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02/23/2017 Digest


SEC Presents Trivia Night , Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Eat some snacks and test your knowledge in a pop-culture-themed trivia night put on by Student Event Committee. The Grand Prize for the winning team will be posters signed by Laverne Cox, with many other opportunities for prizes throughout the night.

Become a Bridge Leader; Applications Due , February 27

Want to make a difference at Smith? Apply to become a Bridge Leader. Applications for the 2017 Bridge Leader Staff are now online. Get all the important dates and details by checking out the application at https://goo.gl/jEnzGe Completed application materials are due February 27. Questions? Contact L'Tanya Richmond at lrichmon@smith.edu or stop by Clark Hall.

'Supporting Diversity on Study Abroad and the Return Home' with DuBois Jennings , Wednesday, March 1, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

How do the experiences of underrepresented students studying abroad differ from that of “traditional” students? How can institutions better support students from different backgrounds when they return from study abroad? Join the Lewis Global Studies center as DuBois Jennings discusses the re-entry program he created at Hamilton College and share student feedback and observations on best practices to help students reflect on and continue to grow from their time abroad.

'Translating Gabriela Mistral's Private Correspondence: Gender and Other Challenges' , Thursday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Professor of Government Velma Garcia will discuss her book on the private correspondence between Gabriela Mistral and Doris Dana.

Buy Tickets Now for Softball 'Home Run Breakfast' , Friday, March 3

The Smith College softball program will be hosting a Home Run Breakfast on Friday, March 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Carroll Room of the Campus Center. The breakfast includes a full buffet, and there will be raffle baskets at the event. Tickets are available for $15 or a table of eight can be purchased for $100. All proceeds will directly support the softball program and their Spring Training trip to Florida. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the 2017 Pioneers and head coach Emily Lopez. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact elopez@smith.edu or 413-585-2723.

Spotlight Gallery Talk: ‘Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero' , Friday, March 3, 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art

Bettina Bergmann, Helene Phillips Herzig ’49 Professor of Art History, Mount Holoyke College, will give a Spotlight Tour, “Living in a Kaleidoscope: Wall Paintings of Villa A.” Join Professor Bergmann for a close look at the wall paintings of Villa A at Oplontis. Free with museum admission. Meet in museum lobby. Space is limited.

Time for Pride! Rally Day 2017 , Thursday, Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Five extraordinary alumnae will be celebrated at the annual all-college Rally Day convocation at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in John M. Greene Hall. The 2017 Smith Medalists are: social activist Gloria Steinem ’56, economist Laura D’Andrea Tyson ’69, cardiac pulmonary surgeon Vickie Shannon ’79, broadcast news executive Ellen Weiss ’81 and winemaker/winery owner Helen Sebring Keplinger ’94. https://www.smith.edu/news/five-alumnae-named-2017-smith-medalists/). A reception with the medalists will follow in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Afternoon classes are cancelled for Rally Day.

Donate Blood at the Spring CSO Blood Drive , February 28 and March 1, Campus Center Carroll Room

The CSO Spring Blood Drive is on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Wednesday, March 1, 1 to 7 p.m. To sign up as a donor, visit http://www.redcross.org, click on “Find a Drive” and enter “SmithFeb.” The site will prompt you to create an account if you are not already a donor. If you are unable to donate blood, you can help the nurses at the Blood Drive. To sign up to volunteer, visit https://doodle.com/poll/zis5sa8eqg3gzxku For more information, contact Dana Wood dwood@smith.edu or the Community Service Office cso@smith.edu.

Internal Smith Deadline to Apply for University Innovation Fellows , Friday, March 3, 11:45 p.m.

University Innovation Fellows work to increase student exposure to: team building skills, innovation opportunities, design thinking, entrepreneurship, venture creation and funding resources. University Innovation Fellows receive year-round mentorship, connection with other Fellows digitally, and attend national conferences in Silicon Valley. This international network of like-minded students helps Fellows learn from one another and foster multi-institution collaborations. At Smith, Fellows work closely with faculty and staff, gain in-depth knowledge of how various campus organizations work and are change agents to improve the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for their peers.

Self-Nominate for a 2017 Grinspoon EI Award

Last day to self-Nominate for a 2017 Grinspoon EI Award is Friday, March 10. Small monetary awards are available from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in recognition of a student's entrepreneurial spirit. Concept awards, up to $500, are given for pre-revenue phase ventures; Spirit awards, up to $1,000, are given for revenue generating ventures.

Apply for Draper Competition by , Wednesday, March 1, 11:59 p.m.

The annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is hosted and organized by the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Smith College's initiative devoted to the support of innovation and entrepreneurship. The Team Leader must complete the online application and upload an Executive Summary by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. No school affiliation information should be included in the executive summary. A selection committee will evaluate submissions and complete a scorecard for each team; up to 60 teams will be invited to Round 2.

SEA Semester Abroad Info Session , Tuesday, Feb. 28, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

SEA Semester is a field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment. They offer 6 different semester programs that focus on environmental topics ranging from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. SEA semester programs include an on-shore component in Woods Hole, Massachusetts followed by a sailing research voyage in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Caribbean. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply.

SEA Semester Abroad Info Table , Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Come learn about the unique, hands-on SEA Semester program. SEA Semester offers field-based environmental programs to students of all majors. Students learn how to sail and embark on a research voyage to either the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand or French Polynesia while becoming active crew members on a 134' ship. We offer six different semester programs focusing on environmental topics such as global climate change, cultural and environmental sustainability, and conservation and marine biodiversity. Stop by the SEA table from 10-2pm to get more information and talk to SEA representatives.

'Night at Your Museum' Party , Friday, Feb. 24, 7-10 p.m., Museum of Art

It’s big. It’s festive. It’s your party. On February 24, spend a night in the ancient Mediterranean during this lively after-hours, student-only event at your museum. In addition to SCMA’s expansive collection—accompanied by live in-gallery acoustic music—highlights include: music DJ’d by WOZQ; Mediterranean-inspired mocktails, appetizers & desserts; polaroid pictures; hands-on art making; and the special exhibition, "Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii." Come dressed as your inner deity and share your experience online with #naym. Enter through the Brown Fine Arts center atrium.

2017 Facilities Management Summer Employment Program

This year the number of available job openings in Facilities Management for the Summer Employment is very limited. If there are any vacancies available once returning workers are hired, new applicants will be contacted according to the priority list. On-line applications for new hires must be submitted by Thursday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, priority for filling positions goes first to eligible returning workers from the previous summer, Smith College undergraduate students, then to undergraduate college age dependents and then to high school age dependents. For information on how to apply, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/summer-employment

A Dialogue with Beverly Daniel Tatum on Creating Inclusive Classrooms at Smith College , Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Beverly Daniel Tatum is a scholar, teacher, author, and race-relations expert. Before becoming a Smith College trustee, Tatum earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and M.A. in religious studies, taught psychology at Mount Holyoke College, and led Spelman College as its ninth president. The director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning will draw from questions submitted by members of the Smith College community via a Google form https://goo.gl/forms/7kdy8N4NFhCD0dXI3 to facilitate an on-stage conversation with Tatum about creating inclusive classrooms. This event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here https://www.smith.edu/sherrerdcenter/

'The Glass Universe': A Talk by Science Writer Dava Sobel , Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Dava Sobel, former Smith College Jacobson Professor and one of our country's most distinguished science writers, will read from and talk about her soon-to-be released book, "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measurement of the Stars." It tells the story of seven pioneering woman astronomers who made crucial contributions to the work of the Harvard Observatory-and blazed a trail for future women scientists. Sobel is also the author of the acclaimed books "Longitude," "Galileo's Daughter," "The Planets" and "A More Perfect Heaven." This lecture is sponsored by the Smith College English Department.

'Tigers Be Still' by Kim Rosenstock , February 24-25; March 2-4, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Directed by Megumi Lee '17, TIGERS BE STILL is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her masters degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home with her family, sending out countless résumés and waiting for the job offer that never comes. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope. $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, free for Smith students. http://www.smith.edu/smitharts

Five College Choral Festival , Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Biennial event with performances by choirs from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts. Featuring a combined performance of "Oseh Shalom" by Elaine Broad Ginsberg, conducted by Stephen Paparo. Free and open to the public.

Jessica Marie Johnson on 'Time Traveling Diasporas: Black/Female Histories of Slavery in New Orleans' , Monday, Feb. 27, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

As a digital humanist, Jessica Marie Johnson, assistant professor of history, Johns Hopkins University, engages ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent, and the power of radical media to create social change. Sponsored by the History Department.

Cleaning Supplies Drive to Support Refugee Families Arriving in Northampton

Please donate cleaning supplies to support the refugee families arriving in Northampton. There is an urgent need for the following items: trash bags, sponges, mops/brooms, multi-purpose cleaners, paper towels and dish soap. Donation bins are located on the first level of Wright Hall and Campus Center 106. If you would like to make cash donations that would go toward providing rental assistance to the families, contact Kavita Bhandari at kbhandari@smith.edu Sponsored by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement

Mindful Mondays #3: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us , Monday, Feb. 27, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing Ruth Ozeki hosts "The Frustration Factor: Why Struggle and Failure are Essential Parts of Creative Life." This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Co-sponsored by The Wurtele Center for Work & Life and The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Visit http://www.smith.edu/cwl for more information.

EALL Film Series Begins , Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures Spring 2017 Film Series: Like Father, Like Son. An architect’s sense of fatherhood is shaken when he learns that his son was accidentally switched at birth. Next films in the series: Scandal Makers on March 24, 7pm, Dewey Common Room; Somewhere Between, film screening followed by panel discussion, April 14, 7pm, Seelye 106. Snacks and drinks! Free and open to the public.

Suggest a 'Smith Reads' Book

The selection process for the summer first-year reading program—"Smith Reads"—is underway. If you would like to suggest a text for the incoming class of 2021, please submit your request by visiting https://www.smith.edu/student-life/smith-reads Look for "Suggest a Book"

Invitation to a New CEEDS/JCCE Faculty Learning Community , Friday, Feb. 24, 12:15 p.m., Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Wright 013

All faculty are invited to participate in a series of lunchtime gatherings to discuss questions concerning the role of academia in taking on the social and environmental challenges likely to result from the broad range of issues currently under attack by the new executive branch of our government. We will provide lunch and a meeting space, but ultimately, we intend for this learning community to be driven by the faculty participants, and the form and approach are flexible. RSVP to Joanne (jbenkley@smith.edu) for our first lunchtime meeting and/or to indicate interest for later events. Stop by CEEDS with questions.

Jerry Noble and Friends , Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A collage of pieces composed and arranged by Jerry Noble, featuring The Rusalka for French horn and piano, the premiere of new songs on Heine poetry, along with some traditional jazz, non-traditional jazz, Baroque songs, and classic rock. Performed by Jerry and Friends, who include Jean Jeffries, horn; Kara Noble, bass; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Joel Pitchon, violin; Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Peter W. Shea, baritone; and Marlene Wong, soprano. Special guests - members of the Smith College Chamber Singers. Free and open to the public. This event was rescheduled from February 12.

Reception for Linda Hiesiger , Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., Facilities Management, 126 West St., 2nd Fl Confer

Linda Hiesiger, procurement director, is leaving Smith after 10 years of service. Please join us for light refreshments to wish her well in her future endeavors.

Scarlet S. Shell '01: 'Impact of Post-Transcriptional Regulation on Stress and Antibiotic Tolerance in Mycobacteria' , Monday, Feb. 27, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Scarlet S. Shell '01, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2017 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Crew House Project: One-Way Traffic; Pond Drawdown , February 20-March 6, College Lane

Upper College Lane will be restricted to one-way traffic (south-bound, like the bulb show) from Elm Street to Green St. beginning Monday, Feb. 20. This will continue every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for approximately two weeks. Heavy equipment will be used along College Lane to install helical piles for the new accessible boardwalk. In addition, Paradise Pond will be drawn down four inches to accommodate site excavation for foundation construction of the Crew House addition. The pond will remain drawn down for several weeks.

CMP Multimedia Workshops Continue , February 21-23, 7-8 p.m., Alumnae Gym, C/04

CMP Peer Workshops at CMP Digital/Video lab continue Tuesday, Feb 21, with Zoom Audio Recording Basics; Wednesday, Feb 22, Adobe Premiere Basics; Thursday, Feb 23, Final Cut Pro Basics; Monday, Feb 27, WordPress Basics, and Wednesday, March 1, Photoshop Basics.

Junior Class Cabinet Presents 'Share the Love' , February 27, March 1 and 3, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Take a candy, leave a note. The junior class cabinet presents "Share the Love", a space to create, share and spread positivity through words and drawings.

Video Stories Down the Line , February 22 and 24, KnowledgeLab (Neilson Library, 2nd floor)

Be a part of the Undesign the Redline exhibit by sharing your stories. Come by from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, or 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, to record your experience on how racism, red-lining or gentrification has shaped your community and neighborhood.

Student Speaker Needed During Reunion Weekends in May

The Development office is looking for a senior who would be interested in a volunteer speaking opportunity during Commencement and Reunion weekends in May. Each year a student who has received financial aid to attend Smith speaks at the Ivy Day ceremony and the Alumnae Association Annual Meeting to relate to visiting alumnae and parents how Smith has helped the student. Public-speech coaching will be provided prior to the event. If this is an opportunity that interests you, please contact Barbara Rejniak at brejniak@smith.edu for more information and to schedule an interview.

Reminder: Flexible Spending Account Deadlines

Smith employees have two months beyond the end of the calendar year in which to spend their FSA election dollars. The deadline for spending 2016 FSA election dollars is February 28. The deadline for submitting receipts for reimbursement is March 31. This applies to both medical flexible spending accounts and dependent-care flexible spending accounts. For details about how to manage your flexible spending account, contact Lynn Cocco, in HR, at ext. 2273.

Kahn Institute Lecture: 'The Neutrinos' by Theoretical Physicist Boris Kayser , Thursday, March 2, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Neutrinos are everywhere. They are tiny particles of matter, like the ones of which we and all the everyday objects around us are made, but a billion times more abundant. This lecture, by pre-eminent neutrino physicist Boris Kayser, will introduce the neutrinos and describe their nature and exotic behavior. “If there were no neutrinos, the sun and stars would not shine," Kayser has said. "There would be no energy from the sun to keep us warm, no atoms more complicated than hydrogen, no carbon, no oxygen, no water, no us." All invited; part of "Modes and Models of Making." http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

'Twice Marginalized: Fighting for Women and Against the Occupation in Israel' , Thursday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Tamar Zandberg is a sitting Member of Knesset (Parliament) in Israel. She is part of a new generation of women leaders determined to promote legislation that supports the rights of marginalized groups in Israeli society. Tamar's party, Meretz, identifies itself as a leading voice of the Left in domestic politics, with a longstanding commitment to the promotion of human and civil rights for all residents of Israel and a firm separation between religion and state. At Smith she will talk about what it means to be part of a political opposition.

Date Change for the 2017 All-Employee Picnic

Update your calendars: the date of the All-Employee Picnic has been changed to Tuesday, June 13. What hasn't changed? Everything that you've loved about past years' picnics--the great food, the fun activities, and enjoying a beautiful early summer day with your colleagues. That's all going to be happening again. Stay tuned for more details in upcoming weeks.

'Robed Warriors' Lecture Series: Ven. Yifa , Wednesday, March 1, 5 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College

"Buddhism in Current China", the first of two lectures delivered by the Ven. Yifa in the Robed Warriors series hosted by the Smith College Buddhist Studies Program. As the founder of the Woodenfish Project for experiential education and scholastic engagement with the Chinese Buddhist world, located first in Taiwan and since 2009 in Beijing, Ven. Yifa has been a first-hand witness of many changes and revivals within the Buddhist community in China. In her lecture Ven. Yifa will share her reflections on the phenomena of Buddhist rejuvenation in current China. West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College.

CSO Luncheon: Community Service Opportunities With Baystate Medical Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters , Thursday, March 2, Noon-1 p.m., Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Wright 013

The Baystate Research Associate Program that provides students with hands-on experience in research and how an emergency room functions, and Big Brothers Big Sisters where mentors make a positive difference in the lives of youth through a one-to-one relationship, are looking for volunteers. Lunch of pizza, salad, and grape leaves will be provided. For more information, contact the Community Service Office at cso@smith.edu or ext. 2793.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Feb. 24, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

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

Queer and Trans* Students of Faith Support Group , Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Do you struggle to make peace between your identities? Do you feel that your gender and/or sexuality or your spirituality needs to be sacrificed to honor the other? Is it challenging to navigate participating in a community where part of your identity is alienated? If interested, please contact Hal: hbrown@smith.edu. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs or concerns.

Course Drop Deadline , March 1

Wednesday, March 1, is the last day to drop a full semester course without penalty or use of a free drop. Course drops require the signature of the instructor and adviser on the add/drop form before being submitted to the class deans' office. All deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar

Collecting Memories of Neilson

Document your favorite memory of Neilson Library in a scrapbook. Write it up - illustrate it - take a selfie - and help create a book of memories about the library. The scrapbook will be available at the Circulation Desk through the rest of the semester and will be housed forever in the Archives once the library closes for renovation. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/neilson-scrapbook

Bulb Show Opening Lecture: 'Botanical Explosions--The Evolutionary Impact of Ultra-fast Plants' by Joan Edwards , Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This lecture explores ultra-fast plant movements through high-speed video, which slows down the movements and defines the biomechanics of the motion. Through examination of the plants in their native habitat, Joan Edwards helps us better understand these fast movements and how they benefit the plant. Joan Edwards is a botanist whose research focus is plant-animal interactions. She is Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Williams College. A faculty member there since 1979, she teaches courses in Ecology, Plant Systematics and Conservation Biology. A reception and view of the Bulb Show at the Lyman Conservatory will follow. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/events

Spring Bulb Show: 'Fields of Flowers' , March 4-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House

Are there any more beautiful fields of flowers begging to be artistically captured than the flowering bulb nurseries of Holland? Irish artist, Mima Nixon, traveled to the Netherlands to do a series of watercolors for the book Dutch Bulbs and Gardens (1909). These paintings form the inspiration for this year's show as we combine reproductions of the artist's work with bulbs grown from the very fields she painted a hundred years ago. Where does the painting end and live bulbs begin? Open daily. Friday, Saturday and Sunday extended hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/garden/events

Info Session for University Innovation Fellows , Friday, Feb. 24, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 003

Are you interested in making meaningful change on campus with a group of like-minded "doers"? Connecting with students at other colleges and universities who are doing the same and meeting up with them once a year in Silicon Valley - at no cost to you? If so, apply by March 3 to become a member of Smith's second Leadership Circle of University Innovation Fellows. Find more detail at https://www.smith.edu/wfi/entrepreneurship_university-innovation.php or email René Heavlow from CCIE rheavlow@smith.edu

'Staying Focused: Distraction & Attention' , Thursday, March 2, Noon-1 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

With so many distractions, including our devices, paying attention and staying focused on learning is an ongoing problem. In this lunch-hour workshop, Gail Thomas will address some common issues and suggest strategies for dealing with them.

Auditions: 'Icarus's Mother' by Sam Shepard , Sunday & Monday, March 5 & 6, 7-10 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Auditions for 'Icarus's Mother' by Sam Shepard will be held Sunday and Monday, March 5 and 6, and callbacks will be on Tuesday, March 7, 7-10 p.m. The play will be directed by Isabelle Brown '19, and performances will be May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. Perusal scripts are available in Josten Library. Roles for five actors. Five college and community members welcome. We welcome diversity and color inclusive casting. About the play: The lazy picnic taking place slowly becomes an electric vision of apocalyptic menace.

Five College Jazz Festival , Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Festival showcases the music of various Five College student ensembles, vocal groups and big bands. In the best tradition of Five College cooperation, jazz musicians from each campus will perform for each other, listen to each other, and play together throughout the day. Free and open to the public.

Caroline Shaw: Student-Faculty Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music , Sunday, March 5, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

At this concert, composer Caroline Shaw will introduce her own vocal and instrumental pieces framed by music that inspired them by J. S. Bach, Chopin, and Paul Simon. Featured faculty and student performers include Joel Pitchon, violin; Sarah Briggs, violin; Jonathan Hirsh, viola; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Erin Pratt '17, Jasmine Caruk '17, piano; Sarah Arnold '19, cello; Michelle Eskin '18; Mia Lloyd '19; and the Smith College Choirs. Free and open to the public.

Poetry Reading by Tarfia Faizullah and Jamaal May , Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

In the words of Khaled Mattawa, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Tarfia Faizullah “twines a seam where wounds are re-membered...spooling and unspooling what we know of healing.” Her debut, "Seam", documents the birangona, female victims of sexual violence in Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War. Author of "Hum" and "The Big Book of Exit Strategies", Jamaal May catalogues the anxiety and wizardry of machines, and the stark beauty and pain of his hometown, Detroit. A 4 p.m. Q&A in the Poetry Center is open to the Smith community. The evening reading is free and open to the public.

Zine How-To, Presented by Labrys , Wednesday, March 1, 8 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Come make a simple zine and learn about Labrys, Smith's only student-run art and literature collective. Materials and instructions provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Banner Finance and Budget Process Trainings , March - June

The Controller’s office will be offering Banner Finance training and budget process trainings from March to June. Topics will cover the basics of Banner INB, journal entry, process/prep/documentation, FOAPAL element review and any general accounting questions. A member from the budget team will be available to answer any questions on reporting and the budget process. The days being offered are March 16, April 13, May 11 and June 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Seelye B2. Each class can hold up to 12 people. To sign up for the class, email Amanda Zajac at azajac@smith.edu or call ext. 2211.

Harold Glasser: 'Learning Foundations of Sustainable Well-being Societies' , Thursday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Harold Glasser, executive director for campus sustainability, Western Michigan University, explores foundational issues of sustainable well-being societies. Placing our current concepts of sustainability in the context of three historical revolutions, Glasser challenges key assumptions grounded in this history that he argues are no longer consistent with our knowledge of the state of the planet, the goals of sustainable well-being societies, or our survival as a species. Glasser discusses building new, life-affirming narratives, concluding with examples for creating meaningful, lasting change with powerful new models that displace, rather than fight, existing models; thus ushering in a fourth, sustainable well-being revolution.

Torah Study with Rabbi Michael Cohen , Sunday, March 5, 11 a.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join the Smith College Jewish Community for a morning of text study with Rabbi Michael Cohen. We will incorporate discussions of environmentalism and conflict resolution, among other issues. Everyone is welcome. Bagels will be provided. Rabbi Michael Cohen is a Reconstructionist Rabbi and a founding faculty member of The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. He also works on the faculty and staff at Bennington College where he teaches classes on conflict resolution for the College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action.

Global Salon: 'China of the Late 20th Century Through the Lens of an American Photographer and Curator' , Thursday, March 2, Noon, Campus Center 205

Join a conversation with Joan Lebold Cohen ‘54 and Jane DeBevoise of Asia Art Archive, with participation of artist and curator Kong Chang’an. Experiencing post-Cultural Revolution China first-hand, Ms. Cohen formed a rare collection of approximately 16,500 slides that relate to work by artists in and from mainland China, Vietnam, and other Asian territories, dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s. In this talk, she will discuss her documentation process, and show a selection of slides that offer glimpse into the last few decades of 20th-century China.

'How to Regenerate New Organs from Old Cells: The Lessons Learned from Regenerating Amphibians' , Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:10 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Catherine McCusker, assistant professor of biology, University of Massachusetts Boston, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2017 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Lunch in the foyer starting at 11:45 a.m. Please bring your own beverage. For full schedule, visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php.

Enter Drawing to Win Free Registration to the Women's Leadership Conference 2017: Pushing Boundaries

Smith College Office of Alumnae Relations is offering our current students a chance for a complimentary registration to our annual Women's Leadership Conference: Pushing Boundaries, March 31-April 1 at Smith College. This two-day event features workshops, panel discussions and career development opportunities, all led by distinguished Smith alumnae. To enter the drawing, you must be a current Smith student and send an email with your name, class year and phone number to hhudson@smith.edu by Wednesday, March 22. Twenty winners will be notified on Thursday, March 23. For more information on the conference and breakout sessions, visit http://alumnae.smith.edu/events/womens-leadership-conference/

Register Now for 'Annual Performance Review Process' Workshop , Friday, March 3, 10 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

Join HR's Kate Harrington to better understand the College's new staff annual performance review and process cycle. Come to learn about the next stage in the performance review process, review the materials, ask questions, and review the new annual performance review form at any of these information sessions: Friday, March 3; Friday, March 10; Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 24. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2lvbEmX

Register Now for 'Performance Review Writing' Workshop , March 6 or March 20

Join HR's Kate Harrington to focus on effectively writing performance reviews. There will be examples and tips on employee performance evaluation, writing employee reviews, a sample performance review, and a review of the most common pitfalls in the process. This workshop is offered twice: Monday, March 6, and Monday, March 20. Both workshops will take place in Conference Center, Oak Room, 2-3:30 p.m. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2lvbEmX

'Archiving a Movement: Preserving Artifacts of Lesbian History' , Sunday, March 5, 4:30 p.m., Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym, Top Floor

Historian Bonnie J. Morris will lecture and read from her new book, "The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture."

Bradley Airport Shuttle Ticket Sales Begin , Monday, Feb. 27

SGA is sponsoring accessible commercial bus rides to Bradley Airport for Spring Break. The cost of a one-way ticket is $25. We accept OneCard and checks, but no cash. To purchase your ticket come to the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. For the shuttle schedule, visit https://goo.gl/hUWM64 For more information, call 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950.

'Japanese Modernism and Fashion: Politics of the Kimono in the Japanese Empire' , Monday, March 6, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 107

Rie Mori of Japan Women's University will present this talk sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Free and open to the public.

Register Now for 'Mindful Action, Social Change: Day of Mindfulness' with Kaira Jewel Lingo , Saturday, March 18, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Conference Center Meeting Room

The Smith community is invited to a day of short periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, and sharing our stories. Beginners welcome. Childcare provided. Pre-registration for the Smith community open till March 2. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/mindful-action. Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. Sponsored by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Wurtele Center for Work and Life, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. For more information, visit kbhandari@smith.edu

Anna Deavere Smith Headlines March 4 Celebration of Women for the World Campaign

Smith students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the successful culmination of Smith’s Women for the World campaign Saturday, March 4, with a day of open houses, a festive all-college reception and a special performance by actress, playwright and social commentator Anna Deavere Smith. Free tickets are available beginning Wednesday, Feb. 22.


02/21/2017 Digest


Staff Council--Now Accepting Nominations for Spring Election Process

Staff Council is accepting nominations for the election process which will be held in April. To nominate yourself or other staff, visit https://goo.gl/TV1j0j The nominations are due by March 31, If you have questions, contact Louise Krieger at lkrieger@smith.edu.

Winter Comforts Carnival , Wednesday, Feb. 22, 8-10 p.m., Campus Center

A pre-Rally Day Carnival for all Smith students, featuring food, photos and frame decorating, will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Campus Center. Celebrate the theme of “Winter Comforts” by sampling the mashed potato and hot chocolate bars, while WOZQ plays music on the Garden Level. The college’s annual Rally Day convocation honoring this year’s Smith Medalists will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Afternoon classes are cancelled for the event. Read more about Rally Day 2017 at https://goo.gl/mbcUcG

'Lives of Distinction and Purpose': Smith's Strategic Plan

Watch your mailbox for printed final copies of "Lives of Distinction and Purpose: A Plan for Smith," which was developed over the course of two years with the campus community and recently approved by the board of trustees. Requests for additional copies can be addressed to Tom Bernard, director of special projects, President's Office [tbernard@smith.edu]

Presidential Colloquium 'The Deliberately Developmental Organization: A New Social Contract for Work?' , Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Very few organizations are set up to optimize the ongoing growth and development of their people. What would a work setting look and feel like if it took account of recent breakthroughs in the understanding of adult development and the brain? Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan and colleagues searched the country for organizations that might serve as “messengers from the future” and studied them for several years. Kegan’s Presidential Colloquium -- based on his prize-winning book, "An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization' -- will give us a taste of what they found. More information: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty/robert-kegan.

Sign Up Now to Donate Blood at the Spring CSO Blood Drive , Tuesday/Wednesday, Feb. 28/March 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

To sign up as a donor visit http://www.redcross.org, click on “Find a Drive” and enter “SmithFeb.” The site will prompt you to create an account if you are not already a donor. If you are unable to donate blood, you can help the nurses at the Blood Drive. To sign up to volunteer visit https://goo.gl/f22OsY For more information contact Dana Wood dwood@smith.edu or the Community Service Office cso@smith.edu.

Laura Kasischke Poetry Reading , Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Laura Kasischke writes trenchant, provocative light/dark poems, bending matter at will and transforming the commonplace into the luminous real. The intricate universe of each poem allows Kasischke to embody the confessional in hundreds of different atmospheres and voices. A literary multi-talent, she is the author of ten collections of poems, as well as ten novels and a collection of short stories. A Q&A at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center is open to the Smith community. The evening reading at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room is free and open to the public.

Music in the Noon Hour , Wednesday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A free half-hour of music for piano to uplift your week. Music by Philip Glass, Felix Mendelssohn Judith Gordon, piano. Free and open to the public.

Michelle Oberman: 'Her Body Our Laws' , Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Michelle Oberman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University, is a nationally recognized scholar on legal issues surrounding adolescence, pregnancy, and motherhood. She will present work from her forthcoming book exploring women and abortion at the intersections of law, policy, and medicine in the United States and Latin America.

2017 Campus Police Survey Posted

The 2017 Campus Police Community Survey has been posted through Feb. 28. Please stop by at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CampusPolice2017 and share your ideas, suggestions, and feedback. If you prefer a copy mailed or emailed to you, contact jtripp@smith.edu.

A Conversation with Laura Tyson, Smith Medalist, About Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment , Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m., Seelye 201

Laura D’Andrea Tyson ’69 is a renowned economist and policymaker dedicated to promoting positive social change through the business and for-profit sectors. Laura is the co-author of the report, Leave No One Behind (link: http://womenseconomicempowerment.org/reports/), a report written for the UN Secretary General High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. She will discuss the report, specifically the business case for women's empowerment.

New Staff Orientation

The Office of Human Resources will now be offering a New Staff Orientation program on the morning of a new staff member's first day of work. Hiring Managers will work with HR to determine start dates for all newly hired staff.

Financing Life Workshop 3: '5 Pillars of Debt Management' , Thursday, Feb. 23, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Join the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center for our Spring 2017 Learn & Lunch Series: Financing Life! This is an opportunity to learn how to manage your personal finances with Professor Randy Bartlett. Lunch will be provided

Celebrating Collaborations Application Deadline , Friday, Feb. 24

The deadline to submit applications to display posters, give presentations, or do performances at Collaborations 2017 is Friday, Feb. 24. Students in all classes and majors are invited to apply to participate in Collaborations. To submit an application, visit the Collaborations website at https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/college-events/celebrating-collaborations/information-for-applicants . If you have questions about the application process or the event, email collabs@smith.edu. Collaborations 2017 will take place on April 22, 2017.

Financial Aid for 2017-2018

Students who completed an application for Smith financial aid for the current 2016-17 academic year do not have to submit tax returns (student or parent) as part of the financial aid application for the upcoming 2017-18 year. Due to a recent change in Dept of Ed financial aid policy, we will be using 2015 tax information again. Because returning students submitted 2015 tax returns for the current 2016-17 application, you will see tax requirements listed as "Satisfied" in your BannerWeb requirements. Please be sure to check your requirements on BannerWeb for any outstanding requirements. Send documents to the SFS office.

Correction: Neilson Library Site Work Begins March 6

Site work will begin around Neilson Library for the placement of underground conduits that will carry new communications cabling on Monday, March 6. Below is a link to drawings that show the three areas of work that will temporarily disrupt pedestrian and vehicular travel on central campus. While pedestrian circulation will be marginally impacted, vehicular traffic will need to use alternate routes and signs will be posted prior to the start of work. The work is broken into phases over three weeks to minimize the inconvenience. https://www.smith.edu/facilities/

‘You Go, Girl!’ A Performance by Anna Deavere Smith in Celebration of Women for the World , Saturday, March 4, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Smith students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the successful culmination of the Women for the World campaign with a day of open houses across campus, a festive reception, and a special celebration featuring actress, playwright and social commentator Anna Deavere Smith. Free tickets are required for "You Go, Girl! A Performance by Anna Deavere Smith in Celebration of Women for the World." Tickets may be picked up at Room 106 of the Campus Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Feb. 22. Smith students, faculty and staff may pick up one ticket each; Smith College I.D.

Ask the OCD Experts , Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation and Smith College.

'The Futures of Classical Antiquity' , Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Seelye 106

A one-day symposium on possible futures for Classical Studies in 21st-century America. Five speakers address the challenges facing the classics and the humanities in general, and offer their views on approaches and areas of inquiry that may best serve an increasingly diverse and globalized citizenry. Speakers include Joy Connolly, CUNY; Gregory Crane, Tufts/Leipzig; Emily Greenwood, Yale; Denise McCoskey, Miami Univ; Dimitri Nakassis, Univ. of Colorado. For registration and more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/classics/futures. The symposium is free and open to the public.

'The Zigzagged Path that Led to a Career in Winemaking' with Helen Keplinger '94 , Wednesday, Feb. 22, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Lunch and words from Rally Day medalist, Helen Keplinger '94. Widely respected as one of California’s most socially responsible entrepreneurs, Keplinger is a rising star in the winemaking world, known for making distinctive wines with classic European methods. Find out how she went from a student at Smith to a winemaker with a keen understanding of specific vineyard sites, and how to optimize the farming and winemaking to make wines expressive of their place. Lunch provided to the first 50 attendees.

Important Message for Juniors Wishing to Student-Teach Next Year

Smith offers undergraduates (usually seniors) the opportunity to earn their Massachusetts initial teaching license in elementary, middle, or high school education. More information about prerequisites for this program can be found on our website. Students wishing to student-teach next year should fill out an application and submit it to Gina Wyman (gwyman@smith.edu) and Christina Canty (ccanty@smith.edu) by March 10. Applicants will do a short demonstration lesson for members of the Education faculty in late March. Sophomores and First Years considering earning a teaching license should make an appointment to meet with Gina Wyman, Coordinator of Teacher Education.

'Self-Care for Activists' , Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

This workshop is for anyone who has felt overwhelmed and exhausted and yet simultaneously like they're not doing "enough." Through interactive and sciencey-in-a-fun-way activities, you'll learn why it's so much harder to DO self-care than it is to talk about it, and you'll walk away with at least three specific, concrete strategies to overcome the personal and sociopolitical barriers to staying alive and joyful while staying aware and resisting. The workshop will be conducted by former Wellness Director, Emily Nagoski, and faculty in Music at Western New England University, Amelia Nagoski,

'Engaging Identity' Zine Workshop , Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7-9 p.m., Knowledge Lab, Neilson Library, 2nd floor

Explore different aspects of your identity, commune with friends and engage with history through creativity. Drop by between 7 and 9 p.m. to make a zine, contribute to a group zine, or use the space and materials for personal projects. Refreshments will be provided, No experience necessary. Contact Mandy Ferrara (apferrar@smith.edu) with any questions. Sponsored by the "Engaging Identity" series and the "Undesign the Redline" exhibition.

'(In)dependant Media' Film Series , Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Film screening of "The New Watchdogs"--"Les Nouveaux Chiens de garde"-- (FR 2012-subtitles in English): This documentary takes an in depth look at France's mass media and shines a light on corporate and political interests that shape the news.

Meet the Medalists , Wednesday, Feb. 22

Members of the campus community are invited to the following events with the 2017 Medalists: Q&A with Gloria Steinem, 1-2 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room; Conversation About Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment with Laura D’Andrea Tyson, 1-2 p.m., Seelye 201; Lunchbag Presentation with Vickie Shannon, noon-1 p.m., Ford Hall 240; Literary Lunch with Ellen Weiss, 12:15 to 1:10 p.m., Seelye 207, and a Conversation About Careers in Journalism, 4-5 p.m., Lazarus Center for Career Development; and "The Zigzagged Path that Led to a Career in Winemaking" with Helen Keplinger, noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room. Read more about the Medalists and Rally Day at https://goo.gl/bbSJBr

Weekly Mediation , Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend a weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki, a novice Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage. Meditation instruction is offered at the beginning of each session, as a simple silent practice, seated in chairs or on floor cushions, along with some walking meditation. The meditation, while based in Zen practice, is secular, inclusive and non-denominational. There will be time for question and answers. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and is currently the Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith.

SCMA's Annual 'Night at Your Museum' Has a Mediterranean Twist

Looking for a special night out with fellow Smithies? Look no further than the annual Night at Your Museum hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA). This year's student-only event on Friday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 10 p.m., features an after-hours reception with mocktails, appetizers, music and art-making on the museum’s lower level.


02/16/2017 Digest


CSO Luncheon on Community Service Opportunities with Connections and the Literacy Project , Thursday, Feb. 16, Noon-1 p.m., Community Collaboration Center, Wright

Representatives from Connections After-School program in Holyoke and the Literacy Project in Northampton will be giving information about their programs to prospective volunteers. Connections provides homework assistance to elementary school students, and the Literacy Project provides education in basic skills for adults. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact the Community Service Office at cso@smith.edu or ext. 2793.

Jittery's Live! Presents Izy Coffey , Thursday, Feb. 16, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Izy Coffey began playing guitar at the age of 14, and began harnessing their power through voice, lyrics, and strings. They live, work, sing, and play in Northampton as well as the Pioneer Valley and New England at large.

'From the Ghettos of Palestine to the Ghettos of France': La Banlieue Raps to Palestine , Monday, Feb. 20, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Palestine has long been part of the history of French rap. One of the most popular cultural forms in Palestine-Israel and in the French banlieue (multi-ethnic working class suburbs) rap has become a conduit of political solidarity across national and linguistic borders, “from the ghettos of Palestine to the ghettos of France” as rappers DAM and Nikkfurie put it. This talk examines the history of French-Palestinian solidarity movements through the medium of popular culture, using rap and street culture to explain the central importance of the Palestinian question in France. Lunch will be provided for the first 25 attendees.

SEC Presents 'Loving' , Friday & Saturday, Feb. 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium

Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and married in 1958. They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C., but the family ultimately tries to find a way back to Virginia.

Reception/Tour/Panel: Race+Class, Space and Design , Thursday, Feb. 16, 7-9:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

How is the design of both physical and virtual environments impacted by structural inequality? How can we create more holistic and resilient strategies centered on transformative change that benefit whole communities? From 7 to 8 p.m., reception and tour of the exhibit "Undesign the Redline" https://goo.gl/43faE6 followed at 8 p.m. by panel discussion, "Race+Class, Space and Design." Panelists are Designing the WE partners Gregory Jost and April De Simone in conversation with Joseph Krupczynski, associate professor of architecture at UMassAmherst; Serin Houston, Mt. Holyoke professor and author of the forthcoming book "Making Place in Seattle"; and Chris Gilliard, professor at Macomb Community College and author of “Digital Redlining, Access and Privacy.”

Smithsonian Program Information Session , Friday, Feb. 17, Noon, Wright 002

Information will be presented for sophomores and juniors about spending the fall semester in Washington D.C. earning 16 Smith credits and interning in one of the 19 Smithsonian museums and museum materials, and work side by side with preeminent curators and scholars of American culture. The director of the program, professor Rosetta Cohen and past interns will share details about the program and answer questions about the application process. Project descriptions for Fall 2017 will be available. Applications for Fall 2017 are due March 6. Pizza will be provided.

Beyond Injustice--'The I Am Project': Celebrate Radically , Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Campus Center 204

Social justice group Beyond Injustice presents 'The I Am Project: Celebrate Radically.' This event is a celebration of self, love, community and strength. The event will feature writing, sharing of poetry, selfie taking and the displaying of a community I Am Project featuring all individuals celebrating themselves through visual and written expression. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dariana Guerrero at dguerrero@smith.edu or visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/beyondinjustice/

'Choices Facing the United States: Greater Israel or Global Israel' , Monday, Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Former American Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer comes to Smith to talk about the the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process and U.S.-Israel relations. How does the Netanyahu government's seeming commitment to a "Greater Israel" which retains control of the West Bank come up against longstanding U.S. and international commitments to a two-state solution? What can we expect of the U.S.-Israel relationship under a new American administration?

Roundtable: 'Political Thirst: The Control of Water in North Africa' , Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Professor Alan Mikhail from Yale University with Smith faculty Greg White, Mukaram Hhana and Alex Seggerman will offer short presentations, along with interdisciplinary discussion and will address issues surrounding the control of water in North Africa from historical, environmental, political, and artistic perspectives. The conversation will highlight how controlling, exploiting, and sustaining water has been central to political power in the region for centuries. Students and faculty interested in these issues and Smith's new Middle East Studies major are encouraged to join the discussion. 

Information Session: Ewha/Smith Exchange Program , Thursday, Feb. 16, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Each year, Smith College selects up to ten students to attend Ewha Womans University's International Summer College in Seoul, South Korea. Students who have a strong interest in studying Korean language and culture should attend the info session for more information about the program and the application process. Applicants may not be Korean nationals whose home is in Korea. Students selected for this exchange program are able to study at Ewha's International Co-ed Summer College tuition free!

2nd Annual Rally Day Hat Contest

Grab your hat and join the fun! This year’s all-college Rally Day celebrations on Thursday, Feb. 23, will once again include a hat contest for seniors. https://www.smith.edu/news/rally-day-hat-contest-returns/ Prizes of Campus Center Café gift cards will be awarded for most creative and best use of the “We Are Smith!” theme. President Kathleen McCartney will announce contest winners at the Rally Day convocation starting at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall in honor of the 2017 Smith Medalists https://www.smith.edu/news/five-alumnae-named-2017-smith-medalists/ A reception with the alumnae medalists will follow in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Afternoon classes are cancelled for the occasion.

Christian McEwen: 'Legal Tender: Women and the Secret Life of Money' , Thursday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Between 2009 and 2014, Christian McEwen interviewed more than 50 women about their relationship to money. That project culminated in a play as well as numerous presentations and events. At this talk, McEwen will read a selection of the original money stories, exploring the "lies, secrets and silences" that are concealed beneath our customary discomfort, and will share some of her discoveries along the way. Sponsored by the Smith College Project on Women and Social Change. Free and open to the public.

Five College Korean Lunar New Year Celebration , Saturday, Feb. 18, Noon-3 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Five College Korean Lunar New Year Celebration, 12-3pm, Davis Ballroom, Smith College. Enjoy delicious Korean New Year food, traditional Korean games, K-Pop Dance Performance, Taekwondo, and a workshop. This event will help students understand important aspects of Korean culture while experiencing a major Korean holiday celebration. Mainly for students in Korean classes, but students and faculty throughout the Five Colleges are also welcome. Sponsored by the Smith College Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures Five College Korean Program, Mount Holyoke College, UMass Amherst, UMass East Asian Languages and Cultures Program, Five College Consortium, and Elite Taekwondo.

Stress Olympics Bingo with Rachel Simmons , Thursday, Feb. 16, 8-9 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Make your own ice cream sundaes, discuss stress culture at Smith and get concrete strategies to deal with it. Excellent prizes abound. This workshop does not require registration - just show up. For more info visit: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/failing-well.php

'Imposter Phenomenon' with Rachel Simmons , Thursday, Feb. 16, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Do you ever feel like a fraud? Like it's only a matter of time before others figure out you're not as smart or capable as they thought? Do you think you got where you were by mistake, luck, or because you fooled someone? So do a lot of other people. You may be suffering Imposter Phenomenon. Join us for lunch and discussion about how IP can hold you back - and learn a few strategies to help you manage it. No registration required! For more info see the Failing Well project at the Wurtele Center website at: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/failing-well.php

New Playreading Series: 'Chemistry' Written/Directed by Lyssandra Norton '18 , Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

When Jamie gets back from fighting a war overseas, she finds one waiting for her at home as she has to rebuild her life from it's most basic elements. Good thing her new neighbor seems to be adept at this sort of thing. Even if she does have a little too much of that 'Walter White' vibe around the chem set in her living room. Free and open to the public.

Sign Up for Maple Tree Sugaring with CEEDS , Friday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Join CEEDS to tap the maple trees from the sugar bush. Be sure to wear gloves and warm layers and be prepared to walk in some snow. No experience necessary. Vans will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. Sign up for a seat in the van by visiting https://goo.gl/E4aiU2

Brownbag Lunch Talk by Karin Honarvar '17: 'From Library to Museum' , Friday, Feb. 17, 12:10 p.m., Seelye 207

Karin Honarvar '17 will present "From Library to Museum: The Story of a Building in Colonial Hong Kong,' Pizza for the first 20 attendees. Sponsored by the Smith College Program in East Asian Studies.

'At the Grave of Maria Callas: How Does an Aria Turn Into a Poem?' , Friday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Josten Live! Fridays@Five presents Patrick Donnelly, Northampton's poet laureate, as he debuts his new sequence of poems about Maria Callas, together with historic recordings and videos. Donnelly will explore the roots of his poetry in his training as an opera singer, the attraction of gay men to opera and to Callas in particular, and consider what it is about opera that is consoling and inspiring for queer people. Josten Live! celebrates the creative lives of library users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Free of charge and open to all.

'Earth Democracy vs. Corporate Globalization' with Vandana Shiva , Friday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Vandana Shiva will be dissecting corporate globalization, the economics of greed, and the politics of hate and fear in 2017. In a global society dominated by xenophobia, ecological destruction, and discontent, the widely revered wisdom of Dr. Shiva could not be more relevant. Funding for this event is thanks to the ORC, the Sawyer Fund, CEEDS, the Environmental Science & Policy department, the Jandon Center, and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. This event was organized by Smith Students for Food Justice, SCOPES, and Divest Smith College.

'Engaging Identity' Keynote: 'What's Your Big Lie?' with Jordan Axani , Thursday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

This talk will help the Smith community begin to safely dialogue about the big lies that we tell one another about ourselves and start the healing process on both the individual and institutional level. The event is the keynote for the Engaging Identity Series, a campus-wide program running February 9 to April 22 consisting of workshops, identity-themed dinners, and a video series. The goal is to engage the entire campus community in discussions that relate to identity empowerment and social justice activism. View the flyer at https://goo.gl/V5Xu4H

'Engaging Identity' Community Dinner and Storytelling , Friday, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

Bringing Smith staff, faculty and students together to have conversations and share stories about identity and self-development outside of the classroom; fostering community healing and growth. A three-course course meal will be served. The event is part of the Engaging Identity Series, a campus-wide program running through April 22 consisting of workshops, identity-themed dinners, and a video series. The goal is to engage the entire campus community in discussions that relate to identity empowerment and social justice activism. View the flyer at https://goo.gl/V5Xu4H

'Engaging Identity' Keynote Speaker Popup , Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

An opportunity for Smith students, faculty and staff to engage and hang out with social researcher and keynote speaker for the Engaging Identity Conference, Jordan Axani. Stop by Campus Center Main Level Table 1 for some amazing conversation, activities, and snacks. Part of the Engaging Identity series taking place through April 22. View flyer at https://goo.gl/MgFI5m

Financing Life Workshop , Thursday, Feb. 16, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Join the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center to learn how to manage your personal finances with Professor Randy Bartlett in our Spring 2017 Learn & Lunch Series, Financing Life. Lunch will be provided.

House Music Women's A Cappella Concert , Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Women's college a cappella groups come together to help the Hampshire County Friends of Homeless Individuals purchase a house in Northampton for youth 18-25 who have aged out of foster care. Featuring Smith Groove, The Smith Noteables, The Smiffenpoofs, Smithereens, The Smith College Vibes, The Amherst College Bluestockings and The Mount Holyoke Victory Eights. Tickets: $10 general/students by donation, available at the door, at State Street Fruit in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence and at http://www.hamphomeless.org.

'The Vagina Monologues' , Friday & Saturday, Feb. 17 & 18, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Join us for a night of fun as we raise awareness and funds for Safe Passage, a local organization dedicated to victims of domestic violence. Tickets available at the door or Office of Student Engagement, Campus Center 106. $10 General Admission; $5 Smith Students.

CIEC Business Model Canvas Workshops Part III: Key Activities, Resources and Partners , Monday, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Part III of the “Search Then Execute: The Process of Building a Venture” series. These workshops are intended to help students turn the nine panels of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) — the core of evidence-based entrepreneurship and the Lean Launchpad methodology — into a cohesive and winning Executive Summary. Students planning to submit applications for the Draper Competition are encouraged to attend. Dinner provided.

'Luna Goes Bananas' Fundraiser; Order Banana Bread by , Thursday, Feb. 16

Lunadisc, Smith's Ultimate Frisbee team, is selling homemade banana and pumpkin bread. Full loaves are $7, half loaves are $4, and you can add chocolate chips for $1 more. Please email smith.lunadisc@gmail.com to place your order by Thursday Feb. 16.

Sophomores and Juniors: Apply This Week for Paid Kahn Institute Fellowships 2017-18, Deadline , Friday, Feb. 17

Sophomores and Juniors: Apply by this Friday, Feb. 17, for paid research fellowships in next year's Kahn Institute projects: "War," organized by Cornelia Pearsall (English Language and Literature) and Mlada Bukovansky (Government); and "Destroy then Restore: Transforming Our Lands and Waters," organized by Ann Leone (French Studies and Landscape Studies) and Drew Guswa (Picker Engineering Program). Apply online: https://form.jotform.com/KahnLiberalArtsInstitute/2017-2018-kahn-student-fellow-appli or by email, instructions here: https://goo.gl/eDxelP . Call ext. 3721 or email smith.edu/kahninstitute with questions.

'In the Wake: On Blackness and Being' Kahn Lecture by Christina Sharpe, Tufts University , Monday, Feb. 20, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Christina Sharpe, associate professor of English, Africana, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Tufts University, will expand on her book, "In the Wake: On Blackness and Being," which "interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of black life that comprise what she calls 'orthography of the wake'. Activating multiple registers of 'wake'--the path behind a ship, keeping watch with the dead, coming to consciousness--Sharpe illustrates how black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, and she delineates what survives despite such insistent violence and negation." In conjunction with the Kahn project Shaping Perception. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

Global Salon: Olivia Harrison , Monday, Feb. 20, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

"'From the ghettos of Palestine to the ghettos of France': la banlieue raps to Palestine" examines the history of French-Palestinian solidarity movements through the medium of popular culture, using rap and street culture to explain the central importance of the Palestinian question in France. Lunch provided for the first 25 students.

Soup Salad and Soul , Friday, Feb. 17, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat, where students gather together, light Shabbat candles, and sing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. This is followed at 6:00 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome.

Efficient Reading and Note-taking Workshop , Thursday, Feb. 16, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Learn how to handle the reading load and take more effective notes at this lunch-hour workshop taught by learning specialist Gail Thomas.

Smith Food Recovery Network Interest Meeting , Monday, Feb. 20, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center, TV Lounge

Come learn about the Food Recovery Network including the process of food recovery on campus: where it comes from and where it goes. Past and current FRN volunteers will speak about their experience and board members will share open leadership positions.

Vandana Shiva on Organizing in the Face of Industrial Agriculture and Globalization , Friday, Feb. 17, 4-5:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Vandana Shiva, an internationally known activist, pioneer and author, will address the timely topics of corporate globalization, economics of greed, and the politics of hate and fear.

WTF Is Going On?!: Israel-Palestine in the Trump Era , Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Come learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict, what Trump has to do with it, and how you can take action. No prior knowledge necessary. Hosted by JStreetU Smith.

Tasting with Rally Day Medalist and Award-winning Winemaker Helen Keplinger '94 , Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3 p.m., Location TBD

An educational opportunity for a limited number of students aged 21 and older. Widely respected as one of California’s most socially responsible entrepreneurs, Keplinger is a rising star in the winemaking world, known for making distinctive wines with classic European methods. She has a keen understanding of specific vineyard sites and how to optimize the farming and winemaking to make wines expressive of their place. Join us to taste some of her wines and learn about what goes into their making. Interested? Apply by noon on February 17: https://goo.gl/forms/aZPGJH9E0DSidyd92 We will confirm participation/ location with selected applicants next week.

A Record Number of Applicants

Smith’s Class of 2021 will be chosen from a record number of applicants, says Audrey Smith, the college’s vice president for enrollment. The college has attracted 5,432 applications, including a record 1,408 international students. The application deadline was January 15.


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Summer Study Abroad Opportunities Fair , Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Interested in studying abroad this summer but unsure of where to start? At the Summer International Opportunities Fair you will be able to talk with representatives from over 20 different program providers about their various programs located around the world.

Lacrosse Hillside Pizza Fundraiser , Through February 15

Support your Lacrosse Team by purchasing Hillside Pizza and Cookie Dough kits. Hillside Pizza is fresh, local, and organic and offers gluten free options as well. Pizza and cookie dough can be purchased from any member of the Lacrosse Team or Coaching Staff. Orders will be available on February 24. If you do not know a member of the team, contact Moorea Spoljaric at mspoljaric@smith.edu to place your order.

Poetry Reading: Wambui Mwangi ‘90 and Malika Ndlovu , Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

In collaboration with the African Women’s Leadership Conference, speakers Malika Ndlovu and Smith College alumna Wambui Mwangi ‘90, will be holding a poetry reading.  Free and open to the public. https://www.africanwomensleadership.com/

Having a Workplace Issue? Consider Meeting with Our Ombudsperson

Michael Stephens, Smith College's Ombudsperson, has met with faculty and staff who are having difficult issues with colleagues or supervisors. His approach is confidential, neutral and supportive. If you are having workplace concerns and they are not getting resolved, consider getting in touch with Michael. He will work with you to think them through and to develop realistic and effective options. Michael can be reached at 413-585-7953 or via email at mjstephens@smith.edu. Check out the new Ombudsperson website for more information. https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/ombudsperson

Weekly ADHD Group: Learn Skills and Strategies that Work for You, Begins , Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m., Ainsworth Gym, Room 151

Meets for six weeks on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm in the Ainsworth Gym, Room 151, starting on Wed. February 15th. Please dress comfortably.

Now Accepting Suggestions for Otelia Cromwell Day 2017

Otelia Cromwell Day (OCD) is named after Smith’s first African American graduate, Otelia Cromwell, 1900, and provides Smith with an opportunity for discussion and reflection about race, inclusion, and diversity. Each year OCD participation continues to grow and flourish. The OCD Committee reconvenes this month to plan the 2017 celebration. In the past, the Committee chose the theme and keynote speaker. However, this year, we are soliciting ideas from the Smith community to make Otelia Cromwell Day a truly inclusive event. We encourage you to offer your recommendations, which can be submitted anonymously, until February 14 by visiting https://goo.gl/b9o2Gw

Chalking

As a reminder, Smith College allows chalking on campus under the following guidelines: only erasable chalk may be used (grease-based chalk is not permitted); chalking may be done only on asphalt roads and walkways; chalkings should be signed with the full name of the person or group responsible; and other individuals or groups within the community may add to the chalkings or remove them. The administration of the college may remove all the chalkings in any specific area of campus. Chalking on buildings and other places beyond sidewalks makes additional work for our amazing buildings and grounds crew. Thank you.

Information Session: Middlebury Museum Studies in Oxford Summer Study Abroad Program , Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Middlebury College will be hosting an information session in the Lewis Global Studies Center to talk about the Museum Studies in Oxford summer program.

Chrome Browser Update

Starting February 8 Google will show a banner at the top of the Smith Mail web interface if your Chrome Browser is at version 53 or below. Although this will not block your access to Smith Mail, ITS encourages you to check your version and to bring Chrome up to a current version, if necessary. For instructions: https://goo.gl/ZnK9Hd

Open Reception: 'Imaging and Imagining the Mysteries of Life,' Works by Michael Barresi, Biological Sciences , Wednesday, Feb. 15, Noon, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

All are invited to an Open Reception in the Kahn Gallery at the Kahn Institute, Neilson Library 3rd floor south, to view and celebrate the art works of Michael Barresi, associate professor of biological sciences. "Imaging and Imagining the Mysteries of Life" highlights the "interplay between science and art," Barresi explains. As a developmental biologist, Barresi has devoted his career to understanding the basis of life. However, "to glean insight into the unseen biology I have leveraged my artistic imagination to broaden our understandings of what may be possible in the development of living things." Refreshments served. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

Registration Deadlines

Wednesday, Feb. 15, is the last day to add a Smith course and Wednesday, March 1 is the last day to drop a full semester course without penalty or use of a free drop. Be sure to check the registration status of your courses on BannerWeb. Course changes at this time require the signatures of the instructor and your adviser on the add/drop form before being submitted to the class deans’ office. All deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar

Webinar: 'How to Get a Job in Sustainability--Leadership Careers in Business, NGOs and Government' , Thursday, Feb. 16, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

The World Needs you. You need a Job. In this webinar Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College will outline different sustainability career directions, evaluate the impact of the Trump Presidency on sustainability jobs, discuss grad school and continuing education options (including school now / school later), and provide listeners with a tailored, concrete job search strategy. The webinar includes twenty minutes of Q&A to address individual career questions. Webinar login: https://bluejeans.com/394786897. Please log in five minutes before session begins. You are welcome to participate in this on your own or with CEEDS.

Outreach Event: #AdaLove Pizza Lunch , Wednesday, Feb. 15, Noon, Campus Center 102

To promote and build a stronger community between Ada Comstock Scholar and traditional-aged students on campus, come grab a free pizza slice and show your #AdaLoveMeet Adas are so much than just older classmates. Along with free pizza, get stickers to promote ada/trad collaboration. For more information contact Katie Wing or Maria Woods, Class co-presidents.

Film Screening & Workshop: 'Black and Cuba,' Produced by Shannon Shird '10 , Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Dr. Robin Hayes will present a workshop in conjunction with the screening of the award-winning documentary "Black and Cuba," produced by Smith alumna Shannon Shird '10. Acclaimed scholar Eduardo Bonilla-Silva calls the film a "must-see for people of all colors." The documentary, which won Best Film at the 2014 Black International Cinema Festival in Berlin, follows street-smart Ivy League students who are outcast from their elite university, band together and adventure to Cuba.

'Learning Listening for Leadership, Love and Communities to End Racism' , Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A keynote address followed by a Q/A session with Dr. Barbara J. Love, Professor Emerita of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and writer on multicultural organizational development. Lunch from Pita Pocket will be provided. Sponsored by the Building Leadership for an Inclusive, Sustainable Smith (BLISS Program). For more information, contact BLISS Program Assistant, Kavita Bhandari, at kbhandari@smith.edu

'Get Woke! Exploring Intersectional Identities' , Tuesday, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

This unique workshop, open to Smith faculty, students and staff, will provide an intimate and safe space to explore your personal intersectionality. It is part of the Engaging Identity Series taking place through April 22. So often in college, we get caught up in academia and the development of our professional selves. However, without the fundamental knowledge of who you are at your core, how can you develop a professional self that is not tainted by other people’s or institutions’ values and also healthy. You will explore your own personal development and identities, places within yourself that you feel empowered or disempowered. Through self-exploration, art and poetry, you will learn how to fuel both forces into activism. View more Engaging Identity events at https://goo.gl/MgFI5m

Introduction to GPS with Fulcrum , Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m., Sabin-Reed 104

In October, the Spatial Analysis Lab purchased Bad Elf GPS units to replace our decade-old Trimble Junos. These new units act as GPS antennas that connect to smart devices via Bluetooth, allowing users the flexibility of using multiple collection apps and managing data in the cloud. If you're an experienced GPS user, come to learn about how our GPS workflow has changed. If you've never used GPS before, come learn how our simplified workflow can make GPS data a reality for your class or project. Meet in Sabin-Reed 104, dress to spend 20min outside. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2kuY9SJ

Financing Life Workshop , Thursday, Feb. 16, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Join the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center to learn how to manage your personal finances with Professor Randy Bartlett in our Spring 2017 Learn & Lunch Series, Financing Life. Lunch is provided.

Sled Fest 2017 , Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Hospital Hill

Join the Department of Athletics and Recreation for a night of sledding down Hospital Hill. Snow shoes, XC skis, s'more's and music will be provided.

Make a Special Valentine's Day Message , Tuesday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-noon; 3:15-5:15 p, Capen Annex

The Design Thinking Initiative invites you to come and make special messages for your loved ones at our space in Capen Annex. We encourage you to think about customized gifts from paper, cardboard or repurposed materials and we'll have two special drop-in sessions for help with the laser cutter on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Psychologist Robert Kegan To Speak on the Changing Culture of Work

Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan will offer a Presidential Colloquium on “The Deliberately Developmental Organization: A New Social Contract for Work?” on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The talk examines how work settings would be different if they took account of recent breakthroughs in the understanding of adult development and the brain.

Weekly Meditation , Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend a weekly meditation with Ruth Oszeki, a novice Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage. Meditation instruction is offered at the beginning of each sesion, as a simple silent practice, seated in chairs or on floor cushions, along with some walking meditation. The meditation, while based in Zen practice, is secular, inclusive and non-denominational. There will be time for question and answers. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and is currently the Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith.


02/10/2017 Digest


Sign Up for 'Free Your Voice' Workshop with Celia Miller , Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Free your singing voice, and in turn free yourself. In this workshop, led by Celia Miller http://www.celiasvoicestudio.com), you will participate at your comfort level in discussion, group, and solo singing as you learn to conquer stage fright and gain tools for empowering and releasing your voice. Co-sponsored by Marge Litchford, assistant dean of students, and Jessica Bacal, director of the Wurtele Center. Sign up on Wurtele Center for Work & Life website under workshops by February 7 http://www.smith.edu/cwl/events.php) or email jolsen@smith.edu - workshop limited to 20.

Free Second Friday , February 10, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

From 4 to 6 p.m. Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Valentines from Venus: Wear your heart on your sleeve—in this case Roman-inspired gilded arm band or bracelet that you make yourself. Then go on a search for the goddess of love (and maybe a few cherubs) in the museum’s galleries. From 6 to 6:30 p.m. Open Eyes—Join a guided conversation exploring a work of art in the exhibition. and 7 p.m. Film Screening in Graham Auditorium.

Smith To Do: Succulent Terrariums , Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Back by popular demand - stop by the garden level of the campus center to make your own succulent terrarium. While supplies last.

Smith Students' Aid Society Pizza Luncheon for Grant Recipients , Monday, Feb. 13, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

The Board of the SSAS invites grant recipients to come for pizza, salad, and dessert in the Carroll Room at the Campus Center on Monday, February 13, 2017 from noon until 1:00 PM. This lunch will be the 10th annual get-together of SSAS grant recipients and board members. Over lunch, we have an opportunity to talk, hear your stories and you get to meet not only us, the Board members, but Anne White, the SSAS Administrator, and other Smith students who have been helped by a grant from the SSAS.

MFA Thesis Dance Concert: 'It's Called the Fringe' , Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

An ingenious and stimulating evening of experimental dance, It's Called the Fringe celebrates the culmination of choreographic thesis work by Nicole DeWolfe, Rowan Salem, Stephanie Turner, and Whitney Wilson. Stephanie Turner's thesis performance will take place at 7:15 p.m. in Acting Studio 1: entrance is included in the ticket price, but a separate reservation is required as seating is limited. Please contact the box office for more information: boxoffice@smith.edu or 413-585-3220. $10 General, $5 Students & Seniors.

Jerry Noble and Friends , Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A collage of pieces composed and arranged by Jerry Noble, featuring The Rusalka for French horn and piano, the premiere of new songs on Heine poetry, along with some traditional jazz, non-traditional jazz, Baroque songs, and classic rock. Performed by Jerry and Friends, who include Jean Jeffries, horn; Kara Noble, bass; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Joel Pitchon, violin; Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Peter W. Shea, baritone; and Marlene Wong, soprano. Special guests - members of the Smith College Chamber Singers. Free and open to the public.

The #WinterBiker Photo Contest Is Back , February 1-28

During the month of February, MassCommute will be celebrating the #WinterBikers of Massachusetts by posting all the pics they receive to their Facebook page and awarding weekly and monthly prizes. Simply share your pics to @MCBikeChallenge using #WinterBiker on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook or email MCBikeChallenge@masscommute.com. Each photo shared automatically qualifies for an extra raffle ticket upon entry to their annual Bike Bash celebrating the culmination of #MCBC2017. Weekly prizes will be announced each Friday at noon (February 10, 17 & 24). One grand prize winner will be announced on March 4 to the #WinterBiker of the photo with the most likes on Facebook.

Annual Taitetsu Unno Memorial Lecture in Shin Buddhist Studies , Friday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Critically Reading the Tannisho", a lecture by Mark Blum, Professor and Chair in Japanese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. This talk will present a summary of how the 13th-century Tannisho came to be the most well-read Buddhist text in modern Japan, tracing how its content came to have such iconic status in Japanese religion. Sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Ada Howe Kent fund.

Sign Up for Museum Volunteer Program

Interested in community engagement, museums, and/or art? Student volunteers at Smith College Museum of Art will sign up to help out at education programs throughout the year, including Free Community Days, Second Fridays, Night at Your Museum, and other community and student events. The biggest role of this position is engaging family and student audiences in making art, having fun in the museum, and connecting with Smithies who share similar interests. Mandatory volunteer orientations will be offered in February. Sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R67QNX5

Mindful Mondays: Eat, Write, & Talk with Dean and Prof. Frazer Ward , Monday, Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Topic: What I learned in College Hall 101. This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Dean of the Junior Class and Associate Professor of Art Frazer Ward leads a discussion on "What I learned in College Hall 101." Co-facilitated by Jessica Bacal and Matilda Cantwell. For more info visit the Wurtele Center website at http://www.smith.edu/cwl/events.php

'The Art of Small Talk and Networking' with Rachel Simmons , Friday, Feb. 10, 12:15-2 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Grades and hard work will take you far, but your ability to form relationships through small talk and networking can make a critical, immeasurable difference to your career - and is a vital leadership skill. Learn how and why seemingly random conversations can open new doors to new connections and opportunities, right now and after graduation. Rachel Simmons will help you decode the art of small talk and get you practicing too. FREE PIZZA w/vegan and GF options! Co-sponsored by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. No registration required. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/cwl/events.php

Audition for "Engaging Identity" launch--$100 Prize for Best Performance

Looking for visual artists and performing artists who address social identity issues in their work; singers, dancers, spoken word artists, all are welcome to audition for the launch on February 13 of the "Engaging Identity" program. To sign up for auditions, and/or submit work for review, email Kavita Bhandari at kbhandari@smith.edu The "Engaging Identity" program is a series of events that aim to explore and celebrate diverse aspects of identity through workshops, presentations and art forms.

Elizabeth Lee: 'How We Talk About Class on Campus' , Friday, Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Sociologist Elizabeth M. Lee will discuss the ways that managing class inequality is difficult for college administrations and individual students like, focusing on the ways that class inequality is talked about--and not--on selective campuses. Lee is assistant professor of sociology at Ohio University and author or "Class and Campus Life: Managing and Experiencing Inequality at an Elite College." Class is increasingly recognized as an important factor shaping not only whether young adults attend college, but also their experiences as students. This is perhaps especially so at selective colleges, where the vast majority of students from middle-and upper-income backgrounds.

'DNA-Origami Enabled Membrane Engineering' , Monday, Feb. 13, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Chenxiang Lin, assistant professor of cell biology, Yale University, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2017 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Refugee Clothing Drive and Pad Drive Suspended

The clothing drive and the sanitary pad drive that was organized by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement to support the refugees expected to be arriving in Northampton has been suspended on a temporary basis. An announcement will be made if and when the drives are restarted. Thank you to all those who made contributions, that will now serve the existing refugee population in Springfield.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day Hosted by Smith College , Saturday, Feb. 11, ITT

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility and will run until 2 p.m. Pick up will be at Ainsworth Gymnasium where guardians are welcome to attend the Smith basketball game against Wheaton College at 2 p.m. Visit http://www.smithpioneers.com for more information. If you have any questions about the event or the registration process, contact Nicole Matos, Smith College Athletic Department Graduate Assistant, nmatos52@smith.edu

Volunteers Needed: Smith Food Recovery Network Begins , Sunday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m.

Smith College Food Recovery Network (FRN) collects leftover dining hall food that would otherwise be thrown away and donates it to local community members (i.e. MANNA Soup kitchen is one of our partners). While each recovery starts in the Cutter Ziskind Dining Hall, the network recovers from five to eight kitchens on a given night. Recoveries are powered by student volunteers. To volunteer, sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/cT29D2mNmt9stXu42

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

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

University Innovation Fellows Info Session , Monday, Feb. 13, Noon, CIEC, 146 Elm St.

University Innovation Fellows is an international student innovation program of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). Fellows receive year-round mentorship, connection with other Fellows digitally, and attend national conferences in Silicon Valley. This international network of like-minded students helps Fellows learn from one another and foster multi-institution collaborations. At Smith, Fellows work closely with faculty and staff, gain in-depth knowledge of how various campus organizations work and are change agents to improve the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for their peers. Come to the UIF info session to learn more!

CIEC Business Model Canvas Workshops Part II: Distribution and Relationships , Monday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Part II of the “Search then Execute: The Process of Building a Venture” series. These workshops are intended to help students turn the nine panels of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) — the core of evidence-based entrepreneurship and the Lean Launchpad methodology — into a cohesive and winning Executive Summary. Students planning to submit applications for the Draper Competition are encouraged to attend. Dinner provided.

Annual 'I Love My Library' Day , Monday, Feb. 13, afternoon, Hillyer, Josten and Neilson Libraries

Tea, snacks, and fun activities will be offered at each library. The schedule and activities for each location are 2:30-3:30 p.m. Hillyer Art Library with Tea, Make Your Own Valentines, and "Love and Commerce: Valentines from the Mortimer Rare Book Room and Sophia Smith Collection" exhibit; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Josten Performing Arts Library with Tea, Photo Booth, and Make Your Own Valentines; and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Neilson Library with Tea, Button-Making, Photo Booth, Coloring Station, and Make Your Own Valentines.

Sledding at Macleish Field Station , Friday, Feb. 10, 1-4 p.m.

Come up to the Field Station and take advantage of the new snow. The van will leave from Chapin Loading Dock at 1 p.m. and will be back on campus around 4 p.m. Contact Lucy Debolt (ldebolt@smith.edu) if you are interested.

Bahai Devotional Gathering , Sunday, Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

There will be a "Prayers for the Earth" devotional gathering and discussion on sustainability with the Bahai community. All members of the Smith community are welcome to attend.

Creative Headwear: Rally Day Hat Contest Returns

Crowns, baseball caps and construction helmets are just some of the creative headwear that Smithies will sport during the annual march to John M. Greene Hall for Rally Day celebrations of alumnae Smith medalists. At this year’s Rally Day on Thursday, Feb. 23, seniors hoping to someday receive their own Smith Medal can try for a smaller bit of glory by competing in the college’s second annual Rally Day Hat Contest.


02/08/2017 Digest


POSTPONED: Upper College Lane One-Way Traffic

Upper College Lane One Way traffic restriction, originally scheduled to begin February 7, has been delayed until next week, the week of Valentines Day.

President McCartney Invites Honorary Doctoral Degree Nominations

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

Star Gazing , Friday, Feb. 10, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, planets, and the moon. All are welcome - dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).


02/07/2017 Digest


America Reads/Counts Overview Training Workshop , Tuesday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Students on Federal Work-Study interested in becoming an America Reads/America Counts Tutor in a local school or agency must attend an Overview Training Session at one of the five colleges. One session will be held at Smith College in the Dewey Common Room from 4-5 PM on Tuesday, February 7. Students may be paid for their attendance once they have secured a tutoring position which can be found advertised on JobX . Training will cover classroom etiquette, responsibilities as an America Reads/America Counts Tutor, and introduction to some basic tutoring strategies. To register, visit https://goo.gl/J7WFou

Global Encounters: Photo Contest Reception , Tuesday, Feb. 7, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Celebrate the winners of this year's Global Encounters Photo Contest and view photographs taken around the world by Smithies. One photo will be named People's Choice based on Facebook 'likes.' Judges Fraser Stables, Associate Professor of Art, and Charlene Shag Miller, Associate Educator for Academic Programs at SCMA, will speak about the winning photographs. Pizza will be provided to the first 25 attendees.

Survivor Support Group , Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

Survivor Support Group for students who have experienced sexual trauma, facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW in the Schacht Center. Registration is required due to space limitations. Please call the Counseling Service at 413-585-2840. Welcoming new students on Wed. Feb 1st and Wed. Feb 8th; then closed to new members.

'The King of Islandia: How Segregation and Its Violence Made a Man and Nation Rich' , Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Nathan D. B. Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, will give a lecture as part of the Neilson Library's "Undesign the Redline" Series. Connolly's talk will explore the interplay of racism, capitalism, politics, and the built environment. Sponsored by the Department of History. Free and open to the public.

Grief Support Group Begins , Friday, Feb. 10, 1-2:15 p.m.

Counseling Service will continue to offer grief support group for Spring 2017. Co-facilitated by Meg Laird and Mun Ying Cheng. For more information and to register, call Smith College Counseling Service at 585-2840 or email counselingservices@smith.edu.

'Spread the Love' Lacrosse Valentine's Day Fundraiser , February 9-10 & 13, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Help spread the love this coming Valentine's Day by purchasing a Candy-Gram from the Lacrosse team. Write a note, attach it to a bag of candy, and have it delivered on Valentine's Day. All proceeds will go towards the Lacrosse Team's Spring Training Trip.

Campus Cash Now Accepted at Stop & Shop

Students can now use Campus Cash at the King St. Stop & Shop. Just look for the registers with the Campus Cash signs. Other off campus locations that take campus cash are CVS Pharmacy, Serio's Market and Smith Corner Convenience Plus.

2017 Senior Class Meeting , Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Margaret Bruzelius, dean of the senior class; Andrea Rossi-Reder, dean of Ada Comstock Scholars; the 2017 Senior Class President; and 2017 Ada Comstock Co-Class Presidents; will provide information about your final semester, senior class plans and special events. Merrilyn Lewis from College Relations will discuss graduation, and Daryl Gehman and Patricia Woods from the Lazarus Center for Career Development will discuss graduate schools and jobs.

BFTN: Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating , Thursday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Take a break from schoolwork to decorate a cookie for Valentine's Day using colorful frosting, sprinkles, and candy.

'Free Your Voice' with Celia Miller , Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

In this three-hour workshop, Celia Miller, will help you participate at your comfort level in discussion, group, and solo singing as you learn to conquer stage fright and gain tools for empowering and releasing your voice. Co-sponsored by Marge Litchford, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of First Year Experience and Jessica Bacal, Director of Wurtele Center. Limited to 20! Sign up by Feb. 7 on Wurtele Center for Work & Life website - http://www.smith.edu/cwl/events.php or email Janelle at jolsen@smith.edu. Lunch will be served.

SEC Presents Comedians Ashley Gavin and Kate Sisk , Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Smith College Student Event Committee invites comedians Ashley Gavin and Kate Sisk on their all-women, all-queer standup tour. Ashley Gavin is a New York based comedian best known for her hard-hitting, intelligent, and sometimes absurd social commentary, particularly about her experiences as a gay woman and feminist. Her comedy has been featured on FOX, SeeSo, and SiriusXM Comedy. Kate Sisk is a comedian and writer living and performing in New York City. She began studying and performing at the UCB in 2013 hen she's not onstage, Kate is working on her next musical, contributing jokes to Funny or Die.

Laverne Cox Ticket Sales , Monday & Tuesday, Feb. 6 & 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center 106

Attention Smith students. Tickets for A Night with Laverne Cox will be available February 6 and 7 from 9 am-4 pm in the Office of Student Engagement in the Campus Center. You MUST have your student ID to pick up your ticket. Smith faculty, staff, alums, and graduate students can purchase $10 tickets starting on February 9 at 9 a.m. in the Office of Student Engagement. Please bring your ID.

Join a College Committee

The SGA Student Life Committee and Curriculum Committee are seeking motivated individuals who want to help improve the academic and co-curricular experience at Smith. This is a great way to get involved and influence the way the college is run. To apply, visit https://goo.gl/LGoXvQ

Financing Life , Thursday, Feb. 9, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

It's never too soon or too late to start thinking about your financial future. Professor Randy Bartlett will introduce you to the essentials of personal finance and what you need to know to take charge of your money. Topic: Introduction and Basics. Lunch provided.

'Tales from the Trenches' , Thursday, Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Three women entrepreneurs will talk about what it means to be an entrepreneur, not just the glorified version that shows like Shark Tank, Startup U, and Silicon Valley depict. Each will provide the perspective of being a woman in business and offer insights for Smithies women interested in pursuing entrepreneurship, innovation, and design thinking. Organized by Startup Smith, co-sponsored by the Conway Center.

'Beyond Gloria, Lena, Amy & Meryl: When Being Progressive Isn’t Enough' , Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

What good is progressive feminism if it leaves out the experiences of black, brown and indigenous women and femmes? What good are reproductive rights if it doesn’t include trans folx and non-binary people? What good is ally-ship if it doesn’t require a continued commitment to taking action and getting educated. This workshop will have three components: 1. Deconstructing media’s use of words like “progressive,” “ally”, “feminism” 2. Understanding how being “progressive” or a “[non-intersectional] feminist” impacts marginalized communities and legitimizes harm done, and 3. Develop specific ways to counter systems of power and personal biases.

Ven. Joan Halifax Buddhist Studies Lecture , Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

"Inside Compassion: A Contemporary Buddhist View". This talk is an exploration of why compassion is central to our experience of being fully human and why it is so important in our time. The Ven. Dr. Joan Halifax Roshi is an anthropologist by training and Abbess of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. She has been at the center of the development of Zen-based hospice care and extraordinarily influential in advancing Buddhist understandings of medical practice. Part of the "Robed Warriors" series of visitors in 2016-17: https://www.smith.edu/buddhism/robedwarriors.php.

Chaired Professor Lecture: Nancy Whittier , Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Nancy Whittier, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology, will give her inaugural lecture, "Strange Bedfellows: How Feminists and Conservatives Influenced Sexual Violence Policy." All are welcome.

Check Out Smith's Online Computer Store

From portable batteries to laptops, log on at computerstore.smith.edu and take a peek and see what you can personally purchase. All you need to do is create an account with your Smith email address. See something out of stock? Contact us at cstore@smith.edu.

Register Now for 'Redefining Failure Through Laughter' , Wednesday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m., Campus Center Lower Level

Pam Victor, president, Happier Valley Comedy, leads this emotional wellness workshop where we'll learn how to better manage setbacks and difficulties, along with redefining failure and overcoming fear. The "Through Laughter" Program facilitates professional growth through effective, easy-to-learn improvisation exercises in a group circle or pairs that bring powerful results to your business, organization, or school. Register at http://bit.ly/2iBTLAL

Sick Leave Bank Balance as of January 31, 2017

The Sick Leave Bank Balance is 2247.91 hours, no additional donation is required at this time. The Balance will be updated in April 2017. For more information on the Sick Leave Bank Balance Policy and the Quarterly Balance Donation Guidelines, please go to https://goo.gl/0fUz1Y

Register Now for 'Green Thoughts in the Heart of the Winter' , Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.

Join Christian McEwen, author, "Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews" and "World Enough & Time" for this winter morning workshop in the Botanic Gardens. This time offers ease and relaxation: an oasis of stout green vines and vibrant leaves enveloped in a steamy tropical warmth. This is a mini-vacation as you wander round its big, old-fashioned glass-houses, writing, sketching, and making notes. Then gather to share what you’ve discovered. Register at http://bit.ly/2iBTLAL

Learn to Design/Make Lasercut Jewelry at the SLIPS Intro Workshop , Friday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Imaging Center, Hillyer

Learn to design jewelry using laser cutting and 3D printing. SLIPS (Semester Long Iterative Prototyping Series) is a new Design Thinking Initiative program where Smithies get to choose their own level of engagement. Come learn more at this workshop. This semester's theme is "Designing for Others: Jewelry as Functional Wearables," where we will be taking the Design Thinking principle of empathy and applying it designing jewelry using both laser-cutting and 3D printing technologies. For more information, visit http://www.smithiesdesign.com/SLIPS

Time Management and Study Strategies Workshop , Thursday, Feb. 9, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

A new semester is the perfect time to make a schedule that includes time for study, exercise, meetings and play. Gail Thomas, learning specialist, gives practical advice on how to make it work in this Jacobson Center workshop during the lunch hour on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Information Session: Study Abroad in Mexico through IFSA-Butler Program in Yucatan , Tuesday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

IFSA-Butler in Yucatan, Mexico, is a program that is newly available to students. Program will be especially of interest to students pursuing courses of study in anthropology, public health, Spanish language and culture, and other related fields.

Gold Key Application Deadline Extended to , Wednesday, Feb. 8, 10 p.m.

Gold Key Central Board is accepting applications to be a Gold Key guide. To apply, visit https://goo.gl/forms/CfsfMHBm4gI8TbV42. If you have any questions, contact Emily Bae, Head of Selections and Training, ebae@smith.edu.

Emmy Award Winner Laverne Cox Will Speak at Smith

Laverne Cox—the Emmy Award-winning actress, producer and activist perhaps best known for her role as Sophia Burset in "Orange Is the New Black"—will speak at Smith’s John M. Greene Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Cox’s visit to Smith is organized by the college’s Student Event Committee, and tickets are required. Read on for details.

Canceled: Feb. 8 Weekly Meditation

There will be no weekly meditation on Wednesday, February 8. Instead, please join us in attending Ven. Joan Halifax's public lecture, "Inside Compassion: A Contemporary Buddhist View" at 5 p.m. in Seelye 106. Our weekly Wednesday meditation will continue on February 15 with Zen Priest Ruth Ozeki.

Soup Salad and Soul , Friday, Feb. 10, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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


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Campus School Open House , Saturday, Feb. 4, 9:30-11 a.m., 33 Prospect St.

Prospective kindergarten through grade 6 students and their families are invited to tour the school and meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information, contact the admission office at 585-3270 or visit http://www.smith.edu/SCCS

'Trump, the World and History': A Roundtable , Friday, Feb. 3, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Members of the history department will reflect on the election and assess future prospects in a roundtable discussion. Pizza lunch will be provided to the first 25 attendees.

Global Salon: 'ISIS, Assad, and US Policy from Obama to Trump' with Reese Erlich , Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Reese Erlich, an award-winning journalist, will speak about his recent book on the conflict in Syria entitled "Inside Syria: The Back Story of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect."

Campus Police Online Witness Reporting Form

Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the Campus Police Department in a timely manner. For non emergency anonymous online reporting, go to the campus police page: community outreach, then scroll down to Anonymous Witness Form. Provide as much detail as possible. Consider speaking with one of our officers to assist in the investigation process. If you're willing, include you're contact information. For emergencies on campus call 800, cell phone or off campus, 585-2490.

Survivor Support Group , Friday, Feb. 3, 12:15 p.m.

Survivor Support Group for students who have experienced sexual trauma, facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW in the Schacht Center. Registration is required due to space limitations. Please call the Counseling Service at 413-585-2840. Welcoming new students on Friday, Feb 3, and Friday, Feb 10; then closed to new members.

Celebrating Collaborations, April 22, Now Accepting Proposals for Presentations, Performances and Posters

Students in all classes and majors are invited to submit proposals to participate in "Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together," which will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Proposals to display posters, give presentations or exhibition, or do performances will be accepted. Proposals may derive from special studies projects, honors theses, concentration work, research projects, classwork, or any other student-faculty joint work. For more information and to submit a proposal online, visit http://www.smith.edu/collaborations/. All proposals are due by Friday, February 24, 2017. Contact Danielle Ramdath, Associate Dean of the Faculty with questions.

Mindful Mondays: Eat, Write, & Talk with Prof. Benita Jackson , Monday, Feb. 6, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Topic: Making Friends with Feedback. This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Associate Professor of Psychology, Benita Jackson, will provide tips on how you can "make friends with feedback." Co-facilitated by Jessica Bacal and Matilda Cantwell. For more info visit the Wurtele Center website at http://www.smith.edu/cwl/events.php

Life Sciences and Technology Fair , Thursday, Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Smith College Lazarus Center for Career Development is hosting their annual Life Sciences and Technology Fair for students from life sciences, engineering, psychology, math and computer science. The fair features employers offering internships and full-time positions. Select graduate programs will also be in attendance. Ongoing list of participating organizations can be found at https://www.smith.edu/lazaruscenter/fairs_scitech_participants.php Dress is Business Casual; Bring copies of your resume.

RSVP for 'Around the World in EighTEA Minutes' , Saturday, Feb. 4, 10-11:30 a.m., Museum of Art

Sip, snack and get inspired at this special student-driven program. Enjoy a gallery talk on tea-ware by Yao Wu, curator of Asian art, a sampling of various teas from across the globe and a traditional tea ceremony performed by the Asian Students Association. Space limited–RSVP preferred: goo.gl/forms/D6FD3Czx8oATeXg12 Meet in museum lobby.

CSO Orientation to Become a Tutor at Homework House , Thursday, Feb. 2, Noon-1 p.m., JCCE, Wright 013

Do you have a profound love for homework as well as a desire to share this with others? If so, consider joining Homework House. This after-school tutoring program provides academic help to kindergarten through eighth grade students in Holyoke. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, come to this Homework House Orientation. Lunch provided. Contact CSO Homework House Fellow Loida Pan at lpan@smith.edu or the Community Service Office (CSO) ext. 2793. Note: we also need volunteers who can drive.

CSO Orientation to Become a Tutor at Kensington International School , Monday, Feb. 6, Noon-1 p.m., JCCE, Wright 013

Interested in volunteering with English Second Language Learners? The Kensington International School Refugee Tutor-Mentor Program provides one on one support for children who are recently re-settled refugees, encouraging their academic success and social acculturation to the school community by working with them in the classroom. Come to the Kensington Orientation on Monday, February 6 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Wright Hall, lower level, 013. Lunch provided. Contact CSO Kensington Fellow Marie at mbreingan@smith.edu or the Community Service Office (CSO) at ext. 2793. Note: we also need volunteers who can drive.

New Advanced Hebrew Class added - Reading 'Scapegoat'

Students in this new 2-credit course will spend the semester reading an abridged, simplified edition of the novel "Scapegoat" by Iraqi-born Israeli author Eli Amir. On top of advancing and refining students' knowledge of Hebrew, this course will use the novel as a jumping-off point to discuss broader issues relating to immigration, assimilation vs multiculturalism, racism, family, tradition, and more. The course is JUD 201 - Readings in Modern Hebrew and will be conducted in Hebrew by Prof. Joanna Caravita. Meets on Fridays from 1:10-2:30 p.m. in Seelye 202.

Sams Fund Accepting Applications from Faculty and Students Until February 17 ,

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

President McCartney's Open Office Hour , Monday, Feb. 6, 4-5 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

President McCartney welcomes anyone within the Smith Community to spend a brief one-on-one with her during this one-hour time slot.

Op-Ed Writing Workshop: 'How to Make Your Voice Heard in Print or Online Media' , Monday & Wednesday, Feb. 6 & 8, Campus Center 204

Hosted by Heather Abel, writer and activist. The goals of this writing workshop are to help students articulate their opinions, learn the rhetorical styles and restrictions of an op-ed, and get their voices heard widely in print and online publications. This is a two-part series and students are encouraged to attend both sessions. First session is Monday, Feb. 6, 4:30-6 p.m., and second session is Wednesday, Feb. 8 4:30-6 p.m. Limited to 15 - must sign up by emailing Janelle at jolsen@smith.edu. Co-sponsored by Wurtele Center, Jacobson Center and Africana Studies. Refreshments included.

'Kimchi Power: Transnational Discovery of Food and Identity in Contemporary Korean Media' , Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

Kimchi Power: Transnational Discovery of Food and Identity in Contemporary Korean Media. Workshop presenters: Robert Ji-Song Ku (Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University; author of Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA; Jenny Wang Medina, literary translator, educator, Ph.D. in East Asian languages and cultures; and Ellie Choi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Korean Studies, Smith College. Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Korean Students Association, and the College Lecture Committee.

Design a Snapchat Filter for Annual SCMA Student Party—Submit by , Monday, Feb. 13, Midnight

The design must contain “Night at Your Museum 2017” or “NAYM 2017” and reflect one or more of the following themes: party; ancient Italy; SCMA; the exhibition “Leisure & Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii” (opening February 3; exhibition details online http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum). Each submission must be a 300dpi, 3.6” x 6.5” transparent PNG. Student may submit up to three designs each by Monday, Feb. 13 at 11:59 p.m. Send to: scmagen@smith.edu with subject headline “NAYM Snapchat contest.” Winning design will be featured at the annual Night at Your Museum party on February 24

Study Abroad Welcome Back Reception , Friday, Feb. 3, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Through sharing your own experiences and hearing about the experiences of others, you'll have a unique opportunity to reflect on the many impacts of study abroad on your worldview, identity, friendships, academic and career ideas, and more. This event provides an opportunity to re-connect with friends you haven't seen in a while, meet new peers who are also returning from study abroad, and join a conversation surrounding the joys, frustrations, and many other feelings involved with coming back to the U.S. after spending time abroad. Light refreshments will be provided.

2016 Form W-2 Year-End Earnings Statements Now Available on BannerWeb

The Controller’s Office has posted 2016 W-2 Year End Earnings Statements on BannerWeb. Access this electronic version from the Employee Services menu, Tax Information page. To sign up for electronic receipt of the W-2, follow this link for instructions http://www.smith.edu/controller/index.php if you previously consented you do not need to repeat this process. Employees who have not consented to electronic receipt will receive paper copies which will be mailed to home addresses and postmarked by January 31. Current student W-2 Statements are mailed to the home address not campus box. For more information, contact the Payroll Office at ext. 4401, ext. 4607 or payroll@smith.edu

Global Encounters Photo Contest - Vote by , Thursday, Feb. 2

Visit the Lewis Global Studies Facebook page to view the gallery of all the submissions for the Global Encounters Photo Contest this year. The photo that receives the most likes by February 2 will be crowned the People's Choice at the February 7 photography reception. http://tinyurl.com/hm42ujp

Register Now for African Women's Leadership Conference: 'Creating New Spaces for Engagement' , February 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Lewis Global Center is proud to announce its annual conference. This year's theme is African Women's Leadership: Creating New Spaces for Engagement. Speakers include; Martha Karua, notable Kenyan politician and advocate of the High Court of Kenya; Malika Ndlovu, a South African poet and artist; Obioma Nnaemeka, renowned Nigerian academic and founder of the Association of African Women Scholars, and Wambui Mwangi '90, Kenyan writer, post-colonial theory enthusiast and Smith alumna. Register to attend to be a part of their rich discussions about the place and possibilities for African women's leadership today. Registration is due February 2. https://www.africanwomensleadership.com/

Smith To Do: Tie-Throw Pillows , Saturday, Feb. 4, 9-11 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Stop by to make your own tie-throw pillow to decorate your room.

Jittery's Live! Presents The Allie, Bess & Hannah Harmony Extravaganza , Thursday, Feb. 2, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

A simple love for three-part harmony is what brought Allie Moss, Bess Rogers, & Hannah Winkler together for their side project of acoustic covers & originals. The women are friends, musicians & songwriters who have spent years performing, writing & recording in the NYC area. In the last 10, they’ve toured the U.S. extensively: Allie & Bess backing Ingrid Michaelson, Bess & Hannah in their band Secret Someones, all three supporting their solo projects.

Lecture/Performance by Neilson Professor Bebe Miller: 'Syntax and Flow' , Friday, Feb. 3, 4:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Neilson Professor Bebe Miller, a celebrated choreographer and performer, founder of the Bebe Miller Company, and professor of dance at Ohio State University, will give the first of three spring Neilson Professor Lectures. "Syntax and Flow: Dimensional Meaning-making Through the Body in Motion" is a lecture and performance derived from "Dancing The Making Room," the Bebe Miller Company's latest work-in-progress. Miller will be joined by guest artists Angie Hauser, assistant professor of dance at Smith, and Bronwen MacArthur, guest faculty, UMass Amherst. Reception follows. https://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/neilsonlecture2017.html

The 'Failing Well' Initiative with Rachel Simmons , Friday, Feb. 3, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center 204

Staff and faculty: Bring your lunch and join Leadership Development Specialist Rachel Simmons to hear an update on the Failing Well initiative, a partnership between the Wurtele and Lazarus Centers. Coffee/tea provided. For more information on Failing Well, visitwww.smith.edu/cwl/failing-well.php or email Rachel Simmons at rajsimmons@smith.edu

'Leisure & Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii' , Friday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m., Museum of Art

Featuring works seen for the first time outside Italy, this groundbreaking exhibition centers on the ancient town of Oplontis on the Neapolitan coast, a site that was buried and preserved when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. The exhibition focuses on two adjacent, spectacular Roman archaeological sites—one an enormous luxury villa (“Villa A”) that once sprawled along the coast of the Bay of Naples, the other a nearby commercial-residential complex (“Villa B”), where products from the region were exported. Exhibition runs until 17 August, 2017.

Deutsche Heimkehr: The 'Thingspiel' Movement in Germany and in Hamburg , Monday, Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Jutta Gutzeit, applicant for the director position of Smith College Study Abroad in Hamburg, will give a public talk on the "Thingspiel" Movement, a form of theater associated with the rise of national socialism in Germany.

SEC Presents 'Southside With You' , Friday & Saturday, Feb. 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Future U.S. President Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) go on a fateful first date in the summer of 1989.

Business Model Canvas Workshop 1: Value Propositions and Customer Segments , Monday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Part I of the “Search then Execute: The Process of Building a Venture” series. These workshops are intended to help students turn the nine panels of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) — the core of evidence-based entrepreneurship and the Lean Launchpad methodology — into a cohesive and winning Executive Summary. Students planning to submit applications for the Draper Competition are encouraged to attend. Dinner provided.

Friends of the Libraries' 75th Anniversary , Monday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., Friends of the Libraries Room, Neilson

Come celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Libraries on February 6,1942. Tea and birthday cake will be served. For 75 years, the Friends have provided annual support, enriching the Libraries' collections and endowment while providing many enhancements to facilities and services.

Russian Revolution Lecture Series , Monday, Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

"American Humanitarian Intervention, Jewish Race and Anthropometrics: A Story From the Russian Civil War", a lecture by Marina Mogilner, Professor in Russian and East European Intellectual History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Why and at what point did statistics gathered for the purposes of American humanitarian relief work during the Russian civil war became racialized? Why did Jews become the focus group of this racialization? Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Religion Department and Smith College Lecture Committee.

Soup Salad and Soul , Friday, Feb. 3, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

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

'Student Picks' Exhibition by Laura Grant '17 , Friday, Feb. 3, noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Featured in this one-day show, curated by Laura Grant '17, is “The Candid Effect: Street Photography of Women.” Grant's exhibit examines the ways in which women are portrayed in street photography—a type of photography in which photographers capture subjects candidly participating in everyday activities. Works by artists such as Lisette Model, Garry Winogrand, and Mikiko Hara will be represented.

Discussion Post Trump's Executive Order , Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

A space for those most impacted by Trump’s regulation executive order to share their thoughts, concerns, and feelings, and be in community with one another. Caitlin Szymkowicz, Associate Dean for International Students and Scholars, will be present to help answer questions. Samosas will be provided. For more information, contact Kavita Bhandari (Jandon Center for Community Engagement) at kbhandari@smith.edu

Spotlight Gallery Talk: ‘Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero' , Friday, Feb. 3, 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art

Laetitia A. La Follette, professor of history of art and architecture, UMassAmherst, will give a spotlight gallery talk on two family portraits in marble from Villa A at Oplontis." Professor LaFollette discusses the marble sculptures, “Portrait of a Boy” and “Portrait of a Woman.” Free with museum admission/Meet in museum lobby. Space is limited.

Apply Now for Gold Key; Applications Due , Monday, Feb. 6, Midnight

Gold Key Central Board is accepting applications to be a Gold Key guide. To apply, visit https://goo.gl/forms/CfsfMHBm4gI8TbV42. If you have any questions, contact Emily Bae, head of selections and training, ebae@smith.edu.

CIEC Buisness Model Canvas: 'Value Propositions and Customer Segments' , Monday, Feb. 6, Campus Center 103/4

Part I of the “Search then Execute: The Process of Building a Venture” series. These workshops are intended to help students turn the nine panels of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) — the core of evidence-based entrepreneurship and the Lean Launchpad methodology — into a cohesive and winning Executive Summary. Students planning to submit applications for the Draper Competition are encouraged to attend. Dinner provided.

Kendra Brown: 'Can Gull Contamination Along the Shoreline Make Swimmers Sick?' , Thursday, Feb. 2, Noon, Ford 240

Kendra Brown, Ph.D., lecturer in The Picker Engineering Program, will give a talk co-sponsored by Environmental Science and Policy and Picker Engineering about her research in shoreline water quality issues. Lunch provided.

Failing Well: Campus Series Helps Us Rethink Setbacks

"Failing Well?" That's the question Smith students, faculty and staff are being asked in a year-long program sponsored by the Wurtele Center and the Lazarus Center for Career Development. Next in the series is a "Failure Resume" exercise for staff and faculty at noon Friday, Feb. 3, in the Campus Center 204, where participants will celebrate resilience by sharing lessons learned from personal or academic setbacks.


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Campus Construction Updates

Looking for the latest information on the library renovation or other construction projects on campus? A "Project Update Map" on the Facilities Management website offers project descriptions, updates on road closings and other details about building renovations. To view, visit https://goo.gl/hi7NRE For details about library services during the library renovation, visit http://www.smith.edu/libraries/redesign/transition

Donate Your Books

The Campus Center Book Nook, located in the Goldstein Lounge, is looking for donations. If you are doing a little cleaning or reorganization know that the Book Nook will take your books. The Book Nook is available to the entire community to donate, borrow or take a book. Donations can be brought to the Campus Center 106 OSE Office and we thank you in advance for your contribution.

Spring Semester in the Arts

Smith College Performing Arts has so many wonderful events coming up this semester. Did you know that almost all of our events are free? Check out our brochures around campus or take a look at our web calendar by visiting https://www.smith.edu/smitharts/calendar.php or see the online brochure at https://goo.gl/P617Fg

Updated: 'Dear World' Live from Smith College , Tuesday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 7 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

“If you had one story to share with the world, what would you say?” That is the question posed by Dear World, an interactive, award-winning portrait project that explores the connections between students, faculty and staff through pictures with their distinct message-on-skin style. Please join us on the Wilson Atrium in the Campus Center to share your story and have your photo taken between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and come back at 7 p.m. for the Storytelling Event & Photo reveal, which will also take place in the Campus Center Carroll Room.

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2017

The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Contest challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues, and are rational arguments for ethical action. For information about eligibility, submission and deadline visit http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org or contact Prof. Susan Levin at slevin@smith.edu.

'Communication Norms Beyond the Bubble' with Rachel Simmons , Tuesday, Jan. 31, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

How you reach out to people in the "Real World" - and how you handle it when things don't go your way - can make the difference in getting jobs and making new connections. In this workshop, you'll get up to speed on real world communication norms. Learn practical strategies you can use right away. Hosted by Wurtele Center for Work & Life's Rachel Simmons. This workshop does not require registration - just show up! For complete workshop description visit: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/events.php. FREE LUNCH!

'Failing Well' With Rachel Simmons and the Wurtele Center , Wednesday, Feb. 1, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Join Rachel Simmons and the Wurtele Center for the campus premiere of the Failure Resume Project: read the failure stories of your favorite faculty and staff, learn about how they handled it, and make your own Failure Resume! The first five people to make their own Failure Resume will win a totally excellent winter hat.

'Effortless Perfection' , Thursday, Feb. 2, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Effortless perfection is the pressure women feel to excel at everything they do without visible effort - to be smart, get good grades, be well-rounded, pretty, desirable, athletic and well-liked while making it look like it all comes naturally. Come to lunch to learn more about this phenomenon from Dean of the College Donna Lisker, whose research first identified the phenomenon at Duke University, and Rachel Simmons, who is writing a book about it. This workshop does not require registration - for more information visit the Wurtele Center website at http://www.smith.edu/cwl/events.php

Tax Year 2016 - Distribution of 1099-HC Forms

By January 31, 2017, Harvard Pilgrim will mail a 1099-HC form to all 2016 Massachusetts resident subscribers. The 1099-HC indicates the coverage subscribers had in 2016, and allows you and your adult dependents (spouses and children over 18) to complete MA Schedule HC when filing a Massachusetts income tax return. Harvard Pilgrim will also make their self-service print tool available at http://www.harvardpilgrim.org/1099 after February 1, 2017. This webpage will also provide an explanation of the coverage reporting requirement, and a Q&A on the 1099-HC form.

Music Talks: Caroline Shaw , Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer/singer/violinist and visiting artist of the Smith College music department this spring, with Micaela Baranello, postdoctoral fellow in musicology, in a wide-ranging conversation about the creative process and life in music. Free and open to the public.

Music in the Noon Hour: Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob , Wednesday, Feb. 1, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music by Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob. Paradise Winds: Ellen Redman, flute, Kirsten Lipkens, oboe, Lynn Sussman, clarinet, Rebecca Eldredge, bassoon. Free and open to the public.

New German Studies Course Added - 'Nazi Cinema'

Explore and examine the Nazi media dictatorship: how spectacle and entertainment can engineer consent with manipulative distractions; how mass media can serve a totalitarian regime by responding to festering resentments with nationalist fantasies of cultural renewal; how seemingly harmless entertainment can promote a politics of fear and racism to horrific ends. This course emphasizes entertainment films of the Third Reich, with special attention to the works of Leni Riefenstahl. Conducted in English by Professor Joel Westerdale. Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-4:20 p.m. in Hatfield Hall 204.

Special Weekly Class: 'Thinking Through the 2016 Election' Begins , Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Stoddard G2

A series of team-taught interdisciplinary lectures will be offered in this one-credit course the first seven Tuesdays of spring semester to understand the cultural, economic, social and political factors involved in the making of the Trump Presidency. Topics include: the rise of modern conservatism; democracy and citizenship; identity politics; healthcare and reproductive rights; neoliberalism and debt; civil rights backlash and racial scapegoating; media-made politics and fake news; data mining and the perils of polls; and the politics of education. By bringing together faculty from a variety of programs and disciplines, we hope to give students a better understanding of how and why "Trumpism" has become a potent phenomenon. Registration will be at the first class on Tuesday, Jan. 31. For more information, email tfleury@smith.edu.

Save the Date: 2017 All-Employee Picnic

The 2017 All-Employee Picnic will be held on Wednesday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30p.m., on Chapin Lawn. This year’s picnic will feature all the elements you loved about last year’s picnic, plus new things you’ll love just as much. Details will be released in upcoming weeks, but mark your calendar now; you don’t want to miss this popular and fun event.

Space Reservation Reminders for the Spring Semester and Commencement and Reunion Weekends

Use 25Live to request the space and resources you need for your events. Resources can either be submitted at the same time as your space request or added later. See updated space and resource requesting instructions at http://goo.gl/MA6r1n . When using college catering, submit your order at: http://goo.gl/7nFOvV once your reservation is confirmed. The following spaces are not reserved in 25Live; to request these, contact the person indicated: Seelye B4 (Joanne Cannon, ext. 3472, jcannon@smith.edu); Seelye B2 (Liane Hartman, ext. 4487, lhartman@smith.edu) and Bass 209 (Laura Fountain-Cincotta, ext. 3349, lfountaincincotta@smith.edu). Note that on commencement and reunion weekends, priority consideration is given to commencement/reunion events and all requests are subject to approval by the Events Management Office and the Office of Alumnae Relations.

Location Change--'Visions for Reproductive Justice: Resistance and Rebellion, 2017 and Beyond' , Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Three national leaders in the struggle for sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice discuss the challenges of the present political moment, sharing their views on such issues as building the leadership of women of color, learning from red states, cross-issue organizing, and shifting the movement from reactive to proactive. Sujatha Jesudason, CoreAlign executive director and advocate of innovation and radical collaboration in movement-building; Sandra Criswell, grassroots organizer in central and southern U.S. and Field Building Manager at CoreAlign; Miriam Yeung, recent director of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, LGBT and immigrant rights strategist, and 2017 Steinem Initiative activist-in-residence.

Updated: Weekly Meditation , Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend a weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki, a novice Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage. Meditation instruction is offered at the beginning of each session, as a simple silent practice, seated in chairs or on floor cushions, along with some walking meditation. The meditation she will offer, while based in Zen practice, is secular, inclusive, and non-denominational. There will be time for questions and answers. Ruth is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and is currently the Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith.

New Fleet Reservation Software Training , Tuesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room, 126 West St.

Facilities Management is pleased to offer faculty and staff a final group training session for Fleet Commander, our new fleet reservation software. For those of you who have already had training, the link can be found on our website. The last day for submitting requests through the old system will be January 31. Effective February 1, all new vehicle requests must be submitted in Fleet Commander. If you would like individual training, email facmgmnt@smith.edu.

Sign Up to Audition for "Engaging Identity" launch--$100 Prize for Best Performance , Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Looking for visual artists and performing artists who address social identity issues in their work; singers, dancers, spoken word artists, all are welcome to audition on Wednesday, Feb. 1, for the launch on February 13 of the "Engaging Identity" program. The "Engaging Identity" program is a series of events that aim to explore and celebrate diverse aspects of identity through workshops, presentations and art forms. To sign up for auditions, visit https://goo.gl/l9DzAz. To submit work for review, email Kavita at kbhandari@smith.edu by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Sophomores and Juniors: Kahn Institute Info Session Today for Yearlong Project 'Destroy then Restore' , Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

All sophomores and juniors are invited to attend an information session today for Student Fellowships in next year's Kahn project "Destroy then Restore: Transforming our Lands and Waters," organized by Ann Leone (French Studies and Landscape Studies) and Drew Guswa (Director, Picker Engineering Program). Apply by Feb. 17 for paid research fellowships in Kahn Institute yearlong projects for 2017-18. Apply online at https://goo.gl/bI4RJD or by email at kahninstitute@smith.edu.

SCMA Exhibit Features Rarely Seen Artifacts From Buried Italian Villas

A new exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art features more than 200 artifacts from a site near the ancient city of Pompeii. "Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii," opening Friday, Feb. 3, centers on the ancient town of Oplontis that was buried and preserved when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E.

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