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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.



Marcel Proust's Swann's Way: A Six Session Course

Mar 7, 2015 | 3 PM
Jefferson Market Library
The New York Public Library launches a six session course about "Swann's Way", the first of Proust's seven-novel masterpiece "In Search of Lost Time". The course will begin with the first section of Swann's Way, “Combray”, a dreamy, exquisite and critical overture to a grand symphony, which contains the famous episode of the madeleine dipped in tea.

Best of France at SXSW 2015

South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the biggest festivals in the US for film, music and digital technology, will gather around 300,000 participants in Austin March 13- 22, 2015. French professionals will not be left out.

There Are Two Sexes: On the Thought and Commitments of Antoinette Fouque

Mar 10, 2015 | 7 PM
Maison Française of NYU
The Maison Française of NYU will host a special panel on Antoinette Fouque, the feminist and psychoanalyst who co-founded the "Mouvement de Libération des Femmes" or MLF ("Women's Liberation Movement") in France in 1968. Panelists will include activists Sylvina Boissonnas and Michèle Idels, as well as the professors Catherine Perret and Anne Deneys-Tunney.

French Books USA: Week In Review

Critics remember Abdel Hafed Benotman; the BnF turns 20; and the question of whether France is in need of a Grand Ecrivain National is raised.

"When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation"

Mar 12, 2015 | 6.30 PM
Mid-Manhattan Library
Professor Ronald C. Rosbottom will be in New York City to discuss his book When Paris Went Dark. This illustrated work chronicles Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II and recounts daily life in the city during the four years of occupation, from the development of an underground resistance to the city’s liberation.

Book Presentation: Rubén Gallo's "Proust’s Latin Americans"

March 12, 2015 | 7 pm
Americas Society
The award-winning writer and scholar Rubén Gallo will present his book, "Proust’s Latin Americans", which explores Proust’s circle of Latin American friends, lovers, and literary models. Gallo will be in conversation with Mexican writer Alvaro Enrigue and Proust scholar Caroline Weber.



Best of France at SXSW 2015

South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the biggest festivals in the US for film, music and digital technology, will gather around 300,000 participants in Austin March 13- 22, 2015. French professionals will not be left out.

Miss Elie Sorbsel (Aka Emilie Lesbros) EP Release Party in NYC

March 12, 2015 | 9 PM
Nuyorican Poet's Cafe
Multi-instrumentalist and Jazz singer Miss Elie Sorbsel (Aka Emilie Lesbros) will have an EP Release Party in New York on March 12th at Nuyorican Poet's Café with special guests.

Les Yeux Noirs at Drom

March 13, 2015 | 11 PM
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.

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.

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.

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.

Visual & Performing Arts


Jonah Bokaer at Concordan(s)e Festival

Young American choreographer Jonah Bokaer has been invited to present his new work, The Museum of Nothing, as part of the ninth edition of French Concordan(s)e Festival.

French Galleries at New York Art Fairs

March 5 - 8, 2015
Various locations
From March 5 to March 8, New York City will count many important contemporary art fairs, such as The Armory Show, VOLTA, PULSE, The Independant or SCOPE. Among the numerous worldwide galleries invited, several French ones will be presented.

Marie Vic: Blowing Riccardo

March 6 - 8, 2015
Hotel Particulier
Hotel Particulier presents Blowing Riccardo by French visual artist Marie Vic: a multi-channel video installation composed of nine looped films projected simultaneously throughout the space.

Sarah Bastide: RE/COLLECTION

Feb. 12 - March 8, 2015
Manhattan Mini Storage
French artist Sarah Bastide presents her first solo show RE/COLLECTION curated by Clara Darrason in a Chelsea storage.

What's on This Month? March Performing Arts Round-up

March highlights include: An American in Paris, the first ever Paris-Broadway co-production, at the Palace Theatre; Hakanaï, a technologically innovative performance and installation at BAM; Jean-Luc Lagarce’s Music Hall by Zeljko Djukic at 59E59 Theatre; and more listed below.

The Letters of Samuel Beckett

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

Film, TV & New Media


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.

RFI by AudioNow® Digital

Radio France Internationale (RFI), the French current affairs radio station that broadcasts worldwide in French and 12 foreign languages, and AudioNow® Digital, a leading provider of in-language mobile apps for radio broadcasters, today announced the launch of “RFI by AudioNow® Digital” with audio content in twelve RFI broadcast languages.

Best of France at SXSW 2015

South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the biggest festivals in the US for film, music and digital technology, will gather around 300,000 participants in Austin March 13- 22, 2015. French professionals will not be left out.

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.

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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