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October 31, 2003

Pontigny Symposium Draws Out Alumnae Memories

Photo: Mount Holyoke College Archives
and Special Collections

Rachel Bespaloff (left), Henry Rox, and others

In the three years since Weissman Center codirector Chris Benfey came across a faded photograph from the early 1940s of the poet Wallace Stevens sitting in front of Porter Hall, he and codirector Karen Remmler have been piecing together the names and events that are the subject of the upcoming symposium, Artists, Intellectuals, and World War II: The Pontigny Encounters at Mount Holyoke College, 1942–1944. Their exploration of the summer gatherings at Mount Holyoke of American and European artists and intellectuals led them to an abundance of materials, including a 1942 surveillance report by the OSS. But their most valuable sources are the firsthand accounts they have elicited from alumnae who attended Mount Holyoke during the war years. more>

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