Featured are Journalists Anne Sinclair, Kati Marton, and Laure Adler; Novelist Colette Fellous; and Authors Gilles Kepel and Maylis de Karangal


The September/October calendar for La Maison Française New York University will feature a conversation between journalists and authors Anne Sinclair and Kati Marton about Sinclair’s new book, My Grandfather’s Gallery; the Marguerite Duras Centennial lectures by Colette Fellous and Laure Adler; and authors Gilles Kepel and Maylis de Kerangal in conversations with Olivier Barrot as part of the ongoing French Literature in the Making series with Olivier Barrot (in French.)

Unless otherwise noted, the events are free and open to the public. La Maison Française is located at 16 Washington Mews (corner of University Place), New York, N.Y. (Tel.: 212.998.8750; Email: maison.francaise@nyu.edu). For more information, visit www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise.

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.

Christopher Prendergast

Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge; Fellow of the British Academy; author of Mirages and Mad Beliefs. Proust the Skeptic (Princeton, 2013)

The Politics of Comparative Philology in the Nineteenth Century: Michel Bréal, an Unsung Hero

Thursday, September 18, 6:00 p.m.

Book Event

Dior: The Perfumes

Chandler Burr

Journalist; writer; curator of olfactory art, Museum of Arts and Design; author of Dior: The Perfumes (Rizzoli, 2014)

Frédéric Bourdelier

Brand Culture and Heritage Manager, Parfums Christian Dior

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.

Book Event

My Grandfather’s Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War    

Anne Sinclair, Journalist; editorial director, Huffington Post (France); television producer and host, 7 sur 7, (TF1, 1984-1997); author of Caméra Subjective; 21, rue La Boétie, translated as My Grandfather’s Gallery (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014)

in conversation with Kati Marton, Journalist, writer; author of Paris: A Love Story; Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America

Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event

French Literature in the Making

Gilles Kepel

Professeur des Universités, Insitut d’Etudes Politiques; author of Jihad; Chronique d’une guerre d’Orient; Terreur et martyre; Banlieue de la République; Passion française: les voix des cités

in conversation with

Olivier Barrot

Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of Je ne suis pas là; Le fils perdu; Un Livre un jour, un livre toujours


In French.

Presented with the additional support of Centre National du Livre and Sofitel.

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.

Institute of French Studies Book Event

Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960

by Frederick Cooper (Princeton University Press, 2014)

Comments by Frederick Cooper (NYU), Herrick Chapman (NYU), Michelle Pinto (NYU), Emmanuelle Saada (Columbia)

Thursday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event, Marguerite Duras Centennial

Colette Fellous

Novelist, editor, radio producer and host; author of Pour Dalida; Aujourd’hui (Prix Marguerite Duras); Un Amour de Frère; La Préparation de la vie

Marguerite Duras: Le Visage et les voix




Saturday, October 11, 4:00 p.m.

Fontainebleau Contemporain

Contemporary music from the Conservatoire Américain

Works by Henri Dutilleux and Mahir Cetiz


Clara Lyon and Elizabeth Derham, violins
Jessica Garand, viola

Sofia Nowik, cello

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

Tickets: $20 General Admission; $10 Fontainebleau alumni and students with i.d.



Monday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event

Alain Veinstein

Writer, poet (Prix Mallarmé, Prix de la langue française); radio host, Du jour au lendemain (France Culture, 1985-2014); author of Le Développement des lignes; Voix Seule

Parcours d’écrivain

Avec lectures de L’introduction de la pelle (Fiction & Cie., 2014)



Tuesday, October 14 & Wednesday, October 15

Rencontre Internationale RCF/CFRP: Jeu et recherche théorique

Les Registres de la Comédie-Française à l’épreuve de la pratique

The digitization of the Comédie-Française’s administrative records for the period between 1680–1793 offers a wealth of new data for expanded areas of scholarly investigation and analysis of productions and theater audiences. At the same time, new understandings of 17th and 18th-century theater practice pose new questions and possibilities for contemporary presentations of the classical repertoire.


All sessions in French.

Conference details are available at www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise

Thursday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event, Marguerite Duras Centennial

Laure Adler

Journalist, essayist, historian; former director, France Culture; author of Marguerite Duras; Dans les pas de Hannah Arendt; L’Insoumise, Simone Weil; Françoise

Marguerite Duras et la verité



Friday, October 17, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Institute of French Studies
Co-sponsored by Liegey Muller Pons

Getting out the Vote in France and in the U.S.

With Donald P. Green (Columbia), Vincent Pons (Harvard), Frédéric Sawicki (Paris 1 - Sorbonne), and Julien Talpin (CNRS and Université de Lille 2)

Monday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.


Location: Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor


Barbara Cassin

Philosopher; editor, Dictionary of Untranslatables (Princeton University Press, 2014)

David Bellos

Director, Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication, Princeton University; author of Is That a Fish in Your Ear?

Abel Lanzac/Antonin Baudry

Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy; author (as Abel Lanzac) of the graphic novel Weapons of Mass Diplomacy (SelfMadeHero, 2014)

Co-sponsored with Public Books; Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU; Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Tuesday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.

Book Event

Charles Affron

Professor Emeritus of French Literature, NYU; co-author, with Mirella Jona Affron, of Grand Opera: The Story of the Met (University of California Press, 2014)

When French Opera Ruled: The Metropolitan, 1891-1903

Thursday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Professor of French, Columbia University; author of African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude; Comment Philosopher en Islam

The Impossible Translation of the Word of God

Monday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Gould Event

French Literature in the Making

Maylis de Kerangal

Novelist, editor; author of Naissance d’un pont (Prix Médicis); Tangente vers l’Est; Réparer les Vivants (Grand Prix RTL Lire; Prix Orange du livre)

in conversation with

Olivier Barrot

Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of Je ne suis pas là; Le fils perdu; Un Livre un jour, un livre toujours


In French.

Presented with the additional support of Centre National du Livre and Sofitel.

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.


Philosophy in France Today

Organized by Anne Deneys-Tunney (NYU, French); with Yves Charles Zarka (Université Paris 5-Sorbonne, rédacteur en chef, Cités), Simon Critchley (New School, Philosophy), Gabriela Basterra (NYU, Comparative Literature), Abraham Anderson (Sarah Lawrence, Philosophy), Jean-Charles Darmon (Institut Universitaire de France), Avital Ronell (NYU, German); Moderator: John Richardson (NYU, Philosophy)


Co-sponsored by Université Paris 5-Sorbonne; Philépol; La Revue Cités (PUF); NYU: Departments of French, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Institute of French Studies.

Friday, October 31, 5:00 p.m.


Le Théâtre aujourd’hui

Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota

Director, Théâtre de la Ville

Tom Bishop

Director, Center for French Civilization & Culture, NYU

With actors from Théâtre de la Ville.


In French.

Reservations required: maison.francaise@nyu.edu

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