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Presentation of the Major and Minor

March 27

Campus Center 103/104

12 noon




White Supremacy in the U.S. Today

Workshop with Reproductive Justice and
Human Rights Activist
Loretta Ross




Loretta Ross Series

Feb 2, Feb 13, Feb 20 and Feb 27



Thursday, Feb 15

Weinstein Auditorium





Nancy MacLean to Speak
Jan 25 Campus Center Carroll Room





Presentation of the Major and Minor
October 26 in Campus Center 103/104
12 Noon


Loretta Ross on Race and Abortion in the United States.

Civil rights and reproductive justice activist Loretta Ross will lead a series of conversations on Race and Abortion in the U.S. today. Meetings will be on Monday nights from 7-8:30 in Dewey Common Room and are open to the entire Smith community. Dates and topics are:


October 23: A Brief Review of Eugenics.
October 30: Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?
November 6: Is Abortion Genocide?
November 13: Black Feminists Respond: Trust Black Women.






October 17
Graham Hall Auditorium
at 7pm

Laura Briggs
Where Did Trump come From? Reproductive Politics, Whiteness and NeoLiberalism



Loretta Ross on White Supremacy in the U.S. Today

Civil rights and reproductive justice activist Loretta Ross will lead a series of conversations on white supremacy in the U.S. today. Meetings will be on Monday nights from 7-8:30 in Seelye 106 and are open to the entire Smith community. Dates and topics are:



September 27
Seelye 106 at 6pm

Marilyn Schuster



September, 26
Seelye 106 at 5:00 pm

Susan Van Dyne




SWG Spring 2017 Newsletter


SWG Presentation of the Major Powerpoint














April 26

7:00pm in Weinstein Auditorium



SWG Thesis Presentation by Sam Davis

Thursday, April 20 in Seelye 106 8pm


As society's definition of who constitutes a gender-minority evolves, how do traditionally all-female colleges decide to or not to adapt? Over the span of one year, Sam Davis ('17) interviewed up to 40 current Smith students and alumni who identify as trans and/or non-binary to create the first trans archive at Smith College. This film is a collection of footage from these interviews-- it examines the relationship between Smith and their trans and non-binary students through the lens of one trans student. "In Our Own Words" asks-- how do these trans students fit into Smith's vision of "women for the world"? How are trans students supported or unsupported by the administration and their fellow students? This film explores erasure, hypervisibility, transphobia, views about trans students within all levels of the institution, and the ongoing debate of who does and does not "belong" at Smith.



SWG Thesis Presentation by Vanessa Pius
Thursday, April 27 in Seelye 207 4:15 pm



April 11
Stoddard Auditorium, 7:00 pm



March 21st

Ola i La Wai: Water is Life

Graham Hall 7:00 pm



Wednesday, March 29
12 Noon, Seelye 207

Presentation of the Major and Minor







November 2, 2016

Presentation of the Major and Minor

CC 103/104 12 noon. Lunch provided





Monday, October 24, 2016
Seelye 207 12:15

Alum Ryan Rasdall '11 returns for to talk to students





October 17


October 14, 2016, Smith College



...a symposium celebrating women of color feminist scholarship, art, and activism of the '80s and '90s to inspire and embolden us in precarious times. 

The symposium will engage questions raised by the women of color feminisms journal,Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. "When and Where I Enter: Celebrating Legacies, Envisioning Futures" will honor Paula Giddings' 1984 groundbreaking book, reflect on the rich legacy of women of color feminist cultural work of the 1980s and 1990s, celebrate our own point of entry into these conversations, and imagine new directions for Meridians and for scholarship, art and activism at the intersections of feminisms, race and transnationalism.


October 7, 2016

Forum and Writing Workshop: Graduate School for Feminist Scholarship, October 710-1pm Seelye 207

Prof. Angie Willey, a Five College faculty member in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies has offered to lead a workshop on applying to graduate school to pursue feminist scholarship next week.
Please tell any interested friends, advisees and your SWG-crosslisted 300-level classes about this opportunity.
Forum and Workshop: "Graduate School for Feminist Scholarship"
Angie Willey, 5-College Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Department, UMASS
Friday, October 7, 10am-1pm, Seelye 207
Please rsvp: earmstro@smith.edu, lunch provided
If you are considering applying to graduate school to pursue further feminist scholarly work, please join this workshop and forum. The first half is a forum to discuss general questions, departments, and strategies of applying. Students will share what programs they are considering, ask questions about the process, and discuss how to make this decision with each other and attending faculty.

The second half will provide a write-on-site session where students can work on application components with Prof. Willey there to consult.



SEPTEMBER 16-18 2016 Outfest on the Road


The Program for the Study of Women and Gender is excited to announce the first annual Outfest onto Road Film Festival. Outfest on the Road offers attendees the unique opportunity to enjoy cutting-edge films that screened at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, alongside queer film classics from the Outfest archive. This festival brings Outfest’s award-winning documentaries, feature-length films, and short film programs to Northampton for a weekend. Outfest on the Road, at Smith College, is the first festival to bring Outfest film programming to a collegiate community. The festival runs from September 16-18 at the Academy of Music and Smith College.

For the full schedule and more information about the screenings and events please visit our website http://sophia.smith.edu/outfestontheroad and our Facebook Page: Outfest On The Road: Smith College

September 22, 2016, Seelye Hall 101 7:30 pm

Jamie Cantrell


October 4
Gillian Thomas
Neilson Browsing, 7:00 pm





SWG Presentation of the Major and Minor

March 30th at Noon!

Seelye 207

Lunch will be provided




D'Lo at SMith!!!

Friday, March 4 John M. Greene Hall at 7pm

D'FaQTo Life
A show by an infiltrator who lives underground, conspiring ways to make you think and laugh in no particular order.
De Facto (de fac·to):
in practice but not necessarily ordained by law. actually existing, esp. when without lawful authority existing in fact, whether legally recognized or not





SWG Presentation of the Major and Minor

March 30th at Noon!

Seelye 207

Lunch will be provided


November 19th 4:30pm

Seelye 201

Queer Feminish Writing: A Conversation with

Amber Holligbaugh



Monday, November 16th

5pm Seelye 106


Vocabularies and Vulnerability: Human, Animal, Blackness

Sharon Holland






Announcing: the NEW Five College Program and Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice:



For more information, contact Leslie King at lking@smith.edu.


Thursday, October 1, 2015 Weinstein Auditorium at 7:30 pm

SWG Reads presents and evening with Saidiya Hartman




SWG alumna Jenn Maer makes a musical about birth control!
Check it out HERE


Friday, November 21

SWG invites you to Read the News with Lisa Lowe and Jack Halberstam
Seelye Hall 201 12pm





Monday, November 10th

Lelah Khalili to Speak at Smith
Hillyer Graham Hall, 7pm






Tuesday, November 11th

A film about Kathleen Hanna
Screening & discussion with filmmaker Sini Anderson







SWG Presentation of the Major and Minor
Thursday, October 23, Noon
Campus Center 205



SWG READS the NEWS Begins FRIDAY, Sept.12- Nov. 21

Join us every Friday lunch to discuss what is happening in the world.

Click on Photo for details.




September 27


The Academy of Music will present a panel discussion, 1940s Women in Labor: Then and Now, as a pre-production event to their newly commissioned work, Nobody’s Girl, which will premiere October 17th and 18th at the historic venue. The panel discussion will be held at the Nielson Library on the Smith College campus on September 27th at 11am. Panelists include Daniel Horowitz, Ivette Hernandez, Debra J’Anthony, and Dale Melcher, and will be facilitated by women’s historian Jacqueline Castledine.



Monday April 14
Seelye 207



April 15
Seelye 207







Saturday, February 22,

Neilson Library

400-5:30 pm


Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues:

The Impact of Nonprofitization on the LGBT Movement


Special Guest speakers:

Urvashi Vaid, Director of Engaging Tradition Project,Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. Columbia Law School

Dean Spade, Associate Professor Seattle University School of Law and founder of Sylvia Rivera Law Project


Monday, February 17

Seelye Hall 207

What Do You Do
with a SWG Degree?
A Panel Discussion with SWG Alumnae





Presentation of the Major
Friday, November 1

Seelye 207


Thursday, April 18th-Friday April 19th

Trafficking Sex:Politics-Policy-Personhood


Please click here for the webcast of this symposium.


WG Co-Sponsored event:

A Celebration in honor of Sherrill Redmon,
Director of the Sophia Smith Collection, 1993-2012


February 3, 2013
Weinstein Auditorium,
Wright Hall


3-5 p.m.
In the Archives of Fun Home: A Conversation with Alison Bechdel:
Alison Bechdel and Susan Van Dyne

5-7 dinner break

7-9 p.m.

Activists and Archives: Allies for Social Justice

Keynote address by Gloria Steinem

Katsi Cook, and Loretta Ross in conversation with Anna Holley and Marianne Bullock.

Moderated by Jennifer Guglielmo


Click here for information on getting tickets to this event



GrassRoots Organizing Weekend at UMass Amherst
Exact building and room location TBA
No one is turned away, $5 suggested donation for food

Friday, January 25th 6 pm - 10pm
Saturday, January 26th, 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, January 27th, 9 am - 3 pm

Register here:   http://goo.gl/loVpd

The GROW teaches students how to be more strategic in their fight for justice on campus and in the community. The training is a series of presentations, exercises, and discussions that teach a set of skills and concepts, which will increase the effectiveness of your student organizing. The GROW trainers are seasoned student organizers from around the country who teach by using their own personal organizing experiences. Usually 20-40 participants attend each GROW. As a participant of the GROW you will learn how to:

NEW Leadership New England Summer Program

Coming this summer to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library(June 9-14, 2013).  We have partnered with Rutgers University and the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) to bring New Leadership, the acclaimed leadership training program for undergraduate women, to New England.  This is a five-day summer residential program for college women designed to educate, engage and empower young women in the political process.  For more detailed information, we invite you to visit our webpage athttp://www.anselm.edu/Institutes-Centers-and-the-Arts/NHIOP/Programs/NEW-Leadership-New-England.htm



Internships and Job Opportunities



Lesbian Herstory Archives Internships 2012-2013

Click here for more information.

Great summer opportunity for SWG Majors:

New Leadership, is a residential summer program for college women,
June 9-14, 2013, designed to educate, engage and empower them in the political process. For more information, click here. Applications are due by March 15, 2013.

Media Education Foundation opportunities:

Internships and job opportunities offered in production and marketing/administration fields. Click here for further information. To apply for the summer 2013 semester, applications are due by April 5, 2013.




NEW WEBSITE for Five College Certificate in Queer and Sexuality Studies



SWG Courses for 2012-2013


Five College Women's Studies Research Center Spring Events

click here (pdf) for the many events taking place in Sping 2012



Job & Internship OPPortunities


Lesbian Herstory Archives Internships 2012-2013

Click here for more information

Great summer opportunity for SWG Majors:

New Leadership, is a residential summer program for college women, June 9-14, 2013, designed to educate, engage and empower them in the political process. For more information, click here. Applications are due by March 15, 2012.

Media Education Foundation opportunities:

Internships and job opportunities offered in production and marketing/administration fields. Click here for further information. To apply for the summer 2013 semester, applications are due by April 5, 2013.



Previous News & Events


December 6, 2012

Human Rights Campaign & LGBT Activism
Join Cuc Vu, Chief Diversity Officer for the Human Rights Campaign for Tea and Conversation
Seelye 207 at 4:00 pm



December 3, 2012

SWG Around the World

Campus Center 205
4:00 pm





October 30, 2012

Presentation of the Major and Minor                                 12:00 Noon, Seelye 207



October 27, 2012

Making Connections: Violence Against Women & Reproductive Justice Symposium
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Seelye Hall

Featuring Kim Gandy, the fall 2012 Five College Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence. Currently vice president and general counsel of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Kim Gandy was president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 2001 to 2009. Click for details.

SEPtember 20, 2012

Digital Materialities: New Media, Race and Women's Acitvism,
4:30 p.m., Stoddard Hall Auditorium

Two person Lecture:

“Yack the Hack: Women’s Activist Practices in Digital Culture,” Anna Everett, Professor of Film, Television and New Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. This talk considers the phenomenal interventions women make in largely masculinized contemporary digital cultures, especially in political media, online gaming, social media, and academia.

"Race, Racism & Ways of Knowing in the Digital Era," Jessie Daniels, Professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and the CUNY-Graduate Center. In this engaging talk, scholar Jessie Daniels explores the nuances of race and racism in the digital era and the implications for our ways of knowing.



The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) seeks a communications specialist to be based in either Northampton, MA, or Washington, DC. This position may be expanded to communications manager, with associated administrative and supervisory responsibilities, for the right candidate. This is a full time position with benefits, including health insurance and paid vacation, and salary commensurate with experience. A full job description is available on BORDC’s website.

A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (or equivalent experience) and at least two years’ experience in nonprofit administration, communications, marketing, and/or development are required. Candidates with a master’s degree and three to five years’ experience will be given preference. Experience with the Salsa CRM platform, graphic design, and HTML content management is preferred. Supervisory experience is also a plus.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@bordc.org with "Communications Specialist" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, April 29, 2012. Electronic applications only.


All-Campus Meeting April 16

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Recent events on campus have challenged our understanding of Smith as an institution founded on diversity and respect. It is time for us to come together to address our concerns, discuss ideas for future action, and recommit ourselves to creating a campus climate that supports every student in pursuing their education fully. An all-campus meeting will be held on Monday, April 16th, at 4:15 p.m., in John M. Greene Hall.

Athletic practices will be canceled. I ask that academic and administrative offices be closed so that all can attend the meeting. If it is essential that an office be staffed for incoming telephone calls, the head of the department should designate one person to remain in the office.

I urge students, faculty and staff to make every effort to attend.

Carol T. Christ


Quigley Fellowship Proposals

Applications deadline extended to April 14. Now open to rising seniors as well as juniors. See link for details


Internship Opportunities

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2012 Internship program

High Rocks Leadership Development Program is currently accepting applications for summer internships, see link (pdf)

For information on job opportunities at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC click here (pdf)

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a paid summer internship program of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP) at Hampshire College. RRASC is a national program that supports the leadership development of students interested in connecting their academic studies to reproductive rights and social justice activism through 10-week long, full-time, paid summer internships. Click here (pdf) for more information.


April 5, 2012

Presentation of the Major/Minor

12:00 Noon
Seelye 207                                                                            Lunch provided, including vegetarian options.



March 31st & April 1, 2012

Symposium: Women, Social Justice, Documentary

Co-sponsored with the Film Studies Program at Smith
College. Panel discussions, talks, and screenings with
major women practitioners of documentaries. Keynote
speaker Lourdes Portillo.
For more information,contact
Bernadine Mellis at bmellis@smith.edu


February 27, 7:30 p.m.

Why Disability? Or Who Should and Should Not Inhabit the World?

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Weinstein Auditorium


February 13, 4:30 p.m.

"Precious Knowledge"

A documentary film about Revolutionary Education
Public screening followed by a panel discussion with the Filmmaker Eren Isabel McGinnis and Tucson High student activists Pricila Rodriguez and Crystal Terrique.
Stoddard Auditorium

See the film trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8CXCH99fNQ.


October 28-29, 2011

30th Anniversary Celebration of the SWG Program.