Past Events

November 21, 2014, 6:30 pm

Beaujolais Nouveau at Open Eye Café!

The Institut Français d’Amérique is hosting a wine-tasting celebration at Open Eye Cafe on November 21 starting at 6:30 pm. Sample FIVE different crus from independent producers in the Beaujolais, Loire Valley, and Rhone Valley PLUS the just-released Beaujolais Nouveau. There will be pairings of French cheeses, charcuterie and more! Be sure to arrive promptly at 6:30 for the tasting and stay for the music and Tango dancing after. All for an all-inclusive ticket of $26! Proceeds go to the Institut’s scholarship fund.

Advance tickets required.

Mail a check in advance to:
Institut Français d’Amérique
Attn: Beaujolais
109 Sonoma Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

In advance at Open Eye Café: cash, credit, checks.

Must be over 21.

The Institut Français d’Amérique (IFA) is based in Chapel Hill. Its mission is to promote, in North America, the study of French culture, language, history, society and French-American relations and to encourage the work of teachers, scholars, and students in these fields. The Institut also sponsors events to foster public understanding of French-American relations, providing funds for fellowships, prizes and conferences that serve this mission.

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November 21, 2014, 2-4 pm

The Marquis Lafayette Reconsidered

The Institut Francais d’Amerique is happy to sponsor a talk by Laura Auricchio, a historian from the New School, about her new book The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered. The talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Lloyd Kramer as well as a book signing. Friday, November 21 at 2pm in the University Room of Hyde Hall.

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November 16, 2012, 6-8 pm

Beaujolais Nouveau at Open Eye Café!

The Institut Français d’Amérique is hosting a wine-tasting celebration at Open Eye Cafe on November 16th from 6-8 PM. Sample FIVE different wines, including this year’s just released Beaujolais Nouveau; a plate of delicious French cheeses and saucissons; and entertainment! Be sure to arrive promptly at 6 for the tasting, and stay for the music and Tango dancing after. All for an all-inclusive ticket of $25! Proceeds go to the Institut’s scholarship fund.

Cash at the door, checks in advance sent to:
Institut Français d’Amérique
Attn: Beaujolais
CB# 3170
The University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3170

In advance at Open Eye Café: cash, credit, checks.
Must be over 21.
The Institut Français d’Amérique (IFA) is based in Chapel Hill. Its mission is to promote, in North America, the study of French culture, language, history, society and French-American relations and to encourage the work of teachers, scholars, and students in these fields. The Institut also sponsors events to foster public understanding of French-American relations, providing funds for fellowships, prizes and conferences that serve this mission.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

American-French-European Union Relations after George W. Bush: Legacies and Opportunities

Speaker, Pascal Bruckner, French novelist, essayist, journalist and public intellectual, will discuss current American-French-European relations.

Responders include Homer Sutton, Davidson College professor of French and specialist in contemporary French society and culture, and Joe Golsan, Texas A&M University distinguished professor and head, Department of European, Classical Languages & Cultures. Lloyd Kramer, UNC distinguished professor of history and chair of the history department, will moderate.

Discussion followed by responses, conversation and a wine & cheese reception.

This event was presented by the Institut Français de Washington in cooperation with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the UNC General Alumni Association.

               Bruckner’s Comments

               Sutton’s Response

               Golsan’s Response

Photographs from the October 2008 Event

Flyer for the October 2008 event

April 13, 2007

French-American Relations on the Eve of the French Presidential Election

Presentations and Public Conversation Followed By a French-American Wine and Cheese Reception

Speakers:
Roland Flamini, former correspondent, editor, and bureau chief for TIME magazine in Paris and current columnist on current affairs for the CQ Weekly.

Homer Sutton, Professor of French and specialist in contemporary French society and culture at Davidson College.

Photographs from the April 2007 Event

Flier for April 2007 Event

October 20, 2004

French-American Relations on the Eve of the Election

Panel Presentations and Public Conversation Followed By a French-American Wine and Cheese Reception

Speakers:
Erwan Lagadec, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
“French-American Relations Today: Enduring Conflicts or Political Sound Bites?”

Steven Vincent, Professor of History, North Carolina State University
“France-US: The Tensions of a Partnership in War and Peace”

Terry Maguire, Co-Owner of France-Press, Publisher of Journal Français and France Today
“How the French Media Portrays American Politics Today”

Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History UNC-Chapel Hill, served as moderator

October 16, 2003

The Cordial Misalliance: The Current Crisis in French-American Relations

A Panel Discussion and Public Conversation Followed by a French-American Wine and Cheese Reception

Speakers:
Lloyd Kramer, Dean Smith Distinguished Term Professor of History UNC-Chapel Hill
“The Long Alliance: Lafayette, The Statue of Liberty, and Charles De Gaulle”

Donald Reid, Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
“An American in Paris: Reflections on a Year in France, 2002-03”

Pierre Wertheimer, President, French Development Agency, Inc.
“The Economic Costs of French-American Tensions and Boycotts”

Terry Maguire, Co-Owner of France-Press, Publisher of Journal Français and France Today
“Cultural Stereotypes of the ‘Other’ in France and America”

Homer Sutton, Professor of French, Davidson College
“Anti-anti-Americanism in Contemporary France”

Photographs from the October 2003 Event

March 8-11, 2001

The French-American Connection

75th Anniversary
1926-2001

The Institut Français de Washington 75th Anniversary Celebration coincided with the annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies.

More than 200 historians from North America gathered in Chapel Hill to discuss themes and issues in French historical studies.

One theme of the meeting was the emphasis of contemporary French-American cross cultural perceptions, conflicts and stereotypes.

The IFW sponsored a panel on the changing status of the French language in the contemporary world.

What is the Place of the French Language in the World Today?

Speakers:
Albert Valdman, Indiana University
“French in the Caribbean Basin”

Julie Auger, Indiana University
“French in Canada and in France”

Carl Blyth, University of Texas, Austin
“French in Africa and in Global Technology”

February 18 and 19, 1994

200 years of cultural and intellectual interaction

“In honor of the Bicentennial of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William Davie, a founding father of the University and one of the American diplomatic representatives that President John Adams sent to France in 1799-1800, the Institut Français de Washington invited scholars, students, and other interested parties to Chapel Hill on February 18-20, 1994, for a conference on “The French-American Connection: 200 Years of Cultural and Intellectual Interaction.” The conference had three objectives: to discuss the evolving  interactions between the cultures of America and France; to use this perspective to reflect on the changes occurring in the French-American cultural interactions as we move into the 21st century; and to revitalize the Institut Français de Washington as an institution that promotes new kinds of French-American interactions in a new historical era.”

Dr. Catherine A. Maley
President
Institut Français de Washington

Program

The Eighteenth Century
“Lafayette: The Soldier of Two Worlds”

Speaker: Sylvia Neely, St. Louis University
Respondent: Dr. Stanley Idzerda, College of St. Benedict

The Nineteenth Century
“Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: Tocqueville and the Franco-American Exchange”

Speaker: Dr. Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh
Respondent: Dr. Sarah Maza, Northwestern University

The Twentieth Century
“Gilbert Chinard: Scholar, Teacher, Franco-American”

Speaker: Dr. Robert Forster, John Hopkins University
Respondent: Dr. Donald Reid, UNC-Chapel Hill

The Twenty-first Century

Speakers: Drs. Neely, Drescher, and Forster
Moderator: Lloyd Kramer, UNC-Chapel Hill