La Maison Française of New York University, located at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place), will host several special events in November, including a conversation on November 28 with The New Yorkers European correspondent Jane Kramer on French President Nicolas Sarkozys first six months in office. All events are free and open to the public and take place at La Maison Française, unless otherwise noted. For further information, call 212.998.8750, or visit www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.
A schedule of events follows:
- Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 & 3 French Studies Graduate Student Symposium: Regime Change: The Social and Cultural Origins of Political Transformation in France. Visit www.ifssymposium.com for details.
- Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Reading: novelist and playwright Christine Angot reads in French from her work. She won the Prix de Flore for Rendez-vous.
- Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Lecture: LInvention littéraire du maître à penser et lanti-intellectualisme à la française by Philippe Roger, editor, Critique; author of Roland Barthes: roman; Sade; LEnnemi américain. In French.
- Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Staged Reading (in French and English) of Marguerite Duras La Musica with Astrid Bas and Daniel Pettrow. Reservations: 212.998.8750. Co-sponsored by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE, and CulturesFrance.
- Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Rolex Arts Weekend. Mentor and Protégé Initiative. World Literature Night with young Togolese writer Edem Awumey, Rolex Protégé in Literature, and his mentor, the Moroccan poet and author Tahar Ben Jelloun, whose 1987 novel La Nuit sacrée won Frances prestigious Prix Goncourt. They will read from recent work in French (with English translation). Note venue: Joes Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Reservations: 212.539.8778.
- Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium: La Condition littéraire ou la double vie des écrivains by sociologist Bernard Lahire. In French.
- Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Lecture: Joaquin Torres-Garcia in Paris and Cercle et Carré by Mario Gradowczyk. Organized in conjunction with the NYU Grey Art Gallerys exhibition The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia de Cisneros Collection, on view through Dec. 8.
- Monday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. French Literature in the Making: novelist Clemence Boulouque, author of Mort dun silence, winner of the Prix Fénéon, in conversation with Olivier Barrot, journalist, France 3s Un Livre un jour. In French.
- Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. Conversation: The New Yorkers European correspondent Jane Kramer, author of nine books including Unsettling Europe and The Politics of Memory, speaks on France and the Rest of Us: Nicolas Sarkozys First Six Months in the Elysée.
- Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Remembering Jean Anouilh (1910-1987)/Jean Anouilh, vingt ans après, an evening of scenes, songs, and poems, interpreted by Bernard Pisani, Jacqueline Chambord, Malinda Hazlett, and Michael Fennelly. With the participation of Colombe Anouilh, the playwrights daughter, and Alain Malraux, founder of Theater France 2000. Reservations: 212.998.8750.