La Maison Française of New York University, located at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place), will host several special events in November, including a roundtable discussion on November 3 entitled “Voices from the Banlieues” with Faiza Guene, author of Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow (conversation in French and English). All events are free and open to the public; for further information, call 212.998.8750 or email

A schedule of events follows:

Wed., Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Lecture: War correspondent Sara Daniel, Le Nouvel Observateur, discusses her experiences in Iraq. She is the author of Voyage to a Stricken Land: Four Years on the Ground Reporting from Iraq.

Thurs., Nov. 2, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Sur les pas de Jules Verne” by Gonzague Saint Bris, author of The World of Jules Verne; Les Vieillards de Brighton (Prix Interallié). In French.

Fri., Nov. 3, 2 p.m. Roundtable: “Voices from the Banlieues” featuring Faiza Guene, author of Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow; with Harcourt editor Jenna Johnson; anthropologist David Lepoutre, author of Coeur de banlieue; NYU Professor Susan Rogers, author of Shaping Modern Times in Rural France and NYU Professor Emmanuelle Ertel. In French and English.

Wed., Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium: “Elections présidentielles 2007: la gauche et les classes populaires” by Frederique Matonti, political scientist, Université de Paris. In French.

Fri.,-Sat. Nov. 10-11, 7:30 p.m. Performance: Albertine, en cinq temps by Michel Tremblay. Presented in French by Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte. Reservations recommended: 212.998.8750.

Tues., Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Roundtable: “Timing ‘The Century’” with Alain Badiou, philosopher; author of Le Siècle, and discussants Emily Apter, NYU; Bruno Bosteels, Cornell; Xudong Zhang, NYU.

Wed., Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. Roundtable: “Discrimination Positive? French Debates about Affirmative Action” with Kimberle Crenshaw, UCLA Law and Columbia Law; Daniel Sabbagh, CERI, Paris; Loïc Wacquant, UC Berkeley; and Patrick Weil, CNRS, Université de Paris I (to be confirmed). Co-sponsored by the NYU Institute of French Studies and the French=American Foundation.

Sun., Nov. 19, 2 p.m. Book presentation and signing: Revolutionary Freedoms: A History of Survival, Strength, and Imagination in Haiti, with paintings by Ulrich Jean-Pierre; edited by Cécile Accilien, Jessica Adams, and Elmide Méléance. All will be present.

Mon., Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Le Solitude de l’écrivain” by Richard Millet, author of Harcèlement littéraire; Musique secrete. In French.

Tues., Nov. 28, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Michel Foucault et l’Europe” by Yves Hersant, author of La Métaphore baroque. In French.

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