News for the Smith College Community //November 30, 2000

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A Busy Year for Kahn Institute

Though it's only three years old, the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute has already explored the ecologies of childhood and celebrated Galileo at the millennium. Now, during 2000-01, the institute is sponsoring two projects that, like those of the past, bring together students, faculty members and visiting fellows in multidisciplinary scholarship.

"The idea of the Kahn Institute seems to be taking hold at Smith," says Marjorie Senechal, professor of mathematics and director of the Kahn Institute since its inception. "The academic community is seeing it as a unique resource for scholarly goals, and we are receiving extremely high-quality applications for future projects."

"Anatomy of Exile," one of this year's Kahn projects, organized by Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, focuses on the causes and consequences of forced migration, the dependency of the disposed, the sociology of alienation, and the politics and morality of refugee policies, with particular reference to events in the 20th century. Along with promoting research and holding meetings for institute fellows, the project is offering public lectures and discussions throughout the year on controversial topics such as mass asylum, the politics of humanitarian assistance, the conundrum of repatriation, the role of citizens' committees as lobbyists for refugees, and the spiritual plight of exiled intellectuals.

From Thursday, December 7, through Saturday, December 9, the "Anatomy of Exile" project will host "Forced Out: The Meaning of Home," the first of two public symposia. It will feature a presentation, "Self and Circumstance: Visions and Journeys of Exile," by Professor Ruben Rumbaut, of Michigan State University, on December 7, at 8 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. At 2 p.m. on December 8, a panel, "Road Without End: Expressions of Exile," will take place, also in Neilson Browsing Room, with Orm Overland of the University of Bergen, Norway; Michael Gorra, professor of English; and Kahn faculty fellows Thalia Pandiri, professor of classics, and Gertraud Gutzmann, associate professor of German studies. Following at 4:15 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room will be a panel titled "Evening Bells: Exile and Beyond," with Rumbaut and Kahn fellows Ingrid Sommerkorn of the University of Hamburg and government professors Donna Divine and Greg White. At 8 p.m., a lecture, "Loss and Recovery: Experiencing the Cambodian Genocide, Reclaiming a Culture," will be given in Neilson Browsing Room by Cambodian-American Arn Chorn Pond. The symposium will close on December 9 following a 10 a.m. series of presentations and commentaries titled "Alienation and the Meaning of Home: Several Works in Progress," in Seelye 201.

In April 2001, a second symposium of the "Anatomy of Exile" project will honor William Allan Neilson, third president of Smith, and other founders of the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC). Known today as the International Rescue Committee, it is a leading agency dedicated to protecting victims of totalitarianism and promoting assistance and resettlement.

The other Kahn project this year is "Community Activism," organized by Martha Ackelsberg, professor of government, and Nancy Whittier, assistant professor of sociology. The yearlong project examines two different but overlapping contexts of activism: community activism in the United States; and activism springing from disputes over "borders." Smith faculty and students have teamed with community-based activists from western Massachusetts and beyond for the two-tiered project.

"Community Activism" began with the September conference "Agents of Change: Celebrating Women's Progressive Activism Across the 20th Century," cosponsored by the Sophia Smith Collection, which marked the opening for research of the papers of eight 20th-century women activists and organizations. The colloquia and speakers scheduled this fall have focused on communities as both contexts for and products of activism. They also explore the interactions between activists and the state and international bodies.

Late last month, "Community Activism" hosted Marina Alvarez, an AIDS educator and community organizer who served as an activist-in-residence for the project. And earlier this month, the project sponsored a performance by Deborah Lubar that dramatized women's struggles against discrimination with excerpts from three of her plays: Blood and Stones (1992), You Do What You Do (1997) and Naming the Days (2000).

Also in October, the "Anatomy of Exile" project sponsored a presentation by Eric Reeves, professor of English and Kahn Fellow, on "Sudan: Suffering a Long Way Off." Before the lecture, Roger Winter, executive director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees, presented Reeves with a certificate of appreciation for his advocacy of human rights in Sudan.

Spring semester events will continue these discussions with a focus on constructions of identity and on the processes of building and maintaining coalitions. "Community Activism" will conclude with a major conference next fall.

A complete schedule of Kahn Institute events is available on-line at, and requests to be added to the mailing list should be sent to kahnevents@ For further information about any event, call extension 3721.


Hardhats Not Required at Winter Party

It's been a year of heavy construction on campus and this year's Winter Party 2000 will make a theme of it on Saturday, December 16, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

All faculty, staff, emeriti, members of the 25-Year Club, plus a guest, are cordially invited by President Ruth Simmons to attend the Winter Party 2000, in appreciation for a year of hard work for the college -- amid a (sometimes loud) atmosphere of construction. Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. Bring your invitation.

All the construction around us on campus is a sure sign of the college's progress. So the Winter Party Committee considered it fitting to kick off the first party of the new millennium with a celebration of that progress.

As partiers arrive they will be greeted by a decorating scheme that will incorporate familiar construction site components -- tractors, heavy equipment, hardhats -- that we see every day around here. But more importantly, there will be a variety of savory hors d'oeuvres to tempt their palates. Beverage selections will range from assorted sparkling drinks and coffee to beer and wine. For dessert, Steve Herrell will scoop his own ice cream.

To work off all the delectables, be sure to bring your dancing shoes (or work boots!) to bebop to the swinging sounds of the Don Bastarache Big Band. DJ Ali Glaiel will also spin your faves and play requests.

Volunteers (energetic ones) will be needed before and after the party to assist with set up and clean up. If you would like to volunteer to help the Winter Party Committee, contact Peg Pitzer, ext. 2136,, Amy Holich, ext. 2404,, or Gary Hartwell, ext. 2441,

If you plan to attend, please send your RSVP card to Phyllis Cummings by December 1, indicating whether you will bring a guest.

Come to the Winter Party 2000 for fun, food and friendship -- hardhats not required.

A Hospital's Fabled Past Comes to Life

By Michelle Ducharme '89

Like many past and present Smith students, I have been intrigued since my days as an undergraduate by the complex of fabled, empty buildings that sits just beyond Hospital Hill. The Northampton State Hospital (NSH) looms hauntingly over the campus. And at times, when the winter wind has howled, I've imagined it to be the sound of the hospital's ghosts.

So when I recently saw an article about Habeas Corpus, a memorial for NSH held on November 18, that included a multispeaker musical installment of J. S. Bach's Magnificat amplified among the buildings, I was interested.

My desire to attend Habeas Corpus had to do partly with the artistic dimensions of the event, but more with the social and historic ones. Because my aunt taught a course in psychiatric nursing for more than 20 years, I had had some sense of mental health issues. But I realized I'd never before listened to the voices of those labeled "mentally ill."

That changed on November 18, when I joined a standing-room-only crowd in Sweeney Auditorium for "State Hospital Testimony: A Moment of Oral History," part of the Habeas Corpus memorial. The session was designed to give voice to people for whom NSH and other state hospitals had been built. Though thousands of people were treated at the hospital during the institution's 144-year life, fewer than 20 former patients spoke at the event. Voluntarily taking the stage, each spoke without a script, making no apologies for form or content. There were no sound bytes. The former patients simply talked, some nervous and angry, others grateful and determined.

"My first impression of NSH was that I was in some sort of hell," recounted a former female patient. Another woman recalled the wonderful care she received at the hospital in 1937, but how she was advised upon her release never to reveal that she had been a patient there. The stigma still haunted her in 1950 and nearly caused her to lose custody of her child.

Some thanked doctors, nurses and other staff members. Others described the nightmare of having been trapped in a system wrought with abuses. One woman recalled having been raped by a staff member while tied in restraints. A man said he was on dialysis now because past lithium treatment had damaged his kidneys. Another former patient described having been in and out of NSH more than 20 times since 1975. "I'm glad it's closed," he said. "It's no fun being injected with medications that make you feel like a zombie, no fun being away from your family, no fun not having freedom. I love my freedom."

Some former patients made the audience laugh with their anecdotes of pranks played on staff members. "I feel like I am running for president," one man announced. "Would you vote for me? I may be manic as hell, but I'm not crazy." At other times, the audience's discomfort was palpable after hearing the patients' harsh truths.

Following the patients' testimonials, audience members trekked to the state hospital to listen to music by Bach. Some people walked around the buildings, others sat in the overgrown grass or stood quietly. I stood watching a broken upper window, where a tattered curtain fluttered.

As the music resounded among the buildings, I expected to be moved, to experience deep feelings while I imagined the individuals who might have looked out that broken window. It was extraordinary to hear the music resound among the buildings. But even Bach's powerful Magnificat amplified through hundreds of speakers couldn't compare with the voices of people who truly knew the building from the inside.

How to Avoid End-of-Term Stress

By Eunnie Park '01

As all students (and employees) know, toward the end of the semester, many factors can cause stress: upcoming exams and papers, looming deadlines and holiday shopping to be done. But Hayat Nancy Abuza offers a solution for whatever it is that drags down our moods and threatens us with holiday depression.

In a weekly on-campus drop-in meditation and stress-reduction class, Abuza, a minister and medical doctor, guides her students toward calm relief from the daily grind and offers a renewal of the spirit.

Throughout the fall semester, Abuza has taught the techniques of relaxation and stress relief to students and staff.

Abuza's class teaches stretching to relieve muscle tension and stress, and meditative breathing to encourage relaxation. It also includes a discussion of stress and ways of dealing with it, plus instructions for deep, guided total-body relaxation, she says. The class teaches practical relaxation techniques -- walking meditation and guided visualizations (using images such as a landscape to calm the mind and body) -- that can be used independently by students during the week.

Abuza, who also serves as chapel assistant at the Interreligious Center, explains that her broad background in comparative religion enables her to teach meditation techniques from many different traditions. Her approach to meditation is nondenominational and includes influences from her years of studying yoga and Buddhist, Sufi, Jewish and Christian meditations, she says.

Abuza's meditation program began last fall as a pilot project sponsored by the chapel. Meditation classes last year were offered in the living rooms of student residences. The feedback was so excellent, says Abuza, that this year's drop-in classes were organized with the support of the Rev. Leon Burrows, coordinator of religious life. Abuza points out that she is still available to come to different houses to lead relaxation classes. Identifying herself as a "roving meditation teacher," Abuza says she is often invited to teach meditation for different organizations and activities.

In the near future, Abuza plans to design stress-reduction classes specifically for staff members. In the meantime, anyone in need of immediate stress relief can drop by Seelye 211 every Thursday, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., for Abuza's class. It is open to the public and every meeting is oriented for beginners -- a particularly welcoming atmosphere for end-of-semester newcomers.

A Rug That Has Stood the Test of Time

Each semester, hundreds of members of the Smith community and the public stroll in and out of Neilson Browsing Room to attend lectures, poetry readings and presentations. But how many of them ever look down and notice the rug on which they patter? How many appreciate the carpet that has adorned the floor of the heavily used room for nearly 50 years? The rug only endures with the special care and sometimes expensive maintainence of area rug specialists.

The Neilson Browsing Room rug requires the steady attention of Steve Omartian, owner of Omartian Toros & Sons Inc., an Oriental rug specialist company in Springfield. Omartian's father and grandfather worked on the rug before him.

Omartian describes the Neilson Browsing Room rug as a "Persian Mahal" style Oriental rug made of a "high grade of durable yarn." The rug was originally produced in Iran and purchased for $2,750 in 1955, from Omartian's grandfather, says Karen Eberhart, college archives assistant. Since then, three generations of Omartians have regularly maintained the rug's foot-worthiness.

Every three or four years, the Neilson rug is cleaned and repaired, these days by Steve Omartian, and the Omartian company's 20-year employee, Cecil Hector. The process takes four days, says Omartian, during which the rug undergoes a thorough dusting, cleaning and finally restoration. Repair is required mostly to the rug's perimeter and fringes, but also includes patching and reweaving holes throughout, he explains. The rug, which measures approximately 20 by 44 feet, was cut down from its original size to fit the floor of Neilson Browsing Room. Its remnants were saved for use in repairing worn and damaged areas, says Chris Hannon, head of the Neilson Library reference department. "If you look at the rug very closely, you can find the areas that have been repaired over the years," she adds.

Given its schedule of maintenance, Omartian predicts that the rug will probably last another 15 to 20 years. Until then, it's sure to remain underfoot in Neilson Browsing Room, providing a solid footing for hundreds of lectures and readings to come.


Change in AcaMedia Deadline

Due to scheduling conflicts around staff training in the Office of College Relations, the final issue of AcaMedia this semester will be delayed one week. The issue that was scheduled for distribution on Thursday, December 7, will be delivered on Thursday, December 14. The deadline for calendar items and notices will accordingly be postponed one week, from Tuesday, November 28, to Tuesday, December 5. All notices and items for the calendar pertinent to the dates January 8-28, 2001, should be received by 4 p.m., December 5. The first spring semester issue of AcaMedia, on Thursday, January 25, 2001, will carry an update on the college's new scheduling process using the Resource 25 program.


Cross Country
November 11-18: NCAA Championship: 19th place out of 35

November 16: Smith 5, Mount Holyoke 4
November 18: Dartmouth Invitational: 1-2

November 18: Smith 32, Union 57

Swimming & Diving
November 18: Smith 154, Wheaton 131

No PeopleNews this week.

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


Christmas Vespers
The traditional service of holiday readings and music will be held on Sunday, December 3, at 4 and 7:30 p.m., in John M. Greene Hall. The annual event, which features the Smith College choirs, orchestra and Handbell Choir, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Men's Glee Club, is presented by the chapel and the music department.

Old Uniform Tag Sale
The athletic department will sponsor its annual old uniform sale, every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, December 4, through Friday, December 8, on the first floor of Ainsworth, just inside the glass door entrance. Purchase old jerseys worn by your favorite players, as well as warm-ups, jackets, shorts and reduced-priced t-shirts. Payment accepted in cash or check only.

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.

On-line Athletics News
Do you want the latest on Smith athletics? The athletics department has added a new link to its Web page titled Promotions, on which it will advertise upcoming athletic events. Also, as always, to catch the latest athletic news, see; for information about promotional events, go to; and for information about the Little Pioneers, see

Mid-December Scheduling
No events may be scheduled during the pre-examination study period (Friday, December 15, through Monday, December 18) or the formal examination period (Tuesday, December 19, through Friday, December 22).

Faculty and Staff

AKP Faculty Fellowships
Information is available for two faculty fellowships from the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP), a Smith-affiliated study-in-Japan program headquartered at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. One, the American Studies Faculty Fellowship (for 2002-03) offers free housing and office space plus a stipend of $17,000 per semester and a travel allowance of $2,000, for recipients to teach and conduct research as visiting professors in the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University. It is open to faculty members at AKP member institutions who have a strong background in teaching and research in American Studies. Fellows will be expected to teach one course in English in their specialty, to advise and work with students on special projects as needed, and to participate in colloquia and American Studies Program activities. The term corresponds with a semester of the Japanese academic year: first semester, from April to mid-July; second semester, October to early February. The application deadline is March 15, 2001. The second fellowship is the AKP Faculty Fellowship (also for 2002-03), and offers a $17,000 per-semester stipend and housing subsidy for recipients to teach one course in English to undergraduate students from participating U.S. colleges at the AKP Center in Kyoto. Course content may focus exclusively on Japan or may involve Japan in a comparative context appropriate to the fellow's preferences and academic training. It is open to AKP consortium faculty members; applicants can be Japan specialists or nonspecialists who wish to increase the quality and extent of the Japan component in courses they teach at their home institutions. No knowledge of Japanese is required. The application deadline is June 1, 2001. For further information, contact Maki Hubbard, ext. 3446,


Technological Problems
The Administrative Board has been asked to provide guidance to faculty and students concerning "printer, diskette, and other technological failures" coincident with due dates for papers, take-home exams and written assignments. Faculty members are empowered to grant extensions to their students for all assignments during the semester up to the end of the final examination period. If there is a technological problem, a faculty member may grant an extension for submission of work. (Extensions beyond the end of the exam period may be granted only by the Class Deans.) However, the faculty member may require confirmation of the problem, from a staff member in a computer center, for example. Alternatively, the faculty member might ask the student to submit a diskette with the relevant file (along with information about the platform and the word processing program) as a substitute for written work. The Administrative Board urges students to prepare work in a timely fashion (and "back it up") in order to avoid last-minute technological difficulties. Nevertheless, the board recognizes that with modern technology, difficulties will happen. Staff members at computer centers may be able to provide technical assistance when problems occur.

Submission of Papers
Members of the Administrative Board urge students not to use campus mail for delivery of papers to faculty. Also, students should avoid leaving papers tacked to doors, sliding them under doors, leaving them in mailboxes in public places or having them delivered by friends. Sending papers by e-mail or fax also risks nondelivery or nonreceipt.

Students should always keep paper copies of submitted work. Each year the Administrative Board is asked to judge cases regarding final papers or projects that have gone astray. The best way to avoid such situations is to submit papers to a person, such as the professor of the class or a departmental staff member who can verify receipt. Specifying time and location of delivery in such cases is advantageous for the faculty and the students. Students and faculty are also reminded that the college requires papers delivered by U.S. mail to be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.

Study-Abroad Deadlines
Deadlines for JYA applications and the Application for Endorsement of Study-Abroad Plans are as follows: February 1, 2001, for JYA programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris; February 15, 2001, for all other study-abroad programs; March 1, 2001, for seeking approval for a non-approved program starting in spring 2002. Call the Office for International Study, ext. 4905, with questions.

Attention January Graduates
The Office of Student Financial Services seeks to hire a financial aid specialist. This is a temporary part-time position requiring 30 hours of work per week, 1-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, starting on Thursday, January 11, 2001, and ending on Friday, June 1, 2001. The position pays $10 per hour. The specialist will be responsible for answering the student financial services information telephone line and providing consulting services concerning financial aid application forms and procedures, to prospective students and their parents. Qualifications: basic knowledge of undergraduate financial aid forms and procedures, good judgment, pleasant telephone manner, attention to detail and good clerical and record-keeping skills. Submit applications to Specialist Search, Office of Student Financial Services, College Hall 10. Review of applications will begin on Monday, December 4.

Final Frenzy
Take a break from studying for finals at Final Frenzy, on Tuesday, December 5. Support the swimming and diving team as it takes on Springfield College at 7 p.m. in the Ainsworth pool, and pick up your free final-exam survival kit (including raisins, granola bars, etc.), given to the first 25 fans. Take another break on Thursday, December 7, when Final Frenzy continues at 7 p.m. with a basketball game against Trinity in Ainsworth Gym. Again, the first 25 fans will receive a final exam survival kit.

Take Smith Home
The Office of Admission is once again sponsoring Take Smith Home, a program that gives students the opportunity to be recruiters. In the program, student recruiters contact interested students from their former high schools or community colleges, either individually, with a local alumna or through a guidance counselor. Take Smith Home recruiters will visit their high schools or community colleges during January break to discuss college life (particularly Smith life) and share their experiences with students. Three training workshops will be held, one during the last week of November and two in early December. Students who plan to participate must attend one of the sessions. Registration forms can be found in all campus boxes and at the admission office. For more information, call ext. 6293 or send e-mail to

Student Positions Open
The Office of Student Affairs-Residence Life announces openings for residence coordinator, head resident, house coordinator and house community adviser, all for fall 2001. Applications will be accepted as of December 4. Interested students should pick up applications at student affairs, College Hall 24; career development, Drew Hall; Comstock, Quad area office; Ziskind IV, upper Elm area office; Hubbard basement, Green Sreet and center campus area office; or Chase 6C, lower Elm area office. For more information, contact Sara Patch, area coordinator, at ext. 2237 or

On-Line Evaluations
Beginning this semester, the Faculty Teaching Evaluation system will be available on-line via BannerWeb. You can access the system from any PC or Mac that is connected to the Internet and runs a recent version of Netscape or Internet Explorer. To access the new version of the system, log on to BannerWeb using your User ID and PIN (visit the User Support Center in Stoddard if you have forgotten your BannerWeb PIN); then select Student and Financial Aid Information; then select Faculty Teaching Evaluations. The system will ask you to confirm your current schedule of courses and will then display the evaluation questions for each course. On-line help is available should you have any questions. Please note that the Faculty Teaching Evaluations option will be removed from the BannerWeb for Students menu at the end of the evaluation period.

Mellon Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies are designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers in teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines. The Mellon Fellowship is a competitive award for first-year doctoral students. The application deadline is Thursday, December 7. For more information, contact Justina Gregory, classical languages and literatures department, ext. 3486.

Sports Mascot Needed
Smith Pioneer athletic teams need a mascot. Do you love sports? Are you a fan of the Smith Pioneers? Would you like a paid position with the Smith athletic department? Then show your school spirit by auditioning to be a sports team mascot on Thursday, December 7, during half-time of the basketball game against Trinity, at 7 p.m. in Ainsworth Gym. Show up dressed as the Smith College Pioneer (costume design is up to the individual). Three mascots will be hired to rotate between events. All pioneers, come to the game!

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 Tuesday­Thursday, December 19­21, 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.

Résumé Web Site
To help your search, post your résumé on More than 8,000 employers use the Web site to recruit interns and employees and it is an invaluable tool for finding an internship. is the only Internet job board to earn a "five-star" rating from PC Magazine.

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, December 4

Biological Sciences Colloquium
"II b or not II b: Generation of Fast Twitch Muscle." Steven Swoap, Williams College. Reception with refreshments precedes lecture in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture "The Ancient Silk Trade: Mystery vs. Industry." Richard Lim, history department, will discuss the mystique of silk and its relationship to premodern, gift-exchange economies in Asia and Europe. Part of the Brown Bag Lunch series. Sponsor: Northampton Silk Project. Noon, Kahn Institute, Neilson Library

Study-abroad meeting Mandatory for all students going abroad in spring 2001. The pre-departure orientation session will discuss travel safety, medical issues, fall course registration and housing. 4 p.m., Seelye 106

Other Events/Activities
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, December 5

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Species vs. Cultivars." Michael Marcotrigiano, director, Botanic Garden. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Literature at Lunch Dean Albarelli, writer-in-residence, will read Raymond Carver's short story "Cathedral." Bring lunch; drinks provided by the English department. 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Lecture Stephen Tilley, professor of biological sciences, will speak on conservation biology and how the multidisciplinary, cutting-edge field works to protect the planet's biological diversity. Sponsor: Conservation Biology Club. Light refreshments served. 4:15 p.m., McConnell B15*

Lecture "Illness and Healing in Premodern Russian Orthodoxy." Eve Levin, associate professor of history, Ohio State University, and editor of The Russian Review. Sponsors: Provost and Dean of the Faculty's Connections Fund, religion and history departments. 5 p.m., Seelye 207*

Lecture "Israel and Palestine: An Update on the Conflict." A joint presentation by Allegra Pacheco, Israeli human rights lawyer; and Souad Dajani, a Palestinian and program coordinator for the Middle East and the Horn of Africa at Grassroots International. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Music in the Noon Hour. Jerry Noble, piano, and Bob Sparkman, clarinet, will perform music by Hogie Carmichael. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage

Film Autumn in New York. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Workshop II Training of Take Smith Home participants. 5 p.m., Seelye 201

S.O.S. Community Education Coffeehouse Learn about volunteer opportunities at the Holyoke Children's Museum. Meet the director and Smith student volunteers. Refreshments provided. 7 p.m., Wright common room

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

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
Language lunch table Chinese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Language lunch table German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4-5:15 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Swimming and diving vs. Springfield College. 7 p.m., Ainsworth*

CDO Open Hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 7­9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, December 6

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

Performing Arts/Films
Film Predictions of Fire (1996). Michael Benson, director. Winner of best documentary at Vancouver and St. Petersburg film festivals. Part of History 255. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Concert Gamelan, an ensemble of percussion instruments. 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Workshop III: Training of Take Smith Home participants. 7 p.m., Seelye 201

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 110

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., Seelye 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

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

Thursday, December 7

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Sudan and the Meaning of 'Human Rights.'" Eric Reeves, English department. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Lecture "The Place of Philosophy in Buddhist Spirituality." Geshe Ngawang Samten, professor and director of Indian Buddhist philosophy at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, India, and visiting professor, Department of Religion and Biblical Literature. Sponsors: Ada Howe Kent Fund, Tibetan studies, East Asian studies, religion and philosophy departments. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "In the Crucible of Apartheid." Sindiwe Magona, award-winning South African author, on her memoir Forced to Grow. Part of WST 101, Women of Color: Defining the Issues. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Presentation "Self and Circumstance: Visions and Journeys of Exile." Ruben Rumbaut, Michigan State University (see story page 1). 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Performing Arts/ Films
Performance "Boxed In." Smith students present 2-D and 3-D photography. Refreshments provided. 7-9 p.m., Skinner

Play reading Slide, by Mark Van Wye MFA '01. Ana Zappa '01, director. Story of Edna Ferber's adventures while writing her novel Ice Palace. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Dance concert Celebrations, Smith College's student dance company, presents a program of high-energy, creative dance styles. Come see original choreography and performance. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA

Film Autumn in New York. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Meeting on the Smith Media Center (Smith TV). Discuss launching Smith TV 2001 and making NPRC an interactive workspace. Open to students, faculty and staff. 7 p.m., Nonprint Resources Center

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

Hillel Chanukkah party featuring the group Klezamir, the Noteables and the debut performance of the Smith Klezmer Band. Good food, latkes, dancing, radical fun. 8 p.m., Davis ballroom*

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 (alternate weekly)

Basketball vs. Trinity College.
7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Friday, December 8

Panel "Road Without End: Expressions of Exile." Part of the "Anatomy of Exile" project (see story, page 1). 2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Panel "Evening Bells: Exile and Beyond." Part of the "Anatomy of Exile" project (see story, page 1). 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Lecture "Loss and Recovery: Experiencing the Cambodian Genocide, Reclaiming a Culture." Arn Chorn Pond (see story, page 1.) 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Brentano String Quartet, an internationally renowned ensemble, will perform Haydn's Opus 20, No. 6, Charles Wuorinen's Quartet No. 4, and Beethoven's Opus 18, No. 3. The quartet was the recipient of the 1997 Royal Philharmonic Society Music award for most outstanding chamber music debut of the year. Part of the Sage Hall Concert Series. 8 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Theater The theatre department's Fall Festival of One Acts will feature six one-act plays directed by students in the Smith Directing II class: Come to Leave, by Allison Eve Zell, Dana Rè '02, director; Sisters, by Cherie Vogelstein, Tama Chambers, Amherst College, director; Drive, by Neal Bell, Henry Jacobson, Hampshire '01, director; Candy and Shelly go to the Desert, by Paula Cizmar, Julie Baber '02, director; The Wrong Man, by Laura Harrington, Henry Jacobson, director; Trip's Cinch, by Phyliss Nagy, Johanna Linsley '01, director. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Mendenhall CPA

Dance concert Celebrations. See
12/7 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA

Midnight Theatre A collection of short scenes written, directed, and performed by students. 11 p.m., TV Studio, theatre building*

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

Religious Life
Roman Catholic Mass in celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant. Lunch follows. 12:10 p.m., chapel

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. Light supper follows. 5:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, 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 table Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Language lunch table Hebrew, with Nathan Marglit. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Saturday, December 9

Presentation "Alienation and the Meaning of Home: Several Works in Progress." Part of the "Anatomy of Exile" project (see story, page 1). 10 a.m., Seelye 201

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Fall Festival of One-Acts. See 12/8 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Theatre

Holiday concert The Five College Early Music Collegium will perform medieval and Renaissance music of Poland, Bohemia and Hungary. Robert Eisenstein, director. 8 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Dance concert Celebrations. See
12/7 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA

WOZQ concert featuring a performance by Daddy, a burlesque punk band. Tickets: $5. 8 p.m., Gamut*

Midnight Theatre See 12/8 listing. 11 p.m., TV Studio, theatre building

Other Events/Activities
Tag sale 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Baldwin House boiler room*

Sunday, December 10

Lecture Jane Dyer, local author and illustrator of children's books, will show slides of her work. Second event of the "Sundays at Two" series. Sponsors: Smith College, Friends of Forbes Library. 2 p.m., Coolidge Room, Forbes Library*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert "Music of Beethoven: Transitions to the Late Style." Kenneth Fearn, piano; Joel Pitchon, violin; John Sessions, cello; Jonathan Boxer, tenor; and Kaeza Kristin Fearn, piano, will perform Violin Sonata, Op. 96; An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98; Archduke Trio, Op. 97, and other works. 8 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Film Documentary by local filmmaker Barbara Allen about the Young at Heart Chorus and the group's trip to Amsterdam. Sponsor: English department. 4 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Meeting Table Tennis Club. Students, faculty and Five College staff are invited to the club's last meeting of the semester. Play or learn how. Equipment provided, or bring your own. 1-4 p.m., Scott gym

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. All welcome, childcare available. 11 a.m., Bass 203, 204*

Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel

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

Monday December 11

No events scheduled

Tuesday, December 12

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Global On-Site Engineering Projects for Undergraduates." Peter Christopher, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, Smith College Club, lower level

Poetry reading Joy Harjo, author of six collections of poems and a member of the Muscogee Tribe, will read from her new book, A Map to the Next World, and play the saxophone. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Concert Music in the Noon Hour. Monica Jakuc, piano, will perform music by Mozart. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Formal informal recital Performances by music students. 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

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

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

Wednesday, December 13

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

Performing Arts/Films
Film NATO Occupied Europe. 1995 concert tour by Laibach. Part of History 225. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

HR workshop Writing Skills Certificate. Open to faculty and staff. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Dewey common room

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 110

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

Discussion with Baha'i Club about topics relating to the Baha'i faith and life. 8 p.m., Seelye 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
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, December 14

Classes end

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Immortality in the Classroom." Carol Zeleski, professor of religion and biblical literature. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Performing Arts/Films
Video Showing of short works produced in FLS 281: Video Production Workshop. Works are approximately five minutes in length and represent a variety of genres including action, documentary, narrative and experimental. 7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Dance concert First-year graduates' original choreography. 7:30 p.m., Crew House*

Film Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Concert "Hot Latin Hits." Voces Feminae will present a program of a cappella early music for treble voices, including works by Llibre Vermell, Palestrina and Victoria, and others. 8 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Meeting on the Smith Media Center (Smith TV). See 12/7 listing. 7 p.m., NPRC

Other Events/Activities
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

CFLAC Winter Festival Faculty, staff and students are invited to the Center for Foreign Languages and Cultures to enjoy delicious international food, listen to multicultural live music by Four Score, and explore the interactive multimedia programs available in CFLAC. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room*

January Completion Party An evening of celebration and recognition for the January 2001 graduates and their families, friends and faculty, including a ceremony in the Alumnae House Conference Hall followed by a reception in the gallery. Hosted by the Alumnae Association. 5 p.m., Alumnae House

Friday, December 15

Pre-examination study period begins

Monday December 18

Pre-examination study period ends

Tuesday, December 19

Examination period begins

Friday, December 22

Examination period ends

Winter recess begins -- houses close at 10 a.m.

Sunday, January 7, 2001

Winter recess ends-houses open at 1 p.m.


Senior Art Exhibit of printworks by Smith senior Veronica Gager. The culmination of over two years of study, Gager's collection includes a wide range of printmaking techniques, including intaglio and woodcuts. The show also includes two books created by Gager, one titled My Journey, containing intaglio prints of flora, and another on Florida history, using a woodcut technique. The show runs from Monday, December 4 through Saturday, December 9. A reception will take place on Tuesday, December 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. Daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. McConnell Hall Gallery

"Haiku Winter: Works on Paper," an exhibition by Rebecca Shapiro '85. Through December 22. Alumnae House Gallery*

"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*