News for the Smith College Community //February 17, 2000
Rally Day 2000: A Radiant Constellation of Women
This year's Rally Day will welcome back to campus five outstanding Smith alumnae chosen to receive Smith College Medals, which will be awarded at the February 23 celebration. The event, which annually honors distinguished alumnae, students, and faculty, will take place at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.
Exemplary as professionals and extraordinary in their service to their communities, the Rally Day 2000 honorees were chosen for their demonstration of "the true purpose of a liberal arts education" in their life and work. This year's Smith College Medalists are Helen Edelstein Freedman '63, Diana Eck '67, Elisabeth McLane-Bradley '42, Marilyn Carlson Nelson '61, and Ruth DeYoung Kohler '63.
The five medalists will be joined by Jill Ker Conway, this year's Rally Day speaker. Conway, who served as Smith's seventh president (and first woman president) from 1975 to 1985, is the author of the best-selling memoirs The Road From Coorain and True North. She is a visiting scholar and professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This year's Rally Day, which has as
its theme "Smith Women: A Radiant Constellation," will
also feature something a little different: more than 100 door
prizes will be awarded randomly, including $5 gift certificates
to Davis Center and tickets to a performance or show at either
the Calvin Theater, Pearl Street Nightclub or Iron Horse Music
Hall. In addition to the prizes, Rally Day posters will be available
for the taking in the John M. Greene lobby.
Diana Eck, a professor of comparative religion at Harvard University, is also a member of the university's Divinity School faculty. An accomplished scholar, Eck has spent much of her professional life studying the religious landscape of India and the United States. Eck is the founder of the Pluralism Project, a nationally renowned program that documents religious pluralism in the light of post-1965 emigration. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the National Endowment for the Humanities' National Humanities Medal, which was awarded at a White House ceremony in 1998; the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion; and the Melcher Book Award of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
A lifelong volunteer and a tireless advocate for social justice, Elisabeth McLane-Bradley has dedicated years of energy and effort to the improvement of education, land conservation, housing, and mental health in New Hampshire and Vermont. Working with the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College, McLane-Bradley helped establish the first public school ABC (A Better Chance) program in the United States. Her efforts have also led to the establishment of the Upper Valley Community Foundation and its $20 million endowment.
The chief executive officer of the Minnesota-based Carlson Companies, Marilyn Carlson Nelson is one of the most prominent businesswomen in the country. As head of a $7.8 billion enterprise that includes holdings in a national network of travel agencies, hotels, and restaurants, Nelson is also a dedicated community activist. She chaired Scandinavia Today, a nine-month celebration that brought dignitaries and royalty to Minnesota, as well as Minnesota's Super Bowl '92 task force. Nelson has also served on the national board of the United Way and is on the boards of Exxon and U.S. West Corporations.
Ruth Kohler has served as director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygen, Wisconsin, for the past 28 years. Due to her efforts, the Arts Center -- an activist organization dedicated to commissioning, producing and presenting dance, theater, music and photography -- is now one of the most highly regarded arts organizations in the United States. The founder of Kohler Company's Arts/Industry Foundation and volunteer president of the Kohler Foundation, Kohler has served on numerous NEA panels and task forces and chaired the Wisconsin Arts Board. In 1997, Kohler was awarded the Wisconsin Governor's Award in Support of the Arts.
Rally Day began in 1976 as a celebration of George Washington's birthday. Over time, it has evolved from a primarily social dinner or reception into a daylong college event, at which seniors are permitted to wear their caps and gowns for the first time. The Smith College medal, given to outstanding alumnae, has been awarded at Rally Day since 1973.
A Letter From the President
The following letter was sent to members of the senior class from the president last week.
11 February 2000
Dear Members of the Senior Class,
It is with regret that I inform you that Jodie Foster, your Commencement Speaker, has informed us that she will be unable to speak at Commencement this year. We have tried everything possible to work out her scheduling difficulty so that Miss Foster could still come, but it appears it will be impossible to achieve that. Although I know you will be as disappointed as I that Miss Foster cannot join us, I know you will be pleased with the speaker who is ultimately chosen. I've met with Muneeba Kayani and members of the Senior Cabinet to discuss how to proceed and we will let you know as soon as we have found a suitable speaker.
We are determined to make your Commencement as meaningful and joyous as possible and the Commencement Speaker is a big part of that. We will do our best to make sure that this ceremony is inspiring and memorable for you.
I look forward to seeing you in your "caps" and gowns for the first time on Rally Day and again at Commencement in May.
Another Busy Semester for Kahn Institute
Just shy of two months into the new millinneum, it's already been a busy year for the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.
Throughout the months of January and early February, the Kahn Institute offered the Five College community lectures, science-fiction film screenings and several stargazing opportunities. All part of the Institute's 1999-2000 project, "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium," the early events of this year ranged from MIT professor Richard Binzel's January 27 lecture at Mount Holyoke, "Asteriods: Friends or Foes?" to the February 15 showing of the film The Brother From Another Planet.
Now beginning Friday, February 25, the Kahn Institute will kick off another exciting week in its spring series of events. The week begins with an exhibition by Kahn student fellow Margaret Eaton-Salners '01, "Imagining/Imaging the Heavens." Her exhibition is an examiniation of books -- specifically, scientific illustrations from the Renaissance through today. According to Michelle Aguilar, the Kahn Institute's events coordinator, the exhibition will feature a wide array of images, "everything from drawings that Galileo might have done to things you might see today in the Scientific American, like images from the Hubble Telescope." A reception for "Imagining/Imaging the Heavens" will be held in Neilson Library Browsing Room from 4-6 p.m. on February 25. The exhibition will be held in Morgan Gallery.
Also on February 25 is the Five College Early Music Program's "Music from Florence in the Time of Galileo," directed by Robert Eisenstein. Scheduled for 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, the performance will feature the music of Galileo's father, Vincenzio Galilei, and his contemporaries.
The week will also feature two ad-ditional events, including a February 26 reading of Girodano Bruno's play Il Candelaio (The Candlebearer). The play, which was translated by J.R. Hale, was adapted by Kahn fellow Matthew Daube and is directed by John Hellweg. Il Candelaio will be presented in Theater 14 at 7:30 p.m. On March 2, Harold Skulsky, Mary A. Jordan Professor of English, will give a lecture titled "Campanella on Galileo: Defining the Right to Free Inquiry." Like Galileo, Campanella (who was later imprisoned for defending Galileo), made discoveries that contradicted church doctrine, Aguilar explains. Skulsky's lecture is designed "to give an overview of Campenalla's defense of Galileo, to give a sense of context around Galileo and his theories, to [help the fellows and the general public] understand what other people were saying about what Galileo was saying." Skulsky's lecture will be held at 8 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.
More events will follow for "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium" throughout the semester, including more lectures, an April 15 Kahn Colloquium Symposium ("Star Messengers: Science, Art and Culture at the Millennium"), and the April 13-15 World Premiere of "Star Messengers," the music-theater production by theatre department lecturer and Kahn fellow Paul Zimet and visiting fellow, composer Ellen Maddow. The production, which draws on the year-long investigations and interdisciplinary collaborations of the Kahn Institute fellows, has already won Zimet and Maddow the 1999 Frederick Lowe Award in Music-Theater.
A Month-Long Celebration of Black History
In 1926, prominent scholar and historian Carter Godwin Woodson, a man committed to making "the world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure in history," started Negro History Week. Structured around the birthday of one of his favorite people, Frederick Douglass, Woodson's Negro History Week served as a celebration and a remembrance of African Americans' historical accomplishments.
Now, 74 years later, Woodson's week of recognition has turned into Black History Month, an annual celebration that lasts throughout February.
This year, with the theme "Reflecting Black," Smith College celebrates Black History Month with a series of lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences. Some educational in orientation, others strictly entertaining, the events are all part of an effort "to encourage the community to look back at the history and to become aware of the major contributions and achievements that black folk have made to the United States and to the world," says Mentha Hynes, assistant dean for multicul-tural affairs.
Though the celebration is of a historical nature, Smith's Black History Month student sponsor, the Black Student Alliance (BSA), has chosen to give it a decidedly contemporary spin. "The BSA opted not to look so much at the historical angle but to do something present-day," says Hynes.
That present-day focus is reflected in the Friday, February 18, concert at John M. Greene Hall. The concert, at 8 p.m., will feature the hip-hop jazz group The Roots, with special guests Run DMC.
The contemporary spin is also evident in BSA's Saturday, February 19, New England Conference, called "Gender in Hip-Hop Culture." The conference, which Hynes declares "very provocative," will feature a distinguished group of speakers, including rap artist and author Sister Souljah, black culture expert Tricia Rose, and James Bernard, writer and co-founder of The Source. With lectures, workshops, and a panel discussion, the conference will focus on the mental and physical consequences of using certain gender terms both inside and outside the home, as well as how gender concepts in hip-hop have played a critical role in the genre's acceptance by mainstream culture -- both in the U.S. and abroad.
"Gender in Hip-Hop Music and Culture" is open to the public; it will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium and includes a performance by hip-hop artists The Harlem Knights. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the cost is $15 for the general public, $10 for children and seniors.
Other Black History Month events include a Spring Jam in Davis Ballroom, with music from the African Diaspora, including reggae, soukous, zouk and kwaito at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 19, and, on February 23, "Dialogue Circle: An Interfaith Discussion" at 7 p.m. in the chapel's Bodman Lounge. A religious service, "In Celebration of Black History," will be held on Sunday, February 27, at 10:30 a.m. in Helen Hills Hills Chapel.
"Because the church has always been a very important part of the African American experience, we're holding the chapel service, followed by a soul-food brunch," Hynes explains. "The concept of fellowship over spirituality and food is very much a part of our tradition." Following the chapel service and brunch will be a 2 p.m. performance in the chapel by the Absolom Jones Gospel Choir of Trenton, New Jersey.
Michael Eric Dyson, Baptist minister, Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University and author of numerous books on black culture and social justice, will present his "Reflecting Black" lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 28, in Stoddard Auditorium. The event mixes liturgy, lecture, and lyrics into more than 200 public speeches annually. "I preach. I teach. I write. I lecture. Sometimes I rap. It is enormously important not to be limited," he explains. A nationally known speaker, Dyson "first came to the attention of President Simmons when he was a graduate student at Princeton," Hynes says. "She has remained one of his mentors."
Events for Black History Month at Smith are sponsored by the Black Students Alliance, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Smith African Students Association and the Office of the President. For more information on Black History Month activities, call (413) 585-4933.
A Banquet Right Out of Galileo's Time
"Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium," the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's 1999-2000 project, is a "year-long investigation and celebration of the work of Galileo Galilei and his contemporaries in the context of their times," according to a project description. Through symposia, lectures, exhibitions and courses, Kahn Institute fellows and members of the Smith community are developing an understanding of what life was like in the Renaissance, what people thought, what they knew, what they believed.
Now, with the help of Residence and Dining Services (RADS) and the Smith College Club, people can also get a taste of what they ate. On Friday, February 25, at 6 p.m., RADS will host "Galileo at the Millennium: A Renaissance Banchetto (A Renaissance Banquet) in honor of Galileo Galilei." Open to Smith community members for $30 a plate, the dinner promises to provide a delicious, authentic sampling of culinary delights from the time of Galileo.
The Renaissance Banchetto "will be a large feast, patterned after a 1600s Renaissance feast," says RADS supervisor Patty Hentz. "All the food will be recreated [to be the way it was in the Renaissance], and all the waitresses will be talking only in Italian. The Smith College Madrigral Singers will be there, singing only in Italian. This is as authentic as you can get in the 21st century." The meal will begin with an antipasto course, featuring Crostini alla Toscana (alle olive: pomodoro fresco: con fegatini), followed by the primo course (Ravioli alla Zucca) and the secondo course (which includes Paduan boiled beef, chicken with vin santo and figs, and salt cod in spicy sauce). Dolce, dessert, includes pears with chocolate sauce or almond cookies with vin santo.
"We've matched wines (like the
vin santo, a sweet Italian wine that will be served with dessert)
with each food. They will be available to be purchased at the
cash bar," says Hentz. Immediately following the banquet,
guests are invited to attend
Unity House: A Safe Haven on Campus
Officially, it's known as Smith College's center for multicultural programming. But for the women of color who frequent it, UNITY House, a modest building located on Bedford Terrace (next to Duckett), has a host of other uses as well. Mentha Hynes, assistant dean for multicultural affairs, calls the building "a hidden treasure on campus," a hangout, a place for meeting, and a place for studying. Most importantly, it is a place for community -- a safe haven.
The origins of UNITY House can be traced to 1968, when Smith College's African-American students called for the creation of a Black Cultural Center. After seeking and obtaining the approval of then-president Thomas Mendenhall, the students established their center in a small space in Lilly Hall. The Black Cultural Center quickly became a resource for students of all cultural backgrounds and in 1973 was renamed the Mwangi Cultural Center (in honor of 1961 Smith graduate Dr. Florence Ng'endo Mwangi).
The small space in Lilly Hall remained sufficient for Smith's cultural groups for nearly two decades. By the late 1980s, however, Smith's minority enrollment had increased dramatically. Growing in strength and popularity, Smith's various cultural organizations could simply no longer fit into the Mwangi Cultural Center. After months of negotiations between the cultural organizations and college officials, a solution was reached: while each cultural group would maintain an office in Lilly Hall, their main meetings and public outreach activities would be moved to a Bedford Terrace building called the Carriage House. As a symbol of their togetherness and cooperation, the cultural organizations formed an umbrella organization, and renamed the Carriage House UNITY House in its honor.
Today, UNITY is the home of eight cultural groups, including the Asian Students Association (ASA), Black Students Alliance (BSA), EKTA (an organization for South Asian students), Indigenous Americans of Smith (IAS), International Students Organization (ISO), Korean American Students of Smith (KASS), NOSOTRAS (an organization for Latina students), and the Smith African Students Association (SASA). A heavily utilized space, UNITY is used for the cultural organizations' weekly meetings and many of their various events, including barbecues, open mike poetry readings, and karaoke nights. "We had Native American storytelling in November," Hynes recollects. "An alumna came -- she was just amazing. She shared history, told stories, and instructed those who were participating in how to prepare Native American tacos, fried bread, and mint tea." With a TV lounge upstairs, new furniture, two renovated kitchens, and several areas available for studying, the newly remodeled UNITY House also makes a great "home away from home," Hynes says -- literally. "Last semester during finals there was a group of first-year students who resided [at UNITY House], spent the night there, made their house a home away from home. They had a supply of popcorn, cookies, snacks...they went home for meals, then came back to stay."
While UNITY is a space used primarily by and for cultural organizations, Hynes says, "we're making an effort to be more inclusive [with all members of the Smith campus] this year." With a wide variety of educational and entertainment-focused culturally oriented events, UNITY House is truly a "treasure" for all members of the Smith community.
Poetry Center Head to Read
The Poetry Center will kick off its spring series on Tuesday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, with a reading by poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson, the center's new director and an editor of The Massachusetts Review, a Five College literary journal. Watson will read from her own poetry as well as from her translations from poetry written in Portuguese and Arabic.
Watson is the author of We Live in Bodies and a chapbook, Broken Railings, which received the Green Lake Chapbook Poetry Prize from Owl Creek Press. Her poems have appeared in Field, Boulevard, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review and The New Yorker.
Watson also received the 1997 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, a 1998 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to translate the work of Brazilian poet Adélia Prado. Watson has also published seven books of prose translation, most recently Milton Hatoum's The Tree of the Seventh Heaven. And the most recent issue of Modern Poetry in Translation contains several dozen contemporary Palestinian poems cotranslated by Watson.
Watson's reading coincides with the debut of the Poetry Center's Web site, at www.smith.edu/poetrycenter, which features a schedule of events, sample poems and biographical information on past and future visiting poets.
Another new feature the Poetry Center is offering this semester is an e-mail reminder of upcoming events. To be automatically notified of approaching readings, send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org, the center's new address. Also, past readings are available on video through the Nonprint Resource Center.
The center also schedules a question-and-answer session with each visiting poet, generally held at 3:30 p.m. the day of his or her reading in Wright common room. And about a week prior to every reading, a packet of the poet's works is available in the Poetry Center office, Wright Hall 130.
A bookselling and signing session will follow Watson's reading. Other readings scheduled for this spring are Jay Wright on March 7, Tomaz Salamun, April 4, and Mary Oliver, April 18.
No Body to Go Uncounted
It was 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 9, and a little clot of women in their bathrobes huddled on the doorstep of 150 Elm Street as two fire engines and a fire department panel truck pulled up. As it turned out there was no fire; just dust in one of the smoke detectors. But the alarm had sounded and the Northampton Fire Department had responded. That scene is reenacted on numerous occasions at Smith, and it costs the city of Northampton money every time. The city isn't complaining, but soon it is going to be counting -- not fire alarms but Smith students.
United States Census 2000 will come to Northampton -- and the rest of the country -- starting in mid-March, and this year the city is determined to count every man, woman and child who calls Northampton home as of April 1, whether he or she lives in a house, an apartment, a tent, on the streets or in a Smith residence. Although students may not think of the college as their official home, the census does. Every college student in the United States is counted as a resident of the city or town in which he or she spends the academic year.
After the last Census, in 1990, Northampton challenged the count because its own yearly census counted 1,000 more people than did the federal census. The challenge was denied, and local officials are determined not to allow Northampton to be undercounted again. "This is a really critical job for Northampton to do well," Mayor Clare Higgins said recently. "It can affect the number of federal dollars we get, to the tune of $1,400 a person."
To help pay the city back for fire
truck visits and other services, it seems little enough for Northampton
to ask that all Smith students fill out their census forms and
return them. Watch this space for more information -- and more
Track and field
PeopleNews will return next week.
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Monday, February 21
Informational meeting for new environmental/humanitarian group. 7 p.m., Dewey common room
SLAC general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center
Other events and
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom
Tuesday, February 22
Question-and-answer session with poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson, who will read this evening in the Poetry Center's first spring event. Interested students should pick up a packet of Watson's poems in the Poetry Center office, Wright Hall (see story, page 4). 3:30 p.m., Wright common room
Women's Studies tea "Colliding Feminisms: Britney Spears, Teenage Girls, and the Politics of Reception." Melanie Lowe '90 will talk about teenage girls and the conflicts, contradictions and conceptions of pop music, feminism and "girl power." 4 p.m., Seelye 207
Reading In the Poetry Center's first spring event, poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson will read from her own work and translations from Portuguese and Arabic (see story, page 4). 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
CDO workshop Finding a summer internship. Learn how to use the library, e-access and other Internet resources. 7:15 p.m., CDO
SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop Job search for seniors. Strategies, tips, and Web resources. 8 p.m., CDO
Other events and
Language lunch tables
Special event Meet Smith Medalist Ruth DeYoung Kohler '63 for an informal discussion, slides and refreshments. Ruth Kohler is director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a highly regarded activist organization that commissions and presents visual arts, dance, theater and music. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom
CDO open hours Peer advisers available for assistance. 7 p.m., CDO
Rally Day party 9 p.m., Davis
Wednesday, February 23
CDO workshop Résumé critique by a peer adviser. 3 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop How to write an effective résumé. 4:15 p.m., CDO
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and
Language lunch tables Classical languages. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C
Reception in honor of Rally Day medalists Elisabeth McLane-Bradley '42 and Marilyn Carlson Nelson '61. Sponsored by the Project on Women and Social Change. 9 a.m., Seelye 207
Rally Day Convocation "Smith Women: A Radiant Constellation." Smith College Medals and junior and senior teaching awards will be presented, winners of the Rally Day banner contests will be announced, and door prizes will be awarded (see story, page 1). 1:30 p.m., JMG*
Rally Day Medalist Panel Reception to follow. 3 p.m., Alumnae House conference room*
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom
Thursday, February 24
Lecture "Syria and the Peace Process: A View From Damascus." Sadik Al-Azm, chair, departments of philosophy and sociology, University of Damascus. Sponsor: Lecture Committee. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture "Fiction and Fictional Fact: The Ethics of Writing Historical Fiction." Brian A. Kiteley, associate professor of creative writing, University of Denver, and author of Still Life; I Know Many Songs, But I Cannot Sing, and the forthcoming The River Gods: A History of Northampton in Stories and Essays. 5 p.m., Seelye 201*
Reading Sigrid Nunez, Elizabeth Drew Professor and author of A Reflection on the Breath of God and Other Work, will read from her work. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Film Sponsor: German Club. 7:30 p.m., McConnell auditorium
Theater Alice. Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Adapted and directed by Erin McCauley '00 from Lewis Carroll's classic. Follow a little girl down a rabbit hole and through a looking glass as she grows through her childhood fantasies. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan studio*
Concert Avodah Dance Ensemble, a dynamic modern dance company rooted in the Jewish tradition with a multicultural emphasis, will perform its dance midrash repertory. 7:30 p.m., Chapel*
CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 3 p.m., CDO
Informational meeting for sophomores and juniors interested in applying for fellowships for the 2000-01 Kahn Liberal Arts Institute project "Community Activism," organized by Martha Ackelsberg, government, and Nancy Whittier, sociology. 4-5 p.m., Seelye 211
Informational meeting for sophomores and juniors interested in applying for fellowships for the 2000-01 Kahn Liberal Arts Institute project "The Anatomy of Exile," organized by Peter Rose, sociology. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 211
Informational meeting FactSet Research Systems. 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Other events and
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom
Friday, February 25
Theatre Alice. Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. See 2/23 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan studio*
Concert "The Music of Vincenzio Galilei and His Contemporaries." Five College Early Music Ensemble, led by Robert Eisenstein. Sponsor: Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, as part of the 1999-2000 project "Star Messengers: Galileo at the Millennium." 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall
Shabbat service Dinner
follows at 7 p.m. in the Kosher Kitchen, Dawes
Other events and
Alumnae House tea Gillett and Haven/Wesley houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room
Special event "Imagining/Imaging the Heavens." Opening of an exhibition of rare astronomy books and antique star charts from the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Organized by Kahn Student Fellow Margaret Eaton-Salners '01 and the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Part of the 1999-2000 Kahn Institute project "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium." 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Special event "Galileo at the Millennium." A special night at the Smith College Club featuring an authentic "Renaissance Buffet." The evening is coupled with several campus activities celebrating Galileo (see story, page 4). 6 p.m., Smith College Club
Saturday, February 26
Concert Performances by choral ensembles from the five colleges featuring the premiere of music professor Ronald Perera's Three Love Lyrics. 7:30 p.m., JMG*
Theater Alice. Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. See 2/23 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan studio*
Other events and
Special event EKTA's annual dinner and party. Tickets: $4, dinner and party; $2, party only. 9 p.m., Gamut*
Sunday, February 27
CDO workshop Interview strategies for success. 2:30 p.m., CDO
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 *
Special event Members of the BSA will join the Ecumenical Christian Church for a festive worship service honoring Black History Month and featuring Gospel music by a student-organized choir and the Rev. Leon Burrows, interim Protestant chaplain, preaching. 10:30 a.m., Chapel*
Morning prayers in the Hindu tradition. 11:45 a.m., Chapel, second floor
Special event "Lift Every Voice and Sing." An afternoon of gospel music presented by the Absalom Jones Gospel Choir of Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, New Jersey. 2 p.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. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Other events and
"Where the World Meets the Sky: Photographs of Ladakh and Tibet." Photographs by Ellen Kaplowitz. Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the Department of Art. Through February 27. Hillyer 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.*
"Abstract Impressions" A show of recent prints by Molly Gayley '58. Through March 30. Alumnae House gallery