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2021 Book Club Opportunities

posted Dec 19, 2020, 5:43 PM by East Bay Smith Club

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 January 7 through March 11 for the club's fourth book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson. As our country continues to confront racial injustice and the divisiveness of our recent presidential election, this New York Times bestseller will serve as a critical exploration of the notion that racism in America—and around the world—is a facet of a hidden caste system that affects our everyday lives. 

Described by Time magazine as “A transformative new framework through which to understand identity and injustice in America,” Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents explores how America has been shaped by a hierarchy of human rankings and the destructive effects of that hierarchy on everything from the healthcare system to culture and politics. 

The book club connects through a private online forum, and offers a wonderful way to connect and network with fellow alums, explore important topics and engage with Smith during this time of physical distancing. The group spends approximately two months reading each book, with guided discussion topics. Best of all, you have input on the books that are read, can participate when it is convenient for you, and it's free! Click here to join.

Don't forget that our East Bay Smith Club has a book club too - we've just released the dates for our 2021 meetings (meetings are virtual for the time being) and hope you will find the time to join us. We will be reading Trevor Noah's Born a Crime for our first meeting of 2021, which will be at 7:30 on Tuesday, January 12. Click here to learn more.

Happy reading!

2019-2020 Annual Report Now Available!

posted Nov 8, 2020, 11:25 AM by East Bay Smith Club

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 club has fared in the transition to a virtual format, and more. Please consider becoming a member if you are not currently -- your financial support last year allowed us to distribute flowers to local grads, support current Smithies through our scholarship fund, and send this newsletter. Sadly, the pandemic has forced us to cancel the 2020 potluck, but we hope to be able to gather again next year! In the meantime, read the report on how to stay connected by attending our book club, joining our private Facebook group, or becoming a board member.

Happy Graduation, Class of 2020!

posted May 17, 2020, 3:08 PM by East Bay Smith Club

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 virtual commencement from home. We wish Isabelle, Gina, Kelly, Raleigh, Claire, Uma, and Ahana the very best!

Women's March This Saturday!

posted Jan 16, 2020, 6:20 PM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Jan 18, 2020, 9:49 AM ]

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 us, text or call Sherrill at 510-589-7011. We hope you'll be there!

Cal Women's Basketball and Other Upcoming Events

posted Dec 20, 2019, 7:46 AM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Dec 20, 2019, 7:50 AM ]

Come join us for a Cal Women's Basketball game!

When: Sunday, January 12 at 5:00pm
Where: Haas Pavilion, UC Berkeley
Cost: $6
Friends and family welcome!

The first intercollegiate women’s basketball game was held on April 4, 1896 at the Armory in San Francisco between Stanford and Cal. Fittingly, the official start of the 150W Celebration (150 years of women at Cal) will be the women’s basketball game between Cal and Stanford, to be held on Sunday, January 12, at 5:00pm at Haas Pavilion. Chancellor Carol Christ, former president of Smith College, will be the honorary coach.

The games are super fun and we got a block of 20 group rate tickets for just $6 each! If you want to join, please email club president Stacia: I have the tickets electronically, so I can email them (and they can be scanned) or I can give them to you at the game. If there are more than 20 people, we can add tickets to our block.

Other Upcoming Events:
EBSC Book Club Meeting: "Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules" (January 7)
Oakland Women's March (January 18 - meet at the corner of 12th St. and Oak St. at 10:45am)
"Creating a Lifelong Network" with the Smith College Business Network (January 22)
EBSC Book Club Meeting: "Beloved" (February 5)
Smith Today in San Francisco with President Kathleen McCartney (February 10 and 11)
Hope to see you soon!

2019 Potluck Pictures

posted Nov 8, 2019, 6:21 PM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Nov 8, 2019, 6:22 PM ]

Thank you to Catherine for hosting, our board members for coordinating, and everyone for bringing their delicious food!


2019 Annual Potuck Today in Walnut Creek

posted Nov 3, 2019, 12:05 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino   [ updated Nov 3, 2019, 12:07 PM ]

Set your clocks back an hour and come hang out with Smithies. See the annual report for details!

Read our 2018-19 Annual Report!

posted Oct 20, 2019, 1:18 PM by East Bay Smith Club

The annual report contains updates on everything happening with the club, including a letter from our new president, details about this year's potluck, an update on our book club's 25th year, and information on open board positions. Enjoy, and see you at potluck!

Save the Date for the East Bay Smith Club Fall Potluck: Sunday, November 3!

posted Aug 24, 2019, 2:25 PM by East Bay Smith Club

We hope you will join us for our fall potluck on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 4:00 - 8:00pm (note that daylight savings ends on this date!) This time-honored club event is a great way to meet new friends, reacquaint yourself with alums you've met before, and share food and fun. It is also the annual meeting of the club. The potluck will be held at the home of our generous hostess, Catherine Carr ‘93, in Walnut Creek. More information to come in our annual newsletter.

New Smithie Welcome Party

posted Jun 9, 2019, 5:45 PM by East Bay Smith Club

Please join us for a party in Oakland on Sunday, June 30th from 1-3pm to send seven new members of the class of 2023 off for their first year at Smith! This will be a great opportunity to welcome these new students to our community, share advice, and connect with other Smithies from across the years. Please be in touch with our marvelous host Linda Grayman '68 ( or 513-205-1450) for her address and to RSVP. We hope you can make it!

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