News for the Smith College Community //March 22, 2001
Astronaut to Keynote Engineering Conference
In the United States, some 350,000 engineering and computer science positions are currently unfilled. Of the engineers practicing today, only nine percent are women.
"Taken together, these statistics point to a national crisis," says Domenico Grasso. "The input and expertise of engineers is critical to nearly every aspect of our lives today, and yet we are not graduating the numbers of well-educated engineers that we need to properly position society for what the future holds."
Grasso, the chair of Smith College's new Picker Program in Engineering and Technology, is a driving force behind "Designing the Future," an intensive summit on engineering education intended to formulate potential solutions to this workforce shortage.
Over the course of two days -- Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31 -- some 150 engineering executives, corporate representatives, deans, faculty members and association representatives, as well as foundation directors and advocates for women in science, will gather at Smith to begin a dialogue on educational strategies for diversifying the engineering and technology workforce.
"Designing the Future" will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30, with an introduction by Smith President Ruth Simmons, followed by an exploratory discussion of the engineering crisis led by William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering. Panel members will be Elaine Seymour, director of ethnography and evaluation research at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Tom Engibous, CEO of Texas Instruments; John Slaughter, president of National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering; Nancy Lane, director of Cambridge University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology program; and Thomas Magnanti, dean of engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Following a break, the conference will continue at 5 p.m. with a greeting from Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation, followed by an address by astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, assistant director for university research and affairs at NASA. Dunbar has logged more than 50 days in space on five flights. She joined NASA in 1978 after playing a key role in developing the space shuttle's heat shield while employed with Rockwell International Space Division. She has received several NASA Space Flight Medals in addition to numerous other awards.
On Saturday, March 31, the conference will convene at 9 a.m. with an address, "Undergraduate Engineering and the Role of the Liberal Arts," by Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jackson's talk will be followed by a response from panelists, including Susan Voss, an assistant professor with the Picker Program, and Rose Mary Farenden, global recruitment director at Ford Motor Company, who will discuss possible approaches to engineering education. Stephen Director, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and chair of the Engineering Deans Council, will introduce Jackson's lecture and serve as moderator for the response.
The conference will culminate in an 11 a.m. session, "A Conversation About the Future of Engineering Education," with Grasso; George Peterson, executive director of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology; James Wei, dean of the School of Engineering at Princeton University; Kristina Johnson, dean of the School of Engineering at Duke University; and Joseph Goldstein, dean of the UMass College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Friday's sessions will take place in Wright Hall Auditorium. Saturday's sessions will take place in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.
Established in February 1999, the Picker Program is the first and only engineering program at a women's college. Its focus is on developing broadly educated, well-rounded engineers capable of assuming leadership roles in corporations, nonprofit organizations and technology-related fields. The program's unprecedented linkage of engineering education and the liberal arts is designed to attract women not only strong in scientific and technical aptitude but also capable of exceptional creativity and humanistic understanding. The first class of engineering students entered Smith this fall and is expected to graduate in 2004. They will earn bachelor's degrees in engineering science, enabling them to pursue specialization in a range of technical fields.
"Designing the Future" is sponsored by Ford Motor Company, GE Fund, The Boeing Company, Cisco Systems, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Pfizer Inc and United Technologies Corporation.
Adas' Kids' Art to Adorn Seelye Lobby
Beginning Monday, March 26, the walls of the Seelye lobby will be adorned with the art and writings of students' kids, as the third annual Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibition goes on display.
Notable among the creative works -- if only for the artists' ages -- will be a hanging collage sculpture by 3-year-old Juliette Provost and another small collage piece by 4-year-old Willa Tara Murphy, both of whom are, impressively, returning participants in the exhibition.
The exhibition features works in an array of creative mediums, including drawings, poetry, stories, paintings and needlework, all by children (age 17 and under) of Ada Comstock scholars.
The exhibit was first coordinated by Esther Jno-Charles '00, as a part of a special studies course in psychology, inspired by the idea that a loving, creative home is essential for raising a happy child. Since then, the exhibit has become an annual event, serving as a tribute to Adas' kids for sharing their mothers with Smith College, says Geri Provost AC, who is coordinating the event this year.
The exhibit has also served to bring together students in the diverse Smith community, says Provost. "I know that some off-campus Adas feel somewhat isolated from the community at large, so this is an excellent opportunity for their children to participate in an event that makes everyone who views it smile," she says.
Last year's exhibit included works by 20 young artists, ranging in age from 2 to 16. Featuring crayon drawings and some poignant poetry, the exhibit attracted hundreds from the Smith community. "From what I could glean from the comments, the Smith community was uplifted and very interested in the work," Provost says.
This year's Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibition will run through Friday, March 30. An opening reception will take place in Seelye from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26. On Wednesday, March 28, participating artists will be honored at an awards ceremony, and each of them will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation, a savings bond and, when it's published, an exhibition booklet.
Girls Learn From Picker Women
The Picker Program in Engineering and Technology will host a conference next week to examine the engineering education of college-age women (see related story). But last month, an event sponsored by the program addressed women from an even younger age group.
On February 22, students in the Picker Program welcomed several high school students to campus for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day." The day, a component of National Engineers Week, was launched as part of a nationwide effort to publicize the international need for women engineers and to offer girls, in grades kindergarten through 12, positive messages about math and science education, and engineering careers.
When Borjana Mikic, associate professor of engineering, learned of the goal of National Engineers Week organizers to reach a million girls to impart a positive message about science education, she knew Smith would be an ideal participant. "As the only women's college with an engineering program, Smith needed to be part of 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,'" says Mikic.
Several high-school students attended the half-day program, which was open to girls from several area schools.
Mikic enlisted the assistance of student volunteers from her Engineering 100 class as well as that of Gail Scordilis, director of educational outreach, in coordinating the event, which began with lunch in the engineering building design studio. The agenda also included getting participants involved in an ongoing toy-tech project and joining in an on-line chat with women engineers, hosted by the National Academy of Engineers.
"Our goal was to help these girls think about themselves as potential engineers and scientists. Yes, we want to introduce them to Smith, but the bigger goal of all our outreach activities is to help precollege girls recognize their options," explains Scordilis.
"They were a great group," says Mikic of the participants. "Along with American students, the group included girls from Germany and Japan. It was exciting to talk about engineering from an international perspective."
Equally excited were the Smith students who volunteered. All first-year students in the Picker Engineering Program, they welcomed the chance to expose the girls to their field. For her part, Emerson Taylor '04 said that she signed up because, as a woman interested in science, she didn't have good role models before college. Now, as part of Smith's first engineering class, she says it's crucial to try to be a role model. "Being part of an event like this is enriching for me," she adds.
Meghan Taugher '04 says it was important to show the girls that engineering isn't all calculators and formulas. "We just wanted to say, 'Look how much fun we have. Come join us,'" she says.
Throughout the afternoon, the student volunteers offered their insights about what engineers do. "Even though technology is so much a part of our lives, engineering is mysterious to a lot of people," says Taylor. So during the lunchtime discussion, participants joined the students in exploring the question, "What is engineering?" by looking at a societal problem and considering ways that engineers might contribute to a solution.
Mikic and Scordilis agree that the event was a success. "The day was just what we hoped for," says Mikic. "The participants gained some knowledge and had their awareness raised. By the time we gathered for late-afternoon tea, the girls were thinking more broadly-and thinking about science and engineering."
Next year, Mikic and Scordilis say they hope to offer an expanded "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day."
Lecture Topic: Bush Effect on Civil Rights
On Wednesday, March 28, community activists Nelson and Joyce Johnson, of the Greensboro Justice Fund, will visit Smith to speak on "Struggle and Hope: A View from the Black South 60 Days after Bush's Election" at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.
Active student leaders during the 1960s civil rights movement, the Nelsons have remained committed to labor and community activism during the past 30 years.
In 1979, Nelson was wounded during a Ku Klux Klan attack in Greensboro that resulted in the deaths of five anti-Klan demonstrators. Although the KKK and Nazi defendants were acquitted of murder by all-white juries, the Johnsons and other victims successfully sued the city of Greensboro for police complicity in the attack. With proceeds from the judgment, they created the Greensboro Justice Fund, which continues to support civil rights activists throughout the South.
As founders of the Faith Community Church in the 1980s and working with the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, the Johnsons have been a moral voice in all aspects of the city's life. In the 1990s, they helped organize a successful city-wide coalition of labor, religious and community leaders seeking justice and equal pay for predominately black K-Mart workers.
The lecture is sponsored by Smith, Amherst and Hampshire colleges, the University of Massachusetts and Five Colleges, Inc.
Chapel Library Offers Books for All Beliefs
Smith students frequent the Bodman Lounge downstairs in Helen Hills Hills Chapel for many reasons. For some, it offers a conducive place to study. Others enjoy playing the baby grand piano in the lounge's corner. Still others go there to watch videos or even bake a birthday cake in the adjoining kitchen.
Now, however, thanks to a recent spate of acquisitions by the chapel's library, some students may look to Bodman Lounge to find an interesting read on alternative spiritual healing methods, the teachings of an American Buddhist or an array of other topics.
During the Interterm last January, the chapel library was treated to a redesign and acquisition drive, assisted by Charlene Meader Moran, lead administrative assistant in the chapel; Hayat Nancy Abuza, interfaith program coordinator; and students Rebecca Turner '01 and Donna Ingalls AC. A subsequent refurbishment of the library entailed rearranging and reorienting the collection to appeal more to students' interests, says Abuza.
Many of the outdated volumes have been donated to the Prison Book Project, a volunteer collective that distributes free books to prison inmates. The chapel library has replaced those books with publications requested by the heads of religious organizations on campus and the college's religious life liaisons, as well as special requests from students and student organizations.
Recently acquired books -- in contrast to books in the original collection, which focused on Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism -- cross denominational boundaries and focus on role models, says Abuza. New books in the collection include The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, by Leonard Shlain, a discussion of how the advent of literacy brought about the end of goddess-worshipping societies; and Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Naomi Remen, a compilation that reflects a nontraditional healer's spiritual journey.
Bringing the library up to date has been an ongoing process, explains Moran, but it has never been done on this scale. The chapel library, which contains 3,500 volumes and periodicals, was started back in 1956 when the chapel was first built. Over the years, its collection has expanded and now includes books of various religions and beliefs, says Abuza, in an effort to reflect the mixed traditions of the current student body.
The library is open to the Smith community from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day and operates on a self-service check-out system. Though the refurbishment of the library space will continue for the remainder of the spring semester, the facility's hours will remain the same.
RCs Work Hard to Keep the Peace
By Eunnie Park '01
House life at Smith, for many, has long been considered one of the best aspects of being a Smithie. Life in the college's residences offers students the chance to be part of a cozy, close-knit community.
However, with between nine and 100 students living in each house, keeping the peace in those diverse communities and maintaining the homey, ambient atmosphere seldom comes without effort. That's where the college's 10 residence coordinators (RCs) come in.
RCs, who live and work in their respective houses, have a direct effect on the lives of students in their residences. They are charged with serving as their students' resource for conflict mediation, crisis management and important referrals. In addition, they regulate college policy and organize educational and social programming for the house, which may include activities such as a trip to Claytopia or the opera or participation in a Race for the Cure, a fun walk to benefit breast cancer research.
Heidi Haghighi '00, the RC in Chase, says her personal work with students has been the most challenging and appealing part of the job. "It's just been really fun to work with students -- challenging in organizational skills," says Haghighi. With 35 houses on campus, the job of RC requires a lot of flexibility, adds Haghighi. "Depending on where you live as an RC, you have to approach it uniquely. You just have to let yourself be marinated in the culture of that particular house [and] adjust your leadership style accordingly."
The RC program began at Smith in fall 1998, when several women were hired to live in the houses and serve various functions on campus. In addition to overseeing (and sometimes policing) the activities of students in their houses, RCs act as supervisors to a student staff that includes head residents (HRs) and house community advisors (HCAs). As paid members of the college's administrative residence-life team, RCs also work with the Office of Student Affairs on administrative assignments.
As the RC for Chase, a senior house, Haghighi says her job requires less involvement than some with underage drinking issues. However, for Nyvette Grady, the RC in Wilson, utmost attentiveness is required to "anything that goes with a party atmosphere," she says, including managing large crowds and alcohol consumption. "The unexpected can happen, and you have to be prepared," she explains. "You never know what can go wrong."
Although Grady and Haghighi's housing assignments pose their own sets of challenges, both agree that their ultimate goal is to maintain a hospitable and respectful atmosphere.
"Community living is very hard to balance," admits Haghighi. "I'd consider my year to have been successful if the house was livable and pleasant for everyone."
Meanwhile, Grady says she works to "educate people through programs on diversity" and to "foster a warm community environment where people have respect for others."
Those are no small goals.
Save the Date for Texas BBQ
Students, faculty and staff are invited
to a Farewell Texas Barbecue for President Ruth Simmons on Thursday,
May 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the athletic fields (ITT in case
of rain), hosted by the Smith College Board of Trustees. Stay
tuned for more details.
Will return next week.
Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail email@example.com) or by fax (extension 2171).
Sundays at Two
Film Premiere in
Change in Switchboard
Crew Coach to Speak
Code of Conduct
Faculty & Staff
Adopt A Planter
Master Tutors Needed
Jobs in Educational
Math Skills Assistance
Students' Aid Society
Bus to Foxwoods
Write Your Legislator
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 26
Lecture "An Afro-Russian-Jewish Woman Searches for Her Roots." Yelena Khanga, author and television personality in Russia, will lecture in English. Sponsor: Russian department. 4:15 p.m., Dewey common room*
Colloquium "Phylogeny and Morphological Evolution of the
Salamander Genera Plethodon and Aneides (Plethodontidae)."
Meredith Mahoney, Roosevelt Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of
Herpetology, American Museum of Natural History, New York City.
A reception will precede the lecture. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05
Keystone Meeting and Bible study. Come praise and pray. 7 p.m., Lamont
Opening Reception for the third annual Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibit. (See story, page 1.) 4 p.m., Seelye lobby
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Tuesday, March 27
Peter Borowsky Memorial Lecture "Lundendorff's Last War." Roger Chickering, history professor, BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University. Sponsor: Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Lecture "Publishing for English Majors: A Candid Look at the Industry." Carole DeSanti '81, vice president, Penguin Putnam Inc. Refreshments served. 5 p.m., Wright common room
Panel Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Alumni Panel. 7:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Peter Borowsky Memorial Lecture "Wagnerian Self-Fashioning: Hitler's Cult of Wagner and Its Political Impact." Hans Vaget, Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of German Studies. Sponsor: Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. 8 p.m., Seelye 106*
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 Rebuilding the Temple. Second in the three-part film series of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's "Anatomy of Exile" project. A discussion led by filmmaker Larry Hott will follow. 8 p.m., Kahn colloquium room
Presentation of the major and ice cream social. Physics. 3:30 p.m., McConnell 203
Special open meeting of the "Anatomy of Exile" colloquium. Discussion topic: "The Odyssey of the Indochinese Refugees," with Professor Peter I. Rose. 4 p.m., Kahn colloquium room
Presentation of the major and minor Geology. 4:15 p.m., Sabin-Reed 101A
Training meeting for the mentoring program. 7 p.m., Seelye 110
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
Softball vs. Trinity. 4 p.m., athletic fields*
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
Wednesday, March 28
Lecture "Struggle and Hope: A View from the Black South 60 Days after Bush's Election." The Rev. Nelson Johnson and Joyce Johnson, civil rights activists from the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Greensboro Justice Fund, will speak about black struggles for justice and equality, particularly following the election of George W. Bush and the disenfranchisement of the black electorate. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Training meeting for the mentoring program. 4 p.m., Seelye 110
Faculty meeting Preceded by tea at 3:45. 4:10 p.m., Alumnae House
Informational meeting Semester in Maine. Sue Robinson, director of enrollment at the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies, will talk about how to spend a semester in Maine, documenting the region through words or photographs. 4 p.m., Wright 230
Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101
Presentation of the major East Asian languages and cultures. 7 p.m., Hatfield 205
Open meeting of Astronomy 215, History of Astronomy, with a screening of Star Messengers, a 19992000 Kahn Institute and Department of Theatre video production about the lives of Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler, written and directed by Paul Zimet. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*
Green Tara Meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Lama. Sponsor: East Asian Studies; Kent Program of the religion department. 4:15-5 p.m., Wright common room
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
Presentation of the major Women's studies. 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207
Awards ceremony to honor the children of students who participated in the Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibit. Open to all Adas and their participating children. 4 p.m., Seelye 207
Lacrosse vs. Elms. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*
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.
Lecture "Why R & D in Environmental Science Is Important for Motorola." Iwona Turlik, vice president and director, Motorola Advanced Technology Center. Part of the Picker Engineering Program's Executive Access series. Buffet lunch will be served. Noon, Davis Ballroom*
First Annual Logic Lecture "Approaches to Paradox." J.C. Beall, University of Connecticut. Sponsors: Logic Program; departments of philosophy, math, and computer science; Lecture Committee. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Lecture "Identity and Consciousness in Women's Political Activism." Abigail Stewart, University of Michigan, will speak on the roles of generational and personal experiences in creating social identities and political commitment. Sponsor: the Kahn Institute project, "From Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium." 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Bilingual Poetry Reading Argentine poet and Latin American Studies visiting scholar Diana Bellessi, and translators Cathy Eisenhower and Christiane Jacox Kyle, will read Bellessi's poems in Spanish and English and discuss their translations. Sponsors: Latin American Studies; Spanish and Portuguese department; Poetry Center. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Chaired Professor Lecture
"The Seductive Equation and Engineering Thought." Domenico
Grasso, Rosemary B. Hewlett '40 Professor of Engineering. Reception
follows in the Alumnae House living room.
Lecture "Romancing the Tone: Barbershop Harmony on Main Street USA." Gage Averill, 2001 Five College Visiting Music Resident. 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*
Sign-up for first years' trip to Boston. 4:30-6 p.m., Seelye 101
Mandatory Meeting for juniors and seniors planning to apply for entrance to health professions schools in 2002. Information on obtaining a committee letter and arranging an interview with members of the Board of Prehealth Advisers. Seniors who applied for entrance in 2001 will offer advice. 5 p.m., Burton 101
Open meeting for English department students, with the depart-ment's Student Curriculum Committee. All are invited. Bring questions, suggestions and comments about the department's curriculum. 6 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B
Meeting Smith TV. 7 p.m., Media Resources Center, Alumnae gym
MassPIRG Forum to present a campaign to prevent drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106
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)
Lacrosse vs. Wesleyan. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*
Friday, March 30
Lecture "Open Wide the Grécourt Gates: William Allen Neilson and the Rescue of Refugees." Peter I. Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and director of the American Studies diploma program. Presented by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries. 2:30 p.m., Neilson Library, third floor
Lecture Bonnie Dunbar, NASA astronaut, will deliver the keynote address for "Designing the Future," an engineering conference hosted by the Picker Program. Introduction by Borjana Mikic, Picker Program. (See story, page 1). 5 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
Presentation of the minor Film Studies Program. Meet with professor Alexandra Keller, who will teach five classes next year. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207
Shabbat Services Dinner follows in the Kosher kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room.
Alumnae House tea Capen and Wilson houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room
Letter-Writing Campaign to let government representatives know students' positions on environmental and population issues. Paper, pens and snacks will be available. 6-7:30 p.m., Lawrence House
Party sponsored by Korean American Students of Smith (KASS) featuring the hip-hop group Organic Thoughts. Admission: $7, Smith students; $10, general (those attending must be at least 18 years old). 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Pearl Street Nightclub, downtown Northampton
Saturday, March 31
Discussion "A Conversation About the Future of Engineering Education," with Domenico Grasso and other engineering exemplars. Part of "Designing the Future." (See story, page 1.) 11 a.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*
Track and field Smith Invitational. 11 a.m., outdoor track*
Sunday, April 1
Meeting Gaia, for students interested in the environment. All welcome. 5:45 p.m., Chapin
Meeting Feminists of
Discussion with Baha'i Club. Deepening of the Baha'i writings. 4 p.m., Dewey common room
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*
Christian Prayer Meeting 6-7:30 p.m., Wright common room
Intervarsity Prayer Meeting 9-10 p.m., chapel
"The Strongest of Bonds: William Allan Neilson, Internationalism and Exiles at Smith College." See 3/30 listing for related lecture by Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. Neilson Library, third floor
"Decorative Design: Publishers' Cloth Bindings in the Finison Collection at Smith College," a dazzling display of 19th- and early 20th-century American decorated bookbindings that illustrate the stylistic developments of book design for that period. The book covers were selected from the more than two thousand volumes donated from the Harvey and Myrtle Finison Collection in 1999. Leading book design historian Sue Allen will give a related talk on April 18. For more information, call ext. 2906. Through Tuesday, May 29. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library*
"Fragments: A Quilt Exhibit" Through Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, March 28. For more information, call ext. 2907. Third Floor, Neilson Library
"The Refugees" Two life-sized sculptures by artist Judith Peck, depicting refugees carrying a child and worldly possessions. Through Monday, 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 Friday, 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*