An Evening with Alice Kaplan

IMG_9420Many thanks to author Alice Kaplan for her presentation “Dreaming in French”. Her talk painted the portrait of youthful American women, even today, encountering Paris for the first time. The encounter always had the same effect – a more mature, slightly more sophisticated, more thoughtful woman returned to the states. That’s certainly what happened for the three women in Kaplan’s book Dreaming in French – Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis. Kaplan described the Paris of the three consecutive decades in which these women came to know post-war Paris.

Today, Kaplan noted, is such a different time when friends can meet over the Internet or stay in touch through Skype. She wondered how will the “shrinking” of the world continue to affect these visits, these encounters in the future. Perhaps our differences won’t be so great or our conversations not so strained. She will continue to listen to the stories of her young college students as they return from their study-abroad time for those small signs of change.

 

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