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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.