The Future of Journalism

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, as part of Festival Albertine 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York hosted a debate on the future of journalism moderated by The New Yorker writer, Francophile, and author Adam Gopnik featured David Remnick, editor-in-chief at The New Yorker, and Nabil Wakim, director of editorial innovation at Le Monde and a rising figure in French media. Panelists explored the challenges journalism faces in a digital age and how the field must adapt in order to provide high-quality news in a shifting landscape.

Still the Second Sex?

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, as part of Festival Albertine 2015, a discussion moderated by Judith Thurman, Margo Jefferson, Katie Roiphe, Réjane Sénac, and Sandrine Treiner considered the progress that has been and has yet to be achieved in the struggle for women’s rights in the decades since the The Second Sex was published in 1949.

Highs Schools Debate Climate Changes

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, as part of Festival Albertine 2015, high school students from the Lycée Français of New York and other local schools debated pressing issues surrounding climate change a few weeks before the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11).

Explosive Coming-of-Age Graphic Novels

On Friday, November 6, 2015, as part of Festival Albertine 2015, a conversation, moderated by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker and publisher of the award-winning Toon Books, will explore autobiographical graphic novels dealing with eccentric, even dysfunctional families, in an often humorous way. It included bestselling cartoonist and filmmaker Riad Sattouf, a former contributor to Charlie Hebdo, and graphic novelist Phoebe Gloeckner (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).

Talking Across History: Literature as Dialogue

On Thursday, November 5, 2015, as part of Festival Albertine 2015, Ethiopian-American novelist and writer Dinaw Mengestu hosted a discussion on literature, postcolonial heritage, and what it means to write in a language that is not your own. It featured the novelist and journalist Kamel Daoud (The Meursault Investigation), and author and former president of PEN American Center, Francine Prose.

Nina Simone: a Novel

On Monday, October 5, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed writers Gilles Leroy and Claudia Roth Pierpont for a discussion on how a little girl born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina went on to become Nina Simone.

Conversation with Professor François Grosjean

On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Professor François Grosjean, world-renowned psycholinguist and specialist on bilingualism, in a conversation with Fabrice Jaumont, Education Attaché at the Cultural Services in New York.

Discovering Emmanuel Bove: A Discussion with Donald Breckenridge and Alyson Waters

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed author Donald Breckenridge and translator Alyson Waters for an exploration of the novels of Emmanuel Bove.

A Conversation with Etienne Balibar and Carlo Accetti

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed philosophers Etienne Balibar and Carlo Accept for a discussion about the insidious causes of violence, racism, nationalism, and ethnic cleansing worldwide.

Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion

On Tuesday, June 16th, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Hélène Farnault, France's leading authority on rare crafts at the heart of the arts ans fashion industries. She took us on a tour of fashion's backstage, introducing us to the world of little known but extraordinary traditional artisans.

Jewish Artists of the School of Paris 1905-1939

On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books hosted a conversation between the book's co-authors Nadine Nieszawer, Deborah and Boris Princ, along with Julia Zilberquit, and Léon Benrimon, in celebration of the recent publication of Jewish Artists of The School of Paris 1905-1939.

Independent Publishing as Art

Jean-Christophe Menu discusses his work as an artist and a publisher and the ethics of independent production with Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos.

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