“Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together” showcases and celebrates the scholarly work of Smith College students. Students present the results of their senior theses, independent study projects, research seminars and other creative work as part of oral sessions, panels, poster sessions, exhibits and performances. Projects are developed as a result of associations with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute or Praxis, for example, and fall into categories ranging from science and technology, social, cultural and literary studies to the performing arts.
A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas VIII with Jiayan Sun, piano. Sun concludes his traversal of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks with the last three sonatas. Recital VIII: Sonatas 30-32.
Presented by Johanna Drucker, the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. One of the longest-lasting technologies of knowledge production, the alphabet continues to play a major role in global information infrastructure. This year's Enid Mark lecture will be presented by Johanna Drucker, the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in artists’ books, the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. She is currently the Inaugural Beinecke Fellow in Material Cultures at Yale. The lecture will take place from 6:30-8pm; reception to follow.
In this talk, Stephanie Hicks of the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will address some open challenges teaching students how to analyzing data, with examples of applications of genomics data.
“Between the Jewish Question and the Global Question: Inheriting, Differentiating and Characterizing the Moral and the Legal in Kant, Hume and the 18th Century” presented by Rahul Govind, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Delhi. Political argument in 17th century Europe was preoccupied with the relationship between 'Judaic Law' and Christianity, all connected to the attempt to understand "natural law". Prof. Govind will examine the legacy, reconfiguration and abandonment of this problematic, and the impact of this debate on Kant and Hume. He will explore how this debate conditions modern theories of human history and human nature, and how it informs thinking about universality in epistemology and politics
“Addressing Open Challenges in Genomics and Data Science Education” In this talk, Stephanie Hicks of the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will address some open challenges teaching students how to analyzing data, with examples of applications of genomics data.
Abdellah Taïa is a Moroccan writer and filmmaker who has been based in Paris since 1998. In 2007, he became the first Moroccan writer ever to publicly come out as gay in a country where homosexuality is still considered a crime. Talk will be given in English.
25+ Hands-on Making Booths. 3 Interactive Outdoor Installations. 10 Immersive Demonstrations & Workshops and FOOD! Maker Faire is a celebration of invention, creativity, and curiosity showcasing the very best of the Pioneer Valley Maker Movement.
Sponsored by Smith College Design Thinking Initiative, Smith College Imaging Center, Smith College Museum of Art, Mount Holyoke College Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab, and We Are Makers, with support from national, regional, and local businesses and organizations.
How did the ancient Greeks imagine the underworld? Their depictions of the life after death reveal the variety of conflicting ideas in the Greek tradition, from the continuative existences after death that preserve cultural memories to the compensatory afterlives that rectify the incompleteness of justice in the mortal world to the grand cosmic visions that bring together life and death, mortal and immortal, chthonic and celestial, into a single system. All these imaginings of afterlife make use of familiar tropes, names and images from the Greek mythic tradition, and each of the authors of an afterlife vision thinks with and through an imagined underworld in different ways for different ends.
Claudia Rankine has said, “To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius." Brown’s first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith says of his forthcoming third collection, The Tradition, “These astounding poems […] don't merely hold a lens up to the world and watch from a safe distance; they run or roll or stomp their way into what matters―loss, desire, rage, becoming―and stay there until something necessary begins to make sense.” Brown directs the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.