La Maison Française’s Spring 2017 series continues in April with author Nicholas Harrison on “Lessons from Colonial Education” (April 4), a conference on “Taste” (April 13-14), and novelist Maryline Desbiolles discussing “French Literature in the Making” with journalist Oliver Barrot (April 17).

NYU's La Maison Française
NYU's La Maison Française

La Maison Française’s Spring 2017 series continues in April with author Nicholas Harrison on “Lessons from Colonial Education” (April 4), a conference on “Taste” (April 13-14), and novelist Maryline Desbiolles discussing “French Literature in the Making” with journalist Oliver Barrot (April 17), among other events.

All events are held at La Maison Française of NYU, 16 Washington Mews (between University Place and Fifth Avenue) and are free and open to the public—unless otherwise noted. Seating for free events is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.8750 or visit Subways: N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
“Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from Colonial Education”
Nicholas Harrison, professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, King’s College London; author of Postcolonial Criticism: History, Theory and the Work of Fiction; Circles of Censorship; editor, Pontecorvos’s Battle of Algiers, 40 Years On 
Co-sponsored with Department of French

Friday & Saturday, April 7 & 8
“The French National Front—and Beyond: A Global Populist Moment?”
Location: Hemmerdinger Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East

Held two weeks before the first round of French 2017 presidential election, this conference will take stock of the current ‘populist moment’—in France and elsewhere—as a historical phenomenon and an object of study. Established and emerging scholars from Europe and the U.S. will come together — along with journalists — to address questions of method and analysis in comparative perspective.
Organized by the Institute of French Studies and the Center for French Civilization and Culture, NYU; co-sponsored by the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU

Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m.
“Modèles d’intrigue et modèles démocratiques dans les séries françaises et américaines”
Guillaume Soulez, professor, Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle; director, Institut de Recherche sur le Cinéma et l'Audiovisuel (IRCAV); author of Quand le film nous parle. Rhétorique, cinéma, télévision 
In French. Q&A in English and French.

Thursday & Friday, April 13 & 14
The French Department Graduate Student Conference will examine notions
and applications of taste in its various forms.
Conference sessions are devoted to Le Goût de l’abject; Seeing Taste; Discerning Taste(s); Deviant Tastes; L’écriture du goût et le goût de l’écriture.
Keynotes: Allen S. Weiss (NYU) on Identity Politics & Culinary Identity on April 13 at 6 p.m., and Jennifer Tsien (University of Virginia) on April 14 at 6 p.m.
In French and English

Monday, April 17, 7 p.m.
“French Literature in the Making”
Maryline Desbiolles
Writer; novelist; author of La Seiche; Anchise (Prix Femina); Amanscale; La Scène; Ceux qui reviennent; Primo; Le beau temps; Les draps du peintre
in conversation with
Oliver Barrot
Writer; journalist; television producer and host, Un Livre un jour (France 3 and TV5); author of L’Ami posthume; Le Fils perdu; La Revue Blanche; Un Livre un jour, un livre toujours; Mitteleuropa
In French

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Roundtable
“Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism in the 2017 French Presidential Electoral Campaign”

Laure Bereni, CNRS; visiting professor, Institute of French Studies, NYU; author of La bataille de la parité
Ramzi Kassem, professor of law, CUNY School of Law; director, Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic
Julien Talpin, CNRS; visiting scholar, CIRHUS NYU-CNRS; co-author, Lutte urbaine

Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.
“Abdellatif Laâbi’s Poems of Love and Struggle”
Donald Nicholson-Smith, Translator, Abdellatif Laâbi, In Praise of Defeat (Archipelago Books, 2017)
Robyn Creswell, assistant professor of comparative literature, Yale University; poetry editor, The Paris Review
Organized with Archipelago Books; part of the Sant Jordi in New York Festival organized by the Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the U.S. and the Catalan Institute of America

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.
“Conversation avec Ivan Jablonka sur Laëtitia ou la fin des hommes”
Ivan Jablonka, Professor of History, Université Paris XIII-Nord; author of A History of the Grandparents I Never Had; L’Histoire est une littérature contemporaine; Laëtitia ou la fin des hommes (Prix Médicis, Prix Le Monde, Prix des prix littéraires)
Sponsored by the Institute of French Studies and La Maison Française
In French

Editor’s Note
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