We are currently developing a new website for the Columbia Maison Française which will include more detailed information about the Maison and its ongoing activities, including video recordings of past events. In the meantime, this temporary page, housed on our Centennial website, includes a full listing of upcoming events and recent news coverage.
Activites hosted by the Maison Française include lectures, conferences, film screenings, seminars and salons, exhibitions, a book club and café conversation, receptions, and special events.
Café Conversation is reserved to current Columbia, Barnard and Teachers College students ONLY. These weekly sessions meet on Tuesdays on the 2nd Floor of Buell Hall: for beginners, from 12-1:30 p.m. and for intermediate/advanced, from 5-6:30 p.m. The final Café Conversation of fall semester will be on Tuesday, December 3. Please join us again next semester!
Unless otherwise indicated, these events are free, open to the public, and take place in the East Gallery, Buell Hall.
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If you have any questions about our events or reserving space, please call 212-854-4482 or email Lindsey Long at LL2787@columbia.edu
December 6, 2013
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
East Gallery, Buell Hall
An "unconference" celebrating the centennial of Aimé Césaire's birth
This centenary celebration of Martinican poet and statesman Aimé Césaire proposes informal discussions of Césaire’s life and legacy along four different critical paths. Our aim is to think Césaire outside and beyond the usual frames - to generate provocative new ways of imagining possible Césairean futures at the close of a year’s worth of exciting commemorative events.
For more information, please follow this link: http://cesairelegacies.cdrs.columbia.edu/
10:15-10:30 Opening Remarks
10:30-11:15 Discussion I — Brent Hayes Edwards and Erica Hunt wax Césairean poetics
moderated by Yvette Christiansë
11:30-12:45 Discussion II — Millery Polyné and Anne Eller discuss Césaire’s revolutionary Nature
moderated by Kaiama L. Glover
12:45-2 lunch break
2-3:15 Discussion III — Gary Wilder and Yarimar Bonilla reflect on freedom and (non-)sovereignty
moderated by David Scott
3:30-4:45 Discussion IV — Christopher Winks and Carrie Noland debate Césaire’s perspective on poverty
moderated by Alex Gil
4:45-5 Closing Remarks
Co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Institute of African Studies, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
December 16, 2013
2nd Floor, Buell Hall
No et moi by Delphine de Vigan
Moderated by Alexandra Perisic
The book club is held one Monday a month at 7 p.m. and is open to Columbia University students and faculty with a valid and current CUID, and to members of the Société des Amis de la Maison Française.
The Columbia Maison Française Centennial celebration and exhibition have garnered great interest in the press. Articles have been published in the International Herald Tribune/New York Times, Ouest France, Columbia University Record, Columbia Spectator, France-Amérique, Frenchmorning.com, and more.
To read more, please follow the links below:
On November 7, the Maison Francaise held its centennial celebration at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and honored Francois Delattre, French Ambassador to the U.S., with its first Centennial medal. To read more in the French Embassy's News from France newsletter, please click here
VIDEO: Columbia Maison Francaise Centennial Celebration at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, November 7, 2013
New York Times/International Herald Tribune: "When Sartre and Camus Met Hoover's G-Men"
French Morning: "La Maison Française de Columbia fête ses 100 ans"
The Columbia University Record: "Bon Centenaire! Maison Francaise Turns 100" (article includes a brief slideshow of Centennial highlights)
French Culture/Cultural Services of the French Embassy: "Columbia Maison Francaise Centennial Exhibition"
Columbia Spectator: "A Storied History: La Maison Française at 100"
Video interviews with Maison Française Director Shanny Peer:
Press coverage, photos and videos of recent events:
Videos of recent events:
Andy Martin, THOUGHT POLICE: the FBI and French Philosophers, September 18, 2013
Barbara Carnevali & Fred Neuhouser, Reading Rousseau Today: the Question of Recognition, September 25, 2013
Isabelle Gournay & Marie-Laure Crosnier Leconte, Paris-New York, ca. 1913: Architects and the Beaux-Arts Connection, October 7, 2013
Carolyn Burke, Edith Piaf in Manhattan, October 9, 2013
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Anne-Marie Slaughter, The Balancing Act: Women, Work and Family in the U.S. and France, October 14, 2013
Roundtable on The Humanities and the MLA Today, October 21, 2013
Antoine Compagnon on his 3 recent books, November 13, 2013
Rachel Mesch, Photoshop Feminism: Belle Epoque Women's Magazines and the Elusive Triumph of the French Woman Writer, November 18, 2013
Last May, the Maison Française hosted a performance exhibition, peace gathering and procession with Cambodian artist Leang Seckon's Flowering Parachute Skirt as the event's centerpiece. Seckon transformed a parachute from the Vietnam War, into an emblem of reconciliation. To learn more about Seckon, his work and inspiration, please follow this link to an article in the Phnom Penh Post: "Man in the Mirror: the Many Sides of Leang Seckon"
Andy Martin, who spoke at the Maison Française in September on FBI files and French Philosophers, wrote an essay based on this talk published online by Prospect Magazine: "The FBI Files on Being and Nothingness"
The Balancing Act: Women, Work and Family in the U.S. and France, a dialogue with Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Anne-Marie Slaughter on October 14, 2013:
To watch the video of this discussion, please click here.