La Maison Française of New York University, located at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place), will host several special events in November and December, including a colloquium on November 2 with historians Esther Benbassa and Jean-Christophe Attias discussing “Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, Jews and Arabs in France” and “Diaspora-Israel Relations: An Ethical Issue.” All events, which are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted), take place at La Maison Française. For further information, call 212.998.8750 or visit

A schedule of events follows:

Tues., Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Lecture: “Cultivated Power: Flowers, Culture, and Politics in the Reign of Louis XIV” by Elizabeth Hyde, College of New Jersey.

Wed., Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium: “Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, Jews and Arabs in France” and “Diaspora-Israel Relations: An Ethical Issue” with Esther Benbassa and Jean-Christophe Attias, historians, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.

Thurs., Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Pourquoi l’autofiction” by Serge Doubrovsky, NYU; author of Laissé pour conte; Le Livre brisé (Prix Médicis, 1989). In French.

Wed., Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium: “The Impact of Terrorism upon History” by Arnaud Blin, political analyst,Ecole de la Paix, Grenoble; author of Histoire du terrorisme: de l’Antiquité à Al Qaïda.

Thurs., Nov. 10, 7 p.m. Round Table: “Rethinking 19th Century French Art: New Approaches to Sexuality and Feminism” with Emily Apter, NYU; Carol Armstrong, Princeton; Anne D’Souza, Binghamton; Anne Higonnet, Columbia; Sharon Marcus, Columbia; Linda Nochlin, NYU.

Tues., Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Florence Gould Lecture: “Le Mathème LLP: Littérature, politique, philosophie” by Alain Badiou, philosopher; author of Being and Event. In French.

Wed., Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium: “Islam et modernité: comment être musulman au XXIème siècle?” by Mohamed Charfi, Tunis University. In French.

Thurs., Nov. 17, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Cioran: In Praise of the Jews” by Sylvère Lotringer, Columbia.

Tues., Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Molière: critique et subjectivité” by Serge Doubrovsky, NYU; critic, novelist. In French.

Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Harpsichord Concert and Lecture: “Eros, Thanatos et Narcisse chez François Couperin. Principe structurel: Le ‘Vingt-quatrième Ordre’ des pièces de clavecin” by Philippe Fritsch. Note admission fee: $10; $5, NYU ID.

Thurs., Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Conversation, with Readings: “Translating Ezra Pound” with Michel Beaujour, NYU, translator of Pound’s Pisan Cantos into French (forthcoming, New Directions); and Richard Sieburth, NYU, editor of Pound’s Poems and Translations and Pisan Cantos.

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