Friends, family, former colleagues, and devoted fans gathered at Harvard for a party celebrating the vivacious woman who revolutionized American culinary culture. The only person missing was the late guest of honor, Julia Child, though her spirit seemed to charge the room.
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The Boston Globe reports one of the coolest events in Boston last week was a daylong symposium on the life and legacy of the inimitable Julia Child, who would have turned 100 in August. Hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study's Schlesinger Library, the event featured friends of Paul and Julia Child from the couple's years in Cambridge, who discussed Child's first TV kitchen.
“You have a ratatouille garden!” Julia Child exclaimed to her hostess, Jane Thompson,“we’ll have ratatouille for dinner.” Thompson was one of many friends and family who recalled Julia Child Stories to an adoring crowd in the Radcliffe Gymnasium, all celebrating what would be Julia Child’s 100th birthday.
Food blogger shares the four most wonderful things about Julia Child that she learned from the Radcliffe Institute's Julia Child Centenary Symposium.
Marilyn Morgan, archivist at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library, highlights the role of women in advertising since the late 1800s. She comments "The female viewpoint opened a door for early ad women, but in the end it held them back". The nature of the work done by these advertising women proved limiting, as agencies then pigeonholed them as suitable only for certain types of assignments. And the very ads they worked on—projecting an image of women as homemakers—reinforced rather stereotyped views about women that restricted their advancement in the work world.
A bright idea: The Wall Street Journal features Radcliffe's Julia Child Symposium.
Rajesh Parameswaran kicked off this year's Radcliffe Institute's series of fellow presentations with a program that included readings from his well-received debut work that merges themes of love and gore, as well as from his work in progress.
The Greenwall Foundation has chosen Harvard Law School Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen '03, who is a leading expert on the intersection of bioethics and the law and a Radcliffe Institute fellow, as a recipient of one of three Faculty Scholar Awards in Bioethics. The award allows recipients to conduct extensive independent research to help set public policy and standards of clinical practice.
A Boston Globe interview with Nancy Cott, the director of the Schlesinger Library, in which she shares her vision for the symposium at Radcliffe about Julia Child and her sense that Julia Child "really is a figure in American social history, not only a recipe designer. She’s kind of a force.’
Before "Iron Chef," before Rachael Ray, before Emeril Lagasse, there was Julia Child. A 6-foot-2 culinary force of nature, Child used her passion for food, her wit, and her charm to demystify French cuisine for the American masses. Child's memory lives on—vividly—at the Radcliffe Insitute's Schlesinger Library at Harvard.