Student Programs

Lecture Series

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.

Gaël Faye

Workshop on slam poetry

Friday, October 26 - 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.

Kaoutar Harchi

Islam and National Identity

Lecture by Kaoutar Harchi, sociologist writer, visiting professor at New York University
Tuesday, December 18 - 1:30PM-2:30PM, Y9

Sociologist Harchi Kaoutar conducts research on cultural nationalisms and the construction of national identities. She will talks to the ninth graders about the different markers of Muslim identity  depending on the nation. How the sense of feeling Muslim is affected by religion, beliefs or ethnicity in France and Europe or in the United-States?

Past lectures

Mame-Fatou Niang

James Baldwin Day

Screening of documentary Mariannes noires: Mosaïques Afropèennes and lecture by Mame-Fatou Niang
Friday, September 28

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 investigate the pieces of their mosaic identities, and unravel what it means to be Black and French, Black in France.

Diane Grillère

Le Général de Gaulle et mai 1968

Lecture by Diane Grillère, Director of Pedagogic and Technical Projects at the Charles de Gaulle Foundation, organized by the Cultural Service of French Embassy
Friday, October 5 - 1:15pm-4pm, Y11-12

In March 1968, French newspaper Le Monde headlined “France is bored”. 77-year old President de Gaulle, yet known as a visionary, was forced to face huge public protest looming to turn into revolution. Although the government seem unable to find a way-out at first, the General succeeded in handling the crisis thanks to his mysterious “vanishing” and providential coming back on the medias.