Smith eDigest for December 1, 2020
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Smith’s Plan for Spring 2021

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

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Faculty/Staff Notices

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

Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

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

Open Enrollment & HR Drawing Reminder

The last day to make any insurance changes for next year is November 30, 2020. This process must be completed through Workday. If you need help navigating Open Enrollment, full instructions and a visual guide for the process can be found by visiting Don’t forget to also enter into the annual HR Drawing by filling out the form here.

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Student Notices

The Amplifier: Still Time to Submit Original Work

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

Museums Concentration Applications Due

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Museums Concentration Application Deadline December 1. For details and to access the application portal go to

Your Smith Grant - Scholarship Questionnaire

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

Behind The Scenes at the SCMA

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

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

GKP™: Professors Talking About Student Success

Thursday, Dec. 3, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

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

London School of Economics Study Abroad Information Session

Thursday, Dec. 3, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Annual Elevator Pitch Contest

Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Smith Writes: First Years, submit your work!

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

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

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

Submissions Open for The 2021 Five College Film Festival

Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Technology News

ITS December 2020 Faculty Technology Workshops

Tuesday - Friday, Dec. 1-18

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

Updated Zoom Security Guidelines

We have posted guidelines for sharing Zoom links here: under "Meeting Link Sharing Guidelines"

New Apple operating system and ITS recommendation

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

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The 22nd Annual Lazerowitz-Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture by Adriane Rini ’89

Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

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

Democracy at the Edge: A Global Consideration of the U.S. Election, a Kahn Institute Panel

Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

John Murillo Poetry Reading

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

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

Writing for Theatre: Final Play Readings 1

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Religious Life

Interfaith Lunch

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

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

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Georgia Senate Phone Bank for Jon Ossoff

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

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

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Other Events and Activities

Tofurkey Map from the Spatial Analysis Lab

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Partake in the Spatial Analysis Lab’s tradition of mapping the Smith community’s favorite aspects of Thanksgiving:

Winter Gifts Program

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

Woven Words Mini Banner Craftivism Initiative - STEAM Outreach

Virtual Event

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

Cromwell Day Feedback Form

If you attended Tuesday‘s Cromwell Day, please help the Cromwell Day committee by offering feedback using the following form:

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Clickable Joy

Broadway Songs for Self Care

Broadway Direct has curated a playlist of songs to brighten your day:

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

Who knew how much joy those pumpkins bring our furry friends at the National Zoo!

Mellow cat enjoys some piano tunes

This cat clearly enjoys their human's musical talents:

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

Abigail and Shaun Bengson bring us a theme song for our current times and invite us to “Keep Going on” in this catchy tune:

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

Here’s a 2020 first we can get behind: Three-year-old Grey’s first sip of hot chocolate.

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