Forbidden Journey: The Life of Alexandra David-Neel

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to
welcome Barbara Foster to deliver a slide lecture on
her biography of Alexandra David-Neel, whom
Lawrence Durrell calls "The most astonishing French-
woman of our time."

The New York Times has described Mme. David-Neel
as "a compulsive traveler, an explorer, a feminist, a
prolific and international writer and an acknowledged
authority on Buddhist ritual." She was the first European woman to enter Lhasa, the forbidden spiritual and
political capital of Tibet, by sneaking in disguised as the
servant of her servant.

Mrs. Foster, a tenured assistant professor in the
Hunter College library department, and her husband
spent ten years following in the footsteps of this
remarkable woman to write the highly acclaimed
biography. The lecture includes both vintage and
contemporary slides, bringing Tibetan culture and
Buddhism to the Athenaeum in celebration of this
"Year of Tibet."

Please join us for this fascinating presentation of Tibet
and the astonishing Alexandra at 7:00, to be appropriately proceeded by a delicious authentic Tibetan meal at 6:00, and of course the reception at 5:30. Just return the
enclosed slip to make your reservation.