News for the Smith College Community //February 14, 2002

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Five Years of PoetryAnd Counting

One evening a few years ago, as Ann Boutelle drove to her home in Chesterfield, she had an idea.

"I wanted to see a poetry center at Smith," says Boutelle, a senior lecturer in English language and literature. The idea had come to her suddenly that evening, says Boutelle. But it may have been set in motion several days earlier, when President Ruth Simmons spoke "eloquently and passionately" about changes she envisioned for the college and asked faculty members to think up ideas and initiatives.

As a lecturer in English at the time, "I was moved by her speech," admits Boutelle. "But I didn't think it had very much to do with me."

During the next several months, Boutelle drew up a proposal and solicited support from other faculty members, students and alumnae.

Her hard work paid off. The following spring, the college awarded the Poetry Center at Smith $15,000 to bring notable poets to campus in its first year. Elizabeth Alexander, a visiting Grace Hazard Conkling Writer in Residence and professor of English language and literature, began organizing and laying the groundwork for the new center's first year of poetry readings.

That was five years ago last spring.

In September 1997, acclaimed Irish poet Eavan Boland arrived on campus to give the Poetry Center's inaugural reading. "Wright Hall was absolutely packed on that very first reading, and I think it was a sign of how hungry the campus was for poetry," Boutelle says.

Now, five years later, the Poetry Center continues to nourish that hunger and provide the campus with poetic sustenance. "The idea was to keep the tradition of poetry at Smith alive and to bring more internationally and nationally acclaimed poets -- what Sylvia Plath called 'the god-eyed tall-minded ones' -- to Smith," says Ellen Doré Watson, who directs the Poetry Center this year. "And it's been a fabulous success, it really has. It's now widely known in the area. Our audience is made up of people who come from as far away as Albany, Vermont and Hartford. People know that some of the best and the most well-known poets read here."

Indeed, in the years since it was founded, the Poetry Center has successfully attracted an impressive lineup of talented poets to Smith. Among the prominent guests have been Gwendolyn Brooks, who in 1950 became the first African-American writer to receive the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks' reading in fall 2000 was one of her last before her death in December of that year.

Another literary legend to visit the Smith campus was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a famous Beat poet who became "the most important force in developing and publicizing antiestablishment poetics," according to the Dictionary of Literary Biography. And in fall 1999, the Poetry Center brought Sylvia Plath's daughter, Frieda Hughes, to her mother's alma mater. Reading selections from her own first book of poetry before a large and eager audience, Hughes joined those "god-eyed tall-minded ones" her mother had spoken of decades before.

Last December, the Poetry Center at Smith celebrated its fifth anniversary with readings by Alexander and Watson, each from her newest collection.

This year, the Poetry Center has again assembled an impressive list of visiting poets. On February 6, Billy Collins, the poet laureate of the United States, gave a reading in John M. Greene Hall.

And this coming Tuesday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m., Cornelius Eady will read in Stoddard Hall Auditorium. Eady, whom The Southern Review called "the heir of Langston Hughes," often writes about Harlem and the vision of the black man in white imagination with "tremendous verve, drama, compassion, and insight," according to Booklist.

Other poets coming to campus this spring include Welsh poets Gillian Clarke and Menna Elfyn, Jean Valentine, Sharon Kraus, Stanley Kunitz and Bernardo Atxaga.

"Each season, our slate of readers is very diverse in terms of gender, race, poetic style," Watson explains. Attracting poets of all kinds has grown easier for the Poetry Center as its reputation has developed and spread, Watson adds. "The more we've gotten our name out, the more poets are willing to come. The word is out that it's a good place to come and read."

As the Poetry Center celebrates its fifth anniversary, its founder and director are pleased with its steady growth and development, and excited about the future. "We expect to continue doing the reading series as we do it, to continue to bring more poets and continue to flourish," Watson says. "We'd also like to create a space outdoors on campus, like a poetry grove and a reading space. And it's very important to work toward a physical space for the Poetry Center."

Adds Boutelle: "We would like a lovely space on campus, where we could have a beautiful room with comfortable chairs and access to the audio and video collection, because we have, since the start, been videotaping every poet who gives us permission (and most of them do) and assembling this fantastic archive of what poetry has been like here."

Also, an outreach program to local schools, which was part of the Poetry Center's original vision, is in the works. "One thing I love to hear is when students tell me that they go to a poetry reading for nourishment," Watson says.

Thanks to the Poetry Center at Smith and its continuing success, that nourishment will be available to students and the community for years to come.

Smith Women: Leading Inspired Lives

Rally Day 2002

For two days next week, students and the Smith community will rally together and celebrate the college, its history and distinguished alumnae. The Rally Day convocation, the centerpiece of the event, will offer something for everyone: the presentation of the Smith College Medal to five exemplary alums; an address by political strategist Celinda Constance Lake '75; a performance by the Smith College Glee Club; and presentations of teaching awards, Banner Contest awards and the Charis Medal, to faculty members who have served at Smith for at least 25 years. But first, the five medalists will be featured in a day of presentations open to students, staff and faculty. Here is a schedule of all public events during the two-day celebration:

Tuesday, February 19

Presentation "Career and State of American Politics." Celinda Constance Lake '75, political strategist and the Rally Day speaker. 9-10:20 a.m., Seelye 211

Presentation "Eating Disorders and Low Bone Mass in Runners." Jennifer Louise Kelsey '64, professor and researcher of epidemiology. Noon, McConnell 211

Presentation "Community Activism: One Person Can Make a Difference." Eleanor Walsh Wertimer '44, attorney and community volunteer, and Lois Quick Whitman '48, child welfare advocate. 2-3:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Booksigning by Ann Matthews Martin '77, author of the Baby-sitters Club series, and other books for young readers. 3-5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Wednesday, February 20

Rally Day

Rally Day Convocation 1:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Rally Day Reception with Smith College medalists. 3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Rally Day Show featuring student class skits and special surprise guest performers. Admission: $2; all proceeds will be contributed to the S.O.S. fund drive. 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Rally Day Party 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Memories of Rally Day

For more than a century, Rally Day, in its various forms, has literally rallied the Smith community together to pay tribute to its outstanding alumnae, demonstrate rousing support for the college and, in the Rally Day Show, raise money for charity. For some students, participation in Rally Day and the Rally Day Show has become a highlight of their days at Smith. One former student goes a step further.

"Smith College changed my life. Well, actually, Rally Day did," writes Rita Bleiman AC '84 in the local publication Hampshire County Lines. Bleiman wrote the Rally Day skit for the Ada class while a student and in the process discovered her talent for writing. "I'd never attempted creative writing and was terrified about what I'd promised, but I managed to put together a show," she says in the article. "I signed up for Playwriting the next semester. I had no interest in writing plays; I just wanted to improve our Rally Day show." Ten plays and two novels later, Bleiman still credits the Rally Day show as the catalyst for her career.

Involvement in Rally Day may have been less dramatic for some. But many students share Bleiman's eagerness to represent their class through funny skits and songs at the Rally Day Show. "It was a really fun activity for members of the class to just bond and to work on artistic talents, to do something fun in a low-key atmosphere, to just let loose and work on something different for once," recalls Nicole Berckes '04 of her participation last year. "We involved lots of members of the class, and I got to know a bunch of people I didn't know beforehand."

For Katherine Otto '02 and members of her class, last year's Rally Day skit was an opportunity to show how much fun juniors can have staying on campus. "Our skit's theme was that being at Smith was far better than being JYA," she says. "We said that all juniors got free parking, massages, a caravan of limousines. It was very silly but fun."

For Bernadette Rivera AC, being involved in Rally Day has "definitely been a good bonding and collaboration experience," she says, even if it hasn't meant any dramatic changes in her life. And it has enhanced her relationship with classmates. "I still see and say hi to many of the women that participated in Rally Day last year," she says, "and I look forward to working with new Adas this year."

His Career: Philosophy and Law

For more than 16 years, Malcolm B. E. Smith, professor of philosophy, has combined his interests and research in moral philosophy and philosophy of law with his own law practice in downtown Northampton. While teaching classes at Smith, such as a Colloquium on Applied Ethics and Philosophy of Law: Property, Smith has built his practice as a criminal defender.

After serving on the Smith faculty since 1967, Smith will retire from his position in the philosophy department.

On Tuesday, February 19, a lecture, "Establishing Religious Ideas: Evolution and Creationism," will be given by Kent Greenawalt, University Professor at Columbia School of Law, in honor of Smith's retirement and service to the college. The lecture will take place at 5 p.m. in Seelye 201.

Not that Smith's retirement from Smith College will suddenly yield him expanses of free time. He plans to continue practicing law part time, he says, and to carry on with his research of and writing on moral faculty theory, possibly writing a book on the topic. He may also teach "the odd course" at Smith from time to time.

On the leisure side, he hopes to further sharpen his tennis skills. And he will spend time practicing and playing his guitar, an instrument he's played since the 1970s.

"I think I'm too young to be a couch potato," Smith quips. To prove it, he will soon produce a CD of his solo guitar arrangements of jazz standards titled "Kitchen Music." "I usually practice in the kitchen while my wife, Tricia, cooks," he explains of the title.

After completing his undergraduate studies in 1961 at the Virginia Military Institute and attending graduate school at Cornell University, Smith served in the United States Army for two years before completing his doctorate in philosophy from Cornell in 1969. While on the Smith faculty, Smith earned his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Law School, in 1984.

Though he will miss the college and his colleagues, Smith says, after 34 years, it's time to end his Smith College tenure. "The philosophy department has been one of the best things in my life," he says. "I'm enormously grateful to the department and the college. Both have given me extraordinary opportunities. I hate to leave them. But I think it's time."

Greenawalt's lecture in honor of Smith's retirement is sponsored by the philosophy department, the Office of the Provost and the Smith College Lecture Committee. A reception will follow the lecture in Seelye 207.

Ground to Break for New Campus Center

After years of planning, the campus center will begin to become a reality on Saturday, February 23, at 11:15 a.m., when ground will be broken -- officially -- for the 55,000-square-foot building that will provide a social center for the Smith community and a gateway to the campus.

Donning hard hats and wielding gold-handled shovels at the event will be acting president John M. Connolly; Shelly Lazarus, chair of the board of trustees; Jane Carroll, chair of the trustee buildings and grounds committee; Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college; Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, project architects; and Anna Franker, SGA president. The ground breaking will take place at the construction site on Chapin Drive near the rear of John M. Greene Hall. All members of the Smith community are invited.

The building, with a long, curved, skylit gallery at its core, will house exhibition, lounge, meeting and multipurpose space as well as a café, mailroom and bookstore and areas for student organizations.

With its areas for informal socializing, reading and relaxation (including a large, round wood-burning fireplace) and attractive space for evening activities and nighttime entertainment, the campus center is expected to have a transformative effect on the campus. A key goal for the building is that it provide a setting for informal gatherings, outside of the houses and classrooms.

A series of outdoor terraces will connect the dining and lounge spaces to the surrounding landscape. The building structure will have a concrete foundation, a steel frame and concrete decks. The exterior skin will be light-weight steel framing, vertical wood siding and glass.

Although the official ground breaking will take place on February 23, the construction fence was installed earlier this month and excavation began on February 11. The building will open in early September 2003. It is designed by the New York firm of Weiss/Manfredi Architects.

Neilson Prof Never Bored With Science

Since 1927 when the William Allan Neilson Chair of Research was instituted at Smith College to "commemorate President Neilson's profound concern for scholarship and research," the position has drawn an impressive series of scholars and researchers to the campus.

This spring, noted structural biologist Carolyn Cohen, a professor at Brandeis University, serves as the latest Neilson Professor. As part of the professorship, Cohen will give three lectures during the semester. The first, titled "Why Fibrous Proteins Are Romantic," will take place on Tuesday, February 19. The talk will provide "a personal account of the great history of fibrous proteins and my own adventures in the field as well," Cohen says.

All three Neilson lectures will take place at 5 p.m. in McConnell 103.

Cohen, who says her interest in science began at an early age, studied biology and physics at Bryn Mawr College before enrolling in graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, she became "deeply interested in protein structure," she explains, and earned a doctorate in biophysics. After completing a postgraduate Fulbright fellowship at King's College in London, Cohen returned to the United States and (with her colleague Donald Caspar) established a research laboratory associated with Harvard University's medical school, where they were both lecturers in biophysics. Cohen remained in that "happy scientific commune" for nearly two decades before she and her colleagues "moved the whole enterprise to Brandeis in 1972 and started the structural biology laboratory there," she says.

Of her successful scientific career in structural biology, Cohen says, "I've had a wonderful life in science, and I've been very privileged to have witnessed or even participated in the remarkable progress in this field. I have also been privileged to have known so many remarkable people, and to be part of the community of scientists engaged in this rewarding enterprise."

Throughout her many years of experience in teaching and research, Cohen's passion and enthusiasm for science have never waned. "It's just astonishing," she says. Scholars of science "are never bored. You cannot be bored."

This spring, Cohen is sharing her enthusiasm with the Smith community through her responsibilities as the Neilson Professor. She teaches a biological sciences seminar called "How Science Is Really Done." This course examines how scientists actually work; whether there exists in fact a "scientific method," and in what ways science as a creative activity is linked to pursuits in the humanities.

The Neilson Lecture series will continue on Tuesday, March 5, with Cohen's presentation "Seeing and Knowing in Structural Biology." The talk, Cohen says, "focuses on the muscle proteins, myosin and actin and some of the ambiguities involved in interpreting images (by electron microscopy or X-ray crystallography) to learn how these molecules actually function."

These talks will provide some background for Cohen's final lecture, "Rosalind Franklin and the Structure of DNA." This lecture will "consider the scientific problems involved in solving the structure of DNA and Rosalind Franklin's work in this area," Cohen says. The final lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 2.


February 1-3: Brown Carnival: slalom, 5th; GS, 5th
February 9-10: Boston College Carnival: slalom, 6th; GS, 5th

February 5: Smith 54, Clark 67
February 9: Smith 57, U.S. Coast Guard 71

February 6: Smith 5, Wesleyan 4
February 9: Smith 2, Connecicut College/Bard 7

Track and field
February 9: Smith Coed Invitational

Swimming and diving
February 9: Smith 157, Mt. Holyoke 123

Will return.

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


Have-A-Heart Food Drive
Wondering what to do with all of those extra canned goods you stocked up on at the latest "buy-one-get-two-free" sale? Put them to good use by feeding someone in need. From Monday, February 11, through Friday, March 1, the Staff Council Activities Committee will conduct its annual nonperishable food drive to benefit the Western Mass Food Bank. Stop by one of the conveniently located campus collection sites and leave donations in the bin. For more information on the Food Bank, consult

Talent for a Cause
A lineup of talented Smith groups and individuals will give a benefit concert on Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall to raise money for the S.O.S. fund drive, "Language, Culture and Healthcare: Communicating Across the Barriers." On stage will be acts such as the Noteables, Vibes, SIKOS, Crappapella, Illmatics, Handbell Choir, and Anna Paskausky. Admission will be suggested donations from $3 to $10. Everyone is welcome. Money from this year's fund drive will support more translation services in the Pioneer Valley. For more information, contact the S.O.S. office, ext. 4595 or

Annual BSA Conference
Beginning Thursday, February 21, the Black Students Alliance will present its annual conference, "Politically Spiritual/Spiritually Political: The Influence of the Black Church on African-American Politics and Socialization," a four-day series of workshops and discussions on the importance of the Black Church to the African-American experience. The event will culminate with conference participants performing a free public Gospel music concert on Saturday, February 23 (see calendar listings for details). Sponsored by the BSA, the admission to the conference is $25; $15 for Saturday events only. To register, contact Roz Smith, ext. 6535 or

Annual Softball Clinic
The softball team will sponsor its annual softball clinic for girls in fifth through eighth grades, on Saturday, March 2, in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility. There will be two sessions: 9 a.m.-noon for seventh- and eighth-grade girls; and 1-4 p.m. for fifth- and sixth-graders. The cost will be $15 per player. No experience is necessary. Register by calling Bonnie May at ext. 2713 by Thursday, February 28.

Tribute to Yusef Lateef
On Saturday, February 16, the Department of Afro-American Studies and the Office of Institutional Diversity will host a tribute to renowned jazz performer and composer Yusef Lateef, a faculty member at UMass who has taught at Smith. Two panel discussions will take place, at noon and 2 p.m., and a performance by the Wil Lettman quintet will take place at 4 p.m., all in Stoddard Auditorium. The events are free and open to the public.

Valentine's Day Buffet
The Smith College Club will offer a special Valentine's Day buffet dinner on Thursday, February 14, from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the club, featuring a social hour with baked brie en croute, fresh fruit and a cash bar, and entrees including pecan crusted halibut, beef tenderloin with sundried tomato and roasted garlic, and Parisienne potatoes with fresh herbs. Desserts will include chocolate waffles with cherry sauce, lemon meringue cake and strawberry tortes. The Mark Ricker jazz trio will entertain. The cost is $20.95 per person. For reservations, contact the club at ext. 2341 or

Campus Center Project
The Campus Center construction project will move forward a little earlier than expected due to the mild winter weather. The project fence is being installed this week. Along the west and south sides (by Haven House and along Chapin Drive) there will be a screened, eight-foot fence. Along the north and east sides, the fence will be six feet high and without screening so that spectators can watch the project's progress. If the mild weather continues, Drew lot will be closed at some point before March 4 so that the excavation may begin. A formal ground breaking will take place on Saturday, February 23, at 11:15 a.m. A Web cam at the site will be linked to the college's Web site in the near future.

Open Batting Cage
The softball team sponsors an open batting cage for faculty, staff, dependents and students, located in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility and open Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on February 17, 24, and March 10. The cage costs $1 for each bucket of balls (fastpitch softball only). People are encouraged to bring their own bats (softball team bats, which are available at the cage, are relatively light). For more information, contact Bonnie May, ext. 2713.


Add/Drop Deadlines
The last day to add a Smith course is Friday, February 15. The last day to drop a Smith or Five College course is Friday, March 1. Online registration is now closed; forms are available in the registrar's office. Signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required to make course changes at this time.

Join Sophomore PUSH
Every year since 1909, a group of sophomores known as PUSH has helped with Commencement activities. Being involved in PUSH means more than just doing volunteer work during Commencement. PUSH members walk in the Ivy Day Parade, sing to alumnae at their reunions and literally "push" seniors off the Neilson Library steps during Illumination Night. They also assist in the Commencement parade and stay on campus through the end of Commencement, spending time with and getting to know graduating and rising seniors. In addition to the 40 to 50 sophomores involved, one exceptional first-year student is needed to serve as assistant head of PUSH, and then to lead the show in 2003. To become a part of this fun and exciting Smith tradition, look for the application in your mailbox. For more information or an application, contact Alison, ext. 6846, or

Student Schedules
Students are advised to check course registrations on BannerWeb. Inaccuracies must be reported to the registrar immediately. Students are responsible for all courses in which they are registered.

Be a Gold Key Guide
Do you love Smith? If so, you should consider interviewing to be a Gold Key Guide between Sunday, February 24, and Saturday, March 2. Interested students should apply and sign up for interviews in the admissions office.

5-College Outdoor Festival
Saturday, February 23, is the Five College Outdoor Festival, a day of workshops on various outdoor activities, featuring a climbing seminar at 9 a.m., a climbing competition at 1 p.m., and the spectacular Telluride Mountain Film Tour, all open and free to Smith students. Smith Outdoors will run shuttles from Smith. For more information or to book a shuttle space, contact Smith Outdoors at ext. 2735 or

Summer Interns Needed
The Smith College Consortium, a two-week residential management development program directed by the CDO, seeks interns to work as program assistants from June 3 through August 16. Each internship will pay $4,000. Applicants should have the ability to pay extreme attention to detail and to work long, flexible hours; as well as superb organizational skills; demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills; a high energy level; optimism and flexibility; a working knowledge of the business world; and strong skills in Windows, Word and Access; and must have a Smith large van license. Please submit a résumé and cover letter to the CDO by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 18. For more information, consult, or use E-Access to search for employers for "Consortium" or "CDO."

Marine Internship Support
The Five College Coastal and Marine Science Program offers supplementary support for internships during the summer months at a number of sites: the James Howard Marine Laboratory, the Marine Biological Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Estuarine Research Reserve System and at various NOAA sites. For more information and internship descriptions, contact Mona Koenig-Kroner, ext. 3799 or The application deadline is Friday, February 15.

Sciences Po Applications
Are you interested in studying in Paris, at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)? Applications are available from the Office for International Study, 305 Clark Hall. The application deadline is Monday, March 25. The program is also open to students applying to JYA in Paris or Geneva. If interested, contact Peter Bloom at

Pap Test Appointments
Because of the turnaround time, Pap tests will not be taken at health services after May 3. Please schedule tests before that date. Pap tests will resume in September.

Peer Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning is offering peer writing assistance Sundays through Thursdays, from 7 to 10 p.m., in Seelye 307 and Cushing dining room. Peer writing assistants will discuss papers on any subject. Students are encouraged to bring drafts at any stage of the writing process. Appointments are not necessary. All services are free.

Free Counseling Sessions
The counseling service professional staff will facilitate the following free sessions for interested Smith students: "Food and Body Image Group," on five Mondays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.; "Self-Exploration Group," Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; "Women of Many Colors Workshop," on four Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; and "Bereavement Group," Thursdays, 4:3-6 p.m. Each group will start once a certain number of students has registered. Call ext. 2840 with questions or to register. Sponsored by health services.

SSEP Summer Jobs
Applications are available for undergraduate research/teaching internships and residence coordinator positions for the 2002 Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP), a residential program for high school women, designed to enrich and support their achievements in science and engineering. SSEP interns will serve as research and teaching assistants to faculty in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, writing and women's health, and as residential counselors for high school students. The SSEP Residence Coordinators (RCs) will work with the program director to train and prepare interns; plan for participant housing; and schedule recreational, social and educational events. Along with SSEP interns, RCs live in college housing and supervise program students. Qualified applicants for the position of RC will have demonstrated experience in community living and supervision of students. Dates of employment are June 10 through July 27. SSEP interns and RCs will receive stipends plus room and board. If you have interests and expertise in these fields and would like to experience the rewards of mentoring high school students, please contact the Office of Educational Outreach (Clark 208, ext.3060, for an application. The application deadline is Monday, February 18.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning offers free workshops to assist students in managing their studies and schedules. To register (required), sign up in the Study Skills Workshops notebook at the center, in Seelye 307, or call ext. 3056. The workshops are: "Reading to Remember," Friday, February 15, 2:45-3:45 p.m.; "Where Does the Time Go? Time Management Techniques," Tuesday, March 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m. and Wednesday, March 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; and "Preparing for Exams," Wednesday, April 24, 3-4 p.m. Individual counseling is also available to students who need assistance with time management and study skills. To schedule an appointment, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, at ext. 3056 or 3037.

Study Abroad Deadlines
The deadline for seeking individual approval to attend a nonapproved study-abroad program for spring 2003 is Friday, March 1. The deadline for the Plan of Study for Smith-approved study-abroad programs for fall 2002 or 2002-03 is Friday, February 15, by 4 p.m.

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, February 18

Lecture "Landscape Architecture and the Design of Personal Space: The Problems Associated With Attempting to Design Six Billion Healing Gardens." Nicholas Dines, landscape architecture and regional planning, UMass. Part of LSS 100, Issues in Landscape Studies. Note: Course location has been changed for the remainder of the semester. 2:40-4 p.m., Wright Auditorium

Biological Sciences Colloquium "Human Variation at the DNA Level: Inferences about Demographic History and Selection." Richard Hudson, ecology and evolution, University of Chicago. Refreshments precede lecture in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture "Forging a New Buddhism: Late 19th-Century Japanese Buddhists in Asia." Richard Jaffe, Buddhist studies professor, Duke University. Sponsors: Ada Howe Kent Fund; East Asian studies; religion and East Asian languages and literatures departments; Lecture Committee. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Informational session Weekly meeting for students interested in studying abroad, including a review of opportunities and procedures, and a question-and-answer period. 4 p.m., Third Floor Resource Room, Clark Hall

Informational meeting Smith TV. 4 p.m., Media Services, Alumnae Gym

Meeting Smith Democrats. 6:30 p.m., Davis Downstairs Lounge

Meeting Smith Alliance for Low Income Students. Discuss plans for the semester and provide support for students interested in class issues. 7:30 p.m., Hopkins House

Religious Life
Prayer and Possibilities Share faith journeys and a sense of God's presence while using a South African Bible study method that encourages empathetic listening to the spirit and one another. Light lunch provided. Sponsor: Lutheran Fellowship. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Service "Invitation to Silence." Take time for reflection, renewal and respite in the quiet of the chapel. Candles available. All welcome. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables French, Italian. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B

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

Kickboxing class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30­8:20 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Tuesday, February 19

Lecture "Career and State of American Politics." Celinda Lake '75, political strategist, Smith College medalist and Rally Day speaker. (See box, page 1.) 9-10:20 a.m., Seelye 211*

Lecture "Eating Disorders and Low Bone Mass in Runners." Jennifer Louise Kelsey '64, professor and researcher of epidemiology and Smith College medalist. Discussion follows. (See box, page 1.) Noon, McConnell 211

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Galápagos Islands: A Biologist's Paradise or Paradise Lost?" Margie Anderson, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club Lower Level

Lecture "Entrepreneurship From Vision to Reality: The Emerging Business Plan." Lunch provided. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence. See for more details. Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Presentation "Community Activism: One Person Can Make a Difference." Smith College medalists Eleanor Walsh Wertimer '44, attorney and community volunteer, and Lois Quick Whitman '48, child welfare advocate. (See box, page 1.) 2­3:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Neilson Professor Lecture "Why Fibrous Proteins Are Romantic." Carolyn Cohen, structural biologist and biochemist. (See story, page 4.) 4:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Lecture "Establishing Religious Ideas: Evolution and Creationism." Kent Greenawalt, professor, Columbia Law School; in honor of retiring philosophy professor Malcolm B. E. Smith. (See story, page 4.) Sponsors: philosophy department; Office of the Provost; Lecture Committee. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 5 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "The Gentileschi: Orazio and Artemisia Come to New York." Craig Felton, art history. This lecture anticipates the upcoming Museum Friends bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to see the special exhibition Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Father and Daughter Painters in Baroque Italy. Sponsor: Museum of Art. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Poetry reading Cornelius Eady, called the heir to Langston Hughes, reads from his new book Brutal Imagination. (See story, page 1.) 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Music in the Noon Hour Schubert's Cello Quintet in C Major, op. 163. Performed by music faculty and friends. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 12:15-1:45 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Question-and-answer session with poet Cornelius Eady, who will read his poetry in the evening. 3:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Meeting Amnesty International. 4:45 p.m., Chapin House

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

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/18 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Hillel at Noon Noon, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes

Episcopal Fellowship meets for worship, friendship and fun. Eucharist, fellowship and light lunch provided. Students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome. Noon, St. John's Episcopal Church Living Room*

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

ECC Bible study Student-led discussion of topics raised by the Sunday morning worship community. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B (alternate weekly)

Religion lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Booksigning with Ann Matthews Martin '77, author of the Baby-Sitters Club, Little Baby-Sitters and the California Diaries book series, who will receive a Smith College Medal on Rally Day. (See box, page 1.) Books available for purchase will be The Doll People and Belle Teal. 3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

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

Aerobics class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio

Wednesday, February 20

Rally Day

Rally Day Convocation with speaker and Smith College medalist Celinda Lake '75. Reception follows in Neilson Browsing Room. (See box, page 1). 1:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Meeting Smith TV, to discuss new programming. 7 p.m., Media Services, Alumnae Gym

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 310

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/18 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Buddhist meditation and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

ECC Bible study Student-led discussion of topics raised by the Sunday morning worship community. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Anniversary celebration to commemorate the establishment of the Friends of the Libraries on February 20, 1942, with a birthday cake and reception. 11:30 a.m., Burack Reading Area, Neilson Library

Language lunch tables Spanish and Portuguese. Noon, 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

Social Events coordinator dinner 5:45 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Rally Day Show featuring skits by students and surprise guests, to raise money for the S.O.S. fund drive, "Language, Culture, and Health Care: Communicating Across the Barriers." (See box, page 1.) 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Kickboxing class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio


Thursday, February 21

Lecture "Entrepreneurship From Vision to Reality: The Emerging Business Plan." One woman in the pre-startup business phase and another who has been running a business for more than a year will talk about their experiences. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence. See for more details. Lunch provided. Noon, Wright Common Room

Lecture "Landscape and Human Community in the Tropical Cloud Forest: Environmental History of Monteverde, Costa Rica." Nat Scrimshaw, executive director, Monteverde Institute, Costa Rica. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B15

Lecture "Of Prizefighters and Social Theorists: Taking Bourdieu into the Field." Loïc Wacquant, sociology professor, University of California, Berkeley, will draw from his experience as an ethnographer of boxers and his collaboration with French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu to understand poverty and suffering. First in the "Collaborations" inaugural lecture series of the Kahn Institute. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert and lecture "Beethoven's Orpheus in Hades." Owen Jander, professor emeritus, Wellesley College, followed by a performance of the Andante con moto of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, by Monica Jakuc, fortepiano, and the Smith College Orchestra, Jonathan Hirsh, conductor. Part of "The Legend of Orpheus" series. 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Film Weekly showing of animé, Japanese animation. 7 p.m., McConnell B05*

Theatre 127 Cups of Coffee by Dara Hope Wienerman, and Lily, by Phoebe Costerisan '02J; Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald '02, director. Part of the theatre department's New Play Reading Series. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

CDO internship panel Students who had communications-related internships last summer will discuss how they found their internships and housing, how they handled expenses and combined their internships with summer jobs. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Meeting MassPIRG. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 310

PowerPoint for Students This workshop will cover the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, as well as more advanced features, such as animation and working with images. Enrollment is limited. To register, send email to 7 p.m., Seelye B4

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/18 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Drop-in stress reduction and relaxation class with Hayat Nancy Abuza. Refresh body, mind and spirit. Open to all Five College students, staff and faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:30­5:30 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Gospel Choir Rehearsal All are welcome to participate in a series of weekend rehearsals culminating in a public performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, in the Chapel. For more information, contact Roz Smith, ext. 6535 or Part of the annual BSA conference, "Politically Spiritual/Spiritually Political: The Influence of the Black Church on African-American Politics and Socialization." 7-10 p.m., Chapel

Sahaja Yoga Meditation Open to all religious backgrounds. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship All welcome. 8-9:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Unitarian Universalists meeting Open to all Five College students and faculty who want to talk, play games and have fun together. 8:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 7:45-9 a.m., Davis Ballroom

Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B (alternate weekly)

Glee Club lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Step intervals class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio

Friday, February 22

Chemistry/Biochemistry/Neuroscience lunch chat A departmental seminar for students and faculty. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Burton 101

Discussion led by the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, author of Urban Souls, a book described by Sojourner magazine as "a sort of hip hop manifesto that looks directly into the soul of the culture with an unblinking eye and a loving heart." Part of the Black Students Alliance annual conference, "Politically Spiritual/Spiritually Political: The Influence of the Black Church on African-American Politics and Socialization." 1:30-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room *

Lecture "Learning to Punish the Poor: The Transatlantic Export of American Penal Policy." Loïc Wacquant, sociology professor, University of California at Berkeley. Open session of SOC 218: Urban Sociology. 2:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Panel Discussion "Hidden Significance in Artistic Diversity," sponsored by the Five College Dance Department and Black Students Alliance. 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. Animé, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy and people who like sci-fi people. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Religious Life
Gospel Choir Rehearsal See 2/21 listing. 10 a.m.-noon and 7-10 p.m., Chapel

Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/18 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Shabbat Services Dinner follows in the Kosher kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room.

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch table Japanese. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room A

Language lunch table Hebrew. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Alumnae Association tea Gardiner and King houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, February 23

Lecture The keynote address, by the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, author of Urban Souls, for the BSA conference, "Politically Spiritual/Spiritually Political: The Influence of the Black Church on African-American Politics and Socialization." 3-4:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium *

Performing Arts/Films
Gospel music concert Opening with a performance by singer/songwriter/pianist Alecia Russell, this concert will feature participants in the BSA annual conference directed by Darriel Menefee of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. 7 p.m., Chapel*

Five College Choral Festival Choirs from all five colleges will present a premiere of the timely piece Dona Nobis Pacem: An Entreaty for Peace in the Middle East by Lewis Spratlan. 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Other Events/Activities
Campus Center ground breaking Trustees, architects, and college officials will mark the official launch of the campus center. All invited. (See story, page 4.) 11:15 a.m., Construction Site*

Sunday, February 24

Performing Arts/Films
Memorial concert for Vernon Gotwals, professor emeritus of music, who served on the Smith faculty from 1952 to 1984, and who passed away on January 12. Performers will include members of the music department. Reception follows at the Smith College Club. 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Meeting Gaia. 4 p.m., Bass 106

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
Sunday Morning Revival presented by the Black Students Alliance. Guest preacher and Gospel music from a choir made up of BSA conference attendees, with guest preacher the Rev. Amani Smith of Boston. 10:30 a.m., Chapel*

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

Meeting Smith Baha'i Club. 4 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Paul Crowley, S.J., 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


Biosciences Research Symposium Posters from the third Smith College Biosciences Student Research Symposium, which featured presentations by students in a variety of departments and programs, including biological sciences, biochemistry, neuroscience, environmental science and policy, marine science, chemistry and engineering. Through Thursday, February 21. McConnell Foyer*

Charles E. Skaggs Collection An exhibition of books and book covers designed by book designer and calligrapher Charles E. Skaggs. Through March 31. Mortimer Rare Book Room Entrance, Neilson Library*

Literated and Write On Multimedia collages of poetry and prose composed by Janice Beetle Scaife's writing classes for elementary and high school students. Composed of paint, decorative paper, fabric, beads and tiles, the compositions are on two 4-by-4-foot panels coated with liquid glass. Part of the Museum of Art's exhibition "On the Fence: Public Art in Public Space," which exhibits art on the construction fence surrounding the fine arts center. Through Thursday, February 28. Fine Arts Center Construction Fence*

The McGrath Collection: Contemporary Book Arts from the Connecticut River Valley A selection of fine press books and ephemera printed by Harold P. McGrath for local artists and publishers. Through March 28. Morgan Gallery (first floor) and Book Arts Gallery (third floor), Neilson Library*

A Space Odyssey 2001 An exhibition of photographic art by Anne Ross '55, featuring her newest digital images that explore the inner work of dream landscapes and surreal places. Exhibit hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended through April 5. Alumnae House Gallery*