News for the Smith College Community //November 8, 2001

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Conference to Speak Of Minds and Molecules

For centuries, scientists, while devoting their waking hours and curious energies to the discovery of earthly principles, have struggled when it comes to explaining their findings to others.

Henry Cavendish, an 18th-century English chemist and physicist, despite his numerous experiments with electricity and extensive investigation of capacitance, did not publish many of his findings and they remained unknown until a century later.

And in a classic example, French chemist Henri Louis Le Chatelier (1850-1936) became known almost as much for the frustratingly enigmatic explanation of his famous principle as for the principle itself. Le Chatelier's Principle was later simplified by him to: "Any change in one of the variables that determines the state of a system in equilibrium causes a shift in the position in a direction that tends to counteract the change in the variable under consideration." (Case in point.)

On Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, the departments of philosophy, chemistry and engineering will team with the History of Science and Technology Program and the Office of the Provost to present a conference titled "Explanation and the Chemical Sciences: Challenges, Opportunities, Prospects."

The conference is a celebration of the life and work of the late Stuart Rosenfeld, a professor of chemistry at Smith who died in January 1999. Rosenfeld and his wife, Nalini Bhushan, associate professor of philosophy, together edited Of Minds and Molecules, a book of interdisciplinary essays by chemists and philosophers that inspired the conference. The book was published last year by Oxford University Press.

"The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for practitioners in the fields of philosophy, engineering and the chemical sciences to reflect what kinds of things need explaining, what counts as an explanation (and how that might have changed over time) and why something is in need of an explanation," says Bhushan, a co-organizer of the conference. "The goal is to expand philosophers' conceptions of what explanation is and to make the case to chemists of various stripes that philosophical and methodological reflection about their activities is useful and interesting."

The conference is linked to a first-year seminar, also titled Of Minds and Molecules, team-taught by Bhushan and David Bickar, associate professor of chemistry.

Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry and the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters in the Chemistry Department at Cornell University, will open the conference on November 16 with a lecture titled "Most of What's Interesting in Chemistry Is Not Reducible to Physics." His talk will take place at 8 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

Also on November 16, Hoffmann, who is a Holocaust survivor and poet, will give a reading of his poetry as part of the Poetry Center series at 3:30 p.m. in the Neilson Browsing Room.

"Explanation and the Chemical Sciences" will continue on November 17 with four presentations in Seelye 201. At 9 a.m., Andrea Woody, professor of philosophy at the University of Washington, will talk on "Telltale Signs: What Common Explanatory Strategies in Chemistry Reveal About Explanation Itself." Jerald Schnoor, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, will speak at 11 a.m. on "Environmental Risks: What to Worry About and Why."

At 2 p.m., Kenneth Wiberg, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Yale University, will give a talk, "Strain, Structure, Stability and Reactivity," as the first speaker in the Smith chemistry department's Annual Invited Lecture series, which will schedule lectures in Rosenfeld's areas of interest.

Eric Scerri, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles, will close the conference with a 4 p.m. talk, "Has Quantum Mechanics Explained the Periodic Table?"

The journal Foundations of Chemistry will publish the conference papers in a special issue dedicated to the memory of Rosenfeld, Bhushan says.

Trustees Appoint New Members

The Smith College Board of Trustees met on October 26 and 27, 2001, and welcomed four new members to the board: The Rev. William Gipson, university chaplain and special adviser to the president of the University of Pennsylvania; Susan Porth '70, executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Behavioral Health, San Francisco; Phoebe A. Wood '75, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky; and Ammara Yaqub '01, former president of Smith's Student Government Association and now an analyst at Merrill Lynch, Investment Banking, New York City.

During its meeting, the board took the following actions:

  • Approved this statement: "The Board of Trustees of Smith College has been asked by the faculty to work with it on a suitable college response to the renewed attention being given to the cases of Newton Arvin, Joel Dorius and Edward Spofford, former members of the faculty whose employment at the college ended in 1960­61 after their convictions for distribution and exhibition of pornography. (Arvin resigned; the contracts of the other two were not renewed. The convictions of Dorius and Spofford were later overturned on appeal.)The members of the board are sympathetic to the concerns that mo-tivate this request. Accordingly, we will work with Faculty Council and the administration to explore appropriate responses by the college."
  • Upon recommendation of Acting President John M. Connolly, the board concurred that the college should move forward to implement the Vendor Code of Conduct
  • Upon recommendation of its committee on buildings and grounds, the board approved the award-winning, Boston-area firm, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, as architect for a fitness center to be built near or as an addition to Ainsworth Gymnasium. Leers Weinzapfel's previous projects have included buildings or renovations at Trinity College, the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State and Harvard universities.

Smith Years Subject of New Conway Book

From her childhood spent on an Australian sheep farm to her tenure as Smith College's first woman president, Jill Ker Conway has led an extraordinary life, as documented in three internationally published installments of her autobiography.

With the publication in 1989 of The Road From Coorain, Conway began sharing stories from early parts of her life, reflecting on her Australian childhood and her education in history and English at the University of Sydney.

In the second installment, 1994's True North, Conway writes of her life in America, from her arrival in 1960 to the beginning of her presidency at Smith in 1975.

And now, in her book A Woman's Education, published just last month, Conway recalls her years at Smith.

Jill Ker Conway will visit Smith on Friday, November 30, as part of a national book tour. Beginning at 8 p.m., she will give a reading and hold a question-and-answer session in Wright Hall Auditorium. A booksigning will follow.

Conway took over the helm at Smith at an important period in the history of single-sex education. By 1975, many traditionally male colleges and universities had started opening their doors to women, and women's colleges were experiencing pressure to become coeducational.

But Conway was determined that Smith would remain a women's institution. "Women's institutions were part of the solution to understanding how to achieve a juster and more equitable society," she said in an interview with Knopf, the publisher of her autobiographical books. "They'd been doing for a century what everyone hoped to do in the '70s -- train women in science, economics, politics, and they'd given them the support to pursue careers in those fields. Smith stayed lively and strongly supported because we were intent on developing the curriculum, the extracurricular life, and the funding to produce women leaders."

Conway's tenure at Smith was complicated by the usual pressures of institutional administration, including conflicts between herself, the faculty and the board of trustees. In A Woman's Education, "she is candid about the problems in her decade [at Smith], revealing as well her own misgivings and vulnerabilities and the stresses of her personal life," says a Publishers Weekly review. Conway quickly learned "that she had to be a political strategist, mediator and fundraiser," the review adds.

Shelly Lazarus '68, chair of Smith's Board of Trustees, says Conway's book "provides a rare insider's view of what it means and what it takes to be a college president, as well as a unique perspective on an instituion many of us have come to know and love. It was the first thing I handed to Carol Christ the moment after she was elected the new president of Smith College."

Like the previous two installments of Conway's autobiography, A Woman's Education has earned excellent reviews. "These are engaging scenes from the most public chapter of an accomplished feminist's life," writes Kirkus Reviews. And again, according to Publishers Weekly, the book is "plainspoken and gracefully written[readers] will respond to her high ideals, courageous spirit, and humanistic philosophy."

Conway will kick off a book tour for A Woman's Education on Friday, November 9, with a publication party at New York City's Cosmopolitan Club, thrown by Knopf and Smith College.

From Remote Tibet to Smith College

Since completing her advanced medical training at the College of Tibetan Medicine in Lhasa, Tibet's capital city, physician Phuntsog Wangmo has dedicated her career to establishing and supporting hospitals and facilities that help others.

She's worked for several organizations in China, setting up hospitals and training centers in remote regions of Tibet's Sichuan Province and Chamdo Prefecture, and since 1996 she has been the project coordinator in Tibet for the development of Gamthog Hospital, for A.S.I.A., a nongovernmental organization.

Wangmo will visit Smith on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13 and 14, to give a two-part lecture series on the revival of traditional Tibetan medicine.

On November 13, Wangmo will give her first lecture, "Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo: A Tibetan Woman Doctor's Narratives on Life and Work in Rural Northeast Tibet," at 7:15 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. The following evening, she will speak on "The Relationship Between Tibetan Medicine and Tibetan Astrology," also at 7:15 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.

"Doctor Wangmo is part of a revival of traditional medicine inside Tibet," says Jacqueline Gens '81, who helped coordinate the lectures. "She was personally trained by two of Tibet's greatest doctors."

Wangmo is currently in residence at the Shang Shung U.S. Tibetan Medical Program in Conway, Massachusetts. Though it's her visit to the United States, Wangmo worked for Shang Shung International Institute in Italy before her work for A.S.I.A.

Amber Watt '02, who is involved in arranging Wangmo's visit, observed, "As a woman who overcomes obstacles on a daily basis while practicing medicine in the most remote regions of Tibet, Dr. Wangmo embodies the best we as women can become."

Opportunites Abound Here and Abroad

Since Smith established its first Junior Year Abroad program in Paris in 1926, study abroad has become increasingly popular among students here. Whether they are motivated by a desire to travel, gain fluency in a foreign language or experience a culture totally different from their own, Smith students -- more than 300 juniors each year -- frequently choose to spend a semester or a year of their college careers exploring parts unknown.

And while Europe remains a popular study-abroad destination, Smith students are also drawn to programs in Asia, Africa, Australia and South America.

Sarah Field '02 chose to spend the spring semester of her junior year in Cuba, where she studied at the University of Havana. Living in a Spanish-speaking environment was only one of the cultural adjustments she had to make while there.
"I've traveled to other places, but I've never felt as different as I did in Cuba because the Cuban system is so different," she says. "Coming from a system based on pure capitalism and going to a system that's so economically different, I had to forget most of the things I knew. The ways I'd developed of understanding the world were null and void in Cuba."

Still, Field says, "it was an amazing experience," and she was excited to encounter similarities between herself and her Cuban peers. "We still had so much in common, despite the fact that we lived in such different worlds."

The ability to challenge assumptions and make connections in cultures vastly different from our own is part of what makes study abroad such a wonderful opportunity, says Allison Tuttle Noyes, assistant dean of international studies at Smith. Those values "really permeate the Smith curriculum and the Smith education," she says. "We've got more students studying abroad for the full year than any other comparable liberal arts institution."

Smith students currently study in nations from Samoa, Ghana and Kenya to Nepal, Japan and Korea.
But even students who remain in Northampton have a host of international learning experiences available to them, Noyes points out. "We're really fortunate to have so many international events and international speakers on campus. So many of the lectures, talks, and activities on campus tie into international affairs."

To acknowledge the importance of international education, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell declared November 12 through 16 to be International Education Week 2001.

"Knowledge about the culture and language of our neighbors throughout the world is becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of all Americans," said U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige in an October 17 statement. "I encourage schools and colleges, businesses and communities to join with us in observing International Education Week 2001, and to extend the study throughout the year."

While Smith has no specific events planned for International Education week, "we're pretty involved with getting people educated internationally as it is," notes Noyes. "Smith is an international-education-year kind of place."

Assistant Dean Knows Women's Colleges

Rae-Anne Butera, assistant dean of student affairs, knows women's colleges. Indeed, she calls herself "kind of a women's college junkie."

To begin with, she conducted her undergrauate studies at Trinity College, a Washington, D.C. women's college. She then received a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (not a women's college and Butera's single hiatus from such). Butera then joined the workforce as assistant director of admissions at Meredith College, a women's institution in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also did a stint at Salem College, another women's college in North Carolina, as assistant dean of students. And last January, when Butera was hired at Smith, she continued her impressive succession of positions at women's colleges.

"It is no coincidence that I have worked only at women's colleges," says Butera, "it is very intentional. I am a women's college graduate, and I firmly believe that the opportunity for women to be able to attend a women's college needs to be preserved. I want to be a part of preserving that and giving back to what I believe was a crucial part of my development as a person."

A Massachusetts native, Butera says her move to Smith was motivated by both personal and professional reasons. She wanted to live closer to her family and friends, she says. And, she adds, "professionally, this was a great opportunity for me to advance to a larger, visionary institution where I believe I can contribute."

As assistant dean of student affairs, Butera oversees several campus programs and events, including orientation, Rally Day and Family Weekend. She also acts as adviser to the Student Government Association, providing administrative support and supervising its activities.

The first year at her fourth women's college has "gone very well," Butera says. Her favorite part of the job has been "interacting with students. I learn things from students every day and I hope they learn from me. I guess my very basic job philosophy is that we all need to respect and learn from each other."

Butera's memory of being a student at a women's college informs her job here, she says. "I don't believe women's colleges are for every woman, but many women benefit greatly from them, as I did. I believe that all of college is a learning experience, inside and outside the classroom. I enjoy being able to provide opportunities to students outside the classroom that help shape their experience here and help them get the most out of it."


November 3: Amherst Show: 4th place out of 12

Swimming and diving
November 3: Betty Spears Relays: 2nd place out of 5

Cross country
November 3: ECAC Championship: 22nd place out of 33

Domenico Grasso, R.B. Hewlett Professor and chair of the Picker Engineering Program, has been invited by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency secretary Christine Todd Whitman to serve as chair of the Environmental Engineering Committee, a branch of the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB). "President Bush and I are committed to employing sound science and good sense to pursue the resolution of a broad range of urgent environmental issues," Whitman writes in the invitation. "Clearly, the knowledge, imagination, and scientific and technical expertise of those who serve on the SAB and its advisory committees will play a big part in the success of this prudent approach to effective environmental protection." Grasso will serve as chair of the Environmental Engineering Committee through September 2003.

Dany Adams, assistant professor of biology, was a participant in last month's IgNobel Awards, an annual tongue-in-cheek celebration of scientific achievements of ignominious proportion held at Harvard University. Adams didn't happen to be an IgNobel "laureate," but was invited to the ceremony as one of several senior researchers to present descriptions of her field in the "24/7" seminars, which require participants to give thorough, technical synopses of their fields, first in 24 seconds and then in only seven words. Her seven-word definition, which has since been quoted in Science magazine and The Lancet was: "If it can get infected, it's biology." Among this year's IgNobel Award winners was David Schmidt for physics, a UMass professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, for his investigation into why shower curtains billow inward; and John Keogh, of Australia, for technology, who received a patent last year in his native country for his invention of the wheel.

Three Smith alumnae are included in Fortune magazine's annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business, published last month. At No. 11: Shelly Lazarus '68, chairman and CEO of Ogilvy and Mather and chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees. Marilyn Carlson Nelson '61, chairman and CEO of Carlson Cos., is listed at no. 19. And at no. 35 is Dawn Lepore '77, vice chair, EVP and CIO of Charles Schwab.

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


Flu Clinic
A walk-in flu clinic for all students and staff will take place on Wednesday, November 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Wright Hall common room. The fee for flu shots, payable at the clinic, is $10 for staff members, $4 for students. Dress appropriately to receive an injection in the upper arm. After the clinic, Health Services will make appointments for flu vaccinations as long as supplies last.

Mum Show Canceled
Because of the Lyman Conservatory renovations taking place this year, the annual Chrysanthemum Show, usually held in November, will not take place. However, the conservatory will remain open to the public and currently has on display a spectacular collection of orchids, including orchids received this year from Thailand, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Vietnam. The front of the building is closed, but the side entrance, near the Botanic Garden, is open.

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 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. Please welcome them.

Faculty and Staff

Bus Trip to NYC
The Staff Council Activities Committee will sponsor a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, December 1. The trip is open to all employees, faculty, retirees and their guests. The bus will leave Smith at 7 a.m. and remain in New York until 7 p.m. Drop-off points are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Theater District. The bus driver will announce the point of departure. The fee is $30 per person. Reservations can be made by sending e-mail to or by calling ext. 4424, then selecting option 1 for Activities.

Annual Open Enrollment
The annual benefits open enrollment period will take place 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 forms and any applications must be completed and returned to Human Resources no later than Wednesday, November 21.


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.

Health Services
Health Services will be closed from Wednesday, November 21, at noon, until Sunday, November 25, at 4 p.m. Students needing care during that period should contact The Cooley Dickinson Hospital at 582-2000.

Fund Drive for Breast Cancer
The government department student liaisons would like to encourage students to donate to the Student Fund Drive for Breast Cancer Research, which runs through Saturday, December 1. The drive is in honor of Mary Geske, assistant professor of government, who died on September 17 of complications associated with breast cancer. The liaisons feel it is important for Smith, as a community of students and women, to remember Professor Geske with this effort to support research of the deadly disease. To contribute, see your house senator or contact Emma at ext. 6754, Box 7864, or emulvane@smith. edu.

Registration for Spring 2002
The spring advising and registration period will take place from Monday, November 5, through Friday, November 16. Students should have received registration instructions in their mailboxes. Registration will be online and students should contact their advisers for appointments. All registrations must be completed by November 16. Students or advisers needing assistance with their personal identification numbers (PINs) should contact the User Support Center in Stoddard Hall.

Thanksgiving Break Housing
All students who wish to remain in campus housing during Thanksgiving vacation (Wednesday, November 21, through Sunday, November 25) must complete a vacation housing request form in the Office of Student Affairs (College Hall 24) no later than Friday, November 16, at 4 p.m. The following houses will remain open during Thanksgiving break: Albright, Chase, Cutter, Dawes, Duckett, Friedman, Gillett, Hopkins, Lamont, Lawrence, Morris, Northrop, Talbot, Tenney, Tyler, Yale, Ziskind, 47 Belmont and 150 Elm. Any students residing in nonvacation houses who wish to stay for the break will need to make arrangements with students in open houses to stay in their rooms and obtain their room key. A $20 fee will be charged to students to stay in Smith housing over Thanksgiving break; $10 of the fee is nonrefundable and will help cover the cost of housekeeping. All students residing in vacation housing will be issued a vacation key, which will be available in the Office of Student Affairs on Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20, during regular office hours. A $10 deposit will be refunded pending return of the key to the Business Office, College Hall 05, by Friday, November 30, at 4 p.m. Any questions regarding Thanksgiving housing can be directed to the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24, ext. 4940.

NYC Consortium Meetings
The CDO and the Smith Club of New York will host informational meetings on the New York City Consortium on Careers 2002 on Thursday, November 15, at 4:30 p.m., and Monday, November 19, at 12:15 p.m. (bring lunch), both in the CDO, Drew Hall. Attendance at one of the meetings is required in order to participate in the popular annual program, which takes place in New York City from January 6 through 9, 2002. Learn about the world of work in New York City while staying in the homes of Smith alumnae and attending dinners and panels. For more information, send email to chemenwa@

Thanksgiving Dinner With Alumnae
Students who will remain on campus during Thanksgiving Break may sign up to join local Smith alumnae for Thanksgiving dinner. Students who register will be paired up and put in contact with their alumnae hostesses. To sign up, contact Justine Bertram, (413) 586-6169, no later than Friday, November 16.

Take Smith Home
Do you remember applying to colleges? The questions, confusion, paperwork? You can make it easier for prospective students while sharing your love for Smith through Take Smith Home. The Office of Admission invites students to return to their high schools during break and speak with interested students about Smith and the college experience. Training will be provided on Wednesday, November 14. Registration forms are available at the admission office reception desk. For more information, contact Carrie Green, ext. 7451 or

AMS 351 Registration
To register for AMS 351, submit a short essay of "creative nonfiction" along with a brief statement explaining why you want to take the course to Barbara Day, American Studies Program, Wright Hall 12, by Friday, November 16.

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. 

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.

Students' Aid Society
The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society applications for Interterm study grants is Thursday, 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.

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.

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 remaining workshop is "Preparing for Exams," on 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.

Monday, November 12

Lecture "Japanese Avant-Garde Performance and Art of the 1920s." David Pellegrini, Eastern Connecticut State University. Sponsor: theatre department. 1:10 p.m., Green Room T114, Mendenhall CPA *

Biological sciences colloquium "Altered Coastal Ecosystems: Bio-invasions and Neo-extinctions in the Sea." James Carlton, director, Williams College -- Mystic Seaport program. Refreshments preceding lecture in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

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

Open house for the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. General information session for women who want to finish their bachelor's degree at Smith. Prospective students must have 32 transferable college credits, be 24 or older, a veteran, or have a dependent other than a spouse. Current students, faculty and college staff members will present information on academics, financial aid and housing. 1-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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

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

GRE strategy session General overview. Bring questions. 7 p.m., Burton 219

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 Room A, B

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

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

Reception honoring First Group Scholars. By invitation only. 4:30 p.m., Conference Room, Alumnae House

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

Tuesday, November 13

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Using Regression Analysis to Detect Reproductive Isolation Between Populations: Things Your Statistics Professor Never Told You." Steve Tilley, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club Lower Level

Lecture "What Is Education for?" Adrianne Andrews, college ombudsperson. Lunch provided. Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Literature at Lunch Douglas Patey, English, will read from Jane Austen's novel Love and Friendship. Bring lunch, drinks provided. Sponsor: English department. 12:10 p.m., Wright Common Room

Lecture Debbie Broda '83 will discuss career opportunities in advertising. Broda, vice president and management supervisor with DDB Worldwide Communications Group, is visiting campus as part of the Advertising Educational Foundation Ambassador Program, coordinated by the CDO. 3 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Lecture Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and how it is useful for everyone. 4:15 p.m., Engineering Building 202

Lecture "The Colors of Nationalism." Sponsor: Smith College ad hoc committee on curricular responses to
9/11. 4:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Lecture "A Portrait of a Medici Maecenas: Giulio de'Medici (Pope Clement VII) as Patron of Art." Sheryl E. Reiss. Part of HST 232a, Government, Society, and Culture in Renaissance Florence, 1400-1530, taught by Kennedy professor Alison Brown, Royal Holloway, University of London. In conjunction with Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Endowment in Renaissance Studies. 5 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "A Tibetan Woman Doctor's Narratives on Life and Work in Rural Northeast Tibet." Phuntsog Wangmo, coordinator, A.S.I.A. project in Tibet. First of a two-evening presentation. (See story, page 4.) 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Music in the Noon Hour Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Smith College Chamber Orchestra with Joel Pitchon, violin, William Wittig, flute, and Grant Moss, harpsichord. Jonathan Hirsh and Joel Pitchon, directors. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Human resources workshop "Smith College Budget-The Big Picture." Jonathan Lovell and Cathleen Klaes. 11 a.m.­noon, Dewey Common Room

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

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

Workshop "Making Stress Work for You!" Part of the Survival Skills for First-Years workshop series. Stress balls and door prizes. All first-year students welcome. For more information, call ext. 2824. Sponsors: health services; Wellspring Center. 7-8:15 p.m., Wright Common Room

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

Meeting Smith Students for a Peaceful Response. All welcome. 9 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis

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*

Meeting Hillel. Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen

Service "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." See 11/12 listing. 12:30-12:50 p.m., 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
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

Wednesday, November 14

Lecture "Interpreting Financial News." Jim Miller, economics. Open to the Five College community. Sponsor: The Smith College Program in Financial Education. 12:10 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

Lecture "The Relationship between Tibetan Medicine and Tibetan Astrology." Phuntsog Wangmo, coordinator, A.S.I.A. project in Tibet. (See story, page 4.) 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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

Workshop Take Smith Home training. 7 p.m., Seelye 207

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Hillel at Noon Noon, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes

Service "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." See 11/12 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. sweater sale Hand-knit wool and alpaca sweaters, ponchos, scarves, gloves, mittens, blankets and more from around the world. Proceeds will benefit S.O.S. and its work with local nonprofit community agencies. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut*

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

Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

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

Thursday, November 15

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Writing Out 'Nation' in Contemporary Welsh Poetry." Michael Thurston, English. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Lecture "Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Reproductive Freedom." Dorothy Roberts, Northwestern University School of Law and sociology department. Roberts is the author of Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Lecture "Between Past and Present Reflections from Egypt and Exile." Ahdaf Soueif, Egyptian novelist and author of In the Eye of the Sun and The Map of Love. Sponsors: Middle East studies committee; comparative literature program; Smith College Lecture Committee. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 101*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Hey, Cousin! (Salut Cousin!, Ahlan Ya Ibn Il-A'am!) (Algeria and France, 1995). Merzak Allouache, director. 7 p.m., McConnell B05*

Faculty dance concert Ballet, modern, Indonesian dance and more. Featuring new choreography and performance by Rodger Blum and Susan Waltner, guest artist Augusto Soledade and MFA candidate Sukarji Sriman. Tickets: $7, general; $5, Smith students. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Informational meeting "Learn About a Career in Evaluative Clinical Sciences." Vincent Fusca, director, academic programs, and Alex Thorngren, recruiting coordinator, Dartmouth Medical School Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences. Lunch provided. Register by November 14 to or ext. 2597. Noon, Burton 101

Training and Development workshop "Strategies for Building Successful Work Relationships." Julie Rimkus, training specialist, Employers Association. 1-4 p.m., Dewey Common Room

CDO workshop "Finding Internships." 1:15-2:15 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew

Meeting Golf Club will discuss funding, playing tournaments and level of experience. All people with golf experience invited. 2 p.m., Ainsworth Lounge

Informational meeting A representative from Wood's Hole SEA: Semester at Sea will be available to discuss the program. Sponsors: marine sciences and environmental science and policy programs, 4:15 p.m., Engineering 102

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

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

Religious Life
Service "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." See 11/12 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*

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 8-9:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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
S.O.S. sweater sale See 11/14 listing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut*

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, Special Duckett Dining Room C

Reception for Best of the Best, an exhibition of bookbindings and fine printing by members of the Guild of Book Workers. 5-7 p.m., Neilson Library Third Floor*

Friday, November 16

Lecture "Most of What's Interesting in Chemistry Is Not Reducible to Physics." Roald Hoffman, 1981 Nobel Prize winner for chemistry and the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters at Cornell University. Part of the conference "Explanation and the Chemical Sciences: Challenges, Opportunities, Prospects." (See story, page 1.) Sponsors: philosophy, chemistry and engineering departments; History of Science and Technology Program, Office of the Provost. 8 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Poetry reading Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize laureate, Holocaust survivor and poet. 3:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Faculty dance concert See 11/15 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Meeting Campus Climate Working Group. Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing 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 "Repairing the World: Reflections on Hope in Troubled Times." See 11/12 listing. 12:30-12:50 p.m., Chapel*

Shabbat Service 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 17

Lecture "Telltale Signs: What Common Explanatory Strategies in Chemistry Reveal About Explanation Itself." Andrea Woody, philosophy, University of Washington. Commentary provided by Stephen Weininger, chemistry, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Part of the conference "Explanation and the Chemical Sciences: Challenges, Opportunities, Prospects." (See story, page 1.)
9-10:30 a.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Environmental Risks: What to Worry About and Why." Jerald Schnoor, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering, civil and environmental engineering, University of Iowa. Commentary provided by Heather Douglas, philosophy, University of Puget Sound. Part of "Explanation and the Chemical Sciences: Challenges, Opportunities, Prospects." (See story, page 1.) 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Strain, Structure, Stability, and Reactivity." Kenneth Wiberg, Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Yale University. Commentary provided by Jeffry Ramsey, philosophy, Smith. Part of "Explanation and the Chemical Sciences: Challenges, Opportunities, Prospects." (See story, page 1.) 2-3:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Has Quantum Mechanics Explained the Periodic Table?" Eric Scerri, chemistry and biochemistry, UCLA. Commentary by Bretislav Friedrich, chemistry and chemical biology departments, Harvard University. Part of "Explanation and the Chemical Sciences: Challenges, Opportunities, Prospects." (See story, page 1.) 4-5:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Pan Tadeusz. Andrzej Wajda, director. Based on Adam Mickiewicz's poem of 19th-century Poland. Shown with English subtitles. Sponsor: The Kosciuszko Foundation Southern New England Chapter. 2 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Film Weekly showing of animé, Japanese animation. 3 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Rock concert Rainer Maria. Sponsor: WOZQ radio. Admission: $5.
8 p.m.-midnight, Davis Ballroom*

Concert Smith College chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra and wind ensemble. Jonathan Hirsh, Joel Pitchon and Bruce Diehl, directors. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite, and Offenbach's Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld. Preview to the "Legend of Orpheus" events in the spring. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Faculty dance concert See 11/15 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Other Events/Activities
Swimming and diving vs. Wheaton.
1 p.m., Ainsworth Pool*

Basketball vs. Bay Path. Tyler Memorial Tip Off Tournament. 3 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Sunday, November 18

Performing Arts/Films
Film Pan Tadeusz. Andrzej Wajda, director. See 11/17 listing. 2 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Opera Tosca. Puccini's story of love, subterfuge and deception. Performed in Italian with English super titles. Tickets (call 585-0067): $50, $27, $22, $17 ($3 discount for children, seniors and students). 2 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Concert Sudie Marcuse-Blatz, soprano, and James Ruff, tenor. Solo and duo cantatas by Louis-Nicholas Clerambult and Francois Collin de Blamont. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

CDO workshop "Résumés for Adas." 3-4 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew

Meeting Gaia. 4 p.m., Bass 106

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

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

Religious Life
ECC morning worship in the Protestant tradition with the Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows preaching. A community brunch follows in the 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*

Meeting Smith Baha'i Club. 2 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Roman Catholic Mass Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel

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


A Space Odyssey 2001 An exhibition of photographic art by Anne Ross '55 featuring her newest digital images that explore the inner world of dream landscapes and surreal places. Ross' work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and universities throughout the eastern United States, and she has been featured in several publications, including The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America. Through January 12, 2002. Alumnae House Gallery*

The Best of the Best A traveling exhibition of work by members of the Guild of Book Workers, a national organization of printers, bookbinders, calligraphers, papermakers and other workers in the book arts. The exhibition showcases a variety of work produced by traditional and modern techniques. A reception will take place in the Book Arts Gallery on Thursday, November 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Through December 21. Book Arts Gallery (Neilson Library Third Floor) and Morgan Gallery (Neilson Entrance Corridor)*

Once, Again A neon sculpture by renowned artist Stephen Antonakos, installed on the ceiling of the outdoor Neilson Library passageway. A permanent installation. Neilson Library Outdoor Passageway (next to Office of Public Safety)*

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*