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April 11, 2003

Mount Holyoke to Re-create
Historic Pontigny Symposia

 

Pontigny image courtesy of Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections

During these difficult days of war in Iraq, when anti-French sentiment is so rampant that the United States Senate cafeteria has just renamed French fries "freedom fries," the Mount Holyoke community may appreciate learning of an extraordinary but obscure part of its history, when our campus served as a haven to French Jewish intellectuals and other prominent European thinkers fleeing Hitler. Artists Marc Chagall and André Masson, philosopher Hannah Arendt, anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss—these are just a few of the dozens of eminent exiles who sat in the shade of Mount Holyoke's huge maples during the World War II summers of 1942 through 1944 to discuss the future of art and humanism in a world gone mad. In this act of intellectual resistance to Nazism, they were joined by a number of equally illustrious Americans, including poets Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore, artist Robert Motherwell, and composer Roger Sessions. more>

Other Stories

New York Times Science Writer Gina Kolata to Speak April 17 more>

Calhoun Named Alumnae Director more>

Contestants Named for Eightieth Glascock Poetry Competition more>

A Visual Feast on View through July 20 more>

Symposium to Showcase Senior Work more>

Down to the Wires more>

Nota Bene more>

Front-Page News more>

Happenings more>

 

 

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