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   Date: 4/10/12 Bookmark and Share

Author 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.

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