The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which houses Julia Child's extensive papers, is sponsoring this symposium to mark the centenary of her birth.
Distinguished speakers will focus on three "sites" that Julia Child inhabited, learned from, and influenced:
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Videos of the symposium will be available the following week on this site and on Harvard's YouTube channel.
Explore the Julia Child Papers at the Schlesinger Library online.
Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University
Nancy F. Cott, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America; Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Laura Shapiro, author of Julia Child and Perfection Salad who has also written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Granta, and Gourmet
Alice Kaplan, John H. Musser Professor of French at Yale and the author of Dreaming in French, French Lessons: A Memoir, The Collaborator, and The Interpreter
Alex Prud'homme, coauthor with Julia Child of My Life in France, trustee of the Julia Child Foundation and grandnephew of Paul and Julia Child
Bob Spitz, author of the biography Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child and The Making of Superstars, Barefoot in Babylon, Dylan, and Shoot Out the Lights
Philadelphia Cousins, a trustee of the Julia Child Foundation and a niece of Julia Child
Dorothy Zinberg, lecturer in public policy and faculty associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and a longtime neighbor of the Childs in Cambridge
Michela Larson, longtime restaurateur in Cambridge and Boston
Jane Thompson, an urbanist, designer, and planner with Thompson Design Group who, with her husband Ben Thompson, equipped Julia Child's television kitchen and came to know her well
Mark DeVoto, musicologist, composer, and professor emeritus of music at Tufts University; his mother, Avis DeVoto, worked extensively with Julia Child and was a close friend of hers
Russell Morash, a television producer and director at WGBH of many PBS television shows—including The French Chef and other Julia Child series
Dana Polan, professor of Cinema Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and author of numerous books, including The Sopranos, Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film, and, most recently, Julia Child's "The French Chef"
Lisa Abend, TIME correspondent in Spain whose writing about food has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the Christian Science Monitor.