News for the Smith College Community //November 4, 1999
Five Colleges to Host Conference
One of the obvious benefits of attending or working at Smith, as noted by students, faculty and administrators in Smith's Five College Self-Study Report, completed last fall as part of the Five College review, is the college's partnership with four other strong educational institutions in the area -- the consortium that comprises Five Colleges, Inc. "The various cooperative efforts together create an enriched intellectual and cultural environment typical of an institution much larger than Smith," the report states.
On November 12-13, the Five College consortium-Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and UMass, Amherst -- will host a national forum, "Cultures of Cooperation: The Future Role of Consortia in Higher Education," that will explore the reputation of consortia nationwide and examine the role they can play in helping schools cope with issues of cost and quality. The conference is expected to draw top administrators from more than 100 colleges and universities in several countries.
Speakers will include the presidents of the Claremont Colleges and Five College consortia and leading philanthropists, including Hampshire College president emerita Adele Simmons, outgoing president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Five Colleges, Inc., is in the final phase of a multiyear outside review, the first since the consortium was established in 1965. Members of the Five College review team will open the program at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Gamble Auditorium, at 9 a.m. November 12, with a session titled "Lessons and Surprises from the Five College Review" that will discuss their recent findings.
Team members are Robert E. Edwards, president of Bowdoin College and chair of the review team; Sandra A. Glass, former vice president of the W.M. Keck Foundation; Patricia Albjerg Graham, president of the Spencer Foundation and Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Educations at Harvard University; and Walter Massey, president of Morehouse College. Smith will host conference programs on November 13 in Wright Auditorium.
The conference is expected to examine how "our past success might be brought to bear on some of the critical issues of the future and help us to prepare more diverse generations to enter a global and changing workforce," says Five Colleges, Inc., coordinator Lorna M. Peterson.
Massachusetts has a unique history of institutional collaboration. Five Colleges, Inc., is one of the country's oldest college consortia. And across the state, there are seven college and university consortia, including one of the country's youngest, the Colleges of the Fenway, placing the state second only to Ohio, which has the most college partnerships in the country.
The conference is funded in part by
a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For information, contact
Carol Angus at Five Colleges, Inc., (413) 256-8316.
Sylvia Plath's Daughter to Read Here
Born in London in 1960, British poet Frieda Hughes, daughter of the late Sylvia Plath '55 and recent British poet laureate, the late Ted Hughes, started to write poems when she was just a child. But because of her parents' renown, she was reluctant to pursue poetry publicly, instead turning to painting. With work displayed in group shows and one-woman exhibitions in Britain, the United States, and Australia, Hughes has become an accomplished artist. She is also the author and illustrator of six children's books.
But on November 9, Hughes will read from her first book of poetry, Wooroloo, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium.
Now settled in London with her husband, painter Laszlo Lukacs, Hughes has overcome her aversion to the publication of her poems. In addition to the debut of Wooroloo, a book filled with rough animal imagery and poems about human relations, Hughes' poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and London Magazine. Her work, according to reviewers, is not necessarily a mark of her literary heritage, but more a sign of her career as a successful painter. As a reviewer for Amazon.com states, "Where these poems are strongest is in Hughes's powerful use of visual imagery -- not surprising, since she is an award-winning painter." Ruth Padel, New York Times book reviewer, concurs: "In the book itself, these motifs, raw and original, are not integrated into poetic form: what they are is imagery crying out for paint."
Originally scheduled to read at Smith last year, Hughes had to postpone her book tour due to her father's death. But she's back, and "we're very happy we remained on her list," says Poetry Center director Ellen Watson.
Hughes' reading will be preceded by a question-and-answer session for Smith students only, at 3:30 p.m. in Wright Hall common room. Students interested in attending should pick up a packet of Hughes' work from Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center office in Wright Hall. The reading is sponsored by the Poetry Center and the Mortimer Rare Book Room. A booksigning session will follow.
Changing of the Guard at College Events
As many people already know, Mary Stanton, who has been keeper of the AcaMedia calendar along with her other duties as college events coordinator in the college relations office, has recently left Smith to take a job elsewhere. Chris Forgey, assistant to the chief public affairs officer, has agreed to exchange her current responsibilities for those of the college events coordinator for the present.
For the moment, Mary Stanton's email, phone calls and voicemail related to the various aspects of college events coordination (inquiries about the availability of space, scheduling of events, etc.) will be forwarded to Chris Forgey, who will respond to them. Those who adjust readily to change may want to call (extension 2176) or email <firstname.lastname@example.org> directly rather than go through the forwarding process.
A reminder to those who are seeking off-campus publicity for the events they are scheduling: the safest way to ensure that your event makes its way into the calendars that are sent to area media each week from Smith's news office is to schedule your event on an event service request form. The form is available on line <www.smith.edu/events> or you may request the paper version by calling or emailing Chris Forgey.
United Way Going Strong
To call this year's United Way Campaign at Smith a success would be to understate it. As of October 28, the campaign had received donations totaling $132,430.50 from 527 donors, surpassing its goal of $125,000 and fast approaching its goal of 50 percent employee participation.
Zoe Plerhoples '03 and Darlene Sliwa '02, were the proud winners of last month's United Way Jellybean Contest. Both students guessed that the jars -- one located in Davis, one in the Smith College Club -- contained 865 jellybeans, coming closest to the actual number of 859. The winners each received (what else?) a jellybean-filled jar and a $25 gift certificate to Downtown Northampton.
On October 29, in the first of the campaign's four lottery drawings, there were 15 more winners: Jeannine Pease won a $25 gift certificate to Mulino's Trattoria; Mary Ann Ziomek, free lunch at the Smith College Club; Betsy Wydra, a $50 gift certificate for Hampshire Frame and Art; Julia Ellingboe, two tickets to the Academy of Music; Catherine Bohan, a reserved parking space; Jim Montgomery, landscape consultation with Tracey Warton; Nola Reinhardt, a $25 gift certificate for Grécourt Bookshop; Bill Krieger, a $5 gift certificate for Davis Center; Mary Laprade, Songs of the Nightingale, a CD by Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Frank Perman, a $25 gift certificate for Packard's; Steven Goldstein, a $25 gift certificate for Serv-U; Elaine Longley, lunch for two at Green Street Cafe; Dany Adams, Smith Voices, edited by Pat Skarda; Sue Beaumier, a $5 gift certificate for Jittery's; Liane Hartman, a one-month membership at Northampton Athletic Club.
Only United Way contributors are eligible for lottery prizes. There will be three more drawings and there's still plenty of time to donate. Congratulations, winners.
The Y2K Coordinating Committee has posed a series of questions to campus administrators that are designed to elicit information about Smith Y2K readiness. The questions, with their answers will run in AcaMedia between now and the end of the millennium.
Q. Is there a plan for communicating with students and families if there is a Y2K emergency that shuts down the campus during the first week of January? Do we have a way to tell students not to return?
A. The Y2K Coordinating Committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of the College, plans to have a 1-800 hotline in place that will provide students with information about college matters for the first week of January. Details about this number will be made available prior to students' departure from campus in December.
Q. Assuming there is power, are the copiers and fax machines in my office going to work?
A. Purchasing has reviewed the status of all campus copiers and fax machines with the various manufacturers. All, without exception, are Y2K ready now. All fax machines will also continue to operate after December 31, 1999. Only a few older model fax machines have minor issues with Y2K. None will cause the machine to cease operating and manufacturer- recommended workarounds for these machines are available at our Web site.
Q. What will happen to the campus telephone system if there is no power or if the phone company cannot operate? Is there a plan for using cellular or digital phones? How do we know what departments have such phones and what the numbers are?
A. Software upgrades fixing the known Y2K problems were made to the college's Rolm/Siemens 9750 telecommunications switch and the PhoneMail system in 1998. We anticipate no problems with the operation of the telephone system due to "Y2K bugs" in campus software or hardware.
If there is a power outage on campus, we have a battery backup that will sustain the on-campus telephone system for several hours. If the power isn't restored within a few hours, the telephone system will have to be shut down. However, if the local region loses power, the local and long-distance telephone services and cellular services will be interrupted (Ma Bell and cellular transmitters need power too). Although ITS maintains several emergency cellular phones, in a regional Y2K power emergency the cellular network will be unavailable and the cellular phones useless. If the cellular network is functional, cellular phones will be distributed to the president, provost, dean of the college, and director of Public Safety. These phones are for emergency use and the telephone numbers will be distributed only on a need to know basis.
Q. Are we sure there will be food in student houses for those returning on January 3 for interterm?
A. Residence and Dining Services does not anticipate any problems with Y2K. Says director Kathy Zieja, "we will need to feed the RCs, HRs and international students on Sunday night, January 2, and we will open only two more units for January 3. Since it will be interterm, we will not have all of our units open. Additionally, it is standard operating procedure to have staff scheduled through the break period to check on our units, especially the refrigeration.
"We will make plans to have a menu that would not be affected by any major utility problem and to have bottled water, canned food and basic staples on hand so that food can be prepared with or without power for the short term."
Trustees Act on Buildings, Logo
The Smith College Board of Trustees
held its fall meeting on October 22, and took the following actions:
In addition, responding to a recommendation by Eric Reeves, professor of English, that the trustees vote to bar future investment by the college in Talisman Energy, a Canadian company doing business in the Sudan, the investor responsibility committee of the board voted to take some time to better inform itself about the issue. The committee will report to the full board if it finds that there is good reason to do so. The college presently does not own stock in Talisman Energy.
Trivia Tests for Lively Minds
The Daily Hampshire Gazette is putting together a community millennium time capsule whose objects will give future generations a taste of what life was like in the Pioneer Valley during this century. The items (or photographs of the items) must fit into a rectangular copper box approximately 12 by 12 by 24 inches and will also be added to the Gazette's virtual time capsule on its Web site.
Items that might be included, they
suggest, are people (well, not actual people -- actual people
won't fit in the box), photographs, everyday objects, books,
icons, films, catalogs, inventions, news stories or any other
item that creative minds propose. Surely Smith should be represented
in a Pioneer Valley time capsule. AcaMedia is seeking
nominations for a Smith contribution. Descriptions of items that
might best represent Smith in this undertaking should be mailed
by November 23 to Time Capsule, Garrison Hall, or emailed to
Once the selections have been made by the Gazette, the time capsule will be displayed at area schools and libraries during the year 2000, and all selections will be included in the Gazette's time capsule supplement on January 1, 2000 (assuming the presses will operate).
Once you get the creative juices flowing, you might also consider this: Donald Asher, a San Francisco writer, who is preparing a nontraditional college guide that will be a compendium of interesting facts and arcana about undergraduate institutions, is seeking "the uncommon and the superlative," he says -- college with its own nuclear reactor, for example (Reed College); golf course on campus (Jacksonville University); Boeing 727 simulator (Embry-Riddle). We'd like to hear what our readers would think is Smith's most uncommon or superlative feature. Suggestions may be mailed by November 23 to Uncommon Feature, Garrison Hall, or emailed to email@example.com. We might even give a prize for the best one.
Former Prof Subject of Talk
Local author Barry Werth will speak Sunday, November 14, at 2 p.m. at Forbes Library as part of the "Sunday's at Two" series sponsored by Smith College and the Friends of Forbes Library. Werth will read from his work-in-progress, an exploration of a notable invasion-of-privacy case in which the important mid-century literary critic, public intellectual and longtime professor of English at Smith College, Newton Arvin, was arrested on obscenity charges.
Werth began writing nonfiction in 1980, at age 28, after teaching for several years at public schools in and around Boston. After earning a master's degree in journalism from Boston University, he joined the staff of the Holyoke Transcript Telegram, where he wrote award-winning investigative stories, features and columns before becoming editorial page editor. He also wrote for New England Monthly, where he eventually published more than a dozen features, several of which won national prizes including the John Barlow Martin Award for investigative reporting.
More recently, he has written for several national magazines including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and GQ, where he was a contributing editor.
Werth says he likes to range over a variety of subjects, although in 1987 he began writing a series of magazine pieces about biomedicine that led to his first book, The Billion Dollar Molecule, which Business Week named one of its top ten books in 1995 and the German news weekly Die Zeit named one of its best science books in 1996. His second book, Damages, an examination of the conflict between doctors and lawyers through one family's experience with medical malpractice, was a selection of the Book of the Month Club and the Quality Paperback Book Club. During the past several years he has lectured at law and medical schools in the U.S. and the U.K., and this past summer he received a Freedom Foundation Fellowship at Yaddo, the distinguished writer's colony in Saratoga Springs, NY.
A preview of the book on which he is
currently working was published in The New Yorker in October
PeopleNews will return next week.
Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by fax (extension 2174).
Fall Preview Day
Faculty & Staff
Save the Date
President's Open Hours
Invitation to Tea
Registration for Spring 2000
Postcards and Sundaes a Success
Take Smith Home
Students residing in nonvacation houses for the vacation will need to make arrangements with students in open houses to stay in their rooms and obtain their room key. There will be a $20 fee to stay in Smith housing over Thanksgiving Break, $10 of which is nonrefundable (it helps cover the cost of housekeeping). Students residing in vacation housing will be issued a vacation key available for pickup in the Office of Student Affairs, Monday-Tuesday, November 22-23 during regular office hours. A $10 deposit will be refunded pending return of the key to the Business Office, College Hall 5, by 4 p.m., Friday, December 3. For information call Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24, ext. 4940.
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.
Debate Society general
Teach-in World Trade Organization. A panel of students, activists and professors will speak on the issues surrounding the meeting of the WTO countries in Seattle. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Informational meeting Morgan Stanley Dean Whitter (financial services). 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Informational meeting Educational Resources Group (teacher and administrator recruiting service). 7:30 p.m., Wright common room
Informational meeting Dell Corporation (computers). 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis third floor
Other events and
Flower distribution Members of Al-Iman will hand out flowers with facts about Islam to people in the mail room. Part of Islam Awareness Week. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., mail room
Language lunch tables
President's open hours All students welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. 45 p.m., College Hall 20
Presentation of the minor Logic. Refreshments served. 4 p.m., Dewey lounge
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom
Tuesday, November 9
S.O.S. Community Education Luncheon Discussion with Brooke Suter, Clean Water Action, a nonprofit agency working to improve the environment. Lunch provided. Noon, Wright common room
Lecture Part of Islam Awareness Week. 7 p.m., Seelye 110
Poetry reading British Poet Frieda Hughes, a prize-winning painter, and author and illustrator of six children's books, will read from her collection, Wooroloo. See story, page 1. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Film Runaway Bride. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Workshop John Heffernan, Hampshire Educational Collaborative, will explain how students can connect with technology using area educators. 5 p.m., Morgan Hall
CDO workshop Job search strategies. 7 p.m., group room, CDO
M&T Bank Corporation, for those on schedule.
SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop Sophomore orientation and CDO tour. 7:15 p.m., CDO
Informational meeting Chase Manhattan Bank, for those on investment banking schedule. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 206
Informational meeting Chase Manhattan Bank, for those on private banking schedule. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 107
CDO workshop How to find an internship. 8 p.m., internship room, CDO
Hillel at Noon "Jewish Feminism." Martha Ackelsberg, government department. Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen
Newman Association dinner Everyone welcome. Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
ECC informal meeting
"Pauline Letters and Women." Karl Donfried, religion
department. All welcome.
Other events and
Tea and discussion with poet Frieda Hughes. Interested students must see Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center Office (Wright Hall). Preregistration required. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room
Presentation of the major Art. Refreshments served. 4:45 p.m., Museum of Art
CDO open hours Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO
Wednesday, November 10
GLT 291 open class lecture "Virgil: The Aeneid." Jennifer Macdonald, classics, UMass. 2:40 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Panel discussion "Smith Alums: How They Got Where They Are." Smith alums will discuss their experience as women of color employed in the sciences. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201
Film The Prisoner: "It's Your Funeral." Relevant to HST 254. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Theater North and Mane, by Matthew Daube MFA '00. Robin Mork '00, director. A play about the streets, a family caught at a commercial crossroads. Part of the New Playreading Series. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*
Concert Anja Daniel, who has collected songs from diverse traditions and cultures. Refreshments provided by Fire and Water Cafe. Sponsor: Helen Hills Hills Chapel. 8 p.m., Wright common room
Meeting on registration,
mandatory for first-year Ada Comstock Scholars. Please bring
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. Last class (ext. 2760). 4:15-5:30 p.m., Museum of Art
Heads of Religious Organizations meeting Dinner provided. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Buddhist service and discussion 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Ecumenical Christian Church Bible study "Is the Bible true?" and "What is the purpose of life?" Five-week study of Christianity's most basic questions. Snacks provided. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Other events and
Language lunch tables
Walk-in flu clinic for students and staff: $l0, staff; $5, students, payable at the clinic. Dress appropriately to receive an injection in the upper arm. 3-6 p.m., Wright common room
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom
Presentation of the major Italian language and literature. 5 p.m., Hatfield 105
Special event Celebration of Sisterhood banner hanging. 7 p.m., Davis ballroom
Thursday, November 11
Lecture "Material Knowing Through Models." Davis Baird, philosophy department, University of South Carolina. Sponsor: philosophy department. 5 p.m., Wright common room*
Lecture "American Religion as Seen Through a Comparative and Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope." N.J. Demerath III, sociology department, UMass. Final event in the "Religion in America" series. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201
Theater Cloud Nine. Caryl Churchill's humorous account of a colonial family whose Victorian values of chastity and duty barely disguise their chaos and suppressed passion. Tickets: $5, general; $3, students and seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre*
Film Runaway Bride. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Debate Society general
Workshop "Art from Art: Writing in Response to Visual Creation" explores creative writing through responses to works of art. Enrollment limited, preregistration required; $10, members; $20, nonmembers. 5:30-7:45 p.m., Museum of Art
Workshop "Creating, Conserving, and Appreciating: Renaissance Panel Paintings and Relief Casts." Claire Renkin, curatorial intern, Rutgers University, and David Dempsey, preparator/conservator, Museum of Art, will show how Renaissance panel paintings were constructed through demonstrations of the gesso, bole, gold leaf, and tempera stages. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum of Art
United in Anti-Racist Action meeting 9 p.m., Seelye 101
Other events and activities
Open house Ada Comstock Program. Informational meeting for prospective students. Presentations by the director, members of the faculty and staff, and current Adas, followed by a campus tour. 1-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Celebration of Sisterhood. 7:30 p.m., Quadrangle
Celebration of Sisterhood postparty. 9 p.m., Davis ballroom
Friday, November 12
Reading "Literacy Through Literature." A reading and autographing reception for 24 authors and illustrators of children's books. Sponsors: Campus School Parent-Teacher Organization, National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. 4 p.m., Gill Hall, Campus School*
Admission informational presentation School for Social Work. Opportunity to learn about graduate professional training in clinical social work. 4 p.m., Seelye 106*
Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society meeting. 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*
Five College Shabbaton Hanna Tiferet Siegel leads the Shabbat service and singing after dinner. 5:30 p.m., Center for Religious Life, 38 Woodside Avenue, Amherst College
Other events and
Alumnae House tea Hopkins and Washburn cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room
Saturday, November 13
Gallery talk on the exhibition "The Poetic Imagination: Explorations in Photography." Maureen McKenna, Luce Curatorial Assistant for American Art, Museum of Art. 2 p.m., Museum of Art
Theater Cloud Nine. See 11/11 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre*
Other events and
SASA Fall Jam. Choir
performance, dinner, and party. Enjoy African dishes and dances
presented by students from more than 30 African and Caribbean
countries. Tickets: $5 (includes admission to after-party).
SASA after-party. Featuring the latest sounds of soukouss, benga, zouk, reggae, R&B, rap, calypso, and more. Tickets: $2 (free with dinner). 9 p.m., Mwangi cultural center*
ASA conference postparty with DJ. 10 p.m., Gamut
Sunday, November 14
CDO workshop How to find an internship. 3 p.m., internship room, CDO
Morning worship in the Protestant tradition. Prayers at 10 a.m. 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
Special event All-class
kickball game. Wear your class colors! First-years and juniors
will play sophomores and seniors. Hot cocoa and cider served.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Davis lawn
"Objects, Selves, and Others: The Anthropology of Material Culture" In collaboration with Professor Patricia Erikson's fall class, this show concentrates on works collected by former professor Harris Hawthorne Wilder and examines issues related to the collection of Native American art and artifacts. Through December 22. Museum of Art
"The Poetic Imagination: Explorations in Photography" features works by Alfred Stieglitz, Gertrude Kasebier, Clarence White, Anne Brigman and other photographers who, at the turn of the last century, were interested in creating the imaginative vision of the photographer rather than a literal record of the natural world. Organized by Maureen McKenna, Luce Curatorial Assistant for American Art, Museum of Art. Through December 22. Print room, Museum of Art
Fall Chrysanthemum Show features a variety of flowers and training techniques including cascades, standards, and student hybrids. This display of ancient horticultural arts is rarely seen outside Japan where the chrysanthemum has been bred and cultivated for centuries. Through November 21.10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Conservatory*
"In the Shadow of Intolerance" features photographs from the collection of Samuel Zaitlin of Biddeford, Maine, in conjunction with "What's Next? American Pluralism and the Civic Culture: Challenges and Proposals," including those of an immigration border patrol in 1936, by E.O. Goldbeck; segregated drinking fountains in Albany, Georgia in 1962; and the Martin Luther King funeral procession in 1968, by Ernest C. Withers. Through November 7. Hillyer gallery
"The Book of Books: Pen & Ink to Polymer Plate" features manuscript and printed Bibles from the 13th through 20th centuries, including the 1999 Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, designed and illustrated by Barry Moser. Through December 22. Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library, first floor
"Barry Moser & Pennyroyal Press" features books illustrated with wood engravings by artist Barry Moser. Through December 22. Mortimer Rare Book Room foyer, Neilson Library, third floor
"Illuminating Words: The Artist's Books of Christopher Gausby" blends philosophical reflections and passages from early Christian mystic texts with Dadaist compositional techniques. Cocurated by Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, and Veronique Plesch, assistant professor of art history, Colby College. Sponsors: Museum of Art, Salloch Rare Book Fund, Neilson Library. Through December 22. Museum of Art *
"Duyst/Akpem: A Tale of Two Families" Using wood, metal and photographs to create hanging sculptures, D. Denenge Akpem '97 has assembled a multidimensional exhibition that explores the bi-cultural experience by linking Akpem's paternal and maternal families, which trace their lineage to Nigeria and the Netherlands. Through January 2, 2000. Alumnae House Gallery*
"American Spectrum" features American masterworks from the early 18th century to the present with an installation of paintings and sculptures on two floors of the museum. Through December 22. Museum of Art*