Smith eDigest for February 27, 2021
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Next Tuesday, March 2: Presidential Colloquium on ‘Disclosure’

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

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Faculty/Staff Notices

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

Friday, Feb. 26

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

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

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

Sherrerd Center Spring Teaching Circles

Friday, March 5, 12:30 p.m.

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

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Student Notices

Start Applying for Financial Aid for Next Year

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

SDSCC: Alum Grad School Panel

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Crochet a Coral Reef! No experience necessary!

Friday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Excel Workshop - Intermediate

Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m., Virtual Event

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

Cross Country Skiing

Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m., Boathouse

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

2021 Five College Student Film & Video Festival

Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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

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

Join our Hive - Curricular Pathways to the Environment

Wednesday, March 3, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program - MMUF

Wednesday, March 3, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Smith College Government, International Affairs, Law, Policy Virtual Career Fair - Spring 2021

Thursday, March 4, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Snowshoeing with CEEDS (FYE program)

Thursday, March 4, 1 - 3 p.m., Boathouse

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

Fusayfsa’ Requests Submissions

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

February 2021 Update on Racial Justice

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

SSAS Fine Arts Supply Application Deadline

Friday, March 5

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

Excel Workshop - Advanced

Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m., Virtual Event

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

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Technology News

Updates to the Smith Online Directory

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

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Health and Wellness Opportunities

International Mental Health Resources/Hotlines

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

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual or Dating Trauma

Friday, Feb. 26, Noon, Virtual Event

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

Chronic Illness or Immunocompromised Support Group

Monday, March 1, 12:10 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Mindful Mondays

Monday, March 1, Noon, Virtual Event

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

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Lectures/Symposia

A Lake People: San Juan de Ondores, the Chinchaycocha, and the Andean Struggle for Water

Friday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

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

A Voice at the Table: A Conversation with Smith Alums and Employers

Friday, Feb. 26, Noon, Virtual Event

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

Presidential Colloquium: Mona Sinha ’88 and Sam Feder on Their New Film, ‘Disclosure’

Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Donika Kelly for the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College

Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

New Play Reading Series: Virtually Neurotic by Emily Wiest

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Audition: New Play Reading Series - Acting School by Kathleen Tolan

February 25 & 26, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Smith Hosts the 2021 Five College Student Film Festival

Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Presentation of Majors/Minors

Join our Hive - Involvement plus Curricular Pathways with Joanne

Wednesday, March 3, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Religious Life

Lent Church: Contemplative Community Worship

Sunday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Other Events and Activities

March 4 Miller Lecture by Dr. Asma Naeem

Thursday, March 4, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Clickable Joy

Snow Day at the Oregon Zoo

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

Beary Best Snow Day Ever

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

From the vaults: tUnE-yArDs sings Powa

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

Dozens of Happy Donkeys

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

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