Upcoming Events

Joan E. Howard will discuss her intimate and scrupulously documented biography of translator Grace Frick and acclaimed author Marguerite Yourcenar. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:30 PM

Psychoanalyst Éric Smadja will discuss the fundamental psychological and sociological characteristics of contemporary couples, in discussion with Rubén Gallo, Professor at Princeton University. The talk will be based on Smadja’s latest book, The Couple: A Pluridisciplinary Approach (Routledge, 2016).

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Caroline Weber and Edmund White discuss Weber’s Proust’s Duchess (Knopf), on the three women who served as inspiration for Proust’s Duchesse de Guermantes.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
4:00 PM

French-Rwandan author and rapper Gaël Faye will discuss his award-winning novel, Small Country (Hogarth) with Lisa Luca, director of the National Book Award Foundation.

Sunday, October 28, 2018
3:00 PM

In conversation with William Middleton, French author Éric Vuillard will discuss his 2017 Prix Goncourt-winning book, The Order of the Day (Other Press), a behind-the-scenes account of the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany in March 1938.

In light of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe and the current debates around immigration policies in the U.S., Sophia Azeb, Aleksandar Hemon, and Guillaume le Blanc will question the function and utility of borders themselves, and what they impose upon the peoples they govern. Moderated by Masha Gessen.

Albertine Festival
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Yann LeCun, Joseph Stiglitz, and Daniel Cohen will consider the future of work in an increasingly automated world, and whether we can reach the point where humans are not valued for what they produce, but for being human.

Albertine Festival
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Today’s political trends promise a return to clear and stable gender divisions drawn from an imaginary vision of the past. Countering those trends often involves staking out an opposite position. Phia Ménard, C. Riley Snorton, Eric Fassin, and Sasha Velour will ask what other conversations are possible.

Cynthia Fleury, Ingrid LaFleur, James Fishkin, and others will explore the importance of representation in a democracy, and dare to imagine a better way of doing politics with informed and motivated citizens. Moderated by Masha Gessen.

Akilah Richards, Antoine Fromental, and Emmanuel Davidenkoff will engage in a conversation about education, school as an institution, and how alternative teaching environments could produce better educated students, and subsequently, a healthier society.

Johanna Hedva, Siri Hustvedt, and Laure Murat will join two representatives of L’Oiseau Mouche Theater Company to discuss how the understanding of mental illness can move beyond a dichotomous perception of normality and disease.

Performance & Talk & Reading
Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join artists, writers, scholars Rita Ackermann, Tom Bishop, Laurent Dubreuil, Donatien Grau, Boris Groys, Shelley Jackson, and Vanessa Place for readings and conversations towards the many Ways of Re-thinking Literature, on the occasion of the publication of this book (Routledge, edited by Tom Bishop and Donatien Grau), a polyphonic platform for ...

Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Design historian Maureen Footer and TV producer and award-winning author Marie-France Pochna will be discussing Footer’s latest book, Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look.

Journalist and photographer Frank Van Riper will discuss his latest book, Recovered Memory: New York and Paris 1960-1980 (just out in the U.S. with Daylight Books )

Paris-based international lawyer‎ and political writer Laurent Cohen-Tanugi will present and discuss his new book, Resistance: The Populist Challenge to Democracy (Ed. de l’Observatoire, Paris, 2018).