Smith in the City: Boston


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JOIN SMITH COLLEGE PRESIDENT CAROL T. CHRIST and distinguished faculty for this exciting half-day event that will bring the best of Smith to you. You’ll choose from a variety of sessions on timely topics taught by some of Smith’s most esteemed scholars. Subjects include perfection, cultural studies, molecular biology and the study of infectious diseases, and trash. Yes, trash—and what it says about us.
During lunch, President Christ will bring news of the college and share the details of Smith’s ambitious new fundraising campaign that will reimagine the liberal arts for the 21st century, guaranteeing that every student leaves Smith prepared to lead in the world. 
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the intellectual excitement of a Smith classroom once again!

Registration for this event has now closed. Please call the Alumnae Association at (413) 585-2040 if you would like to register between now and Friday.

We look forward to seeing you at this event . . .



December 1, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
110 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116



Patricia Marten DiBartolo ’89
Professor and Chair, Psychology
Patricia Marten DiBartolo received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1996. She returned to Smith as a faculty member in 1995. Her research investigates the phenomenology of perfectionism and its clinical correlates, especially anxiety, in both children and adults. She has published more than 35 articles and chapters on this topic and co-authored a guide for therapists. She is the recipient of the 2008 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching at Smith.
Kevin Rozario
Associate Professor, American Studies
Kevin Rozario received his Ph.D. from Yale University. At Smith, he teaches courses in American history, media, popular culture, digital cultures, disability, race, and protest politics. Among other works, he is the author of The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America, which won the 2008 Lois P. Rudnick Best Book Prize, which is awarded by the New England American Studies Association. He is currently writing a book on “the underground” as a site of cultural innovation, dissent, and social transformation in the United States from the 19th century to the present.
Elizabeth (Vicky) Spelman

Professor, Philosophy; Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities

Elizabeth (Vicky) Spelman has been a member of Smith’s philosophy department since 1982. A 1966 graduate of Wellesley, she received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1974. The courses she’s taught at Smith over the years have provided fertile ground for the development of ideas she has explored in a variety of articles and in three books:  Inessential Woman: Problems of Exclusion in Feminist Thought (Beacon, 1988); Fruits of Sorrow: Framing Our Attention to Suffering (Beacon, 1997); and Repair: The Impulse to Restore in a Fragile World (Beacon, 2002). She is currently working on her fourth book, tentatively titled Combing Through the Trash: Philosophy Goes Rummaging

Steven Williams
Gates Professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry
Steven Williams is an expert in the fields of molecular biology and infectious disease research. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and has done research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and many other institutions worldwide. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and books. He served as the director of the World Health Organization's Filarial Genome Project and the River Blindness Genome Project. He also was the Pfizer Lecturer for the British Society of Parasitology, and he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. His scientific interests are primarily focused on human health, but his favorite hobby is working on infectious diseases in endangered mammals with his 16-year-old daughter.



8:30 a.m.                                  

Registration and Refreshments                                                       


9–10:30 a.m.
SESSION I   (choose one)              

A. How Trying to Be Perfect Can Be No Good At All                                                

Patricia Marten DiBartolo ’89

The pursuit of perfection has its price. This session will explore the latest research from clinical psychology on the construct of perfectionism, including its costs, correlates, and controversies. Professor DiBartolo will examine research revealing the mental health implications for living a perfectionistic life and share strategies for channeling achievement strivings in a productive manner.   


B. Amelia Bedelia Goes to College: Cultural Studies in the Smith Classroom       

Kevin Rozario

This talk offers an introduction to cultural studies through a reading of Peggy Parish’s enduring and beloved 1963 children’s story Amelia Bedelia, a text that would not have appeared in the traditional Smith classroom. But a close reading of its words and pictures shows how the book turns comedy into a mechanism for teaching readers how to learn “proper” gender, race, and class behaviors. The book ultimately offers a starting point for a debate about the role of mass cultural texts in shaping American ways of life.

10:30–11 a.m.     
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.             
SESSION II (choose one)
C. Combing Through the Trash and Getting to the Dirt                                          
Elizabeth (Vicky) Spelman
Trying to obtain information about people by sifting through their trash is a sport engaged in not only by celebrity watchers but government agencies. The fact that conflicts over garbage-divining have captured the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court suggests that we’re anxious and uncertain about just what it is our garbage does or doesn’t tell about us, should or should not be used to tell about us.


D. The Use of Molecular Biology at Smith College to Aid in the Elimination of Ancient and Emerging Infectious Diseases          
Steven Williams
Dr. Williams will discuss neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and his work at Smith College to help eliminate these diseases of poverty that disable and stigmatize millions of people living in the world’s poorest countries. These diseases keep the poorest and unhealthiest populations in the world poor and unhealthy, preventing children from attaining their full mental and physical growth potential, and many adults from being able to care properly for themselves and their families. As an infectious disease researcher, Dr. Williams believes that eliminating NTDs is the easiest way to break the cycle of disease and poverty. He will discuss his laboratory research and his field work in developing countries from Haiti to Tanzania to Indonesia.
12:30–2 p.m.   
Lunch and Remarks                                                                                                             
Carol Christ, President, Smith College