La Maison Française of New York University, located at 16 Washington Mews, will host several special events in November, including a discussion on November 10 with economists Jacques Mistral and Bernard Spitz on “Reforming the Welfare State? The French Case.” Events are free and open to the public and take place at La Maison Française, unless otherwise stated. For further information call 212-998-8750 or log on to

A schedule of events follows:

Wed., Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium: “Les Musulmans et la laïcité française” by Dounia Bouzar, anthropologist. In French.

Thurs., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Film screening and discussion: Beau Travail (1999) will be screened, followed by discussion with Claire Denis, the film’s director as part of “On Site with French Cinema.” Admission: $5; free with NYU ID. Note location: NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th St.

Fri., Sat., Nov. 5-6 All day. Institute of French Studies Conference: “The Lost Banlieues of the Republic?” Participants include: Frédéric Viguier, NYU; Phillippe Bernard, Le Monde; Sylvie Tissot, Université de Strasbourg; documentary filmmaker Jean-Pierre Thorn; Tony Judt, NYU; Christian Topolov, CNRS; Safia Lebdi, vice president of the movement “Ni Putes ni Soumises”. Details available at

Tues., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Lecture: “Around the World in 80 Exhibitions: Internationalism and Cultural Translation in Art Informel and Gutai” by Ming Tiampo, art historian, Carleton University.

Wed., Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium: “Reforming the Welfare State? The French Case” with Jacques Mistral, economist; Minister, Financial Counselor to the French Embassy; and Bernard Spitz, economist; Senior Advisor (1988-91) to Prime Minister Michel Rocard.

Fri., Sat., Nov. 12, 13 All-day. Conference: “George Sand: Families and Communities/Familles et Communautés.” Organized by Claude Bernard, NYU; David A. Powell, Hofstra; and Martine Reid, Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines. Co-sponsored with Hofstra University. Details available at

Thurs., Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Of No Interest to the Nation: A Jewish Family in France 1925-1945” by Gilbert Michlin, author of Aucun intérét au point de vue national.

Fri., Nov. 19, 4:30 p.m. Lecture: “Transmettre le théâtre” by Daniel Mesguich, director and actor. In French.

Mon., Nov. 22, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Power, Force, and Mourning in French Court Ballet” by Mark Franko, dancer and choreographer.

Tues., Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Sieyès, Rousseau, Spinoza et la théorie du contrat” by Christine Fauré, editor of Des Manuscrits de Sieyès, 1773-1799. In French.

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