New York University’s Department of French will host Hélène Cixous, a founder of poststructuralist feminist theory, for a staged reading, “Drums on the Dam” (Fri., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.), and a lecture, “The Flying Manuscript” (Sat., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.) The events, which are in English, are free and open to the public, which may call 212.998.8758 for more information.

Cixous, a professor at Centre de Recherches en Etudes Féminines, worked closely with the late philosopher Jacques Derrida, who was an NYU Distinguished Global Professor, Michel Foucault, and other French intellectuals. Her recent books include Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint and Insister: à Jacques Derrida.

“Drums on the Dam” is a staged reading of the English translation of Cixous’s Tambours sur la digue (Drums on the Dam), directed by Kevin Kuhlke of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and including students and professionals associated with the Tisch School. The performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the author and moderated by Judith Miller, chair of NYU’s Department of French. The lecture, “The Flying Manuscript,” will center on Cixous’ rediscovery of Derrida’s manuscript of his essay in Voiles, their collective work, which Derrida sent “not to be opened” from Buenos Aires in 1995.

Who: Professor Hélène Cixous, Centre de Recherches en Etudes Féminines

What: Staged Reading & Lecture

When & Where: Staged Reading, “Drums on the Dam,” Fri., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Loewe Theater, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 2nd Floor; Lecture, “The Flying Manuscript,” Sat., Oct. 14, 2 p.m., La Maison Française, 16 Washington Mews (corner of University Place)

Reporters interested in attending the lecture must contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

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