News for the Smith College Community //October 19, 2000
Ford Donates $2.5 Million to Picker Program
The Ford Motor Company, demonstrating its commitment to increasing opportunities for women to enter the field of engineering, has pledged a $2.5 million, five-year grant to the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology. This is the largest corporate commitment to the program since it was established last year.
"Ford wants more women to consider engineering as a career, and we're excited about Smith College's approach," says Rose Mary Farenden, Ford's recruiting director, who championed Smith's application to the company's College Relations Sponsor Program (CRSP). Smith is the first liberal arts college to be invited to apply for funding from the CRSP, which aims to create long-term partnerships between the company and selected higher education institutions. "We're looking for leadership and growth for our company," continues Farenden, who was chief engineer for the Ford Focus, a car-of-the-year honoree in both Europe and North America. "We can't get there without women as leaders. And we need many of our future women leaders to be engineers."
Farenden will visit Smith on Tuesday, October 24, to deliver a lecture on corporate opportunities in engineering as part of the Picker Program series "Executive Access," at 4 p.m. in Seelye 106. Before her lecture, Farenden will present a grant check to Domenico Grasso, founding chair of the Picker program, at a 3:30 p.m. public ceremony in Seelye 207.
The Picker Program, the first engineering program at a women's college, began in February 1999 with a focus on developing broadly educated, well-rounded engineers capable of assuming leadership roles in corporations, nonprofit organizations and technology-related fields. The program's unprecedented linkage of engineering education and the liberal arts is expected to attract and graduate women who are not only strong in scientific and technical aptitude but also capable of exceptional creativity and humanistic understanding.
Recruiting first-rate, aspiring engineers to Smith will be an initial focus of the Ford funding.
Following a year of publicity and outreach, the college expects to name four Ford scholars a year beginning in fall 2001. Ford scholars, selected on the basis of academic performance and dedication to engineering careers, will receive full scholarships to Smith for four years and will be supplied with laptop computers.
In addition, the Ford gift will help provide start-up funds for faculty research and teaching programs as well as support visits to Smith of distinguished faculty members from other institutions. The gift will also fund library acquisitions, a seminar series to bring corporate leaders to the Smith campus, a state-of-the-art videoconferencing facility, and satellite and Internet links between Smith and Ford's research laboratories and design centers around the world.
"Ford's leadership support and endorsement of our innovative program will provide unparalleled opportunities for our students," explains Grasso. "The opportunities associated with this generous gift would more commonly be diffused among many students in larger colleges of engineering. Here at Smith, our small class sizes will allow for a truly unique and enriching educational experience."
Funding from Ford will also support projects exemplifying Smith's commitment to integrating engineering with the liberal arts. Cross-disciplinary teams of faculty members from fields such as economics, history, environmental studies, sociology, physics and engineering will apply for funding to pursue two-year research projects. Project topics might include developing a green auto, diversifying the engineering workplace or promoting sustainable development through industrial ecology. Representatives from Ford will serve on the project selection committee.
In the Picker Program's first year, some 48 students applied for 25 available program spots in the department's first-semester class, "Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering." The program so far has 20 first-year students and sophomores who plan to major in engineering.
4th-Graders to Get a Glimpse of College Life
A year ago, President Ruth Simmons visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in southeast Washington, D.C. She spoke to the students about the importance of a college education and answered questions about her educational and career journeys. Then she invited them to visit her school.
Now, a year later, a group of fourth-graders from King Elementary is taking her up on the invitation. On Tuesday, October 24, 35 of them will come to Smith for an overnight visit. The Washington students will be joined on Wednesday, October 25, by fourth-graders from the Smith Campus School and Northampton public schools. Together, the students will spend time getting a glimpse of college life.
Members of the the D.C. Smith Club will be acting as chaperones for the King Elementary students. The D.C. Club, whose members have been volunteering in Washington's elementary schools for more than a decade, has "adopted" Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary as a central volunteer project. The club provides tutoring, a reading-aloud program, enrichment trips and fundraising for computer and audiovisual equipment at the school, which enrolls 485 pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the city's Anacostia section.
Following a campus tour the first day, the King Elementary students, who are all choir members, will participate in a rehearsal with Jonathan Hirsh, director of Smith's Glee Club and orchestra. In the evening, the students will have dinner in a Smith house. At breakfast on October 25, Simmons will welcome them, after which they will join the local students.
All the students will attend informational sessions in the morning, explains Brenda Allen, director of institutional diversity and an event organizer. Each session will consist of two activities, ensuring that the students are exposed to both the arts and the sciences. Sessions for the students will include optics and light demonstrations by Nalini Easwar of the physics department; hands-on explorations of the solar system by Suzan Edwards, astronomy; computer math applications with Jim Callahan and some of his students; "brain stuff" with Mary Harrington in neuroscience; Caribbean dancing and drumming with Yvonne Daniel, dance; and storytelling by Kevin Quashie, Afro-American studies.
"Our goal is to open the children's eyes to all the things you can do in college," says Allen. "We want to make the day fun and memorable. Along the way, we hope to spark their interest in math, science, and the humanities." Local students will also attend a concert by the King Elementary fourth-graders.
The students' visit, which was organized by a committee of campus administrators, is one way that Smith is responding to Secretary of Education Richard Riley's call for colleges to reach out to primary and secondary students during National College Week.
"Children in our area often have exposure to college-sponsored events, but this is a new environment for the MLK Jr. students," Allen says. "We're very excited to bring them to campus, and we're proud to be sharing Smith with all the participating fourth-graders."
As the committee prepares souvenir goody bags and the campus gears up to host the schoolchildren, Allen is already looking ahead to next year. "We hope to be involved again, perhaps as a joint Five College effort," she says. "National College Week is a wonderful occasion to reach out to tomorrow's college students. We have a chance to say, 'Look, learning isn't just important, it's also fun.'"
Smith People Make Mark on Olympics Past
Though the glitter and pomp of the 2000 Olympic Games' closing ceremonies in Sydney is nearly three weeks past, the memory and records of the events' athletic heroes and competitors will live on. Here at Smith, too, the feats of the college's athletes and sports scholars have been immortalized through their involvement and participation in Olympic games past. Since the college's founding in 1871, people affiliated with Smith have made notable contributions to the Olympics. Here are some of the highlights:
Smith to Cohost a Five College Symposium
On Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27, Smith College will cohost "Beyond Paulo Freire: Furthering the Spirituality Dialogue in Education," a Five College symposium that will bring together scholars and practitioners of Paulo Freire's popular education pedagogy, from Latin America, India, Canada, and the United States. The symposium, which has been organized by Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, professor of anthropology, and Phyllis Robinson of the Office of the Chancellor at UMass, will assess the impact of Freire's method, along with its shortcomings, and will discuss progressive alternatives. It also will continue the dialogue begun in June at the UMass conference "Integrating Spirituality in Higher Education."
Most graduate schools of international education consider Freire to be their main theoretical inspiration. However, in the past decade, criticism of this method of adult literacy with a political agenda has been mounting, especially in Latin America and India.
The first part of the symposium will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on October 26 in the Neilson Browsing Room. That evening's panel, "Gender Perspectives," will be chaired by Apffel-Marglin. Featured speakers are Professor Lourdes Arguelles from the Graduate School of Education in Claremont, California; Loyda Sanchez, director of CAIPACHA, an organization dedicated to Andean/Amazonian cultural affirmation and mental decoloniza-tion in Cochabamba, Bolivia; and Robinson, who, along with helping UMass further a vision of an integrative university, has worked in Cambodian refugee camps and earned a doctorate from the Center for International Education at UMass.
The second part of the symposium will be held at UMass on October 27. Presented by the Center for International Education, the day's theme will be "Beyond Paulo Freire: Furthering the Spirituality Dialogue." A morning panel, titled "Reframing the Secular and the Rational," will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Procopio Room, 105 Hills Center. Another panel will discuss "Literacy in Oral Cultures" from 1 to 3:30 p.m., also in the Procopio Room. A plenary session, chaired by Professor David Evans, director of the Center for International Education, with participation by all the symposium speakers, will convene from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m., followed by a reception.
The Paulo Freire symposium is an activity of the Five College Discussion Group on "New Ways of Knowing and Contemplative Practice," which was convened by Apffel-Marglin and Professor Arthur Zajonc of the Amherst College physics department.
Get Up, Get Busy, Get Smith Outdoors
For the Smith student who has had her fill of being inside, studying, staring out a window, or wishing for some needed time outside, the college has an answer: Smith Outdoors. A program now in its third year, Smith Outdoors offers a variety of opportunities to spend time outside communing with nature in any number of active pursuits, such as rockclimbing, hiking or kayaking the Valley's waters. For those who want to break out of the Valley, the program even offers trips to exotic locales.
Smith Outdoors, which is designed specifically for novice and intermediate-level adventurers, starts off this season with more opportunities than ever for the non-Indiana Joneses on campus to leave their rooms, get outside and have some fun. Students can rockclimb at Chapel Falls. They can canoe the Connecticut River. As for hiking, they can explore the trails at Adirondack Park, Buffam Falls Conservation Area or Mount Toby. Smith Outdoors, which is directed by Scott Johnson, has its office at the Paradise Pond boathouse. All activities are led by Johnson, an experienced outdoorsman with a degree in recreational programming, along with program interns Merrill Baker '03 and Anna Brickman '03.
Anna Paskausky '02, who took advantage of many Smith Outdoors trips during the past year, describes it as a "comprehensive program with competent leadership. Scott [Johnson] really knows what he's doing. He has a really fun attitude about everything."
Though a main aspect of Smith Outdoors is the physical activities, social opportunities also abound. Indeed, Smith Outdoors was formed with the specific intention of providing off-campus, interhouse social activities for Smith students. "It is sometimes hard at Smith to meet women from different houses and to get off campus to see the area," says Johnson. "[Smith Outdoors] provides fun learning and social opportunities as well as the quick stress relief."
Louisa Bradtmiller '02, who took a Smith Outdoors trip to Florida last spring break, describes her experience as something "like Gilligan's Island. We kayaked along the coast of Florida. An awesome way to spend spring break."
Smith students are responding to the relaxed, fun aspects of Smith Outdoors. Interest in the program has increased during the past year, says Johnson, and eventually there may be more activities added. And with enticing trips on the program schedule, such as one to Costa Rica next spring break, it's likely more Smithies will be flocking to the Paradise Pond boathouse in the near future to sign up.
"It's for anyone who wants to have a good time," says Paskausky of Smith Outdoors. "I think it's a really good way to get involved."
Goldman Sachs Prez to Visit Campus
Autumn has arrived, that's evident from the glowing leaves on the ground and, decreasingly, in the trees. But as well-read Smith seniors might tell you, autumn is not only "a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" (thank you, John Keats!). For them, the season also marks the start of the Career Development Office's (CDO's) job recruiting program for seniors.
On Wednesday, October 25, as part of that program, Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking and securities firm, will host an information and recruiting session at 4:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. As in many recruiting sessions, recent alumnae who work for the investment firm will be featured presenters. In addition, Ann F. Kaplan '67, a Smith trustee, managing director of Goldman Sachs and head of its municipal bonds department, will talk about job opportunities and answer questions at the session.
The VIP list doesn't stop there. Also in attendance will be John Thain, president and cochief operating officer of Goldman Sachs. Thain's visit to campus reflects some important Smith ties. Not only does he work alongside a Smith trustee, but he is also well acquainted with President Ruth Simmons, a Goldman Sachs Board of Directors member.
The presence of a CEO at a recruiting session is extraordinary, according to Paula Zimmer, recruiting director at the CDO. "The Goldman Sachs session offers students a unique opportunity to learn about the company from the very top," she says.
While on campus, Thain
is also scheduled to meet with economics faculty members and
students.According to Zimmer, more and more companies are offering
these types of sessions in the fall. "The firms that recruit
this far in advance tend to be financial and consulting firms,"
she says. "We've already had a number of companies visit
campus, including J. P. Morgan."
The Food Chain Offers Something for Everyone
Food, sex, looks and fashion will all be examined in a hilarious production by the theatre department of The Food Chain, a play by Nicky Silver, directed by Maggie Wood '01, from Thursday, October 19, through Saturday, October 21, and Wednesday, October 25, through Saturday, October 28. Performances of The Food Chain will take place at 8 p.m. each night in Theatre 14 at Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.
"No one is safe in Nicky Silver's hilarious skewing of modern romance," says a theatre department press release about the play, which tells the stories of Amanda, a neurotic urban poet whose new husband, Ford, has disappeared; Bea, a cranky crisis hotline operator with problems of her own; Serge, an absurdly good-looking underwear model; and Otto, his obsessive, 300-pound ex-lover.
"The Food Chain has something to offend everyone," the release continues, "narcissism, self-flagellation, heterosexualism, homosexual-ism, bisexualism, eating disorders, and manipulation as a means of attaining love. It comments on how the road to love is no longer straight, but filled with twists and turns of deception, calculation and the need to see one's self reflected in another's eyes. It is about the emotional food chain that dominates our lives."
Playwright Nicky Silver describes her play this way: "It's like there are two happy people in every high school -- the head cheerleader and the football quarterback -- and the rest of us just sit on the sidelines picking our noses and eating."
Tickets for The Food Chain (available
by calling ext. 2787) cost $7 for the general public, $4 for
students and seniors. On Wednesday, October 25, all tickets are
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Museum of Art Trip
Van Drivers Needed
Faculty & Staff
Human Resources Workshops
Picker Washington Internship
Study Abroad Programs
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Study Skills Workshops
JYA Information Meetings
Seeking New Peer Tutors
Counseling Service Workshops
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 23
Lecture "Seeing the Bible Again: What's at Stake." Marcus Borg, renowned Jesus scholar. Presented by the Massachusetts Bible Society and Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Reception and booksigning follow. 7:30 p.m., chapel
CDO open house for Adas. Meet staff and learn about CDO resources and services for Adas. 4:30 p.m., CDO, Drew
Meeting Northampton League of Women Voters members will discuss local priorities and active citizen groups. 7 p.m., Seelye 101*
Meeting Renee Trevino, Texas Rural Legal Aid, will talk about summer 2001 internships. Noon, CDO
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Presentation of the Major Economics. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207
Presentation of the Major Art. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Presentation of the Major Government. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 201
Presentation of the Major Italian language and literature. 5 p.m., Hatfield 105
Tuesday, October 24
Colloquium Rose Mary Farenden, Director of Global Recruiting, Ford Motor Company, will speak as part of "Executive Access: Top Engineering Professionals Share Their Work and Insight," presented by the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology and Ford Motor Company. (See story, page 1). Reception follows. 3:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Question-and-answer session with poet Stephen Dobyns, who will read in the evening from his latest collection. Packets of his poems are available in the Poetry Center office, Wright 130. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room
Reading Stephen Dobyns, poet and fiction writer, will read from his newest collection of poems, Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Presentation "Awakening Love to Ourselves and the World." Joanna Macy, Buddhist ecologist. Presented by the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and the Dhamma Dena Meditation Center. 7 p.m., chapel
Lecture "The Way to Heaven." Henk van Os, chair, Art and Society, University of Amsterdam, and director emeritus, Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam, who is preparing an exhibition of medieval shrines and reliquaries and the publication of a book he worked on in collaboration with Brigitte Buettner, associate professor of art. 7:30 p.m.,Wright auditorium*
Weight Watchers at Work 1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
JYA information meeting Paris. Learn about the program from next year's director and returned JYA students. 5 p.m., Seelye 201
Informational meeting New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). 2-4 p.m., CDO
Meeting Jenna Kelkres '02 will discuss her summer 2000 internship with New York advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Register at email@example.com. 7:30 p.m., CDO group room
Meeting Amnesty International.
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
Presentation of the Major English. Noon-1 p.m., Seelye 207
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4-5:15 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Presentation of the Major Psychology. Refreshments served. 4:30-5:30 p.m., McConnell foyer
Presentation of the Major East Asian languages and literatures. 5-6 p.m., Hatfield 205
Presentation of the Major Afro-American studies. 5 p.m., Dewey common room
Presentation of the Major Religion. 5-6 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn conference room, Pierce
CDO open hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO
Wednesday, October 25
Lecture "AIDS and Activism." Marina Alvarez, visiting Kahn fellow, AIDS educator, community organizer and activist for women and families dealing with AIDS and HIV. 8 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Information session Goldman Sachs. John Thain, president and co-CEO, will facilitate a panel of Smith alums and analysts discussing his company and career opportunities in finance. (See story, page 4.) 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Celebration of Sisterhood all-campus meeting. 10 p.m., Seelye 101
Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 110
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
ECC Bible study Fall Topic: "What It Is to Be Human." Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
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
Language lunch tables Classical languages. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C
Presentation of the Major Computer science. Noon-1 p.m., McConnell foyer
Presentation of the Major Classics. Noon-1 p.m., Wright common room
Presentation of the Major Anthropology. Refreshments served. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright common room
Gathering for Adas. Guided meditations, simple stretching, shared woes and wisdom, humor and snacks. Facilitated by Virginia Van Scoy, counseling services. For information, call ext. 2840. 4:30-6 p.m., Tilly House lounge
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Thursday, October 26
Neilson Lecture "Getting Engaged." Thomas M. Greene, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University, will deliver the fourth and final lecture of the series "Calling from Diffusion: Hermeneutics of the Promenade" examining the nature of the promenade poem as it is practiced by six contemporary poets and as it has developed over six centuries. Featured poem: As I Ebb'd with the Ocean Life, by Whitman. Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture "The English View of Arms in Historical Perspective." Lois Green Schwoerer, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor Emeritus of History, George Washington University. 5 p.m., Seelye 106*
Lecture "The Liberal Arts Crossover: Technology Opportunities for the 'Well-Rounded.'" Part of Five College lecture series "Navigating the New Economy Job Market." Host: Concrete Inc. Registration required at Jfixman@concreteinc.com. 4:30 p.m., Wright common room
Panel "The Gender Aspects of Paulo Freire's Teachings." Lourdes Arguelles, Claremont University; Loyda Sanchez, CAIPACHA, Cochabamba, Bolivia; Phyllis Robinson, UMass. Part of the Five College symposium "Beyond Paulo Freire: Furthering the Spirituality Dialogue in Education." Symposium continues at UMass on October 27 (see story, page 4). 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Slide Lecture "Inspiring Landscapes: Using Japanese Garden Principles to Create Truly American Gardens." David A. Slawson, designer of Smith's Japanese garden and tea hut. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Lectures by two doctoral candidates in ethnobotany at New York Botanical Garden/City University of New York. "Preserving Ethnobotanical Knowledge Among the Huaorani of the Ecuadorian Amazon," given by Camille Tipton-Allaband; and "Harvesting Xate in the Maya Biosphere Reserve: Cultural, Ecological and Economic Consequences," by Holly A. Peter Morgan. Sponsors: Botanic Garden, Department of Anthropology. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Informational meeting about study-abroad programs. Review oppor-tunites and procedures. 11 a.m., Clark
Meeting University of Richmond School of Law. 11 a.m., CDO
Prehealth lunch meeting with Sandra Angell, associate dean for academic and student support service, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Register by noon, October 25, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Noon, Burton 101
Information session Nova Southeastern University (Florida), regarding occupational therapy graduate degrees. 2-4 p.m., CDO
Internship dinner meeting "My Summer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration." Join interns for pizza and discussion about the Smith/NOAA Summer Internship Program. Sponsors: Environmental Science and Policy and Marine Sciences programs. 5:30 p.m., Engineering Building 102
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
Presentation of the Major Mathematics. 4-5:30 p.m., Math Forum, Burton third floor
Presentation of the Minor Jewish studies. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Friday, October 27
HR workshop "Retirement 101: Bankroll your Future." Open to faculty and staff. 12:30-2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
HR workshop "Nine Strategies for Catching up on Your Retirement Savings." Open to faculty and staff. 2:30-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Meeting for faculty members interested in teaching, in June 2001, in the Community College Connections (CCC) Program, a four-week program for community college students considering attending a four-year college. 3:30 p.m., College Hall 35 (Emma Proctor Room)
Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208
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 followed by dinner in the Dawes Kosher kitchen. 5:30 p.m. Dewey common room
Annual Halloween party given by the Newman Association for local children and families. All welcome. 5:30-7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
Keystone B.I.G. meeting Weekly fellowship meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ. 7 p.m., Wright common room
Presentation of the Minor International relations. Noon, Dewey common room
Saturday, October 28
Volleyball vs. Wellesley. Noon, Ainsworth gym*
Tennis NEWMAC Tournament.
Sunday, October 29
Concert "In Exile." Music by exiled composers, including Martinu, Martinez, Shostakovich, and Weill. Smith music department faculty and guest performers. Part of "The Anatomy of Exile," a year-long symposium sponsored by the Kahn Institute. 8 p.m., Sweeney auditorium, Sage Hall*
Meeting Smith African Students Association. All welcome. 4 p.m., Mwangi Basement, Lilly
Meeting Feminists of Smith Unite.
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
Head of Paradise Regatta featuring beginner to expert crew races with students, staff and faculty. Prizes awarded to race winners and the team with the best costumes. 2 p.m., boathouse, Paradise Pond*
"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
"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. Runs through December
31. Neilson third floor*