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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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 FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

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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AUGUST 7, 2014

René Manzor's "Les âmes rivales" and "Celui dont le nom n'est plus"

By Alexander C Totz

René Manzor's stories begin like an itch or a craving, then become viral and feverish, hooking you into a juggernaut of action, emotion and suspense that does not relent until its cathartic yet shattering conclusion.

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AUGUST 1, 2014

Mothers: A Love-Hate Relationship

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Mothers, we love them, but sometimes we cannot stand them. Today, we celebrate motherhood, not for the number of children, but for the complexity and richness behind our love-hate relationships with mothers and the influences of maternal bonds upon literature.

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AUGUST 1, 2014

Family Road Trips Are Better with Books

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

The alphabet and license plate games only go so far in abating boredom on the road… This year indulge in a more exciting road trip of the mind with these imaginative stories for you and your children.

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JULY 30, 2014

Traveling by All Means

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Whether coming from a point of despair or simply out of a craving for an escape, take a journey then, by all means—foot, car, boat, plane, or hot air balloon—with these summer reads for a breakaway.

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JULY 28, 2014

Cooling down with Frosty Reads

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Some like it hot… but not this hot. The muggy air and heat wave are so passé. Canadian, Siberian and French winter settings cool our summer fevers.

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JULY 23, 2014

The Art of Laziness

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

Lackadaisical, carefree, dallying, indolent and idle desires run (or rather trudge) wild in this week’s summer reads selection.

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JULY 16, 2014

Chilling Crime Fiction & Mystery Novels

By FRENCH CULTURE BOOKS

If you thought detective stories were invented in the US, then think twice. The French also have talented writers who know all about schemes and mystery, and we did some plotting of our own…

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