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Winter 2015

Though it has been over a month since the devastating attacks in France, the emotional and physical repercussions of these events have not been forgotten. We are so grateful for the moving, compassionate response from our friends and partners in the U.S. Though the reverberations of violence that have touched our country and the entire world will remain forever present in our minds, we simultaneously hope for future peace.
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The Lafayette Debates online tournament is now open!

The Embassy of France and George Washington University are announcing the 2015 Lafayette Climate Debates. The 2015 Debates will include public debates at French consulates in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston; online speech competitions in both French and English; and an international intercollegiate debate tournament in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication on April 18 & 19, 2015.
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Artist-in-Residence Program in the U.S. 2015

In 2014 the Institut français launched a program for visual and digital French artists. It is a 2 months residency which can be located anywhere in the United States.
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French Books USA: Week In Review

This week: a sneak peek at the PEN World Voices Festival; Albertine and independent bookstores launch French Corners; & reading recommendations.
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On The Way To School: Why we should all watch it and Why all schools should screen it

We often forget that school is a gift. The story of these four children will make you appreciate this fact. It will also touch your heart.
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Résultats du concours d'autoportraits French Heritage 2014!

Bravo à Diana Casseus, de International High School for Health Sciences dans le Queens! Elle remporte le 1er prix du concours "Moi, Nouvel Américain"! Organisé par le French Heritage Language Program à New York, le concours avait pour objectif de mettre en lumière des communautés francophones parfois méconnues ou sous-représentées aux Etats-Unis.

books

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“René Char: Poetry and War”. A Colloquium at Princeton University

Feb 27 - 28, 2015
Princeton University
Princeton University will host a series of academic talks, a film, and readings about René Char, one of France’s most celebrated modern poets. The colloquium will address philosophical, historical and aesthetic issues raised particularly through Char’s work from 1938-1947.
podcast

The Letters of Samuel Beckett

Dan Gunn and Joseph O’Neill discuss the third volume of the correspondence of Samuel Beckett.
new titles

We're Not Here to Disappear

Award-winning novelist Olivia Rosenthal's new title begins with the portrait of a man suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and goes on to explore the loss of memory, language, and reason. How do we play with memory and forgetting to construct our identities? What remains of them when we lose our memory? This optimistic, desperate book, confirms Rosenthal's talent and verbal inventiveness.
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A People's History of the French Revolution

Looking at history from the bottom up, Eric Hazan's new book chronicles the 1789 upheaval through a vivid retelling of events, bringing them to life with a multitude of voices. A bold new history of the French Revolution from the standpoint of the peasants, workers, women and sans culottes.
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French Books USA: Week In Review

Kindle Unlimited found to violate French e-book pricing laws; La Hune bookshop to close this year; and Recommended Reading.
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France’s Historic Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte

A conversation with Alexandre de Vogüé, Owner and Director of Vaux-le-Vicomte, and Nicola Courtright, Art Historian, on France’s Historic Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte.

music

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Acoustic Guitarist Pierre Bensusan On Tour in 2015

Pierre Bensusan, a celebrated Franco-Algerian guitarist who plays jazz with a soothing lyrical bent and lush harmonic flow, will perform roughly 30 dates across the United States in February, March, April, and May 2015 as part of his 40th Anniversary Tour.
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Les Yeux Noirs at Drom

March 13, 2015 | 11 PM
Drom
On March 13th, New Yorkers will have a chance to see some of the best Gypsy musicians in the world perform as the New York Gypsy Festival presents Les Yeux Noirs at Drom in downtown Manhattan.
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The Classical Saxophone Project Plays Carnegie Hall

March 19, 2015 | 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Combining music by new artists and established composers through the eras, the Classical Saxophone Project presents an eclectic program featuring Javier Oviedo and Jean-Pierre Schmitt with the CSP Orchestra.
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Impressions de France at Carnegie Hall

March 21, 2015 | 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Caroline Léonardelli, Harp Julie Nesrallah, Mezzo-Soprano perform Impressions de France at Carnegie Hall on March 21st, 2015, featuring music harp compositions from a number of notable French composers.
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Magma to Tour North America

Magma, a legendary band who weaves unique guitar lines around songs of ancient and apocalyptic tales sung in an invented language, will tour North America in April.
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Guitarist Thibault Cauvin on North American Tour

A French classical guitarist with international acclaim, Thibault Cauvin will tour North America in March and February to promote his latest album on Sony, 'The Albeniz Journey'

Visual & Performing Arts

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Jean-Luc Moulène in Beautiful Monsters

January 28 - February 28, 2015
Gladstone Gallery
From January 28 to February 28, Gladstone Gallery presents Beautiful Monsters, a group exhibition, including the work of French artist Jean-luc Moulène, curated by Douglas Fogle. Altogether, they strive to show the “beautiful monster” that is inherent in the human form.
podcast

The Letters of Samuel Beckett

Dan Gunn and Joseph O’Neill discuss the third volume of the correspondence of Samuel Beckett.
news

SPLENDID'S after Jean Genet by Arthur Nauzyciel Tours France

French director Arhur Nauzyciel, after rehearsing at Abrons Art Center, New York, has now created SPLENDID'S after Jean Genet in France.
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30 Years of the French Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux

Since the mid-80's, many Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux (CCN) have been created in France. This year, we celebrate their 30 years!
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Artist-in-Residence Program in the U.S. 2015

In 2014 the Institut français launched a program for visual and digital French artists. It is a 2 months residency which can be located anywhere in the United States.
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The Record by Brooklyn Based 600 HIGHWAYMEN Presented in Paris

600 HIGHWAYMEN's The Record, created in 2013, who appears in the New York Times' best stage memories from 2014, is now on tour in France.

Film, TV & New Media

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MoMA's Documentary Fortnight 2015

Feb 13 - 27, 2015
MoMA
Join the MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media for the screening of Nathalie Nambot, Maki Berchache's Burn the Sea, Wang Bing's Father and sons, Laurent Bécue-Renard's Of men and War and Eric Baudelaire's Letter to Max.
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Panel Discussion with CNC Executives at Columbia Maison Française

March 5, 2015
Maison Française - Columbia University
Join the Columbia Maison Française for a lively discussion on French Cinema, A State Affair: History of Cinema and Public Policies from World War II to the Digital Age.
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Special Events to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

The 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, sweeps across screens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the IFC Center, and BAMcinématek, March 6-15.
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Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2015

March 6 - 16, 2015
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Join the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, which will take place March 6 through 15, 2015.
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ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

March 12 - 18, 2015
Various Locations
Join the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival for the screenings of Nils Tavernier's The Finishers and Jean-Pierre Améris's Marie's story.
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