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In addition to offerings listed below, the Lazarus Center for Career Development, the Wurtele Center for Work & Life and The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning all offer great workshops for students during interterm.


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.

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

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

A one-day workshop free for undergraduate students at the Five Colleges. Offered by the Global Studies Center. Breakfast and lunch provided. For more information and to register go to:


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



Spirituality for Activists (and the rest of us too)

Matilda Cantwell, Smith College Interfaith Fellow

January 12-16 and January 19. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Seelye 110

This workshop will explore “contemplative practices” and examine the spirituality inherent in our concern for social justice. We will ask the questions:  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.

Register for this workshop on the Interterm registration page.

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.


Interm at the Five Colleges

Mount Holyoke College

January 5–16, 2014

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 Amerst Interterm Program for information about their offerings.