dsc-wav.github.io/www/students.html#Eligibility

‘In It Together’: Drop-In Support Group for On-Campus Students , Mon-Wed-Fridays, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Offered via Zoom every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 3-4 pm ET. Come check it out once or return often. Facilitated by the Counseling Service. Register any day at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIoduipqjkpE9EeR8bb5yHVaysPaLC7IJv8

Black Lesbian Ancestral Archiving , Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Black Lesbian Ancestral Archiving: Presentation and conversation with Lesbian Herstory Archive archivist and activist Shawn(ta) Smith Cruz. Formally part of ARX 141, this event is open to the public. To register, please fill out the event registration form: https://forms.gle/CcqPJaW6hST99piL8 or contact dbuerkle@smith.edu.

The deadline to submit ALL MMUF application materials is March 15, 2021

All MMUF - Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program application materials will be accepted through Monday, March 15, 2021. For more information, click on this link: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/diversity/mellon-mays or email the MMUF Program Coordinator at lrichmon@smith.edu.

Photographers make kids dreams come true

Atlanta photographers Regis and Kahran Bethencourt make kids' wildest dreams come true in portrait shoots: https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2021/02/26/970876688/photographers-make-kids-wildest-dreams-come-to-life

Interfaith Spirituali-tea , Tuesday, March 16, Virtual Event

Interfaith Spirituali-tea—formally known as Interfaith Lunch—is a safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. This is a student-led CRSL program dedicated to discussion about spiritual and religious life at Smith and beyond. Each week we focus on a different topic, sharing from our own experiences. For more information, contact Liah Gilvar-Parkeat, lgilvarparke@smith.edu. Registration link: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsce6grjsqHdWTz3L3bbRSnktRLvnvhKFb

Baby Goats Jumping for Joy

Baby Goats Bounce Across “Classroom” of Hay Bales at Maine Farm: https://fb.watch/3ZjoSau8H3/

Interfaith Spirituali-Tea , Tuesday, March 9, 4:45 p.m., Virtual Event

Interfaith Spirituali-tea—formally known as Interfaith Lunch—is a safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. This is a student-led CRSL program dedicated to discussion about spiritual and religious life at Smith and beyond. This week's topic is "Practice and Belief." For more information, contact Liah Gilvar-Parkeat lgilvarparke@smith.edu. Registration Link: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsce6grjsqHdWTz3L3bbRSnktRLvnvhKFb

Concentrations Information Session , Monday, March 15, 12:30 p.m.

Come join us to learn more about the Concentrations program! After a brief overview of the common features and shared goals of our Concentrations at Smith and a few words on other resources available to support the work of concentrators, we will break out into more detailed information sessions with the directors, key support staff and student representatives from the Archives, Book Studies, Community Engagement and Social Change, Environmental, Global Financial Institutions, Museums, Poetry, and Translation Studies Concentrations. Register for this session at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8Z_03EtKh2rsoDm9bOmm4IiWjhU034pQRyKQQB5zMVmSkdg/viewform

Course Drop Deadline , Friday, March 19

Friday, March 19 is the last day to drop a full semester course without penalty or use of a free drop. Course drops require approvals of the instructor, adviser, and class dean on the drop form. All deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar

THURSDAY -- Presidential Colloquium: Bryan Stevenson, ‘Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption’

Activist and attorney Bryan Stevenson—executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award for his work fighting the death penalty—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Members of the campus community are invited to participate via Zoom.


03/04/2021 Digest


Excel Workshop - Advanced , Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m., Virtual Event

Students hoping to secure an internship at a financial institution for Summer 2021 or who just want to improve data management skills are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. This is a two-part workshop series for students who have an intermediate proficiency in Excel. Session 2 is on March 13 at the same time. Space is limited with priority given to students currently enrolled in GFX100 and the GFIC concentration. Registration required. Sign up on the Smith Social Network: https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6902074

Donika Kelly for the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College , Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The New York Times Book Review described Donika Kelly’s debut collection, Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016), as “glassy, sculpted surfaces beneath which thoroughly black water churns…a testament to poetry’s ability to capture and refine emotion.” Bestiary won the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for Poetry, the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, Kelly is also the author of Aviarium (fivehundred places, 2017) and The Renunciations (forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2021). To register: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mBwcWQi3QrClqMDcu7GXzw

Birding with Dano , Thursday, March 11, 8:30 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Learn to identify birds on this casual walk around Paradise Pond and the Mill River with Dano Weisbord, Executive Director of Sustainability. No previous bird knowledge necessary! Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready for spring mud. Space limited, sign up using this link https://bit.ly/3pRdKgp

Reading Ornamentalism: A Discussion of New Work with Anne Anlin Cheng , Friday, March 19, 11 a.m., Virtual Event

Anne Anlin Cheng is Professor of English and affiliated faculty in the Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Committee on Film Studies at Princeton University. She is author of The Melancholy of Race: Psychoanalysis, Assimilation, and Hidden Grief; Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface; and, most recently, Ornamentalism. Ornamentalism focuses on the cultural and philosophic conflation between the “oriental” and the “ornamental” and offers an original and sustained theory about Asiatic femininity in western culture. Register here: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cg-_Mi85THaFsojPhzwCaQ.

Lent Church: Contemplative Community Worship , Sunday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us for three evenings of community centered reflection for the Lenten Season. Come to as many or few as you can. When: Sundays 3/7, and 3/21 and Good Friday 4/2 at 6:30 pm All are welcome! Register in advance for these meetings: https://smith.zoom.us/j/91940488080 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Services officiated by College Chaplain Rev. Matilda Rose Cantwell Feel free to email her at mcantwel@smith.edu with questions or if you would like to offer readings and/or make help with leadership and planning in any way

Crochet a Coral Reef! No experience necessary! , Friday, March 5, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us and crochet a coral figure that will become part of the Tang Teaching Museum’s major community art project Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science.  Virtual sessions, led by various campus groups, will be held on February 26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26th from 2 - 3:30pm EST. You can join via https://smith.zoom.us/j/95121312214. A crochet teacher will be in every session. You can pick up crochet materials at the Capen Annex porch between Feb 23-26th. If you need schedule a time outside this to get materials, please reach out to capenannex@smith.edu. 

Snowshoeing with CEEDS (FYE program) , Thursday, March 4, 1 - 3 p.m., Boathouse

Get outside, strap on some snowshoes, and “float” on snow*! You’ll have a chance to get outside and meet and hang out with other cool students and staff from CEEDS. Meet at the Boat House. Limited to 15 participants, sign-up required. To sign up, use this link: link: https://bit.ly/3pLE63A. (*No snow? We'll take a walk instead and check out the signs of the seasons in New England). **part of the First Year Experience (FYE) program.

Snowshoeing with CEEDS , Thursday, March 11, 2 p.m., Boathouse

Get outside, strap on some snowshoes, and ”float” on snow*! You’ll have a chance to get outside and meet and hang out with other cool students and staff from CEEDS. Meet at the Boat House. Limited to 15 participants, sign-up required. To sign up, use this link: link: https://bit.ly/3pLE63A. (*No snow? We'll take a walk instead and check out the signs of the seasons in New England).

Updates to the Smith Online Directory

As of February 23, email addresses in the Smith online directory are only available to those who log into the directory with a Smith account. Our change is modeled on that made by many peer institutions, with the goal of protecting privacy and decreasing spam. To that end, visitors who are not logged into the directory will not have access to email addresses.

Fusayfsa’ Requests Submissions

Fusayfsa’ is looking for submissions for our journal’s second issue. We are a recently established Middle East studies journal looking for anything from papers to art concerning the MENA region. Submission info is available on our website https://fusayfsa.org/

February 2021 Update on Racial Justice

Sick of emails? Take a look at VP for Equity and Inclusion, Floyd Cheung’s, video update of our recent Racial Justice Plan. http://smithcollege.me/Feb-21-Update-on-Racial-Justice

Dozens of Happy Donkeys

Dozens of happy donkeys frolic in the fields at the Donkey Sanctuary: https://www.facebook.com/TheDonkeySanctuary/videos/1043667526158461

Call for Judges for the Western Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair , Monday, March 8, Noon, Virtual Event

Smith College STEAM Outreach invites STEM enthusiasts to become a member of the distinguished judging panel for the 2021 virtual middle and high school science fairs. Smith students, faculty, alumni, and staffs’ participation as judges will provide the expertise that enables students to feel that their work is valued and professionally evaluated. Volunteering as a science fair judge offers an effective and important way to promote science education. Just a few hours of flexible time in March or April will help to encourage these young people in their quest for excellence in STEM. Email: dday@smith.edu Click here for details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hsrqelFaju-wGf10PXwdkx58g9s-0c-3bth8t5Ju_C0/edit

Bulb Show Virtual Opening Lecture , Thursday, March 4, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

The Birds, the Bees the Flowers and the Trees: Why native plants matter for wildlife conservation Thursday, March 4 at 4:00 pm ET Zoom | Pre-registration required: https://bit.ly/bulbshow2021lecture Join us for a virtual talk by Dr. Desiree Narango. Biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate across the globe—so what can we do to help in our everyday lives? The green spaces in our yards and gardens can provide one solution to restore wildlife habitat in urban and suburban landscapes. This lecture will highlight recent research on why native plants are an essential component of ‘wildlife-friendly’ gardening practices. More info at garden.smith.edu

The 2021 Virtual Bulb Show , Saturday, March 6, 8 a.m., Virtual Event

Beginning March 6th and running through the 21st, experience our virtual Bulb Show through our livestream and social media accounts. Let the colorful blooms lift your spirits, wherever you are in the world! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. Visit our website to connect to us on social media: https://garden.smith.edu/

Timeless Genius of Chopin II. Complete Ballades and Second Sonata with Jiayan Sun, piano , Thursday, March 4, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

The Sage Chamber Music Society presents The Timeless Genius of Chopin, a series of four live-streamed recitals of piano works by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), performed by Jiayan Sun, the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith College. Concert II: The Complete Ballades and the Second Sonata will be broadcast live from Sweeney Concert Hall on Thursday, March 4 at 8 PM. To register: ChopinatSmith.eventbrite.com. For more information see https://libguides.smith.edu/geniuschopin.

Research Accountability Group: Check-in and Writing Tips , Monday, March 8, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

In this session hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Spring 2021 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development), participants will share research plan updates, writing strategies, and motivational tools. All faculty are welcome. RSVP by 3/4 (https://doodle.com/poll/32y6p7ibqucyhwzz).

Toward Equity: Racial Justice Across Disciplines , Monday, March 15, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Are you interested in advancing racial justice in your discipline and throughout the Smith curriculum? Learn and listen from colleagues who center racial justice work from a disciplinary perspective and integrate racial justice into their courses. This session is hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Spring 2021 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development), in partnership with the Office for Equity and Inclusion and the Sherrerd Center for Teaching & Learning. RSVP by 3/11 (https://doodle.com/poll/32y6p7ibqucyhwzz).

Course Registration Deadlines

Friday, March 5 is the last day to add a Smith course and Friday, March 19 is the last day to drop a full semester course without penalty or use of a free drop. Be sure to check the registration status of your courses on BannerWeb. All registration changes at this time require the approval of the instructor, adviser, and class dean on the add form or drop form. Deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney and Dean Taylor , Tuesday, March 16, 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 16, President Kathleen McCartney and Dean Baishakhi Taylor welcome the opportunity to speak with members of the Smith community during the president's virtual open office hour. Please sign up for a ten-minute time slot at this link: https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeOpenOfficeHourwithPresidentMcCartney Reservations are managed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Amplify Competition Gallery Website - check out submissions and vote for the People's Choice Award!

This year’s Amplify Competition through the Wurtele Center garnered 43 submissions across three categories: Public Writing, Public Speaking, and Public Art. We’ve collected submissions in a Gallery Website, open to Smith viewers: https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/amplifytcompetition Judging panels made up of Smith faculty/staff, alums, and local community members will evaluate the submissions according to the competition criteria and choose a First Place ($1000) and Second Place ($500) prize in each category. You can also be a judge! VOTE for your favorite piece for the People’s Choice Award of $250! Voting instructions are in the Gallery website. Voting deadline is 3/15.

Emerging Technologies: The Future of Change , Thursday, March 4, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

This fireside chat with Xochitl Cazador, Ecosystems Growth Executive, cLabs; Tavonia Evans, Founder of Guap Coin; and Micah White, Co-founder of The Activist School and Occupy Wall Street Movement, will explore how blockchain and other tech can be used to shape how change is pursued and enacted now and in the future. Moderated by Smith students Chichi Wu ’22 and Adriana Beltran Andrade ’23. Register at https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YMYMzqpuSg2VUNmB3_uPjw

International Experience Grant (IEG) Info Session for Virtual/Remote Summer Experiences , Monday, March 8, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The Lewis Global Studies Center will be awarding International Experience Grants (IEGs) of up to $500 for virtual or remote experiences for this summer. Come learn more about how to apply! Email global@smith.edu for the Zoom link.

Juniors and Sophomores: Apply for Paid Fellowships in Kahn Institute Projects 2021-22: Deadline March 5

Smith students in the classes of 2022 and 2023 are invited and encouraged to apply online by this Friday, March 5, for one of two paid research fellowships in yearlong Kahn Institute projects in 2021-22, a college-wide themed Year on Democracies: Coping with Democratic Precarity and the Prospects for Democratic Renewal, organized by Steven Heydemann, Middle East Studies, and Andy Zimbalist, Economics; and Democracies Redux: Resumptions, Resilience, Reconciliation, and Restoration, organized by Payal Banerjee, Sociology, and Sujane Wu, East Asian Languages and Cultures. Apply online: https://www.jotform.com/KahnLiberalArtsInstitute/2021-22 ; application deadline: Friday, March 5. Read more about Kahn Student Fellowships: https://www.smith.edu/academics/kahn-institute/student-fellowships

Community Engagement & Social Change Concentration Info Session , Thursday, March 4, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The Community Engagement & Social Change (CESC) Concentration connects community work with academic life. Working with the oversight of a faculty adviser, students combine interdisciplinary coursework and practical work in communities to expand and deepen their understanding of local, national and global issues that affect communities. This is one or two information sessions for students to learn more about the Concentration and how it allows for the development of the skills, attitudes and knowledge to engage mindfully with communities as citizens and leaders. CESC Concentration Application is open from March 1–April 1, 2021. Register here: https://forms.gle/6CVtRUbpcRFTG9e28

Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration Info Session 2 , Monday, March 15, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The Community Engagement & Social Change (CESC) Concentration connects community work with academic life. Working with the oversight of a faculty adviser, students combine interdisciplinary coursework and practical work in communities to expand and deepen their understanding of local, national and global issues that affect communities. This is the second and final information session for students to learn more about the Concentration and how it allows for the development of the skills, attitudes and knowledge to engage mindfully with communities as citizens and leaders. CESC Concentration Application is open from March 1–April 1, 2021. Register here: https://forms.gle/6CVtRUbpcRFTG9e28

Dozens of cardinals flock to a feeder

One last wintry scene of joy is this snowy bird feeder enjoyed by dozens of cardinals: https://www.facebook.com/KarenMarieMoningfan/videos/404369143998169

Class is Never Dismissed: How socioeconomic status shows up at Smith and in our learning , Thursday, March 4, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Davey Shlasko is a Smith alum from a mixed-class background who developed and facilitates Cross-Class Dialogue Circles. In this interactive talk, Davey will explore some of the many weird, uncomfortable, semi-invisible ways that differences in class status show up among students, staff and faculty at Smith - in our interactions and relationships, in our emotional lives, in our approaches to social change, and more. Of course, class is deeply entangled with race, and we’ll also discuss how this intersection can play out differently at Smith than in other contexts. Register here: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoce-rqDkoHNM_5eFJkzevYt7nb114gBvX

Stanford researchers identify four causes for ‘Zoom fatigue’ and their simple fixes

It’s not just Zoom. Popular video chat platforms have design flaws that exhaust the human mind and body. But there are easy ways to mitigate their effects. https://news.stanford.edu/2021/02/23/four-causes-zoom-fatigue-solutions/

Al-Nur Prayer Meeting , Friday, March 5, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

We invite you to join us for a spiritual discussion, communal prayer, and fun relationship-building activities. Offered on rotating Fridays by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome! This week we will end at 4:30 pm and join Al Iman's social justice event on the Uyghur Muslims. To register for Al Nur, go to https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckd-Gvqz0vG9CfDc1ckG3rkx78HnDO4wkQ For audio or questions, contact Kim Alston, Muslim Student Adviser at kalston@smith.edu.

Mindful Mondays , Monday, March 8, Noon, Virtual Event

Finding Our Breath: Mindfulness Practice and Conversation with a Commitment to Compassion and Hope. A forum for light meditation instruction, sharing and building compassionate communities in times of uncertainty, isolation, and heightened revelation of the deep racial and social disparities that are part of the air we breathe in American society. no one is free until we are all free. - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King To join by computer and audio or for more information contact Anna Ostow at aostow@smith.edu.

Cancellation: Spring production Talking With... and an invitation to share thoughts about theatre department , Virtual Event

The Theatre Department is cancelling the spring production of Talking With… by Jane Martin due to student concerns that the play was not aligned with the department’s goals of antiracism. The department takes these concerns very seriously and will work with students, staff and faculty to develop a more transparent and inclusive process for play selection. The department is committed to hearing how it can better reflect the interests and needs of all Smith students. If you would like to share experiences with the department or ideas about how to make it more welcoming please email Alicia Guidotti at aguidott@smith.edu.

Union Members: Submitting Shoe & Uniform Receipts for Reimbursement in Workday

The Controller’s Office is pleased to announce that as of March 2, union members can initiate shoe and uniform reimbursement requests in Workday on their own. A short video and additional help materials are available here: https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/instructions-and-faqs/financial-how-tos-and-faqs/purchasing-and-processing-payments/reimbursement-reports-for-union-members. To complete the reimbursement request, you will only need a scan or picture of your receipt and access to Workday. Please contact Xinh Spangler with any questions at xspangle@smith.edu. If you have difficulty accessing the help materials, please contact ittransformation@smith.edu for assistance.

Smith Alliance for Justice and Equity Fellowship Info Session , Monday, March 8, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Are you interested in learning how to develop the skills to be able to solve the urgent issues facing our world today? Come learn more about the year-long paid fellowship and application process at our info session! Students will take a 4 credit collective organizing course in the fall, and participate in site visits and community events throughout the year. Fellows will participate in a collective community partnership by working with Smith faculty, local communities, and local organizations to create social change projects and research. For more info email nzigler@smith.edu. Register for the session at https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcuuvrj8pGtz2qlIzIi1KHlr44RtSc_J4.

Urgent Matter Forum: Focus on #8M, #NiUnaMenos, celebrating Latin American Women’s and LGBTQ Organizing , Wednesday, March 10, Noon, Virtual Event

The Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program at Smith College is organizing a new version of its Urgent Matter forum, focused on #8M, #NiUnaMenos, and celebrating Latin American Women’s and LGBTQ organizing. Joined by Itxaro Arteta (Journalist, Mexico), Gahela Cari Contreras (Activist, Peru), and Marielle de León (Activist, Puerto Rico). The event is open to the public. Register in advance for this event: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2B1fGyLfQhmDQ43efusWnA.”

Sign Up for Fast Fashion Hackathon on March 13th , Saturday, March 13, 11 a.m., Virtual Event

Are you interested in hacking the fast fashion crisis? In partnership with Earth Hacks and CITRUS magazine, Smith students are running a mini-hackathon from 11-3 EST on Saturday, March 13th, centered around fast fashion and its environmental and social impacts. Anyone 18+ is welcome and no coding background is necessary. Sign up on our [website https://hackfastfashion.wixsite.com/website] and check us out on Instagram @hack_fastfashion. Sign-ups close on the evening of March 10th.

New Play Reading: Acting School by Kathleen Tolan , Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith Department of Theatre’s New Play Reading Series presents Acting School by Kathleen Tolan on Thursday, March 11 at 7:30. “Why act? The world is falling apart.” Based on Olympia Dukakis’ acting classes at NYU in the 60s, Acting School follows Olympia and her six students in the East Village against the backdrop of the Black Power Movement and the Vietnam War. Olympia’s intense training methods push the students to face the fears of being human and confront masked truths; working through scenes from powerful plays. Directed by Cate Boram AC. Register for the live Zoom event at: http://bit.ly/actingschoolplay.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare: Digital Theatre Production Live Premiere , Monday, March 15, Virtual Event

The Smith College Theatre Department presents a digital production of Julius Caesar premiering live on YouTube on the Ides of March, Monday, March 15 at 7:30PM. Ellen W. Kaplan directs William Shakespeare’s tragedy about the early days of the collapse of the Roman Empire through the lens of America’s current political moment. Actors were filmed over Zoom and edited into digital scenescapes with animation and original music to create a multi-layered, fully designed production featuring the work of over 50 students. The public is invited to attend the free, live premiere by registering at https://juliuscaesar-smith.eventbrite.com.

Meridians Journal & National Women’s Studies Association: International Women’s Day Kitchen Table Talk! , Monday, March 8, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

On Monday, March 8th, Meridians Editors Emeritus and current Editor, will be in conversation with NWSA President Kaye Wise Whitehead, about the historical significance of the Journal and how Meridians has played a role in shaping and producing feminist knowledge and scholarship both in the U.S. and globally. Registration can be found here: https://www.nwsa.org/event/meridians All $5.00 ticket sales go toward supporting the work of NWSA. Thank you for your support! Featuring: Ginetta E.B. Candelario (2017-Present) Kum-Kum Bhavnani (2000-2002) Myriam J.A. Chancy (2002-2004) Paula J. Giddings (2004-2017)

When animals copy humans

Please enjoy this compilation of furry and feathery friends gleefully mimicking the strange and quirky human behaviors they see: https://youtu.be/pBVZZqF76vM

Class is Never Dismissed: How socioeconomic status shows up at Smith and in our learning , Thursday, March 4, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Davey Shlasko is a Smith alum from a mixed-class background who developed and facilitates Cross-Class Dialogue Circles. In this interactive talk, Davey will explore some of the many weird, uncomfortable, semi-invisible ways that differences in class status show up among students, staff and faculty at Smith - in our interactions and relationships, in our emotional lives, in our approaches to social change, and more. Of course, class is deeply entangled with race, and we’ll also discuss how this intersection can play out differently at Smith than in other contexts. Register here: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoce-rqDkoHNM_5eFJkzevYt7nb114gBvX

2020 Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer & Coverage 1095-C Forms

The 2020 Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer & Coverage 1095-C Forms are available in Workday if you elected to receive the form electronically. The form can be found by selecting the Benefits icon and then My ACA Forms under View. If you did not elect to receive the electronic form, it has been mailed to your home address. You can find your address in Workday by selecting the Personal Information icon and then My Addresses under the View section. As an Applicable Large Employer, Smith is required under the Affordable Care Act to provide this form.

Where in the World?! Finding Spatial Data , Monday, April 12, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Workshop from the Spatial Analysis Lab (http://www.science.smith.edu/sal/2021/03/03/spring-2021-workshops/) Learn methods for finding, assessing, and transforming spatial data for class projects or research, including using field data and leveraging tabular data. Registration (https://forms.gle/TXyu38fD8TzxNMe1A) and Zoom link (https://smith.zoom.us/j/6757119877)

Female Navigators that Shaped Smith , Wednesday, March 31, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Workshop from the Spatial Analysis Lab (http://www.science.smith.edu/sal/2021/03/03/spring-2021-workshops/) To conclude Women in History month, we will feature the illustrated (and illustrative) category of maps: pictorial maps, through the works of Smith cartographers like Carolyn H. Galbraith. The conversation will draw upon other modes of viewing the campus, and more contemporary renditions by Smithies. Registration (https://forms.gle/TXyu38fD8TzxNMe1A) and Zoom link (https://smith.zoom.us/j/6757119877)

Beyond the Carceral System: Prison Abolition and Justice Re-imagined , Friday, March 12, Noon, Virtual Event

An interactive workshop on the principles of prison abolition from a spiritual as well as social/political perspective, considering the ethical and moral aspects of human confinement. Join us for perspectives from activists and formerly incarcerated people working on the front lines of prison justice, and learn about the case for abolition as well as ways you can get involved in local and national efforts. Participants will be invited to help build a frame of mutual concern and authentic connection, and to share as well as learn. Register in advance for this meeting: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItc-murT8qHNGHoPdPIl67ju3_DrFJUR7i

A Historical Research Tool: Georeferencing the Vilna Ghetto , Wednesday, March 10, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Workshop from the Spatial Analysis Lab (http://www.science.smith.edu/sal/2021/03/03/spring-2021-workshops/) When creating historical maps, it may be difficult to find data layers that reflect the landscape and landmarks of the past time period you wish to map. By using georeferencing as a historical tool, cartographers are able to spatially place older map documents or previous representations of the area on to what would be their present location. This technique allows for not only aesthetically pleasing cartography, but spatially accurate maps. Registration (https://forms.gle/TXyu38fD8TzxNMe1A) and Zoom link (https://smith.zoom.us/j/6757119877)

Leadership Enrichment Series: Staying Motivated and Moving Your Team/Project Forward , Wednesday, March 10, 4:40 p.m.

As the year progresses it is easy to lose momentum even when there are still deadlines to meet and projects to finish. The Wurtele Center for Leadership will help you and your team think through ways to stay engaged and motivated through those lulls. (This session is designed for students who are working as interns with campus units, but it is open to any and all students who are looking to learn about staying motivated.) To rsvp for Zoom link: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/6743878

TONIGHT -- Bulb Show Opening Lecture: Native Plants and Conservation

The opening lecture for this year’s annual Bulb Show—all online this year—will focus on the connection between plant choice and conservation. Wildlife ecologist Desiree Narango will discuss “The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers and the Trees: Why Native Plants Matter for Wildlife Conservation,” on Thursday, March 4, at 4 p.m.


03/02/2021 Digest


President McCartney, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction

President McCartney, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction for honorary doctoral degrees. To learn more about the award, view a list of recipients or nominate an outstanding individual, visit http://www.smith.edu/hd-nominations

Join our Hive - Involvement plus Curricular Pathways with Joanne , Wednesday, March 3, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Interested in finding classes that relate to the environment and sustainability? Or maybe what majors and minors might allow you to best combine your interests in social justice and the environment, or art and the environment? Maybe you want to know more about the environmental concentration and internship opportunities at national environmental agencies? Drop-in anytime to this info session and chat with Joanne Benkley, Assistant Director of CEEDS and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Join via zoom using your smith email: https://smith.zoom.us/j/3933187498

Smith College Government, International Affairs, Law, Policy Virtual Career Fair - Spring 2021 , Thursday, March 4, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

The Lazarus Center has been planning new ways to help you prepare for your job search and connect with employers virtually. We are excited to partner with Handshake to run career fairs in a virtual format. Pre-schedule 1:1 or group sessions with employers ahead of time. Bring your unique perspective to the table, ask great questions, and follow up with recruiters after the fair. To start preparing for the fair, check out Handshake’s Get Hired Remotely Series for more resources on conducting a virtual job search.

Join our Hive - Curricular Pathways to the Environment , Wednesday, March 3, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Interested in finding classes that relate to the environment and sustainability? Or exploring what majors and minors might allow you to best combine your interests in social justice and sustainability or art and the environment? Maybe you want to know more about the environmental concentration and internship opportunities? Drop-in anytime to this info session and chat with Joanne Benkley, Assistant Director of CEEDS and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Join via Zoom with your Smith email: https://smith.zoom.us/j/3933187498

Lent Church: Contemplative Community Worship , 6:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us for five evenings of community centered reflection for the Lenten Season. Come to as many or few as you can. When: Sundays 2/21, 3/7, and 3/21 and Good Friday 4/2 at 6:30 pm All are welcome! Register in advance for these meetings: https://smith.zoom.us/j/91940488080 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Services officiated by College Chaplain Rev. Matilda Rose Cantwell Feel free to email her at mcantwel@smith.edu with questions or if you would like to offer readings and/or make help with leadership and planning in any way

Sherrerd Center Spring Teaching Circles , Friday, March 5, 12:30 p.m.

The Sherrerd Center teaching circles are a great way to connect with your colleagues and discuss teaching. The first spring teaching circles are on Friday, March 5th at 12:30 pm. Topics include “This Week in Teaching” with Alicia Grubb and Miranda McCarvel (link to RSVP: https://forms.gle/2FJWzuK4b4U6msSN9), “Creating Community” with Teaching Mentor Caroline Melly (RSVP link: https://forms.gle/LMJbQBEDUVsscMvg9), and the Laboratory Instructors Teaching Circle with Marney Pratt (RSVP link: https://forms.gle/oWjdMNG6pstpskFp9). Please visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sherrerd-center/circles for more information and details about other teaching circles at different times.

March 4 Miller Lecture by Dr. Asma Naeem , Thursday, March 4, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

“The Ethics of Canon Correction: Creating New Narratives in Art History” At 5pm on Thursday, March 4, Dr. Asma Naeem will share the work she is doing at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the National Portrait Gallery to correct the art historical canon and tell a broader, more inclusive narrative of a shared history based on the values of equity, diversity and justice. For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/3rZL32e

Kahn Institute Seeking Proposals for: Long-term projects 2022-23, Short-term projects 2021-22

The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute invites and encourages proposals from Smith faculty for yearlong projects for the 2022-23 academic year, and short-term projects for 2021-22, a college-wide themed Year on Democracies, led by the Kahn Institute in partnership with the Provost’s Office. The Kahn Institute’s mission is to facilitate meaningful and enduring connections among Smith, Five-College and visiting scholars in order to enrich and enhance research opportunities and potential. The Kahn hosts long-term and short-term projects in which faculty and students share research and forge productive work relationships. Send proposals to Kahn Director Alex Keller, akeller@smith.edu. https://www.smith.edu/academics/kahn-institute

Mwangi Reads Spring 2021 Launch , Tuesday, March 9, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the community to the Spring 2021 launch of the Mwangi Reads program. Explore ethnic and multicultural literature in a casual community space. Smithies will hear favorite selections from Smith faculty and staff of color, THEN get the chance to submit recommendations for future featured authors of color to explore! Featured readers include: Nimisha Bhat, Visual Arts Librarian; Dr. Anna Mwaba, Lecturer and McPherson/Eveillard Postdoctoral Fellow in Government; Dr. Verónica Dávila Ellis, Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American and Latino/a Studies Register here: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkcO2qrDssEtQ373TDlNIA3ybb_TPMzqb7

Chronic Illness or Immunocompromised Support Group , Monday, March 1, 12:10 p.m., Virtual Event

Weekly support group for students who are immunocompromised or living with chronic illness. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW. Please register at counselingservices@smith.edu

SSAS Fine Arts Supply Application Deadline , Friday, March 5

The deadline for Smith Students’ Aid Society applications for fine arts supplies is Friday, March 5th. The application is online at the Smith Social Network. The link to the application is on the Smith Students’ Aid Society web page under the fine arts grants category. All decisions will be made by art department staff after the deadline.

Snow Day at the Oregon Zoo

You really OTTER check out these happy creatures playing in the Snow. This winter PANDAmonium meets with our Clickable Joy SEAL of approval: https://fb.watch/3PAqIYNoFk/

From the vaults: tUnE-yArDs sings Powa

This throwback recording features Smith alum Meryl Garbus ’02 of tUnE-yArDs: https://youtu.be/UNkP-mbBMLo

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program - MMUF , Wednesday, March 3, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Save the Date! There will be a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Information Session on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm (EST). Students considering applying to the MMUF program are invited to this virtual event. To register and receive a Zoom link, email lrichmon@smith.edu. To learn more about the MMUF program, criteria, and eligibility, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/diversity/mellon-mays

Presidential Colloquium: Mona Sinha ’88 and Sam Feder on Their New Film, ‘Disclosure’ , Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Mona Sinha ’88 and Sam Feder—executive producer and director, respectively, of the Netflix documentary “Disclosure”—will discuss their film, and transgender depictions in media more broadly, in a Presidential Colloquium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. The virtual event is open to the public at no charge, and no tickets are required. Members of the campus community are invited to participate via Zoom. Additional information is available online: https://www.smith.edu/news/mona-sinha-88-sam-feder-presidential-colloquium

TONIGHT — ‘Disclosure’: Transgender Representation in Media

Mona Sinha ’88 and Sam Feder—executive producer and director, respectively, of the Netflix documentary “Disclosure”—will discuss their film, and transgender depictions in media more broadly, in a Presidential Colloquium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. Now streaming on Netflix, “Disclosure” features interviews with Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski and others.

Interfaith Spirituali-tea , Tuesday, March 2, 4:45 p.m., Virtual Event

Interfaith Spirituali-tea--formally known as Interfaith Lunch--is a safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. This is a student-led CRSL program dedicated to discussion about spiritual and religious life at Smith and beyond. Each week we focus on a different topic, sharing from our own experiences. For more information, contact Liah Gilvar-Parke at lgilvarparke@smith.edu. Register in advance for this meeting: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsce6grjsqHdWTz3L3bbRSnktRLvnvhKFb

A new Medieval Studies journal at Smith is seeking art and writing submissions! , Wednesday, March 31, Virtual Event

Dies Legibiles is the first undergraduate journal of Medieval Studies at Smith College, founded in September 2020. Our focus is the period 400–1600 AD, and we accept submissions from many fields. We encourage submissions pertaining to regions outside Western Christendom. We hope to de-center Western Europe in discourse about the Middle Ages as well as provide an academically rigorous platform upon which students can showcase their research. We are currently accepting submissions until March 31st. We warmly invite you to submit your medieval-oriented writing and art to our email account (dieslegibiles@smith.edu)! For more information, please see the DL website: https://sophia.smith.edu/dies-legibiles/.

Faculty Panel on Competitive Grants and Distinguished Fellowships , Monday, March 29, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Come hear from a panel of colleagues with success in competitive grants and fellowships external to Smith. Both experienced faculty and those who are new to this process are welcome and will learn strategies and resources for identifying opportunities and crafting a strong application. This session is hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Spring 2021 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development), in partnership with Grants and Sponsored Programs. RSVP by 3/25 (https://doodle.com/poll/32y6p7ibqucyhwzz).

Faculty Panel on Competitive Grants and Distinguished Fellowships , Monday, March 29, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Come hear from a panel of colleagues with success in competitive grants and fellowships external to Smith. Both experienced faculty and those who are new to this process are welcome and will learn strategies and resources for identifying opportunities and crafting a strong application. This session is hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Spring 2021 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development), in partnership with Grants and Sponsored Programs. RSVP by 3/25 (https://doodle.com/poll/32y6p7ibqucyhwzz).

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney and Dean Taylor , Tuesday, March 16, 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 16, President Kathleen McCartney and Dean Baishakhi Taylor welcome the opportunity to speak with members of the Smith community during the president's virtual open office hour. Please sign up for a ten-minute time slot at this link: https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeOpenOfficeHourwithPresidentMcCartney Reservations are managed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Visit the Botanic Gardens Bulb Show IN PERSON!!! , Lyman Plant House

Students who are participating in the campus COVID screening program (those residing on and off campus) are invited to visit the Botanic Gardens Spring Bulb Show. Students can visit the Bulb Show beginning on 3/5 for three weekends (Friday-Sunday). Students must sign up to be able to visit the show. Visit the Smith Social Network at the following link to sign up (Make sure you sign in to the Social Network otherwise you will not see the event): https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/ose/events. If you have questions contact Hannah Durrant at hdurrant@smith.edu.

Are You Ready to Sweat for a Cause? Smith, Walk for Water! , Monday, March 22, 10 a.m.

Are you ready to sweat for a cause? Smith Walk for Water is back with its semestrial walk to raise money and simulate the long, strenuous walks many women and children have to endure each day just to get water. This time, we're raising funds for Kenya Water for Health Organization. Our walk will be virtually hosted via the StepBet app with the code WALKFORWATA. The walk will last for 4 weeks from March 22-April 19, and the money made will be donated at the end of the 4 week period! For Smithies, RSVP through the Social Network. https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/6926936

Contingent Faculty Teaching Circle , Thursday, March 4, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Do you wish to find community and support as a temporary worker at Smith in a time of remote work and teaching? Get connected with others in the same position at our weekly teaching circle. This Teaching Circle meets during the Smith lunch hour (12:30-1:30pm US Eastern Time) on four Thursdays: 3/4, 3/18, 4/15, 5/6. Please RSVP for this Teaching Circle using this Google Form link: https://forms.gle/ZCg3bXtvrAYnDdER6 (Google Calendar invitations with Zoom links will be provided when you sign up). For questions, please contact Caitlin Shepherd (cshepherd@smith.edu) and Bona Kang (bkang@smith.edu).

Art Stockings: Dialogues on Art, Gender & Cultural Theory (Visiting Artist Lecture Series) , Wednesday, March 3, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us for an Artist Talk with multi-disciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist Maia Cruz Palileo. Migration and the permeable concept of home are constant themes in her paintings, installations, sculptures, and drawings. Influenced by the oral history of her family’s arrival in the United States from the Philippines, as well as the history between the two countries, Maia infuses these narratives using both memory and imagination. Maia received an MFA in sculpture from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a BA in Studio Art Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. To register for this on-line event, please email artdept@smith.edu.

Presidential Colloquium—Bryan Stevenson, ‘Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption’ , Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Activist and attorney Bryan Stevenson—executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award for his work fighting the death penalty—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11. This event is open to the public at no charge. Members of the campus community are invited to participate via Zoom; members of the general public may join via a livestream on Smith’s Facebook page. More information: smithcollege.me/3bHfgwd


02/25/2021 Digest


Excel Workshop - Intermediate , Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m., Virtual Event

Students hoping to secure an internship at a financial institution for Summer 2021 or who just want to improve data management skills are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. This is a two-part workshop series for students who are beginners in Excel. Session 2 is on Feb. 28 at the same time. Space is limited with priority given to students currently enrolled in GFX100 and the GFIC concentration. Registration required. Sign up on the Smith Social Network: https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6901987

New Play Reading Series: Virtually Neurotic by Emily Wiest , Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

A young woman and her therapist meet on zoom. While she faces the conundrum of needing assistance and the natural aversion to personal revelations he tries to maintain an intimate professional connection by technological means he has yet to fully understand. This new play by Emily Wiest is about mental health during a viral outbreak and the underlying issues that are exasperated by forced isolation. Register for the live Zoom event: https://bit.ly/VirtuallyNeurotic

Kahn Short-term Online Project, The Notorious RCG: Race, Class and Gender in STEM; Application deadline: , Friday, Feb. 26

Faculty and staff are invited to apply for an upcoming Kahn Institute short-term project, The Notorious RCG: Race, Class and Gender in STEM (read project description: https://www.smith.edu/academics/kahn-institute/notoriousRCG-project), organized by Rob Dorit, Biological Sciences, and Mary Harrington, Neuroscience, taking place March 10 and 12, noon, and Friday, March 19, 1-3 p.m., with guest Sheila Jaswal, Amherst College, innovator of the Being Human in STEM and HSTEM initiatives. This project seeks to identify obstacles and impediments that stand in the way of students and colleagues from traditionally underrepresented groups who have chosen careers in STEM. Apply online by Friday, February 26: https://form.jotform.com/KahnLiberalArtsInstitute/NotoriousRCGApp

Crochet a Coral Reef! No experience necessary! , Friday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us and crochet a coral figure that will become part of the Tang Teaching Museum’s major community art project Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science. Virtual sessions, led by various campus groups, will be held on February 26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26th from 2 - 3:30pm EST. You can join via https://smith.zoom.us/j/95121312214. A crochet teacher will be in every session. You can pick up crochet materials at the Capen Annex porch between Feb 23-26th. If you need to schedule a time outside this to get materials, please reach out to capenannex@smith.edu.

Beary Best Snow Day Ever

Can you BEAR to watch Blizzard’s delight? There’s SNOW denying how happy Blizzard is in this clip from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U47_T-eZasA

A Lake People: San Juan de Ondores, the Chinchaycocha, and the Andean Struggle for Water , Friday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

A lecture by Javier Puente, Assistant Professor Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Smith College. Sponsored by the Five Colleges Program in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies. Registration is required: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkc-murj0vEtRqQhHbEgmC7FYrK9cTQf0g

A Voice at the Table: A Conversation with Smith Alums and Employers , Friday, Feb. 26, Noon, Virtual Event

Companies across all industries are focused on diversifying their workforce. For many this means increased hiring for people of color. What do these shifts in organizational priorities mean for today’s candidates? In celebration of Black History month, join the Lazarus Center for this important conversation featuring Smith alums and employer partners from multiple organizations and industries. The goal is for students to hear about the variety of ways in which companies are hoping to attract and retain diverse talent from Smith and to have an open dialogue about challenges and opportunities in the current climate. For a full list of workshops and events, visit Handshake, https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events

Smith Hosts the 2021 Five College Student Film Festival , Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Smith College hosts the virtual 2021 Five College Student Film Festival on Saturday, February 27 from 7:00-9:00PM. This year, the festival’s vision is to highlight stories and representations by, for, and/or with Black and Indigenous people, as well as other people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers, writers and actors. Stay tuned until the end to cast your vote for 'Audience Award’ and to have access to a live Q&A with the winning filmmakers. Thank you for supporting Five College student films! Register for the free, virtual event at: http://bit.ly/3rAvdLr

Start Applying for Financial Aid for Next Year

Undergraduate financial aid recipients are reminded to submit their financial aid requirements for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students can view their individual requirement on Net Partner. General financial aid requirements can be viewed on https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sfs/financial-aid. Please select the category that applies to you. Financial aid applications are due on May 15.

International Mental Health Resources/Hotlines

A comprehensive list of suicide hotlines, crisis lines, and helplines from all around the world. In times of need, reach for the phone. https://www.therapyroute.com/article/helplines-suicide-hotlines-and-crisis-lines-from-around-the-world

Cross Country Skiing , Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m., Boathouse

Get out and enjoy the outdoors with the Outdoor Adventure staff on this cross country ski trip around the local trails. Please dress in warm layers for being outside, including warm socks, hat and gloves. Meet at Boathouse. Equipment provided/All abilities welcome. For beginners and those interested, ski instruction will be offered. (Limited to 8 participants) Pre-register by sending your name, cell and class year to sjohnson@smith.edu.

SDSCC: Alum Grad School Panel , Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Registration Link: https://lu.ma/sdscc-grad-school-panel Are you wondering and stressing out about what you’ll do after graduation? What is it like going to graduate school? Why should you consider going to graduate school? For one hour, Smith alumnae will be sharing their experiences applying to grad school as WOC, why they went, and advice they may have for current students. Please come with any questions you may have! **Reminder that this is only for students of color (any majors are also welcome). SDS faculty may join to see how their past students are doing but they will be sitting back on the conversation**

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual or Dating Trauma , Friday, Feb. 26, Noon, Virtual Event

Weekly support group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma. Students can join until March 8th when the group closes to new members. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW. Please register at counselingservices@smith.edu.

Mindful Mondays , Monday, March 1, Noon, Virtual Event

Mindful Mondays’s theme is “Finding Our Breath: Mindfulness Practice and Conversation with a Commitment to Compassion and Hope.” This is a weekly forum for light meditation instruction, sharing and building compassionate communities in times of uncertainty, isolation, and heightened revelation of the deep racial and social disparities that are part of the air we breathe in American society. “no one is free until we are all free.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King To join by computer, audio or for questions, contact mcantwel@smith.edu.

Audition: New Play Reading Series - Acting School by Kathleen Tolan , February 25 & 26, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

The New Play Reading Series is looking for actors for a reading of Acting School by Kathleen Tolan, directed by Cate Boram ’AC to be performed live on Zoom, Thursday, March 11 at 7:30. Auditions for 9 actors will be held 7-9PM this Thursday and Friday. 5 College students and community members are welcome to audition (cold reading from the script). For a complete cast breakdown and full details including link: http://bit.ly/3smO90n or email ncbeck@smith.edu.

2021 Five College Student Film & Video Festival , Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

The 2021 Five College Film Festival is Saturday, February 27th at 7pm EST! Watch a live program hosted by Smith of original films and videos made by Five College students. This year, the student jury's vision for the festival was to highlight the stories and representations by, for and with Black and Indigenous people, as well as other people of color who are filmmakers, writers and actors. Stay tuned until the end for a live Q&A with the students and to cast your vote for ‘Audience Award’! Reserve your free ticket here: http://bit.ly/3rAvdLr.


02/24/2021 Digest


Crochet a Coral Reef! No experience necessary! , Friday, March 12, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us and crochet a coral figure that will become part of the Tang Teaching Museum’s major community art project Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science. Virtual sessions, led by various campus groups, will be held on February 26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26th from 2 - 3:30pm EST. You can join via https://smith.zoom.us/j/95121312214. A crochet teacher will be in every session. If you materials, please reach out to capenannex@smith.edu.

Crochet a Coral Reef! No experience necessary! , Friday, March 19, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us and crochet a coral figure that will become part of the Tang Teaching Museum’s major community art project Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science. Virtual sessions, led by various campus groups, will be held on February 26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26th from 2 - 3:30pm EST. You can join via https://smith.zoom.us/j/95121312214. A crochet teacher will be in every session. If you materials, please reach out to capenannex@smith.edu.


02/23/2021 Digest


Sherrerd Workshop with Dr. Mays Imad on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy , Friday, Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m.

The Sherrerd Center and the Office of Equity and Inclusion are delighted to co-sponsor a special Teaching Arts at Lunchtime Event with Dr. Mays Imad on trauma-informed pedagogy. Please visit the google form at https://forms.gle/H7KufXrqunPaSJNK7 to RSVP, so the Zoom link can be shared with you.

Sherrerd Workshop with Dr. Mays Imad: Ours is Not a Caravan of Despair: Trauma-Informed Teaching , Friday, Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m.

The Sherrerd Center and the Office of Equity and Inclusion are delighted to co-sponsor a special event with Dr. Mays Imad on trauma-informed pedagogy. Mays Imad is a neuroscientist and professor of pathophysiology and biomedical ethics at Pima Community College, the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center, and a Gardner Institute Fellow. The neuroscience of toxic stress and its impact on learning will be discussed, the principles and practical examples of trauma-informed approaches will be examined, and there will be reflection on connections between trauma-informed teaching and restorative justice. Please visit the google form at https://forms.gle/H7KufXrqunPaSJNK7 to RSVP.

How to Move from Idea to Business Model , Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Calling all 2021 Draper Competition applicants. Come with your draft executive summary if you'd like feedback on the sections you have found most challenging. Remember, applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 26 so this is your last opportunity to get help.

Faculty Conversation about the Academic Honor Code in Changing Times , Thursday, March 11, 12:15 p.m.

Margaret Bruzelius, Sara Pruss, and Kevin Shea will lead a conversation with faculty about the Academic Honor Code in these changing times. This discussion will address the need to think or rethink the code in the context of working remotely, the possible/probable? demise of self-scheduled exams as they are now/was, and the continued rise of cheating of all sorts. Please visit the google form at https://forms.gle/5TnNEGDfhZo1pgHQA to RSVP, so the Zoom link can be shared with you. A second conversation will be held in April about the Honor Code and will include students, as well.

Student Voices: Inside SCMA , Wednesday, Feb. 24, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

SCMA student workers Lexie Casais ’23 and Sophie Poux ‘21 will be discussing what projects they have been working on with their supervisor Henriette Kets de Vries, Cunningham Center Manager & Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Register on the SCMA website calendar.

Presidential Colloquium: Historian, New Yorker writer Jill Lepore , Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Historian Jill Lepore—a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Affiliate Professor of Law at Harvard University—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “This America | That America” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. The virtual event, which aligns with Smith’s Year on Democracies, is open to the public at no charge, and no tickets are required. Members of the campus community are invited to participate via Zoom; members of the general public may join via a livestream on Smith’s Facebook page. Additional information is available at https://www.smith.edu/news/jill-lepore-pres-col-2021

Leadership Enrichment Series: Working Through Team Tensions , Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4:40 p.m., Virtual Event

While it can be uncomfortable, tension is a natural part of working in a team. During the workshop, you and the group will think through the best ways to learn how to surface and work through tensions in healthy ways, and to normalize and even value dissent within your team culture. RSVP for Zoom link: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/6743878.

Join our Hive - Involvement plus Curricular Pathways with Joanne , Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Interested in finding classes that relate to the environment and sustainability? Or maybe what majors and minors might allow you to best combine your interests in social justice and the environment, or art and the environment? Maybe you want to know more about the environmental concentration and internship opportunities at national environmental agencies? Drop-in anytime to this info session and chat with Joanne Benkley, Assistant Director of CEEDS and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Join via zoom using your smith email: https://smith.zoom.us/j/3933187498

Black Futures at Smith College , Monday, March 1, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Join Kimberly Drew ’12, Thelma Golden ’87, Jenna Wortham and Amanda Williams, the Smith College Museum of Art's inaugural artist-in-residence, for a conversation about Drew and Wortham’s recently released volume: Black Futures. The conversation will orbit around themes of art as a producer of and safeguard for Black futurity and the importance of preserving Black culture in the contemporary moment. Register Here: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-tGddIJITVehmfY-gP_NjQ

Campus School of Smith College- Enrolling Students for 2021-22

On our campus, delight drives discovery. The Campus School is now accepting applications for kindergarten through sixth grade, with a priority application deadline of March 1st. Learn more about our program and our partnership with Smith College on our website, https://campus-school.smith.edu, and set up a virtual tour by emailing Maureen Litwin at mlitwin@smith.edu or calling us at 413-585-3270. Tuition discounts are available to benefited Smith employees and financial aid is available.

‘In It Together’: Drop-In Support Group for On-Campus Students , Weekdays, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Offered every weekday 3-4 pm ET. Come check it out once or return often. Facilitated by the Counseling Service. Register any day at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIoduipqjkpE9EeR8bb5yHVaysPaLC7IJv8 Email counselingservices@smith.edu with any questions.

Smith College Education, Non Profit & Social Impact Virtual Career Fair - Spring 2021 , Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

The Lazarus Center has been planning new ways to help you prepare for your job search and connect with employers virtually. We are excited to partner with Handshake to run career fairs in a virtual format. Pre-schedule 1:1 or group sessions with employers ahead of time. Bring your unique perspective to the table, ask great questions, and follow up with recruiters after the fair. To start preparing for the fair, check out Handshake’s Get Hired Remotely Series for more resources on conducting a virtual job search.

Global Opportunities After College — 7-College Spring Fair , Wednesday, Feb. 24

The 7-College Virtual Global Opportunities After College Fair will be offering information and resources to help students explore and navigate pursuing internaional experiences after graduation. The fair will feature: Keynote Panel (International Education & U.S. Global Power), Careers Abroad panel, Fellowships panel, International Students panel, Teaching & Volunteering Abroad panel, Internationalizing Your Resume Workshop, How to Apply to Graduate School workshop and a closing plenary ("How did going abroad after college impact me?") Students must pre-register for this event: https://forms.gle/xufXVrkSye2raTNy9

Poet Amanda Gorman Has the Perfect Advice for Anyone Struggling to Stay Optimistic

The 22-year-old poet has the perfect antidote to the world’s Covid-related burnout epidemic. https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/amanda-gorman-michelle-obama-super-bowl-optimism.html

7 Things You Need To Stop Feeling Guilty About (Seriously)

Trying to be everything to everyone can feel heavy. Here’s how to lighten the load and give yourself a break. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/7-things-you-need-to-stop-feeling-guilty-about-seriously

Join Our Hive & Get Involved in Sustainability on Campus! , Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Are you passionate about fighting climate change? Thinking about complex social and environmental issues and putting your thoughts into action? Working outdoors in nature? Drop-in anytime between 4:30-5:30 EST to learn about ways the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability can help you explore and deepen your passions related to the environment and sustainability. There are many opportunities to engage and connect with other students who share your passions - from fieldwork to internships, clubs, and independent study. We are here as a resource for you, so come learn more! Join via Zoom using your Smith email: https://smith.zoom.us/j/93107046254

Community-building and De-stressing for Staff , Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Virtual Community Engagement Team is sponsoring a new group for staff to learn stress-coping tools, share our challenges and successes, and extend affirming support to one another. Building community has perhaps never been more important than it is now. The group meets via Zoom on the last Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. The next one will be on Wednesday, February 24. Email ksananto@smith.edu to register, or for more information.

Benefit for Immigration Justice with Smithereens and Peter Blanchette , Virtual Event

The Smith College Smithereens recently joined guitarist Peter Blanchette (https://archguitar.com/) in a live-streamed benefit for the Immigration Justice program at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, which is supporting a local family threatened with deportation. The concert is available at https://www.livefromsanctuary.org/, where you can also donate. Blanchette is the inventor of the 11-string archguitar. He premiered his brilliant transcription of JS Bach’s Partita No. 1 for solo violin (BWV 1002). The Smithereens recorded our set last semester, outdoors, distanced and masked, but our love of music and delight in singing together comes through.

Red Panda cub Pabu snacking and playing

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Oregon Zoo: Roses are red So is Pabu Smell all the flowers Cronch the bamboo https://fb.watch/3Gh9nBs-CZ/

Meet Bunny, the talking dog!

whataboutbunny’s TikTok features an adorable sheepadoodle named Bunny who has learned to communicate by pressing buttons that say words: http://smithcollege.me/3jW0Axa

Smithsonian Internship Program Info Session , Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

This information session with Interim Director Brent Durbin will review the application process for the Internship Program at the Smithsonian Institution. The program is intended for students from any major in their sophomore or junior year with at least two semesters of enrollment remaining after this spring. Currently the Smithsonian Internship Program anticipates running in person in the Fall 2021 semester. More information about the program is available at https://www.smith.edu/academics/american-studies/smithsonian. Applications are due March 10. Students interested in attending the info session should email smithsonianprogram@smith.edu to request the Zoom link.

Generating Justice and Joy , Wednesday, Feb. 24, Noon, Virtual Event

Welcoming One Another and Working Toward a Better New Normal. We have all begun the semester and many of us have been “welcomed” onto campus by actual real live people, and others of us are still having a remote semester. Join us as we share our joys, concerns, and hopes about how to build strong community in our hybrid configuration, and, reviewing the past year, look toward the future, and begin to visualize what a “new normal” after the pandemic is over might look like. Register in advance for this meeting: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAod-qvqTIoG9PuzcSmT3o1hz_rONjvK1ao Sponsored by The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

The Soothing, Digital Rooms of YouTube

Ambience videos pair relaxing soundscapes with animated scenery to make viewers feel immersed in specific spaces, like a cozy library. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/16/style/ambience-videos-asmr-youtube.html

10 Volunteers Needed for Workday Student Mock Registration

This spring, students will register for Fall ’21 courses in Workday rather than Banner. We are testing the registration process with a small group of students and faculty the first week of March. We're looking for ten more students to help with testing on March 3 from 3:00-4:00 and March 4 from 1:00-3:00. Thank you very much to those who have already volunteered. Volunteers need to attend both sessions, which will be held via Zoom. We’ll have gift cards and swag as a small thank you. If you're interested, please fill out this Google form (https://forms.gle/eAuqGDbXbjqgKGv56).

Digital Vision Board Workshop , Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

“May you see it, speak it, and most of all believe it!” The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a digital vision board making workshop. They will guide students through the practice of making a visual board to strengthen focus and nurture imagination! Access the Zoom link here: https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6919549

Snowshoeing with CEEDS (FYE program) , Thursday, March 18, 3 p.m., Boathouse

Get outside, strap on some snowshoes, and “float” on snow*! You’ll have a chance to get outside and meet and hang out with other cool students and staff from CEEDS. Meet at the Boat House. Limited to 15 participants, sign-up required. To sign up, use this link: link: https://bit.ly/3pLE63A. (*No snow? We'll take a walk instead and check out the signs of the seasons in New England). **part of the First Year Experience (FYE) program.

Snowshoeing with CEEDS , Thursday, March 25, 1 p.m., Boathouse

Get outside, strap on some snowshoes, and “float” on snow*! You’ll have a chance to get outside and meet and hang out with other cool students and staff from CEEDS. Meet at the Boat House. Limited to 15 participants, sign-up required. To sign up, use this link: link: https://bit.ly/3pLE63A. (*No snow? We'll take a walk instead and check out the signs of the seasons in New England).

Interfaith Spirituali-Tea , Tuesday, Feb. 23, Virtual Event

Formerly known as Interfaith Lunch—is a safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. This is a student-led CRSL program dedicated to discussion about spiritual and religious life at Smith and beyond. This week our topic is beginnings. For more information, contact Liah Gilvar-Parkeat lgilvarparke@smith.edu. Registration here: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsce6grjsqHdWTz3L3bbRSnktRLvnvhKFb

TONIGHT: Historian Jill Lepore

Historian Jill Lepore—a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Affiliate Professor of Law at Harvard University—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “This America | That America” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Members of the Smith community may register to watch on Zoom.


02/22/2021 Digest


Snowshoeing with CEEDS (FYE program) , Thursday, April 1, 2 p.m., Boathouse

Get outside, strap on some snowshoes, and "float" on snow*! You'll have a chance to get outside and meet and hang out with other cool students and staff from CEEDS. Meet at the Boat House. Limited to 15 participants, sign-up required. To sign up, use this link: link: https://bit.ly/3pLE63A. (*No snow? We'll take a walk instead and check out the signs of the seasons in New England). **part of the First Year Experience (FYE) program.


02/18/2021 Digest


Victoria Chang for the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College , Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Join the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College for a poetry reading by Victoria Chang, a Guggenheim fellow, poet, editor, and children’s book author. Chang has written five books of poems including The Boss, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award, Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press, 2017) and, most recently, Obit (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), nominated for the 2020 National Book Award and named a best book of the year by NPR, TIME Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Chang currently works as the Program Chair of Antioch University’s MFA Program and lives in Los Angeles. Visit https://tinyurl.com/ChangBDPC-Feb23 to register.

Theatre Department Open House , Friday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Come meet faculty, staff, and other students in the theatre department! Ask us questions and learn about what we are planning for the spring semester. Email ncbeck@smith.edu with any questions and to get the Zoom link.

Getting Out and About - COVID-safe style! , Thursday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Don’t let the weather and the pandemic keep you indoors all the time! There are so many natural areas and points-of-interest you can still walk to and explore safely. Learn about places to enjoy right on campus and within walking distance that you can go to now, and some that you’ll be able to get to once we are in the green phase! Join CEEDS via zoom using your smith email: https://smith.zoom.us/j/98296066786

Digital Jigsaw Puzzles

The Smithsonian Libraries and Archives have put together some digital puzzles based on images from their digital collection: https://blog.library.si.edu/blog/2021/01/26/digital-jigsaw-puzzles-january-edition

@YourKoreanDad provides wholesome parenting for all of us

Nick Cho, actual Korean dad and TikTok creator, makes little videos of himself offering dad-wisdom, dad-company, and dad-affirmations. See a compilation here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=228977515289057

Grief Support Group , Friday, Feb. 19, 12:10 p.m., Virtual Event

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Are you looking for a safe space to talk about your experience? Join other Smith students who are on a similar grief journey to share and create new connections. Facilitated by Meg Laird and Erin Kogelschatz. Fridays 12:10-1:05pm beginning 2/19. This group will be held virtually. For more information or to register, call 413-585-2840 or send an email to counselingservices@smith.edu.

SDSCC Speed Friending , Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

Looking to make new friends this semester? Join Statistics and Data Science Coalition of Color’s (SDSCC) speed friending event! Students will have the chance to get to socialize and get to know other students in the SDS department. This space is reserved for POC students, but all majors are welcome. You can register here: https://lu.ma/te1gwgjh

First Year Support Group , Thursday, Feb. 18, 12:10 p.m., Virtual Event

Do you want to protect time this semester to explore what you’re going through? To stay connected to how you are really doing? To support others doing the same? What is challenging for you and what is different from what you expected? Where are you cultivating new resources? How will you change and grow? Are you ready to make new friends through mutual vulnerability? Meg and Zoe from Counseling Services are here for that and the First Year Support Group might be a good fit for you. E-mail counselingservices@smith.edu for more information and/or to sign up.

Getting Out and About - COVID-safe style! , Thursday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Don’t let the weather and the pandemic keep you indoors all the time! There are so many natural areas and points-of-interest you can still walk to and explore safely. Learn about places to enjoy right on campus and within walking distance that you can go to now, and some that you'll be able to get to once we are in the green phase! Join CEEDS via Zoom using your Smith email: https://smith.zoom.us/j/93107046254

Staff & Faculty Affinity Group Meetings , Virtual Event

The Office for Equity and Inclusion is hosting affinity groups for Staff and Faculty. If you would like to receive calendar invitations for upcoming meetings, register via https://forms.gle/otyWyca2csBXqAqEA

Juniors and Sophomores: Learn about Paid Research Fellowships for 2021-22 at Upcoming Kahn Information Sessions , Virtual Event

The Kahn Institute invites students in the classes of 2022 and 2023 to attend online Information Sessions about paid research fellowships in one of next year's two yearlong projects. Meet project faculty organizers, learn about the Kahn and Student Fellowships. Info sessions are: 1) Friday, February 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m. for Coping with Democratic Precarity and the Prospects for Democratic Renewal; and 2) Thursday, February 25, 5-6 p.m. for Democracies Redux: Resumptions, Resilience, Reconciliation, and Restoration. Applications are now being accepted for both projects; the deadline for applications is Friday, March 5, 2021. Read more information and register to attend: https://www.smith.edu/academics/kahn-institute/news-events

Snowshoeing with Paul! , Friday, Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m., Boathouse

Get outside, strap on some snowshoes, and “float” on snow! You'll have a chance to meet Paul Wetzel, who runs the MacLeish Field Station. Dress for the weather, you will need to wear boots and be prepared to walk in deep snow. Meet at the Boat House. Limited to 9 participants, sign up required. To sign up email ceeds@smith.edu by Thursday, February 18.

Snowshoeing with Paul! , Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Boathouse

Get outside, strap on some snowshoes, and “float” on snow! You'll have a chance to meet Paul Wetzel, who runs the MacLeish Field Station. Dress for the weather, you will need to wear boots and be prepared to walk in deep snow. Meet at the Boat House. Limited to 9 participants, sign up required. To sign up email ceeds@smith.edu by Thursday, February 18.

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney and Dean Taylor , Tuesday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

On Tuesday, February 23, President Kathleen McCartney and Dean Baishakhi Taylor welcome the opportunity to speak with members of the Smith community during the president's virtual open office hour. Please sign up for a ten-minute time slot at this link: https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeOpenOfficeHourwithPresidentMcCartney Reservations are managed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Al-Nur Prayer Lunch Meeting , Friday, Feb. 19, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

We invite you to join us for a spiritual discussion, communal prayer, relationship-building and some fun activities. Bring your lunch, a snack or something to munch on or drink. Offered on rotating Fridays by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, starting February 19. All are welcome! This semester's focus with be on the Hadith. To register, go to https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsdu-grzIiG9B0TowGzhVvGazoo9V5MpRX. For audio or questions, contact Kim Alston, Muslim Student Adviser at kalston@smith.edu.

Meet & Greet with Office of Multicultural Affairs , Thursday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

Meet Dean L'Tanya Richmond and Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs Whitley Hadley. Smithies will learn about upcoming programs, resources, and other opportunities designed for the student of color community. Access the Zoom link here: https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6916292

Mindful Mondays , Monday, Feb. 22, Noon, Virtual Event

Mindful Mondays’s theme is “Finding Our Breath: Mindfulness Practice and Conversation with a Commitment to Compassion and Hope.” This is a weekly forum for light meditation instruction, sharing and building compassionate communities in times of uncertainty, isolation, and heightened revelation of the deep racial and social disparities that are part of the air we breathe in American society. “no one is free until we are all free.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King To join by computer, audio or for questions, contact mcantwel@smith.edu.

Bingo Night , Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m.

Join the OSE for a night of Bingo. Take a fun and relaxing break from the first week of classes. For more information check the Smith Social Network.

Smith 2 Do: Calendar Night , Friday, Feb. 19, 9 p.m.

Learn how to make your own calendars to keep track of time this semester this Friday with the OSE. The Smith 2 Do leads easy and fun crafting projects that are perfect for everyone. More details on the Smith Social Network.

Welcome Back Shabbat , Friday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

Welcome Back Shabbat will be held this Friday, February 19, hosted by the Smith College Jewish Community. SCJC welcomes Shabbat every other Friday. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat, where students gather together virtually to sing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. All students are welcome. Register in advance by messaging SCJC for the zoom link at: https://www.facebook.com/events/238155307791543/ Contact Sarah Biskowitz (sbiskowitz@smith.edu) for questions.


02/17/2021 Digest


It’s Rally Day!

Today’s annual celebration features the presentation of Smith College Medals to four distinguished alumnae: Anne Angen Gershon ’60; Mitsuru Claire Chino ’88; Clare Cromwell ’92; and Kimberly Drew ’12. Tune in to the celebration on Smith College’s Facebook page—and don’t forget to wear your hat!


02/16/2021 Digest


Sherrerd Mentors on Equity and Inclusion in the classroom and Disabilities in teaching and learning , Friday, Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m.

Liz Pryor (HST), the Teaching Mentor for Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogies, and Caroline Melly (ANT), the Teaching Mentor for Learning Differences and Disabilities, will kick off the Sherrerd Teaching Arts at Lunchtime series this Spring with some reflections of their important work on Friday February 19th. Please visit the google form at https://forms.gle/tufdUe3G9ohLFYEfA to RSVP, so the Zoom link can be shared with you.

How to Move from Idea to Business Model , Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Need help turning your nascent idea into a competition ready executive summary? This series of workshops is designed specifically for liberal arts students with no finance or business background. You'll learn how to concisely articulate your idea's value proposition, identify your target market, estimate market size and potential, as well as speak the language of investors (who serve as judges for most competitions). Register for this workshop on the Smith Social Network.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Seeking Submissions for the 2021 Five College Film Festival , Thursday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

The final submission deadline for the annual 5C Film Festival is Thursday, February 18th at 5pm EST. All genres, including animation, experimental video, and even films as short as one minute will be considered, regardless of filmmaking experience. Winners will receive prizes as well as an opportunity to screen and talk about their work on Northampton local access television. For more information and to submit work, please visit: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/film/festival

Receive Your 2020 Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer & Coverage 1095-C Form Electronically

The 2020 Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer & Coverage 1095-C Forms will be ready for distribution by March 2, 2021. To receive the form electronically, you must elect that option in Workday by February 24. This job aid provides step-by-step instructions on how to opt in to the electronic form. If you do not elect to receive the form electronically, it will be mailed to your home address after March 2. As an Applicable Large Employer, Smith is required under the Affordable Care Act to provide this form. You may keep the form with your tax records. Link to job aid: https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/instructions-and-faqs/how-tos-faqs/benefits/1095-c-printing-elections

How to Double Mask Properly

To protect yourself from the new coronavirus variants, which are both more contagious and potentially more deadly than the original, some researchers and public-health experts now suggest that we all wear two masks simultaneously. https://nymag.com/strategist/article/how-to-double-mask-to-stop-covid.html

Short documentaries to watch from home

The Sundance film festival is online this year. Here are three short documentaries to try out from home: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/01/28/opinion/sundance-opdocs-2021.html

Smith Staff member’s 11-year-old daughter raises thousands for local charity

Quynh Ly, and her unpaid intern father Minh Ly of Smith’s Institutional Research department, sold hand-folded paper flowers and raised over $2,000 to support the Amherst Survival Center and Amherst Committee for a Better Chance: https://youtu.be/vRKBzO-nHvs

Call for Applications: NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies | Five Colleges, Inc. , Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

As part of a multi-year Mellon grant, FCI is offering Five College faculty and staff responsible for creating curriculum the opportunity to apply for mini-grants and residencies to integrate NAIS into their curricula. Five College full-time faculty and staff members are encouraged to lead team projects to develop modules or new courses or to apply for residencies to host Indigenous artists or activists for a week or the academic year. A virtual info session will be held February 16th, 4-5pm, prior to the application deadline of March 2nd. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant.

Virtual Student Involvement Fair , Tuesday, Feb. 16, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Learn about all the opportunities to get involved and make the most of your experience at Smith. Want to attend? 1) Log into the Smith Social Network. 2) Click on the events tab. 3) Go to “Virtual Student Involvement Fair” and you’re there. You can meet live with student leaders and become a member of any student organization Smith has to offer.

Join Our Hive! Get Involved in Sustainability on Campus! (Drop In Session) , Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Are you passionate about fighting climate change? Thinking about complex social and environmental issues, and putting your thoughts into action? Working outdoors in nature? Drop-in anytime 4:30-5:30 EST to learn about ways the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) can help you explore and deepen your passions related to the environment and sustainability. There are many opportunities to engage and connect with other students who share your passions - from academics to fieldwork, internships, clubs, and independent study. We are here as a resource, so come learn more! Join via zoom using your smith email: https://smith.zoom.us/j/93107046254

Remote Shrove Tuesday Reflection , Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

We invite you to gather if you are Christian or Christian curious, or seekers from all faiths or no faith to gather to “feast" figuratively, review where we have been and where we are going as the Holy season of Lent begins. We will bless Ashes—which will be made available in a contactless manner to attendees on campus the next day—and visualize what we want to burn away in order to clear ground for our new intentions. Register in advance for this meeting: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc-CuqjIpHdGnn8WsJNCqXSXbwKlH4rM0 Contact mraucher@smith.edu with questions After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Overview of Workday Student Rollout

Workday Student will launch this semester. Over the next calendar year, students will begin to use Workday rather than Banner for a variety of things, including registration for Fall ’21 classes. To learn more and see a review of the timeline, students can sign up for an information session (https://go.oncehub.com/WorkdayStudentOverviewforStudents) or visit the Workday Help site at https://workday.smith.edu/help. If you cannot access the site, close the browser window, log into your Smith email, then open a new tab and try the link again. If you are still having trouble, log into Workday at https://workday.smith.edu and select the Help Site icon.

Overview of Workday Student Rollout for Faculty/Staff

Workday Student will launch this semester. Over the next calendar year, students will begin to use Workday rather than Banner for a variety of things, including registration for Fall ’21 classes. To learn more and see a review of the timeline, faculty and staff can sign up for an information session (https://go.oncehub.com/WorkdayStudentoverviewforFacultyStaff) or visit the Workday Help site at https://workday.smith.edu/help. If you cannot access the site, close the browser window, log into your Smith email, then open a new tab and try the link again. If you are still having trouble, log into Workday and select the Help Site icon.

Spring Teaching Circles with the Sherrerd Center

The Sherrerd Center is hosting spring teaching circles on some select Fridays at the lunch hour and at some other times. Some topics for the spring include “This Week in Teaching” with Alicia Grubb and Miranda McCarvel, the Laboratory Instructors Teaching Circle with Marney Pratt; the Contingent Faculty Teaching Circle with Bona Kang and Caitlin Shepherd; and a Language Teaching circle with Ilona Sotnikova. Please visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sherrerd-center/circles for information, dates, and to sign up.

Smith in Hamburg Info Session - Extended Deadline , Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

Come learn about the exciting opportunities offered by the Smith in Hamburg program! Study in one of Europe’s most sustainable cities at Universität Hamburg and the Smith Center with options for either the full year or the spring semester. In this session you will hear from program directors and faculty about life on the Smith in Hamburg program. Students should email studyabroad@smith.edu to request the Zoom link.

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney and Dean Taylor , Tuesday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, February 23, President Kathleen McCartney and Dean Baishakhi Taylor welcome the opportunity to speak with members of the Smith community during the president's virtual open office hour. Please sign up for a ten-minute time slot at this link: https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeOpenOfficeHourwithPresidentMcCartney Reservations are managed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Bryan Stevenson Movie Discussion , Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m.

Join the Office for Equity and Inclusion this week on Tuesday, February 16th, for an exciting discussion of the movie, Just Mercy in honor of Bryan Stevenson’s upcoming Presidential Colloquium. https://bit.ly/3a3u9cZ You can view the movie here: https://libguides.smith.edu/er.php?course_id=71291

Summer Chinese Study Info Session , Wednesday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

The EALC department will hold a short information session about Chinese study programs for summer 2021. The session will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, February 17, 3:00-3:30 p.m. EST and will be recorded. We will introduce remote and in-person language programs, discuss funding opportunities, and offer what updates we have on study abroad in China and Taiwan next year. Contact jmoyer@smith.edu for the Zoom link or to receive the recording afterward.

Birding with Dano , Thursday, April 1, 8:30 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Learn to identify birds on this casual walk around Paradise Pond and the Mill River with Dano Weisbord, Executive Director of Sustainability. No previous bird knowledge necessary! Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready for spring mud. Space limited, sign up using this link https://bit.ly/3pRdKgp

Birding with Dano , Thursday, April 29, 8:30 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Learn to identify birds on this casual walk around Paradise Pond and the Mill River with Dano Weisbord, Executive Director of Sustainability. No previous bird knowledge necessary! Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready for spring mud. Space limited, sign up using this link https://bit.ly/3pRdKgp

Interfaith Spirtuali-tea , Tuesday, Feb. 23, 4:45 p.m., Virtual Event

Formally known as interfaith lunch, Interfaith Spirituali-Tea is a safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. We are a student-led CRSL program dedicated to discussion about spirituality and religious life both in and outside of the Smith community. We are a unique space where people come together to understand and respect our spiritual and religious differences. Our aim is to be a place where people can comfortably bring their whole selves and forge a community grounded in solidarity and social justice. For more information contact rvanness@smith.edu.

‘A Lot of Faith and Hope’: Returning to Campus

From podcasts to long walks to talks with career advisors, four Smith students describe how they’re navigating the return to campus, and what they are looking forward to most about spring semester 2021.


02/09/2021 Digest


Study Abroad Application Deadline #2 (Smith Approved Programs)

February 15, 2021 is the deadline to submit the Study Abroad Credit Application to study abroad during Fall 2021, Spring 2022 or the 2021-22 Academic Year. Note, this deadline is for every program/destination other than the four Smith Programs (Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, Paris). Information on how to apply for study abroad approval: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/study-abroad/applying#how Questions: studyabroad@smith.edu

Spitfire Poetry Open Mic , Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

After a prompt-a-day poetry challenge for J-Term, Spitfire is excited to host an open mic for writers to show off new their new stuff! Bring a poem, a song, a dream journal excerpt, the sky's the limit. There will be a sign up sheet to read at the event. Email spitfire@smith.edu for the zoom link or find it on the CORQ app.

Wellness Center now accepting applications for the Junior Community Health Organization (CHO) , Monday, Feb. 15, Virtual Event

Open to first-years and sophomores, the Junior Community Health Organizers (CHO) is a peer education group dedicated to providing accurate health information, fostering open & safe environments, debunking assumptions, and reaching out to the diverse communities on Smith College campus. The group’s continuing goal is to ensure awareness of current and longstanding issues in health on topics such as sexual health/sexuality, alcohol, and other drugs, sexual assault/relationship violence prevention, and overall wellness. Five Junior CHOs will be selected to work closely with the current CHO members and the Director of Wellness. Applications are open until February 15th, 2021. https://bit.ly/3iq6E0m

Women aged 40-65 needed to study menopausal symptoms and physical activity through the menopausal transition

The Vascular Function Research Laboratory at Smith College is enrolling for a study to evaluate the relationship between physical activity and menopausal symptoms as women progress through the stages of menopause. The study will require you to complete an online questionnaire about your physical activity, menopause and obstetrical history, and menopausal symptoms each year. The questionnaire will take about 30 minutes to complete each year. If you are interested, please contact us at: molecularcardiolab@gmail.com or 413-585-7034.

Request Neilson and Annex Books Beginning Thursday, Feb. 11

Library materials continue to be moved into Neilson Library and additional days are needed to complete the project. Library users will be able to request materials from Neilson Library, as well as those stored in the Annex, beginning February 11. Beginning February 15, these materials will be available through contactless pickup or mailed to students who are studying remotely. Library materials from Hillyer and Josten Libraries, as well as Five College libraries, continue to be available through contactless pickup. Contactless pickup will remain in the lobby of Bass Hall until Neilson Library opens in March (date TBA).

Virtual Art installation: Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design

During the summer of 2020, eight visual artists and eight performing artists were invited to create new work responding to the concept of place at Shangri La: https://www.shangrilahawaii.org/visit/exhibitions/8x8_shangrila/

Playlist: Broadway songs for new beginnings

Broadway Direct put together a list of great songs celebrating new beginnings: https://broadwaydirect.com/broadway-songs-for-new-beginnings/

Presidential Colloquium: National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy , Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Gina McCarthy—President Joe Biden’s nominee to the post of National Climate Advisor, and former president of the NRDC—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Climate Change and Social Justice: Strategies for Meaningful Progress” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. The presentation—pre-recorded in mid-January 2021—features McCarthy in conversation with Smith students and faculty members Natalie Baillargeon ’21; Alex Barron, assistant professor of environmental science and policy; Niveen Ismail, assistant professor of engineering; Storm Lewis ’21; and Denise McKahn, associate professor of engineering and faculty director of CEEDS (moderator). President McCartney will provide a live introduction. Zoom registration at https://smithcollege.me/3iOJ8u3. More info: https://smithcollege.me/36dtQtX

Jacobson Center Learning Specialist Availability during Interterm , Virtual

The Jacobson Center Learning Specialist is available during Interterm to help with time management, organization, note-taking, handling a heavy reading load, and many other strategies to support academic success at Smith. For questions, email Kelly Vogel at kvogel@smith.edu. Or, simply schedule an appointment at https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeKellyVogel. Sessions are held on Zoom.

New Workday Training Classes Open for Registration

Workday training classes are posted and open for registration through the end of March. Topics include Expense Reports, Punchouts, Financial Dashboards, Budget Amendments, and Student Employment. Register for training here: https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeWorkdayRegistration. Trainings are also posted on the Workday Help Site at https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/training. If you cannot access the Workday Help Site, close the browser window, log into your Smith email, then open a new tab and try the link again. If you are still having trouble, log into Workday at https://workday.smith.edu and select the Help Site icon to access the site.

Listening to Ballet: The Role of Dance in Music Analysis , Tuesday, Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Department of Music welcomes Maeve Sterbenz, a finalist for its Assistant Professor search in Music Theory, and invites members of the Smith community to attend her presentation, “Listening to Ballet: The Role of Dance in Music Analysis.” Register for the Zoom event at https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvdu6qqDMjGtwuKTUuZzmRhHC6i4noXmcN

Find Your Fit Flash Session: Dare to Lead , Wednesday, Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Pick 2 Flash Session. A collaborative event, OSE’s Find Your Fit is bringing together campus partners and student leaders to talk about how Smithies can find their fit by connecting with opportunities for those who Dare to Lead. Each of our collaborators will host 2 back-to-back flash sessions on how you can get involved. You choose the top 2 topics of interest, attend those sessions and, hopefully, find your fit. Collaborators include: Student Government and the Wurtele Center for Leadership. RSVP and Zoom information- please visit the Smith Social Network or the CORQ app. https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/6704970

Now Accepting Applications at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

The CECE is now accepting applications for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers for the 2021-2022 academic year, with an application deadline of February 15th. To learn more about the CECE and our Reggio Emilia-inspired, inquiry- and arts-based program, please visit our website at http://www.smith.edu/forthill or contact us at 413-585-3290. We are happy to set up a virtual visit with you. Benefited Smith employees are eligible for a tuition grant. We are located at 28 Lyman Road in Northampton.

Get a credit to work on a theatre production , Monday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Register for THE 200 and attend this meeting and you can get a credit to work on a theatre production! Email ncbeck@smith.edu for more information or for the Zoom link.

AUDITIONS: Talking With... by Jane Martin , Sunday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Virtual auditions for Jane Martin’s Talking With... directed by Tara Franklin on February 14 and 15, 7-9 PM EST. These extraordinary monologues received a standing ovation at Louisville’s Actors Theatre. Idiosyncratic characters amuse, move and frighten, always speaking from the depths of their souls. They include a baton twirler, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex rodeo rider and an actress willing to go to any length to get a job. No appointments necessary, but auditioners should email ncbeck@smith.edu for the Zoom link and to get audition monologues to read.

Research Accountability Group: Every Semester Needs a Research Plan , Wednesday, Feb. 10, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

In this session hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Spring 2021 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development), participants will support each in creating research plans for the spring semester. All faculty are welcome. RSVP by 2/8 (https://doodle.com/poll/32y6p7ibqucyhwzz?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link).

Write-on-Zoom: Writing with Friends , Friday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that writing is easier when done with good colleagues? All faculty are welcome to join this session, which is hosted monthly by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Spring 2021 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). RSVP by 2/10 (https://doodle.com/poll/nq34dwi4awmdvuva?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link).

Black Futures at Smith College , Monday, March 1, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Join Kimberly Drew ’12, Thelma Golden ’87, Jenna Wortham and Amanda Williams, the Smith College Museum of Art's inaugural artist-in-residence, for a conversation about Drew and Wortham’s recently released volume: Black Futures. The conversation will orbit around themes of art as a producer of and safeguard for Black futurity and the importance of preserving Black culture in the contemporary moment. Register Here: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-tGddIJITVehmfY-gP_NjQ Copies of Black Future can be purchased from the Smith College Museum of Arts online store webpage.

LRT Faculty Technology Workshops: Panopto Basics , Friday & Monday, Feb. 12 & 15, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

The LRT team is offering two new sessions on Panopto Basics to get you started using this tool. These workshops will cover basic Panopto workflows and media management, as well as highlight features to enhance pedagogical use of videos such as automatically generated captions, video editing options, commentary, discussions and more. The sessions will take place on Friday, Feb 12 at 1 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. There are still some “Managing your Recordings in Panopto” workshops available where the Zoom integration is explored in depth. To register for any of the sessions, go to: https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeUndergraduateWorkshops

Amplify Competition in Public Voice - Submissions due Friday , Friday, Feb. 12

Submissions for this year’s Amplify Competition with the Wurtele Center for Leadership are due this Friday February 12, 11:59 p.m. EST. Develop a piece of public writing, public speaking, or public art and submit for prizes of up to $1000. If you’re working on a piece and want to connect with Wurtele Center staff for one-on-one support or feedback, we’re holding open support sessions this Wednesday, February 10, from 3:00-4:20pm EST. Complete this form to sign up for a time slot: https://forms.gle/AaDpUXgNpTGg9fFK9. For more info: https://www.smith.edu/academics/wurtele-center/amplify-competition

TONIGHT: National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy—head of the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy, and former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council—will offer a Presidential Colloquium on “Climate Change and Social Justice: Strategies for Meaningful Progress” at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 9). Members of the Smith College community may register to watch the event on Zoom.

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