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November 2020

Uncovering the Secrets of the Paris Metro

November 12, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online | Zoom

Join us for a dive into the history and secrets of the Paris Metro - in French! With new content and activities from earlier programs.

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Why People in French Villages Rescued Refugees in WWII and Again Today

November 13, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online | Zoom

Friday, November 13, 2020 11:00 a.m. CST presented in partnership with Federation of Alliances Françaises USA and PandemoniumU In English During World War II, residents of a cluster of villages in southeastern France gave safe harbor to hundreds of strangers – mostly Jewish children, some of whose parents had been deported. These villagers risked everything to create schools, soup kitchens and hiding places for the kids. Current residents of the same villages offer refuge to migrants today. Why? Is this…

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Author Talk with Oliver Gee

November 14, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online | Zoom,

We may have alligators in the Rez, but what about crocodiles in the Canal St. Martin? Join AFJ as we chat with author and podcaster Oliver Gee about this and other stories of life in Paris. Oliver Gee, the host of the popular Paris podcast The Earful Tower has lived in Paris since 2015. His podcast has 60,000 downloads per month and was recently lauded by the New York Times as a great way to travel by ear. He recently…

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Discussion with Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of Final Transgression

November 16, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online | Zoom
Free for AFJ members

Monday, November 16, 2020 1:00pm Central in partnership with Federation of Alliances Françaises USA In English Join us for a discussion with Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of the newly released Final Transgression. Two sisters, two different destinies. In Final Transgression, 85-year-old Caroline Aubry tells the tale of the tragic wartime destiny of her beloved younger sister, Séverine. From their humble beginnings in a hamlet in the southwest of France to a château where Séverine becomes the protegée of the beautiful…

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The Many Lives of the Louvre

November 20, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online | Zoom
Free

In normal times, nearly nine million people visit the Louvre in Paris every year. Yet few know its remarkable history: before the Louvre was a museum, it was a palace, and before that a fortress. Much earlier still, it was a parcel of land known by a mysterious name, le Louvre.

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Meeting with Bestselling Author Cara Black

November 21, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online | Zoom

Join us for a conversation with bestselling author Cara Black, in a chat about her latest book and her writing process.

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December 2020

Tom Wohlmut – The Light Between Two Towers

December 2, 2020 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online | Zoom
Free for AFJ members

Filmmaker Tom Wohlmut will talk about his film “The Light Between Two Towers,” which examines the relationship of the San Jose Electric Light Tower built in 1881 and the Eiffel Tower built in 1889.

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February 2021

Secrets of Mastering French from the Experts at the Alliance Française

February 9, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online | Zoom
Free

No matter your current level or how high your ambitions are for your personal mastery of French, you’ll come away from this entertaining session with brilliant inspiration and newfound confidence!

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Coco Chanel: The Woman Who Dressed the World

February 12, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online | Zoom
Free for AFJ members

Join Rhonda Garelick, cultural commentator and author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, in conversation with Pamela Druckerman, as they explore Chanel’s life and influence.

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May 2022

Mutinous Women – How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast

May 4 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online | Zoom
Free for AFJ Members

Join Joan DeJean and Jack McCord for a conversation about Mutinous Women, a new book that tells the story of the first large group of Frenchwomen transported to this country, where they arrived in 1720 as convicts deported from their homeland after having been falsely accused of prostitution.

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