News for the Smith College Community //April 12, 2001
Math Alums Come Back to Celebrate
Last July, when four Smith alumnae mathematicians who did not know each other came together serendipitously at a professional conference in western Canada, each was delighted and surprised to find other Smith women in the heavily male-dominated field.
"There were probably 100 participants at that conference and four of us were Smith alumnae," says Debra Boutin AC'91, an assistant professor of mathematics at Hamilton College. "At most conferences, you would be surprised to find two people from the same undergraduate institution."
That coincidence got the women thinking: If there were four of them at that conference alone, there must be others too. "That was when the idea was born of getting us all together," Boutin says.
Thus, on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, more than 50 math alumnae will revisit Smith for the "Conference in Celebration of Smith College Alumnae Mathematicians." The conference, which will be hosted by the Department of Mathematics, will welcome back women from universities and institutions all over the world, including the University of British Columbia and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, a scientific research institute in Germany. Others, like Elizabeth Bala '02, Ruth Haas, associate professor of math at Smith, and Elisha Smith '01, won't have far to go.
Boutin, who helped coordinate the conference along with Michael Albertson, professor of math at Smith, says the main objective for the celebration is to honor the accomplishments of Smith women in math while creating a network of Smith alumnae mathematicians. "This is a large and accomplished group of mathematicians to come from a small liberal arts college," she says. "We have accomplished mathematicians, teachers and scientists with a lot to share with each other. So far, we've identified 42 Smith alumnae who have earned a Ph.D. in mathematics. This is a great reason to celebrate."
Among the topics to be addressed at the conference will be the difficulties faced by women mathematicians, who are vastly outnumbered in the field by their male counterparts. A roundtable discussion on that topic will take place on April 21 at 4 p.m.
Too often, women may be hesitant to enter the field of mathematics because they are not aware of other women in the profession, says Albertson. He hopes the conference and subsequent network of alums will help increase the number of women in the field.
The keynote address, on "Mathematics Education," will be given by Evelyn Boyd Granville '45, one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics. Other sessions will include a "Panel on Careers in Computer Science," from 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. on April 22. And several sessions with titles like "The Sixties," will explore math-specific issues, such as algebraic coding theory, combinatorics and cryptography, in recent decades.
utin hopes the conference will help future math alumnae, she says. Current students can take advantage of the opportunity to meet and learn from conference attendees. "Graduate students can network with established mathematicians to learn what is ahead and what choices there are to be made," she says. "Junior mathematicians can learn from senior mathematicians."
nference participants must register
by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes name, affiliation
and, if appropriate, year of graduation from Smith. There is
no fee. For more information about the celebration, consult www.cs.ubc.
To conclude a yearlong lecture series titled "Exective Access: Top Engineering Professionals Share Their Work and Insight," the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology will host Alfred Grasso, senior vice president and chief information officer of MITRE Corporation. MITRE, a public interest company that partners with the government, combines systems engineering and information technology to address issues of critical national importance.
Grasso's lecture, titled "Millionaire or Just a Survivor? Careers in IT Today," will take place on Friday, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Alumnae House conference room.
In addition to overseeing MITRE's information technology resources, Grasso guides the company's use of information technologies in its customer programs. His professional background includes work in system integration, advanced prototyping, technology insertion, and modeling and simulation. He is the former technical director for the Battlefield Systems Division at MITRE's Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, operation, a position in which he was resonsible for directing aspects of the U.S. Army's Force XXI Battlefield Digitization Program. He also served MITRE as a department head for the Army Command and Control System and Army Tactical Communications.
Before joining MITRE in 1986, Grasso, a 1980 graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a master's degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, worked for ARINC Research Corporation and Westinghouse Electronic Corporation. He also served six years in the U.S. Air Force, in which he was responsible for Air Force ground mobile communications in support of air base defense and point air defense.
The Executive Access series has hosted several leaders in engineering throughout the year, including Gary Downey, director of the Center for Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Iwona Turlik, vice president and director of the Motorola Advanced Technology Center; and Henry Michel, chairman emeritus of Parsons-Brinckerhoff Inc., the contractor for Boston's "Big Dig."
The series was presented in part to impart innovative ideas to Smith's engineering students that lend a cultural perspective as well as professional experience in addressing issues in the field, says Domenico Grasso, director of the Picker Program.
"We want students here to have access to high-level thinking," he said. Toward that end, some of the series' speakers have been invited to give students "a perspective on engineering that might not otherwise be considered."
A question-and-answer session will follow Alfred Grasso's lecture.
Established in 1999, the Picker Program -- the first of its kind at a women's college -- has 20 students designated to major in engineering.
Smith to Host Media Group Celebration
For the past decade, Media Education Foundation (MEF), a nonprofit organization in Northampton, has reached millions of students and young people nationwide with its video analyses of societal and cultural issues facing today's youth, particularly the influence of mass media.
As the nation's leading producer of educational videos on media and culture, MEF has expanded its operation to include the marketing and distribution of its videos -- including its first production, the controversial Dreamworlds: Desire, Sex, and Power in Music Video. It is guided by a board of advisors that includes Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, bell hooks and Noam Chomsky.
On Friday, April 20, Smith's Afro-American studies and women's studies departments will sponsor and host a celebration of MEF's 10-year anniversary with a daylong public forum titled "Media and Society in 2001." It will feature presentations by Jean Kilbourne, MEF video creator and author of the recently published Can't Buy Me Love; Ann Arnett Ferguson, associate professor of Afro-American studies and women's studies at Smith; and Michael Kimmel, author of several works on masculinity. Mary Pipher, author of the bestseller Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, will serve as moderator.
The forum will take place at John M. Greene Hall beginning with a 10 a.m. session titled "Media, Gender, Race and Culture." The session will feature a presentation of Kilbourne's latest MEF video, Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women.
Pipher will also moderate a panel at the morning session, which will include presentations by Kimmel and Ferguson, author of the recently published Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity.
From 2 to 5 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall, a "Teach-In on Media and Democracy in the 21st Century" will feature presentations by Sut Jhally, founder and executive director of MEF and professor of communication at UMass, on "Commercialism and the Struggle for Civic Activism"; Tom Gardner, managing director of MEF and civil rights activist; Janine Jackson of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, producer of "CounterSpin," a nationally syndicated radio show on media; and William Hoynes of Vassar College, author of Public Television for Sale, on "The 'New PBS' and the Decline of Public Broadcasting."
Pipher will kick off the MEF anniversary celebration on April 19 with a lecture, "Families 2001," at 7 p.m. at the First Churches in downtown Northampton.
For more information on MEF or its anniversary event, consult www.mediaed.org.
NOAA Offers Chance to Save the Earth
For 30 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has saved countless human and animal lives, as well as entire ecosystems, by predicting dangerous weather, rescuing endangered animals, contributing to massive oil-spill cleanups and monitoring the movement of wildfires, storms and volcanic ash. All the while, the government agency compiles mountains of daily data that help determine weather patterns, oceanic changes, atmospheric exigencies and other essential information that assists in protecting the earth and its inhabitants and securing their future.
For four years, Smith students from the natural and social sciences have assisted in the NOAA mission through a partnership that employs interns from the college to conduct policy and scientific research and work in the field alongside NOAA personnel.
"NOAA and Smith have excelled in their respective areas of environmental stewardship and women's education," says Dawn Greene Norchi, program coordinator of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Smith. "Students in Smith's Environmental Science and Policy Program learn to address complex environmental problems and effectively bridge the gap between science, management and public policy. They have consistently responded to NOAA opportunities with a high degree of professionalism and accomplishment."
Last summer, eight Smith students traveled to various locations across the United States to work with NOAA researchers and policy analysts. They worked on activities such as dolphin conservation, cruising and studying Florida's deepwater ecosystems, analyzing marine mammal strandings and evaluating the agency's many restoration projects, sanctuaries and reserves. This summer, 25 Smith students will have the opportunity to intern with NOAA; internships are 10 weeks long and offer a stipend of $3,500.
On Thursday, April 19, Rear Admiral Evelyn Fields, director of the NOAA Corps and the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, will visit campus to deliver a lecture, "Striving for Leadership," on opportunities for women at NOAA and in science and government, and to discuss her own career. Lunch will be provided at the lecture, to be held at noon in the Mary Maples Dunn Room in Pierce. Before the lecture, Fields will be available to meet individually with students to discuss career opportunities at the agency. The session, which is cosponsored by the CDO and open to all students, will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Bass 106.
Fields is the first woman and the first African American to hold the post of director of the NOAA Corps, a branch of the organization that commissions officers to operate ships, fly aircraft and lead mobile field maneuvers and diving operations in support of NOAA's objectives. She was promoted to that position from deputy director of NOAA's National Ocean Service. She was also the first woman to serve as commanding officer of a NOAA ship, and the second person to be the U.S. exchange hydrographer with Canada.
NOAA offers Smith students other opportunities beyond the internships, says Allan Curran, William R. Kenan Jr., Professor in the geology department and director of the Environmental Sciences and Policy Program, which is cosponsoring Fields' visit. Upon graduation, Ali Senauer '97 and Shannon Ristau '99 went to work for NOAA and were each promoted after contributing to a successful coral program and helping to develop a new office. Involved in policy analysis and scientific research, Senauer is implementing two White House initiatives. Ristau has been accepted for the NOAA Corps program and is now in intensive training.
The agency also offers the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship for graduate research in oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology. The scholarship provides a stipend of $16,800 for a 12-month period, plus an education allowance up to $12,000.
For more information on NOAA and its internships, contact Norchi at email@example.com.
Seniors, Complete Those Surveys
Each senior will soon receive by mail a survey to complete and return to the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24. Why take the time to complete the senior survey? Because the responses will help shape Smith's future.
According to Diane Cuneo, director of institutional research, data from the senior surveys help several divisions of the college community to assess the past and plan for the future. Academic departments receive feedback on graduate-school acceptances, for example. Seniors' evaluations of college life can help campus planning and policy-making committees improve college programs. Information on the strengths and weaknesses of various academic divisions contributes to curriculum planning. And the CDO uses the information to keep current its lists of employers and graduate schools interested in Smith students and to expand the alumnae networking system that helps students and alumnae locate information on internships, jobs and further study. Finally, the answers will help the Alumnae Association identify what future alumnae want.
Smith is the only college that polls its seniors so regularly and comprehensively, says Cuneo. This is the 18th consecutive year that Smith has conducted a senior survey, she says.
This year's survey consists of two separate sections. The first requests biographical information, such as background and future plans. This information becomes part of each student's permanent alumna record at Smith.
The second section asks questions about finances, attitudes and the undergraduate experience. This section was developed in cooperation with a select group of colleges and universities across the country. And because seniors from different schools will respond to the same set of questions, comparisons can be made between their responses and those of Smith students. Data from the second section will be kept confidential and will only be used to construct a statistical class profile.
For the above reasons, it's essential that seniors complete the senior survey and return it to the Office of Institutional Diversity. Call the office at ext. 3021 with questions.
A Work of Art Made From Tree Parts
If you've walked through the science quad lately, you may have noticed the huge mounds of tree saplings piled on Burton Lawn. In the next couple of weeks, you can witness those mounds slowly taking shape as they become "Paradise Gate," an architectural work of art by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty.
"Paradise Gate," which is titled in reference to its location near Paradise Pond, is a sculpture formed by the tree saplings, which happen to be Dougherty's trademark media. The installation is inspired by garden follies, a type of ornamental architectural structure designed for garden or landscape settings, says Linda Muehlig, associate curator of painting and sculpture at the Smith College Museum of Art. When completed, "Paradise Gate" will have the shape of a square with three towers, she says.
Dougherty, who created the installation "Portals, Pivots and Perspectives" 10 years ago for the Museum of Art, is working on the sculpture during the first three weeks of this month leading up to its April 22 completion. Assisted by several student, staff and community volunteers, Dougherty will be available to talk during the work's creation.
"Paradise Gate" is sponsored by the Museum of Art in collaboration with the Botanic Garden, in part to keep art visible on campus during renovations of the museum and Lyman Conservatory, Muehlig says. "We are trying to maintain an 'art presence' on campus for students and for Smith and Northampton communities. We think it's important for students to have access to original works of art, not only as part of their studies but as part of their day- to-day lives."
The joint effort is not going unappreciated. Caeli Kimball '02 says she decided to volunteer to assist the artist because she's particularly interested in joining art and nature. "It plays into what I'm doing with my Drawing III art class: observing the natural environment and creating structures not naturally part of environment, and creating an artwork out of that," she says. "I think it would be interesting, getting a different perspective of sculpting out of raw material like that."
As Dougherty's student assistant, Kimball answers questions for visitors and hands Dougherty branches during the construction. During the first week of April, many other volunteers helped Dougherty gather the saplings used to make "Paradise Gate."
The work will be completed by April
22 and will remain on campus through the year. Students and other
volunteers who would like to assist the artist in the installation
can still sign up with Ann Mayo at extension 2774. Meanwhile,
those who would like to chat with the artist or watch the work-in-progress
are invited to walk through Burton Lawn at any time of day.
Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) or by fax (extension 2171).
Six Flags Discount
Tickets for Sale
Want to Play Softball?
Artist At Work
Poetry Center Interns
Still Seeking Master
Cycles Survey Reminder
Leanna Brown '56
Love Your Body Week
Earth Week 2001
Students' Aid Society
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 16
Lecture "Nature in the City/The City in Nature." Smith alumna Amy Brown, a doctoral candidate in planning and design at MIT. Eleventh 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 "The Future of Feminist Scholarship? A Glimpse at the Third World. Work in Progress." Kum-Kum Bhavnani, senior editor of Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Trans-nationalism, and visiting professor of women's studies. Sponsor: Project on Women and Social Change. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207*
Lecture "Tools of Molecular Architecture in the Chemistry of Linus Pauling." Mary Jo Nye, Horning Professor of the Humanities and history professor, Oregon State University, and the 2000-01 Senior Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT. Sponsors: History of Science and Technology Program; Amherst College chemistry and history departments. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Poetry Reading Duriel E. Harris and Dawn Lundy Martin. Sponsored by SAFE. 7:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom*
Panel Discussion with citizen activists regarding the occupation of Vieques Island. Part of Nosotras' Latina Week. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
about oppression, in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Week
SGA Election Rally Use your voice, make your choice. Door prizes, candidate debates and performances by the Notables and the SIKOS. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Keystone Meeting and Bible study. 7 p.m., Lamont
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Slideshow "Portraits of Poland." Slides of concentration camps in Poland. In conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Week events. 5 p.m., Seelye 101*
Tuesday, April 17
Literature at lunch Sara London, English language and literature, will read contemporary prose poems. Bring a lunch, drinks provided. 12:15 p.m., Wright common room
Lecture "Wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism." Geshe Lobsang Tsetan. Sponsors: East Asian Studies, the Kent Program of the religion department. 7 p.m., Wright common room*
Poetry Reading Galway Kinnell, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
Film Sponsored by SAFE. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Open mike Poetry, music and more. Part of Nosotras' Latina Week. 7:30 p.m., Unity House*
Film Sponsored by Rec
Question-and-answer session with Galway Kinnell, who will read his poems in the evening. See Cindy Furtek in Wright 130 for a packet of poems and to register. 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
Discussion "What Is Education For?" Final meeting of the semester. Frances Volkmann, recently retired professor emeritus of psychology, will share stories of her personal journey and life's work. Lunch provided. Noon, Bodman Lounge, chapel
Meeting Newman Association.
Language lunch table German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B
Softball vs. Mount Holyoke (2 games). 3:30 p.m., athletic fields*
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
CDO Open Hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO
Wednesday, April 18
Open Lecture for WST 230. "Gender and a United Nations Framework: Violence and Participation." Aparna Mehrotra, principal advisor for United Nations Foundation Affairs, United Nations Development Program. 2:40 p.m., Seelye 301*
Lecture "The Book Cover Art of Sarah Wyman Whitman." Sue Allen, bookbinding historian. In conjunction with the exhibit "Decorative Design: Publishers' Cloth Bindings from the Finison Collection at Smith College." Reception follows. 4 p.m., Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library*
Lecture "Le questionnement du corps comme lieu recurrent d'inspiration pour l'ecriture de l'essai à la fiction." Noëlle Châtelet, professor, Université de la Sorbonne, novelist and critic. This lecture will be given in French. 5 p.m., Seelye 207*
Forum "Genetically Engineered Foods: The Human Experiment." Learn more about the impacts on human health and the environment. Speakers will present different aspects of the topic, followed by a discussion and opportunities for action at Smith. Organic refreshments will be served. Part of events in celebration of Earth Week. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture "Divan (the Couch): From the Autobiographical to Communal Furniture." Pearl Gluck, filmmaker, will speak on her film in progress, Divan (the Couch). Sponsor: Jewish Studies Program. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101
Green Tara Meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Lama. Sponsor: East Asian Studies, the Kent Program of the religion department. 4:15-5 p.m., Wright common room
Panel Discussion "Sexuality from an Inter-religious Perspective: Does God Have Sex?" Student speakers discuss sexuality in their own religious traditions. 4:30 p.m., Gamut
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
ECC Bible study Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. 4:456 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Speakout against sexual abuse. Sponsored by SAFE. 7:30 p.m., field house*
Thursday, April 19
Lecture "Striving For Leadership." Rear Admiral Evelyn Fields, the first woman and the first African-American to direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps, will speak on women in science and government, her career path, and careers with NOAA. Lunch provided. Sponsor: Environmental Science and Policy Program. (See story, page 4.) Noon, Mary Maple Dunn conference room*
Lecture "Catholicism, Untouchability, and Inculturation in Contemporary North India." Mathew Schmaltz, Edward Bennett Williams Fellow and assistant professor of religious studies at The College of the Holy Cross. Sponsors: religion and biblical literature department, and the religion department's Kent Fund. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room*
Poetry Reading Dean Albarelli and Sara London, both of the English department, will read prose and poetry. 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room
German Club Film Jenseits der Stille. In German. Refreshments provided. 8:30 p.m., Seelye 201
Play Reading The Engagement, a special studies project of Phoebe Costerisan '02J, in which a young lawyer's future is threatened by his affair with a teenage boy. Refreshments served. 7:30 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA 114*
Senior Dance Concert "Articulations" will explore a diverse array of human response and sensations. Featuring "Freaks," a senior special studies by Gabriella de Ocampo; "Rain," by Sarah Hood; "The Experience of Surviving Rape," a senior thesis by Shea Scanlon; "The Here We Made, Disintegrating," a senior special studies by Jesse Phillips-Fein; "Vacancy," by Miranda Pabst; and "Noise," a senior special studies by Katherine Mitchell. Tickets: $4. Call 585-ARTS. 8 p.m., Scott Dance Studio*
Play Pedro Parámo, an adaptation of Juan Rulfo's novel presented by Spanish 240 students and directed by Patricia Gonzalez, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese. An ongoing presentation. Audience members may enter every half hour. 8-10 p.m., TV studio, Mendenhall CPA
Film Sponsored by Rec
Workshop on childhood sexual abuse and incest. Sponsor: SAFE 4:30 p.m., Seelye 101*
Meeting Smith TV. 7 p.m., Media Resources Center
Intervarsity prayer meeting 7-10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room (alternate weekly)
Friday, April 20
Lecture "Millionaire or Just Survivor? Careers in IT Today." Alfred Grasso, senior vice-president, MITRE Corporation. Part of the Executive Access Series. (See story, page 1.) Buffet style lunch will be served. Noon, Alumnae House conference room*
Lecture "There is a Balm in Gilead: African American Sacred Music and Community." 2 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
Panel "Media and Democracy in the 21st Century." Participants: Janine Jackson of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR); Sut Jhally, UMass communication professor; Tom Gardner, journalist, civil rights organizer. Other speakers to be announced. Part of "Media and Society in 2001," a public forum sponsored by the Afro-American studies and women's studies departments, and Media Education Foundation. (See story, page 1.) 2-4 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Lecture Keith Snow, environmental activist and photographer, will speak on important environmental choices and show slides from his travels. Part of events in celebration of Earth Week. 4 p.m., Seelye 106*
Senior Dance Concert "Articulations." See 4/19 listing. Tickets: $4. 8 p.m., Scott Dance Studio*
Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Language lunch table Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A
Latina Food Night A celebration of Latina Week with food from Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. Admission: $5. 5:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom*
Take Back the Night March and rally with speakers to protest all forms of sexual violence and domestic abuse. A reception follows in the Gamut. All welcome. 8 p.m., Quad, Seelye*
Sol/Soul Celebration of Diversity Open mike poetry readings and world music featuring a Boston musician performing Afro-Brazilian drumming and a cappella groups the Smithereens and the Do-Wop Shop from UMass. Dine on Indian and Middle-Eastern appetizers, drink hot Chai and enjoy a warm and creative night with white lights, a fire, and world music. Admission: $2. Proceeds will fund a Smith student's volunteer relief efforts in India. For information, call ext. 6739. 8 p.m., field house*
Saturday, April 21
MadCat Women's International Film Festival Avant-garde, experimental, and independent films by women directors, focusing on themes from women's perspectives. The pro-grams featured, I Can't Seem to Find the Words, and World Travelers of the Mind survey numerous stylistic approaches in story conveyance and the manipulation of the material film stock. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium
Concert "To a New World." The Smith College Orchestra, Jonathan Hirsh, conductor, and Wind Ensemble, Bruce Diehl conductor. Featuring Dvorák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," Kabalevsky's Concerto No. 1, and other works. Featuring cellist Julia Menge '02, winner of last year's Concerto Competition. Presented by the music department and the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's "Anatomy of Exile" project. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*
Senior Dance Concert "Articulations." See 4/19 listing. Tickets: $4. 8 p.m., Scott Dance Studio*
Film Mississippi Masala
(1991). Mira Nair, director. Starring Denzel Washington and Sarita
Choudhury, this film examines the complexities of interracial
relationships. Followed by discussion facilitated by Floyd Cheung,
English. Popcorn served.
Earth Week Information Fair 2001 Education, demonstration, celebration. Information and representatives from campus and community environmental groups, live music, clothing and junk swap, mug decorating, t-shirts. Rain location: Gamut. 1-4 p.m., Chapin lawn*
Quadstock A spring festival hosted by the quad with food, games and music. 1 p.m., Quad
Lacrosse vs. MIT. 2:30 p.m., athletic fields*
Sunday, April 22
Senior Flute Recital
"Flute Fusion." Simren Mehta and Safire Lin, accompanied
by Grant Moss, piano. Featuring duet and solo works by Mozart,
Rossini, Chaminade, and Lueillet.
Dance concert "Journey Into the Labyrinth." A large-scale event, choreographed by Jolyn Arisman MFA '01, based on a journey through city streets and culminating in a group dance inspired by traditional American folk dances, with live music. Tea and discussion follows. (Rain date: Sunday, April 29.) 5:30 p.m., athletic fields*
MadCat Women's International
Film Festival See listing 4/21.
Meeting Gaia, for students interested in the environment. 5:45 p.m., Chapin
Meeting Feminists of
Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome, childcare available. 11 a.m., Bass 203, 204*
Discussion Baha'i Club. Deepening of the Baha'i writings. 4 p.m., Dewey common room
Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel
Christian Prayer Meeting Smith Christian Fellowship. 6 p.m., Wright common room
Intervarsity Prayer Meeting 9-10 p.m., chapel
Take Back the Sundae An event to celebrate Love Your Body Week. Meet on the steps of John M. Greene Hall, where we will pass out $1 gift certificates to Herrell's Ice Cream to the first 20 to arrive. We will then proceed to Herrell's to enjoy our ice cream. 7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall
"Paradise Gate," a work-in-progress. 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. Through April 22. McConnell foyer*
"The Strongest of Bonds: William Allan Neilson, Internationalism and Exiles at Smith College." Books, photographs and other refugee rescue and resettlement materials. In connection with "The Anatomy of Exile." Through June 30. Kahn Institute, 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 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*