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Introducing the First Issue of Meridians

If you haven't yet heard of Meridians, then you haven't heard about Smith's latest bit of history-making on behalf of women's minds and lives. Meridians is a new feminist journal by and about women of color, an interdisciplinary journal that offers a forum with a global view for Latinas, Asians, American Indians, Africans and American minorities.

Developed in collaboration with Wesleyan University Press, Meridians will be published twice a year. The journal reflects Smith's commitment to offering women from under-represented minority groups a forum in which to establish their scholarly and creative voices.

On Thursday, November 16, Meridians' inaugural issue will be unveiled and celebrated from 4 to 6 p.m. at a launch party in Neilson Browsing Room. The Smith community is invited to meet the people behind this issue and join in the Meridians celebration. From 5 to 5:30 p.m., there will be brief comments by President Ruth Simmons, the Smith-Wesleyan editorial group, and Kum-Kum Bhavnani, senior editor.

"What makes this launch so exciting is that it is very unusual for an undergraduate institution to produce a journal of this scope," explains Bhavnani. "Smith is already on the map as a leader in the liberal arts and champion of women's education, but now it is establishing itself as a player in academic publishing."

Bhavnani came to Smith in July for a two-year term. A professor of sociology and women's studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she is also chair of the Women, Culture and Development Program, which she helped found. A member of the Feminist Review editorial collective as well as a founder and associate editor of Feminism and Psychology, Bhavnani has edited important collections on race and gender in their complex dimensions and intersections with politics, youth culture and feminism. While at Smith, she will teach two courses a year in the Women's Studies Program.

As senior editor of Meridians, Bhavnani is assisted by the Smith-Wesleyan editorial group, which includes Ravina Aggarwal, assistant professor of anthropology; Ginetta Candelario, instructor of sociology and Latin American studies; Ann Ferguson, assistant professor of Afro-American studies; Velma Garcia, associate professor of government; Nancy Saporta Sternbach, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese; and Susan Van Dyne, professor and chair of women's studies. A national editorial board of leading scholars, activists and artists, including Ghanaian novelist Ama Ata Aidoo, American-Indian activist Wilma Mankiller, and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, guides the journal.

"Meridians is making its debut at a particularly timely moment," says Bhavnani. "Not only is the academy moving toward interdisciplinary scholarship, but also the impact of women of color has been established. Now their voices will further break boundaries, not only between disciplines but also between domestic and international issues." She describes the publication, which includes both scholarly and creative work, as a unique forum for tackling intellectual, theoretical and political issues. Bhavnani is also quick to praise the Smith-Wesleyan editorial group for preparing such a remarkable inaugural issue.

The first issue of Meridians opens with a foreword by President Ruth Simmons, the visionary behind the journal. The inaugural issue also includes works by Sonia Alvarez on local and transnational feminist alliances in Latin America; Amrita Basu on the implications of transnational networks on local movements in India; Ginetta Candelario on Dominican beauty culture and identity production; Rachel Lee on teaching and theorizing women of color in the university; Marilyn Miller on Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony; Kum-Kum Bhavnani on Mississippi Masala; interviews with Ama Ata Aidoo, Edna Acosta-Belén, Amrita Basu, Maryse Condé, Nell Painter, Nawal El Saadawi; a memoir by Meena Alexander; poems by Cathy Song, Juliet S. Kono and others; and excerpts from the archives of Constance Baker Motley.

Individual copies of the issue will be available at the launch party. Subscriptions also will be taken at a yearly rate of $20 for students, $30 for nonstudents.

As for the future of Meridians, Bhavnani says that to date, she has received almost 250 submissions-all before the inaugural issue has even been distributed. "Women of color worldwide, whether they be scholars or artists, recognize the significance of Meridians," she explains. "In addition, they respect the talents and convictions of our advisory and editorial groups. And they know that Smith College is synonymous with excellence. For all these reasons, they want to be a part of this ground-breaking journal."

Microscope Theft in Clark

The pictured individual is a suspect in the recent theft of thousands of dollars worth of microscopes from the Clark Science Center. The theft is suspected to have happened between Saturday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 24. The suspect is described as a white male, between 30 and 40 years old, between five feet 10 inches and six feet tall, with a slim build, medium-length brown hair and dark eyes. He was dressed in a dark blue nylon windbreaker. Anyone with information about the robbery or who may have seen this person should contact Public Safety at extension 2490; for emergencies, call 800.

Conference to Discuss Future of Baseball

Few were surprised last month when the New York Yankees, winners of three straight World Series, emerged from the city's "subway series" as victors. George Steinbrenner's pin-striped team occupies the largest media market in the country while it boasts one of Major League Baseball's most robust payrolls.

Among the unsurprised was baseball pundit Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, a Yankees fan and author of Baseball and Billions. Zimbalist contends that, given the Yankees' three-peat and the consistent playoff domination of well-funded teams like the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves, it's evident that high-payroll teams are skewing the outcomes of competition and eroding fans' allegiance in the process.

"Unless the playing field is made more level, no amount of enticement, whether new stadiums or luxury suites, will compel the allegiance of fans, who are undeniably growing frustrated," he says.

Zimbalist and other national sports personalities, including commentator Bob Costas, author of the recent bestseller Fair Ball: A Fan's Case For Baseball, will gather at Smith on Friday, November 17, for a conference that will consider inequities of financial power and the future of Major League Baseball.

The conference, titled "Baseball's Future: Competitive Balance and Labor Relations," will bring together eight leading figures in sports economics, journalism and management to discuss ways to restore competition and avoid labor strife in America's pastime. All events will take place in Wright Auditorium.

The conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a keynote address by Costas, an eight-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster who has covered the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA finals and the Olympics. Costas' address will be followed by a discussion session. The event will continue at 3:30 p.m. with a second keynote address by Stanford University's Roger Noll, an economist and sports consultant who, with Zimbalist, coauthored Sports, Jobs and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums.

Also participating in the conference will be John Genzale, editor of Sports Business Journal; Clark Griffith, former owner of the Minnesota Twins; Marvin Miller, founder and former director of the Major League Baseball Players' Association; sports consultant Allen Sanderson, an economist at the University of Chicago; and Randy Vataha, president of a sports consulting firm and a former football player for Stanford University and the New England Patriots.

The conference, Zimbalist notes, precedes the opening of collective bargaining negotiations expected to get under way later this year. Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2001 season. Significant progress on issues such as salary restraint and revenue sharing will be key to avoiding a strike or lockout, Zimbalist predicts.

In addition to Costas' book, participants' discussions will be informed by a series of recommendations issued this summer by a blue-ribbon panel of team owners and consultants intended to redress baseball's competitive balance problems. These recommendations include greater revenue sharing and internationalization and reconfiguration of the amateur draft.

A 5 p.m. reception and booksigning for Costas' Fair Ball will conclude the conference in Wright common room.

Subjects of Series on Race Are Ongoing

The Afro-American studies lecture series "Race, Science, Fiction" had its unofficial start last spring, when the department cohosted writer Nalo Hopkinson's talk on race in the writing of fiction, says series coordinator Kevin Quashie, assistant professor of Afro-American studies. But the issues explored in the series are ongoing and likely will continue far into the future. The series examines two paradigms with extensive histories: the role Western science has played in creating and maintaining racism; and the possibility of alternative worlds-utopian or dystopian-that might challenge and disrupt beliefs in a false natural order.

Technically, the series began in September, when Joseph Graves, a professor of evolutionary biology at Arizona State University West, visited campus to lecture on race as a scientific category in the United States, rooted in 14th- and 15th-century European constructs.

"Race, Science, Fiction" will continue on Wednesday, November 15, with a talk by Jewelle Gomez, an award-winning fiction writer, poet, playwright and activist, at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye 201. Her talk, titled "Ex-Changing Mythology: How the Past Shapes the Future," will analyze the function of myths in society, how people of color are included and excluded in those myths, and how she uses mythology in her writing.

The goal of "Race, Science, Fiction" is to promote an ongoing discussion of what race means in modern culture, explains Quashie, while ultimately inspiring people to bring about positive social change.

"The [Afro-American studies] department hopes that by the end of the series, [the speakers] will have introduced some more things to think about as we grapple with race today," says Quashie.

Toward that effort, "Race, Science, Fiction" hosts a diverse lineup of lecturers from different disciplines in an attempt to address social issues of racism and inclusion from several perspectives. Each speaker in the series takes on a "different aspect of how race as a concept affects social culture," Quashie says.

On Tuesday, February 27, 2001, Octavia Butler, renowned science fiction writer and winner of the MacArthur Fellowship, will lecture on considering the future through a racial perspective.

In the spring, series planners hope to host a final panel of Smith colleagues to talk about race, science and fiction as they apply to various disciplines, and to address the issues raised, as well as other cri-tical social issues, in an examination that will undoubtedly be continued.

Hospital to Be Remembered With Music

At noon on Saturday, November 18, J. S. Bach's Magnificat will resound from hundreds of speakers placed throughout the main building of the former Northampton State Hospital when the facility is memorialized in a unique weekend tribute, "Northampton State Hospital: In Memoriam."

"The intent," says event coordinator, artist Anna Schuleit, "is to make the building sing."

Years in planning, the event is dedicated to the memory of the patients and employees who lived, worked and died in the Northampton State Hospital and other such institutions.

Former patients and employees are expected to attend the public event. PBS will document and broadcast Schuleit's project for its Emmy-winning City Arts program some time next year.

Schuleit calls the sound installation event Habeas Corpus, a reference to the ancient common law writ used to correct violations of personal liberty (for example, a person confined to a mental hospital could bring about her release by showing in a hearing that she has recovered her sanity).

Habeas Corpus is one of several events scheduled within "The State Hospital: In Memoriam." Part of the memorial will be a day-long academic symposium, on Friday, November 17, in Sweeney Auditorium, Sage, titled "Beyond Asylum: Transforming Mental Health Care." Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis will offer the 9:30 a.m. keynote address, followed by the presentations, "The History of Mental Hospitals," "The Evolution of Community Mental Health," "Being in a Mental Hospital" and "The Northampton Experience."

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on November 17, there will be an opening reception for the Oral History Exhibition, featuring the work of historian J. Michael Moore along with paintings, drawings, and photographs by Schuleit at the Northampton Center for the Arts. On Saturday, prior to the musical installation, a panel discussion with for-mer residents of the Northampton State Hospital will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., also in Sweeney Auditorium.

Tom Riddell, dean of the first-year class, who for three years has taught a first-year seminar titled "The Evolution and Transformation of the Northampton State Hospital," has assisted in the planning of the memorial. His interdisciplinary course considers the history of psychiatric care, changing forms of treatment, mental health policy, as well as the specifics of the Northampton State Hospital. He notes that the physical campus of the hospital inevitably fascinates students. Founded in 1856, the hospital predates Smith College, and many of its original 19th-century buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Riddell describes the upcoming memorial as an artistic expression of an effort to bring some closure to the history of the hospital.

"But in and of itself, it is not sufficient," he says. "How people
feel about the history of the Northampton State Hospital is complex and multiple. Some people's experiences at the hospital were deeply disturbing and they want nothing more than for those buildings to vanish without fanfare."

The future of the buildings was addressed at a November 3 press conference on the hospital grounds. The event gave new momentum to an 18-month-old master plan for transforming the grounds into a mixed residential-commercial urban village. On hand was Lieutenant Governor Jane Swift, who announced that the governor's office has declared the project a "pilot" in their plan to build affordable housing. Ground-breaking for the renovation project is planned for early next year.

But on November 17-18, only Northampton State Hospital's past will be considered by those gathered for the event. And for 28 minutes on November 18, an abandoned building will resound with music by Bach. For more information and a complete schedule of events, consult

United Way Draws Winners

The 2000 United Way Campaign held its first two lottery drawings on October 27 and November 3, awarding a total of 34 prizes to campus contributors. Jim Montgomery won a $25 gift certificate for Mulino's Trattoria; Ann Jones and Joachim Stieber each won a free lunch at the Smith College Club; Marilyn Ryan, a $50 gift certificate for Hampshire Frame and Art; Roxanne Pin and Deborah Haskins, reserved parking spaces; Donald Reutener, a landscape consultation with Tracey Putnam; Janice Mason, a $25 gift certificate for Grécourt Bookshop; Lou Barden and William Oram, $5 gift certificates for Davis Center; Carrie Hemenway, a CD, Songs of the Nightingale, recorded by Karen Smith Emerson; Judith Marksbury and Merrilyn Lewis, $25 gift certificates for Packard's; Elizabeth Trojanowski, a $25 gift certificate for Serv-U; Helen Russell, lunch for two at Green Street Café; Joseph O'Rourke, a one-month membership to Northampton Athletic Club; Melvin Steinberg and Taitetsu and Alice Unno, dinners for two at the Smith College Club; Christine Ryan, a children's book, Michelle Kwan: Skating Like the Wind, by Linda Shaughnessy; Margaret Anderson, two tickets to a José Feliciano concert at the Calvin Theater; Marguerite Harrison and Glenn Meakim, CDs, Symphony No. 9, recorded by the Smith College Orchestra and Glee Club; Robert Buchele and Yoon-Suk Chung, CDs, Mozart Requiem, recorded by Smith College choral groups; Christine Hormandin, a $50 gift certificate for Eastside Grill; Susan Steenburgh, a fruit basket from State Street Fruit Store; Mimi Lempart, a CD, Beethoven, recorded by Kenneth Fearn, piano; Pat Morrier, a $25 gift certificate for LaSalle Florists; Rose Lander, a CD, Schumann Lieder, recorded by Jane Bryden; Diane Cuneo, a CD, Might As Well Say Goodbye, produced and recorded by Eric Sean Weld; Lou Ann Krawczynski, a certificate for one month of free rock-wall climbing at Northampton Athletic Club; Susan Heideman, a $5 gift certificate for Jittery's; Gail Adametz, a children's book, Oksana Baiul: Rhapsody on Ice, by Linda Shaughnessy; and Myra Smith, a $20 gift certificate for gas from Steenburgh Realty in Williamsburg.

The United Way campaign has raised $122,607 toward its campus-wide goal of $135,000. Two more drawings will be held during the campaign, which runs through Thursday, December 7. Only United Way contributors are eligible for prizes.


Field Hockey
October 24-29:

NEWMAC Tournament: Quarterfinals: Mount Holyoke 1, Smith 2; Semifinals: Springfield 4, Smith 0

October 24: Smith 2, Clark 3
October 26: Smith 0, Amherst 3
October 28: Smith 0, Wellesley 3
October 30: Smith 1, Eastern Connecticut 3
October 31-November 4: NEWMAC Tournament:Quarterfinals: MIT 3, Smith 0

October 25-29: NEWMAC Tournament: Quarterfinals: Wellesley 4, Smith 0

Cross Country
October 28: NEWMAC Championship: 6th place out of 10
November 4: ECAC Championship: 23rd place out of 35

October 29: Mount Holyoke Show: 3rd place out of 12

Swimming & Diving
November 4: Smith 177, Clark 118

Doreen Weinberger, associate professor of physics, teamed with some former Smith colleagues (including two alumnae) to write a chapter for Women Succeeding in the Sciences: Theories and Practices Across Disciplines, a book published this year by Purdue University Press, edited by Jody Bart, director of Women and Gender Studies at Sweet Briar College. Casey Clark, former science outreach coordinator in the Clark Science Center; Sarah Lazare '91, former coordinator of tutorial services in the Jacobson Center; and Ileana Howard '99 contributed to the chapter titled "A Peer Mentoring Program for Underrepresented Students in the Sciences." It outlines Smith's five-year-old program, formerly directed by Clark. Lazare was the program's assistant director.

A dozen Smith College chamber singers participated in a concert on October 29 that celebrated the sanctuary restoration of the First Congregational Church of Hatfield. Musical selections performed by the chamber singers, the New England Brass Quartet and organist Allan Taylor were accompanied by a historical narration about the early years of the church, in which parishioner Sophia Smith and minister John M. Greene figured prominently. Chamber singers participating in the concert were seniors Megan Browning, Ellen Kitchell, Miranda Pabst, Shea Scanlon, Molly Steinbach and Jill Zwaanstra; juniors Peicha Chang, Karen Jen and Portia Krieger; sophomore Rebecca Raymond; and first-year students Elizabeth Eyerer and Jessica Perlman. One of the selections they sang was "Alleluia" by Ann Kearns '60, professor of music at Hampshire College.

Domenico Grasso, founding director of the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology, has recently been elected president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), serving North American professors of environmental engineering and related fields. Grasso was elected for the 2000­01 academic year and will serve in conjunction with the group's vice president, Mike Aitken, of the University of North Carolina, and its secretary, Kim Hayes, of the University of Michigan.

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


Activities Committee Events
The Staff Council Activities Committee hopes to make it a December to remember with three exciting events. 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 2000­01, 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,

Museum of Art Day Trip
Escape to Manhattan on Saturday, December 9, with the Friends of the Smith College Museum of Art. A bus will depart from John M. Greene Hall at 7:30 a.m. and deliver participants to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tourists may remain there or explore the "museum mile" or other activities in the city on their own. The bus (nonstop) will depart New York for Northampton at 6:30 p.m. Members and student members will receive a reduced price and priority seating. Reserve a seat by Thursday, November 30, at ext. 3587.

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.

Faculty & Staff

Annual Open Enrollment
The annual two-week open enrollment period, which began November 6, will run 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. The enrollment form must be returned to Human Resources no later than November 17.


Thanksgiving Break Housing
Students who wish to reside in campus housing during Thanksgiving vacation -- Wednesday, November 22, through Sunday, November 26 -- must complete a vacation housing request form, available in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24, no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, November 17. Houses open during the break will be Albright, Chase, Cutter, Dawes, Duckett, Friedman, Gillett, Hopkins, Lamont, Lawrence, Morris, Northrop, Talbot, Tenney, Tyler, Ziskind and 150 Elm. Students who live in nonvacation houses, but who wish to stay on campus during the break, must arrange with students in vacation houses to stay in their rooms and obtain room keys. Students will be charged $20 to stay in Smith housing over Thanksgiving Break. Half of the fee is nonrefundable and will help pay for housekeeping. Students who live in vacation houses will be issued a "vacation key," which will be available in the Office of Student Affairs on Monday and Tuesday, November 20 and 21, during office hours. A $10 deposit will be refunded upon return of the key to the business office, College Hall 5, by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Call the Office of Student Affairs, ext. 4940, for more information.

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

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 2001 Registration
The spring advising and registration period, which began November 6, will run 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 who need assistance with PINs should contact the User Support Center, Stoddard Hall.

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 unreimbursed 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.

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. Students 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 the UMass Fine Arts Center. The dance company will perform a new work, Air and Other Invisible Forces, to the taped and live music of Michael Askill and Giya Kancheli. 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 par-ticipate, contact Cynthia Allen '83, (413) 665-3427,, no later than November 17.

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 information, contact Koenig-Kroner, ext. 3799, mkoenig@science.smith.

Counseling 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. (call ext. 2840 for location and to register); "Afrocentric Empowerment Workshop," a workshop for black women, Wednesdays 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. (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 13

Biological Sciences Colloquium "Sex, Salamanders, and Speciation: Patterns and Processes of Speciation in Desmognathine Salamanders." Louise Mead, Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, UMass. Reception precedes lecture. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Presentation Students who received grants from the Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program will present the results of their work at the annual Student Research Symposium. Refreshments served. 7 p.m., McConnell foyer*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Ponette (France). Refreshments and discussion follow. Part of the International Film Festival hosted by Religious Life Liaisons. 7 p.m., chapel

Presentation of the Minor and self-designed major in East Asian Studies. 4:15 p.m., Dewey common room

Other Events/Activities
S.O.S. sweater sale Buy something special for the winter and make a donation at the same time. Proceeds benefit S.O.S. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut

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

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

Tuesday, November 14

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "To Help Your Continent Grow, Keep It Warm and Give It Plenty of Water." Mark Brandriss, geology. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Literature at Lunch Gillian Kendall, associate professor of English, and her Restoration Drama class will present comic scenes from The Man of Mode and The Way of the World. Bring lunch; drinks provided by the English department. 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Poetry reading Jorie Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will read her sensuous and demanding poetry. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Well-Founded Fear, an award-winning documentary film, followed by a discussion with producer Michael Camerini and director Shari Robertson. Sponsor: Kahn Institute's project "The Anatomy of Exile."
8 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Film Scary Movie. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Question-and-answer session with Jorie Graham, who will give a reading of her poetry in the evening. Packets of Graham's poems will be available in the Poetry Center Office, Wright. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room

Meeting SGA Senate 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

CDO informational meeting NYC Consortium on Careers. Learn about the annual program, held in New York this year, January 7­10, 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

Information session Oxford Seminar, a residential program offering courses in literature, history, politics and law at Trinity College, Oxford University. Alums from last summer's seminar will describe their experiences and program administrators will describe next summer's seminar. For information, contact oxford@ 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Religious Life
Discussion "What is Education for?" Ginetta E. B. Candelario, sociology, will share stories of her personal journey in the series' final event of the semester. Lunch provided. Noon, Bodman Lounge, chapel

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
S.O.S. sweater sale Buy something special for the winter and make a donation at the same time. Proceeds benefit S.O.S. 9 a.m.­5 p.m., Gamut

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

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

Wednesday, November 15

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

Lecture "Ex-Changing Mythology: How the Past Shapes the Future." Jewelle Gomez, an award-winning fiction writer/poet/playwright/activist, will explore how mythologies function in our society and exclude and include people of color. Second lecture in the series "Race, Science, Fiction." (See story, page 4.) Reception and booksigning follow. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Performing Arts/Films
Film The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993). Ray Muller, director. Was Leni Riefenstahl a Nazi propagandist, a great artist, or both? Part of History 255. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

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

Informational meeting about the Fine Arts Council, which helps support student activities on campus and in the Five College area. 5:45 p.m., Northrop dining room

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye110

Panel discussion "Stay or Go," for sophomores unsure of whether to spend their junior year elsewhere. Participants will be students who have participated in exchange, study-abroad and independent-study programs. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting Association of Low-Income Students (ALIS). All welcome. 7:30 p.m., Talbot Fussers

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

Discussion with Baha'i Club about topics relating to the Baha'i faith and life. 8 p.m., Wright 211

ECC Bible study Topic: What It Is to Be Human. Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Rooms A & B.

Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

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.


Thursday, November 16

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "The French Mediterranean." Jonathan Gosnell, French language and literature. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club, lower level

Panel discussion "Genocide: Past, Present, Future." Members of the World Federalist Association, Washington, D.C. Sponsor: government department. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Featherless Bipeds or Naked Chickens? The Animal World of the Ancient Greeks." Kenneth Kitchell, classics professor, UMass. Sponsor: classical languages and literatures department. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

Lecture "Covering George W. Bush's Run for the White House: Gender On and Off the Bus." Jena Heath '84, journalist who covered Bush's campaign for president for the Austin American Statesman. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Lecture "Natives and Foreigners: The Responses of Native Americans in North America and Spanish America to Early European Colonialism." John Kicza, history professor, Washington State University. Sponsor: history department, Latin American studies, American studies, Lecture Committee. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207*

Lecture "Great American Smoke Out." Open to faculty and staff. Noon, Seelye 207

Performing Arts/Films
Film People Count, a film about cities around the world, including an ideal city in Brazil. Sponsor: Pioneer Valley Sierra Club. 7:30 p.m., Wright common room*

Play Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See 11/15 listing. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $4, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert The Fall Faculty Dance Concert, featuring new choreography and performances by dance faculty Rodger Blum and Susan Waltner, with guest artist Augusto Soledad, of Bahia, Brazil. The concert will include jazz, ballet, Brazilian, and modern dance styles. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $5, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Film Scary Movie. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Workshop "Careers in Advertising." Debbie Broda '83, who worked on Hershey's syrup "cow" campaign. Refreshments (Hershey's cocoa) will be served. 3 p.m., Dewey common room

Meeting for all students planning to register for EDC 340. 4 p.m., Morgan Hall

Meeting Heads of Organizations.
5 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

Reception celebrating the inaugural issue of Meridians, an interdisciplinary journal of creative works by and about women of color from around the world. (See story, page 1.) Sponsors: Meridians, Women's Studies Program. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Squash vs. Mt. Holyoke. 7 p.m., ITT squash courts*

Star Party 8-9 p.m., McConnell roof observatory*

Friday, November 17

Symposium "Beyond Asylum: Transforming Mental Health Care," with leading speakers on mental health care and its historical developments. In conjunction with the events for the memorialization of the former Northampton State Hospital (see story, page 4). 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Conference "Baseball's Future: Competitive Balance and Labor Relations." Bob Costas, journalist, author and Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster, will deliver the first keynote address, followed by a discussion session. Roger Noll, sports consultant and economist, Stanford University, will deliver the second keynote address. National sports personalities will participate in panel discussions. (See story, page 1.) Reception and booksigning of Costas' bestseller Fair Ball will follow in Wright common room. 1:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Registration for "Cultural Identity: What It Means to Be Asian-American in the Year 2000," a conference on Saturday, November 18, sponsored by the Asian Students Association. 4-9 p.m., Seelye foyer

Biology colloquium "Androgenic Regulation of Female Sexual Behavior." Sean Venney, Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience, Michigan State University. Preceded by refreshments in foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Performing Arts/Films
Play Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See 11/15 listing. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $4, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert The Fall Faculty Dance Concert. See 11/16 listing. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $5, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

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

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

Eastern Orthodox Vespers with Fr. Harry Vulopas presiding. Families and friends invited. A light supper follows. 5:15 p.m., chapel

Shabbat services Dinner follows in the Kosher kitchen, Dawes. 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
Language lunch tables Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Alumnae House tea Northrop and Scales houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Reception for the conference "Baseball's Future: Competitive Balance and Labor Relations," including booksigning of Bob Costas' Fair Ball. 5 p.m., Wright common room*

Banquet for Hunger and Home-lessness Awareness, featuring speakers, a cappella performances and informational literature. Food donations for local shelters will be accepted. Sponsor: MassPIRG's "Bread for the World" campaign. 5­7 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Saturday, November 18

Open forum "State Hospital Testimony: A Moment of Oral History," with former State Hospital patients and staff. Moderated by Steven Schwartz, director, Center for Public Representation. In conjunction with events for the memorialization of the former Northampton State Hospital (see story, page 4). 9:30 a.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Conference "Cultural Identity: What It Means to Be Asian-American in the Year 2000." Sponsor: Asian Students Association. 8:30 a.m., Seelye classrooms

Performing Arts/Films
Musical installation Habeas Corpus by Anna Schuleit. In conjunction with events for the memorialization of the former Northampton State Hospital (see story, page 4). Noon, Northampton State Hospital grounds*

Play Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. See 11/15 listing. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $4, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert The Fall Faculty Dance Concert. See 11/16 listing. Tickets (ext. 3222): $7, general; $5, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert "Celebration of Copland's Centennial." Smith College Orchestra, featuring President Ruth Simmons narrating Copland's Lincoln Portrait, Jane Bryden singing old American songs, and the wind ensemble. Jonathan Hirsh and Jefferey Douma, conductors. 8 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Special event The Office of the Dean of the College, the Alumnae Association, and SAASC invite all first years, transfers, and Ada Comstock scholars to sign up for the Big Sister/Little Sister program, in which students are matched with alumnae in a mentor-mentee relationship. Food, music, and other activities provided. Contact Kelly Quinn, chair of Big Sister/Little Sister, ext. 7273, or, with questions. 1-5 p.m., Seelye second floor classrooms

Other Events/Activities
Special event. Come watch dances, listen to music, eat Caribbean food. Sponsored by Smith African Students Association. Admission: $5 for nonstudents. 5 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Sunday, November 19

Lecture Elinor Lipman, local author of Isabel's Bed and The Ladies' Man: A Novel. First event of the "Sundays at Two" series. Sponsors: Smith College, Friends of the Forbes Library. 2 p.m., Coolidge Room, Forbes Library*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert "Stravinsky and More." The duo Blue Door (Deborah Gilwood, piano, Arthur Cook, cello) with Anthony Pasquale, clarinet, will perform works by Stravinsky, Bruch, Schumann and Brahms. 3 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Film Fifth in the six-part series "International Politics in Hollywood Blockbusters." 5 p.m., Seelye 201

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

Meeting Amnesty International
7 p.m., Gamut

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

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

Religious Life
Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. Childcare available. 11 a.m., Bass 203, 204*

Morning worship of the Ecumenical Christian Church with the Rev. Leon Burrows preaching and music by the College Chapel Handbell Choir. Brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., chapel

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. 7-9 p.m., CDO


Northampton State Hospital memorialization, including a symposium, a forum, two exhibitions, and a musical tribute. November 17-18. Northampton State Hospital grounds and Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

"Haiku Winter: Works on Paper," an exhibition by Rebecca Shapiro '85. Through December 22. A reception will be held on Saturday, November 4, 4-6 p.m. Alumnae House Gallery*

Annual Chrysanthemum Show 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. Through November 19. 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 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*