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Plants

001 Fun with Plants: Exploring Your Botanic Garden

Madelaine Zadik, Education and Outreach for Botanic Garden
What is a botanic garden, why is there one at Smith, and why should you care? Join us for an exploration of botanical wonders, from carnivorous plants and exotic orchids, to fragrant and malodorous flowers, to plants that cohabitate with ants. There are many fascinating oddities in the Lyman Conservatory. We’ll delve into the history of the garden and important economic crops in the greenhouses — those used for food, medicine, perfumery, fiber, and cosmetics. With Botanic Garden staff as our guides, we will investigate supermarket botany, observe the beauty of flowers under the microscope, and do some hands-on horticultural activities. Email the instructor to register for this class: mzadik@smith.edu

Enrollment: 20   Cost: None
January 5-9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Lyman Plant House

002 Hydroponics Workshop

Maya Kutz '15
This workshop is a DIY-style opportunity to learn about an alternative agricultural technique and the engineering design process. Each participant will plan and build their own hydroponic system over a course of five days, from learning the background material to shopping for parts and putting it all together. Topics covered in the background will include system variables such as plant type, grow media, aeration, and water circulation. No math or science background is required – we will review anything you need to know.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: None
January 5-9, from TBA
Ford 024

New Media

101 E.LIT/NET.ART: An Extraordinarily Brief Survey of Digital Literature, 1975 – 2015

Jeffrey Moro, Art Department
An introduction to key works and critical concepts in electronic literature and Internet art. Participants will engage with a variety of materials, including interactive fiction, hyperlink stories, and video game mash-ups to develop the critical and historical vocabularies that underpin digital media. Participants will complete a small project, understood as a prototype for future work, responding to course materials. This might be a paper, a game, a Twitter bot, a performance installation—or something entirely new. This course is offered through Five College Digital Humanities, and is open to all Five College students, staff, and faculty. Interested students should contact Jeffrey Moro (jmoro@smith.edu)and register for class at: http://elitnetart.tumblr.com

Enrollment: 16   Cost: None
January 12-16, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Digital Media Studio, Hillyer 320

Science & Technology

201 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Jon Caris and Victoria Beckley, Spatial Analysis Lab
The introductory course will lay the foundation for more advanced and theoretical GIS study by introducing the major tools and techniques for processing geographic data. Course focus areas include spatial data organization, management, query, and presentation. Completion of the course will provide students with the skills and knowledge to begin utilizing GIS for independent research and related coursework.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: None
January 5-9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

202 Introduction to Java

Galen Long '15
A programming-intensive course that seeks to prepare students for CSC 212. We'll learn basic Java syntax by coding a bunch of programs. We'll also practice good programming techniques and talk about how to approach bigger programming problems. A majority of class time will be spent coding, reading code, or talking about code - no long and boring lectures here! Prerequisite: CSC 111 or equivalent basic programming knowledge. See the course website for more info: http://cs.smith.edu/classwiki/index.php/Intro_to_Java

Enrollment: 25   Cost: None
January 12-16, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Ford 241

203 Database Design and Programming

Sarah Moriarty, Julia Keller and Kelly-Jean Huard
The course comprises two modules: database design and interactive SQL. Each module will be taught in a two-hour classroom session. Each session will consist of an interactive lecture and capstone exercise. Participants will be asked to follow along with examples in the lecture by completing the examples on their desktop or on a piece of paper. The presentation with exercises will last for about an hour. The remainder of the class period is dedicated to a capstone exercise in which participants apply the concepts they learned to a mini-project. For instance, participants will be asked to lay out a database architecture with data of their choosing.

Enrollment: 16   Cost: None
January 13 and 15, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Bass 102

Cultural/Political

301 Contemporary Issues in Global Child Welfare: A Sampler

Elizabeth Markee-Behrends '15
This course will focus on some of the major contemporary issues that children face. Participants will explore how law and society think about children and their welfare across the world, as well as differences across culture. Topics may include sex trafficking and child labor, violence and neglect, child marriage, and children without parental care. No background in policy or children's rights is needed. Any and all are welcome.

Enrollment: 25   Cost: None
January 12-16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Seelye 102

302 Prisoners’ Rights and Constitutional Law Through Film

Bernadette Rabuy, Prison Policy Initiative, Easthampton MA
Explore the development and impact of the Bill of Rights and Civil War Amendments through films, short readings, and discussion. Do civil liberties really protect us? The class will specifically focus on how civil liberties have failed to protect minority and indigent populations. We will explore whether the spirit of Gideon v. Wainwright’s right to counsel continues today. What does this mean for poor communities of color and, consequently, for the criminal justice system? How has “stop and frisk”—which the Supreme Court did not find in violation of the Fourth Amendment—exacerbated racial disparities in criminal justice?

Enrollment: 15   Cost: None
January 12-16, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Seelye 202

303 Transgender and Disability Activism: Exploring Intersections Through Accessible Bathrooms

Eli Bergman '17 et al
Transgender and disability rights movements are rapidly growing and gaining attention in mainstream discourse. This course will provide a basic theoretical background for these movements and use accessible, gender-neutral public restrooms as a necessary, quotidian space in which to create meaningful change. We will discuss several essays, and collect data from bathrooms on campus to raise awareness about the importance of safe, accessible spaces.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: None
January 5-9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Seelye 105

304 Spirituality for Activists (and the rest of us too)

Matilda Rose Cantwell, Interfaith Fellow
This workshop will explore “contemplative practices” and examine the spirituality inherent in our concern for social justice. We will ask the questions:Â What motivates us to act to preserve and uphold the dignity and equal rights of all human beings? How do we sustain ourselves in the struggles for social change? How have others done so? How have U.S social movements been connected to and emboldened by spiritual convictions? There will be instruction in basic contemplative practices such as writing, walking meditation, and deep reflection, and we will explore how they inspire us to “be the change we wish to see in the world.”(-Gandhi) We will also exchange ideas about how to bring a contemplative approach to our social justice work in our local environments and share resources to organize and collaborate. We will strive to meet on common ground where we are all “activists,” regardless of the levels of society in which we engage. Our working definition of "contemplative practice" will be: Ways of grounding ourselves in a renewing sense of deep inquiry that nurtures hope. Students who register for this class will be asked to identify a social justice issue(s) they are passionate about and want to work on with others. No activism experience is necessary, just care and concern and willingness to learn in a collaborative environment.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: None
January 12-16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Seelye 110

Art/Craft

401 Crochet 101

Heather McQueen, Science Center Administration
Crochet is a rewarding and versatile craft that provides great variety from a single basic technique: wrapping yarn around a hook and pulling the wrapped strand through loops. It doesn't require a lot of tools and is eminently portable. There's a stitch for everything from robust cold weather accessories, to cute little toys, to delicate lace. This class will be taught by a combination of presentation, demonstration, and one-on-one instruction. Students will learn the basic crochet stitches and techniques while making a sampler pouch. This beginner's class will prepare students to tackle basic level crochet projects on their own, and for additional crochet instruction. All materials will be provided by the instructor at the cost of $25 per student (Hooks, yarn in a variety of colors, and notions are the students' to keep). There is approximately 1.5 hours of home work between classes. No prior yarn experience necessary. Note to vegans and wool allergy sufferers: we will be using exclusively cotton yarn for this class.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $25
January 5, 8, 12, 15 & 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Seelye 202

402 Critical Craft Circle

Laura Anne Kalba, Art Department, and Sarah Beth Woods, artist
The Critical Craft Circle invites students to read, discuss, and collaboratively reflect on the history of crafts and craft-based contemporary art. The course involves equal parts discussion and hands-on craft/art-making practice. An experiment in bridging the worlds of theory and practice, the course takes as its premises the notion that making, thinking, and sharing are equally essential to understanding the social, political aesthetic, and feminist implications of American DIY culture and craft-based contemporary art.

Enrollment: 15   Cost: Approximately $15
January 12-16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Hillyer 320

403 The Art of Henna Design

Amna Aslam '17
This course offers the opportunity to learn the art of making designs and patterns using henna. Lessons include learning how to make henna paste from a powder, designing motifs on paper and then eventually designing henna patterns on hands and feet. The designs that will be taught by the end of this course can not only be used for making motifs on the hands and feet, but can also be used to adorn various forms of arts and crafts.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $12
January 5-9, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Seelye 102

404 Express your Creativity with Watercolor

Naomi Curtis Sturtevant, Class Deans' Office
This course is about the techniques used in watercolor painting. Each class will allow time to express creativity using one or more of the following techniques: washes including graded washes; glazing; wet in wet; dry brush; lifting off; dropping in; salt and spatter. Brushwork will be emphasized. Practice paintings will develop a sense of perception and appreciation for use of color.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: $20.00
January 5-9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Hillyer 211

Social/Personal Development

501 Savvy Socializing: How to Meet, Greet, & Network with Confidence

Merrilyn Lewis, Events Office
Do you find it easier to text someone than to talk with them? Does the anticipation of being caught in a seemingly unending conversation make you shudder? This lively, interactive session will improve your conversational skills, your confidence in social situations and your comfort level. We'll cover introductions, networking skills, how to manage food, drink, and conversation (even when interviewing for a job), plus how to engage in meaningful conversations. Additionally, you learn how to join conversations and how to extract yourself from them graciously.

Enrollment: 80   Cost: None
January 6, 7 & 8, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room

502 Intro to the Board Game of Go (Weiqi)

Yezhezi Zhang '16
In China, the game of Go is one of the 4 cultivated arts along with calligraphy, painting an playing a traditional musical instrument. This course will introduce you to the ancient board game). After learning the basics, students will explore the Chinese military classics with specific Go strategies. Through the lens of Go’s strategies and culture, students should gain a deeper understanding of Chinese philosophies.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: none
January 12-16, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Seelye 204

Wellness/Sport

601 Intro to Roping: Lets get Western

Lori Ann Quinlan, Equestrian Center
Join us in the evenings, from 6-7:30, at the Equestrians Center's indoor arena and learn basic roping techniques. No riding experience is needed, as this class will be done from the ground as you learn how to safely navigate throwing the rope and perfecting your aim. A fun way to spend an evening and learn something new.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: None
January 6, 7, 8, 13 & 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Equestrian Center Indoor Arena

602 Journey into Qigong: Movement Meditation for Stress Reduction, Relaxation and Energy Flow

Makani Freitas, Office of Admission
Qigong is an internal art practice combining two ideas: Qi, which means air, breath of life, or vital energy; and Gong, which means the skill of working with or cultivating self-discipline. This gentle practice of physical conditioning is an exquisite choreography of flowing standing postures. It fosters balance, awareness, and grace through meditation in motion, with an emphasis on body alignment. Among the goals of the class: healing, growth, opening, connecting, working toward embodied wholeness and relaxation while being grounded and centered. This class is one hour per day for 2 weeks. Note: You must have a valid Smith OneCard to enroll in this class.

Enrollment: 25   Cost: None
January 5-9 and January 12-16, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ainsworth Studio 151

603 Lead Sport Climbing

Scott Johnson, Outdoor Program Coordinator
As you learn to rock climb, part of venturing out on your own might involve learning to lead climb, where you place protection along the way rather that where the anchor is pre-set above you, as in top-rope climbing. This course will review belaying basics, equipment, lead belaying, placing protection and anchoring on sport rock climbs. Previous experience belaying and climbing recommended. Note: You must have a valid Smith OneCard to enroll in this class.

Enrollment: 12   Cost: None
January 13, 14 & 15, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Ainsworth Studio 304

604 Awareness Through Movement: The Feldenkrais Method

Anne Rudnik, graduate student, Dance Department
“When you know what you’re doing, you can do what you want” – Moshe Feldenkrais In this course we will study our own movement patterns and, more broadly, how we move through life. Using the Feldenkrais Method®, students will be led though mindful movement exercises and discussions about habits, health, intentions and actions. We will investigate the movement of the spine in standing, sitting, and lying down, and how that movement affects breath, spontaneity, and even emotions. By studying how we move, we can discover how we want to move. This course is especially useful for actors, athletes, dancers, scientists, musicians and anyone seeking a new way to learn.

Enrollment: 30   Cost: None
January 12-16, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Crew House Dance Studio

Useful and Fun Skills

701 Animal Tracking

scott johnson
Have you ever seen an animal track in the mud, sand or snow and wondered what it was? Learn to read animal tracks and figure out what animals passed by, and maybe even what they were up to. Learning these skills will turn a casual walk across campus into an adventure. This course will start on campus with the basics, and then head out into local wildlife refuges and state forests in search of critters varying from porcupines and weasels to fox and moose! Please dress for hiking outside. All gear provided, free.

Enrollment: 11   Cost: None
January 13, 14 & 15, from 1 to 5:15 p.m.
Paradise Pond Boathouse

702 Intro to Bike Mechanics

Colby Singleton, alumna
This course will cover the mechanics of some of the basic systems of the bicycle. Participants will learn the ins and outs of bike anatomy, braking systems, and shifting systems. You will learn how to true a wheel, adjust a derailleur, and tighten your brakes with confidence.

Enrollment: 10   Cost: None
January 5-9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The Bike Kitchen, Talbot House

703 Changeringing Introduction

Sarah Moriarty, ITS, and Emily Kaplan '16
This course includes five sessions (daily for 1 week) in the Mendenhall Bell Tower, with instruction in the theory and practice of English Changeringing. Participants are encouraged to continue with the Smith Changeringing band during the spring semester to continue building their skills.

Enrollment: 16   Cost: None
January 5-9, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Gamut Classroom, Mendenhall Center

Dance/Music/Theatre

801 Flamenco Dance

Amalyah Leader '18
The flamenco class is designed for absolute beginners to explore the rich movement and stories behind flamenco. The class will work within the intricate flamenco rhythms to learn basic footwork and arm movements. Furthermore, students will learn how to accompany the music with palmas (hand clapping) and encourage their fellow dancers through calling out jaleos (words of encouragement), creating an environment of support and community that characterizes a juerga (flamenco party). It will also explore the roots and influences of flamenco. The course will culminate in learning bits of set choreography and/or improvisation.

Enrollment: 20   Cost: None
January 5-9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Berenson Studio 2, Mendenhall Center