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April 6, 2004

Annual Showcase to Celebrate Scholarly Collaborations
Among Smith College Students and Faculty

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- In the course of a single day, on Saturday, April 17, the breadth of academic scholarship at Smith College will be well represented and honored during an annual showcase of works resulting from collaborations between students and faculty members.

"Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together" will feature 107 different presentations and performances by 130 Smith students during four concurrent sessions in various campus venues. Presentations will be given on a range of topics in three main categories: science and technology; social, cultural and literary studies; and the performing arts.

The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

The presentations -- which represent senior theses, independent study and research projects and creative works -- will consist of individual talks, panels, poster sessions, exhibits and performances. They will take place in several locations during four hour-long sessions, beginning at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

While some of the presentation titles, particularly those in science and technology, reflect highly technical subject matter, others are politically and culturally analytical. The projects involved the collective collaboration of 72 Smith faculty members.

In science and technology, 62 presentations will range in subject from "Acoustics of the Middle Ear Space" and "Does the Victor Get the Spoils? The Role of Observational Learning in Mate Choice" to "Muscle Adaptation After a Repeated Bout of Downhill Running."

In the performing arts, students will offer performances of works by Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as exhibitions, such as "A Social Housing Hub: Rethinking Low-Income Housing" and "The History of Illustration of Significant 20th-Century Fashion Designers."

And in the broad category of social, cultural and literary studies, students will address topics such as "The Social Construction of Immigration as an Environmental Issue," "Making Room for Low-Income Citizens in Local Democracies" and "From Drum Beats to Turntables: The Presence of Afro-Cultural Themes in Hip-Hop Music."

For more information and a complete schedule of presentations, consult


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