Public Events


February 28 at 6:30pm

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Serving Local and Global Communities

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21st century global citizenship panels
Volunteering, from caring for the homeless to cleaning up parks, is part of the Lycée education. Several dedicated volunteers will share their stories and inspiration.

Hélène Awad - Art therapist and volunteer

I strongly believe that giving back to society is an important part of being a rounded human being. And I believe there are many ways to do so. I have chosen volunteering.
Hélène Awad is an Egyptian-American painter and art therapist. She was raised in Paris, later moved to Cairo, and currently resides in New York. Her background in Art History, and extensive travel have made her sensitive to the communal nature of human beings and different styles of expression.The daily life of women, in their essential roles as givers of life, as mothers, and as educators, keep inspiring her to search for a pictorial language with which to translate her aspiration for a peaceful and equal world. As a teenager she volunteered in a home for the disabled (mostly persons with Down syndrome) outside Paris. This experience marked her and opened her to the extreme differences between people and taught her that judgments were misleading and only limit us. Nine years ago she started volunteering at the Coalition for the Homeless in the good program. For The Lineage Project she co-taught meditation and yoga to youth at risk. She currently volunteers in an old home.

Terry Grace - Head of Volunteer Coordinator of John Jay Park

I believe that my passion comes out of my childhood "I don't think it's fair" attitude for social justice, my Episcopal boarding school in Virginia, my Economics degree from Wheaton College, and my faith.  Which came first?  I don't know.  It's a wonderful journey to wholeness.
Terry Grace has been volunteering nearly all her  life. Included in her activities, primarily with the Episcopal Church but also elsewhere where  she has served meals to hundreds of homeless and poor New Yorkers. She has been a professional director of development at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Director of Development to restore the landmarked Church of the Holy Apostles. She coordinates volunteer school and religious groups to clean up John Jay Park, helps small NYC charities serving poor New Yorkers. She is currently on the committee for a 12-bed shelter for homeless single men and was instrumental in forming an association of all the faith-based emergency shelters to advocate for their nearly housing-ready homeless people before the City of New York; She has been a Habitat builder in NYC, formed a Hurricane Sandy Relief Group to help Staten Island clean up and rebuild; She volunteered serving meals to workers downtown after 9-11 and has been a volunteer builder twice in Malawi and once each in Haiti and Mississippi. She serves on the Social Concerns Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of NY and testify before the NY City Council on matters of housing, hunger, and homelessness.

Vivianne Kurzweil - Director of Service Learning and Student Programs

Community service develops the empathy and compassion of our students, it makes them discover and appreciate the world beyond the Lycée.
Vivianne Kurzweil, a Lycée alumna, has a Bachelor's’ degree in Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Bank Street graduate school . While teaching in the Mathematics department, she was inspired to create the school's Service Program following the events of 9/11/2001.
Currently the Lycee’s Service Learning Director, Vivianne works with colleagues to design programs and activities promoting community service and service learning. Through advocacy, volunteerism and international outreach, Lycee students are making a difference not only in New York City but around the globe.

James Macklin - Outreach director for the Bowery Mission

By 1987, I found myself homeless on the streets of New York. I took to riding the subway at night for warmth and shelter. The doors of the Bowery mission that I entered were the doors that literally opened up to the rest of my life. After two years as a resident, I was hired as the Security Supervisor, promoted three years later to Manager of Operations and two years after that to Assistant Director.
In 1987, James Macklin  found himself homeless, sleeping on a subway train. A stranger woke James and directed him to The Bowery Mission, where he found new hope. Now as the Mission’s Director of Outreach, James is a spokesperson at congregations, schools, prisons and on television and radio. He is also a donor liaison to the Mennonite community and a mentor to countless guests, graduates and staff.
With the participation of Margot, a tenth grade student at the Lycée Français de New York and volunteer with the autistic children.

Margot, tenth grade student at the Lycée

I volunteer at the Sherkow Center in Manhattan with children with autism since 3 years. Children make me feel happy and I hope to give them back the help and attention they deserve.
The panel will be moderated by Pascale Richard, director of the Cultural Center

Past Panels

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  • French and American Democracies Today

    March 20, 2017

    Panel with Robert Y. Shapiro, the Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University, Philippe Coste, journalist for the French online news site Mediapart, and Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, co-producer of 60 Minutes. Discussion moderated by Sean Lynch, with ample time for questions and comments from the audience
  • Social Media for Our Children and Ourselves

    February 22, 2017

    To analyze the consequences of this phenomenon, Catherine Blaya, professor of science education at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and who oversees the International Observation Center for Violence in Schools, was invited by the Lycée.
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  • Cultural Heritage and Armed conflict

    December 5, 2016

    Today as conflicts rage in the world and opposite ideologies are at war, we see historical cultural treasures disappearing. What are the laws and texts in place to protect those places and how effective are they? Is it possible to better protect this heritage? Is technology part of the solution? All of these questions were addressed by a panel of experts from different regions of the globe.
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