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Emily Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.- The French Institute Alliance Française, in conjunction with Bard College, presents the final three lectures in the series "Paris on the Hudson." Three Bard College professors will discuss their encounters with France and how its culture changed their lives. While these academics maintain close ties with France and frequently travel there, each has nurtured his or her vision of France at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. The series will be held at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), located at 22 East 60 Street, between Park and Madison Avenues in Manhattan. Each lecture, held on the second Thursday of each month, begins at 7 p.m.

James Chace, the Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law and Administration, will speak on Thursday, February 11. His topic is "From Innocence to Experience: A Cold War Education." Chace is the author most recently of Acheson, Architect of the American Era: A Biography. He is editor of World Policy Journal and author or editor of ten books, including The Consequence of Peace: American Foreign Policy after the Cold War; What We Had, a memoir; and The Rules of the Games. Chace is director of the French-American Foundation; chevalier in l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, French Government; copresident of the Center for the New Internationalism; and senior advisor for the Eurasia Group. He was managing editor of Foreign Affairs (1970-1983) and international affairs editor of The New York Times Book Review (1984-1987).

Norman Manea will talk about "Bucharest in Paris: Writers with Double Passports" on March 11. Manea is writer in residence at Bard College and Francis Flournoy Professor in European Studies and Culture. Described by some critics as a literary descendant of Kafka, he is the author of novels, short fiction, and essays. His books include October, Eight O'Clock and Compulsory Happiness (both fiction), On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist, and The Black Envelope. A native of Romania, Manea was deported at age five to a concentration camp and returned to Romania at the end of World War II. He left Romania in 1986 and has taught at Bard College since 1989.

The final lecture of the series, on April 8, will be presented by Marina van Zuylen, assistant professor of French and author of Difficulty as an Aesthetic Principle and Monomania. Her topic is "On Tocqueville's Trail: Journeys to Endless Exile".

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York's French cultural center, offering more than two hundred language classes, New York's most extensive all-French library, and two theaters providing a comprehensive mix of French film, live performances, lectures, and seminars.

The lecture series Paris on the Hudson will be held in the Tinker Auditorium at the French Institute Alliance Française and is open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $8 for non-FIAF members. Call 212-355-6160 for further information.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001