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A series of workshops for high school teachers of French (free continued education facilitated by Le Centre francophone). At least 3 speakers will visit during the 2015-16 year:

  • Fiston Mwanza Mujila: A writer born in 1981 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, where he went to a Catholic school before studying Literature and Human Sciences at Lubumbashi University. He now lives in Graz, Austria and is pursuing a PhD in Romance Languages. His writing has been awarded with numerous prizes, including the Gold Medal at the 6th Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut as well as the Best Text for Theater (“Preis für das beste Stück,” State Theater, Mainz) in 2010. His novel Tram 83 was a French Voices 2014 grant recipient.
  • Eric Fassin: Éric Fassin is a professor of sociology in the Political Science Department and co-chair of the Gender Studies Department at Paris 8 University. He taught in the United States from 1987 to 1994 at Brandeis University and New York University, and at the École normale supérieure in Paris from 1994 to 2012. He is a founding member of the new Laboratoire d’études de genre et de sexualité – Research Center on Gender and Sexuality Studies (LEGS, CNRS / Paris 8 / Paris 10). His work focuses on contemporary sexual and racial politics, including immigration issues, in France, in Europe, and in the United States – often in a comparative perspective. He is frequently involved in the French public debates on issues his work addresses – from gay marriage and gender parity, to the politics and policies of immigration and race, as well as the evolution of the left. He has regularly written articles in English for publications such as French Politics, Culture & Society, French Historical Studies, Public Culture, differences, and Contemporary French Civilization.
  • Dorothée de Monfreid: Dorothée de Monfreid studied at the prestigious école des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Today she has authored and illustrated over fifty children’s books, most published by the children's publishing house L’école des loisirs. She is known for her tales of animals such as Coco the Elephant. Also a publisher of comics, Dorothée de Monfreid illustrates a series of comics each month in the newspaper Pomme d'Api. She will be visiting the US as part of the tour of authors and illustrators to celebrate the 50th anniversary of L'école des loisirs. 

Past Events

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February 15: Iran-US Relations: Impact for Human Rights with speaker Fariba Hachtroudi. Co-sponsored by Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


April 26: Organization of Jacques Chicoineau’s lecture “France after Charlie Hebdo," presented by speaker Dr. John Bowen, in cooperation with St. Louis Sister Cities.

April 17: Moderation of debate with Marie-Monique Robin on her film “Sacred Growth," previously presented at the United Nations

April 13: Organization and moderation of panel discussion with authors of new historical narrative of St Louis, Saint Louis Rising, Carl Eckberg and Sharon Person. Attendees included the General Consul of France Vincent Floréani and Dr. Beth Stroble, president of Webster University.

April 11: Dir. Lionel Cuillé gave a lecture titled “Why major and double-major in French?” to high school students participating in the Regional French High School Essay contest of the Alliance française (103 students from 11 regional high schools)

March 27: Dir. Lionel Cuillé lectured on “Dance and French poetry” during the preview of the “French connection” dance by the Dawn Karlovsky company.

March 10: Inauguration of the exhibition of French WWI painter Renefer in East Academic Building (with French Major Shelby Wratchford). Exhibition hosted in collaboration with French consulate in Chicago and Institut Français.

February 15: Organization and presentation of the ciné-concert “Verdun, visions d’histoire”, withiInternational pianist Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch. (Event made possible thanks to a grant to Le Centre francophone from the Institut Français and the Mission du Centenaire 14-18 in Paris, and the Consulate General of France in Chicago.)

Jan 23: Organization of a visit and lecture by Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand (professor of French and Director of International Languages at the University of Arizona), who gave a workshop language professors at Webster about recruitment methods derived from marketing practices. Dir. Lionel Cuillé moderated a of panel with representatives of St. Louis high schools and French sections of Universities in St Louis titled “Recruiting in French in an hostile environment”.

Jan 14: Dir. Lionel Cuillé gave a talk on “The History of Caricature in France" during panel on “Reflection on the violence in France” at Webster University.


November 18: Organization of workshop for HS teachers of French: Mme Elsa Santamaria of Le Centre de liaison de l'enseignement et des médias d'information. Cette tournée s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une collaboration que l’ambassade mène avec le CLEMi, opérateur rattaché au ministère de l'Éducation nationale. 

November 11-13: Presentation of 3 films during a film festival on WWI organized by Lionel Cuillé in collaboration with the French consulate in Chicago, and Institut Français: La chambre des officiers, de F. Dupeyron; Le siècle de Verdun, de P. BarbérisLes tirailleurs sénégalais, de M. Touré (featuring a post-performance Q&A with members of the Senegalese Association of St Louis.)

October 28: Response to philosopher Dr. Marc Crépon (Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm) during his talk on the concept of "homeland" during WWI

October 20: Organization of workshop “L’utilisation de la publicité en classe" for high school teachers of French with guest Bernard Gruas 

October 12: Organization and production of the French Play, an annual event co-organized with the American Association of Teachers of French. The play performed by the Compagnie André Nerman premiered a script based on the life of the poet Guillaume Apollinaire.

September 26: Organization of special workshop for high school teachers of French with special Guest Mme Janine Kotwica, professeur d’IUFM, spécialiste du livre-jeunesse.

September 17: Presentation of the documentary film “Food Beware : the French Organic Revolution” 

September 9: Organization and moderation of panel discussion with Monsanto scientists after a screening of the documentary film “The World according to Monsanto” by Marie-Monique Robin

April 28: Organization and on-campus hosting of the French Essay Contest of the Alliance Française

April 28: Organization of a visit and reading by Pierre Alferi (“Poetry and Philosophy”). Dir. Lionel Cuillé gave a presentation on Alferi's work before his reading/performance.

April 18: Hosting of the first Webster University Francophone party organized by Webster University’s Senegalese students

April 4: Dir. Lionel Cuillé gave a talk during “The Greater St Louis Humanities Event” on “The Diary of Chouteau and the French Immigration in St Louis”.

March 20: Dir. Lionel Cuillé attended the American Association of Teachers of French's banquet at Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages held at the Hilton-St. Louis.

March 18: Organization of a visit and lecture by Dominique Denis from the Alliance Française de Toronto, who facilitated a workshop on the use of songs in the language classroom

March 6: Dir. Lionel Cuillé gave a conference talk on "Money and the Avant-Gardes" at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquim in New York co-organized by Columbia University, NYU, and CUNY.

February 14: Dir. Lionel Cuillé gave an invited talk on « The Francophone community Today » during the invited conference “A Great City from the Start » at the Missouri History Museum (organized by Yale University and "Les Amis").

January 30: Dir. Lionel Cuillé gave an interview for NPR (with Joseph Leahy) on history and pronunciation of French streets in St Louis. Recording available on NPR’s website.

January 8: Organization of a meeting with all the actors of Francophonie at Webster University with Fabrice Rozié, cultural attaché of French consulate in Chicago and representatives of Campus France


December 18: Participation and collaboration in the documentary by Jim Kerchherr on the Founding of St Louis (« Chouteau’s Journal: in his own words » aired on Channel 9/ PBS.

December 2: Organization of a visit and lecture by French Representative Frédéric Lefebvrewho answered questions regarding current French emigration. (Webinar organized with the University of Chicago.)

November 20, 23: Screening of French-language films at The St. Louis International Film Festival. In 2013, Lionel Cuillé presented and conducted "Vous n'avez encore rien vu", and "Ernest et Célestine" (November 20 and 23, 2013). Le Centre Francophone advertised its new logo, designed by two Webster University students, Kelly Goode and Katelin Hull.

November 18: Moderation of a round-table on the roles and missions of the French Immersion School in St Louis with teachers, Director Conrad Smith, and founder Rhonda Broussard.

November 6: Organization of a talk by Conrad Wildsmith, director of the French School at the Saint Louis Immersion School, and some of the faculty, to discuss the mission and challenges of bilingual education

October 29: Organization of a visit and lecture at Webster University by young Parisian singer Lise

October 14: Organization of a visit and lecture at Webster University by French ethnologist Pascal Dibie, who discussed his Ethnologie de la chambre à coucher

October 1-24: Organization of The International Art Exhibition of St. Louis - Lyon Sister Cities

September 5: Presentation before screening of "The Intouchables" in Winifred Moore auditorium as part of the 2013 Webster University Human Rights Film Festival

June: Organization and sponsorship of the screening of classic French films as part of the Webster University Film Series

May: Organization of a visit and lecture at Webster University by St. Louis historian Sharon Person, who presented historical evidence documenting the life of the first French settlers in the area.

March 23: Organization of a visit and lecture at Webster University by French author Pascal Quignard

March 5: Organization of a visit and lecture at Webster University by French author Arno Bertina


October 29: Organization of a visit and lecture at Webster University by French anthropologist Michel Agier, who discussed the humanitarian role of post-colonial governments.

November 1: Organization of a visit and lecture at Webster University by French neuroscientist Pascale Michelon, who addressed brain health and techniques to boost memory.