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04/26/2018 Digest


You Know You’ve Seen It, But Where??

You are going to be so pleased with yourself at the All-Employee Picnic on Tuesday, June 5 on Chapin Lawn. You’ll have a delicious lunch with your coworkers, be entertained by great music, and show off your knowledge of the Smith campus. Photos of indoor and outdoor campus scenes–some well-known, some not—will be displayed at the picnic. Identify as many of these as you can, and you could win a prize. Come for the food, stay for the contest! Next up: details about volunteering at the picnic--a great way to maximize your fun—will be available soon.

Spring Theatre Studio Productions , Wednesday & Thursday, May 2 & 3, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

RED BIKE by Caridad Svich, directed by Marty Bongfeldt AC ‘19, featuring Alana Young ‘18. What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were eleven years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you live? This is that memory. Except it is now. MOTHERING HER MEMORIES, written and directed by Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk ‘18. Linnea and her daughter Heather must navigate a notable shift in their relationship when the progression of Linnea’s Alzheimer’s prompts Heather to take on a maternal role.

The Wailing Banshees: Spring Concert , Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus! Directed by Ellen Redman. Free and open to the public.

Grad Dance Event , Thursday, May 3, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The annual performance showcasing work by first year MFA dance candidates: Nikki Carrara, Lucille Jun, Michelle Kassmann, and Anna Maynard. $1 at the door. To reserve, email fcddance.reservations@gmail.com


04/25/2018 Digest


Staff Council Elections

All staff are invited to cast their votes in the Staff Council elections. Voting will take place online from Tuesday, April 24, through Thursday, April 26. Staff are encouraged to visit https://goo.gl/forms/qT5CKrYizdOdjdC53 to vote.


04/24/2018 Digest


Sophia Smith House Sale

The Sophia Smith home in Hatfield is being offered for sale at 80% of its appraised value. This offer of sale is limited to Smith College faculty and staff. To learn more about the details on the sale and to view the photo gallery, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sophia-smith-house-sale

SEC Films Presents 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' , Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

Richard Weissbourd: 'Raising Caring and Happy Children in Challenging Times' , Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Richard Weissbourd is currently a senior lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the Kennedy School of Government. He is also faculty director of the Human Development and Psychology master's program. His work focuses on vulnerability and resilience in childhood, the achievement gap, moral development, and effective schools and services for children.

Global Salon: A Conversation with Lola Lafon , Tuesday, April 24, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Lola Lafon, an acclaimed and best selling French novelist, has a deep attachment to Smith College, and its archives. She drew inspiration from them for her just-released novel, "Mercy, Mary, Patty" (Actes Sud, 2017), which connects the stories of three women separated in time but united by radical convictions: Mercy Short, Mary Jamison and Patricia Hearst. The first two battled against the oppression of native Americans, and the third espoused Marxist causes: all were judged as “brainwashed” at their respective times, and moreover, were deemed dangerous and contagious influencers. Lafon became interested in these three figures after an extended research trip to the Sophia Smith archives.

'Seeing Music: Color Finds Rhythms, Harmonies, and Counterpoints,' Paintings by Lorna Ritz , April 17-May 17, M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Ritz is developing the tradition coming out of cubism and Hans Hofmann’s plastic space. “My painting process is unsettling, passionate, radical, and driven. All together, a body of paintings becomes like the movements of a symphony that take a year or more to fully realize. Each painting has immediacy to it, but takes time to complete; it’s my own personal paradox. The painting is the consequence of technique and skill brought about by the concept. That is how what ends up on my canvas gets said, and how my paintings come to be.”

Tryon Prize for Art; Apply by , Thursday, May 3, Museum of Art

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. (Photography is not eligible.) You may enter one work, and submit up to five images (jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. Include a cover sheet with your name, year, campus address, email, phone, and title of work, a statement describing the concept and development of the work and if it was influenced by art seen at SCMA, and include the assignment description if the work was created for class. Send submissions to Tryon Art at museduc@smith.edu. Submissions due May 3.

Tryon Prize for Writing; Apply by , Thursday, May 3, Museum of Art

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding writing related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. Writing may take any form including a thesis, essay or poetry. If the work was written for a class, include the assignment description. You must also include a cover sheet with your name, class year, email address, campus address and phone number. Do not include your name in a header on the pages of your submission. Send your submission in a Word document (docx) with your last name as title to Tryon Writing at museduc@smith.edu.

OIDE Spring Reception for LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty , Monday, April 30, 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity and Provost’s Office are co-hosting a Spring reception for LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty. This will be an excellent opportunity to build community and share thoughts. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Alumnae House Living Room

Apply Now for Mary Maples Dunn Prize; Due , Thursday, April 26

Mary Maples Dunn Prize, awarded for an essay written within the current or three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question posed by an instructor, the assignment should be submitted with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and semester they were originally submitted. Submit clearly marked PDF document to Kathleen Gauger, kgauger@smith.edu, by Thursday, April 26. Students may submit only one essay per competition year.

Dig In with CSO and Gardening The Community: Community Service Project , Saturday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (on s

Volunteer with the CSO for our short-term project at Gardening the Community! GTC is a food justice, youth development organization that grows healthy food for the community in Springfield. Transportation provided. Limited to 6 people. Tasks will include weeding, planting, harvesting, and other gardening activities. Sunscreen and bug spray provided. Please bring water and a snack if you need either. To sign up, visit https://doodle.com/poll/tw6kz3d3bmecd5ry for more information, email dwood@smith.edu

Lecture by Dr. Lina Benabdallah on China's Multilateral Foreign Policy in Continental Africa , Thursday, April 26, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Lina Benabdallah, an assistant professor of politics and international relations at Wake Forest University, will deliver a public lecture at Smith on April 26. An expert on Sino-African relations, Dr. Benabdallah will share research from her book project on China's multilateral foreign policy in continental Africa. The title of her talk is "Do knowledge and skills transfers from China to Africa diffuse Chinese norms, values, and models?"

Apply Now for Praxis Summer Internship Funding; Due , Thursday, May 3, 4:30 p.m.

Applications and all supporting materials must be received by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 3. Use the Praxis Application Checklist (https://bit.ly/2v4jiNs) to ensure your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Ready to submit your application? Sign up for a 20-minute Praxis Express appointment for fast, on-the-spot approval.  Stop by the Lazarus Center or call 413-585-2582 to sign up for a time slot. This is the fastest way to ensure your application gets approved and processed ASAP.

Location/Time Change: 'Untitled, 2018' by Artist Andrea Fraser , Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Graham Auditorium, Hillyer

Andrea Fraser is an artist best known for forms of performance art, institutional critique, and feminist practice that turn art world conventions on their head. Fraser lives in Los Angeles, where she chairs the UCLA Department of Art. This program is part of Excavating the Image, an annual collaboration between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art. Open to the public.

Favorite Poem Project Reading and Celebration , Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A celebration of poems that we carry with us and that enrich our lives—readers from the Smith community and beyond will share their favorites. Featured readers: Kathleen McCartney, Steve Herrell and Jane Yolen. A reception in the Poetry Center will follow with refreshments, prizes and book giveaways.

Students and Faculty: Apply Now for Sams Fund; Due , Monday, May 14

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

David Matsumoto Presents Annual Tai Unno Memorial Lecture in Shin Buddhist Studies , Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

In his talk, "Taking Amida's Vows as Our Own: Toward the Cultivation of a Culture of Compassion," David Matsumoto, president, Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, Calif., will suggest that Shin Buddhism, grounded in the teachings of Shinran (1173-1263), can offer insights that might bring about a transformation of consciousness and cultivate a culture of compassion in ourselves and the world. Everyone is welcome to the reception in Dewey Common room that will follow the talk. Sponsored by the Smith College Religion Department, Buddhist Studies Program and the Ada Howe Kent fund.

Tree Planting Demonstrations , Thursday, April 26, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Join John Berryhill, Landscape Curator and a Certified Arborist, when he plants a maple tree on the west side of Sage Hall at 1 p.m. and a Pawpaw tree at the bottom of the new Crew House ramp at 3 p.m. The trees will be additions to the collection of the Smith College Campus Arboretum, which is an accredited arboretum and is a recognized member of Tree Campus USA. Learn about the stresses and challenges facing transplanted trees. John will discuss selection of a good nursery specimen, proper timing and techniques, aftercare, pruning and offer tips from his years of experience. Bring your questions and join the conversation. https://www.smith.edu/garden/event/tree-planting-demonstrations

Arbor Day Lecture by Joan Maloof , Monday, April 30, 7 p.m., Conference Center Oak Room

Joan Maloof will present "Nature's Temples: Understanding and Honoring Old-growth Forests." What do you know about the forest cover of the planet, and of Massachusetts specifically? Are we gaining forest land or losing forest land? Are there any untouched forests left? If so, where could you experience one? Why are ancient forests so important and how can we preserve the ones that are left? In this Arbor Day talk we will turn our attention to the silent plants and animals who cannot speak for themselves. For more details, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/event/arbor-day-lecture

Music in the Noon Hour: A Musical Tribute to Smith's Trees , Wednesday, May 2, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano, will perform musical tributes to the trees that grace the Smith College Campus Arboretum. Included in the program will be the world premiere of a new song dedicated to the American elm, Ulmus Americana, in front of College Hall. Words by Naila Moreira and music by Gregory W. Brown. Music in the Noon Hour Concerts are a series of half-hour recitals by members of the Smith College Music Department and friends. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/event/a-musical-tribute-to-smiths-trees

Exhibition: 'Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat' , Through December 21, Daily 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

This exhibit brings light to the issue of tree extinctions, shows the incredible diversity of threatened trees, and informs the public on how they can help. Featured in the exhibit are some trees the Botanic Garden of Smith College has in their collection, such as the Serbian Spruce (Picea omorkia), and the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia). For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibit/vanishing-acts-trees-under-threat

'Lactuca: An Exploration of Lettuce,' Curated by June Ahn '18 , May 1-30, Daily 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Physiology House, Lyman Plant House

This exhibit aims to explore the humble beginnings of what is now a ubiquitous salad green. Although once weedy and quite bitter, the lettuce of today grows worldwide and in many different forms, including romaine, butterhead, stem, and curled. This exhibit is curated by June Ahn ’18 a senior majoring in biology and minoring in landscape studies, with a focus in plants. She has worked at the Smith Botanic Garden since her sophomore year. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibit/lactuca-an-exploration-of-lettuce

'Art in Nature/Nature in Art: Students' Collages and Italian Culture' , May 1-31, Daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House

On exhibit are the final projects for Green Italian (ITL 235), an intermediate Italian conversation course taught by Bruno Grazioli and held at the Lyman Plant House. Through this class supported by the Botanic Garden’s Curricular Enhancement program, students acquire Italian vocabulary on botany and use these terms actively during class to describe plants, flowers, and the landscape. Students created original tableaus highlighting their personal idea of Italian culture using only natural media (wood, leaves, stones etc.) that can easily be found on Smith campus. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibit/art-in-naturenature-in-art-students-collages-and-italian-culture

'Alternate Natures: Architecture and the Botanical World' , May 1-31, Daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Physiology House, Lyman Plant House

This year's advanced architectural design studios (Advanced Topics in Architecture, ARS386 and ARS388) taught by Elisa Kim explore alternative relationships between buildings, culture, and the environment. In collaboration with the Botanic Garden and through a series of interrelated projects, each student began by choosing a plant of her choice, then designing and fabricating a miniature self-sustaining eco-unit intended to support the plant’s life. These small-scale constructions gradually led to architectural proposals for an addition to the Botanic Garden at Smith College. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibit/alternate-natures-architecture-and-the-botanical-world

Gamelan Spring Concert , Wednesday, April 25, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Maho A. Ishiguro, director, with Darsono Hadiraharjo, artist-in-Residence at Bates College and Tufts University. Free and open to the public.

Voya & TIAA Advisers Available; Schedule Appointment

It’s easy to schedule an individual appointment with a representative of Voya or TIAA for guidance regarding your retirement accounts. All appointments will take place in Human Resources at 30 Belmont Avenue. To choose from available appointment times with Mary Ellen Gordon from Voya, go to smithcollege.beready2retire.com or call 877-645-5206. You may also send questions to Mary Ellen by email at maryellen.gordon@voyafa.com. Scott Magnacca from TIAA is available to meet with participants on Wednesday, April 25. To schedule an appointment, please call 800-732-8353.

'Taking the Archives Public: Opening Reception for ARX 340 Exhibits' , Monday, April 30, 4 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Come and enjoy the amazing presentations of our ARX 340 students. Snacks will be served.

Earn a $7 Gift Card by Participating in Posture Study

Earn a $7 Campus Center Café gift card (or course credit for eligible classes). Complete a study about postures, located in Bass Hall. You may be eligible if you are a female college student, Are between the ages of 18 – 27 years old. Have no injuries to your extremities, Have not previously participated in a SPAH lab posture experiment. Email spahlab@smith.edu to confirm your eligibility and schedule an appointment.

'Un/American': Open Mic Night at SCMA , Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Let your voice be heard. Explore themes of identity, belonging and culture in visual and written art during an open mic night inspired by SCMA's Un/American installation. The Writer's Flock invites students, faculty, and staff to attend and share stories, poems, spoken word pieces, and other forms of art. Reception and sign-ups begin at 6:30 PM in the Brown Fine Arts Center Atrium, followed by the performances inside the SCMA galleries. Event organized by the Writer's Flock and sponsored by the Smith College Museum of Art.

Engineering Design Celebration , Friday, April 27, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

The 15th annual Engineering Design Celebration showcases design project work from Design Clinic, a senior capstone course, and one section of EGR 100 (Sustainable Water Resources). The Design Clinic sponsors for 2017-2018 include Bechtel, the Coleman School/Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Dresser-Rand, FloDesign Sonics, Instrumentation Laboratory, NNE, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, and the Williamsburg Mill River Greenway Committee. Design Clinic presentations will run from 1:00-5:00 PM with refreshments at the intermissions. EGR 100 posters will be on display from 12:00-1:00 PM and again during the first intermission. See http://www.science.smith.edu/designclinic/dc1718-designcelebration/ for more details.

Kid's Night Out Superhero Style , Friday, April 27, 7 p.m., ITT

Smith Basketball will be hosting Kid's Night Out, superhero style. Kids grades K-6 will gather together outside, under the lights (weather permitting) in their favorite superhero costume for a night of fun and games. In addition to a costume contest, the night will include carnival games, arts and crafts, field sports and an outdoor movie. The basketball team is looking forward to having a night to remember and we hope to see you there. Please email Devon Quattrocchi at dquattro@smith.edu with any questions .

Bike Share Station Project Begins April 23 , John M. Greene Hall

The Bike Share Station Project will start Monday, April 23, weather permitting. The work is expected to take about two weeks. The station will hold up to 16 electric assist bicycles and is one of many bike share stations being installed in the region. (14 in Northampton, 10 in Amherst, 3 in South Hadley, 9 in Holyoke, 14 in Springfield).

Commencement Reception for ES&P, Landscape Studies and the Environmental Concentrations , Saturday, May 19, 2:30 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Environmental science and policy, landscape studies and environmental concentrations invite seniors, alumnae and their guests for our joint reception with faculty and staff.

Apply to be a Community Health Organizer for 2018-19; Due , Friday, April 27, midnight

The Wellness Service is seeking five new members for the peer education family/ Community Health Organizer team. We design health programming, curricula and campaigns on topics such as sexual / reproductive health, alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault/relationship violence prevention, mental health, disordered eating/ eating disorders and wholeness/wellness. All of our health programming is designed with a social justice and equity lens. To apply, visit https://goo.gl/forms/i0VN2xWO27pejB9n2

'Museums Today: Reports from the Field with Recent Alumnae' , Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

A panel discussion and Q&A facilitated by Museums Concentration students. Co-sponsored by the Museums Concentration and Smith College Museum of Art. Coffee and cookies provided. Alumnae speakers will include: Candace Kang ‘15, Camille Kulig ‘13, Suzie Oppenheimer ‘11, Sara Ottomano ‘15, Jessica Magyar ‘10, Shama Rahman ‘13, and Leila Tamari ‘11.

Outdoors Program Trips This Week , Sunday, April 29, 9 a.m., Boathouse

The last climbing trip of the semester is here. This trip will leave from the boathouse at 9 a.m. and return mid afternoon. It will go to Rose Ledges - great for the new or intermediate outdoor climber. Email outdoors@smith.edu to register. Additionally, weekly hikes leave from the boathouse each Tuesday at 4:30pm. No registration required, come hike the Holyoke range.

TIME/LOCATION CHANGE: IT Transformation Community Meeting , Wednesday, April 25, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Stoddard Hall Conference Room

Samantha Earp, VP for Information Technology, will update the campus community on a variety of IT projects, including the latest news on the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system (replacing Banner).

The Teachings of Lorenzo Milani and The School of Barbiana , Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m., Seelye 106

Join educator Edoardo Martinelli, a former student of educator Lorenzo Milani and author of "Pedagogy of the Adherence" and "Letter to a Teacher" (co-authored with students of the School of Barbiana), for a presentation of Milani's pedagogy and the contributions of the School of Barbiana in Italy. Presentation is in Italian with English projection. A translator will be present for the Q & A session following.

'Defiant and Displaced Gardens,' a Kahn Lecture by Landscape Architect Kenneth Helphand , Monday, April 30, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Kenneth Helphand, professor of landscape architecture, University of Oregon, and author of "Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime," will discuss themes outlined in his award-winning book, which explores the meaning of gardens that have been created under the direst of conditions. Now more than a decade since the book's publication, Helphand will address its after-effects while looking at gardens created by contemporary displaced persons and refugees from civil wars globally. Helphand visits as part of a joint event between this year's Kahn Institute yearlong projects, War and Destroy then Restore: Transforming our Lands and Waters. All welcome. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

Voya Security Enhancements

Voya’s security measures are continuously evolving to anticipate and respond to changes in the fraud landscape. They will be implementing additional security measures throughout 2018 to safeguard participants’ personal information. Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) used to register for online account access and to use Voya phone services have been enhanced. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/news for more information.

Harvard Pilgrim Coverage for Out-of-Area Dependents

Dependents covered under the HMO or Value HMO plans who live outside of the health plan's network area must be registered with Harvard Pilgrim as out-of-area dependents prior to visiting out-of-area providers, and they must use the United Healthcare provider network. For details, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/news

'Planet Earth' Screening , Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Come celebrate Earth Week with the Green Team by watching an episode of Planet Earth. There will be snacks provided, in including date and chocolate chip no-bake cookies.

Susan Levin to Present Chaired Professor Lecture , Tuesday, April 24, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Susan Levin, professor of philosophy and Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities, will give her inaugural lecture, "Posthuman Bliss: A Combustible Mix of Flaws and Fantasy." All are welcome. For more information about the Chaired Professor Lecture Series, visit http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

'Writers Read: A Celebration of Voices and Visions' , Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Voices and Visions is an online journal that welcomes submissions from students and alumnae who attend(ed) women's colleges and high schools around the world. Come hear readings of select submissions from this year's editions. Pizza and snacks provided.

Molecular and Life Sciences Honors Presentations Spring 2018 , Daily, April 30 to May 1, 4 p.m., McConnell 103 and B15 and Sabin Reed 220

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 3:45 p.m. daily; talks to begin at p.m. For full schedule and locations, visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php

Screening/Q&A of Ai Weiwei's 'Human Flow' , Sunday, April 29, 2:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq. The screening will be followed by a live-stream Q&A with the director Ai Weiwei.

Seeking Ideas for Next Otelia Cromwell Day; Fill Out Survey by , Tuesday, April 24, Midnight

It's not too late to suggest theme and/or speaker ideas for Smith's next Otelia Cromwell Day, November 1, 2018. To share your ideas with the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee, fill out the brief survey at https://goo.gl/forms/nRjdwy1aLKrcRs7f1

Ten-Minute Plays: Directing I Showcase , Sunday, April 29, 7 p.m., Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

Ten-minute plays directed by the Directing I class. The performance will take place in Mendenhall Acting Studio 1.

'Making a School in Kenya': A Class Presentation , Tuesday, May 1, 10:30 a.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This public presentation will showcase the work of students in EDC 226, The Making of a School. The project that will be presented is the draft document for a new girls’ boarding school in Kenya, created by students in collaboration with Kenyan educators and experts on the ground. Teams of students will discuss their designs for the school building, the curriculum, the mission, schedule, budget, funding plan, hiring strategies and governance structure. In creating this preliminary plan for their school, students used a range of sites and resources at Smith, including the GIS Center, Design Thinking, and the Knowledge Lab.

Labrys Magazine Launch Party , Friday, April 27, 8 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Labrys is Smith's only student-run publication of art and writing. This event will celebrate the release of this year's issue of Labrys magazine, featuring the work of 33 Smith students. Contributors will showcase their work at the launch and print copies of the magazine will be available. Refreshments will be served.

Parking Office Closed Beginning , April 27 at 2:30 pm; Reopens May 7

The Campus Police Parking Office will be closed Friday, April 27 at 2:30 PM until Monday, May 7 at 8:30 AM. For assistance with any parking related issues please call 413-538-2514 during office hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Any other issues or after hours please call 413-585-2495.

Workshop: 'Radical Listening--Developing Capacity for Attending and Connecting Within and Beyond Classrooms' , Friday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Oak Room, Conference Center

Workshop facilitated by Alison Cook-Sather, Ph.D. In increasingly tense and divisive times, it can be especially difficult to listen to one another across differences of identity, position, and perspective. In this workshop, which has been well received in classroom, professional conference, and campus community settings, we will consider some theoretical underpinnings of listening, experience practices that prompt critical reflection, and generate takeaways for classrooms and other contexts on campus in which listening to one another is essential to fostering communication, thoughtful engagement, and belonging. Open to all faculty and staff. RSVP by April 30th to sherrerdcenter@smith.edu.

Reception for 'Coals Over Water' , Thursday, April 26, 6-8 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"Coals Over Water" is a senior art exhibition on view from April 25 to May 4. Snacks and beverages will be served at the reception.

Final Weekend: MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus , April 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, free for Smith Students. Smith students can reserve a ticket by emailing: boxoffice@smith.edu

'Performing Gender in Putin's Russia' , Tuesday, April 24, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Since his rise to power in 1999, Vladimir Putin has crafted a public persona whose appeal relies on a clearly constructed larger-than-life masculinity. This talk by Williams College Professor of Russian Julie Cassiday investigates several vivid examples of camped-up gender in contemporary Russia. Cassiday is president of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, and in her current book project she anticipates discussing drag, camp, kitsch, and charisma in a study of gender during the Putin era. Sponsored by the Lecture Committee and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program.

Community Meal in Solidarity with Refugees and Circles of Care , Sunday, April 29, 5:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

A meal on the Smith campus, where community members, students, and local refugees can talk about local efforts and experiences, and meet others working on these issues in Northampton and at Smith. The dinner is designed to foster mutually rewarding connections and a deeper relationship between Smith students and the local community. All are welcome. Please R.S.V.P. to Vivian Nguyen at vmnguyen@smith.edu.or mcantwel@smith.edu. Sponsored by the Center For Religious and Spiritual Life, the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Higher Education for Refugees at Smith (HERS), and the Smith Refugee Consortium Innovation Grant.

Monday Weekly Meditation , April 30, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

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

Jummah Prayer , Friday, April 27, 12:10 p.m., Prayer Space, Wright Hall, Lower Level

Join Smith's Muslim community for communal prayer, and a group activity, video or student-led discussion this Friday in the Wright Hall Prayer Space in the lower level of Wright Hall. Bring a Grab n Go lunch with you. All are welcome.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, April 27, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

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

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 27, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Deanna Dixon '88 Named Dean of Admission

A longtime member of Smith’s admission staff will lead the college’s admission program when admission dean Debra Shaver retires this summer. Deanna Dixon ’88—currently associate director of admission and coordinator of multicultural recruitment at Smith—has been named the college’s new dean of admission, following a national search. Her appointment is effective July 1.


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President McCartney's Next Open Office Hour , Monday, April 30, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

President McCartney's door is open to anyone in the Smith Community who would like a brief meeting with her to discuss any ideas, issues or concerns.

Study Abroad Info Session , Monday, April 23, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Are you a first-year student thinking of studying abroad during your time at Smith? First-year students are encouraged to attend this final information session of the academic year to learn about the application process, how to budget, possible locations, and more.

Susan Solomon: 'A Brief History of Environmental Successes' , Monday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Ford 240

Susan Solomon, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Science at MIT, reveals how combinations of science, public policy, industry participation, and the engagement of citizens succeeded in addressing past environmental challenges. Solomon is internationally recognized as a leader in atmospheric science, particularly for her insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone "hole." She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and in addition to receiving an honorary doctorate from Smith in 2012, has received many honors for her work including our nation’s highest scientific award, the U. S. National Medal of Science.

Office of Admission: Spring Preview for High School Students , Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m., Scott Gym

The Office of Admission will hold Spring Preview, a half-day visit program that introduces high school students and their parents to Smith. Registration is at Scott Gym; panels and presentations take place in Ford Hall and Sage Hall. For more information about this program and other Preview events throughout the year go to http://www.smith.edu/admission/visitcampus/.

The Fairie King: Celebrating Bill Oram , Friday, April 20, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Please join the Department of English Language and Literature in celebrating the career of Professor Bill Oram. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Dr. Yvonne Cagle: 'Space for Fitness' , Friday, April 20, 4:15 p.m., Ford 240

Dr. Yvonne Cagle, astronaut and physician will talk about her research -- resolving the effortless and accelerated injury repair and amplification of sleep and fitness for Mars and deeper space colonization.

Discussion with Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Candidate for First Congressional District of Massachusetts , Monday, April 23, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is an attorney in Western Massachusetts with a focus in domestic relations and civil rights law. She was named a 2016 Top Woman of Law by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She will address her own candidacy for representative of First Congressinal District of Massachusetts as well as the electoral process at the state and national level. [The opinions expressed will be neither the opinions of Smith College or its Trustees nor sanctioned by Smith College.] The event is open to the public.

Poetry Reading and Talk by Diane Ackerman , Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Poet, essayist, and naturalist Diane Ackerman will deliver the fifth annual Enid Mark Lecture on Poetry & Contemporary Book Arts followed by a reception, booksale, and signing in the Poetry Center. This event is sponsored by Special Collections and is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Nichole Calero at ncalero@smith.edu or 413-585-2973 or visit https://goo.gl/jM49Q4

Senior Studio Art Exhibition on View Through April 23 , Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

The 2018 senior studio art major show "Always Been ( )" is on view April 13-23. free and open to the public.

'An Afternoon with Ann Hornaday '82: How to Watch Movies' , Monday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Ann Hornaday is the Washington Post's chief film critic. She graduated from Smith College in '82 with a degree in government, after which she worked at Ms. magazine as a researcher and editorial assistant. She went on to write about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section, for the Baltimore Sun and for the Austin American-Statesman. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008, and, in 2017, published her book on film criticism and spectatorship, Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies. Hornaday will give a lecture with Q & A.

Sociology Honors Thesis Presentations , Friday, April 20, 3-5 p.m., Dewey Common Room

The writers of honors theses in the sociology department will present their research. Both theses center on the LGBTQ+ community. Jessica Feinberg 18's thesis, "Negotiating LBGTQ+ Identity at a Historically Women's College," addresses sexual and gender identity construction at Smith. Emily Ruppel 18's thesis, "Practicing Class: Disjunctures Between Class Position and Presentation in Gay Communities," addresses the linked class, gender, and sexuality meanings of LGBTQ cultural practices in a major West Coast city. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public.

Outdoors Program Trips This Week , Sunday, April 22, 8:30 a.m., Boathouse

This week the outdoors program will be climbing at Chapel Ledge. This is a great outdoor climbing trip for all experience levels. Indoor climbing experience is encouraged but not required. Email outdoors@smith.edu to register. Friday night, there will be a camping trip to Macleish Field station. Dinner and gear will be provided. Registration required. Additionally, there will continue to be hikes Tuesdays afternoons to different parts of the Holyoke range. Meet at the boathouse at 4:30 p.m.

OIDE Spring Reception for Staff and Faculty of Color , Monday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity and Provost’s Office are co-hosting a Spring reception for Staff and Faculty of Color. This will be an excellent opportunity to build community and share thoughts. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

New Play Reading Series: 'Hay, Read This!' Jan Morris AC , Thursday, April 19, Noon, Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

A one-woman musical comedy drama written, directed, and performed by Jan Morris AC. A book (or show?) on what love is and what it ain't. Free and open to the public in Acting Studio 1.

'Men on Boats' by Jaclyn Backhaus , Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Directed by Tara Franklin. Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, FREE for Smith Students. Smith students can reserve a ticket by emailing: boxoffice@smith.edu Continues April 26-28.

Smith College Orchestra: Spring Concert , Friday, April 20, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Featuring guest conductor Lorena Vergara Castillo and visiting composer Reena Esmail with Saili Oak, Hindustani vocalist. Performing Aria by Esmail, with music by Johannes Brahms and others. Free and open to the public.

'What Does Asian Look Like?' Evening of Asian Art, Representation and Identity (Free Event) , Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m., Seelye 101

PAIA (Pan-Asians in Action), Sazanami, and HERS (Higher Education for Refugees) are hosting a free-flowing 2-hour event focusing on Asian identity, art, and representation. The event includes an art exhibition of works by Asian Five College students, a poetry reading and an Asian photo campaign shoot. Asian food will be provided.

Location Change: Wholesome Calligraphy Workshop , Thursday, April 19, 4:30-6 p.m., Campus Center 103/104

Want to learn or improve your calligraphy skills or have you been stressed and want to learn a new wellness skill to integrate into your daily life? Join our Wholesome Calligraphy Workshop. Discover yourself through mindful focus. All levels welcome. No pre-registration is necessary and you can attend one or all sessions. Open to staff and students. Sponsored by the Wellness Center and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Adventist Christians Together to Serve , Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Come fellowship at the Adventist Christians Together to Serve (ACTS) worship service in Bodman Lounge of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel this Saturday. The program is organized and facilitated by student leaders. Refreshments will be served.

Learning to Meditate: Practices from Tibetan Buddhist Tradition , Thursday, April 19

Learning to Meditate classes are hosted by Smith College Community Religious Adviser Geshe Ngawang Singey. These biweekly interactive sessions will include instruction on and practice of breathing meditation, concentration, meditation, blessing meditation, and tong-len (exchange of self and other). Geshe Ngawang Singey was born in the Kham region of Tibet in 1965. At the age of 17, he left Tibet to study at the Sera Jey Monastery. He received his novice and ordination vows directly from His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. All are welcome to attend.

Peace Meal , Monday, April 23, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace in 2006. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Combatants for Peace is an organization in which former fighters work together for peace and justice. The Peace Meal was conceived as a space where people with vastly different views can break bread together and seek commonality. The speakers will tell their stories and take questions. All are welcome.

Field Station Friday , April 20, 12:30 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Get off campus and reconnect with nature at MacLeish Field Station. MacLeish has it all - scenic views, miles of hiking trails, sites for research, and a state-of-the-art Living Building with tea and wifi. Vans leave from Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. Please reserve your van seat at http://tinyurl.com/macleishvans.

Last Chance: 'Audubon Suite' Exhibition by Jane Goldman '73; On View Through April 26 , Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.

[This exhibition has been extended through Thursday, April 26.] Jane E. Goldman’s '73 series of luminous prints reveals the artist’s muse in a graphically novel way. "Audubon Suite" features silkscreen and hand-painted pigment prints that pay homage to 19th-century naturalist and artist John James Audubon. “Goldman’s sun-dappled still life compositions document a year’s passing months and seasons. The dance of light and dark patterns over tablecloths, floor tiles, and Audubon’s images from Birds of America unites the various elements. The exhibition has been extended through April 26. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri.; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., location 33 Elm St.

Kayla Sheets '00: 'Chimerism and Paternity Chaos--A Day in the Life of a Genetic Counselor in Private Practice' , Monday, April 23, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Kayla Sheets '00, Genetic Counselor, Founder, Vibrant Gene Consulting, LLC, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Stargazing and S'mores , April 20 and 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Get off campus and celebrate International Dark Sky Week. There will be a campfire and s'mores. Astronomy students will lead stargazing and set up telescopes to look at stars, planets, galaxies, and star clusters. The event will occur twice. Vans will leave campus at 7:30 p.m. and return at 10:30 pm. Please email aklump@smith.edu to reserve a seat. 

Celebrating Collaborations , Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center and Seelye Hall

Student-faculty collaborations will be featured during this 17th annual day-long celebration. Poster sessions will be held in the Campus Center from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Presentation sessions will be held in Seelye Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Come support students in all classes and departments as they share their research. A campus-wide lunch will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Chapin Lawn (rain location in the Campus Center). Lunch will not be served in campus houses on that day. For a full schedule and more info. visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/college-events/celebrating-collaborations/schedule

Talking Truth @ the KnowledgeLab , Friday, April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Seelye B4

How can virtual and immersive experiences help us face the realities of climate change? The Knowledgelab and Smith College Libraries will explore this and other questions with our Talking Truth @ Smith event, a series of workshops and reflective gaming and making activities. For full schedule, visit goo.gl/K7devA

SACSA Night Market , Saturday, April 21, 3 -9 p.m., Davis Lawn

The Smith African & Caribbean Students’ Association will be hosting “Night Market,” an annual event that allows the campus community to celebrate and appreciate African & Caribbean cultures. There will be African & Caribbean art, jewelry, food and clothing on sale. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

Sculpting Jewish Identity: An Open Mic and Art Share , Friday, April 20, 8 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Smith College Jewish Community Presents Sculpting Jewish Identity: An Open Mic and Art Share. Come listen to and share Jewish stories, art, poetry, jokes and more with us! Everyone is welcome. If you want to participate, RSVP encouraged but not required. To sign up, visit https://goo.gl/forms/Ng7cslig5uesexhU2

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

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

Jummah Prayer and Lunch , Friday, April 20, 12:10 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life for lunch, communal prayer, a group activity or discussion on Friday in the Chapel sanctuary. All are welcome.

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

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

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 20, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Reception for Weaving Voices Senior Monologues Art Exhibit, Kahn Gallery , Monday, April 23, Noon, Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

The Weaving Voices Monologues seek to share the stories written and told by senior Smith students of color; to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it took to survive and thrive during four years at Smith; and to pass on these students' lived experiences as knowledge to future generations. The Weaving Voices Art Exhibit at the Kahn Gallery is the second part of the Weaving Voices Monologues and follow the performance of written pieces on April 7. The exhibit features visual art, photography, written works and video. All are invited to the reception; refreshments served.

Volunteer with Mass. Fair Housing to Fight Housing Discrimination

Massachusetts Fair Housing, a CSO partner agency, is seeking volunteers starting in the summer and fall of 2018. Mass. Fair Housing is committed to ending systemic housing discrimination through education, outreach, advocacy, housing counseling, and enforcement. They have legal intern positions available as well as possible federal work-study options 6-8 hours per week. For more information, visit http://www.massfairhousing.org/ or contact Meris Bergquist at mbergquist@massfairhousing.org and at (413) 539-9796 ext. 108.

'Art Stockings' Discussion with Meena Hasan , Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m., Hillyer 203

Much of Meena Hasan's work deals with object-hood and a distancing from familiar contextualizations of such objects. Art Stockings: Dialogues on Art, Gender, and Cultural Theory, is a monthly digital lecture series at Smith College, inviting artists to talk about issues of contemporary art practice and process. Artist suggested readings can be found at http://artstockings.blogspot.com

JostenLive! Presents 'Converging Dialects: A Recital by Smith Pianists and Poets' , Friday, April 20, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

The next JostenLive! offers pairs of Smith pianists and poets a space to explore the convergences between their artistic dialects in shared recital. Featuring Katie Ciurleo, Emily Ehrensperger, Marissa Hand, Kristiana Labuga, Lucy Liu, Cressida Blake Roe, Janet Spongberg, Savannah Tilley, Yawen Tsao, Jessie Wang, Ellen Doré Watson, and Rachel Yan. JostenLive! Is a patron-driven performance series celebrating the creative work of the Josten Library community and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Free, brief, and open to all.

Pop Up Exhibit from the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection , Saturday, April 21, 1-3 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

The Smith College Historic Clothing Collection will be presenting a Pop-Up Museum on Saturday, April 21 from 1-3, entitled The Oresman Archive: 1955 – Today, highlighting the donated collection of Mrs. Janice Oresman, Class of 1955. The highly evocative collection spans six decades and includes a Saint Laurent suit and a Parisian pregnancy ensemble. The one-time event will be held in the Mendenhall Theatre Green Room on the first floor, at 122 Green Street. This is the third in a three-part series showcasing the Smith Collection, recognized as a significant and historic assembly of women’s clothing. Archive Curator Olivia Carbone ’20 has produced the exhibits, under the direction of Theatre Professor and Archive Director Kiki Smith. “Jan Oresman ’55 graciously and generously has donated some exquisite pieces from her clothing collection, recognizing that art doesn’t just hang on walls. What we wear is an art form to be valued for technique, beauty and history of its own. Our goal is to shine a light on this creative medium and on Mrs. Oresman, a former Smith College Trustee, long-time supporter of the college in many areas, and an influential art adviser and curator.”

Celebrating Collaborations April 21

Celebrating Collaborations, Smith's annual showcase of student research projects on topics ranging from science and technology to literary studies and performing arts, will be held Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center. The event highlights student work produced in collaboration with faculty members and college centers.

American Studies 302 Final Presentations , Tuesday, May 1, 1:30 p.m.

The students of the Material Culture of Early New England Seminar invite you to attend their end-of-semester presentations on Tuesday, May 1, at 1:30 in Ford 146. Utilizing the disciplines of history, art and architectural history, anthropology we have explored this semester the relationships between objects and ideas and the ways in which items of material culture both individually and collectively convey patterns of everyday life. Students will summarize in brief oral presentations their own findings as they investigate and consider the broader historical and cultural significance of a group of objects selected from the collections of Historic Deerfield. Watch a video of a recent trip the class took to Historic Deerfield. https://youtu.be/3jX7MgfDznM


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Free Second Friday , May 11, 4-7 p.m., Museum of Art

From 4 to 7 p.m. Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view: Art Rocks! Pay tribute to Mary Bauermeister’s sculptural "Eighteen Rows" as you assemble your own “pebble painting” playing with tint, shade, and value scale. At 6 p.m. Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop open and complimentary light refreshments served.


04/17/2018 Digest


Ada Bake Sale and Swag Fundraiser , Wednesday, April 18, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

It's the last chance to snag some yummy Ada-baked desserts and awesome Ada swag to get you through the semester.. Cash and check only (ATM is by the mailroom). All proceeds support the Ada Comstock Class.

Reception for "Seeing Music: Color Finds Rhythms, Harmonies, Counterpoints" Paintings by Lorna Ritz , Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Ritz is developing the tradition coming out of cubism and Hans Hofmann’s plastic space. “My painting process is unsettling, passionate, radical, and driven. All together, a body of paintings becomes like the movements of a symphony that take a year or more to fully realize. Each painting has immediacy to it, but takes time to complete; it’s my own personal paradox. The painting is the consequence of technique and skill brought about by the concept. That is how what ends up on my canvas gets said, and how my paintings come to be.” Exhibition runs April 17 - May 17

Apply To Be an Anita Volz Wien ’62 Global Scholar - Awards Up to $15,000; Deadline Is , April 20

Planning to study abroad in 2018-2019? Apply to be an Anita Volz Wien ’62 Global Scholar! Receive funding for study in a non-English speaking destination. Awards of up to $15,000 are available. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. This is a merit-based award open to students regardless of financial need levels. Deadline Extension: Application due April 20, 2018. Details, restrictions, and application available at: http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/funding_wien.php

Philosophy Lecture by Alexus McLeod, University of Connecticut , Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Prof. McLeod, department of philosophy and Asian and Asian-American Institute at UConn, will speak on the "Natural Propensities in the 'Huainanzi.'" In the Han Dynasty Chinese text "Huainanzi" (2nd century BCE), the concept of "tian li" (natural pattern) served to ground theories of proper action, truth, and knowledge. This lecture will offer an account of the "Huainanzi's" position on how this concept is meant to make sense of the "dao" (which earlier Daoist and Zhuangist thinkers understood as the ineffable "ground of being") as something that can be accurately followed through conceptualization and action.

'The Irma Diaries: Compelling Survivor Stories from the Virgin Islands' , Tuesday, April 17, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Angela Burnett, a native of the Virgin Islands (UK) and presently the territory’s climate change officer, will discuss her new book with first-person survival stories from Hurricane Irma. There will be ample time for discussion including questions from the audience about climate change, hurricane disaster management and preparedness, and small, tropical island sustainability. Sponsored by the Department of Geosciences and Environmental Science and Policy. All are welcome.

Apply Now for Government Department Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship; Due , Friday, April 20

The Smith College Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship which is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in organizations (domestic or international) focused on issues of particular concern to women. All students are invited to apply, although priority is given to Government majors. The amount of the award varies depending on the number of applicants. Usually the average award ranges from $500-$1000. Applications are available on the government web site.

Apply Now for Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship; Due , Friday, April 20

The Smith Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship, which is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or non-governmental/profit or non-profit international organizations. All students are invited to apply, although priority is given to Government majors. The amount of the award varies depending on the number of applicants. Over the last few years, the average award has ranged from $300-$800. Applications are available in Wright 226 and on the government web site.

Smith Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert , Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Smith College Jazz Ensemble bridges big band jazz with R&B, Motown, classic rock, and more in a family-friendly concert. Featuring free ice cream sundaes and plenty of space for dancing. Genevieve Rose, director. Free and open to the public.

Pet-a-Pet Day , Wednesday, April 18, Noon, Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Cats, miniature horses, rabbits, dogs, and frogs. You never know what you may see at Pet-A-Pet Day. We invite you to stroll by, de-stress and come scratch a fuzzy head. Rain or shine.

Arabic Program End-of-the-Semester Party and Video Projects, Sponsored by KnowlegeLab , Tuesday, April 17, 5:45 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Arabic Program at Smith College, end of the semester party, Video Projects sponsored by Knowledge Lab. There will Dabka Dance, live music, and free dinner from Taste of Lebanon Restaurant. Open to all Smith Students.

Maria Wood 'AC 18J Honors Thesis Presentation , Wednesday, April 18, 4 p.m., Wright 002

Maria Wood 'AC 18J, presents her honors thesis, titled "No John Trumbull: The social, political, and cultural resonances of Hamilton: An American Musical." Open to the public.

OCD Talk: 'Is Fred in the Refrigerator?' , Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

"'Is Fred in the Refrigerator?' Taming OCD and Reclaiming My Life," presented by Shala Nicely, Cornerstone Family Services. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation & Smith College.

Celebrate Smith's Student Leaders at the 2018 Student Leadership Awards , Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Awards include Student Leader of the Year, Outstanding Head Resident, Pioneer Spirit. Desserts and snacks will be provided, no RSVP needed.

Campus Voicemail System Maintenance , Wednesday, April 18, 6-7 a.m.

The voicemail system will be unavailable while ITS preforms scheduled maintenance. Campus telephones will function normally for placing and receiving calls throughout this maintenance period.

Interfaith Lunch , Tuesday, April 17, 12:10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join others in interfaith dialogue, faith in action and social justice works on the Smith campus and beyond. All faiths and/or no faith are welcome. Lunch will be provided.

People News

Business idea awards, prestigious research scholarships and new publications are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.


04/12/2018 Digest


'What Do You Do with a SWG Degree?' A Panel Discussion with SWG Alumnae" , Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m., Dewey Common Room

What do you do with a degree in the Study of Women and Gender? Come hear from some SWG alums about what they are doing. Panelists include Becca Damante '17, an opposition researchers for the LGBTQ program at Media Matters for America in Washington D.C.; D Lightman '17J, an Americorps members with Dial/Self's Runaway and Homeless Youth Program in Greenfield, MA; Sami Cunningham '14, Site Manager for the Interfaith Winter Shelter, funded by ServiceNet; and Ileana Jiménez '97, a high school English teacher at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City and founder of FeministTeacher.org.

SEC Films Presents 'Blade Runner, Final Cut' & 'Blade Runner, 2049' , Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

"Final Cut"--Deckard is forced by the police Boss to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel, a Replicant girl he falls in love with. "2049"--Officer K, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. This leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.

Presidential Colloquium: Juana María Rodríguez , Friday, April 13, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

What might "respect" signify for those who have never been afforded the benefit of the term? Juana María Rodríguez will offer a Presidential Colloquium on “Imagining Respect, Refusing Respectability” at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Weinstein Auditorium. Rodríguez is a leading scholar and cultural commentator whose research focuses on race and sexual politics; Latino/a/x and Caribbean literatures and cultures; queer activism; and transgender studies. Her talk, which is open to all at no charge, is presented in conjunction with the Office of Alumnae Relations’ Smith College Women of Color Conference. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/3yJdFU

Free Second Friday , April 13, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

4–7 p.m. Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Botanical Printmaking: Make beautiful block prints drawn from real flowers and leaves from the Smith College Botanic Garden and inspired by "FLOWERING STARS: Prints by Dwight Pogue". 6 p.m. Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop open and complimentary light refreshments served.

'Upstate Girls' A Photographic Presentation by Brenda Ann Kenneally , Thursday, April 12, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Brenda Ann Kenneally is a digital folk artist, whose documentary work engages multiple mediums: still and moving images, audio, collected ephemera, and an ongoing participatory scrapbook project involving some of the people she photographs. An award-winning photojournalist, Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize Nominee, mother and formerly incarcerated youth, who has spent over a dozen years documenting a group of young women in Troy, New York, a poor, de-industrialized city on the Hudson River in upstate New York, that is currently being gentrified "the New Brooklyn", as it has been called by its latest wave of newcomers. Book: Upstate Girls:Unraveling Collar

Ada Bake Sale and Swag Fundraiser , Monday, April 16, Noon, Campus Center Main Level Table

This is your last chance to snag some yummy Ada-baked desserts and awesome Ada swag! We will be tabling on the main floor of the Campus Center from 12-1pm on 4/16 & 4/18. Cash and check only (ATM is by the mailroom). All proceeds support the Ada Comstock Class.

Register for First-Year Arabic; Offered Next Semester at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Arabic program will offer two sections of first-year Arabic Fall 2018 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as well as second- and third-year Arabic. We encourage all students at Smith College to register for these classes. In addition to learning formal and colloquial Arabic, students will be exposed to a variety of Middle Eastern and North Africa cultures and traditions. The students will be engaged in many activities and field trips to learn Arabic.

Star Gazing , Thursday, April 12, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

The astronomy department will be holding an open house Thursday, April 12, 8:30-9:30pm on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see stars, planets, galaxies, and star clusters. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

'Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Buddhist Art of Self-Reflection' , Monday, April 16, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

A lecture by Gregg Krech, ToDo Institute director. Naikan is a method of self-reflection that has wide-ranging value and can be used in conflect resolution, substance abuse treatment, marriage renewal, parenting, spiritual practice and mental health counseling. In this presentation, Krech will introduce the basic framework of Naikan reflection, discuss its spiritual and philosophical roots, and share his personal and professional experience in working with this material over the past thirty years. Sponsored by the Religion department, Buddhist Studies program and the Ada Howe Kent fund.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival , Saturday, April 14, 2:30-6 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Come experience a screening of 13 amazing films, ranging from 4 to 25 minutes in length, celebrating the natural world and the activists working to protect it: part of SYRCL's nationwide Wild & Scenic Film Festival. CEEDS has partnered with Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee and other organizations to host this screening and will be collecting donations for local environmental organizations. To see film schedule and view trailers, visit https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/events/westfield-river-watershed-association-5/

Miriam Cooke: 'Dancing in Damascus--Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution' , Thursday, April 12, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Miriam Cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University, has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism. She is an author of several monographs. Her latest book dealing with the Art of Syrian Revolution 2011 - 2016 is entitled "Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution." [Routledge 2016].

'Dusk At MacLeish' Graphic Poetry Installation , Friday, April 13, 8 p.m., Seelye Lawn

Join us on Seelye Lawn outside the Art Museum at 8 p.m. for the third installation of our digital word and image Installation of seven ecologically-inspired graphic poems, with poetry by Naila Moreira and photography by Pamela Petro. The installation is part of MacLeish Field Station’s Arts Afield Project and, on this evening only, will feature cello music by Natalie Sandstrom ’18.

Upcoming Outdoors Program Trips , Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m., Boathouse

The outdoors program is starting trips again! There will be a rock climbing trip to Farley Ledges this Sunday at 9 a.m. Email outdoors@smith.edu to register or for more information. This week also marks the beginning of the weekly hiking trips. Each Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. a hike will leave from the boathouse to somewhere in the Holyoke range. All hikes will be back on campus by 6:30 p.m. Lastly, the boathouse is open again. Canoe and kayak rentals are available MWF from 3 to 6 p.m., and on the weekends from 1 to 5 p.m.

Animal Sanctuary Road Trip , Saturday, April 14

Animal Advocates is hosting another road trip to VINE Animal Sanctuary in beautiful Vermont. Meet and pet the cows, sheep, alpacas, and turkeys - Learn about their stories of trust and friendship after being rescued from situations of exploitation or slaughter. After a tour, there will be a volunteer project. Will likely leave campus 10 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. Email sakim@smith.edu if you want to join. First come first serve, unless you have a car. Potential trip April 21 as well.

International Poetry Day , Friday, April 13, 2 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

April is Poetry Month and the Language Departments are happy to announce that we will celebrate International Poetry Day again this year. Smith students will recite poems by international authors in the original language and in the English translation. Refreshments will be available.

New Play Reading Series: Mary Beth Brooker MFA '20 , Thursday, April 12, Noon, Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

A few simple stories performed with movement and words. Written by Mary Beth Brooker, MFA ‘20. Free and open to the public.

Senior Dance Concert , Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14, 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Original choreography by senior undergraduate students from the Smith College Department of Dance, joined by a guest choreographer from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Dance. Works by Julia Antinozzi, Sarah Dean, Alessandra Garcia, Aubrey Johnson, Maya LaLiberte, Janis Luke, and Ian Spak.

Smith College Wind Ensemble: Spring Concert , Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Magic! Music from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and works by Dukas, Ticheli, and others. Ellen Redman, conductor. Free and open to the public.

Major in Latin American Studies and Minor in Latino/a Studies , Monday, April 16, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

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

JostenLive! Presents Les Boulevardiers , Friday, April 13, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

A thimble-sized café orchestra serving up a libation of Tango Jazz and a shot of Swing! Featuring Sean Mallari, accordion; Yanko Sheiretov, clarinets; Andy Lantz, piano; Brian Rosenkranz, bass; Ivan Ussach, percussion. JostenLive! Is a patron-driven performance series celebrating the creative work of the Josten Library community and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Free, brief, and open to all.

Cynthia Norton '80: "Reproduction in the Hermaphroditic Freshwater Snail 'Planorbella Trivolvis'" , Monday, April 16, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Cynthia Norton '80, professor of biology and women's studies, Carondelet Scholar Acting Director, Collaborative Undergraduate Research, St. Catherine University, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Duct Tape Productions Presents 'Legally Blonde, The Musical' , Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14, 8 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Duct Tape Productions Spring Musical: Legally Blonde, Directed by Mackenzie Dreese '18. This lighthearted show is a musical twist on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon about a California sorority girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law, and finds herself along the way in this story about finding your passion in life, friendship, and being true to yourself. Tickets are $5 for members of the Smith Community.

'Aman Khel': Play for Peace (Screening of A Short Film by Afreen Seher Gandhi '15) , Friday, April 13, 7 p.m., Seelye 201

The short documentary Aman Khel traces the work and practice of three women in Karachi, Pakistan, doing theater for peace in their own individual ways: Sheema Kermani is a Theater artist and peace activist who runs an organization named Tehrik-i-Niswan (The Women’s Movement), Sumeira Ali is an actor and a dancer, and Nighat M. Gandhi is a writer. This short documentary aims to demonstrate that despite the turbulent violence and danger that is part of daily life, it is possible for women artistes in Pakistan to come together to do theater that promotes peace and harmony.

CANCELED: Student Financial Services Drop-In Hours , Friday, April 13

There will be no drop-in hours at Student Financial Services due to Open Campus. If you need to speak with a director, please visit the SFS office during drop-in hours on Tuesday or Wednesday or call to schedule an appointment. Please plan accordingly.

Sick Leave Bank Balance Notification--No Donation Needed

The Sick Leave Bank Balance as of April 9 is 2,247.91 hours. No additional donation is required at this time. The balance will be updated in July 2018. For more information on the Sick Leave Bank Balance Policy and the Quarterly Balance Donation Guidelines, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/employee-handbook/sick-leave-bank

Field Station Friday , Friday, April 13, 12:30 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Get off campus and reconnect with nature at MacLeish Field Station. MacLeish has it all - scenic views, miles of hiking trails, sites for research, and a state-of-the-art Living Building with tea and wifi. Vans leave from Chapin loading dock at 1. Please reserve your van seat at http://tinyurl.com/macleishvans.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, April 13, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

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

Jummah Prayer and Lunch , Friday, April 13, 12:10 p.m., Wright Hall 004

Join Smith's Muslim community for communal prayer, and a group activity, video or student-led discussion this Friday in the Wright Hall Prayer Space in the lower level of Wright Hall. Bring a Grab n Go lunch with you.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 13, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Canceled: 'Museums Today--Curating Global (and) Contemporary Art' , Thursday, April 12, 5 p.m., Museum of Art

This talk has been canceled.

Spend an Afternoon with Rembrandt , Saturday, April 14, 12:30-3 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Members of the Smith community—and the broader general public—will have a special opportunity to view three extraordinary prints of Rembrandt’s "Three Crosses, Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves." The one-day display offers viewers the first opportunity to examine the third- and fifth-state prints of Rembrandt’s "Three Crosses," which were given to the Smith College Museum of Art in late 2017 by Mary Gordon Roberts, class of 1960. For more details visit https://www.smith.edu/news/spend-an-afternoon-with-rembrandt/

Members’ First Look Exhibition Previews of 'Flowering Stars: Prints by Dwight Pogue' , April 12 and 13, Museum of Art

Museum members are welcome to join a Free Members First Look Exhibition Preview for "Flowering Stars" by Dwight Pogue. There are two events. The first is Thursday, April 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and the second is Saturday, April 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.. Both member events are free. Join printmaker and Smith College Professor of Art Dwight Pogue, for a private gallery talk in "Flowering Stars: Prints by Dwight Pogue" before the exhibition opens to the public. "Flowering Stars celebrates and commemorates Pogue's retirement. Space limited | Reservations required. Questions: SCMAmembers@smith.edu or 413.585.2777

Community Update: 'What's Next for Newly Arrived Refugees?' , Friday, April 13, Noon, Jandon Center, Wright 013

A community update by our partners at Welcome Home Northampton on recent news pertaining to local refugee support efforts including the Northampton Refugee Resettlement Initiative. Students, faculty, staff, community members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served. Jandon Center, Wright 013. Questions? E-mail Beverly at blipsey@smith.edu

CANCELED: Weekly Monday Meditation , Monday, April 16, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Please note, the weekly Monday meditation with Ruth Ozeki has been canceled for Monday, April 16. Ozeki's simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting meditation will resume the following week. The meditation, draws on Zen forms; is secular, inclusive and non-denominational. Ozeki, a professor of creative writing at Smith, is a novice Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage and the author of several novels, including A "Tale for the Time Being."

Faculty and Staff Apple Appreciation Sale , Friday, April 13, 8:30 a.m., Computer Store, Stoddard Hall

Don't forget that this Friday is the one-day-only Employee Appreciation Event at the Smith College Computer Store. During the day, take an additional 8% off Apple’s education prices on all current Apple Laptops, iMacs, & iPad Pros. There is still time to pre-order. Contact us via email at cstore@smith.edu or by phone at 413-585-3027

Art Department Bus Trip to New York City , Saturday, April 14

There are still seats left on the art department bus to New York City. The bus departs at 7 a.m. from JMG and will leave New York City at 4 p.m. The cost is $15 and the trip is open to anyone. To sign up bring, your payment to the art department office in Hillyer.

Menstrual Cup Workshop: Sustainable Cycles , Saturday, April 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

A collective of Smith students working to create access to reusable menstrual options on campus will co-facilitate the next workshop with Sarah Konner, co-founder of Sustainable Cycles, activist, biker, and dancer. In addition to the basics and how-to of reusable products, she will share stories of cycling across the country giving out free cups. We will have cups to take home - sliding scale - cash or venmo. Gender neutral language. All are welcome. This group will also be tabling with cups in the Campus Center noon-1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Supporting Student Talent: Faculty Members Named Sherrerd Prize Winners

This year’s Sherrerd Prize winners are faculty members whose teaching, in the words of one student nominator, “reminds students of their worth and talent.” The honorees are David Gorin, associate professor of chemistry; Suk Massey, lecturer in East Asian languages and literatures; and Tina Wildhagen, associate professor of sociology and dean of the junior class.


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'Hand, Eye and Mind: Visual Voices from the Class of 1968' , May 2-August 3, Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.

Women who graduated in the turbulent year of 1968 have explored wide ranges of visual media for many purposes: to protest, to remember, to honor, to heal, to uplift, and to glorify in our world, whatever its flaws and challenges. With methods traditional to transgressive, 1968 graduates have found beauty and meaning in paint, wood, laser-cut paper, photography, etched glass, and fiber. Some have used or anticipated new technologies; others have referenced the traditionally domestic context of many women’s artistic expertise. Exhibition runs: May 2 - August 3. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mon. –Fri.


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Marie Howe Poetry Reading Featuring High School Prize Winners , Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Marie Howe sees her work as an act of confession, conversation, prayer. She says simply, “Poetry is telling something to someone.” Part of the urgency and importance of Howe’s poetry stems from its rootedness in real life. Her latest book, Magdalene, transforms driving, watching television and cleaning kitchen counters into prayer and meditation on mortality. Howe reads with the winner and finalists of the 2017-18 High School prize. Free and open to the public.

Admitted Students Are Coming....to Open Campus and Discovery Weekend , April 12-14

The Office of Admission will welcome 700 plus students and families Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, for Open Campus, a program for admitted first-year, Ada Comstock, and transfer students. Roughly 100 of these students stay through Saturday, April 14, to participate in Discovery Weekend, an extension of the open house that provides admitted students of color additional opportunities to learn more about Smith. Our admitted student guests visit classes, attend special events, and stay in Smith houses. The main registration/check-in area is at the Indoor Track and Tennis facility Thursday and Friday.

Apply Now for The David Burres Memorial Law Prize; Deadline is , April 13

The David Burres Memorial Law Prize is awarded to a senior or an alumna who has been accepted to law school with the intention of practicing law in the public interest, in memory of Attorney Burres's work for the disenfranchised and in the area of civil liberties. Need is a factor. The prize is a cash award, not a scholarship, and is to be used toward first year tuition in law school. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes to view details. Deadline: April 13

Apply Now for Barbara Jordan Award for the Study of Law and Public Policy; Deadline is , April 13

Barbara Jordan Award for Study of Law and Public Policy, established to encourage African-American women to undertake careers in these fields, after the example of the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. The prize is a cash award, not a scholarship, and may be used toward tuition, cost of books, travel, preparation, etc. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes to view details. Deadline is April 13.

Apply Now for Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Prize for International Relations, Peace Studies or Race Relations; Deadline is , April 13

An award for achievement and for plans for further supervised study, work or research in the areas of international relations, peace studies or race relations. Smith undergraduates who have relevant studies or other experience in these fields may apply. Preference is given to seniors as long as they have not enrolled in graduate school. Application is due in the Dean of the College Office by 4 p.m. on April 13. Go to http://www.smith.edu/prizes for information on this and other prizes.

On Sale: 'Ada Monologues' Tickets, Swag, and Delicious Baked Treats , Mondays and Wednesdays, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Snag some yummy home-baked desserts, reserve your ticket for the amazing "Ada Monologues" performance, and buy some great Ada swag too. We will be tabling 4/4, 4/9, 4/11, 4/13, 4/16 and 4/18. The 'Ada Monologues' performances will be on April 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. in Graham Hall. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door (we will sell out, so come early). Cash and check preferred. All proceeds support the Ada Comstock Class.

Garrett Bradley '07 Presents 'Life Over Genre: Ways of Working in Contemporary Cinema' , Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m., Seelye 201

Born in New York City and currently based in New Orleans, Garrett Bradley's work movingly and powerfully pulls from the beauty and complexities of seemingly ordinary people. Her range of work includes explorations of the African American male identity and the experience of love when one person is incarcerated. Her feature film, "Below Dreams," premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival and won IndieWire’s Critics Picks for Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, and Best First Feature. Her film "Alone" won the jury prize at Sundance for nonfiction shorts. Bradley also directed an episode of Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar,” which Oprah Winfrey co-produces.

Register Now for 'Preparing for Medicare' , Thursday, April 19, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Join our MountainOne Insurance Representative to discuss medicare and learn about the Smith College’s employee supplemental insurance for Medicare. To register, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Sign Up for Community Service Project at Gardening the Community (GTC), Springfield , Saturday, April 14, 9:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

GTC is an inter-sectional food justice organization based in Springfield. GTC focuses on youth development, community building, and growing good food. We will be volunteering from 9:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. (on site 10:00-12:00). Transportation is provided but is limited to six people. The event will take place outdoors and tasks will include weeding, planting, harvesting, and other gardening activities. Sunscreen and bug spray are provided. Bring your own water and snack. To sign up, visit https://doodle.com/poll/in4hwxecmkswhh38. For more information, email dwood@smith.edu

'The Role of Women in Middle Eastern Parliaments and Politics: What We Know' , Tuesday, April 10, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

[Rescheduled from March 8.] Marwa Shalaby, Ph.D. is director of the Women's Rights in the Middle East Program at the Baker Institute of Public Policy at Rice University. Her research investigates the dynamics of female political representation in the MENA region. She is principal investigator for the Gender and Elections in the Middle East Project (GEMEP) and co-editor of the 2016 edited volume "The Evolving Role of Women After the Arab Spring." Her work is supported by the Women's Rights in the Middle East Endowment, the Boniuk Institute and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University, Beirut.

Less-Commonly Studied Languages - Drop-In Information Sessions and Advising Appointments , Thursday & Wednesday, April 5 & 11, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 105

Drop-in for questions about courses in less-commonly studied languages offered for Smith students through the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. Students who want a chance to discuss course choices in more detail may also email fclrc@hfa.umass.edu or call 413-542-5264 to schedule an advising appointment for before or after the drop-in session.

Ada Monologues , Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Tickets are now available for the 7th Annual Ada Monologues. Tickets are $4 in advance with the option for cash, one-card reader, credit card on the Smith Social Network. Tickets are $5 at the door, cash only. [Adas will be on the Main Level of the Campus Center from 12-1 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday (March 28, April 2, 4, 9, and 11) leading up to the main event.]

Earn $7 Gift Card By Participating In Posture Study

Earn a $7 campus center café gift card (or course credit for eligible classes). Complete a study about postures, located in Bass Hall. You may be eligible if you Are a female college student, Are between the ages of 18 – 27 years old, Have no injuries to your extremities, Have not previously participated in a SPAH lab posture experiment. Email spahlab@smith.edu to confirm your eligibility and schedule an appointment.

Music in the Noon Hour , Wednesday, April 11, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Jiayan Sun, piano, Joel Pitchon, violin, and Volcy Pelletier will perform Schubert’s majestic and touching Piano Trio in Bb Major. Free and open to the public.

Meet the Final Candidates for Dean of Admission , Monday-Wednesday, April 9-11, 4-5 p.m., 8 College Lane

We will be welcoming candidates for the Dean of Admission position (Debra Shaver will be retiring this summer) on Monday, April 9; Tuesday, April 10; and Wednesday, April 11. An open session for community members will be held in the admission conference room at 8 College Lane each day for all members of the Smith community. In particular, students are encouraged to attend.

VP OIDE David Carreon Bradley Open Office Hours: Thursdays Beginning , April 5, 2-3:30 p.m., College Hall 302

David Carreon Bradley, VP for the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, is excited to announce his open office hours for the remainder of the semester. Please feel free to drop by to meet VP Carreon Bradley and bring any questions or concerns related to inclusion, diversity and equity on campus.

Alliance Building to End Racism Keynote Address , Wednesday, April 11, 12:10-1:15 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

(Rescheduled from March 7) Dr. Barbara Love, professor emerita of social justice education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will give a keynote address on alliance building to end racism. 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m. Lunch from Pita Pocket will be served in Bodman Lounge. Q&A will following Dr. Love's talk. Sponsored by the BLISS program, Building Leadership for an Inclusive Sustainable Smith. Contact Beverly at blipsey@smith.edu with questions or for more information.

They Came, They Cooked, They Feasted

At 5 p.m. on a Wednesday in March, the kitchen in Morrow House is bustling. Plantains are piled on a stainless steel table. Nearby, fresh poblano peppers are spread out on a cutting board, awaiting the requisite roasting and blackening over high heat. Some 10 Smith students with a variety of cooking skills and several chefs from Smith’s Dining Services are gathered at fluorescent-lit cooking stations. Their mission on this last of five Wellness Goes Global cooking sessions: turn the piles of fresh ingredients in front of them into textbook examples of favorite foods from Latin and African countries.


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Weaving Voices Senior Monologues , Saturday, April 7, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

In a society that privileges white, upper-middle class, heterosexual, able-bodied wo/men, and neurotypical people, dominant ideologies and people write stories on our bodies about and for us, without ever asking us to speak. The Weaving Voices Monologues seek to share the stories written and told by senior Smith students of color; to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it took to survive and thrive within the last four years; and to pass on our lived experiences as knowledge to future generations.

Workplace Concerns? Consider Visiting with Smith's Ombudsperson

Sometimes we let workplace issues linger longer than we should because we are not sure how to address them. These can include workplace disagreements, difficult conversations, communication breakdowns, old conflicts that were never resolved, etc. Smith's Ombudsperson, Michael Stephens, is available to discuss these kinds of issues with you on a totally confidential basis. He will help you come up with approaches to address workplace conflicts in a neutral and supportive way. The best way to set up time to meet with Michael is to email him at mjstephens@smith.edu.

Smith Sociology Presents 'Queer Visualities,' a Lecture Series with Moon Charania and Cory Albertson , Thursday, April 5, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Cory Albertson will explore an important, but untold, milestone year in LGBTQ history -2011-which saw then-unprecedented shifts in LGBQ representation on television and in public attitudes toward same-sex marriage in the United States. He will tackle crucial ethical questions regarding heterosexual knowledges' impact on the representations of same-sex relationships as relatable and respectable-portraits of heteronormativity that produce a new "exceptional homosexual."

Free Community Day at SCMA , Saturday, April 7, Museum of Art

Free museum admission 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free activities 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Live music and dance performances, drop-in art-making, workshops inspired by the current exhibition "Modern Images of the Body from East Asia" (workshops are free but space is limited space; sign up at Community Day), and free light refreshments, plus food truck (cash only).

'Righteous Transgressions: Women's Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right' , Thursday, April 5, 5:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Lihi Ben Shitrit, assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, asks how women in conservative religious movements expand spaces for political activism in ways that go beyond their movements' strict ideas about male and female roles. Ben Shitrit's research studies several groups, including the Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the ultra-Orthodox Shas, the Islamic Movement in Israel, and others. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies, Study of Women and Gender and Middle East programs, Religion and Government departments and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Poetry Reading by Rosa Alice Branco and Alexis Levitin , Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Poetry reading by Portuguese poet Rosa Alice Branco, author of 2016's "Cattle of the Lord," and Branco's translator Alexis Levitin. Free and open to the public.

Global Salon: 'Reflections on Modern Chinese Literature' , Monday, April 9, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Prof. Chaohua Wang (UCLA) moderated by Prof. Enhua Zhang (UMass). Chaohua Wang (Ph.D. UCLA) is a writer and scholar of modern Chinese literature. She teaches at UCLA and is editor of "One China, Many Paths (Verso)" and coauthor of "Deux Révolutions: la Chine au miroir de la Russie (Agone)."

Field Station Friday , Friday, April 6, 12:30 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Get off campus and reconnect with nature at MacLeish Field Station. MacLeish has it all - scenic views, miles of hiking trails, sites for research, and a state-of-the-art Living Building with tea and wifi. Vans leave from Chapin loading dock at 1. Please reserve your van seat at http://tinyurl.com/macleishvans.

'Embodying the Symbols of the Tarot' A Jung Association of Western Mass. Lecture with Audience Participation , Friday, April 6, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

This experiential lecture will allow participants to deepen their practical understanding of Jungian psychology and the Tarot. Prior knowledge not required. Richard Bouchard, the presenter, is a Jungian Analyst from Portland, Maine.

Philosophy Lecture by Saranindra Nath Tagore , Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Saranindra Nath Tagore, associate professor of philosophy at National University of Singapore will draw on modern Indian philosophy in his lecture "Modernity and Cosmopolitanism." He will defend a cosmopolitan account of modernity against the postmodern charge that the modern necessarily subverts the plural.

'North x Northampton': Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs , Friday, April 6, 2-6 p.m., ITT

Smith’s annual Draper Competition is a celebration of all things entrepreneurial — from an entrepreneurs’ career fair, to the annual business plan competition, to new elements, including virtual reality stations, an augmented-reality experience, free-food food trucks and a battle of the bands. To see the full schedule, read about the ventures, meet the judges by visiting http://bit.ly/2018DraperSched Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Chance to win House competitions: $300 for most attendees, $300 for highest percentage of house residents, and $300 to the house with a top-three winner.

Teaching Circle 'Constructing Critical Conversations in Your Classroom: Creating Change' , Friday, April 6, Noon, Davis Ballroom

Convened by Peggy O’Neill (assistant professor, School for Social Work). This Teaching Circle will provide an opportunity to discuss ways in which to use the Critical Conversations model when challenging issues related to power, privilege, oppression and structural inequities emerge and are played out among students and instructors. Discussion will be open and applied to common situations many of us can connect with. Contact Peggy O'Neill to RSVP or request more information by email at poneill@smith.edu. More information about all Sherrerd Center Teaching Circles is here: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sherrerd-center/circles.

Deadline Extended: Favorite Poem Project Submissions Now Due April 5

There's still time to submit your favorite poem for the Poetry Center at Smith's Favorite Poem Project. We're extending the submission period through April 5. You must be able to attend the reading on Tuesday, April 24, to share your selection with our audience. For more info and the submission form, visit https://goo.gl/forms/wGOqxhPXDOh0FHF03

'Law's Empire,' a Kahn Institute Lecture by Renowned Historian Perry Anderson , Monday, April 9, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Perry Anderson, professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of numerous notable books, will speak on "Law's Empire" on Monday, April 9, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. How far is international law a restraint on the making of war in the contemporary world? What were the historical issues to which it offered answers? What is the balance sheet of international law today? Anderson's titles include The H-Word; American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers; The New Old World, and many others. He speaks in conjunction with the Kahn yearlong project on War. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

'Celebration' Festival , Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Wilson House

Celebration is an annual event focused on unifying the campus and celebrating love in all its forms. It takes place on Wilson house steps and begins with a candlelight vigil which serves as a reminder of homophobic and transphobic incidents on campus and in the greater community. Then, Smith houses and student organizations are invited to perform songs, dances, and poetry to celebrate loving without boundaries. Openers will begin at 7 p.m.

Parties on the Porch are Back; Two Spring Soirées on the Kahn Wraparound , Fridays, April 6, May 4, 4:30-6 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

Winter is gone (technically) but Parties on the Kahn porch have returned! All faculty and staff are invited to two Spring Soirees on the Kahn Institute's wraparound porch, 21 Henshaw Ave. (across from Henshaw Complex). Good music, delicious refreshments, great Smith friends and other delights. Drop by when you can, or stick around for the duration. Parties will take place rain or shine—on the porch as weather allows. See you at the Kahn. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

Walking in Their Footsteps - People of Color at Smith , Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

Preceeding the Mwangi Cultural Center Rededication and 45th Anniversary event, students are invited to a kickoff event titled, "Walking in Their Footsteps - People of Color." Through photos and documents from the College Archives, students will explore the dynamic stories of students of color who created a legacy at Smith and in the world. Be inspired by those who came before you, and imagine the impact you will make as a student here. Read more at https://www.smith.edu/news/smiths-mwangi-center/

Mwangi Cultural Center Rededication and 45th Anniversary , Friday, April 6, Noon, Mwangi Center, Davis

This April, the college will host a celebration of the Mwangi Cultural Center, which has long been and still is an important focus of student engagement at Smith. The rededication event, to be held at noon on Friday, April 6, will spotlight the center’s history, as well as recent building renovations that have made it a larger, more welcoming space. The Smith community is invited to join in this celebration.

Facilities Work Order Enhancement

Facilities Management is excited to announce a new enhancement to our work order system. Beginning on Monday, April 2, when you submit a work order, you will receive an email confirmation stating the request has been received by Facilities. In addition, you will receive follow up emails keeping you informed of status changes through the completion of your work order. As always, if you have a question regarding your work order, please email facmgmnt@smith.edu, and be sure to reference your work order number.

WORD! Festival , Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

The annual WORD! Festival, now more than 30 years old, will present staged readings of short poly-cultural plays (or excerpts of plays) by Five College students awarded the 2018 James Baldwin Playwriting Prize. Five plays will be performed on Thursday, April 5 at Smith College: "Aabaad" by Zoya Azhar, "Those Horns of Mine" by Wen Rui Tai, "Mom" by Tasheena Stewart, "Walang Hiya" by Cristina Rey, and "Jamel Goes to the Moon" by Long You. Free and open to the public in Acting Studio 1

Chamber Music and Choral Concert , Sunday, April 8, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Curated by Reena Esmail, guest composer and vocalist, featuring her own works as well as music that has in uenced her by Ravel and others. With Smith College Choirs.

Body Positive Photography Project , Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m., Davis Ballroom

Be part of the body positive movement at Smith! This photo shoot will showcase ALL bodies and we want YOU to participate. If you're interested in being a model or have questions, email me at: wellness@smith.edu

Five College Undergraduate Anthropology Conference , Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m., Campus Center 102, 103/4, 205

The Five College Undergraduate Anthropology Conference is an annual event that rotates between the Five Colleges. This year it will feature over thirty presenters organized into seven panels. Topics reflect the broad range of geographical and contexts and topices where Five College undergraduates have conducted original research. Smith Alumna Sarah Dlugolecki '2010 will give the keynote address on how her experiences as an anthropology undergrad have contributed to her trajectory in post-graduate life. The event is open to the entire Smith community. We especially welcome students who might consider submitting papers to next year's event.

Elizabeth McCarthy '06: 'The Evolution of Novel and Diverse Phenotypes in Nicotiana Allopolyploids of Different Ages' , Monday, April 9, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Elizabeth McCarthy '06, assistant project scientist, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

ISO Global Carnival , Saturday, April 7, 3-5 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

The International Students' Organization will host their annual carnival, which includes henna, international games, music and a photo booth. Desserts and beverages from around the world will be provided. This is a free event.

EALL Spring 2018 Film Series: 'Peony Pavilion' , Friday, April 6, 7 p.m., Seelye 201

EALL Spring 2018 Film Series on Transformations Throughout Time. "Peony Pavilion" will be shown on Friday, April 6, 7pm, Seelye 201. About the film: During the 1930s, two women navigate and struggle through love, loss, and relationships in Suzhou. Can their love for each other conquer all? Snacks will be provided! Discussion led by Professor Sujane Wu to follow. Screening in conjunction with Professor Wu's Revising the Past in Chinese Literature and Film course. Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Poetry Workshop with Naila Moreira , Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Spend some quality time with poetry at the MacLeish Field Station. Naila Moreira, writer, naturalist, journalist, and Writer-in-Residence at Forbes will lead a workshop for all interested writers on the beautiful MacLeish grounds. Vans will depart from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and will return by 4:30 p.m.. Reserve your seat at http://tinyurl.com/macleishvans.

Weekly Monday Meditation , April 9, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

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

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 6, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Jummah Prayer and Lunch , Friday, April 6, 12:10 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

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

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, April 6, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

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

Learning to Meditate Practices from Tibetan Buddhist Tradition , Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

This class is hosted by Smith College Community Religious Adviser Geshe Ngawang Singey, who received his novice and ordination vows directly from His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. These biweekly interactive sessions will include instruction on and practice of breathing meditation, concentration, meditation, blessing meditation, and tong-len (exchange of self and other).

Spend an Afternoon with Rembrandt

For one afternoon only, on Saturday, April 14, members of the Smith community and the general public will have a special opportunity to view three extraordinary prints of Rembrandt’s Three Crosses, Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves. Two of the prints were given to the Smith College Museum of Art in late 2017 by Mary Gordon Roberts, a 1960 graduate of Smith.

Opening Reception: 'Points of Entry' Senior Art Exhibit , Friday, April 6, 6:30-8 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

The opening for the first senior art exhibit will be held on Friday, April 6. Food and drinks will be served.


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Pre-Order Now for Apple Faculty & Staff Appreciation One-Day-Only Sale , Friday, April 13, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Computer Store, Stoddard Hall

The Smith College Computer Store is having an Apple ONE DAY Employee Appreciation Event. In addition to the Apple Academic Discount, we are offering an additional 8% off all current Apple Laptops, iMacs, & iPad Pros. If you would like to pre order any current model, please contact us via email at cstore@smith.edu or phone at 413/585-3027.

Sen. Enoch Wambua (AmS Dipl '08): 'Kenya on the Cliff--Reflections on the 2017 Presidential Elections' , Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

On September 1st, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the results of the August 8th presidential elections and ordered a fresh poll to be conducted within 60 days, making Kenya the first country in Africa and only the fourth in the world to have presidential elections cancelled. How did Kenya get there? Senator Enoch Wambua (Smith Class of 2008 Diploma in American Studies) will speak on the electoral and constitutional crisis, and subsequent political developments in Kenya following the unprecedented cancellation of the presidential election, and challenges of entrenching a democratic ethos in Kenya.

Earn $7 Gift Card By Participating In Posture Study

Earn a $7 campus center café gift card (or course credit for eligible classes). Complete a study about postures, located in Bass Hall. You may be eligible if you are a female college student, Are between the ages of 18 – 27 years old, Have no injuries to your extremities, Have not previously participated in a SPAH lab posture experiment. Email spahlab@smith.edu to confirm your eligibility and schedule an appointment

16th Annual Student PoetryFest , Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Alumnae House

The 16th Annual Reading in celebration of poetry at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, featuring two students from each institution: Jonah Davis and Avery Farmer (Amherst); Lazuli Liu and Corrie Owens-Beauchesne (Hampshire); Bennett Sambrook and Becca Mullen (Mt. Holyoke); Janelle Tan and Savannah Tilley (Smith); Stacey Cusson and Cressida Richards (UMass).

'Market Encounters: Consumer Cultures in 20th-Century Ghana' , Tuesday, April 3, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Bianca Murillo, associate professor of history, California State University, Dominguez Hills, will present this lecture, sponsored by the history department. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeff Ahlman, jahlman@smith.edu

'Tenacity in Tough Times: A Look at the Life of Anne Burlak Timpson (1886-2003)' , Wednesday, April 4, 4:30 p.m., Special Collections Classroom Green Box 201

Jayme Timpson Winell, 2012 graduate of Hampshire College, will discuss the exceptional life of her grandmother, radical labor organizer Ann Burlak Timpson. Known affectionately as the Red Flame, Anne Burlak Timpson worked with others for racial justice. Sponsored by the history department. Free and open to the public.

Valerie Amiraux Presents 'Pluralism and Radicalization Among Muslims: Mind the Gap' , Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m., Seelye 101

Valérie Amiraux is a leading scholar of the sociology of religion, and professor of sociology at the University of Montreal, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Religious Pluralism. At a moment in which religious intolerance is an increasingly powerful force in the everyday experience of religious minorities, notably Muslims in the US and Europe, Amiraux will discuss her ongoing research on the link between pluralism and radicalization among Muslims of Europe.

Global Salon with Abdelkader Berrahmoun , Tuesday, April 3, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

"Freedom fighting, equal rights, nation building and emancipation: Evolution of the Algerian women’s struggle." Abdelkader Berrahmoun is the assistant professor of professional practice, the Arabic Studies Program, at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His talk examines ways in which women’s ongoing activism - through social transitions and changing priorities - has been an instrumental force in Algeria’s political, social and economic development.

Carmen Valero-Garcés: 'European Master’s in Translation Network (EMTC)' , Wednesday, April 4, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Carmen Valero-Garcés will discuss how translators and interpreters are trained in Europe; what kind of programs exist, what qualifications or skills are needed, and what opportunities there are for college graduates. She will also talk about cultural mediation and the landscape of public service interpreting in Spain. Carmen is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Alcalá, Madrid (Spain), and the Director of the Postgraduate and Undergraduate Programmes on Public Service Interpreting and Translation. Valero-Garces will be interviewed by Cristiano A. Mazzei, director of translation at UMass Amherst.

Register Now for 'TRANSlation: What's All This Gender Stuff About Anyway?' , Tuesday, April 3, 2 p.m., Campus Center 205

As the college becomes more and more open and welcoming, we find ourselves interacting with students, faculty and staff who use a wide range of names and pronouns, including some that are different from what we might expect. We are also encountering all sorts of new terminology, such as "nonbinary," "gender expression," "cisgender," etc. What does it all mean? Register by visiting, https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Register Now for 'Investing in Uncertain Times' , Wednesday, April 4, 12:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

As retirement investors, we deal with unknown because we are looking toward the future. In times like these, the unknown can be particularly unsettling. Part of this concern is due to the fact that the value of our investments will be affected by things beyond our control. Fortunately, we do have control over how we position our retirement investments now and in the future. Please join our Voya representative, Mary Ellen Gordon, CRPC, CIS, CEBS, CFS, for a conversation on understanding and evaluating your investments. Register by visiting, https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Steven Lee: 'The Communist International and the Aesthetics of World Revolution' , Wednesday, April 4, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Steven Lee, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley, will discuss the cultural networks emerging from the Third Communist International, or Comintern, which Vladimir Lenin founded in 1919 to coordinate world revolution. The talk will also emphasize the failure of the Comintern itself due to Stalinist realpolitik, a disillusioning turn that resonates with developments in contemporary Russia. Part of the 2017-18 lecture series “The Making of Putin’s Russia” hosted by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program.

Tomi-Ann Roberts '85: 'Bleeding in Jail--Objectification, Self-Objectification and the Fight for Menstrual Justice' , Wednesday, April 4, 5 p.m., Ford 240

Smith alumna Tomi-Ann Roberts, Ph.D., is Winkler-Herman Professor of Psychology at Colorado College. She received her B.A. in psychology from Smith in 1985 and her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University in 1990. She served on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls and on the APA Division 35 Task Force on Educating Through Feminist Research. Her research focuses on the consequences of the sexual objectification of girls and women, particularly the psychological consequences of girls’ and women’s own efforts to change their bodies and appearance to meet cultural standards.

Chaired Professor Lecture: Susan Voss , Tuesday, April 3, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Susan Voss, Achilles Professor of Engineering, will give her inaugural lecture, "Engineering & Hearing: Sound transmission through the ear." All are welcome. http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

Spotlight Awards Reception , Thursday, April 5, 3 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The staff of the Office of Human Resources look forward to welcoming you and the members of your department at the annual Spotlight Awards Reception on Thursday, April 5th. The entire Smith College community is invited to join in the celebration. President McCartney will personally congratulate each of this year's Spotlight Award recipients. Smith College Catering will be providing delicious desserts and fresh fruit, and all of the Spotlight Award recipients will be eligible for a grand-prize drawing to be held during the reception. The reception will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Carroll Room

Interfaith Lunch for Racial Justice 'Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?' , Tuesday, April 3, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

A look at faith and hope in movements for racial justice from 1968 to 2018. This program will honor the life of Stephon Clark and other Black men who have died at the hands of the police, 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King. Vegetarian lunch provided. Sponsored by the Office of the President, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

A 'Platform for Possibility': Smith's Mwangi Cultural Center

Wambui Mwangi ’90 was still a young girl in 1973 when Smith’s Afro-American Cultural Center was renamed in honor of her mother—the late Ng’endo Mwangi ’61, Kenya’s first female physician. Some years later, when Wambui Mwangi was a student at Smith, the center became a hub for campus activism around issues of race and diversity. On Friday, April 6, the college will host a celebration of the Mwangi Cultural Center, which has long been and still is an an important focus of student engagement at Smith.

Five College Student Language Symposium Features Keynote by Erin Whelchel '09 , Friday, April 6, 2-5:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Students and faculty across the Five Colleges and language departments will share their experiences studying foreign languages, both in the U.S and around the world. Erin Whelchel '09, special projects coordinator, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), will offer the keynote at 3:15 p.m. with a talk titled "Lead with Languages: Join the National Movement." For more information, visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/languages/innovation/events


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Where Do We Go From here: Chaos or Community? , Tuesday, April 3, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Where Do We Go From here: Chaos or Community? is an interfaith lunch that will examine faith and hope in movements for racial justice from 1968-2018. The Program will honor the life of Stephon Clark and other black men who have died at the hands of the police 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King. What faith sustained King, and how can activists maintain hope now? Sponsored by The Office of the President, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.


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Star Gazing , Thursday, May 3, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

The astronomy department will be holding an open house on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see stars, planets, star clusters, and the moon. All are welcome. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).


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SEC Films Presents 'Lady Bird' , Friday & Saturday, March 30 & 31, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

An outspoken teen must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother over the course of an eventful and poignant senior year of high school.

Screening/Discussion: 'Major! Followed by a Talk with Miss Major, 'Know Your History' , Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Legendary Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and formerly incarcerated transgender activist, will be on campus to screen documentary film "Major!" followed by Miss Major’s talk “Know Your History.” Miss Major and Dean Spade will then join Professor Jennifer DeClue in a conversation about trans rights and activism.

Transactivist Dean Spade: 'Getting Together, Tearing it Apart' , Friday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, author of NORMAL LIFE, and associate professor at Seattle University School of Law, will give a talk “Getting Together, Tearing It Apart.”

CSO Community Service Project: Sort Food at Food Bank of Western Mass , Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding the community since 1982, distributing food to member agencies in surrounding counties. Volunteer work is a crucial component to decreasing food insecurity and is a rewarding experience. For this event we will be sorting donated food in the warehouse for distribution around the valley on Saturday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Transportation provided. Please wear closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing. We can accommodate up to 14 volunteers. Sign up at https://doodle.com/poll/apuy8qpr7373zza2

Smith Sociology Presents 'Queer Visualities' Mini Lecture Series with Moon Charania , Thursday, March 29, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Moon Charania offers a nuanced analysis of many figures of Muslim wo/men that travel in transnational media, books and film, fruitfully troubling and radically expanding our knowledge of the place of gender, sexuality and racialization in the (neo-)colonial production of otherness and its materialized deployment in global politics. Charania uses dominant images of Muslim women and men to direct a critical gaze toward photography and toward the systems that use visual practice to both name themselves as free and identify the other as dangerous or desirable, where the possibility of both are read through the landscape of the brown body.

LSS Presents Carolyn Finney--'Black Faces, White Faces & the Possibility of US' , Thursday, March 29, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., is a writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor in geography at the University of Kentucky, she is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity and resilience. In particular, she explores how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. More broadly she likes to trouble our theoretical and methodological edges that shape knowledge production and determine whose knowledge counts. This special Landscape Studies presentation is open to the entire Smith College community.

STEM Mentor Erika Camacho, Ph.D.: 'Resilience, Tenacity and Hard Work' , Monday, April 2, 5 p.m., Ford 240

This presentation provides Dr. Camacho's personal perspective on the necessary conditions for motivating young women to pursue a career in STEM. Erika Camacho, a former student of Garfield high School's famed math teacher, Jaime Escalante, received a doctorate in applied mathematics from Cornell. An associate professor in the school of Mathematical and Natural Sciences as Arizona State University, Dr. Camacho has won national and local recognition for her leadership, scholarship and mentoring, including the SAGNAS Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award.

Geosciences Major , Thursday, March 29, Noon-1 p.m., Sabin-Reed 103

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

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon , Thursday, March 29, 5 p.m., Atrium, Brown Fine Arts Center

Help end gender imbalance on Wikipedia. Participate in a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on women artists in the museum’s collection. No experience necessary. Training, reference materials and brain snacks provided. Bring laptop and power cord. Hosted by Smith College Libraries and Smith College Museum of Art. Free and open to all.

Supporting Dreamers: A Presidential Innovation Grant in Action , Friday, March 30, 2-4 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Professor Diana Sierra Becerra (History, Latin American and Latina/o Studies) will address how undocumented immigrants fit into the bigger picture of US immigration, history and policy. She will be followed by immigration lawyer Dan Berger, who will give an update on what is happening locally and nationally, outline threats to undocumented students, and discuss what their legal rights are. Then a panel of Smith students concerned with supporting undocumented students will respond to the speakers and offer their own comments. Smith administrators, faculty, and staff, as well as students are encouraged to attend.

Part 2 - Supporting Dreamers: A Presidential Innovation Grant in Action , Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Seelye 105-110

Join us for the second event under this Presidential Innovation grant supporting undocumented students and their allies. Following the Friday event listed above, a day of workshops will take place Saturday March 31, from 11am-4pm for leaders from a range of Smith student organizations. A “training of trainers” model will empower those attending to train other members of their organizations. The overarching goals of the workshops will be to learn how undocumented students can be made to feel more secure and supported, and how the campus community can remain cohesive as the national debate about immigration plays out.

Field Station Friday , Friday, March 30, 12:30 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Get off campus and reconnect with nature at MacLeish Field Station! MacLeish has it all - scenic views, miles of hiking trails, sites for research, and a state-of-the-art Living Building with tea and wifi. Vans leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1, and will be back in time for tea. Reserve your van seat at http://www.tinyurl.com/macleishvans.

Reception for Jocelyne Kolb , Thursday, March 29, 4-6 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Jocelyne Kolb has dedicated herself to her students, her department, the Hamburg Program and the college for almost 30 years. Please join Jocelyne's colleagues in the German Studies Department in honoring her on the occasion of her retirement. All are welcome.

Sign Up Now for HackSmith 2018 and Enjoy Hacking , Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m., Campus Center Garden Level

HackSmith2018 is Smith's 4th annual hackathon, inviting students from all programming background to spend an amazing 24 hours creating and building products that matter! We've been committed to a 50:50 gender ratio since Day 1, and every year we inch closer to disrupting the gender gap in tech! At HackSmith2018, expect great food, amazing brainstorming, and too much fun! "Hacking" officially begins at 10 a.m. on April 7th and ends at 3 p.m. on April 8th. To sign up, visit http://hackatsmith.com/

Juana María Rodríguez: 'Imagining Respect, Refusing Respectability'

What might respect signify for those who have never been afforded the benefit of the term? Juana María Rodríguez will offer a Presidential Colloquium on “Imagining Respect, Refusing Respectability” at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Weinstein Auditorium. Rodríguez is a leading scholar and cultural commentator whose research focuses on race and sexual politics, Latino/a/x and Caribbean literatures and cultures, queer activism, and transgender studies.

New Play Reading Series: Marty Bongfeldt AC '19 , Thursday, March 29, Noon, Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

Four Short Plays written and directed by Marty Bongfeldt, Ada Comstock Scholar ‘19. ALWAYS Lovers reunite over coffee after 25 years; MOOSE & GROUSE A truant officer encounters something odd in the woods; INTERRUPTED An after-school encounter in 1975; PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE A High School mom tries to check in with her son's chemistry teacher. Free and open to the public.

Pitchon Family Concert , Sunday, April 1, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Pitchon family will perform works by Mozart, Villa-Lobos, and the great Cello Quintet by Franz Schubert. Maxime Pitchon, flute, Emilia Pitchon, cello, Volcy Pelletier, cello, Joel Pitchon, violin, and friends. Free and open to the public.

Education and Child Study Major , Monday, April 2, Noon, Campus Center 003

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

'Re-imagining Bodyminds' Five College Conference for Student Scholarship on Disability , Friday, March 30, Noon, Conference Center Meeting Room

The Smith College Program in American Studies and ODS, in conjunction with the departments for SWG and Africana Studies and the Mount Holyoke Program in Critical Social Thought, is proud to host the Five College Conference for Student Scholarship on Disability. This conference provides an opportunity for students interested in disability studies, culture, and activism to share their work and build community in a supportive environment. Exclusive keynote presentation with Dr. Sami Schalk, the author of "Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction. For free registration and for more information please visit our website https://5c-disability-2018.tumblr.com/

'Witness to Mass Incarceration: Queer, Jewish & in Prison' , Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

ACLU: Smith College and Smith College Jewish Community will be hosting Evie Litwok, founder of Witness to Mass Incarceration, an LGBTQ prisoner advocacy group, to discuss her experiences as a previously incarcerated queer, Jewish woman. Evie has spoken at the White House and is currently working on creating policy for evacuating prisoners during natural disasters. Much of her work has centered on the intersections of climate change and mass incarceration.

Participate in 3-way VR Multiplayer Playthrough , Friday, March 30, 1 p.m., Seelye B4

The Smith College Gaming Lab in the Imaging Center, the Center for Media Production (Henshaw D), and the KnowledgeLab’s Gaming Archives Project (Seelye B4) are doing a 3-way multiplayer playthrough of Star Trek Bridge and Rec Room in virtual space simultaneously from each of these locations. Players at each location will be logging in via their respective Vives, or virtual reality headsets, and joining together in virtual space. Attendees can come try out the Vive, watch the playthrough and/or participate in a discussion around how they might see this kind of experience as a learning opportunity.

Mathematics and Statistics Majors and Minors , Thursday, March 29, 4:30-5 p.m., Math Forum, 3rd Floor Burton

Come learn about the options for majoring or minoring in Mathematics and Statistics.

Cassie Hays '99: 'Safari, Terroir, and Wilderness 2.0' , Monday, April 2, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Cassie Hays '99, Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Henshaw Ave. Parking Changes Begin March 26

The City of Northampton will be changing parking signage on portions of Henshaw Ave during the week of March 26. Parking is shifting from the East side of the street to the West side, from Elm Street northerly, 590'. For image, visit https://goo.gl/7KLs12

Open Mic/Photo Exhibit: 'My Islam 2018--An Exploration of Identity' , Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

An open mic and photo exhibition meant to highlight the diverse experiences of Muslims in the Five College Area. This space aims to center those voices that are not usually heard, including (but not limited to) those of queer Muslims, trans Muslims, disabled Muslims, undocumented Muslims, Latinx Muslims, black Muslims, converts, Muslims from marginalized sects, and women. Let us share with you. We’re not always what we seem.

'Empowering Voices: AAPI Power Through Media' , Saturday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

"Empowering Voices: AAPI Power Through Media" is an event that provides a platform on campus for Asian American and Pacific Islander voices, bringing light to issues about identity. Content creators Sahra V. Nguyen and Jessica Nguyen use various mediums to raise awareness of AAPI identity and how it intersects with traditional cultural values. They will speak on how to challenge stereotypes, break away from a minority status, reclaim individual identity, and redefine what it means to be Asian American.

MacLeish Art Walk with Dan Ladd , Saturday, March 31, 12:30-4 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

MacLeish artist in residence Dan Ladd manipulates living trees by grafting, pruning, and otherwise working with their natural growth to create his art. He will be presenting and discussing his sculptural projects, including a work shaped from six individual trees, on a walk through the beautiful MacLeish grounds. Come experience this unique living art. Van departs from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and will return by 4 p.m. Reserve your seat at http://tinyurl.com/macleishvans.

Mindful Mondays: Sit, Eat, and Talk with Us , Monday, April 2, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Mindful Mondays includes free food, short contemplative exercises and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Matilda Cantwell and Jessica Bacal will host the final Mindful Monday of the semester with topic TBD. No registration required - gluten free and vegan options!

Weekly Monday Meditation , April 2, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

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

Good Friday Meditation , Friday, March 30, 1 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Centering prayer, reflection, and meditation in the Christian tradition led by Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Rev. Matilda Cantwell. All are welcome.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, March 30, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Jummah Prayer , Friday, March 30, 12:10 p.m., Prayer Space, Wright Hall, Lower Level

Join Smith's Muslim community for communal prayer, and a group activity, video or student-led discussion this Friday in the Wright Hall Prayer Space in the lower level of Wright Hall. Bring a Grab n Go lunch with you.

Ada Meditation and Bonding Group , Wednesday, April 4, Noon, Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

This group is designed to support Ada Comstock scholars and help build community among Adas as they are connected with supportive staff. It also offers a safer space for Adas to learn meditative, stress relief and management skills for enhancing their life experiences. Sponsored by the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness along with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Reusable Menstrual Products Pop-Up Table , Tuesday & Thursday, March 27 & 29, Campus Center Main Level Table

All are welcome to stop by our table March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about reusable menstrual products and take one home (sliding scale prices starting at $0). Tabling will happen again March 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Email sakim@smith.edu for more information on this student initiative.

TECC Summer Program Info Session , Thursday, March 29, 5 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

TECC Club (Technology Education Connecting Culture) aims to leverage technology and education in the rural communities in China. Each year, they provide intensive two-week Summer Institutes that not only improve western China’s middle and high school teachers' English and Computer skills but also introduce them to new teaching techniques. In the coming April, they will launch the official recruitment for the summer volunteer programs, TECC Summer Institutes(TSI) and Youth Ambassador Program for Minorities(YPAM). They will hold an info session on Thursday, March 29th from 5:00-6:00pm at Campus Center TV Lounge to introduce application process and past volunteering experience.

President's All Staff Forum , Thursday, March 29, 3 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium

All staff are invited and encouraged to attend to receive information and updates from President McCartney and members of the administration.

Animal Sanctuary Road Trip , Saturday, March 31

VINE Sanctuary is a beautiful refuge for animals who have been rescued from harm. There are cows, sheep, a pig, goats, emus, chickens, and turkeys, who all live together. We will have a tour to meet the animals, and a volunteer project. It's an hour and 20 minute drive into Vermont, so bring a book or blanket! Leaving around 10 a.m., returning around 3 p.m. To reserve a spot, email sakim@smith.edu. We also are relying on students with cars for transportation. (Also feel free to sign up for our next trip there, 4/14)

Neilson Library Construction Update , Monday, April 2, 4-5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium

The Neilson Library construction team will provide an in-depth presentation about the work completed to date on the library renovation project on Monday, April 2nd at 4:00pm in Weinstein Auditorium. The team will also review the schedule of work planned around upcoming event weekends, the summer and into the fall of 2018. If you have questions about what you’ve seen at the site or questions about what to expect through the rest of this year, this will be an excellent opportunity to get answers. The presentation will run from 4:00pm to 4:30pm, with a Q&A session from 4:30pm to 5:00pm.

Tips and Tricks for Making a Scientific Poster Presentation , Friday, March 30, 1:30 p.m., Bass Hall 102

Clark Science Center's Computing and Technical Services (CATS) is offering this workshop. Though it is tailored for students participating in Celebrating Collaborations, all are welcome to attend. Bring your questions. If you are unable to make this time and would like to attend the workshop please email cats-s@smith.edu and we will try to schedule a second session.


03/27/2018 Digest


Shimmer: Paintings by Susannah Auferoth , Through April 3, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

These new, large-scale paintings use an underlying grid of motion imagery based on video the artist has filmed at skate parks in Holyoke. By covering silhouettes of skaters with layers of translucent oil paint the artist stills the composition at the surface while allowing movement to be present beneath. The paintings hover between two narrow, luminous planes which allows Auferoth to continue her exploration of juxtaposing the dynamic and the static through color and composition. Auferoth has a BFA in painting and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UMass, Amherst. She has exhibited locally and internationally.

Submit Your Favorite Poem to Smith's 'Favorite Poem Project' by , Friday, March 30

What’s your favorite poem -- and why? Tell the Poetry Center about it by Friday, March 30. Selected participants will be invited to present the work that matters most to them at a Favorite Poem Project reading on campus on Tuesday, April 24. To submit, visit the Poetry Center's website-- http://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp -- for more info and a link to the submission form.

Register Now for 'Death Café' , Tuesday, April 3, 4-6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Death Café was founded in the UK in 2011 by Jon Underwood. People gather to discuss death - fear and frustration, dread and despair, grief and gloom, as well as hope and happiness, resilience and resolve, jokes and joy. There is no format other than open and free discussion about any aspect of death...There have been over 4000 Death Cafés in 40 countries. Smith’s is hosted by class members in “Dying and Death” (ANT 255). Refreshments served. Smith students and faculty welcome. Advanced registration required; limited seating.

Global Salon with Hao Chen , Wednesday, March 28, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The topic of this Global Salon is redistributive autocracy in China: big business, municipal politicians, and welfare expansion. Hao Chen, a visiting lecturer in the Department of Government and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Boston University, will be lecturing on this topic.

Register Now to Host a Prospective Student for Open Campus and Discovery Weekend , April 12-14

Open Campus is from April 12 to 13, and Discovery Weekend, a program designed to highlight opportunities for prospective students of color, is from April 12 to 14. To register, follow this link and fill out the form: https://apply.smith.edu/register/ocdw-hosts. Direct questions or concerns to Cami and Cara at mcrintern@smith.edu Last day to register is April 6.

Ocean Vuong Q&A and Poetry Reading , Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Alumnae House

Born near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Ocean Vuong came with family to live in Hartford as a toddler, and before turning thirty was hailed by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers.” His blazing debut collection, “Night Sky with Exit Wounds,” has garnered a slew of honors, including a Whiting Award, and his poems are whispered prayers of the body that seek a pathway out of trauma through intimacy. 4 pm Q&A in the Poetry Center open to the Smith Community. Evening reading free and open to the public.

Spring is Here--and You Know What That Means!

It means that summer is almost here. And that means it’s time to start thinking about the All-Employee Picnic, which will be held on Tuesday, June 5 on Chapin Lawn. Last year’s picnic was the best-attended since its reemergence as a lunch time event, and we hope to see even more faculty and staff at this year’s. The plan is to bring back the great food from Hillside Organic Catering and delicious hand-scooped ice cream that everyone loves and let the magic unfold. More details will be forthcoming.

Loretta Ross Lecture Series 'White Supremacy in the U.S. Today' Begins , Tuesday, March 27, 7-8:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

Understanding the scope and impact of the white supremacist movement on today's U.S. politics is vital for organizing the resistance and building a human rights movement. This workshop series, presented by reproductive and human rights activist Loretta Ross, will address recent events, analyze the history and components of the white supremacist movement and their mainstream counterparts, and offer steps all human rights activists can use to effectively defend democracy. The first session on March 27 is titled "Understanding Charlottesville--What Is the Alt-Right?" The concept of "Appropriate Whiteness" is a more useful concept than white guilt for people who commit to the struggle as co-collaborators than allies. For the full series schedule, visit, https://goo.gl/Na8jsB

Lunch and Conversation with Carolyn Finney , Thursday, March 29, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. is a writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor in Geography at the University of Kentucky, she is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. In particular, she explores how issues of difference impact participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. Carolyn will also be presenting her lecture, All Things Considered: Black Faces, White Spaces & The Possibility of Us in Seelye 106 at 5pm.

Javanese Gamelan Special Presentation and Workshop , Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Featuring Central Javanese Gamelan musicians on tour from Solo, Indonesia. The Smith Gamelan Ensemble will open the event and then be joined in performance by the visiting Javanese master musicians. A workshop will follow. Supported by the Asian Arts and Culture Program. Free and open to the public.

James Welker: 'Transfiguring Boys Love (BL) Media in Asia' , Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

East Asian Languages and Literatures Annual Department Lecture. "Transfiguring Boys Love (BL) Media in Asia" by James Welker, Associate Professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Tokyo, Japan. The BL genre emerged from girls' comics in the 1970s and portrays romantic or sexual relationships between male characters. BL is produced by female authors and has a broad female readership. Sponsored by the Smith College Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Program in East Asian Studies, and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. Free and open to the public.

Demonstration of HistoryMakers Digital Archive , Tuesday, March 27, Noon

Smith College Libraries and the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to a lunchtime demo and discussion of the HistoryMakers Digital Archive (https://smith.thehistorymakers.org/home), with HistoryMakers founder and Executive Director - Julieanna Richardson, and co-presenter Dionti Davis. HistoryMakers' extensive collection of oral histories showcases narratives of African American individuals who have made significant contributions to American life, history and culture during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Event open to faculty, staff and students. To RSVP, visit https://www.paperlesspost.com/flyer/go/j110kyXfzPDrbet7DDgZ?utm_campaign

Women's Health in India Seminar (IDP 320), Fall 2018: Required Info Sessions on March 28

Information sessions on this fall seminar, including the J-term trip to India, will be held on: Wednesday, March 28, noon-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. RSVP to epeters@smith.edu as to which session you plan to attend, as pizza will be served. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply. Sessions will be held at Schacht Center for Health and Wellness.

Chaired Professor Lecture: Sam Intrator , Tuesday, March 27, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Sam Intrator, Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Education and Child Study, will give his inaugural lecture, "Playing for Change: Out-of-School Programming's Quest to Close Opportunity Gaps," on Tuesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. in Seelye 106. All are welcome. For the full Chaired Professor Lecture schedule, visit http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

Study of Women and Gender Major and Minor , Tuesday, March 27, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Come and join the SWG faculty and students, and learn what you can do with a SWG major and minor. Lunch will be served.

Archives Concentration , Wednesday, March 28, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 110

Please join us for the Presentation of the Archives Concentration! Find out about the concentration from the faculty and students. Treats will be served.

Zotero Workshops - Gather Citations and Create Bibliographies in a Single Click , Friday, March 30, 2 p.m., Campus Center 102

Zotero is a free digital tool that makes collecting, storing and formatting your citations a breeze. Come to this workshop hosted by Smith Libraries to learn how to collect and store book and article citations with a single click, generate a properly formatted bibliography in seconds, and much, much more!

No-Bake Cookie Making and Documentary Screening , Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., CEEDS, Wright 005

Come enjoy a screening of Hungry for Change, a documentary about the food industry’s influence on modern diets, and learn to make no-bake cookies out of local and fair-trade food. This event is presented by The Green Team and hosted by CEEDS.

CSO Community Education Lunch with Northampton Survival Center and Big Brothers/Big Sisters , Wednesday, March 28, Noon-1 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright 013

Interested in community service opportunities? Learn how to provide low-income residents of the community with an assortment of nutritionally-balanced groceries and how to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a one-to- one relationship with a caring adult. Join us and learn about volunteering opportunities with Northampton Survival Center and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Pizza lunch will be provided (with gluten-free option available).

'Art Stockings' Discussion with Tammy Nguyen , Wednesday, March 28, 5 p.m., Hillyer 205

Tammy Nguyen’s paintings, artists’ books, and works on paper often draw from natural sciences as a way to deal more intimately with the human condition through the representation of non-human forms. Art Stockings is a lecture series, hosted by the Smith Department of Art, featuring artists discussing issues of contemporary art practice and process. For more information, visit https://artstockings.blogspot.com/

Poetry Concentration , Wednesday, March 28, Noon, Poetry Center, Wright

Come have lunch with us and learn about what Poetry Concentrators do. Lunch will be provided. An RSVP to Jen Blackburn (jblackbu@smith.edu) is helpful, but not required.

City Tree on Elm St. Scheduled for Removal , Tuesday, March 27

The City of Northampton will be removing a large, city-owned sugar maple tree near the sidewalk on the south side of Cutter house. This tree has been declining for several years and will soon present a hazard to pedestrians and cars. Please be aware that several parking spots on Elm Street near the intersection with Prospect Street will be blocked off and users of the Elm St. sidewalk by Cutter may be inconvenienced while the removal is occurring.

Linking Academic Freedom to Inclusive Learning at Smith

The Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a policy statement affirming Smith’s commitment to academic freedom and free expression, while connecting those issues more directly to the campus learning environment. The result of 18 months of work by a Faculty Council committee that also included students, the statement is the first change to Smith’s academic freedom policy since 1992.

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