News for the Smith College Community //November 2, 2000

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On-line Images Enhancing Art Education

Four years ago, when Elizabeth Dealing '01 enrolled in her first art class at Smith-the former Art 100-her only options for viewing dozens of images of the world's great artworks were either to gaze at enlarged slide projections in class and then view reproductions or to reserve time in a slide projection room. That was before thousands of images had been digitized and made conveniently available on-line.

Now when Dealing, a studio art major, needs to examine a work for Art History 204, Pre-Columbian Arts -- a class taught by Dana Leibsohn that heavily relies on digital images -- she can simply turn on the computer in her room and access the image on-screen.

Thanks to an ambitious project undertaken by the college to digitize thousands of its slide images during a three-year period, Dealing and other students can view and manipulate images assigned in class for a more thorough examination in a number of ways via computer. They can view two images at a time, side by side on-screen, for example, zoom in on and enlarge a tiny corner of a piece of art or see it from different angles -- all options that were not available a few years ago.

"It's all much more interactive now," says Dealing. "I can sit in my room and view images that we talked about in class. If you're writing a paper, you can just pull [the artwork] up on-line. It's more accessible."

So far, the project, funded in part by a recent $300,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, has digitally converted nearly 10,000 images from the college's various slide collections, mainly in the art department and the Museum of Art. The project began with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Smith is one of a small number of colleges in the country that have begun digitizing images and making them available on-line, says Elisa Lanzi, director of image collections in the art department, who codirects the project. Several larger institutions, such as Harvard and Cornell universities, have begun similar projects, she says. "We feel we can put our students and faculty at the forefront of this technology."

"It's all very new and exciting," says project codirector Daniel Bridgman, visual communication specialist in Educational Technology Services, a division of ITS. "This Davis grant will enable us to do a very major upgrade of our visual resource, making it available to users wherever they are."

For students like Dealing and Amanda Norman '01, an art history major, that means more convenience and accessibility, which they say enhance their ability to understand and interpret works of art.

"That's the main thing that excites me about them," says Norman of digital images, "they're very accessible, they're very useful. You can really get in very close."

But it's more than just convenience, say Dealing and Norman. The on-line images also offer a chance to interpret works of art more thoroughly than looking at slides posted on a board.

"It's easier to have a better sense of an image," Dealing says, because one can view on-line images more intimately, more frequently and from more perspectives. "You're able to become better acquainted with an image."

"I think it is far superior," says Norman of digital images. "They have great resolution. I think it is the future."

Eventually, the college also plans to convert images from the geology department, the Sophia Smith Collection, the Mortimer Rare Book Room, the music department and others for on-line availability, Lanzi says.

Head to the SSC to View Activists' Papers

Walking through the Neilson Library foyer, one might be drawn to the display of manuscripts, photographs, and the bright purple T-shirt in the showcases along the walls that comprise the Morgan Gallery. They are part of the exhibit "Agents of Social Change: New Resources on 20th Century Women's Activism," and just an introduction to the remainder of the exhibit on display in the Sophia Smith Collection in the Alumnae Gymnasium.

The exhibit, which opened on September 20, highlights the recently opened collections of papers documenting the major roles women have played in 20th-century reform and activism. Contained in the exhibit are the papers, now part of the SSC holdings, of some prominent activists and organizations: Dorothy Kenyon, feminist and civil liberties activist; Jessie Lloyd O'Connor, radical journalist and reformer; Constance Baker Motley, civil rights lawyer and judge; Mary Metlay Kaufman, civil liberties advocate; Gloria Steinem, feminist leader and founder/editor of Ms. Magazine; Frances Fox Piven, welfare rights movement activist; the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, a grassroots organization of working-class women; and the Women's Action Alliance, a clearinghouse for information on feminist activism.

The exhibit reflects the themes covered in the September "Agents of Social Change" conference through an array of letters, clippings, photographs, cartoons, personal quotes, bumper stickers, and other items from the newly opened collections, says Sherrill Redmon, head of the SSC. The exhibit also includes a colorful collection of more than 100 buttons with socially conscious messages, some more enduring than others, that date from the suffrage era to more modern times.

The collections of the "Agents of Social Change" project were chosen by the SSC staff on the basis of demand, importance, research interest, and how untold and unprocessed they are, says Redmon. The result has been a mixture of well- and lesser-known names of women who have made significant contributions to 20th-century reform. The exhibit was derived from the collections, which include some important and interesting files, such as correspondence that Steinem has received from the public on women's issues, and Kenyon's preparation for her own defense against Senator Joseph McCarthy's charges of Communist malfeasance.

The display in Morgan Gallery contains only about a fifth of the total exhibit, emphasizes Redmon, "just the tip of the iceberg." For a more thorough examination of the compelling collection of papers, take a short hike to the Alumnae Gym. The exhibit will be on display until December 31 in the Sophia Smith Collection.

Textured Lives of Adas Celebrated in New Book

The memories and stories of past Smith life circulated in abundance among the hundreds of Ada Comstock Scholars gathered at the college last month to celebrate the program's silver anniversary. But on the afternoon of October 14, Eleanor Rothman, the program's founding director, was presented with a more tangible reflection of the Ada program's bounty during its first 25 years: a book of essays and art by more than 60 nontraditional-aged students who have come through the program.

Textured Lives: Celebrating Ada Comstock Scholars at Smith College, a volume of creative works by Ada Comstock Program alumnae, with a foreword penned by the three presidents whose tenures have accompanied the program (Jill Ker Conway, 1975-85, Mary Maples Dunn, 1985-95, and Ruth J. Simmons, 1995-present), was compiled and edited by Patricia Skarda, associate professor of English language and literature, and dedicated to Rothman.

"I have prepared in this book a lasting memorial of this anniversary and of this program," said Skarda in presenting the book to Rothman. "This book is for you and the program you made an integral part of Smith College. Institutions can't reward vision, innovation and loyalty, but people within them can."

Textured Lives reflects the range of talent among the Ada graduates, with cover art by Penne Krol '88 depicting a lavish bouquet of tulips, book design by Elizabeth Pols '75, 28 art reproductions and 38 essays on various topics from a range of perspectives. Through their writings and art, the Adas published in the book demonstrate their wealth of experience and knowledge, often culled from lives involving unconventional paths.

"The textured lives described in this collection of essays and art testify to the fact that there is no typical Ada Comstock Scholar," writes Skarda in the book's introduction. "What Adas have in common is passion for learning, a passion inculcated by a demanding academic program that these writers and artists have successfully completed despite rugged starts, unanticipated interruptions, or unimagined difficulties, often long before they heard of this extraordinary way to complete their undergraduate studies."

In soliciting essays for Textured Lives, Skarda asked the writers to respond to Robert Frost's famous line -- "And that has made all the difference" -- at the end of his poem The Road Not Taken. "What difference has it made for you to get a Smith degree somewhat later than you might have expected?" Skarda asks in the introduction. "Each of the essays that follows reveals the life experience of the writer along with the pleasures of the life of her own mind. Taken together, these textured lives celebrate the benefit of a fine education whenever it occurs."

The result is a volume filled with views on life and education at Smith and after Smith that could only be created by Adas. With essays like "My Three Lives at Smith," by Elizabeth S. Bingham '55 and '85; "A Scholar Late in Life," by Ineke Dystra '97; and "The Smith Skyline," by Judy Muench Shindel '92, Textured Lives encapsulates 25 years of a program so successful that it has served as a model for similar programs at other institutions.

Textured Lives is available for $20 at Grécourt Bookshop.

Five Colleges Offers Video, Film Courses

Responding to a growing demand from students for more instruction in film and video production, the Five College Film Council is offering several new courses. As part of the effort, three award-winning filmmakers and videographers, each of whom holds an appointment with Five Colleges Inc., are teaching the courses.

Janet Benn '73, a lecturer in the UMass art department, is teaching two courses at Smith and two at the university this fall as a Five College visiting assistant professor of film/video. Since graduating from Smith and Yale University School of Art and Architecture, Benn has worked in New York City as an animation artist, independent producer, and arts advocate. After 25 years in the video industry, her credits include productions for MTV, the Cartoon Network, the Hubley Studio, and the Children's Television Workshop. This semester, she teaches an advanced-level video production workshop.

Ann Steuernagel, in residence as Five College assistant professor of film/video production, teaches a production workshop on the moving image at Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges. She is an experimental filmmaker/videographer and sound artist, who in 1999 won the Gran Prix de la Ville de Locarno at the XX Video Art Festival in Switzerland. Her previous teaching appointments have been at the Massachusetts College of Art and the University of Rhode Island. She is also affiliated with Harvard University's Fromm Music Foundation.

Justin West, a Hampshire College graduate and the first M.F.A. candidate at UMass to undertake a thesis in video, is a Five College visiting assistant professor in film/video. This fall, he is teaching a course, in the UMass art department, titled "Fundamentals of Video." West is a professor of electronic media at Holyoke Community College, where he directs the Electronic Media Program, which he established in 1992.

Kids' Authors to Visit the Campus School

The gymnasium of the Smith College Campus School will be filled with hundreds of stories, pictures and storybooks on Friday, November 10, when some 19 children's authors and illustrators gather for an annual celebration of children's literature from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event, titled "Literacy Through Literature," will welcome leading children's book personali-ties such as Leslea Newman, of Northampton, who wrote the popular and controversial Heather Has Two Mommies; Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth, named by as one of the 100 Best Books of the Century; Patricia MacLachlan, author of Journey and Sarah Plain and Tall, winner of the coveted Newberry Award; Northampton's Jane Dyer, who illustrated Animal Crackers, Blue Moon Soup and Time for Bed; and Margot Apple, illustrator of more than 40 books, including Sheep in a Jeep, Sheep Take a Hike and Brave Martha.

Authors and illustrators will read from their works and discuss their artwork with local children at the event. The guests' books, some of which are out of print, will be available for purchase during the celebration, and authors will be on hand to sign their works. Proceeds from the book sales will benefit the Campus School library, the PTO and a literacy project.

Campus Groups Offer Chance to Sing Out Loud

By Eunnie Park '01

Emily Jones '04, vice president of the College Choir, came to Smith with the awareness that she did not want to major in music, even though she loves it and had been a student of voice since the first grade. Yet she still hoped to find some sort of musical outlet at college. By joining the choir, one among several choral groups on campus, Jones feels she has found the solution.

"I knew I really wanted to be involved," she says. "I really love music. [The choir] is a good extracurricular activity, to stay with music without majoring in it. It's a link to my past, a touchstone. It's also a good social situation."

The College Choir, the Smith Chorale, the Glee Club, and the Chamber Singers are among the many singing groups at Smith. While the Glee Club is not open to first-years, the choir is only for first-years, and the chorale is open to all students. Membership in any of the groups involves a "painless" audition process that requires no preparation or previous singing experience, assures Jeff Douma, director of the choir and chorale.

"I think singing in a choir is a uniquely fulfilling experience," he says. "You're working together with others for a single artistic goal. You also get to sing, which is emotionally, intellectually and physically healthy. It addresses all aspects of a person."

Anyone can belong to a singing group "if you like to sing and are willing to try," says Miranda Pabst '01, who has been a member of the Glee Club for three years. Each group practices twice a week (sometimes more in preparation for an upcoming concert) but the rehearsals are anything but stressful, says Pabst. She attends rehearsals "leaving everything at the door," she says. "It's a wonderful way to relieve stress, a wonderful support group. Everyone is open and there to have fun."

Many members agree that the social situation adds to the positive musical experience. "There is so much camaraderie," says Gwyn Morrissey '04, choir president. "I love being part of a musical environment. Every rehearsal makes my day."

The support and enthusiasm of the directors also contribute to the musical community, group members attest. Morrissey says that Douma is "willing to work with us and laugh with us." Kori Newman '03, president of the chorale, describes Douma as "so enthusiastic, always supportive."

Similarly, Jonathan Hirsh, director of the Glee Club and the Chamber Singers, "brings a lot of enthusiasm to rehearsals," says Megan Browning '01, president of the Chamber Singers and holder of the title Eliminator of Confusion for the Glee Club.

On Saturday, November 11, the Glee Club, Choir, Chorale and Chamber Singers will perform in this year's Autumn Serenade at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Auditorium, Sage. In contrast to the popular selections the groups performed at the POPS! Concert last month, they will sing a program of classical pieces and world folk songs by composers such as Felix Mendelssohn, Gwyneth Walker, Gabriel Fauré, Smith alumna Ann Kearns '60, and Clifton J. Noble Jr., a piano accompanist in the music department. Later this year, the Glee Club and Chamber Singers will perform in Baltimore and Switzerland, respectively, says Browning.

The four music department groups aren't the only singing troupes on campus. There are several a cappella groups as well, some more formal than others. There are the Smiffenpoofs, the Noteables, the Vibes, the Smithereens, and even a satirical group of singers with marginal talent called Crapapella, as well as others. The smaller singing groups are run by students and require an audition for membership.

Whatever your singing taste, talent, background or level of commitment, there's probably a group on campus that can accommodate your need to sing. If you just like to listen, there's plenty of opportunity for that, too.

UW Donations and Dessert

Residence and Dining Services will provide free dessert on Thursday, November 9, during "Treat Yourself Day" at the Smith College Club and Davis Center.

Cosponsored by the Smith Collge United Way Committee and RADS, the occasion is a gesture of appreciation by the campaign for faculty and staff members who have made donations so far this year, and is meant to remind those who have not donated to please make a contribution by the campaign deadline of Thursday, December 7. Pledge materials will be available at both dessert locations, as will the traditional "Thank You" United Way pins.

To date, the campaign has raised $121,081 toward the campuswide goal of $135,000. The number of Smith donors to this year's campaign totals about 100 people fewer than at the same time last year. Remember, your gift will affect the lives of many members of the community. Please make your pledge.


Will return next week.

Smith alumna Julia Child '34 will be inducted into the Massachusetts Hospitality Hall of Fame, a division of the National Restaurant Association, on Monday, November 6, during the association's 11th annual awards dinner, at Boston's famous Anthony's Pier 4 restaurant. Past inductees have included John Cauley of Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, Anthony Athanas of Anthony's Pier 4, Robert M. Rosenberg of Dunkin Donuts of America, and Dr. Morris J. W. Gaebe of Johnson and Wales University.

Patricia Erikson, assistant professor of anthropology, delivered a lecture titled "Contemporary Makah Identity and Re-framings of the Curtis Brothers, Neah Bay, WA," at an academic seminar, "Visual Representation and Cultural History," held at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. The seminar, which took place on October 6 and 7, was part of "The Edward S. Curtis Photographs of North American Indians," an exhibition of rare photographs made from Curtis' original glass plate negatives. Other speakers at the seminar included Alan Trachtenberg, of Yale University, and Gerald Vizenor, of the University of California, Berkeley.

Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, was among a group of critics of college athletics invited to address the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on October 18. Zimbalist was joined by Malcolm Gillis, president of Rice University, James J. Duderstadt, former president of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and others in their call for reforms in college athletics programs that might include making freshman students ineligible for participation, eliminating athletic scholarships, reviewing coaches' high salaries and demanding financial oversight by colleges of their athletic programs.

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


Fall Preview
Some 200 visitors (including some future Smithies) are expected to be on campus on Friday, November 10, for Fall Preview, a college "open house" for prospective students. Visitors will hear about Smith from students, staff and faculty members, visit classes and student residences, tour the campus and meet community members. Please welcome them. Flu Clinic
A walk-in flu clinic will be held for students and staff on Monday, November 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Wright common room. Staff will be charged $10 for a flu shot, students, $5, payable at the clinic. Dress appropriately to receive an injection in the upper arm. If you miss the clinic, you can still make an appointment to receive the vaccine at Health Services, as long as supplies last.

Activities Committee Events
The Staff Council Activities Committee hopes to make it a December to remember with three exciting events offering something for everyone. On Friday, December 1, a holiday cooking class will be led by local caterers John Sarage and Chris Gagnon from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Davis Ballroom. The fee will be $10 for faculty and staff, $15 for outside guests. Spend the day on your own in New York City on Saturday, December 9, for $27.50 per person. This will be the only trip of this kind during 2000-01, so make reservations now. Finally, there will be two bus trips to view Bright Nights at Forest Park, the popular holiday lighting exhibition, on Friday, December 15. The buses will leave Ainsworth parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and return at approximately 6:15 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. To make reservations for these and other events, call the Staff Council voice mail, ext. 4424, then press 1 for the Activities Committee, or send e-mail to Cindy Rucci,

New Properties Rental Office
The Smith Rental Property Office closed on October 16. The college's rental properties will now be managed by the Rental Housing Department-a combined effort of Smith, Amherst and Mt. Holyoke colleges-at 212 Northampton Road, Amherst. The department's telephone number is 542-8506. The college's tenants should call that number with service questions; public safety at ext. 2490 or 800 for emergencies; and Physical Plant at ext. 2400 for trash pickup and keys information. Jim Hardy, ext. 2240,, will be the college's administrative liaison to the new office, and will handle procedural questions.

Museum of Art Trip
The Friends of the Smith College Museum of Art will host a day trip to Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Hill-Stead Museum, on Friday, November 10. The trip will focus on art of the impressionists and will include a viewing of the exhibition "Impressionists at Argenteuil" at the Wadsworth, plus a tour of the Hill-Stead Museum, which houses an outstanding collection of art and antiques. Members and student members will receive a reduced price. Register by calling ext. 3587.

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.

Faculty & Staff

HR Benefits Fair 2000
Please join the Human Resources staff at the Alumnae House for the HR Benefits Fair 2000 on Tuesday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This year's fair will feature an interactive BannerWeb station so employees can check current benefits before making changes for next year. TIAA-CREF will sponsor two Web demonstrations each hour, one on BannerWeb and the other on Inter/ACT, to allow on-line viewing of TIAA-CREF accounts as well as investment portfolio changes. The Office of Human Resources will be closed that day while staff administer the fair. Watch for HR staff in their yellow HR t-shirts.

Annual Open Enrollment
The annual two-week open enrollment period will take place from Monday, November 6, through Friday, November 17. Open enrollment is the time to make changes to health or dental plans or to continue or open a flex spending account. Employees who wish to open or continue a flexible spending account are required by the IRS to complete a new application at this time every year. Also during open enrollment, employees can switch from Tufts HMO to Tufts POS or add a dependent to their health or dental plan without the occurrence of an unusual qualifying event, such as the birth of a child. Open enrollment packets for benefit-eligible employees will be distributed at the HR Benefits Fair on Tuesday, November 7, at the Alumnae House, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each packet will include the Human Resources Open Enrollment election form. Open enrollment packets not distributed will be mailed to home addresses. The enrollment form must be returned to Human Resources no later than November 17.

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 2002-03 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.


Students' Aid Society Grants
The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS) grant applications for interterm study is Wednesday, November 15. The grant helps fund un-reimbursed fees and costs associated with trips or programs for credit. Applications are available at the CDO, the Class Deans Office, the Ada Comstock Office and Student Affairs. To qualify, fill out an application, attach a program description and budget request, and turn it in at the SSAS office in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. If you have questions, call Anne White, ext. 2577. SSAS also offers emergency/medical grants that can help fund uninsured medical, dental or eye care expenses and other emergencies. For seniors, the Beyond Smith Grant can help allay travel and clothing costs associated with interviews, as well as fees for graduate and professional school applications and required entrance exams.

Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted on-line at and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye and Wright. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods Tuesday-Thursday, December 19-21, and two periods on Friday, December 22. Please note that there will be no examination period on the evening of December 22. Students should check the schedule of exams carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Spring 2000 Registration
The spring advising and registration period will take place from Monday, November 6, through Friday, November 17. Students should have received registration instructions in their mailboxes. Registration will be on-line, and students should contact their advisers for appointments. All registrations must be completed by November 17. Students or advisers needing assistance with their PINs should contact the User Support Center in Stoddard Hall.

Interterm 2001 Course
ARH 293J: Post-Multiculturalism in Contemporary Art in America, a class taught by Thelma Golden, curator for the Studio Museum in Harlem, will take a look at the world of artistic production beyond multiculturalism. An examination of the explication of the self in a global society, the two-credit course will focus on the works of Janine Antoni, Glenn Ligon, Teresita Fernandez, Michael Joo, Byron Kim, Kara Walker, Fatimah Tuggar, Garry Simmons, Matthew Barney, and Lorna Simpson. A two-day trip to New York will provide students with direct engagement with the artists and their work. Enrollment is limited to 12. Interested students should submit a short statement to the art department office, 45 Round Hill Road, by Friday, November 17, explaining their reasons for wanting to take the course. Call John Davis, ext. 3126, for information.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Applications are being accepted for the Gates Cambridge University Scholarships. Recently established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the scholarship program aims to inspire a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to improving the life circumstances of citizens in their respective countries. The program will offer numerous scholarships for study as an affiliated or postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship covers fees and provides a maintenance allowance, a contribution toward return airfare and other discretionary allowances. People from every country except the United Kingdom are eligible to apply. The first group of recipients will begin study at Cambridge in October 2001. For further information, consult

Fine Arts Council
The Fine Arts Council (FAC) is subsidizing tickets ($5 with student ID), for the Sydney Dance Company performance on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. at UMass. Purchase tickets in the SGA office, Clark. Those interested in joining the FAC should attend a meeting on Wednesday, November 15, at 5:45 p.m., in Northrup dining hall, or contact Nellie Garcia, FAC chair, ext. 7545.

"Reading Room" Now Open
The Alumnae Association invites community members to visit a new Web site titled "Reading Room," where students, staff and alumnae share thoughts on books and articles. To launch the site, the association chose My Year of Meats, by Ruth Ozeki '80, last summer's reading assignment for incoming students. Visit the site, at, and enjoy lively conversation with classmates, alumnae and others.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Students staying on campus during Thanksgiving break are invited to join a local Smith alumna and her family for a holiday dinner on Thursday, November 23. Each family hosts two or three students and provides transportation to and from dinner. To participate, contact Cynthia Allen '83, (413) 665-3427,, no later than November 16.

E. J. Murphy Scholarships
The Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program awards up to $500 in financial assistance to juniors and seniors for research, conferences, workshops, and presentations. Scholarship applications should be sent to Mona Koenig-Kroner, Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program, Smith College, Burton 211, by Thursday, November 2. Applications should include a cover letter, transcript, letter of support from a pro-ject supervisor, and typed statement (1-2 pages) describing present and future educational interests, long-term goals, how the scholarship will be used toward those goals, and a description of the research project, workshop or conference for which funding is being sought. For more in-formation, contact Koenig-Kroner, ext. 3799,

Study Abroad Programs
Meet with the faculty adviser and returned Smith study-abroad students to learn more about the ICCS (Rome) and CYA (Athens) programs, on Monday, November 6, at 5 p.m. in Neilson Library, third floor, Caverno Room. Also, learn about several semester- and year-long study-abroad programs in India and Nepal from Dennis Hudson, faculty adviser for the South India Term Abroad (SITA) program, and other faculty and staff, at an informational meeting on Thursday, November 16, at 5 p.m. in Dewey common room. Call ext. 4905 with questions.

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, 307 Seelye, or call ext. 3056. The workshops are: "Time Management," Wednesday, November 8, 4-5:30 p.m.; "Note Taking," Friday, November 10, 2:45-4:15 p.m.; "General Study Skills," Thursday, December 7, 3-4 p.m. and Wednesday, December 13, 4-5 p.m. Space is limited, so register early.

Counseling Service Workshops
The counseling service professional staff will facilitate the following free workshops and groups for interested Smith students: "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); "Afrocentric Empowerment Workshop," a workshop for black women, every Wednesday from October 11 through November 15, 4:30-6 p.m., in Seelye 204; "Self-Exploration Group for Women," a counseling group for students, on Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m., starting in mid- October (call ext. 2840 for a pre-group meeting with the cofacilitators).

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, November 6

Slide presentation "Observations and Insights Into the Use of Silk from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century." Edward Maeder, of Historic Deerfield, will highlight remarkable silk embroideries and textiles. Part of the Northampton Silk Project Brown Bag Lunch Series. Noon, Kahn Institute, Neilson Library*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Earth. Deepah Mehta, director. First in film series sponsored by the chapel. Snacks provided. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Drop-in informational sessions with Bunac, an organization that operates the Work in Britain Student Exchange Program. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., CDO

Meeting for the class of 2004. 4:15-5:30 p.m., Wright auditorium

Presentation of the Minor Third World development. 5 p.m., Seelye 204

Presentation of the Minor Logic. Practical advice, profound truths and home-baked goodies. 5 p.m., Dewey philosophy lounge

Informational meeting about the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) study-abroad program in Rome and the College Year in Athens (CYA) program. Meet with the faculty adviser and returned Smith study-abroad students. 5 p.m., Caverno Room, Neilson Library third floor

Workshop "Writing Your Way Into College: The Application Essay." Debra Shaver, Office of Admission, and Holly Davis, writing specialist, Center for Academic Development. Open to all western-Massachusetts high-school students, their parents and guidance counselors. Transfer students are also welcome. Sponsor: Hampshire County Smith Club. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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

Flu-shot clinic open to students, faculty and staff on a walk-in basis. Fee: $10, employees; $5, students.
2-5 p.m., Wright common 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, November 7

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "An Advantage to Uncertainty-Quantum Computing." David Cohen, math department. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, Smith College Club, lower level

Lecture "Current Trends in the Japanese Economy." Yasuo Sakakibara, visiting scholar; and professor of economics, Kansai Gaidai University, Kyoto, Japan. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "Renaissance Humanism in Rome: The Legacy of Pomponius Laetus." Phyllis Pray Bober, Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies, and professor emeritus, Bryn Mawr College. Reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Panel "Internal Displacement and International Law." Deborah Anker, director, Immigration and Refugee Program, Harvard Law School; Ernest Thomas Greene, foreign affairs consultant; and Norman Zucker, political science professor, University of Rhode Island. Part of Kahn Institute's pro-ject "The Anatomy of Exile." 8 p.m., Seelye 106*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Music in the Noon Hour. Erika Schroth, piano, will perform and narrate De Profundis by Frederic Rzewski, a theatre piece for speaking pianist, with text by Oscar Wilde. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Film Bastard Out of Carolina. Sponsored by S.A.F.E. for Sexual Abuse Awareness week. 8 p.m., Seelye 110

Film Hollow Man. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Presentation of the Minor Archaeology. 4:45 p.m., Wright common room

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

Workshop L'Atelier, a theatre workshop conducted in French by Florent Masse. 7:30 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, T-209

Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets for worship, lunch, friendship and fun. Students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome. Noon, St. John's Episcopal Church

Meeting Newman Association.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
HR Benefits Fair 2000 A chance for employees to pick up open enrollment packets and valuable information. Open enrollment packets not retrieved at the fair will be mailed to employees' homes. The Office of Human Resources will be closed for the day. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Alumnae House

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

CDO open hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 7­9 p.m., CDO

Announcement of presidential election returns by SGA cabinet. 7:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Wednesday, November 8

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

Lecture "A Worst Form of Child Labor: Child Soldiers." Rachel Stohl, Center for Defense Information. Sponsor: Five College program in Peace and World Security Studies. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

CDO informational meeting NYC Consortium on Careers. Learn about the annual program, held this year in New York from January 7 through 10, 2001, during which students can visit Smith alumnae and their colleagues at various workplaces, while staying with alumnae in the city. 4:15 p.m., CDO

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 110

Workshop Basic Web Design for Students. Register at www.wag.smith.
edu/workshop.html. Sponsor: Web and Graphics Center. 7 p.m., Seelye 212

Meeting Arabic Study Abroad. Reports from students who studied in the Middle East last summer. Reception follows. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Seelye 207

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 Topic: 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 Rooms A & B.

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

Banner hanging Celebration of Sisterhood. 7-10 p.m., Davis ballroom

S.A.F.E. speakout for Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. Reception follows in Wright common room. 7:30-9:30 p.m., location TBA (call ext. 7533 and see fliers on campus)

Thursday, November 9

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "The Search for a Vaccine for River Blindness: A Genome Project Approach." Steven Williams, Gates Professor of Biological Sciences. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club, lower level

Lecture "Unions and Wage Inequality in Mexico." David Fairris, Department of Economics, University of California-Riverside, will discuss his research on growing wage inequality and the declining effect of unions on the wage-setting process in Mexico. Noon, Seelye 207

Lecture "Climate Change: International Efforts to Better Define the Role of Atmospheric Particles." Timothy Bates, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Reception follows. 4:15 p.m., McConnell B15*

Lecture "The Anthropic Principle and the Many-Worlds Hypothesis: Can the Way the Universe Is Tell Us Anything About What Is Beyond It? God? More Universes?" Phil Dowe, reader, School of Philosophy, University of Tasmania. Sponsor: Department of Philosophy. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 302*

Thursday -- continued

Lecture "The Sacrifice of Isaac and Biblical Ethics." John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University Divinity School. Sponsor: Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty's Connections Fund, religion department, Jewish Studies Program. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207*

Lecture "The Pursuit of Imperfect Justice: Korean Americans and the 'Good War.' " Lili M. Kim, Five College Fellow and doctoral candidate in history, University of Rochester. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 101

Lecture "Reconstructing a Woman's Life: A Biographer's Challenge." Nancy Cook Steeper '59, former executive director of the Alumnae Association, will discuss her quest for information about Dorothy Scarrit McKinnon '19, who was known as the "keeper of the gates of Los Alamos" and the "front man" for the atomic bomb. 4:30 p.m., Alumnae Gym, level 1*

Music Department Annual Lecture "The Man Without a Shadow: Richard Strauss and the Canon of Modern Music." Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker. 5 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Lecture "Challenges to Reconstruction and Development in the Middle East: The Cases of Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories." Haneen Sayed, economist, Middle East Division, The World Bank. Sponsor: Middle East Studies Committee, Five College Arabic Program. Reception follows in Wright common room. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Paul Zimet, director. The passionate love story will have an intimate setting in the studio theatre. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $4, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Presentation Choices at the Edge of Change. Using excerpts from three of her plays (Blood and Stones, 1992; You Do What You Do, 1997; and Naming the Days, 2000), Deborah Lubar dramatizes women's struggles against oppression. Sponsored by the Kahn Institute project "Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium." 8 p.m., chapel*

Film Hollow Man. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

CDO workshop Job Search Strategy for Seniors. Learn how to shape your search for the ideal experience after Smith. Noon, CDO

Presentation on admission information by the Smith College School for Social Work, including information about graduate professional training in clinical social work. 4 p.m., Seelye 106*

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 A, B

Post Party Celebration of Sisterhood. 9 p.m.-midnight, Davis Ballroom

Friday, November 10

Biology Colloquium "Adventures in Protein Splicing." Inca Ghosh, research associate, New England Biolabs. Refreshments preceding in foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Performing Arts/Films
Annual fall concert Smithereens Arch Sing followed by a CD release party with snacks. 7:30 p.m., Gamut*

Play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Paul Zimet, director. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $4, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Prehealth lunch meeting with Alex Thorngren and Susan Benson, Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth. Register via e-mail to msanderso@science. by noon on Thursday, November 9. Noon, Sabin Reed 342

S.A.F.E. workshop for Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. 2 p.m., Seelye 207

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

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

Shabbat services followed by dinner 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

Other Events/Activities
Open house for the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, including information for prospective students, presentations by the director, members of the faculty and staff and current Adas, plus a campus tour. 8:30 a.m.­noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Language lunch tables Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Alumnae House tea Hubbard, Emerson, Hopkins and Hampshire houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Celebration "Literacy Through Literature." Twenty local children's book authors and illustrators will read from their books and discuss their artwork. Their books will be available for purchase and signing. (See story, page 4.) 4-7 p.m., Campus School gym*

Saturday, November 11

Performing Arts/Films
Play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Paul Zimet, director. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $4, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert Annual Autumn Serenade. A wide selection of classical works and world folk songs by composers such as Fauré, Mendelssohn, and Smith alumna Ann Kearns performed by Glee Club, choir, chorale and Chamber Singers. (See story, page 4.) 8 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Five College workshop for teachers of Chinese and Japanese. "Creating the Target Language Environment: Using Language, Literature and Culture in the Classroom." Contact Yun Xiao,, or Thomas Rohlich,, for information. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wright classrooms

Other Events/Activities
Thanksgiving Dinner including soul food, sponsored by Black Students Alliance. Make your own food or eat catered dishes. Admission: $3. 5-8 p.m., Unity House

Sunday, November 12

Performing Arts/Films
Video presentation of the Young at Heart Chorus. 3 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Film Fourth in the series "International Politics in Hollywood Blockbusters." 5 p.m., McConnell auditorium

Play reading from Perfect Pie by Judith Thompson. Part of the New Play Reading Series. Sponsor: theatre department. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

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

Weekly meeting Baha'i Club. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Meeting Amnesty International.
7 p.m., Gamut

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

Religious Life
Morning worship Ecumenical Christian Church, with guest preacher the Rev. Eleanor Applewhite Terry '91, former chair of S.O.S., with special music by the Praise Choir. Brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. 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 with Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
CDO open hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO


"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*

"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*