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  • La Bande Dessinée avec Guy Spielmann, 02/05

    La bande dessinée avec Guy Spielmann

    Friday 5th February 2021 — 6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Rejoignez-nous le vendredi 5 février pour une expérience inédite ! Guy Spielmann, enseignant-chercheur à Georgetown University, parlera de la bande dessinée francophone en 2020 : culte de la tradition, passion de l'expérimentation. Cet événement virtuel sera entièrement en français. 

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  • Book Talk with Lilianne Milgrom, 02/12

    Online Conversation with Lilianne Milgrom

    Friday 12th February 2021 — 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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    The Alliance Française of Washington, DC will be hosting Lilianne Milgrom for a conversation about her recently published book L'Origine: The Secret Life of the World's Most Erotic Masterpiece, an exploration of one of the world's most scandalous works of art.

    This event will be in English. You can order a copy of the book through Bonjour Books DC, or Amazon.

    Watch the book trailer here.

    About the book

    In 1866, maverick French artist Gustave Courbet painted one of the most iconic images in the history of art: a sexually explicit portrait of a woman's exposed genitals. Audaciously titled L'Origine du monde (The Origin of the World), the scandalous painting was kept hidden for a century and a half. Today, it hangs in the world-renowned Orsay Museum in Paris, viewed by millions of visitors a year.

    As the first artist authorized by the Orsay Museum to re-create Courbet's The Origin of the World, author Lilianne Milgrom was thrust into the painting's intimate orbit, spending six weeks replicating every fold, crevice, and pubic hair. The experience inspired her to share her story and the painting's riveting clandestine history with readers beyond the confines of the art world.

    L'Origine is an entertaining and superbly researched work of historical fiction that traces the true story of the painting's unlikely tale of survival, replete with French revolutionaries, Turkish pashas, and nefarious Nazi captains. But L'Origine is more than a riveting romp through history-it also sheds light on society's complex relationship with the female body.

    About the author

    Paris-born Lilianne Milgrom holds dual US and Australian citizenship. She is an award-winning artist, blogger and published writer on the arts. She holds two graduate degrees from Melbourne University and an Associate Art degree from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She currently lives in the greater Washington DC area with her husband. Her children are grown and exploring the world, each in their own way. Lilianne is the first to admit that she has developed an obsession for Gustave Courbet. Her intimate experience with L'Origine du monde inspired her to tell the story of the painting's remarkable clandestine journey and the eccentric cast of characters whose paths it crossed over the centuries. Her website is:


    All attendees will receive a Zoom join link a couple of days before the event. Please make sure you add Eventbrite as Safe Sender to your email list. For any questions, please contact Natasha Zavadskaia at

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  • Online Winter Camps 2021

    Online Day Camps 2021

    Join us for our Online Winter Camps! Each day will feature hands-on craft making and promote full French immersion! The list of materials needed will be sent in advance.

    • February 15: Les P'tits Astronautes
    • February 16: Les P'tits Boulangers: La Brioche Au Chocolat
    • February 17: Les P'tits Zoologues
    • February 18: Les P'tits Gourmands; Les Petits Ecoliers
    • February 19: Les P'tits Artistes: Le Jeu des Couleurs (Color Game)

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  • Support the library!

    Support the AFDC Libary with our EYA 2020 Wishlist!

    Libraries are wonderful places, full of discovery! The AFDC Library is made even more special by your support! From attending our programs to checking out our online resources, you help the library thrive. This year we wanted to provide several different options for you to help contribute to the AFDC Library. From our general donation page, you can specify that your donation be attributed to the library:  We have also curated a wonderful book wish list for adults and children alike! Purchase a book of your choosing to be added to the AFDC library collection! And finally, help your holiday shopping go an extra mile by shopping with AmazonSmile. Choose the Alliance Française as your Amazon Smile donation recipient!

    Check out the PDFs of our wishlist below!

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      The Alliance Française de Washington provides customized private one-on-one and semi-private instruction on-site and off-site, as well as Skype lessons with fully qualified French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

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    • La France au menu

      Français Professionnel


      You can order some vin rouge, you can tell us how much you adored Les Intouchables, and you know "La Vie En Rose" by heart. Unfortunately, that won't help you at work. With our new Français Professionnel mini-series, you will learn how to advocate for a cause, introduce a non-profit oranisation, use French in a diplomatic post, and so much more!

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