Culture for Students
Secondary School

Food for Thought

Food For Thought brings to students an exclusive opportunity to meet leaders, innovators and thinkers - people who stand out by their experiences, actions or thoughts and understand how sharing these can inspire students in their future endeavors and in shaping what kind of person they want to become.

International Relations with Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Canceled - Thursday, October 21 | 12:45-1:35pm | in French
Jean-Marie Guéhenno is a professor at Columbia University where he directs the “Kent Program for Conflict Resolution”. From 2000 to 2008, he was Deputy Secretary General at the United Nations for the maintenance of peace, working for six years alongside Kofi Annan, In 2012 he was appointed Deputy Special Envoy for Syria. From 2014 to 2017 he led the NGO International Crisis Group. He is the author of several books including The First Twenty-First Century, from Globalization to Fragmentation (2021).

Bouncing Back with Charles Catherine

Canceled - Friday, September 24, 2021 | 12:45-1:35pm | in French
Charles joined the National Organization on Disability in 2018, where he is the Director of Corporate and Government Relations. With a background in Global Health, he served for several years as the Executive Director of the Surgeons of Hope Foundation. A 2012 graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux, France, Charles holds a Master’s degree in International Relations. Charles is also a classical pianist of 28 years, a blind soccer player, a Marathoner, and an elite Triathlete.

Youth are Saving the Planet with Nathan Metenier

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 12:15-1:05pm | in French
Since July 2020, twenty-one-year-old climate and environment activist, Nathan Metenier is one of seven members of Antonio Guterres’s Youth Climate Council. He is one of the main youth networks for the European climate, notably as Vice-President of Youth and Environment Europe, co-founder of Generation Climate Europe and the only young member of the European Environmental Bureau.

The White House with Maurin Picard

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 12:20pm-1:15pm | in French and English
Maurin Picard is the foreign correspondent for Le Figaro and Le Soir in New York, and has covered the US presidential elections in 2012, 2016 and 2020. He started his career in 1998, covering conflicts (Kosovo, Kashmir, Iraq) and has written on the UN and peacekeeping since 1992. He is the author of a book on the Second World War "Ordinary heroes" (2016), and a second book on "Metamorphoses of the United States, 1965-2015" (2016). In his most recent publication "The Manor: History and Stories of the White House", he delves into the stories of two centuries of American presidents (Le Manoir: histoire et histoires de la Maison-Blanche, 2020).

Theater with Lucie Tiberghien

Friday, October 23, 2020 | 12:20-1:15pm | In French and English
Lucie Tiberghien is the founder of Molière in the Park, a non-profit solely dedicated to bringing free theater to Brooklyn. After moving to New York, she began associate directing in the US and France and worked with acclaimed French director Jaques Lassalle, in Paris, Avignon, and Lausanne. Lucie specializes in the development of new plays and has directed world premieres across the U.S. as well as non-premiers at The George Street Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Juilliard, and New York University. Passionate about Molière, she brings fresh and contemporary interpretations of the famous author's plays, pushing the boundaries of traditional theater.

Jihane Sfeir talks about Lebanon

Friday, October 25, 2020 | 12:20pm | in French
The explosion on August 4 in Beirut of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, stored in the open air in the port since 2014, reflects the country's state of economic and political bankruptcy. To better understand and reframe these events from a historical perspective, we invite Jihane Sfeir, a historian and researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and a specialist of the Arab world, particularly Lebanon. She is also the founder and head of the Arab and Muslim Worlds Observatory at the Maison des Sciences Humaines. Her research and publications focus on Palestinian refugees, archives, history and memory in the Arab world with particular attention to Lebanon and the civil war.
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