Bradt Fund Engages JYF Community Through Distinguished Speaker Series

| February 23, 2011
Sweet Briar’s Junior Year in France will host the inaugural Patricia Nichols Lectureship in French Arts and Literature with guest speaker Philippe Labro on March 15 in Paris. Labro is a distinguished novelist, journalist, film director and television executive.

Labro attended Washington and Lee University in the 1950s when he was 18 and wrote a novel, “L’Etudiant étranger” (The Foreign Student) about his experiences in the United States. Labro is a laureate of the Prix Interallié, a French literary distinction founded in 1930, which he received for the novel in 1986. He is a prolific author, having published his most recent work, “7,500 Signes,” in 2010. Labro also has seven film titles to his credit and has been a member of France’s Legion of Honor since 1980, where he now holds the title of commander.

Sweet Briar president Jo Ellen Parker and her husband, Rick Manasa, will attend the lecture, which is one of two named lectureships recently endowed through the Bradt Family Fund. The fund, created by Dr. David A. Bradt, a JYF alumnus, and his family supports twice-yearly multi-disciplinary lectures and receptions in France with prestigious French leaders in the arts, business, science and technology, and politics.

Patricia Nichols was a 20th-century business woman, equestrian and educator who immersed herself in French arts and literature throughout her life. She cherished French literary realism and naturalism with particular joy in the works of Flaubert and Zola, according to the Bradt family. She was known for developing future leaders for a complex world who understand linguistic and cultural differences, and will be remembered for her support of emerging talent and her passion for the mot juste.

The first lecture in the Bradt series, the inaugural Phoebe Bradt Lectureship, was presented by Dr. Rony Brauman, an epidemiologist and former president of Doctors Without Borders, in October.

The lectures and social gatherings are held during the academic year to advance mutual understanding between members of the university community, including the students of Sweet Briar’s JYF, University of Paris and alumni of these institutions, as well as JYF faculty and friends. JYF has been placing co-eds in study abroad programs in Paris since 1948 and since last year at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

“The speaker series is an exceptional opportunity for JYF students, colleagues, professors and friends of the program who are in France to hear from and meet prestigious leaders in those fields,” said Margaret Scouten, director of the JYF program. “We are grateful to Dr. Bradt and his family for their generosity in funding these events.”

While in Europe, President Parker also will be meeting with students, alumnae, parents and friends of the College at a series of events. Receptions will be held Monday, March 14 in Seville, Spain, and Wednesday, March 16 in Paris. A brunch will be held Saturday, March 19 in London. Anyone from the Sweet Briar community interested in attending one of these events may e-mail Dawn Gatewood at dgatewood@sbc.edu or call (434) 381-6161.

Category: French, Modern Languages and Literatures, Uncategorized