A concert featuring unpublished works by French composer Louis Durey, one of “Les Six," is among the many highlights of the schedule of free happenings.

Illustration of the musical group L'Equipe Durey
L'Equipe Durey

A concert featuring unpublished works by French composer Louis Durey, one of “Les Six” (February 4). A “French Literature in the Making” event with writer Alain Mabanckou (February 6). A discussion with Anka Muhlstein presenting her new book The Pen and the Brush (February 13), A performance by the French slam poet Capitaine Alexandre (February 14).These are just some of the highlights of La Maison Française’s calendar of events for January and February. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public at 16 Washington Mews (at the corner of University Pl.), New York, N.Y. For more information, please call 212.998.8750, send an email to maison.francaise@nyu.edu or visit http://www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise

Monday, January 30, 7:00 p.m.

Futures of French: Remembering and Forgetting
A new Department of French series highlighting the work of early career scholars
RAPHAËL SIGAL, Assistant Professor of French, Amherst College
CATHERINE CLARK, Assistant Professor of French Studies, MIT
In French and English

Saturday, Feb. 4, 4:00 p.m.

Durey Rediscovered
Co-sponsored by the David and Agatha Moll Charitable Fund
With tenor William Burden, baritones Jesse Blumberg and Sidney Outlaw, and pianist Jocelyn Dueck
Louis Durey, a member of "Les Six"—a band of friends who created music in Paris during and after the First World War—wrote songs set to poetry by Mallarmé and Heine, Éluard, Hikmet and Audisio, and Langston Hughes. Durey's music reflects the trajectory of the 20th century and explores the political climate of the era. Durey's unpublished music will soon be heard on a new recording. This concert premieres the previously unheard works.
$20. General Admission
$10. Students with ID
RSVP: 212-998-8750 or maison.francaise@nyu.edu

Monday, February 6, 7:00 p.m.

French Literature in the Making
Novelist, journalist, poet, professor of literature, UCLA; author of Bleu-Blanc-Rouge (Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire); African Psycho; Mémoires de porc-épic (Prix Renaudot); Black Bazar; Lumières de Pointe-Noire; Petit Piment
in conversation with
Writer, journalist, television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of L’Ami posthume; Le Fils perdu; Un livre un jour, un livre toujours; Mitteleuropa
In French

Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.

Institute of French Studies Book Event
Branding the 'Beur' Author: Minority Writing and the Media in France, 1983-2013
KATHRYN KLEPPINGER, Assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies, George Washington University; author of Branding the Beur Author: Minority Writing and the Media, 1983-2013 (Liverpool University Press, 2015)
In English

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

Book event
The Pen and the Brush
ANKA MUHLSTEIN, Scholar and writer; author of The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels (Other Press, 2017); Monsieur Proust’s Library; Balzac’s Omelette; A Passion for Freedom: The Life of Astolphe de Custine.
In English

Tuesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m.

Performance and conversation
Cahier poétique d’un dandy de grand chemin. Lectures et improvisations de poésie slammée
Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe (Capitaine Alexandre) is a slam poet and writer. He is the author of Le Chant des possibles (Prix Paul Verlaine de poésie de l’Académie française). His most recent publication, Résidents de la République (La Cheminante / Harlem Renaissance), a manifesto in poetic form, responds to recurring debates on immigration, integration, the other, Islam, and violence.
In French
Sponsored by the Department of French and the Institute of French Studies, NYU

Friday, February 17

High Fidelity: Jean Starobinski’s Critical Hermeneutics
Organized by Denis Hollier and Julien Zanetta
Part I
Denis Hollier (NYU), moderator
1:00 p.m. Opening Remarks, Denis Hollier
1:20 p.m. La Réaction critique, Philippe Roger (CNRS / EHESS)
2:00 p.m. Une Herméneutique du visible, Laurent Jenny (Université de Genève)
2:40 p.m. Starobinski’s Architecture: Environment and Symbol from Rousseau to the Revolution, Anthony Vidler (Cooper Union)
Part II
Richard Sieburth (NYU), moderator
3:40 p.m. Les Bouquets de Jean Starobinski, Joanna Stalnaker (Columbia)
4:20 p.m. Herméneutique et transparence, Lucien Nouis (NYU)
5:10 p.m. Teste pseudonyme: Starobinski lecteur de Valéry, Julien Zanetta (FNS)
5:50 p.m. L'herméneutique littéraire de Jean Starobinski: une pratique théorique, Martin Rueff (Université de Genève)
All presentations in French except for the 2:40 p.m. session, which will be in English.
Sponsored by the Center for French Civilization and Culture of NYU and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

Friday, February 24

The French Resistance in Transnational Perspective
Organized by Herrick Chapman and Valerie Deacon
10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Edward Berenson (NYU)
Valerie Deacon (NYU)
Herrick Chapman (NYU)
10:15 a.m. Anglo-American Connections and the French Resistance
Transnational Cultural Resistance: Free France, the British Council, and the French Cultural Institute in London
Charlotte Faucher (University of Warwick)
The Transnational Nature of Escape, Evasion, and Humanitarian Resistance in France
Valerie Deacon (NYU)
Discussant: Philip Nord (Princeton)
1:30 p.m. Resistance and the Empire, The First Resistance: French Equatorial Africa and Cameroon, 1940-1943, Eric Jennings (University of Toronto)
Colonial Consequences: The Complex Aftermaths of World War Two Resistance and the End of French Algeria, 1945-1962, Martin Evans (University of Sussex)
3:30 p.m. Navigating Boundaries Within and Beyond the Nation
Resistance and the Question of Race: Raising National and Transnational Concerns, Ludivine Broch (University of Westminster), Has (Western) Resistance Been a European Phenomenon?
Olivier Wiewiorka (École Normale Supérieure de Cachan)
5:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks – Resistance Legacies in Transnational Perspective
In English
Sponsored by the Institute of French Studies and the Elihu Rose Fund for Modern Military History, NYU

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