The French cultural center at 16 Washington Mews is offering an intriguing array of programs -- all open to the public -- on the arts, literature, and history.

La Maison Française at NYU Announces Jan.-Feb. Lectures, Symposia, and More

THROUGH THE END of February, 2012, La Maison Française at New York University will hold a fascinating mix of lectures, conversations, and symposia concerning art, history, literature, and more. All events are open to the public and are held at the French cultural center at 16 Washington Mews (at University Place, just north of Washington Square North), New York, N.Y. For further information, please call 212.998.8750, or visit

Monday, January 23:
Roots and Branches: New Directions in Haitian Studies

Graduate Student Conference (in English); co-sponsored by NYU Institute of French Studies, Center for Latin and Caribbean Studies, Department of History, Center for French Civilization and Culture.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Panel 1:  Shadows of Empire
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.        Panel 2:  Representations and Political Imagining
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.        Panel 3:  Haiti in Other Cultural Spaces
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.    Keynote Event - Interdisciplinarity in Haitian Studies: Laurent  Dubois (Duke University) in conversation with  Fabienne Doucet (NYU) .

Monday, January 30:
7 p.m.        
The Arab Spring and the Iranian Theocracy

Lecture in English by Fariba Hachtroudi, novelist, human rights activist; author of Iran, Les rives du Sang; The Twelfth Iman’s a Woman; Ali Khamemei ou les larmes de Dieu (Gallimard, 2011)

Friday, February 3:
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Soto and Latin American Artists in Paris

Fine Arts Graduate Student Symposium (in English).
On the occasion of the exhibition of the work of the Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, “Soto: Paris and Beyond, 1950-1970,” the symposium at La Maison Française will investigate aspects of the vibrant interchange between the Americas and Paris in the mid-to-late 20th century.

Estrellita B. Brodsky, curator of the exhibition, and Edward J. Sullivan, professor of history of art, IFA and Department of Art History, NYU.   Participants:  Susanna Temkin, Sean Nesselrode, Rachel Kim, Amelia Langer, German Garrido. To be followed by a viewing of the exhibition at the Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East.

Monday, February 6:
7 p.m.    
French Literature in the Making (discussion in French).

Delphine De Vigan, novelist; author of Les jolis garcons; Un Soir de décembre; No et moi (Prix des Libraires); Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit (Prix du Roman Fnac; Prix Roman France Télévisions)
in conversation with Olivier Barrot, wrtier, journalist, Un Livre un jour (France 3).

Tuesday, February 7:
7 p.m.    
Populisme et roman: une histoire française?( lecture in French).

Phillippe Roger, Global Distinguished Professor of French, NYU; professor, EHESS and University of Virginia; editor, Critique; author of L’Ennemi américain; Sade; Roland Barthes, roman.

Tuesday, February 14:
7 p.m.
Proust and Sainte-Beuve  (lecture in English)

Donatien Grau, contributing editor, Flash Art International; member of editorial board, La Règle du jeu; editor, Tragédie(s); co-author, Qu’est-ce que le curating?

Wednesday, February 15:
7 p.m.    
La Crise du paysage français (lecture inEnglish).

Co-sponsored by Departments of French and Art History

Stephane Audeguy, novelist; essayist; author of  La Théorie des nuages (Prix Maurice Genevoix, Académie Française); Fils unique (Prix Deux Magots); Éloge de la douceur; Nous autres; In Memoriam;editor, Un Tour de la France (NRF, No. 593)

Thursday, February 23:
7 p.m.
The Making of the Work (lecture in English)

Jacque Neefs, professor of French Literature, Johns Hopkins; Professor Emeritus, University of Paris 8; co-editor, Le Cahier des Charges de La Vie mode d’emploi, by Georges Perec; editor  of editions of Madame Bovary and Salammbo; co-editor, Le Temps des œuvres. Mémoire et préfiguration; Crise de Prose

Tuesday, February 28:
7 p.m.
The Contemporary (in English)

Lionel Ruffel, professor of Literature, University of Paris 8; author of Le Dénouement; editor, Qu’est-ce que le contemporain, in conversation with Tim Griffin, former editor, Artforum; director and chief curator, The Kitchen. Moderator:  Emily Apter, professor of French and comparative literature, NYU

Wednesday, February 29:
7 p.m.
Les jeunes et l'amour dans les cités (in French).

Institute of French Studies Colloquium, with Isabelle Clair, sociologist, C.N.R.S.; visiting professor, NYU; author of Les jeunes et l'amour dans les cités.

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