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La Maison Française of NYU Unfurls April / May 2014 Calendar of Events

March 24, 2014

Throughout April and May, La Maison Française of New York University will offer a series of stimulating cultural events featuring, for example, a conference entitled “History, Memory, and Scaling the Past: A Tribute to Jacques Revel,” and poetry readings by noted actors as part of the annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Please note: Except when otherwise noted, the happenings are free and open to the public, and are held at 16 Washington Mews (corner of University Place), New York, NY. For more information, call 212.998.8750, email, or visit

Tuesday, April 1, 6:00 p.m.
Location: 13–19 University Place, Room 102

In French & Hebrew with English subtitles, 2013, 64 minutes
Followed by a discussion with the director, Yael Feldman, Avital Ronell, and Raphaël Sigal (moderator)
In English.

Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Colloquium
Professor of History, Art History and Film, USC; author of It’s So French! Hollywood, Paris and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture
Dancing Rabbis and Bar Mitzvah Cats: On Jewish Humor in French Popular Film

Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m.
French Department Lecture
CNRS–EHESS; visiting professor, NYU; author of Le Genre littéraire; Le Temps de l’essai; Façons de lire, manières d’être
L’altérité incluse

Thursday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Florence Gould Event
Novelist; author of Truismes; Le Bébé; Tom est mort; Clèves; Il faut beaucoup aimer les hommes (Prix Médicis)
Le Trajet d’une phrase

Friday, April 11
Presented by Institute of French Studies and Department of History
History, Memory, and Scaling the Past: A Tribute to Jacques Revel

2:00–3:30 p.m. Session 1
Barbara Weinstein, NYU
Edward Berenson, NYU
Florent Brayard, EHESS
Goebbels as a Case
Jerrold Seigel, NYU
A Life Between Cultures in Twentieth-Century France: Louis Massignon’s Islamic Catholicism

3:45–5:15 p.m. Session 2
Herrick Chapman, NYU, Chair
Francesca Trivellato, Yale
Pierre Bouretz, EHESS
La raison ou les dieux: un cas antique des jeux d’échelles

5:30–6:30 p.m. Keynote Address
Lynn Hunt, UCLA
Jacques Revel and the Question of Scale

Saturday, April 12
French Department Graduate Student Conference
Center, Periphery, Constellation: Relationality in French Studies
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. Keynote Address
Efthymia Rentzou, Princeton University

Thursday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Institute for Public Knowledge, Department of Politics, Institute of French Studies, and Public Books
Location: IPK, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
Book Event: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (Harvard U.P., 2014)
Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics
with comments by
Julia Ott, The New School
David Stasavage, NYU
Frédéric Viguier, NYU

Friday, April 18
Co-Sponsored by New French Philosophy, The Center for French Civilization and Culture, Department of French
Barthes’s Attachments
Organized by Emily Apter, NYU

10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Moderated by Richard Sieburth, NYU
Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania
Roland Barthes and the Pathos of Distance
Françoise Gaillard, Université de Paris VII
J’ai toujours eu envie d’argumenter mes humeurs
François Proulx, University of Illinois
P/Reparation: Barthes and Sedgwick
Marielle Macé, CNRS–EHESS
Barthes and the Rhythmicity of Living

2:30–4:30 p.m. Film Screening
Le sport et les hommes. Script by Barthes, in collaboration with Hubert Aquin, 1959, 58 minutes
La lutte. Michel Brault and Marcel Carrière, 1961, 27 minutes
Comments by: Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study

5:00–7:00 p.m. Roundtable
Moderated by Emily Apter, NYU
Philippe Roger, ehess
Ben Kafka, NYU
Youna Kwak, NYU
Denis Hollier, NYU

Monday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.
Florence Gould Event
Novelist; author of Cherokee (Prix Médicis); Lac (Grand Prix Européen de Littérature); Les Grandes Blondes (Prix Novembre); Je m’en vais (Prix Goncourt); Ravel; 14 (1914, The New Press, 2014)
in conversation with
Novelist; author of Le Problème avec Jane; La Haine de la famille; Confessions d’une radine; Amours transversales; Un brilliant avenir (Prix Goncourt des Lycéens); Indigo
In French.

Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by New York Institute for the Humanities
Professor of Sociology, Université d’Amiens; author of Réflexions sur la question gay; Retour à Reims; Retour sur Retour à Reims; De la subversion; La Société comme verdict
in conversation with
Professor Emeritus of French, University of California, Berkeley
Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
ERIC BANKS, Moderator
Director, New York Institute for the Humanities

Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Professor, Université de Genève; author of Je suis la Révolution. Histoire d’une métaphore (1830-1975); La Vie esthétique
La Photo contre l’image (de Proust à Ernaux)

Friday, April 25, 2:00 p.m.
La Poésie française contemporaine aux États-Unis
Roundtable with Pierre Alféri, Charles Bernstein, Tracy Grinnell, Pierre Joris, Anne Portugal, Cole Swensen, and others

Monday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Florence Gould Event
French Literature in the Making
Novelist, editor, radio producer and host; author of Aujourd’hui (Prix Marguerite Duras); Pour Dalida; Un Amour de frère; La Préparation de la vie
in conversation with
Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of Je ne suis pas là; Le Fils perdu
In French. Presented with the additional support of Sofitel, the Centre National du Livre, and Open Skies.

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Colloquium
Senior Researcher, Political Sociology, Université Paris I–CNRS; author of L’Union par le droit; Démocratiser L’Europe
Can the European Union be Democratized?

Friday, May 2
PEN World Voices Festival
A Celebration of Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology
Edited by Paula Deitz (Syracuse University Press, 2013)

2:00–2:30 p.m.
Mark Jarman
On Translation in The Hudson Review since 1949

2:30–3:00 p.m.
Poet/Translators R. S. Gwynn, Johanna Keller,
and Charles Martin discuss their translations of Victor Hugo, Christine de Pisan, and G.G. Belli

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Actors Jeff Kline and Alexa de Puivert
perform scenes from Richard Wilbur’s translation of Corneille’s Le Cid and discuss its 2013 world premiere production, in which Kline performed the title role

Reservations suggested: 212-998-8750 or
Co-sponsored by Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

For full schedule of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, April 28–May 4, visit:


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