News for the Smith College Community //March 1, 2001
New Journal Now 'At the Meridians'
Last semester, the campus was introduced to Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, a new interdisciplinary journal published jointly by Smith and Wesleyan University Press, when the inaugural issue was published in October.
Conceived of by President Ruth Simmons and created by the women's studies department, Meridians is the first peer-reviewed journal devoted to issues of women of color. The second issue, featuring an interview with Edwidge Danticat, poetry by Adrienne Su and a historical essay by Paula Giddings, will be published this month.
On Thursday, March 8, amid worldwide celebrations of International Women's Day, the college will kick off a four-day international conference, "At the Meridians," marking the launch of the journal. The conference will bring together scholars, activists, filmmakers, performance artists and poets for an eclectic series of panel discussions, readings and performances.
"The focus of the journal, and, thus, of this conference, is women in movement, whether geographically, politically or intellectually," explains Kum-Kum Bhavnani, senior editor of Meridians. "In each of the sessions, whether through poetry, hip-hop, drama or scholarly presentations, participants will be vigorously interrogating the identities, policies and practices associated with the terms feminist, Third World and women of color at the beginning of this new millennium."
The conference will begin on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Theatre 14 at Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts with a talk by Maria Ofelia Navarrete, a former guerilla combatant in El Salvador who now serves in the Salvadoran National Assembly. Taking the Theatre 14 stage at 8 p.m. will be Nellie Wong, a Chinese-American poet and socialist feminist activist, and Zili Roots, a Boston-based female band that plays a mixture of danceable groove music rooted in the rhythms of the African diaspora.
On Friday, March 9, the conference
will continue with talks titled "American Prison Notebooks,"
"Welfare Reform: Peeling the Onion," "Dismantling
the Modern 'Plantation': Domestic Workers Organize," "The
Grandmothers of the Plaza De Mayo and Their Struggle Against
Impunity," "Women of Color Building Alliances in the
U.S." and "Mapping Sexual Violence on the Borderland."
Featured speakers and perform-
A conference highlight will be a presentation at 8 p.m. by activists Angela Davis and Elizabeth Martinez, as well as legal scholar Sharon Hom in John M. Greene Hall, who will discuss effective human rights organizing among women of color.
On Saturday, March 10, panels will resume at 9 a.m. with titles such as "Queering Sex, Working Sexuality," "Engendering Science, 'Race'-ing Knowledge" and "Complex Subjects, Complicating Representations." Among the featured presenters will be Kamala Kempadoo, acting head of the Mona Unit of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica; Letta Neely, black feminist queer poet; Banu Subramaniam, assistant research professor with the departments of women's studies and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona; and Rea Tajiri, a New York-based film and video maker.
At 4:30 p.m., President Simmons and Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Meridians senior editor, will discuss "Meridians Futures." From 8 to 10 p.m. in Davis Ballroom, "Live at Meridians" will showcase two performance artists. Spoken word artist Queen Godis, a 20-year-old senior at Vassar College, will perform "Learning How to Breathe Right." The evening's second performance will be Denise Uyehara's "Hello (Sex) Kitty: Mad Asian Bitch On Wheels," a work that examines love, violence and respect among men and women, HIV/AIDS, and women loving women.
On Sunday, March 11, a program of interactive workshops will be offered by organizations of students of color at Smith, including Prism (queer people of color), Asian Students' Association, and Korean-American Students at Smith.
The conference is sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the Smith College Office of the President, Women's Studies Program, Alumnae Association, Unity Organization, Feminists of Smith Unite, Prism and the offices of advancement, institutional diversity and multicultural affairs.
Conference registration is requested. To register on-line or for times and locations of conference events, visit the Meridians Web site at www.smith.edu/meridians, from which registration forms and conference programs may be downloaded.
Law Expert to Discuss Bush Proposal
Since the second week of President George W. Bush's term in office, when he proposed government funding for faith-based charitable organizations, the issue of faith-based initiatives has received a flood of national media attention amid questions about the constitutional separation of church and state.
The issue will be plumbed at Smith on Thursday, March 8, when Michael W. McConnell, one of the country's leading experts on religious perspectives of the First Amendment, lectures on "Faith and Hope in Charity: The President's 'Faith-Based' Initiative in Constitutional Perspective." McConnell's lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage.
McConnell, the Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Utah College of Law, will discuss the faith-based initiative within the context of the United States Supreme Court's shifting jurisprudence regarding church-state separation. McConnell has argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court -- nine of them successfully -- including Bowen v. Kendrick and Helms v. Mitchell, two leading precedent-setting cases.
McConnell, who served as a law clerk for the late William J. Brennan, Jr., associate justice on the Supreme Court for 34 years until his 1990 retirement, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At the University of Utah College of Law, he teaches about constitutional law, religion and the First Amendment, family law, regulated industries and state and local government.
Following undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and completion of a law degree from the University of Chicago, McConnell served as a law clerk for J. Skelly Wright, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. From 1981 to 1983, he was the assistant general counsel of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and followed that appointment with a three-year term as the assistant to the solicitor general at the Department of Justice.
McConnell has published widely on constitutional law and theory with a concentration on the religion clauses of the First Amendment. In addition to having written more than 50 law reviews and chapters in edited volumes, he has contributed articles to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Slate and Weekly Standard. He has published two books, Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought and Religion and the Constitution.
McConnell's lecture is sponsored by the departments of government, history, philosophy, and religion and biblical literature; the American Studies and Jewish Studies programs; the chapel and the Lecture Committee. A reception will follow the lecture in the Green Room at Sage.
New Dean Creates More Choices Abroad
Adrian Beaulieu, associate dean for
international study, says that after an entire semester at Smith,
he has just recently finished unpacking. It hasn't been his priority.
"It's been exciting to try to get my arms around everything," he says. "I've been meeting students and faculty, and learning how the college works. After a semester, I'm now starting to settle in."
At George Washington, which has an enrollment of more than 7,500 undergraduates, Beaulieu was the director of the Office for Study Abroad and oversaw the participation of approximately 600 students in study-abroad programs. At Smith, he oversees a program that is growing every semester.
"In fall 2000, 250 Smith students were studying abroad," he points out. "This spring, the number is closer to 300. In general, study abroad is increasing, with 139,000 American students currently participating in programs. That's up 14 percent from the previous year."
He attributes the increase at Smith to the college's implementation last year of a policy that allows students to pay home-school fees while studying at an institution abroad. Under this plan, financial aid is available for all approved study-abroad programs on the same basis as it is for study in Northampton -- a shift from the previous policy.
"Study abroad should be a fundamental and integral component of a liberal arts education. Smith has a venerable study-abroad tradition and was one of the first colleges in the nation to offer such programs. Now Smith has made study abroad financially accessible for all interested students," says Beaulieu.
Beaulieu not only admires this initiative, but also recognizes it as an important step toward realizing Smith's goal of becoming a world college. Fully achieving that goal, he believes, will require what he calls "the three Cs: We need to be more creative about opportunities, more collaborative with faculty about considering and approving programs, and recognize that some compromise may be necessary in terms of considering new opportunities for students while continuing Smith's excellent study-abroad tradition."
Toward that end, Beaulieu sees it as his mission to expand international-study opportunities for students, including fellowships and other funding sources. Along with Smith's four JYA centers, the Office of International Study has a growing list of approved programs as a result of faculty site evaluation visits.
"We're attempting to broaden where students can go," Beaulieu explains. "One particularly exciting program that began this fall was in Cuba. Of the 30 participants in one new program, three were Smith students. Another three students are participating this spring."
He's also attending to the JYA centers, participating in the selection of JYA directors from the Smith faculty and renewing several agreements with the Sorbonne and the Institut d'Etudes Sciences and Politiques de Paris.
A native of Maine, Beaulieu is glad to be back in New England. And he's especially pleased to be at Smith, he says. "Smith has been -- and continues to be -- a leader in study abroad. I'm proud to be part of that tradition. Our aim ultimately is to grow the core, which at Smith is our long-standing JYA programs, and add some more. I look forward to the challenge of making international study an integral dimension of a Smith education."
Recipes From Home Are Put to the Test
About 30 Smith faculty and staff members, administrators and students gathered during four days in January to carry out a delicious task that most people would likely covet: taste-testing some 200 recipes from all over the world of students' favorite dishes from home.
The recipes were submitted for Recipes From Home, a contest organized this year by Residence and Dining Services (RADS) that solicited instructions from students' families for making their preferred home-cooked meals.
More than 300 recipes were received from students' parents and relatives, including some from Africa, India, Greece, Japan and many from the United States, says Rick Rubin, assistant manager of catering in RADS who coordinated the contest along with Pat Mahar, also an assistant manager of catering.
"We probably had a recipe from every state," says Rubin.
Ten RADS chefs, anchored by Patrick Diggins, senior cook in Cushing, labored for a week during interterm to prepare the dishes to be tested. Then the 200 prepared submissions were narrowed down by testers to 12 finalists in four categories: soups and salads; vegetarian/vegan dishes; meat dishes; and desserts. Finalists' recipes included those for baked potato soup, chicken tortilla soup, strawberry spinach salad, veggie quesadillas, black bean chili and raspberry squares.
Each of the 12 finalists' recipes were prepared by RADS chefs on Thursday, March 1, in student houses and served for lunch and dinner. Students then voted for a winner in each category.
Among the 300 submissions were a couple of notable recipes, says Rubin. One was for Japanese-style fried chicken, one of the finalists, and a dish Rubin says he and other testers will not soon forget. Another was for cookies from Mrs. Fields herself, of Mrs. Fields gift products, whose first name is Debbi and whose daughter Jessica attends Smith. Her recipe did not make the final cut.
Owners of the winning recipes will each receive a $50 campus gift certificate and a sweatshirt. But more importantly (at least to the rest of us on campus), the 12 finalists' recipes will be posted on the RADS Web site for all to enjoy, says Rubin, and are being incorporated into the permanent menu from which house kitchens work.
Rubin says he hopes Recipes From Home becomes an annual event. "The people who came and tested the food thought this was a great event," he says. "People poured their hearts out for these recipes. I just thought they were fabulous."
Smith TV Offers Students Chance to Develop Skills
By Eunnie Park '01
In the fall of 1999, when every student residence on campus was first being connected to Smith College Cable TV (SCTV), Maureen Drake AC was disappointed. Bringing cable television into the house would be a "disruptive influence to the natural interactions" there, she worried, an interruption in the shared intimacy between housemates that makes Smith housing so distinctive.
Then Drake had an idea. She thought that one way to "counteract what is taken away" by the presence of cable television might be to introduce a student-run, closed-circuit television broadcast for the Smith community.
Last November, Drake led the first official meeting of Smith TV, an organization that plans to broadcast Smith-specific segments to the community via its cable feed, while providing an accessible workplace in the Media Services Center for students to create their own media projects.
Since that first meeting, Smith TV has grown to about 80 members, composing 18 departments within the organization, such as advertising, production and Web design, an actress guild and the Sophian news team. By the end of the semester, Smith TV plans to broadcast a news program, collaboratively produced with The Sophian; a Ruth Simmons tribute; and a daily show called "Trash." In addition, Smith TV will possibly broadcast already-produced materials from the Media Services Center archives.
Smith TV has two main goals, says Drake: "To provide the campus with another avenue for communication" and to offer "training for women who are interested in going into careers in the media." Many Smith women have the talent, she says, and training in digital technology through Smith TV can provide an opportunity for them to develop their skills.
Jinny Chang '04 is taking advantage of Smith TV's goals. She heads the organization's propaganda and music departments, though she has never worked in broadcasting before. "A lot of people in Smith TV are experienced, but personally, I don't have any experience," says Chang. "I was just vaguely interested in the media -- the communications part of it. I am a musician, so I am going in that direction."
Smith TV has attracted many Smith women who are interested in different careers in the media, such as advertising, broadcast journalism, music, acting and producing. "I thought it was an exciting venture," says Mikhaila Richards '04, who is interested in journalism and is leading the production of the Ruth Simmons tribute. "[I thought] it'd be a really good experience for me for the field I want to go into."
According to Nancy Martira '03, Smith TV will provide students with many ways to use their skills and talents. Says Martira, who heads the Smith TV faculty department: "I really like that no matter what your strength is, there is a place for you."
SSC to Screen Film Premiere
The premiere of a new documentary film, Creating Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection, will kick off Smith's celebration of Women's History Month on Tuesday, March 6, at 8 p.m. in the Sophia Smith Collection's facility in the Alumnae Gymnasium.
The 18-minute film highlights the college's pioneering contributions to the movement that is revolutionizing the writing and teaching of history. It chronicles the 1942 founding of the nation's oldest women's manuscripts collection by historian Mary Ritter Beard and archivist Margaret Storrs Grierson and features cameo appearances by Gloria Steinem '56, Third Wave Foundation founders Amy Richards and Rebecca Walker, and Daniel Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor in American Studies.
The video was coproduced by Joyce Follet, a visiting professor and historian/filmmaker, whose Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941 to 1977 won the 1999 EMMA Award for best documentary from the National Women's Political Caucus; and Terry Rockefeller of Blackside, Inc., whose credits include the influential PBS series Eyes on the Prize and I'll Make Me a World.
The Alumnae Gymnasium doors will open
at 7:30 p.m. for the screening. Popcorn and other theater refreshments
will be served. For more information, call ext. 2970 or consult
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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.
Lecture "The Language of Landscape." Anne Whiston Spirn, Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fifth in the series "Issues in Landscape Studies" (LSS 100). Sponsors: departments of art, comparative literature, English, environmental sciences and policy, landscape studies, and biology; and the Botanic Garden. 2:40-4 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
Biological Sciences Colloquium "The Last 35 Years of Protistan Evolution." David J. Patterson, adjunct scientist, Astrobiology Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia. Reception in foyer precedes lecture. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05
Lecture "The Dangers
of Performance: Cultural Change, Politics and the Policing of
Public Space in 16th-Century Paris." Ann W. Ramsey, Department
of History, University of Iowa. Sponsors: the departments of
history and religion and biblical literature, Office of the Catholic
Chaplain, Lecture Committee.
Panel "The Contemporary
Church and Homosexuality." A discussion concerning affirmation
of homosexuality within the church. Panelists include the Rev.
Greg Dell, a United Methodist pastor whose support of a ministry
to homosexuals caused trouble in his church; Mary Hunt, Harvard,
editor of Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions;
the Rev. Peter Kakos, Edwards Congregational Church, Northampton,
which recently became an affirming congregation; and the Rev.
Katherine Fagerburg, South Congregational Church, New Britain,
Connecticut. Reception follows.
Film Honey and Ashes (Tunisia/Switzerland, 1996). Nadia Fares, director. Fifth in the Third Annual Africa Film Series, featuring films of North Africa. Sponsors: government and Afro-American studies departments, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Five College African Studies Council. 8 p.m., Seelye 106*
President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
SGA open hours Election candidates will be available to talk with students. 78 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Tuesday, March 6
Literature at Lunch Sara London, English language and literature, will read prose and poems. Bring lunch; drinks provided. 12:10 p.m., Dewey common room
Lecture "Is Global Integration a Substitute for a Development Strategy?" Dani Rodrik, Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Reception follows. Sponsor: economics department. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
Film The Search. First in a three-part film series. Discussion led by Professor Jorg Thunecke. Part of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's project "The Anatomy of Exile." 8 p.m., Seelye 106
Special open meeting of the "Anatomy of Exile" Colloquium. Discussion topic: "Children of War, 1945-1947," with Professor Jorg Thunecke. 4 p.m., Kahn colloquium room*
Presentation of the Major French. 4 p.m., Wright common room
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., Mendenhall CPA, T-209
Meeting Newman Association.
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. 79 p.m., CDO
Wednesday, March 7
Benefit Performance An evening of Smith College talent presented by S.O.S. Featuring the college jazz ensemble, SIKOS, Sally, the Celebrations Dance Company and more. Donations (accepted at the door) will benefit the S.O.S. fund drive to aid children affected by domestic violence. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*
English majors panel on graduate schools, with English department faculty members Sara London, who will discuss creative writing MFA programs; Floyd Cheung; and Michael Thurston, who will focus on English doctoral programs. Refreshments served. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room
Praxis information meeting for sophomores and juniors, with applications, instructions and guidelines on how to get a Praxis stipend of $2,000 to help with summer internship expenses. Presented by the CDO. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Workshop "Authoring in HTML." For students. Learn what's going on with all those brackets and slashes and how to edit raw code. Register at www.wag.smith.edu/workshop.html. Sponsored by the Web and Graphics Center 7 p.m., Seelye B2
Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
ECC Bible study Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Thursday, March 8
Lecture "The Comic Spirit on the Holocaust Stage." Ellen Schiff, scholar in Jewish and Jewish-American drama, theater consultant to the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Part of "Masters and Movements in Drama." Sponsor: the Sosland Fund in Jewish Studies. 4:30 p.m., chapel*
Lecture Maria Ofelia Naverrete, political activist, former Salvadoran guerrilla combatant, and subject of the 1991 PBS documentary Maria's Story. Part of "At the Meridians," a conference celebrating the launch of Meridians. (See story, page 1). 6:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Lecture "Faith and Hope in Charity: The President's 'Faith-Based' Initiative in Constitutional Perspective." Michael W. McConnell, Presidential Professor of Law, University of Utah College of Law. (See story, page 1.) Sponsors: departments of government, history, philosophy, religion and biblical literature, sociology, American studies and Jewish studies programs, chapel, Lecture Committee. 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*
Dance/Spoken Word The Dance Generators, an intergenerational dance company founded in 1997 by Amie Dowling, MFA, to challenge stereotypes about aging and what dance is and who can do it. Sponsor: the "From Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium" project of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan studio, Mendenhall CPA*
Performances Nellie Wong, Chinese-American poet, socialist feminist activist; and Zili Roots, a Boston-based female band that plays a mixture of groove music rooted in the rhythms of the African diaspora. Part of "At the Meridians," a conference celebrating the launch of Meridians. (See story, page 1.) 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Five College Purim Party Traditional megillah reading; "creative" reading at 7:30 p.m.. Live music with the Mosav Band, dancing till 11 p.m. Meet at the chapel at 5:15 p.m. for rides. 6 p.m., Alumnae House, Amherst College
Intervarsity prayer meeting 7-10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room (alternate weekly)
Friday, March 9
Concert Sudie Marcuse-Blatz, soprano, and Jim Ruff, tenor, present a program of French Baroque cantatas. Greg Hayes, harpsichord; Jane Hershey, viola da gamba; and Dana Maiben, violin. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*
Language lunch table Hebrew. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C
Saturday, March 10
Discussion of the future of scholarly publishing by and about women of color, featuring President Ruth Simmons and Kum-Kum Bhavnani, senior editor of Meridians. 4:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
Lecture Julia Butterfly Hill, activist, environmentalist, writer and poet known for holding a two-year "tree-sit" in an ancient California Redwood to protest deforestation of the redwood forests. She has since continued her work by telling her story, linking human rights and environmental issues. Reception follows in Bodman Lounge. 7 p.m., chapel*
Sunday, March 11
Annual Spring Jam hosted by the Smithereens. Featuring Mass Transit from New York University, Ball in the House from Boston, and Xtension Chords from the University of Illinois. 7 p.m., Davis Ballroom*
Film West Side Story. Sponsored by the class of 2004. 8 p.m., Wright Auditorium
Meeting Smith African Students Association. All welcome. 4 p.m., Mwangi Basement, Lilly
Meeting Feminists of
Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome, childcare available. 11 a.m., Bass 203, 204*
Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Music by the University of Wisconsin at River Falls Concert Choir, Armelita Grace Cajiuat, director. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel
Intervarsity Prayer Meeting 9-10 p.m., chapel
Annual Spring Bulb Show A spectacular array of more than 5,000 bulbs, including crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips, all flowering simultaneously. Opens March 2 with a lecture on the architecture of the Lyman Conservatory. Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 18. Special evening hours, 6-9 p.m., on Fridays, March 9 and 16. Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance by calling ext. 2742. Parking is available on College Lane during the show. Lyman Conservatory*
"Fragments: A Quilt Exhibit" Through March 28. For more information, call ext. 2907. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Third Floor, Neilson Library
"Ornamented Type," an exhibit of 23 alphabets from the foundry of Louis John Pouchee. Through March 28. For more information, call ext. 2907. Third Floor, Neilson Library
"Staff Visions," an exhibit of original arts and crafts by Smith College staff. Through March 16. McConnell foyer*
"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*