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In addition to offerings listed below, the Lazarus Center for Career Development offers a number of workshops in January covering a variety of topics, such as Creative Approaches to Career Development, Job Search for Seniors, Internships and Summer Jobs, and Applying to Graduate School. And, The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning offers great study skills workshops for students, including Time Management, Dealing with Distraction, Reading Effectively, and Effective Note-Taking.

Forced Displacement and the Challenges of Glocal (global/local) Citizenship

January 23, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Smith Conference Center



Immigration, forced displacement and refugees are both a global and local concern, drawing the attention of politicians, policy makers, and the public at large. This January conference will focus on the local impacts of this multi-faceted, global situation. Bringing together faculty and students at Smith and other area colleges and universities with community partners who work on behalf of immigrants and refugees in our region, the conference aims to deepen our knowledge of the issues and concerns facing these communities and local organizations with the hope that our common interests will lead to useful results.

This one-day conference is free for undergraduate students at the Five Colleges, and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is required. Presented by the Lewis Global Studies Center and the Center for Community Collaboration.

For more information and to register go to:


Wilderness First Aid

January 24-25, 2015

Open to everyone. This two-year medical certification is great for anyone who spends time outdoors, leads trips or is simply interested in learning more about practical skills for handling emergenciese in the backcountry. Contact Scott Johnson in the Outdoor Adventure Program at sjohnson@smith.edu to register or for more details. FREE if you are a student interested in becoming a 2015 Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leader at Smith. All others $150.

Applied Humanities Learning Lab: A J-Term Intensive for Five College Students

January 5-8 and January 14, 2015. 9:30-4:30 p.m.

Application deadline for this workshop is November 24. See details below.

The Five Colleges, Inc./ Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Bridging Initiative in the Public and Applied Humanities is seeking a select group of highly-motivated and curiosity-driven students to become Applied Humanities Learning Lab (AppHuLL) Fellows and embark upon a five-day voyage of self-discovery, problem solving, and forward action.

This free Interterm intensive revolves around a community project with the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum of Mount Holyoke College. Working in teams and with guidance from graduate student mentors, AppHuLL Fellows will bring their humanities skills (in literature, history, theatre, art history, dance, film, digital media, or other scholarly, artistic, creative, or humanist expressions) to bear upon a real-world, meaningful project for the museum. Along the way, fellows will embody their role as future public humanists.

The intensive includes career exploration and skill-building exercises, presentations from working public humanists, networking practice, trips to area museums,and other hands-on exercises designed to help students find their path forward. Thus, this intensive will be of particular interest to Five College undergraduates wondering how their skills in the liberal arts might translate to professional settings. It will also help students contemplate graduate school.

The course will be held in 601 Herter Hall, UMass Amherst with field trips to off-site locations and one additional event during the Spring ‘15 semester whereby students craft a public presentation of their final project. Students should expect to spend time outside of class completing projects and readings.

Apply on line at http://bit.ly/1tJhlgG byMonday November 24, 2014

For more information, contact Cheryl Harned:charned@history.umass.edu



InterTERm at the Five Colleges

Mount Holyoke College

January 4-15, 2016

Mount Holyoke College's intersession offers a variety of noncredit classes, from cooking to marketing.

Hampshire College

January 5-16, 2014

Amherst College

See the Amherst Interterm Program for information about their offerings.