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  • Art with Fanchon Silberstein, 01/27

    Art in Sight: Understanding Art with Fanchon Silberstein

    Thursday 27th January 2022 — 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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    A first encounter with art is like meeting a stranger: it opens you to new ideas, people, places, and parts of yourself. However, sometimes people can feel intimidated by galleries and museums if they don't have a formal education in art. They may think that their opinion doesn't matter or that they don't have the "legitimacy" to even have an opinion. This is absolutely not true! We invite you to join us for an online conversation with Fanchon Silberstein who will talk about how to fully engage with art, how to understand it better, and what art can tell us about the way artists see the world.

    In Art inSight: Understanding Art and Why It Matters, Fanchon Silberstein delves into the first known art and explores what it can reveal about how its makers saw the world and how contemporary artists can help us to see our own. The result is equal parts an ode to the joy of artful engagement, a how-to for anyone interested in understanding art and culture, and a journey around the world from prehistory to the present day. Readers confront strangeness through observation, description, and conversation, and are given the skills to understand cross-cultural divisions and perceive diverse ways of interpreting the world.

    About the speaker

    Fanchon Silberstein is an educator and writer who designed an innovative workshop, “Art and Intercultural Communication” for international audiences. She was Director of the US Department of State’s Overseas Briefing Center, designing and delivering workshops for employees and families to prepare them for service abroad.

    She served on the board of the National MultiCultural Institute, and was a docent for the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum, chairing the program during her tenure and assisting museum educators in training new docents. She holds a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Special Education from George Washington University. For many years, she lived and worked in Southeast and South Asia and in Brazil.

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  • Rencontre avec Luc Delambre, 02/05

    Servir la France napoléonienne à Washington: rencontre avec Luc Delambre

    Saturday 5th February 2022 — 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Descendants de la famille Brongniart, Luc Delambre et sa mère Edmée Delambre, ont composé à quatre mains cet ouvrage dont les sources, jamais publiées, étaient conservées dans les archives familiales. Rejoignez-nous le 5 février pour rencontrer Luc Delambre en direct depuis la France. Cet événement virtuel sera entièrement en français.

    Vous pouvez commander le livre ici.

    A propos du livre

    Dès leur première rencontre, en octobre 1800, André Pichon et Émilie Brongniart décident de lier leur vie. Les nouveaux époux, qui se connaissent à peine, rejoignent les États Unis où André vient d’être nommé diplomate par Napoléon Bonaparte. Leur chemin croise ceux de Jefferson, Madison, Dupont de Nemours, Lafayette, Talleyrand, Toussaint Louverture, Napoléon Bonaparte et son jeune frère Jérôme. Rédigée avec sensibilité, la correspondance qui unit Emilie à sa famille offre un témoignage précieux sur les arcanes de la politique napoléonienne aux Amériques en même temps qu’elle révèle la grande liberté de ton d’une famille où règne la tendresse, l’énergie et l’humour.

    A propos des auteurs

    Cet ouvrage ambitieux est le résultat d’un projet collectif de grande ampleur qui a nécessité de longues années de travail réparti sur plusieurs générations familiales. La source principale de l’ensemble est une correspondance exceptionnelle, précieusement archivée par la famille, qui a été intégralement retranscrite et analysée pour la mettre en lien avec les événements de l’époque.

    Descendants de la famille Brongniart, Luc Delambre et sa mère Edmée Delambre ont exploité ce riche matériau familial et l’ont complété de multiples documents et souvenirs laissés par les personnages historiques de la période. Cela leur a permis de reconstituer une grande fresque américaine couvrant les 5 premières années du 19e siècle, fourmillante de vie, tout en visant de la rendre accessible et disponible au plus grand nombre.

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  • Online Judo Camp, October 7

    Online Judo Camp for Kids, October 7

    Learn the judo basics with our local champion, Fred!

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  • Click-&-Collect Service is here!

    The AFDC Libary is back!

    We are delighted to announce that beginning in April 2021, the Alliance Française DC Library will offer 10 minute click-&-collect appointments two times per month.The next pick-up date is Saturday, April 24th!

    How does it work?

    1. Connect to your AFDC Library account through our online catalog. 
    2. Reserve your desired items by clicking on the green "Reserve" button next to eligible titles. 
    3. Once you have submitted your reservations, using the pre-set dates below, choose the day and time that you would like. You will then need to send a e-mail to library@francedc.org with your selected timeslot. 
    4. On the day of your pick-up appointment, you will receive an e-mail from the library confirming your reservation and the contactless pick-up. 
    5. You may also submit your reservations and desired timeslot by e-mail to library@francedc.org.

    For complete details, including policies and appointment times, please check out our dedicated page here: /Click_and_Collect_Service



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