MAY 16, 2016

The Art of Intervention: Diplomacy and Deployment after Iraq

By Laurence Geannopulos

Drawing from his exceptional knowledge and experience, Former French Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Dominique de Villepin presents an in-depth analysis of international crises facing the world today.

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MARCH 2, 2016

My Three Lives : an artist talk with Agnès Varda

By Laurence Geannopulos

In this discussion, acclaimed artist Agnès Varda speaks and reflects on various stages of her career as a photographer, filmmaker and visual artist. She discusses her modest beginnings in photography, saying she was a photographer long before she was a filmmaker. The discussion continues with various excepts and clips from many of her films including Uncle Yanco, Vagabond, Cléo from 5 to 7 and her autobiographical documentary, The Beaches of Agnès. She also meditates on what it means to be a filmmaker and the importance to follow one's joy, excitement, and surprise.

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FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Understanding Inequality and What to Do About It

By Laurence Geannopulos

In this discussion, French economist and expert on wealth and income inequality Thomas Piketty presents his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. He focuses on the long-run dynamics of income inequality, highlighting that institutions and policies greatly impact income and wealth concentrations from country to country. He then explains the current shift towards a return to a patrimonial or wealth-based society, citing what he calls "the metamorphosis of capital." In conclusion, Piketty draws from his research and data and comments about the future of wealth concentration.

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FEBRUARY 22, 2016

Who is Charlie?: A Conversation on Freedom of Expression

By Laurence Geannopulos

Zineb El Rhazoui, a human rights activist and a journalist for Charlie Hebdo explores in depth the themes of blasphemy, censorship, and freedom of expression following the reactions to the events of Charlie Hebdo's publications of cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The French concept of "laïcité," secularism, and the history of the Charlie Hebdo publication are also discussed.

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JANUARY 28, 2015

On Translation - Speeches from the 2014 French Voices Ceremony

By Book Department

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy held the second French Voices Ceremony, presided over this year by Honorary Chair Rick Moody. Among the ten grantees for 2014, one has been selected to receive the 2014 Grand Prize, worth $10,000. Rick Moody and the grantees agreed to share their thoughts on the virtues of translation. Read their speeches here!

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JANUARY 22, 2015

The French Social Sciences and Humanities in Translation

By Book Department

In 2014, the Institut Français commissioned a study on the international circulation of works in the social sciences translated from the French. Centered on the importation of French authors into the markets of three countries—the United States, the United Kingdom, and Argentina—the study analyzes trends in, and obstacles to, translation, and provides recommendations to increase translations in the humanities.

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NOVEMBER 25, 2014

VIS-A-VIS: FRENCH BANDE DESSINÉE MEETS L.A. COMICS

By Culture & Education (Los Angeles)

VIS-A-VIS, the French-American event on graphic novels and adaption took place on November 9th at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. If you missed it, here are a few insights on the first French-American graphic novel event in Los Angeles!

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Marianne Midwest Series

By Laurence Geannopulos

The Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Chicago, the Alliance Française of Chicago, The France Chicago Center, and the University of Chicago French Club join forces to create a program which consists of a series of web debates on contemporary topics, meant to bring together American and French points of view, and to reach Midwestern partners.

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

The Franco-Arab Thing: Exploring Centuries of Franco-Arab Relations

By Laurence Geannopulos

Henry Laurens, one of France's foremost experts on the Middle East and Chair of History of the Contemporary Arab World at the Collège de France in Paris, explores in depth the complex and fascinating relationship between France and the Arab world, from colonialism to present-day tensions, on a quest to uncover the “Franco-Arab thing.”

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

The Future of the Humanities: A Conversation with Julia Kristeva and Arnold Davidson

By Laurence Geannopulos

In this discussion, Julia Kristeva (Université Paris Diderot) and Arnold Davidson (Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor) discuss the future of the Humanities in North America and Europe. Referencing, several thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Primo Levi, and Immanuel Kant, this discussion touches on a range of issues concerning the humanities.

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Neither Whores nor Submissive: The Burqa Ban in France

By Laurence Geannopulos

In September 2010, the French Parliament made it illegal to wear a burqa in public areas, with 70 percent of public support. The ban received vigorous applause from the prominent French feminist organization Ni Putes Ni Soumises (Neither Whores Nor Submissive), which considers the burqa a tool of female oppression. In this talk, Fadela Amara (Ni Putes Ni Soumises founder and former French minister) discusses this controversial issue.

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AUGUST 25, 2014

Exploring Culture through Fiction

By Book Department

Even though we are all back to school and work, September is still an opportune time to mull on dreams of travel and keeping our minds open to exploring cultures and society through fiction.

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AUGUST 25, 2014

Stylistic Challenges

By Book Department

Both puzzling and exciting, these reads will have you scratching your head and itching for more: a one-sentence story, a fiction with missing letters and characters, and a plot told almost a hundred times.

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AUGUST 25, 2014

Back to School Reads

By Book Department

To gently get you back on the path to school and work, this week we recommend three titles on life in front of the blackboard.

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AUGUST 25, 2014

Books for Busy Minds

By Book Department

Keep your mind alert and socially engaged with this non-fiction selection for Labor Day.

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AUGUST 25, 2014

Steamy Titles

By Book Department

The heat has been cranked up this week in our Summer Reads blog series, featuring several steamy titles with some very thirsty protagonists…

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AUGUST 19, 2014

Books, like You’ve Never Seen before

By Book Department

This Friday’s Summer Reads list pushes all sorts of boundaries. Everything from the passions of a butcher, a laconic account of unfinished or missing pieces, and asking your boss for a raise are all explored as topics in these unprecedented works.

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AUGUST 18, 2014

Great Journeys from Your Couch

By Book Department

Summertime FOMO (fear of missing out) spreads as the travel bug continues to take bites out of the weary and the over-worked. These summer reads will have you trotting the globe with wild tales of adventure through time and space—all from the comfort of your couch.

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AUGUST 11, 2014

Family Feuds and Affairs

By Book Department

Family feuds are as old as time. Bloodbaths, in the figurative sense, are explored by French authors as families hash out their angst and troubles for this summer reads selection.

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AUGUST 11, 2014

Bone-Chilling Books

By Book Department

Delve into these bone-chilling summer reads as the line between fact and fictionn horror and wonder, becomes more and more blurred.

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