Conferences

2016 Conferences (For details, go to our Cultural Calendar)

  • October 11 at 7 pm –  at Vino Locale, Palo Alto: An Evening with Antoine Volodine
  • October 12 at 7 pm – CooperVino, Cupertino: A conversation with Nelly Alard
  • October 15 at 10 am – Gunn High School Library: Du sacre à l’échafaud!  La vie quotidienne à la cour et dans Paris sous Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette by Celine Glon
  •  November 10 at 7 pm – ISTP: Meet Lola Lafon

 

Past conferences:

  • January 15 @7pm – Calabaza’s Library San Jose- Jean Cocteau, his life, his work , a film director
  • January 22@7 pm – Calabazas Library-San Jose –  The Chateau de Chantilly and the Art Collection by Celine Glon (Versailles) 
  • February 4th @ 7pm – AQUARIUS THEATER PALO ALTO – Slimane Zeghidour Editor at Large TV5 on the Middle East viewed by French Media 
  • March 19th @2pm – Venue French Fair Lucy Stern Compound – Bernadette Theisen on Burkina Faso

 

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  • Meet Slimane Zeghidour In Silicon Valley –  The Politics Of The Middle East Viewed By French Media And TV5 Monde – Feb 3, 2015 @ 7PM

 

  • Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and Versailles, Lectures By Celine Glon

Through this lecture you will discover that Louis XVI was not the heavy man with limited intelligence crushed by his responsibilities but rather a man full of finesse and intelligence with a prodigious memory and remarkable culture. We will explore how the king’s attempts to reform his country failed and fatally led to the revolution and his death. Despite this political and social crisis, the 18th century daily life at Versailles was highlighted by Marie-Antoinette who brought her own touch to France’s fashion spurring creativity and introducing new styles which would put France at the center of European fashion industry.

  • Go to the Expo Camus page for the Albert Camus’ Life and Legacy conferences.
  • L’Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (June 13th to August 27th 2014, 7pm)bougival

L’Institute for the Study of Western Civilization proposes a conference cycle about French artist and Art in Paris during all this Summer 2014 and led by Dr. William H. Fredlun – Director of the Institute and specialized in European history and art history.
PAST “An Evening in Paris” (Friday, June 13th) : Enjoy the history, culture, art and ambiance of this most beautiful of world capitals. Stroll the Left Bank, marvel at medieval Notre Dame, climb the steps of Montmartre, view beloved architectural and historical treasures, and go home with some great travel trips!

PAST “A visit to the Musée d’Orsay” (Saturday, June 7th and 14th) :The lovely old Beaux-Arts Gare d’Orsay railway station was reborn in 1986 to house the French nation’s incomparable collection of Impressionist and other late-nineteenth century art.

“Great Artists of Paris” (all Wednesday from June to August) : In the late-nineteenth century ∼ the Belle Epoque ∼ Paris emerged as the cultural capital of the world, and the art of the Impressionists was born! On Wednesday nights this summer, we will enjoy their paintings and share the great city that inspired and uplifted their art and their lives:  Edouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rousseau and John Singer Sargent. (All the dates on the website)

Fees : $30 by lecture
All information and reservation here, or by calling at 408-864-4060.
Location:  Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, 10060 Bubb Road, Cupertino, CA 95014

  • Albert Camus’ Life and Legacy – April 16th, 2014,  3:30pmCamus flyer2

Alliance Française Silicon Valley organizes a conference about the famous French writer and philosopher Camus, under the exhibition hold in Notre Dame de Namur University during the whole month of April.

The conference will be led by  Hélène Laroche-Davis, PhD and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont), along with Lorenzo Giachetti, PhD Candidate in French, Stanford University and specialist of Albert Camu’s literature.

  • Albert Camus’ Life and Legacy – March 20th, 2014, 7-9pm

    The exhibition is now presented in the Gunn High School at Palo Alto, and the Alliance Française Silicon Valley proposes you to assist at a conference about Camus’s literature.
    The conference will be led by Anaïs Saint-Jude, PhD and Special Projects Designer at Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University , and with the participation of Anne Dumontier, French teacher at the Gunn High School.
    Admission is free and open to all.
    Location: Library – Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306
    Discover pictures of the conference here.SCU-Flyer

  • Albert Camus’ Life and Legacy – February 25th, 2014,  4pm – 5:30pm

Alliance Française Silicon Valley organizes a conference about the famous French writer and philosopher Camus, under the exhibition hold in Santa Clara University since February 5th.

The conference will be led by Lorenzo Giachetti, PhD Candidate in French, Stanford University and specialist of Albert Camu’s literature, along with Hélène Laroche-Davis, PhD and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont). And with the participation of some students of the university, who have studied Albert Camus during their first semester. Admission is free and open to all.

Location : Saint Clare Room – Santa Clara University Library, 3rd Floor
Discover pictures of the conference here.

  • Conference and Q&A with Michel Onfray – October 25th, 2013, 7-8:30pm

“The Philosophical Life of Albert Camus”

It was with great pleasure that Alliance Française Silicon Valley hosted the French philosopher Michel Onfray in Palo Alto as part of the centennial celebration of Albert Camus’s birth. The conference took place in the auditorium of the ISTP School, where we were able to listen to this excellent speaker who talked about the writer, the philosopher and the fighter that was Camus. After the autograph session, we had the chance to chat with this nice author.

Location:  ISTP International School of the Peninsula – 151 Laura Ln – Palo Alto, CA 94303

See picture of the conference here.