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Seminar Examines Fabled Symbol of City's Past

The Northampton State Hospital lies just west of the Smith College campus, a collection of approximately 970,000 square feet of building space set on nearly 500 acres of land. Largely vacant since 1993, the institution has long served as a source of fable and fascination within the Smith College and Northampton communities.

Two years ago, acting on his own "longtime fascination with the hospital," Tom Riddell, economics professor and dean of the first-year class, decided to design and teach a first-year seminar on the subject. Described in the course catalogue as "a case study of socioeconomic change and public policy explor[ing] the history of the Northampton State Hospital, deinstitutionalization and the hospital's closing, and the prospects for the site," Riddell's course, FYS 121a: The Evolution and Transformation of the Northampton State Hospital, for two straight years has proven to be very popular.

The course is one of 11 first-year seminars offered at Smith. The seminar program, now in its second year, began as a result of the college's 1996 self-study, which described a need to offer students early in their careers opportunities to participate in smaller classes that focus on interaction, analysis, discussion and debate and to develop first-year students' writing abilities through frequent assignments.

"I thought it was fascinating," says Anna Gilbert '03, one of the 12 first-year students who were enrolled in Riddell's course last fall. "It was unlike any other course that's offered at Smith. The class didn't focus just on history or on sociology, but tied together a lot of different fields."

The course begins by examining the hospital's history, starting with its 1858 opening as the Northampton Lunatic Hospital. The third hospital for the insane in Massachusetts, the institution opened with 228 patients. During the next 100 years, as institutionalization became the dominant mode of treatment for the mentally ill, the hospital's physical size and population grew to its peak in 1955 of about 2,500 patients and 500 employees.

"During the Depression and World War II, many of these institutions became 'dumping grounds' for the mentally ill. People who were poor, odd, or mentally ill were just warehoused here," Riddell explains. "It was an outcome of a lack of understanding of mental illness, poverty, and inadequate resources to deal with it all." Throughout the 1940s and '50s, mental institutions became increasingly overcrowded and under-funded, and "the level of care was bad," Riddell says. "There were often abuses."

By the 1970s, the government had taken action, and in 1978, a federal district court consent decree ordered the deinstitutionalization of western Massachusetts' mentally ill through the increased use of community-based treatment. The Northampton State Hospital responded by gradually moving patients, mostly into much smaller community facilities or to other institutions. The last of the hospital's residents left in 1993.

In addition to examining the history of the hospital, Riddell's first-year seminar focuses closely on the effects of deinstitutionalization on the Northampton community. "We looked at how the hospital changed Northampton when it first opened, but it was especially interesting to look at the effects it's having on Northampton now," says Gilbert. "Since it closed in the 1970s, a lot of the patients who left the hospital moved into Northampton, where they're living now, having to deal with the hardships of living without constant care."

Hanna Lee '03, also a member of the fall 1999 class, interviewed some of those former patients for the class. "I concentrated on how they felt about the closing of the hospital," Lee explains. "They had mixed reactions. Some people liked the hospital. Others felt like it was jail." Interviewing ex-patients was one of the great benefits of being in a class "where we don't sit down and read the textbook and discuss it," Lee says. "We got to go on a lot of field trips to the hospital."

"I enjoyed the different modes of teaching [Riddell] used," adds Gilbert. "We had a lot of guest lectures from people who had worked at the hospital, and we got to take lots of firsthand looks at the hospital, which brought to life what we'd learned in the classroom."

Also, each student was required to submit an essay addressing the issue of the hospital's redevelopment, applying their learning in a useful hands-on manner.

Overall, says Sarah Towne '02, one of eight class members in fall 1998, "it was a great class." In addition to learning about the history of mental illness and the social consequences accompanying deinstitutionalization, "we were learning about something that was right here in Northampton. It was a great thing to do during my first semester here."

New Library Director Is Team Builder

As team leader of reference and consultation services within the University of Minnesota's library system, Christopher Loring was instrumental in the creation of research software programs and the organization of the university's public Web site. As the university's head of access services, he oversaw the automation of circulation, led a major space planning and reorganization effort, and headed a project to improve access to the university's extensive periodical holdings. Now, as the newly appointed director of libraries at Smith College, Loring will "stand the libraries at Smith in good stead in the months and years ahead," says Provost and Dean of the Faculty John Connolly.

Loring, who assumed his new post on February 1, is a Massachusetts native, trained as a classicist at Boston University. After receiving an education in library science from the University of Minnesota, Loring joined the staff there and spent the next 20 years helping to dramatically improve the university's library system. "Chris has a distinguished record of library service," says Connolly, "and his colleagues both in the library and in the faculty at the University of Minnesota praise him highly." Loring's particular strengths are his "experience, his calm and thoughtful approach, and his considerable skill as a team builder," Connolly says.

That skill was immediately evident when Loring arrived at Smith last month, determined to meet with every library employee. "He's already met with the senior management. Now he's working on the department heads," explains Mia Brazill, head of acquisitions and collection development at Neilson Library. "Next, he's planning on meeting with the departments as groups, then with the individuals in each department. It's been very interesting -- I've never worked anywhere where anyone's taken the time to do that before."

Loring says he is grateful to be given the opportunity to work with a gifted and talented staff. He has solicited staff input while learning the ropes, Brazill says. "He asks each of us what documents we think he needs to see, what we think he needs to learn. That's how he's learning."

Loring explains, "So far I've been talking and listening [to the staff], figuring out what issues people think the library needs to address. I'm trying to learn and educate myself, to get my feet planted on terra firma."

Loring's discussions of library issues with the administration and staff have already developed some important recurring themes, he says. "One of the themes I struck during my interviews was the importance for Smith libraries to maintain a warm, welcoming physical place to do one's work. We need to keep developing and improving our physical space so that students want to be here," he says. "That's the nature of a liberal arts library -- it's a laboratory for the mind. We have to make sure that it's well-equipped and inviting and students want to be in it." With his particular professional interests in the improvement of user services and issues involving technology and copyright, Loring is also interested in improving Smith libraries' technology and students' usage of it. "Being able to find and critically evaluate information -- what we call 'information literacy skills' -- is one of the most essential parts of a liberal arts education, like writing and writing skills. Finding information and using it well is very important in our information society, and we need to make sure that Smith students graduate with those skills."

Loring succeeds Sarah Pritchard, who left Smith last spring to become head of libraries at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Series Topic: Physics of Dance

The physics of the human body while engaged in the art of dance will be analyzed in depth by Kenneth Laws, an expert on human mechanics, during three events in Scott Gym's dance studio next week.

Laws, a professor of physics at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will first present "The Physics of Dance" April 7 at 7 p.m. During the presentation, Laws will analyze, using principles of physics, the kinesiology of a dancer, who will perform a sequence of ballet movements. He will explore the dancer's balance, the body's torque and rotational motion, the way the body controls inertia to vary its rotation, and the way body size determines movement.

"The mystery of illusions that appear to violate physical law, such as 'floating' in the grand jeté, will be revealed," says Piotr Decowski, professor of physics. "When the movement sequences are repeated, dance can be seen with a new perspective, physics can be seen in an unusual application, and links between science and art are expanded."

On April 8, Laws will give two interactive presentations. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., he will lead a discussion with audience members titled "Physics Seen in a Dance Class," a somewhat technical exploration of the physical processes dancers employ, often only subconsciously, to meet the demands of their art on their bodies. From 12:30 to 2 p.m., Laws will lead a "Physics-Based Ballet Class," primarily for ballet students at an intermediate level. Both events will demonstrate balance maintenance, control of rate of turn, use of appropriate force against the floor for initiating pirouettes, and control of timing and height of jumps.

Laws, who is the author of The Physics of Dance and Physics, Dance, and the Pas de Deux, has presented similar workshops and demonstrations for numerous regional and professional dance companies, dance festivals and more than 50 schools and educational institutions.

Duster to Discuss Race, Genetics, Society

Troy Duster, a nationally renowned scholar and expert on the sociology and ethics surrounding the human genome and identification of genes, will give a lecture, titled "Buried Alive: the Concept of Race in Science," on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Library Browsing Room. His talk is the second in the lecture series "Race, Science, and
Fictions," sponsored by the Afro-American studies department at Smith.

Troy Duster currently holds the positions of Chancellor's Professor of Sociology and director of the American Cultures Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a professor of sociology at New York University and a member of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at NYU.

In his many capacities and memberships on a long list of boards and commissions, Duster has consistently addressed issues of racial diversity, racial and ethnic grouping and integration of races. He is currently a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Germ-Line Intervention, and he also serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Decade of Behavior. He is a former member of the Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, and he has served on the Committee on Social and Ethical Impact of Advances in Biomedicine, Institute of Medicine.

Duster has written widely on racial and social issues, including his 1990 book, Backdoor to Eugenics, a book about the social implications of the new technologies in molecular biology, and Race: Essays on the Concept and its Uses in Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Societies, published in 1995.

Duster is the recipient of numerous research fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Senior Research Fellow Award from the Ford Foundation. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and has served as vice chair of the National Center for Human Genome Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues.

Duster's talk is also sponsored by the Kahn Institute, the Office of Minority Affairs, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, the Institutional Diversity Office and the Lectures Committee.

Expert to Share Papal Insights

George Weigel, one of the world's foremost authorities on Pope John Paul II, will give a lecture at Smith on Tuesday, April 4, at 5 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. Weigel's talk, titled "The Soul of John Paul II," is the annual lecture for the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature.

Weigel's talk will likely include insights into the pope and his life that only Weigel can provide, with his rare knowledge of the popular head of the Roman Catholic church.
"His inside access to the pope is unparalleled among writers," says Professor of Religion Thomas Derr of his friend Weigel.

One of America's leading commentators on the pope and religion, Weigel often appears on MSNBC television and covered this month's papal pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Israel for NBC. Weigel is the author of the international best-seller, last year's Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. He also wrote Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace, and several other books. His weekly column, The Catholic Difference, is syndicated to several dozen newspapers around the United States.

Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., of which he was president from 1989 to 1996. As senior fellow, Weigel has conducted a major study on the life, thought and action of Pope John Paul II. He is working on a documentary film based on Witness to Hope, which has been translated into several languages.

Series Discusses Sci-Fi Classics

Next week, on April 4, when Jodie Foster appears at 7:30 p.m. on the large screen in Seelye 106 in the movie Contact (the only way Foster will appear on campus this year), viewers will have a chance to discuss aspects of the film with the guidance of Andrea Hairston, associate professor of theatre, and William Oram, Helen Means Professor of English language and literature.

The film and discussion will be the last installment of a yearlong series hosted by Oram and Hairston, "The Science Fiction of Space," that has featured screenings of some of the most legendary sci-fi movies in Hollywood history. On March 30, for example, the series showed Blade Runner, the Director's Cut. Other films in the series have included The War of the Worlds, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Aliens, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

The series, which is part of "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium," the 1999-2000 project of the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, was born of Hairston's involvement and collaboration in the institute's project. As such, the film series is part of an investigation into the ways popular science fiction uses "metaphors of science to create meaning, in particular those having to do with 'outer space' and 'aliens,'" says Hairston. "One of the things that I am working on for the Kahn Institute is how 'scientists' and 'artists' represent 'reality,'" she says, "in particular the metaphors they use and the accessibility of these metaphors to a particular audience. As we imagine 'alienness,' we project our familiar notions, our familiar metaphors, onto it."Hairston and Oram will give an introduction to Contact and Hairston will summarize her Kahn Institute project following the film. Refreshments will be served.


Will return next week.

Anna-Maria Soellner '98 was recently selected as a Luce Scholar and, as such, will spend one year in Asia working within her field of study. Soellner, while at Smith, majored in government and American studies; she hopes to pursue a career with the U.S. government. She was a Debate Team member at Smith and was active in student government. Soellner received honors for her senior thesis, titled Sisters in Arms: Pat Schroeder, Jane Harman -- Inside and Outside the Culture of Congress. The Luce Scholars Program was launched in 1974 to provide outstanding young Americans with funds to work and live in Asia. The program is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, which was founded in 1936 by the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc. Past Smith Luce Scholars have worked in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia in fields ranging from law and paleontology to business and film production.

The work of Stanley Elkins, Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor Emeritus of History, was featured at a late-February annual meeting of the Southern Intellectual Historians' Circle, a group that consists of historians whose primary interest is in subjects concerning the American South. The session, titled "Stanley Elkins and the Historiography of Slavery," was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, and chaired by renowned historian John Hope Franklin. Elkins, who attended the meeting, gave an introductory talk on his controversial 1959 book, Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life.

Eight students have been invited to participate in the Hudson River Undergraduate Math Conference (HRUMC) 2000, an annual one-day event, held this year on April 8 at Vassar College, that hosts math scholars from educational institutions in New York and New England. Each student will give a brief presentation on a topic in her specific area of interest. Participating Smith students are Shweta Bhatia '00, Heidi Ho '00, Kamuran Gokce Ozbilgin '01 and Pramita Saha '00, who will present papers on economics; Elisha Smith '01 and Abena Abrokwah '01, both of whom will give presentations in math; and Ayesha Malhotra '00, who will discuss math and physics. The students' presentations are supervised by math professor David Cohen.

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

Registration for Fall 2000
The spring advising and registration period will take place from April 3 through April 14. Students will receive registration instructions in their mailboxes. Registration will be on-line and students should contact their advisers for appointments. All registrations must be completed by April 14. Students or advisers needing assistance with their PIN should contact the User Support Center in Stoddard Hall.

Squash Sessions
Patty Jang '98, assistant squash coach, is running a squash round robin featuring fun, informal play and instruction for women students, faculty and staff on Wednesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. at the squash courts in Ainsworth Gymnasium through April 26. No sign-up is required. Racquets, balls and some basic instruction are provided. Beginners to advanced players welcome. For more information, call Tim Bacon, squash coach, ext. 2715 or

Hillyer Art Library
The Hillyer Art Library will be closed from May 27 through June 20 while collections and services are moved to temporary facilities for the duration of the two-year renovation of the Fine Arts Center. The library will reopen in Alexander Graham Bell Hall at the Clarke School for the Deaf. The library's summer schedule will begin June 21: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

Coed Softball
Smith will once again have a coed softball team playing in the
Northampton Recreation Department Softball League. The team plays in the C division, so great ability and years of experience are not required. Women are especially needed to fill out our 20-person roster. Practices begin in late April and the 16-game season runs from early May to early August. Games are played weekday evenings and Sundays. If interested, contact Jim Montgomery, ext. 2921, or

Open Campus
Open Campus is a familiar annual event for most of the Smith community. This two-day event brings more than 600 participants-admitted students and transfers and their parents-to the college to tour campus, attend classes, panels and receptions, and stay overnight in the campus houses. This year Open Campus is Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14. Prospective students will explore many aspects of campus life through contact with students, faculty and staff. Most of them will be making the final decision on which college to attend. Please take the time during this busy week to welcome them and answer their questions. Thank you in advance for helping to make Open Campus a success. If you have questions regarding Open Campus, please contact Sabrina Bristol, assistant director of admission, ext. 2505 or email

Sunnyside Openings
The Sunnyside Child Care Center has summer program openings for preschoolers. The summer program will run June 20 through August 15. Children may be enrolled for half or full days on 3, 4, or 5 days per week. This nationally accredited program offers creative, recreational and fun summer experiences. As always, enrollment priority is given to Smith-affiliated families. For application and information, call ext. 2293.

Research Project
As part of the research for her dissertation, a Smith College School for Social Work doctoral candidate would like to talk to people who, as teenagers (11 through 18 years old), have experienced the death of a parent. All information will remain private and confidential. Call 413-268-7263.

Faculty & Staff

Excellence Awards
The Smith Employee Excellence Awards are a unique opportunity for employees to honor the extraordinary work of colleagues. This year's nominations are due at the Office of Human Resources, 30 Belmont Avenue, at 5 p.m., Monday, May 8. No late forms will be accepted. Please contact Gaynelle Weiss at ext. 2286,, or Mark Carmien, ext. 2288,, for more information about the Employee Excellence Awards.


Census Reminder
There are all kinds of good and important reasons to fill out your U.S. Census form. Take the time to do it now.

Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted on the Web at and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye Hall and Wright Hall. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods on May 2, 3, and 4 and during two periods on May 5. Please note that there will be no examination period on the evening of May 5. Students should check the exam schedule carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Alvin Ailey
Tickets are available starting Monday, April 3, in the SGA Office, Clarke Hall, for the performance of the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company to be presented Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theater. Ticket price, which is subsidized by the Fine Arts Council of Smith College, is $8 with a student ID. Questions? Call Mary Jane Mullen, ext. 4570.

Summer Housing
Summer housing will be available in Capen House for Smith students working on campus (grant, internship, and other) beginning May 7. The cost is $105 per week, which includes room and meals Monday through Friday. Contracts are available for a minimum of one week. Applications are available in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24. The application deadline is Friday, April 28. All fees will be charged directly to students' accounts. Students who have graduated cannot be accommodated.

Summer Residence Coordinator
Applications for the position of summer head resident/residence coordinator are available in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24. The person selected for this position will act as head resident/residence coordinator for Capen House during the summer period. Compensation for this position is room, board and a weekly stipend. Questions can be directed to Randy Shannon, housing coordinator, ext. 4940. Applications will be accepted until April 14.

Brown Fellowship
The Smith College Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship. This fellowship of between $500 and $1,000, made possible by the generosity of Leanna Brown's father, Harold Young, is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in organizations (government or nongovernment) focused on issues of particular concern to women. All students are invited to apply. Application forms are available in Wright Hall 15. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 14.

Fox-Boorstein Fellowship
The Smith College Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship. This fellowship of between $500 and $1,000 is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or nongovernmental/profit or nonprofit international organizations. All students are invited to apply. Application forms are available in Wright Hall 15. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 14.

New Web Sites
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning has a new and comprehensive Web site describing its many services and programs. Please visit the site at Soon, you will also be able to access the site from the Academic Resources page, available on the Smith College home page. The new Web site for the Picker Engineering Program can be found at

Office of Admission Phonathon
The Office of Admission would like to invite students to participate in the spring phonathon for admitted applicants. Phonathons are an excellent way to give admitted applicants an opportunity to learn about life at Smith from the student perspective. The phonathons will take place at the Office of Admission, 7 College Lane. Students will help contact admitted applicants at the following times and dates: Monday, April 3; Tuesday, April 4; Wednesday, April 5, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Questions about the phonathon may be directed to Kimberly McLeod '96, admission counselor, ext. 2523 or

Senior Opinions Needed
Each senior will be receiving a lengthy survey to complete and return to the second floor of Clark Hall (above the SGA office). Why take the time to complete the senior survey? Because what you say will help shape Smith's future. According to Diane Cuneo, director of institutional research, data from the senior survey help many parts of the College community assess the past and plan for the future. Academic departments can get feedback on graduate school acceptances. Senior evaluations of college life help planning and policy-making committees improve college programs. Information on the academic division's strengths and weaknesses contributes to curriculum planning. The CDO uses the information to keep current the list of employers and graduate schools interested in Smith students, and to expand the alumnae networking system that helps students and alumnae locate information on internships, jobs, and further study. Your answers help the Alumnae Association identify what young alumnae want.

This is the seventeenth consecutive senior survey, and Cuneo says she believes Smith is the only college with such a regular, comprehensive survey of its seniors. This year's survey consists of two separate sections. The first section asks for biographical information such as background and future plans. This information becomes part of each woman's permanent alumna record at Smith. The second section contains questions about finances, attitudes, and evaluations of the undergraduate experience, and was developed in cooperation with a select group of colleges and universities across the country. Because seniors from different schools will be answering the same set of questions, it will be possible to see how Smith students feel about their college years as compared to other students. Data from this second section will be kept confidential and used only to construct a statistical class profile. Questions? Call the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021.

CDO Workshops
The CDO is offering two workshops, separated by dinner, under the heading "Going to Work in Strange Places," on Thursday, April 6, in the Alumnae House Conference Room. Preregistration is required for these events. Sign up at the CDO by Friday, March 31, indicating the session or sessions you will attend and whether you will be present for dinner. The sessions are designed for students planning to work in different "cultures," for internships or full-time jobs, who may be anticipating one of the following situations: work in a different country or a part of their native country that's not familiar to them, work in a city when they're accustomed to a rural setting or vice versa, or work in a type of organization that is unfamiliar to them. Students who are looking for some information about the "rules of the road" in a new work situation or hoping to find a mentor should attend one or both of these CDO workshops.

Both will be conducted by alumna Candy Beery, principal of Cognill-Beery International, a communications consulting firm in London. The first, at 4:30 p.m, "Making Your Way in a Job or Internship in a Different Country or Culture," will be followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The second workshop, "Leaving the Smith Culture, Succeeding in the Next!" is for seniors only. Both are sponsored by the Alumnae Association of Smith College and the Student Alumnae Association.

Open Campus Volunteers
Open Campus, an event designed to enable admitted students to sample college life, will be held Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14. An overnight program, Open Campus gives admitted prospective students the chance to visit classes, meet with faculty, learn about Smith activities and stay in a Smith house. The admission office is seeking volunteers to host students overnight on Thursday, April 13. If you are interested, please fill out the host form you received in your mailbox or come by the admission office to fill one out. If you have questions, please contact Clara Lopez, ext. 2508, or

Summer Employment
Applications are currently available in the admission office for summer tour guide/office worker. Responsibilities include leading campus tours, preparing mailings, data entry and general office work. Job hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and two Saturdays between May 15 and August 25. For applications contact Clara Lopez, ext. 2508, or

Library Employment
The preparations section of the Smith College Libraries is seeking student workers for summer 2000. Students will work weekdays from May 15 through August 25 (See supervisor for more precise schedule). Duties will include producing and applying call-number labels; pasting in bookplates and affixing date-due slips; typing inscriptions for gift books; checking in bindery shipments; preparing bindery shipments; entering data on binder's PC or Web-based system; and assisting in minor book repairs under the direction of the book repair technician. Successful candidates are expected to have the following qualifications: accurate typing ability on IBM Quietwriter and Wheelwriter; accurate entry of bindery data using PC; neat work habits; manual dexterity and interest in book repair. Must be able to do some lifting for occasional packing and unpacking operations. Compensation will be $6.25 per hour. Contact Joe Bialek, Neilson 1/53, ext. 2927.

Cycles Survey
Reminder to all students asked to participate in the Cycles Survey: Please complete your survey. It's one of your best chances to make your opinions heard. Instructions were included on your survey form, but if you have questions or need another form, please call the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021.

President's Open Hours
The president's open hours for April, all from 4 to 5 p.m., will be Monday, April 3; Tuesday, April 11; Monday, April 17; and Monday, April 24. No appointments are necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

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, April 3

Lecture "Brain Control Of Ovulation: Environmental Pollutants As Endocrine Disruptors." Sandy Peterson, UMass. Part of the Neuroscience Colloquium. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*

Lecture "Socioeconomic Transformation in the Post-Socialist Countries of Eastern Europe and Asia." Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of economics, Moscow State University, and author of On the Road to Economic Democracy. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 101*

Lecture "The Noble Sephardi and the Degenerate Ashkenazi: Stereotyping in German-Jewish and German Anti-Semitic Writing." Mark H. Gelber, Ben Gurion University, Jerusalem. Sponsors: German studies, Jewish studies, comparative literature departments. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Informational meeting Mark Gelber, director, Center for International Student Programs, Ben Gurion University, and coordinator of the Israel Universities Consortium, will talk informally with students interested in studying there. 10-11 a.m., Office for International Study, Clark Hall, third floor

Informational meeting Jane Sommer, associate dean for international study, will discuss graduate fellowships abroad and answer questions. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 107

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

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

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

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 "Child Soldiers." Amnesty International dinner, art exhibit and movie. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Tuesday, April 4

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Really Old Mountains in Montana: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?" Robert Burger, geology department. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Informal question-and-answer session with Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun, who will give a public reading this evening. Interested students should see Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall, for a packet of poems to read in advance. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room

Lecture Alex Seowtewa, Zuñi painter, will speak on his current work, Kachina murals for the Zuñi church, Our Lady of Guadalupe. 4:45 p.m., Hillyer 117*

Lecture "The Soul of Pope John Paul II." George Weigel, a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., and author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. (See story, page 4.) 5 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room*

Poetry reading by Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun, whose work has been translated by Charles Simic and Christopher Merrill and praised widely by American poets such as Jorie Graham, James Tate, and Robert Hass. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Reading Leeyane Moore AC '00 will read an excerpt from her short story, "Huan Ju." 7:30 p.m., Wright common room*

Fine/performing arts/films
Film/discussion "Women's Perspectives on the Korean War." Sponsor: KASS, as part of Korean Awareness Week. 7 p.m., Dewey common room

Film/discussion Contact (1997). Robert Zemeckis, director. Hosted by Professors Andrea Hairston and William Oram (see story, page 4). Part of the Science Fiction of Space film series sponsored by the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Concert Peter Serkin, piano. Benefit concert for the Ernst Wallfisch Memorial Scholarship Fund. Works by Mozart, Beethoven and Stravinsky. Tickets: $12, students, children and seniors; $25, general. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Film At the River I Stand documents the Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968, which Martin Luther King Jr. was supporting when he was assassinated. Shown in commemoration of King's death. 9:30 p.m., Seelye 110*

Film series Art Seen: Contemporary Experimental Film and Video Art series. 10 p.m., Stoddard auditorium

Informational meeting The faculty adviser for the Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships, to study in the UK or Ireland, will discuss and answer questions about the programs.
4 p.m., Seelye 107

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

SLAC general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center

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

Green Tara meditation Buddhist meditation in the Tibetan tradition with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan from the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Sponsor: East Asian Studies Program. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

Other events and activities
Hillel at Noon "Jewish Cultural Life in Moscow." Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen

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

Genizah burial ceremony Burial of worn or damaged Jewish sacred texts and objects. 4:30 p.m., east lawn of Chapel

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom

CDO open hours for browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, April 5

Lecture "Judaism As the Best Regime: Flavius Josephus' Defense of the Torah." Clifford Orwin, professor of political science, University of Toronto. Sponsors: departments of government, history and religion, Jewish studies and comparative literature programs. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207*

HR workshop "Powerpoint-The Hidden Powerhouse on Your PC." Open to Five College faculty and staff. 9-11 a.m., Dewey common room

CDO workshop How to write an effective résumé. 4:15 p.m., CDO

Informational meeting Faculty advisers will discuss and answer questions on Fulbright scholarships. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 107

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

Green Tara meditation See 4/4 listing. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

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

Other events and activities
Bone marrow testing Donate blood for bone marrow testing. Sponsors: MISC, New England Marrow Donor Program. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

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

Résumé critique Have your résumé critiqued individually by a peer adviser. 3 p.m., CDO

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

Thursday, April 6

Panel discussion "College Athletics and Its Impact on Education and Educational Institutions." Meredith Bertrand '00, Smith athlete; Tom Gerety, president, Amherst College; Andrew Zimbalist, professor of economics; and Lynn Oberbillig, Smith athletic director. Sponsor: exercise and sports studies. 10:30 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "What Is Education For?" William Oram, English department, will share how his personal commitments and values relate to his choice of life work. Last event of a series sponsored by the Chapel. Lunch provided. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture Discussion of first-year seminar pro-gram with members of the Committee on Academic Priorities. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Komungo recital A lecture/demonstration and short recital will be given by Jin Hi Kim on the Korean long zither, the komungo. Noon, Earle Recital Hall*

Lecture "Working in Bilingual Education." Kim Gerould, bilingual teacher at Jackson Street School, and Michelle Da Costa '88, bilingual teacher in the Framingham Public Schools, will talk about their work with Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking elementary school children. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Lecture "Nineteenth-Century Graphic Artists on the Great Plains: Artists, Ethnographers, Historians, and Visionaries." Janet Berlo, Susan B. Anthony Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and professor of art history, University of Rochester. 4:45 p.m., Hillyer 117*

Fine/performing arts/films
Film Sponsored by the German Club. 7:30 p.m., McConnell auditorium


HR workshop "Ergonomics: Proper Sitting Posture and Stretch Techniques for People Who Sit a Lot at Work." Open to faculty and staff. Noon, Dewey common room

CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 3 p.m., CDO

Workshop "Making Your Way in a Job or Internship in a Different Country or Culture." Sponsored by the Alumnae Association and the Student Alumnae Association. Dinner served at 6 p.m. (See notice.) 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room

Informational meeting The faculty adviser for the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford will discuss the program and answer questions. 4:30 p.m,. Seelye 107

Workshop "Leaving the Smith Culture, Succeeding in the Next!" Sponsored by the Alumnae Association and the Student Alumnae Association for seniors only. Dinner served at 6 p.m. (See notice.) 7 p.m., Alumnae House conference room


Thursday continued

Religious Life
Smith Christian Fellowship meeting Praise, worship, prayer and Bible-centered teaching. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 206

Teach-in "Homosexuality and Christianity." Speakers include ordained clergy from Harvard University and Westfield State College. Discussion and refreshments follow. 7:30 p.m. Chapel

Other events and activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 7:45-9 a.m., Davis ballroom

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

Banquet Helen Lee AC and April Love '00 will cook up an authentic Chinese banquet for Adas and trads to enjoy together. Adas must bring trad guests and vice versa. Bring your own nonalcoholic drink. For tickets ($3), contact Lee at 584-3164 or
7 p.m., Tilly House

Discussion "Current Events in Korea: North vs. South Korea." Sponsor: KASS as part of Korean Awareness Week. 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Friday, April 7

Slide lecture "Battling Disease and Death: The Artist's View." William H. Helfand, a consultant to the National Library of Medicine and collector of medical and pharmaceutical prints and ephemera, will explore how European and American artists have represented these subjects through imagery and symbolism since the 16th century. Reception follows. Annual meeting of the Friends of Smith College. 2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Plight of the Redwoods." Redwood Mary, environmental activist and cofounder of the Plight of the Redwoods Campaign, will discuss the clear- cutting of California redwoods and its connection with GAP Inc., labor and the WTO. Folksinger Dar Williams will introduce Redwood Mary. Tea served. 4 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Lecture "Why Register the Date of One's Thoughts?" Pierre Pachet, University of Paris. Part of "Writing the Self: Diaries, Autobiographies, Memoirs," a colloquium in honor of Lawrence A. Joseph. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Creating Oases of Civility: Garden Design in New York City." Lynden Miller, public garden designer and director of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Reception follows in Lyman Conservatory.
7 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "The Physics of Dance." Kenneth Laws, professor of physics, Dickinson College, and author of The Physics of Dance and Physics, Dance and the Pas de Deux. (See story, page 4.) 7 p.m., Scott dance studio*

Fine/performing arts/films
Opening reception "Comic Cuts of New York," an exhibition of watercolors and oils by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling AC '95. 5:30 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery*

Rhythm Nations Annual International Students Organization cultural show. An evening of dance, music, skits and poetry from around the world. 6:45 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Senior recital Kristen Carmichael AC, soprano. Works by Campion, Lorca, Argento and Perera. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Religious Life
Green Tara meditation See 4/4 listing. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

Shabbat service Dinner follows at 7 p.m. in the Kosher Kitchen, Dawes
House, Chapel. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room.

Keystone meeting 6:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Firesides with the Baha'i Club Informal discussion to learn about the Baha'i faith. 8 p.m., Dewey common room

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

Beit Midrash (Jewish text study) with Rabbi Ed Feld. "What Do We Do with Jewish Texts Offensive to Women?" Pizza provided. 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Alumnae House tea Parsons, Park, Lawrence and Cushing houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Hunger banquet "What's For Dinner-A Full Meal or a Spoonful of Rice?" Experience the reality behind hunger statistics with guest speaker Lisa Enzer, from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, music by Hilltown Children's Chorus, and food from Northampton restaurants the Teapot, Amanouz, Paul and Elizabeth's and the Haymarket. Donations of canned or packaged food welcome. 5 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Saturday, April 8

Panel "Selves in War, Warring Selves." Smith professors David Ball, Elizabeth Harries and Ann Jones; and Bella Brodzki, Sarah Lawrence College. Part of "Writing the Self: Diaries, Autobiographies, Memoirs," a colloquium in honor of Lawrence A. Joseph. 10 a.m., Seelye 106*

Panel "Selves in Exile, Exile Selves." Smith professors James Sacré, Marilyn Schuster and Alexander Woronzoff-Dashkoff; and Dorothy Kelly, Boston University. Part of "Writing the Self: Diaries, Autobiographies, Memoirs," a colloquium in honor of Lawrence A. Joseph. 3 p.m., Seelye 106*

Fine/performing arts/films
Senior recital Ayako Takamori, piano. Works by J.S. Bach, Schubert and Mendelssohn. 4:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*

Concert Smith Choir and Chorale, Thomas Kim, director, with the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Interactive lecture "Physics Seen in a Dance Class." Kenneth Laws, professor of physics, Dickinson College. (See story, page 4.) 10-11:30 a.m., Scott dance studio*

Ballet class "Physics-Based Ballet Class." Kenneth Laws, professor of physics, Dickenson College, will discuss maintaining balance, controlling rate of turn, timing and height of jumps for intermediate ballet students. See story, page 4.). 12:30-2 p.m., Scott dance studio*

Science Fiction and Fantasy Society meeting Discussion of Japanese animation. 3 p.m., Bass 210 (211 4/1)

Other events and activities
KASS Conference 8 a.m.-5p.m. Wright Hall and Neilson Browsing Room*

Track and field Smith Invitational. 10 a.m., athletic fields*

Softball v. U.S. Coast Guard. Noon, athletic fields*

Lacrosse v. Babson. 1 p.m., athletic fields*

Bengali New Year Show and dinner. Admission: $2. 7 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Sunday, April 9

Gallery of Readers Local writers Barbara Lucey and John Corbett will read from their works. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "The Piece of the Action: Writing, Business, Money and This Crazy Stock Market." Joe Nocera, local author and business columnist for GQ magazine. Sponsors: Smith College and the Friends of Forbes Library. 2 p.m., Forbes Library

Lecture Stephen B. Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia; and William S. McFeely, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak about their experiences with the death penalty in the United States. Sponsor: Amnesty International. 7 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Fine/performing arts/films
Drumming circle Part of the Drumming Collective series. 2 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Capoeira workshop Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts dance workshop. Part of Africa Week. 7 p.m., Davis ballroom

Senior recital Elisabeth Westner, viola, will perform Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Britten's Lachrymal, and Mozart's Kegelstaff Trio, with Clifton J. Noble, piano, and Jennifer Schultz, clarinet. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

CDO workshop How to find a summer internship. 1:!5 p.m., CDO

CDO workshop Interview strategies for success. 2:30 p.m., CDO

Religious Life
Quaker meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. 11 a.m., 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 Bodman Lounge at 10 a.m. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., Chapel *

Morning prayers in the Hindu tradition. 11:45 a.m., Mandir, Second floor of the Chapel

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

Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Stephen Ross, OCD, celebrant, priest and scholar-in-residence. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Five-College Catholic Conference Workshops and speakers from the Northeast Regional Team of the National Catholic Students Coalitions. Sponsor: Newman Association. 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Seelye 201

Other events and activities
CDO open hours for browsing and library research. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO


"Sistervision: Seeing Women's Lives" Exhibit of 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. April 8, 15, 22, 29. Alumnae Gym*

"Comic Cuts of New York" Watercolors and oils by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling AC '95. Through May 26. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House, 33 Elm Street*

"Imagining/Imaging the Heavens" Rare astronomy books and antique star charts depict the heavens with works drawn primarily from the holdings of the Mortimer Rare Book Room. This exhibition was developed by Margearet 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