• Apr 13, 2011 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Location: East Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University
  • Latest Activity: Aug 21, 2019

Adam Gopnik, Charles Kolb, Rosemary Feal, Antonin Baudry and Souleymane Bachir Diagne in a Roundtable Discussion


Does French still matter? If so, why? This roundtable discussion is a response to recent concerns about the status of the study of French and other foreign languages and cultures in U.S. higher and secondary education at a time of increasing globalization. Fiveleading voices in different fields bring a variety of perspectives to bear in a lively discussion about why French matters today.


Adam Gopnik, writer and essayist for The New Yorker magazine

Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development

Rosemary Feal, Executive Director of the Modern Language Association and Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages, University of Buffalo
Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor at the French Embassy to the United States
Souleymane Bachir Diagne, professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia University.


This event is fully sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation.

The roundtable discussion will be broadcast live through a link accessible at www.maisonfrancaise.org. A videorecording will also be available after the event.

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