News for the Smith College Community //October 26, 2000
Film Premiere to Highlight Teaching Symposium
The premiere of a new three-part film series titled "Only" a Teacher, by independent filmmaker Claudia Levin, will provide the backdrop for "The State of Teaching in America," a two-day education symposium at Smith on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4. The symposium, which will be held in Wright auditorium, is a collaboration among Levin, the Department of Education and Child Study and the Project on Women and Social Change, of which Levin is a research associate. "The State of Teaching in America" will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and opinions by some of the leading figures in educational research and reform.
"Only" a Teacher, which is scheduled to be broadcast on PBS next year, examines the changing role of the American teacher from the mid-1800s to the present. The three-part series will be distributed with an accompanying textbook published by McGraw-Hill.
Each episode of "Only" a Teacher presents a story that involves present-day educational practices and issues, then explores the story's historical context. Episode one, "A Teacher Affects Eternity," to be shown on November 4 at 10 a.m., examines the mid-1800s when free public schooling was spreading across the nation and women began filling the ranks of teachers. Episode two, "Those Who Can . . . Teach," to be screened on November 3 at 7 p.m., traces the early development of school bureaucracies, the rise of teachers' unions, and America's ambivalence toward a profession practiced mostly by women. The third episode, "Educating to End Inequity," which will be shown November 4 at 1:30 p.m., surveys issues of school reform and considers their relationship to social change from the late 19th century to the present.
Panel discussions will follow the screening of each episode during the symposium, bringing together teachers and scholars to discuss teacher training, professional recognition, working conditions, unions, and the teacher's role in the struggle for social change.
Also, two keynote addresses will be delivered. Theodore Sizer, chair of the Coalition of Essential Schools and professor emeritus of education at Brown University, will give the first, "A Happy Place to Work," on November 3, at 4 p.m. Sonia Nieto, professor of language, literacy and culture in the School of Education at UMass, and a leading scholar of multicultural education, will talk on "What Keeps Teachers Going?" on November 4 at 11 a.m. A reception in Wright common room will conclude each day's schedule.
Levin says that she first became interested in filmmaking because she saw it as a way to promote education. She was inspired to make "Only" a Teacher, she says, after reading Woman's True Profession, by Nancy Hoffman, a book about teachers. "The accounts in that book were so compelling and exciting," recalls Levin. "The more I researched, the more I realized that while we look to our schools to influence our society, we never talk about teachers. Only now, in the year 2000, are we beginning a national dialogue on the subject."
Levin, who has produced numerous films for public television and museums, says she is grateful for the support she has received from Smith and its Project on Women and Social Change. She credits her production team for making her film series a reality.
"Only" a Teacher was also sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewitt Association. The project has also received support from the state humanities councils of Massachusetts, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York and California.
For more information on "The State of Teaching in America" or "Only" a Teacher, or for the symposium schedule, consult www.onlyateacher.com, or call extension 3557.
Cromwell Day to Feature Music, Poetry, Discussion
This year's Otelia Cromwell Day events, which will take place from Sunday, October 29, through Friday, November 3, will build upon a series of articles that ran in the New York Times during the summer under the title "How Race Is Lived in America." The series focused in detail on more than a dozen situations and relationships that characterized the condition of modern race relations. Extending the concept addressed in the New York Times series, the Otelia Cromwell Day planning committee has adopted the title "How Race Is Lived in American Institutions."
"While the project revealed much about individual encounters with race in America, it lent very little insight into the historical circumstances that give rise to present day race relations," say committee cochairs Brenda Allen, director of institutional diversity, and Ann Ferguson, assistant professor of Afro-American studies, of the New York Times series. "Race is not only lived in our everyday personal lives, but also lived and manifested in cultural, social and political institutions. Therefore, this year's planning committee wanted to address how racism in American institutions serves as the context in which race is lived in America."
Toward that end, the committee has planned events that address two different aspects of institutional racism: the possible debt owed to racial minorities for past exploitation; and institutional racism as it exists in today's publishing industry.
"Because many argue that the only real discussion of racism is occurring within popular culture, specifically music and the arts," say Allen and Ferguson, this year's events will include two concerts, one of blues and another of gospel, plus a spoken-word performance.
Philadelphia's renowned Gabriel Hardeman Delegation will kick off the symposium on October 29, at 2 p.m. in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. On November 1, a poetry slam and open microphone, featuring Queen Godis, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Mendenhall CPA, room t-100. The blues concert, featuring guitarist/singer/songwriter Deborah Coleman and harmonica legend Carey Bell, will take place on November 2, Otelia Cromwell Day, at 7 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.
Meanwhile, on November 2, a panel discussion, "Reparations: The Case for Compensations for Past Injuries to Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the United States," will take place from 1:10 to 3:15 p.m. in Sweeney Auditorium, Sage. The panel will be chaired by Ferguson with participation by Ronald Walters, of the University of Maryland, and Phillip A. Klinker, of Hamilton College. Following the panel, at 3:30 p.m., a panel, titled "Dark Matter: Adventures in Publishing," will be chaired by Andrea Hairston, associate professor of theater. Panel members will include Sheree Renée Thomas, editor of Dark Matter, a compilation of speculative fiction from writers of the African diaspora, and contributors to the publication, with responses by Meridians senior editor Kum-Kum Bhavnani. On November 3, at 4:30 p.m., the symposium will close with readings from Dark Matter and a panel moderated by Hairston.
Otelia Cromwell Day events are sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity.
Helpful Hints for Parking Etiquette
In the wake of new alternate side of the street parking regulations on streets near the Quad enacted by the Northampton City Council, some students and staff have opted to park on streets on the other side of Elm Street. City Councilor Frances Volkmann and neighbors have noted that, on Franklin Street, cars are parked "pretty much bumper to bumper and most of these cars are left parked for days, in a couple of cases, weeks."
This would not be of such concern were it not for a difficult and unusual situation taking place in a cluster of houses near the Elm Street end of Franklin. In three of these households there are people in relatively late stages of cancer who rely on service providers and family for many of their needs. Volkmann reports that "the ways in which the cars are parked make it difficult for cars to enter or exit the narrow driveways that front onto the narrow street. Franklin has been effectively made into a one-way street in this area. The obstacles that the residents face in getting to hospitals and doctors, getting Hospice help, and so on, are making an already difficult situation really awful for them.
"Obviously, those who are parking on Franklin don't know what is going on there. I'm sure that most of them would try to take into account the needs of the people who live there if they knew or thought about it."
Volkmann suggests that adhering to the following set of guidelines would mitigate not only the circumstances on Franklin Street but the general parking crunch in the neighborhoods surrounding the college.
Guidelines for Considerate Parking
1. Don't park close to driveways. People can't see to back out if cars are too close. There is a city ordinance that requires cars to be backed off at least three feet on either side of driveways. But five or eight feet would be even better.
2. Don't block the path from a house to the street. Residents need to use their paths, and visitors and service providers need them as well.
3. Don't take up the last space in front of a house. There are many places to park in the neighborhoods near the college. Often, choosing a place a few houses down the block will work just as well for the person who needs to park and will make life very much easier for the residents of the houses on the street.
4. Don't use the streets in front of people's houses for long-term parking. There is an ordinance that enables the city to ticket and tow cars left on the street for more than three days as "abandoned vehicles." The city does not choose to enforce this ordinance except under extreme circumstances. But the streets in front of people's houses are not meant to be long-term parking lots. In addition, in snow emergencies cars left on the streets will be ticketed and towed. Space is available in downtown lots at modest rates (call 587-1267).
5. Don't trash the neighborhood, with either litter or noise. Unless your car is registered in Massachusetts and you're insured and paying excise taxes in Northampton, you are a guest here. If you park and act in ways that are considerate and thoughtful of the people who live in college neighborhoods both they and you will benefit.
Smith Students Subject of New Comedy Film
In a new, independent film, The Acting Class, two naïve Smith students (an anomaly?), try to locate a renowned acting guru who presides over a decidedly odd acting class and, through a series of hilarious interviews with his students, uncover the truth about the supposed genius.
The Acting Class -- one of more than 50 films to be screened at this year's Northampton Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday, November 1-5 -- was directed by filmmakers Jill Hennessy (Law and Order, I Shot Andy Warhol) and Smith alumna Elizabeth Holder '92. The film will be shown on November 4 at 3 p.m. in Wright auditorium. Last year, the two teamed to make a film titled The Weekend Getaway, which was featured at the 1999 Northampton Film Festival.
The Acting Class stars Hennessy and includes guest appearances by Hennessy's costars from Law and Order Chris Noth, Ben Bratt and Jerry Orbach, as well as Alec Baldwin. Smith alumna Jody Booth '92 is also a member of the film's cast.
"In the spirit of films like Living in Oblivion, Waiting for Guffman, and This is Spinal Tap, The Acting Class is a vivid comedy feature about an exceptionally dysfunctional acting class," according to a description of the film on the festival's Web site.
Holder, who has directed a documentary titled The Smith College Class of 196625 Years Later, says "Jill and I play Smith College students in the film [The Acting Class], so there are some good Smith references and jokes that will be appreciated in Northampton." Holder has also worked on numerous feature films, including John Waters' Hairspray.
The Northampton Film Festival showcases innovative, independent films and videos -- shorts, feature films, narratives, documentaries, animated and experimental works -- by American filmmakers. Screenings on November 4 and 5 will take place in Smith's Stoddard and Wright auditoriums, as well as at the Academy of Music and the Northampton Center for the Arts. Related events will take place in museums, performance spaces, restaurants and cafés in Northampton. For more information on The Acting Class and the film festival, consult www.nohofilm.org.
Tips For Your Retirement
The Department of Human Resources will host renowned retirement consultant, bestselling author and speaker Ellen Hoffman on Friday, October 27, for two Training and Development workshops which will offer advice on how to best save for retirement.
"Retirement 101: Bankroll Your Future -- How to Get the Most from the Government for Your Retirement Years" will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The session, while focusing on Medicare, Social Security, taxation of retirement savings, and how to save while paying for elder and child care as well as education, will provide the latest information on deciphering government regulations and how legislative developments might affect retirement planning.
"Nine Strategies for Catching Up on Your Retirement Savings" will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. It will use entertaining vignettes to provide practical suggestions for increasing savings, regardless of present circumstances.
Both sessions will be held in Neilson Browsing Room. To register, consult www.smith.edu/hr/td/register.html, call ext. 2263, or fax your Training and Development brochure registration form to ext. 2294.
Hoffman, who recently appeared on the Today Show to promote her book The Retirement Catch-up Guide, has served as retirement columnist for Business Week On-Line, and correspondent for Retire with Money.
Smith Grad Composer's New Piece to Be Premiered
A new composition by Smith composer Luna Pearl Woolf, a graduate student in music composition, will be premiered during a concert by the Syrinx Ensemble on Thursday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Sweeney Auditorium, Sage. Woolf's piece, titled Reluctance, which takes as its lyric the poem of the same title by Robert Frost, was composed for the Syrinx Ensemble, a local group of classical musicians, which promotes the music of Latin American and New England composers. The piece was dedicated to the ensemble's founding members Catalina Arrubla, a Smith alumna, and Camilo Rojas.
Woolf's Reluctance derives its musical strains from the shape and context of Frost's moving poetry, she says, which she interprets to address humans' difficulty in confronting change in life and the omnipresent conflict between following the heart and adhering to the mind. The last stanza sums up her inspiration for composing the piece: "Ah, when to the heart of man/Was it ever less than a treason/To go with the drift of things,/To yield with a grace to reason/And bow and accept the end/Of a love or a season."
Also on the program will be Duet for Oboe and Viola, a composition by Alvin Etler, a former professor of music at Smith. Others works included on the program will be by Argentinian composer Eduardo Ginastera, Colombian composer Pedro Eli Gutierrez, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Johann Sebastian Bach and W. A. Mozart.
Whenever possible, the Syrinx Ensemble includes composers of some of the pieces it performs in its concerts, says oboist Arrubla, who will help perform Woolf's Reluctance. The composers will often address the audience about their pieces and the process of their creation, as Woolf will do in the upcoming concert.
Woolf, who has won several awards for
past compositions, has a long association with the Syrinx Ensemble,
says Arrubla, and the group has premiered her past compositions
as well. Reluctance is scored for oboe, bassoon and soprano.
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).
New Property Rentals Office
Denim Day Thank You
Museum of Art Trip
Van Drivers Needed
Faculty & Staff
Annual Open Enrollment
HR Benefits Fair 2000
E. J. Murphy Scholarships
Study Abroad Programs
Picker Washington Internship
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 30
Award presentation/lecture Presentation of a certificate of appreciation to Professor of English Eric Reeves, Kahn Faculty Fellow, by Roger Winter, Kahn Institute visiting fellow and executive director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees, for Reeves' advocacy on behalf of the victims of Sudan's ongoing civil war. A lecture by Reeves, "Sudan-Suffering A Long Way Off," will follow the award presentation. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Workshop Interviewing for the fields of finance and consulting. 12:30 p.m., CDO
History Fair and Presentation of the Major in History. 4:10 p.m., Wright common room
Presentation of the Major Comparative literature. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207
Presentation of the Major Biological sciences. 4:30 p.m., Smith College Club
CDO workshop Job Search Strategy for Seniors. Learn how to shape your search for the ideal experience after Smith. 4:30 p.m., CDO
Presentation of the Major Biochemistry. 5:30 p.m., Burton Math Forum
Presentation of the Major and Minor German studies. Come meet faculty, majors and minors, and students who participated in the JYA program in Hamburg. Pizza served. 6 p.m., Hatfield 204
JYA informational meeting Hamburg. Learn about the program from next year's director and returned Smith students. 6:45 p.m., Hatfield 204
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Volleyball vs. Eastern
SGA Halloween event Meet the ghouls who haunt Clark Hall, with a costume contest, door prizes, trick or treating around Clark Hall, a scary movie, pumpkin carving, dessert and cider. 8 p.m., Clark
Tuesday, October 31
Literature at Lunch Nora F. Crow, professor of English language and literature, will read Casting the Runes, a ghost story by M. R. James. Bring lunch, drinks provided. 12:10 p.m., Seelye 207
Lecture "Elite-Commoner Relationships in Southern Mesoamerica," Payson Sheets, University of Colorado at Boulder. 5 p.m., Seelye 106*
Weight Watchers at Work Call Charlene Correa, ext. 2297, with questions. 1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Presentation of the Major and Minor Geology. Find out about required courses, course scheduling and options, summer opportunities, research programs, career pathways and more. Refreshments served. 4:15 p.m., Sabin-Reed 101A
President's open hours First come, first served. 4:30-5:30 p.m., College Hall 20
Presentation of the Major Music. Open house with pizza. 5 p.m., Green Room, Sage
Presentation of the Major Sociology. Department handbooks will be available. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 102
Meeting Amnesty International.
Idea session for compiling architectural portfolios. Are you preparing a portfolio for applying to architectural schools? Bring questions to this how-to session by architect Gretchen Schneider '92, and portfolios if you have them. Non-art majors welcome. 7 p.m., CDO Group Room
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, 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A
Language lunch tables German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4-5:15 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Hallow-pub Prizes for best costumes, creepy cash bar, grill and snack items specials. Sponsored by RADS and the class of 2001. 9-11:30 p.m., Davis center
No CDO open hours
Wednesday, November 1
Issues Associated with Perfectionism in Treatment." Patricia
Lecture "Reviving the Journals of Sylvia Plath." Karen V. Kukil, associate curator of rare books, who was entrusted by Ted Hughes and his family to edit an unexpurgated edition of the personal journals kept by Sylvia Plath during the last 12 years of her life (The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, published in October by Anchor Books). 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture Fourth and final in a series of lectures concerning the political issues of all the presidential candidates. 7-9 p.m., Seelye 302
Poetry slam and open microphone, featuring Queen Godis. Part of the Otelia Cromwell Day symposia. (See story, page 1.) 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA
JYA information meeting AAC (China). Meet the faculty adviser and returned Smith students to learn more about the program. 4:30 p.m., Hatfield 205
JYA information meeting AKP (Japan). Meet the faculty adviser and returned Smith students to learn more about the program. 7 p.m., Hatfield 205
Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 110
Special mass and lunch on All Saints Day. 12:10 p.m., chapel
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
ECC Bible study Topic: What It Is to Be Human. Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C
Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Rooms A & B
Gaming night with the Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, a time for gamers to gather and play rpgs, eegs, and anything else they're interested in. Probable games include D&D, Magic, The Gathering, and Lunch Money. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Thursday, November 2
Panel "Reparations: Can America Pay for Past Injustice?" Professors Ron Walters and Mari Matsuda. Part of the Otelia Cromwell Day Symposium (see story, page 1). 1:10-3:15 p.m., Sage*
Panel "Dark Matter: Adventures in Publishing." With Sheree Renée Thomas, editor and author; authors Nalo Hopkinson and Ama Patterson, and Uppinder Mehan, Emerson College. Part of the Otelia Cromwell Day Symposium (see story, page 1). 3:30-5:15 p.m., Sage*
Lecture Charla Wise, vice president of engineering, Tactical Aircraft Systems, Lockheed-Martin, will share her work and insight. Part of "Executive Access," a lecture series sponsored by the Ford Motor Company and Picker Program in Engineering and Technology. 4 p.m., Seelye 201*
Concert Syrinx Ensemble, premiering Reluctance, an original composition by Smith graduate student Luna Pearl Woolf, Duet for Oboe and Viola by former Smith professor Alvin Etler, and others. (See story, page 4.) 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*
Film What Lies Beneath. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room (alternate weekly)
Dress rehearsal Celebration of Sisterhood. 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Friday, November 3
Reading from Dark Matter. Panel follows. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture Opening event for the chrysanthemum show. Reception with refreshments follows in the illuminated conservatory. See the mum show and meet the Botanic Garden's new director. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Video screening/panel "Only" a Teacher. Second episode of a three-part series by Northampton filmmaker Claudia Levin. Panel discussion follows. Part of "The State of Teaching in America." (See story, page 1.) Reception follows in Wright common room. 7 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Open meeting College Council on Community Policy. Discussion items will include updates on campus climate, town-gown relations and smoking policy. 3:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce
Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Shabbat services Dinner follows in the Dawes Kosher kitchen. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Keystone B.I.G. meeting Weekly fellowship meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ. 7 p.m., Wright common room
Alumnae House tea Cutter-Washburn and Duckett-Tyler Houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room
Saturday, November 4
Lecture "What Keeps Teachers Going?" Sonia Nieto, professor of language, literacy and culture, School of Education, UMass, and a leading scholar of multicultural education. Second keynote lecture for the symposium "The State of Teaching in America." (See story, page 1.) 11 a.m., Wright auditorium*
Video screening/panel "Only" a Teacher. Third episode of a series. Panel discussion follows. Part of "The State of Teaching in America." Reception follows in Wright common room. 1:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Arch Sing with Smiffenpoofs and a guest group. 7:30 p.m., Emerson Arch
Swimming and diving
Reception for "Haiku Winter," an art exhibition by Rebecca Shapiro '85, which runs through December 22 in the Alumnae House Gallery. 4-6 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery*
Sunday, November 5
Film Third in the series "Internation-al Politics in Hollywood Blockbusters." 5 p.m., McConnell auditorium
Concert "Fantasies and Reflections: A Journey Toward Peace." New music by Curt Cacioppo, inspired by Native-American, African-American, and European traditions, performed by Cacioppo, Kenneth Fern, Paul Orgel, and Althea Waites, on piano, and Michael Riley, bass-baritone/narrator. 8 p.m., Sweeney auditorium, Sage*
Baha'i Club weekly meeting, 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Meeting Feminists of
Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome, childcare available. 11 a.m., Bass 203, 204*
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
"Haiku Winter: Works on Paper" an exhibition by Rebecca Shapiro '85. November 1 through December 22. A reception will be held on Saturday, November 4, 4-6 p.m. Alumnae House Gallery*
Annual Chrysanthemum Show A Smith tradition! An outstanding display, featuring mums trained into cascading forms rarely seen outside of Japan, as well as large specimen flowers and hybrids made by Smith horticulture students. November 5 through 19. An opening lecture, "What Makes Variegated Plants Variegated?" by Michael Marcotrigiano, director of the Botanic Garden, will take place on Friday, November 3, at 6:30 p.m., in Seelye 106, followed by a reception. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Conservatory*
"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*
"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 December 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*