As the weather warms, here is a listing of free public events brought to you by La Maison Française of NYU.

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The schedule of April/May free public events at La Maison Française of NYU – located at 16 Washington Mews, corner of University Place -- includes such highlights as: the conference Screenwriting and Literature: Homage to Jean-Claude Carrière (April 7 to 9); a performance by actor/writer Jacques Mougenot, part of the French Literature in the Making series (April 11); events with writers Camille Laurens (April 14), Andreï Makine (April 29), and Olivier Frébourg (May 9); lectures by historian Olivier Wievorka (April 28) and sociologist Luc Boltanski (May 10); and an exhibition of photographs by photographer Jean-Robert Dantou. Unless otherwise noted, events La Maison Française are free and open to the public. For further details, please visit www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise, or call 212.998.8750.

 


April/May 2016

March 31 – April 1
Conference
Envisioning Accessible Futures: American and French Perspectives

Workshops and Photographic Exhibitions on Disability, Caregiving and Photography.
Full details available here.

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture in English and French
History, Geography, and Poetr
y

200 years ago, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, the only French Territory in North America, was returned to France.

La Maison Française of NYU commemorates this event with a lecture by
Professor BILL MARSHALL (University of Stirling, Scotland), entitled
Islands and Archipelagos: The Spaces of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

Professor EUGÈNE NICOLE, our NYU colleague, whose six volume epic, L'Oeuvre des Mers, added his native archipelago to the map of French literature, will read from his most recent book, Le Silence des Cartes (Éditions de L' Olivier).

April 7 – April 9
Conference in English
Screenwriting and Literature: Homage to Jean-Claude Carrièr
e

Acclaimed screenwriter and Academy Award honoree Jean-Claude Carrière has written over 100 screenplays, novels, and works of criticism. By revisiting some of his most significant collaborative works, this conference brings together renowned filmmakers,critics, and artists to highlight his invaluable contribution to world cinema, and to honor this exceptional storyteller.

Thursday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.
Keynote by Jean-Claude Carrière
Room 101, 19 West 4th St. (between Mercer St. and Greene St.)

Friday, April 8 , 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jean-Claude Carrière in conversation with Atiq Rahimi and Richard Peña
Room 101, 19 West 4th St. (between Mercer St. and Greene St.)

Friday, April 8, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Screening of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, directed by Philip Kaufman
Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square (7th St. at Third Avenue)

Friday, April 8, 5:15 - 7:00 p.m.
“Adapting The Unbearable Lightness of Being”
Roundtable with Jean-Claude Carrière, Philip Kaufman, Annette Insdorf
Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square (7th St. at Third Avenue)

Saturday, April 9, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Screening of Belle de jour, directed by Luis Buñuel
Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th St. (between University Place and Greene St.)

Saturday, April 9, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jean-Claude Carrière and Buñuel
Jean-Claude Carrière in conversation with Julian Schnabel and Richard Peña
Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th St. (between University Place and Greene St.)

Saturday, April 9, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Roundtable with Jean-Claude Carrière, Atiq Rahimi, Philip Kaufman, Richard Peña, William Wolf; moderated by Tom Bishop
Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th St. (between University Place and Greene St.)

This conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation and the French Embassy, in collaboration with the Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts.

Monday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
French Literature in the Makin
g
(In French)

JACQUES MOUGENOT

in performance, and in conversation with

OLIVIER BARROT

Once an engineer, JACQUES MOUGENOT successfully turned to acting, teaching, and writing. He is the author of musicals inspired by Labiche and Feydeau, performs his own sketches and leading parts in French stage classics, publishes art books, novels, and poetry. His works include L’Affaire Dussaert (Prix Philippe Avron); Le Cas Martin Piche; Les Fiancés de Loches; La Carpe du duc de Brienne ; Ainsi soit « je », and Deux timides à la clé.

OLIVIER BARROT is a journalist, author, and television personality who plays a prominent role in French cultural life. He hosts the daily literary program Un livre un jour on France 3 and TV 5 television. He also directs a series of public discussions with actors of the Comédie Française. His most recent books are L'Ami posthume; Ciné Club; Le Fils Perdu; La Revue Blanche; Un livre un jour, un livre toujours; and Mitteleuropa. He is in his ninth year of hosting French Literature in the Making at NYU, which inspired his Paris series with playwrights, Mots en scène.

Presented with the additional support of Centre National du Livre, Sofitel, and La Compagnie

Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Panel Discussion
Ten years after the 2005 Riots/Revolt: What Has Changed in the French Banlieues?

With Renaud Epstein (sociologist, Université de Nantes, author of La Rénovation urbaine), Nacira Guénif-Souilamas (sociologist, Université de Paris Nord, author of La République mise à nu par son immigration), and Patrick Simon (sociologist, Institut national d’études démographiques, Paris; visiting professor, NYU’s Institute of French Studies and Advance Research Collaborative, Graduate Center, CUNY, 2015-2016).
Building on the special issue of the French journal Mouvements “Ma cité a craqué. Dix ans après les révoltes urbaines de 2005,” the conversation will explore what has changed in the French banlieues in terms of housing, anti-discrimination policies, and political mobilizations.

Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture/Reading in French
Ecrire, vivre: Lectures commen
es

CAMILLE LAURENS
Novelist; author of Philippe; L’Avenir; Dans ces bras là (Prix Femina, Prix Renaudot des lycéens); L’Amour, roman; Cet absent-là; Ni toi ni moi; Tissé par mille; Encore et jamais; Celle que vous croyez

Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture in French
Et la modernité fut masculine

ÉLIANE VIENNOT est professeure de littérature de la Renaissance à l’Université Jean Monnet (Saint-Étienne) et membre honoraire de l’Institut universitaire de France (2003-2013). Co-fondatrice de la Société internationale pour l'étude des femmes de l'Ancien Régime (SIEFAR), elle en a été la présidente de 2000 à 2009. Spécialiste de Marguerite de Valois, dont elle a édité les oeuvres complètes (Champion 1997-1998), et d’autres femmes d’État de la Renaissance, elle s’intéresse plus largement aux relations de pouvoir entre les sexes et à leur traitement historiographique. Depuis une quinzaine d’années, elle travaille à une histoire de ces relations sur la longue durée (La France, les femmes et le pouvoir, Perrin, 2006, 2008, 2016). Elle en explore également le versant linguistique (Non, le masculin ne l’emporte pas sur le féminin ! Petite histoire des résistances de la langue française (iXe, 2014).

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Panel Discussion
Richard Keller’s Fatal Isolation. The Devastating Paris Heat Wave o
f
2003

Richard Keller (University of Wisconsin, Madison); Julie Livingstone (NYU);
Frédéric Viguier (NYU); Florence Weber (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris);
Moderated by Stéphane Gerson (NYU)

Published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press, Richard Keller’s Fatal Isolation tells the stories of the devastating heat wave that struck in August 2003, and of the victims of the disaster. It explores the multiple narratives of catastrophe--the official story of the crisis and its aftermath, as presented by the media and the state; the life stories of the individual victims, which both illuminate and challenge the ways we typically perceive natural disasters; and the scientific understandings of disaster and its management. Fatal Isolation is both a social history of risk and vulnerability in the urban landscape and a story of how a city copes with emerging threats and sudden, dramatic change.


Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.
French Department Lecture (in French)
Sortons-nous jamais de l’adolescence? Considérations indirectes sur la crise
actuelle

PAUL AUDI
Philosopher, critic ; author of Supériorité de l’éthique; Rousseau, une philosophie de l’âme; Jubilations; L’Europe et son fantôme; Créer; L’Empire de la compassion; Qui témoignera pour nous (Grand Prix de la Critique Littéraire); La Fin de l’impossible; Discours sur la légitimation actuelle de l’artiste; Lacan ironiste

Monday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
French Department Lecture (in English)
The Instrument and the Eye Mechanisms of Vision in 17th-Century France & Italy

SANAM NADER-ESFAHANI is completing her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University in May 2016. Her research focuses on French and Italian literature of the early modern period, as well as on the relationship between science and literature.

Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Lecture
New Perspectives on the Resistance in France

OLIVIER WIEVORKA is a historian, professor at the Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan. He is the author of several books on World War Two and the French Resistance, including La Mémoire désunie (2010) and Histoire de la Résistance 1940-1945 (2013).

After World War Two, the French resistance enjoyed a mythological status. It was represented as a widespread movement that united most French people, whether under the aegis of de Gaulle or that of the Communist Party. The Resistance's military contribution was said to be decisive, amounting to the equivalent of 15 army divisions, Eisenhower supposedly maintained. Now, after several decades of historical research, we can put these myths to rest. The new story of the Resistance is far more nuanced than the old, but it is no less exciting.


Friday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.

PEN World Voices Festival – The Literary Mews

A Literary Conversation with ANDREÏ MAKINE

Andreï Makine is a Russian-born French author recently elected to the Académie Française. His notable works include Dreams of My Russian Summers, which won both the Prix Goncourt and Prix Médicis, and his most recent novel, Brief Loves That Live Forever. In 2011, Makine confirmed suspicions that he had published four books over the course of a decade under the pseudonym "Gabriel Osmonde."

Co-sponsored with PEN and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

 

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
Translation Night
An evening of new translations by the students of NYU’s French Department M.A. program in Literary Translation.

Readers: Talia Behrend-Wilcox, Aimee Ashcroft, Hannah Leffingwell, Laurel Hogan,
Cecilia Ramsey
Hosted by Alyson Waters and Emmanuelle Ertel

Monday, May 9, 7:00 p.m.
French Literature in the Making (In French)

OLIVIER FRÉBOURG in conversation with OLIVIER BARROT

OLIVIER FRÉBOURG is a journalist, writer, and publisher of Les Éditions des Equateurs. He is the author of La Grande Nageuse; Gaston et Gustave (Prix Décembre); Un Homme à la mer; Ports mythiques; Maupassant, le clandestin; Port d’attache (Prix François Mauriac de l’Académie française); La Vie sera plus belle; Basse saison; and Roger Nimier.Trafiquant d’insolence, among other titles.

OLIVIER BARROT is a journalist, author, and television personality who plays a prominent role in French cultural life. He hosts the daily literary program Un livre un jour on France 3 and TV 5 television. He also directs a series of public discussions with actors of the Comédie Française. His most recent books are L'Ami posthume; Ciné Club; Le Fils Perdu; La Revue Blanche; Un livre un jour, un livre toujours; and Mitteleuropa. He is in his ninth year of hosting French Literature in the Making at NYU, which inspired his Paris series with playwrights, Mots en scène.

Presented with the additional support of Centre National du Livre, Sofitel, and La Compagnie

Tuesday, May 10, 12:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Lecture (in French)
La forme « collection » du capitalisme: l’établissement de la valeur du passé
et ses effets

LUC BOLTANSKI is a sociologist, professor at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and a leading figure in the “pragmatic” school of French sociology. He is the author and co-author of many books, including The New Spirit of Capitalism; On Justification; and On Critique. A Sociology of Emancipation.

ARNAUD ESQUERRE is a sociologist, research fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. He is the author of several books including La manipulation mentale. Sociologie des sectes en France and Prédire. L’astrologie en France au 21è siècle.

L’industrie du luxe, le marché de l’art contemporain, la création patrimoniale, le tourisme d’élite : toutes ces activités où des objets sont échangés pour des prix élevés ou très élevés par rapport aux prix communs, constituent ce que nous appelons une nouvelle « économie de l’enrichissement ». On objectera que l’existence d’une sphère exclusive du luxe n’est pas vraiment nouvelle. Mais la sphère dont nous dessinons les contours se distingue du monde industriel parce qu’elle n’est pas centrée sur la production de masse mais sur « l’enrichissement des choses » et prend la forme de la collection. Notre travail analyse ce changement à l’œuvre dans les pays d’Europe de l’Ouest et tout particulièrement en France.

April 4 – April 29
EXHIBITION
Vivre avec (Dealing with it)
Photographs by JEAN-ROBERT DANTOU document a decade of ethnographic research in order to understand how people with disabilities across the life course and throughout France are able to manage using different circles of support, ranging from relatives to professionals, nursing homes to associations of all sorts.

Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Maison Française gallery is occasionally closed for daytime events; please call (212) 998-8750 to verify access.