News for the Smith College Community //September 9, 1999

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Symposia to Address Spanish, Religion

Religion in America
Four preeminent scholars in the field of American religion will visit campus this fall during "Religion in America," a symposium jointly coordinated by the American Studies Program and the department of religion and biblical literature.

The symposium will kick off on Thursday, September 16, when Robert Orsi, professor of religious studies at Indiana University, presents "It's Good, But is it History? The Cultural Turn in the Study of American Religions" at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye 201.

Orsi, who has written several books and articles on the women in Roman Catholic history, is the winner of the 1998 Merle Curti Award in American Social History from the Organization of American Historians.

"We picked Robert Orsi because he culls a certain style of cultural anthropology to illuminate the piety of Roman Catholic women," says Daniel Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies, a coordinator of the symposium.

"Religion in America" originated when Horowitz, in conversations with Karl Donfried, professor of religion, determined it essential to focus attention on the fast-changing academic field and, if possible, discern the direction in which the field is headed. "In recent years the study of American religion has gone through exciting changes," Horowitz says, "in part in response to a more capacious sense of the range of topics that could be studied-more multi-cultural, more comparative internationally and more influenced by advances in a number of other fields."

One of the notable speakers in the symposium is Martin Marty, "surely the most eminent scholar in the field of American religion, someone whose work covers an enormous range," says Horowitz. Marty, who directs the Public Religion Project at the University of Chicago where he is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, has written 50 books in his field, including a three-volume religious compendium, Modern American Religion. Marty will speak on "Getting 'Spiritual' about 'Religion' and Getting 'Religious' about 'Spirituality': American Trends and Urgencies" on Thursday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.

On Tuesday, October 19, the symposium will continue with a talk by Ann Braude, director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School, titled "From the Salem Witch Trials to Black Elk: American Religion in the Liberal Arts Curriculum" at 5 p.m. in Seelye 106. The symposium will conclude on Thursday, November 11, with "American Religion as Seen Through a Comparative and Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope" by N.J. Demerath III, professor of sociology at UMass, Amherst, at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye 201.

For more information about "Religion in America" contact Barbara Day, extension 3520.

The Future of Spanish Education
Spanish departments today are undergoing enormous changes. No longer viewed as a foreign language, Spanish has evolved into a cultural instrument that is increasingly essential for effective communication in the United States. Thus the demand for Spanish courses is high nationally and enrollments are exceeding the staffing capabilities of most undergraduate departments. Some academics contend that if Spanish programs are to maintain intellectual integrity while responding to the educational needs of students in today's economic and political climate, new approaches to teaching the language must consider modern realities and anticipate future pedagogical and demographic trends.

A distinguished group of faculty members from a wide range of institutions across the U.S. will meet at Smith September 17-18 to consider Spanish-education issues during a national symposium titled "The Future of Spanish Departments on College and University Campuses." The symposium is expected to draw some 60 presenters and 200 attendees from across the country. The idea for the conference, says organizer Nancy Saporta Sternbach, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, is one that her own department had been discussing for several years. In the fall of 1997 when Sternbach and colleagues from Spanish departments from the Five College held their annual planning meeting, she invited them to join in organizing the forum as a joint venture.

A series of panel presentations and roundtable sessions will address topics such as the interdisciplinary uses of Spanish, new destinations and goals in study-abroad initiatives and the use of new technologies in language-learning. Keynote speakers will include Angela Labarca, professor of Spanish at Georgia Tech University and co-author of noted Spanish language textbooks, and David Maxwell, president of Drake University and former director of the National Foreign Language Center at Johns Hopkins University.

The conference and related planning activities are supported by a variety of sponsors, including the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Education and Culture and United States Universities, Institito Camões of Lisbon, The Consulate General of Spain in Boston, Five Colleges, Inc. and the Spanish departments of the Five Colleges.

What's Next in Diversity

Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier, sociologist Nathan Glazer, anthropologist Johnnetta Cole, President of California State Polytechnic Robert Suzuki and performance artist Anna Deavere Smith will be among the participants at "What's Next? American Pluralism and the Civic Culture: Challenges and Proposals," a national conference on issues of racial and ethnic diversity that will take place at Smith College November 4-6, 1999.

According to conference organizer Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, the conference will focus on three challenges: examining relations between America's minority and new immigrant communities; how respect and cooperation can be fostered in relation to generational, gender, class and political differences within various ethnic groups; and ways to overcome intergroup barriers to create "a more perfect union."

Along with panels addressing each of these topics, there will be a keynote address, presented by Guinier, and performances by Deavere Smith and by Sweet Honey in the Rock, the African-American female a cappella ensemble.

"Our objective is to have our lecturers and panelists assess the present and suggest concrete initiatives for future actions, both on our campus and well beyond Smith's gates," says Rose.

Other participants in the panel discussions will include: Rubén G. Rumbaut, Michigan State University; Katharine H.S. Moon, Wellesley College; Mary Catherine Bateson, George Mason University; Charles V. Willie, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Larry Toy, Foundation for California Community Colleges; Rudy Crew, chancellor of the New York City school system; Evan S. Dobelle, Trinity College; Kathryn Rodgers, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund; Betty Burkes, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; Gary Rubin, New York Association for New Americans; Milton D. Morris, Creative Futures International; Roberta Uno, University of Massachusetts/Amherst; Gilbert Cardenas, University of Texas; and Ginetta Candelerio, Andrea Hairston, Ellen Kaplan and Yvonne P. Daniel, of Smith.

The conference, which will include "In the Shadow of Intolerance," an exhibition of documentary photographs depicting the civil rights struggle from the collection of Sam Zailin of Biddeford, Maine, will be free and open to the public.

Two Grants to Fund Sciences

Smith has received a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, based in Jacksonville, Florida, and a $70,400 grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, of Irvine, California, both of which will fund projects and programs in the sciences.

The Davis grant will support a two-year expansion of the college's rapidly growing neuroscience program. The grant will fund faculty and curriculum development and the purchase of complex lab equipment and computers used in courses in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and molecular neurobiology. Part of the grant will also support student research on campus and at major neuroscience research centers. The neuroscience program at Smith, long a minor and first offered as a major in 1996, has doubled course offerings during the past 10 years, increasing class enrollment by 72 percent.

The Beckman grant will fund the research projects of four students studying in the biomedical sciences. The grant, which is designated exclusively for students who have committed to producing a senior honors project, will provide scholarships for two students each in the academic years 1999-2000 and 2000-01 as well as for the summer before and after their senior years. Scholarship recipients for 1999-2000 are Gianna Muir-Robinson '00 and Elizabeth Nolan '00.

Smith was one of only four liberal arts colleges nationally to have received the Beckman grant. About 30 percent of Smith students major in the sciences.

Prez in the Public Eye

President Ruth J. Simmons continued her life in the public eye during the summer. In early August, she addressed the National Urban League's 1999 Annual Conference, "Agenda 2000: Equality and Power for the New Millennium," in Houston. Simmons spoke during a conference held from August 8-11 that included plenary sessions on "Affirmative Action: No Retreat to Tokenism" and "The Police and People of Color: Can't We All Just Get Along?" Also appearing at the conference were Texas Governor and presidential candidate George W. Bush, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, Time Editor Jack White and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Also during the summer, Simmons was elected to the board of directors of Texas Instruments (TI), based in Plano, Texas. In its announcement of Simmons' election, TI noted that the company "is actively involved in promoting educational excellence in science, engineering and math, with a special focus on increasing opportunities for women and minorities who have been underrepresented in technical fields in the past." Smith recently established an undergraduate engineering program, the first at a women's college in the United States.

Simmons was recently appointed to the Women's Progress Commemoration Commission by President Clinton. Joining the commission at the same time were Ann F. Lewis, counselor to the president at the White House, and Molly Murphy MacGregor, executive director of the National Women's History Project. The commission, which will advise the Secretary of Interior on ensuring the historic preservation of sites that have been instrumental in American women's history, is a bipartisan group established by Congress to honor the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, the first national congregation on the conditions and rights of women in the U.S.

In May Simmons received the Medal for Distinguished Service from Columbia University Teachers College, honoring exceptional achievement in education. Other recipients of the medal have been Margaret Mead, Kenneth Clark, Maya Angelou, Fred W. Friendly, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot and Bill Cosby. The award to Simmons cited particularly "the extraordinary leadership [she] has provided to Smith College and the nationally important voice [she] has given to both higher education in general and women's college in particular."

On August 18, the president appeared on ABC television's 20/20 during a segment on "mallspeak," a topic that has elicited extensive media attention during the past year. The term mallspeak was popularized in a Boston Globe article last January in which the president was quoted. Since that article appeared the national media has devoted considerable space to the topic, often citing Smith's and Mount Holyoke College's efforts to introduce the teaching of effective oral communication into their curricula.

On Monday, September 27, Simmons will give the keynote address at the Women in Technology International's 1999 east coast technology summit in Boston. Simmons will be joined at the conference by presenters Maryfran Johnson, executive editor of Computerworld, Ellen S. Kitzis, a vice president of Compaq, and Patricia B. Seybold, a highly regarded computer consultant and author of

The president, by recent invitation from Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, is serving as a member of the advisory committee to the director of the National Institutes of Health. The committee is the principal advisory group to Secretary Shalala and her department and NIH Director Harold Varmus on policy issues, especially in the areas of biomedical research, medical science and biomedical communications. Simmons' term on the committee will end in September 2000.

The Tree Must Come Down

It's been standing, growing and spreading its roots for more than 100 years, since the early days of Smith's existence. But the towering silver maple standing across from the Lyman Conservatory must come down, according to by C.L. Frank and Co., a local arboricultural firm hired by the college, and the college's consulting landscape architect, Shavaun Towers '71. An analysis of a core sample from the tree revealed substantial rot in some of the tree's major branches that extend over College Lane. "We have enjoyed this majestic tree for many years," says Lissa Harris, interim curatorial assistant at the Botanic Garden, "but it has become structurally unsound and potentially dangerous."

The tree will be cut down on Friday, September 17, and removed Saturday, September 18. College Lane will be closed between the Hopkins parking lot and Sabin-Reed during the takedown of the tree.

Computer Access For All

Self-study recommendations are alive and well and still being implemented at Smith. One specific goal-enhancing staff communication-was achieved this past spring when access to electronic information for all staff members became a reality. Computers were installed in various locations at Physical Plant, RADS, the Botanic Gardens and Public Safety. Each department appointed a computer liaison to assist employees with account set-up and provide on-going individual training. Training sessions were held to instruct employees in computer basics, the use of e-mail and the Internet. The improvement of on-campus mail distribution was achieved through more frequent mail deliveries, as in the case of RADS employees, and the addition of individual mailboxes for Physical Plant and Public Safety employees.

In case you were wondering... the parking decal system works at Smith.
Although decals come in a what seems like a dizzying array of shapes and colors, there is a definite logic to them that usually joins decal color to the striping color in campus parking lots. As Public Safety director Sharon Rust explains:
  • Staff and faculty decals are the same shape but numbered differently because, although both groups can park in all of the white-lined spaces on campus, faculty have an additional dozen or so yellow-lined spaces available to them in the Dickinson and CDO lots for short-term parking when they are on campus for brief periods. (Although for several years, the only difference in staff and faculty stickers was their numbering system, for the last two years, the words "staff" or "faculty" have been added to the stickers to make it easier for parking monitors to spot those who are mistakenly parked in yellow-lined spaces.)
  • Service staff-physical plant and RADS-have decals that allow them to use orange-lined spaces for short periods as they move around campus to do their work.
  • There are several decals that identify the cars of various student groups-those who have paid $150 and acquired decals through the student parking lottery, Hampshire House and Ada Comstock commuter students and students who have overnight decals that allow them to park in campus spaces between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Still other decals are issued to School for Social Work faculty and students who are on campus only in the summer.

...why the traffic signal at John M. Greene Hall has remained on flashing-yellow continuously for the last several weeks?
The signal's control box fell victim to a lightening strike last month and had to be sent out for repair. Although the replacement process is expected to be complete by September 9, the repair may take longer. Public Safety Director Sharon Rust suggests that, as long as the malfunction continues, pedestrians and drivers should exercise extra care at the JMG crossing. For the safest crossing, those on foot should cross at Bedford Terrace where the control box is operational.

In an April 2, 1999, review of biographies of Thomas Edison and Polaroid camera inventor Edwin Land in the Times (London) Literary Supplement, J. L. Heilbron says that "Land relied much more on university-trained scientists than had Edison, although he thought that even MIT took too long to bring students to the research frontier; and he found some of his best recruits not where Edison would have looked, in technical schools, but in the art-history department at Smith College. (A) professor of art history there advised him about photography and a key member of his staff, Mero Morse ('45), who was to pioneer Polaroid's development of black and white film for instant photography came from Smith with no knowledge of chemistry."
Eric Sean Weld, assistant director of college relations, will debut songs from his recently released CD, Might As Well Say Goodbye, and additional original selections Sunday, September 19, at 8 p.m. at the Fire & Water Café in downtown Northampton. The CD features Weld on vocals and keyboards accompanied by several local and regional musicians. The music on Might As Well Say Goodbye is "decidedly pop," says Weld, "but with a healthy measure of jazz voicings and instrumentation, some folksy lyrics and some hard-driving rock rhythms. Something for everyone." Both CD and cassette versions are available at the Grécourt Bookshop and local record stores.
Patricia Czepiel Hayes '84, assistant director of publications in the Office of College Relations, won a bronze medal award in May from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for her design of the poster for the "Queer Activism/Queer Studies" symposium, which was held at Smith last November. The bronze was awarded to Hayes, who has won three CASE medals within the past four years, in the category, "visual design in print."
The five members of the Sophia Smith Collection staff who attended the 11th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women Historians at the University of Rochester June 4-6 did "a full court press on this gathering of our primary constituents," according to the collection's director, Sherrill Redmon. They hosted a reception to honor the recipients of the 1999-2000 Margaret Storrs Grierson Fellowships and the Travel-to-Collection Grants and the opening of eight important SSC collections that provide a significant body of new materials for the study of 20th-century U.S. women's activism. Redmon participated in a panel, "Brokers of the Boundaries: Archivists and Historians Finding Common Ground," which included a lively discussion about why and when archivists close whole or parts of collections to researchers. The Grierson fellowships support faculty members, independent scholars and graduate students whose research interests and objectives would be significantly advanced by extended research at the SSC. Travel-to-collection grants are available to those whose projects would benefit from access to the SSC's holdings. Other SSC personnel attending the conference were Margaret Jessup, Marla Miller, Kathleen Nutter and Burd Schlessinger. Jessup and Miller are authors of an article about archival research at the SSC in the May 1999 issue of Perspectives, the American Historical Association Newsletter.

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

Nominations for Honorary Degrees
The Committee on Honorary Degrees is seeking names of individuals for consideration as honorary degree candidates. The committee considers women who are exemplars of excellence in a range of academic and non-academic fields as well as women and men who have made extraordinary contributions to Smith, the education of women, or women's lives. Send nomination letters to the Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Board of Trustees. Briefly describe the candidate's qualifications, field, place of work and why you think the candidate is deserving. Include supporting material such as curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, entries from biographical reference works and others. All nominations will receive careful consideration. The review process is lengthy, and it will not be possible to guarantee that a nominee will receive an honorary degree or provide a timetable for when the degree would be awarded.

Library Hours
Hillyer Art Library (ext. 2940)
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, noon-midnight.

Josten Performing Arts Library (ext. 2930)
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, noon-11 p.m.

Van Drivers Wanted
The Office of Disabilities Services is seeking drivers to transport disabled students and school personnel to and from campus locations. Drivers must have a valid driver's license and proof of having passed the Smith van driving test (for test info call ext. 2472). Applicants must be reliable and possess excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Relief drivers also needed. Call extension 2071 to apply.

Faculty & Staff

The Staff Council Activities Committee is sponsoring a day trip to historic Salem, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 16. For $20 per person, the event is open to all employees, faculty and guests. Bus leaves Ainsworth parking lot at 8 a.m. and will remain in Salem until 5 p.m. Visit "The Witch City's" many attractions during its month long "Haunted Happenings" celebration including the Witch Museum, Witch House, House of the Seven Gables, New England Pirate Museum, Peabody Museum and the tall ship "Friendship." Call the Staff Council voice-mail (ext. 4424) and press "1" for the Activities Committee reservation line. Prompt payment is required.


Presidential Open Hours
Presidential open hours for students will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 20, and 27, in the Office of the President, College Hall 20. Open hours offer an opportunity to chat informally and individually with the president. No appointments are necessary and visitors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Registration and Changes
Student schedules and instructions for registration and course changes are included in the registration packet. Students may make schedule changes with adviser's permission during the first 10 days of classes, September 7-20. Students not registered for courses by Monday, September 20, will be fined $25.

Five-College Registration
The registration deadline for Five College courses is Monday, September 20. No registrations will be accepted after that date. Registration forms are available in the registrar's office, College Hall 6.

Make-up Examinations
Students granted an extension for final examinations in the spring semester must complete examinations during the first two weeks of this semester. Examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. Monday, September 20. Call Jan Morris, registrar's office, extension 2554, to make arrangements.

Major Certifications--Class of '00J
Major certification forms were mailed to seniors who will be completing requirements in the fall semester. Forms are due in the registrar's office at the end of the course-change period, Monday, September 20.

Travel Reservations
Students should make end-of-semester travel reservations now. Final examinations are scheduled from December 18-21. Students will not be permitted to take examinations early.

Mall Crawl to Ingleside
Students who want to shop in one of the largest malls in western Massachusetts should be at John M. Greene Hall at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, to board the free bus to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. Bus leaves the mall for the return trip at 4 p.m. Sign up for the trip in advance on a first-come, first-served basis in the student affairs office, College Hall 24, weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Smith Goes to the Big E
Bus transportation and advance tickets are available for 43 students to attend the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield on Friday, October 1. The free bus will leave John M. Greene Hall at 5 p.m. and return by 11 p.m. Sign up on a first-come, first- served basis. Tickets ($8) may be purchased with cash or check (made out to Smith College) weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through September 29 in the student affairs office, College Hall 24. Priority will be given to Smith students but others may sign up if space remains.

Welcome Book
All entering undergraduate students who have not signed the Welcome Book should do so at the student affairs office, College Hall 24, by Wednesday, September 29. The Welcome Book will reside in the Smith College Archives and be brought out each year for new-student signatures.

Class of 2000 Parking
The parking lottery for on-campus residents of the class of 2000 will be held in Stoddard Hall auditorium on Wednesday, September 15, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Stickers ($150 for the year) are to be paid for in advance at Public Safety. Pick up a temporary permit, good until September 24, at the Office of Public Safety between 10 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. Parking lottery results will be posted at public safety after 2 p.m. September 16. Information available from head residents.

John M. Greene Hall Storage
Students who have stored items in John M. Greene Hall basement may retrieve them Monday, September 13, 7-9 p.m.; Tuesday, September 14, 10 a.m.-noon; Saturday, September 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Students need to bring IDs and receipts to have belongings released. Items unclaimed by noon on Saturday, September 18, will be removed by the college.

Neilson Library Carrel Sign-up
Students may sign up for Neilson Library carrels on the following dates: Tuesday, September 14, for thesis students, graduate students, seniors and Ada Comstock Scholars; Wednesday, September 15, for all others. ID required. You may only reserve a carrel for yourself.

Josten Library Carrell Sign-Up
A limited number of carrels in Josten Library are open for priority fall-semester assignment to graduate students and undergraduate majors in music, theatre and dance. Students may sign up on the following dates: Monday, September 13, performing arts graduate students; Tuesday, September 14, undergraduate performing arts majors; Wednesday, September 15, all other Smith students. Carrels unassigned after those dates will continue to be open for registration to other Smith students (Janet Spongberg, ext. 2933).

Work-Study Jobs
The Sunnyside Child Care Center at 70 Paradise Road is hiring work-study students for classroom aide positions. Most jobs require morning availability (Debra Horton, ext. 2293).

Explore Your Museum
Do you like to look at art? Smith College Museum of Art is offering a seven-session, non-credit program during which students may explore the riches of the collection, learn ways to share these pleasures with friends and how museums operate. Participants will be invited to assist with programs this fall. Enrollment is limited; preregistration is required. Sessions meet Wednesday, September 22-November 3, 4:15-5:45 p.m. (Ext. 2760).

Service Organizations of Smith
Plan for the cold days of winter. Hand-knit wool and alpaca sweaters, ponchos, scarves, gloves, mittens, blankets and more are available at the S.O.S.-sponsored sweater sale on Wednesday, September 22 and Thursday, September 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Gamut.

The first S.O.S. project of the year at the Food Bank Farm, harvesting vegetables for distribution to local food programs, will take place Saturday, September 25. Volunteers should meet in the chapel parking lot at 8:15 a.m., returning at 12:30 p.m. Wear old clothes and shoes (ext. 2756).

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, September 13

Workshop: "Reading Retention." Sponsor: Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning (ext. 3056). 4:15 p.m., Seelye 307

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

President's open hours for students. First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

Field hockey vs. Keene State
7 p.m., athletic fields*

Tuesday, September 14

Brown bag lunch lecture: "Silk in New England Society 1730-1830: An Overview." Madelyn Shaw, Rhode Island School of Design, who will curate an exhibition of the same name in 2002 at the Smith College Museum of Art in 2002. Northampton Silk Project. Noon, Seelye 207*

Lecture: "The Use and Abuse of Literary 'yellow-face' in the Early 20th- Century U.S." Yoshiko Uzawa, professor of American literature., Metropolitan University, Tokyo. 5 p.m., Seelye 109

Fine/performing arts/films
Film: La Vie est Belle (Life is Beautiful) (Congo, 1987). Ngangura Mweze, Bernard Lamy, directors. In French with English subtitles. Rags-to-riches story of a country musician who seeks fame in Kinshasa. Africa Film Series. 7 p.m., Seelye 106*

Workshop: "Exam Preparation." Sponsor: Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning (ext. 3056). 4:15 p.m., Seelye 307

Informational meeting for juniors and seniors planning to apply for admission to health professions schools. Information on admissions exams, application services and more provided by the Board of Prehealth Advisers. 5 p.m., Burton 101

Informational meeting for the Class of 2002 to discuss issues, academic policies and decisions concerning sophomores. Sponsor: Dean of the Sophomore and Junior classes. 7 p.m., Seelye 110

Religious Life
Hillel at Noon. "Being Jewish at Smith: A panel discussion." Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen

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

Tennis vs. Springfield
4 p.m., Outdoor Tennis Courts*

Volleyball vs. Springfield
7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Wednesday, September 15

Fine/performing arts/films
Film: The Prisoner: "Arrival." Opening episode of the classic television series created by Patrick McGoohan. A British spy resigns but is kidnapped. Relevant to HST 254, "Individual and Community in Nineteenth-Century Thought." Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Study Abroad Welcome Back Reception. 7 p.m., Seelye 207

Workshop: "Time Management." Sponsor: Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning (ext. 3056). 4:15 p.m., Seelye 307

Informational meeting for Class of 2002 members who did not attend Tuesday's meeting. See 9/15 listing. 5 p.m., Seelye 110

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

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

Soccer vs. Amherst
4:15 p.m., athletic fields*

Thursday, September 16

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture: "Remembrance of Kings Past: Commemorating the Execution of Charles I." Howard Nenner, Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities, history department. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Symposium: "The Future of Spanish Departments on College and University Campuses" registration. For information, extension 3362, 3469 or see 7 p.m., Neilson browsing room

Lecture: "It's Good, But Is It History? The Cultural Turn in the Study of American Religions." Robert Orsi, Indiana University. Part of "Religion in America" symposium. See story, page 1. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Fine/performing arts/films
Docent tour of the Museum of Art. Learn about one of the country's finest college art museums. 4:15 p.m., Museum of Art

Workshop: "Reading Retention." Sponsor: Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning (ext. 3056). Noon, Seelye 307

Open meeting: The Louise B. and Edmund J. Kahn Institute invites Smith College and Five College faculty interested in participating in its 2000-01 project, "The Anatomy of Exile," with organizing fellow Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. (Ext. 3721.) 5 p.m., Dewey common room

Workshop: "Drop-in Drawing." First in a series for artists at all levels. Works in the Museum of Art will inspire drawing and other art-making. Free; no registration required. Instructor: Liz Chalfin, artist and museum educator. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Mandatory training session for S.O.S. house representatives. Meet other S.O.S. reps and board members and learn about this year's events. Dinner provided. (S.O.S. office, ext. 2756.) 6-8:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge

Other events and activities
S.O.S. Plant Sale. Stock up on plants of all sizes and species. Proceeds support S.O.S. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut

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

Friday, September 17

Symposium: "The Future of Spanish Departments on College and University Campuses." See 9/16 listing. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Seelye 201

Workshop: "Exam Preparation." Sponsor: Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning (ext. 3056). 12:15 p.m., Seelye 307

Religious Life
Orthodox Vesper service for students of Eastern Orthodox background with the Rev. Harry Vulopas. Students of all Orthodox backgrounds welcome. Refreshments served. 5:15 p.m. Bodman lounge

Shabbat service. Dinner follows in Dawes House Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room

Other events and activities
S.O.S. Plant Sale. See 9/16 listing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut

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

Alumnae House tea. Sessions Complex and Capen House are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House living room

Saturday, September 18

Symposium: "The Future of Spanish Departments on College and University Campuses." See 9/16 listing. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Seelye 201

Other events and activities
Community building project: First Link. S.O.S. will take a limited number of new students on a half-day project helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house or harvesting vegetables for the Food Bank Farm. Bag lunches provided. Wear comfortable clothes. First come, first served. 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., meet at the back of Chapel

SGA student organizations fair. Representatives from student organizations and extracurricular groups will share information about their activities and sign up new members. 1-4 p.m., Chapin Lawn Fair (in case of rain, Scott Gym)

Bicycle registration and crime prevention information session. Bring your bicycle to register with Public Safety. Learn where and how to secure and store bikes. All bicycles must be registered (see student handbook). 1-4 p.m., Chapin Lawn Fair (in case of rain, Scott Gym)

S.O.S. welcome party. Learn about community and on-campus opportunities for volunteers as companions, tutors, case advocates, hot-line workers or house representatives. Presentations at 2:45 p.m. followed by Q&A. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn Fair (in case of rain, Ainsworth lounge)

Sunday, September 19

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

Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy. Fr. Bill McConville, OFM, Celebrant. Sunday supper follows. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Joint Smith/Amherst Hillel Yom Kippur Service. 6:30 p.m., Johnson Chapel, Amherst College (bus leaves from Chapel at 5:45 p.m.)

Other events and activities
Public Safety Bike Auction. Preview of bikes to be auctioned from 11 a.m.-noon. Bikes sold as is, all sales final. Cash only. 12:15 p.m., Tilly parking lot


"Oliver Larkin" features a selection of watercolors, drawings and marionettes by the former Smith professor. Organized by Luce curatorial assistant Maureen McKenna. On October 16, the Museum of Art will host "Art and Life in America: A Celebration of the Legacy of Oliver Larkin and American Art at Smith College." Registration forms (due by October 1) available on line at For more information call Maureen Mckenna, ext. 2770. September 10 through October 24. Main Gallery, Museum of Art

"Prints by Paul Gauguin" features the French impressionist's works from his first lithographs on zinc to the woodcuts for "Sourire," a journal he published in Tahiti. Organized by Ann Sievers, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs, in honor of Elizabeth Mongan. Through October 30. Print Room, Museum of Art

"A Century of Physics" features 11 posters of milestones in the history of physics produced by the American Physical Society (APS) to celebrate its centennial in March 1999. For more information see the APS Website at Through September 30. McConnell foyer