In two scintillating articles, British historian Perry Anderson laments the “neo-liberal normalization” of French politics and intellectual life since the collapse of Gaullist grandeur. Is France now a country no different from all the rest? UCLA’s Anderson comes to New York University on Fri., April 22 (10 a.m.-noon & 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.) to discuss his views in “The End of French History?” (5 Washington Place [on the corner of Washington Place and Mercer]). Also participating in the day-long panel will be Patrick Fridenson of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, SUNY Stonybrook’s Dick Howard, Joan Scott of the Institute of Advanced Study, and Eric Fassin of Ecole Normale Supèrieure Paris. In the evening, Anderson will join Catharine Stimpson, dean of NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, for a roundtable, “France, Still Exceptional?” (5:30-7:30 p.m., Silver Center, Room 704, 100 Washington Sq. East).

This event is free and open to the public; seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

WHAT: “The End of French History?” (10 a.m.-noon & 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.) “France, Still Exceptional?” (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

WHEN: Fri., April 22

WHERE: “The End of French History?”-5 Washington Place (on the corner of Washington Place and Mercer) “France, Still Exceptional?”-Silver Center, Room 704 (100 Washington Sq. East)

For more information, go to or call 212.998.8744.

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