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Stories We Tell - Paris Through American Eyes

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5Messina Stories We Tell Image Square

Paris Through American Eyes

Speaker: Adam Gopnik, Staff Writer for The New Yorker Magazine  

6:00pm-7:00pm, 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center 
Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Messina
A Messina Stories We Tell Event

About the Event: 

This event is the keynote address for French Week. Mr. Gopnik is author of several books about France: Paris to the Moon, Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology and The Table Comes First:  France, Family and the Meaning of Food. 

Students also have the opportunity to meet Adam Gopnik for an informal question and answer session from 3:00pm-4:00pm on November 5th in Cohn Hall 133. 

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About the Speaker: 

A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1986, Adam Gopnik was born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal. He received his BA. in Art History from McGill University, before completing his graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. His first essay in The New Yorker, "Quattrocento Baseball"  appeared in May of 1986 and he served as the magazine’s art critic from 1987 to 1995. That year, he left New York to live and write in Paris, where he wrote the magazine’s “Paris Journal” for the next five years.  His expanded collection of his essays from Paris, Paris To the Moon, appeared in 2000, and was called by the New York Times “the finest book on France in recent years.” While in Paris, he began work on an adventure novel, The King In The Window, which was published in 2005, and which the Journal of Fantasy & Science Fiction called “a spectacularly fine children’s novel…children’s literature of the highest order, which means literature of the highest order.” He still often writes from Paris for the New Yorker, has edited the anthology Americans In Paris for the Library of America, and has written a number of introductions to new editions of works by Maupassant, Balzac, Proust, Victor Hugo and Alain-Fournier.

For additional information, visit Adam Gopnik's website

Questions for Further Reflection and Discussion (In the Franco-American context):

  • Why are we sometimes fascinated by another culture?
  • Why do French and American values seems often so similar and at the same time so different? What do we share? What separates us?
  • What does it take to really adapt to another culture?
  • What does it take to be accepted in another culture?
  • What do we mean when we say sometimes "I love it there but I could not live there"?
  • What happens to our national beliefs and values when we live abroad?
  • What are the roles and importance of the following themes in French and American cultures: Revolution, Liberty, Commerce, Gender relations, Women's rights, Education, Food, Work, Racism, Culture, Sexuality, Success...
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