Upcoming Events

Join internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie, and novelist Maaza Mengiste as they discuss Rushdie’s last novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, just out in France with Actes Sud.

French author Lola Lafon will join Alexandra Schwartz for a conversation on Lafon’s The Little Communist Who Never Smiled, which won ten prizes when it was released in France. This fictionalized account of the life of Nadia Comaneci, a child of communist Romania and an Olympic gymnast who inspired young ...

Come celebrate Halloween under the spell of Belgian painter René Magritte with Belgian Author Klaas Verplancke.

This panel will discuss the differences in construction of identity in France and the United States. We want to know what specifically allowed for Barack Obama in the U.S. and how a similar evolution could happen in France.

Producer David Simon (The Wire); graphic novelists Kelly Sue Deconnick (Captain Marvel) and Catherine Meurisse (La Légèreté) and spoken word artist D’de Kabal (Chants Barbares) will explore these topics during a panel moderated by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Panelists Nina Shaw, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, and Claire Diao consider how the complex and diverging histories of each country have impacted their respective film industries. Moderated by Kamilah Forbes.

The essayists and novelist Laurent Dubois, Maboula Soumahoro, Darryl Pinckney and Scholastique Mukasonga will reflect on this mutual fascination and ponder how it has impacted their own work and influenced literature more broadly. But how substantive is this connection—is it myth or reality?

Albertine Festival
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Artists Denis Darzacq and Kehinde Wiley, curator Thomas Lax, and sociologist Nacira Guénif-Souilamas explore race and representation in contemporary art through practice and process in a conversation moderated by Thelma Golden.

Albertine Festival
Sunday, November 6, 2016

This panel will look at literature, both here and in France, and how it engages the work of identity in our era of political extremism and activist movements such as Black Lives Matter in the U.S. or the Nuit Debout in France.

Virginia Johnson, Benjamin Millepied, and historian Jennifer Homans discuss race, equity, and otherness in ballet, against a larger backdrop of identity politics in American and French society today.

On the occasion of the exhibition Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe, director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Valerie Steele, and author Anka Muhlstein will discuss the life and time of the Countess Greffulhe, and the connections between fashion, patronage, literature, and the arts in turn-of-the-century France.

Fabrice Jaumont and Teboho Moja will discuss how new philanthropic trends are emerging from this historical context, and will examine the conditions under which philanthropy can be effective, the impasses that foundations often face, and the updated contexts in which philanthropy operates today.