News for the Smith College Community //March 1, 2001

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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-
ers will include poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge; Joy James, professor of African-American studies at Brown University; Lisa Suhair Majaj, a critic and editor of Arab-American literature; and Chaumtoli Huq, a staff attorney/Skadden Fellow at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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, 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.
Since arriving at Smith last August from George Washington University, Beaulieu has been more concerned with getting to know the campus and its culture.

"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



February 13: Smith 36, Springfield 77
February 17: Smith 32, Wellesley 47


February 16-18: Howe Cup: 0-4

Swimming and diving

Febuary 16-18: NEWMAC Championship: 4th place out of 10


February 17-18: Smith College Carnival: 6th place out of 11
February 25: USCSA Regionals: 2nd place

Track and field:

February 17: New England III Championships: 20th place
out of 22

Sunday, March 25, will be a night of anticipation for Tracy Seretean '83. That's the night of the 73rd Academy Award presentations and her film Big Mama has been nominated for the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject. The film documents the story of an 89-year-old African American grandmother who struggles to raise her 9-year-old grandson under the cynical watch of the child welfare system. Big Mama is the first film produced and directed by Seretean, and her first to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Louise Korhman '02 was one of five students from schools in the Five College consortium to have their drawings displayed in a special exhibition at Nagoya University of the Arts in Nagoya, Japan. The exhibition features drawings by faculty members and 36 students from four Japanese universities and several American educational institutions, including each of the five area colleges. Other Five College students whose art is in the exhibit are Anisse Gross '01, from UMass; Douglas Romagnoli, a third-year student at Hampshire College; Todd Smith '03, of Amherst College; and Allison Uttley '01, of Mount Holyoke College.

Ladder Music, a book by Ellen Doré Watson, director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, has been named the winner of the 2000 New York/New England Award. The award, which includes a $1,000 prize, is given annually by Alice James Books, a nonprofit subsidiary of the Alice James Poetry cooperative, a national community of poets based in Maine. Watson, who serves as editor of The Massachusetts Review, has published her poetry in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker and other publications. Her collection We Live in Bodies won the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award. Ladder Music will be published in the fall.

Emily Bernard, an assistant professor of Afro-American studies who is on leave this semester, will talk about her new book, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (1925-1964) on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Broadside Books in downtown Northampton.

Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail or by fax (extension 2171).


S.O.S. Blood Drive
Giving blood saves lives. Please do your part. The annual blood drive will take place in Davis Ballroom on Wednesday, February 28, and Thursday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment at ext. 7296 or Walk-ins are welcome.

S.O.S. Fund Drive
S.O.S. is conducting its annual fund drive through Thursday, March 15. This year's campaign is titled "Silent Victims: Children Affected by Domestic Violence," and proceeds will be donated to local agencies committed to providing clinical and support services to children and families in need. Talk to your S.O.S. House Representative for more information. Prizes from Green Street Café, La Cazuela and Aurylius Hair Salon will be awarded to the top donors.

Student Summer Employment at Smith
Smith has several openings for summer employment in building services, residence and dining services, the Botanic Garden, and the grounds and rental properties departments. All positions are full time (40 hours), Monday through Friday, with various shifts available. The positions entail custodial, grounds, general maintenance and kitchen duties. Applicants must be Smith students or dependents of Smith employees (faculty or staff), at least 16 years old by June 11, planning to return to school full time in the fall and available to work through the end of August (some work is available after August). Applications will be available from Friday, February 23, through Friday, March 30, at the Human Resources (HR) office, 30 Belmont Avenue, the circulation desk at Neilson Library, the College Club and the front desk of the Physical Plant. Completed applications must be submitted to the HR office by 4:30 p.m. on March 30. Priority in filling positions will be given first to returning workers from last summer, then to college age dependents and Smith students, then to high school age dependents. A waiting list will be started for applicants who are not placed initially. For more information, contact Serena Harris, ext. 2289,

The Literacy Project
The Literacy Project, an adult basic education program, has openings for volunteer teaching assistants in literacy, math, computer and GED classes. A 15-hour training program, held in Amherst, is required of new volunteers and begins on Saturday, February 24. Registration is required; call Margaret Anderson at (413) 774-3934. The program is based in Greenfield and operates learning centers in Northampton, Amherst and other local communities.

Softball Clinic
The Smith College Softball Team will operate a clinic for fifth- through eighth-grade girls on Saturday, March 10, at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility (ITT), in two sessions: 9 a.m.-noon for fifth and sixth graders; 1-4 p.m. for seventh and eighth graders. Participation in the clinics will cost $12. No experience is necessary. Space is limited to 50 people in each session. Register by Thursday, March 8, by contacting Bonnie May at ext. 2713.

Faculty & Staff

Have a Heart Food Drive
The Staff Council Activities Committee is sponsoring its annual nonperishable food drive to benefit the Northampton Survival Center 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.


Drop Course Deadline
The last day to drop a course is Friday, March 2. Forms are available in the registrar's office. Signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required to make course changes at this time.

Student Schedules
Students are advised to check their course registration on BannerWeb. Inaccuracies must be reported to the registrar immediately. Students are responsible for all courses in which they are registered.

Textbook Returns
The Grécourt Bookshop will begin returning unsold textbooks to the publishers during the week of March 5. Please purchase needed texts as soon as possible.

Student Advisers
In preparation for April advising and registration, students should check BannerWeb to make sure their adviser is accurately recorded. Please notify the registrar's office of any changes as soon as possible.

Student Opinions Wanted
About one-third of the student body will soon be asked to complete the Cycles Survey that they will receive by mail. Each returned survey will provide a more accurate picture of how Smith students feel about their college experience. The Cycles Survey is used to monitor students' concerns and assess their satisfaction with various aspects of college experiences. Administrative offices and planning and policy-making groups will use the results to identify problems and make changes and improvements. The survey is administered at each of the five colleges to provide information for useful cross-college comparisons. Because the survey has been conducted annually since 1975, its analysis can determine long-term trends and changes in student perceptions and experiences. Survey participants' names are chosen at random and all responses are confidential; therefore students are encouraged to respond freely and honestly. Students who receive the Cycles Survey are asked to please take a few minutes to complete it. Every completed survey counts. Call the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 3021 with questions.

Housing Notice
All students who wish to remain in campus housing during Spring Break (Saturday, March 17, through Sunday, March 25) must complete a vacation housing request form in the Office of Student Affairs (College Hall 24) by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Forms will be available as of Monday, February 19. Houses that will remain open during the break are Albright, Chase, Cutter, Dawes, Duckett, Friedman, Gillett, Hopkins, Lamont, Lawrence, Morris, Northrop, Talbot, Tenney, Ziskind and 150 Elm. Students residing in nonvacation houses who wish to stay on campus during the break must make arrangements with students in open houses to stay in their rooms and obtain their keys. Students residing in vacation housing (except those living in Hopkins, Friedman and Tenney) will be issued a vacation key, which will be available in the Office of Student Affairs on Wednesday and Thursday, March 14 and 15, during regular office hours. The $10 key deposit will be refunded pending return of the key to the Business Office, College Hall 05, by 4 p.m. Friday, March 30. Call the Office of Student Affairs at ext. 4940 with questions.

Artist Volunteers Needed
The Smith College Museum of Art and the Botanic Garden seek student volunteers to assist with the installation of "Paradise Gate: An Installation" by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty, who will be on campus March 31-April 22 to create the installation on Burton Lawn. Volunteers are needed to gather saplings with the artist (on March 31-April 2) and to be on site during installation, from April 2-22, to hand out brochures, observe and perform miscellaneous duties as directed. Sign up for one or more blocks of two to three hours each, for a great opportunity to meet the artist and watch the creation of a work of art. Contact Ann Mayo at the museum, ext. 2774 or, or Madelaine Zadik at the Botanic Garden, ext. 2743 or

Study Abroad Representative
If you are considering studying in Australia, Ireland or the United Kingdom, come meet a representative from the Institute for Study Abroad (Butler University) on Wednesday, March 7, 4-5 p.m. in Clark Hall, first floor. Meanwhile, check out the Smith study-abroad Web site at to find out what institutions represented by Butler are approved by Smith. Call ext. 4905 with questions.

Bridge Preorientation Program
Applications are being accepted for the 2001 Bridge Preorientation Program. The program provides an excellent opportunity for incoming first-year and transfer students of color to explore the principles of cultural identity, consciousness of self, community and collaboration. The Office of Multicultural Affairs seeks student leaders who are interested in being part of this process. To apply, pick up an application in College Hall 24, and return it by Friday, March 9. Call ext. 4946 with questions.

Soccer Team Clinic
The Smith College soccer team will host a soccer clinic for 7- to 13-year-old girls on Saturday, March 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility (ITT) that will emphasize learning new skills while having fun. Participation in the clinic will cost $15. Contact Jen Bhalla at ext. 3981 with questions.

Nina Rothschild Fund
Funds are available from the Nina Rothschild Fund, on a one-time basis, to help pay for travel in the case of family emergency or for course workbooks in the case of an unexpected shortfall of funds. The funding is only for students already receiving financial aid. The grants are small (normally less than $150). Apply to Margaret Bruzelius, College Hall 23.

New Name Needed
Health Education, a division of Health Service, needs your help in finding a new name to better reflect its range of services. Health Education operates several campus programs, including Health Promotion Peers; PSE and Bodywise peer education groups; Chilipeppers, the Five College Web page of fun events; Great Smithie Smoke-Out; the bathroom stuffers, bulletin boards and low-cost latex in the houses. Please visit the Health Education "Name Game" table at the post office during the week of February 26 and cast your vote for the moniker that you think best reflects its services. Your name will be entered into the office contest, in which you will be eligible to win one of 10 prizes.

Check out Chilipeppers
The Chilipeppers ("Hot Without the Sauce") Web page is off to another great semester of fun, listing Five-College events, great prizes and a new feature called "Flick Picks" of current movie reviews. Go to to find out what's going on at the Five Colleges and in the Valley, read a movie review or enter a contest, which last month awarded 10 free ski tickets for Berkshire East. The contest also awards 15 movie passes each month to winners. You can submit events listings to Chilipeppers. If you have suggestions for cool prizes or other good ideas, call Health Education, a division of Health Service, at ext. 2824.

Paid Internship in D.C.
The Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFA) of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington offers a summer internship. Interns are paid between $400 and $550 a week and are given transit passes for public transportation. SFA will assist interns in finding housing. In addition, the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators offers a $2,500 stipend to one intern per summer. Information about the SFA internship ( and applications for the MASFAA stipend are available in the Office of Student Financial Services, College Hall 10, or by sending e-mail to

Peer Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning offers peer writing assistance every week from Sunday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m., in Seelye 307; and Monday through Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., in Cushing dining room. Peer writing assistants will be available to discuss papers on any subject. The center encourages students to bring in drafts at any stage of completion. No appointments are necessary and the service is free.

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.

Monday, March 5

Lecture Karen Herbaugh, curator, Textile History of America Museum, Lowell, will speak about the museum, its collection and the art of creating exhibitions. Noon, Kahn Institute, Neilson Library*

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.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

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.
7 p.m., chapel

Performing Arts/Films
Film Singing in the Rain. Sponsored by the Class of 2004. 8 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

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*

Meeting Amnesty International. 4:30 p.m., Chapin house

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

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

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "The Mathematics and Science of Kaleidoscopes." Majorie Senechal, mathematics. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

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*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Premiere Creating Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection. A documentary that explores the history and importance of the renowned women's manuscripts collection. Presented by The Sophia Smith Collection in recognition of Women's History Month. Refreshments served. 7:30 p.m., Alumnae gym

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

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 1 p.m., Gamut*

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

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. 7­9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, March 7

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

Performing Arts/Films
Film Casablanca. Sponsored by the Class of 2004. 8 p.m., Wright Auditorium

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*

Presentation of the Major Computer science. 12:15 p.m., McConnell foyer

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 Sponsored by the Web and Graphics Center 7 p.m., Seelye B2

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

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

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

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

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Are We Causing Global Warming? Should We Care?" Richard White, astronomy. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

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*

Performing Arts/Films
New Play Reading Series For Our Four Astonished Eyes and Meditation on Meat by Mariana Elder. Directed and performed by Eliza Baldi '01, with Maggie Wood '01 and Rob O'Hare '01, Amherst College. 7:30 p.m., TV studio, Mendenhall CPA*

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*

Out to Lunch Bring lunch and join queer women. Eat, chat and have fun. Contact Ruth van Erp (ext. 2036, or Tracie Kurth (ext. 2664,, for information. Noon, Alumnae House conference room

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

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

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, March 9

Presentation Angela Y. Davis and Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, activists, and Sharon Hom, legal scholar, will discuss effective human rights organizing among women of color. Part of "At the Meridians," a conference celebrating the launch of Meridians. (See story, page 1.) 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Performing Arts/Films
Informal Informal Recital 12:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

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*

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.

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

Saturday, March 10

Panel about the role of gender and race in science, featuring Angela B. Ginorio, University of Washington; Evelynn M. Hammonds, M.I.T.; Mimi Nguyen, University of California, Berkeley; and Banu Subramaniam, University of Arizona. Part of "At the Meridians," a conference celebrating the launch of Meridians. (See story, page 1.) 11 a.m., Wright Auditorium*

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*

Performing Arts/Films
Art showcase "Learning How to Breathe Right," by spoken-word artist Queen Godis; and "Hello (Sex) Kitty: Mad Asian Bitch On Wheels," an examination of love, violence and respect among men and women by Denise Uyehara, performer, writer. Part of "At the Meridians," a conference celebrating the launch of Meridians. (See story, page 1.) 8 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Sunday, March 11

Performing Arts/Films
Faculty Recital Deborah Gilwood, piano. Featuring works by Janácek, Beethoven, Schubert and the rarely performed Sonata No. 3 by Ervin Schullhoff. 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

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

Discussion Baha'i Club. Deepening of the Baha'i writings. 4 p.m., Dewey common room

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

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

Religious Life
Morning Worship Ecumenical Christian Church, with the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows, pastor. Music by the University of Wisconsin at River Falls Concert Choir, Armelita Grace Cajiuat, director. Community brunch follows. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., chapel

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

Other Events/Activities
CDO Open Hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO


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*