News for the Smith College Community //February 10, 2000

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Alumnae Residents Keep Students Entertained

Next week when television actress Mimi Kennedy '70 arrives on campus as an alumna-in-residence guest of Tyler House, there's no telling where her visit might lead.

Last year when Toronto bagel moguls the Slater sisters, Lisa '73, and Abigail '80, spent three days on campus as alumnae-in-residence, they commandeered the Washburn kitchen one afternoon to put on an entertaining bagel-baking workshop. Then the Slaters, who since leaving Smith have made their name synonymous with bagels in Toronto through their Hot Bagelworks Bakery restaurant chain, produced a delectable lineup of fresh-baked bagels and breakfast breads.

"They were dynamos," says Sue Briggs, administrative assistant in the Office of the Dean of the College, the office that administers the program. "They were wonderful people."

When Madeleine L'Engle '41, renowned author of more than 40 books including A Wrinkle in Time, visited in 1997, the kitchen of host Morris House was commandeered, this time by the students, when they learned it was L'Engle's 81st birthday. The students baked her a cake and threw her a surprise birthday party.

Kennedy is likely to keep her hosts entertained during her stay. A comic actress who plays the role of Abby O'Neill, Dharma's mother on the ABC hit sitcom Dharma & Greg, she is often responsible for delivering sarcastic one-liners that offset the drollery of her on-screen husband, Larry Finkelstein.

Not that humor or culinary talent are requirements for participants of the Alumnae-in-Residence Program, now in its third year. Each guest brings her own unique talent or wisdom to share with the host students. In the program's first year, in addition to L'Engle, the college hosted Barbara Keiler '74, who writes Harlequin romance novels by the dozen under the name Judith Arnold, and Maria Maggenti '86, filmmaker (The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love) and director of music videos including one for rock star Melissa Etheridge. Other guests of the program have included Glamour and Self executive editor Judith Daniels '60, and Voice of America journalist Edie Smith '61.

Alumnae-in-residence guests are invited to Smith after being nominated from among several potential participants on a list distributed to students, says Briggs. "The list is very varied," she says. "The rich and the famous and the quiet and not-so-famous. Many of them are leading fantastic and interesting lives." The alumnae guests are invited to spend between one and three days on campus, sharing tea and discourse with students, visiting classes, and holding conversations over dinner in the residence dining halls. The guests are also invited to bring along a classmate.

The Alumnae-in-Residence Program began three years ago partly as an effort to provide opportunities for students to meet and socialize with alumnae in informal settings, says Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney, who originated the idea for the program. "It gives students a chance to ask questions that they might not normally ask during formal occasions," she said. "Students can ask more personal questions."

"The students are always intrigued by the choices people have made to get where they are," adds Briggs.

The Alumnae-in-Residence Program is part of a broader endeavor by the college to create venues for students to learn about and examine a spectrum of people's life choices, Mahoney says. And while there is an educational element to the program, Mahoney emphasizes that, for students and their guests, "fun is the objective. And it's the person who makes it come alive."

When Mimi Kennedy arrives next week, it's sure to be fun for students as she will likely keep them laughing. But as enjoyable and entertaining as the alumnae residence is for students, the guests seem to enjoy their visits just as much, says Briggs. "The alums love being back on campus," she says. "It keeps them connected to the college."

Mimi Kennedy will be on campus from February 16 through 19, and will attend afternoon tea hosted by Tyler, Northrop and Jordan houses in the Alumnae House Living Room on February 18 at 4 p.m. All Smith community members are invited t the tea.


Prepare for the Next Big Earthquake

Aside from the occasional wayward tornado, natural disasters are rarely cause for concern here in New England. While much of the nation is routinely hounded by floods, hurricanes and inclement weather, we in the Northeast are left largely untouched. And as for earthquakes, many would argue that we have nothing to worry about there, either. But is that true?

"Earthquakes do occur on a regular basis in New England," says Boston College geologist Alan L. Kafka, an authority on seismology, earthquake hazards and the science of unexpected earthquakes. Kafka, an associate professor of geology and geophysics, will lecture at Smith February 15 at 7:30 p.m. in McConnell Hall 103. Kafka's talk, "Where Will the Next Large Earthquake Occur in the Eastern United States?" is part of the Five College University Geology Lecture Series.

"There have been lots of fairly large earthquakes in the Northeast that people don't know about," says Achilles Professor of Geology Robert Burger. "They're not very frequent, but occasionally very significant. We thought this [lecture] would be something that would interest a lot of people, not just geology majors."

Among important earthquakes in the Northeast, Burger cites the 1755 Cape Ann, Massachusetts, quake, a shake would have registered 6 on the Richter Scale (which did not exist then). "It was felt from Chesapeake Bay to Nova Scotia," he says. There have been other significant earthquakes as well, Burger explains, including the 1884 New York, New York, earthquake (an equivalent of a Richter Scale magnitude of 5) and the 1925 St. Lawrence River area shake (a magnitude of 7). These earthquakes, along with more recent, smaller ones, all support Kafka's research and fuel his belief that the next large earthquake in the eastern United States is not so far off.

"The probability of a possibly damaging earthquake occurring in New England is about one in 20," Burger says. "And this [Kafka's and other geologists' research] is good science. We know there have been decent earthquakes in the past, and we know that there will be again."

Multimedia Fair to be Held at Smith

With modern technology evolving at an incredible pace, educators are faced with a challenge: how to successfully incorporate that technology in the classroom. Computers and multimedia can be used as a teaching tool in almost any discipline, ranging from the study of music, languages and literature to the sciences and math. The question is how to use that technology, and in what form.

To help innovative educators answer that question, the Five Colleges created the Amherst College-based Multimedia Access Project (MAP). Funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, the MAP's mission is "to provide instructional support and assist development of multimedia projects by faculty members from all five colleges," says director Matthew Mattingly. "The MAP will be organizing a variety of events, from educational workshops aimed at various levels of expertise to media fairs demonstrating projects by Five College faculty and staff."

One of those fairs, the fourth annual Five College Multimedia Fair, will take place at Smith February 17. The fair, to be held in Seelye Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., "showcases faculty multimedia projects in all disciplines and at all levels of technical complexity," says a Five College press release. Included will be an online version of two original scholarly texts, Greek Color Theory and the Four Elements and Greek Sculpture and the Four Elements, from UMass; educational software simulating tree and forest growth (and the effects of natural and human-created environmental disturbances on forest growth) from Hampshire College; Rediscovering Beethoven's Opus 23 Through Historically Informed Performance: A CD-ROM Project from Mount Holyoke College; and a Web site, run by an Amherst College religion professor, displaying digitized photos of 60 divination objects from various regions around the world.

Several Smith professors will also make contributions to the fair. Associate professor of theater Ellen Kaplan, along with Spanish and Portuguese assistant professor Estela Harretche, created a Web site and CD-ROM program titled From Page to Stage: Juan Rulfo. Students using the program can create storyboards, scripts, and possible dramatizations of Rulfo's stories and ultimately produce and videotape their creations.

Also included will be interactive computer programs by math professors Chris Gole and Pau Atela. Featuring interactive (Java) programs that produce all the natural spiral structures mathematically possible, the programs will enable students to explore and better understand the spiral patterns of various kinds of plant growth. Language professors Giovanna Bellesia (Italian) and Hongchu Fu (East Asian languages and literatures) will also participate in the fair, showcasing their CD-ROM based language programs, which are designed to reinforce students' classroom learning with cultural information and language drills.

In addition to Five College faculty and staff members' presentations, the fair will feature speakers, panel discussions and vendor representatives. For more information, including details and updates, faculty and staff project descriptions, and parking information, visit


A December 11 column in the Wall Street Journal, Europe Edition, that refutes Hewlett-Packard Co.'s claim that it invented e-mail, says, "The first true e-mail system resulted when Dartmouth College offered computer time-sharing services to Smith College in 1965, a setup that allowed male Dartmouth students to trade messages with female Smith students." The assertion is attributed to John A.N. Lee, a computer historian at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

In a January 19 Boston Globe article by Kate Zernike about colleges' January terms, David Cleveland and Dave Motyka, auto mechanics in the Physical Plant and teachers of Smith's most popular noncredit Interterm course, "Basic Auto Mechanics," were featured. "The local version of 'Click and Clack,' the two are the campus' maintenance men," the article says. Students Heather Errico AC and Miriam Ginsburg '01 are also quoted in the article.

Smith ranked fifth in a poll titled "Gainers and Losers in Black Freshman Enrollments at the Nation's Highest-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges" that ran in the Autumn 1999 issue of the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. The poll shows that between 1998 and 1999, Smith's enrollment of black first-year students increased from 20 to 32, a 60 percent change. Other top-five colleges were Colby, Sewanee, Middlebury and Bates.

The father-daughter Smith team of Dan and Beth Rist were featured in separate articles within two days of each other in January. Beth Rist '01, the Pioneers' point guard, was quoted in a January 23 New York Times story about the legendary yearly basketball matchup between Smith and Mount Holyoke, referred to on the campuses as "The Game." "I transferred to Smith last year and my teammeates tried to prepare me for how nervous you feel for this game," Rist said. "But you don't understand until you play in it." Meanwhile on January 21, her father, Dan, longtime technical director in the theatre department, was profiled in "I.D.," a column in Hampshire Life, the weekly magazine of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

A January 4 article in The Christian Science Monitor focused on Engineering 100: Designing Intelligent Robots, the first course offered in Smith's Picker Program in Engineering. A brief profile of Domenico Grasso, chair of the engineering department, accompanied the article.

PeopleNews will return next week.

Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail ( or by fax (extension 2174).

Campus Wide

Access Van Service
The Smith College access van service is available for students, staff and faculty with permanent or temporary disabilities. The service runs weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you have a permanent disability, or have sustained injuries during this slippery season, contact the Office of Disability Services, ext. 2071, to see whether the van can meet your needs. Medical documentation may be required as needed.

Bioscience Poster Session
Undergraduates, master's degree and doctoral candidates in biological sciences, biochemistry, neuroscience, environmental science and policy and marine science have been invited to present their research at a Smith College Bioscience Student Research Symposium Monday, February 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in McConnell Foyer. Posters from the session will remain on display in McConnell Foyer through Rally Day.

Softball Clinic
The Smith College Softball Team is sponsoring a softball clinic for girls in grades 5 through 8 on March 4, in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility. Sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon for 5th and 6th graders and from 1 to 4 p.m. for 7th and 8th graders. The cost of the clinic is $10 per participant. Members of the team will teach the clinic stations. This clinic is a fundraiser to help pay for the cost of the team's spring- training trip. If you would like more information or would like to register, please contact Bonnie May, ext. 2713. Space is limited, and early registration is strongly suggested.

Project Survival
From February 14 through 29, the Staff Council Activities Committee is sponsoring Project Survival, its annual food drive that assists the Northampton Survival Center. Please leave a donation of nonperishable food (powdered milk, fruit juice or canned fruit, peanut butter, water-packed tuna, hearty soup, pasta, tomato sauce, vegetables, baked or kidney beans, white rice, or macaroni and cheese) in the designated boxes that will be placed in most campus office buildings. Have a heart and help someone in need.

Storm Warnings
In the future, news of delayed openings of Smith's administrative offices due to adverse weather conditions will be carried by the Smith College Information Line (585-4636), on WHMP radio and on television channels 22 and 40.

S.O.S. Annual Fund Drive
Where were you at age 15? Did you know the average age of a homeless youth is just 15? Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) has identified youth homelessness as this year's Fund Drive topic. Donations from the Smith community are being collected by S.O.S. house reps and S.O.S. from February 18 to March 23. All the money collected will be given in a form of a grant to a local nonprofit agency that works with homeless youth. Call Emma, ext. 6506, or Holly, ext. 7379, or the S.O.S. office, ext. 2765, with questions or to donate.

Faculty and Staff

Staff Fiction Competition
The Council Chronicle announces StaffStories, the first annual short fiction competition for Smith staff members. All full- and part-time staff employees are invited to submit original works of fiction of no more than 1,500 words in length for prizes and publication. Contest entries should be mailed no later than March 1, to The Council Chronicle, Garrison Hall. To qualify, send three hard copies of your submission plus a cover page with StaffStories Entry printed in the top left corner followed by author's name, department, e-mail address, campus extension, story title and exact word count. Winners will by notified by April 1 and announced in the April issue of The Council Chronicle. For more information, call ext. 2171.


Scholarship Opportunity
Alumnae Scholarships for the year 2000-01 are available to seniors and alumnae beginning their first year of full-time graduate study in the United States or abroad. Awards are based upon merit within the department of the major. Applications are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23. The application deadline is March 15.

Reunion/Commencement Housing
One of the wonderful traditions for Smith College alumnae is returning to campus each year to participate in Commencement and Reunion activities. Students and alumnae treasure this experience that unites alumnae and graduating seniors. The alumnae association, in coordination with the student affairs office, is responsible for housing nongraduating students following the end of room and board contracts on May 6 at noon. With the large number of alumnae returning for Reunion/Commencement weekend, space for students who are not graduating seniors but who need to remain on campus beyond this date is extremely limited (typically provided for students with a role in Reunion/Commencement or with late Five College exams).

Five College students will receive a letter and form at the beginning of March to request housing. Other students who need to be considered for on-campus housing beyond May 6 are asked to submit a Request for Student Housing form. Forms are due back by Monday, March 13. Please note that these are requests, not reservations for space, and must be considered on a space-available basis. Students approved to remain on campus will move to consolidated housing on May 7 at noon in order to allow preparation of the houses for alumnae. Questions about this process should be directed to Kelly Taylor, reunion housing coordinator, Alumnae Outreach, ext. 2040, or

Equestrian Center Parking
There is no parking in the area in front of the barn at the Equestrian Center during snowstorms. Parking is permitted in the parking lot between the indoor riding arena and Paquette Avenue, across from Jessie's House.

Class of 2000
We are looking for art, stories, thoughts, reflections, vignettes, photography, poetry, reflections, opinions and doodles that reflect our experiences at Smith. The deadline for submissions is February 15. Please submit entries to Brittain Skinner, or Box 6711.

Counseling Service Offerings
Smith College students may take advantage of workshops and groups being offered by the Counseling Service this spring. Self-Exploration Group (maximum 8 students): Monday, 4:30-6 p.m.; Self-Exploration Group (maximum 8 students): Tuesday, 4:30-6 p.m.; Bereavement Group: Wednesday, 4:30-6 p.m.; International Conversations (discussion group for international students): Wednesday, 5-6 p.m.; Food and Body Image Group: Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m.; Mindfulness Meditation Workshop (Stress Reduction Workshop): Thursday, 4:30­6 p.m. ($10 fee for materials); Junior Year Abroad Group: Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. All groups and programs are free, except where noted. Please call ext. 2840 for more information about location and any other questions you may have, and/or to register.

Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning is offering free peer writing assistance Sundays through Thursdays between 7 and 10 p.m. in Seelye 307. All stages of drafts are eligible; no appointments are necessary.

Smithsonian Internships
The fall semester Smithsonian Internship Program for Smith seniors and juniors is held in Washington, D.C., and is administered by the American Studies Program. The program is not limited to American studies majors; students majoring in art, history, sociology, anthropology, religion and economics are especially encouraged to apply. Current sophomores and juniors who are interested in exploring any aspect of American culture are eligible to apply. The program provides a full semester of credit. Interested students should attend the meeting on Wednesday, February 16, at 4:15 p.m. in the Seelye Hall faculty lounge, room 207 (or after February 16, obtain an application form from the American Studies Program office in Wright Hall 12.)

Add/Drop Course Deadlines
The last day to drop a Smith or Five College course is Friday, February 25. Forms may be obtained in the registrar's office. Signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required to make course changes at this time.

SSAS grants
Smith Student Aid Society (SSAS) offers grants for fine art supplies for dance, theater, music and art courses above the 100 level. The deadline for applications is February 11. Look for applications at department offices or call Anne White, ext. 2577. A reminder to seniors: The SSAS program Beyond Smith provides funding for up to $200 to seniors in need of help with the cost of interview travel and clothing, graduate school admissions fees, entrance exams and fine art portfolios.

President's Open Hours
The remaining president's open hour for February will be Monday, February 21, 4-5 p.m. in College Hall 20. No appointments are necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fine Arts Council
Direct from Dakar, Senegal, the incomparable drummer and artistic director Doudou N'Diaye Rose leads the most revered percussion orchestra in the World, the Drummers of West Africa. The group will be appearing at UMass Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to hear percussion sound as rich and nuanced as a symphony. The Fine Arts Council is offering 50 $9 tickets to Smith students wishing to attend the performance. Transportation is also available for approximately 30 students. Reserve your seat and buy your tickets at the SGA office, Clark Hall.

Public Interest Internships
The deadline for applications for Smith College Internships in the Public Interest (SCIPI) is February 10. These internships focus on public-sector solutions to societal problems and placing students in agencies that are directly involved in areas such as community development, sheltering battered women, and helping the homeless. The internships are funded through the Praxis program. Alumnae in Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Sarasota, Florida, and Portland, Maine, serve as mentors and provide both support and the opportunities to network. Look for applications and guidelines at the CDO or the Office of the Class Deans. For further information call Anne White at ext. 4326 or e-mail awhite@ais.


The following were available at presstime. Application reviews will begin immediately. To learn more, call ext. 2278.

Secretary/receptionist Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. Apply to the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, 27 College Hall, Prospect St.
Administrative assistant School for Social Work. Apply to Diane Ranaldi, Smith College School for Social Work, 111B Lilly Hall.
Administrative assistant-Major Gifts Advancement. Apply to Administrative Assistant Search, Alumnae House.
Web production assistant (campaign position) Advancement. Apply to Search Committee, Office of Advancement, 76 Elm St.
Library systems assistant (limited term) Libraries. Preference given to applications received by February 11. Apply to Library Systems Office, 1/19 Neilson Library.
Project Manager Physical Plant. Apply to Search Committee, Physical Plant, 124 West St.

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 14

Lecture Vanessa Larson '01 will talk about the rise and fall of the silk industry in Bursa, Turkey, and her investigations there in spring 1999. Part of the Northampton Silk Project Brown Bag Lunch Series. Noon, Seelye 207*

Biosciences Student Research Symposium Presentation of research from students in the biosciences. Refreshments served. 4-5:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer

Debate Society general meeting.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 101

CDO informational meeting Newport News Shipbuilding, for full-time jobs and summer internships. Pizza served. 5 p.m., CDO

CDO informational meeting MassMutual of Springfield, for summer internships in their Leadership Development Program. 7 p.m., Dewey common room

Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting. 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center

Religious Life
Workshop "Basic Instincts," on self-defense, with free luncheon. Sponsors: Keystone, SCF, SKF, Impact. 11:45 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Silence for the Soul A quiet place for prayer, meditation or reflection.
All welcome. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Chapel

Religious Life

Liaisons meeting. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
French, Italian
12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom

Tuesday, February 15

Literature at Lunch. The Waste Land, by T. S. Eliot. Read by Harold L. Skulsky, English language and literature. Beverages provided, bring lunch. 12:10 p.m., Seelye 207

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Hey Chuck, What's a Bond? Understanding Fixed Income Investments." Charles Johnson, accounting. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Lecture by Warren Long, former deputy director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and author of Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices. Sponsors: Project on Women and Social Change, Population Committee of the Pioneer Valley Sierra Club. 7 p.m., Jones Library, Amherst*

Lecture "Where Will the Next Large Earthquake Occur in the Eastern United States?" Alan L. Kafka, Weston Observatory, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Boston College. Part of the Five College University Geology Lecture Series. (See story, page 1.) 7:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Lecture "No Middle East Peace Without Iraq." Dennis Halliday, former UN assistant secretary general and former UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Fine/performing arts/films
Film The Brother From Another Planet (1984). John Sayles, director. Hosted by professors Andrea Hairston and William Oram. Part of the Science Fiction of Space Series. Sponsor: Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

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

Religious Life
Panel discussion on ethics, with free luncheon. Sponsors: Keystone, SCF, SKF, Impact. 11:45 a.m., Wright common room

Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street

Other events and activities
Hillel at Noon A biblical discussion with Joel Kaminsky, religion. Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen

Language lunch tables
Chinese, German
12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom

Wednesday, February 16

Panel discussion "We're Not in Kansas Anymoreor Are We? Science, Anti-Science, and the Creation Debate." Elliot Fratkin, anthropology; Alice Hearst, government; Stephen Tilley, biology; Ernest Alleva, philosophy. Sponsored by the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's 1999-2000 project, "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium." 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Meister Eckhart and the Mysticism of the Ground." Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago Divinity School. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

HR workshop "Multicultural Conflict Resolution": mediation certificate program, session IV. Open to faculty and staff. 9 a.m.-noon, Dewey common room

Informational meeting Smithsonian Internship Program. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

CDO workshop "Cyber Careers for Liberal Arts Graduates." Led by Paula Shea, who will share tips on moving ahead in the technology industry. 4:30 p.m., CDO

Religious Life
Workshop "Stress Management." Given by Amanda Loud '89; with free luncheon. Sponsors: Keystone, SCF, SKF, Impact. 11:45 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

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

Ecumenical Christian Church Bible study with discussion, music, and Bible study on a variety of topics. 10 p.m., Bodman lounge

Other events and activities
Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

Language lunch tables Classical languages.12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom

Thursday, February 17

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Quoting Shakespeare: A Cautionary Tale." Ronald Macdonald, English language and literature. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Discussion "What is Education For?" Margaret Ellen Anderson, biological sciences, discusses how personal commitments and values relate to her life choices. Lunch provided. Noon, Bodman lounge

Lecture "Growth, Employment, and Equity: The Impact of the Economic Reforms in Latin America." Barbara Stallings, director, Economic Development Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room *

Lecture "Trust and Worth: The Politics of People-Building." Rogers Smith, professor of political science, Yale University, and author of Civic Ideals, a study of the prevailing ideologies of American political development. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

HR workshop "Multicultural Conflict Resolution": mediation certificate program. Open to faculty and staff. 9 a.m.-noon, Dewey common room

CDO informational meeting Radcliffe Publishing Course, a training course on careers in publishing. Conducted by Amy Traverso '93. Please bring a résumé and writing sample. 10:30 a.m., CDO group room

Religious Life
Discussion "Tough Questions on Christianity," with Hallie Cowan. Free luncheon provided. Sponsors: Keystone, SCF, SKF, Impact. 11:45 a.m., Wright common room

Special event featuring the band, All Too Real. Sponsors: Keystone, SCF, SFC, Impact. 7:30 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Other events and activities
Language lunch tables Korean, Russian.12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom

Friday, February 18

Fine/performing arts/films
Concert Roots and Run DMC. Sponsor: Rec Council. Tickets available at the door: $10, Smith students; $16, general. Doors open at 7 p.m. 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Religious Life
Lecture "What Does Jesus Save us From?" Pastor Leo Kim, Amherst Koinonia Church. Free luncheon. Sponsors: Keystone, SCF, SKF, Impact. 11:45 a.m., Wright common room

Shabbat service Special music service with folk musician David Shneyer. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m., singing at 7:15 p.m. For reservations, call ext. 2754. Transportation available from the chapel. 5:30 p.m., Center for Religious Life, 38 Woodside Avenue, Amherst College.

Orthodox Vespers with Fr. Harry Vulopas. Students of all Orthodox backgrounds are welcome. A light supper follows the service. 5:15 p.m., Bodman lounge

Smith Christian Fellowship All welcome. 7 p.m., Seelye 101*

Other events and activities
Pagan Fortune-Telling and Crafts Fair Tarot and rune readings, handmade crafts. Sponsor: Association of Smith Pagans. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gamut

Language lunch tables Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Alumnae House tea with actress Mimi Kennedy '70, cast member (Dharma's mother, Abby) of ABC television's Dharma & Greg, who will be the alumna-in- residence at Tyler House and guest at a tea for Northrop, Jordan and Tyler houses. Kennedy will read from her book, Taken to the Stage: The Education of an Actress. (See story, page 1.) All welcome. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

S.O.S. fund drive to benefit homeless youth begins today. See house representatives for information or to donate.

Saturday, February 19

Black Student Alliance Annual New England Conference. Sponsors: BSA, African American studies department. Tickets: $10, Smith students, children and seniors; $12, faculty/staff; $15, general. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*

WTO Teach-In with talks by students who protested the recent WTO International Conference in Seattle. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Religious Life
Five College Shabbaton with Jewish folk musician David Shneyer and Sabbath morning service. For reservations, call ext. 2754. Transportation available from the chapel. 10 a.m., Center for Religious Life, 38 Woodside Avenue, Amherst College

Other events and activities
Pagan Fortune-Telling and Crafts Fair Tarot and rune readings, handmade crafts. Sponsor: Association of Smith Pagans. Noon-5 p.m., Gamut

SASA Spring Jam featuring music from the African diaspora: soukous, reggae, zouk, kwaito and more. Tickets: $2, Smith students; $3, general. 8 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Black Students Alliance Annual New England Conference dinner. Tickets: $10, Smith students; $15, general. 7 p.m., Gamut*

Sunday, February 20

Fine/performing arts/films
Concert "Sweet Sorrow: Medieval Songs of Parting." Drew Minter, countertenor, medieval harps. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Religious Life
Quaker meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*

Morning worship in the Protestant tradition with the Rev. Leon Burrows, interim Protestant chaplain, and student liturgists presiding. Prayers and light breakfast in the Bodman Lounge 10 a.m. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., Chapel *

Association of Smith Pagans meeting. Organization for those who practice nature-based religions. Seekers welcome. 4 p.m., Lamont basement

Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Stephen Ross, OCD, celebrant, priest/scholar-in-residence; Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*


"Where the World Meets the Sky: Photographs of Ladakh and Tibet." Photographs by Ellen Kaplowitz. Sponsors: East Asian Studies Program, Department of Art. Through February 27. Hillyer Gallery*

"Abstract Impressions" A show of recent prints by Molly Gayley '58. Through March 30. Alumnae House gallery

"Excavating the Museum II: H.H. Wilder and Early 20th-Century Anthropology at Smith College" is the second collaborative exhibition installed by students in Patricia Erikson's fall anthropology seminar, Objects, Selves and Others: The Anthropology of Material Culture. By looking at the career of Harris Hawthorne Wilder, professor of zoology, this exhibit examines early 20th-century anthropometry studies and their relation to eugenics debates, the education of women in science and the excavation of Native American burials in New England. Through February 2000. Smith College Archives, Alumnae Gymnasium, Neilson Library.*