The Center for French Civilization and Culture organizes colloquiums and conferences, in New York and in Paris, to bring together recognized specialists in such areas as literature, criticism, etc., in order to foster a high-level exchange of ideas. These meetings, usually of several days' duration, consist of both public and working sessions, and the papers, presentations, and discussions arising out of them are often published. The Center also occasionally presents other public events. In addition, the Center publishes the Florence Gould Lectures at New York University. Colloquia and other activities with their principal participants have been:


Colloquia and Conferences

1972

PROUST ET LA NOUVELLE CRITIQUE
Paris. With: Roland Barthes, Jacques Bersani, Leo Bersani, Gilles Deleuze, Gérard Genette, Jean Milly, Michel Raimond, Jean Ricardou, Jean Rousset; Serge Doubrovsky, Director.

1973

COLLOQUIUM ON SYMBOLISM
New York. With: Michel Decaudin, Michel Benamou, James Lawler, Pierre Brunel, Philippe Julian, Michael Riffaterre, Lydia Bronté; Anna Balakian, Director.

LINGUISTIQUE ET POÉSIE
Paris. With: Gérard Genette, J.-M. Klinkenberg, Henri Meschonnic, Michael Riffaterre, Tzvetan Todorov, T.A. Van Dijk; Amiel van Teslaar, Director.

1974

LA CRÉATION COLLECTIVE ET LE THÉÂTRE D'AUTEUR
Paris. With: Armand Gatti, Gilbert Moses, Giuliano Scabia, Jean-Louis Barrault, Tadeusz Kantor, Margaretta d'Arcy, John Arden, Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine, Jean-Claude Van Itallie, Bernard Dort, Shuji Terayama; Françoise Kourilsky and Tom Bishop, Directors.

WOMEN IN FRANCE
New York. With: Hélène Cixous, Françoise Giroud, Germaine Brée, Charlotte Curtis, Pat Carbine, Janet Flanner, Lucy Jarvis, Violette Verdy, Susan Sontag, Nicole Stephane, Nelly Kaplan, Helen Gary Bishop, Marie-Monique Steckel, Sherrye Henry, Daisy de Galard; David Noakes, Director.

1976

L'ART DEPUIS L'ACTION PAINTING

Paris. With: Pontus Hulten, Germain Viatte, Thomas Messer, Jacques Lassaigne, Harald Szeeman, René Berger, Ryszard Stanislawski, René de Montaigü , Theodor Ahrenberg, Tom Bishop, Pierre Restany; Guy Habasque, Director.

SELF AND CULTURE TODAY: PSYCHOANALYTICAL DIALOGUE
New York. With: Kenneth Burke, René Girard, André Green, Norman Holland, Serge Leclair, François Péraldi, J.B. Pontalis, Harry Slochower, Sherry Turkle, Ernest Wolf; Serge Doubrovsky and Alan Roland, Directors.

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: HOMAGE TO ÉMILE BENVENISTE
New York. With: François Péraldi, Umberto Eco, Gregory Nagy, Michael Riffaterre, Douglas Frame, Paolo Valesio, Louis Marin, Julia Kristeva, Paul de Man, Edward Saïd; Eugène Nicole and Sylvère Lotringer, Directors.

1977

NOUVELLES VOIES DU ROMAN AMÉRICAIN
Paris. With: Jerzy Kosinski, Robert Coover, Raymond Federman, Ronald Sukenick, Ishmael Reed, Jacques Cabau, Viviane Forrester, Andre Le Vot, Denis Roche, Françoise Wagener, Tom Bishop; Serge Doubrovsky, Director.

1978

MYTHES FRANCO-AMÉRICAINS
Paris. With: Pierre Nora, Alain Clément, Maurice Agulhon, Serge Hurtig, J.F. Revel, Laurence Wylie, Philippe Sollers, Susan Sontag, Pierre Salinger, René Rémond; Nicholas Wahl and Tom Bishop, Directors.

BECKETT FESTIVAL
New York. Theater productions, video screenings and discussions with: Raymond Federman, Philippe Sollers, Susan Sontag, Lee Breuer, James Knowlson, Richard Seaver; Tom Bishop, Director.

1979

THE ELUSIVE CHILD / L'ENFANT, L'INTROUVABLE
New York. With: Philippe Ariès, Peter Brook, Serge Doubrovsky, Felix Guattari, Lois Gould, Marthe Mercadier, Richard Sennett; Philippe Roger, Director.

1980

FAIRE / FAIRE: LA PERSUASION AUJOURD'HUI
Paris. With: Chaim Perelman, A.J. Greimas, Michel Bongrand, Jean-Marie Domenach, Jacques Ellul, Marc Fumaroli, Georges Kiejman, Thierry Lévy, Claude Marcus, Denis Huisman, Yves Hersant, Pierre Salinger, R.G. Schwartzenberg, Amiel van Teslaar, Tom Bishop, Nicholas Wahl, Richard Sennett, Antoine Compagnon; Michel Beaujour and Philippe Roger, Directors.

PARIS / NEW YORK: CULTURE IN THE METROPOLIS
New York. With: Roger Shattuck, John Leonard, Jacques Rigaud, Anna Balakian, Richard Seaver, John Rockwell, Nicholas Wahl, Tom Bender, Marcelin Pleynet, Carol Krinsky, Anthony Vidler; Elaine Brody and Tom Bishop, Directors.

PHILOSOPHIE DE LA SCIENCE ET PHILOSOPHIE DU LANGAGE
Paris. With: J.T. Desanti, Ian Hacking, Donald Davidson, J.F. Lyotard, Nicholas Ruwet, Tom Bishop, Richard Sennett, Eugène Nicole, Pierre Jacob, Christian Delacampagne, V. Descombes; François Chatelet and Amiel van Teslaar, Directors.

1981

ACTUALITÉ DE SAMUEL BECKETT
Paris. With the Festival d'Automne. Theater productions, video, exhibits, discussions with: Bernard Dort, Guy Dumur, Ruby Cohn, Alan Schneider, Alain Robbe-Grillet, James Knowlson, John Calder, Rick Cluchey; Tom Bishop, Artistic Director.

Installation at Pompidou Center

SARTRE
New York. With Columbia University. With: Bernard Pingaud, Jacques Leenhardt, Arthur Danto, Michel Contat, Serge Doubrovsky, Peter Caws, Michel Rybalka, Jacques Garelli, Edith Kern, Leon Roudiez; Philippe Roger and Tom Bishop, Directors.

ROLE ET STATUT DES INTELLECTUELS
Paris. With: René Rémond, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Crozier, François Chatelet, Edgar Morin, Richard Sennett, Susan Sontag, Jean-Paul Aron, Jane Kramer, Madeleine Rebérioux, Pierre Birnbaum, Kenneth Keniston, Philippe Roger; Amiel van Teslaar and Tom Bishop, Directors.





François Chatelet; Pierre Bourdieu; Jacques Derrida


A LA RECHERCHE DE L'ONCLE SAM

Paris. With: Alain Clément, Edgar Morin, Richard Eder, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Michel Crozier, William Pfaff, Henry Pillsbury, Roland Cayrol, Patrick Lecoq, Amiel van Teslaar, Jean-François Kahn; Tom Bishop, Director.

1982

PRÉSENCE DU ROMAN AMÉRICAIN
Paris. With: James Baldwin, William Styron, Toni Morrison, Francine du Plessix Gray, Paul Theroux, Richard Sennett, Vivianne Forrester, Joseph McElroy, Serge Doubrovsky, Denis Roche, James Tuttleton, Marc Chenetier, Jane Kramer; Amiel van Teslaar and Tom Bishop, Directors.

Toni Morrison, Tom Bishop and James Baldwin


LA BELGIQUE: COLLOQUE SUR LA FRANCOPHONIE

New York. With: Roger Lallemand, Marc Quaghbeur, Jacques Sojcher, André Delvaux, Jean-Marie Lepage, Hugues de Kerret, Georges Borchardt, Jean Vallier, Annette Michelson, Michel Beaujour, Tom Bishop, Nicholas Wahl, Anna Balakian, L.P. Hoffman; Bernard Garniez, Director.

THREE DECADES OF THE NEW FRENCH NOVEL
New York. With: Robert Pinget, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute, Claude Simon, Michel Rybalka, Monique Wittig, John Barth, Robert Coover, Jonathan Baumbach, John Hawkes, Barney Rosset, Annette Michelson, Alain Kirili, Richard Howard, François Jost, Leon Roudiez, Erika Ostrovsky; Tom Bishop, Director.

Authors Pinget, SImon, Robbe-Grillet and Sarraute with Prof. Bishop in Washington Mews


1983


BARTHES FESTIVAL: A NEW YORK TRIBUTE
New York. With:
Edmund White, Richard Howard, Susan Sontag, Richard Avedon, Herbert Blau, Michel Beaujour, Marshall Blonsky, Domna Stanton, Philippe Roger, Françoise Kourilsky; Richard Sennett and Tom Bishop, Directors.

PROUST: CRITICISM AND TEXTUAL GENESIS

New York. With: Germaine Brée, Mary Ann Caws, Serge Doubrovsky, Marcel Muller, Jean Milly, Gérard Genette, Bernard Brun, Douglas Alden, Philip Kolb, Elyane Dezon-Jones, Antoine Compagnon; Eugène Nicole, Director.

POLITIQUES CULTURELLES EN FRANCE ET AUX ÉTATS-UNIS
Paris. With: Francine Du Plessix Gray, Jean-Paul Aron, Régis Debray, François Châtelet, Robert Fitzpatrick, Stanley Hoffman, Robert Abirached, Diana Pinto, Jacques Rigaud, Richard Foreman, Francis Rauch, Dominique Wolton, Ezra Suleiman, Yves Hersant, J.P. Colin; Amiel van Teslaar and Tom Bishop, Directors.


Le Grand Amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne

1984

HENRI MICHAUX AND SIGNS
New York. With: Michel Beaujour, Mary Ann Caws, Anna Balakian, Serge Doubrovsky; Eugène Nicole and Richard Sieburth, Directors.

1985

OÙ EN SONT LES IDÉOLOGIES AUJOURD'HUI?

Paris. With: Jean-Paul Aron, Jean-Marie Benoist, Nicole Bernheim, Roland Cayrol, Jean-Pierre Cot, Alain Cotta, Michel Crozier, Jean Daniel, Claude Estier, Frances FitzGerald, François Furet, John Kenneth Galbraith, Amb. Evan Galbraith, Marie-France Garaud, Raoul Girardet, Jacques Julliard, Wassily Leontieff, Edgar Morin, Didier Motchane, Joshua Muravchik, William Pfaff, Evelyne Pisier, Richard Sennett, Guy Sorman, Alain Touraine; Tom Bishop, Amiel van Teslaar and Nicholas Wahl, Directors.

HOMAGE TO MICHEL FOUCAULT
New York. With: Leo Bersani, Nathalie Davis, Michel Beaujour, Jacques Derrida, Paul Veyne, Clifford Geertz, Edward Saïd, John Searle; Tom Bishop and Richard Sennett, Directors.

 

LE QUÉBEC: COLLOQUE SUR LA FRANCOPHONIE
New York. With: Louis Balthazar, Nicole Boisvert, André Gaullin, Lise Gauvin, Alonzo Leblanc, Jean-Louis Roy, Claire Gagnon, Jean Vallier, Nicholas Wahl; Bernard Garniez, Director.

1986

ENCOUNTERS WITH 3 FRENCH INTELLECTUALS
New York: Marek Halter; Edgar Morin; Georges Duby

A CELEBRATION OF MARGUERITE DURAS
New York. With: Germaine Brée, Irene Worth, Bonnie Marranca, Judith Miller, Erika Munk, Philippa Wehle, Nancy Miller, Christiane Makward, Leon Roudiez, Catherine Stimpson, François Péraldi, Catherine Portugues, Barbara Probst Solomon, Jean Vallier, Gautam Dasgupta, Molly Haskell, Annette Michelson, Andrew Sarris; Susan Cohen and Tom Bishop, Directors.

A TRIBUTE TO SAMUEL BECKETT
New York. With: Ruby Cohn, John Ashbery, Helen Gary Bishop, Richard Howard, Galway Kinnell, L. Jay Oliva, M. L. Rosenthal, Susan Sontag, John Calder, Martin Esslin, Alvin Epstein, Jack Garfein, Enoch Brater; Tom Bishop, Director.

BECKETT DANS LE SIÈCLE
Paris. With: Guy Dumur, J.J. Mayoux, Alfred Simon, Alain Robbe-Grillet, John Fletcher, Enoch Brater, Barney Rosset, Yasunari Takahashi, Dougald McMillan, John Calder, S.E. Gontarski, Walter Asmus, Elmar Tophoven, Guy Scarpetta, James Knowlson, Aldo Tagliaferri, Rosette Lamont, Pierre Chabert, Martin Esslin, Antoni Libera, B. Poirot-Delpech, Dina Sherzer, Gérard Désarthe, David Warrilow, Éléonore Hirt; Tom Bishop, Director.

AWARD-WINNING FRENCH NOVELISTS
New York. With : Raphaëlle Billetdoux, Yann Queffelec, Michel Braudeau, Patrick Besson, Jay McErneny, Tama Janowitz, Francine du Plessix Gray, Georges Borchardt, Fréderic Berthet, Tom Bishop, Jerome Charyn, David Noakes.

1987

1886-1887: TWO YEARS IN THE CULTURAL LIFE OF FRANCE AND ITALY
New York. With: Robert Rosenblum, Robert Paxton, Martin Chusid, Eugène Nicole, Anne Deneys, David Noakes, Annette Michelson, Richard Sieburth, Jindrich Zezula, Luigi Graziano. Luigi Ballerini, Michel Beaujour and Tom Bishop, Directors.

PERFORMANCE WORLDS: A CONFERENCE ON CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
New York. With: Herbert Blau, Stanley Kauffmann, Antonio Attisani, Robert Jay Lifton, Richard Foreman, Richard Schechner, Erika Munk, Ruth Malaczech, Elinor Fuchs. Tom Bishop, Gautam Dasgupta, and Bonnie Marranca, Directors.

THE OLD FRENCH OCTOSYLLABLE AND THE ORAL TRADITION
New York. With: Paul Zumthor, Jeffrey Kittay, Stephen Nichols. Nancy Regalado and Evelyn Vitz, Directors.

HOMAGE TO RENÉ CHAR
New York. With: Anna Balakian, Mary Ann Caws, Jean-Claude Martin, Richard Sieburth, Michel Beaujour.

FRANCE: PLURALISM AND CONSENSUS?
New York. With: Evelyne Pisier, Guy Carcassonne, Alain Lancelot, René Rémond, Olivier Duhamel, Mark Kesselman, Yves-André Istel, Pascal Ory, Michel Crozier, Dominique Schnapper, Martin Schain, Ezra Suleiman, Diana Pinto, Tom Bishop, Tony Judt, Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Bernard Brown, Suzanne Berger, Georges Lavau, Rémy Leveau. Robert Paxton and Nicholas Wahl, Directors.

1988

LES ÉCRIVAINS FACE À LA CENSURE
Paris. With La Maison des Écrivains. With: Fernando Arrabal, Pierre Bourgeade, Susan Sontag, Mongo Beti, Virgil Thanase, Antonin Liehm, Jacques Derrida, Annie Cohen-Solal, François Fetjto, Régis Debray, Régine Desforges, Dominique Desanti, Edouard Limonov, Jean-Jacques Pauvert, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Ya Ding, Tzvetan Todorov, Wladimir Dimitrijevic, Antoine Spire, Viviane Forrester, Bernard Pingaud, Jacques Cellard; Hugues de Kerret and Tom Bishop, Directors.

DIDEROT AND THEATRICALITY
New York. With: Susan Sontag, Andrei Belgrader, Michael Fried, Anne Deneys. Richard Sieburth, Director.

THE HERITAGE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION-OUTSIDE OF FRANCE
New York. With: François Furet, Ferenc Feher, Jean Imbert, Yves Mény, Louis Bergeron, Winfried Speitkamp; Nicholas Wahl, Director.

1989

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND THE ARTS
New York. With: Anthony Vidler, Lynn Hunt, Pierre Frantz, Marie-Hélène Huet, Victor Brombert, Françoise Kourilsky, Jean-Claude Bonnet; Philippe Roger and Tom Bishop, Directors.


ROBBE-GRILLET, CINÉASTE
New York. With: Alain Robbe-Grillet, Michel Fano, François Jost, Tom Conley, Royal Brown, Raylene O'Callaghan; Annette Michelson and Tom Bishop, Directors.

1990

DE GAULLE AND THE UNITED STATES
New York, 1990. With Columbia University. With: Pierre Messmer, Olivier Guichard, Jean-Marcel Jeanneney, Jean Lacouture, Étienne Burin des Roziers, Raoul Aglion, Henry Kissinger, Stanley Hoffmann, Bernard Tricot, McGeorge Bundy, Tony Judt, Sargent Shriver, James Chace, Ezra Suleiman; Nicholas Wahl and Robert Paxton, Directors.

HOMMAGE A SAMUEL BECKETT
Paris, 1990. With Centre Georges Pompidou. With: Madeleine Renaud, Pierre Dux, Jean Martin, Delphine Seyrig, Pierre Chabert, Helen Gary Bishop, Rufus, Billie Whitelaw, Eléonore Hirt, Michael Lonsdale; Tom Bishop, Director.

1991

LEIRIS FANTÔME
New York. With Richard Howard, Lydia Davis, Nathaniel Tarn, Jean Jamin, Michel Beaujour, Sylvère Lotringer, Michael Taussig; Richard Sieburth, Denis Hollier, and Eric Fassin, Directors.

ATLANTIC CROSSINGS: AMERICANS LOOK AT FRANCE
New York. With: Robert Wilson, George Plimpton, Paul Jenkins, Ned Rorem, Richard Sennett, Richard Bernstein, Francine du Plessix Gray, Jane Kramer, Philippe Roger, Régis Debray, Michel Crozier, Charles Tilly, John Rockwell, Archie Shepp, Ellen Stewart, Philippa Wehle, Édouard Morot-Sir, Annie Cohen-Solal, Denis Hollier, Tony Judt, Ronald Sukenick, Edmund White, Nicholas Wahl, James Chace, Raphaël Hadas-Lebel, James Lowenstein, Richard Seaver, Roger Vrigny, Martha Coigney, Rosette Lamont, Françoise Kourilsky, Jean Vallier, John Simon, William Wolf, Annette Insdorf, Andrew Sarris; Tom Bishop, director.

L'HOMME ATLANTIQUE: L'AMÉRIQUE DES FRANÇAIS
Paris. With: Pierre Bourdieu, Jacques Derrida, Serge Doubrovsky, François Furet, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Michel Crozier, Régis Debray, Jacques Julliard, Denis Lacorne, Philippe Roger, Richard Sennett, Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux, Robert Badinter, Jean Baudrillard, Charles Tilly, Ronald Dworkin, Christine Fauré, Paul Ricoeur, Jean-Louis Cohen, Hubert Damisch, Bernard Hanon, Jacques Maisonrouge, David McGovern, Roland Cayrol, Bernard Guétta, Christine Ockrent, Danièle Sallenave, Marius Constant, Catherine Millet, Henry Pillsbury, Guy Scarpetta, Pierre Soulages, Michel Contat, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Mike Zwerin, René Rémond, Nicholas Wahl, Loïc Wacquant, Michel Wieviorka, Aristide Zolberg, Marie-France Toinet, Richard Bernstein, Diana Pinto; Tom Bishop and Christine Fauré, Directors.

1992

THE WOUNDED DREAM: NEW YORK AND THE U.S.
FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

New York. With: Françoise Burgess, Glenn Loury, Victor Navasky, Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, Richard Sennett, Loïc Wacquant, Jean Vallier, Serge Marti, Betty Allen, Gerald Celente, Annie Cohen-Solal, John Mollenkopf; Tom Bishop and Henry Dougier, Directors.

PC = 'POLITICAL CORRECTNESS'
Paris. With: Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux, Benjamin Barber, Paul Berman, Richard Bernstein, Manthia Diawara, Charles Fried, John Simon, Pascal Bruckner, Antoine Compagnon, Françoise Gaillard, Denis Lacorne, Philippe Roger, Danièle Sallenave, Dominique Schnapper, Marie-France Toinet, François Weil; Tom Bishop, Director.

Richard Bernstein and Manthia Diawara at PC Conference

1993

DECONSTRUCTION IS/IN AMERICA
New York. With: Jacques Derrida, Jonathan Culler, Michel Beaujour, Cynthia Chase, J. Hillis Miller, Elizabeth Weber, Rodolphe Gasché, Peter Eisenman, Barbara Johnson, Judith Butler, Avital Ronell, Derek Attridge, Drucilla Cornell, Peggy Kamuf, Perry Meisel, Gyatri Spivak, David Wills; Tom Bishop and Anselm Haverkamp, Directors.

1994


NIETZSCHE TODAY / AUJOURD'HUI / HEUTE

New York. With: Arthur Danto, Jacques Derrida, Dominic LaCapra, Glenn Most, Avital Ronell, Thomas Nagel, Eric Grossman, Gert Mattenklott, John Richardson, Anselm Haverkamp, Charles Larmore, Christian Delacampagne, Peter Burgard, David Wellbery, Jochen Hörisch; Tom Bishop and Bernd Hüppauf, Directors.

NEW FRENCH THOUGHT

New York.With:Pierre Rosenvallon, Gilles Lipovetsky, Tony Judt, Luc Ferry, Charles Larmore, Pierre Manent, Monique Canto-Sperber, Jerrold Seigel, Philippe Raynaud, Jean-Jacques Courtine, Albert Hirschman; Mark Lilla and Thomas Pavel, Directors.

1995


LEGACIES OF THE DREYFUS AFFAIR: IDEAS AND IDENTITIES IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
New York. With: Tony Judt, Herrick Chapman, Eric Fassin, Christophe Prochasson, Annette Wieviorka, Mark Lilla, Philippe Reynaud, Michael Marcus, Aron Rodrigue, Vicky Caron, Jerrold Siegel, Margaret Cohen, Agnès Antoine.

A NEW GENERATION OF FRENCH WOMEN NOVELISTS
New York. With: Emmanuelle Bernheim, Calixthe Belaya, Catherine Cusset, Linda Lê, Marie Ndaye, Marie Nimier, Marie Redonnet, Madeline Hage, Esther Allen, Siri Hustvedt, Marjolijn de Jager, Tama Janovitz, Kaylie Jones, Laurie Stone

1996

BECKETT FESTIVAL SYMPOSIUM
New York. With: Pierre Chabert, Edward Albee, Mel Gussow, James Knowlson, Robert Scanlan, Denis Donoghue, Terence Brown, Gerry Dukes, Barry McGovern, Rosaleen Linehan, Walter Asmus, Antoni Libera; Tom Bishop, Director.

Tom Bishop, Pierre Chabert, Edward Albee
Mel Gussow, Robert Scanlan, James Knowlson

1997

LOOKING FOR ARIEL: DISCOURSES ON/OF METISSAGE
New York. With: Jean-Loup Amselle, Edouard Glissant, V.Y. Mudimbe, Maryse Condé, Jean-Luc Bonniol, Louis Sala-Molins, Claude Liauzu, Henri Lopes, Michel Laronde, Françoise Lionnet, Werner Sollors, Ronnie Scharfman, Richard Sieburth, Eugène Nicole, Manthia Diawara, Dorothy Désir-Davis, Sylviane Diouf-Kamara, Mohamed Mbodj; Sylvie Kandé and Emmanuelle Saada, Directors.

Below: Sylvère Lotringer; Tom Conley;
Andrea Loselle; Michel Beaujour


FRENCH THEORY IN AMERICA
New York. With: Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Jean Baudrillard, Gérard Genette, Françoise Gaillard, Elisabeth Roudinesco, François Dosse, Richard Sennett, Michel Beaujour, Avital Ronell, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Tom Conley, Andrea Loselle, Sande Cohen, Christian Delacampagne, Craig Calhoun, Lynne Huffer, Chris Kraus, Paul D. Miller, Mario Biagioli, Thyrsa Goodeve, Donald Theall, Laura Cottingham, Richard Foreman, Mary Kelly, Charles D. Levin, Manuel de Landa, Sara Diamond, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Michael Tolkin; Sylvère Lotringer and Tom Bishop, Directors.

FRENCH BOOK FESTIVAL
New York. With: Philippe Sollers, Edouard Glissant, Serge Doubrovsky, Eugène Nicole, Catherine Cusset, Denis Hollier, Tom Bishop, Patrice Blouin, Lynne Huffer, Josyane Savigneau

 

Novelists Eugène Nicole, Catherine Cusset,
Edouard Glissant and Serge Doubrovsky

1998

EN ROUTE: TOWARD THE STUDY OF TOURISM AND TRAVEL IN FRANCE
New York. With: Nancy Green, Cathrine Bertho-Lavenir, Laura Lee Downs, Ellen Furlough, Danièle Capt; Shanny Peer, Susan Carol Rogers, and Kenneth E. Silver, Directors.

SARTRE: 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN TRANSLATION OF
ANTI-SEMITE AND JEW
New York. With: Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Michel Rybalka, Michel Contat, Robert Misrahi, Enzo Traverso, Naomi Schor, Pierre Birnbaum, Tony Judt, Susan Suleiman. Sandy Petrey, Serge Doubrovsky, Frances Malino, Tom Bishop, Gerlad Prince, Emmanuelle Saada; Denis Hollier, Director.



The Florence Gould Lectures

1990
Laure Adler, Marek Halter

1991
Alain Finkielkraut, Jacques Laurent, Gilles Lipovetsky, Claude Roy, Danièle Sallenave, Josyane Savigneau

1992
Hélène Cixous, Edgar Morin,
Julia Kristeva, Edouard Morot-Sir,
François Nourissier, Jean Rouaud

Julia Kristeva

1993
Robert Abirached, Eric Arnoult (Erik Orsenna), Pierre Assouline, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Pierre Restany (with David Bourdon), Claude Simon

1994
Pascal Bruckner, Noëlle Chatelet, Jean-Pierre Miquel, Michel Contat, Guy Scarpetta, Pascal Quignard

1995

 

 






 

Nathalie Sarraute Fernando Arrabal

Régis Debray, Bertrand Poirot-Delpech, Fernando Arrabal, Elizabeth Badinter, Lucien Dällenbach, Jean Favier, Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Serres

1996
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, Hélène Cixous, Jean Baudrillard, "Creativity in the Arts in France: Is The Glass Half Empty or Half Full?" with Anna Kisselgoff, Jane Kramer, Harvey Lichtenstein, John Rockwell, and Tom Bishop.

1997
Marc Fumaroli, Patrick Chamoiseau, Jacques Derrida, Gérard Genette, Julia Kristeva, Michel Zink "Rembering Marguerite Yourcenar" with Richard Howard, Josyane Savigneau, David Noakes, Dorothea Straus, Roger Straus.

1998
Valère Novarina.



Bicentennial
of the
French Revolution

1988-1989

 

From September 1988 to December 1989, New York University commemorated the Bicentennial of the French Revolution, under the auspices of the Center for French Civilization and Culture and the Humanities Council. Among the highlights were:


Lectures
Robert Darnton, François Furet, Michel Vovelle, Régis Debray, Daniel Roche, Keith Baker, Robert Rosenblum, Marilyn Butler, Elisabeth Badinter, Frank Manuel, Robert Badinter, Darline Levy, E.P. Thompson, Eric Hobsbawm, Robert Forster, Mona Ozouf, Lynn Hunt, Elie Wiesel


Symposia
The French Revolution and the Arts
Political Culture of the Revolution
The Idea of Human Rights in History and Philosophy
The Heritage of the French Revolution-Outside France
Divine Rulers: Succession, Regicide, Revolution
Citizens, Revolution and Other Ideas in French Art
New Directions in Cultural History
The Films of Jean Renoir and French History
Diderot and the Theater


Theater
Diderot: Madame de Carlière and Le Neveu de Rameau

Film Series
Film and History
The Films of Jean Renoir

Art Exhibitions
Politics and Polemics: French Caricature in the French Revolution,
1789-1799

Zuka: The French Revolution-An American View; The Washington Square
Windows

Music for the Bicentennial
Three Concerts at La Maison Française

Summer Institute
Upheaval and Change in the Modern World: The French Revolution as Global Event


Academic Convocation in Honor of
François Mitterrand


On September 28, 1988, New York University marked the start of an eighteenth month long commemoration of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution with an Academic Convocation in Honor of François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic. During the ceremony, President Mitterrand was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law. In his eloquent speech, President Mitterrand included the following remarks:

"Je respire dans cette maison un air familier. D'une part parce que c'est la troisième fois en quinze ans que je lui rends visite et que, à chaque reprise, j'ai pu apprécier la chaleur de l'accueil qui m'y est réservé. D'autre part, et surtout, parce que le département de français de votre université est en quelque sorte le salon ­ pour parler comme au dix-huitième siècle ­ où se croisent et s'entretiennent tout ce que la France compte d'intellectuels, de chercheurs, de créateurs prestigieux et tout ce que l'Amérique produit d'amoureux et de connaisseurs fervents de la culture."

"La vitalité du département de français ne se traduit pas seulement par la place réservée à l'enseignement de la langue, mais également par l'imagination déployée pour rendre vivante et précise la connaissance de la culture française, et pour l'insérer dans une perspective historique. Vous êtes les fidèles héritiers d'une grande tradition."


"In this University I find myself in a familiar atmosphere, in part because it is the third time I have come here in fifteen years and each time I have deeply appreciated the warmth of the welcome extended to me. Furthermore, and especially, because the Department of French at your University is, as it were, the salon, as they used to say in the 18th century, where one finds people conversing among themselves ­ the people who represent French intellectual life and research, and particularly all those who in America illustrate the great activities that you are doing in the field of French culture.

The very vitality of the Department of French is not only illustrated by the place reserved for the teaching of the language but also by the imagination that is deployed in order to instill a detailed, lively, and active knowledge of French Culture so that it fits into an historical perspective. You are the faithful heirs of a great tradition."

Theatre Productions

Le Langage du Corps by Jean-Louis Barrault, 1981, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

Rockaby by Samuel Beckett, 1981, directed by Alan Schneider, with Billie Whitelaw, at LaMama ETC.

 

 

 

 

Billie Whitelaw in Rockaby

Guy Dumur, Rodika Ionesco, Joyce Mansour,
Alain Robbe-Grillet and Nathalie Sarraute
in Freshwater

Freshwater by Virginia Woolf, 1983, directed by Simone Benmussa, with Eugène Ionesco, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute, Florence Delay, Jean-Paul Aron, Rodika ionesco, Guy Dumur, Joyce Mansour, Tom Bishop, David Noakes, at New York University.

The Human Voice by Jean Cocteau, 1984, directed by Simone Benmussa, with Susannah York, at New York University


The Medal of the Center for
French Civilization and Culture



In 1985, the Center created a Medal to honor distinguished French and American persons who have contributed significantly to strengthening the bonds between France and the United States. The Medal was designed by the eminent American painter, Paul Jenkins and was coined by the Monnaie de France, the French Mint. The silver-dipped bronze Medal recalls the symbol of the Center, New York skyscrapers and the Eiffel Tower, linked by an arch of triumph, part Paris, part Washington Square, that fuses the two cities.

Recipients of the Center Medal have included:

    Hélène Ahrweiler;
    Fernando Arrabal;
    Elisabeth Badinter;
    Robert Badinter;
    Jean-Louis Barrault;
    Tahar Ben Jelloun;
    Jacques Bouhet;

    Elie Wiesel

    Louise Bourgeois;
    Germaine Brée;
    Pierre Buhler;
    Christo and Jeanne-Claude;
    Robert Cohen;
    Mary Sharp Cronson;
    Jacques Derrida;
    Constance Ellis;
    François Furet;
    Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux;
    Senator Jacques Habert;
    Richard Howard;
    Yves-André Istel;
    Philippe Labro;
    Alain Lancelot;
    Jack Lang;
    Emmanuel LeRoy Ladurie;
    Bernard-Henri Lévy;
    Senator André Maman;
    Jean-Pierre Miquel;
    Edgar Morin;
    Christine Ockrent;
    Bernard Pivot;

    Madeleine Renaud and Jean-Louis Barrault

    Madeleine Renaud;
    Jacques Revel;
    Alain Robbe-Grillet;
    Michel Rocard;
    Felix G. Rohatyn;
    Nathalie Sarraute;
    Michel Serres;
    Claude Simon;
    Michel Somnolet;
    William Styron;
    Virgil Thomson;
    Jean-Claude Trichet;
    Alice Tully;
    John Young;
    Elie Wiesel