November 4, 2002
Smith Marks Otelia Cromwell
Day, Nov. 7,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
with Discussion on Race
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Each year Smith
College honors its first African-American graduate, Otelia Cromwell,
Class of 1900, by offering a variety of events on the topic of
racism, diversity and community and encouraging campus participation
by suspending afternoon and evening classes. This year Otelia
Cromwell Day is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, and the theme
is "Race Matters." All events are free and open to
The Otelia Cromwell Day events begin at 1 p.m. with a panel discussion,
titled "Race Matters," which will include staff, faculty
and students as panelists and will be followed by a question
and answer period along with small-group discussions. The discussion
will take place in Sweeney Conert Hall, Sage Hall.
At 4:15 p.m. a reception will be held to celebrate the unveiling
of a new portrait of Otelia Cromwell by award-winning watercolorist
Richard Yarde in Neilson Library Browsing Room.
At 7:30 p.m. hip-hop poet, actor and playwright Sarah Jones will
present her one-woman show "Waking the American Dream,"
in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. In "Waking," Jones
takes the audience on a funny, affecting journey of the immigrant
experience through the voice of ten different characters. Of
Jones' stage persona, Variety magazine has said, "With her
indignation and resilient humor, she knows how to project a kind
of authority that's exhilarating to watch."
Additional programming honoring Otelia Cromwell and examining
the topic of race will continue throughout the year. Visit the
Web site for the Otelia Cromwell Day lecture series at http://www.smith.edu/otelia
for additional information.