MOVING TO PARIS… OR JUST COMING THROUGH?
Don’t know anyone in Paris? One way to feel more at home is to join us for an event, an ideal occasion to strike up acquaintances with long-established Smith alumnae or with young alums.
Among the activities offered, the Club holds frequent talks by outstanding Smith professors and alumnae, as well as private visits to exhibitions and small “Life So Far” dinner parties (see Events).
We are especially proud of the strong ties created with the Junior Year Abroad program, thanks to the Welcoming Party held before classes formally start in the Fall. On this occasion, the Club offers its yearly Cultural Stipend, designed to help Juniors take advantage of the best that France has to offer in the way of theater, museums and the like.
Macey Smith ’75 & Garrette Clark ’84, as the current SCCF Co-Presidents, intend to continue our close ties with the JYA program in Paris, and to provide a schedule of unique events for our members. We hope that everyone will make a 2019 resolution to come to at least two events (or more!) for the Smith College Club of France, as well as events sponsored by Northampton.
We hope you will be able to join us soon.
Macey Smith ’75 & Garrette Clark ’84, SCCF Co-Presidents
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017-2018
We have launched a new series of events with the Juniors, so we can get to know them better and vice-versa! These include the annual end-of-the-year JYA “farewell bash” in the late spring, when they kindly invite the alums to join in the fun, and the “Meet the Juniors” event hosted by the SCCF in the fall to welcome the new crop of adventurers to Paris and which has proved to be a resounding success. For more, check out Events.
THE “LIFE SO FAR” DINNERS
The “Life So Far” dinners continued to be interesting and successful events this year. In May, the first dinner featured Martine Gantrel, the 2015-2016 JYA Director. The second, held in September, featured two former trustees of the College, Gayle Jackson and Judy Pelham, who spoke on what it is like to be decision-makers at Smith. Coming up in November 2017 will be a “Life So Far” with Gretty Mirdal, the Director of the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies, a globally-recognised research center in the field of the humanities and social sciences. While the dinners traditionally have Paris alumnae as the focus, we’ve been lucky to get on the busy calendars of these wonderful women!