The following events are presented by the Columbia Maison Francaise. Unless otherwise indicated, they take place in the East Gallery of Buell Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit our website at www.maisonfrancaise.org.
Special Events and Conferences
Wednesday, November 17, 6-8 p.m.
French Anthropology: Between Science and Literature
in conversation with Joanna Stalnaker
Drawing on his new book, L'Adieu au Voyage (Gallimard, November 2010), Vincent Debaene will discuss the reciprocal fascination of French writers with anthropology and of French ethnographers with literature. These vexed relationships between anthropology and literature provide a window onto 20th century French intellectual history, from André Breton to Jacques Derrida, Marcel Mauss to Claude Lévi-Strauss.
Vincent Debaene is an Assistant Professor of French at Columbia University. He coordinated and prefaced the critical edition of the works of Claude Lévi-Strauss in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (Gallimard, 2008).
Special Film Event
Thursday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
Pétain, un héros si populaire, U.S. Premiere
Documentary directed by Serge de Sampigny, 2010, 90 min.
In French without subtitles
Special guest moderator Robert Paxton will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening. Robert Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Columbia University, and specializes in the social and political history of Modern Europe, particularly Vichy France.
This new documentary looks at the relationship between Philippe Pétain and the French from the Battle of Verdun in 1916 through the Vichy years, and ends with his trial in 1945. The film is being broadcast for the first time on French television in November 2010. This is the first showing of the film in the U.S.
Film screenings are free to students and faculty at Columbia or one of its affiliate institutions and to members of the Société des Amis de la Maison Française. Non-members are asked to contribute $7.
Wednesday, December 1, 6-8 p.m.
2010 Eugene J. Sheffer Distinguished Lecture
The Aftermath of the Financial Crisis:Towards a New Framework for Monetary Policy
Jacques de Larosière
Event Location: Low Library Rotunda
Jacques de Larosière argues that monetary policy played a major role in triggering the worldwide financial crisis that began in 2008. Larosiere's thesis has gained ground in recent months, and central bankers now recognize that financial recovery needs to include a greater focus on monetary policy.
Jacques de Larosière was Managing Director of the IMF, Governor of the Banque de France, President of the EBRD, and Chairman of the High Level Committee on the Reform of the European Financial Regulatory Structure. Today he is a key voice in Europe on financial reform in response to the worldwide economic crisis.
This event was organized by Columbia University's Maison Française and Program for Economic Research, and is also co-sponsored by the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business.
To attend, please RSVP by November 29.
Thursday, December 2, 6-8 p.m.
Is there a "Brain Drain" of French Academics to the United States?
Roundtable Discussion on a new study published by the Institut Montaigne:
Gone for Good? Partis pour de bon? Les expatriés de l'enseignement supérieur aux Etats-Unis (November 2010).
This discussion will be introduced by Mr. Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of France in the United States. Roundtable discussion in French, with English interpretation available
- Ioanna Kohler, Director of Policy Programs at the French-American Foundation U.S.
- Laure Bereni, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Institute of French Studies, NYU
- Jean-Laurent Casanova, Professor, St. Giles Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, Rockefeller University
- Pierre-André Chiappori, Professor of Economics, Columbia University
- Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Professor of French and Philosophy, Columbia University
- François Rachline, Executive Director of the Institut Montaigne and Professor of Economics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (moderator)
This roundtable is free and open to the public, no RSVP required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Event co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, the Institut Montaigne, and the French-American Foundation.
Monday, December 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
85th Anniversary Celebration for Pierre Boulez:
Film Screening and Roundtable Discussion
Event Location: Roone Arledge Cinema, Lerner Hall
The screening and roundtable discussion (in English) are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required for all non-CUID holders at email@example.com.
Screening of Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy: Inheriting the Future of Music (Günter Atteln and Angelika Stiehler, 2010, 55 min). Featuring music by Stravinsky, Boulez, Adamek and Stockhausen. In French and German with English subtitles.
Roundtable Discussion: Dialogue de l'Ombre Double: Pierre Boulez and the Reinvention of Musical Research with the exceptional presence of Pierre Boulez, joined by
- Fabien Lévy, Composer, Assistant Professor in Composition, Department of Music, Columbia University
- Miller Puckette, Associate Director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts and Chair, Department of Music, University of California, San Diego
- Martin Scherzinger, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University
- George E. Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Department of Music, Columbia University
The screening and roundtable were organized by Fabien Lévy and George Lewis, and are co-sponsored by the Maison Française and the Department of Music at Columbia University
Monday, December 6, 8 p.m.
Pierre Boulez Concert: 85th Birthday Celebration
Miller Theatre Composer Portraits
Concert performed at Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway, New York City Talea Ensemble
Pierre Boulez, Composer
Tickets: $ 25 general public; $15 CU faculty/staff; $7 CU students
Available at www.millertheatre.com or 212-854-7799
12 Notations (1945)
Improvisation I sur Mallarmé: "Le vierge, le vivace, et le bel aujourd'hui" (1957)
Improvisation II: "Une dentelle s'abolit" (1957)
Dérive I (1984)
Dérive II (1988/2006), U.S. Premiere
The concert is presented by Miller Theatre, with support from the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music
A related exhibition on Pierre Boulez is featured at the Columbia University Music & Arts Library, Dodge Hall, 7th Floor
Monday, December 13, 7 p.m.
Book Club discussion of Rosie Carpe by Marie NDiaye with moderator Kaiama Glover.
Please Note: The Book Club is open to Members of the Société des Amis de La Maison Française and Columbia University students with a valid and current CUID. Please visit our website to learn about how to become a member. Supporting the Maison Francaise
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