Lectures 2016-2017

 

April 22, 2017

Alliance Française of Birmingham, UAB Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities,
and the University of Montevallo Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Pap Ndiaye

The Centennial of the First World War in Birmingham:
April 16-23, 2017


On April 17, 1917, the United States of America entered World War One. During the Great War, over one million American soldiers went to France. Over 116,500 U.S. soldiers gave their lives in combat and another 200,000 were wounded, a casualty rate far greater than in World War II.

The event is of particular interest to UAB students and faculty since World War I changed many things.
For the first time, women joined the ranks of the U.S. armed forces, as did Native Americans and members of other minority groups. More than 350,000 African Americans served in the U.S. military.
Thousands of African American soldiers, many from the South, saw combat for the first time, thirty-one years before the executive order issued on July 26, 1948, by President Harry S. Truman abolishing racial discrimination in the United States Armed Forces. When French General Pétain asked for soldiers, General Pershing accepted to lend 40,000 American Black soldiers to the French army. Two regiments were given French riffles and helmets, known as "Adrian," and fought side by side with the "Poilus" (nickname of French soldiers during WWI).

On April 2017, France and the United States will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event. Remembering the enormous contribution of Lafayette, following a parade through Paris amidst the enthusiastic and welcoming embrace of the French, General Pershing, his aide-de-camp Stanton, and the American troops arrived at the grave of the Marquis. Stanton then said the ultimate return-the-favor quote: " Lafayette, nous voilà (Lafayette, we are here!)."

To commemorate the centenial, the Alliance Francaise of Birmingham, University of Montevallo, and the UAB Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities are sponsoring a lecture discussing African American soldiers during WWI by leading French historian Pap Ndiaye, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 7:00 pm, at the UAB Hulsey Recital Hall.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Dr. Ndiaye will lecture on "Race Matters in France" at Montevallo University. A specialist of African American history and minority isssues in France, Dr. Ndiaye will also speak at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute during the week.

Dr. Pap Ndiaye is a French historian, specializing in North America. He holds a doctorate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) where he was a lecturer before being elected in 2012 as Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is a member of the Center for North American Studies and of the editorial board of the journal, History, as a specialist on the United States. From 1991 to 1996, he studied in the United States to prepare his doctoral thesis on the petrochemical company, DuPont.

On his return to France, Dr. Ndiaye was appointed lecturer at the EHESS where his work now focuses on the Black question, the discourse and practice of racial discrimination in France and America. He is a pioneer of the "Black Studies" in French. With Patrick Lozès, future president of the Representative Council of Black Associations of France (CRAN), they founded the Circle of Action for the Promotion of Diversity in France (CAPDIV).

Selected publications of Dr. Pap Ndiaye:

Du nylon et des bombes. Du Pont de Nemours, l'État et le marché,1900-1970, Paris, Belin, 2001. Translation in English, Nylon and Bombs, DuPont and the March of Modern America, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
La Condition noire. Essai sur une minorité française, Paris, Calmann-Lévy, 2008. Translated in Japanese and Chinese. [The Black Condition. Essay on a French Minority]
Histoire de Chicago, Paris, Fayard, 2013 (with Andrew Diamond). History of Chicago, forthcoming translation in English (2018).
La Démocratie en Amérique au XXe siècle, Paris, Belin, 2000. With Jean Heffer and François Weil. [Democracy in America in the 20th Century]
Black Americans: Running for Equality, Study (Paperback) 2009, 130p.

For more information, please contact Dr. Serge Bokobza at sbokobza@uab.edu or at 205 879 9939.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a recital and a lecture in English by

Jody Coombs
(Piano instructor at the Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts at Birmingham-Southern College)

"From Couperin to Poulenc:
French Keyboard Music through the Centuries"

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Bernard Cerquiglini
(Professor of Linguistics at the University of Paris, France)

"A Joint History of the English and French Languages"

Languages, as a means of communication and interaction among humans, grow as a result of historical events and developments. Invasions as well as political and economic factors affect languages, especially those in close contact. A comparative history of the English and French languages is an excellent example of this phenomenon. Over several centuries, both languages have influenced each other, while gaining cultural hence normative leadership throughout the world. As a result of their constant contact, today, the English vocabulary is largely of French origin, while the great majority of new French words continue to be borrowed from English.

This mutual exchange reminds us that languages are neither isolated nor protected entities, that plurilingualism is part of all human communication, and that languages will continue to grow and have to be practiced with their various origins and their rich imports.

Dr. Cerquiglini has a long and distinguished career as a professor of Linguistics, and as author of more than 12 books. In addition to his position at the University of Paris, he has been invited as Visiting Professor at Trinity College in Dublin, the University of Helsinki, the Free University of Brussels, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of California Berkeley, the University of California Santa Barbara, and Louisiana State University where he directed the Center for French and Francophone Studies.

Beside his eminent academic career, Dr. Cerquiglini held numerous national and international administrative positions. In France, he was General Delegate of the French Language and the Languages of France at the Ministry of Culture, President of the National Reading Observatory at the Ministry of National Education, Vice President of the Superior Council of the French Language presided by the Prime Minister, Director of the National Institute of the French Language at the National Center for Scientific Research, and General Delegate of the French Language Office of the Prime Minister. Most recently, he served as Chancellor of the worldwide Agency of Francophone Universities.

Dr. Cerquiglini is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. Among others, he is a Knight in the National Order of Merit, Officer of the Legion of Honor, Commander in the Order of Academic Palms, and Commander in the Order of Arts & Letters. His publications received the Honoré Chavée Prize of the Academy of Inscriptions & Letters, and the Georges Duménil Prize of the French Academy.

For many years, Dr. Cerquiglini has also run the very popular television program Merci professeur! on the global television network TV5 Monde.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Serge Bokobza
(Professor of French and Cinema Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama USA)

"Jewish Identity in French Cinema"

The lecture delves into the question of a Jewish identity as characterized in works of French cinematic fiction in accordance with the history of the Jews of France, using the centrality of the emancipation paradigm of 1791 and the theoretical frame provided by Jean-Paul Sartre's Réflexions sur la question juive. Bokobza identifies and describes three categories of films produced between 1950 and 2010 that represent the manner in which directors portrayed an evolving Jewish identity and its relation to French society. From the template La Grande Illusion to contemporary releases, the lecture argues that French Jewish-identity films dwell in the sociological realm of Jewishness, as the epicenter of tension is rooted in identity rather than religion. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the end of the lecture.

Serge Bokobza is Professor of French and Cinema Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama (USA), where he teaches 19th and 20th-century French Civilization and World Films. His publications encompass a broad range of literary and cultural topics, a book on Stendhal, Variations sur le titre "Le Rouge et le Noir"(Droz), a book on Jewish Identity in French Cinema (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), essays on the theory of Titles, the law of Gender Equity, Liberty versus Equality, and on novelist Paul Nizan. His contributions to film studies include articles on Jewish identity in French cinema and films of Stanley Kubrick. He co-produced the award winning 58-minute documentary Léon Blum: for all Mankind, distributed by First Run Pictures, and wrote and narrated the short film Les Rois de l’eau. Dr. Bokobza was awarded Les Palmes académiques by the French government and the Prix d'excellence by the AATF (Alabama). He chaired the UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 2011 to 2014 and has served as president of the Alliance française of Birmingham since 1984.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Friday, October 7, 2016

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Yves Moñino
(PhD. Emeritus, LLACAN, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris France)

"Cultural Negotiation and Resistance in Afrocolombia"

State Doctor of the Paris V Sorbonne University. Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center of Scientific Research), 2003-2012. Ethnolinguist at the "Language, Languages and Cultures of Black Africa", Laboratory of the National Center for Scientific Research in France, and specialist in languages and civilizations of Central Africa and the two Congos. He has been working since 1993 on the Creole language of San Basilio de Palenque. He published seven books and over fifty articles on these topics. It is one of the top ten world experts in Palenque.

Dr. Moñino's website: http://llacan.vjf.cnrs.fr/p_monino.php

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Bob Burns
(Architect)

"One Thousand Years of French Architecture:
from the Romanesque to the Future"


Crypt, The Panthéon, Paris,1758, Jacques-Germain Soufflot

There is a language of architecture and that language is largely French. Century after century, great architecture in France has addressed the powerful new ideas of the times. French architects and builders from Suger de Saint-Denis to Le Corbusier have opened new vistas for their societies. In this presentation we will translate the architectural grammar of French works of architecture and seek to see these buildings, in part, as they were seen when they were built. Hundreds of images will tell the story and enduring themes will emerge.

Bob Burns is a local architect recognized for distinguished service by the Alabama State Historic Commission. A longtime student of architectural history, Mr. Burns maintains that great architecture should be seen directly, while walking and standing in its presence, but that learning about buildings helps us see them in new ways, and to understand their messages more clearly. Most of the architectural projects discussed in this presentation are familiar and easily accessible for visitors to Paris.

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages &
UAB Department of Government Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Fariba Hachtroudi



"Women and Islam"

Hachtroudi was born in 1951 in Tehran. She comes from a family of scholars and professors. Her paternal grand-father was a religious leader who supported the constitutionalists in 1906, against other religious leaders who advocated for governance by Sharia law and the absolute rule of God as a monarchic authority. Fariba’s father Mohsen Hachtroudi was a learned scholar, often called the “Ommar Khayyam” of contemporary Iran. As a well known French-educated mathematician, philosopher and poet, Mr Hachtroudi was unquestionably considered to be a moral authority for generations of Iranians. Hachtroudi fought his entire life for the promotion of democracy, social justice (most notably women rights) and secularism. Fariba’s mother, Robab Hachtroudi was a professor of humanities and Persian literature.

Fariba Hachtroudi received her doctorate (PHD) in art and archeology in Paris in 1978. She lived in Sri Lanka from 1981 to 1983, where for two years she taught at the University of Colombo while performing research on the Teravada Boudhism.
When Fariba returned to France in 1983, she started, as a journalist, to denounce Khomeynism. In 1985 / 1986, to understand the daily life of her compatriots, Fariba travelled clandestinely to Iran by way of the desert of Baluchistan.

L’Exilée, Hachtroudi’s first book describes her haunting journey. Ten years later, in 1995, Fariba who was much more pessimistic than others, already predicting change and revival “slowly and from within Iran”, decided again to approach the issue by creating a humanitarian association free of political affiliations. MoHa, the association for the foundation of Mohsen Hachtroudi, focuses it work on education and secularism – conditions essential for the respects of women’s rights and the promotion of democracy. MoHa helped Iranians refugees wherever they were. After her last trip to Iran (2006) Fariba Hachtroudi hopes to be able to register her Foundation in Iran in order to help the youth inside the country as it was the goal of her father.

Publications of Fariba Hachtroudi:
L’exilée. Novel. 1991. Payot.
Demain un Iran Laïque? 1999. Revue Panoramique.
Iran, les Rives du Sang. 2000. Seuil. (Awarded the Littérature Prize of Human Rights in october 2001. The
prize was presented to the author by the president of the French National Assembly, Mr.Raymond Forny, at a ceremony before the National Assembly.)
Les femmes Iraniennes : 25 ans d’inquisition islamique. Hydre Edition. 2004.
Le Chili sur les Traces de Neruda (with the photographer Laurent Péters), Travel book. 2005. Seuil.
J’ai épousé Johnny à Notre Dame de Sion. Novel. 2006. Seuil.
A mon Retour d’Iran. Testimony. 2007. Seuil.
Khomeyni express. Document. April 2009. Xenia.
Le douzième imam est une femme. Novel. May 2009. Koutoubia

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Alliance Française of Birmingham,
UAB Jemison Lecture Funds, UAB Department of English,
UAB Department of Philosophy, & UAB Department of Sociology
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

Julien Suaudeau
(Filmmaker and Novelist, author of Dawa and Le Français)

"Who are the Jihadists in Syria"


Julien Suaudeau started his career as a consultant for the French Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan. In Paris, he went on to become a film critic for the French film magazine, Positif, and a consultant for documentaries on current affairs. In 2004, he directed his first feature documentary, Il était une fois en Côte d’Ivoire ("Once Upon a Time in the Ivory Coast"), which aired in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. This debut was followed by two other documentaries, Derrière les cordes (Behind the Ropes), and American Dreamers, as well as by three short fiction films, , Une pierre au cœur (The Stone Heart), and Un an et un jour (A Year and a Day).

In 2014, Mr. Suaudeau became a French teacher in the school district of Haddonfield, NJ. He also released his debut novel, Dawa, an Arabic word meaning invitation, which is also the name of Saudi Arabia’s Department of Religious Affairs, in charge of supporting the spreading of Islam around the world. In modern French street slang, dawa means chaos, mayhem. Dawa tells the story of an Islamic terrorist plot in Paris, nine months prior to the Charlie Hebdo attack.

In August 2015, Dawa was followed by Le Français (The Frenchman), the story of a naive country boy who, through a dubious set of circumstances, turns into an ISIS executioner in Syria. Le Français has been unanimously praised by French literary critics, and confirmed Mr. Suaudeau’s standing as one of the most promising voices in contemporary French literature.

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Dr. Serge Bokobza
(Associate Professor of French, UAB)

"Léon Blum: Prime Minister of France, Socialist and Zionist," followed by the screening of Léon Blum: For All Mankind directed by Jean Bodon, and produced by Jean Bodon and Serge Bokobza.

The lecture is an overview of Blum's remarkable life and the making of the film. Blum (1872-1950) was both the most hated and loved French politician of the first half of the twentieth-century. He participated in the Dreyfus Affair, WWI, the Popular Front, WWII, the Libération, and the creation of the State of Israel. He was a man of letters, rubbing elbows with the likes of Proust and Gide, and wrote a book on Stendhal whose energy he greatly admired. He was a socialist, an heir of Jean Jaurès, and also of Clémenceau.

The film examines the life of the former three-time Prime Minister of France who was imprisoned in the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II. Blum is best known by his countrymen for introducing labor reforms, including the 40-hour workweek, increased wages, and two-week paid vacations for workers in 1936 during the "Popular Front." Blum’s Jewish heritage and socialist ideology made him a target for the Nazis, and in 1943 he was deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany where he remained imprisoned for two years. Hitler used Blum as a hostage for a possible future bargain chip. After his release, Blum headed France’s provisional government from 1946-1947 and negotiated a U.S. loan to France for post-war reconstruction.

Serge Bokobza, PhD, is Associate Professor of French and Cinema Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he teaches 19th and 20th-century French Civilization and World Films. His publications encompass a broad range of literary and cultural topics. His contributions to film studies include articles on Jewish identity in French cinema and films of Stanley Kubrick. Dr. Bokobza was awarded Les Palmes académiques by the French government and the Prix d'excellence by the Alabama chapter of AATF. Teaching at UAB since 1980, he has served as president of the Alliance française of Birmingham since 1984.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Alliance Française of Birmingham & the Birmingham Museum of Art
Invite the Public to a tour in English of

"Small Treasures:
Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries"
(http://www.artsbma.org/exhibition/small-treasures-rembrandt-vermeer-hals-and-their-contemporaries/)

The tour will be conducted by AF member and BMA docent, Regina Smith

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Birmingham Museum of Art, Jemison Galleries
(2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd. Birmingham, AL)

Admission: $12.00 regular admission, $10.00 senior admission, Free for BMA members

RSVP to Regina Smith at alldesignsbhm@att.net no later than Monday, April 6 if you plan to attend


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Jody Coombs
(Piano instructor at the Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts at Birmingham-Southern College)

"Impressionism &Symbolism
Artistic trends in fin de siècle Paris and their influence
on the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel"

Jody Coombs will present lecture/performance that will explore how the artistic trends of turn of the century Paris influenced the great French composers, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Tom Gordon, Jr.
(Former reporter for The Birmingham News and former editor and reporter for The Anniston Star)

"Following the Footsteps of My Father"

Tom Gordon's presentation will focus on how his own attachment to France and the French language led him some years ago to a villa named Les Rives d'Or, near the Riviera city of Saint-Raphaël, where his late father, Tom Gordon, Sr., then a young Army lieutenant, disarmed German mines in August 1944.

In April 2010, the family that owns the villa gave a party in honor of these brave deeds and a plaque bearing Tom's fathers's name is on the outside of the villa. Tom says, "I consider that experience one of the highlights of my life, but I do not think it would have happened if I had not lived for a time in France and sought to learn the French language."

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Sean Finnigan
(Photographer)

"HAITI - YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW"


A presentation about Haiti’s history and culture by Sean Finnigan, a British photographer who lived for 3 decades in the island compiling an extensive collection of images of the people and their culture.


Haiti in the 1970s, when many of Mr. Finnigan's photos were taken, was unique in the Caribbean: an island in time as well as space, still to a large extent cut off from the world. A melting pot of African heritages and religions superficially influenced by Europe and America, tempered by years of isolation, by poverty, slavery and illiteracy. A rich hybrid culture marked by the extraordinary heritage of a slave people who had become the first Black Republic in the West. It was a world, a time that is forever gone.


Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: UAB Heritage Hall, Room 104
(Corner of University Blvd. and 14th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Friday, October 31, 2014

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in French and English by

Dr Laurent Véray
(Professor of History at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne Nouvelle)

"The Making of La Cicatrice, une famille dans la Grande Guerre"

Dr. Laurent Veray teaches history at the University of Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle. He is a film historian, specializing in the period of 1914-1918, and the author of The Great War in Films: From Glory to Memory (2008 Edition Ramsay). He also edited with David Lescot and Christophe Gauthier, A War that Never Ends, 1914-2008, on the Screen and on Stage (2008 Editions Complexe).

The title of his talk is: The Making of La Cicatrice, une famille dans la Grande Guerre. August 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of World War I. In 1914, Eugène and Julie have six children, four boys and two girls. Four boys will fight, one will die. Dr. Véray's film retraces the destiny of a French family during the Great War. Day after day they exchange over two thousand letters and take over two hundred photographs of the daily life at the Front.

Dr. Véray directed three films about World War I: Heroic Cinema (2003), The Somme (2006), and The Scar, A French Family During WWI (2014).

The Scar will premier in the U.S. at UAB on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the UAB Hulsey Recital Hall.

Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a lecture in English by

Fredéric Gros


Professor of Political Philosophy at the Université de Paris-Est Créteil and at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques
(Sciences Po Paris)

A Philosphy of Walking

La marche à pied peut-elle être comprise comme une pratique philosophique ? Les longues promenades, les randonnées interminables, ou même la flânerie dans les rues des grandes villes peuvent être considérés comme des exercices spirituels ou des invitations à penser. Certains grands philosophes ne s'y sont pas trompés : Rousseau, Nietzsche, Thoreau ont écrit ce que leur oeuvre devait à leurs marches quotidiennes : une inspiration élargie, une disponibilité supérieure, une liberté sans limites. L'expérience de la marche, activité pourtant si humble et quotidienne, permet de donner un sens unique à des problèmes majeurs de la philosophie : le corps et l'espace, le temps et l'éternité, la lenteur et la répétition. C'est une initiation aux secrets spirituels de la marche que nous proposons.

A Philosphy of Walking
Could walking be viewed as a philosophical practice? Long walks, endless hikes, or even stroll in big cities streets can be considered spiritual exercises or open invitations for meditation. Rousseau, Nietzsche, Thoreau all wrote that their writing owed much to their daily walks: a broader inspiration, a superior readiness, a sense of freedom without limits. The practice of walking, though a very humble one, nurtures an original sensibility to major philosophical problems: body and space, time and eternity, slowness and repetition. In his talk, Frédéric Gros offers insight into the spiritual secrets of walking and how it manifests on paper.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Reading and Book Signing in English by

Sena Jeter Naslund

Sena Jeter Naslund presents a reading, commentary, and slides of work by the notable 18th Century French portraitist, Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, the favorite portrait painter of Marie-Antoinette. You may have met Elisabeth before, for Naslund introduces the beautiful and talented young painter in her earlier book, Abundance, A Novel of Marie-Antoinette. Translated into Spanish, Danish, Polish, Greek, and Hebrew that novel received top ratings by both People magazine and Entertainment Weekly. Publishers Weekly wrote in a starred review "With vivid detail and exquisite narrative technique, Naslund exemplifies the best of historical fiction."

Now in her most recent novel, The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman Naslund revisits the renowned painter as an old woman looking back on a life fully lived as a triumphant artist. A novel-within-a-novel, Naslund's new book is set partly in 18th century France and partly in the contemporary United States. Today Vigée-Le Brun's works can be viewed in the Louvre, the Hermitage, the New York Metropolitan Museum, the National Gallery of London, the National Gallery of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and many other top museums.

Author Sena Jeter Naslund is a native of Birmingham, and a graduate of Norwood Elementary, Phillips High School, and Birmingham-Southern College.
She holds the Ph.D. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.This is her ninth book, many of them, such as Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits have been critically acclaimed and national bestsellers. She is program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville.

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


UAB Department of Foreign Languages
&
The Alliance Française of Birmingham


Commemorate Proust's Centennial Work

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alliance Française of Birmingham will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the publication of Swann's Way, the first volume of French writer Marcel Proust's classic, In Search of Lost Time, with a series of movies around Proust's work starting November 18 through November 22, 2013.

All movies will be shown at UAB University Blvd Office Building (UBOB), 1201 University Blvd (corner of University Blvd and 13th Street South) at 7:00 pm. All movies are in English or with English subtitles. Introductions by Dr. William C. Carter and Dr. Serge Bokobza.


Monday, November 18, 2013
Céleste (1981) , directed by Percy Adlon, with Eva Mattes, Jürgen Arndt.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Swann in Love (1985), directed by Volker Schlondorff, with Jeremy Irons, Ornella Muti, Alain Delon.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
La Captive (2000), directed by Chantal Ackerman, with Stanislas Merhar, Sylvie Testud, Olivia Bonamy.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Le Temps retrouvé (1999), directed by Raoul Ruiz, with Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, John Malkovitch, Vincent Perez.

Friday, November 22, 201
Marcel Proust: A Writer's Life (1993), documentary directed by William C. Carter.

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Lecture by William C. Carter



Friday, October 11, 2013

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Reading and Book Signing in English by

Harriet Welty Rochefort

"Joie de Vivre"

Join us for an evening of sparkling joie de vivre with Harriet Welty Rochefort, an American bi-national who has lived in France for four decades with her "very French" husband, and is the author of three books about the French: French Toast, French Fried, and her latest, Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French (St. Martin's Press 2012) which she is happy to present to Alliance Française members in Birmingham.

For Welty Rochefort, it’s clear that the French possess a unique gift for injecting joie de vivre in every aspect of their lives. Men and women openly look at each other in the streets and if no one looks, well, better to die. At French dinner parties, the guests not only wine and dine divinely but thrive on lively conversation about vacations, the latest art exhibitions, and films, and even and especially controversial topics, but never, never business and money which is considered both boring and vulgaire. In France, « small is good », whether it’s the little black dress or a teeny cup of expresso. The French revel in the moment, appreciate the time spent in making and enjoying a perfect feast, pay attention to the slightest detail, whether flowers on the table or a knockout accessory on a simple outfit, and work hard when not enjoying their (considerable) leisure time without an ounce of guilt. Their joie de vivre can come where you least expect it : For the French it’s better to have a chagrin d’amour than no amour at all, and to paraphrase Pasteur’s « a day without wine is a day without sunshine », for the Frenchman a day without discord is a day without a kick. They have fun (yes, fun !) when they fuss and feud, squabble and shrug.

When it comes to savoir-faire, savoir-vivre, and joie de vivre, the author is convinced the French are unbeatable. When it comes to being paradoxical, they’re equally gifted: the French have been known to elevate the word « rude » to new heights, but they are the most polite people in the world – when they want to be. Welty Rochefort chose to live in France because she knew that she would escape ennui – and she did. With good humor and genuine affection for the prickly, paradoxical, and pleasure-seeking Gauls, she takes the reader on her own personal journey through the often byzantine French mindset, showing how joie de vivre permeates their way of life, precisely because in France there’s no « pursuit of happiness ». Fortunately, in France, she discovered that you don’t have to « pursue » happiness. It pursues you.

The author of Joie observes that "there have been so many books about the French that I think I should distinguish mine from the rest of the pack. I think that the insider view coming from four decades of total immersion in French life (French husband, in-laws, children who have attended French schools, the speaking of French at home and basically all the time) is what gives my books their unique insight." She says she remains as American as apple pie but explains in Joie how, through her love of France and sheer osmosis, she did indeed become "a little bit French". To learn more about Harriet Welty Rochefort and her writing you may visit her websites at www.harrietweltyrochefort.com or www.understandfrance.org

Copies of Joie de Vivre will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA



Saturday, April 13, 2013

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

Dr. William C. Carter

(University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UAB & Proust Biographer)

"Proust: A Centenary Tribute"

Dr. Carter will talk about why Marcel Proust's novel "A la recherche du temps perdu" is considered one of the great works of all time and how it continues to live in both popular culture and in the academy. He will also include a bit about why we need a new, annotated edition for readers of Proust for the readers of the next century.

From Yale University Press:
The year 2013 marks the centennial of two of the most significant moments in the history of Modernism: the celebrated Armory Show that introduced New Yorkers to modern art, and, later the same year, the publication in Paris of Swann’s Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust’s masterpiece À la recherche du temps perdu (initially retitled Remembrance of Things Past in its first English translation and now known as In Search of Lost Time).

Regarded as the greatest novel in all of French literature, In Search of Lost Time is also, for many readers, the single greatest novel of the twentieth century. Now, Yale University Press is pleased to announce that William C. Carter—whose Marcel Proust: A Life and Proust in Love prompted Harold Bloom to declare him “Proust’s definitive biographer”—has drawn on his accumulated wisdom and insight to create a landmark edition of this supreme work of literary genius. Newly revised and, for the first time, annotated, Swann’s Way, the first volume of In Search of Lost Time, will appear in fall 2013, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the book’s original publication in Nov. 1913.

Why a new edition?
With the knowledge of a lifetime spent studying Proust’s life and writings, Carter has carefully assessed and critiqued the various English-language translations of À la recherche du temps perdu and recognized both the strengths and weaknesses of the original English translation by C.K. Scott Moncrieff. He has also discovered the extent to which subsequent revisions to Moncrieff’s work have, in their attempts to address certain weaknesses, introduced copious new problems and strayed, sometimes subtly and sometimes glaringly, much farther from Proust’s original than most English-language readers could have ever guessed.

Thus Yale’s edition of In Search of Lost Time will present the Moncrieff translation as revised by Carter, who preserves Moncrieff’s brilliant overall achievement and corrects missteps in ways that do not undermine or overrule Proust but instead bring readers closer to Proust’s intentions—and sublime artistry—than ever before.

Yale’s edition will also feature Carter’s annotations, which provide illuminating notes and clari- fications regarding the biographical, historical, and social contexts of Proust’s masterpiece. Presented in a handsome, reader-friendly format alongside the text, the annotations appear as an unobtrusive complement that will enrich and deepen the reader’s understanding, utilizing a page design based on Yale’s critically acclaimed annotated editions of the works of Henry David Thoreau edited by Jeffrey Cramer. (Yale will also publish its fourth such volume of Thoreau, Essays, in May 2013.)
Proust 2013

The Yale edition of Swann’s Way will be preceded, in March 2013, by the reissue in paperback of William C. Carter’s monumental Marcel Proust: A Life, with a new preface by the author. Hailed as a “Notable Book of 2000” by the New York Times, a “Best Book of 2000” by the Los Angeles Times, and one of the “Best Biographies of 2000” by the Sunday Times of London, the book is regarded by many as the definitive work on its subject. (Carter’s critically acclaimed shorter work, Proust in Love—which Harold Bloom called “a marvelous study of the comic splendor of the great novelist’s vision of human eros and its discontents” and Publishers Weekly hailed as “a warmly sympathetic portrait”—will remain available as well.)

Swann’s Way, as the first volume of the annotated In Search of Lost Time, will follow in the fall, with subsequent volumes of the Yale annotated edition to be added annually.
With this landmark definitive new edition of Proust’s masterpiece, Yale will celebrate the 2013 Proustian anniversary in a manner that promises to benefit and delight readers for generations to come.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: Home of Mme Melinda Shallcross



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Booksigning and Lecture in English by

Debbie Ambrous

(Writer & Blogger)

"Travel With Humor"

Debbie Ambrous is from Opp, Alabama, a unique town that was the setting for her childhood dreams of traveling. A French-shuttered house in Opp with window boxes and a swing in the garden is home now. She lived in Florida most of her life, along with husband Jim who she claims is "directionally challenged, but still finds the important things in life plus most of the places on the map, given enough time." They have three children, a lovely granddaughter, and a precious grandson is on the way.

Debbie shares the influence of her father's humor on her travel and writing. She says, "The Grand Ole Opry with Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones shaped my father's humor in a gentle way with recognition of a universal love for smiles and laughter. Humor paves the road, carries us across the hurtful times in life and the awkward moments in travel."

A painful, learning experience almost ended her writing when it was just beginning. Years passed until she found her love of travel writing with France central and foremost. She shares the excitement and challenge of traveling alone in France, and then the wonderful joy of staying with her husband Jim in a 17th-century farmhouse in the Loire, then owned by a remarkable lady from Alabama. Traveling further to the Dordogne region of France she says she found a cluster of farmhouses called La Prairie in an area that reminded her of the Smoky Mountains. Finally, she faces "A French Opportunity" of having her own place, and she realizes that she probably wanted this from the first day she set foot in France.

Debbie invites you to enjoy following her journeys, seeing beautiful scenes from her travels and reading entertaining, personal anecdotes at: www.AFrenchOpportunity.com. Debbie will have copies of her book available at the lecture for purchase and signing.

Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: TBA


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

Dr. Jean-Louis Etienne

(Doctor & Polar Explorer)

Click
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzxb-G0iW7c&feature=youtu.be
to see a short video about Dr. Etienne

Click here to read an article in French about Dr. Etienne

"Oceans & Ice Caps: What the Poles Tell Us About Our Future"

After completing medical school, Dr. Jean-Louis Etienne embarked in a life as a expedition physician. In 1977-78, he participated in his capacity as ship’s doctor, in the Whitbread Round the World Race
on board Eric Tabarly’s mythical Pen Duick 6. A mountain buff, he climbed peaks in the Himalayas, Patagonia, and Greenland, among others. In 1986, he became the first person to reach the North pole single-handedly, pulling his sled for 63 days in complete solitude.

Building on this personal achievement, Jean-Louis Etienne began organizing polar expeditions for scientific and educational purposes. In 1989-90, with Will Steger, he co-led Trans-Antarctica, the longest ever traverse of the Antarctic continent with sled dogs, over 7 months, covering nearly 4 000 miles . He later went on to explore the Erebus volcano on Antarctica, wintered in Spitzberg on his new vessel « Antarctica”, and drifted
on ice over the North Pole on board the Polar Observer. In April 2010, he managed the first traverse of the Arctic Ocean in a hot air balloon.

His next project, the Polar Pod, is a new type of oceanographic vessel which will drift around Antarctica in the “furious fifties” for nearly a year, and measure the exchanges of carbon dioxide between the ocean and the atmosphere in one our planet’s largest carbon sinks. Dr. Jean-Louis Etienne, aged 65, will talk about the polar regions so dear to his heart, and their evolution over the past 30 years, and he will describe what polar science brings to the understanding of our Earth’s delicate balance.

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free

Reception: Alliance Française Fête de Noël

Home of Mr. & Mrs. Rob Shattuck

For more information call 879 9939



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

Dimitri Beck

(Photo-Journalist, Editor-in-Chief of Paris-based magazine Polka)

"The Veracity of Information in the Photograph: Proof by Image"

Dimitri Beck's lecture will address the professional know-how needed to accurately show and reflect realities through photography. In today's world where the tremendous progress of technology is giving priority to the rapidity of the transmission of images rather than the absolute and sacred requirement of their authenticity, the input of photo professionals, their ethics, and rigor are a must.

Dimitri Beck is the editor-in-chief of the Paris-based photojournalism magazine, Polka. He has been instrumental in setting up new ventures and has created many new projects in order to bring photojournalism to the foreground of the world's arena. Beck has been part of Polka executive management since 2008, contributing to the development of the magazine, gallery, and website.

You may listen to Beck's interview on France Info after the deaths of French and American journalists in Syria at http://www.polkamagazine.com/14/le-mur/l-interview-de-dimitri-beck-sur-france-info/463

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free
Reception: M. & Mme Seachrist

For more information call 879 9939



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

François Noudelmann
(Professor of Philosophy-University of Paris VIII)



"Portrait of Sartre as a Romantic Pianist"

Francois Noudelmann is a French philosopher and a professor at University of Paris VIII. He has been director of the "College international de philosophie" and is a regular visiting professor in the US (Johns Hopkins University, New York University).

A specialist on the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Noudelmann has written several books on Sartre's philosophy and literature. The Philosopher Touch (Translation by Brian J. Reilly, Columbia University Press, 2012) considers the role of piano practice in Nietzsche's , Sartre's and Barthes’ thoughts. Noudelmann's most recent book, LesAirs de famille, Une philosophie des affinités (Gallimard 2012) deals with the experience and theory of family resemblances.

Noudelmann has also been a radio producer for the last 10 years for the French national radio France-Culture where he hosts the radio program "Les Vendredis de la Philosophie" (Philosophy Fridays). Noudelmann engages the musicality of Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Roland Barthes, all of whom were amateur piano players and acute lovers of the medium.

Piano playing was a crucial art for these thinkers, yet their writing on the topic has been rarely studied, for the musings are scant, implicit, or discordant with each philosopher's oeuvre. Noudelmann recovers and integrates these perspectives, showing that the manner in which these philosophers played, the composers they adored, and the music they chose reveals critical thinking styles and patterns. Noudelmann positions the physical and theoretical practice of music as a dimension underpinning and resonating with the philosophical outlook of Sartre, Nietzsche, and Barthes. By reading their thought in light of their music, he introduces new formulations of their trajectories and a richer sense of their lived, embodied experiences, heightening the multiple registers of being and the relationship between philosophy and the senses that informed so much of their work. A careful reader of music, Noudelmann maintains an elegant command of the texts under his gaze and appreciates the discursive points of musical and philosophical scholarship, especially research conducted in the past few decades.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: ROOM 105 HUMANITIES BLDG
(900 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free
Reception
: TBA


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

Audrey Boyer-Guittaut
(Professeur Certifié d'Anglais)

"Diaspora & New Technologies:
(Trans)national Communities"

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free
Reception: M. & Mme de Germiny

For more information call 879 9939 or http://www.afbirmingham.org


Friday, November 18, 2011

The Altamont School and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invites you to attend the annual concert at the Altamont School's Fine Arts Center by

Eric Vincent

(http://www.eric-vincent.com/)

Eric with one of his best friends and neighbor, Georges Moustaki.

Eric with Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls.



Eric meeting with James Taylor,
whose songs he interprets.

The Altamont School's French Club would like to inform you about a unique educational experience which we offer our students each year, the Eric Vincent concert. Eric's unique music reflects the influence of his travels and performances in over 140 countries worldwide. Some of his songs are a blend of folk, jazz, rock and ethnic rhythms, while others are closer to traditional French ballads and love songs. He has also adapted several of James Taylor's songs, and some of his newest include an amusing incident with Alfred Jarry and the myth of Sisyphus. You may consult his website to learn more about his music and hear clips.
(http://www.eric-vincent.com)
We invite any francophiles to attend the concert, which will take place Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m. in Altamont's Fine Arts Center. There is no admission charge, as the French club funds the event as a public service to our students and community.
Please join us if you can!

Time: 10:00 AM
Place: The Altamont School's Fine Arts Center
4801 Altamont Road South, Birmgham, AL 35222
Phone: (205) 879-2006
Admission:
FREE


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

Mimi Gregor
(President of the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA)

"Relations Between France & Serbia"

Born in New York City, Mimi Gregory was an executive recruiter for the banking industry. She represented Warren Management Consultants in Paris during the years 1978-1980. Upon returning to the US, she continued to pursue her interest in the French language and culture.

In 1983, she was elected President of the Minneapolis chapter of the Alliance Française and served as President of the Boston chapter for over eight years. She is currently President of the Bonita Springs chapter in Florida. She has served as Vice President of the National Board of the Alliances Françaises in the United States for three consecutive terms and was elected National President in October 2008, and still serves in that capacity. In 2005, she was named the Florida Council for Social Studies’ Outstanding Citizen, and in March 2007, the American Association of University Women honored her as a “Woman of Achievement”. In 2010, she was named to the Advisory Board of WGCU Public Media in Ft. Myers, Florida; a National Public Radio affiliate.

Her contributions to the various French organizations were recognized in 1990 when she was honored by the French Government as “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters”. Her lecture on France and Serbia will highlight the relation between the Kingdom of Serbia and France. This alliance was never made formal, nor were its terms ever defined, it rested on an identity of values rather than on political and territorial
concessions at the expense of neighbors.
But, its genuineness overcame all trials and tribulations and was crowned in the Great War.

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free
Reception: Mme Annie McCarter

For more information call 879 9939 or http://www.afbirmingham.org


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

Éric Saugera
(French Historian)

"Reborn in America"


French historian Éric Saugera will give an illustrated talk in English about his new book, Reborn in America, published by University of Alabama Press. (Some may remember his 2004 talk to the Alliance Française of Birmingham, in the early phase of this nine-year project.)

Saugera looks at the long-cherished story of Alabama's Vine and Olive Colony -- a legend of a doomed attempt by Napoleonic exiles, fleeing the restored monarchy after the defeat at Waterloo, to grow grapevines and olives in the wilderness of Alabama. It conjures up memorable images of French ladies dressed in the fashion of Empress Josephine and gentlemen in military dress uniforms, dancing after a day spent clearing and cultivating their fields. The colonists named the city they founded Demopolis, "city of the people," commemorating the ideals of the French Revolution.

The reality Saugera discovered, however, is more complex. Drawing on a trove of never-before-published nineteenth-century letters from French emigrants in the United States, he brings the story of the colony to life with rich and hitherto unknown details. The most important of the letters, written by a former officer in Napoleon's army, Jacques Lajonie, had been carefully preserved by his descendants in a small city in southwestern France, where they were made available to the author. In addition, Saugera tells of the importance of refugees who had fled the slave revolt in what became Haiti, and he provides new insights into American and international politics of the period, as well as European settlement in the United States, relations between the immigrants and Native Americans, and complicated French attitudes toward slavery. His extensive research included contacting dozens of descendants to track what became of the original settlers, most of whom left Demopolis to settle elsewhere in Alabama and the South, and beyond, some as far away as California.

Copies of the book will be available at the talk, which will be followed by a reception in the nearby Redmont neighborhood.

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 105 HULSEY RECITAL HALL
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free
Reception: Mme Alice Bowsher

For more information call 879 9939 or http://www.afbirmingham.org


Friday, September 30, 2011

Alliance Française of Birmingham & UAB Department of Foreign Languages
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

Bérangère Cagnat
(Journalist at Courrier International)

"Courrier International:
A Magazine Not Like Any Other"

Date: Friday, September 30, 2011
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: HULSEY RECITAL HALL (105)
(950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free
Reception: TBA

For more information call 879 9939 or http://www.afbirmingham.org



Saturday, August 27, 2011

UAB Department of Foreign Languages & Alliance Française of Birmingham
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by

NARJES BEN YEDDER
(Assistante Universitaire à l’Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis)

"The Rise and Fall of a Myth:
Muhammad Bouazizi,
The Prometheus of the Tunisian Revolution"

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2011
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: HULSEY RECITAL HALL (105)
(900 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)
Admission: Free
Reception: TBA

For more information call 879 9939 or http://www.afbirmingham.org or Janice Smith at jansmith@uab.edu


Saturday, April 30, 2011

UAB Department of Foreign Languages & Alliance Française of Birmingham
Invite the Public to a Lecture in English by


Jean-François Clervoy

French Astronaut (Discovery & Atlantis) and Cosmonaut (Soyuz & Mir)

"Living and Working in Space"

Jean-François Clervoy holds degrees from two prestigious institutions: Ecole Polytechnique
(1981) and Toulouse's School for Advanced Study in Aeronautics and Space (1983). In 1991,
he trained at the City of the Stars near Moscow on the Russian spacecraft Soyuz and space
station Mir. In 1992, he joined European astronauts at the European Space Agency (ESA)
center in Köln, Germany.

In August 1992, Jean-François Clervoy was sent to NASA's Johnson
Space Center in Houston. He flew two missions of the space shuttle Atlantis and one aboard
Discovery, for a total of 675 hours in space. Clervoy completed space flight STS103
(December 19 -27, 1999), where he helped repair the Hubble Space Telescope. He is the
author of the book, Space Stories (Histoire(s) d'Espace), which recounts his third mission to the
Hubble Space Telescope. Clervoy has received the Space Flight Medal three times and has
twice received the Exceptional Service Medal from NASA. He is an Officer in the Legion of
Honor and a Knight of the National Order of Merit.

Living and Working in Space? Life in space means camping, though the astronauts rarely
leave their “tent.” Working there essentially means completing a series of specific instructions.
An astronaut may have been a scientist; another may have been an engineer or a pilot. But
in space, they're required to be operators. They often operate complex scientific instruments
which require fine adjustments in direction, calibration and other parameters. They also need
to be able to pilot and repair damaged satellites. Even though most astronauts are explorers
at heart, in space they are above all operators who make sure everything is done according
to a strict set of procedures. The main challenge in life aboard a space vehicle is, first and
foremost, organization. It's “camping,” so to speak, while weightless, which includes taking
care of hundreds of tasks per day, such as sleeping, eating, washing up, relaxing, etc.


For more information call 879-9939
This program is co-sponsored by the Délégation Générale of Alliance Française (USA) in partnership
with CNES (National Center for Space Studies) and the ESA (European Space Agency)


Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Phillipe Walter
(Director at the Center for Research and Restoration of French Museums
CNRS-Ministère de la Culture)

"Beyond Appearances: A Chemist Point of View on Work of Arts"

Former student of l'Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, Philippe Walter received his PhD in geochemistry from Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse in 1993. He has organized numerous exhibitions that validate his work, from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo in 2002 to Paris in 2008. He has been a researcher at CNRS since 1995 (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), which is a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. In 2008, he received the prestigious silver medal award from CNRS.

Philippe Walter is the director of le Laboratoire du Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (CNRS-Ministère de la Culture), located at the Palais du Louvre in Paris. His research has led him to develop new analytical methods adapted to study ancient materials in his laboratory, with the help of the particle accelerator AGLAE, but also using other methods such as X-ray and other portable instruments of analysis.

The relationship between chemistry and art is not new. Since ancient times, new materials have been created for preparing the pigments used in art, as well as in cosmetics and health products. Later, during the Renaissance, artists began experimenting with optical effects using translucent glazes from complex recipes.
Today, the knowledge and techniques of these ancient chemists and artists can be rediscovered using physicochemical tools of analysis.

The precious character of the most important historical works of art necessitates particular caution in using methods that provide the maximum of information with the minimum of samples. During the lecture, examples from ancient Egypt and from the works of Leonardo de Vinci will be used to illustrate this important work.

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall
(900 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)

Admission: Free
Reception: TBA

For more information call 934 4651 or http://www.afbirmingham.org



Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Francine D'Amour
(One of Quebec's most prominent novelists. Author of five novels and two collections of short stories. Recipient of the "Prix Molson de l'Académie du Québec," in 1988, and of the "Prix Québec-Paris," in 1996.)

"Écrire en français en Amérique du Nord"

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall
(900 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294)

Admission: Free
Reception: TBA

For more information call 934 4651 or http://www.afbirmingham.org


Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Olivier Barrot
(Journalist, Author, Producer and Host of the literary show Un livre Un jour on TV Channel France 3 Artistic Advisor at the Cannes Film Festival 1999-2000)

Journalist and writer Olivier Barrot has presented the daily literary program Un livre, un jour (A Book a Day) on channels France 3 and TV 5 Monde since 1991. In 2009, the year in which he celebrated his 4,000th show, he created Un livre toujours (Always a Book), a weekly program devoted to paperback books. Along with Thierry Taittinger, Olivier Barrot is the co-founder and has been co-director of the magazine Senso since 2001. He has worked as a journalist for Le Monde, where he has written the “Books” and “Travel” sections since 1986, for the Canal+ TV (demain (Tomorrow) then La grande famille (The Extended Family) from 1988 to 1992) and for Pariscope, as founder-manager of the Parispoche (Pocket-Paris) supplement.

Olivier Barrot, a writer and travel enthusiast since adolescence, is the author of several books about travel (most recently, Paris XVI and Je ne suis pas là (I'm Not Here). He also works in theatre (Le Théâtre Edouard-VII), cinema, and literature La vie culturelle dans la France occupée (Cultural Life in Occupied France). Additionally, he lecturers at the Institut d'études politiques in Paris, where he offers a course entitled “Culture, affaire d'État” (Culture, Affair of State). He also teaches film and theatre classes at the University of Montreal and literature courses at the Maison Française at New York University, where he invites one author each month. On stage at the Théâtre du Rond Point, the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, the Théâtre du Vieux Colombier and the Studio-théâtre of the Comédie-Française, Olivier Barrot works with great actors, whose careers he recounts, and leads master classes.

Time: 7:00 PM
Place:
UAB Humanities Building, Room 105, 900 13th St. S.
Admission:
FREE
Reception: TBA

For more information, call 934-8902


Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Hédi Kaddour
(Poet & Novelist)

Born in 1945, Hédi Kaddour is a poet and a novelist. He is the author of several collections of poetry published by Gallimard. Yale University Press published last April a selection of his poems in English under the title Treason. Hédi Kaddour is also a translator from German, Arabic and English, and a professor at the École Normale Supérieure.

As a novelist, Kaddour won the 2005 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (First Novel) with Waltenberg (Gallimard 2005), translated by Random House, 2007. Last January, he published a novel, Savoir-Vivre, (Gallimard) and a diary, Les Pierres qui montent, notes et croquis de l'année 2010 (Gallimard).

Waltenberg is a spy novel but also a story of love and friendship which takes place in Switzerland at the height of the Cold War. It is a riveting, epic novel of espionage and a major work of literature. The book was hailed both by critics and the public and it won the 2005 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (First Novel).

Hédi Kaddour's poetry arises from observation, from situations both ordinary and emblematic-of contemporary life, of human stubbornness, invention, or cruelty. His sonnet-shaped vignettes often include a line or two of dialogue that turns his observations and each poem itself into a kind of miniature theatre piece.
(Marilyn Hacker, an award-winning poet,translator, and critic, captured Kaddour's full range of diction, as well as his speed, momentum, and tone)
.

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception: Home of Mrs. Cynthia Butler
(Address @ Lecture)


For more information, call 934-8902


Friday, October 22, 2010

The Altamont School and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invites you to attend the annual concert at the Altamont School's Fine Arts Center by

Eric Vincent

(http://www.eric-vincent.com/)

Eric with one of his best friends and neighbor, Georges Moustaki

Eric with Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls



Eric meeting with James Taylor,
whose songs he interprets

There is no admission charge, as the Altamont French club funds the event as a public service to our students and community.
Eric's unique music reflects the influence of his travels and performances in over 140 countries worldwide. Some of his songs are a blend of folk, jazz, rock and ethnic rhythms, while others are closer to traditional French ballads and love songs. He has also adapted several of James Taylor's songs, which will be included in his repertoire for this concert.


Time: 10:00 AM
Place: The Altamont School's Fine Arts Center
4801 Altamont Road South, Birmgham, AL 35222
Phone: (205) 879-2006
Admission:
FREE


Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in French by

François Dosse
(Author & Professor of Contemporary History at IUFM of Créteil)

"Histoire de l'école historique des Annales"

En 1929, un vent d'Est, venu du milieu universitaire de Strasbourg souffle sur l'inspiration historique. Lucien Febvre et Marc Bloch fondent à cette date une nouvelle revue qui va faire école : Annales d'histoire économique et sociale. Cette école a conquis une position hégémonique au point d'incarner à elle seule la production historique française. On peut distinguer trois étapes dans cette conquête qui a permis aux Annales-militantes de devenir au cours des années-70 les Annales-triomphantes avant de connaître la rançon du succès : une crise d'identité et une réinflexion des orientations fondatrices. Les Annales rénovent le discours historique radicalement en lui donnant l'économique comme terrain d'investigation privilégié.

Dans l'après-guerre, commence la phase-Braudel, phase de transition. Elle se caractérise d'abord par l'effacement de l'histoire des mentalités préconisée par Marc Bloch et Lucien Febvre au profit exclusif d'une économie historique. Avec l'ère Braudel, c'est aussi l'évolution vers une histoire de plus en plus immobile qui rompt avec la conception de la première génération d'une histoire-science du changement. Un troisième défi est lancé aux historiens à la fin des années 1960, il vient cette fois de l'anthropologie structurale et des philosophes de la déconstruction. Le contexte de crise et d'éclatement de la nouvelle histoire des Annales remonte au début des années quatre-vingt.

Après avoir soigneusement évité toute remise en cause, la revue des Annales prend spectaculairement en compte la nouvelle conjoncture en dramatisant l'éditorial de son numéro de mars-avril 1988 sous le : "Histoire et Sciences sociales. Un tournant critique" qui évoque la nécessité d'une nouvelle donne, de nouvelles alliances et en appelle à une redéfinition de ce qu'est la spécificité de l'approche historique. Qu'en est-il aujourd'hui quelque vingt années après ce tournant critique ?

Time: 7:00 PM
Place:
UAB Humanities Building, Room 105, 900 13th St. S.
Admission:
FREE
Reception: Home of Mr. & Mrs. Rob Shattuck
(Address @ Lecture)


For more information, call 934-8902


Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Pascal Fioretto
(Journalist & Author)

"You Think it's Funny? Humor on Both Sides of the Atlantic"

A graduate of the National School of Chemistry, Pascal Fioretto joins the team of the famous Marcel Gotelieb's publication, Fluide Glacial. After working as a ghostwriter, Fioretto published his first book in 2006 and he reaches fame with his 2007 book, Et si c'était niais, a pastiche of eleven contemporary writers.

Humor can be the melting pot of an identity or perhaps of a cultural community. From Molière to Desproges, from Rabelais to Feydeau, is there a typical French sense of humor? And from Lawrence Sterne to Ricky Gervais, or from Mark Twain to W.C. Fields, is there a specifically Anglo-Saxon humor? Pascal Fioretto will try to sketch, with examples from theater and literature, but also from film and television, the main fundamentals of these two ways of laughing, and thus, of seeing the world.

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South
Admission:
FREE
Reception: TBA @ Lecture
For more information call 934 8902


Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Jean-Louis Bruguière

(Click here to read a New York Times article by M. Bruguière)

Jean-Louis Bruguière was a successful juge d'instruction (a mixture of special prosecutor and district attorney in the French legal system) particularly in charge of fighting terrorism. He was responsible for the prosecution of infamous terrorist Carlos. After warning the United States of a possible attack on the United States prior to September 11, he became an advisor to the American government. He is today the High Representative of the European Union to the United States for terrorist affairs (Terrorism Finance Tracking Program/ SWIFT). Mr. Bruguière is the author of: Ce que je n'ai pas pu dire (2009) [What I Could not Say], with the subtitle, "30 years of fighting terrorism."

"Translatlantic Cooperation in the Fight Against Terrorism"

This lecture discusses Franco-American cooperation in the fight against terrorism before and after the attacks of 11 September 2001. Jean-Louis Bruguière explains that the trans-Atlantic partnership to combat terrorism has been a success story despite differences or political tensions. The lecture will also evaluate the potential for further development and improvement of cooperation between the United States and France, and the European Union, after the abandonment of the concept of "war on Terror," and provide suggestions and recommendations for future enhancements.

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South
Admission:
FREE
Reception: Home of Hubert & Ann Lyn de Germiny
(Address at Lecture)
For more information call 934 8902 or http://www.afbirmingham.org


Saturday, Januarly 16, 2010

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Jean Macary
(Agrégé de Lettres Classiques, Emeritus Professor Fordham University)

"Le combat de Voltaire contre les fanatismes"

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South
Admission:
FREE
Reception: TBA
For more information call 934 8902 or http://www.afbirmingham.org


Monday, November 23, 2009

The Altamont School and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invites you to attend the annual concert at the Altamont School's Fine Arts Center by

Eric Vincent

(http://www.eric-vincent.com/)

Eric with one of his best friends and neighbor, Georges Moustaki

Eric with Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls



Eric meeting with James Taylor,
whose songs he interprets

There is no admission charge, as the Altamont French club funds the event as a public service to our students and community.
Eric's unique music reflects the influence of his travels and performances in over 140 countries worldwide. Some of his songs are a blend of folk, jazz, rock and ethnic rhythms, while others are closer to traditional French ballads and love songs. He has also adapted several of James Taylor's songs, which will be included in his repertoire for this concert.


Time: 10:00 AM
Place: The Altamont School's Fine Arts Center
4801 Altamont Road South, Birmgham, AL 35222
Phone: (205) 879-2006
Admission:
FREE



Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi
(International lawyer and member of the Paris and New York bars)

"The State of the European Union:
Towards a New World Player?"

Ten years after the launch of the euro, five years after the great expansion to Central and Eastern Europe and four years after the rejection of the constitutional treaty, where is the European Union on economics, politics and diplomacy? Is Europe finally ready to become a world player? Can Europe become a credible and effective partner of the United States in an increasingly uncertain world? How can Europe deal with the economic crisis? Is it the laboratory for future global governance or an outdated vision?

International lawyer and member of the Paris and New York bars, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi specialized in trans-national mergers and acquisitions and international arbitration. He was an associate with the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, then with the firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton from 1991 to 2003. He was also Senior Vice-President and member of the executive committee of Sanofi-Synthélabo, the European pharmaceutical group, in 2004.
In October 2007, the French government asked him to conduct a study on the future of the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Employment in the European Union. This mission led to the publication of a report entitled Beyond Lisbon: A European Strategy for Globalization.
He holds a degree from the Ecole normale supérieure and the Institut d'études politiques de Paris [Institute of Political Studies of Paris]. He also has a degree in French language and literature and is a graduate of both Paris and Harvard Law Schools. He is the author of numerous works, including Le Droit sans l'Etat [Law without the State] (PUF, 1985), a comparative essay on French and American political and legal traditions, and l'Europe en danger [Europe in Danger] (Fayard, 1992), a work which predicted the current political crisis in Europe.
His recent publications in English include An Alliance At Risk, The United States and Europe since September 11 by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003 (French title: Les Sentinelles de la liberté, L'Europe et l'Amérique au seuil du XXIème siècle) which explores the current state and the perspectives on the evolution of transatlantic relations; The End of Europe? (Foreign Affairs, November/December 2005, volume 84, # 6, French title: La Fin de l'Europe?), an analysis of the situation in the European Union after the French and Dutch rejection of the European constitutional treaty; and more recently, The Shape of the World to Come, Charting the Geopolitics of a New Century, (Columbia University Press, 2008) (French title: Guerre ou paix, Essai sur le monde de demain), on the geopolitics of globalization.
Laurent Cohen-Tanugi is also a regular contributor to the French dailies Les Echos and Le Monde, and is a board member of several think tanks, including Notre Europe [Our Europe] and the Fondation pour l'innovation politique [Foundation for Political Innovation]. He is also a member of the French Academy of Technologies. A regular consultant to the French government, he is a member of the Commission de réflexion sur la justice [Commission on Reflections on Justice], established by President Chirac in 1997 and the Commission sur l'économie de l'immatériel [Commission on the Economy of the Intangible], established by the French government in 2006.

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South
Admission:
FREE
Reception: Home of Lydia Caffee
(Address at Lecture)
For more information call 934 8902 or http://www.afbirmingham.org


Saturday, October 3, 2009

UAB Department of Foreign Languages and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invite the public to a free concert of French songs and commentary.

Featuring soprano
Kristie Nix
assisted by
Vera Britton
with special guest appearance by soprano Karlie Head

Performing the works of Debussy, Delibes, DuParc, and Faure

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South
Admission:
FREE
Reception: Home of John & Katherine Sechrist
(Address at Lecture)
For more information call 934 8902 or http://www.afbirmingham.org



Saturday, May 2, 2009

UAB Department of Foreign Languages and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Aurélien Mokoko Cécile Mokoko
(Visiting Professors at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)

"The Black Question and the French Republic"

"The collapse of slavery in the French Antilles and of the French colonial empire a century later gave rise to the emergence of a variety of Francophone Black nationalities and communities both worldwide and in metropolitan France. With the passing of time and generations, Black people have gradually yet deeply taken root in the French Republic. Still, the meaning of Black identity in France remains equivocal to many of their fellow citizens, for the French national self-identification typically entails a number of identity markers that render ambiguous the place of Black citizens and residents in the French social order.
The riots that took place in the “banlieues” in 2005, as well as the political and scholarly debates over the memory of slavery and the “positive role of colonization” triggered renewed interest in current issues encountered by Black French-men and -women. Among these, I have chosen to focus more specifically on the following questions: What does it mean to be a Black French person? Is there a Black French community, or are there many Black communities in France? To what extent is the current demand for greater visibility also a rising claim for a special treatment for Black people in France?"

Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Rennes 2 and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa where he teaches a graduate seminar on African societies and Diaspora as seen through colonial and postcolonial African Francophone literature.

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South
Admission:
FREE
Reception: Home of Mr. David Blake & Mr. Bob Burns
(Address @ Lecture)


Saturday, April 11, 2009

UAB Department of Foreign Languages and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Dr. Nicole Bacharan
(Chercheur associée à la Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques (Science-Po) et National Fellow de la Hoover Institution à l'Université Stanford en Californie)

"Faut-il avoir peur de l'Amérique?"

L'histoire de l'anti-américanisme français est antérieure à la naissance des Etats-Unis. Néanmoins, les " années Bush " ont suscité un regain sans précédent de cette vieille passion française. Dès le lendemain du 11 septembre, certains pointaient du doigt une Amérique coupable, source de menaces et avide d'affrontements. La guerre d'Afghanistan, mais plus encore la guerre d'Irak, ont renforcé cette hostilité._L'Amérique est-elle conforme à l'image dont on l'affuble volontiers à l'étranger : arrogante, violente, inégalitaire, impériale, arc-boutée sur ses convictions, si sûre de son modèle démocratique qu'elle voudrait l'imposer à la Terre entière ? _Alors que le pouvoir vient de changer de mains à la Maison Blanche (après une élection qui a suscité une véritable passion chez les Français), la démocratie américaine mérite d'être passée au sérum de vérité, sans tabou, sans préjugé. Le rêve américain a-t-il encore un sens à l'heure du terrorisme et de la guerre ? La religion prend-elle peu à peu le pouvoir ? Le pays de la peine de mort et de Guantanamo est-il vraiment une démocratie ? L'Amérique a-t-elle trahi ou non ses idéaux ? Veut-elle dominer le monde ? En somme, faut-il en avoir peur ?
Nicole Bacharan est historienne et politologue spécialiste de la société américaine et des relations franco-américaines. Nicole Bacharan est chercheur associée à la Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques (Science-Po) et National Fellow de la Hoover Institution à l'Université Stanford en Californie.

The history of French anti-Americanism precedes the birth of the United States. Nonetheless, “the Bush years triggered a revival without precedent of this old French passion." Immediately following September 11, 2001, some people were pointing their finger at America as the guilty culprit, as a source of threats and of avid confrontations. The war in Afghanistan and then even more so the war in Iraq served to reinforce this hostility. Has America conformed to the stereotype often heard abroad: arrogant, violent, elitist, imperial, buttressed by its convictions, so sure of its democratic model and willing to impose it on the entire world? After a change of power in the White House (following an election that incited a real passion among the French), American democracy warrants a close scrutiny without taboo or prejudice. Does the American dream still make sense in a time of terrorism and war? Is religion, slowly, gaining power? Is a country that kept capital punishment and Guantanamo really a democracy? Has America betrayed her own ideals? Does America want to dominate the world? In short, should the world fear the US?
Nicole Bacharan is an historian and political science professor specialist in American society and Franco-American relations. She is a senior fellow with la Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques of Paris (Science-Po), France, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institute of Stanford University in California.

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception: chez Mme Gerda Carmichael



Saturday, February 28, 2009

UAB Department of Foreign Languages and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Dr. Cécile Coquet
(Professor at the University of Tours &
Visiting Professor at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)

"Communautés et communautarisme en France
et aux Etats-Unis"

Dr. Cécile Coquet-Mokoko is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-St. Cloud. After teaching at Harvard University's Department of Romance Languages and Literature, she earned her Ph.D. in African American Studies from the university of Paris VII. She is associate professor of American and African American Studies at the University of Aix-en-Provence and the University of Tours. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where she teaches in the American Studies Department while carrying out personal research on the (self)perception of biracial couples and multi-and trans-racial families in present day Alabama.

The aim of this lecture is to discuss what the French and the Americans mean when they talk about "community" and "communitarianism." These two words encompass two such widely different conceptions of social interaction; and of how individuals and groups (whether socio-professionally, ethnically or culturally defined) find their place in each society's mainstream. By discussing them together, we may hope to reconsider, and maybe ultimately discard, the mutual preconceptions and misrepresentations that have proven a constant source of misunderstandings between the two cultures and their representatives in the political sphere, and hopefully work towards a better appreciation of both societal models.

Time: 7:30 PM
Place:
UAB Humanities Building, Room 105, 900 13th St. S.
Admission:
FREE
Reception: Home of Mr. & Mrs. John Floyd
(Address @ Lecture)


For more information, call 934-8902


Saturday, January 17, 2009

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Dr. Stephen Miller

"The Terror in Southern France During the French Revolution 1793-1794."

Dr. Stephen Miller completed his doctorate at UCLA in 1999. Three year-long research grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Chancellor of UCLA, and the UCLA history department, as well as a Faculty Development Grant from UAB, permitted Dr. Miller to complete research for a book about eighteenth-century France and the Revolution. The book shows that positions of political authority such as seigneurial domains and venal offices were central to the wealth and status of the nobility and bourgeoisie of eighteenth-century France. This insight allows Dr. Miller to show that social forces played a critical role in the origins and unfolding of the French Revolution. Miller documents this thesis with meticulous research on the old regime province of Languedoc. His work can be seen in several articles in journals including French Historical Studies, The Journal of Social History, and European History Quarterly. The book, State and Society in Eighteenth-Century France: A Study of Political Power and Social Revolution in Languedoc, was published in 2008 . Miller's next project, for which he has received grants from the American Philosophical Society and the Faculty Development Program of UAB, analyzes the monarchy's efforts to reform its institutions by creating provincial assemblies of landowners in the 1770s and 1780s.

Time: 7:30 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception: TBA

For more information, call 934-8902


Saturday, October 25, 2008


The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Dr. Lamia Ben Youssef Zayzafoon
(Professor of French & Arabic at U.A.B.)

"Le Droit à la Mémoire:
Le Cauchemar Postcolonial à Travers la Peinture Folie de Moncef Ben Amor (1943-1990)"

Agnostique, misogyne, opposant politique versé dans la pensée Kafkaïnne, l'école Freudienne, le surréalisme "Dalien," le nihilisme Nietzschien et la culture arabo-musulmane du Maghreb, Moncef Ben Amor est le seul artiste Tunisien qui soit parvenu à libérer la peinture Tunisienne de sa thématique coloniale et à réinscrire dans l'histoire le Guernica de Bourguiba avant de se suicider un 19 Juillet 1990

Time: 7:30 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception: TBA

For more information, call 934-8902


Saturday, April 5, 2008


The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Antoine Sfeir
(Journalist, Publisher of Les Cahiers de l'Orient, Director of the Centre d'Etudes et de Réflexions sur le Proche-Orient (thinktank on the Middle East) since 1990)


"Turmoil in the Middle East"

French-Lebanese journalist, Antoine Sfeir contributed to French paper La Croix and magazine L'Express as well as to several periodicals such as Esprit and Etudes. He currently teaches at the journalism school CELSA (Paris IV Sorbonne). Sfeir is the author of a series of studies about the Arab world for the French Government (Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs). He authored works on religion, Dieu, Yahweh, Allâh : Les Grandes Questions sur les trois religions, 100 réponses à des vraies questions d'enfants (Bayard Jeunesse, 2004), on Islam and Islamism, Les Réseaux d'Allah (Plon, 2001), and on communitarism and secularism with René Andrau, Liberté, Égalité, Islam (Tallandier, 2005.) In 2006, in collaboration with Nicole Bacharan, he published a book on the Middle East, Américains, Arabes: la confrontation (Seuil, 2006) and Vers l'Orient compliqué (Grasset, 2006).

Why did the United States invade Iraq? It has now been five years that this question has been asked. Antoine Sfeir tries to answer the question by recalling the history of these countries from the Sykes-Picot accords to today; retelling the stories of their coming to independence; the regional power struggles, and the Gulf war of 1991. However, by stressing the more recent date of September 11, 2001, his demonstration takes on greater meaning. Finally, Antoine Sfeir sets forth a hypothesis, which, beginning from an analysis of American foreign policy, appears to find greater confirmation each day, and puts in perspective the opinion of an American failure in Iraq.

Time: 6:30 PM
Place:
UAB Humanities Building, Room 105, 900 13th St. S.
Admission:
FREE
Reception: Chez Mme Cynthia Butler
3525 Cliff Road
Birmingham Al 35205
326 0866

Call UAB Associate Professor Serge Bokobza, Ph.D., for more details at 204-934-8902.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alliance Française of Birmingham invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Gaston Kelman
(French author and consultant)

"An End to The Racial Alibi"


Kelman, a native of Cameroon, is author of the book "I Am a Black Man and I Don't Like Manioc" published in 2003. In this bestseller, Kelman, with provocation and a dose of humor, castigates the clichés associated with the condition of being black in society.

Among his controversial views, Kelman denies there is black culture. He thus favors what he calls an assimilating humanism and is unsympathetic toward certain associations or organizations that call for the integration of black populations while at the same time maintaining the right to assert a difference.

In 1992, Kelman started an association for the discussion of matters relating to the integration of the races, known by its French acronym as the CRI. He also owns a consulting firm that deals with socio-cultural issues related to immigration from black Africa.
Time: 7:30 PM
Place:
UAB Humanities Building, Room 105, 900 13th St. S.
Admission:
FREE
Reception TBA

Call UAB Associate Professor Serge Bokobza, Ph.D., for more details at 204-934-8902.


DR.ROBERT SATLOFF

WEDNESDAY - JANUARY 30, 2008

Hulsey Recital Hall

“Countering the Holocaust Denial in the Arab World:

A Personal Approach”

1:00PM – 2:00PM

“In Search of an Arab Schindler: Did Any ARABS SAVE ANY JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST?”

6:30PM – 7:30PM

Book signing session

3:00PM-4:20PM

Lamia Ben Youssef Zayzafoon, Ph.D. /Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures / University of Alabama at Birmingham / HB 408 / 1530 3rd Avenue South / Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1260 / 205.934.2214(tel.) / 205.934.1944 (fax) / lzayzafo@@uab.edu

Reception to follow


Friday, January 11, 2008

Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Christopher Thompson
(History Professor, Ball State University and
author of The Tour de France: A Cultural History)

"Giants of the Road or Junkies"

Time: 7:30 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception TBA
For more information, call 934-8902


Friday, November 30, 2007

Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Antoine Malamoud
(grandson of Léon Blum)

"Léon Blum en captivité:
des prisons de Vichy à Buchenwald (1940-1945)"

Time: 7:30 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception TBA
For more information, call 934-8902


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Evelyne Bloch-Dano
"Madame Proust"

Click here to visit Mme Bloch-Dano's website

Time: 7:00 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception chez M. George et Mme Cynthia Butler
For more information, call 934-8902

Cette conférence est organisée avec le soutien de la Délégation générale de l'Alliance Française de Paris aux Etats-Unis.
This lecture is organized with the support of la Délégation générale de l'Alliance Française of Paris in the United States.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Jean Harzic
" French Language and Cultural Diversity"

Click here for more information on M. Harzic


Time: 6:30 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception chez Mme Annie McCarter
For more information, call 934-8902

Cette conférence est organisée avec le soutien de la Délégation générale de l'Alliance Française de Paris aux Etats-Unis.
This lecture is organized with the support of la Délégation générale de l'Alliance Française of Paris in the United States.


Saturday, May 5, 2007

Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Yasmina Kadhra
Click here to visit M. Khadra's website

Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of Mohammed Moulesselhoul, born in Algeria in 1955. An officer in the Algerian army, he became a commander by the time he left in 2000 after thirty-six years of military life, to dedicate himself to his real vocation: writing. In 2001, after a short stay in Mexico , he settled in France where he has lived ever since with his family. His wife suggested he take on a pseudonym and lent him two first names.
Yasmina Khadra hit the scene in 1997 with Morituri, soon followed by L’Ecrivain, an autobiographical novel.

Les Hirondelles de Kaboul, translated in the USA by John Cullen, was best book of the year in 2005 according to the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. L’Attentat, pubished in 2005, confirmed his talent and international acclaim.

Nobel prize winner J. M. Coetze sees in this prolific writer, now translated into 17 languages, a novelist of the highest order. In 2004, Newsweek acclaimed him as one of the rare writers capable of giving a meaning to the violence in Algeria today. His novel set in Afghanistan under the Taliban The Swallows of Kabul was short listed for the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Time: 7:30 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception to be announced
For more information, call 934-8902


Saturday, February 10, 2007

Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in English by

Philippe Gumplowicz

"Jazz: American Musicians in Paris"

Born in Paris in 1950, Philippe Gumplowicz is distinguished lecturer in musicology at the University of Bourgogne and teaches seminars at the Sorbonne as well as at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Studies.
He is also a writer, and his published works including Les Travaux d'Orphée (The Labors of Orpheus), nominated for the Musical Literature Prize, and Le Roman du Jazz (The Novel of Jazz), covering three periods, the third one being published in 2006.
He is a playwright, having penned three stage plays.
In the area of audio-visual, Philippe Gumplowicz is a producer with France Culture and France Musique, radio stations for which he works on musical news programs, he puts together shows that are broadcast on the television stations ARTE, LA SEPT and France 3.

Time: 7:30 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception to be announced
For more information, call 934-8902



Sunday, January 28, 2007

Alliance Française of Birmingham and UAB Department of Foreign Languages invite the public to a free lecture in French by

Jean Plantu
"Plantu: The Editorial in Cartoons"

Time: 6:30 PM
Place: UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South

Admission:
FREE
Reception to be announced
For more information, call 934-8902

Click here to learn more about M. Plantu


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