News for the Smith College Community //October 5, 2000

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25 Years of Ada Comstock Scholars

In 1975, when the Ada Comstock Scholars Program began at Smith with 33 students, the college had little idea how the program would work, whether it would grow, whom it would ultimately serve and what form it might take. There were no other programs specifically of its kind in the country.

"I learned from the students, I learned what they needed," says Eleanor Rothman, who was hired then to launch the program. "I learned what I needed to know from the people who knew it."

This week, the Ada Comstock Scholars Program will celebrate its silver anniversary. In its 25 years, it has become nationally renowned for educating women who are older than the traditional college age, has grown consistently to enroll more than 200 students a year, and has served as a model for several similar programs at colleges around the country, including the Francis Perkins Program at Mount Holyoke College. Smith's program remains the largest and oldest program of its kind for nontraditional-aged college students.

Counting more than 1,400 alumnae who have attended Smith as Ada Comstock Scholars (endearingly referred to as Adas), the program has offered a Smith education to a diverse array of women with a range of backgrounds. Many Adas managed successful careers, for example, as dancers, musicians, writers, chefs and nurses before coming to Smith, Rothman says. Others may have interrupted their education to raise children. Still others, who might not have had opportunities to continue their education after high school, have made their way performing various jobs before discovering a yearning to learn further. The scholars have spanned an age range of seven decades.

Many of them will visit Smith on October 14 and 15 when the program celebrates its silver anniversary with a weekend gala titled "Transformations" that will engage Adas present and past in a panel discussion, talent showcase, story-telling hour and art exhibition.

The Smith community is invited to the "Transformations" keynote event, a faculty panel moderated by Provost/Dean of the Faculty John Connolly, that will address ways in which Ada Comstock Scholars have transformed the Smith classroom and experience. Also open to the public is an art exhibit, featuring the works of Adas, on display at Forbes Library through October 28. A reception for the exhibition, which opened on October 6, will be held on October 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library. During the weekend celebration, Adas will take part in several discussion groups and gatherings around campus. For more information on the celebration, consult or send e-mail to

The diverse personalities and experiences of women in the Ada program have changed the dynamic of the college, says Rothman, by bringing to the Smith classroom a wealth of viewpoints and rich perspectives that might not otherwise be presented. "The faculty love Ada Comstock Scholars in class," she says. "They're dedicated students, they do their work, they're eager, they're interested."

Named for Ada Louise Comstock, who graduated from Smith in 1897 and later served as dean of Smith and president of Radcliffe, the Ada program requires its members to complete the same requirements as traditional-aged undergraduates, says Rothman. The only difference is that they can take as long as they need to complete the degree, she says.

To keep the program accessible to women from all economic backgrounds, the college, as part of its comprehensive campaign, is raising funds toward an Ada Comstock
endowment. Income from the endowment will allow the college to augment students' allowances for living expenses, provide more realistic budgets for students who may have dependents and expand housing and childcare options.

Rothman, who now directs the fundraising initiatives for the program, says she is immensely proud of the Ada program's 25-year record. "It's an enormous source of satisfaction to me that the program has been as successful as it is," she says. "I never imagined that I would have had the privilege of meeting so many interesting women and having such an impact on their lives."

Addiction to Be the Topic of Symposium

The History of Science and Technology Program will make some history of its own on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. Its symposium titled "Of Human Bondage: Perspectives on Addiction" will break new ground by taking an interdisciplinary look at one of society's most enduring and puzzling social problems.

The symposium will explore addiction from the earliest known anthropological evidence of the condition to the latest research on the effects of addictive drugs on the brain. It will also consider the changing definitions of addiction, its cultural contexts (e.g. among 19th-century artists and 20th-century jazz musicians), and the future of drugs such as Prozac. In addition, a panel of therapeutic practitioners will talk about the current state of their field.

Marjorie Senechal, Louise W. Kahn Professor of Mathematics and director of the History of Science and Technology Program, feels that the topic has a critical immediacy. "Addiction is a problem that touches everyone's life in some way at some time," she says. "There's not a family in America untouched by it. This symposium is a chance to consider the historical, medical, and social perspectives that are so essential to understanding addiction."

Professor of English Douglas Patey, one of the event's organizers, explains that the program's goal for the symposium was twofold. "We wanted to expose the campus and the community to the History of Science and Technology Program," he says. "Beyond that, we wanted to explore a theme that has relevance for the campus, both as scholars and as residents of the 21st century. Addiction, with its classical and contemporary concerns, fit the bill perfectly."

Patey and Senechal point out that the interdisciplinary approach is what makes the symposium unique. "So often, scholars meet only with other scholars, practitioners with practitioners," says Patey, "and policy-makers with other policy makers. This symposium will bring them together to share their very different perspectives on a common theme."

The symposium will feature two keynote addresses. The first, "What Is Addiction?" will be presented on October 13 by Jerome Jaffe, of the University of Maryland Medical School, at 8 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. Jaffe, a pioneer in addiction research and methadone treatment, was the first United States "Drug Czar" (1971-73) and later served as director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and its Addiction Research Center. David Musto, professor of the history of medicine and psychiatry at Yale University, will present the second keynote address, "The First Cocaine Epidemic," on October 14, at 1 p.m., also in Neilson Browsing Room. Musto is the author of The American Disease: Origins of Narcotic Control.

Three lectures will take place in succession on the morning of October 14, in Seelye Hall, room 201. "The Archaeology of Addiction" will be given at 9 a.m. by Richard Rudgley, of Oxford University, author of The Encyclopedia of Addictive Substances. His lecture will be followed by "Addiction in Homer and Aristotle," a talk given by symposium organizer Harold Skulsky, Mary A. Jordan Professor of English; and "Absinthe: Chemistry and Culture," delivered by Lâle Aka Burk, chemistry department lecturer. Also on the program are Harvard University's Bertha Madras, one of the world's leading researchers in the biochemistry of addiction, and Richard Davis, a renowned jazz bassist and professor of music at the University of Wisconsin.

"We could not have put together better panels," says Senechal. "These people are leaders in their fields. This symposium offers the Smith community -- and the community at large -- a unique opportunity to learn about addiction from the people who understand it best."

For a complete event schedule and speaker biographies, visit the symposium link on the History of Science and Technology Program Web page at

College Tech Incubator to Assist Students

Media reports often suggest that Silicon Valley and its computer company counterparts across the country are overflowing with technological whizzes -- brilliant software engineers and young dot-com millionaires. The reality is that few women share in these newfound technology opportunities, and that many uses for computer technology and the Internet still remain unexplored.

Smith College and Women in Technology International (WITI), a professional organization dedicated to advancing women in technology through education, have found a way to address both these problems. The WITI Invent Center at Smith, a campus technology incubator, is scheduled to open by fall 2001. The center, the first of its kind at a women's college, will provide the tools and resources to help women choose technology careers, launch technology-based enterprises, and meet technology-related challenges. It will offer assistance, support and venture capital to launch new women-owned startups.

Operated in collaboration with the Smith Career Development Office, the center will also provide enhanced resources for job searching, internships, job fairs, and business development opportunities through ongoing relationships with WITI corporate members.

All Invited in Reborn Spirituality

The college's new Protestant chaplain, the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows, describes his experience at Smith so far as the witnessing of a kind of rebirth. Burrows, who began leading Sunday services in Helen Hills Hills Chapel a year ago, was hired as chaplain last January on an interim basis before being appointed for the Protestant chaplaincies at Smith and Amherst colleges in July.

When he first arrived on campus last year, he says the typical Sunday service attracted only a scattering of students to the chapel. "When I came here, it was like 10 students," he says. Since then, the college's spiritual community seems to have reawakened, Burrows reports, and this semester his services attract rousing congregations of nearly 100 people. Last Easter Sunday, he says, the chapel was filled to its capacity of more than 500.

"Now it rises again," Burrows says of the newly robust atmosphere of spirituality on campus, likening the Smith chapel community to England's Coventry Cathedral, which was devastated by WWII bombing, then rebuilt to thrive again. He keeps a printed plate of the famous cathedral on a shelf in his office. "If you survive, you should never want to forget the devastation of the past, but turn it into a meditation on what positive can come from it, a reminder of hope."

Burrows will be formally inducted on Sunday, October 15, at 10:30 a.m., during an Ecumenical Christian Church service of installation in the chapel. He will deliver the sermon at the service, and the Praise Choir will provide the music. Members of the Smith community are invited to the service. A brunch will follow at the Smith College Club. At 4 p.m. Burrows will lead a service of installation at Amherst College's Johnson Chapel, where he serves a third of his time as Protestant chaplain.

As chaplain to two colleges, Burrows employs an array of skills. Not only does he oversee and participate in Sunday Protestant services at Smith and Amherst, which involves writing and delivering sermons, planning a selection of music and coordinating a range of content. He also acts as counselor and confidant to students, mostly at Smith, from more than a dozen religious denominations, who are seeking guidance.

Burrows says that he feels at home dealing with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. His own life has been a series of rebirths and personal reinventions. He likes to joke that he is now in his third life, for example, after having lived first as a successful church organist, then briefly as an interior designer. He's quick to emphasize that his varied past serves him well on a campus that strives for diversity of race, experience, age, belief, interests and certainly religion. "We have to acknowledge that people here are searching," he says of Smith students.

Indeed, Burrows attributes Smith's revitalized spirituality partly to the chapel's attitude of inclusion, a pervasive appreciation on campus for each others' differences and an understanding of each person's individual search. "We want Helen Hills Hills Chapel to continue to mirror the campus' struggle with diversity," he says. "We want to ask, 'How can we be a more inclusive community? How do we include everyone?' This is a place where people can be invited in and sit beside people who are different from them. We can all coexist. Everyone is invited."

How Did You Spend Your Mountain Day?

By Eunnie Park '01

On the foggy morning of September 29, bells from College Hall and the chapel rang out across campus to announce the arrival of Mountain Day 2000. For students, it's one of the most anticipated days of the year. And in houses all over campus, and residences off campus, students excitedly bustled and prepared for their unexpected day off, each making plans to celebrate Mountain Day in her own way. For most, considering the exquisite weather, it was a day to head outdoors.

On her first Mountain Day, Carrie Smith '04, who lives in Chapin House, felt the spirit of tradition. She packed a lunch from her dining room and joined a couple of fellow Chapin housemates for the prescribed Mountain Day activity: a mountain hike, in Smith's case, along the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. Smith says she appreciates the idea of Mountain Day. "It's a good break from classes," she says. "It's nice to have a day for yourself and explore what's going on outside."

Meanwhile, Angie Weiss '01 celebrated what will be her last Mountain Day strolling Shelburne Falls' renowned Bridge of Flowers and exploring its glacial potholes, a naturally occurring bed of water-eroded rock formations. "It was amazing," says Weiss. "We sat on the rocks, ate our picnic, went to little antique shops. We also got to see glass blowers. It was really nice."

Juliana Han '03 spent her Mountain Day with faculty members and students of the music department, hiking and picnicking at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Florence. The outing was planned by Professor of Music Monica Jakuc and music department liaisons, says Han, in an effort to renew an old Mountain Day tradition. "The music department used to climb mountains together in the '70s," she says. "[Jakuc] wanted to bring back the idea-it sounded nice." Of spending her Mountain Day with professors, Han says, "It was actually kind of cool. It was out of class and relaxed. We didn't really talk about school."

Mountain Day was first officially recognized by the college in 1887 as an annual "surprise" day on which students could take time off from classes to enjoy the fall foliage in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

But for some, this year's Mountain Day did not automatically signify a day off from the classroom or their studies. Polina Dimova '01J, for one, says she was not so delighted to hear the ringing bells the morning of September 29. "I heard the people on my floor shouting 'Happy Mountain Day,'" she says, "but I was hoping they were saying 'Happy Birthday.' I really didn't want it to be Mountain Day. I had a UMass class and a [Smith] night class. It was very unfortunate."


Field Hockey
September 28: Smith 2, Wesleyan 3
September 30: Smith 1, Babson 0 (penalty strokes)

September 26: Smith 9, WPI 0

September 26: Smith 9, Mount Holyoke 2
September 28: Smith 3, Wesleyan 1
September 30: Smith 1, Babson 0

September 26: Smith 1, Springfield 3
September 29-30: Wesleyan Invitational: 2nd out of 4

September 30: Smith Show: tied for 3rd out of 12

September 30: Mount Holyoke Regatta: novice, 3rd and 4th out of 11; lightweight 4, 5th out of 5; J.V. 8, 2nd out of 3; varsity 8,
3rd out of 6

Cross Country
September 30: Codfish Bowl: 3rd place

Amber Watt AC spent part of her summer in Hanover, New Hampshire, attending the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College. Referred to by students as "business boot camp," the innovative and intensive four-week program is intended to prepare rising juniors and seniors majoring in liberal arts and sciences for careers in
business. Watt, the single Smith student in the summer program, attended along with students from many of the country's top schools, including Harvard, Stanford, and Wellesley universities. In classes led by the school's MBA faculty, Watt studied accounting, managerial economics, finance, marketing and strategy, working with advanced databases and analytic programs. During the program, Watt also met with several venture capitalists and executives from different industries. More information about the Tuck Business Bridge Program is available by viewing

Lois Dubin, professor of religion, was recently awarded the Barbara Jelavich Prize for her book The Port Jews of Habsburg Trieste: Absolutist Politics and Enlightenment Culture. The award is presented annually to authors of books about Habsburg, Russian and Ottoman history by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. In the award citation the selection committee writes of Dubin's book, "This work tells a fascinating story, many of whose facets are tied to the contacts between the Jewish world and the modernizing Habsburg state. She draws the reader into all the issues she treats." Dubin's award will be officially announced at the association's annual meeting in Denver on November 11.

William Van Voris, professor emeritus of English language and literature, died on Sunday, September 24, in Mattapoisett. A memorial service will be held on the afternoon of October 7 in the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford.

Smith alumna Eliza Garrison '94 has received an Alexander von Humboldt Bundeskanzler Fellowship for 2000-01. Created by Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1990, the fellowship allows Americans, in fields ranging from public health to choreography, to pursue projects of their own design during a one-year stay in Germany. A graduate student in art history at Northwestern University, Garrison will use the fellowship to complete research for her dissertation on the art policy of Emperor Henry II (1002-24). It will also allow her to meet with key figures in German politics and culture.

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

College Wide

Shuttle Service
Evening shuttle service is available on campus to and from any location seven days a week, from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. To request the service, call the Department of Public Safety, ext. 2490, and a shuttle will be dispatched.

Fine Arts Center Addresses
As part of the Fine Arts Center complex, the Smith College Museum of Art is closed for renovation and expansion until early 2003. Temporary administrative offices are located at Leonard Hall, Clarke School for the Deaf, 32 Round Hill Road. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum's mailing address remains Smith College Museum of Art, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA 01063. To contact the museum, call ext. 2770 or send e-mail to artmuseum@; you can visit the museum's Web site at www.smith.
edu/artmuseum. The art department and art library are in Bell Hall, 45 Round Hill Road.

Faculty & Staff

Denim Day 2000
Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in Denim Day 2000 on Friday, October 6. Now in its fifth year, Denim Day is a national initiative to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

Participants who make a donation of at least $5 (payable to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) to members of the Staff Council Activities Committee or one of their helpers will receive a pink ribbon pin, the national symbol of breast cancer awareness, and may wear denim to work on Friday, October 6. Donations will also be accepted at the Smith College Club from approximately 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. during the week of October 2­6; or can be sent to Cindy Rucci in Neilson Library. This year's campaign is dedicated to the memory of Toni Veilleux, a longtime employee of Residence and Dining Services, who succumbed to breast cancer on November 11, 1999.

Sunrise on the River
Faculty and Friends of Smith Crew are invited to join the team for sunrise on the river every morning (except for race days!) Monday through Saturday. The crew team will provide coffee if you'll provide crucial support during the team's morning practices. Guests should arrive at 6 a.m. at Sportsman's Marina in Hadley. Call Coach Karen Klinger, ext. 2717, one day before the morning you plan to attend, and your mug of coffee will be ready!

Bosch Fellowship Deadline
The deadline to apply for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program for the 2001-02 year is Sunday, October 15. The fellowship is a nine-month work-and-study program in Germany, open to people with graduate degrees (in most cases) and professional experience in business administration, economics, journalism/mass communication, law, political science and public affairs/public policy. Candidates without graduate degrees, but with extensive professional experience, are also encouraged to apply. For more information, check the foundation Web site at, and click on "About CDS."


Drop Course Deadline
The last day to drop a course is Friday, October 13. Forms may be obtained in the registrar's office. Signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required to make course changes at this time.

JYA Information Meetings
Learn about Junior Year Abroad programs from next year's director and returned Smith students at the following meetings: for the Geneva program, Tuesday, October 17, at 5 p.m. in McConnell B05; Florence, Tuesday, October 17, 5 p.m., Seelye 201; Paris, Tuesday, October 24, 5 p.m., Seelye 201; and Hamburg, Monday, October 30, 6:45 p.m., Hatfield 204.

Textbook Returns
The Grécourt Bookshop will begin returning unsold textbooks to publishers during the week of October 10. Please purchase any needed texts as soon as possible.

Seeking New Peer Tutors
Would you like to be a paid peer tutor for the Jacobson Center's peer tutor-tutee matching service? The Jacobson Center is accepting applications for peer tutors in all subject areas except biology, chemistry, Spanish, French and economics. Come to the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Counseling Service Workshops
The counseling service professional staff will facilitate the following free workshops and groups for interested Smith students: "First-Year Students," a support group, every Tuesday through October 31, 4:30-5:45 p.m. (call ext. 2840 for location and to register); "Body Image: Rewriting Our Stories, Restoring Ourselves," a seven-week workshop for students, on Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. starting October 5 (call ext. 2840 for location and to register); "International Conversations," a small, informal, drop-in conversational group for international students, on Wednesdays, October 11 and 18, 4:15-5:30 p.m., at Unity House; "Afrocentric Empowerment Workshop," a workshop for black women, every Wednesday from October 11 through November 15, 4:30-6 p.m., in Seelye 204; "Self-Exploration Group for Women," a counseling group for students, on Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m., starting in mid-October (call ext. 2840 for a pre-group meeting with the cofacilitators).

Study Abroad Meetings
If you are interested in studying abroad, please come to one of the informational meetings, held Mondays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m., in Clark Hall. Meetings will last approximately 45 minutes. Study-abroad opportunities and procedures will be reviewed, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Volleyball Tournament
Want to catch some great volleyball action? Come cheer for the Smith Pioneers as they compete in the Volleyball Hall of Fame Tournament on Friday, October 20, and Saturday, October 21. Pool play will begin at 6 p.m. on October 20, in Ainsworth and Scott gyms and at Mount Holyoke, Springfield, and Amherst colleges. Winners and losers will compete again at 8 p.m. to determine final pool standings for Saturday. Bracket play will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, again in Ainsworth and Scott gyms and at Mount Holyoke.

Peer Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning is offering peer writing assistance every Sunday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m., in Seelye 307; and every Monday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m., in the Cushing dining hall. Peer writing assistants will discuss papers on any subject, and students are encouraged to bring in drafts at any stage
of the writing process. No appointments are necessary; all services are free.

Amnesty International Meetings
Join other Smithies at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in the Gamut to fight for human rights.

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, October 9

Autumn break

No events scheduled

Tuesday, October 10

Autumn Break

Performing Arts/Films
Film 28 Days. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

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

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Other Events/Activities
Tennis vs. Trinity 1 p.m., tennis courts*

Volleyball vs. MIT 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Field hockey vs. Clark 7 p.m., athletic field*

CDO will hold no evening hours due to autumn recess

Wednesday, October 11

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

Transfer Lunch Open to all new transfers. Lively conversation and an opportunity to meet the dean of the sophomore and junior classes, as well as other transfers. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

CDO information session Lexecon, a Boston business/financial consulting firm, will discuss career opportunities. Students must submit résumés to the CDO by October 25 to be eligible for an interview with Lexecon later this semester. 7:30 p.m., Wright common room

Meeting of social chairs. 6-7 p.m., Duckett Dining Room B

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 "What It Is to Be Human." 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 Room

Language lunch tables Classical languages. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Watch and discuss the first presidential debate between Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush of Texas. 8 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Thursday, October 12

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Parent-Child Agreement in the Assessment of Social Anxiety in Youth." Patricia DiBartolo, psychology. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Neilson Lecture "Sensibility and Selfhood." Thomas M. Greene, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University, will deliver the second of four lectures in a series titled "Calling from Diffusion: Hermeneutics of the Promenade," which examines the nature of the promenade poem as it is practiced by contemporary poets and as it has developed over six centuries. Greene's lecture will feature the poems Canzoniere #129 by Petrarch, Regeneration by Vaughan, and L'Allegro and Il Penseroso by Milton. Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Yoruba Intelligentsia and the Production of Historical Knowledge." Toyin Falola, Department of History, University of Texas, Austin. Final event of "Famine, Death and Historical Knowledge-A Lecture Series on Modern Africa." 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Film 28 Days. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Employer Recruiting Workshop will explain job search programs offered by the CDO and introduce E-Access, the CDO on-line recruiting system. This meeting is required if you are planning on taking part in fall recruiting and haven't attended one already. 12:30 p.m., CDO group room

Informational meeting Williams-Mystic Seaport Program offers a chance to study the world's oceans through a 10-day off-shore Atlantic voyage, a 10-day investigation of the Pacific coast and intensive research at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Sip New England Clam Chowder at the meeting. 3 p.m., Seelye 201

Meeting for Heads of Organizations. Call ext. 4999 or e-mail smith_orgs@ with questions. 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Informational meeting Twelve College Exchange. For students (primarily class of 2003) interested in the program for 2001-02. 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Meeting Association of Low-Income Students. All welcome. 7:30 p.m., Fussers, Talbot

CDO information session Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Information Technology Division. 7:30 p.m., Wright common room

Religious Life
Drop-in meditation and stress-reduction class with Hayat Nancy Abuza, MD. Open to all students, staff and faculty of the Five Colleges. Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 211

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

Friday, October 13

Lecture "Changing Your Mind: Drugs in the Brain." Bertha K. Madras, Harvard Medical School. Part of theconference "Of Human Bondage: Perspectives on Addiction," sponsored by the History of Science and Technology Program (see story, page 1). 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*

Lecture "What is Addiction?" Jerome Jaffe, University of Maryland School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address for the conference "Of Human Bondage: Perspectives on Addiction," sponsored by the History of Science and Technology Program (see story, page 1). 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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

Religious Life
Dedication of the recently renovated Kosher Kitchen, during which a mezuzah will be affixed to the doorpost. Services in the Sukkot and dinner follow the dedication at 6 p.m. 5 p.m., Dawes

ECC Fellowship Music, games and the fun aspect of Christianity. Dinner provided. All welcome. 5-7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Keystone B.I.G. meeting Weekly fellowship meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ. 7 p.m., Wright common room

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

Alumnae House tea Lawrence and Morrow Houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, October 14

Three lectures on addiction in history will be delivered in succession. "The Archaeology of Addiction," by Richard Rudgley, Oxford University; "Addiction in Homer and Aristotle," by Harold Skulsky, Mary A. Jordan Professor of English at Smith; and "Absinthe: Chemistry and Culture," by Lâle Aka Burk, chemistry department. Part of the conference "Of Human Bondage: Perspectives on Addiction." (See story, page 1.) 9 a.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "The First Cocaine Epidemic." David F. Musto, Yale University. Second keynote address of the conference "Of Human Bondage: Perspectives on Addiction." 1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Panel discussion Speakers at the keynote event of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program's silver anniversary will discuss how Adas on campus have transformed the classroom and Smith College experience for all students and faculty. Moderated by Provost/Dean of the Faculty John Connolly, panel members include Randall K. Bartlett, professor of economics; William Oram, professor of English; Marjorie Lee Senechal, professor of mathematics; and Frances Volkmann, professor emerita of psychology. (See story, page 1.) 1:30-3 p.m., Sage Hall*

Panel discussion "Clinical Approaches to Addiction." Davina Miller, director, Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program, Franklin Medical Center; Theodore Miller, director, The Brattleboro Retreat; and Alan Dayno, medical director, Community Substance Abuse Center of West Springfield. Part of the conference "Of Human Bondage: Perspectives on Addiction." 2:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Gray Matters: Prozac, Cocaine and the Meanings of Medicine." Pamela Korsmeyer, freelance writer. Part of "Of Human Bondage: Perspectives on Addiction." 3:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Jazz and Addiction." Richard Davis, University of Wisconsin. Part of "Of Human Bondage: Perspectives on Addiction." 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Talking When Talking is Tough: Taking on Difficult Conversations about Race, Sexual Orientation, Gender, Class, and Other Aspects of Social Identity." Susan Donner and Joshua Miller, faculty members of the Smith College School for Social Work, will deliver the keynote lecture for the school's Alumnae Symposium. 10 a.m.-noon, Seelye 106

Panel presentation "Admission, Financial Aid, Field Work and Student Life." Part of the Smith College School for Social Work Alumnae Symposium. Limited seating; call ext. 7960 for a reservation. 1-3 p.m., Seelye 106.

Other Events/Activities
Soccer vs. Wheaton 1 p.m., athletic field*

Sunday, October 15

Lecture "Human Rights in Global Economy: What We As Citizens and Consumers Can Do to Promote Worldwide Human Rights." Simon Billenness, author of the Massachusetts Burma Law. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Reception for the second annual Ada Comstock Scholars Alumnae Art Exhibit. Part of "Transformations," the program's silver anniversary celebration (see story, page 1). 2 p.m., Forbes Library Gallery*

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

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

Religious Life
Ecumenical Christian Church invites the Smith community to celebrate the installation of the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows as the college's Protestant chaplain. Sermon to be given by Burrows with music by the new Praise Choir. Brunch follows at Smith College Club. (See story, page 4.) All welcome. 10:30 a.m., chapel*

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

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

Other Events/Activities
CDO open hours Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO


"Bronze, Steel, and Stone: Selections from the Nasher Collection," a special temporary exhibition hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art and installed on Burton lawn, featuring five sculptures lent by Raymond D. Nasher in memory of his late wife, Patsy Rabinowitz Nasher '49. Runs through October 29. Burton lawn*

"Expanding Educational Opportunities: The Ada Comstock Program," a special exhibit created in conjunction with "Transformations," a weekend of programs celebrating the silver anniversary of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. The exhibit explores the program's early history through photographs and other materials from the college archives. Runs through October 20. Alumnae House lobby

"Inside Out: An Exhibition of Artist's Books About Breast Cancer and the Healing Process of Creativity." Books by book artist Martha Hall '71. Runs through October 17. Mortimer Rare Book Room*

"Labore et Constantia: Rare books from the Dimock Collection at Smith College," curated by Mark Morford and Margaret Eaton-Salners '01. Runs through December 31. Neilson third floor*