La Maison Française of New York University, located at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place), will host several special events in September. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, call 212.998.8750 or visit

On Tuesday, September 18, at 7 p.m., La Maison Française will host a multi-media lecture/demonstration, “Composing for Babar,” featuring Raphael Mostel. Mostel is the composer of The Travels of Babar, Night and Dawn, and Ceremonial for the Equinox. Mostel, whom The Village Voice calls “one of New York’s most popular and original composers,” most recently composed and directed The Travels of Babar, based on the classic 1932 book and art of Jean de Brunhoff, the “father of the modern picturebook.”

On Wednesday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m., Harvard University historian Mary D. Lewis will discuss “Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France.” This event is sponsored by the Institute of French Studies at NYU.

On Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m., Martine Reid, professor, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines, and Joan DeJean, professor of romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss in French, “Des Femmes en littérature: comment et pourquoi éditer les femmes de lettres.” Reid is the editor of the Gallimard Femmes de lettres series; DeJean is author of Tender Geographies: Women and the Origins of the Novel in France.

On Monday, September 24, at 7 p.m., the special series “French Literature in the Making” will feature novelist Cécile Guilbert, author of Le Musée national and the forthcoming Surviving Andy Warhol in conversation with Olivier Barrot, host of France 3’s Un livre un jour. The conversation takes place in French.

On Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m., a round table entitled “Luxury and Labor: The 18th/19th Century Turn” will feature NYU professors Emily Apter, Ben Kafka, and John Shovlin, and Barnard College professor Caroline Weber.

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