History Workshop
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm



  Les villes Françaises qui firent et feront l’Histoire

Si « Paris vaut bien une messe » selon le bon roi Henri IV, il n’en demeure pas moins que d’autres villes de France ont forgé son histoire : Lyon la gallo-romaine ; Marseille, évêché de Lazare ressuscité, au Ier siècle ; Albi éponyme de la sanglante croisade des Albigeois; Avignon, la Cité des Papes o u encore Vichy et son sinistre régime en 1940.
Nous nous pencherons lors de cet évènement sur ces cités de France qui respirent l’Histoire.

Level: Advanced B2 / Expert C1/C2


AILS Conference April 6th
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The American Institute for Levinassian Studies


Ethics of Otherness: Derrida, Levinas, & the Gaze of the Other in the Jewish American Wild West

It is not surprising that in the memoirs and fictionalized accounts of early Jewish settlement in the rural American West, there is a marked concern with Christian neighbors’ perception of the Jewish community. In particular, this real and imagined gaze of the Christian other punctuates Western Jewish homesteader, cowboy, and small town settler narratives. Emmanuel Levinas’s notion of ethical relation as determined by the encounter with the other serves as a remarkably apt model for understanding Jewish systems of belonging and assimilation in the American West of the late nineteenth century—almost. This presentation focuses on a seemingly exceptional case, that of Wyatt Earp’s Jewish wife Sarah Josephine Marcus (“Josie”) Earp and the set of larger than life memoirs and biographies devoted to her. The example of Josie Earp in turn helps illustrate a major difference between the Levinasian model of ethics and that of Jacques Derrida.

Presented in English with Q&A and cocktail reception.

Free for AF members and $10 for non members

Biography : Eleanor Kaufman is professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies at UCLA. Her primary research is on twentieth-century French philosophy, with secondary interests in Medieval philosophy and Christian theology, literature and philosophy of the Jewish diaspora, and modern American literature. She is the author of The Delirium of Praise: Bataille, Blanchot, Deleuze, Foucault, Klossowski and Deleuze, the Dark Precursor: Dialectic, Structure, Being, both from the Johns Hopkins University Press; and At Odds with Badiou, forthcoming from Columbia University Press.  This talk is taken from her longstanding “Jewry of the Plain” project, on the archives, museums, and cemeteries that commemorate Jewish settlement in remote regions of the American West at the end of the nineteenth century, and simultaneously a meditation on the work of Jacques Derrida.

First Tuesdays – Open House Event
May 2 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Takes place on Tuesday, February 28th from 6 to 8 pm

Make a date with Alliance Française on First Tuesdays this spring! Enjoy wine and conversation en français, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and take a trial Class, Introduction to French Class or Intermediate/Advanced level Conversation from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

SPECIAL OFFER: Register for a class at the Open House and receive a 10% discount!

Bring friends and meet fellow Francophiles!