News for the Smith College Community //March 29, 2001

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Kahn to Honor Neilson, ERC

In Marseilles in 1940, some two thousand World War II French refugees -- several renowned artists among them -- were certain to have been delivered to hostile Nazi forces by the French Vichy government were it not for the efforts of one man who risked his own safety to rescue them. Varian Fry, a Harvard-educated journalist from New York City, was sent to France by the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC) to help evacuate refugees including some of the continent's most well-known talents -- artists Marc Chagall and Max Ernst, writer Hannah Arendt and sculptor Jacques Lipchitz -- along with their families and others.

On Thursday through Saturday, April 5 through 7, the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute will host the Neilson Symposium, a conference of scholars, writers and refugee workers that will honor the work of Fry, the ERC and William Allan Neilson, Smith's third president (1919-1939) and a founder of the ERC. The conference, titled "Making a Difference -- Citizen Involvement in Refugee Relief, Rescue and Resettlement," will also honor the work of others affiliated with the rescue committee.

The ERC, which was founded in 1933 and is now known as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), has become the leading nonprofit, nonsectarian voluntary organization in the world, providing relief, protection and resettlement for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.

The Neilson Symposium, which will focus on the 1930s and 1940s, will address the experiences of exiles from fascism and Nazism and examine their impact on American and other societies. Several panels, with participation by fellows of the Kahn Institute's year-long project "The Anatomy of Exile," will also consider the critical role of the IRC and other voluntary organizations and private citizens in addressing contemporary refugee crises.

Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and conference organizer, who has written about the IRC in his books Working with Refugees and Tempest-Tost, recognizes the importance of the committee's historic work. "I am a longtime admirer of what I think is one of the best of the many refugee agencies I have known, studied and written about," says Rose, an organizing fellow of "The Anatomy of Exile," of the IRC.

The conference will begin at 4:30 p.m. on April 5 in Neilson Browsing Room with a plenary session titled "William Allan Neilson and the Rescue of Refugees," introduced by President Ruth Simmons, and featuring comments by Robert DeVecchi, former president of the IRC, and a presentation by Rose. At 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage, French documentary filmmaker Pierre Sauvage will discuss his work-in-progress, And Crown Thy Good... Varian Fry in Marseille, excerpts of which will be screened.

The following morning at 9 a.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, Sauvage will sit on the panel "Marseille, 1940," with Andy Marion, author of The Quiet American: The Secret Life of Varian Fry; and Justus Rosenberg of Bard College. At 4:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, Ruth Gruber, author of Haven, and Beverlee Bruce, IRC board member, will give a talk, "Making a Difference," chaired by Roger Winter of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and a Kahn Visiting Fellow. Other panels will be held with titles such as "Illustrious Emigrés" and "Anti-Fascists and Exiles in Western Massachusetts."

On the evening of April 6, a choral concert titled "Destination America," directed by Ronald Perera, E.I. Sweeney Professor of Music, will feature Smith's Chamber Singers performing a piece by Perera, The Golden Door, and Aaron Copland's Old American Songs.

The conference will continue on April 7 with a 9 a.m. panel titled "Refugee Crises and the Politics of Rescue Today" with Mary Diaz of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children; Peggy Hicks of the International Human Rights Law Group; and Lionel Rosenblatt of Refugees International.

An exhibition of photographs and other materials, titled "The Strongest of Bonds: William Allan Neilson, Internationalism and Exiles at Smith College," will accompany the conference at the Kahn Institute on the third floor of Neilson Library.

For more information about the Neilson Symposium, call extension 3721, send e-mail to kahnevents@, or consult

Campus Trees Are His Jurisdiction

Michael Marcotrigiano describes his position as director of the Botanic Garden as exciting, rewarding and busy.

The latter point seems a bit of an understatement, considering that Marcotrigiano's arrival last August coincided with the final planning stages for a major renovation of the Lyman Conservatory, which is just getting under way. The two-year project will restore eight greenhouses while expanding and modernizing the building complex, quadrupling its exhibition space and adding a sizable rooftop garden, a new classroom, office and lab space, storage facilities, restrooms and enclosed corridors for greenhouse visitors.

Marcotrigiano points out that the renovation will not compromise any historic aspects of the conservatory's glass houses. Rather, it will provide automated control systems and lead and asbestos abatement, as well as expand the public space.

He juggles the details of the renovation with great familiarity -- no surprise, considering his ongoing collaborations with architects, the planning committee and the Office of Advancement since arriving on campus.

Marcotrigiano came to Smith from UMass, where he spent 17 years on the faculty. A native of New York, he earned a bachelor's degree from St. Francis College, and master's and doctoral degrees in horticulture from the University of Maryland. An expert on plant propagation and ornamental plant breeding, Marcotrigiano is experienced in both the basic and applied aspects of horticulture. He is widely published in prominent science and horticulture journals on subjects ranging from leaf color variants in coleus and the micropro-pagation of cranberries to the genetics of flowering tobacco.

Along with overseeing Smith's gardens and greenhouses and directing a staff of 14, Marcotrigiano teaches a course in horticulture, works with students on independent-study projects and serves as a member of the department of biological sciences. As if that were not enough, Marcotrigiano says his position also makes him the official Smith College "Defender of Trees."

"There's a lot of construction occurring on campus and that sometimes raises issues of eliminating trees," he explains. "As director of the Botanic Garden, that's my jurisdiction. Whether the issue is a limb or an entire tree, it comes through me. This campus has rare and important trees that must be protected."

According to Marcotrigiano, one of the biggest challenges of his job is balancing the needs of a botanic garden, a landscape and a campus. The botanic garden, which serves as a resource for campus researchers, is a curated collection of rare plants that is often enriched through an exchange with other botanic gardens, he explains. A landscape, on the other hand, is a planned aesthetic for a space, such as the master plan developed for the campus by designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Then there's the campus's physical layout, he says, which reflects Smith's academic mission.

"Striking the balance between growth and aesthetics is challenging. One of my goals is to maintain open space and long-lived trees," he says.

Marcotrigiano is also hoping to increase research initiatives at the Botanic Garden while expanding internship programs. He feels that the pending renovations will only enhance the offerings of the Botanic Garden and Lyman Conservatory to the academic community and general public.

"Coming to Smith has been extremely gratifying," he says. "And I've been offered so much support as I've settled in. I'm also deeply impressed by the historic loyalty that past and present students have for the Botanic Garden. Smith knows it has an extraordinary treasure right here on campus. It truly is one of the world's premier botanic gardens."

Smith to Host PBS Satellite Telecast

Students, faculty and staff members will have an opportunity on Thursday, April 5, to interact with some of the world's leading female (and some male) business luminaries during Women.future MainEvent 2001, an international leadership skills training program cosponsored by PBS Adult Learning Service.

The event, to be held in Neilson Browsing Room from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will feature a live satellite telecast on an enlarged screen of a day-long series of conversations among business leaders and entrepreneurs at institutions around the world. Participants will interact with more than 30 panelists by sending questions via e-mail, telephone and fax. Panelists include Laura Ziskin, CEO of Fox 2000; Wendy Kopp, founder and president of Teach For America; Drew Barrymore, actress and producer; Sally Helgesen, author of The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership; and Tom Peters, author and business guru.

The telecast, which will be hosted by hundreds of organizations around the world, will explore issues such as how the leadership styles of today's successful businesswomen are influencing mainstream practices; which leadership qualities will prove critical to success in the new world of work; how employers seeking potential leaders will attract and retain those with talent; and what products and services captivate women and how companies that market to women can motivate purchase decisions.

Women.future MainEvent 2001 is being coordinated at Smith by the Media Services Center and the Project on Women and Social Change. For more information, log onto

Program to Add Color to Campus

The Botantic Garden of Smith College is looking for a few green thumbs.

Starting this spring, the Adopt-A-Planter Program will allow Smith employees to contribute to the college's landscape by volunteering to "sponsor" (that is, water and care for) planters prepared and designed by the Botanic Garden. The planters will be installed outside the campus buildings where the participants work.

"We've had requests for additional flowers to add color near some building entrances or other areas of high visibility," explains Madelaine Zadik, interim assistant director of the Botanic Garden. "Since we don't have enough staff to maintain areas of annual flowers, we're proposing this program as an alternative."

Because the planters will require care from mid-May until the first hard frost in the fall, buildings included in the Adopt-A-Planter Program will be limited to those staffed year-round, Zadik says. Therefore, student residences will not be considered. Also, the number of buildings accepted into the program will be limited so that planters do not compete with each other, she says.

The program will operate on a trial basis, says Zadik. "Because we want to test the program before expending a large effort in this direction, we're proposing to begin with two planter sponsors and then increase that number by one or two per year. Applications will be taken, and the director of the Botanic Garden, in consultation with appropriate staff, will choose the 'winners.'"

She explains that planter sponsors will be chosen based on the location of their buildings in relation to other plantings, previous requests from building occupants, the availability of water to the building, and the commitment level of the employees. Final approval by the Physical Plant will be necessary to ensure that the planters do not interfere with building maintenance or access for persons with disabilities.

The Botanic Garden will vary the styles and species of plants in each planter so that they will look attractive and perform well in the specific location. Botanic Garden personnel will also apply time-release fertilizer and mulch to the plantings so they will need minimal pruning throughout the summer.

Once the container is planted, building participants will be responsible for watering the plants, removing dead flowers and trimming. Botanic Garden personnel will dispose of the contents in the fall. Any neglected container will be removed.

"If Adopt-A-Planter is successful, we not only hope to expand it, but also to develop a brochure aimed at the identification and origin of species within the planters," says Zadik. "We're excited about the program's potential and eager to develop partnerships between buildings' staffs and the Botanic Garden. We especially encourage the involvement of Smith students who have taken or are taking Biology 202, the horticulture class."

Applications for the program, which are due by Tuesday, April 10, can be obtained by sending e-mail to with the subject line "Planters," or by visiting the Botanic Garden Web site at planter_app.html.

Girls Invited to Come to Work at Smith

Late next month, daughters of Smith employees will have an opportunity to glimpse a day in the life of their parents on the job as they are invited to visit the campus during "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" on Thursday, April 26.

The college encourages employees to bring their daughters, or other girls in their lives between ages 8 and 15, to campus, show them around the office, give them a tour of the grounds, introduce them to officemates and machinery and even let them help out if it's appropriate.

As an added incentive for employees to bring their girls to work that day, a "Daughters Lunch Special" will be offered by the Davis grill, which will include the foods young girls love best -- hot dogs, french fries, soft drinks and sweets.

Smith's "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" corresponds with the national day organized by the Ms. Foundation. The foundation launched the annual day just for girls in 1992 to give them an opportunity to see their parents engaged in a range of professional capacities. The day is intended to help inspire girls, build their confidence and support their self-esteem before they reach adolescence while exposing them to various opportunities and career possibilities.

If you plan to bring your daughter to work on April 26 and would like to take advantage of the Davis lunch special, register by Monday, April 23, by contacting Claire Kmetz in the Office of College Relations, extension 2170, or For ideas and suggestions of useful ways to spend time with your daughter, or for more information about "Take Our Daughters to Work Day," consult the Ms. Foundation's Web site at

Sports You May Not See Every Day

By Eunnie Park '01

The most popular sports at Smith -- for spectators and participants alike -- include basketball, crew, track and field, and softball.

But beyond the court, shell, track and diamond is a spectrum of competitive pastimes -- albeit not as highly sought -- that offer the same levels of intensity, enthusiasm, heartbreak and triumph as their more popular counterparts. Though sports like badminton and sailing are not part of the intercollegiate system, a sizable number of Smith students participate in these club sports with the same pride and talent of all Smith competitors.

These sports are part of the Smith College Sports Club Program, a group of teams devoted to sports and other recreational activities not represented by intercollegiate athletic squads. Through the program, students can learn some of the more unusual sports -- fencing, for example, or croquet. And though club sports don't take the time and dedication that intercollegiate sports require, the competitive drive is still there.

"I believe that competition pushes your abilities further than you can ever get in practice," says Jessica Peck '03, vice president of the fencing club. "It pushes you mentally and physically past what you thought you were capable of."

"Competing is a chance to learn other strategies and ways to play your game on the strip," agrees Sonora Miller '04, also a fencer. "It requires a lot of strategy -- like chess on your feet. You're playing a mind game with the person on the strip."

Fencing is "a thinking woman's sport," insists Peck. The club, which competes in 11 to 12 meets each year, practices four times a week and provides fun and good exercise to those involved, says Peck. "It's a wonderful way to go to the gym, burn off stress. You cannot think of anything else when you're fencing. It's a great escape."

The Badminton Club is also about competition, says Liv Coleman '01, head of the club, but it also allows participants to play just for fun. Club members can play in tournaments, or "listen to the music and hit the birdie around," she says. The sport is largely unrecognized in this country as a competitive pastime. "So many people think of it as a leisure, backyard sport," says Coleman. "But it does have a competitive angle. It is a real sport."

"Before I joined the team, I didn't even know badminton competed," admits Natalia Sokolova '02. "It's fun but competitive. It's very different from when you're playing for leisure."

Fencing and badminton have existed for many years at Smith. But some sports clubs have only recently been organized or reorganized. Last year, Katie Lambert '03 and Emilie Flemer '03 revived the Sailing Club, which had been defunct for a number of years. With the help of their alumnae contacts and Amherst College senior Peter Beardesley, a member of the college's sailing club, the students have pulled enough equipment and members together to charter a club at Smith. "We wanted to learn more about competitive sailing," says Lambert. "It's different from other sports. You're in the water with the wind flying in your face -- it's very exhilarating."

The Sailing Club has grown to about 20 members, and the more experienced sailors of the club will participate in seven regattas this season, says Lambert. With more regattas planned for the fall semester and the growing interest around campus, Smith is among the first to have a club for women sailors, she says. "Women sailing is a kind of a new phenomenon. I don't know of any women's college that has a sailing club. We were interested in getting into women's sailing specifically."

Also new on campus are the Marathon Club and Water Polo Club. Other sports represented in the Sports Club Program that you may not often read about in the headlines include croquet, ice hockey, rugby, synchronized swimming, table tennis and Ultimate Frisbee.

Many of these clubs compete too, but some allow students to play just for the fun of it.


February 26: USCSA Regionals: 2nd place
March 6-10: USCSA Nationals: 11th place and 21st place

March 3: Smith 0, Skidmore 9

March 4: Mount Holyoke Show: 4th place
March 10: UMass Show: 3rd place

Earlier this month, Eleanor Rothman, director of fundraising initiatives for the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, received the Woman of Power of the Year award from the local chapter of Zonta International. Zonta, a worldwide service organization of professional women, has several Smith alumnae among its local membership, including the president of the local chapter, Lynn Goodhue '70. Rothman was honored for her work as the founding director of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, a position for which she was hired by the college more than 25 years ago. The presentation of Rothman's award coincided, by design, with International Women's Week.

Kum-Kum Bhavnani, senior editor of Meridians, Smith's new journal of writings by women of color, is also the editor of a new book, Feminism and 'Race', published this year by Oxford University Press. The book, which was published as part of the Oxford Readings in Feminism series, is a collection of writings that explore the relationships between race, racism, ethnicity and feminism. The book includes a chapter, "Gender and Race: The Ampersand Problem in Feminist Thought," by Elizabeth Spelman, B. Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy at Smith, as well as contributions by renowned feminist writers Angela Y. Davis, Audre Lorde, Aihwa Ong and bell hooks.

Domenico Grasso, R.B. Hewlett '40 Professor of Engineering and founding chair of the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology, moderated a series titled "Genomes and Nanotechnology: The Future of Environmental Research," presented as part of a United States congressional briefing at the Sam Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The series included panel discussions about the future of interdisciplinary environmental research and presentations by David Stahl of the University of Washington; Gil Lee of Purdue University; John Carberry of DuPont; and Jerald Schnoor of the University of Iowa.

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


Open Forums for Religious Life Dean
Four finalists have been chosen for the position of dean of religious life. An open forum has been scheduled for each to allow the campus community to meet and talk with the candidates. All sessions will be held in Dewey common room and are open to students, faculty and staff. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. The schedule is as follows:

  • Don Johnson, former senior leader at the New York Society for Ethical Culture; Tuesday, April 3, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • Leslie Callahan, visiting professor of African American religion at Barnard College and approaches to the study of religion at Princeton University; Wednesday, April 4, noon-1 p.m.
  • Kathryn Johnson, director of student relations and adjunct faculty in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary; Thursday, April 5, noon-1 p.m.
  • Jennifer Walters, chaplain of the Episcopal Foundation and university ombudsman at the University of Michigan; Friday, April 6, noon-1 p.m.

Trees Coming Down
In preparation for the Lyman Conservatory renovations and plans for the infrastructure of the Campus Center, some trees on campus must unfortunately be cut down. One is located on College Lane, in front of Lyman, and others are located near the loading dock at Chapin. None of the trees are rare or irreplaceable. They must be removed so that large underground utilities can be installed. A major campus landscape plan will add many more plants than those being removed. All trees remaining in the area will be protected from construction damage by fencing.

Squash Team Clinics
The Smith Squash Team will host a free clinic for students, faculty and staff interested in learning how to play squash. Squash is much easier to learn than tennis, and you can get a good workout while having fun. Clinics will be held on Thursday, April 5, and Thursday, April 12, 7-8 p.m., at the squash courts in Ainsworth gym. For more information, call squash coach Tim Bacon at ext. 2715.

Faculty & Staff

Advertising Student Jobs
Campus supervisors who wish to advertise work-study positions in their departments for next year may submit their job listings on-line via the Student Employment Web page at Job listings will be accepted until Friday, April 6. The jobs will then be advertised to students, beginning on Monday, April 9. Please submit job advertisements as early as possible after determining which employees will return in the fall. After the job search begins, students will contact employers directly to arrange for an interview. As soon as a job is filled, please contact to have the job notice removed.

Adopt A Planter
The Botanic Garden will purchase, design and plant arrangements in planters for campus personnel who volunteer to water and care for the planters at their respective buildings. For information or to volunteer, send e-mail to or consult The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 10.


Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted on the Web at and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye and Wright. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10, and two periods on Friday, May 11. There will be no examination period on the evening of May 11. Students should check the schedule of exams carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

House Closings
Campus houses will officially close at noon on Saturday, May 12. Only seniors and students scheduled to take Five-College exams will be allowed to remain in houses after that date. Students who have permission to remain in campus housing through Commencement must move to consolidated housing on Sunday, May 13. Front-door and room keys will not be provided; instead, door watch will be scheduled for the entire week. The last night that any guest room may be reserved or used is Friday, May 11. During the second week of March, students taking Five-College courses will receive housing request forms by mail from the Office of Student Affairs; these forms must be completed and returned by April 6. Call Randy Shannon, ext. 4940, with questions.

Registration for Fall 2001
The spring advising and registration period will take place April 2-13. Students will receive registration instructions in their mailboxes. Registration will be on-line and students should contact their advisers for appointments. All registrations must be completed by Friday, April 13. Students or advisers needing assistance with their PINs should contact the User Support Center in Stoddard Hall.

Cross-Cultural Training
Candy Beery '64, a trainer and consultant who specializes in effective workplace communication, will offer two workshops for students on Wednesday, April 4, in the Alumnae House conference room: "Making Your Way in a Job or Internship, in a Different Culture or Country," primarily for first-years and sophomores, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; and "Leaving the Smith Culture, Succeeding in the Next," primarily for seniors, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Capacity for each session is 50; students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop participants are invited to a pizza supper from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Register for the supper by Monday, April 2, by sending e-mail to

Master Tutors Needed
Do you love studying and learning about biology, chemistry, economics, French or Spanish? Would you like to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with other students? If so, the Jacobson Center's Tutorial Services Program invites you to apply to be a master tutor for 2001-02. Master tutors work a minimum of six hours per week providing tutoring for individuals and cofacilitating small-group sessions. For more information or an application, drop by the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning, in Seelye 307. The deadline for first consideration is Wednesday, April 4.

Jobs in Educational Tech
Information Technology Services (ITS) is hiring student computer lab consultants for 2001-02. Students with experience in the use of personal computers, a commitment to helping fellow student users and a willingness to learn new technologies are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through Saturday, March 31. Interviews will take place during the first week of April. Applications and more details can be accessed at

Math Skills Assistance
If you are struggling in a class because you have forgotten the underlying math or data handling skills, the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, can help. In addition to tutoring and writ-ing assistance, the center now provides quantitative skills counseling. Walk-in hours are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays; or sign up for a time that suits your schedule. Contact Jennifer Innes, ext. 3032 or, with questions.

KASS Party
"Paradox," a party sponsored by the Korean American Students of Smith (KASS), with the hip-hop group Organic Thoughts, will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, March 30, at Pearl Street Nightclub, downtown Northampton. Admission: $7, Smith students; $10, general (those attending must be at least 18 years old).

Students' Aid Society
The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society funding for summer study is Sunday, April 15. Applications, which are available at the CDO, as well as the class deans, Ada Comstock Program and student affairs offices, must be returned to the class deans office. Contact Anne White, ext. 2577 or, with questions. The society regrets to announce that there is no more money available in the Beyond Smith fund for seniors.

Write Your Legislator
A letter-writing campaign to let government representatives know students' positions on environmental and population issues will take place on Friday, March 30, 6-7:30 p.m. in Lawrence House. Paper, pens and snacks will be available. Call Bree Carlson, ext. 7300, with questions.

Rotary Scholarships for Study Abroad
The Northampton Rotary is now accepting applications for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships for the academic year 2002-03. The scholarships pay for transportation, tuition, fees and room and board at an institution outside the United States assigned by the Rotary Foundation. Applicants must either reside, study full time or be employed in Northampton and must have completed at least two years of university or college coursework. Rotarians and their immediate families are ineligible. Scholarship recipients stay with local families abroad when possible. Scholarships are available for three months and for a full academic year. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 2. Further information and applications are available at Contact Naomi Shulman or Lucy Mule at ext. 4913 or 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 work 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

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, April 2

Lecture Alena Shumway '01 will discuss plans for an exhibit about the Northampton Silk Industry, to be held at Historic Northampton in 2003. Noon, Kahn Institute, Neilson third floor*

Poetry Reading Dean Flower, Robert Hosmer and Michael Thurston, all of the English department, will read selections from contemporary Irish poets, including Eavan Boland, Brendan Kenneally, Eamon Grennan and Seamus Heany. Beverages will be provided by the English department. 12:10 p.m., Wright common room

Lecture "Invasive Plants: When Encouraging Diversity Goes Bad." Michael Marcotrigiano, director of the Botanic Garden. Ninth 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*

Lecture Students in HSC 211, Ancient Inventions, will hold a poster session titled "The World of Ancient Textiles." Refreshments served. 2:40 p.m., McConnell foyer

Biological Sciences Colloquium Reception precedes lecture. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture "Schlimme, Instinklose Kinder. Erika and Klaus Mann." Irmela von der Luhe, Universität Göttingen. 8 p.m., Seelye 106

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

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

SGA candidate information session Mandatory for all who signed up for a position. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 106

Religious Life
Keystone Meeting and Bible study. Come praise and pray. 7 p.m., Lamont

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

Softball vs. Amherst. 3:30 p.m., athletic fields*

Lacrosse vs. Mount Holyoke. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*

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

President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

Tuesday, April 3

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Clint Eastwood's Sequel in the Coral Reef." Paulette Pickol, biological and marine sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Katherine Asher Engel Lecture "Marcel Proust and 'Docteur Dieu': Letters to Samuel Pozzi." Lawrence A. Joseph, professor emeritus of French language and literature. 5 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Lecture "On the Frontier of Peace Making: A Palestinian and an Israeli Woman Discuss Women's Organizations and Visions." Adina Aviram, a founder of "New Profile," and member of the peace organizations Bat Shalom, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, and the Coalition of Women for a Just Peace; and Salwa Najjab Khatib, founder of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees' Women's Health Project, and of the Foundation for Health and Social Development.
7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Poetry Reading Beat poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti will read from his work. Booksigning to follow. 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Weapons of the Spirit. Final installment in a three-part series of the Kahn Institute's project "The Anatomy of Exile," with a discussion led by filmmaker and director Pierre Sauvage. 8 p.m., Seelye 106*

Film Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Auditorium

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

Question-and-answer session with poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who will speak in the evening. See Cindy Furtek in Wright 130 to register and receive a packet of poems. 3:30 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. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Panel discussion "Crisis in Health Care Policy for Women." Katherine Tracy, UMass School of Public Health; Ellen Miller-Mack, Brightwood Health Center; and Sarah Kemball, medical director, Franklin County Health Clinic. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Wednesday, April 4

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

Lecture "Making Your Way in a Job or Internship in a Different Culture or Country." Candy Beery '64, trainer and consultant in workplace communication. 4 p.m., Alumnae House conference room

Lecture "Insect Defenses: Ecology, Evolution and Chemistry." M. Deane Bowers '74. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture "Leaving the Smith Culture, Succeeding in the Next." Candy Beery '64. 7 p.m., Alumnae House conference room

Lecture "Diophantus and Fermat." Lawrence Washington, Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland. The lecture will be preceded by an informal pizza dinner at 6 p.m. Sign up for the dinner on a list on the door of Burton 317. Contact Patricia Sipe, or ext. 3873, with questions. 7 p.m., McConnell 404

Lecture "Water, Population and the Environment: Challenges for the 21st Century." Sandra Postel, director, Global Water Policy Project in Amherst, a Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment, and a Senior Fellow with World Watch Institute. Sponsors: Population Committee of the Pioneer Valley Sierra Club; Project on Women and Social Change. 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Dance Concert Open dress rehearsal for "Faces of Dance," the dance department's annual spring concert, featuring new works in a range of styles by Jolyn Arisman MFA '01; Farheen Khan '01; Lauren Singman '01; Kelsey Wessels '01; Kate Lieberman, UMass '03; Rodger Blum, associate professor of dance; Augusto Soledade, visiting artist in dance; and Susan Waltner, professor of dance. Yvonne Daniel, artistic director. Tickets: $1. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Faculty meeting Preceded by tea at 3:45. 4:10 p.m., Alumnae House

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., Dewey common room

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

Teach-In on the free-trade area of the Americas. Learn about the FTAA and activists mobilizing against it. 7:30 p.m., Wright common room

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, April 5

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "A Brief Encounter with 'Brief Encounter.'" Jefferson Hunter, English language and literature. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture "Cowardly Invective: Juvenal Satire 9 and the Boundaries of Satire." Susanna Braund, Yale University. Sponsor: Department of Classical Languages and Literatures. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Neilson Symposium "William Neilson and the Rescue of Refugees." Peter I. Rose, organizing fellow of the Kahn Institute project "The Anatomy of Exile." (See story, page 1.) Reception follows in the Kahn Institute lounge, Neilson third floor. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Bilingual Education." Elementary teachers Kim Gerould, Jackson Street School, and Michelle Da Costa '88, Framingham Public School, will talk about their work with Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking elementary school children. Sponsors: Luso-Brazilian Club; Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 4:30 p.m., Hatfield 106

Performing Arts/Films
Film Screening And Crown Thy Good Varian Fry in Marseille. Excerpts from a work-in-progress documentary film, followed by discussion with the filmmaker Pierre Sauvage. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Dance Concert "Faces of Dance," the dance department's annual spring concert. See 4/4 listing. Tickets: $7, general; $5, students and seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flannagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Theater Oh Wholly Night! A one-woman comedy written and performed by artist/playwright Deb Margolin. Part of "Masters and Movements in Drama," sponsored by the Sosland Fund in Jewish Studies. 8 p.m., chapel

Theater Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourne. Andrea Hairston, director. A coproduction, with the Chrysalis Theatre, of a time-traveling comedy thriller, following the adventures of a 21st-century sexual consultant who runs for her life through a "communicating door." Tickets: $7, general; $4, students and seniors. For reservations, call 585-ARTS. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Film Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Auditorium

Head of Organizations mandatory meeting. 5 p.m. Seelye 106

Meeting of the Ceramics Club, to discuss nominations for next year's club officials, as well as to address questions, comments or concerns. Open to all. The studio is located behind Capen and next to Davis, in the same building as the LBTA. 6:45 p.m., Ceramics studio

Meeting Smith TV. 7 p.m., Media Resources Center

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

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

Women.future MainEvent 2001 A live telecast cosponsored by PBS of conversations among business leaders around the world. Interact with panelists during this day-long event. (See story, page 4.) 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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

Spring tea English department invites all majors and potential majors. Learn more about seminars, honors, theses and advanced courses. 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Opening reception and talk by Puerto Rican artist Pablo Delano about his exhibit, "Caribbean Crosscurrent," on display in the chapel, followed by a tour of the exhibit. Refreshments served. 4:30 p.m., chapel*

Friday, April 6

Panel Discussion "Marseille, 1940." Pierre Sauvage, filmmaker; Andy Marino, author of A Quiet American: The Secret War of Varian Fry; Justus Rosenberg, Bard College; and Mary D. Lewis, Kahn Institute Fellow. Part of the Neilson Symposium. (See story, page 1.) 9 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Panel Discussion "Illustrious Emigrés." Lale Burk, Kahn Faculty Fellow; Karen Koehler, Kahn Faculty Fellow; Krishna Winston, Kahn Visiting Fellow; and Hans Vaget, professor of comparative literature. Part of the Neilson Symposium. (See story, page 1.) 11 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Panel Discussion "Anti-Facists and Exiles in Western Massachusetts." Deirdre Bonifaz, author; Gertraud Gutzmann, Kahn Faculty Fellow; Charles Killinger, Central Florida State College; and Richard Unsworth, Smith College chaplain emeritus. Part of the Neilson Symposium. (See story, page 1.) 2:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Making a Difference." Ruth Gruber, Author of Haven; and Beverlee Bruce, Social Science Research Council and IRC Board Member. Part of the Neilson Symposium. (See story, page 1.) 4:30 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert A night of music with The Rye Coalition, Cancer Conspiracy and other bands. Admission: $5.
8 p.m., Gamut*

Siren Open Mic Poetry and music performed by students. Sponsored by Siren literary magazine. 7:30 p.m., field house*

Concert "Destination America," featuring Aaron Copland's Old American Songs, with Jane Bryden, soprano, and the Smith Chamber Singers, Jonathan Hirsh, conductor, accompanied by Clifton J. Noble; and Ronald Perera's cantata The Golden Door, with Mary Feeney, speaker, and the UMass Chamber Choir and instrumental ensemble, Wayne Abercrombie, conductor. Part of the Neilson Symposium. (See story, page 1.) 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Play Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourne. Andrea Hairston, director. See 4/5 listing. Tickets: $7, general; $4, students and seniors. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Dance Concert "Faces of Dance," the dance department's annual spring concert. See 4/4 listing. Tickets: $7, general; $5, students and seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flannagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Meeting College Council on Community Policy. Agenda will include smoking policy; vendor code of conduct; and global Sullivan principles. 3:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn conference room, Pierce

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., Dewey common room

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

Softball vs. MIT 3 p.m., athletic fields*

Alumnae House tea Ziskind and King houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, April 7

Symposium exploring the place of people of color in the sciences, and how they got there. Sponsor: Union of Underrepresented Science Students. 9 a.m., Seelye 201; and 1 p.m., Seelye 313

Panel Discussion "Refugee Crises and the Politics of Rescue Today." Mary Diaz, Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children; Lionel Rosenblatt, Refugees International; Peggy L. Hicks, International Human Rights Law Group. Part of the Neilson Symposium. (See story, page 1.) 9 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Film The Cummington Story. Part of the Neilson Symposium. 11:30 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Korean Culture Benefit Concert Featuring "Pansori" and a traditional Korean drumming group from Yale University. Admission: $5. 1:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Play Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourne. Andrea Hairston, director. See 4/5 listing. Tickets: $7, general; $4, students and seniors. For reservations, call 585-ARTS. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Senior Music Recital Maya Whitmont '01, banjo. A performance of old-style banjo, of traditional tunes and new selections; accompanied by banjo teacher Diane Sanabria. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Other Events/Activities
Equestrian Regionals 9 a.m. Equestrian center*

Sunday, April 8

Performing Arts/Films
Senior Music Recital Heather Milligan, flute. Sonata No. 3 in A Major by J.S. Bach; Piece pour Flute Seule by Jacques Ibert; and Sonata in D Major, op. 94 by Sergei Prokofiev. Accompanied by Clifton J. Noble, Jr., piano. 3 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Dance Performance "Journey Into the Labyrinth." Several choreographed dances will be performed to live music. Come dressed for the weather and prepared to move. 4 p.m., athletic field*

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

Gaia meeting for students interested in the environment. All welcome. 5:45 p.m., Chapin

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

Religious Life
Morning Worship for Palm Sunday, with the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows, pastor, and music by the Chapel Handbell Choir, Grant Moss, director. Brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., chapel*

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

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

Blessing of palms and processional to the chapel for Palm Sunday Eucharistic Liturgy. 4:15 p.m., Lyman Conservatory*

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

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

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


"The Strongest of Bonds: William Allan Neilson, Internationalism and Exiles at Smith College." Neilson Library, third floor

"Decorative Design: Publishers' Cloth Bindings in the Finison Collection at Smith College," a display of 19th- and early 20th-century American decorated bookbindings that illustrate the stylistic developments of book design for that period. 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*

"Biblical Women" An exhibition of story quilts by Lee Porter '60. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery*

"Caribbean Crosscurrent: A Photo Exhibit of Latina Cultural and Religious Celebrations" by Puerto Rican artist Pablo Delano. Through May 30. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends, 1-4 p.m., chapel

"Paradise Gate," a Work-in-Progress. During three weeks beginning April 1, North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty will construct a site-specific architectural sculpture that will remain on campus all year. Sponsors: Smith College Museum of Art; Botanic Garden. For more information, contact the museum at ext. 2760 or, or visit Burton Lawn (behind Neilson Library)