News for the Smith College Community //October 12, 2000

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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:

  • In Nalini Bhushan's Philosophy 233 course, "Aesthetics," students will consider the question "When do we encounter art?" as a preface to writing about the sculptures. One writing assignment asks students to choose a sculpture to which they have a negative reaction and argue whether it counts as a work of art based on the theories of philosopher John Dewey.
  • Ann Boutelle's English 120 class, "Reading and Writing Short Poems," includes an examination of poems in which images are dominant. In conjunction with that reading, students will consider Bronze Crowd, an evocative sculpture by Magdalena Abakanowicz. Students will also take a tour led by Rich and subsequently draw on the installation's images to write a short poem.
  • Students in Susan Waltner's "Intermediate Dance Composition" have been assigned to create their own composition involving one or more of the sculptures as one of four group projects assigned during the semester.
    · Mary Harrington's Psychology 112 students have been observing human behavior around the sculptures, with several students carrying out correlational studies. In addition, Harrington's class has examined the differences between how adults and children interact with the works.
  • In ARH 101, Smith's introductory art history course, John Davis teaches a section on "Moments and Monuments in Visual Culture." His students will prepare a formal analysis of one of the sculptures, considering such issues as form, materials, and physical placement.

"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 auditorium.

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.


October 3: Smith 5, Mount Holyoke 4
October 7: Smith 6, Wheaton 3

October 3: Smith 2, WPI 0
October 5: Smith 0, Trinity 3
October 7: Smith 2, MIT 3(OT)

October 3: Smith 2, Mount Holyoke 3

Field Hockey
October 3: Smith 2, WPI 1
October 7: Smith 3, MIT 2

October 7: Amherst Show: 4th place out of 12

Cross Country
October 7: Trinity Invitational: 2nd place out of 6

Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, recently spoke at the closing roundtable of "Taiwan as a Developmental Model for the 21st Century," a conference sponsored by the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Goldstein was also involved in two summer projects sponsored by Harvard University, where he is an associate in research at the Fairbank Center. At the first, a joint project with the Free University of Berlin, Goldstein presented a paper on China during the international Communist movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His second presentation, on the United States' policy toward Taiwan, was for a collaborative study with the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of the People's Republic of China. He has also been involved in compiling a chapter on the secret Sino-American ambassadorial talks of the '50s, '60s and '70s. It will be published this year in the United States and China as part of a joint project on the Cold War. In 1986, Goldstein was a member of the American delegation to the first Sino-American conference on the Cold War, held at Beijing University.

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 unit.

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 or by fax (extension 2171).

College Wide

Van Drivers Needed
The Office of Disabilities is looking for drivers to transport students and school personnel to and from campus locations. Drivers are needed Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. They must have a valid driver's license, proof of having passed the Smith College driving test (call ext. 2472 for information), excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and must be reliable. For more information contact Laura Rauscher at ext. 2071.

"Piece of the Pie" Day
On Wednesday, October 18, 168 area restaurants will donate 10 percent of their gross receipts to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts during "Piece of the Pie" day. Every $1 raised enables the Food Bank to distribute $9 worth of good food to someone who needs it. Smith students, faculty and staff members who eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the participating restaurants will help an organization that works behind the scenes for virtually every agency that provides food to people in need in western Massachusetts. The Food Bank distributes nearly 5 million pounds of food annually to 470 nonprofit programs.

Faculty & Staff

JYA Directorships
Applications for directorships of the Smith Junior Year Abroad programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris are available from the Committee on Study Abroad through the Office for International Study, Clark Hall, ext. 4905, or The deadline for filing an application for a 2002­03 directorship is Friday, November 3. The position is appropriate for any faculty member with a thorough knowledge of the culture, language, educational system and politics of the host city/country. A director must have demonstrated organizational experience, a commitment to overseeing student academic and nonacademic concerns, and an ability to resolve student problems promptly and diplomatically while maintaining good relations with host institutions and communities.

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."


Student Schedules
Students are encouraged to check their registration on BannerWeb, since they are responsible for all courses in which they are registered. Inaccuracies must be reported to the registrar immediately. 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.

Examination Information
Preliminary information concerning scheduled exams is posted in the registrar's office. Students should check this schedule carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

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.

Student Advisers
In preparation for November advising and registration, students should check BannerWeb to ensure that their adviser has been recorded accurately. Please notify the registrar's office of any changes as soon as possible.

Picker Washington Internship
The Department of Government offers the Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program to give students an opportunity to participate in political processes and study the operation of public institutions. The program, named in honor of Jean Sovatkin Picker '42, runs from June through December, provides summer stipends and assists students in finding housing. It is for first-semester juniors and seniors with appropriate backgrounds in the social sciences and is open to all majors. Students interested in foreign policy, international relations and politics in other countries are encouraged to apply. Interns receive 14 hours of academic credit upon completion. Applications should be submitted to Lea Ahlen in Wright Hall 15 no later than Monday, October 30. An informational meeting about the program will take place on Wednesday, October 18, at 5 p.m. in Seelye 101. For more information, consult

Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Students interested in careers of public service are invited to nominate themselves for a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The award carries a stipend of $30,000, to be spent on four years of undergraduate and graduate or professional education. Smith College may nominate as many as four juniors to be candidates for the Truman Scholarship (competition is limited to U.S. citizens). Current juniors may indicate interest by submitting a résumé and brief letter describing career goals to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15, by Friday, October 20. The résumé should include public service activities (such as those associated with government agencies, community groups, political campaigns and charities), and leadership positions held during high school and the first two years of undergraduate study. An informational meeting about the Truman Scholarship program will be held on Monday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 101. First-year students, sophomores and juniors are invited to attend.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning's Tutorial Services Program has planned a series of study skills workshops to help students achieve greater success in their classes. Workshops are free, but require registration. To register, sign up at the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307 or call ext. 3056. The workshops are: "Time Management," Tuesday, October 24, 3-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 8, 4-5:30 p.m.; "Note-taking," Wednesday, October 25, 4-5:30 p.m. and Friday, November 10, 2:45-4:15 p.m.; "General Study Skills," Friday, October 27, 2:45-4:15 p.m. and Tuesday, November 7, 3-4:30 p.m.; "Exam Prep 101," Monday, October 30, 2:45-4:15 p.m. and Thursday, November 2, 3-4:30 p.m.; "Coping With Exam Panic," Monday, December 4, 2:45-3:45 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 3-4 p.m. and Wednesday, December 13, 4-5 p.m. Registration is limited, so register early to assure a space.

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, 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," 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).

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.

Study Abroad Meetings
If you are interested in studying abroad, please come to one of the informational meetings held every Monday at 4 p.m. and every Thursday 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.

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

Lecture "Classical Representations of Exile." Michael Simpson, University of Texas, Dallas, will explore exile in classical antiquity, focusing on the Roman poet Ovid. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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*

Presentation of the major French.
4 p.m., Wright common room

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 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

Lecture by actor Anthony Rapp (Rent), about theatre and issues of sexuality. Rapp, who has starred in plays that have featured explorations of sexuality, has lectured extensively at the request of GLBT campus organizations. 9 a.m., green room, Mendenhall CPA

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 "Why the Women's Movement Went Wrong." Christina Hoff Sommers, author of The War Against Boys and Who Stole Feminism? 7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

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*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Independent rock bands The Haggard and V for Vendetta. Sponsor: WOZQ. 8 p.m., Field House

Film Being John Malkovich. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

HR workshop "Making a Successful Transition from Office Support to Supervisor." Open to faculty and staff. Noon-1:30 p.m., Dewey common room

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

Amnesty International meeting
7 p.m., Gamut

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

Religious Life
Newman Association meeting
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
S.O.S. community education luncheon with Habitat for Humanity. Learn how to volunteer for the local chapter and help build homes for families in need. Noon, Wright common room

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

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

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

Performing Arts/Films
Film The Importance of Being Earnest (1952), a trivial comedy for serious people. For History 255; open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

HR workshop Writing Skills Certificate. Open to faculty and staff. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Dewey common room

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 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

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
Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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 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

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Science of the Weird, Weird World." Piotr Decowski, physics. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. 12:15 p.m., College Club lower level

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*

Performing Arts/Films
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*

Film Being John Malkovich. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

HR workshop "Making the Most
of Your Time: Time Management Skills." Open to faculty and staff. 8:30 a.m.-noon, Dewey common room

Prehealth Lunch Meeting Betsey Talcott, assistant director of admissions, Yale School of Public Health. To reserve your place, send e-mail to 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

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

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

Lecture "Do Biochemical Imbalances Cause Mental Disorders?" Elliot S. Valenstein, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.4 p.m., McConnell auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
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*

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

Religious Life
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

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

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

Volleyball Hall of Fame Invitational 6 p.m, Ainsworth and Scott gyms

Star Party 8 p.m., McConnell roof observatory

Saturday, October 21

Performing Arts/Films
Special Performance "Asian Teahouse." Share the rich cultures of Asia through traditional and modern interpretations of dance, fashion, and music. Sponsor: Asian Students Association. 5:30 p.m., Sage Hall*

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*

Religious Life
Roman Catholic Mass Families and friends are warmly invited to join students at this Eucharistic liturgy and the following dinner in Bodman Lounge. Father Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, with Elizabeth E. Carr, Catholic chaplain. 5:15 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
Crew Pumpkin Novice Regatta. 9:30 a.m., Connecticut River boathouse, Sportsmens Marina, Hadley

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

Fine/Performing Arts
Concert "Censored by Hitler: The Rediscovered Masterpieces." Pianist Deborah Gilwood and cellist Arthur Cook will perform music by composers from Germany's Weimar Republic, including rarely heard sonatas for cello and piano by Ernst Toch, Paul Hindemith and Kurt Weill, who were part of the German expressionist avant-garde in the 1920s later quashed by Adolf Hitler. 3 p.m., Sweeney auditorium, Sage Hall

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
Choir rehearsal in preparation for the interfaith service at 10:30 a.m. All invited. Coffee, juice and donuts will be served. 9:15 a.m., chapel

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

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. 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*

Ada Comstock Scholars Alumnae Art Exhibit A juried show featuring an eclectic mix of media, including lithograph, oil, hammered metal and carved plaster. Through Oct. 28. Call (413) 587-1013 for hours. Forbes Library Gallery, West St., Northampton