Smith College to Celebrate the Memory of Alumna Julia Child with Dining and Discourse Nov. 18
Editor's note: Because of space restrictions, the events are not open to the public.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will celebrate the memory of renowned chef, cookbook author and television personality Julia Child with a panel discussion at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, and a sampling of her recipes at various campus venues throughout the day.
The panel, “Julia Child: A Zest for Living,” will discuss the celebration of food, pleasure, culture, balance and leisure, and will be held in the Carroll Room of the Campus Center. Moderated by Mary Maples Dunn, president emerita, panelists will include Martine Gantrel-Ford, professor of French studies, Alfonso Procaccini, professor of Italian languages and literature, and Emily Robichaux, a senior student who cooked with Child when the chef visited campus as an “alumna-in-residence” a few years ago.
Child, who graduated from Smith in 1934, brought French cuisine to the American public through more than a dozen cookbooks, such as “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” and hundreds of episodes of the public television series “The French Chef.” Child died Aug. 12, 2004.
Following the panel, at about 5:15 p.m., the college will dedicate a plaque in recognition of Child’s generosity to Smith in the Campus Center. Her gift of
$2.35 million from the sale of her home in Cambridge, Mass., supported the construction of the Campus Center.
Etched on the glass to the left of the entrance to the Campus Center Café will read “In grateful recognition of Julia McWilliams Child, Class of 1934, for her many contributions to Smith College.”
A sampling of Child’s recipes will be offered for lunch at the Campus Center Café and Smith College Club and, for dinner, at the Campus Center Café and the Smith student houses.
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