News for the Smith College Community //April 5, 2001

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Outstanding Leaders to Join Seniors

In a little more than a month, at this year's Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20, some 650 new Smith graduates will be joined by six people who have established themselves as leaders and visionaries in their respective fields. Five of them will receive honorary degrees from Smith. They are Wendy Kopp, Diana S. Natalicio, Vera Cooper Rubin, Donna Shalala and Cornel West. The other, novelist Toni Morrison, will deliver the commencement address.

The Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, Morrison is the author of several bestselling novels, including Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Tar Baby, Jazz and Sula. She has also received numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Award in 1978 for her novel Song of Solomon and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Beloved. In 1993 she was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature and this year received the National Humanites Medal.

Morrison, who was a senior editor at Random House for 20 years, earned degrees from Howard and Cornell universities and has taught at Yale and Rutgers universities, Bard College and the State University of New York. She has received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Columbia and Brown universities; the universities of Pennsylvania and Michigan; and Université Paris 7-Denis Diderot. A founding member of the Académie Universalle des Culture, Morrison is also a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the American Philosophical Society, and the Africa Watch and Helsinki Watch committees on Human Rights.

Wendy Kopp, fresh out of Princeton University at the age of 22, founded and became president of Teach for America, a national corps of recent college graduates who commit to two years of teaching in urban and rural public schools. Since then, she has been named one of Time magazine's Fifty Most Promising Leaders Under Forty and one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year. In 1991 she won the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under from the American Institute for Public Service for her creation of the successful teaching program.

Since its founding in 1989, Teach for America has placed more than four thousand of some of the country's strongest college graduates in teaching positions in schools from south central Los Angeles to the South Bronx. Her program, sometimes referred to as a "domestic Peace Corps," has benefited an estimated 1 million children from 13 troubled school districts across the country.

Diana S. Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso, serves on President George W. Bush's Education Transition Advisory Team and the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to the National Science Board and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She also serves on the NASA Advisory Council and the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, and holds numerous board memberships. A former chair of the board of the American Association for Higher Education, Natalicio was the recipient of the 1997 Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, and in 1999 was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. She completed her undergraduate studies in Spanish at St. Louis University and earned a master's in Portuguese and a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Vera Cooper Rubin, senior astronomer at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, is credited with contributing to an alteration of the way astronomers regard the universe. Through her research on the rotation of spiral galaxies, she proved the existence of "dark matter" or nonluminous mass, which accounts for the 90 percent of the universe that humans cannot see. During the past decade, research into the unknown makeup of dark matter has become one of astronomy's highest priorities.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Rubin actively encourages women and minorities to enter science fields.
A graduate of Vassar College with a master's from Cornell University and a doctorate from Georgetown University, Rubin holds honorary degrees from Yale and Harvard universities.

Donna Shalala is president of the University of Miami. In her former position as United States secretary for health and human services under President Clinton, she implemented sweeping welfare reform legislation that set strict time limits and work requirements for recipients. She also instituted a new program that provides health insurance for children in working poor families. While overseeing 61,000 employees in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and all welfare, child care and child welfare programs, Shalala worked to combat fraud in Medicare and extend the program's long-term solvency. She also helped build support for a patients' bill of rights and attempted to implement tobacco legislation that would have raised taxes and set new restrictions on marketing.

Shalala, who served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison before joining Clinton's cabinet, received degrees from Western College for Women and Syracuse University. She was the longest-serving human services secretary.

Cornel West, the Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., University Professor and professor of Afro-American studies and of the philosophy of religion at Harvard University, is the author of 13 books, with several groundbreaking volumes among them, including Race Matters, Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America, the two-volume Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism, and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America. West, who has become a preeminent international voice on cultural and social theory and philosophy, completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard before earning his master's and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He served as professor of religion and director of the Afro-American studies department at Princeton before joining the Harvard faculty in 1994.

Gift Spurs Plans for New Building

Planning for a new, state-of-the-art teaching and research building for the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology will begin soon, thanks in part to a $10 million grant from the Ford Motor Company.

Ford CEO and president Jacques Nasser visited Smith on March 29 to formally present t -- to President Ruth Simmons, college trustees and faculty. The contribution continues a commitment by Ford Motor Company to advance opportunities for women in engineering.

The gift will underwrite a significant portion of the cost of the new building. A year-long planning process for the Ford building is expected to start immediately.

The gift brings Ford's financial commitment to Smith's engineering program to $12.5 million. A previous gift of $2.5 million, awarded last summer, continues to support academic program development, outreach, recruitment and scholarships for Smith engineering students.

"Ford's commitment to our new program has been decisive and pivotal," noted Simmons. "We are grateful for their interest and support which, from the outset, has enabled us to envision engineering education that will not only benefit our own stu-dents but could serve as a model for bringing women into engineering."

Nasser said, "Ford Motor Company has made this commitment to Smith as a model for bringing women and minorities into the engineering field and into the workforce. We know that diversity of genders, races, nationalities and beliefs is a great competitive advantage. We can't get to where we want to go without women as leaders."

Established in 1999, the Picker Program focuses 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. In keeping with the Picker Program's approach to engineering as a bridge linking different areas of knowledge, the new building will attempt to incorporate some space for the arts and humanities as well as engineering.

"One of the reasons our program is proving attractive to women students and, by extension, to leading corporations, is because we are committed to a deliberate integration of engineering and the liberal arts," explained Domenico Grasso, director of the Picker program.

The first class of engineering students entered Smith last fall and is expected to graduate in 2004. They will earn bachelor's degrees in engineering science, enabling them to specialize in a range of technical fields.

More information about Smith's engineering program is available at

Could You Put That in a Sentence?

Have you ever wanted to hear
someone spell antidisestablish-mentarianism? Or perhaps

Your dream might come true on Wednesday, April 11, as master spellers gather for the first Northampton Spelling Bee for adults, at 6:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Florence. Among the competitors will be at least four teams made up of Smith personnel. Three will be sponsored by the Smith College Staff Council.

The Northampton Spelling Bee is hosted by the Northampton Education Foundation (NEF), a nonprofit public charity that has contributed more than $100,000 to Northampton public schools. Through their sponsorships, each three-person team in the spelling bee will raise funds for NEF. Other teams include staff from the Daily Hampshire Gazette and from Forbes Library, as well as some family teams. All will compete for the vaunted title of Northampton Spelling Champion.

When the Northampton Spelling Bee was announced, Patty Kimura, human resources assistant and chair of Staff Council, formed an ad hoc committee to support the council's participation and solicit volunteer spellers at Smith. "We really weren't sure what sort of response we'd get, but it turned out to be overwhelming," Kimura says. "You wouldn't believe all the former fourth-grade spelling bee champions who now work at Smith."

Nine staff members have been assigned to the three Staff Council teams; and each team has two alternate members. According to Kimura, it wasn't outstanding spelling that determined the teams' membership, but rather an effort to reflect a mix of administrative, administrative support and service staff. The Staff Council teams, which sport the names "Smithesaurus Rex," "Spell Checkers" and "Daunting Dragons," include members from advancement, RADS, theatre, ITS, Jacobson Center, Physical Plant and the Campus School.

Meanwhile, a Smith libraries team was organized by Nanci Young, college archivist. And there may be other teams on campus, according to Kimura. "There's a fierce rumor that a faculty team also has been organized," she says. "But nobody's talking and we just can't confirm it."

In preparation for the event, the Staff Council teams have practiced with the libraries team ("some serious spellers," Kimura attests). Another practice session will simulate the actual event, in which teams will have 25 seconds to write out a designated word on a white board. Contest rules allow each team to miss one word without being disqualified. Upon a second misspelling, however, a team will be eliminated.

The Northampton Spelling Bee presents a good opportunity to bring diverse staff groups at Smith together in a community activity, says Kimura. "The spelling bee appeals to the Staff Council goals, in large part, because it is a group process. Our teams bring together individuals who wouldn't normally know each other despite all being Smith employees. Our teams are diverse by race, gender, area of campus, years of service, type of job, previous spelling ability and personality. We hope other members of the Smith community will come root for our teams, even if they don't yet know the staff members on them."

While Kimura admits she'd be delighted if one of the Staff Council teams won the spelling bee, she's happy just to see the teams form. "The Staff Council wants to open up the ways people see each other as human beings. Because when we see each other as human beings, our lives at work improve and our work improves." That said, Kimura is off to prepare for her official role at the Northampton Spelling Bee. Having helped coach the teams in spelling words like farinaceous, ("The hardest part is when they ask, 'Can you use that in a sentence?'" she says), she'll now root for them on April 11 as the official Staff Council team cheerleader.

Computers You Can Talk and Listen To

Smith's computer labs, also known as student resource centers, are hubs of student activity day and night. And because working quietly is the law of the lab, the dominant sound in these rooms is the steady clicking of keystrokes, as students compose e-mail messages, surf the Net and -- occasionally -p repare papers.

But in one campus lab, silence is not golden.

In the Adaptive Technology Lab (ATL), talk, in fact, is essential. There, a high-end PC reads aloud to visually impaired students. The PC also "listens" as students dictate, then it transcribes the words.

Opened in 1999, the ATL reflects Smith's commitment to ensuring equal access for all students, staff and faculty with disabilities. The lab, located in Neilson Library B51, is budgeted through the Office of Disability Services; Lisa DeCarolis, student services coordinator for ITS, oversees it. "I regard it as my baby, but its success is a testament to the superiority of the software," she says. "I find it incredibly gratifying to see technology doing such good for people. In very immediate ways, this technology enhances people's lives."

When designing the lab, Laura Rauscher, disability services director, worked with consultants from Springfield Technical Community College's Project Impact. After evaluating the needs of the Smith community and exploring the existing technology, Rauscher equipped the lab with state-of-the-art reading and voice-recognition programs, as well as a screen magnifier, nonvisual Web reader, speech synthesizer and a braille printer.

One of the lab's most frequently used software packages is the Kurzweil 3000, a program that reads scanned or electronic text aloud. The program serves the visually impaired as well as persons with attention deficit disorder who benefit from being engaged visually and aurally. The ATL also offers Kurzweil 1000, a program that reads text but does not offer accompanying visuals. This version of the reading program assists people who are blind or have severe visual impairments.

Another heavily used program is Dragon Naturally Speaking, a voice-recognition software that works with Microsoft Word to allow users to "type" with their voices. Each user completes a training period during which the program learns and stores the person's voice pattern.

Rauscher notes that the ATL augments some of the services that her office provides, such as books on tape and readers. "The goal of all our services is to help people with disabilities become more independent," she says. "Programs such as the Kurzweil 3000 help make print materials more accessible."

In addition to the ATL, a scan station is available in the Disability Services Office. And DeCarolis has set up two read-only stations in Seeyle, one in the Quad, and one in Washburn. She and Rauscher hope to encourage more students to use the software, as it can also benefit those with temporary disabilities, such as a broken wrist, or with chronic problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

According to Rauscher, use of the ATL and adaptive technology is increasing now that incoming students who are registered with disability services receive lab training as part of their orientation and as more returning students are being trained on the software. Rauscher welcomes members of the Smith community who think they might benefit from the resources of the ATL -- even on a temporary basis -- to contact her. "If someone has a question, it never hurts to have a conversation. This is an ongoing, open invitation," she says.

Rauscher points out that programs such as voice recognition software, originally developed for the disabled, are now making their way into corporate America as well. In the process, she says, people become aware of different ways of doing things. "Society needs to recognize different methods of learning, not to mention living. Disability Services is here at Smith to support those differences."

The Group That Prays, Sings, Jogs Together

By Eunnie Park '01

Every morning during a bitter cold week in February, members of Dayspring, a Christian a cappella group at Smith, jogged through campus together. While jogging, they meditated and prayed for the well-being of Smith students and the college.

The exercise was for their observance of Unity and Discipline week. But it also helped the singers prepare spiritually and physically for their performance at a gospel jam at Cornell University on March 30, where they sang for the first time before an audience of nearly a thousand people.

The February morning jog was a typical activity for members of Dayspring. They often hold organized Bible study meetings together, go on retreats, and plan other gatherings just to "hang out and pray" as part of a group, says Christine Kinker '03, a Dayspring member.

Dayspring was first formed by a small group of Christian Smith students 10 years ago, but has not been active on campus for the past four years. Dayspring was rechartered this year, thanks to the efforts of Shirley Ku '03 and a few other members. The group has grown from four members to nine and has been practicing and performing on campus. Last semester the group held an a cappella jam at Smith with groups from Vassar College and New York University. This semester, in addition to its performance at Cornell's gospel jam, Dayspring will sing at a senior banquet for Amherst Koinonia Church, says group member Hyo Jung Jung '03.

Because this is a relatively young group that had "died out" in the past, Grace Kim '02 says that Dayspring's focus for now is simply "to keep the group alive." In addition to regular practices, "We do a lot of character building, training and disciplining," says Jung, who is the pitch for Dayspring.

While working to keep their group strong and unified, the members pray for Smith's future and stability, says Jung. "We want to be affiliated with the school not by word but by our actions. We pray for Smith's future and stability."

Adds Kinker: "We're praying for Smith. We sing out to show our love for God. We're not trying to evangelize; we're trying to show our faith -- and make it easier for us to sing in front of other people."


March 24-25: Seven Sisters Championship: 4th place
March 29: Smith 5, Wesleyan 6

March 18: Smith 1, Pine Manor 9
Smith 5, Framingham State 11

March 21: Smith 4, Plymouth State 1
March 22: Smith 2, Keene State 0
Smith 9, UMass-Dartmouth 3
Smith 0, Bowdoin 1
March 23: Smith 2, University of Chicago 3
March 27: Smith 2, Trinity 1
March 31: Smith 6, Wheaton 10
Smith 3, Wheaton 6

March 22: Smith 8, Dickinson 1
March 31: Smith 5, Brandeis 4

Suzanne Z. Gottschang, assistant professor of anthropology, is one of four editors of China Urban: Ethonographies of Contemporary Culture, published this year by Duke University Press. The book is a collection of writings that take an ethnographic account of China's urban areas and the place they hold in the country's cultural spectrum. Gottschang also contributed to the book a chapter titled "The Consuming Mother: Infant Feeding and the Feminine Body in Urban China." She was joined in editing the collection by Nancy N. Chen of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Constance D. Clark of San Fancisco Sate University; and Lyn Jeffery, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Elizabeth Walters '01, who serves as editor-in-chief of the Sophian, has recently been accepted as a fellow at the prestigious Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida. Walters will study for six weeks in June and July in the institute's News Reporting and Writing program for college graduates. While attending courses, she will also cover a neighborhood beat for a weekly newspaper. Walters, who is among only 16 fellows to be chosen from an international pool of candidates, was delightfully surprised, she says. "The news is still sinking in. I considered it a real long shot when I applied." Walters will start her fellowship on June 8.

Eglal Doss-Quinby, professor of French language and literature, is a coeditor of Songs of the Women Trouvères, to be published this month by Yale University Press. The book is heralded as a groundbreaking anthology that for the first time compiles the works of eight French women poet-composers (trouvères) from the 12th and 13th centuries, contradicting previous notions that there are no extant Old French lyrics by women from that period. Doss-Quinby coedited the book with Joan Tasker Grimbert of Catholic University of America; Wendy Pfeffer of the University of Louisville; and Elizabeth Aubrey 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).


"Paradise Gate" on Burton Lawn
North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty will be on campus from April 1 through 22 to construct "Paradise Gate," a site-specific art installation on Burton Lawn, sponsored by the Smith College Museum of Art and the Botanic Garden. The Smith community is invited to view the work in progress and to chat with Dougherty. Two campus events will be held in conjunction with "Paradise Gate": from Monday, April 9, through Sunday, April 22, "Reflections on Paradise Gate," a display of student art work and photos of other installations by Dougherty, will be exhibited in the McConnell foyer; and on Tuesday, April 10, Dougherty will speak on "Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World," about the impact of his work and its role in contemporary society, at 7:30 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Trees Coming Down
In preparation for the Lyman Conservatory renovations and construction 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 Clinic
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. A clinic will be held on 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.


SGA Elections Table
Use your voice, make your choice. The SGA will have an informational table at the post office all day every day from Monday, April 9, through Friday, April 15. Stop by to get information on candidates and the upcoming candidates' debate, to learn how to vote or to ask questions of candidates. Contact Erin Sikorsky, chair of the SGA Elections and Appointments Committee, at ext. 6279 or 4958, with questions.

Cycles Survey Reminder
Students, please complete the Cycles Survey. The 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 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 have been chosen at random, and all responses are confidential; therefore students are encouraged to respond freely and honestly. Students who received the Cycles Survey are asked to please take a few minutes to complete it. Every completed survey counts. Instructions are on the survey form; call the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 3021 with questions or to receive another form.

Fox-Boorstein Fellowship
The Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship. The fellowship, which offers between $500 and $1,000, supports Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or nongovernmental, profit or nonprofit international organizations. It was created by a bequest from Pauline Fox-Boorstein and is supported by her family. All students are invited to apply; applications are available in Wright Hall 15. The application deadline is Friday, April 20.

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.

Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship
The Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship. The fellowship, which offers between $500 and $1,000, supports Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government, or in organizations (governmental or nongovernmental) focusing on issues of particular concern to women. It was created by Leanna Brown's father, Harold Young. All students are invited to apply; applications are available in Wright Hall 15. The application deadline is Friday, April 20.

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 should have received 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.

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.

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 9

Lecture "'Let Nature Never Be Forgot': The Eighteenth-Century English Landscape Garden." Douglas Patey, English department. Tenth 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 "International Dimensions of Civil Engineering." Henry Michel, president emeritus of Parsons-Brinckerhoff. Part of the Executive Access Series, hosted by the Picker Engineering Program. 4 p.m., Seelye 106*

Biological Sciences Colloquium "The Evolution of Virulence and Antibiotic Resistance in Diarrheal Diseases." Paul Ewald, biology department, Amherst College. Reception precedes lecture. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Chaired Professor Lecture "Shifting Paradigms: Jesus, Paul and Judaism." Karl P. Donfried, Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Religion. Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Panel "Women Theatre Artists as Citizens of the World," with Alice Tuan, playwright; Alva Rogers, playwright; Mary Pottenger, playwright/performer; Deborah Lubar, playwright/performer; and Sonoko Kawahara, director. Moderated by Andrea Hairston, theatre professor, playwright, and artistic director of Chrysalis Theatre. The artists will use theatre to explore social and political issues and to create vivid and diverse female characters while presenting short samples of their work and discussing their lives and visions. Sponsors: theatre and women's studies departments; Lecture committee; Office of Institutional Diversity; Threshold Foundation; LEF Foundation; and The Fund for Women Artists. For more information, call The Fund for Women Artists, 585-5968. 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Performing Arts/Films
"The Way of the Cross" Performance for Holy Week. A musical meditation on the 14 Stations of the Cross conveyed through organ, poetry and dance. Readings by the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows, Elizabeth Carr and the Rev. Hugh Flesher. Sponsors: the Catholic and Protestant communities at Smith. 7:30 p.m., chapel

Directing workshop led by Sonoko Kawahara, a native of Japan, who specializes in avant garde theater, using nonverbal elements as expressive tools and theatre as a way to share ideas across lines of race, culture, and language. 4 p.m., TV Studio, Mendenhall CPA

Workshop Are you interested in summer internships related to the environment? Come learn how to find and apply for internships that match your interests, and get information on how to qualify for a $2,000 stipend from the Praxis Summer Internship Fund. Refreshments served. Sponsors: CDO; Environmental Science and Policy Program. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

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

Religious Life
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

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

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

Tuesday, April 10

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "The Kahn Institute and You." Marjorie Senechal, biology and marine sciences department. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level*

Literature at Lunch Ellen Watson, English language and literature, will read poems by James Wright (1927-1980). Bring lunch; drinks provided. 12:15 p.m., Dewey common room

Lecture "Cartesian Flânerie and the Prospect of Modernity." Jean-Vincent Blanchard, Swarthmore College. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Lecture "Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism." Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Lama. Sponsors: East Asian Studies; Kent Program of the religion department. 7 p.m., Wright common room*

Lecture "Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World." Patrick Dougherty, visiting sculptor, will discuss the impact of his work and its role in contemporary society. Reception follows. 7:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

SOS Community Education Luncheon The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will present spring and summer volunteer and internship opportunities. Learn how you can have fun, get dirty, and help. Noon, Wright common room

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

Praxis Information Meeting for sophomores and juniors. Applications, instructions, and guidelines will be presented on how you can get a Praxis stipend of $2,000 to help with expenses related to a summer internship. 4:45 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Information session Are you preparing a portfolio for graduate study in architecture or landscape design? Bring any and all questions to this session with Gretchen Schneider '92, M.Arch. All majors welcome. 7 p.m., CDO

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

Lenten Reconciliation Mass Service with Frs. Stephen Ross, OCD, and Leo Hoar. 5 p.m., chapel

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, April 11

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

Round Table Discussion on migration and displacement, focusing on identity. Part of "Journeys of Discovery, Journeys of Rebirth: Migration and Displacement in Africa and the Diaspora," in celebration of African and Caribbean Awareness Week. Sponsor: SASA. 5:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture Layli Miller-Bashir, author of Do They Hear You When You Cry?, will speak on female genital mutilation in Africa. Sponsor: Baha'i Club. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Lecture Steve Lehman, photojournalist and author of The Tibetans: A Struggle to Survive, will present a multimedia lecture on the sociopolitical situation in Tibet. 7:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Film The Replacement Killers. Presented in preparation for a subsequent lecture by Professor Floyd Cheung. 6 p.m., Wright common room*

Hillel at Noon Donna Robinson Divine, government, whose teaching and research focus on the Middle East, will host a conversation about the origins of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Noon, Kosher kitchen, Dawes

Meeting Baha'i Club. 2:30 p.m., Wright common room

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

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

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

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

Softball vs. Brandeis. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*

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

Thursday, April 12

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Creating Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection." Sherrill Redmon, head of the SSC. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Poetry Reading Distinguished poet and translator David Ferry will read his poems and translations of Horace, Virgil and the Gilgamesh epic. Booksigning follows. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Tibet and Human Rights." Lobsang Sangay, Tibetan scholar and lawyer, Harvard Law School. Reception precedes lecture at 4:15 p.m. in Seelye 207. 5 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "The Wermacht, German Society, and the Knowledge of the Extermination of the Jews." Saul Friedlander, historian and 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies, UCLA. Sponsors: Jewish Studies Program; history and German departments. 8 p.m., Seelye 106*

Performing Arts/Films
Poetry Slam Part of "Journeys of Discovery, Journeys of Rebirth: Migration and Displacement in Africa and the Diaspora," in celebration of African and Caribbean Awareness Week. Sponsor: SASA. 7-9 p.m., Unity House

Senior Recital Christina Lee, viola. Works by Hummel, Bach, Bruch, Schumann, and an original composition for string quartet. With Grant Moss, piano; Hannah Freed-Thall '02J and Polina Dimova '01J, violins; Rebecca Green '01, cello; and Jennifer Kim '04, piano. 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Lunch meeting with Smith alumna Mary Labato, professor, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine; and Sara Trimmer, admissions officer. For reservations, send e-mail to by Wednesday, April 11. Noon, Burton 101

Meeting Smith TV. 7 p.m., Media Services Center, Alumnae gym

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

Holy Thursday Mass and installation of Eucharistic ministers. Fr. Peter E. Fink, SJ, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. 5:15 p.m., chapel

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

Maundy Thursday Service Ecumenical Christian Church. Holy communion and foot washing. All welcome. 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)

Acoustic coffeehouse with Jenifer Jackson, a performer whose music is as passionate as it is soulful. Presented by Jittery's Live. 8-10 p.m., Jittery's, Davis*

Junior class coffeehouse and stress reliever. 8:30-10:30 p.m., Gamut

Friday, April 13

Performing Arts/Films
Films "Out of the Circle, Into the Loop: Sisters Discovering Sexuality." Three different films followed by a discussion with professors and students. 6 p.m., Seelye 106*

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

Religious Life
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

Good Friday Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion. Fr. Peter E. Fink, SJ, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. 5:15 p.m., chapel

Shabbat Services Visiting cantor Catherine Madsen of the Jewish community of Amherst will lead services with singing and commentary. Dinner follows in the Kosher kitchen, Dawes. After dinner, Madsen will speak about her "Journey to Judaism" and share some songs. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room.

Stations of the Cross followed by Good Friday service in Bodman Lounge. 9 p.m., chapel sanctuary

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

Softball vs. WPI (2). 3 p.m., athletic fields*

Café Afrique African and Caribbean teas, coffees, and cakes. Part of "Journeys of Discovery, Journeys of Rebirth: Migration and Displacement in Africa and the Diaspora," in celebration of African and Caribbean Awareness Week. Sponsor: SASA. 4-6 p.m., Alumnae House

LBTA Dance Come as your favorite celebrity. Tickets: $3; $2 per couple. 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Saturday, April 14

Panel "Life After Smith: A Spectrum of Grads from the '70s Through the '90s." Theatre department grads will discuss their lives and career paths in the performing arts and answer questions from the audience. Panelists are Betsy Adams '78, lighting designer; Melissa Briggs '95, choreographer/educator; Penny Daulton '88, company manager for The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Sue Frost '77, associate producer of Goodspeed Musicals; Jennifer Lee '88, writer/performer; and Tricia Roche McKinney '88, television producer. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA

Performing Arts/Films
Smiffenpoofs A Capella Jam Two hours of music and entertainment. Tickets: $3. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Africa Day Cultural Show including poetry, dance, skits and a fashion show. Part of "Journeys of Discovery, Journeys of Rebirth: Migration and Displacement in Africa and the Diaspora," in celebration of African and Caribbean Awareness Week. Tickets: $3. Sponsor: SASA. 7:30-9:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Senior Recital Nina Moe, mezzo soprano, will perform works by Fauré, Vivaldi, Berg, and the premiere of a song set written for Moe by Clifton J. Noble, Jr. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Religious Life
Easter Vigil Fr. Peter E. Fink, SJ, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic Chaplain. Celebratory reception follows.
8 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
Tennis vs. Williams. 10 a.m., outdoor tennis courts*

Lacrosse vs. Wellesley. 1 p.m., athletic fields*

Tennis vs. Bowdoin. 2 p.m., outdoor tennis courts*

Africa Day Dinner Variety of delicious foods from Africa. Part of "Journeys of Discovery, Journeys of Rebirth: Migration and Displacement in Africa and the Diaspora," in celebration of African and Caribbean Awareness Week. Tickets, $4. Sponsor: SASA. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Africa Day party Come gyrate to the beats of Africa and the African diaspora, including soukous, calypso, zouk, R&B, reggae and hip-hop. Part of "Journeys of Discovery, Journeys of Rebirth: Migration and Displacement in Africa and the Diaspora," in celebration of African and Caribbean Awareness Week. Tickets, $3. Sponsor: SASA. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Mwangi Cultural Center*

Sunday, April 15

Easter Sunday

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

Meeting Gaia, for students interested in the environment. 5:45 p.m., Chapin

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

Religious Life
Ecumenical Easter Sunday Sunrise Service Light breakfast follows the service. Sponsors: First Churches and the Ecumenical Christian Church of Smith. 6 a.m., athletic fields

Easter Sunday Mass Fr. Peter E. Fink, SJ. Followed by an Easter brunch at the home of Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. 9 a.m., chapel

Easter Sunday Festival Service Celebration and Holy Communion with the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows preaching. Music provided by a local brass choir and student soloists. Followed by Easter dinner in Bodman Lounge. 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*

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

Christian Prayer Meeting Smith Christian Fellowship. 6 p.m., Wright common room

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

Other Events/Activities
No CDO open hours this afternoon due to the Easter holiday


"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. Burton Lawn (behind Neilson Library)*

"Reflections on Paradise Gate," a display of student art work and photos of installations by "Paradise Gate" artist Patrick Dougherty. April 9 through 22. McConnell foyer.

"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*

"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