La Maison Française of New York University, located at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place), will host several special events in February, including a conversation with New York-Paris-based novelist Jerome Charyn, author of the forthcoming book Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution, among numerous other works, on February 26. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, call 212.998.8750 or visit

A schedule of events follows:

  • Friday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Concert: Mirror Visions Ensemble presents French Jewels, with music by Reynaldo Hahn, Charles Koechlin, and Christopher Berg. Features soprano Tobé Malawista, tenor Scott Murphree, baritone Richard Lalli, and pianist Alan Darling. Reservations are required: 212.998.8750.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Lecture: “A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and New York” by Andre Schiffrin, publisher and founder of The New Press.
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Baudrillard’s Homage to Foucault” by Sylvère Lotringer, Columbia University; founder of Semiotext(e).
  • Monday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Conversation: “French Literature in the Making” series continues with journalist Olivier Barrot of “Un livre un jour” (France 3) in conversation with novelist Jean Echenoz, author of Le Méridien de Greenwich, Cherokee (Prix Médicis), and Je m’en vais (Prix Goncourt). This event takes place in French with simultaneous English translation available.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Readings and discussion: “Translating and Adapting Artaud: The Cenci” with playwright/director John Jahnke and Richard Sieburth, NYU professor and translator of Artaud, Nerval, etc. This event is held in conjunction with the first American translation of this rarely staged Theatre of Cruelty work, adapted and directed by Jahnke, being presented at The Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster Street, Manhattan, from Feb. 6-24.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Film screening/panel discussion: The film Les Statues Meurent Aussi (1953, Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, 29 min., in French, no subtitles) is screened. A panel discussion follows (in English) with NYU professors Awam Amkpa, Ludovic Cortade, and Denis Hollier, MET curator Alisa LaGamma, and Columbia professor Susan Vogel, founding director of the Museum for African Art.
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Lecture: “De l’âge de la critique à l’âge de la morale” by Françoise Gaillard, Université de Paris-VII. In French.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Au Secours des inépousées: colonialisme, féminisme et consensus national (1897-1903)” by Lise Schreier, Fordham University; author of Seul dans l’Orient lointain: les voyages de Nerval et DuCamp. In French.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Erotisme: l’art et les techniques dans l’histoire des represéntations du plaisir” by Pierre-Marc de Biasi, director, CNRS-Institut des Textes at Manuscrits Modernes. In French.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Conversation: “An American in Paris” with writer, novelist Jerome Charyn, author of Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins; The Isaac Quartet; The Green Lantern: A Romance of Stalinist Russia; and his forthcoming book Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution (W.W. Norton, 2008). Participants include literary agent Georges Borchardt and Robert Weil, editor at W.W. Norton.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. Symposium: “The Making of the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration” by historian Nancy L. Green, author of Ready-to-Wear and Ready-to-Work: A Century of Industry and Immigration in Paris and New York; with respondents Jeffrey L. Trask, NYU Museum Studies; and Ruth J. Abram, president and founder, Lower Eastside Tenement Museum.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze as Readers of Proust” by Mauro Carbone, University of Milan; author of La Visibilité de l’invisible: Merleau-Ponty entre Cézanne et Proust.

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