About the Maison Française

DIRECTED SINCE 2009 by Shanny Peer, the Columbia Maison Française fosters intellectual and cultural exchange between the United States and France, Europe, and the French-speaking world. Its rich program of events stimulates debate, spotlights innovative scholarship, promotes dialogue across disciplines, and contributes to international and cross-cultural understanding.

The Exhibition

This website presents the expanded digital format of the exhibition Columbia Maison Française: Centennial 1913–2013: Celebrating a Century of French Culture and Ideas at Columbia University in New York,on display at the Columbia Maison Française, September 5 to October 30, 2013. The exhibition was curated by Shanny Peer and co-presented by the Maison Française and the university's Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Centennial Acknowledgments


Curator, Author, Research Director
Shanny Peer, Director, Columbia Maison Française

Research and Curatorial Coordinator and Associate Curator
Lindsey Long, Program Coordinator, Columbia Maison Française

Research and Curatorial Associates
Susan Hamson, University Archivist, Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Jocelyn Wilk, Public Services Archivist, Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Marie Desmartis, Independent Scholar

Research Assistants
Romain Rancurel, Juliette Daney de Marcillac, Alex Kutler, Natalie Paret

David Ortiz, Manager, Digital Imaging Lab, Columbia University Libraries

Alexis Hagadorn, Head of Conservation, Columbia University Libraries

Editorial Assistants
Sanaë Lemoine, Yurina Ko

Copy Editor
Kenneth Conway Benson

Creative direction and graphic design
Marc Blaustein

Additional graphic design
Suzanne Doig

Website development
Alex Smoller

Exhibition design
Stephen Saitas


Generous funding for the Centennial Exhibition of the Columbia Maison Française was provided by the Florence Gould Foundation.

Additional funding for the online version of the Centennial Exhibition was provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. 

Centennial Sponsors of the Columbia Maison Française also provided essential support for the Centennial Exhibition.

Thanks to the following Columbia University Libraries units for their collaboration and support for the Centennial Exhibition: Columbia University Archives, Preservation and Digital Conversion Division, and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.


Unless otherwise indicated, documents, photographs and audio-visual materials on this website were provided by Columbia University Archives, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library or the Columbia Maison Française. Photographic credits, where applicable, are indicated in caption footnotes.

Special thanks to the Sheffer family for the donation of Eugene Sheffer’s photo album and other photos and memorabilia.

"Academic Culture and Ideas Since the 1970s" written by Pierre Force; "French Visitors: Columbia Summer Session 1923” adapted from Antoine Compagnon; “André Malraux, 1937” adapted from Michael Shavelson

Support Us

The Columbia Maison Française relies on generous support from foundations, corporations and individual donors. You can help support the activities of the Maison Française by making a tax-deductible contribution. Our sponsors and patrons are gratefully acknowledged on our website, in our printed publications and at our events. Sponsors also receive invitations to VIP events and can arrange to host private or corporate events at the Maison Française at preferential prices.

Tax-deductible donations can be made online or by check. If you have any questions about sponsorship, please contact Director Shanny Peer at sp2865@columbia.edu or 212 854-4482.

Centennial Sponsors

The Columbia Maison Française relies on generous support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors for its activities and gratefully acknowledges the following Centennial Sponsors: 


The Florence Gould Foundation


Paul LeClerc and Judith Ginsberg

Maurice I. Parisier Foundation

John and Henrietta Goelet



AXA Foundation

Domna C. Stanton

Mrs. Henriette Beilis 

Pierre-André Chiappori and Kristina Orfali 

Sponsors of the Maison Française Centennial Renovation

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.

The Florence Gould Foundation

John and Henrietta Goelet

Felix and Elizabeth Rohatyn Foundation

Caroline Beaupère Design

Les Métalliers Champenois

Atelier Simon Marq

Urban Art House

Contour Parquet

Boffi Soho




Yann Arthus-Bertrand

PATRONS: Bernard and Kathy Compagnon, Patricia Forelle, Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Edouard Tétreau, Anthony and Margo Viscusi

Advisory Board to the Columbia Maison Française and Department of French

The Maison Française benefits from the leadership and support of its distinguished Advisory Board. 

Paul LeClerc, Director, Columbia Global Center / Europe; President Emeritus, The New York Public Library, Advisory Board Chair

Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor, French Embassy in the U.S.

Henriette Beilis

Pauline Brown, Chair, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.

George E. Bushnell III, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Vivendi S.A.

Pierre-André Chiappori, E. Rowan and Barbara Steinschneider Professor of Economics, Columbia University

Elisabeth Desvignes, SVP Finance, LVMH Inc. Souleymane

Bachir Diagne, Professor of French and Philosophy, Columbia University

Jean-François Dubos, Chair, Management Board, Vivendi 

Renaud Dutreil, Former French Minister, President & CEO of Belleville Solutions Inc.

Pierre Force, Dean for Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of French and History, Columbia University

John Goelet

Adam Gopnik, author, staff writer for The New Yorker

Antoine Huet, Vice President Commercial North America, Air France KLM

Mark Kaplan, Chief Operating Officer, Societe Generale Americas

Charles Knapp, President, The Knapp Family Foundation, Inc.

Elisabeth Ladenson, Chair, Department of French, Columbia University

Bernard Laleuf, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager, Crédit Industriel et Commercial

Bertrand Lortholary, Consul General of France in New York

Kristina Orfali, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University

Robert O. Paxton, Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Science, Columbia University

Jeanine Parisier Plottel, President, the Maurice I. Parisier Foundation

Shanny Peer, Director, Columbia Maison Française

Elizabeth Rohatyn

Emmanuelle Saada, Associate Professor of French and History, and Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies, Columbia University

Domna Stanton, Distinguished Professor of French, Graduate Center CUNY

Edouard Tétreau, Managing Partner, Mediafin Consulting

Guy Wildenstein, President, American Society of the French Legion of Honor 

Mischa Zabotin, Senior Banker & Head of Financial Sponsors Coverage for the Americas for Crédit Agricole Securities (USA) Inc.