Literary Apertifs

In the world of virtual connection that is 2020 and 2021, we have launched our Literary Apertifs series, where we hear from authors about their works. View our calendar to see upcoming events and subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss an announcement!

Previous Literary Apertifs…
Saturday 29 August 2020

Special guest British social historian Jane Robinson (, is an acclaimed author and public speaker who specializes in the study of women pioneers in various fields. Jane chronicles women as they attain recognition, fight for the right to vote, enter universities, and challenge embedded, patriarchal systems. Now Jane talks about her newest book, Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders – the Pioneering Adventures of the First Professional Women.

Find out who thinks “ladies can’t climb ladders”, as Jane reveals pioneering women who forged careers in the professions.  Listen to the recording of a lecture by Jane Robinson on her book here:

Saturday 21 November 2020

Special guest Patricia Brooks ’89,  (, is a certified professional coach who helps women believe in their dreams, build confidence in their abilities, and develop actionable plans so that they can achieve what they once thought impossible and feel empowered to tackle their next feat. 

Patricia shares her story of transformation and outlines the “Three Catalysts for Cultivating Courage,” providing tools that  help navigate uncertainty and change in order to find ways to turn obstacles into opportunities. 

Watch the full session below: 

Saturday 20 January 2021

Distinguished poets Randi Stebbins ’95 and Marjory Wentworth ’80 challenged and engaged participants  in a unique interactive session focusing on “found poetry”. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry refashions existing texts, reordering and presenting the contents as poems. Poems included in this genre are often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.

The theme of the session led by Randi and Marjory was  “social (in)justice in current events”.

Watch the full session below: