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November 2, 2005


Alumna Julia Child Remembered Nov. 17 for the Pleasure She Served Up

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. 17, followed by a gala reception featuring some of her recipes.

The 2nd annual Julia Child Day panel, titled “Pleasure,” will discuss the celebration of food, pleasure, culture, balance and leisure and will be held in the Carroll Room of the Campus Center. The reception will be held throughout that building.

Moderated by Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney, panelists will include
Ann R. Jones, Esther Cloudman Dunn Professor of Comparative Literature; Frazer Ward, assistant professor of art; and Alice P. Julier, sociology lecturer. Julier wrote the article “Julia at Smith,” which was published in the Summer 2005 issue of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.

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.” Her gift of $2.35 million from the sale of her home in Cambridge, Mass., supported the construction of the Campus Center. Child died Aug. 12, 2004.

A sampling of her 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.

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.


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