News for the Smith College Community //April 11, 2002

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A Daylong Spotlight on Student Projects

Whether writing a play, studying fine plant structure, composing music or examining the roots of religious conflict in the Sudan, Smith students, in collaboration with faculty members, often pursue research and learning opportunities beyond their classroom experiences.

On Saturday, April 20, Smith will recognize and celebrate those efforts in its first Student Research Day, a showcase of dozens of student projects-carried out with guidance from faculty-that will give the Smith community an opportunity to learn more about the students' work.

Titled "Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together," the event will feature more than 70 presentations in science and technology, instrumental and vocal performances, and talks on social, cultural and literary studies. In all, some 100 students will display or demonstrate their work during four sessions held throughout the day in various campus locations.

The idea for a Student Research Day was born in the Committee for Academic Priorities, says Debbie Cottrell, assistant dean of the faculty. "The committee knew that a lot of work went on through special studies projects, STRIDE projects, honors theses and research projects in courses, and they were interested in highlighting that in some way," Cottrell explains.

Project proposal forms were sent to all Smith students, inviting them to participate. The participants study in a range of disciplines, Cottrell says, and their research projects reflect that diversity. "We have quite a few projects coming from the Kahn Institute, several STRIDE students, several honors theses, some performances, some vocal performances and dramatic readings."

Student Research Day organizers hope for strong attendance from students, faculty and staff in the Smith community. Because the event falls on the same day as Discovery Weekend, a program for admitted students of color, it is expected to draw "a lot of external visitors, and admissions will be encouraging prospective students to come and see some of the presentations," Cottrell says. "It's dovetailing nicely to make people aware of this kind of work."

Cottrell says this year's Student Research Day may start a new tradition. "We see this as our beginning point, and we hope to build on it each year," she says. "I think it's going to be a really good day."

With GE Grant, Change Is On the Way

As the first engineering program at a women's liberal arts college, the Picker Engineering Program is already unique. Now, with the help of a $300,000 grant from the General Electric (GE) Fund's Math Excellence Program, it could conceivably revolutionize the way engineering is taught.

In collaboration with the Department of Education and Child Study and the Office of Educational Outreach, the Picker Engineering Program is using the grant to support a project that will re-evaluate engineering education and ultimately develop "a curriculum that has a positive impact on the attitudes, retention and career choices of all students, particularly women and minorities," explains Sandra Doucett, director of corporation and foundation relations. The project, titled "A Learner-Centered Approach Toward Quantitative Excellence," will be launched this summer.

According to Glenn Ellis, the Ford Visiting Professor in Engineering, the project's first priority will be to institute "an undergraduate program based on how people best learn, building on experiences in the classroom, where students are actively involved in what's going on in their learning."

This summer, a team of engineering, education, philosophy and mathematics faculty members will begin building "a detailed map of skills and concept knowledge that must take place in an engineering science curriculum," says the grant proposal.

The team's discoveries, Doucett says, will apply not only to undergraduate engineering education but also to engineering education at a K-12 level. "We're going to be developing some pilot curricula that will be designed for a pre-college audience, especially to encourage women and other underrepresented minority groups to stick with coursework at the high-school level that will enable them to go on to engineering and other technical fields," she explains.

To that end, a new course, "Discovering the Mathematics and Science of Music and Movement," will be added to the Smith Summer Science Program for high-school girls to teach the fundamentals of calculus and physics. Smith graduate students in education will evaluate the Summer Science Program course, then work with engineering and education faculty to translate their findings into modules for high-school classrooms, according to the grant proposal.

The grant project will continue for three years. While it aims to improve engineering education for women and minorities, "this is really going to help everyone in engineering education, because it's information about how to educate people in the best way," says Ellis. "And one of the exciting things about it is that it's going to be a partnership of education, engineering and outreach. Three groups that don't normally work together are going to be working together on something very good."

"The Picker Engineering Program is attempting to reinvent the way engineering education is executed," explains Domenico Grasso, R. B. Hewlett Professor of Engineering, who heads the Picker Program, "and this grant is going to help us, in conjunction with the education department, to develop new pedagogies which will serve not only Smith women well, but the engineering education community as a whole."

The grant itself, Doucett adds, "is a wonderful acknowledgement of what Smith is doing for women in technology. This is a big investment on their [GE's] part, and it means that they see Smith as an incubator for this kind of curriculum development."

The GE Fund, the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company, invests in improving educational quality and access and in strengthening community organizations in GE communities around the world.

Spaces Shift in Campus 'Musical Chairs'

Those who regularly work, meet and socialize in Lilly Hall will be doing business at new addresses during the 2002-03 academic year. The building will be taken off line for approximately eight months, starting in September, for extensive renovations.

The Mwangi Cultural Center, Black Students' Association, Nosotras and Smith African Students Association will move to the second floor of Tilly Hall; the Asian Students Association will be relocated to Unity House; and the School for Social Work and Graduate Office will take up residence in Bell Hall, which has housed the art department during the Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion project.

The renovation will include improvements to the "envelope" of the building, according to Noelle Owens, physical plant project manager, including its windows, brickwork and roof. The utilities will also be updated. Improvements to handicapped accessibility will include the installation of an internal elevator and fire egress stairs, which will require a rearrangement of existing space into a more efficient configuration. The new configuration will accommodate a new conference room, a large gathering space and a third-floor location that, in the future, will become a video conference room available for campus use.

The relocation of the building's current tenants is temporary. When the renovation is complete, the School for Social Work and the Graduate Office will return to Lilly. The location of a permanent home for the student groups is currently under discussion and "we are putting a high priority on finding suitable space," says Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college.

The Mwangi Center was named in 1973 for Florence Ng'endo Mwangi '61, Kenya's first female physician. It began as the Afro-American Cultural Center in 1968 and evolved into a multicultural center serving several student organizations. The center provides student members with a place to study, work, socialize and relax. The facility includes a small library, conference rooms, organization offices, the Roundroom, a lounge and a kitchen.

Tilly Hall, which was renovated a year ago, currently houses the Women in Technology International Invent Center, which -- in Smith's version of "musical chairs" -- will move to space on Green Street that is presently home to the Botanic Garden offices during that facility's renovation.

Three Experts to Speak on Campus

Kahn to Host Expert OnAlmost Everything

As the director of the Humanities Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and as a Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and of Medicine there, as well as the former president of the Modern Language Association, Sander Gilman's specific expertise is difficult to label. So broad are his interests, writings and experience that his informed perspectives can be cross-referenced in researching any number of topics: plastic surgery, Jewish-German literature, psychology, philosophy, sexual identity, or the mechanics of writing.

ut clearly, the humanities are one of Sanders' specialties. His recent book The Fortunes of the Humanities: Teaching the Humanities in the New Millenium, published in 2000 by Stanford University Press, covers much of the ground that he has spent his career studying and teaching, with chapters on teaching humanities in the future, thoughts on language trends and "How to Get Tenure," for example.

Gilman will present his perspectives during a lecture, "The Future of the Humanities in an Age of Diminished Resources: Collaboration as an Intellectual Strategy," on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

Though the scope of his research and writing may seem inordinately broad, the route of Gilman's scholarly pursuits has an "unmistakable logic, winding its way through the related intellectual thickets of racial stereotyping, of Jewish identity and self-hatred, and of the symbolic and material representations of gender and sexuality, of the body and its pathologies, and of the mind and madness," according to the Kahn Institute's promotional materials for the lecture.

The diversity of some of his published titles reveals some of that somewhat-circuitous logic. There's Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery, published in 1999; Smart Jews: The Construction of the Idea of Jewish Superior Intelligence at the Other End of the Bell Curve, 1996; Freud, Race, and Gender, 1993; and Goethe's Touch: Touching, Seeing, and Sexuality, 1988, to name a few. Gilman is the author or editor of more than 60 books and has held numerous professorships and received many academic honors.

Gilman's lecture is the second installment of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's Inaugural Lecture Series, titled "Collaborations."

Talk Topic: Race and the War on Drugs

On Tuesday, April 16, Deborah Peterson Small, the director of public policy and community outreach at the Drug Policy Alliance in New York City, will speak at Smith on "Race, Racism and the War on Drugs."

Small's talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.

The Drug Policy Alliance (formerly The Lindesmith Center­Drug Policy Foundation) is a reform organization that seeks to broaden the public debate on drug policy and promote alternatives to the war on drugs. The organization's guiding principle is harm reduction, an approach to drug policy and treatment that focuses on minimizing the adverse effects of drug use and prohibition.

"We do not believe that there is an ultimate solution to our drug problems," says a statement on the organization's Web site, "but we do believe that there are steps that can and should be taken soon to reduce the harms associated with both drug use and our failed policies."

Some of those steps, according to the Drug Policy Alliance Web site, include "making marijuana legally available for medical purposes; supporting effective, science-based drug education and ending support for ineffective programs" and "redirecting most government drug control resources from criminal justice and interdiction to public health and education."

Small, a graduate of Harvard Law School and the City College of New York, joined the Drug Policy Alliance in 1998. She has also worked as the legislative director for the New York Civil Liberties Union and as an outreach worker for Saving Families for Children, in Buffalo, New York.

Small's talk is sponsored by Meridians: feminism, race, trans-nationalism, and by the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Expert on Christianity to Give Lecture

In more than 20 years of researching, teaching and speaking on ancient Christianity, Paula Fredriksen has published extensively on a range of topics in her field and garnered several awards in the process.

Her most recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, published by Alfred A. Knopf Books in 1999, won the National Jewish Book Award. Her book From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus, published in 1988, won the Yale Press Governors' Award for Best Book that year. She's also published more than 20 articles on Jesus, Augustine and early Christianity as well as many reviews.

Fredriksen, the William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University, will visit Smith on Wednesday, April 17, to give a lecture titled "Jesus, the Temple Tantrum, and the Dog that Did Not Bark." Her lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye 106.

Fredriksen earned her doctorate from Princeton University in the history of religions, specializing in ancient Christianity and Graeco-Roman, and completed her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College. She held faculty positions at Princeton, Stanford University and the universities of California, Berkeley, and of Pittsburgh before joining Boston University in 1990.

In addition to her book awards, Fredriksen has received a succession of research and scholarly honors, including the Esther Kahn Award for best faculty book at Boston University, the Boston University Scholar/Teacher Award, the Severinghaus Distinguished Alumna Award from Wellesley College, and several distinguished lectureships and fellowships.

Fredriksen's lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature, the Program in Jewish Studies and the Helen Hills Hills Chapel.



March 27: Smith 2, Westfield State 3
March 28: Smith 1, Trinity 0
March 30: Smith 2, Wheaton 5
Smith 2, Wheaton 11
April 1: Smith 2, Amherst 0
Smith 4, Amherst 5
April 6: Smith 0, U.S. Coast Guard 5
Smith 2, U.S. Coast Guard 7


March 2: Smith 1, Skidmore 8
March 30: Smith 0, Brandeis 9
April 6-7: Seven Sisters Championship: 4th place


March 27: Smith 25, Elms 1
March 28: Smith 6, Wesleyan 19
March 30: Smith 4, Wheaton 17
April 2: Smith 7, Mount Holyoke 13
April 6: Smith 10, Babson 21


March 3: Mount Holyoke Show: 3rd place
March 9: UMass Show: 4th place
March 30: Amherst Show: 3rd place


March 30: MIT/Dartmouth/UNH: Varsity 8, 3rd place
April 6-7: Wesleyan/Colby/WPI Vassar, Willimette: Varsity 8, 2nd place

Megan Jamieson '03 was recently named a recipient of the Truman Fellowship, a prestigious award given to students to support their graduate school education in preparation for careers in government or other types of public service. The fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend, $3,000 of which can be applied toward the recipient's senior-year fees and $27,000 for two or three years of graduate study. Jamieson, of Randolph Center, Vermont, is majoring in comparative literature and German studies and aspires to a teaching career. She is spending her junior year at Smith's affiliated JYA program at the University of Hamburg. Jamieson is the eighth Smith student to receive a Truman Fellowship in the past 25 years.

Floyd Cheung, an assistant professor of English, has been named a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from Underrepresented Groups. The award will provide a $30,000 stipend and will pay him $1,500 for travel and research expenses related to his book Reorienting and Disorienting America: The Epistemological Challenge of Asian American Literature Before 1965. Cheung, who came to Smith in 1999, also received the Junior Faculty Teaching Award in February, an annual award given by students.

Ann Arnett Ferguson, associate professor of Afro-American studies and women's studies, recently received a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for her book Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity, published in 2000. The award, given annually by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, commends works that increase understanding of the causes of bigotry and present alternative options for creating greater social equality. Ferguson's book uses a study of daily interactions between school personnel and elementary students to investigate why African-American males are disproportionately the targets of school discipline and suspension. In the book Ferguson analyzes schools' practices of labeling fifth- and sixth-grade African-American boys as "unsalvageable" and "bound for jail." Founded in 1984 in conjunction with the Boston University School of Social Work, the Gustavus Myers Center works to promote living out diversity equitably.

Ellen Gethner '81 was named in January as a recipient of the Chauvenet Prize, awarded annually by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to members who have written outstanding articles on mathematical topics. Gethner won the award for her article "A Stroll Through the Gaussian Primes," published by American Mathematical Monthly in 1998. The MAA is the world's largest organization devoted to collegiate mathematics education.

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


Video and Study Rooms
A video-viewing room and two group-study rooms are now open to Smith faculty, students and staff in Neilson Library. Rooms may be reserved for one to three hours at a time at the Neilson circulation desk, or by calling ext. 2895. Priority will be given to faculty members for class viewings. The video-viewing room (number 3/55, near the Kahn Institute) has equipment for playing videotapes, laserdiscs or DVDs, a 27-inch monitor, a large table and 12 seats. The group-study rooms (numbers A/67 and 2/51, in the south wing) have a large table and six chairs and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Chris Hannon, ext. 2911 or, with questions.

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.

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

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. 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.

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.

Online Reference Service
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 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.

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


Return Your Pink Cards
Seniors, it is essential that you return your pink marching/name pronunciation cards for Commencement to the Office of College Relations no later than Friday, April 12. If you have not done so, please return the card immediately; failure to return the card will result in your having to march with the house in which you presently reside (off-campus residents who do not return their cards will march with Hampshire House). Only Ada Comstock Scholars will be listed with the Ada group.

Examination Workers
Students interested in being exam workers should sign up in the Financial Aid Office.

Senior Opinions Needed
Seniors will soon receive a survey to be completed and returned to the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24. The responses to the senior survey will help shape Smith's future by assisting the Office of Institutional Research in assessing and planning; giving academic departments feedback on graduate school acceptances; helping the college's planning and policy-making committees improve college programs and plan curricula; keeping current lists of employers and graduate schools in the CDO that are interested in hiring Smith students and expanding the office's alumnae networking system; and assisting the Alumnae Association in identifying what young alumnae want.

This is the 19th consecutive senior survey; it consists of two sections. The first requests biographical information such as background and future plans and becomes part of a permanent alumna record. The second section asks questions about finances, attitudes and evaluations of the undergraduate experience; it was developed in cooperation with other institutions across the country. Because seniors from different schools will answer the same questions, the students' responses can be compared among the participating institutions. Data from the second section will remain confidential and be used only to construct a statistical class profile. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 3021.

IES Achievement Scholarships
Are you looking for financial aid support for study abroad? The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) awards $1,200--$3,000 scholarships for study in its programs in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Scholarships are awarded in 14 categories, including international relations, high academic achievement and excellence in a foreign language. IES is an approved study-abroad provider for Smith students. To apply, students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.3. Write a personal statement about cross-cultural interests, as well as a comparative essay (some scholarships require the essay to be written in a foreign language; others require an artistic submission, such as slides of visual art work, poems or a video of a dramatic performance). The deadline for IES Achievement Scholarships applications for fall 2002 is May 1. For more information, consult

Health Workshops
Wellsprings Health Education Center (Smith health services) is offering several special spring workshops in addition to its regular Women's Well-ness workshops. On Thursday, April 18, "Diet Rights and Wrongs" will be held at 7 p.m. And on Tuesdays, April 16 and 23, "Exam Plan or Exam Cram" will be held at 7 p.m. For loca-tions and other information, consult health/healthed, or call Wellsprings at ext. 2824.

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

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 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 2002-03 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 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.

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. and 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.

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 nongovern- mental) 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.

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.

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.

Study Skills Workshops
The remaining study-skills workshop in the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning series is "Preparing for Exams," on Wednesday, April 24, 3-4 p.m. To register (required), sign up in the Study Skills Workshops notebook at the center, in Seelye 307, or call ext. 3056. Individual counseling is also available; to schedule an appointment, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, at ext. 3056 or 3037.

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 15

Lecture "Ruined Cottages: A Legacy of the Picturesque." Donna Landry, professor of English, Wayne State University. Part of LSS 200, Issues in Landscape Studies. 2:40 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Biological sciences colloquium "Deciphering the Design of the Tropomyosin Molecule." Carolyn Cohen, Visiting Neilson Professor. Refreshments preceding in foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Chaired professor lecture "Tears of the Stars: Precious Stones in Medieval Art and Thought." Brigitte Buettner, Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of art history. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Reading Bernhard Schlink, German writer, professor of law, Humboldt University, Berlin, state supreme court judge and author of the bestselling The Reader, will read from his recent fiction, in English translation. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Lecture Yvonne Welbon, an award-winning independent filmmaker whose work is experimental and often autobiographical, exploring identity through memory, history, culture, race and sexuality, will discuss her career. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium

Performing Arts/Films
Film festival followed by panel discussion. Sponsor: Black Students Alliance. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Informational session "Experiences of an MD/PhD." Marion Sith-Waison '68. Lunch served. Respond to by noon on April 14. 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. 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

Reception for the Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibit. 4:30­5:30 p.m., Seelye (first-floor corridor)

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

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

SGA Spring Election Extravaganza Candidate debate. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Tuesday, April 16

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "The Mathematics of Plant Patterns." Chris Gole, assistant professor of math. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Lecture "Race, Racism and the War on Drugs." Deborah Peterson Small, director of Public Policy and Community Outreach for the former Lindesmith Center­Drug Policy Foundation, New York City, and former legislative director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. (See story, page 4.) Sponsors: Office of Institutional Diversity; Meridians; Real Cost of Prisons Project. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Switching of Self and Other: Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism." Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tashihunpo Monastery, Tibet. Sponsors: East Asian Studies Program; Luce Fund. 7:30 p.m. Wright Hall Common Room*

Poetry reading Stanley Kunitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will read from his work. Booksigning to follow. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Music in the Noon Hour Monica Jakuc, piano; Joel Pitchon, violin. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

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

Meeting Keystone. 4 p.m., Wright 230

Meeting Amnesty International
5 p.m., Lamont House

CDO workshop Writing résumés and cover letters. 7 p.m., CDO, Drew

Workshop "Exam Plan or Exam Cram." Sponsor: Wellsprings Health Education Center (Smith health services). 7 p.m., location TBA

CDO workshop Preparing for interviews. 8 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 pm, Wright 232

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/15 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*

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. Western New England. 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 17

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

Literature at Lunch Floyd Cheung, English, will read "Seventeen Syllables," by Hisaye Yamamoto. Beverages provided; bring a bag lunch. 12:15 p.m., Wright Common Room

Lecture Jeff Wuorio, author of Got Money: Financial Advice for Your Twenties and Thirties, and CNBC Guide to Money and Markets. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "World Ecology from an Indigenous Perspective: A Warning from the Elder Brother." Four representatives from Gonavindua Tairona, a political organization representing the Kogi, Arhuaxo and Assario of Colombia, will discuss the global ecological crisis and the responsibility of Americans and Europeans to respond. Sponsors: anthropology; Latin American studies; Lecture Committee, in collaboration with the organization "Arise for Social Justice." 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Lecture "Jesus, the Temple Tantrum, and the Dog that Did Not Bark." Paula Fredriksen, William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of the Appreciation of Scripture, Boston University. (See story, page 4.) Sponsors: religion department; Jewish studies; chapel. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Performing Arts/Films
Theater The House of Bernarda Alba. Julie Baber '02, director. Federico García 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*

Meeting Campus Climate Working Group. Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

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

Workshop "Diet Rights and Wrongs." Sponsor: Wellsprings Health Education Center (Smith health services). 7 p.m., location TBA

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/15 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

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

Softball v. Williams. 3:30 p.m., Athletic Field*

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

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

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

Thursday, April 18

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Lecture "Territory, Filiation, and Identity: The Construction of the Narrative 'I' in Postdictatorship Argentina." Judith Filc, Center for Comparative Literature, Columbia University. 3 p.m., Seelye 207

Slide lecture "Masterpieces of Medieval Russian Art and Architecture." Nikolai Borisov, Russian History, Moscow State University. 4 p.m., Hatfield 107

Lecture "The Issues of Conserving and Restoring Historical Musical Instruments." Darcy Kuronen, curator of musical instruments, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Sponsor: history of the sciences and technology program; departments of art and music; Lecture Committee. Reception precedes lecture. 5 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Does Our Language Determine the Way We See Color-Or Does the Way We See Color Determine How We Talk About It?" Paul Kay, University of California, Berkeley. Reception precedes lecture. 5 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "The Future of the Humanities in an Age of Diminished Resources: Collaboration as an Intellectual Strategy." Sander Gilman, director, Humanities Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago. (See story, page 4.) Second installment in the Kahn Institute Inaugural Lecture series. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

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

Theater The House of Bernarda Alba. See 4/17 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

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

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 4/15 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

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

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

Glee Club lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Take Back the Night Hear stories and stand in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence and/or rape. Candlelight vigil followed by reception. 9:15 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Friday, April 19

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

Lecture "Cyberart That Happens: A Curatorial Perspective on the Staging of New Media Art." George Fifield, founder of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, will speak on current practices of new media art. 4:10 p.m., Seelye 106*

Performing Arts/Films
Theater The House of Bernarda Alba. See 4/17 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert and senior recital, featuring the Soyoja Quartet (Alexandria Miller '05, violin; Kia Undenfeld '05, violin and viola; Julia Menge '02, cello; Juliana Han '03, piano) performing solo and ensemble works by Mozart, Schuman and Janacek. Call 585-ARTS for more information. 8 p.m., Sweeney Auditorium, Sage*

Meeting Brenda Allen and Maureen Mahoney will lead a follow-up luncheon to the Campus Climate Working Group discussions on race. Noon, Dewey Common Room

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 4/15 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Muslim services Congregational pra-yer preceded by lunch. Noon, Chapel

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

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

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

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

Softball v. Springfield. 3:30 p.m., Athletic Field*

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

Saturday, April 20

Lecture "Spolia and Memory: Ancient Fragments in Roman Architecture." Laetitia La Follette, art history, UMass, will explore the phenomenon of spolia, pieces of earlier public buildings that are showcased in new construction starting in the Third Century. Part of the Western Massachusetts Society of the Archaeological Institute of America's Twelfth Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture. 11 a.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert The Noteables will celebrate their 20th anniversary at the annual Spring Jam. Tickets: $3. 8 p.m., Chapel*

Theater The House of Bernarda Alba. See 4/17 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Spring Concert The Smith College orchestras, directed by Jonathan Hirsch, Joel Pitchon and Bruce Diehl, will perform Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, and Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Other Events/Activities
Conference "Celebrating Collaboration: Students and Faculty Working Together." During this day-long student research day, students will showcase their scholarly work in talks, panels, poster sessions, exhibitions and performances. (See story, page 1.) Preceded at 8:30 a.m. by light refreshments in Wright Common Room. 9:30 a.m., various campus locations

Luncheon "Celebrating Collaboration." All-college luncheon. Noon-1:30 p.m., Davis lawn (no luncheon in campus houses)

IASA Conference dinner featuring food, drinks and fashion from the African continent and Diaspora. Spice like you've never tasted before. Tickets: $4; $2 for children and seniors. 5 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

IASA Five College Cultural Show "Vukani: The Awakening," featuring Africana culture in dance, song, poetry and drama. Part of the 7th International African Students Association annual conference. Tickets: $4. 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

IASA after party Come and gyrate to reggae, zouk, hip-hop, soca and calypso. Tickets: $3. 10 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Sunday, April 21

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Joshua Nelson, African-American Jewish Gospel singing sensation. Tickets (available at Bart's Ice Cream and the Springfield Jewish Community Center): $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 1 p.m., Chapel

Senior Recital Christy Matheson '02 will perform "The Romantic Piano," a recital of works by Chopin, Schubert and Brahms. With Lauren McGuire, clarinet. Reception follows concert. 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Senior Recital Rebecca Raymond '02 will conduct the Smith Chamber Singers and Groove in performances of her original compositions and other works. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Meeting Gaia. 4 p.m., Bass 106

Meeting Smith African Students Association. All welcome. 4 p.m., Mwangi Basement, Lilly

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

Religious Life
ECC morning worship in the Protestant tradition. 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. 2 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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

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


Making a Difference: 60 Years of Support From the Friends of the Smith College Libraries featuring treasures from the libraries' collections made possible by the Friends of the Library. Through May. Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library

Telling Stories About Women's Lives A companion exhibit to the April 12 lecture by women's historian and Smith president emerita Jill Ker Conway on women's biography, memoir and archives. Through May. Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library

Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibit The fourth annual exhibition of artwork by Adas' children. April 15­22. First-floor Corridor, Seelye

A Fence in Bloom: "Soaking Up" Spring An installation of small circles cut from colored sponges, created by local artist Sally Curcio, a 1995 UMass graduate. Displayed on the Elm Street side of the fence surrounding the Smith College Fine Arts Center from April 14 through 28. Part of "On the Fence, Public Art in Public Space." Fine Arts Center Construction Fence*

All the Little Voices A collage of magazine and newspaper cutouts created by Emily Kolod '04J. Through April 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*

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