Proust and Einstein: In Search of Time

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Thibault Damour, Permanent Professor at the prestigious Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, for a discussion on the experience of Time through the work of Marcel Proust and Albert Einstein.

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books hosted a discussion with Hanne and Max Liebmann, Nelly T. Hewett, Renée K. Silver, Patrick Cabanel, Peter Grose, and Paul Kutner on how the Righteous of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding villages lived and rewrote history through civil resistance and rescue during World War II.

The Universe in Your Hand: Author Christophe Galfard

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Christophe Galfard and Janna Levin for a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying Sun.

An Evening with Dany Laferrière

On Monday, April 11, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Haitian Canadian author and member of the prestigious French Academy Dany Laferrière for a discussion on his latest publication, "Mythologies américaines," and Haitian literature.

A Moment of Grace: Author Clémence Bouloque

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed French novelist Clémence Boulouque and American author and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnick for a discussion on "Un instant de grâce," Boulouque’s latest novel.

Camus in New York

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Alice Kaplan, Alban Cerisier, and Morris Dickstein for a discussion on Albert Camus’ 1946 trip to New York and the reception of his work in the United States.

At the Existentialist Cafe

On Monday, April 4, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed best-selling author of How to Live, Sarah Bakewell and author, and New Yorker journalist Kathryn Schultz for a discussion on Sarak Bakewell’s new book, "At The Existentialist Café", a spirited account of one of the twentieth century’s major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it.

From Book to Movie: The Art of Adapting

On Monday, March 14, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed Robert Schenkkan, Marc Levy, and Brigitte Gauthier, along with Lila Azam Zanganeh for a conversation on the art of writing adapted screenplays.

How To Talk About Places You've Never Been

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed bestselling author of How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read Pierre Bayard and Paul Holdengräber, Director of the program LIVE from the New York Public Library, for a conversation giving us essential guidance on how to talk about all those fantastic places we’ve never been.

The United Nations in The New World Disorder

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books welcomed UN specialist, author, and filmmaker Romuald Sciora for a discussion on his new book, L’ONU dans le nouveau désordre mondial (The United Nations in The New World Disorder), with Anne-Cécile Robert, Editorial Director for International affairs at Le Monde Diplomatique; Ambassador Ioannis Vrailas, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to the UN; and Robert Jervis, Professor of International Politics at Columbia University’s SIPA.

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.

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