News for the Smith College Community //October 25, 2001

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Cromwell Day Asks: Who Owns Culture?

Does anyone own his or her culture?

That's the question reflected in the theme of this year's Otelia Cromwell Day celebration, "The Politics of Culture: Appropriation, Appreciation, Interrogation." The week of festivities, from Sunday, October 28, through Sunday, November 4, will focus on personal ownership of culture and social mores of cultural appropriation.

"What does it mean when different groups use the culture of others for self-expression, to sell goods, to create a personal identity?" asks the Otelia Cromwell Day symposia brochure. "Does any group own its culture?"

Otelia Cromwell Day, which is officially on Thursday, November 1, is named for the first known African-American to graduate from Smith. Cromwell, who graduated in 1900, eventually became a professor and chair of the English Language and Literature Department at Miner Teachers College in Washington, D.C. The author of three books and many articles, she received an honorary degree from Smith in 1950.

A day was established in Cromwell's honor to provide the college community with an opportunity for further education and reflection about issues of diversity and racism.

The symposium "builds on a theme to get people involved in a long-term discussion, to provoke sustained discussions on diversity," says Brenda Allen, assistant to the president and director of institutional diversity, and a co-chair of the Otelia Cromwell Day planning committee. "Where do we all fit in? Otelia Cromwell Day allows us to put these kinds of complex issues before the community."

e event's keynote address will take place on November 1. Gina Dent, a visiting scholar in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss "Incarceration, Americanization, Exportation: Prisons on TV" from 1:10 to 2:30 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage. Her lecture will explore the ways that representations of prisons become sources of race-specific culture that are then exchanged and appropriated.

Dent is best known for her book Black Popular Culture, a collection of discussions by black artists, scholars and cultural critics on issues such as essentialism, materialism and sexuality. Black Popular Culture, published in 1992, was named Best Book of the Year by the Village Voice.

At 4 p.m., Dent will also lead a discussion on "The Intersections Between Cultural Appreciation and Appropriation: Lessons Learned" that will build on small-group discussions held earlier in the day.

The week of events will kick off on Sunday, October 28, with a 2 p.m. "Sacred Jazz Concert" in the chapel, featuring jazz pianist Trudy Pitts and Mr. C. & Friends. At 7 p.m. on Sunday, a screening of Spike Lee's film Bamboozled, a commentary on the history of minstrelsy in American theater, will take place in Wright Auditorium. The film will be shown again on Tuesday, October 30, at 9 p.m. in Stoddard Auditorium.

The film screenings will provide the source material for "Conversations: Bamboozled-The Media, Culture, Psychology and Identity," student discussions led by faculty members in various campus houses on Friday, November 2, at 4 p.m.

On Monday, October 29, Hawley Fogg-Davis, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin­Madison, will speak on "The Ethics of Transracial Adoption" at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Fogg-Davis, who wrote a book by the same title, will then discuss the issue with Barbara Yngvesson, professor of anthropology at Hampshire College.

At 7 p.m. on October 30, Sut Jhally, professor of communication at UMass and executive director of the Northampton-based Media Education Foundation, will give a lecture titled "Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Race." Jhally's lecture will analyze how mass media portrayals of racial differences can confuse social understanding of racial stratification. "America cannot think straight about race because it cannot think straight about social class," says Jhally in the symposium brochure.

Two theater events will accompany the week-long symposium. On October 31, actor and playwright Magdalena Gomez will present Chopping: A One-Woman Play in which Mina, a Puerto Rican woman, acts out the stories of three women who have influenced her life and identity. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

And on Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m., also in Theatre 14, performance artist Canyon Sam will present Capacity to Enter, a solo play that illustrates the conflicts between desire and identity, and Buddhism and modern-day America.

As part of the symposium, "The Fence Project," an interactive exhibition will run throughout the week on the construction fence surrounding the Fine Arts Center renovation project. The fence will be draped with a white canvas fabric; community members can use colored markers placed in canisters around the site to fill the canvas with thoughts, ideas and images pertaining to the week's events and concepts.

Otelia Cromwell Day is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Lecture Committee.

Panel of Alums to Discuss Money Smarts

A "Power Panel" made up of Smith alums-all Smith trustees as well-will appropriately mark the launch of the first year of Smith's Women and Financial Independence Program with a discussion on Friday, October 26, that will address the need for financial education for girls and women.

The "Power Panel" will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

Four alumnae, including writer, editor and Ms. Magazine founder Gloria Steinem, will share with current students things they wished they had known about money and finance when they started out, as well as their perceptions of how financial literacy (or illiteracy) can shape a woman's career and the importance of financial savvy, regardless of life goals.

Other panelists are Phoebe Haddon '72, professor of law at Temple University; Ann Kaplan '67, head of the municipal bond department at Goldman, Sachs and Co., who, together with her employees, provided $2.5 million in seed money to launch the Women and Financial Independence Program; and Judy Milestone '66, senior vice-president for network booking at CNN.

"Whether you're a museum curator, a CEO or a stay-at-home mother, you need to understand and take charge of your financial life," explains economist Mahnaz Mahdavi, director of the program. "Financial matters are not something to be left to someone else."

Moreover, Mahdavi points out, the financial well-being of families is increasingly dependent on the financial knowledge of women. Studies have shown that women today make 80 percent of consumer decisions.

Established earlier this year, the Women and Financial Independence Program sponsors several noncredit, evening and lunchtime courses and invited lectures on topics including tax planning, loan and credit card debt management, compensation and salary negotiation, philanthropy, investor responsibility, entrepreneurship and retirement planning. The courses, which are open to the Five College community, require no prerequisites and emphasize quantitative competence and financial literacy as essential life skills.

More than 300 people participate in the program's first two courses, "Financing Life," held each Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Stoddard Auditorium, and "Interpreting Financial News," held Wednesdays at 11:50 a.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.

For more information on the program, consult

Mayor to Share Life Stories and Thoughts

For four years now, several times each semester, Smith community members have been gathering at Helen Hills Hills Chapel for a series of noontime talks and shared stories about the actions, decisions and values that have shaped the lives of their colleagues and associates.

The series, titled "What Is Education for?" was organized by the chapel's Religious Life staff and features "informal conversation, where the speakers talk about their own life stories and how ethics and values relate to a person's life choices," says Hayat Nancy Abuza, interfaith program coordinator at the chapel.

On Tuesday, October 30, Northampton Mayor Mary Clare Higgins will become the first speaker from outside the immediate Smith community to participate in "What Is Education For?" when she shares her thoughts on the convictions and commitments that have informed her choices and career.

Higgins' participation in the series is part of a push to expand its focus and include people and perspectives from outside the academic community, says Abuza. "In the past, students have heard a lot about academic careers, and we wanted to broaden that this year."

Indeed, Mayor Higgins' life has been shaped, not by academics, but by activism. "The large part of her career has been as an activist," says Abuza, "specifically as a labor activist with daycare workers, advocating for better wages and better working conditions." Higgins has been a childcare teacher and center director, a program director for the Hampshire Community Action Commission, and a union representative for the Western Massachusetts district of the Day Care Workers' Union. She also "developed and directed a comprehensive program for adolescent parents and their children," Abuza adds.

Since her election to the mayoral office in 2000, Higgins has not faltered in her personal dedication to community causes. She has been a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women since 1998, and is the chair of the Northampton State Hospital Citizens' Advisory Committee. She was also a founding board member of the Northampton Area Land Trust.

"What Is Education for?" has earned the enthusiastic support of Smith's new dean of religious life, Jennifer Walters, who "is really committed to making the chapel a place where we will explore personal ethics and moral values through the kinds of programs that we bring and organize there," says Abuza.

Speakers in the series are asked to address "the link between their intellectual pursuits and the way their ethics and values are acted out in their everyday lives," according to a description of the series on the chapel Web site.

Abuza says the series is "one of the most popular programs that the chapel has offered. Sometimes students find out things about their professors that they may never have discovered, even after one or two semesters of courses with them, because the professors speak very personally and meaningfully."

Higgins' talk -- as are all the series sessions -- is open to the Smith community. It will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the chapel's Bodman Lounge. Lunch will be served.

Smith Ombudsperson Adrianne Andrews will speak in the series on Tuesday, November 13.

New Wall Gives Chance to Climb Higher

Amid all the noise and upheaval of the large-scale construction projects on campus, an exciting new addition came quickly and quietly to the Ainsworth Gymnasium last summer. Adjacent to the gym, the one-room addition features plenty of open space, but its centerpiece is a 30-foot rockclimbing wall and a complement of brand-new climbing equipment.

"It's a really nice wall with a lot of good features," says Scott Johnson, outdoor adventure coordinator in the exercise and sports studies department, who has 12 years of climbing experience. Among the features he refers to is a realistically sculpted wall that resembles an outcrop of rock and gives the feel of a real climb. Affixed to the wall are several marked routes labeled with tape and rated according to difficulty level.

"You can make your climbs as hard or as easy as you want," says Sonia Fortin AC. "It's a fun place."

Activity on the wall, which is open to Smith students, faculty and staff, "is starting slowly, but picking up as people start to hear about it," Johnson says.

New harnesses, shoes and climbing gear are available to members of the college community with Smith I.D. card and clinics are held at the wall every Tuesday and Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, to teach beginners how to use the ropes and to give more experienced climbers an opportunity to test out of the lessons.

Open climbing hours are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Friday, 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.


October 16: Smith 1, Springfield 0
October 20: Smith 2, U.S. Coast Guard 3

Field hockey
October 16: Smith 1, Springfield 6
October 20: Smith 2, Elms 0

October 16: Smith 3, WPI 0
October 19-20: Hall of Fame Invitational: 11th place

October 19-21: NEWITT: 19th place

October 20: UMass Show: 3rd place out of 13

October 21: Head of the Charles: Club 8: 7th out of 55
Club 4: 17th out of 58

Cross country
October 20: Seven Sisters Championship: 5th place

Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, edited and contributed to the recently published The Economics of Sport I & II, a two-volume tome of important scholarly articles published on sports economics during the past 50 years. The book is part of a series titled "The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics," published by Edward Elgar Publishers. The book addresses such topics as the theory of sports leagues, antitrust analysis and sports leagues, labor markets, discrimination, demand estimation, the economic impact of teams and facilities, and college sports. Zimbalist, who penned an introductory essay for the book, is the author of some of the articles.

Last February, John Gibson, lecturer in the art department, had a painting purchased by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art during a show of his paintings in New York. The painting, titled "Tadasana" (the name of a yoga pose), is a 4-foot-square piece depicting a pile of balls, Gibson says. "For the last 20 years or so I've been painting spheres, or balls," he says, "and this show in New York was mostly paintings of one or two balls-quite large, all on panel and all invented. I don't work from life." Some of the pieces in the show were as large as six by seven feet, he says. Gibson, who has taught at Smith for more than 10 years, has held about 20 one-person shows in the past 15 years in New York, Boston, Santa Fe and Paris. At present, he has a show running at the Miller/Block Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston and has paintings on display at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe.

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


Technology Advisory Group
A new group, the Committee on Administrative Technology Services (CATS) has been established to advise Information Technology and the vice president for finance and administration on policies, priorities, standards and services related to administrative technology. The committee will review long-term plans as well as progress toward established goals and objectives; recommend hardware and software standards for administrative users; consider centralization and decentralization of activities related to administrative support and the scope of user services; and offer advice about appropriate staff expertise, training and outcomes assessment as well as policies pertaining to access, use and maintenance of data in the college's integrated database. Smith community members may contact CATS members to voice their thoughts or concerns. CATS members are Linda Chirgwin, RADS; Ruth Constantine, committee chair, vice president for finance and administration; Debbie Cottrell, dean of the faculty office; Janet Hukowicz, ITS; Karin George, advancement; Herb Nickles, ITS; Ann Shanahan, college relations; Audrey Smith, admission; Susan Stano, student financial services; and Basil Stewart, controller's office.

Fall Preview
Groups of 150 to 200 high school juniors and seniors from across the country (some likely future Smithies among them) will come to Smith on Saturday, October 27, and Monday, November 12, for Fall Preview. They will participate in campus workshops, classes, presentations and social events to give them a firsthand look at the college. The students will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Please welcome them.

Red Cross Annual Meeting
The American Red Cross Hampshire County Chapter will hold its 86th annual membership meeting and tribute to volunteers, "Hope and Help Around the World," on Wednesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium. Featured guests will include September 11 Disaster Relief Team members and Amina Canterbury, a Somalian citizen who was reunited with her family through the help of the Red Cross. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Call 584-8887 with questions or to register to attend.

College Policy on Student and Employee Records
Smith College is committed to protecting the rights of students and employees. The college will comply with the law, which generally mandates the privacy of student and employee records. If presented with a valid subpoena for particular records, the college would comply by handing over copies of records to appropriate authorities. In any such case, unless legally forbidden to do so, the college would notify the individual(s) affected of its action.

Museum Trip Rescheduled
Because of recent events, the trip to New York City sponsored by the Smith College Museum of Art, originally scheduled on October 27, has been changed. "A Breather in the Berkshires" will replace the New York trip on Saturday, November 3, with scheduled visits to the Clark Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art and MASS MoCA. Call ext. 3587 to register.

Faculty and Staff

Annual Open Enrollment
The annual benefits open enrollment period will take place from Monday, November 5, through Wednesday, November 21. Open enrollment is the time when employees may make changes to their health and dental plans without the occurrence of a qualifying event such as the birth of a child. They may also switch between Tufts HMO and Tufts POS, or open or renew a flexible spending account. The IRS requires that a new application be completed for all flexible spending accounts during the open enrollment period. Open enrollment packets for benefit-eligible employees will be distributed at the Human Resources Fair on Tuesday, November 6, at the Alumnae House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open enrollment packets that are not picked up will be mailed to home addresses. The enrollment form and any applications must be completed and returned to Human Resources no later than Wednesday, November 21.

Denim Day Results
The Staff Council Activities Committee thanks everyone who participated in this year's sixth annual Denim Day fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A total of $4,445 was collected, a 62 percent increase over last year's record-breaking total. Thank you to building volunteers, who have made the work much easier; to the Smith College Club, which once again served as a collection point; and to the hundreds of faculty and staff donors who opened their wallets and gave so generously.

Human Resources Fair 2001
Please join the Office of Human Resources (HR) staff at the Alumnae House for the Human Resources Fair on Tuesday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Representatives from Smith's health and dental carriers will be on hand to answer questions, and advisers from all of Smith's retirement plans will be available to answer questions about investment options. Other familiar folks at the fair will include staff from the Five-College Credit Union, the Smith College Campus School and Crosby Benefit Systems. And of course, massage therapists will be there as well. The Office of Human Resources will be closed that day. HR staff (who will be wearing yellow t-shirts) will be available for questions or assistance.

Potluck Dinner
The Staff Council Activities Committee is pleased to sponsor a potluck dinner on Monday, November 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Field House. Bring your favorite ethnic dish, tell why you chose it and bring recipes to share with other participants. To register, call ext. 4424 then press 1 to leave a voice-mail message; or send email to Contact Cheryl Donaldson-Davis in ITS for more information.

Halloween at Smith Club
The annual Smith College Club's Halloween Party, "Hallo-Buffet," will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 5:15 to 8 p.m. Featured will be Worms and Eyeballs (spaghetti and meatballs), Harvest Chicken, Gargoyle-gonzola Bread (gorgonzola bread), Ch-Ch-Chicken Fingers, Creepy Veggies, Graveyard Guck and Halloween treats and crafts. There will be dancing with D.J. Dan from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission: $11.50, adult members; $5.95, children 3 and over; free, children under 3. Nonmembers are also welcome for an additional surcharge. To make a reservation, contact the club office at ext. 2341 or


Students' Aid Society
The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society applications for Interterm study grants is Thurday, November 15. The grants can be used to cover fees and costs associated with credit-bearing trips, programs and courses held during Interterm (January 7­26, 2002). Applications are available in the class deans' office, the CDO, Ada Comstock Program office, the Office of Student Affairs and the SSAS mailbox in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Contact Anne White, at ext. 2577 or, with questions. The Smith Student Aid Society also offers grants for emergency/medical expenses, summer study and fine arts supplies, as well as Beyond Smith grants, which help Smith seniors with expenses related to interview travel and clothing, graduate application fees and fine arts portfolio costs.

Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted on the Web at and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye Hall and Wright Hall. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 18, 19 and 20, and during two periods on Friday, December 21 (there will be no examination period in the evening of December 21). Students should check the schedule of exams carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Change in Student Payroll Schedule
Vouchers that were originally due on Wednesday, November 21, are now due on Monday, November 19, by noon. The voucher should include hours worked between November 7 and 16. Checks will arrive in campus mailboxes on Tuesday, November 27. Call ext. 4401 with questions. 

Health Services Exams
Students who will graduate in January should schedule annual gynecological exams by December 14. They will not be eligible to use Health Services after December. Call ext. 2823 to schedule.

Mellon Fellowships
Applications are available for Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies, which 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.

College Initiative for Diversity Awareness
CIDA is a committee that acts as the student wing to the Office of Institutional Diversity. It funds innovative diversity programming for the Smith Community. If you would like to join the committee, submit a one-page letter of interest to the Office of Institutional Diversity, College Hall 31.

In preparation for November advising and registration, students should check BannerWeb to ensure that advisers are accurately recorded. Notify the registrar's office of any changes as soon as possible.

Study Abroad Meeting
Are you thinking of studying abroad in the U.K., Ireland, Australia or New Zealand? A representative from the Institute for Study Abroad (Butler University) will be on campus to speak with interested students on Monday, November 5, at 5 p.m., in the Clark Hall first floor conference room.

Urban Education Initiative
The Urban Education Initiative is an innovative service learning program that provides support for Smith students to garner firsthand experience in New York City middle and high schools. Now in its second year, the Urban Ed Initiative will sponsor 10 Smith students for three-week internships in January. Interns will be assigned in pairs to selected schools throughout the city. Each intern will be mentored by a teacher and will spend weekdays working in the school. No teaching experience is required. Interns will attend a series of orientation sessions at Smith. In New York City, Smith interns will join interns from Williams, Middlebury and Amherst colleges for weekly dinner meetings. Applications are available in the Office of Educational Outreach, Clark 208. The application deadline is Thursday, November 1. For more information, call ext. 3060 or send email to or

Picker Semester-in-Washington Program
The Department of Government Semester-in-Washington program gives students an opportunity to participate in political processes and study the operation of public institutions. The Picker Program, named in honor of Jean Sovatkin Picker '42, runs for seven months, from June through December. It is for first-semester juniors and seniors with appropriate backgrounds in the social sciences. The program, which is open to all majors, allows students to study the processes by which public policy is made and implemented at various levels of government. Students interested in U.S. foreign policy, international relations and politics in other countries are encouraged to participate; there are ample internship opportunities with organizations devoted to international politics. Fourteen hours of academic credit are awarded for successful completion of the program. The program provides summer stipends and assists students in finding housing. The director is Donald Baumer, professor of government. Submit applications to Lea Ahlen in Wright Hall 15 no later than Monday, October 29. For more information, consult

Save the Date
On Saturday, April 20, 2002, Smith will hold its first Student Research Day. Designed 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, spe-cial 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. Details will be forthcoming. For further information, contact Debbie Cottrell, assistant dean of the faculty, at

Museum Studies Course
ARH 295J, Museum Studies, is a three-credit course offered every two years during January Interterm. This intensive course will meet four or five days a week and involve considerable travel to other museums in New England and New York. There will be an overnight trip and one weekend trip. Please do not apply unless you are prepared to dedicate the entire Interterm (Monday, January 7­Saturday, January 26) to the class. Enrollment is limited to 10. To enroll, submit an essay to the museum office (Leonard House, 32 Round Hill Road; offices open 9 a.m.­5 p.m. Monday through Friday) by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 29. Instructions are available at the museum office. A list of of those admitted (and alternates) will be posted at the museum office on November 1.

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: "Where Does the Time Go: Time Management Techniques," 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.

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.

Sunday, October 28

Film Missing, starring Sissy Spacek and Jack Lemmon. The story of Charles Horman, who was killed by Chile's Pinochet dictatorship in 1973. His widow, Joyce, will speak on Monday, October 29. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Monday, October 29

Chaired professor lecture "Catholic Envy: The Visual Culture of Protestant Desire." John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Libations to the River Moon: The Culture of Wine in Chinese Literature." Pingqui An, professor of Chinese literature and director, Center for Ancient Chinese Classics and Archives, Beijing University. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 313

Panel "The Ethics of Transracial Adoption." Hawley Fogg-Davis, visiting scholar, University of Chicago; political science department, University of Wisconsin­Madison. Part of the Otelia Cromwell Day symposium. (See story, page 1.) Reception follows in Wright Common Room. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Lecture "Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Year of Living Dangerously: Japan Confronts Its Past, Present and Future." William L. Brooks, chief of the Office of Translation and Media Analysis, Political Section, American Embassy, Tokyo.
7 p.m., Seelye 301*

Lecture "Financing Life." Randy Bartlett, economics. Open to the Five College community. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence: The Smith College Program in Financial Education. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Lecture "Putting the Pinochet Government on Trial: The Case of Charles Horman." Joyce Horman, widow of Charles Horman, who was killed by Chile's Pinochet dictatorship in 1973, and whose death was documented in the movie Missing. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 109*

Presentation of the minor Film studies. Noon, Wright Common Room

Presentation of the major Afro-American studies. Noon, Dewey Common Room

Presentation of the major Biological sciences. 12:10 p.m., McConnell 404

Presentation of the major and minor Dance; and a preview of the faculty concert. 4 p.m., Crew House

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

Presentation of the major Russian. 4 p.m., Hatfield 107

Presentation of the major French. 4:30 p.m., Hatfield 106

Presentation of the major and minor History. Refreshments served. 4:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Presentation of the major and minor German studies. Meet students who spent JYA in Hamburg. Pizza served. 6 p.m., Hatfield 204

Meeting Smith Democrats. 6:30 p.m., Davis Downstairs Lounge

JYA informational meeting on Hamburg. Learn about the program from next year's director and returned students. 6:45 p.m., Hatfield 204

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 "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." Readings, meditation and a message of hope. All welcome. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 12:30-12:50 p.m., Chapel*

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Bible Study. For more information, call Jessica, ext. 7237. 7:45 p.m., Lawrence House

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables French, Italian. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms 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, October 30

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Minding Your P's and U's." Margaret Rakas, Clark Science Center. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Lecture "What Is Education for?" Mary Clare Higgins, mayor of Northampton, will speak about her journey as an activist and politician. (See story, page 4.) Lunch provided. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Lecture "Why America Can't Think Straight About Race." Sut Jhally, professor of communication, UMass, and founder and executive director of Media Education Foundation. Part of the Otelia Cromwell Day celebration. (See story, page 1.) 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "New Things in a New Way: Savonarola as the Catalyst of Change." Alison Brown, Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies, emerita professor, Royal Holloway, University of London. Third and final lecture in the Kennedy series. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium

Performing Arts/Films
Music in the Noon Hour Quartet No. 8, by Dimitri Shostakovich, performed by music faculty. For more information, call 585-ARTS. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Film Bamboozled (2000). Spike Lee, director. A powerful satire and social commentary on the history and continued presence of minstrels in film and television. Sponsor: Otelia Cromwell Day planning committee. 9 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Pre-health information session Sandra Angell, associate dean for academic and student support services, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Lunch provided for those who respond by sending email to Noon, Burton 101

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Presentation of the major Women's studies. 3:45 p.m., Seelye 207

Meeting Amnesty International 4:45 p.m., Chapin House

Presentation of the minor Environmental science and policy, and marine sciences. 4:15 p.m., Engineering 102

SITA informational meeting Meet the campus adviser to learn about this program in India. 5 p.m., Third Floor Resource Room, Clark

Presentation of the minor Archaeology. Refreshments served. 5 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Presentation of the major Art, including information about studio, art history and architecture programs. Refreshments served. 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Presentation of the major Third World development studies. 5 p.m., Seelye 102

Presentation of the major Biochemistry. Dinner follows. 5:30 p.m., Math Forum, Burton Third Floor

Presentation of the major Music. Pizza provided. 5:30 p.m., Green Room, Sage

Associated Kyoto Program informational meeting Located on the campus of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, the program offers language study, home stays, elective courses, and an opportunity to live in a dynamic society. Requirements include one year of Japanese language and a nonlanguage course on Japan. 7 p.m., Seelye 102

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

Meeting Celebration of Sisterhood campus meeting. 10 p.m., Seelye 101

Religious Life
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*

Service "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." See 10/29 listing. 12:30-12:50 p.m., Chapel*

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

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Bible Study. For more information, call Andy, ext. 7348. 9 p.m., Lamont House

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
S.O.S. blood drive Call Kim Porter, ext. 6295, to volunteer. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Scott Gym*

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

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, Drew

Stargazing 8-9 p.m., McConnell Observatory

Wednesday, October 31

Lecture "Interpreting Financial News." Jim Miller, economics. Open to the Five College community. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence: The Smith College Program in Financial Education. 11:50 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Chopping. A one-woman performance by Magdalena Gomez, actor and playwright, recipient of the Latino Scholarship Fund's Community Hero Award 2000, and former director of Teatro El Puente in New York. 7 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA

Film The Fight Against Slavery (1975). Dramatization of the Atlantic slave trade and the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1772. Further episodes follow on November 8. All welcome. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Concert Avanti Wind Quintet: Christopher Krueger, flute; Fredric Cohen, oboe; Michael Sussman, clarinet; Laura Klock, horn; and Stephen Walt, bassoon. Works by Alvin Etler and Jennifer Griffith, and a new work by Smith faculty composer Donald Wheelock. Tickets (call 585-ARTS): $7, general; $3, students; free to enrolled Smith music students. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Presentation of the major and minor Classics. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Presentation of the major Jewish Studies. Noon, Dewey Common Room

Presentation of the major Theatre. 4 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA

Presentation of the major Religion. 4:15 p.m., Wright Common Room

JYA informational meeting on Florence. Meet with next year's director and returned JYA students. 4:30 p.m., Hatfield 105

Presentation of the major Comparative literature. 5:15 p.m., Seelye 102

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

Hillel at Noon Alon Friedman, Israeli guest speaker. Ask questions and share thoughts about Israeli life and politics. Sponsors: Hillel, Hamagshimim. Noon, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes

Service "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." See 10/29 listing. 12:30-12:50 p.m., Chapel*

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

ECC Bible study Student-led discussion of topics raised by the Sunday morning worship community. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
S.O.S. blood drive 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Scott gym*

Language lunch tables Spanish and Portuguese. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B

Halloween party for children and families of faculty and staff, and from area shelters. Food, games, storytelling. Sponsor: Newman Association. 4-6:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Halloween costume dance Take a mid-week break and put on your best costume! Sponsor: Smith Life and Learning. 8 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Thursday, November 1

Lecture "Incarceration, Americanization, Exportation: Prisons on TV." Gina Dent, visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver this year's Otelia Cromwell Day keynote address. Known for her book Black Popular Culture, a collection of discussions by black scholars, critics and cultural commentators, she will discuss ways that representations of prisons become sources of race-specific culture that are then exchanged and appropriated. Following the lecture, the audience will break into facilitated small discussion groups. 1:10 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Discussion "The Intersections Between Cultural Appreciation and Appropriation." Gina Dent will lead Smith faculty in topics relating to small-group discussions that follow her keynote address. 4-5 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Performing Arts/Films
Film Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary (1997). Laura Angelica Simon, director. 7 p.m., McConnell B05

Theater In the Fullness of Time. Fulbright scholar-in-residence Juliana Okoh's play about female circumcision and the impact on women of Nigeria's patriarchal system. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*

Concert Diane Monroe, a master of classical and jazz violin, who has appeared in concert with Yo-Yo Ma, Ethos Percussion Ensemble and many others. Tickets: $7, general; $3, students and seniors. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Out to Lunch Come share in the fun with other lesbian, bi, trans and queer women staff. Noon-1:30 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room

Meeting MassPIRG. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 310*

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

Religious Life
Service "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." See 10/29 listing. 12:30-12:50 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*

Roman Catholic Mass In celebration of All Saints Day. Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain.
5 p.m., Chapel

Newman meeting 7-8:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Unitarian Universalists meeting Open to all Five College students and faculty who want to talk, play games and have fun together. 8:30 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 Rooms A, B (alternate weekly)

Glee Club lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Friday, November 2

Biological sciences colloquium "Into the Hidden World of Black Bears." Lynn Rogers, known as the "Jane Goodall of Black Bears," will discuss bear biology based on 33 years of research. Sponsor: Environmental Science and Policy Program; Department of Biological Sciences. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B15

Performing Arts/Films
Theater Capacity to Enter, a one-woman show written and performed by Asian-American performance artist Canyon Sam, who weaves a hilarious yet illuminating adventure of the conflicts between desire and identity, and Buddhism and modern-day America. 7 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Brown University in Brazil informational meeting Meet the faculty adviser to learn about this program. 2:30 p.m., Hatfield 206

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 "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." See 10/29 listing. 12:30-12:50 p.m., Chapel*

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

Saturday, November 3

Conference Annual New England Molecular Evolutionary Biologists conference, with a keynote address by invited faculty and contributions by graduate students and post-docs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., McConnell Auditorium and Foyer*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Weekly showing of animé, Japanese animation. 3 p.m., McConnell B15

Informational meeting Social Work at Smith: An Orientation to Smith College Graduate Social Work Programs. For further information or to register, call 585-7960 or send email to; or consult 1-6 p.m., Seelye 106*

Other Events/Activities
SASA Jam An evening of food, performances, and Caribbean and African music. Party follows at 9 p.m. in Mwangi Center. Sponsor: Smith African Students Association. 5 p.m.-midnight, Scott Gym

Sunday, November 4

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Mark Kroll, fortepiano, and Carol Lieberman, violin, perform an all-Beethoven program. 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Meeting Gaia. 4 p.m., Bass 106

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

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

Religious Life
ECC Morning worship in celebration of Otelia Cromwell Day. Guest preacher the Rev. Kirk Hatcher, pastor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a center for the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama. Hatcher and his protégé will conduct a 50-member Gospel choir. 10:30 a.m., Chapel*

Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. 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. Special guest Sr. Lily Quintos, RC. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel

Christian Prayer Meeting Smith Christian Fellowship. 6 p.m., Wright Common Room

Other Events/Activities
New England intercollegiate fencing championships. Four hundred fencers from 15 colleges will compete in foil, épée and sabre. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., ITT*

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


The Politics of Culture: Appropriation, Appreciation, Interrogation An interactive art project that gives members of the Smith community an opportunity to respond to the lectures, discussions, workshops and performances presented in celebration of Otelia Cromwell Day, an annual six-day symposium devoted to issues of racial and cultural diversity. Part of the Museum of Art project On the Fence: Public Art in Public Space. October 28 through November 4. Fine Arts Center Construction Fence*

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, drawings and sculptures, by Eileen Kane '67. Through Oct. 31. Alumnae House Gallery*