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07/14/2020 Digest


Black Minds Matter
Thursday, July 16, 11 a.m.

Black Minds Matter addresses the experiences and realities of Black students in education. Black Minds Matter is a national movement that draws parallels between the policing of Black lives and schooling of Black minds. The course will balance a discussion of issues facing Black students as well as offer research-based strategies for improving their success. Register here: //bit.ly/3efELFd

Mindful Mondays
Monday, July 20, Noon

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Decolonizing Dreams: A BIPOC Celebration of ADA 30
Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25

Hosted by the National Alliance of Multicultural Disabled Advocates (NAMD Advocates), through a two-day virtual event, hosted on July 24 and July 25, participants will engage in creative conversations that explore the complexity of racial identity mixed with mental and physical health conditions. //withkeri.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Decolonizing-Dreams_Schedule.pdf

ExecEd Free Webinar: Coach Yourself to Better Health —COVID-19 and Beyond
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2 p.m.

Adjusting to our changing work environment has been stressful during COVID-19. Daily routines are disrupted, and it’s even harder to stick to healthy habits and set boundaries between work-family-leisure time. Many women find they are spending their time supporting others at the expense of taking care of themselves. In this free, one-hour webinar, you will learn tips to practice and prioritize self-care; how to manage and balance energy, not time, to achieve high-level wellness; and how to kick-start healthy habits to boost immunity and vitality during COVID-19 and beyond. Register at //bit.ly/smithCYBH

The Botanic Garden shares Leaflet, their annual magazine

Leaflet is an annual magazine produced by the Botanic Garden that highlights the work of Smith faculty, students, alumnae, horticulturists and educators. This issue is an especially notable one as 2020 marks 125 years since the garden's founding. Enjoy the captivating artwork, engaging stories and meaningful reflections on this special place. Read the issue here: //bit.ly/scbgLeaflet2020

Barcelona Opera House reopens with an audience of plants

The Gran Teatre del Liceu has certainly planted the seeds for a new way to pack the (green)house for musical performances. I’ll leaf you to root out any flaws in this blossoming idea, but I for one, will remember it frondly: //n.pr/2CTjinV

Lizzo’s new Soulmate music video featuring the Fab 5

Featuring animated versions of the Fab 5 from Queer Eye, Lizzo’s new lyric music video of her pride anthem Soulmate reminds us to love ourselves (and celebrate with a pile of corgi puppies): //www.youtube.com/watch?v=js_FjrxJuxA

Preview clips of celebrity-filled fan remake of the Princess Bride

Rob Reiner. Common. Hugh Jackman. Jennifer Garner. Joe Jonas. Jenna Ortega. Jack Black. Diego Luna. The list goes on - these celebrities have created a fan film of the Princess Bride with all the glee and ingenuity of children raiding their closets for props. Clips of this low-budget, high-humor scene-for-scene remake are available here: //www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/06/the-princess-bride-homemade-fan-film

VIDEO: James Corden and the Muppets sing the Beatles

We all get by with a little help from James Corden and the Muppets: //mashable.com/video/james-corden-the-muppets-singalong-beatles/

Healing, Self-care and Joy for Black People

The Rochester Racial Justice Toolkit includes resources for healing, self care and joy aimed at Black people: //thetoolkit.wixsite.com/toolkit/healing-self-care-joy

A compilation of some moments of joy from this week

Clearly we aren’t the only ones compiling joys to share with each other. Here's a list from Buzzfeed of “14 Really, Really — Like, Really — Good Things That Happened This Week” //www.buzzfeed.com/sydrobinson1/good-things-week-july-12-2020

Tanglewood concerts online

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival runs through August 23 and features archived recordings as well as new performances featuring some of the world’s best musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Daniil Trifonov, Garrick Ohlsson, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Brooklyn Rider and pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen. //bit.ly/2WfuCkX

Culture to do from your couch

New England Public Media has compiled weekly lists of virtual cultural opportunities: //www.nepm.org/term/culture-do-your-couch

Veeka Trofimova, wool felting, and Christina Barber-Just, cooking, in the Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase

Veeka Trofimova loves that the process of wool felting allows her to manipulate the material directly with her hands. It reminds her of sculpting, but encourages experimentation with color. //sophia.smith.edu/creative-arts-showcase/2020/05/29/veeka-trofimova-wool-felting/ Nothing makes Christina Barber-Just happier than planning meals and cooking dinner for her family using the terrific ingredients the Valley has to offer. //sophia.smith.edu/creative-arts-showcase/2020/06/04/christina-barber-just-ginger-pork-meatballs-with-cilantro-and-fish-sauce/ Veeka’s and Christina’s work is being shared as part of the Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase Virtual Preview We encourage you to also submit your creative pieces! //bit.ly/staff-creative-showcase-submit.

Staff & Faculty Affinity Group Meetings

The Office for Equity and Inclusion has scheduled its next round of Affinity Group meetings. Please use this form to sign up for meeting(s) you would like to attend: //bit.ly/affinity-group-sign-up

NEW: Faculty Panel Series, Teaching Community of Practice weekly on Wednesdays,
July 15, 22 & 29, 2 p.m.

Faculty Panel Series on Wednesdays 2-3 pm in July with Thursdays 9-10 am follow on discussion. This weekly series of faculty panels, co-sponsored by the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and the Learning, Research and Technology group, will address topics that span pedagogical and technological approaches to the remote classroom. Join us for a follow on discussion on Thursdays 9-10 a.m. to further explore these topics and learn from each other informally. All panels will be recorded and made available, via Smith login, for later viewing. Sign-up for the workshop: //sophia.smith.edu/covid19-digital-support/faculty/ or email sherrerdcenter@smith.edu.

Seven Day Zoom Workshop on Zulhijjah
Friday - Friday, July 17 – 24, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

A virtual workshop on “The Virtues and Importance of the First 10 Days of Zulhijjah” will be offered to the Smith community from July 17 – 24, 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Zulhijjah is the last month of the Islamic calendar. The workshop will explore the story of the Kaa‘ ba; the Sacrifice of Ibrahim and Ishmael; the fifth pillar of Islam, Hajj; the status of women; and Eiduladha symbolism and ethics. It will be led by Smith’s Muslim Community Religious Liaison Heba Saleh. All are welcome! To join by computer, audio or for questions, contact kalston@smith.edu. Co-sponsored by Al Iman.

Faculty panel series, Teaching Community of Practice: Developing Community and Fostering Interactivity in Your Class
Wednesday, July 15, 2 p.m.

Faculty Panel Series this week is Developing Community and Fostering Interactivity in Your Class with Liz Pryor and Shannon Audley. This weekly series is co-sponsored by the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and the Learning, Research and Technology group. Join us for a follow on discussion on Thursdays 9-10 a.m. to further explore these topics and learn from each other informally. All panels will be recorded and made available, via Smith login, for later viewing. Sign-up for the workshop: //sophia.smith.edu/covid19-digital-support/faculty/ or email sherrerdcenter@smith.edu.

ExecEd Free Webinar: Empathy in Times of Suffering
Wednesday, July 22, 2 p.m.

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In this webinar, Kelsey Crowe, co-author of There Is No Good Card for This: What to Do and Say When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to the People You Love, will share well-researched information to help you feel confident in connecting with anyone experiencing grief, loss, illness, or other difficult situations. Register at //bit.ly/smithETS

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