to Discuss the Influence of Paris on Three Prominent Women
Alice Kaplan, professor of French
at Yale University, received numerous public accolades for
her most recent book, Dreaming in French:
The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag,
and Angela Davis,
published in March by University of Chicago Press.
Of the book, Publishers
Weekly said, “An enduring group profile of three influential
yet completely different American women, for each of whom Paris played a short
but transformative role, over three tumultuous decades.”
Kaplan will visit Smith on Monday,
April 16, to lecture and read from Dreaming in French, at
7:30 p.m. (note: time of the event changed from 4:30 p.m.)
in Neilson Browsing Room. A book signing will follow the
reading, which is free and open to the public.
The book is
partly an account of the women’s study abroad experiences.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy studied in Paris as a participant in Smith’s Junior
Year Abroad program while a student at Vassar College. Kaplan used Smith archival
materials in researching the book, and interviewed members of Kennedy’s JYA class.
Kaplan is also the author of
French Lessons: A Memoir, The
Interpreter and other books,
as well as several translations.
Kaplan’s talk is co-sponsored by the
departments of English, French and American studies, the Global Studies Center,
and the College Lecture Fund.