All events are free and held at the French cultural center unless otherwise noted in this full schedule of events.

NYU’s La Maison Française Offers Rich Array of Lectures, Discussions, Cinema, and More for Month of March

La Maison Française at New York University (16 Washington Mews, at University Place, New York, N.Y.; telephone: 212-998-8750, email address:; website: is offering a distinctive line-up of lectures and discussions, and more, for the month of March, 2012. All events are free and are held at La Maison Française unless otherwise noted:

Thursday. March 1, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture in French


Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cinema Studies, American University of Paris; author of Poetic Becomings. Studies in Contemporary French Literature; Sous influence. Ce que l’art contemporain fait à la literature.

La Poésie hors de soi, ou de quelques pratiques littéraires contemporaines


Monday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event

French Literature in the Making


Writer; author of La Petite Marchande de prose (Prix du Livre Inter); Monsieur Malaussène; Comme un roman; Merci; Chagrin d’ecole (Prix Renaudot); Ecrire; Journal d’un corps

in conversation with


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

In French.

Presented with the additional support of Sofitel, Open Skies, CulturesFrance, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.

Institute of French Studies Colloquium

Lecture in French


Associate Professor of Sociology, Université de Paris 8; author of Sex-shops, une histoire française; Sociologie des prénoms

Une Sociologie des prénoms en France


Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.

Special Event

L’Esprit de Genève:  From Albert Gallatin to Michel Butor

Location:Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU, 1 Washington Place (at Broadway)

Reservations required for this event: email

The NYU Presidential Medal Ceremony



(Former Dean of the Faculty of Letters, University of Geneva; avant-garde novelist, poet, essayist)

Followed by a conversation between Butor and Lois Oppenheim  (Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University)

Co-sponsored by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and La Maison Française of NYU. This event is part of Think Swiss: Genève Meets New York - A Festival of Global Ideas Born in Geneva (March 6-12 in various NYC locations). Complete schedule available at:


Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture in English


Associate Professor of French, Columbia University; author of Foreign Bodies. Gender, Language and Culture in French Orientalism; Smothered Words

Captives into Hostages: Pollitics, Literature, and Criticism in North Africa and the Middle East


Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture in French


Professor of Cultural History and Cinema Studies, Université de Paris-X Nanterre; author of

Camera Historica: The Century in Cinema (Columbia University Press, 2012)

Cinéma et Histoire

Co-sponsored by the Departments of French and Cinema Studies, The Remarque Institute, the Institute of French Studies, and La Maison Française.


Thursday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Center and La Maison Française

Lecture in English


Chair and Associate Professor of French, University of Virginia; author of Controlling Readers: Guillaume de Machaut and His Late Medieval Audience; co-editor,  Christine de Pizan: A Casebook

The Curse of the Commission: Christine de Pizan’s Biography of Charles V and the Dilemma of Literary Obligation


Friday, March 23 & Saturday, March 24

French Department Graduate Student Conference

Conference in Progress: A Conference on Conference

Friday, March 23, 4:00 p.m. to Midnight

Location: The Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)

Including a Keynote Address by Prof. Sarah Kay (Department of French, NYU)

Saturday, March 24 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: La Maison Française, NYU

16 Washington Mews (at University Place)

Continuation: Additional details to be announced.



Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Institute of French Studies and La Maison Française

Lecture in French


Historian; Professor of Cinema Studies, Université de Paris 3; member, Institut universitaire de France; author of Le Cinéma sous l’Occupation; Les Documentaires des années noires

Les Films d'amateurs réalisés par les soldats pendant la guerre d'Algérie. 1954-1962.


Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.


Visiting scholar, Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization, NYU; author of  The Jews of the Republic;  Paths for Emancipation: Jews, States, and Citizenship

Peut-on ne pas partager la même table? Les Juifs et la Revolution Française


In addition to the events listed above, La Maison Française will be the co-sponsor of selected “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema” film screenings at the IFC Center. Details below. A reduced ticket price of $10. is available for these three screenings for persons with NYU identification.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012:

Selected screenings presented in cooperation with Unifrance, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the IFC Center.

Location:  IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas (at West 3rd St.

Tickets:: $14. General Public: $10. with NYU i.d. (these screenings only)

Contact: 212-924-7771;

Saturday , March 3, 7:00 p.m.

Farewell, My Queen; (Les Adieux à la reine) 97 minutes .In French with English subtitles.

The new film from director Benoît Jacquot captures the passions, debauchery,occasional glimpses of nobility, and the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie-Antoinette before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution.  Based on the novel by Chantal Thomas.

Tuesday, March 6, 7:45 PM

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro), 2011, 107 Minutes. In French with English subtitles.

When a newly retired union rep is robbed, thwarting a dream vacation to Kenya, he reflects on the many compromises and lost ideals of his career. Directed by Robert Guédiguian

Followed by Q & A with actor Jean-Pierre Daroussin

Wednesday, March 7; 9:30 p.m.

Smugglers’ Songs (Les Chants de Mandrin); 2011, 97 Minutes. In French with English subtitles.

The folk hero and bandit Louis Mandrin is the inspiration for this period tale, tracing the efforts of Mandrin’s followers to distribute his songs and stories in the build-up to the French Revolution. Followed by Q & A with director Rabah Ameur-ZaÏmeche

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema runs from March 1 to 11, presenting the New York premieres of new French films.  Screenings take place at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, BAM, and the IFC Center.

Complete schedule available at:

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