News for the Smith College Community //November 2, 2000
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.
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.
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 Amazon.com 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.
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).
Activities Committee Events
New Properties Rental Office
Museum of Art Trip
Van Drivers Needed
Faculty & Staff
HR Benefits Fair 2000
Annual Open Enrollment
Students' Aid Society Grants
Spring 2000 Registration
Interterm 2001 Course
Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Fine Arts Council
"Reading Room" Now Open
E. J. Murphy Scholarships
Study Abroad Programs
Study Skills Workshops
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, November 6
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*
Flu-shot clinic open
to students, faculty and staff on a walk-in basis. Fee: $10,
employees; $5, students.
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
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*
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
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
Meeting Newman Association.
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
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*
Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 110
Workshop Basic Web
Design for Students. Register at www.wag.smith.
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
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
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
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*
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
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*
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
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*
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
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
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
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*
Sunday, November 12
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*
Weekly meeting Baha'i Club. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Meeting Amnesty International.
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 with 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*
"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*