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VGCLJ September Meeting - “The Gardens of Brécy; A Lasting Landscape”

  • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Center Drive San Diego, CA 92122 United States (map)


Speaker: Eric T. Haskell, PhD
Garden History

The Chateau of Brécy is located in France near the Normandy coast. Although designed by an unknown architect, its gardens have been compared to those of Versailles. They were extensively renovated and reopened in the 1990s. Our speaker, Eric Haskell, has produced a definitive book on the gardens.

Eric Haskell received his PhD in French Literature from the University of California, Irvine, and is Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, and Director Emeritus of the Clark Humanities Museum of Scripps College. His publications in English and in French cover a wide range of topics from garden history to 19th century poetry. He is a frequent guest lecturer, having delivered over 550 public lectures and scholarly papers both nationally and internationally, at venues ranging from the J. Paul Getty Museum to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and from Harvard University to the University of Paris. In 2000, he was the keynote speaker for the Millennium Meeting of Garden Clubs of America. Two of France’s highest honors have been bestowed upon Dr. Haskell – Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (the most prestigious honor for academics in France). At Scripps College he teaches a course entitled “Sites of Seduction: Aesthetic Contexts of the French Garden.”