Columbia Maison Française

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.

Activities 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 for 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 for the current school year will take place on Tuesday, May 6.

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

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Upcoming Events

May 30, 2014
September 4, 2014

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NYC Parks

Films on the Green Festival 2014

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and the City of New York Parks & Recreation have just announced the line-up for this year's 7th annual Films on the Green Festival, which presents free outdoor screenings of French films in parks around the city. This year's theme is Masculin/Masculin, with each film featuring a wide range of colorful male figures in French film—lovers, heroes, gangsters, and rebels.

The festival opens on May 30 with Purple Noon by René Clément, starring Alain Delon and Maurice Ronet.

As usual, the final film of the festival will be shown at Columbia, co-presented with the Maison Française, on Low Steps on Thursday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the school year. This year we are excited to screen The French Minister (Quai d'Orsay), the most recent film of Bertrand Tavernier, presented at Lincoln Center's Rendez-vous with French Cinema this past March.

For more information and a complete schedule, please click here.


June 26, 2014
June 28, 2014

11:00 - 5:00 AM

Center 548 (22nd street & 11th ave)

Air France: France is in the Air Exhibition

From June 26-28, Air France is presenting a unique exhibition: The Air France, France is in the Air Exhibition at Center 548 (22nd street & 11th ave) from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. You will be able to experience the new Air France seats, enjoy interactive activities for kids and adults, and you could even win Air France tickets to Paris! For more details, please visit!/index

May 8, 2014

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Bonnes Vacances !

Our events have concluded for the 2013-14 school year. Please check back over the summer for our upcoming events in the fall. In the meantime, you can check out videos from our recent events below or on our YouTube channel, Columbia Maison Francaise

Make sure to "Like" our Facebook page, which also includes videos, photos, event info and other media related to French culture in New York and beyond !

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and we wish everyone un bon été !

Recent News

Centennial News

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,,  and more.

To read more, please follow the links below:

The leading design publication Communication Arts selected the Maison Française Centennial website as their "Webpick of the Week" on January 10, 2014. To read more and to view their spotlight on our Centennial website, please click here.

VIDEO: Columbia Maison Francaise Centennial Celebration at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, November 7, 2013


Columbia Maison Francaise Centennial Exhibition, September-October 2013

Columbia Maison Francaise Centennial Celebration on 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"

France-Amérique: "Inauguration de l'exposition pour le centenaire de la Maison Française de Columbia"

France-Amérique: "La Maison Française de Columbia: Cent ans d'histoire franco-américaine"

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: "Les cents ans de la Maison Française de Columbia"

BFM Business: "Le Grand Journal de New York: La Maison Française de Columbia fete ses cents ans"


Event News

Press coverage, photos and videos of recent events:

Videos of recent events:

Spring 2014

Edmund White in conversation with Elisabeth Ladenson, Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, February 4, 2014

Roundtable discussion with Srinivas Aravamudan, Siraj Ahmed, with Stathis Gourgouris and Gauri Viswanathan as discussants, moderated by Madeleine Dobie, Orientalism, Philology, Literary History, February 12, 2014

Talk by Domna Stanton, Enslaved to Chocolate: Culture, Commerce and Gender in 17th Century France, February 19, 2014

Columbia French professor, Vincent Debaene, speaks in French on the topic of: Entre informateur et auteur: anthropologie, littérature et authenticité culturelle, February 27, 2014

Conversation with historian Alice Conklin, In the Museum of Man: Race, Anthropology and Empire: 1850-1950, March 11, 2014

French chef Jacques Pépin in conversation with Adam Gopnik, French Cuisine, American Taste: Life as a Chef on Two Continents, April 1, 2014

Thomas Piketty on his recent book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, April 17, 2014

Didier Eribon, On Social Verdicts: Classes, Identities, Trajectories, April 23, 2014

Pre-concert talks preceeding the Before the Deluge concert series by the Four Nations Ensemble:

Paul LeClerc and Andy Appel, Music and Literature in the 18th century, February 19, 2014

Mary Tavernier Holmes and Andy Appel, Les Fêtes Galantes, March 31, 2014

Caroline Weber and Andy Appel, The Goncourts brothers and literary salons, April 21, 2014

Fall 2013

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

Proust Reread / Proust relu: Du côté de chez Swann at 100, October 4-5, 2013:

Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV; Part V; Part VI

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

Roundtable discussion on the question: Does Reputation Matter?, November 22, 2013


Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Anne-Marie Slaughter, The Balancing Act: Women, Work and Family in the U.S. and France on October 14, 2013 in Low Library

Jacques Martial's performance of Aimé Césaire's Notebook of a Return to My Native Land on October 30, 2013 in Miller Theatre

See more photos on our Facebook page


On April 1, 2014, the Maison Française hosted a talk and cooking demonstration with French chef Jacques Pépin, a graduate of the School of General Studies and GSAS at Columbia, to inaugurate our newly renovated kitchen. For a short video and images of these exciting events, please click here. (see above for link to full video of the conversation with Jacques Pepin and Adam Gopnik)

Press release from the French Cultural Services in the U.S. announcing French director Bertrand Tavernier's visit to New York and the Columbia Maison Francaise: French Director Bertrand Tavernier Comes to New York

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.

Le Monde: "Walls and Bridges, Festival de la pensée transatlantique"

France-Amérique: "Najat Vallaud-Belkacem et Anne-Marie Slaughter débattent de l’égalité hommes-femmes à Columbia University" Video: "La ministre Najat Vallaud-Belkacem en conférence à Columbia University"

French Morning: "La ministre française, l'ex-diplomate américaine et l'égalité des sexes"