News for the Smith College Community //April 4, 2002

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Weeks' Goal: Learning to Live With Fire

In January 2000, three students were killed and several injured when a fire devastated their dormitory at Seton Hall University. Reportedly started by students who tore down a paper banner, placed it on a couch and set it on fire, the Seton Hall disaster focused national attention on the issue of fire safety on college campuses.

Closer to home, the Delta Upsilon fraternity at UMass was completely destroyed by a fire last October. Sparked by a single unattended candle, the fire could have been controlled if detected in time, according to fire officials. Unfortunately --- and too typically -- the house's smoke detectors had been covered with plastic bags and disabled, allowing the fire to burn undiscovered by residents. Though there were no injuries, Delta Upsilon residents lost all their property and had to find alternative housing for the year.

With these two tragedies in mind, the area's five colleges have organized Campus Fire Safety Week, featuring informational sessions and demonstrations on fire safety and prevention in campus housing.

Fire Safety Week -- subtitled "Living With Fire Week" -- was coordinated in partnership with Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan as well as Ed Comeau, a local fire safety educator and advocate. It will take place Monday through Friday, April 8 through 12, on each of the Five College campuses. Universities in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas and Colorado will also be hosting their own versions of Fire Safety Week.

In an effort to accommodate students' schedules, organizers have programmed the events during Fire Safety Week for each of the five area campuses.

The Smith portion of Fire Safety Week will take place on Wednesday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Neilson lawn. A Safe Trailer, used by fire departments for smoke evacuation training, will be parked there for campus participation. The trailer simulates the smoky conditions of an actual fire and allows participants to experience it first-hand as they maneuver through a mock bedroom with low visibility. Amherst firefighters will conduct fire-extinguisher training, answer questions and distribute materials.

The highlights of the week will be the burning of mock dorm rooms, complete with smoke detector and drenching sprinklers, at noon on April 10 at Smith, and noon on April 9 in front of the Hampshire Dining Commons at UMass. As an added incentive to attend the UMass events, a mountain bike, kayak and other prizes donated by local businesses will be raffled off to Five College students.

Fire extinguisher training sessions and a booth display, staffed by the UMass student firefighter division, will take place at UMass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-11. Similar events will take place on April 9 at Mount Holyoke College, and on April 11 at Amherst College, each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Smith's Physical Plant will conduct a round of fire drills in nonresidential buildings during Fire Safety Week. The first round will focus on administrative and office buildings. Subsequent rounds of drills in academic buildings will follow, using the knowledge gained from the first round of drills.

"Historically, people think, 'nothing will happen to me,'" says Barbara Spalding, a project manager in Smith's Physical Plant and the college's Fire Safety Week liaison. "I think Seton Hall galvanized people into looking at their safety systems."

During the past three years, the college has spent approximately $65,000 to repair alarms, smoke detectors and sprinklers in its buildings, while an additional $6,000 is spent each year to test sprinkler systems, says Spalding. "Smith is very forward-thinking in having systems [sprinklers, fire alarms and smoke detectors] in all houses," she notes.

"Being a women's college, we are at far less risk [for fire]," Spalding explains. At Smith, "there is essentially no arson," and the risk of fire is "higher at coeducational institutions with off-campus housing." However, she adds, "high-risk behavior," such as covering or disabling smoke detectors, leaving burning candles unattended, or careless smoking and binge drinking, is more common in college housing and can make even the safest dorms potentially dangerous.

Smith Public Safety records indicate that each year since 1996 an average of 13 fire-related incidents have occurred on campus. The frequency of small-scale fires suggests that Smith students should learn more about fire safety and prevention, Spalding asserts.

"My hope is that people will take fire safety seriously," Spalding says. "If, by educating as many people as possible about safe practices, we can save lives and reduce damages, then we will have done a good thing for everyone."

Trio of Stars to Honor New Dean

A high-profile -- though disparate -- trio of women who have each gained celebrity status in their fields, will soon come together at Smith to participate in the installation of the college's new religious life administrator.

On Wednesday, April 10, Laurie Anderson, bell hooks and Jamila Wideman will participate in the panel "Traveling at the Speed of Life: Talking About Body, Mind and Soul," in recognition of the appointment of Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium.

The three women were chosen because of their dedication in their professional lives to deep self-reflection, says Judi Marksbury, associate director of college relations and a member of the event organizing committee. "As a result, they will have much to convey to the Smith community on the development of values and how those values have influenced their lives," she says.

"Traveling at the Speed of Life" will honor Walters' installation as Smith's first dean of religious life, a position created by the college in 2000. The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth V. Spelman, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities. A reception will follow in Neilson Browsing Room.

Laurie Anderson, a legendary, groundbreaking composer and performance artist, has presented her multimedia shows for 25 years in Europe and throughout the United States. She has released more than nine albums; her latest, Life on a String, for Nonesuch Records, received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik award for best album, the 2001 Tenco Prize for Songwriting, and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Engineered Album, Nonclassical. Anderson has composed several scores for film and dance, including the recent orchestra work Songs for Amelia Earhart. She was recently named the first artist-in-residence at NASA, and a retrospective exhibition, "The Record of the Time," which showcases her sound and visual installation work, is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, France.

Bell hooks, a visionary feminist thinker, cultural critic and writer, is a Distinguished Professor of English at City College in New York, and is among the leading intellectuals of her generation. Her writings address a range of topics, including gender, race, teaching and media in contemporary culture. But it is her love trilogy (the bestselling All About Love and Salvation: Black People and Love, and the recently published Communion: The Female Search for Love) that boldly and eloquently outlines her assertions and questions about the one topic that has occupied and inspired human philosophy and art for centuries. Since her first book, Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, published in 1981 -- which was named one of the "twenty most influential women's books of the last twenty years" by Publishers Weekly in 1992- -h ooks has written 18 books, many to critical acclaim, while her celebrity status has steadily risen.

Jamila Wideman's local fame, as a leader of the Amherst High School women's basketball team -- which won the High School State Championship in 1993 -- became national in her college years as a star guard for the women's basketball team at Stanford University. Wideman, after leading Stanford to three Final Four tournaments during her fours years as a starter, went on to become the third college player drafted in the inaugural year of the Women's National Basketball Association, by the Los Angeles Sparks. She has played in the WNBA for four years for three different teams, and in the professional women's basketball league in Israel, where her team won the national championship. In addition to playing basketball, Wideman has pursued her interests in writing and social justice, focusing on eliminating race, gender and economic inequities in the criminal justice system. She is currently in her second year of law school at New York University.

Walters, who assumed her position of dean of religious life last August, came to Smith from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was the university ombudsperson for five years. Since earning her doctor of ministry degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge in 1990, she has held several positions as pastor and ombudsperson in Michigan. In addition, Walters has taught, published several articles and given presentations about HIV/AIDS and sex education, ethics and student religious organizations.

Smith Alums to Speak on the Environment

As global awareness of environmental challenges grows, the need for environmental professionals and scholars is more pronounced than ever. Global climate change, habitat loss, air and water pollution, unprecedented extinction of species and population pressures on natural resources are just a few of the urgent concerns fueling this demand.

When five Smith alumnae return to campus to take part in the symposium "Smith Women in the Environment," students here will receive firsthand insight into how they can build careers in the environmental field while contributing to the earth's future health. The symposium will take place on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Neilson Library Browsing Room.

The participating alumnae work in the fields of environmental law and policy, international marine conservation, natural resources and land conservation, renewable energy, the media, environmental authorship and education. Some of the panelists have helped Smith students land internships in environmental fields.

"One of the most effective ways of navigating a career path is through alumnae," says Dawn Greene Norchi, the program coordinator of the Environmental Science and Policy Program, which is sponsoring the symposium. "I thought it would be most helpful for our students interested in the environment to bring to Smith young, highly accomplished alumnae to speak frankly about their professional experiences following Smith, and to offer friendly advice. This is a very dynamic group of alumnae panelists; all are making a difference and are at the top of their profession."

The five participating women are Aimee Christensen '91, an environmental policy attorney in Washington, D.C., who previously worked for the White House and the Department of Energy; Lora Harris '98, a doctoral candidate conducting research for marine habitat restoration at the University of Rhode Island; Erika Hammer-Klose '97, who works for the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole on a project that analyzes the future effects of sea-level rise on the U.S. coastline; Laurie Sanders '88, with the Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Program at UMass, producer and host of more than 35 nature documentaries for public television and the host of a weekly National Public Radio series, "A Natural Focus;" and Pamela Wyn Wicinas '92, a natural resources and land conservation consultant.

During the symposium, the alums will participate in a panel discussion on their academic and professional experiences as well as their career highlights and challenges, and will answer audience questions. A reception will follow the discussion.

"I hope the attendees will gain a helpful perspective on the nature of the environmental field," says Norchi, "particularly its broad range of options, as the diversity of panelists will demonstrate."

Leading Writer to Lecture on Babel

Cynthia Ozick, an acclaimed American novelist, essayist, critic and expert on the works of Russian writer Isaac Babel, will visit Smith on Monday, April 8, to give a lecture titled "What Isaac Babel Knew (and Western Intellectuals Didn't)."

Ozick's lecture, which will take place at 5 p.m. in Seelye 106, will draw on the stories of the Russian writer, whose accounts of his "hometown's rascally Jewish underworld " and the "horrific suffering of his fellow Jews" have been praised by Booklist as "vivid, ironic astonishing in their bloody yet lyrical intensity." Ozick recently wrote the introduction for Norton's collection of The Complete Works of Isaac Babel.

The author of several of her own works of fiction, including The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories, The Cannibal Galaxy and The Shawl, Ozick has been anthologized in collections from Best American Short Stories to The Norton Anthology of Jewish American Literature. Her work has won the National Book Critic's Circle Award for Criticism, the John Cheever Award and several O. Henry First Prize Story Awards, and she has been a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

"To read Cynthia Ozick is to be borne along by a mind passionately and intellectually challenged," declared Newsday in a review, and The New York Times has called her "a very good storyteller."

"Ozick's fiction distinguishes itself by the demands it places on the intellectual attention of the reader," says Justin Cammy, an instructor in Jewish studies at Smith, "by its ability to challenge readers with tough, even uncomfortable questions that defy facile resolution and, perhaps most importantly, by her belief that words carry moral weight which the writer must be willing to defend."

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Ozick's lecture is part of "a series of lectures and colloquia with students by leading critics and authors in order to energize interest in the expanding curricular offerings in Jewish literature at Smith," Cammy explains. The decision to invite Ozick "was based on her stature as the leading American Jewish writer of her generation," he adds.

Cammy has used works by Ozick and Babel in his courses, and he sees Ozick's upcoming lecture "as a dialogue between literary generations," he says. "It is not often that students have the opportunity to hear how contemporary imaginative writers read their precursors, and even learn from them."

Ozick's writing offers a compelling and nonconformist examination of Jewish culture, Cammy notes. "Ozick has shown that it is possible to hold an allegiance to art while taking one's own culture seriously. She rejects those cultural assimi-lationists who want their Judaism to stand for everything such that, in the end, it stands for nothing and defies the notion that the ticket to success as a writer in America necessarily demands that one sacrifice one's deepest beliefs to the temple of fashionable political and intellectual trends."

The day after Ozick's lecture, students in Jewish studies courses will have an opportunity to meet with the writer to discuss one of her essays on the future of Jewish writing.

Friends of Libraries Turns 60

Sixty years ago this past February, the Friends of the Smith College Libraries (FSCL) was launched to supplement the collection of books for the newly expanded college library system.

Specifically, February 20 marked the 60th anniversary of the organization, which was approved in 1942 by the Alumnae Council upon former president Herbert Davis' recommendation. The group was founded with a mandate "to stimulate interest in the library and to assist in building up its resources through gifts of books and collections, and through donations to be used in the purchase of desiderata beyond the reach of present library funds."

Since then, the FSCL has expanded its support for the libraries, providing financial support for staff positions and student internships, contributing funds for archival materials and other equipment, and offering training and general support for library employees and patrons. To celebrate the FSCL's 60th anniversary, on Friday, April 12, former president Jill Ker Conway will give a lecture titled "Telling Stories About Women's Lives: Biography, Memoir and Archives." Conway's talk, which is also the FSCL annual lecture, will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium.

Drawing from materials in the libraries' special collections, Conway will discuss the difficulties of biographical writing as they relate to women by examining works and personal papers of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Gloria Steinem. Conway, author of her own bestselling biographies, will also demonstrate how the libraries' special collections are rich resources for biographical research. A booksigning and reception will follow her talk in Neilson Browsing Room.

Also in celebration of the anniversary, there will be two exhibitions in Neilson Library through May. A companion exhibit to Conway's lecture, also titled "Telling Stories About Women's Lives," will be shown in the library's Morgan Gallery in the entrance corridor. And in the Book Arts Gallery on the third floor of Neilson, "Making a Difference: Sixty Years of Friends Support" will exhibit treasures from the libraries' collections that were made possible by individual FSCL members.

On Thursday, April 25, Elizabeth Harries, professor of English, will give a lecture, "The Glass Coffin: Framing Snow White," at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browing Room, in honor of the FSCL anniversary. A booksigning will follow the lecture.

For 60 years, the Friends of the Smith College Libraries has supported and come to the aid of the libraries in countless ways. Shepherded by Margaret Storrs Grierson '22 for its first 23 years, the group has become an essential element to the success of the college's renowned collections. "A library is the heart of a place of learning," said Grierson in 1942, "and on its excellence depends, in large measure, the quality of scholarship afforded by the institution. We are fortunate indeed that our alums and other members of the Friends continue to want to help us be the best we can be."

Sixty years later, Grierson's words hold equally true.

To join the FSCL, contact Irwin at ext. 2903 or

Topic of Talk: Van Gogh's Postman

During Vincent van Gogh's conflicted days in Arles, in the south of France, in the late 1880s, the often-troubled, frantically impassioned artist painted some of his most colorful and inspired works.

Even as he struggled with his increasing dementia and consuming depression, resulting in self-mutilation and residency in the local asylum, he continued painting what would become some of the foremost representations of the French Impressionist movement, such as The Night Café and The Public Gardens in Arles.

One of his most ardent friends during the troubled final two years of van Gogh's life was the Arles postman, Joseph Roulin. Van Gogh painted 20 pictures of Roulin and his family during that period. One of his portraits of Roulin, titled Postman, was procured by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and is believed to be the most expensive painting ever purchased by the museum.

That painting, which was acquired for the museum by Kirk Varnedoe, the museum's former chief curator of painting and sculpture, will be the topic of a lecture by Varnedoe on Monday, April 8. The lecture, titled "Van Gogh's Postman: The Portraits of Joseph Roulin," will take place at 7 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium.

Arguably one of the most important art curators of the late 20th century, Varnedoe has organized widely admired retrospective exhibitions of the works of Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly, as well as historical examinations of the works of van Gogh and Rodin. His 1984 exhibition "Primitivism in 20th-Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern" and his 1990 exhibition "High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture" were seminal events that continue to generate debate and admiration among artists, curators and cultural critics.

Varnedoe, a famously charismatic speaker, has lectured in distinguished venues throughout the world. He was described in a recent New Yorker profile as a speaker whose "fluency never seems rehearsed" and whose thoughts "come across with the headlong intensity and conviction of something voiced for the first time."

The author of more than 18 major books, Varnedoe has received numerous distinctions and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly known as "the genius grant," which resulted in his 1990 book A Fine Disregard: What Makes Modern Art Modern.

Varnedoe currently serves on the faculty of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, as professor of the history of art. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an officer of the French government's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Varnedoe's appearance at Smith is sponsored by the Department of Art.


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Online Reference Service Begins
To get real-time, live research assistance online, click on HelpNow!, a new resource introduced on April 1 by the Smith College Libraries to help students, faculty and staff with their research questions. By clicking on the HelpNow! link from the libraries' Web pages, users can chat online, through a dialogue box, with librarians. HelpNow! will be monitored from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays until midnight. Smith College Libraries join Wesleyan University and Connecticut College in this two-year pilot project funded by the Davis Educational Foundation.

Fire Safety Week
As part of Fire Safety Week, which takes place from April 8 through 12, a presentation titled "Campus Fire Safety: Get Out and Stay Alive," will be given each evening, from Monday through Thursday, 6:30­8:30 p.m. The Monday session, for students in the lower Elm Street area, will take place in Davis; Tuesday, for those in the Quad area, in the King/Scales dining room; Wednesday, for students in the upper Elm Street area, in the Cutter/Ziskind dining room; and Thursday, for those in the Green Street area, in the Park dining room. Attendees will make their own sundaes, view a video and discuss house and fire safety with Northampton fire department officials. For more details about Fire Safety Week, see the story on this page.

AIDS Quilt at Smith
The National AIDS Memorial Quilt is coming to Smith on Thursday, April 11, as part of a town-gown collaboration among the Wellsprings Health Education Center (HEC) at Smith, the center's Hampshire Educational Collaborative and the chapel. The quilt will be displayed at the chapel from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day. Meanwhile, the health services' peer sexuality educators will facilitate a five-week HIV/AIDS prevention program at Smith and will work with HEC students to make an AIDS quilt for the HEC Academy. Also, at 7 p.m. in the chapel, four Smith a cappella groups will perform in "Lifting Our Hearts in Song," a fund-raiser to support those who live with HIV and AIDS. The suggested donation for the musical fundraiser is $2; $1 for students. For more information, contact Connie Peterson, ext. 2824.

Student Research Day
On Saturday, April 20, Smith will hold its first Student Research Day to celebrate the scholarly work that results from student/faculty collaboration. The day will feature student presentations in a series of poster sessions, papers, readings, panels and performances that will showcase senior theses, special studies, independent research projects and creative work in the fine and performing arts. The event may include introductory sessions in the late afternoon and evening of April 19 and a picnic luncheon on April 20. For further information, contact Debbie Cottrell, assistant dean of the faculty, at dcottrel@

Open Campus and Discovery Weekend
Some 500 to 600 students and their parents will converge on the Smith campus on Thursday and Friday, April 18-19, for Open Campus, a program for admitted regular-decision students. Then, 65 to 75 students will remain on campus for Discovery Weekend (April 19­21), a program for admitted students of color. The guests will visit classes, attend special events and stay in Smith houses. Please welcome our visitors; they are the future students (and parents) of Smith.

Faculty and Staff

Employee Excellence Awards
The deadline for nominations for this year's Smith College Employee Excellence Awards is Friday, April 26, by 5 p.m. in the Office of Human Resources, 30 Belmont Avenue. Nomination forms can be hand-delivered, mailed, faxed (585-2294) or sent by email attachment to Nominations received after the deadline will not be accepted. The Employee Excellence Awards, which are peer-nominated and selected, are a unique opportunity for employees to honor the extraordinary work of their colleagues. Award recipients receive collegewide recognition and a $1,000 (after-tax) bonus. For more information, contact Patty Kimura, ext. 2286, or


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 im-mediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Senior Cruise
The Class of 2002 Senior Week Cruise will take place on Monday, May 13, on the Boston Harbor. The cruise is a picturesque and fun event that will include dinner, drinks, a party and the bus ride to Boston, all for $30. To register, send a check (payable to Smith College) by Friday, April 5, to Senior Cruise, Attn: Ruth Caceres, Campus Box 7370. Buses will leave John M. Greene Hall at 10 a.m. on May 13, and leave Boston that evening at 10 p.m. Questions? Send email to Information about other Senior Week events will be announced soon.

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,

Cycles Survey Reminder
To all students asked to participate in the Cycles Survey: Please complete the survey-it's your best chance to make your opinions heard. Instructions are on the survey form, but contact the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021, with questions.

Senior Class T-shirts
Senior class T-shirts are still available in the SGA office, Clark Hall, for $15 (baby) and $12 (regular). Proceeds will subsidize Senior Week events. Please support your class!
Send email questions to mpefole@

AMS 350 Applications
To apply for AMS 350 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, the writing sample should be either an essay or short story (as opposed to an academic paper).

Fellowships Registration
Juniors, sophomores and first-year students: Get in the running now for next year's fellowship competitions by participating in the campus support program. Register at dandrew@ The sooner you begin working toward a fellowship, the better chance you have to secure one. Don't miss a great opportunity.

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 for 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 3037, 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 should have received 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.

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.

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.

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, the 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.

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

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.

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. Our community needs to be represented, so get out and vote. For more information, contact Becca at ext. 6312 or

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.

Thursday, April 4

Fellowships informational session 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 of securing one. Don't miss this session. Fellowship advisers will be available for breakout consultations. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium

Monday, April 8

Lecture "Conserving Endangered Mountain Gorillas: Is Ecotourism the Answer?" Michele Goldsmith, Center for Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University Center for Conservation and School of Veterinary Medicine. Pizza provided. Sponsor: Environmental Science and Policy Program. 12:10 p.m., Engineering 102

Lecture "Shaping Plants That Shape the Landscape." Michael Marcotrigiano, biology, director of the botanic garden. Part of LSS 100: Issues in Landscape Studies. 2:40-4 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Lecture "Taking the A.D.A. With You: Your Rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act After College." Melissa Marshall, disabilities civil rights lawyer. 3 p.m., Seelye 304

Poetry reading Bernardo Atxaga, who has played a leading role in modernizing literary Basque and is the first writer in the Basque language to achieve an international reputation. Part of the Kahn Institute project "Other Europes/Europe's Others." Sponsor: Poetry Center. 4 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Lecture "Recent Assessments of Climate Change: Emerging Issues at Regional, National, and Global Scales." Cynthia Rosenzweig, director of climate systems research at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Sponsor: Environmental Science and Policy Program. 4:15 p.m., Engineering 102*

Lecture "The Prevalence of Nouns." Paul Pickrel, professor emeritus, English. Sponsor: English department. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 110

Biological sciences colloquium "How Does Anesthesia Work? Synapses, Mutations, and Mice." Neil Harrison, professor and director, C.V. Starr Laboratory for Molecular Neuropharmacology, department of anesthesiology, Weill Medical College, New York City. Refreshments preceding in foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture "What Isaac Babel Knew (and Western Intellectuals Didn't)." Cynthia Ozick, writer and critic, will comment on the tension between art, identity and politics in the life and fiction of Russian-Jewish writer Isaac Babel. (See story, page 4.) Sponsors: Jewish studies; comparative literature; Russian language and literature; Lecture Committee.
5 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "Van Gogh's Postman: The Portraits of Joseph Roulin." Kirk Varnedoe, art history, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. (See story, page 4.) Sponsor: art department. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

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 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

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*

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

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

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

Softball v. Western New England. 4:30, Athletic Field*

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 9

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "New Zealand: So Much Geology, So Little Time." Bob Burger, geology. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Symposium on student/faculty research on Smith's coral reefs monitoring and education project in Belize and the Bahamas. Lunch served. Sponsor: Environmental Science and Policy Program. Noon, Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

Lecture "Surviving Sorrow: Women and Empowerment in Post-genocide Rwanda." Catharine Newbury, Gwendolen M. Carter Visiting Professor in government, and author of The Cohesion of Oppression: Clientship and Ethnicity in Rwanda, 1860-1960, will focus on the role of women's organizations in rebuilding Rwanda following the genocide.
5 p.m., Wright Common Room

Lecture "Baha'is and Iran: A History of Persecution." Firuz Kazemzadeh, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and professor emeritus of history, Yale University. Part of the Kahn Institute project "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds." 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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

CDO workshop on writing résumés and cover letters. 4 p.m., CDO, Drew

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 Amnesty International.
5 p.m., Lamont House

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

Meeting MassPIRG Arctic/Energy campaign. 7:30 p.m., Wright 232

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/8 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*

Meeting Keystone. 4 p.m., Wright 230

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

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

Lacrosse v. Springfield. 4:30 p.m., Athletic Field*

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 10

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

Panel "Traveling at the Speed of Life: Talking About Body, Mind and Soul with Laurie Anderson, bell hooks and Jamila Wideman." A celebration in recognition of the appointment of Jennifer Walters as dean of religious life. Moderated by Elizabeth V. Spelman, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities. (See story, page 1.) Reception follows in Neilson Browsing Room. 4:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium

Meeting First of a series of luncheons hosted by Brenda Allen and Maureen Mahoney as a follow-up to the Campus Climate Working Group discussions on race. Noon, Dewey Common Room

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 4/8 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

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

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

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 11

Lecture "Prison Dharma." Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Zen teacher, Zen Mountain Monastery. Final talk in the Buddhism in America lecture series. Sponsors: Ada Howe Kent Fund, religion department. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "'Cultural Studies' and the Greeks: Sacred and Political in the Pagan Polis." Scott Scullion, classics, Union College. Sponsors: classics; ancient studies; Lecture Committee. 5 p.m., Seelye 207*

Lecture "Fission and the Normativity of Psychological Continuity." Jennifer Whiting, philosophy, Cornell University. Sponsor: philosophy department. 5 p.m., Dewey Common Room*

Lecture "Mt. Cuba Center: A Vision for the Future." Rick Lewandowski, director of the former country estate of the late Pamela C. and Lammot du Pont Copeland in northern Delaware. 7 p.m., Seelye 201*

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

Concert "Lifting Our Hearts in Song" featuring Smith a capella groups The Vibes, Noteables, Smithereens and Smiffenpoofs, to raise money to support people living with HIV/AIDS. (See notice, page 1.) Suggested donation: $2, general; $1, students. Sponsor: health promotion peers of Wellsprings/Health Education; health services; the chapel. 7 p.m., Chapel*

Theater The House of Bernarda Alba. Julie Baber '02, director. Federico Garcia Lorca's last finished play, considered his feminist masterpiece, is the story of five daughters fighting for love and freedom from their tyrannical mother. Tickets (413-585-ARTS): $7, general; $4, students. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Jittery's Live presents Dave Carter and Tracey Grammer with Meredith Kilough '02. An acoustic duo that will sweep you off your feet with enchanting music. 9 p.m., Davis, First Floor

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

Praxis informational meeting for sophomores and juniors. Learn how to obtain a $2,000 Praxis stipend to help with expenses related to a summer internship. Guidelines, application instructions and information on finding internships will be presented. Sponsor: CDO. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Symposium "Smith Women in the Environment." Five Smith alums will return to campus to discuss their experiences in reaching their career goals and to offer advice to students interested in pursuing careers in the environment. (See story, page 4.) Sponsor: Environmental Science and Policy Program. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/8 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

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., Wright Common Room

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

Lacrosse v. Williams. 4:30 p.m., Athletic Field*

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

Friday, April 12

Toolbox Professional Series "Balancing Career and Personal Life." Engineers Caroline Down-Lyons, Susan Grasso and Cher Nicholas will talk about their career paths and how thinking ahead can help balance personal life and career. Sponsor: WITI Invent Center; Picker Engineering Program. Lunch will be provided; bring student ID. 11:45 a.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Luncheon talk Computer science. Noon, McConnell 404

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

Lecture "Telling Stories About Women's Lives: Biography, Memoir, and Archives." Jill Ker Conway, women's historian and former Smith president. Annual lecture and 60th anniversary celebration of the Friends of the Libraries. (See story, page 4.) Booksigning and reception follow in Neilson Browsing Room. Two associated exhibits will be on view through May in the Morgan Gallery and the Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library. 2:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Open Mic Sponsors: The Siren; LBTA. 8 p.m., Field House*

Theater The House of Bernarda Alba. See 4/11 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert Contemporary music based on the Orpheus legend. Featuring the premiere of Orpheus on Sappho's Shore by MFA candidate Luna Pearl Woolf, libretto by Eleanor Wilner, and works by Rautavaara and Birtwistle. Jane Bryden, soprano; Jon Humphrey, tenor; and members of Five College music departments. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Workshop "Are My Clothes Clean? Women and the Global Assembly Line." Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, activist and author, will train potential organizers and talk about corporate excesses, global exploitation of workers, and the local, national and transnational relationships of sweatshop work. 2 p.m., Seelye 207*

Meeting Council on Community Policy. Focus is on matters of concern to the campus community. 3:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

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 4/8 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Muslim services Congregational prayer preceded by lunch. Noon, Chapel

Green Tara meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan from Tashilhunpo Monastery, Tibet. 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room*

Shabbat services with Rabbi Elyse Winick, a spokesperson for the conservative movement on college campuses. For more information, contact Hillel, ext. 2754. 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 Wilder and Morris houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, April 13

Poetry reading Antoine Emaz and Ron Padget will read to mark the occasion of the retirement of David Ball and James Sacre. 10 a.m., Alumnae House*

Panel "Life with a Theatre B.A." A discussion with Smith theatre graduates about their professional lives in television, film, production and performance. Featured alumnae have worked as playwrights, directors and producers. 1:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA

Roundtable discussion "Poetry and Translation." Part of the day-long series of events to mark the retirement of David Ball and James Sacre. Reception follows. 2 p.m., Alumnae House*

Poetry reading David Ball and James Sacre will read at this culmination of day-long events noting their retirement. 5 p.m., Alumnae House*

Performing Arts/Films
Theater The House of Bernarda Alba. See 4/11 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert Smith College Chorus, Pamela Getnick, director, will be joined by the UMass Men's Chorus, Wayne Abercrombie, director, and the Smith College Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Schubert's Mass in G. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Other Events/Activities
Tennis v. Williams, Bowdoin, Trinity. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tennis Courts*

Track and field Coed Invitational meet. 10:30 a.m., Athletic Field*

Softball v. Babson (doubleheader). Noon, Athletic Field*

Sunday, April 14

CDO workshop "What Is Networking and Why Should I Do It?" Learn why speaking with people in your fields of interest should be a key strategy in your internship or job search. 2 p.m., CDO, Drew

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
ECC Morning worship with the Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows preaching. Brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. 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. Hugh Crean, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel

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


All the Little Voices A collage of magazine and newspaper cutouts created by Emily Kolod '04J. Displayed April 8 through 19 on the section of the fence surrounding the Smith College Fine Arts Center that faces St. John's Episcopal Church. Part of "On the Fence, Public Art in Public Space." Fine Arts Center Construction Fence*

A Space Odyssey 2001 An exhibition of photographic art by Anne Ross '55. Extended through April 5. Alumnae House Gallery*

Staff Picks: Favorite Photographs from the Sophia Smith Collection A display of 166 personal favorites pick-ed from among thousands of historical photographs in the renowned collection. Through August. Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym*