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  • 25th Anniversary Book Club Meeting Eleven East Bay Smithies, representing an almost sixty year-span of graduation years, gathered at the Oakland home of Sherrill Lavagnino for our 25th Anniversary book club meeting on March ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2019, 1:51 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • March 13 Self-Advocacy Event and Networking Opportunity Join the Smith College Business Network on March 13 for an evening of connecting with Smithies in businessIf not you, who?  Self-advocacy is about getting what you deserve ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2019, 11:11 AM by East Bay Smith Club
  • President McCartney in SF On Tuesday, January 29, join the college  for an evening of connecting with Smithies in business. President Kathleen McCartney will start the evening with recent news from Smith and discuss ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2019, 9:49 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Join Us At The Oakland Women's March This Saturday, January 19, we'll once again be joining up for the Oakland Women's March. Meet us at 10:45 am at the corner of 12th St. and ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2019, 5:36 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Private exhibition tour at SFMOMA March 14, 2019 6-8pmHi East Bay Smithies! We have a fantastic opportunity to have an exhibition tour at the SFMOMA with alumna Robin Clark ‘87, Director of the ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2019, 6:54 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
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What Are We Reading?

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  • February 2019: A Pearl In The Storm (Murden McClure) At our last book club meeting, eleven of us gathered at Nancy’s house to discuss Tori Murden McClure’s book A Pearl in the Storm:  How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean.  McClure is the first women and first American to have rowed solo across the Atlantic and the first woman and first American to ski overland to the geographic south pole.  She has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College (yay!), a Master of Divinity from Harvard, a law degree from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Fine Art from Spalding University.  Clearly, her life has been full of achievement.  However, A Pearl in the Storm focuses on one of her biggest ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2019, 1:31 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • January 2019: Being Mortal (Gawande) I don’t know if it was the effect of all our New Year’s resolutions or if the topic of mortality is just a good seller, but we had a stupendous turn out at our January meeting.  Eighteen members showed up, and I was impressed that Betsy, our host, found enough chairs to seat us all comfortably in her living room!   Our topic was Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End.  Gawande is a practicing surgeon, a public health researcher and advocate, and a popular author.  In this book, he explores the ways that Western societies have “medicalized” the realities of aging, frailty and death.   Although driven by understandable and admirable desires to care ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2019, 10:12 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • December 2018: Poetry Night! Members seemed excited at the prospect of our first poetry night, and a dozen of us were in attendance at our December 2018 meeting.  Ruth MacNaughton treated us to a real feast of snacks and appetizers and it felt like quite the festive occasion.   The poems presented a nice range of styles and subjects, and it was lovely to hear them read aloud.   After each reading, we spent a few minutes discussing our reactions to the piece before moving on.  The discussion was pretty lively at times, and I really appreciated the opportunity to learn about new poets and to revisit the work of some old favorites.   For the curious, and as a reminder to those who attended, here is ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2019, 6:34 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • September 2018: From Krakow to Berkeley (Rabkin) Our book for September was Anna Rabkin’s fascinating memoir:  From Kraków to Berkeley: Coming Out of Hiding, An immigrants search for identity and belonging.  If Rabkin’s name sounds familiar, it might be because she was Berkeley’s City Auditor from 1979 to 1994.  She is also quite active in an East Bay organization for retired women called Free Agents at Berkeley (F.A.B.).  Our Nancy Spaeth is a F.A.B. member too and, thanks to her invitation, Rabkin came to our meeting to talk about her book and to answer our questions.  Perhaps in anticipation of her visit, we had a pretty good turnout, with 12 of us in attendance plus our speaker.  In the famous ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2018, 3:58 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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