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04/18/2024 Digest


Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, April 18, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

April 18, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Susannah Howe, Senior Lecturer of Engineering, to present "The Design Clinic Download Podcast: Alum Voices Validate and Inform Pedagogy." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, April 25, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

April 25, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Gary Felder, Professor of Physics, to present "The James Webb Space Telescope: Expanding Our Vision of the Universe." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Smith Wellness' Queer Sex Trivia! , Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join Smith Wellness' Community Health Organizers for a night of queer sex trivia! In collaboration with Mount Holyoke's Public Health Educators, help compete against our sister school!

Star Gazing , Thursday, April 18, 8:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Rooftop

The Astronomy Department will hold an open house Thursday, April 18, 8:30-9:30 p.m., on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see the Moon, stars, and star clusters. All are welcome. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 413-585-3935).

'Carrying Capacity' An Exhibition by Gaye Chan , Through May 9, M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

This exhibition is a durational project Gaye Chan began in 2012 that stemmed from a chance encounter at a produce distribution company. As commodities move across the globe, baling straps are used once and discarded into the waste stream. Chan gave herself the task of figuring out how to reuse them. Eleven years and over a thousand weaved baskets later, she continues to extend the life of this ‘waste’ material. "Carrying Capacity" will be on display in the Oresman Gallery, March 28 - May 9, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm in Hillyer Hall, Brown Fine Arts Center.

Duct Tape Production's GREASE! , April 18-20, 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Duct Tape Productions, Smith College's Musical Theatre Ensemble, is proud to present GREASE by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey. Stevie Ordway (’25) & Mia Gage (’25) direct a captivating ensemble of talented performers in this beloved 1950s rock ’n’ roll classic. Performances are open to all and will take place in John M. Greene Hall (JMG) at 8pm on April 18th, 19th, and 20th. Tickets are available at linktr.ee/ducttapeproductions. GREASE is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. http://www.concordtheatricals.com.

Rescheduled: The Himalayan (m)Anthropocene , Monday, April 22, 6 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

Ritodhi Chakraborty’s research explores the promises and pitfalls of Ecological Masculinity in the Indian Himalayas. Working through more than a decade of engagement with rural communities in Uttarakhand state, using feminist and radical epistemic perspectives, he draws upon interviews, oral histories, visual ethnographies, social media data, surveys and participatory mapping to ask questions such as: Is Ecological Masculinity a sustainable and inclusive response to the (m)Anthropocene? Does it support or challenge historical (ongoing) mobilizations towards environmental and social justice in the region?

Handbells Spring Ring! , Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Join the Smith College Handbell Choir for their spring concert under the direction of Anita Anderson-Cooper. Free and open to the public.

Orchestra Spring Concert , Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Orchestra features concerto competition winners Lauren Kappelmeier ‘25, flute; Jessica Klurfeld ‘26, clarinet; and Annabel Li ‘26, piano, performing works by Chaminade, Crusell, Rachmaninoff, and others.

Gamelan Concert , Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

The Smith College Gamelan Ensemble will present a program of Central Javanese gamelan music with guest artists I.M. Harjito and Darsono Hadiraharjo. Free and open to the public.

EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Directed by Kim Stauffer , April 24-27, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

This modern riff on the 15th-century morality play Everyman follows EVERYBODY (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living. EVERYBODY was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Directed by Kim Stauffer. Tickets $5-10 at https://smitharts.ludus.com/. Free for Smith students.

Ring-Making at DTI , April 22, 6:30 p.m., Capen Annex

Come to DTI's Ring-Making workshop! This recurring workshop will be held Monday, April 1, 8, and 22 at DTI. This workshop is beginner friendly and DTI will provide materials.

Smith Community Drug Take-Back Day , Saturday, April 27, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Smith College will be hosting a Drug Takeback Day at the Campus Center (Main Level) on Saturday, April 27 from 10:15-11:30 am for students, faculty and staff. Unwanted or expired prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins and liquid medications in sealed containers are welcomed. No vape batteries, IV solutions or chemotherapy drugs please. Participants are encouraged to remove identifying information from the containers, and disposal is 100% confidential. Medications collected will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Questions? Email healthservices@smith.edu.

Smith Community Drug Take-Back Day , Saturday, April 27, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Smith College will be hosting a Drug Take-Back Day at the Campus Center (Main Level) on Saturday, April 27 from 10:15-11:30 am for students, faculty and staff. Unwanted or expired prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins and liquid medications in sealed containers are welcomed. No vape batteries, IV solutions or chemotherapy drugs please. Participants are encouraged to remove identifying information from the containers, and disposal is 100% confidential. Medications collected will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Questions? Email healthservices@smith.edu.

Participants Needed for a Research Study on Balance and Fatigue

The Movement Science Laboratory at Smith College is recruiting participants for a study that examines how loss of sensation, attention and fatigue impact balance. We are recruiting people, with or without Multiple Sclerosis (MS), aged 18-60 years who will participate in a 2-hour testing session on campus. You will be asked to: complete questionnaires; have the sensation of your feet tested; and perform standing balance and walking tests while we record your joint movements and brain activity using non-invasive sensors placed on your scalp. Participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. If you are interested, please contact: smith.moves.lab@gmail.com

Cities of Hope: Adaptation to Climate Change in Massachusetts , Thursday, April 18, 4:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

Camille Washington-Ottombre, CEEDS Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy and Una Fonte '26 will share the results of work that they have conducted on the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program, an innovative policy that facilitates adaptation to climate change throughout the state. Learn how cities will be confronted with climate change and how this policy applies principles of participatory planning and climate justice to enhance local resilience in Massachusetts and beyond. Refreshments provided.

Sherrerd Teaching Mentors Are Available

Sherrerd teaching mentors for inclusive and equitable pedagogies Liz Pryor (HST) and Kate Queeney (CHM) are available for a conversation about anything related to your teaching or the teaching-learning process, including challenges in the classroom, assessment, grading, or making sense of student feedback. To schedule a meeting, visit https://forms.gle/5iLwk1QASF4LWFHT9. Take the opportunity to talk with a colleague and have a conversation that may be philosophical or operational or anything in between by reaching out to the Sherrerd mentors.

OPT Information Session , Tuesday, April 23, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT session prior to applying.

Jandon Center's End-of-the-Year Celebration , Thursday, April 25, 4-6 p.m., Paradise Room, Conference Center

Members of the Smith Community are cordially invited to Jandon's Annual End- of-the-Year Celebration! Come celebrate the Jandon Center and the work of our wonderful local organizations! During the event, you will have the opportunity to network with our amazing partners here at Smith and in the region. Refreshments will be provided.

Museums Concentration Senior Capstone Presentations , Friday, April 26, 2:30 p.m., Neilson 303

Please join us for Museums Concentration senior capstone presentations from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Special Collections Classroom, Neilson 303. Joint reception with Archives and Book Studies concentrations to follow from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the third floor of Neilson.

Book Studies Concentration Senior Capstone Presentations , Friday, April 26, 3:45 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Please join us for Book Studies Concentration senior capstone presentations from 3:45-5:00 p.m. in the Klingenstein Browsing Room (Neilson 102). Joint reception with Museums and Archives concentrations from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the third floor of Neilson.

Archives Concentration Senior Capstone Presentations , Friday, April 26, 3 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Please join us for Archives Concentration senior capstone presentations from 3:00-3:45 p.m. in the Klingenstein Browsing Room (Neilson 102.) Joint reception and exhibit opening with Museums and Book Studies concentrations from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the third floor of Neilson.

ASA & SEASA: Spring Symposium With Memoirist Putsata Reang , Sunday, April 21, 2-5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Putsata Reang is a Cambodian-American author and journalist who was born in Cambodia and raised in Oregon after her family fled from war-torned Cambodia. In her memoir Ma and Me, Putsata explores the weight of cultural and filial obligation, the struggle of reconciling family and queer identity, and the legacy of inherited traumas from war and genocide. Putsata will present a talk about her memoir following up with a Q&A session, themes include intergenerational trauma, queerness, Southeast Asian and Cambodian identity, war and genocide in Weinstein Auditorium, April 21, from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Celebrating Collaborations , Friday, April 19

"Celebrating Collaborations" showcases the scholarly work of Smith College students. Students present the results of their honor theses, special studies, concentration capstones, research work, or other creative work through poster sessions, panels, poster sessions, exhibits and performances. The 23rd annual event will be held on Friday afternoon, April 19, 2024. Details can be found at http://www.smith.edu/collaborations. Contact collabs@smith.edu with questions.

Plant Ecology and Climate Change in Acadia National Park: Conservation Lessons , Thursday, April 18, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, Assistant Professor at Bennington College, presents the second of a three-part botany talk series in honor of John Burk as part of the Spring 2024 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshely. Full title: Plant Ecology and Climate Change in Acadia National Park: Conservation Lessons from Fossil Pollen, Historical Floras and Field Manipulations". Light snacks served at 4:15 p.m., talk to begin at 4:30. Free and open to the public. Please visit http://smith.edu/biology/events/php for the full schedule.

April Version: OSE Programming Feedback Form

The Office of Student Engagement wants to reflect on our activity and programming offerings so that we can better serve our community, and we can't do that without student feedback. This month, we would like to hear about the specific kinds of events students want to see! Please fill out this Google Form. Link: https://forms.gle/rjhDF3L9EKaWLAeS7

The History of Mental Health Treatment in the United States With Amy Ellis Nutt '77 , Monday, April 22, 9:25 a.m., Ford 240

Amy Ellis Nutt ‘77, Smith Medalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, will visit campus to offer a public class on the history of mental health treatment in the United States. Nutt is a journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. She was the recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting at The Star-Ledger on the 2009 wreck of the Lady Mary fishing vessel. Nutt is currently writing a book on the topic on the history of mental health treatment in the US and has a uniquely well-informed perspective to share. Reception to follow.

Study Languages. Become Multilingual!

Are you still looking for classes to sign up for? Consider taking a language course! Smith College offers a variety of languages with a focus on relevant cultural, historical, and global issues: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. To learn more about the languages at Smith, visit this page: https://www.smith.edu/academics/languages-at-smith Studying languages will enhance your understanding of the world, give you a deeper insight into your culture, and enrich your engagement with your specific field of study, whether in STEM, social sciences, or humanities.

Celebrating Collaborations , Friday, April 19

"Celebrating Collaborations" showcases the scholarly work of Smith College students. Students present the results of their honor theses, special studies, concentration capstones, research work, or other creative work through poster sessions, panels, poster sessions, exhibits and performances. The 23rd annual event will be held on Friday afternoon, April 19, 2024. Details can be found at http://www.smith.edu/collaborations. Contact collabs@smith.edu with questions.

Parking Citation Reminder

There will be an upgrade to the decal sales site launching in early May. Pending parking citations must be paid using the current website permitsales.net/smith before it is taken offline. Unpaid citations will be carried over to the new system and will result in the inability for a driver to purchase a new decal until their balances are paid in full. Any balances that are carried over will require the driver to pay in person during normal business hours at the Campus Safety Parking Office, located at 126 West St. Please email parkingdecals@smith.edu with any questions.

Academic Regalia for Graduating Seniors , Bookstore, 8 Green St.

Academic regalia will be available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore starting April 15, 2024. Please visit the bookstore at 8 Green Street on or after April 15 to purchase your regalia. You do not need to place an order online in advance. If you received regalia through the SGA lottery and need a tassel, they can be purchased in person at the Smith College Bookstore, also starting April 15. If you have any questions related to regalia please call the bookstore at 413-585-4140.

Susan Rose Internship Grant: Deadline Extended , Friday, April 19

All sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled at Smith whose curriculum has included classroom courses in music are eligible—and encouraged—to apply for a Susan Rose Internship grant. The grant provides funding up to an approximate maximum of $5,000 for summer internships in music. Recent internships have included: Community music education (South Africa), Public radio and documentary internship (LA), Summer courses in music production (NYC), Study of Javanese Gamelan (Indonesia). Students who would like to apply for 2024 Susan Rose funding should email a one-page proposal and detailed budget to Anna Goudreau, agoudreau@smith.edu, by April 19. Full application details at http://www.smith.edu/music.

Bring Your Pets to Pet-a-Pet Day , Monday, April 22, Noon, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Please consider bringing your pets to Pet-a Pet-Day! CRSL and Schacht host Pet-a-Pet day twice a semester and we rely on community members to bring pets to the event. Smithies typically really love this day, and every staff member who brings a pet makes a big difference! Dogs will be at the front of Schacht & petting zoo at the back. No need to sign up in advance. Email wellness@smith.edu with any questions.

Schacht Center Summer Refill Plans , Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Students who receive care at the Schacht Center and are in need of summer medication refills are encouraged to call 413-585-2800. Appointments through the end of the semester are limited and will fill up quickly. Follow-up appointments with a provider generally are required in order to receive medication refills to last through the summer. The Schacht Center is closed this summer after May 17 at 4:30 p.m. Appointments after May 3 will be limited to urgent appointments for students who are on campus. Please call or secure message through the Patient Portal with questions.

Pet-a-Pet Day , Monday, April 22, Noon, Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Join us for Pet-a-Pet day! Staff members will be bringing pets for you to come and say hi to. Stop by to destress, enjoy snacks, and hang out with some fluffy friends. There will also be a petting zoo with goats, pigs, chickens, and more!

Jummah , Friday, April 19, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The CRSL invites students to join us for Jummah at the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. The group will meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 pm. The van will leave campus by 12:30 pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 pm. Remember to bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. There are extra prayer rugs in the Blue Room, if you need one! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. To RSVP, email crsl@smith.edu.

Weekly Meditation , Monday, April 22, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are invited to come together in person for weekly mindful meditation led by EJ Seibert and Mary Beth Brooker. We will do a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, based on Zen forms. Chairs and floor cushions are available. Meditation instructions will be offered each week. All levels welcome.

Mindful Mondays , Monday, April 22, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice building self-awareness and acceptance with others, come check out our drop-in Mindful Mondays program, every Monday in-person in Campus Center Room 102, 12:15-1pm. With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and connection-building. Absolutely zero experience is necessary, all students are welcome, and lunch is provided. Email aostow@smith.edu with questions.

Holy Rosary With the Catholic Club , Sunday, April 21, 2:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

All are welcome to pray the Holy Rosary with Smith's Newman Catholic Club.

Catholic Mass , Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Weekly Mass with Fr. Valentine Nworah and Smith's Newman Catholic Club. All are welcome! Contact catholicclub@smith.edu for information on student events and opportunities.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 19, 12:10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Come get cozy and enjoy a hot, delicious vegetarian soup made by awesome student cooks while taking part in reflective, student-led discussions on spirituality and life! Students of all religious, spiritual, and non-religious/non-spiritual backgrounds are welcome. The Bodman Lounge is in the basement of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and accessible via elevator from the rear of the building. For details on food and other general accessibility questions, email aostow@smith.edu or mcantwel@smith.edu.

Al Nur Spiritual Gatherings , Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m., Neilson Library 102

CRSL special guest, Sheikh Akif will focus on obligatory knowledge: the importance of seeking knowledge, applying it and practicing piety. "Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth...Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light." - Al Nur 35

Shabbat , Friday, April 19, 5:30 p.m., Kosher K Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community invites you to the “K”, the Kosher Kitchen in Jordan House, for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday nights at 5:30pm! Join together in song and prayer to welcome in Shabbat as a community. Services will often be followed by Kosher vegetarian meals. All are welcome! Please reach out to scjc@smith.edu with any questions.

All Our Relations: Listening to Stories With the Land , Saturday, April 20

A special Earth Day walk on land historically stewarded by the Norwottuck (MacLeish) with guests Rich Holschuh and Tom Wessels. Rich is immersed in the stories layered within the landscape of Wantastegok (Brattleboro, VT). He chairs the VT Commission on Native American Affairs and is a public liaison/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Elnu Abenaki. Tom is a terrestrial ecologist and prof. emeritus at Antioch University. Tom conducts ecology and sustainability programs throughout the country, and is author of 6 books, including New England's Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region's Unique Natural Areas. Sign up for a spot: https://forms.gle/BAvrWXwad4HwU1iT6

Enroll in Arabic Classes

The Arabic Language Program in the Middle East Studies is offering two first year Arabic classes next semester; in addition to the second- and third-year Arabic classes. Students will be introduced to a variety of Middle Eastern traditions and cultures; they will learn formal and colloquial spoken Arabic too. Arabic is the fifth most widely spoken language. The Middle East Studies Program offers grants and scholarships to study Arabic abroad in Jordan, Morocco, or Oman. The Arabic program at Smith involves students in activities like, Arabic music concert, projects with IT, Design Thinking, Smith Museum, and Botanical Garden.

2024 Employee Engagement Survey

On April 1, Smith College launched an Employee Engagement Survey of all benefited employees, conducted by Culture Amp. We’ve extended the survey through Friday, April 19 for those of you who have not yet had time to take it. Please consider adding your thoughts and experience as an employee of Smith College to help us improve our work environment.  The survey will close at the end of this week, so please take the time (approximately 10-15 minutes) to add your completely confidential response. Simply click on the unique and personalized link you received from Culture Amp to your Smith email.

Sherrerd Center April Teaching Circles

Sherrerd Center April teaching circles are offered the last week of April. The NTT Faculty Teaching Circle will be held on Thursday, April 25th at lunch (RSVP at https://forms.gle/NaR4NAXy8qx5GiTQ8). Circles on Friday, April 26th include the Big Questions Circle (RSVP at https://forms.gle/M8Ekdryr1DEdsP7MA); Let’s Talk OERs! (RSVP at https://forms.gle/EyxvFM9CicSNXMzXA); Languages Across the Curriculum (RSVP at https://forms.gle/KGhzQoPse1SdPvQm9); and Ungrading (RSVP at https://forms.gle/SFTQSSWWamK7ZWT98). Please visit the Sherrerd website for more details and descriptions: smith.edu/about-smith/sherrerd-center/circles. Google calendar invitations will be sent with locations for each circle once RSVPs are received. Lunch is provided.

Geothermal Energy Project Update , Tuesday, April 16

Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be impacted in the Quadrangle from Emerson House across the street to 20-22 Paradise Road, as well as in the Central District near Neilson Library and McCartney Hall. Please view the project website, http://smithgeoenergy.info, to view the graphic which outlines work areas.

Spring Lighting Walk , Thursday, April 18, 8:15 p.m., Clark Hall

Join the Dean of Students, Campus Safety, Facilities, and various partners from across the college for our biannual nighttime walk to review safety and security as it is related to lighting on campus. Our spring semester walk will be held on: 4/18 at 8:15pm, leaving from Clark Hall.

University of Durham Graduate School Info Session , Thursday, April 25, Noon, Lazarus Center, Drew

Are you interested in pursuing graduate study in the U.K.? If so, register in Handshake and please drop in to the Lazarus Center to meet with a program officer representing the University of Durham. The University of Durham was founded in 1832 and is the third oldest university in England. It offers 130 postgraduate programs and is ranked a top 10 university in the UK as well as a top 100 university in the world. Durham offers up to a 40% scholarship for student-athletes pursuing a postgraduate program. They also offer departmental postgraduate scholarships for students looking for additional funding.

SAVE THE DATE: Spring All-Staff Meeting (Drop-In Format) , Thursday, April 25, 1-3:30 p.m., Scott Gym

In the 2023 employee engagement survey, staff asked for a more interactive All Staff Meeting, and Smith College has delivered! Please join Human Resources between 1 and 3:30 p.m. on April 25th at Scott Gym to learn about some collaborative projects happening across campus. Enjoy a sweet treat as you mingle, connect with colleagues, and visit tables with information on Career Framework, Emergency Management, and many other topics. The event will be drop-in style and in place of the traditional Spring All-Staff Meeting.

Five College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference , Sunday, April 21, Neilson Library 102

The Department of Philosophy invites you to the Second Annual Five College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Come listen to your peers from the Five Colleges present their ideas and engage in discussions! Each presenter will present for 15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute discussion opportunity. Panel 1 "Worldly Thinking and Temporal Perspectives" with four student presentations is from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Panel 2 "Experience and Consciousness" with three student presentations is from 1:30 - 3 pm. And boxed lunches from Bombay Royale available in Dewey Common at 12:30 pm for the first 25 attendees!

All Our Relations: Listening to Stories With the Land , Saturday, April 20

A special Earth Day walk on land historically stewarded by the Norwottuck (MacLeish) with guests Rich Holschuh and Tom Wessels. Rich is immersed in the stories layered within the landscape of Wantastegok (Brattleboro, VT). He chairs the VT Commission on Native American Affairs and is a public liaison/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Elnu Abenaki. Tom is a terrestrial ecologist and prof. emeritus at Antioch University. Tom conducts ecology and sustainability programs throughout the country, and is author of 6 books, including New England's Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region's Unique Natural Areas. Sign up for a spot: https://forms.gle/BAvrWXwad4HwU1iT6

Book Talk With Russian Independent Journalist Elena Kostyuchenko , Monday, April 22, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Elena Kostyuchenko is a Russian independent journalist and gay rights activist. For 17 years, she was a special correspondent of Novaya Gazeta, reporting on conflict, crime, human rights and social issues. Kostyuchenko will discuss her experience working as a journalist in Russia and Ukraine and read an excerpt from her recently-published book, "I Love Russia: Reporting From a Lost Country". A Q&A session follows the public talk. This event is rescheduled from April 8. Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, Lewis Global Studies Center, Jacobson Center for Writing, Journalism Concentration, and Lecture Committee.

Staff Council April Meeting , Tuesday, April 23, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Smith staff are invited to the April Staff Council general meeting! Participating in change is empowering and constructive and communication is what Staff Council is all about. Even if you are not an elected member, you can still be an important part of Staff Council, as your input makes the Staff Council stronger and more effective. To stay informed and connect with other staff, you may join the Slack workspace https://staff-at-smithcollege.slack.com, sign up for the Staff listserv https://www.smith.edu/discover-smith/governance/staff-council/news-events, and/or contact us anonymously https://www.smith.edu/discover-smith/governance/staff-council/contact-us.

'What Museum Specimens Tell Us About the Living World' , Thursday, April 25, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Mason Heberling, Associate Curator of Botany, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA will present the last of a three-part botany talk series in honor of John Burk as part of the Spring 2024 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Please visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events/php for the full schedule.

Smith Parents of Little Ones April Meeting , Thursday, April 25, 12:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright

The Smith Parents of Little Ones group meets monthly and all parents and caregivers of little ones (of any age!) are welcome to join. Please bring your lunch and come to celebrate and commiserate!

EKTA Silent Disco , Friday, April 19, 10 p.m., Scott Gym

EKTA is hosting its 3rd annual Silent Disco event. There will be music on three channels (English, South Asian, and international), snacks, and dancing! Tickets are on sale now, $5 for Smithies. To purchase tickets, please visit this link: http://smithcollegetickets.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1489. For more details and for FAQs, please visit the EKTA Instagram page.

Economics Department Seminar Speaker: Daniela Vidart , Friday, April 26, 12:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Economics Department presents Daniela Vidart: Assistant Professor of Economics at UConn. Professor Vidart will be discussing "Revisiting the Link Between Electrification and Fertility: Evidence from the Early 20th Century United States.'

Engineering Design Celebration , Friday, April 26, 1:20 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The 21st annual Engineering Design Celebration will showcase applied design projects from the capstone Design Clinic (EGR 422) course. The Design Clinic sponsors for 2023-2024 include Boeing, Boston Scientific, Cummins, Fuss & O'Neill, Honda, Iridium, Salas O'Brien, USGS, and Werfen. Refreshments will be served during intermissions and the closing reception. The full event schedule is available online at https://www.science.smith.edu/designclinic/dc2324-designcelebration/

Smith Community Drug Take-Back Day , Saturday, April 27, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Smith College will be hosting a Drug Takeback Day at the Campus Center (Main Level) on Saturday, April 27 from 10:15-11:30 am for students, faculty and staff. Unwanted or expired prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins and liquid medications in sealed containers are welcomed. No vape batteries, IV solutions or chemotherapy drugs please. Participants are encouraged to remove identifying information from the containers, and disposal is 100% confidential. Medications collected will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Questions? Email healthservices@smith.edu.

Opening Reception for 'Camp Quandary' Senior Studio Art Exhibition , Friday, April 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Hi Campers, you’re invited to come visit Camp Quandary! This senior studio art exhibition showcases seven artists exploring the themes of space, self-questioning, boundless realities and of course, laundry. The opening reception will be held in Jannotta Gallery on Friday April 26th from 5:30-7:30pm. There will be snacks and drinks and fun to be had! Please join us (Gretchen Hammell, Madeleine Kahoe, Yasmine Porath, Dan Dao, Celosía Willison, Sarah Fox, and Finn Walsh) for a good time at camp! This exhibition will span from April 25 until May 2.

Town Hall on Divestment , Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Seelye Lawn

Do you have questions or opinions about Smith potentially divesting from weapon manufacturers? Come to the town hall this Sunday (April 21st) from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Seelye Lawn. There will be a presentation on what divestment could look like along with facilitated small and large group discussions. The town hall will conclude with a vote to gauge the Smith community's feelings about divestment. Students, faculty, staff, 5-college, and Northampton community members welcome.

Participate in an On-Campus Paid Research Study Opportunity

The Mind in Development Lab at Smith is looking for adults 18+ to participate in a pilot study to utilize hair braiding patterns to develop an inclusive practice for a variety of hair types for the use of a neuro-imaging technique called fNIRS. Participation involves 1 study session that will take between 2.5- 3 hours in Burton Hall 113. You will wear a cap for a functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) scan of your brain (a safe, non-invasive way to look at brain activity) while photos and videos are taken of your hair during the braiding process. We are enrolling participants until May 2, and participation is voluntary.

Art After Hours: Student Art Sale , Thursday, April 25, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

Join us for a Spring semester Smith Student Art Sale at SCMA featuring items made by Smith students, including jewelry, artwork, ceramics, accessories and more. Dance to the music, enjoy the galleries with your friends, and support Smith’s talented student artisans!

Film Screening and Q&A: 'Inhabitants--Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our World' , Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

All are welcome at this screening of an essential film for everyone concerned about our environment. The film follows five Native American communities as they restore their traditional land management practices in the face of a changing climate. As the climate crisis escalates, these time-tested practices of North America's original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Ben-Alex Dupris, a featured speaker in the film and enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Co-sponsored by the American Studies department, the Environmental Science & Policy program, CEEDS, and OEI.

Kite-Making Workshop , Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m., Capen Annex

Springtime is here! What better way to spend it than with your own homemade kite? For kite lovers or kite-curious, makers and amateurs. All are welcome! Come to the Design Thinking Initiative to design and build your very own kite. Space is limited; RSVP on the Smith Social Network.

FMS Student Screenings , Wednesday, May 1, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Film and Media Studies at Smith College presents video projects made by students in Film production courses taught by Anaiis Cisco.

Spring Studio Productions: The Art of Remembering by Adina L. Ruskin , May 1-2, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio I, Mendenhall CPA

Directed by Aria Martinelli ‘24 and Phoebe Turner ‘25 Three women, each with a suitcase, unpack the memorabilia of their life experience, letting loose memories of people and places and events in evocative fragments reaching back over the century. Free tickets at http://smitharts.ludus.com.

Spring Grad Dance Event , Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

First Year MFA candidates Caitlin Canty, Gabby Carmichael, Niki Farahani, and Yun Lee invite you to their culminating event of the Spring semester. $3 tickets at http://smitharts.ludu.com


04/16/2024 Digest


Register Now: Rest Practices for Tired Faculty , Wednesday, April 24, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

How can we incorporate rest into the micro-moments of our experience, without waiting desperately for the mythical break? If it’s not time that wholly determines our restfulness, what does? Participants will learn a few practical ‘rest tools’ to apply in daily life, and be guided to practice within this experiential session. Facilitated by Benita Jackson, Professor of Psychology and Faculty Wellness Fellow as part of the Spring 2024 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register by 4/17 (https://forms.gle/jYAc1UYYDskevbcE7).

PLAN C: Film and Discussion—Expanding Abortion Pill Access With Public Health Expert Francine Coeytaux , Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Seelye 201

PLAN C documents the work of determined women in the United States expanding access to medication abortion by any means necessary. The film follows Francine Coeytaux, a public health expert and co-founder of the organization Plan C, as she and her team fight to expand knowledge of - and access to - the abortion pill across the United States. The film reveals the grassroots network and pipelines Plan C built, the criticism they faced, and the hope they have for the future.

Travel Readiness Session for Programs in Summer 2024 , Wednesday, April 17, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

A session for those who are going abroad in summer 2024 through Global FLEX, CLDI, and other college-sponsored travel. We'll be covering topics important for consideration before, during, and after your time abroad.

Call for Student Art , Deadline: April 19

Help us reach the next generation of Smithies! We're calling for submissions of artwork that will be used to create stickers that will be included in the admissions packet for admitted incoming students. The theme is "Joy" — What brings you joy at Smith? The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 19. For submission guidelines and other details, visit https://forms.gle/jyoExorAmLsL257b9

Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize for Drawing , Deadline: April 16

Established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts ’45, this prize is awarded annually for the best drawing. Entries are judged by faculty in the Department of Art. Limited to one entry per student. Winners receive a substantial cash prize. Additional eligibility and entry information is available on the Smith College Department of Art Webpage under Prizes, Internships, and Opportunitities. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 16th.

Apply Now: Human Rights Initiative Curricular Enhancement Grants

The Human Rights Initiative invites faculty and teaching staff to apply for curricular enhancement grants. Grants are available to support curricular/co-curricular activity that advances knowledge about human rights. This could include new courses, modifying or enhancing existing courses, or other initiatives. We welcome proposals from all disciplines. Grants can support course development stipends, course materials, guest speakers, and more. Recipients will be invited to share their experiences with these grants with faculty, staff and students. Priority given to applications received by April 22, 2024. Please contact Carrie Cuthbert (ccuthbert@smith.edu) for application information or to discuss your ideas.

Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert: Time and Space , Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Smith College Department of Music presents the Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert: Time and Space! The Smith College Jazz Ensemble returns to the Campus Center Carroll Room with a Time and Space themed concert - Enjoy a great time grooving to favorites such as "Time After Time," "Summertime," "As Time Goes By," and more, along with tasty ice cream sundaes! Family friendly - Free and open to the public.

Workshop: Fellowships for International Students , Tuesday, April 16, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Are you an international student with outstanding academic achievement, and a strong record of campus or community volunteering and/or leadership? Are you interested in applying for a highly competitive post graduate fellowships like Gates Cambridge, Knight-Hennessey, Rhodes, or Schwarzman? If yes, then this workshop will get you started exploring if fellowships like this are for you, tools to help you to research other options, and ways to enhance your chances of success. Target audience: international students from any year with excellent academic record of achievement and emerging plans for after graduation. ** Register here https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1515026/share_preview **

Workshop: Graduate School and Postgraduate Fellowships , Wednesday, April 17, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Find out about highly selective awards for excellent students who plan master's-level or doctoral study in the US or abroad. Among the awards available, there are different citizenship rules (some are open to the world, some open only to US citizens), and different timing of applications (some require application in junior year, some permit application well after graduation). Some focus on particular academic disciplines; some emphasize diversity. Find out what you can do now to enhance your chances of securing a competitive award and create your personal short list of possible awards. ** Register here https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1515057/share_preview **

Beginner Basket Weaving at Design Thinking Initiative (DTI) , Wednesdays, April 3-May 1, 5:30 p.m., Capen Annex

DTI is hosting a a Beginner Basket Weaving series to introduce folks to the craft of basket weaving. Registration on the Smith Social Network is appreciated, but not required.

Admitted Student Events , April 12-13 & April 18-19

Please note that Smith's annual events for admitted students will take place 4/12-4/13 and 4/18-4/19. Students, staff, and faculty should expect increased traffic on campus and more limited parking. We hope you welcome the admitted students into our community.

Academic Regalia for Graduating Seniors

Academic regalia will be available for purchase at the Smith College Bookstore starting April 15, 2024. Please visit the bookstore at 8 Green Street on or after April 15 to purchase your regalia. You do not need to place an order online in advance. If you received regalia through the SGA lottery and need a tassel, they can be purchased in person at the Smith College Bookstore, also starting April 15. If you have any questions related to regalia please call the bookstore at 413-585-4140.

'Elixir': A Senior Exhibition Now on View; Opening Reception , Friday, April 12, 4-6 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"Elixir: (Re)creating Spaces and Modes of Healing Across Diaspora"  Six senior studio art majors welcome you to our worlds of enchantment and healing. These are artworks that document our experiences grappling with race, religion, migration, and more, as we find art as the ultimate site of reimagining. The opening reception will be held in Jannotta Gallery on Friday, April 12th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Free snacks and refreshments provided. Be there or be square. The exhibition features Gabrielle Coello, Miranda Gibson, Victoria Partakki, Valerie Olivares, Taylor Wells, and Jade Wong. This exhibition will be open in the Jannotta Gallery in Hillyer Hall 4/9-4/18 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Apply Now: Sams Fund for Middle East Study , Summer Deadline: May 2

Summer proposals for Sams Fund awards are due on Thursday, May 2, 2024. The Sams Fund is a restricted fund established by Betty Hamady Sams ’57 and James F. Sams to support the study of Arab history, culture, politics, religion and art. The intent of the Sams Fund is to foster greater understanding among Americans and people of Arab countries. Smith College faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows and currently enrolled students are eligible to apply. Details about supported activities and the application process can be found on the Middle East Studies web page: http://smith.edu/middle-east-studies, or email samsfund@smith.edu.

Recording of Medicare Countdown to 65 Webinar Now Available

An on-demand recording of the recent Countdown to 65 webinar about Medicare is now available. To access the webinar, go to: https://bcbsma.info/Smith-College-28Mar24

FCWSRC Pop-Up Write Together at Smith! , Friday, April 26, 9:30 a.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

Join the Five College Women's Studies Research Center for a pop-up co-writing day, co-organized with the Smith College Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and "Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism." Stay for the full day, or stop by for a few hours to move spring writing projects forward and boost momentum during these final legs of the semester. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available throughout the day, and attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch or pick one up from downtown Northampton or one of the Smith College cafés. Learn more and RSVP here: https://bit.ly/4aQTeoh

STEAM Team Game Night! , Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright

Looking for a way to connect with some fellow game-enthusiasts on campus? Feeling the desire to channel some of your inner competitiveness through a fun outlet? Game Night with the STEAM Team is the perfect opportunity to satisfy all your needs! Please join us on Tuesday, April 16th in Wright 013 from 6-7:30 p.m. for an evening of laughter, camaraderie, and friendly competition. There will be a variety of games to choose from - classics like card games and Set, childhood throwbacks like cool math games and Uno, and more recent gems like Qwirkle and Q-bitz. Snacks will be provided!

McCartney Hall Construction Site Disruption , Weekdays Thru Approx. April 17

Beginning on Tuesday, April 9th at the McCartney Hall construction site, a crane will be on site installing the sheet piling necessary to hold soil in place while the building foundation is constructed. Installation will involve a vibrating hammer hung from the crane that will vibrate the 40 ft. steel sheets into the ground. This work could be disruptive at times, due to vibration of the ground in the immediate vicinity of the construction site. The operation will run approximately 7 working days. Seismic monitors have been placed in all of the buildings near the project site to monitor vibrations at the building locations. These monitors will report directly to the project team in real time to be sure that safe thresholds for vibration are maintained at our buildings.

Can You Imagine? Imagining Wisdom in the Bible and the Future , Wednesday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

A lecture by Anne Stewart '05, M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary and PhD, Emory University. How do we get ready for the future? Expanding the imagination is one of the best ways to cultivate creativity and resilience. The imagination can be trained, and the sages of ancient Israel knew this. Israel’s wisdom literature offers an education for the imagination that might also offer something to contemporary readers considering the future. Sponsored by the Religion Department, Jewish Studies Program, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and Lecture Committee.

2024 Summer Empower Basketball Academy at Smith College , June 25-27 & July 30-Aug 1, Ainsworth Gym

Leadership through sports: The mission is to provide local GIRLS with a quality experience that will focus on teaching the fundamentals of basketball while being taught by a staff of invested college coaches & players. It's designed for players of all skill levels and promotes a high-energy environment of games, drills, and competition emphasizing confidence, teamwork, and fun with friends. The academies will be directed by Back to Back Division III National Coach of the Year & Smith College Head Basketball Coach, Lynn Hersey. Participants will receive daily instruction, drills, games, and leadership activities focused on Basketball Skill Development. To register, visit https://www.empowerbasketballatsmith.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1440416

Dance Data Project®: Using Data to Drive Gender Equity , Tuesday, April 16, 4 p.m., McConnell B15

Smith's Data and Statistical Sciences program will host a talk by Liza Yntema, president and founder of Dance Data Project® (DDP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting women and girls in dance. Yntema will present DDP's most recent research findings, share current programming, resources, and advocacy initiatives, and discuss the crucial role of data in advancing gender equity. Through its research, programming, resources, and advocacy efforts, DDP highlights and uplifts women in the dance industry, while also shedding light on the inequities and limited opportunities faced by women in the field.

Dance Data Project®: Using Data to Drive Gender Equity , Tuesday, April 16, 4 p.m., McConnell B15

Smith's Data and Statistical Sciences program will host a talk by Liza Yntema, president and founder of Dance Data Project® (DDP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting women and girls in dance. Yntema will present DDP's most recent research findings, share current programming, resources, and advocacy initiatives, and discuss the crucial role of data in advancing gender equity. Through its research, programming, resources, and advocacy efforts, DDP highlights and uplifts women in the dance industry, while also shedding light on the inequities and limited opportunities faced by women in the field.

Student Decal Sales Schedule for '24-'25 academic year

Online student decal sales for the '24-'25 academic year will open for 2025 seniors on July 24, 2024 at 8:30am EST. On July 31, 2024 at 8:30am EST sales will open for juniors to purchase any remaining decals. On August 7, 2024 at 8:30am EST if there are any decals left, sophomores will have the opportunity to purchase decals. Students will be ineligible to purchase a decal if they have unpaid citations. The Parking Office encourages students to settle any outstanding parking citations online as soon as possible.

Academic Year Jobs Ending 05/10/2024 -Summer Employment Starts 05/11/2024

Reminder: Student Academic Year jobs end on May 10, 2024. The Student Employment office will end all additional academic year student jobs as of 5/10/24. If a student is to continue working during the Summer, they MUST be hired into a new Summer job as of May 11, 2024. The manager will need to hire them with a Summer start date as of 5/11/24 If you need assistance please email studemp@smith.edu Thank you, The Student Employment Office

Distinguished Virtual Lecture: 'Whither Masculinity: Man Up or Human Up?' , Wednesday, April 17, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

Presented by Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D ABPP, The University of Akron, who is an expert on the psychology of men and masculinity with over 200 peer reviewed articles, 19 books, and 8 years of service as Editor of the Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Dr. Levant was the 2005 President of the American Psychological Association (APA), where he led the development of APA’s guidelines for Evidence Based Practice in Psychology. Zoom link: https://smith.zoom.us/j/97656541366

Accepting Clothes/Textbook Donations! , Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Have any gently used clothing or leftover textbooks that you can't find a use for anymore? Donate them to the International Students and Scholars Office here at Smith! We will be taking them up until the end of the semester, so please drop off your goodies in the big box at the entrance of Wright Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at interstu@smith.edu.

Accepting Clothes/Textbook Donations! , Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Have any gently used clothing or leftover textbooks that you can't find a use for anymore? Donate them to the International Students and Scholars Office here at Smith! We will be taking them up until the end of the semester, so please drop off your goodies in the big box at the entrance of Wright Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at interstu@smith.edu.

Lifecycle Cost Analysis With Carbon Pricing , Tuesday, April 16, 4:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

Susan Sayre, CEEDS Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Economics, will share the results of work with students to redesign the Smith College Proxy Carbon Lifecycle Calculator to improve flexibility and usability. Enjoy refreshments and learn how this spreadsheet based calculator can help incorporate carbon reduction into financial analysis on campus, in the classroom, and beyond.

Marshall and Truman Scholarships Info Session , Wednesday, April 17, Noon, Virtual

Looking for Postgraduate Opportunities? Interested in finding ways to help make your academic and professional dreams a reality? Open to rising juniors, the Truman Scholarship is designed to fund and support aspiring leaders pursuing careers in public service. Seniors and rising seniors may consider the Marshall scholarship which fully funds graduate study for 50 high-achieving American undergraduates at any university in the UK in any topic. Representatives from both scholarships will discuss the benefits of these awards and tips on applying. Register for the event here: https://forms.gle/wBiSe4BDLAqbzPSc8.


04/11/2024 Digest


Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, April 11, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

April 11, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Joshua Birk, Associate Professor of History, to present "Not Judgment but Terror: Contested Notions of Trial by Combat." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Spring Seminar Series , Friday, April 12, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Dr. Jeremiah WIlliams of Wittenberg University Department of Physics and the Physics Division of the National Science Foundation will give a talk titled ‘Dusty Plasmas: A Unique State of Matter’ at 4:15pm on Friday April 12 in McC103. Refreshments at 4:00pm. All are welcome.

2024 International Poetry Day , Friday, April 12, 4 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

April is the National Poetry Month. At Smith, we proudly make it "International"!! On Friday, April 12th, 4:00 p.m., at the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center, student participants will each present a poem of their choice in the original language and a version translated into English. The translation can be either a famous translation or not, or their own translation. Let's celebrate and enjoy the multilingual poetic expressions from the world. Contact sgugliot@smith.edu with questions.

April Second Friday: Art and Nature , April 12, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

Join us for an evening of sensory experiences inspired by nature! Drop in for hands-on art making activities in the museum’s atrium and enjoy light refreshments from 4–7pm. Explore still life paintings and landscapes in the galleries, and then bring the sweet smells of spring to life with “scratch and sniff” scented paint on watercolor paper. April showers bring May flowers!

Smith Students' Aid Society Application Deadline for Summer Opportunities , Monday, April 15

The deadline for Summer SSAS applications is Monday, April 15. SSAS grants are available for not-for-credit and credit-bearing programs, as well as for travel opportunities. Students applying for credit-bearing programs should note that the SSAS can only fund courses that have been accepted for transfer credit by Smith College. If you are a student in financial need and your program fits the above description, you may fill out the application by copying and pasting this link into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqWvPYq78MyDjgl51X09fUl_r19pjfo-Lw8sJK-H2wYw-ixg/viewform

Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize , Deadline: April 15

Established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones ’88, this prize is awarded annually to one undergraduate for outstanding work in any Studio Art or Architecture class. Each student may submit only one piece of artwork; multipart projects will not be accepted. Winners receive a substantial cash prize. Additional eligibility and entry information is available at: https://forms.gle/kBaNNpBtH5hN8yTZ7. Announced on Ivy Day, winners receive a substantial cash prize. Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 15th 2024.

Senior Dance Concert: Evocations , April 11, 12, & 13, Scott Gym Dance Studio

The Smith College Department of Dance presents the Senior Dance Concert, featuring the choreography of Di' Anna Bonomolo, Radha Consiglio, Emma Frank, Mara Kelley, Ashton Lane, Emma Lawrence, and Drew Rivera. Five performances: Thursday, April 11, 7:30 PM; Friday, April 12, 7 & 9 PM; Saturday, April 13, 5 & 7 PM. Tickets $5-10 at https://smitharts.ludus.com/

Iva Dee Hiatt Memorial Concert , Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Department of Music presents the 2024 Iva Dee Hiatt Memorial Concert. The Smith College Glee Club, Alumnae Chorus, and Intro to Singing class present a concert featuring excerpts from Folk Songs of the Four Seasons by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the local premiere of Lullaby for Ukraine by Victoria Fraser ‘10. Jonathan Hirsh and Paige Graham conduct. Free and open to the public.

Campus Cram - Study in Neilson Library , Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., Neilson Library

The Learning Commons staff is happy to announce the first ever Campus Cram: a study group for all Smith students to relax and get some work done alongside the Peer Writing Tutors and Library Research Mentors. Come join student library staff for a nighttime study session in Neilson Library (room 011 on the ground floor) on April 11th from 7-10pm. There will be snacks and drinks provided! Bring a friend or two!

Trans-Indigenous/Trans-Hemispheric Intimacies: Standing Rock Water Protectors & Naxal Forest Keepers , Monday, April 15, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Join Dr. Basuli Deb for a lecture on how trans-indigenous/trans-hemispheric discursive formations generate insurgent critical synergies for the formation of indigenous solidarity politics across hemispheres to unsettle linked settler colonial sites as part of a machinery of transnational structural racism. Dr. Basuli Deb is the co-editor of a new special issue of Meridians journal entitled "Indigenous Feminisms Across the World," out now. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (Columbia University), a Lifetime Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women (Rutgers University), and Research Associate at SOAS University of London.

LinkedIn Learning

Are you eager to advance your career by learning new skills through expert-led courses? Discover the benefits of LinkedIn Learning, available to all Smith staff, faculty, and students. Access the platform conveniently via the link provided on the Smith portal under 'General Info'. Start your journey to success today!

JOYpalooza: Cooking for JOY , Friday, April 12, 11 a.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Three Smith chefs will compete in the 3rd Annual Culinary Innovators Challenge. This year, chefs will be "Cooking for JOY." Each has been challenged to feature local ingredients in a dish that elevates their favorite meal. *Limited tickets will be available in the Campus Center on April 12. Your ticket gets you a sample of each dish and 1 vote for your favorite chef. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and Smith's Dining Services in connection with the 2024 Smith Co-Innovate for Change: The JOY Challenge.

JOYpalooza: Cooking for JOY , Friday, April 12, 11 a.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Three Smith chefs will compete in the 3rd Annual Culinary Innovators Challenge. This year, chefs will be "Cooking for JOY." Each has been challenged to feature local ingredients in a dish that elevates their favorite meal. *Limited tickets will be available in the Campus Center on April 12. Your ticket gets you a sample of each dish and 1 vote for your favorite chef. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and Smith's Dining Services in connection with the 2024 Smith Co-Innovate for Change: The JOY Challenge.

JOYpalooza: Student Showcase , Friday, April 12, Noon, Campus Center Garden Level

The 2024 Smith Co-Innovate for Change: The JOY Challenge is coming to a close. Learn about the innovative projects that participating teams have been developing over the course of Spring. Each project tackled a problem that aligns with at least one United Nations Sustainable Development Goal and crafted a solution that is intended to usher in joy for those effected by the problem. *Limited tickets will be available in the Campus Center for you to vote for your favorite team and perhaps earn them the People's Choice award. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.

JOYpalooza: Joyful TEDx Talks , Friday, April 12, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Teams in the 2024 Smith Co-Innovate for Change: The JOY Challenge will deliver brief TEDx-style talks about their projects and journey this spring. Presentations will be followed immediately by an awards ceremony where $50,000 will be distributed. Be sure to get there on time to cast your vote for the People's Choice award. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.

JOYpalooza: Joyful Talks , Friday, April 12, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Teams in the 2024 Smith Co-Innovate for Change: The JOY Challenge will deliver brief TEDx-style talks about their projects and journey this spring. Presentations will be followed immediately by an awards ceremony where $50,000 will be distributed. Be sure to get there on time to cast your vote for the People's Choice award. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.

You Belong: Navigating Your Time & Place at Smith , Thursday, April 11, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Do you want to get more involved on campus or in the community? Looking for more places and people to connect with? Are you stuck questioning where to even begin? The Office of Student Engagement is here to help. Whether you are a first-year, sophomore, or junior, it is not too late to get involved. Come enjoy a glass of iced tea or lemonade and petit fours and start considering your options for the next school year by talking with other students, club/org members, and center and institute staff. Learn more here: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/10007273

UPDATED: The Origin(s) of Eukaryotes , Thursday, April 11, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Laure Eme, CNRS - Université Paris-Saclay, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2024 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit https://www.smith.edu/academics/biological-sciences#colloquium-0 for the full schedule.

UPDATED; Smith Students' Aid Society Application Deadline for Summer Opportunities , Monday, April 15

The deadline for Summer SSAS grant applications is Monday, April 15. SSAS grants are available for (a) not-for-credit programs, (b) credit-bearing programs, and (c) travel program opportunities. Please note that credit programs must have transfer credit pre-approval from the Class Deans/Registrar before funding can be granted.

Enroll in Arabic Classes

The Arabic Language Program in the Middle East Studies is offering two first year Arabic classes next semester; in addition to the second- and third-year Arabic classes. Students will be introduced to a variety of Middle Eastern traditions and cultures; they will learn formal and colloquial spoken Arabic too. Arabic is the fifth most widely spoken language. The Middle East Studies Program offers grants and scholarships to study Arabic abroad in Jordan, Morocco, or Oman. The Arabic program at Smith involves students in activities like, Arabic music concert, projects with IT, Design Thinking, Smith Museum, and Botanical Garden.

SCMA Second Friday Kicks Off During SmithArts Day Weekend , Friday, April 12, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Friday, April 12, from 4–8 p.m., kicks off the SmithArts Day weekend celebration bringing the arts together—across disciplines and across campus at Smith College. Enjoy an evening of art, nature, and community! At 4 p.m., Northampton Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra ‘96 will make a guest appearance. From 4–7 p.m., drop in for hands-on! art making activities in the museum atrium along with light refreshments. Draw from a still life with Smith College Student Museum Educators (SMEs) and Community Art Making Assistants, and touch nature objects at a sensory table with Smith College Botanic Garden Student Museum Educators (BoGSEs). https://scma.smith.edu/calendar/april-second-friday-art-and-nature

Synchronized Swimming Showcase 'Synthro' Best of the 80s! , Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m., Dalton Swimming Pool

Step back into the groovy era of the 80s with our electrifying synchronized swimming showcase! Get ready to be dazzled by a spectacle of synchronized swimming like you've never seen before. Join us for a night filled with laughter, excitement, and throwbacks as our talented swimmers transport you back in time with their dynamic routines set to iconic 80s tunes. We're hosting two showings at 3pm and 7pm, so you have double the chance to experience the magic! Admission is just $1, and 7pm show is for Smith students only.

TODAY: Open Conversations With the Deans , Thursday, April 11, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Open Hours with Deans Keller and Ohotnicky & SGA — an open forum for students to speak to us about current events and concerns and/or questions in general for the Deans and SGA.

UPDATED: Taitetsu Unno Memorial Lecture in Buddhist Studies , Thursday, April 11, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

"Beneath the Buddha: Cosmologies, Conversions, and Imperial Self-Representation in ca. 700 Japan", delivered by Cynthea J. Bogel '80. Bogel is currently a Beinecke Fellow at the Clark Art Institute. She was professor of Japanese art and Buddhist visual culture in East Asia at Kyushu University (Japan) from 2012–2023 and associate professor at the University of Washington from 1999–2012. As a Smith student, Bogel participated in the Associated Kyoto Program while it was directed by Prof. Taitetsu Unno. Sponsored by the Smith College Buddhist Studies Program, Religion Department, and Ada Howe Kent fund.

Tools for Summer Teamwork: Art of Leading Teams Greatest Hits (Open to All Staff/Faculty) , Tuesday, April 16, 12:15 p.m., Neilson Library 102

In-person only (NO Zoom option this month). RSVP for lunch (available at noon in Neilson Browsing Room): https://forms.gle/RVeor9jkbuzVt9ND8. Is your team or department starting to think about how you will do some team building or reflection work over the summer? Join us for an informal lunch session to revisit some Art of Leading Teams "greatest hits": tools we've introduced in the past which might be useful for your team as you take a deep breath and regroup over the summer. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership. Part of our monthly lunch series, open to all staff and faculty.

Save the Date: Racial Justice Action Planning Summit , Wednesday, May 1, Campus Center Carroll Room

The summit is an opportunity for departments and offices to share with the campus community the planning and implementation progress of their racial justice action planning. Posters will be displayed throughout the day in the Carroll Room, and a reception will follow at 4:30.

Plugging Into Renewable Energies: A Discussion About Building Renewable Communities , Friday, April 12, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

Dakota Law '24 looks at examples of how communities around Massachusetts have come together to invest in renewable energy--and then shares how you can do that in your own spaces! Open to faculty, staff, and students. Lunch provided.

Sherrerd Teaching Arts Luncheon: Self-Reflection, Not Blame--Smith Faculty/Staff Learning From Student-Reported (Micro)aggressions , Friday, April 12, Noon, McConnell 103

Self-Reflection, Not Blame: Smith faculty/staff learning from student-reported (micro)aggressions -- An opportunity to talk more with Valerie Joseph, AEMES Director is a follow-up to the September 29th 2023 on this topic. Please note that this TAL will be in McConnell (lunch in the foyer at noon and the presentation at 12:20 in McConnell 103). RSVP: https://forms.gle/t1duKYXK57kzjB3g9.

CPT Information Session , Tuesday, April 30, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session is for any international students looking to receive Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the ISSO. CPT is required to complete a paid internship or job in the US during Interterm and/or Summer break, or to complete a US-based Praxis. CPT is strongly recommended for any unpaid internship in the US. We will review the requirements of CPT, as well as how to apply.

The Path to Jung: A Discussion Led by Erica Lorentz L.P.C. & Jungian Analyst (IAAP) , Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m., Bass Hall Psychology Lounge

Are you wondering what it's like to bridge the gap between psychology and spirituality? Want to learn more about modern analytical psychology and Jungian Analysis? Come speak with licensed professional counselor and Jungian Analyst Erica Lorentz on Sunday, April 14th from 1pm-2pm in the psychology lounge in Bass Hall! Erica Lorentz has over 40 years of clinical experience and has taught and supervised at the undergraduate and graduate level since 1980. She is currently a training analyst with the Jung Institute of Boston and practices out of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Art Stockings: Dialogues on Art, Gender, and Cultural Theory With Naima Green , Thursday, April 11, 5 p.m., Seelye 101

Art Stockings: Dialogues on Art, Gender + Cultural Theory is an artist lecture series featuring a diverse group of women identified and non-binary artists, who talk about their artistic work and research practices. Naima Green is committed to a practice of generosity by co-creating community environments of play, exploration, and pleasure that center expansive and nuanced experiences of Black, Brown, and Queer life. Her practice is one of archiving—integrating photography, performance, text, and spatial interventions. She makes installations and objects (a birthing stool, poker deck, books, archives, prints) that promote care, close reading, and self-recognition.

Jummah , Friday, April 12, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The CRSL invites students to join us for Jummah at the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. The group will meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 pm. The van will leave campus by 12:30 pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 pm. Remember to bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. There are extra prayer rugs in the Blue Room, if you need one! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. To RSVP, email crsl@smith.edu.

Shabbat , Friday, April 12, 5:30 p.m., Kosher K Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community invites you to the “K,” the Kosher Kitchen in Jordan House, for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday nights at 5:30pm. Join together in song and prayer to welcome in Shabbat as a community. Services will often be followed by Kosher vegetarian meals. All are welcome! Please reach out to scjc@smith.edu with any questions.

Weekly Meditation , Monday, April 15, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are invited to come together in person for weekly mindful meditation led by EJ Seibert and Mary Beth Brooker. We will do a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, based on Zen forms. Chairs and floor cushions are available. Meditation instructions will be offered each week. All levels welcome.

Mindful Mondays , Monday, April 15, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice building self-awareness and acceptance with others, come check out our drop-in Mindful Mondays program, every Monday in-person in Campus Center Room 102, 12:15-1pm. With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and connection-building. Absolutely zero experience is necessary, all students are welcome, and lunch is provided. Email aostow@smith.edu with questions.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 12, 2:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Come get cozy and enjoy a hot, delicious vegetarian soup made by awesome student cooks while taking part in reflective, student-led discussions on spirituality and life! Students of all religious, spiritual, and non-religious/non-spiritual backgrounds are welcome. The Bodman Lounge is in the basement of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and accessible via elevator from the rear of the building. For details on food and other general accessibility questions, email aostow@smith.edu or mcantwel@smith.edu.

Holy Rosary With the Catholic Club , Sunday, April 14, 2:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

All are welcome to pray the Holy Rosary with Smith's Newman Catholic Club.

Catholic Mass , Sunday, April 14, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Weekly Mass with Fr. Valentine Nworah and Smith's Newman Catholic Club. All are welcome! Contact catholicclub@smith.edu for information on student events and opportunities.

Staff Council Social Hour , Tuesday, April 16, 2:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Smith's Staff Council is pleased to invite Smith Staff to our annual Social Hour. Join colleagues you know and meet new ones. Learn more about Staff Council and how you can get involved, as well as foster campus-wide relationships and make new ones. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The event runs from 2:30-4:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

International Music Party , Friday, April 12, 5 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

International Music Party following International Poetry Day, Friday, April 12, 5-6PM, Boutelle-Day Poetry Center (the Poetry Reading for International Poetry Day is from 4-5PM). International snacks will be provided. Let’s celebrate all the languages that we have on our campus! Sponsored by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center, Translation Concentration, the Department of German & Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, East Asian Languages and Cultures, French Studies, and the Kahn Institute.

Smith Arts Day To Launch This Saturday! , Saturday, April 13, Campus-Wide

This Saturday, April 13, the Smith Office for the Arts (SOFA) presents the first Smith Arts Day, a daylong celebration of the artistic and creative community at Smith College, bringing the arts together—across disciplines and across campus. SOFA invites you to join us for over 25 events from music, performances, exhibitions, workshops, art-making activities, and more. Check http://smith.edu/smithartsday for more details and a full schedule.

Smith Arts Day Launches This Saturday! , Saturday, April 13, Campus-Wide

This Saturday, April 13, the Smith Office for the Arts (SOFA) presents the first Smith Arts Day, a daylong celebration of the artistic and creative community at Smith College, bringing the arts together—across disciplines and across campus. SOFA invites you to join us for over 25 events from music, performances, exhibitions, workshops, art-making activities, and more. Check smith.edu/smithartsday for more details and a full schedule.

Smith Arts Day To Launch This Saturday! , Saturday, April 13, Campus-Wide

This Saturday, April 13, the Smith Office for the Arts (SOFA) presents the first Smith Arts Day, a daylong celebration of the artistic and creative community at Smith College, bringing the arts together—across disciplines and across campus. SOFA invites you to join us for over 25 events from music, performances, exhibitions, workshops, art-making activities, and more. Check http://smith.edu/smithartsday for more details and a full schedule.


04/09/2024 Digest


Register Now: Toward Equity - Engaging in Dialogues About Race Across Disciplines , Wednesday, April 17, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

As we are discussing how to educate all Smith students about race and antiracism, come learn about how Villanova University has accomplished this through their Race, Justice & Dialogue Course. Professor Bowen will share its origins, design, and goals. This course uses an innovative approach to introduce and deepen student engagement of power and difference through the lens and approach of antiracism. Part of the Spring 2024 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register by 4/10 (https://forms.gle/jYAc1UYYDskevbcE7).

Smith Wellness' Sex in the Dark; Anonymous Q + A on Sexual Health , Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Join Smith Wellness' Community Health Organizers and Schacht's Leah Carasquillo for a night of anonymous sexual health Q + A. Ask all your sexual health questions anonymously and receive answers from a professional.

Nicky Beer and HS Prizewinners Poetry Reading , Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Nicky Beer’s most recent work is Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes (Milkweed Editions, 2022). Her poetics is a proud, visible queer/bi poetics that holds space for love, grief, and play. The winner and the finalists of the annual HS Poetry Prize, selected by Beer, will also read. Beer will be joined in conversation by Jen Jabaily-Blackburn following the event. Books will be sold at the event and a signing will follow. Free and open to all. Livestreams also available on Boutelle-Day Poetry Center Facebook and YouTube.

Lecture: Building a Transatlantic Climate Activist Bridge , Thursday, April 11, 4:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Using the fight against fossil gas as a case study, Prof. Sabine von Mering (Brandeis University) will speak about grassroots climate activism spanning the Atlantic. US and European climate activists’ ongoing resistance efforts against new shipping infrastructures for liquefied fossil gas (LNG) highlights the possibilities and the challenges for transnational grassroots activism, now and in the future. Prof. von Mering is an activist, a Professor of German and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Grassroots Climate Activism.

Big (and Little!) Picture: Student Life Abroad , Wednesday, April 10, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

In this workshop, we'll strategize on how to step into some of the co-curricular parts of your life abroad. Feelings of isolation are quite normal and they might kick in during the first few weeks of your abroad. How can you combat that and draw on your co-curricular passions to stay involved? Plus, we'll provide tools for logistical success whether you're a seasoned or first-time traveler.

The Female Gaze , Wednesday, April 10, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Female Gaze: How Women Bring New Genres, New Topics, and New Techniques to French Cinema. Lecture in English by French film author-director, Pauline Pelsy-Johann.

Alum Panel: Careers in Animation , Thursday, April 11, 12:15 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Smithies working at Pixar, Disney, and Green Street Pictures will share their stories and answer your questions about pathways into the world of animation. Emily Judkins '24 will facilitate this cross-disciplinary panel, co-sponsored by the departments of Film & Media Studies and Computer Science, the Art & Technology Program, and the Arts, Media & Communications Career Community at the Lazarus Center. Register on Handshake by visiting https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1515299/share_preview

Panel Discussion: Research Careers in Science Industry , Thursday, April 11, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

What is "science industry" and how can you continue doing research if you are not looking to pursue a traditional academic path beyond your time at Smith? This panel features three alums working in a variety of scientific organizations where they're able to continue using this knowledge and research skills outside of academia. They'll discuss what "industry" means for folks with a scientific background and how these careers open up possibilities for you. To register, visit https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1486698/share_preview

Apply Now: Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship , Deadline: April 26

The Smith College Department of Government sponsors an annual competition for the Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship. This fellowship (normally between $500 and $1,000) is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government, or in organizations (government or nongovernment) focused on issues of particular concern to women. All students are invited to apply. The deadline to submit all application materials is Friday, April 26, 2024. For more information and to download the application, visit the Department of Government web page at https://www.smith.edu/academics/government#awards-and-prizes-0. Questions can be sent to government@smith.edu.

Apply Now: Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship , Deadline: April 26

The Smith College Department of Government sponsors an annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship. The fellowship, awarding between $300-$800, is intended to support Smith students working internationally at summer internships in governmental or nongovernmental organizations that involve a policy focus or global issues. More information and the application can be found on the Government web page at https://www.smith.edu/academics/government#awards-and-prizes-0. The deadline for submitting all application materials is April 26, 2024. Questions can be sent to government@smith.edu.

History Alums Career Discussion , Wednesday, April 10, 12:15 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

The History Department and the Lazarus Center for Career Development is hosting a History Alums Career Discussion in the Alumnae House Living Room on April 10. Michelle Guzman '03, Hannah Wenzel Krieger '03, and Alex Asal '16 will provide insight about their professional journeys since getting a history degree from Smith. Lunch provided. Register here: https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1517852/share_preview.

Call for Applications: Building Academic Leaders in the Humanities Program 2024-25; Info Sessions , April 8 and 10, 4-5 p.m., Virtual Event

Applications are now open for the Five Colleges, Inc. Building Academic Leaders in the Humanities Program, funded by the Mellon Foundation. The Program aims to build a pipeline of humanities faculty into leadership roles by providing targeted workshops, opportunities to practice leadership skills, space for reflection, and community. Please visit the FCI website (https://www.fivecolleges.edu/faculty/mellon-faculty-development-programs) to learn more about the program; to register for an information session on April 8, 4-5pm (Introductory) and April 10, 4-5pm (Advanced); and to submit your application (deadline is April 26, 2024).

Embracing Joy in the Journey From Aspiration to Action (Collaborative Innovation Concentration Speaker Series) , Wednesday, April 10, 5 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Join us for an engaging and enlightening public talk featuring Ruby Maddox, Chief Purpose Director of Direct Your Purpose. Ruby will share her personal entrepreneurial journey, emphasizing the profound impact of joy at every turn. Through insightful anecdotes and reflections, Ruby will illuminate how finding joy in each step can transform our paths. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned professional, or simply seeking personal growth, this talk promises to inspire you and equip you with actionable strategies for infusing joy into every aspect of your journey. Open to students, faculty and staff. RSVP on Smith Social Network: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/10029918

Draft Notations: Enid Mark Lecture on Contemporary Book Arts and Poetry - Jen Bervin , Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Best known for her art, poetry, and artist books weaving together situated poetics and entangled relationships between text and textiles, Jen Bervin will share a range of projects involving collaborations with artists, scholars, and scientists, including: a poem written nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor with Tufts University's Silklab; a 230-foot curvilinear hand-sewn scale model of the Mississippi; and a cancellation of ongoing works related to Emily Dickinson's manuscripts and material histories.

Presidential Colloquium Featuring Dr. Lynette Watkins , Tuesday, April 9, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, will share what she has learned over the years in her career journey. Watkins is an ophthalmologist and widely respected health care administrator and leader who previously served as Group Chief Medical Officer for Baptist Health System/Tenet Healthcare -Texas Group, Chief Medical Officer/Chief Operating Officer at Paris Regional Medical Center in Texas, and chief medical officer in Tenet’s Abrazo Community Health Network in Arizona. https://www.smith.edu/calendar-events?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D1105872584

Mountain One Medicare Supplement Online Information Session , Wednesday, April 10, Noon, Virtual

Presenters from Mountain One Insurance will offer an informative online information session about the Medicare Supplemental Health Plan for Smith College Retirees. This webinar is intended to assist Smith employees approaching age 65 (or retirement) in understanding this important Medicare supplement option. A 30 minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A period. Advance registration is not required. To join the webinar, go to: https://mountainone.zoom.us/j/8294335012?pwd=YjhXYkNZNTY4T2dQYnVyeWJxbE02dz09&omn=89207308423 or in Zoom use Meeting ID: 829 433 5012 Passcode: Medicare24

Green Street Traffic Interruption , April 5, 8, 9-10, Green St.

On Friday, April 5th Eversource Gas will be working on gas service to Mendenhall on Green Street and one lane of traffic will be closed. Monday, April 8th Eversource will be digging and removing the existing gas service at the Gamut entrance. This will close one lane of Green Street for the day. Tuesday, April 9th into Wednesday, April 10th the new gas service will be installed and both lanes of Green Street will be closed between Belmont Avenue and the Sage Hall circle. The pedestrian walks and the Gamut entrance to Mendenhall will remain open and services in the building will not be impacted during this necessary work. Work will be completed on Wednesday, April 10th.

Caroline Pace Senior Recital , Wednesday, May 8, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Caroline Pace, mezzo soprano, will give her senior recital on Wednesday, May 8th, at 7pm in Sweeney Concert Hall. The program will include selections from operas ranging from the 17th to 19th centuries, and will focus on the performance of gender and masculinity in the operatic canon. Featuring Lemuel Gurtowsky, piano and Abigail Akers, mezzo-soprano.


04/04/2024 Digest


Smith College Workplace Campaign 2024

Thank you for contributing to the United Way through Smith’s workplace giving campaign! This helps fund new and persistent community needs for children, youth and families. If you haven't yet pledged, you still have one week left to do so - the campaign ends January 10. To contribute through payroll, visit https://secure.everyaction.com/oOMgSGvsj0K-pQrDlXbA4w2. To contribute by credit card, visit https://secure.everyaction.com/NuYW8B88L02yG75f_kzihw2. Or, you may send a check to United Way of Franklin & Hampshire Region (UWFH), P.O. Box 123, Northampton, MA 01061, Memo: Smith College campaign. To volunteer please contact Jenny Coeur jenny@uw-fh.org. Thank you!

Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, April 4, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

April 4, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Theresa Brock, Assistant Professor of French Studies, to present "Queenly Visions: Early/Modern Dialogues on Women, Spirituality, and Social Justice." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Post-Acceptance Palooza , Thursday, April 4, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Join us to hear from past students about their experiences navigating different housing options and the course registration process.

NPRS: Where the Stilled Wind Blew by Claire Trivax, MFA ’24 , Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

The New Play Reading Series presents Where the Stilled Wind Blew by Claire Trivax, MA ’24. Numa leaves their polluted, dying world for the evergreen, untouched valley of Ap’noa. They are the first human to enter Ap’noa after a cataclysmic event 500 years ago wiped out all of the people. In their quest to discover what happened and find a solution to their world’s problems, Numa will have to come to terms with their own tumultuous past. Free and open to the public.

Iftar , Thursday, April 4, 7:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Ramadan Mubarak! The Lewis Global Studies Center invites Smith's Muslim community - students, staff, and faculty - and friends to join us and break fast together. The Center will host an Iftar to celebrate the month of Ramadan.. Halal food will be provided for the first 50 attendees.

Joel Pitchon, Retirement Celebration Recital: The Beauty of Violin , Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Celebrating 50 years of professional music making and his retirement from Smith College, Joel will play violin favorites. He will be joined by friends for Prokofiev’s incomparable Duo for Two Violins and the brilliant Brahms Piano Quintet. Featuring the Elm Chamber Ensemble: Yu-Mei Wei, piano, Anthony Berner, viola, Volcy Pelletier, cello and special guest Robyn Quinnett, violin. Free and open to the public.

MUSIC MONDAY 6: 'Joy Spring!' Songs From the Great American Songbook With Beth Raffeld , Monday, April 8, 1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Department of Music presents Music Monday 6: Joy Spring!: Songs From the Great American Songbook With Beth Balmuth Raffeld, singer; Stephen Page, piano; Genevieve Rose, bass; and Claire Arenius, drums. Free and open to the public.

Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award Application , Deadline: Monday, April 8

The Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award was established in 1978 by friends and former students of Professor Lehmann. The prize is awarded annually to seniors majoring in the history of art to support educational travel opportunities. Preference is given to students interested in pursuing the study of art history, especially classical antiquity, at the graduate level. Classical studies majors and archaeology minors are also encouraged to apply. Students must submit a written proposal describing their travel plans, a copy of their transcript, and an itemized budget. Apply online at: https://forms.gle/3iKhtoL8oCQpHYeC7. Due: Monday, April 8th.

Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie Memorial Fund , Deadline: Monday, April 8

The Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie ’60 Memorial Fund provides financial support for Department of Art majors and minors (sophomores and juniors only) who undertake a summer internship of approximately 35 hours of work per week. The award cannot be combined with the Praxis fund. To be considered for the prize, students must submit the names of two faculty member references, a letter of application, a current CV or resume, a copy of their transcript, and an itemized budget. Apply online at: https://forms.gle/CvbvDmPRo3iGUAC19. Due: Monday, April 8th 2024.

Persuasion, Populism, and Post-Truth , Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., Seelye 201

A lecture by Manuel Bermúdez Vázquez, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Córdoba, Spain whose latest books are Brief History of Philosophy, 2nd edition, (2022, Ucopress), Debate Manual, 2nd edition (2022, Berenice) and Maimonides (2024, Almuzara). Bermúdez is a PRESHCO Visiting Scholar at Smith. His lecture is sponsored by the Spanish and Portuguese department and the Philosophy department.

Apply Now: Program in Middle East Studies - Support for Summer Language Study , Deadline: April 12

Smith's Program in Middle East Studies is pleased to be able to support students who plan to study a language of the Middle East (e.g., Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Turkish, Berber) during the summer of 2024. The support is made possible by the Near East Studies Fund. Applications and all related materials are due on April 12. For more information on summer language study funding and a link to the application, visit the Middle East Studies web page at https://www.smith.edu/academics/middle-east-studies, Opportunities and Resources section, Summer Study tab. Questions can be sent to middleeaststudies@smith.edu

Citation & Zotero Help , Neilson Library

Would you like for an expert to look over your citations? Are you interested in learning about the citation management tool Zotero? If you answered yes to either question - come visit the Library Research Mentors in Neilson Library. Research Mentors can help you get acquainted with a new citation style or look at a draft of your citations. They are also trained on setting up and using Zotero and would love to teach you all about it. Visit us in the Neilson Learning Commons (1st floor) during drop-in hours: Sunday-Thursday, 7-10pm & Sunday-Friday, 1-4pm

Register Now: Intro to the Fulbright US Student Program - Group Presentation Session , Thursday, April 4, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

Get to know Fulbright fellowships! Join students from several other colleges hear how IIE Fulbright Staff and Alumni Ambassadors describe the Fulbright US Student Program’s history, eligibility, award types, award benefits and application components and tips. After the general presentation, Smith College students and recent alums will go to a breakout room to talk with Smith College Fellowship Advisers about institution-specific details, such as campus resources, deadlines, and next steps. The Fulbright US Student Program is only open to US citizens. ** Register for this meeting in advance on the Fulbright US Student Program website using this link: https://apply.iie.org/register/GPS8 **

Everyday Tools for Equity & Inclusion: Discrimination, Harassment, & Sexual Misconduct-- Your Rights and Responsibilities , April 4 & 10

Staff and faculty are invited to register for the last session of Everyday Tools for Equity and Inclusion this semester. Sponsored by the Office for Equity and Inclusion, the topic will be Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct: Your Rights and Responsibilities, facilitated by Martha Alexander. To sign up for the Zoom session on April 4 at 3 p.m., visit https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwld-uqpjMjH9G9L93uRnf71dQCAN_9uvr0 A second in-person session will take place Wednesday, April 10, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Campus Center 204 with lunch for the first 20 attendees. For more information, email tdavis@smith.edu

2023-2024 Annual Performance Reviews: Manager Training & Drop-In Sessions , April 4, 10, and 12

The annual performance review period is from April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024. Join the HR consulting team for training sessions on 4/1 (2-3pm), 4/10 (9-10am), and 4/12 (11am-12pm) in the Garrison Hall conference room or for a webinar on April 4th at 2:00 pm. Drop-in sessions will be held every Tuesday morning (9-10am) and Thursday afternoon (3-4pm) from April 2 to the end of May at Garrison Hall. All managers with staff are encouraged to attend. More info on the review process: https://www.smith.edu/your-campus/offices-services/human-resources/manager-resources/performance-reviews Reach out to your HR Partner if you have additional questions.

Lower College Lane Road Closure , April 1-5

Lower College Lane will be closed Monday - Friday, April 1 - April 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day to enable drilling for the Geothermal project. After working hours, one lane will be open at the intersection of Lower College Lane and Upper College Lane. Upper College Lane and Green Street will remain fully open. Lower College Lane will be open just beyond Sage driveway. Parking at Ainsworth will not be affected.

Presentation of Archaeology Minor , Friday, April 5, 12:15 p.m., Hillyer 109

Meet faculty and students from the Archaeology department to learn about the minor. Lunch provided.

Special Edition of Demystifying Money: Taxes, Taxes, Taxes , Friday, April 5, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Everyone pays some form of tax -- sales, excise, property, etc. In this session, we’ll explore one specific type of tax: federal income tax in the United States. You’ll learn all about the basics, some of the most common tax misconceptions, and how pre-tax and post-tax deductions impact your paycheck. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. *RSVP requested but not required; lunch provided. Sign up at https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/10067669

Black Feminist Imaginings--The Impossibilities of Caribbean Feminist Worlds , Monday, April 8, 6 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Dr. Tonya Haynes, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, will present a lecture and discussion--"The Impossibilities of Caribbean Feminist Worlds". Monday, April 8 at 6:00 pm in the Klingenstein Browsing Room (Neilson Library room 102). Sponsored by the Africana Studies, this event is free and open to the entire Smith College community.

Win $25! Complete Survey on Performative Activism at Smith

Interview for a special studies research project on performative activism and the development of students' political views. Interviews will be either in person or over Zoom and will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Participants will be entered into a lottery to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Interviews will be conducted until April 5th. Use this link to schedule: calendly.com/d/46r-k2q-78h Participation is completely voluntary and your responses will be anonymous. Contact Elizabeth Helm (ehelm@smith.edu) or Olga Kazarov (okazarov@smith.edu) with any questions.

Thank You, Five To Present Spring Cabaret , Friday, April 5, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Smith's new POC Theatre org -- Thank You, Five -- is hosting a cabaret on Friday, April 5th, at 7pm in Weinstein Auditorium. Come support wonderful performances by students of color. All are invited to attend. Tickets are $5 and can be found at https://smithcollegetickets.universitytickets.com/ .

Geothermal Energy Project Update , April 1

Drilling of test bores will begin south of the Conference Center on Monday, April 1, and continue through Friday, April 5. As a result, Lower College Lane will be closed to two-way traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Excavation activities across Paradise Road from Emerson House to 20-22 Paradise Road will continue throughout the week of April 1. A flagger will be onsite to assist with vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Please view the project website, http://smithgeoenergy.info, to view the graphic which outlines work areas.

POSTPONED: Plant Ecology and Climate Change in Acadia National Park--Conservation Lessons , Thursday, April 4, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed. Further details will be provided soon.

Jummah , Friday, April 5, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The CRSL invites students to join us for Jummah at the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. The group will meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 pm. The van will leave campus by 12:30 pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 pm. Remember to bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. There are extra prayer rugs in the Blue Room, if you need one! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. To RSVP, email crsl@smith.edu.

Shabbat , Friday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., Kosher K Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community invites you to the “K”, the Kosher Kitchen in Jordan House, for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday nights at 5:30pm! Join together in song and prayer to welcome in Shabbat as a community. Services will often be followed by Kosher vegetarian meals. All are welcome! Please reach out to scjc@smith.edu with any questions.

Weekly Meditation , Monday, April 8, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are invited to come together in person for weekly mindful meditation led by EJ Seibert and Mary Beth Brooker. We will do a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, based on Zen forms. Chairs and floor cushions are available. Meditation instructions will be offered each week. All levels welcome.

Mindful Mondays , Monday, April 8, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice building self-awareness and acceptance with others, come check out our drop-in Mindful Mondays program, every Monday in-person in Campus Center Room 102, 12:15-1pm. With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and connection-building. Absolutely zero experience is necessary, all students are welcome, and lunch is provided. Email aostow@smith.edu with questions.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 5, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Come get cozy and enjoy a hot, delicious vegetarian soup made by awesome student cooks while taking part in reflective, student-led discussions on spirituality and life! Students of all religious, spiritual, and non-religious/non-spiritual backgrounds are welcome. The Bodman Lounge is in the basement of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and accessible via elevator from the rear of the building. For details on food and other general accessibility questions, email aostow@smith.edu or mcantwel@smith.edu.

Book Talk With Russian Independent Journalist Elena Kostyuchenko , Monday, April 8, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Elena Kostyuchenko is a Russian independent journalist and gay rights activist. For 17 years, she was a special correspondent of Novaya Gazeta, reporting on conflict, crime, human rights and social issues. Kostyuchenko will discuss her experience working as a journalist in Russia and Ukraine and read an excerpt from her recently-published book, "I Love Russia: Reporting From a Lost Country". A Q&A session follows the public talk. Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, Lewis Global Studies Center, Jacobson Center for Writing, Journalism Concentration, and Lecture Committee.

Jung Lecture: Ma'at's Wisdom: Renewing Balance, Harmony, Order & Justice/ Laurie Larsen , Friday, April 5, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Our time together will include a slide presentation illustrating how ancient Egyptian wisdom practices are portrayed in their art, architecture, sacred texts and literature. A guided meditation will activate your personal imagery . Dr. Laurie Larsen is a mythologist, visual artist and independent scholar currently pursuing her passion for ancient Egyptian art and culture through research, travel, and creating media presentations. Laurie earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2018. Presented by Jung Association Of Western Massachusetts . Co-sponsored by Smith College Psychology Department. Register at WestMassJung.org

Smith Fulbright Fellows Alumni Virtual Panel , Friday, April 5, Noon, Virtual Event

Find out about Fulbright from those who’ve done the program! Our panel of Smith alums includes current Fulbrighters and awardees who completed their Fulbright experiences in the last several years. The Smith Alum panelists: *Laila Durrani (Gender Studies/Education, India) *Molly Herzog (Physics, Germany) *Kelly Lincoln (Dance Translation, Brazil) *Paige MacKinnon (ETA, Kazakhstan) *Bea Weinand (ETA, Jordan) We’ll discuss their preparation for Fulbright, experience highlights, what they learned, and what advice they have for Fulbright applicants. There will be time for your questions. The session will be recorded to share with those who register. ** Register here: https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1523623/share_preview ** Note- Fulbright US Student Program is only open to US citizens.

Student Video: Proposal and Discussion to Improve Disability Services at Smith , Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m., Seelye 301

Want to help make Smith accessible? Listen to a proposal from disabled students at a video screening and open panel discussion on Thursday April 4 at 6:00 pm in Seelye 301. Pizza will be served.

New Teaching Artist Program Information Session , Thursday, April 4, 12:15 p.m., Hillyer 109

The Teaching Artist Program (TAP) at Smith College is a new initiative where students gain visual arts teaching experience. Through collaborative cohort sessions, students learn foundations of arts education and plan and develop workshops they will teach in Fall 2024. This is a paid opportunity in partnership with Northampton Center for the Arts and Project Coach, a Smith youth development program. Learn more about TAP and how to apply at our info session.

Being Human in Statistics and Data Science: Adventures and Learned Lessons , Friday, April 5, 12:15 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

In this talk, Shu-Min Liao from Amherst College is going to share her adventures and some learned lessons in Statistics and Data Science, and how her unusual lived experiences motivated and fueled her to stand up and be “brave and different”. She will also share how she uses inclusive pedagogies to help promote students’ emotional well-being, belonging, and awareness of social justice issues, as well as how statistics and data science students may commit themselves to serve the greater good.

Eclipse Watch Party , Monday, April 8, 2 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Smith Astronomy is hosting an eclipse watch party on the Chapin Lawn. Free eclipse glasses while supplies last. Additional information about the eclipse can be found on the department website at http://smith.edu/academics/astronomy.


04/02/2024 Digest


SDS Advising Fairs , April 3 and April 4, Ford Hall Atrium

SDS is hosting Advising Fairs for all SDS Majors, Mathematical Statistics Majors, SDS minors, Applied Statistics Minors and all intended majors/minors on Wednesday, April 3, 4:15 p.m. and Thursday, April 4, 12:45 p.m. in Ford Hall Atrium. This is a chance to plan your courses for the Fall 2024, remove Workday registration holds, and connect with fellow SDS Smithies! Refreshments will be provided.

Attend Smith Wellness' Masturbation Workshop! , Thursday, April 4, 4 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Join Smith Wellness' community health organizers to break the stigma on masturbation and sexual pleasure. We will be answering questions such as: Why masturbate? Why is it so stigmatized? Have questions you want answered? We hope to see you there!

'Old Lesbians' Film Screening With Director Meghan McDonough and Project Participant Edie Daly , Wednesday, April 3, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Director Meghan McConough will be screening her new film, Old Lesbians, a documentary short about queer elders preserving their own herstory through the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP), an archive of 800+ life stories recorded across the U.S. and archived in Smith’s Special Collections. Before the screening, explore old lesbian oral herstories in Special Collections, Neilson 303, 2:30-4:30pm.

Funding & Fellowships for Study Abroad , Tuesday, April 2, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Join us for a 'brown bag' lunch info session to learn about some critical funding opportunities aimed at diversifying the demographics of study abroad program participants. This session will be a round-up of internal and external, independent and sponsored applications.

Volunteer for Smith Arts Day 2024

We are looking for volunteers to help out with Smith Arts Day 2024, taking place in various locations across campus on Saturday, April 13. It will be a day-long celebration of the artistic and creative community at Smith College presented by the new Smith Office for the Arts (SOFA). If you are interested in helping out, we would love to have you, whether you have 2 hours or the whole afternoon/evening. If you are interested, please email Leigh Fagin, Director of the Smith Office for the Arts, at lfagin@smith.edu.

Volunteer for Smith Arts Day 2024

We are looking for student volunteers to help out with Smith Arts Day 2024, taking place in various locations across campus on Saturday, April 13. It will be a day-long celebration of the artistic and creative community at Smith College presented by the new Smith Office for the Arts (SOFA). If you are interested in helping out, we would love to have you, whether you have 2 hours or the whole afternoon/evening. If you are interested, please email Leigh Fagin, Director of the Smith Office for the Arts, at lfagin@smith.edu.

SmithCycle Is Back: Bigger and Better

SmithCycle is Smith’s ginormous effort to keep move-out waste out of the landfill and in happy hands. What's new this year? Collection points in every house for your convenience. Colored stickers to make sorting a breeze. Pay-as-you-can sale for move-in next semester. Categories for sale will include home decor, linens, kitchen supplies, school supplies, appliances, electronics, and more. Special items will be set aside for Common Goods, ISSO and external community partners. Join us in making a difference and embracing sustainability while finding incredible deals on quality items. More details coming soon.

Bloomberg Terminal Workshop , Tuesday, April 2, 5 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Learn about the powerful Bloomberg terminal, and know about how you can enhance your research and optimize your finances! This year, Smith's Conway Center is excited to also share with you more information on Bloomberg’s powerful API, Bloomberg Query Language (BQL). See you there (Dinner is provided)! Sign up here: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/9931354

Behind the Seams: Noticing Lives in the Details of Old Clothes , Wednesday, April 3, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Professor of Theatre Kiki Smith ’71 will discuss the work of developing, preserving, and teaching with the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection. This collection includes over 4,000 items of clothing from the early 1800s to the present day. Smith’s recent book, "Real Clothes, Real Lives: 200 Years of What Women Wore," provides valuable insights into women's lives and their evolving roles at home and in the workplace. A reception will follow. Presented by the Friends of the Libraries Oculus Society.

CPT Information Session , Wednesday, April 3, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session is for any international students looking to receive Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the ISSO. CPT is required to complete a paid internship or job in the US during Interterm and/or Summer break, or to complete a US-based Praxis. CPT is strongly recommended for any unpaid internship in the US. We will review the requirements of CPT, as well as how to apply.

'gazing pools': A Senior Studio Art Exhibition , Through April 5, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Six senior studio art majors invite you to peer into another world. These are artworks of light, air, earth, familiar objects made strange, and unidentifiable shiny things. Be there or be square. "gazing pools" is an exhibition of new work by studio art seniors Nola Carlson, Emmaline Kenny, Shelly Liu, Emma Merchant, Sammy Oster, and Olivia Peyev. This exhibition will be open in the Jannotta Gallery in Hillyer Hall from March 28 - April 5, 8:30am - 4:30pm. The reception will be held on Thursday, March 28th from 6-8 PM. Free snacks and refreshments provided.

Sherrerd Teaching Arts Luncheon: Making Connections--Languages Across the Curriculum , Friday, April 5, Noon, Neilson Library 102

This Teaching Arts Luncheon will focus on examples of cross-disciplinary teaching and learning developed by faculty across several departments, with the aim of both drawing attention to the crucial role of language study in Smith’s identity as a “global college,” and gathering feedback from faculty on ways to increase collaboration and cooperation across disciplines. After a brief roundtable discussion of questions around language teaching and learning, we hope to gather feedback and hear perspectives both from faculty teaching languages and faculty in other disciplines. Lunch available at noon; presentation at 12:20. RSVP: https://forms.gle/qVBAR4ER82dE9N61A.

Share Your Research

Working on an interesting research project or other academic venture? We'd love to hear about it! Fill out this quick Google form https://forms.gle/B5FZpDQvbmZURh5S9 for a chance to be featured across Smith's site-—tell your community what you're up to.

Nominate Future LEAD Scholars , Deadline: April 8

Do you know an incredible first year, sophomore, or junior who has a passion for social change and wants to develop their leadership skills? Nominate them for the 2024-25 LEAD Scholar program by April 8! The LEAD Scholars (Leaders for Equity-centered and Action-based Design) is a credit-bearing cohort program cosponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership and the Office for Equity and Inclusion that focuses on building leadership capacity through examining leadership through a social justice lens and learning skills of facilitation and design for social change. Please nominate potential students using this form: https://forms.gle/XWqC9qXK1rmVaDzW8. Email tdavis@smith.edu with questions.

South Asian Studies Presentation of the Minor , Wednesday, April 3, 4:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Are you interested in South Asia? Do you know about the minor in South Asian studies? At Smith, you can create an academic focus on South Asia, including its diaspora, choosing from courses in a wide range of disciplines, from art history to philosophy, from economics to religion. Meet the professors who advise the minor and teach some of these courses! Tea, chai and snacks available.

Human Rights Initiative Information Session , Thursday, April 4, 3:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

The Human Rights Initiative invites faculty and teaching staff to an information session where we will discuss progress and planned activities, including curricular enhancement grants. The Initiative’s mission is to offer students opportunities for education about, through, and for human rights. What might that look like? The Initiative will approach this question through a collaborative, inclusive process that supports interested faculty and teaching staff, in any discipline, to explore integrating a human rights lens into their research or curricular/co-curricular endeavors. Light refreshments for the first 20 attendees. For questions, please email Carrie Cuthbert ccuthbert@smith.edu

Five College Geology Lecture Series Talk: Professor Francis Macdonald , Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m., McConnell 103

Francis Macdonald, Professor of Earth Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will present a talk titled "The Great Unconformity and Flooding of North America." Dinner from India Palace will be served in the McConnell Foyer at 6:00 pm, followed by the talk at 7:00 pm.

Writing for Liberation: Tea and Conversation With Jennifer Baumgardner , Thursday, April 4, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

The movement for women’s liberation has been uniquely buoyed by its publishing tradition, including radical writing, independent presses and feminist bookstores. Jennifer Baumgardner believes that original writing and reporting, using the lens of feminist history ad theory, remain crucial to revealing overlooked narratives as well as getting free from the warped stories of patriarchy.

Let’s Talk Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards , Wednesday, April 3, Noon, Lazarus Center, Drew

Come to learn about the Fulbright US Student Program- English Teaching Assistantships. We'll talk about eligibility, deadlines, what experiences help you to become a strong candidate, and how we will work with candidates as they plan and complete their applications. Note that the Fulbright US Student Program is only open to US citizens. Please register in advance for this meeting in Handshake at https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1507291/share_preview

Let's Talk Fulbright Study/Research Awards , Wednesday, April 3, Noon, Campus Center 102

Come to learn about the Fulbright US Student Program's study & research awards. We'll talk about eligibility, how to plan a feasible and strong Fulbright research project, and how to assemble your team of mentors and supporters. We’ll also talk about why, in most cases, there is overlap between research and study awards. Note that the Fulbright US Student Program is only open to US citizens. Please register in advance for this meeting in Handshake at https://smith.joinhandshake.com/events/1509354/share_preview

Computer Store Reopens , Tuesday, April 2, Noon, Stoddard Hall

On Monday, April 1st, the Smith College Computer Store will be closed all day for inventory and will re-open on Tuesday, April 2nd at Noon. Please knock if you are picking up something already purchased at the store or need assistance. We will answer emails and phones calls on Tuesday Afternoon. Thank you

Portfolio Review for the Studio Art Major , Tuesday, April 2, 4:15-5:45 p.m., Hillyer 204

Sign up now for a Portfolio Review for entry into the Studio Art major. To participate, students should have already completed or be in the process of completing their second Studio Art course. Portfolio Review will be held on Tuesday April 2, 4:15-5:45 pm in Hillyer 204. Click the link for more information and to sign-up for a 15-minute Portfolio Review appointment: https://form.jotform.com/230605289200044 Contact Lisa Rizzo, lrizzo@smith.edu with any questions.

Study of Women and Gender Presentation of the Major and Minor , Wednesday, April 3, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

Join us to learn more about the Program for the Study of Women and Gender! Lunch will be provided.

JOYpalooza: Student Showcase , Friday, April 12, Noon, Campus Center Garden Level

The 2024 Smith Co-Innovate for Change: The JOY Challenge is coming to a close. Learn about the innovative projects that participating teams have been developing over the course of Spring. Each project tackled a problem that aligns with at least one United Nations Sustainable Development Goal and crafted a solution that is intended to usher in joy for those affected by the problem. *Limited tickets will be available in the Campus Center for you to vote for your favorite team and perhaps earn them the People's Choice award. Sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.

Info Session: Smith in Florence (Italy) , Wednesday, April 3, 12:15 p.m., Hatfield Hall 105

The Smith in Florence program offers students the opportunity to speak Italian and experience day-to-day life through a local lens, gain practical experience by working with local artisans in their workshops or participating in an internship, and deepen their intellectual engagement by taking classes at the Smith Center and the University of Florence. During this Information Session Italian Studies faculty will address any inquiries about the program and guide students on course requirements for application eligibility. Pizza lunch provided.

Outdoor Adventure Program Bike Rides , Tuesdays Beginning April 2, 4:30 p.m., Boathouse Lawn

Explore the Pioneer Valley on the OAP's weekly Tuesday bike rides! Join us every Tuesday in April for rides to along the rail trail. Bring your own bike or borrow one of ours. No registration required.


04/01/2024 Digest


Wailing Banshees Concert , Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Wailing Banshees kick off their 20th year! Join us for the celebration. As always jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus! Free and open to the public.

Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert , Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Department of Music presents the Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert. Under the direction of Chia-Yu Joy Lu, the Chinese Music Ensemble presents a variety of Chinese and Taiwanese music derived from traditional and contemporary musical works. Free and open to the public.

Wind Ensemble Spring Concert with Guest Ensemble Valley Winds , Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Under the direction of Meghan MacFadden, the Smith College Wind Ensemble presents a concert of traditional and contemporary wind band repertoire. Works by Kimberly Archer, Omar Thomas, Percy Grainger, and Arturo Márquez. This will be a joint concert with the award-winning Valley Winds, under the direction of Brian Messier.


03/28/2024 Digest


Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, March 28, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

March 28, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Eric McCurdy, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, to present "Explaining Mansplaining." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Conversation with Marjan and Mahsa Vahdat , Thursday, March 28, 2:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The conversation with the Iranian artists Marjan and Mahsa Vahdat will focus on women’s activism in post-revolutionary Iran and the challenges women face as singers and musicians. Pioneering a style of singing rooted in traditional and contemporary Iranian and Armenian music, the Vahdat sisters have won many honors, including an Independent Music Award in 2013 for their album Twinklings of Hope, and a Transglobal Award in 2019 for their album Placeless (a collaboration with Kronos Quartet).

Abortion as a Human Right: A Dialogue , Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

How might embedding abortion in the human rights framework contribute to the global fight against authoritarianism and in defense of democracy more broadly? To discuss this and other questions, join a panel of national leaders in the reproductive justice, racial justice, and human rights movements at “Abortion as a Human Right: A Dialogue.” Learn more about the panelists: https://www.smith.edu/news-events/news/abortion-human-right-dialogue

Sign Up for Spring Student Art Sale , Deadline: Friday, March 29

The second Smith Student Art Sale will feature items made by Smith students, including jewelry, artwork, ceramics, clothing and more. This time it's part of the Art After Hours student night the Smith College Art Museum! The sale will be at the SCMA from 4-7pm on Thursday, April 25. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29. Apply Here: https://forms.gle/atTw7dDGdeUiDME77

Rennie Harris Lecture – Infrastructure for Success: Black American Dance Culture in Higher Education , Friday, March 29, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris, the preeminent hip-hop choreographer of our generation, presents a lecture on Black Dance culture in higher education. Rennie will also teach a Master Class at 1:30 PM in Ainsworth Gymnasium. Part of the CRV The Harvest's inaugural conference at the Five Colleges March 26-30. For more info and to register: bit.ly/RennieHarrisRegistration. Sponsored by the Smith College Lecture Committee, Five College Dance, Five Colleges, Inc. Symposium Fund, UMass Amherst Dance, UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst Renaissance Center.

Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat in Concert With Guest Artist Bridget Kibbey , Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Department of Music and the UMass Fine Arts Center present a captivating musical journey with internationally acclaimed Iranian singers and musicians Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, celebrated for their deep connection to heritage and innovative musical expression. Teaming up with world-acclaimed harpist Bridget Kibbey, this collaboration unfolds as a profound musical interaction, where the intricate Persian textures of modes, melodies, and poetry blend with the evocative improvisations of the harp. Together, they invite you to explore a musical landscape that transcends boundaries and languages, embracing the beauty of diversity and the universality of human sentiments.

OPT Information Session , Thursday, March 28, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT session prior to applying.

Star Gazing , Friday, March 29, 8:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Rooftop

The Astronomy Department will hold an open house Friday, March 29, 8:30-9:30 p.m. on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see star clusters, planets, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 413-585-3935).

Book Launch and Celebration for Africana Studies Professor Daphne Lamothe , Thursday, March 28, 5 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Book Launch and Celebration for Africana Studies Professor Daphne Lamothe's new book release "Black Time & The Aesthetic Possibility of Objects". Thursday, March 28, 2024 in the Klingenstein Browsing Room (Neilson Library 102) at 5:00 pm. Daphne Lamothe is a literary and cultural studies scholar with research and teaching interests in African American, Afro-Caribbean and Black migration and transnational literatures. Sponsored by the Department for Africana Studies. Co-sponsored by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and supported by the Kixie Denison Fieldman ’53 Fund. Free and open to the entire Smith College community.

Apply Now: Mary Maples Dunn Prize for Best Essay , Deadline: Monday, April 1

Mary Maples Dunn Prize is for an essay (4-8 pages) written in English within the current or three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, including approved cross-listed courses for the EAS track such as history. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or honors theses are not eligible. The stated assignment should be submitted along with the essay and marked with course and semester they were written. Submit essays as a clearly identified PDF to kgauger@smith.edu, by Monday, April 1. Students may submit only one essay per year.

Complete This Survey on Student Experiences With Campus Healthcare

In collaboration with the Smith Alliance for Justice & Equity (SAJE) Fellowship, Morgan Fizer ‘25, Jeanette Falotico AC ‘25, Josephine Neumann ‘26, Yena Perice ’26J, and Vanessa Nicole Silva-Burgos ’24, kindly ask you to complete this IRB-approved anonymous survey. It will be used to identify gaps in healthcare services affecting college students by exploring gender, race, and disability-based discrimination and the quality of health care at college health centers. Results from this survey will be shared with community partners and used to inform advocacy work on Smith Campus. Follow the team on Instagram for more at @campuscarecollective. (https://smithcollege.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_57HD9OkQt5uh0KW)

Subscribe to Career Communities Emails

Smith's new Career Communities are sending curated newsletters with valuable content related to their professional areas. These emails include upcoming events, resources, jobs/internships, and more. The communities are: Arts, Media, & Communications; Business, Finance, Consulting, & Entrepreneurship; Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact; Government, Law, Policy, & International Affairs; Health Professions; and STEM. Other emails you get from the Lazarus Center are being reimagined and reduced. Subscribe at https://l.ead.me/cc-emails

UPDATED: Apply To Be a Peer Writing Tutor , Deadline: March 29

Are you the person people go to for writing help? Do you like reading your friends’ papers, and helping them improve their writing? The Jacobson Center needs you! We’d love to consider you for a job as a Peer Writing Tutor in 2024-25. If accepted, you'll receive training and support, and you'll join a community of dedicated students who love what they do. Go directly to Workday to find the job announcement for Jacobson Center Peer Writing Tutor. Email Sara Eddy, Assistant Director of the Jacobson Center, (seddy@smith.edu) with any questions. Applications are due by March 29.

Info Sessions: Praxis Internship Funding & Internship Credit (IDP 117) , March 29 and April 8, Noon-1 p.m.

Praxis Internship Funding provides funding to students in qualified unpaid internships. Internship Credit provides .25 credit for qualifying internships. Join us for an info session to learn more about both of these unique Smith resources! We'll provide an overview of both Praxis & Internship Credit: Eligibility, Qualifying Internships, Application Process and how to combine Praxis with Credit. Info Sessions are 12-1pm: Friday 3/29 in CC 205 or Monday 4/8 in CC 103/04

Register Now: Toward Equity - Faculty Workload Equity , Wednesday, April 3, 12:15 p.m., Lilly Hall 206

How can we collectively improve faculty workload at Smith so work within departments/programs is more equitably distributed? How do we recognize invisible labor and address identity taxation? In this session, we will present the work of the Faculty Workload Equity initiative led by the provost’s office. Faculty engaged in this work will discuss evidence-based practices to increase transparency, clarity and accountability around faculty workload within academic units. Part of the Spring 2024 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register at https://forms.gle/jYAc1UYYDskevbcE7

March Version: OSE Programming Feedback Form

The Office of Student Engagement wants to reflect on our activity and programming offerings so that we can better serve our community, and we can't do that without student feedback. Please fill out this Google Form! Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8Lh1rC5xNxoIfINJxLqZyB3EHuQWerMiK5zrOCN-OXrYLEw/viewform?usp=sf_link

SCMA March 28 Art After Hours: Smithies in the Wild , Thursday, March 28, 5 p.m., Museum of Art

On Thursday, March 28, from 5–7p.m., celebrate the start of spring with your fellow Smithies at the art museum! Make a pom-pom animal, take it into the galleries, and snap a selfie to win a special prize. There will be snacks, face painting, and more! This event is free and open to all Smith students!

Philosophy of Experimentation in Biology , Friday, March 29, 1:30 p.m., McConnell 103

Dr. David Glass, Regeneron, author of Experimental design for Biologists, will present this talk on understanding fundamental disagreements in scientific experimentation and what kind of conclusions are permissible from prior knowledge. This lecture is part of the Spring 2024 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Light snacks will be served at 2:30 p.m. after the talk. Free and open to the public. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Virtual Artist Talk: Gaye Chan , Monday, April 1, 4:15 p.m., Hillyer 204 or Virtual

Gaye Chan, (http://gayechan.com) is a conceptual artist who moves between solo and collaborative activities that take place on the web, in publications, streets as well as galleries. Her recent work often ruminates on how cartography and photography simultaneously offer and occlude information. Chan's work will be on display in the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer Hall March 28 - May 9. Attend live or register on Zoom: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcuyurD0oE9ebGrNRH2X_uoa8kn_1GG_Z#/registration

Sherrerd Center Teaching Arts Luncheon: What Makes a Good Syllabus? , Friday, March 29, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Members of the Sherrerd Advisory Board and the SGA Curriculum Committee have been working together to revise the Sherrerd’s Sample Syllabi Language for Inclusive Teaching document. During this TAL, this process will be discussed and participants will be asked to help reflect on the role of the syllabus in articulating and achieving pedagogical goals and consider what are the most important pieces, and what articulates inclusivity in a good syllabus. We want to hear your thoughts so that we can provide useful advice to all of our instructors, especially new and incoming faculty. Noon lunch; presentation at 12:20. RSVP: https://forms.gle/Uk1mCRffyvU3dPAv7.

Easter Service , Sunday, March 31, 10:30 a.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Scriptures, readings and poetry with college chaplain Matilda Cantwell, special guests Blackapella, and members of the Smith community. Everyone is welcome, Easter treats for all!

Allegory, Race and the Four Continents: A Lecture by Charmaine Nelson , Friday, March 29, 5 p.m., Neilson Library 102

The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) welcome Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Provost Professor of Art History and director of the Slavery North Initiative, University of Massachusetts Amherst, to deliver the lecture, “Allegory, Race and the Four Continents: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s Les quatre parties du monde soutenant la sphere céleste (The Four Parts of the World Supporting the Celestial Sphere)." Learn more: https://scma.smith.edu/calendar/allegory-race-and-four-continents-lecture-charmaine-nelson

Opening Reception for 'Reflected Mystique: An Invitation to Discuss Menopause,' A Multimedia Installation by Margaret Parks ’24 , Friday, March 29, 4:30 p.m., Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

This is an open invitation to be part of a conversation that dispels assumptions and surfaces a renewed relationship with the word menopause. Explore the forces that tie us to conventionality and patriarchal tropes associated with menopause and how probing the uncomfortable with curiosity and courage can spur further conversation and growth. This is a multimedia installation made, designed, and installed by Margaret Parks ‘24. Fifteen contributors were interviewed for this piece ranging in age from 38 to 79 years old who discussed their relationship to and understanding of menopause. Come visit the Nolen Art Lounge in the Campus Center.

Sherrerd Center Teaching Circle on Ungrading , Tuesday, April 2, 12:15 p.m., Bass Hall 104

The Sherrerd Center teaching circle on ungrading with Magdalena Zapdowska will meet in the Sherrerd Center in Bass Hall, Y104. During informal conversation over lunch (sandwich or salad from State Street deli), learn more about ungrading, explore how you can incorporate elements of ungrading in your classes, and share ideas on how to cultivate a healthy balance between shifting agency to the students and maintaining structure. RSVP at https://forms.gle/XiqhXUUxCqt4t6Q8A and an invitation and lunch order form will be sent.

Common Goods Donations , Friday, March 29

Common Goods is taking donations! Have a coat you are no longer needing? Base layers like long sleeve shirts, pants or leggings that you are ready to part with? Donations can be dropped off on Fridays from 1-6 pm in Common Goods, CC 206!

Geosciences Department Presentation of the Majors and Minor , Thursday, March 28, 12:15 p.m., McConnell B15

Learn about the majors and minor, courses and research opportunities, and meet the faculty. Lunch from India Palace will be provided.

Faculty Grant--New Opportunity and Application Deadline Extended , March 29

CEEDS invites faculty to consider applying for curricular enhancement grant funds for AY24-25 that support our mission and programmatic outcomes. We are interested in proposals that interrogate intersections between the natural world and human rights/justice, explore aspects of sustainable communities in policy and practice, and make use of the MacLeish Field Station/the Arts Afield program. A collaboration between the SC Museum of Art, CEEDS' Arts Afield program and Moroccan artist Younes Rahmoun provides exciting new possibilities. See the Feb. 27 Faculty Listserv email or contact Joanne Benkley in CEEDS for details. The new application deadline is March 29.

Symposium: The Greenhouse Effect--Atmospheres of the Botanical Humanities , Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, Alumnae House

The greenhouse is an atmospheric technology for growing plants from far-away places. For centuries, poets and earth scientists have deployed them as metaphors to interpret periods of destabilizing change. Newly attuned to the politics of breathing in a world upended by a global pandemic, climate change, and anti-Black police violence; to interspecies love amidst our planet’s ongoing extinction crisis; to the politics of scientific collections by Indigenous sovereignty movements; what might the greenhouse teach us about conditions of planetary life today? Come meet the experts. For more information email koheneacheampong@smith.edu

New Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is delighted to announce that Sophia Baez has accepted the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs position at Smith College and will assume her new role on June 24, 2024. The campus community will be invited to a reception in September to formally welcome Sophia Baez to the Smith community.

Smith Parents of Little Ones March Meeting , Thursday, March 28, 12:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright

The Smith Parents of Little Ones group meets monthly and all parents and caregivers of little ones (of any age!) are welcome to join. Please bring your lunch and come to celebrate and commiserate! This spring we will be meeting on Thursdays at lunch in the Jandon Center, Wright Hall 013. Thursday, March 28 Thursday, April 25 Look forward to seeing you! If you are interested in joining our Slack workspace, please email Laura (lgomez@smith.edu) or Nancy (nzigler@smith.edu).

Knit n' Listen at Hillyer Library , Friday, March 29, 4 p.m., Hillyer Library

Do you love to knit or craft, and listen to some great records? Come to Hillyer's Knit n' Listen event on Friday, March 29th from 4-6pm! Bring your friends and your knitting, or any other craft you'd like! Enjoy some snacks and conversation while listening to some tunes. Feel free to stop by for a bit, or stay for the whole event!

Apply Now: Mary Maples Dunn Fund Grants for Summer Language Study or Research , Deadline: April 1, 4:30 p.m.

Dunn Fund Grants for Summer Language Study or Research. Small travel grants (up to $1,200) are available to students planning to study an East Asian Language (Chinese, Korean or Japanese) in a Summer 2024 study abroad program or conduct advanced research on East Asia through travel to the region. Send a personal statement, an itemized budget that includes other funding sources (e.g. IEG), and an unofficial transcript as a single pdf file labeled as “Your surname Dunn Fund Summer 2024" to Kathleen Gauger (kgauger@smith.edu) by 4:30 pm on April 1. For details on the application procedure, go to https://www.smith.edu/academics/east-asian-languages-cultures#fellowships,-scholarships-and-grants-2

EALC Department Movie Night , Friday, March 29, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

EALC Department Movie Night. Come relax and join the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures for a viewing of Ghost in the Shell (1995), Friday, March 29, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. Snacks provided.

Register Now: Countdown to 65--A Webinar About Medicare , March 28 or April 2, Virtual

Presenters from Blue Cross Blue Shield will offer the informative live webinar “Countdown to 65,” which provides an overview of the various parts of Medicare and important Medicare enrollment timelines and information. It may also be of interest to employees considering retiring before the age of 65, as other coverage options will be touched upon. To register for the March 28 4-5 p.m. webinar, visit https://well-b.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8drVg27DRISm8uOUXISwag To register for the April 2 noon-1 p.m. webinar, visit https://well-b.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jpH5CqaASpu9SuVfriBaag

Jummah , Friday, March 29, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for Jummah! Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Hampshire Mosque in Hadley Meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 p.m. Van will leave by 12:30 p.m. and return to campus no later than 2:30 p.m. Bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. We have extra prayer rugs if you need one! To attend email crsl@smith.edu. All are welcome!

Geotech Exploration To Close Traffic , April 1 - 5, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Lower College Lane

Lower College Lane will be closed Monday - Friday, April 1 - April 5 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day to enable drilling a Geotech test bore. After working hours it will be open one lane only at the intersection of Lower College Lane and Upper College Lane. Upper College Lane and Green Street will remain fully open. Lower College Lane will be open just beyond Sage Driveway. Parking at Ainsworth will not be affected. Potential impact to upper College Lane on Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5, with traffic reduced to one lane from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Clothing Repair Workshop , Friday, March 29, 4-6 p.m., Capen Annex

Do you have a worn pair of jeans that need reinforcing? A favorite sweater that has a hole? Learn how to repair your clothes in this beginner friendly workshop. Bring your own clothing to mend at the workshop. Damaged clothing is not provided. Drop in at DTI (Capen Annex) anytime between 4-6pm on Friday, March 29.

Listening Session on Jewish Identity at Smith , Thursday, March 28, 4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join us for a listening session regarding Jewish identity on campus. Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer will facilitate conversation on being Jewish identified in light of Israel/Palestine Crisis. This will be an opportunity to address questions, share resources, and build community. Students will be joined by Interim Dean of the College Alex Keller, VP of OEI Floyd Cheung, and Director of Non-Discrimination Initiatives.

Languages at Smith , Thursday, March 28, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Are you interested in taking a language class next semester? Come to the info sessions and learn about languages taught at Smith College, Translation Concentration, and the upcoming festival Joy of Languages. Talk to professors and a representative from the Five-College Center of World Languages and try snacks from around the world from 12.15 until 1.20 pm.


03/26/2024 Digest


Jessica Jacobs ’02 Poetry Reading , Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Jessica Jacobs’ new book, unalone (Four Way Books, 2024) engages in conversation with the Book of Genesis, exploring how one of humanity’s most ancient texts comes alive for a queer Jewish woman grappling with issues inherent to modern life. Jacobs will be joined in conversation by Shoshana Olidort following the event. Books will be sold at the event and a signing will follow. Free and open to all. Livestreams also available on BDPC Facebook and YouTube.

Physics Presentation of the Major , Wednesday, March 27, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Special Guests Angeline Burrell (Smith Physics class of 2001) of the Space Science Division of the US Naval Research Lab and Vasanthi Chandrasekaram (Smith Physics class of 1991) of PLG3 Consulting (formerly of Apple and Amazon) will talk about their path from a bachelors degree in physics at Smith to their current careers in research and in high tech industries. Meet physics students and faculty to learn more about how you can get a bachelors in physics at Smith.

Afro-Italian Literature: Ubah Cristina Ali Farah's Commander of the River , Wednesday, March 27, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

“Afro-Italian Literature: Ubah Cristina Ali Farah’s Commander of the River,” public lecture by the Somalian-Italian writer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 p.m., Seelye 201. Commander of the River is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary Italy that explores themes of racism, trauma, and adolescent rebellion. Sponsored by the Smith College departments of German & Italian, World Literatures, and the Translation Studies Concentration, and the Italian Studies programs at UMass Amherst and Mount Holyoke College. Free and open to the public.

Paid Summer Internships: Summer on the Cuyahoga

Join students from 9 top schools for challenging internships in a wide variety of fields. SOTC features paid internships, community introductions, social events, Smith alum connections and free housing. Some SOTC internships fulfill Praxis requirements and are exclusively open to Smith applicants! Apply early for early consideration. Follow SOTC on Handshake and be notified whenever a new internship is posted. summeronthecuyahoga.com Questions: Emily Beaudry, Praxis Internship Manager: ebeaudry@smith.edu

Panel Discussion: Beyond the Classroom--Exploring Various Careers in Education , Wednesday, March 27, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

The “Exploring Various Careers in Education” Panel is meant for students to learn more about the various career paths that exist alongside and outside of traditional classroom teaching. Open to the 5 Colleges. Zoom Link: 986 631 7385 https://smith.zoom.us/j/9866317385 For more info, contact the Education Department Student Liaisons: Sierra Fraser, sfraser@smith.edu or Diamond Jones, drjones@smith.edu

Meet & Greet With Certified Financial Planner Matt O'Brien from Voya , Wednesday, March 27, Noon-1 p.m., Lily 308

Certified Financial Planner Matt O'Brien from Voya will be on campus March 27th. Matt will be available for a limited number of pre-scheduled one on one appointments. To schedule, email matthew.obrien@voyafa.com. Matt will also host a drop in meet and greet from noon to 1pm in Lily Hall 308 for employees who would like general information.

Swimming & Diving Lessons , Thursday, March 28, 4:15 p.m., Dalton Swimming Pool

Smith College Swimming and Diving will be offering swimming & diving lessons this Spring beginning, March 28. For details, pricing & registrations visit: https://smithpioneers.com/swimminglessons2024

Presentation of the Education and Child Study Major , Tuesday, March 26, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

The Department of Education and Child Study will be holding an information session about the different options within our department. Our three strands include Teaching and Learning, Youth, Community, and Policy, and International/Global Education. There will also be information about our teacher licensure program. Pizza will be served.

Opening Reception for 'gazing pools,' Senior Studio Art Exhibition , Thursday, March 28, 6 - 8 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Six senior studio art majors invite you to peer into another world. These are artworks of light, air, earth, familiar objects made strange, and unidentifiable shiny things. The opening reception will be held in Jannotta Gallery on Thursday, March 28th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Free snacks and refreshments provided. "gazing pools" is an exhibition of new work by studio art seniors Nola Carlson, Emmaline Kenny, Shelly Liu, Emma Merchant, Sammy Oster, and Olivia Peyev. This exhibition will be open in the Jannotta Gallery in Hillyer Hall from March 28 - April 5, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Spotlight Nominations Closing Soon! , Deadline: March 31

Please submit all nominations for Spotlight Awards by 03/31! The Staff Spotlight Award recognizes employees for going above and beyond the everyday scope of their responsibilities. Smith employees can nominate colleagues for recent accomplishments that reflect contributions in the following areas: service excellence, process improvement/development, problem solving, fostering an inclusive and collaborative work environment, other (to be described by nominator). Employees are encouraged to nominate colleagues—inside or outside of their departments—by submitting a Staff Spotlight Award nomination form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejrJFdoSf7rKvM94rJ_AkHMAc8wZaCZurLRUDN6_08M39Nng/viewform

Help Map Smith College Museum of Art for Accessibility! , Through March 29, Museum of Art

Help make a sensory map to improve the experience for neurodivergent student visitors to Smith College Museum of Art. Come in during opening hours Tuesday-Sunday 11AM-4PM anytime before March 29. Pick up a map with instructions at the front desk, and explore each floor of the museum, taking note of experiences of sound, smell, touch and light levels in the galleries and other spaces. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a $10 gift card.

'BUS': Reception and Artist's Talk for Exhibit of Russ Rymer's Photographs , Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer

In "BUS," Joan Leiman Jacobson Writer-in-Residence Russ Rymer presents an essay in photographs and text (on view thru May) about teaching, the nature of perception and reality, and the connection between science and creative writing, all based on images he took during his weekly commute on the intercity bus to teach at Smith College, journeys he likens to "blasting through space in a kaleidoscope." In a catered evening (5:30 p.m.) reception in the McConnell Hall Foyer Gallery, he will discuss his work and thought.

Info Session: Smith ITS Summer Internship Program , Wednesday, March 27, 5 p.m., Campus Center 205

Information Technology Services is offering a paid summer internship program for Smith students wishing to explore careers in IT related fields. This is an entry-level program with no previous technical experience required. Rising sophomores and all majors are encouraged to apply! Join us for an info session on March 27 to learn about the program and how to apply (Job description available in Workday). Intern positions are full-time (35 hours per week), on-campus opportunities expected to last 10 weeks (May 29, 2024 - August 5, 2024). A summer housing stipend is provided during the program period.

Stratigraphy Column Workshop , Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., Sabin-Reed 103

This workshop teaches how to make and edit stratigraphy columns in RStudio. It is designed for people with little to no coding experience. While a basic understanding of sedimentary geology is useful, it is not required. The location is Sabin-Reed 103 and delicious treats will be provided.

Enid Silver Winslow ’54 Prize in Art History , Deadline: April 29

The Enid Silver Winslow ’54 Prize in Art History is awarded annually for the best student paper completed for an art history course taught at Smith College. Papers are judged anonymously by a committee of art history faculty. Students may submit a paper written at any point during their studies. Announced on Ivy Day, winners of the Winslow prize receive a substantial cash award. Apply online at: https://forms.gle/Lk1wnkpF1TZ3CryV8. Due: Monday, April 29th, 2024.

5th Annual Sustainable Food Fair , Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The 5th Annual Dining Sustainable Food Fair will take place in the Campus Center Carroll Room and Atrium on Wednesday, March 27th from 11:00am-1:30pm. Over 25 local businesses and farms will be represented at the fair. Enjoy a variety of beverage and food samples (from coffee, tea, kombucha to pasta, pizza, cheese, honey, ice cream, apples, maple syrup and more) Learn more about the food that is purchased and served on campus.

Conversations: Learn About Languages at Smith , March 27 & 28, 12:15-1:20 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Are you interested in taking a language class next semester? Come to the info sessions and learn about languages taught at Smith College, Translation Concentration, and the upcoming festival Joy of Languages. Talk to professors and a representative from the Five-College Center of World Languages and try snacks from around the world. The conversations will take place on two days: Wednesday, March 27th, from 12:15 to 1:20 p.m., and Thursday, March 28th, from 12:15 to 1:20 p.m.

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