News for the Smith College Community //October 12, 2000
Sculptures Inspire Chat On-Line, in Classroom
By now, many members of the Smith community are likely acquainted with the sculpture exhibition "Bronze, Steel and Stone: Selections from the Nasher Collection." Installed last spring on Burton Lawn, the exhibit triggered a campuswide dialogue (including some lively discussion on the Daily Jolt!) about aesthetics and the placement of abstract art in a natural environment. Museum staff expanded that dialogue by going on site to solicit questions and comments from passersby.
This fall, the dialogue continues, this time in classrooms throughout campus. In disciplines ranging from philosophy to dance, faculty members are integrating the Nasher sculptures into their coursework. While it's not unusual for Smith faculty to develop course modules using the museum's permanent collection, this is the first time it's happened outside the museum's walls, says Nancy Rich, curator of Education at the Museum of Art.
"Educational outreach is a critical part of our mission," explains Rich. "We didn't want that to stop just because the museum is closed for renovations. So we invited faculty to use 'Bronze, Steel and Stone' in their fall courses."
This semester, Rich has offered faculty members a "Bronze, Steel and Stone" orientation, as well as copies of the self-guided walking tour or an orientation for their students. A group of faculty members responded enthusiastically to her invitation, she says, and approximately 12 courses have incorporated the Nasher collection into their syllabi. As a result, Smith students across the campus will be considering the installation from the perspective of philosophers, poets, dancers, psychologists and art historians. The following are some of the courses using the installation:
"Students are having the chance to first experience the work and then analyze it," says Rich. "They are getting an in-depth look, an academic look."
Rich says she will contact Nasher to
tell him how "Bronze, Steel and Stone" has been integrated
into coursework. "I want him to know just how valuable this
installation has been to Smith," she says. Nasher will speak
at the college on Monday, October 16, at 5 p.m. in McConnell
Serving at Smith Since the Days of Ike
During the 45 years that he has been a Smith College employee, Ernest Rogers, a foreman in the physical plant's paint department, estimates that he's painted every single house on campus, "both inside and out." Considering that feat, it's appropriate that he describes the college these days as "a second home."
When he began at Smith as a painter in 1955, Rogers, 18 at the time, never imagined that he would still be a college employee in the year 2000. "You can't conceive of 45 years when you're that young," he says. "So it never occurred to me that I'd still be at Smith." To the college's benefit, Rogers has made his career here. And since the days of Dwight D. Eisenhower, minus a two-year stint as an Army draftee, he's been painting the interiors and exteriors of every campus house and some of its other buildings.
On October 4, Rogers was honored by the college for his 45 years of service at the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony in Sweeney auditorium. In addition to presenting 11 Employee Excellence Awards, the ceremony recognized 109 other employees for their service to the college of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 years, as well as those who have had perfect attendance during the past year. Rogers was the sole honoree for 45 years of service.
Joan Shepard, dining room assistant, was honored at the ceremony for her 35 years of service. "Joanie," as students affectionately call her, has a connection with Smith that actually dates back to 1951. "I worked here two hours a night while I was in high school," she remembers. "After graduation, I went on to other work, but I soon came back to stay."
Shepard's Smith career has included being a cook for 20 years, working in the School for Social Work and serving as dining room assistant. She estimates that, like Rogers, she has worked in almost every house on campus "except for maybe 2 or 3." And she speaks with fondness about the students she has come to know over the years. Of one Smith graduate, Shepard is particularly proud. Her daughter, Kathy Szpila, who entered the Ada Comstock Scholars Program 20 years after her high school graduation, received a Smith diploma in 1998. "I'm proud to be part of Smith," Shepard says. She would have liked to have said more, but at nearly 11 a.m. there was still much to do to have lunch ready for her Parsons House students. As she has for 35 years, Shepard got to work.
Summing up his time at Smith, Rogers says, "This campus is a good place staffed by good people. I'm glad to have been a part of it all these years." As for his future, he says some day he'd like to spend more time on the golf course and with his two grandchildren, plus a third who is on the way. But for now, he says, there's still painting to be done.
Interterm Program Seeks Students Who Want to Lead
Every January, for nearly 10 years now, some 25 students take over the second floor of Seelye Hall to obtain the tools and methods for becoming leaders and effecting positive change in their communities after college. They are among the handful of students each year who are committed to honing their leadership skills by participating in the Smith Leadership Program. For the last two weeks of two Interterms, they work together in groups led by faculty members and professionals in a variety of workshops, developing an understanding of group dynamics, improving their oral presentation skills, learning negotiation tactics, practicing techniques to manage conflict, and sharpening their ability to manage resources while addressing real community problems. During its two Interterm sessions the Smith Leadership Program, directed by Randy Bartlett, professor of economics, provides nearly 160 hours of leadership training.
Between the January sessions, each participant has an opportunity to put her learning to work in a summer internship (in addition to Praxis) with an organization that meets her particular interests. Past participants have held internships at the National Institutes of Health, the White House, in homeless shelters, art museums, newspapers, law offices and advertising agencies throughout the country. They have worked in businesses of all types, in governments at all levels, and for a variety of nonprofit organizations. In each, says Bartlett, they have found opportunities to learn about effective leadership.
"Every Smith graduate will, at some point in her life, reach a juncture where she can make a difference in her community by moving a group of people to act on some important issue," Bartlett says. "The regular curriculum develops some of the talents she will need to succeed at that, but not all. The Leadership Program adds the practical skills of leadership to the intellectual development of the regular liberal arts curriculum."
Informational meetings about the program and application process are scheduled for Monday, October 16, at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, October 17, at 5 p.m., both in Seelye 110.
Bartlett emphasizes that the Smith Leadership Program is available to any student who will be at Smith for at least two more Interterms. But it applies most directly to "people who want to make a big impact in their communities," he says, such as through work with a nonprofit agency, a social organization or a community-oriented corporation. "Student leaders often participate."
Students interested in participating in the Smith Leadership Program should attend one of the scheduled information meetings. For more information, contact Bartlett at ext. 3605.
Women of Callanish Stand for Survival
If you walk into the Alumnae House Gallery this month, you'll come across a roomful of towering works of art that represent themes of loss, strength, struggle and, ultimately, endurance. The works are all of women. One cradles an infant in her arms. Another holds a basket of herbs and flowers. Whatever their roles, the women in the exhibition have a common mission: survival. The exhibition, titled "Standing Women of Callanish," is a mixture of photographs, multimedia sculptures and a painting scroll created by Acton artist and Smith alumna Mary Craig McLane '49.
The spirit of the "Standing Women of Callanish" comes to life in the seven sculptures and the scroll. Titled Cailleach (Gaelic for "old woman") Numbers 1 through 8, each sculpture has a role, as does the scroll. Cailleach #1, for example, subtitled "Woman the Beacon," holds "mysterious symbols of communication," according to McLane. Cailleach #5, "The Good Neighbor," comes to people's aid in times of tragedy and sickness.
McLane's inspiration for the series came from her encounter with a display of 13 stones on the Isle of Lewis and Harris, one of the Hebrides in western Scotland, during a trip there in 1990. When McLane first saw the 5,000-year-old stones standing eight to 10 feet tall in a circle, she says she immediately thought of women. "They're sinewy, shapely, and there's this intimate circle," she said of the stones in a September 30, 1999, article in The Beacon, an Acton weekly newspaper. "Then, I thought, that's not surprising. It was the women who were left here because the men are fishermen. The women are survivors."
The sculptured women stand tall in the Alumnae House Gallery, some up to seven feet, each personifying the strength and pride that contribute to her survival. The sculptures were constructed using objects found in New England barns and old houses, such as farm equipment and parts of old household appliances. "The materials are very nonverbal," says McLane in an exhibition press release. "Found objects are associative -- they help you get beyond words to what the feeling is."
McLane explains that one of the survivors represented in her art is her own great-grandmother, who lost her husband to the sea and traveled to new lands to start a new life for her two children and herself. In a 38-foot scroll titled Into the Land of the Unknown or Who in the World Was My Great-Grandmother? McLane explores her ancestry through a depiction of a graveyard with the question of her great-grandmother in the beginning, followed by various paintings that tie McLane to her ancestry -- a map of Scotland, the Callanish stones, a Scottish family. The end of the scroll shows a question mark surrounding a shadowy picture of a mother and two children.
"Standing Women of Callanish" has already been displayed in several other venues, including University Place in Cambridge, the Newton Free Library, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. McLane also exhibits annually at the open studios for Artists West in Waltham. "Standing Women of Callanish" will be on display through October 20.
United Way, from Cradle to Grave
You've no doubt heard the expression "cradle to grave." Well that describes the range in ages in the diverse communities served by the agencies that receive your support through the United Way (UW). In other words, UW donations help all those in need -- from infants to seniors.
With that in mind, this year's Smith College United Way campaign has been launched with a goal of raising $135,000. The Smith community is a major contributor to the Hampshire County United Way, to which Smith gifts are usually designated (employees may designate their gift to any specific agency or county). But with such a variety of needs in communities, how does the United Way determine the level of support each local program will receive?
Sandra Doucett, director of corporate and foundation relations and the Smith UW campaign cochair, learned firsthand how citizens influence program fund allocations when she served on a Fund Distribution Committee for Hampshire UW. Last summer, she and a fellow committee member on the Family Panel visited a local agency, Children's Aid and Family Services. During their visit, the team witnessed the agency's work with families who adopt "special needs" children and with teen parents.
"This site visit really brought to life for me how the dollars that we provide to the United Way are serving populations in our community who are most at risk," says Doucett.
Site visit teams such as Doucett's also hear agency presentations on their needs for the coming year. "It was incredible to hear directly from such a committed group of community leaders who are delivering innovative and far-reaching services with programs geared to serving everyone. The contributions that we make to the United Way touch thousands of lives in our community -- from providing social-work services for at-risk moms isolated at home with newborns to arranging field trips so area youth can learn about local ecology at the Hitchcock Center to helping a food distribution program for seniors. I can see how our Smith dollars are critical to so much of what these agencies accomplish."
The Smith campaign's other cochair
is Debbie Cottrell, assistant dean of the faculty. Doucett and
Cottrell serve under the leadership of campaign chair Peter Rowe.
The pioneering archaeological work of distinguished Smith alumna Harriet Boyd Hawes, class of 1892, was commemorated during a conference and exhibition titled "Crete 2000: A Centennial Celebration of American Archaeology on Crete (1900-2000)," held in July in Athens. Hawes, the first woman to direct an excavation in Greece, is well known among archaeologists, especially those studying Bronze Age material (circa 2000-1300 B.C.) from the Minoan civilization on Crete. Most of the excavations in eastern Crete are based on her exploratory work a century ago. The materials for the exhibition -- letters, cards and photographs of Hawes and her associate Blanche Wheeler -- were selected by Professor of Art Caroline Houser, director of Smith's Archaeology Program, and College Archivist Nanci Young. Houser and Thalia Pandiri, associate professor of classical languages and literatures and a member of Smith's Archaeology Committee, attended the conference and a subsequent study trip of archaeological sites on the island of Crete.
Hawes joined the Smith faculty as an
instructor in 1900 following her studies at the American School
of Classical Studies in Athens. She later became a principal
organizer of the Smith College Relief Unit, a group of volunteers
who traveled to France to assist WWI refugees. The design of
Smith's Grécourt Gates is a commemoration to the relief
Norman Webster, who worked at Smith
from 1971 to 1991 as director of technical services, died on
Sunday, October 1, in North Carolina.
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).
Van Drivers Needed
"Piece of the Pie" Day
Faculty & Staff
Bosch Fellowship Deadline
JYA Information Meetings
Picker Washington Internship
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Study Skills Workshops
Counseling Service Workshops
Seeking New Peer Tutors
Study Abroad Meetings
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 16
Biological Sciences Colloquium "Helping Behavior in the Florida Scrub-Jay: Inclusive Fitness Theory Meets Conservation Biology." Ron Mumme, associate professor, Department of Biology, Allegheny College. Reception precedes lecture in McConnell foyer at 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05
Lecture "The Sculptural Revolution in the Twentieth Century." Raymond D. Nasher, who, with his wife, Patsy Rabinowitz Nasher '49, assembled one of the world's great collections of modern and contemporary sculptures. (See story, page 1.) Reception follows. 5 p.m., McConnell auditorium*
Informational meeting on study- abroad programs for economics students. Conducted by study-abroad adviser Karen Pfeifer with presentations by students who have recently returned from studying in various locations. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 102
Informational meeting about the Harry S. Truman Scholarship program. First-years, sophomores and juniors are invited (see Notices). 4:30 p.m., Seelye 101
Presentation of the major Comparative literature. 5:30 p.m., Wright common room
Informational meeting Smith Leadership Program, which provides training in a variety of practical leadership skills during the January Interterm; open to any Smith student who still has at least two interterms before graduation. (See story, page 1.) 7 p.m., Seelye 110
Informational meeting Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Investment Banking and Fixed Income divisions. Discuss career opportunities. For more information, consult www.msdw.com. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Tuesday, October 17
Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Improving Your Image: How to Scan Almost Anything." Julie Thomson, Clark Science Center. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Lecture "The Ancient Greek Wedding." Gloria Ferrari Pinney, professor of classics, Harvard University. Sponsors: Department of Classical Languages and Literatures, Program in Ancient Studies. 5 p.m., Seelye 106
Lecture "Divergierende Liebeskonzepte im Frühwerk Arthur Schnitzlers." Karl-Gert Kribben, professor of German, Universität Hamburg, visiting professor, Smith-Hamburg Exchange. 5 p.m., College Club lower level
Lecture "A Real Feminine Journey: Gender and Power in Contemporary Native Arts." Nancy Marie Mithlo, a Chiricahua Apache, who teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe Community College, and the University of New Mexico. Sponsors: Department of Anthropology, Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. 7 p.m., Wright common room*
Panel "U.S. Foreign
Policy and the Presidential Elections." A panel of four
Five College faculty members will discuss the foreign policy
implications of the presidential election. After the panel, the
presidential debate will be shown. 7 p.m., Seelye 110*
Lecture "Pagan Content in Christian Context, or Appropriation in the Italian Renaissance." Phyllis Pray Bober, professor emeritus, Bryn Mawr College, and Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. Second in the Kennedy Lecture series. Reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Lecture "Indigenous Knowledge and the Formulation of Conservation Policy." Paul Cox, professor of botany, Brigham Young University; director, National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii; and coauthor of Plants, People and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany and Islands, Plants and Polynesians: An Introduction to Polynesian Ethnobotany. 7:30 p.m., McConnell B15*
Film Being John Malkovich. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Informational meeting Salomon Smith Barney, Sales and Trading Division. Learn about career opportunities. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Presentation of the major Medieval studies. 4:45 p.m., Dewey common room
JYA informational meeting Florence. Learn about the program from next year's director and returned Smith students. 5 p.m., Seelye 201
JYA informational meeting Geneva. Learn about the program from next year's director and returned Smith students. 5 p.m., McConnell B05
Informational meeting Smith Leadership Program, which provides training in a variety of practical leadership skills during the January Interterm; open to any Smith student who still has at least two interterms before graduation. (See story, page 1.) 5 p.m., Seelye 110
Presentation of the major Education and child study. 5:15 p.m., Campus School library
Workshop Job search strategy for seniors. Learn how to shape your search for the ideal experience after Smith. 6:45 p.m., CDO
SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201
Workshop L'Atelier, a theater workshop conducted in French by Florent Masse. 7:30 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, T-209
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room
Literature at Lunch William Oram, professor of English language and literature, will read poems by Robert Frost. Bring a sandwich; drinks provided. Sponsor: English department. 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207*
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4-5:15 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Volleyball vs. WPI. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*
Field hockey vs. Springfield College. 7 p.m., athletic field*
CDO open hours Peer advisers available. 7 p.m., CDO
Wednesday, October 18
Lecture "A Taste for Good Science." Dehlia Harris '01J, a philosophy student whose thesis examines the importance of aesthetic judgment in science. 12:15 p.m., Dewey lounge
Lecture "Ophelia's Coiffure: Observations on Shakespeare and Interculturalism." Attilio Favorini, theatre department, University of Pittsburgh, and author of Voicings: Ten Plays from the Documentary of Theatre. 1:10-2:30 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, T-114
Lecture "Why Do So Few Women Go into Science and Engineering Fields and What Happens to Those Who Get There?" Economists Catherine Weinberger, University of Santa Barbara, Nancy Folbre and Lee Badgett, both from UMass, and Lois Joy, Smith, will present current research on the barriers to and possibilities for women entering nontraditional fields. Smith scientists will comment on the research and share their own stories. 4-7 p.m., Seelye 106
Transfer lunch Open to all new transfers. Lively conversation and an opportunity to meet the dean of the sophomore and junior classes and other transfers. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C
Workshop on the Feldenkrais Method, promoting proper body alignment and movement. Noon, Neilson Browsing Room
Presentation of the major Physics. Lunch will be provided. 12:15 p.m., McConnell foyer
Presentation Semester in Maine. Sue Robinson, director of enrollment, Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies. Learn how to spend a semester in Maine documenting a region through words or photographs. 4 p.m., Seelye 207
Workshop MBNA Financial Planning and Management. Learn how to pay for graduate school, balance a budget and ask questions about credit. RSVP by Monday, October 16, to email@example.com. Tea and cookies served. 4 p.m., Alumnae House conference room
Presentation of the minor Environmental science and policy, and marine sciences. Refreshments served. 4:15 p.m., Engineering Building, room 102
Presentation of the major American Studies. AMS Student Handbook for 2000-01 will be available. Refreshments served. 4:30 p.m., Wright common room
Informational meeting Mandatory for students interested in studying in Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries next year. 7 p.m., McConnell B05
Celebration of Sisterhood All-campus meeting. 10 p.m., Seelye 101
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
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
CDO open house for sophomores to meet CDO staff, learn about resources, and enjoy light refreshments. 4:30-5:45 p.m., CDO, Drew
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Recruiting competition Barclays Capital, an investment bank with locations in London, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. Preregistration required at www.barcap.com/graduatecareers/. 6 p.m., Seelye 110
Debates Democrats, Republicans, and Greens. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
Informational meeting Market Metrics, a Boston research firm that measures the performance of competitors in the financial services industry, will present information about career opportunities. 8:30 p.m., Wright common room
Watch and discuss the presidential debate. 8:45 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Thursday, October 19
Lecture "Privacy? Going, Going," Latanya Sweeney, associate professor of computer science and of public policy, Carnegie Mellon University, will speak about protecting the privacy of the individual in today's electronic world. 4:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Neilson Lecture "Utopias of Solitude." Thomas M. Greene, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University, will deliver the third 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 Elegie a Hélène by Ronsard, La Solitude by Saint-Amant, and Upon Appleton House by Marvell. Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture "Sensing the Sacred: Bodily Experience and Bodily Knowing in Ancient Christianity." Susan Ashbrook-Harvey, associate professor of religious studies, Brown University. Sponsor: Department of Religion and Biblical Literature. 5 p.m., Seelye 106*
Lecture "Corporate Globalization: Not Inevitable, Not Acceptable." Lori Wallach, director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
Presentation "Virgin and Vamp: Media's Catch 22 for Women." Sut Jhally, professor of communication, UMass, and executive director, Media Education Foundation, will discuss women in the media. Sponsor: Office of the Dean of Students. 8 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Film Being John Malkovich. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Prehealth Lunch Meeting Betsey Talcott, assistant director of admissions, Yale School of Public Health. To reserve your place, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, Wednesday, October 18. Noon, Science Center
Presentation of the major and minor Spanish and Portuguese, and the Program of Latin American and Latino/a Studies. 5-6 p.m., Chapel, lower level.
Presentation of the major Russian language and literature. 5-6 p.m., Hatfield 107
Presentation of the major Philosophy. 5 p.m., Dewey common room
Meeting Association of Low-Income Students. All welcome. 7:30 p.m., Fussers, Talbot
Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room
Résumé critique Salomon, Smith Barney will sponsor casual drop-in sessions for critiques by banking/finance professionals. Pizza served. 3-5 p.m., CDO group room
Soccer vs. Beloit. 4 p.m., athletic field*
Information session Microsoft Corporation. Information about entry-level jobs and internships in the product development department. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Friday, October 20
Keystone B.I.G. meeting Weekly fellowship meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ. 7 p.m., Wright common room
Eastern Orthodox Vespers service with Fr. Harry Vulopas. Families and friends are invited. A light supper follows. 5:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
Shabbat services Dinner follows in the Kosher Kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Volleyball Hall of Fame Invitational 6 p.m, Ainsworth and Scott gyms
Star Party 8 p.m., McConnell roof observatory
Saturday, October 21
Theatre The Food Chain, by Nicky Silver. Maggie Wood '01, director. No one is safe in Silver's hilarious skewing of modern romance as five urbanites search for connection in this examination of people's preoccupation with food, sex, looks and fashion. Tickets (call 585-ARTS): $7, general; $4, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
POPS! concert A musical tradition at Smith, and for many years the featured event of Family Weekend. This year our musical Smith women will be celebrating the women of rock. Tickets (call 585-3166): $4; $5 at the door. 8:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Volleyball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament 10 a.m., Ainsworth and Scott gyms
Asian Food Night Come for a taste of Asia, including cuisines from China, Korea and Japan. Bring friends and family. 7-8 p.m., Gamut
Sunday, October 22
Meeting Feminists of Smith Unite. 7 p.m., Women's Resource Center,Davis
Interfaith worship service with participation by students of the diverse religions represented at Smith and chaplains to the college. Special music by the Smith choirs, their families and friends, under the direction of Jeffrey Douma. 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
Baha'i Club weekly meeting. 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room
"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. 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. October 14-20. 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. Through October 17. Mortimer Rare Book Room*
"Standing Women of Callanish," mixed media sculptures by Smith alumna Mary Craig McLane. Through October 20. Alumnae House Gallery, Elm St.
"Agents of Social Change: New Resources on 20th-Century Women's Activism." A display of papers from the collections of eight women activists recently opened by the Sophia Smith Collection. Through Dec. 31. Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library foyer, and Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym
"Labore et Constantia:
Rare Books From the Dimock Collection at Smith College,"
curated by Mark Morford and Margaret Eaton-Salners '01. Through
December 31. Neilson third floor*