East Bay Smith College Club

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Club News

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  • Cal Women's Basketball Event The East Bay Smith Club is going to the Cal Women’s Basketball game on Saturday, December 22nd! The game will be at 12pm at home on the UC campus ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2018, 3:06 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Facebook Page Going Away The East Bay Smith College Facebook page will be retired at the end of 2018. Please join us instead in our Facebook group, accessible at https://www.facebook.com/groups ...
    Posted Dec 9, 2018, 9:47 AM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Fall Potluck 2018 Our annual Fall Potluck will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the home of Deebie Symmes '81 in Berkeley. For details and ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2018, 6:37 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 2017-2018 Annual Report The annual report contains updates on everything happening with the club, including details about this year's potluck, a book club update, and information on open board positions. Click below ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2018, 9:18 AM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Save the Date: President McCartney in San Francisco This winter, President McCartney is embarking on a six-city tour to share her ambitious vision for making a Smith education the most powerful form of the liberal arts. She ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2018, 4:10 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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What Are We Reading?

  • For this month's book & meeting time, see the
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  • 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
  • June 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon (Grann) At our June meeting, seven of us gathered at Charmaine’s house to discuss David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.  At the time of the Louisiana Purchase, the Osage nation stretched across much of the central part of the United States, from Kansas to the Rockies.  However, by the 1870’s the Osage were forced to sell the last of their land to white settlers.  They used the proceeds from this sale to buy land in Oklahoma that they hoped was too rocky and sterile to be attractive to the whites, and indeed few settlers showed any interest until substantial oil fields were discovered there in 1917.  By the ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2018, 9:29 AM by East Bay Smith Club
  • April 2018: The Women In The Castle (Shattuck) Our last meeting was at Maggie’s house in Berkeley.  Eleven of us gathered to discuss Jessica Shattuck’s novel The Women in the Castle.  The novel depicts the aftermath of World War II from the point of view of its German survivors.  The central character is Marianne von Lingefels, a woman whose husband was executed after a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.  After the collapse of the Nazi regime, Marianne sets out to find the wives and children of her husband’s co-conspirators and to bring them back to the refuge of her husband’s crumbling ancestral estate in Bavaria.   With a good deal of difficulty she finds Martin, the son of co-conspirator who was also ...
    Posted May 20, 2018, 8:21 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • February 2018: Embers (Marai) Our last book club meeting was held on February 7th at Deebie’s house in Berkeley.  There were nine of us in attendance.  Ginny won the award for longest commute, as she joined us once again during her annual visit to the Bay Area from her home in Southampton, UK.  In a sense, Ginny’s return to the group fit right in with the topic of discussion:  Sándor Marai’s Embers, a novel about two friends who meet after a long absence. Ostensibly, the action of the novel takes place over a single day in the life of an elderly man who lives in an isolated castle in the Hungarian wilderness.   As the novel begins, this man, Henrik (or ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 6:17 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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