News for the Smith College Community // February 11, 1999

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Alumna Author of Innovative Histories to Speak on Rally Day

Joy Frisch Hakim '51, historian and author, will be the speaker at Rally Day exercises Wednesday, February 17, at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.

Hakim, who will receive a Smith College Medal during the convocation, is the author of A History of US, a 10-volume series of books for young people that has been widely praised as a welcome change from conventional American textbooks. The series artfully weaves the inevitable facts and dates of history within the larger pattern of an absorbing, colorful, morally complex story.

Calling on her earlier experience as a teacher and journalist, Hakim spent a decade writing A History of US. She wanted to make the study of American history challenging and compelling to all children, whatever their academic advantages or disadvantages, and to make the unique stories of all American groups known and appreciated by others.

Although publishers and teachers alike were initially skeptical about textbooks so innovative in content and appearance, Oxford University Press eventually gambled on publishing the series and was handsomely rewarded when A History of US was adopted by school systems around the country. Prominent educators have suggested that Hakim's books might spark a revolution in the writing and design of textbooks.

Other Smith alumnae who will receive medals at Rally Day are child psychiatrist and researcher Stella Chess '35; director of Wisconsin's John Michael Kohler Art Center and innovator in arts programming Ruth DeYoung Kohler '63; and environmental preservationist and founding director of Coastal America Virginia K. Tippie '72. Members of the community will have an opportunity to hear the medalists speak about their interests and activities and to meet them at a panel and reception in the Alumnae House starting at 3 p.m.

Two members of the faculty will receive teaching awards during the ceremony in John M. Greene Hall, and there will be prizes as well for the house banners festooning the hall -- one for the most creative banner and one for best use of this year's Rally Day theme, "Smith College: For Women ... For the World." A new tradition will be established this year with the presentation of plaques to the houses that win the banner awards. The plaques will be engraved annually and hang in the award-winning houses until new winners are named the following year.

The day's events will continue in the evening with the Rally Day Show, an always-humorous series of skits presented by the classes of '99, '00, '01, '02 and Ada Comstock Scholars. The show is at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. A pre-Rally Day party hosted by Rec Council in Davis Center will be held Tuesday, starting at 9 p.m.

Rally Day was initiated in 1876 with a Washington's Birthday dinner of "the Hardy 14," the entire class of 1879. At one time or another the ceremonies have included parodies of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, student concerts, dancing parties, athletic competitions, song contests and debates.

This will be the second year for a Smith tradition established last year: the first 300 students to arrive at John M. Greene Hall for the ceremonies will receive a memento of the occasion -- a lapel pin emblazoned with the 1999 Rally Day theme. The Rally Day committee hopes that the pins may become such sought-after emblems of a Smith education that students will emerge at the end of four years with diplomas in one hand and their Rally Day pins in the other.


Opening Set for Davis Hangout

The grind of the espresso machine, the low buzz of lively conversation, the cool a cappella sounds of the Noteables and soft jazz and the intoxicating smell of assorted brewing coffees will pervade the grand opening of Jittery's, a new coffee house operated by RADS in the Davis Center, on Tuesday, February 16, from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Thereafter Jittery's -- "So good it's unnerving," RADS manager Patty Hentz says of it -- will have regular hours of 7 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

The coffee house is meant to be a place for students to meet and relax, says Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney, who will cut the ribbon at the opening. Mahoney says she got the idea for Jittery's two years ago, when the students' self-study revealed that they "wanted and needed a place to hang out. What I envisioned was a funky place like the Haymarket downtown, where students could gather in a relaxed setting."

Jittery's is in the recently renovated space adjacent to Paradise City Grill just inside the west Davis entrance. It will feature a lounge area with "big, puffy, comfy couches," says Hentz, as well as computers with Netscape access, magazines and books for browsing, coffee -- of course -- and delectable desserts. "There'll be cakes, scones, cookies, chocolate-covered espresso beans and specialty pastries," says Hentz, as well as an eclectic assortment of beverages like San Pelegrino bottled water from Italy, Oregon Chai Tea and the award-winning Seattle's Best Coffee.

Hentz says that there may be further live performances by student musical groups such as Crapapella and Mrs. Remote Control at Jittery's in the future. "We're hoping this will become a great meeting place," she says. "We envision students coming to relax and use the computer. Mostly, it's a place where they'll feel comfortable."

Once the Campus Center is constructed, Jittery's will be moved there, says Mahoney.


Event to Honor Arts Mavericks

The lives and work of two 20th-century American innovators will be related and celebrated in "Wallace Stevens and Charles Ives: Connecticut Originals," a concert/symposium scheduled for Saturday, February 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall. Through music and commentary the event will explore the coincidental parallels between these contemporaries' lives. Presented jointly by the music and English departments, it will be free and open to the public.

Charles Ives (1874-1954), employed most of his life as an insurance executive, became known posthumously as an icon of classical contemporary composition. He, along with Igor Stravinsky and Darius Milhaud, was among the groundbreakers of progressive compositional techniques -- polytonality, complex rhythms, tone clusters, aleatory (or "accidental") musical events -- later employed by John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen and other innovators.

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), an executive with Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, penned several award-winning collections of poetry and became recognized late in life as a prominent 20th-century voice of modernism. In 1955 he both won the Pulitzer Prize and garnered his second National Book Award for The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens.

Though they differed in their approach to their work -- Ives playfully experimented with form and technique, Stevens with concepts and progressive ideas-both shared a fondness for their Connecticut homes and the New England tradition, says English professor Francis Murphy, who will provide a commentary on Stevens during the symposium. "Both showed great interest in the New England writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau," he says. Those influences were sometimes manifested in the artists' work.

The symposium will feature Ives songs from the collections for which he first became known, as well as Ned Rorem's Last Poem of Wallace Stevens, all performed by professor of music Jane Bryden, soprano; associate professor John Van Buskirk, piano; and Harry Clark, cello. Commentary about Stevens and Ives will be presented by Murphy and by Vivian Perlis, an oral historian of American music at Yale University.

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Africa Lectures to Reveal U.S. Misperceptions

In "Power Revealed: Nationalism and the Production of Knowledge in Africa," a series of three spring lectures, Toyin Falola, Gwendolen M. Carter Visiting Professor of History, will explore how Africa's assimilation into the modern global community since the 19th century has not always been accurately portrayed in American media and academia.

The series will begin Monday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 106 with "'No Longer at Ease': Modernity, Alienation and the Crisis of Adjustment in Africa." Falola will argue that, in contrast to the commonly held view that Africa has remained largely isolationist and Afrocentric during this century, the continent has sought to embrace modern global trends and participate in the world community. "Contrary to popular thinking, Africans confronted modernity head on," says Falola. "Alienation has always frightened Africans."

Falola, a professor of African history at the University of Texas, Austin, has focused his recent research and writings on aspects of religion, decolonization and development in Nigeria and other African countries. He has written Development Planning and Decolonization of Nigeria, The Military Factor in Nigeria, and most recently, Religious Violence in Modern Nigeria. He completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of Ife, Nigeria.

The lecture series will continue on Monday, March 29, and Monday, April 19. All the lectures are free and open to the public and will take place in Seelye 106, with receptions immediately following in Seelye 207.

The Gwendolen M. Carter Professorship is a rotating appointment between departments in the humanities and social sciences. As part of his appointment, Falola this semester is also teaching "Colonial Africa: Conquest, Culture and Resistance," an African history seminar.


Friendly Aid for Skittish Writers

Suffering from writer's block or grammar phobia? Afraid to summarize? Can't tell the active from the passive voice? If so, the Jacobson Center's second-semester series "The Complete Student" is for you. Sessions will take place February 16 and 23 and March 2 and 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Seelye Hall 307. Feel free to bring a bag lunch.

"Overcoming Writing Anxiety" will get you started on February 16 by presenting techniques for beginning writing assignments, understanding and overcoming writer's block and dealing with writing anxiety.

On February 23 you'll learn "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Grammar but Were Afraid to Ask." If you're unsure about grammatical usage and terms, this workshop will ease your fears and tell you how to avoid the most common errors.

"Editing Your Prose," on March 2, will review practical editing techniques that will strengthen your writing. You'll learn about the active and passive voice, word choice, and issues of audience and tone.

For more technical tricks of the trade, try "Working with Sources" in the Jacobson Center on March 9. It will provide guidelines and strategies for when, where and how to summarize, quote and paraphrase.


Up Close & Personnel

Arrivals: Margi Caplan, membership and marketing director, Museum of Art; Cynthia Furtek, academic secretary, humanities; Mark Horwitz, project director, School for Social Work; Patricia Kimura, human resources assistant; Deborah Letourneau, dining-room assistant, Lamont; Jennifer Parasiliti, nurse, Campus School; Shawn Reynolds, academic secretary, science center; Steven Samolewicz, ski coach; Kelly Thibodeau, transcripts assistant, registrar's office; Andrea Tulenko-Catlin, engineering program coordinator, physics; Amy Wallace, program assistant, advancement; Catherine Youngen, teacher's aide, Campus School.

Departures: Anne Brossard, science center; Jennifer Desjarlais, admissions; Kathryn Flynn, advancement ; Elizabeth Garlock, Campus School; Ellen Goodwin, Campus School; Charlotte Heartt, advancement; Jennifer Murphy, Campus School; Dorothy Sanchez, purchasing; Ashley Struck, student affairs.

10 Things You Didn't Know About ...

The Project on Women and Social Change

1. The project, founded in 1978, has to date sponsored 276 conferences, summer workshops, work-in-progress presentations and public lectures.

2. This year its directors are Myron Peretz Glazer, professor of sociology, and Christine M. Shelton, associate professor of exercise and sport studies.

3. The project proudly sponsored the publication last year of Myron Peretz Glazer and Penina Migdal Glazer's The Environmental Crusaders: Confronting Disaster and Mobilizing Community (Pennsylvania State University Press).

4. This July 7-10 the project will sponsor "Physical Education and Sport in a Global Context," a conference at Smith marking the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women, which was founded by Dorothy Ainsworth, former director of physical education at Smith. Professor Shelton is conference director.

5. The project presently sponsors the work of the following five research associates:

6. Artist Sarah Belchetz-Swanson paints portraits of high-achieving, contemporary women such as Jill Ker Conway to celebrate the growing importance of professional women in our culture. (One of her portraits hangs in College Hall, another in the Sophia Smith Collection.)

7. Erika Kates is a public policy specialist and a co-director of the Welfare, Education and Training-Access Coalition, a group involved in all aspects of social change, including recent state-welfare reform.

8. Film producer Claudia Levin is producing for PBS Only A Teacher, a three-part documentary on the history of American educators.

9. Biologist Angeline Faye Schrater is a member of the Gender Advisory Panel and Technical and Scientific Advisory Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is working with WHO to develop new contraceptives.

10. Miriam Slater, a professor emerita at Hampshire College, is completing an article titled "Women in Veterinary Medicine: Past Achievements and Future Challenges."

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February 2: Smith 58, Williams 85
February 6: Smith 71, Babson 57
February 2: Smith 1, Amherst 8
February 5: Smith/ Mount Holyoke Invitational: Record: 3-2
February 6-7: BC Carnival
February 6: New England Challenge Cup: 3rd out of 5
Swimming & Diving
February 6: NEWMAC Championship: 3rd place

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People News

Ellen Kaplan, associate professor of theatre, will be featured on Real to Reel, a Sunday-morning human interest television show produced by the Catholic Communication Corporation, a nonprofit division of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. The show will air February 21 at 11 a.m. on WWLP, channel 22, and may be repeated more locally on Monday, February 22 at 6 p.m. on Media One cable channel 15. Kaplan will be interviewed by the show's host, the Rev. Bill Pomerleau, about Gypsies (Roma): The Other Holocaust Victims, a presentation she gave January 31 at Springfield's Hatikvah Holocaust Education and Resource Center. The presentation -- which included a lecture by Kaplan and clips from her documentary film, Mixed Blessings: Jews and Gypsies (Roma) on the Margins -- explored the origins of gypsies in Europe and their experience in World War II. Pomerleau will also write an article based on his interview with Kaplan for the February 19 issue of the Catholic Observer, the diocese magazine.


In a piece in the December 18 Chronicle of Higher Education about the Amazonian Library in Iquitos, Peru, author Carolyn Mooney mentions that the library's director, Padre Joaquín García Sánchez, is "a member of the advisory board for the Center for Amazonian Culture based at Smith College." The article also refers to the inaugural issue of the Amazonian Literary Review and its editors, Nicomedes Suárez Auraúz and Charles Cutler, both of the Spanish and Portuguese department.


Kathy Eden '74 will visit her alma mater on February 18 to present a lecture, "What a Captive Woman, a Spoiled Egyptian and a Pythagorean Have in Common: Erasmus on Tradition." Eden, a professor of English and comparative literature and an associate member of the classics department at Columbia University, majored in classics and English at Smith and earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University. "Eden combines a great intellect, enormous personal vitality and superb teaching," said Patrick Coby, director of the program in ancient studies. "In fact, she is the 1998 recipient of the Great Teachers Award at Columbia."

Eden's lecture will explore two competing models of tradition: the one Erasmus inherited from late antiquity from the likes of Augustine and Jerome that figures tradition as property appropriated from an enemy, and the one Erasmus introduced from the classical-especially Pythagorean -- tradition that reconfigures the notion of property shared among friends.

The lecture will be presented Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye Hall 106.

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Calendar Key

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, February 15
Lecture: "Could Everything be True?" Graham Priest, professor of philosophy, University of Queensland, Australia. Sponsor: philosophy department. 4:15 p.m., Dewey common room*
CDO workshop: Résumé critique by peer adviser. 1-4 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 3 p.m., CDO
Amnesty International general meeting. 4-5 p.m., Seelye 102
Information session: American Youth Foundation. Summer opportunities at a camp in Stony Lake, Michigan. Travel expenses paid.
7 p.m., Wright common room
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
French, Italian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Tuesday, February 16
Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk. "Studies of an Appalachian Enigma." Steve Tilley, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Open PPL303 lecture: "Overview of U.S. Coastal and Marine Policy." Virginia Tippie '72, Rally Day medalist and director of Coastal America. Reception follows in the McConnell foyer. PPL303b is a public policy seminar, "Public Policy for Marine and Coastal Resources." Sponsors: Rally Day Comittee, Five College Coastal and Marine Program, Environmental Science and Policy Program. 1-2:20 p.m., McConnell B05
Lecture: "The Ethics of Sexual Fantasy." Patricia Petersen, lecturer in philosophy, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Sponsor: philosophy department. 4:15-6 p.m., Dewey common room*
Lecture: "Ethnic Imagery in American Advertising." Fath Davis Ruffins, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Fine/performing arts/films
Film and discussion: Four Little Girls. Part of Black History Month.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: Résumé critique by peer adviser. 10:30 a.m.-noon, CDO
Jacobson Center workshop: "Overcoming Writing Anxiety." Instructors: Debra Carney and Mary A. Koncel. No registration required. Bring lunch. Noon­1 p.m., Seelye 307
CDO information session: Christopher Jones of Horace Mann School, a private high school in Riverdale, New York, is interested in talking with math majors. 2 p.m., CDO
Senate meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 7:15 p.m., CDO
Early American Shape-Note Sing. All ages and experiences welcome. 7-9 p.m., Chapel
CDO workshop: "Preparing for a Successful Interview." 8 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
Hillel at Noon. "What Does It Mean to be Human? An Interpretation of Genesis I and II." Bible scholar Judith Klitsner. 12:15 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
German, Chinese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Reception for Smith Medal recipient Ruth Kohler '63, director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Refreshments served. 4:30 p.m., Museum of Art*
Yoga class. Noncredit, for students. Enrollment limited to 40. Sponsors: Office of the Dean of the College, ESS. 5-6:15 p.m., Davis ballroom
CDO open hours. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO
Rec Council Rally Day Party.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Davis ballroom

Wednesday, February 17
Rally Day (see story, page 1).
CDO workshop: Résumé critique by peer adviser. 1-4:30 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Ash Wednesday ecumenical service for Catholics and Protestants with distribution of ashes. Light lunch provided. 12:10 p.m., Chapel
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and activities
Student payroll voucher due by noon, College Hall 10
Language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Five College Career Fair at UMass. (See list linked to CDO home page.) 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UMass Campus Center

Thursday, February 18
Liberal Arts Luncheon. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Lecture: "Iceland Cometh to Commercial Genetics." Dr. Mike Fortun, Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, on the exploitation of Iceland's insular human gene pool. Sponsor: History of the sciences program. 5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106*
Lecture: "The Politics of Museums: Ethnic Museums on the Mall." Fath Davis Ruffins, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. 4:30 p.m., Wright common room*
Slide presentation: "Family Planning in Southeast Asia: Cooperation or Coercion?" James MacNeil, coordinator of the Global Horizons program at UMass that studied family planning, reproductive health, education and economic development. Sponsors: Population Committee of the Pioneer Valley Sierra Club, Project on Women and Social Change. (268-9212.) 7-9 p.m., Wright common room*
Lecture: "What a Captive Woman, a Spoiled Egyptian, and a Pythagorean Have in Common: Erasmus on Tradition." Kathy Eden '74, English and comparative literature departments, Columbia University (see People-News, page 1). Reception follows in Seelye 207. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: The African Americans. Part of Black History Month. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Workshop: Gumboot dance. Learn this South African miners' dance. Admission: $1. Part of Black History Month. Sponsor: SASA. (Ext. 7268.) 7:30 p.m., Davis ballroom
MFA Dance Thesis Concert. Candidates will explore a variety of themes through contemporary Western dance. Tickets: $6, general; $4, students/seniors. 8-10 p.m., Scott dance studio*
CDO workshop: Résumé critique by peer adviser. 10:30 a.m.-noon, CDO
CDO information session: Suzanne Psaff, Denver Publishing Institute, a summer program for those interested in publishing careers. 2 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Search for Internships and Jobs." 4 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors." 4 p.m., CDO

Thursday - continued

CDO information session: Gretel Munroe '58, an expert on nutrition, dietetics, and related public health issues, will discuss preparation, training, certification and career paths in these fields. 4:30 p.m., CDO
Association of Low-Income Students meeting. Resources and a voice for students with financial need. Refreshments and childcare with advance notice. (Lori, ext. 4066.) 7 p.m., Chapin House
Religious Life
Beit Midrash. Rabbi Sheila Weinberg will lead a meditation workshop. 6 p.m., Terrace Room B, Valentine Hall, Amherst College
Roundtable discussion. Attendees of the National Catholic Student Conference will discuss their experiences including workshops on Christian dating, being a Catholic in the workplace and more. All welcome. Refreshments provided. Sponsors: SGA, Newman Association. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and activities
Yoga class. Noncredit, for students. Enrollment limited to 40. Sponsors: Office of the Dean of the College, ESS. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom
Language lunch tables
Korean, Russian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
"A Playful Time Together." A social afternoon of fun and games sponsored by the Conversations Over Coffee Committee. Bring board or card games. Sponsor: Five College Learning in Retirement. (Ext. 3756 or 584-2263) 2-4 p.m., Field House
Workshop: "Drop-in Drawing." Fourth of six informal workshops for artists at all levels. Works in the Museum of Art will inspire drawing and other artmaking. Free; no registration required. Instructor: Liz Chalfin, artist and museum educator. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Friday, February 19

Lecture: "Virtuosity, Power and Wonder: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts." Mimi Hellman, Princeton University. 12:15-1 p.m., Museum of Art*
Lecture: "An Epitome of the World: From Renaissance Gardens to the Picturesque." John Dixon Hunt, chair, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsors: art department, Faculty Planning Group for the Interdepartmental Program in Landscape Studies. Supported by the Beatrix Farrand Lectures in Landscape Studies. 1:10 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: "Endocrine Aspects of Amennorhea: Current State of Knowledge." Mary Jane DeSouza, director of reproductive endocrinology, New Britain General Hospital.
4 p.m., McConnell B05*
Fine/performing arts/films
MFA Dance Thesis Concert. See Thursday listing. 8-10 p.m., Scott dance studio*
"Jahalak." EKTA's annual cultural show. 7-9 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Midnite theatre, a collection of student works featuring Tales from the Toosh: Ass You Like It, presented by the Student Theatre Committee. 11 p.m., Stage Right, Mendenhall Performing Arts Center
CDO Information session: Amy Traverso '93, Radcliffe (summer) Publishing Course. Sign-up required. 2 p.m., CDO
Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society. (Allison, ext. 6683.) 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*
Religious Life
Shabbat service. Dinner follows in Dawes House Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room.
Shabbat service and dinner. 5:30 p.m., Multireligious Center, Amherst College
Other events and activities
Language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Lunar Celebration (Chinese New Year). An annual tradition that celebrates Asian culture (see notice). Sponsor: Asian Students Association. Tickets: $5, general; $4, students; $3, seniors/children. 6-9 p.m., Davis ballroom*
EKTA Dinner and Party. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Gamut

Saturday, February 20
Fine/performing arts/films
Concert/Symposium: "Wallace Stevens and Charles Ives: Connecticut Originals." (See story, page 4.) 1:30-4:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Film: The African Americans. Part of Black History Month. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
MFA Dance Thesis Concert. See Thursday listing. 8-10 p.m., Scott dance studio*
Play: Eve's Version. Deborah Lubar plays an aging Eve, who recounts with humor and compassion her complex relationships with Adam, the Snake, God and the world of Eden. 8 p.m., Chapel*
Midnite Theatre, a collection of student works featuring a one-woman show by Mina Hartong '91. Presented by the Student Theatre Committee. 11 p.m., Stage Right, Mendenhall Performing Arts Center
Religious Life
Havdalah Service. Bring the Sabbath to a close. 5:30 p.m., Chapel, room B5.
Other events and activities
Track: Smith Invitational. 9 a.m., ITT, Ainsworth gym*
Basketball vs. Wellesley. 2 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Sunday, February 21
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé." 2 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Second-Years." 3 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship. All welcome. 10:45 a.m., Chapel*
Quaker meeting. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic liturgy. The Rev. Stephen Ross, O.C.D., celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Sunday supper follows. 4:30 p.m. Bodman Lounge, Chapel*
Other events and activities
CDO open hours. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO

Ongoing Events
"A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture." More than 70 rare and historically significant objects from the late medieval and Renaissance periods, on loan from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Through March 14. Museum of Art*
"Pierre and Lady Holland: A Suite of Drawings by Dotty Attie," Through March 27. Print Room, Museum of Art*
"First Ada Comstock Scholars Alumnae Art Exhibit." Seventeen works by 16 artists. Sponsor: Ada Comstock Scholars Program. Through March 26. Alumnae House gallery
"Ancient Histories." An exhibition of monotypes by Leslie Kramer, gallery director and lecturer in art, Elmira College and Mansfield University. Through March 6. Hillyer Corridor Gallery*

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Smith Wide

Rosenfeld Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service for Stuart Rosenfeld on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. in Helen Hills Hills Chapel, followed by a reception in the Bodman Lounge. Rosenfeld, who was professor of chemistry and had been a member of the Smith faculty since 1982, died on January 21 in Madras, India, while visiting the family of his wife, Nalini Bhushan, associate professor of philosophy at Smith.

Lunar New Year

The Asian Students Association of Smith College cordially invites all members of the college community to join in its celebration of the Lunar New Year. Meant to assure good fortune and prosperity, the celebration will include a performance of the traditional Chinese lion dance, a demonstration of kung-fu, traditional Korean games (with prizes for winning teams), various arts and crafts activities (including Chinese calligraphy), a movie and much more. All of this and a buffet of delicious Chinese and Korean food will be included in the general admission ($5, general; $4, students; $3, seniors and children under 16). The celebration will take place February 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Davis ballroom. Tickets will be sold at the door. (Ext. 7249 or 7259.)

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting

The next faculty meeting will be held February 24 in the Alumnae House. Tea will be served at 3:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 4:10 p.m. Agenda items must be received by Rosetta Cohen no later than February 17. Material to be included in the agenda mailing must be camera-ready and be received in College Hall 27 by Monday, February 15.

Food Drive

The Activities Committee of Staff Council has organized its annual Have a Heart food drive for the Northampton Survival Center. Boxes with lists of desired nonperishable food items will be placed in many buildings across campus between February 15 and March 1. Make a difference: help feed a family in need by placing your contribution in one of the boxes. (Cindy Rucci, ext. 2923;


Ski Trip

The student affairs office is sponsoring a skiing and snowboarding trip to Stratton Mountain in southern Vermont on Sunday, February 21, for students, other Smith community members and their friends -- whatever their abilities on the slopes. Bus transportation will be provided. The group rate is based on a minimum of 20 participants (nonstudent rates are shown in parentheses). Group-rate package options include: lift only, $30 ($34); lift and ski or snowboard lesson, $50 ($54); lift and ski rental, $57 ($61); lift and snowboard rental, $61 ($65); lift, ski rental and lesson, $77 ($81); lift, snowboard rental and lesson, $81 ($85); learn-to-ski package, $55; learn-to-board package, $65. Children's rates available upon request. Sign up (first-come, first-served) and pay in full in the student affairs office, College Hall 24, before Thursday, February 18.

Denis Johnston Prize

The annual Denis Johnston Prize for Creative Writing in the Dramatic Media is awarded jointly by the Smith College departments of English and theatre to a current Five College undergraduate. Any unpublished manuscript of any length may be submitted to the Denis Johnston Prize Committee, Theatre Building T205, Smith College. Please submit three copies of each manuscript to be considered, along with an envelope with a return address appropriate after June 1. Submission deadline: April 1.

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Public-Interest Internships

The deadline for the college's Internships in the Public Interest program has been extended to February 25. Offered in Boston, New York, Chicago, Sarasota and Washington, D.C., the program provides an opportunity to work in a not-for-profit organization under the guidance of an alumna mentor. Participants may take part in panels, tours and social events hosted by alumnae, and except for graduating seniors are eligible for Praxis funding. Applications are available at the CDO help desk.


Due to the Ash Wednesday service, the discussion/reflection gathering for Catholic Adas scheduled for February 17 has been canceled. The weekly gatherings will resume February 24.

CDO Jobs

Interested in becoming a CDO peer adviser? Advisers lead workshops, provide library assistance, critique résumés and help create CDO programs. Ten hours of training this semester will prepare you for a paid position working four to eight hours per week during the 1999-2000 academic year. All students (including Adas) not graduating before May 2000 are encouraged to pick up an application at the CDO help desk. Application deadline: March 3. (Rene Hill, ext. 2570.)

Body-Image Support Group

A Counseling Services support group, "Women, Food and Body Image," will meet for eight weekly sessions beginning in late February. Using Leslea Newman's book Some Body to Love, the group will concentrate on journal-keeping and interpersonal sharing but will also explore relaxation and guided-visualization techniques. It will meet Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., and participants must attend all eight sessions. The group will be limited to eight students, and participants must preregister by calling extension 2840.

Self-Exploration Groups

Counseling Services is offering two self-exploration groups for students, one meeting Mondays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the other meeting Tuesdays during the same hours. Call extension 2840 to arrange to attend a preliminary meeting with group facilitators.

Writing Assistance

The Jacobson Center offers peer writing assistance in Seelye 307, Sundays­Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.; at Davis Center on Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m.; and at Cushing House dining room on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. Students may bring all stages of drafts. No appointments are necessary and all services are free.

T-Shirt Design Contest

The Ada class cabinet is sponsoring a contest to design a T-shirt for the upcoming Ada fund-raiser. This year's theme is "Welcome to Paradise." The contest is open to all Smith students and the winner will receive $35. (Wendy Sutter, 746-3131;

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