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12/03/2020 Digest


Sherrerd Teaching Arts at Lunchtime Event: Active Learning Online: 5 Principles , Friday, Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m.

The Sherrerd Center is hosting this fall's final Teaching Arts at Lunchtime Event this semester on Friday, December 11th. Dr. Steve Kosslyn (former professor of cognitive science at Harvard, former head of the Stanford Center for Advanced Study, former chief academic officer from Minerva and expert on the science of learning) will present on his current book releasing soon entitled Active Learning Online: 5 Principles That Make Online Courses Come Alive. All staff and faculty are welcome to come. Please visit this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/DXhMXjEmdza6BEZq7 and Zoom details will be sent to you.

ExecEd Free Webinar Closing the Gap: Professional Development and Mentorship for Women Leaders , Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

Register at http://bit.ly/smithCTG This year has seen an unprecedented change in womens leadership development in the workforce across all sectors. With mounting pressures at home, disruptions to caretaking and healthcare systems, and changing work environments, the upward mobility of women leaders is stagnating and even declining at alarming rates. By some calculations, womens jobs are 1.8 times more vulnerable to this crisis than mens jobs*. How can we protect ourselves from burning out, stalling momentum, and ultimately losing our seat at the table? Join expert Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald for a conversation about current womens leadership dilemmas. *Source: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/covid-19-and-gender-equality-countering-the-regressive-effects#

Annual Elevator Pitch Contest , Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Do you have an upcoming class project or presentation? Are you an aspiring entrepreneur curious to see if you can sell others on your idea? Do you want to practice your public speaking skills in a friendly space? If so, Conway's annual elevator pitch contest is for you! Up to $1,000 in cash & prizes will be given away. The best back-of-the-napkin idea pitch receives $100 and the right to represent Smith College at a regional collegiate pitch competition in the spring where first place is $1,000. To register, and for more information: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/organization/conwaycenter

Holiday Savings at the Computer Store

With the holiday season drawing near, the Computer Store has you covered! Save 4% off your Computer Store purchase through December 18th!* Save an additional 4% off all discontinued laptops. All orders must be by phone 413-585-3027 or email cstore@smith.edu. Pickup is by appointment at Stoddard Hall (no entry to the store). *In-stock items only, excludes gift cards.

Juniors and Sophomores: Learn About Paid Fellowships for 2021-22 at the Kahn Institute Open House , Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

Juniors and Sophomores: Attend our online Kahn Institute Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m., and learn about paid student research fellowships in yearlong projects in 2021-22. Register to attend: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zOFogFy9TGeHWLii_QhLgQ You will have a chance to meet the Kahn staff, meet former student fellows, ask questions about the Kahn and student fellowships, and find out how to apply for one of our two yearlong projects next year, during the college-wide Theme Year on Democracies: Coping with Democratic Precarity and the Prospects for Democratic Renewal; and Democracies Redux: Resumptions, Resilience, Reconciliation, and Restoration.

Smith Writes: First Years, submit your work!

Smith Writes is an interdisciplinary, multi-genre journal featuring the work of first-year Smith College students in writing intensive courses. It is edited and produced by students and staff at The Jacobson Center for Teaching, Learning, and Writing, with the purpose of providing a public space for the best, most engaging writing produced by early-career students at Smith. Go to https://sophia.smith.edu/smithwrites/ for more information and submissions guidelines!

The Keep Going Song: Live from Our House at the End of the World

Abigail and Shaun Bengson bring us a theme song for our current times and invite us to Keep Going on in this catchy tune: https://youtu.be/Cs-ju_L9pEQ

3-year-old Grey tries hot chocolate for the first time

Heres a 2020 first we can get behind: Three-year-old Greys first sip of hot chocolate. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHlJYWLh8IP/

Updated Zoom Security Guidelines

We have posted guidelines for sharing Zoom links here: https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/digital/supported-tools/zoom under "Meeting Link Sharing Guidelines"

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Tuesday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, December 8, between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. President Kathleen McCartney welcomes the opportunity to speak with members of the Smith community during the presidents virtual open office hour. Please sign up for a ten-minute time slot at https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeOpenOfficeHourwithPresidentMcCartney

Updates to Package Deliveries using Punchouts, Requisitions, and P-Cards

Reminder that on campus package delivery practices have changed during remote operation. For detailed information about W.B. Mason, Amazon, and all other vendor deliveries, please visit the Help Page and FAQ at https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/instructions-and-faqs/financial-how-tos-and-faqs/remote-operation-package-delivery

Writing for Theatre: Final Plays Readings 2 , Saturday, Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Students from Andrea Hairstons class Writing for Theatre will present final play readings on Saturday, December 5. Featuring work by Isabel Cruz 1:40-2:25, Eli Cronin 2:35-3:20, and Jenine Jacinto 3:30-4:15. Open to the public. Register via Zoom: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9m-iskc2TgG8PD_hmsZL2g.

The Amplifier: Immersive Digital Theatre Project Launch Event , Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith College Theatre Department presents its digital fall production, THE AMPLIFIER an immersive website featuring original student work that addresses life in this disruptive and disorienting year. To celebrate the launch of the website, Andrea Hairston will host a conversation on Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 with Project Director, Daniel Elihu Kramer and contributing student artists whose original, multi-media work explores this time of upheaval due to the coronavirus, racial injustice, the election, social unrest, and economic uncertainty. The live event is open to the public and will be hosted on Zoom. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/TheAmplifier.

Songs of Hope: Fall Vocal Student Recital , Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Smith College vocal performance students present a selection of songs on the theme of Hope. Songs of Hope will premiere on YouTube on Sunday, December 6 at 3:00pm. Register to receive the link at: https://songsofhoperecital.eventbrite.com

Spitfire Poetry Open Mic , Friday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

Spitfire is celebrating the end of the semester with an open mic, and the skys the limit on what students can share. Bring a poem started in a Spitfire workshop, a carefully edited masterpiece, something scribbled down five minutes ago, or excerpts from a dream journal! The event is drop-in and a sign up sheet will be available at the event for a 4-minute slot. Contact spitfire@smith.edu with any questions.

Environmental science and policy capstone project presentations , Tuesday, Dec. 8, 12:30 p.m.

Senior environmental science and policy majors present their research projects: 1) Barstows Farm: Calculating Past and Present GHG Emissions by Hannah Asofsky, Hannah Dillahunt, Avery Hammond, and Storm Lewis and 2) Smith Bioplastics and Compost in the Age of Covid-19 and Beyond by Greta Mundt, Claire Ruppert, and Espy Thomson. Email Veeka (vtrofimova@smith.edu) for a Zoom link so you can join us!

ES&P Honors Thesis: The Settler Eco-logics of the (Pioneer) Kwinitiekw Valley , Wednesday, Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m.

Environmental Science and Policy major Mia Fuentes-Deonate, 21 presents her work to date on her Honors thesis: The Settler Eco-logics of the (Pioneer) Kwinitiekw Valley: what it means to be from the land, not own it. Email Veeka (vtrofimova@smith.edu) for the link so you can join us on Zoom.

Big cats need ear skritches too

15 seconds of relaxation: purring is not just for house cats anymore. Sound on! https://fb.watch/23VROCKOUP/

Upcycled fashion

Tiktok user @wandythemaker creates incredible outfits using blankets from thrift stores: https://www.facebook.com/UrGreatAsIs/videos/698736964412754

Friday Zoom Office Hours with the Controller's Office Team , 1 p.m., Virtual Event

The controllers office team will host a Zoom office hour each Friday at 1:00. Please drop in with your payroll, expense, accounts payable, and general accounting questions. Email controllersoffice@smith.edu to request a link.

Christmas Vespers , Sunday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m.

An annual tradition at Smith, Christmas Vespers this year will be broadcast via Smith College's Facebook page as we celebrate the season through a service of songs, hymns, and readings. The Smith College Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, Handbell Choir, and Campus School Chorus perform seasonal favorites and works by B.E. Boykin and Mary Lynn Lightfoot. College Chaplain Matilda Rose Cantwell leads the liturgy, with readings by members of the senior class and the Smith College community. A link to collect a free will donation to benefit the Interfaith Winter Cot Shelter will be provided during the service.

Mindful Mondays , Monday, Dec. 7, Noon, Virtual Event

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

Al-Nur Prayer Lunch Meeting , Friday, Dec. 4, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Fridays are especially celebrated in the Muslim community for the opportunity to congregate in worship of the Creator. We invite you to join us for a spiritual discussion, communal prayer, relationship-building and some fun activities. Feel free to bring your lunch, a snack or something to munch on or drink. Offered on rotating Fridays by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome! To register, go to: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrfuGorTwuHtCEHIQ9_eIk6Lqoi5Zj7RgW For audio or questions, contact Kim Alston, Muslim Student Adviser at kalston@smith.edu.

Advent Church: Waiting and Worshipping , Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 & 20, 6:30 p.m.

Join Chaplain Matilda Rose Cantwell for three services of reflection, meditation, and finding joy in this season of darkness and anticipation, at the close of a year of hardship and isolation. Sundays Dec. 6 at 6:30 pm, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m., and Dec. 20 at 6:30 pm. Come for one, two, or all three. Christian, Christian curious, multifaith or no faith, all are welcome! For more information see https://www.smith.edu/student-life/religious-life like us on Facebook, or contact mcantel@smith.edu Register in advance for this meeting: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpc-yvrjkuE9McQImvkVSklgsZOYaEh-em After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

December Grad Dance Event , Tuesday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith Department of Dance presents the December Grad Dance Event featuring new live and recorded work by Smith MFA candidates Sarah Konner, Erin Kouwe, Miguel Alejandro Castillo Le Maitre, Chrissy Martin, and Laura Rosenstone. The concert will be presented live on Zoom with a Q & A talkback following the performance. Register to receive the links by emailing fcddance.reservations@gmail.com.

The Timeless Genius of Chopin: The Complete Etudes with Jiayan Sun , Thursday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

The Sage Chamber Music Society presents The Timeless Genius of Chopin, a series of four virtual recitals of piano works by Frdric Chopin (1810-1849), performed by Jiayan Sun. The first program of the series will be live-streamed from Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College on Thursday, December 10, at 8 PM, featuring Chopin's complete Etudes. Viewers can register for the first performance on December 10 at https://timelessgenius.eventbrite.com.

The Wailing Banshees: A Musical Postcard , Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

The Wailing Banshees present a mini-concert of tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Quebec. Jigs, reels and the best craic on Youtube. Join the Banshees for a live premiere on YouTube. Register at: https://wailingbanshees.eventbrite.com.

Campus Safety Annual Food Drive, Ending December 18th , Friday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

This year, the Department of Campus Safety has decided to hold a virtual food drive supporting The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Over the past few years, our annual food drive has helped raise hundreds of pounds of canned and non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. Now more than ever, the negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis can be seen and felt within our community. By utilizing the virtual food drive platform, the department is hoping to bring our community together to help alleviate some of the challenges associated with food insecurity.

Nature cams to watch

Do you miss travelling and seeing new sights? Explore has gathered up hundreds of animal and nature live cams from around the world for us to watch: https://explore.org/livecams

Professional Pathways

Professional Pathways serve as the nexus of an integrated approach to career education from the Lazarus Center. They are a place for students to find their people, experiment with possibilities, and connect their passions to the world of work. Six Pathways, grouped by industry interest areas, introduce students to a variety of careers and ways to build experience toward a potential professional future. Partnerships with other campus Centers, student run organizations, and degree concentrations add a rich web of curated resources specific to a Smith education. Visit the website to explore. https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/lazarus-center/professional-pathways

Sherrerd Center Spring Faculty Teaching and Learning Seminar , Friday, Dec. 11

Glenn Ellis (Engineering) will facilitate this seminar, which will meet remotely a few times during the spring to explore the ideas based in the learning sciences about learning and pedagogy. The seminar will focus on teaching and learning principles that can be applied in any context. Through discourse, ways to execute these principles in classes (both face-to-face and remote) will be explored. Seminar will be limited to 10 faculty/staff to best facilitate conversations over Zoom, with some preference for first-time participants. Please email sherrerdcenter@smith.edu by December 11th if you are interested.

Youtube series rec: Emmy eats

Mashed potato fudge? Sprite pie? Pourable pizza? In this quirky Youtube channel, Emmy "make[s] and taste[s] novel and curious foods so you don't have to." https://www.youtube.com/emmy/featured

Spring 2021 Presidential Colloquia Announced

Attorney and activist Bryan Stevenson. NRDC President Gina McCarthy. Award-winning author and historian Jill Lepore. Gender equality advocate Mona Sinha 88. These are a few of the influential thought leaders who will speak this spring through Smiths Presidential Colloquium series.


12/01/2020 Digest


John Murillo Poetry Reading , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Poet Carolyn Forch describes John Murillo as a poet for his time, equal to its urgency, and graced are we to have him among us in this time of need. In fierce, unflinching poems that are as likely to reference Elizabeth Bishop as Notorious B.I.G, Murillos most recent collection, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way Books, 2020), contends with our countrys racism, violence, and literary history, while also uncovering complicated moments of grace. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j2ALxhk0TFeTs7vYeHQfAA

The 22nd Annual Lazerowitz-Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture by Adriane Rini 89 , Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Professor Adriane Rini 89, Professor of Philosophy, Massey University, New Zealand, will speak on Susan Stebbing, Alice Ambrose, Ruth Barcan Marcus: Iconic Figures in Symbolic Logic. For the Zoom link, please email cbell@smith.edu

Your Smith Grant - Scholarship Questionnaire

Each year Donor Relations asks students receiving a Smith Grant to complete an online Scholarship Questionnaire. We hope you might find some time to reflect and share the ways in which you are learning, studying, connecting and just plain getting along. Donors to Smith scholarship grants are keenly interested in the students at Smith today! Your responses let donors know that their gifts to financial aid truly make a difference. Please take a few moments to complete the Scholarship Questionnaire found here: https://tinyurl.com/y56csb9u

Reminder: Library Collections Moving to Neilson Starting December 18th

Library materials from the Annex and Young Library will be temporarily unavailable from December 18, 2020 to January 22, 2021 while books are moved into the Neilson Library. Please plan accordingly; collection requests can be made until December 17, 2020. Library materials from Hillyer, Josten, and the Five Colleges will continue to be available through contactless pickup during this time. Special Collections materials (the College Archives, Mortimer Rare Book Collection, and the Sophia Smith Collection) will be unavailable from June through August 2021 during the move into Neilson Library. Please contact libraryhelp@smith.edu with any questions.

Democracy at the Edge: A Global Consideration of the U.S. Election, a Kahn Institute Panel , Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

The reverberations of the U.S. presidential elections are felt around the world, perhaps never more than with this years. This panel assembles co-organizers of next years Kahn Institute projects: Coping with Democratic Precarity and the Prospects for Democratic Renewal; and Democracies Redux: Resumptions, Resilience, Reconciliation, and Restoration, to reflect on the results and consider the implications internationally and with a broad range of analytical lenses. Register to attend: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qRNn9U_PTjCcEGCDGEs6UA . Panelists: Payal Banerjee, Sociology; Steven Heydemann, Middle East Studies; Sujane Wu, East Asian Languages and Cultures; and Andy Zimbalist, Economics. Part of the 2021-22 college-wide Theme Year on Democracies.

Winter Gifts Program

Please join the Jandon Center for Community Engagement and the Community Service Organization in our annual Winter Gifts Program! This program allows students, staff, faulty, houses, and clubs/organizations to sponsor a child or family to supply them with the fund for gifts this holiday season. During this tough and harrowing time, your participation in the program is needed now more than EVER, as we are hoping to sponsor gifts for 60 children in the hilltowns! Please reach out to bjacobson@smith.edu for more information on how to sponsor a child/family and get involved.

GKP: Professors Talking About Student Success , Thursday, Dec. 3, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Clark Science Center and the Office for Equity and Inclusion are sponsoring the second Grounded Knowledge Panel of faculty discussing student success convened by Valerie Joseph (anthropologist and AEMES Mentoring Administrative Director).A Grounded Knowledge Panel is a witnessed conversation among people who have a realistic, authentic, and personal understanding of a particular topic, in this case, faculty perspectives on facilitating student success. The panelists for this upcoming GKP are staff and faculty: Candice Price (Mathematics), Albert Y. Kim (Statistical & Data Sciences), Kate Queeney (Chemistry), David Gorin (Chemistry) and Valerie Joseph (AEMES). Visit this link to register: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W_jJ_sb8TC-eMjK8bU-hBg

London School of Economics Study Abroad Information Session , Thursday, Dec. 3, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Come learn about the opportunity to study abroad for the year at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Students will hear about the wide variety of courses offered, the experience of living and learning in the heart of London at a top-notch University, and more. Please email us at studyabroad@smith.edu to request the Zoom link.

Behind The Scenes at the SCMA , Wednesday, Dec. 2, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

An experience designed for undergraduate Smithies of color! Join the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the newly acquired and the stored art by artists of color. Students will meet some of the SCMA staff and get to know aspects of SCMAs collection relating to the complexity of identity. Sign-up for the breakout room of your choice! Register here: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcuChrjsrHNISwpUK-YW9LeYHRKk6ETFn

New Apple operating system and ITS recommendation

Apple recently released their newest operating system, macOS Big Sur (version 11). All faculty and staff should wait to upgrade their Smith owned computers until ITS has vetted the operating system. If you are prompted to update, please dismiss the prompt until further notice. Some older Mac computers are not able to run Big Sur and cannot be upgraded. When compatibility between Big Sur and Smith systems and software has been confirmed, ITS will post follow-up announcements with recommendations for upgrading. If you have questions, please send an email to ithelp@smith.edu.

Writing for Theatre: Final Play Readings 1 , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Students from Andrea Hairstons class Writing for Theatre will present final play readings on Tuesday, December 1. Featuring work by Reina Makimura 1:40-2:25, Laurel Kruger 2:35-3:20, and Bella Stevens 3:30-4:15. Open to the public. Register via Zoom: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FP8xppj2RhaVTg5pICm5hQ. There will be readings by 3 other students on Saturday, December 5.

Sherrerd nominations due December 18 , Friday, Dec. 18

All members of the Smith Community are invited to nominate a faculty member for the 2021 Sherrerd Teaching Prize by Friday, December 18 (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/college-events/sherrerd-prizes/nomination-form). Kathleen Compton Sherrerd 54 and John J. F. Sherrerd established the prize in 2002 to recognize sustained and distinguished teaching by long-time faculty members as well as to encourage younger faculty members whose demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence influences students and colleagues.

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Tuesday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

On Tuesday, December 8, between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. President Kathleen McCartney welcomes the opportunity to speak with members of the Smith community during the presidents virtual open office hour. Please sign up for a ten-minute time slot at https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeOpenOfficeHourwithPresidentMcCartney

In Conversation with Charles Mee, Playwright , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

The Department of Theatre presents an informal, 1-hour conversation with Len Berkman, Anne Hesseltine Hoyt Professor of Theatre and playwright and author Charles Mee, best known for his collage-like style of playwriting. To attend, email ncbeck@smith.edu for the Zoom link. Note: This event is open to students, faculty, staff of Smith College and the Five College community.

Writing Support at the Jacobson Center - Now through December 17th

Struggling with the writing process? Need a language tutor? Want help with time management or motivation? The Jacobson Center is available to support you through the end of the semester with Professional Writing Instructors, Peer Writing Tutors, Peer Content Tutors, and the Jacobson Center Learning Specialist. All Peer tutors are available through December 8; Professional Writing Instructors and Learning Specialist Kelly Vogel continue availability through December 17. All appointments can be made via the Jacobson Center website.

Phone Bank for GA Senate Candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Join the Smith College Democrats to phone bank for Georgia Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock and help flip the Senate blue! All experience levels are welcome, the campaign will provide a training. Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyqv2Jg2Ygo7QiDvFH-fVhlq-qQ6aBkb0edkiAi-GgtXL2Cg/viewform

Interfaith Lunch , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 12:15 p.m.

Interfaith Lunch will be cancelled for Tuesday, December, 1.

Julie Destine 21: Finding Her Place in the Classroom

A Mindich Fellowship helped Julie Destine 21 experience the life of an educator.


11/24/2020 Digest


Free Flu Vaccines by appointment at The Schacht Center: It's not too late! , Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Flu vaccines are available by appointment at the Schacht Center. Flu vaccine is proven to reduce the severity of other respiratory illness, such as colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia, as well as preventing flu itself. Stay well and help us protect our community from viral illnesses this winter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Book your appointment now. We will continue to provide vaccine as supply allows. No waiting in lines, no insurance, no cost at all to you! Learn how to book your appointment here: (link) https://www.smith.edu/student-life/health/news/flu-vaccine-clinics

Museums Concentration Applications Due , Tuesday, Dec. 1

Museums Concentration Application Deadline December 1. For details and to access the application portal go to https://www.smith.edu/academics/museums-concentration.

Broadway Songs for Self Care

Broadway Direct has curated a playlist of songs to brighten your day: https://broadwaydirect.com/broadway-songs-for-self-care/

Best way to recycle Jack O Lanterns: feed them to zoo animals!

Who knew how much joy those pumpkins bring our furry friends at the National Zoo! https://twitter.com/NationalZoo/status/1322627148235132930?s=20

Woven Words Mini Banner Craftivism Initiative - STEAM Outreach , Virtual Event

Become a Craftivist with our Woven Words Mini Banner initiative - an opportunity to engage in gentle protest by way of needlepoint, sewing, embroidery, and/or cross-stitch. Creating small, beautiful banners instead of large, bold banners can actually carry significant impact and allow stitchers an opportunity to engage in a peaceful, soothing, therapeutic experience. No stitching experience is required. We provide simple to follow instructions and message suggestions. Banners can be hung in high impact locations or mailed to us for our installation. Complete the interest form or contact Deborah Day at dday@smith.edu for more information. Everyone welcome! Form: https://forms.gle/r84nXD5TSsZLVKDL7

Cromwell Day Feedback Form

If you attended Tuesdays Cromwell Day, please help the Cromwell Day committee by offering feedback using the following form: https://forms.gle/1v1j26RhSxeTG78BA

ITS December 2020 Faculty Technology Workshops , Tuesday - Friday, Dec. 1-18

Gear up for Interterm 2021 and beyond. Information Technology Services and partners are offering a series of technology workshops in December to help faculty wrap-up Fall digital projects and get ready for Interterm 2021. Sessions will include both foundational workshops (Zoom and Moodle Basics, accessibility), and new sessions (Course Wrap-up: Digital Project Lifecycle, Panopto Basics, and a KnowledgeLab series). For more information and to register, go to https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeUndergraduateWorkshops

Mellow cat enjoys some piano tunes

This cat clearly enjoys their human's musical talents: https://www.facebook.com/MetDaanAnimals/videos/2683681338611570

Open Enrollment & HR Drawing Reminder

The last day to make any insurance changes for next year is November 30, 2020. This process must be completed through Workday. If you need help navigating Open Enrollment, full instructions and a visual guide for the process can be found by visiting https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/instructions-and-faqs/how-tos-faqs/open-enrollment. Dont forget to also enter into the annual HR Drawing by filling out the form here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrFPOml4MMpgKaGgStydCSeVDXKRXrStVjWvXGJ7-lzEvohA/viewform

The Amplifier: Still Time to Submit Original Work

The Theatre Departments fall production, The Amplifier, is an interactive website featuring original student work that addresses life in this disruptive and disorienting year. If you have writing, videos, studio art, dance films, music recordings, animation, poetry, research, or photography that addresses this time of upheaval due to the coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, the election, or the climate crisis that you would like to include, please contact Daniel Kramer, Director at dkramer@smith.edu or Nikki Beck, production manager at ncbeck@smith.edu.

Interfaith Lunch , Tuesday, Nov. 24, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

A safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. Please join us for interfaith dialogue in a religiously diverse environment. You can enjoy your food and engage in riveting conservation regarding ethical reflection and collaboration. This week's theme is thankfulness. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Please register in advance: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcof-GurzgqE9GjooLkTdbnfg-MwAIFsj2j

Submissions Open for The 2021 Five College Film Festival , Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

The Annual Five College Student Film & Video Festival features original films and videos by Five College students and has become an important venue for film students to meet, collaborate and share their productions with their peers and with the Five College film community.The submission deadline is Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 5pm EST. For more information and to submit work, please visit: http://www.fivecolleges.edu/film/festival.

Georgia Senate Phone Bank for Jon Ossoff , Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Join the Smith College Democrats to phonebank with the Jon Ossoff for Senate Campaign. Whether this is your first time phone banking or your hundredth, everyone can make a difference in these critical Georgia Senate races. RSVP here (and make sure to sign-up with the mobilize link embedded in the RSVP so you receive access to the phonebank zoom): http://bit.ly/smithdems-ossoff24

ExecEd Free Webinar: Building a High-Performance Culture in Your Organization , Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

Register at http://bit.ly/smithBHC. Culture eats strategy for lunch, as management guru Peter Drucker famously said. But culture can be a strategic asset, too. This interactive webinar presents a practical, powerful framework for creating, assessing and strengthening your organizational culture. Working with real-world business examples, you will explore how to use a framework called the 4 Forces model to identify the dominant cultures and sub-cultures within your organization; develop communication strategies for working across cultural boundaries inside your company and with your strategic partners; manage cultural and communication conflicts when they arise; and adapt your culture where necessary.

Tofurkey Map from the Spatial Analysis Lab , Tuesday, Nov. 24

Partake in the Spatial Analysis Labs tradition of mapping the Smith communitys favorite aspects of Thanksgiving: https://bit.ly/sal-tofurkey2020

Smiths Plan for Spring 2021

Smith College has announced its plans for the spring semester. The college will welcome as many as 1,830 students to campus.


11/19/2020 Digest


Zoom appointments with Smith College Ombudsperson

These are challenging times for all of us. If you are experiencing workplace stress, conflicts with colleagues or supervisors, or other difficulties, you may find it helpful to speak on a totally confidential basis with Michael Stephens, Smiths Ombudsperson. He provides a supportive and safe environment in which to think things through, and is available for meetings with faculty and staff. To make a zoom appointment with Michael, email him at mjstephens@smith.edu.

Class of 2021 Senior Portraits for the Madeleine Yearbook

In an effort to accommodate the class of 2021, The Madeleine Yearbook is making an exception to the senior portrait policy and will allow seniors to submit their own senior portrait for the yearbook. Please note this exception is only for the Class of 2021, as we understand onsite portrait sessions with Prestige are not possible for the fall semester. Deadline to submit: May 14, 2021. For information on how to submit a photo for yearbook email yearbook advisor, Katie Wing at kwing@smith.edu

Required Flu Vaccine by appointment: Book your appointment now! , Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Flu vaccine is required by the state of Massachusetts for all students by December 31st. Flu vaccine is proven to reduce the severity of other respiratory illness, such as colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia, as well as preventing flu itself. Stay well and help us protect our community from viral illnesses this winter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Book your appointment now. We will continue to provide vaccine as supply allows. No waiting in lines, no insurance, no cost to you! To book your appointment, visit https://www.smith.edu/student-life/health/news/flu-vaccine-clinics

Difficult Political Conversations, Part II , Friday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

In the second session of this series, panelists will discuss how and when we choose to engage in difficult political conversations in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Sponsored by the Sherrerd Center and moderated by Nimisha Bhat, panelists Valerie Joseph, Loretta Ross, Peggy ONeill, Kris Evans, and Greg White will bring their experiences and perspectives to the roundtable to talk about how to create an environment for radical listening, facilitating conversations empathetically, and the work we all want to do moving forward. Register here: https://bit.ly/diffcon220

Beatboxing Buddhist Monk

Buddhist monk Yogetsu Akasaka creates music for meditation using a loop machine and his own beatboxing skills: https://mymodernmet.com/beatboxing-buddhist-monk/

Smith in Paris Information Session , Friday, Nov. 20, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Come to the Smith in Paris information session to learn about the wide variety of courses and cultural activities the program has to offer. Information about the Les Sciences Paris and the Architecture and Art History at Val de Seine options will also be available. Students who participated on the program last year will be available to answer questions and share their experiences. Students should email studyabroad@smith.edu to request the zoom link.

SCMA Pop-Up Shop online sale , Through Sunday, Nov. 22, Virtual Event

SCMA is excited about the first Pop-Up Shop online sale, November 1722. Free shipping for all and SCMA members get 10% off their entire purchase. Sign-up or renew your membership and you will receive an additional three months of membership for free. Follow this link: https://scmashop.smith.edu/

New Play Reading Series: The Treacle of Life by James Barry , Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith College Department of Theatres New Play Reading Series presents a live reading of The Treacle of Life (A Western Lila in One Act) by James Barry. Set in a dive bar outside time where the jukebox plays itself, Charlie and Chip examine the dynamics of their relationship over a bottomless bottle of whiskey. Then Chuck shows up. A woo-woo rock n roll romp in which the temporal and the infinite dance together until the crows come home. Or is it cows? Hallelujah! Registration required: https://bit.ly/TreacleofLife.

Sage Chamber Music Society - Beethoven: Early & Late , Sunday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

The Sage Chamber Music Society presents Beethoven: Early & Late to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. This chamber music concert features works from the early and late stages of Beethovens creative life, performed by Marie-Volcy Pelletier, cello; Joel Pitchon, violin; and Jiayan Sun, piano. The hour-long virtual concert will premiere live on YouTube. To receive the link, register at https://scms-beethoven.eventbrite.com.

Autumn Serenade - Open Reheasal and Video Premiere , Monday, Nov. 23, 4:45 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith College Glee Club and Chamber Singers invite you to an Open Rehearsal in celebration of Autumn Serenade with the premiere of three new choral videos. Register at: https://bit.ly/SmithGleeClub

Joshua BennettVirtual Book Talk Event -Being Property Once Myself , Thursday, Nov. 19, 12:10 p.m., Virtual Event

The Africana Studies Department presents author Joshua Bennett on Thursday, November 19, 2020. He will be discussing his book Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man. For the Zoom link, email dosepowi@smith.edu

Statistical and Data Sciences Coalition of Color: Game Night , Friday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

Want to take a break from work and have fun? The Statistical and Data Sciences Coalition of Color (SDSCC) will be hosting game night featuring games like Among Us, Skribbl.io, and more. This is a space reserved for POC students, but any majors are welcome. https://lu.ma/14afdkkc

One Word Sawalmem Film and Discussion , Monday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Hosted by the Indigenous Smith Students Alliance (ISSA). In his uplifting and internationally-acclaimed short film One Word Sawalmem, co-director Michael Pom Preston of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Mt. Shasta, California gives us a rare look into the life of local Native wisdom keeperspeople who hold humanitys most intimate knowledge about how to live in balance with the Earth and how to thrive with the natural world. Event is free and open to the 5-College Community. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdeqsqjkrH9Ul1Yd6ISmCFuHC8dWP3tTz

Friendsgiving Game Night , Friday, Nov. 20, 9 p.m., Virtual Event

This Friday at 9:00 PM EST the OSE is hosting a Friendsgiving Game Night. Come play a fun variety of games with some friends. This is a great opportunity to gather with some friends and get in the holiday spirit. More details on the Smith Social Network.

Couch Concert Series , Saturday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

This Saturday it is time for another Couch Concert session happening live on the OSE Facebook page at 4:00 PM EST. The band Visiting Wine will be performing.

Shabbat with Molly Bajgot , Friday, Nov. 20, 5:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Pioneer Valley-based singer/songwriter Molly Bajgot will be leading SCJC in a Shabbat service. Molly is amazing and this will be a wonderful time to reconnect with music and community. Students from Mount Holyoke Jewish Student Union will be joining us, so this is also an opportunity to connect with new people. Molly (she/her) is a lover of Jewish music, ritual, and community spaces. She believes in the liberatory potential of song (and prayer) and the importance of a vibrant Jewish singing culture. She works as the Assistant Director of Jewish Life at Congregation B'nai Israel in Northampton. For Zoom link, visit https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvf-yrrz4pHNEdho7PPAnr0bDldspBXTFe

Mindful Mondays , Monday, Nov. 23, Noon, Virtual Event

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

Al-Nur Prayer Lunch Meeting , November 20, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

This prayer meeting is happening this Friday. We invite you to join us for a spiritual discussion, communal prayer, relationship-building and some fun activities. Bring your lunch, a snack or something to munch on or drink. Offered on rotating Fridays by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome! Contact Muslim Student Adviser, Kim Alston for future dates. To register, go to: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrfuGorTwuHtCEHIQ9_eIk6Lqoi5Zj7RgW For audio or questions, contact Kim Alston, Muslim Student Adviser at kalston@smith.edu.

Mindfulness as Resistance: An Embodied Approach to Social Justice , Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Please join us for an embodied approach to mindfulness and social change where we will explore our lived experience as sources of wisdom, resilience, and resistance. In a supportive environment, engage in mindfulness practices, as well as discussion and reflection to guide us toward greater awareness. These skills will also help us build our capacity and purpose as students, community members and activists. This hour-long weekly program is open to the entire Smith community including those with no experience with mindfulness or political activism --all are welcome. Register in advance for this meeting: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpcuCorzspE9zxytNLVEwkWcwCJZ5u0V5c

Explore the Mum Show , Virtual Event

Smith's popular Chrysanthemum Showa virtual event this yearconcludes Sunday, Nov. 22. Explore videos about the show's history, hybrids and hall of fameand vote for your favorite mum!


11/17/2020 Digest


Carmen Gimnez Smith Poetry Reading , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

The timely, searing poems of Carmen Gimnez Smith insist on confronting Americas xenophobia and systemic racism. Describing Gimnez Smiths most recent collection, Be Recorder (Graywolf, 2019), the National Book Awards committee praised the ways in which her poetry turns the increasingly pressing urge to cry out into a dream of rebellionagainst compromise, against inertia, against self-delusion, and against the ways the media dream up our complacency in an America that depends on it. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SJhQwvUvTQaHi1fDbhcQlQ

Sherrerd Inclusive Teaching Workshop with Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan (UNC Chapel Hill) , Friday, Nov. 20, 12:30 p.m.

The Sherrerd Center is hosting an Inclusive Teaching Workshop over Zoom from 12:30 - 2:00 pm. Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan, award winning instructors with a combined 25+ years in the classroom at the University of North Carolina will share expertise on inclusive techniques and active learning in any size crowd (both teach courses routinely with hundreds of students). All staff and faculty are welcome to come. Please visit this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/ZYNpTuiAzeG9pJav5 and Zoom details will be sent to you.

Virtual Celebration of Volume 19 for Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism , Thursday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

Meridians will be hosting a virtual celebration to introduce their Volume 19 contributors to readers and make visible the incredible work they are doing in the world. This will be an open forum for the authors to share their thoughts about the state of their fields, higher education and current national and global events. Editor of Meridians, Ginetta E.B. Candelario 90, will moderate the group in discussion. Register for the event here: https://forms.gle/xc7o4TCMaGnVW9Rr8

Looking Within: Host Responses to SARS-CoV-2 , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

COVID-19 severity is determined by host response to infection. Researchers know that SARS-CoV-2 infection can suppress antiviral responses, but what happens systemically? Doctor Angela Rasmussen, Smith 00, will talk about data from a rhesus macaque model of infection as well as how this information can be used to develop new diagnostic, surveillance, and therapeutics. Doctor Rasmussen is a virologist and affiliate of the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security. She uses a combination of classical virology and systems biology approaches to study the host response to emerging viruses, including influenza, MERS-CoV, Ebola virus, and SARS-CoV-2. rsvp to register: https://forms.gle/xpcfVyXBde1r8pSx9

Smith Students Aid Society Application Deadline for Jterm Study Grants , Wednesday, Nov. 18

The deadline for SSAS applications for January term study grants is Wednesday, November 18. The application is online at http://www.smith.edu/SSAS. Please fill out the application and email to classdeans@smith.edu.

Six-year-old Sam raps about all the jobs you could have from A to Z

This talented young artist has a message for all of us about the wide range of possible professions we could have, from A to Z! https://youtu.be/U9TLZBZ3eo8

1897 Snowball fight

This colorized and smoothed video from 1897 shows a snowball fight which proves that some winter pastimes have not changed much in 120 years: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/05/magazine/snowball-video-fight.html

Study Abroad Info Session for ES&P Majors , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Students interested in studying abroad as an Environmental Science and Policy major/minor should plan to attend this information session. Students will learn about the different types of programs available and ES&P majors who studied abroad last year will share their stories. Students should email studyabroad@smith.edu for the zoom link.

Theatre Grad School Panel , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

The theatre department is hosting a conversation with graduates of Yale, Columbia, and Juilliard who studied acting, directing, and playwriting. Come ask your questions about grad school, professional theatre life, and anything else. Its a great opportunity to learn more about these programs and network with some talented theatre makers! Email ncbeck@smith.edu for the link.

Public Voice Across Media: Speaking Out Against Climate Change , Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

There are a number of channels through which we can amplify our voices on issues that matter to us. Join the Wurtele Center for Leadership in a conversation with three individuals who are passionate about one issue - ending climate change - but who share that passion through different media. Panelists include public artist Eve Mosher, journalist Audrea Lim, and political science scholar Leah Stokes. This session is part of the Amplify initiative. Register for webinar link: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JqYnyE3XTV6c0dDebFHAMg

Sigma Xi Returns: Tue 11/17/20 Sara Stoudt, Species Distribution and Abundance Models , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The first and only Sigma Xi Lecture for Fall 2020: Species Distribution and Abundance Models: The Good, The Bad, and The Not Identifiable Speaker: Dr. Sarah Stoudt (Lecturer in Statistical & Data Sciences) Slide with clickable links to Zoom and Google calendar, shareable with the smith community is here https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17AtE9lxatB8aawnc9g9sW4bBM-MmEnGHQRxWQNs1IGw

Interfaith Lunch , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 12:15 p.m.

A safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. Please join us for interfaith dialogue in a religiously diverse environment. You can enjoy your food and engage in riveting conservation regarding ethical reflection and collaboration. This week's theme is appropriation and appreciation. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Please register in advance: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcof-GurzgqE9GjooLkTdbnfg-MwAIFsj2j

The Visual Politics of Humanitarianism , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The photo of a Syrian child in September 2015 and recent developments. Dr. Davide Rodogno, is the Fonds National Suisse Research Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He researches the history of humanitarianism, international organizations, philanthropic foundations, and international public health since the nineteenth century. He is also the author of several books, including Against Massacre: Humanitarian Interventions in the Ottoman Empire (1815-1914), (Princeton University Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Night on Earth Humanitarian Organizations Relief and Rehabilitation Programmes on Behalf of Civilian Populations (1918-1939). Email global@smith.edu for Zoom info.

Public Lecture - Dancing Material History with Petra Kuppers & Stephanie Heit , Friday, Nov. 20, 3:15 p.m., Virtual Event

In this public lecture foremost U.S. dance & disability studies scholar Petra Kuppers (University of Michigan) discusses site specific dance and autoethnographic writing as means to investigate the material history of posteconomic-collapse rural Michigan. Artistic and life partner Stephanie Heit, Zoeglossia Fellow (poetry), offers a physical/sensory introductory invitation to their collaborative arts projects - the performance group The Olimpias and their community arts space Turtle Disco, located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Zoom details are available on the Facebook event page. https://fb.me/e/fAGctLLLC

GIS Day , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m., Virtual Event

Massachusetts GIS Day is Wednesday, November 18! Join our spatial friends as we celebrate GIS across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. View the schedule and register at http://tinyurl.com/MAgisday. Do you have a cool GIS project youd like to share? Submissions are now open for these sessions: Undergrad Poster Contest, Grad Slam! competition, StoryMap feedback session The event is free and open to all. For questions or more information, contact rseifried@umass.edu

Smith College Democrats Georgia Strategy Meeting , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

Join the Smith College Democrats this evening for a discussion on how to organize for the Georgia runoff Senate races. Prefer text banking to phone banking, letters to postcards? Wed love to know and work together on these critical campaigns. Register here: http://bit.ly/smithdems-11-17

Trans/Nonbinary Digital Collaging Event , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:15 p.m.

Join the Office for Equity and Inclusion along with the Research Center for Sexuality and Gender this Wednesday for digital collaging as a part of Trans Awareness Week. https://smith.zoom.us/j/92617592814

Facts and Feelings: Teaching Elections in an Election Year

Whats it like to be teaching about elections in an unprecedented election year? Smith professors Anna Mwaba 10 and Howard Gold share insights about having a front-row seat to history in their courses this semester.


11/12/2020 Digest


Do you know a student that needs some extra support?

Do you know a student who could use a little extra support right now? Would you like to connect them with someone at the College who would like to check-in with them to see how things are going, who can answer some questions, or connect them to a support system? A member of the Student Care Team would love to reach out. Click here to nominate a student for Care Team support: https://forms.gle/bdPC4oqKgFjtX7pz5

NOAA Summer Internship Presentations , Friday, Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m.

Join us to hear from three Smithies who spent their summer in virtual internships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and find out how you might intern with NOAA in summer 2021! Todays presentations include Ciara Chen 21: Status of Caribbean Corals Listed under the Endangered Species Act; Dominique Kelly 22: Why do some dolphins and whales form mixed-species associations? An unresolved puzzle in community ecology; and Phoebe Lease 21: Communicating the Science and Technology Missions of Exploration. Please see the green calendar for the zoom link: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sustainable-smith/ceeds-events-calendar Or, email Veeka Trofimova at vtrofimova@smith.edu.

Restoring a Cranberry Bog: Context, Science, Practice , Monday, Nov. 16, 3:15 p.m.

Join Alex Hackman (Restoration Ecologist, Cranberry Bog Program Manager, Division of Ecological Restoration, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game) in this ENX 100 lecture series discussion on the Cranberry Bog Restoration project in Massachusetts. Learn the context, science, and practice behind this unique project! Please see the green calendar (link below) or email Veeka Trofimova at vtrofimova@smith.edu for a zoom link. https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sustainable-smith/ceeds-events-calendar

The Amplifier: What Does It Mean to Be Chinese American?

What Does It Mean to Be Chinese American? is a piece written for the theater departments production The Amplifier. The writer is looking for Chinese Americans in the Smith community to respond to the question: What does it mean for you to be Chinese American in 2020? Participants will submit a 5-15 second video in response to the question. For more information and to indicate interest, please go to this form: https://forms.gle/tdhesokZWbAosNBGA

I-Collective: A Roundtable with Indigenous Chefs , Monday, Nov. 16, 4:45 p.m., Virtual Event

On the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower, this crew of Indigenous chefs and activists are hoping to bring awareness to the results of colonization in the New England region and the original tribes. In this roundtable discussion, I-Collective members including chefs, ethnobotanists, and foragers, will discuss the effects of colonization on Indigenous people since 1492 and the resiliency that food and nature brings to their culture, then and now. This event is free and open to the Smith community and the public, however, registration is required. Please register at this link: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ium3-uzfQGS2P3c5N3USAw

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

On Tuesday, November 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. President Kathleen McCartney welcomes the opportunity to speak with members of the Smith community during the presidents virtual open office hour. Please sign up for a ten-minute time slot at https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeOpenOfficeHourwithPresidentMcCartney

Perus Snow Star Festival

Stunning photographs document the age-old Peruvian festival of Qoyllur Riti: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/26/travel/qoyllur-riti-snow-star-festival-peru.html

Visual Art created by vibration

In this mesmerizing video, artist Kenichi Kanazawa uses sound waves to create beautiful and intricate patterns out of grains of sand: https://www.facebook.com/howlinbuddha/videos/10164470271895541

Kahn Reading: Pacific Eco-Poetry by Craig Santos Perez, University of Hawaii, author of Habitat Threshold , Thursday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

Craig Santos Perez, University of Hawaii, Manoa, an indigenous Pacific Islander from Guhan (Guam), is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Habitat Threshold. He will share his poetry in this online event, focused on climate change, environmental justice, human-animal relations, and the anthropocene. Register to attend: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZoT4jFAcSX27EjyaBpQKiw . This reading is in conjunction with the Kahn Institute 2020-21 yearlong project Imagining Climate Change: From Slow Violence to Fast Hope. All welcome.

Call for Applications: NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies

FCI is offering Five College faculty and staff the opportunity to integrate Native American and Indigenous Studies in their curriculum by applying for Mellon-funded mini-grants and residencies. The application deadline is 12/01 and potential applicants are invited to attend the preparatory info session on 11/17, 4-5pm. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant

Coping with COVID Series - Work/Life Balance Workshop , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

Work/Home/Self - Keeping Balance in Your Life People have multiple demands on their time every day and some days are quite simply chaotic. Without a well-considered plan, its easy to get off balance. In this workshop, participants learn techniques to maintain balance and achieve greater health and happiness. Register via: https://forms.gle/9b5DFRWWcMHqCQz96

The Activists Post-Election Playbook , Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Hear from Smith Alum and Organizer with NorCal ACLU, Raquel Ortega 11 and Director of Legislative Affairs for WeACT for Environmental Justice, Kerene Tayloe about what to do after this important election. Register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMfoqJj0x3OlYFI2ynQzNQRIGUhc39ZAv4mU-xdWH3lOT9TA/viewform

Art of Leading Teams: Keeping Antiracism at the Forefront of Your Work as a Team , Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Racism impacts all facets of work and life, including the teams we engage with everyday. As an institution that prioritizes equity and inclusion, how can we continue to challenge ourselves to begin or continue the work, create avenues for discussion and ongoing learning? In this session we will talk through some strategies to keep this work centered in our offices and departments. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership, and open to all faculty and staff. Register to receive Zoom link: https://forms.gle/1zcwdeYx2Bvho2aR8

Mindfulness as Resistance: An Embodied Approach to Social Justice , Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

This program focuses on an embodied approach to mindfulness and social change where we will explore our lived experience as sources of wisdom, resilience, and resistance. In a supportive environment, engage in mindfulness practices, as well as discussion and reflection to guide us toward greater awareness. These skills build our capacity and purpose as students, community members and activists. This hour-long weekly virtual program is open to the entire Smith community including those with no experience with mindfulness or political activism. The pilot program runs every Thursday until 11/19/20. Register in advance for this meeting: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpcuCorzspE9zxytNLVEwkWcwCJZ5u0V5c

Apply for a Phi Beta Kappa Key Into Public Service Scholarship , Friday, Jan. 15

Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honor society, invites online applications for its Key into Public Service Scholars program. This initiative will award $5,000 undergraduate scholarships and participation opportunities for networking and job training for sophomore and junior students interested in pursuing public service careers. Society membership is not required. Characteristics of ideal recipients include intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary breadth and depth of arts and sciences coursework, leadership propensity, and service to others. Students can visit https://www.pbk.org/PublicService to learn more and apply. The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

Hawa Tarawally AC: Changing the Narrative

Getting into Smith has been the single most powerful gift the universe has given me, says Ada Comstock Scholar and social justice activist Hawa Tarawally.


11/10/2020 Digest


Send in your MENA-related papers/art/poetry for publication! , Thursday, Nov. 12

The newly established Undergraduate Middle East Studies Journal of Smith College, Fusayfsa is now accepting submissions. We're looking for your MENA-related research papers, op-eds, art, and poetry! The deadline for submissions is the 12th of November, and further guidelines can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/fusayfsa/ Submissions can be sent in here: https://linktr.ee/Fusayfsa

REQUIRED! Flu vaccines by appointment at The Schacht Center

All students are required to receive a flu vaccine before 12/31/2020. Please call us to book your appointment at 413-585-2250. We will continue to provide vaccine by appointment throughout the semester. If you receive a flu vaccine off campus, you must upload documentation of the vaccine to the private patient portal at https://www.smith.edu/student-life/health-wellness/appointments/patient-portal. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Emerging Technologies: The Future of Power , Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.

A fireside chat with Fennie Wang (Founder, Dionysus Labs), Sheila Warren (Head of Blockchain, Data and Digital Assets at the World Economic Forum) and Shira Frank 06 (Cofounder of MaidenGlobal). Moderated by Chichi Wu 22 and Adriana Beltran Andrade 23 (Smith College). To register, and for more information: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/organization/conwaycenter

Sherrerd Center Mentors are Available for Teaching Consultation

Now that the semester is well underway, perhaps there are some things worth talking about. Sherrerd mentors Caroline Melly and Liz Pryor are available to anyone who teaches to talk about anything related to your teaching. Conversations are confidential and not evaluative and are an opportunity to talk with a colleague about some aspect of the teaching-learning process. Conversations may be philosophical or operational or anything in between and topics could be anything from assessment and grading to group work with students. To schedule a meeting: https://forms.gle/evJb1JbCYf4ehcjcA. Consider finding an hour to chat with a peer this semester.

How to Take Action & Stay Hopeful in an Age of Climate Crisis , Thursday, Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m.

Nearly every day brings news of devastating environmental challengesfrom increasingly violent storms to plastics in our oceans to the production and unequal distribution of toxic wastes. In a world stretched thin for resources under threat of global climate change and the pandemic health crisis, how can we stay engaged, motivated and hopeful to enact real change? Four international alums working in the climate, sustainability and environmental protection fields will share specific actions they are taking to keep motivated and enact change in these challenging times. Register at https://tinyurl.com/y6tb69oj

Smithies in CS Identity Panel Series

At each session, we will host a panel of alums that will hold a conversation about what it is like to be in the field with different identities. Thursday, Nov 5th - Black smithies in CS - https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpdOqorj0sGtMt9J-lfsqXlUiVB2lI9kJ8 Friday, Nov 6th - 1st Gen smithies in CS - https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucuGtpzgsG9WUrG1hn7ZMv9LrWwuFYFmc Thursday, Nov 12th - Asian smithies in CS - https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcod-2oqj4tE9H2BPeJKl8G8H8rVpV6pQzF Friday, Nov 13th - LBGTQ+ Smithies in CS - https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckcumspz8tE9RPZq7CqFWbgyU_2iDfrsgP Thursday, Nov 19th - LatinX smithies in CS - https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckdO2ppjgsHNZ9QrILLyoaYOofmd_RYsfi Friday, Nov 20th - International smithies in CS - https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtf-GtqTorGNSM74MJVfteframh8Zs0Tkt Monday, Nov 23rd - Non-Traditional Smithies in CS - https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtd-qtrDgiGdR1tyE8isUThYnmgcl4dzLk

Cooking with Cade and Nana

This toddler cant resist tasting all the delicious cookie ingredients in this sweet video that many of us can relate to: https://bit.ly/2GklYgm

Basement Dance Party

TikTok user kadeemh posted this joyful basement dance routine to a-has hit song Take on Me: https://www.facebook.com/americahatesus/videos/386439705708515

Art With Impact Mental Health Workshop: Creating Supportive Communities for Survivors of Sexual Violence , Wednesday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.

Pre-registration required: https://bit.ly/m4mh-online-amherst Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/390507745456918/ Join us on Wednesday, November 11th from 4:00-5:30 PM for a virtual workshop with Art With Impact on Movies 4 Mental Health: Creating Supportive Communities for Survivors of Sexual Violence. This event will focus on exploring the mental health impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals and communities through a series of short films as a tool to build empathy and support survivors. The event also connects students with campus and community mental health and sexual violence-oriented resources available to them, empowering them to seek support as individuals and communities to heal.

The Double Whammy of Seasonal Affective Disorder in a Season of Covid

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/02/well/mind/the-double-whammy-of-seasonal-affective-disorder-in-a-season-of-covid.html

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Tuesday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

On Tuesday, November 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. President Kathleen McCartney welcomes the opportunity to speak with members of the Smith community during the presidents virtual open office hour. Please sign up for a ten-minute time slot at https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeOpenOfficeHourwithPresidentMcCartney

Interfaith Lunch , Tuesday, Nov. 10, 12:15 p.m.

A safe, welcoming communal space for the spiritual, the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. Please join us for interfaith dialogue in a religiously diverse environment. You can enjoy your food and engage in riveting conservation regarding ethical reflection and collaboration. This week's theme is appropriation and appreciation. Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Please register in advance: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcof-GurzgqE9GjooLkTdbnfg-MwAIFsj2j

Today Is Cromwell Day!

Workshops, readings, speakers and a keynote address by award-winning journalist Yamiche Alcindor. Details and registration information are available on the Cromwell Day 2020 website.

Leadership Enrichment Series: Giving and Receiving Feedback , Wednesday, Nov. 11, 4:40 p.m., Virtual Event

Giving and receiving feedback are essential skills to cultivate in your work. We will help you explore the concept of Radical Candor and help you reflect on how you most want to receive feedback, as well as how you deliver it to others. NOTE: This session is designed for students who are working as interns with campus units, but it is open to any and all students curious about healthy feedback practices. Sign up to receive Zoom link: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/6563945


11/05/2020 Digest


Maybe you could use a little extra support right now!

Are you a student who could use a little extra support right now? Would you like to connect with someone at the College who would like to check-in with you to see how things are going, who can answer some questions, or connect you to a support system? A member of the Student Care Team would love to reach out. Click here for more information: https://forms.gle/bdPC4oqKgFjtX7pz5

Advanced Excel Workshop Session 1 , Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.

Students hoping to secure an internship at a financial institution for Summer 2021 or who just want to improve data management skills are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. This is a two-part workshop series for students who have an intermediate proficiency in Excel. Space is limited with priority given to students currently enrolled in GFX100 and the GFIC concentration. Registration required. Sign up on the Smith Social Network: https://smith.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6437674

Middle East Studies Presentation of the Major , Friday, Nov. 6, 12:15 p.m.

Join faculty and students in the Middle East Studies program for a live Zoom chat about the many opportunities and possibilities within the major. To register and receive the Zoom link, go to https://bit.ly/37JwbOC.

Mindich Teaching Fellowships - enroll through spring course registration , Thursday, Nov. 5, 12:15 p.m.

The Mindich Teaching Fellowship provides an opportunity to engage deeply in the practice and lived experience of teaching in cities across the country. This immersive experience (remote in 2020-21) links current students to a network of Smith alums and teacher-mentors working on the leading edge of school reform. This year, the Fellowship will offer a virtual experience for students during spring semester 2021. Q & A session for interested students: Thurs, 11/5 from 12:15-12:45. Register by 11/4 to receive the Zoom link. View our 2020-21 Mindich Fellowship Info Packet for more info. Registration for Q&A session: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePJTSTz1uz_AhTY6nhA5J-ZkqJkyhrBKRo-bJ7ioWJwT5wqA/viewform

In Conversation With...Sarah Ruhl, playwright , Thursday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

The Smith College Department of Theatre brings you playwright Sarah Ruhl as a part of their professional guest series, In Conversation With. The event is an informal conversation with Pulitzer prize finalist, Tony award nominee Sarah Ruhl about her plays, awards, and accomplishments over the course of her career with Len Berkman, Anne Hesseltine Hoyt Professor of Theatre. The Conversation will be held via Zoom and is open to Smith and 5 College students, faculty, and staff. Email ncbeck@smith.edu to receive event link.

PRESHCO Information Session: Study Abroad in Spain , Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m.

Get started on your study abroad journey to Crdoba, Spain! Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture, volunteer with local non-profit organizations, meet Spanish college students, and travel on guided visits throughout Spain. In this info session, you will also have the opportunity to hear from former study abroad students about their experiences and ask any questions you may have. Students should email studyabroad@smith.edu to request the zoom link.

Fellowships & Study Abroad Workshop , Thursday, Nov. 5, 12:15 p.m.

This information session will provide a brief overview of study abroad options - semester, academic year, J term, summer - and sources of Smith funding - as well as information about fellowships available before graduation that help fund study abroad (esp. for summer). Students should email studyabroad@smith.edu to request the zoom link

Smith in Geneva Information Session , Monday, Nov. 9, 12:15 p.m.

Come learn about the exciting opportunities offered by the Smith in Geneva program. Home to the United Nations, Geneva is a cosmopolitan city located on the beautiful Lac Lman. Study at the University of Geneva and its affiliated institutes. International internship opportunities are available with human rights, security, global health and development organizations. Students should email studyabroad@smith.edu to request the zoom link.

Poetry Reading and Q&A with Zenaida Peterson , Thursday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

Zenaida Peterson, author of Breakfast for Dinner and Other Blasphemous Things, is a mystic, an organizer, a house plant gardener and a Black non-binary poet from the south currently thriving in Boston, Massachusetts. They are the founding director of Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS), an all ages radical poetry slam centering marginalized people and celebrating the feminine. Zenaida is easing the impacts of 2020 by learning to make plant medicine, engaging in restorative justice, mutual aid and farming. Sponsored by the Jandon Center, the Boutelle Day Poetry Center, and the Mwangi Center. Register here https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wz2FSoPARm6-IsFJwFTUPQ

Bears playing in the water

As the caption says, this is "a video montage of really, really good bear photos https://bit.ly/3kFcV8S

Dance Theater of Harlem dances through NYC

Masked, outdoors, and distanced, the Dance Theater of Harlem prevails with this gorgeous video: https://www.facebook.com/XONecole/videos/1057403164697320

2020 Virtual Chrysanthemum Show , Saturday, Nov. 7

A fall tradition dating back over one hundred years, the annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show goes virtual this year! The show runs November 7 - 22. Visit: https://garden.smith.edu/event/2020-virtual-chrysanthemum-show to see the show and vote on your favorite student hybrid mum.

November Cultural Care Break , Friday, Nov. 6, 12:15 p.m.

The Cultural Care Break is designed for the Smith community of color to enjoy time to invest in self and community care! Breakout sessions include: BIPOC Cultural Care Circle, Mid-Day Dance Break, Masturbation as Resistance, Prioritizing the Needs of Undocumented Students Post-Election, Processing the US Presidential Election, and Black and Brown Joy through Spoken Word. Free and designed for Smith College students, staff, and faculty of color. Note: Some breakout rooms are only available to students. Registration Link: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpdeGqrzkqG9edGPYMv9MPRxsRpel3AaOz

Sustainable Solutions for the Climate Crisis and Its Cascading Impacts to Humanity , Monday, Nov. 9, 3:15 p.m.

Jana Ganion will discuss her work as Sustainability and Government Affairs Director for Blue Lake Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe in California. She will give examples of how the community has created solutions around mega-wildfires and other climate impacts; these include implementing decarbonization policies and programs, and building sustainability community infrastructure. This is part of the ENX 100 lecture series. Please see the green calendar (link below) or email Veeka Trofimova at vtrofimova@smith.edu for a zoom link. https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sustainable-smith/ceeds-events-calendar

Mindful Mondays , Monday, Nov. 9, Noon, Virtual Event

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

Racial Justice in Islam: Searching for Answers , Friday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.

Islam has many relevant stories with characters who were victimized, targeted and persecuted for their faith and ethnicity. What does the Quran say about injustice and how did the Prophet handle issues of equity and inclusion? This is a two-part workshop in which we highlight stories in Islam that unveil the Islamic truths about justice, its ethical foundation, and unforeseen challenges. We will use story-telling to discuss justice in Islam and the role, we as believers, play in its execution. Strengthened security protocols in place. Register at https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwofuGpqTouGdDpPoF1ssFj4KSZr9Jch7Qd

Mindfulness as Resistance: An Embodied Approach to Social Justice , Thursday, Nov. 5

This program focuses on an embodied approach to mindfulness and social change where we will explore our lived experience as sources of wisdom, resilience, and resistance. In a supportive environment, engage in mindfulness practices, as well as discussion and reflection to guide us toward greater awareness. These skills build our capacity and purpose as students, community members and activists. This hour-long weekly virtual program is open to the entire Smith community including those with no experience with mindfulness or political activism. The pilot program runs every Thursday until 11/19/20. Register in advance for this meeting: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpcuCorzspE9zxytNLVEwkWcwCJZ5u0V5c

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