News for the Smith College Community //November 4, 1999

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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 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 <> 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 <> 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:

  • Approved the design by the architectural firm Weiss/Manfredi for the Campus Center. Within the next few weeks, renderings of the building will be put on the Campus Center Web site ( center) and will be on view at a campus location to be determined. Groundbreaking for the Campus Center, which will be located between John M. Greene Hall and Hopkins House, is expected to take place in summer 2000.
  • Approved a resolution to issue bonds in the amount of $40 million. Among the building projects that will be entirely or partly funded by the bond are the parking garage, the campus center, renovations to Lyman Conservatory, the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts and Lilly Hall and six student residences: Comstock, Parsons Annex, Hopkins, King, Tenney and Sessions Annex.
  • Approved a new logo design for the college, the "SC" monogram in a diamond. The college relations office will further refine the design and present it to the community in November; a redesign of the college stationery will be complete before the start of the spring semester so new stationery supplies may be ordered, and other applications will follow.
  • Ratified the changes to sabbatical leaves and leaves of absence, faculty and administrative appointments and reappointment, and granted authorization to make interim appointments.

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 We will share the suggestions with our readers and submit them to the newspaper for consideration.

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 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 1998.


October 26-31: NEWMAC Championship: fourth place out of 10

Field Hockey
October 26-31: NEWMAC Championship, Round 1: Smith 0, WPI 1

October 26: Smith 3, Clark 0
October 28: Smith 0, Amherst 3
October 30: Smith 3, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 1

October 30: Seven Sisters Championship: first place

Cross Country
October 30: NEWMAC Championship: seventh place out of 10

October 31: Mount Holyoke Show: second place out of 11

PeopleNews will return next week.

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

College Wide

Architectural Consultant
Consulting architect Frances Halsband, of the New York City firm Clement and Halsband, will be on campus during the week beginning November 8 to talk with faculty, staff and students as part of a project designed to assist the college in developing a plan for long-term growth. The study will help guide Smith's decisions about locations for any new buildings. Halsband did a preliminary planning study for the Fine Arts Center and also serves as consulting architect for the Board of Trustees.

Fall Preview Day
The Office of Admission will hold the second of two fall Preview Days for high school students Thursday, November 11. Prospective students will have an opportunity to attend classes, learn about the Career Development Office and financial aid, visit a house and meet students and faculty. There will also be a panel discussion for students undecided about a major. The formal program ends at 1 p.m. with lunch at Davis, but guests may attend classes or observe athletic practice in the afternoon. About 180 visitors (students and parents) are expected. Thanks in advance for your support of this program.

Health Services
Students, faculty, staff and emeriti may obtain flu shots at a walk-in clinic Wednesday, November 10, 3-6 p.m., in Wright common room. Please dress appropriately to receive an injection in the upper arm. Flu vaccinations are also available by appointment at Health Services for as long as the supply lasts. The charge for the flu shot, at the clinic or at Health Services, is $l0 for staff, present and retired faculty, and $5 for students, payable at the time of the injection. Those who wish to receive the flu vaccination at Health Services should call Elaine Longley, RN, nursing coordinator, at extension 2823, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, to make an appointment. The vaccination is recommended for healthy people 65 or older, people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies or immunosuppression, those receiving long-term aspirin therapy, and those living in close community settings such as dormitory housing.

ASA Conference
On Saturday, November 13, the Asian Student Association proudly presents "Asian Americans in the New Millennium: Breaking the Mold," a conference that will explore topics such as Asian Americans' changing status as a minority, rethinking Asian America through literature and law, and building political coalitions. Events will include karaoke with Japanese food at Ichiban, a wine and cheese reception, and a Chinese dinner banquet. The conference and a postparty, "License to Thrill," are both free to Five College participants. To register, email Amanda Gomez,

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting
Agenda items for the November 17 faculty meeting must be received by faculty secretary Howard Gold no later than November 10. Material to be included in the agenda mailing must be camera-ready and received in College Hall 27 by Monday, November 8.

Save the Date
The faculty/staff winter party will be held in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility December 18, 8-11:30 p.m.


President's Open Hours
The president's open hours for students will be held 4-5 p.m., Monday, November 8, and Thursday, November 18, in the Office of the President, College Hall 20. No appointments are necessary and visitors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Open hours for Monday, November 22, have been canceled.

Invitation to Tea
Hopkins and Washburn houses are cordially invited to attend tea in the Alumnae House Living Room at 4 p.m. Friday, November 12. Lamont and Morrow houses are cordially invited to attend tea in the Alumnae House Living Room at 4 p.m. Friday, November 19.

Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted on the Web and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye Hall and Wright Hall. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods on December 18, 19, 20, and during two periods on December 21. Please note that there will be no examination period on Tuesday evening, December 21. Students should check the schedule of exams carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Registration for Spring 2000
The spring advising and registration period will take place November 8-19. Students should have received registration materials in their mailboxes. Registration will be on-line, and students should contact their advisers for appointments. All registrations must be completed by November 19. Students or advisers needing assistance with their PIN numbers should contact the User Support Center in Stoddard Hall.

Postcards and Sundaes a Success
The Office of Admission thanks students who participated in the postcard writing/sundae parties. If you hear from a prospective student who has an admission question you are unsure about, please forward the email or call to admission@smith.
edu or ext. 2500. Thank you again.

Take Smith Home
When making college choices, prospective students want to hear from you. The Office of Admission invites you to participate in "Take Smith Home." Return to your high school and speak with students about Smith during Interterm. Training will be provided in November and December. If interested, contact Kat Geha, ext. 5534 or, or pick up a registration form at the Office of Admission.

Mellon Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies are designed to help exceptionally promising students prepare for careers of teaching or scholarship in humanistic disciplines. The fellowship covers graduate tuition and required fees for the first academic year and includes a stipend. The application request deadline is December 7. The GRE test must be taken by December 1. For more information students may see Justina Gregory in the classics department or department chairs.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Students staying on campus during Thanksgiving break are invited to join a local Smith alumna and her family for a holiday dinner on Thursday, November 25. Each family hosts two or three students and provides transportation to and from dinner. To participate, call or email Cynthia Allen '83 at (413) 665-3427, ( no later than November 19 to sign up.

Thanksgiving Break
Students who remain in campus housing during Thanksgiving vacation November 24-28 must complete a vacation housing request form, available in the Office of Student Affairs on Monday, November 1. Forms must be returned no later than 4 p.m. Friday, November 19. The following houses are open during Thanksgiving break: Albright, Chase, Cutter, Dawes, Duckett, Friedman, Gillett, Lamont, Lawrence, Morris, Northrop, Talbot, Tenney, Tyler, Ziskind, and 150 Elm. All dining facilities close after breakfast Wednesday, November 24; bag lunch provisions will be provided. There will be a modified brunch for students staying on campus for the break at Chase dining room on Sunday, November 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Weekend dining facilities will reopen for dinner Sunday, November 28, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

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.

Health Services
Students graduating in January should schedule their annual gynecological exams by December 17 because they will not be eligible to use Health Services after December. Call extension 2823 to schedule your appointment.

STOMP Tickets
Please note: Sales date has changed.
Tickets will be available at the SGA Office as of November 7. STOMP will be presented November 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $9. Sign-up sheet for bus transportation is in the SGA Office. Contact Fine Arts Council chair Mary Jane Mullen, extension 4570.

Massage Therapy
Health Services is offering massage therapy appointments to students. Massage techniques can release muscle tension, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and relieve stress. J.C. Tibbo, licensed massage therapist, will give massages Mondays starting at 11 a.m. Fees are $35 per one-hour table massage, $20 per 30-minute chair massage. To schedule an appointment, call Health Services, ext. 2823.

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, November 8

Lecture "The Maiden of Ludmir: A Chasidic Holy Woman." Nathaniel Deutsch, religion department, Swarthmore College. Sponsors: Jewish Studies Program, religion department, Smith College Hillel. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207*

Fine/performing arts/films
Reading Raised by Lesbians, by Leah Ryan. Part of the New Play Reading Series. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*

CDO informational meeting Jan Fournier, Yale Divinity School.
9 a.m., CDO*

Debate Society general meeting.
4:15-6 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Religious Life
Hebrew table with Lois Dubin. 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other events and activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 7:45-8:45 a.m., Davis ballroom

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
French, Italian
12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

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

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Monitoring the Campus Pond: Getting to the Bottom of the Dredging Issue." Bob Newton, professor of geology. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

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*

Fine/performing arts/films
Film Dakan (Destiny) (Guinea, 1997). Mohamed Camara. In French and Mandekan with English subtitles. Story of two young men who, by "coming out," become invisible to their families and society. African Film Series. 7 p.m., Seelye 106*

Film Runaway Bride. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Amnesty International meeting 4:15 p.m., Seelye 105

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

Informational meeting M&T Bank Corporation, for those on schedule.
7 p.m., Wright common room

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

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

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.
7 p.m., Chase House*

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

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

Lecture "What Is Education For?" Ernest Benz, history department, will discuss how his personal values have played out in his life choices. Lunch provided. Noon, Wright common room

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

Fine/performing arts/films
Film A presentation of scientific evidence proven in the Qu'ran. Sponsor: Al-Iman. 7 p.m., Seelye 110

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

Peer adviser résumé critique
10 a.m.-noon, CDO

Meeting on registration, mandatory for first-year Ada Comstock Scholars. Please bring registration packets.
4 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. 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

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

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 activities
Language lunch tables
Spanish, Portuguese
12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

Language lunch tables
Classical languages
12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture. "The Shape of America's Cities." Randy Bartlett, economics. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

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

Fine/performing arts/films
Film Malcolm X. Sponsor: Al-Iman.
7 p.m., Seelye 110

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

CDO workshop How to prepare for a successful interview. 4:15 p.m., group room, CDO

Debate Society general meeting.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Religious Life
Smith Christian Fellowship meeting 7:45 p.m., Seelye 206

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

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

Lecture Patricia Herlihy, history department, Brown University, will speak on the history and culture of Odessa. 4 p.m., Hatfield 107

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*

Fine/performing arts/films
Theater Cloud Nine. See 11/11 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre*

CDO workshop How to find an internship. 2:15 p.m., internship room, CDO

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*

Religious Life
Eastern Orthodox Vespers With Fr. Harry Vulopas. Light supper and fellowship follow. Students and staff of all Orthodox backgrounds welcome. 5:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge

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

Alumnae House tea Hopkins and Washburn cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, November 13

Lecture "Asian Americans in the New Millennium: Breaking the Mold." Frank Wu, professor of law, Howard University. Keynote speech for the Asian Student Association Conference. 9:45 a.m., Seelye 106

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

Fine/performing arts/films
Concert "Autumn Serenade." Smith College Chorale, Choir, and Glee Club. Jonathan Hirsh and Thomas Kim, conductors. Works by Elgar, Holst, Noble and others. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Theater Cloud Nine. See 11/11 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre*

Religious Life
Five College Shabbaton Shabbat morning service with Hanna Tiferet Siegel. 10 a.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other events and activities
Special event "Stories and Art by Native Americans." For children ages 4-7 with an adult. Listen to stories, look at and make art. Space is limited. 10:30 a.m., Museum of Art*

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).
6 p.m., Davis ballroom*

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

Lecture/Reading Barry Werth, local author, discusses and reads from his work-in-progress, a book about the late Newton Arvin. (See story page 4.) Sponsors: Smith College, Friends of Forbes Library. 2 p.m., Forbes Library*

Fine/performing arts/films
Concert Piano recital. Julien Musafia, professor emeritus, University of Southern California, Long Beach, piano. Music by Chopin, Liszt and Shostakovich. 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Workshop "An Afternoon of Opera." Professor Richard Sherr, music department, and Elizabeth Parker, director, University of Massachusetts Opera, will discuss a resurgence of interest in opera. Donations are requested on a sliding scale, $10-$25, to benefit the Hampshire County Smith Club Endowed Scholarship Fund. Reception follows in Wright common room. 2 p.m., Wright auditorium*

CDO workshop How to find an internship. 3 p.m., internship room, CDO

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

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 activities
CDO open hours Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO

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*