News for the Smith College Community //October 7, 1999
Remarkable Women: A Smith
Elizabeth Stoffregen May '28, financial analyst, board member of the Import-Export Bank and long-time dean of Wheaton College.
Laura Philips Cole '34, retired math professor, active member of the American Association of University Women, role model for generations of young African Americans.
Julia McWilliams Child '34, star of TV's French Chef and author of many cookbooks.
Anne Clarke Martindell '36, former ambassador to New Zealand and former member of the New Jersey Legislature; presently enrolled at Smith as an Ada Comstock Scholar.
Ann Baumgartner Carl '39, member of the World War II Women's Airforce Service Pilots program and author.
Betty Goldstein Friedan '42, feminist leader and author of The Feminine Mystique and The Second Stage.
Evelyn Boyd Granville '45, one of the first African American women to earn a doctorate in mathematics; honored by the National Academy of Science as a "pioneer in science."
Hari Brissimi '48, first woman to become director at the United Nations High Commission on Refugees; active in many refugee resettlement activities.
Julia Chang Lin '51, retired professor, Ohio University, who acted as the school's unofficial Asian studies de-partment, teaching Chinese, Japanese and Indian literature in translation.
Therese Thau Heyman '51, senior curator at the Oakland Museum in California, guest curator at the National Museum of Art (Smithsonian).
Edith LaCroix Dabney '52, tireless fundraiser and volunteer for such arts and educational organizations as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Museum of Science; one of four sisters and eight family members who are Smith alumnae.
Ann Hartman M.S.S. '54, dean emeritus and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor Emeritus of the Smith College School for Social Work
Marion Moore Gilbert '55, long-time volunteer in the Marriage Encounter movement.
Margaret Heaney Greene '58, coordinator of the Washington, D.C., Smith Club's volunteer outreach effort to public elementary schools in economically distressed neighborhoods.
Lynden Breed Miller '60, director and designer of public gardens in New York, including those at the New York Public Library, the conservatory and the zoo in Central Park, Bryant Park and the New York Botanical Garden.
Anne Angen Gershon '60, played critical role in the testing and licensing of the chicken pox vaccine in this country; director of pediatric infectious diseases at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dorcas Bowles M.S.S. '60, social work clinician and teacher
and Dean of Clark Atlanta University School for Social Work.
Sumiko Fujiwara Enbutsu '60, author, translator and lecturer who has played a pivotal role in interpreting the history of old Japan; well-known in Tokyo as an environmentalist.
Eve Parker Hoffman '64, founder of the Georgia Alliance for Public Education; long-time volunteer for such organizations as the League of Women Voters, Georgia Conservancy and Leadership Atlanta; one of a multi-generational Smith family.
Amy Kaiser '65, director of the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, guest conductor for the Berkshire Choral Festival and Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Victoria Chan-Palay '65, neurobiologist, author, White House Fellow, Olympic swimmer, first woman to receive medical degree summa cum laude from Harvard University.
Pearl Tak-Chu Toy '69, associate professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; widely published.
Marjorie Holland M.A. '74, former director of public affairs at the Ecological Society of America, currently director of the biological field station and center for wetland resources at the University of Mississippi.
Jane Shoaf Turner '78, editor of the monumental Grove Dictionary of Art.
Carolyn Scerbo Kaelin '83, director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.
Thelma Golden '87, one of the art world's youngest and most outspoken curators, formerly at the Whitney Museum where she curated the Biennial and other notable exhibitions; currently an independent curator.
Anjana Shakya AC '91, director for women's rights and development at the International Institute for Human Rights, Environment and Development in Katmandu, Nepal.
Angela Lwiindi Leila Hassan '94, Smith's first Rhodes Scholar,
international student from Zambia, currently a student at Oxford
University, doing research in Zimbabwe.
Celebrating American Art and Life
For 40 years, professor of art history Oliver Larkin was a highly respected scholar and popular teacher and lecturer at Smith. He introduced one of the first college courses here in American art and helped establish the college's American Studies Program.
On Saturday, October 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Wright Hall auditorium, Larkin will be honored during a full-day symposium as historians, scholars and students of American art and culture gather for "Art and Life in America: A Celebration of the Legacy of Oliver Larkin and American Art at Smith College." The symposium will also celebrate the publication of a new catalog featuring American masterworks from the Smith College Museum of Art.
Provost John Connolly will welcome participants and guests at 10 a.m. The symposium will feature a series of presentations throughout the day ranging from explorations of the impact of Larkin's teaching and writing on the study of American art to papers examining key artists or works represented in the museum collections. Presenters will include Michele Bogart '74, State University of New York at Stony Brook; John Davis, art department; Patricia Junker, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Wadsworth Atheneum; Amy Kurtz '96, doctoral candidate, Yale University; Linda Muehlig, Smith College Museum of Art; and Alan Wallach, College of William and Mary.
Wallach is one of the foremost social historians of art working in the American field. He will address Larkin's pioneering contributions to social art history, paying particular attention to Larkin's 1949 book Art and Life in America for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.
As a celebratory ending to the day's events, tea and light refreshments will be served at The Manse, one of Northampton's most distinguished residences, where in 1942 Larkin created a series of murals on Northampton's history.
Larkin came by his love of art history honestly, says art history professor John Davis. "Oliver Larkin, like so many of the early pioneers in the field of American art history initially came to the subject not as a scholar but as an artist interested in the achievements of his predecessors," Davis says. "Thanks to the opportunity provided by Smith's fledgling American Studies Program and the willingness of his art department colleagues to allow him to push the curriculum in a new direction, he became one of the leading experts in the field, establishing at Smith an unbroken tradition of 60 years of teaching American art history."
Larkin joined the art faculty in 1924 after receiving undergraduate and master's degrees from Harvard University. In 1940 he began teaching History of American Art and encouraged students to visit museums and historic houses during vacations and breaks. His interest in American art as it relates to American history meshed well with the college's collection of contemporary American art that once belonged to President L. Clark Seelye. The college's commitment to collecting and teaching American art surpassed that of other educational institutions and positioned Smith as a leader in the field of American art history.
Although the symposium's registration deadline has passed, reservations for the presentations at Wright Hall will still be accepted as space permits. The symposium is free. However, it is no longer possible to register for the lunch or the tea. For further information contact symposium organizer Maureen McKenna, ext. 2770, or see www.smith.edu/artmuseum.
Support for the symposium has been provided by The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., as part of its American Collections Enhancement initiative, Smith's Lecture Committee, the Museum of Art and the American Studies Program.
Black Panther to Keynote
Elaine Brown, chairman of the Black Panther Party in the 1970s and more recently author and activist in organizations aimed at improving the lives of poor children, will be the keynote speaker at the student-organized leadership conference that will be held at Smith on October 16. Brown's talk will be at 5 p.m. in Wright Hall auditorium.
The first woman to head a paramilitary organization in this country, Brown ran for public office and traveled to North Korea, Vietnam, China, Russia and Cuba, experiences she wrote about in her autobiographical memoir, A Taste of Power, published by Pantheon in 1993.
Brown will talk about race, gender, class, politics, poverty and power in America on the edge of the millennium. She will offer her analysis of the nature of oppression in this country and offer possible solutions.
Currently Brown lives in Atlanta where she is working on her next book, New Age Racism and the Condemnation of 'Little B.' "Little B," whose real name is Michael Lewis, is serving a life sentence after being convicted at the age of 14 of a murder he vows he did not commit.
As an officer of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice, Brown is an advocate for Michael and other children like him. She has also formed a non-profit corporation, Fields of Flowers, Inc., to create a massive education center in Atlanta that she hopes will serve as a model for other communities.
Brown was raised by her mother, who was a factory worker. She was educated at prestigious and mostly white public schools. A student of classical music for many years, she studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, has recorded two albums of original songs for Motown Records and continues to write songs.
SMP Closes Its Doors
For the past 20 years, the Smith Management Program (SMP) has designed, marketed and delivered outstanding executive education programs for women. During that time, nearly 800 women from 139 organizations, including 23 Smith employees, attended programs. At the end of October, however, SMP will close its doors. After careful consideration by the Committee on Mission and Priorities and the president and her staff, the decision was made to focus the resources and administrative oversight absorbed by SMP in the new directions outlined in the self-study.
The Smith Management Program was established in 1980 with start-up funding from a number of prominent corporations, including Citibank, Exxon and Xerox. For many years the core program was six weeks in length, offered over the course of two summers. SMP was known for developing women managers and professionals into strategic and decisive leaders. In an executive education market that traditionally served men, Smith's was one of only a few programs exclusively for women. Since throughout the 1980s and 1990s fewer than 10 percent of executive education participants were women, SMP was an option chosen by many organizations committed to women's advancement in the workplace.
During the 1990s, the demand for executive education changed dramatically. Faced with a slower economy and increased competition from abroad, many large corporations slashed their professional development budgets. In some cases, companies started their own programs. As a result, a number of high-quality executive education programs closed down.
The Smith Management Program encountered enrollment and financial difficulties during this period due to the highly competitive environment. The six-week core program was reduced to three weeks in length, and subsequently to two weeks, in response to participants' preference for a shorter program. In addition, a successful consortium program was developed with AT&T as the primary partner. Other corporations readily joined the consortium for the opportunity to design the curriculum to meet their needs. Over the next few years, 251 women from eight Fortune 500 corporations attended the new program.
SMP was able to turn the corner after a challenging financial period by adapting to the changing market. However, it is evident that intense competition in executive education will continue, which will require programs to exert continual effort and oversight to maintain a strong position in the field. Though Smith's attention is turning to other priorities, it is clear that over the past 20 years, the Smith Management Program made a dramatic difference in the lives and advancement of many women managers.
Grant to Help Area Teachers
With a $15,000 grant from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Five College Public School Partnership will join a nationwide effort to afford teachers opportunities for intellectual inquiry by offering a spring series of seminars locally on the arts and sciences. "The partnership is honored to become part of this vital national effort being led by the foundation," says partnership coordinator M. Sue Thrasher.
Five Colleges, in offering the seminars, will join the foundation's nationwide network of Teachers as Scholars (TAS) programs, all of which aspire to offer K-12 teachers a chance to gather in an academic environment to talk and think about a variety of topics. Three key elements characterize TAS programs:
Teachers from four Massachusetts counties served by the Five College Public School Partnership will be in-vited to enroll in six seminars led by Five College faculty. For information contact M. Sue Thrasher, 256-8316.
There She Rows Again
By Adele Johnsen '02
She never made it.
Just 600 miles from the coast of France, Murden encountered Tropical Storm Danielle, and she and her boat were repeatedly tossed end over end. Murden was injured and had no choice but to call for help. Rescued by a cargo ship, she abandoned the American Pearl and her journey in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Now, 15 months after her ill-fated attempt, Murden is trying it again. She's again rowing the American Pearl, which was recovered and restored, and has found a host of supporters and sponsors to fund the adventure. But this time, Murden is trying a different route. At 8 a.m. on September 13, she departed from the harbor at Los Gigantes in the Canary Islands, destined for Barbados in the West Indies.
Murden, who grew up in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, has been described by friends as "a sculler and a scholar." After her graduation from Smith, she went on to earn a master of divinity degree from Harvard and a law degree from the University of Louisville. Currently employed as the development director for the Muhammed Ali Center, Murden has also worked as a supervisor for a homeless women's shelter and for the Louisville Development Authority. In addition to being an avid adventurer, Murden is an experienced rower. She rowed in college and dreamed of being in the Olympics.
Murden has faced more than her share of obstacles in her quest to row across the Atlantic. So why is she trying it again? Her answer, according to an article in Louisville's Courier-Journal, quotes Susan B. Anthony: "Failure is impossible."
If she is successful, Murden will arrive in Barbados sometime in mid-December, about three months from the date of her departure. Her family plans to meet her there to celebrate both Christmas and her victory.
To follow Murden's journey on the Internet, check out www.oceanrowing.com and www.adept.net/americanpearl.
And wish her luck.
Will return next week.
Will return next week.
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).
Museum Visiting Committee
Friends of the Libraries
Faculty & Staff
October 22 RSVPs
The deadline for the return of forms by faculty planning to march in the academic procession at the October 22 convocation is October 15. Marching forms should be sent through campus mail to Chris Forgey, College Relations Office.
President's Open Hours
Picker Internship Program
Invitation to Tea
Postcard Writing Sundae Parties
Drop Course Deadline
Teaching in Japan
Junior Year Abroad Meetings
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, October 11
Other events and
Tuesday, October 12
Autumn Recess ends
Other events and
Tennis vs. Wellesley. 4 p.m., outdoor tennis courts*
Volleyball vs. Mount Holyoke. 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*
Wednesday, October 13
Ada Comstock general informational meeting followed by a campus tour with current students, 2-3 p.m. 1-2 p.m., Wright common room
CDO workshop How to write an effective résumé. 4:15 p.m., Group room, CDO
Museum workshop Students may explore the collection and learn how the museum operates. Free, but preregistration necessary due to limited enrollment (ext. 2760). 4:15-5:45 p.m., Museum of Art
Twelve-College Exchange informational meeting for students, primarily sophomores, interested in the program for 2000-01. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 106
CDO information session Morgan Stanley Dean Witter financial investment banking service. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Keystone small-group bible study (Mo, ext. 7226.) 4:30-6 p.m., Mwangi Cultural Center
Buddhist service and discussion 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Ecumenical Christian Church bible study "Rethinking Paul: Women in the Pauline Epistles." All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and
Language lunch tables
Language lunch tables
Fine Arts Council (FAC) new members meeting FAC promotes performing arts and cultural events in the Five College Community. All welcome (Mary Jane Mullen, ext. 4570). 5:45 p.m., Tyler House dining room
Thursday, October 14
Panel discussion: "Homelessness in Our Backyard: A Kickoff for the Cash for Cots Campaign." Individuals will share experiences of being homeless in Northampton and how they benefited from the Cot Shelter. Pizza lunch provided. Noon, Wright common room
Panel discussion "'So, You're an Archivist'? Computers, Carpentry, Crustaceans...We're Not Just About Dust Anymore!" Robert Cox, American Philosophical Society; Sherrill Redmon, Sophia Smith Collection; Cheryl Stadel-Bevans '90, Electronic & Media Records, National Archives; Susan van Salis '79, Schlesinger Library for Women's History; moderator, Nanci Young, Smith College archivist. Sponsor: Friends of the Smith College Libraries. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture "The Experience of Exile by Siegfried Landshut and other Hamburg University Scholars: 1933-1945." Rainer Nicolaysen, University of Hamburg. 5-6 p.m., Wright common room
Lecture Meredith W. Michaels, philosophy department, and Lynn M. Morgan, Mount Holyoke College anthropology department, will discuss their new book, Fetal Subjects, Feminist Positions (534-7307). 7:30 p.m., Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley*
CDO workshop How to prepare for a successful interview. 4:15 p.m., Group room, CDO
CDO workshop on interviewing for finance and consulting fall recruiters. One of four October workshops to help prepare seniors for November/December interviews. 5 p.m., CDO
Williams-Mystic informational meeting for students interested in the program for spring 2000. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Debate Society general
Sailing Club general meeting No experience necessary (ext. 6959). 7 p.m., Ainsworth lounge
Workshop Drop-in drawing. Free; no registration required. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum of Art*
CDO informational meeting MIT Lincoln Labs (research and development). 7:30 p.m., Seelye 102
CDO informational meeting Merrill Lynch Asset Management (financial services). 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
United in Anti-Racist Action meeting 9 p.m., Seelye 101
Other events and
Volleyball vs. Williams. 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*
Presentation of the major Medieval studies. 4 p.m., Dewey common room
Friday, October 15
CDO workshop How to find an internship. 4:15 p.m., internship room, CDO
Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society meeting. 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*
Shabbat service Dinner follows in Dawes House Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room
Keystone general meeting
Food, games, singing, fellowship, learning about God (Christine,
Other events and
Presentation of the major and minor Computer science. Lunch provided. 12:10-1:10 p.m., McConnell 404
Presentation of the major and minor Physics. Lunch provided. 12:10-1:10 p.m., McConnell foyer
Language lunch tables
Saturday, October 16
Museum symposium "Art and Life in America: A Celebration of the Legacy of Oliver Larkin and American Art at Smith College." See story, page 1. 9:30 a.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
History symposium "The World of Late Antiquity: the Challenge of New Historiographies." See 10/15 listing. (www.smith.edu/history/WLAconference.html.) Stoddard auditorium
Student Leadership conference keynote lecture Elaine Brown, chairman of the Black Panther Party in the 1970s and political activist. See story, page 4. 5 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Class of 2002 party. 8 p.m., Davis ballroom
Coffeehouse with live band The Remnant. Food, music, prizes and other Smithies. Free. Sponsors: Keystone, Newman, SCF/IV, and SKF (Christine, ext. 7363). 8-11 p.m., Gamut
Other events and
Field hockey vs. Wheaton. 1 p.m., athletic fields*
Game show Singled Out. Male and female contestants needed. Audience members wanted. Free admission, door prizes. Sponsor: Rec Council (ext. 6476). 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall
Sunday, October 17
Lecture "A Visit to the Sophia Smith Collection." Hosted by Sherrill Redmon, head of the collection. Part of the "Sundays at Two" series sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library and Smith College. 2 p.m., Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym*
Gallery of Readers James McGuire and Matilda Cantwell read from their works. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
CDO workshop Orientation and tour of the CDO for first-years. 2 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop How to find an internship. 3 p.m., internship room, CDO
Morning worship in the Protestant tradition. Coffee hour follows. Prayer meeting precedes morning worship at 10 a.m. in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Association of Smith Pagans meeting Organization for those who practice nature-based religions. Seekers welcome. 4 p.m., Lamont basement*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Bill McConville, OFM, celebrant; Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Sunday supper follows. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Bill McConville, OFM, celebrant; Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. A peaceful liturgy to end the weekend. All welcome. 10 p.m., Chapel*
Other events and
Museum program "Stories and Art: Playful Puppets!" Listen to stories, look at and make art. Ages 4-7, with an adult. Free, but space is limited. Call 585-2760 to register. 2-3:30 p.m., Museum of Art*
"Oliver Larkin" features a selection of watercolors, drawings and marionettes by the former Smith professor. Organized by Luce curatorial assistant Maureen McKenna. 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
"To Express the
Texture of Memory" Works by noted sculptor and fiber artist
Sarah Hollis Perry '56. Through November 2. Alumnae Gallery,