The new “Minority Voices in Early Modern France” series continues on December 2, when Charles-Louis Morand Métivier will deliver a talk titled ‘Emotional Narratives / Tragedy / The Religious Wars.’

Over the course of December, NYU’s La Maison Française presents an examination of the play La tragédie du sac de Cabrières (December 2); the four-day long Afro-Atlantic Playwrights Festival (December 4-7); a screening of the environmental documentary Demain (Tomorrow) (December 5); an extensive workshop for French language teachers (December 7); and a book club discussion of Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission led by Catherine Cusset (December 13).

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

Monday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
Emotional Narratives / Tragedy / The Religious Wars

Charles-Louis Morand Métivier (associate professor of French at the University of Vermont; co-editor of Affective and Emotional Economies in Medieval and Early Modern Europe) discusses his work on La tragédie du sac de Cabrières. In this play, he examines how tragedies based on historical massacres of Protestants warp their historical significance—both by producing emotional creations and recreations of the event, and by striving to “become” a part of history. Part of the “Minority Voices in Early Modern France” series.

Sponsored by the Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture.

December 4-7, 8:00 p.m.
The Afro-Atlantic Playwrights Festival

Participants in the Cultural Diaspora Playwrights Residency perform readings of plays co-directed by Carlyle Brown and Chuck Mike of the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. The residency's goal was to bring together African and African-American theater artists—both mid-career and established—from opposite ends of the Africanist Diaspora. Together, they engaged in debates about identity and authenticity, and explored the different ways in which international boundaries shape the African experience.

NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will host a series of readings and talkbacks with the authors, actors, and directors at the Abe Burrows Theater (721 Broadway/at Waverly Place). Full schedules and program details will be available at in mid-November.

Additionally, there will be a roundtable with the authors, and with Michael McElroy (TSOA, NYU), Carlyle Brown (The Playwrights Center, Minneapolis), and Mamadou Diouf (Columbia University) at the NYU Abu Dhabi House (19 Washington Square North) on December 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Filmmaker and scholar Leonard Cortana hosts a screening of Tomorrow (Demain), a documentary showcasing how various individuals around the world are helping to fight current environmental problems. Specific topics include agriculture, economics, energy, and education. The screening will be followed by a Q&A in which participants are invited to reflect on how they might apply the film’s lessons to their own lives. The screening will be in French with English subtitles. Free with RSVP.

Sponsored by The Center of Applied Liberal Arts (CALA, School of Professional Studies) and the Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture. Part of the CALA series Fragile Earth: Environmental Films Around the World.

Saturday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
AATF Workshop

This free workshop for high school and university language teachers features presentations on The Intersection of Culture and the Classroom: Approaches to Integration and Assessment.

Scheduled presentations include, "The Success of Failure: Integrating Google Translate into the Language Classroom," "Thinking Outside the Box: Teaching French with Comic Strips," "Autour des techniques de l'Oulipo: développement du vocabulaire," and "Quelle évaluation? Pour quels objectifs? Avec quels résultats?"

Registration for this workshop is required. Space is limited. RSVP: Please indicate your name, the name of your school, and level of French courses taught.

Co-presented by NYU's Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture and the New York Metropolitan Chapter of AATF (American Association of Teachers of French).

Friday, December 13, 6:00 p.m.
The Mews French Book Club

The political fiction novel Soumission by Michel Houellebecq is the Mews French Book Club selection for December. Soumission takes place in the not-too-distant future and follows literature professor François’ navigation through a changing French society, specifically after the election of a Muslim president.

The Mews French Book Club is led by Catherine Cusset  (award-winning author of Un brillant avenir; L’autre qu’on adorait; The Story of Jane; Life of David Hockey), and focuses on exploring new tendencies in French and Francophone literature in a relaxed setting. Discussion is in French.

Purchase and read the book in advance. Books available at Albertine Books (972 Fifth Avenue, Register for the next meeting at

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