The French cultural center at New York University offers a full calendar of cultural events for November and December, 2011.

NYU’s La Maison Française to Co-Host Conference on DSK Scandal – plus Readings, Lectures, Music, and Other Events

A rich array of readings, talks, and music will be presented by New York University’s La Maison Française in November and early December. The French cultural center’s events include a two-day conference on the subject of memory (Nov. 18-19), and an additional conference entitled “The DSK Scandal: Transatlantic Reflections on Sex, Law, and Politics,” which will be co-hosted with Cardozo School of Law (Dec. 1-2).

For more information about thes November-December calendar of events, please call 212.998.8750 or address an email to maison.francaise@ny;, or visit The French cultural center at NYU is located at 16 Washington Mews, at University Place [nearest subway stations: N, R, 8th St.; 6, Astor Place]. All events take place at the center unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture in French


Professor of French Literature, Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne; author of L’Exil et la gloire; L’Epopée de Voltaire à Chareaubriand: poésie, histoire et politique

“Retours d'émigration:  le corps revenant (Chateaubriand, Balzac)”

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm

Lecture in French

Institute of French Studies Colloquium


Senior research fellow in political science, Sciences Po, Paris; author of Democracies at War Against Terrorism: A Comparative Perspective

“Guerre contre le terrorisme; pourquoi les démocraties violent-elles les droits de l'homme?”


Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture in French


Professor, Université de Paris VII; author of Diana Crash; La Modernité en question

“Eloge de la simplicité: Flaubert et la question moderne de la bêtise”


Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm

Lecture in French

Institute of French Studies Colloquium


Senior Research Fellow in Political Science (CNRS – Sciences Po, Paris); visiting professor NYU; author of Ces Français qui votent le Pen

“Le Vote Front National à l’heure de Marine le Pen”


Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture in English


Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University; author of Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language; The Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation; The Enemy of All: Piracy and the Law of Nations 

“Secrets and Cryptic Tongues”


Friday, November 11, 4:30 p.m.

Reading and Discussion (English/French)

Contemporary Poetry and Translation


Poet; actor; director; author of Neige; Parole et musique; Amitiés à Perec


Poet, author of In Wind: A Paper; translator; editor, Carnet de route

Marcland and Freeman have translated American poets Barbara Guest, Jorie Graham, Geoffrey

Nutter, and James Tate, among others, and French poets Suzanne Doppelt, Dominique Fourcade,

and Jean-Christophe Bailly.


Tuesday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.

Lecture in French

Co-sponsored by Institute of African American Affairs


Novelist; essayist; professor, Université de Paris X; radio producer, “Cultures d’Islam” (France Culture);  author of  La Maladie de l’Islam (Prix François Mauriac); Pari de civilization; Printemps de Tunis

“Le Printemps arabe”


Friday and Saturday, November 18-19

Conference: In the Tracks of Memory

Sponsored by NYU/CNRS UMI “Transitions”

Friday, November 18

9:30 a.m.    


Edward Berenson, co-director, NYU/CNRS UMI “Transitions”

Clifford Chanin, National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Denis Pechanski, CNRS; Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Mémorial de Caen

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.      

Session 1: Children and Traumatic Memory

Chair:  Edward Berenson

Henry Parens, Psychiatrist; Daniella Doran, Colgate University; Jack Saul, Columbia University

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.     

Session 2: Memory and Its Discontents

Chair:  Denis Pechanski

Katherine Fleming, NYU; Ophelia Deroy, London; Adam Brown, NYU School of Medicine

Saturday, November 19

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 3: Archaeology of Memory; Archaeology of Death

Chair:  Stéphane Grimaldi, Director, Mémorial de Caen

Father Patrick Desbois, Yahad-In Unum; Mark Schaming, NY State Museum;

Francesc Torres; Brigitte Sion

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Session 4:  Diplomacy, Memory, and the State: A Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Clifford Chanin

Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor, French Embassy;

Inigo Ramirez de Haro, Cultural Counselor, Spanish Embassy; Others to be announced

Concluding Remarks

Carol Gluck, Columbia University


Monday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.

French Literature in the Making


Reporter; war correspondent; writer; author of L’Air de la guerre; Dans le nu de la vie (Prix Pierre Mille, Prix France Culture); Une Saison de machettes (Prix Femina, Prix Joseph Kessel)

in conversation with


Writer, journalist, Un Livre un jour (France 3)

In French.

Presented with the additional support of Open Skies, Sofitel, Institut Français, Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Tuesday, November 22, 7:00 p.m.


New Scholarship in 18th-century French Art History

Laura Auricchio, Parsons The New School for Design

Nina L. Dubin, University of Illinois at Chicago

Meredith Martin, Wellesley College

Respondent:  Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Moderator:  Ara H. Merjian, Italian Studies and Art History, NYU


Thursday and Friday, December 1-2


The DSK Scandal:  Transatlantic Reflections on Sex, Law, and Politics

Sponsored by Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - Yeshiva University and Institute of French Studies, NYU;co-sponsored by IRIS (CNRS/EHESS) and Faculty of Law, Université de Paris X - Nanterre

Organized by Éric Fassin, Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez, Julie Suk, Frédéric Viguier

Participants include:   Laure Bereni, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Amy Davidson, Pauline Delage, Delphine Dulong, Stéphanie Hénette-Vauchez, Julie Suk, Eric Fassin, Renée Kaplan, Ruth Rubio Marin, Frédérique Matonti, Joan Scott, James Q. Whitman

Thursday, December 1

Location:  Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street)

4:00 - 6:30 pm


Panel 1:  Sexual Violence in Public Discourse

Friday, December 2

Location:  Cardozo School of Law

10:00 am -12:00 pm

Panel 2:   Justice for Whom? Rape and Comparative Criminal Procedure

Friday, December 2

Location:  La Maison Française, NYU

1:30 - 4:00 pm

Panel 3:  The Politics of Seduction:  The Role of Sex in Democracy


Monday, December 5, 8:00 p.m.



Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin

Gwen Krosnick, cello

Emily Phelps, piano

Haydn  Piano Trio in G Major, Hob. XV:15

Ravel   Piano Trio in A Minor

Reservations: 212-998-8750;  maison.francaise@nyu.ed

Tickets:  $20. General Admission: $10. Students with i.d.


Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.

Illustrated Lecture


Professor of Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY; author of Art and Politics of the Second Empire (Charles Rufus Morey Prize, CAA); Husbands, Wives, and Lovers: Marriage and Its Discontents in Nineteenth Century France

“Spreading the News: The Invention of the Illustrated Press in France.”

Press Contact

Robert Polner
Robert Polner
(212) 998-2337