News for the Smith College Community //March 21, 2002
Commencement to Feature Present, Future Stars
On Sunday, May 19, when more than 650 Smith students line up to receive their diplomas, they will be joined by seven people -- six of whom will receive honorary degrees -- who have distinguished themselves in their lives and through their outstanding professional service.
The speaker at the 2002 Commencement will be Lani Guinier. The six honorary degree candidates are Anita Hill, Shirley Ann Jackson, Anne C. Martindell, Cynthia Moss '62, Katha Pollitt and Sima Wali.
Lani Guinier, a renowned advocate for social justice and civil rights, is the author of Lift Every Voice, a personal and political memoir. Guinier is the first African-American woman to receive a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. During the 1980s, she was the head of the Voting Rights program at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, for which she litigated cases throughout the South. She later joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she coauthored a book on women and legal education. Guinier is a graduate of Radcliffe College and Yale University Law School. She received an honorary degree from Smith in 1999.
Anita F. Hill is a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Heller Graduate School of Brandeis University. Hill's biographical work, Speaking Truth to Power, published in 1997, chronicles her experience as a high-profile witness in the congressional confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a nominee to the court at the time. A graduate of Oklahoma State University and Yale Law School, Hill is the author of articles on international commercial law, bankruptcy and civil rights. She has given numerous presentations on race and gender equality, appearing on television programs such as "Face the Nation," "Meet the Press" and "Good Morning America." Hill has also served as adviser to the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was special counsel to the assistant secretary of the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Shirley Ann Jackson, a theoretical physicist, became the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999. Before assuming that role, she was appointed by President William Clinton in 1995 to chair the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Jackson has also served as a theoretical physicist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and professor of theoretical physics at Rutgers University. Jackson is the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from M.I.T. -- in any subject. She is one of the first two African-American women in the United States to receive a doctorate in physics and last year became the first African-American woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Jackson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Physical Society.
Anne C. Martindell, in a long and varied career in politics, has served as a New Jersey state senator, the director of the federal Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, and from 1979 to 1981 as United States ambassador to New Zealand and Western Samoa. While in the state senate, she chaired the Higher Education Committee and in 1977 was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the Commission to Review Ambassadorial Appointments. At one time a member of Smith's class of 1936, Martindell re-enrolled at Smith in 1999 as an Ada Comstock Scholar. As a graduate in American studies, Martindell, will be the first Smith graduate to simultaneously receive undergraduate and honorary degrees.
Cynthia Moss, a former journalist with Newsweek, is director of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in Kenya, Africa. She has spent more than three decades studying the ecology and social behavior of a population of approximately 1,000 African elephants in Amboseli National Park. Her work is the longest study of individually known elephants and one of the longest studies of individually known mammals in the world. She has increased scientific understanding of the elephant through her own research, while increasing public awareness through her writing, speaking and documentaries. Moss has received grants for her research from the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation, the Merlin Foundation and the New York Zoological Society, and in 2001, she received a MacArthur Fellowship. Moss' book Portraits in the Wild: Behaviour Studies of East African Mammals was nominated for the American Book Award for best science paperback in 1982.
Katha Pollitt, a columnist, is well known for her sharp and provocative analyses of popular culture and politics. She has written for The Nation since 1980; her 1992 essay on the culture wars, "Why We Read: Canon to the Right of Me" won the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism. She is also considered among the most promising American poets of recent decades, with work appearing in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Antaeus, and other publications. For her poetry, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her 1982 book Antarctic Traveler won the National Book Critics Award. She has also won the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, in 1984; and the Arvon Foundation Prize from Observer, in 1986.
Sima Wali is president and CEO of Refugee Women in Development, Inc., an international institution focusing on women in conflict and post-conflict reintegration issues. She is a native of Afghanistan and played a key role in the negotiations establishing the current interim government of that country, and championed the inclusion of women in the cabinet. She advocates nationally and internationally for uprooted women and girls whose rights have been violated as refugees and internally displaced people. Wali is the recipient of Amnesty International's third annual Ginetta Sagan Fund Award in 1999 in recognition of her work.
What Could Possibly Be Next?
When she was an 18-year-old Smith sophomore, Anne C. Martindell was ordered by her father to quit college to avoid becoming too educated and reducing her chances of finding a suitable husband.
That was in 1934.
"I told my father, who was a judge, that I wanted to major in government and go to law school," said Martindell in an interview with the Princeton Packet. "He told me no man in his right mind would want to marry me."
So she left college and found a husband, raised four children and served in New Jersey state, then national and international politics (see story above). But through all the years and all her roles, both professional and familial, Martindell always intended to return to college. "I always wanted to finish my degree," she said. "I don't like unfinished business."
In 1999, Martindell returned to Smith to complete the degree she'd started nearly seven decades ago. When she walks across the stage and receives her undergraduate degree in American studies at this year's Commencement ceremony on May 19, Martindell will become the first Smith graduate to simultaneously receive an honorary degree.
Her plans don't stop there. After a
life of motherhood, community service, teaching, politics and
international diplomacy, and now higher education, she's considering
graduate school. As she told the Princeton Packet: "That
would be a good ticket to a job, I suppose."
While a large percentage of Smith students opt to spend their junior years studying at other institutions in the United States and abroad, Jen Vuona '02 decided her junior year would be better spent as an intern.
But not just any intern. As a participant in Smith's Picker Program in Washington, D.C., Vuona spent the fall semester of her junior year working on the logistics, guest lists, planning and greeting of celebrities at White House social events. As an intern in the White House Social Office, Vuona helped "prepare for official and nonofficial White House events, any party or major event the Clintons were having," she says. Sometimes she coordinated with the U.S. Secret Service. Other times she informed celebrity guests of White House protocol. The job "taught me how to work closely with people all day long, seven days a week, in a high-stress environment where there were a lot of deadlines," she says.
For some students, an internship is one of the most important experiences of their Smith careers, offering opportunities to experience real life outside the classroom. And with the help of Praxis, the college's vast alumnae network and individual curiosity, creativity and drive, students here are increasingly landing exciting internships across the country and around the world.
Vuona, a government major who also studies Italian, went on to combine another internship with living abroad. She spent the spring semester (and part of the following summer) as an intern in the public affairs department at the American embassy in Rome. "I got to travel with the diplomats and see all the interesting things America does abroad," she explains.
Katie Shows '02 also turned her internship into a chance to live and study abroad. After studying in Cuba during her junior year, she wanted to remain in a Spanish-speaking environment. So for the following summer she took a job with El Sol de Toluca, a Mexican newspaper, writing articles, translating headlines and selecting articles from an international database. "I enjoyed the responsibility and the access to information I received being in a different country," she says. "I wasn't just making copies and getting coffee. I learned a lot not only about the way a newspaper is operated, but also about international politics, which is my field of study."
After spending a semester doing museum research with Smith's Smithsonian Program, Toni Hartley '02 decided that while she loved research, she wanted to try it in a different arena. Hartley applied to "The Charlie Rose Show," a late-night PBS program which she watches avidly. She was hired and got the opportunity to do some interesting -- if not essential -- research:
"The researchers would say, 'Give me everything you can find about Robert de Niro and the film,'" she explains, "and I would go to the library and research him. Working for Charlie Rose definitely showed me all the research and teamwork that goes into a one-hour segment of Charlie talking to Katie Couric. That one hour might have taken two weeks of preparation."
An American studies major and a film studies minor, Hartley supplemented her work on "The Charlie Rose Show" with a job at a documentary company in SoHo, New York's art district. "It was a whirlwind, exciting summer," she adds.
Malona Voigt '02 is also interested in filmmaking and documentary work. But she spent her internship pursuing her passions in a more roundabout way. During her month of work with a German doctor in Nepal, Voigt spent most of her time at a hospital, translating documents and shooting photographs and video footage of plastic and reconstructive surgery on impoverished burn victims for the public relations department there. "Documenting all this with my camera greatly inspired me and reinforced earlier decisions to become a filmmaker, and to speak for people who are not able to speak for themselves," Voigt says.
Like many Smith students who have served in internships around the world, Voigt learned more than she'd thought possible. "My time in Nepal absolutely broke the boundary of my expectations in a fascinating and positive way," she concludes.
For sophomores and juniors interested in obtaining a $2,000 Praxis stipend for a summer internship, a CDO-Praxis informational meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25, in Neilson Browsing Room.
More Prize Competitions
Below are the descriptions of three prizes not associated with specific academic departments at Smith. All materials for the applications for the following prizes must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, to Sue Briggs, College Hall 21. Prize recipients will be announced at the Last Chapel Awards convocation, on Saturday, May 18, and all prize winners will be published in the Last Chapel program.
Complete descriptions of all competition prizes for this year, including deadlines for submitting material, are available on the Web at www.smith.edu/prize.html.
For more information on the following prizes, contact Sue Briggs at ext. 4903.
The David Burres Memorial Law Prize was established in 1985 by family and friends of Burres, an attorney who encouraged the entry of women into the legal profession. The prize, to be used toward first-year tuition, is awarded annually to a graduating senior or alumna who has been accepted to law school. (Entrance may be deferred; the prize will be held until needed.) Preference is given to students aspiring to practice law in the public interest rather than for private gain, in memory of Burres's work for the disfranchised and in the area of civil liberties. Need is a factor but the prize is not restricted to students on financial aid. Applicants should submit a statement of professional intentions along with a statement of where they have been accepted for law school and whether they will be receiving financial aid, and two letters of reference. The statement of professional intentions should explain what area of public law the student is interested in, why it interests her, what she might bring to it and some background about events, large or small, that influenced her decision to pursue law, and in particular, public interest law. If the personal statement written for law school applications addresses what is asked for, it may be submitted as this component of the application for the Burres Prize. A committee will review applications and notification will be made by the end of April.
The Barbara Jordan Prize for Study of Law or Public Policy was established in 1989 to encourage African-American women to pursue careers in law and public policy, after the example of Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (19361996). The prize is available to students and alumnae who have at least applied for admission to law school or a graduate program in public policy. Prize funds may be used to help prepare for admission (e.g., for LSAT coaching, for application costs, internships, travel to interviews) or may be applied toward academic loan forgiveness. Funds may also be held for later use to help meet the costs of tuition and books. Applicants should submit evidence that they have been or are likely to be accepted to a school of law or a graduate program of public policy, along with a statement of professional intentions that explains why they are interested in pursuing a career in law or public policy, some of the events in their lives that led to the decisions and career plans, and also describes how the prize funds will be used. Also, submit two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a Smith faculty member.
The Ruth Dietrich Tuttle '09 Prize
for International Relations, Peace Studies or Race Relations was established in 1985 as an award for achievement
and to support plans for further study, work or research in international
relations, peace studies or race relations. Tuttle and her family
had a lifelong interest and involvement in these areas following
their years of residence in China and the establishment of an
international import business. Trained as a psychiatric social
worker, Tuttle added to that career a lifelong commitment and
involvement in the field of international relations. The prize,
in the amount of $1,500, is for use in 200102 or 200203.
Smith undergraduate students of any nationality who have done
substantial academic work or have had relevant experience in
any of these areas are eligible. Preference is given to seniors,
who are eligible as long as they have not enrolled in graduate
school. To apply, students must complete an application, which
includes the name of the project supervisor and a description
of the project. In addition, two letters of recommendation must
Ronald R. Macdonald, professor of English language and literature, died at his home on March 8. Macdonald, 58, was a member of the Smith faculty for 31 years and had been named the Katherine Engel lecturer for 200203. In a tribute to Macdonald's deep appreciation of the beauty of the Smith campus, his colleagues will donate a memorial bench in his honor to be placed overlooking Paradise Pond. Anyone who wishes to contribute to this effort may send donations to Cindy Furtek, Wright Hall 130. A memorial service for Macdonald was held on March 13.
Mahnaz Mahdavi, associate professor of economics and director
of the Women and Financial Independence Program, was invited
to Washington, D.C., as one of 200 public delegates to the National
Summit on Retirement Savings, which took place from February
27 to March 1. The public delegates joined 100 congressional
delegates at the summit. United States Secretary of Labor Elaine
Chao, the event organizer, challenged the delegates to "draw
from their diverse expertise in developing strategies that encourage
people to save for retirement through retirement plans and personal
savings." Topics of discussion included ways to educate
and motivate Americans to plan and save for retirement. Delegates
were appointed either by President Bush and Republican leaders
in Congress, or by Democrat leaders in Congress.
Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) or by fax (extension 2171).
MCAS Tutors Needed
Quit Smoking Support Group
Route 66 Reconstruction
Smith Summer Employment
Faculty and Staff
Summer Coed Softball
Be a Junior Usher
Master Tutors Needed
Fall 2002 Registration
Get Out and Vote
IES Summer Scholarships
Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship
Sciences Po Applications
Poetry Center Jobs
SSAS Grant Deadline
Fellowships Info Session
Summer Grants Deadline
Cycles Survey Reminder
Study Skills Workshops
Free Counseling Sessions
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.
Lecture Melissa Marshall, a disabilities civil rights lawyer, will speak about employment rights under the Disabilities Services Act. 3 p.m., Wright Common Room
Chaired Professor Lecture "Marriage, Divorce, the Aeneid: Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, and a Manuscript of Motets." Richard Sherr, Caroline L. Wall '27 Professor of Music. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201
Lecture "Rwanda: Memory and Reconciliation After Genocide." Charles Ntampaka, Université de Namur, Belgium, former secretary general of the Association Rwandaise pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme. Ntampaka is a specialist on law and society in the Great Lakes Region of central Africa, who has focused his research on international criminal law and the legal response of the international community to the Rwandan genocide. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Informational meeting Smith TV. 4 p.m., Media Services, Alumnae Gym
Meeting GAIA. Environmental activism for the Smith campus. 4:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Third Floor, Davis
Informational session for sophomores and juniors. Learn how to get a Praxis stipend of $2,000 to help with expenses related to a summer internship. Guidelines, application instructions and information on finding internships will be presented. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Meeting MassPIRG intern class. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 310
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
Meeting Student Labor Action Coalition. 9 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis
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*
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Kickboxing class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., Ainsworth Gym
Tuesday, March 26
Lecture "Sober Landscapes: Nature and the City in 1920s Germany." William Rollins, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. 1:30 p.m., Wright Common Room
Lecture "Women in Buddhism and the Problem of Reinstating the Order of Nuns." Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Buddhist nun, founding member of Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women, winner of the Jacob Peace Award, and assistant professor of theology, University of San Diego. Sponsors: Ada Howe Kent Fund; East Asian and Women's Studies programs; religion department; Lecture Committee. 5 p.m., Seelye 201*
The 44th Annual Katharine Asher Engel Lecture "A Botanical Triptych." Philip D. Reid, Louise C. Harrington Professor of Botany. Reception follows at the Smith College Club. 5 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
Lecture "The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine." Barbara Tedlock, anthropology, State University of New York at Buffalo, and research associate, School of American Research. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Job search workshop for seniors. Strategize your job search by learning to uncover and target the hidden job market, research employers, network with alumnae and use the CDO's online resources. 4 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew
Meeting Keystone. 4 p.m., Wright Common Room
Quit smoking support group Drop in for inspiration to quit. For other "quit-smoking" resources, call health services, ext. 2824, or consult www.smith.edu/health/smokefree. 4:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis Center
Presentation of the major and minor Psychology. Refreshments served. 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer
Presentation of the major Mathematics. 5 p.m., Math Forum, Burton Third Floor
Meeting Amnesty International.
CDO workshop Finding Internships. Learn how to find an internship in your choice of field and location. 7 p.m., CDO, Drew
SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201
Meeting MassPIRG Arctic/Energy campaign. New members welcome. 7:30 p.m., Wright 232
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 Liv-ng Room*
Meeting Keystone. 45:30 p.m., Wright Common Room
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
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B (alternate weekly)
Religion lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C
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, March 27
Literature at Lunch Floyd Cheung, English, will read Seventeen Syllables by Hisaye Yamamoto. Beverages provided; bring a bag lunch. 12:15 p.m., Wright Common Room
Presentation of the major Physics. 4 p.m., McConnell 301
Presentation of the major French. 4:15 p.m., Wright Common Room
Meeting Smith TV, to discuss new programming. 7 p.m., Media Services, Alumnae Gym
Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Passover First Seder 6 p.m., Amherst College
Buddhist meditation and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Lecture "The Eucharist." Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., theology, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 7:30 p.m., 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
Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C
Softball vs. Westfield State. 4 p.m., Athletic Field*
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
Kickboxing class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio
Thursday, March 28
Lecture "The Importance of Art and the Learning Disabled." Martha Bushey, reading specialist and researcher, and Patricia Keyes, former educational director, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. 3:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Lecture "Wrath, Order, Paradise: Poet Writes Back to Dante." Mary Baine Campbell, English, Brandeis University. Sponsor: medieval studies. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture "Reasoning and Mental Content." Paul Boghossian, philosophy, New York University. Sponsor: philosophy department. 5 p.m., Dewey Common Room*
Lecture "Recovering the Old Ways: A Personal Journey Through Cree History and Spiritual Tradition." Cree Tom Ladoceur will speak about the origins of the Cree people and their spiritual traditions, the attempted destruction of those traditions by colonial institutions and the modern resurgence of Native spiritual practices. Part of the Kahn Institute project "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds." 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture "Brendan Behan and the Beats: On James Bond, Atomic Bombs and Cold War Sexualities." Stephen Watt, Irish and cultural studies, Indiana University. 7:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room
Presentation of the major East Asian studies. A new major in East Asian studies will be inaugurated in the 200203 academic year. Students are no longer required to propose a self-designed major and may submit a declaration of major form with the approval of a designated adviser. Join us for information and refreshments. 5 p.m., Seelye 207
Drop-in stress reduction and relaxation class with guest teacher Margi Gregory '67. Recover your smile, enhance well-being. Open to all Five College students, staff and faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:305:30 p.m., Wright Common Room*
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper and installation of Eucharistic ministers. Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., celebrant. 5:15 p.m., Chapel
Passover Seder 6 p.m., Field House
Meeting Newman Association.
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship All welcome. 8-9:30 p.m., Wright Common Room
Ecumenical Christian Church Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion and foot washing, led by the Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows, Protestant chaplain. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*
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, March 29
Concert Erin Keefe, violin, the 200102 Smith Music Series Emerging Artist. A fourth-year violin student at Philadelphia's prestigious Curtis Institute of Music who made her Kennedy Center debut in 1994 as a member of the National Guild Youth Orchestra, Keefe is a founding member of the Delancey Quartet. Tickets (585-ARTS): $7, general; $3, children/students/seniors. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*
Jittery's Live presents Traveling Matt
with Dr. Awkward. Grab your friend and come on over for an evening
of original music and fun. Sponsor: Smith Life and Learning.
Muslim services Congregational pra-yer preceded by lunch. Noon, Chapel
Good Friday Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion. Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., celebrant. 5:15 p.m., Chapel
Passover Shabbat Services Dinner follows in the Kosher kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room.
Language lunch table Hebrew. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C
Saturday, March 30
Softball vs. Wheaton; doubleheader. Noon, Athletic Field*
Lacrosse vs. Wheaton. 1 p.m., Athletic Field*
Tennis vs. Brandeis. 2 p.m., Tennis Courts
Sunday, March 31
Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection Fr. Peter E. Fink, S.J., celebrant. 9 a.m., Chapel
Easter Service of Celebration and Holy Communion Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows and special music by a local brass choir and student soloists. Easter brunch will be served in Bodman Lounge following the service. 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
Bug Box Opus, a three-by-eight-foot multi-image, high-color banner created by Sherid Adams, on exhibit on the Elm Street side of the fence surrounding the Smith College Fine Arts Center. An experimenter and theorist, Adams is the inventor of the Environmental Palette, a device that creates spontaneous compositions through random events. Part of "On the Fence, Public Art in Public Space." Through March 30. Fine Arts Center Construction Fence*
The Coaster Project: Destination, The
World, an installation composed of 99 hand-made coasters designed
by artists from around the globe for the TransCultural Exchange,
an international artists collaborative, on exhibit on the Elm
Street side of the fence surrounding the Fine Arts Center. Arranged
by Roger Boyce, assistant professor of art and a contributor
to The Coaster Project, the installation will be on view for
one day only, on Monday, April 1. Coasters will then be given
to La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant for distribution to the
public, on Thursday, April 4. Part of "On the Fence, Public
Art in Public Space." Similar installations of The Coaster
Project occur around the world through May 19. View coasters
online at http://transculturalexchange.com/coaster
Staff Picks: Favorite Photographs from the Sophia Smith Collection A display of 166 personal favorites picked from among the tens of thousands of historical photographs in the renowned collection. Some taken as early as the 1840s, the photos, by professional photographers and talented amateurs, depict important events, life in distant places, spectacular costumes, appalling working and living conditions and everyday activities. Through August. Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym*
Staff Visions The annual exhibition, featuring artwork by 33 staff members working in media including photography, oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil, porcelain, paper, jewelry and mixed. Through March 29. Book Arts Gallery, Third Floor, Neilson Library*
Women's Health Time Capsule exhibit.
This table-top display portrays a women's health timeline and
reflects the message of the Women's Health Time Capsule, which
was created by the Office on Women's Health of the federal Department
of Health and Human Services to celebrate the office's tenth
anniversary and the progress of women's health during the 20th
century. For more information about the Women's Health Time Capsule,
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*
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*