New York University’s Institute of French Studies will host a series of events in November: “The Jews and Their Future” (Wed., Nov. 2), “The Impact of Terrorism Upon History” (Wed., Nov. 9), and “Islam et modernité: comment être musulman au XXIème siècle?” [“Islam and Modernity: How to be a Muslim in the 21st Century?”] (Wed., Nov. 16).

All events, which are held at NYU’s La Maison Française (16 Washington Mews [at University Place]) and begin at 6:30 p.m., are free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.9854 for more information. Reporters interested in attending these events should contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

“The Jews and Their Future” (Wed., Nov. 2)
Historians Esther Benbassa & Jean-Christophe Attias will present their book, The Jews and their Future (2001, [2004]), in a two-fold presentation: “Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, Jews and Arabs in France” to be followed by “Diaspora-Israel Relations: An Ethical Issue”. In English

“The Impact of Terrorism upon History” (Wed. Nov. 9)
Arnaud Blin is a political analyst and author of Histoire du terrorisme : de l’Antiquité à Al Qaïda (2004), Le désarroi de la puissance : les Etats-Unis vers la guerre permanente ? (with G. Chaliand, 2004), and Géopolitique de la paix démocratique (2001): In English.

Islam et modernité : comment être musulman au XXIème siècle ? (Wed., Nov. 16)
Emeritus Law Professor Mohamed Charfi, (Tunis University), president of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights and former minister of education (1989-1995, Tunisia), is the author of Islam et Liberté (1999). In French.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Institute of French Studies at New York University is a multi-disciplinary center for the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century France with innovative graduate programs that emphasize French culture, history, politics, economics, and society.

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