News for the Smith College Community //March 28, 2002

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Ties Made to Local Two-Year Colleges

Until recently, a student from Holyoke Community College (HCC) or Greenfield Community College (GCC) who wished to enroll at Smith might have had to work through miles of red tape to transfer the academic credits she'd earned at those colleges. Even then, some students might have entered Smith with half the credits needed for graduation while others might have enrolled with only a few credits applied toward their degrees, depending on which courses they'd taken in community college.

With new collaborative admission agreements between Smith and HCC and GCC, Smith hopes to alleviate some of the complications and ease the credit transfer process. "Talented students have transferred to Smith from Greenfield Community College [and Holyoke Community College] and we are looking forward to increasing those numbers," says a draft of the agreements, which will be signed on Wednesday, April 3. The collaborative agreements will serve as an advising tool for prospective students by detailing general information about transfering and providing a list of transferable courses, the draft states.

"Most colleges in the United States, four-year and two-year, have agreements with each other so that you know what it takes to get in, in terms of the GPA and the classes," says Sidonia Dalby, associate director of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, through which many community college transfers enter Smith. Often, after fulfilling the GPA requirement and taking the proper classes, community college graduates are guaranteed admission to four-year colleges and universities. "Smith never wanted to do that because we never knew how competitive [the admission process] would be from year to year, but we wanted students to know what kinds of courses they should take," Dalby explains.

And while the agreements won't guarantee admission to Smith, notes Debra Shaver, senior associate director of admission, they will give important advice about transfer procedures as well as a list of transferable course credits that will help community college students interested in Smith to plan their academic programs.

"Having a road map of courses to take and procedures to follow can make all the difference, both pragmatically and in terms of confidence, especially when you are returning to college as an adult," says Shaver. "We have seen women from GCC and HCC succeed marvelously at Smith, and we want to see that trend continue and strengthen."

As they drafted the agreements, officials at Smith, Holyoke Community College and Greenfield Community College went through lists of courses at each of the community colleges, then noted which of those courses Smith would count for credit. The agreements also include information on the admission and interview processes, financial aid, housing and an overview of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. "Ninety percent of the Adas are on financial aid and they want to be sure they can take the right courses [at a community college]," Dalby explains. "It helps them take less of a loan, and it works well for everyone."

The collaborating institutions benefit too, says Dalby. "The first benefit of the agreements is that they strengthen the ties between the community colleges and Smith," she says. "It's a really nice relationship we have with the community colleges and these are really good documents. They're our friends and hopefully this will strengthen our friendship."

The college created its first collaborative admission agreements a few years ago with Miami-Dade Community College and Santa Monica College. Those collaborations -- on which the new agreements are modeled -- have worked so well that Smith sought to extend its collaborative admission agreements to the two area community colleges as well. "We've had such good students from both those schools, and we want to continue that," Dalby notes.

About 100 students a year transfer to Smith from community colleges.

On April 3, a luncheon will be held at the Alumnae House at Smith, at which John Connolly, acting Smith president, Robert Pura, president of GCC, and David Entin, vice president for academic affairs at HCC, will each sign the respective collaborative agreements. Following the luncheon, some 60 current Smith students who transferred from GCC and HCC will join the guests for a dessert reception.

Expert on Women in Film To Lecture

Three decades ago, a group was founded to address the underrepre-sentation and misrepresentation of women in film. The group, Women Make Movies, is a "multicultural, multiracial, nonprofit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women," according to its Web site.

Since its founding, Women Make Movies has become the leading distributor of women's films in North America and has a catalogue of more than 400 films and videotapes of documentary, experimental, dramatic and mixed-genre works representing several styles, subjects and perspectives in women's lives. This year, Women Make Movies celebrated several successes at the Sundance Film Festival.

On Tuesday, April 2, Women Make Movies will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a lecture by Debra Zimmerman, the group's executive director. Her lecture, "Changing the Subject: Women Make Movies at 30," will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Sophia Smith Collection in the Alumnae Gymnasium. It will offer a retrospective look at women filmmakers in the 20th century and provide an over-view of women's filmmaking today.

"Because Women Make Movies supports production as well as distribution, because she has been with Women Make Movies for its entire 30-year lifespan, she really has her finger on the pulse of women filmmakers today," says Joyce Follet, a lecturer in the American studies department. Follet, who is also a filmmaker, became acquainted with Zimmerman when she produced a film titled Step By Step on the history of the women's movement. Impressed with Zimmerman's knowledge of and experience in women's filmmaking, Follet invited Zimmerman to present a guest lecture in her American studies course, Women's History through Documentary, in addition to the evening lecture.

Zimmerman's lectures will offer a look at the past, present and future of women's filmmaking and "assess the aesthetics and politics of feminist productions," according to a flier for the event.

Zimmerman has worked at the helm of Women Make Movies since 1983 and has helped the organization achieve success. Follett explains that when Zimmerman arrives at Smith, "she will have just returned from participating in an international film festival in Korea," where she is taking part in several panels, including two on film distribution and one on "Women and Documentary."

As Zimmerman's intensive involvement in Women Make Movies and participation in film festivals all over the world indicates, "both domestically and internationally, she is really at the heart of women's filmmaking today," Follet adds.

Notes From Study Abroad

Nothing Good Comes Easily

This is the third installment of a series of essays written for AcaMedia by students studying abroad, from locations around the world.

By Michaela Kelly '03

Had I written this essay last October, early in my homestay in Japan, I would have possibly written a diatribe against the homestay experience. But now it is March and I have changed, so I want to tell the whole story.

In some ways, homestay is hell: when I first arrived at my new home, only half-conscious with jet lag, I accidentally pressed the bidet button on the toilet seat because I couldn't find the flush handle. Water sprayed all over the bathroom and me. In the end though, despite that precarious beginning, my homestay has turned into one of the best experiences of my life.

Japan is not completely new to me. I had lived here before and went into the experience thinking, "there's nothing that could shock me."

How wrong I was.

The life of my host family is so different from mine, I found out. Many of the differences are small -- things I wouldn't even have thought about when I lived in the United States.

I think the first thing I noticed in my home is that my host mother almost always shuffles. I can't begin to describe how unnerving this was to me at first. The house is small and the opposite side of each room could be reached in only a few strides. But my host mother rarely (if ever) strides. Now I've picked up the habit of shuffling. And since I can't offer an explanation as to why it is done, it made me nervous at first.

My host father in many ways is not a typical Japanese man. He works at home, for one thing, while many Japanese men work long hours at a corporate office. He quit smoking, though a large percentage of people smoke in Japan, especially "salarymen." And, perhaps most unusual of all, he doesn't leave all the domestic chores to his wife, my host mother.

Like many Japanese, he often wears a mask when leaving the house. Similar to a carpenter's dust mask, it's worn almost everywhere outside the house from late October through March as a protective barrier to the smoggy air and germs. When I caught a cold in November, my host father delighted in telling me I should wear a mask and watching me turn up my nose at the idea.

When I first arrived in Japan, I experienced culture shock and everything seemed like a personal insult. When my host mother tried to explain how the toilet worked (understandably after the bidet button incident), I was offended that she didn't think I could figure it out (perhaps she'd noticed the soaked bathroom floor). I felt angry all the time and wanted to prove that I wasn't as inept as I always seemed to be. It was a difficult stage of my homestay. It was like going back and living through adolescence again.

When this stage ended -- and it finally did -- I found myself in a wonderful home, with two wonderful people who would go out of their way for me. Now we take trips to famous temples, we spend holidays together, eat traditional foods and laugh a lot. We have also discovered that we enjoy the same television show and have a long-standing date each week to watch it together.

My host mother and I sit together after dinner every night, just talking for an hour or more. We've carved pumpkins together and made brownies. They showed me how to make sukiyaki and have taught me some funny Japanese sayings.

Despite the hard times last fall, I have come to respect my host parents a great deal. They have allowed me into their family, given me a nickname, and shared their food, home and thoughts with me. Now I consider my year with them to be one of the best of my life.

I have been given an opportunity to make a new set of parents, who know me for who I am now instead of as a whiny 3-year-old or an angry 13-year-old. The homestay experience, albeit difficult, has forced me to rethink things I thought I knew and to grow in ways I hadn't thought possible. If there were a way to do it again, I would jump at the chance.

As my stay with my host family has probably altered their lives, they have changed me forever, too.

Conference Was All Geoscience

When more than 800 geoscientists converged on Springfield's Sheraton Hotel earlier this week for the 37th annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, Smith College was well-represented. Among the scientists presenting their research at the three-day conference (March 25-27), 18 were students and faculty members from Smith.

In addition to the Smith presenters, hosts for the meeting included scientists from the other institutions in the Five College consortium, as well as from Greenfield Community College.

Among the Smith faculty members were Amy Rhodes, assistant professor of geology, Robert Newton, professor of geology, and Bosiljka Glumac, assistant professor of geology, each of whom joined several students in presenting research.

For the presentation of a "Water Quality Study of a Cloudforest Watershed in Monteverde, Costa Rica," Rhodes joined seniors Evelyn Kim (the main presenter), Sarah Katchpole, Annalee Wells and other students. Rhodes also teamed for other presentations, including "Influences of Land Use on Water Quality, Mill River Watershed, Hatfield, Massachusetts," with Newton and Ann Pufall, a research assistant in geology. Glumac assisted Sarah Clifthorne in her presentation of "Delineation Between Marine, Brackish and Freshwater Carbonate Depositional Environments: Upper Cretaceous and Paleogene of Istria, Croatia."

In all, there were 11 such presentations (with equally scientific titles) by Smith scientists at the conference.

Smith geoscientists were also well-represented last November at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (the Northeast Section's parent organization) in Boston, a gathering of some 6,000 geoscientists from around the world. Among presenters at that conference were Glumac; Rhodes; John Brady, professor of geology; Robert Burger, the Achilles Professor of Geology; Allen Curran, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Geology; Neil Tibert, a lab instructor in geology; students Lindsey Able '03 and Michelle Snider '04; and recent graduates Amanda Trotter '01 and Gala Guerard '01.

Biographer of Jesus to Speak

The book Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography, published in 2000, is said to be one of the most comprehensive and intimate biographies of Jesus Christ ever written. Some scholars say the book is destined to change the course of religious education.

The book's author, Bruce Chilton, is one of the country's foremost authorities on early Christianity and Judaism. He is also the author of The Isaiah Targum, the first critical translation of the Aramaic version of Isaiah, as well as of several academic studies that document Jesus' life in a Jewish context, including "The Temple of Jesus" and "A Galilean Rabbi and His Bible."

Chilton will visit Smith on Wednesday, April 3, to speak on "Jesus And Jewish Mysticism," at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye 106.

Referring to Chilton's latest book, the Right Reverend Frederick Houk Borsch, Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles, said, "Rabbi Jesus is as close as any reader is likely to get to the historical Jesus. Drawing on his profound knowledge of the ancient literature and archaeology, Bruce Chilton uses this scholarship and an informed imagination to present a bold biography of Jesus. One can see and hear, smell and taste the texture of Jesus' everyday and dramatic life."

Chilton is the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College. He has received numerous grants and awards for his theological research, including the A. Whitney Griswold Research Fund from Yale University, where he has also served as the first Lillian Claus Professor of the New Testament, and a Theological Development Grant from the Episcopal Church. In addition to teaching at Bard and Yale, he has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Munster. Throughout his career, he has been active in the pastoral ministry of the Anglican Church and is presently rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist.

Chilton's talk is sponsored by the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature, the Jewish Studies Program and the Chapel.

Tech Club Offers a Place to Start

When Gwyn Gaubatz '03 first arrived at Smith more than two years ago, she had never used a computer.
She wasted no time in getting to know the machine, though. During her two-and-a-half years at Smith, Gaubatz has discovered an enthusiasm for computer technology, declaring a major in computer science and helping found a club for computer dilettantes.

Last spring, Gaubatz, who is also majoring in American studies, helped found the Smith Tech Club, an organization dedicated to providing a forum for students with an array of technology interests and expertise.

The club accommodates a range of knowledge and ability among its 20 members, welcoming computer and technology novices and experts alike, says Honor Hingston '04, the Tech Club president. It offers a variety of activities, and members can "participate in the kind of things they want to participate in," says Hingston. "This is not hard-core computer stuff. I think we're really big on not taking ourselves too seriously."

At the club's computer workshops, Hingston explains simply, "The people who are experienced with computers run them and the people who want to learn attend."

The idea for the club, a revived version of one that died out in the early 1990s, originated with Eric Jensen, a UNIX systems administrator in the science center. He suggested to the club's founders -- all students in his J-term computer course -- that they revive the charter. So Hingston, Gaubatz and Angela Murphy '04, friends who share a passion for computers, enlisted two other students and registered their club as an official campus organization.

So far, the club has "been moving pretty slowly," admits Hingston. Still, the group has grown from its original five and meets regularly for discussion or tech-themed movie nights. The club has sponsored a campus-wide workshop and plans to work with the Society of Women Engineers to sponsor field trips, a newsletter and future lectures.

But for now, Smith Tech focuses on bringing students together to discuss computer-related topics and gain hands-on experience that they might not get in all computer science courses. "Some people have this other body of knowledge that doesn't get covered in computer science classes," notes Hingston. So the club fills in the gaps, she says, citing a recent event during which club members took apart, examined and reassembled a server donated by ITS.

Above all, Hingston emphasizes, the Smith Tech Club hopes to create a relaxed, social setting in which students can get to know others with related interests. As she puts it: "It's about bringing together people who already have these interests or who don't know really where to start."


Will return.

Longtime Staff Member Passes Away

Charles K. Barcomb Sr., a custodian and security officer at Smith for 32 years, died on March 18. A memorial mass was held on March 21 at Our Lady of Annunciation Church in Florence and the burial took place at St. Mary's Cemetery in Leeds. Memorial gifts can be sent to Our Lady of Annunciation Church, 42 Beacon Street, Florence, 01062.

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


Quit Smoking Support Group
Do you need some help in setting a quit date or support in staying quit? Come to a drop-in meeting every Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. in the Women's Resource Center on the third floor of Davis. If that time is not convenient but you'd still like some help quitting, consult for online assistance. For one-on-one help, call health services at ext. 2824 or 2823 to schedule an appointment.

Smith Summer Employment
The Office of Human Resources is accepting applications for summer employment, including custodial, grounds, general maintenance and kitchen jobs, in the Physical Plant, Residence and Dining Services and the Botanic Garden. All positions are for 40 hours a week (Monday through Friday) in various shifts. Applicants must be Smith students or dependents of Smith employees (faculty and staff), at least 16 years old by June 10, returning to school full time in the fall, and available to work through the end of August (some work is available after August). Applications are available at the Office of Human Resources, 30 Belmont Avenue, the circulation desk at Neilson Library, the College Club and the front desk of the physical plant. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Priority will be given first to returning workers from last summer, then to Smith students and college-age dependents, and finally to high-school-aged dependents. A wait list will be started for applicants who are not placed initially. All summer employees will be considered "returning workers" next year and receive priority in filling future positions. For more information, contact Serena Harris, ext. 2289,

Faculty and Staff

Summer Coed Softball
Smith will again enter a team in the Northampton Recreation Department's coed summer softball league. The team will play in the C division, so great ability and years of experience are not required. Women are especially needed. Practice will begin in late April, and the 16-game season will run from early May to early August. Games will be played weekday evenings and Sundays; team members should be committed to attending as many games as possible. Rosters are limited to 20 players (10 women and 10 men). If interested, contact Jim Montgomery, ext. 2921,


Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted online at and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, and in Seelye and Wright halls. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods, on May 7, 8 and 9, and during two periods on May 10. Note: There will be no examination period on the evening of Friday, May 10. 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.

Be a Junior Usher
Juniors, do you want to stay for Commencement? Be a Junior Usher. Responsibilities include helping with the Senior Ball, ceremoniously carrying the ivy chain in the Ivy Day parade and participating in Commencement and other events during Senior Week. The job includes free housing. If interested, contact Rye Zemelsky, ext. 6938,

AMS350 Seminar Applications
To apply for AMS350 Writing About American Society, leave a writing sample-along with a brief statement about why you want to take a seminar that focuses on reading and writing essays-with Barbara Day in the American Studies office, Wright Hall; also leave your name, telephone extension, and campus and email addresses. If possible, writing samples should be either an essay or short story (as opposed to an academic paper).

Master Tutors Needed
Are you looking for a job that's good for you, your résumé and Smith College? Tutorial Services at the Jacobson Center is seeking master tutors 2002­03 to provide individual and group tutoring in chemistry, biology, economics, engineering, French and Spanish. Master tutors will work between six and 10 hours a week (depending on the subject). Candidates should be prepared to tutor introductory-level courses in their subject. The ability to tutor upper-level courses is a plus. The job pays $7.45 an hour. For more information or a job description and application, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, ext. 3056 or 3057, or The deadline for first consideration is Friday, April 12.

Fall 2002 Registration
The spring advising and registration period will take place from Monday, April 1, through Friday, April 12. Students will receive registration instructions in their mailboxes. Registration will take place online and students should contact their advisers for appointments. All registrations must be completed by April 12.

Rotary Scholarship
Applications are now being accepted for the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, which covers all costs to study abroad in 2003-04. The scholarship is open to sophomores, juniors and se-niors. For information, consult www. or contact Don Andrew at The application deadline is Monday, April 15.

Fox-Boorstein Fellowship
The Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship of between $300 and $1,000, made possible by a bequest to Smith, is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in international organizations (governmental or nongovernmental, profit or nonprofit). Open to all students, the fellowship is administered by the government department. Applications are available in Wright Hall 15 and should be submitted there by Friday, April 12.

Get Out and Vote
On Tuesday, April 9, there will be a special election for state representative, First Hampshire District, which has been unrepresented for nine months. We need to have our community represented; get out and vote. For more information, contact Becca at ext. 6312 or

IES Summer Scholarships
See the world with IES. The Institution for the International Education of Students, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing outstanding study-abroad programs for American college students, is accepting applications for scholarships that will pay between $500 and $1,000 toward one of nine IES summer study-abroad programs. Scholarship recipients can take coursework in a variety of disciplines in programs in Beijing, Dublin, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Paris, Salamanca and Tokyo. To be eligible, students must: meet the requirements for, and be enrolled in, one of the IES summer programs; demonstrate financial need; and complete a financial aid form on the IES Web site, For more information, consult

Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship
This fellowship of up to $1,000, made possible by the generosity of Leanna Brown's father, Harold Young, is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in organizations (governmental or nongovernmental) focused on issues of concern to women. Open to all students, the fellowship is administered by the government department. Applications are available in Wright Hall 15 and should be submitted there by Friday, April 12.

Summer Grants Deadline
The deadline for submitting grant funding requests for summer study or projects abroad is April 15. Grant request forms are available in the Office for International Study, Clark Hall, third floor.

Poetry Center Jobs
The Poetry Center at Smith College is accepting applications for student internships for 2002-03, as well as for a part-time summer research position. Duties include writing publicity, ordering flowers, choosing poems, designing and distributing posters and stuffing boxes. Candidates must have an exuberant interest in poetry, strong writing and design skills, creativity, initiative and an ability to meet deadlines; computer design experience is a plus. Note: these are paid internships and students need not be work-study eligible. Send a cover letter and résumé, by Friday, March 29, to Ellen Watson, 108 Pierce Hall.

SSAS Grant Deadline
The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS) summer study applications is Monday, April 15. Applications are available at the CDO, and the offices of the Class Deans, Ada Comstock Scholars Program and Student Affairs. Return completed applications to the class deans' office. Call Anne White, ext. 2577 or, with questions. The SSAS also provides grants for emergency medical needs and offers seniors a special grant called Beyond Smith. Descriptions of SSAS grants and their requirements are listed on the back of the application.

Fellowships Info Session
A fellowships informational session will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Fellowship advisers will be availabe for breakout consultations. Fellowships offer amazing benefits, paying recipients to learn while opening doors to fascinating opportunities. The sooner you begin working toward a fellowship, the better chance you have. Don't miss this session.

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, 4:30-6 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.

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, April 1

Lecture "Made in Armenia: Historical Silks in the ALMA Collection." Susan Lind-Sinanian, textile curator at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts, will speak on the museum, its silk collection and the embroidered silk textiles created at Armenian-owned factories in Kharpert (Elazig), Turkey. Noon, Kahn Colloquium Room*

Lecture "Landscape Architecture: Safety, Security and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind." Len Hopper, head, landscape architecture, New York City Housing Authority, and president, American Society of Landscape Architects. Part of LSS 100: Issues in Landscape Studies. 2:40 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Biological sciences colloquium "Ecological Studies of the West Florida Shelf and the Dry Tortugas Marine Protected Area: Detecting Little Green Plants on the Ocean Floor and Determining Their Contribution to Fishery Food Webs." Carolyn Currin and Mark Fonseca, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Refreshments preceding in foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Chaired professor lecture "Repair: Life in a Universe of Breakables." Elizabeth V. Spelman, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Who's the Fool II. Hillary Hawkins '02, writer-director. A dramatic comedy that takes place at Smith, the film is an integrating project for a self-designed major in theatre and music. 7 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

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. Noon, CDO Group Room, Drew

Workshop "A Day in the Life of a Surgeon." Dr. Christopher Marvelli. Lunch served to those who respond by March 30 to manderso@smith.
edu. 12:15 p.m., Burton 101

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

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

Meeting Gaia. Environmental activism for "greening" the Smith campus. 4:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis

Meeting MassPIRG Interns. 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 Smith Labor Action Coalition. 9 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis Center

Religious Life
Prayer and Possibilities Share faith journeys and a sense of God's presence. 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. 7:30-8:20 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Tuesday, April 2

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Forces in Granular Matter: Your Vacation at the Beach Will Never Be the Same!" Nalini Easwar, physics. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Lecture "Politics, Courage and Power: Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights." Allida Black, historian and project director and editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers at George Washington University. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 206*

Lecture "The Start-up Garden: How Growing a Business Grows You." Tom Ehrenfeld and Gus Rancatore, creator of Toscannini's Ice Cream in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will talk about how to make a living by doing your own thing. Enjoy free, fresh ice cream from Toscannini's. Open to the Smith community. 4:30 p.m., CDO, Drew*

Lecture "The Trope of Temple Destruction." Anna Sloan, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in art, will present a critical investigation of the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan and the violence surrounding the contested site of Ayodhya in northeastern India. First of a two-lecture series, "From Spoliation to Synthesis: Islamic Response to South Asian Monuments." Part of the "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds" project of the Kahn Institute. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "Rosalind Franklin and the Structure of DNA." Carolyn Cohen, Neilson Professor, will discuss Rosalind Franklin's seminal work on DNA structure in her historical and social context. Final installment of the Neilson Lecture series on structural biology and the liberal arts. 5 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Lecture "Changing the Subject: Women Make Movies at 30." Debra Zimmerman, executive director of Women Make Movies, which was created in 1972 to address the misrepresentation of women in film. (See story, page 1.) 7:30 p.m., Alumnae Gym*

Lecture "A Birthday Present for the Empress Dowager: Gender and Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century." Lydia Liu, comparative literature, and the Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Poetry reading Jean Valentine and Sharon Kraus will read from their work. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Music in the Noon Hour William Wittig and Ellen Redman, flutes. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

GRE workshop This workshop is offered by the Jacobson Center to help students prepare for the quantitative section of the GRE by reviewing arithmetic, algebra and geometry skills. Noon, Seelye 313

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

Question-and-answer session with Jean Valentine and Sharon Kraus, who will read in the evening. 3:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Meeting Keystone. 4 p.m., Wright 230

Meeting Amnesty International.
5 p.m., Lamont House

Meeting for EDC 345. Mandatory for students planning to practice teach at the elementary level. 5 p.m., Gill Hall Library

CDO workshop "Finding and Applying for Internships." Tips, strategies and resources for finding the right internship for you. 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

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/1 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

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*

Green Tara meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan from Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet. Sponsors: East Asian studies; the Luce Fund. 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Dewey 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

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

Religion lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Quit Smoking support group Drop in for inspiration to quit. For other quit-smoking resources, call health services, ext. 2824, or consult 4:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis Center

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, April 3

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

Literature at Lunch Michael Gorra, English, will read from Diane Johnson's Le Divorce. Beverages provided; bring a bag lunch. 12:15 p.m., Wright Common Room

Lecture "Building As a Site of Tolerance: The Evidence of Indian Mosques." Anna Sloan, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in art, will argue that processes of construction and architectural documentation have provided spaces in which social, cultural and religious boundaries have been repeatedly transgressed, and descriptive categories continually reconstituted. Final lecture in the series "From Spoliation to Synthesis: Islamic Response to South Asian Monuments." Part of the "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds" project of the Kahn Institute. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "Jesus and Jewish Mysticism." Bruce Chilton, Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College. (See story, page 4.) Sponsors: religion department; Jewish Studies Program; Helen Hills Hills Chapel. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "Is the Population Crisis Over?" Steven Sinding, professor, School of Public Health and the School of International Affairs at Columbia University, and director general appointee, International Planned Parenthood Federation. Sponsors: Project on Women and Social Change; Population Committee of the Pioneer Valley Sierra Club. 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Informational session Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies. Learn how you can spend a semester in Maine documenting a region through words or photographs.
4 p.m., Seelye 207

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

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/1 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Hillel at Noon Noon-1 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

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
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

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

Thursday, April 4

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Applications of Psychological Type: Are Smith Engineers Different from Other Female Engineering Students in the U.S.?" Borjana Mikic, engineering. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Lecture "Witchcraft and Colonial Law in Kenya." Richard Waller, history, Bucknell University. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Annual Albert F. Blakeslee lecture "Physics at the Breakfast Table." Sidney R. Nagel, Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago. Reception follows in Wright Common Room. 5 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Jackie M. Pritzen lecture "Auspicious Exchange: Knotted Ropes and Rosaries in Colonial Mexico and Peru." Dana Leibsohn, art. Reception follows. 5 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Opening Our Hearts to Life by Reflecting on Death." Rodney Smith, author of Lessons from the Dying, teaches with the Insight Meditation Society and is a founder of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and Insight Meditation, Houston. Sponsors: Dhamma Dena Meditation Center; Chapel. Suggested donation: $7-$15 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). 7 p.m., Chapel*

Panel discussion on artists who create while carving out a space for their voices and visions. Participants include: Priscilla Kane Hellweg, artistic director, Enchanted Circle Theater; Sheree Renee Thomas, writer, poet and editor; Elizabeth Roberts, performer, filmmaker and writer; Ama Patterson, writer, legal editor and attorney; and Pan Morigan, composer, musician and theatre artist. Part of the "Women Artists as Citizens of the World" symposium. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Five College chemistry lecture "Undergraduate Student Research Discoveries: Novel Drugs from Sponges, Beetles, Giant Termites and Primitive Gymnosperm Vines." Eloy Rodriguez, Cornell University. 8 p.m., McConnell B05

Performing Arts/Films
Film Weekly showing of animé, Japanese animation. 7 p.m., McConnell B05*

Play reading Leah Ryan's The Wire. Lauren Appel '02, director. Part of the theatre department's New Play Reading Series. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Dance concert "Smith Dances." Annual spring concert featuring an array of works, from traditional Indian to modern to ballroom, by dance students and faculty members. Tickets (585-ARTS): $7, general; $5, students. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*

CDO workshop "Preparing for Interviews." 1:30 p.m., CDO, Drew

Meeting MassPIRG. All welcome. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 301

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/1 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Green Tara meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan from Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet. Sponsors: East Asian studies; the Luce Fund. 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room*

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. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright Common Room*

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

Intervarsity Christian fellowship All welcome. 8-9:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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

Fortune-telling fair and bake sale. Fortunes will cost $3­$5 on a sliding scale; crafts and baked goods will be priced individually. Sponsor: Association of Smith Pagans. 11 a.m.­4 p.m., Neilson Lawn*

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

Glee Club lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

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

Friday, April 5

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

Performing Arts/Films
Dance concert See 4/4 listing.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Mendenhall CPA

Senior recital Risa Sasaki will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy on fortepiano and piano. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Workshop "A Five-Act Mystery in Two Hours." A filmwriting workshop given by film artist Elizabeth Roberts. Sign up in T205, Mendenhall CPA, if interested. Part of the "Women Artists as Citizens of the World" symposium. 4 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Meeting Class of 2005. 4 p.m., Wright Auditorium

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
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/1 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Muslim services Congregational prayer preceded by lunch. Noon, Chapel

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

Other Events/Activities
Fortune-telling fair and bake sale. See 4/4 listing. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Neilson Lawn*

Language lunch table Japanese. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room A

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

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

Saturday, April 6

Lecture "Transgendered Portraits," a slide presentation by Loren Cameron, photographer and author of Body Alchemy. Sponsor: LBTA.
1 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Dance concert See 4/4 listing.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Mendenhall CPA

Concert "Castles of Gold." Pan Morigan and her band will perform music from her newly released CD of Irish ballads, and music and songs from the world music repertoire. Part of the "Women Artists as Citizens of the World" symposium. 8 p.m., Chapel*

Theatre/education workshop on creative conflict resolutions. Sign up in T205, Mendenhall CPA, if interested. Part of the "Women Artists as Citizens of the World" symposium. 1-3 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Fiction writing workshop offered by Sheree Renee Thomas, editor, and Ama Patterson, writer. Sign up in T205, Mendenhall CPA. Part of the "Women Artists as Citizens of the World" symposium. 3-5 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Other Events/Activities
Equestrian Regionals 9 a.m., Equestrian Center*

Softball doubleheader vs. U.S. Coast Guard. Noon, Athletic Field*

Lacrosse vs. Babson. 1 p.m., Athletic Field*

Sunday, April 7

Gallery of Readers Matilda Cantwell and Robin Barber will read. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Smith College Glee Club and Orchestra will perform Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the U.S. Naval Academy Men's Glee Club, Barry Talley, director. Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; James Ruff, tenor. Jonathan Hirsh, conductor. 2 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Film Keep on Walking. Documentary film featuring Joshua Nelson, African-American, Jewish Gospel singing sensation. Winner of the Northampton Film Festival "Best of the Fest" award. 7 p.m., Chapel*

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

Religious Life
ECC morning worship with the Rev. Eileen Lindner, deputy general secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ. 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*

Roman Catholic Mass 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

Crew vs. Vassar, Willamette. 9 a.m., Connecticut River


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 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." View other coasters online at http://transcultural Fine Arts Center Construction Fence*

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 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. For more information, consult http:// Through March 31. 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*

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*