European Alumnae Symposium set for October.

The library at the University of Leuven, site of the European Alumnae Symposium.

Mount Holyoke College alumnae, faculty, and students from at least 18 countries will gather October 2–4 in Leuven, Belgium, for the European Alumnae Symposium. Its theme is “Power and Purpose: Europe in a Changing World.”

Organizer Erica Lutes ’02 said participants will take part in interactive discussions with experts in a wide range of fields.

“Together with high-level representatives from NATO, the European Union, and the international diplomatic and academic community, we will participate in fascinating discussions focusing on the latest economic, political, and social developments in Europe,” Lutes said.

Speakers and panelists include Jerome Sheridan, director of Brussels Center; Jamie Shea of NATO; several representatives from the European Commission; and Claude de Renty du Granrut ’48, member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union. Three MHC faculty members will also take part: Vincent Ferraro, Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics; Elif Babül, assistant professor of anthropology; and Michael Davis, professor of art. MHC President Lynn Pasquerella and Marcia Brumit Kropf ’67, president of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association, will speak at a gala dinner.

An intellectual smorgasbord.

Lectures and panels will cover topics such as “Europe in a Changing World,” “The Geopolitics of Power: Wars, the Cold War, and Putin,” “Women and the Power of Cultural Forces,” “Can the European Union Continue to be Inspirational?” and “Europe and the USA: Who Is Influencing Whom?”

Alumnae-led workshops will focus on social media; women in science; balancing family and career in a foreign land; “Executive Presence: Conveying Competence, Confidence, and Authenticity;” and “Aging is Not for Sissies.”

There also is time planned for tours of Brussels, Leuven, and Bruges—as well as for enjoying traditional Flemish cuisine and visits to beer-brewing and chocolate-making establishments.

The symposium—the 13th of its kind—is sponsored by the MHC Alumnae Association and organized by a committee of alumnae living in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The conference is already fully enrolled, though a waiting list is being kept.

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