Events

MLK Day – Create an “Ador-a-Bowl”!

Numerous dates available: Sunday, January 20th, 2:00pm-4:00pm; Monday, January 21st, 10:00am–12:00pm or 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Celebration Art Glass, 18247-A Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
*LIMITED SPACE*
Cost: $25, see registration page: https://celebrationartglass.com/product/mlk-day
Contact: Cate Malycke ’04 (SCCWPrograms@gmail.com)

Celebration Art Glass hosts a special class on MLK Day, and this year is no different – except we are adding a Sunday session as well. The proceeds are donated to low income seniors and veterans. These “tiny but mighty” gems hold hearing aids, rings, tea bags, and more, and will mean so much to a low income senior or vet! This year, Celebration Art Glass is also offering a matching plan – “make four ador-a-bowls – two for you and two to donate – and for every two made, our studio will add another.”

Celebration Art Glass partners with The Fenwick Foundation, which does amazing work providing dental care, meals out, and cultural and sports outings for local low income seniors and veterans. Help us help them this MLK Day by registering!

RSVP: This is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and open to the public. If you and any guest plan to attend, be sure to contact SCCWPrograms@gmail.com, Cate Malycke ’04, so you can connect with other Smithies also attending! In your email, please let us know the date and time you plan to attend.


Tour of Rodarte Exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC
Cost: $26 via PayPal
Contact: Corrina Sowden ’07 SCCWPrograms@gmail.com

You are invited to a small docent-led tour of the Rodarte exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, is featured this fall in the first fashion exhibition organized by NMWA. Rodarte showcases the designers’ visionary concepts, impeccable craftsmanship, and profound impact on the fashion industry.

The exhibition explores the distinctive design principles, material concerns, and recurring themes that position the Mulleavys’ work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion. Spanning the first 13 years of Rodarte, more than 90 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway, highlight selections from their most pivotal collections. Through a conceptual blend of high fashion and modern femininity that employs a multiplicity of textiles and meticulous couture techniques, Rodarte has drawn critical acclaim from both the art and fashion worlds since its inception in 2005.

The exhibition closes on February 10, 2019. Space for the tour is limited to 12 people, so sign up right away using your credit card or PayPal account!

Read a review of the exhibition in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/museums/rodarte-is-a-beautiful-fashion-exhibition-but-sometimes-beauty-is-not-enough/2018/11/14/44c2e676-e454-11e8-8f5f-a55347f48762_story.html?utm_term=.d24d0dcd1637


Next meeting of the SCCW Book Club

Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 2:00pm
Location: Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free
Contact: Corrina Sowden ’07 (sccwprograms@gmail.com)

The club meets at the National Portrait Gallery the first Sunday of each month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

The SCCW Book Club usergroup on Google is the primary means of communication regarding book club updates. If you are interested in joining the book club, please join the Google Group. Check out further upcoming titles we will be reading here. It’s never too late to join!

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben (2016) 288 pages

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.


Movie, Popcorn, and Conversation

Tentative February 2019

We’ve been having a ball getting together with other Smithies for E Street Cinema films, so we plan to set up more movie nights in the future. More info to come!


Upcoming Events

Tentative February 2019: Flower Design by Binaifer

March 4, 2019: An Evening with President Kathleen McCartney – Specific registration information from Smith College forthcoming.

March 14, 2019: Book Talk on 48 Peaks, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains by Cheryl Suchors at Busboys & Poets

March 30, 2019, 8:00pm: Smith College Glee Club at Church of the Epiphany (1317 G Street, NW) + Homestays


Upcoming Book Club Meetings

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben (2016) 288 pages

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 (Author Talk at 14th St Busboys and Poets on March 14, 2019)

48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains by Cheryl Suchors Class of 1972 (2018) 320 pages

Floundering in her second career, the one she’s always wanted, forty-eight year old Cheryl Suchors resolves that, despite a fear of heights, her mid-life success depends on hiking the highest of the grueling White Mountains in New Hampshire. All forty-eight of them. She endures injuries, novice mistakes, and the heartbreaking loss of a best friend. When breast cancer threatens her own life, she seeks solace and recovery in the wild. Her quest takes ten years. Regardless of the need since childhood to feel successful and in control, climbing teaches her mastery isn’t enough and control is often an illusion.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 (April is National Autism Awareness Month)

Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain by Whitney Ellenby (2018) 344 pages

Autism Uncensored goes where no other book dares–revealing the private disgrace and self-blame about having a “defective” child; the near disintegration of marriage; the failure of the traditional behavioral interventions; and the mercenary way in which service providers prey on parents’ desperation for a cure. It is a personal manifesto about how a socially integrated life is attainable regardless of whether a child overcomes the major limitations of Autism, sparking a new conversation which goes beyond simply accepting persons with Autism for who they are, but considers pushing them beyond their comfort zones to learn who they are capable of becoming. An unstoppable ride with jolting twists and turns, Autism Uncensored will leave you exhilarated, informed and still gasping for air.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis by Laurie Winkless (2016) 304 pages

Science and the City starts at your front door and guides you through the technology of everyday city life: how new approaches to building materials help to construct the tallest skyscrapers in Dubai, how New Yorkers use light to treat their drinking water, how Tokyo commuters’ footsteps power gates in train stations. Uncovering the science and engineering that shapes our cities, Laurie Winkless reveals how technology will help us meet the challenges of a soaring world population–from an ever-increasing demand for power, water, and internet access, to simply how to get about in a megacity of tens of millions of people.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Becoming by Michelle Obama (2018) 448 pages

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011) 381 pages

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.


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