News for the Smith College Community //September 13, 2001

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Kahn Conference to Conclude Project

As the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute enters its fourth year, it is compiling an impressive list of yearlong projects. While bringing together dozens of faculty and student scholars, the Kahn projects have also explored, researched and documented a wide spectrum of contemporary topics that are pertinent to the sociology of the new millennium.

Last fall, the institute launched its fourth yearlong project, "From Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium," with the overarching goal of clarifying and deepening an understanding of activism and social movements through a prolonged series of interdisciplinary discussions and ongoing student-faculty research.

Now, as the Kahn Institute fellows near the completion of the project, their goals have been realized, they say, albeit with some unexpected changes. One shift in their expectations "had to do with our understanding of globalization," wrote the fellows in a project summary. "We had initially expected that our studies of 'community activism' would divide into two groups: those working on movements within the U.S. and those working on movements outside the U.S. But it soon became evident that our intellectual interests did not 'map' onto geography in the ways that we had anticipated. Over the course of the project we all became more acutely aware of the impact of globalization on movements and activism everywhere."

Next week, when the Kahn Institute presents "Global Movements, Local Resistances: Community, Identity, and Social Change," a three-day conference that will conclude the "Community Activism" project, some of the project fellows' discoveries and many of their new questions will be the focus of a series of lectures and discussions.

The conference will open on Thursday, September 20, with the Smith premiere of Naming the Days, a one-woman play by artist-activist Deborah Lubar that follows three women who return to their country as refugees and struggle to redefine who they have become. The play, which will be performed in Hallie Flanagan Studio at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, will also run on Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, each evening at 8 p.m. For the first performance only, admission will be free to people with a Smith College identification card.

On Friday, September 21, the conference will continue with two open discussions, both in Neilson Browsing Room. "Community, Identity, and Social Change," at 2 p.m., will feature speaker Mary Katzenstein, of Cornell University, with comments from Kahn fellows. At 4 p.m., Nancy Naples, professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, will open "Globalization and Community Activism," with comments from Martha Ackelsberg, Kahn organizing fellow and professor of government.

Two panel discussions, on Saturday, September 22, will close the conference in Seelye 201. "Art and Activism," at 10 a.m., will feature Amie Dowling, of The Dance Generators, as well as Lubar and artists Julie Lictenberg and Eveline MacDougall. At 2 p.m., "Activism and the Academy" will include panelists Felice Yeskel, of the Stonewall Center at UMass, and several Kahn fellows.

Meanwhile, as the "From Local to Global" project wraps up, the institute's current project, "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds" is just getting under way and will run through the spring semester. Organized by Dennis Hudson, Vera Shevzov and Jamie Hubbard, all of the Department of Religion, the project will explore issues of religious tolerance and intolerance, especially as they are defined through the relationship between adherents to a particular religion and those who hold different beliefs.

The fellows pose the question, "Are those who dwell beyond a given sacred boundary -- the 'others' -- to be included, excluded, banished, eradicated or ignored" by adherents to a different religion?

Project fellows will conduct independent research on the phenomenon of religious tolerance while also studying historic and modern case studies, such as the fate of the Baha'i, and the portrayal of the religious "other" in miracle stories in the Russian Orthodox tradition.

A highlight of the "Religious Tolerance" project will be the six-week residence as a visiting Kahn fellow of Romila Thapar, professor emeritus of history at Jawarhal Nehru University in Delhi, India, and former Neilson Professor.

Thapar will give two public talks while at Smith. The first, titled "Cyclic and Linear Time in Early India," on the religious history of India, will take place on Wednesday, September 19, at 5 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. A reception will follow the talk.

In the spring, the Kahn Instutute will launch its sixth project, "Europe's Others/Other Europes," which will run through fall 2002. The institute will hold an informational meeting for students interested in applying for fellowships on Tuesday, September 18, at 5 p.m. in the Kahn Institue lounge in Neilson. Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 5.

Smith's UW Drive Adapts, Launches Anew

Following a successful campaign last year in which 35 percent of the campus participated, the Smith College United Way Committee will launch its 2001 campaign this month, after making some adjustments to address public concerns.

The committee will launch its campaign with a goal of $140,000. The theme of the campaign is "Help Change a Life."

Funds raised by the Smith College United Way campaign will be contributed to the Hampshire Community United Way (HCUW), which has set a goal of $2,000,001 for its campaign, which officially begins on Thursday, September 13. The county organization allocates funds to some 60 agencies and programs that help people in need in a variety of ways. Some of the recipients are the Red Cross, Amherst and Northampton survival centers, Jessie's House, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Girl Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Salvation Army and the YMCA.

An estimated one out of every four Hampshire County residents is affected by contributions to the United Way, according to the HCUW board of directors.

This year's Smith College United Way campaign, as usual, will include a campuswide fund drive that will award prizes to donors through a periodic lottery, including, for the first time, weekend stays in area hotels, plus an array of music recordings, books and gift certificates to local businesses.

For several decades, Smith has held a community-wide fundraising campaign for the United Way and in recent years, the college has accounted for a substantial portion of the total amount of funds raised by HCUW. In fact, with contributions totaling approximately 8 percent of the county's funds raised, Smith College is the second-largest contributor, surpassed only by the University of Massachusetts.

"There are a lot of very committed, very generous people in the Smith community who have identified the United Way as a cause worth donating their money to," says Sandra Doucett, director of corporate and foundation relations in advancement, and co-chair of Smith's United Way steering committee. For example, last year's campaign included 108 donations of $500 or more from Smith community members, Doucett says.

But she emphasizes that any donation, whether it be $1 a week or $10 a year, is appreciated. "However people can get started is a welcome way to change people's lives," she says. Smith employees can opt to contribute to United Way by designating a regular amount to be automatically deducted from their paychecks, Doucett points out. That option is included on the contribution solicitation.

In the wake of last year's controversy involving the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), in which the national organization's discriminatory policies were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Hampshire Community United Way board of directors voted last May to discontinue funding to the Great Trails Council, the regional chapter of the BSA, as of December 31, 2001. Therefore, beginning in 2002, the Great Trails Council will be ineligible to receive funding from the undesignated portion of campaign contributions. However, the group will continue to receive United Way contributions specifically designated by donors for that organization.

The Great Trails Council has typically received only about 1 percent of the HCUW's total allocation, according to the HCUW board of directors. "This means that 99 percent of the contributions benefit other agencies," reads a letter from the Smith campaign committee to former President Ruth Simmons last year. "These agencies would experience a severe curtailment of funding as a result of a decision by Smith to discontinue support for the United Way.

"We strongly agree that Smith must in no way condone discriminatory practices against any group," the letter continues. However, the committee feels that a protest against one group "can be accomplished without placing in serious jeopardy so many other critical community programs that support women, children, the elderly and other members of our community in need."

Smith community members will receive letters soon announcing the Smith College United Way campaign, which will continue into early December.

Soph Intern Applies What She's Learned

After a year of studying engineering as one of Smith's earliest Picker Program scholars, Meghan Flanagan '04 this past summer put some of her knowledge to work while picking up some valuable skills that she will likely need in the future.

As an intern with Daniel O'Connell and Sons, the construction company contracted by Smith to carry out the renovation and expansion of the fine arts complex, Flanagan participated in planning, surveying and overseeing blueprints for the project. "I'm being slowly exposed to a lot of stuff," she said in July.

Flanagan, who applied for the eight-week internship last year after hearing about it through the Picker Program, says her involvement in the project has been an eye-opener. "I didn't realize how many facets of work went into it," she says, noting the daunting coordination of subcontractors, the careful scheduling of each segment of construction and the millimetric specificity of measuring and planning. "I really had no idea of all that was involved. It's all totally new to me."

Flanagan has enjoyed learning how to survey, she says, a process by which distances, elevations and other topographical elements are calculated in preparation for architectural planning. She was charged with "shooting the numbers" -- surveying lingo, she explains-for Joe Borreck, the project's surveyor, on several occasions and helping to stake out building lots.

Now, as she drives along the highway, she will no longer wonder what's going on when she sees a surveyor peering through a surveyor's level on the side of the road. "You have these machines on tripodsnow I know what they are," she says.

So far, Flanagan has taken only courses that explore electrical and environmental engineering. She particularly enjoyed working on toy technology in her Introduction to Engineering course, she says. At this point, she's not sure what field she will pursue after college, though she's interested in civil and mechanical engineering.

If she happens to head in that direction, her internship will come in handy. Because of her summer experience with O'Connell and Sons, "I feel like I might be a step ahead when I go to find a job," she says. "I'll know what it's like out there. It'll be nice to know what all the numbers add up to."

For now, though, as she begins her sophomore year as a Picker Program scholar, she's keeping her interests broad by taking classes in theater, physics, music and art. That's, after all, one of the reasons she chose to attend Smith: for its strong academic offerings in the humanities coupled with an engineering program.

"It's neat to explore all these different things," she says.

Conference to Explore Art and Computers

Unless you book a flight to Paris and hoof it to the Louvre to take in da Vinci's Mona Lisa with your own eyes, it's likely that any duplicated image you see of t he artist's immortal painting will be dependent upon computer technology. If it hasn't been modified -- enhanced, cropped, brushed, highlighted, sharpened or copied by computers -- it's at least been transmitted digitally to a computer screen, and some form of computer alteration is common in many of today's images.

The advent of computer technology and its inevitable marriage with art has yielded a new hybrid: computer art, the hottest and hippest in modern art movements. Computers are involved in every aspect of today's art, from its creation and preparation to its distribution and presentation.

But artists and curators around the world are wondering where it will all lead. How far will computer science and art go? What does it mean to the future of art? Will the definition of art be changed forever? How will that change impact society?

On Saturday, September 22, leaders in art and technology will gather at Smith to explore these questions and more at "The Visual Arts in the Digital Age," a conference coordinated by the Smith College Museum of Art. The conference is sponsored by the Emily Hall Tremaine Fund and the Smith College Lecture Fund.

The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome by Susan Bourque, provost and dean of the faculty, and an introduction by Suzannah Fabing, director and chief curator at the museum.

David A. Ross, director of the San Francisco Museum of Art, will follow with the conference keynote address, "What's My Job? Artists and Museums in the (Post) Mechanical Age."

Other morning talks include "Digital Age, Digital Art," by Lawrence Rinder, director of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and "Borderless -- From Micro to Macro," by Karim Rashid, a renowned industrial designer and award-winning artist.

Afternoon presentations are: "Digital Imaging in the Conservation Lab and in the Museum Gallery: The Case of Mondrian's Transatlantic Paintings," by Ron Spronk, associate curator for research at the Straus Center for Conservation, Harvard University art museums; "Re-Siting: How the Web Relates to DIA's Mission as an Institution," by Sara Tucker, digital media director for the DIA Center for the Arts in New York; "Do You Still Believe?" by contemporary art specialist Kathleen Cullen; "The Web of Collaboration: New Technologies and New Opportunities," by Jennifer Trant, executive director of the Art Museum Image Consortium; and "Streaming Images, Teaching Technologies," by Dana Leibsohn, assistant professor of art at Smith.

Registration is required to attend "The Visual Arts in the Digital Age." To register, consult symposium or send email to

Smith As Community Contributor

Smith College does not generally provide financial support to other organizations since the college, too, relies on gifts to support its program and capital needs. However, once in a while, when an organization fills an important educational need in the community or provides the college, its faculty and students with services that wouldn't otherwise be available, Smith makes a financial contribution to that organization.

For example, the college's most recent contributions were $7,000 to the final phase of the Northampton Community Music Center renovation, and $25,000 to the final phase of the Forbes Library renovation. NCMC is particularly important to the community because it provides supplemental music education that the local public-school system cannot.

In recent years, Smith has also contributed funds for the construction of a new fire station; an expansion of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital; a major renovation project at Northampton High School; improvements to Elm Street designed to increase pedestrian, bicyle and automobile safety; and the purchase of a heat-imaging device for the city's fire department.

Ann Ferguson, associate professor of Afro-American studies, recently received the distinguished book of the year award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association, a national nonprofit organization of 13,000 sociologists dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline. The award, according to the association, honors "those who have made a significant contribution to the field of sex and gender through a book on the 'cutting edge' of sociological inquiry." Ferguson received the award for Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity, published last year. The 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. Ferguson analyzes schools' practices of labeling fifth- and sixth-grade boys "unsalvageable" and "bound for jail." Her book also explores how "bad boys" actively critique those labels and construct an alternative sense of self through race and gender identification.

Janira Bonilla AC and Luz Henao '02J, both Mellon Fellows, traveled for five weeks last summer to the Dominican Republic, along with Ginetta Candelario, assistant professor of sociology, to attend two major conferences and to conduct research and interviews with local writers and scholars. While there, Candelario and Bonilla attended a meeting with the president of the Dominican Republic, Hipolito Mejia, who, coincidentally, grew up with Bonilla's mother in the town of Gurabo. Meanwhile, Henao participated in the planning of Nosotros Colombia, an event sponsored by the Colombian embassy in Santo Domingo. "The ambassador was thrilled to have a Smith student help organize the event," Candelario reports.

Last June, Virginia Hayssen, professor of biological sciences, released a turkey vulture into the wild of Forestville State Park in southern Minnesota as 125 park visitors looked on. The bird had been found in December 2000 with a broken wing. It was taken to the Raptor Rehabilitation Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where its bone was reset and it was taught again how to fly. The release was preceded by a brief naturalist program. Hayssen, who frequently visits family members in the area, periodically does volunteer work for the center.

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


Dunn Garden Dedication
All members of the Smith community are invited to the dedication of the Mary Maples Dunn Hillside Garden, located behind Wright Hall and adjoining the Burton Lawn. The dedication will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, September 22, at 1 p.m. The garden has been donated to the college by faculty and staff in honor of Dunn, Smith's eighth president.

New Libraries Web Site
Thanks to the work of Smith libraries staff members over the summer, the libraries department has a new Web site with a list of great features. From the new home page, you can now search the catalog, connect to subject research pages, keep up to date with libraries news and events, and much more. The libraries will soon be seeking feedback from students, faculty and staff through conversations, observations, formal testing and an online feedback form. Send questions or comments to Sika Berger at

S.O.S. Sweater Sale
The Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) will hold its annual sweater sale on Monday and Tuesday, September 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gamut. Plan ahead for the cold days of winter by purchasing hand-knit wool and alpaca sweaters, ponchos, scarves, gloves, mittens, blankets and more. Proceeds will benefit S.O.S. and its work with local nonprofit community agencies.

Disability Services Jobs
The Office of Disability Services seeks employees for the following positions: office assistants (3 openings), ACCESS van drivers (6 openings) and an ACCESS van coordinator. Office assistants, who are needed mornings, afternoons and during lunch hours, are responsible for greeting people, covering telephones/TTY, distributing mail and operating office equipment as needed. Successful candidates must be reliable, discreet and somewhat independent, with strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail. ACCESS van drivers will work in two- to three-hour blocks, from Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are responsible for transporting Smith community members with disabilities around campus and keeping a transportation log. Candidates must have clean driving records and be qualified to drive a Smith van. An ACCESS van coordinator will organize van schedules while assisting in hiring drivers and maintaining communication with and between passengers, campus departments and the Office of Disability Services. Candidates must have a Smith College van license and valid driver's license as well as excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, reliability and flexibility. The schedule is flexible. To apply, contact the Office of Disability Services, College Hall 31, at ext. 2141, or send e-mail to

Lyman Conservatory Renovations
The offices of the Botanic Garden will move temporarily to 42 Green Street while construction takes place on the front section of Lyman Conservatory. Telephone and fax numbers and email addresses will remain unchanged during the move. During the renovation, parts of the conservatory will remain accessible to the public; however, those parts will vary. The front entrance is not currently open; however, you can enter the building through the side doors. Also, restrooms will not be accessible during construction. Signs are posted to guide visitors. For more information, consult conservatory.html.

Museum of Art Information
The Smith College Museum of Art, which is temporarily closed for renovation and expansion, is scheduled to reopen in early 2003 when the Fine Arts Center project is completed. However, the museum remains active with several concurrent programs and an international tour of its collection. For information about the Museum of Art and its programs during its closure, consult or call ext. 2760. To become a member of the museum, call 585-3587.

Faculty and Staff

Photograph the Poets
The Poetry Center is seeking staff photographers for a dozen events this year. Candidates must be experienced, creative, adaptable, good at catching candid moments and available on Tuesdays, either in the late afternoon or evening. Photos will be used for Poetry Center publicity and on the center's Web site; they will be attributed to the photographer. Payment includes an hourly rate plus film expenses. Contact Ellen Watson at ext. 3368 or for an appointment and to show your portfolio.

Ticket Discounts
The Staff Council Activities Committee offers discounts to members of the Smith community for the following events: Six Flags New England Amusement Park's Oktoberfest, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September, and Frightfest, every weekend in October, $20.50 for adults (48 inches or taller) and $18.50 for juniors (between 36 and 48 inches tall), on-campus ticket sales will end in mid-September; and The Big E, which runs from September 14 to 30, $10 for those 13 and older, $8 for ages 6 to 12, children under 5 are admitted free. To order discount tickets, send email to staffactivities@smith. edu or call ext. 4424, choose option 1, and leave a message.


Mellon Fellowships
Applications are available for Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies, which are designed to help promising students prepare for careers in teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines. The Mellon Fellowship is available to first-year doctoral students. The application request deadline is Tuesday, December 4. Call Justina Gregory at ext. 3486 for more information.

Course Changes
Students will be permitted to change their classes online through Wednesday, September 19. However, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before adding that course to their schedules and are required to do so before adding a limited course.

Make-up Examinations
Students who were granted an extension for final examinations in the spring semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of this semester. Please call Jan Morris (ext. 2554) in the registrar's office to make arrangements. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19.

Five-College Registration
The deadline for registration for Five College courses is Wednesday, September 19. Five College registrations cannot be accepted after this date. Registration forms are available in the registrar's office, College Hall 6.

Major Certifications-'02J
Certification forms were mailed to seniors who will complete their requirements during the fall semester. Major certifications for the class of 2002J must be submitted to the registrar's office by Wednesday, September 19.

Travel Reservations
Students should make end-of-semester travel reservations now, keeping in mind that final examinations are scheduled December 18-21. Students will not be permitted to take examinations early.

S.O.S. Fair
The S.O.S. Community Service Fair will take place on Tuesday, September 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Davis Ballroom. Representatives from more than 40 nonprofit community-based agencies will be available to provide information on how you can make a difference. Call S.O.S. at ext. 2756 for more information.

S.O.S. House Reps Training
A mandatory training session for all S.O.S. house reps will be held on Thursday, September 20, 6-8:30 p.m., in Bodman Lounge in the Chapel. Dinner will be provided. Meet other S.O.S. reps and board members. Learn about S.O.S. and events scheduled throughout the year. For more information, call S.O.S. at ext. 2756.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning's Tutorial Services Program has planned a series of hour-long study skills workshops to help students achieve greater success in their classes. Workshops are free, but require registration. To register, sign up at the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, in the Study Skills Workshops notebook. The workshops are: "Notetaking 101: How to Take, Organize and Use Good Notes," Wednesday, September 19, 2:45 p.m. and Thursday, September 20, 3:15 p.m.; "Reading to Remember," Tuesday, September 25, 3 p.m. and Friday, September 28, 2:45 p.m.; "Where Does the Time Go: Time Management Techniques," Tuesday, October 16, 3 p.m. and Wednesday, November 7, 4:15 p.m.; "Preparing for Exams," Tuesday, December 4, 3 p.m. and Wednesday, December 5, 4:15 p.m. Individual counseling is also available. To schedule an appointment, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, at ext. 3037.

JMG Storage
Students who stored items in John M. Greene Hall basement may pick up their items on Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.­noon. Students are required to present IDs and receipts in order to obtain their belongings. Items not claimed after September 15 will be removed by the college.

Parking Lottery
Parking lottery results will be posted at the Department of Public Safety on Monday, September 17.

S.O.S. Project
Join S.O.S.'s first short-term project of the year at the Food Bank on Saturday, September 15, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food Bank is a local nonprofit business that provides food for low- and middle-income families as well as the unemployed, victims of domestic violence and others. Meet in the parking lot of Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 8:15 a.m. Wear old clothes and shoes. Contact the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756, with questions or to sign up.

Nina Rothchild Fund
Small grants (usually less than $150) are available, on a one-time basis, to students who qualify for financial aid, to help defray the cost of text books, workbooks, emergency travel and special studies projects. Apply to Margaret Bruzelius, dean of the sophomore and junior classes, College Hall 23.

International Study Meeting
Students interested in studying abroad in the spring or next year can obtain important information at weekly sessions held by the Office for International Study every Monday at 4 p.m. The 45-minute meetings will take place in the resource room on the third floor of Clark Hall and will review study-abroad opportunities and procedures while providing answers to general questions. Also, an additional evening informational session will be held on Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m. in Seelye 106.

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, September 17

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

Meeting Amnesty International
4:30 p.m., Chapin House

Other Events/Activities
S.O.S. sweater sale Plan ahead for winter. Hand-knit wool and alpaca sweaters, ponchos, scarves, gloves, mittens, blankets and more. Proceeds benefit S.O.S.'s work with community nonprofit agencies.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut

Language lunch tables French, Italian. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room A, B

Computer science TA lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Tuesday, September 18

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "IP3R Part I: Pumping Iron, Dumping Calcium: Does IP3 Help Build Your Muscle?" Dany Adams, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Music in the Noon Hour. Joel Pitchon, violin, and Deborah Gilwood, piano. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Informational meeting for juniors and seniors interested in applying for a student fellowship in the Kahn Institute's "Other Europes/Europe's Others" project for spring-fall 2002. Meet the institute director and faculty fellows. 5-6 p.m., Kahn Institute Lounge, Neilson Library

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

Religious Life
Episcopal Fellowship meets for worship, friendship and fun. Eucharist, fellowship and light lunch provided. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Episcopal Church Living Room*

Keystone Bible Study Fellowship 4-6 p.m., Wright Common Room

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

Other Events/Activities
S.O.S. sweater sale See 9/17 listing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut

Language lunch tables Chinese, German. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room A, B (alternate weekly)

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

Wednesday, September 19

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

Lecture "Cyclic and Linear Time in Early India." Romila Thapar, visiting Kahn fellow, will speak on the religious history of India. Part of the Kahn Institute project, "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Ancient and Modern Worlds." (See story, page 1.) Reception follows. 5 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Meeting An overview of the CDO senior job search program, to familiarize students with the recruiting program, career fairs and online resources. 5-6 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

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

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

ECC Bible study Student-led weekly 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

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

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

S.O.S. dinner 5:45 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Thursday, September 20

Lecture "Limits of Interpretation." Michael Krausz, professor, Bryn Mawr College, internationally recognized aesthetics and hermeneutics scholar. Christoph Cox, professor, Hampshire College, will comment. Sponsors: philosophy and music departments; Lecture Committee. 7:30 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Theatre Naming the Days, the newest one-woman play by artist-activist Deborah Lubar. The play follows three wildly different women returning to their own country as refugees, and struggling with surprising humor to piece together the broken bits of who they are now. Kick-off event for the Kahn Institute conference, "Global Movements, Local Resistances: Community, Identity, and Social Change," part of the "Community Activism" project. Sponsors: Kahn Institute; theatre department. Tickets: $10 (free with Smith College I.D., September 20 only). 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Training and Development Workshop "Designing Extraordinary Futures." Ingrid Bredenberg, leading trainer of boosting human potential. 9 a.m.-noon, Dewey Common Room

Informational meeting on Anthropology 242J, Andean Amazonian Spirituality and In-Situ Biodiversity, the January interterm 2002 program in biocultural diversity in the Peruvian high Amazon. Open to Five College students. For more information, consult 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting for juniors and seniors planning to apply to health profession schools. The Board of Pre-Health Advisers will provide information on admission exams, application procedures and services, and other topics. 5 p.m., Burton 101

S.O.S. training session Mandatory for S.O.S. house representatives. Meet other house reps and the S.O.S. board, and learn about this year's S.O.S. events. Dinner provided. For more information, call the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Meeting Smith TV. 7 p.m., Media Resources Center

Religious Life
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

Intervarsity prayer meeting 7-10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis Ballroom

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

Glee Club lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Friday, September 21

Open discussion "Community, Identity, and Social Change." Mary Katzenstein, government professor, Cornell University; Nancy Whittier, sociology department and Kahn organizing fellow; and Lauren Duncan, psychology department and Kahn fellow. Part of the conference, "Global Movements, Local Resistances: Community, Identity and Social Change" of the Kahn Institute project "From Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium." (See story, page 1.) 2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Open discussion "Globalization and Community Activism." Nancy Naples, sociology professor, University of California-Irvine; and several Kahn fellows. Part of the conference, "Global Movements, Local Resistances: Community, Identity and Social Change," of the Kahn Institute project "From Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium." (See story, page 1.) 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Theatre Naming the Days. See 9/20 listing. Tickets: $10. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

CDO Workshop Career conversation with Jodie Burke '97 about audio production careers. Burke works for Antenna Audio, Inc., which prepares interactive audio programs for cultural, natural and historic sites, such as museums. 4:15 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew

Religious Life
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

Symposium Dinner to open "The Visual Arts in the Digital Age." (See 9/22 listing). Registration required. For more information, consult 6 p.m., Alumnae House

Saturday, September 22

Symposium "The Visual Arts in the Digital Age." Speakers will explore from a critical perspective the impact of computer science on art, from creation to dissemination. They will also discuss recent developments at the nexus of art and technology. Registration required. For more information, go to (See story, page 4.) Sponsor: Museum of Art. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Panel discussion "Art and Activism." Artist Amie Dowling, playwright Deborah Lubar, and others. Part of the "Global Movements, Local Resistances: Community, Identity and Social Change" conference of the Kahn Institute project "From Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium." (See story, page 1.) 10 a.m., Seelye 201

Panel discussion "Activism and the Academy." Part of the "Global Movements, Local Resistances: Community, Identity and Social Change" conference of the "From Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium" project of the Kahn Institute. (See story, page 1.) 2 p.m., Seelye 201

Performing Arts/Films
Theatre Naming the Days. See 9/20 listing. Tickets: $10. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Other Events/Activities
Dedication of the Mary Maples Dunn Hillside Garden, given by faculty and staff in honor of the college's eighth president. Rain or shine. 1 p.m., behind Wright Hall*

Sunday, September 23

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

Meeting Gaia, for students interested in the environment. 5:45 p.m., Chapin

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

Religious Life
Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship in the Protestant tradition, with the new Dean of Religious Life, The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Walters. Brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., Chapel*

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

Roman Catholic Mass Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All who would like to sing in the Sunday choir, please arrive at 3:30 p.m. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Intervarsity Prayer Meeting 9-10 p.m., Chapel


The Henry L. Seaver Collections: A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Henry L. Seaver's Stunning Bequest Through December. Mortimer Rare Book Room vestibule, Neilson Library, third floor*

Paradise Gate A site-specific architectural sculpture made of natural materials by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty, which will remain on campus all year. Sponsors: Smith College Museum of Art; Botanic Garden. Burton Lawn*

The Journey Not the Arrival: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906-2001 An exhibition of rare materials from special collections, chronicling the life of the aviator, author and 1928 Smith graduate. Through October 31. Neilson Library, Morgan Gallery (entrance corridor) and third floor*

Linear Dimensions Recent figurative works, including paintings, drawing and sculptures, by Eileen Kane '67. Through Oct. 31. Alumnae House Gallery*