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    "The Military Enlightenment", book talk & signing

    Friday 22th February 2019 — 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    In an era when men went to battle donning embroidered coats with gold buttons and buckles, silk stockings, powdered wigs, and full makeup, participants in the French military enterprise changed the face of war as we know it. Indeed, as Professor Christy Pichichero argues in her recent book The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture in the French Empire from Louis XIV to Napoleon (Cornell, 2017; finalist Oscar Kenshur Book Prize, 2018), the Geneva Conventions, post-traumatic stress disorder, the military “band of brothers,” and soldierly heroism all found their antecedents in the eighteenth-century French armed forces. From the wars of the Sun King through those of the “Little Corporal,” from Canada to the Caribbean and India, the military was one of the few institutions of Old Regime France to transform progressive theories into practice, actually operationalizing the Enlightenment. At the AFDC, Professor Pichichero will share her fascinating discoveries and entertaining historical anecdotes for an evening of intellectual discussion and fun.

    ABOUT THE LECTURER: Dr. Christy Pichichero is Associate Professor of French and History at George Mason University. She earned her A.B. in Comparative Literature at Princeton University, a bachelor’s of music in opera singing from the Eastman School of Music, and a Ph.D. in French Studies from Stanford University. She has held fellowships at Cambridge University (King’s College), the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), West Point Military Academy, and the Society of the Cincinnati. She is the author of The Military Enlightenment and articles on military culture and French neoclassical theater, painter Antoine Watteau, the history of emotions, race, and multiculturalism in France. She lives in Georgetown with her husband and two daughters.

    Event in English. Light refreshments after the event. Book on sale for signing on the day of the event.

    AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees - General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees.

    Culture & Events policies:

    • The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
    • Guests must pay the non-member price.
    • Refunds will be issued when Alliance française cancels an event, or upon a 24-hour request for refund with or without cause sent via email to cultureaf(at) by an attendee. No other refunds will be given.
    • The cultural department highly recommends advanced registration (online, by phone, or in person), as events sell out quickly.
    • If tickets are available, the AFDC can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash (exact change only). The AFDC cannot make change at the door. The AFDC reserves the right to refuse entry to sold out events.

    2 hours street parking from 7:30am to 8:30pm.

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    Digital activism debate

    Thursday 28th February 2019 — 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Digital Activism a trend, a fad, a curse, or a blessing? The AFDC invites you to a town hall meeting with Sandra Muller, the French journalist who created the #balancetonporc hashtag. Everyone can speak (respectfully). The Alliance Française Executive Director Sarah Diligenti will moderate this exciting debate.

    Ms. Muller's book #Balance ton porc (in French) will be for sale the day of event.

    This event will be in English. Light refreshments after the Q&A session.

    AFDC Member / Culture Pass: FREE  - General Admission: $10 + Processing Fees .

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  • Festinema Junior 2019

    Festinema Junior / 2019

    The Alliance Française network of French-speaking cultural centers presents the 6th annual Festinema Junior, a national French film festival and educational outreach program for children and adolescents, part of Kids Trail, a program initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S and FACE Foundation.

    For more information, please contact or

  • Library

    AFDC Library

    On vous souhaite une bonne lecture !

    Check out library materials with your AFDC membership :

    • Check out items for 3 weeks, renew up to 2 times
    • Consult our online catalogue here
    • Find ebooks, magazines, and more online ressources with Culturethèque

  • Adult Placement Test Information

    Placement Test Information

    Not sure what your level of French is?  Do the free placement test online or join us for one of our on-site placement test nights!             Take the Placement Test now

    Our next Placement Test Night will be on WEDNESDAY, February 13!  Come take the test, meet our staff, sign up for a class or two, and enjoy light refreshment after!

    Register for Placement Test Night

  • Immersion days

    Early Spring Immersion Days


    Come join us for our next French Immersion Days.

    Discussions in French will continue over a French style lunch will be served.

    Three different levels, with three different topics will be offered on April 5th & April 20th: 

    Date: Topics and levels:
    Fri, April 5th 

    Les Symboles de France (Level 100+)

    Les Parfums de France (Level 200+)

    French Leading Women of the XXI Century (Level 300/400+)

    Sat, April 20th

    Les Symboles de France (Level 100+)

    Les Parfums de France (level 200+)

    French Leading Women of the XXI Century (Level 300/400+)

    A bientôt!

  • Private Classes

    Private Classes

    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.

    Submit request form for adult private classes. Learn more about our adult private classes. Learn more about kids & teens private classes here.

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