News for the Smith College Community //April 6, 2000
'Star Messenger' to Culminate In Premiere
The fabled life of Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei, as well as those of his contemporaries, will be acted out in full drama with musical accompaniment next week when the theatre department stages its world premiere of Star Messengers, a musical theater production written and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Paul Zimet. The production, which will take place April 13 through April 15 and again April 19 through April 22, will begin at 8 p.m. each day in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.
The premiere of Star Messengers represents a culmination of the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's 19992000 project, "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium," of which Zimet is co-director with Professor of Astronomy Richard White. Throughout the year, the institute has scheduled events such as a science-fiction film series, numerous lectures, exhibitions and concerts, and stargazing sessions from McConnell's rooftop, all centered around Galileo's and his associates' lives and work.
On April 15, the project will also present a culminating public colloquium titled "Star Messengers: Science, Art and Culture at the Millennium," from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Seelye Hall 201. Research presentations will be followed in the afternoon by two public lectures beginning at 2 p.m. Greg Bear, an award-winning science fiction writer, will present "Artisans: How We All Make the World Real," and Gregory Benford, professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, will present "Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia." Bear and Benford are visiting fellows of the Kahn Institute.
With a musical score composed by Kahn Institute Fellow Ellen Maddow, Star Messengers tells the story mainly of Galileo and Johannes Kepler, scientists who changed the human perspective of the universe through their early 17th-century discoveries. The production's cast includes a mixture of professional, local and student actors, with New York theater veteran William Badgett playing Galileo and David Greenspan portraying Kepler.
Star Messengers, in an effort to reflect the rich theatrical and musical experimentation of Galileo's time, incorporates a mélange of artistic genres, says Zimet, including opera, commedia dell' arte, Strindbergian dream play, contemporary dance/theatre and popular forms to create a language that strives to convey the wonder of the discoveries and lives of Galileo and his contemporaries.
"It was a rich time, when a lot of experimentation was going on in the theatre," Zimet says of the period during which Galileo lived. "I wanted the piece to be partly a narration about their lives, but I wanted it to include perception as well."
The production's score also addresses differences in the styles of Galileo and Kepler, Zimet says. "Both Kepler and Galileo were heavily involved in music," he says. Orchestrated for harpsichord, saxophone, accordion, cello and vocals, composer Maddow borrowed from modes, such as the Pythagorean, used by Kepler, and from popular musical forms of the day.
Galileo (1564-1642) is known, among other things, as the first astronomer to use a telescope to study the stars and for being imprisoned by the Inquisition in 1633 for advocating his theory that the earth revolves around the sun. While the work and life of Galileo is well-known and documented, much less is known of the valuable contributions of his contemporaries to mathematics and astronomy. Kepler (1571-1630) distinguished himself in math at the University of Tübingen and clarified the theory that the planets revolve around the sun. Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) was a Danish astronomer whose observations formed the basis for Kepler's laws of planetary motion.
Wednesday, April 19, is "dollar night" for the production. For tickets ($5, general; $3, students) or more information about Star Messengers call ARTS, extension 2787.
S.O.S. Seeking a Few Interns
If there are undergraduates out there interested in helping people, providing a service, earning a stipend and learning a lot about themselves and other people, Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) and the Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) have an opportunity for you. The Smith College Community Service Internship Program (CSIP) announces openings for the 2000-01 academic year.
The CSIP program was created in 1998-99 by SSW Associate Professor Jerry Sachs and Director of Voluntary Services Tiertza-Leah Schwartz to give students opportunities to participate in intensive community service internships while taking part in a reflective seminar.
Interns work four to six hours a week at their host agencies and provide weekly progress reports about their work. Also, each participates in a seminar during which they discuss their placements, review progress notes, learn about techniques used by social workers and strengthen their community advocacy skills. Each intern commits to her position for the entire academic year and receives a $2,000 stipend from the college.
Anisa Langley '01 has an internship this year as a YWCA mentor for an "at risk" teenage girl. Langley and the girl spend five to six hours together each week talking and sharing in special activities. In addition to the bond Langley has created with her young mentee, she and the other interns -- who work at Jessie's House, Decisional Training, American Friends Service Committee, Children's Aid/Family Services, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center -- have formed special connections.
Sachs, in reflecting on the program, said it's an "absolute success." Langley agrees. "It's nice to get out in the community and do something hands on," she said, "something close to my major, something real-life."
If you're interested in gaining valuable experience and insight as an intern in 2000-01, contact S.O.S. at extension 2756. Applications are also available in the S.O.S. office in the Chapel, room B7, and at the SSW office, Lilly Hall.
Beethoven's Masterpiece to Grace JMG
On December 24, 1989, Leonard Bernstein gathered an international orchestra and chorus to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. As 500,000 Berliners crowded across the newly opened border, Bernstein and his orchestra hailed Germany's new freedom with a resounding performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
On Saturday, April 15, the same powerful music Bernstein conducted in Berlin over a decade ago will fill John M. Greene Hall as the Smith College Glee Club and Orchestra join the Harvard University Men's Glee Club in a performance of one of Beethoven's best-known works. The free concert, which will feature soprano Sarah Dornblaster '87, mezzo-soprano Pamela Stevens, tenor Robert Bracey, and baritone Stephen Lusman, will take place at 8 p.m.
Symphony No. 9, which Beethoven composed when he was approaching 50 and completely deaf, is a famously difficult work. Written as an accompaniment to the Revolutionary sympathizer Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy, Beethoven's long and complex symphony features four lengthy movements and a variety of difficult musical textures.
"This is a very challenging piece," acknowledges Smith College orchestra and glee club conductor Jonathan Hirsh. "A college orchestra rarely performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Aside from the fact that each movement has its own particular challenges -- balance, fast notes, long notes for the winds -- as one of the towering masterpieces of the western musical tradition, [the symphony] has a certain mystique. Overcoming that mystique is a challenge for any group."
Though the piece is most demanding for the orchestra, which plays throughout all four of the symphony's movements, it is also a challenge for the Smith and Harvard glee club singers. "Although the singing only happens in the second half of the fourth movement, the last 15 or 16 minutes, there are a lot of awkward leaps for the singers, a lot of very high notes that need to be held for a long time," explains Hirsh. "It's especially tricky for sopranos, tenors, basses, and to a certain extent, the altos."
Hirsh chose Beethoven's famous symphony because he wanted the orchestra and glee club to perform a major work, he says. But major works, written for voices of both genders, are difficult for Smith's female glee club to perform alone. "Frankly, in order for us to do major works, most of them require collaboration with a men's group," Hirsh says, "and we often have to choose pieces for those collaborations based on what we know they're doing that particular year." So when Hirsh learned that Harvard's glee club was performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, "it just made sense," he says. He established a collaboration with the Harvard Glee Club, and the Smith Glee Club and Orchestra have been practicing hard ever since.
New Title, Better Service
Myra Baas Smith, former director of financial aid at Smith, has assumed a new title and her office has taken on new duties as part of a reorganization designed to improve the delivery of administrative services to Smith students. Smith's new title is director of student financial services and her office, to be called the office of student financial services, will integrate staff, supervision, systems and facilities of financial aid services with those of the former bursar's office.
The reorganization emerged from a study, undertaken in 1998 by a student administrative services project team, that evaluated the systems and organization then in place, identified issues and opportunities, developed new and improved processes and conceived new organizational models for delivery of service. The team studied a wide range of administrative services provided by the offices of the bursar, class deans, financial aid, and registrar to admitted and enrolled students, including traditional undergraduates, Ada Comstock Scholars, international students and graduate students. Included in the process-analysis phase were thorough surveys of student satisfaction, information technology, and staff time and related costs. Taken into account in the reorganization was data collected through 10 focus groups and a student survey that, along with confirming satisfaction with various aspects of the delivery of student services, pinpointed areas of dissatisfaction, including perceptions of poor coordination among administrative offices, inconvenient and inconsistent office hours and unclear information and confusing policies.
Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney commented recently on the plan to integrate student financial services: "I'm excited about this reorganization. For too long, students have been asked to shuttle between several offices to accomplish what should be simple financial transactions related to billing and financial aid. I'm confident that when the new plan is fully implemented under Myra Smith's leadership, we will provide students with more efficient, user-friendly services."
What Is the Trouble With Beauty?
"The Trouble With Beauty" is the title of a lecture to be given by Wendy Steiner, on April 13, that will address problems in contemporary aesthetics. Steiner, the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and the founding director of the Penn Humanities Forum, is an expert in modern literature and visual art, contemporary American literature, and ethical issues in the arts. Her lecture, which is drawn from her upcoming book, The Trouble With Beauty, will take place at 8:15 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.
An accomplished writer, Steiner "is read and found interesting by people in both literature and the visual arts," says English Professor Michael Gorra. Steiner has also authored Pictures of Romance: Form Against Content in Painting and Literature and The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism, named one of the 100 Best Books of 1996 by the New York Times. Steiner writes regularly for the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, and other journals, and she has written on such controversial contemporary artists as Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano. In addition to her talents as a writer and critic, Steiner is an excellent and "extremely well-practiced lecturer," Gorra says. "She has lectured regularly at museums and at other places all around the country, and she has given this particular lecture at several universities, including some in Germany and elsewhere in the States."
"The Trouble With Beauty," which is sponsored by the English department and the Lecture Committee, will probably address contemporary artists' struggles with the issues of aesthetics and beauty in their work, says Gorra. "I know that beauty is, for a lot of contemporary visual artists, a suspect category. While I don't think that's a position [Steiner] shares, it's still an issue she works with a lot in her work with contemporary aesthetics."
Talk Will Ask, 'Were They Amazons?'
In the early 1990s, a team led by archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball began excavating a site of Neolithic kurgans (burial mounds) near Pokrovka, on the Russia-Kazakhstan border. The excavation, which lasted from 1992 to 1995, unearthed a fascinating find: a group of female skeletons, buried with daggers and swords. The skeletons were an exceptionally tall 5 feet 6 inches, exceeding the height of the average American woman 2,500 years later. Well-armed and bowlegged (a feature suggesting a lifetime of horseback riding), the Sarmatian warrior women discovered by Davis-Kimball's team bring to mind the legendary Amazons Herodotus reported in 450 B.C.
Were the Sarmatians descendants of the Amazons?
On April 11, Davis-Kimball will address that question at Smith. Her lecture, titled "Sarmatian Women Warriors: Were They the Amazons' Descendants?" will take place at 5 p.m. in Seelye 106. The lecture is sponsored by the classics department with support from the history department and the History of Science and Women's Studies programs as well as the Lecture Committee.
"I think hers will be an exciting talk," says Classical Languages and Literatures Professor Justina Gregory. "That the talk is being sponsored by four very different programs and departments is suggestive of the interest that her topic can be expected to inspire in the Smith community." In addition to their archeological and historical meanings, Davis-Kimball's findings are significant from a feminist perspective because they challenge long-held views of women's roles in ancient society. "Whether these skeletons have anything to do with Herodotus' legendary Amazons is a matter of conjecture," Gregory says. "At the very least, however, they raise intriguing questions about the social roles of women in the Neolithic." Adds a December/January 1998 article in Lingua Franca magazine: "By challenging some of our most basic assumptions about the history of gender roles in Western culture, Davis-Kimball's discovery gives new impetus to questions that have long troubled her field....how and when did patriarchy arise? Have men always been the more powerful and dominant sex in human societies, or does the historical record suggest otherwise?"
Davis-Kimball, who has spent the past decade directing excavations in Kazakhstan and Western Mongolia, has lectured and published widely on her findings. She has appeared as a guest on television and radio programs, and her research has been highlighted in the 1997 Nova documentary "Mysterious Mummies of China" and the Learning Channel's 1995 production Russian Amazons. Davis-Kimball is the director of the American-Eurasian Research Institute in Berkeley.
Museum of Art Party to Bid Bon Voyage
In May, the Smith College Museum of Art will embark on a two-year, multimillion dollar journey of renovation and expansion. But before the journey begins, the museum wants to give you one last chance to bid "bon voyage" to its building as you now know it. So it is hosting "Sail Away!" a festive evening full of dancing, entertainment, activities and refreshments, on Saturday, April 15. The event, scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight, is open to the community. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Decked out in riggings and nautical décor created for the event by community members and artists, the museum will become the "Good Ship S.C.M.A." -- home to a host of sea-themed events for the evening. Partygoers (or "passengers," if you will) are invited to trim sea caps, make mementos for the S.C.M.A.'s new millennium time capsule, play deck games or dance "on the decks" to the rhythm and blues music of the Down Five Band from Springfield. Additional entertainment will be provided by the mellow steel drum sounds of Mentos and the Choral Reefs' festive sea chanteys. Light refreshments will be provided by Grand Occasions Catering, and wine and ale will also be for sale. For advance tickets, credit card reservations, and additional information, call the museum's membership and marketing office, extension 2760.
Fortune Editor to Speak at Forbes Library
Joe Nocera, local author and editor, will be the speaker at the final event in this year's Sundays at Two series sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library and Smith College.
Nocera, editor at large at Fortune magazine, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Calvin Coolidge Room at Forbes Library. His topic will be "The Piece of the Action: Writing, Business, Money and This Crazy Stock Market." Nocera, who has been associated with Fortune since 1995, writing primarily about the stock market, is also a business commentator for NPR's Weekend Edition.
Nocera's history of modern personal finance, A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class, published in 1994, won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism and was named one of the 10 best business books of 1994 by Business Week magazine. His story, "Lawyers from Hell," about the role of the plaintiff's lawyers in the breast implant litigation, won the 1996 Gerald Loeb award for business and financial journalism.
Before joining Fortune, Nocera wrote for Esquire and GQ, was an editor at Newsweek, the New England Monthly, Texas Monthly and The Washington Monthly. He has also been a freelance writer for numerous publications. Nocera's talk is open free to the public.
Hamp High Teacher Wins Smith Award
Francis J. O'Donnell, longtime English teacher at Northampton High School, is the first recipient of the Smith College Secondary School Teaching Award. The award, initiated by members of the Department of Education and Child Study, was established this year as a means of honoring outstanding area teachers.
O'Donnell, who has been a teacher at Northampton High School since 1966, will retire at the end of this year. Over time, he has coordinated the high school's involvement in the Coalition of Essential Schools movement, and has served as a mentor to teachers-in-training and as the local school system's teacher representative to the privately endowed Northampton Education Foundation. He is coordinator of the high school's Web page and facilitator of teacher workshops on the use of computer software programs and Web page development for educational purposes.
In recent years, O'Donnell helped develop and then teach an interdisciplinary course called Quest, which inspired one of his former students to say, "I can honestly say that I have never had a better teacher than Mr. O'Donnell." Of his 34-year career, O'Donnell says, "There is nothing statistically remarkable about working in a profession for so longwith one possible exception. I chose to teach in one school, the school in which I once was a student myself."
"This award is our way of honoring some of the most important and influential people in our children's lives," says Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney. "We especially want to recognize teachers who quietly go about their business of inspiring and enriching the lives of their students, often with little acknowledgement of the extraordinary job they are performing."
O'Donnell received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, a master's degree in literature from Wesleyan University and additional credits for subsequent coursework at Smith and Wesleyan University. He will receive the $2,500 award April 11, during a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in Wright Hall common room. The reception is open to the community. And several Smith faculty members whose children have been students of O'Donnell's over the years are sure to attend.
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).
Late April Scheduling
New ITS Helpmate
In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions, Tara is "the goddess who guides through troubles," an appropriate namesake for the site that provides Smith students, faculty and staff with answers to pressing technology questions. Tara is also known for her compassionate nature. In similar spirit, ITS provides many different kinds of assistance to the Smith user community. Those who can't find the information they need should call the User Support Center at 4ITS (ext. 4487) or visit Stoddard 23 for assistance.
Fine Arts Exhibit
Student Aid Society
For additional information about Discovery Weekend, contact Joyce L. Rauch, Office of Admission, ext.2500.
Summer Residence Coordinator
Senior Opinions Needed
Open Campus Volunteers
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.
POSTPONEMENT A senior recital by Elizabeth Westner, viola, originally scheduled for April 9, has been postponed until April 29.
Monday, April 10
Lecture "Reclaiming the Diaspora: Identity and the Law." Alice L. Hearst, government department. Work-in-progress presentation. Sponsor: Project on Women and Social Change. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207*
Lecture "Will the Endogenous Inhibitor of HIV Please Stand Up?" Leland Shapiro, Division of Infectious Disease, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Reception precedes lecture at 4:15 p.m. in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*
Lecture "African Youth Activism." Renowned African activist Hafsat Abiola will discuss her personal journey of student activism and fight for democratization in Nigeria. Sponsor: SASA. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Concert Le Tigre, The Need, and The Moves. All-female rock show featuring Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill's newest project. Admission: $8. 8 p.m., Davis Ballroom*
Film What Welfare Reform Did For Me. Part of the conference, "Welfare Reform and Economic Justice Issues." Sponsors: offices of the President, Dean of the College, Multicultural Affairs and Institutional Diversity, and American Friends Service Committee, ALIS, SLAC and United in Anti-Racist Action. Information: ext. 6187 or 584-8975. 7:30 p.m. Seelye 110*
Meeting Interim Smith College Council on Community Policy. 4:15 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn conference room
S.A.F.E. Workshop Student-led discussion of childhood sexual abuse and incest. Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. 4 p.m., Seelye 109*
Smith Students for the Environment meeting 7:30 p.m., Seelye 109
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Tuesday, April 11
Discussion "Hitler, Waldheim, Haider: The Far Right in Austria. What Can Be Done?" Karen Alter, government department, and Klemens von Klemperer, emeritus, history department. Sponsors: International Relations Program, government department. Noon, Seelye 207
Lecture "Three Writers of Japan: Higuchi Ichiyo, Tokuda Shusei, Natsume Soseki." Hideyo Sengoku, distinguished visiting scholar and professor of American literature, Rikkyo University, Tokyo. 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room*
Lecture "Sarmatian Women Warriors: Were They the Amazons' Descendants?" Jeannine Davis-Kimball, director, American-Eurasian Research Institute, Berkeley, California. (See story, page 4.) Sponsors: classics and history departments, History of the Sciences and Women's Studies programs. 5 p.m., Seelye Hall 106*
Lecture "Next Slide, Please! Architecture and the Classroom." William L. MacDonald, emeritus, art department. In honor of Helen Searing. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
Film Paris Is Burning. A behind-the-scenes story of the young men of Harlem who originated "voguing," stylized dance competitions. Discussion led by Kevin Quashie, Afro-American studies department. Fourth in a film/lecture series sponsored by American studies. 7 p.m., Seelye 109*
Amnesty International meeting. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 110
S.A.F.E. Workshop "Telling Our Truths." Dance, movement and healing. Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. 7 p.m., Davis ballroom
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
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room
S.O.S. luncheon "Poverty Issues in the Pioneer Valley." Lunch provided. Noon, Wright common room
President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Reception to honor Francis O'Donnell, English teacher, Northampton High School, the first recipient of the Smith Secondary School Teaching Award (see story, page 4). 4 p.m, Wright common room
Lacrosse v. Springfield. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*
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 12
Lecture Sheila Gram, head of the board for Area Youth Foundation, Jamaica, will address reforming youth gangs and other movements in the West Indies. Sponsor: SASA. 7 p.m, Neilson Browsing Room*
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Ecumenical Christian Church Bible study. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Chapel
Language lunch tables Classical languages. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C
Résumé critique Have your résumé critiqued by a peer adviser. 3 p.m., CDO
Teach-In "Recent Welfare Reform Laws and Legal Issues." Rosemary Freeland, Smith graduate. Part of Welfare Awareness Week. 4:30 p.m, Seelye 110*
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom
Sketch comedy UMass's Not Ready for Bedtime Players present an evening of comedy about safer sex, sexuality, and all those other things you were always too embarrassed to ask about. Sponsors: Peer Sexuality Educators, Health Education. 8 p.m., Wright Auditorium*
S.A.F.E. speak-out for survivors and their allies. A safe, confidential space. Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. 8 p.m., Field House
Thursday, April 13
Lecture "Becoming Selena: Becoming Latina." Deborah Paredez, graduate student in theatre, Northwestern University. In conjunction with SLL 265. Pizza provided. 12:15 p.m., Hatfield 204
Lecture "From the Classics To Detective and Adventure Novels: Translation as a Cultural Practice in Latin America." Adriana Pagano. Dinner for Latin American studies majors, minors and faculty follows in Duckett dining room A and B at 6 p.m. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 301
Lecture "African Philosophy for the New Millennium: Ethnophilosophy Revisited." Albert Mosley, professor of philosophy, Ohio University. Sponsor: philosophy department. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 110*
Lecture "Looking at American Intervention Abroad: A Faculty Round Table." Thomas Derr, religion; Elizabeth Hopkins, anthropology; and Mary Geske, government. Part of the Faith and Social Justice Series "The Ethics of American Involvement Abroad." Sponsors: government department, Chapel. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201
Lecture "Selling the Church: Law, Religion, Commerce, and the English Parish, 1348-1540." Robert C. Palmer, Cullen Professor of History and Law, University of Houston. Sponsor: history department. 5 p.m., Seelye 107*
Lecture Africa scholar Lea Brilmyer, Yale University, will discuss the effects of war on African children. Sponsor: SASA. 7 p.m., Seelye 101*
Lecture "The Conflict Between the Secular and Religious in Israel." Samuel Peleg, Five College Visiting Israeli Scholar. 8 p.m., Wright Common Room
Lecture "The Trouble With Beauty." Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania. (See story, page 4.) Sponsors: English department, Lecture Committee. 8:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Film The Bandit Queen. Sponsor: S.A.F.E. Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 110
Senior recital Sarah Ernst-Edwards will perform jazz piano works of Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and her own. Accompanied by The Satin Dolls. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*
Art Search and Show The ninth annual Fine Arts Council of Smith College Art Search and Show. Submissions invited from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (See notice.) 4-8 p.m., Davis Ballroom*
Musical theater Star Messengers. World premiere of a work about Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler, scientists who changed humans' view of the universe. Commissioned by the Kahn Institute as a culminating event of its 1999-2000 project, "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium." (See story, page 1.) Tickets: $3, students, children, and seniors; $5, general. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Discussion Campus Climate Working Group will continue discussions on diversity proposals and the "What's Next?" conference. Noon, Davis*
CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 3 p.m., CDO
Lacrosse v. Williams. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 7:45-9 a.m., Davis ballroom
Hillel dessert reception for Jewish applicants to Smith. 7 p.m., Dawes Kosher Kitchen
Friday, April 14
Lecture "Activists In Academia." Three professors discuss their work on sexual abuse. Part of Sexual Abuse Awareness Week. Sponsor: S.A.F.E. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Film American Beauty. Winner of five Academy Awards. Refreshments provided. Sponsor: Rec Council. 7 p.m., Burton/Bass lawn
Performance Welfare Poets. Readings and open dialogues about economic and social justice issues. Part of Welfare Awareness Week. (See 4/11) 7 p.m., Chapel*
Musical theater Star Messengers. See 4/13 listing. Tickets: $3 students, children, and seniors; $5 general. 8 p.m., Theatre 14*
Keystone meeting 6:30 p.m., Wright common room*
Language lunch tables Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Beit Midrash (Jewish text study) with Rabbi Ed Feld. "How Is the Haggadah Put Together?" Pizza provided. 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Café Afrique offers a taste of authentic African teas, coffees, cakes. 4:30 p.m., Mwangi Cultural Center*
Stargazing with replicas of telescopes used by Galileo. See the planets, moon and other celestial bodies. Wear warm clothing; warm beverages provided. Sponsors: astronomy department, Kahn Institute. 9:30 p.m., McConnell Observatory*
Saturday, April 15
Keynote lecture for Africa Week. Ahmed Moen, professor of public health and international health, Howard University, and an expert on HIV and AIDS, will speak about the effects of the AIDS epidemic on African youth. 1:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Panel Smith students and professors from Smith and UMass will discuss personal and professional impressions of the African AIDS epidemic. Part of Africa Week. 3 p.m., Seelye 106
Musical theater Star Messengers. See 4/13 listing. Tickets: $3 students, children, and seniors; $5, general. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Africa Day Show "BAFANA!" A celebration of our young years through music, dance, poetry and comedy. Sponsor: SASA. Admission: $5, for show only; $4, Smith students (see Africa Day dinner listing). 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Tennis v. Colby/Bowdoin. 9 a.m., outdoor courts*
Softball v. Babson. Noon, athletic fields*
Africa Day dinner featuring unique dishes from Africa and the Caribbean prepared by Smith African and Caribbean students. Sponsor: SASA. Admission: $7, for dinner, show and party; $6, Smith students; $5 for dinner only; $4, Smith students. 5:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom*
Museum of Art party "Sail Away!" The final chance to say farewell to the museum before it "sets sail" for renovation and expansion. (See story, page 4.) Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For information, call ext. 2760. 8 p.m.-midnight, Museum of Art*
Senior Ball "2000 Leagues Under the Sea," hosted by President Ruth Simmons. Open to all seniors and their guests. Tickets available April 10-12 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the mailroom. 9 p.m., Scott Gym
Stargazing at McConnell Observatory. (Backup date for rain or cloudy weather only). See 4/14 listing. 9:30 p.m., McConnell Observatory*
Africa Week after-party "One Love, Two Floors, Two DJs." A double dose of music including soukous, zouk, calypso, reggae, hip-hop, R&B. Sponsors: SASA and BSA. Admission: $3 for party only (see Africa Day dinner listing). 10 p.m, Mwangi Cultural Center
Sunday, April 16
CDO workshop Interview strategies for success. 2:30 p.m., CDO
Palm Sunday service A reading of Jesus' Passion and distribution of palms. Smith Sacred Circle Dancers will lead the procession of palms. The Rev. Dr. Leon Burrows and student liturgists will preside. Prayers and light breakfast will precede the service 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 on the second floor, Chapel*
Association of Smith Pagans meeting. Organization for those who practice nature-based religions. Seekers welcome. 4 p.m., Lamont basement
Palm Sunday Mass Following a blessing of the palms, a procession to the Chapel will be led by Sandra Rivera, co-founder of the Omega Dance Company of St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York. Fr. Stephen Ross, OCD, celebrant, priest/scholar-in-residence. 4:15 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy 4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Drumming Circle Part of Drumming Collective series. 7 p.m., Davis Ballroom*
"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. March 25, April 1, 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*
"Remembering Luboml: Images of a Jewish Community" Photographic exhibit. Through May 30. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Chapel*