News for the Smith College Community //March 16, 2000
SSC Holds a Compendium of Women's History
By Adele Johnsen '02
When the collection was founded in 1942, it was intended as the library's major contribution to the college's mission of educating women. Initially, it was simply a collection of works by women writers. But the SSC's first director, Margaret Storrs Grierson '22, whom Redmon describes as "fearless and eclectic," didn't want the collection to be just a library of published books by women. She began "collecting materials that were very radical for the day," Redmon says, quickly turning the Sophia Smith Collection into a historical research collection of material documenting the lives and activities of women. "Smith was really pioneering when it fostered [the Sophia Smith Collection]. Nobody else was doing anything like this then," Redmon says. "The Sophia Smith Collection was the only place in the country that was doing this in a major way for a very long time."
Today, though the SSC is no longer the only collection of its kind in the area, it remains one of the biggest and best in the world. The collection has material on a wide range of subject matter, including birth control, women's rights, suffrage, the contemporary women's movement, U.S. women working abroad, the arts, the professions, and middle-class life in 19th- and 20th-century New England.
"The things in the Sophia Smith Collection cover so many topics, you don't have to be a historian to get involved with it. You can be a sociologist, a person interested in government, in poetry, etc. A class in botany could study Ames' scientific illustrations of orchids," Redmon says.
Even a class in Smith's pioneering engineering department could find the Sophia Smith Collection useful. Within the SSC's Gilbreth Collection of papers, genealogical records, research notes, and files occupying more than 6 linear feet in the Alumnae Gymnasium, for example, lies the story of one of America's first female engineers, Lillian Moller Gilbreth. A graduate of the University of California and Brown University, Gilbreth became an engineer with interests in management and motion studies before meeting and marrying Frank Gilbreth. The couple studied and taught management and motion studies together from their marriage in 1904 until Frank's death in 1924. Two of their children, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey '29 and Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., wrote Cheaper by the Dozen, an enduring and hilarious story, published in 1948, about the Gilbreths' life with a father who ran the family like a factory and a mother who was partner in everything except discipline.
After her husband's death, Gilbreth, suddenly the single parent of 12 children, made a highly unusual choice: she decided to continue her career. She worked as an engineer until she was nearly 90 years old, earning a 1930 appointment to the President's Emergency Committee for Employment, a faculty position at the Purdue School of Engineering (she was a professor of management), an honorary appointment to the Society of Industrial Engineers (which then did not admit women to membership), and the Hoover Medal for distinguished public service by an engineer. She encouraged women to become engineers and in 1945 was accorded an honorary degree from Smith College.
In addition to Ernestine, two other Gilbreth daughters -- Anne and Lillian -- attended Smith. And it is through the efforts of Ernestine that Gilbreth's materials are today maintained in the Sophia Smith Collection. Located among the work of other great female pioneers, Gilbreth's papers help make the collection the compendium of women's history that it is today.
Relief in Sight for Campus Parking Crunch
In recent years, the number of cars belonging to students and commuting Smith College employees has outstripped the number of parking spaces available on the campus and on neighboring streets. The congestion has been a problem for members of the Smith community as well as for people living or shopping in the area. As part of a comprehensive effort to address this problem, Smith will break ground within the next couple of weeks for a 352-space parking structure on West Street (Route 66), adjacent to Garrison Hall, which houses the college's public affairs/college relations office.
Arrowstreet Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts, is the architectural firm for the garage, with Arrowstreet architect Emily Mowbray '87 as project designer. The building will house cars of Smith employees and provide 86 student spaces as well as parking for off-campus visitors during occasional special events. Building materials will include precast concrete with steel, glass and zinc for the elevator, stair towers and columns. The construction timetable calls for completion of this project by mid-December 2000. Visit the Web site at www.smith.edu/physplant/pg_home.html to see pictures.
Judy Chicago to Address Commencement
Artist and author Judy Chicago, a renowned feminist, educator, and creator of The Dinner Party, a widely acclaimed multimedia project in the late 1970s, will deliver this year's commencement address.
Chicago, who is credited as the founder of the feminist art movement following a five-year worldwide tour of The Dinner Party, will also receive an honorary degree from Smith at commencement exercises May 14. As honorand, she will join Ann Winkelman Brown '59, chair, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; Johnnetta B. Cole, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies, Emory University; Donald C. Hood, James F. Bender Professor of Psychology, Columbia University; and Mamphela Ramphele, managing director of the World Bank, and former vice chancellor, University of Cape Town.
In announcing Chicago's selection as commencement speaker to seniors in a letter, President Ruth Simmons said Chicago "has demonstrated the power of art as a vehicle for intellectual transformation and social change. She has shown unwavering commitment to a woman's right to engage in the production of art at the highest levels."
Chicago, who established the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts in the early '70s, focused her attention on women's history in creating The Dinner Party, her most renowned work. The project, which was executed between 1974 and 1979, is a symbolic history of women in Western civilization, and has been viewed by more than a million people during 15 exhibitions in six countries. Since its tour, The Dinner Party has been cited on innumerable occasions in articles, art historical texts, and exhibitions, including "Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in Feminist Art History," a show curated by Amelia Jones at UCLA's Armand Hammer Museum.
Other projects by Chicago include the Birth Project, a series of birth and creation images for needlework; and The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, a series of images that merge Chicago's painting with photographic images, stained glass and tapestry. Chicago is the author of Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist, published in 1975, and Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist, published in 1996.
Chicago is the first living artist whose papers have been included in the archive of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe College. She has received numerous awards and honors, including an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, and a presidential appointment in art and gender studies at Indiana University, where she taught last year.
Chicago was named commencement speaker following a cancellation in February by actress Jodie Foster.
Stress Expert to Lecture
Robert M. Sapolsky, a professor of neuroendocrinology at Stanford University, will deliver two lectures, on Thursday, March 23, that will ex-plore his specialty: human stress,how it develops and how to cope with it.
At 5 p.m. in Wright Hall auditorium, Sapolsky will give a lecture, sponsored by Sigma Xi, titled "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers," after his 1998 book, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Disease and Coping.
Earlier in the day, Sapolsky will give a talk titled "Stress, Neurodegeneration and Individual Differences," at 12:15 p.m. in McConnell 404. Lunch will be served at the midday lecture, which is sponsored by Sigma Xi and the Neuroscience Program. Attendees should bring their own drink.
Sapolsky, who received his doctorate from Rockefeller University, has focused his research on three areas: how a neuron dies during aging or after neurological insults; how neuron death can be accelerated by stress; and the design of gene therapy strategies to protect endangered neurons from disease. Sapolsky and his laboratory were among the first to document that sustained stress can damage the hippocampus, a region of the brain central to learning and memory.
For three months each year, Sapolsky travels to the Serengeti of East Africa to study how the social behavior and personality of wild baboons are related to patterns of stress-related diseases.
Sapolsky is the author of several articles and books on stress, including "Why Stress is Bad for Your Brain," published in Science, and Stress, the Aging Brain, and the Mechanisms of Neuron Death. He has received numerous awards and fellowships for his work, including a MacArthur Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.
Fund Drive Targets Youth Homelessness
The Institute for Health Policy Studies estimates that approximately one million young people are homeless in America today. Driven away from their homes (often by economic hardship, physical and sexual abuse, alcohol and drug problems, or some combination of these factors), homeless youths face enormous difficulties as they try to survive on their own. In recognition of their struggle -- and of western Massachusetts' own pervasive youth homelessness issue -- Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) has selected youth homelessness as the cause for its annual fund drive. Money raised during the drive, which began February 18 and lasts until March 25, will benefit programs that address youth homelessness and help provide therapeutic support services for homeless youth.
After the S.O.S. board chose youth homelessness as the focus of the drive early last fall, fund drive chairs Emma Mulvaney-Stanak '02 and Holly Burke '01 got to work. They researched youth homeless-ness, uncovering some surprising and disturbing statistics: the average national age for homeless youth is 15 years old; each year an estimated 1 million to 1.5 million children run away from home; in western Massachusetts, between 2 and 11 percent of the runaway population becomes homeless each year. The chairs developed informational brochures, promotional table tents and posters. They also organized a drawing project with two local shelters, giving "current homeless youth the opportunity to express their feelings through art." The resulting art was on display in Neilson Library during the month of February. Local homeless youth and the S.O.S. board hope to raise awareness of this issue in the Smith community as well as exceed last year's contribution total.
An annual event for more than 30 years, S.O.S. fund drives have raised money to address a wide variety of concerns, including hunger, women's health and illiteracy. Last year's drive, which raised more than $2,700 in donations from the Smith community, focused on area children affected directly or indirectly by HIV and AIDS. To surpass that sum, this year's fund drive will depend on the generosity of the Smith community and the dedication of the 38 S.O.S. house representatives, who will go door-to-door requesting donations from their housemates and other members of the Smith community. To encourage donations, prizes will be awarded to houses with the greatest participation rates and to the most generous individual donors. Those wishing to donate should see S.O.S. house representatives or send contributions to the S.O.S. office in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel.
Two Teaching Award Winners Inspire Students
This year's teaching award winners, who were announced by students at Rally Day February 23, may not have a lot in common. One is a longtime Smith faculty member, who has likely educated more than 2,000 students in the sciences here. The other is a relatively new member of the faculty, who since last fall has inspired his students through his lectures on modern education.
But the two award winners, Allen Curran and Sam Intrator, share at least one attribute: excellent teaching skills and dedication to their students.
Curran, a professor in the geology department for 30 years, was awarded the Senior Faculty Teaching Award because of his ability to inspire and teach, according to the award citation read by Shauna Daly '01 at Rally Day. "This professor's students obviously enjoy his classes immensely, as he has no less than four quotes on the 'Daily Jolt' professor quote post-board," she said.
In quoting from Curran's nomination letter, Daly said, "Rarely does one find a professor whom students revere and yet feel comfortable approaching as well. Al Curran is just such a professor.His greatest achievement lies in his ability to share his knowledge with his students."
Curran's humor has not been lost on his students. Curran appeared on stage at a past Rally Day adorned in full scuba gear, wearing a crown and introducing himself as King Neptune, said Daly. "I'll always remember that moment as my first introduction to the wit and humor Al brings to subjects as dry as fossils," she quoted from the nomination letter.
Intrator, a lecturer in the education department who received the Junior Faculty Teaching Award, "has excelled in inspiring his students to truly care about the education of inner-city children by personalizing the subject with his own experience and passion and encouraging them to care about the fate of urban youth as much as he does," said Rebecca Deldin-Sides '02 in the award citation. "As much as he expects from his students, this professor returns more, generously giving his time and energy outside the classroom in long discussions during and after office hours."
Intrator, who joined the Smith faculty last semester after receiving a doctorate at Stanford University, has several years teaching experience at the secondary level and has garnered numerous awards for teaching and academic acheivement.
Teaching award candidates and winners are nominated and chosen each year by a student committee.
World-Class Composer to Visit Area
For 30 years, world-class musician Tania León has traveled the globe acting as adviser to the world's top orchestras and art organizations. She has been an educator, supporter of contemporary music and composer of music from many cultures and traditions, including those of her native Cuba.
From March 21 through 24, León will perform, lecture and visit classes at the area's colleges as a Five College Composer in residence. A highlight of her residency, which is sponsored by the music departments of the Five Colleges, will be a concert featuring her music on March 24 at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall. Performers will include Five College music department faculty members, the University of Massachusetts Brass Choir and the university's Madrigal Singers.
León, an accomplished pianist, composer and conductor, has explored and developed her music and art across several genres, including chamber music, opera, folk, and Latin dance and rhythm. Her recent work, Drummin', which premiered at Miami's Lincoln Theater, is a multimedia piece that echoes the music of her Cuban cultural roots.
Born in Havana, she graduated from Carlos Alfredo Peyrellado Conservatory in Cuba, and emigrated to the United States in 1967 to earn an M.F.A. from New York University. From 1993 to 1997, León served as music adviser to the New York Philharmonic, where she was also the Revson composer-in-residence. Since 1986, she has served on the music faculty at Brooklyn College as well as at Harvard and Yale universities.
While in residence at the Five Colleges, León will also give a lecture, "Influences of Folk Traditions and Cultures in Classical Music," on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arms Music Building, Room 3, at Amherst College.
Will return next week.
Featured prominently in the December
1999-January 2000 edition of Natural History magazine is a long
article by Robert Nicholson, greenhouse foreman at the Lyman
Plant House. Nicholson's richly illustrated article, "Az-Tech
Medicine," occupies a six-page spread and focuses on describing
and explaining the Badianus Manuscript. Created by an Aztec artist
in 1552, Nicholson writes, the Badianus Manuscript is an illustrated
"repository of traditional medical knowledge. Having seen
the amazing floral wealth of Mexico on numerous collecting expeditions,
I favor the Badianus Manuscript for the kick I get out of recognizing
species of plants I have come upon during fieldwork and for the
visual joy I derive from the utterly flamboyant colors -- as
bright as a Mexican cottage garden in full sun. A sort of botanical
time capsule, this little book transports us back into the realm
of Aztec knowledge[it] is a worthy legacy for all who seek to
heal, a common thread wherever humans toil."
Members of the Smith geology department
Amy Larson Rhodes and John B. Brady joined seniors Erica Difilippo
and Maryann Ashworth in their research presentations at the Northeastern
Section of the Geological Society of America's 35th annual meeting
held March 13-15. Ashworth and Rhodes' presentation, titled "Flowpaths
as Determinants of Impact Source in a Peatland," focuses
on their studies of the peatland bordering Quag Pond in Gardner,
Massachusetts. Difilippo and Brady presented "Metamorphic
Evolution of High-Pressure, Low-Temperature Mafic Rocks Near
Kini on the Island of Syros, Greece," a study of Syros'
particular variety of high-pressure, Eocene metamorphic rocks.
Hosted by geologists at Rutgers University, in cooperation with
the New Jersey Geological Survey, Stockton State College, and
Rider University, the meeting was held in New Brunswick, New
More than 600 voices combined in harmony
at the Five College Choral Festival at John M. Greene Hall on
February 26 to perform the premiere of Three Love Lyrics, a piece
composed by Ronald Perera, E.I. Sweeney Professor of Music. The
piece, which was commissioned for the festival by the choral
conductors at the Five Colleges and by Five Colleges Inc., was
written with the specific parameters of the festival in mind,
Perera said recently. "It had to be brief -- about five
minutes long -- and be based on a secular text. And it had to
be written for all 600-plus voices, the majority of whom are
female, since two of the schools are all-women's colleges."
The text draws from the Bible's Song of Solomon. In all, 13 choral
groups from all five area colleges took part in the festival
including Smith Chorale and Smith College Choir, both directed
by Thomas Kim, and Smith's Glee Club, directed by Jonathan Hirsh.
RADS supervisor Patty Hentz, who is
the area manager for the Smith College Club, was nominated by
RADS assistant director Karl Kowitz as a "Savvy Manager"
and appeared in a February 14 Daily Hampshire Gazette article
on "managers who are doing it right." Gazette readers
had been asked to tell the newspaper the names of outstanding
managers in the area. In his nomination, Kowitz wrote that in
her job planning and directing events at the club and Davis Center,
"Patty continually sets high standards for herself and her
team and is dedicated to providing excellent customer satisfaction.She
is a true team player and is always thoughtful, considerate and
respectful of others. The pride and enthusiasm she exhibits certainly
motivates others to give their best."
Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail (email@example.com) or by fax (extension 2174).
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New York Trip
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Health Promotion Peers
Work-Study Job Listings
Summer Project Funds
Tuition/application fee waivers for
7 credits of summer school at Ewha Women's University in Korea
are available. Applicants must have one year or the equivalent
of Korean language background, and a strong interest in studying
Korean language and culture. Since the stated purpose of the
exchange is to encourage students to go to Korea to learn more
about the culture, the exchange is not open to Korean nationals
whose home is in Korea, even if they are EAS and/or EALL majors
or minors. Ewha applications are available in late February,
due in mid-March. For information/application materials, please
contact Liz Lee at fellowships
Ada's Children's Art
House Community Advisers
S.O.S. Positions Open
Education Job Fair
Art Search and Show
President's Open Hours
The following were available at presstime. Application reviews will begin immediately. To learn more, call extension 2278.
For the following two positions, for which preference will be given to applications received by March 30, apply with a cover letter, résumé and names and contact information of three professional references to Search Committee, Office of Admission, Box 2080, 7 College Lane.
For the following three positions, for which preference will be given to applications received by April 3, apply to Smith College Campus School, Gill Hall.
Campus School, Fort Hill. Apply to Smith College Campus School,
Fort Hill, 28 Lyman Road. Preference will be given to applications
received by March 24.
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, March 20
Panel "Rising Political Ideologies in South Asia," a discussion on the political background and ideological imperatives that led to the partition and independence of the nations of South Asia. Part of EKTA's "Rethinking the Past, Shaping the Future: Partition History and Identity" conference. Dinner provided. 6 p.m., Dewey common room
Silence for the Soul
A quiet place for prayer, meditation or reflection.
Celebration Come celebrate
the Baha'i New Year with good food, music and decorations. Bring
your friends. Refreshments provided.
Other events and
President's open hours. First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom
Special event Van to Megillah reading at UMass Hillel House. Call ext. 2754 to reserve your spot. Departs at 6:30 p.m. from the Chapel
Tuesday, March 21
Lecture "John Duke: Perspective at Century's End." Ruth Friedberg, professor emeritus, University of Texas, San Antonio. 5 p.m., Earle Recital Hall
Student forum "Ethnic Identity in South Asia" will discuss the intersection of history, community and identity and their political ramifications around South Asia. Students from different regions and communities will speak. Part of EKTA's "Rethinking the Past, Shaping the Future: Partition History and Identity" conference. Dinner provided. 6 p.m., Wright common room
Lecture "Up and Coming Plants: Lesser Known Plants for Garden Design." Gary Koller, former curator of the Arnold Arboretum. Reception follows in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
and the Rebirth of Exobiology." Christopher Chyba, SETI
Institute. Part of the Five College Astronomy lecture series,
"In the Footsteps of Galileo: Astronomical Discovery at
Film North by Northwest, Hitchcock's classic thriller about an ordinary guy mistaken for a government agent by a gang of spies. Second in a series presented by Rick Millington. Discussion to follow film. Sponsor: American Studies Program. 7 p.m., Seelye 106*
Concert Rock duo Bitch and Animal. Tickets: $8, general; $5, students. Sponsor: LBTA. 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Informational meeting Bloomberg Financial Markets. 7 p.m., Dewey common room
SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop How to find a summer internship. 7:15 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 8 p.m., CDO
Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center
Other events and
Presentation of the major and minor in geology. Refreshments provided. 4:15 p.m., Burton 110, Intro Lab
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom
Grand opening King/Scales fitness room. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a demonstration of how to use the machines and weights properly and safely. 8 p.m., King/Scales fitness room
CDO open hours for browsing and library research. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO
Wednesday, March 22
Lecture "The Battle to End Child Labor and Sweatshops-U.S. Students at the Forefront." Charles Kernaghan, executive director, National Labor Committee in Support of Human and Worker Rights. 7:30 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Discussion of Earth, the latest film by Deepa Mehta, the acclaimed director of Fire, that unravels the complexities behind the experience of partition and the intersection of religious and regional identity on the cusp of independence. Part of EKTA's "Rethinking the Past, Shaping the Future: Partition History and Identity" conference. Earth is showing all week at Pleasant Street Theater at 5 p.m. Dinner provided. 7:30 p.m., Unity House
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
Presentation of the major computer science. Noon, McConnell Foyer
critique by a peer adviser.
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom
Thursday, March 23
Lecture Tania León, distinguished American composer, will lecture on her life and work (see story, page 4). 4:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*
Lecture "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers." Robert Morris Sapolsky, Stanford University (see story, page 4). 5 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 3 p.m., CDO
Other events and
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom
Presentation of Fine Arts Center design plans by Polshek Partnership, architects. 4 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium
Five-College Purim Party Masquerade, hamentaschen and more to celebrate the Jews' victory over Haman. 8 p.m., Field House
Special event Stargazing with replicas of telescopes used by Galileo. See the planets, moon and other celestial bodies. Warm beverages provided. Wear warm clothing. 8 p.m., McConnell Observatory (roof)
Friday, March 24
PRISM Conference 6 p.m.-midnight, Stoddard auditorium*
Lecture PRISM Conference keynote address. Movie follows. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Five College Concert Works of Tania León, including Ascend, Pueblo Mulato: Three Songs on Poems by Nicolas Guillen, and Momentum, with performances by the University of Massachusetts Brass Choir; UMass Madrigal Singers, Robert Eisenstein, director; Monica Jakuc, piano; Nikki Stoia, piano; Melinda Spratlan, soprano. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Smithereens Annual Jam "Consume Us." The Smithereens' biggest concert of the year. Tickets: $3. 8 p.m., McConnell 103*
Shabbat service Dinner
follows at 7 p.m. in the Kosher Kitchen, Dawes
Other events and
Conference "A Jungian Approach to Counter-Transference." Continuing- education program for professional social workers, therapists, counselors, teachers, nurses, psychologists, and other health-care providers. Fee: $60. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Dewey common room*
Language lunch tables Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Alumnae House tea Emerson and Morris houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room
Dance "X-static." Five College Blind Date Dance. Students may preregister to participate in blind date activities or pay at the door. Admission: $5. 10 p.m., Davis ballroom
Saturday, March 25
Lecture "Partition in Comparative Perspective." Radha Kumar, Council on Foreign Relations. Part of EKTA's "Rethinking the Past, Shaping the Future: Partition History and Identity" conference. 10:30 a.m., Seelye 106
Lecture "Reconstructing the Temple of Athena at Assos: Eccentric Choices, Ancient Mistakes and Archaeological Earthquakes." Bonna Wescoat, associate professor of classical art and archaeology, Emory University. Tenth Annual Lehmann Lecture. 11 a.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Lecture "The Land of Lost Roses: Perspectives on the Kargil War." Ravina Aggarwal, anthropology department. Part of EKTA's "Rethinking the Past, Shaping the Future: Partition History and Identity" conference. 1 p.m., Seelye 106
Lecture "The Future of Post-Nuclear South Asia." M. V. Ramana, Princeton University. Part of EKTA's "Rethinking the Past, Shaping the Future: Partition History and Identity" conference. 2:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Concert Pioneer Valley Symphony, Paul Phillips, director, will perform Samual Barber's Cello Concerto and Gustav Holst's The Planets in collaboration with Josh Simpson and Eric Van Cort. Matt Haimovitz, cello. Tickets: $17, general; $15, students/seniors; $14 in advance (773-3664 for more information). 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Presentation "Babel and Tradition: A Look at Isaak Babel's Play Sundown," by Veniamin Smekhov and Galina Aksenova. Performance by Ellen W. Kaplan, Mark Van Wye and Henry Jacobson. Sponsors: Jewish Studies, Russian and theatre departments, and Hillel. Reception follows in Bodman Lounge. 8 p.m., Chapel.
Other events and
Special event Association of Low Income Students dinner and open mike. The dinner menu is from Jerry McClain's. Tickets: $5. 6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Sunday, March 26
Recital "Night in Vienna." Adele Ashley, AC, soprano, with Clifton J. Noble Jr., piano. Featuring the music of German and Austrian composers, including Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Richard Strauss. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
CDO workshop Interview strategies for success. 2:30 p.m., CDO
Morning worship in the Protestant tradition with guest preacher, The Rev. Dr. Jerry Streets, Chaplain, Battel Chapel, Yale. Preceded by a light breakfast at 10 a.m. in Bodman Lounge. All are welcome. 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Morning prayers in the Hindu tradition. 11:45 a.m., Mandir (second floor), 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. Simple dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Other events and
Oscar party The Academy Awards on the big screen. Food served. 5 p.m.-midnight, Davis ballroom*
"Abstract Impressions" Monotypes and monoprints by Molly Gayley '58. Through March 30. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House, 33 Elm St.*
"SisterVision: Seeing Women's Lives" Documentary photos and artwork by photojournalist, activist and musician-performer Diana Davies. Through June 30. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Alumnae Gym*
"Imagining/Imaging the Heavens" Rare astronomy books and antique star chars depict the heavens with works drawn primarily from the holdings of the Mortimer Rare Book Room. This exhibition was developed by Margaret Ruth Eaton-Salners '01, Kahn Institute student fellow, as part of Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium. Through April 10. During library hours, Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library