News for the Smith College Community //November 18, 1999

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Museum Prepares for Closing with Flurry of Exhibits

In preparation for the $31 million renovation and expansion project of the Fine Arts Center, the Smith College Museum of Art will shut its doors December 22 and remain closed until the fall of 2002. But rather than close down quietly, the museum is presenting a flurry of exhibitions this fall, ranging from the large-scale exhibition of its 18th-century masterworks, "American Spectrum," to a collaboration with a fall class titled "Excavating the Museum."

"It's typical for the museum to host several concurrent exhibitions," says Margi Caplan, director of membership and marketing for the museum. "However, we're also very conscious of the fact that we'll be closing at the end of the day on December 22. We wanted to make sure to share highlights from the collections."

Included among those highlights are two exhibits currently on display: "Illuminating Words: The Artist's Books of Christopher Gausby" and "The Poetic Imagination: Explorations in Photography."

"Illuminating Words," which is displayed in the museum's lower level, is a large and ambitious project. A collection of works by contemporary New York City book artist Christopher Gausby, the exhibition is a complex display of words, thoughts, and information that blends passages from early Christian mystic texts with Dadaist compositional techniques.

Gausby's books and papers are diverse in form and content. Some of his works, like Notebook VI and Triptych, are ordinary letters, composed on yellowed paper in an out-dated typeface. Others, like The Order of St. Bonaventure and The Mystic Way are large, ornate displays of calligraphy that humorously explore Gausby's ideas of religion. Still others contain only clippings of words in Hebrew, French, English, Latin and some Asian dialects. "What interests me," Gausby explains, "is an entirely different kind of language, of visual communication. Something that bypasses the part of our brain, or the thought process, that we now articulate through words and could instead be expressed visually."

Gausby was inspired to begin creating his unusual art several years ago when he found an extract from Plato's Symposium written out by British calligrapher Edward Johnston in the form of an illuminated manuscript. "Here was the perfect graphic incarnation of logic and mysticism," says Gausby. "I had to know how it was done." Using Johnston's work as a guide, he taught himself calligraphy and began to experiment and create his books as record-books, illuminated albums and scrapbooks. "They are all records of experience," he says. And while he didn't intend to show his works, he came to realize "a piece is not complete until it is seen by a viewer." Gausby's exhibition at the Museum of Art is the first of his work.

In contrast, the print room show "The Poetic Imagination" is a more modest endeavor. Composed of 22 black-and-white photographs, "The Poetic Imagination" displays photographers' visions of the world at the turn of the century. Through seemingly ordinary people and places, the photographs present their subjects in unusual ways with creative, unique images. Some of the photographs, like Alfred Stieglitz's Portrait of Sophie Raab (1904) and Untitled, and Heinrich Kuhn's Portrait of Hans Kuhn (1906), portray people. Others, like Stieglitz's Spring Showers and The Street-Design for a Poster, show images of city streets flooded with rain, or bustling with carriages and buggies. The collection also features unusual photographs like Imogen Cunningham's On Mount Rainier (1915), which features a bathing-suit clad woman surrounded by mountains, mist, and evergreens; and George Seeley's The Burning of Rome, which pictures two young women embracing while fire rages behind them.

Both "The Poetic Imagination" and "Illuminating Words" will be on display until the museum closes December 22. While it's closed, selections from of the museum's collection will be shown throughout the United States during three traveling exhibitions.

No Speaking EnglishAllowed

By Adele Johnsen '02
How did you spend your summer vacation? For Smith students, that question will almost always provoke a fascinating response. From conducting medical research to working in an art museum or a publishing company, Smithies are skilled at finding useful ways to wile away their summer months.

This past summer, Emily Evans '02, Alexandra Carroll '99, Rebecca Kastl '02, Ayesha Ramachandran '01, Ruth Mantilla '02, and Lorraine Robidoux '01 were no exceptions. They spent their summer at Middlebury College Language Schools in Vermont, focusing on languages such as German and Russian.

A student registered for the Middlebury Language Schools is committed to six to nine weeks of classes and extracurricular activities, all conducted in her language of concentration. She is not allowed to speak other than in her target language (a target language can be Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish). According to a news release from Middlebury, "A typical summer program offers the scholar an equivalent of about a year's worth of college-level language study."

Evans, who studied German at Middlebury, enjoyed and benefited from the intensive academic program she experienced in her language school, she says. She was not new to the language. She had grown up hearing German at home and last year completed a 200-level German class at Smith. Evans still felt a need for improvement, though, so she entered Middlebury. "I feel like it developed my skills. Everyone who went there learned something. If you're thinking about going, you should definitely look into it. It's good for learning things you don't learn in textbooks -- things like slang, things you'd learn around people your own age."

Mantilla, a student in the Italian school, says she went to Middlebury to improve her pronunciation and fluency. Italian "became automatic," she says. "At Middlebury, you had to talk in the language, think about it, think in it -- you couldn't just drift off in English."

In all, 1,165 students attended Middlebury's Language Schools this summer. Since the schools were founded in 1915, more than 30,000 students have participated in the program.

A Grant for Peace

It comes at a critical moment. The Five College Peace and World Security Studies Program (PAWSS) has received a grant of $250,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue the work that has made PAWSS a national leader in the field of peace and conflict studies.

The program came into being as an outgrowth of a Five College faculty seminar devoted to understanding the arms race. Throughout the remaining years of the Cold War period, it served as a clearinghouse of vital information on many issues involving peace and world security. It's focus has now shifted from the known set of assumptions used to understand the events of the Cold War to those not centered around political or ideological purposes, but around criminal violence against people, communities and their environment that are currently taking place in Sierra Leone, Bosnia and elsewhere.

"Helping students and faculty understand these new forms of conflict in collaboration with international scholars and practitioners, is one of the three major goals that PAWSS will focus on over the next several years," says Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, and program director since 1986. The fives colleges, he believes, "are ideally suited to the task because it will require collaboration among scholars both here and abroad. And collaboration is something our schools use to best advantage."

The grant will enable PAWSS to develop strategies designed to confront and examine the changing nature of conflict and the global forces that produce it; enable the development of curriculum to understand the new manifestations of conflict and violence; and link scholars, students, practitioners and policy makers from every level together in an international network where opportunities for learning are shared.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with assets of about $4 billion, is a private, independent grant-making institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. It pursues this mission by supporting research, policy development, dissemination, education and training and practice.


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. Are Smith students who will be studying abroad during the December/January period being given any special instructions?

A. Students abroad in January are being asked to review our Y2K Web page (, linked to our advice for prospective study-abroad students and to a page "for Smithies Abroad"), and in particular to keep written records of transactions prior to the new year and exercise caution in making travel plans. They are being referred to the State Department Y2K Web sites, and given a host of things to think about (e.g. buses may be safer than trains, travel delays should be factored into planning travel connections, travelers checks may be more reliable than credit cards). The topics covered on our Web page (based on a page developed by the University of Georgia) are transportation, money, insurance, personal computers, hotels, medical information, utilities, a State Department update, and "Back Home."

Screening to Aid Homeless

Students in Frances Volkmann's Psychology 378 Seminar, Behavior in Nonprofit Organizations, get more than book learning. For the service-learning component of the seminar, they volunteer in local nonprofit organizations for several hours each week.

This fall, several who are working with the Hampshire Interfaith Cot Shelter have organized a benefit showing of Jupiter's Wife, a documentary about an unusual homeless woman in New York City's Central Park. The film will be shown in Wright Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, December 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets ($5, general; $3, students) will be available at the door and proceeds will benefit the cot shelter.

The 78-minute film is a haunting real-life mystery that begins with a chance encounter in Central Park between the filmmaker Michel Negroponte and Maggie, a beguiling homeless woman whose conversation is laced with psychic messages, bits of Greek mythology and other seemingly bizarre fictions.

Determined to piece together the riddle of who Maggie is and how she came to her misfortune, Negroponte, who will be present at the Smith showing of his film, visited with Maggie over a two-and-a-half-year period and, with the help of his S-VHS camcorder, pieced together her story.

At the showing, Negroponte will introduce the film and respond to questions. Jupiter's Wife won the special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995 and the grand jury prize for best feature documentary at the Vancouver and Santa Barbara film festivals. Negroponte, whose television and motion picture pieces have earned him numerous festival showings and awards, has worked as an editor, cameraman, director and producer for more than 15 years. Since 1987, he has been an instructor in the undergraudate film and television department at New York University.

The cot shelter, which is housed in Northampton's former fire station this winter, can accommodate 16 people each night and operates from November through March. Students in Volkmann's seminar are hoping to raise $2,000 toward the shelter's budget of $25,000, to be used for renovations to the fire station and other expenses, including utilities, insurance and supplies.

Junior Phi Betas Named

Eighteen students were elected this fall as junior Phi Beta Kappa members in the Zeta of Massachusetts Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. They are: Shweta Bhatia, New Delhi, India; Kristen Pamela Bowler, Worcester, Mass.; Megan Louisa Brown, Sunapee, N.H.; Katherine Jeanne Delse, Palo Alto, Calif., Amanda Jean Glesmann, Benicia, Calif., Brooke Lauren Harrison, Guilford, Conn.; Lesley Erin Holford, Hamden, Conn.; Alison Martin Kachmar, Groveland, Mass.; Biliana Krassimirova Kaneva, Sofia, Bulgaria; Muneeba Kayani, Karachi, Pakistan; Katherine Riley Kogut, Plantsville, Conn.; Alexandra L. Kutik, Northampton, Mass.; Megan Christine Lindley, Tucson, Ariz.; Elizabeth Marie Nolan, Niskayuna, N.Y.; Chelsea Gillian Shriver, Half Moon Bay, Calif.; Ayako Takamore, Bothell, Wash.; Laura R. Vanderleeden, Longmeadow, Mass.; Jenny Anne Walldorf, Madson, N.J.

Basketball Team Makes the Grade

When the Women's Basketball Coaches Association recently released its Academic Top 25 honor roll for 1998-99, Smith's Pioneers were there on the list. With the team's collective GPA of 3.308, the Pioneers earned the distinction of being the only member of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to be named to the list. Other schools on the honor roll include Emory University and Ithaca and Haverford colleges. Smith was 24th.

"I'm really proud of them, and I'm really pleased, not just at the honor. I'm proud of their performance," says coach Petra Farias. "I'm happy that their efforts are being recognized. They're very willing and hardworking and they want to be successful. They're as motivated and hardworking on the basketball court as they are in the classroom, and that says a lot about Smith women." The team is pleased at the honor, too, Farias reports. "It's striking to see how happy and proud they were to hear me read the release to them. It makes a difference to them when it's not just me telling them how hard they're working. Now it's national recognition and recognition by the college."

Only five players have returned for this season from last year's high-achieving squad, which included Antonia Bowman '00, Rachel DeFina '00, Mary Grieb '02, Christina Hobson '99, Lauren Kernochan '00, Katya Levitan-Reiner '02, Beth Rist '01, Brandyn Sanderson '99, Cara Singer '99, and Malkah Spivak-Birndorf '01. This year is, as Farias terms it, a "rebuilding year," which can be difficult for a team. "It's harder to start a rebuilding year than when you're starting one where you're peaking." So for the team, "the timing of this honor is really important. I think getting this kind of accolade is something that's going to be a compelling thing for us to start the season with."

Tryouts to select the remainder of this year's team began Monday, October 18. The season opens November 19 when the Pioneers host the Tyler Tip-off Tournament. The tournament, a two-day competition, begins with a 6 p.m. game between Brandeis and Albertus Magnus. At 8 p.m., Smith's Pioneers will face Gordon.

United Way Draws More Winners

The 1999 United Way Campaign held its second lottery drawing November 5, and added 15 more people to its list of winners (15 were chosen in the first drawing held October 29): Kathy Santos won a free lunch at the Smith College Club; Margaret Zelljadt, a $50 gift certificate to the Eastside Grill; Suzanne Payne, two tickets to the Academy of Music; Janice McDowell, a reserved parking space; Audrey Pomeroy, a one-hour massage from Lynn Koerbel; David Cohen, a fruit basket from State Street Fruit Store; Joanne Nadolny, a $5 gift certificate for Davis; Pam McCarthy, a $25 gift certificate at Packard's; Elizabeth von Klemperer, pianist Kenneth Fearn's Beethoven ; Mark Swanson, a $25 gift certificate to LaSalle Florists; Kathleen Benoit, two medium pizzas and a soda from Bob's King St. Mobil; Jill de Villiers, Jane Bryden's Hugo Wolf Moorike Lieder; Idene Martin, Eric Sean Weld's CD, Might As Well Say Goodbye; Howard Gold, two tickets to the Renaissance buffet dinner at the Smith College Club, February 25, 2000; and Christine Manter, a free one-hour massage at Northampton Athletic Club.

Two more drawings will be held during the campaign. Only United Way contributors are eligible for prizes and there's still plenty of time to make a donation.

Prof Turns Wood into Aid

Last month the attention of the world focused on the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Doctors Without Borders (DWB), a group that offers medical service worldwide without influence from governments and governmental priorities. The announcement excited many. But it had special meaning to Eric Reeves, professor of English literature and language.

Reeves has no official tie to DWB, but he does have a substantial commitment: the organization is the chief recipient of profits from the sales of his wood turnings -- vessels of various forms, woods and designs turned on a lathe -- that are offered for sale in more than 50 galleries around the country. Reeves produces about 800 turnings a year.

First captivated by woodcraft in the fifth grade, Reeves decided six years ago to again take up the hobby he'd acquired as a child. After perfecting his skills and inundating his friends and relatives with handmade presents, he decided to sell his work and donate the proceeds where they would make the greatest difference.

In his quest for humanitarian philanthropy, Reeves identified DWB, an organization often cited as a model of effectiveness in the world of humanitarian aid. Founded in the 1960s as a response to the genocidal civil war in Nigeria, DWB now provides independent medical relief to victims around the world. It has evolved over the past three decades into an organization that offers a vast array of emergency medical services with special emphasis on AIDS in Africa and the re-emergence of once-controlled diseases.

It was through his commitment to DWB that Reeves' involvement with humanitarian issues in Sudan developed. "My sense of catastrophe grows out of the information which I got in the main from DWB, in large measure because Sudan until recently has been so little reported in the American media, " he says. "I've tried to change that." Reeves has generously applied his literary talents in a flurry of recent editorial activity that focuses on the opposing interests of the Canadian oil company Talisman and those who seek western business divestment from Sudan. He has authored numerous letters, op-eds, commentaries and articles that have appeared in major newspapers in the U.S. and Canada, all drawing attention to the plight of those least able to help themselves in this African geopolitical conflict.

In October he joined a panel of experts and witnesses at hearings held by the Council of the City of New York to discuss the city's contract with entities that do business in Sudan. The government of Sudan is the only one in the world today engaged in chattel slavery and the only one that continually bombs hospitals, refugee camps and civilian targets in its genocidal war, Reeves says.

Reeves' philanthropy has had a local impact as well. This summer he donated the entire proceeds of the sale of his local gallery show to the Northampton Survival Center and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, raising $4,000 for the two agencies. "I've wanted to give back to this community that has given so much to my family and me," he said in an interview with the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Reeves' turnings are on sale in the Don Muller gallery on Main Street. Those who make a purchase can designate one of five local agencies -- Northampton Survival Center, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Necessities/Necesidades, the Grove Street Inn, and Hospice of Hampshire County-identified by Reeves to receive the profits from the sale.

Ergo Argot

An appropriate height for your computer monitor is with the top of the screen directly at eye level. If your monitor is too high, raise the height of your chair, but always make certain your feet remain on the floor or a footrest. Some monitors sit atop a hard drive well above eye level. If that describes your workstation, carefully place your monitor beside the hard drive on a stand or upon some large, sturdy books.


November 2: Smith 0, Eastern Connecticut 3 State
November 4-6: NEWMAC Championship: 4th place out of 10

Cross Country
November 6: ECAC Championship: 11th place out of 34
November 13: NCAA Regionals: 22nd place out of 37

Swimming and diving
November 13: Smith 168, Clark, 127

Renowned Ghanaian poet, playwright and novelist Ama Ata Aidoo, last year's Gwendolen Carter Visiting Professor in African Studies, was honored October 30, at a dinner hosted by President Simmons and attended by Smith faculty members and friends from Mount Holyoke College, from which Aidoo received an honorary doctorate last year. Also present was Aidoo's daughter, Kinna Likimani, a Smith graduate in 1993.

Longtime tennis coach Christine Davis was recently honored by her alma mater, the Columbus (Ohio) School for Girls (CSG) when she was inducted into the school's Athletic Wall of Fame. Davis attended the private school for 13 years before graduating in 1972, attending Springfield College, receiving a master's degree from Smith, and becoming head tennis coach here in 1979. The wall pays tribute to alums who have contributed to CSG in athletics and "have continued to demonstrate, in their daily lives, the values learned in athletics," says the school's bulletin. "Christine Davis' name has been synonymous with tennis since her days leading the CSG Tennis Team." Davis was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 1998 and this year was named Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, East Region.

Residence and Dining Services Cook Dies
Antoinette R. Veilleux, a cook with Residence and Dining Services, succumbed to cancer on Thursday, November 11, at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Veilleux, 58, was a Smith employee for 18 years, most recently a kitchen assistant in Scales. She lived in Easthampton all her life. Veilleux is survived by her brother Robert, sister Dorothy Harrison and several neices and nephews. Her funeral was held November 15 with a Mass in the Notre Dame Church in Easthampton, of which Veilleux was a communicant. A committal service was held November 17 at St. Brigid's Cemetery in Easthampton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or The Cooley Dickinson Hospital Cancer Care Fund.

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

Campus Wide

Campus Center Update
Join Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney and architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi for an update on plans for the new Campus Center Thursday, December 2, 5-6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Literature at Lunch
William Oram, Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature, will read from his favorite science-fiction stories on Tuesday, December 7, 12:15-12:45 p.m. in Seelye 207 (Faculty Lounge). Please bring lunch; beverages provided by the English department.

Weather Alert
The official source of weather emergency information at Smith is the college information line-585-4636. At approximately 6 a.m. on bad-weather days, information about delayed opening or other curtailed operation is posted on the info line. If a storm should develop during the day that forces early closing, an announcement will be carried on the info line beginning in early afternoon. Only in the most extreme circumstances are classes canceled, and if such a situation should occur a specific message on the info line will announce the cancellation; otherwise, it is assumed that classes will be held as usual. You may also hear about delayed openings or cancellations at Smith on WHMP (Northampton) radio, 1400 AM or 99.3 FM.

Health Services
Health Services will close Wednesday, November 24, at noon, after which students should seek emergency care at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital until the reopening of Health Services Monday, November 29, at 8:30 a.m.

Mid-December Scheduling
No events may be scheduled during the pre-examination study period (Wednesday-Friday, December 15-17) or the formal examination period (Saturday-Tuesday, December 18-21).

Faculty & Staff

Parking at St. Mary's Church
The privilege that Smith faculty and staff have had of parking in the St. Mary's Church lot may be withdrawn unless the rules are observed. Parking is allowed only in the lower lot in the 25 spaces allotted for Smith and only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Violators will be towed.


Head Resident Applications
Applications for head resident for 2000-01 are available in the Student Affairs Office, College Hall 24. Students with '01 or '01J status are eligi-ble to apply. Applications are due by 4 p.m. December 3, at the Student Affairs Office. Specific questions about the application process may be referred to Sara Patch, area coordinator, ext. 2237 or spatch@ais.smith.

Information sessions on life as a head resident and the applications process will be held Thursday, November 18, 7-8 p.m., in Ziskind House living room and Friday, November 19, 4-5 p.m., in Wright common room. Current HRs/RCs will speak about their experiences working in residence life from a variety of perspectives.

Final Examinations
Students may not be excused from an examination or write examinations at any time other than during the official examination period. Students who miss examinations because of illness or emergency confirmed through the registrar's office will be permitted to take makeup examinations during the first two weeks of the next semester. Students are required to produce identification before receiving their examinations. Reminder: There is no examination period on Tuesday evening, December 21.

Winter Break
The college will close for winter break on Wednesday, December 22, at 10 a.m. (This includes Friedman Apartments.) Residents not returning to Smith for the spring semester should return their keys to their Residence Coordinator/Head Resident and have everything moved out by the December 22 closing deadline. Students in open doubles should prepare their room for an incoming roommate. These rooms will be inspected during break by Office of Student Affairs staff to ensure that they are ready for a new roommate. Any student who has been approved for a semester room change must pack and move her things to the trunk room or a friend's room until she returns if she does not plan to be on campus during interterm. All moves must be completed by Monday, January 10, at 1 p.m.

Oxford Summer Seminar
Alumnae from last summer's Oxford Seminar, a residential program offering courses in literature, history, politics and law at Trinity College, Oxford University, will describe their experiences at an informational meeting Thursday, December 9, at 4:15 p.m. in Seelye Hall 106. Refreshments will be served. Program administrators will also be present to talk about the 2000 session. For information, visit the seminar's Web site at or e-mail

Essay Competition
The Elie Wiesel Foundation has announced its annual ethics prize essay contest, open to juniors and seniors. An essay on virtually any subject dealing with ethical issues is acceptable, but the contest rules are somewhat complex. Interested students should consult the guidelines posted outside Donna Gunn's office, Dewey II. Those who wish to enter may pick up forms from Gunn. Entries require a faculty sponsor, who this year may be any faculty member, not just those listed under the ethics minor in the catalogue. Entries must be postmarked on or before January 2, 2000, or be delivered to the foundation office by 5 p.m. that day. No faxed or emailed submissions will be accepted.

Carnegie Junior Fellowships
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization that conducts research, discussion, publication and education programs in international relations and foreign policy. It offers up to 11 junior fellowships annually, which provide one year of paid work. Applicants must be graduating seniors or have graduated within the last year. Smith College may nominate up to two candidates. To be considered, pick up an application at the CDO help desk, prepare an outline of your response to one of the suggested essay topics, and submit it, with your résumé and a list of your relevant coursework, to the CDO by noon Wednesday, November 24. A faculty committee will review all applications and determine which students the college will nominate. Nominees then prepare the essay they previously outlined and submit it with two recommendations by January 12, 2000.

President's Open Hours
The president's open hours for December will be Thursday, December 9, 4-5:30 p.m. in College Hall 20. No appointments are necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. The president's open hours for Monday, November 22, have been canceled.

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 22

Panel "Transgender Issues at Smith: Gender Difference at a 'Woman's College.'" Discussion with Smith students. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Informational meeting on sea kayaking in Costa Rica during spring break. Sponsor: Smith Outdoors. 7:30 p.m., Ainsworth

Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis third floor

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

Hebrew table with Rabbi Ed Feld. Chat B'Ivrit with pizza. 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom

Tuesday, November 23

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

Newman Association dinner meeting All welcome. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

CDO workshop Job-search strategies. 7 p.m., group room, CDO

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

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

CDO open hours Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, November 24 -- Sunday, November 28

Thanksgiving recess
No events scheduled.

Monday, November 29

Lecture "Personal Identity in a Cross-Cultural Perspective: Parfit and Yogacara." John Powers, reader in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies, Australian National University. First in a three-part Five College lecture series. 4 p.m., Dewey common room*

Performing arts/films
Theater Wit, by Margaret Edson '83. Part of the New Play Reading Series. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall*

CDO informational meeting Hull Trading, Chicago. Various positions available. Bring lunch. 12:15 p.m., CDO

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

Association of Low-Income Students meeting 7 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis third floor

CDO informational meeting Anderson Consulting. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis third floor

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

Hebrew table with Rabbi Ed Feld. Chat B'Ivrit with pizza. 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom

Tuesday, November 30

Sigma Xi luncheon talk Dany Adams, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Lecture "Human Rights in Tibet, Part I." John Powers, reader in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies, Australian National University. Second in a three-part Five College lecture series. 4 p.m., Dewey common room*

Lecture "Archaeological Reconstruction in Turkey." Kent Severson, senior site conservator, New York University, and Aphrodisias excavations conservator, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, who has recently been in charge of archaeological conservation at Aphrodisias and Sardis. Sponsors: Archaeological Institute of America, Archaeology Program. 4:30 p.m., Hillyer 117*

Lecture "Making Theater, Performing Ritual: AIDS, Healing, and Latino Queer Performance." Lucy M. Burns and Lisa Hori Garcia, New World Theatre, will explore the contemporary arts and activism, collaboration and community engagement. Sponsors: Women's Studies and American Studies programs, anthropology department, Office of Institutional Diversity, Lecture Committee. 4:30 p.m., Wright common room

Lecture "Artemisia Gentileschi: Trials and Triumphs of a Woman Painter in Baroque Italy." R. Ward Bissell, professor of the history of art, University of Michigan. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Lecture "Theory and Modeling of 'Stereoselective Reactions.'" Kendall Houk, professor of chemistry, UCLA. Part of the Five College lecture series. 8 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*

Performing arts/films
Concert Music in the Noon Hour. "A Stairway to Paradise." Jane Bryden, soprano, and Clifton J. Noble, piano, will perform American popular songs of Gershwin, Porter, Vernon Duke, Hugh Williams and others. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Hall*

Film The Thomas Crown Affair. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

HR workshop "Netiquette: Guidelines for Responsible E-mail Usage."
9 a.m.-noon, Dewey common room

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

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

CDO workshop Job-search strategies. 7 p.m., group room, CDO

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

Other events/activities
Hillel at Noon Great food and discussion. Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen

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

CDO open hours Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, December 1

Lecture "The Miracle of Applied Mathematics." Mark Colyvan, lecturer in philosophy, University of Tasmania. 4 p.m., Wright common room*

Lecture "Galilei v. Bellarmino." Michael Dettelbach and Frederick McGinness, both of the history department, will recreate the 1616 audience Galileo Galilei had with Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino, special theologian to His Holiness Pope Paul V, on the truth of Copernican astronomy, that foreshadowed Galileo's condemnation by the Inquisition. Sponsor: Kahn Liberal Arts Institute. 5 p.m., McConnell auditorium*

Lecture/film Jupiter's Wife. Screening and lecture by the director. See story, page 4. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing arts/films
Film The Prisoner: "Checkmate." Relevant to HST 254. Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Print workshop featuring artist Georgia Marsh and master printer Maurice Sanchez. Observe as the artist and printer create a limited-edition print. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hillyer 17

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

HR workshop "Understanding the Stock Market, Session I: Basics of Investing." 1 p.m., Dewey common room*

CDO workshop How to write an effective résumé. 4:15 p.m., group room, CDO

CDO informational meeting Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting for Biology 111, Unity study groups. 8-10 p.m., Unity House

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

Other events/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

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom

Annual Student Members' Party "Ciao Bella!" Eat, drink, destress, and bid "ciao" to the art museum's collections before the museum closes for renovation and expansion. Reservations, ext. 2760. Tickets: $5; free for student members. 7-9 p.m., Museum of Art

Thursday, December 2

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture. "Understanding Understanding." Murray Kiteley, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Lecture "Human Rights in Tibet, Part II." John Powers, reader in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies, Australian National University. Final event of a three-part Five College lecture series. 4:30 p.m., Ruth Hammen Auditorium, Adele Simmons Hall, Hampshire College

Slide lecture Artist Georgia Marsh on her work. 4:15 p.m., Hillyer 117*

Performing arts/films
Dance "Crash and Burn." The annual Celebrations Dance Company concert features new choreography by Celebrations members and guest choreographer Jolyn Arisman. Tickets: $5. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Film The Thomas Crown Affair. Sponsor: Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Print workshop with artist Georgia Marsh and master printer Maurice Sanchez. See 12/1 listing. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hillyer 17

HR workshop "Understanding the Stock Market, Session II: Developing an Investment Road Map." 1 p.m., Dewey common room*

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

Community update on the Campus Center with Maureen Mahoney, Dean of the College, and architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. All welcome. 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

Reflection session for America Reads. 7 p.m., Wright common room

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

United in Anti-Racist Action meeting 9 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Special event Model auction to provide dates to the Black Student Alliance's dinner dance on Friday. Tickets: $1. 9 p.m., Davis

Friday, December 3

Performing arts/films
Dance "Crash and Burn," the annual Celebrations Dance Company concert. See 12/2 listing. Tickets, $5. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Print workshop with artist Georgia Marsh and master printer Maurice Sanchez. See 12/1 listing. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hillyer 17

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

Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society meeting. 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*

Religious Life
Shabbat service. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. in the Dawes Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room

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

Alumnae House tea Chapin and Scales are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Special event BSA party with DJ. Tickets: $10. Midnight, Mwangi Cultural Center*

Saturday, December 4

Performing arts/films
Dance "Crash and Burn," the annual Celebrations Dance Company concert. Tickets: $5. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Informational meeting The Smith College School for Social Work Information Day Presentation, an opportunity to learn about graduate professional training in clinical social work. Register, ext. 7960. 2-5 p.m., Seelye 106*

Catholic Mass will be held today due to Vespers on Sunday. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Other events/activities
Special event Annual Northampton Winter Craft Fair, featuring handmade crafts, food, music, and children's activities. Sponsors: Smith College Campus School PTO, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Scott Gym*

Sunday, December 5

Lecture Robert Thurman, author. Followed by an informal booksigning and reception. Sponsor: Amnesty International. 4 p.m., Wright common room*

Performing arts/films
Film Outdoor film night: "Women in Sports," featuring the first all-women extreme ski and snowboard movie, and more. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

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. A peaceful liturgy to end the weekend. All welcome. 10 p.m., Chapel*

Other events/activities
Special event Annual Northampton Winter Craft Fair. See 10/4 listing.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Scott Gym*

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

Special event Christmas Vespers, with Scripture readings by members of the student body, faculty, and staff. Special music for the Advent season is presented by the Smith College Orchestra, Chorale, Handbell Choir, Chamber Singers, Glee Club, Smith College Choir, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Men's Glee Club. Presented by the Chapel and music department. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Kwaanza celebration including dinner. 5 p.m., Unity House


"In the Shadow of Intolerance" features documentary photographs from the collection of Samuel Zaitlin of Biddeford, Maine. It was originally mounted in Hillyer gallery in conjunction with the recent "What's Next?" race and ethnicity conference and has been moved to Neilson Library. Through December 20. Collacott Room, third level, Neilson Library.

"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 bicultural 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, 33 Elm St.*

"Excavating the Museum." In collaboration with Patricia Erickson's fall class, "Objects, Selves, and Others: The Anthropology of Material Culture," this show concentrates on works collected by former professor Harris Hawthorne Wilder and examines issues regarding the collecting 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. Throught December 22. Print room, Museum of Art*

"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 *

"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*