The Cultural Center’s lecture series gives students, faculty, staff and parents the opportunity to meet leading authorities in a wide range of fields, from literature to politics and economics to science.
Bill McKibben and Alexandria Villaseñor
Climate Change with Festival Albertine
Friday, November 8, 2019
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988, he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world. Alexandria Villaseñor is a 14-year-old climate activist who, inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, began her own solo weekly school strike for climate in front of the United Nations Headquarters in December 2018. Today, Alexandria continues to organize national weekly Fridays for Future climate strikes. She is also the founder and executive director of her own nonprofit “Earth Uprising”. This conference is organized in conjunction with Festival Albertine 2019, curated by Bill McKibben.
Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and Pamela Green
James Baldwin Day
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
As "I Am Not Your Negro" director Raoul Peck said on our first James Baldwin Day, our goal is to bring Baldwin alive to a younger generation. "It is our history," he said. On this James Baldwin Day we are focusing on stories, both told and, in the case of our screening, untold. We will begin the day with a program conceived by jazz musician and scholar Sammy Miller on Albert Murray, American literary and jazz critic and friend of James Baldwin. In the afternoon we will screen Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché. She was a pioneer in the film industry, and although she created more than 1000 productions, her name seems to be forgotten today. Director Pamela Green will introduce her film and participate in a Q&A following the screening.
Monday, February 27, 2019, 2-4pm
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a leader in sustainable development and University Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He is the Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, serves on the UN Broadband Commission for Development, and acts as SDG Advocate for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty.
Islam and National Identity
Lecture by Kaoutar Harchi, sociologist writer, visiting professor at New York University Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 1:30PM-2:30PM, Y9
Sociologist Harchi Kaoutar conducts research on cultural nationalisms and the construction of national identities. She will talk to the ninth graders about the different markers of Muslim identity depending on the nation. How is the sense of feeling Muslim affected by religion, beliefs or ethnicity in France and Europe or in the United-States?
Workshop on slam poetry
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 2pm-4 pm, Y10
Gaël Faye, born in 1982 in Bujumbura, Burundi, is a French-Rwandan rapper, composer and writer. During the civil war in Burundi and the nearby Rwandan genocide, 13-year old Gaël was forced to flee his home country and move to France. Living in the suburbs of Paris, he discovered rap and hip-hop culture while starting writing poetry. In August 2016, Gaël published his first novel Petit Pays (Small Country by Hogarth Press), inspired by his childhood. The book received numerous prizes such as the Prix du roman Fnac, the prix Goncourt des lycéens and the prix littéraire du Lycée Français de New York in 2017.
James Baldwin Day
Screening of Mariannes noires: Mosaïques Afropèennes with Mame-Fatou Niang Friday, September 28, 2018
Mame-Fatou Niang is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. She conducts research on contemporary France, Sub-Saharan Africa, Postcolonial and Transnational Studies, Media, and Urban Planning. Her recent research examines the development of Afro-French identities, and the works of second- and third-generation female immigrant writers of the banlieue. In 2015, she co-directed a documentary entitled “Mariannes Noires: Mosaïques Afropèennes” in which seven Afro-French women unravel what it means to be black and French, black in France.