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Club News

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  • 2021 Book Club Opportunities Hundreds of alums have come together to build a vibrant community of learning, connection and care in the college's virtual Alumnae Book Club. You are invited to join in ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2020, 5:43 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 2019-2020 Annual Report Now Available! Read our just-released annual report to learn about our club's commitment to being an antiracist organization, the incredible students being supported by our scholarship fund, how our book ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2020, 11:25 AM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Happy Graduation, Class of 2020! Congratulations to the 721 graduates who received their Smith degrees today. EBSC board members delivered flowers to our seven East Bay graduates as they participated in Smith's first-ever ...
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:08 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Women's March This Saturday! We will be in the Oakland Women's March this Saturday, January 18! New meeting point: Chase Bank at 14th and Broadway at 10:45am. If you can't find ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2020, 9:49 AM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Cal Women's Basketball and Other Upcoming Events Come join us for a Cal Women's Basketball game!When: Sunday, January 12 at 5:00pmWhere: Haas Pavilion, UC BerkeleyCost: $6Friends and family welcome!The first ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2019, 7:50 AM by East Bay Smith Club
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What Are We Reading?

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  • October 2020: Black is the Body (Bernard)  Last month, sixteen of us gathered on-line to discuss Emily Bernard’s book Black is The Body:  Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine.  Dr. Bernard is a professor at the University of Vermont, where she teaches courses in American and African American literature, critical race and ethnic theory, and women studies.   Before taking this position, she taught briefly at Smith College, where Nancy Bucy, a member of our book club, took one of her courses on the Harlem Renaissance.  Deeply impressed by the course, Nancy eagerly read Bernard’s book when it came out, and recommended it to our group. Although Dr. Bernard is an award-winning scholar, Black is the Body is ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 2:37 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • September 2020: Educated (Westover) Like many, I first came to Tara Westover’s Educated expecting a moving story of one woman’s educational journey.  I knew she was largely self-taught, and I figured she would describe what it was about academia that motivated her to pursue an advanced education.  What I was not expecting was the nightmare of abuse and terror that characterized her childhood.    Born in 1986, Westover was the youngest of seven children in a fundamentalist Mormon family that lived on an isolated mountain in rural Idaho.  Dominated by her tyrannical and mentally unstable father, the family ekes out a living doing the occasional construction job and selling scrap metal from the junkyard on their property.  Westover’s mother brings in ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2020, 8:09 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • August 2020: A Gentleman in Moscow (Towles) Not everyone will enjoy A Gentleman in Moscow.  Some might say its tone is too light, its plot too slow moving and too implausible, its refusal to dwell on the horrors of Soviet history too unforgiveable.    My cynical side suspects that some readers will simply be turned off by the book’s optimism and by the fact that most of the characters are fundamentally decent, kind and even charming.  In the opening sentence of Anna Karenina, Tolstoy famously wrote that “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”   A Gentleman in Moscow was inspired by Amor Towles’s love of Russian literature, and Anna Karenina is a work that the main character adores.  However ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2020, 5:30 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • July 2020: Commencement (Sullivan) On Tuesday, July 7th, fifteen of us gathered via Zoom to discuss J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel Commencement. Commencement is a novel about four friends from Smith.  Set in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, it covers their years at the college and their first five years after graduation.   I suppose it would be appropriate to place the book in the “chick lit” genre, though I hesitate to do so.  I am not sure the label has ever been considered a literary honorific, but perhaps that is changing.  After all, there is a movement amongst some feminists to champion and reimagine the romance genre, and many of the leaders of this movement are Smith graduates.  I know ...
    Posted Aug 5, 2020, 9:11 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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