La Maison Française of New York University, located at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place), will host a number of events in March, including a conference on the eighteenth-century Encyclopédie; movie screenings in conjunction with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2011; and the return of “French Literature in the Making” with host Olivier Barrot on March 21. 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:
Tues., March 1, 7 p.m.
Film Screening and Discussion: Ophra Yerushalmi, pianist and filmmaker, presents her documentary film, Chopin’s Afterlife, which challenges viewers to look at Chopin in new ways.
Weds., March 2, 7 p.m.
Lecture: Timothy Reiss, professor emeritus of comparative literature (NYU), De Bry, Stradanus, Flying Monsters and Globalizing Myths of European Expansion: From the Argonauts to Michelet.
Fri., March 4 through Sun, March 6
Conference: Translating the Encyclopédie in the Global Eighteenth Century, a weekend-long conference that explores the great French Enlightenment project, the Encyclopédie. Published in Paris between 1751 and 1772, in 72 volumes of plates, with 77,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors, the work mobilized many of the philosophers of the eighteenth century and presented itself as an all-encompassing reference for the arts and sciences. This colloquium is part of a series initiated by the ARTFL project at the University of Chicago around the digitization of the Encyclopédie. For a complete list of lecture topics and participants, visit www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.
Fri, March 4, 9:30 p.m. Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Film Screening: Director Coline Serreau presents Think Global, Act Rural (Solutions locales pour un desordre global), a documentary that digs into the problem of industrialized agriculture across the globe. A Q&A with the director follows the screening. Tickets: $14. for General Public; $10. with NYU ID. 212.924.7771; www.ifccenter.com.
Sun., March 6, 9 p.m. Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Film Screening: Director Martin Provost teams with star Yolande Moreau for a heartfelt drama, The Long Falling (Ou va la nuit), based on a novel by Kenneth Ridgeway, about a long-suffering wife who takes revenge and bonds with her gay son in a suspenseful film of sin and salvation. A Q&A with the director follows the screening. Tickets: $14. for General Public; $10. with NYU ID. 212.924.7771; www.ifccenter.com.
Mon., March 7, 7 p.m.
Reading and Discussion: David Bellos, professor of French and comparative literature (Princeton) reads from his translation of George Perec’s The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise (Verso, 2011). With Emmanuelle Ertel, assistant professor of French (NYU).
Weds., March 9, 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: New Grounds for Race-equality and Legal Decisions: A French-American Dialogue, with Reva Siegel, professor of law (Yale); Patrick Weil, visiting professor (NYU); and Rahsaan Maxwell, assistant professor of political science (U Mass Amherst).
Thurs., March 10, 7 p.m.
Lecture: Anka Mulstein, writer, Proust and Balzac: A Closer Look at the Baron de Charlus. Proust’s contemporaries were obsessed by the question of keys, of real life models, and seem to have neglected the literary models that were essential to his creative process.
Mon., March 21, 7 p.m.
Literary Conversation: French Literature in the Making with Camille Laurens, novelist and author of Les Travaux d’Hercule; L’Avenir; Dans ces bras-là, in conversation with Olivier Barrot, journalist and host of Un livre un jour (France 3 TV); publisher of Senso. In French.
Tues., March 22, 6 p.m.
Reading and Discussion: Modern Oedipus: A Reading and Discussion of Wajdi Mouawad’s Scorched. Directed by Rubén Polendo, associate professor of theater (NYU Abu Dhabi); Judith Miller, professor of French (NYU); and Peter Meineck, associate professor of classics and ancient studies (NYU). Co-sponsored by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. Location: Abu Dhabi Institute, 19 Washington Square North. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon., March 28, 7 p.m.
Lecture: Marielle Macé author of Le Savoir des genres; Le Temps de l'essai. Histoire d'un genre littéraire en France au XXe siècle; Le Genre littéraire, discusses Barthes : la vie en forme de phrase. In French.
Weds., March 30, 7 p.m.
Lecture : Raphaelle Branche, visiting professor of history (NYU), Political Uses of the Past : Memory of the War of Independence in Algeria.
Thurs., March 31, 7 p.m.
Book Launch : Darina al-Joundi, actress and author of The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing (The Feminist Press, 2011; translated from the French by Marjolijn de Jager), in conversation with Philippa Wehle, emerita professor of French and theater (SUNY-Purchase).