News for the Smith College Community //February 8, 2001

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Four Chaired Professors to Speak

In keeping with a Smith tradition begun four years ago, four faculty members, each of whom was named to a chaired professorship this year, will present lectures to inaugurate their new positions. They are Peter A. Bloom, Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities; Randy O. Frost, Harold Edward and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology; Domenico Grasso, Rosemary B. Hewlett '40 Professor of Engineering; and Karl P. Donfried, Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Religion. All four lectures will take place at 4:30 p.m.

On Monday, February 12, Bloom, who has written several articles and edited major works on composer Hector Berlioz, will give a lecture titled "Berlioz's Politics and the Politics of Berlioz" in Seelye 201. A reception will follow in Seelye 207, the faculty lounge. Bloom has served on Smith's music department faculty since 1970 and organized last year's conference, "Berlioz: Past, Present, Future," which kicked off a worldwide celebration of the 200th anniversary of the 19th-century composer/conductor's birth. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Pennsylvania, Bloom is a member of the Comité International Hector Berlioz, the Paris-based organization under whose aegis the composer's bicentenary celebrations have been coordinated.

On Monday, February 26, Frost will speak on "Ownership Gone Awry: Compulsive Hoarding and the 4th Circle of Hell" in Wright Auditorium. A reception will follow in Wright common room. Frost, who has gained national media attention in recent years for his exploration of obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding behavior, joined Smith's Department of Psychology in 1977. He received his undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas. His work has been a subject of recent articles in Reader's Digest, McCall's and several national newspapers. A member of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Frost was a delegate to the Behavior Therapy Project in the People's Republic of China in 1982.

Grasso, founding director of Smith's Picker Program in Engineering and Technology, will give a lecture titled "The Seductive Equation and Engineering Thought" on Thursday, March 29, in Stoddard Auditorium, with a reception following in the Alumnae House living room. He came to Smith in 1999 and was formerly the head of the University of Connecticut Environmental Engineering Program as well as an associate professor at that institution. Grasso, who attended undergraduate school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and received a doctorate from the University of Michigan, was recently appointed to a two-year term as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board and was elected president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, an international professional society of undergraduate and graduate faculty members.

On Monday, April 9, in Seelye 201, Donfried will close the series with a lecture titled "Shifting Paradigms: Jesus, Paul and Judaism," with a reception following in Seelye 207, the faculty lounge. Donfried, who chairs the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature at Smith, joined the faculty in 1968 after completing his doctor of theology at the University of Heidelberg. Ordained by the Lutheran Church of America in 1963, Donfried has also held visiting professorships at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the University of Hamburg, Brown University and Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges. He has written numerous books and articles about the New Testament, Judaism and Christianity, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and in Europe and Israel.

The four lecturers were named to the endowed chairs by action of the Board of Trustees last July. Also named to endowed chairs this year were Jane Bryden, Iva Dee Hiatt Professor; H. Allen Curran, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor; Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor in American Studies; Richard J. Sherr, Caroline L. Wall '27 Professor; and Elizabeth V. Spelman, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities. The remaining chaired professors will deliver inaugural lectures in 2001-02.

Smith Medalists to Address Campus Before Rally Day

Four women who graduated from Smith in the 1960s will occupy the stage of John M. Greene Hall on Wednesday, February 21, when they are presented with the Smith College Medal at this year's Rally Day. The medal has been presented each year since 1964 to people who have demonstrated "in their lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts education."

This year's medalists are Molly Ivins '66, who will also deliver the Rally Day Address; Ann Kaplan '67; Pamela Bowes Davis '68; and Judith Tick '64.

But before they claim their medals, each honoree on Tuesday, February 20, will be featured in a series of events around campus open to students, faculty and staff. Here is a schedule of their appearances:

  • Ann Kaplan, a Smith trustee and managing director at Goldman Sachs, will conduct an open class, Economics 206, International Finance, from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m., in Seelye 311
  • Pamela Bowes Davis, a professor at Case Western Reserve University and leader in the research and treatment of cystic fibrosis, will give a presentation titled "Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis: Hope or Hype?" at noon in Burton 101, followed by a question-and-answer session
  • Molly Ivins, a nationally syndicated columnist known for her political punditry, will lead a conversation with students, faculty and staff from 3 to 4 p.m. in Seelye 207 (the event will move to Neilson Browsing Room if it exceeds the room's capacity)
  • Judith Tick, the Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Music at Northeastern University and a leading pioneer in researching and documenting women's role in music history, will give a talk, "Ambient History: Writing Women Into Grove's Dictionary," following a concert in her honor titled "The Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger," which begins at 4:30 p.m.; both events will take place in Earle Recital Hall, Sage

See next week's AcaMedia for a comprehensive list of Rally Day 2001 events.

Leading Voice on Middle East Peace to Speak

Hanan Ashrawi, internationally recognized spokesperson for the Palestinian cause and a key player in launching the Middle East peace process, will discuss "The Second Intifada: Causes and Consequences" on Sunday, February 18. Ashrawi's presentation, with an introduction by President Ruth Simmons, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Palestinian Authority, Ashrawi was one of five women elected to the 88-member Palestinian governing organization in 1996. The spokesperson for the official Palestinian delegation at the Madrid peace negotiations from 1991 to 1993, she is known for her articulate, moderate and pragmatic views on the Middle East conflict and continues to be sought for comment by media in the United States and abroad.

Ashrawi has been active in political causes since her teenage years. Her extensive activism in the area of human rights and women's rights includes serving as founder and first commissioner general of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen's Rights. She is currently the founder and secretary general of The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), a Jerusalem-based organization supporting Palestinian nation-building and international reconciliation.

Ashrawi was educated at the University of Beirut and received a doctorate in medieval and comparative literature from the University of Virginia. She is the recipient of awards and honorary degrees from dozens of institutions, including Beloit, Earlham and Smith colleges, Cornell, Harvard and George Mason universities and the University of Virginia.

Her visit to Smith is sponsored by the college's Lecture and Middle East Studies committees and organized by the Middle East Peace Coalition of Western Massachusetts.

Daughter of Atomic Bomb Builders to Lecture

Mary Palevsky, an independent scholar and writer whose parents helped develop the atomic bomb during World War II, will visit Smith on Tuesday, February 13, to give a lecture titled "Atomic Fragments: Conversations With Seven Manhattan Project Participants 50 Years After the Making of the Bomb."
In her lecture, which will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, Palevsky will recount her research for her book Atomic Fragments: A Daughter's Questions, published last year by the University of California Press.

After her parents' deaths, Palevsky's unanswered questions about their experience inspired her to explore the minds, memories and emotions of surviving bomb builders. Atomic Fragments is based on Palevsky's interviews with leading scholars and scientists from the Manhattan Project, a U.S. military operation begun in June 1942 that sought to produce an atomic weapon.

In her book, she interviews scientists Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, Joseph Rotblat, Herbert York, Philip Morrison and Robert Wilson, and philosopher David Hawkins, who expand on previously published statements about their roles in building the bomb.

Palevsky's lecture will focus on ways in which her interviewees have grappled with the moral issues surrounding the development and use of the atomic bomb and how they conceive of the relationship between science and society. She will also speak about her interdisciplinary research approach, which combines oral history, ethnography and autobiography.

Palevsky's talk is sponsored by the American Studies Program.

Staff Art to Go On Display

The art work of more than 12 Smith employees will be featured in this year's Staff Visions, the annual staff exhibition, which will open on Saturday, February 17, and run through Friday, March 16.

The exhibition, which will take place for the first time this year in the McConnell Hall foyer, will include works in acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor and colored pencils, as well as beaded jewelry, collage, cross stitch and photography.

Participating staff artists include Connie Dragon, physical plant; Aisha Gabriel, ITS; Elisa Lanzi, art department; Mimi Lempart, libraries; Jan Morris, registrar's office; Mariah Peterson, School for Social Work; Mary Ann Phoenix, provost/dean of the faculty office; Sherry Poirrier, art department; Kathy San Antonio, college relations; Sue Stano, student financial services; Gergory Young, science center; and Madelaine Zadik, Botanic Garden.

A reception for the artists will take place on Monday, February 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the exhibition space.

Slave Debt Expert to Argue Case

Randall Robinson, the preeminent voice on the controversial issue of paying reparations to African-American descendents of slaves, will give a lecture on the topic on Friday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

Robinson's lecture, titled "The Debt: Making the Case for African American Reparations for Slavery," borrows its name from his national bestselling book The Debt-What America Owes to Blacks, published last year by Dutton. In the book, Robinson contends that America should pay monetary remuneration to African Americans as a way to foster fair access to the American dream and make further progress toward equal rights.

The Debt was voted one of the top ten African-American titles last year by Booklist.

Robinson, a Harvard-trained lawyer, is renowned for his advocacy of human rights around the globe. His leadership of the Free South Africa Movement resulted in a successful imposition of economic sanctions that brought an end to apartheid. He has worked to bring attention to the impacts of globalization on Africa and the Caribbean and to the implications of America's burgeoning prison population.

Robinson, who also authored Defending the Spirit-A Black Life in America, is the president of the Washington, D.C.-based TransAfrica, established to promote positive U.S. policies toward Africa and the Caribbean and to address the African diaspora.

Robinson's lecture, which takes place as part of Smith's Black History Month celebration, "Black Struggle, Black Triumph: A Celebration of Black History," is sponsored by the offices of the president, multicultural affairs and institutional diversity, the chapel, Afro-American studies department and Black Students Alliance. Also scheduled are a revival, featuring guest minister the Rev. Zina Jacque, Protestant chaplain of Bentley College, on Saturday, February 17, at 7 p.m. in the chapel; the Annual New England Conference, hosted by the Black Students Alliance, with guests KRS One and Elaine Brown, including a conference social and party, on Saturday, February 24, at 10 p.m. in Wright Auditorium; and a reading by Octavia Butler, science fiction novelist and MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipient, on Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

A Link Between Students and Faculty

By Eunnie Park '01

Every academic department on campus has a few important students who serve as links between the department's faculty and the entire student body. Referred to as student liaisons, they are essential messengers of the student perspective at their department's faculty meetings. And when other students need vital information about a given department, they count on the liaisons to provide it.

But relaying information isn't the only job of student liaisons. During the school year, academic departments often sponsor activities for their students, such as picnics, panels and discussions, and it's the student liaisons who work to make these events possible. Some are social activities, such as an annual trip on Mountain Day for music department students and faculty; others are academic, like a government department forum on the Middle East.

Student liaisons have been on the job at Smith since the 1970s, says Debbie Cottrell, assistant dean of the faculty. A faculty code ratified then requires every academic department to select student liaisons. New student liaisons are chosen each year through a selection process that varies from department to department. In some departments, interested students apply for the position and are selected by former liaisons and members of the faculty. Others, such as the music department, welcome all interested students to the position.

As members of a joint committee of faculty and majors, the student liaisons are expected to participate in matters that range from the structure of a major, course offerings and instruction to departmental reviews, presentations of the major and interviewing new faculty, says Cottrell. Beyond that, liaisons' functions vary depending on their departments. Psychology department liaisons are in charge of organizing panels of graduate students and alumnae representatives each year. Music department liaisons organize recitals.

Monica Jakuc, chair of the music department, says that events organized by student liaisons are more likely to appeal to the student body. "Student-led things attract students," she says. "[The liaisons] can initiate things, and when they do, they're wonderful."

Other faculty members agree that student liaisons are important to their departments, mainly because they facilitate communication between students and faculty. Voicing student concerns, ideas and suggestions to faculty members is crucial, explains Jakuc. "It's really important for us to be in touch with the students to know how we're doing. [Liaisons] add an extra layer between faculty and studentswhich is a good thing. There's no way for faculty to know what it's like to be a student."

New Dean Helps Students to Connect

Every class has its own specific concerns, notes Margaret Bruzelius, dean of the sophomore and junior classes. "Sophomores are figuring out majors while juniors are figuring out the beginning of the end of their college career," she says. Still, she thinks all students share one fundamental concern, regardless of their years: "All students are trying to determine the relationship of intellect to their lives," she says. "That's the challenge and the agenda."

And that, Bruzelius believes, is what her work as a class dean is all about. She cites a hypothetical example of a student who is thinking of leaving Smith. "The issue for the student really is, 'What am I doing here?' In the bustle of attending class, writing papers and participating in activities, it is easy for a student to lose sight of the intellectual curiosity that brought her here in the first place. My role is to help the student think about that intellectual curiosity and how it relates to her life."

Bruzelius came to Smith from Harvard University last August to assume her new post. At Harvard, she had been a lecturer in the Program for Degrees in Literature as well as the Alston Burr Senior Tutor of Eliot House.

As dean, Bruzelius, like the first-year and senior class deans, is primarily concerned with students' academic progress toward their graduation. She focuses on academic matters that are most important to her students, which might range from credit shortages to honors and independent study. She also deals with students' course selection and registration, choosing of a major, studying abroad, summer school credit and leaves of absences.

Bruzelius knows that students often regard a summons from the class dean as a sign of trouble. And while it is her responsibility to follow up on students who are not attending class, she says those calls are rare. When they do happen, her objective is "to get students to deal with the situation before it becomes a disaster," she says.

But her preferred role is that of resource, and she believes a class dean can supplement Smith's strong advising system. "The advising system allows students to work closely with someone who personally knows them," Bruzelius explains. "It's a wonderful system. Sometimes, though, it's also useful to get advice from someone who doesn't know you. I'm here to be that neutral voice. And if I can't be the resource that a particular student needs, I'm a link to other resources on campus."

Bruzelius says that students too often think they can come to the class dean's office only when they have a specific issue to address. She welcomes visits from students who aren't even sure what the issue is, but who know they need help. She's also happy to help students practice narratives for graduate school, jobs and fellowships. "I'm not the CDO," she notes, "but I have heard many of them. I'm always willing to listen and give feedback."

Bruzelius, who completed her undergraduate degree in English at Harvard and received a doctorate in comparative literature from Yale University, describes Smith as a remarkable place. She's never worked at a school as small as Smith, she says, and she is impressed by the individual attention students receive here. It's also her first experience at a women's college, and she speaks with admiration of the opportunities that a single-sex education provides. Bruzelius knows, though, that with slightly more than one semester behind her, she still has much to learn about Smith.

"Smith has powerful traditions," she notes. "I'm still learning the basics, and I know that will take at least a year. The more I learn, the more exciting it is to be part of this college. And a large part of why I'm here is to help students reconnect with what brought them here."

Bruzelius replaced Mary Philpott.

At the Dartmouth Relays, a track and field event on January 14 in which Smith athletes participated, Jennifer Frederick '03 and Jennifer Jones '04 qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament, the Open New England championship and the New England championship in the 55-meter and 200-meter events. Frederick also qualified in the long jump. Meanwhile, Sara Lewicke '04 qualified for tournament competition in the 1500-meter event. The championship tournaments will take place later this month and in March.

In January, Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, was one of six American specialists on Taiwan and Sino-American relations invited by the Taiwan Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences to Beijing to discuss developments in Taiwan and their implications for Sino-American relations. The delegation, organized by the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University, held working meetings with several officials, including the Chinese ambassador to the United States, on Taiwan, its relations with mainland China and with the United States. Also, Goldstein recently had his essay, "Longzi duihua? 1955-1970 nian Zhong-Mei dashiji huitan (Dialogue of the Deaf? Sino-American Ambassadorial Talks, 1955-1970)," published by the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China in a collection by American and Chinese scholars titled cong duizhi zouxiang huanghe-lengchan shiqi Zhong-Mei quanxi zai tantao (From Confrontation to Détente: A Re-examination of Sino-U.S. Relations During the Cold War.

Alice Lazerowitz, Sophia and Austin Smith Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, died on January 25 at age 94. Lazerowitz, who taught at Smith from 1937 to 1972, earning an endowed professorship in 1964, was a distinguished teacher, logician and community activist. She wrote and edited numerous articles and books on philosophy. Her last book, Lectures on Metaphysics: 1934-1935, G.E. Moore, was published in 1992. Lazerowitz's husband, Morris Lazerowitz, who died in 1987, was also a philosophy professor at Smith.

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The official source of weather emergency information at Smith is the college information line, 585-4636. At approximately 6 a.m. on bad-weather days, information about a delayed college opening or curtailed operation is posted on the info line. If weather develops during the day that warrants an early college closing, an announcement will be posted on the info line in the early afternoon. Only in the most extreme circumstances will classes be canceled. If that occurs, a message on the info line would announce the cancellation; otherwise, assume that classes will be held. Delayed openings and cancellations are also announced on WHMP radio (1400 or 1600 AM; 99.3 FM).

Smith TV
Smith TV, a closed-circuit television broadcast by, for and about students, has been launched. Planning meetings take place every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Nonprint Resources Center. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and participate in the planning of two goals: to develop Smith TV; and to establish NPRC as an interactive workspace where students can rehearse, perform, tape and receive feedback on academic presentations. Students interested in television and film, Web design and graphic art, journalism and advertising, writing for the screen and stage, media criticism, audio engineering, innovation engineering and fundraising are encouraged to attend. Also, faculty and staff members interested in scriptwriting, stage management and directing, acting, sound and lighting, photography and cinematography, digital and analogue video editing are welcome. Contact smithtv2000@, or Maureen Drake, ext. 7314, for more information.

Faculty & Staff

Have a Heart Food Drive
The Staff Council Activities Committee will once again sponsor its annual nonperishable food drive to benefit the Northampton Survival Center, from Monday, February 12, through Friday, March 2. Donations can be made in collection bins placed in several campus buildings. Please consider a contribution of breakfast cereal; canned beans, fruit or vegetables; fruit juice; hearty soup; macaroni and cheese; pasta and tomato sauce; peanut butter; powdered milk; rice or water-packed tuna.

New HR Brochure
Look for the new spring 2001 Human Resources Training and Development brochure coming to you via campus mail. The glossy brochure sports a large sun and announces a special training series titled "Civility at Smith-Strengthening Mind, Body and Spirit at Work." A slate of internationally recognized and local presenters will offer stimulating workshops, lectures and performances grouped into four themes: change at work; respectful workplace communications; diverse dimensions of health and wellness; and wellness, work and family. Mark your selected workshops on the registration form, have your supervisor sign it, then mail it to HR/T&D, 30 Belmont, or fax it to ext. 2294; or sign up on-line at Register between Thursday, February 1, and Friday, February 16; late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. Confirmations will be returned via e-mail, mail or fax. Call ext. 2263, or send e-mail to, with questions.


Alumnae Scholarship 2001-02
Scholarships are available to seniors and alumnae who are beginning their first year of full-time graduate study. Scholarships are awarded based on merit within students' departments. Applications, which are due by Thursday, March 15, are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23.

Denis Johnston Prize
The Denis Johnston Prize for Creative Writing in the Dramatic Media is an annual prize awarded by the departments of English and theatre to a Five College student. To apply, submit three copies of an unpublished manuscript (any length) and an envelope with a return address that will be appropriate after June 1 to the Denis Johnston Prize Committee, Theatre Building, T205, Smith College, by Monday, April 2.

Study Abroad in Israel
Students are invited to meet a representative from Israel's Ben Gurion University at noon on Thursday, February 15, in the Office for International Study, Clark Hall 305. Also, check out the Ben Gurion Web site at Call ext. 4905 with questions.

Counseling Service Workshops
The counseling service professional staff will facilitate the following free workshops and groups for interested Smith students (call ext. 2840 to register and with questions): "Self-Exploration Group," a counseling group for students, every Monday, 4:30-6 p.m. (call for a pre-group meeting with the cofacilitators); "Bereavement Group," Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; "Five-College Afrocentric Empowerment Group for Women," Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; "Food and Body Image Group," Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.; "Ada Group," Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m.

Summer Study in Korea
The Ewha Women's University in Korea offers tuition and application fee waivers for seven credits worth of summer school. Applicants must have one year (or equivalent) of Korean language background and a strong interest in studying Korean language and culture. Because the purpose of the program is to encourage students to go to Korea to learn more about the culture, it is not open to Korean nationals whose home is in Korea. Applications will be available in mid-February, and will be due by mid-March. Contact Naomi Shulman,, for information.

Free Tutoring Available
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning's Tutorial Services program offers free tutoring to students in most Smith courses. To learn more, visit the Jacobson Center in Seelye 307 and ask for an information sheet on the master tutor and peer tutor-tutee matching service programs. Jacobson Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning's Tutorial Services Program has planned a series of study skills workshops to help students achieve greater success in their classes. Workshops are free, but require registration. To register, sign up at the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, or call ext. 3056. The workshops are: "Managing Your Time so That Time Doesn't Manage You," Wednesday, February 14, 2:45-4 p.m.; "Better Note Taking for Better Grades," Thursday, February 22, 3:15-4:30 p.m.; "Preparing for Exams and Coping With Exam Panic," Tuesday, April 24, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Health Service Pap Tests
Students must schedule Pap test appointments at the health service before Friday, May 4. Because of the length of time in getting results from Pap tests, they will not be conducted at the health service after that date. Tests will resume in September.

Spielberg Fellowships in Prague
Are you interested in studying the Jewish experience in Prague this summer? Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation and Project Judaica are offering Spielberg Fellowships to support an eight-week Jewish studies program in Prague. Scholarships include a stipend of up to $3,000 -- toward the program's total cost of $5,190 -- to fund the study of the Jewish experience in eastern Europe, engage in community service and take a study tour to Poland. Other highlights include housing with Czech roommates, participating in weekly activities and taking a weekend trip to Cesky Krumlov. The deadline for program applications is Thursday, March 1; for scholarship applications, Sunday, April 1. For more details, consult their Web site at or contact Naomi Shulman, ext. 4913, in the Office for International Study.

Make-up Examinations
Students who were granted an extension for final examinations in the fall semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of this semester. Please call Jan Morris (ext. 2554) in the registrar's office to make arrangements. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Friday, February 9.

Gold Key Guides
Do you love Smith? Would you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with prospective students? If so, come to a meeting to learn about how you can become a Gold Key Guide, on either Wednesday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Stoddard auditorium, or Tuesday, February 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye Hall, room 106. If you are interested but cannot attend either meeting, contact Jamey Borell, ext. 7780, or Marcy Straley, ext. 2508.

SSEP Summer Jobs
Applications are currently available for 12 undergraduate research/teaching internships and two residence coordinator positions for the 2001 Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP). The SSEP is a residential program for high school women, which enriches and supports their achievements in science and engineering. SSEP interns will serve as research/teaching assistants to Smith faculty in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, writing and women's health, and as residential counselors for the high school students. SSEP Residence Coordinators (RCs) will collaborate with the program director to train and prepare the interns, plan for participant housing and schedule recreational, social and educational events for the high school participants. Interns and RCs will live in college houses, along with the high school program participants who will be supervised by the RCs. Qualified applicants for the position of RC will have demonstrated experience in community living and supervision of students. Dates of employment are June 11 through July 28. Interns and RCs will receive a stipend plus room and board. If you have interests and expertise in these fields and would like to experience the rewards of mentoring high school students, please contact Gail Scordilis (Clark Hall, ext. 3879, for an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 12.

Reunion Help Wanted
Full-time student workers are needed for this year's reunion activities, May 16-27. Workers must attend meetings and training sessions during the spring semester. Applications are available at the Alumnae House reception desk and are due by Friday, February 9. Because of commencement commitments, seniors may not apply. For more information, contact Kristen Bonatz, ext. 4405,

Study-Abroad Deadlines
Deadlines for JYA applications and the Application for Endorsement of Study-Abroad Plans are as follows: February 15, 2001, for non-JYA study-abroad programs; March 1, 2001, for seeking approval for a nonapproved program starting in spring 2002. Call the Office for International Study, ext. 4905, with questions.

Sources of further information, if any, are shown in parentheses at the end of event descriptions. An asterisk following a listing indicates that the event is open to the public. Admission charges, if any, are listed when known. Items for this section must be submitted on Event Service Request Forms.

Friday, February 9

Ernst Wallfisch Memorial Concert "Music From the Ashes," featuring Lori Wallfisch, professor emerita of music, and Adrian Sunshine, music director, London Chamber Players, will take place at 4:30 p.m. (not 8 p.m. as previously reported). Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Monday, February 12

Lecture "Thomas Cole and the Beginnings of Landscape Painting in the U.S." John Davis, art history. Third in the series "Issues in Landscape Studies" (LSS 100). Sponsors: departments of art, comparative literature, English, environmental sciences and policy, landscape studies, biology, and the Botanic Garden. 2:40-4 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Lecture "Red Man's Burden-The Politics of Inclusion in Museum Settings." Nancy Mithlo, assistant director, The Native Eyes Project: Indian Perspectives on Knowledge and Culture, Institute of American Indian Arts, will discuss how knowledge is perceived to be owned, what types of knowledge are privileged in the museum setting and how museums as social institutions maintain authority. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Lecture "American Foreground/Asian Background: Making Sense of Buddhism in America." Richard Seager, associate professor of religious studies, Hamilton College. Sponsors: departments of Religion and Biblical Literature, American Studies and East Asian Studies programs, Five College East Asian Studies, the Ada Kent Howe Fund, and Lecture Committee. 4:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Chaired Professor Lecture "Berlioz's Politics and the Politics of Berlioz." Peter A. Bloom, Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities (see story, page 1). Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Wedding in Galilee (Belgium/France). Filmed in Israel, in Hebrew and Arabic (subtitled). The chief elder of a Palestinian village gives a traditional wedding but only on the condition that the Israeli military be invited. Winner of the 1987 Cannes Critics Award. Part of the International Film Festival sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Auditions for The Escape Artist by Mark Van Wye, MFA '01, directed by Ana Zappa '01. The theatre department's final production of the year tells the story of a hole-in-the-wall "expat" bar in Argentina. Callbacks will be on Thursday, February 15, 7-10 p.m. 7 p.m., theatre department, Mendenhall CPA

Film Halfouine, Boy of the Terraces. (Tunisia, 1990). Ferid Boughedir, director. Second in the third annual Africa Film Series, featuring films of North Africa. Sponsors: government and Afro-American studies departments, the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, and the Five College African Studies Council. 8 p.m., Seelye 106*

CDO Informational meeting for students considering further study in architecture, landscape architecture or urban planning. Bring questions to an open discussion with an alumna architect and a CDO representative. Non-art majors and all students welcome. 7 p.m., CDO, Drew

MassPIRG kickoff meeting to find out how to get involved in MassPIRG projects and the movement for social change. 8 p.m., Dewey common room

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables French, Italian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Video and discussion with Jessica Grossman, a writer from Colombia, following the screening of Rita Goes to the Supermarket, a humorous video account of how a young woman handles life's numerous pressures. Sponsor: Spanish department. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Tuesday, February 13

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Mental Transformations of Space." MJ Wraga, psychology. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture "Atomic Fragments: Conversations With Seven Manhattan Project Participants." Mary Palevsky, an independent scholar and writer whose parents helped develop the atomic bomb (see story, page 4). 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Auditions for The Escape Artist. See 2/12 listing. 7 p.m., theatre department, Mendenhall CPA

S.O.S. information session Cynthia Monahan will present information on how to help children affected by domestic violence. Volunteer opportunities in the area will be highlighted. Lunch provided. Noon, Wright common room

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Open meeting of the "Anatomy of Exile" Colloquium: "When Exiles Return: Jerusalem as Topos of the Mind and Soil." Sidra DeKoren Ezrahi, professor of comparative literature, Hebrew University, Israel. 4 p.m., Kahn colloquium room*

Information session for prospective Gold Key guides. Do you love Smith? Would you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm with prospective students and other visitors? Attend this meeting to learn how to become a Gold Key guide. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Workshop L'Atelier, a theatre workshop conducted in French by Florent Masse. 7:30 p.m., T-209, Mendenhall CPA

CDO information session Peace Corps. Returning volunteer Janna Behrens, recruiting coordinator from the Boston office, will present information to future applicants. All welcome. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets for worship, friendship and fun. Eucharist, fellowship and light lunch provided. Students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome. Noon, St. John's Episcopal Church living room

Meeting Newman Association. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch table Chinese, 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Language lunch table German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

CDO open hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

S.O.S. Community Service Fair with more than 30 area agencies recruiting students interested in volunteering during the spring semester. 7-8:30 p.m., Davis ballroom

Wednesday, February 14

Chemistry/Biochemistry lunch chat An informal departmental seminar for students and faculty. 12:10-1:10 p.m., McConnell 403a

CDO information session The Fund for the Public Interest will present information about entry-level career opportunities. 4:30 p.m., Wright common room

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

Religious Life
Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, chapel

Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Discussion with Baha'i Club about topics relating to the Baha'i faith and life. 8 p.m., Seelye 308

ECC Bible study Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Philosophy Lunch Bag "Can't Buy Me Love: A Philosophical Investigation of the Erotic." April Dembosky '01, philosophy honors student. Light dessert and beverages provided. 12:10 p.m., Dewey philosophy lounge

Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Rooms A & B

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Gaming night with the Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, a time for gamers to gather and play rpgs, eegs and anything else of interest. Probable games include D&D, Magic, The Gathering and Lunch Money. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 208.

Thursday, February 15

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Sex, Racism, Noah and the Sistine Chapel." Benjamin Braude, associate professor of history and director of the Middle East Studies Committee, Boston College. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture "Inside Organized Racism: The Role of Women in Modern U.S. Hate Groups." Kathleen Blee, professor of women's studies and sociology, University of Pittsburgh, and author of Women of the Klan. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "West African Cinema: The Roots of Nomadism." Dudley Andrew, professor of comparative literature and cochair, film studies program, Yale University. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Informational meeting Smithsonian internship presentation for fall 2001 with Donald Robinson, director. Applications and brochures will be available. 5 p.m., Seelye 204

Meeting Smith TV. You write it, star in it, direct it, produce it and watch it. It's not too late to join our weekly meeting. 7 p.m., Nonprint Resource Center

Religious Life
Drop-in meditation and stress-reduction class with Hayat Nancy Abuza. Open to all students, staff and Five College faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright common room

Intervarsity prayer meeting 7:30- 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis Ballroom

Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room (alternate weekly)

Friday, February 16

Lecture "The Debt: Making the Case for African American Reparations for Slavery." Randall Robinson, president, TransAfrica, and author of the bestselling The Debt-What America Owes to Blacks. Part of Smith's Black History Month celebration "Black Struggle, Black Triumph: A Celebration of Black History." (See story, page 4.) 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert "An Evening of Chamber Music with Fortepiano." Monica Jakuc, fortepiano; Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Richard Lalli, baritone; Alice Robbins, cello; Dana Maiben, violin. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Religious Life
Shabbat Services Dinner follows in the Kosher kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room.

Keystone B.I.G. meeting Weekly fellowship meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch table Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Language lunch table Hebrew. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Alumnae House tea Talbot and Park houses are invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, February 17

Religious Life
Gospel Revival featuring Reverend Zina Jacque, pastoral counseling director, Trinity Episcopal Church, Boston. Part of Smith's Black History Month celebration. Music provided by a local gospel group. All welcome! 7 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
Ski carnival 10 a.m., Berkshire East, Charlemont, Massachusetts

Basketball vs. Wellesley. 6 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Sunday, February 18

Lecture "The Second Intifada: Causes and Consequences." Hanan Ashrawi, founder and secretary general of MIFTAH, a Palestinian civil rights organization, and an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from Jerusalem. Ashrawi was the spokesperson for the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid peace talks and is frequently interviewed on CNN regarding "the second intifada" in the occupied territories. Reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), by Johannes Brahms. The Smith College Orchestra and Glee Club, Jonathan Hirsh, director; choir, Jeffrey Douma, director; and the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, Jerry Blackstone, director; with Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Timothy Jerome Jones, baritone. Call 585-ARTS for information. 2 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Meeting Smith African Students Association. All welcome. 4 p.m., Mwangi basement, Lilly

Weekly meeting Baha'i Club. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Meeting Amnesty International 7 p.m., Gamut

Meeting Feminists of Smith Unite. 7 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis

Religious Life
Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome, childcare available. 11 a.m., Bass 203, 204*

Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship with the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows, pastor. A community brunch follows immediately in the Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., chapel

Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel

Intervarsity Prayer Meeting 9-10 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
Ski Carnival 10 a.m., Berkshire East, Charlemont, Massachusetts

CDO open hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO


"The Refugees" Two life-sized sculptures by artist Judith Peck, depicting refugees carrying a child and worldly possessions. Through May 28. For more information, contact the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, ext. 4292. Neilson Library, third floor*

"Biblical Women" An exhibition of story quilts by Lee Porter '60. Using textiles and appliqué and quilting techniques, Porter depicts several scenes of women from the Bible, engaged in activities such as naming children, celebrating victories and mediating disputes. Through March 30. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, February 23. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Alumnae House Gallery*