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Rosie Poku ’22: Building a ‘House of Research’

Rosie Poku ’22, a Smith Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, views scholarly research as a chance to “fill in gaps” in the fields of comparative literature and Africana studies. Here, Poku shares her experience presenting a paper on Black literary movements at a recent national conference.

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Faculty/Staff Notices

Sherrerd Center Teaching Circle on Africana and African Studies Courses with Daphne Lamothe

Friday, May 7, 12:30 p.m.

2020 was the 50th anniversary of Black Studies at Smith College. Combined with the recent Black Studies hires across the college, this milestone offers a perfect opportunity for the Smith community to come together to discuss our collective vision for the Africana and African Studies curricula. Join your colleagues in AFR to share ideas and information about teaching Africana and African Studies courses. Please visit this link to sign up: and the Zoom link will be shared with a calendar invitation.

Sherrerd Teaching Circle: This Week in Teaching with Alicia Grubb and Miranda McCarvel

Friday, May 7, 12:30 p.m.

The Sherrerd Center teaching circle, This Week in Teaching, with Alicia Grubb and Miranda McCarvel will meet for the last time this semester on Friday, May 7th at 12:30 pm. This low-stakes teaching circle will gather once again to connect over the ups and downs of the semester and surprises along the way. This circle offers a space for casual pedagogical discussion and to join colleagues in conversation about teaching. Please RSVP at for the Zoom link and calendar invitation.

Research Accountability Group: Meeting Your Goals

Monday, May 10, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

In this session hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Spring 2021 Faculty Development Series (, participants will share their research accomplishments and reflect on what worked this semester. This is an opportunity to cultivate a community of support for future research endeavors and help faculty write regularly and be productive scholars. RSVP by 5/6 (

Art of Leading Teams: Tools for Collaborative Assessment and Reflection: Ecocycle Planning

Thursday, May 13, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The end of the academic year is a good time to step back and assess the overall work of your team, unit, or department and do some collaborative thinking about what comes next. We’ll model a strategy for doing that work that is based on the metaphor of an ecological cycle. Join us and begin to think about what in your work is germinating, what’s flowering, and what needs to go through “creative destruction” to make way for other things to grow. Complete this form to receive calendar invite with Zoom link:

Write-on-Zoom: Writing with Friends

Friday, May 14, 1:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that writing is easier when done with good colleagues? All faculty are welcome to join this session, which is hosted monthly by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Spring 2021 Faculty Development Series ( RSVP by 5/12 (

Faculty and Staff Volunteers Needed for Vaccine Clinic - May 15/16

Saturday, May 15, 8:30 a.m., ITT

Vaccine Clinic II ( Seeking employees to volunteer at the second vaccine clinic on May 15 and May 16. We need support with welcome, check-in, and observation. In addition to our employees in the Smith testing program, we are pleased to also be able to invite Smith employees not currently in our COVID testing program and will provide a rapid antigen test upon your arrival at the ITT. If you are not currently in the Smith testing program please indicate on the sign-up and plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your assigned time.

Late Spring Creative Writing Salon with Gillian Kendall

Tuesday, May 18, 5 p.m.

Gillian Kendall and the Sherrerd Center have organized this (virtual) writing get-together. This salon will launch participants into the creative work of the summer, and hopefully will either further stimulate your various Muses or get them back to work again after a long semester. Please join in celebrating your creative endeavors. It will be marvelous to hear what you’ve been up to and what plans you might have. Please RSVP at for the Zoom link and calendar invitation.

Kahn Short-term Project: Is Inclusivity in My Classroom the Same as in Yours?

Wednesday, May 26, Virtual Event

The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute invites all faculty and staff to apply for an upcoming short-term project, Is Inclusivity in My Classroom the Same as in Yours?, organized by Alex Keller, Director, Kahn Institute, and Sara Pruss, Director, Sherrerd Teaching and Learning Center, on May 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Apply online by Friday, May 7: A discussion among colleagues who are curious about different models of classroom inclusivity. The more we understand a fuller map of inclusion methods across the curriculum, the better we will be in helping our students transition from one room to another. Read more:

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Student Notices

Tryon Prize for Writing Open to All Smith Students, due by Thursday, May 13

A jury awards monetary prizes for outstanding writing related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. Writing may take any form including an essay, poem or research paper. Jurors seek insight and scholarship. See the Tryon Prize for Writing Entry Form for guidelines. Send any questions to Submissions must be received no later than Thursday, May 13th. Learn more here:

Tryon Prize for Art Open to All Smith Students, due by Thursday, May 13

A jury awards monetary prizes for installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. Jurors seek a high level of artistic expression and presentation. Only one submission is allowed. Photography and work submitted to the Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize is not eligible See the Tryon Prize for Art Entry Form for guidelines. Send any questions to Submissions must be received no later than Thursday, May 13th. Learn more here:

Community Service Organization Board Applications

Thursday, May 6, 5:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Are you interested in building healthy communities through service and critical community engagement? Are you passionate about addressing pertinent community needs? If so, the CSO board is the place for you! You will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills in leadership, program implementation, community organizing, service learning, and community based education! Applications are through this link: and due May 6th. Please email Julia Fondiller at for further questions

ENX 301 Capstone Project Presentations

Monday, May 10, 3 p.m., Virtual Event

Seniors in the Environmental Concentration present their capstone research projects: “Unpacking the Impact of COVID-19: Keeping Sustainability Goals from Being Trashed” by Chloe Birney, Audrey Dawson and Austin Slesinski; “Food and Social Equity: Re-imagining Farm to Institution of New England's Food Access Dashboard” by Sofia Romero Campbell and Phoebe Lease; “We need to focus on the damn land: Land-grant Universities and Indigenous Nations in the Northeast” by Maeve McCurdy, Fiona Pelz-Sharpe, and Sofia Perrotto; and “Can the Healthy Incentives Program Serve Everyone Who Needs It? A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Healthy Food Access” by Sawyer Blake, Kiehl Jones, Molly Keller, Madeline Turner.

Sociology Honors Presentations

Monday, May 10, 11:30 a.m., Virtual Event

Join us to hear the Sociology Honors Presentations with a Q&A following each. 11:30 - 12:00 - Camille Butera presenting “‘You’re Exactly What I’d Expect from the Confesh:’ Identity and Catharsis in a Digital Space of Localized Anonymity” 12:00 - 12:30 - Sam Krauss presenting ”Oh Sh*t: Centering Nonbinary Voices in the Trans Bathroom Debate” 12:30 - 1:00 - Lauren Ramos presenting ”How to Remember a Plague: TV, Film, and the Collective Memory of AIDS“ Anyone interested in attending the presentation should email Jeanette Wintjen,, to request the Zoom link.

Virtual Open Office Hour with President McCartney and Dean Taylor

Tuesday, May 11, 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 11, President Kathleen McCartney and Dean Baishakhi Taylor welcome 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 this link: Reservations are managed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Announcing the Samuel Bowles Prize

Awarded to an economic major, in the graduating class, for the most distinguished paper in economics. Submissions are due by the last day of classes, Thursday, May 13th and should be emailed to April Hough at Questions should be directed to the chair of the department, Roisin O’Sullivan.

Make Your Own Spiral Notebook!

Capen Annex

Make a spiral bound notebook in person at the Design Thinking Initiative! Safety training and/or prior experience is not required, but you MUST have access to campus and be part of the Smith COVID Testing Program. Participants will meet on outside on the porch at Capen Annex (25A Henshaw Ave) at the start of the workshop. Please do not sign up unless you are positive you can attend. Limited to 4 per session; students, faculty, and staff welcome. Click the link for available times and registration:

Survey for Engineering Undergraduates

Virtual Event

Researcher Sophie Yates ’22, is investigating uncertainty quantification within undergraduate engineering education. This survey is to hear more about what students are learning on the topic in their classes at Smith. Please take this quick survey at this link. Thank you.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Q&A

Wednesday, May 12, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

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

ENV 312 Capstone Project Presentations

Thursday, May 13, 12:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Environmental Science and Policy majors present their capstone research projects: “Investigating the Feasibility of Agrivoltaics in Massachusetts” by Natalie Baillargeon, Glenda Perez, and Chaia Yodaiken; "Reimagining the Northampton Food Rescue: A case study of food waste and food insecurity in Northampton, MA" by Mia Fuentes Deonate, Kiehl Jones, and Ellie Humphrey; and “Party in the USA (Waste): Evaluating Waste Hauling within an Oligopoly in Amherst, MA” by Sydney Abraham, Madison Biasin, Ella Carlson, and Taylor Ditmar. Click here to sign-up:

Student Only Visiting Hours at the Lyman Plant House

Tuesdays & Fridays, Lyman Plant House

Tuesdays and Fridays, April 27 through May 21, there will be open hours for Smith students in the covid-19 screening program. Registration is required, sign-up link is below. Note that the building is locked. Students are to enter through the main entrance on College Lane. Knock and a Botanic Garden staff member will let you in. Please bring your lanyard.

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New Neilson Library News

Special Collections Closure for Move to Neilson Library

Special Collections will be unavailable this summer during the move into Neilson Library. May 6 is the last day to submit a digitization request, and May 30 is the last day to submit a reference question; both services will be suspended for the summer. Special Collections will close on May 31 and is expected to reopen on August 30. Read the full details at

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Technology News

Critical Chrome Security Patch

It is recommended that all Chrome users upgrade to the current version (90.0.4430.93) as it addresses several high risk vulnerabilities. To check if you’re at the latest version go to the “About Chrome” page in Settings, you can do this by opening a new tab in Chrome and typing chrome://settings/help into the address bar. This will display your version number and automatically check for updates. You should accept any outstanding updates. If you need assistance, please contact the IT Service center at

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Health and Wellness Opportunities

Mindful Monday

Monday, May 10, 12:15 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join for a special in-person Mindful Monday this upcoming Monday May 10, we'll meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Mindful Monday is a weekly forum at 12:15 that offers a mindfulness practice or activity, reflection, and conversation drawing on both secular mindfulness and traditional Buddhist teachings. The intention is to build community and grow the capacity to 'be with what is.' All are welcome - the curious, the experienced, and everyone in between. Facilitation alternates between Matilda Cantwell and Anna Ostow. Email and for details - if rain we will meet online.

How to Beat Burnout - Without Quitting Your Job

We’re all feeling a little fried at work and home. But there are ways to stay sharp and recharge.

What To Expect When The Virus Is Gone But COVID Trauma Goes On

Look, we’re all going to be messed up for a while from COVID. Some of us a lot, some of us a little, some for a very long time, others for not as long. But it’s trauma. It’s an event more powerful than the brain can handle and that means mental health repercussions down the road. So let’s talk about what might happen. Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of NAMI, provides insight into how trauma works. Then therapist Dr. Ksera Dyette tells us the trauma signs she’s already seeing in her practice.

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Kahn Institute Student Fellows Presentations

Wednesday & Friday, May 5 & 7, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Virtual Event

This Wednesday and Friday, May 5 and 7, 12:15-1:15 p.m., six Student Fellows in the 2020-21 Kahn Institute yearlong projects, Imagining Climate Change: From Slow Violence to Fast Hope, and Technophilia/Technoskepticism, will present their individual research aligned with the projects. All are welcome. Register to attend May 5: Register to attend May 7:

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium 2021 | May 10 Celebration

Monday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Please join us on Monday, May 10, from 7:30 to 9:30pm for the culmination of the 2021 virtual NAIS Symposium. The event will feature Cree singer-songwriter and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie as the keynote speaker and performances by Urban Thunder and Blackbird. We look forward to celebrating with you! For registration, please visit

Geosciences Presents Thesis Defenses

Friday, May 14, 9 a.m., Virtual Event

The Geosciences Department Thesis Defenses will be presented on Friday, May 14, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Prior registration is required at

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Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

The Timeless Genius of Chopin IV with Jiayan Sun, piano

Thursday, May 6, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

The Timeless Genius of Chopin concert series concludes Thursday, May 6 when pianist Jiayan Sun presents the Complete Preludes, Selected Late and Other Works by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). The concert is performed live in Sweeney Concert Hall and streamed on YouTube. For more information and to register:

Spitfire Poetry Open Mic

Friday, May 7, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

Join Spitfire, Smith’s Spoken Word Org, to celebrate the end of spring semester with a poetry open mic. Come prepared with an original poem/dream journal entry/song/the sky is the limit. A sign up sheet for 4-minute slots will be available at the event. Email for the Zoom link.

FMS End-of-Semester Student Screening Event

Friday, May 7, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

The FMS Spring End-of-Semester Screening event showcases final projects created by the student filmmakers of FMS 282 Advanced Video Production. Tune in for screening of works by Constantina Bauloye, Kayara Hardnett-Barnes, Saffron Hefta-Gaub, Antonia Howard, Daniela Martinez, Amparo Saubidet, Maren Scharf, Olivia Zindren with some time for discussion and questions. Register for the Zoom event at:

Lily Lothrop ’21 Senior Recital: Art Songs & Arias

Saturday, May 8, 6:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Presenting the Senior Recital of Lily Lothrop ’21 Art Songs & Arias. An evening of Puccini, Dvorak, Barber, and more! Piano accompaniment provided by Clifton J. Noble and Lemuel Gurtowsky. Filmed in historic downtown Troy NY. Live premiere on the Smith College Music Department Youtube Channel at 6:30 PM EST. For more info, click here:

Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

Monday, May 10, 7:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith College Wind Ensemble celebrates the end of the Spring Semester with a virtual concert featuring Chasing Sunlight by Cait Nishimura and Take on Me arr. by Paul Murtha. The event will premiere live on YouTube. To register:

Orchestra Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 11, 7:15 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith College Orchestra proudly presents four recorded performances in celebration of our graduating seniors: Mary Bliss, cello; Olivia Brady, oboe; and Aviva Green, clarinet. The virtual concert will feature the Swan Lake Suite by Tchaikovsky, Seascape, Op 53 by Ruth Gipps, Pines of Rome by Respighi, and the 1st movement of Schubert’s Symphony #8. Register to attend the live premiere at

Spring Studio Productions: Shapes and Stanzas by Ken Pruess

Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents Shapes and Stanzas by Ken Pruess as part of its 2021 Spring Studio Productions. In the play, friends meet three times across 60 years, exploring poetry, geometry, romance, and other complicated things. The Smith Studio Productions feature student directed one-acts. This year’s productions will be recorded and premiering online. To register for the free, virtual event:

Spring Studio Productions: Blackademics by Iris Goodwin

Wednesday, May 12, Virtual Event

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents Blackademics by Iris Goodwin as part of its 2021 Spring Studio Productions directed by Cate Boram. Blackademics is a sharp, surreal satire about navigating academia as Black women and about who gets a place at the table. Smith Studio Productions feature student directed one-acts. This year’s productions will be recorded and premiering online. To register for the free, virtual event:

Spring Studio Productions: A Number by Caryl Churchill

Thursday, May 13, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents A Number by Caryl Churchill as part of its 2021 Spring Studio Productions directed by Fiona King. A Number looks at the ethics of modern science when Bernard learns that he’s a clone and his father knew all along. Smith Studio Productions feature student directed one-acts. This year’s productions will be recorded and premiering online. To register for the free, virtual event:

The Wailing Banshees: Strange and Unusual Times

Friday, May 14, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

The Wailing Banshees present a short concert of music in the spirit of the days we are all living through. Jigs, reels, and the best craic on YouTube! Register for the live premiere at:

Smith College Composers Concert

Saturday, May 15, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

A concert of pre-recorded works introduced live by the composers, plus the premiere of a jointly-composed film score for the 1929 short animated film “The Haunted House.” Featuring Katie Ciurleo, Ezra Curtis, Mai Klooster, Grace Leo, Lily Lothrop, and Tali Maggs. Register for the live Zoom event at:

A/SYNCHRONOUS: A Smith College Senior Studio Art Exhibition

May 3 - May 21, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

The latest exhibition by senior Studio Art majors, A/SYNCHRONOUS, is now available for viewing in the Oresman and Jannotta galleries, as well as online on the Jannotta gallery website at Safe social distancing guidelines must be followed while in the galleries.

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Other Events and Activities

WOZQ Spring Concert 2021: Haley Heynderickx

Saturday, May 8, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

WOZQ presents their annual spring concert, featuring a live stream performance by Portland-based artist Haley Heynderickx. Free and available to all. Look for more details on WOZQ social media accounts. Attend via Zoom:

Why is Smith Under Attack for its Racial Justice Work?

Tuesday, May 11, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Why is liberal education at Smith College under attack for striving to teach a real and nuanced history of America? Is our country afraid of the truth? What does this portend for the health of our democracy when a minority of people believe that evidence-based civics education on race harms people? These and other important questions will be discussed during this panel. Register here:

Taking the Archives Public: Presentation of Capstone Projects for ARX 340

Thursday, May 13, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Please join us for the presentation of Archives capstone projects this spring! Projects range in topic from college activism to queer histories (on campus and off) to Leslie Feinberg's library to roller derby! Register here:

Call for Applications: NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies | Five Colleges, Inc.

Tuesday, May 18, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

Five Colleges, inc. is offering a new round of mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS in their curricula or to host Indigenous resident artists or activists. A virtual information session will be held May 18, from 4 to 5pm, before applications are due on June 3. This round of funding is for projects to be completed over Summer and Fall 2021 as well as Spring 2022. The next round of funding will be offered in January 2022. For more information and registration, please visit

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Clickable Joy

Visit aquariums around the world

This website compiles aquariums from around the world, many of which have virtual tours and other online exhibits:

Russian Artist Lingvistov Illustrates Hilarious Moments In The Life Of Every Cat Owner

Cat lovers can relate:

Prancer, The ‘Haunted Victorian Child’ Dog From Viral Ad, Has Been Adopted

Giving us hope that we can all find family, no matter our flaws, is this tale of Prancer the Chihuahua:

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